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“Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directed the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.
As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East. »
- Dave McNary
Patty Freedman, an actress who became a publicist, died in her New York home on Feb. 17. The 64-year-old had been battling breast cancer.
Born in Detroit but raised in Southfield, Mich., Freedman started performing early at Cass Tech, Detroit’s performing arts high school, before attending Interlochen Arts Camp and University of Michigan, from which she graduated with honors and musical theater degree.
As Patty Dworkin, Freedman went onto perform on stage in Ohio with the Kenley Players before moving onto Broadway, where she worked on “See Saw,” “Shenandoah” and “Sly Fox.” After working with Jackie Gleason on “Sly Fox,” impressed ABC casting executives put her under contract and relocated her to Los Angeles. The ABC contract brought her roles on shows including “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Dynasty,” “Happy Days,” “Delta House,” “One Day at a Time,” “Eight is Enough,” and “Shirley.”
In film, Freedman was featured in “Ghostbusters, »
- Dani Levy
Michael Keaton is now on screens playing Ray Kroc, the mastermind behind McDonald’s, in “The Founder.” But he dropped by the Variety offices for a quick round of #AskHollywood, where he took a wide range of questions, including queries about the similarities between Kroc and Donald Trump, the feminism behind “Mr. Mom” and a job opening where he could utilize the skills he displayed in the Oscar-winning “Spotlight.” And, of course, there was a “Batman” reference and a demonstration of the Trademark Michael Keaton Stare.
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- Jenelle Riley
James Lesure is not new to television.
He's been starring on some of the best shows on the small screen since his career first began in 1995, with a small role on a made-for-tv movie about Oj Simpson.
As Coach Mike Brady, Lesure is the feared leader of little league Abby can't resist. He gets to turn otherwise disgusting habits sexy and play at turning Abby's head.
He carries on a warm and inviting conversation and has a genuine and infectious laugh. Get to know him better by reading more below.
TV Fanatic: You have been on so many comedies and dramas over the years, how does working on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce compare?
James Lesure: This feels a little more grown up »
- Carissa Pavlica
Here’s a most unusual entry in a genre that’s now becoming a cinema staple: the origin story. Now that term may be most associated with comic books, and many of the superhero blockbusters are just that, the story of how he, she, or they came to get their powers, whip up a costume, and so on (the recent Doctor Strange is an excellent example). Ah, but this is a true tale, almost an autobiography. There have been many “bio-origins”, from Young Mr. Lincoln to Southside With You (hmm.. both about future presidents). Yes, there’s the individual’s journey, but this flick is also about a product. The Social Network concerned Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of that website, and Steve Jobs was as much about the man as it was about the personal computer. This new movie focuses on Ray Kroc and chronicles the evolution of the fast food restaurant industry, »
- Jim Batts
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