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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. With the town either obsessed and/or depressed by today’s Donald Trump inauguration, headed to Sundance and looking forward to Tuesday’s early AM first-ever all digital announcement of Oscar nminations, it has been something of a slow week awards-wise, a purgatory especially for those waiting to move on to Phase 2 of the race. With ballots in to the Academy since last Friday, rumors abound that…
01.21 / 02:02
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A Dog’s Purpose producer Gavin Polone said that he’s had a change of heart after seeing the full video of the dog on set, saying that the dog was not in danger and believes agendas are being carried out for different purposes — whomever sold the video cut together so it appears the dog was in danger “who probably sold it for money” and to fulfill’s PETA’s stated agenda of ensuring that no animal is ever used on a TV of movie set again. Asked by…
01.21 / 01:26
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“The role of the filmmaker, particularly in the documentary space, has never been more important,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said today as he kicked off the Deadline Studio at Sundance 2017 presented by Applegate. “To talk truth to power, and what I can do is give them a platform to do that,”the exec said about what he believes is the role of an artist. A frequent high-profile presence in Park City, Sarandos is in town for tonight’s premiere …
01.21 / 00:51
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EXCLUSIVE: He’ll be back! James Cameron, who regains certain rights to his prized creation The Terminator in 2019, is godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right in drawing a close in the battle between humans and Skynet. Sources said that Cameron, whose copyright reversion happens 35 years after the release of the 1984 classic, is in early talks with Deadpool director and VFX wiz Tim Miller to direct a reboot and conclusion of one of c…
01.21 / 00:50
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NBC has given a pilot green light to a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang and creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, actor-director Fred Savage and 20th TV. I’ve learned exclusively that Isabella Russo has been cast as the young lead in the show written by Kang based on her life, which explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with …
01.21 / 00:49
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President-elect Donald Trump was modest at his official inaugural concert on Thursday evening, telling the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial that they had made his election possible: "I had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than I did." He said that he and his supporters "all got tired of seeing what was happening and we wanted change, but we wanted real change," adding: "It's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world, they say." The…
01.20 / 07:03
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The Casting Society of America gathered tonight to honor casting in film, TV and theater at the 32nd annual Artios Awards. The conventional wisdom of the 2017 Oscars is undisturbed as the year’s award-season regulars all took home wins in their respective categories. Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land won for the award for Feature Big Budget – Comedy, another feather in the nearly universally acclaimed film’s cap. But La La‘s closest competition …
01.20 / 06:26
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Planet Hollywood is just weeks away from opening its newly redesigned restaurant at Disney…
01.20 / 04:47
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NBC has ordered its second drama pilot this season, giving a green light to For God And Country, a military drama from writer Dean Georgaris (Paycheck, ABC pilot Clementine), Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Written by Dean Georgaris, For God And Country is described as a heart pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The project…
01.20 / 04:35
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“Anyone who thinks they can sum up the last eight years in a few minutes would have to be a delusional egomaniac,” Stephen Colbert said on tonight’s Late Show, by way of bringing back his much loved conservative gasbag caricature, also known as  Stephen Colbert. “Well, well, well,  at long last our America-hating, secret Muslim, lead-from-behind, terrorist fist-bumping, hopey-changey apologist in in chief is leaving office, Gasbag Colbert began. But, before he s…
01.20 / 03:58
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Due to the swirling controversy over the now viral video of a German Shepard being forced into the water and later slipping under the water as a handler scrambles to save it on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, Universal has cancelled both the press junket and Monday’s scheduled premiere of the film. A Dog’s Purpose, based on the best-selling book of the same name, goes wide into theaters on Jan. 27th. The move to keep the press at bay comes as those involved with the film…
01.20 / 03:21
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If Chrisette Michelle was hoping for a slot on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s upcoming Netflix TV series adaptation of his 1986 pic She’s Gotta Have It, she can forget it. The Grammy-winning R&B singer drew massive criticism today after belatedly revealing that she had accepted an invitation to perform at inauguration festivities for incoming President Donald Trump, including from Spike Lee himself. This morning, Lee took to his Instagram, stating that he had…
01.20 / 02:45
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The votes are in, recount is over, the hand-wringing continues and the protests have just begun: Welcome to Inauguration Day 2017 as Donald Trump gets sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday. Dispensing with Thursday’s pregame festivities, let’s get right down to how the public can follow the action from speeches to swearing-in to celebrations and beyond. How and where to watch We’ll be livestraming the ceremony here at Deadline, but all of…
01.20 / 02:45
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One of ABC’s top comedy stars, Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen, will be landing her voice  to the upcoming Tangled animated series for sibling Disney Channel. She’ll voice Queen Arianna, Rapunzel’s mother in the animated series, based on the 2010 movie, which will launch in March with a Disney Channel original movie. Bowen takes over for Ashley Judd, who initially was cast in the role. The move was made when “producers decided to take the character’s voice …
01.20 / 00:55
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Among the achievements of the American theater over the last century, August Wilson’s work ranks comfortably with the best. Any one of the plays he wrote — one for each decade of the 1900s — would put him there; taken together they aren’t just an unparalleled series; they’re the paradigm of lyric realism, tours of experience whose unblinking record of the lives of African-Americans is suffused with poetic imagery, flights of fancy and spiritual reverberation.…
01.20 / 00:54
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ABC has has given pilot orders to two more drama projects, Deception, an FBI crime drama procedural from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak, magician David Kwong, Blindspot creator Martin Gero and Berlanti TV and a timely futuristic sci-fi project The Crossing, from Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie  (Criminal Minds) and producer Jason Reed, which touches upon the issue of refugees. Deception, from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti TV, had been an e…
01.20 / 00:18
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UPDATE: Trump addressed the crowd just after 6 P.M. “This journey began 18 months ago,” he said. “I had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it. I’m just the messenger. We all got tired of seeing what was happening and we wanted real change. “This started out being a small little concert, and we decided to do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial — I don’t know if it’s ever been done before.” (Mr. Trump, meet Marian…
01.20 / 00:17
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The prolific The Mark Gordon Company has hired veteran executive and producer David Brownfield as Executive Vice President. In his new role, Brownfield will supervise all production activities for TMGC's current series as well as work closely with the company's creative team in developing premium television content. He will report to CEO Mark Gordon. The move comes as TMGC experiences a notable increase in its production of on-air programming for both domestic…
01.19 / 23:04
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Now that Trump's camp is showing how it really feels about Kanye, is 'Ye feeling a bit…
01.19 / 23:04
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With Amazon’s Transparent, ESPN’s O.J. Made In America and WGN America’s Underground all making their debuts at the Sundance Film Festival, the Park City event has become almost as much about the small screen as the big one in recent years – and now Big 4 TV is coming to town with Downward Dog. As the first broadcast network comedy to screen at the Robert Redford founded fest, the upcoming ABC series will have a premiere screening on January 22 at the Egyptian …
01.19 / 22:27
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