‘Suicide Squad’ Adds Ezra Miller’s The Flash To Mix

Warner Bros’ upcoming DC Suicide Squad has been given a dash (sorry) of Superheroism with Ezra Miller set to make his second DC Films cameo appearance as The Flash in the supervillains-as-heroes pic that hits theaters August 5.
The news was made public in the least flashy way possible as part of the Suicide Squad press notes from critics screenings the studio has been holding this week. No information about the length of Miller’s appearance or The Flash’s impact on the…

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Disney-owned Maker Studios Hit With Layoffs

Disney-owned Maker Studios has laid off a number off staffers as part of what the company is calling “strategic adjustments.” A Maker spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, which were first reported by Deadline Hollywood Thursday, without commenting on the number of staffers affected. “Maker Studios’ business is constantly evolving and after careful thought, we have decided… Read more »

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Announces New Novel Universal Harvester

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats performs on stage at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on November 19, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns)John Darnielle’s 2014 debut novel Wolf In White Van was a huge success, so it should come as no surprise that the Mountain Goats frontman is following it up with another. His next book is called Universal Harvester, and it’ll be out in February. Darnielle shared the good news earlier today via Twitter: … More »

Why Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg All Love Pokemon Go

This week, mobile game sensation Pokemon Go got some love from high places: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg all mentioned the game during their company’s respective earnings calls. For these execs, name-checking Pokemon Go was in part an attempt to look current and relevant — which went… Read more »

Michael Crichton’s Novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ Bought by HarperCollins

Michael Crichton’s “Dragon Teeth” has been acquired by HarperCollins for publication in May — the third posthumous novel to be released from the bestselling author. HarperCollins made the announcement Thurday, describing “Dragon Teeth” as a fictional recounting of the actual rivalry between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during “The Bone Wars” of the… Read more »

Chris Evans Circling Lead Role In Lionsgate’s ‘Jekyll’

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Evans might be diversifying from his Captain America good guy persona. Evans has come attached to play the lead role of Tom Jackman in Jekyll, the feature that Lionsgate is developing from the 2007 BBC One series. Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are producing through their A Very Good Production banner and scribe team Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry have written a script based on the Steven Moffatt-scripted six episode miniseries. Bagarozzi & Mondry…

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With a Parade of Stars at DNC, Democrats Shed Worry Of Going ‘Too Hollywood’

PHILADELPHIA — Just before Hillary Clinton takes the stage for her speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Katy Perry will perform at the Wells Fargo Arena. Perry will be just the final entertainment figure to appear this week, following Lenny Kravitz, Paul Simon, Carole King, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men. Add to that… Read more »

Disney’s Maker Studios Confirms Layoffs As Part Of Its “Strategic Adjustments”

Disney’s Maker Studios confirmed today that it’s in the midst of layoffs — which we hear are major. But the digital operation isn’t saying how many people, or what percentage of its work force, will be affected or what prompted the change.
“Maker Studios’ business is constantly evolving and after careful thought, we have decided to make some strategic adjustments – reducing staff in some areas while still actively hiring in others – to best align with the go-forward…

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‘Victoria’ Producers & Cast Talk Story, Long-Term Potential & Filling That ‘Downton Abbey’ Slot – TCA

PBS‘ new Masterpiece drama series Victoriapremiering January 2017, follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman) for the first three years from the time she is crowned Queen in 1837 at age 18.
But is it more difficult to become a teenage queen than it is to inherit the slot vacated by megahit Downton Abbey on the PBS schedule?
Before two Masterpiece panels today (Season 2 Poldark and Victoria) series executive producer Rebecca Eaton stressed the importance of both shows in filling…

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