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The Wrong Mans Comedy From James Corden & Bad Robot Set At Showtime; Ben Schwartz To Star In Remake of UK Series

By Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has given a pilot production commitment to The Wrong Mans, a half-hour single-camera action comedy based on the 2013 British series created by and starring James Corden & Matthew Baynton. The U.S. version, from The Late Late Show host Corden, Baynton, J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, will star Ben Schwartz in his return to Showtime where he co-starred on House of Lies. Written by Corden, Bayton and U.S. TV writer Ian Maxtone-Graham (Veep, Man Se… Read


Shark Tanks Daymond John Latest Star To Join Michelle Obamas College Initiative

By Anita Busch

Shark Tank star Daymond John is joining Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Nick Cannon, Rebel Wilson, and Zendaya in former first lady Michelle Obamas college initiative at Temple University on May 2. About 8,000 students are expected to attend during what is National Signing Day. The day celebrates high school seniors who are choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or the military. This… Read

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy & More Join Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson Comedy Late Night

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By Amanda N'Duka

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Veeps Reid Scott, and I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser have come aboard the comedy, Late Night, written by Mindy Kaling, who also stars alongside Emma Thompson. Nisha Ganatra is attached to direct the project which follows late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Filming is slated to begin next week with Kaling… Read

Jason Clarke Circles Paramounts Pet Sematary Redo

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By Patrick Hipes

Jason Clarke, who stars in the just-released indie drama Chappaquiddick, is in talks to star in Pet Sematary, Paramounts redo of its 1989 horror pic based on Stephen Kings 1983 novel, Deadline has confirmed. The studio has already set an April 19, 2019 release date for this one. Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) are directing the pic, which Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) is adapting, about the Creed family that moves in next door to a pet… Read


Deadlines The Contenders Emmys Photo Studio 2018

By Scott Shilstone

The third annual The Contenders Emmys, Deadline's television awards-season event, was held yesterday at the DGA Theater in Hollywood, where a total of 24 networks and studios showed off 43 of their Emmy-contender programs to kick off Emmy season. The event lasted all day in front of a packed, invitation-only audience of Television Academy voters and PGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGAW and DGA members. Take a look at some of our beautiful, exclusive portraits by photographer Michael… Read


Amy Schumer Circling Dramatic Boxing Film Christy Martin

Amy Schumer Christy Martin

By Anita Busch and Mike Fleming Jr

EXCLUSIVE:Amy Schumer, whose highly anticipated comedy I Feel Pretty opens this weekend wide from STX, is now circling another Voltage Pictures project. Written by Katherine Fugate (Valentines Day), Christy Martin is a true story about the world champion boxer of the same name who had to fight through a mans world to gain success and later personally found herself fighting for her life. This would be a decided turn for Schumer as it is a gritty drama — but what a great… Read

The Four: Fox Brings Back Original Host & Judges For Season 2, Sans Charlie Walk; June Premiere Set

By Erik Pedersen

Fox said today that the original judges panel for The Four: Battle for Stardom — sans the fired Charlie Walk — will return for Season 2. Fergie also is back as host of the singing competition alongside judges Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor. The premiere is set for 8 PM Thursday, June 7. The show launched January 4 but made unwanted headlines later that month when judge and record exec Walk was axed from the series amid allegations of past sexual… Read


Byron Allens Entertainment Studios Bags Joe Carnahans Boss Level For U.S. Bow

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By Anita Busch

Byron Allens Entertainment Studios has just acquired distribution rights to the $45M action/thriller Boss Level from writer/director Joe Carnahan. The film stars Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts. The film will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios last released the controversial Chappaquiddick. The company acquired the film from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S… Read

Starz Acquires Ex-Seeso Comedy Series & Specials Including Take My Wife & Night Train With Wyatt Cenac


By Erik Pedersen

Starz has acquired a slew of comedy series, specials and films that launched on Seeso, the NBCUniversal-owned SVOD service that shuttered last year. Among the series in the deal are Take My Wife, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and The UCB Show. It also includes stand-up specials from the Sklar Brothers, Brian Posehn and Lachlan Patterson, along with The Pistol Shrimps, the documentary about a group of showbiz folks including Aubrey Plaza who play in a women's recreational… Read

Tribeca Sets Juries For Features, Shorts, Awards & More

Tribeca Film Festival 2018

By Patrick Hipes

The Tribeca Film Festival has finalized its juries for the 2018 fest, two days before it kicks off its 17th edition. Names including Martha Coolidge, Norman Reedus, André Holland, Ray Liotta, Chris Messina, Zosia Mamet, Sasheer Zamata, Alyssa Reiner, Josh Charles, Haifaa Al Mansour and Lakeith Stanfield have been set to oversee the features, shorts, Storyscapes section and awards categories. The fest launches Wednesday night with the world premiere of the Gilda Radner… Read


Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Rothschild Dynasty Drama With Jemima Khan At Sky Atlantic

By Peter White

EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a man who knows a thing or two about writing about the wealthy, has set his sights on the richest family in history for his next project. I hear that Fellowes is developing a TV series about the Rothschild banking dynasty, who, in one generation, rose from the deprivation of the ghetto to become the richest and most powerful family in history. Fellowes is collaborating on the script with Ian Kelly (Mr Foote's Other Leg). Fi… Read

HBO Preps John McCain Documentary From Kunhardt Films

By Erik Pedersen

John McCain certainly has led an extraordinary American life, and now HBO has begun work on a documentary about the six-term senator, 2008 GOP presidential nominee and longtime Vietnam POW. Produced and directed by multiple Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt (HBO's Jim: The James Foley Story, King in the Wilderness), along with his Emmy-winning sons George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt (Jim: The James Foley Story), the untitled film is an exclusive profile of one of the most… Read

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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.

Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.

More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.

The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.

Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)

The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.

Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”

“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.

In a theater, the tendency with a movie so dependent on a central mystery might be to become antsy. At home, “Antebellum” is worth seeing, not only because of what it has to say about America’s past and present, but as a reminder of the often yawning gap between an intriguing idea and a fully realized film.

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‘Chemical Hearts’ director Richard Tanne on the film’s ‘bittersweet’ ending and what he hopes fans take away from the movie

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and ..

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and what he hopes fans take away from it.

“I think it’s gonna disappoint some people, and maybe all people on a certain level, ” the 35-year-old filmmaker told us. “It’s bittersweet. But that’s OK.”

The film, based on Krystal Sutherland’s 2016 book “Our Chemical Hearts” and now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, centers on 17-year-old high school senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams), who finds himself drawn to a mysterious and secretive new transfer student named Grace Town (Lili Reinhart).

“Chemical Hearts” is told from Henry’s perspective, chronicling his first heartbreak after he falls in love with the person he thinks Grace is.

Tanne, who wrote the screenplay, said that he was impressed by how the story goes ‘a little bit deeper than your average teen romance’

“I loved how it embraced the dark side of being young, the pain and the grief and the loss, the idea of crossing the threshold from being an adolescent to an adult for the first time,” he told us.

By the end of the movie, Henry learns about Grace’s tragic past. On their last day of senior year, the characters don’t end up together. Instead, they prepare to explore different futures, with Henry heading off to a school for writing and Grace taking a year off to continue therapy.

Even though fans might be disappointed by the love interests splitting, Tanne said that ‘not everything has to be escapist’

“Sometimes, younger people watching movies don’t know that it’s OK to have unhappy endings because they’re fed a steady stream, a steady diet of escapist happily ever after movies,” he told us. “And that’s OK.”

He added: “There’s a place for those, I’m not knocking them. But I just wanted to make something that didn’t talk down to the younger audience. I wanted to make something that either meets them at their level or asks them to reach a little bit higher or dig a little bit deeper.”

Tanne said that having to confront that ‘bittersweet ending’ could also be useful to viewers

The director described the conclusion as bittersweet because “there’s hope at the end, maybe not for their relationship, but for other aspects of their lives.”

“Maybe it will be helpful for young people to see that and walk away with the same sting that Henry has, but to know that it’s going to be OK, to know that Henry will be OK,” he said.

Abrams, who was 22 when he filmed the movie, told Insider that hopefully, audiences will empathize with Henry.

“I think in terms of I supposed how he’s navigating relationships, I feel like hopefully at least anyone can relate to that,” he said.

Abrams told Insider that Henry and Grace’s relationship status at the end speaks to the film’s realistic nature

Abrams shared similar sentiments as Tanne, telling us that they tried to “portray the characters as honestly as possible,” which ties in to the conclusion.

“I think there are some people that meet one person and that’s who they’re with for the rest of their lives, who actually are Henry’s parents in the movie,” the 23-year-old actor told us.

“But then there are other people, and I think it’s probably a larger number, that are going to be in multiple relationships and some of them, a lot of them aren’t going to go well. I hope that that’s an aspect of the movie that people are able to relate to.”

Abrams added that he’s “perfectly fine” letting fans decide for themselves what their main takeaways are from “Chemical Hearts.”

“I hope that maybe they take away things that I didn’t even think of, because everyone’s different and at a different point in their life and hopefully will be able to relate to it in different ways.”

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Julia Sawalha furious after being told she is ‘too old’

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would n..

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would not be cast in the forthcoming sequel to the hit Aardman Animation film Chicken Run as her voice sounded “too old”.

In the original film, released in 2000, Sawalha voiced the lead role of Ginger, the plucky hen who inspires her fellow egg-layers to escape from a farm when they are threatened with being turned into pies. News of the development of a sequel first emerged in 2018, and Netflixs involvement was announced in June. It is due to be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) and start production in 2021.

Sawalha posted a statement on social media saying she was told a week ago that she was not wanted for the sequel. “The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds too old and they want a younger actress to reprise the role.”

She added: “Usually in these circumstances, an actress would be given the chance to do a voice test in order to determine the suitability of their pitch and tone, I however was not given this opportunity. I am passionate about my work and I dont go down without a fight, so I did my own voice test at home and sent it to the producers … However, they stated, We will be going ahead to recast the voice of Ginger.”

Sawalhas protest follows reports that Mel Gibson, who voiced the character of daredevil rooster Rocky, would not be involved in the sequel. While Rocky is named as a character in the official plot synopsis for Chicken Run 2, the role is due to be recast. Variety magazine reported that Gibson was told that as “the sequel will revolve around younger chickens, therefore casting younger voice actors” was necessary. The report also claimed that Gibsons history of controversial behaviour, including an accusation of antisemitic comments by actor Winona Ryder, which Gibson denies, played no part in the recasting.

Sawalha added: “I feel I have been fobbed off with the same excuse … To say I am devastated and furious would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless.”

No official announcements have been made for the Chicken Run 2 cast, but original film cast members Jane Horrocks and Lynn Ferguson have been added to the films IMDb page.

Aardman has been contacted for a response.


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