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The new flick from the makers of the much reviled film The Devil Inside, entitled Wer, is coming home to DVD via Universal on September 23rd with an early digital release date to be announced soon. Maybe the devil made 'em do it?
A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vik Sahay ("Chuck"), and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) round out the main cast of the werewolf flick directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).
Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, produced with Matthew Peterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his Almost Human Inc. tackled the makeup and visual effects for Wer.
Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. »
- Steve Barton
Hewitt will be playing the role of Kate Callahan, a highly accomplished undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. The news of her casting comes after the departure of Jeanne Tripplehorn’s character Alex Blake. Hewitt will join remaining cast members Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness, Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook and Joe Mantegna.
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast. Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for »
- Lucy Cave
CBS is welcoming Jennifer Love Hewitt back to the network as a series regular on the tenth season of Criminal Minds. The actress will play a veteran undercover agent named Katie Callahan on the show, and her character will be introduced during the season premiere on October 1.
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast,” said executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer. “Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire Bau team as we head into our 10th season.”
Hewitt previously starred on CBS’s hit supernatural drama The Ghost Whisperer, which »
- Lindsay Sperling
Well, that was quick. Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to TV. The "Ghost Whisperer" and "Client List" vet has joined the cast of CBS' "Criminal Minds." She'll make her debut on the 10th season premiere on Wednesday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. Hewitt will play an undercover agent named Kate Callahan, whose expereriences as a former FBI agent make her a perfect fit for the Behavioral Analysis Unit. "Criminal Minds" also stars Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Aj Cook and Kirsten Vangsness. “We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner Erica Messer in a press release. “Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire Bau team »
- Dave Lewis
Still buzzing about the first part of the Criminal Minds season 9 finale? Well, the wait is almost over, and CBS has released a promo teasing what's next for the Bau. Plus, I have a couple more teases from series star A.J. Cook from a recent interview.
In the second part of the season finale, "Demons," the Bau continues its murder investigation in Texas, with clues uncovering a deep web of corruption that could be the motive for the killings. Meanwhile, one team member's life hangs in the balance, another member faces a sad secret from the past, and Garcia is put right in the middle of the action to save a colleague. »
Criminal Minds fans, have you calmed down after the first part of the season 9 finale yet? No? It's okay. I'm with you, which is why I jumped at the chance to hop on the phone with series star A.J. Cook to find out what's coming up in "Demons" next week.
This week, "Angels" brought the team to Texas to investigate prostitute murders, but as they learned, nothing was as it seemed. By the end of the episode, they were involved in a shootout that left two of the team injured. However, based on what the actress had to say, that's just the beginning and we haven't seen anything yet. »
You may know Aj Cook from Criminal Minds and Meghan Ory from Intelligence. But, did you know the two actresses are BFFs in real life? Not only do they both star in CBS crime dramas, but they go way, way back. So, the two besties decided to go for a girls' afternoon out in Los Angeles, and they let us get an exclusive peek of their trip to the spa, out to lunch and then off for some shopping. While getting pedicures, the two friends reminisced about how they first met. "We did a show called Higher Ground," said Aj. "And our characters hated each other," added Meghan. "One time we had to get in a cat fight and we could not stop laughing!" The girls worked up an appetite after »
Zap2it: Your history with "Criminal Minds" has factored into your character Jj's history in an ever greater way. What's your take on that?
A.J. Cook: Our writers are really good at tapping into what's going on. They're not afraid to write what's really happening, and that's always how we've kind of done it ... with Mandy [Patinkin] leaving, then me leaving and other characters coming on, and the whole thing with Paget [Brewster, who left, then returned and then left again).
That whole monologue I gave in the episode where I left in Season 6, that was my voice and [the writers'] voice, and it really resonated with the audience. I think that's what's so lovely about our show, that we're not afraid to speak our truth and use our lives for our characters.
Zap2it: Since the year you were off the show has played into developing Jj's back story this season, are you satisfied with how things have evolved over »
Responding to the profiler's kidnapping at the end of the last episode, the team jumped into action, learning that her disappearance was related to her secret mission while she was away. Turns out Jj was on assignment in Afghanistan to find Osama bin Laden, which is where she met Cruz (Esai Morales).
The show spent some time trying to convince us that Cruz was the mole in Jj's Afghani team, informing us that he never put his name in for Section Chief, but in the end, that wasn't the case. Askari (Faran Tahir), the team's translator, is revealed early on as the person torturing both Jj and Cruz, but eventually Hastings (Tahmoh Penikett), the team's fourth member, »
The things actors do for their craft.
"I was chained up for two days," Cook says on CBS' "The Talk" on Wednesday (Feb. 5). "They waterboarded me. For real. No joke. I don't know any other actor that would have allowed them to do that. I'm so dumb."
Watch the rest of the "Criminal Minds" cast discuss filming the 200th episode below:
Plus, executive producer Erica Messer tells HollywoodLife.com to expect a huge moment from Prentiss’ return.
Feb. 5 is going to be a huge night for CBS’ Criminal Minds – and not just because the procedural smash is airing its 200th episode. The milestone hour features the return of fan-favorite character Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), as well as some surprising revelations about Jj (A.J. Cook), and executive producer Erica Messer tells HollywoodLife.com there are plenty of blanks to be filled.
“The episode specifically focuses on the season that [Jj] wasn’t with us,” Erica explains. “When we wrote her out in Season 6, it was with the idea that she was being promoted to a higher position in the State Department. Then she came back at the end of Season 6, and she’s been with us ever since. So it seemed like a good time to ask, ‘What happened to Jj in that missing year? »
- Andy Swift
As "Criminal Minds" hits episode No. 200, a lot of bizarre cases are in the CBS show's rearview mirror.
The milestone telecast Wednesday, Feb. 5, is more like "a little mini-movie," according to series regular A.J. Cook. She should know: Her character, FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit agent Jennifer "Jj" Jareau, is at its center. Jj's kidnapping prompts team leader David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and her other colleagues to probe the year she worked for the State Department - which coincided with the season Cook was off the show - and the investigation involves familiar faces.
One is former co-star Paget Brewster, back as Bau alum Emily Prentiss. Another, likely a surprise for fans, is Jayne Atkinson as now-deceased ex-Section Chief Erin Strauss ... but much of the tale is told through flashbacks. Esai Morales also returns in his recurring role as Strauss' successor, Mateo "Mat" Cruz, who knows Jj very well from her State Department stint. »
News and notes from all over the TV world:
- The cast of "The Walking Dead" will make its first joint late-night appearance on "Conan" Feb. 6, three days before "Twd" returns to AMC. Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and Melissa McBride will all join Conan O'Brien for what TBS is calling an "exclusive" appearance.
- Lifetime's adaptation of "Flowers in the Attic" scored big ratings Saturday night (Jan. 18), which bodes well for the already-in-development sequel "Petals on the Wind." The movie based on V.C. Andrews' novel delivered 6.1 million viewers, the most for an original movie on ad-supported cable since November 2012.
- "Battlestar Galactica" and "Dollhouse" alum Tahmoh Penikett is playing a pivotal role in "Criminal Minds'" 200th episode. It's been revealed that his previously teased role will resolve some of the questions surrounding Jj's (A.J. Cook) time away from the Bau. Penikett's Michael Hastings »
Since the show's start, the actress has been absent from only one episode as quirky tech whiz Penelope Garcia, who's reminded of an old romance in the new story Wednesday (Jan. 15) on CBS. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's latest serial-murder case prompts Garcia to draw upon her days as a self-styled hacker, which reunites her with a similarly skilled ex-boyfriend (guest star Paolo Costanzo, "Royal Pains").
"I've got different special episodes coming up," a clearly excited Vangsness tells Zap2it. "This first one was written by (series co-executive producer) Breen Frazier, and I promise you've never seen a 'Criminal Minds' like this. I've never seen one like this. It has some really interesting stuff, and Breen had to work really hard and do a lot of research for it. »
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