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Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Joins Cast of CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story, Reuniting With Kevin Williamson(6/12/18) The Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson has recruited one of the stars of the long-running CW drama, Paul Wesley, for his new series, psychological thriller Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access.
Wesley has been tapped for a lead role opposite The Originals alumna Danielle Campbell, Billy Magnussen and Kim Catrall in the straight-to-series drama, from Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written by Williamson, Tell Me a Story takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.
Wesley plays Eddie, a derelict and troubled individual whose petulance is fueled even more by his problems with drugs and alcohol. Although he works as a bartender, he also splits his time as a low-level drug dealer and part-time thief with his older brother Mitch, who never fails to treat Eddie as the lowly delinquent that he is.
Campbell plays Kayla. Catrall plays her grandmother.
Williamson executive produces with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. Liz Friedlander directs and executive produces the first two episodes.
Wesley played vampire Stefan on The Vampire Diaries for the series’ eight-season run. Since TVD ended in March 2017, he starred in two off-Broadway plays, Cal in Camo opposite David Harbour at The Rattlestick Theatre and Zurich at New York Theatre Workshop. He also has a featured role in Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming Netflix miniseries Medal Of Honor.
Wesley, whose production company Citizen Media has multiple TV series projects in development at various networks and studios, is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris.
‘Blossom’ star Joey Lawrence’s bankruptcy case ends(4/10/18) Joey Lawrence’s financial “whoas!” are working themselves out.
The “Blossom” star, 41, has settled his debts — but some of his creditors, including the IRS, won’t be receiving full payment, according to The Blast.
Financial documents reveal the trustee presiding over Lawrence’s bankruptcy case collected about $75,600 to pay back his many creditors. After paying off legal fees, Lawrence had about $52,500 left over to be paid out to those who are owed money.
The IRS will be paid $31,000 out of $67,000 owed, while the State of California Franchise Tax Board will only be paid half of a $14,000 claim, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
Ford Motor Company won’t receive any payment, despite claiming a $42,000 debt, and BMW won’t receive any of the $50,000 it’s owed, either.
As Page Six previously reported, Lawrence’s Ford Flex and BMW had been repossessed.
Jason Gedrick & Gail O'Grady Guest on Criminal Minds 3/28/18(3/12/18) “The Dance of Love” – The BAU travels to Chicago to investigate an unsub who leaves red roses on each victim. Also, Rossi gets an unexpected visit from his ex-wife, Krystall Richards (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Linn Bjornland(Cheryl Kaline), Jason Gedrick (Craig Kaline), Gail O’Grady (Krystall Richards).
‘Blossom’ actor Joey Lawrence files for bankruptcy(3/9/18) Talk about financial “whoas!”
Joey Lawrence and his wife’s finances became so dire last year that they started selling clothes and other accessories on eBay and at Buffalo Exchange, according to The Blast.
With the family’s expenses leaving them $18,000 in debt every month, the “Blossom” actor and wife, Chandie Lawrence, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last July. Lawrence listed assets totaling about $44,000 and liabilities in excess of $355,000, the documents show.
The “Melissa & Joey” actor’s debts include $88,000 in back taxes, $132,000 in credit card debt, $32,000 for an unpaid loan, nearly $100,000 owed for automobiles and $54,000 in unpaid rent.
Lawrence noted that he earns about $4,100 per month and his wife is unemployed. The steep drop from his typical salary of about $500,000 is a result of ABC Family (now Freeform) canceling “Melissa & Joey” after five seasons in 2015.
He expects to land more acting roles in the future.
Their three cars, a Bentley, a BMW and a Ford Flex, have been repossessed.
Joey and his wife had their debt discharged but the bankruptcy is still pending.
Timothy Hutton To Star In ‘Main Justice’; David Semel To Direct, Sunil Nayar Set As Showrunner Of CBS Pilot(2/21/18) Coming off an Emmy-nominated starring turn on John Ridley’s acclaimed ABC anthology drama series American Crime, Timothy Hutton has been tapped to star opposite Bokeem Woodbine in CBS’ legal drama pilot Main Justice.
Additionally, top pilot director David Semel, who has directed the pilots for such CBS series as Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Code Black and Pure Genius, as well as the opening episode of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, has come on board to direct. Former Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner.
Written by Sascha Penn and inspired by the life and work of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Main Justice centers around Miles Blair (Woodbine), the recently sworn-in U.S. Attorney General. The show takes us into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice where he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position.
Hutton will play Deputy Attorney General Thomas Yarrow, a man whose ego is only matched by the money he spends on his wardrobe. Yarrow was the interim Attorney General prior to Miles’ (Woodbine) appointment, and is immediately critical of the new Attorney General’s decisions.
Main Justice hails from CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Holder and Penn executive produce alongside Nayar, Semel as well as Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.
Hutton, an Oscar winner for Ordinary People, also toplined TNT’s drama series Leverage. On the feature side, he recently co-starred in Ridley Scott’s All the Money In the World. He is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Semel, who also helmed the pilot for Amazon’s hit drama The Man In the High Castle, is repped by CAA and attorney Bruce Gellman.
This marks a return to CBS and CBS TV Studios for Nayar who spent seven seasons on CSI: Miami, rising from co-producer to executive producer. He is repped by CAA and attorney David Fox.
Midnight, Texas Renewed for Season 2 — Find Out Who Won't Be Back(2/14/18) Midnight, Texas forever! (Or, at least for another season.)
NBC has renewed the supernatural drama based on Charlaine Harris’ novels for a second season, TVLine has learned.
Most of the series’ regulars — François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel and Jason Lewis — are confirmed to return. (You’ll notice this list does not include Yul Vazquez, who played holy man/weretiger Rev. Emilio Sheehan, and Sarah Ramos, who played Manfred’s love interest Creek.)
Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo, who were consulting producers on Season 1, will serve as co-showrunners for Season 2, replacing Season 1 showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen. Snyder and Charmelo will executive-produce alongside returning EP David Janollari.
“I am stoked at the prospect of a second season of Midnight, Texas,” Harris said via statement. “I can’t wait to revisit my favorite town to discover what its inhabitants have been up to the past few months. Now the viewers, who’ve been asking me questions daily, will have their reward.”
Season 1 ended with Arnaud’s Manfred defeating the demon Colcannar, who threatened to obliterate the veil separating the supernatural world from ours. Though the victory saved the day, the quirky desert town was soon hit with another invasion: developers, who looked to turn the supernatural hideout into a tourist mecca.
The summer show’s Season 1 finale had 2.78 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating.
Milo Ventimiglia’s ‘Madtown’ Movie Gets January Release Date(12/27/17) Madtown, the drama thriller toplined by This Is Us star Mila Ventimiglia, has been acquired by SP Releasing. The deal for U.S. rights means the pic written and directed by Charles C. Moore will get a January 5 limited release in theaters and on-demand via SP’s output deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The pic centers on Briggs (Ventimiglia), a troubled young man who flashes back to the demons of his past when his sister is released from her 20-year prison sentence for the murder of their parents. Briggs must confront his estranged sister and deal with the past, while fighting to protect his future and the new life he has rebuilt for himself.
Rachel Melvin, John Billingsley, Bonita Friedericy and Amanda Aday co-star.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Tiffany Boyle and Katherine Imp at Ramo Law.
Brittany Snow Drops By To Talk About "Pitch Perfect 3"(12/15/17) (Video) Brittany Snow, star of "Pitch Perfect 3," stopped by the BUILD stage to chat about the highly-anticipated movie. Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in "Pitch Perfect 3." After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds comes together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/17) Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN (Netflix)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
Joey Lawrence Says a Blossom Reboot May Happen(12/12/17) Thanks to the revivals of Full House, Will and Grace, Gilmore Girls, and even Roseanne, throwback television is all the rage right now. In keeping with the tradition that all your old small screen favorites are still relevant, it looks like the creators of Blossom may just be considering a potential new future for the hit '90s teen dramedy as well.
Actor Joey Lawrence appeared on The Steve Harvey Show Monday and said that there are legitimate conversations about a potential reunion series.
"There has been serious talk about it, believe it or not," Lawrence said. "Miyam [Bialik] and I have both said we'd be into it. We've talked to Don Reo about it, who created it, if there's a way then I think we're all down for it."
Lawrence even has a pitch for where his character, Joey Russo, would be at in life by the time said revival picked up.
"The show ended where he went off to play baseball. He was a really good baseball player. So, I think that he went, had a great career, probably got married several times. He was always going on dates," he explained. "Then I think that he came home now for the first time in a long time. Maybe his career's over, [he is] mid to late-30s, and he's gotta find something else to do with his life. 'Cause, you know, he doesn't have much to fall back on because [his] brain isn't firing on all cylinders."
In its original run, Blossom lasted for five seasons on NBC and earned similar fanfare as fellow teen sitcoms Beverly Hills 90210 and Saved by the Bell.
Brittany Snow Sued Over 2016 Car Crash(12/12/17) Brittany Snow's allegedly heavy foot just got her sued.
Jose Erazo Gomez ?is suing the 'Pitch Perfect' star after he says he was rear-ended at a high rate of speed back in July 2016. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Gomez says the other driver's failure to stop caused him catastrophic injuries.
We're told Brittany was the one behind the wheel, but Jose is also suing her mom, Cindy. In docs, Gomez says he suffered shock and injury to his nervous system. We're told that includes a disc tear in his neck.
He's suing for unspecified damages. We've reached out to Brittany, so far no word back.
‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia Joins Jennifer Lopez In ‘Second Act’ From STX(11/1/17) Milo Ventimiglia of NBC’s audience and critically adored series This Is Us has come aboard the Jennifer Lopez-starring comedy, Second Act, to play her long-time boyfriend, Trey. The pic, which hails from STXfilms and director Peter Segal, follows a big-box store employee (Lopez), who is given the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.
Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, Dan Bucatinsky, Annaleigh Ashford and Freddie Stroma will also co-star in the film, which is currently shooting in New York. Justin Zackham and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas wrote the screenplay and are producers on the project along with Lopez and Benny Medina.
Ventimiglia, also known for his role in Gilmore Girls and NBC’s Heroes, is repped by WME, Management 360 and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Milo Ventimiglia To Produce King Lear-Themed Drama, Michael Jacobs Comedy & Couples Reality Project For Fox(10/24/17) This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and his longtime producing partner Russ Cundiff have sold three projects to Fox via their DiVide Pictures — drama Cordelia, a Latino take on King Lear from Ice co-creator Robert Munic; The End, a multi-camera comedy from Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World co-creator Michael Jacobs; and Committed, a reality series project about couples from David Leepson (Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills)
Ventimiglia and Cundiff executive produce all three projects, which hail from This Is Us studio 20th Century Fox TV where DiVide has a deal.
Written/executive produced By Robert Munic, Cordelia is a modern re-telling of the King Lear story set to the back drop of a strong Cuban family and the three sisters running the scene in Miami. Told through the eyes of the one daughter who truly loved her father, Cordelia delves into a world of secrets, lies and complex family bonds that are constantly tested but ultimately never broken.
Written/executive produced by Michael Jacobs, The End is a multi-camera, multi-generational comedy about a wildly mismatched couple, Joey and Marla, who have uniquely flawed children and Marla’s divorced parents living with them. They are possibly the worst family in the world. But in spite of their differences, Joey and Marla come to realize it’s possible they’re in love. Maybe that’s enough to save them all.
The unscripted Committed is the story of four couples going through the different phrases of life: marriage, having a baby, divorce and old age. Leepson executive produces with Stephanie Lydecker.
Jacobs is repped by WME. Munic is repped by Verve, the Gotham Group and attorney David Fox.
DiVide Pictures is producing Relationship Status for Go90. The company’s series producing credits also include Chosen, Ultradome and The PET Squad Files. DiVide is repped by WME and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Freeform Developing ‘Tapped’ Drama From ‘PLL’s Marlene King & ‘TVD’s Paul Wesley(10/13/17) Former The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has teamed with Pretty Little Liars developer/showrunner I. Marlene King for Tapped, a drama series project, which has been set up at Freeform.
Written by Thomas Brandon based on the novel in progress by Andrew Shaffer (How To Survive A Sharknado), Tapped is described as The Social Network meets Pretty Little Liars. It centers around three grad students who create a hookup app called Tapped that goes viral and turns the students into overnight millionaires, but also unleashes unwitting dangers into the world that the creators must try to understand and control.
King executive produces through her Long Lake Media alongside Wesley and Bob Levy via Citizen Media. Brandon is co-executive producer. Warner Horizon Scripted Television, where both King and Wesley are under overall deals, is the studio.
King developed, executive produced and ran Freeform’s signature drama Pretty Little Liars which wrapped its seven-season run last spring. She’s currently shepherding the Pretty Little Liars’ spinoff The Perfectionists, which received a pilot order at the cable network, along with the Freeform series Famous In Love.
Brandon is an LA-based screenwriter and director who has done several short films, a produced playwright and former Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist. He developed Transience at the CW last season.
Humorist and author Shaffer penned How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters and the Fifty Shades of Grey parody, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey under the pen name Fanny Merkin.
Levy was an executive producer on The Vampire Diaries before teaming with Wesley at Citizen Media. Tapped reunites Levy with King as he also previously served as an executive producer on PLL.
Wesley starred as Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries. He began directing The Vampire Diaries in its fifth season and began produced the series at the start of season 8. He also directed an episode of Shadowhunters for Freeform.
This is Citizen Media’s second project at Freeform, along with a Shanghai drama written by Oanh Ly. The company is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman. Long Lake Media is repped by WME. Brandon is repped by Paradigm and Lee Stobby Entertainment.
Joey Lawrence Recurs on Hawaii Five-0 11/3/17(10/13/17) “Kama’oma’o, ka ‘aina huli hana” – At Halloween, Five-0 must investigate a string of murders that mirror stories from well-known Hawaiian folklore. Also, Grover is called to visit a man hours away from execution who may hold the key to a case that has plagued Grover for years, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (“Kama’oma’o, ka ‘aina huli hana” is Hawaiian for “At Kama’oma’o, The Land of Activities”)
RECURRING: Joey Lawrence (Aaron Wright), Claire Forlani (Alicia Brown)
Joey Lawrence Recurs on Hawaii Five-0 10/20/17(9/29/17) “E uhi wale no 'a'ole e nalo, he imu puhi” – The lives of Five-0’s informants are in danger when the HPD system is hacked and one ends up dead, forcing McGarrett to enlist the help of hacker Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence), who he just imprisoned, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence Join ‘Pistachio’(9/22/17) Denise Richards and Joey Lawrence have come aboard the family adventure film Pistachio, from director Anna Elizabeth James. It revolves around a young girl and her friend who team up against two local boys on an epic horseback riding adventure in the country. Richards is playing a best-selling New Age author, who hosts her suburban niece over the summer on a Dr. Doolittle-esque ranch. Madeline Carroll, Cassi Thomson and Nick Searcy also are cast in the film, which Tyler W. Konney is producing in his second film collaboration with James. Taylor & Dodge developed and financed the project in-house. Richards (Starship Troopers, The World Is Not Enough) is repped by Abrams Artists and LINK, while Lawrence (Melissa & Joey, Blossom) is with Innovative and Link.
Why Milo Ventimiglia would ‘never’ date Hayden again(9/14/17) Milo Ventimiglia is a repeat offender when it comes to dipping in the co-worker pool.
The “This Is Us” star dated co-stars Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) and Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”), but in hindsight has learned a thing or two about mixing business with pleasure. Panettiere was 18 when they got together, while Ventimiglia was 30. They split after two years of high-profile dating.
“Never do it again,” Ventimiglia told Mr. Porter when asked what he learned from his experience. “There are things that happen to you in your life that shape who you are. Everything I’ve been through from jobs to friendships to partnerships, everything has built me to who I am.
“You learn from it. You learn a better way of doing things,” he continued. “It wasn’t until my mid to late twenties that the job wears on you, relationships wear on you.”
Although the 40-year-old actor wouldn’t make the same mistake again, he also said he wouldn’t take any of it back.
“I wouldn’t change a thing,” he added. “When you get knocked over the head in life, it builds your perspective.”
Milo Ventimiglia Gave the This Is Us Cast and Crew the Sweetest Season 2 Gifts(9/14/17) You know how they say art imitates life? We're honestly not sure if the art of This Is Us is imitating Milo Ventimiglia's life or if it's the other way around, but basically, he's a real life Jack Pearson.
As a welcome back gift for Season 2, Ventimiglia had trucker hats with the Jack's Big Three Homes logo on them made for everyone on the cast and crew. He's like the dorky dad who makes family T-shirts with everyone's names emblazoned on the back before packing everyone into the minivan for a family reunion, because he wants to make everyone feel welcome.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ventimiglia explained that as No. 1 on the call sheet (a pretty important distinction on any set) it's very important for him to set the tone of the show for everyone on the cast and crew.
"I study the call sheets so that I know everyone's name," he says. For reference, on any given day a call sheet for a popular TV show can have dozens of names on it when you factor in the crew. Ventimiglia is at the top because he's considered the lead of the show, and in a way a leader in the cast and crew. Him going the extra mile to know everyone's name creates a family environment on the set -- and cements that he's the perfect Jack Pearson.
This Is Us returns Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c on NBC.
Midnight, Texas Rescheduling News: When Will the Final Episodes Air?(9/5/17) NBC has released the new game plan for Midnight, Texas‘ final episodes, now that the freshman drama’s antepenultimate hour has been bumped by next Tuesday’s Hurricane Harvey telethon.
Originally, the supernatural series was to air two episodes next week, on Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12 — thus landing the finale on Monday, Sept. 18.
The regular Monday outing is unaffected. But with the hour-long telethon airing that Tuesday at 8/7c (followed by America’s Got Talent from 9 to 11 pm), Midnight, Texas‘ ninth of 10 episodes will now air Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 pm. The freshman finale stays put on Monday the 18th.
Season to date, Midnight, Texas is averaging 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, with the Aug. 28 episode drawing its second-largest audience of the season (3.37 mil) and matching its demo high (0.9).
This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia Is Producing a Police Drama for NBC(8/31/17) It looks like Milo Ventimiglia is stepping into the producing game. The This Is Us star is teaming up with NBC for an exciting new police drama centering around an elite task force working to protect their own.
According to Variety, the network is developing a new show called Greenlit about a highly-skilled group of federal agents whose impressive backgrounds include working for the FBI, Secret Service, IRS and SWAT. Their job is to protect members of law enforcement who find themselves targeted for murder (or "greenlit," as they call it) by various criminal organizations.
Ventimiglia will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Russ Cundiff, Andrew Lenchewski (Royal Pains) and Kevin O'Hare, who will also write the script.
Phillip Noyce, whose past credits include the pilot for Tru Calling and an episode of 2016's Roots, is stepping in to direct the pilot. He's also the man behind the grossly underrated thriller Dead Calm starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane, so Greenlit should be in good hands.
Though the series has assembled its all-star team to bring it to TV, NBC has yet to order the pilot so it may be a while before you get to see it (it ever). In the meantime, you can catch Ventimiglia contend for Greatest Dad Ever on This Is Us, which kicks off Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c on NBC.
Joey Lawrence on Hawaii Five-0 - 9/29(8/31/17) “'A'ole e 'olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia” – McGarrett and Danny recruit Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath) to join the task force when diabolical hacker Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence) releases a dangerous arsonist from prison, on the eighth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The season premiere includes animation of one of McGarrett and Danny’s infamous “car-guements.” Also, Randy Couture returns, and Joey Lawrence joins his brother, Andrew, when he guest stars as Aaron Wright, a hacker.
Joey Lawrence to Guest Star on ‘Hawaii Five-0’(8/3/17) Joey Lawrence has been cast in a guest role on “Hawaii Five-0,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Lawrence will appear in two episodes in the upcoming eighth season, playing Aaron Wright, the brother of world-class hacker Ian Wright, who Five-0 encounters when he uses his computer to free a dangerous arsonist from prison — “Hawaii Five-0” fans will remember Ian Wright was played by Nick Jonas, before the character was killed off.
Known for his roles on “Blossom” and “Brotherly Love,” Lawrence most recently was an executive producer and starred in “Melissa & Joey,” which aired from 2010 to 2015. He also recently appeared on Pop’s “Return of the Mac.” As a musician, Joey and his brothers, Matthew and Andy Lawrence, recently released the single “Lose Myself.” Lawrence is also set to release a new solo project this fall.
No date has been set for Lawrence’s two episodes on “Hawaii Five-0.” Aside from Lawrence, the CBS drama will have other new faces this season, having recently cast Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale, and promoting Ian Anthony Dale to a series regular, following the departure of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park over contract disputes.
Lawrence is repped by Link Entertainment.
Shondaland’s ‘Scandal’ & ‘HTGAWM’ Get New Producing Directors; Tom Verica Moves To ‘For The People’(7/31/17) Shondaland has named Jann Turner as the new Producing Director for Scandal and Jet Wilkinson in the same role for How To Get Away With Murder, as Tom Verica moves to For The People as its Producing Director and Executive Producer.
Turner joins Scandal as the replacement for Verica. She is a prolific film and TV director known for the features White Wedding and Paradise Stop. She has directed episodes of The Bold Type, The Last Ship, Scandal, The Catch, Chicago Fire, Greys Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane The Virgin, Grace and Frankie, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, among many others. Turner was also an on-air producer for SABC TV’s Truth Commission Special Report and she has made documentaries for Channel 4UK and eTV South Africa. She’s repped by CAA, Synchronicity Management and Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.
Multi-hyphenate Verica has spent the last five seasons working on Scandal, most recently as Executive Producer/ Director. He also starred opposite Viola Davis as her late husband, Sam Keating, in the ABC-Shonda Rhimes hit, How To Get Away With Murder. He previously starred as Jack Pryor on NBC’s praised television drama, American Dreams, and his feature acting credits include Zodiac helmed by David Fincher, Flags Of Our Fathers directed by Clint Eastwood, Murder By Numbers, Red Dragon, Father’s Day, and Die Hard II. His other TV credits include stints on notable television shows such as House, The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order SVU, among others. As a well-regarded director, Verica has helmed numerous episodes of television including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Harry’s Law, Private Practice, Boston Legal, Ugly Betty and American Dreams.
Wilkinson is a veteran Director/Producer from Sydney, Australia who directed over 200 episodes of Australian TV drama before moving into a series producer role on Wonderland for Fremantlemedia and the Ten Network Australia. In 2015 Wilkinson expanded her career into the U.S. market, signing with Gersh Agency. In the past 12 months she has directed 15 episodes of television drama on multiple episodes of How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), Madam Secretary (CBS), Nashville (ABC/CMT), Iron Fist (Marvel/Netflix), The Punisher (Marvel/Netflix), Bull (CBS), Code Black (CBS), American Gothic (CBS) and Zoo (CBS).
These join the already announced Don Todd, Executive Producer on For the People and Paris Barclay, Producing Director and Executive Producer on the yet to be titled Grey’s Anatomy spinoff.
Rhea Seehorn & Rachel Boston Board Comedy ‘I Hate Kids’(7/27/17) John Asher’s comedy I Hate Kids has added Better Call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn and Witches of East End‘s Rachel Boston to its cast that already includes Tituss Burgess, Tom Everett Scott and Beth Riesgraf.
The film, which started production on July 10, follows Scott as Nick Pearson, a successful author who always has hated kids and is about to finally settle down with the perfect match. However, on the night of his wedding rehearsal dinner, 13-year old Mason (Julian Feder) shows up claiming to be his son. How does the kid know this? Because self-proclaimed psychic the Amazing Fabular (Burgess) says so. The trio set out on a journey to find Mason’s mom and, in doing so, learn about Nick’s past.
Boston will play Nick’s fiancée Sydneyof, and Seehorn will play her sister Kelly. I Hate Kids is co-written by Frank Dietz and Todd Traina and co-produced by Traina and Rachel McHale.
Boston’s deal was brokered by John Carrabino Management and the Gersh Agency, and Seehorn’s was by Randi Ross of Phoenix Artists and Alissa Vradenburg of Untitled Entertainment.
2017 Emmy Awards Nominations(7/14/17) LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown - This is Us, NBC
Anthony Hopkins - Westworld, HBO
Bob Odenkirk - Better Call Saul, AMC
Matthew Rhys - The Americans, FX Networks
Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan, Showtime
Kevin Spacey - House Of Cards, Netflix
Milo Ventimiglia - This is Us, NBC
‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: First Look At Final Sing-Off With Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick(6/25/17) (Trailer) “We don’t do anything with dignity, okay?” Rebel Wilson’s “Fat Amy” (her ball cap reads “Make America Eat Again”) says in this first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, and fans wouldn’t expect otherwise. Having graduated from college and finding the non-singing world a depressing place – service jobs and bull-tending apparently not being all their cracked up to be – the a cappella Bellas reunite for a USO competition in Europe, where they’ll once again sing off against snooty betters who this time even play their own instruments and write their own songs.
The third and final of the Pitch Perfect films, PP3 reunites the cast as well as characters: Returning are Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins. Joining the returnees are John Lithgow and Ruby Rose.
Pitch Perfect 3 is again produced by Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions, and is written by Kay Cannon and directed by Trish Sie. Universal releases December 22.
Take a look at the trailer above and tell us what you think.
‘The Oath’: Arlen Escarpeta Cast In Crackle Drama Series(6/21/17) Arlen Escarpeta (The Magicians) has been cast in a key role opposite Sean Bean in Crackle’s upcoming drama series The Oath, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) and his G-Unit Film & Television and Storied Media Group LLC. Production begins in Puerto Rico next month? with premiere slated for 2018.
Written and created by former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-0), the 10-episode original series explores a different kind of subculture – gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend. Escarpeta will play Damon Byrd, an undercover FBI agent trying to find his footing.
Escarpeta currently recurs as Prince Ess on Syfy’s The Magicians. He co-starred in the role of Bobby Brown in Lifetime film Whitney, and his feature credits include Into The Storm, Final Destination 5, Brotherhood, and the Friday the 13th remake. He’s repped by Don Buchwald and Associates and Karen Forman Management.
Milo Ventimiglia almost quit acting to become a mechanic(6/19/17) Milo Ventimiglia hasn’t always been all in with acting.
The 39-year-old almost took a shockingly different route after his series “Gilmore Girls” was over. Ventimiglia told People that he was “going to be an auto mechanic” because he felt “the business was getting in the way” — a career he’d considered earlier on in his life, too.
He admitted to feeling “fed up” and like he “wasn’t there yet in other people’s eyes,” but right before quitting he was cast in “Rocky Balboa” and the NBC series “Heroes,” which he said, “kind of sent me on the next six, seven years.”
After “Heroes” was canceled but before Ventimiglia was cast in current NBC hit “This Is Us,” he hit another bump that almost sent him out of the country.
“I have dual citizenship with Italy,” he told People. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna sell everything, I’m going to fly to Rome, I’m gonna buy a motorcycle, I’m going to ride around until I can find a farm I can work on. I’m going to shave my head, I’m gonna grow a beard and I’m going to work on a farm … just lead a very different life very far away.’”
Nevertheless, Ventimiglia landed a big role on “This Is Us,” and now it looks like he’s here to stay.
2017 Teen Choice Awards Nominees(6/19/17) The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, Aug. 13 on Fox.
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‘Devil’s Gate’ Tribeca Clip: Milo Ventimiglia’s Family Goes Missing In Suspense Thriller(4/5/17) (Video) Here’s a peek at the upcoming indie thriller Devil’s Gate, from first-time director Clay Staub, which will have its world premiere April 24 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It stars This Is Us’ Milo Ventimiglia as Jackson Pritchard, a reclusive man with a troubled past who is dealing with the disappearance of his wife and son.
“You guys go to the right place? Does this look normal?” From the opening of the clip that sees an FBI agent (Amanda Schull) and police officer (Shawn Ashmore) pulling up to Jackson’s eerie, secluded farm to investigate the incident. The two become trapped with Jackson as night falls, and nothing is as it seems.
Bridget Regan and Jonathan Frakes co-star in the film, which Staub co-wrote with Peter Aperlo. Producers are Scott Mednick, André Rouleau, Valérie d’Auteuil, Ian Dimerman and Brendon Sawatzky. Skyler Mednick served as exec producer.
CAA is handling sales for the film at the fest. Check out the clip above.
CBS RENEWS 18 SERIES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON(3/23/17) CBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America’s Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date.
The shows renewed to date include 6 comedies, 9 dramas, 1 reality series, 2 newsmagazines and a roster of hit programs across every night of the week. They also include the #1 scripted program/comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY; the #1 drama NCIS; the #1 new series BULL; the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT; and the #1 newsmagazine 60 MINUTES.
In addition, 5 freshman shows are part of the Network’s early renewals, including BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT, MACGYVER, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS.
Following are the renewed series to date for the 2017-2018 season:
THE BIG BANG THEORY
KEVIN CAN WAIT
LIFE IN PIECES
MAN WITH A PLAN
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
CBS will finish the current season as America’s Most Watched Network for the 14th time in 15 years. The Network will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Gail O’Grady on Training Day(3/17/17) “Quid Pro Quo” – Kyle’s morals are put to the test when Frank involves him in a plan to take down a criminal defense attorney who has been helping his clients eliminate witnesses, on TRAINING DAY, on a new day and time, Saturday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Tom Wilson (Gary Millstone), Gail O’Grady (Claire Millstone), Derek Gaines (Thief #1/Lou).
This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia Sees 'Danger' in Jack's Drinking... But Could It Lead Him to Cheat on Rebecca?(3/7/17) At the end of the last new This Is Us episode, Jack ordered up a tall glass of trouble. Whether he’ll make it a double, star Milo Ventimiglia says, remains to be seen.
We’re talking, of course, about the recent scene that showed the Pearson dad drinking — after a long dry spell — following a fight with wife Rebecca. Ventimiglia tells TVLine that whether or not the alcoholic beverage is a one-time thing, it doesn’t bode well for their overtaxed marriage.
“If anyone can assume what that means symbolically, what that means in relation to Rebecca’s abhorrence of it, it spells danger and it spells problems,” Ventimigilia says. “But is Jack deserving of that moment to possibly take the edge off? Yeah, I think maybe he earned it.”
Thing is, as co-star Mandy Moore recently pointed out, nearly two decades of stay-at-home mothering has made Rebecca feel like she earned a chance to go on tour with her band. And in Tuesday’s episode (NBC, 9/8c), Mr. and Mrs. Pearson haven’t come to any easily resolutions about the feelings hurt in the Valentine’s Day hour.
Then there’s a recently released photo, also from Tuesday’s episode, that show Jack and Miguel’s comely assistant, Heather, exchanging a look in a bar…
Ventimiglia deftly deflects the suggestion that perhaps the pair have an affair. “I think everybody wants to speculate and wonder what it is that could possibly pull Jack and Rebecca apart,” he says. “There are a lot of different things in life that pull any couple apart, whether it’s work or career or a spark with someone else. I think there are a lot of teasing elements that, of course, are going to be out there and questions that are going to get asked. I constantly tell people, ‘Just wait. All answers will come, probably pretty quick.'”
And as for the upcoming season finale, which airs March 14? “It’ll stress you the f—k out,” is all Ventimiglia will say, smiling.
Milo Ventimiglia Isn't Eager to Be the Next Wolverine(3/5/17) Since Hugh Jackman is officially retiring his Wolverine mask, it might be time for the X-Men universe to be looking for a replacement.
If they wanted to be meta about it, they might consider recruiting This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia. The NBC star was the voice of Wolverine on the animated series of the same name. TVGuide.com asked Ventimiglia if he would ever consider step into those iconic boots, but he wasn't too eager to follow up Jackman's performance.
"When you think about Wolverine and trying to do something different or better than Hugh Jackman, it kind of is tough to imagine stepping into those shoes," the actor said.
Ventimiglia knows that a lot of actors would love to get to play a tentpole character, but he's actually pretty happy with the "superhero" role he already has -- playing a dad on This Is Us. The man sure knows how to make us swoon.
This Is Us continues Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
TV’s hottest dad finds inspiration from his own father(3/3/17) Milo Ventimiglia doesn’t have to look too far for “This is Us” inspiration.
“I’ve got this photo in my trailer of my dad [from] when I was, like, 3 years old, and before I walk out of my trailer I look at it,” he said when explaining how he channels a father for his work on the NBC drama. “I wrote a note above it saying ‘be a good father’ and then a note below it that says ‘be a good husband.'”
Beyond the photo reminder, Ventimiglia, 39, credits the success of his character, Jack, to his parents in real life.
“I had the best possible education of how to be a great dad by my father who’s amazing,” he said of his TV character, who is loving a father of triplets, during a Build Series talk Thursday. “My mom and dad are kind and they’re giving and loving and raised my sisters and I with hugs and kisses.”
And even though the “Gilmore Girls” alum — who plays Mandy Moore‘s husband on “This Is Us” — is single with no kids, he has father-like pride when talking about the show’s success.
“Playing the patriarch of this family, I kind of feel like a proud father, even though three of them are older than me,” he said.
Here’s why Milo Ventimiglia is wearing a cast(2/22/17) Everyone’s favorite new TV dad is dealing with a real-life injury.
“This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia stopped by “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday donning a cast and sling on his right arm.
“He had a minor surgery on his wrist,” his rep told Page Six on Wednesday, adding that it “had nothing to do with production.”
The actor joked with Fallon that he was in a fight, but then revealed he had “some torn tendons.”
He did not reveal how he hurt his wrist though.
In December, a New York fight shop called Superare tweeted at Ventimiglia offering to send him a pair of gloves.
The 39-year-old responded, “Appreciate that bud @ECMMAFightShop, got a busted up wrist at the moment, not throwing anything but shadow combos.”
Dick Clark Productions Sale To Wanda Group Slowed By Chinese Deal Limits(2/21/17) Wanda Group’s $1 billion deal to buy Dick Clark Productions has been delayed — but not derailed — as a result of China’s recent effort to limit capital flight from the country.
The early November pact is now expected to close in a matter of weeks as the companies grapple with controls that China’s Commerce Ministry imposed late last year on overseas deals of $1 billion or more.
Former Guggenheim Partners president Todd Boehly’s Eldridge Industries controls DCP, which produces the Golden Globes, the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest and other special events.
Officials in Beijing fear that the country’s capital reserves will become depleted if companies use their cash to buy overseas properties as the value of the yuan declines vs the U.S. dollar. Last year the yuan depreciated 7% to its lowest exchange rate in eight years against the strengthening dollar.
Among other things, officials in Beijing ordered several major banks to cut back on letters of credit.
Wanda is one of China’s most active buyers of overseas assets, especially in entertainment. In addition to the Dick Clark deal, last year it paid $3.5 billion for Legendary Entertainment while Wanda-controlled AMC Entertainment became the world’s biggest exhibition chain with a $1.1 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas and a $1.2 billion one for UK’s Odeon & UCI Cinemas. Last month it agreed to pay $929 million for Nordic Cinema Group.
At last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin said his company had earmarked $5 billion-$10 billion per year for overseas investment with the U.S. the top priority.
Meanwhile, Wanda’s main real estate businesses in China has slowed. Revenues from Commercial Properties fell 25% last year to the equivalent of $20.8 billion. The entire company was up 3.4% to $37.1 billion.
Meet AMC Alum In NYC(2/8/17) Sam Page (ex-Trey, ALL MY CHILDREN) will be meeting fans as part of Hallmark’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day event on February 9. Page, who co-stars with Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, B&B) in the Hallmark movie WALKING THE DOG, will be at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station in New York City between 12:30-1:30 p.m. and then again from 6-7 p.m. Also performing are country music Brett Young and artist Robert Vargas. For more information, click here.
Gail O'Grady on Fresh Off The Boat(11/21/16) “The Taming of the Dads” – To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Eddie reluctantly agrees to take Alison to the see a modern remake of Romeo and Juliet. But when Louis and Alison’s dad bond over their love of Shakespeare and crash their date, Alison wonders if she and Eddie’s relationship has lost its spark. Meanwhile, Jessica gets called for jury duty and campaigns to be the “Jury Boss,” and Emery and Evan struggle with the responsibilities of raising a Tamagotchi digital pet, on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” airing on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 (9:00–9:30 p.m. EST).
Inspired by a true story, “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin.
Guest starring are Rachel Cannon as Deidre, Stacey Scowley as Carol-Joan, Isabella Crouch as Alison, Evan Hannemann as Barefoot Dave, Ross Ryman as Vinnie, Brian Huskey as Harvey, Biff Wiff as Bob, Teya Patt as Phoebe, Cleo King as Judge Patty O’Brien, Cory Blevins as Gary Olsen, Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue”) as herself, Richardson Jones as Mr. Pierce and David Masters as Samuel Seaver.
“The Taming of the Dads” was written by Rich Blomquist and directed by Sean Kavanaugh.
Aca-what? Brittany Snow’s character on ‘Crazy Ex’ finally revealed(11/19/16) Ever since it was announced “Pitch Perfect” star Brittany Snow would be heading to “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” fans have been dying to know how the a capella triple threat would fit into the CW’s musical TV series. On Friday (Nov. 18), her role was finally revealed, during the last few minutes of the episode, “Why is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?”
While she only teased a few notes, we’re guessing Snow’s upcoming featured music video will be a song reminiscent of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” — for she is playing the role of Anna, Josh’s new love interest.
Aca-what? Yeah. After Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) sang an entire song about how he could live on his own, and went on and on about how he should really be single for awhile, a hot hippie blonde from LA waltzes into his life. This type of situation couldn’t be more on-brand for Josh. Of course he would fall into a relationship with a gorgeous girl that’s way out of his league without even trying. Worst of all? He won’t even recognize his dumb luck. Josh just thinks this is how the world works.
But who’s to say Anna will be as doting and caring as Josh’s ex-girlfriends? Anna might give Josh a run for his money — or, to Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) and Valencia’s (Gabrielle Ruiz) chagrin — Anna could be awesome. That perfect combination of confidence and compassion, with a great sense of humor. Maybe she’ll become friends with everyone. It will be hard to hate her if she’s really great. If Rebecca and Valencia can find common ground and become friends, it’s not out of this world to think this Anna couldn’t join their current squad.
But Snow has only signed on for three episodes, and we’re talking about Rebecca and Valencia. The same two girls who revenge-peed on Josh’s music equipment. Rebecca will most likely want to sabotage Anna in some big dramatic way, while Valencia will probably try to pretend she doesn’t care at first, and date a random guy just to make Josh jealous, but then collapse in a mess of her own lies. Whatever nonsense they get into, it’s nice to know they’ll have each other, and Heather (Vella Lovell), to lean on.
What about Paula, you ask? Saving the worst bit of news for last, Paula and Rebecca’s current breakup is more heartbreaking than the fact that Greg (Santino Fontana) is gone forever — which showrunner Alina Brosh McKenna confirmed to ET.
“The show’s about the pursuit of happiness, and ultimately [Greg’s] happiness would be elsewhere from [Rebecca]. So we’d always talked about doing that, and we knew it was going to happen this season,” Brosh McKenna says. “Luckily, Santino was on board with him, so we worked with him… on the right timing of it. He was fine with it and he embraced it, and he got a lot of great songs going out the door.”
It’s beautiful that the one person who seemed like he’d never get free of West Covina escaped to greener pastures, but it’s ugly to see Rebecca and Paula’s (Donna Lynn Champlin) friendship breaking apart. Watching their forlorn, yet hopeful glances towards each other at the donut shop, it’s so clear they want to be together!
It’s just such a classic example of how hard it can be to stay close when we’re in vastly different stages of life. Paula has always been the more nurturing of the two — but as a mother and wife, with a full-time job and now going to law school, she doesn’t have the time or energy to feed Rebecca’s narcissism.
However, Rebecca has asked Paula numerous times what’s up with her, and she never gets a real answer. How can Rebecca be there for her if she has no idea what’s going on? It’s far past time for Rebecca to become a more observant and better caring friend to Paula — but we need Paula to open that possibility to Rebecca just once more before permanently shutting the door on their friendship. Because let’s be honest, screw Josh and Greg: It’s the love between Rebecca and Paula we ship the most.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees Set(11/15/16) Here’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Paul Wesley Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Sets 4 Projects As Producer(11/12/16) The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has signed a pod deal at Warner Bros. TV for his production company, Citizen Media, with partner/former The Vampire Diaries executive producer Bob Levy.
Under the pact, Wesley and Levy will develop new television projects for the studio, starting with a darkly comedic single-camera half-hour based on a non-fiction article by Jason Smith called Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher.
Citizen Media has three other series projects in the works that preceded the WBTV deal, including a limited series at ABC produced by Robert Redford.
Titled Pecos, the ABC limited series, produced by ABC Signature Studios, is inspired by the true story of a 29-year-old rookie journalist who takes down one of the richest, most powerful men in Texas, proving his gigantic business empire is a complete fraud, in 1962 Pecos, Texas. Shawn Christensen, Oscar winner for his short film Curfew, is writing. Citizen Media’s Wesley and Levy executive produce alongside Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.
At Fox 21 TV Studios, Citizen Media has Finding Natalie, a drama about a young Mexican woman searching for her 17-year-old sister Natalie who was recently kidnapped by a sex trafficking cartel. NY playwright and The Americans writer Hilary Bettis will write.
At Freeform, Wesley and Levy is developing one-hour series Shanghai Summer, about 20-something Americans pursuing their dreams in Shanghai, China. Oanh Ly (The Catch) is on board to write the script.
Wesley, as well as fellow Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, landed overall deals with the series’ producer WBTV as part of their most recent talent pacts for the long-running CW drama.
Wesley is hitting the ground running, having already started building a development slate with veteran producer/executive Levy, who also has served as an executive producer on such series as Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl.
Wesley is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Christensen, who has the upcoming feature Sidney Hall, is repped by Verve. Bettis is repped by CAA.
Milo Ventimiglia, Troy Garity & Ryan Kwanten Among Clients Who Will Follow Agent Sean Grumman To WME(11/7/16) About a dozen actors have committed to joining their agent, Sean Grumman, at WME. The talent representative landed at WME last month after a long stint at CAA.
Following him to WME are Milo Ventimiglia, star of NBC’s breakout new drama This Is Us; Troy Garity (Ballers, Boss); Ryan Kwanten (True Blood); Rosewood star Jaina Lee Ortiz; Tyler Labine (Deadbeat, Super Troopers 2); James D’Arcy (Agent Carter, Hitchcock); Chris Wood (Supergirl); Hayes MacArthur (Angle Tribeca, Super Troopers 2), Claire Holt (Aquarius, The Originals); and Andrew J West (The Walking Dead).
Gail O'Grady and Jeff Kober Join CMT's His Wives & Daughters Comedy Pilot(11/4/16) His Wives & Daughters just added not only another missus to the mix but also the marriage-minded country star around whom the CMT pilot circles: Revenge alum Gail O’Grady has signed up to play the former; Sons of Anarchy’s Jeff Kober, the latter.
As previously reported, the sudsy proposed hour-long comedy follows the misadventures of womanizing music-biz legend Eddie Ray Banks (Kober) and, as the title suggests, his scheming daughters and wives — among them O’Grady as Donna, the shallow second spouse who stole him from his first, fellow singing sensation Lorna Larson (Jane Seymour).
Though Eddie’s character description notes that he struck pay dirt in the 1970s with a No. 1 album as well as a hit movie and variety show, the big-hearted playboy is as infamous for his tabloid shenanigans as he is famous for his career. As for home-wrecking Donna, with whom Eddie worked on his variety show, she’s described as “vain and materialistic” — and codependent on daughter Carolyn.
Besides Revenge, O’Grady has also starred on NYPD Blue and American Dreams, and recurred on Desperate Housewives. Kober’s other credits include Shameless and The Walking Dead.
Wanda Acquires Dick Clark Productions For $1 Billion(11/3/16) China’s Wanda Group has finalized a deal to buy Dick Clark Productions. Wanda has acquired a 100% stake in the company that produces the Golden Globes, the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest and other special events for approximately $1 billion, the Chinese conglom announced on Thursday. Negotiations had grown in intensity over the past couple of months between Wanda and DCP — controlled by former Guggenheim Partners president Todd Boehly’s Eldridge Industries — after a year’s worth of talks.
After the acquisition is completed, DCP’s management “will remain in its entirety”, Wanda said in the announcement, noting that the company has signed a long-term operation target agreement with the top DCP executives. No names are mentioned but DCP’s top leadership includes CEO Allen Shapiro, chairman Peter Guber and president Michael Mahan.
The bidding for DCP was competitive, sources said, driven by the amount of IP that the company controls. I hear there were multiple Chinese bidders as well as multiple American companies pursuing, including Comcast and Time Warner. I hear Comcast was particularly interested as its network NBC airs the Golden Globes and also has been looking to launch a music awards franchise, making the Billboard Awards particularly attractive, but the AMAs and Rockin’ Eve are all under long-term deals at ABC, which complicated things.
I hear that Wanda’s offer was actually not the highest, and there was at least one bid by a Chinese company that came in higher but DCP went with Wanda in large part due to the strong relationship between the chairmen of the two companies, Peter Guber and Wang Jianlin.
Guggenheim paid $380 million for DCP when it bought the company in 2012 from RedZone Capital Management. Boehly bought DCP last year when he stepped down as Guggenheim’s president.
Wanda has been active in injecting itself full-boar into Hollywood, from acquiring the likes of AMC Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment to its major co-financing and marketing deal with Sony focused on its tentpoles. It also established a $750M development fund to attract Hollywood productions to China’s Qingdao Movie Metropolis complex.
Wanda CEO Wang Jianlin has indicated he is actively looking for more Hollywood investments, recently saying he has been “waiting for the opportunity” to buy a major Hollywood studio. The Chinese power seemed to have the inside track to buy a 49% stake in Paramount this year when it was being shopped by former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, but Viacom’s board scrapped that deal.
The acquisition of DCP marks Wanda’s first step into television content. “Obtaining top television production rights brings about complementary and coordinated development for Wanda’s current focuses on the film, tourism, and sports industries,” the company said.
Wang promised last year that by 2020 Wanda will be a public company worth more than $200 billion, with annual revenues of at least $100 billion and net profits of $10 billion or more.
Fox Buys Cop Family Thriller Drama From Milo Ventimiglia & Andrew Lenchewski(10/13/16) Milo Ventimiglia, one of the stars of the breakout new NBC/20th TV drama This Is Us, has teamed with Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski for Kin, a 20th TV-produced drama project which has been set up at Fox with script commitment plus penalty. This marks the first professional collaboration for Ventimiglia and Lenchewski who have been friends for two decades, dating back to their time as students at UCLA. Kin hails from DiVide Pictures, Ventimiglia’s production company with another long-time friend, Russ Cundiff.
Written and co-executive produced by Kevin O’Hare, Kin is loosely based on Cundiff’s extended family growing up which included several cops. The drama centers on a tight-knit Florida law-enforcement family who become the primary suspects in the disappearance of a notorious drug cartel leader following a DEA plane crash. But the undercover federal agent assigned to find out the truth is seduced by the loving and lethal clan, compromising his mission and his life.
Lenchewski, Ventimiglia and Cundiff executive produce.
In addition to starring in breakout fall drama This Is Us, Ventimiglia also is reprising his role in the Gilmore Girls movies on Netflix. He and Cundiff are repped by CAA and attorneys Jeffrey Frankel and Scott Whitehead.
Lenchewski served as executive producer/co-showrunner on USA’s Royal Pains, which recently wrapped its eight-season run. He has another pilot at the network, The Tap, which he co-wrote and executive produces. Lenchewski is repped by CAA and Jackway Tyerman.
O’Hare is repped by Verve and Underground.
What's Next for This Is Us? Milo Ventimiglia Teases "Old-Fashioned TV" in All Its Glory(10/11/16) Ugh, Miguel!
Two weeks later, and we're still not over This Is Us' latest twist. (Warning, spoilers ahead!) In the final moments of the NBC hit drama's second episode, Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) kids excitedly greet "grandma and grandpa" at the door. Grandma? It's Rebecca (Mandy Moore). But grandpa? No, it wasn't Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). It was Miguel (Jon Huerta), Jack's BFF we were introduced to in the Jack-Rebecca storyline, set in the '80s when The Big Three are 8 years-old. Say whaaa?! Has Jack died? Did they get divorced? What is happening?!
"I do know why Jack wasn't walking through that door," Milo Ventimiglia told E! News' Sibley Scoles after the second episode shocker. Of course, he's not going to share that precious info with us.
"Just wait!" Milo said. "Just wait. This is old-fashioned television story. You gotta wait. Appointment TV!"
In the second episode, we see Jack and Rebecca going through a rough patch, with Jack turning to alcohol to avoid addressing struggles at home. By episode's end, Rebecca had delivered a powerful "Fix it" speech (Mandy Moore FTW!), and it seemed like the couple may be OK. But Milo warned fans that they will continue to see the highs and lows.
"We're going to see a couple in their high moments and then also in their low moments," he explained. "So the fact that it's present day and Jack is not grandpa, that's looking in the distance and being like, oh, I see where I'm going but I can't quite see the road around the mountain. You're going to find out, you're going to learn about it."
As for how the heck Miguel ended up being grandpa to Randall's children? Milo teased, "It's to be discovered." To hear more from Milo on This Is Us' big twists, press play on the video above.
The highest-rated drama debut of the season, NBC has already ordered a full-season of This Is Us. "It's a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but This Is Us is just such an extraordinary achievement," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said.
This Is Us airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Why Milo Ventimiglia Thinks Dating Co-Stars Is a Bad Idea(10/11/16) Milo Ventimiglia has only good things to say about his co-star Mandy Moore, but dating her? Well, that's a different subject.
The two play a married couple and new parents on NBC's fresh hit show, This Is Us. When E! sat down for a quickie chat with the Gilmore Girls alum, he had nothing but praise for his on-screen leading lady.
"Mandy is one of the kindest, most amazing performers and women I've met in my life," he gushed to E! News. "She is exactly as I'd heard. She is amazing."
However, there is one bit of homework he has yet to do on the actress—watch her unforgettable performance as Lana in The Princess Diaries. "I saw clips of her singing, but I haven't seen the actual full movie," he admitted to E! News.
While he has fortunately heard Moore's rendition of "Stupid Cupid," he doesn't intend on getting shot by one of Cupid's arrows on set. When asked by E! if he thinks it's a good or bad idea to date co-stars, he candidly responded, "Bad idea—don't shit where you eat." Perhaps he's speaking from experience—Ventimiglia did previously date his Gilmore Girls co-star Alexis Bledel and his Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere.
He certainly didn't want to make the wrong move with Fergie, who he starred with in her 2007 music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry." "The best was hanging out with Fergie and the worst was when it was over," he recalled. "I was very honored to be there—mildly terrified of Josh Duhamel for picking up his girl and spinning her around."
Fortunately, Ventimiglia escaped unscathed—and collected enough life experience since then to offer some simple relationship advice for all the ladies out there navigating the tricky world of love.
"Be yourself. If you guys click—great. If you don't, it's ok. You're not supposed to be with one another," he advised. Once you have nabbed yourself a partner, grown-up Jess suggests keeping things equal. "Contribute as much as you'd like to take. That might be a good thing. Don't just take, take, take, take, take—give, give, give, give."
‘Shadowhunters’ Reveals Season 2 Debut Date & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Directing – NY Comic-Con(10/9/16) The second season of Shadowhunters will premiere on January 2 2017, it was announced today at NY Comic-Con. With new showrunners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer now in charge of the Freeform fantasy drama, today’s panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom also revealed that The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley will be directing an episode of the new season.
The actor broke the news himself in a video shout-out to the fans at the confab on Saturday.
This weekend’s panel included Slavkin, Swimmer and fellow EP McG, author Cassandra Clare and lead Katherine McNamara. Fellow cast members Alberto Rosende, Dominic Sherwood, Emeraude Toubia,Harry Shum Jr., Matthew Daddario and more were there too. Before the EPs and cast came out the crowd was shown an action packed preview of the new season.
“Things get worse for everyone before they get better this season,” teased McNamara. “The whole show expands,” added McG.
Based on Clare’s The Moral Instruments YA novels, Shadowhunters debuted on January 16 this year. The series centers on NYC-based Clary Fray (McNamara) who discovers on her 18th birthday that she has angelic blood and joins the group of Shadowhunters who guard the human race from demons and more.
Slavkin and Swimmer were brought on board in August to replace Ed Decter after the EP and person who developed the show for TV exited the series just before production on Season 2 started over creative differences.
New York Comic-Con runs until October.
Matthew John Armstrong on Pure Genius(10/6/16) “Pilot” – Silicon Valley tech titan James Bell enlists Dr. Walter Wallace, an exceptional veteran surgeon with a controversial past, to run his state-of-the-art hospital with an ultramodern approach to medicine, on the series premiere of the new drama PURE GENIUS, Thursday, Oct. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Aaron Jennings, Ward Horton and Brenda Song star.
Billionaire genius James Bell built Bunker Hill Hospital determined to revolutionize health care and treat the rarest and most challenging medical mysteries, at no charge. Previously, his chief of staff, Dr. Wallace, believed medicine was a human endeavor, not technological, until a eureka moment at the hospital convinced him otherwise. Bell’s team of trailblazers includes Dr. Zoe Brockett, an exceptional, fearlessly frank physician; Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra, an idealistic, maddeningly literal neurosurgeon who believes the hospital is a beacon for change; Dr. Malik Verlaine, a former gangbanger now spearheading efforts to provide 24/7 health monitoring in poor neighborhoods via computer; Dr. Scott Strauss, an intense neurologist with an Ivy league pedigree; and Angie Cheng, an enthusiastic 3-D printer programming whiz. At Bunker Hill, Bell pairs the most brilliant minds in medicine with the most forward thinkers in technology and cuts bureaucracy out of the equation, all in the interest of saving lives, including his own.
RECURRING CAST: Wendy Moniz (Julianna Wallace).
GUEST CAST Includes: Guilford Adams (Will), J. Rene Pena (Administrator), Matthew John Armstrong (Paul Byer).
WRITTEN BY: Jason Katims, one of the series’ executive producers, and Sarah Watson.
DIRECTED BY: David Semel.
Milo Ventimiglia Strips Down and Gets in Ellen DeGeneres' Splash Tank for Breast Cancer(10/3/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Even when Ellen DeGeneres is home sick, she still manages to keep her celebrity guests on their toes.
This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia had his turn in DeGeneres' chair recently when Miley Cyrus was filling in for the longtime talk show host. Despite DeGeneres' absence, the "Can't Stop" singer had no problem carrying out the comedian's plans for the Gilmore Girls alum.
After chit-chatting about his hit NBC show and upcoming Gilmore Girls reunion, Cyrus got Ventimiglia out of his shirt and into Ellen's splash tank—all in the name of a good cause.
"For the third year in a row, we're partnering with Ulta Beauty to raise money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation," Cyrus explained to the audience. "Totally worth it! Worth getting objectified," she joked.
Without hesitation, Milo stripped out of his shirt and shoes and hopped into the lavish tank, complete with a white throne-esque chair.
"I'm horrible at throwing, so you're lucky," she told the actor.
Chalk it up to luck or a little white lie, but Cyrus hit the target on the second try, winning a $10,000 donation from the company.
NBC’S BELOVED NEW TUESDAY DRAMA ‘THIS IS US’ RECEIVES FULL-SEASON ORDER(9/27/16) NBC has ordered an additional five episodes of the network’s critically beloved new drama series “This Is Us,” bringing the full season order to 18.
“It’s a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but ‘This Is Us’ is just such an extraordinary achievement,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “Creator Dan Fogelman, along with co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the gifted producers, cast and crew, has delivered the kind of heart and depth that resonates with every segment of the audience, and we’re proud to extend its presence on our schedule.”
“We are thrilled. This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we'd wanted and hoped for,” said executive producer Dan Fogelman. “We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew. I'm starting to sound like a broken record but I have to thank Dana, Gary, Jonnie, Howard and my amazing partners at 20th as well as Bob and Jen and the fine folks at NBC for continuing to do absolutely everything right by me and this show. I’d gush more but I have to go back to work.”
Last week’s “This Is Us” series premiere generated a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers overall in L+5 averages from Nielsen Media Research — an increase of 1.7 rating points going from live plus same day to L+5. The 4.5 makes it the #1 series premiere of the fall season to date, while the show’s L+SD rating makes it NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in that Tuesday 10-11 p.m. time period in more than six years.
On digital platforms, it’s NBC’s most-viewed series premiere on record, more than doubling the network’s previous record for most one-day views of a debuting series across NBC digital platforms.
“This Is Us” was the most anticipated new series heading into fall with its trailer viewed more than 127 million times following the show’s announcement at the May upfronts.
Critics have raved about “This Is Us,” with the Huffington Post saying, “Dan Fogelman’s new show harkens back to the glory days of feel-good TV. Get ready to fall in crazy, stupid love with NBC’s ‘This Is Us.’” USA Today added: “…even if the season was crowded with great series, ‘This Is Us’ would stand out as a welcome and increasingly rare addition.” The New York Times called it “heartwarming” and Entertainment Weekly said the series is “brilliantly cast.”
“This Is Us” is a refreshingly honest and provocative series that follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is a smart, modern series that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.
The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.
Dan Fogelman serves as writer and executive producer with Don Todd. Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra also executive produce. “This Is Us” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Gossip Girl's Sam Page Is a Dad! Actor Welcomes First Child With His Wife Cassidy(9/27/16) Welcome to the joys of fatherhood, Sam Page.
The actor known for his roles in Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives and more projects shared good news with his followers on social media Tuesday afternoon. As it turns out, he just became a dad.
"The newest, best and brightest part of my life hanging out with the chillest and hairiest part," he shared on Instagram as his newborn smiled next to the family's golden retriever. "These two are going to learn a lot from each other."
He added, "Welcome to the world, my son Logan."
The announcement caught many fans by surprise especially because his last Instagram post was nearly 38 weeks ago.
And while he's been a bit more active on Twitter, the Hollywood star tries to keep his private life pretty darn private.
Back in November 2014, the Mad Men star married Cassidy Boesch just outside Santa Barbara, Calif. "Making it official," he wrote on Instagram with a photo from Villa Sevillano.
Family and friends including groomsman Jonathan Bennett watched the couple exchange vows below a beautiful canopy covered in white roses.
Since the magical wedding day, the actor has gone on to star in Switched at Birth and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Before then, fans may recognize the star from Mad Men, Greek and American Dreams.
Congratulations to the couple!
China's Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions(9/27/16) China's Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions, the TV company that produces the Golden Globes and the "Miss America" pageant.
The deal could be worth $1 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation. Wanda did not return a request for comment.
Eldridge Group, which owns Dick Clark Productions, said in a statement that the TV company agreed to enter into exclusive talks with Wanda. If the deal gets finalized, it would be the latest U.S. entertainment deal for the Chinese company which owns property, cinema and sports holdings. In September it said it would partner with Sony Pictures to make big-budget movies. It owns AMC Theaters and bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion in January.
Dick Clark Productions was sold in 2012 to a group including investment firm Guggenheim Partners. Last year Guggenheim sold Dick Clark Productions to Eldridge Industries, which is controlled by Todd Boehly, a former president of Guggenheim and current member of Guggenheim's executive council.
Guggenheim said last month it was conducting a strategic review of its media holdings.
Brittany Snow Reveals Her Funniest Fan Encounter and Why Her John Tucker Must Die Prank 'Didn't Go Over Well'(8/19/16) (Video) Brittany Snow is opening up about everything from her secret talents to her funniest fan encounters, and it's all for a good cause.
The Pitch Perfect star sat down with PEOPLE for a game during which she has to answer five random, rapid fire questions, and in return gets to offer up one shameless plug.
Questions cover everything from the one Pitch Perfect actress she would never challenge to lip sync battle (hint: she's "feisty"), and her most devious prank from John Tucker Must Die, which involves Jesse Metcalfe and "did not go over well."
She also reveals why Anna Camp and Skylar Astin should consider themselves luck to have her as a bridesmaid, and her secret talent.
As for her craziest fan encounter, let's just say he knows how to wax on and how to wax off.
And for her shameless plug, Snow chose to promote a good cause, her charity, Love Is Louder. A project of The Jed Foundation , Love Is Louder was created with the actress to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.
Check out the video to hear Snow's answers!
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Adds Brittany Snow(8/18/16) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Season 2 forecast: lots of Brittany Snow.
The vocally talented American Dreams/Pitch Perfect alum will appear in three episodes of the CW comedy’s second season, TVLine has learned. Her character, Anna, is described as “a hip and cool L.A. chick and beauty entrepreneur who sweeps into town and shakes everything up for Rebecca.”
And don’t get your aca-panties in a twist: She’ll have a musical number during her run on the show.
Series star and co-creator Rachel Bloom announced the news via song on her Twitter account on Thursday.
In addition to American Dreams, Snow’s TV credits include Ben and Kate, Full Circle, Harry’s Law and Guiding Light.
Sam Page Joins Freeform Pilot ‘Issues’(8/16/16) Sam Page has been tapped for a series regular role in Freeform pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District.
Created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood) Issues was inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It follows three young career women, who have set out to conquer New York City together. All three work at Scarlet Magazine, and they try to balance their ambition and their drive to find love with the realities of life.
Page will play Richard, a member of the Board of Directors of Scarlet Magazine, and lawyer for the publishing group, a man with great looks and charm, who is catnip to women and knows it.
Page’s credits include stints on Mad Men, House of Cards, and Switched at Birth. He’s repped by UTA, Inphenate and Jackoway Tyerman.
Arlen Escarpeta Joins ‘The Magicians’(8/10/16) Arlen Escarpeta (American Dreams) is set for a recurring role on Syfy drama series The Magicians, from Universal Cable Productions. Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians centers on Quentin (Jason Ralph), a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Escarpeta will play Prince Ess, a handsome, rugged, pelt-clad man, with a sort of frat bro air of entitlement and the ruler of Loria. Escarpeta, a series regular on NBC’s American Dreams for three seasons, also played co-starred as Bobby Brown in Lifetime movie Whitney. His feature work includes Into The Storm and Final Destination 5. Escarpeta is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Karen Forman Management.
Milo Ventimiglia Naked: ''I'm Totally Comfortable With My Manhood and My Rear"(8/5/16) If you've got it, flaunt it.
Right, Milo Ventimiglia?
The 39-year-old actor appears completely naked in the first episode of his upcoming NBC series This Is Us with just a small towel covering his junk. The internet was sent into a tizzy when we got a peek at his firm butt in the launch trailer for the dramedy.
As of today, the trailer has been viewed more than 7.3 million times, a record for a new series.
"It was one of those things [being on network television] I thought no way and I get to my trailer in the morning on the first day of filming and I look at my choices of wardrobe and it's really not much," Ventimiglia told me last night at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Gala at the Beverly Wilshire. "There's tape and there's like a nude flesh colored thing, like pieces of cloth and tape and I kind of went, 'OK, alright, cool. I've been nude in film before. It's fine. No big deal. I'm totally comfortable with my manhood and my rear.'"
And then he got a look at the trailer. "I was like, 'Wow, my ass precedes my face,'" Ventimiglia remembered.
He credits his personal trainer Jason Walsh of Rise Nation for his extraordinary derrière. "He's my trainer of seven years," Ventimiglia said. "It's a hardworking ass."
This Is Us executive producer Dan Fogelman recently cracked at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, "We're showing his ass in every episode."
What does Ventimiglia's co-star Mandy Moore think of his backside? Watch the video below to find out.
This Is Us premieres Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. on NBC before moving into its regular slot at 9 p.m. on Oct.11.
Milo Ventimiglia Brings Jess Full Circle With Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life(7/29/16) Whoever says you can't go home again certainly hasn't been following the news of the Gilmore Girls revival, Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Nearly 10 years after the show signed off following its seven season run, the fine folks of Stars Hollow are coming back to life for a four-part series, each part taking place during a season of the year. Essentially the entire original cast came back in some capacity. For Milo Ventimiglia, there was no need to ask twice.
"I stayed very, very close to Dan [Palladino] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]. They're family to me. When they actually called and said, ‘Hey Mi, we're going to do this,' I said, ‘Great, I don't care where I am, I could be in Tunisia, feeding f—king seals. I will show up.' And then of course it'd be a conversation, they don't have seals in Tunisia, I'm like, I know it doesn't matter," he joked with E! News at a recent reception for his new series This Is Us.
Ventimiglia played bad boy Jess Mariano over 37 episodes over the show's original seasons two-six, this is the first time returning to the character since 2006.
"It's interesting stepping away from a character and then going back to them. There's something about Jess that I always appreciated. It was at the very end that I thought for whatever angst, whatever broken spirit, whatever sly behavior he had, who he was at his core was a very, very good guy. I think that started to emerge as time went on. We got to the end of his existence on the show, you see him—he's not there for himself, to entertain himself, he's there to ask Rory real questions to get her thinking. I always respected that about the character," Ventimiglia said. "He grew up and he turned into a really decent guy. In terms of what are the lessons he went through, I think he had to have life lived. I think he had to experience heartbreak, he had to experience happiness, he had to experience all these things that we all come across in life, but we can only measure the scale of them when we have time. You're different from when you're 25 to when you're 35. You're different at 21 to 25. Everything changes. You can't unwatch things, you can't unhear things, you can't untaste foods or moments. I think who Jess turned out to be was just—he got to experience life and I think he became a really cool young guy."
Excitement surrounding the return of the Gilmores and the other Stars Hollow residents has reached a fever pitch. Buzz started after the cast reunited for the show's 15th anniversary and has been growing ever since.
"The fact that I think people were buzzing about it was a testament to the writing. Dan and Amy are such incredible writers and they really did create this show that is timeless. It's timeless," he told us. "The excitement to bring it back doesn't surprise me. I think audience were left wanting more, they weren't quite satisfied with the end. To sort of bring it back it didn't feel like a cheap play for money. It actually legitimately genuinely felt like a love letter to fans who were wanting more stories and to live with these characters again. For that, I applaud Dan and Amy and the cast that came back, Warner Bros. for doing it and Netflix for putting it up."
However, returning to the character was not something Ventimiglia said he needed.
"I mean, for me, I'm perfectly happy when a show ends. It ends, that's what it was. You can step away from it, walk away clean," he said. "Sometimes when they come back around you're like, ‘Why'd you do that?'"
Does he feel that way about Gilmore Girls? "Not at all," he said.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Friday, Nov. 25 on Netflix. This Is Us premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
‘Designated Survivor’: Virginia Madsen Joins New ABC Series In Key Role(7/26/16) Virginia Madsen has been tapped for a major recurring role on Designated Survivor, ABC’s upcoming drama series starring Kiefer Sutherland from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.
Created by David Guggenheim, Designated Survivor centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower-level cabinet member who, as a “designated survivor”, unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington during the State of the Union. Madsen will play Kimble Hookstraten, the “other” Designated Survivor during the State of the Union address — but for the rival political party. A sharply intelligent and politically astute conservative Congresswoman, she makes it clear that, in the aftermath of the Capitol attack, she supports President Kirkman’s (Sutherland) authority as the country’s new Commander in Chief, until her true agenda is revealed and she emerges as his chief political rival.
Madsen recently wrapped production on CBS’ new summer series American Gothic. She also will be returning to CBS’ Elementary for a guest stint, reprising her role as Paige, Captain Thomas Gregson’s (Aidan Quinn) girlfriend. Madsen is represented by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Guggenheim executive produces Designated Survivor with Simon Kinberg, Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the pilot, and Jon Feldman serves as showrunner on the series. Entertainment One, which is backing the Mark Gordon Co., is handling international rights. At MGC, the series is overseen by Jacqueline Sacerio.
New ‘Star Trek’ Series: David Semel Set To Direct(7/22/16) David Semel is set to direct and executive produce the opening episode of the upcoming Star Trek reboot series. The episode will air on CBS for a broadcast debut of the series in January 2017, before it moves to its permanent home, CBS All Access.
Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the new Star Trek hails from CBS TV Studios where Semel is under an overall deal. Semel has a strong track record at CBS, helming three consecutive pilots that have gone to series which will be on the network’s fall schedule: returning Madam Secretary and Code Black and new medical drama Pure Genius. Other pilots he has directed that have gone to series include CBS’ Person Of Interest and Intelligence as well as Heroes, Legends, No Ordinary Family and American Dreams.
Semel also recently helmed the opening episodes of two high-profile straight-to-series Amazon drama series: breakout The Man In The High Castle, which has been renewed for a second season, and David E. Kelley’s upcoming Goliath starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Fuller, who serves as showrunner on the new Star Trek series, executive produces with Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. More news about the show, which features new characters, is expected during the Star Trek Comic-Con panel on Saturday.
Semel is repped by WME.
Brittany Snow Weighs in on the Choker Trend: ‘I Feel Like I Was the O.G. Choker Wearer’(7/15/16) (Video) The ‘90s trend of chokers came back in a big way in the past few months, with It-Girls like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift and practically every other red carpet superstar sporting the look. But if you ask Brittany Snow, as we did for in a new video for our “5 Questions” video series, she says she has mixed feelings about the Return of the Choker Era.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of chokers,” the Pitch Perfect 2 tells PeopleStyle. “I wore chokers all my teen years. So now that they’ve come back I’m actually kind of sad about it because I feel like I was the O.G. choker wearer. And now everyone is copying me. No I am just kidding! But I can’t wear them anymore because so many people, it’s a thing.”
Instead, she has another favorite trend: “I’m going to have to say stripes because I love wearing stripes,” she says. “I wear stripes all the time.”
In the video, she also reveals her worst red carpet moment ever. “Oh there are so many,” she says. “If anyone gets really bored you can Google any sort of red carpet I did before 2008 and it was all bad.”
“There was a School of Rock premiere where I am wearing I think it is a black jacket, a pink shirt, a black skort and then pink and purple leopard cowboy boots with yellow trim on them. And I am going like this [pointing down to her feet] in all of the pictures because I am so proud of them. So that happened. I thought I looked so cool.”
Fall TV First Impression: This Is Us(6/19/16) (Trailer) THE SHOW | NBC’s This Is Us (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c, before moving to its regular 9 pm time slot starting Oct. 11)
THE COMPETITION | To start, CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; then CBS’ Bull (new), ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat/The Real O’Neals, Fox’s Scream Queens and The CW’s No Tomorrow (new).
THE CAST | Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Justin Hartley (Mistresses), Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Susan Kelechi Watson (The Blacklist), Chris Sullivan (The Knick) and Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot).
THE SET-UP | Per NBC’s official synopsis, a group of people share the same birthday and “more than anyone would expect” as their “paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways.”
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | From Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, TV’s Galavant) comes this heart-tugging toggling of vignettes of joy, angst and sorrow, as a disparate ensemble of individuals grapple with issues both personal and professional. Among the life events at hand: Ventimigilia’s Jack is struggling to get his wife’s obstetrician to share his optimism about a high-risk pregnancy; Hartley plays the disenfranchised star of a sophomoric sitcom; Metz’s Karen is battling both weight and romance issues; and Brown’s Randall has tracked down the man who abandoned him as a newborn.
At minimum, This Is Us is a terrific 42-minute indie film. Depending on what Episode 2 looks like in the wake of a significant end-of-pilot development, this could very well be TV’s next Parenthood, inviting you to celebrate the characters’ triumphs and sympathize with their setbacks, Kleenex-brand facial tissues always at the ready. This much is certain: Of all the pilots premiering this fall, this is one you will watch a second time.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | This is a tricky call, given how in the first weeks This Is Us will battle an NCIS before ultimately going up against Michael Weatherly’s Bull and a durable ABC sitcombo. In its favor, roughly a kabillion people have watched (and rewatched) the trailer on YouTube, so if a fraction of those lookie-loos stick around for the actual show, NBC could have a solid non-Chicago, non-Blacklist performer on its hands. (After all, Parenthood drew 8 million viewers and a 3.1 [!] rating when it debuted on a Tuesday at 10 pm, though wayyyyy back in 2010.)
You're Not Alone: Brittany Snow Can't Get a Ticket to Hamilton Either(6/12/16) Turns out, starring in a number of movie musicals yourself still isn't enough to score a ticket to Broadway smash Hamilton.
Just like the rest of the musical-going population, Brittany Snow, the star of films like Pitch Perfect and Hairspray, who is partnering with Coppertone, tried to get a ticket to Hamilton on a recent trip to N.Y.C.
But her musical pedigree didn't give her a leg up when it came to scoring tickets to the hottest show in town (or perhaps, the world!)
"I tried to get tickets, and I couldn't, obviously," Snow told PEOPLE. "No one can!"
"I've listened to the soundtrack and can't wait to see it," she added.
She's not giving up hope yet, however.
"I've definitely want to see Hamilton," she said. "Hopefully I'll get my chance!"
Across the country, millions of people are thinking the same thing.
Brittany Snow Shows Off Her Trendy Los Angeles Home(6/3/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6)Brittany Snow’s newly decorated Los Angeles home is perfectly on pitch with the actress’s personal style.
Bright spaces, livable furnishings and a dose of character were at the top of Snow’s wish list, and her designer, Meghan Noyes of House of Noyes, worked with the 30-year-old star to help bring her vision to life.
“We first came up with the ideal furniture layout for each room and selected the ‘main players’ that would serve as our base,” the designer tells PEOPLE. “Brittany is drawn to clean lines, so we made sure to choose classic pieces from Crate and Barrel like the white Willow Sofa or the Trevor Leather Chairs, which will never go out of style.”
While the open floor plan looks effortless now, it wasn’t without its challenges: “We really had to make sure that each space complemented the next, but still had a personality of its own,” she says.
Noyes made it work, though, by smartly utilizing timeless neutrals, wood elements and vintage pieces for a cohesive feel.
Plush pillows and cushy furnishings might tempt you to hunker down indoors, but that will all change when you see what’s outside.
“The backyard and living room is really a special area,” says Noyes. “The folding glass doors fully open and create the ultimate indoor/outdoor entertaining spot—perfect for summer pool parties!”
‘This Is Us’ Trailer Sets Viewership Record(5/17/16) (Video) This Is Us (with Justin Hartley) is off to a hot start. The trailer for the new NBC dramedy series from Dan Fogelman and 20th TV is nearing 15 million views on Facebook a little over 48 hours after it was released. That shatters the record for most Facebook video views of a new-show trailer during the seven days of upfront week, posted by the CW’s Legends Of Tomorrow last year (4.1 million). The trailer for NBC’s high-profile new drama series Timeless, which was released at the same time as This Is Us, is at 4 million. Facebook native video was first introduced during the 2014 upfront.
With this speed, the trailer for This Is Us would cross the 20 million mark by end of day today or early tomorrow (you can watch it above). It also has amassed almost 2 million views on YouTube, in addition to those on NBC.com, which the network does not disclose.
This Is Us, which follows an ensemble, some of them sharing the same birthday, whose life stories intertwine in curious ways, is resonating with fans; there is a high level of shares and favorable reactions and comments.
Additionally, the viewership for the This is Us trailer keeps growing fast and has narrowed the gap with the trailer for Fox’s Prison Break event series, which is at 19 million views on Facebook. As can be expected for the revival of a popular show, the Prison Break trailer exploded when it was posted yesterday. For This Is Us, the traction seems to come from word of mouth as this is an original concept with no underlying property people would recognize, no high concept or special effects.
Midnight, Texas, From True Blood's Charlaine Harris, Ordered at NBC(5/13/16) NBC is officially putting down stakes in Midnight, Texas.
The Peacock has handed a 13-episode order to the drama based on True Blood author Charlaine Harris’ three-book saga, TVLine has learned.
The series is described as a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
The first book in the series, Midnight Crossroad, was released in 2014. The follow-up, Day Shift, arrived in May. The third, Night Shift, is due in 2016.
The cast includes François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez and Sean Bridgers.
Monica Owusu-Breen (Fringe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) serves as writer and showrunner.
Dan Fogelman Dramedy ‘This Is Us’ Picked Up To Series By NBC(5/12/16) (Trailer) Dan Fogelman’s This Is Us, one of the best received pilots on any network this season, has been picked up to series by NBC. It is produced by 20th TV. Written on spec by Neighbors and Galavant creator Fogelman, the dramedy project landed at NBC last fall in a bidding war, getting a straight pilot order with John Requa & Glenn Ficarra directing.
Fogelman is going two for two in his first season at 20th TV, with both of his hourlong pilots, This Is Us and Pitch at Fox, going to series.
Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us follows an ensemble — some of them sharing the same birthday — whose life stories intertwine in curious ways.
Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones co-star in This Is Us, executive produced by Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak, Requa and Ficarra.
CBS ANNOUNCES RENEWALS FOR RETURNING SERIES FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON(3/25/16) CBS Entertainment today announced renewals of the following returning series for the 2016-2017 season:
BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, HAWAII FIVE-0, MADAM SECRETARY, MOM, NCIS: LOS ANGELES,NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SCORPION, 2 BROKE GIRLS, SURVIVOR,THE AMAZING RACE.
Gail O’Grady Joins NBC Pilot ‘Miranda’s Rights’(3/24/16) Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue) is set as a series regular opposite Rebecca Breeds and Parker Sawyers in NBC’s drama pilot Miranda’s Rights. Written/co-executive produced by Katie Lovejoy and executive produced by John Glenn, Miranda’s Rights is a one-hour legal soap about an idealistic group of lawyers — Young Law Group — who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm. The story centers on Miranda Coale (Breeds), a pretty and smart attorney plagued for the past six years by a youthful mistake — a much-publicized and scandalous affair in her early 20s with a married state Senator which changed the course of her life forever. O’Grady will play Karen Klein, a whip-smart, formidable career woman who is head of the Klein & Associates law firm. O’Grady’s credits include starring roles in NBC series NYPD Blue, which earned her three consecutive supporting actress Emmy nominations, and American Dreams. She also recurred on ABC’s Revenge and next will be seen in upcoming TV movie The Right Girls. O’Grady is repped by APA and Shelter Entertainment Group.
Brittany Snow Celebrates Turning 30 with Her Family and Two Birthday Cakes(3/11/16) Brittany Snow's 30th birthday party was nothing short of aca-awesome.
The Pitch Perfect star celebrated her milestone birthday at ROKU restaurant in Los Angeles with a group of 12, including her parents and her closest friends.
Arriving at the hotspot just after 7 p.m., "Brittany was glowing and in amazing spirits," says a source. "She was smiling ear-to-ear all night long and was enjoying quality time with the people she cares about most."
The actress sipped on tequila cocktails while digging into tuna poke and lobster garlic noodles from the restaurant's teppenyaki grill with her group.
At the end of the night, the star's best friends sang a round of "Happy Birthday" and presented her with two cakes – one in the shape of a cookie and the other in the shape of a mini DJ set-up.
Sarah Ramos To Co-Star In NBC Drama Pilot ‘Midnight, Texas’(2/23/16) Parenthood alumna Sarah Ramos is returning to NBC as one of the leads in another drama series project, pilot Midnight, Texas, which is based on the bestselling trilogy by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books that were adapted into HBO’s vampire drama True Blood.
Written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Midnight, Texas is described as Twin Peaks meets True Blood in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, or even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place.
Ramos will play Creek, a girl next door beauty who works two jobs – a waitress at the local restaurant and working the counter at the Gas and Go convenience store her dad owns. She is bright, funny and dreams of more but lives at home to protect her teen brother from their oppressively strict and protective father.
Owusu-Breen, Oplev and David Janollari executive produce for Universal TV.
American Dreams alumna Ramos, repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content, played Haddie Braverman on NBC/Uni TV’s family drama Parenthood, starting off as a regular for the first three seasons.
Milo Ventimiglia Among ‘Gilmore Girls’ Alums Confirmed To Return For Revival(2/10/16) Several more Gilmore Girls co-stars have been officially confirmed to return for the revival on Netflix. That includes Milo Ventimiglia, who played one of Rory’s boyfriends, Jess. He is joined by Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil and Yanic Truesdale, and I hear Jared Padalecki also is joining the cast. All will reprise their original characters in the revival, which consists of four 90-minute episodes.
Previously announced cast returning to the series include Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena and Sean Gunn.
Amy Sherman-Palladino is the creator and executive producer. Daniel Palladino is also an executive producer. They are both writing and directing the series. Gilmore Girls (working title) is produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
David Semel To Direct Jason Katims’ CBS Pilot ‘Bunker Hill’(2/3/16) David Semel is set to direct and executive produce Bunker Hill, CBS’s medical drama pilot written/executive produced by Parenthood‘s Jason Katims, from Universal Television, Katims’ studio-based True Jack Prods. and CBS TV Studios. The project follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, “new school” approach to medicine. Katims and Semel executive produce the pilot with True Jack’s Michelle Lee.
Last year, CBS ordered a slew of medical drama scripts. Two, Code Black and LFE, went to pilot, and one, Code Black, went to series. It was directed by Semel, one of a string of pilots he has directed that have gone to series, including Heroes, Legends and, at CBS, Intelligence, Madam Secretary and Code Black.
Semel also recently directed the opening episodes of two buzzy straight-to-series Amazon dramas, breakout The Man In The High Castle, which already has been renewed for a second season, and David E. Kelley’s upcoming Trial starring Billy Bob Thornton. He is repped by WME.
Sam Page Previews New Hallmark Channel Movie All Things Valentine — Watch The Clip!(1/29/16) (Video) Sam Page is starring in a romantic new Hallmark movie this weekend!
Get a head start on Valentine’s Day with the new movie All Things Valentine. Page portrays Brendan, a handsome veterinarian who falls into a relationship with lovelorn advice columnist Avery, played by Sarah Rafferty.
But when Avery discovers that Brenden’s ex-girlfriend broke up with him because of her advice column and he’s been the one she’s been exchanging angry online comments with, she begins to question his true feelings.
All Things Valentine premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 31, on Hallmark Channel, but you can watch a preview of the romance right here with this behind the scenes video!
Keith Robinson Is All Bout ‘All Eyez On Me’(1/23/16) Keith Robinson has been cast in the in-production Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, which tells the story of the seminal rapper’s rise to fame as one of the most important musical figures of his era, his bitter conflict with friend-turned-rival The Notorious B.I.G., and his still-unsolved murder. Robinson will portray TNT Records founder Atron Gregory, who first pushed Tupac into the limelight by getting him a gig as a dancer with the Oakland hip hop group Digital Underground and later helped establish him as a solo artist.
The film stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. in the title role, with The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Tupac’s mother, and Jamal Woolard as Biggie, a role Woolard previously played in the 2009 biopic Notorious. Other cast includes Grace Gibson, recently cast as R&B singer Faith Evans, and fellow The Walking Dead alum Lauren Cohan as social worker Leila Steinberg. Robinson is repped by D2 Management and APA.
‘Blue Bloods’ star Will Estes still uses a flip phone(1/16/16) Will Estes has starred in CBS’ “Blue Bloods” since 2010, but still lives frugally.
During an interview on Web series “IMDb Asks,” host Jerry O’Connell noted 30-something Estes uses a flip phone.
“Kids, this is what phones used to look like back in the day .?.?. What is this thing?” remarked O’Connell.
“I have been lit up at private parties for some time about this now,” admitted Estes, “but this is the first time it’s been debuted live.” He admitted, “I think my monthly bill is about 10 bucks.”
Virginia Madsen will guest-star on episode of Elementary(1/5/16) Virginia Madsen (Witches of East End) will guest-star on an early spring episode of Elementary as a potential love interest for Gregson. Per EW.com, she will appear as Paige Cowen, a former NYPD detective who is protective of her budding relationship with Gregson, after a scandal caused her to leave the force.
Photo: Brittany Snow on Location(1/5/16) Photo: Brittany Snow and Dave Bautista film "Bushwick" in New York on Monday.
New Couple Alert! Brittany Snow Is "Casually" Dating Filmmaker Andrew Jenks(12/27/15) (Pic) Love is in the air this holiday season for Brittany Snow!
The Pitch Perfect star has been seeing filmmaker Andrew Jenks, a source tells E! News exclusively. While the twosome has kept their relationship private, the pair was spotted at Madison Square Garden attending the New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets basketball game just three days after Thanksgiving.
In addition, our insider tells us that they are in fact "casually" dating as a new year quickly approaches.
As for Snow's previous relationship with Tyler Hoechlin, a source tells E! News that they broke up a "few months ago" after dating for more than two years.
In fact, one of their last public appearances together was back in May at the Pitch Perfect 2 premiere in Los Angeles.
While some fans may know Snow as the acca-awesome actress from John Tucker Must Die, American Dreams and Hairspray, others will likely be equally impressed with Jenks' career.
At just 29 years old, the filmmaker has served as an executive producer on MTV's series World of Jenks. His most recent project put him in the director's chair as he helped bring Dream/Killer to the big screen.
With the relationship news out, is it safe to say we'll be seeing these two out and about in the near future? It may be too soon to say.
In the past, Snow has made it clear that she likes to keep her romantic life more on the private side.
"Sometimes if you give too much away, it loses its magic, as cheesy as that sounds," she told Cosmopolitan while discussing a previous relationship. "We like to keep our moments to ourselves, which is why we don't do much social media."
Guggenheim Prepares To Sell Hollywood Reporter, Dick Clark Productions To Exec(12/17/15) Guggenheim Partners is about to unload The Hollywood Reporter and other media properties to the investment firm’s president, Todd Boehly, following years of losses, we’re told.
Guggenheim has not responded to a request for comment.
Boehly, a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will have a controlling stake in three companies. One will include THR and Billboard. Another will house Mediabistro, Adweek, the Clio Awards, and TVNewser. And a third will consist of Dick Clark Productions.
Guggenheim will not have an interest in the properties. Boehly will give up his job as Guggenheim’s president and just serve on its executive council.
The news, first reported by The Wrap, appears to end the investment firm’s effort to become a media power.
THR is believed to be losing about $2.5 million a month.
“This was not surprising as they have not been doing well,” one banker tells us. “We heard that this was about to happen.”
Guggenheim’s media aspirations expanded in 2009 when, in a partnership with Pluribus Capital Management, it bought THR and other publications owned by Nielsen. In 2012 it also picked up Dick Clark Productions.
The following year Guggenheim took full control of the magazines and created Guggenheim Digital Media, hiring former Yahoo interim CEO Ross Levinsohn to run it. The secretive investment firm vowed to allocate “significant capital to acquire and invest in new media companies and properties that will meaningfully expand its current portfolio.”
One year later, the company revamped the operation, naming THR editor Janice Min co-President of Guggenheim’s Entertainment Group, reporting to Boehly. Levinsohn and much of his team were gone by mid-2014.
This past August Guggenheim paid a $20 million fine to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission charge that one of its units, Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, breached its fiduciary duty. A senior executive borrowed $50 million from a client in 2010 to pay for personal investment in a Guggenheim-led acquisition. Shortly afterward the lender invested in other Guggenheim transactions under different terms than other clients.
You Can Now Own Brittany Snow's Perfect Holiday Outfit for Less Than $115 (Happy Shopping!)(12/6/15) (Pic) Having great style doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. And some of our favorite stars prove (over and over again) that you can still look fab without dropping serious cash. So to make that point, each week we’ll be featuring the best celeb style finds (all under $150) that we think should be added to your virtual cart — stat.
Can’t decide how to dress for this bipolar weather? Just look to Brittany Snow, who so eloquently provides us with major cool weather #OOTD inspo in a cute plaid button-down, an A-line mini skirt and toggle coat (all Maison Jules) during a recent outing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While the coat is slightly over our $150 budget, you can nab the star’s top and mini for less than $115 combined. Double win!
In case you thought Kendall Jenner’s off-duty wardrobe consists only of high-fashion offerings these days, think again. The supermodel’s most recent street-style look — an all-black ensemble complete with a long-sleeve top and jeans — is worth noting because her denim is less than $100. Yep, the Balmain babe is sporting a pair of semi-affordable pants from Big Star that you could soon own, too! You know, if you happen to have a Benjamin to spare.
And if you happen to be shopping around for a stylish (and incredibly affordable!) bauble for your BFF this holiday season, we’ve got you covered, courtesy of Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s delicate gold accessory she sported while out and about in L.A. last week. The star dressed up an otherwise casual ensemble (a V-neck white peplum top and jeans) with her antique gold-covered Sequin Sagittarius “Stellina” charm necklace ($42), proving celebs aren’t always decked in luxe diamond pieces.
Will you be adding any of these star bargains to your winter wardrobe?
Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia Justin Hartley, Lead Cast Of Dan Fogelman NBC Pilot(11/12/15) Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Justin Hartley (Smallville), Sterling Brown, and Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot) are the first to be cast in Dan Fogelman’s pilot set at NBC. Written on spec by Fogelman, the untitled dramedy is made up of a unique ensemble of characters all born on the same day.
Moore, repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, is Rebecca, the lovely wife and best friend to Jack (Ventimiglia). She’s on the verge of giving birth to their triplets, after having just moved into their new home in Pittsburg. Hartley, repped by Innovative Artists, is Kevin, a handsome and successful television actor with an underlining boredom in his ultimate bachelor life. Brown plays Randall, a sharply dressed corporate businessman and family man, based in New York. It’s a team effort to raise two young daughters with his wife Beth. Jones plays William, Randall’s biological father who abandoned him at a fire station soon after Randall was born.
Moore will next be seen in a starring role in Dimension Films’ 47 Meters Down, and was recently seen in Dermot Mulroney’s Love, Wedding, Marriage opposite Kellan Lutz and James Brolin. In addition to her role in Fox’s Red Band Society, her other credits include Disney’s Tangled, Christmas In Conway opposite Mary-Louise Parker and Andy Garcia, and a stint last year on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She performed at the 2011 Academy Awards, singing the Oscar-nominated song from Tangled, “I See the Light,” alongside Zachary Levi. Other film credits include Saved!, License To Wed, Because I Said So, Dedication, The Princess Diaries and A Walk To Remember.
John Requa & Glenn Ficarra are directing the pilot. Fogelman, Requa & Ficarra executive produce with Jess Rosenthal and Charlie Gogolak. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Matthew John Armstrong on NCIS(10/19/15) “16 Years” – The NCIS murder case of a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander forces Ducky to reveal his participation in a secret society that solves cold cases, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Jessica Walter guest stars as Judith McKnight and Richard Riehle guest stars as Walt Osorio, both members of the secret society.
Guest Cast includes: Jessica Walter, Richard Riehle, Chris Gartin, Todd Louiso, Matthew John Armstrong.
Gail O’Grady & Matthew John Armstrong on Code Black(9/23/15) “Pre-Existing Conditions” – Amid the chaos and exhaustion of working 36 consecutive hours in Code Black, the doctors must deal with Margaret O’Brien (Gail O’Grady), the distraught mother of two sons who are in a devastating car accident. Also, Mario bullies Angus into performing an unnecessary operation but lets Angus take the blame when Leanne finds out, on CODE BLACK, Wednesday, Oct. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Gail O’Grady (Margaret O’Brien), Matthew John Armstrong (Dylan Michael Ross).
SVU Collars Whoopi Goldberg and Virginia Madsen for Season 17(9/16/15) Law & Order: SVU‘s Season 17 call sheet includes a View co-host and a (onetime) ruthless witch.
Whoopi Goldberg and Virginia Madsen (The Witches of East End) both have signed on to guest-star in the NBC procedural’s upcoming season.
EGOT recipient Goldberg will play Janette Grayson, a Department of Child Services supervisor whose allegedly faked reports put multiple children at risk. Janette finds herself on trial when the agency’s internal policies bring it the wrong kind of publicity. (E! Online first reported the casting.)
Madsen — per The Hollywood Reporter, which broke her casting — will play Rollins’ mother Beth Anne, who feels that her police-officer daughter has turned her back on the family.
Madsen will debut in Episode 6, which also marks the return of Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood) as Rollins’ sister, Kim. Goldberg will appear in Episode 4, which airs Oct. 7.
Vanessa Lengies Named ‘Lookinglass’ Regular On Fox(9/11/15) Glee alumna Vanessa Lengies is returning to Fox as a new series regular on the network’s midseason drama Lookinglass (formerly The Frankenstein Code). Written by Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon, Lookinglass centers on Jimmy Pritchard, a disgraced dead 75-year-old ex-sheriff who is brought back to life and given a second chance as a 35-year-old (Rob Kazinsky) with unpredictable near-superhuman abilities by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria) and Otto (Adhir Kalyan), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Lengies, who started off as a guest star on the show, plays Alexa, Mary’s loyal and highly competent executive assistant at Lookinglass. She is repped by Gersh, manager John Carrabino and attorney Geoff Oblath.
Brittany Snow Is Coming Back for Pitch Perfect 3!(7/28/15) She's back, pitches!
E! News has confirmed that Brittany Snow will be returning for Pitch Perfect 3. Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Entertainment tell us Snow will reprise her role as Chloe alongside Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson—who both confirmed they're on board back in June—in the film's next installment.
@Brittanysnow : My hair was never gunna stay blonde anyway. More songs with our mouths ;) https://twitter.com/variety/status/626151526520782848 …
Following the massive box office success of the franchise's sequel, the studio announced in early June that they have decided to move forward with another installment of the movie. Kay Cannon, the writer of the first two movies, will return to pen the third flick. It has yet to be confirmed whether Elizabeth Banks will return to direct, but the actress did tweet, "It's on," when the news was first released.
Pitch Perfect 2 has earned more than $183 million at the U.S. box office (and $282 million worldwide!) since its May 15 release. Asked about the possibility of yet another PP movie while making the media rounds for the sequel, Kendrick told Time, "I'm not one to count my chickens, so I just want to see how this one does and find out if there's an appetite for that before I even think about it. I'll drive myself crazy."
She was even a little unsure about returning for the sequel, telling the mag, "I didn't know if they were just going to do a sloppy seconds version of it, and that was the thing that made me nervous. When I found out it was really going forward and it was going to be a real movie and everybody was coming back—there was no way I was going to miss out on that."
And the journey continues! Pitch Perfect 3 is slated for a July 21, 2017 release.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Nominations(7/13/15) The two-hour awards show airs Sunday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Choice Movie Chemistry (#ChoiceMovieChemistry)
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These Parenthood Stars Say the Whole Cast 'Would Love' to Film a Reunion(6/5/15) (people.com) If Sarah Ramos and Miles Heizer have their way, you haven't seen the last of the Bravermans.
The actors would be thrilled to shoot a Parenthood reunion one day, they told PEOPLE on Thursday night at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas.
"I think 100 percent, everybody would," said Heizer, 21, of the cast coming back together.
"Honestly, who would not want to do that?" Ramos, 24, chimed in. "I can't think of anyone."
"I can't think of one person – except for the twins who play Nora," Heizer quipped.
But Ramos defended the adorable toddlers: "They would love to! They would be dying."
NBC's family drama – in which Ramos and Heizer played cousins – went off the air in January. As much as every episode made our eyes well with tears, nothing was as devastating as the series finale, when Braverman patriarch Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) died and his loved ones scattered his ashes on the baseball diamond before playing one last game.
Ramos said she found the bittersweet ending creatively satisfying – and realistic.
"It signifies an end, right?" she said.
"That's true, and I think it was done in a way that was really effective," Heizer added. "I could barely watch it, I remember being actually angry watching it, being like, 'Why did they do this? This is so hard to watch and it’s so sad!' "
The friends are in town to help toast Parenthood costar Lauren Graham, who's generating tons of buzz at the festival ahead of Saturday's headlining Gilmore Girls reunion.
From playing Lorelai Gilmore for seven seasons to Sarah Braverman for six, the star is an iconic TV mom.
"She's so f---ing funny. She's funny and smart," Ramos said of Graham. "She delivers things in such an unexpected way, and she's f---ing beautiful. She's just someone you can really easily obsess over. ... I think she brings a lot of comedy to dark moments, which is something not everyone does."
Her on-screen son agrees.
"She's just so good at what she does. I definitely when working with her would be like, 'Oh my God, that's how you're supposed to act. That's a thing.' She's so engaging, so funny. Especially on Parenthood, she would improvise a lot of stuff that was just genuinely so smart," Heizer said. "I think everyone who meets her likes her. She's just the best. Everyone loves her."
And Ramos has been bingeing on Gilmore Girls – so who does she ship with Rory (Alexis Bledel)?
Sorry, Jared Padalecki and Milo Ventimiglia: She's all about Matt Czuchry's Logan Huntzberger, the playboy billionaire with a heart of gold whose proposal Rory spurned in the series finale in favor of covering Barack Obama's campaign.
"Logan! Jess and Dean are boring, although I haven't finished the whole season, and I heard Jess comes back as like owning a bookstore, but I'm like, 'Come on, that's not real,' " she joked. "What a loser. Ew, deadbeat."
CFDA Awards 2015: Go Behind the Scenes with Brittany Snow and Designer Rachel Roy(6/2/15) CFDA Awards 2015: Go Behind the Scenes with Brittany Snow and Designer Rachel Roy.
Gilmore's 'Jess' Joins Reunion(6/2/15) For Jess Mariano fans, the upcoming Gilmore Girls reunion just got a lot more enticing.
Milo Ventimiglia, who played Rory’s bad-boy beau on the beloved series, has joined its reunion panel taking place this weekend at Austin’s ATX Festival, EW.com reports.
The jam-packed panel will also include Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Jared Padalecki, Scott Patterson, Matt Czuchry, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil, Liz Torres, Sean Gunn, Yanic Truesdale, John Cabrera, Danny Strong, Todd Lowe, Jackson Douglas and series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
The ATX Festival runs June 4-7, with the Gilmore event taking place on the last night.
'The Whispers' Milo Ventimiglia: Whatever John Doe is there for, it's 'ominous'(6/1/15) (Video) The next time you hear a child claim he or she has an imaginary friend, it might be worth believing.
That's one of the lessons of "The Whispers," an ABC suspense series whose executive producers include someone who often gives lots of credit to young characters, Steven Spielberg. Premiering Monday (June 1), the show doesn't choose just any locale to spin its tale: The kids in question reside in Washington, D.C., so their alleged new buddy knows where to strike if gaining power and influence is the aim.
As the youngsters allegedly are guided into increasingly alarming actions by their unseen pal, known as Drill, an FBI agent (played by "American Horror Story" veteran Lily Rabe) who specializes in child behavior is drawn in. She doesn't know it, but she has even more of a link to the situation: Her hearing-impaired son (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) is also communicating with Drill.
In "The Whispers" as originally constructed, Drill was an alien intelligence, but series creator and co-executive producer Soo Hugh tells Zap2it the show's makers decided to "pull back on some of the story and change some of the reveals. The question of what is Drill, who is Drill, plays a bigger part in the series now. We wanted to make that question more of a season-long question. There's people making conjectures of what and who Drill is, and some people may jump to the gun of 'alien,' whether or not we bear that out."
Among others in the "Whispers" cast: Barry Sloane ( "Revenge") as a Defense Department agent seeking related answers in the Sahara; Kristen Connolly ( "House of Cards") as the wife he cheated on with the widowed Rabe character; and "Heroes" alum Milo Ventimiglia -- seen recently on FOX's "Gotham" as the sinister Ogre -- as an enigmatic character appropriately named John Doe.
Is John Doe supposed to be the embodiment of Drill? "You can't make out exactly what he's there for," Ventimiglia says, "but you know it's ominous, and you know that it's dangerous, and you know that it's something you've got to follow closely and watch because it's got to relate to the greater picture."
For Rabe -- the daughter of playwright David Rabe ("Hurlyburly") and the late actress Jill Clayburgh ("An Unmarried Woman") -- "The Whispers" means working frequently with much younger co-stars. She deems that "one of the greatest joys I had doing this show."
"I think all children are pretty extraordinary, and getting to work with children is always so much fun, because it's exactly what you're chasing all the time in a scene partner ... which is someone who just wants to play and who is completely, wholly present. And it's different every time. And all the things that excite me as an actor, you get that in spades with kids. And these kids were very special."
Even if the creative path of "The Whispers" has been altered a bit, the series still ends up where it always was intended to, Hugh maintains: "We always knew the last scene of the show, having had experience on shows whose finales may have disappointed some fans. I'm part of those fan circles, in terms of watching TV shows. I don't want to be disappointed when I watch my favorite shows, and we really took that to heart when we were in the writers' room."
Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow Will Host 2015 CMT Music Awards(5/29/15) Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews and Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow will co-host the 2015 CMT Music Awards airing live June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Andrews recently wrapped up her third season as co-host of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars as ratings soared to all-time highs in the competition for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. On the field, she returns to FOX NFL Sunday in the fall as part of the network’s No. 1 broadcast team and continues to cover Major League Baseball events, including the World Series and All Star Game.
“Being a huge fan of country music, the CMT Music Awards are one of my favorite events of the season,” Andrews said. “I cannot wait to be around all the talented artists and bands and look forward to being a part of such a great event.”
Best known for her breakout role as Chloe Beale, co-leader of the Barden Bellas in the smash hit Pitch Perfect and the just-released Pitch Perfect 2, which recently topped both the box office and album charts, Snow is one of the brightest and most engaging acting talents to emerge in recent years. She can also currently be seen in the second season of DirecTV’s drama series Full Circle and stars opposite William H. Macy in Dial a Prayer, a drama in theaters now.
“As a longtime fan of CMT and the CMT Music Awards, I’m thrilled to join Erin in hosting what’s sure to be one of the most memorable musical nights of the year,” Snow said.
CMT revealed the first round of performers last week, including Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
Underwood is this year’s frontrunner with five nominations including, two for the highly-coveted video of the year award. Lady Antebellum and Chesney followed with an impressive four nominations each. Florida Georgia Line and Aldean earned a respective three nominations, while Keith Urban and Luke Bryan each scored two nods.
Fans can vote now via CMT.com through June 7 at 11:59 PM ET to determine the winners. The six finalists for video of the year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.
For more information as it becomes available, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.
Joey Lawrence and Other '90s Hunks Pose Shirtless(5/22/15) (Pic) Call it shirtless for summer.
Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, David Chokachi and Antonio Sabato Jr. showed off some skin for Us Weekly's "Best Bodies" issue - and critiqued their fashion choices from the '90s.
"When I think back at my time on 90210, I look back at some of those outfits and think, what is it that influenced me to button my dress shirts to the top button?" Ziering muses. "Every time I see it, it's so ridiculous."
Lawrence, on the other hand, notes that he seems to have to lucked out, since flannel is making a comeback.
Brittany Snow, Sharon Osbourne, Others Set For MTV Animated Comedy(5/19/15) MTV has ordered an animated pilot presentation for half-hour comedy Fancy Bastards (wt) with Brittany Snow, Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne among the cast. Jason Micallef and Kristen Schall are executive producing alongside Underground’s Josh Turner McGuire and Trevor Engelson. Price Peterson, Ryan Sandoval and Lily Sparks wrote the pilot and also serve as executive producers. Titmouse is the studio.
In Fancy Bastards, a small town is shocked to learn its five most awkward outcasts all share the same father – a notorious ginger cad who had an indiscretion-filled night during a whirlwind visit to Vegas nine years ago — and just happens to be a prince. The misfits turn into royal rock stars overnight but soon find that the “Fancy Bastard” life is no fairy tale. In addition to Snow and the Osbournes, the cast includes Natasha Leggero (Neighbors), Nasim Pedrad (SNL), John Roberts (Bob’s Burgers), Jameeliah Garrett (Supanatural) and Jessica Lowe (Blended).
Pitch Perfect 2's Brittany Snow Raps 'Gangsta's Paradise' on Ellen(5/11/15) (Video) Brittany Snow was just 9 years old when Coolio released "Gangsta's Paradise" but the song holds a special place in the Pitch Perfect 2 star's heart.
As the 29-year-old told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, the song, from the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds was her go-to karaoke song when she and the cast would go out after a day of filming.
It didn't take much encouragement to get her to perform it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
To be honest, it's the first time we've understood all the lyrics, thanks to Snow's clear enunciation. "Look how cool I am," she quipped.
Later, the actress responded to Tweets about her impromptu performance, writing, "This is by far the dorkiest thing I've ever done. Ever."
And in response to someone who claimed that Snow "did not choose the thug life the thug life chose her," she replied, "Truer words have never been tweeted."
Watch the New Music Video for Ester Dean's 'Crazy Youngsters' Featuring the Pitch Perfect 2 Cast(5/11/15) (Video) It's not a cappella, but it's still aca-awesome!
Ester Dean released a music video on Sunday for her song "Crazy Youngsters," which will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2.
The video for the high-energy pop song features several members of the Pitch Perfect 2 cast, including Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Flula, who will be playing the leader of a German a cappella group in the film.
Not only did Dean, 29, who stars as Cynthia-Rose Adams in both Pitch Perfect movies, write "Crazy Youngsters," but she has also written or co-written many other hit songs for artists such as Britney Spears, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Katy Perry. After co-writing Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass," Dean opened for Minaj on the first European leg of The Pinkprint Tour.
Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters Friday.
Brittany Snow: I Don't Like My Pitch Perfect 2 Hair Color(5/11/15) Brittany Snow will happily change up her hair color for movie roles, but the 29-year-old actress reveals she wasn’t a huge fan of her Pitch Perfect 2 hue. Snow opens up to Yahoo! Style about the red shade she sported in the film, plus her evolving street style and being compared to the Olsen twins!
“I have had every hair color,” she shares in the interview. “I joke with my hair colorist. She keeps sheets of paper on every hair color that I’ve had so she has records of it all. She’s done my hair since I was 15 and I guess I have a thick folder going because I’ve had so many different hair colors.”
Snow, who identifies as a blonde, adds that she hasn’t been a fan of all her looks. “I think my least favorite hair color was the hair color that I had in Pitch Perfect 2. They really wanted me to be dark red and I wanted to be lighter like I was in the first movie, but they didn’t want that. But I rocked some light red for a year, after it faded.” (See a grid of the star’s changing colors below.)
As for her style, Snow says she doesn’t pay much attention to fashion trends.
“It was never an interest to me because I never really got it,” she shares, adding that her street style remains very casual. “I live by the beach and I feel like my style reflects that. I’m very lazy; if it takes me longer than 15 or 20 minutes to get ready, then I don’t want to do it. So I wear a lot of jeans and T-shirts and very normal kind of tomboyish sort of things. I feel that whole vibe of that tomboy chic thing that’s been introduced years ago by Alexa Chung and things in that sort of evolution is what I like to wear. I just like to look effortless because I don’t want to put too much effort into it.”
One thing Snow does put a lot of effort in to: her career. And despite starring in TV and movies for close to 20 years, she says she’s still able to maintain her anonymity.
“I don’t get recognized that often. I used to get recognized for being the Olsen twins a lot, which was a compliment, not so much anymore,” she says.
Thanks to her latest role in Pitch Perfect 2, more fans might be coming up to her for selfies and autographs. The movie debuts May 15, and Snow refuses to give away any clues on the rumors that her character Chloe hooks up with Anna Kendrick’s character Beca.
“I can’t give you anything, because I get in trouble either way,” she says. (Trailer)
Brittany Snow and Boyfriend Tyler Hoechlin Make Rare Red Carpet Appearance Together at Pitch Perfect 2 Premiere(5/9/15) (Pic1, Pic2) You know it's a big night when this Hollywood couple steps out!
Brittany Snow and longtime boyfriend Tyler Hoechlin turned heads Friday evening when the pair attended the premiere of Pitch Perfect 2 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Wearing a red dress with sheer skirt detailing from the Edition by Georges Chakra Collection, Snow was all smiles while posing with her main man. Hoechlin looked handsome as well in all black.
The couple's most recent red carpet appearance together was during Oscars season when they attended a couple of parties including the Vanity Fair bash.
Just a few short weeks ago, Snow opened up about why she keeps her romantic life on the more private side. Turns out she doesn't feel the need to document her love all the time.
"Sometimes if you give too much away, it loses its magic, as cheesy as that sounds," she told Cosmopolitan. "We like to keep our moments to ourselves, which is why we don't do much social media."
She added, "We're not hiding anything. We're not not wanting people to know."
What you should know is Snow wasn't the only Bella and Hollywood star at Friday night's big party. From Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld to Jaden Smith and Bella Thorne, take a look at who made this premiere a star-studded affair.
Brittany Snow Says 'Everybody Just Goes for It' in Pitch Perfect 2(4/20/15) (Video) In one month, the Barden Bellas are back, Pitches!
Fans got another glimpse at Pitch Perfect 2 with a special clip complete with cast commentary shared Monday on YouTube.
How does Rebel Wilson, who plays the infamous Fat Amy, describe the next chapter in the Bellas' musical saga? "Huger!" she says in the clip. "Is that even a word?"
The Bellas are now three-time champs, but they get suspended from competing at the collegiate level in the Pitch Perfect sequel, which also kicked off the film convention CinemaCon on Monday in Las Vegas.
The girls have to then win back their place in the "a cappella pantheon," as Elizabeth Banks – who directed, starred in and produced the second installment – says in the 2½-minute snippet.
"We really become the underdogs once more," says Wilson. Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow also return to the musical comedy.
How will the Bellas do it? They're gunning for a win at Worlds, where the gang takes on new rivals (such as German foes Das Sound Machine) – and, of course, new jams.
"They are just, like, machines," Wilson says of the sequel's aca-antagonists. "They're crazy hard to beat."
In the clip, Fat Amy gets caught hanging from the ceiling while doing a rendition of the Miley Cyrus hit "Wrecking Ball" and the group dances it out to Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)."
"Everybody just goes for it in this one," Brittany Snow says in the spot.
Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters May 15.
Brittany Snow Swears She's a 'Really Bad Twerker'(4/13/15) (Pic1, Pic2) It's no secret that Pitch Perfect 2 star Brittany Snow has musical chops – but apparently her skills don't extend to dancing. The actress said that, even after months of practice for the upcoming sequel to the hit comedy, she still struggles to burn up the dance floor.
"One of my favorite scenes to do in Pitch Perfect 2 was this number where we really get dirty with our dancing," Snow, 29, tells Cosmopolitan in its May issue, which hits newsstands on April 14. "We had a month of rehearsals learning how to do things I'm just not cool enough to do in my real life."
Snow says that she couldn't grasp one dance move in particular – twerking. "I’m a really bad twerker – I still haven't figured out how to do it," she says. "I actually hurt my back one day. I woke up the next morning and my back was completely tweaked out … from twerking."
Snow also discussed her relationship with Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin, 27, who she's been dating since early 2013. The star said she likes to keep her relationship with the hunky actor private, so it doesn't "lose its magic."
"We like to keep our moments to ourselves, which is why we don't do much social media," she says. "We're not hiding anything. We're not not wanting people to know."
"Social media, for me, is about interacting with people who follow my career," Snow added. "I don't think my relationship has anything to do with my career. So we just keep it simple, try not to think about it that much, and just be us." The second installment of the hilarious movie about a college female acappella group hits theaters on May 15.
Brittany Snow Admits to Experiencing a Back Injury After Twerking, Explains Why Her Love Life Is So Private(4/13/15) Fans of Pitch Perfect 2 may be pumped for all the singing coming soon to the big screen. But Brittany Snow is here to warn you there's so much more than just a few a cappella numbers.
Yes, there's some twerking involved with this highly anticipated sequel.
"One of my favorite scenes to do was this number where we really get dirty with our dancing," she revealed in the May issue of Cosmopolitan. "We had a month of rehearsals learning how to do things I'm just not cool enough to do in my real life."
As it turns out, Snow could still use some help on her twerking skills.
"I'm a really bad twerker—I still haven't figured out how to do it," she confessed. "I actually hurt my back one day. I woke up the next morning and my back was completely tweaked out…from twerking."
Perhaps boyfriend Tyler Hoechlin was around to help her out. Yes, Snow is in a happy relationship with the Teen Wolf star. And if you didn't already know, it's likely because she doesn't talk about it too much.
"Sometimes if you give too much away, it loses its magic, as cheesy as that sounds. We like to keep our moments to ourselves, which is why we don't do much social media," Snow explained. "We're not hiding anything. We're not not wanting people to know."
She added, "Social media, for me, is about interacting with people who follow my career. I don't think my relationship has anything to do with my career. So we just keep it simple, try not to think about it that much, and just be us."
One thing that isn't a secret is Snow's belief that dating musicians is so yesterday. While she admits to having a fascination with live performances, Snow has learned that being in a romantic relationship with a singer may not be the best bet.
"Until recently, I always dated musicians. I have this fascination with being on the road, all things music, and the '70s," she shared. "My favorite movie is Almost Famous. I don't date musicians anymore, but I still hang out creepily at concerts and venues." After all, she loves some aca-awesome music!
Read Snow's complete interview in Cosmopolitan on newsstands Tuesday and see Pitch Perfect 2 in theatres May 15.
Milo Ventimiglia on His Gotham Arc, Heroes Reborn and, of Course, Gilmore Girls(4/13/15) (people.com) Set to play a serial killer for a three-episode arc on Gotham, Milo Ventimiglia's Jason Lennon is a far cry from Peter Petrelli, the empath he portrayed on Heroes.
Nicknamed "The Ogre" – but not the one we know from the DC Comics universe – Jason targets young women in Gotham on a twisted quest for love. When the women he encounters don't meet his expectations, they become discarded in increasingly grisly fashion.
With the Gotham PD too fearful to investigate due to Jason's tendency to target the loved ones of any detectives who start poking around, Jason basically has free rein on Gotham's dating pool … that is, until Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) – with more honor than sense, as ever – steps in.
Now that he's back in the superhero world, Ventimiglia, 37, tells PEOPLE that playing a villain is "fun in a different way" from playing someone like his Heroes character. The actor also reveals whether or not we can expect him to appear in the upcoming Heroes reboot, Heroes Reborn, and what he thinks happened to Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Jess after the series finale of Gilmore Girls.
On Heroes, Peter was a good guy almost to a fault. What's it like to play a villain?
Fun in a different way. Is it wrong to say that it's a lot of fun to play a serial killer? But it is! Playing someone that is more selfish than selfless is fun. At the same time, I never wanted to make a guy who is without humanity, without some kind of human quality. Luckily, the words on the page helped me out with that. He's a guy who is looking for love. He is looking for a partner.
You said that he's coming from a place of love. Twisted though that place is, does that mean the door is left open for Jason's rehabilitation or return?
I think that there are some people you can't necessarily reprogram. I think that there's a degree where you have to give someone an opportunity to prove that they see a different side of life, but at the same time, some people are just evil. We all have within us the capability to be completely deplorable and evil. Like, what are those things that trigger that and allow us to explore that darker side?
What was it like to finally work with Ben McKenzie?
We've been friends for years and years and years, but we've never been on a set together. There's a huge group of actors that have been in the game since our early twenties and we all just know each other and you just get to be friends with each other because these are your contemporaries. Ben was always a contemporary, and he was clocking in good work, and he's just such a good guy. It was a blast. I always hope to be on set with good friends, and it was about time for he and I.
What do you think of the Heroes reboot? Is there any way we'll see Peter Petrelli on Heroes Reborn?
I'm sure he'll be mentioned, but you're not going to see him. Back in our heyday, after the first season, I was the only one that was like, "Look, I'm having fun, but at some point this is going to end." And people couldn't believe that I said that. And then, the show ended four years later. Now that the show is coming back, I think it's going to be interesting to see how the fans react to what is not what they had before. They may not be completely satiated without all the characters they fell in love with.
When I watch a show, I watch it for the characters. If the majority of them aren't there … it's going to be different. It doesn't mean that it can't be great. I'm very excited for Zach [Levi, who will play the lead] and Masi [Oka, who is returning]. I wish them all the best. In my mind, Peter Petrelli f---ed off and went somewhere else. He's gone.
Speaking of past characters, I feel compelled to ask about Gilmore Girls. Jess was always my favorite of Rory's boyfriends, even though he was kind of a jerk.
He was a good guy, though! By the very end. He was a really good guy.
He was! By the end. Speaking of rehabilitation. … Anyway, I like to think that Jess and Rory got back together after the series ended. What do you think about that? Do you want to kill my dreams?
I don't want to kill your dreams, but I don't think Jess and Rory got back together. I think they kept a friendly relationship. Maybe they send each other postcards. There was another version of the ending that I'd heard from [GG creator] Amy Sherman-Palladino and it still wasn't Rory and Jess. … Or it was? I have no idea. I think that's also the cool part. You never really know. There are stories and things that you wonder about but then you get to dictate how you see things and how they could have worked out, which is kinda cool, you know?
As opposed to, "Hey, let's revisit this, let's put a capper on it and let's tell you exactly how it ended." Then, maybe, you're going to be disappointed. That's always the tough thing about revivals. You get so excited, and then maybe it will leave a bad taste in your mouth. I don't know. I'm of the opinion of moving forward. Something ends, it's done. And that's okay! You get to share the memories and look back at things reverently and just move forward.
[Willfully ignores] So … you are telling me … that Jess and Rory at least keep up a texting relationship.
[Laughs] I don't think Jess is the texting type. I don't want to say he's as old school as letter-writing, but … I think Jess really, truly cared about Rory and that was pretty evident at the very end. He said, "This isn't you. I know you. This isn't you." But I don't know.
There's a Gilmore Girls reunion happening at the ATX Television Festival. Will you be there?
I'd love to, but I just signed on for another movie that hasn't been announced so I'm waiting for my schedule. I'd love to be a part of it and to see the old crew and to connect with the fans specifically about Gilmore. I know everybody else has signed on, but I just don't know my schedule right now which kinda sucks.
Gotham airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on Fox.
'Gotham': Milo Ventimiglia took Ogre inspiration from Ted Bundy(4/13/15) (Video) "Gotham" has seen more than its fair share of evil throughout Season 1, but with the introduction of the Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia), things are really going to get dark.
Though the Ogre -- real name Jason Lennon -- shares the moniker with a comic book villain, the two characters are not connected. The show's version is a serial killer wreaking havoc on Gotham City. With that in mind, it only seems right that Ventimiglia would look to actual serial killers when creating the character.
"I did kind of get in the mind of serial killers. Ted Bundy, he's someone I could liken this guy to because of how he approached women and how he approached life," the actor tells Zap2it.
"[Jason's] looking for love and to the extreme he's looking for unconditional love," Ventimiglia explains. "His want to have that is very genuine, his want to have that is very true. But the way that he gets to it -- to basically have women prove to him that they love him unconditionally -- is wrong."
Of course, when the women he chooses don't live up to his impossibly high standards, the Ogre is left with no alternative but to "discard them violently."
Unfortunately for Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), The Ogre also has a habit of going after the loved ones of cops who try to catch him. That could mean bad news for both Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), the two women connected to Gordon.
Perhaps the Ogre is underestimating just how powerful Gordon is, though. "[Gordon is] another notch in his belt, it's another thorn to pull off of a rose before you hand it to somebody. It's a nuisance, a flea on a dog," Ventimiglia says. "In Jason's arrogance, he doesn't believe him to be any more powerful than anybody else he's had to deal with, and certainly not anymore powerful than he believes himself to be."
Of course, Ventimiglia knows what those who watch "Gotham" know: "That is where he's wrong. Jim Gordon is not an everyday cop, he's not an everyday detective. He's f***ing Jim Gordon," he says with a laugh. He's the last person whose loved ones you want to go after.
Ventimiglia will guest star as the Ogre on three episodes of "Gotham," starting Monday (April 13) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
'Heroes Reborn': Milo Ventimiglia says Peter Petrelli return is 'not gonna happen'(4/8/15) While you'll see some familiar faces when "Heroes Reborn" premieres, there's at least one family you shouldn't expect to be involved: The Petrellis.
While speaking to Zap2it about his upcoming role as the Ogre on "Gotham," Milo Ventimiglia revealed whether he had been approached to resurrect Peter Petrelli for the "Heroes" continuation.
"Not on my end, no," he says. "As far as I understand, they're already back to work and have broken their stories. Maybe they'll mention the Petrellis, but I don't see it happening that I would be revisiting. Just not gonna happen."
While he won't my playing a role in the series, he's still looking forward to seeing the finished product. "I'm very excited for Jack [Coleman] and I'm very excited for Masi [Oka] and Zach - that's Levi and not Quinto," he says. "I'm excited for those guys. It should be fun, hopefully, for the fans."
As for whether the show can endear itself to fans the way the initial season of "Heroes" did, Ventimiglia knows they have their work cut out for them. "It's always tough, man. When we did the show, there was something really unique about the time it came out and what we were able to capture with with the show," he says.
"Heroes Reborn" is expected to premiere later in 2015 on NBC.
3 Things You Didn't Know About Actress Brittany Snow(4/7/15) (southernliving.com) She spent her teen years acting in the soap Guiding Light before graduating to roles in feature films like Pitch Perfect, Hairspray, and John Tucker Must Die. She also helped launch the anti-bullying project Love Is Louder. This Tampa native stars (and sings!) in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-filmed a cappella hit, opening May 15.
SOUTHERN TO THE BONE “I grew up in North Tampa. My first kiss was on the back of a pickup truck, so it was Southern—just with alligators.”
HOME SWEET HOME “My dad has kept my room in Tampa the exact same way it was when I left when I was 14. So there’s a lava lamp and beanbag chairs—and frogs. I was really into frogs.”
NO BULLIES HERE “Lots of people find it helpful being involved with Love Is Louder [@joinloveislouder] on Facebook and just becoming part of the movement.”
David Semel Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios(4/6/15) David Semel, who directed the pilot of and executive produces Madam Secretary, has closed an overall deal with the studio behind the freshman CBS drama, CBS Television Studios. Under the two-year pact, Semel will continue on the Tea Leoni-starring series, which has been renewed for a second season, while also producing and directing new projects for the studio.
Semel most recently directed Amazon’s pilot for The Man In The High Castle and is executive producing the Frank Spotnitz drama, which has been picked up to series.
Semel, repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson, is a sought-after drama pilot director who has helmed pilots for such series as American Dreams, Heroes, No Ordinary Family and Legends as well as two other CBS dramas: Person Of Interest and Intelligence.
Paul Wesley and Phoebe Tonkin Share a Courtside Kiss and Take Selfies(3/17/15) (Pic1, Pic2) It looks like these vampires only have eyes for each other.
Paul Wesley and Phoebe Tonkin looked happy in love as they showed some courtside PDA at the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks game Sunday.
Tonkin and her 32-year-old beau, who first met on the set of The Vampire Diaries back in 2012, filled their night with laughter, some leg grabbing, selfies and a kiss!
The couple were twinning in head-to-toe black attire rocking black booties and tops as they enjoyed their romantic date night.
The couple struck multiple poses for their selfies—one with Tonkin throwing her arms around Wesley's neck and another where the duo posed close together.
Although the pair didn't upload the adorable pics of their date to social media, Tonkin did take to her Instagram to post a picture of the Lakers and Hawks game.
Looks like the actress was as much into the game as she was into her romantic date!
Wesley plays the vampire Stefan Salvatore, the love interest of Elena Gilbert (played by Nina Dobrev), in the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries.
Rachel Boston In CBS' 'For Justice'(3/13/15) Witches Of East End alum Rachel Boston is set as a series regular in CBS’ civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice. Based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, For Justice centers on Special Agent Natalia “Nat” Chappel (Anika Noni Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Boston, repped by Gersh, manager John Carrabino and attorney Tara Kole, will play Lisa, everyone’s favorite kid sister and another DOJ lawyer with Nat’s team.
Britne Oldford, Sam Page Join ABC's 'Mix'(3/9/15) Ravenswood alum Britne Oldford, Sam Page (House Of Cards) and Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) have booked regular roles on ABC’s pilot Mix, from Warner Bros. TV and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s studio-based Le Train Train. The dramedy explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads. Oldford is Remy, who’s trying to stay clean after recently being release prison on a drug charge, but is finding life on the outside tougher than she anticipated. An extremely talented chef, she might be just what her father needs to turn the restaurant around. Page will play James, a recovering addict who is described as a warm, charming and intelligent man. He is immediately intrigued when he meets Remy at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. De Almeida will play Ray, owner of the popular Austin restaurant. Page is repped by UTA, Inphenate, and Jackoway Tyerman.
Gail O'Grady on REVENGE(3/3/15) “Loss” – As Emily fights to clear Jack's name in and out of court, newlyweds Nolan and Louise receive a visit from Officer Ben Hunter, on ABC’s “Revenge,” SUNDAY, MARCH 22 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
“Revenge” stars Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson, Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross, Karine Vanasse as Margaux LeMarchal, James Tupper as David Clarke, Brian Hallisay as Ben Hunter and Elena Satine as Louise Ellis.
Guest starring Gail O'Grady as Stevie Grayson, Josh Pence as Tony Hughes, Lucinda Jenney as Judge Leanne Knowles, Bradley White as George Easton, Ed Quinn as James Allen, Jeffrey David Anderson as Officer Schaefer, Tim Powell as Alexander Strouse, Maria McCann as Doctor, Christopher Allen as EMT and Liz Jenkins as Lab Tech.
“Loss” was written by Joe Fazzio and directed by Helen Hunt.
'Melissa & Joey' done after 4 seasons on ABC Family(2/10/15) Whoa: ABC Family has pulled the plug on "Melissa & Joey" after four seasons, canceling its sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.
"We are proud of the milestones 'Melissa & Joey' have acheived, being the network's first sitcom to reach 100 episodes and the network's first comedy to win a People's Choice Award," ABC Family head of programming Karey Burke says in a statement to The Wrap. "Now that the kids are grown and Mel and Joe have married and are looking toward starting a family, it seemed like a natural time to bring the series to a close."
Fans will still have plenty of time to say goodbye to the show: It's currently airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT Wednesdays, with the 100th episode set to air March 18. It will take a break following that, then return for its final episodes in the summer.
Tyler Ross To Star In David Fincher's HBO Comedy 'Living On Video'; Sam Page Cast(2/10/15) I’ve learned that Tyler Ross (The Killing) has landed the lead in David Fincher’s HBO comedy Living On Video. I also hear that Sam Page (Mad Men) has been cast in the project, which has been shrouded in secrecy. Reps for HBO and the actors had no comment.
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, and in the vein of HBO’s Entourage, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Ross). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos.
Page plays a meteorologist trying to transition into game-show hosting. He is reuniting with Fincher after recurring on the past season of House Of Cards.
Fincher, who is directing, revisits his music video director past with the comedy, written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, a friend of Fincher’s from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher. I hear also set or in negotiations for the project, which I hear will film two episodes in lieu of a pilot, are Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon and Elizabeth Lail.
Ross is repped by Paradigm and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management; Page is with UTA and Inphenate.
'Gotham' casts Milo Ventimiglia to play Ogre, but not the one you're thinking of(2/5/15) "Gotham" has lined up another villain to terrorize Jim Gordon. Milo Ventimiglia will join the series for multiple episodes as serial killer Jason Lennon, known as the Ogre. The role is a change for Ventimiglia, who's best known for fighting for what's right while starring on "Heroes."
Comic book fans may recognize the name Ogre as a Batman villain that's been genetically altered to have superhuman strength. However, FOX confirms that their version of Orge is not the character from DC canon.
Their description of the character reads, "Handsome, wealthy and seductive, the Ogre is a serial killer who has been preying on the young women of Gotham for nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of 'tests' as he searches for his perfect mate. When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously."
When Gordon ends up on the case, he and Lennon both spiral "toward tragedy," along with those around them. Ventimiglia will debut on episode 19. "Gotham" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
'Pitch Perfect 2' Tosses The Packers Into Super Bowl Mix, Kinda(2/1/15) 'Pitch Perfect 2' Super Bowl Trailer: video.
2015 Sundance: What Brittany Snow Won't Do on a Red Carpet-Watch Now!(1/27/15) (Video, Pic1, Pic2) Brittany Snow loved jetting into Utah for Sundance.
We caught up with the Pitch Perfect star to talk film festival fashion, beauty and more.
She may be from Florida, but Snow doesn't mind some cold temperature dressing.
Her best friend and stylist was responsible for her looks in Park City. "She packs for me because I have no idea what I'm doing," Snow said at the Lipton Sparkling Lounge, where she hosted a performance by American Authors. "She picks a lot of really cute plaids, flannels and hats, anything that's kind of layer-y because I get really cold."
And that also means she gets to slip on more and more...hats!
"I wear a lot of hats in my real life," Snow said. "I don't really get to wear them on red carpets because you have to be Madonna to wear a hat on the red carpet, so it's nice to wear a hat around [Sundance]."
Snow also told us what she was doing to keep her skin healthy and glowing, plus she explained why the festival is perfect for her hair. Click the video below to watch what she had to say.
Pitch Perfect 2 Gets "Down and Dirty"(1/20/15) (Pic) Brittany Snow can't reveal the songs she and her co-stars sing in Pitch Perfect 2, but she can give us a little tease of what's to come.
"There are a lot of mashups in this one and there's this one performance in which we actually go insane and do all this great stuff," Snow told me at Elle's Women in TV celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel. "I [use a] glow stick and there's hula-hooping. There's all sorts of madness. We got to get a little down and dirty."
The Pitch Perfect sequel includes the returns of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Anna Camp. Elizabeth Banks not only produces and appears as an a capella competition judge, but she also directs the much-anticipated follow-up.
Speaking of singing, Kendrick said her work in Into the Woods may inspire her return to Broadway. "I couldn't sing Into the Woods eight times a week," she told me at the BAFTA-LA's pre-Golden Globes tea party. "I'd have to choose something a little more in my natural range...Just thinking about it raises my heart rate."
'Blue Bloods' Will Estes: Guessing about Jamko is 'a good thing'(1/16/15) Zap2it: With "Blue Bloods" having just reached its 100th episode, how do you assess the series' ratings success and staying power?
Will Estes: We have elements of a procedural, but I think that at our best, we're a combination of that and character-driven drama. There aren't a lot of scripted one-hour dramas about heroes now that are doing this well, so I think we're a little bit unique in that way.
Zap2it: Did you know from the start that the weekly Reagan family-dinner scene would be such a major part of the series?
Will Estes: I don't think that initially, I realized what a centerpiece it is for the show and the drama of how their work affects their lives and their lives affect their work. A lot of times, it's the only time we'll be in the episode with another Reagan, so it definitely binds the show together in a way that a lot of the other scenes aren't capable of doing.
Zap2it: How would you define the relationship of Jamie and his patrol partner Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray)?
Will Estes: They're great friends and great work partners, and they genuinely care about each other and would go out on a limb for each other. That's independent of anything else, so it's an interesting relationship in that way. If people are wondering where it may or may not go, that's a good thing.
I don't do any social-media stuff -- I probably should -- but I saw something on someone else's phone once where they called us "Jamko." I don't know if that means something good or something bad at this point.
Parenthood: Sarah Ramos Returning for Series Finale(1/11/15) Parenthood is bringing back a few familiar faces for its upcoming series finale.
John Corbett, Matt Lauria and Sarah Ramos are all slated to guest-star on the show's last episode, NBC revealed Friday.
Corbett plays Sarah's ex, and Amber and Drew's father, Seth. Lauria is best known as Amber's former love, and baby daddy, Ryan. Former series regular Ramos portrays Adam and Kristina's eldest daughter Haddie.
The episode, titled "May God Bless and Keep You Always," will air on Thursday, Jan. 29.
Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.
Whitney Houston Biopic -- Bobby Brown Actor Says 'It's a Love Story'???(1/11/15) (Video) The guy who plays Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic says the movie chronicling the singer's life and marriage is "a love story" ... a love story presumably mixed with drugs, booze and allegations of domestic violence.
Arlen Escarpeta was leaving Coral Tree Cafe in L.A. and was clearly bummed that Whitney's family boycotted the recent premiere of "Whitney."
The actor says the entire cast and crew did their best to portray the late singer's life respectfully ... and he hopes the family and Bobby will eventually watch it.
If it's anything like the Aaliyah movie ... don't hold your breath.
Brittany Snow: I Was Bullied in High School(12/26/14) Despite her all-American girl looks and a successful acting career, Brittany Snow wasn't immune to bullying while growing up.
"AOL Instant Messenger was a big thing back in the day, where girls would get on it and make fun of me," says the star of the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2. "There was a certain girl, and she wanted to make me feel bad."
Snow, 28, channeled her personal experiences into the formation of Love is Louder, an organization she started with The Jed Foundation in October 2010 to encourage the use of social media to promote love and support for anyone who is in need of it.
"When the suicides were starting to happen and kids were being bullied in schools, I felt really compelled to do something because I was bullied in school, and I didn't really fit into a category that a lot of programs that were being started had," Snow explains. "Now we have a really great opportunity with social media to use that communication for good, where people can go online and actually feel like they're part of a community."
The actress says she's been amazed by the difference the campaign is already making.
"Sometimes my favorite thing is just to get on our Facebook and Twitter and see all the people that have been helped," she says. "People are really speaking out about what they struggle with, and that's really cool to me. I kept my stuff – and I think a lot of people do – very secret."
For more from our interview with Brittany Snow, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Tuesday, December 30.
Vampire Diaries Double Date! Paul Wesley and Phoebe Tonkin Join Newlyweds Candice Accola and Joe King at TrevorLive(12/8/14) (Photo) CW stars stick together!
During last night's 2014 TrevorLive, the annual event held in support of the Trevor Project at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Vampire Diaries' co-stars Paul Wesley and Candice Accola opted to turn the night into a double date with their respective partners, Phoebe Tonkin and Joe King.
While Wesley and Tonkin, who previously appeared on the Vampires Diaries with her man and now stars on the spinoff show The Originals, did not walk the carpet together, the adorable couple, who has been dating for over a year, didn't have any problem cozying up once they were seated inside with their pals.
"Date night at the #trevorproject @josekingseco @craccola @paulvedere x," Tonkin captioned the adorable shot of the duo's double date.
Both ladies looked lovely in their respective gowns, with Tonkin, 25, rocking a gorgeous blue Oscar de la Renta dress while Accola, 27, brought the sex appeal, sporting an Alexander Wang top and a Malene Birger skirt.
The blond beauty certainly appears to be loving married life since tying the knot with the 34-year-old Fray rocker in October, holding hands with her man in the pic as he beamed from ear to ear.
Meanwhile, Tonkin and Wesley, who are known to be a private twosome, are still going strong after coupling up in Sept. 2013 following the actor's divorce from former wife Torrey DeVitto, with whom he split in July 2013.
Lifetime's Whitney Houston movie trailer promises a heartbreaking story(12/6/14) (Video) Check out the official trailer for "Whitney," Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic starring Yaya DaCosta ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Ugly Betty") in the title role and Arlen Escarpeta ("American Dreams," "We Are Marshall") as Houston's husband Bobby Brown.
The TV movie marks Oscar-winning actress Angela Bassett's directorial debut. From the looks of the trailer, promises magnificent music and tragic heartbreak, as it chronicles the troubled diva's rise to fame and subsequent downward spiral into drugs and dysfunction with Brown, all of which culminated in the singer's untimely passing in 2012 at the age of 48.
"Whitney" premieres Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer(11/20/14) Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer - Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow Reunite: video. "Pitch Perfect 2" hits theaters May 15, 2015.
HTGAWM's Tom Verica on Playing Dead, Kissing Bonnie and Snapping That Sexy, Shirtless Selfie(11/20/14) (tvline.com) The perpetually twirling cheerleader did it.
OK, not really. But How to Get Away With Murder‘s Tom Verica says that’s the craziest of all the crazy theories he’s heard about who killed his character, Sam Keating, on ABC’s twisted freshman drama.
Verica, who was as befuddled as the show’s fandom until he got the script for tonight’s winter finale (10/9c on ABC), says that at one point, he joked to the show’s writers that perhaps Sam should trip and fall onto the fatal Scales of Justice statue that’s smeared with his blood.
That option got squashed, as well.
TVLine caught up with Verica to try to squeeze out some intel about the “Who Killed Sam?” mystery, to dish his character’s complicated relationships with wife Annalise (Viola Davis) and her right-hand woman Bonnie (Liza Weil) and to get the inside scoop on his character’s very revealing selfie — the one that will forever be associated with the line “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?“
TVLINE | In the previews for the finale, it looks like Michaela is hiding behind a door. It also looks like Sam’s trying to break down a door. Can you tease a little bit of what we’re going to see at all?
Well, Michaela’s hiding behind a door. It looks like Sam’s breaking down a door. Yes. [Laughs.] There may be some other people involved. I have to be very careful about this because I now know all the events that happen on Murder Night. All the chickens are coming home to roost, and those lies come out, and Sam is fighting for his life, and there are elements that really create an event that…I’ve got to be very careful about this. [Laughs.]
TVLINE | Some TVLine readers have said in our comments section that if Sam’s murder turns out to be a case of self-defense, that would be a disappointing outcome. Any thoughts on that?
Well, it’s complicated. There are certainly… all theories are on the table. Everyone will be surprised about how it happens. It’s done in a way that I don’t think is predictable in any way, shape, or form
TVLINE | The title of the Winter Finale is “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me,” and I know that thus far this season, every episode title has been a piece of dialogue from the episode. So I’m wondering now, does Sam say those words? Or does someone else? Is that a piece of dialogue from the hour?
I would say that consistency is something they do here. [Laughs.]
TVLINE | [Laughs.] Fair enough. I know you have to be careful about spoilers. So here’s an easier one. Is that actually you on the dead girl’s phone, or is that a torso double?
That is me. Yes.
TVLINE | Did someone ask you to take the selfie? How did that come about?
It was so matter-of-fact. We finished shooting, and it was, “Oh, we need this shot that we’re going to put on the phone. It’s just going to be the wallpaper in the back.” They had a photographer there, and they took a couple different pictures… we did it in 30 seconds; it wasn’t like we had a set up photo shoot or I had time to go do push ups, or body makeup, or any of that stuff. It literally was done down and dirty. I had no idea the impact it would have or that it’d be shown so much.
TVLINE | So, Sam Keating, is a character who, for a good portion of the season, you’ve had to play him as a dead man. We see you on the office floor. We keep seeing you dragged out into the woods and set afire. Did you film all that at one time at the top of the season, or have you had to play dead every week of filming?
I never went out to the woods, actually. [In those scenes], Sam is always inside the rug, and the one part that is the reveal in the pilot, where they do the closeup [of my face] with the flicker and the flame, I actually was laying on the streets of Philadelphia. As far as everything else, yes, we have had to revisit Murder Night, as we call it, multiple times. That particular scene, we’ve we see it through different character’s perspectives. It’s funny: Me and that rug have become very close. I know exactly where my mark is. There’s never any discussion about what position my body is on the floor, or where I got hit, or how much blood.
TVLINE | Is there a secret to playing a murder victim?
Well, the biggest challenge…the stillness is okay. In fact, it gives me a little respite during my day to just kind of gather my thoughts and relax a little bit. The challenge is the eyes, and we decided in the pilot that I would be dead with my eyes open. So that’s been probably the most challenging aspect of it, particularly when there’s a longer take, longer camera shots that drift. I can pretty much contain and limit the amount of breathing that I have to do, but it’s holding the eyes open the whole time and not wanting to blink, that’s hard. After a period of time, it’s like playing a staring contest with a sibling when you’re 10 years old, only it goes on much longer, and since I’m laying down, the eyes start to water up. So, it’s really fighting that off. Wanting to blink or wanting to clear your eyes has been the biggest challenge.
TVLINE | In Episode 8, last week, can you walk me through your scene with Bonnie on the porch? I mean, Sam’s already told so many lies at this point, and then in trying to win her silence, he leans in and kisses her. And they’re right out there on the front porch of his and Annalise’s house — for all of Philadelphia to see! I was like, “You know what? This guy kind of has it coming!”
Let me just preface my answer about my kissing Bonnie on the porch by saying… my [character's] wife did, in the first episode, have sex in the office in our house with someone else… [Laughs.] I’m not comparing. I’m just saying it’s a bit complex.
Now, that being said, in all seriousness, I think the relationship between Bonnie and Sam, we feel that there’s a history from her standpoint of some kind of pining, or an attraction. Liza [Weil] and I had come up with the idea that there’s a real connection, not in a romantic or sexual way, but a real ease of conversation between them. Sam also recognizes and identifies her attraction [to him], and in this pivotal moment, he is this desperate man making very desperate decisions. And once he realized that this wave of lies had been catching up with him and he’s just very beneath this wave, he resorts to just the worst decision in making the move on her and kissing her, hoping that that would maybe convince her to keep this information concealed. There are really a number of levels to their relationship — and that was really fun to play because it was initially very difficult for me to wrap my head around that decision he was making.
From my character’s standpoint, though, the whole thing comes back to being implicated for murder. And whether he is responsible or not, I still don’t know the answer to that, but remember that his wife, she’s the last [chance] of having somebody who will be behind him and can do something for him. That’s the most important thing to protect, and Sam makes probably not the best choice in how to try to hold onto that.
TVLINE | Will Sam live on after the Winter Finale? Because, obviously, the “who killed Sam?” question is getting wrapped up, but the “who killed Lila?” question is still in the mix.
Honestly, I don’t know. It’s been talked about, and I’m more than willing to come back and play. It has been suggested that there may be more [episodes for Sam]. I am back in Episode 10, briefly. Beyond that, they’re not there yet. I think they have six more episodes [in 2015]. The writers are very talented, though, so if there is a way and there is something for me to do to come back, I’d be happy to.
The Bellas Are Back! Pitch Perfect 2's Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow Reunite(11/20/14) (EW Cover) Whoever said orange is the new pink wasn't seriously disturbed: They just hadn't seen Anna Kendrick in a tangerine dress and matching feather boa!
The Pitch Perfect 2 star is wearing—and working!—exactly that alongside co-stars Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson on Entertainment Weekly's newest cover, which hits stands Friday.
Inside the mag, first-time director Elizabeth Banks talks about bringing the Barden Bellas back together on-screen, joking, "This is the stupidest idea I've ever had!"
"My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers," she quipped in between takes. "I don't know what I was thinking."
Of course, she's got one heck of a cast on board (Kendrick, Snow, Wilson are returning, and Anna Camp, Skylar Astin and Adam DeVine are reprising their roles as well; talented newbies like Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal are on board for the follow-up film, too). Banks, who had a smaller role in the first film and was also a co-producer, knows that now that she's the director, it's on her to deliver to a hard-core fan base with some high expectations.
The first film, which grossed $65 million in the U.S., was a "pretty modest" financial success, said Banks. "But it engendered a lot of love," she noted. "That's what we could not have foreseen." But while the 2012 movie "flew under the radar" something Banks said "was a gift"—she realizes with the sequel, there are "much higher stakes."
"Everybody is much more involved," she told Entertainment Weekly. "As the saying goes, ‘Success has many fathers.'"
Not to worry: Banks is fully invested in the Pitch Perfect sequel. "The whole project speaks so much to me and to women and to making women funny in really fun and interesting ways, and that's what I'm most looking forward to," she said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "I'm looking forward to letting the girls let loose."
Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters May 15, 2015.
'Vampire Diaries' Star Paul Wesley Set For Sci-Fier 'Convergence'(11/17/14) (deadline.com) The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley is jumping from the supernatural to the scientific with Convergence, a sci-fi action film that he’ll star in and produce.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Convergence is described as a college-age ensemble piece in the vein of Flatliners, The Matrix, and Fight Club based on real life “science fact”. It follows a group of underground biotech engineers, including an MIT student wunderkind, exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control.
The actor, director, and producer currently stars as Stefan Salvatore on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries. The series is in its sixth season and will return from its midseason hiatus with a January episode that Wesley directed, his second after making his directorial debut on the show last season.
“My first couple of hiatuses I was looking for indies to separate me from the younger material,” said Wesley, whose Convergence character will mark a departure from his do-gooder Vampire Diaries role. “Now I’m looking for flawed characters, because my (Vampire Diaries) character is very heroic. My character in Convergence is not the protagonist but is the guy who pushes things a little too far, and too hard, and produces some scary results.”
Wesley teamed with producer Adam Schroeder (The Truman Show, Chronicle, Sleepy Hollow, and Paramount’s upcoming Attach) to bring the screenplay by Jeff Richard to Shanghai and LA-based Crimson Forest Entertainment, which is financing. The filmmakers also have China Film Assist and Dadi Digital Cinema Ltd. aboard as co-producers on the project, which is partly set in China and is expected to tap Chinese talent for the ensemble cast. Justin Begnaud and Jonathan Lim are producing Convergence and Benjamin Tappan will serve as executive producer. Filming is scheduled for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta.
“We are very excited to work with Paul Wesley on this project and believe the film will resonate with audiences on a global scale,” said Crimson Forest Entertainment CEO Lim. “The film’s plotline and cast of characters align perfectly with our distribution objectives and we look forward to hitting the ground running in 2015 with a talented cast and crew.”
Wesley also stars in the upcoming IFC drama Before I Disappear, which he also produced, and the Drafthouse Films release Amira And Sam. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein. Richard is repped by WME. The deal was negotiated by Crimson Forest’s Justin Begnaud and Ian Stratford of Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, DesRochers, LLP.
Mad Men's Sam Page Gets Married! Find Out Which Mean Girls Star Was in Attendance(11/10/14) (Pic1, Pic2) Sam Page is a married man!
The 38-year-old actor, most recently known for playing Christina Hendricks' ex on Mad Men, wed fiancée Cassidy Boesch over the weekend surrounded by family and friends. The nuptials took place on Saturday at a villa just outside Santa Barbara, Calif., a source confirms to E! News. "It was truly a fairy-tale weekend," the source adds.
Page also posted a gorgeous wedding pic of him and Boesch sharing their first kiss as husband and wife. "Making it official," Page wrote on Instagram.
In the shot, Page and Boesch wrap their arms around each other while locking lips in front of wedding guests during the outdoor garden ceremony. Behind them is a beautiful canopy covered in white roses.
Page also took to Instagram to share a photo of him and his groomsmen. "On the runway, first class, about to walk down the aisle, and this is my groomsmen detail. Great men all of them. #cassidyandsam," he wrote. Among Page's groomsmen was Mean Girls star and recent Dancing With the Stars cast-off Jonathan Bennett.
In addition to Mad Men, you may recognize Page from his appearances on shows like Desperate Housewives, House of Cards, Switched at Birth, Scandal and Gossip Girl.
Congrats, you two!
'Witches of East End' canceled: Season 2 cliffhanger will go unanswered(11/5/14) Turns out a hashtag can't save every show.
Lifetime has canceled "Witches of East End" after two seasons. Unfortunately for fans of the show, the cancelation comes at a very inopportune time.
The Season 2 finale of "Witches" -- which stars Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston, Julia Ormond and Madchen Amick as the witchy Beauchamp family -- ended with an insane amount of cliffhangers. Ingrid (Boston) found out she was pregnant, Dash (Eric Winter) switched bodies with Killian (Daniel Di Tomasso) and Wendy (Amick) finally met her estranged sister. Yeah, a lot of juicy things happened, and now fans' questions may never be answered, which is something Amick guessed would lead to a definite frenzy.
"I think it'll be fans in a frenzy [after the Season 2 finale], not gonna lie," the actress tells Zap2it. "In good 'Witches' fashion, there are a few new storylines that are opened up that you just have to see how they're resolved."
Of course, leaving after two seasons was probably not the way the cast wanted to go out, especially not Dewan Tatum, who had spent much of the past week flooding her Twitter feed with retweets featuring the hashtag "#RenewWitchesOfEastEnd."
But because Twitter can't always save the day, Dewan Tatum's co-star Boston eventually had to tweet out a goodbye to fans.
@rachelboston: Thank you to everyone who went on this extraordinary journey with us. Your love, kindness, and support is forever magic. #WitchesofEastEnd
Do you think fans will ever be able to find out what happens to the characters of "Witches"?
'Pitch Perfect' Cast -- Reunites on Bourbon Street For 'Moulin Rouge' Wedding Party(10/11/14) (Photos) Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow reunited with a bunch of their "Pitch Perfect" costars Friday in New Orleans ... all for a pretty awesome "Moulin Rouge" themed wedding party.
Anna and Brittany hung out at Lucky Pierre's for their friend Courtney Barnes' pre-wedding bash with Kelley Jakle and CJ Perry -- more famously known as WWE Diva Lana -- as well as a few Trebles.
We're told the group rented out the Bourbon Street joint for $7K and dined on gumbo.
Unclear if they did any mermaid dancing.
Sam Page Signs With UTA(10/10/14) Sam Page (House Of Cards) has signed with UTA. He continues to be managed by Inphenate. In addition to his stint on Netflix’s House Of Cards as press-liaison Connor Ellis, Page had recurring roles on Mad Men, Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives. Other TV credits include The Mindy Project, Necessary Roughness and Scandal. Page will next be seen in upcoming feature The Preppie Connection.
Jesse Metcalfe, More Set For Zombie Vidgame Flick 'Dead Rising'(9/29/14) Legendary Entertainment and Sony-owned Crackle have set Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives, Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) to star in zombie chopper Dead Rising: Watchtower, the first project out of Legendary’s Digital Media division.
Leprechaun: Origins helmer and VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky is directing Dead Rising from a script by Tim Carter, based on the bestselling Capcom franchise that’s spawned two sequels and sold 7.6 million copies worldwide to date. As in the vidgame, Dead Rising: Watchtower is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.
Filming is set to begin tomorrow in Vancouver with Carter and Tomas Harlan producing for their Contradiction Films banner. Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is aboard as executive producer. Contradiction Films’ prior digital releases include Mortal Kombat: Legacy, another live-action action video game adaptation that scored big with online audiences. That web series went viral when it debuted online on Machinima.com’s YouTube channel, paving the way for similar video game spin-offs to take advantage of the gamer-centric digital space.
Dead Rising is set to debut as a 90-minute feature in the U.S. on Sony’s digital platform Crackle, followed by SVOD, DVD, VOD, and TV. Content Media, which released the popular Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn film and Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist series digitally, has international rights to Dead Rising and will release it in both feature-length and episodic form.
Metcalfe is repped by The Gersh Agency, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Ory is repped by The Gersh Agency and Pacific Artists Management. Madsen is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Haysbert is repped by The Gersh Agency and GS Management.
‘Mother’s Day’ Adds Paul Wesley(9/25/14) Paul Wesley has joined Paul Duddridge’s feature Mother’s Day, which stars Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone and Sarandon’s daughter Eva Amurri Martino. Wesley will play Kevin, an artsy pastry-chef and boyfriend of Amurri Martino’s character. Wesley’s credits include the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, IFC’s upcoming Before I Disappear and Drafthouse Films’ Sam & Amira. He is repped by ICM Partners, manager Susan Calogerakis and Jackoway Tyerman.
NBC Developing Sitcom Inspired by Bar Trivia Games(9/9/14) Combine Friends and Cheers, then sprinkle Hollywood Game Night on top and you've got the idea behind Pub Quiz, a new comedy in the works at NBC.
Jonathan Prince (American Dreams) is writing the script and executive producing with Chris Moynihan (Man Up). Pub Quiz (which is a working title) centers on a group of twentysomething friends who team up once a week to compete in their neighborhood pub quiz.
The show, which has been given a script order at NBC, is inspired by a surge in popularity among millennials for bar trivia. At many bars and pubs around the country, trivia has taken on a serious competitive vibe as teams (usually sporting cheeky or ironic names) challenge each other for drinks, food or even just bragging rights. According to the Los Angeles Times, the popularity of the game Trivial Pursuit in the 1980s led to a pub quiz phenomenon in the U.K., which then spread to the East Coast and arrived in Southern California around six years ago.
Similarly, FXX's The League used the rise of fantasy football — another growing trend — as the foundation for a show about a group of friends.
Moynihan and Prince, who both started out as actors before moving into producing, are creating Pub Quiz through Universal TV. Moynihan is also developing (with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner) another comedy for NBC, the hotel-based Hospitality, which would air live every week.
'Witches of East End': Rachel Boston promises 'darker, sexier' Season 2(7/5/14) There's going to be a lot more magic in Season 2 of "Witches of East End" now that Freya and Ingrid Beauchamp have discovered they come from a family of witches -- and they happen to have unlocked a portal to another, magical world.
Star Rachel Boston, who plays Ingrid, tells Zap2it at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas that you can expect a "darker, sexier" Season 2. "Season 2, the whole theme is 'darkness is rising.' Now that the portal's open, we have no idea what came out," she explains. "Now that Freya and Ingrid know that they're witches, the whole house is just taken over by magic because they don't have to hide it anymore."
That's not to say it's going to turn into a different show -- "there's still the grounded unit with the family" and all their human drama, Boston says, "but the circumstances surrounding the family are enhanced."
Boston says she's loved watching Ingrid transform over the first season of the show. "It's incredible to play a woman who goes from being so reserved and so conservative and so sure of herself in a lot of ways in her safe environment but not comfortable with this universe of magic, and then by the end, discovering she's the key," she says.
Plus, she can't exactly change her circumstances now. "There's really no turning back -- once she opens the portal, the world of magic is real. There's no way she can go back to her old life. That acceptance, moving into Season 2, has been really fun to play."
So, what can we expect in Season 2? First things first, Freya and Ingrid will find out about their long-lost brother.
"[The world] continues to expand in Season 2 -- we learn about the brother and there are more revelations of this world of Asgard coming right away -- so all the relationships get deeper," including both Freya and Ingrid's relationship and their strained relationship with their mother.
Boston continues, "Anytime something is revealed there's that tension of 'Why did you hide this from me?' I think Freya and Ingrid are starting to understand more what their mother was protecting them from, so that is going to come to the surface in Season 2. We're going to see the dangers our mother was trying to keep us [away from]."
"Witches of East End" Season 2 premieres Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
Lifetime's 'Whitney Houston Story' Adds 2(6/18/14) Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destinaton 5, We Are Marshall) and Yolonda Ross (Go For Sisters) have been cast opposite Yaya DaCosta in Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story. Helmed by Angela Bassett in her directorial debut, the biopic chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Houston (DaCosta) and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity through their courtship and rocky marriage, all during Whitney’s meteoric rise as a singer, actress and model. It’s slated for a 2015 premiere. Escarpeta, repped by DBA and Karen Forman Management, will play Brown. Ross, repped by Mark Armstrong at Sanders, Armstrong, Caserta Management, will play Robyn, Whitney’s lifelong friend and confidant.
Jonathan Adams On 'Last Man Standing'(6/14/14) After recurring for the past two seasons of ABC comedy Last Man Standing for the past two seasons, Jonathan Adams has been promoted to a regular for Season 4. He plays the Baxters’ neighbor Chuck Larabee.
'Mixology': Vanessa Lengies explains her shout-out to Brittany Snow and upcoming 'Sliding Doors' episode(4/23/14) Raise your hand if you miss "American Dreams?" The NBC drama may have only lasted for three seasons, but it still holds a special place in all our hearts. And it looks like it holds a special place in the stars' hearts as well, since last Wednesday's (April 16) episode of "Mixology" had a little shout-out from Vanessa Lengies to her "American Dreams" co-star Brittany Snow!
Zap2it got Lengies on the phone to discuss her onscreen inside joke with Snow, plus she previews this week's episode of "Mixology" featuring a "Sliding Doors" concept and Kacey's complicated love triangle with Dominic and Cal. Check out the full Q&A below.
Zap2it: So it's time for another Kacey-centric episode! Perfect timing, since Dom surprised her at the end of last week by saying he wants to go all in on a relationship with her.
Vanessa Lengies: I am excited for Kacey and Dom to get back together! I mean, I love Cal. I love Cal, I love Cal, I love Cal. I really have a hard job. They both are so beautiful! [ laughs] They're beautiful people. I have a very tough job.
So tough. But before we talk about that love triangle, I've got to give you props. Your shock when Dom tells Kacey he's ready for a relationship was hilarious.
"Shut up. Shut up." [ laughs] That line was actually a throwback to Brittany Snow when we were doing "American Dreams" way back in the day. We both lived in this apartment complex together because we both moved -- I moved from Canada and she moved from Florida -- and we had this neighbor who would talk on her phone really late at night. She would just be like, "Shut up! Shut. Up. Shut up!" So when I said that line at the end of the last episode when Dom says he's ready to go all in and move forward with our relationship, I purely did that for Brittany Snow. That was a pure throwback message to Brittany Snow.
That's so sweet! And it went with the scene perfectly, because who would have thought he'd actually agree to be in a real relationship?
It was just so shocking because Dom is not the kind of person who would be all in on a relationship. In that episode where you got to hear his music and Fab shuts him down, she was like, "How long did you work on this?" And he was like, "Two weeks!" He was all heartbroken and she was like, "You have to try harder for things in life." I think that really stuck with him and you're going to see in this episode that he gets some pretty good advice from Tom, who couldn't be more opposite in dealing with women than Dominic. That contrast is really funny and that's where Dominic is going to get all his advice on how to be in a serious relationship.
So what's a real relationship between Dom and Kacey going to look like? Because let's face it, they're not going to be the most normal, stereotypical couple.
As we saw in the last episode -- this is serious for her -- a real relationship for her is moving in together, getting a puppy, going grocery shopping, holding hands, buying each other flowers. She probably got all her relationship advice from Disney movies. That's the way it's supposed to work out, right?
So not only is Dom's idea of what a relationship should be different from Tom's, it's also very different from Kacey's. And Kacey learns a little bit about herself in this episode too, because as much as she'd like to live in a fantasy land where her boyfriend is perfect and Prince Charming, when she met Cal, she met someone who she could be herself around. She's been playing this role of a cocktail waitress in New York City, but she's really just a girl from Ohio who was raised by parents who sheltered her.
So through this roller coaster ride with Dominic in this episode, she realizes what's important to her and what love is to her. She's always thought love was this fantasy, this idea, but now that she's met Cal he's put all these questions in her mind, like "What is love?" Not to get too deep or anything, this is half-hour comedy! [ laughs] This episode is huge for Kacey because she gets what she wanted, and realizes it's maybe not what she really wants.
So what you're saying is that I shouldn't give up hope for Kacey and Cal? Because I was totally rooting for them to end up together. They're just so adorable!
I think Kacey and Cal are the real deal. I think they're as close to soul mates as one can get. I don't think you should give up on them. Kacey is faced with an old flame who comes back and promises to be everything she wanted him to be, so I don't blame her for wanting to entertain that path. But I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.
So if you were in Kacey's shoes, who would you pick: Dom or Cal?
Aww, that's so hard. Between Adan Canto and Craig Frank ... well, actually, if I was in Kacey's shoes, I would choose Cal. For sure. You want to be with someone that you can be yourself around so you're not constantly wondering what they're thinking and if you're enough for them. They should love you just the way you are, right?
Exactly! So let's talk about the flashbacks. What new flashbacks are we going to see in this episode?
All the flashbacks are going to be really funny. It's kind of like "Sliding Doors" where you'll get to see two paths from different perspectives. That's the journey that we're going to take you on through this whole episode. It's basically how Dom saw Kacey and his relationship versus how Kacey saw the relationship. It's almost as good as me in braces and pigtails. Almost.
If you had to pick a drinking game rule for the episode, what would you pick?
Ooh, good one. Good one! Hmm. Anytime you feel bad for me being in that small black skirt for all 13 episodes of "Mixology." Because even in all these flashbacks I'm still in that skirt! Every episode we get to change clothes during the flashbacks, but I didn't get to! I stayed in that same, high-waisted, bandeau top and the skirt. So anytime you feel bad for me, drink!
Nice! I like that rule.
And I just came up with that on the spot. It's called the empathy game!
"Mixology" airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
'Parenthood': Haddie returns in the Season 5 finale (and she's a lesbian?)(4/12/14) Haddie, the eldest daughter of Adam and Kristina Braverman, has been conspicuously absent from "Parenthood" all season, but she's back in the Season 5 finale -- with a new "friend."
Haddie (Sarah Ramos) brings her friend Lauren home with her from Cornell, but in the promo for the episode, we can see that Lauren is more than just a friend. And, it appears that Haddie's younger brother Max is the first person to find out.
Elsewhere in the finale, it appears Sarah and Hank will finally give their relationship another shot, and Joel and Julia might reconcile as well. Speaking of reunions, Amber and Ryan will spend time together in the hospital as Ryan recovers from his accident.
The "Parenthood" Season 5 finale airs Thursday (April 17) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
'Chosen's' Milo Ventimiglia to online series critics: 'You're a dinosaur, and you're going to become extinct'(3/20/14) Television viewers know Milo Ventimiglia well from such projects as NBC's "Heroes" and TNT's "Mob City," but when he's not working in front of the camera, he's behind it, as a producer. One of his projects is the original digital series "Chosen," currently in its second season at Sony's online network Crackle (season three begins April 15, with new star Rose McGowan).
Ventimiglia also does double duty as one of the show's stars, playing Ian Mitchell, a husband and father who becomes part of an elaborate game, with the lives of his wife (Nicky Whelan) and daughter at stake.
Zap2it: As an actor and producer, what do you look for in a project?
Milo Ventimiglia: As an actor, I go to the written word first, because those are the words I've got to speak. Then, as a producer, I go through the written word, because those are the words you tell a story with. It's aligning myself with great creative (talent) and great people and telling stories that you're passionate about.
Zap2it: Were you ever worried that doing digital series like "Chosen" would damage your reputation?
Ventimiglia: I've been in digital for a long time, since 2006, 2007, doing a lot of what people would call Web series and branded entertainment. So I never really saw it as a stigma.
Zap2it: Are some actors concerned about doing digital series because some might assume they can't get film or TV work?
Ventimiglia: It has nothing to do with that at all. In terms of attracting talent, After nearly 20 years of doing this myself, I've made a lot of friends I can reach out to. I've given them my own vote of confidence about the work. Then you scrap it all, and you say, "Give me two minutes of your time," and you show a teaser.
Then you go, "How can you, as an artist, as an actor, deny that this is amazing?" The work speaks for itself. Anybody who would possibly not want to do it because it's digital, well, you're a dinosaur, and you're going to become extinct.
Tom Verica Cast In ABC Pilot 'How To Get Away'(3/10/14) Tom Verica (American Dreams) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor, Annalise Dewitt (Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Paradigm-repped Verica will play Annalise’s husband Tom, a psychology professor who comes from a long line of academic royalty.
Rachel Boston Talks Finding Love in Hallmark Channel's A Ring By Spring(3/8/14) (Trailer) In her new Hallmark Channel Original Movie A Ring By Spring, premiering tonight at 7/6c, Witches of East End star Rachel Boston is conjuring up a different kind of magic: hope.
When a psychic tells Caryn Briggs (Boston) that she’ll spend the rest of her life unmarried if she doesn’t get engaged by spring, she suddenly finds herself on a journey through her past relationships to figure out what went wrong.
“One thing I certainly relate to is that we can’t change the choices we’ve made in the past,” Boston, who also produced the movie, tells TVLine. “She’s been weaving a life with the choices she’s made, and now she’s trying to open her heart so she can move into the future.”
Though that future remains unclear — and, at times, seems improbable — Boston says Caryn manages to hold onto hope through it all.
“Hope is, I think, just a great guide,” Boston says. “To wake up and strive for that spirit of hopefulness is what Caryn is finally able to achieve once she works through it all.”
And yes, Caryn does work through it all, but Boston agrees it’s more about the journey than the destination for her commitment-phobe character:
“It’s a really light film,” she says. “But it does make you think.”
Virginia Madsen To Co-Star In NBC Drama Pilot 'Babylon Fields'(3/4/14) Virginia Madsen is set to co-star opposite Meagan Good and Kyle Schmid in NBC drama pilot Babylon Fields, from Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson. The 20th TV-produced project, originally developed and piloted at CBS seven years ago, is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead. Madsen will play Rhonda Wunch, CDC scientist Thomas Wunch’s (Schmid) mother who is close to her son and wants him to stay home in Babylon. Rounding out the pilot’s regular cast are Ritchie Coster as Ernie Wunch, Thomas’ father and Rhonda’s husband, a former cop who most people thought ran away to Daytona; and Yul Vazquez as Chief of Police Matt Conte. Madsen, repped by UTA and Untitled, has recurred on Lifetime’s Witches Of East End. Coster is with Gersh and Glenn Daniels Arts Management; Vazquez is managed by Untitled.
'Pitch Perfect' co-stars party hard at Las Vegas nightclub(2/24/14) “Pitch Perfect” co-stars Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow partied at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand on Saturday night after signing on to the sequel.
The actresses arrived just before midnight. According to an insider, both girls were swapping their phones to pose for photos and “seemed to be mimicking their Pitch Perfect characters, dancing and singing along to their favorite songs using Hakkasan’s light batons as faux microphones.”
Also there: Theo James and “Fantastic Four” star Miles Teller, who was continuing his 27th birthday celebrations.
Milo Ventimiglia & Barry Sloane To Star In ABC Drama Pilot 'The Visitors'(2/20/14) Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and Revenge‘s Barry Sloane have been cast as leads in ABC alien drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV, after fielding interest from multiple pilots. The project chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. Ventimiglia, repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Frankel, will play John Doe/Drew, who is covered in strange tattoos and diagrams and speaks in a strange language. He will next be seen in Grace of Monaco and the remake of Heat and also stars and executive produces the Crackle series Chosen. Sloane will play Wes, a former FBI agent now with the Special Projects Division of the Defense department who investigates military threats that are better off solved outside the public’s knowledge. The Visitors is for the same network and hails from the same studio, ABC Studios, as Revenge, where Sloane has been a regular since midway through the second season after starting the season as a recurring. Sloane received the blessing of Revenge‘s producers to do a pilot this season. The fate of his character, Aiden, is being kept under wraps.
Parenthood: Look Who's Returning!(2/20/14) (Photo) A Parenthood fave is making her way back to the NBC drama after a lengthy absence.
TVLine has learned that Sarah Ramos is set to reprise her role as Adam and Kristina’s eldest daughter Haddie later this season.
Ramos was taken off contract at Parenthood at the end of the show’s third season as her character transitioned to college, although Haddie recurred throughout Season 4 to lend support to her cancer-stricken mom. Her one-episode comeback in the Season 5 finale will mark her first appearance in a year.
Back in September, P’hood boss Jason Katims left the door open for a Ramos return. “It’s always a question of finding the right story combined with Sarah’s availability,” he told TVLine. “We sort of dealt with this a lot starting on Friday Night Lights, where so many of our characters wound up graduating from high school and sort of leaving the show, and sometimes coming back for either one or a series of episodes, or sometimes a lot of episodes.”
Brittany Snow Back For 'Pitch Perfect 2'(2/14/14) (deadline.com) Universal Pictures has just signed a deal for Pitch Perfect co-star Brittany Snow to rejoin Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson for the sequel. Elizabeth Banks is set to direct Pitch Perfect 2, from Universal and Gold Circle. A May 15, 2015, release is set. Kay Cannon is back writing the sequel, and Paul Brooks is producing with Banks and Max Handelman. Universal’s Peter Cramer is overseeing. Snow, repped by ICM Partners and Magnolia Entertainment, is set as the female lead opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on a BBC Three series.
Brittany Snow To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot 'An American Education'(1/11/14) Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow (ex-Susan, Guiding Light) is set as the female lead opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. British actor-comedian Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students, but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. Snow, repped by ICM Partners, Magnolia Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham, will play Sarah McIntyre, an earnest and book-smart chemistry teacher who is the object of Alfie?s eye as her current boyfriend is leaving the country. Rosie Perez co-stars the school?s hard-assed vice principal. Craig Zisk is directing from a script by Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory.