13 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie 26 Nov 2013 - 06:44
From reissued, obscure first films to misleading marketing, here are 12 film covers that exaggerate the role their famous actors play...
Filmmaker William Castle was famous for his movie gimmicks, from vibrating chairs to plastic skeletons soaring over the heads of audiences in cinemas. The marketers of 1958's The Fly, meanwhile, promised to pay $100 to the first person who could prove that its matter-transportation plot "couldn't happen".
Selling movies to cynical punters is tough at the best of times, and using tricks and white lies to get people to part with their hard-earned cash is nothing new. And one of the simplest tricks in a film marketer's tool bag is to exaggerate an actor's role in whatever it is they're trying to sell. So if uncredited bit player number two suddenly becomes an A-list star three years after a movie's shot, you can be »
‘Tis the season for original Christmas-themed TV movies. We’ve already spotlighted the five Hallmark Channel offerings you’ll be watching this year, whether or not you’ll admit it. Now, let’s examine Ion Television’s slate, which offers more truly inspired casting and amazing synopses.
On a Scale of So Insane You Need to See It to Wait, That’s All You Got?:
Defending Santa (Sun., November 24, at 9 p.m. Et)
Synopsis: Scott Hanson, a ski resort sheriff, inadvertently arrests »
- Mandi Bierly
One Tree Hill alumna Sophia Bush and Patrick Flueger (The 4400) have joined Chicago Fire‘s upcoming spinoff series Chicago Pd as series regulars. On the NBC midseason drama, about the workings of the Chicago police department’s investigative team, Bush will play Erin Lindsay, a member of the team with an unexpected past. Flueger will play Kyle Ruzek, a hotheaded rookie plucked by Voight (Jason Beghe) from the Academy for dangerous, delicate undercover work for the Intelligence unit. The two join fellow Cpd stars Beghe and Jon Seda, who were in the planted spinoff episode of Chicago Fire, and Jesse Lee Soffer, who joined earlier this summer. Bush is expected to fill the female void on the show left by the exit of original female lead Melissa Sagemiller, who was not picked up beyond the backdoor pilot. Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Bush, who is coming off of CBS’ quickly-cancelled Partners, will portray Erin Lindsay, a member of the Cpd investigative team who has an unexpected past.
Flueger, meanwhile, will play Kyle Ruzek, a hotheaded rookie plucked by Voight (Jason Beghe) from the Academy for dangerous, delicate undercover work for the Intelligence unit.
Fun fact: Bush »
- Michael Ausiello
Deadline reports that Soffer will be introduced on Season 2 of "Fire," before transitioning over to "Pd" which is expected to launch midseason on the network.
Melissa Sagemiller who was expected to bring the character of Detective Julia Willhite from "Fire" to "Pd" will not be continuing with the spinoff.
Soffer was a regular on last season's short-lived Fox drama "The Mob Doctor." He was also nominated for three Daytime Emmys for his work on "As the World Turns" and played Bobby Brady in "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "A Very Brady Sequel."
Lifetime's "Jodi Arias" movie airs Saturday. »
Jesse Lee Soffer has closed a deal as a new series regular on NBC‘s midseason drama series Chicago Pd. On the Chicago Fire spinoff, Soffer will play a young police detective who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. I’ve learned that Soffer’s character will be introduced this fall on the mothership series Chicago Fire in a couple of episodes before segueing to Chicago Pd. NBC employed a similar strategy with the other characters from the spinoff who made their debut on Chicago Fire. (Of the Chicago Pd cast members introduced on Chicago Fire last season, Melissa Sagemiller will not continue on the show.) Soffer, repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and Innovative Artists, will be able to do both shows as Chicago Fire is a midseason series and goes into production later than Chicago Fire. I hear Soffer got the attention of NBC executives with »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Smash" may be yesterday's news, but its former stars Megan Hilty and Sean Hayes are still working together. TVLine was the first to report that Hilty will replace Lindsay Sloane on Hayes' new NBC series "Sean Saves The World." The actress will now play Liz, Hayes' character's co-worker and best friend.
Both actors tweeted their excitement about reuniting.
Incredibly excited about my new gig on @nbc's @seansavesworld! Can't wait to play with the amazing @theseanhayes again!!! Woohoo!!!
— Megan Hilty (@meganhilty) June 13, 2013
I couldn't be more excited to do Live theatre every week with @meganhilty on my new TV sitcom @seansavesworld this Fall on @nbc. »
- Leigh Weingus
There’s a shake-up underway at Chicago Pd.
Additionally, Jesse Lee Soffer — last seen on Fox’s short-lived Mob Doctor — in in talks to join the cast as a series regular.
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Soffer’s new character, meanwhile, is still being sketched out.
Thoughts? Sorry to see Sagemiller go? »
- Michael Ausiello
It’s time to uproot TV’s overgrown garden of planted spinoffs. Enough already.
(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)
The major nets are going overboard in efforts to squeeze new shows out of existing skeins with very special backdoor pilot episodes. Sure, it’s an economical way to float a trial balloon for a prospective new series. But viewers aren’t stupid, or patient at a time when savvy critics like Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall are asking philosophical questions about the limits of space and time when it comes to viewing options. “How much good TV is too much?” he posited in an April 11 post.
“Chicago Fire” has done an admirable job for NBC this year in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot with not much to speak of as a lead-in. But the show is averaging a 1.6 demo rating. With all due respect to Chicago’s hunkiest, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Burn, baby burn! We’re receiving more and more reports as the police-centric proposed Chicago Fire spin-off gains momentum. Showmakers are adding fuel to the fire with some hot young faces. This is a project to keep your eye on, folks. Today you can say hello to Kelly Blatz and Melissa Sagemiller. The two new actors join Scott Eastwood and Tania Raymonde, who we reported just yesterday were circling the new drama.
It’s difficult to top the Law & Order franchise when it comes to the police procedural, but there’s always room for another cop drama and anyway, the anticipated Chicago Fire spin-off has two advantages in that department. For one thing, the man himself, Mr. Dick Wolf will be ushering the new show along in the right direction. For another, the Law & Order empire has never delved too deeply into the police officers personal lives, which might be »
- Sasha Nova
Lifetime is going to get a little devious this summer.
Based loosely on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, the drama follows four ambitious housekeepers (played by Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez) who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Susan Lucci (All My Children), Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives), Brianna Brown (General Hospital), Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Mariana Klaveno (True Blood) and Grant Show (Melrose Place) — among others — co-star. »
- Megan Masters
Exclusive: Kelly Blatz has joined NBC‘s proposed Chicago Fire spinoff, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. Blatz will guest star in the Chicago Fire freshman season finale, which serves as planted spinoff for a potential new drama series, a cop drama about the Chicago Police Department. Blatz will play the young but seasoned Officer Elam, a role that would be one of the leads of the potential spinoff. He joins recently cast Melissa Sagemiller, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood. The Chicago Fire spinoff project is being developed by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Wolf. It is still unclear which Chicago Fire actors would transfer to the spinoff series, with Jon Seda, who has been recurring as Chicago Pd Detective Antonio Dawson, considered a strong possibility. Blatz, repped by ICM Partners, Luber Roklin and Alan Hergott, recently starred in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Melissa Sagemiller has been tapped for what is considered the leading new addition in the proposed Chicago Fire spinoff, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. Sagemiller will appear in the Chicago Fire freshman season finale, which serves as planted spinoff for a potential new drama series, a cop drama about the Chicago Police Department. Sagemiller will play Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago Pd Intelligence Unit. The gig reunites Sagemiller with Wolf Films and NBC after doing a major arc on Law & Order: Svu as Ada Gillian Hardwicke two years ago. Coincidentally, Svu too is a spinoff, spawned from the long-running Law & Order series. In the Chicago Fire spinoff project, which is being developed by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Wolf, Sagemiller joins recently cast Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood. It is still unclear which Chicago Fire »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
13 items from 2013
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