7 items from 2011
Exclusive: Tom Sizemore, who went from the intense star of films like Heat and Saving Private Ryan to a cocaine and heroin addict whose addiction struggles and subsequent recovery played out on reality TV, has signed a memoir deal with Atria Books. He’ll write the book with Anna David and the pub date is 2013. The book will detail his rise from tough childhood in a Detroit housing project to his climb to the top in Hollywood and his eventual dark descent into drug addiction and back. Sizemore, who once romanced Elizabeth Hurley and Sharon Stone and whose performances in films from True Romance to Black Hawk Down elevated him from character actor to the star of his own TV series in Robbery Homicide Division, lost it all due to his substance-abuse struggles. At his lowest point, Sizemore was accused of domestic violence by Heidi Fleiss and traded a Beverly »
- MIKE FLEMING
Director Ami Canaan Mann made her feature debut with Morning in 2000, but she grew up around the business as the daughter of filmmaker Michael Mann. After directing episodes of Robbery Homicide Division and Friday Night Lights, Ami Canaan Mann returns to the big screen with Texas Killing Fields, which hits New York and Los Angeles theaters on October 14. Texas Killing Fields is based on the true story of several unsolved murder cases in a rural Texas area, and stars Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, and Chloe Moretz. I recently had the chance to speak with Ami Canaan Mann over the phone about this unique new crime drama. Here's what she had to say below.
This is kind of a famous story, but it isn't exactly nationally known. »
From the creators of Academy Award winning series Law & Order comes the latest spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. This brand new series fuses the classic crime-then-punishment storytelling of the landmark original series with the distinctive backdrop of La, delving into the unique attitudes, cultures and criminal element of the West Coast.
The drama follows two detectives, played by Skeet Ulrich (Jericho) and Corey Stoll (Salt, Lucky Number Slevin) as they conduct investigations throughout the diverse City of Angels as members of the Lapd’s elite Robbery Homicide Division. The cases are then prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys portrayed by Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Regina Hall (Scary Movie) and Alfred Molina (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Spider Man 2).
Law & Order: Los Angeles airs weeknights at 9pm from 12th September, only on Universal Channel. »
I am a long time Michael Mann fan, even Miami Vice I would mark down as a misunderstood masterpiece. But Mann is not only one of the greatest filmmakers working today, he also knows good television. Whether it be the original Miami Vice series or the hit seventies series Vega$, Mann always had a knack for the small screen. Unfortunately, after the not so great Robbery Homicide Division in ’02, Mann sort of stepped away from television and went back to film full time. That is until Luck came along. And here is the first look at the new HBO series: Series creator David Milch described the pilot as “A bunch of intersecting lives in the world of horse racing.” With a cast boasting the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Nick Nolte and Joan Allen, along with Mann directing the pilot, I would say that Luck won’t need much of itself to succeed. »
- Merrill Barr
The former "Friday Night Lights" star is joining Fox's comedy pilot "Iceland," Deadline reports. The show is about a young woman (Kerry Bishe of "Scrubs") whose husband recently died. And yes, we said it's a comedy.
Gilford will play a friend of Bishe's character. If "Off the Map" should somehow return next season, "Iceland" would have to find another actor, but that's not looking especially likely at the moment.
Other casting news from Deadline:
- Eddie Cibrian is replacing Jeff Hephner as the male lead in NBC's period drama "Playboy." Cibrian (late of "CSI: Miami") will play a lawyer and Playboy Club member with possible mob ties in 1960s Chicago. "Firefly's" Sean Maher has also come aboard
- Fox's drama "Exit Strategy »
Exclusive: In his first regular series role in almost a decade, Tom Sizemore is set to co-star opposite Ethan Hawke in Fox's drama pilot Exit Strategy, a high-octane procedural about a team of five experts associated with the CIA led by Eric Shaw (Hawke) who are deployed when a CIA operation goes bad to extract the ones involved before it's too late. Sizemore will play Jonathan Marks, a veteran CIA spymaster and mentor to Shaw who is the Exit Strategy unit's Logpac (support officer). A man who has been everywhere and done everything, Marks is the man who can get you anything, anywhere, anytime. Sizemore, repped by Global Artists Agency, last did a pilot in 2002, the drama Robbery Homicide Division, which was picked up to series and had a brief run on CBS. He has since done arcs on CBS' Dr. Vegas and Starz's Crash. Eric Winter, who has been »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC will bring "Law & Order: Los Angeles" out of the creative-retooling shop next month.
The series, which went dark in December to reshuffle its cast, will return with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. Et Monday, April 11. It settles into its regular 10 o'clock home the following week, taking over the spot currently held by "Harry's Law," which will have ended its season by then.
"We are pleased to welcome 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' back to NBC's regular lineup," NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt says. "['L&O' creator] Dick Wolf and his team have made some exciting creative changes, and we can't wait to re-introduce the show to audiences."
The biggest of those changes is the dismissal of Skeet Ulrich as one of "Lola's" two lead detectives and his replacement by Alfred Molina, who previously played a prosecutor on the show. In the reworked show, Molina's character, Ricardo Morales, has left the district attorney's »
7 items from 2011
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