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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Teaser Trailer: Oprah Winfrey Searches for the Truth in HBO’s Medical Drama

17 February 2017 12:57 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Oprah Winfrey looks to be an early Emmy contender, if the snippets of her bold performance from the newest “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” teaser trailer are any indication.

The film follows the decades-long saga of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cervical cancer cells were used anonymously to change the course of cancer treatment. Winfrey stars as Lacks’ daughter Deborah, who wrestles with the medical ethics surrounding this case.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in Lee Daniels’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

George C. Wolfe wrote and directed the project, and Winfrey is on board as an executive producer, alongside “True Blood” mastermind Alan Ball. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and “Hamilton” alum Renée Elise Goldsberry. The movie is based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

“The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition, »

- William Earl

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Teaser Trailer: Oprah Winfrey Searches for the Truth in HBO’s Medical Drama

17 February 2017 12:57 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oprah Winfrey looks to be an early Emmy contender, if the snippets of her bold performance from the newest “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” teaser trailer are any indication.

The film follows the decades-long saga of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cervical cancer cells were used anonymously to change the course of cancer treatment. Winfrey stars as Lacks’ daughter Deborah, who wrestles with the medical ethics surrounding this case.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in Lee Daniels’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

George C. Wolfe wrote and directed the project, and Winfrey is on board as an executive producer, alongside “True Blood” mastermind Alan Ball. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and “Hamilton” alum Renée Elise Goldsberry. The movie is based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

“The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition, »

- William Earl

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Coming Distractions: Witness the The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks in this teaser

17 February 2017 12:49 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

There’s a lot we owe to Henrietta Lacks, a black woman whose life was cut short in 1951, but not before doctors could harvest some of her cells, “immortal” cells that provided the foundation for staggering medical breakthroughs. Lacks died at 31, leaving behind a daughter, who investigated her mother’s history with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot. The story became the nonfiction book, The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, which has been adapted for film by producers Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, as well as writer-director George C. Wolfe.

This first teaser for the HBO film takes us through some of those chapters, including Lacks’ visit to the hospital, the doctors’ insistence that she not be named (and therefore, never credited) in any of the studies that were done on the cells they illegally harvested, to the way that event still echoes through her daughter Dorothy’s ...

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- Danette Chavez

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Empire, The Walking Dead, Good Fight, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Svu and More

9 February 2017 12:26 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Grey’s Anatomy scoop, please! —Allison

Ausiello: The show is admitting the rarest breed of Grey’s Anatomy character this spring: an honest-to-goodness Big Bad. According to sources, Shonda Rhimes & Co. are looking for a Caucasian actor in his mid 40s to play a new doctor who is “appealing, charismatic and charming” — in other words, a total freakin’ catch. The twist? He’s has a “manipulative, scary dark side.” The MD (which in this case stands for »

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Grey's Anatomy Recap: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Eliza?

2 February 2017 6:03 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“The battle’s begun,” Richard declared in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. But, although he had on his side Maggie, Arizona, April and Jackson, Eliza wasn’t in the slightest concerned. “I know how to deal with a Dr. Webber,” she assured Bailey. So did Richard and his rebel alliance manage to make Minnick wish her first day at Grey Sloan was her last? And did we at last learn whether Alex really did take the plea bargain? Read on and find out…

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Grey's Anatomy: Who Is Leaving Now??

31 January 2017 9:44 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Another character is about to take their leave from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

How they'll go is pure speculation at this point, but having been cast in another series, it's definitely time to hit the ground running...fast enough that they won't be a series regular for Grey's Anatomy Season 14.

So who is it?

It's time to say goodbye to Stephanie Edwards.

That's right, Jerrika Hinton has landed a starring role on the upcoming HBO series from Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) also starring Holly Hunter.

Hinton will play Ashley, one of the three adopted children of Hunter's lawyer and her philosophy professor husband.

The family adopted Ashley, an American-born Somalian refugee, when her mother died and her father was deported.

The character, a powerhouse in the online fashion industry, will be struggling with her cultural identity.

The multi-generational and multi-racial family drama will be a perfect fit for Hinton, »

- Carissa Pavlica

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Jerrika Hinton Will Likely Leave Grey's Anatomy After Season 13

31 January 2017 7:32 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Another exit appears to be in store for Grey's Anatomy.  According to TVLine, Jerrika Hinton will be leaving the show at the end of this season, and will not be returning as a series regular for season 14.  Hinton has played Stephanie Edwards for the past four seasons, but has also been cast in other projects along the way, including a 2016 Shondaland pilot called Toast that did not get picked up . Rumors of her exit from Grey's have been swirling since she was cast in the upcoming Alan Ball drama for HBO, alongside Holly Hunter and Sosie Bacon.  The project, which is currently untitled, is about a multi-racial family with four grown children—one biological, and »

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Grey's Anatomy: [Spoiler] Poised to Exit

31 January 2017 6:47 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Grey’s Anatomy will be down a doc when it returns next fall.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Jerrika Hinton, who has played Dr. Stephanie Edwards since 2012, will not be back as a series regular in Season 14. The news was foreshadowed earlier this month when the actress landed a starring role in Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

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Hinton was thisclose to exiting Grey’s Anatomy last spring when she was cast in the Shondaland comedy pilot Toast; at the time, she was in discussions to possibly take part in both shows »

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‘Big Little Lies’: Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Twisty Foray Into Television

31 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Blame it on the weather. It was unseasonably cold in Monterey, Calif., when, deep into the 88-day shoot for “Big Little Lies” — after 10 straight days of late nights — the unthinkable happened: The usually unflappable Reese Witherspoon lost her temper. Faced with a difficult emotional scene, she yelled at director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Recalling the incident a few months later over tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, the two — who share an easy, effortless camaraderie — laugh at the memory. “I’m so sorry!” she tells him, sheepishly hiding her face in her hands. In his French-accented lilt, Vallée says, “I felt so sad because I knew it wasn’t her.”

But back in that fraught moment on the set, he turned to her and said, “Great! Let’s do it,” pushing her to channel her frustration into her performance. Vallée reports that Witherspoon — perfectly cast as the fast-talking, multitasking mother of two, Madeline »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Sundance: Content Media Acquires International Rights to ‘Legion of Brothers’

19 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Content Media Corp. has acquired the international rights from CNN Films for the Afghan War documentary “Legion of Brothers.”

The companies announced the deal on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival. “Legion of Brothers,” produced by CNN Films and Passion Pictures, and directed by Greg Barker, will have its world premiere at the festival on Saturday.

Producers are John Battsek, Greg Barker, Peter Bergen and Tresha Mabile. Executive producers are Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra. CNN retains U.S. broadcast rights.

Legion of Brothers” centers on the fewer than 100 Special Forces troops who were deployed to Afghanistan immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, for a secret war initiated by the United States government. In coalition with the rebels of the Northern Alliance, these troops faced off against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, successfully driving both out of power by the end of 2001 without conventional, large-scale military operations.

Despite this victory, the U. »

- Dave McNary

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New Girls Final Season Trailer Updates Us on Each Girl's Relationship Status

9 January 2017 11:51 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

As HBO’s Girls gets ready for its final season (Feb. 12, 10/9c), one of the biggest lingering questions is: Which boys do these girls find themselves paired off with?

It’s a bit more complicated than that, of course, as we see in the just-released Season 6 trailer (which you can watch above). For one thing, Marnie’s not exactly “paired off.” She’s sleeping with Ray again, but she’s still with Desi, too, and… um, trying new things with him. (We’ll let Hannah and Elijah explain that one.)

VideosGirls Final Season Teaser: Can These Friendships Be Salvaged? »

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The Young Pope Review: Strangely Hypnotic, And Yet Utterly Ridiculous

9 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Let’s cut to the chase: The Young Pope is one of the strangest TV shows I’ve seen in years.

You may have seen the trailers for HBO’s new limited series (debuting this Sunday at 9/8c), starring Jude Law as a bad-ass, cigarette-smoking Pope, and thought to yourself, “Well, that looks odd.” But even those trailers cannot prepare you for the sheer, unadulterated weirdness of creator/director Paolo Sorrentino’s boldly grandiose vision.

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Sorrentino is an Oscar-winning Italian film director (The Great Beauty, »

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PaleyFest 2017 Unveils Full Lineup: Grey's, Walking Dead, Pll and More

7 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Is your March free, TV fans? Good, because PaleyFest has a lot of things to fill up your calendar.

The annual TV festival — slated for March 17-26 at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre — has released their full 2017 panel lineup, and it kicks off in bloody good fashion with AMC’s zombie hit The Walking Dead. For those who haven’t been, PaleyFest panels feature a discussion with the casts and producers of today’s hit shows, including questions from the audience.

RelatedPaleyFest 2017 Reveals Dates, Panels for Westworld, This Is Us, Ahs: Roanoke

More just-announced highlights: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy »

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Jerrika Hinton Cast in HBO’s Alan Ball Series — Will She Leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

6 January 2017 5:14 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jerrika Hinton has been cast in HBO’s upcoming Alan Ball series, Variety has confirmed. So, what does Hinton’s new gig mean for her future on “Grey’s Anatomy?”

According to sources, at this point, Hinton has joined the HBO show in a guest capacity, and will remain a series regular on “Grey’s Anatomy” at least through the remainder of Season 13, which returns on Jan. 19. However, her status on the HBO project could evolve into a bigger role, depending on how “Grey’s Anatomy” progresses — the medical drama has not been renewed yet for Season 14, though it seems more-than-likely, as “Grey’s” is ABC’s top-rated drama.

ABC declined to comment.

Hinton, who plays Dr. Stephanie Edwards, joined “Grey’s” in Season 9 in a recurring role, and was upped to series regular in Season 10.

In the HBO drama, Hinton joins star Holly Hunter in the HBO series, which »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV News Roundup: Alan Ball Casts New HBO Show, ‘Nashville’ Debuts Decently on Cmt

6 January 2017 3:25 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In this week’s TV News Roundup, Alan Ball and HBO announce new cast members for an untitled show, and a new CNN film on President Obama and Peter Berg’s new sports docuseries get premiere dates.

Casting

HBO’s untitled Alan Ball series surrounding an interracial family has cast new leads. Alongside the previously announced Holly Hunter, the show will feature Sosie Bacon (“Scream”), Daniel Zovatto (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Raymond Lee, and Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”). The family, which includes now-adult adopted children and one adolescent biological child, struggles to answer why one of the children has begun to see things the others cannot. Hunter’s character, the matriarch, loses her balance as her children reach adulthood and her husband struggles with depression. Ball, through his Your Face Goes Here, will co-executive produce along with Peter Macdissi.

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CNN Films‘ new special providing viewers with an intimate portrait of the Obama presidency has been »

- Dani Levy

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Grey's Anatomy's Jerrika Hinton Joins Alan Ball's New HBO Drama Series — Is Stephanie on Borrowed Time?

6 January 2017 9:49 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Is Stephanie about to hang up her white coat at Grey’s Anatomy?

Jerrika Hinton has been cast in Alan Ball’s upcoming HBO series, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Ball’s tragicomic new drama follows the Bishops, a multi-racial family made up of a philosophy professor father, his lawyer wife (played by Holly Hunter), their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.

Hinton will play Ashley, one of the adopted children who is now the powerhouse behind an online fashion shopping site. »

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Alan Ball HBO Series Casts Sosie Bacon, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee & Jerrika Hinton

6 January 2017 9:05 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated: Sosie Bacon (Scream), Daniel Zovatto (Fear the Walking Dead), Raymond Lee and Grey’s Anatomy co-star Jerrika Hinton will co-star opposite Holly Hunter in Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball's new drama series for HBO. Written by Ball, the untitled series is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today. The show focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family and has now built a multi-racial cast… »

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