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Joss Whedon is once again trying to Save the Day with a politically-themed short video. Minka Kelly, Anders Holm and Luis Guzman star in “Fraud Squad,” which follows this week’s “Weatherman” in the “Avengers” director’s quest to keep Donald Trump far away from the White House — and offer a glimpse of the potential consequences of an actual Trump presidency.
This latest video takes aim at the problem or voter fraud — or, more accurately, the lack thereof. With a “Law and Order”–style intro — “In the U.S. Government,” the narrator intones, “there’s only one team equipped to take on the scourge of voter fraud” — the video presents the Fraud Squad as a quick-to-action task force who, after the action-packed opening credits, have literally nothing to do other than sit in their drab office and contemplate lunch options. »
- Michael Nordine
Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers, is calling it a career this weekend after 67 years in the booth. If you will indulge me, I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite moments from Scully behind the microphone, and about one night at Dodger Stadium that will make me miss him even more.
But first, a little background. I was never a big baseball guy growing up, even though I played a couple of seasons on a local Little League team. (Our squad was called the Firemen.) During those days, when I wasn’t playing the game, either in Little League or somewhere on my grandma’s farm with my cousins, the presence of a baseball broadcast usually meant that something I’d rather have been watching on TV was unavailable to see because someone else wanted to watch the damn game. (I tried to sit down, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Last season, the Code Black TV show started off with mediocre ratings and the numbers plunged in week two. It looked like the series would be cancelled but other CBS shows did even worse so Code Black was renewed for a second season -- with some behind-the-scene changes. Will the ratings improve? Will there be a third season renewal? Stay tuned.Code Black takes place in an Emergency Room in Los Angeles -- the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation. The staggering influx of patients often outweighs the limited resources available to the devoted doctors and nurses who work there, creating a condition known as Code Black. In season two, the cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Rob Lowe, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Harry Ford, Luis Guzman, Melanie Chandra, William Allen Young, Boris Kodjoe, and Jillian Murray.The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's »
"I thought it would save lives and it did." CBS has released a new preview for season two of Code Black featuring Rob Lowe.The medical drama takes place in a Los Angeles ER where underfunding and understaffing pile huge pressures on its staff. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, William Allen Young, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Luis Guzman.Read More… »
The first look video includes an introduction to Lowe’s character, as well as a refresher on the existing cast members populating the medical drama, including Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Leanne Rorish, the ER Residency Director at Angels Memorial Hospital, and Boris Kodjoe as Dr. Mike Campbell, the Chief of Surgery.
It was announced in July that Lowe would join Season 2 as Colonel Ethan Willis, a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach staff what the military has learned about combat medicine. Lowe’s hire followed a cast shakeup that saw Season 1 regulars Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey exit the series »
- Arya Roshanian
Mum's the word at Angels Memorial. How will the Code Black TV show on CBS handle the absence of Bonnie Somerville's Christa Lorenson and Raza Jaffrey's Neal Hudson? By not mentioning the characters, at all, according to Ep Michael Seitzman. Code Black season two premieres Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt on CBS.The showrunner told TV Line, “We just never found a good way to address it.” The writing staff felt jamming in a line about Christa and Raza moving on was too much exposition, according to the report. The medical drama stars Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Jillian Murray, Boris Kodjoe, and William Allen Young. Rob Lowe is joining in the second season. Read More… »
Rob Lowe is trading in the courtroom for the hospital. TVLine has released a first look of the former Grinder star in season two of Code Black.The CBS drama takes place in a Los Angeles ER where underfunding and understaffing pile huge pressures on its staff. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, William Allen Young, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Luis Guzman.Read More… »
Episodes' Kathleen Rose Perkins has been cast in the second season of the Code Black TV show on CBS. She will play Angels Memorial's psychiatrist, Dr. Amanda Nolan, whom Deadline describes as "formidable." While Episodes was not cancelled, it is ending. The fifth and final season debuts on Showtime in January 2017On Code Black, Perkins joins Rob Lowe who was previously cast in a series regular role, as well as recurring actors Noah Gray-Cabey, Emily Tyra, and Nafessa Williams. Perkins' recurring character is said to be "major." The Code Black TV series cast also includes: Marcia Gay Harden, Melanie Chandra, William Allen Young, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Luis Guzmán, Boris Kodjoe, and Jillian Murray. Code Black, season two, premieres Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 10:00pm »
Code Black has some new company. Deadline reports Camryn Manheim (pictured), Eric Roberts, and Alexandra Grey have been cast in season two of the CBS series.The medical drama follows an La emergency room under pressure from low funding and staffing. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, William Allen Young, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Luis Guzman.Read More… »
Directed by Peter Atencio.
Two nerdy cousins pose as notorious gangsters to infiltrate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a stolen kitten.
The main trio behind this film – the two leads Jordan Peele and Kegan-Michael Key, and its director Peter Atencio – mark their first big-screen collaborative effort here, a significant departure from their previous sketch-off TV outing of Key & Peele, to produce an action comedy that hinges on a silly premise. Keanu may retain the teams chemistry, but their small—screen past cannot mask some of their shortcomings.
In an explosive opening sequence, one that calls back to 90s John Woo action films, the audience witness the efficiency of two long-haired assassins known as the Allentown Boys, who decimate a Mexican drug operation. The Allentown Boys appear to »
- Matthew Lee
Have you been worried about a certain handsome, blue-eyed former Brat Pack-er, now that The Grinder TV show has been cancelled by Fox? Fret no more. Rob Lowe has joined the second season cast of the Code Black TV series on CBS. He will play Colonel Ethan Willis -- a series regular role. A doctor, Col. Willis is transferred from a combat hospital in Afghanistan and assigned to teach at Angels Memorial. CBS says Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) will welcome his "aggressive, rule-breaking style," but the other doctors won't necessarily share her opinion.The Code Black cast also includes Luis Guzman, Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Jillian Murray, Boris Kodjoe, and William Allen Young. The medical drama comes from writer Michael »
Code Black wasn't an out of the gate hit.
But it really put the pedal to the metal as far as the medical drama was concerned. Every week, Code Black Season 1 had a very strong medical case, sometimes involving their own characters.
Rob Lowe is about to become one of those characters. He's joined as a series regular!!
His character will be introduced on the second season premiere on September 28.
A doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program, Colonel Ethan Willis, has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine.
His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors.
- Carissa Pavlica
“Code Black” was just diagnosed with some major star power.
Rob Lowe is joining the cast of the CBS medical drama as a series regular for the second season, which premieres this fall.
Lowe will make his debut in the season premiere on Sept. 28. He will play Colonel Ethan Willis, a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine. His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors.
Lowe’s casting is one of “Code Black’s” many changes, as the series heads into its sophomore season, and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Cameron Crowe‘s Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots and Rafe Spall is set to debut on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. What’s more it’s coming to the streaming service very soon – Monday.
The show is executive produced by Crowe, J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman, and episodes 1 & 2 of the music-inspired comedy series will debut on Monday 4thJuly, with subsequent episodes launching weekly, only a day after they premiere in the Us, starting on Monday 11th July. Great news, right?
Roadies is a new comedy series that follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour, but with a simple twist: the band is in the background, and the roadies take the spotlight. This is an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music, and the improvised family they’ve formed along the way. »
- Paul Heath
Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »
- Joey Magidson
In quick (and shamelessly Showtime-y) fashion, Roadies first introduces us to tour manager Bill (played by Luke Wilson) as he unwittingly beds a bigwig promoter’s (very) young daughter — which is par for the course for the divorcé, production manager Shelli (Carla Gugino) later points out. The premiere revolves around the Staton-House Band’s tour stop in New Orleans, where we next meet Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots), an electrician on the cusp of »
Somewhat likable if too silly for its own good, Puerto Ricans in Paris is the kind of film that might one day find itself adapted into a sitcom. Directed by Ian Edelman from a script co-written by Edelman and Neel Shah, the flick finds two NYPD detectives Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) in Paris on the hunt for a stolen designer handbag. Experts at detecting Canal Street knock-offs, they’re retained by a sexy Paris designer Colette (Alice Tagloni) and her business partner Vincent (Frederic Anscombre) to chase down leads including a young apprentice, a publicist, and a broke model who recently and mysteriously just purchased a vineyard.
Both men come equipped with drama; Luis is a playboy whose been casually seeing Vanessa (Rosario Dawson) until she wants more while Eddie, a family man, is so financially stretched he’s unable to give Rosie Perez‘s Gloria, his wife and also Luis’ sister, a decent anniversary night out. There’s the set up and the film doesn’t quite deliver a great punch-line, although it has many a beat you’d expect with a few laughs along the way. Students of the buddy comedy will surely find the picture to be comfort food.
The most delightful thing about feature is Guzmán in his first leading role. He’s as funny as ever, even if the material doesn’t give him much to work with. Puerto Ricans in Paris is such a sitcom that it plays like one of those special episodes where the characters are taken out of the studio and let loose in the wild. A film seen in theaters probably shouldn’t recall the special two-part episode of Perfect Strangers that found Larry and Balki running for their life after accidentally taping a mob murder in La, but this one is pretty much that.
Puerto Ricans in Paris finds Luis and Eddie in a string of improbable situations, right down to a fitting montage that doesn’t quite work to drinking gags as they insert themselves into Persian life after hours — it’s all quite trite. One early bartering scene which finds our guys dressed as Sheiks is downright culturally embarrassing for all (mostly the film’s audience) without much of a pay-off. I’m sure not even Jeff Franklin, creator of Full House, Bosom Buddies and Hanging With Mr. Cooper, would have signed off on a gag that dumb in the 1990s. Other gags and pay-offs inspire that “ah ha” moment, and one nice thing to be said for its script is it leaves no loose ends, an ideal exercise in narrative economy.
The grand takeaway from Puerto Ricans in Paris, which delivers what you’d expect and not much else, is that someone ought to finally give Luis Guzmán the leading role of a lifetime. The film, however, is tolerable on cable or free TV. It certainly isn’t the worst film you can check into for a few minutes, although that depends on which point you check in.
Puerto Ricans in Paris is now playing in select theaters and is available on VOD.
- John Fink
Charlie Sheen may have become as well-known for his erratic behavior as his acting in recent years, but now the oft-controversial star - who in November revealed he was HIV-positive - wants to use his fame as a platform to advocate for sexual health. "I guess certain things happen for a reason," Sheen, 50, told People in an exclusive interview in New York City on Monday. "And maybe all of the stuff that I've done professionally, to garner such attention and fanfare and whatever else - good or bad - was sort of leading to a greater calling, a deeper calling, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Chicago – Occasionally, a film breaks through the miasma of images, and proclaims its uniqueness by just being weird. Case in point, the strange and wacky “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which may have been created after two rich film producers made a one dollar bet (ala “Trading Places”) that they could come up with a movie simply based on the title.
With a plot that would be at home in a 1970s cop drama – New York City undercover cops of Puerto Rican heritage go to Paris to break up a counterfeit designer purse crime – the absurdity of the situation and the actors playing the cops are almost secondary to the off-the-grid humor that emerges both because of and despite the situation. The film also looks good, better than would be expected for such a story, and Paris gets its due as a destination. One of the best examples of the bizarre nature of the way this film was approached, is the casting of Edgar Garcia (whose only major credit was in HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” created by Ian Edelman, the director of this film). He portrays the more romantic of the two cops in Paris, despite his tattooed girth and bald head. Obviously, Edgar has something on Ian.
Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) are undercover New York City cops, whose beat is busting counterfeit designer purse criminals. After a successful exposure of a one such crook, they are approached by a Paris designer named Collette (Alice Taglioni) to come to the City of Lights to retrieve a hot designer bag – stolen right before its anticipated release.
Lured by a large reward, the two fish-out-of-water lawmen start living in luxury in Paris, while coming up with ever more outlandish ways to check out Collette’s staff for the possible thief. In the meantime, the same Collette has a crush on Eddie, which wouldn’t sit right with his wife Gloria (Rosie Perez). There are many complications to consider before this case can be solved.
”Puerto Ricans in Paris” continues its limited release in Chicago on June 10th, and is available through digital download. See local listings for theaters and showtimes, plus see digital providers for availability. Featuring Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor and Alice Taglioni. Written by Ian Edelman and Neel Shah. Directed by Ian Edelman. Rated “R”
Photo credit: Focus World
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Hollywood’s diversity issue came to a head with the Academy Award nominations stirring up the age old conversation about diversity in Hollywood. The #OscarSoWhite uproar forced studios and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Television to address the disparity, but actor/producer and star of the upcoming Puerto Ricans In Paris Luis Guzman doesn’t put the blame entirely on Hollywood but on the communities itself.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Lupe Haas)
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