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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated May 23, 2019)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt bonded while making ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’(5/23/19) Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a “cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time a Time … in Hollywood,” while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate isn’t primary enough in the film.
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” made its splashy premiere Tuesday evening at Cannes, 25 years after Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” debuted at the French Riviera festival, where it went on to win the Palme d’Or. Tarantino’s latest is about an actor (DiCaprio) in TV Westerns and his stunt double (Pitt) in 1960s Los Angeles, set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders.
It’s the first time DiCaprio and Pitt have made a feature together, though the two co-starred in a 2015 short directed by Martin Scorsese. They both suggested it might not be the last.
“There was an incredible ease and comfort getting to work alongside Brad. We kind of grew up in the same generation, got our start around the same time,” said DiCaprio. “We together forged, hopefully, a great cinematic bond in a film about our industry together.”
Pitt concurred. “It’s that thing of knowing you’ve got the best-of-the-best on the opposite side of the table holding up the scene with you,” he said. “I hope we get to do it again.”
The anticipation and glamour of “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” brought a frenzy unlike anything else has to this year’s Cannes. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux had desperately sought its inclusion. The film was a late addition after Tarantino was able to finish post-production work in time.
The stakes have been high for Sony Pictures, which gave Tarantino a $95 million budget to make what DiCaprio called “his love letter to the industry.” On Wednesday, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman sat front row as Tarantino and his cast spoke to reporters.
Tarantino was made a free agent in Hollywood after the downfall of his regular producer, Harvey Weinstein. The director has previously acknowledged knowing about some of the accusations against Weinstein for years, saying: “I knew enough to do more than I did.”
Tarantino made no mention on Wednesday of Weinstein or the controversy last year involving Uma Thurman. The actress said an unsafe stunt on “Kill Bill” left her neck and knees permanently damaged. Tarantino later apologized, calling the incident “the biggest regret of my life.”
He was, though, asked about his feelings toward director Roman Polanski, who was Tate’s husband at the time of the Manson family murders. Played by Rafal Zawierucha, Polanski is seen only sparingly in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” Tarantino previously defended Polanski for having sexing with a 13-year-old girl, telling Howard Stern in 2003 that she “wanted to have it.”
On Wednesday, Tarantino said only that he’s a deep admirer of Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby.” He said he didn’t consult Polanski on the new film.
The tensest moment for Tarantino came when a New York Times reporter asked why an actress as talented as Robbie had relatively few lines in the film. Robbie’s Tate is largely a side narrative in the movie, which focuses on her fictional neighbours (DiCaprio and Pitt).
“I just reject your hypotheses,” Tarantino retorted curtly. Robbie gave a fuller defence, calling her Tate “a ray of light.” She said Tarantino referred to her character as “the heartbeat of the story.”
“The moments that I got gave the opportunity to honour Sharon,” she said. “I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character even without dialogue, specifically.”
When another reporter asked Tarantino if he ever had any hesitation about turning a real-life tragedy into a movie, he replied, simply: “Um, no.”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” which opens in U.S. theatres on July 26, has been met with largely good reviews in Cannes, with critics calling it a nostalgic ode to a bygone Hollywood.
Asked if he would have rather made movies in 1969 than now, Tarantino said: “I prefer any time before cellphones.”
Hulu Sets Animated Kids Series With Openly Gay Main Character; T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, RuPaul & Others Add Voices ‘The Bravest Knight’(5/23/19) T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, Storm Reid, RuPaul, Christine Baranski and Wanda Sykes are among the stellar voice cast set for The Bravest Knight, Hulu’s groundbreaking animated kids series based on Daniel Errico’s popular children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, from Big Bad Boo Studios. The first five episodes of the series will launch June 21 on Hulu June 21, followed by additional episodes later this year.
The boundary-breaking new series features a household with two dads (Sir Cedric, voiced by Knight, and Prince Andrew), making it one of the first children’s television series with an openly gay main character. It chronicles a young pumpkin farmer’s adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight who ever lived.
In addition to Knight as Sir Cedric, The Bravest Knight stars Moynihan as young Cedric’s troll sidekick Grunt, Reid as Not-Yet-Knight Nia, and will also feature the voice talents of RuPaul, Baranski, Sykes, Wilson Cruz, Teri Polo, Steven Weber, Donna Murphy, AJ McLean, Dot-Marie Jones, Maz Jobrani, Chance Hurstfield and more. The Bravest Knight’s opening theme song was written and performed by Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and activist Justin Tranter.
Following the inspiring and perseverant former pumpkin farmer, Sir Cedric, now grown and married to the prince of his dreams, The Bravest Knight recounts personal tales of his journey. Sir Cedric shares his story with his adopted 10-year-old daughter Nia, on how he transformed from day-time farmer to full-fledged knight. Nia, who is training to become a brave knight herself, learns important values such as honor, justice and compassion; proving that knighthood is much more than slaying dragons.
The Bravest Knight joins Hulu’s original kids series including Holly Hobbie, Find Me In Paris and Doozers, among others.
More Stars Join One-Night Re-Do Of Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ & ‘The Jeffersons’ On ABC(5/11/19) Ike Barinholtz will re-create the role of Mike “Meathead” Stivic, Sean Hayes will play Mr. Lorenzo, Amber Stevens West is set to play Jenny Willis Jefferson in the one-night-only sitcom special hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and those classic series’ creator, Norman Lear.
Jovan Adepo will re-enact the role of Lionel Jefferson, Anthony Anderson joins as Uncle Henry, Stephen Tobolowsky is set to play Mr. Bentley, and Jackée Harry will play Diane Stockwell.
The special, airing live on ABC, Wednesday, May 22 at 8 PM ET, will re-create an original episode from each of the iconic 1970s Lear comedies. James Burrows will direct, and Sony Pictures Television is producing.
Previously announced stars include Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker. Also previously announced, Jamie Foxx takes the role of George Jefferson, and Wanda Sykes will play Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper will reenact the role of Gloria Stivic, Will Ferrell is set to play Tom Willis, and Justina Machado is Florence Johnston.
From 1971-79, All in the Family was watched in millions of American homes, tackling controversial subjects and shaping ongoing political and social conversations in the post-civil rights era.
The success of All in the Family launched spinoff The Jeffersons, which ran from 1975-85. It was the first television series to feature an interracial couple, going on to be one of the longest-running shows on TV with an African-American cast.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ will be produced by Smoking Baby Productions, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Lear, Kimmel, Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux will executive produce.
FBI Spinoff, Good Wife Creators' Evil Among CBS Drama Series Orders(5/10/19) CBS wants more FBI: The Eye network has handed a series order to spinoff FBI: Most Wanted, TVLine has learned, along with two other new dramas.
Most Wanted — executive-produced by Law & Order and #OneChicago mastermind Dick Wolf — centers on the division of the bureau tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Nip/Tuck veteran Julian McMahon stars as FBI Agent Jess Lacroix, with Kellan Lutz (Twilight) playing Agent Crosby and Alana De La Garza (Law & Order) as Assistant Agent in Charge Isobel Castille. The Most Wanted cast debuted in an April 2 episode of FBI that doubled as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff.
As for the other two dramas CBS picked up: Evil, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, is “a psychological mystery that examines science versus religion and the origins of evil,” per the official description. Katja Herbers (Westworld) stars as a skeptical forensic psychologist who teams up with a priest-in-training (Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter) and a blue-collar contractor to investigate paranormal phenomena like miracles and demonic possessions. Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) and Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) also co-star.
Legal drama All Rise “follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system,” according to the official synopsis. The ensemble cast includes Simone Missick (Luke Cage), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Jessica Camacho (The Flash) and CSI vet Marg Helgenberger.
This Close Season 2(5/9/19) The dramedy This Close will return for Season 2 with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 pm PT/midnight ET on SundanceTV. The rest of the eight-episode season will unspool with double installments on Friday, Sept. 13, Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20. Guest stars include Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Steven Weber (iZombie), Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead), Lisa Rinna (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva) and Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place).
Luke Perry buried in eco-friendly mushroom 'suit'(5/4/19) Luke Perry was buried in a special eco-friendly suit made from mushrooms, his daughter has revealed.
The Riverdale star passed away on March 4 at the age of 52 following a massive stroke.
And now Luke’s daughter Sophie has revealed that her father – who was passionate about environmental causes – had seen the biodegradable suit months before his death, and requested that he be buried in it when the time came.
“Any explanation i give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms,” Sophie, 18, wrote on Instagram.
“My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him,” she continued. “He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.”
Mushroom suits cost around US$1,500 each and include a button-up fabric with a hood and face cover, according to Coeio.com, the company that designs the special burial outfit.
The suit uses mushrooms and other microorganisms to speed up the decomposition process, while also neutralizing toxins found in the body and transferring the nutrients to plant life.
Earlier this week, Sophie announced she was officially opening her first preschool in Malawi, Africa, which would be named after her late father.
Brad Pitt Space Movie ‘Ad Astra’ Departs Memorial Day Slot; 20th Century Fox Pic Might Fly To Fall(5/3/19) No surprise here: Disney has pulled 20th Century Fox’s Brad Pitt astronaut film Ad Astra off the schedule temporarily. The pic was previously scheduled to open May 24.
This has been rumored for some time, with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione and Andreas Wiseman reporting that the pic would miss a Cannes Film Festival premiere because there’s still a lot of VFX works that needs to be completed. Director James Gray has even mentioned in interviews that May 24 was always a placeholder date (Fox initially had the pic dated earlier before moving to it Memorial Day back in January). We’ve heard that the pic could likely land a spot in the fall season, but it’s still a matter of when and a release date will be firmed up once Gray is finished with the movie.
Disney remains mum on the matter. It has the tentpole Aladdin on May 24, so it makes sense that Ad Astra is flying away from the date. Disney also Fox’s Ford v. Ferrari from James Mangold on November 15. That pic off its trailer generated plenty heat out of Disney’s CinemaCon session.
Ad Astra follows Astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy and Donald Sutherland co-star.
Regency Enterprises and Fox produced the movie with Bona Film Investment Company, which is handling China.
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ heads to Cannes(5/3/19) Quentin Tarantino is going back to Cannes, after all.
The director’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was announced as a late addition to the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. It will premiere in competition at the upcoming French festival, adding one of the summer’s starriest, most anticipated films to the Cannes’ red carpet.
When Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the festival’s official selections last month, he said he was hopeful Tarantino would finish editing in time for the film to return to the festival where “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago won Cannes’ top award, the Palme d’Or.
“We were afraid the film would not be ready,” Fremaux said in a statement Thursday. “But Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which opens in theaters July 26, is set in late ’60s Los Angeles and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a TV actor and Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double. Margot Robbie co-stars as Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969.
As a producer, DiCaprio will additionally bring a documentary on climate change to Cannes titled “Ice on Fire.”
Fremaux also added Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo” to the festival’s main slate Thursday. Kechiche won the Palme d’Or in 2013 for “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” Last year, French authorities investigated the director for sexual assault after a complaint filed in Paris. Through his attorney, Kechiche has denied the allegation.
The Cannes Film Festival opens May 14 with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” and runs through May 25.
Anne Heche dating former ‘Hung’ co-star Thomas Jane(4/30/19) Anne Heche is dating her former “Hung” co-star Thomas Jane, a source told Page Six.
We hear the new couple of once-rising stars — who will appear together in upcoming thriller “Hour of Lead” (with Jason Patric!) — turned up at Feroce to celebrate Joel Souza’s film “Crown Vic” with producers Gregg Bello, Alec Baldwin and Anjul Nigam.
Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, toasted the cast, which includes Jane and “The Deuce” actor David Krumholtz.
Heche was married to Coleman Laffoon, and famously dated Ellen DeGeneres.
Jane was married to Patricia Arquette for five years.
The duo were also spotted this month at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida.
B&B’s Rena Sofer To Re-Wed(4/30/19) Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B et al) and Sandford Bookstaver are tying the knot — again! The pair first wed in 2003 then quietly split and reconciled. “I have spent almost 19 years of my life with you and am so happy to spend the rest of my remaining years on this earth by your side,” Sofer posted on Instagram today. “While I don’t recommend divorce as a marriage counseling tool, it sure worked for us!” For the rest of the post, click here. Best wishes to the happy couple!
Talk Show Appearance(4/19/19) Today – NBC
Wednesday, April 24
(10-11 a.m.) Christina Baranski on The Good Fight
Christine Baranski Recurs On The Big Bang Theory 5/9/19(4/19/19) “The Maternal Conclusion” – Leonard is pleasantly surprised when Beverly (Christine Baranski) comes to visit and she’s genuinely kind to him, until he finds out the real reason she’s there. Also, Denise and Stuart overstay their welcome at the Wolowitz house, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, May 9 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Billy Dee Williams on Star Wars return: ‘Lando never left me!’(4/14/19) (Video) Look who’s back in the fastest hunk o’ junk in the galaxy!
The first trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” premiered Friday — and it included a shot of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian piloting the Millenium Falcon.
Asked at a fan event Friday how he prepped to reprise the role made famous in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Williams, 82, said, “Lando never left me!”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are officially exes(4/14/19) After a years-long divorce process, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are officially single.
The pair, who announced they were going their separate ways two years ago, filed a judgment on Friday that “restored their single status,” in documents obtained by The Blast on Saturday.
Sources told the outlet that Jolie, 43, and Pitt, 55, are happy to “get on with their lives.”
The Blast also reported in March that the actors were “negotiating a ‘bifurcated judgment’ of their status as a married couple and ready to be legally single. But they still have custody and asset details to figure out.
Additionally explaining, “the rush for a separation is not because either person is in a significant relationship, but that they need to ‘emotionally move on.’?”
Initially splitting in 2016, “Brangelina” has endured a drawn out back and forth of legal procedures involving custody battle of their six kids, which included a bout with child services in a family dispute that led to an FBI investigation into Pitt.
Throughout the prolonged proceedings, they have tried to keep the lives of their kids Shiloh, Vivienne, Maddox, Pax, Knox and Zahara as normal as possible. They have been seen out and about with Jolie as she took four of them to the “Dumbo” premiere in Los Angeles in March and the whole family to New York in February.
Anne Heche on ups and downs of career before receiving Sarasota Film Festival award(4/11/19) (heraldtribune.com) Anne Heche’s career has included late ’90s stardom with blockbusters like “Volcano” and “Six Days Seven Nights,” a post-Hollywood period where she scored Emmy and Tony nominations and a recent return to multiplexes and television screens.
The Sarasota Film Festival will honor that filmography Saturday when it gives Heche a Career Tribute Award. She’ll also participate in the festival’s In Conversation With series on Sunday.
Heche told the Herald-Tribune in a phone interview that the award means a great deal to her, particularly from a festival centered on independent film.
“I don’t know what my life would’ve been without independent film,” Heche said. “I think that’s where some of the most special stories that I’ve been able to tell are.”
Coincidentally, Heche has her first major role in a wide-release film in more than a decade out in theaters when she visits the festival. She co-stars in “The Best of Enemies,” based on the true story of civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson) and Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis (Oscar winner Sam Rockwell) befriending each other during a school desegregation community summit.
Heche plays Ellis’ wife Mary. She’s longtime friends with the film’s director Robin Bissell, making his directorial debut, and wanted to support him however she could.
“I didn’t know that I was going to be able to get the honor of acting with two of my favorite actors and I think two of the most gifted actors today,” Heche said. “Sam is one of those where if there was a bucket list of people I’d like to work with, he’s certainly it.”
Heche’s own acting career started on the long-running soap opera “Another World.” One of her first major film roles was in recent Oscar nominee Nicole Holofcener’s 1996 indie “Walking and Talking,” with the Austin Chronicle noting Heche was “destined for larger film roles.”
Indeed, the next year she co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the disaster blockbuster “Volcano” and Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in the crime drama “Donnie Brasco.” She had third billing after Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman on the political satire “Wag the Dog,” playing a role written for a man before director Barry Levinson decided to cast her.
After meeting and starting to date Ellen DeGeneres, Heche was warned she wouldn’t get the part as Harrison Ford’s love interest in “Six Days Seven Nights” if they went public. They nonetheless attended the “Volcano” premiere together, immediately causing a great deal of public scrutiny over their same-sex relationship.
That same night, Heche got a phone call from Ford, who said he didn’t care about her personal life and that she was still his choice for the role.
“If it were not for that stand, I wouldn’t be able to have had the career that I’ve had even outside of the studios,” Heche said. “It was something that without him, I never would’ve been able to do. I owe him my life for that.”
Though the film was a box-office success when it came out in 1998, it was one of the last studio films she appeared in, due to her relationship with DeGeneres, Heche said. The couple broke up in 2000 and Heche had a breakdown, as documented in her 2001 memoir “Call Me Crazy.”
Yet Heche continued to act, including in the Golden Globe-nominated indie drama “Birth.” She also co-starred with Kristen Bell in the 2004 television movie “Gracie’s Choice,” playing a drug-addicted mother struggling to care for her children, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination.
That same year, she starred alongside Alec Baldwin in a Broadway revival of the ’30s screwball comedy “Twentieth Century,” about a struggling theater producer who pursues his former protege and now-successful actress for a role. Heche was nominated for a Tony for Best Actress.
She’ll reunite with Baldwin and other actors including Henry Winkler this month for a one-night reading of the play, benefiting Roundabout Theatre Company. Heche said she’s excited about the event because the initial show was such a pivotal role for her.
“There were certain angels that came into my life and Alec was one of them,” Heche said. “He said that he wouldn’t do it without me. He really stood up for me and thought that the focus was being put on the wrong thing in my life.”
Heche continued to find acclaim with independent films, including her roles as a seductive insurance agent in the 2011 comedy “Cedar Rapids” and an ex-wife in that same year’s cop drama “Rampart.” She also started acting more on television, including a main role on the HBO series “Hung.”
Recently, Heche has appeared on “Chicago P.D.” as a superintendent, and on the NBC drama “The Brave” as the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Heche said she got the latter role after show creator Dean Georgaris sent her a letter saying he always admired her after seeing her in “Donnie Brasco.”
“That was a real honor to me, and I feel like that’s part of what has kind of been able to bubble over into ‘Chicago P.D.,’ a woman who is extraordinarily powerful and believes in the goodness and the fight to make things right,” Heche said.
She’s still working in indie film, as well, including on the upcoming “Hour of Lead” with Thomas Jane. Heche said she remains grateful for all the indie films she’s worked on and collaborators she’s worked with over the years.
“If it weren’t for people like Alec Baldwin, who said come and be with me on Broadway, or these independent films, these beautiful artists reached out to me and gave me a career that defined some of the most incredible things I’ve been able to do,” Heche said.
Anne Heche at Sarasota Film Festival: Anne Heche will receive the festival’s Career Tribute Award during the closing night film and awards ceremony, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Tickets cost $30-60 or $25-$48 for members. She will also participate in the festival’s In Conversation With series 1 p.m. Sunday at Sage, 1216 First St. Tickets cost $30. For more information or to buy tickets, call 941-366-6200 or visit www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.
Luke Perry's Life Celebration from Hollywood Set for April(3/30/19) Luke Perry's getting a proper sendoff from Hollywood ... with a celebration of his extraordinary life.
TMZ's obtained the invitation that's been sent to those who worked with Luke during his Hollywood career ... a list boasting hundreds of names. We're told the invitation's gone out to those who worked with him on "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Riverdale" and various other projects.
Our sources say the invite's not limited to stars and execs who run Tinseltown. We're told crew members -- from camera guys and makeup artists to hairstylists and wardrobe folks -- are included on the guest list. The private event is set for April 13 at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.
As we first reported ... Luke's ashes were spread around the place he most cherished ... the Tennessee farm where he lived on and off over the last 20-plus years. TMZ broke the story ... Luke died suddenly this month after suffering a massive stroke.
His death sent shock waves across the world. Luke was an adoring father and was revered just as much in Hollywood, which is why it wants to unite one last time in his honor.
‘Why Women Kill’: Leo Howard & Alicia Coppola To Recur In CBS All Access Series(3/30/19) Former Freakish star Leo Howard and Alicia Coppola (Empire) are set for recurring roles in CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill, a darkly comedic drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios.
Created by Cherry, Why Women Kill details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s (Ginnifer Goodwin), a socialite in the ‘80s (Lucy Liu) and a lawyer in 2018 (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed but how their reaction to betrayal has not.
Howard is Tommy. Seen in 1982. A sexy, handsome teen, about to turn 18, he is working as a waiter at one of Simone’s (Liu) parties. Boyishly likable, hardworking, and with a little swagger, he is the son of one of Simone’s friends. He’s also got a mad crush on Simone.
Coppola will play Sheila. Seen in 1963, a New York Italian from Brooklyn, who is the friendly, outgoing, a bit overbearing, loud and well-meaning neighbor of Beth Ann (Goodwin) and Rob (Sam Jaeger).
Cherry will serve as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Marc Webb will direct and also executive produce. Why Women Kill is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Howard’s recent credits include the lead role of Grover Jones on Hulu’s Freakish, a recurring on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet as well as a lead role in Roland Joffe’s TV movie Scorned. He’s repped by Paradigm and Randy James Management.
Coppola recently wrapped a recurring role on the fifth season of Fox’s Empire and will be seen in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Blood and Treasure. Coppola is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Leslie Allan-Rice Management, and attorney Derek Kroeger.
Cassandra Creech on NCIS 4/16/19(3/29/19) “Hail & Farewell” – NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Garrett M. Brown (Retired Marine General James Wallace), Doug Savant (Marine Brigadier General Daniel Kent), Cassandra Creech (Amy Tano).
Lifetime Sets Spring Premiere Dates For 3 Movies Including ‘Harry & Meghan’ Sequel(3/26/19) Lifetime has set premiere dates for three upcoming movies: Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal will debut Memorial Day, May 27 at 8 PM; Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta will premiere at 8 PM Saturday, June 1; and Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine is set for at 8 PM. Saturday, June 8.
Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the sequel to the 2018 movie, continues the love story of newlyweds Prince Harry (Charlie Field) and American actress Meghan Markle (Tiffany Smith). Jordan Whalen, Maggie Sullivun, Timothy Temple, Charles Shaughnessy, Deborah Ramsay, Natalie Moon, James Dreyfus, Louise Bond and Bonnie Soper also star. Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal is executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss. Menhaj Huda directs from a script by Scarlett Lacey.
Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, featuring an all-African-American cast, is Lifetime’s modern take on the Jane Austen classic. It follows Reverend Bennet (Reginald VelJohnson), a pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church, and his wife Mrs. Bennet (Jackée Harry), who is the author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband. Tiffany Hines, Raney Branch, Brittney Level, Reginae Carter, Alexia Bailey and Juan Antonio also star.
Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Swirl Films. Leslie Greif, Naomi Despres and Tracy McMillan executive produce. Eric Tomosunas and Alex Kerr produce, while Rhonda Baraka directs from a script written by Tracy McMillan.
Based on a novel by the best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine tells the story of the Angelini Shoe Company, one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village, which has been making exquisite wedding shoes since 1903 but now teeters on the brink of financial collapse. Kelen Coleman and Jacqueline Bissett star, along with Liam McIntyre and Paolo Bernardini.
The Sanitsky Company and Sony Pictures Télévision produce. Larry Sanitsky serves as executive producer. Menhaj Huda directs from a teleplay written by Adriana Trigiani.
Brian Austin Green reveals ‘90210’ cast reunited in honor of Luke Perry(3/22/19) Luke Perry will always be remembered by his on-screen family.
Brian Austin Green revealed on his podcast that the cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” recently reunited in honor of the late star.
“[I saw] people I hadn’t seen in at least 18 years, at least,” Green shared. “It was very mixed emotions because you were happy to see everybody and you felt like, ‘God, it’s been so long’ … but what a horrible reason to have to see everybody again.”
The bittersweet reunion took place at Gabrielle Carteris’ house. Green, 45, didn’t say which cast members attended Carteris’ gathering.
“It was definitely interesting. It had its fun, funny, like, laugh times and then it had its moments of … I don’t fully know what to say,” he continued. “I totally don’t believe it. I don’t fully believe Luke is gone. Luke has been in my life a long time and we had a really special relationship, and I’m learning now that Luke really had a special relationship with everyone. … He was a great human being.”
Green previously revealed on his podcast that after he heard news of Perry’s passing, he texted the late “Riverdale” star.
“I texted him after he passed, knowing obviously that he can’t text me back but on some level, hoping that he would text me back, or that he was out there somewhere,” Green, who starred as David Silver alongside Perry’s Dylan McKay on the long-running series, explained.
“And I know he is. I know he’s looking down and I know he’s smiling.”
Perry died on March 4 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.
Alla Korot on MacGyver 4/12/19(3/22/19) “Friends + Enemies + Border” – MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode, on MACGYVER, Friday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Alla Korot (Dr. Arza Terzic), Andre Reed (Prosecutor), Faruk Amireh (Adnan).
‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Teaser: First Look Trailer At Quentin Tarantino Film(3/21/19) (Video) After two days of poster teases, Sony has dropped a real teaser — a short trailer — for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and nothing in the posters suggested the surprising tone of the video. We’re talking comedy, or at least a surprising lightheartedness. About Hollywood in the Manson era. Even Damon Herriman, as the lunatic killer, smiles and waves at the camera.
Then again, nothing is ever quite what it seems in a Tarantino film. What we can confidently take away from the teaser: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt display a loose, best-buddy chemistry as their respective TV star and stuntman characters are interviewed — newsreel-style — and discuss what exactly a stunt double does. “Carryin’ his load?” Pitt’s Cliff Booth answers dryly. “Yeah, that’s about right.”
Here’s the official logline: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
During the teaser, we also see brief clips of Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, some scene-setting shots of ’60s-era LA (a cinema marquee boasts The Night They Raided Minsky’s, putting us, at that moment, in 1968 or, depending on how long Minsky’s has been playing, maybe ’69), a Playboy club, maybe the Sunset Strip and, with hints of the danger to come, a group of hippie girls at what we can reasonably assume is Spahn Ranch, ground zero for Manson’s family of lost kids and killers. Bruce Dern plays the old and ailing Spahn.
Oh, and we also get a great look at Mike Moh playing Bruce Lee as Kato on The Green Hornet.
Earlier this week, Sony released character posters for the film. See them here and here.
Written and Directed by Tarantino, produced by David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, the film hits theaters July 26. Check out the teaser above.
‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Poster: DiCaprio, Pitt & Tarantino’s Summer Of ’69(3/19/19) (Poster) Here’s the latest peek at Quentin Tarantino’s next star-laden pic — a 50-year flashback to a dark time in L.A.’s history. Check out the new poster for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood below.
The pic is a Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of stories set in an around Los Angeles in summer 1969, at the height of hippie Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).
Set alongside that trio are the likes of Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, James Mardsen, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Lena Dunham, Emile Hirsch, Scoot McNairy, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro and Bruce Dern, who stepped into the role that was set for his friend Burt Reynolds, who died in September. Luke Perry also filmed a role in this film before he died two weeks ago.
Sony releases the Columbia Pictures film on July 26. Take a look at the poster — remember those Champion tees? — and tell us what you think.
Luke Perry Was Cremated and Ashes Scattered On Tennessee Farm(3/15/19) Luke Perry was cremated and his remains were scattered on the place he most cherished ... his Tennessee farm.
Family sources tell us Luke's ashes now lay in the town of Vanleer, TN, where Luke had 380 acres. The "Beverly Hills, 90210" actor purchased the land in the '90s. He lived there on and off over the past 20-plus years.
TMZ broke the story ... Luke's death certificate lists his official cause of death as "ischemic cerebrovascular accident" -- doc talk for having a stroke. The cert revealed his body had been taken to Dickson, TN to a funeral home, but it was not more specific.
Vanleer is just over 13 miles away from Dickson, so it sounds like his family received Luke's ashes in Dickson and drove them north to the farm.
As for Luke's connection to the farm ... he bought it in 1995 during the '90210' run. He had just starred in the movie "8 Seconds" where he played a young rodeo champ and developed an interest in cattle raising. That's when he purchased the farm.
Our sources say a private ceremony for friends and family will be held for Luke in a few weeks.
Luke was supposed to get married to his fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, later this summer. The date had been set for August 17, 2019, in LA.
He was 52.
Julian McMahon Guests On FBI 4/2/19(3/15/19) “Most Wanted” – OA and Maggie team up with members of the FBI’s Fugitives Department to track down a person wanted for murder who is also on America’s top 10 most wanted list, on FBI, Tuesday, April 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Julian McMahon as FBI Agent Jess Lacroix; Kellan Lutz as FBI Agent Crosby; Roxy Steinberg as FBI Agent Sheryll Barnes; Keisha Castle-Hughes as FBI Analyst Hana Gibson; Nathanial Arcand as FBI Agent Clinton Skye; and Alana De La Garza as Assistant Agent in Charge Isobel Castille.
Morgan Freeman Joins Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson In ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel(3/12/19) Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) has signed on for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel from Lionsgate and Millennium Films. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek are set to reprise their roles with Patrick Hughes is returning to direct from a screenplay by Tom O’Connor.
The latest installment, which is slated to begin filming this month, will follow Michael Bryce (Reynolds) who joins Darius (Jackson) and his wife Sonia (Hayek) on a mission along the Amalfi Coast.
The 2017 original grossed close to $80M domestic for Lionsgate and more than $180M worldwide.
Freeman was last seen on the big screen in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and up next stars in the Lionsgate Olympus Has Fallen sequel Angel Has Fallen. He also serves as the host of National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God which follows Freeman as he travels to cities deemed the world’s holiest, and speak with religious leaders, scientists, historians, and archaeologists.
Freeman is repped by CAA.
Soap Alum Readies For EMPIRE Debut(3/11/19) Alicia Coppola (ex-Meredith, Y&R; ex-Lorna, ANOTHER WORLD), who will appear in a new role on EMPIRE, posted a shot on Instagram, revealing her character’s name of Meghan Conway, with the caption, “Thank you @empirefox. I loved every moment. Season 5 returns @foxtv Opens a New Window. March 13th…It’s one hell of a ride….”
NBC TO Air Luke Perry's Classic SNL 3/9/19(3/9/19) 10:00 PM - March 9 - NBC SNL Vintage - The late Luke Perry hosts this Season 18 episode, which originally aired on Feb. 6, 1993; Mick Jagger performs.
Dishing with Digest - 3/8/19 - Bryan R. Dattilo(3/8/19) Bryan R. Dattilo On DAYS Ins And Outs (Listen / download)
Bryan R. Dattilo looks back on 25 years as DAYS's Lucas, his comings and goings from the show, his recent fitness kick and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the late Luke Perry, who got his start on soaps.
Jason Priestley pays tribute to ‘bright light’ Luke Perry(3/8/19) Jason Priestley has finally added his tribute to late Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Luke Perry, revealing it took him “a couple of days” to figure out what to say.
The pair’s former castmates, Ian Ziering, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and Gabrielle Carteris, all offered up their fond farewells to the late actor hours after his death on Monday, but it has taken Priestley a little longer to find the right words.
“It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this …,” he wrote on Instagram early on Thursday. “My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared ….
“Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon … and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today … If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well.”
Priestley, who shared two photos of the old friends – one a throwback and the other a more recent picture, added: “The candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long … you burned oh, so brightly Luke … Goodnight Sweet Prince.”
Perry died with his fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, his ex-wife, Rachel Sharp, and their children at his side, five days after suffering a stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
His 21-year-old son, Jack, paid tribute to his dad via Instagram on Wednesday, writing: “He loved (and) supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be. I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for. I’ll miss you every day that I walk this earth. I’ll do whatever I can to carry on your legacy and make you proud. I love you Dad.”
Meanwhile, Tiffani Thiessen, who also starred opposite Perry on 90201, has offered up her tribute, calling the actor “the definition of a gentleman.”
She took to Instagram on Thursday and wrote: “My heart has been weighing heavy. The loss of a man who started as my co-star but quickly became my friend.”
Thiessen became the love interest for Perry’s bad boy heartthrob Dylan McKay on the show.
“He welcomed me on my very first day of #90210 with open arms. A day that was not an easy one for me,” she added. “I was coming in to a show, a family really, that had been together for over 4 years. But this man took me under his wing and made me feel at home … He was sincere, sweet, warm, kind, professional and funny as all heck.”
She added: “Luke, our world has a hole in it now that you aren’t here. But heaven definitely gained you as an angel.”
DAYS’s Josh Taylor Remembers Luke Perry(3/7/19) Before playing DAYS’s Roman, Josh Taylor portrayed Jack McCay, father to Dylan, on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210. In an exclusive interview with Digest, Taylor recalls working with the late Luke Perry. “I’m still kind of stunned, actually,” says the actor of Perry’s untimely death. “People do recover from strokes and that was my hope since he was so young. I have extraordinarily fond feelings for Luke and extraordinary memories. I remember we just hit it off from the get-go. I remember we were sitting at the table at lunch and somebody commented how much our mannerisms and our style were quite a bit alike. And then we’re sitting there and both of us are doing something with our hands and Luke said, ‘God, we even move our hands the same way.’ But, the bottom line is, we just hit it off right away. It’s not like we’ve kept in touch all the years, but we got close and we’d run into each other and it was always a neat thing. But when you start thinking about those times, obviously, it affects me. It comes out of nowhere. I was thinking the best way I could put it is Luke was for real. He was that guy. He was a good man. Luke Perry was a damn good actor. He did have that kind of James Dean thing about him. But as cool as Dylan McKay was, Luke Perry was even cooler.”
‘Jane The Novela’: Marcia Cross To Co-Star In The CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Spinoff Pilot(3/7/19) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has been tapped as a lead opposite Jacqueline Grace Lopez in Jane the Novela, the CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot. The telenovela anthology series project hails from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, star Gina Rodriguez, exec producers Ben Silverman and director Brad Silberling, as well as studio CBS TV Studios.
Written by Jane scribe Valentina Garza and directed by Silberling, Jane the Novela is envisioned as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself.
The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long. It centers on Estela (Lopez), an up-and-coming art curator who has spent years playing it safe and coloring within the lines. But a shocking secret changes everything and forces her to live a double life.
Being “in the tradition of Jane the Virgin,” Jane the Novela mirrors the setup of the original series. It too follows a driven, imaginative twentysomething Latina woman (Lopez) who is torn between her boyfriend, Luen, and Felix, a handsome, rich guy. Felix co-owns a winery with his manipulative and glamorous mother Renata (Cross), who will stop at nothing to secure her son’s legacy, even if it means standing in the way of his happiness.
Cross starred as conservative housewife Bree Van de Kamp on ABC’s hit soapy dramedy series Desperate Housewives, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She previously starred on Melrose Place and several daytime dramas, giving her strong credentials to tackle a series in the tradition of telenovelas, the Latin American version of American soaps. Most recently, Cross recurred on ABC’s thriller series Quantico as well as on YouTube Red series Youth & Consequences.
She is repped by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.
Shannen Doherty Says Luke Perry's 'Biggest Accomplishment' Was His Children: 'They Were His Heart'(3/5/19) Shannen Doherty is devastated over the loss of her castmate and friend Luke Perry.
“I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind,” Doherty, 47, exclusively tells PEOPLE about Perry, who died Monday at age 52 after suffering a massive stroke days earlier.
Doherty starred alongside Perry on Beverly Hills, 90210 for years — the actress as Brenda Walsh and Perry as Dylan McKay (he appeared from 1990-95 and again in 1998 until 2000).
Although the costars drifted apart when the show went off the air, they reconnected after Doherty went public with her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015.Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry
“Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love. Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained in tact,” says Doherty, who opened up about being in remission in September.
Although the duo wasn’t signed on to return for the upcoming Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot alongside their original castmates, both Doherty and Perry hoped to work together again on “something special and meaningful” for fans.
“There is a special kind of love one has for each other when you are experiencing the journey we did on 90210 and of course life in general. Luke and I were working on show ideas for us. We wanted to work with each other again and create something special and meaningful for our fans at this stage in our lives,” shares Doherty. “I will miss him everyday. Every minute. Every second.”
During their time spent together, Doherty remembers how often and fondly Perry spoke of his two children — son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18 — who he shared with ex Rachel “Minnie” Sharp.
“Luke loved his family. He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. He showed me videos of the often,” says Doherty. “They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment.”
Just weeks before his death, Doherty met up for lunch with her longtime friend and his dog, Penny, which will stand as one of her lasting memories with Perry.
“A couple of weeks ago in February, Luke and I met up for lunch. He chose the restaurant based on who would allow his dog,” says Doherty.
“I walked in and there he was, smiling, with his dog Penny and her bed under the booth, happy as can be,” she the actress. “I will never forget — and will miss — Luke looking at me with that smile of his saying … Shan.”
On Feb. 27, Perry was hospitalized after suffering a stroke and paramedics were dispatched to his home in Sherman Oaks, California. A source told PEOPLE he never regained consciousness.
The actor remained under observation for five days, but died on Monday, March 4.
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” read a statement from Perry’s rep.
“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” continued the statement. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
Following news of his death, numerous 90210 cast members expressed their condolences in statements and on social media.
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Tori Spelling wrote, “I’m in utter shock and heartbroken. I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie. Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve ever known. I’m grateful for the years of friendship we had. He truly was family to me, a protector and a brother. I’m so sorry for the loss that everyone is experiencing.”
Jennie Garth also released an exclusive statement to PEOPLE: “My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.”
Ian Ziering, who was the first 90210 star to pay tribute, tweeted, “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”
In lieu of flowers, the Perry family asks that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancerthis link opens in a new tab and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitalthis link opens in a new tab.
Luke Perry Dies: ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Star Was 52(3/5/19) (deadline.com) Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry died today after suffering a massive stroke last week. He was 52.
Perry had been hospitalized since Wednesday.
His children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
Perry had starred as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on the CW’s Riverdale. He began his career in the early 1980s, including an arc on the soap opera Another World, and would become a household name on Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210, starring as Dylan McCay from 1990-95 and again from 1998-2000.
He once said of his Dylan role: “I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine.”
The character wasn’t in the Beverly Hills, 90210 pilot. In a 2015 interview with the Television Academy Foundation, series creator Darren Star recalled: “After the first episode, we got together as a writing staff and we were sort of missing a ‘bad boy,’ in a way, so we created Dylan. When [Perry] came in to read for Dylan, we loved him, and [EP Aaron Spelling] loved him. And I think it’s very well known that Aaron went out of pocket to hire him as a series regular, and the network wasn’t necessarily onboard with adding a series regular. … Aaron knew we needed this kind of character on the show, and of course Luke was fantastic.”
While starring on 90210, Perry won a supporting role in the original film version of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also starred in the 1992 feature Terminal Bliss and was a series regular on the lottery-themed 2000 NBC drama Windfall.
Born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, OH, his other early film credits included 8 Seconds, Normal Life opposite Ashley Judd and the Rodney King drama Riot. His other TV credits included an arc as the ill-fated Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier on HBO prison drama Oz, and the post-apocalyptic 2002-04 Showtime drama Jeremiah.
Perry also worked as a voice actor in such series as The Incredible Hilk, The Legend of Calamity Jane, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and Biker Mice from Mars. He also guested as himself in the 1993 The Simposons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled.”
He played Brad Majors on Broadway in the 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Show and recently filmed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
It was just last week that Fox announced it had closed a deal for a reboot of Beverly Hills 90210. Titled 90210, the show from CBS TV Studios received a six-episode order to air this summer. Original cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling had signed to return to the reboot, but Perry had not.
Luke Perry Dead at 52: Riverdale EPs and The CW Salute 'Generous' 'Father Figure and Mentor to Young Cast'(3/5/19) Luke Perry was remembered by Riverdale‘s producers and The CW as a “consummate professional with a giant heart,” in the wake of the TV vet’s death on Monday.
Perry died on March 4, just days after suffering a massive stroke and being hospitalized. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, and children Jack and Sophie, among other family members and friends.
A joint statement from Riverdale EPs Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg berlanti, Sarah Schecther and Jon Goldwater, Warner Bros. TV and The CW reads: “We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all.
“A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
Production on Riverdale was shut down for the day, after the news broke.
Perry suffered his stroke on Feb. 27, the same day that Fox announced it was reviving Beverly Hills, 90210 via a six-episode, Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque mockumentary starring original cast members Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris. Though Perry’s Riverdale gig would have kept him from participating in the project full-time, Spelling had expressed confidence, prior to the revival’s official announcement, that Perry would have done “as many [episodes] as he can do.”
Star Trek's Picard Series Adds Salvation and Blindspot Alums to Main Cast(3/5/19) A pair of TV veterans are beaming aboard the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series: Santiago Cabrera (Salvation) and Michelle Hurd (Blindspot) have joined the cast as series regulars, TVLine has learned.
CBS All Access, which will air the untitled series, has offered no details on who the pair will be playing, but we do know Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role as Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard, the role he played on Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons along with four Trek films. The new series from Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman will follow the revered Starfleet officer as he enters “the next chapter of his life,” per the official description.
Cabrera recently starred as billionaire scientist Darius Tanz on the CBS summer drama Salvation, which was cancelled in November after a two-season run. He first broke out as a cast member of NBC’s Heroes, before taking roles on Merlin, Dexter and The Mindy Project. He also appeared on HBO’s Big Little Lies as theater director Joseph, who had an affair with Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline.
Hurd played terrorist Shepherd on NBC’s Blindspot until she was killed off earlier this season. She’s also well known for playing NYPD detective Monique Jeffries in the first two seasons of Law & Order: SVU. Her other roles include Lethal Weapon, Ash vs. Evil Dead and Marvel’s Daredevil.
Luke Perry, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Riverdale' Star, Dead at 52(3/4/19) (etonline.com) Luke Perry, best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died. He was 52.
His rep confirmed his death on Monday.
"Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke," the statement reads. "He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time."
A source tells ET that Perry’s daughter Sophie was in Africa on a humanitarian mission at the time of his stroke. According to the source, she was able to fly back to be by her father’s side during his last days.
Perry was hospitalized on Feb. 27 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. His former 90210 cast members, Ian Ziering and Shannen Doherty, took to social media to show their support for Perry, whose health emergency coincided with an announcement about a 90210 reboot that was to feature the original cast members.
At Sunday's The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation's Compassion Project Gala in Los Angeles, Doherty spoke with ET about Perry. "I can't talk about it here 'cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him," she said.
"It's Luke, and he's my Dylan," she continued, referring to their iconic 90210 characters.
In 2017, Perry dished to ET about the possibility of a cast reunion.
“I think everybody’s interested in doing it,” he said at the time. “We know we’d have a lot of fun getting back together. We just want it to be good.”
Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on Oct. 11, 1966, and grew up in nearby Fredericktown.
Not long after graduating from high school, Perry moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career but he wasn’t an immediate success. After more than 200 auditions, he finally landed a TV commercial and was cast in the Twisted Sister music video for “Be Chrool to You Scuel” in 1985. He went on to land roles on the soap operas Loving and Another World before scoring his big break as bad boy Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210.
The hit show turned Perry into a certified ‘90s teen heartthrob, which translated into his first movie role in 1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also appeared in the films Terminal Bliss and 8 Seconds.
In 1995, Perry announced a short-lived departure from 90210, to take on more serious gigs. After appearing in a few more films, including Normal Life and The Fifth Element, he returned back to the zip code that made him famous. The original installment of 90210 aired for 10 seasons before coming to an end in 2000.
Perry, meanwhile, didn’t want to get typecast as his 90210 character. He starred in multiple projects including the HBO prison drama Oz, as well as Windfall, Jeremiah, The Sandlot: Heading Home and more. He also made several guest appearances on hit shows like Will & Grace, Spin City, What I Like About You, Family Guy, Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds.
Perry married Rachel Sharp in 1993. They were together for a decade and welcomed two children, 21-year-old Jack and 18-year-old Sophie, before splitting in 2003.
In 2017, Perry returned to series television landing the role as Fred Andrews (Archie’s father) on Riverdale. He spoke with ET about the “21st century” take on the classic comic book, and the similarities between him and the character.
“I think in some ways this character is the closest thing to me that I’ve ever played because he’s a guy that loves his kid. That’s really all he’s about,” the father of two said before adding. “That’s what I’m about.”
Alec Baldwin & Anne Heche To Reprise Broadway’s ‘Twentieth Century’ For One-Night Roundabout Theatre Benefit(3/4/19) Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche will bring back Twentieth Century for a one-night-only benefit reading next month at Broadway’s Studio 54: The two actors will reprise their roles from a 2004 Roundabout Theatre production of the classic 1932 Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur comedy.
The event is set for Monday, April 29, 7:30 pm at the Roundabout’s Studio 54 theater. Walter Bobbie, who directed the 2004 production, will be back in the same capacity for the reading.
The announcement was made today by Todd Haimes, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Artistic Director/CEO. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company and its programs. Tickets go on sale today.
As with the 2004 revival, the benefit will use playwright Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the Hecht-MacArthur comedy. Additional cast members and creative team will be announced soon. (The 2004 cast also included Dan Butler, Julie Halston and the late Tom Aldredge; Heche and Aldredge, who died in 2011, were Tony-nominated for their performances). As Roundabout describes Twentieth Century: Bankrupt, with his career on a downslide, egomaniacal Broadway director Oscar Jaffee (Baldwin) boards the Twentieth Century Limited and encounters his former discovery and ex-chorus girl Lily Garland (Heche), now a temperamental Hollywood star. He’ll do anything to get her back under contract and back in his bed, but his former protégé will have nothing to do with him. All of the action takes place on board the legendary Twentieth Century train from Chicago to New York City where Oscar has 20 hours to persuade Lily to return to Broadway in his upcoming show. If he fails, it’s the end of the line.
The 2004 production of Twentieth Century kicked off Baldwin’s continuing association with the Roundabout: He subsequently starred as “Ed” in Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Roundabout’s Off Broadway Laura Pels Theatre. He currently serves on the Roundabout’s Board of Directors.
'Riverdale' Star Luke Perry Suffers 'Massive' Stroke, Sedated in Hospital(2/28/19) Updates: 12:25 PM PT -- Although a family member says Luke was placed in a coma, his rep says he is not. We're told he is sedated.
12:07 PM PT -- Sources connected to Luke tell TMZ doctors have placed him in a medically induced coma. The stroke, we're told, was "massive." When paramedics arrived at his home he was responsive and talking but his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the hospital.
8:38 AM PT -- A rep for Luke tells TMZ ... he is currently under observation at the hospital.Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke Wednesday, and is currently hospitalized ... TMZ has learned.
Paramedics responded to Luke's home in Sherman Oaks around 9:40 AM. We know the call came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke, and Luke was transported to a nearby hospital. It's unclear what his condition is right now.
The 52-year-old who stars as Archie's dad, Fred Andrews, on "Riverdale" ... had been shooting episodes recently in L.A. on the Warner Bros. lot.
Luke's medical crisis coincidentally struck on the very same day Fox announced it will reboot "Beverly Hills, 90210" -- the show on which he shot to fame, playing Dylan McKay in the 90s.
While his former costars -- Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris -- will be on the revived series, Luke has not signed on to the project.
Luke Perry Suffers Stroke — Report(2/28/19) Luke Perry reportedly suffered a major stroke Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. In a statement, a rep for the actor confirms, “Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital.” His condition remains unclear.
The 52-year-old Beverly Hills, 90210 vet currently portrays Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on The CW’s Riverdale.
Perry’s apparent medical crisis occurred the same day Fox announced it was reviving 90210 via a Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque mockumentary starring original cast members Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris. Although Perry’s series-regular Riverdale gig precluded him participating in the project full-time, Spelling — who serves as one of the quasi-revival’s executive producers — expressed confidence that he would “do as many [episodes] as he can do.”
Additional TV credits for Perry include guest stints on Criminal Minds, Major Crimes, Community, Body of Proof and Will & Grace. He also appeared in the original 1992 film version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Robin Strasser Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!(2/27/19) An ABC daytime legend has landed a new role on an NBC sudser! ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Robin Strasser is joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! “November 12, 2017, nixed rumor I’d be joining DAYS,” she tweeted. “Cut to Feb. 2019, they called, I jumped! You can’t say #supportthe4 and not let them in when they knock on your door. #DOOL, yes!”
Strasser is best known for playing Dorian Lord on OLTL and following the cancelation of the soap, has been a vocal supporter of the four remaining daytime dramas still on the air, hence the hashtag “#supportthe4.” And when fans began petitioning again for the return of OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN to the ABC Daytime lineup, she was right there with them. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful?” she tweeted. “Would I be available to play Dorian again? Dang yes! I’ve never gotten over the loss of my TV family and friends — I miss them as much as you have.”
Of course Strasser is going to be busy working on DAYS right now, although there has been no information released yet as to what character she might be playing, when she’ll first air, or how long her stint is planned to be.
Strasser has enjoyed a long career in daytime, beginning with a role on THE SECRET STORM, followed by SUMERSET, ANOTHER WORLD, and AMC. She first appeared on OLTL beginning in 1979, and was one of the most popular Llanview residents right up until the end of the series. Back in May of 2018, the actress shared with Soaps In Depth her new life in real estate, and how she’d love to return to daytime for another turn. “I only want to do recurring,” she expressed at the time. “I’m 72 years old and cantankerous as a horndog in a beehive. I could not possibly [work more]. But to come in for a hotsy-totsy three months and goodbye? Or to come in twice a month? Enjoyable!”
The Sopranos Prequel Movie: Ray Liotta in Talks to Join Cast — But as Who?(2/27/19) Just when Ray Liotta thinks he’s done playing mobsters, they pull him back in: The Goodfellas star is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, our sister site Deadline reports.
The film, titled The Many Saints of Newark, is a prequel to the Emmy-winning HBO drama, set during the 1960s Newark riots. Liotta’s role has yet to be revealed, but that’s par for this course: Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Billy Magnussen (Maniac) have also joined the cast, but their roles haven’t been announced. We do know that Alessandro Nivola (Doll & Em) will star as Tony Soprano’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti, with James Gandolfini’s real-life son Michael playing a young Tony.
The Sopranos creator David Chase penned the script for The Many Saints of Newark, with Emmy-winning director Alan Taylor — who directed nine episodes of The Sopranos — tapped to helm the film. Production is expected to get underway this spring.
Liotta just wrapped up a three-season run as NYPD lieutenant Matt Wozniak on NBC’s Shades of Blue, co-starring with Jennifer Lopez, and has logged recent appearances on Young Sheldon, Modern Family and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But of course, he’s still probably best known for his breakout role as mobster Henry Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas.
Beverley Owen Dies: ‘The Munsters’ Original Marilyn Was 81(2/26/19) Beverley Owen (Linda, ATWT/Paula, AW/Unknown, The Doctors), an actress best known for her one-season stint as the beautiful non-monster Marilyn on the CBS classic ’60s sitcom The Munsters, died Feb. 21 at her home in Vermont. She was 81.
Her death was confirmed by her former cast mate Butch Patrick, who played little wolfish boy Eddie Munster on the 1964-66 series.
“Beautiful Beverly [sic] Owen has left us,” Patrick posted on Facebook yesterday. “What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes.”
Owen’s daughter Polly Stone told TMZ that her mother died following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. The former actress had not publicly disclosed her illness, but was surrounded by friends and family at her Vermont home when she passed, according to Stone.
Stone’s acting career was short-lived. After debuting on As the World Turns and guest starring on a half-dozen other episodic early ’60s series, Stone, in a blonde Marilyn Monroe-style wig, appeared in the first 13 episodes of the The Munsters, the sitcom about a friendly family of monsters – Fred Gwynne as the Frankenstein-like Herman, Yvonne De Carlo as vampire wife Lily, Al Lewis as vampire Grandpa, and Patrick as a sort of hybrid werewolf-vampire kid with a memorable widow’s peak.
As the gorgeous human Marilyn, Stone played the family oddball. In other words, the one Munster who appeared normal to the outside world.
Owen left the series after only one season to marry Jon Stone, a writer, producer and editor who would go on to a long association with Sesame Street. The couple divorced in 1974, with Stone reportedly going back to school to earn a master’s degree in early American history.
The actress was replaced on The Munsters by look-alike Pat Priest.
Owen divorced Stone in 1974 after a decade of marriage and she reportedly went on to earn her master’s degree in early American history in 1989. She is survived by daughters Polly and Kate.
Kelsey Grammer — father of 7 — wants more kids(2/22/19) Father of seven Kelsey Grammer was overheard saying that he wants to have even more kids.
“He [said that he] and his wife want multiple more,” said an eavesdropper. “He implied it would be soon.”
The “Frasier” star, who turned 64 Thursday, made the confession during a break in filming for a Fox 5 interview with Baruch Shemtov at the Paley Center.
Grammer has two children with wife Kayte Walsh and five from previous relationships.
Shemtov later interviewed Grammer on a panel with his castmates and EP Danny Strong to promote their new Fox show, “Proven Innocent.”
Wendie Malick To Co-Star In ‘Richard Lovely’ Fox Comedy Pilot; Alex Hardcastle To Direct(2/16/19) Hot in Cleveland and Just Shoot Me alumna Wendie Malick has been cast in a main role in Richard Lovely, Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot, from Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan and 20th Century Fox TV. In addition, Alex Hardcastle (Grace and Frankie) has signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot.
Written and executive produced by Finnegan, Richard Lovely, which has an About a Boy vibe to it, is about Richard Lovely, the disgruntled author of the best-selling children’s book series, Mr. Mouse. He doesn’t hate children, but rather just everything about them. After a publicity fiasco involving an unexpectedly savvy 9-year-old kid, Mr. Mouse appears in Richard’s real life as he is forced into an unlikely father/son relationship that will change his life forever.
Malick will play Richard’s mother, Alana. Alana loves her son very much but perhaps will always love herself a little bit more. Okay, a lot more.
Malick, who starred as Victoria Chase on Hot in Cleveland, recently recurred on American Housewife, The Ranch and This Is Us, among other credits. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Marcia Hurwitz.
Hardcastle’s recent directing credits include Grace and Frankie, on which he worked with Finnegan, The Good Cop, American Woman, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and most recently You’re The Worst. He’s repped by CAA.
Rena Sofer Announces Reunion With Ex(2/15/19) In a Valentine’s Day post, Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B) announced that she and ex-hubby Sanford Bookstaver are back together. “Sometimes you are lucky enough to find the man of your dreams early in your life… and sometimes you divorce the man of your dreams after 13 years of marriage…,” she wrote. “Then… sometimes you are DOUBLY lucky enough to find the man of your dreams all over again!!! Realizing the love of my life has been there, all the time, for the last 18 years is the best gift I could have ever hoped to receive. @sbookstaver will you be my valentine? FOREVER?? #loml #happyvalentinesday.” Bookstaver tweeted, “This woman @rena.sofer is the love of my life! It’s been a long journey together, and I couldn’t be happier that we have found each other again. Here’s to a long and beautiful life together forever. Happy Valentine’s Day! #valentinesday#love #forever.”
Chris Cornell documentary in the works from Brad Pitt and Peter Berg(2/14/19) A new documentary film centered on the life of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is in the works, Variety has learned.
The film will be produced by Cornell’s widow, Vicky, along with Brad Pitt and Peter Berg’s Film 45 production company, which focuses on non-scripted entertainment and branded content. Berg (“Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon”) will direct.
Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden from the band’s incarnation in 1984 until they broke up in 1997. He went on to front Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine before Soundgarden reunited in 2011. The band was in the middle of touring when, on May 18, 2017, Cornell died after a show in Detroit. His death was ruled a suicide.
In January, Vicky Cornell and a number of the grunge icon’s fellow musicians, including Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, threw a benefit concert, “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” at the Forum in Los Angeles. Guest performers included Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stapleton. Pitt also made an appearance.
Cornell received 16 Grammy nominations throughout his career. He won three: best metal performance for “Spoonman” and best hard rock performance for “Black Hole Sun,” both with his Soundgarden bandmates, and just last weekend, a posthumous honor for best rock performance, for “When Bad Does Good.”
Berg’s last film was “Mile 22,” starring Mark Wahlberg. Next up is “Wonderland,” his fifth collaboration with Wahlberg.
A rep for the Cornell estate confirmed that a doc is in the works but offered no additional details.
More Big Names – Cuarón, Clooney, McDormand Among Them – Sign Open Letter To Academy In Category Controversy(2/14/19) The list of industry names who have signed on to an open letter to the Academy asking it to reverse its decision to change the way some categories are presented at the Oscars is growing.
Roma‘s Alfonso Cuarón, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Kerry Washington are among the latest signatories on the letter, which now includes support from Oscar winners including Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Frances McDormand.
The letter was published Thursday and prompted a quick response from the Academy and its president John Bailey, who insisted the plan to award four trophies — for Cinematography, Editing, Makeup & Hair Styling and Live Action Shorts — in an effort to streamline the broadcast has been misconstrued since it was officially announced Monday.
Paul Wesley Inks Producing Deal With Kapital Entertainment, Sets 2 Drama Series Projects, Including Starring Vehicle(2/13/19) Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has forged a production partnership with The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley and his company Citizen Media.
The first two series projects Kapital and Citizen are rolling out together are a drama based on Jason Smith’s non-fiction article Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher, with Wesley attached to star and David Slade (Black Mirror) to direct, and supernatural crime drama Possessed, based on a Korean format.
Under the pact, Kapital will work with Wesley to build his company and its footprint in the market. The Kapital team and Wesley will jointly develop content for Wesley to produce. It will be aimed at broadcast, cable and streaming. Some — but not all — of the projects will be intended as starring vehicles for Wesley who recently co-starred on Kapital’s CBS All Access series Tell Me a Story.
“Paul and I found ourselves aligned in the kinds of stories we wanted to tell and in synch in how we wanted to share them,” Kaplan said. “I am so excited that Paul trusted Kapital to work with Citizen Media to develop and produce great content.”
Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher was one of the first projects Wesley put in development when he launched Citizen Media in 2016 with a deal at Warner Bros. TV. Smith’s article chronicles his two-year stint teaching public high school in northern California. Despite teaching while anesthetized by a heavy dose of prescription narcotics, Jason finds that his brokenness from addiction begins attracting broken students, and in a town obsessed with high school football, he’s not alone in his obsession to escape from himself.
Kapital is executive producing with Wesley, who will star, his former producing partner Bob Levy. as well as Slade, who will direct.
Based on the 2009 Korean series from MBC, Possessed centers on high school girl Ha-na who is always the first to come out and protect her introverted twin sister Doo-na. After Doo-na passes away in a fire, Ha-na finds that her body no longer completely belongs to herself. Doo-na’s angry spirit now lives in Ha-na, giving her special powers and monstrous strength. Genius criminal psychologist Shin Ryu is an expert profiler who is determined to see justice served. When he learns about Ha-na’s abilities, he uses her powers to eliminate criminals that are above the law, and to plan his revenge on the man who helped his family’s killer go free. (You can watch a trailer for the original series below.)
Craig Plestic (The Masked Singer) is executive producing Possessed alongside Kapital and Citizen Media.
This is the latest producing partnership for Kapital, which also has deals with directors Victor Gonzalez and David Semel.
“I’ve admired the work that Aaron and Kapital have been doing, and I’m very excited to team up with them to create content we can be proud of,” Wesley said.
Over the last few years, Wesley’s production company, Citizen Media, has set up multiple series projects for development at various networks and studios including ABC, Fox 21 TV TV Studios, Warner Bros TV/Warner Horizon and Freeform.
Wesley starred on The Vampire Diaries for eight seasons, directed multiple episodes throughout the series’ run, and served as a producer for the 8th and final season.
He recently appeared in Netflix’s docu-drama Medal Of Honor produced by Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. He also did two off Broadway theater productions in 2018. Behind the camera, last year he directed episodes of Roswell, New Mexico and Legacies.
Wesley is repped by ICM, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris. Slade is with UTA. MBC is repped by Paradigm.
Kaplan currently has 11 series on the air, 10 of them through Kapital.
Brad Pitt Shows Up for Jennifer Aniston's 50th Birthday Party(2/10/19) Jennifer Aniston is turning 50, and what better way to celebrate than inviting your ex-hubby Brad Pitt to the shindig?
It's kinda a big deal ... because their 5-year marriage fell apart when he hooked up with Angelina Jolie and eventually married her.
Brad snaked around most of the paparazzi Saturday night at the Sunset Tower hotel on the Sunset Strip but you see him from behind as he enters the building. BTW, it's Jen's favorite spot in town ... she's there all the time and, in case you're interested, loves the chicken salad.
Brad was in a holy custody war with Angelina, but this doesn't seem to be a case of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." From all appearances, Brad and Jen remained on friendly terms.
A bunch of other celebs showed up, including Robert Downey, Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Rande Gerber, Pharrell Williams, Keith Richards, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, George and Amal Clooney, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Barbra Streisand and many others.
BTW ... Brad used to date Gwyneth, so he knew the room!
Surprise! The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Is Married(2/9/19) Paul Wesley is officially off the market!
E! News has exclusively learned that The Vampire Diaries star and Ines de Ramon are married.
Speculation about the couple's relationship status was sparked earlier this week when photos surfaced of the pair wearing matching rings on that all-important finger.
As it turns out, the duo was able to take a big step in their relationship without anyone knowing—until now!
The pair has yet to walk a red carpet together. And if you think you're going to see the pair all over Instagram, you may be out of luck. Ines' profile is private.
That hasn't stopped Paul, however, from sharing a few special pictures of his leading lady.
"Throwback Thursday," he wrote this past September while sharing a snapshot of Ines. "Feast of San Gennaro, NYC."
As pop culture fans know, Paul appeared on The Vampire Diaries before starring in Tell Me a Story. He previously dated Phoebe Tonkin before calling things off in 2017.
And although fans may love seeing Paul on the big and small screen, the 36-year-old has remained humble about the praise he receives.
"To be honest, I think its endearing and sweet, but I don't really think about it too much," he told Parade when asked about his heartthrob status.
Congratulations to the happy couple on their big news.
FBI Spinoff: Julian McMahon to Star in CBS' Most Wanted-Themed Offshoot(2/8/19) Julian McMahon is in FBI custody.
The Nip/Tuck vet has signed on to star in CBS’ in-the-works FBI spinoff, the pilot of which will air later this season as a regular episode of FBI. The project — which has already received a series commitment from the network — centers on the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
McMahon — who is coming off of a two-season stint on Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu — will play Jess Lacroix, an ‘agent’s agent’ who is at the top of his game, and oversees the team from the FBI’s Most Wanted Unit, which is assigned the most extreme and egregious cases.
Law & Order boss Dick Wolf (who created FBI) will co-write the pilot with longtime L&O collaborator Rene Balcer. The pair will also serve as EPs alongside Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.
FBI: Original Flavor launched last fall and quickly emerged as CBS’ biggest rookie hit. Season-to-date, the show — starring Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Ebonée Noel and Sela Ward — is averaging 9.3 million viewers and a 1.1 rating, ranking second in both measures among all the network’s dramas. CBS has already renewed the show for Season 2.
Anne Heche & Jason Patric Join Thomas Jane In Action-Thriller ‘Hour Of Lead’ — EFM(2/7/19) Anne Heche (John Q) and Jason Patric (In The Valley Of Elah) are joining Thomas Jane (Predator) in upcoming action-thriller Hour Of Lead from writer-director Peter Facinelli (Breaking & Entering).
The Exchange is handling sales at the EFM. Currently shooting in the U.S., the film charts the fallout after a ten-year-old girl goes missing from an RV park. The girl’s father (Jane) and mother (Heche) take justice into their own hands, stopping at nothing to track their daughter down. As they fall deeper into the search, a tragic revelation is uncovered, deepening the mystery of the girl’s disappearance.
The project is the sophomore feature from actor turned producer-director Facinelli (Twilight). Jeff Elliott (Imperium) of Brickell & Broadbridge is producing.
“We are thrilled to have Anne and Jason join the project,” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “They are both are great actors and will give their characters the emotional depth to help this commercial thriller have breakout potential.”
The Exchange’s 2019 EFM lineup includes Seacole starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Worthingon, Drew Barrymore’s The Stand-In, AFI Fest Audience Award winner The Biggest Little Farm and sci-fi thriller Warning.
Heche is repped by Untitled Entertainment, Paradigm Talent Agency, and Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman. Patric is repped by Atlas Artists, Agency for the Performing Arts and Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman.
Australian actress Carmen Duncan loses cancer battle at 76(2/4/19) (celebrity.nine.com.au) Beloved Australian actress Carmen Duncan died on Sunday, February 3, after losing her battle with cancer. She was 76.
A spokesperson from St Vincent's Hospital where the All Saints actress had been receiving treatment, confirmed the news of her passing to SBS.
The veteran star had a career spanning over 60 years with roles on shows such as Always Greener and US soap opera, Another World.
Friends, fans and some of Duncan's entertainment peers, took to Twitter to remember the incredible body of work and legacy that the late actress las left behind.
Duncan's friend, Ian Phipps, expressed his sorrow at the news of her passing.
"Vale to my darling friend Carmen Duncan, a wonderful and beautiful human being inside and out. Much love to Amelia, Duncan and family," he tweeted.
Weekend Today's David Campbell also shared a touching tribute to Duncan.
"So sad to hear of the lovely Carmen Duncan passing. She indeed was a beautiful soul. RIP."
Stand-up comedian, Rob Shehadie simply wrote, "RIP Carmen Duncan."
"Vale Carmen Duncan. Actor & former Actors Equity Federal Council member who had lost her battle with cancer. RIP gorgeous, you were all class," tweeted radio presenter, Trevor Sinclair.
A 1961 graduate of Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Duncan went on to star on both the big and small screen on both sides of the Pacific. Some of Duncan's mall screen roles included Division 4, Homicide, Number 96 and classics like Skyways and The Young Doctors. Duncan's filmography also included 1980's Harlequin -- a role of which she was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Actress -- 1980's Touch and Go, Turkey Shoot (1982) and Now and Forever (1983).
After moving to the US in the '80s, Duncan went on to star in day-time soap opera Another World from 1988 to 1994. In 2004 she scored another role on an American soap playing Lisa Grimaldi in As The World Turns.
Eventually returning to her home turf, Duncan also featured in Aussie dramas like Always Greener, Winners & Losers and CrashBurn.
Duncan is survived by her sister Paula Duncan and her two children: Amelie and Duncan.
Good Fight Season 3 Premiere Date Set at CBS All Access — Watch Trailer(1/31/19) (Video) Diane Lockhart v. Donald Trump will reconvene in six weeks.
The Good Fight‘s 10-episode third season will premiere March 14 on CBS All Access, the streamer announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour. And from the looks of the above trailer, the Christine Baranski-fronted Good Wife spinoff will not loosening its grip on the current administration.
In Season 3, “Diane tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself,” per the official logline. Elsewhere, “Adrian and Liz struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts, and Lucca balances a new baby with a new love.” Maia, meanwhile, tangles with a Machiavellian lawyer (played by new cast member Michael Sheen).
In addition to Baranski and Sheen, the Season 3 ensemble includes returning vets Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Delroy Lindo. As TVLine previously reported, Justin Bartha (Colin) will not be back.
Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron are dating(1/20/19) Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt are dating.
And the couple was introduced by her former fiance Sean Penn.
The UK Sun newspaper is reporting that sparks are flying between the two A-listers.
According to sources the pair were all over each over at a showbiz party last week.
Their relationship, which began over Christmas, is Pitt’s first serious romance since he split from Angelina Jolie back in 2016.
Oscar winner Theron, who called off her marriage to Penn in 2015, is understood to have visited Brad at his home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.
But she has not, as yet, met his six children with Jolie.
Both Pitt, 55, and Theron, 43, are both known for their romances with other high-profile stars.
A source said: “They have been casually seeing each other for nearly a month now. They’ve been friends for some time — ironically through Sean — but things have developed.”
Last weekend the pair were spotted together after separate Saturday night movie screenings.
Pitt went to watch “If Beale Street Could Talk” — which he is exec producer of — at a private house in the Hollywood Hills.
Theron was special guest at a showing of “Roma” at the historic Chateau Marmont Hotel.
The source added: “Brad came over to Chateau afterwards, changed his outfit and joined Charlize in a corner of the bar.
“She was on a vodka cocktail while he stuck to mineral water.
“They were ridiculously touchy-feely and his arm was around her back. At one point he winked at her.
“Brad seemed in a really good place — they both looked really happy.”
Pitt quit alcohol after admitting his drinking was the main problem in his marriage to Jolie.
The pair has been embroiled in a bitter divorce that is expected to be resolved soon.
The actor famously dated Gwyneth Paltrow before marrying first wife Jennifer Aniston.
Theron, who has two adopted children, was previously linked to Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds and Alexander Skarsgard.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Trailer: First Look at the Series' Final Episodes(1/17/19) (Video) Slip on a pair of shants and pour yourself a tall glass of Peeno Noir, because the trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s final run of episodes has arrived. Netflix on Wednesday released a sneak peek of what the comedy’s last six episodes have in store for us, even if we’re nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this group of living Muppets.
Highlights from the trailer include Kimmy being mistaken for Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, Titus orchestrating a celebrity showmance to make Mikey jealous and Lillian… joining a gang? Also, what are the “Toonys,” and how do we get an invite?
Season 4B also boasts a bevy of famous guest stars, including Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards), Busy Philipps (Busy Tonight), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Amy Sedaris (At Home With Amy Sedaris), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Steve Buscemi (Miracle Workers), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Ronan Farrow (of the news) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends).
The Netflix comedy returns for its final run on Friday, Jan. 25.
Jane Krakowski on Match Game 1/30/19(1/14/19) “410” – It’s Wednesday night and that means BLANK! Alec Baldwin is at the helm with Chris, Whitney, Kevin, Jane, Ron and Caitlyn on an all-new “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” is produced by Fremantle and features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.
Celebrity panelists for Jan. 30 include the following:
A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!(1/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo1, Photo2) It’s unlikely you’ll see it her alter ego of Quinn Forrester sporting it on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but Rena Sofer just got a new tattoo with a very special meaning. Shortly after the New Year, the actress teased fans with a shot of her getting the ink on her left forearm. “I’ll show it when it’s healed!” she promised. “48 hours!”
Once her arm was healed, Sofer shared a shot of the image that was designed by her daughter, artist Rosabel Rosalind Kurth, and then transformed into skin art by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Daniel Winter. And each part of the detailed design carries a special meaning for the actress and mother. “I am the queen bee,” she explained. “And the MRA in my scepter are for my girls. The shoes show while I can be a woman in every sense of the word, I’ll also protect my family with everything I have. The crown says what I am: MAMA.”
Sofer has other tattoos that she has gotten over the years, but this one is extra-special and one that took extra planning. “I’ve thought about this for years so it wasn’t a snap decision, and while I’ve had many tattoos in my life, this is my most meaningful,” she expressed. “Thank you, Rosabel, for the amazing art, and Daniel Winter for the amazing work.”
Rosabel really is a very talented artist, and Winter did an incredible job translating it into a tattoo for Sofer. Of course, now we can’t help but wonder what kind of tattoos Quinn might get for herself!
Lindsay Lohan reunites with 'Mean Girls' co-star Jonathan Bennett(1/5/19) Lindsay Lohan is reteaming with her Mean Girls co-star Jonathan Bennett for her new reality show.
The actor, who portrayed Aaron Samuels in the hit 2004 movie, has been tapped by Lohan herself to host the after-show to his former castmate’s new MTV series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.
The After the Show segment will air directly after the premiere of the new show on Tuesday, and the actress will join Bennett for a live chat with fans.
Bennett and Lohan teased the get together on Friday by posting a reunion photo online.
During their TV chat next week, Lohan will discuss her business interests and philanthropy in Europe, where the new show has been shot.
The series, which revolves around Lindsay’s club in Mykonos, Greece, will feature the actress and staff at her new business concern.
Meanwhile, Bennett recently reprised his Mean Girls role for Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next music video, and told Entertainment Tonight that tackling Aaron again for the promo was an unexpected treat.
“It brought me back,” he said. “There was that moment when you’re sitting in the chair, they do your hair and makeup like Aaron Samuels, and they spin you around for the first time and you look in the mirror. That was the first time I saw him in 15 years, and it was like seeing an old friend. It takes you back to that time when life was just simpler.”
Dishing with Digest - Linda Dano - 1/4/19(1/4/19) (Listen/download) Linda Dano Reflects On Daytime Career
Beloved soap vet Linda Dano looks back on her ANOTHER WORLD years as Felicia Gallant, her friendship with Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), her jump to ABC and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Ingo Rademacher’s upcoming departure from B&B and what it means for the canvas.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 4B First-Look Teaser(12/24/18) (Video) Netflix has released some first-look photos and a teaser clip for the second half of the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The clip features Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) performing the theme song for Season 4B titled “Magic Boy”, that of course, is all about Titus. The first-look photos (see below) feature Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Mimi Kanasis (Amy Sedaris).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about who she really is. Joining Kimmy on her journey are her best friend and roommate, Titus Andromedon (Burgess); her former-employer-turned-friend Jacqueline White (Krakowski); and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Kane).
The first ongoing original half-hour comedy series to debut on Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been among the streaming giant’s most acclaimed shows. To date, it has earned 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a best series nom for each of its first three seasons. The comedy also quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist with pop culture parodies and songs like “Pinot Noir” that have amassed sizable followings on social media.
Brad Pitt slams Hurricane Katrina victims’ claim he only helped for publicity(12/19/18) Brad Pitt is defending himself against claims he only helped New Orleans residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina for good publicity.
The “War Machine” star is demanding a judge release him from the class-action suit the Hurricane Katrina victims have filed against him, claiming the lawsuit “does not otherwise contain a single factual allegation that Mr. Pitt made any promise to any putative class member, that he entered any contract with any putative class member, or that he made any misrepresentation to any putative class member,” according to legal documents, obtained by The Blast.
The lawsuit is also against Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. The plaintiffs argue that Pitt and his foundation promised to build homes that would withstand “hurricane force winds” but instead received houses that won’t last another five years, despite owners being tied to 30-year mortgages.
Pitt argued, “While plaintiffs urge in the Opposition that certain generic and innocuous statements Mr. Pitt allegedly made to the press somehow give rise to claims against him individually, this is simply unsupportable.”
Although the Oscar winner is demanding to be released from the lawsuit, he’s not asking for his charitable foundation be removed.
The class-action suit accused Make It Right of knowing about issues with the building materials used but failing to inform the buyers. The residents claimed the homes were not up to code and came with issues, including mold, plumbing, air quality, rotten wood, structural problems and ventilation issues.
Sources told Page Six over the summer that Pitt has spent millions of dollars of his own money to fix the problems.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES
The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ATLANTA (FX Networks)
THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Dishing with Digest 12/7/18 - Rena Sofer(12/7/18) B&B's Rena Sofer Gets Personal (Listen / download)
B&B's Rena Sofer talks about playing B&B's Quinn, her early soap roots on LOVING and GH, her prime-time past, some changes in her personal life and much more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine how it plays out when actors reclaim their roles, and discuss soaps' most romantic moments.
‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ Gets MTV Premiere Date(12/4/18) Lindsay Lohan makes her return to reality next month. MTV said today that its docuseries Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8.
Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Challenge. The Real World), the program follows the actress, influencer and entrepreneur as she expands her business empire in Greece with the launch of her new club, Lohan Beach House. But she won’t do it alone.
Viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the shots with her handpicked team of young and ambitious VIP hosts, who will have to do whatever it takes to secure Lohan’s name as the definition of vacation luxury. But when the lines between romance, friendship and work get blurred, the staff will quickly learn they’ll have to prove themselves to their toughest boss yet.
Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam, Andrea Metz, Lily Neumeyer, Jessica Zalkind and Ben Hurvitz serve as executive producers for MTV. Lohan is represented by APA.
MTV will offer a sneak peek at the series at 8 p.m. New Year’s Day. The net also plans a special called Lindsay Lohan: Most Memorable Moments (workign title) at 10 p.m. January 7.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reach Custody Agreement, Avoid Trial(12/1/18) With just days to spare, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are announcing they struck a custody agreement to avoid battling it out in front of a judge.
We broke the story ... Angelina and Brad were set to go to trial December 4, and they seemed miles apart on custody demands for their 6 kids. She wanted sole physical custody, and he wanted 50/50 joint custody.
On Friday, Angelina's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean announced, "A custody arrangement was agreed 2 weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge." She added the agreement is "based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator."
The terms are confidential, but the bottom line is ...there will be no trial next week.
There's still plenty more to be decided in their bitter divorce -- like property settlement -- which could get ugly considering they didn't have a prenup when they got married.
They've filed docs asking the judge to give them until next June to hash those things out.
‘La Reina Del Sur’: Eric Roberts Among Cast Additions For Season 2 Of Telemundo Series Starring Kate Del Castillo(11/30/18) After nearly a decade, Kate Del Castillo will reprise her role as Teresa Mendoza in the return of the Narco drama La Reina del Sur, set to debut in 2019 on Telemundo. The original story, based on the novel of the same by Arturo Perez-Reverte, follows Mendoza’s climb to the top of the male-dominated Narco world that trafficked drugs on a global scale.
Joining Del Castillo in the new season, which shot on location in seven countries, are a mix of returning actors and new multilingual, international talent including Raoul Bova (Under the Tuscan Sun), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Paola Nuñez (The Son), Antonio Gil (Quantum of Solace), and legendary novela actor Humberto Zurita.
The series will pick up eight years after the events of the finale where audiences learned that Mendoza was pregnant and unsure of her future. When La Reina returns, audiences learn she’s disappeared into the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program and is currently living in Italy under the name of Maria Dantes with her daughter Sofia (Isabella Sierra).
“When I shot my first scene back as Teresa Mendoza, I was so nervous,” Del Castillo told Deadline. “I didn’t know whether I’d be able to embody this beautiful character again that so many people love. Playing Teresa the first time around was groundbreaking for my career and she means a lot to me. So it was tough for me to agree to bring her back after all this years because I didn’t want to mess with the success of the original.
It was only after Perez-Reverte and our writer Roberto Stopello who developed the script, were totally in sync with this new storyline and shared their excitement with me that I knew that this was how to bring her back. I’ve always carried Teresa in my heart and I hope fans embrace her again too.”
Bova will co-star as Mendoza’s love interest Francesco “Lupo” Belmondo, a tall and handsome, ex-military operative and mercenary who speaks many languages yet is a man of few words. He will perfect his grasp of the Spanish language with help from Mendoza’s daughter.
“Raoul’s character is a very interesting one to follow because he will play multiple characters within the series,” returning Executive Producer Martha Godoy explained. “He will transform in front of audiences and they’ll never know whether he’s truly who he says he is. Is he really trying to help or does he have something more sinister planned?
[Lupo] is a multifaceted character played excellently by Raul. The character lends himself to allow the writers to play with spectators and Teresa throughout his evolution in season two.”
Roberts will guest star as DEA boss Erick Sheldon, confidant of the United States president and architect of a secret operation to help Epifanio Vargas (Zurita) win the Mexican presidency.
Nuñez’s Manuela is described as a chameleon who will remind audiences of Patty O’Farrell from season one. She’s a DEA agent who speaks multiple languages and is a tech and firearms expert. She secretly helps open the pathways for Epifanio to win the presidency. Manuela lives a double life; Nuñez will also portray a secondary character named Kira that’s fueled by revenge.
“Kira is on a mission to kill,” Nuñez explained. “She wants vengeance and there’s no one that can stop her from achieving it. She’s not an evil person, but she gets so consumed by the death of her sister that she lives just to get justice against her killer. I want audiences to see her humanity and realize that maybe even they would feel the same way if they had gone through something so traumatizing.”
Gil will make his series debut in the role of Oleg Yasikov, who leaves retirement in Moscow due to his loyalty to Teresa. He heads back to the front line to defend his friend when she needs him the most.
Rounding out the cast are Mark Tatcher, Tiago Correa, Eduardo Yánez, Flavio Medina, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Carmen Navarro, Kika Edgar, Luis Gavasa, Alejandro Calva, Christian Tappan, Cuca Escribano, Eduardo Velasco, Abdelali el Aziz, Lincoln Palomeque, Miguel Angel Blanco, Juan José Arjona, Quique Sanmartín, Carlos Aguilar, Miguel de Miguel, Luisa Gavasa, Eduardo Santamarina, Aitor Luna, Sara Vidorreta, Agata Clares, Emannuel Orenday, Carmen Flores Sandoval, Maria Camila Girald, Alex Speitzer, Vera Mercado, Norma Angélica as Morgana, Eduardo Pérez, Pol Monem, Dmitry Anisimov, Aroha Hafez, Jesús Castro, Anna Ciochetti, and Roberto Abraham Wohlmutha.
Telemundo credits the huge success of La Reina del Sur for launching the network’s Super Series that changed the Spanish-language novela format to include multiple seasons. The original also spawned the successful USA Network’s English-language remake Queen of the South, which has been renewed for a fourth season. Additionally, del Castillo has the Spanish-language Netflix drama Ingobernable, which is heading into its second season, and starred in the Netflix docu series The Day I Met El Chapo, about her encounter with the Mexican drug lord.
“The return of Kate del Castillo and La Reina del Sur to Telemundo is absolutely an event,” said Marcos Santana, President of Telemundo Global Studios. “In the nine years since its debut, the impact of this hard hitting drama is still being felt today. Kate’s star has risen even higher since the series’ debut and having her back on board in her most iconic role is just the beginning. We are confident that its combination of international talent, an emotionally compelling and action-packed narrative, and the heightened production values of this global production all add up to a must-see entertainment experience for all audiences.”
Season two of La Reina is a co-production between Telemundo Global Studio and Netflix. It’s already the most expensive large format production shot in Latin America.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt seek more time with divorce judge(11/28/18) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have requested extra time to work out the details of their divorce and custody issues with a private judge.
The actors have been working with Honorable John Ouderkirk to try and hash out a settlement regarding the care of their six children, and while he had originally been hired to work with the estranged couple until June, it appears the exes are keen to ensure the judge has more than enough time to help them resolve any outstanding disagreements as they have since filed court papers to keep him on the case until Dec. 31, 2019.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Jolie wants Ouderkirk to handle all pre-trial motions and requests, and stay on for a private custody trial, if she and Pitt fail to reach a custody deal.
The Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars had previously been set to take their dispute to trial on Dec. 4, but both agreed to continue negotiations in a bid to spare their kids, who range from ages 10 to 17, from the court proceedings.
Ironically, Ouderkirk, who is now retired from the bench, is the same judge who presided over Jolie and Pitt’s wedding ceremony at their chateau in France in 2014.
They separated just two years later, with Jolie filing for divorce in September, 2016.
The 43-year-old actress, who has primary physical custody of their brood, had originally sought sole custody, clashing with Pitt’s request for joint care, but in June, they reached a temporary agreement granting the 54-year-old Moneyball actor more visitation with five of their children. The pair’s eldest son, Maddox, 16, opted out of the deal.
Tensions flared again in August, when Jolie accused Pitt of failing to pay any “meaningful” child support for 18 months. Pitt’s lawyers filed their response a day later, insisting their client had paid his ex over US$9 million, since their 2016 split.
Wendie Malick & Patrick Duffy in American Housewife 12/12/18(11/28/18) “Saving Christmas”– Katie strives to keep her long-separatedparents apart when her father, Marty (Patrick Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Tripwin Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce (Milo Manheim). Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker” but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume, on an all-new episode of “American Housewife,” airing WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
Guest star Wendie Malick returns as Kathryn. Patrick Duffy guest stars as Marty and Milo Manheim as Pierce.
“Saving Christmas” was written by Jeremy Hall and directed by Jennifer Arnold.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding officiant is their custody trial judge(11/22/18) The judge who wed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in France has been granted permission to preside over the former couple’s divorce battle.
The former couple has been at odds over child support and visitation since Angelina filed for divorce in September, 2016, and they still can’t find a solution to their problems.
Brad and Angelina are set to go to trial next month and, according to The Blast, the Honorable John Ouderkirk will oversee the case, which will be kept private.
He has a history with the pair, overseeing their nuptials at their French estate, Chateau Miraval, in August 2014 and Judge Ouderkirk has been quietly working with Pitt and Jolie since the beginning of their divorce proceedings. In June, he ordered Angelina to help Pitt repair their six kids’ relationships with their father, and according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight at the time, the actor scored quality time with five of his children over the summer. The pair’s eldest son, Maddox, 16, opted out of the agreement.
“It is critical that each of (the six) children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” the judge’s report read in June.
However, Jolie’s representative blasted the reports surrounding the determination as “misleading.”
“It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening,” the representative told The Blast.
Then, in August, Jolie accused Pitt of failing to pay any “meaningful” child support for 18 months. Pitt’s lawyers filed their response a day later, insisting their client had paid his ex over $9 million, since their 2016 split.
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