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Updated: Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey is in talks with his bosses at Viacom to step aside and take on a new role with the company, a long-rumored shift that would come after five years of dismal results at the film studio, two sources confirmed Friday.
Grey’s possible departure comes after not only a long series of box office flops, far outnumbering hits, but also upheaval in the top executive ranks. Though a replacement has not yet been chosen, several sources said that it is possible the job will go, at least on a temporary basis, to Amy Powell, Paramount’s president of television and digital entertainment.
The talks between Grey and Viacom’s leadership, including CEO Bob Bakish, were continuing into the afternoon Friday and might not be resolved until Monday or Tuesday, according to one of the sources.
Grey, a former talent manager, has had a largely tumultuous run. »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Any other time, any other way that Grey’s Anatomy’s April could have been made interim chief of general surgery would have been fine. Fine and dandy, even. But, since it happened when she was in the middle of a revolt on Richard’s behalf against Eliza — and the temporary promotion came at the expense of coconspirator Meredith — it was neither fine nor dandy. In fact, it resulted in Kepner spending most of “It Only Gets Much Worse” wishing that it really was lonely at the top, because she was surrounded by colleagues who mostly were hopping mad at her. »
The latest horror flick filled with immense badassery to be added to Shudder's library is the fifth sequel in the Phantasm franchise, Phantasm: Ravager. Also in today's Highlights: details on the Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Portland International Film Festival's After Dark program, release details for Slasher.com and The Eyes, a new poster for Atomica, and production news and photos for A Haunting at Silver Falls II.
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- Tamika Jones
New Line Cinema has revealed an image from this year’s upcoming The Disaster Artist, an adaptation of the novel of the same name detailing the troubled production of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, which often gets labelled as the worst movie ever made. The image gives us a first look at James Franco as the titular disaster artist Wiseau, along with his brother Dave Franco, who is playing Greg Sestero, a real-life friend of Wiseau who played Mark in The Room.
The Disaster Artist is set to have its world premiere at the SXSW film festival next month. The star-studded cast of the film also includes Seth Rogen (The Night Before), Zac Efron (Neighbors), Kate Upton (The Other Woman), Ari Graynor (The Sopranos), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Andrew Santino (Sin City Saints), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2), and a cameo from Tommy Wiseau himself. »
- Robert Kojder
Edie Falco will try to save the Menendez brothers from prison time in NBC’s upcoming series Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders, the network announced Friday.
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The first installment of the anthology series focuses on Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Abramson (right) represented the siblings through three trials. »
The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco has been tapped to play famed defense attorney Leslie Abramson on NBC's upcoming Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders. The eight-episode anthology series will focus on Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents. After a mistrial and deadlocked juries (there was one trial but two separate juries, one for each brother), the brothers were later re-tried and convicted of two… »
Update 1 P.M. with more information. Frank Pellegrino Sr., an actor who appeared in The Sopranos and Goodfellas and ran Harlem’s legendary — and famously exclusive — Rao’s restaurant, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 72. His friend Bo Dietl confirmed Pellegrino’s death, telling the New York Post‘s Page Six: "We lost a part of New York today when we lost Frankie. There's nobody like him, he's an icon." Dietl said Pellegrino died at NY’s Memorial… »
As reported by Variety, Sopranos actor and New York City restaurateur Frank Pellegrino has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.
Pellegrino is probably best known for playing FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on eleven episodes of The Sopranos, and like a lot of Italian actors from New York, he spent a lot of time appearing in mobster-related films and TV shows. In addition to The Sopranos, he played Johnny Dio in Goodfellas, appeared in three episodes across the Law & Order universe, and he had smaller roles in Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. As Variety notes, he also had a recent guest appearance on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.
Separate from his acting life, Pellegrino was a food buff and co-owner of iconic Italian eatery Rao’s in East Harlem, New York—a restaurant that has appeared in Jay Z videos, The Wolf ...
- Sam Barsanti
Frank Pellegrino, who played FBI bureau chief Frank Cubitoso on “The Sopranos,” died Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer, People reported. He was 72. Pellegrino, who in addition to his acting career was co-owner of the New York restaurant Rao’s, had been battling lung cancer since last year. “New York lost a piece of New York yesterday. Frankie was an icon, one of the most unique and remarkable people I’ve ever met in my life, with one of the biggest hearts,” Pellegrino’s friend Bo Dietl told People. “If anyone had a problem, they would go to Frankie and he would. »
- Tim Kenneally
One of Pellegrino’s first acting roles, in what would become a career of appearances in gangster-related cinema, came in 1990 as Johnny Dio in “Goodfellas.” His character on “The Sopranos” ran for eleven episodes during which he attempted to uncover dirt to help in the Soprano/Dimeo case. Pellegrino also appeared in several episodes of “Law & Order.” His other credits include “Cop Land,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery” and, most recently, a guest spot on the TV series “Odd Mom Out” in 2015.
Outside of acting, Pellegrino also co-owned the restaurant Rao’s in East Harlem, New York City. The Italian spot has hosted many celebrities including Jay Z and Martin Scorsese, and appears in many films including “The Wolf of Wall Street” The mainstay was founded in »
- Seth Kelley
Most known for his role as FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on the show The Sopranos, Frank Pellegrino has passed away at the age of 72. The actor, who appeared on The Sopranos for five years spanning 1999-2004 died on Tuesday in New York City after losing a battle to lung cancer. You might also remember Pellegrino in the film Goodfellas. He also appeared in the movies Mickey Blue Eyes, and Copland. However, what Pellegrino is most known for by his peers is his ownership of the famous restaurant Rao’s. Rao’s is a celebrity packed restaurant known for having some of
- Nat Berman
The native New Yorker had several notable film and television roles in an acting career that spanned over 25 years including Goodfellas (where he played racketeer Johnny Dio), Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes and multiple episodes of Law & Order.
Pellegrino's most famous role, however, was playing dogged FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso in The Sopranos who heads the agency's strategy in the long-running Soprano/Dimeo case.
As well as acting, Pellegrino was a well-known personality in the New York restaurant industry. He co-owned the famed »
- Abid Rahman
Fans of “The Sopranos” are mourning the loss of character actor Frank Pellegrino, best known for playing the FBI’s New Jersey Division chief Frank Cubitoso on HBO’s mob hit, with Us Weekly confirming he lost his battle with lung cancer at age 72. In addition to his recurring role on “The Sopranos”, Pellegrino also played Johnny Dio in […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Author: Jon Lyus
The latest remake of Scarface has been on the cards for about five years. Martin Bregman, one of the producers of the classic 1983 Al Pacino film, has been working with Universal to develop a new interpretation of the legend and today it was announced that Rogue One’s Diego Luna has been cast in the lead role.
The actor will next be seen in another re-make-quel-boot, Niels Arden Oplev’s new version of Flatliners with Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland and Ellen Page. Universal’s new Scarface film should propel Luna to a new, wider audience however there’s a good chance Antoine Fuqua won’t be directing him. Variety report that plans to move ahead with a sequel for the 2014 film The Equalizer are moving ahead very quickly, and the desire for a quick sequel has caused conflict in the scheduling.
Al Pacino works out his anger »
- Jon Lyus
Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.
Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.
Most of the films I’ve selected »
- Edward Douglas
Exclusive: Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures is launching a TV division with two pilots in development and repping a third completed series being eyed for a feature film adaptation. The episodic pilots in the works at the Los Angeles- and Philadelphia-based outfit run by Richard Wolff and Richard Ross are The Fifth Borough, a Steve Stanulis-penned drama about an extended Staten Island crime family starring The Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore, Cathy Moriarty and… »
Today, Peter Berg’s latest ripped-from-the-headlines thriller “Patriots Day” enters wide release today, January 13. The film follows the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt. It stars Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Nights”), John Goodman (“Barton Fink”), J.K. Simmons (“Burn After Reading”), Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”), Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”) and more. Ahead of the film, stream the film’s soundtrack featuring a moody, ominous score composed by duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Listen to it below, courtesy of Spotify.
This is Reznor and Ross’ fifth film score collaboration. They first collaborated on David Fincher’s 2010 film “The Social Network,” about the founding of Facebook and the subsequent lawsuits that arose in its aftermath. The two won the Oscar for Best Original Score that same year. They later scored the following two »
- Vikram Murthi
Sunday night, The Golden Globes were handed out to actors, directors, producers, musicians, screenwriters, and television show creators in a setting of inebriated debauchery that The Golden Globes are so well known for. While La La Land broke a record in total awards received, there were also a few surprises on the TV side of the awards.
The Biggest Winners
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Tom HiddlestonBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Hugh LaurieBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Olivia Colman
- Drew Carlton
Back in August, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that production started on director Guillermo del Toro's new film The Shape of Water, although a release date has still not been set at this time. The announcement confirmed that the cast will include Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy Go-Lucky), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Hellboy), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Gifted). Fans haven't been given much to go on, in terms of plot details, until now, thanks to star Doug Jones.
The August report only described the story as an "other-worldly story", set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963, described as a "mysterious and magical journey." With the inclusion of Doug Jones, who has played iconic monsters for Guillermo del Toro such as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Fauno in Pan's Labyrinth, many »
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
20 items from 2017
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