Bill Maher Slams Jussie Smollett As A Gift To Fox News (And A Lousy Actor)

Update, with video added Bill Maher figures there’s at least one beneficiary of Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax attack: Fox News.“Fox News will dine out on this,” Maher said during the panel discussion on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Earlier in the show, during t...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 4:41:17

R. Kelly Indicted On 10 Felony Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse With Minors

UPDATE, 8:45 PM: R. Kelly has voluntarily surrendered and is confirmed to be in policy custody in Cook County, Ill, according to a police spokesman. A bond hearing will be held on Saturday afternoon.Kelly faces several counts, all Class 2 felonies in Illinois, and a probational offense that carries ...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 4:33:14

Venezuela ‘Live Aid’ Concert Blocked As Tensions Rise On Colombia Border

Tensions are high along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, as a major push to deliver humanitarian aid could descend into violence on Saturday.On Friday, musicians held a Live Aid Venezuela concert in border town Cucuta, Colombia to pressure Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to let humanitari...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 4:19:24

Precious Harris Dies: Sister Of VH1 Reality Star/Rapper T.I. Was 66

Precious Harris, older sister of rapper and VH1 reality show star T.I. of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, died today of injuries sustained in a car accident last week. She was 66.Harris had three children, including Kayama Chapman, Avis Chapman-Reese and Kareem "Plug" Chapman. Harris&#...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 2:52:26

Talent Agents Fire Back At WGA’s “Attempt To Divide” With “Misinformation And Myths”; Guild Responds – Update

UPDATED with WGA statement: The Association of Talents Agents has fired back at the Writers Guild, claiming that the WGA's attempts to "divide" the agency business to kill off packaging deals and force them out of the production business is filled with "misinformation and myths."WGA West preside...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 2:37:29

Notes On The Season: New Jersey Bookies Betting On Oscar; ‘Roma’ Stars Bid Farewell To The Circuit; Tarantino Saves Film Projection

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.And now it all comes down to this. On Sunday at the Dolby Theatre, the long, often bruising movie awards season comes to an end. And not a moment too soon. The predictions will end and the real winners will emerge as the 91st Annual...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 2:28:58

KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Death Ruled Accidental By County Coroner

UPDATED with cause of death: KTLA anchor Chris Burrous’s death has been ruled accidental, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.Burrous died on Dec. 27 from what the coroner called methamphetamine toxicity, authorities said today. Other contributing factors in Burrous'...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 1:45:36

Brody Stevens Dies: Stand-Up Comedian And Film/TV Actor Was 48

Brody Stevens, a regular at Los Angeles comedy clubs and a character actor in numerous film and television productions, died today. No cause of death or location was provided by his representatives.Born in Los Angeles as Steven James Brody, he briefly lived in Sacramento before returning to the Vall...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 1:25:52

‘Wrecked’s Will Greenberg Joins NBC’s Bradley Whitford Musical Pilot As TBS Comedy Series Faces Uncertain Future

EXCLUSIVE: Wrecked co-star Will Greenberg has been cast as one of the leads opposite Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp inNBC's church choir comedy pilot (fka All Together Now) starring and executive produced by Whitford, from Lesley Wake Webster, Jason Winer and 20th Century Fox TV.Greenberg plays ...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 1:05:37

Oscars Pregame Warmup: Watch Deadline’s Reviews Of All Eight Best Picture Nominees

Over the past year, beginning in February withBlack Panther and ending in December withVice,I did video reviews of all of what eventually became the eight nominees for Best Picture at the 91st annual Academy Awards.Check them all out and see which one you think will take the Oscars’ big prize ...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 0:36:12

‘New York Undercover’ Star Malik Yoba To Reprise Role In ABC Reboot Pilot

Malik Yoba, star ofDick Wolf's 1990s series New York Undercover, has been tapped to star in the contemporary reboot of the cop drama, which has a pilot order at ABC. The project hailsfrom Wolf, Hand of Godcreator Ben Watkins and director Anthony Hemingway.Yoba will reprise his role as J.C. Willi...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 0:30:48

Which Film Stands To Gain The Most At The B.O. From An Oscar Best Picture Win? Perhaps None Of Them

Yes, that’s exactly right: Should Netflix’sRomaor Disney/Marvel’sBlack Panthertake Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday, forget about any type of halo effect at the box office.In either case, Netflix is the winner in regards to eyeballs: Both titles are available to watch on the st...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 0:24:22

Nathaniel Arcand Cast In CBS’ ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ Spinoff From Dick Wolf

EXCLUSIVE: Nathaniel Arcand (Cold Pursuit) has been cast opposite Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Roxy Sternberg and Kellan Lutz in FBI: Most Wanted, the planted spinoff of Dick Wolf's freshman CBS drama series FBI. The spinoff has a series commitment, making an episodic...

Deadline | 23.2.2019 0:17:52

DIGA Studios Opens LA Office, Taps Lionsgate TV’s A.J. Morewitz As Head Of Scripted

DIGA Studios, recently acquired by the Allyance Media Group, is expanding its West Coast presence, opening an LA office, and hiring former Lionsgate TV SVP Development A.J. Morewitz as EVP, Head of Scripted. In his new position, Morewitz will be charged with overseeing DIGA’s scripted content,...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 23:43:36

Oscars Ratings Drop Sees ABC Offering Advertisers Guarantees For First Time

EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Awards looks to be going without a designated host on Sunday for the first time since 1989, but broadcaster ABC had to break some new ground this year in the era of plummeting ratings.Even before the host and category chaos that have hobbled the ceremony in recent weeks, the D...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 23:31:29

‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Late Show’ Teams Win At Publicists Guild Awards

The publicity teams and campaigns behind Warner Bros’ breakout and groundbreaking romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert led by CBS TV Studios’ Ryan Aguirre won the marquee Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship of the Year awards for film and...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 23:08:06

‘Locke & Key’: Michael Morris To Direct First Two Episodes Of Netflix Drama

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Morris is set to direct the first two episodes of Locke & Key, Netflix's adaptation of Joe Hill's comic, from Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment. Morris also will serve as an executive producer on the first episode.Locke & Key is a horror-fantasy series that ... #netflix

Deadline | 22.2.2019 23:02:36

Josh Cooke To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Nana’

Josh Cooke (Grace and Frankie) is set as the male lead lead opposite Katey Sagal in Nana, a multi-cam/hybrid starring and co-executive produced by Sons of Anarchy alum Sagal. The project also hails from writer Lon Zimmet, Ted Melfi and Kimberly Quinn's Goldenlight Films, Alcon Entertainment, 20t...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 22:30:58

Oscars: ABC’s Red Carpet Preshow Adds Ryan Seacrest For Final Half-Hour

Ryan Seacrest will be working overtime Sunday. ABC said today that the veteran multihyphenate and American Idol host will make his first appearance on the network’s Oscars Live on the Red Carpet, joining the broadcast at 4:30 p.m. PT for its final half-hour.That visit will happen after he and ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 22:17:19

Chris Levinson Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV

Writer-producer Chris Levinson has signed a two-year overall deal with Paramount Television to develop and write series projects for the studio, which is being run by Nicole Clemens.Levinson started her career writing for Party of Five and has worked on numerous shows, including a stint as co-execut...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 22:15:41

Maggie Lawson To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Geniuses’

Former Psych star Maggie Lawson is set as the female lead in Geniuses (working title), Fox’s multi-camera blue-collar family comedy pilot from LA to Vegas creator/executive producer Lon Zimmet.Written and executive produced by Zimmet, Geniuses harkens back to one of Fox's signature comedy ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 22:15:31

Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha To Produce & Star In Jazz Era Film ‘Sylvie’

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in Sylvie,a period romance film, which they are also producers on. The pic, set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950's/early 1960's, is currently in production with Eugene Ashe (Homecoming) directing from a screenplay that ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 22:00:20

Cal/OSHA Opens Investigation Into ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Accident

Cal/OSHA has opened an investigation into Thursday’s accident on the set of LA's Finest that injured the Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV series’ co-showrunners Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier."Cal/OSHA was notified by Mesquite Productions and LA Port Police on Thursday of a workplace ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 21:58:17

‘The Big Bang Theory’ Return Buffets Competition; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Bounces Back

CBS welcomed back The Big Bang Theory (2.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 13.3 million viewers) after two weeks off and saw it dominate the primetime landscape Thursday, taking the tops spots in the demo and viewership and, teaming with Young Sheldon, the night’s No. 2 ranked how in b...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 21:43:03

Clark Gable III Dies: TV Host, Clark Gable Grandson Was 30

Clark Gable III, TV host, sometime actor and grandson of the Hollywood legend who shares his name, died in Dallas today of as-yet-undisclosed causes. He was 30.Gable’s mother Tracy Yarro Scheff announced his death, posting on Instagram “with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 21:37:13

‘Batwoman’: Elizabeth Anweis Cast In the CW’s DC Pilot

Elizabeth Anweis (9-1-1) has been cast opposite Ruby Rose in Batwoman, the CW's groundbreaking drama pilot from Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television.Written by Caroline Dries and directed by Marcos Siega, Batwoman marks the first gay lead character of a live-action...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 21:30:39

‘Native Son’ Gets HBO Premiere Date And A First Trailer

HBO Films has slotted April 6 as the debut date for Native Son, the Rashid Johnson-directed drama that the premium cabler made a splashy deal for last month at Sundance where the film had its world premiere. This announcement, which was made by HBO Films president Len Amato, also included a first-lo... #trailer #hbo

Deadline | 22.2.2019 21:07:25

Leslye Headland, Will Ferrell And Red Wagon Team At HBO Films For FIFA Hustler Story ‘American Huckster’

EXCLUSIVE: Leslye Headland is rewriting to direct for HBO Films a picture based on American Huckster: How Chuck Blazer Got Rich from-and Sold Out-the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports. Will Ferrell is attached to star as Blazer, a hustler from Queens who managed to wheel and deal his way to the to... #hbo

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:50:42

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Hatching $52M+ Opening

2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY MIDDAY: DreamWorks Animation’sHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldis looking really good with an estimated $15M today, including last night’s $3M, on its way to $52M-$54M for the weekend. That does not include the $2.5M from Fandango previews. The threequel relea...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:38:43

Mythology Entertainment Splitting Up

EXCLUSIVE: Mythology Entertainment is breaking up. James Vanderbilt and William Sherak are parting ways with Bradley Fischer. The three will restructure the partnership in Mythology Entertainment. While the trio will continue to produce several existing Mythology projects currently in development, t...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:31:35

Yorgos Lanthimos To Write, Direct ‘Pop. 1280’ For Imperative Entertainment & Element Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Yorgos Lanthimos is set to write and direct Pop. 1280, an adaptation of the Jim Thompson crime novel for Imperative Entertainment. Element Pictures will produce with Imperative and Lanthimos, in association with Discovery Productions.Project is high priority. Lanthimos’ The Favourit...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:22:24

France’s Cesar Awards Winners Announced- Live

Refresh for latest…: France's Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma is handing out its César Awards tonight in Paris. Nominations for the local equivalent of the Oscars are led by Xavier Legrand's feature debut Jusqu'a La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche's Le Grand Bain...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:21:38

‘Wynonna Earp’ Future In Limbo As Season 4 Production Is Delayed By IDW

One of Syfy’s series with most devoted following, Wynonna Earp, appears to be in danger despite the July announcement at Comic-Con that it has been renewed by the NBCU cable network for a fourth season.The series’ fandom was whipped into a frenzy over the last 24-hours after Melanie Scro...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:05:59

‘Greek’ Reunion, ‘Atypical’, ‘Perpetual Grace’ Panels Set At ATX TV Fest

ATX Television Festival is rounding out its programming for the upcoming fest set for June 6-9 in Austin, Texas.Cast and creators of ABC Family’s Greek will reunite for a panel. Creator/executive producer Patrick Sean Smith, will be there, along with cast members Spencer Grammer, Amber Stevens...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:00:51

CBS Orders Comedy Pilot Starring Jaime Camil From Alex Herschlag & Jennie Snyder Urman

CBS has given a late pilot order to a multi-camera family comedy from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman and Will & Grace executive producer Alex Herschlag, with Jane standout Jaime Camil set to star and executive produce. The project hails from Urman and Joanna Klein...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 20:00:09

‘Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan Inks With CAA

EXCLUSIVE: Irish actor Barry Keoghan has signed with CAA.Keoghan first cut his teeth in the Irish soap Fair Cityback in 2011. At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, he transfixed global audiences with his gripping turn as an offbeat kid with fatal powers in Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama thriller The Kill...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 19:56:46

John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too

EXCLUSIVE: Sources says John Krasinski is back to directQuiet Place 2.He was already on board to write the sequel.Production we hear begins in July on the Brad Fuller and Andrew Form produced film.We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed as well. She recently won a Screen ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:44:55

Victoria Mahoney To Direct CBS Drama Pilot ‘Under the Bridge’

EXCLUSIVE: After making history as as the first African American woman to direct a Star Wars film with her 2nd unit directing gig on JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode IX, Vic Mahoney is returning to TV as director and executive producer on the CBS medical drama pilot Under the Bridge. The project, ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:34:08

‘Barry’ Trailer: HBO Fires Up First Look At Season 2 Of Bill Hader Comedy

HBO is giving a first look at the upcoming season 2 of Barry, the dark comedy starring Bill Hader as a depressed hitman who finds something like salvation in a community theater group and Henry Winkler as his acting teacher.This new trailer doesn’t give too much away in terms of plot, but who ... #trailer #hbo

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:27:52

‘L.A.’s Finest’ Injured Producers Identified

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has confirmed with sources that LA’s Finest executive producers/co-showrunners Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier were the two people injured yesterday on the set of the Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV serieswhen a stunt car crashed into the video village where they were watchi...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:06:19

Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions In All 24 Categories

In what has been an ever-changing scenario since the race for the 91st annual Academy Awards began in earnest at the beginning of September with the fall festival trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the hunt for Oscar has been as confounding and difficult to call as ever. The so-called precur...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:03:52

‘Umbrella Academy’ Reigns Over NYC Fan Wedding With Times Square Parade

When Netflix found out that two mega-fans of Umbrella Academywere tying the knot in New York City the streamer found the perfect way to celebrate Their Chemical Romance.A 60-foot black umbrella provided the coolest canopy imaginable for Kat and Ducky when the pair married the afternoon after St. Val...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:00:35

‘Stargirl’ Final Four: Amy Smart, Three Others Round Out DC Series Cast

Stargirl, the live-action series premiering later this year on theDC Universe digital subscription service, has rounded out its core cast with the addition of four actors in series regular roles: Amy Smart, Neil Jackson, Hunter Sansone, and Trae Romano.Smart will playBarbara Whitmore, the mother of ...

Deadline | 22.2.2019 18:00:06