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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feted its newest crop of budding film scribes and marked the 30th Anniversary of the Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting Wednesday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The event, directed and produced by Rodrigo Garcia and Julie Lynn, featured live readings of scenes from each of the five winning scripts, to which “Slumdog Millionaire” actress Freida Pinto, “Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson Jr., Kathy Baker and Jimmy Smits lent their voices.
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson noted the tremendous growth of the Nicholl program over the course of its 30-year history, telling the audience that only 99 entries were received when the fellowships were first implemented. This year, the Academy received 7,442 submissions, with applicants hailing from Spain, the U.K., Australia, Israel, Pakistan, Brazil, South Korea and throughout the United States. The winners receive a $35,000 prize and must write a »
- Andrea Seikaly
September 22nd marks the two-year anniversary of Dexter’s series finale. After eight seasons of bloodletting and slide collecting, the show’s conclusion was – to put it mildly – astoundingly divisive, with many fans still reeling to this day about the closure (or lack thereof) provided in the end.
While some of the series’ later seasons were far from being as warmly received as its earliest ones, one thing that remained relatively consistent throughout were the performances behind a number of characters caught in the titular antihero’s orbit. Love them or hate them, many of Dexter’s coworkers, family members and enemies became just as big a part of the show’s fabric as the serial killer himself, with the actors often doing their best even if the material in latter seasons may not have made it easy.
Over its run, the series featured countless recurring characters and special guest stars, »
- Geoff Cox
The second Cthulhu figure in a three-part series from Warpo will be available this fall. Also: a trailer for The Inhabitants, first details on IFC Midnight's acquisition of Cabin Fever, El Rey Network's Stephen King marathon, and Last Shift on Blu-ray.
Warpo's Cthulhu Figure Series: Press Release: "Chicago, Il (September 9, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, today released part two of three of Cthulhu: The Great Old One, their retro commercial series for the forthcoming 12” Cthulhu figure.
In keeping with the company’s method manufacturing, the process of development by which Team Warpo creates everything with the mindset and methods of the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the commercial series was created with the look and feel of being an “uploaded artifact” from the era – a rip from an old VHS tape that was used over and over again to capture storylines for the sandbox adventures of childhood. »
- Tamika Jones
In the acclaimed (and already renewed) drama’s premiere, Cto Terry Colby was framed and arrested for the massive DDoS attack on his own company, creating a void at the top of the tech team’s hierarchy. In the above sneak peek, Svp of Technology Tyrell Wellick (played by Swede Martin Wallström) rehearses a speech to the board, in which he attempts to not-too-coldly »
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
“I know what it’s like to be different. I’m very different, too.”
That confession, uttered by protagonist Elliot on Mr. Robot‘s series premiere, might just be the understatement of the year.
As we quickly learn in the USA Network hacker drama, which premiered Wednesday, Elliot (Rami Malek, The War at Home) is exceedingly unique. A cybersecurity engineer by day, Elliot spends his nights as a vigilante hacker, prying into the computer files of pedophiles and cheaters who don’t want anyone to know they’re pedophiles and cheaters. (Case in point: Elliot kicks off the pilot episode »
The network has renewed the drama for Season 2, consisting of at least 10 episodes, to debut in 2016.
“We knew from the moment we read Sam Esmail’s provocative script, and witnessed the brilliant performances of Rami Malek and Christian Slater, that Mr. Robot is a stand-out series that is unlike anything currently on television,” USA Network president Chris McCumber said in a statement. “The overwhelmingly positive fan reactions to the pilot and the broad sampling of it, reaffirms our confidence in the series, and »
Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann's music-driven Netflix drama, "The Get Down" - the 1970s series set in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Esposito will play Pastor Ramon Cruz (the brother of Jimmy Smits’ character), who is described as the charismatic head of the local Pentecostal church that attracts a flock of followers with his fiery sermons and leadership. His daughter Mylene (played by newcomer Herizen Guardiola) dreams of disco stardom, which puts her at odds with papa. Previously announced cast members include Justice Smith (playing "Ezekiel"), Shameik Moore (as "Shaolin Fantastic"), Skylan Brooks (as "Ra Ra"), Tremaine Brown, Jr. (as "Boo Boo"), Herizen Guardiola ("Mylene Cruz"), Yahya Abdul-Mateen ("Cadillac"), Mamoudou Athie ("Grandmaster Flash"), and of course Jimmy Smits...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann's music-driven Netflix drama, "The Get Down" - the 1970s series set in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Esposito will play Pastor Ramon Cruz (the brother of Jimmy Smits’ character), who is described as the charismatic head of the local Pentecostal church that attracts a flock of followers with his fiery sermons and leadership. His daughter Mylene (played by newcomer Herizen Guardiola) dreams of disco stardom, which puts her at odds with papa. Previously announced cast members include Justice Smith (playing »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Set in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco in the 1970s, the series centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Esposito will play Pastor Ramon Cruz, the brother of Jimmy Smits’ character. Ramon is the charismatic head of the local Pentecostal church who »
While his father may have gotten “jiggy wit it,” Jaden Smith is about to “get down.” The After Earth star has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix musical drama The Get Down in the recurring role of 18-year-old Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx. Smith is the latest addition to The Get Down‘s cast, which includes Sons of Anarchy‘s Jimmy Smits, the most established member of the show’s ensemble, and up-and-coming performers Tj Brown, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Skylan Brooks. The Get Down will also mark the acting debut of 18-year-old Herizen Guardiola, who will be playing Smits’ character’s niece, Mylene Cruz, a shining, tenacious girl with a voice from God who dreams of disco stardom from the confines of her family’s fiercely religious church walls. The Get Down, which was ordered by Netflix back in February, »
- Chris King
The After Earth actor will recur on the 1970s-set musical drama, the streaming giant announced Tuesday.
Set in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco, The Get Down centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other.
Smith will play 18-year-old Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx. »
The actor will play Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.
“We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young,” said Luhrmann. “Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles, and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft. In the short time he has joined our acting family, he has begun developing his ‘The Get Down’ skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of ‘Wild Style’ fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx. We’re all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of ‘Dizzee’ Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete.”
The series, which is set in 1970s New York, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Jon Cor ("Being Human") has been cast as weapons trainer Hodge Starkweather in the upcoming ABC Family series "Shadowhunters" based on Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" books. Cor's role is a recurring guest star.
The story follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), a teenager who learns that she is descended from a long line of the titular human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother is kidnapped, she must embrace her destiny. [Source: Variety]
The trio join the also set to return Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Dave Coulier. The Netflix program is set to stream in 2016 and follows D.J. Tanner-Fuller as a recently-widowed veterinarian who is pregnant and living in San Francisco. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Jimmy Smits is ready to Get Down with Baz Luhrmann for the director’s upcoming Netflix musical drama. It’s been announced that Smitts will play Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services that the city fails to provide, including jobs and housing. Smitts is the latest and most well-known member of The Get Down‘s cast, which includes up-and-coming performers Tj Brown, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Skylan Brooks, along with 18-year-old Herizen Guardiola, who is making her acting debut as Papa Fuerte’s niece, Mylene Cruz, a shining, tenacious girl with a voice from God who dreams of disco stardom from the confines of her family’s fiercely religious church walls. Most recently, Smitts starred as Nero in the final thee seasons FX’s biker drama Sons of Anarchy, which ended its seven-year run back in December. His other TV credits include Outlaw, »
- Chris King
Jimmy Smits‘ new TV gig is totally groovy, man.
Set in 1970s New York City — during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco — The Get Down centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other.
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Smits will play Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services that the city fails to provide, including jobs and housing. »
Riding a wave of critical acclaim after his turn as pimp Nero Padilla in the final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Jimmy Smits has signed on for a lead role in The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix series The Get Down.
The period piece, set in 1970s New York, follows the daily struggles of a group of South Bronx teens with nobody to rely on apart from each other. Driven by desperation and desire, they fight to survive and usher in a new age of hip-hop, disco, punk and dance that reflects the pains of their existence.
Smits has signed on for the role of Francisco Cruz, aka “Papa Fuerte,” a political player in the area who uses his authority to deliver jobs, housing, health care and other necessary services that the city is denying Bronx residents. He rules his turf with charm, an easy »
- Isaac Feldberg
Broadcast Journalist Picks
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category with "American Crime Story," "Aquarius," "Blindspot," "Minority Report," "The Muppets," "Scream Queens," "Supergirl," and "UnREAL" taking honors. The honorees were chosen by Btja members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1st. [Source: Deadline]
Fox is reportedly in the midst of casting two key villain roles for the show's upcoming second season. The first is a male DC Villain described as “intelligent, cultured and highly articulate, extremely attractive, both seductive and threatening”. The other is a female DC Villain in her mid- to late 20s and "a sexy knock-out". [Source: TV Line]
- Garth Franklin
Baz Luhrmann and Netflix have found their leading man. Jimmy Smits will play Francisco Cruz, better known as "Papa Fuerte," a South Bronx political boss who delivers services to his constituents that the city has failed to provide, such as jobs, housing and healthcare. A big man with brass, he navigates downtown politics the same way he handles his uptown turf — with ease and a touch of deception. Whether it’s his niece’s desire for disco stardom or a recent immigrant’s struggle to grab ahold of the American dream, if you want something in the neighborhood, you come to
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Jimmy Smits has been tapped for a key role in Baz Luhrmann's music-driven drama for Netflix The Get Down. Set in 1970s New York City, the series — a long-time passion project for Luhrmann — revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets — nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Smits will play Francisco Cruz, aka “Papa Fuerte,” a South Bronx political boss who delivers services the City fails to provide &ndash… »
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