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Danny Moder, Julia Roberts, Robert Greenblatt and Derek Hough are among the list of honorees for this year’s Glsen Respect Awards – Los Angeles, the annual ceremony celebrating those whose charitable efforts elevated causes important to the Lgbt communities and others.
Moder and Roberts will receive the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, philanthropic endeavors to causes like Glsen, Unicef, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and others. The two are also Emmy nominees this year for their work in HBO’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” which is set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
The Chairman’s Award will be presented to Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, who has delivered programming featuring many characters and storylines that have been prominent in the Lgbtq community. Most notably, Greenblat served as executive producer on the long-running HBO drama “Six Feet Under, »
- Shelli Weinstein
For his first TV venture, superstar romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) saddles up to executive produce a Civil War Western with a feisty female in the crosshairs. The Lifetime movie (and backdoor pilot) Deliverance Creek (airing Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8/7c) stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as widowed mother Belle Gatlin Barlowe, who turns outlaw to protect her family and land from corrupt bankers.
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- Ileane Rudolph
As HBO’s “True Blood” ends its seven-season run later this month, the premium cabler is giving fans of the vampire romance-mystery series a chance to own actual props, wardrobe items, set decorations and other memorabilia from the show.
The “True Blood” auction, hosted by ScreenBid, will offer more than 1,500 items from the show. Bidding opens Aug. 20, and is slated to close Aug. 25, the night after the series finale of “True Blood” airs Aug. 24.
Items in the catalog include: Eric Northman’s Fangtasia throne; the contract Macklyn Warlow makes to “own” Sookie Stackhouse; Arlene Fowler Bellefleur’s wedding gown; Merlotte’s Bar and Grill menu; cartons of the True Blood beverage; a Fangtasia “No Biting” sign; and vampire fangs (of course).
- Todd Spangler
Patti Labelle’s career is taking a Freak-ish turn.
According to an insider, Labelle’s alter ego — who I’m told does not sing — is a local townsperson who begins to unravel the murderous secrets of Twisty the clown killer.
While fans of Donna Tartt's beloved 1992 novel The Secret History have been waiting well over a decade for the long-stalled movie adaptation to get the green light, there was some good news this week as Warner Bros confirmed that they have acquired the film rights to her Pulitzer winner The Goldfinch.
Spanning two decades, the novel follows Theo Decker, who loses his mother at the age of 13 and is subsequently drawn into the criminal underworld through his possession of a valuable work of art.
If you're yet to read The Goldfinch, you may want to come back once you have as there will be Spoilers in the text below. Otherwise, read on for Digital Spy's dream cast...
Theo Decker (Ages 13-16)
The difficulty with casting the young Theo, whose perspective the first half of the book is told from, is that all the actors we have in mind will »
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”
Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” and her schedule prevented her from committing to “Ninja Turtles.” Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
According to a recent report from TV Line, the "Sons Of Anarchy" season 7 peeps have added actor, Mathew St. Patrick (left), to their payroll to portray character, Moses, who is described as being the head of a security team that will take care of business on the street. He's scheduled to make his first appearance in episode 7. Mathew's acting resume includes a role in Six Feet Under. As previously reported, season 7's storyline is going to leap ahead 10 days from the season 6 finale. Jax is going to be in jail on a parole violation and not surprisingly reeling over Tara's death. Season 7 is due to debut on Tuesday night, September 9th at 9pm central time on FX. Stay tuned. »
Jax Teller is on the warpath.
FX has dropped the first official trailer for Sons of Anarchy‘s seventh and final season, and… hell hath no fury like Samcro’s widowed leader scorned.
Related Sons of Anarchy Cast Previews Jax’s ‘Vengeance,’ Gemma’s Betrayal and an ‘Exciting Romance’ in Final Season
Press Play below and then mark your calendars: The show’s super-sized premiere airs Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The final season of Sons of Anarchy is not stopping their plans for a big season. It was just announced that Six Feet Under‘s Mathew St. Patrick will be coming on to the show for an arc. His role will be a lead on a security team named Moses. He will start his story on the last season on episode 7, with no word on how many episodes it will take for his story to be told. He will be joining the likes of Lea Michele, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson as guest stars.
The new season will premier on September 9th. This may be the last season, but fans are hoping for a prequel. Talks for it have started with no time frame or promise given. It looks like we will have to wait to see if that happens or not. In the meantime it sounds like this 7th »
- Sarah Peel
Mathew St. Patrick, best known for his five-season run as Michael C. Hall’s TV spouse on HBO’s late, great mortuary drama, is joining Soa‘s seventh and final season in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Related Sons of Anarchy Prequel Series Update
He’ll play Moses, the head of a security team who takes care of business on the street. He’ll first appear in Episode 7.
St. Patrick (who was among »
This week, The Leftovers gave us another single-perspective episode, focusing on Nora Durst. This episode was less tense than Matt’s — no beating of thieves to a pulp, no race-against-the-clock climax — but I still enjoyed it more than the recent ensemble episodes. Maybe part of the problem with the ensemble episodes is that we don’t see enough of these characters to get to know them. I stand by my opinion that not enough is happening in this show, but that might matter less if I cared more about the characters. I keep thinking about Six Feet Under. That show wasn’t driven by a great overarching mystery, either, but it still felt driven: by our fascination with the Fishers, our concern for them, our love for them.The principal characters in The Leftovers have compelling stories, but I’m somehow not compelled. I keep wondering: Why now? Out of »
- Kelly Braffet
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as you shoot me... "Guest" offers us our second single-pov episode of the season, and if it's not as intense or disorienting a ride as the story of Matt's big night at the casino, it's still a valuable and fascinating portrait of what life would be like for someone who lost so much in the Departure. Nora's been a background character until now, interacting briefly with her brother, with Kevin and with some fellow "legacies," but this is the first extended time we've spent with her (just as episode 3 was the first — and to date only — significant spotlight on Matt). There have been hints that she's actually doing much better than the image the town has of her, but also signs that her grief is very real, and more bottomless than anything any members of the Garvey family are going through. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Disney could be heading to trial over copyright infringement claims involving Frozen's teaser trailer.
Wilson claims that there are many similarities between her work and the trailer for Disney's hit musical film, including the fact a snowman loses his carrot nose, the nose then slides out to the middle of a frozen pond and the snowman and an animal then compete to get to the nose first.
She also believes there are similar shots showing the animal and snowman reaching for the nose at the same time before the animal wins the nose, although the animal returns the nose to the snowman in the end.
Disney tried to halt the suit by referencing a court's ruling in another case, where the screenwriter »
Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning actress Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding) is now confirmed to star in the lead role of new feature film Mammal (not to be confused with Manimal). Irish rising star Barry Keoghan (Love/Hate, Trespass Against Us) will play opposite her in the film which will be directed by Rebecca Daly. The movie is a compelling and unorthodox love story between a woman (Griffiths) who has lost her son in tragic circumstances and the relationship she develops with a homeless youth (Keoghan). The film which will shoot in Dublin and Luxembourg in October was selected as part of the first Berlinale Residency, a programme organised by the Berlin International Film Festival to support writer/directors develop their new projects. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Nicole Richie — star of the new VH1 show, Candidly Nicole — delighted fans on Thursday when she sat down to answer just about anything during a Reddit Ama. The online Q&A series is notorious for connecting fans directly to their favorite stars and getting those unexpected (and candid) answers. Richie proved to be no different, taking on questions about her former Bff and The Simple Life co-star Paris Hilton (“It’s been great“), her father Lionel, and all things Britney Spears. (There were a lot of questions about Ms. Spears.)
We never expected to learn so much about the reality star but we’re happy we did.
Her Favorite Lionel Richie Song: “Ballerina Girl!”
Her Favorite Good Charlotte Song: “Harlow’s song.”
Her Craziest Memory From The Simple Life: “Simple Life was so fun for me. I was 21, and you know, going through these different experiences and doing it with my best friend, »
- Stacy Lambe
at the TCA panel for Transparent (Getty)
Let’s make this clear from the start – this is not the first time actor Jeffrey Tambor has been in a dress.
If you’re a fan of the actor’s work over the years, he’s donned a dress in previous roles on Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development but during Saturday’s panel for the new Amazon series Transparent, the actor explained his role as a transgender husband/parent is new territory for him. “This is far different,” he said. “I think this is probably the most transforming experience I’ve had and had such depth. It also shows how far television has gone in terms of content and this is far more leveled and centered. And I feel very honored in bringing forth this whole subject…it’s really cool.”
In the series, »
- Jim Halterman
Over the weekend at Amazon’s press tour in Los Angeles, Jill Soloway was asked if she was worried about the lack of sympathetic characters on her buzzy new family drama Transparent. (Vulture’s Margaret Lyons called the pilot sublime, and you can read more about it here and here.) First of all, Huh? Aren’t we past this question? Soloway is a veteran of the closely observed family dramas, having been a writer and executive producer on Six Feet Under and The United States of Tara. In any case, she had a pretty good answer:"The people who I believe in the most create work about people who are real. I’m also looking for truth, and I think that when people see truth in art, it resonates. Rootable women or likable women is a kind of trope that I was asked to be part of [while] working on getting »
- Denise Martin
In the first five minutes of The Leftovers, Justin Theroux’s character jogs along the road when he spots a dog in the middle of the street and stops running to kneel down and pet the friendly pup. Aw, we say, what a sweet moment. Then, within seconds, boom: Someone shoots the dog dead. Thanks, HBO.
TV shows love killing dogs: There’s that Leftovers dog-murder that turns into a dog mass murder at the pilot’s end, there’s Frank Underwood strangling a hurt dog to its death in the House of Cards pilot, there’s Family Guy’s Brian. »
- Ariana Bacle
Jack Shephard was originally supposed to be played by Michael Keaton, and he was going to die in Lost’s pilot episode. After his death, the first to be killed by the smoke monster (that honor ended up going to the plane’s pilot, played by Greg Grunberg), Kate would take over as the leader and primary protagonist. This would have been surprising because it would buck conventions, killing off the heroic white male leader so that the female could take over.
J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof quickly changed their minds about Jack’s death, Keaton backed off so that Matthew Fox could become the character we all know, and the rest is history. Kate became just another supporting character in the show’s massive ensemble. The first thing we see in the actual pilot episode is Jack’s eye, and from that point on we stay mostly with him. »
- Jake Pitre
Amazon Studios held court on Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, where they shared fresh sneak peeks at four of their new series — dramas Bosch and The After, and half-hours Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle — and then hinted at time frames for their respective launches.
Related Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight Joins Amazon Drama Pilot
The closest critics came to nailing down a premiere “date” was a “late September” debut for Transparent, Six Feet Under scribe Jill Soloway’s Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy about a Los Angeles family with boundary issues.
Soloway also revealed that, »
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