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Octavia Spencer, LeBron James Team on TV Series About Entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker (Exclusive)
NBA superstar LeBron James is continuing to make moves off the court. James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is adding the first scripted drama to its growing slate. The project also boasts Oscar-winning talent: Octavia Spencer.
Sources tell Variety that Netflix is interested in the series and is the likely destination. The steaming service had no comment on their involvement in the project. »
- Justin Kroll
Marvel-Hulu Series ‘Runaways’ Casts Julian McMahon (Exclusive)
The series follows the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against their parents when the kids discover they are part of an evil underground organization. McMahon will play Jonah. While his origins and ultimate intentions are unknown, he is a pivotal player in the main characters’ rebellion against their parents.
“We’re incredibly excited to add Julian to our exceptional cast and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the world of Marvel’s ‘Runaways,'” said executive producers and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
This is not McMahon’s first foray into the Marvel world. He previously starred as Dr. Doom in the 2005 version of “Fantastic Four” and its sequel “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He is also well known for his starring »
- Joe Otterson
Scooter Braun in the Running to Join Fox’s ‘The Four’ as Judge (Exclusive)
Manager Scooter Braun, whose roster includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, and David Guetta, among others, is weighing an opportunity to join the judges’ table for the new Fox singing competition “The Four”, Variety has learned.
Based on Israeli program “The Final Four,” the series pick-up was announced by Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden at the network’s Television Critics Association press tour executive session Aug. 8. As Variety reported exclusively last month, development on “The Four” was accelerated in May, after Fox was outbid by ABC for the reboot of “American Idol.”
Talks between Braun and Fox are preliminary, and no deal has been set. A source close to Braun tells Variety that he is also being courted by another network for a show format he is interested in. »
- Shirley Halperin and Daniel Holloway
‘Taken’ Season 2 Casts Adam Goldberg as Series Regular (Exclusive)
Goldberg will play Kilroy, a gray hat hacker described as a tech elitist who is eccentric and intelligent with a droll sense of humor.
Goldberg is a film and television veteran with almost 100 credits to his name, according to his IMDb page. He has appeared on shows like “Fargo” for its first season, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and multiple episodes of “Entourage,” “Joey,” and “Friends.” He will also appear in the upcoming season of the Epix series “Graves.” On the film side, he wrote, directed, and starred in the 2015 comedy “No Way Jose,” and played roles in films like “Saving Private Ryan,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Hebrew Hammer,” and “Dazed and Confused.” »
- Joe Otterson
'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Patrick Dempsey Sets TV Return
Two years after his shocking exit from the Shondaland medical drama, Dempsey has been tapped to topline Epix straight-to-series drama The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Black and White in Color), the 10-episode series is based on the best-selling European novel by Joel Dicker. The thriller stars Dempsey as Quebert, a literary icon who finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property.
- Lesley Goldberg
'Ozark' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix is going back to the Ozarks.
Produced by Media Rights Capital, the drama revolves around financial planner Marty (Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Linney) and their family's sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans.
Bateman directs and exec produces via his Aggregate Films Banner. »
- Lesley Goldberg
Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Adds Scott Glenn
Castle Rock is filling out its cast.
The Hulu anthology series has added The Leftovers and The Defenders actor Scott Glenn as a series regular. He'll play Alan Pangborn, a retired Sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock's checkered history — a Kingian icon at the center of Needful Things and The Dark Half.
Glenn joins the 10-episode project's previously announced cast, which includes Moonlight breakout Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
TV Ratings: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Hits Season Premiere High
The Season 4 premiere of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” was up in the Monday Nielsen overnight ratings compared to the Season 3 premiere last year, marking the show’s best season premiere ever in the key demo.
Airing from 8-10 p.m., “Bachelor in Paradise” averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers. That is up by 11% in total viewers and by 7% in the key demo compared to the Season 3 opener (1.4, 4.5 million). This season has been surrounded with controversy, with production being briefly shut down after an alleged drunken incident between two contestants. »
- Joe Otterson
‘This is Us’ Cast Previews Season 2: Relationship Roadblocks and Present Day Jack?
When “This Is Us” returns for its second season this Sept. on NBC the adult Pearson siblings are going to be pulled in very different directions, despite celebrating their shared 37th birthday. “I like that we have all of these intersections and shared stories, but I also like that we can go off and have our own storylines [too],” series star Justin Hartley tells Variety. “The ability to be able to play together but still be individuals, that’s what makes this such a strong show.”
So when the second season starts, Hartley’s Kevin is working on a new movie, his twin sister Kate (Chrissy Metz) is trying to kick-start her own new career in entertainment, and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) is focusing on being a stay-at-home dad while his wife goes back to work (as an urban planner, by the way).
“Randall’s finding himself in a place that he hasn’t been able to for »
- Danielle Turchiano
Michael Gasparro Leaves Tmt To Launch His Own Management Company
After 12 years with Tmt Entertainment, veteran talent manager and producer Michael Gasparro has exited to launch his own company, Gasparro Management Company. Gasparro will bring along clients including Nick Sandow (Orange Is The New Black), Bridget Regan (Jane The Virgin, The Last Ship), Shane McRae (Sneaky Pete) Raúl Castillo (Looking, Seven Seconds), Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), and Samantha Soule (Godless), among others. He will continue to be based in New… »
Pink to Receive MTV's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Pop singer Pink will be given the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs later this month, the network announced yesterday, to the surprise of fans and commentators.
Slate's Aisha Harris pointed out that the Video Vanguard Award specifically awards cumulative achievement in music
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- Liam Mathews
HBO Accidentally Leaked Game of Thrones Episode 6
According to Entertainment Weekly, HBO's European and Spain divisions released episode six, titled "Death Is the Enemy," to several of
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- Keisha Hatchett
Five of the Most Memorable First Kisses in Television Show History
That first kiss is one of the most important milestones in your childhood or adolescence, or even in your adult years. It’s the turning point when girls are no longer gross, boys are no longer yucky, and the fairer sex has finally grabbed your attention. You feel different. You feel wonderful. And more importantly, you feel a certain way that’s not sexual, but definitely interested. At that point in your life you feel like you’ve taken a step into a different world you never knew existed. Watching it on TV you can almost remember your first kiss, and just what
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Hope Hicks Tapped As Interim White House Communications Director – Report
The day after a Donald Trump press conference flew wildly off the rails in New York, the president is getting a new White House Communications Director — temporarily. Hope Hicks, who started as an agency publicist working on Ivanka Trump's fashion line in 2012, and rose to become White House Director of Strategic Communications, has been tapped for the post in an interim capacity. The 28-year-old former press secretary for Trump’s presidential campaign will, for the time… »
Another Princess Diana Documentary Sells Around the World
Adding to the host of TV specials marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, “Diana: The Day the World Cried,” a documentary narrated by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, has been sold by Cineflix Rights to multiple territories.
The one-hour program was commissioned by Britain’s ITV and the Smithsonian Channel in the U.S., and will air on those channels in their respective countries. It has also been bought by Nine Network for Australia; Sky in New Zealand; Svt in Sweden; Nrk in Norway; OnDIRECTV for Latin America; ITV for Asia, Middle East, and Africa; Manoto in Iran; and Channel 8 in Israel.
Produced by Finestripe Productions, “Diana: The Day the World Cried” looks at the day of Diana’s funeral on Sept. 6, 1997, when a million people lined the streets of London for the funeral procession and 2.5 billion watched on television around the world. Told in the words of people who were in attendance, it »
- Robert Mitchell
The Top Five Strikeouts in Movie History
Strikeouts and homers are what make baseball interesting right? Well, there’s a lot of other things but these two parts of the game do their fair share in granting the fans a certain level of excitement. The anticipation of the pitch and the expectation of what’s to come are all part of the moment leading up to glory for one team and defeat for the other. Strikeouts are exciting enough when the game is on the line but otherwise they can be a step in the right direction. They can even be amusing when it comes to movies. Here are
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The Best Non-Game of Thrones Side Gigs for the Game of Thrones Cast
HBO's Game of Thrones boasts one of the biggest and most talented casts on television -- and when the cameras are rolling in Westeros, there's no place they'd rather be. (Well, except the Night's Watchmen and Wildlings who are permanently stuck shooting in Belfast. They might rather be in the
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- Kat Rosenfield
As ABC News Covers An Eclipse, Mitsubishi Hopes to Sell One (or More)
When ABC News on Monday covers the first total solar eclipse to be visible in America in 38 years, one supporter hopes viewers won’t avert their eyes.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, which has long manufactured a model of car called the Eclipse, will use a two-hour special report planned by ABC for next Monday as a platform to promote its all-new Eclipse Cross. In addition to putting the 2018 crossover vehicle on TV for the first time during ABC’s broadcast that day of “Good Morning America,” the automotive marketer will serve as the exclusive sponsor of “The Great American Eclipse,” a special that will play on ABC between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. instead of the network’s regular daytime programming. During the event, viewers will get to see Mitsubishi photographers trying to get a shot of the Eclipse alongside the eclipse in Salem, Oregon – a task Nasa estimates they will have just one minute and 57 seconds »
- Brian Steinberg
Arya Stark And Brienne Of Tarth’s Glorious Lightsaber Battle
Brienne is a great fighter, but Arya is just flat out deadly. What’s the difference between the two of them? Well, Brienne has a great deal of size on her side, a longer reach, and obviously a lot more experience. But Arya has youth and a style that Brienne is obviously not used to that was taught to her by Syrio Forel, the First Sword of Braavos. Can you believe this is actually one of the first times, if not The first time, that we’ve gotten to see Arya really acquit herself in a fight? Granted, it’s a training session
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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series?
Will a queen reign supreme at the 2017 Emmys? Or will a handmaid take home the big prize? (Blessed be the fruit, indeed.)
The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category has six worthy contenders in it this year, but two of them are garnering the lion’s share of the buzz: Claire Foy, for her Golden Globe-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s sumptuous period drama The Crown; and Elisabeth Moss, for her searing portrayal of defiant handmaid Offred in Hulu’s alt-history thriller The Handmaid’s Tale. (Moss has a long history with the Emmys: She »
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