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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Review: Tangled Tale Falls Out Of Fashion

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Coming off the moonshot of 2016's multiple Emmy-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, it was almost inevitable that The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story would fly a lot closer to Earth. So narrative gravity is very much a force in the January 17-premiering ACS, and despite a vivid aesthetic reminiscent of the slain fashion designer's work — and some great performances from a cast led by Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Judith… Read

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Media Content Wars Will Require Both Scale And Reach; “A Brand Only Gets You So Far” — NATPE

Traditional media execs have been assailed in some corners for their allegiance to the notion of a brand — be it a network, a studio or talent — that they rely on to draw audiences to content. An executive panel closed out the Streaming Summit at NATPE by considering how dramatically the idea of brands has changed — and in some ways how vital it remains. Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson said Disney’s public posture on its OTT strategy changed from, essentially, “kids… Read

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STX President Sophie Watts Stepping Down

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UPDATED with Watts’ memo to staff: STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts is exiting her post “to focus on new business opportunities,” STX said today. She had been president since the company’s beginning, and will remain a strategic advisor. STX said that for the time being all divisions previously reporting to Watts will now report directly to CEO Bob Simonds or COO Thomas B. McGrath. Watts sent an email to staff saying today with “mixed emotions” it her last day… Read

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Ken Kwapis To Produce & Direct Series Adaptation Of ‘Every Second Counts’ Based On Book

Adam Richman and Jenette Kahn’s Double Nickel Entertainment and Alexandra Beattie and Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots are teaming to produce an adaptation of Donald McRae’s nonfiction book Every Second Counts: The Race To Transplant the First Human Heart, as a limited series. BAFTA-winning scribe Nick Fisher (The Giblet Boys) is attached to pen the adaptation and Kwapis will direct. Set in 1967, Every Second Counts focuses on charismatic South African heart surgeon Christiaan… Read

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Ruth Wilson To Play Her Grandmother In Masterpiece’s ‘Mrs Wilson’ For PBS, BBC

Ruth Wilson will star in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her grandmother, Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton told TV critics at TCA on Tuesday. Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, who is a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband. Turns out, Rebecca Eaton told TV critics, that… Read

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Jaunt Strikes First-Look Deal with XYZ Films

Jaunt Inc., a producer and distributor of immersive content, has partnered with XYZ Films in a first-look deal for all of its upcoming virtual reality projects. The Silicon Valley-based Jaunt plays in various aspects of the emerging medium, with a production studio in Santa Monica and an engineering group in San Mateo, that developed the new distribution platform it showed off to entertainment industry executives last week at the Consumer Electronics Show. Jaunt Studios… Read

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Dylan Farrow Opens Up In First TV Interview About Woody Allen Allegations: “I Am Telling The Truth”

Dylan Farrow is set to appear on CBS This Morning with co-host Gayle King in her first television interview to talk about her sexual abuse allegations against her father Woody Allen. The complete interview will air  Thursday, Jan. 18. “I am credible, and I am telling the truth, and I think it's important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters,” said Farrow in the interview which covers a wide range of topics include the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement… Read

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New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works

J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series via his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions banner, Deadline has confirmed. Written by Abrams, the untitled project is said to center around a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is currently being shopped with interest from multiple bidders. Next up for the Fringe creator is psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock at… Read

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Jane Fonda, Common & Gloria Allred To Speak At Sundance Respect Rally

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EXCLUSIVE: Jane Fonda, Common and Gloria Allred rarely do things by half and this weekend the frequently outspoken trio will be among the speakers at the Respect Rally set to happen at the Sundance Film Festival. All with films at the Robert Redford founded fest this year, the two Oscar winners and the relentless attorney at the heart of the Seeing Allred documentary will be joined by the likes of Daveed Diggs, Nick Offerman, Sage Trudell, Rafael Casal and Bart Powaikee… Read

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Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘WKRP In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74

Hugh Wilson, an Emmy-winning writer-producer and WKRP in Cincinnati series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy, has died. He was 74. WCAV-TV Charlottesville, VA, reported that he died over the weekend in Albemarle County. Wilson started his TV writing career on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show in the mid-1970s. He then created the influential sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which aired for four… Read

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The Flash Movie: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein In Talks To Direct

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Warner Bros has just entered into negotiations with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct Flashpoint, the studio’s DC stand-alone movie centered on The Flash. Ezra Miler stars as the speedy one after playing the role in last summer’s franchise mashup Justice League. The potential tie-up signals a comedic bent to the latest superhero pic from DC and Warners. The pair, who know a thing or two about the genre having penned Sony/Marvel’s franchise reboot Spider-M… Read

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Broadway B.O. Leaps Even As ‘Lion King’ & ‘Wicked’ Feel Winter Chill

With the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend as a spur, the Broadway box office defied the January trend, pole-vaulting 27% over the same week in 2017 and even surpassing the previous week by 2%. All that despite some staggering nose-dives among the family-friendly crowd. That includes Disney’s two shows: The Lion King was off $681K from the previous week at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre, while Aladdin, installed at the Mouse’s New Amsterdam… Read