‘The Sopranos’ At 20 Part IV: Real Mobsters, Great Gandolfini & The Most Debated Ending In TV History   Other

‘The Sopranos’ Oral History, Part IV: When you spend six seasons making a show about an organized crime family that rings true, you’ll inevitably bump up against that criminal element, even if you are tapping history to create fictional storylines. If the mob feels you are celebrating their lawlessness, that is bad. If they believe you are ridiculing them and you
Composer Justin Hurwitz On The “Excitement” & “Pressure” He Felt Entering New Space With ‘First Man’   Other

Progressing to the upper echelon of film scoring with admirable speed, Justin Hurwitz had a predicament with First Man, setting out to craft music unlike any he’d composed before. Collaborating with director Damien Chazelle since his days at Harvard, Hurwitz had a whirlwind experience with his last project, the original musical La La Land, winning two Oscars, two Golden
Writer Melanie Marnich Inks Overall Deal With Amazon Studios, Joins ‘The Expatriates’ As Executive Producer   Other

EXCLUSIVE: TV writer and playwright Melanie Marnich (Big Love, The Affair) has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, Marnich will serve as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside screenwriter Alice Bell on Amazon’s upcoming drama series The Expatriates, from Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films. She’ll also develop new TV series for Amazon
Jeff Bezos Divorce Draws Shrugs From Amazon Investors, But Intrigue Swirls Around Ownership Stake   Other

After Jeff and McKenzie Bezos announced their plans to divorce after 25 years of marriage, Amazon investors have reacted with a shrug, with the company’s stock price flat in early trading today. Even so, the news puts the fortune of the world’s richest man and the ownership structure of an era-defining, global powerhouse in a state of flux. The Bezoses tweeted Wednesday
Composer Alexandre Desplat On The Booming Taiko Drums & Barking Saxophones Of ‘Isle Of Dogs’   Other

When two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat goes about his work, he spends a lot of time imagining, striving for a score and a sonic world unlike any heard before. With Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs—set in a dystopian near-future Japan, and following a boy in search of his dog on an island of refuse—this meant leaning into elements of the traditional Japanese
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Rob Marshall On Keeping Musical Film Alive; ‘Hamilton’ Would Make “A Spectacular Film”   Other

When Rob Marshall took on the follow-up to Disney’s beloved behemoth Mary Poppins, it seemed a natural fit for the Oscar-winning Chicago director who’s long upheld the value of musical film. But with over 50 years between the Robert Stevenson-directed original and Mary Poppins Returns, Marshall had his work cut out in crafting an elegant homage to an iconic national
‘The Sopranos’ Creator David Chase Offers Glimpses Of Prequel Movie As Groundbreaking HBO Series Turns 20   Other

EXCLUSIVE: It’s official. Tony Soprano lives on! In the week that The Sopranos celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the groundbreaking HBO series, David Chase has given Deadline a bit of clarity on the prequel feature film The Many Saints of Newark that he wrote with Sopranos alum Lawrence Konner. Chase confirms that a young Tony Soprano will be part of
‘Aquaman’ Still The Big Man At The B.O. With $31M+; ‘Escape Room’ Locking Up Near $17M   Other

4th Update, Saturday AM Writethru after Friday 11:19 PM: Even though it’s a quiet weekend at the box office after the mad holiday rush between Christmas and New Year’s Day, studios savor the first frame of the year given its great holdover business. Kids are still off from school and heading to the movies, and another big plus: There isn’t a major snow storm
‘State Like Sleep’, ‘Rust Creek’ & ‘Mojin’ Sequel Ring In 2019 – Specialty Preview   Other

Typical to the start of a new year, specialty newcomers are rather few this weekend. Holiday and awards holdovers are still at center stage, while the Sundance Film Festival looms toward the end of the month. This weekend, Katherine Waterston, Michiel Huisman, Michael Shannon and Luke Evans star in Tribeca premiere State Like Sleep, opening Friday day-and-date via the
CBS Hints At Alternatives As Nielsen Ratings Contract Impasse Continues   Other

UPDATED with statement from CBS CBS acknowledged it has reached an impasse in contract negotiations with Nielsen, saying the TV ratings service is using market clout to raise prices even as it has been slow to accurately measure different forms of viewing. The network said that Nielsen is attempting to force the media company to buy a bundle of services, including services