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Hacking Trial Lawyer: Brooks And Coulson Had 6-Year Affair
The phone-hacking trial taking place in London was the source of new revelations Thursday as prosecuting attorney Andrew Edis told jurors that defendants Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson carried on a six-year “secret” affair from 1998-2004. Brooks is the former head of News International (now News UK), the British press arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, and Coulson was editor of the now-closed News Of The World before leaving to join Prime Minister David Cameron’s team as his communications director. As part of his opening remarks, Edis stressed that he was not bringing up the relationship between Brooks and Coulson, which the prosecution said was evident from a letter to Coulson that was found on one of Brooks’ computers, to intrude on their privacy or pass judgment. “The point that I’m going to make in relation to that letter is that over the relevant period, what Mr Coulson knew, Mrs Brooks knew too. And what Mrs Brooks knew, Mr Coulson knew too — that’s the point.” He told the court the affair spanned the period covered by the phone-hacking conspiracy charges the pair is facing, according to The Times. “Mrs Brooks and Mr Coulson are charged with conspiracy,” Edis said, “and, when people are charged with conspiracy, the first question a jury has to answer is how well did they know each other? How much did they trust each other?” At the time of the letter in 2004, Brooks was editor of The Sun and Coulson was at NOTW. Read More »

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Emmys 2013 Fashion: Who Wore What

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 3:50pm PDT

Monica Corcoran Harel is a Deadline contributor

Emmys Red Carpet 2013Sure, you see some big-screen leading ladies every year at the Emmys — especially now that TV is more de rigueur than romantic comedies. But even the sight of radiant Claire Danes, or Nicole Kidman at last year’s show, doesn’t draw the European fashion houses like ants to a picnic. The bottom line is this: Movie stars are global personalities; TV actresses get mobbed Stateside. When it comes to award shows, the Emmys provide a chance for American designers who don’t go by one name to shine.

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This year, we saw a strong showing from LA native Monique Lhuillier — on Anna Farris in a canary yellow chiffon dress that clashed a bit with her complexion and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ rose gold strapless column dress. Tina Fey looked electric in a body-con cobalt blue halter gown that Narcisco Rodriguez made specifically for her. In fact, a few lucky ladies got A-list treatment with custom-made gowns. Newcomer Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) wore a dress designed for her by Thakoon — no small feat for a great actress who wouldn’t get recognized in Orange County. It was wicked fun to see January Jones act all nonchalant about her one-off dusty rose Givenchy confection: “They made it for me,” she said without an ounce of glee when Ryan Seacrest asked her why she chose that particular dress. The color didn’t wow on the red carpet.

Some of the actresses who didn’t get handmade frocks plundered the Resort 2014 collections, which showed in June in New York. Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka wore a colorful though slightly distracting Delpozo dress while Zosia Mamet of Girls selected a mixed-media organza gown by Honor. The black leather bustier felt more like an “edgy girl” accessory than an organic piece of the dress, but it definitely strayed miles from the wardrobe of her less-than-alternative character. Elisabeth Moss gleaned her black-and-white strapless Andrew Gn gown from his resort line too. Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Homeland’ Season 3

By | Friday August 9, 2013 @ 10:41am PDT

Showtime has declassified the first trailer for the upcoming third season of its Emmy-winning drama starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. Watch for Senate hearings; a hoodied, Heisenberg-esque Brody; his media-besieged teenage daughter; a possible conversion to Islam; an apology from Saul to Carrie; and plenty of gunplay — all set to the Cinematic Orchestra’s mournful “To Build a Home.” Homeland returns September 29:

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TCA: David Nevins Says ‘Homeland’ Could Outlive Carrie Mathison & Nicholas Brody

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 3:50pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Following Showtime‘s executive session today at TCA, the network’s entertainment president David Nevins was asked about potential cast turnovers on Homeland. “Anything is possible in television, so I would not rule it out,” he said. Deadline later asked Nevins if there is potentially a scenario in which stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis leave Homeland early. “Absolutely,” he said. “Do I think it’s conceivable that the show outlives Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody? Absolutely… There you go.” Is such a departure imminent? “No, and I mean no spoiler by that. I would not conclude there is a blockbuster in Season 3. But if you’re going to commit yourself to being unpredictable and going where the story takes you, you’ve got to commit yourself to being unpredictable and going where the story takes you.” So nobody on Homeland is safe or sacred? “Exactly.”

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Hot Trailer: ‘As Cool As I Am’

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 1:03pm PDT

Claire Danes, James Marsden and Sarah Bolger star in the IFC Films drama As Cool As I Am from Wind Dancer Films (Bernie) based on Pete Fromm’s novel. It stars Bolger as a smart young woman who must grow up herself while dealing with her immature parents (Danes and Marsden), who had her when they were teenagers. Thomas Mann co-stars. The pic hits theaters June 7.

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AFM: Radiant Picks Up ‘As Cool As I Am’

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 12:02pm PDT

The independent sales company will handle foreign sales for As Cool As I Am, a comedy-drama starring Claire Danes and James Marsden, at AFM this year. The Homeland actress and X-Men alum play self-centered parents whose daughter Lucy (Sarah Bolger) looks for the comfort she can’t get at home in cooking classes with chief Mario Batalli. Batalli, Jeremy Sisto, Thomas Mann and Peter Fonda also star. Max Mayer directs Virginia Korus Spragg’s screenplay she adapted from Peter Fromm’s 2003 novel. Matt Williams and Judd Payne of Wind Dancer Films produced the film with Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films; Wind Dancer’s David McFadzean and Dete Meserve executive produce with Ginger Sledge. Radiant’s Mimi Steinbauer will oversee the international rollout of the film. The company also has The Citizen and Trust Me, starring William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Allison Janney, on its AFM sales slate.

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2012 Emmys Fashion: Who Wore What

By | Sunday September 23, 2012 @ 9:21pm PDT

Monica Corcoran Harel is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage

Movie stars are not like you and me. But TV actresses? Not so far off. What always makes the red carpet at the Emmys so very appealing is the fact that some of these show ponies are short and maybe even a little stubby — in a good way. Seeing our favorite near mortals is actually enlightening and not just intimidating.

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Take the nominated funny ladies. Tina Fey went regal and looked stunning in a deep burgundy strapless Vivienne Westwood column gown with an architectural bodice. Her tastefully teased upswept hairstyle lent a few inches to her frame and rendered her someone you wouldn’t dare disrespect. Amy Poehler — fresh off a break-up from her husband Will Arnett — smartly opted for sexy in a sequined Stella McCartney halter gown that proved she hasn’t been hibernating with vats of Haagen-Dazs. Kristen Wiig, bedecked in a creamy, diaphanous Balenciaga that contrasted with her newly raven hair, paired her dress with sandy suede pumps that made me wonder if she said, “Screw the pedicure” this morning and slept in. Um, who can’t relate to that eleventh-hour decision?

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When it came to color trends, red, silver and blue easily won out. Nominee Mayim Bailik in Pamella Roland (looking like your favorite cousin at a wedding), voluptuous Kat Dennings in J. Mendel (looking more like your husband’s favorite cousin) and Gretchen Mol all chose variations on the hue. Lucy Liu, outfitted in a deco-inspired and armor-like metal Versace, claimed that her dress was “heavy.” I suspect her gown also reflected the merciless sun on anyone nearby with the intensity of a hair removal laser. Nominee Connie Britton — wearing a fabulous Andrew Gn gown with a halter trimmed in crystals and a chic belt — shone like a beacon of glamour for fortysomething women. Ditto for Jane Krakowski.

The ladies in blue category swept the farthest and widest though. Among them, the nominated Sofia Vergara, in a deep turquoise sequined Zuhair Murad gown with a back that showed off the dimples above her posterior, came out on top. That woman works a dress like a farmer works an ox! Hayden Panettiere’s sari-like blue tulle and embroidered gold brocade Marchesa gown felt like a bit too much fabric for such a young star, though it still stood out. Read More »

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GOLDEN GLOBES TV: ‘Homeland’ & ‘Modern Family’ Land Top Honors; Big Night For Freshman Series, Pay Cable And 20th TV

By | Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 9:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking Golden Globes, Golden Globes Winners List, Golden Globes Studio/Networks Scorecard

Pay cable triumphed at the Golden Globe Awards. Of the 11 TV categories, premium cable networks won seven, compared with two for broadcast and two for basic cable in a field dominated by shows and programs which the general public is largely unfamiliar with. If we take out British imports Downton Abbey and Luther, the final score is 7-1-1. Until the final TV award of the night — best comedy series, which went to ABC’s Emmy-winning and hugely popular Modern Family — pay cable networks had swept every one of the six top series category including best drama series for Showtime’s Homeland. What’s more, all three premium cable networks were represented: HBO and Showtime won three awards each, and Starz earned its first Golden Globe for Boss‘ star Kelsey Grammer. Showtime also scored a first, landing its first best series win for Homeland. The thriller drama was the only multiple winner tonight with two statuettes; it also won for best actress in a drama series with Claire Danes, who extended her perfect record at the Golden Globes with a third victory in three nominations. Danes’ victory came 17 years after she won the category for her first series, ABC’s My So-Called Life. (Danes also earned a Globe last year for the HBO movie Temple Grandin.) Pay cable’s other top series wins include best comedy actress Laura Dern of HBO’s Enlightened and best comedy actor Matt LeBlanc for Showtime’s Episodes. Additionally, a pay cable series also won the hodgepodge supporting actor in a TV series/mini-series/TV movie category, which went to Peter Dinklage of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. On the distaff side, a Golden Globe went to Jessica Lange of FX’s American Horror Story, one of only two statuettes for basic cable programs. The other was for Idris Elba, winner for best actor in a mini-series/TV movie for BBC America’s Luther. Read More »

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EMMYS: Still more New Presenters Named

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 7:25pm PDT

(September 13, 2011) – Primetime Emmy Award nominee Jon Cryer along with Scott Caan, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Jason O’Mara and Kerry Washington are announced as additional presenters for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. The telecast will air live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18th, (8:00 PM EDT live / 5:00 PM PDT live) on FOX.

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TCA: The 9/11 Anniversary And The Killing Of Bin Laden Makes ‘Homeland’ Timely

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

Is it mere coincidence that Showtime is unveiling the heavy-duty psychological thriller series Homeland the night of Oct. 2, a scant three weeks after the landmark 10th anniversary of 9/11? In a word, yes, says exec producer Howard Gordon, still recovering from his years helping steer the exhausting ship known as 24 on Fox. “Its timing is accidental, significant and fortuitous,” he stressed today during an early morning breakfast panel at TCA. “It’s a confluence of events. Osama bin Laden was killed while we were filming our second episode. In the collision of the war on terror, the story hasn’t been told of the price of 9/11 to this country — after Abu Ghraib, after Guantanamo, after two wars of questionable merit and the price to us.”

Indeed, from a brief clip shown this morning, Homeland promises to be one of the most intense exercises about the war on terror yet to emerge in any medium. Starring Claire Danes as a CIA officer and Damian Lewis as an imprisoned American soldier, the show features wrenching depictions of torture on Lewis’ ultimately rescued character. “I oddly enjoyed it,” said Lewis, a Brit. “Is that wrong? I’d be two hours in makeup and then lay down on the gritty, sandy, dirty, stony floor of some warehouse just outside Charlotte, North Carolina to have a guy pee on me…I’ve been hung upside-down, beaten in the head…We’re … Read More »

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TV Teaser: New Showtime Drama ‘Homeland’

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 11:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A week after picking up drama pilot Homeland to series, Showtime has released its first advance peek at the series, which starts production in the summer. The thriller, based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli series Prisoners of War, was written by former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, Raff and Alex Gansa. It tells the story of Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed deal for nine years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. Mandy Patinkin plays Saul, a veteran CIA Division Chief who is Carrie’s boss and mentor.

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Showtime Picks Up ‘Homeland’ & ‘House Of Lies’ To Series

Nellie Andreeva

New Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is going 2-for-2 in his first development season at the pay cable network, picking up both pilots he ordered — drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies — to series. Both have received 12-episode orders and will start production in the summer. Thriller Homeland, from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Emmy and Mandy Patinkin, while management consulting comedy House of Lies is toplined by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. “Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting,” Nevins said. “They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be. Read More »

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Golden Globes Winners List: ‘The Social Network,’ Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, David Fincher…

Ricky Gervais Assesses His Golden Globes Performance
Check out Nikki’s live-snarking from the event…
And here are the night’s big winners:

The Social Network

The Kids Are All Right

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Natalie Portman – The Black Swan

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right

Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version

Toy Story 3

In A Better World (Denmark)

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Christian Bale – The Fighter

David Fincher – The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – The Social Network

“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” – Burlesque


Boardwalk Empire


Katey Sagal – Sons Of Anarchy

Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire 

Laura Linney – The Big C

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory


Claire Danes – Temple Grandin

Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack

Jane Lynch – Glee

Chris Colfer – Glee

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Damian Lewis Cast As The Male Lead In Showtime’s Pilot ‘Homeland’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland has assembled a pretty solid cast. Former Life star Damian Lewis has been tapped to star opposite Claire Danes in the pilot from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Lewis will play the male lead in the project, which centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Lewis), who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Scott, who was discovered during a U.S. attack on an enemy base, was brought to the U.S. with much fanfare and is happy to be home with his family, wife Jessica (Laura Fraser), and two kids, but still carries with him the trauma of his imprisonment and torture. Lewis, a British screen and stage actor, is best known in the U.S. for his roles in the NBC quirky drama Life and HBO’s Emmy-winning World War II mini-series Band of Brothers.

Also cast in Homeland is another British actor, David Harewood (Blood Diamond). He will play David Estes, the the youngest Deputy Director of Intelligence in CIA history, decisive, political, professional, but ultimately self-serving who is frequently exasperated by Carrie’s obsessive determination to follow up any lead, no matter how small or … Read More »

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It’s Official: Claire Danes To Star In Showtime’s Drama Pilot ‘Homeland’

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime had been courting Claire Danes for the female lead in its drama pilot Homeland. Now the Emmy winner has closed a deal to star in the pilot from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, her first series project since the show that helped launch her career, ABC’s My So-Called Life. It marks the first pilot order from David Nevins since he took over as president of entertainment for Showtime last August. In August, Danes won an Emmy for starring in the title role of the HBO biopic Temple Grandin. Loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli series Prisoners of War, Showtime’s Homeland centers on an American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Danes will play Carrie Anderson, a driven CIA officer battling her own psychological demons. Gordon, Gansa and Raff wrote the script for the Fox 21-produced pilot, which will be directed by Michael Cuesta.

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Claire Danes Eyes Showtime Pilot Lead

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Claire Danes is in talks for the female lead in Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland. The psychological thriller, from former 24 executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon, would mark Danes’ first series gig since her star-making turn on ABC’s My So-Called Life 15 years ago, which earned her a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination. Michael Cuesta (Dexter) is directing Homeland, which is produced by Fox 21. Based on the Israeli format Hatufim aka Prisoners of War, it tells the story of an U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody who is recovered during a drone strike 10 years after going missing during the invasion of Baghdad. It centers on Carrie Anderson – the role that Danes would play – a smart, driven and iconoclastic CIA case officer who tracks down threats to homeland security coming from the Middle East. Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: ‘Temple Grandin’

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s Emmy coverage.

Temple Grandin herself was on hand, along with her mother, to witness the near sweep of the HBO movie that bears her name, along with awards for Claire Danes’ lead performance, for directing, and for the supporting performances of Julia Ormand and David Strathairn. Winner Danes met the media backstage and said, “We worked very hard to tell a coherent, cogent story that charted Temple’s trajectory and growth…It was so special that her mother and she were here tonight.” Danes also admitted that she’s never had a greater challenge as an actress. “I’ve never worked harder on a performance, which was just epic in its scope. And I’ve never been more inspired by a character I’ve played. I was deeply moved by Temple’s courage and resourcefulness, and the way she was such a pioneer in animal rights and animal science. She encouraged incredibly positive change in the world. I don’t expect to have another opportunity to play a character like this anytime soon.”

A jubilant Temple — having already emotionally hugged producer Emily Gerson Saines during the award acceptance — said of Saines, “I absolutely knew a mom would do it right.” Saines herself added, “It’s really wonderful to be here tonight. We hope this movie educates a lot of people about autism. There are still a lot who don’t understand it.” Noted Grandin: “Claire Danes just basically became me in the 1960s and ’70s.” Added director Mick Jackson, holding his own Emmy: “Temple … Read More »

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EMMYS: Q&A With Lead Movie-Miniseries Actress Nominee Claire Danes

Claire Danes hasn’t done much TV since making an all-too-brief but memorable splash in 1994-1995 as the precocious teen star of the ABC drama My So-Called Life. Several dozen feature film roles have followed. But the 31-year-old Danes came back to TV and received rave reviews for her starring role as the autistic title character in the HBO biopic Temple Grandin that premiered in February. Her competition in the Primetime Emmy category as lead made-for-TV-movie/miniseries actress is formidable: Maggie Smith (Capturing Mary), Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keefe), Dame Judi Dench (Return to Cranford) and Hope Davis (The Special Relationship). Media see Danes as the favorite to cart off the trophy on August 29th for the film which generated 15 Emmy nominations in all. Danes spoke this week with Deadline Hollywood contributor Ray Richmond about the difficulty of portraying a living person — yet how rewarding the experience turned out to be:

Deadline Hollywood: What were the challenges of portraying a character based on an actual woman who is still very much alive?

Claire Danes: It was quite daunting. That would be true of anyone who were living, but particularly so in the case of someone as complex as Temple. I respect her so completely. I didn’t want to fail her or the millions of people who cherish her. I was very aware of the dangers of disappointing Temple, and all of the people who care so much for her. Also, the lady has such an amazing eye for detail, like no one else. I could only attempt to interpret that, not duplicate it. No way could I be her. Read More »

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