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Nia Vardalos to Star in Dramedy Series for Bravo

15 August 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Nia Vardalos in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”: Universal Pictures

Nia Vardalos has booked her next TV role. The writer, director, and actress will star in a dramedy series for Bravo, tentatively titled “Suburbs Famous.” Vardalos will portray a suburban housewife who becomes the unwitting star of a viral video, Deadline confirms.

“Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the intense public scrutiny which could destroy her and the investors who want to make her a star… all while realizing she suddenly has the one thing everyone wants: power,” the source summarizes.

Vardalos took inspiration from viral video star Chewbacca Mom when she began work on “Suburbs Famous.” “I wanted to explore the concept of sudden fame for someone who isn’t prepared and doesn’t want it, for someone who gets power and doesn’t know what to do with it, as well as what happens next,” she explained.

The “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” writer-star’s own experiences with fame also helped shape “Suburbs Famous.” “I worked hard to maintain my normal, average life every day, not wanting a personal assistant for example,” Vardalos recalled of her post-big break life. “You have struggles to maintain your ethics, morals, and friendships.”

Suburbs Famous” is penned by Vardalos and Mike Mariano (“Raising Hope”). The duo will serve as EPs on the show alongside Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine and Stephanie Simon and Flame VenturesTony Krantz. Krantz is also producing, as are ITV Studios America and Universal Cable Productions.

Vardalos wrote the 2002 box office hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and its 2016 follow-up, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” She appeared as protagonist Toula in both films. In 2009 Vardalos made her directorial debut with the romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” which she also penned. Her recent screen roles include “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” “Graves,” and Shondaland series “The Catch.” You can see Vardalos next with Sandra Oh, Emily Watson, and Melora Hardin (“Transparent”) in “33 Liberty Lane,” an upcoming comedy about four friends who launch a phone-sex company.

“Tiny Beautiful Things,” Vardalos’ play adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name, will return to New York’s Public Theater September 19. Vardalos stars as Sugar, the anonymous persona Strayed employed when she worked as The Rumpus’ advice columnist.

Nia Vardalos to Star in Dramedy Series for Bravo was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson, Michael Gambon and more cast in BBC and PBS’ Little Women

9 July 2017 12:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning drama producer Playground has announced the cast for its upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women for the BBC and PBS.

Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard, The Theory of Everything, Genius) is set to play Marmee, the iconic matriarch of the March family. The March sisters will be played by newcomer Maya Hawke as the willful and adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune) as eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) as Beth, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) as youngest sister Amy.

Academy Award-winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March. BAFTA-Award winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill’s Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph »

- Gary Collinson

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Little Women: Emily Watson, Michael Gambon Join BBC & PBS Miniseries

7 July 2017 9:20 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Little Women has some new company. Deadline reports Emily Watson and Michael Gambon have joined the upcoming BBC/PBS TV show.Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the miniseries "follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood.” The cast also includes Angela Lansbury, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton, and Jonah Hauer-King.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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New to Streaming: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

7 July 2017 5:01 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Best in Show (Christopher Guest)

Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is »

- Jordan Raup

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Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson, Michael Gambon Join 'Little Women' for BBC/PBS

7 July 2017 3:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The upcoming Little Women adaptation for the BBC/PBS has found its women (and a couple of men). 

Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson and Michael Gambon are set to star in the three-part drama, based on Louise May Alcott's classic novel and due to start shooting in Ireland later this month. Watson will play Marmee Maya Hawke, with Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton playing the iconic March sisters alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie Laurence. 

The latest Little Woman adaptation comes from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas, with Vanessa Caswill directing.

The drama, part of a volley »

- Alex Ritman

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Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson Join BBC and PBS’ ‘Little Women’

7 July 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Angela Lansbury and Emily Watson have signed on for “Little Women,” the upcoming adaptation of the 1868 Louisa May Alcott novel for the BBC in Britain and PBS Masterpiece in the U.S.

The “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Theory of Everything” stars have been cast alongside British character actor Michael Gambon (“Churchill’s Secret”) and Jonah Hauer-King (“Howards End”) in the three-part series, which has been adapted by Heidi Thomas (“Call The Midwife”). Vanessa Caswill (“My Mad Fat Diary”) will direct.

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the story follows the four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood.

Watson will play family matriarch Marmee, and Lansbury will be the wealthy and cantankerous Aunt March. The four sisters will be played by newcomer Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald (“Scream: The TV Series”), Annes Elwy (“Electric Dreams”), and Katrhyn Newton (“Big Little Lies”).

“Wolf Hall” production company Playground is »

- Stewart Clarke

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TV News Roundup: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Adds New Cast Members for Season 7

6 July 2017 4:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, ABC’s series “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7 and Showtime released a first look at the final season of “Episodes.”

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ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7. Daina Ramirez (“Devious Maids”) and Gabrielle Anwar (“Burn Notice”) will be joining the cast along with Mekia Cox (“Chicago Med”), Rose Reynolds (“Wasted”), and Adelaide Kane (“Reign”). The new additions come as a number of series regulars departed the series at the conclusion of Season 6, including series star Jennifer Morrison.

BBC and Masterpiece on PBS announced that Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, and Emily Watson will star in the upcoming television adaptation of “Little Women.” Originally written by Louisa May Alcott, the series will be directed by Vanessa Caswill. Watson will star as Marmee while Lansbury will play the role of the wealthy relative, Aunt »

- Dixie Limbachia

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Playground Announces ‘Little Women’ Cast for BBC and Masterpiece on PBS

6 July 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Dame Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon star with BAFTA Award-winner Emily Watson as beloved Marmee as more Little Women cast announcements come in. Courtesy of Masterpiece on PBS and the BBC, »

- Clarence Moye

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TVLine Items: Andy Garcia Is HBO's Mr. Roarke, Luke Cage Castings and More

6 July 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

HBO’s TV-movie about Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize has found its Mr. Roarke, in Oscar-nominated actor Andy Garcia.

My Dinner With Hervé stars Game of ThronesPeter Dinklage in the title role, while Garcia will play Richardo Montalbán aka the Mr Roarke to Villechaize’s Tattoo on the aforementioned 1970s/80s ABC drama.

In addition to Dinklage, Dinner‘s invite list includes Jamie Dornan, Mireille Enos, Oona Chaplin, Harriet Walter and David Straithorn.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Marvel’s Luke Cage has added Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) for Season 2, playing John McIver, »

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Little Women Adaptation to Bring Angela Lansbury Back to TV

6 July 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The March sisters are coming to TV—and their bringing some iconic faces back to the small screen along with them. PBS has announced the cast of Little Women, their upcoming three-part Masterpiece adaptation of the beloved Lousia May Alcott novel, a co-production with BBC One, and it includes Jessica Fletcher herself, Dame Angela Lansbury! The Murder, She Wrote vet will play the girls' wealthy relative, the cantankerous Aunt March. Stepping into the role of Marmee, the matriarch of the March family, is Emily Watson. And if that wasn't enough star power, Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon, will take on the role of their benevolent neighbor, Mr. Laurence. As for the girls themselves, they'll be played »

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Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, Emily Watson sign for Us-uk mini-series 'Little Women'

6 July 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC One, PBS, Playground co-pro starts shoot this month.

Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson will star in the BBC One drama adaptation of Little Women for UK indie Playground.

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the coming of age story about a family growing up in post-Civil War America, will air as a three-part mini-series adapted by the creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thoma (Cranford) and will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen).

Principal photography gets under way this month in Ireland. Co-producers are PBS label Masterpiece.

The series will be set during the book’s 1860’s world with the UK actors adopting Us accents.

Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton will play the March sisters alongside rising actor Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie Laurence.

Watson is set to play Marmee, the matriarch of the March family. Lansbury will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Emily Watson Joins Angela Lansbury in PBS’ ‘Little Women’

6 July 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Masterpiece on PBS is rounding out the main cast for its upcoming adaptation of the popular Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women” with some newcomers and some acting veterans. Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything”) will play Marmee, mother and matriarch of the March family and of the sisters who are at the core of the story. The sisters, meanwhile, will be played by four young actress, including newcomer Maya Hawke, who will play Jo. Willa Fitzgerald (“Scream: The TV Series”) will play the eldest sister Meg; Annes Elwy (“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”) will play Beth and Kathryn Newton (“Big Little. »

- Carli Velocci

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‘Little Women’: Emily Watson, Michael Gambon Join Angela Lansbury In BBC, PBS Mini

6 July 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Principal photography begins in Ireland this month on Playground Entertainment’s adaptation of Little Women for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. As Deadline reported last month, Angela Lansbury is playing Aunt March in the three-part miniseries. Playground has now rounded out the cast with Emily Watson as Marmee, the matriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s March family, and Michael Gambon as benevolent neighbor Mr Laurence. The March sisters will be played by an ensemble of four… »

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The best TV of 2017 so far

27 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We’ve reeled from Balaclava Man, said goodbye to Broadchurch – and had the TV event of the quarter-century. At the halfway point of the year, here are the shows that have got us talking

More on the best of 2017 so far: Film | Video games

Disquieting drama full of hairpin turns. Emily Watson is exceptional as illustrious scientist Yvonne Carmichael, mastering each scene as the action plummets from steamy mid-life trysts with the mysterious Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin) to “the first honest depiction of rape on television” – and on to a court case that threatens not just her reputation but her entire existence.

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- Kate Abbott

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Animated Happy Family Trailer: Friendly Monster Transformation

16 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A teaser for the animated adventure Happy Family was released a couple months ago and now the sparkling full trailer has dropped. It concerns an unhappy family that is transformed into monsters. The English voice cast is stellar: Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie and Catherine Tate. Here's the full synopsis: The Wünschmann family isn't exactly a happy family. Mother Emma encourages the family to put their differences aside by taking them to a theme park. After a harmless joke with a doll, which turns out to be the evil witch Babayaga, the Wünschmanns are transformed into monsters. Mother Emma turns into a vampire, dad Frank becomes Frankenstein, daughter Fee turns into a mummy, and son Max winds up being...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Julian Fellowes webchat – your questions answered on The Wind in the Willows, Downton Abbey, winning an Oscar – and Nando's

13 June 2017 6:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Downton Abbey creator answered your questions on his new TV show The Gilded Age, Gosford Park – and whether he has a butler

2.17pm BST

Thank you for the questions - I'm flattered that you're interested. It's a nice feeling - not just that people are enjoying the show but also that they want to know more about the people who made it.

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DonRodrigo asks:

Do you put milk first in your tea or last? And do you take sugar?

Last. And I never take sugar in tea.

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Peely1 asks:

Have you ever been to Nando’s?

Yes! There's an excellent one in Dorchester, right next to the cinema.

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DonRodrigo asks:

How tall are you?

5ft 10in

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Pagey asks:

Are you planning to write anything in a contemporary setting, outside of your direct experience? I believe there is too much reverence for »

- Guardian Staff

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‘Genius': This Einstein Wants to Know If the Real One Is a Communist (Exclusive Video)

12 June 2017 12:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Present-day isn’t the only era when Americans have been xenophobic, and Nat Geo’s “Genius” is here to hold up the mirror of history repeating itself. The cable channel’s first scripted series is already up to Episode 8, which will air Tuesday night. During that hour, Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) and Elsa (Emily Watson) must get through a tense interview with the U.S. Consul General in Berlin, who interrogates the physicist at the behest of FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover, who was convinced that Einstein was a German spy. At the very least, they figured dude was a Communist. »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal

9 May 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Albert Einstein: physicist, Nobel laureate, romantic and … owl? Trying to get a handle on the complex person whose name is literally synonymous with genius was the biggest challenge for Nat Geo Channel’s first scripted anthology series, which even has the title “Genius.

Einstein was best associated with his theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics, and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc². Beyond the science and iconic shock of grey hair, though, was a man who started out very differently from how we now perceive him.

Read More: Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until ‘Genius,’ and He Has a Reason for That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“The goal of the show is to really humanize, get under the skin of Albert Einstein,” showrunner Ken Biller said. “We discovered that he lived this big, bold, brash, complicated, messy life.”

Einstein as a »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal

9 May 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Albert Einstein: physicist, Nobel laureate, romantic and … owl? Trying to get a handle on the complex person whose name is literally synonymous with genius was the biggest challenge for Nat Geo Channel’s first scripted anthology series, which even has the title “Genius.

Einstein was best associated with his theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics, and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc². Beyond the science and iconic shock of grey hair, though, was a man who started out very differently from how we now perceive him.

Read More: Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until ‘Genius,’ and He Has a Reason for That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“The goal of the show is to really humanize, get under the skin of Albert Einstein,” showrunner Ken Biller said. “We discovered that he lived this big, bold, brash, complicated, messy life.”

Einstein as a »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Festival Feature: The Films of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

7 May 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival wrapped last Sunday (April 30, 2017) and the award-winning films of the festival have been named. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was there for the first week of Tribeca and files his personal best of the films he experienced.

This is Patrick switching to first person, and I was able to see 13 media and film works, and took a turn in the “Immersive” or Virtual Reality arcade (there will a separate article on that experience). I sampled TV, short films, documentaries and narrative films, and rank them from first preferred on down, but honestly I didn’t see anything that I didn’t like, which is a testament to the programmers of this iconic film festival.

The following are the prime 13, and an indication of when they are scheduled to release…

Flower

Flower,’ Directed by Max Winkler

Photo credit: Tribeca Film Festival

What seems like a “Juno” rip-off, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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