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Rachael Taylor Cast In Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Netflix Series

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Jessica Jones” has found her best friend.

Rachael Taylor has been cast as Trish Walker in Netflix’s original superhero series, “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” which stars Krysten Ritter as the title character. Marvel made the announcement Thursday.

Taylor’s casting news comes just days after Marvel announced their villain has been cast: “Broadchurch” and “Doctor Who” star David Tennant will play Kilgrave.

Trish Walker (Taylor), Jessica’s (Ritter) best friend, is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child television star who’s best known to her fans as “Patsy” Walker, based on the Marvel Comics character who appeared under the superhero identity of Hellcat. In the series, Trish will help Jessica embark on the most dangerous case of her career.

The 13-episode series will follow Jessica, after her short-lived and tragically-ended superhero stint, as she rebuilds her personal life and detective career, getting pulled into »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Universal Eyes ‘John Wick’ Directors for ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ With Chris Pratt (Exclusive)

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Universal Pictures is in early talks with David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to co-direct its action pic “Cowboy Ninja Viking,” starring Chris Pratt.

Sources tell Variety that Pratt has met with Leitch and Stahelski and has given his stamp of approval. Insiders now say an offer has gone out.

Based on writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo’s graphic novel, the story follows a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is put into a government program to be turned into a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner are producing in a co-production between the Mark Gordon Company and Film 360. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned the script and are also producing.

Stahelski and Leitch have been cutting their teeth as second unit directors for several years but blew up after “John Wick” overperformed »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Downton Abbey’ Ending? Exec Producer Responds to Reports

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Is “Downton Abbey” ending after Season 6?

According to a U.K. report, the period drama will come to a close after next season, prompted by creator and showrunner Julian Fellowes’ new TV project, “The Gilded Age,” which he’s set to write and exec produce for NBC’s 2015-16 slate.

Exec producer Gareth Naeme responded to the “endless speculation,” telling Variety, “We plan the show from year to year, and right now I just want the cameras rolling next month.”

Joking, “If I had a dollar for every time, every day this comes up,” Naeme said, “We are entirely focused on Season 6 right now, and getting scripts ready for production in a couple of weeks.”

Questions about the future of “Downton” were first raised earlier this month at the Television Critics Assn. press tour, when NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that “Gilded Age” — which was previously in development for the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The Vampire Diaries First Look: See Steven R. McQueen in His Final Episode (Photo)

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Vampire Diaries fans - are you ready to feel feelings? Steven R. McQueen's final episode on The Vampire Diaries airs Feb. 12, and People has your exclusive first look at Jeremy's last day in Mystic Falls before he leaves town for art school.In the photo, we see Jeremy smiling, with his bags packed, while talking to his de facto father figure, Alaric (Matt Davis). It's fine - we didn't need our hearts, anyway. The episode, "Stay," will have Elena (Nina Dobrev) putting on a brave face as she reminisces with her brother about their past and their time spent in Mystic Falls. »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Indominus Rex Unveiled On ‘Jurassic World’ Website

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If you have a few minutes, start poking around the Jurassic World website. There is a ton of awesome content on there, including some very exciting teases of the mysterious, deadly Indominus Rex. We saw the hybrid dinosaur’s feet in the teaser trailer, some toys, and now he has an official website. On it, there’s a […]

The post Indominus Rex Unveiled On ‘Jurassic World’ Website appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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'Extant' Adds Jeffrey Dean Morgan for Season 2

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CBS' summer drama Extant is adding a new series regular to its mix. Magic City alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the Halle Berry drama as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. On the mystery thriller about an astronaut (Berry) who discovers she has put the human race on a path for destruction, Morgan will play Jd Richter, a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future who is a mercenary/bounty hunter. He is free-wheeling, hard-drinking and fearless, bordering on reckless, mostly because he's got nothing to lose. He is the everyman who thought he had

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Theater Review: A Month in the Country Whizzes Right By

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It’s said that Chekhov was always trying to get the Moscow Art Theater to produce Ivan Turgenev’s neglected classic A Month in the Country instead of his own new plays. Was this homage, self-deprecation, or payment of a debt? So much of what we find great in Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and the rest of the holy canon finds its origins in the earlier work. It’s uncanny, really: A Month in the Country, completed in 1850, already contemplates, as Chekhov would a generation later, the collapse of Russia’s idle aristocracy amid new money and peasant awakening. It pioneers a form of comedy we now call Chekhovian, in which no one is happy. It even investigates the intersection of those two ideas. And yet Chekhov lifted more than just Turgenev’s genre and themes. Broad swaths of plot are appropriated, whole casts of archetypes redeployed. »

- Jesse Green

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Gary Dourdan: Former CSI Star Files Bankruptcy for a Second Time; Has Just $84.50 in Savings

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Former CSI star Gary Dourdan has filed for bankruptcy for the second time. In court documents obtained by People, Dourdan successfully filed chapter 11 on Jan. 22. The actor, 48, had just $904.35 left in his general bank account after paying his expenses (which included a $135 yoga class), and $84.50 in savings. Dourdan pays $1,500 per month to ex Jennifer Sutton in child support payments for his daughter Nyla. The documents state that he has missed four payments to his creditors, and that he owes $14,413.32. When he first filed in August 2011, the actor owed $1.73 million and had just a little over $1.8 million in assets, reported TMZ at the time. »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Military Wife and Mother Slashes Children's Throats 'To Keep House Quiet' for Husband

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A mother in Washington state told police she slashed her three young children's throats because she knew that if she killed them, the house would be quiet for her husband, authorities said. The woman, 29-year-old Christina Booth of Olympia, has been charged with attempted murder of her 2-year-old toddler and 6-month-old twins. The mother reportedly was on medication for postpartum depression. Booth's husband, Thomas, a soldier who was at home when the children were attacked, is not implicated, police say. The gruesome scene came to light early Sunday following a 911 call for medical help to the Booth residence. Responders arrived »

- Susan Keating, @SKatzKeating

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Sundance 2015: The Festival of Sex On the Slopes

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When it came time to shooting a gay threesome scene in “I Am Michael,” which premieres Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, first-time director Justin Kelly erred on the side of caution. He didn’t want to make the encounter between his three actors — James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver — too risqué for fear of alienating moviegoers on the story about Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounces his homosexuality and turns to God.

“I wanted to appeal to a wider audience,” Kelly says. “All my gay filmmaker friends thought it would be awesome if this film could be something that Christians would see.”

Kelly filmed the buzzed-about love scene in two takes, in a wide shot, so it wouldn’t look gratuitous. In retrospect, he regrets not nudging his actors to go further. “I kind of do wish they took their underwear off, to be honest,” Kelly says. »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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Eddie Murphy Confirms He’s Returning to ‘SNL’ for First Time in 30 Years

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Could Gumby be making a triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live,” dammit?

Maybe, maybe not. But it appears that Eddie Murphy, the man who parodied the iconic bendy toy on the late-night show, will be back.

Also Read: 13 of ‘SNL: Weekend Update’ Anchors Before Newbie Colin Jost (Photos)

Murphy, who appeared as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1980 to 1984 before rocketing to stardom with a film career, confirmed Thursday that he will once again appear on “SNL” for its 40th anniversary special, airing Feb. 15 on NBC.

The return will make the first time he’s appeared on »

- Tim Kenneally

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Cast as Series Regular in ‘Extant’ Alongside Halle Berry

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast as a series regular in the second season of “Extant,” CBS announced Thursday.

The thriller from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios stars Halle Berry as Molly Woods, an astronaut who unknowingly puts the human race on a path to destruction and discovers that she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival.

Morgan will play Jd Richter, a “cop of the future” and bounty hunter, described as a reckless, hard-drinking womanizer whose life changes when he meets Molly.

Morgan, best known for his roles on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Magic City,” will also star in History’s upcoming miniseries “Texas Rising.”

Extant” returns to CBS this summer.



- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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