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SAG-aftra Developing Code of Conduct to Address Sexual Harassment

SAG-AFTRA leaders are developing a code of conduct for its 160,000 members to deal with sexual harassment.

President Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White made the disclosure in a message sent to members of the union’s national board this week. They said the new code of conduct “will provide clear safety guidance to performers in the work environment and in social environments attached to work where harassment frequently occurs.”

The code of conduct will be presented to and reviewed by the national board before it becomes official. Carteris and White noted that the missive was sent out with the 24th annual SAG Awards taking place Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“As we approach the awards show weekend, we are receiving more questions about SAG-aftra’s efforts to address the issue of harassment and inequity in our industry,” they said. “We welcome the attention and are thrilled with the forceful initiatives
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

On the eve of the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris acknowledges that the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on the union’s 160,000 members.

The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will feature all female presenters. Carteris admits that those choices were quite deliberate at a time of profound change for women in the entertainment industry.

“Having Kristen Bell as the first host really speaks to our show evolving,” Carteris says. “She’s wonderful. And we had been starting to talk about doing all-female presenters since last year so it’s serendipity that it happened for this show.”

Carteris, who succeeded the late Ken Howard as president nearly two years ago, says current discussions with her fellow leaders have been particularly dynamic amid the need for profound change.

“Our recent
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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy
More than six years after the Best Picture nominee The Help took the careers of Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to new heights, the actresses are reuniting for an untitled Christmas comedy. The project was at the center of a huge bidding war that Universal eventually won, over 20th Century Fox and Paramount, with the pitch coming from Jessica Chastain herself and her Freckle Films production president Kelly Carmichael, who both wrote the treatment, with Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians) attached to write the script. Both Chastain and Carmichael are set to produce through their Freckle Films banner, alongside Maven Pictures' Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.

Both Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will portray two women who are trying to brave the elements and get back home for Christmas, although no further story details were given for this Jessica Chastain Holiday Comedy. Executive VP of production Erik Baiers and
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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: ‘People Are Feeling Empowered’

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: ‘People Are Feeling Empowered’
SAG-aftra’s leaders believe the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment scandal is having a profound impact on the union’s 160,000 members.

“People are feeling empowered to speak out and there has been a significant increase in the number of people doing so,” said Gabrielle Carteris in an interview with Variety on the eve of Wednesday’s SAG Awards nominations announcement. The number of reports of sexual harassment that come into SAG-aftra now average at least five a day — far above the level prior to the Oct. 5 bombshell revelations about disgraced executive Harvey Weinstein. Carteris and National Executive Director David White asserted that the surge in reporting reflects a cultural sea change on the entire issue.

“The calls that we are getting are coming in from across the entire spectrum,” White said. “We are aware that the simple act of naming the problem, along with having new tools to protect oneself, definitely helps to empower our members.
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Notes on Streaming: Diabolical Dark, Murderous Mindhunter

In which two Netflix series seek to unsettle and undermine expectations. Let's talk about crime. In the 1970s, U.S. broadcast television networks were awash in weekly crime shows that wrapped up cases in less than an hour. Beginning with Hill Street Blues in 1981, that began to change to more serialized formats, as some cases carried over into multiple episodes; in 1993, NYPD Blue began crossing boundaries as far as the adult nature of content was concerned. More than 20 years later, the television landscape has expanded dramatically and the increasing popularity of streaming services means that Netflix can spend billions of dollars on content annually on an often bewildering variety of films and episodic shows; it's now available in more than 190 countries worldwide....

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Contest: Win Darkman II: The Return Of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die on Blu-ray

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Scream Factory has an early holiday treat in store for Darkman fans with their Blu-ray releases of both sequels in Sam Raimi's superhero franchise, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of both Darkman II: The Return of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive:

(1) Blu-ray copy of Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1) Blu-ray copy of Darkman III: Die Darkman Die

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Darkman Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details:
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November 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Limehouse Golem, Darkman II and III, Westworld Season 1

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Now that November is in full swing, we have a brand new batch of Blu-ray and DVD releases to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with the releases of both Darkman II and III, as well as co-presenting Killing Ground and Darkness Rising alongside IFC Midnight.

As far as other new titles are concerned, there’s a bunch coming our way on Tuesday, including Ghastlies, The Limehouse Golem, Dead Still, Mother Krampus, Demon Hole, and Westworld Season 1. And for you cult film fanatics, both Satan’s Cheerleaders and John Landis’ thriller Into the Night are both making their way to Blu, too.

Other November 7th releases include Beneath, The Nightmare, The Untamed, and The Tormenting.

Darkman II: The Return of Durant (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed sequel to the hit motion picture. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
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'The Americans' Recruits 'Gilmore Girls' Alum for Recurring Role (Exclusive)

The Americans' final season is starting to take shape.

Gilmore Girls grad Scott Cohen is set to recur on season six of the FX spy drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Cohen will play Glenn Haskard, a member of a State Department negotiating team that Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) is starting to covertly work against.

Best known for his role as Max Medina on the beloved Amy Sherman-Palladino family drama, Cohen's other credits include another spy drama, NBC's Allegiance, Necessary RoughnessNYPD Blue and Love & Other Drugs. He is repped by Gersh, One Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

The acclaimed spy drama has been plotting the...
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New Casting News For Fox’s Upcoming ‘9-1-1’ From Creator Ryan Murphy

Oliver Stark (“Into The Badlands”), Aisha Hinds (“Shots Fired,” “Underground”), Kenneth Choi (“The People v. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Rockmond Dunbar (“Prison Break,” “The Path”) have been cast in series regular roles in Fox’s provocative new drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear. The series will premiere in 2018 on Fox.

Academy and Emmy Award nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Peter Krause (“The Catch,” “Six Feet Under”) and Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story”) star in the series, which explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
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Watch: Jimmy Smits Shares a New Video and Explains Why He Advocates for Cancer Research

Watch: Jimmy Smits Shares a New Video and Explains Why He Advocates for Cancer Research
In his lifetime, actor Jimmy Smits has been profoundly affected by cancer.

“My dad passed away a couple of years ago from a blood cancer,” he tells People. “Because of his age, he wasn’t able to have a bone marrow transplant at that time. He fought a valiant fight, but he’s a statistic now. I’ve always been very dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge about the disease, because I still have hope that we can someday beat it. Cancer affects us all, and it has affected my family.”

To do his part, Smits, 62, has been working with
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Yankees Downing Dodgers in 'Crazy' World Series, Says Superfan Nick Turturro

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[[tmz:video id="0_yhzh4kjv"]] Sorry, Dodger fans ... but ain't Nothin' gonna stop the Yankees from goin' all the way this year -- so says Nyy superfan Nick Turturro. We spoke to the former "NYPD Blue" star after New York came back on Cleveland ... and to say he was hyped out of his mind wouldn't be doing him justice. After sounding off on the franchise's greatness, Nick told TMZ Sports his Yankees will beat the Astros by any means necessary
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Sharon Lawrence

Sharon Lawrence is an actress, singer, and dancer who was born on June 29, 1961, in Charlotte, North Carolina. She later moved to Raleigh where she attended high school before studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her career as a performer began when she played in a revival of ‘Cabaret’ on a Broadway stage in 1987. Since then, she has acted in many television series and had various roles in movies. Lawrence is probably best-known for her role in the ABC series ‘NYPD Blue’ in which she played the role of Sylvia Costas Sipowicz. Most recently,

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Sharon Lawrence
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CBS' Me, Myself & I Premiere: Grade It!

CBS' Me, Myself & I Premiere: Grade It!
This is the story of the first episode of CBS’ Me, Myself & I.

Monday’s series premiere introduced viewers to inventor Alex Riley, played at three dramatically different stages of his life by Jack Dylan Grazer (of It), Bobby Moynihan (of Saturday Night Live) and John Larroquette (of… pretty much everything).

PhotosNew Fall TV Shows: The TVLine Staff Share Its Picks… and Passes

In order to get the “complete picture,” as Alex points out in the premiere’s opening moments, you need to know what happens in each phase. Let’s begin, shall we?

1991, Age 14 | Here’s the thing about
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The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years

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The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years
In the days before premium cable, television was a squeaky-clean place for the most part. The traditional networks rarely dared to push boundaries when it came to graphic sexual content for fear of pissing off advertisers. (And when they did, as with ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” affiliates and advertisers did indeed balk on cue.)

But then came HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and a slew of other networks, which asked for a little extra subscriber cash, but offered in exchange unfiltered violence, language, and sex. Without that creative freedom, it’s doubtful that television as a storytelling art form would have evolved in the same way, especially when it comes to sex — one of the most primal aspects of humanity that the broadcast networks kept behind closed doors for far too long.

Because different things are sexy to different people, this list is unranked — streaming platforms and ad-supported cable networks will be saved for future lists.
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‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78

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‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78
Frank Vincent, the actor perhaps best known as mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 78.

TMZ first posted the news, reporting that Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and died while undergoing open-heart surgery in New Jersey on Wednesday.

According to IMDb, Vincent was attached to several projects in pre-production, including the features “Asbury Park” and “Sarah Q.” He recently voiced a character on the Adult Swim series “Mr. Pickles,” and also appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Svu.”

Other TV credits include “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover,” while on film he was seen in Martin Scorsese films such as “Raging Bull,” Billy Batts (“Go home and get your f–king shine box!”) in “Goodfellas,” and Frank Marino in “Casino.” He was also a regular in Spike Lee films like “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.”

But
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Frank Vincent, 'Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas' Actor, Dead at 78

Frank Vincent, 'Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas' Actor, Dead at 78
Frank Vincent, the character actor that specialized in Mafia roles and appeared as a mobster in Goodfellas, The Sopranos and Casino, died Wednesday. He was 78.

The actor died at a New Jersey hospital following complications from open-heart surgery, TMZ reported. The Blast adds that actor Vincent Pastore, who co-starred with Vincent in The Sopranos, notified friends of Vincent's death.

Director Martin Scorsese frequently cast Vincent in his films as the actor appeared in the filmmaker's Raging Bull, Casino and Goodfellas, which Rolling Stone placed at Number One on the 100 Greatest Movies of the Nineties list.
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The Sopranos' Frank Vincent Dead at 78

The Sopranos' Frank Vincent Dead at 78
Frank Vincent, who played mob boss Phil Leotardo on HBO’s The Sopranos, has died at the age of 78.

Vincent passed away following complications from heart surgery in New Jersey on Wednesday, according to a report from TMZ. Vincent reportedly suffered a heart attack last week and had to undergo open-heart surgery as a result, but died during the procedure.

Related Home Alone‘s John Heard Dead at 72; TV Roles Included The Sopranos

Vincent’s Sopranos character Phil Leotardo appeared in more than 30 episodes and was a rival of Tony Soprano’s throughout the series, eventually getting whacked by Tony
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HBO Greenlights True Detective Season 3, A Return To The Series' Roots

When it comes to discussing HBO's polarizing True Detective series, good news generally foreshadows bad news. Recently we learned that HBO enticed legendary writer David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) and acclaimed actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Luke Cage) to join creator Nic Pizzolatto (The Magnificent Seven) -- pretty good news, right? According to THR, True Detective Season 3 is now greenlighted and moving forward. Ok, so what's the bad news?

One of the big reasons for Season 1's success was the writer-director duo of Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation), who together created a consistency and uniformity of tone and style throughout the 8 episode inaugural season. Unfortunately, in Season 2 multiple directors were stretched over those 8 episodes, resulting in an often incoherent mess. THR relates that Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) will partner with Pizzolatto (who's also the series' showrunner) for the entirety of Season 3, which sounds good at first, but Saulnier
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'True Detective' Season Three Stars Mahershala Ali, Set in Ozarks

'True Detective' Season Three Stars Mahershala Ali, Set in Ozarks
After a two-year hiatus, crime anthology series True Detective will return to HBO for a third season starring Oscar-winning Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali.

"The next installment of True Detective tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods," HBO said of Season Three (via Entertainment Weekly). Ali's involvement was revealed weeks before True Detective's third season was officially green lit. The actor portrays Northwest Arkansas police detective Wayne Hays.

Series'
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Melina Kanakaredes Scrubs Into Fox's The Resident as Series Regular

Melina Kanakaredes Scrubs Into Fox's The Resident as Series Regular
Melina Kanakaredes’ new TV role works out great, since she probably still has leftover scrubs hanging in her closet.

RelatedTyrant‘s Moran Atias Joins Midseason Fox Medical Drama The Resident

The CSI: NY and Providence alum has joined the cast of Fox’s upcoming medical drama The Resident as a series regular, according to our sister site Deadline. Kanakaredes will play Dr. Lane Hunter, a top oncologist who’s harboring dark secrets that set off a thriller arc in the show’s first season.

The Resident, set to debut at midseason, stars Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife) as a
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