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Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis

3 October 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Columbus Short is developing a film based on the life of major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Patricia Arquette gets her first feature directing gig, “The Deuce” star Emily Meade joins “Trial by Fire” and Angourie Rice is starring in Australian drama ‘Ladies in Black.”

Project Development

Columbus Short and Artistry Films are developing a film based on the life of the late major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, titled “Ellis D,” is planned to go into production next year. The project will be produced by Max Gousse and Short at Artistry Films, who announced Tuesday that they have acquired life rights from Ellis’ widow, Hjordis Ellis, who has been consulting on the project.

Short plans to star in the film. He wrote the script along with actor/writer Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”).

It’s the second Ellis biopic in the works in Hollywood. In »

- Dave McNary

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Official Trailer for Crime Drama 'True to the Game' with Vivica A. Fox

7 July 2017 12:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"There's nothing that he has that we can't take." Imani Motion Pictures has debuted a trailer for a crime drama titled True to the Game, based on the novel of the same name written by Teri Woods. The film is about a charismatic drug lord, played by Columbus Short, who falls for a young girl from Philadelphia. He begins planning a way out of the crime world with his love for her, but tragedy strikes just as he is about to start his new life. The entire cast includes Vivica A. Fox, Andra Fuller, Nelson Ellis, Draya Michele, Jennifer Freeman, and Starletta DuPois, plus introducing Erica Peeples as Gena Hollins. This trailer looks solid, with some promise in the performances more than anything else. Might be worth a quick look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Preston A. Whitmore's True to the Game, from YouTube: Based on the Teri Woods best selling novel, »

- Alex Billington

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‘Scandal’ Needs to Kill More Characters (Commentary)

20 April 2017 7:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Wait for it … “Scandal” killed off Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi) on Thursday night’s episode — only the second series regular casualty — and quite frankly, that’s not enough and we demand there be more deaths. Let’s put this in perspective for you. We are deep into Season 6 of “Scandal,” and only Harrison Wright (Columbus Short) and Elizabeth North, who’s really not even that important to the show if we’re being super honest, have died. Also Read: 'Scandal': »

- Rasha Ali

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‘Scandal’ Star, Shonda Rhimes React to Major Death (Spoilers)

20 April 2017 7:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead, if you have not seen the April 20 episode of “Scandal.”

It’s time to say goodbye, Gladiators.

Scandal” killed off one of its own tonight — a rarity for the ABC show that is not known to kill off series regulars, unlike Shondaland’s other shows, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder.”

Portia De Rossi’s character Elizabeth North was killed off in Thursday night’s episode. The actress made the decision to depart the show.

“I am incredibly grateful for my time here at Scandal,” said De Rossi. “I will miss playing Elizabeth North but I’ve made the decision to focus on a business opportunity. Shonda, Betsy and the cast have been incredibly supportive of my decision. I will always love my Scandal family. I’ll be watching!”

Creator Shonda Rhimes added, “I have been a fan of Portia’s for years and it was an »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Scandal Round Table: Keeping Their Souls

17 April 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Olivia took a look back at what life could have been like for everyone if she had voted "no" on rigging the election in Defiance, Ohio all those years ago. 

Our TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Sarah Hearson, Jasmine Blu, and Christine Orlando are here to discuss this look at an alternate reality, the future of the Gladiators, and Huck's faux "The Bachelor" addiction on Scandal Season 6 Episode 10. 

Did you like the alternate chain of events?

Jim: It was fun to see a "what if" episode. I was kind of disappointed there wasn't even a mention of Harrison in the alternate timeline.

I understand Columbus Short had a pretty bad falling out with Shonda, but given how much he was a part of the beginning of Pope and Associates, I was hoping there would at least be a reference to him. 

Sarah: I also thought it was weird that there »

- Christine Orlando

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Movie Review – American Violence (2017)

5 February 2017 6:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

American Violence, 2017.

Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.

Starring Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Denise Richards, Michael Paré, Columbus Short, Emma Rigby, Johnny Messner, Patrick Kilpatrick, Nick Chinlund, Rob Gronkowski, and Bruce Dern.


Fascinated by the root causes of violent behavior, world renowned psychologist, Dr. Amanda Tyler, has an opportunity to interview and analyze death row inmate Jackson Shea. As the interview commences, and Jack’s fate hangs in the balance, Amanda must determine whether or not a stay of execution should be granted.

Every once in a blue moon a movie comes along toting a veteran actor who you can’t help but wonder how they got roped into such low-profile, amateurish garbage. Enter American Violence which somehow has Bruce Dern in it. Granted, he is only in the movie for roughly a combined 10 minutes, but still, it’s sad watching him reduced to such bargain bin quality after Quentin Tarantino gave »

- Robert Kojder

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Death Row thriller American Violence gets an intense red band trailer

2 February 2017 4:21 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its VOD and limited theatrical release today, a new trailer has arrived online for the death row thriller American Violence, which follows one man’s path to execution and the strong-minded doctor brought in to take a deeper look at the violent circumstances that have doomed him. Check it out here…

Jackson Shea (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau) has lived a life of deceit, brutality and corruption. But when a series of chilling, violent events lands him on Death Row, one psychologist (Denise Richards) must determine whether his violent behavior is inherent in his soul, or if he is able to be rehabilitated and saved from execution.

American Violence opens in the U.S. on February 3rd, and sees Timothy Woodward Jr. directing a cast that also includes Bruce Dern, Columbus Short, Johnny Messner, Michael Paré and featuring Stipe Miocic and Rob Gronkowski. »

- Gary Collinson

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