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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Wonder Woman, Justice League Dark, Cyborg, The Flash, The Batman, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, DC Super Hero Girls, Batman and Harley Quinn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Silver & Black, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, Logan, Deadpool 2, X-Men: The New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and more…
We’ll start off on a rather sad note this week, as Zack Snyder has revealed that he has stepped down from the director’s chair on Justice League due to the passing of his daughter Autumn Snyder, who committed suicide back in March. Snyder had originally intended on completing the movie after a short break, but has now decided to pass on directing duties to The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon, »
- Gary Collinson
The animated adventure Batman and Harley Quinn is the latest installment of the franchise known as DC Universe Original Movies. It is a direct-to-video release that has the distinct 1990s Dark Deco look of Batman: The Animated Series, and even brings back Kevin Conroy as Batman and Loren Lester as Nightwing from the original series. New to the movie and the DC Universe is The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch, who provides the voice of Harley Quinn.
The trailer comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and it shows a very unlikely alliance between the Dark Knight, Nightwing and Quinn. Batman and Harley Quinn forms the alliance as Batman and Nightwing try to put a stop to Floronic Man and Poison Ivy's plan to destroy Gotham by turning people into plants, but to do so they need to enlist the help of Quinn. It looks as if DC »
- Dave Trumbore
Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm returns to the world of The Dark Knight this year with the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman and Harley Quinn, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly we’ve got a look at the first trailer! Check it out here…
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Batman and Harley Quinn features “the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn to try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, Aka the Plant-Master.” Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester will reprise their Batman: The Animated Series roles as Batman and Nightwing respectively, while The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch is taking on the role of Harley Quinn. Also featuring in the cast are Paget Brewster as Poison Ivy, John Dimaggio as Swamp Thing, and Eric Bauza, Rob Paulsen, Mindy Sterling, Robin Atkin Downes and Trevor Devall. »
- Gary Collinson
Without a doubt, Warner Bros. Animation have been on a roll in 2017 when it comes to their direct-to-video line of DC animated films, already having impressed audiences with the R-rated supernatural adventure Justice League Dark and the long overdue Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. As for what lies ahead, well, it looks like they’re about to appeal to our nostalgic side with Batman and Harley Quinn.
I say that because this particular entry doesn’t conform to any one comic book artist’s style, nor does it to Phil Bourassa’s New 52 inspired template. Actually, it aligns perfectly with The New Batman Adventures – or “the revamp episodes,” as they’re often referred to – giving a generous nod to what Bruce Timm established two decades ago. Truth be told, it makes sense to go in this creative direction when you consider that Timm himself is one of the creative minds behind this project. »
- Eric Joseph
Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook of Criminal Minds” are fighting for equal pay. The duo are seeking parity with co-stars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler for the CBS procedural’s 13th season and are currently at an “impasse” in contract negotiations. Deadline broke the story.
The source reports that the actresses are “willing to walk” if they do not receive the pay they deserve. This is completely understandable, especially since this is not the first time the duo have had this battle. Vangsness and Cook were in a similar situation in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and held out for better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.
It’s only right that Vangsness and Cook fight for what they deserve, but it’s sickening that this is the second time in four years they’ve had to do so. Also, CBS just went through a similar situation with Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were earning significantly less than their co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Vangsness and Cook 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.
Unfortunately, pay parity is anything but a given for actresses. The aforementioned “Big Bang Theory” situation saw stars Bialik and Rauch hold out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts for two more seasons. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode, 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, the main character of “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 May 2016 Robin Wright revealed her fight for better pay on “House of Cards.” “Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time,” she said. “So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
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.”
“Criminal Minds” Actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Push for Equal Pay was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
If its up to CBS CEO Les Moonves, you won't have to worry about The Big Bang Theory TV show being cancelled for a long time, and not just because CBS already renewed the sitcom for its 11th and 12th seasons, back in March. During the Tiffany Network's Upfront breakfast, Moonves said he hopes it runs beyond that, and wishes the network had held onto Ray Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond, for a bit longer, too. The Big Bang Theory follows two book smart, socially inept Caltech physicists, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), as well as their friends. The CBS cast also includes Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar. Read More… »
Author: Scott Davis
Every hero has a beginning so goes the proverb – whether it’s superheroes, secret agents or television characters, the prequel has always been a hive of story possibilities. Now CBS is taking one their most beloved characters in recent memory and returning to his pre-teen years.
Young Sheldon, the new show from the makers of The Big Bang Theory, tells the story of our favourite genius Sheldon Cooper and takes us back to his life when he was a 9-year-old child prodigy trying to wrestle with his immense smartness, school and growing up in Texas with his brother and twin sister (who we have seen in the show previously) and his parents.
- Scott Davis
“You shouldn’t believe everything you read,” she told People in an interview about her new book, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.
Added Bialik, “I’m happy to report that we have a very cohesive cast and we all know that our strength is together. We all really love each other, we love going to work and we’re very excited to do two more seasons.”
Earlier this year, Variety reported that Jim Parsons, »
- Lindsay Kimble
While the body positivity movement focuses on embracing cellulite and stretch marks, Mayim Bialik says she doesn’t find it empowering.
The Big Bang Theory star applauds the women who show off and embrace their “imperfections” — Bialik names Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model Hunter McGrady and Amy Schumer as two of them — but says it’s not for her.
“Honestly, that’s totally great for those women. I don’t have those feelings about the ‘imperfections’ of my body at all,” Bialik, 41, tells Glamour. “It’s something I spoke to Hunter about. I said, ‘I understand there are some women »
- Julie Mazziotta
Amy picked the wrong summer to go back to college.
In Thursday’s Big Bang Theory finale (8/7c, CBS), Sheldon’s onetime crush interest Dr. Ramona Nowitzki (Riki Lindhome) conveniently resurfaces just days into Amy’s summer research fellowship at Princeton University. With Amy on the other side of the country, “Ramona is looking to take advantage of Sheldon and he is innocently blind to it,” previews showrunner Steve Molaro. “But all of his friends are acutely aware of what’s going on.”
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And before you know it, »
Big news for The Big Bang Theory. Variety reports stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their contracts for seasons 11 and 12 of the CBS TV show.The popular comedy, which is currently in its 10th season, also stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg. As reported earlier, CBS renewed the sitcom for two more seasons after lengthy contract renegotiations with the cast.Read More… »
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In the two-part season ender, aptly titled “Sting of Queens,” former police officer Kevin Gable reluctantly agrees to come out of retirement to reprise an undercover assignment with fellow cop — and longtime rival — Vanessa Cellucci (Remini). Worse, they are forced to pose as husband and wife.
“We were always planning on doing something together,” James says in TVLine’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Remini’s arrival. »
CBS’ Undercover Boss resumed its season on Friday night with 5.4 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating. Leading out of that, Hawaii Five-0 (7.9 mil/0.9) and Blue Bloods (8.5 mil/0.8) dipped one and two tenths respectively to mark season (and quite possibly series*) lows. As usual, Blue Bloods drew Friday’s largest audience, while Five-0 came away with the nightly demo win.
* Reporting to you from Little League field, didn’t bring my abacus.
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Fox bubble drama Rosewood wrapped its sophomore run with 2.9 mil and a 0.5, dipping in the demo to match its series low. »
There's good news, bad news and weird news today out of Hollywood.
Let's start with the bad news because it's hard to fathom why more wasn't done to lure viewers to this now-canceled series.
In case you didn't know, Sweet/Vicious aired on MTV and followed the story of two "vigilantes," Jules and Ophelia, who fought back against injustice on their college campus.
A specific type of injustice. The type that happens to girls and isn't always followed up by campus authorities because the boys are excellent sportsmen, the girls were wearing the wrong outfits or it might be too hard to prove.
You know what I'm talking about. Sexual assault. That dirty little secret that gets swept under the rug far too often and for too many different reasons.
Jules and Ophelia made it their mission to get justice for those who suffered, and they weren't beyond suffering themselves. »
- Carissa Pavlica
The only real response I can think of to finding out this news is “duh” and “it’s about time.” But alas some more The Big Bang Theory stars are getting a raise in their pay. This time it’s the female stars who appropriately held out for more money on what’s been the most popular comedy on TV for nearly a decade now. The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch will be joining the ranks of TV’s highest-paid actresses, thanks to a new deal with Warner Bros. that will pay them in the range of $425,000-$500,000 per episode for
- Nat Berman
The whole universe was in a hot, tense state as it awaited word on the status of Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch’s Big Bang Theory contract renewals. Now, our sister site Variety reports that both actresses have reupped for Seasons 11 and 12, for which they’ll receive hefty pay raises.
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Bialik and Rauch will make $500,000 per episode for Seasons 11 and 12 — each of which will consist of 24 episodes — up from the reported $175,000–200,000 per episode they’re currently making in Season 10.
Ahead of the two-year renewal first announced in March, it was reported »
The Big Bang Theory fans can rejoice: The seven-member core cast of the hit CBS comedy series will remain intact as co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have reached an agreement and are finalizing deals for new two-year contracts to return for the upcoming Seasons 11 and 12. They join fellow cast members Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who signed new two-year contracts in February, paving the way to the show’s two-year renewal… »
The entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract.
Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy for what is envisioned as its final two seasons, Variety has learned. According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episode. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.
A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.
CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each. Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and »
- Daniel Holloway
The stars, who both boarded later in the CBS comedy's run, had been holding out for salary parity with original castmembers Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Bialik and Rauch scored significant raises — but not parity. (They were not expected to get the bump to $1 million an episode they'd been seeking.) CBS and producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment.
Four-time Emmy nominee Bialik and »
- Lesley Goldberg
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