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Tom Hanks dons the pilot attire in our first look at Sully, Clint Eastwood’s upcoming true-life drama that recounts the heroics of Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the daring U.S. Airways pilot who staged an emergency landing in the Hudson River seven years ago, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.
Held up as the “Miracle of the Hudson,” these images come to us by way of People (thanks, Entertainment Weekly), showcasing Hanks in the title role alongside Aaron Eckhart’s equally-mustached co-pilot, Jeffrey Skiles.
Remaining in the wheelhouse of real-life dramas following the barnstorming success of American Sniper, Sully represents the first film that Clint Eastwood shot using IMAX cameras, and the fact that the production disassembled an Airbus A320 for transportation to a Warner Bros. lot – where it was dunked in a massive interior pool – typifies the filmmaker’s commitment to realism.
- Michael Briers
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).
In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.
The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »
- Tim Gray
Lolita Davidovich — who played Linda, the spouse of Liotta’s Lieutenant Matt Wozniak, in seven Season 1 episodes — has exited the series ahead of Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively. Gossip Girl vet Margaret Colin has been tapped to assume the recurring role.
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According to an NBC rep, Davidovich departed the series due to scheduling conflicts.
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Preacher, Orphan Black, Bones and Orange Is the New Black!
1 | Don’t you wish Outlander had given Angus a few final words, rather than just guttural noises and blood-spitting?
2 | Did seeing this commercial during 30 for 30‘s O.J. docuseries make you wonder how Hertz for so long got away with that missing apostrophe? Ugh.
3 | How is it that the Tonys are vastly more entertaining than other awards shows? Is it because of the snippets of Broadway productions (e. »
Seth Meyers isn’t dropping his “ban” on Donald Trump, but he is prepared to help land him a job with Dick Wolf should he agree to exit the presidential race prior to the Republican National Convention.
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The Late Night host on Thursday offered the candidate “all the trappings of the presidency, without any of the responsibility” courtesy of a straight-to-series order for Chicago President. The generous deal would let his supporters “watch [him] be president but with no real-world consequences.”
As outlined by Meyers, the »
Anna Gunn, best known for playing Skylar White on Breaking Bad, is joining the cast of crime drama series Shades of Blue. Anna Gunn Joins Shades Of Blue Gunn has been tapped to join Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta on the NBC series, reported Entertainment Weekly. She will play a rising city Councilwoman, who is […]
- Chelsea Regan
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Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.
Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.
Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.
Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”
Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.
Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.
Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.
Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.
Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends. Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn. McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »
- Lamarco McClendon
NBC this year is the first broadcaster out of the gate with their Fall TV premiere plan, and it kicks off on Sept. 14 with Blindspot‘s Season 2 opener leading out of the America’s Got Talent finale. Chicago Fire meanwhile will bring up the rear, not launching Season 5 until mid-October.
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Also of note, the new Kristen Bell/Ted Danson comedy The Good Place is getting a very good showcase — airing a sneak preview after The Voice’s Season 11 opener before moving to its regular Thursday home — while the »
There are shades of Walter White in Anna Gunn‘s new role.
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The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the »
Breaking Bad alumna Anna Gunn has booked a recurring role opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta on the second season of NBC drama Shades of Blue. Production got underway today in New York for a mid-season return. Emmy winner Gunn will play a City Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office. She's the former protégée of Wozniak (Liotta), and she used to be part of Harlee’s (Lopez) dirty crew of cops. Gunn's character is described as being a… »
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- Liz Raftery
Gunn has landed the recurring role of a former police officer who was a member of Harlee's (Jennifer Lopez) group of dirty cops and was once a protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta). After rising up through the
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- Liz Raftery
When Days of Our Lives’ Hope agreed to have a romantic dinner with Aiden Wednesday (NBC, 1/12c), she didn’t realize that she wouldn’t just be breaking bread with the last man she made her husband but also a guy who, as recently as their wedding day, was planning to make himself her widower. Even after he had a change of heart, was replaced by a look-alike assassin and escaped from captivity to return from “the dead,” marvels Kristian Alfonso, who plays the heroine, “Aiden’s still continuing to lie to her.
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The Late Night host on Tuesday banned the Republican presidential nominee from appearing on his NBC talk show following the candidate’s decision to block The Washington Post from attending his campaign events. Trump’s embargo on the D.C.-based publication came after a headline was published emphasizing his inherent attempts to paint President Barack Obama as a terrorist sympathizer in wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting on »
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Rudolph and Short were also joined by Nick Jonas (Kingdom), Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence), John Cena (American Grit) and Jimmy Fallon, all of whom were game for segments involving hunky first-responders, pesky entertainment reporters and singing restaurant staffers.
Voters love Crazy Eyes; Uzo Aduba has landed two consecutive Emmys (in 2014 she was submitted in the guest actor category) including last year’s supporting actress win. She could well repeat this year, but faces some serious competition from previous nominees.
Expect to see “Game of Thrones” ladies Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey return; both are coming off a strong season. A previous nominee for “ER,” Maura Tierney is fresh off a Golden Globe win for “The Affair” and could break in to the Emmy race this year.
With “Downton Abbey” having wrapped, it’s likely previous winner Maggie Smith and previous nominee Joanne Froggatt will break into the category. Also bidding farewell was “The Good Wife,” for which Christine Baranski has amassed six nominations.
- Jenelle Riley
Sony Pictures has released a trailer for the upcoming drama Equity which stars Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), James Purefoy (The Following), Alysia Reiner (Orange Is the New Black), Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards); check it out below after the official synopsis…
Equity follows a top female investment banker, played by two time Emmy Award-winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) who leads a controversial tech Ipo in the post financial crisis world where regulations are tight but pressure to bring in “big money” remains high.
Equity is set for release on July 29th in the States.
- Amie Cranswick
While the vast majority of movies centered around Wall Street view it from a male perspective, this year at Sundance we got a drama that looks at the often-neglected female side. Meera Menon’s Equity follows Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn as she navigated greed and sexism in the stock trade. Produced, written, and directed by women, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a summer release by Sony Pictures Classics.
We said in our review (a portion of which is quoted in the trailer), “Equity is more nuanced, if not as ferociously confidant as that 1987 Oliver Stone film, here focusing on the nitty gritty of a market launch of a social media-style security company. In a post-Snowden leaks and Sony hacks world, the set-up seems entirely plausible, but the thrust of the plot isn’t really what derives the drama.”
- Jordan Raup
The Wall Street/financial thriller is a subgenre typically dominated by men, very often telling stories about how amazing and awesome shady Wall Street banking can be, especially if you’re a dude. That’s all going to change though with Equity, a film that takes a look at the world of high profile investment bankers from the perspective of the tough, amoral women who slice throats right beside the men.
Equity stars Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop, a senior investment banker who really enjoys her job. Bishop is brutal, balancing extreme power with the fact of her femininity – and the difficulties that presents in a male-dominated profession. But all is not well on Wall Street, and Bishop finds herself facing scandal and potential ruin after she’s passed over for a promotion. She finds herself facing an aggressive prosecutor, a controversial Ipo, and the potential collapse of that very »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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