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    Calista Flockhart “Felt On Trial” When Ally McBeal Was Slammed For “Weight And Anti-Feminist Short Skirts”

    (4/21/24) Calista Flockhart has reflected on her time in the title role of hit legal drama Ally McBeal, saying she “felt on trial” herself in the media.

    Flockhart played the part of McBeal in the series that ran for five seasons between 1997 and 2002, and increasingly focused on the romantic lives of the lead characters.

    Despite, or because of, its popularity with viewers, the show became a litmus paper for commentary in the media, with Time magazine suggesting that it signified the “death of feminism” with the female cast members’ short skirts and slim figures.

    Flockhart told The Times of London that what had started out as “creating something really special” then “went to s**t” with all the scrutiny of her character’s appearance and obsession with her biological clock, symbolised by the vision of a dancing baby. She recalled:

    “My short skirts, allegedly the death of feminism and, of course, people were talking about my weight… I felt like I was on trial for something. It was bizarre.”

    She said of that time:

    “I never knew if my heart was going to break into a million pieces or if I was going to die laughing. It was that absurd… To me, the show was about one woman, who happened to be vulnerable and weird. I didn’t think she was representative of all women.”

    Flockhart appeared later in family drama Brothers and Sisters but has mostly stayed away from the screen since. Now she returns as Lee Radziwill in Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Capote vs The Swans on Disney+.

    Tom Hollander plays Capote with Naomi Watts, Diane Lane, Chloë Sevigny and Demi Moore as Flockhart’s fellow Swans, whom Capote gossiped with and then betrayed by revealing their secrets in a magazine article in 1975.

    ‘A Man In Full’ Trailer: Jeff Daniels Is A Bankrupt Real Estate Mogul In Netflix Series From David E. Kelley & Regina King

    (4/16/24) (Video) Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for A Man in Full, starring Jeff Daniels as a real estate titan who’s going broke in the six-episode limited series based on Tom Wolfe’s novel. Check out the new trailer above and previous teaser trailer below.

    Gil Bellows guests on Alert: Missing Persons Unit 4/30/24

    (4/16/24) The MPU is on the case when a young hockey player goes missing during a fight with an opponent on the ice. Kemi is unexpectedly reunited with a face from the past; Nikki runs interference with Braun when Jason dives deeper into the car bombing murders in the all-new “Alexi” episode of Alert: Missing Persons Unit airing Tuesday, April 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALE-208) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Scott Caan as Jason Grant; Dania Ramirez as Nikki Batista; Ryan Broussard as Mike Sherman; Adeola Role as Kemi Adebayo; Alisha-Marie Ahamed as Wayne Pascal

    Guest Cast: Gil Bellows as Hollis Braun; Ian Tracey as Charlie McGannon; Clara Alexandrova as Maya; Kiefer O’Reilly as Alexei; Peter Bryant as Coach Bud


    (3/28/24) James Le Gros Guest Stars as Don Voorhees, a Potential Trial Witness

    “Bad Faith” – Erin is designated to lead a federal investigation into corrupt horse racing. Also, Jamie investigates a drug trafficking operation involving rival gangs; Danny and Baez look into a series of assaults in Little Vietnam with the help of a familiar face; and Frank is torn when he learns the Brotherhood of Teamsters are lobbying for NYPD officers to join their union, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, April 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

    WRITTEN BY: Ian Biederman & Van B. Nguyen

    DIRECTED BY: Robert Harmon

    ‘A Man In Full’ Trailer: First Look At Jeff Daniels In Netflix Series From David E. Kelley & Regina King

    (3/20/24) (Video) We’re getting the first look at Jeff Daniels as bankrupt real estate mogul Charlie Croker in the first trailer for A Man In Full, Netflix‘s six-episode limited series from David E. Kelley and Regina King, based on Tom Wolfe’s 1998 novel. The series premieres May 2 on the streaming network.

    A Man In Full is written and executive produced by Kelley, who also serves as showrunner. In it, when Atlanta real estate mogul Charlie Croker (Daniels) faces sudden bankruptcy, political and business interests collide as Charlie defends his empire from those attempting to capitalize on his fall from grace. The stellar cast also includes Tom Pelphrey, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, William Jackson Harper, Aml Ameen, Sarah Jones, Jon Michael Hill and Chanté Adams.

    Regina King directs episodes 101, 105 and 106 and executive produces via her Royal Ties Productions as part of her first-look deal with Netflix.Tommy Schlamme directs episodes 102, 103 and 14 and executive produces. Reina King, Matthew Tinker, Thomas C. Wolfe, Alexandra Wolfe also executive produce.

    A Man In Full is produced by David E. Kelley Productions and King’s Royal Ties Productions, Inc.

    Watch the trailer above.

    Bon Jovi announces new 'feel good' album 'Forever': 'This record is a return to joy'

    (3/14/24) Bon Jovi are celebrating their 40th anniversary with the release of a new album entitled Forever.

    The New Jersey rockers dropped the first single, Legendary, ahead of the premiere of their new documentary Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, a four-part docuseries that will hit Disney+ next month.

    “This record is a return to joy. From the writing, through the recording process, this is turn up the volume, feel good Bon Jovi,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi, 62, said in a statement Thursday.

    Forever, the band’s 16th studio album, will arrive June 7th and marks the group’s first release since their album 2020, which came out four years ago.

    In addition to Jon Bon Jovi on vocals, the album will feature keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, bassist Hugh McDonald and guitarist Phil X.

    The disc will continue Bon Jovi’s 40th anniversary festivities, which included their lead singer being named MusiCares Person of the Yea at last month’s Grammy Awards. The honour featured an all-star tribute concert at the L.A. Convention Center that boasted performances by Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar, Jason Isbell, Jelly Roll, Pat Monahan of Train, and many others.

    With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, the group’s last record was released at the height of the pandemic and Bon Jovi told Postmedia in an interview that he wanted his namesake band to be about something more. Songs about the murder of George Floyd (American Reckoning), mass shootings (Lower the Flag) and the political divide in America (Blood in the Water) all featured on the disc.

    “What I hope people see in the album is just that I’m bearing witness,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said. “I’m open enough in all of my senses to be able to see and then say what it is that I’m witnessing. In doing so, I don’t want to take sides. I just want to bear witness the way a reporter would or a historian does. I just want to say, ‘This is what happened,’ with no embellishments.”

    Forty years after the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, Bon Jovi said that his goals were the same as they were when he first started.

    “To this day, I don’t know that I really believe that we’ve achieved what I was hoping to do,” the singer-songwriter told Postmedia in 2020. “It’s just that constant desire to do better than last time. And I don’t mean that in measuring chart success, or records sold. It’s the artistic feeling that I get when I write a song, because that — more than recording it or performing it live — is the closest thing that a songwriter has to immortality. That is the ultimate goal in our business — to write a song that is going to outlive you.”

    Forever is now available for pre-order.

    Gil Bellows guests on ALERT: MISSING PERSONS UNIT

    (3/13/24) The MPU searches for a homeless female teen that disappeared after running away from home and living in Philly’s Gayborhood. Kemi is hit especially hard as the team races to find and rescue the missing teen. Jason and Nikki spar over his continued investigation into the car bombing in the all-new “Maya” episode of Alert: Missing Persons Unit airing Tuesday, March 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALE-204) (TV-PG D, L, V)

    Cast: Scott Caan as Jason Grant; Dania Ramirez as Nikki Batista; Ryan Broussard as Mike Sherman; Adeola Role as Kemi Adebayo; Alisha-Marie Ahamed as Wayne Pascal.

    Guest Cast: Gil Bellows as Hollis Braun; Clara Alexandrova as Maya; Kenneth Wyse as Hot Canary

    Oscar Winners

    (3/10/24) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert Downey Jr.; Oppenheimer

    Gil Bellows guests on ALERT: MISSING PERSONS UNIT

    (3/10/24) A young pregnant woman goes missing one day before her emergency c-section and the adopting mother turns to the MPU to locate her before the baby’s life is risked. Meanwhile Jason digs deeper in the car bombing case and meets a disapproving Braun in the all-new “Gemma & Isabel” episode of Alert: Missing Persons Unit airing Tuesday, March 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALE-203) (TV-PG D, L, V)

    Cast: Scott Caan as Jason Grant; Dania Ramirez as Nikki Batista; Ryan Broussard as Mike Sherman; Adeola Role as Kemi Adebayo; Alisha-Marie Ahamed as Wayne Pascal.

    Guest Cast: Gil Bellows as Hollis Braun; Rachel Nichols as Charlotte Ravelle

    Gil Bellows guests on ALERT: MISSING PERSONS UNIT

    (2/24/24) As the MPU moves into new offices, which comes with new boss Inspector Hollis Braun (guest star Gil Bellows), a call comes in reporting the disappearance of an entire city bus full of students on a field trip. The team utilizes a father who tried to stop the kidnapping, as Jason reaches out to an old colleague (Alisha-Marie Ahamed) for assistance in the search in the all-new “Bus 447” season premiere episode of Alert: Missing Persons Unit airing Tuesday, March 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALE-201) (TV-14 L, S, V)

    Cast: Scott Caan as Jason Grant; Dania Ramirez as Nikki Batista; Ryan Broussard as Mike Sherman; Adeola Role as Kemi Adebayo; Alisha-Marie Ahamed as Wayne Pascal.

    Guest Cast: Fivel Stewart as Sidney Grant; Petey Gibson as C Hemingway; Gil Bellows as Hollis Braun; Jarod Joseph as Andrew Barosso; Thalia Campbell as Kayla Barosso; Justin Stone as Travis Sanders.

    SAG Award Winners

    (2/24/24) Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
    Casey Affleck as Boris Pash
    Emily Blunt as Kitty Oppenheimer
    Kenneth Branagh as Niels Bohr
    Matt Damon as Leslie Groves
    Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss
    Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence
    Rami Malek as David Hill
    Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
    Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss – “Oppenheimer”

    Hayden Panettiere Leads Thriller ‘Amber Alert’ For Lionsgate & ‘Pig’ Outfit Hungry Bull Productions; Tyler James Williams Co-Stars

    (2/22/24) Lionsgate has acquired world rights to under-the-radar thriller Amber Alert, which will star Golden Globe nominee Hayden Panettiere (Scream VI). Golden Globe winner Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary) co-stars.

    In Amber Alert, which is in post-production, an ordinary ride share becomes a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. The story will follow Jaq (Hayden Panettiere) who is eager to get to her first day at a new job, and her driver, Shane (Tyler James Williams), who is just trying to earn a little extra at his side hustle. An alert of a child abduction on their phones will change all that when they discover they are behind a car that matches the description of the kidnapper’s. Unable to let a possible child trafficker escape, they begin a pursuit that will put their own lives at risk.

    Kerry Bellessa directs the film which is written by Kerry Bellessa and Joshua Oram. Producers are Joseph Restaino and Tony Stopperan through their Hungry Bull Productions banner, Summer and Kerry Bellessa through Bluefields Entertainment, and Leal Naim.

    The film is co-financed by Hungry Bull Productions and Three Point Capital. Panettiere and Williams will also executive-produce the film. Lionsgate will release domestically.

    Hungry Bull Productions, based in Florida, is best known for Michael Sarnoski’s directorial debut Pig, starring Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff, which was picked up by Neon. Credits also include Passing (Netflix), directed by Rebecca Hall and starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Alexander Skarsgard, and André Holland, and Lionsgate movies The Lady of the Manor, with Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long, and Ryan Phillippe, and thriller Fear of Rain, starring Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick.

    Amber Alert marks Panettiere’s second screen project — after Scream VI — since her Golden Globe-nominated turn as singer Juliette Barnes in ABC’s hit series Nashville, produced by Lionsgate Television. The actress is also known for series and films including Heroes, Custody and Remember The Titans.

    Williams is best known for his roles in Abbott Elementary, The United States vs. Billie Holiday and Dear White People.

    Panettiere is repped by Mainstay Entertainment, Independent Artists Group, and Hansen, Jacobson. Williams is represented by The Gersh Agency and Hansen, Jacobson..

    BAFTA Winners

    (2/18/24) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert Downey Jr.; Oppenheimer

    James Marsden, Julianne Nicholson & Sarah Shahi Join Sterling K. Brown In Dan Fogelman’s Hulu Series

    (2/8/24) Coming off his Emmy nomination for Jury Duty, James Marsden has signed off as a lead opposite Sterling K. Brown in Dan Fogelman’s upcoming Hulu series. Also cast as series regulars in the untitled project are Emmy winner Julianne Nicholson and Sarah Shahi.

    The premise of the drama from the This Is Us creator has been kept a secret but basic information about the characters Marsden, Nicholson and Shahi are playing provides a glimpse into the world it is set in.

    Marsden will play the President. Nicholson’s character is a political force/power player behind the scenes, while Shahi plays a therapist to those in power with secrets of her own.

    The series, produced by 20th Television, is executive produced by Fogelman, Brown, Jess Rosenthal, John Hoberg, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra and Steve Beers.

    In addition to Freevee’s breakout hit comedy series Jury Duty, Marsden’s recent credits include feature Knox Goes Away, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, the Sonic movie franchise and Starz’s Party Down revival. He also starred in Dead To Me at Netflix. Marsden is repped by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

    Nicholson, an Emmy winner for Mare of Easttown, was most recently seen in Dream Scenario alongside Nicolas Cage. Coming up is Janet Planet, written and directed by Annie Baker. Nicholson has also wrapped production on The Amateur with Rami Malek. Additionally, she is executive producing and will star in the limited series Separation Anxiety based on the best-selling book by Laura Zigman. Nicholson is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and B-Side Management.

    Shahi starred in Sex/Life at Netflix. She also was recently seen in the Prime Video film Red, White & Royal Blue. Shahi is repped by Independent Artists Group, Untitled Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

    Dorian Awards Nominations

    (2/5/24) Supporting Film Performance of the Year
    Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple (Warner Bros.)
    Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer (Universal)
    Jodie Foster, Nyad (Netflix)
    Claire Foy, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)
    Ryan Gosling, Barbie (Warner Bros.)
    Rachel McAdams, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Lionsgate)
    Charles Melton, May December (Netflix)
    Paul Mescal, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)
    Rosamund Pike, Saltburn (Amazon MGM)
    Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers (Focus Features)

    Michael Keaton Thriller ‘Knox Goes Away’ Sets Release Date With Saban Films

    (2/2/24) Saban Films has set the U.S. release date for Knox Goes Away, the thriller marking Michael Keaton‘s second feature behind the camera, in which he also stars opposite Al Pacino, James Marsden, Marcia Gay Harden and more. Pic will bow exclusively in theaters nationwide on March 15, having launched out of last year’s Toronto Film Festival.

    Scripted by Gregory Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Knox Goes Away has Keaton playing John Knox, a hit man attempting to make amends before his recently discovered dementia takes over. Aided by a trusted friend (Pacino) with his own shady past, Knox races against the police — and his own rapidly deteriorating mind — to save his estranged son (Marsden) from a vengeance-fueled mistake and “cash out” before it’s too late.

    Also starring in the pic are Suzy Nakamura, John Hoogenakker, Joanna Kulig, Ray McKinnon and Lela Loren. In addition to Keaton, producers included Brookstreet’s Trevor Matthews and Nick Gordon, as well as Sugar23’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta. Exec producers include Jonathan Saba, Carter Stanton, Jillian Kay, Nick Blasko, Wayne Carmona, David Gendron, Michael Hansen, Nate Holthouser, Andy Huang, Ali Jazayeri, Scott Lake, Eric London, Donald Povieng, Dina Randazzo, Ronald Richardson and Viviana Zarragoitia. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international rights.

    Keaton’s first feature was the 2008 crime thriller The Merry Gentleman, in which he starred opposite Kelly Macdonald and Bobby Cannavale. Most recently portraying Bruce Wayne aka Batman in Warner Bros/DC’s The Flash, the Oscar nominee will soon be seen reprising one of his most iconic roles in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice 2. Also set to appear in the dramedy Goodrich with Mila Kunis, Andie MacDowell and Carmen Ejogo, his newest directorial effort will open against Mark Wahlberg pic Arthur the King, the Rita Moreno-led The Prank, Focus Features’ satire The American Society of American Negroes, and A24’s Love Lies Bleeding, among other titles.

    Calista Flockhart Says Anorexia Rumors During Ally McBeal Left Her ‘Embarrassed and Infuriated’

    (1/26/24) Calista Flockhart says the anorexia rumors that swirled around her during the heyday of Ally McBeal cast a pall over her experience on the show.

    “I loved working on Ally McBeal, and it just made it sour,” the actress tells the New York Times in a wide-ranging profile. “I was very sleep-deprived and I was depressed about it. I did think that it was going to ruin my career. I didn’t think anybody would ever hire me again, because they would just assume I had anorexia, and that would be the end of that.

    “I had days where I was really hurt and embarrassed and infuriated,” she adds. “I was lucky that I had to work. I just put my head down. I always felt like, ‘Calista, you’re a good person, you’re not mean to anybody,’ and I’m confident in that.”

    Flockhart believes if Ally had premiered in this decade vs. the ’90s such chatter would trigger a backlash. “I don’t think that would ever happen today,” she muses. “They call it body-shaming now. I haven’t thought about it in a long time, but it’s really not OK to accuse someone of having a disease that a lot of people struggle with.”

    For the record, the Brothers & Sisters vet insists, “I honestly have never been in a situation where I have to watch my weight. My mom is 4-11 now, and she weighed 93 pounds when she was married. Talk about a little tiny elf. I just have small bones, and I just am lucky.”

    Flockhart — who returns to the small screen next week in FX’s star-packed limited series Feud: Capote vs. the Swans — also addressed speculation about an Ally McBeal revival, telling the Times, “I would definitely consider it.”

    Earlier this month, Flockhart briefly reunited with Ally co-stars Peter MacNicol, Greg Germann and Gil Bellows at the Emmys. Before presenting the trophy for best lead actor in a drama series, Flockhart danced to Barry White in an on-stage mockup of Ally’s infamous unisex bathroom. A bearded MacNicol then joined her from a bathroom stall, followed by Germann and Bellows.

    “I loved working with Peter, Gil and Greg,” Flockhart told the crowd, adding: “And I still do.”

    Hayden Panettiere Accuses Nashville Writers of Exploiting Her Real-Life Woes for Drama: ‘They Weren’t Creating New Storylines’

    (1/26/24) Hayden Panettiere is alleging that Nashville‘s writers lightly fictionalized her own real-life problems when coming up with storylines for her character on the country-music drama, a situation she found “traumatizing.”

    Though the actress has previously acknowledged that “they really wrote my life into it” when she starred opposite Connie Britton on the ABC series, in a new interview with The Messenger, she now accuses the show’s writing team of “not doing their homework.”

    She adds: “They weren’t creating new storylines. They were just looking at my life and going, ‘Oh, let’s just take what she’s going through and put our little spin on it.’ And then, ta-da! It’s done and done.”

    Panettiere references Juliette’s Season 1 hasty marriage and even hastier annulment to pro athlete Sean Butler, played by Tilky Jones, as well as later seasons’ plots that showed Juliette struggling with alcoholism and post-partum depression and joining a cult.

    “Straight from the beginning, it was like, I’m dating a football player, [and then] Juliette dates a football player. And then they turned her into an alcoholic. Then they turned to her leaving her daughter and going to this crazy [place] in Europe,” says the actress, who is about to embark on a speaking tour titled “A Conversation With Hayden Panettiere.”

    TVLine has reached out to multiple former Nashville executive producers for comment.

    In comments similar to those she made on a 2022 episode of Red Table Talk, Panettiere says playing out the personally resonant scripts made her feel like she had no respite from her troubles. And because Juliette was so frequently upset, “I was like, tear central. I don’t even think on a soap opera that I cried as much [as I did] on Nashville.”

    Panettiere has previously spoken publicly about going to treatment roughly four months after Kaya, her daughter with Wladimir Klitschko, was born in December 2014; she has said she was drinking heavily at the time and was diagnosed with postpartum depression at the facility where she sought help. She had two stays before Nashville ended in 2018, and later checked in for an eight-month stay.

    Nashville viewers will remember that in October 2015, Panettiere took a very public step back from the show, then in its fourth season. She returned to set the following January but then resumed treatment shortly after the season’s production wrapped.

    She appeared in the show’s final two seasons; Juliette’s involvement in the aforementioned cult created a reason for Panettiere to be off-screen for a number of episodes.i

    Hayden Panettiere Defends ‘Scream VII’ Co-Star Melissa Barrera, Calls Her Firing “Very Upsetting”

    (1/26/24) In a recent interview, Scream series actress Hayden Panettiere called the firing of the films’ franchise star Melissa Barrera last month “very unfair and upsetting.”

    Barrera was dropped from Scream VII following social media posts commenting on the Israel-Hamas conflict. At the time, Spyglass Media cut Barrera, saying in a statement, “We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion, or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech.”

    Panettiere said she thought her co-star was singled out.

    “After she [spoke out], then a whole bunch of other actors and people in the industry started to do the same thing, right? It was almost like she just did it earlier than everyone else.”

    Barrera later called dismissal was “shocking,” since she’d been playing the lead role of Sam Carpenter since 2022’s Scream V.

    “It was shocking,” Barrera told Rolling Stone. “I don’t even know what to say. I think everything that happened was very transparent, on both sides, and I know who I am, and I know that what I said always came from a place of love and a place of humanity and a place of human rights and a place of freedom for people, which shouldn’t be controversial. It shouldn’t be up for debate.”

    Barrera hasn’t abandoned her stance. Barrera last week joined almost 100 protestors marching down Main Street at the Sundance Film Festival chanting a controversial mantra.

    Panettiere said she reached out to her co-star after Spyglass let Barrera go.

    “Melissa is such a badass as a human being and as an actress,” said Panettiere. “…She was hurt by it, but I think she took it in stride and was very, very gracious about it.”

    Earlier this month, at the MPTF’s 17th Annual Evening Before Gala, Barrera, Ortega and a slew of actors from the last two Scream movies reunited for a photo that was posted on Instagram. The image included Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, Jack Quaid and Barrera’s on-screen father and OG Ghostface Skeet Ulrich.

    Asked about the support she’s received and specifically about that photo, Barrera told Deadline, “We’re family for life. If we’re ever in the vicinity of each other, we always find each other and that’s what happened at that event.”

    After news that Barrera would no longer continue in the Scream franchise, her on-screen sister, played by Jenna Ortega, also dropped out, citing scheduling conflicts with Netflix’s Wednesday.

    In the same interview, the reporter asked about Ortega’s exit saying, “That didn’t seem like the whole story. It seemed like there was some sisterhood-solidarity going on.”

    “Listen, Jenna is a good egg. She’s a good person and we love each other. She would show up for me and I would show up for her no matter what,” Barrera added.i

    2024 Oscar Nominations

    (1/23/24) The 96th Academy Awards air March 10 on ABC.

    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Sterling K. Brown: American Fiction
    Robert De Niro: Killers of the Flower Moon
    Robert Downey Jr.: Oppenheimer
    Ryan Gosling: Barbie
    Mark Ruffalo: Poor Things.

    2024 BAFTA Nominations

    (1/18/24) Winners will be announced at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony, hosted by actor David Tennant on February 18 at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London.

    ROBERT DE NIRO Killers of The Flower Moon
    ROBERT DOWNEY JR. Oppenheimer
    JACOB ELORDI Saltburn
    PAUL MESCAL All of Us Strangers
    DOMINIC SESSA The Holdovers.

    ‘Ally McBeal’ Stars, Led By Calista Flockhart, Recreate Series’ Bathroom Dance In Emmy Reunion

    (1/15/24) Four original Ally McBeal cast members, star Calista Flockhart as well as Greg Germann, Peter MacNicol and Gil Bellows, reunited Monday night during the Emmy broadcast on Fox more than 26 years after the debut of the legal dramedy, which aired on the network for five seasons, from September 1997 to May 2002.

    The bit started with Flockhart standing in front of a mirror in a replica of the show’s famous unisex bathroom.

    “I knew I drank too much water; I had to take my Spanx off, I had to put my dress back on,” Flockhart is heard “thinking” in a voiceover before she takes a look in the mirror and tells herself, “Girl, you look good.”

    That is when there is a series of three toilet flushes, each followed by an Ally McBeal cast member, MacNicol, Bellows and Germann, coming out of a bathroom stall.

    One of the signature songs from the show, Barry White’s “You’re the First, The Last, My Everything,” begins playing and the four start dancing, recreating one of the show’s most recognizable scenes. (Below you can watch two versions of the dance from Ally McBeal, including the one in the bathroom.)

    “I loved working with Peter, Gil and Greg, and I still do,” Flockhart said as her husband, Harrison Ford, looked on. “The entire Ally McBeal cast was so talented, magical and the show created by the brilliant, 11-time Emmy winner David E. Kelley, groundbreaking, revolutionary, introducing us to a dancing baby and unisex bathrooms. Ally McBeal defied convention with humor and humanity.

    Ally McBeal starred Flockhart as Ally, a lawyer working in the Boston law firm Cage and Fish along with her ex-lover and his wife, and followed Ally’s trials and tribulations through life as she looked for love and fulfillment. The main focus of the dramedy was the romantic and personal lives of the main characters, often using legal proceedings as plot device.

    The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999, one of seven Emmys and a slew of other major awards for its run. Ally McBeal‘s original cast also included Jane Krakowski, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Lisa Nicole Carson, who were subsequently joined by other actors, including Lucy Liu, Portia de Rossi, musician Vonda Shepard as well as Robert Downey Jr. in one of his first big roles following his 1990s legal troubles en route to his blockbuster career comeback in Iron Man.

    Ally McBeal transcended television to become a pop culture phenom and generate memes before memes existed with its infamous dancing baby. It remains influential two decades after its end, with She-Hulk‘s creative team recently listing the dramedy as an inspiration for their Marvel series.

    There have been multiple attempts to reboot the series, most recently by ABC in 2022.

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    (1/14/24) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer

    ‘Alert: Missing Persons Unit’ Adds Alisha-Marie Ahamed As Series Regular, Gil Bellows As Recurring In Season 2

    (1/13/24) Fox is expanding the Season 2 cast for Alert: Missing Persons Unit, from John Eisendrath and Jamie Foxx. Alisha-Marie Ahamed (Family Law) is joining as a new series regular and Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal) has been tapped to heavily recur opposite Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez in the procedural drama.

    Written by Eisendrath, Alert is set in the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit (MPU). Each episode features a heart-pounding, life-or-death search for a missing person headed by detectives Jason Grant (Caan) and Nikki Batista (Ramirez). Together with the MPU team, their job is to find the missing or abducted and reunite them with their loved ones. Jason and Nikki, once married, have a very personal connection to these cases as their own young son went missing and was never found. The emotional toll of their son’s disappearance blew up their marriage, but even though they’ve moved on, their bond remains. Nikki now runs MPU, where she and the team do for others what she wasn’t able to do for herself: bring a loved one back home. At MPU, she leads a highly skilled team, including her fiancé Mike Sherman (Ryan Broussard), whom Nikki met when he was assigned to oversee the search for her son; Kemi Adebayo (Adeola Role), a spiritually savvy detective with an astonishing knowledge base, and forensic anthropologist C (recurring guest star Petey Gibson).

    In Season 2, Ahamed will portray Wayne Pascal. In spite of her name, Wayne is very much female, and a master hacker serving her house arrest sentence in a dingy motel. A spitfire techie, Wayne has a heart of gold beneath an edgy exterior.

    Bellows is Inspector Hollis Braun. An iron hand under a pleasant demeanor, Inspector Braun is Nikki and Jason’s new boss, and as the head of the division, has every intention of keeping their antics in line.

    As the second season begins, the MPU team step into their new office in headquarters, where Jason and Nikki meet their new boss Inspector Hollis Braun (Bellows), who wants to keep a close eye on the team, particularly the unpredictable Jason Grant. Jason brings his old friend in to help with the case: master hacker Wayne Pascal (Ahamed), who he worked with in Afghanistan. Jason conveniently never told Nikki that Wayne was a woman (and a hot one!), which raises issues even as Nikki and Mike plan their wedding. Together, the team works to find the missing or abducted and help reunite them with their loved ones before it’s too late.

    Alert: Missing Persons Unit is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Fox Entertainment. Carla Kettner serves as showrunner for Season 2, replacing Eisendrath who showran Season 1. The series is executive produced by Jamie Foxx and Eisendrath, as well as Kettner.

    Ahamed recently completed production on the upcoming CBC series Wild Cards. Previous credits include Family Law, The Good Doctor and The Haunting of Bly Manor. She is repped by Principals Talent Management and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

    Bellows is best-known for his roles as Tommy in The Shawshank Redemption and Billy Thomas on Ally McBeal, and his recent work includes The Handmaid’s Tale and Women of the Movement. Bellows also produced the Emmy-winning Temple Grandin and the Amazon series Patriot. He is represented by The Characters Talent Agency, Red Management and Mainstay Entertainment.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Sopranos’ & More TV Cast Reunions Planned For 75th Emmy Awards

    (1/13/24) Some of the original Grey’s Anatomy cast are getting the band back together at the 75th Emmy Awards.

    Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson will present during the ceremony. And they’re not the only ones.

    Some of the actors from Sopranos, Ally McBeal, Martin and more will take the stage on Monday night. Here are all the reunions set for the show:

    Sopranos: Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli (also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series)
    Martin: Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Carl Anthony Payne II and Tichina Arnold
    Ally McBeal: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Peter MacNicol and Gil Bellows
    SNL Weekend Update: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (also nominated for Outstanding Host, Reality or Competition Program)
    American Horror Story: Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott
    Grey’s Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson

    The TV Academy also teased tributes to All In The Family, Cheers, I Love Lucy.

    Additionally, Charlie Puth will perform with husband-and-wife duo The War and Treaty for this year’s “In Memoriam.” Blink-182’s Travis Barker is set to open the show with a performance alongside host Anthony Anderson.

    2024 SAG Awards Nominations

    (1/10/24) Winners in SAG’s 15 categories will be announced Saturday, February 24 at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles in a ceremony streaming live on Netflix.

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
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    Paul Thomas Anderson & Warner Bros Set Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Regina Hall In Film To Shoot This Year

    (1/10/24) Warner Bros has Paul Thomas Anderson set to direct Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn as well as Regina Hall in an untitled film that will begin production this year in California. Anderson wrote the script, and he will produce the film with Sara Murphy and Adam Somner.

    The film is currently untitled and they’re keeping the logline under wraps. We have learned that it is a contemporary setting and it is the most commercial one PTA has attempted, with commensurate budget. It came out of a relationship that Warner Bros Picture Group co-chairs/CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy built making PTA’s last film, Licorice Pizza, while they ran MGM. That film got three Oscar noms for Best Picture, and Best Screenplay and Best Director for PTA.

    While DiCaprio, Penn and Hall are the leads, the new film will have a big ensemble cast that is still falling into place. Anderson has done ensemble in the past, notably with Boogie Nights, the film that De Luca shepherded when he headed production at New Line.

    The film is significant for several reasons. Along with developments like the strategic alliance just formed with Tom Cruise and projects that include the Paul Greengrass-scripted/directed adaptation of the T.J. Newman bestselling novel Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 421, Warner Bros and De Luca and Abdy have the opportunity to change the narrative for the studio. It was a rough 2023, even as the studio finished with the top-grossing film in Barbie.

    DiCaprio was courted for many things in the wake of Killers of the Flower Moon, which has him in the thick of the Oscar race along with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone and Eric Roth, who adapted the David Grann book with Scorsese.

    Penn stars in Daddio, teaming with Dakota Johnson in the Christy Hall-directed two-hander that was a fall festival favorite and acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, and he’s part of the Patricia Arquette-directed Gonzo Girl. Hall was executive producer on Gonzo Girl, and she next stars in the Geremy Jasper-directed rock opera Odessa for Searchlight. She most recently starred in Peacock’s The Best Man: The Final Chapter, and starred in the fest film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

    DiCaprio is repped by LBI and Hansen Jacobson; Penn by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein; and Hall by Independent Artists Group. Anderson is with CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

    2024 Golden Globes Winner

    (1/7/24) Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer)

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