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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated November 18, 2018)
‘Empire’ Casts Alicia Coppola(11/18/18) Alicia Coppola (Shameless) is joining Fox’s hit musical family drama Empire in a recurring role. Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris). She’ll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House. Empire, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, hails from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John executive produce. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner. Coppola recently recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles. She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Leslie Allan-Rice Management, and attorney Derek Kroeger. Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on Fox.
‘Grand Hotel’: John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi & Adrian Pasdar Join ABC Drama Series(11/16/18) John Marshall Jones (Smart Guy), Richard Burgi (General Hospital) and Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar have booked recurring roles on Grand Hotel, ABC’s drama series executive produced by Eva Longoria.
Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
Jones will play Malcolm, husband to Mrs. P and father of Jason. Malcolm is the head of facilities at the Riviera Grand. He’s a loving family man who works hard to give his loved ones the life they deserve.
Burgi will portray Michael Finn. Owner of the Finn Hotel Group. Mr. Finn might seem charming, but this shrewd businessman’s presence in Miami Beach means trouble for the Mendoza family and the staff of the Riviera Grand.
Pasdar is Felix, the ex-husband of Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) and father of Yoli and Carolina. He abandoned his family after he was caught embezzling money from his clients. He’s returned after several years to make amends but are his intentions honorable, or does he have a more sinister motive?
Jones, best known for his role as Floyd Henderson on the hit 90s WB/Disney series Smart Guy, was a series regular on Bounce’s In The Cut. He’ll next be seen in a recurring on HBO’s Big Little Lies. On the feature side, Jones has supporting roles in the upcoming Warner Bros. horror feature The Curse of La Llorona and New Line’s thriller The Children. He’s repped by Pantheon Talent and Generate.
Burgi’s credits include Desperate Housewives and General Hospital, and he can be seen in a multi-episode arc on Crackle’s The Oath. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.
Pasdar recurs as Morgan Edge in the CW’s Supergirl which is going into its fourth season. He previously played Nolan Burgess for two seasons on USA’s Colony and had a starring role in ABC’s Kingmakers pilot. He’s repped by Gersh and Fidelity Management.
Betty White, Rita Moreno, Byron Allen Among NATPE Tartikoff Honorees(11/16/18) NATPE’s annual half-dozen recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards in 2019 will include actors Betty White, Rita Moreno and Henry Winkler as well as industry notables Byron Allen, Bob Greenblatt and Mara Brock Akil.
The 16th annual Tartikoffs will be handed out at NATPE’s conference in Miami in January. They are named for the late NBC Entertainment chief who assembled the network’s top-rated programming lineups in the 1980s.
Conference organizers said the award recipients are recognized “for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through their diverse work in being a part of the creation and distribution of content for the world’s traditional and digital marketplaces.”
Moreno is an “EGOT” winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) as well as a Kennedy Center honoree who stars in Netflix’s One Day at a Time. White, 96, is a seven-time Emmy winner whose career resurgence this decade has included hosting Saturday Night Live and starring on TVLand’s Hot in Cleveland. Winkler, still known for his 1970s role as Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli on Happy Days, won his first Emmy last September for his supporting turn on HBO’s Barry.
Allen is founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. Along with its film division and digital activities, the company is an active producer and distributor, syndicator and ad-sales outfit across 41 TV shows. Akil is a writer-producer of shows such as The Jamie Foxx Show and Moesha who went on to create Girlfriends, its spin-off The Game and BET’s Being Mary Jane. Greenblatt was chairman of NBC Entertainment from 2011 until earlier this year. He also ran Showtime and was a top executive at Fox.
Rhonda Ross in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade(11/15/18) A spectacle like no other awaits millions as the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, America’s favorite tradition, kicks-off the holiday season. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. Millions of families will tune in to watch the excitement unfold on Thursday, Nov. 22 as Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” host the broadcast from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.
Set to march through the streets of New York City on Thanksgiving, the nation will celebrate gathered with family and friends and more than 8,000 volunteers. Dressed as clowns, guiding the flight of larger-than-life character balloons, bringing the beat in the nation’s best marching bands and entertaining the crowds with their show-stopping performances, these participants will inspire and delight the nation. With the time honored phrase “Let’s Have a Parade,” the spectacle begins for more than 3.5 million spectators in New York and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide.
The star power along the parade route and in homes across the country will feature some of the nation’s most exciting performers. Appearing on board one of Macy’s signature floating stages will be Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, Bazzi, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Brynn Cartelli, Jack & Jack, John Legend, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Tegan Marie, Martina McBride, Rita Ora, Carly Pearce, Pentatonix, Anika Noni Rose and the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street,” Diana Ross with her children and extended family (including Rhonda Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Naess and Evan Ross with wife Ashlee Simpson-Ross), Sugarland, Ashley Tisdale, Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando, as well as a special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.
On 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship store with special performances. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes® will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.
Since 1924, the Macy’s Parade has enthralled the nation and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 92nd edition, the lineup will feature 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 12 marching bands.
“We’re delighted to once again broadcast this extraordinary holiday tradition to viewers across the country,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs, NBC Entertainment. “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks the beginning of the holiday season, and we’re as excited as ever to celebrate with this incredible lineup of performers, bands, floats, balloons and more.”
“This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will redefine spectacle with a jaw-dropping mix of must-see entertainment for millions of spectators,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Featuring an amazing lineup of high-flying balloons, dazzling animated floats, world-class marching bands and performance groups, the nation’s top music artists and, of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus, the Macy’s Parade will once again herald the arrival of the holiday season.”
The Macy’s Parade is always a unique multi-level, magical march that provides spectators with different experiences, whether they watch it on television with friends and family or scout the perfect spot on the route to watch it unfold live. For the third year, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon, will give viewers an up close and personal second-screen experience of the parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream will go live a 9 a.m. ET at www.youtube.com/verizon and will run through 12 p.m. ET.
Since 1927, the parade’s signature balloons have featured some of the world’s most beloved characters. Over time, the inflatables have morphed from air-filled characters carried on sticks to high-flying giants, balloonheads and even hybrid inflatables with vehicles inside.
Joining the giant character balloon lineup this year will be the famed Saiyan warrior Goku from Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
The elf stars of The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix – Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg – will also debut taking to the skies ahead of the one-and-only Santa Claus. On the ground, the streets of New York will magically transform into the world’s largest bowling lane for the Go Bowling™ balloonicles (hybrid balloons and vehicles), as the bowling ball, pins and shoe cars try for strikes or perhaps a turkey, along the parade route.
Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery series will return to the sky this year for the seventh edition with Little Cloud, the iconic creation of art collaborative FriendsWithYou™. Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery series invites contemporary artists to recreate their work as parade balloons. Artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III will join Little Cloud with a stunning rainbow inflatable and two raindrops in this year’s parade, creating an artistic expression of joy and whimsy. Past works in the series have included balloons from famed artists Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Tim Burton and KAWS.
Rounding out the new inflatable cast will be Sinclair Oil’s Baby Dino balloonicles, Universal Orlando Resort’s™ The Nutcracker and the shining star of Macy’s Christmas celebrations, Sunny the Snowpal.
Returning giant balloon characters include Charlie Brown, Diary of A Wimpy Kid®, Sinclair’s DINO™, The Elf on the Shelf®, Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Jett by Super Wings, Disney Frozen’s Olaf, PAW Patrol®, Pikachu™, Pillsbury Doughboy™, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Ronald McDonald®, SpongeBob SquarePants, Toothless from DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”, and DreamWorks Trolls©. Completing the inflatable lineup is the famed Aflac Duck balloonicle from Aflac, Inc.
Gliding down Manhattan, the parade’s signature floats will transport spectators to worlds of wonder through creative design and skillful construction. Conceived and crafted by the incredible artisans of Macy’s Parade Studio, which include carpenters, engineers, electricians, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic and costume designers, this year’s lineup of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. Macy’s Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio, to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve.
This year, four new floats will debut including Elf Pets® by Elf on the Shelf®, Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder® (Ashley Tisdale), Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Jack & Jack) and Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Ella Mai).
The returning float roster and their scheduled performers include 1-2-3 Sesame Street® by Sesame Workshop™ (Anika Noni Rose and the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street), The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian® (Barenaked Ladies), Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando), Building a Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA (Tegan Marie), The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® (Sugarland) Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Martina McBride), Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear® (John Legend), Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Pentatonix); Frozen Fall Fun by Discover®/NHL (Bazzi, and NHL Hockey Hall of Famers Bernie Parent and Mike Richter), Fun House by Krazy Glue®; Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Carly Pearce), Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (Diana Ross), Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Kane Brown), On The Roll Again by Homewood Suites by Hilton® (Leona Lewis), Parade Day Mischief by SOUR PATCH KIDS® Candy (Bad Bunny), Santa’s Sleigh (Santa Claus), Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Ally Brooke), Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide, Tom Turkey, and Universal Playground by Universal Kids (Brynn Cartelli).
Returning for a second year is a special float that will commemorate the season through an original holiday song celebrating togetherness and the magic of believing. The Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree by Delta Air Lines will feature the voices of more than 100 Macy’s colleagues and friends from Delta hailing from across the nation and the world.
STRIKE UP THE BAND AND DANCE
Marching bands are a longtime fan favorite element. In 2018, 12 of the nation’s finest marching bands will ignite coast-to-coast excitement and hometown pride as they step off and perform on the streets of the Big Apple. This year’s bands include Cicero-North Syracuse High School Northstars Marching Band (Cicero, NY), Grants Pass High School Marching Band and Color Guard (Grants Pass, OR), Homewood Patriot Band (Homewood, AL), James Madison University Royal Dukes (Harrisonburg, VA), Keller High School Marching Band (Keller, Texas), Lafayette High School Mighty Lion Marching Band (Lafayette, LA), The Ohio State University Marching Band (Columbus, Ohio), Park Vista High School Marching Band (Lake Worth, FL), Riverside City College Marching Tigers (Riverside, CA), Woodland High School Wildcat Marching Band (Cartersville, GA), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).
Rounding out the live entertainment are the parade’s signature large performance groups. Joining the lineup this year are the teen dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups together feature more than 1,100 of the very best performers recruited from hometowns nationwide. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in New York City to rehearse their numbers as a group, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding a little glamour to the dancefloor will be the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, a specialty group made up of 60 ballroom dancers, and bringing wacky fun will be the stars of the Big Apple Circus. Finally, joining select talent performances will be the Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Westchester Dance Artists.
Please note: All talent, performances, elements and information included are subject to change.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ron de Moraes directs.
For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should visit macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind the scenes previews, interactive historical information, and more. Fans can also follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.
For more information on the broadcast, visit http://www.nbc.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade
Spencer Treat Clark on Criminal Minds 11/21/1(11/13/18) “Ashley” – The BAU investigates a double homicide and kidnapping in New Hampshire. Also, Rossi’s plans to elevate his relationship with Krystall (Gail O’Grady) don’t go as planned, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Adam Rodriguez directed the episode.
GUEST CAST includes: Spencer Treat Clark (Jordan Halloran), Shiloh Nelson (Ruby Butler), Gail O’Grady (Krystall Richards)
Former Pittsburgher, 'Bold and the Beautiful' soap star, Rena Sofer discusses impact of synagogue shooting(11/11/18) (triblive.com/) Just past 8 a.m. Oct. 27, Emmy-winning actress Rena Sofer was driving home in Southern California after dropping off her daughter when she received a shocking call from a friend.
“He basically said, ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘I’m fine, why?’” recalled Sofer, known for her role as the intense and enigmatic Quinn Fuller Forrester, a jewelry designer, on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
The friend broke the horrific news.
Back in Pittsburgh, where Sofer spent many of her formative years as part of the local Jewish community, a gunman stormed into Tree of Life synagogue and murdered 11 people in a hate crime – the worst attack on Jews in American history.
“When we hear about these shootings and we hear about these mass murders going on, we feel humanity,” Sofer said. “When you all of a sudden hear about it in your home, it becomes deeper and a lot more of an intense feeling.”
Sofer – daughter of the late Martin Sofer, a Conservative rabbi - was born in California. When her parents divorced, Rena Sofer moved with her father and brother, David, to Teaneck, N.J., in 1970; when she was 5, they moved to Western Pennsylvania. They lived in Ambridge, Beaver County; there, Rabbi Sofer led Beth Samuels Jewish Center, after the Aliquippa Jewish Center merged into the congregation.
Every day, the rabbi drove his kids into Squirrel Hill, where Rena attended Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Schools. She lived here through the end of seventh grade, when her family moved back to New Jersey. A New York agent discovered Sofer when she was a teenager, and she worked in modeling before turning to acting.
The daytime TV veteran won a Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1995 for her former role as Lois Cerullo on “General Hospital.”
Memories of her long-ago childhood in Pittsburgh may have grown fuzzy, but Sofer maintains a soft spot and strong fondness for the region. Sofer no longer has family here, but she has friends who still have family living in the region. Pittsburgh often has been called one of the safest cities in America, she said, and that makes the Squirrel Hill shooting even more shocking.
“The thing about Pittsburgh is, I got to grow up in a place when I could run outside as a child, go to a park, and go run a few blocks down the street,” said Sofer, who has appeared in many primetime shows, including “NCIS” and “Ghost Whisperer.”
“For that kind of violence to happen in that kind of community is so repelling for the people in Pittsburgh,” said Sofer, who also has acted in movies including “Keeping the Faith” and “Traffic.” “Those people are about safety and about goodness and about community.”
One of the most poignant things about the shooting, many say, is that some Jewish medical professionals treated gunman Robert Bowers at Allegheny General Hospital. Nurse Ari Mahler wrote a public Facebook post about how he treated Bowers like any other patient, even as he yelled “Death to All Jews!” The post went viral and has more than 265,000 likes.
The medical team’s actions show what Judaism is all about, Sofer said.
“Jewish people throughout history have been persecuted … and face constant hatred and attacks,” she said. “Yet, we’ve always strived to be part of society.”
Jewish law is “very, very clear that you do everything you possibly can to save a human life. … The only time you don’t is when your life is in danger,” Sofer said. “The saving of anyone else’s life becomes more important than religion, than politics, than anything else.”
Sofer’s Jewish faith remains a big part of her life; her younger daughter, Avalon, just had her bat mitzvah at their synagogue in the Los Angeles area. Her older daughter, Rosabel, is in Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship; she is studying anti-Semitic art.
Rabbi Sofer, who died in 2011 at age 86, attended Yeshiva University in New York and earned doctoral degrees in Jewish history and the Hebrew language. He served in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. Rena Sofer’s father was quiet and private, and not a very political person – but, she said he would have mourned deeply after the shooting if he were alive.
“He gave himself for his community,” she said. “Beyond that … I would hope that maybe (the shooting) would have impassioned him to be more of an activist in his community as opposed to just a spiritual leader.”
One of Sofer’s favorite poems – “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” by John Donne – describes her feelings about the Pittsburgh tragedy. The verses – including “No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” - remind us that we are all connected as human beings, she said.
The American gun-violence epidemic is out of control, and elected officials must do something to reduce it, said Sofer, who criticized President Trump for nationalist rhetoric that divides people. Nobody wants to take all guns, but we need more restrictive gun laws to, for instance, make it harder for dangerous people to get weapons, she said.
“I feel like the thing that I’m taking the most from Pittsburgh is … it’s incredibly clear that we in this country are in a place where it’s in our hands,” Sofer said. “We have the power to be able to stand up and say no.”
Hopefully, the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy teaches us “that we are all Americans, and we have to be there for each other,” she said. “It’s OK to have different ideals … but it’s not OK to destroy each other and kill each other.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie About to Go to Trial in Custody War(11/6/18) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will go head-to-head in a full-blown custody trial, which begins early next month ... TMZ has learned.
Angelina and Brad have filed legal docs asking an L.A. Superior Court Judge to give them until next June to hash out their bitter divorce ... with the help of a private judge.
The custody trial is now set to begin December 4, and the 2 parents could not be further apart. Angelina wants sole physical custody of their 6 kids and Brad wants 50/50 joint custody.
We're told the custody trial should take somewhere between 2 and 3 weeks, and then the judge has to sort it all out.
In addition to custody, the private judge needs to handle the property settlement. There is not a prenup ... which is huge, given the bad blood between the two.
We know Brad has bitterly complained he feels Angelina is trying to deny him the right to parent their kids.
Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta Movie Ordered at Lifetime With All-Black Cast(11/6/18) Lifetime is putting a contemporary spin on a literary classic with Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta, which reimagines Jane Austen’s iconic novel as a church-based drama in present-day Georgia, TVLine has learned.
Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta stars Jackee Harry (Sister, Sister) as preacher’s wife Mrs. Bennet, the author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband. Because of this, she isn’t pleased that her own daughters — Lizzie (Hit the Floor‘s Tiffany Hines, Jane (Being Mary Jane‘s Raney Branch), Mary (The Purge‘s Brittney Level), Lydia (Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta‘s Reginae Carter) and Kitty (newcomer Alexia Bailey) — remain single. That’s when Mrs. Bennet happens upon the oh-so-eligible Will Darcy (Empire‘s Juan Antonio), whom she tries to match with eldest daughter Lizzie. Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) also stars as family patriarch Reverend Bennet. Additional cast members include Kellee Stewart (Midnight, Texas) as Lizzie’s friend Charlotte, Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless) as Will’s aunt Catherine and Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show) as snarky socialite Caroline. The film is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Swirl Films. Executive producers include Leslie Greif, Naomi Despres and Tracy McMillan. Eric Tomosunas and Alex Kerr will produce, Rhonda Baraka will direct and Tracy McMillan will write.
Lifetime has also ordered the movie Very Valentine, based on Adriana Trigiani’s Valentine Trilogy books, which follows a family-owned shoe store in Greenwich Village on the brink of financial collapse. Kelen Coleman (Big Little Lies) stars as Valentine Roncalli, the granddaughter of master artisan Teodora Angelini (played by Nip/Tuck‘s Jacqueline Bisset), who steps up to save the family business.
“Juggling unpredictable love lives, duty to their family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine and Teodora are on a quest to build a pair of glorious shoes sure to beat their rivals,” reads the official synopsis. “Also, in the course of discovering her true artistic voice, Valentine discovers true love as she turns her life and the business upside down in ways she never expected.”
Very Valentine is being produced in Bulgaria by Judith Verno and Sony Pictures Television. Larry Sanitsky serves is executive-producing, Menhaj Huda (Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance) is directing and the script is being written by Trigiani.
Michelle Hurd Recurs On Hawaii Five-0 11/16/18(11/1/18) “Lele pu na manu like” – Thanksgiving brings Grover’s parents (guest stars Louis Gossett Jr. and Gladys Knight) and brother Percy, Jr. (Clifton Powel) to Oahu for a visit tainted by sibling rivalry, and Five-0 investigates a thief who is crushed to death by an empty safe, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode is written by series star Chi McBride.
(“Lele pu na manu like” is Hawaiian for “Birds of a Feather…”)
RECURRING CAST includes: Kekoa Kekumano (Nahele), Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Flippa), Michelle Hurd (Renee Grover).
Soap Alums’ New Series Debuts(10/31/18) TELL ME A STORY, the new series starring Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Paul Wesley (ex-Max, GUIDING LIGHT) debuts today on CBS All Access. The show “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,” according to press notes. Magnussen plays Nick, while Wesley plays Eddie. The 10-episode series will drop a new installment each week.
James Pickens Jr. on The Conners 11/13/18(10/29/18) “The Separation of Church and Dan” – When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help, on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“The Conners” stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner.
Guest stars include MC Gainey as Group Leader, Paul Wilson as Paulie, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Stephen Monroe Taylor as Dwight, Cassandra Relynn as Deaconess and Tahmus Rounds as Bob.
“The Separation of Church and Dan” was written by Sid Youngers and directed by Andy Ackerman.
Friends say Brad Pitt’s next wife won’t be a celebrity(10/28/18) Brad Pitt’s marriages to two of the world’s most famous women, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, may have ended in divorce — but friends still expect he’ll marry again.
“He’s not a monk!” said one pal. The 54-year-old star has been dating quietly amid a turbulent and ongoing divorce from Jolie, which has still not been finalized due to a bitter custody battle over their six children.
“To say these two years have been a nightmare is an understatement,” a source close to Pitt told The Post.
Since Jolie, 43, stunned Hollywood by filing for divorce from Pitt in September 2016 after 12 years together, every woman the actor is seen with is dubbed a potential new fling by the media.
In April, a friendship with American-Israeli MIT professor Neri Oxman, 42, sparked reports of romance.
Oxman denied any romantic relationship in an interview with The New York Times earlier this month, and Page Six recently reported that the instructor of media arts and sciences is now engaged to billionaire hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman. Pitt met her while both were involved in an architecture project at MIT. But “Brad was never dating Neri — they are friends and their relationship is totally professional,” the pal said.
Then, on Oct. 1, Pitt was pictured enjoying the company of spiritual healer and jewelry designer Sat Hari Khalsa, 49, at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music annual benefit and art auction in Los Angeles, hosted by their mutual pal, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
Pitt is a close friend of the musician, while Sat has toured with his band as a holistic nurse — giving the Chili Peppers ozone therapy, in which the gas is pumped intravenously into the body to purify the bloodstream.
Sat — an American Sikh who was shipped off to boarding school in the Himalayas at the age of 10 — reportedly found her way into the lyrics of a 2002 Chili Peppers song, “Can’t Stop”: “So smart she’s leading me to ozone.” In his 2004 memoir, “Scar Tissue,” band frontman Anthony Kiedis also calls her one of his “main soul mates,” albeit seemingly platonic.
In the book, Kieidis writes: ‘Sat Hari is a nurse . . . a sweet, incredibly sheltered, turban-wearing young lady. She looks like a female version of Flea, with the same gap-toothed smile, the same shape of face, the same color eyes, the same little pug nose. She’s maternal and she’s warm and she’s loving and she’s unassuming, a complete breath of fresh air and female energy, and I don’t mean sexual energy, at least not for me. For me she’s like a sister and mother and caretaker and nurse all in one.
“Everyone [in the band] used her as their ultimate confidante, spilling their guts to her all day and all night about their deepest, darkest, most untellable secrets,” Kiedis writes.
Sat worked as a ski instructor, security guard and even an accountant before training in integrative medicine.
A friend of Khalsa’s told The Post the divorced mother-of-one, who lives in Los Angeles, has “wonderful energy” and calls her “totally awesome,” adding: “The Chili Peppers are a very spiritual band and the healers they had traveling with them were top-notch.”
Pitt insiders aren’t convinced Khalsa’s the one for him, although she does fit his new MO.
“I can’t see Brad dating someone super famous again, I can definitely see him dating someone with a lower profile,” said someone who has worked closely with the actor.
Insiders say Pitt, who is currently filming director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in Los Angeles, has been “hanging out” with a few women over the past few months. But he’s working to keep things private after having had so many very public relationships over the years, with such famous women as Gwyneth Paltrow, Juliette Lewis and Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married from 2000 to 2005.
The spotlight can be a “challenge” for people who aren’t used to it, said the source who has worked with Pitt. “There’s all this gossip and suddenly this person becomes a public character.”
While some of Hollywood’s leading men, such as Ben Affleck, choose to date busty Playboy models after their very public marital splits, this is not the path for Pitt, according to friends.
But he is meeting women through his most trusted pals, who include sculptor Thomas Houseago and Dede Gardner, the president of his Oscar-winning production company, Plan B.
“He just likes hanging out with his friends and anyone he meets will have to be from a place of trust,” said the source who has worked with him.
According to the pal: “He’s focused on his children, his work and wanting to have some sense of normalcy. He’s dating casually but, for the foreseeable future, everything is about the kids.”
That said, insiders tell The Post that Pitt is not looking to have more children.
(A representative for the actor had no comment.)
After months of legal back-and-forth, Pitt and Jolie this week appear to be closer to reaching a final resolution on a custody deal for their children. On Oct. 8, Dr. Stan Katz, the child-custody evaluator appointed by the court, submitted his documents from the family visits.
Pitt now gets to see his children four hours every other day and 12 hours on the weekend as part of the current legal agreement.
The judge in the case has already scolded Jolie for trying to drive a wedge between Pitt and the children, and warned that if she didn’t improve their relationship, she could lose custody.
The actor “rarely” speaks to Jolie, the pal said. “The divorce is still an ongoing process. It’s not easy.”
Insiders add that two years of public scrutiny have left the actor “wary” of launching into a serious romance anytime soon.
“He’s never been ‘woe is me’ — he’s very grateful for everything he has — but the public obsession with everything he does is just hard. He wants to be with someone nice, it’s just going to take a while before a long-term relationship can happen.”
Asked if one could envisage a Mrs. Pitt Number 3 in the future, the pal replied, “Brad comes from a very traditional family, he’s very close to his parents, Jane and Bill, and his brother and sister are both married with families. I could see him marrying again, but it will be a much more low-key relationship.”
For now, insiders say, Pitt is continuing to work on himself in a way that will make him an even better partner one day. As he told GQ in 2017, “You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one.”
He also revealed how he had given up booze and smoking marijuana in favor of cranberry juice and sparkling water, admitting, “I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
In August, The Post reported that Jolie “doesn’t want Brad to move on,” according to a family source.
Now the actor is trying to work through the variety of accusations that emerged during his divorce from Jolie, including allegations of child abuse against eldest son Maddox and claims that he has failed to make “meaningful” child support payments.
(Pitt has denied all of the claims, and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has cleared him of the child-abuse allegations. In November 2016, Pitt was also cleared by the FBI of any wrongdoing related to the allegations.)
“Brad’s only made two public statements since the split. He’s tried to be quiet for the sake of the children and he will never say anything bad about Angie as a mother, but he’s hurt,” said the source who has worked with him.
“We just hope he finds peace and love again.”
Ray Liotta, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Travis Fimmel & More Round Out Cast For Charlie Day’s ‘El Tonto’(10/23/18) Charlie Day’s feature directorial debut El Tonto, which started production today in Los Angeles, has expanded its ensemble cast with Crazy Rich Asians’ Ken Jeong, The Pianist Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, Goodfellas Ray Liotta, and Vikings‘ Travis Fimmel joining along with Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris and Devious Maids’ Edy Ganem
In El Tonto, Day plays a mute simpleton who upon stepping off the bus for the first time in Los Angeles is thrust into stardom, only to ultimately lose it all.
A Hollywood satire, El Tonto features Liotta playing a film producer, Ganem as the love interest to Day’s character, Jeong as a showbiz publicist and Norris in a cameo as a studio boss. They join previously announced Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich, Edie Falco and Jillian Bell. Day’s Fox comedy series, The Cool Kids, which he co-created and serves as EP on, recently received a full season order from the network.
The Armory Films and Metalworks Pictures financed and produced El Tonto. John Rickard and his Wrigley Pictures banner is also producing with Alex Saks via her Page Fifty-Four Pictures. Rickard is coming off this past spring’s success, the Dwayne Johnson action pic Rampage which reaped $426.2M at the worldwide box office. He previously worked with Day as a producer on New Line’s Horrible Bosses franchise which grossed over $317M WW between two pics. Saks recently produced the Oscar-nominated title The Florida Project, Thoroughbreds and last summer’s box office sleeper, The Book Club. Endeavor Content is handling El Tonto‘s global rights. Armory’s Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros and Metalwork’s Andrew Levitas are also producing. Metalworks was behind another recent Beckinsale title that played TIFF, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s drama Farming.
Jeong is repped by ICM, Aligned Entertainment and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Liotta is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment. Brody is repped by Paradigm. Fimmel is with Paradigm, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Ganem is represented by Paradigm, McKeon/Myones Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Norris is a client of CAA and Industry Entertainment.
Blue Bloods Alum Amy Carlson Sets TV Return With NBC's The Village(10/11/18) One year and two weeks after her Blue Bloods character was shockingly revealed to have died off-screen, Amy Carlson has lined up her next TV gig.
Carlson will guest-star on The Village, NBC’s midseason drama that has been likened to “Die Hard in an apartment building.” No, scratch that — it’s “This Is Us in an apartment building.” No character details were made available.
Per NBC’s synopsis, the titular Village is “an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors.”
Among the series regulars, Michaela McManus (SEAL Team) plays Sarah, a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) is Gabe, a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Warren Christie (Alphas) plays Nick, a veteran who’s returned from war; and Frankie Faison (The Wire) and Lorraine Toussaint (Saving Grace) represent “the heart and soul of the building” as Ron and Patricia.
Moran Atias (Tyrant), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos), Jerod Haynes and Grace Van Dien also star.
An original Blue Bloods cast member, Carlson parted ways with the CBS drama after Season 7 ended, setting the stage for her character, nurse Linda Reagan, to be written out via a Medevac helicopter crash (that mayyybe wasn’t an accident?). Her tombstone listed Linda’s date of death as May 28, 2017 — three weeks after the Season 7 finale aired.
James Pickens Jr. on The Conners 10/23/18(10/11/18) “The Separation of Church and Dan” – When Geena learns that D.J. hasn’t been taking Mary to church while she’s been away, she insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in – at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark’s attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help, on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, OCT. 23 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“The Conners” stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner.
Guest stars include MC Gainey as Group Leader, Paul Wilson as Paulie, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck, Stephen Monroe Taylor as Dwight, Cassandra Relynn as Deaconess and Tahmus Rounds as Bob.
Anna Holbrook on Blue Bloods(10/9/18) “Blackout” – When New York City experiences a major blackout, cops scramble to contain the resulting chaos, and Frank uncovers some unpleasant truths about his department in the aftermath. Also, Jamie and Eddie question the line between work and their relationship, and Danny and Baez race to question the subject of a murder investigation before she gets tipped off by her ex-boyfriend, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Oct. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Aasif Mandvi (Samar Chatwal), Kaley Ronayne (Shelly Dowd), Anna Holbrook (Lisa Dowd).
David Lee Russek on FBI 10/16/18(10/2/18) “Crossfire” – Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan rush to track down an active sniper with an elusive motive as the body count continues to rise, on FBI, Tuesday, Oct. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Adam Gantry), Michael C. Williams (Cole Cooper), David Lee Russek (Lt. Danny Watts)
Lindsay Lohan accuses woman of trafficking kids, gets punched for her efforts(9/30/18) (Video) Lindsay Lohan got punched in the face after accusing a woman of trafficking kids!
While visiting Russia, the troubled star posted an Instagram video of herself following what she believed was a war-torn Syrian refugee family.
In her audio, Lohan accused the mother of trafficking the children. Then when she tried to grab one of the kids, his mom clocked her!
The Mean Girls actress, 32, said on the Instagram video, “Hey everyone, I just want to show you a family that I met, a Syrian refugee family that I’m really worried about. They really need help.”
“You want to come with me? Come with me. I’ll take care of you guys,” Lohan said in both Arabic and English.
“Do you want to stay in a hotel tonight? Do you want to watch movies? It would be so cool to watch a movie on a TV or a computer,” she then said to a child.
Lohan continued, “You should not have them [your sons] on the floor, you should be a hard-working woman and you should be doing what you [can] for your children, so they have a better life.”
“If someone is offering them a home and a bed, which is me at the moment, give it to them. They will come back to you,” Lohan further added. “I won’t leave until I take you. Now I know who you are.
“Don’t f—with me.”
Lohan followed the family members as they walked away, saying, “Look what’s happening, they’re trafficking children. You’re ruining Arabic culture by doing this.” “I’m with you boys, don’t worry. The whole world is seeing this,” she sighed. “Are you from Pakistan?”
Then, Lohan was punched in the face by the mother of the children after she attempted to grab one of the boys! Lohan cried to her camera at the end of the odd video, “I’m so scared.” In the past few years, rumours have flown that Lohan has converted to Islam.
The longtime party girl has had numerous sobriety and legal issues through the years.
The new video is just her latest weird moment in a lifetime of them!
And followers have slammed her, with one writing, “Lindsay Lohan how’d you go from the club to trying to kidnap two kids?” Another asked, “Did Lindsay Lohan tried [sic] to take away these kids from their parents?”
Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross winning secret battle with cancer(9/27/18) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has gone public with her anal cancer battle by revealing all her hair fell out during treatment.
The 56-year-old actress posted a selfie on Instagram on Sept. 15 and gave fans a health update.
“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” she wrote. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”
She added, “I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”
Marcia returned to social media a day later and explained the previous post had really empowered her.
“After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me,” she wrote. “How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion! I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post-cancer is #AUTHENTICITY. #VULNERABILITY. #TRANSPARENCY. And of course #LOVE.”
It’s not the first time Cross has faced and beaten cancer – her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed in 2009, and, like his wife, is now healthy.
Lifetime Decks Its Halls With 23 Holiday-Themed Movies & More Cheer(9/25/18) We’re just one day past the autumnal equinox, but Lifetime already is in the holiday spirit. The cable channel has unwrapped its slate of Christmas movies, and there are 14 new originals under the tree this year along with nine acquired pics and a couple of specials.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the A+E Networks-owned net unveils its telepic slate billed as It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. After kicking off November 21 with a week featuring five nights of premieres, each ensuing week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Check out the full lineup with descriptions and premiere dates below.
“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime is back in a major way with more hours of holiday programming than we have ever had before,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions at Lifetime and LMN. “By stacking our originals with beloved stars from some of the most iconic television shows we grew up with, we are tapping into the nostalgic feelings of familiarity and comfort that everyone wants for the holidays.”
Some of this seasons movies feature reunions of cast members from such popular bygone TV series as The Cosby Show, A Different World, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister. Also on tap is the previously announced hourlong special ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, in which cast members Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Stephen Colletti from the 2003-12 WB/CW series regather for an evening that also will include a few surprise special guests.
Among the stars set for Lifetime’s 2018 holiday movies are Toni Braxton, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Sarah Drew, Marissa Winokur, Loretta Devine, Cheryl Ladd, June Squibb, Sharon Lawrence, John Schneider, Jason London, Tiya Sicar, Diane Ladd, Towanda Braxton, Conchata Ferrell, Gloria Reuben, Rachel Boston, Patricia Richardson, Caroline Rhea, Michael Gross and Melissa Gilbert.
Here is the full slate of original holiday fare from Lifetime, including premiere dates, followed by its acquired films:
It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? In this special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, we will be taken on a journey that explores how terrible life would be without Lifetime Christmas movies to bring us holiday cheer. Melissa will be visited by the “host” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and along the way, she will preview the 14 exciting movies that are coming to Lifetime this holiday season. Once this special is over, you won’t be able to imagine a world without the magic of Lifetime Christmas. It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. My Christmas Inn is produced by HYBRID, LLC.
The Christmas Contract
It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Robert Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for. The Christmas Contract is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Monika Mitchell serves as director with a script by Cassie Doyle.
‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
The Tree Hill Ravens are back together to celebrate the Christmas season on Lifetime. In this special one-hour reunion, Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner of The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti of Hometown Christmas, reunite for a special evening that will include a few surprise special guests. ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
Poinsettias for Christmas
It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is – the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner). Poinsettias for Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment, Inc. Christie Will Wolf directed from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka.
Every Day is Christmas
Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. Every Day is Christmas is produced by Brightlight Pictures. Kevin Leslie is producer. Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Kenneth Crear, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, and Jonathan Shore executive produce. David Weaver directs from a script by Karen Schaler.
Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? Jingle Belle is produced by Hybrid, LLC.
A Very Nutty Christmas
Hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto, immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room. A Very Nutty Christmas is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Colin Theys serves as director with a script written by Juliet and Keith Giglio.
A Twist of Christmas
In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process. A Twist of Christmas is produced by Lighthouse Pictures. Jamie Goehring, Shawn Williamson and Nancy Bennett executive produce. David Winning serves as director with a script written by Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.
The Christmas Pact
Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive! When they were eight years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas Magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger; and so does their love. The pact bearing fruit to the magic of Christmas and the undeniable answer. Yes, friends can fall in love! The Christmas Pact is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Executive Producer Timothy O.Johnson, Marita Grabniak directs from a script written by Damon Hill and Blaine Chiappetta.
Christmas Lost and Found
After years of missing family gatherings, New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) is off to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd). Excited that her granddaughter is finally home for the holidays, Frances decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances must stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about. It’s a race against time as Whitney reclaims the family ornaments, finds romance and learns the lesson Grandma Frances imparts. Christmas Lost and Found is produced by Stephanie Germain Productions and Front Street Productions, with Stephanie Germain and Harvey Kahn as executive producers. Michael Scott directs from a script by Jennifer Notas Shapiro.
When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting the same as any other year, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who has been hired to play Santa at the store this year. Their undeniable chemistry and charisma draw in big crowds, until suddenly, Nick disappears. As Christmas day inches closer, Holly scrambles to find Nick with only one clue – his misplaced black boot. Santa’s Boots is produced by Front Street Pictures, with Barbara Lieberman and Charles Cooper as executive producers. Shawn Tolleson directs with a script written by Shannon Phipps and Shawn Tolleson.
A Christmas in Tennessee
Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor—with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk—comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything. A Christmas in Tennessee is produced by Smokey Mountain Films Inc. and Juliette Hagopian. Howard Braunstein serves as executive producer. Gary Yates directs with a script written by Cassie Doyle.
Christmas Around the Corner
Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge), a savvy venture capitalist from New York City, escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the town after a flood and the bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair. She immediately takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who initially rejects all her proposed improvements. Eventually, sparks fly as the two begin a budding romance, and Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Will the spirit of Christmas be enough to change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart? Christmas Around the Corner is produced by Neshama Entertainment in association with MarVista Entertainment. Danielle Von Zerneck serves as executive producer. Megan Follows directs with a script by Michael Murray.
Christmas Pen Pals
Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Sarah Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected. Christmas Pen Pals is produced by Pen Pals Films, Inc. and Christian Bruyere. Linda Kent, Jack Grossbart and Howard Braunstein serve as executive producers. Siobhan Devine serves as director with a script written by Carley Smale.
Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star also back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even further when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When things begin to fall apart with the live nativity Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away. Hometown Christmas is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Emily Moss Wilson and Marcy Holland serve as writers and Emily Moss Wilson directs.
A Christmas Arrangement
Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop. A Christmas Arrangement is produced by The Ninth House.
Every Other Holiday
Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers), spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists—to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true. Every Other Holiday also stars Dee Wallace, Glenn Morshower, Abby James Witherspoon and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing. A Christmas Harmony also stars Chandra Wilson, Adam Mayfield, Sally Struthers and is produced by June Street Studios.
As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that “perfection” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Christmas Perfection also stars James Henri-Thomas, Robbie Silverman and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Love for Christmas
When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, Love for Christmas stars Shantel Vansanten, Rob Mayes, Nikki Deloach, Mark Famiglietti, Alex Peters, Peter Holden, Matt Corboy, Maxim Knight and Orson Bean.
A Star for Christmas
Cupcakery owner Cassie can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays? Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Star for Christmas stars Corey Sevier, Briana Evigan, Karissa Vacker, Travis Van Winkle, Jeremy Howard, Sean Stone and Brooke Burns.
A Christmas Kiss
High-end interior designer Priscilla and her assistant Wendy, vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Christmas Kiss stars Elisabeth Röhm, Laura Breckenridge and Brendan Fehr.
A Golden Christmas
Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Golden Christmas stars Andrea Roth, Nicholas Brendon, Bruce Davison, Elisa Donovan, Jason London and Alley Mills.
3 Holiday Tails
David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember. Produced by MarVista Entertainment,3 Holiday Tails stars Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, KC Clyde, Alley Mills and Bruce Davison.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt talking again to resolve child custody war(9/20/19) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly talking again in a bid to resolve their bitter co-parenting conflict.
The former couple has been at odds since Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, and she and Brad still haven’t been able to agree to child custody terms regarding their six kids.
But now a source tells Entertainment Tonight, the exes recently set up a “secret meeting” at her house, and thrashed out terms.
“It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children,” the insider tells the news show. “Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts.
“Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer. Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process.”
The news comes three months after Angelina was ordered by a judge to help repair her children’s relationship with their father, and according to court documents obtained by ET at the time, the actor scored quality time with five of his children over the summer.
The pair’s eldest son Maddox, 16, opted out of the agreement.
Then, in August, Jolie accused Pitt of failing to pay any “meaningful” child support for 18 months.
Pitt’s lawyers filed their response a day later, insisting their client had paid his ex over $9 million, since their 2016 split.
Kyra Sedgwick To Direct Jennifer Lee Script ‘The Way Between’ For Tooley Entertainment(9/14/18) Kyra Sedgwick will make her feature directorial debut on The Way Between, a script by Oscar-winning Frozen writer Jennifer Lee. The project has been acquired by Tooley Entertainment, which will finance. Sedgwick will begin casting shortly and it’s unclear at the moment whether The Closer star will take a role herself.
Sedgwick first moved from acting to behind the camera when she made her directorial debut on Lifetime’s Story of a Girl, which got her a 2018 DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries. Lee, who is the first female writer/director of a feature film that earned more than $1 billion in gross box office revenue, is now Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The film is a love story with supernatural elements. After losing his girlfriend Franny in a tragic car accident, Sam finds a way to reconnect with his beloved by bending the laws of reality. His unwillingness to let her go soon blurs Sam’s waking life and his intersecting world of dreams.
Tucker Tooley is producing with Lee, Rich Freeman, Colleen Camp, Kane Lee, Hector Solis Flores, and Roberto Jurado Rebora. Greg Renker, Jason Barhydt and Jose Alberto Lopez will be executive producers.
“Jennifer Lee’s extraordinary and very personal screenplay, partially rooted in her own experiences, addresses the world we all hope exists,” Tooley said. “A world where connection and love can transcend conventional boundaries. We are absolutely thrilled to have Kyra on board to manifest the vision of this wonderful story and look forward to announcing cast very soon.”
Said Sedgwick: “From the moment I read The Way Between, I was captivated by this deeply romantic and universal story of love, sacrifice, empathy and ‘finding your way.’”
Said Lee: “I couldn’t be more excited to hand the reins of this deeply personal story over to Kyra. Her enthusiasm, her vision and connection with the story is exactly what’s needed. With Kyra and Tucker Tooley, this film is in extraordinary hands.”
'She loves pizza and vodka': Jennifer Love Hewitt recalls drunken night with Betty White(9/12/18) Jennifer Love Hewitt once enjoyed a drunken night out with Hollywood legend Betty White.
The actresses worked together on television film The Lost Valentine in 2011, and then again the following year when Betty was tapped to make a one-off appearance in The Client List series, which Jennifer starred in until it was cancelled in 2013. Reflecting on the close friendship she developed with The Golden Girls icon, Jennifer recalled an evening rendez-vous that got a little out of control.
“She loves pizza and vodka. Right? She’s all of us,” she said of the 96-year-old actress when she appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday. “One night we were filming, and we went out and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going on a date with Betty White.’ It’s the most nervous date I’ve ever been on in my life.”
However, as Jennifer started to feel the effects of the alcohol, panic set in when she realized Betty was in a similar state.
“So, we go to leave and it’s great and then all of the sudden I see that Betty’s sort of going this way (tilting),” the 39-year-old laughed, before emphasizing the grave amount of responsibility she had on her shoulders.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, I am like the bodyguard of a national treasure. You have got to snap it together and don’t kill Betty White on your date!’” she gasped. “So we get her from the bushes. She didn’t really go in the bushes, but she was on her way.”
After escorting the five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner to the safety of her hotel, Jennifer was invited up to her room for an unusual “nightcap.”
“Her nightcap is gummy bears. I mean, shut the front door and lock it. She’s perfect,” Hewitt giggled. “We got drunk and we had gummy bears, and it was amazing.”
Luke Perry's Criminal Encore(9/11/18) Riverdale dad Luke Perry will reprise his role as Criminal Minds cult leader Benjamin Cyrus in the CBS crime drama’s Season 14 premiere.
Perry, whose Season 4 UnSub has been dead for a while now, is but one of multiple “surprise” guests on tap for the series’ 300th episode, EW.com reports.
Criminal Minds‘ 15-episode season kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10/9c.
SAG-AFTRA Won’t Rescind Morgan Freeman’s Life Achievement Award After Investigating Sex Harassment Claims(9/7/18) After an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Morgan Freeman, SAG-AFTRA said it will not rescind the Oscar-winning actor’s SAG Life Achievement Award – the union’s highest honor. The award was presented during this year’s SAG Awards.
“Based on the results of an independent investigation and the information we have at this time, we are taking no action regarding the SAG Life Achievement Award presented to Morgan Freeman,” the union said Thursday in a statement to Deadline. “As always, the details of the investigation are confidential.”
SAG-AFTRA launched the investigation in May following a CNN report that said that eight women had come forward with allegations “they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behavior” by Freeman. In the wake of the report, the union said it was considering “corrective action” with regard to the award, which was presented just a month before the union released a Sexual Harassment Code of Conduct that “sets forth clear expectations that SAG-AFTRA members will refrain from engaging in harassing conduct.”
“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,” the union said in the wake of the allegations against the Oscar-winning actor. “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 allegations against Freeman included unwanted touching and inappropriate comments he made at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and while promoting his movies. CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, who authored the article for the cable outlet, said she was subjected to inappropriate behavior by Freeman when she interviewed him at a press junket for Going in Style. According to Melas, who was six months pregnant at the time, Freeman shook her hand in a roomful of people and wouldn’t let go “while repeatedly looking her up and down and saying more than once a variation of, ‘I wish I was there’” and telling her “You are ripe.”
Freeman quickly apologized, but said it was never his intention to harass anyone. “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.”
He then followed up with a more emphatic statement: “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.”
National Geographic, meanwhile, which had suspended production of Freeman’s The Story of God in order to investigate the allegations, announced this month that production of the show would resume after clearing him any inappropriate behavior on the show.
“Through production on critically acclaimed series The Story of God and The Story of Us, we have valued a longstanding relationship with Morgan Freeman,” the network said. “When we learned of recent allegations surrounding Mr. Freeman completely unrelated to our work with him, as a precaution we paused production on our new season in order to complete a thorough investigation led by our parent company Fox, executed through an independent investigator. The results of this investigation revealed no incidents of concern during any of our work with Mr. Freeman. We have now made the decision to move forward with the production of season three of The Story of God…As a company, we take all issues of harassment very seriously and we’re confidently assured by the results of the investigation.”
Freeman lost his longtime sponsorship with Visa amid the controversy, but he recently was named a lifetime honoree at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival in France.
Angelina Jolie dragging Brad Pitt's indecent exposure claim into custody war(9/5/18) Cutthroat Angelina Jolie hopes to win her custody war with ex Brad Pitt by using an indecent exposure allegation against him.
RadarOnline.com has learned Pitt was once accused of “flashing his genitals” in public, and Jolie intends to drop the bomb in their nasty custody case.
“Brad was shooting the movie ‘Cutting Class’ on location in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway in 1988,” his former publicist Phil Lobel told Radar.
“He called me and said, ‘Phil, you’re not going to believe what happened! We were so bored on set that me and my buddy started mooning cars on PCH.’
“A mother and daughter were in one of the cars. They stopped at a police station in Malibu and said there were guys showing off their genitals on the street!”
When cops arrived on set, producers convinced them not to haul Brad, then 25, and his pal off to jail, said Phil. But the pair were still hit with indecent exposure charges.
“I found an attorney who agreed to take Brad’s case for $1,000 — which was a huge sum of money for him back then,” Phil explained.
The attorney got the charge reduced to disturbing the peace, but Angie could use the sleazy incident to kill Brad’s custody chances.
“If she wants to embarrass him, she can dredge it up as part of a legal filing,” said Los Angeles family law attorney Debra Opri.
Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79(9/3/18) Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.
Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.
Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.
Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway production of James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams and received a Tony nod for her role in Stepping Out.
It wasn’t until the late ’90s when she expanded her talent to the world of stage musicals, replacing Elaine Stritch as Parthy in Show Boat. In 1998, she stepped into the role of Fraulein Schneider in the Cabaret revival. She played the character of Madame Morrible in the original Broadway cast of Wicked in 2003 before opening Billy Elliot The Musical in 2008 where she played the Grandma, a role which earned her a fourth Tony nomination. Her final bow on Broadway was in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
In addition to her role in the film and TV adaptation of The Odd Couple Shelley lent her voice talents to numerous animated Disney films including The Aristocats in 1970, Robin Hood in 1973, as well as Hercules in 1997. Her credits spanned across the decades and included The Boston Strangler in 1968, The Super in1991 as well as 1994’s Quiz Show and The Road to Wellville. In 2005 she starred opposite Nicole Kidman and her Broadway peer Kristin Chenoweth in the 2005 movie adaptation of the classic sitcom Bewitched. On the TV side, she appeared on All My Children, The Avengers, The Cosby Show, Frasier, and Law and Order: SVU.
Nat Geo Moves Forward With Season 3 of ‘The Story of God’ Following Investigation Into Morgan Freeman Misconduct Claims(9/1/18) National Geographic will proceed with a third season of its Emmy-nominated series, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, one of the Fox-owned cable network’s top-rated shows.
The future of the popular series came into question in May in the wake of a report in which eight women came forward to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of inappropriate behavior. None of the allegations pertained to Freeman’s work on The Story of God.
Nevertheless, Nat Geo at the time paused pre-production on Season 3, which had been greenlighted in January, with its parent company Fox launching an investigation.
“The results of this investigation revealed no incidents of concern during any of our work with Mr. Freeman,” Nat Geo said today in a statement to Deadline. “We have now made the decision to move forward with the production of season three of The Story of God. This series has expanded our understanding of religion and culture around the world and has touched many of our fans, and along with Morgan and the team at Revelations Entertainment, we look forward to resuming pre-production this September. As a company, we take all issues of harassment very seriously and we’re confidently assured by the results of the investigation. The new season will premiere globally on National Geographic Channels in 2019.”
The third season of the series will again follow Freeman on an international journey as he discovers the power of religion and how it touches all of our lives. Freeman will travel to some of the world’s holiest sites and speak with religious leaders, scientists, historians and archaeologists to try to shed light on questions about the puzzle of the divine laws. Each episode will focus on a different topic about the divine to help shed light on the questions that inspired mankind.
In the first two seasons, Freeman traveled to Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples in Guatemala, the pyramids of Egypt, New Mexico to observe ancient Navajo rituals and the banks of the Ganges River.
As part of the series’ Season 3 renewal, National Geographic also signed an exclusive first-look partnership deal with Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment to expand the series franchise by developing more nonfiction content.
The news of The Story Of God‘s third season going forward was revealed earlier today by Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, in an internal memo.
Here is Nat Geo’s full statement:
Through production on critically acclaimed series “The Story of God” and “The Story of Us,” we have valued a longstanding relationship with Morgan Freeman. When we learned of recent allegations surrounding Mr. Freeman completely unrelated to our work with him, as a precaution we paused production on our new season in order to complete a thorough investigation led by our parent company Fox, executed through an independent investigator. The results of this investigation revealed no incidents of concern during any of our work with Mr. Freeman. We have now made the decision to move forward with the production of season three of “The Story of God.” This series has expanded our understanding of religion and culture around the world and has touched many of our fans, and along with Morgan and the team at Revelations Entertainment, we look forward to resuming pre-production this September. As a company, we take all issues of harassment very seriously and we’re confidently assured by the results of the investigation. The new season will premiere globally on National Geographic Channels in 2019.
Brad Pitt has already dropped millions to fix broken down New Orleans homes(8/31/18) Perhaps it should’ve been called “Make It Not Quite Right.”
A New Orleans attorney announced Thursday that he’s gearing up to sue Brad Pitt and his Make It Right Foundation because some of the eco homes it built after Hurricane Katrina have fallen into severe disrepair.
But sources close to Pitt tell us the movie star has already been working to fix the problems, and donated millions more to get it done.
Lawyer Ron Austin told the city’s WWL-TV that the buildings’ residents have reported sickness and headaches.
He said Make It Right “was making a lot of promises to come back and fix the homes that they initially sold these people, and have failed to do so.”
But Pitt insiders say he’s already been working for up to a year on fixing the failing buildings.
Insiders blame the problems — which we’re told only affect some of the 100 or so buildings — on sloppy construction or poor materials, and say that some of the buildings can be repaired but others will likely have to be torn down.
“Brad’s been working on this for around a year,” we’re told. “Once he knew that there were things that were not up to the standards that he and others would expect, he addressed it — it’s not like he waited for [Austin’s] complaint to be made before doing something about it.”
Design fan Pitt founded Make It Right in 2006 — the year after the natural disaster — along with designer William McDonough to provide homes to people who had lost theirs in the Lower 9th Ward in the hurricane.
The buildings were designed by top architects, including Frank Gehry.
But reports emerged earlier this year claiming that some of the homes have leaks, rot and even missing or broken roofs.
Brad Pitt foundation faces lawsuit over New Orleans homes(8/31/18) An attorney plans to sue actor Brad Pitt’s foundation over the degradation of homes built in an area of New Orleans that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Ron Austin tells WWL-TV he plans to bring a lawsuit on behalf of some Lower Ninth Ward residents against Pitt’s Make It Right foundation. Austin says residents have reported sicknesses and headaches, in addition to infrastructural issues.
Austin says Make It Right “was making a lot of promises to come back and fix the homes that they initially sold these people and have failed to do so.” The report didn’t indicate how many residents would join the lawsuit.
More than 100 “green” Make It Right houses were built in 2008. The foundation didn’t respond to the station’s request for comment.
Jane Krakowski Joins Dickinson(8/30/18) Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will co-star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Apple’s recently ordered comedy Dickinson. She will play Emily Dickinson’s mother in the series, which will tell the titular poet’s coming-of-age story.
OWN’s ‘David Makes Man’ Adds Five To Cast, Sets Directors For Season 1(8/27/18) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is rounding out the ensemble cast of its upcoming coming -of-age drama series David Makes Man, from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, and has named the directors who will helm Season 1.
Joining the cast as a series regular is Alana Arenas, (L.A. Confidential, Chicago P.D.), while Gillian Williams (The Girlfriend Experience), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Quad, Billions), Elvis Nolasco (American Crime) and Randy Gonzalez (Bloodline) are set for recurring roles. They join previously announced cast Phylicia Rashad, Akili McDowell, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams and Travis Coles.
Directors joining the hour-long drama include Michael Francis Williams, Kiel Adrian Scott, Daina Reid and Cheryl Dunye.
The series, currently in production in Orlando, Florida, is set for a 2019 premiere on OWN.
David Makes Man centers on David (McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the lyrical drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival.
Arenas will play Gloria, David’s young, hardworking, single mother who wants better for her children. A now-sober, former drug user, she worries that social services might take her sons away.
Williams will recur as Jessica Kelly, David’s former music teacher who is the mother of his best friend, Seren. Santiago-Hudson is Dr. Bree, a clinical psychiatrist who challenges David to examine the trauma of his past and his hopes for the future. Nolasco will play Tio-Teo, the uncle to David’s strained acquaintance, Raynan. He aims to expand his illegal prescription med operation . . . no matter what the cost. Gonzalez is Mr. Lopez, a teacher of remedial math who believes in David more than David believes in himself.
Williams, known for his compelling short films, is making his TV directorial debut with David Makes Man. He recently wrote and directed Black Star: Mila and Stay Woke, and he previously helmed commercials for brands including Nike, Adidas, McDonald’s and Sony.
Spike Lee protégé, Scott’s films have screened internationally, winning several major film festivals, including the American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Film Competition. His film Samaria was recognized for outstanding directorial achievement at the DGA Student Film Awards and was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. He participated in Ryan Murphy’s HALF Foundation directing mentorship program, where he shadowed Angela Bassett. Most recently Kiel directed the two-part miniseries The Bobby Brown Story for BET.
Reid’s recent directing credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, Hunters, The Spanish Princess and Sunshine, which won the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best telefeature or miniseries, in addition to Reid receiving the Australian Directors’ Guild Award for best direction. In 2016, she directed and co-produced the miniseries adaptation of The Secret River, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and won The Silver Logie for most outstanding drama series.
Dunye is considered the most influential African American filmmaker to emerge from New Queer Cinema wave of the mid-1990s. Her groundbreaking first film, The Watermelon Woman, won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at Berlinale in 1996. Her 2002 follow-up, HBO’s Stranger Inside, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director. Since 2017, she has directed episodes of Queen Sugar and Love Is___ for OWN and Warner Horizon, Claws for TNT, and The Fosters for Freeform. She is now set to write & direct The Wonder Of All Things for Lionsgate.
David Makes Man is produced by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Nolasco is repped by Paradigm and Silver Lining Entertainment. Gonzalez is repped by Lisa Lax Agency, Smith & Hervey/Grimes Talent Agency, and Red Baron Management. Santiago-Hudson is repped by Gersh.
Dorothy Lyman on FBI 9/25/18(8/24/18) “Pilot” – After a bomb explosion devastates a residential apartment building, special agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigate a possible war between rival gangs – that is, until their prime suspects are discovered brutally murdered, on FBI, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier (Sela Ward), who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.
GUEST CAST includes: Connie Nielson (Ellen Solberg), Dallas Roberts (Robert Lawrence), Dorothy Lyman (Jilly Peters)
Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Shailene Woodley To Be Feted At France’s Deauville Film Fest(8/24/18) Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Shailene Woodley and director Jacques Audiard are among those set to be honored at the Deauville Film Festival (Aug 31 – Sept 9) later this month in France.
Oscar-winner Freeman will receive a career homage while Sex And The City star Parker will get Deauville’s Talent prize. Cannes Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard, who will be at the festival with Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly to introduce their Western The Sisters Brothers, will receive an honorary award.
Parker will join Kate Beckinsale and Jason Clarke as honorees for the festival’s Talent prize. Elle Fanning and Shailene Woodley will receive this year’s Rising Star award while writer John Grisham is getting the event’s literary prize.
Freeman’s honor comes just months after CNN ran a story in which eight women accused him of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment. The Oscar-winning actor has denied all charges and has threatened to sue the network.
Deauville, which focuses on U.S. movies and talent, also revealed its Competition lineup today, with movies including Bart Layton’s heist drama American Animals, Reinaldo Marcus Green’s police violence drama Monsters And Men, A.J. Edward’s Friday’s Child, Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle, Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher, and Jennifer Fox’s The Tale.
The event will wrap with Chris Weitz’s Operation Finale with Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in attendance. Fest jury is headed by actress Sandrine Kiberlain with jury member comprising directors Stephane Brize, Xavier Legrand and Pierre Salvadori; actresses Leila Bekhti, Sabine Azema and Sara Giraudeau, singer Alex Beaupain and novelist Leila Slimani.
The Latest Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Custody News Isn't Quite What You Think(8/23/18) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have yet to reach a custody agreement despite reports stating the contrary.
A source close to the proceedings tells E! News that reports of a new custody arrangement are false. The source states that the former couple's original court ordered agreement remains in place. According to court documents, Jolie and Pitt were scheduled to convene on Aug. 21. Our source says this meeting has been postponed.
Another source tells E! News that Jolie's and Pitt's lawyers recently met to iron out details for a custody plan for the next few months, which has been "very time consuming."
The stars share six children: Maddox Jolie-Pitt17, Pax Jolie-Pitt,14, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 13, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt12, Knox Jolie-Pitt, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 10.
Meanwhile, a third source tells E! News, "In terms of the kids' relationship with Brad, Angelina definitely remains committed to helping the kids heal with their father."
Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of the split. Just a few days later, news broke that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI were looking into an alleged altercation between Pitt and his eldest son Maddox. The alleged incident reportedly took place onboard the family's private plane.
Pitt has been cleared in both investigations and no charges were filed.
"I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called," the actor recalled to GQ. "And you know, after that, we've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, 'No one wins in court—it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse.' And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart."
Jolie requested sole physical custody of the children. However, Pitt responded by filing for joint custody. By December of that year, the parents had reached a temporary agreement in which the kids would stay in Jolie's care and Pitt would have "therapeutic" visitations.
The custody battle soon turned ugly. Near the end of that year, Pitt filed a motion asking a judge to seal records surrounding the children—arguing his ex-wife and her attorneys had compromised the kids' privacy through court filings in attempt to undercut him.
The two later hired a private judge to deal with the proceedings and began speaking again. Pitt even reportedly joined Jolie and the kids on a trip in early 2017.
"Things have calmed [and] settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source told E! News at the time. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
Still, the battle endured. In May 2018, a source told E! News the two were "at odds over custody." The dispute was reportedly "why the divorce is not final" and has "dragged on for months."
Some of the disagreement seemed to stem from the stars' film schedules and travel. So, the two celebrities reached a new custody agreement for the summer. According to the court documents, Pitt had physical custody of the children for four hours per day from June 8 to June 17. These hours changed to 10 hours per day from June 27 to July 1. Pitt was also scheduled to have custody for set dates later in July.
Maddox, however, was allowed to determine how much time he spent with each parent given his age.
The judge also determined "not having a relationship with their father is harmful" to the children and that it is "critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother."
But by the end of the summer, things hadn't gotten much better. Earlier this month, Jolie accused Pitt of not paying any "meaningful" child support. Pitt and his attorneys fired back by filing a four-page brief stating Jolie's request was "unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage." They also stated Pitt "wanted to bifurcate the issue of marital status and have the divorce finalized before other pending issues were resolved."
Pitt and Jolie married in 2014. It's been nearly two years since the initial divorce filing.
E! News has reached out to both Pitt's and Jolie's camps.
Tenuous truce? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reach ‘interim custody arrangement’(8/23/18) Is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s bitter custody battle over their six children over?
According to ET, the two recently reached an interim custody arrangement, a source said.
Jolie, 43, and Pitt, 54, had a planned custody hearing though it was no longer necessary after reaching the agreement, the insider also told ET.
The website had no details on the specifics of the agreement.
However, the source noted, “The interim arrangement was agreed upon by both parties after it was recommended by their custody evaluator. There was no longer a need for the hearing.”
This is great news for Jolie and Pitt’s kids, who, as RadarOnline.com has reported, have been suffering terribly during their parents’ epic divorce and custody battle.
As mom and dad battle it out, kids Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10, have been devastated, a source said.
“This has been going on for such a long time now,” the insider told Radar. “No amount of money or help from nannies can take away from how heartbreaking it is to see their parents at war like this.”
The divorce of the Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars has been ugly, with both sides arguing over money and the future of their splintered family.
During the vicious dispute, Jolie has accused Pitt of not paying her enough child support over the past two years. The actor then slammed back, saying he actually gave her a loan of $8 million to buy her L.A. mansion and gave her an additional $1.3 million for their children.
But now, it appears that the warring couple has called a truce, at least for now.
The ET source said that “Angelina is enjoying the last few days of summer before school starts…she is helping the children heal with their father.”
Stephen Schnetzer on Elementary 9/3/18(8/20/18) “The Geek Interpreter” – Holmes and Watson race to locate a missing woman when Harlan Emple (Rich Sommer), Holmes’ friend and “Irregulars” mathematics expert, becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, Sept. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Rich Sommer (Harlan Emple), Alia Attallah (Athena), Stephen Schnetzer (Eli)
Angelina Jolie must give Brad Pitt more visitation with kids: judge(8/16/18) A judge has said that Angelina Jolie must allow soon-to-be-ex-husband Brad Pitt more visitation with their six kids before the court will sign off on a permanent arrangement, according to the Blast.
Jolie has now given Pitt four hours of custody every other day on school days, and 12 hours every other day on non-school days.
It’s the latest in an increasingly testy divorce.
Page Six previously reported that Jolie claimed in court papers that Pitt is a deadbeat dad, and Pitt hit back by claiming in his own filing that he has loaned Jolie $8 million to help her buy a house.
Their next court date is set for Aug. 21, says the Blast.
Mark Hamill Joins Knightfall as History Renews Drama for 'Darker' Season 2(8/13/18) The Force is strong with Knightfall.
TVLine has learned that the History channel’s Knights Templar drama has not only been renewed for Season 2, but that Star Wars vet Mark Hamill has boarded the cast.
Additionally, The Flash‘s former co-showrunner, Aaron Helbing — whose credits also include Black Sails and Spartacus: War of the Damned — has come on board as showrunner.
Starring Tom Cullen, Knightfall goes inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics. Hamill will play Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar/veteran of the Crusades who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and now is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order. Which doesn’t sound at all familiar to Star Wars fans.
History programming EVP Eli Lehrer said in a statement. “We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker Knightfall in Season 2 and welcoming Mark to the cast.”
Also joining the Knightfall cast is Tom Forbes (The Bastard Executioner) as Prince Louis, the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne, and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals) as Isabella, the daughter of King Philip and well on her way to becoming the woman who history would call “the she-wolf of France.”
Angelina Jolie Has Sudden Money Issues in Brad Pitt Divorce(8/10/18) Angelina Jolie is sounding the alarm ... all is not well in the money department.
TMZ broke the story, Brad Pitt loaned his estranged wife $8 million to buy a house ... a little weird for an actress who has raked in millions for years.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad's income and net worth far, far exceed Angelina's ... it's not even close.
Fact is ... Angelina has not made money an issue in her divorce until several weeks ago, when she asked a judge for a formal child support agreement. As we reported, Brad has paid Angelina $1.3 million in support over the last 2 years and she didn't complain until late last month.
Our sources say Brad and Angelina don't have a prenup, which means anything they earned while they were married is a 50/50 split. That benefits Angelina, but the problem is ... they married in 2014.
Brad made more than her throughout their relationship, which began in 2004. The only way Angelina could get a cut of Brad's income from 2004 - 2014 is if she could prove they had an agreement that he would support her.
We're told she's talking about filing such a claim. But sources connected to Brad say that's laughable, because they were both extremely rich and such a promise wasn't necessary and never made.
What's super interesting ... Angelina and Brad delayed tying the knot until gay marriage became legal in California. Brad made that statement in 2006, and it took 8 more years for them to finally walk down the aisle. Had they married in 2006 she'd be entitled to millions more in community property.
Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon urge voters to show up for midterms(8/10/18) (Video) WASHINGTON D.C. — The waning months before the 2016 presidential election saw a flood of videos featuring celebrities urging people to vote and volunteer.
That is now happening again for the upcoming midterm elections this November.
On Thursday, Swing Left debuted a new video featuring Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, urging viewers to sign up for one of the progressive group’s projects, the Last Weekend. Swing Left has organized a coalition of 30 progressive groups aiming to line up volunteers for a final push before the Nov. 6 elections.
In the video, Sedgwick called the election “the most important midterms of our lives,” and tells viewers that “even if you live in a progressive stronghold, there are races all over the country near you.”
Swing Left also produced a video last month that featured Jane Fonda, Rashida Jones and Lily Tomlin.
“I am just terrified of where our country is headed,” Sedgwick said in an interview. She worked on the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama but said that she and other progressives were probably “lulled into a false sense of security” that much of his agenda could not be rolled back.
“I just feel we have gotten far off the path of what our forefathers — and women — meant for us,” she said.
She cited a host of issues, including the environment and abortion rights, as well as the rollback of business regulations, that have been of major concern for her, but also that “there has been no check on the power” that President Donald Trump now has in the White House. She also cited the Trump administration’s effort to roll back California auto emission standards, despite the support that the standards have from car companies.
Republicans have already been hammering Democrats for their links to Hollywood, trying to characterize the industry as the very cultural elite that Trump ran against in 2016. A recent Republican National Committee video, called “Unhinged,” featured a number of celebrities, including Kathy Griffin and Madonna, railing against Trump.
Sedgwick said that she understands why some entertainment figures are reluctant to get into the political fray. She does get some backlash comments when she tweets something political, but “I don’t care.”
“My business is to do what is right for this country,” she said.
The goal of the Last Weekend is to get commitments for 1 million volunteer hours in the last four days before the election.
“I feel like you sit around and feel really terrible and hopeless, or you can be part of the solution,” Sedgwick said.
Brad Pitt Trying to Maintain Relationship with Kids Amid Angelina Jolie Divorce(8/9/18) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are at war in their divorce case, but the more immediate struggle is the co-parenting situation that even has a judge issuing a warning to cool it ... or else.
We're told Brad has been spending the bulk of his Summer in England -- where Angelina and the kids live -- so he can see his 6 children. The judge in the divorce case set out a schedule for Brad to visit with his children in London beginning in mid-June for 10 hours a day. The visitation increased last month to 4 consecutive days at a time.
Our sources say Brad and Angelina never interact with each other, and the handoffs are always through nannies and assistants.
It's clear there have been issues over Brad interacting with the kids. The judge in the divorce case already issued an order saying Angelina tried to restrict Brad's access that the judge believed was "harmful" to the children. The judge even said Brad had a right to call and text the kids whenever he wanted, and Angelina could not monitor the contacts.
TMZ broke the stories about Angelina claiming Brad has only provided minimal child support, and Brad fired back in legal docs that he's paid her $1.3 mil in child support since they split nearly 2 years ago ... and he loaned her $8 million to buy a house.
From what we're told, things are getting worse, not better, between the two.
Angelina Jolie Slams Brad Pitt: 'A Loan Is Not... Child Support'(8/9/18) Angelina Jolie is hitting back at ex Brad Pitt after he claimed she made recent court filings over child support in an “effort to manipulate the media.”
The actress’ lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, said in a statement to PEOPLE Jolie’s court filing “was both legally appropriate and factually accurate in all respects.”
“What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children,” Bley DeJean said in the statement.
Jolie indicated in a court filing Tuesday that Pitt has not been paying “meaningful” child support during their separation. The actor responded with his own court filing stating he had paid over $1.3 million to provide for the actress and their six children, as well as a loan of $8 million to help her purchase her current home.
“Following the incident of September 2016, Angelina and the children needed to move from the family home, which Brad chose to keep, including all of its contents,” she said.
Bley DeJean, who filed Jolie’s court papers on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, claimed the actor was “asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina” and their six children but “instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan.”
The Maleficent 2’s attorney said the actress will “honor that loan,” but said, “A loan is not, however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.”
According to her attorney, Jolie “is asking Brad to pay 50% of the children’s expenses,” but that the actor “has not” paid his share.
“Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years,” Bley DeJean said. “Child support is not optional in California.”
“Typically a father of means would pay these expenses voluntarily without the need for a request or court order. We are hopeful that this can be resolved without further delay or posturing,” she continued.
The Oscar-winning actress said in her filing she intends to seek out “retroactive child support” from her ex. She also asks the court to “bifurcate” their marital status — a process that would mean they could dissolve the marriage and go back to being single before resolving other issues in the divorce.
A spokesperson for Jolie told PEOPLE that the aim the filing “is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.”
Pitt’s lawyer, Lance Spiegel, slammed the actress’ filing on Wednesday as “unnecessary” and “a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”
Spiegel’s filing affirmed the actor “loaned” Jolie $8 million to help her purchase her current home and has contributed over $1.3 million “in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”
Jolie, 43, and Pitt, 53, met in 2003 and wed in 2014 before they separated in Sept. 2016 citing irreconcilable differences. Custody of their six children — Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox — has been an ongoing issue.
Brad Pitt Says He Gave Angelina Jolie $9 Million Since Split(8/9/18) Brad Pitt's lawyers aren't mincing words ... they say Angelina Jolie is a master manipulator and a liar by essentially claiming he's a deadbeat dad, because they say he's forked over more than $9 MILLION over the last 2 years.
Brad's lawyers have responded to Angelina's latest attack where she claimed in legal docs he hasn't paid "meaningful child support" since their split in September 2016.
In new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Brad fires back ... he loaned her $8 million so she could buy the home in which she currently lives, and shelled out more than $1.3 million in child support.
Brad's lawyers say Angelina and her lawyers have engaged in dirty tricks, calling them out for "a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage." Brad's lawyers point to Angelina's legal docs that were filed earlier this week, in which she asks the judge to grant the divorce quickly so she can be a single woman again ... leaving child support and other issues for a later date.
The attorneys for Brad are calling BS, saying THEY were the ones who called Angelina's lawyers last week asking for exactly that ... to grant the divorce decree quickly and then later deal with child support and property settlement issues. They say her lawyers said they'd discuss the matter with their client, and then Angelina made it look like it was SHE who wanted the quickie divorce.
The docs accuse Angelina of filing papers with the court that are "calculated to increase the conflict." They say her gripe over child support is bogus and she knows it.
Shots fired back.
Brad Pitt’s pals come to his defense: He’s no deadbeat dad(8/7/18) After a period of relative peace, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce has become a battleground once again.
Jolie filed papers Tuesday claiming that Pitt has not paid “meaningful child support” for their six kids since their split two years ago.
Now Pitt pals are fuming to Page Six that the “Seven” star has in fact been forking over hundreds of thousands a month — and that Jolie is just trying to smear her ex by claiming he’s a “deadbeat dad.”
Insiders claim Pitt has paid “millions for therapists” for the enormous brood, as well as their travel expenses and round-the-clock bodyguards.
“The divorce case has been held in front of a private judge to keep it out of the press. But she filed [the papers on Tuesday] in LA Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad — which he isn’t.”
Said another pal, “Brad has completely lived up to his commitments as far as child support and will continue to do so.”
People close to Pitt think that Jolie pre-emptively filed the papers as a warning shot, because Pitt had told her he wanted to restart the formal divorce process.
Sources close to the matter told us that the Jolie-Pitt divorce — which had started off with an ugly slew of unfounded allegations against Pitt — had been put on hold and moved to a private judge so that the couple could sort out thorny custody issues.
But sources close to Pitt said Jolie has been “extremely difficult” during the negotiations and that he had told her he’d had enough of the endless back-and-forth over the kids.
The September 2016 split quickly turned nasty, with the FBI being called in to investigate claims that Pitt hit their eldest child, Maddox, during an argument on a plane. He was later cleared on any wrongdoing. As Page Six reported in May, the pair recently fought over Jolie’s plans to take the kids to the UK for the summer for a film shoot.
Reps for Pitt declined to comment and Jolie’s didn’t get back to us.
Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of failing to pay 'meaningful' child support(8/7/18) Angelina Jolie has reached a new low in her court battle with estranged husband Brad Pitt after accusing the actor of failing to pay “meaningful” child support.
The Maleficent star’s attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, filed new legal papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, stating Jolie’s intention to seek a court order forcing Pitt to pay a significant share of the costs of raising their six children.
According to documents obtained by NBC News, the 43-year-old actress/director claims Pitt has not stuck to the “informal” deal they had in place following their separation in September, 2016 – and now she wants back pay.
“(Pitt) has a duty to pay child support,” DeJean writes in the two-page brief. “As of present, (Pitt) has paid no meaningful child support since separation.
“Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by (Pitt) for over a year and a half, (Jolie) intends to file an RFO (Request For Order) for the establishment of a retroactive child support order.”
Jolie’s legal representatives are asking the judge overseeing the former couple’s divorce and custody case to set up a status conference to address the issue.
Pitt’s spokesperson has yet to respond to the allegations, which emerge days after Jolie’s representative, Mindy Nyby, denied reports suggesting the actress’ main attorney, Laura Wasser, had quit over “internal conflicts” regarding the case.
Meanwhile, Jolie is also urging the judge to issue a final divorce decree this year to legally restore her single status, reports TMZ.
Jolie and her 54-year-old ex are parents to 17-year-old Maddox, 14-year-old Pax, 13-year-old Zahara, 12-year-old Shiloh, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Jolie was granted physical custody of all six children in a December 2016 custody agreement, but last month, she was ordered by a judge to help repair the children’s relationship with their father.
The brood is currently living in London with Jolie as she films Maleficent 2, while Pitt has spent his court-ordered time with the kids in London and Los Angeles, where he is shooting Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Tell Me a Story Gets Premiere Date, Trailer With Twisted Red Riding Hood(8/6/18) (Video) Paul Wesley’s Vampire Diaries follow-up finally has a premiere date — and it’s fittingly frightful.
CBS All Access has announced that Tell Me a Story, its psychological thriller which reunites Wesley with Vampire Diaries EP Kevin Williamson, will launch on Wednesday, Oct. 31 aka Halloween. Season 1’s 10 episodes will be released weekly.
A trailer for the series gives a taste of its sick spins on Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel.
Tell Me a Story is a serialized drama that takes classic fairy tales — such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel — and spins them into a subversive story of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder in modern-day New York City.
The series boasts an ensemble that includes James Wolk (Zoo), Billy Magnussen (People v. O.J.), Dania Ramirez (Once Upon a Time), Danielle Campbell (The Originals), Dorian Missick (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time), Davi Santos (Law & Order True Crime), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Zabryna Guevara (Gotham) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).
Tell Me a Story joins CBS All Access’ ever-growing slate of originals, which includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, Strange Angel and No Activity. Upcoming series include One Dollar (premiering Thursday, Aug. 30), Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot and another, as-yet-untitled Star Trek series series centered on Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard.
Lindsay Lohan Docuseries Set For 2019 Premiere On MTV; Watch Teaser(7/30/18) (Video) It’s official. Lindsay Lohan is coming to MTV. The network has set Lohan Beach Club (working title), a docuseries featuring Lohan, for premiere in 2019. Executive produced by Lohan in partnership with MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions, the docuseries began shooting this week in Mykonos, Greece.
The series follows Lohan as she works to to expand her business empire with the launch of Lohan Beach House in the Greek Islands. The exclusive seaside destination will serve as a backdrop for the series, and features luxury spa amenities, a renowned restaurant and a transformative day and nightclub in Mykonos. The debut of Lohan Beach House marks the star’s third business venture in the Greek Islands, following the opening of Lohan Nightclub in Athens, Greece and Lohan Beach House Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece.
Over the course of the season, Lohan’s team of handpicked brand ambassadors must prove their expertise, ambition and charm while helping bring Lohan’s vision to life. Per MTV, the stakes are high as the team establishes new friendships and alliances while striving to rise above the temptations the Mykonos nightlife scene has to offer. You can watch a teaser below.
Lohan, who now resides in Dubai, has kept a low profile in Hollywood after years of becoming the fodder of tabloids. Her last film credit was Paul Schrader’s 2013 indie The Canyons. On the TV side, apart from a few guest appearances, she was in the cast of last year’s Season 1 of the Sky One comedy Sick Note in the UK starring Rupert Grint and Nick Frost.
“Lohan Beach Club (WT) offers viewers VIP access to one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, and a behind the scenes look at how a young, successful entrepreneur runs her empire,” said Nina L. Diaz, President, Programming and Development for MTV. “We are thrilled to have such a passionate and creative partner in Lindsay to help explore this intriguing culture, all through the eyes of her brand.”
Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz serve as executive producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Lily Neumeyer, Jessica Zalkind and Ben Hurvitz are executive producers for MTV. Lohan is repped by APA.
'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' actor Ving Rhames held at gunpoint by cops in his own home(7/29/18) ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ star Ving Rhames was at the centre of a mistaken identity case.
A neighbour reportedly called 911 telling the operator a “large black man” was breaking into a home.
But Rhames told SiriusXM’s The Clay Clane Show on Friday that he was held at gunpoint by the police by mistake.
The popular actor, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., told the story after being asked about his own experiences with racism.
He revealed: “This happened this year. I am in my home, it was around 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon.
“I have a screen door and then I have a wooden door…I’m in my house, I’m in a pair of basketball shorts only.
“I have two English bulldog puppies. I hear a noise in my backyard, but I’m thinking the puppies are just running around, and then I get a knock on the front door.”
“I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9mm. They say put up your hands, literally.
“I just walked and opened up the door…then they said, ‘Open the front screen door.’
“They say do it with one hand so then I have to do it with one hand. My hands are up and they have me outside.”
Luckily, the confrontation ended when the main officer recognized the star.
When the police confronted the neighbour who called 911 in the first place, they denied making the call.
He added: “My problem is, and I said this to them, what if it was my son and he had a video-game remote or something and you thought it was a gun?”
Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.
Betty White reveals she has no plans to retire at age 96(7/29/18) At age 96, Betty White has zero plans to retire.
The Hollywood icon is the subject of a new PBS documentary, titled “Betty White: First Lady of Television,” which details her rise to stardom as a beloved actress and comedienne.
Steven J. Boettcher, who co-directed the film, revealed that after nearly 80 years in showbiz, White still loves working.
“She told me, ‘I’m going to be in the saddle forever,’” Boettcher recently told Closer Weekly. “She loves working; she loves the challenge. She’s someone that we’re all better off for that she’s lived this long.”
While the film is set to premiere on August 21, White and her closest friends had the chance to see it back in January during her birthday celebration.
“It was at her party with 400 of her closest friends,” said Boettcher. “When it was over, she asked, ‘Does it have too much Betty White?’ It was so cute!”
White, who has been acting since her early 20s, was eager to let viewers know that she takes nothing for granted.
“I got an award for everything: inhaling, exhaling,” she joked. “I’ve been so spoiled rotten. I’m the luckiest old broad on two feet. Truly! I’ve always been working at something.”
Boettcher said it took 10 years to complete the upcoming movie, giving him a personal and extensive look at White’s life and career.
“We spent a great deal of time with her [on this project’ and she never said a bad word about anyone,” he explained. “Through her career, every cast and crew member loved working with her. She’d remember every one of those names, their kids and most importantly, the names of their pets!”
Back in January while celebrating her birthday, White told Parade Magazine she always had dreams of becoming a star and she visited numerous Hollywood studios during her 20s in hopes of making her mark. However, she was frequently turned down for being “unphotogenic.”
That didn’t stop White.
“You just keep plugging away,” she said at the time. “You don’t give up.”
Her persistence has paid off. She got her big break in the TV series “Life with Elizabeth,” which aired from 1952 until 1955. She was also a regular guest on the hit game show “Password” from 1961 until 1975, where she met the love of her life, host Allen Ludden. They were married from 1963 until his death in 1981 at age 63 from cancer.
“Not long enough,” she said about her relationship with Ludden.
White never remarried and instead, remained a proud stepmother to Ludden’s three children from his first marriage.
And she has stayed busy. In addition to acting, White has served for more than four decades as a trustee and on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.
According to the six-time Emmy winner and last living star from the hit ‘80s sitcom “The Golden Girls,” the secret to success is enjoying life.
“Accentuate the positive, not the negative,” she explained. “It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”
White said she also loves vodka and hot dogs “probably in that order.”
She also insisted there is nothing about her career she would want to repeat.
“I don’t have time to miss much,” said White. “Because I’m still working. I just love to work, so I’ll keep working until they stop asking.”
And White already has a future project in mind. She has yet to co-star alongside her big-screen idol, Robert Redford.
“Oh, there’s an idea!” she exclaimed. “That could be a very good idea!”
‘Blood & Treasure’: Alicia Coppola Joins As Series Regular In CBS Action Summer Series(7/25/18) Alicia Coppola (Shameless) is set as a series regular opposite Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas in Blood & Treasure, CBS’ hourlong serialized action-adventure series set to premiere in summer 2019.
Written by Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia, Blood & Treasure, which hails from CBS Television Studios alongside Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content, centers on a brilliant antiquities expert, Danny (Barr), and a cunning art thief, Lexi (Pernas), who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.
Coppola will play Dr. Ana Castilla, a world-renowned adventurer and archeologist.
The role marks a return to CBS for Coppola, who starred on the network’s series Jericho, and reunites her with Federman and Scaia, who were writers on the action-drama series. Coppola was most recently seen in a key recurring role on Shameless. She’s repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management, Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates and attorney Derek Kroeger.
RZA & Eric Roberts Join ‘Hard Luck Love Song’(7/25/18) Wu-Tang Clan member and filmmaker RZA and Eric Roberts will co-star opposite Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, and Melora Walters in Hard Luck Love Song. The Americana music-inspired indie hails from Synthetic Pictures and Dime Box Entertainment with Justin Corsbie attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Craig Ugoretz.
The film is based on singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s song Just Like Old Times from his 2006 album The Devil You Know. It follows Jesse (Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour, who finds himself at an existential crossroads as his bad decisions catch up with him. His world spins into further upheaval after a chance encounter with Carla (Bush), an old flame.
RZA will play Louis, has an emotional hold on Carla, and even though he comes to Jesse’s aid, he doesn’t want to let Carla out of their complicated relationship. Roberts is Skip, is a grizzled bar doorman who looks out for Carla and offers advice to Jesse.
Production is currently underway in Los Angeles. Allison Smith, Douglas Matejka and Corsbie are producing along with exec producers Peter Scalettar and Christian Monti.
RZA is coming off his directing duties on Cut Throat City, a New Orleans heist thriller that stars Wesley Snipes and Terrance Howard. Other upcoming projects include Blood Brothers and Black Samurai.
Roberts, an Oscar nominee for his performance in Runaway Train, can next been seen in Head Full of Honey, with Matt Dillon, Emily Mortimer, and Nick Nolte.
RZA is repped by WME while Roberts is a client of Sovereign Talent Group, Cultivate Entertainment, and Miles Anthony Associates in the UK.
Lindsay Lohan's Reality Show(7/22/18) Confessions of a Former Teenage Drama Queen? Lindsay Lohan is set to headline a new reality-TV show for MTV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The unscripted series will focus on Lohan and her staff at her recently opened beach club on the Greek island of Mykonos. (Who knew?!?) The currently untitled program is being produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, which previously worked on her 2008 E! docuseries Living Lohan.
‘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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