‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

Universal Pictures has pegged a May  10, 2019 release date for Legendary Entertainment’s Detective Pikachu, based on the popular Pokémon. The first live-action film based on the franchise is starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Rob Letterman is directing. The film will bow on Mother’s Day and a week after an untitled Avengers’ movie from Disney.

Universal Pictures is handling all distribution outside of Japan wher Toho will distribute in Japan. Toho did the same for Legendary on reboot of Godzilla.

The Pokémon game and brand is one of those rare marketing phenomenons. It has sold 300M video games worldwide and 23.6 billion TCG cards are in 74 countries. It also launched an animated series spanning 20 seasons.


Saudi Arabia: Theater Owners Trade Group Has “Extensive Plans” For Kingdom’s Cinemas

UPDATE, WRITETHRUwith AMC weigh-in: The National Association of Theatre Owners has offered its praise to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom confirmed today that it would lift a 35-year ban on public cinemas. NATO also revealed that a delegation from the trade group led by President and CEO John Fithian has been in Riyadh during the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of the announcement.

Several NATO member companies have developed “extensive plans” for cinemas in the kingdom and “stand ready to develop luxurious and cutting-edge movie theaters for all Saudis to enjoy,” the org said.

It also noted that the NATO team played a role in getting the ball across the finish line in meetings with officials from Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority and the Ministry of Information. Fithian called it “an honor to play a small part in facilitating this historic decision.”

The government’s move had been expected as Deadline reported last month. An initiative to build and open cinemas was a focus of the Future Investment Initiative conference held in Riyadh in October and falls within the Vision 2030 program spearheaded by progressive Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud.

The kingdom’s cinemas were shuttered in 1982 after clerics persuaded the government to do so. New ones are expected to begin opening in March.

Vue International founder Tim Richards was one of the attendees of the Future Investment Initiative and told Deadline that Saudi Arabia looks like a very interesting opportunity. Indeed, the Middle East is a growing box office region and that 65%-70% Saudi’s population is under age 30. The kingdom’s first Comic-Con was held in Jeddah in February and attracted more than 10,000.

The kingdom’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media passed a resolution today allowing the authority to grant licenses to cinemas, and there are projected to be more than 300 by 2030, totaling 2,000-plus screens.

AMC Entertainment Holdings later added that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia to “explore a range of commercial opportunities for collaboration that will support the growth of the Kingdom’s entertainment sector.”

Fithian said today, “We are excited to witness the opening of the Saudi cinema market. Movies are one of the great shared pleasures that highlight our common humanity. The growing and young population of the kingdom is hungry for the cinematic experience. We anticipate that the Saudi market will grow quickly.”


Mia Kirshner Calls On CAA To Lead (And Fund) An Effort To Combat Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

A recent New York Times story examined how a network of enablers, silencers and spies helped Harvey Weinstein keep his alleged sexual misconduct a secret. The Times reported that agents at major firms had been informed of Weinstein’s conduct — but continued to arrange private meetings with actresses. Such was the case with Mia Kirshner, whose credits include The L Word and Defiance and was offered a movie role in exchange for sex with Weinstein. The actress, who was 19 at the time, said she was encouraged by her former Creative Artists Agency representative to “forget about it; it was pointless to do anything about this.” CAA responded to the article with a blanket apology “to any person the agency let down.”  Deadline published that statement, and Kirshner asked to respond. A CAA spokesperson said the agency is already implementing some of the changes Kirshner calls for below.

Dear CAA,

My name is Mia Kirshner. I was a client of yours a very long time ago.

I am also one of the many women who was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein while represented by CAA. I am also one of the people who reported to my agent at CAA right after this happened.

Three days ago, I  stumbled upon a public apology you made. “We want to make clear to clients and colleagues that even one of our clients being harassed over the company’s 42 years is one too many…We are here to serve, fight for, and protect our clients. We apologize to any person the agency let down for not meeting the high expectations we place on ourselves, as individuals and as a company”

Who is this apology for and what is its purpose? Whatever your objective, there is a glaring omission in your apology.

The omission is me and all of the other people who have been harmed by failing to act on reports of sexual misconduct. Each of us needs a personal apology, and not a form letter.

You didn’t directly apologize to me.  That’s odd, because it’s a contradiction to the high standards you claim to hold yourself to. That’s why I’m writing.

To begin, I want to understand you and what kind of thought process went into drafting this public-facing apology. Are your more intimate apologies reserved to those you deem important enough to call personally?

Whatever the case, your current response is devoid of common sense, which is terrifying. Before you release a public apology to the press, the first thing you do is contact the very people who you are apologizing too. Your apology is dismissive. 

It is also emblematic of a much larger problem. Millions of people, when reporting a claim of workplace sexual misconduct, are sloughed off and dismissed by management. Consequently, it discourages others from coming forward, which allows sexual misconduct to go unchecked. 

How do we move forward? How will you let your clients know that you are actually going to protect them from workplace sexual predators?

As a start, it’s now too late to apologize. That ship sailed long ago.  I want is to turn this negative experience into a positive, and work to create lasting survivor-centered reform. If CAA has begun to make these changes, please make these advancements available to all industry members, at no cost to the user.

This is what I would like from you:

1. Contribute financially to the creation of a blacklisting software application. This would be made available to all agencies, and other pertinent stakeholders, with the purpose of preventing blacklisting. Many do not report workplace sexual misconduct because of the fear of retaliation. This software would monitor the practice of blacklisting as a result of sexual misconduct. Use of this application should be free to users.

2. Financially back the creation and promotion of software that will allow the user to report sexual misconduct. This software could be partially modeled on the work of Callisto, a non-profit organization that created a confidential way for college students to document and report unwanted sexual contact or assault. The reporting process must give control and ownership back to the survivor.

3. Fund and promote an industry-wide survey which focuses on workplace sexual misconduct and the changes needed too move forward. All data collected should be made publicly available. 

4. Coordinate and lead the fundraising process to ensure that each of these initiatives is appropriately resourced.

5. As the co-founder of the After #MeToo symposium and the creator of I Live Here, a four-volume anthology of global human rights abuses published by Pantheon Books, I want to oversee this effort to ensure accountability. I want to oversee the development, staffing and creation of each of the items in this letter.  

6. Give a written commitment to all of the above along with a mutually agreed implementation timeline. 

Understand that by doing this you are not erasing the past and all the pain your lack of oversight caused. What you do have is the opportunity to set an example for other companies like yours, that ignored reports of sexual misconduct. Reinvest some of the profits you earn from the actors, directors and producers you represent into establishing greater protections for the industry. Recently you said, “We are here to serve, fight for, and protect our clients.” If that’s what you truly believe, then fight. Battle for holistic protections. If not, you will send a clear message to the industry: The sum of your fight is just another flaccid apology. 

I can be reached at [email protected]

Mia Kirshner


Steve Edwards Out At ‘Good Day LA’ After 20-Plus Years

Steve Edwards, who has co-hosted Good Day LA on Fox affiliate KTTV for more than two decades, abruptly was let go today. A spokeswoman for Fox11 told Deadline in a statement, “We can confirm that Steve Edwards is no longer employed by KTTV.”

Sources say his dismissal stems from sexual harassment allegations, but the station would not confirm that.

Edwards has been on the heavily caffeinated morning show since 1995, and his ties to local L.A. TV go back even farther to hosting then-KNXT’s 2 on the Town opposite pre-CBS Evening News Connie Chung in the 1980s and doing other morning programs including AM Los Angeles on KABC, which featured Regis Philbin.

The Good Day LA now id down to Julie Chang, Maria Quiban, Rick Dickert and Megan Colarossi, who just started as co-host last week.


Comcast Bows Out of Fox Sweepstakes

Comcast said it is officially out of the running for 21st Century Fox assets, a development that signals a deal may be close with Disney.

The Philadelphia-based cable giant had expressed interest in acquiring some of Fox’s film and television assets — particularly the holdings that would expand its global reach, including India’s Star TV and the British satellite TV provider Sky.

“When a set of assets like Fox’s becomes available, it is our responsibility to evaluate if there is a strategic fit that could benefit our company and our shareholders,” Comcast said in a statement published by Reuters. “That is what we tried to do and we are no longer engaged in the review of those assets. We never got the level of engagement needed to make a definitive offer.”

Comcast quickly leapt to action this fall, amid reports that talks between Disney and Fox had broken down over price. Other players similarly expressed interest, including Verizon and Sony Pictures.

Once Disney returned to the bargaining table, it emerged as the favored partner — perhaps because of regulatory considerations, according to a person familiar with the matter. A potential Comcast-Fox deal would represent the kind of integration of content and distribution that moved the Justice Department to sue to block a planned merger of AT&T and Time Warner, citing anti-competitive concerns.

A Fox spokesperson declined comment.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report Comcast would no longer pursue the deal.


Ready Player One Sequel Novel Is Happening

If you’re a fan of good sci-fi, we’ve got some excellent news for you. Author Ernest Cline confirms that he is indeed working on a Ready Player One sequel novel. His original 2011 book has taken on a life of its own and is set to be released as a movie next year. But now the author is writing a sequel to the original source material, which is exciting. Can it possibly live up to the original? That’s going to be tough, but here’s what Cline had to say about it in a recent interview.

“It’s true. I can’t talk about it too much, but there’s no better inspiration for a writer [than] to return to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re watching Steven Spielberg bring that world to life.”

Ready Player One the novel is set in the year 2044. Reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win, and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

The movie is going to be taking some liberties with the source material, but it’s still going to be loaded down with pop culture references. However, director Steven Spielberg has decided to largely remove references to his own work in the movie. Despite that, Spielberg seems like the right guy to bring this movie to life. Ernest Cline says working with Spielberg on the movie was very satisfying and he was even able to bounce ideas off of him.

“To get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life, but then bounce ideas off of him for the sequel, is just the most gratifying thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

Ready Player One the movie is set to be released in theaters in March and there’s no question that Warner Bros. would love to see it spawn a franchise. Could that be why Ernest Cline is now ready to write a sequel novel to Ready Player One? It’s possible, but either way, this is something that should make a lot of people very happy. Ernest Cline was hush on the details in his interview with the Alamo Drafthouse, but the book is happening and that is exciting on its own. You can check out the video interview with Cline, courtesy of Ready Player One Movie Facebook for yourself below.


Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Invite Bullying Victim to Avengers Premiere

Late last week, a video went viral featuring a Knoxville, Tennessee boy named Keaton Jones. The video shows Jones recounting his experience with bullying at school, which was posted by his mother to social media. At the end of the video, Jones heartbreakingly declares, “It’ll probably get better one day.” Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo are trying to make sure that day comes very soon, as they’ve invited him to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere next year.

Yes, Chris Evans, the man who plays Captain America on screen in the MCU and Mark Ruffalo, the actor behind the Hulk and Bruce Banner, both took to social media to reach out to Keaton Jones. Evans was first, turning into a real-life hero as he reached out to Jones, offering some encouragement and, no doubt coolest of all, an invite for him and his mom to go to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere. Here’s what he had to say.

“Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”

Mark Ruffalo shortly after followed suit. On Twitter, Ruffalo reached out saying, “Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this.” If those bullies aren’t already feeling a little stupid, they more than likely will when Keaton Jones gets to hang out with The Avengers next year and see one of the biggest movies of 2018 before anyone else.

Playing heroes on screen is one thing. It gives kids people to look up to, which is good. But Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo reaching out this way is on another level. Mark Hamill, the man behind Luke Skywalker, is also known to be a great dude in real-life and reached out to Keaton Jones on Twitter as well.

“Keaton, Don’t waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean. They’re sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don’t like themselves. They’re just jealous because you’re so smart & handsome. Your friend, mh”

Keaton Jones’ video and the experiences he’s had to endure at the hands of his schoolmates is tragic, but the video is helping to shine a light on the issue. And, thanks to guys like Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Mark Hamill, they are trying to turn a big negative into a big positive. You can check out Chris Evans Twitter, plus Mark Ruafflo and Mark Hamill’s responses to Jones’ video, as well as the origianl video.

This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about

— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017

Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017

Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017

Keaton-Don’t waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean-They’re sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don’t like themselves-They’re just jealous because you’re so smart & handsome??Your friend-mh

— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 10, 2017


Suicide Squad 2 Starts Filming October 2018

It looks like we may finally know when Suicide Squad 2 is actually going to start filming. Even though the first Suicide Squad made a ton of money, it’s been a little difficult to get the sequel going. Much of that having to do with Warner Bros.’ own decision making in regards to the future of the DCEU. In any case, it looks like they’re still going to make a Suicide Squad sequel and it’s likely to start filming in October of 2018.

Previously, it was reported that Suicide Squad 2, which is going to be directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant), was slated to start production in March. However, that has shifted and is very likely thanks to Will Smith’s very busy schedule. He’s been working on Disney’s live-action Aladdin, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie and, also according to this new report, he’s been filming Gemini Man, which is helmed by Ang Lee. That movie is expected to wrap filming in July, which will give Smith a little break before having to shoot Suicide Squad 2.

Assuming this production start is accurate, that means Suicide Squad 2, which doesn’t currently have a release date, could wind up ready for release in 2019, but is more likely to arrive in theaters in early 2020. Currently, Warner Bros. is gearing up to shoot Shazam, which is aiming for an April 2019 release. Wonder Woman 2 will also shoot next year and has locked down a December 2019 release. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for Suicide Squad 2. So expect it in early 2020.

Despite divisiveness among fans and terrible critical reception, Suicide Squad made $745 million at the worldwide box office and, to the chagrin of many, even won an Oscar. With that in mind, a sequel was always going to happen, even with the terrible critical reception. But with the recent shakeup at Warner Bros. in regards to how they’re going to handle the DC movies moving forward, which was in response to Justice League underperforming, they’re not likely to repeat the same mistakes. Though, we can’t rule out the possibility of them making brand new ones.

Margot Robbie has stated that she’ll suit up again as Harley Quinn next year, but it’s been very unclear which project that will be for. As Omega Underground notes in their report, it’s a safe bet that movie will be Suicide Squad 2, as it was recently included in Warner Bros. updated slate of DCEU movies. None of the other Harley Quinn projects, such as Birds of Prey, were included in the updated slate. As for what Suicide Squad 2 is going to be about? That has yet to be revealed, but rumor has it we could see Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam finally show up as a villain in the movie. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait and see what Gavin O’Connor has in store for us.


2017 Golden Globes Nominations Are Here

Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel by presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone, with, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president, Meher Tatna, and executive vice president of television at dick clark productions, Barry Adelman. Big Little Lies leads the TV categories with six nominations, while Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water takes the top position in the film section, with seven nominations.

Seth Meyers will host the 2018 ceremony from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 7. The 75th Golden Globes will air live at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC. Aside from The Shape of Water, the other nominees for Best Motion Picture – Drama are Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name, Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk, 20th Century Fox’s The Post and Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. For Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, the nominees are A24′s The Disaster Artist, Universal Pictures’ Get Out, 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman, Neon’s I, Tonya and A24′s Lady Bird. The decision for Get Out to compete as a comedy was slightly controversial, but it seems to have paid off.

It also seems that one of this year’s most controversial moves paid off, with three nominations for Sony’s All the Money in the World. After a spate of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against star Kevin Spacey, who plays oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, director Ridley Scott decided to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Plummer was reportedly the director’s original choice for the role, but the studio wanted a bigger star in the role, with 10 days of reshoots planned with Christopher Plummer shooting scenes with Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. The director didn’t want Kevin Spacey’s scandal to affect the movie’s chances this awards season, and the bold gamble paid off, with Christopher Plummer getting a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor, while Michelle Williams landed a Best Actress nod and Ridley Scott was nominated in the Best Director category.

On the TV side, the five shows nominated for Best Television Series – Drama are Netflix’s The Crown, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which became the first streaming program to win the Emmy for Best Drama Series, Netflix’s Stranger Things and NBC’s This Is Us. In Best Television Series – Comedy, the nominees are ABC’s black-ish, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix’s Master of None, Showtime’s SMILF and NBC’s Will & Grace revival. The nominees for Best Limited Series or Made for Television Movie include HBO’s Big Little Lies, FX’s Fargo, FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, USA Network’s The Sinner and SundanceTV’s Top of the Lake: China Girl.

The Handmaid’s Tale‘s historic Emmy win was also made possible because Game of Thrones wasn’t eligible for the Emmy’s this year, since they debuted in mid-July, instead of their usual April date. The Golden Globes are often seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards, with this year’s Oscar nominations slated to be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, a few weeks after the Golden Globes are handed out on Sunday, January 7. Take a look at the full list of Golden Globe nominations below, courtesy of


  • Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Dunkirk (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • The Post (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


  • Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Meryl Streep, The Post
  • Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World


  • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Tom Hanks, The Post
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.


  • The Disaster Artist (A24)
  • Get Out (Universal Pictures)
  • The Greatest Showman (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • I, Tonya (NEON)
  • Lady Bird (A24)


  • Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
  • Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes


  • Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
  • Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
  • James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out


  • The Boss Baby (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • The Breadwinner (GKIDS)
  • Coco (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Ferdinand (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Loving Vincent (Good Deed Entertainment)


  • A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • First They Killed My Father (Netflix)
  • In the Fade (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Loveless (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • The Square (Magnolia Pictures)


  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Hong Chau, Downsizing
  • Allison Janney, I, Toyna
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water


  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
  • Steven Spielberg, The Post


  • Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Liz Hannah & Josh Singer, The Post
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game


  • Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
  • Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • John Williams, The Post
  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk


  • “Home,” Ferdinand, Music by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson, Lyrics by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter
  • “Mighty River,” Mudbound, Music by: Raphael Saadiq, Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
  • “Remember Me,” Coco, Music by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Star,” The Star, Music and Lyrics by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
  • “This is Me,” The Greatest Showman, Music and Lyrics by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • This Is Us (NBC)


  • Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • Claire Foy, The Crown
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
  • Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale


  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan


  • black-ish (ABC)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • SMILF (Showtime)
  • Will & Grace (NBC)


  • Pamela Adlon, Better Things
  • Alison Brie, GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Frankie Shaw, SMILF


  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Eric McCormack, Will & Grace


  • Big Little Lies (HBO)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
  • The Sinner (USA Network)
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl (SundanceTV)


  • Jessica Biel, The Sinner
  • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies


  • Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
  • Jude Law, The Young Pope
  • Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
  • Ewan McGregor, Fargo
  • Geoffrey Rush, Genius


  • Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
  • Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies


  • David Harbour, Stranger Things
  • Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
  • Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
  • David Thewlis, Fargo


Creed 2 Gets First Time Director Steven Caple Jr.

The highly-anticipated sequel Creed 2 has finally, officially locked down a director and it’s a name that nobody would have expected. A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone indicated that he was going to step up and direct the Creed sequel himself, but that didn’t pan out. Now, it’s been announced that up-and-coming director Steven Caple Jr. is going to take the reins on Creed 2, which will serve as his first directorial effort for a major studio. No pressure.

Reportedly, Creed star Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone hand-picked Steven Caple Jr. for the gig, after a very long search. Stallone was considering taking the gig, but after talking it over with the rest of the creative team, they decided to find someone else to direct the movie. Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s president, motion picture group, had this to say about the news in a statement.

“We could not be more fortunate and excited for the collaboration of Steven, Sly, Michael and the producers, to build upon the success of Creed. The combination of Steven’s talent and unique vision makes him the perfect director to continue the Rocky franchise storied lineage.”

This new report also confirms that Tessa Thompson is going to return for the sequel. The script for Creed 2 was written by Sylvester Stallone, with Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker co-writing. His involvement had not been revealed until now. Michael B. Jordan, who reprises his role as Adonis Creed in the sequel, took to Twitter to welcome the new director, saying, “Excited for Coogler to hand over the reins to Steven Caple, Jr., our director for Creed 2! Can’t wait to bring you guys the next chapter of our story … coming at you November 2018.” Steven Caple Jr. Had this to say about his new job.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an iconic franchise and to work with such great collaborators. Mike, Sly, and Tessa are extraordinarily talented and bring something special to today’s culture. I look forward to joining the family and continuing the precedent set by this franchise’s alumni of incredible filmmakers.”

Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed, is still currently busy completing post-production on Marvel’s Black Panther. However, it’s expected that he will sign on as an executive producer for Creed 2, though no deal has been inked just yet. Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as Rocky Balboa once again in the sequel, had this to say in a statement about Steven Caple Jr.

“The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges. I believe it’s important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible. We are extremely lucky to have the talented young filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. step up and accept the role of director. I am confident that he and Michael B. Jordan will hit it out of the park!”

Steven Caple Jr.’s only feature is IFC’s The Land, but that was reportedly enough to win over the studio. Creed 2 will feature Dolph Lundgren reprising his role as Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. According to Variety, production starts in March of 2018. The movie is currently slated for release on November 21, 2018, which means they’re going to have to turn it around rather quickly, assuming they stick to that date.

Excited for Coogler to hand over the reins to Steven Caple, Jr. – our director for Creed 2! Can’t wait to bring you guys the next chapter of our story … coming at you November 2018. ???????????????? #Creed2

— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) December 11, 2017

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