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This October, Showtime’s Homeland will be hitting the reset button. Gone is Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), the complex antihero at the heart of the show’s first three seasons. Don’t expect to see his wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) or children either – and that’s not the only thing that’s changed this time around. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is no longer in the U.S. – she’s been assigned to a dangerous CIA station in the Middle East, where she becomes involved in thwarting a terrorist plot.
Season 4 will also see Carrie interact with new characters, including Sandy Bachman (Corey Stoll), the CIA’s chief of station in Pakistan; and Martha Boyd (Laila Robins), the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. It won’t be all unfamiliar faces, however – Carrie’s close allies Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) are still in the mix.
- Isaac Feldberg
Ready your resolve, Patrick Jane, because a certain seductress is coming back to The Mentalist.
Erika appears in Episode 3 when she agrees to help Jane and the CIA in exchange for a pardon on the murder charges she’s still facing and the chance to return to the Us. However, Erika has agendas of her own, »
Morena Baccarin is coming back to the veteran crime drama for a guest star appearance in the third episode of season seven. She’ll reprise her role as sexy sociopath Erika Flynn, who previously manipulated and seduced Patrick Jane (Simon Baker).
Here’s the set-up: “Jane teams up with Erika Flynn in Beirut, Lebanon, where he and Lisbon have gone at the request of the CIA to take down an international weapons dealer. Erika has agreed to help Jane and the CIA in exchange for a »
- James Hibberd
Showtime’s Homeland will be hitting the creative reset button when it returns for its fourth season this fall. Gone are Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), his wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and definitely his daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor), who for some reason became one of the most widely hated characters on the ‘net throughout the spy drama’s first three seasons. Now, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), still grieving Brody’s death, has otherwise put her life back together and is working as a case officer in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Of course, because this show is called Homeland, Carrie uncovers a possible terrorist plot and leaps into action. She’s not going at it alone, though – season four will introduce new characters played by Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma. Additionally, Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend are returning as Carrie’s former mentor Saul Berenson and former ally Peter Quinn, who still has feelings for Carrie, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!
From the Press Release
In Malevolent a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. Malevolent also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.
“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. »
- Steve Barton
Beautiful and Twisted
Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen and Paz Vega have joined the cast of the Miami-set Lifetime true story telemovie "Beautiful and Twisted". Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr., the millionaire heir to the Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune who is found brutally murdered.
Police ultimately untangled the sex, lies and payback behind Ben's marriage to his wife and former stripper Narcy (Vega), whom they identify as the prime suspect. Bergen will portray Ben's mother. [Source: The Live Feed]
The story chronicles a race against the clock to defeat an unseen enemy out to destroy the world by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet: the children. Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster and Kylie Rogers also star. [Source: TV Line]
- Garth Franklin
Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will join James Franco in Michael, directed by Justin Kelly. Based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the story follows a pastor who was formerly gay, but later renounced homosexuality. Quinto will play ex-boyfriend to Franco’s character; Roberts will play his girlfriend. Chris Zylca (The Leftovers) will play another former love interest. Gus Van Sant is executive producer, alongside producers Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer, and Scott Reeve. [Variety]
Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed its voice cast for Big Hero 6, which follows a young robotics prodigy, »
- C. Molly Smith
Coverage Ink Films is embarking on an animated horror film entitled Malevolent and it has cast Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Ray Wise and Bill Moseley for leading roles. In the film, a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this, as a press release states, "psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer [sic]." Morena Baccarin has been cast as Gamemaster, an otherworldly entity who entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts while her species gambles on the outcome.
- Ryan Turek
Animated horror films are few and far between, but occasionally someone gets a great idea for one – see Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust - that makes us remember the genre can be more than just Alvin And the Chipmunks Meet whichever movie monster happens to need a paycheck at the time. It’s too early to say whether Malevolent is going to be one of those diamonds in the rough – but initial information about the pic is promising.
Today, we’ve learned that Homeland actress Morena Baccarin has signed on to lend her voice to the lead villain in the film. Malevolent centers on a “young woman (Dani Lennon) who must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings.” It was scripted by Jim Cirile and Tanya C. Klein (Liberator), and directed by Jason Axinn (Bite Me).
Baccarin will lend her voice to the role of Gamemaster, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Homeland star Morena Baccarin has joined animated horror thriller Malevolent, which also stars Ray Wise and Bill Moseley. Photos 14 Horror Films Inspired by Real-Life Events The animated indie, directed by Jason Axinn, centers on a young woman (Dani Lennon) who must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings. Baccarin has been cast as Gamemaster, an otherworldly entity who entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts while her species gambles on the outcome. Wise plays Cyrus, the dying, wealthy and embittered industrialist who gathers his family, ostensibly to discuss his estate — but what
- Rebecca Ford
Showtime’s Homeland is preparing for its most impossible mission yet: Executing a total creative overhaul for its upcoming fourth season. You already know (Spoiler Alert: if you haven’t watched season 3, stop reading) that Damian Lewis exited the espionage thriller when his traitor-ish character Nicholas Brody was hanged in the season 3 finale. Coping with the loss of the show’s leading man is difficult enough, but Homeland will use Brody’s departure to radically shake up the show in other ways, too, with a new setting (Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison is working in Pakistan and Afghanistan) and several cast additions (including Corey Stoll, »
- James Hibberd
Tom Cruise has a new love interest - at least in theory. Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, who won a Golden Globe nod for her performance in last year's BBC/Starz miniseries "The White Queen," has won the coveted female lead in "Mission: Impossible 5," according to Deadline. The actress joins returning stars Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequel, which (as we found out earlier today) Alec Baldwin is also reportedly in talks for. The followup is set to begin filming in August. In addition to her role in the forthcoming Dwayne Johnson action vehicle "Hercules," Ferguson's credits include Swedish soap opera "Nya tider," "Wallander" and Ridley Scott's scrapped Showtime pilot "The Vatican." Other upcoming films include "Despite the Falling Snow" opposite Charles Dance and "The Red Tent" co-starring Morena Baccarin, Minnie Driver, Iain Glen and Debra Winger. The last entry in the series, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because. Our next category: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Like "Breaking Bad" itself, Anna Gunn arrived on the Emmy podium a year ahead of schedule last September. It's not that I didn't think Gunn deserved to win last year, but I figured she had »
- Daniel Fienberg
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
The DC Universe Animated Original Movies line has delivered some absolutely terrific comic book adaptations (Jay Oliva’s two-part Batman: The Dark Knight Returns comes to mind), and also some thoroughly mediocre ones (like most of the Superman entries). It’s impressive how much work goes into animating these direct-to-video titles, but a fair share of them have been unfortunately sidetracked by stilted voice acting and weak writing.
Son of Batman, which loosely adapts Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert’s “Batman and Son” arc, is far from the worst of the Dcu Animated titles, though that’s probably the highest praise I can give it. While the animation is damn-near flawless, and the voice acting is mostly above average, this tonally dissonant offering ends up taking on more story than it can handle.
Opening in grand fashion, Son of Batman introduces us first not to the Caped Crusader, but to his young son Damian, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lifetime is adapting The Red Tent into a two-night miniseries, the network announced today. The book, by Anita Diamant, explores figures from the Hebrew Bible, and centers on Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. The White Queen's Rebecca Ferguson will play Dinah, About a Boy's Minnie Driver will play Leah, Homeland's Morena Baccarin will play Rachel, Game of Thrones's Iain Glen will play Jacob, relative newcomer Will Tudor will play Joseph, and Debra Winger will play Rebecca. (Lifetime did not announce who will be playing Zilpah and Bilhah, but they factor into the story, too.) The movie will air later this year, so if you're planning on erecting a menstrual tent in celebration, it's time to get on that. »
- Margaret Lyons
Lifetime is the latest network to order Bible-themed programming, announcing a miniseries adaptation of Anita Diamant’s bestselling novel, The Red Tent.
The two-night event stars Minnie Driver (About a Boy), Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), and Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) in the expanded saga of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who was only briefly mentioned in the Old Testament. Production begins this month in Morocco.
Ferguson plays Dinah, who spends her formative years in her tribe’s red tent, a women-only sanctuary where »
- Amber Ray
Fox is reportedly extending the length of the second season of its supernatural-historical drama "Sleepy Hollow". The show's first season ran for thirteen episodes and initially the second was renewed for the same.
Producers now say that at least fifteen episodes will be produced for the second season, and plans are underway for a potential total of eighteen episodes. [Source: EW]
Lifetime is slated to produce a four-hour Biblical mini-series adaptation of Anita Diamant's 1997 novel "The Red Tent". Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, Morena Baccarin and Debra Winger lead the cast with filming to begin this month in Morocco.
Ferguson plays Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who goes on to marry a prince and fall out with her murderous brother Joseph (Tudor). [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The four-hour project is based on the novel by Anita Diamant. Set in Biblical times, “Red Tent” tells the story of several generations of women. Ferguson (pictured), star of last year’s Starz/BBC miniseries “The White Queen,” plays the central character of Dinah, who recounts her youth growing up in a tent where femmes shared their trials and tribulations.
“Red Tent” is set to air over two nights later this year. Paula Weinstein is exec producing for Sony Pictures TV. Roger Young will direct from a script by Elizabeth Chandler and Anne Meredith. Iain Glen and Will Tudor also star.
- Cynthia Littleton
Another bible-themed longform project is heading to the small screen. Lifetime is going into production with The Red Tent, a two-night miniseries adaptation of the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant published in 1997. The White Queen star Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver (About A Boy) and Homeland alumna Morena Baccarin lead the cast of the four-hour mini, produced by Sony TV and executive produced by Paula Weinstein. Co-starring in the project, which begins production this month in Morocco, are Game Of Thrones‘ Iain Glen and Will Tudor as well as Debra Winger. The Red Tent tells the story of Dinah (Ferguson), the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who is only briefly referenced in the Old Testament. The miniseries begins with Dinah’s happy childhood spent inside the red tent where only the women of her tribe are allowed to gather and share the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Told through Dinah’s eyes, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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