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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated May 17, 2019)
Susan Sarandon To Star In ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Director John Krokidas’ Next Film ‘Tunnels’ – Cannes(5/17/19) Susan Sarandon has been set to star in Tunnels, the new film from Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas. The drama based on Victoria Rose’s debut feature screenplay is being produced by Lucidity Entertainment and Circle of Confusion. Highland Film Group is now handling international sales and UTA Independent Film Group domestic at the Cannes film market.
The movie is set in the wake of a school shooting, when an unlikely friendship develops between Ruby Love (Sarandon), the grandmother who raised the shooter, and Grayson Mitchell, the teenage brother of one of the victims, when paired to work together at the local supermarket. The two outsiders help each other to find hope in a town still too stuck in its recent history to see the potential of something beautiful on the horizon.
Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson are producing for Lucidity, which is now in production on Son of the South, along with Circle of Confusion’s Matt Smith and Brad Mendelsohn. Ethan Terra, Cindy Bru and Circle of Confusion’s Frank Frattaroli are executive producers.
The Oscar-winning Sarandon this spring was set to co-star with Elisabeth Moss in the women’s rights drama Call Jane, along with recent credits including playing Bette Davis on FX’s Feud with earned her an Emmy nomination. She’s repped by UTA.
Krokidas, who recently has been directing TV with credits including Fox’s Star and Empire, is repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion.
City on a Hill Trailer(5/4/19) Showtime has released a new trailer for Boston-set crime drama City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. The series premieres Sunday, June 16 at 9/8c; watch the trailer here: Video.
Dallas' Ken Kercheval Dead at 83(4/24/19) Dallas vet Ken Kercheval, who played Cliff Barnes, the longtime archenemy of Larry Hangman’s J.R. Ewing, on the original CBS series and subsequent TNT revival, has died. He was 83.
Kercheval died Sunday evening in his hometown of Clinton, Indiana, according to THR.
After making his acting debut in 1962 in the Broadway play Something About a Soldier, Kercheval went on to appear on stage in The Apple Tree, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. He segued to television via roles in soaps Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm and How to Survive a Marriage. His film work included roles in the ’70s pics Network, The Seven-Ups Rabbit Run and and F.I.S.T.
But his big break came in 1978 when he landed the role of Cliff on Dallas. He appeared in the pilot through to the 1991 series finale, one of only two cast members to appear in all 14 seasons of the show (the other one being Hagman). He reprised his role as Cliff in a 1996 TV movie version as well as the TNT revival.
Kercheval and Hagman were the only two castmembers who were on Dallas through its entire 1978-91 original run, from pilot to finale. He appeared on 342 of the Lorimar series’ 357 episodes in its first incarnation — and directed a pair of installments as well — before returning as Cliff for a 1996 telefilm and for TNT’s revival, the latter of which ran for three seasons (concluding in 2014).
On playing Cliff, Kercheval admitted back in 1987 to the Chicago Tribune, ‘He just makes you cringe sometimes. The only reason he works is his own sincerity and the humor I inject into him. If I wasn’t able to convince people that Cliff really, really believes in all his schemes, it would never work.”
Elisabeth Moss & Susan Sarandon To Star In Women’s Rights Drama ‘Call Jane’ — EFM(2/3/19) The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) will star in women’s rights drama Call Jane for Tallulah director Sian Heder and producer Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) under her Unburdened Entertainment banner. The Blacklist script comes from Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi with Moss also set to produce.
Protagonist will launch sales at the EFM on the project about Joy (Moss), a traditional 60’s American housewife, who is desperate for a child. When she receives news of her pregnancy, complications mean that what should have been a joyous moment is instead an imminent threat to her life. She has nowhere to turn until she stumbles upon the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia (Sarandon).
The film is currently in pre-production and, along with Moss and Brenner, Kevin McKeon and David Wulf are producing. Michelle Mason Vella and the script’s writers, Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi, will serve as executive producers. Endeavor Content and ICM Partners will handle North America.
“As a producer, I strive to tell stories that are meaningful and provocative, but also to help put a mirror up to our world in order to move and inspire the audience with honesty and relatability”, said Brenner. “As a woman and a mother of two girls, I feel a responsibility with Call Jane to tell the incredible story of these brave women at a time when women’s rights and empowerment hangs in the balance. I have no doubt that Sian will craft a beautiful and important film with our dedicated and amazing cast, Elisabeth and Susan.”
Moss said, “I’m so excited to be bringing this beautiful script to life with Sian and Robbie and to be working with Susan, who I admire tremendously. The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women. We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next. It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.”
Moss is repped by WME, Ribisi Entertainment Group and Viewpoint. Sarandon is repped by UTA. Heder is repped by ICM and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Schore and Sethi are repped by ICM and Madhouse.
Kevin Bacon Drama Gets Premiere Date at Showtime(2/1/19) (Video) Showtime has set a premiere date for Kevin Bacon’s City on a Hill. Launching Sunday, June 16 at 9pm, the ’90s-set crime drama stars Bacon as corrupt FBI veteran Jackie Rohr, who teams up with ADA Decoucy Ward (Underground‘s Aldis Hodge) to catch a family of armored car robbers. The case eventually exposes a massive scandal within Boston’s criminal justice system. Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), Lauren E. Banks (Maniac), Amanda Clayton (If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Person of Interest) and Jere Shea (Passion) co-star.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Trailer: First Look at the Series' Final Episodes(1/17/19) (Video) Slip on a pair of shants and pour yourself a tall glass of Peeno Noir, because the trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s final run of episodes has arrived. Netflix on Wednesday released a sneak peek of what the comedy’s last six episodes have in store for us, even if we’re nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this group of living Muppets.
Highlights from the trailer include Kimmy being mistaken for Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, Titus orchestrating a celebrity showmance to make Mikey jealous and Lillian… joining a gang? Also, what are the “Toonys,” and how do we get an invite?
Season 4B also boasts a bevy of famous guest stars, including Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards), Busy Philipps (Busy Tonight), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Amy Sedaris (At Home With Amy Sedaris), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Steve Buscemi (Miracle Workers), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Ronan Farrow (of the news) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends).
The Netflix comedy returns for its final run on Friday, Jan. 25.
Jane Krakowski on Match Game 1/30/19(1/14/19) “410” – It’s Wednesday night and that means BLANK! Alec Baldwin is at the helm with Chris, Whitney, Kevin, Jane, Ron and Caitlyn on an all-new “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” is produced by Fremantle and features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.
Celebrity panelists for Jan. 30 include the following:
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 4B First-Look Teaser(12/24/18) (Video) Netflix has released some first-look photos and a teaser clip for the second half of the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The clip features Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) performing the theme song for Season 4B titled “Magic Boy”, that of course, is all about Titus. The first-look photos (see below) feature Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Mimi Kanasis (Amy Sedaris).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about who she really is. Joining Kimmy on her journey are her best friend and roommate, Titus Andromedon (Burgess); her former-employer-turned-friend Jacqueline White (Krakowski); and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Kane).
The first ongoing original half-hour comedy series to debut on Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been among the streaming giant’s most acclaimed shows. To date, it has earned 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a best series nom for each of its first three seasons. The comedy also quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist with pop culture parodies and songs like “Pinot Noir” that have amassed sizable followings on social media.
Wendie Malick & Patrick Duffy in American Housewife 12/12/18(11/28/18) “Saving Christmas”– Katie strives to keep her long-separatedparents apart when her father, Marty (Patrick Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Tripwin Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce (Milo Manheim). Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker” but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume, on an all-new episode of “American Housewife,” airing WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
Guest star Wendie Malick returns as Kathryn. Patrick Duffy guest stars as Marty and Milo Manheim as Pierce.
“Saving Christmas” was written by Jeremy Hall and directed by Jennifer Arnold.
Susan Sarandon Replaces Diane Keaton In Next Roger Michell Film; Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson, Bex Taylor-Klaus + More Join Cast(10/18/18) Oscar winner Susan Sarandon has joined Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska in the Roger Michell-directed remake (formally titled Blackbird) of an English-language remake to the 2014 Danish film, Silent Heart, directed by Bille August. Sarandon will take over for Diane Keaton, who was previously attached to the project, which hails Millennium Films.
Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), newcomer Anson Boon have also joined the cast in supporting roles.
Christian Thorpe, who wrote the script for the original, wrote this latest adaptation. The plot is set over the course of one weekend and centers on Lily (Sarandon), a terminally ill mother who brings her daughters (Winslet and Wasikowska), and their families, together for one last family gathering before she commits suicide.
Filming is slated to begin next week in the United Kingdom. Sherryl Clark and Millennium’s David Bernardi are the producers, while, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger serve as exec producers.
Sarandon is repped by UTA; Neill by ICM and Curtis Brown Group; Wilson by UTA and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Taylor-Klaus by Hyperion Talent Agency, Curtis Talent Management, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP; Duncan by Paradigm.
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.
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.
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
Anthony Ray Dies: ‘Shadows’ Actor, Son Of Director Nicholas Ray Was 80(7/21/18) Anthony “Tony” Ray, the actor-producer son of Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray, died June 29 in Saco, Maine, following a long illness, his family has announced. Ray, who lived in Saco for the last 10 years, was 80.
A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse and a member of the Actor’s Studio, Ray was on the producing teams of such 1970s hits as The Rose, An Unmarried Woman, Harry and Tonto, and Freebie and the Bean. He was an assistant director throughout the 1960s and into the ’70s on TV series The Iron Horse and Bewitched, films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Cactus Flower, and, according to his family, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and John Huston’s The Misfits, among other credits.
Ray, who often went by the name Tony Ray, also worked as an actor, his credits starting in 1957 with Men In War and an uncredited appearance in his dad’s 1957 film The True Story of Jesse James. Later, he’d appear in John Cassavetes’ Shadows (as pictured, above, with co-star Lelia Goldoni), soap opera Search for Tomorrow, and primetime TV’s The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables.
According to his family, Ray Cape retired to Cape Neddick, Maine, in the late 1980s, and subsequently created a film program at Emerson College and directed the International Film and Television Workshop in Rockport, Maine. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Director’s Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild.
Though born in Washington, D.C. to Nicholas Ray and writer Jean Evans, Ray grew up in New York City and later lived among Hollywood’s biggest stars. In 1948, his father married actress Gloria Grahame, divorcing four years later. In 1960, the 23-year-old Anthony Ray married the 37-year-old Grahame, his former stepmother, in Tijuana, Mexico, scandalizing Hollywood when the news went public and damaging the actress’ career. They divorced in 1974.
Ray is survived by his wife Eve; daughter, Kelsey; and son, Tony Jr. A service to celebrate his life will be held in the autumn.
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.
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Susan Sarandon: I was arrested during immigration protest in DC(6/30/18) Susan Sarandon said she was arrested Thursday after participating in a protest on Capitol Hill against the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
“Arrested. Stay strong. Keep fighting,” the actress tweeted without offering any further details.
Capitol Police did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
However, Sarandon was back on Twitter a mere three hours after she said she was arrested.
“Powerful, beautiful action with hundreds of women saying we demand the reunification of families separated by immoral ICE policy. This is what Democracy looks like. #WomenDisobey,” the 71-year-old tweeted.
The actress joined hundreds of women in the protest, which was organized by the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy. They demanded for migrant families who had been separated at the border to be reunited.
Prior to her arrest, Sarandon retweeted other women who attended a sit-in style protest held at the Hart Senate Office building.
Women at the protest wrapped themselves in foil blankets to mimic the silver blankets that were seen in photographs of migrant children taken at detention centers.
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