Jay Z Teams With Weinstein Co. for Trayvon Martin Film and TV Projects
Jay Z has joined forces with The Weinstein Company to develop a six-part docu-series and feature film about Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed while walking through his father’s neighborhood unarmed and became a flashpoint for race relations in the U.S., TheWrap has learned.
The hip-hop veteran and multiplatinum recording artist, whose given name is Shawn Carter, signed a two-year first-look deal with TWC in September, and he will produce both projects. Jay Z and TWC prevailed in a bidding war to win the rights to two books about Martin, Lisa Bloom’s “Suspicion Nation: The Inside. »
- Matt Pressberg
You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens
A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »
- Carli Velocci
James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)
The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.
Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.
Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.
To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Buffy Vet Eliza Dushku Joins Bull as Potential Series Regular
The actress will play J.P. Nunnelly, the savvy head of the best criminal defense firm in New York, who is hired by Michael Weatherly’s titular character when a member of his Trial Analysis Corporation team faces prison time.
TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Returns on Par With Midseason Finale
Fox’s “Empire” remains king, even if the viewing audiences it commands has shrunk a little. The midseason return of Cookie Lyon notched a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 7.89 million in Nielsen’s preliminary fast national ratings, right around where it left off in December (2.7 demo rating, 7.58 million viewers).
“Empire” lead-in “Shots Fired,” though, got off to a bit of a slow start, drawing a 1.1 demo rating and 4.67 million viewers. While a 1.1 demo rating isn’t even close to the worst debut an hourlong series has had this TV season, the “Shots Fired” premiere adds another data point to an emerging trend.
Shows like “Shots Fired” and ABC’s “American Crime” and “When We Rise” have made a splash in the industry by daring to tell complex, diverse, politically charged stories about serious issues facing American society on broadcast television, but viewers just don’t seem to be flocking to them: “Shots »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Orphan Black’ Season 5 Episode 1 Unveiled At PaleyFest: Cast & EPs On Clone Club’s Fate, Evil Rachel & The Mysterious Man
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of the season 5 first episode of Orphan Black. That deafening roar coming from the Dolby Theatre tonight on Hollywood Blvd was the packed house completely ecstatic that they were about to watch the first episode of Orphan Black‘s final season, two and a half months ahead of its June 10 premiere. And while Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, the Orphan Black cast and EPs Graeme Manson and John Fawcett kept their deconstruction of the… »
Seth Meyers Warns Donald Trump To Stop Stealing ‘SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Bits
Seth Meyers opened his NBC late night show with a strong message for President Donald Trump: “I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from Weekend Update anchor. It is on!” The longtime ‘Weekend Update’ anchor on Saturday Night Live was referencing an interview Trump did Wednesday night with Time magazine, which published Thursday morning, in which Trump defended controversial, and… »
Superstore Review: “Mateo’s Last Day” Celebration
Superstore has become a lot like The Office in a way. I say that because as it goes along, Superstore has characters who grown on you by the episode, and who are moving through real life situations in a realistic but funny way. Given that Jim transferred early on in The Office, Mateo’s near-transfer and heartbreaking breakup were eerily reminiscent of that show, but in an updated, retail-centric sort of way. This week on Superstore: Mateo is all set to transfer, when he finds out he must have a physical copy of his social security card. Being that he does not have one, Jonah and Cheyenne try to help
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- Nick Hogan
‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Baskets” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Circus.”]
After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.
For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »
- Ben Travers
Scandal Recap: Opa's Mole Revealed! Plus, Is [Spoiler] Really Dead?
Nary an inch of scenery went unchewed during Thursday’s Scandal as Olivia and her fellow Gladiators sought retribution against Rowan for assassinating the president-elect.
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She began by asking Huck to kill him — you know, the way you might ask a friend to pick you up at the airport if it’s not too much of an inconvenience — but that mission quickly proved… problematic. In a moment of uncharacteristic honesty, Rowan came clean to Huck (in damn public!) and insisted that everything he did was at the behest of the »
Alright, Fine: I’ll Post the Justice League Teaser Trailer
I’m pretty sure that at least 90% of websites on the planet posted either a Justice League poster or a Justice League teaser trailer today. I tried as hard as I possibly could to not post this. But how could I not? While we only got about 6 seconds of actual movie footage even I have to admit it’s kind of cool to see some of the behind the scenes shots here. Does that mean I think this movie will be good? Hardly. Is it me or is it every single time I see Ben Affleck in that getup I
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- Nat Berman
So Now Lavar Ball Can Beat Michael Jordan in One on One?
Because of the very fact that I cannot imagine a worse pairing of people talking in the entire world, how could I not post this video? Stephen A. Smith had Lavar Ball on First Take and as you would expect, these two yelled at each other the entire time. Based on the video, I’m still racking my brain as to which guy I can’t stand more. Stephen A. Smith has been with us for a very long time so I’m kind of used to him but at the same time, my hatred as grown considerably. Ball on the other hand
- Nat Berman
Grey's Recap: Beginnings and Mendings
At a crossroads was the place to be in Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Not only were Meredith and Nathan making progress in turning their flirtation into a relationship, but Owen was bound and determined to find out from Amelia whether they were ever again going to live like a married couple, Arizona and Miranda were longing to mend fences with Richard, and Maggie was given a golden opportunity to bond anew with her estranged mother. Read on, and we’ll go over the highlights…
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How Nicolas Cage Convinced Laura Dern To Join Jurassic Park
When you think of the amount of movies Nicolas Cage has been in not to mention the variety it’s easy to assume this guy isn’t picky at all when it comes to the roles he chooses. Plus when you want to buy stuff like dinosaur fossils and other super weird items that Mr. Cage owns, you take whatever money you can get to live a lavish lifestyle. So during the 90s when Laura Dern was offered a role in Jurassic Park she decided to consult her friend Nicolas Cage on the potential gig. Dern recently revealed that it was Cage
- Nat Berman
Five Year-Old Geography Wiz Makes Hilarious Donald Trump Dig on Ellen
While the bigger story to come out of Ellen today is the fact that she set up a “group date” with Rachel Lindsay and her Bachelorette contestants, the highlight of any Ellen show reference today has got to be this 5-year-old kid. Ellen had this little tyke on her show because he’s a geography wiz. And at only 5 he constructed his own little map to show Ellen. The little guy was pointing out everything on his map from icebergs to ice cubes. But when it came time to point to something in the top right corner of his map,
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- Nat Berman
AMPTP To Stuntwomen: If You See Something, Say Something
Although she’s neck-deep in negotiations for a new WGA contract, AMPTP president Carol Lombardini wasn't too busy Wednesday to fire off a letter to veteran stuntwoman Julie Johnson, who's been fighting a one-woman campaign to put an end to sexual harassment of stuntwomen and to stop the long-running practice of stuntmen doubling for actresses. In January, Johnson, the former stunt coordinator on the Charlie's Angels TV show, met privately with SAG-aftra president… »
Meet the Real Artist Behind Lily Tomlin’s Paintings on ‘Grace and Frankie’
“Grace and Frankie” stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but there is another star of the series whose face has never been seen onscreen. That person is Nancy Rosen, the real-life artist who provides all of the paintings on the series for Tomlin’s character, who is a painter and art teacher.
The Chicago-based Rosen has provided paintings for every season of the Netflix series, but her love of art goes back to her childhood. “I’ve been painting since I was five,” Rosen told Variety. “I didn’t have any choice about that. That’s just what it’s always been. It’s always made up my entire life. It’s kind of what wakes me up in the morning and I do every day.”
Rosen is an old friend of Robbie Tollin, an executive producer on the series. “Her and her family have been collecting my work since I was a little girl,” she »
- Joe Otterson
Arrow Photos: Is Oliver Jilting Susan? Plus: Felicity Goes Deeper With Helix
Cupid’s arrow appears to ultimately have sailed wide for Oliver and Susan, as seen in these photos from Wednesday’s episode of The CW’s Arrow.
As Oliver confessed in this week’s episode, he kinda likes being kill-y, and used his father’s “list” as an excuse to sate that desire. He then showed up at the lair to hang up his bow and get out of the crimefighting biz for good.
Will his never-easy relationship with Susan be the next casualty? Having been kidnapped by Oliver’s adversary Prometheus aka Adrian Chase, “I don’t know how you overcome that, »
Lebron James Sings “Happy Birthday” To Kyrie Irving Not Once Pronouncing “Birthday” Correctly
Let me be the first to say that I’m a Lebron James fan. I think he’s one of the best players in the history of the game. I think he’s taken more heat than just about any player for any small thing that he does. Guys like Charles Barkley and other “old school” personalities don’t give him nearly the respect he deserves. I admire his ability to take it all in stride. I admire how smart a basketball player he is. But if there’s one thing I do not admire it’s his singing skills or pronunciation of the word “Birthday.”
- Nat Berman
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