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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated November 19, 2019)
Joanna Going on The Good Doctor 12/2/19(11/19/19) “Friends and Family” – Dr. Shaun Murphy visits his father on his deathbed and the family reunion reveals unexpected results. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez, Dr. Alex Park, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Claire Browne treat an injured star NFL player with severe spinal damage; and Claire addresses her mental health on an all-new episode of “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, DEC. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo and Jasika Nicole as Dr. Carly Lever.
Guest starring is Michael Trucco as Ethan Murphy and Joanna Going as Marcie Murphy.
“Friends and Family” was written by Tommy Moran and directed by Mike Listo.
Paramount Lands WW Rights On Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ With Emma Stone, Brad Pitt Circling Period Hollywood Drama(11/11/19) Paramount has acquired world rights for Babylon, a script that Damien Chazelle has written to direct as his next film. His La La Land star Emma Stone is circling to star with Brad Pitt. The actor deals aren’t yet done, but the plan is for them to team in an original R-rated drama that is set in a shifting moment in Hollywood, when the business was turning from silent films to talkies. Studio has dated it for Xmas Day, 2021 for limited release, broadening January 7. That is an Oscar-bait slot so the aspirations are large here.
The film will be produced by Olivia Hamilton, Matt Plouffe, Marc Platt and Tobey Maguire.
The project was first shopped in July, when Pitt was about to open opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and before Stone was readying the Ruben Fleischer-directed Zombieland: Double Tap with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, and filming the title role in Disney’s Cruella. It was described then as a bold auteur piece with a significant budget, and Paramount established itself as the frontrunner early. The rebounding studio has been aggressive in committing to ambitious films, most recently a film Deadline broke on The Bee Gees with Sister, GK Films and Amblin, with The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody scribe Anthony McCarten scripting. Deadline broke the McCarten news last week.
The budget and period setting makes it a bold play by Paramount, but recent lackluster openings of established franchises indicates that fresh IP is not a bad way to go. Chazelle most recently directed First Man with Stone’s La La Land co-star Ryan Gosling.
The project was shopped as Netflix greenlit another golden era Hollywood film in Mank, with David Fincher directing a script his father Howard Fincher wrote about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman playing the scribe in a drama that chronicled his battles with Orson Welles on the classic film.
Trace Adkins & Thora Birch Lead Cast Of Tornado Drama ‘13 Minutes’ – AFM(11/2/19) Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz and Paz Vega have been set to lead the cast of 13 Minutes, a tornado-driven drama that will mark the feature directing debut of Lindsay Gossling. Shooting starts next month in Oklahoma in the heart of Tornado Alley.
Set in a small American town, Gossling’s script begins with residents starting a day as ordinary as the next. Mother Nature, however, has other plans for them. Inhabitants have just 13 minutes to seek shelter before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, leaving them struggling to protect their loved ones and fighting for their lives.
Travis Farncombe and Gossling developed the project and will produce with Karen Harnisch via their Involving Pictures. Elevated Films’ Cassian Elwes and Jere Hausfater will executive produce in association with ImpactWX.
Highland Film Group is steering international sales at the American Film Market that kicks off next week and is co-repping U.S. rights with Elevated.
Gossling most recently penned A Translator, the Havana-set drama that is Cuba’s submission in this year’s International Feature Film Oscar race.
Country star/actor Adkins is repped by UTA and Greg Baker. Birch, currently on The Walking Dead, is repped by Buchwald and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Facinelli, whose feature film Hour of Lead co-starring Heche and Thomas Jane is now in postproduction, is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Mainstay Entertainment. Heche is with Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.
Vega, most recently seen in Rambo: Last Blood, is repped by Paradigm and Management Production Entertainment. Peltz (Unfriended) is with Innovative Artists and Management Production Entertainment.
13 Seconds joins a Highland slate that includes Jiu Jitsu, starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, and Rick Yune; Open Source, starring Bruce Willis; Persephone, starring Brianna Hildebrand; and Michael Polish’s Axis Sally, starring Al Pacino.
Talk Show Appearance(10/31/19) THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN – CBS
Thursday, Nov. 7: Actress Jane Krakowski
Michelle Hurd Recurs on Hawaii Five-O(10/28/19) “Ne’e aku, ne’e mai ke one o Punahoa” – Five-0 teams up with a DEA agent to search for a killer whose plane crashed in the jungle with $10 million worth of heroin on board. Also, Grover is thrilled when his niece Siobhan (guest star Nia Holloway) comes to try out for the University of Hawaii basketball team, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Basketball star Metta World Peace guest stars as himself. The episode was co-written by series star Chi McBride.
(“Ne’e aku, ne’e mai ke one o Punahoa” is Hawaiian for “That way and this way shifts the sands of Punahoa”)
RECURRING CAST: Michelle Hurd (Renee Grover)
‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ To Be Re-Released This Friday With Four New Scenes(10/25/19) There was always talks that Quentin Tarantino would add more scenes to his ninth movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood following its premiere at Cannes, finally, here it is, a new cut, just in time for awards season that Sony will re-release in around 1,500 theaters on Friday. Four never-before-scenes will be added, book-ending the new print. The movie, Tarantino’s first outside of his partnership with the Weinsteins, is his second-grossing ever stateside with $139.8M, $368.3M worldwide behind Django Unchained. The pic opened during the final weekend of July to $41M and one of the few pieces of counter-programming in a Disney-filled IP summer to work.
For those living in LA and happened to catch Hollywood at Tarantino’s Beverly Cinema, that print offered up an extended cut of a Bounty Law segment (the TV show starring DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton character). The movie follows Dalton, a fading movie star who is crashing into TV and his loyal stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They also happen to be neighbors to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) in the Hollywood Hills at a socially-disruptive time in LA, the summer of ’69. Al Pacino also stars.
Recently it was reported that Leonardo DiCaprio would run in the best actor Oscar category while Brad Pitt will compete in supporting.
Tarantino also wrote. David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Tarantino produced. Georgia Kacandes, YU Dong and Jeffrey Chan serve as EPs.
“Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie, and we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it’s meant to be seen – in theaters on the big screen – with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat,” said Adrian Smith, President of Domestic Distribution, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.
Ashley Greene, Andrew Walker & Jackée Harry To Star In Hallmark Channel Holiday Movie(10/17/19) Ashley Greene, Andrew Walker and Jackée Harry are set as the leads in Christmas On My Mind (fka An Unforgettable Christmas), a new Hallmark Channel holiday movie.
Written by Kristen Hansen, in Christmas On My Mind, when Lucy (Greene) wakes up with a wedding dress in hand, she believes that she is late to her wedding with her ex-boyfriend Zac (Walker). However, she has no recollection of the past 2 years, including the fact that she is engaged to another man. With Zac’s help, Lucy sets off on an adventure in Bedford Harbor to fill the gaps in her memory, and finds old romantic feelings reigniting during the Christmas season. Harry plays Dr. Caroline Albright.
Tim Johnson and Maura Dunbar executive produce.
Christmas On My Mind is slated to air Thursday, December 19 on Hallmark Channel.
Greene, best known for her role in the Twilight series, recently starred in Accident Man and the TV series Rogue. She’ll next be seen in the role of Abby Huntsman in Bombshell.
Walker also will be seen in Hallmark Channel movie Merry & Bright. He’s repped by APA, Thruline and ART in Canada.
Harry also has a starring role in Carole’s Christmas, set for premiere next month on OWN. Harry won an outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Emmy for her role as Sandra Clark in 227. Her previous credits include the Lifetime original movie Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, The Paynes, The Jeffersons, and Cool Kids among others. She’s repped by Metropolitan and manager Bob McGowan.
Robin Strasser On DAYS: “They won’t be using me again”(10/17/19) On Twitter, Robin Strasser (ex-Vivian) revealed that she was informed last week that she wouldn’t be returning to DAYS. She posted, “so it’s clear to all who may overhear us: #Days Opens in New Window told me eve of #YomKippur Opens in New Window that they won’t be using me again as #VivianAllamain Opens in New Window To be clear: I’m AVAILABLE for other projects & maybe 100K peeps might come watch;-)” When a fan responded “Shame on #DOOL,” Strasser replied, “NO SHAME on anyone Kathy:) #DOOL Opens in New Window got a great pinch hitter when they got me-lol. Their ratings went up which is always a win for any TV show! I showed up when they said they needed me-win! Now they’ve got different point of view-OK-the way I see it-it’s still win/win all around:).”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt still hammering out divorce settlement(10/10/19) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are still negotiating the settlement of their divorce — three years after they split.
The former couple have asked the court for more time to get their financials worked out, The Blast reported.
The outlet claimed one major sticking point in their dispute is over Miraval — the French château and winery they bought in 2011.
Jolie recently said she felt she “lost herself” when the relationship first ended.
OWN Sets Its First Holiday Movies Starring Jackée Harry, Aloma Wright, Kimberly Elise, Rick & Sasha Fox And Alo(10/8/19) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is making its first foray into original holiday movies with One Fine Christmas, Carole’s Christmas and Baking Christmas, set to air over three consecutive Fridays in November.
One Fine Christmas, starring Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox in their first time acting together, as well as Marla Gibbs and Vanessa Williams (the Soul Food alumna, not Sasha’s mom), will premiere November 15. It will be followed by Carole’s Christmas, starring Jackée Harry and Kimberly Elise Star, on Nov. 22, and Baking Christmas, starring Aloma Wright and Tim Reid Star, on Nov. 29.
Holiday movies are a major audience draw, especially among women who are OWN’s core demographic. And, while TV movies are generally difficult to make work financially for a cable network because they are one-offs, holiday films are generally evergreen and can be rerun every holiday season.
Original holiday movies have been a long-time staple on female-focused Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. Freeform, which has carried on its predecessor ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas franchise, started adding original holiday movies to the mix in 2017. Netflix too has been betting big on original holiday movies, with several new titles released every year.
“We are excited to bring holiday movies to OWN,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “This special time of year is about spending time with the ones you love, and we think our viewers are going to enjoy watching these movies together throughout the season.”
Here are details about OWN’s holiday movies:
One Fine Christmas premieres Friday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT
Marking the first time they have acted together, Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox star in One Fine Christmas. The father/daughter duo join beloved actress Marla Gibbs and fan favorite Vanessa Williams in the ensemble cast. The families on Christmas Street have been busy with their day-to-day lives that they lose sight of the importance of family during the holiday season. Haley (Sasha Fox) comes home for the Christmas holiday, but home has not been the same since her family split up. Haley’s mother Susan (Williams) is working on a new work deal with her client (Rick Fox) which causes her to hardly have time for Haley or her mother Alice (Gibbs). Al (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is too preoccupied with work that he overlooks his wife Matty (June Carryl). Meanwhile, Bob (Rodney Van Johnson) and Diana’s (Eva La Dare) son Jesse (Alfonso Torres Caballero) comes home for Christmas with a very special surprise. This “slice of life” holiday tale shares the individual stories of these neighbors as they celebrate Christmas Eve and find themselves unexpectedly united for the holiday season.
Carole’s Christmas premieres Friday, November 22 at 9pm ET/PT
Starring acclaimed actresses Jackée Harry and Kimberly Elise, Carole’s Christmas tells the story of Carole Jordan (Elise), an overworked businesswoman who learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for” after she off-handedly wishes she had taken another path in life. When Carole’s wish is granted, her world is turned upside down and the only person she can confide in is Iris (Harry), a woman she recognizes from her “past life.” Carole no longer has time for the things that mattered most to her – family, friends and her annual Christmas party. She quickly learns how grateful she was for the previous life she was living. Carole’s Christmas also stars Cayden K. Williams (star of OWN’s David Makes Man), Bianca Buck and Anthony Montgomery.
Baking Christmas premieres Friday, November 29 at 9pm ET/PT
When Patty (Aloma Wright), the founder of the town’s most popular and successful bakery, announces her plan to retire at the end of the year, her children step up to take over the family business. Patty and Phillip’s (Tim Reid) children, Jennifer (Khalilah Joi), Angela (Leigh-Ann Rose) and Anthony (Arnell Powell), are qualified – and eager – to run the enterprise, and each has their own ideas for writing the bakery’s next chapter. There is only one way to ensure the shop ends up in the right hands and that is a Christmas cake bakeoff. The gloves come off and the frosting flies as the siblings vie for control of the bakery in an unforgettable competition to create the best-ever Christmas confection. Baking Christmas also stars Yohance Myles from OWN’s Ambitions.
The movies are produced for OWN by Hybrid, LLC in association with Harpo Films.
ABC Buys ‘Possessed’ Supernatural Drama From ‘The Conjuring’ Writers, Paul Wesley & Kapital Entertainment(9/27/19) ABC has put into development Possessed, a supernatural crime drama based on a Korean format. The project hails from The Conjuring writers Carey and Chad Hayes, The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley, The Masked Singer executive producer Craig Plestis and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, where Wesley and his company Citizen Media is under a producing deal.
Written by the Hayes brothers, Possessed centers around a young woman, who after a near death experience, becomes a vessel for the dead to avenge their wrongful deaths.
Carey and Chad Hayes executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan and Dana Honor, Wesley, Plestis and MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), the South Korean network which aired the original series and also originated the format for the hit Fox series The Masked Singer.
The original Possessed aired a 10-episode first season on MBC in 2009. Starring Lim Ju-eun and Lee Seo-jin, the series centered on a high school girl possessed by spirits and the criminal profiler who exploits her powers in his quest for justice. You can watch a trailer below.
The Hayes brothers are best known for writing New Line Cinema’s global box office horror hits The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. They also co-produced the horror film Annabelle.
Possessed was one of the first projects Wesley’s Citizen Media and Kapital put in development under the production partnership forged in February. Wesley, who stars in Kapital’s CBS All Access series Tell Me a Story, is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris.
Paradigm and attorney Paul Miloknay repped MBC Broadcast in the packaging of the format. Plestis is also repped by Paradigm.
The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Are Making Their Own Bourbon(9/26/19) To say we've missed The Vampire Diaries these past two years since it's been off the air is the understament of the century, but luckily for us, the Salvatore brothers have decided to reunite IRL. Ian Somerhalder announced Thursday that he and Paul Wesley are partnering up again to create their own bourbon, and yes, we'd like to order 164 bottles, please.
It's fitting that these boys would go all-in on bourbon seeing as it was the Salvatores drink of choice on the show, a fact that Somerhalder was all too aware of when he announced the news on Instagram.
"Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it's coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen," Somerhalder wrote. "WITH passion, hard work and an uncompromising quest/thirst for quality, we have arrived! We want to share with you something very special and dear to us. You've given us so many wonderful years as these characters and we want to bring you something to enjoy that brings back some great memories and some good times to come! It's going to be fun. We're going to be traveling the WOLRD meeting so many of you and launching this with some very fun parties I must say!"
The Vampire Diaries Stars Look Back at Filming the Pilot for the Show's 10th Anniversary
We'll obviously be eagerly awaiting news of where and how to buy this special brew as well as how we can score a ticket to these parties they'll be throwing — no one throws a rager like a Salvatore, after all. All eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries are currently streaming on Netflix.
Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon to Star as Sisters in Downton Abbey Creator's HBO Drama The Gilded Age(9/26/19) HBO’s The Gilded Age is assembling quite a dazzling cast: Emmy winners Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon lead a quartet of cast additions to the upcoming drama from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, TVLine has learned.
Baranski — currently starring on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight — will play stubborn aristocrat Agnes van Rhijn, who managed to hook a husband just as her family’s plantation was collapsing and proudly resists change at every turn. (Kind of sounds like the new Dowager Countess, doesn’t she?) Nixon — returning to HBO after six seasons on Sex and the City — will play Agnes’ sister Ava Brook, who’s forced to rely on her sister’s charity when times get tough. Both Baranski and Nixon will be series regulars. Also joining the cast as series regulars: Amanda Peet (Togetherness, Brockmire), who plays Bertha Russell, who’s using her husband’s business success to infiltrate the upper crust; and Morgan Spector (Homeland), who plays Bertha’s husband George Russell, a ruthless robber baron who doesn’t like to lose.
Set in 1880s America, The Gilded Age centers on young Marian Brook, an orphaned daughter of a Southern general who moves in with her aunts in New York City and finds herself thrust into high society. Fellowes will serve as writer, creator and executive producer, with his Downton Abbey collaborator Gareth Neame serving as another EP. The series, originally developed at NBC, earned a 10-episode order from HBO back in May.
Jan Merlin Dies: Emmy-Winning Soap Writer And ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet’ Star Was 94(9/24/19) Jan Merlin, an Emmy-winning writer and actor best remembered for early TV series Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and The Rough Riders, has died at the age of 94.
Merlin’s death was confirmed by his family and collaborator William Russo, with whom he wrote books about Hollywood.
Merlin won a writing Emmy in 1975 for daytime NBC soap opera Another World.
As an actor, he built an early reputation for playing villainous characters.
“A veteran of the Navy in World War II, Jan went from the military during the big war to the Neighborhood Playhouse where he learned the craft of acting, though he had many talents,” wrote Russo.
“We wrote about Boys Town, Billy Budd, Reflections in a Golden Eye, among other films, giving a unique perspective on daily life during the studio shoot. He knew Brando, Taylor, Clift, James Dean, in ways that others could never understand. He threw James Dean out of the Pier Angeli house at her mother’s request.”
Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment Developing Western TV Series About African American Lawman Bass Reeves(9/22/19) Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment has optioned Arthur T. Burton’s book Black, Red & Deadly for a TV series that they’ll develop about 19th century Arkansas slave-turned U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. Revelations will work on the project with Malcolm Spellman, Ben Watkins, Josef Sawyer and Grey’s Anatomy actor James Pickens Jr.
Reeves was a notable lawman, a ‘Lone Ranger’ before there ever was one, whose legend has largely been ignored by history. Reeves captured 3K criminals –more than Pat Garrett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Wyatt Earp– with the use of flamboyant detective skills that were ahead of their time, i.e. sting operations to dressing up in disguises. His story unfurled against the backdrop of the birth of statehood and the foundation of Oklahoma. He partnered with a brash Irishman named Chauncey Lee, and together they were tasked with the impossible: impose the rule of law in the most dangerous place on Earth. Reeves’ story is described as 48 Hours meets Game of Thrones, set in the Wild West.
The Civil War gave Bass Reeves an opportunity to flee from his master William S. Reeves, who made Bass accompany his son, George Reeves, to fight for the Confederacy. During that time, Bass fled to Native American Territory (which is known today as Oklahoma). Bass learned the customs of the Seminole and Creek tribes. Following the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865 abolishing slavery, Bass became a free man. He married, returned to Arkansas, but was soon recruited by U.S. Marshal James Fagan to cuff criminals in the chaotic West. Possessing a strict moral compass, Bass even arrested one of his 11 sons for murdering his wife.
“When Morgan and I were editing the film he was directing Bopha! back in the early ’90s, Bass Reeves’ story was brought to our attention. Morgan is so well read on U.S. and world history, yet both of us had never heard of him. We decided we had to figure out how to tell Bass’ story,” McCreary tells Deadline. The feature project was originally set up at Castle Rock with Freeman attached to play Reeves.
“Back then we couldn’t quite crack the story, which was why we were thrilled when Malcom and Ben came in and opened up this world. Bass Reeves’ story speaks to what we are going through now in this country,” adds the Revelations CEO and producer.
Revelations optioned Burton’s book Black, Red & Deadly, but recently re-optioned it again along with the author’s Black Gun, Silver Star. Pickens was also fascinated with Reeves’ story, and after seeing Freeman speak about the legend in a TV interview, the two partnered up to develop a series. With the new iteration of the Reeves project, it hasn’t been determined yet whether Freeman will star and direct an episode.
Freeman and McCreary are repped by CAA. Freeman is also repped by Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Pickens Jr. is repped by Artists & Representatives, Wright Entertainment and Meyer & Downs. Empire producer Spellman is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano. Burn Notice and Hand of God producer Watkins is repped by WME and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.
Lindsay Lohan reportedly plotting another TV show(9/20/19) After the failure of her MTV reality series “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,” it seems like Lohan is hatching another TV project.
In an interview on Australia’s “Studio 10” this week, Lohan revealed that she’s “writing a TV series that will come out in America. Almost like a reality show, but not a reality show.” (She’s currently Down Under filming “The Masked Singer.”)
Lohan went on to say that she will play at “kind of being a puppet master,” and will star in the series with her siblings.
Page Six exclusively reported in June that Lohan had lost her show and the Mykonos, Greece, nightclub on which it was based.
Sources told us at the time that the show didn’t have “enough drama.”
Brad Pitt may reunite with Guy Ritchie(9/18/19) There’s buzz Brad Pitt may appear in “Snatch” director Guy Ritchie’s next film.
A source told us comedy thriller “The Gentlemen,” starring Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey, could add last-minute scenes with Pitt.
Ritchie — who’s enjoyed working with the hunky actor in the past — loved him so much in Quentin Tarantino’s recent “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” that “he’s considering adding him to the lineup,” said a source.
We’re told Pitt has been approached. But another insider insisted that the film is already in the can and Pitt’s not in it.
The movie has gone through some changes: It was originally called “Toff Guys,” then “Bush,” and Kate Beckinsale exited the project, replaced by Michelle Dockery.
Inside Salem - 9/16/19 - Robin Strasser, Greg Vaughan, Linsey Godfrey(9/16/19) (Listen / download) Daytime icon, Robin Strasser discusses coming to Days and taking on the role of Vivian Alamain. Robin discusses how her character is causing all kinds of trouble for the good people of Salem. And later, Greg Vaughan is joined by Linsey Godfrey in his dressing room.
Insiders think Angelina Jolie may be using son Maddox against Brad Pitt(9/14/19) Hollywood insiders think that a recent interview with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s oldest son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, is proof that Jolie, 44, is using the youngster to take digs at her ex amid a still-unresolved divorce.
Maddox, who just started at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, seemed surprisingly forthcoming about his tumultuous private life when confronted by a camera-wielding reporter who turned up on campus last week.
Asked if Pitt, 55, would come to visit him in his new dorm, Maddox replied, “Um, I don’t know about that … what’s happening [with that].”
The college freshman also commented on whether or not their relationship is over for good. “Whatever happens, happens,” he said.
He seemed good-natured as he answered questions in the interview, which was produced by Coleman-Rayner, the news agency that famously set up photos with Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas.
“Maddox seemed prepared for the interview,” said a suspicious insider. “He wasn’t trying to fend off the interviewer — so people in the industry think maybe it’s an effort by Jolie’s camp to stir things up, even though things have been relatively calm.”
Jolie adopted Maddox before meeting Pitt, and the couple went on to adopt two kids together and have three biological children.
Another source told Page Six that Pitt and Maddox have a “very limited relationship.” They are widely reported to have a strained relationship since having a fight aboard a private jet shortly before Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.
Asked about the state of the divorce, which is still pending, a source close to the couple replied: “It’s the same — nothing has changed.”
Pitt is promoting his new movie “Ad Astra” in Tokyo, while Jolie said she “ugly cried” while dropping off Maddox — who will study biochemistry — at college. She was joined by his siblings and told “Extra,” “I am very proud of him. He is ready — he’s good.”
Reps were unavailable for comment.
Eric Roberts Toplines ‘My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother)’(9/12/19) Eric Roberts and Dr. Rico Simonini will topline My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother), a platonic rom-com bromance that will be shooting this month in Los Angeles. Described as along the lines of Louie Malle’s My Dinner With Andre, the film follows Roberts having dinner with his cardiologist and friend, Dr. Rico and evolves into their deep passionate friendship and how their lives are intertwined. The pic was written by Roberts, Simonini, Eliza Roberts and Darryl Marshak. Eliza Roberts and Marshak are directing and producing the project with Sarbori Bhattacharya, Joe Levy, and Sambhu Choifhury serving as executive producers.
‘Poseidon Adventure’ actress Carol Lynley dies at 77(9/7/19) Carol Lynley (Judge Martha Dunlay Another World), a stage and screen actress who starred in the “The Poseidon Adventure” and appeared in numerous other film and television series, has died. She was 77.
Lynley’s daughter Jill Selsman said Friday her mother died in her sleep Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The actress had a lengthy Hollywood career, earning a Golden Globe nomination as a newcomer for the 1959 film “Blue Denim” about a teenager seeking an abortion. It was a role she originated on Broadway.
Lynley appeared in more than 100 films and television series, but her best-known role was as pop singer Nonnie Parry in 1972's “The Poseidon Adventure.” Her character performs the song “The Morning After,” although the vocals were dubbed. The song went on to win an Academy Award.
She also starred in 1961's “Return to Peyton Place,” playing an author whose book revealing her New Hampshire hometown’s secrets causes her and her family trouble.
She had numerous guest appearances on television series including “Fantasy Island,” ?The Love Boat” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
“She loved working in film and much as she loved going to the movies,” Selsman said in an email. She said her mother took her to all sorts of films when she was a growing up.
Selsman, who has her own video production company, described her mother as “bon vivant” and as someone who “loved to dance, going to the ballet, seeing anything on Broadway.”
Lynley, who was born in New York, started out as a child model and was profiled by Life magazine and appeared on its cover when she was 15 years old and starring in the Broadway production “The Potting Shed.”
Edgecliff pad of late actor Carmen Duncan for sale for $1.1 million(9/6/19) (domain.com.au) The Edgecliff apartment that was long home to the late, acclaimed actor Carmen Duncan goes to auction later this month following her death from cancer early this year, aged 76.
The beloved NIDA graduate is best remembered among small screen viewers for her role on cop shows like Division 4, Matlock Police, Water Rats and Homicide, and classics like Number 96 and The Young Doctors, but was also acknowledged for her role in films like the 1980’s hitmovie Harlequin for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award, and the more recent supporting role on the recently released movie Hotel Mumbai.
Having moved to the US to work in daytime television, playing businesswoman Iris Wheeler in the soap opera Another World, she returned to Australia in the mid-1990s and in 1999 bought the two-bedroom spread in the art deco Cumberland building for $450,000.
Carmen Duncan’s two-bedroom spread in the art deco Cumberland building.
The beloved actor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and later colon cancer, both of which she survived, but suffered thyroid cancer in recent years.
One of 15 in the building and spread over 97 square metres internally, it returns to the market with a guide of $1.1 million ahead of a September 26 auction.
It is exclusively listed with Jane Schumann and Samuel Schumann, of Raine & Horne Double Bay.
There is a $1.1 million guide ahead of the September 26 auction.
Disney Channel’s ‘The Owl House’ Sets Voice Cast, Secures New York Comic Con Berth(9/5/19) Wendie Malick, Gravity Falls‘ Alex Hirsch and Boss Baby‘s Sarah-Nicole Robles have been set to lead the voice cast of The Owl House, Disney Channel’s upcoming animated fantasy comedy series. They will be joined for the first season, set to premiere in early 2020, by guests including Matthew Rhys, Isabella Rossellini and Mae Whitman.
Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Bumper Robinson (The Game), Issac Ryan Brown (Raven’s Home), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Eden Riegel (All My Children) will voice guest roles for Season 1.
The news for the series comes as it secured a berth at next month’s New York Comic Con. Malick, Hirsch and Robles will join creator/executive producer Dana Terrace (DuckTales) and art director Ricky Cometa (Steven Universe) for the New York Comic Con panel, set for October 4.
The Owl House follows Luz (voiced by Robles), a self-assured teenage girl who stumbles upon a portal to a magical realm where she befriends rebellious witch Eda (Malick) and tiny warrior King (Hirsch). Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda’s apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.
The series is produced by Disney Television Animation.
E! People’s Choice Awards Finalists(9/4/19) Fans can vote online at pca.eonline.com, via Twitter or for select categories on Xfinity X1. Fans can vote up to 25 times per method, per category, per day if they vote via online or Twitter. Voting via Xfinity X1 has a limit of 25 times per ballot, per Xfinity X1 device, per candidate for the duration of the official voting window. Additionally, any vote cast on Tuesdays throughout the voting window will count twice.
The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 10 at 9p ET/PT
THE DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2019
Brad Pitt reveals he went to AA after Angelina Jolie split(9/4/19) Brad Pitt got himself out of a dark time by attending Alcoholics Anonymous after his highly publicized split from Angelina Jolie.
The actor, whose “Ad Astra” film is hitting theaters on Sept. 20, told the New York Times that he attended AA meetings to combat a drinking problem that was said to have contributed to the downfall of their marriage.
“You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” he recalled. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
“It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself,” he added. “There’s great value in that.”
The 55-year-old actor said he attended AA meetings for a year and a half.
In terms of the extent of his past drinking, he said, “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges.”
He also talked about how although he’s perceived as a fixture of Hollywood, the attention that has been cast his way since the 1990s — which was only amplified with his marriages to Jolie and Jennifer Anniston — never sat well with him.
“It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments,” he said. “I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.”
Pitt was married to Aniston from 2000 to 2005 before Jolie, whom he married in 2014.
As “Ad Astra” was in the works on the heels of his split from Jolie, the film’s writer told the Times that Pitt drew from his current situation to play his role.
“He definitely used the stimuli from his life,” James Gray said. “Now, I didn’t get personal with him about it at all — I don’t think it’s my business, or even my job — but he investigated the essence of the character through himself.”
Brad Pitt gets his groove on at Kanye West's Sunday Service(9/2/19) Brad Pitt had a little faith in Kanye West when he showed up to the rapper’s latest Sunday Service on Sept. 1.
The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star was among the guests in attendance at Kanye’s latest gospel gathering in the parking lot of a church in Watts, California.
It’s not the first time Brad has checked out Sunday Service, but this time it was a complete surprise with only Kanye knowing he might have a movie superstar at the get together.
Eyewitnesses tell WENN, Pitt was able to get his groove on without any hassle as most of the attendees respected his personal space, although a couple of people asked for selfies with the actor, who appeared to enjoy the vibe.
The latest Sunday Service was also attended by actress Adrienne Bailon and Kanye’s sisters-in-law, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.
Last week, Kanye took Sunday Service to Dayton, Ohio to kick off pal Dave Chappelle’s Gem City Shine birthday block party, staged to honour the victims of a shooting incident in the city at the beginning of August.
Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).
Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.
Brad Pitt On How ‘Ad Astra’ Digs At Notions Of Masculinity: “Is There A Better Definition For Us?” – Venice(8/30/19) In James Gray’s Ad Astra, Brad Pitt plays an astronaut traveling to the farthest reaches of our solar system to find his lost father and grapple with existential questions. And at the heart of the film, Pitt said at its Venice press conference earlier today, was the exploration of what constructs of masculinity mean and whether they need to be broken down.
“Having grown up in an era where we’re taught to be strong, not show weakness, don’t be disrespected,” Pitt said, “There’s a certain value in that, but there’s also a barrier that’s created with this kind of embracing of the self, because you’re denying, in a sense, those pains or the things you feel shame, whether real or imagined.
“We were asking the question, is there a better definition for us? Does being more open provide you with a better relation with your loved ones and with yourself? At the end of the day, that’s certainly what we were after.”
Of the film’s more technical aspects—particularly the zero gravity sequences—Pitt said he consulted with friend George Clooney, who had starred in Gravity. “Doing a space film is a little bit like a Peter Pan stage production, hanging from wires,” he explained. “George and I exchanged some discomfort stories.”
Gray said Pitt’s vulnerability as an actor leant itself to exploring those themes. In creating the character, he explained, “The key is you cannot worry about being liked or hated or sympathetic or unsympathetic. You can only worry about being honest to who you are, and about being willing to be vulnerable or open. Sometimes that will lead you to dark places and people will love it or hate it, but you can’t worry about that. I tried to establish that dialogue with Brad, Brad certainly did with me, and you let the chips fall where they may.”
Pitt would receive emails from Gray at the start of every shooting day. “James and I don’t have the normal male relationship,” Pitt said. “He would send really personal emails, exposing ideas from his own life. That really would define the day’s work and the scenes were honed by it, and it’s something I still value. It was a unique experience.”
Liv Tyler rebuffed a question about her few appearances in the film, and said that her character—the partner to Pitt’s Major Roy McBride, who we see mostly through his memory or video clips, was intended to be a dreamlike creation. “To me that was real, to the story that was real, to his mind that was real,” she said. “All of our connections that you see—he’s alone so much and you see so much playing in his mind. You don’t always know if it’s real or not real.”
Pitt’s character does connect with Ruth Negga’s, who he meets on a Mars base. For the first time, he opens himself up. “Up there you’re still thirsty for human connection,” she said. “For both of them, they provide a need which has been absent, maybe. I loved the way she reached out to connect with him. I feel like she galvanizes him on his mission. When I saw it I felt a huge warmth there. Although he doesn’t know it, their fates are intertwined. This feels so Greek and epic. Those are the things I was drawn to.”
Asked about his Oscar chances for the role, Pitt explained he was only curious to see how the film would be received. “Every year I see amazing talent get acknowledged and I see amazing talent not get acknowledged,” he said. “When your number comes up it’s great fun, and when someone else’s number comes up, they’re usually your friends, and so I’ll leave it at that.
“How’s that for a dodge?” he laughed.
Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo Lead ‘Panama’ Action Film From Daniel Adams – Toronto(8/30/19) Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo are set as leads in the action film, Panama, directed by Daniel Adams, who also co-wrote the screenplay with William R. Barber. The pic, which is inspired by true events, is being produced Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Michelle Reihel.
Set in wild 1989 Panama, the plot follows James Becker (Grillo), a rugged, decorated ex-marine, who is sent undercover by his former commander Stark (Freeman) to execute a high-value deal with untrustworthy adversaries. While navigating through the chaos of the local civil war, Becker must fight assassins, court femmes fatales and negotiate with the enemy in order to complete his mission. With Stark always by his side, Becker perseveres against all odds in hopes of making it home alive.
Filming is slated to commence in November. Highland Film Group will handle worldwide sales, which will launch at the Toronto International Film Festival. Barber serves as executive producer.
Grillo’s upcoming project slate includes Screen Gems’ Black and Blue with Naomie Harris, the Lionsgate sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, and Boss Level with Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts.
Freeman, who won an Oscar for his performance in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, can be seen starring in Angel Has Fallen, the third film in the Olympus Has Fallen trilogy, which is currently sitting at number 1 on the domestic box office chart. Next, he’ll also appear in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard as well as George Gallo’s The Comeback Trail with Robert De Niro.
Adams’ directorial credits include The Lightkeepers starring Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Dern, Mamie Gummer and Blythe Danner, The Golden Boys starring Dern and David Carradine, and most recently An L.A. Minute with Gabriel Byrne and Kiersey Clemons.
Freeman is repped by CAA; Grillo by CAA and Management 360; Adams by Claire Best & Associates.
Dickinson Trailer: Hailee Steinfeld Is a Literary Rebel in Apple TV+ Comedy(8/26/19) (Video) Apple is taking some poetic license with its forthcoming Emily Dickinson series. The tech giant on Monday released the first trailer for Dickinson, its Hailee Steinfeld-fronted comedy series that is slated to bow on its Apple TV+ streaming platform this fall, and it’s literally crazy-pants.
“She’s wild,” Jane Krakowski matriarch bemoans at the start of the trailer, before adding, “She will be the ruin of this family. And she doesn’t know how to behave like a proper young lady.”
Dickinson — starring actress-singer Steinfeld in the titular role — “audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of the rebellious young poet. Set in the 19th century, Dickinson is a coming-of-age story that finds Dickinson to be an unexpected hero for our millennial era.”
Created and written by Alena Smith (The Affair), who serves as an EP alongside Steinfeld, the cast also includes Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe.
Apple TV+ is expected to launch in November with a reported $9.99 monthly subscription price.
Anne Heche Selling Her Lake Arrowhead Cabin for $1.05M(8/13/19) It may take more than “Six Days, Seven Nights” to complete a deal, but Anne Heche has placed her Lake Arrowhead, CA, home on the market for $1.05 million.
Built in 1956, the lakefront cabin last changed hands in 2013 for $899,000. Located about 1.5 hours from Los Angeles, the vacation getaway includes a huge deck, lake views, and numerous upgrades over the decades.
Measuring a petite 1,440 square feet, the vintage three-bedroom retreat includes an open floor plan, including a great room with the original rock fireplace. The dining area is adjacent to the compact galley kitchen, which includes a pass-through bar.
Also on the main floor, the master suite features sliding glass doors leading outside. An airy loft above the living space could be a guest bedroom or a bonus space.
The property also "comes with a single-slip dock in deep water," says listing agent Kat DeLong, "and an amazing view."
The boat dock includes a spacious lakeside patio, perfect for parties or simply enjoying time right on the water.
Improvements over the years have included new paint, renovated bathrooms, new flooring, and a huge deck off the living room.
A trail right below the property leads to the village, the local spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The actress is on a real estate roll. After she and partner James Tupper split up, the two put their Hancock Park–area home on the market for $3.95 million in May. The following month, the price was reduced to $3.7 million, where it sits today.
Heche launched her career playing dual roles in the soap opera “Another World,” and then rose to fame with films such as “Donnie Brasco,” “Volcano,” and “Six Days, Seven Nights.” More recently, she has starred in TV shows “Hung” and “The Brave.”
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Rena Sofer Couldn't Be Prouder of Daughter Avalon(8/9/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) While THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL’s Quinn may be masterful in any argument, portrayer Rena Sofer says her daughter, Avalon, 13, is, too! The middle school student and her two teammates recently took first place in a debate competition involving 118 other teams in Southern California. “It was a three-girl vs. a three-boy team, and they destroyed them,” Sofer gleefully reported to Soaps In Depth. “Nothing against the boys, but the girls killed it and I couldn’t be more proud. It was amazing.”
Debate isn’t the only field in which Sofer’s daughter excels. “She’s this incredible over-achiever, whether it be getting black belts or playing on the tennis team or being an honors student. I had nothing to do with it — it’s just who she is, and she amazes me every single day.”
Kelsey Grammer To Receive Top Honor At North Fork TV Festival(8/6/19) The North Fork TV Festival has set Kelsey Grammer (Ryan’s Hope/Another World) as recipient of this year’s Canopy Award, in a formal ceremony to take place October 4 at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY. Previous recipient Chris Noth will present the award to the Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-winning star.
“We are truly grateful for Kelsey Grammer’s exceptional contributions to the entertainment community,” said Founder Noah Doyle. “We are beyond delighted to honor him and deeply appreciate his enthusiasm for convening our community around the future of independent scripted television.”
“Kelsey Grammer exemplifies the best in television,” said North Fork TV Festival Co-Chair Haleigh Raff. “We are honored to recognize him for his dedication to the arts as well as his iconic performances that have moved us as viewers. We look forward to celebrating his achievements in October.”
Hulu Picks Up All Seasons Of ‘Designing Women’; Will Launch Classic Sitcom On Women’s Equality Day August 26 – TCA(7/28/19) Hulu has acquired classic 90s sitcom Designing Women and will launch all seven seasons of the Linda Bloodworth-Thomason-created show on August 26, Women’s Equality Day.
The digital platform will air all 163 episodes of the series, which was produced by Bloodworth/Thomason Mozark Productions in association with Columbia Pictures Television for CBS, after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television.
The series, which ran from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, centers on the lives of four women and one man working together at an Atlanta interior design firm. Designing Women starred Dixie Carter (The Edge Of Night/The Doctors), Annie Potts, Jean Smart (Another World), Delta Burke, Meshach Taylor, Alice Ghostley (Passions), Julia Duffy (The Doctors/Passions/Love Of Life), Jan Hooks and Judith Ivey.
The pick up comes after a reboot of the show, written by original creator Bloodworth-Thomason, was developed last year by ABC.
Hulu’s head of originals Craig Erwich said that the show was “ahead of its time” when it launched. “We saw these four fabulous women balancing work and home lives, running businesses, handling setbacks and dating. But the show never shied away from tough topics like domestic abuse, homophobia, racism and women’s rights and its themes and storylines continue to have revelance today,” he added.
In terms of other holidays, Erwich claimed that The Act, starring Patricia Arquette and Joey King, was the “most watched original” on Mother’s Day. The anthology series follows Gypsy Blanchard (King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Arquette).
Erwich said, “I guess after the disturbing scenes between Patricia Arquette and Joey King, we all feel better about our relationships with our moms.”
Mae Whitman and Eric Roberts To Guest on Kidding(7/28/19) Mae Whitman (Good Girls) and Eric Roberts (Lost Girl, Suits) will guest-star during Season 2 of the Showtime dramedy Kidding, per The Hollywood Reporter. Whitman will play a medical marijuana dispensary employee who likes to watch Puppet Time when she’s high, while Roberts will portray an Amazon executive who’s looking to make an acquisition and comes into contact with the Puppet Time team.
Jackée Harry, Alexandra Breckenridge & Robert Buckley To Topline ‘Love In Store’ Hallmark Movie(7/26/19) Emmy winner Jackée Harry (227), Alexandra Breckenridge (This Is Us) and Robert Buckley (iZombie) are set to star in Love In Store, a new original movie set for premiere in September on the Hallmark Channel.
In the movie, Breckenridge and Buckley play shopping network hosts Terrie and David, who have different selling styles that draw large audiences, but off-camera their personalities clash. Each hopes to replace Sharyn (Harry), the network star, when she retires, but first they’ll have to get along as co-hosts because Sharyn needs them to team up when a co-worker goes into labor. Selling a high-tech umbrella, the two are in the middle of their presentation when Terrie turns on her phone to demonstrate the umbrella’s tracking device and sees a text from her boyfriend breaking up with her. Suddenly speechless, she breaks the cardinal rule of live television, “No Dead Air,” and although David steps in to help, Terrie is mortified. But to everyone’s surprise, viewership spiked, and now Sharyn wants them to co-host until she picks her replacement.
Harry won an outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Emmy for her role as Sandra Clark in 227. She can be seen in the recently released Lifetime original movie Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta. Her previous credits include The Paynes, The Jeffersons, and Cool Kids among others. She’s repped by Metropolitan and manager Bob McGowan.
Breckenridge was recently seen as Sophie in NBC’s flagship drama series This Is Us. Her other credits include The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. She’s repped by CAA and Atlas Artists.
Buckley can currently be seen as Major Lilywhite in iZombie. Known for his role as Clay Evans on One Tree Hill, Buckley’s other credits include Dimension 404, Powerless and 666 Park Avenue. He’s repped by APA and Interlink Management.
Brad Pitt Thinks He'll One Day 'Organically' Be Done with Acting: 'I Enjoy Doing Other Things'(7/24/19) Brad Pitt might potentially retire from acting one day. Maybe.
The actor spoke to PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where he weighed in on whether he had ever considered retiring given director Quentin Tarantino’s vocal stance on it. The Oscar-winning writer and director has often said he’s retiring after 10 films, meaning he has one more left after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
“No, I don’t know. I don’t know. I enjoy doing other things,” Pitt, 55, says of whether he’s thought about leaving his acting career behind. “I think that one day I’ll just wake up and organically it’ll be done. Maybe I won’t wake up and that’s why it’ll be done.”
Pitt recently opened up to GQ Australia about his changing interest in the movie industry as he gets older.
“I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot,” Pitt said of his recent projects with production company Plan B. “But I keep doing less and less. I really believe that overall it’s a younger man’s game – not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters – I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all.”
He continued to the outlet, “But I’m curious to see what the future of [film] is, what shape it takes. I really appreciate the streaming services because we’re seeing more and more quality projects being made. We’re seeing more writers and directors and actors getting a shot. It just tells you how many talented people are out there.”
“I like to think there’s room for both,” he said. “But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way.”
Pitt won an Oscar in 2014 for producing the hit movie 12 Years a Slave with his production company.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, hits theaters Friday.
David Hedison, Actor in James Bond Films and Soap Opera Another World, Dies at 92(7/22/19) (people.com) David Hedison, an actor best known for starring in Another World, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and License to Kill has died. He was 92.
The actor died on July 18 in Los Angeles with “his loving daughters Alexandra and Serena by his side,” according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father,” his family said in the statement. “He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefitted from his warm and generous heart.”
The statement continued, “Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style.”
Hedison began his acting career while studying theater at Brown University. He later attended The Neighborhood Playhouse and The Actors Studio.
He made his film debut in 1958’s Son of Robin Hood and starred as the scientist André Delambre in The Fly, which was released that same year.
Hedison’s film career continued with turns in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and two James Bond films as CIA agent Feliz Leiter: To Live and Let Die and License to Kill.
He also starred as Spencer Harrison on the daytime series Another World and as Arthur Hendricks in The Young and the Restless.
In the statement, his family said Hedison joked he preferred “SRO” (Standing Room Only) to “RIP.” He is survived by his two daughters.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to The Actor’s Fund.
‘Ad Astra’ Trailer: Brad Pitt Heads Into Space In Fox Sci-Fi Drama(7/18/19) (Video) 20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for sci-fi mystery drama Ad Astra ahead of its September 20 bow.
The second trailer gives us a more reflective, cerebral look at the film, opening with Roy, played by Brad Pitt, who is on a mission to find his missing father. “Dad, I’d like to see you again,” he says into a microphone.
“You instilled in me a strong work ethic. You should know I’ve chosen a career that you would approve of,” he says in a voiceover behind clips that show him working as an astronaut. “I’ve dedicated my life to the exploration of space. I thank you for that.” Roy later is told his father may be involved with the changing behavior of the human population.
“We have to hold out the possibility that your father may be hiding from us,” Sutherland’s character tells Roy. “We have a job to do, are you ready?” he asks Roy, who responds “I’m ready.”
Directed and co-written by James Gray and Ethan Gross, Ad Astra follows astronaut Roy McBride (Brad 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.
Watch the trailer above.
Richard Burgi on Grand Hotel 7/29/19(7/16/19) “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” – Santiago continues to be aggravated with the neighboring hotel and decides to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Danny becomes jealous of Alicia’s new relationship, and Carolina reveals to Yoli that she has information on their father, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JULY 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Guest stars include Richard Burgi as Michael Flynn and Freddie Stroma as Oliver.
“Where the Sun Don’t Shine” was written by Sara Saedi and directed by David Grossman.
Brad Pitt Circling Damien Chazelle’s Period Hollywood ‘Babylon’ With Emma Stone(7/16/19) Brad Pitt is circling Babylon, the early-Hollywood period drama that is likely to reteam La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle with Emma Stone. Sources confirm that Pitt also is in the mix, though neither he nor Stone has made a commitment. I’ve also heard that Babylon is a drama that mixes real and fictional characters and is solidly in the R-rated category. Pitt is about to open opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It’s one of the most impressive screen turns for Pitt in a long time.
B&B Rena Sofer Admits She Doesn't Usually Get Recognized By Fans(7/14/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actress Rena Sofer (Quinn, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) has the sort of gorgeous face that truly stands out in a crowd, especially given her various stints in daytime and primetime. “I get recognized for a lot of different things,” she said to Soaps In Depth. “For some people, it’s 24 and FRIENDS, other people remember me [playing Rocky on] LOVING.”
Since joining B&B, a show with a huge international fan base, one might think Sofer is more likely to be mobbed when she travels abroad, but that’s not necessarily the case. “It’s never really a problem,” she admitted. “I don’t typically wear makeup when I travel, and I’m not one of those people who’s like, ‘Do you know who I am?’” Of course, when the actress is traveling to promote the soap she now calls home, it’s a whole different story. “When I went to Australia and Amsterdam, I did a lot of press for the show,” she said, “but otherwise, I’m really just all about being with my family.”
Brad Pitt thinks he’s aging out of Hollywood(7/4/19) Brad Pitt plans to work more behind the camera instead of in front of it.
The 55-year-old actor, who appears in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated upcoming film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” opened up about the changes Hollywood has been going through in light of the #MeToo movement, the rise of streaming services, mega franchises and more, and said he might be past his prime in terms of starring in classic screenplays.
“I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot,” Pitt told GQ Australia. “But I keep doing less and less. I really believe that overall it’s a younger man’s game – not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters – I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all.
“But I’m curious to see what the future of film is, what shape it takes.”
Although some Hollywood icons such as Steven Spielberg have rejected streaming services in the entertainment sphere, Pitt said he’s a fan because they give more opportunities to new talent.
“I like to think there’s room for both,” Pitt said. “But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way.”
Brad Pitt got private tour of London’s Tate Modern museum(7/2/19) Art fan Brad Pitt was given an after-hours private tour of London’s Tate Modern museum, Page Six is told.
One of the curators was asked to give the star a tour of the vast museum — which currently has shows by artists Jenny Holzer and Natalia Goncharova and one called “Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33” — last month.
Pitt, long interested in art and design, has said that he’s turned to sculpture as a way to help recover from his messy split with Angelina Jolie.
Page Six reported in May that he was spotted with sculptor pal Thomas Houseago at the Venice Biennale.
Sofia Pernas & Alicia Coppola's Blood & Treasure Renewed for Season 2(6/27/19) CBS is out for (more) Blood & Treasure: The network has handed the new summer drama an early Season 2 renewal.
Blood & Treasure premiered in May to 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, in a special post-NCIS showcase. Understandably dipping after that, it as of late has averaged about 3.6 million and a 0.4 — numbers that swell to 5.7 mil/0.7 with Live+3 DVR playback. The Season 1 finale airs July 16.
“Blood & Treasure is a fun, escapist adventure with comedic elements filmed in multiple locales around the world that has been a great performer and a wonderful addition to our summer schedule,” said Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ EVP of Current Programs, in a statement. “We’ve heard the story pitch for season two and look forward to seeing all-new exploits from Russia to Southeast Asia next year.”
The series stars Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) as a brilliant antiquities expert who teams with a cunning art thief (played by The Brave‘s Sofia Pernas) to take down a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the world hunting their target, they find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.
The cast also includes Michael James Shaw, Katia Winter, James Callis, Oded Fehr, Alicia Coppola and Mark Gagliardi.
Lindsay Lohan returns to Tommy Mottola's label for music comeback: report(6/24/19) Lindsay Lohan has reportedly signed a new record deal with Mariah Carey’s ex-husband, Tommy Mottola.
Just days after the Mean Girls star confirmed reports she was quitting MTV reality show Lindsay Lohan’s Beach House, she’s officially planning another attack on the charts.
Sources tell the New York Post’s Page Six she has signed with Mottola’s Casablanca Records, the company behind her debut album, Speak, which she released in 2004.
The album, which featured the hit Rumors, hit the top five of the Billboard 200.
Lindsay teased a music comeback earlier this year (19), when she posted a photo of herself in the recording studio and suggested she was working on new music.
Lohan and MTV bosses agreed not to press ahead with a second season of Beach House, with Lohan telling Page Six earlier this week there wasn’t enough drama for another run.
Rena Sofer Opens up About Reuniting With Her Ex-Husband(6/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Following her 2017 divorce from television director Sanford Bookstaver, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Rena Sofer (Quinn) has found love again… with her ex-husband! You read that right. After ending their 14-year marriage, they are officially back together and newly engaged to be remarried, a fact that the actress acknowledges sounds like a storyline ripped straight out of Ridge and Brooke’s playbook. “Except there is no Bill,” she laughingly clarified to Soaps In Depth. “There was never another person, so it was never that issue. We just needed to figure it out.”
Sofer and Bookstaver had remained friends and co-parents (to daughter Avalon, 13) following their split, but latent sparks were reignited last fall.“He flew in from New York to be at my [December] birthday party for three hours, and then he flew back,” she recalled. “That was a big deal for me, because it kind of answered the question of, ‘Who’s going to have my back for the rest of my life?’ Here’s a guy who [was no longer obligated to] have my back anymore, and he still did!”
Though they had each attempted to move on following their divorce, that task proved easier said than done. “I tried to date, but I ended up just dating dogs more than anything,” joked the pup-loving actress. “I mean literal dogs, although I did date some ‘dogs,’ too!”
Having both come to the conclusion that the most important thing to each of them was still one another, the couple picked up pretty much where they’d left off. “We have not taken it slowly, even though we’ve tried to. That’s what happens when you’ve already been together for 18 years,” she said. “You’re like, ‘I know you! What are we waiting for?’ So we’re back together. He’s not my husband, but it feels too weird to call him my boyfriend, so I still call him my ex-husband, because I think it’s hilarious.”
Getting back to basics and figuring out who (and what) she loves over the past few years has led Sofer to discover something else that brings her great joy: woodworking! “When I got divorced and wasn’t working a lot over the past year and a half, I decided that I needed something for myself,” she explained. “I’ve always been the sort of handy person who can spend hours roaming through Home Depot, and I really liked the idea of working with wood. I just needed to find someone who could teach me.”
The actress signed up for classes at a local workshop, where she continues to drop in frequently to make beautiful artisanal cutting boards and wooden utensils. “It makes me happy to be creative,” she confided. “You’re making it the way people have made these things forever, and that’s interesting and meaningful to me.”
Sofer also found meaning in her life by hosting some houseguests … of the four-legged variety! Already the loving owner of pooches Iggy, Alpha and Mega, Sofer agreed to foster a pregnant dog late last year that was found on the streets. “I thought it would be the coolest thing ever, to watch a dog give birth and play with the puppies and take care of them until they could be given away,” she said.
Though her daughter joked that Sofer would adopt all of the puppies herself, the actress managed to limit herself to keeping just one, whom she named Marceline. The rest of the pups (including the mother) were given happy homes with Sofer’s friends and family members. Though having a house filled with energetic puppies required effort and patience, Sofer is grateful she was able to help. “The world can seem so cruel and unfixable to me,” she said. “It makes me feel powerless sometimes, but I realized all I can do is try to help a small corner of the world — my corner — and hope that light can expand a little bit.” Comic-strip creator Charles M. Schulz may have coined the phrase “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but Sofer’s living proof that it’s actually quite true!
Tell Me a Story Season 2: Paul Wesley Returning In a New Role(6/12/19) Tell Me a Story will spin a new crop of fairytales in Season 2, but it will do so with a familiar face. TVLine has learned that Vampire Diaries vet Paul Wesley — who starred in the first season of CBS All Access’ anthology thriller — will be back for the series’ sophomore run.
Story‘s inaugural season put a creepy, modern-day spin on Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel.
Season 2 will reimagine the princess-themed tales Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, with Wesley starring as Tucker, a struggling novelist who spends his sleepless nights toiling away in a secluded cabin in the woods and his days trying to prove he’s good enough for his beautiful fiancée. But it’s all about to come crashing down as a dark secret threatens to destroy his world.
Fellow Vampire Diaries vet Kevin Williamson, who created Tell Me a Story, will be back as showunner in Season 2.
Brad Pitt Puts Straight Pride Parade on Notice for Using Him as 'Mascot'(6/7/19) Brad Pitt is no mascot, but ESPECIALLY not for the notorious upcoming Straight Pride Parade ... and he's doing what he can to put a stop to the idiocy.
As you may have heard ... a small group of straight men in Boston -- in an apparent retort to June being LGBTQ Pride Month -- have announced an upcoming parade to "celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community."
Currently, their website claims this community has adopted Pitt as its mascot, and congratulates him for being "the face of this important civil rights movement."
Of course, this is total BS, and sources close to Brad tell TMZ his team has reached out to the Straight Pride Parade organizers, demanding they stop using his name and likeness for their event.
If they don't do it soon ... we're told further action could be taken.
As for the planned parade ... the morons in charge say it will be a one-day event sometime in August, and they are requesting the same route as the Boston Pride Parade.
The parade has unsurprisingly been met with scorn and has a lot of folks shaking their damn heads, but here's what Boston native and 'Captain America' star Chris Evans thinks about it.
@ChrisEvans: Wow! Cool initiative, fellas!! Just a thought, instead of ‘Straight Pride’ parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children’ parade? Whatta ya think? Too on the nose??
Marcia Cross claims anal cancer caused by same HPV strain as husband’s throat cancer(6/5/19) Marcia Cross, who bravely battled and defeated anal cancer less than a year ago, has revealed her disease was most likely the same strain of HPV that caused her husband’s throat cancer years earlier.
Cross, 57, is now in remission, and speaking out about the dangers of the STD. The former Desperate Housewives star appeared on CBS This Morning to promote early prevention against HPV and encourage people to get the HPV vaccine.
“I know there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There’s enough on your plate.” Cross said.
“Even for me, it took a while. Anus, anus, anus. Ha. You just have to get used to it.”
According to the CDC, HPV causes more than 90% of anal cancers, and can spread from one person to another through sex or just by skin-to-skin contact. Back in 2009 her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent treatment. Little did the couple know the cancers would end up being related.
In September 2018, after a grueling battle of her own, including six weeks of radiation then two weeks of chemo, Cross finally revealed she was cancer-free.
“I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever,” she shared on Instagram. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”
Now well-educated on the disease and its dangers, Cross highly recommends early immunization. She said her daughters are up for their first shot at the end of the school year.
As for her own recovery, Cross told CBS she’s doing great.
“I’m feeling back to normal though it’s a new normal,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll ever take it for granted. I’m the girl who goes to the bathroom now and I go ‘Yes! It’s great what my body can do! I’m so grateful.’”
Why Women Kill: Marc Cherry Dramedy Gets August Premiere at CBS All Access(6/4/19) CBS All Access will tell us Why Women Kill before summer is over: The upcoming dramedy will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 15, TVLine has learned.
New episodes will drop on a weekly basis, with installments getting released every Thursday. The show’s first season spans 10 episodes.
Created by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids), Why Women Kill follows the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Per the project’s logline, the show “will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.”
Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin, Elementary‘s Lucy Liu and The Good Place‘s Kirby Howell-Baptiste will star as the central trio. Goodwin plays Beth Ann, a seemingly cheerful housewife in 1963; Liu plays elegant socialite Simone; and Howell-Baptiste plays the fiercely intelligent attorney Taylor.
“Oh my gosh, I’m doing [Why Women Kill] now and it is kicking my ass in the best way,” Goodwin recently teased to TVLine. “It’s brain-hurting fun. A creative playground, for sure… [Cherry] is a master of words. Everything is a bit more theatrical and heightened and stylized and poetic and juicy.”
The cast also includes Jack Davenport (Smash), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Reid Scott (Veep), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Sadie Calvano (Mom), Leo Howard (Kickin’ It), Alicia Coppola (The Young and the Restless) and Katie Finneran (Bloodline).
Jane Krakowski on Match Game 6/19/19(6/4/19) “Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, Tony Rock, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Sarah Chalke” – We’ve got a bunch of posers this week and it’s going to be BLANK! Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new episode of “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Produced by Fremantle, “Match Game” 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 June 19 include the following:
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Mike Brown (hometown: Harlem, New York), Christina Floriza (hometown: Chevy Chase, Maryland), Brett White (hometown: Queens, New York) and Julee Snitzer-Levine (hometown: Northridge, California).
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