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Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3," "The Dark Knight Rises") has joined the cast of Tim Story's "Ride Along" sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell's role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Jason Sudeikis ("We're the Millers") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic "Race" which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.
Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens' obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]
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David Fynn, Vanessa Lengies, Gary Cole and Nancy Travis will star in the indie film Married Young, which centers on a devoted husband and father who struggles to keep his marriage intact amongst the chaos of family life. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Also featuring Lucas Neff, Ever Carradine, Max Beesley and John Pankow, Married Young will be directed by Daniel Kaufman from a screenplay by Jon Dabach. The film, which follows a man who deals with the challenges of a two year-old, a pregnant wife and an animated alter ego, is currently shooting. Kaufman, known
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If the El Rey Network has been off your radar since "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" ended its first season, you may want to remedy that situation as they're running a "Romero-thon" saluting the Godfather of Zombies during the upcoming 4th of July weekend.
It all begins Saturday, July 5th, at 9:00 pm, and the following films will be shown:
Knightriders (1981) - 9:00 pm, July 5th
A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents, and a growing sense of delusional from their leader. Starring Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, and Patricia Tallman.
Monkey Shines (1988) - 12:00 midnight, July 6th
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New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey made her breakthrough into movies and cinema history with Peter Jackson's true-crime drama Heavenly Creatures back in 1994. Since then, she's become an actress utterly beloved by critics and indie movie fans for her layered performances in films like Win Win, Away We Go, Up In the Air and Hello I Must Be Going. In the new-to-iTunes comedy Putzel, Lynskey learned to embrace her inner shiksa to play Sally, the spunky center of this raunchy rom-com's tricky love triangle. Putzel stars Jack Carpenter (I Love Beth Cooper) as Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein, a neurotic New York Jew who has become so engrained into the daily operations of his family's Upper West Side bagels and lox shop that the very thought of stepping outside the neighborhood fills him with crippling anxiety. He attempts to buckle down and prove to his uncle Sid (John Pankow) that he's ready »
It's been a long time since Showtime aired the second season of Episodes. Are viewers still interested? Fortunately, the show won't be cancelled anytime soon. It's already been renewed for year four.
Episodes continues to tell the tale of a married writing team (Tamsin Greigas and Stephen Mangan) as they try to reproduce their British TV hit for an American network with Matt LeBlanc as its star. Others in the cast include John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins, and Mircea Monroe.
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"Episodes," one of TV's funniest comedies, returns with its Season 3 premiere tonight on Showtime.
Stephen Mangan's Sean Lincoln has finally found his way back to his wife Beverly (Tamsin Greig), and she him, but it won't be an easy road for the couple. As the Lincolns (a pair of British comedy writers on the series) continue to pen their show-within-a-show, "Pucks," starring (the fictionalized) Matt LeBlanc, they have some new challenges in store, besides figuring out how to be back together.
Studio boss Merc Lapidus (John Pankow) was fired in the explosive Season 2 finale, and someone ...
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“Pucks,” the show within a show at the heart of “Episodes,” has been a shaky proposition ever since the network decided to turn a British boarding school comedy into a sitcom with “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc as a high school hockey coach. Its ratings have never taken off, despite attempts to goose it. Heading into the third season of “Episodes,” “Pucks” is very much on the bubble. Alas, it has even more challenges to overcome when a new network president takes over from ousted boss Merc Lapidus (John Pankow), and promises big changes. On the romantic front, British show creators Sean. »
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The folks at Showtime are no fools. Having witnessed the disproportionate attention HBO enjoyed with its inside-baseball series “Entourage,” they went out and got one of their own. Alas, “Episodes” offers both the same cheeky references and exaggerated-for-effect view of Hollywood – in other words, dealing in fluff without much substance. And even if the first season was far from perfect, it closed on one of those “The Candidate”-like “What do we do now?” moments that would have been a clever place to end things. As is, the series has lived into season three, yielding more bang, promotionally speaking, than yuks.
“Episodes” remains distinguished, mostly, by Matt LeBlanc’s gameness in playing a jaundiced, utterly self-absorbed version of himself, the classic stereotype of a sitcom star with an oversized ego (and at least in the show, other appendages as well). There is truth, as well as some fun, in moments »
- Brian Lowry
Showtime is on an Internet video spree, posting the season premieres of their Sunday night programming on YouTube early. After giving the Season 4 premiere of "Shameless" to the world, fans can also now watch "House of Lies" (above) and "Episodes" (at the end of this post).
After the explosive events at the end of Season 2 of "House of Lies," the pod has been dissolved. Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) has started his own firm, Jeanie (Kristen Bell) and Doug (Josh Lawson) have their own pod at his former employer, and Clyde (Ben Schwartz) is off working for Monica (Dawn Olivieri).
On "Episodes," Merc (John Pankow) doesn't have his job or wife, having seemingly lost them both at the end of Season 2. Matt (Matt LeBlanc) is sitting pretty though, because he ended up with Jamie (Genevieve O'Reilly).
Poor Merc. Season 2 of the Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes on Showtime left smarmy network exec Merc Lapidus (John Pankow) high and dry… er, wet actually, after being dumped by his mistress Carol (Kathleen Rose Perkins) and left out in the rain. Not to mention he’s been fired. And his wife left him and is sleeping with Matt LeBlanc. Needless to say, Merc’s seen better days.
“I’m kind of on the outside looking in,” Pankow says in the featurette below of Merc’s place in the show as we head into season 3, which premieres on Showtime on Jan. »
- Laura Hertzfeld
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