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The producers of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.
An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.
Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.
The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the nephew of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which »
- Stewart Clarke
Sean Bean will appear in the second season of epic Italy-set period drama “Medici: Masters of Florence.” U.S. showrunner Jon Cassar of “24: Legacy” and “24: Live Another Day” has also come on board the new season.
Cassar will direct and produce four of the eight episodes of the new “Medici,” whose first season starred Dustin Hoffman and was a runaway hit for Rai 1 in Italy, notably with younger viewers. Frank Spotnitz returns and will executive produce the series. »
- Stewart Clarke
John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as her pregnancy progresses, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on John. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.
Helming dozens of TV shows over a two decade period, director John Cassar has a very interesting resume. From the Hulk Hogan feature The Ultimate Weapon in 1998, through his most recent effort, the brand new series of 24, 24: Legacy, it also turns out Cassar has been »
- Phil Wheat
Time to do a double take!
Katie Holmes shared a photo of daughter Suri hanging out with Holmes’ nephews on Instagram Sunday, and the 10-year-old is a spitting image of the actress.
“Love these sweethearts who inspire me with all of their accomplishments and beautiful hearts and for bringing so much light to all of our lives!” the The Kennedys – After Camelot star captioned a photo of the trio on a road overlooking Los Angeles.
They have been spending a ton of family time together recently. Just last month, Holmes posted photos of Suri and her cousins at a beachside »
- Stephanie Petit
Katie Holmes may have taken on directing duties on the Reelz miniseries she stars in, The Kennedys – After Camelot, but it was her adorable daughter, Suri, who apparently had the biggest blast on set.
At the show’s premiere on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Holmes’ cast and crew members revealed that the actress’ 10-year-old mini-me daughter frequently visited the set to see her mom in action.
Holmes — who plays Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — directed the third episode of the series, and Suri had her own list of fun things to do while mom was working.
“Katie actually made her a chair that said ‘Director, »
- Raha Lewis
Fox is bringing the trademark “24” ticking-clock sound effect to Amazon’s voice-activated Echo devices, in a unique promo with the ecommerce giant ahead of the premiere of the franchise’s “24: Legacy” reboot.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 30, Amazon Echo users will be able to select the action-drama franchise’s reverberating “plink-plink” audio mnemonic as a personalized alarm tone for Alexa. “24: Legacy” premieres Feb. 5 immediately after Super Bowl Li on Fox.
On Super Bowl Sunday, “24: Legacy” and the Alexa alarm tie-in will be featured on Amazon’s homepage in the top-center rotating carousel. That also will promote the availability of the show for purchase on Amazon Video, as well as the eight prior seasons of “24” streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
In addition, starting Wednesday, March 1, Fox and Amazon will launch the “24: Legacy Daily Mission,” a series of custom 24-second challenges designed to test users’ mental and physical abilities (like quizzes or jumping jacks). Naturally, there »
- Todd Spangler
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