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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated July 20, 2018)
‘The Oath’: Dilshad Vadsaria, Erik King Among Seven Recurring Cast In Season 2(7/20/18) Dilshad Vadsaria (Revenge, Second Chance), Sebastian Zurita (Todo Mal, Si Yo Fuera Tu), Erik King (Dexter, Oz), J. Anthony Pena (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G, Lucifer), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives, General Hospital) Rich Paul (Cut Throat City, The Long Shadow) and Carlos Sanz (Stronger) are set for recurring roles on the second season of The Oath, Sony Crackle’s gritty drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
They join the previously announced cast for season two, which includes new series regular Christina Milian, and Leona Lewis and Zulay Henao who will recur, along with returning cast Ryan Kwanten – who’s also a producer – Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law and J.J. Soria.
Created by Joe Halpin, The Oath explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join. Only a select few make the cut — but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks. Season 2 finds the Ravens trying to free themselves from their debt to the cartel. The season will examine themes of family and redemption, giving the characters a chance to reclaim their lives as their own, pushing them to find a new path and attempting to conquer their inner demons – all while trying to protect their own lives in the process.
Vadsaria plays Anaya Gil, who runs the U.S. faction of the Indo-Canadian Organized Crime. With her lieutenant Rajiv, her crime ring specializes in the theft and sale of luxury cars. Anaya runs her business professionally, is loyal to her friends, and expects the same from her partners. She cares about her business and her people, willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. She’s repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Innovative Artists.
Zurita is Ricardo Velasquez, the only son of Ignacio, who was raised in the shadow of his father. Ruthless to an extreme, and quick to anger. Ricardo has a contentious relationship with the rest of his family, in part because of the favoritism his father shows to Carmen, his sister. Envious, and eager to prove his worth, his thirst for power will lead him to decisions that he may come to regret. Zurita is repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management.
King is Pastor Greg, Amber’s father, and a self-reformed man who plans on helping those in the neighborhood still in the life. Growing up in a family of gangbangers, he followed the tradition. But after losing his brother to gang violence, he decided to use his street knowledge to help the community instead. As a Pastor, Cole approaches him to organize events for the Ravens. Good PR to keep the public opinion on the gang’s side, and keep them out of another RICO case. As the violence escalates he’ll try his hardest to maintain the peace, and mentor Cole on the importance of helping the community. King is repped by Gersh and The Burstein Company.
Pena plays Carl Ortiz, a current cop gang member and owner of the bar the Ravens frequent. Pena returns this season and becomes a major player in the gangs’ effort to break free from the Cartels grip and go legitimate. Pena is repped by Mogan Entertainment.
Burgi plays Nathan Andrews, a stone cold DEA agent. Calculating, Andrews is well aware of the corruption that a job like his can breed, and to a degree, he’s sympathetic to those who fall to it. He’s made it his mission in life to take down all the cartels no matter the consequences. Burgi is repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management and Innovative Artists.
Paul is Eli Briggs, the leader of a ruthless cop gang named the Horsemen. Eli’s character plays an integral part in creating havoc for the Ravens as they struggle to survive in the cop gang world.
Paul is repped by Nick Terry at Zero Gravity Management.
Carlos Sanz is Ignacio Velasquez, a leader of the Costa Oeste Cartel. Father of Jorge and Carmen, and a ruthless leader, he built his empire from the ground up. He has an old school mentality when it comes to loyalty and rules with an iron fist. A legend in Colombia for helping his people and is considered a benefactor to his community. Equally feared and loved, he is about to learn the true meeting of loyalty. Sanz is represented by Lighthouse Entertainment and Amsel, Eisenstadt , Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency (AEFH).
The Oath is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Anne Clements, and Joe Halpin who is also creator, writer and showrunner. Kwanten and Frances Lausell return as producers along with co-executive producer Jeff T. Thomas.
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio turned down 'Brokeback Mountain' roles: Gus Van Sant(7/20/18) Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio both declined starring roles in Oscar-winning drama Brokeback Mountain, according to original director Gus Van Sant.
The moviemaker was initially attached to adapt author Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name into a feature film, but he struggled to convince a number of top actors to take on the cowboy love story.
“Nobody wanted to do it,” Van Sant recalled to IndieWire. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out.
“I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”
Reports at the time suggested Van Sant had wanted his Good Will Hunting star Damon to feature opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, the roles which eventually went to Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, respectively, in director Ang Lee’s acclaimed 2005 release.
Producer Diana Ossana, who helped to adapt the script, confirmed the revelations in an email statement to the outlet, writing, “Yes, all those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons.”
Reflecting on his approach to casting the film over a decade ago, Van Sant admits he shouldn’t have focused so heavily on landing big names.
“What I could have done, and what I probably should have done, was cast more unknowns, not worried about who were the lead actors,” he said.
“I was not ready. I’m not sure why. There was just sort of a hiccup on my part. There was something off with myself, I guess, whatever was going on.”
Brokeback Mountain went on to lead all nominees at the 2006 Academy Awards with eight nods, including acting mentions for Ledger, Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams. It ended up picking up three honours, including Best Director for Lee, but missed out on Best Picture to Crash.
Meanwhile, Van Sant also told IndieWire he came close to taking charge of another acclaimed gay romance, 2017’s Call Me By Your Name, which was directed by Luca Guadagnino and starred Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
He explains a producer pal initially offered the project to him, and although the 65-year-old was interested, he doubts it would have been as well-received as Guadagnino’s version, because he found a “sentimentality” in the ending of the story that Van Sant didn’t.
“I think in that case in particular… I don’t think it would have panned out the way it did if I had directed it,” he shared. “I think it was great. I like the film… I’m not sure I would have ended up in the same place, so it probably wouldn’t have done as well.”
Call Me By Your Name, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Andre Aciman, landed four Oscar nominations earlier this year, and earned James Ivory the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.
Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Goes Very Dark in CBS All Access' Fairytale Drama Tell Me a Story: 'It's So Not Stefan'(7/20/18) (Video) CBS All Access’ upcoming fairytale-inspired drama Tell Me a Story reteams Kevin Williamson and Paul Wesley for the first time since their Vampire Diaries days. But one thing is not like the other.
“Thus far, there’s nothing supernatural about [this] series,” Wesley told me in TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite on Thursday. “It’s grounded. It’s in New York City. It’s the real world. It’s modern day. So I’m working with Kevin in a different capacity.”
Another big difference between Vampire Diaries and Story: Wesley is not playing a hero. “He’s a complete derelict,” the actor explained. “He abuses substances, he obviously has a lot of trauma in his life… And his life takes a turn for the worse.”
And as Williamson tells it, Wesley has more than risen to the challenge. “It’s so not Stefan,” the EP shared. “It’s so different from anything he’s done. I’m very excited for everyone to see what an amazing actor he is beyond the Vampire Diaries.”
Williamson is also enthused for viewers to see co-star James Wolk (Zoo, The Crazy Ones) eschew his white knight persona in the series. “He looks like this nice guy,” Williamson noted with a chuckle. “But he’s going to go to a very dark place.”
Chicago P.D. Enlists Anne Heche to Play Key Recurring Role in Season 6(7/16/18) Is Anne Heche the newest thorn in Voight’s side?
Chicago P.D. has tapped the Brave star for a recurring role in Season 6 as Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan.
Katherine is described as smart, to the point and political. While those may sound like good attributes, she is also self-serving, as well as a cunning and formidable opponent. Sounds like another potential foe for Voight, yes? Season 5 of the police drama concluded with the sergeant being questioned by higher-ups about a shooting he was involved in following Olinsky’s death. (Read our full finale recap here.)
The P.D. gig brings Heche back to the Peacock network, where she is coming off the one-and-done drama The Brave. Her previous TV credits include Dig, Save Me, Hung and Men in Trees.
Chicago P.D. returns on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c, following the season premieres of Fire and Med as part of NBC’s new #OneChicago block.
2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations(7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
How Brad Pitt Emerged From His Split With Angelina Jolie Better Than Ever(7/11/18) Should Brad Pitt be interested in entering the dating game in earnest, he knows who to call.
A chance meeting in an elevator weeks before this year's Academy Awards, led to the strangest of pacts with Hollywood's latest darling, Tiffany Haddish. "He said in one year if he's single and I'm single we gonna do it," she revealed to Kelly Ripa in a backstage interview at the show, "so you know what that means."
Asked why the need to put off their first date for some 12 months, Haddish was admittedly in the dark. "I don't know," she said, "he told me to wait a year."
Well, if anyone knows the supremely awesome power of time, it's Pitt. Not even two years ago today, the movie star's sterling reputation seemed irreparably tarnished. His wife, Angelina Jolie, the woman he'd famously moved on with in the wake of his last shocking split from Jennifer Aniston, had dropped a surprise divorce filing and request for full custody of their six kids—and all signs pointed at Pitt being to blame.
As fans scrambled to figure out what could have caused the end of Brangelina, once thought to be the most unshakeable of power couples, reports emerged accusing the actor of everything from substance abuse to an affair with Allied costar Marion Cotillard (a claim they both firmly denied). And then there were the whispers of what happened on the plane—the altercation between Pitt and then 15-year-old Maddox Jolie-Pitt that landed the Oscar winner under investigation by both the FBI and the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services.
Facing the biggest scandal in his storied three-decade career, the 54-year-old turned inward, relying on therapy, a newfound sobriety and plenty of solitude to "strip down to the foundation and break out the mortar," as he put it in a surprisingly candid interview with GQ Style. Some 22 months later he's a new man with a still red hot career. And while his custody situation with Jolie is still very much in flux with no official divorce in sight, he feels confident they'll reach a détente. "They had a pretty dramatic year," an insider tells E! News, "and he wants things to remain calm in the future."
That's a wish that at times seemed impossibly lofty. Even after Pitt was was cleared by the FBI and the Department of Children and Family Services in November 2016, reaching a temporary agreement with Jolie that granted him "therapeutic visitation," it seemed their separation was destined to become one of the most contentious of all times.
Just days into 2017, Jolie claimed in court documents that her ex was "terrified the public will learn the truth", a shot fired after the actor's lawyers requested to seal the records in their custody hearing. "There is little doubt that [Pitt] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse," her lawyer stated in the filing. Jolie's most obviously hostile comment to date, it seemed the kind likely to set off a new avalanche of negative reports.
Instead it became the first step in the pair's still-unending journey to a custody agreement. Jolie settled into a $25 million Hollywood mansion, a little more than a mile from their old family house where Pitt still lived, and, as their public drama subsided, the World War Z star began having more frequent interactions with the kids.
Custody negotiations over Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox (at 16, Maddox is deemed old enough to decide which parents he prefers to spend his time with) hit a snag this spring when Jolie wanted to take the kids to Europe for the duration of her Maleficent 2 shoot in London. Originally, a source told Us Weekly, the plan was for the brood to spend just two weeks in England, then return home to L.A. Pitt, had even thoughtfully chosen his next project—Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood about the 1969 Manson family murders—because filming would be contained to California.
When Jolie tried to pull a switch, a source told E! News, Pitt made a move to block her: "Brad will be filming in L.A. for the summer and wants to see the kids on his regular custody schedule."
While he was more than fine with Jolie traveling with the kids for short trips—she took Shiloh and Zahara to visit a refugee camp in Jordan in January and brought the entire brood to Paris that same month—"He's not OK with his kids being away for months," says the source. "He feels that Los Angeles is their home base and this is where it is best for them to be."
His argument won over the judge. With what we can only assume was a protracted negotiation, Pitt and Jolie carefully constructed a detailed plan for the summer that involved Pitt slowly increasing his time with the brood from four hours per day up to 10—culminating in eight straight days with the kids at the end of July.
"They worked out an agreement that was mutually acceptable," an insider tells E! News, adding Pitt "felt like he actually had a say and that the court was seeing his side of things."
Though the schedule requires the kids to travel back and forth, notes the insider, Pitt, who spent Father's Day in London with his expansive brood, is stoked to score so much face time.
"He is thrilled that the summer schedule for the kids is figured out and that he will be seeing them regularly," an insider tells E! News. "He feels this is a huge victory. It's a big step and he hopes to continue getting back on track with each of the kids."
He knows a large part of that is on him. As he fought to earn time with his kids, Pitt also set upon a self-improvement crash course designed to transform him into the type of dad he wanted to be. "I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality—the father is all-powerful, super strong—instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles," he offered by way of explanation to GQ Style. "And it's hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it."
Save from a Golden Globe appearance that proved the bulk of Hollywood was still in his corner, the actor dipped underground for several months, committing himself to a life of cranberry juice and fizzy water—"I was boozing too much. It's just become a problem," he said of what he called his ability to drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka—and therapy.
"For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street," he noted in the 2017 profile. "I'm an a--hole when it comes to this need for justice. I don't know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It's done me no good whatsoever. It's such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I'm well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits."
And while there's no denying the process of analyzing his flaws was painful, "For me every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy," he told the mag. "Yeah, the avoidance of pain is a real mistake. It's the real missing out on life. It's those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically. That make us better."
By the time The Lost City of Z producer emerged—at the April 2017 premiere of the adventure drama—he'd constructed a whole new existence for himself, one that revolved around choosing projects to shepherd (his sci-fi thriller Ad Astra comes out in January and he has producer credits on a slew of upcoming films, including Beautiful Boy and Backseat) and making art in British sculptor Thomas Houseago's studio.
"I think it was Picasso who talked about the moment of looking at the subject, and paint hitting canvas, and that is where art happens," he detailed. "For me I'm having a moment of getting to feel emotion at my fingertips. But to get that emotion to clay—I just haven't cracked the surface. And I don't know what's coming. Right now I know the manual labor is good for me, getting to know the expansiveness and limitations of the materials. I've got to start from the bottom, I've got to sweep my floor, I've got to wrap up my s--t at night, you know?"
The final stage of his renovation would involve constructing a new relationship. Though that's not a top priority for the heartthrob who romanced Gwyneth Paltrow, Juliette Lewis and Christina Applegate before his first marriage to Aniston.
"He has been on a few dates," a source told E! News. (Page Six reported the Missouri native has been charming women by humbly introducing himself as William, his given first name.) But while the source notes Pitt is "flirty by nature," often holding the door for women or allowing them to cut in line, he hasn't keyed in on anyone serious as of late.
That includes his rumored paramour, MIT professor Neri Oxman. Having visited one of her classes last fall, Pitt found the attractive architect with a PhD in design computation to be brilliant, a source tells E! News, and was left intrigued. His passion for housing well-documented, says the source, "He's interested in getting to know her more and learning from her. But they're strictly friends."
Such pals have proven crucial for Pitt as he found his way back to relative normalcy. When not working—he's currently filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio—or logging precious hours with his children, Pitt maintains "an active social life," an insider tells E! News. "He goes out to dinner a lot and enjoys being out and doing different things."
"Brad spent a lot of time alone and in private looking at himself and reevaluating what was most important and who he wanted to be," says the insider. "Now he's in a place where he's implemented those changes and has a lot more clarity. He's come out of that dark time and is in a much better place."
And should he need any extra excitement, Tiffany Haddish is just a phone call away.
Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian – Report(7/10/18) It looks like the smooth space-age swag of Lando Calrissian is returning to help the Rebellion (or maybe the First Order?) in Star Wars: Episode IX. Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role in Empire Strikes Back, is set to don the cape as Lando in the forthcoming installment of the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams will be returning to Star Wars as Lando who was recently portrayed by Donald Glover in the Star Wars standalone prequel Solo. With many actors from the original Star Wars franchise reprising their role in the new movies, there have been rumors and speculations on fan sites about Williams’ return. No details have been given about how Lando will be involved in the ninth installment of the intergalactic saga.
Williams is the latest actor to join the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX. Last week, Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams collaborator also joined the cast in an undisclosed role. They will join Star Wars regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. The movie is set to open Dec. 20, 2019.
Christina Ricci & Jane Krakowski on Match Game(7/10/18) “309” – A hilarious hour of non-stop BLANK is in store as Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new episode, THURSDAY, JUNE 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “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-missing-blank. “Match Game” is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Celebrity panelists for June 28:
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Star Mitchell (hometown: Akron, Ohio), Amanda Morris (hometown: Merrimack, New Hampshire), Chris Capuano (hometown: Queens, New York) and Kristy D’Amelio (hometown: Sparta, New Jersey).
Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.
Legendary Soap Scribe Dead At 96(7/6/18) Harding “Pete” Lemay, passed away on May 26 at the age of 96. One of the genre’s most highly regarded writers, Lemay won Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT. He head-wrote AW during what is hailed as its creative heyday, from 1971-79, head-wrote GL from 1980-81, and head-wrote THE DOCTORS from 1981-81. He also served as a story consultant on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and AW, and was the co-creator and head writer of LOVERS AND FRIENDS in 1977.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt Strike a Pose in First Photo of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood(6/28/18) (Photo) Leonardo DiCaprioand Brad Pitt are ready for Hollywood.
While much has been said about the star-studded upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, DiCaprio took intrigued fans inside the movie when he shared a first look at the film on Instagram on Wednesday.
In the stylish shot, the Oscar winner is posed alongside his co-star Pitt, both sporting themed ensembles and oozing with swagger.
Naturally, the photo has attracted millions of likes and endless comments since the actor shared it in the morning. As has been previously reported. DiCaprio will be portraying Rick Dalton, a washed-up Western actor who lives next door to Sharon Tate, while Pitt will fill the role of stunt double Cliff Booth.
The plot of the film takes place at the time of the Manson Family murders in the summer of 1969, with Margot Robbie as Tate and Emile Hirschas Jay Sebring, one of the Manson family's victims.
In addition to reuniting DiCaprio with his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Robbie, the movie will also bring together Pitt with his Ocean's Thirteen co-star Al Pacino, who has been cast as Marvin Shwarz, Dalton's agent.
The movie will also star Burt Reynolds, James Marsden and Dakota Fanning among several other notable actors.
The film, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is due out in summer 2019.
Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq as Her Kids Spend Father's Day With Brad Pitt in London(6/18/18) Like many dads, Brad Pitt celebrated Father's Day by spending time with his kids.
The actor enjoyed the big day with his children in London. The Moneyball star shares six children with his ex Angelina Jolie: Maddox, 16; Pax, 14; Zahara, 13; Shiloh, 12; and Vivienne and Knox, 10. However, it is unclear if all of the children were in attendance.
The news comes shortly after Jolie and Pitt reached a new custody agreement for the summer. According to the documents, Pitt will have physical custody of the children for four hours per day from June 8 to June 17. These hours will then change to 10 hours per day from June 27 to July 1. Pitt is also scheduled to have custody for set dates later in July.
Maddox, however, is allowed to determine how much time he spends with each parent.
Per the court documents, a judge in Jolie and Pitt's divorce case determined "not having a relationship with their father is harmful" to the children. The judge also noted that it is "critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother."
While Pitt celebrated the holiday with the kids, Jolie was in Iraq visiting a refugee camp ahead of World Refugee Day. The Maleficent star, who is also a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, made a statement during her visit.
"In my country, when we speak of the Middle East, we often focus on conflict and human suffering. And it is true that countless families in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are suffering from conflict they personally have no part in, instability they cannot control, and extremism that they reject," she said, per UNHCR. "But on this visit I have been reminded, as I am every time I am here, of the truly extraordinary dignity, resilience, warmth, generosity and grace of the people of the Middle East."
Jolie went on to "thank the people of Iraq for their generosity towards refugees and displaced people." She also said she was happy to be in Iraq during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. In addition, Jolie spoke about the number of displaced people and the durations of their exiles, which she said are "the highest they have ever been."
"At the same time, political solutions seem completely lacking, leaving a void that humanitarian aid cannot fill," she said. "Words like "unsustainable" don't paint a picture of how desperate these times are."
According to the actress, UNHCR's Syria response is funded 17 percent this year—down from 50 percent the year prior.
"When there is not even the bare minimum of aid, refugee families cannot receive adequate medical treatment, women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school and we squander the opportunity of being able to invest in refugees so that they can acquire new skills and support their families," she said. "This is the picture in Iraq, in Syria, and wherever in the world you find refugees and displaced people today. The only answer is to end the conflicts that are forcing people to flee their homes—and for all governments to meet their responsibilities."
This isn't the first time Jolie has visited a refugee camp. She visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with Zahara and Shiloh in January. She also visited adolescent refugee girls in Kenya last year.
Georgann Johnson, Veteran TV and Broadway Star, Dies at 91(6/15/18) Georgann Johnson, best known for her roles on TV and Broadway, has died. She was 91.
The actress died in Los Angeles on June 4, daughter Carol Prager announced in the obituary section of the Los Angeles Times.
Johnson was born on August 15, 1926, in Decorah, Iowa, and worked as a character actress in more than 115 films and TV series including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Too Close For Comfort and Archie Bunker’s Place.
It was in the 1953 Broadway revival of Room Service that Johnson met actor and future husband, Stanley Prager. After Prager’s death in 1972, she was married to Honorable Jack Tenner, a Superior Court Judge and civil rights activist, until his death in 2008.
Other notable roles are also 1953’s Life Sentence opposite James Dean, 1956’s Bang the Drum Slowly opposite Paul Newman and 1969’s Midnight Cowboy which won the Oscar for Best Picture
Johnson also starred in Three’s Company as John Ritter’s mother in 1983.
Then in 1970s, she found a career resurgence in soap operas with long-running roles on Another World/Somerset as Ellen Grant and As the World Turns as Jane Spencer.
Johnson is survived by her four daughters — Carol Prager, Annie Prager, Sally Seymour and Molly Boyll — and three grandchildren, Hannah Seymour, Gabriel Seymour, and Caroline Boyll.
THREE-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER JEAN SMART JOINS CAST OF BRAVO MEDIA’S ‘DIRTY JOHN’(6/15/18) Jean Smart (“Legion,” “Fargo”) will recur in Bravo Media’s “Dirty John” playing Arlane Hart, Debra’s (Connie Britton) mother. Smart will join Britton and Eric Bana in the scripted anthology series based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. The series reunites Smart with Bana, who she previously starred alongside in the film “Lucky You.”
“Dirty John” tells the true story of how Debra’s romance with the charismatic John Meehan (Eric Bana) spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP), in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment, and will be executive produced and written by Alexandra Cunningham (“Chance,” “Desperate Housewives”). Richard Suckle and Charles Roven will serve as executive producers for Atlas Entertainment; Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Chris Argentieri will serve as executive producers for Los Angeles Times Studios; Britton and Bana will also serve as executive producers.
Winner of three Emmy Awards with an additional five nominations for her work on “Fargo,” “Harry’s Law,” “Frasier,” “The District,” “24,” and “Samantha Who,” Smart has also made her presence known on the big screen and garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in the Miramax feature film “Guinevere.” On stage, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress for her starring role on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” In 2016, she also received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for her work on “Patience and Sarah.” In the fall, Smart will be seen in Paul Feig’s film “A Simple Favor” opposite Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Her other upcoming films include: Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself” with Olivia Wilde, Samuel L. Jackson, and Oscar Isaac, “Brampton’s Own” and “Senior Moment.” Notably, she was seen starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck in director Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant.” On TV, Smart stars in Noah Hawley’s new FX series, “Legion.” She also starred as Floyd Gerhardt on the second season of Hawley’s acclaimed series “Fargo” on FX, for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
During her career, Smart has showcased her talents alongside numerous top Hollywood actors including Reese Witherspoon in “Sweet Home Alabama,” Steve Martin in “Bringing Down the House,” Mark Wahlberg in “I Heart Huckabees,” Zach Braff and Peter Sarsgaard in “Garden State,” Bruce Willis in “The Kid,” Robert De Niro and Martin Landau in “Mistress,” and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in “The Odd Couple II.” Other recent film work includes “Great Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep, “Barry Munday” with Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer, “Youth in Revolt” with Michael Cera, and the dark comedy “Miss Meadows” opposite Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale.
Smart is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment. WME also reps Los Angeles Times Studios, Atlas Entertainment, Britton, Bana and Cunningham.
New Project For DAYS’s Judi Evans(6/13/18) Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) has begun work on a new film, I’m not for Sale: The fight to end Human Trafficking. Evans tweeted, “Started work yesterday on a new film called ‘I’m not for sale’. It’s a gritty film about the horrors of human trafficking. Directed by Romane Simon….Thank you Simon for daring to tell this story and allowing me the opportunity to go WAY outside my comfort zone to play A virtually unredeemable character…..huge bonus! My son Austin Michael Luciano was cast as Brent in the film…..can’t wait to see him work his magic!!!! Thank you you Simon for making all of this happen….” The film currently has no release date.
Angelina Jolie Could Lose Physical Custody of Kids to Brad Pitt(6/13/18) Angelina Jolie is dangerously close to losing primary physical custody of her and Brad Pitt's six children if she doesn't switch up the how she lets the kids interact with dad.
According to a new report, the judge in the couple's divorce case believes it's "harmful" to the children if Angelina continues to restrict access to Brad.
The judge has even laid down a strict new cell phone policy -- Brad will now be able to call and text each child at will -- without Angelina monitoring the convos.
The report details a new custody schedule for the summer too. Brad will see his kids in London for 10 days in early to mid-June, where he can hang with 1 or 2 of 'em at a time for four hours a day. In late June, he'll get 10 hours a day ... and from early to mid-July he'll get the kids for 4 consecutive days. In late July, they'll be with him in L.A. for about a week.
A child psychologist has to be present while Brad visits the kids in London -- where Angelina is renting a house right now -- and has to make arrangements to have them see their doctors while in CA. When they're across the pond with dad, Jolie can only call once a day.
As for 16-year-old Maddox, he'll get to decide on his own how much time he wants to spend with dad.
Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Joins Cast of CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story, Reuniting With Kevin Williamson(6/12/18) The Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson has recruited one of the stars of the long-running CW drama, Paul Wesley, for his new series, psychological thriller Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access.
Wesley has been tapped for a lead role opposite The Originals alumna Danielle Campbell, Billy Magnussen and Kim Catrall in the straight-to-series drama, from Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written by Williamson, Tell Me a Story takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.
Wesley plays Eddie, a derelict and troubled individual whose petulance is fueled even more by his problems with drugs and alcohol. Although he works as a bartender, he also splits his time as a low-level drug dealer and part-time thief with his older brother Mitch, who never fails to treat Eddie as the lowly delinquent that he is.
Campbell plays Kayla. Catrall plays her grandmother.
Williamson executive produces with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. Liz Friedlander directs and executive produces the first two episodes.
Wesley played vampire Stefan on The Vampire Diaries for the series’ eight-season run. Since TVD ended in March 2017, he starred in two off-Broadway plays, Cal in Camo opposite David Harbour at The Rattlestick Theatre and Zurich at New York Theatre Workshop. He also has a featured role in Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming Netflix miniseries Medal Of Honor.
Wesley, whose production company Citizen Media has multiple TV series projects in development at various networks and studios, is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris.
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Adds Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, More(6/7/18) Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has added to its cast of characters wandering about in Los Angeles at the time Charles Manson’s Sharon Tate murders.
The Sony pic has brought aboard Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr, Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond in supporting roles for a lineup that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.
As befits a Tarantino pic, the casting intrigues: Lewis will play the iconic actor Steve McQueen; Fanning is set as Squeaky Fromme, the Manson disciple who later tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford; Hammond will play director Sam Wanamaker; and Hirsch is Jay Sebring, the Hollywood hairstylist who was one of four victims in the Tate murders on Cielo Drive.
Perry is set to play Scotty Lancer, Collins is Ernesto The Mexican Vaquero, and Keith Jefferson is Land Pirate Keith. It’s the third Tarantino film for Jefferson, who also appeared in The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained.
The Tarantino pic has been referred to as a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of stories set in L.A. in the summer of 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: Tate (Robbie).
David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh are producing, and the studio has set it for an August 9, 2019 release worldwide.
B&B’s Brown Advances In Congressional Race(6/7/18) Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B) will advance to the next step of her congressional run, according to The Desert Sun. Based on preliminary returns, U.S. House member Raul Ruiz and challenging Republican Kimberlin Brown Pelzer are poised to advance to November’s midterm elections, where they will go head to head in the race to represent California’s 36th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ruiz garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with all precincts reporting. Brown Pelzer got nearly 23 percent, coming in far above other Republicans, who each earned between 4 percent and 8 percent of the vote.
Kelsey Grammer Joins Fox Legal Drama Proven Innocent in Recast(6/2/18) The man responsible for bringing Sideshow Bob to life is returning to Fox for more villainy.
Kelsey Grammer is joining the new legal drama Proven Innocent, TVLine has learned, replacing Brian D’Arcy James as Gore Bellows, a “hard-as-nails and tough-on-crime state’s attorney.” (A report from Deadline clarifies that producers enjoyed James’ performance, so there’s a chance he’ll appear later in the season in another role.)
“The subject matter is very timely and worth exploring; I am excited to be a part of that,” Grammer said in a statement.
Held for midseason, the series stars Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome) as Madeline Scott, a tenacious lawyer who heads up a “wrongful conviction firm,” which goes up against the likes of Gore Bellows to reopen cases and exonerate innocent people previously “proven” guilty. (Madeline has a dicey past of her own, becoming a tabloid sensation as a young adult after being falsely convicted.).
Proven Innocent‘s supporting cast also includes Russell Hornsby (Grimm), Riley Smith (Nashville, Frequencey) Nikki M. James (BrainDead), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) and Clare O’Connor (Chicago Med) as a young Madeline.
Kimmy Schmidt's Final Episodes(6/1/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s journey won’t come to an end until next year: Netflix has announced that the second half of the comedy’s fourth and final season will debut on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
The show’s last six episodes may be followed up by a movie to wrap up any loose ends, it was reported earlier this month.
The first half of Kimmy‘s fourth season hit the streaming service on Wednesday.
Morgan Freeman Demands CNN Retract and Apologize for Sexual Harassment Allegations Story(5/29/18) Days after offering contrition to women who “felt uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behavior in the past, Morgan Freeman is calling for an apology of his own.
The actor and Madam Secretary executive producer is looking into legal action against CNN, which on May 24 published a report of Freeman’s alleged harassment of eight women. The behavior reportedly included unwanted touching and offensive public comments about women’s clothing or bodies.
A letter Freeman’s attorneys sent to the cable news network Monday characterized the story, reported by CNN’s Chloe Melas and An Phung, as “journalistic malpractice” that included “falsehoods” and “malicious intent.”
The letter calls for CNN to retract the story and issue a public apology to Freeman, who has lost work — including his role as the voice of Visa — as a result of the allegations.
Among other criticisms, the letter alleges that Melas, who also was a source in the story after encountering what she described as “inappropriate behavior” on Freeman’s part during a press junket for his film Going in Style, misinterpreted Freeman’s comment about a story told by co-star Michael Caine. In the CNN story, Melas said that Morgan said “I wish I was there” in regard to her then-six-months-pregnant body. Freeman’s lawyers say the comment was directed at an anecdote Caine had just shared, not at Melas. (Melas maintains that Freeman also said she was “ripe,” and that the observations made her so uncomfortable that she reported them to her supervisors and CNN’s human resources department.)
A CNN spokesperson issued the following statement to TVLine:
The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story. CNN stands by its reporting and will respond forcefully to any attempt by Mr. Freeman or his representatives to intimidate us from covering this important public issue.
The New York Times‘ Sopan Deb tweeted Freeman’s lawyers’ letter Tuesday; you can read it in its entirety here.
Soon after CNN’s story was published on May 24, Freeman issued a statement saying, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
Then, on May 26, he released a second statement in which he said he was “devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports” and that “it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”
Morgan Freeman “Devastated” Over Allegations, Says “I Did Not Assault Women” In New Statement(5/26/18) Morgan Freeman has put out a second statement in the wake of a report Thursday in which eight women came forward to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of inappropriate behavior.
“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” he said about the accusations that came in a report from CNN. The allegations included unwanted touching and inappropriate comments including asking a woman if she was wearing underwear.
He added tonight: “I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”
On Thursday, Freeman issued a shorter statement: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy, he said. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
In the wake of the reports, Visa cut ties with Freeman who had been the longtime voice behind the company’s ad campaigns. SAG-AFTRA, which presented him with its lifetime achievement honor this year at the SAG Awards, said it was reviewing possible “corrective actions.”
Here’s his full statement tonight:
“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.
All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.
I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.
Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.
But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”
— Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman: SAG Reviewing Possible “Corrective Actions” Against Its Lifetime Achievement Honoree(5/25/18) With sexual harassment allegations coming to light from multiple women against 80 year-old actor Morgan Freeman, the Screen Actors Guild is reviewing what actions, if any, it will take against the actor who they honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award in January of this year. The award is is SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor.
Here is the union’s statement:
“These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to insure a safe work environment for the professionals in this industry.
“Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment.
“Given Mr. Freeman recently received one of our union’s most prestigious honors recognizing his body of work, we are therefore reviewing what corrective actions may be warranted at this time.”
The Oscar winner was the 54th recipient of the award this past January. Rita Moreno, who has known Freeman for decades going back to their work together on the PBS kids program Electric Company, presented Freeman with the award calling him “a national treasure.”
Freeman began acting at age 12, has appeared in nearly 100 films, which together have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office. His credits include Million Dollar Baby, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar; Unforgiven, and The Shawshank Redemption, for which he received Best Actor nominations for a SAG Award and an Oscar. With one of the world’s most recognizable voices, Freeman was also the voice of two Oscar-winning documentaries: The March of the Penguins and The Long Way Home.
Morgan Freeman: VISA Pulls Marketing As Sexual Harassment Fallout Continues(5/24/18) Morgan Freeman and VISA have enjoyed a long relationship over years with the actor appearing in many of the credit card’s commercials as well as featured as a voiceover artist in its spots. After today, following allegations that surfaced from multiple women about sexual harassment and untoward behavior by the 80 year-old actor, VISA is stepping back.
In a just released statement from VISA, a spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Freeman. At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured.”
This comes after Vancouver-based transit system TransLink backed away as well. It had been featuring a Morgan Freeman voiceover for a VISA ad campaign to promote TransLink’s VISA credit card and mobile payments on its buses and at its automated rapid transit system SkyTrain.
The transit system issued a statement earlier today, stating: “In light of information we’ve learned through news stories this morning of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system,” the transit authority said this morning, in a statement.
The allegations, reported by CNN’s investigative team, also has also given pause to his union, SAG-AFTRA which award him with its highest honor in January with its Lifetime Achievement Award. They are now reviewing the situation but stated today: “Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment.”
The move by VISA is not without precedent in Corporate America. In the past, companies have stepped away from Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan after scandals hit; the same happened with Subway when its spokesman Jared Fogle was found with child porn.
So, it’s not unusual for companies to distance themselves when a spokesman is in the middle of a media firestorm of such a negative nature. Morgan Freeman, who apologized this AM “to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected” is just the latest.
Morgan Freeman apologizes after sexual harassment allegations(5/24/18) Legendary star Morgan Freeman has been named as an alleged sexual harasser who preyed on young producers, reporters and others.
The 80-year-old Oscar winner is being accused by at least eight women of sexually inappropriate behaviour, CNN has revealed.
In his decades-long career, Freeman has starred in Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank Redemption, Se7en and Million Dollar Baby with pal Clint Eastwood.
In addition, he has become a popular voiceover actor. On Wednesday, he was named as the voice on Vancouver’s Translink but that decision has now been put on hold.
Freeman apologized Thursday afternoon, saying he was sorry for making women feel “uneasy.”
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” Freeman said in a statement obtained by Variety.
“I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
One young production assistant told CNN she thought she’d snared the job of her dreams in Going In Style, starring Freeman, Sir Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.
It turned into months of harassment from Freeman lifting her skirt along with other bad behaviours. Arkin even told the star to stop, she says.
It was a similar story on the set of Now You See Me.
“He did comment on our bodies … We knew that if he was coming by … not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that (were) fitted,” a production assistant told CNN.
At his production company, Revelations Entertainment, it was a similar story.
But because of Freeman’s iconic status in the film world at large and Hollywood in particular, the women never reported his hijinks.
Six former staffers at his production company claimed to have witnessed Freeman’s creepy behaviour.
“He looked me up and down,” one said, and then he asked her, “How do you feel about sexual harassment?”
“I was stunned,” she told CNN. “This is the person that I worked for, this is his company, I didn’t expect it at all … I said timidly, ‘I love it’ in a sarcastic way hoping to make light of the situation because I was so confused and then he turned to the guys on the crew … and he said, ‘See guys, this is how you do it.’”
Freeman also allegedly made unwanted advances to at least three entertainment reporters.
Morgan Freeman Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior By Multiple Women(5/24/18) Multiple women say actor Morgan Freeman subjected them to harassment or inappropriate behavior on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment, CNN reports.
The cable news organization says eight women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. CNN interviewed 16 people for its report, including some who said they witnessed the behavior.
One production assistant said she was subjected to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a nearly daily basis, including one incident in which the 80-year-old actor allegedly “kept trying to lift up my skirt” while inquiring if she was wearing underwear.
The accusers, most of whom CNN does not identify, describe a climate of harassment and inappropriate behavior at Revelations Entertainment. Freeman’s co-founder, Lori McCreary, allegedly witnessed one such incident, CNN reports.
This alleged misconduct is not limited to Freeman’s work on set or within his company.
CNN reports that three entertainment writers recounted inappropriate remarks made to them during press junkets. One of these women, CNN’s Chloe Melas, described an encounter when she was six months pregnant when she interviewed him during a promotional tour for the 2017 movie Going in Style. He allegedly looked her up and down and made suggestive remarks including, “You look so ripe.”
The allegations could not be independently verified by Deadline.
Freeman has had an enduring career in Hollywood, collecting an Oscar for supporting actor for Million Dollar Baby, and nominations for his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Street Smart. This year, he collected the SAG Awards’ highest honor, for lifetime achievement.
Freeman’s next film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, is due out November 2. Disney is distributing the movie, which is a Mark Gordon Co. production. He also is working on Angel Has Fallen, the next installment of the Olympus Has Fallen franchise, and also is attached to star in Cold Warriors, which is in development with producer Avi Lerner and targeting a 2019 release.
“Morgan is 80 years old, and he is a lovely man.” said Lerner, who has worked with the actor on set on multiple movies. “I don’t believe it’s going to affect my movies. I have to tell you that I’ve been with him on the set for many movies over 15 years, and I’ve never seen one inappropriate thing in my life.”
Talk Show Appearance(5/18/18) The Talk - CBS
Thursday, May 24
Actor Kelsey Grammer discusses performing in “Beauty and the Beast in Concert” at The Hollywood Bowl (n)
Soap Faves In New Film(5/18/18) LANY Entertainment has acquired the star-studded psychological thriller JACK RIO from the independent motion picture company, Gruntworks Entertainment. The thriller is now available for the first time ever on Amazon Prime Video. Written and directed by THE BAY’s creator, Gregori J. Martin, JACK RIO tells the story of a famous actor named Tommy Jamison, played by Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, ALL MY CHILDREN et al), who tries to escape his on-screen persona, the TV character that made him famous. A string of murders seem to follow in his wake begging the question, is this the work of an obsessed fan — or something worse? The film also features Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS), Brian Krause (ex-Matt, ANOTHER WORLD) and Tristan Rogers (Scorpio, GH; Lex, THE BAY).
Obituary: Morgan J. Pinter, 28(5/17/18) Morgan James Pinter, 28, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in New York City.
Born February 21, 1990, in Danbury, Connecticut, he was the son of Mark Pinter of San Diego, CA and Colleen Zenk of New York, NY and Naples, FL.
Morgan graduated from Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut where he was the captain of the cross country and tennis teams. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania where he received his degree in Philosophy and English. At Lafayette, he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was the Music Director of the college’s A Capella group The Lafayette Chorduroys.
He is survived by his longtime girlfriend Becky Mann of Westport, CT, his sisters Georgia Pinter of San Diego, CA, Kelsey Crouch of New York, NY, Hannah Pinter of Los Angeles, CA, and Esmé Pinter of Encinitas, CA. He is also survived by his sister Siri Daly and her husband Carson Daly of Manhasset, NY, his brother Dylan Pinter and his wife Jessica Chazen-Pinter of New York, NY, and his 3 nieces (Etta, London and Ruby) and 2 nephews (Jackson and Henry) who Morgan adored.
A private memorial was held for immediate family.
The Brave Cancelled at NBC(5/12/18) Fortune didn’t favor The Brave.
NBC has cancelled the freshman series, TVLine has confirmed, meaning there’ll be no Season 2 for the military drama.
Though the show’s fans were vocal — particularly when it was the subject of one of our “Keep or Cut?” polls earlier this year — The Brave‘s ratings didn’t bear out: Averaging 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, the Monday-night series had a tough time retaining The Voice‘s audience and out-rated only three other NBC dramas (Blindspot, on-the-bubble Timeless and the freshly cancelled Taken).
In a tweet Friday, series creator Dean Georgaris thanked the show’s loyal fans.
The Season 1 finale, which ended on a cliffhanger that found Demetrius Grosse’s Preach in a coma, aired January 29 and now will serve as the series finale.
‘Ten Days In The Valley’ Canceled After One Season On ABC(5/12/18) Kyra Sedgwick’s return to primetime didn’t stick. ABC today officially canceled the freshman drama Ten Days in the Valley. The network said the remaining episodes will air.
The underperforming drama series premiered October 1 with a soft 0.5 in adults 18-48 and 3.4 million total viewers (Live+Same Day). It drew a 0.4 in the demo for its last three Sunday airings before being moved to 10 PM Saturdays in late October.
Hailing from Skydance Television, Ten Days In the Valley followed Jane Sadler (Sedgwick), an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art: everything’s a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted. Erika Christensen, Felix Solis and Kick Gurry co-starred.
Tassie Cameron, co-creator and head writer of hit cop series Rookie Blue, served as writer-showrunner of Ten Days, which she executive produced with Sedgwick, Jill Littman and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
Kimmy Schmidt Ending With Season 4; Finale Movie in the Works — Report(5/4/18) Kimmy Schmidt has apparently reached her breaking point.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end its run on Netflix after its fourth season, TVLine’s sister site Deadline reports, with a finale movie in the works to wrap up any loose ends.
The movie will reportedly be written by Kimmy co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock following production on Season 4, which releases its first six (of 13) episodes on Wednesday, May 30. (The second half arrives later this year.)
TVLine has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Are you ready to say goodbye to Kimmy and the gang (keeping in mind that you still have a season and a potential movie left to enjoy)?
Kimmy Schmidt Gets a New Job (and Song!) in Season 4 Premiere — Watch(5/4/18) (Video) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is no longer unemployable.
Netflix has released a first look at the opening minutes of the comedy’s Season 4 premiere (debuting Wednesday, May 30), and in it, Ellie Kemper’s Kimmy is starting her first day at work to the tune of an energetic, Mary Tyler Moore-style theme song — sung by co-star Jane Krakowski, naturally. Kimmy even tosses her hat in the air, just like Mary Richards… but alas, it gets stuck in a tree, along with a dozen others.
Kimmy’s the new HR manager at Giztoob, a hip tech start-up where she hands out unwanted high-fives and hugs to her fellow co-workers — including a robot named C.H.E.R.Y.L. But her job isn’t easy: Her boss Zach informs her she’ll have to fire an employee for being late — and fix that scratchy record player, while she’s at it.
Jane Krakowski Guest Stars on Modern Family(5/1/18) “Clash of Swords” – Mitchell sneaks out to “Hero-Con” with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show “Clash of Swords.” It’s great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria’s dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door, on the season finale of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00–9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.
Guest starring are Jane Krakowski as Dr. Donna Duncan, Christian Barillas as Ronaldo, Ben Schwartz as Nick and Dylan Bay Kleckner as Cal.
Alicia Coppola Cast In DC Film ‘The Kitchen’(4/29/18) Alicia Coppola (Shameless) has been cast in Andrea Berloff’s New Line film, The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. Domhnall Gleeson, Margo Martindale, Bill Camp and Brian d’Arcy James also co-star in the DC/Vertigo comic book based film about wives of Irish mobsters who team up to take over running the business after their husbands are arrested and sent to prison. Michael De Luca is the producer on this project. Coppola, who recently recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles, will play Maria Coretti, the wife of mob boss played by Camp. The Kitchen bows in theaters September 20, 2019. Coppola is repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management, Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates, and attorney Derek Kroeger.
Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter hinted at relations in texts before death(4/26/18) Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter talked about having “grandpa feelings” just months before she was brutally murdered, RadarOnline.com has learned.
As Radar reported, rumors the Oscar winner had a secret sexual affair with Edena Hines date back nearly a decade. Now, during the trial over her murder, text messages hinting at the illicit relationship have been revealed.
On July 3, 2015, about six weeks before she was killed outside her apartment building in Washington Heights, N.Y., Hines texted her boyfriend and alleged killer, rapper Lamar Davenport, to discuss some problems she was having with an older gentleman.
“I dont ask him for advice,” Hines wrote. “He was calling to ask me . . . I blocked him for myself not for you because men who equal grandpa feelings dont need to be in my life at all.”
At the time, Hines, 33, was discussing the future of her rocky relationship with Davenport, and the outside influence of another man.
In response, Davenport, 33, wrote, “When it comes to…your grandfather, there’s a submissive love that will always be there.”
At Davenport’s trial in Manhattan Supreme Court on April 20, lawyers went a step further, asserting that Hines “disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her.”
It’s news Radar first broke years ago, when a family friend revealed the affair between The Shawshank Redemption star and his 45-years-younger granddaughter.
The insider told Radar when Harris was a teenager “she and Morgan went to dinner at a friend’s house one evening. Both had been drinking, and when they returned home, Morgan attempted to have sex with her.”
Their affair allegedly continued until Freeman began dating a stunning Los Angeles accountant named Ellie in 2012. It was that year when both Hines and the star publicly denied an affair amid the marriage reports.
Hines said, “These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.”
At the time, Freeman noted, “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.”
Hines was the biological daughter of Deena Dair, whom Freeman and his first wife adopted as a child. They were not related by blood. The two have always vehemently denied any affair or sexual encounters.
According to police, Hines was stabbed 25 times in the neck, back and chest outside her home on August 16, 2015, at 2:50 a.m.
Davenport’s attorneys argue he is not guilty of the violent crime by reason of insanity because he was in the throes of a PCP-induced psychosis when the attack occurred.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kevin Spirtas Previews His New Series, AFTER FOREVER(4/24/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Although best known to soap fans for playing Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kevin Spirtas promises that viewers will see a whole new side of him in his new series, AFTER FOREVER, which premieres on Amazon on Tuesday, April 14. “The roles that I’ve always been given, they’re leading men, don’t get me wrong,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth with a hearty chuckle, “but some of my leading men have been a little… Snidely Whiplash. I want to be a good guy. I want to be the one who’s on the hero’s journey.”
And as Brian, the lead character in AFTER FOREVER, Spirtas gets to do just that. “The story’s about two people coming together who have everything,” he previewed, “They have love, they have the greatest apartment, they have great friends, they have wonderful jobs. Nothing could be wrong. It was supposed to last forever, until one day… it didn’t. And then you watch these people and the people around them all have to deal with loss, love, and new beginnings.”
Spirtas not only stars in the series, but also co-created it along with former daytime writer Michael Slade, who has penned scripts for ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, DAYS, and PASSIONS. They also enlisted Emmy-winning director Jennifer Pepperman, who helmed episodes of OLTL and AS THE WORLD TURNS, to direct.
As a Broadway veteran of shows like A Chorus Line, Meet Me in St. Louis, Hairspray, and The Boy From Oz, Spirtas got a lot of stars from the stage to appear in AFTER FOREVER, including Michael Urie, Anita Gillette and Cady Huffman. Soap fans might remember Huffman as Dr. Paige Miller on OLTL. Also, ATWT fans will be able to see Colleen Zenk (Barbara) in there, too! “I won’t say where, I won’t say when,” Spirtas teases. “But Colleen appears and she brings it on!”
Spirtas was also thrilled to have lured Mitchell Anderson out of “retirement” to play Jason opposite his Brian. “He moved away from California with his husband and they went to Atlanta and he opened a restaurant,” the actor revealed. “I said to him, ‘Hey, I want you to read this, and I want you to read it with you in mind doing it.’ He read it and he called me back in like, two days and said, ‘When do we start? I’m on board.’ This is a person who I think is extremely talented, he’s easy on the eyes, he’s my age, and we have a connection already because we’re friends. So that fell into place beautifully because it shows so much on the screen.”
AFTER FOREVER is a series of eight episodes that run about 11 minutes each and is available on Amazon.com (free for Prime members!). “It’s hard to sit through 11 minutes and not go, ‘Oh, well, let me just see what the next one is,’” Spirtas jokes of binging the show like one long movie. He also urges fans to review it after they watch it. “Because that’s what Amazon is paying attention to,” he confided, adding that he and Slade have ideas for more episodes going forward. “There are stories that are already arced out for season two, three, and a little bit into four,” he revealed. “There’s a lot to tell you about this, I just can’t tell you about it!”
Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Set To Announce Drama Desk Award Nominations(4/10/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt duo Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess will announce the nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 26, the organization announced today.
The awards ceremony, as previously announced, will be hosted by Michael Urie at Manhattan’s The Town Hall on Sunday, June 3.
“What an honor to have Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess announce this year’s Drama Desk Nominations,” said Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView, parent company of TheaterMania.com, producer of the awards ceremony. “With their unique theatrical backgrounds, we are so pleased that they will be on hand to celebrate the New York theater community.”
The nominations will be announced at 10 a.m. ET on April 26 from Feinstein’s/54 Below and livestreamed on the TheaterMania site. The Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.
Soap actress Jensen Buchanan found not guilty during probation violation hearing(4/8/18) (santamariatimes.com) The veteran soap actress accused of violating the terms of her probation after a court-ordered ankle monitor detected a blood alcohol level of 0.18 between the weeks of Dec. 29 and Jan. 11 was found not guilty Friday in Santa Maria Superior Court.
Jensen Buchanan, 55, was released from Santa Barbara County Jail after Judge James Voysey ruled the soap actress did not violate the terms of her probation, Deputy District Attorney Chrystal Joseph confirmed. Voysey reinstated the terms of her five-year probation and ordered Buchanan to report to the county's Probation Department on Monday.
In 2016, Buchanan reportedly veered onto the wrong side of Highway 154 and into the path of an Arizona driver, nearly killing him. Her blood alcohol content level was 0.34 at the time of the crash.
The prosecution pushed for prison time during her initial court proceedings, with the defense seeking probation. During her Oct. 6 sentencing, Buchanan was sentenced to jail and probation, with Voysey telling her one infraction would land her in prison due to the life-altering impact the crash had on victim Bradley Asolas.
Buchanan was released in November after having served about a month and a half of custody time.
On Jan. 12, 2018, Buchanan was reportedly arrested by Oxnard Police and booked into custody in Ventura County for an alleged probation violation. During her Jan. 18 court appearance, Buchanan was sent back to jail with no bail set for allegedly violating her probation.
At the time, her attorneys argued Buchanan complied with all the terms of her probation even after being evacuated due to the Thomas fire. She was denied release Jan. 31 and ordered to remain in custody, pending her probation violation hearing.
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie rarely speak as they finalize divorce: Report(4/7/18) The NaughtyGossip website is reporting that the superstar couple no longer communicate that often.
A source claims: “Brad and Angie only communicate about the children and often that is done through their people.
“It was a very ugly breakup and they have each gone their separate ways.
“They wish each other the best but they will not be getting back together and have almost nothing to do with each other’s lives.
“If they didn’t have the kids together, they would never speak again.”
Dr. Neri Oxman, associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on Sept. 18, 2017 in New York City. (Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
Pitt has reportedly been romancing MIT professor Neri Oxman.
While they finalize their divorce Pitt and Jolie are still involved in making money with their Miraval Winery.
Ray Liotta Cast In Indie Film ‘Cutman’(4/6/18) Ray Liotta has been cast in the indie film Cutman for producer/director Michael Mailer (Blind). The script, written by Tiffany Heath (Cut Her Out), follows a retired boxer who is dying of cancer and working also as an enforcer for various lowe level mobsters. He is haunted by the death of his “cutman” and just wants to die in peace before he meets a female junkie and her daughter as they all search for meaning and revenge.
Cutmans are the guys in the corners during a boxing match who make sure the boxer is taken care of physically.
Liotta has been with Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s cop drama Shades of Blue for the past three seasons. NBC announced only this week that it was ending the show after the next 10 episodes of Season 3. Liotta is an Emmy-award winning actor (ER) who was nominated by his peers at SAG a couple of years ago for his work in Texas Rising. He is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Brad Pitt spending time with rockstar MIT professor(4/6/18) Brad Pitt is spending time with an acclaimed architect, award-winning artist and rockstar MIT professor Neri Oxman.
A source exclusively confirms that architecture and design aficionado Pitt recently met accomplished Oxman through an MIT architecture project and they have since become friends. Pitt was referred to Oxman to collaborate on an architectural project he was working on, we’re told.
As first revealed on “Page Six TV,” a source told us, “Brad and Neri instantly hit it off because they share the same passion for architecture, design and art. This is best described as a professional friendship.”
But the source added, “Their friendship has not turned into romance … as both are cautious and this is, again, more of a professional friendship, but Brad is very interested in spending more time with Neri, she is fascinating.”
American-Israeli architect and designer Oxman was previously married to Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, who she has said had an “incredible influence” on her work. Pitt is still finalizing his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
A rep for Pitt, 54, declined to comment, but a friend added, “You are correct that they are just friends and she is very impressive.” Oxman is currently traveling and could not be immediately reached.
Oxman, 42, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Jolie, is a professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter group, which conducts research into bonding design and architecture with natural and biological environments. Her team has also been building 3-D printers capable of printing biological matter and glass.
According to her MIT bio, Oxman “coined the term, and pioneered the field of, Material Ecology, which considers computation, fabrication, and the material itself as inseparable dimensions of design. In this approach, products and buildings are biologically informed and digitally engineered by, with and for, nature.”
A number of Oxman’s works are created by animals or natural processes. One of her most well-known is “The Silk Pavilion,” an installation designed in 2013, which was woven by 6,500 silkworms on a dome. Her work is included in collections at MoMA, Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou, Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science.
If she wasn’t already impressive enough, in a 2016 Surface Magazine profile of Oxman, MoMA senior curator for architecture and design Paola Antonelli called her “a person ahead of her time, not of her time. She is very rigorous, taking on a long view on where design needs to be, but at the same time also has an incredible talent and aesthetic flare, like an artist. Whatever she does has ground and credibility in science, but also a universal appeal for everybody, because her work is just so beautiful.”
A prominent woman in an otherwise male-dominated field, Oxman and her team have won numerous awards, including the International Earth Awards for Future-Crucial Design (2008), the Vilcek Prize in Design (2014) and an Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York (2015).
Meanwhile, Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which builds affordable houses for people in need with a focus on environmentally friendly sustainable development, has been working with international architects to build homes in locations including the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and Kansas City, Missouri.
Pitt — who had considered becoming an architect himself — told Architectural Digest in 2016 that he hoped Make It Right’s work would become a model for projects around the world. “When you realize that 40 or 45 percent of the world’s pollution comes from the way we build and maintain our buildings,” he said, “it’s just common sense to think that there’s a better solution.”
Pitt has also been working on furniture design with Frank Pollaro and sculpture. He told GQ Style last year that he was being mentored by sculptor Thomas Houseago: “I’ve literally been squatting in there [Houseago’s studio] for a month now … I’m making everything. I’m working with clay, plaster, rebar, wood…”
But Pitt may have a challenge on his hands — multiple sources also confirm to Page Six that Oxman has recently been dating billionaire activist investor Bill Ackman, 51.
New York-based Ackman — who has been battling to reassure investors of his hedge fund Pershing Square after losses — has been seeing Oxman for seven months, we are told.
Page Six last year revealed Ackman was divorcing his wife Karen Ann Herskovitz after 25 years of marriage. He has recently been seen visiting Oxman at MIT at the weekends, as well as spending time with his other family members who live in Boston. Ackman’s rep declined to comment.
Spencer Treat Clark on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4/20/18(4/3/18) “All Roads Lead …” – The team must find a way to stop Ruby before the prophesized chain reaction that can destroy the Earth is put into motion, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, APRIL 20 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.
Guest starring are Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Jeff Ward as Deke, Catherine Dent as General Hale, Dove Cameron as Ruby, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Spencer Treat Clark as Werner Von Strucker, Shontae Saldana as Candice Lee, Peter Mensah as Qovas, Lola Glaudini as Polly Hinton, Lexy Kolker as Robin Hinton, Brent Bailey as Agent Thomas and Dominic Daniel as Agent Wahl.
”All Roads Lead …” was written by George Kitson and directed by Jennifer Lynch.
Spencer Treat Clark Guests on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, 4/13/17(3/30/18) “The Honeymoon” – While an agent’s life hangs in the balance, Fitz, Simmons and Yo-Yo attempt to neutralize a weapon that could play a role in Earth’s destruction, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, APRIL 13 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.
Guest starring are Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Jeff Ward as Deke, Catherine Dent as General Hale, Dove Cameron as Ruby, Spencer Treat Clark as Werner Von Strucker, Briana Venskus as Piper, Shontae Saldana as Candice Lee, Raquel Gardner as Carla Talbot and Zach McGowan as Anton Ivanov.
”The Honeymoon” was written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver, and directed by Garry A. Brown.
Talk Show Appearance(3/23/18) THE REAL, syndicated
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Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan Join Dark Comedy Film ‘Villains’(3/22/18) Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick and Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan have signed on for the darkly comedic thriller Villains, from Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. The pic stars Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe as a pair of amateur criminals who, after breaking into a suburban home, stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.
Berk and Olsen wrote the screenplay which made the 2016 Black List. Tim and Trevor White are producing under Star Thrower, alongside Allan Mandelbaum, and Garrick Dion for The Realm, a subsidiary of BRON. Exec producers are Aaron L. Gilbert (BRON), Jason Cloth (Creative Wealth Media), Chadd Harbold, and Per Melita. Endeavor Content is handling North American rights.
Sedgwick recently made her directorial debut with the Lifetime movie Story Of A Girl, for which she picked up a DGA nom, and also directed an episode of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. Recent acting credits include The Edge Of Seventeen and ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley.
Donovan’s upcoming film slate includes Sicario: Day of the Soldado, alongside Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, and the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, opposite Zac Efron and Lily Collins.
Sedgwick is repped by Impression Entertainment, CAA, and Schreck, Rose, Dapello, while Donovan is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.
American Horror Story: Kathy Bates Returning to Star in Season 8(3/20/18) The latest chapter of American Horror Story will welcome back an old friend: Kathy Bates will return to play one of the lead roles in Season 8 of FX’s horror anthology, executive producer Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly.
“Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do” in the upcoming season, Murphy teased. “So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year.”
A veteran cast member of four previous AHS seasons, beginning with 2013’s Coven (which won her an Emmy), Bates skipped last season’s AHS: Cult to star in the Netflix weed-dispensary sitcom Disjointed. But that series was cancelled last month after one season, freeing Bates up to return to the AHS fold.
No word yet on the theme of AHS‘ eighth installment, but Murphy would “neither confirm or deny” to EW the online rumor that it’ll be subtitled Radioactive. The EP has hinted, though, that the new season will take place in the future, calling it “different from what we’ve done before.”
Lindsay Lohan is the new face of Lawyer.com(3/20/18) This could be perfect poetic justice: Lindsay Lohan is the new face of legal directory Lawyer.com.
“When Lawyer.com first reached out to me, I was confused and a little scared because I thought I was in trouble,” laments Lohan, the former troubled child star who in previous years was unquestionably the celebrity most in need of an attorney.
Lohan, who now seems to be more sanguine about her shortfalls, went on to reference her numerous run-ins with the law in an excruciatingly apt ad, “Lawyer.com is just about helping people. From getting a DUI, let’s not pretend like I didn’t get one, or two or three . . . ”
In a less-than-inspirational move to all that have labored hard to graduate from law school, the “Mean Girls” star, whose legal troubles need an entire column of their own to extrapolate, has signed to be Lawyer.com’s paid spokesperson for a year for an undisclosed amount.
At least the lawyers will know where to find her.
Cagney & Lacey: Ving Rhames Joins CBS Reboot as LAPD Captain(3/20/18) Cagney and Lacey will be reporting to Captain Ving Rhames (Czaja, Another World).
The Mission: Impossible scene-stealer has joined the cast of Cagney & Lacey, CBS’ in-the-works reboot of the classic cop drama, in the series-regular role of Capt. Stark, the LAPD Homicide Coordinator who is unflappable and a leader who inspires loyalty in everyone around him.
As previously reported, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sarah Drew and Blindspot‘s Michelle Hurd have been tapped to succeed Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as the iconic cops.
Penned by Bridget Carpenter (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), the pilot — based on the 1982-88 cop show starring Gless and Daly — moves the action from New York to Los Angeles, but keeps the central conceit of two female police detectives teaming up to keep the streets safe.
Spencer Treat Clark on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(3/20/18) “Inside Voices” – Coulson is forced to team up with surprising allies to save the world, while the S.H.I.E.L.D. team attempts to track down and rescue him, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, APRIL 6 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.
Guest starring are Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Jeff Ward as Deke, Catherine Dent as General Hale, Dove Cameron as Ruby, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Maximilian Osinski as Agent Davis, Spencer Treat Clark as Werner Von Strucker, Lola Glaudini as Polly Hinton, Lexy Kolker as Robin Hinton and Aaron Fili as scientist.
”Inside Voices” was written by Mark Leitner and directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield.
Catch ANOTHER WORLD’s Joe Barbara On Broadway(3/15/18) Joe Barbara (ex-Joe, ANOTHER WORLD) is currently playing Sonny in A Bronx Tale – The Musical, now through March 18, at New York’s Longacre Theatre. Besides his soap work (he also played Paolo on ALL MY CHILDREN), Barbara is known as a song and dance man, having also appeared on Broadway in the revival of Grease (as Danny) and off-Broadway in Tony and Tina’s Wedding, and as mob boss Gyp in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. For tickets and other info on A Bronx Tale – The Musical, click here.
‘Cagney & Lacey’: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew & Michelle Hurd Set As The Leads Of CBS Reboot Pilot(3/13/18) That was quick. Less than a week after news broke that popular Grey’s Anatomy cast member Sarah Drew will be exiting the series at the end of the current 14th season, she has been tapped as co-lead Cagney in CBS’ Cagney & Lacey drama pilot. Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd has been cast as fellow co-lead Lacey in the reboot of the iconic 1980s police procedural.
Written by Bridget Carpenter and directed by Rosemary Rodriguez, the new Cagney & Lacey will follow the two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe.
Drew will play LAPD Detective Cagney, Lacey’s nimble and easygoing partner and protégée. Hurd’s Lacey is athletic, polished, a former high school track and field champion. Empathetic and straightforward, she’s the more experienced partner.
CBS TV Studios is co-producing with MGM Television. Carpenter executive produces with Rodriguez.
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless played the title characters in the original Cagney & Lacey, whcih ran on CBS for seven seasons. The series won two best drama Emmys and six lead actress in a drama series trophies — four for Daly and two for Gless.
There was strong reaction from Grey’s Anatomy fans last week when Deadline broke the news that longtime cast members Drew and Jessica Capshaw would not return next season in a decision the producers explained with the show’s creative direction. I hear the Grey’s team was very gracious in accommodating Drew’s filming schedule so she could do Cagney & Lacey, something she wouldn’t have been able to pursue because the ABC medical drama is still in production.
Drew has been on Grey’s for nine seasons, eight of them as a series regular, playing Dr. April Kepner. Like most non-original cast members, she started on the show as recurring — in Season 6 — before being promoted to a series regular the following season. She is repped by LINK Entertainment, Innovative Artists and attorney Alex Kohner.
Hurd co-starred on Season 2 of NBC’s Blindspot and recently recurred on Fox’s Lethal Weapon as well as CBS/CBS Studios’ Hawaii Five-0, the network and studio behind Cagney & Lacey. Hurd’s resume also includes roles on Netflix’s Daredevil and Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead. She is repped by APA and TMT Entertainment Group.
Alicia Coppola on NCIS: Los Angeles 4/1/18(3/9/18) “The Monster” – While investigating a missing person’s case, the team uncovers a killer who puts on shows for high-paying voyeurs. Also, Mosley assigns Callen as her partner on a joint ATF mission to apprehend someone from her past, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Alicia Coppola (FBI Special Agent Lisa Rand), Rob Nagle (Albert Barrington).
Brad Pitt is “Healthier and Happier” Since Coping with Angelina Jolie Split(3/8/18) Things are looking up for Brad Pitt.
Following a rare sighting at the Gersh Agency's pre-Oscar event last Thursday, a source tells E! News that the father-of-six is in a good place since his split from Angelina Jolie, finally coming to terms with the break-up.
"The separation was brutal and a very sad time in his life," the source says. "[Brad] made some important changes and is much better off now. He is happier and healthier. He has an active social life and has rekindled old friendships. He goes out to dinner a lot and enjoys being out doing different things."
The 54-year-old actor has been keeping busy as of late, recently signing on to join Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film about the 1969 Manson family murders—Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The source continues, "[Brad] spent a lot of time alone and in private looking at himself and reevaluating what was most important and who he wanted to be. Now he's in a place where he's implemented those changes and has a lot more clarity. He's come out of that dark time and is in a much better place."
As E! News previously reported, Angelina filed for divorce from Brad in September 2016 after two years of marriage and a 12-year relationship. The pair got involved in a custody battle over their kids, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 9, before reaching a temporary agreement the following December.
According to court documents obtained by E! News in 2016, the former couple's six children were to remain in Angelina's custody. Brad would continue to have "therapeutic visitation" with his kids, as well as to attend weekly individual therapy sessions. The War Machine actor was also ordered to attend group therapy and submit to random drug tests.
The temporary custody agreement came after the FBI officially closed its investigation into Brad's actions on a private plane.
And while he may being heading in a positive direction regarding his separation, the custody of Brad's children is still a sore subject.
"[Angelina and Brad] are still working out the divorce and the custody details," says the source. "Brad isn't happy about the custody arrangement. He wants to see his kids more and struggles with not being able to. Overall, he is doing well though."
Publicists Guild Awards: Winners List(3/3/18) Lifetime Achievement Award: Betty White
Quentin Tarantino Taps Brad Pitt To Join Leonardo DiCaprio In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’(3/1/18) Quentin Tarantino has set Brad Pitt to star with Leonardo DiCaprio in his upcoming film, and the filmmaker has chosen a title. Tarantino’s ninth film is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Pic is set for August 9, 2019 release worldwide. Per Sony, Tarantino describes the film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), 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.”
It wasn’t clear if Tarantino was providing an homage to Sergio Leone and his films Once Upon A Time In America and Once Upon A Time In The West, but it sounds like it. Tarantino’s pal Robert Rodriguez has used the term for his film Once Upon A Time In Mexico. Sony Pictures acquired the film after Tarantino was forced to pull it away from The Weinstein Company because of the company’s woes.
As Deadline broke last year, Tarantino has asked Oscar-nominated I, Tonya star Margot Robbie to play Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson’s crazy cult members.
Tarantino had been talking to both DiCaprio and Pitt, as well as Tom Cruise for those two key roles. Just as he reteamed with DiCaprio after Django Unchained, Tarantino reunites with Pitt after the WWII pic Inglourious Basterds, which got eight Oscar noms. Pitt just finished the James Gray-directed Ad Astra.
Said Tarantino: “I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
Spencer Treat Clark on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3/16/18(2/28/18) “Principia” – The team goes in search of Gravitonium in order to help save the world, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, MARCH 16 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring are Jeff Ward as Deke, Catherine Dent as General Hale, Dove Cameron as Ruby, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Maximilian Osinski as Agent Davis, Spencer Treat Clark as Werner Von Strucker, Shontae Saldana as Candice Lee, Katie Amanda Keane as Deke’s mom, Jake Busey as Tony Caine, Paul Schackman as Dr. Van Kempen and Mark Fite as Getty.
Ava DuVernay, Billy Dee Williams, Jordan Peele, & ‘Insecure’ Among ABFF Honors Award Recipients(2/28/18) The American Black Film Festival Honors were handed out at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night. Honorees included director Ava DuVernay (Industry Visionary Award), legendary actor Billy Dee Williams (Hollywood Legacy Award), comedian and Girl’s Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish (Rising Star Award), Power star Omari Hardwick (Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award).
“I can tell you that my journey hasn’t always been smooth but ultimately a positive one,” said an emotional Willians while accepting his award. “If on that journey I have helped pave just a little bit of a way for Black talent… that will have more opportunities today than yesterday, then I can say that has been the greatest role of my lifetime.”
DuVernay, who got her start at ABFF, thanked founder Jeff Friday “for putting in good work for Black filmmakers in the independent space.” The director who is gearing up for the wide release of her Disney epic adventure film, Wrinkle In Time also gave props to Williams for his work in the sci-fi space with films like Return of the Jedi and Alien Intruder. “He broke boundaries that no one ever thought could be broken so I thank you”
Hosted by Cedric The Entertainer, the event also reunited the cast of Fox’s 90s sitcom Martin to accept the Classic Television Award. Titular star Martin Lawrence was accompanied by co-stars Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, Carl Payne II, and showrunner Bentley Kyle Evans, all of whom remained mum on a possible reboot. “I know yall want to know about the #reboot but for us, the most important thing is the #reconnection,” said Arnold.
Other winners included ABC’s Black-ish and HBO’s Insecure in a tie for the award for comedy Television Show of the Year, while Queen Sugar (OWN) picked up the drama Television Show of the Year award for the second year in a row.
The marquee Movie of the Year trophy went to Jordan Peele’s blockbuster hit Get Out, which Peele was on hand to accept, joined by cast members Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel, and Marcus Henderson.
“People ask me if I was surprised at the timing [of the film]. Referring to the fact that we are living in a country of heightened racism. This is the exact same country we have always been living in,” said Peele. “All these sentiments, hatred, and bigotry has been there, though sometimes it’s just a little bit under the surface. I feel honored to be a part of this renaissance.”
FAITH FORD, JOE REGALBUTO AND GRANT SHAUD RETURN TO “MURPHY BROWN”(2/27/18) Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood), Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana) and Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg) will reprise their original characters from the hit comedy when MURPHY BROWN returns to CBS for the 2018-2019 broadcast season.
As previously announced, CBS has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current-day revival of the Network’s classic comedy MURPHY BROWN from Warner Bros. Television.
Candice Bergen, who starred in the title role from 1988-1998, will reprise her role. As its 30th anniversary approaches, MURPHY BROWN returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.
Warner Bros. Television, producers of the original series, will produce the new multi-camera comedy with original creator Diane English serving as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner. Bergen will also be an executive producer.
During the show’s original 10-year run on CBS, MURPHY BROWN received 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, five Directors Guild nominations (with two wins) and four Writers Guild nominations (with two wins). Bergen won five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
In 2010 TV Guide named Murphy Brown one of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”
Drake Hogestyn & Kim Rhodes on Criminal Minds 3/14/18(2/27/18) “Last Gasp” – Away from the watchful eye of the FBI’s assistant director of national security, Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes), the BAU meets in secret to investigate an UnSub who appears to be kidnapping and photographing young women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Kim Rhodes (Assistant Director Linda Barnes), Gary Basaraba (James Odenkirk), Drake Hogestyn (Senator Alfred Mayhew).
Glamorous actress had more than mere ‘oomph’(2/23/18) (haysfreepress.com) The Sheridans of Denton, Texas brought their fifth and final child into their modest home on Feb. 21, 1915 and gave the baby girl the name Clara Lou.
Looking back on her formative years in the North Texas town, the self-described “tomboy” once recalled with unmistakable pride, “I can whistle through my fingers, bulldog a steer, light a fire with two sticks and shoot a pistol with fair accuracy.” She also played basketball well enough to make the women’s team at the local college. Not the usual skill set for one of the most glamorous actresses of Hollywood’s “golden age.”
Clara Lou was a 17-year-old student at North Texas State Teachers College when her sister Pauline secretly entered her sibling with the head-turning looks in Paramount’s “Search for Beauty” contest. The attractive teenager won the competition and the first prize that included a movie contract and a cameo in the motion picture “Search for Beauty” that introduced the Texas coed to the world.
Clara Lou quit school, moved to California and went to work in 1934 at Paramount Studios as a $75-a-week contract extra. The movie-makers kept the new-hire busy casting her in 14 films that first year alone. All the roles were tiny “bit parts” with only a couple of words of dialogue and often with no on-screen credit.
“Clara Lou” was a mite too country for the studio snobs’ taste, but they could not settle on a stage name for their new property. She became “Ann Sheridan” purely by accident after playing a character by that name in an on-lot production put on by her drama coach. Everyone, even the obliging young starlet, agreed she looked like an “Ann.”
Things began to look up for Ann after a director insisted upon giving her a speaking part in the film “Behold My Wife.” Impressed by her solid performance, especially in an emotional suicide scene, Paramount extended her contract.
The size and scope of her roles improved for awhile. She was chosen for the female lead opposite Fred MacMurray in the 1935 flick “Car 99” followed by a western with Randolph Scott titled “Rocky Mountain Mystery.” But by the end of the year she was back to one-line parts – the prelude to Paramount’s decision to let her go.
Ann was not in the unemployment line for long, however. She signed with Warner Brothers and soon was making better movies, a combined total of 18 in 1937 and 1938, with box-office mainstays like Humphrey Bogart, Pat O’Brien and Dick Powell.
She stepped up to Warner Brothers’ “top tier” with the female lead in the hit crime drama “Angels With Dirty Faces” released in November 1938. Her name appeared alongside James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart on movie theater marquees across the country.
Warner’s publicity department shifted into high gear with a campaign to make Ann Sheridan a topic of kitchen-table conversation. To give her a slightly scandalous image, she was touted as “The Oomph Girl” and ordered to show her face in Hollywood nightclubs at least three evenings a week.
Ann hated that nickname but wisely kept her opinion to herself. Years later she had second thoughts saying, “If it hadn’t been for ‘oomph,’ I’d probably still be in the chorus.”
“I was struck by her extraordinary magnetism and directness,” English icon Rex Harrison said of “The Oomph Girl.” He recognized in her that “distinctive quality of earthiness that never transcends to blatant sexiness.”
Ann finally found stardom during the war years of the 1940’s with a deft mixture of comedies like “It All Came True,” “Navy Blues” and “The Man Who Came Dinner” and taut dramas such as “Torrid Zone,” “They Drive by Night” and “Kings Row” which featured her most critically acclaimed performance as well as future president Ronald Reagan at his best.
Nevertheless, by the late 1940s Ann’s career in motion pictures was in irreversible decline. Warner Brothers lost interest in the aging actress, even though she was still in her thirties, and pushed her out the door. Work for the freelance performer was hard to come by in Hollywood, so she switched coasts in search of opportunities in the New York-centered television industry.
Ann’s longtime relationship with publicist Steve Hannagan, which had followed her two brief marriages, ended with his sudden death in 1953. She took the loss hard but eventually picked up the pieces of her life and career with an occasional movie, stage-show tours and better luck in television that include a year on the soap opera “Another World.”
Ann’s career as well as her personal life were on the rebound by 1966. She was happily married to her third husband and starring in her own successful TV show “Pistols and Petticoats.”
Then on Jan. 21, 1967 Ann Sheridan died at her California home from cancer of the esophagus and liver at the age of 51. Not a single person, not even her spouse, knew she had been terminally ill for months.
Copies of “Unforgettable Texans,” Bartee’s fourth and latest book, are still available. Get yours by mailing a check for $28.80 to “Bartee Haile,” P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 or order on-line at www.barteehaile.com.
Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Gets May Premiere Date, Will Be Split in Half(2/14/18) Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but her show is apparently a different story.
Netflix on Wednesday announced that it’s breaking the comedy’s upcoming fourth season into multiple parts, with the first half (six episodes) premiering on Wednesday, May 30. The second half will premiere sometime in 2018.
This makes at least half of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s fourth season eligible for Emmy consideration, as episodes must air or be released by May 31 in order to qualify.
The announcement, naturally, came equipped with this fun little video of Kimmy being… Kimmy:
STOP… in the naaaame of Season 4! Part 1 streams May 30th! pic.twitter.com/ey0mHQ5DDM — Kimmy Schmidt (@KimmySchmidt) February 14, 2018
Thomas Gibson's Divorce is Finally Final(2/14/18) Thomas Gibson can officially kick it with the singles crowd -- the judge in his divorce case has signed off on it, making it a done deal.
According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Thomas and his ex-wife Cristina Parker reached a deal in their divorce a while back, but for whatever reason it was collecting dust at the courthouse. The judge finally signed off last week.
According to docs, Thomas is shelling out $3k a month in support for their 3 kids, and he has to cover their private school and extracurricular activities. He gets to stay in the family's San Antonio home every other weekend when he has the kids. When he doesn't have 'em, it's the guest house for Tommy boy. Pretty sweet deal.
Thomas filed for divorce back in 2014, and also had a tumultuous 2016 when he got fired from "Criminal Minds." It's all behind him now.
Laurence Lau on Blue Bloods 3/9/18(2/13/18) “Tale of Two Cities” – Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a man who was living a double life with two separate families, and Anthony tries to resist when Erin asks him to help investigate his old partner, whom she suspects of stealing drug money. Also, Frank deliberates between two candidates for the chief of transit position, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Sean Kleier (Bobby Jones), Lauren Patten (Officer Rachel Whitten), Laurence Lau (Wayne Green).
Brad Pitt gets in three-car pileup as divorce talks linger on(2/8/18) Brad Pitt was involved in a three-car accident in LA on Monday.
Pitt allegedly crashed his Tesla into a Nissan, which then hit a Kia.
Pitt, 54, was spotted calmly exchanging information with the two male drivers after the fender bender.
Plus, his once-contentious divorce with Angelina Jolie is now on cruise control.
The couple split in 2016 when things were tense, but divorce talks recently became more cordial, and they just filed an extension with the LA court for more time to work out the custody of their six kids privately.
Top NYC divorce attorney Marilyn Chinitz (not involved in the Jolie-Pitt case), who has repped Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas and the Mooch, said, “Well-known people are increasingly working things out in the private confines of their lawyers’ offices. It is damaging when personal matters come into public view. It’s so easy for children to Google their parents and see horrifying stories thrown out .?.?. Once the couple gets past the thorny issues, things often calm down, and we are even seeing a lot of couples getting back together.”
Laurence Lau on Blue Bloods 3/2/18(2/6/18) “Legacy” – Danny considers taking a new job that would ease his financial struggles after investigating the death of a wealthy man. Also, Nicky tries to avoid involving her family when she is sexually harassed by her boss (Sean Kleier) at her new internship, and Garrett advises Frank to regain the public’s trust after a rookie cop is caught on video questioning a pedestrian’s immigration status, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Sean Kleier (Bobby Jones), Lauren Patten (Officer Rachel Whitten), Laurence Lau (Wayne Green).
Kim Rhodes on Criminal Minds 3/7/18(2/6/18) “Annihilator” – The FBI’s assistant director of national security, Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes), joins the BAU as they investigate a quadruple homicide of a group of roommates in St. Louis, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Mad About You's Louis Zorich Dead at 93(2/2/18) Louis Zorich (Oliver, Ryan’s Hope/Milo, Another World), best known for playing the father of Paul Reiser's character in Mad About You, died on Tuesday at the age of 93, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On the NBC sitcom that ran from 1992 to 1999, Zorich's Burt Buchman was a sporting goods store owner whose catchphrase was, "It's me, Burt! Burt Buchman — your father!" whenever he visited his son Paul's (Reiser) apartment.
Zorich also starred in the early-'90s CBS sitcom Brooklyn Bridge, in which he played an immigrant grandfather and husband to Marion Ross' character. In film, he appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Club Paradise and The Muppets Take Manhattan, among others.
Zorich was married to actress Olympia Dukakis and had three children.
Eric Roberts on how his drug use impacted his relationship with sister Julia: 'I was exhausting to be around'(2/2/18) Actor Eric Roberts doesn’t blame his superstar sister Julia for distancing herself from him at the height of his drink and drug troubles, confessing he was “exhausting” company.
The Expendables star, 61, battled addiction issues for years, and his wild lifestyle really took a toll on his family when he split from Kelly Cunningham in the early 1990s, shortly after welcoming daughter Emma, who is now also an actress.
Julia Roberts even reportedly helped Kelly cover the costs of her 1993 custody dispute with Eric, but brother and sister subsequently reconciled after the Pretty Woman beauty started a family of her own with her husband, Danny Moder.
“I wouldn’t characterize it as a falling-out,” Eric tells Vanity Fair magazine of the period of estrangement. “I was crazy about my sisters. Loved them, adored them. They were precious to me, and we had times of great closeness. We all felt very protective of each other, but the hardest person to protect yourself from is yourself.”
Admitting his behaviour was tough to tolerate during his troubles, he shares, “I was exhausting to be around: complainy, blamey (sic), unable to enjoy enjoyment. Everyone in my world needed a break sometimes, and that must have included Julia.”
The siblings had yet to properly patch up their differences when Julia gave birth to twins Hazel and Phinnaeus in 2004, but as Eric and his wife Eliza stopped by the hospital to “drop off gifts” for the babies, they were welcomed with big hugs.
“I was ushered into their room and was immediately awash in brotherly and uncle-ly love,” Eric smiles.
They have since spent a number of holidays together as a family, and have become regular “e-mail buddies”.
Elsewhere in the interview, Eric boldly insists he was the one who helped to put his little sister on the map in Hollywood, after introducing a then-unknown Julia Roberts to his agents in the mid-1980s, when he was already an Oscar-nominated star for 1985 movie Runaway Train.
“If it wasn’t for me, there would be no Julia Roberts and no Emma Roberts as celebrities, as actresses, and I’m very proud of that,” he boasts. “When Julia first came to New York, I went into William Morris and I said, ‘Which one of you is going to sign my sister Julia?’ And I am so proud that everybody knows I was first, because I was first by a long shot. I was first to get Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, so I’m proud of that.”
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