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Patrick Dempsey Returning to TV, New Series Announced Two Years After 'Grey's Anatomy' Departure

Patrick Dempsey Returning to TV, New Series Announced Two Years After 'Grey's Anatomy' Departure
Patrick Dempsey is diving back into TV.

Two years after we (tragically) lost our beloved Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, MGM Television has announced that a new series is in production starring the 51-year-old actor, along with Damon Wayans Jr., Virginia Madsen and Ben Schetzer.

More: 'Grey's Anatomy' Boss Explains Why Derek Shepherd Had to Die: 'What Were the Options?'

The show, which will premiere on the Epix premium cable network, is based on Joël Dicker's best-selling novel, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, about an author facing a murder indictment after a young girl's buried body is discovered on his property. Dempsey has signed on as the titular character in the Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates)-directed project, for which production is underway in Montreal, Canada.

Sounds promising, though, after all this time, we're still a little upset over Dempsey's Grey's exit! Last year, the
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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets,
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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets,
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Catherine Zeta-Jones to Star in Lifetime’s “Cocaine Godmother”

Catherine Zeta-Jones on “Today”

Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to play a criminal mastermind. The Oscar winner has signed on to star in Lifetime’s “Cocaine Godmother,” a biopic about Griselda Blanco, better known as the “Cocaine Godmother.” According to a press release from Lifetime announcing the film, Blanco’s drug distribution network spanned across the U.S. — and it’s not just her involvement with illegal substances that she’s known for. She is suspected of having ordered over 200 murders.

Scheduled to premiere in 2018 on Lifetime, the crime drama will explore Blanco’s extraordinary life. She was just 17 when she “made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport with her first husband, Carlos. Living in Queens with her three sons, Griselda became enticed by the money the drug world offered, and quickly became embroiled with local drug runners,” Lifetime summarizes. “Griselda masterminded the use of beautiful women, the elderly, and children as the mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. With money rolling in, her sons abandoned school and entered the family business instead.” She later re-located to Miami and California, and was arrested by the DEA in the latter. While she was sentenced to a decade in jail, the case against her “collapsed and upon her release, she was deported to Colombia, where she was ultimately gunned down in 2012.”

Joan Harrison (“Manson’s Lost Girls”) and Alisa Tager (“Enemy at the Gates”) are among the project’s executive producers.

Zeta-Jones’ casting is likely to cause some controversy. Blanco was Colombian and Zeta-Jones is Welsh.

Jennifer Lopez will also portray Blanco in a TV movie. The “Shades of Blue” actress is set to topline and executive produce an as-yet untitled HBO movie about her. “I’ve been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years,” said Lopez when the project was announced.

Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award in 2003 for “Chicago.” She was last seen in “Feud,” playing actress Olivia de Havilland.

Catherine Zeta-Jones to Star in Lifetime’s “Cocaine Godmother” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Wall Review

Doug Liman’s The Wall faces the same problem as Netflix’s Sand Castle – is there anything left unsaid about an already mass-criticized Iraq invasion? We’ve heard it all. Government debriefings, conspiracy theories, oil-slick motivations. At this point – almost a decade after occupancy began to wind down – what more is there to exploit? Not much, which is why writer Dwain Worrell draws up this cat-and-mouse sniper battle like a modern-times Enemy At The Gates. One location, sun-soaked tension and a maniac shooter with his sights locked on American troopers. Imagine Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto, except instead of Jeffrey Dean Morgan hunting Mexican border crossers, a Middle Eastern man takes exception to the flag-waving “invaders” who just want to “help.”

Stop me if you’ve heard/seen/experienced these patriotic paradoxes before.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Sergeant Allen Isaac – “Eyes” for short – who’s 22 hours into a military stakeout with
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss is Forced Into Sexual Servitude in Hulu Original Drama Series

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss is Forced Into Sexual Servitude in Hulu Original Drama Series
Hulu has released a new trailer for its upcoming original drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 best-selling novel of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss in the lead role.

Moss plays Offred, a woman enslaved as a handsmaid in the household of the Commander of the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime in which women are simply property of the state. Offred is part of a group of fertile women forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to populate the world.

Read More: New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

“I think the book’s been around for 35 years, and every time someone reads it, they say, ‘Wow, this is timely,'” said showrunner Bruce Miller at this year’s TCA convention. “And I think one of the things that is
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Trailer For John Cena's New Movie "The Wall"

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Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions has released the trailer (below) for its new movie starring John Cena and Aaron Taylor Johnson. The Wall is a psychological thriller set in Iraq that puts a Us Sniper Tandem against a Sniper that has more in mind than just killing. The trailer reminds me of a combination of some older movies like Enemy At The Gates and Phone Booth. John Cena continues his transition from WWE Superstar to Movie Star in his first film as the main actor since The Reunion. John has seen success in Hollywood playing smaller roles in major movies like Trainwreck and Daddy's Home over the past year. Also starring in this movie is Aaron Taylor Johnson who has seen his rise in fame since starring in films like Kick-Ass, Godzilla, and Avengers: Age of Ultron as Quicksilver. Look for The Wall to hit theaters
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Get a first look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Urban Myths

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Some time ago people got in a tiff when it was announced that Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love, Enemy At The Gates) would be playing Michael Jackson during the later years of his life in a TV movie alongside Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. Controversial hubbub aside, it’s impossible to imagine Fiennes as the late popstar and not think, "Wow... Read More...
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Classic movie review: Shiri, a South Korean action movie from 1998

Movies with war, political and society differences can be difficult to avoid being a propaganda movie instead of being just an ordinary movie. But there are a few movies that actually succeeded to get away from the propaganda stamp such as the French American movie "Enemy At The Gates", the Chinese movie "The Resistance" and this 1998 South Korean movie "Shiri" that is about the conflict between North and South. Shiri is a terrorist and spy from the North and has landed on Seoul to give the South a living hell, what she finds is different from her own world... Story: In 1950 after the end of WWII the Korean state was split into two countries, the communist North and the democratic South, since the...

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Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson and More Unlikely Real-People Casting Choices—Some That Worked, Some That Didn't

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson and More Unlikely Real-People Casting Choices—Some That Worked, Some That Didn't
Surely when the news broke that Joseph Fiennes was going to play Michael Jackson, we weren't the only ones to wonder at first which Michael Jackson they were referring to. Because Ralph Fiennes' little brother, the brooding star of Shakespeare in LoveEnemy at the Gates and American Horror Story: Asylum, wouldn't exactly rank near the top of our list of choices when it comes to who'd be most likely to be cast as the late "King of Pop" in any medium. Yet such is the case, alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor in a half-hour one-off comedy for Britain's Sky TV, based on a tale told in a Vanity Fair article about a supposed road trip...
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The Bear

Animal movies aren't just for kids anymore, but nobody made one better than this French production, which stars a pair of talented Ursine thespians doing their thing amid more beautiful mountain scenery than seems decent. It's guaranteed perfect 'watch something with the kid' material, and more than intelligent enough for consenting adult fans of the great outdoors. The Bear 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Shout! Factory Savant Blu-ray Review 1988 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 96 min. / 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition / L'ours / Street Date September 29, 2015 / 19.99  Starring Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, André Lacombe. Cinematography Philippe Rousselot Film Editor Noëlle Boisson Original Music Philippe Sarde Animal specialists Dieter Krami, Steve Martin, Doug Seus, Lynne Seus, Clint Youngreen, Jean M. Simpson. Written by Gérard Brach from the novel by Jame Oliver Curwood Produced by Claude Berri Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Bear charmed big audiences
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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in August

It’s almost August and that means Netflix is about to give their content a refresh. Some of the notable titles leaving include: Family Ties: Season 1-7, Unbreakable, and Titanic. So if you haven’t seen some of these titles, plan your nights accordingly. We of course can look forward more than a few new titles including The Hurt Locker, White God (pictured above), and Girl Meets World season 1.

Available August 1

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)

In this animated adventure, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore revel in their new gig at a movie theme park by wandering the grounds after hours. Among the attractions is the spooky Frankenstein’s Castle, where a real mad scientist is bringing the monster to life. But when the boys cross paths with the creature (Frank Welker), they soon learn that appearances can be deceiving, and Frankenstein is more misunderstood than malevolent.

Asylum (2005)

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What to Expect on Netflix in August, Plus: Watch These Movies Before They Expire

Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix.   Note: Listed below are just the movies, not the television shows (except where noted). Starting August 1st Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999) Asylum (2005) Back in Time/ Cong Cong Na Nian (2014) Beneath the Helmet (2014) Breakup Buddies/ Xin Hau Lu Fang (2014) Bride and Prejudice (2004) Casting By (2012) Dear Frankie (2004) Dogs on the Inside (2014) Electric Slide (2014) Enemy at the Gates (2001) Flex is Kings (2013)  Lost and Love/ Shi Gu (2015) November Rule (2015) Outcast (2014) Pants on Fire (2014) Russell Brand: End the Drugs War...

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'The Hurt Locker,' 'Two Days, One Night' and More Coming to Netflix This August (Plus Indiewire's Picks)

'The Hurt Locker,' 'Two Days, One Night' and More Coming to Netflix This August (Plus Indiewire's Picks)
Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix August can be quite the sluggish month at the movie theater, but Netflix is offering some acclaimed remedies thanks to a handful of new additions that shouldn't be missed. From a pulse-pounding Best Picture winner to quite a few foreign masterpieces, check out all of the new titles hitting the streaming platform next month below: Available 8/1 "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999) "Asylum" (2005) "Beneath the Helmet" (2014) "Bride and Prejudice" (2004) "Casting By" (2012) "Dear Frankie" (2004) "Dogs on the Inside" (2014) "Electric Slide" (2014) "Enemy at the Gates" (2001) "Flex is King" (2013) "November Rule" (2015) "Outcast" (2014) "Pants on Fire" (2014) "Sorority Row" (2009) Indiewire Pick: "The Hurt Locker" (2008)Winner of six Academy Awards -- including...
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New on Netflix: August 2015

New on Netflix in August: The original series "Narcos," about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Wagner Moura of "Elysium;" and the site's first Spanish-language original series, "Club de Cuervos," about a brother and sister who inherit a soccer team.

You'll also be able to stream the critically acclaimed film "White Dog," Best Picture Oscar winner "The Hurt Locker," the Kristin Wiig dramedy "Welcome to Me," and Simon Pegg as an assassin in "Kill Me Three Times."

There are also new episodes of "Doctor Who," "Revenge," "Once Upon a Time," "Transporter: The Series," and "GIrl Meets World." Happy binging!

Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in August 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in August 2015, in case you were wondering.​

Available August 1

"Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999)

"Asylum
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‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Joins ‘Night Stalker’ Movie (Exclusive)

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Joins ‘Night Stalker’ Movie (Exclusive)
Bellamy Young has signed on to star in thriller “The Night Stalker” opposite Lou Diamond Phillips, Variety has learned.

Young, who portrays first lady of the United States Mellie Grant in ABC’s “Scandal,” will take on the role of a defense attorney in the movie. Her character was 15 years old and living in Los Angeles during the 1985 killing spree by Richard Ramirez, dubbed “the Night Stalker” by the Los Angeles press.

The film incorporates Ramirez’s history of violence into a fictional narrative, which centers on a prison interview between the aging killer and a lawyer attempting to elicit a confession from Ramirez that will save another man from death row.

Variety reported on June 10 that Phillips had been cast as Ramirez, an avowed Satanist who was convicted of 13 murders and never expressed any remorse. He died while on death row in 2013.

Megan Griffiths is directing from her own script.
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Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dead At Age 61

Braveheart, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Apollo 13, Wolfen, Legends Of The Fall, Krull, Battle Beyond The Stars, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic. The list goes on and on.

The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.

From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):

Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.

He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for
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Lou Diamond Phillips to Play Serial Killer Richard Ramirez in New Movie (Exclusive)

Lou Diamond Phillips to Play Serial Killer Richard Ramirez in New Movie (Exclusive)
Lou Diamond Phillips has signed on to star in thriller “The Night Stalker,” with production slated to begin this summer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Phillips will take on the role of serial killer Richard Ramirez, dubbed “the Night Stalker” by the Los Angeles press during his 1985 killing spree. The film incorporates Ramirez’s history of violence into a fictional narrative centering on a prison interview between the aging killer and a lawyer attempting to elicit a confession from Ramirez that will save another man from death row.

Ramirez, an avowed Satanist, was convicted of 13 murders and never expressed any remorse. He died on death row in 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma.

Megan Griffiths is directing from her own script. Producers are Alisa Tager (“Enemy at the Gates”) and Matthew R. Brady (“Grassroots”) through his Mrb Productions shingle.

“I grew up in Southern California and spent the summer of 1985 in the shadow of Ramirez,
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