Golden Globes: NBC & E! Set Preshow & Postshow Programming

have firmed their plans for pre- and postshow programs. Awards season kicks into high gear with the 78th annual Golden Globes on Sunday, and NBC and E!
Kicking off the day’s coverage at 1 p.m./4p.m., Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland joins E!’s Nina Parker, Erin Lim and stylist Brad Goreski on Live From E!: Countdown to the Golden Globes as they count down the top 20 biggest red carpet show-stopping moments.
The hourlong show also will feature the most memorable, funniest and indelible moments in Golden Globe history. Jane Lynch and Susan Kelechi Watson will host Golden Globes Pre-Show, featuring live interviews with a nominees as stars from around the globe join in on the conversation with our hosts and one another.
ET, pop culture experts Rocsi Diaz, Naz Perez and iHeart Media’s Tanya Rad break down the major highlights of the night, including the surprise wins and snubs and the most buzzworthy speeches during Live From E!: Golden Globes After Party. After the Globes ceremony wraps at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m.
PT/7 ET, while Live from E!: Golden Globes will begin an hour earlier on the cable net. NBC will carry the trophy show live starting at 5 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room in Manhattan. Before that, NBC’s will air Golden Globes Pre-Show at 4 p.m. PT/8 p.m.
Giuliana Rancic and special guest co-host Karamo headline Live from E!: Golden Globes, with live interviews from the Beverly Hilton. The program also will feature E!’s style correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi and Erin Lim, host of E! News’ The Rundown.” />

ViacomCBS Vision For Paramount+ Wows Some Analysts, But 5% Stock Drop Suggests Wall Street Verdict Still Out

"Management delivered an updated vision for a streaming future," enthused Guggenheim Securities analyst Michael Morris in a note to clients. "We see the company as well positioned among peers," Morris added. He reiterated his "buy" rating on the stock, boosting his 12-month price target to $74 from $50, buoyed by company projections of $7 billion in streaming revenue and 65 million to 75 million subscribers by 2024.
Fishman's uncertainty about the prospects for ViacomCBS successfully pivoting to streaming was encapsulated by the title of his note: "Mission Impossible?"
The S&P 500 and Dow Jones also finished in the red, though damage there wasn't quite as bad. Shares dropped 5% today to close at $62.50, on above-average trading volume. The stock has surged more than 70% in 2021 to date, though, making a cooling-off period fairly inevitable. A quick upswing in Treasury yields also made for an ugly afternoon in the broader markets, with a tech selloff pushing the Nasdaq down 3.5%, the exchange's worst day since last October.
He noted the company's "unique strategy in streaming, across free, pay and premium and incorporating live and on-demand, TV and film, scripted and reality." But execution will be key, he cautioned, and the market is crowded. Morgan Stanley's Benjamin Swinburne reaffirmed his "market perform" (neutral) rating on ViacomCBS stock.
Analyst reaction to the Paramount+ streaming extravaganza has been divided. Also, the unpersuaded say, the company was the last major media company to turn on the streaming jets, with Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal already well under way with their pursuits of Netflix. A number of optimists have keyed in on the company's rosy profit and subscriber forecasts, while skeptics say the effort could end up accelerating declines in traditional operations.
But that higher spending level "includes internal licensing," Fishman wrote. Given the company’s plans to self-license, it remains unclear what impact this will have to third-party licensing revenues." In addition, he added, "It remains to be seen how much ViacomCBS is willing to risk its existing high-margin licensing business, especially with its current Showtime and key CBS programs already sold around the world." "In 2020, ViacomCBS generated $6 billion in content licensing. Robert Fishman of MoffettNathanson noted some upside surprises in the presentation — chief among them the company's guidance for growth and revenue by 2024 — but also raised several looming questions. He noted the company's plan to boost spending on streaming programming from $1 billion a year to $5 billion a year by 2024 (a tally that is presumed to include some sports licensing).
ViacomCBS streaming assets alone, she asserted, are worth more than the company's total market value as of today. Laura Martin of Needham was just as upbeat, raising her target to $80 from $55 and even suggesting that clients sell stock in Netflix (of which she has been a longtime doubter) in order to buy ViacomCBS shares.
The multi-hour streaming presentation by ViacomCBS on Wednesday about its soon-to-be-rebranded streaming service Paramount+ has not proven to be a short-term tonic for the company's stock price.
Post-pandemic, we expect a shakeout among streaming services at the consumer level. News belongs on the Internet. "Sports offering is too narrow to satisfy sports fans. Todd Juenger of Bernstein Research, a longtime ViacomCBS bear, expressed a distinctly opposite view. General entertainment is non-differentiated, late, and lacks the global scale of competitive offerings. "The Paramount+ consumer proposition is weak," he wrote. We'll take the 'under' on the Paramount+ (and Showtime) guidance." International has neither sports or news. "It's a long fall down that mountain," he snarked in the headline of his client note, zinging the central metaphor of the Paramount+ event and marketing campaign.
MoffettNathanson previously has endorsed the shift toward streaming given the challenges in other business segments. "We previously did not forecast that streaming would become big enough to
So far, it isn’t clear to us that any of the new takeaways from the Streaming Event will change our opinion."” /> However, we still need to work on updating our projections, including factoring in the company’s updated disclosure, as well as digesting all of these new moving pieces in our model. return ViacomCBS on a path to growth within the next five years," Fishman wrote.

Mike Tyson Biopic Series ‘Iron Mike’ Enters The Ring At Hulu From ‘I, Tonya’ Team & Karin Gist

Rogers is creator of Iron Mike, and exec produces alongside Gist, Gillespie, who also directs, Claire Brown of The Gist Of It, Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan, LuckyChap’s Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Brett Hedblom and Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman.” />
Hulu is putting its gloves on after handing a straight-to-series order to Mike Tyson limited series Iron Mike.
The streamer has ordered the eight-episode series from I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie.
After his retirement, he would go on to star in The Hangover films, starred in his own reality series Taking on Tyson for Animal Planet that documented him competing in pigeon racing and created the Scooby Doo-esque animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim.
Tyson is widely considered one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time and was the undisputed champion between 1987 and 1990, claiming his first belt at the age of 20, the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title.
The series will explore the wild, tragic and controversial life and career of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson – one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture.
He was convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 and regained his title after he was released in 1995, but lost his title to Evander Holyfield, who he would later bite a portion of his ear off in their 1997 rematch.
Margot Robbie, the star of the Tonya Harding feature film, will exec produce, via her LuckyChap banner, with Mixed-ish’s Karin Gist set as showrunner and exec producer.

‘Animaniacs’ Renewed For Season 3 By Hulu

The series is coming off a successful first season, garnering the most social mentions of any Hulu Original to date over its opening weekend.
Water Tower, the Animaniacs waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio and beyond, turning the world into their personal playground. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. Joining Yakko, Wakko and Dot are fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain who will also return to continue their quest for world domination.
Animation.” /> Spielberg returns as executive producer of the series, with Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, Amblin Television Co-Presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also serving as executive producers. Animaniacs is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Wellesley Wild serves as showrunner and executive producer. Gabe Swarr serves as co-executive producer.
Cancellations/Renewals Scorecard: TV Shows Ended Or Continuing In 2020-21 Season
Animaniacs follows Yakko, Wakko and Dot as they wreak havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet.
Hulu has given an early Season 3 renewal to Animaniacs, ahead of its season 2 launch later this year. The renewal was announced during Hulu's presentation at the TCA press tour. Hulu has ordered a 10-episode third season of the popular animated series from Steven Spielberg, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation.

Hulu Sets Return Dates For ‘Shrill’, ‘Love, Victor’

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The dates were revealed during Hulu's presentation at the TCA virtual press tour. Hulu has announced return dates for the third and final season of Shrill and Season 2 of teen dramedy Love, Victor.
Television serves as the international distributor. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Shrill, starring Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Ian Owens and John Cameron Mitchell, premieres all eight episodes of its third and final season on Friday, May 7. Warner Bros. The series is executive produced by Ali Rushfield, who also serves as showrunner, Aidy Bryant, Lindy West, Rob Klein, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer. Television, Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions.
Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson, George Sear, Bebe Wood, Anthony Turpel and Mason Gooding also star. The film’s original writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger serve as executive producers alongside Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey, Pouya Shahbazian and Adam Londy. Love, Victor will release all 10 episodes of its second season on Friday, June 11. It picks up with a newly out-of-the-closet Victor (Michael Cimino) entering his junior year at Creekwood High.

‘Cherry’: Read The Screenplay For The Indie Drama That Is Close To Home For The Russo Brothers

Cherry will premiere in select theaters tomorrow and bow globally on Apple TV+ on March 12.
Read the script from Russo-Otstot and Goldberg, based on Walker's novel, here:” />
The book auction that they ultimately won via their AGBO banner in a $1 million deal was limited by Walker's available phone minutes because the author was still serving a stretch in prison (he was sentenced to 11 years for a series of robberies in Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs but is now out). The Russo brothers sparked to the book and the its subject matter especially regarding the opioid crisis, and its impact on their hometown.
"There’s a lot of texture we’ve been living with our whole lives that found its way into the film’s storytelling,” he said.
The book was based on Walker's own experiences and, with the film, and Spider-Man's Tom Holland in the lead role, tells of one man's arc from falling in love, to his time as an Army medic in the Afghanistan war, with his return and unchecked PTSD leading to robbing banks, doing time and getting hooked on drugs.
That's where they found Cherry, the Apple TV+ indie drama based on the novel by their fellow Cleveland native Nico Walker. Joe and Anthony Russo went back home for their return to directing after guiding Avengers: Endgame to the biggest box office haul in history.
That included making Cleveland front-and-center in the narrative, with the filmmakers' connection evident; Anthony Russo said that the street where Cherry and Emily (Ciara Bravo) live is the street where he and his brother spent the first decade of their lives, even shooting in a restaurant Joe worked called La Dolce Vita, and at nearby Lake View Cemetery.
They separated the story into six distinct chapters, each shot in a different style and period feel, different ratios and looks. Then it was up to screenwriter Angela Russo-Otstot, a veteran TV writer (The Shield) as well as President of Creative at AGBO and Joe and Anthony’s sister, who worked on the script alongside Jessica Goldberg (The Path).

How The Marvel Cinematic Universe Calendar Is Shaping Up For 2021 & Beyond Between Movies & Streaming Series – TCA

Not all Marvel/Disney+ series will get season 2 or 3s. A WandaVision season 2 is not imminent, rather Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch storyline will head straight into the Sam Raimi-directed sequel Doctor Stranger and the Multiverse of Madness (scheduled for March 25, 2022). 11, 2022). Ditto for the Ms. Some will, and Feige didn't reveal his hand on which of those that would be. Sometimes a series will segue into a big screen feature. Marvel series which is planned to drop on Disney+ later this year; that series will bleed into Captain Marvel 2 (theatrical date is Nov.
And that's your 2021 Marvel year. Eternals will hit the big screen on Nov. 5, and then Sony/Disney/Marvel's Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to go on Dec. 17.
"Soonafter Loki, we'll have our first animated series which is What If? We're also shooting Hawkeye currently, and in a few weeks we start She-Hulk, a week or so after that we start Moon Knight in addition to our features for the MCU thanks to Disney+." Marvel. and I'm here on set where we are finishing up Ms.
It's quite clear that we'll get more Marvel series on Disney+ this year than arguably Star Wars series.
At the top of the TCA session, Feige updated the press corps with the following Disney+/Marvel series today:
At the top of the first Disney/Marvel TCA session, President of Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige gave a brief rundown of the studio's plans.
March 5 reps the end of season one of WandaVision.
Other 2022 Marvel theatrical releases include Thor: Love & Thunder on May 6, 2022, and Black Panther 2 on July 8 next year (There's also an MCU series Wakanda planned as Deadline first reported).
All we know about Star Wars so far this year is the Book of Boba Fett series is coming this fall to Disney+, and animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch drops on May 4.” />
However, it's not clear if all global markets will be open as Covid quells and vaccinations swell by that time. Disney will know in the next month whether they'll move the Scarlett Johansson movie. The next big event in the MCU to happen after Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the feature release of Black Widow on May 7. Feige mentioned nothing about Black Widow going to the streaming service today, nor did he talk about the Avengers femme superhero movie rescheduling its theatrical release date. Disney CEO Bob Chapek has mentioned that the studio's intention is to keep Black Widow as a theatrical release, and not as a Disney+-day-and-date-theatrical or strictly streaming release. It's not just about New York and Los Angeles re-opening, and the hopeful capacity restrictions easing, but the rest of the world as well. Rival distributors guess that the next date that Black Widow would move to is July 9 where Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings is slotted.
Sometimes it will go into a season 2, sometimes it will go into a feature and back into a series,” said Feige. “The fun of the MCU is obviously all the crossover we can do between series, between films. So it will vary based on the story.
That will run six episodes, a speculated season end date (if Disney doesn't skip weeks) of April 23. Then on March 19 The Falcon and the Winter Solider is debuting.
“Sometimes, and yet to be announced, we’re thinking of and planning second and third seasons for some of the upcoming series,” he added.
Then, as announced today, Disney+'s Thor spinoff Loki series will drop on June 11.

‘White Noise’ Producer Uri Singer Acquires Rights To Don DeLillo’s ‘The Silence’

The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon, to Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor, her husband, and her former student wait for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. Released in October 2020, The Silence tells the story of Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022.
DeLillo is repped by Echo Lake and Robin Straus.” />
The project is on the fast track and is currently out to directors.
"Don DeLillo is a pillar of American literature, and I am so proud and honored to turn his novels to film." "I believe obtaining high-quality IP, is the foundation for a good film or TV series, said Singer.
EXCLUSIVE: Uri Singer has secured the rights to The Silence, the latest novel by prolific author Don DeLillo. Singer is currently producing a film adaptation to DeLillo's highly-regarded 1985 novel White Noise, which Noah Baumbach is directing for Netflix and Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are attached to star.
His other producing credits include the Ethan Hawke-led Tesla biopic and Marjorie Prime starring Geena Davis and Jon Hamm. Singer, who is repped by Cohen & Gardner, will begin production on White Noise this summer in Ohio.

How Andra Day Turned Lead Actress To “Vindicate” Her Beloved Icon In ‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’

“He’s like, ‘I don’t want to work with her, she’s not an actress,’” recalls Day. So, I was trying to convince him, like, ‘I’m so glad to meet you, but make sure you just get the right person and do what you need to do.’” “And I had a horrible idea that I would be a stain on her legacy.
And it was so many moments where even in my own head, I’d have to stop and be like, ‘OK, Lady Day, where the f–k are we at? What’s going on?’ I’d have to talk to her. “I had been in her headspace for so long,” says Day. “I felt so inhabited by her, by the spirit of God just bringing me into this place. It was honestly a total out-of-body experience to the point where I still feel a little bit like I am trying to establish who I am in this season.” Some days on set, the performances led to private conversations with her idol.
It was the breakdown of my own family unit, my addiction to men in my early twenties and then my shortcomings that I inflicted on other people, as well as on me. It was informing all of that stuff, allowing our spirits to sort of co-mingle. “Singing her, it was remembering all of that feeling in my body as a Black woman, with the pain of lynching, or knowing my own family members have had crosses burned in their yards, how I’ve been turned away from being served at a gas station, and this need to prove a point or to be defiant to this kind of system. Honestly, I was just praying my way through it.” The experience also brought to the surface some personal memories that Day had to confront. That shell of everything that was her reminded me of my own experiences with trauma.
It was this idea of her getting beat up, or her husband punching her in the face or knocking her out cold as more familiar and more comfortable than her being vulnerable completely with a man. “I think she also wanted to be loved a certain way and it had a lot to do with familiarity. I feel like in her mind, she reasons, ‘Great, I’ll get hit in the eye, but that’ll heal in whatever time it’ll heal. “I think Billie Holiday wanted to be loved,” she says. Heartbreak, that could last what feels like forever.’”
“I am so grateful for that song. I’m grateful to be able to sit here and say that.”” /> It’s literally my favorite thing I’ve ever written in my life,” Day says. So much so that her new single, “Tigress & Tweed”, namechecks “Strange Fruit” and is featured as the end track to the movie. “It feels very, very full circle because a huge part of what I am this season is Billie Holiday.
As Day looks forward to returning to the studio to record a new album, Billie Holiday continues to inspire the artist in her songwriting. A little less apologetic.” “Her DNA definitely made it onto the new record,” says Day. “It definitely is a little more of, ‘OK, I’m tired of y’all s–t,’ but it’s also very honest and it’s vulnerable and just a little edgier.
And as Andra Day, the singer quickly rose to fame with her distinct, soulful, bluesy voice, highlighted in the smash Grammy nominated single “Rise Up”, which has garnered many millions of streams since its 2015 release. She was so influenced by the jazz legend that, when it was time to choose a stage name, Andra added ‘Day’ as a tribute to Holiday’s nickname Lady Day.
Day sits in the space of Billie Holiday with such ease that there is a lot of Academy talk in the Best Actress category. Though that seems to be the last thing on her mind. It was an emotional moment. But when I start trying it, I start crying. I want this to be Andra Day giving an homage to Billie.’ And I say OK. “I’ll tell you, there was an ending scene when we were singing ‘All of Me’ and Lee says, ‘I need you to get rid of Billie. And I realized in that moment I had no idea who I f—ing was.” The intense immersion has paid off in droves.
Day, born Cassandra Monique Batie, has lived with the music of Billie Holiday for a very long time. I was like, ‘Wow, she’s giving up something.’ It wasn’t until I was about 18 when I started to dive into who she is.” Upon first listening to “Sugar”, Day’s immediate reaction was, “Her voice sounds nothing like Whitney. “All I knew was that whatever I was listening to was extremely powerful and I could hear the sacrifice. What is this?” But it was the second song that left a deeper impression with the young girl. When she was 11, she was introduced to the songs “Sugar” and “Strange Fruit”.
But as the vocal cues of Lady Day seeped into her performance, further research into the tumultuous history of the singer would make its way to the surface, too.
No drinking tea, just drinking cold gin and being out in the cold and smoking cigarettes and laughing and yelling. “But it sort of has to travel through all of this gravel in order to get out. “Vocally, she sits in a higher place than mine,” she explains. I do not recommend it.” I tried to pay attention to every single subtle cue about her voice, and also just stopped taking care of my vocal chords the way I would as a singer. Achieving this took a slightly off-kilter effort for Day.
When director Lee Daniels met up with the two-time Grammy nominated Day, the two actually bonded over the fact that neither of them thought she would be a good fit for this role of a lifetime. It’s a performance that we almost didn’t get the chance to see.
“Once I realized that the film would be talking about the government going after her for singing ‘Strange Fruit’, it was very incentivizing that we would have an opportunity to vindicate her legacy, and the world would have an opportunity get to know her as the godmother of civil rights. So, it was a powerful moment and revelation for me.” But that conversation was preceded, on Day’s part, by a deep dive into Billie Holiday’s life, leading the director to realize the extremely knowledgeable talent he had on his hands. For Day, it was the angle of this story that really made her reconsider her desire to take on the role of Holiday.
I just had a brand-new respect for actors, marinating in all that trauma and familial pain. “It’s like they don’t want me to be successful, because this should be the last week. Honestly, I was really transformed by it.” I think the nerves helped to affect me because I’m sure [Holiday] would have been nervous singing ‘Strange Fruit’, knowing that all those police were back there. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, why would they set me up like this?’” she laughs.
She wasn’t just a tragic drug addict or a troubled singer; she was fighting for us.” “There are things that I’m still trying to recover from, but I would never have done it any other way. It was three years of being in her headspace. It feels so fulfilling and gratifying to be a part of the conversation… especially for me to tell the story of a woman I love so deeply. Taking a quiet moment, Day opens up on how the whole experience has changed her life. People can finally say, ‘Oh, wow, she was actually the godmother of Civil Rights. I would do it exactly the same.
Her voice is just as much her personality and character as she is, and so singing the songs was not just about emulating her, it was interpreting her, to tune in on where her voice comes from.” “I did not want to do this movie without doing her voice,” admits Day, “because I look at her voice as a scroll and on it is written all of her experiences, every hit from a man, every time she slammed heroin, every time she stood up against the government when they came after her for singing ‘Strange Fruit’, every drag from a cigarette. Having already established herself as a distinct voice of the 21st century, Andra was faced with the challenge of how to approach an artist that is not only one of a kind, but someone whom she idolized deeply.
It was less than a week into filming The United States vs. They were playing police waiting to arrest the singer for uttering even a word of her politically charged and, at the time, banned song. Billie Holiday when Andra Day found herself on set singing “Strange Fruit” in front of an audience filled with extras.

Amazon’s IMDb TV Launches On Chromecast, Soon To Hit Android TV Devices In U.S.

Last fall, Google announced a significant shift after several years in the connected-TV business, saying it would bring Chromecast and Android TV together in a unified interface. The result is the product now known as Chromecast with Google TV.
IMDb TV, Amazon's two-year-old, free streaming service, is now available as a stand-alone app on Chromecast with Google TV and will soon be on other Android TV OS devices in the U.S.
Notable library series on the service include 24, Mad Men, Schitt’s Creek and Fringe, and movies such as Minority Report, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. IMDb TV, which started out as IMDb Freedive before later rebranding, features a mix of acquired titles and Amazon Studios originals like the soon-to-debut Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.
The distribution expansion follows recent launches of the IMDb TV app on Roku, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Sony Android TV devices. The IMDb TV app, featuring an extensive catalog of blockbuster movies and popular TV shows, will arrive on Android TV OS devices in the coming weeks.
These platforms generally carry about half the advertising load of traditional linear networks and promise advertisers superior targeting given they are delivering their programming via the internet. IMDb TV is among a handful of fast-growing free, ad-supported streaming services, along with the Roku Channel, Peacock, Pluto, Tubi and Crackle. A marginal category a few years ago, AVOD is now seen as a key strategic priority for a range of players as TV advertising dollars continue to migrate from linear channels to the digital arena.” />
IMDB itself began as a movie listing database in 1990. In addition to the stand-alone IMDb TV app on Roku, Chromecast with Google TV, Sony Android TV, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S devices, IMDb TV is available as an app on Fire TV and a free channel on Amazon Prime Video and IMDb apps across hundreds of devices.

Delayed Again! Johnny Depp’s $50M Defamation Trial Against Amber Heard Pushed To Next Year

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard won’t be facing off in a Virginia courtroom anytime soon, it seems.
As depositions are taken and more motions are to be decided in the case, this latest delay may ended up cranking up the volume on the near ear-splitting matter all the more – and could be pushed back again.” />
The ACLU and Elon Musk were pulled into the Virginia case earlier this month, by Dep. Having been axed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise last November, mere days after Judge Andrew Nicol’s damningly determined against Depp and for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun, the actor has been on a subpoena binge in the US of late. That follows Heard dragging Pirates studio Disney and the LAPD in to the matter in January for basically everything that they might or might not have on her ex.
With Depp’s UK lawyers anticipating an oral hearing next month in their attempt to appeal their loss in the actor’s libel suit against being called a “wife beater” by The Sun tabloid, the significant date shift in Virginia barely lowers the volume in the loud matter. For once thing, Heard countersued her ex-husband and Rum Diary co-star for $100 million last summer after failing to get the initial suit dismissed.
“Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” the suit read in part. The filed paperwork went on to say that in fact it was the fairly litigious Depp who was the real victim in the couple’s short-lived marriage that ended in full public view in 2016.
The last time the fuming matter was postponed was back in September last year. While Depp had been advocating for a new delay then because of his then Fantastic Beasts 3 shooting schedule, Judge White actually pushed the date from January 2021 to May due to backlogs in the state’s court system because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new date was decided yesterday by Fairfax County VA Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce White.
Among those high profile names in this very high profile case, free speech non-profit the ACLU are in the spotlight again in the case because the group was among the two organizations to which Heard said five years ago she was donating half of her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp. Despite years of insisting on the donation and an ACLU Ambassador for women’s rights role for Heard, it turns out that big bucks payments have been “delayed,” according to what the actress’ attorney Elaine Bredehoft told Deadline in January.
In fact, in the UK, Heard’s team recently filed an opposition to the appeal there, and Depp’s barristers have until February 28 to reply.
Already rescheduled several times and in what was looking like the final mad rush of discovery and depositions the trial had been set to start on May 7.
The April 2022 date was the first available slot for a civil jury trial, I hear.
In yet another delay in the trial start of the former Pirates of the Caribbean star’s acetous $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Aquaman actress, the former couple will now trade barbs and evidence on April 11, 2022. The trial is expected to last about two weeks, give or take a few days.
In that context, and with proceedings slowly starting up against as Covid-19 continues to rage across the nation, a murder trial with a defendant who is already behind bars was handed the Depp/Heard May 7 date. As with last September, criminal cases are still the priority in Virginia.
Obviously, Amber Heard disagreed.
And, to the frustration of some involved, that’s kind of the reason this time round too.
This all started when Depp sued Heard in Virginia state court for $50 million in March 2019 after she wrote a Washington Post op-ed about being a victim of domestic abuse. The December 2018 piece never actually named the actor, but the already fairly litigious Depp alleged the op-ed damaged his already tainted rep and cost him a well-paying gig in Disney’s planned Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.

HBO & HBO Max Merge Production & Business Affairs Teams; Janet Graham Borba & Susanna Felleman Promoted, Sandra Dewey & Pat Kelly To Exit

HBO execs Janet Graham Borba and Susanna Felleman are gaining expanded roles and HBO Max and Turner execs Sandra Dewey and Pat Kelly are leaving. The move will see a number of staff changes across the teams.
Graham Borba, who has been at HBO since 1995, becomes EVP, Production for HBO and HBO Max. She has overseen shows including Game of Thrones and became the head of HBO’s Production Department, with oversight of Los Angeles and New York-based production, post-production, and production operations team in 2016.
He will stay on for a period of time to assist with the transition. Kelly headed the HBO Max Business Affairs team under Dewey’s leadership, and during his 19 years at the company, oversaw day-to-day deal making for original series, co-productions, international distribution and worldwide home video, as well as business affairs for such specials as the AFI Life Achievement Award and advertiser-supported initiatives.
The production and business affairs teams at HBO and HBO Max are being merged as the WarnerMedia streamlines operations between the cable network and streamer.
I’ve worked with Janet and Susanna for many years and know that they’ll be brilliant at leading these combined teams as we continue to program HBO and HBO Max with premier original content and harness the combined mastery of these Production and Business Affairs teams to build out the HBO Max streaming service.” Glenn Whitehead, President, Business Affairs and Production, HBO and HBO Max, to whom Borba and Felleman both report, said “As HBO Max moves toward the same in-house production model that’s been the heart of the HBO programming line-up for the past many years, it’s become clear that we need greater consistency across the business and production practices of HBO and HBO Max.
The streamlining, under Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max, will see one single in-house production team and a single business affairs operation across the two platforms.
They’re outstanding colleagues, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”” /> Whitehead added, “Sandra and Pat have both made invaluable contributions to the company throughout their tenures, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
Departing are Sandra Dewey, President, Business Operations and Production for HBO Max, TBS, TNT, truTV and Pat Kelly, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs.
She also oversaw the business side of the TBS, TNT and truTV networks. Dewey has been at HBO for over 20 years and the company said that she played a “foundational” role in the conception and creation of HBO Max, establishing business models, policy and process for Max originals.
Since 2016, she has led the team overseeing general business affairs, labor relations, and residuals and participations. She previously worked in HBO’s legal department. Felleman, who has been with the company for 15 years, becomes EVP, Business Affairs for HBO and HBO Max.

‘National Parks’: Gerardo Celasco Joins ABC Drama Pilot

He co-starred in the Fox sci-fi series Next and recurred as Xavier Castillo on Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder. Celasco's feature credits include Moneyball opposite Jonah Hill and Pete Berg's Battleship. He's repped by Fourward, Global Artists Agency and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP.” /> Celasco most recently wrapped production on the Swimming with Sharks drama series reboot, starring opposite Diane Kruger and Kiernan Shipka.
The project hails from Costner’s Territory Pictures Entertainment, 20th Television and A+E Studios. EXCLUSIVE: Gerardo Celasco (Next) has been cast as a lead opposite Billy Campbell and Angel Parker in National Parks, ABC’s drama pilot co-written and executive produced by Yellowstone star Kevin Costner.
Co-written by Costner, Aaron Helbing and Jon Baird and to be directed by Anthony Hemingway, National Parks follows a small group of elite national parks service agents as they solve crimes while protecting the parks — which, while being known for their sweeping, beautiful landscapes, also attract a vast array of criminal activity.
Costner, Helbing, Baird and Hemingway executive produce alongside Rod Lake, Ivan Cohen, Ken Halsband via Territory Pictures and Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson via A+E Studios.
Celasco will play Lincoln Kane, a fearless ISB Special Agent who is haunted by his past and carries the world on his shoulders. Lincoln's commitment is never in question as he finds his own way to go above and beyond the call.

Barry Jenkins’ Pastel Banner Reunites With ‘Moonlight’ Studio A24 To Produce ‘All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt’; Raven Jackson to Direct

An award-winning filmmaker, poet, and photographer, Jackson’s short films Nettles and A Guide to Breathing Underwater are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, CALYX, Kweli, Phantom Limb, and PANK, along with her recently published poetry chapbook little violences.
Production is expected to begin later this year. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the story chronicles decades in the life of a Black woman in rural Tennessee. The script was one of five films selected for the Ikusmira Berriak Residency in San Sebastián, Spain, and was handpicked by Barry Jenkins for Indie Memphis’ 2019 Black Filmmaker Residency in Screenwriting.
Jenkins and Pastel have been busy since then which include producing the critically acclaimed Never Rarely Sometime Always as well as the highly-anticipated limited series The Underground Railroad for Amazon Studios that will premiere later this year with Jenkins also directing all 10 episodes.
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The Moonlight Best Picture win for A24 and Pastel was historic not only for the drama that went into the announcement of the category with an infamous envelope mix-up but also for launching Jenkins' career as well as putting A24 on the map with the industry as a place with forward-thinking stories that draw Academy attention.
EXCLUSIVE: Almost four years after Moonlight won its monumental Best Picture Victory at the 2017 Oscars, Barry Jenkins is returning to the studio that played a part in making it happen. Sources tell Deadline, A24 and Jenkins Pastel banner will produce All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt with Raven Jackson making her feature directing debut on the film. Maria Altamirano will also be producing the film. The film will mark the first time A24 is re-teaming on a production with Pastel’s Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski since Moonlight.

‘Halo’ TV Series Moves From Showtime To Paramount+

"The story is about reclaiming what makes them human, and therefore it's a very powerful story." "It delivers the visceral excitement of playing the game, along with a much deeper emotional experience around the Spartans, human beings who got their humanity chemically and genetically altered," David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS & Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, said about the series.
The show will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. Halo reinvented how people think about video games and has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, having sold more than 81 million copies worldwide. In the television series adaptation, starring Pablo Schreiber, Halo will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
But once ViacomCBS settled on a three-lane streaming strategy — free ad-supported, broad-pay and premium-pay —  "we all felt that Halo is a broad-pay and premium-pay show," Nevins said.
The audience for Your Honor, which debuted in December, has already surpassed 8.1 million viewers across platforms in Showtime's 27 million-28 million home universe, on pace to become the biggest debut season in the network's history. The massive ratings success of the Bryan Cranston-starrer Your Honor has given Showtime a strong momentum, which made the decision to let Halo move to Paramount+ easier.
Paramount+ is the latest traditional media company-launched streamer to recruit high-profile new scripted series from one of its cable channels among its first offerings. Those include Raised By Wolves, which migrated from TNT to HBO Max, and Brave New World, also produced by Amblin TV, which moved from USA to Peacock.” />
Meanwhile, Showtime will remain "a premium adults programming service" and home of "sophisticated dramas" like Your Honor, Nevins said.
"We were on the hunt for signature shows beyond the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access and were thinking, what could be a defining series for Paramount+," Nevins said. Late last fall, the top executives got to see first finished footage from Halo, which put the idea of a move to Paramount+ on an accelerated path. "Halo always fit the bill but seeing it, we felt it would work," Nevins said.
Halo, which had filmed 55%-60% of its first season when the coronavirus pandemic shut down all production last March, had been floated for months as a possibility for Paramount+ at the ViacomCBS Content Council and in conversations between Nevins and ViacomCBS president and CEO Bob Bakish.
Halo was originally developed "with an eye toward expanding the palette at Showtime to four-quadrant shows," Nevins said.
Additional stars include Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy and Danny Sapani. Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super soldiers; and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race. Halo stars Schreiber as Master Chief Spartan John-117; Natasha McElhone as Dr.
Nevins got them on board with a pitch why Halo would benefit from launching on Paramount+. "It could be a defining show for a newish service that's got all firepower of an entertainment corporation behind it," Nevins said. He reached out to Showtime's creative partners on the series, Spielberg and his team at Amblin as well as 343 Industries, the Microsoft-owned video game developer behind the Halo universe.
Produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, along with Amblin Television, the series is currently in production in Budapest and will premiere on Paramount+ in Q1 2022.
Along with George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, and Julie McNamara, EVP, Development and Programming for Paramount+, Nevins oversees CBS Studios' pipeline of original content headed to Paramount+.
"I think we are making the smart decisions on what kinds of brands we are trying to build tor consumers rather than internal politics." With multiple content studios within ViacomCBS, "part of my goals and the goals of the Creative Council is to get the right piece of content on the right platform where it will be best monetized," Nevins said.
Halo will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International. The series was originally announced in 2013 as one of the big series to launch Xbox’s original content effort. Amblin Television has worked on Halo for almost a decade. The adaptation got a green light in June 2018. It moved to Showtime shortly after Xbox Entertainment Studios was shut down in 2014 and had been in the works at the premium cable network ever since. Following one more bump in the form of a director change several months later, the series got on track and has been moving along, only interrupted by the pandemic.
It is an example of breaking down silos at ViacomCBS, along with Paramount TV Studios producing promising pilot American Gigolo for Showtime. Showtime will continue to produce Halo for Paramount+, and the network's creative executive team, led by Gary Levine and Amy Israel, who had been working on the series for years, will continue to oversee it.
Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross serve as executive producers for 343 Industries. Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive produce for Amblin Television alongside Steven Kane, director Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie for One Big Picture and Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven.
The announcement will be made during the ViacomCBS Streaming Event this afternoon. EXCLUSIVE: Halo's long road to the small screen has taken one final turn. Showtime's anticipated series based on the hugely popular Xbox video game franchise will migrate to Paramount+ and be available exclusively on ViacomCBS' streamer.
Coming off of that, "you are going to see an infusion of new stuff," Nevins said. The first wave of high-profile new Showtime series is already coming together, with The Curse comedy starring Emma Stone; The First Lady limited series headlined by Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson; and Steven Zaillian’s drama Ripley toplined by Andrew Scott.

‘The Real Criminal Minds’ Docu Series In Works At Paramount+

Cook, Aisha Tyler and Daniel Henney. The show's most recent cast included Joe Mantegna, Aisha Tyler, Matthew Gray Gubler, Adam Rodriguez, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster, A.J.
I hear it is expected to be led by longtime Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Talks are currently underway with most — if not all — cast members from the show's final season on CBS about returning for the Paramount+ revival. A creative team for the scripted revival is currently being assembled. ABC Signature and CBS Studio, the studios behind the original Criminal Minds drama, are producing both the scripted revival and the docu series.
Created by Jeff Davis, Criminal Minds aired on CBS for 15 seasons, from 2005 to 2020. It remains one of the most popular off-network titles on Netflix, which likely fueled the interest in reviving the franchise by the ViacomCBS' own streamer.
Tentatively titled The Real Criminal Minds, the true crime docu series will be featuring a former real FBI profiler. It will examine real cases, and real criminal behavior, illustrated by clips from the fictional Criminal Minds series. Talks are still ongoing but I hear the idea is for a prominent Criminal Minds cast member to host the program.
EXCLUSIVE: The popular long-running CBS procedural Criminal Minds is eying a double comeback on Paramount+.
The show told the story of the team as they worked various cases, and tackled their personal struggles. The original scripted series followed a group of criminal profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit using behavioral analysis and profiling to investigate crimes and find perpetrators.
As Deadline reported last week, a scripted revival series with original cast members is in early development at the ViacomCBS streamer. The project is expected to be announced at ViacomCBS' streaming presentation this afternoon. We can now reveal that a companion unscripted series also is in the works at Paramount+.
The mothership series spawned two spinoffs, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Paramount+ will launch its rebrand from CBS All Access on March 4.” />

ViacomCBS Reports Q4 Results Above Forecasts As Curtain-Raiser To Streaming Showcase

The consensus forecast by analysts was for earnings of $1.01 and revenue of $1.9 billion. Both metrics represented modest gains from the comparable quarter in 2019, reflecting an arduous struggle through Covid-19, which has buffeted sports, advertising and other businesses.
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Investors, who initially greeted ViacomCBS with indifference after its long-awaited merger, have recently warmed to its focus on streaming. The company's shares gained 2% today to close at $65.63, near an all-time high.
The company said Pluto now has 30.1 million domestic monthly active users (compared with 12 million when it was acquired two years ago) and 43 million globally. Domestic streaming subscribers spanning CBS All Access and Showtime rose 71% from the same quarter in 2019 to 19.2 million.
Those forces prompted Viacom, before it merged with CBS in late 2019, to acquire ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million. Like other traditional media companies dependent on carriage fees and linear advertising, ViacomCBS has faced pressure from ongoing cord-cutting and the migration of ad spending to digital platforms.
ViacomCBS topped Wall Street analysts' expectations for its fourth-quarter results, reporting diluted earnings per share of $1.04 and total revenue of just shy of $6.9 billion.
and Latin America. Paramount+ will launch next Thursday in the U.S. The results were released just before the start of a multi-hour presentation to investors and press showcasing the rebranded streaming service Paramount+, which was launched in 2015 as CBS All Access. The Nordics and Australia are on deck later this year.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Denies Former Aide’s Renewed Harassment Claims

But in that moment, I realized just how acquiescent I had become," she wrote. “That’s exactly what I was thinking,” I responded sarcastically and awkwardly. I tried to play it cool.
Boylan, who is running for Manhattan Borough President, disclosed the alleged incidents in tweets in December but did not speak to the media then or comment further.
The governor is currently in the midst of a scandal for allegedly under-reporting Covid nursing home deaths in the state.
Boylan had previously tweeted about her experience with the governor in December. In today's Medium blog post titled "My Story Of Working With Governor Cuomo," Boylan describes her distress when the governor allegedly asked her to play strip poker on the flight.
He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched. His press aide was to my right and a state trooper behind us." "I should have been shocked by the Governor’s crude comment, but I wasn’t. We were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet.
"In Ms. Boylan's latest blog post, she opens up with a story about a plane trip in October 2017 — the manifests of all flights from October 2017 can be found below — there was no flight where Lindsey was alone with the Governor, a single press aide, and a NYS Trooper. Below is a statement that can be attributed to John Maggiore, Howard Zemsky, Dani Lever and Abbey Fashouer Collins who were on all of these flights with her," read a communique from the governor's press office.
Boylan says in the piece that she tried to play it off.
The post includes what she says are text messages and emails from the time. The former aide, Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the state's economic development agency, led off a blog post on Wednesday describing harassment on a plane flight in October of 2017 when she said the governor joked that they should play strip poker, and alleged other incidents including an unsolicited kiss on the lips, frequent remarks by the governor about female colleagues and another aide telling her Cuomo had a crush on her.
The state was accused of reporting the passing of thousands of nursing home residents as hospital deaths if the patients ultimately passed away in a hospital. The governor — who has been a steady hand in the pandemic with frequent press briefings that won him a Special Emmy, and who was a gleeful critic of former President Trump — is currently in the midst of a scandal for allegedly under-reporting Covid nursing home deaths in the state. The issue wasn't new but it blew up earlier this month when one of his closest aides appeared to tell state lawmakers that the administration “froze” in handing over nursing home data.
Swirling chaos surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo deepened Wednesday as a former aide accused him of inappropriate behavior, accusations the governor called “quite simply false.”
The statement: "We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen."
Mayor de Blasio even weighed in, remarking that “the bullying is nothing new.”” />
As that story snowballed, State Assemblyman Ron Kim confirmed the aide's comments then spoke out publicly about the subsequent intimidation he faced from the governor.
Deadline has not confirmed her allegations.

Ziwe: Late-Night Is Having A “Renaissance” As Showtime Sets Premiere For Sketch Comedy

Ziwe is produced by A24 and exec produces alongside Jamund Washington and Hunter Speese.” />
The six-part series, which scored a straight-to-series order in October, will feature interviews, musical numbers, guest stars, sketches, fake commercials and field pieces.
“I’m excited for the landscape shift because it means I have a television show,” she told Deadline. “I think it’s a really exciting time to make television and an exciting time to be alive, exciting is a double-edged sword because of the pandemic and cultural war but when you get around that, what an exciting time to document humanity. These are all people I admire and have collaborated.” It’s a privilege to be on the same air as Desus & Mero and Sam Jay and Amber Ruffin.
Ziwe Fumudoh, speaking at Showtime’s virtual press tour, says the show is a culmination of her refining her voice over the years, through stand up, writing for shows like Desus & Mero and Dickinson and a breakout Instagram Live series.
Ziwe joins a booming late night scene, which features her former bosses Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, Lilly Singh, Amber Ruffin and Sam Jay.
She also said that the main difference between her IG show and the Showtime series was that this was a “fully-fledged” production. It will feature Search Party and At Home with Amy Sedaris star Cole Escola, who Ziwe said was also a writer on the show, as well as guest appearances from the likes of Jane Krakowski and Christin Milioti.
Ziwe has lifted the lid on her eponymous Showtime sketch comedy series as the ViacomCBS network has set a May premiere for the show.
“I actually think we’re in a renaissance, but don’t write that because I’m saving it for my book,” she joked.
The network will launch Ziwe on Sunday May 8 at 11pm.

Tiger Woods Suffers “Multiple Leg Injuries” In Los Angeles Car Crash, Extricated With “Jaws Of Life”

The incident happened about 7:12 a.m. local time near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal city of about 42,000 people in Los Angeles County.
On behalf of the PGA tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.” The PGA Tour issued a statement this afternoon: “We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery.
The defining player of his generation, Woods is tied with Sam Snead with 82 career tour wins; one more would make him the winningest golfer of all time. He also has won 15 major events, three behind Jack Nicklaus' record.
Los Angeles County firefighters used the "jaws of life" to extricate Woods from the badly damaged SUV.
"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries," his agent Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management told ESPN. "He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support."


It traces Tiger’s remarkable rise from cute toddler impressing Bob Hope and James Stewart on The Mike Douglas Show to the sport’s most dominant golfer. The recent two-part HBO docuseries Tiger traces the golfer's rise and fall and rise again in both life and career. For years he was expected not just of weekly victory, but of being a “bridge between all the different tribes races in humanity.” The program premiered last month.
The Long Beach native and Florida resident did not play in the tournament, but proceeds from the event help support his charitable foundation. Woods, who recently underwent his fifth back surgery and has had multiple knee surgeries, had been hosting the Genesis Invitational at Rivera County Club in Pacific Palisades over the weekend. The car Woods was driving appeared to have Genesis logo and moniker on its doors, meaning it could be a tournament courtesy vehicle.
Photos posted yesterday to social media indicate that he has recently played rounds with David Spade and Dwayne Wade.
The Los Angeles Times, citing police sources, reported that Woods was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing the center divider. His SUV rolled multiple times.
The iconic Woods stormed back to prominence after several injury-riddled seasons by winning the 2018 Tour Championship and then the 2019 Masters. He played just seven official events and failed to post a top-10 finish to drop to 44th in the world rankings as he focused on playing in his signature tournament — the Masters — in April. But he had struggled since the PGA Tour’s return from a Covid shutdown last year.
The story is developing…
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In 2017, police found the golfer asleep in his parked car, and he was arrest for DUI after failing a field sobriety test. Woods — whose real name is Eldrick — has, of course, been in the news for traffic-related issues before. After that crash, it was reported that Woods had a cocktail of painkillers in his system, some of which had been prescribed due to a back surgery that same year. He crashed his car in 2009, which set off a series of revelations about his personal life.
The crash occurred on a residential street in Palos Verdes. Golf legend Tiger Woods was injured in a one-car accident in Los Angeles this morning and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
“The vehicle sustained major damage,” LASD said. His condition and the extent of his injuries were not immediately clear. See the department's full statement below. According to the Sheriff's Department, Woods’ vehicle was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when it crashed. After being removed from the vehicle, Woods was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

New Hollywood Podcast: Jermaine Fowler Talks ‘Coming 2 America’, Potential Threequel And His Impressive Self-Care Routine

He also executive produced Nickelodeon’s revival of All That and appeared in HBO's Crashing. From broad comedy to something more indie and specific, Fowler also appeared in Boots Riley's socially aware and hyperrealistic gentrification comedy Sorry to Bother You opposite Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Steven Yeun.
But before all of that, Fowler travels to Zamunda in Coming 2 America, the sequel to the wildly popular and iconic 1988 comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Fowler stays busy as he has a bunch of projects on the horizon including the buddy comedy Dead Ass with Sony and Cocaine Hippos with Netflix which is inspired by the hippos Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled from Africa to Colombia in the 1980s.
He executive produced the series where he was the first Black lead of a CBS sitcom in a generation. Fowler is known for many film and TV projects including the Superior Donuts which ran for two seasons from 2017-2018 on CBS.
In the comedy, Fowler plays Lavelle, the long lost son of Murphy's Akeem who lives in New York and is unexpectedly whisked away to Zamunda as he is groomed to become the next prince… of course, hilarity ensues.
Oh say, can you see, Jermaine Fowler is Coming 2 America! The stand-up comedian and actor stopped by the New Hollywood Podcast to talk about the forthcoming sequel which is set to hit Prime Video on March 5.
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Listen to the episode below as Fowler talks about bringing the Coming To America franchise to a new generation, the possibilities of another sequel, his time on RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race and his art of self-care and vision boarding.

‘The Hot Zone: Anthrax’: Ian Colletti, Dawn Olivieri & Denyce Lawton To Recur In Nat Geo Series

Cast also includes Harry Hamlin and Dylan Baker.
Olivieri is best known for her work opposite Don Cheadle in House of Lies and David Duchovny in Californication both for Showtime. Olivieri is repped by Thruline and Talentworks. She recently recurred on CBS’ SEAL Team, and prior to that, played opposite Will Smith in David Ayer’s Bright.
The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the country. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, D.C. The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001, just weeks after 9/11, where another deadly act of terrorism rocked the United States. Despite interagency turf wars and many false leads, an unlikely team of scientists, FBI agents and government departments slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect. and New York.
She recently guest-starred on Chicago PD. Lawton is known for her role as Dana on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Lawton is repped by Jacqueline Kim at Innovative Artists.
On the film side, he has starred in numerous indie projects over the last several years, most recently in Netflix’s Mohawk. Colletti is coming off four seasons on AMC's Preacher. He recently recurred on Showtime’s Billions, and guest starred on Lincoln Rhyme for NBC. Colletti is repped by CESD, Industry Entertainment and the Nord Group.
And, as a behaviorist, she’s tough enough to maneuver the boys club in the bureau, but grounded enough that her instincts point her in the right direction. She’s among the first agents on the ground at the 2001 Capitol Hill anthrax attack. With a Masters in psychology, she’s an FBI Special Agent who gets pulled onto the Counterterrorism Unit after 9/11. Olivieri portrays Dani Toretti (fka Dani Toscano), goes by "Dani." Loves it whenever she walks in a door and everyone is expecting a man.
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Richard Preston is a co-executive producer. Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson serve as executive producers and showrunners. Scott Free Production’s Ridley Scott, David W. Lynda Obst is an executive producer. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan are executive producers. The Hot Zone: Anthrax is produced by 20th Television and Scott Free Productions.
A graduate of Quantico and is eager to learn under a seasoned agent, although a microbiologist wouldn’t have been his top choice as a mentor. Colletti will play Agent Chris Moore, a newbie to the bureau with a dry sense of humor.
Kim posted a pic today on Instagram, the first day on-set in Toronto.
Filming is underway in Toronto. Ian Colletti (Preacher), Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) and Denyce Lawton (Tyler Perry's House of Payne) are set for recurring roles opposite Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn in The Hot Zone: Anthrax, the second installment of National Geographic’s scripted anthology series.
Lawton is Sheila Willis. After 9/11, everything feels a little stronger, deeper, and more unsettled, which has her rethinking her priorities. She has put more into her career than personal life, and has dated FBI Agent Ryker off-and-on. Graduated top three out of Texas, and is a pharmaceutical rep who lobbies on Capitol Hill.

Film Independent Unveils Filmmakers For Project Involve 2021

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CINEMATOGRAPHERS
Film Independent also announced continued support of the program through donor-named fellowships. This year’s LAIKA Animation Fellow is Yoo Lee. This year’s LMU SFTV Fellow is Emily Auday. The LAIKA Animation Fellowship provides a production grant to produce a stop-motion animated short film in Project Involve. The Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Fellowship (LMU SFTV) is presented to one of the school’s alumni.
Mike Maliwanag
Robin Takao D'Oench
EDITORS
Corey Dashaun
Xin Li
Tian Jiao Zi "Selinda" Zhou
PROGRAMMERS
Mengyao Zhang
EXECUTIVES
Gerardo Maravilla
Yoo Lee
Van B. Nguyen
Terry Dawson
Evelyn Martinez
Sara Schultz
Selena Leoni
This year marks the 28th iteration of Project Involve. The free nine-month program is for writers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, animators, programmers and entertainment executives from diverse backgrounds. During the program, participants meet one-on-one with film industry mentors, create short films, attend master workshops taught by top film professionals and industry networking events.
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King, Christopher Nolan, Veena Sud, Christine Vachon, Forest Whitaker and Bradford Young, ASC. Past Project Involve Mentors include Janicza Bravo, Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke, Alma Har’el, Barry Jenkins, Mako Kamitsuna, Spike Jonze, Charles D.
Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve 2021.
DIRECTORS
Ino Yang Popper
Brown (Dear White People), Jon M. Chu (In the Heights) and Justin Simien (Dear White People). Project Involve alumni include Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Linda Yvette Chávez, Marvin Lemus and Aaliyah Williams (Gentefied), Effie T.
This year’s Project Involve Fellows by track are:
Jon Pham
“Having triumphantly navigated this past year, the Project Involve team is prepared, very pleased and extremely excited to welcome the 2021 Project Involve Fellows into the Film Independent family" said Francisco Velasquez, Associate Director, Project Involve.
WRITER DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
José Andrés Solórzano
Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez
Jordan Hart
Winter Dunn
Emily Auday
Rubén Mendoza B.
ANIMATORS
Charmaine Cleveland
The donor-named fellowships for the 2021 Project Involve program to be awarded at a later date are: the Participant Fellowship and the 10th annual Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellowship. Each Fellowship provides essential program support to Project Involve and includes a $10,000 unrestricted cash grant for a selected filmmaker participating in the program. In addition, for the third year, the Panavision Fellowship will provide an outstanding cinematographer in the program with a camera rental package valued at $60,000 for use on a future project produced in the US.” />
WRITERS
Calvin Lam
Fiona Hardingham
Ciara Wardlow
Nicole Dizon
Mireia Vilanova
Erin Lau

‘Tyler Perry’s The Oval’ Renewed For Season 3 By BET Following Season 2 Debut On New Night

That was down from the record high for the Season 1 finale (3.2 million across BET and BET Her). Madea’s Farewell Play drew 1.2 million total viewers (Live+3) in the simulcast across BET and BET Her. A drop-off was expected as the network is using one of its strongest scripted series to make inroads on Tuesday. The Oval averaged 1.5 million viewers across the two networks and 1.4 million on BET alone.
Jason withholds information that could thwart Gayle’s plans.” /> Episode 2 of the 22-episode second season airs tonight. Gayle comes up with a plan of escape and shares it with Jason. In it, Hunter questions Donald and Kyle about the aftermath of the shooting at Denise’s boutique.
Season 3  of Tyler Perry’s The Oval is slated to start production at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta later this year. It joins Tyler Perry's Sistas, which also recently was renewed for a third season by BET.
EXCLUSIVE: A week after Tyler Perry’s The Oval premiered its second season on BET, the drama series has been renewed for a third.
Simpson, Walter Fauntleroy, Brad Benedict, Travis Cure, Matthew Law, Bill Barrett and Derek A. The series also highlights the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence. Dixon. In Season 2, Tyler Perry’s The Oval lifts the veil of what can happen when the leader of the free world, his wife and family are crazed maniacs. The series' Season 2 ensemble cast includes Ed Quinn, Kron Moore, Paige Hurd, Daniel Croix Henderson, Javon Johnson, Ptosha Storey, Vaughn Hebron, Teesha Renee, Lodric Collins, Ciera Payton, Taja V.
The Oval was the No. 1 show for Black viiewers in all of television on premiere night among adults 18-49 and 25-54 and total viewers. Both The Oval and Madea's Farewell Play grew their audience by double digits in delayed viewing, from Live+Same Day to Live+3, up 16% (Madea’s Farewell Play, to 0.55 adults 18-49) and up 50% (The Oval Episode #201, to 0.73).
Perry helped BET reclaim Tuesday as a night of original programming with the first-ever TV airing of his Madea’s Farewell Play and The Oval's Season 2 opener on February 16.

SAG-AFTRA Calls On Members To Take Part In Wages & Working Conditions Meetings To Develop Proposals For New Network Code Contract

The contract – formally known as the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting – expires June 30, and the wages & working conditions meetings will be held across the country via Zoom between March 1- 26.
Increased employer contributions to the Health Plan is expected to be a major element of the upcoming negotiations.” /> The Network Code is one of the union’s smaller contracts, accounting for little more than 6% of members’ earnings, but it will be the first to be negotiated since the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan raised eligibility requirements on January 1 to prevent running out of reserves by 2024.
Your participation is vital.” “Join your fellow members to discuss issues you’d like to see addressed in the upcoming Network Code negotiations. “Members who work this contract are invited to participate in these important discussions,” the union said.
SAG-AFTRA is calling on members to participate in wages & working conditions meetings to help develop the union’s proposals for its upcoming negotiations for a new Network Code, a contract that covers a wide range of non-primetime programs aired on the Big Four broadcast networks including soap operas, game shows, talk shows and quiz shows, as well as sports and variety shows.

Taylor Kitsch To Join Chris Pratt In ‘The Terminal List’ Conspiracy Thriller Series At Amazon

The Terminal List is a co-production from Amazon Studios and Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television. EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Kitsch has been tapped to star opposite Chris Pratt in Amazon's conspiracy thriller series The Terminal List, based on Jack Carr's bestselling novel. Pratt also executive produces the series along with Antoine Fuqua, who directs, and writer David DiGilio (Strange Angel).
Kitsch will play Ben Edwards, a former SEAL and James Reece's (Pratt) best friend. Now a member of CIA Ground Branch, Edwards uses his intelligence access and operator skillset to help Reece seek his vengeance.
Carr also serves as an executive producer along with Pratt and Jon Schumacher through Indivisible Productions, Fuqua through Fuqua Films (The Equalizer, Training Day) and writer Daniel Shattuck. DiGilio will write, showrun, and executive produce.
Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. Written by DiGilio, who also serves as showrunner, The Terminal List follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he love.
Prior to that, he starred alongside Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second season of HBO's True Detective. Kitsch will next be seen in StudioCanal TV's Shadowplay, in which he stars alongside Michael C. Hall and Logan Marshall-Green. Up next, he will adapt his crime-drama short, Pieces, into a feature length film, which he will also produce, direct, and star in. Kitsch, best known for his role in NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights, most recently portrayed the infamous cult leader David Koresh in Paramount Network’s hit limited series Waco, which he also executive produced. Kitsch is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Range Media Partners.” />

Christine D’Souza Gelb, David Hinojosa, Kevin Rowe Launch Management/Production Venture 2AM

Hinojosa will be Head of Production, after spending a decade at Killer Films working alongside Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler. Films he has produced include Oscar-nominated First Reformed, Still Alice and Carol, as well as Vox Lux, Shirley and the upcoming Zola.
Rowe ran the boutique management company Elia, and he will bring his full roster of clients to the management side, where he will continue developing and producing with them. Those clients include Ari Aster, the Hereditary helmer who most recently directed Midsommar for A24, Janicza Bravo (Zola, Lemon), and playwright Jeremy O’Harris (Slave Play).
Amelia Shugrue was recently promoted to Manager after working with Rowe for a number of years supporting his clients, this after starting her career at A24 in publicity. Among other key hires coming aboard are Zach Nutman, who'll be on the Production team and who worked in acquisitions at Neon before joining Animal Kingdom as the Director of Development across film & TV. Cameron Washington also joins as a manager, coming from Donald Glover and Hiro Murai's Guava Island, and before that a manager at Management 360.
She wanted to take some time and plot a course change, and early this fall she began putting together 2AM. She drafted Hinojosa and Rowe to be founding partners. That will include Radha Blank, who wrote, starred in and directed the breakout film The Forty-Year Old Version. In addition to running the venture, D'Souza Gelb will manage some of her longtime filmmaker clients. The catalyst for the new company is D'Souza Gelb, who spent 15 years at a top agent in film financing and sales as a partner at Endeavor Content, before surprising colleagues last May with an internal note that she would stop being an agent.
Rockwell (the upcoming A Thousand And One at Focus), Christopher Makoto Yogi (who directed the just wrapped Sundance competition feature I Was A Simple Man), Mary Bronstein (If I Had Legs I'd Kick You), Meryam Joobeur (Oscar-nominated short Brotherhood), and Keisha Rae Witherspoon & Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, whose short film T won the Golden Bear at the last Berlinale.” /> Among the other clients 2AM starts with are A.V.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Endeavor Content partner Christine D'Souza Gelb has teamed with Killer Films production exec David Hinojosa and manager Kevin Rowe to launch 2AM, a new production and management venture that gets off the ground with backing from A24.
The company launches with designs on managing filmmaker clients, and producing projects primarily in the film and television space. Sources said there will be an arms length relationship between the two companies with no first look deal. For prestige distribution company A24, that marks its first foray in investing in a management concern.

Cable News Networks Shift To Coverage Of Tiger Woods SUV Crash

The networks scrambled to book sports reporters and commentators who could talk about the accident, his health history and his impact on the sport. The extent of the coverage reflected Woods' status as one of the greatest golfers — and athletes — of all time.
"This is a tough guy, a very strong guy…He knows what it takes to endure a significant amount of pain," sportscaster Jim Gray said on Fox News which, like other networks, provided updates on his condition along with overhead helicopter shots of the neighborhood where the crash occurred, Rancho Palos Verdes, along with shots of the accident scene.
"More important to him right now is his kids," she said. On MSNBC, Cindy Boren of The Washington Post talked of Woods' recent trouble with his back and his recent surgery. She was asked if Woods was determined to stay playing out of a desire to break Jack Nicklaus' record for Masters wins.
Such breaking news moments often are a bit of an exercise in filling time with relatively scant information about what happened.
Baldwin said, "We are hanging in this abyss of not knowing anything more than the fact that he's in surgery and he's had injuries to his legs and that's it."
Later, she brought in CNN sports anchor Don Riddell, who talked of Woods' comeback in the 2019 Masters. He shared a story of talking with Woods a couple of years ago, and Woods mentioning that he thought the "greatest comeback of all time" was golfer Ben Hogan, who was in a serious car accident in the 1940s. "We talk about narrative arcs and storylines, and now we have Tiger Woods potentially in a very, very similar situation," Riddell said.
"These pictures are obviously very alarming," she said, referring to images of the mangled car from which Woods reportedly was removed via the jaws of life.
politics. As news broke that Tiger Woods was injured in a serious vehicle crash in Los Angeles, cable news networks quickly shifted to nonstop coverage, breaking away from what looked like a day devoted to D.C.
Earlier in the day, CNN and MSNBC carried the Senate hearing on the Capitol siege, while Fox News dipped in and out of the proceedings and largely stuck to their regular programming, including Outnumbered.” />
"It is gut wrenching. We obviously sit here and wish him well. We are thinking about his family and his two children," said anchor Brooke Baldwin.
On CNN, Kyung Lah read a statement from the PGA, which mentioned that Woods was in surgery, but cautioned that she didn't know when the statement was written.

Stefon Bristol, Spike Lee Reteam With Netflix For ‘Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu’ Feature

Bristol is directing from an original screenplay by Hank Woon with additional revisions by Woon as well as Fredrica Bailey, who also co-wrote See You Yesterday with Bristol. Lee is producing alongside Lloyd Levin (Da 5 Bloods, Watchmen) and Beatriz Levin (Da 5 Bloods, The Mauritanian), both of whom initially optioned the spec screenplay from Woon and presented the film to Bristol and Lee.
Oliver Oftedal and Tom Olsson for Goodbye Kansas’ production arm Infinite Entertainment will serve as co-producers.
Set in 192 East Africa, the pic centers on roguish Black American gunslinger, Gordon Hemingway, who teams up with the elite warrior, Princess Zenebé of Ethiopia, to rescue their kidnapped regent from an ancient evil.
Bristol also attached to direct Breathe, a sci-fi thriller set up at Thunder Road Film. See You Yesterday premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released on Netflix in 2019 with 18 million households tuning into the socially-conscious, time-travel adventure movie in its first four weeks. The film earned Bristol an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
Stefon Bristol, who teamed with Netflix on his directorial debut feature, See You Yesterday, is returning to the streaming giant to direct Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu. Da 5 Bloods helmer Spike Lee, who produced Bristol's first film, is attached to produce his latest project.
He is repped by UTA and Ellipsis Entertainment Group.” />

WGAW Forms Middle Eastern Writers Committee; Inaugural Event Set With Ramy Youssef

population, Middle Eastern writers had "almost no representation at all." A mere 0.3% of working screen and TV writers identified as Middle Eastern. The formation of the committee stems from the release of the guild's  2020 Inclusion Report, which showed that, while most major non-white groups were underrepresented in TV and film relative to their share of the U.S.
The new committee will help bolster Middle Eastern writers within the film and television industry, while continuing to celebrate and promote accurate portrayals of Middle Eastern characters across the media landcape. To kick things off, MEWC has set their first event highlighting Middle Eastern representation between WGA members and a panel of guests featuring Ramy co-creator and star Ramy Youssef. The virtual event will take place Febraury 24 at 7PM PT.
The committee is working to address visibility by building community among writers who identify as Middle Eastern, and providing a platform to engage with a broader network of professional writers. Launching the hire Middle Eastern hashtag #hireME is one step in building that community between the .3% of Middle Eastern writers and the remaining 99.7% of the industry. WGA Writers and co-founding MEWC members include Evan Mirzai, Shea Mirzai, Mano Agapion, Julian Kiani, Annie Wood, Abdi Nazemian, Brittany Sarkisian and 72 others.
EXCLUSIVE: Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is looking to boost visibility and champion Middle Easter voices with the newly formed Middle Eastern Writers Committee (MEWC).
And two, the historical lack of employment opportunities for Middle Eastern writers.” “That number really lit a fire under us to form the committee,” said MEWC co-chairs Paiman Kalayeh and Cameron Fay, who will co-host the inaugural event. “We’ve both been working as professional writers for over a decade now, and we’ve grown increasingly frustrated by two main things. One, the negative depiction of Middle Eastern characters in film and TV.
For more details about the February 24 event click here.” />
“It takes a lot of seed planting for a show to become what it needs to be. It’s all community.” “Anytime you can bring together groups and create community, you are planting seeds for projects that could happen later this year, next year, or maybe even in five or ten years,” said Ramy Youssef. It takes time, but what we’re building now will become the industry’s infrastructure in the next five to ten years.