Hot Trailer: ‘Get On Up’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 4:31pm PDT

“One day,” young James Brown’s aunt tells him, “everybody gonna know your name.” And so it was. Universal has dropped the first trailer for its biopic on the Godfather of Soul. Chadwick Boseman segues from playing Jackie Robinson in 42 to channeling another American legend in Get Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 3:15pm PST

Dylan McDermottDylan McDermott To Star In CBS’ Kevin Williamson Drama Pilot
By Nellie AndreevaHostages‘ Dylan McDermott is set as the male lead in another CBS/Warner Bros TV drama project, the untitled Kevin Williamson pilot. Read More »

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Viola Davis To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘How To Get Away’ Produced By Shonda Rhimes

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 3:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

davisIn one of the highest-profile pilot castings this season, Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt) is set as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder, from ABC Studios and Shondaland. This marks the first series regular role in a decade for the two-time Oscar-nominated actress. In making her foray into pilot season, Davis joins her Help co-star Octavia Spencer, who recently signed on to star in Fox drama pilot The Red Band Society. Written by Peter Nowalk, How To Get Away is described as a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Nowalk is executive producing alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

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Lifetime Films And A+E Studios Board Indie ‘Lila And Eve’ Starring Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

aenetworks-2-2__130325152357A+E Networks‘ Lifetime Films and A+E Studios have partnered with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Prods. and Sara Risher’s ChickFlicks to produce the independent feature Lila And Eve, starring Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Charles Stone III from a script by Pat Gilfillan, Lila And Eve is now filming for a festival premiere and theatrical release in late 2014/early 2015. Lifetime network-affiliated Lifetime Films is dedicated to developing, producing and acquiring female-focused indie movies. Its first effort, The Last Of Robin Hood, featuring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released in theaters in early Summer 2014. When A+E Networks in June 2013 launched in-house production arm A+E Studios, Lifetime Films became a division of the studio. Lifetime network’s Rob Sharenow and Tanya Lopez as well as  Lisa Hamilton Daly and Molly Thompson will executive produce Lila And Eve for A+E Studios alongside Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Prods. and Damian Ganczewski. Sara Risher of ChickFlicks and Darrin Reed. Read More »

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Tate Taylor Reunites With ‘The Help’s Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer On James Brown Pic

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tate Taylor has set Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer to star with Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up, the James Brown biopic that Imagine’s Brian Grazer is producing with Jagged Films’ Mick Jagger. Davis will… Read More »

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Viola Davis In Talks To Star In Michael Mann’s Cyber Crime Pic

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Viola Davis is in talks to play a starring role in the untitled Michael Mann-directed pic that will star Chris Hemsworth. Legendary Pictures is producing the pic, a thriller about cyber crime, which is set to … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘The Help’s Viola Davis

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 6:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA, on a signing tear of late, has just inked Viola Davis. The actress recently took meetings with all the majors. This follows recent signings of Keira Knightley, Frost/Nixon writer/playwright Peter Morgan, Neil Patrick Read More »

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‘The Help’, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Win At NAACP Image Awards

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 7:07pm PST

The Help accumulated more accolades tonight with the NAACP Image Awards naming it Best Motion Picture, and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were chosen Best Actress and Supporting Actress. Ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium were hosted by Sanaa Latham and Anthony Mackie. In addition, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association received the NAACP President’s Award. A list of winners in motion picture and TV categories follows:

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
“The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/
Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Laz Alonso – “Jumping the Broom”
(TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/
Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/
Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Pariah” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)

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OSCARS Q&A: Viola Davis On Her “Lonely Path”, History And ‘The Help’

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 3:55pm PST

Viola Davis, a two-time Tony winner, landed her first major leading film role in The Help and has already won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award and the SAG Award for best actress as well as Oscar and BAFTA nominations in a fiercely competitive year. It’s a season in which he finds herself again vying in the same category with her Doubt co-star Meryl Streep among others (the pair were also Oscar-nominated for that film at the 2009 Academy Awards). But no matter what happens, Davis is proud of her film, which is based on the best–selling book that she originally tried to option herself before learning that director Tate Taylor was already one step ahead of her. Fortunately, things worked out in the end for Davis, Taylor and especially moviegoers. She spoke with Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond about playing maids, awards season and the keepers of history.

Revolutionizing the craft in the wake of her role models
Cicely Tyson [her Help co-star] was an inspiration because before that time the only images of African Americans on screen were in sitcoms. I can name 15 sitcoms and no dramas that were on TV: What’s Happening?, Good Times, That’s My Momma, Baby I’m Back and Sanford and Son. … Then Miss Jane Pittman’s autobiography came along and I saw something different. I saw a craft and I saw magic, and transformation. For me, that’s what I wanted to do. I saw the difference between the gimmick, and the actor who was creating a human being; and I still always seek that in the work. And especially with people who look like me. You know, I found with a lot of the images that were playing out there were the Jimmy J.J. Walker, the Re-run, the George Jefferson, the George Sanford, they were always caricatures, larger-than-life entertainers. And when I set about becoming an actress I didn’t know the lonely path of the black artist. That the black artist is usually reduced, as Isabelle Sanford was, as was the role John Amos played. If you didn’t kind of reduce what you do and take a role opposite a Jimmy J.J. Walker or a Re-run, then you probably wouldn’t work. I often wondered what those actors felt like — being trapped in those sitcoms trying to make that material work for them. But I didn’t want to do that; I wanted to be an actor, not an entertainer, and Cicely Tyson was it for me. Read More »

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Emma Thomspon In Final Talks To Join ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 6:18pm PST

Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson is in final negotiations to star in supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures. Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) from his own adaptation of the New York Times best selling novel of … Read More »

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Alcon Sets Richard LaGravanese, Viola Davis For ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 3:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES—Alcon Entertainment will finance and produce the supernatural thriller “Beautiful Creatures,” based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name–the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl–it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Film will be released by Warner Bros via Alcon’s output deal.

Alcon, which has film rights to all three books in the series published by Little Brown Books–including Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos–is looking at “Creatures” to kick off a possible franchise at WB.

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SAG, DGA Results Split Between ‘Artist’ And ‘The Help’ Adding Intrigue To Oscar Race: Hammond

Pete Hammond

The Help’s Viola Davis certainly got a leg up in her fierce Best Actress race against The Weinstein Company’s duo Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams, and Help’s Octavia Spencer continued on her supporting actress … Read More »

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‘The Artist’ Best Pic, George Clooney, Viola Davis Top Actors At Critics Choice Awards

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 7:51pm PST

HAMMOND: Do Critics Choice Awards Mean ‘The Artist’ Is Heading For Oscar?

The Artist won best picture and Michael Hazanavicius was named best director tonight at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Other winners included George Clooney for best actor … Read More »

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OSCARS: ‘The Help’ Gets In The Holiday – And Awards – Spirit

By | Thursday December 22, 2011 @ 5:15pm PST
Pete Hammond

Dreamworks’  awards contender The Help got into the spirit of the season and held their first annual Help holiday cocktail party Wednesday night at Soho House in West Hollywood. Call me cynical but this is probably also The Help’s LAST … Read More »

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‘The Help’ Voted Best Pic By Black Critics; Viola Davis, Olivier Litondo Top Actors

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 5:48pm PST

New York, NY (December 20, 2011) – The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted “THE HELP” Best Film of 2011, Dee Rees Best Director for “PARIAH”, Viola Davis Best Actress for “THE HELP” and Olivier Litondo Best Actor for “THE FIRST GRADER”. The announcement was made by today by Mike Sargent, co-president, BFCC. Votes were cast and tabulated in NY at the organization’s annual meeting on December 19, 2011.

Recognizing achievements in theatrical motion pictures, the BFCC awarded prizes in 13 categories including best picture, best director, original and adapted screenplay, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best animated feature, best independent film, best documentary feature, best foreign film and best ensemble. Special Signature awards are also given to industry pioneers and rising stars.

“This year was a very engaging one in cinema,” says Sargent. “Both commercial and independent fare illustrated the continued ability of Hollywood to entertain, spotlight new talent, show fresh perspectives and move audiences. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

The complete list of award winners include:

Best Picture – THE HELP
Best Director – Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Actor – Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADER
Best Actress – Viola Davis for THE HELP
Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks for DRIVE
Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer for THE HELP
Best Independent Film – PARIAH
Best Original Screenplay – Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Adapted Screenplay – Tate Taylor for THE HELP
Best Documentary – BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Best Foreign Film – LIFE, ABOVE ALL
Best Animated Film – RANGO
Best Ensemble – THE HELP

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HAMMOND: Red Hot Best Actress Oscar Race Heats Up Even More As Meryl Streep’s ‘Iron Lady’ Screened

Pete Hammond

One of the last pieces of this year’s increasingly hot Best Actress race puzzle fell into place this week as The Weinstein Company unveiled Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady at an exclusive media screening Tuesday night at the Warner Bros … Read More »

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Oscar Isaac Is ‘Bourne’ Again In Robert Ludlum Thriller Spinoff

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Not long ago, newcomer Oscar Isaac tested for Tony Gilroy and the lead role in Universal’s The Bourne Legacy and made such a strong impression that the director seriously considered giving the actor the lead role that went to … Read More »

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DreamWorks Moves Up ‘The Help’ To Aug. 10

By | Thursday June 30, 2011 @ 2:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

DreamWorks and Disney have moved the opening of the Kathryn Stockett bestselling novel adaptation The Help to Aug. 10. They’ll open it Wednesday instead of its original Aug. 12 Friday date to make a long weekend out of it and … Read More »

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Holly Hunter Lands ‘Still I Rise,’ In Talks For ‘Romeo And Juliet’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Holly Hunter has signed a deal to star in Still I Rise, joining Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Daniel Barnz-directed drama about the campaign by a teacher and mother to transform a quality … Read More »

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