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Bernie Casey, ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Actor and Former NFL Player, Dies at 78

Bernie Casey, ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Actor and Former NFL Player, Dies at 78
Bernie Casey, the former NFL star known for his work in the films “Boxcar Bertha” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, Variety has confirmed. He was 78.

Casey made his film debut in the 1969 sequel “Guns of the Magnificent Seven.” He then acted alongside fellow former NFL star Jim Brown in the crime dramas “…tick…tick…tick…” and “Black Gunn.” He played the title role in the 1972 science fiction TV film “Gargoyles,” and then portrayed Tamara Dobson’s love interest in 1973’s “Cleopatra Jones.”

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Casey wrote, directed, produced, and starred in “The Dinner,” a 1997 film centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, and homophobia. That same year, he loosely portrayed a version George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who was killed, in the drama “Brothers.”

In Martin Scorsese’s “Boxcar Bertha,” he
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Interview: Hitting the Links with the Collaborators of ‘The Squeeze’

Chicago – Golf and gambling go together like the 19th hole and tall tales. The green grass of the course isn’t the same without a little wagering, and the new film ‘The Squeeze’ – written and directed by Terry Jastrow – follows the game from small town America to the big stage of Las Vegas.

The film boasts an all-star cast, and is co-produced by Oscar nominee Anne Archer. The excellent character actor Michael Nouri, the steady Christopher McDonald and the very funny Katherine Lanasa are joining forces with newcomers Jeremy Sumpter and Jillian Murray. The odyssey of a young hot prospect and two gambling legends – based on a true story – are teed up to create a viable comedy about colorful characters, the essence of the links and who-will-outdo-who on the fairway and in the rough of life.

Katherine Lanasa and Christopher McDonald Check Out the Golfer’s Life in ‘The Squeeze
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TNT orders Sharon Stone action drama 'Agent X' to series

TNT orders Sharon Stone action drama 'Agent X' to series
There's a new female veep coming to cable—and she has a secret weapon at her disposal. TNT announced on Friday that it has ordered a 10-episode first season of Agent X, an action drama that stars Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino) as Natalie Maccabee, America's first female Vice President who learns that she has a super special agent in her service to help protect the country in times of crisis. Jeff Hephner (Interstellar) stars as John Case, the aforementioned operative who tackles those cases deemed too sensitive for the CIA and FBI. Gerald McRaney (House of Cards and Major
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Sharon Stone joins TNT pilot as first female U.S. vice president

Sharon Stone joins TNT pilot as first female U.S. vice president
Sharon Stone is headed to TV to play the first female U.S. vice president in a TNT action drama pilot.

The Emmy-winning actress (Casino, Basic Instinct) has been cast in a starring role in Agent X (working title) from The Bourne Identity writer William Blake Herron. Her character, “Natalie Maccabee,” steps into the race for vice president after her senator husband dies. She gets the job, and discovers being veep comes with a top secret duty — protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated “Agent X” (a
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Small Time Lands at Anchor Bay

Small Time Lands at Anchor Bay
Anchor Bay Films announced today the acquisition of Small Time starring Christopher Meloni (42, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Man of Steel), Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot, Lord of War, Blue Bloods) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Little Miss Sunshine, Under the Dome). Written and directed by Joel Surnow, Emmy Award-winner and co-creator of the hit series 24, small time is his debut feature film and loosely based on his real life experiences. The agreement with Abf covers all North American rights and today's announcement was made by Anchor Bay Entertainment's President, Bill Clark.

Kevin Kasha, Anchor Bay's Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, released the following statement.

"Small Time is a real gem for us and we're really looking forward to working with Joel. "The team loves this film and we are excited to be distributing it."

Writer-director Joel Surnow also released his own statement.

"Small Time is a very personal
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Bochco bats again with Fox series

Steven Bochco is taking another swing at a baseball series. Bochco and comedy writers Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein have set up a single-camera half-hour project at Fox Broadcasting Co. revolving around a minor league baseball team. Bochco tackled the minor league milieu in the short-lived 1983 NBC drama Bay City Blues. The project in is the embryonic development stage with a script commitment from Fox. Katlin and Bernstein are tackling the script for the untitled project and will executive produce alongside Bochco.

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