‘Five Points’: Indigenous Media & Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Set Original Series For Facebook Watch

Indigenous Media and Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street are teaming to produce Five Points, a 10-episode original drama series created and written by Adam Giaudrone (Being Mary Jane, Black Lightning) for Facebook Watch.

Five Points follows about five students at a South Side Chicago high school who each experience a life-changing event from a different point of view. It will take all of their unique perspectives to understand the truth. The exec producers are Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Jake Avnet and Washington, along with the Scandal star’s Simpson Street EVP Development and Production Pilar Savone. Thomas Carter will direct the series, which begins production this week. He and Giaudrone also serve as EPs.

Five Points’ unique format, designed to engage the community in social conversation, makes it a perfect fit for Facebook’s new Watch platform,” said Jake Avnet, COO of Indigenous Media. “Indigenous Media has a long history of leveraging traditional media expertise to experiment with new formats and platforms, which is why we are excited to be an early part of Watch.”

Said Indigenous co-founder Jon Avnet: “We are thrilled to have the incredibly talented Kerry Washington join our producing team. Her strong perspective coupled with Thomas Carter’s gifted direction will take Five Points to the next level.”

Added Washington: “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Indigenous and Facebook in order to tell this important, thought provoking and compelling story.”

Indigenous Media is repped by CAA and attorneys Tara Kole and Leigh Leshner. Washington is with CAA, Washington Square Arts and attorney Gretchen Bruggeman Rush.  Carter is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Giaudrone is with Verve, Debbie Gruber and attorney Gregg Gellman.


Watch Chris Hemsworth Cringe as Huge Thor: Ragnarok Spoiler Is Revealed

It’s spoiler time, so you better stop reading if you want to go into Thor: Ragnarok clean and fresh. The movie is just a few weeks away from release. But quite a few critics and journalists have already screened the sequel for interview purposes. Though, one intrepid reporter couldn’t help himself in blurting out a major Thor 3 spoiler on air. Which star Chris Hemsworth found incredibly irksome. You can see the cringe-worthy exchange in the video below.

Marvel actors are trained in not revealing spoilers of any kind, a class which Mark Ruffalo must have slept through, as evidenced by some of his behavior recently. But that won’t ever stop an interviewer from saying something he shouldn’t. That’s fine when it’s in print and Marvel can embargo the interview. But not when it’s live on air, as is the case with the latest Thor: Ragnarok interview.

A new Australian TV interview has Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo sitting down to chat about Thor 3. And for once, Ruffalo is not the one with loose lips. Sitting at a table with a number of reporters, the pair are affable and friendly, making jokes about Thor’s hammer and lose of hair in this sequel. Then the main reporter blows it by blurting out one of the movie’s best kept secrets.

The Australian TV show in question is called The Project. Hemsworth happily agreed to appear on the show since he’s a native of the country. And he appears to be having an alright time. But the guy nearly comes out of his skin when he gets asked about Hela, the villain played by Cate Blanchett.

Hela, as most fans know, is the Goddess of Death who destroys Thor’s hammer and attempts to take over Asgard. She also happens to be Thor’s…(SPOILER ALERT)…Sister. That is definitely not something Marvel wanted revealed in the weeks leading up to the movie’s release. But now the cat is definitely out of the bag as this interview goes viral.

All Hemsworth can say in return is, ‘That’s a no-no, dude!’ He cringes, clearly uncomfortable with the unexpected reveal. He’s had to sit on the information all throughout production. And now, on live TV, the secret is out weeks before the movie. Whoops. The bad part is that while we can give those who haven’t watched the movie a spoiler warning, those watching the interview for the first time had no idea the big reveal was coming. And there has been some fan outrage to say the least.

On the flip side of that, there are those fans who have come to the host’s defense, stating that anyone immersed in Norse mythology already know Hela is Thor’s sister, and there has been a family connection in the comic book for years. In the Marvel Comics, she is actually the daughter of Loki. Though, not the version of Loki being played by Tom Hiddleston in the movie. Odin gave Hela power over two important realms in Asgard. But as it stands, Odin is actually Loki in the MCU, if that makes any sense. So changes to Hela’s backstory were expected.

You can watch the full uncomfortable exchange in the video embed below thanks to Walrus Rider’s Youtube channel. There’s no going back now.

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‘The Haunting Of Hill House’: Netflix Sets Paxton Singleton & Julian Hilliard As Series Regular

EXCLUSIVE: Paxton Singleton and newcomer Julian Hilliard have come aboard as a series regular on Netflix’s upcoming Mike Flanagan-helmed adaptation, The Haunting Of Hill House, for Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Based on Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, the 10-episode straight-to-series re-imagining draws from the original classic ghost story while expanding on the mythology of the Crane family.

Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Michael Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, McKenna Grace, and Violet McGraw have previously been announced as part of the cast.

Flanagan is an executive producer alongside his producing partner Trevor Macy as well as Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

Singleton is repped by Coast To Coast, Artistic Endeavors and attorney Scott Whitehead, while Hilliard is with Linda McAlister Talent.


Peter Thiel-Backed Legal Startup Offers $100,000 To Women With Weinstein Claims

Peter Thiel-backed startup Legalist is offering a $100,000 “bounty” to anyone who comes forward with legal claims against Harvey Weinstein.

The company is extending the financial assistance any woman with what it deems a “valid sexual harassment claim” against the disgraced mogul, who has faced waves of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse spanning three decades. The latest Thiel-Weinstein news comes on the heels of Charles Harder’s exit as Harvey Weinstein’s attorney. Harder had represented Thiel in the milestone Hulk Hogan legal victory over Gawker.

A bounty offer is a staple of the business plan of Legalist, which offered last month to pay legal filing fees for anyone looking to sue Equifax after the credit company’s massive data breach compromised consumers’ information. Looking to advertise its platform via a hot news story, Legalist issued a press release with its Equifax offer. The Weinstein case, which has dominated the headlines for the last two weeks, is another topical opportunity for promotion.

But Eva Shang, one of Legalist’s founders, says the company’s motive is genuine interest in the case, not opportunism. She said the company has made some offers in other previous cases that were higher than $100,000. As the Weinstein saga has unfolded, she said, it revealed real needs on the part of those pursuing complaints. “Especially as a female founder,” she told Deadline, “as I read these reports of eight cases of settlements being paid to women, for very modest amounts and without a single case being filed, it seemed like a situation where we could help women get the justice they deserve.”

The creation of the Legalist and other litigation finance companies, which fund their operations with shares of winning plaintiffs’ verdicts, has unnerved some journalists in the wake of the Gawker case. While the companies say they level the playing field for those without the financial resources to pursue legal claims, critics contend that Thiel and others with deep pockets have an agenda to sponsor a systematic push-back against legitimate media outlets.

Gossip website The Blast first reported the news of the Weinstein offer.


Harvey Weinstein Resigns From TWC Board As Termination Ratified In Meeting

EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company today as his brother Bob Weinstein and the other board members voted to ratify the October 8 termination of the company co-founder. Deadline has learned also that talks are ongoing in finding a resolution to the now ex-co-chair’s standing with the company, of which he owns 23%.

This comes four days after Bob Weinstein said the company wasn’t for sale and it’s business as usual at TWC, and a day after Colony Capital came to the financial rescue with an offer of a cash injection and potential asset acquisition. The reduced board met Tuesday to face an uncertain future and a besieged but battling Harvey Weinstein.

First facing an independent investigation and indefinite leave of absence, Weinstein was “terminated, effective immediately” by the four-man leadership group on October 8 after more allegations of years of sexual harassment emerged.

With the disgraced Oscar-winning producer calling in from a rehab facility in Arizona, the noon ET meeting today at the Manhattan offices of law firm Debevoise & Plimpton saw TWC chair Bob Weinstein and the remaining board members discuss the bailout proposals of the Tom Barrack founded investment group and formally address the terminating of the now ex-co-chair over a week ago.

Led by Ashley Judd going public in the explosive New York Times expose of October 5 and the New Yorker piece of October 11, dozens of women have now come forward claiming harassment and at least three accusations of rape against Weinstein. The NYPD and UK police are looking into possible complaints and the LAPD is expected to open an investigation soon. Weinstein was been shown the door by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 14 and the national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously today to expel him on Monday, as agencies, talent, lawyers and projects have run away from TWC and Weinstein in droves.

RelatedUK Police Investigating More Sexual Assault Claims Against Harvey Weinstein

Representing Harvey Weinstein today, litigator Patricia Glaser seemed set to argue that under the former co-chair’s 2015 employment contract, and the clauses it contained about handling inappropriate behavior, the board improperly tossed the co-founder in the opening days of what has become an ever-growing scandal.  Negotiated by current board member Lance Maerov, the clause called on Weinstein himself to personally pay out any settlements and fees arising from his behavior. The first time such a settlement occurred, Weinstein would be obliged to pay TWC $250,000 with the penalty cost rising to $1 million by a fourth settlement. There have allegedly been far more than four such settlements in the past two decades.

Even as TWC has been crippled by the scandal and the dozens of allegations against Weinstein, the producer still holds 23% of the company – as does his younger brother Bob. As the allegations grow, there has still not been any lawsuits against Weinstein or the company, that could be liable if company executives are found to have know about the harassment and subsequent settlements that Weinstein paid out to the likes of Rose McGowan and others.

Now the next round of talking begins with a settlement for Weinstein himself possibly in the cards.


Avengers 4 Begins a New MCU Story Confirms James Gunn

Fans have known for quite some time that Avengers 4 will be the final movie of Marvel’s Phase 3 slate, which will, in essence, mark the culmination of the MCU as we know it. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reiterated this in a new interview, which many fans interpreted to mean that the end of Phase 3 will be the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe all together. But that isn’t the case, according to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn. When asked by a fan on Twitter if the Marvel Cinematic Universe will truly “end after phase 3,” James Gunn had this to say, revealing that Avengers 4 will start a whole new story set within the MCU.

“No. Read Kevin Feige’s quotes & not the static around them. It’s the end of one long story & the beginning of another. And one of the films that will kickstart the new story will be #GotGVol3.”

It has also been confirmed that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will hit theaters on July 5, 2019, just a few months after Avengers 4 arrives on May 3, 2019, making it the first Marvel Phase 4 movie. It has been confirmed Avengers 4 will bring the 22-movie arc from Marvel Phase 1 through 3 to an end, with Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 addressing the aftermath of Avengers 4, and where the story will go from there. With all of that being said, with nearly two years left until Phase 3 comes to a close, Phase 3 may certainly be the end of the first three phases of the MCU, but it won’t be the end of the MCU as a whole.

Aside from Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 in July 2019, it remains to be seen if Marvel plans on fitting a third Marvel movie in for 2019, perhaps in early November, as has become the MCU’s new tradition. Way back in October 2015, Marvel even set three new dates aside in 2020, May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020, which fans at the time assumed would be the first Phase 4 movies. One of those movies will likely be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, with director James Gunn essentially confirming that it will arrive in 2020 during a lengthy and heartfelt Facebook post. While it seems likely that it would follow in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and take the May 1, 2020 release date, that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

As for what else is coming in Phase 4, that we likely won’t know for quite some time. Kevin Feige revealed in a November 2016 interview that the studio has a pretty good idea of where the studio is heading, but any of the Phase 4 movie titles would be considered spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. Even the Avengers 4 title is considered a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War, so we’ll have to wait until that movie hits theaters next May to find out more about what the future may have in store for MCU fans. Take a look at what James Gunn had to say below where he clarifies that the MCU is not ending after Phase 3, courtesy of James Gunn Twitter.

1/2 No. Read Kevin Feige’s quotes & not the static around them. It’s the end of one long story & the beginning of another.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 16, 2017

2/2 And one of the films that will kickstart the new story will be #GotGVol3.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 16, 2017


Christian Bale Hit Heath Ledger for Real in The Dark Knight

After nearly a decade, which is how long the Marvel Cinematic Universe has existed, nobody has managed to top Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. What Christopher Nolan managed to craft is something that transcends the comic book genre, and that is in no small part due to Ledger’s now legendary turn as the clown prince of crime. Now, nearly 10 years later, it’s been revealed that Christian Bale was actually asked to hit Ledger while filming The Dark Knight. Talk about dedication. Here’s what Bale had to say about it.

“Our first scene was in an interrogation room together, and I saw that he’s a helluva actor who’s completely committed to it and totally gets the tone that Chris [Nolan] is trying to create with this. We’re not going for actors revealing their enjoyment of playing a wacky caricature. We’re treating this as serious drama. You go into character and you stay in the character. I love that. I find that so ridiculous that I love it, and I take that very seriously. Heath was definitely embracing that. When he was in the makeup and the garb he was in character the whole time; and when he took it off he was absolutely fantastic company to be around As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him the more he enjoys it. The more I’m giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion. He was kinda egging me on. I was saying, ‘You know what, I really don’t need to actually hit you. It’s going to look just as good if I don’t.’ And he’s going, ‘Go on. Go on. Go on….’ He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total.”

Christian Bale’s comments were made during an interview conducted by Joseph McCabe, who has published this, along with other interview clips and a lot more in a new book, 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. The book also features an interview with Christopher Nolan and another newly revealed excerpt reveals the director talking about how he and Heath Ledger crafted their version of The Joker.

“Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, these kinds of punk influences were some of the things we talked about. We also talked about the character of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. He’s very anarchic and yet somehow has great charisma, both in the book and in the film. We talked about a lot of different influences, and he talked about an extraordinarily diverse set of influences like ventriloquist dummies. The way they would talk and the way they would move and all kinds of peculiar ideas that I wasn’t really able to get a handle on until I saw him start to perform the scenes, and start to show how the character moved and how the character gestured and how the character spoke, with this extraordinarily unpredictable voice. The range of the voice, from its highest pitch to its lowest pitch, is very extreme, and where it shifts is unpredictable and sudden. The thing with the tongue was…he had this prosthetic that was covering his lower lip and it would come unglued sometimes. I’d seen him sort of sticking it back with his tongue, and it was only after a few weeks of shooting that I realized that wasn’t what he was doing, that he had started to adopt that actually as part of the character. It was an interesting balance, editing the performance, because he has all kinds of interesting facets, all kinds of mannerisms and things. What I like about them all is they all feel that they come from the character. They don’t feel like actorly touches. I read them as genuinely part of the fabric of a real human being.”

Sadly, Heath Ledger died at age 28 in January 2008 before The Dark Knight was even released. Still, he managed to win the Academy Award that year for Best Supporting Actor, which was sorely deserved. These interview clips from The Hollywood Reporter serve as a great reminder of just how dedicated the young actor was.


Han Solo Movie Gets Titled Solo: A Star Wars Story

At last, Ron Howard has finally revealed the official title for the Han Solo movie. In a not at all surprising announcement, the director shared that the official title for the Star Wars standalone is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Previous reports indicated that the movie would be titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was close, but not quite there. So now, we all finally know what to call this thing when we talk about it.

The director made the reveal in a short video posted to his Twitter in order to thank the cast and crew he worked with on Solo: A Star Wars Story. According to the video, they are wrapping up production, which means after all of the mess, this movie is finally in the can and, hopefully, that means we’ll be seeing more than just some ominous set photos in the near future. To reveal the title, Ron Howard had some fun with the reveal, making a bit of a joke out of the secretive nature of making a Star Wars movie. Here’s what he had to say in the video.

“Hi. Well, as we wrap up production I just want to take this moment to thank an incredibly talented cast and crew for all of their hard work. And to the fans out there, I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures that I’ve been sharing. Pictures that I’ve taken from the set of….can we even say the name of the movie?”

Ron Howard was hired by Disney and Lucasfilm to take over directing duties on the Han Solo movie after Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) were fired just before production was scheduled to end. As a result, a couple months of additional shooting were needed and that means a whole lot of the movie had to be reworked. That being the case, it has certainly affected Lucasfilm’s original marketing plans for the movie. But now, with the official title reveal out of the way, we can start looking forward to this movie that Howard, who is a very accomplished director, was hopefully able to get on the right track.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for release on May 25, 2018. That was the date Lucasfilm had originally set prior to Phil Lord and Chris Miller being fired over “creative differences.” Those differences were clearly very severe, as Lucasfilm preferred the initial PR nightmare (not to mention all of the extra money they had to spend) to just working with what had already been shot. It seems ambitious for the studio to still make that date, seeing as production just wrapped, but they’ve made no indication that they plan on changing the release.

The title follows suit with the first of the Star Wars standalone movies, which was last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With the Solo: A Star Wars Story announcement, it seems likely this will be the trend for future standalone movies set in a galaxy far, far away. Now the important question; is a trailer coming out soon? It seems like a safe bet and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more details emerge. You can check out Ron Howard’s Twitter reveal of the title for yourself below.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here’s a special message

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

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