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The 50th annual Cma Awards were made for TV, which means you had the best seat to watch three-plus hours of unforgettable performances. But there still was a lot of show TV viewers didn’t get to see that occurred off-camera, backstage, and amid the star-studded audience. Here are some of the fun scenes that escaped the TV cameras.
Commercial breaks turned into massive (and very brief) celebrity cocktail parties.
Well, without the actual cocktails (if you don’t count the flask that Cam’s husband, Adam Weaver, was swigging from). The stars just couldn’t seem to sit still »
When it comes to the silver screen, we love the tension that comes with watching the misfortunes of others, especially whilst sitting safely behind our locked composite doors! Not so much luck for these characters though! From comedies to horror and even big budget action films, we check out 5 of the top films featuring home invasions. Be sure to lock those doors!
One of the most loved comedies of the 90’s, Home Alone stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin Mcallister, who accidentally gets left behind as his family fly off to Paris for their Christmas Vacation. The film also stars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as Harry & Marv, “The Wet Bandits” who constantly find themselves outwitted at every turn by Kevin and his penchant for setting booby traps around the house.
- The Hollywood News
With three decades of music under his buckled belt, Dwight Yoakam has cemented his status as a country icon - and on his forthcoming album, he's not only covering his own songs but one by a pop legend as well. On the country star's 12-song collection, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..., Yoakam will reimagine 11 cuts from his own catalog, in addition to putting a bluegrass spin on Prince's classic "Purple Rain." And People has an exclusive first listen to Yoakam's take on The Purple One, as well as a play-by-play of how the twangy cover came to be. Yoakam, 59, tells »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
If movies have occasionally floundered in the water in recent years, TV is doing better than ever. Coming to the line-up of potential must-watch shows is Goliath, an Amazon Studios series starring Billy Bob Thornton as a washed up lawyer who takes on his old firm.
The show tells the story of Billy McBride, once a high-powered lawyer who has fallen on hard times and become an ambulance chaser. He agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against a client of Cooperman & McBride, a massive law firm that he helped create and that is now apparently run by a rather devilish-looking William Hurt. But all is not as it seems – is it ever? – and McBride’s team begins to uncover a vast conspiracy. It appears that McBride is a little David pitted against a very dangerous, potentially lethal Goliath.
The plot of “washed-up lawyer uncovers corruption” is pretty straightforward and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
David E. Kelley's Goliath TV show premieres on Amazon, Friday, October 14, 2016. One of the few to have created series airing on all four major commercial U.S. broadcast networks -- the prolific TV show writer and producer may never return to that medium. A legal drama, Goliath (formerly Trial) stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, Dwight Yoakam, Harold Perrineau, and Ever Carradine.During the Goliath presentation at the TCA summer press tour, when asked if he would ever return to broadcast television, Kelley said, " don't think so," according to The Hollywood Reporter. His upcoming comedy series, Little Big Lies, starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Alexander Skarsgård is bound for HBO.Read More… »
We’re getting a first look at three new series on Amazon’s fall lineup. The trailers were released following the shows’ panels at TCA yesterday. Legal drama Goliath (formerly Trial) hails from executive producer David E. Kelley and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Harold Perrineau, Olivia Thirlby, Molly Parker and Maria Bello (see the clip above). The series is written and executive produced by Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro. Ross Fineman and Larry Trilling also exec… »
Sure, Minneapolis-based brothers Jack Torrey and Page Bunkum's vocals and Americana roots-rock tunes remind one of The Everly Brothers and/or Louvin Brothers, but their band The Cactus Blossoms still swings with a timeless vibe and carries that retro torch forward in a very convincing manner. Moreover, they opened for country legend Dwight Yoakam on Sunday night for Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Americanafest Weekend and the crowd was blown away. This infectious single -- "Stoplight Kisses" -- is from their excellent new album, You’re Dreaming, and was produced by the equally beguiling roots-rocker J.D. McPherson. Buy it on vinyl; support the arts, people.
- Dusty Wright
Amazon has announced premiere dates for two new drama series and the return date for a third. David E. Kelley’s new legal drama Goliath (formerly Trial), will premiere October 14, Good Girls Revolt on October 28, and December 16 for the Season 2 return of The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternate history novel. Goliath, from exec producer Kelley, stars Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Harold Perrineau, Olivia Thirlby, Molly Parker and Maria… »
The first “Bad Santa 2” teaser promises the sequel won’t stray too far from the original R-rated comedy that enchanted audiences 13 years ago. Billy Bob Thornton returns as the beloved mall Santa who is the furthest thing from Father Christmas there is. The first preview, in fact, shows the seasonal employee sleeping on the job. “Bad Santa 2” follows Thornton’s criminal character as he and his mom attempt to fraud a charity out of money. Also Read: Dwight Yoakam to Reunite With Billy Bob Thorton on Amazon's 'Goliath' Broad Green Pictures is releasing the comedy directed »
- Rasha Ali
Satire, serial killers, swords, and Shannyn Sossamon.
I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles (for now). Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles I’ve never heard of before, but I’m not here to talk about possible gems like Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell… I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.
Pick of the Month: In the Loop (2009)
These are rough, troubling, and disappointing times we’re living in, and while it’s no cure, laughter is most definitely a medicine for the blues. To that end, Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop — a feature film riff on his series, The Thick of It — is like an epic dose of comical vitamin C. Incredibly »
- Rob Hunter
Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau have joined the cast of the Goliath TV show at Amazon. The original drama series comes from David E. Kelley and was previously known as Trial. Yoakam played Lyle Chumley on Under the Dome, which was cancelled last summer after three seasons on CBS. Fans of ABC's Lost probably still hear echoes of Perrineau, as Michael Dawson, yelling, "Waaaaaaalllt!"
Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, and Ever Carradine were previously cast. Goliath is written by Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley and The Practice's Jonathan Shapiro. Kelley, Shapiro, and Ross Fineman are executive prodcuing, with Parenthood's Larry Trilling. Madam Secretary's David Semel is directing.
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Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.
Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.
Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.
Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”
Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.
Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.
Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.
Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.
Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends. Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn. McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »
- Lamarco McClendon
American Gods has found its Mr. Nancy.
Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has been tapped to play Mr. NancyAka the god Anansi on Starz’s American Gods, the network announced Wednesday. Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel and set to premiere in 2017, the Bryan Fuller-produced series follows Shadow Moon (The 100‘s Ricky Whittle) after he begins a job traveling as a bodyguard for the ambiguous Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane).
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Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.
Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »
Multi-platinum recording artist and actor Dwight Yoakam has been cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon's upcoming original drama Goliath (formerly Trial), from executive producer David E. Kelley. Also joining the cast is Harold Perrineau. Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. Billy McBride (Thornton), takes on both of these "goliath" businesses in season one. Perrineau will… »
Multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Dwight Yoakam has been cast in Amazon original series “Goliath,” which was formerly known as “Trial.” Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, the head of a giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. Billy McBride, played by Billy Bob Thornton, takes on both of these “goliath” businesses this fall in Season 1. The down-and-out lawyer is seeking redemption — his one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighted toward the rich and powerful. The series will reunite Yoakam. »
- Tony Maglio
Legendary country star Merle Haggard died Wednesday on his 79th birthday, a coincidence that wouldn't seem out of place in one of Haggard's many indispensable contributions to country music. But Haggard didn't just pen hits like "Okie from Muskogee," "Sing Me Back Home" and "Mama Tried." He fundamentally altered the course of country music on a granular level, introducing a sonic blueprint that would come to be known as "the Bakersfield sound," a rough-hewn counterpoint to the sweeter sounds coming out of Nashville at the same time. Born in Bakersfield, California, to Dust Bowl migrants from Oklahoma, Haggard spent large »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Country music legend Merle Haggard, best known for hits such as "Okie from Muskogee" and "Mama Tried," passed away earlier today, on his birthday, at the age of 79. The musician's manager confirmed the singer and actor's death to the Associated Press . Merle Haggard's health had been failing in recent months, as he battled double pneumonia. He was forced to cancel a number of concerts over the past few months due to his health. The musician's son, Ben Haggard, released a statement on his Facebook page earlier today, revealing that his father had actually predicted he would die on his birthday.
"A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends. He loved everything about life and he loved that everyone of you gave him a chance with his music. »
Country music legend Merle Haggard, who died on Wednesday — his 79th birthday — after a months-long battle with pneumonia, will be promptly remembered in a pair of TV specials.
Cmt will pay tribute to the singer with Cmt Remembers Merle Haggard, airing tonight at 8:30/7:30c. The special will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews, vintage performance clips and commentary from Haggard himself as well as some of country music’s biggest stars (including Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Dwight Yoakam, Brooks & Dunn and Bobby Bare).
Then on Thursday, Cmt will feature “All Merle, All »
Plus: Hot Docs to recogniseRosie Dransfeld, Steve James; State Department, Film Independent launch mentorship scheme; Tyler Perry Studios starts production on Boo! A Madea Halloween; and more…
Relativity Media LLC has appointed Tamoor Shafi Chief Digital Officer, effective January 19.
Shafi, founder and former CEO of Omnia Media, will report directly to chairman and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and will lead digital marketing and brand partnerships for the company.
The Toronto native will also oversee Relativity Digital Studios, which released its first feature, Summer Forever, last July.
Hot Docs will pay tribute to Gemini Award-winning producer and director Rosie Dransfeld with this year’s Focus On retrospective during the 23rd annual festival from April 28-May 8. Her credits include Broke, Who Cares? and Anti-Social Limited. Steve James will receive the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award.Lionsgate and New Regency announced at the start of Natpe on Tuesday a global TV production and distribution partnership. Lionsgate will distribute via its TV pipelines such New »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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