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Edward Herrmann, an Emmy-winning character actor best known for his seven-season run on Gilmore Girls and his long run as the voice of the History Channel, died today at a New York hospital where he was being treated for brain cancer. He was 71. The actor’s manager, Robbie Kass, told Deadline Herrmann died a year after being diagnosed with a Stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor. “Besides being an accomplished actor, Ed was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man,” Kass said. “He will be sorely missed.”
Herrmann worked in TV and films for more than 40 years, racking up more than 120 credits. He began his career on the big screen in such movies as The Paper Chase, The Great Gatsby and The Great Waldo Pepper before landing the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 ABC telefilm Eleanor And Franklin, playing the »
- Erik Pedersen
President Obama’s first sit-down TV interview since the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case touched off protests around the country will air tonight, not on a Big Three network or an all-news cabler but on Bet.
A few hours later, Obama will undoubtedly display his lighter side in a sit-down with Stephen Colbert at George Washington University that will air as a special edition of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” It’s billed as “Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator: Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap, ‘014.”
Obama’s decision to address the thorny issue of racial tension among African-Americans and »
- Cynthia Littleton
If you’ve been waiting for NBC’s Constantine to pull the trigger on its comic-book mythology — hello, Newcastle Gang aficionados! — the NBC series’ creators think you’ll be very happy with Friday’s episode.
The hour introduces Jonjo O’Neill (The Fall) as Gary Lester, one of Constantine’s Newcastle chums who was involved in little Astra’s death and damnation. When Gary accidentally unleashes a potent demon upon the good people of Georgia, John winds up reuniting with his old pal.
If the plot sounds familiar to readers of D.C. comics, that’s because the story is “literally »
Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.
The more exciting news was really in the specialty »
- Anita Busch
Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, “Gone Girl” showed some impressive stamina. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery dropped just 32% to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million and is striking distance of surpassing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million) as Fincher’s highest-grossing domestic release. Water cooler effect achieved.
“It’s one of those movies that it’s so provocative that if you haven’t seen it yet, you have to in order to be part of the conversation,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Gone Girl.” “It’s as simple as that.”
In a sign that adults are returning to theaters after sitting out the summer popcorn season, »
- Brent Lang
Intense music drama Whiplash, already a big winner at Sundance and the Deauville American Film Festival earlier this year, should drum up plenty of audience interest in its debut this weekend, even though it faces a crowded specialty market that also features several other notable newcomers, including the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent, Hilary Swank‘s You’re Not You and Jeremy Renner‘s Kill the Messenger. All are what I’d call “big” specialty releases, with big names attached that should attract big attention.
The weekend also includes what I’d call some “small” releases, including documentaries The Overnighters (another Sundance winner) and I Am Ali, about the former heavyweight boxing champion, alongside the Mormon Church-backed Meet the Mormons. All will be clawing for attention in a market that’s seen more than 30 films debut in the past three weeks.
That said, Whiplash should be a real career turner »
- Brian Brooks
In the season two premiere, Graceland had the challenge of bringing Mike (Aaron Tveit) back to California on a full-time basis without looking like they were forcing the issue. After completing his assignment last year, Mike headed back to D.C. to take up a comfy desk job with a direct line to the Director of the FBI position he so highly covets, but after living the undercover lifestyle, when the call came to head back to Graceland, he hopped on the first plane. Simple enough it seems, but the real challenge was finding a reason for him to stay that made sense for the story.
If you didn’t tune in for the first season, this episode gives viewers enough of the cliff notes to make it an easy starting point for new fans. The relationships between the characters are fairly obvious – Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) and Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) , Mike »
- Lindsay Sperling
Season two of Graceland is just around the corner, and the USA network is promoting it in a big way. In an effort to attract a larger audience for the sophomore drama, the network has set their sights on a new wave of marketing and released a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the series, which will appear at AMC, Cinemark, and Regal Entertainment Group theaters near you.
The theater spot will run as part of the Ncm Media Networks’ FirstLook pre-show program which airs exclusively at almost 2,000 screens nationwide starting today. This is a huge move for the more conservative NBCUniversal owned cable network, which has put a lot into promoting the upcoming season.
The two and a half minute featurette features mostly footage from season one and introduces the characters to a new audience. There’s not much in the way of what to expect from season two, but »
- Lindsay Sperling
Recently, CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Mentalist" episode 19 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Brown Eyed Girls," and it sounds like things will get interesting as Patrick discovers a big human smuggling situation that's going on, and more. In the new,19th episode press release: A chance encounter will lead Jane to uncover a vast human smuggling ring. Press release number 2: A chance encounter with a suspicious-looking individual is going to lead Jane and Lisbon to uncover a vast human smuggling ring. In the meantime, Lisbon will remain tempted by Pike’s offer to move to D.C. with him. Guest stars will include: Nick Van Esmarch (Thaddeus Delahay), Mia Faith (Leanne Cole), Kelly Donohue (Cody Sherman), Zuleyka Silver (Daniela Walker), Carol Kiernan (Claudia Fornham), Joey Gaytan (Ramon), Norman Howell (Truck Driver),Yan Feldman (Ray Qasimi), Hari Dhillon (Ali Qasimi), Nandy Martin (Amy Welker »
NBC has released your first look at star Matt Ryan (“Layer Cake”) from their upcoming “Constantine” TV show, based on the D.C. comic book “Hellblazer.” The character was previously portrayed by a very non-British Keanu Reeves in the movie of the same name directed by Francis Lawrence, but this time around they’re giving you an honest to goodness Brit in the role. Ryan will star as the titular demon hunter, one John Constantine, a man “struggling with his faith is haunted by the sins of his past but is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.” The show co-stars Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau, and Charles Halford. Neil Marshall (of “The Descent” and “Doomsday” fame) is directing the pilot, with “Man of Steel” and “Batman Begins” guy David S. Goyer having adapted the show from the comic originally created by Daniel Cerone. »
TV news and notes:
- Two weeks into its midseason run and "The Walking Dead" continues to take ratings gold in the key 18-49 demo over the Winter Olympics. Though Sunday's (Feb. 16) episode was down slightly from the week prior's midseason premiere, the AMC hit pulled a 6.8 rating in the demo -- or 8.7 million viewers -- besting NBC's 4.9 rating for the Sochi Games. Of course, the Olympics earned more viewers overall, scoring 21.3 million viewers compared to AMC's 13.3 million.
- A new season of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" premieres Tuesday, April 1. The eighth season of Duggar family adventures will follow sister Tessa as she "courts" Ben -- that's dates with the intention of marrying. It'll also follow the four eldest sisters as they write their book, and will catch up with Josh and Anna and their life in Washington, D.C.
- Jimmy Fallon has lined up guests for his second week »
A Witch, a Wolf, A Raccoon, and The Muppets. Everything you’d come to expect from Walt Disney Studios.
Not only did they release their official slate for 2014 on this final day of the year, but the studio also gave us a first look photo along with the official synopsis for director James Gunn’s much-anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Check out the whole kit and caboodle below.
The Wind Rises
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, »
- Michelle McCue
12 items from 2014
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