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I spent a lot of years thinking that Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) were meant to be together on Criminal Minds. I mean, he called her Baby Girl more often than not, and she turned to him for everything, but then he went and married someone else. But then Adam Rodriguez joined the show as Luke Alvez, and it was like I saw the light. From day one, Garcia gives him a hard time about being the new guy, but he never gives up on her. From bantering constantly to eventually opening up to each other, everything these two have done just proves that they are absolutely meant to be together, and if the Criminal Minds writers don't make it happen when season 13 starts back up this month, I will be very unhappy. Just look at these GIFs and tell me they wouldn't make the cutest couple ever. »
- Hedy Phillips
Vulture WatchCan this procedural series survive the loss of two of its longtime stars? Has the Criminal Minds TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 13th season on CBS? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news and this page has been created to give our readers a dedicated place to track the status of Criminal Minds, season 13. You can bookmark this page or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?What's this TV show about?Criminal Minds continues to follow the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (Bau) out of Quantico, Virginia. This season's cast is Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster. Recurring cast members include Josh Stewart, Mekhai Andersen, Jane Lynch, and Harold Perrineau. Read More… »
It’s been television’s age-old dirty little secret: Men — white men, in particular — usually make more than their female counterparts. Though this archaic industry standard is still the status quo, it’s clear that Hollywood has overestimated the longevity of its “hush-hush” status. Now, actresses, alongside other performers of color, are beginning to talk — and they won’t stop until studios and networks listen.
After sharing her experience on Twitter for Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, television veteran Yvette Nicole Brown (“The Odd Couple,” “Community”) recently spoke with Variety about the issue. During a seemingly lighthearted conversation with fellow colleagues, Brown discovered that, as a series regular, she “was making just a smidge over what a white man was making as a Guest star.” It became clear that she was making far less than her regular counterparts “because no one was shocked by what the guest star earned.”
Brown explains that this mentality first begins at the pilot level partially due to experience. “Your [pay] quote increases when you book pilots,” she explains. However, auditioning for pilots, let alone booking them, is easier said than done. According to Variety, of the 46 lead roles available in this year’s pilot season, only 33 percent are female and only 20 percent were given to people of color.
Counterarguments regarding experience and “worth” are therefore flawed from the get-go. This becomes even more evident at the top of the financial pyramid, as even women who have “made it” on a successful, regular series continue to come in behind their male co-stars.
As we’ve previously reported, some of television’s biggest female stars have had to oust their network and fight for equal pay. “Shameless” actress Emmy Rossum” fought for a raise last December, and “Criminal Minds’” Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have just recently begun to earn a salary “on par” with co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have also recently held out for a pay raise.
According to the newest salary numbers from Variety, it’s clear that speaking out has worked to some effect. Emmy Rossum’s pay now matches that of co-star William C. Macy, and Mialik and Rauch have indeed received a salary closer to that of “The Big Bang Theory’s” original five.
But let’s be clear: The pay gap is a complicated issue that accounts for much, much more than gender. Pay is also “depressed by lack of demand” for roles featuring women of color. While the majority of white women who fight for equality may succeed, the on-screen pay gap is also “fused to the shortcomings in diversity and inclusion that networks and studios have made progress in addressing but failed to correct.” Despite its proven success, inclusivity still remains on Hollywood’s back-burner.
This is why Variety’s release of the latest numbers is so important. As Brown emphasizes, “I speak up because others who are coming up cannot speak up.”
Yvette Nicole Brown Reveals Experience with TV’s Gender Pay Gap was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
Chicago – When the magnificently creative film “Dave Made a Maze” begins, it seems like another Millennial generation stab at micro budget filmmaking, with a claustrophobic set and extreme archetypes instead of characters. But then the “exploration” of the title maze starts, and suddenly “Dave” becomes a marvel of invention, tribute, hilarity and even truth.
A passionate group of filmmakers got together with a strange idea… what if they were to send this group of archetypes into a cardboard fort that a frustrated artist has built, a group that includes his offbeat lover? And what if once inside that maze, the magic begins, as rooms become expansive and tests the will of the search party, transporting them into fantasies of their favorite adventure films from the last 40 years. Oh yeah, and there has to be a film-within-a-film that a hapless documentary crew is trying to make. Does this sound like »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
How will Agent Simmons make the transition from Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders to Criminal Minds? Recently, executive producer Erica Messer spoke with Entertainment Weekly about season 13 of the CBS TV show.As reported earlier, former Beyond Borders star Daniel Henney has joined the cast of long-running crime drama, which also stars Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, and Kirsten Vangsness.Read More… »
The premise is silly: stunted artist who’s never finished a project in his life finds inspiration through cardboard boxes and their ability to be molded into a literal labyrinth he’s already erected virtually inside his mind to ensure he will never fail (or succeed) since such a final verdict only comes with completion. So bogged down in existential dread—and made to endure it while girlfriend Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) is out-of-town for a much-needed reprieve from his slacker-infused excuses—Dave (Nick Thune) allows its weight to force him into an abyss of despair he cannot escape alone. The only avenue towards freedom is ultimately found by going farther inward. Dave must finish something, everything … anything. He must commit to the work, to Annie, and to himself.
While that all sounds like some crazy on-the-nose metaphor performed through imaginative dream, you’re only going to find yourself half right. »
- Jared Mobarak
“A stone-cold cult classic” – The Young Folks Dave Made A Maze In Theaters And on VOD August 18, 2017 Dave Made A Maze features Nick Thune (Knocked Up), Meera Rohit Kumbhani (“The Mindy Project”), James Urbaniak (“Difficult People”), Stephanie Allynne (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Kirsten Vangsness (“Criminal Minds”), Scott Krinsky (Jobs), Frank Caeti (Stranger Than Fiction), …
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Could we see Derek Morgan again on Criminal Minds? Recently, star Shemar Moore spoke with TVGuide about the possibility of returning to the CBS TV show.Moore played Special Agent Derek Morgan on the crime drama for 11 seasons and guest starred in season 12. The current cast includes Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster.Read More… »
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“Criminal Minds” showrunner Erica Messer isn’t giving up the profiling biz quite yet. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Messer has signed a two-year pod deal with ABC Studios, “Criminal Minds’” producers. The new pact will see Messer “create original dramas for ABC Studios and continue to serve as showrunner for the long-running procedural crime drama via her production banner, Erica Messer Productions.
Messer started the production company with friend and former co-worker Deborah Cincotta and development exec Sullivan Fitzgerald (“State of Affairs”). Cincotta is Erica Messer Productions’ president of development and Fitzgerald serves as development associate.
“Together, their goal is to build a TV company known for its collaborative and empowering relationship with artists,” THR summarizes. “The production company is currently focused on spearheading network projects with both new and veteran writers for the 2018–19 development season.”
Messer has been running “Criminal Minds” for seven years and is the longest-serving writer on the CBS procedural. In 2015 she created the spinoff “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” with Erica Meredith (“Grey’s Anatomy”). The series aired for two seasons and ended earlier this year. “Charmed,” “Alias,” and “The O.C.” are among Messer’s previous credits.
“Criminal Minds” stars Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook made headlines during a recent round of contract negotiations. The actresses, who portray fan favorite characters Penelope and Jennifer, pushed for the same pay as their male co-stars. The duo were successful: In June news broke that they signed new deals, received raises, and now have pay parity with male lead Matthew Gray Gubler.
Season 13 of “Criminal Minds” premieres September 27 on CBS.
“Criminal Minds” Boss Erica Messer Signs Two-Year Pod Deal with ABC Studios was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Directed by Bill Watterson, Dave Made a Maze follows Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career. He builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves caught in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.
Starring Kirsten Vangsness, James Urbaniak, Adam Busch, Stephanie Allynne, Scott Krinsky, Nick Thune, wrestler-turned actor John Hennigan (who plays the minotaur), Rick Overton, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Frank Caeti, Timothy Nordwind, and Scott Narver, Dave Made a Maze is set for a Us release on August 18th. »
- Phil Wheat
"If you want to survive this fantasy world, think outside the boxes." Holy mackerel, this looks amazing!! Gravitas has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Dave Made a Maze, about an artist who builds a huge fort in his living room out of cardboard. The clever concept here is that as soon as you enter the maze, it turns into something much bigger. Dave builds the maze out of pure frustration, only to end up trapped by the "fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation." This stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kirsten Vangsness, plus Scott Krinsky. Ohh it looks like it's going to be so, so much fun, kind of like Michel Gondry meets the Duplass Brothers, or something like that. This really does seem like a certified instant cult classic. I'm ready to enter. Here's the first official »
- Alex Billington
When Daily Dead contributor Ben Larned saw it at the Boston Underground Film Festival, he called Dave Made a Maze a "playful, darkly inventive look into the creative mind" in his review, and Gravitas Ventures' official trailer for the film certainly highlights its humor and the strangely unsettling vibe ahead of its August release.
Synopsis: "An unaccomplished and frustrated artist builds a cardboard box fort in his living room and winds up trapped with a gang of oddball explorers in a fantasy world of his own creation, threatened by booby traps and a bloodthirsty Minotaur."
Directed by Bill Watterson, Dave Made a Maze stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, John Morrison, Kirsten Vangsness, Stephanie Allynne, and Adam Busch. Gravitas Ventures will release the movie in select theaters on August 18th.
The post Enter a Lethal Labyrinth in the Official Trailer for Dave Made A Maze appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
Beyond borders… continued employment awaits.
Henney’s hire comes on the heels of Damon Gupton being released from the role of Criminal Minds‘ Agent Stephen Walker after less than a full season, followed by the re-signing of series vets A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness.
Formerly with the International Response Team, »
It’s the end of an era at CBS News.
Scott Pelley signed off as anchor of the CBS Evening News on Friday, ending his six-year run as the face of the long-running news show. In a final goodbye at the end of the broadcast, Pelley expressed his hope that his show had been “something of a lighthouse for you, to help you with your bearings in a stormy world” before sincerely thanking his colleagues.
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He also gave a warm welcome to incoming anchor Anthony Mason, who takes »
Penelope and J.J. aren't leaving Criminal Minds anytime soon. Deadline reports Kirsten Vangsness and Aj Cook have just signed a new deal for season 13 of the CBS TV show.Earlier, we reported that the long-time cast members were locked in negotiations for the upcoming season because they were seeking salary parity with their male co-stars, Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler. Vangsness and Cook also sought parity in 2013 after being paid less than half of what their male co-stars earned. They eventually earned a raise but did not achieve equal pay with Mantegna, Gubler, and then cast member Shemar Moore.Read More… »
Aisha Tyler is all Talk-ed out.
The actress, now a series regular on Criminal Minds, announced Thursday that she’ll be vacating her seat on the CBS daytime talk show after six seasons on the air.
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“Coming here is such a joy that it never feels like work to me,” she told the studio audience. “But recently, I got this opportunity to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing, which is to direct my first feature film. … It was one of the best experiences of my life. »
Stephen Colbert on Wednesday began The Late Show by thanking members of government — citing both President Donald Trump and congressional leadership — for their response to the shooting in Alexandria, Va.
The incident took place earlier that day, when a lone gunman took fire at a baseball field occupied by members of the Gop. Among those wounded was House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip and remains in critical condition. The gunman was later killed by police.
“Once again we’re all shocked in mind and soul by a mass shooting, this time targeting, apparently, »
“Criminal Minds” actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook’s recent push for pay parity has been resolved. According to Deadline, the duo have signed new deals and received raises “that put them essentially on par” with co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. This news comes after last month’s reports of an “impasse” in contract negotiations between the actresses and CBS. Vangsness and Cook had been holding out for the same pay as Gubler and Joe Mantegna.
Deadline doesn’t provide an update on whether the actresses are receiving the same salary as Mantegna. But judging from past reports, it seems that he and Gubler are of a similar pay grade, so presumably all four leads are being paid approximately the same now.
Vangsness and Cook, who respectively portray Penelope and J.J. on CBS’ long-running procedural, were in a similar position in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and insisted on better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.
Both actresses have appeared on “Criminal Minds” since its first season in 2005. Cook has been a series regular during its entire run, with the exception of Season 6. That was the year CBS dropped Cook and co-star Paget Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only regular female character. Vangsness started as a recurring character in Season 1 and became a series regular soon after.
We’re thrilled that Vangsness and Cook’s push for equal pay was ultimately successful. However, pay parity is anything but a given for most women in Hollywood. In March “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch held out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode on the sitcom, as compared to the $1 million their co-stars were making. Natalie Portman told Marie Claire UK that she made a third of Ashton Kutcher’s pay on “No Strings Attached.” Emmy Rossum, who plays the main character on “Shameless,” demanded a raise in December. She and the rest of the cast had been paid less than co-star William H. Macy from the get-go.
In Hollywood women are often hesitant to go forward when they are paid less than men. In an industry this sexist, actresses may develop a bad reputation simply for demanding what they are entitled to. Plus, they are already making more money than some people will ever see in a lifetime, so actresses may fear that their concerns won’t be taken seriously, or they’ll be dismissed as being overpaid in the first place. But this isn’t about a certain profession’s pay grade; it’s about gender equality within the profession. As Jessica Chastain recently told Variety, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do.” The “Zookeeper’s Wife” star added, “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”
Season 13 of “Criminal Minds” will air Wednesdays this fall on CBS.
“Criminal Minds’” Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Succeed in Fight for Pay Parity was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Bringing back both Vangsness and Cook keeps “Criminal Minds” from another major cast shakeup, following last season’s departure of Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the show after an altercation on set. Just this past weekend, Damon Gupton, who starred on the CBS procedural drama for just one season, was not asked back, due to creative changes for Season 13.
Vangsness spoke on record earlier this year about seeking a pay raise to put her on a closer pay scale to her male co-stars when TMZ asked if she would not return to “Criminal Minds” if she did not get a raise »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After costars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler re-signed for the fall, Vangsness and Cook held out for salary parity with the latter, our sister site Deadline reports, and emerged from their negotiations “essentially on par” with Gubler.
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