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Steven Soderbergh’s Heist Thriller Logan Lucky Casts Jack Quaid

16 June 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After finding some wiggle room in his commitment to HBO’s acclaimed music drama VinylJack Quaid has closed a deal to join Steven Soderbergh’s star-studded Nascar drama Logan Lucky.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that the up-and-comer now joins an ensemble that features Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Daniel Craig, Hillary Swank, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) and Alien: Covenant’s Katherine Waterston. That’s a casting call that once made room for Michael Shannon, before a scheduling clash forced the Midnight Special star to bow out of the project in favor of Guillermo del Toro’s as-yet-untitled Cold War romance.

Rooted in North Carolina, Logan Lucky is pitched as a family drama revolving around two daring brothers who stage a heist during the midst of a Nascar race. It’s a feature that has been simmering on the back-burner for some time, particularly when you factor in the ‘will he, won’t he?’ debacle that ensued before Soderbergh eventually decided to return behind the lens for the first time since Side Effects three years ago. Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin are on board to produce.

With an enviable ensemble in tow, Logan Lucky is expected to enter production in the coming months ahead of a theatrical release at some point next year. Currently, Soderberg is still in search of a distributor. »

- Michael Briers

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Fox Announces Premiere Dates for The Exorcist, Scream Queens Season 2, and Lucifer Season 2

16 June 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“What fresh hell is this?” Fox has officially set calendar slots for their fall TV schedule, including the premiere dates for The Exorcist, Scream Queens Season 2, and Lucifer Season 2.

Inspired by the 1971 novel and the 1973 film that both bear the same name, The Exorcist will make its series premiere on Friday, September 23rd at 9:00pm Est. Scream Queens, meanwhile, will return for its second season on Tuesday, September 20th at 9:00pm Est, and fans of Mr. Morningstar can watch Lucifer Season 2 debut on Monday, September 19th at 9:00pm Est. Below, we have the official press release with full details:

Press Release: Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.

All-new episodes of Gotham and Lucifer return Monday, Sept. 19. On Season Three of Gotham (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), the origin story continues and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. Season Two of Lucifer (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) promises to be a mother of a season, as Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is tasked with finding his family’s matriarch, while continuing to take down criminals alongside Lapd Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).

Tuesday nights of comedy begin Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the return of Brooklyn Nine-nine, New Girl and Scream Queens. Entering its fourth season, Brooklyn Nine-nine (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt) returns after a season finale cliffhanger in which Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his by-the-book boss, Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), were forced to enter the federal witness protection program. Then, the sixth season of ensemble comedy New Girl (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) continues to follow Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the gang as they attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood – from marriage to career advancement – with often hilarious results.

From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“The People V. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story,” “Nip/Tuck”), Brad Falchuk (“American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”) and Ian Brennan (“Glee”), Season Two of Scream Queens (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) graduates from the college campus and into a hospital with a haunted past, as a new and terrifyingly funny mystery begins. Returning for Season Two are cast members Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, 2016 Golden Globe Award nominee Jamie Lee Curtis as Cathy Munsch, Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich, Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5, Keke Palmer as Zayday Williams, Billie Lourd as Chanel #3, Glen Powell as Chad Radwell and Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill. Additional cast members to be announced.

Beginning Sept. 21, Wednesdays are explosive, with the series premiere of Lethal Weapon and the return of Empire. Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, Lethal Weapon (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) follows iconic cop duo Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) and Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Empire (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), broadcast television’s biggest hit, is a powerful drama about a family at the center of a music dynasty. This season, Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) sets his sights on a new streaming service; as his ex-wife, Cookie Lyon (Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson) pursues a new romantic interest; and his sons, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers), struggle with fame and ambition.

All-new episodes of Rosewood return, followed by the series premiere of Pitch, beginning Thursday, Sept. 22. Set against the vibrant backdrop of one of the world’s hottest cities – Miami – medical procedural Rosewood (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) enters its second season as top private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) solve the Miami Pd’s most challenging cases. Pitch (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) is the dramatic and emotional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”), who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight. From executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), the inspiring series also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), Ali Larter (“Legends,” “Heroes”), Mark Consuelos (“Kingdom,” “All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).

Friday nights are terrifyingly entertaining, beginning Sept. 23, with the return of Hell’S Kitchen and the series premiere of The Exorcist. Season 16 of Hell’S Kitchen (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts them through an intense culinary academy. Then, The Exorcist (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the series stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Chosen”) and Ben Daniels (“Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”).

Sunday Funday returns beginning Sept. 25, with the season premieres of Emmy Award-winning comedy Bob’S Burgers (7:30-8:00 Pm Et/Pt) and the unprecedented 28th season of The Simpsons (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt), followed by the premiere of hybrid live-action/animated family comedy Son Of Zorn (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt). Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man On Earth, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), Son Of Zorn follows an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean, who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and teenage son (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”). Rounding out the night are the 14th season premiere of creator Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy (9:00-9:30 Pm Et/Pt) and Season Three of the critically acclaimed live-action comedy The Last Man On Earth (9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), created by and starring Emmy Award nominee Will Forte.

Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are Et/Pt):

Monday, Sept. 19

8:00-9:00 Pm Gotham (Season Three Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Lucifer (Season Two Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 20

8:00-8:30 Pm Brooklyn Nine-nine (Season Four Premiere)

8:30-9:00 Pm New Girl (Season Six Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Scream Queens (Season Two Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 21

8:00-9:00 Pm Lethal Weapon (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Empire (Season Three Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 22

8:00-9:00 Pm Rosewood (Season Two Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Pitch (Series Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 23

8:00-9:00 Pm Hell’S Kitchen (Season 16 Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm The Exorcist (Series Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25

7:30-8:00 Pm Bob’S Burgers (Season Seven Premiere)

8:00-8:30 Pm The Simpsons (Season 28 Premiere)

8:30-9:00 Pm Son Of Zorn (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 Pm Family Guy (Season 14 Premiere)

9:30-10:00 Pm The Last Man On Earth (Season Three Premiere)

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- Derek Anderson

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‘Vinyl’s Jack Quaid Joins Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

16 June 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jack Quaid has joined the Steven Soderbergh-directed ensemble cast of Logan Lucky. Quaid, who co-stars in the returning HBO series Vinyl, was able to get Martin Scorsese and Scott Burns to allow him the flexibility to join a stellar cast that includes Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston, Hillary Swank, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough. The film, about brothers who plan a hest during a Nascar race in Charlotte, Nc, is… »

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Seth MacFarlane Tweets Brutally Honest Response To Orlando Shooting

14 June 2016 1:46 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, is known for his harsh statements. When addressing Sunday morning’s massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando MacFarlane did not hold back in his tweets. These shootings are a regular occurrence. You don’t get to be “shocked” anymore unless you take action to stop them. Ban automatic weapons. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 12, […]

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Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart on Doing Standup, Nicknames and Crazy Fan Encounters

14 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

To keep up with the irrepressible wit of Thomas Middleditch, we turned to none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. The banter between the star of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and the legendary actor — now creating his own memorable version of a talk show host in Starz’ “Blunt Talk” — ranged from jokes about their middle names (or lack thereof) to a far deeper exploration about what drove them to pursue their chosen careers. (And then there’s that moment when Middleditch asked Stewart to play “F—k, Marry, Kill,” but we’ll direct you to our website for that unforgettable clip.)

Thomas Middleditch: Do you have a middle name?

Patrick Stewart: I did have a middle name for about 18 months, because when I came to Hollywood in 1987, and tried to join the Screen Actors Guild there was already another Patrick Stewart, a member of the Guild. So there was a lot of negotiation over 18 months or so before I could use my full name. So I took an initial. And I chose an initial that would not have a disruptive effect on the whole word, so my name is Stewart, and chose the name Hewes, H-e-w-e-s. So you can say Patrick Hewes Stewart and you don’t really hear it. It’s not there at all.

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Middleditch: An unexpectedly detailed answer.

Stewart: I did warn you about the long answers to the simplest question.

Middleditch: Well around here, around Hollywood you’re called P-Stew. Everyone calls you that.   

Stewart: I like it very much.

Middleditch: It’s street. It’s quite urban.   

Stewart: Like many good things in my life it was my wife’s idea. Um, in fact Sir Pat Stew is …

Middleditch: There you go bringing in the knighthood.

Stewart: Well you know I have to …

Middleditch: First five minutes.

Stewart: What about you? Did you ever have a middle name?   

Middleditch: Of course, I still do.   

Stewart: I hope your story’s half as interesting as mine was.

Middleditch: No, it’s zero percent interesting. Thomas Steven, with a “v,” Middleditch.   

Stewart: Ok, but would you like to tell us where Middeditch comes from?

Middleditch: A Charles Dickens novel. No, it doesn’t, but it sounds like it does.

Stewart: Darn! That would have been great!

Middleditch: But doesn’t it sound like it should? Thomas Steven Middleditch, back to the coal mines!

“It felt exciting that when I would do this thing, I would get …that laughter and applause and approval — these are all sad things to want.” Thomas Middleditch

Stewart: What is the history of that name?

Middleditch: The Middleditches for many years, decades even, have been trying to figure that out. Everyone in my family has a different hypothesis. Some say agriculture. Some say, I think, my brother wants it to be like a soldier. He wants it to be like some kind of trench-digging thing.

Stewart: It’s a great name. 

Middleditch: Now P-Stew, what brought you back to television? You were gone for so long everyone said, “where is he?”    

Stewart: Yeah, when I disappear like that people always think that I’m with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, because nobody knows who’s there. It’s like going to some remote place in Alaska, though more fun.

Middleditch: Alaskan theater, by the way, is taking off.   

Stewart: I’ll investigate that another time. Yeah, it’s true. I had not done, certainly not series TV, since “Star Trek: The Next Generation” wrapped in April 1994.   

Middleditch: I’ve never heard of that show.   

Stewart: It’s a kind of genre show, with a rather small, specialized and highly intellectual audience. In fact, exclusively intellectuals. Which doesn’t surprise me that you’ve never heard of it.

Middleditch: Yeah I wouldn’t have heard, no. I’m kind of a sports guy.

Stewart: How did it all start for you?

Middleditch: Well, I believe much like you I got my, my first licks in the theater. The boards. I must give a big tip of the old hat to my eighth-grade drama teacher, Mr. Ken Wilson. I was always kind of a shy kid, but had a real ham inside. Like my impressions of my dad are always like, “Put on a proper smile Tom!” Because he’d be trying to take a photo I’d be like, ooooh, you know? But I also got teased a lot. And he just said, “I’m going to put you in a play” and then from that point on, I got into it. And took it a lot more seriously each year.

Stewart: So do you recall the first time you stepped onto a stage pretending to be someone other than Middleditch?

Middleditch: I do.

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Stewart: How did you feel?

Middleditch: It felt great. I got obsessed with “Kids in the Hall,” all that kind of stuff, but it was still pretty nebulous at that point. But I remember there was this bit, a routine, at the beginning of the play where I pop my head out and see the audience, get scared, and go back in. And this is like, you know, at that age, eighth grade, where you can do anything.

Stewart: I saw you do that on “Silicon Valley” the other night.

Middleditch: I’m known for that.   

Stewart: What was the emotional feeling of being on a stage eventually when you rehearse with lights flooding you and a darkened auditorium with people who you didn’t know sitting out there. How did that feel?

Middleditch: I can’t put it into like the feeling, the word, but I know it felt like this. It felt exciting that when I would do this thing, I would get that reaction, and that laughter and applause and approval — these are all sad things to want. But having that kind of stuff just sort of beamed back at me, because I did a thing.

Stewart: Was it largely comedy that you were doing then? Has it always been primarily comedy?

Middleditch: Yeah, it’s always been primarily comedy. Probably at one point in theater school, of which I dropped out…

Stewart: Well I’m interested because I was 12 when I was put in a play with adults for the first time. I’d done local pageants. In fact there is documentary evidence that when I was about 6 I played a character called Tom Towngate. Which was where I actually lived, in Towngate. I asked you this about how it felt because for me the experience, the very first time I walked on stage to rehearse in our school hall, with adults, I felt for the first time in my life actually safe.   

Middleditch: Oh really?

Stewart: And it was decades later and lots of very expensive but very fine Los Angeles therapy that I worked out what had happened. First of all, I was in a place, being in a play, where I knew what was going to happen. My family life was a little bit chaotic and sometimes a little scary and you never quite knew what was going to happen next, especially weekends. So, being in a play, everything was pre-determined. So I knew nothing bad could happen to me. I wasn’t being Patrick Stewart, who I didn’t care very much for anyway. I was playing another character.

Middleditch: Yeah. 

Stewart: And in this case a wealthy public school boy, which was as far removed from me as it could possibly be. So, the attraction was instantaneous and the impact was instantaneous. That I was in another life, in another world, being another person. And I, without becoming too introspective about that, I think that has remained as one of the primary urges in my life to do this job, this crazy job that we do. So you’ve just finished shooting the third season of “Silicon Valley,” which is an ensemble. Is there a particular attraction for you in that ensemble world rather than, you know, here’s the star of the show?

Middleditch: I wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference, because I haven’t really had that much experience being the sole pillar of any type of production. But I love it coming from, I guess, some theater and then mainly improv, because in comedy you need the other people to be on stage with you. Because there’s interaction, there’s scene work as opposed to standing and delivering jokes, say, in standup. I know for myself, I probably work a lot better in that, in the group environment. Only because if I am coming up short someone else helps.

Stewart: So you’ve done standup, a lot of standup.

Middleditch: Yeah. 

Stewart: I’ve done solo shows. And I found it lonely. I long to have another actor come on and say a few lines and then go off. I didn’t want them to stick around. Leave, and then I can get on with my own solo performance. But is there an overlap from the standup world?

“There is one standing joke that I have with my colleagues on ‘Blunt Talk,’ that I’m continually saying, ‘I’ve never done this before!’ ” Patrick Stewart

Middleditch: Both the benefit and the terrifying aspect of standup is when it’s going poorly, you’ve only yourself to blame. There’s no one to bail you out. But when it’s going great, all that approval is for you. There’s overlap, of course, because there are some comedians where their stuff is very tightly scripted and that’s a certain way of delivering jokes.

Stewart: That’s not you. No.

Middleditch: No, no. I find it’s nice to have things that I can go back to, so I know how I’m gonna end everything, but I do like to go off on tangents. I like stream-of-consciousness, trying to interact as much as I can, even though I’m terrible at what they call in the biz “crowd work.” It’s a funny term.

Stewart: Crowd work? Really?   

Middleditch: Yeah. Now, Patrick, Sir Patrick, P-Stew, your character in “Blunt Talk” is a bit of a ragamuffin, he’s into drinking, and having all kinds of fun. Have you played something like this, that we just don’t know about before? Or is this new? And what’s exciting as an actor to get into something like that?

Stewart: Well, in a couple of words, it is new. There is one constant kind of standing joke that I have with the crew and my colleagues on “Blunt Talk,” that I’m continually saying, ‘I’ve never done this before! This is the first time!’ Like I did an interrogation scene in a police interrogation room. Bare room, bare metal table, two detectives sitting — I had never played a scene like that before. And it was so exciting. I remember years ago a friend telling me he worked with Ian Holm, the British actor, and they were shooting a movie. And he came back into the trailer and he said to my friend, “I’m happy now. I can die contented as an actor.” And Tim said, “Well why?” He said, “Because I’ve just shot a scene when I ran along the roof of a moving train with a gun in my hand, there’s nothing more I want to do. “

Middleditch: Yeah, yeah.

Stewart: So, I think we all have those. So yeah, I have snorted cocaine on camera, which I have never done. I played my first post-coital scene, with Elisabeth Shue, which had all kinds of delights and pleasures attached to it. I’ve never actually started to undress a woman that, which I have done with a lovely actress. I, I  have never drunk so much alcohol. Not even when I played George in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Middleditch: Yes. Naturally.

Stewart: I’ve been in prison recently, in the show. You know wearing an orange suit, never ever done that before. I’ve never sung rap songs before, which I did in the first season of the series. So it is a constant delight to be having these new experiences. But even for me, our careers in a way couldn’t be more different. Comedy has come very, very late. 

Middleditch: Yes. 

Stewart: And for that I think two people have to be held responsible. And everyone should know this, because if they don’t like what I do as a funny actor, then these are the two people that they should go and speak to. First of all, Ricky Gervais, who cast me in “Extras,” and Seth MacFarlane cast me in “American Dad” 12 years ago.

Middleditch: Yeah, yeah.   

Stewart: So these two guys first said, “You’re funny.” And this has led to this new life, at the age of 75.   

Middleditch: What’s your favorite, best fan encounter? I’m sure it’s been at “Star Trek” conventions.   

Stewart: There are all kinds of encounters at those events, at those conventions. I have not been part of that world for a little while now. But the most bizarre was some years ago now, 10 years ago or more. I was in Mexico and I had been exploring the great Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. And there was one place in particular that had a complete sacred ball court.

‘Silicon’ Standout: Thomas Middleditch stars as tech genius Richard Hendricks on HBO’s Emmy favorite “Silicon Valley.”

Middleditch: Like tennis ball court?

Stewart: Yeah, they played a ball game. They’re not quite sure what the rules of this game were, but there is a something that comes out from the side of the court, which is like a sunken pit that has a circle in it. Instead of it being a basket, it’s a vertical circle in the wall. I’d gone back there very late in the afternoon, knowing that the place would be closing down, because I wanted to have it as much to myself as possible, and then just let myself go with fantasies about the Mayan people. It all worked perfectly, sun had set, it was getting dusk, the call came out, “We’re closing the park, everybody has to leave now.” Then finally the moment came I had to leave, and I was climbing down off the back wall of the sacred ball court, just as a woman came around a corner. And then she said, “Oh my God it’s Jean-Luc Picard!” And all my Mayan fantasies just collapsed and crumbled in the moment.   

Middleditch: That’s a great moment.

Stewart: What about you? You must have them?

Middleditch: I’m not at that point really where I’ll impress someone so delightfully with my presence. Hopefully in some years. But I find now it’s really interesting just even being in just the game more, more legitimately here in Hollywood, the idea of just meeting people. Let alone them being fans of yours, but that you thought you’d never meet or were influential in your life. Like us developing a friendship has been great. I remember first season just came out and I was at some HBO party, and Marisa Tomei comes up and says, “I love your show!” And it’s like, oh that’s weird, I never thought that was going to happen.

Stewart: Yeah. 

Middleditch: I managed to meet a few of the “Kids in the Hall” and those guys were very influential for me, and just now that you get into this world you meet these people. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross from “Mr. Show.” These people that kind of formed your sense of humor. Ricky Gervais, met him a couple times. He wouldn’t remember it.

Stewart: But it was for me, the time at the Golden Globes when I met all your colleagues Tj, and Martin and the whole cast. I was in geek heaven to have all four, five of you around me at that time. And of course to meet the show’s creator, Mike Judge.  It was a big, big thrill. I want to mention one other thing if I can really quickly. I read something in the newspaper the other day that gave me so much reassurance. We’re all insecure.

Middleditch: God yes. 

Stewart: Ok that’s a given. We’re all insecure. Well, I read a wonderful interview with Dustin Hoffman. He was in London for the opening of a movie. And he was being interviewed, and he was asked, was there one disappointment in his life? Was there one thing that he never quite achieved or wanted to achieve and didn’t? And he said, “Oh yes, absolutely. That I’m not Jack Nicholson.” And I want to say, “But you’re Dustin Hoffman!”

Middleditch: Yeah.   

Stewart: It doesn’t matter if you’re not Jack Nicholson, but that Dustin should have thought that really that’s what he would have liked to have been, he was an actor like Jack Nicholson. I find so charming and so reassuring that someone so distinguished and so remarkable can still have that feeling of but you know there was something else I could have done better.

Middleditch: Of course. Of course.


- Debra Birnbaum

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Seth MacFarlane Responds to Orlando Shooting: "Ban Automatic Weapons"

12 June 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane did not hold back over social media on Sunday following the news of the largest massing shooting in U.S. history which occurred in Orlando, Fla., the night before.  MacFarlane even responded to some Twitter users who questioned his comments.  "These shootings are a regular occurrence. You don't get to be "shocked" anymore unless you take action to stop them. Ban automatic weapons," he tweeted.  MacFarlane has more than 10 million Twitter followers.  { "nid": 901879, "type": "news", "title": "Tonys: Awards Ceremony to be Dedicated to Victims of Orlando Shooting", "path": "http://www.

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I'm linking out... ♫ I want the world to know, gotta blog it so...

10 June 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Guardian Carrie Fisher is doing an advice column? What happy potentially hilarious news

Salon They're prepping a Rumi biopic and the filmmakers want Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey Jr for the leading roles of Rumi and his mentor Shams. Those were real people and Persian muslims. Here we go again with Hollywood's tone deaf casting imperatives... (sigh)

Coming Soon Jennifer Lawrence to star in a movie about Elizabeth Holmes, once estimated to be worth $4.5 billion and now nothing. Adam McKay to direct so we're guessing he got a taste for Oscar with The Big Short and wants more.

MTV Teo Bugbee looks at the career of James Wan from Saw (2004) to The Conjurer 2 (2016)

Village Voice Angelica Jade Bastién on the female gaze of American Psycho

Pajiba gets vicious with a list of 'female equivalents of Sam Worthington' (i.e. generically attractive & completely unmemorable but they keep getting big roles) including Zoey Deutch, »


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Steven Soderbergh Expands ‘Logan Lucky’ Cast, Jennifer Lawrence Teams With Adam McKay, and More

10 June 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh is expanding his cast for his first feature since Side Effects, Logan Lucky. Depicting a pair of brothers who plan a heist during a high-profile Nascar race, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane have all previously joined. Now The Playlist lets us know, ahead of a shoot this fall, that Inherent Vice star Katherine Waterston has joined in an undisclosed role and Hilary Swank will take part as an FBI agent.

Speaking of Soderbergh, a female-led continuation of Ocean’s 11 is gearing up under the direction of Gary Ross (PleasantvilleThe Hunger Games). Although Jennifer Lawrence won’t take part as rumored, Showbiz 411 inform us that Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter are the first to join the cast. With a rumored main team of eight, we’re halfway there as Bullock takes the role of »

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John Williams Honored by Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford at AFI Gala

10 June 2016 12:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“That damn music follows me everywhere,” a heavily bearded Harrison Ford sighed from the Dolby Theater stage during the AFI’s Life Achievement Award presentation to John Williams on Thursday night, having just entered to the strains of the Williams-composed main theme to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” “They play it every time I walk on the stage. Every time I walk off the stage. It was playing in the operating room when I went in for a colonoscopy.”

The evening’s other tributes were significantly less visceral, but Ford struck on the night’s common theme: the utter ubiquity of Williams’ music both inside and outside of cinemas over the past half century.

With his career having intersected with the work of so many of Hollywood’s brightest names, the dinner (to be broadcast later this month on TNT) was an appropriately starry affair. Collaborators ranging from Steven Spielberg »

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'Alien: Covenant' Actress Katherine Waterston Joins Growing Cast in Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky'

9 June 2016 6:27 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Katherine Waterston may not be the most recognizable name just yet, but she certainly seems to be on the rise in Hollywood. A couple years ago, she was in P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice, and just last year, she acted alongside Michael Fassbender in the Steve Jobs movie, and she'll be in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them later this year. She's currently dodging Xenomorphs in the movie Alien: Covenant, and now it looks like she's joined the growing cast of Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, The Playlist reports.

Waterston will be joining an amazing ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, Katherine Heigl, Seth MacFarlane. The film revolves around two brothers looking to pull off a heist during a Nascar race. Given that this film has an ensemble cast and involves a heist, it's quite fitting that it comes from the same director as Ocean's Eleven. »

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Hilary Swank And Katherine Waterston Board Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky

9 June 2016 2:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Steven Soderbergh does love his heist movies. After delivering Warner Bros. a corking heist trilogy, packed with A-list talent in the shape of Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, he’s at it again. Logan Lucky is his next heist-related drama that’s now bolstered its cast with Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Alien: Covenant‘s Katherine Waterston.

Unlike the Vegas charms of Ocean’s, Logan Lucky is a real-life drama based in the world of Nascar, and is set to follow the tale of two brothers who stage a near-impossible heist to take place during a race. The news hails from Deadline, who sadly don’t offer any additional details on who either of the actresses will play. Let’s hope they get to sink their teeth into something a little meatier than romantic interests though. Perhaps they’re a couple of mechanics? Fingers crossed.

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Swank, Waterston In Soderbergh's "Lucky"

9 June 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hilary Swank and Katherine Waterston have joined the increasingly impressive cast of Steven Soderbergh's heist film "Logan Lucky".

Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough also star in the story which follows brothers who plan a crime during a Nascar race in North Carolina. Swank will play an FBI agent on the hunt for them.

Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin will produce. Swank will soon be a part of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "The One Percent" and Billie August's "55 Steps".

Source: Deadline »

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Exclusive: Katherine Waterston’s Role In ‘Alien: Covenant’ Revealed, Joins Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

9 June 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Go big or go home. That’s apparently the message for Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” his return to feature filmmaking. While the project features an all-star cast including Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, Katherine HeiglSeth MacFarlane, and the recently added Hilary Swank, there’s one more player coming on board. Sources close to the project have […]

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Hilary Swank Latest To Board Steven Soderbergh Heist Film ‘Logan Lucky’

9 June 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Hilary Swank is joining what has shaped up to be fun and interesting cast for Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky — a story about brothers who plan a crime during a Nascar race in Charlotte, Nc. Swank joins Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough. The film is being produced by Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin. In addition, Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant, Michael Clayton), is in… »

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Donald Trump Roast Revisited: What Comedians Weren't Allowed to Say and What Jokes Cut the Deepest

9 June 2016 8:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When Donald Trump was the focus of a Comedy Central roast in March 2011, everything, including his children and wife, was fair game except for one topic — his wealth.  The billionaire businessman was riding high at the time thanks to his hit reality show, The Apprentice. On a stage decked out in gold, naturally, Trump was taken apart by one foul-mouthed comedian after another, framing attacks about everything from his hair to his perverted thoughts about his own daughter. Seth MacFarlane served as roast master.  "By the way, Donald, it's pronounced 'huge,' not 'uge.' Also, it's

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Liz Heldens Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins Seth MacFarlane Fox Dramedy

2 June 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Writer-producer Liz Heldens has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the two-year pact, she will join the studio’s upcoming straight-to-series comedic drama created, executive produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane as executive producer. For the past two years, Heldens was under an overall deal at Sony TV, focused on development. She previously spent eight years at Universal TV, where she created the 2009 NBC medical drama Mercy and 2013 mystery drama D… »

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Seth MacFarlane Taps Jason Clark As President Of His Fuzzy Door Company

1 June 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Prolific TV creator-producer and feature writer-director Seth MacFarlane has hired his first development executive, naming Jason Clark as President of Production of his Fuzzy Door production company. Clark will oversee all areas of production and development for their current film and television slate, as well as shepherd new projects. Clark is known for producing live-action/CGI projects in film and television. He teamed with MacFarlane on the feature comedies Ted,… »

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Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Names Jason Clark President

1 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Producer Jason Clark has been named president of Seth MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door. Clark will shepherd new projects and oversee production and development for the company’s current film and television slate.

Clark had previously worked with MacFarlane on his feature films “Ted,” “Ted 2” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” He also served as an executive producer on “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “42,” and “Monster House.”

MacFarlane and Clark collaborated on the Fox miniseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” for which Clark won a PGA Award for outstanding producer of non-fiction television.

“This is an exciting time for Seth and Fuzzy Door and I could not pass up the opportunity to help him expand upon his reputation as an extraordinary talent, great producer and collaborator,” Clark said in a statement. “I’ve had the privilege of producing several feature and television projects with Seth in the past »

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Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Reveals Her Ideal Man: 'I Want Someone Who Has a Dad Bod'

1 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There is good reason to envy Emilia Clarke. She's on a globally popular TV show, Game of Thrones and stars in the buzzworthy new romantic drama Me Before You based on Jojo Moyes' best-selling novel. But most important, she's had the pleasure of sharing steamy fictional romances with a very handsome string of suitors: her Thrones paramours Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), and Me Before You costar Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, to name a few. "I know, they are so dreamy!" Clarke gushes about her onscreen love interests in the new issue of People. »

- Kara Warner @karawarner

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Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Reveals Her Ideal Man: 'I Want Someone Who Has a Dad Bod'

1 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There is good reason to envy Emilia Clarke. She's on a globally popular TV show, Game of Thrones and stars in the buzzworthy new romantic drama Me Before You based on Jojo Moyes' best-selling novel. But most important, she's had the pleasure of sharing steamy fictional romances with a very handsome string of suitors: her Thrones paramours Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), and Me Before You costar Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, to name a few. "I know, they are so dreamy!" Clarke gushes about her onscreen love interests in the new issue of People. »

- Kara Warner @karawarner

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