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Amazon Sets Fall Pilot Season, Including Glenn Close-Starrer 'Sea Oak'

Amazon is including the Glenn Close-starrer Sea Oak as one of three half-hour shows in its forthcoming fall pilot season.

The first episode of that show, along with pilots for Bridget Everett and Michael Patrick King's Love You More and the Detroit comedy The Climb, will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 10.

The genre-bending comedy Sea Oak is based on a short story of the same name by author and creator George Saunders, with the pilot directed by Atlanta's Hiro Murai and executive produced by Murai, Jonathan Krauss and showrunner Evan Dunsky. Lael Smith and <span...
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‘Sea Oak’: Amazon Comedy Pilot Taps Hiro Murai To Direct; Evan Dunsky As Ep/Co-Showrunner; Adds Cast

Atlanta producer-director Hiro Murai is set to direct and executive produce Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close. In addition, Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie, Hemlock Grove) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner alongside George Saunders, and Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) and Jack Quaid (Vinyl) have joined the cast as series regulars. Written by Saunders based on his short story, the genre-bending Sea Oak focuses on Aunt Bernie (Close) a meek…
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Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Teaming Up with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content for The Vampire Chronicles TV Series

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Following Anne Rice's announcement in late 2016 that she had reattained the adaptation rights to The Vampire Chronicles and was working with her son, Christopher, on a pilot episode for a TV series adaptation of her beloved book series, it's now been announced that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to The Vampire Chronicles, with the mother-son duo on board as writers and executive producers for the in-development TV series.

Press Release (via Anne Rice's Facebook page): "Hollywood, Calif., (April 28, 2017) – Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 books from acclaimed author Anne Rice’s best-selling series, “The Vampire Chronicles.” Christopher Rice, four-time New York Times Bestselling® author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, will pen the series and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice, and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.

“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has
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Metrograph & IndieCollect Announce World Premiere of ‘Gems Unseen,’ Featuring Early Films From Todd Haynes & Christine Vachon

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Metrograph & IndieCollect Announce World Premiere of ‘Gems Unseen,’ Featuring Early Films From Todd Haynes & Christine Vachon
New York City’s brand-new Metrograph theater will present the world premiere of “Gems Unseen: Early Apparatus Films from Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes & Barry Ellsworth,” a two-part retrospective consisting of ten films assembled and digitally restored by IndieCollect. Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth will attend the premiere in early December.

Read More: Todd Haynes Explains the Cinematic Influences That Impacted His ‘Carol

Some of the films shown in the series include “Tommy’s” by Barry Ellsworth and “Days Are Numbered” by Christine Vachon, both featuring a young Steve Buscemi; “He Was Once,” which features a special cameo performance by Todd Haynes; and “Anemone Me” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.

Along with films by Apparatus Productions founders Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth, the series will also include a selection of films by directors they mentored, like Mary Bradford, Larry Carty, Brooke Dammkoehler, Susan Delson, Evan Dunsky, Mary Hestand, and Bruce Hainley. All the
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The Campaign to Revive Early Films from Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes

Led by Ifp founder Sandra Schulberg, who serves as its president, the nonprofit IndieCollect is working to conserve independent cinema. In just two years, the company has rescued and archived more than 3,500 film negatives, according to Schulberg, the president of IndieCollect. IndieCollect recently located the master picture and sound elements for eight of the shorts Vachon and Haynes produced in the ’80s and ’90s with Barry Ellsworth under their non-profit Apparatus banner. Apparatus backed a number of other directors, including Suzan-Lori Parks, Mary Hestand, Susan Delson, Brooke Dammkoehler, Larry Carty, and Evan Dunsky. Now the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign with hopes of raising […]
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‘Ask A Moritician’ Web Series Star Coming To Television

A book based off a web series could soon make its mark on TV. Caitlin Doughty, who since 2011 has talked to her audience about death on her web series Ask A Mortician, is attached to a television project based off her memoir Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: and Other Lessons.

Doughty, who is a licensed mortician, uses her channel to answer viewer questions about life, death, and corpses. In 2014, she shared her story in literary form by publishing Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, and the book jump-started her entertainment career. It became a New York Times bestseller, and Doughty will now serve as a consulting producer for its TV adaptation.

Joining Doughty on the project is Paramount Television, which will produce the series alongside Anonymous Content. Evan Dunsky, the co-creator of Nurse Jackie, has been tapped as showrunner.

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News Bits: Dirty, Ghost, Smoke, Liars, 33

Dirty Grandpa

Zac Efron let it pretty much all show on the Georgia set of the upcoming comedy "Dirty Grandpa" this week. The actor flashed not just his chiseled torso but was running around in a pair of very tight flesh colored undies that got a little 'crack happy' at points. He did have a stuffed toy covering his manhood though for the scene.

Check out Just Jared for over two dozen photos. Speaking of Efron, his next film due for release "We Are Your Friends," has locked in an August 28th release date.

Ghost in the Shell

Walt Disney Pictures has moved up the release of DreamWorks' 3D film adaptation of the Japanese manga "Ghost in the Shell" by two weeks and will now open March 31st 2017. Rupert Sanders helms the project which stars Scarlett Johansson and will now go up against Sony's untitled Smurfs animation film.

The original
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Paramount TV & Anonymous Content Developing ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ Series

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are developing a series, based on Caitlin Doughty’s memoir “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons.”

Nurse Jackie” co-creator Evan Dunsky will serve as the showrunner and writer on the pilot and series.

The New York Times bestselling memoir, published by W.W. Norton & Company, follows Doughty, a twentysomething mortician with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre who takes a job at a crematory, turning her morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, she argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and calls for better ways of dealing with death.

“Writing a memoir is such a private, personal experience that it’s intimidating to think of adapting it for television,” Doughty said, “But everyone involved, from Evan Dunsky, to Anonymous, to Paramount, has been so open,
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Caitlin Doughty’s ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ In Works At Paramount TV

Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are developing Caitlin Doughty’s bestselling memoir Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From The Crematory as a pilot and potential series, with Nurse Jackie co-creator Evan Dunsky attached as writer and showrunner. Anonymous Content's Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Rosalie Swedlin and Alex Goldstone will serve as executive producers, and Doughty will serve as a consulting producer. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes takes a behind-the-scenes look at…
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Banshee, Ep. 2.04: “Bloodlines” forces its characters into tough decisions

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Banshee, Season 2: Episode 4 – “Bloodlines”

Written by Evan Dunsky

Directed by Oc Madsen

Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax

“You’re finally being a chief. Don’t ruin it by second-guessing yourself.”

With so much duress weighing down on him, Alex Longshadow doesn’t have time for second-guessing. This lesson is Nola’s parting gift before riding off into the night. Alex joins a handful of Banshee characters who find themselves in tough spots in “Bloodlines.” Rabbit decides to return in an attempt to explain to his daughter the guiding force behind his “insanity” – complete and total love. Anatstasia continues to live out her short sentence designed to let her stew in the ramifications of her past decisions. Rebecca, in a state of psychological fragility after last week’s events, is stuck trying to figure out how to find her brother in spite of her family’s scorn. The more
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Banshee, Ep. 2.03: “The Warrior Class” delves into the history of Banshee

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Banshee, Season 2: Episode 3 – “The Warrior Class”

Written by Evan Dunsky

Directed by Oc Madsen

Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax

Last week’s episode of Banshee showed an unusually high interest in and appreciation of the series’ central female characters, finally fleshing out Siobhan to a degree that most television series can’t seem to execute even over the space of an entire season (Rachel on Justified is the most egregious example of this). “The Warrior Class” has Banshee returning to, again, take the time to develop some of the aspects of the story that have been largely looked over in favor of high-octane action pieces. In this case, the rivalry between the native Kinaho tribe and the Amish presence in Banshee provides a framework in which the main characters do their normal things (Hood still gets to punch people, and that’s all we really care about, right?
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Cinemax Sets ‘Banshee’ Second Season Premiere For January 10

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Banshee‘s 10-episode second season will get underway on Friday, January 10 at 10 Pm, Cinemax said today. Antony Starr (Rush) returns as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale. Cast regulars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell, Gordon Hopewell, Ryann Shane, Ben Cross and Anthony Ruivivar will all be back for Season 2. The series which nabbed a Special Visual Effects Emmy, is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler and Greg Yaitanes. Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Evan Dunsky, John Romano and Doug Jung penned the scripts.
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Rectify Ep 1.03 ‘Modern Times’ quietly observes the Holden siblings trying to adjust

Rectify Season 1, Episode 3 ‘Modern Times’

Directed by Nicole Kassel

Written by Evan Dunsky, Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller

Airs Monday nights at 9pm Et on Sundance

Daniel Holden’s exoneration from prison ripped a deep, tender scar off the town of Paulie – and unsurprisingly, many of the people living in it, from mothers, to politicians, and even those who weren’t born when the murder and subsequent trial of Daniel rocked the city. In an hour almost completely devoid of plot, ‘Modern Times’ takes a long, hard look at the Holden siblings (and those around them) trying to come to terms with this new reality, one where a confessed killer seemingly escapes the grips of justice.

For the first fifteen minutes of ‘Modern Times’, Daniel doesn’t even leave his bedroom. He’s spent his entire adult life in prison; having a choice of whether to open the door or
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TV Review: ‘Rectify’

TV Review: ‘Rectify’
Once again demonstrating that compelling drama can come from unlikely sources, Sundance Channel expands on the inroads it’s made with miniseries in “Rectify,” a series with a strong indie-film sensibility and slow-as-molasses, hypnotic pace. If that doesn’t exactly scream boffo box office, it does represent the sort of quality that can put a network on the media’s radar, buoyed as it is by Aden Young’s wonderfully stoic performance as a man who spent 19 years on death row before being freed by DNA evidence. Someone understandably refers to the protagonist as “Starman,” but his distant stare and alienation better approximate the vibe in “Sling Blade.”

Young’s Daniel Holden isn’t completely out of the woods when he’s released, since the former prosecutor — now a state senator (Michael O’Neill) — is convinced he got the right man, and the evidence doesn’t completely exonerate him. Whether
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Watch the Season Premiere of 'Nurse Jackie' Online for Free

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Watch the Season Premiere of 'Nurse Jackie' Online for Free
Showtime's medical comedy-drama "Nurse Jackie" returned last night to start off its fifth season, making it officially something of a veteran series on the network. The show, created by Evan Dunsky, Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, continues to follow Edie Falco (who has won an Emmy for her work in the show) as Jackie Peyton, a (now recovering) painkiller-addicted emergency room nurse at a New York hospital. You can check out the full season premiere, "Happy Fucking Birthday," below for one month courtesy of Showtime. Penned by new showrunner Clyde Phillips and directed by Randall Einhorn ("Late Bloomer", the episode takes place on the day before Jackie's birthday.  The YouTube link will expire on May 15th -- the new season airs Sundays at 9pm on Showtime.
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Watch the Season Premiere of 'Nurse Jackie' Online for Free

Watch the Season Premiere of 'Nurse Jackie' Online for Free
Showtime's medical comedy-drama "Nurse Jackie" returned last night to start off its fifth season, making it officially something of a veteran series on the network. The show, created by Evan Dunsky, Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, continues to follow Edie Falco (who has won an Emmy for her work in the show) as Jackie Peyton, a (now recovering) painkiller-addicted emergency room nurse at a New York hospital. You can check out the full season premiere, "Happy Fucking Birthday," below for one month courtesy of Showtime. Penned by new showrunner Clyde Phillips and directed by Randall Einhorn ("Late Bloomer", the episode takes place on the day before Jackie's birthday.  The YouTube link will expire on May 15th -- the new season airs Sundays at 9pm on Showtime.

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ Renewed For Season 2

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ Renewed For Season 2
Cinemax has renewed Banshee for a second season three weeks into the action series’ freshman run. The second season of the drama, executive produced by Alan Ball, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi and Greg Yaitanes, will air in 2014. In its Jan. 11 premiere, Banshee drew respectable 483,000 viewers at 10 Pm and 965,000 over three airings. This is the first truly home-grown Cinemax series, having started as a project in development at sibling HBO. It joins Strike Back as the second Cinemax series to score a second-season renewal. Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Tropper and Schickler wrote Season 1. They will be joined in Season 2 by writers John Romano (Monk), Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie), and Doug Jung (HBO
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Cinemax Renews Action Series Banshee for Second Season

Cinemax has renewed the action series Banshee for a second season, scheduled to debut in 2014, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The show is currently in its first season, with episodes debuting Friday at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). Executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes, Banshee stars Antony Starr (“Rush”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Scripts for the first season are conceived and written by Tropper and Schickler. Writers John Romano (“Monk”), Evan Dunsky (“Two and a Half Men”),...
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Liz Brixius Signs Deal With Universal TV

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Exclusive: Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius has signed an overall deal with Universal Television. The rich two-year pact reunites Brixius with former Showtime entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, who developed and put Nurse Jackie on the air and now oversees NBC and Universal TV as NBC Entertainment chairman. Under the new deal, Brixius will develop new projects for Uni TV. Related: ‘Nurse Jackie’ Co-Creators-Showrunners Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius To Depart Brixius recently left Nurse Jackie, on which she served as co-showrunner for four seasons alongside fellow co-creator/executive producer Linda Wallem, who also departed. The two co-created the dark comedy starring Edie Falco with Evan Dunsky. Nurse Jackie was the first TV series for Brixius, who previously teamed with Wallem to co-create another Showtime project, Insatiable, which was picked up to pilot by Greenblatt and led to the duo’s gig on Nurse Jackie. In addition to her four-year stint on Nurse Jackie,
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Showtime hit series 'Nurse Jackie' seeking a newborn baby and adult extras

The Showtime Networks medical drama comedy series "Nurse Jackie" is currently seeking a newborn baby, male or female, any ethnicity, 14 days - 4 weeks old for an upcoming episode. The extras casting director is also seeking adult extras in the New York City area to work as paid general background performers. The series shoots at Kaufman Astoria Studios. Nurse Jackie was created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky with Brixius and Wallem serving as showrunners for the series and sharing executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach and John Melfi. Richie Jackson executive produces for Jackson Group Entertainment.
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