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With Jessica Jones now on Netflix, Marvel is moving full steam ahead with casting on the third Netflix series Luke Cage, with the official site revealing that Sonia Braga (Brothers & Sisters) is set to play Soledad Temple, the mother of Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple.
“A character as strong as Claire needs an equally powerful mother, and with Sonia we found the perfect actress to deliver the stellar performance we needed,” states Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “In Marvel’s Luke Cage, fans will now get a chance to see where Claire got the fire we love her for.”
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Luke Cage is set to get arrive on Netflix in 2016, with Mike Colter leading the cast as Power Man alongside Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Claire Temple, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) as Shades, Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives) as Black Mariah, »
- Gary Collinson
Remember when Bernie Madoff made off with clients' money? ABC doesn't want you to forget this modern-day Ponzi schemer extraordinaire. Its two-part mini-series, Madoff, is inspired by ABC News Correspondent Brian Ross' reporting from his book The Madoff Chronicles, and other reporting. Madoff airs during Sweeps, Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:00pm Et/Pt.
The Madoff cast includes Richard Dreyfuss as Bernie Madoff; Blythe Danner as Ruth Madoff; Tom Lipinski as Mark Madoff; Danny Defarrari as Andrew Madoff; Peter Scolari as Peter Madoff, Erin Cummings as Eleanor Squillari; Michael Rispoli as Frank Dipascali; and Frank Whaley as Harry Markopolos. Also featured: Charles Grodin and Lewis Black. Continue on for the details on ABC's Madoff, and information about HBO's Madoff telepic, Wizard of Lies. Read More… »
Here’s some intel you can take to the bank: ABC will air its Bernie Madoff miniseries Madoff on February 3 and 4 at 8/7c, the network announced Thursday.
The two-part event will follow the rise and crash of Madoff, played by Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), whose $65 billion Ponzi scheme was one of the largest financial scams in United States history.
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Per the official logline: “The miniseries explores the complicated family dynamics within the Madoff clan and exposes the motivations and mechanics behind the monumental fraud. »
ABC’s “Madoff” miniseries will air Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 4, the network announced Thursday.
Airing back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday, “Madoff” will take the place of ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block and also Shondaland’s hit Tgit drama block. Putting “Madoff” in these high-rated spots indicates the faith ABC has in the project.
HBO has a competing Bernie Madoff telepic ready to roll next year but ABC’s is likely to beat HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” to air. HBO has yet to set a premiere date for its movie, which stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss as Bernie Madoff and Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth, “Madoff” examines the mind of the man who pulled off one of the greatest cons in history, following the prodigious rise and abrupt demise of the former investment advisor and the subsequent fallout with his family, associates and investors. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Opening March 18, 2016, The Little Prince is directed by Academy Award nominee Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and features the voices of Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridge, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. The film is the first-ever animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince.
Monster Trucks opens January 13, 2017. The live action/CGI animation is directed by Chris Wedge (Epic, Robots, Ice Age). The cast includes Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Tom Lennon, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Holt McCallany and Frank Whaley.
- Laura Frances
Who said Marvel and DC (read: Disney and Warner Bros.) had to have all the fun when it comes to mapping out film slates? In laying out plans for its animation division, Paramount has nailed down release dates for a number of in-development features, including The Little Prince, SpongeBob Squarepants 3, Monster Trucks and Amusement Park.
Launching first will be The Little Prince, which is now pegged for a theatrical release on March 18, 2016. Directed by Kung Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne, the animated picture is an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book, and it’s spent the past few months or so assembling a star-studded line-up. An international voice cast through and through, Osborne’s feature will encompass Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort.
Collaborating once again with Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount »
- Michael Briers
The studio announced that its animated “The Little Prince” will open on March 18, filling the vacancy left by moving back “Monster Trucks.” “Prince,” based on the iconic children’s story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is directed by “Kung Fu Panda” helmer Mark Osborne and stars the voices of Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort.
“Monster Trucks” will open Jan. 13, 2017. The film is a hybrid of live action and CGI animation directed by Chris Wedge. The cast includes Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Tom Lennon, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Holt McCallany and Frank Whaley.
- Dave McNary
Paramount Animation announced its lineup through 2019 on Tuesday, including that “Monster Trucks” and “Spongebob Squarepants 3,” will be released by the studio in March of 2016 and March of 2019, respectively. “Monster Trucks,” which had been previously scheduled for March 18, 2016, will now open January 13, 2017. Directed by Chris Wedge, who has helmed films like “Epic,” “Robots” and “Ice Age,” the cast includes Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Tom Lennon, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Holt McCallany and Frank Whaley. “Spongebob Squarepants 3” has been slated for February 8, 2019. Like the previous movies, the follow-up film will be directed by Paul »
- Jeff Sneider and Beatrice Verhoeven
The upcoming film Hotel Transylvania 2 has audiences checking in once again to the “five stake”-rated hotel run by Dracula and his brood. This kid-friendly tale sinks its teeth into a long established trope, with lodging rooms on screen being the source more many creepy cinema stories. Here’s a list of some of our faves.
One of the best films of all time happens to also have one of the best, most creepy motels ever shot. The master of suspense leaves the big reveal until halfway through the film, but from then on we get a place filled with taxedermied animals, bedrooms with peepholes, and the house that looms over the rooms like a spectre. At the Bates Motel Norman and his mom make for quite the hosts, just careful when you take that shower!
- Jason Gorber
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, The Sinister Six, Deadpool, Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Justice League Dark, Man of Steel 2, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Vixen, Supergirl, The Incredibles 2, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Captain America: Civil War, and Sebastian Stan has been speaking about his return as the Winter Soldier in the Phase Three-launching ensemble: ““[The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in The Winter Soldier — I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in Civil War. And I’m grateful for that. But to see that response to that »
- Gary Collinson
Following on from yesterday’s official cast announcements, Coming Soon has got its hands on the first set photos from Marvel’s third Netflix seris Luke Cage, which is now shooting in New York City. Here’s a look at the villains Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali)…
Luke Cage is set to land on Netflix in 2016, with a cast that includes Mike Colter (The Following) as Luke Cage, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Claire Temple, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) as Shades, Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives) as Black Mariah, Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) as Misty Knight, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Cottonmouth and Frank Whaley (Gotham) as Detective Scarfe.
- Gary Collinson
Marvel TV apparently woke up on Wednesday not feeling like its typically coy self, and thus officially confirmed the characters being played by some recent Luke Cage castings.
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For one, it is now double-secret official that Simone Missick (pictured) is playing Misty Knight, a Harlem police detective who is determined to learn the truth about Luke Cage. (Previously, Missick’s role had been described as “Missy, a woman with a strong sense of justice.”)
Per the Netflix drama’s logline, “After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, »
Just one day after Marvel confirmed that Alfre Woodard has signed on to play Hell's Kitchen politician Mariah Dillard in the new Netflix series Marvel's Luke Cage, we have our first look at the actress on set, alongside co-star Mahershala Ali, who is playing Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes. Production has just gotten under way, and we don't have any context for the scene. But don't be surprised if this isn't the last time we see these two characters together.
It was originally reported that the actress will play a character named Minetta, but yesterday's announcement revealed Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician--and cousin to recently announced Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali)--who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by both Harlem's newest hero Luke Cage as well as her cousin Cottonmouth's nefarious acts. »
Marvel is wrapping up casting for Luke Cage, the third series in its four-series package for Netflix, premiering in 2016. We previously reported that Simone Missick (Ray Donovan), Theo Rossi (Sons Of Anarchy), Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan) and Rosario Dawson (Top Five) had joined theLuke Cage cast, and now Marvel has confirmed their characters with official descriptions. Missick plays Misty Knight, a Harlem police detective who is determined to learn the truth about Luke… »
Back in August it was reported that Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives, True Blood) has signed on to appear in the upcoming Luke Cage Netflix series, and now Marvel has confirmed her casting as Mariah Dillard, a.k.a. Black Mariah.
The official site describes Mariah as “a local Harlem politician–and cousin to recently announced Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali)–who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by both Harlem’s newest hero Luke Cage as well as her cousin Cottonmouth’s nefarious acts.”
“Alfre has an incredible, unique, and intimidating presence on screen that makes her perfect as a leader of the Harlem community,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “We couldn’t be more excited that an actress as celebrated and talented as Alfre has »
- Gary Collinson
Whaley – who appeared in a guest role in the first season of the DC series Gotham – is set to play Detective Scarfe, a character who made his first comic book appearance back in 1975’s Marvel Premiere #23 where he was a former partner of Misty Knight and ally to Cage and the Heroes for Hire.
Luke Cage will get underway next year, with Mike Colter (The Following) as Luke Cage, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Claire Temple, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) as Shades, Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives) as Black Mariah, Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) as Misty Knight, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Cottonmouth and Frank Whaley (Gotham) as Detective Scarfe.
- Gary Collinson
With all the casting happening on Marvel’s “Luke Cage” — Frank Whaley just joined the cast yesterday — one’s got to wonder: what’s going on with the Netflix show “Jessica Jones” which is scheduled to hit far before Marvel’s first African-American super hero solo TV show. Well, glad you asked. Marvel announced this morning that “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will debut on Netflix, later this fall, on November 20. The Netflix original series "Marvel’s Jessica Jones" is the second of four epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s "Daredevil," which launched April 10th, Marvel’s "Luke Cage" and Marvel’s "Iron Fist," all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s "The Defenders") to premiere only on Netflix. It is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade, as she faces demons from within and without. »
- Edward Davis
Luke Cage keeps making more friends. Frank Whaley has just come on board the Netflix series to play Detective Rafael Scarfe, joining Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Alfre Woodard as (probably) Black Mariah, and Simone Missick as Misty Knight. Get details on the Luke Cage Frank Whaley casting after the jump. The third of four Marvel […]
- Angie Han
In the comics, Scarfe is an NYPD officer and Misty Knight's ex-partner who served as a regular fixture in stories involving both Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Scarfe joined a group of corrupt cops in the "Daredevil" storyline 'Shadowland'.
Mike Colter stars in the series as a wrongly accused man who, granted super strength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
Mike Colter, Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodward, Theo Rossi and Mahershala Ali also star in "Luke Cage" which is currently shooting ahead of an early 2016 premiere. It's expected Whaley will likely take on the role in Netflix's "Iron Fist" series as well.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
As the casting announcements for Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage continue, the latest addition is an actor that most of you should recognize from his various and varied roles in film and TV over the years: Frank Whaley.
According to Deadline, Whaley – most recently seen as child-napping bad guy on Fox’s Gotham – has signed on to play a “hard nosed detective” named Rafael Scarfe. In the Marvel comics, Scarfe is a lieutenant and former partner of Misty Knight’s, who has also served as an ally to Cage and Iron Fist. The character actually became a villain in Shadowland, so though he’ll likely start out on the side of Cage and co., the potential is there for a bit of skulduggery as the series progresses.
- Mark Cassidy
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