Joanna Klein Named SVP Scripted Development At Lifetime

Lifetime has filled its head of scripted vacancy, tapping Joanna Klein as SVP Scripted Development. She takes the position previously held by EVP Nina Lederman who departed last fall.
Klein will be based in Los Angeles, reporting to Liz Gateley, Lifetime’s EVP and Head of Programming. Klein comes from The CW Network where she had been since 2006. At the CW, Klein was SVP Development since 2010 and co-head of drama alongside Gaye Hirsch since 2011. Hirsch will now oversee…


Showtime Seizes On Huma Abedin Separation Announcement To Promote ‘Weiner’ Premiere

Seizing the moment, Showtime issued an announcement reminding us it will premiere award-winnind documentary Weiner on October 22, hours after Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin announced she was separating from her husband.
Showtime chief David Nevins had teased the airdate in his address to TCA last month, and Showtime tweeted the date and timeslot nearly three weeks ago:

The fascinating documentary #Weiner will debut on Saturday, Oct 22nd at 9p on @Showtime.…


Lauryn Hill going on “MLH Caravan” tour, including Radio City Music Hall

“In these days of tension, tumult and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment as well as connection, self Love and appreciation that hopefully overflows into our respective communities.” – Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. He had been diagnosed with… Read more »

Julie Bowen Joins Melissa McCarthy’s Comedy ‘Life of the Party’

“Modern Family” star Julie Bowen has joined New Line’s “Life of the Party” and will portray the enemy of Melissa McCarthy’s lead character. New Line has given “Life of the Party” a prime summer release date of May 11, 2018. McCarthy will star while her husband Ben Falcone directs the film. As with “The Boss,” McCarthy and… Read more »

‘Ice Road Truckers’ Star Darrell Ward Dies in Plane Crash

Darrell Ward, star of the History Channel’s reality series “Ice Road Truckers,” was killed in a plane crash on Sunday. He was 52. The news was announced in a press release via Ward’s official Facebook page. According to the statement, Ward had just left the Great American Truck Show in Dallas and was heading to Missoula,… Read more »

Deathstroke has officially entered the DCEU!

The popular DC villain will definitely be in Justice League and possibly be the main baddie in Ben Affleck’s Stand Alone Batman flick!

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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Today’s big comic book news comes in two parts, one pretty official and one juicy rumor per Umberto Gonzalez in his new role as Ace Scooper for The Wrap.
The official part is actual video Ben Affleck shared from a monitor on the set of Justice League, which stands as an official announcement that Deathstroke is in fact entering the DCEU. It’s a pretty unexpected way to reveal this nugget of information, but pretty cool:

— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016

The rumor part comes from Gonzalez who has a source that says this reveal is only the beginning of the character in the DCEU and that he’ll play a major role in Affleck’s standalone Batman movie, possibly the main villain.
In the books, Deathstroke is a prime assassin with a hell of a tragic backstory. Look up the story on how he lost his right eye. It’s pretty brutal. He had the label of being The Terminator years before Arnold Schwarzenegger did (to avoid confusion he’s mostly known as Deathstroke these days, not Deathstroke The Terminator).
Depending on how much time is given to his backstory in the DCEU, Deathstroke could be one of the more interesting characters being played with right now. If they just make him a cool and deadly assassin they’ll miss the point, but I have a feeling if Gonzalez’s sources are correct we’ll be getting a pretty good look at what makes this character tick over the next few DCEU movies.

-Eric Vespe”Quint” Follow

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Won’t Become A Media Company

Media moguls can relax, a little, about the possibility of having to compete against Facebook. The social media giant is “a tech company, not a media company,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg  told a student gathering today in Rome, where he visited with Pope Francis, Reuters reports.
“We build the tools, we do not produce any content,” Zuckerberg said at Luiss University. “The world needs news companies, but also technology platforms, like what we do, and we take our role in this…