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Anne Marie here with some happy news: It's Rita Moreno's birthday! The Puerto Rican showbiz legend has a list of awards as long as her gorgeous legs, and soon she's going to add to it! As Nathaniel reported earlier, the Screen Actors Guild is adding the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to her much-deserved accolades in January.
In addition to being the third Triple Crown winner (Emmy, Tony, Oscar) and one of twelve Egot winners (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), Rita Moreno has had an absolutely fascinating career for its depth and diversity. She's said that her success in West Side Story was actually a double-edged sword, after winning an Oscar in 1962 for her firey performance as Anita, most of the film roles offered to her were as the token minority. As a result, she refused to appear in film for another seven years. Moreno instead turned to television and theater. »
- Anne Marie
TV fans may already know Laura Benanti from roles on Go On, The Playboy Club, Law and Order:svu, and many others. And of course theater lovers have long been fans of the Tony-winning Broadway performer. On Thursday night, the two worlds merged when Benanti stole the show as Elsa in NBC’s ratings smash Sound of Music Live!, leading more than a few viewers to hope that Captain von Trapp might end up with her as opposed to Maria.
While nothing so sacrilegious happened, Benanti is enjoying increased attention since the broadcast. EW talked with the actress Friday afternoon about her day-of prep, »
- Erin Strecker
Project has been in development since early this year with South African director Darrell Roodt attached to helm and David Harewood on board to play the lead. Roodt is no longer attached and producers have opted to read other actors for the role.
Robeson, born in 1898, was a singer, actor and orator from the 1920s through the 1950s best known for his acting in “Othello” and his singing of “Ol’ Man River.” Robeson’s political activism brought him to the attention of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, leading to the revocation of his passport for eight years despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during WWII.
Curtis-Hall, who began his career as »
- Dave McNary
Jason Noto wrote the screenplay about a family man in New York in the late 1960s who unbeknown to his wife is a full-time dope fiend working in the illegal pornography industry with the FBI on his tail.
Production on the anticipated 18-day shoot started on location in New York on December 2.
Steinsiek is an accomplished effects make-up artist who founded Ill Willed Productions in 2001 and whose clients have included The Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, MTV, Law And Order, SNL, The History Channel, Discovery, and HBO. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
New Law And Order Svu season 15,episode 10 not airing tonight,delayed until January 2014. Hey, "Law And Order: Svu" peeps. Yeah, we've got some bad news for you guys,tonight. It looks like the show has definitely gone on it's Winter Break,and will not be returning until January 8th, 2014, which means that the new episode 10 of season 15, titled "Psycho Therapist," will not be airing tonight. Instead, all you're going to get is a "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving" special, so make sure you change your plans,and jot down that January 8th, 2014 date for the return. Unfortunately, NBC did not release a promo or sneak peek,clip for this episode yet, so that's off the table for now. They also didn't drop any press release material for the episode. However, we do have a tidbit spoiler tease from Spoiler TV that reveals that Pablo Schreiber is coming back to Svu in »
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And as great as Dame Judi is in the film, Steve Coogan (who also adapted the screenplay) is equally strong as the investigative reporter helping Philomena, Martin Sixsmith. The two play off each other well in a salty, sweet relationship.
There's a scene in the film which is bound to catch the attention of cinephiles...
They enter the convent where Philomena's son was taken from her ('The Sisters of No Mercy,' as Sixsmith snarkly calls it) to investigate what happened. On the wall in the waiting room is an autographed photo of actress Jane Russell. »
St. Louis-area native Peter Bolte – a graduate of Webster University, returns to his home turf for All Roads Lead, a feature was shot here and in Pinckneyville, Ill. that features a local cast and crew. After discovering lost footage of a raging car fire that took the lives of two young girls, a group of filmmakers decides to investigate the stories of those involved. Their journey leads them from the concrete jungle of New York City to the rural countryside of the Midwest. In the small Illinois town of Colston, they interview and befriend residents touched by the tragic event. Hard workers struggling through trying times, the townsfolk appear to draw strength from the caring support of their community. However, as the filmmakers dig deeper, a darker side of Colston begins to emerge, and it becomes evident that the girls’ death may be more than an accident. As an ominous »
- Tom Stockman
Co-starring Glenn Close (Mars Attacks!), Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Sam Waterston (Law And Order) and Tim himself, the plot focuses on a group of university students who group together after their professor is mugged.
Chang was brilliant as the whip-smart and sassy Rebecca in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, and you can also see her in the upcoming A Birder’S Guide To Everything. As her career is only just taking off, joining Nelson’s newest project is a clever idea, especially when you consider you she’ll be starring alongside.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Joey Dedio is a veteran of film, stage and television. As a youngster, Dedio appeared in After School Specials and on the NBC soap opera Another World; portrayed the title role in the NBC Series “The Karate Kid”; and served as the voice of “Wheeler” on the animated series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers.” As an adult, Dedio has worked as a regular in the serial “Sunset Beach”; guest-starred on such dramas as “Law and Order” and “Chicago Hope”; originated the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play “Skin”; and appeared in more than 15 films, including the Sundance competition drama Strays. Taking on additional roles, the multitalented Dedio wrote, produced, and starred in Downtown: A Street Tale and produced the award-winning documentary “The Providence Effect.” Dedio plays the title role in Tio Papi, which he co-wrote and produced.
Joey will be in St. Louis to screen Tio Papi as part of The St. »
- Tom Stockman
Spirits were high at the Nov. 12 Skylark afterparty for the Weinstein Company’s “Philomena” despite the film’s recent MPAA ratings controversy. While title-actress Judi Dench was not in attendance, Steve Coogan, who both co-wrote the script with Jeff Pope and stars as BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, said he loved filming with Dench.
Coogan said he decided to adapt the script from Sixsmith’s book “The Lost Son of Philomena Lee” because he felt the story was incredibly relatable. “There were really universal themes in this story that I thought people could really identify with,” Coogan told Variety. “I wanted to start a discussion about the idea of intellect that Martin [Sixsmith] embodies versus the folk wisdom of Philomena.”
- Maya Shwayder
Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, and Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan are among several women who recently announced development deals with the networks.A roundup of what’s happening in TV: --Patricia Cornwell, best known for her Kay Scarpetta series, has sold a TV show about a female detective to ABC. Co-written by Cornwell and Stephanie Sengupta (Law and Order), Greta Stone will be about a "young, orphaned, highly skilled female cop who has an uncanny ability to solve crime," according to Deadline. Greta Stone is an original creation by Cornwell, whose books have sold over 100 million copies. --Actress Zooey Deschanel and her producing partner Rivka Sophia Rossi have two comedies in the works. Fox bought a sitcom called Freelancers, which Deadline reports as centering on "a disgraced and newly single lawyer who, after getting fired from his corporate job, »
- Inkoo Kang
So awesome that I almost can’t bear it. And so relevant to today: Are the battles between rich and poor, science and superstition, freedom and repression actually endless? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There are so many ways in which the 2011 Swedish TV drama Anno 1790 is awesome that I almost can’t bear it. It’s like CSI and Law and Order with a bit of Sherlock and a dash of Les Misérables. Oh, and just a hint of Jane Austen, maybe? And just the teensiest hint of the steampunk? But there’s nothing fantastical or costume-drama fancy about these ten episodes either: there’s a palpable, earthy authenticity to its invocation of late 18th-century Stockholm, all mud and cold, all frilly lace and powdered wigs as little more than lipstick on pigs, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Starz has picked up WonderWorld, a new series about the “Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s,” and a drama that brings together all of Starz’s interests—period settings, the mafia, ample opportunity for nudity—in one magic place. Not a Magic City, however, as that series recently ended its two-season run, leaving executive producer Fred Berner scrambling to reteam with his old Law And Order colleague Rene Balcer and quickly come up with some other show where criminals in vintage suits make shady deals, and occasionally you see some ass. In WonderWorld, those criminals are pursued by a pair »
New Law And Order Svu season 15,episode 7 not airing,delayed until November 2013. Hey, "Law And Order: Svu" peeps. We just wanted to let you guys know that the new episode 7 of season 15,titled, "Dissonant Voices," did not air last night, because the show is apparently on a brief hiatus,but don't fret. The show will return with episode 7 on November 6th, 2013. So, go ahead and mark that date on your calendars. Also, they will be coming back with at least 4 consecutive weeks of new episodes in November, so no more delays for a while. CBS did release a new promo/spoiler clip (below) for the new episode 7 last week in case you haven't seen it yet. It reveals that things will get quite drama-filled as a popular school teacher is accused of child molestation. Also, Benson’s investigation will end up, uncovering evidence that condemns the teacher. As the case becomes public, »
Adapted from the Stephen King novel, Channel 5's Us import Under the Dome has been one of our cult TV favourites this autumn. The big-budget sci-fi series has been brimming with tension and mind-bending mysteries and we're totally hooked as we head towards the season one finale in two weeks' time.
Digital Spy caught up with one of the show's exec producers, Neal Baer, to get some scoop on the show's future.
How pleased have you been with the reception in the Us and the UK to Under the Dome?
"We're so gratified that people have really embraced it because you just never know. I've been really fortunate in my career; I did ER for seven years and Law and Order: Svu for 11. I thought, 'That's not going to happen again'. And then it happened. We had 20 million viewers the first week in the Us. I feel very fortunate »
Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks competed on American Idol, and now they'll be the ones sitting at the judges' table on Law and Order: Svu. Alana De La Garza will be reprising her role from the original Law & Order on Svu as well. And Gilles Marini is joining 2 Broke Girls. Read on for all the details, including casting news for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Following, Blue Bloods, CSI and Bones. »
Let’s ask a new question this week: Which shows are not much benefiting from DVR?
Nielsen’s numbers for the third week of the broadcast season were just released, full chart below.
CBS’ Elementary may have been struggling this season up against ABC’s Scandal, but plenty of viewers are sure checking out the Sherlock Holmes drama on DVR: The Thursday night crime procedural jumped from a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 to a 3.5 — that’s 84 percent, the biggest percentage increase delivered by a broadcast show that week. Several other 10 p.m. dramas were among the other top gainers, including »
- James Hibberd
The Spinoff was a television staple from the 70s to the 90s. A well conceived vehicle for an already established character was seen as a drop in the bucket for network executives back in the day. It was a pretty simple formula. You have a popular show, take an ancillary, supporting character, and you build a show around him or her in a different locale. Rhoda. Facts of Life. Frasier. These series all showed that in the right hands a successful supporting character could be a brilliant Lead character. But alas, becasue of a few ill conceived bombs in recent years (I’m talking to you Law and Order:Los Angeles, Joey, and Caprica), networks are a little gun shy when it comes to spinoffs.
But there were so many times in recent years where a spinoff was warranted, Nay, necessary and the TV execs just dropped the ball. Once a premise is out there, »
- Shau Booker
October has always been a make-or-break month for freshman series; as they struggle to build audiences against already-established programs, many falter and eventually fall under the dreaded network cancellation axe. Within the next few days, we’ll likely be seeing a few more cancellations on major networks including ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS. Though the first show to perish this season was ABC’s ill-conceived lottery drama Lucky 7, NBC just one-upped its rival network by killing two freshman flops with one stone: Ironside and Welcome to the Family.
The former, a cop procedural starring Blair Underwood, was a remake of a hugely successful NBC show that aired during the ’60s and ’70s. Centering on a dedicated cop confined to a wheelchair, the new Ironside drew criticism for its heavy tone and monotonous pace. While the original Ironside ran for 199 episodes and a TV movie, NBC’s modern-day take on the »
- Isaac Feldberg
NBC’s The Blacklist just broke a DVR ratings record, becoming the first broadcast TV show to ever add more than 6 million viewers thanks to playback over its first seven days of release (full chart for all shows below).
Nielsen just released its full DVR data for the second week of the broadcast season, and James Spader’s Monday night freshman drama went from 11.4 million viewers on its premiere night (including first-night DVR playback) to 17.9 million for its first full seven days. In the adult demo, The Blacklist was also one of the biggest gainers, percentage wise — jumping 67 percent.
- James Hibberd
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