Steve Harvey Thought His Memo To Staff Was “Cute” Until It Became Headline On CNN – TCA

Steve Harvey came to TCA to talk about his new daytime syndicated show, debuting next month, taped in Los Angeles and cleared in over 95% of the U.S., on NBC owned TV stations and other station groups.

Naturally he got asked if he would write a memo to his new staff, along the lines of the infamous one he wrote to the staff of his previous, Chicago-based daytime talker,  The Steve Harvey Show, which wrapped after five seasons.

“I learned two things from that email: No. 1 I can’t write, and No. 2 I should never write,” Harvey  joked.

He said he wrote that memo a year before it was leaked by, Harvey says, a staffer who “got pissed” when they were not offered a job on the new show.

“I was okay until I saw it on CNN and then I knew I was in a lot of trouble,” Harvey said. “It’s not a big deal to me,” he insisted, saying “I’m not a mean spirited guy. I’m a congenial guy.” He likened the memo to coming home to a house full of kids and telling them, “you just need a moment.”

“I thought it was cute. You all did not.”

In May, Harvey said he wrote the memo because he  “didn’t want to be in this prison” of his office anymore.

In the memo, he told his staff: “I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway.”

He also warned, “do not attempt to walk with me.”

Other talking points:

“Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED,” he advised – the all caps is his.


“My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.”

The memo came up again while discussing the name of his new program.

It’s called Steve.

One TV critic worried her friends already say they are watching “Steve” in daytime, when they mean Steve Wilkos’ program.

“I’m I’m the black dude with the bald head” Harvey explained, by way of distinguishing him from that other Steve.

“A lot of my friends don’t work, and say they are watching ‘Steve,’ the critic persisted.

“Your friends need a job,” Harvey suggested.

“They’re retired,” said the critic.

“Oh. I’m sorry. They’ve earned their time off,” Harvey answered, turning the conversation over to his new EP Shane Farley.

”That’s a tough one. I do not know how to handle that one,” Farley told the critic.

“I’m going to say nothing, because all the jokes running through me are going to be worse than that damned memo,” Harvey joked.

An NBCU publicist scurried to the stage to end the session.

Steve premieres in national syndication—” the publicist began.

Black Bald Steve,” Harvey corrected.


Lobell & Bergman Set ‘Eisner’ As First Comedy Collaboration In 17 Years

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Lobell and Andrew Bergman, once partners in a thriving production company, are back together for the first time in 17 years. They are planning an October start in New York on Eisner, a film that Bergman scripted and will direct, and which Lobell is producing.

The film is a comedy about a young man trying to discover what happened to his family during WWll. Typical of Bergman’s scripts, nothing turns out the way Eisner had hoped or expected. The ensemble they’ve put together has Judith Light, Paul Reiser, Isla Fisher, the Serbian comic Branko Djuric, Rob Reiner and Audra McDonald. They are zeroing in on a lead actor for the title role. Robert Halmi Jr and Great Point Media are in discussions to finance.

In their heyday, the Lobell Bergman partnership brought films that included So Fine, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Could Happen to You and Striptease. Those were written and directed by Bergman, whose first two scripting credits were the Mel Brooks-directed Blazing Saddles and then the original Arthur Hiller-directed The In-Laws, which starred Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. Lobell and Bergman are using their old production moniker, but right now the plan is for a single picture. If it’s a hit, who knows?


NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt Near Deal For New Contract

Robert Greenblatt is staying put at NBC, which is coming off one of its strongest seasons in years. According to sources, the NBC Entertainment Chairman is close to renewing his contract with NBCUniversal, which is up at the end of the year.

Greenblatt declined to comment on his contract negotiations during an interview with Deadline at TCA but said, “I’m going to be here for a long time.”

Greenblatt has been overseeing NBC and sister studio Universal TV since January 2011, when he was handpicked by Comcast to lead the broadcast network following the company’s acquisition of NBCUniversal.

Greenblatt is very well liked by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, to whom he reports, and the Comcast brass and has been enjoying unwavering support since Day 1. Even when things got rocky early on, Burke and Comcast showed their full confidence in Greenblatt with an early contract renewal in fall 2013.

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NBC has been on the rise since then. The network finished the most recent 2016-17 TV season at No. 1 in the key 18-49 demographic for the third time in four years. The victory marked the first time in five years any network has finished on top without the Super Bowl or an Olympics. NBC, which is poised to win next season in the demo as well as total viewers as it will have the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, also is flying high on the success of its new drama series This Is Us, the breakout new hit of this past broadcast season, which also became the first broadcast drama in years to break into the best series Emmy category.

In 2014, Greenblatt — a longtime Broadway producer, investor and fan — saw his NBCUniversal portfolio expanded to also include oversight of the company’s live-theater division, Universal Stage Productions.

At NBC, Greenblatt has spent his tenure to date with the same core senior team: president of entertainment Jennifer Salke, who joined six months after he took over the network and oversees scripted for NBC and Universal TV, and Paul Telegdy, President of the Alternative and Reality Group, who was already at the network when Greenblatt came on board. Telegdy re-upped his contract last year when NBC launched an alternative studio. Salke’s contract is not up until next year, but in light of the network and studio’s success in the scripted area, she is well positioned to continue.


Suge Knight Charged for Death Threats Against Straight Outta Compton Director

Former Rap Mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is facing a new criminal charge in addition to his 2015 murder and attempted charges. The new charge accuses Knight of threatening to kill F. Gary Gray, the director of 2015′s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton around August of 2014. Knight has been in and out of jail stretching all the way back to 1987 for various different reasons, but most recently he was arrested on suspicion for murder and attempted murder when he ran over two men involved in the production of Straight Outta Compton.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 52-year old Knight appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment accusing him of threatening death or bodily injury against F. Gary Gray. It has also been reported that Knight smiled at his family who were in attendance, his son even wore a shirt that read: “FREE SUGE.” Knight was reportedly less than thrilled about the way that he was depicted in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.

As the co-founder of Death Row Records, Suge Knight vowed to make the company “the Motown of the 90s,” which in terms of success, it initially did. Knight secured a lucrative distribution deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records and went onto release Dr. Dre’s first post-N.W.A. album, The Chronic. The album went triple platinum in the United States alone and launched the solo career of Dr. Dre as an artist and an in-demand producer while simultaneously launching the career of the young Snoop Dogg, whose debut record, Doggy Style went quadruple platinum in the United States. Knight also threw Death Row Records into the limelight for the East Coast vs., West Coast rap battle that resulted in the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls as well as trail of violence and threats that eventually killed the label while Knight served time in jail for parole violations.

On January 29th, 2015, Knight was involved in a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another hospitalized in Compton, California. Knight turned himself in the next morning and was arrested on suspicion of murder. Witnesses claim that Knight followed the two men to a burger stand after an argument on the set of a commercial for Straight Outta Compton, which was months after Knight allegedly made the death threats to director F. Gary Gray.

Sources close to Suge Knight claim that the murder charge against him is falling apart they simply believe that law enforcement is “out to get him,” which is pretty hard to believe when there’s surveillance footage of Knight running over two men in a burger stand parking lot. Good luck with that, guys. The murder trial isn’t expected to start until 2018, but one thing is for certain, Suge Knight is going to be spending quite a long time in prison this time around. In addition, Knight is fighting many civil legal battles involving Dr. Dre, Chris Brown, and Scott Storch.


Avengers 4 Is Filming Very Soon Says Jeremy Renner

There’s simply no rest for the wicked in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Filming just recently wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War, which is going to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU for a decade by the time the movie comes out. Now, nearly a year before that movie even hits theaters, Avengers 4 is already about to roll film. According to Jeremy Renner, he is going to begin filming his part as Hawkeye in less than two weeks.

The actor, who has portrayed Hawkeye in the MCU since the first Thor movie, recently spoke with Collider in order to promote his latest movie, Wind River. During the course of the conversation, he was asked about when is going to return for filming on Avengers 4, which still doesn’t have an official title. According to Jeremy Renner, it is starting a lot sooner than you may think. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“Like 10 days. Two weeks. Something like that.”

Avengers: Infinity War wrapped filming just in time for the cast to head out and promote the movie at Disney’s D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con before getting back to the grind here on Avengers 4 very shortly. Just because Jeremy Renner is heading to shoot some of his parts for Avengers 4 doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the other Marvel heroes are going to be reporting for duty. As we saw with Avengers: Infinity War during production, balancing all of these schedules is insanely tricky and many of the actors aren’t on set at the same time in order to accommodate all of their other projects. But this does mean that directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War) are back at it.

Considering that Marvel hasn’t even released the Avengers: Infinity War trailer to the public yet, not much is known about the third Avengers movie. Let alone what the fate of the heroes and the Mad Titan Thanos will be by the end of that movie. So speculating about what will happen in Avengers 4 is a pretty pointless endeavor at this point. That said, with set photos and videos almost certainly going to leak during production, it may be tough to totally avoid spoilers on this one. That is something Marvel fans may want to keep in mind while Avengers 4 is filming.

Josh Brolin recently confirmed that he is going to return for Avengers 4, so we can pretty safely guess that Thanos is going to be more than a one-and-done villain. That is a very good thing, considering that he has been built up for more than 5 years at this point. What good will Hawkeye and his arrows be against that kind of power? We’ll see when Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018, which will be followed by Avengers 4 a year later on May 3, 2019.


Police Hunt Down Emoji Movie Sex Offender, TJ Miller Hilariously Responds

Police in Howell, New Jersey are on the look out for a man who committed a lewd act in a movie theater while watching The Emoji Movie. A woman who was watching the movie with her children happened to see something worse than the animated movie playing on the screen and immediately reported it to the management of the Xscape movie theater last Friday. New York Post reports that management then confronted the man and asked him to leave and the woman called the authorities.

Even though the theater is called Xscape, it’s apparently “not that kind of theater,” but it could be an honest mistake. New Jersey police are looking for a white heavy-set man in his 20s or 30s with some facial hair. He was last seen wearing a white button-up shirt, black pants, and a yarmulke on his head. When alerted to the situation, The Emoji Movie star T.J. Miller simply tweeted: “It’s that good. It is.” while retweeting the original story. T.J. Miller’s social media response is perfect for the situation, especially since critics and moviegoers have been obliterating the animated movie.

The Emoji Movie started Saturday morning with an unprecedented 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, but has since managed to go up to a whooping 6%. It is important to note that the audience score is at 44%, which is a higher approval rating than the current President of the United States, but that’s definitely not anything worth celebrating. Impressively, The Emoji Movie was able to score the number 2 (or metaphorically) at the box office, just behind Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk. The Emoji Movie and Dunkirk were neck and neck for the early part of weekend, but Dunkirk pulled ahead to earn its number 1 spot for the second consecutive weekend.

Critics have been wondering about how The Emoji Movie was able to pull off such an impressive opening and many are speculating that it’s because reviewers were not allowed to run their reviews until Thursday. If true, Sony was very smart to do so since the entire world seems to run to Rotten Tomatoes to see the aggregated score for an upcoming movie. And why wouldn’t they? Moviegoers are able to make an informed decision by balancing critic reviews with fellow moviegoer reviews and if there aren’t any early reviews, the movie choice gamble may take place like the good ol’ days before tomatoes and fresh ratings.

Regardless of what the critics and majority of moviegoers are saying about The Emoji Movie, one man truly enjoyed the movie much more than probably anyone ever will in history. The animated movie may even get the rare distinction of receiving the very rare “three thumbs up,” which is just begging to be thrown on future promotional material for the movie and on the cover of the Blu-ray release chalk full of bonus material. In all seriousness, if you or anyone has any information about the super fan of The Emoji Movie, please contact the New Jersey police department.

It’s that good. It is.

— t.j. miller (@nottjmiller) August 3, 2017


LEGO Spin-Off Billion Brick Race Gets Book of Life Director

Warner Bros. is moving forward with a new LEGO Movie spin-off The Billion Brick Race, bringing in The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the project. We first heard of this movie back in 2015, when the studio brought on Jason Segel to develop and co-direct the movie with Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce, based on original idea Drew Pearce pitched which reportedly “excited” the studio. It doesn’t seem like Jason Segel or Drew Pearce are involved, with the studio not revealing any details about the project thus far.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news earlier today, although it isn’t clear if he will develop the story based on Jason Segel and Drew Pearce’s work, or if he’s starting over from scratch with a page-one rewrite. It also hasn’t been clarified if he’s developing this project with the intention to direct as well, but this animated LEGO spin-off is still in very early stages of development. Still, with the success of the first spin-off, The LEGO Batman Movie ($175.7 million domestic, $311.7 million worldwide, $80 million budget) and the upcoming The LEGO Ninjago Movie hitting theaters this fall, it’s clear Warner Bros. is still looking to expand their LEGO empire.

While The LEGO Batman Movie featured characters like Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum) and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) return from The LEGO Movie, it doesn’t seem that the second spin-off, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, will have any characters from the flagship movie in that adventure. With that being said, it isn’t clear if The Billion Brick Race will bring back any primary characters from The LEGO Movie like Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Princess Uni-Kitty (Alison Brie), Spaceman Benny (Charlie Day) or Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), just to name a few. Since no story details have been confirmed, it’s impossible to determine who will be featured in this story.

What’s also unclear is when Warner Bros. plans on releasing The Billion Brick Race. The LEGO Ninjago Movie will hit theaters on September 22, 2017, with The LEGO Movie Sequel arriving on February 8, 2019. It’s possible that, if this project is put on the fast track and is put together quickly by Warner Bros. that it could be ready for release in late 2019, but it seems likely that it wont hit theaters until 2020 or later, but that all depends on how quickly this project moves forward in development. We hadn’t heard any developments on this project since Jason Segel signed on back in 2015, so it may also be a long road ahead.

While there is still much we don’t know about The Billion Brick Race, it is certainly in good hands with a talented animation veteran like Jorge Gutierrez, whose beloved Book of Life movie was released in 2014, produced by Guillermo del Toro. He also created the animated series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, and wrote the script for Guardians of Oz. He is also in pre-production on Kung Fu Space Punch, which he is also writing and directing. Hopefully we’ll have more on The Billion Brick Race in the near future.


Justice League Theatrical Trailer Arrives, Batman Speaks

We are just a few months away from seeing the Justice League unite in live-action on the big screen for the very first time ever. We recently got a massive new trailer for the movie at San Diego Comic-Con which gave us a whole bunch of new footage to chew on ahead of the November 17, 2017, release date. Now, a condensed theatrical version of the trailer has arrived online, giving us some very brief snippets of footage and some brand new dialogue not featured in the Justice League Comic-Con trailer.

The condensed Justice League trailer, which comes to us courtesy of DC AlertTVShows, clocks in at 2 minutes and 34 seconds. That is quite a bit shorter than the massive 4-minute trailer that we got at SDCC, but this is a much more reasonable length to present in movie theaters and it pretty much gives the exact same feel the extended trailer did, just at a much more rapid pace with absolutely no breathing room. Plus, we get a new line in this version, with the “Honestly I think we’re all gonna die” line, replaced with, “This is crazy. Fighting The Devil and his army, in Hell.”

In Justice League, the world is still dealing with Superman’s death at the hands of Doomsday. Bruce Wayne/Batman reevaluates his extreme methods and begins reaching out to other heroes to assemble a team of crime-fighters to defend Earth from all kinds of threats. Like a giant alien with a huge planet-shattering hammer, for example. Together with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Batman seeks out Cyborg, Barry Allen aka The Flash and the Atlantean warrior king known as Aquaman. They face off against Steppenwolf, who just so happens to be the second-in-command to alien warlord Darkseid, who is tasked with finding several artifacts that are hidden on Earth.

Joss Whedon is currently busy handling some reportedly extensive reshoots on Justice League as well as finishing up post-production on the superhero team up. Whedon had to take over for Zack Snyder recently as the Man of Steel director had to step away from the project over a personal tragedy. Considering that the movie is just three months away from arriving in theaters it sounds like the final cut of Justice League could be coming in just under the wire, but there’s still plenty of time for Joss Whedon to get this thing where it needs to be.

Considering all of the good will that Warner Bros. managed to build for the DCEU with Wonder Woman over the summer, they must be hoping that they can continue that with Justice League. If they can double up and have another movie that isn’t divisive and crushes at the box office, the sins of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad will be all but forgotten. Be sure to check out the theatrical trailer for Justice League for yourself below.

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