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Fleming: I had the dubious honor this week of writing our Robin Williams obit. Well actually it was more of a news story than, say, the obit of Lauren Bacall that came a day later. I found it a soul-sucking experience, leaving me the same empty feeling as when we published similar pieces on Tony Scott, Paul Walker, Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini, Corey Monteith and Michael Jackson. Juggling hard news with empathy in reporting a tragic loss of one so brilliant is the recipe for an awful day.
Bart: The suicide of a figure like Robin Williams always forces an editor to make a painful distinction: There’s a difference between a celebrity and a mythic figure. A celebrity gets a respectful obit. »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Which NCIS vet is getting an overdue origin story? Is Arrow‘s newcomer keeping secrets? Which Dexter alum is heading to Criminal Minds? Will a Castle quasi-couple finally get their due? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Any new info on Arrow’s Ray Palmer would be appreciated! –Rida
Hmm, I do like to be appreciated. Playing the Arrow newcomer, onetime Superman Brandon Routh is (like onetime Lois Lane Teri Hatcher) “spectacular,” Ep Marc Guggenheim tells TVLine. “He has exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. And what’s fun about the way Brandon interacts with »
"The criticism hurt, the lack of an Emmy nomination hurt, but we're going to come back strong and try to get back to the mountaintop." This was "Homeland" co-creator Alex Gansa, appearing with his fellow writers Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm at a press tour panel designed to preview the Showtime drama's fourth season (which debuts October 5), but that spent a lot of time revisiting a lot of the complaints about season 3. Gansa tried to steer into that particular skid by opening the panel with a joke about how the series will have to move on without a character whom viewers loved to hate, or hated to love — only he was referring not to Nicholas Brody, but Dana Brody. (He later said that it wasn't likely the Brody family would appear this season.) But he, Cary and Stiehm spent much of the panel politely but firmly disagreeing with various season 3 criticisms. »
- Alan Sepinwall
When Homeland returns to television this fall, fans of the Showtime political thriller will have to come to terms with a dramatically transformed show. Brody (Damian Lewis) is dead and gone, his wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and children Dana (Morgan Saylor) and Chris (Jackson Pace) are no longer part of the show, and protagonist Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), heavily pregnant with Brody’s child, has become the CIA’s station chief in Istanbul. Even Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is facing changes, now that he’s been fired from the CIA.
Luckily, there will be a host of newcomers to help Homeland get its momentum going again. Following the additions of Laila Robins (as a series regular), Corey Stoll (as a recurring guest star) and Suraj Sharma (in a heavily recurring role), Homeland has landed Raza Jaffrey and Michael O’Keefe for its fourth season.
Jaffrey, known for his roles in Eastern Promises, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Homeland” star Damian Lewis has signed on to play Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in PBS's much-anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel's “Wolf Hall.” The six-part miniseries is a Company Pictures and Playground co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes Touching Obituary — to Himself Lewis (pictured in “Homeland”) won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Sgt. Nicholas Brody during his three seasons on Showtime's terrorism drama. BAFTA-winning director Peter Kosminsky (“White Oleander”) will direct “Wolf Hall,” which follows the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor. »
- Tim Molloy
Even though the third season finale of Homeland aired nearly five months ago, fans of the show still can’t seem to come to terms with Brody’s shocking death by hanging. The show’s star Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) and showrunner/executive producer Alex Gansa were peppered with questions about the drama’s decision to kill off such a major character during a TV Academy panel for the show Friday night in Los Angeles. Gansa wouldn’t comment on a potential flashback/dream cameo by Damien Lewis as Brody, but hinted at a few details about the fourth season, »
- Stephanie Robbins
Comedian John Pinette was found dead at age 52 in his hotel room in Pittsburg on Saturday, April 5.
According to the medical examiner, Pinette died of natural causes related to “a medical history he was being treated for." According to the New York Daily News, Pinette was being treated for liver and heart disease.
Pinette earned a place in history in 1998 when he appeared as Howie, the victim of a carjacking in the Seinfeld series finale, but he was also a successful and beloved stand-up comedian and was still touring at the time of his death.
Friends and comedians took to Twitter to express their grief over the loss.
The world has lost a truly funny person. Rest in peace John Pinette.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) April 7, 2014
Never worked with John Pinette; never heard a bad word about him. And he Loved being a comedian. He got dealt a good life. #Rip »
“Homeland” is going on a road trip. The acclaimed Showtime drama will shoot in Cape Town, South Africa, for its upcoming fourth season, with production beginning in mid-June and continuing through November. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes Touching Obituary — to Himself The series had been shooting in Charlotte, N.C. The fourth season of the series will find find CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 “We've. »
- Tim Kenneally
Lucy Hood, president and COO of the Television Academy, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 56. Hood, who earned an Mba from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, was the founder of Fox Mobile Entertainment and the Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management, and also had a hand in launching News Corporation technology businesses such as Fox.com, FX Cable an News Corp Content Group. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) She was appointed executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology at the University of Southern California in 2009. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes. »
- Tim Kenneally
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Brian Salisbury of One of Us and Film School Rejects to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic was a discussion on character actors in honor of the passing of James Rebhorn this past week. The guys briefly scratch the surface of their favorite character actors and talk over how some of them have transitioned to leading parts. They also go through a few older leading role actors who have now slipped into obscurity and are now taking more interesting and eccentric roles. Enjoy. Download #191 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP191.mp3" title="Those Guys! Character Actors (Guest: Brian Salisbury)"]The Golden Briefcase #191[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: Checking In to Cinema's Hotels (Guest: Ed Travis) Our Guest: Brian Salisbury: @Briguysalisbury Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Alan Partridge Brian: Sudden Impact Tim: »
- Tim Buel
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! I know that some of you have been feeling a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast withdrawal. Apologies. Alan was traveling. And I was traveling. And there was only a limited amount of new TV to talk about. And y'all got *two* in-person video shows! So Firewall & Iceberg still loved you these past two weeks. Just not in podcast form. But we're back. And it's a fairly busy podcast today. We answer some mail about various things including Emmy category manipulation, we paid brief tribute to the late James Rebhorn and we talked about the finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And next week should be even busier! And I sound like poo in this week's podcast. No clue why. Apologies. Here's today's breakdown: Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25) Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10) James Rebhorn »
- Daniel Fienberg
Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg podcast? Due to recent travels by both me and Dan, not to mention a bit of a slow period in between the end of the Olympics and the flood of April premieres, we haven't done a podcast in a few weeks. That changed today, however, as Dan and I got on the line — with the usual iffiness from Skype — to discuss the recent Emmy categorization news, the fate of "Enlisted" (a segment recorded before Fox announced that the show was being pulled from the schedule after this week's episode), the death of James Rebhorn and the recent finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And there is so much stuff debuting next week that even with the video show and the podcast, we may not be able to contain it all. The rundown: Here's today's breakdown: Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00: »
- Alan Sepinwall
Cinema Blend super depressing think piece about Chris Evans planned retirement after Captain America and why our franchise culture kills an actor's passion
Empire Madonna is not done directing. Next up: Ade: A Love Story based on the novel by Alice Walker's daughter
Guardian wonders when we'll start seeing gay parents in family films from Disney
Variety True Detective will compete in drama rather than in miniseries at the Emmys. Interesting move, right? I still think the Emmys need to start making rulings on this sort of thing just so there's consistency, rather than letting the shows decide.
The Wire Fwiw this is the article that seems to make the most sense as to why HBO is doing that
- NATHANIEL R
Chris Evans might be hanging up his superhero costume - People Emma Stone talks about Andrew Garfield's "package" - HuffPost Celebrity Kourtney Kardashian opens up about attachment parenting - Us Weekly Mark Wahlberg heads to CinemaCon to promote Transformers 4 - Lainey Gossip Homeland's James Rebhorn wrote his own obituary before his death - Et Are these pop stars really feuding? - Gossip Girl Aubrey Plaza exposes the dark side of Ring Pops - BuzzFeed Kevin Spacey lands a big new role - Hollywood Reporter There's a new Frank Ocean album on the way - Pink Is the New Blog Grey's Anatomy is losing two doctors - Vulture Source: Getty / Samir Hussein »
- Brittney Stephens
Over the last few days, most media outlets (including Indiewire) have published an obituary for the television, stage, and film actor James Rebhorn, who passed away last Friday. They praised him for his various supporting roles on such acclaimed series as “Homeland,” “Seinfeld,” and “Enlightened,” as well as in movies “Scent of a Woman” and “My Cousin Vinny,” among many others. Rebhorn was also a prolific stage performer, and in his last play, “Too Much, Too Much, Too Many,” a character writes her own obituary. Inspired by this, Rebhorn penned an honest, direct, and touching personal obituary, which can be read in full below. He focuses on his family—supportive and loving parents, wife, and children—, his faith, and his gratitude for a long and rich acting career. It’s the kind of piece no media outlet could produce, and it leaves us with a special memory of an actor who had so often, »
- Melina Gills
The news that character actor James Rebhorn died Friday (March 21), after battling skin cancer since 1992, shocked "Homeland" fans who had grown to know him as the father of Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison.
However, Rebhorn knew his time was coming and took the opportunity to pen his own obituary earlier in March. The obituary was shared on the website of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, of which he was a longtime member. In the piece, Rebhorn addresses members of his family, noting the love and support he received from each of them throughout his life.
In particular, Rebhorn writes that his wife and two daughters "anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor," adding that wife Rebecca "loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of »
One of the most moving remembrances of Jim Rebhorn was written by the man himself. The Homeland actor, who died Friday at 65, wrote his own obituary, which was posted Monday to the website of his church, St. Paul's Lutheran in Jersey City, N.J. Writing in the third person, Rebhorn explains how each of his family members loved him - and he, in turn, loved them. Of his wife Rebecca and daughters Emma and Hannah, Rebhorn writes: "They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life »
- Tim Nudd
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Thelma Schoonmaker talks to The Dissolve about her collaboration with Martin Scorsese” — An incredibly informative talk, Noel Murray sits down with the veteran editor to discuss Scorsese’s gutsy lack of coverage on the Wolf of Wall Street car scene, how to think like an editor and much more. “Death Raises Questions About On-Set Safety” — Michael Cieply at The New York Times gets depth on Sarah Jones’ tragic, fatal accident, keeping momentum alive for an industry’s need to change. “Please Critics, Write About the Filmmaking” — Matt Zoller Seitz at RogerEbert.com unleashes on the unnamed masses who write thousands of words without ever really saying anything about the craft. “James Rebhorn’s Self-Written Obituary” — It’s always difficult to lose a public figure whose brought a lot of joy to your life »
- Scott Beggs
Source: Getty / Jamie McCarthy Kim Kardashian admits she and sister Kourtney were "so mean" when they were young because they would plan on divvying up their mother's clothes amongst themselves when she died. Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has come out as a "healthy gay Mormon pop star." Actor James Rebhorn wrote his own obituary, and it will make you tear up. TV judge Joe Brown was arrested for contempt of court in Tennessee. Check out his mug shot. The death toll from the catastrophic Washington state landslide is now at 14, with 176 people still missing. Protesters in China are protesting outside of on the Malaysian embassy, demanding answers after the Malaysian prime minister concluded that missing flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean without retrieving physical evidence. Noah has been banned in Indonesia for violating Islamic Law. Three daredevils who B.A.S.E. jumped off the Freedom Tower »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
James Rebhorn, the character actor best known for roles in "Scent of a Woman," "Independence Day" and "Homeland," passed away last weekend from melanoma. As fans remember his work and family members mourn their loss, an unexpected party has spoken out to reflect on Rebhorn's life: Rebhorn himself. In the days before his death, Rebhorn penned his own obituary, looking back on the family, friends and colleagues that shaped his life and made him "a ...
By Josh Wigler »
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