9 items from 2010
Kiki Shepard has spent the past 17 years helping to raise awareness for sickle cell disease.
A carrier of the sickle cell trait herself, Shepard hosted the 7th annual celebrity bowling challenge last week to benefit the programs of The K.I.S. Foundation and The Dorothy H. Shepard Scholarship Fund. The event took place at the Pinz Entertainment Center in Studio City, California.
Many of Shepard’s long time supporters and friends came out to participate in the bowling challenge – including Dawn Lewis (formerly of A Different World) and Obba Babatundé (Board Members), James Pickens, Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy), Jacké Harry (Sister, Sister), Vanessa Bell Calloway (The District), and Rocky Caroll (NCIS: Los Angeles). Some new faces included Wayne Brady, Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Sara Ramirez and Jesse Williams (both cast members of Grey’s Anatomy).
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New CBS drama series Blue Bloods has completed assembling its team following the recent departure of executive producer & showrnner Ken Sanzel. Two new producers have joined the show: helmer Fred Keller (Boomtown, 24, House) as producer & director and writer Linda Gase (Standoff, The District) as consulting producer. Keller's deal came after he directed episode 3 of the cop/family drama starring Tom Selleck. His work on the episode, which coincided with Sanzel's departure, got solid marks from the show's executive producers: creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green and Leonard Goldberg. As for the show, "it is running really smoothly and is coming in even better," an insider said. Keller is with Kaplan Stahler and Fineman Entertainment. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Indeed, season two of Hawthorne will feature more drama and suspense than ever, according to a new TNT press release. Fans of this series should read it below, as they get excited for a summer's worth of new episodes:
The doors of Richmond Trinity have closed…permanently. That’s the dramatic reality that opens the second season of TNT’s powerful medical drama, Hawthorne. This June, the hit series returns with star and executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) as Christina Hawthorne, a Chief Nursing Officer ready for battle on the front lines of a war against declining patient services and hospital budget cuts.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
As the guy who directed a little-seen (but terrific) romantic comedy, starred or co-starred in not one but two David Lynch projects, and enjoyed a recurring stint on shows like Six Feet Under and The District, Justin Theroux might not be the first person fans might think of to write a sequel to Iron Man, one of 2008's most successful movies. But Theroux is the guy who with Etan Cohen co-wrote Tropic Thunder, and collaborated closely with one of its stars, Robert Downey Jr., to cement the actor's meteoric comeback. That he only further confirms Downey's command of the screen in Iron Man 2 speaks both to the effectiveness of their partnership and Theroux's ability to juggle character details in a movie that could otherwise be, well, a comic book.
Cinematical recently sat down with Theroux at the Los Angeles press junket for Iron Man 2 for a chat about the film. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Chicago – Justin Theroux has a long resume as both a cult actor (”Muholland Dr.”) and screenwriter (”Tropic Thunder”). Through a key connection and his own point-of-view, he was hired to write “Iron Man 2,” the sequel to one of the biggest blockbusters ever.
Theroux is best known as an actor, especially in films for director David Lynch – both Muholland and “Inland Empire.” He has done stints in television, in “The District,” “Six Feet Under” and “Parks and Recreation.” He even topped those recently by playing John Hancock in the multi-award winning “John Adams” miniseries on HBO.
Photo Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Marvel © 2010 Marvel Entertainment, LLC
HollywoodChicago.com interviewed the eclectic Justin Theroux, »
Courtesy of Deadline… here’s a recap of the WGA-sponsored event, Flipping the Script: Beyond Homophobia in Black Hollywood, which we previously mentioned on this blog, in which African American writers, actors, directors, producers, and execs discuss portrayals of black LGBTs in TV and film. The event took place on Tuesday night, in Los Angeles.
Read the full recap below…
Journalist Diane Haithman filed this report for Deadline about [Tuesday] night’s Writers Guild of America, West, meeting for all leaders in the entertainment industry deeply interested in the realistic portrayal of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters that also happen to be black:
I expected a short RSVP list for Wgaw’s Tuesday night panel Flipping the Script: Beyond Homophobia in Black Hollywood. It doesn’t take a demographics expert to notice that, in the mainstream Hollywood product, there just aren’t a lot of African American Lgbt characters waiting to be discussed. »
For our L.A. readers, from my inbox:
Flipping The Script: Beyond Homophobia In Black Hollywood – African American writers, actors, directors, producers, and execs explore Lgbt portrayals on TV and film.
What: Co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West’s Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee and Committee of Black Writers, Flipping The Script: Beyond Homophobia In Black Hollywood on Tuesday, March 23rd is set to be a revealing and enlightening look at key issues involving African American gay and lesbian characters on the big and small screens. The evening’s dialogue will explore both positive and negative portrayals of Lgbt characters, recurring homophobia (within black society as well as among black filmmakers/producers) that has limited and/or informed such portrayals, stereotyping controversies and contradictions, and positive gains that have been made – and need to continue to be made – within the entertainment industry.
Who: Panelists currently scheduled to appear include: »
Craig T. Nelson, perhaps still most identified with the comically oafish and bumbling title character on "Coach" (1989–97), insists his lifelong career on television has in no way curtailed other options. More to the point, making TV his base of operation was his choice. "I have had to feed a family, and the best way to do that was to do television," he says. On March 2 he will be seen on a new NBC series, "Parenthood," co-starring Lauren Graham and Peter Krause. Nelson plays Zeek Braverman, a macho, traditionalist grandfather in a totally dysfunctional and very contemporary family."The script was just great," says Nelson. "It's sophisticated and funny, and the cast is extraordinary. When I heard them read, I realized just how remarkable they all were. The actors, directors, and the character I'll play are all considerations. But it's predominantly the story that draws me to a project."Whatever the role, »
Do you remember the 2003 action crime thriller S.W.A.T. directed by Clark Johnson, starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Michelle Rodriguez? Yeah, me neither. Well the film made Sony over $200 million in worldwide box office receipts, which is apparently enough to warrant a sequel. Columbia Pictures, Original Film, and producer Neal Moritz have apparently hired Next Day Air director Benny Boom to helm the sequel. The film, titled S.W.A.T.: Fire-Fight, already has a screenplay written by Reed Steiner, a television writer/produceer on Nash Bridges, The District, The Shield, Invasion, and NCIS. The sequel will follow Lapd Lieutenant Paul Cutler, who is transferred to a Swat team in Detroit and "finds himself the target of a homicidal genius who is protected by government officials." I'm guessing this is a direct-to-dvd sequel, but I'm not 100% positive. All we know is that production is set »
- Peter Sciretta
9 items from 2010
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