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Here's the day's latest casting news: Hailee Steinfeld (Ender's Game) is in talks to star in Ten Thousand Saints, from writers-directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor). Juliette Binoche (Words and Pictures) and Tim Roth (Arbitrage) will topline Brady Corbet's directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader, with Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis) co-starring. Omar Epps (House M.D.) will lead the neo-noir thriller, One Small Mistake, for director Alexander Harvey. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from Deadline is news that Steinfeld is in early talks to join Ten Thousand Saints, a feature adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s 2011 novel set in 1980s New York City, an age encapsulated by Cbgb, yuppies and gentrification, all leading to 1988′s Tompkins Square Park riots. The film follows "Vermont teenager Jude, who moves in with his hippie dad in NYC after his best friend Teddy overdoses. There he falls in with the no drugs, »
- Dave Trumbore
The idea of a scheming, lying lawyer whose personal life is in shambles doesn’t sound like a very likeable one, but according to producers of Fox’s upcoming show “Rake,” star Greg Kinnear brings the necessary charisma to a role that could go wrong.
Cast and producers got together at West Hollywood’s ultra-chic Soho House Dec. 9 to discuss the new lawyer show, based on a successful Australian series of the same name. The show focuses on Kinnear’s character Keegan Deane, whose personal life includes massive gambling, an angry ex-wife and battles with the IRS, but who is a master in the courtroom.
It’s already being compared to “House,” in that it stars a sometimes unlikeable character whose saving grace is his aptitude at his job. Producer Michael Wimer acknowledged the connection, and said the challenge they faced was that, unlike Dr. House, Deane isn’t going »
- Alex Stedman
It was Rebecca that made me pay attention to The Mentalist. I had never seen the CBS crime drama starring Simon Baker until the eighth episode of season 2. “His Red Right Hand” was the one where a secretary in the Sacramento offices of the California Bureau of Investigation shot Sam Bosco (Terry Kinney) and two other agents on behalf of a serial killer — Red John, a brilliant phantom with a blood-drawn smiley face insignia, powerful influence and connections, and a scores of similarly brain-sick and unnervingly gleeful devotees.
In the last act, an assassin — presumably Red John himself; we never »
- Jeff Jensen
“Two and a Half Men” is adding another woman to the mix. “Phil of the Future” and “Easy A” star Aly Michalka has been cast in a recurring role on the CBS sitcom, an individual familiar with the casting told TheWrap on Friday. Also read: ‘Two and a Half Men’ Boss Chuck Lorre Slams Freeway Workers in New Vanity Card Michalka will play the love interest of Jenny, played by “House M.D.” alum Amber Tamblyn. Tamblyn came aboard the series for its current season, playing the long-lost daughter of Charlie Harper (former series star Charlie Sheen), who comes to live with her uncle. »
- Tim Kenneally
(Please note that spoilers are included in this article)
Sherlock Holmes is a classic literary figure and a cultural phenomenon . The Great Detective has had an incredible influence over the decades, inspiring everyone from Doctor Who to House M.D. Furthermore he is one of the most portrayed characters of all time, with over seventy actors playing him on screen through the years. However one of the all time great adaptations, along with the Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett versions, has to be the ongoing tv series ‘Sherlock’.
Written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, both of whom are heavily involved with Doctor Who, this is a modern day adaptation of the original Arthur Conan Doyle novels. The programme has been heavily praised for giving the character a resurgence in popularity, by proving that the stories were always about more than the Victorian setting. This was a series with unique mysteries »
- Michael Burns
Holy God, would this be an awesome buddy cop spin-off. It would be like an immovable object meeting another immovable object. Now, there’s no way that Walter White and Dr. House would ever actually team up, but we’re getting the next best thing (which also sounds like the next best thing to hit television). According to Variety, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore are executive producing a new CBS series called Battle Creek – a show about two detectives (who couldn’t be more different!) fighting crappy budgets and dire situations in order to sweep the streets of the show’s namesake city in Michigan. Let’s see. CBS is a wildcard, but with antihero protagonists (assumption, but come on), an iconic American city and a deteriorating infrastructure, this fits the formula for prestige TV perfectly. No matter what, the potential created from these two master storytellers teaming up is through the »
- Scott Beggs
In an exclusive interview with TV Fanatic, Edelstein shares her (Spoiler Free) insights on the new season, chats about some of her favorite past guest appearances and talks up an upcoming project that's got her seriously excited...
From the behind the scenes pictures we've seen, it certainly looks like you were enjoying your time on Castle. Can you share any memorable moments?
You know what? I never remember moments. I remember the whole experience and it was really lovely. Stana Katic and I had a lot laughs. She is a very sweet girl and we clicked the minute we met. It was just an easy transition into an already moving machine. So I was really grateful for that. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Christine Orlando)
Murray Gershenz, whose credits as a character actor ranged from Todd Phillips’ The Hangover to The Sarah Silverman Program, died after a heart attack on August 28. He was 91. Gershenz passed away in Los Angeles, where he’d also owned and operated music store “Music Man Murray” for over 50 years. The late bloomer began his acting career at age 80 with a role on Will & Grace as Uncle Funny; his film highlights include I Love You, Man, Smashed, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. His resume also included episodes of Parks and Recreation, Mad Men, House M.D., Modern Family, Raising Hope, NCIS, Kickin’ It, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show. He recently completed work on Sullivan & Son. Gershenz is survived by his children Irving, Norman and Nada, his grandchildren Sarah and Carmela, his great grandchildren Vincent and Mila. He was repped by close friend and manager Corey Allen Kotler and agent Theo Caesar. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Disney is finally revealing more about the plot to the top secret George Clooney film, "Tomorrowland."
An announcement about the start of production on the Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol") and Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek," "Prometheus") venture also includes the following plot synopsis:
"Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland.'"
If the story sounds at all familiar, it may be because it mimics somewhat a supposedly leaked "found" synopsis that has been passed around by various websites.
Disney says filming is now underway in Vancouver. In addition to Clooney, the "Tomorrowland" cast features Britt Robertson ("Under The Dome"), Hugh Laurie ("House M.D."), Raffey Cassidy ("Snow White and the Huntsman »
Hugh Laurie's days as Dr. House are behind him, but the British actor is keeping himself busy by singing the blues. During an appearance on Larry King's Hulu program, "Larry King Now," Laurie debuted a music video for his cover of "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," a song first sung by Fred Astaire in 1943 film "The Sky's the Limit," and popularized by Frank Sinatra. King stars in the video as the bartender listening to Laurie croon the classic tune. See video: Oprah Winfrey Tells Larry King She's Still Confronted »
- Greg Gilman
Supernatural‘s Destiel was your pick for Slash Madness Champion in our 2013 Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney, putting some teeth in the claim that the characters Dean and Castiel really do share a “profound bond“.
We here at TheBacklot are in awe at the level of intensity that slash fans brought to the competition this year. An astounding 9 million plus votes were cast, and there were more than 25,000+ user comments, plus countless tweets and #slashmadness Tumblr postings.
Regardless of which of the 32 competing OTPs (“One True Pairings”) you were ultimately rooting for, everyone who participated should be proud of the result. Teen Wolf‘s Sterek fans in particular should be commended for how passionately they fought in the final round. For much of it Sterek and Destel were locked in a 50/50 split, separated by just a few hundred votes.. Here’s the closing tally…
We’ll be featuring our favorite »
- Dennis Ayers
Two and a Half Men, down a half-man with Angus T. Jones departing before season eleven, has added Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, House M.D.) as Charlie's secret daughter. "Jenny has moved to L.A. to pursue acting and connect with what’s left of her family. In a twist, she likes everything her dad liked, including women. For now, Tamblyn is set to recur in five episodes," Deadline says, adding that if Tamblyn's a hit, she'll likely become a full-on co-star. Just in case you missed that buried lede, Jenny is gay. Surely Men will handle that with grace. »
- Zach Dionne
Hugh Laurie joined Stephen Colbert on Monday's "Colbert Report" to bring his elegant gravitas to the most high-minded of affairs: Rattling off a list of words and phrases that the FCC has deemed appropriate for broadcast networks to include without being subject to a fine.
Even if the FCC doesn't consider "whack my sack" and "titties" to be worthy of a fine, you may want to use your earphones to listen to Colbert and Dr. House recite the words. »
- Ross Luippold
Paul Solet's Dark Summer has landed Stella Maeve in the lead in the horror which tells of a 17-year-old in house arrest in haunted confines. Deadline reports that Ross Dinerstein of Preferred Film & TV Media is producing the film while Jamie Carmichael serves as executive producer. The indie film starts shooting this week. Maeve's been a busy actress since 2005, with film and TV credits under her belt, including The Runaways, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, House M.D., Starlet and All Together Now. She's in post production phase on Flipped with Michael Madsen and is shooting Manson Girls »
Any crime or mystery book or television series that features a protagonist with extraordinary abilities of deduction and observation will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and depending on the era that new detective arrives in it will feel fresh or like just another imitator. Right now, the stage is crammed rather full with two modern takes on the famed detective on television presently, one on the BBC (Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and a far inferior one (Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller) on American network TV, and the thinly veiled Holmes-ian take on a medical drama, House M.D., having just come to a close last year. Nevermind that Robert Downey Jr. has been playing the character on the big screen recently. Maybe that's why, for all its cleverness and strong characterization, the time just feels wrong for PBS's reboot of the detective series Endeavour.
Read more. »
- Lex Walker
Brandon Seifert is a writer who takes comic books to an interesting and very different place, as one of the more notable names in the horror genre of the medium.
His best-known work is "Witch Doctor" published by Skybound Entertainment, which likely isn't anything like what the name brings to mind. He sat down with Zap2it at Comic-Con 2013 to talk about that comic, as well as another he's working on called "Spirit of the Law."
"Witch Doctor" is a unique idea, crossing the medical drama standard with a healthy dose of monsters. "Sort of if Dr. House fought supernatural diseases like vampirism, demonic possession, stuff like that," Seifert says.
He's not kidding when he references "House," as even Seifert admits the main character, Dr. Vincent Morrow is a "brilliant jerk doctor." He "approaches the supernatural from a medical/scientific perspective and trying to figure out what's the causative agent of vampirism, »
The plot of Disney's "Tomorrowland," originally named "1952" and starring George Clooney, has been kept under wraps ... until now. Along with the casting of Britt Robertson in a lead role, the studio has revealed a major plotline.
"In the film, a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology is launched on a journey to reclaim her future," reads a release from Walt Disney Studios.
Produced and written by Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek," "Prometheus") and Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"), "Tomorrowland" has been long rumored to be a sci-fi film in the vein of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Some reports claim a "found" synopsis indicate an elaborate plot which teams Clooney's character with remarkable young ladies to face an alternate reality -- Tomorrowland -- and save the earth. Whether the plot points are on target or not remains to be seen, but Disney's latest statement »
DVD Release Date: Sept. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $44.98
NBC’s Chicago Fire boasts hot guys and beautiful woman in steamy situations, and we’re not just talking about the fires.
The TV show is headlined by familiar faces, including Jesse Spencer (TV’s House M.D.), Taylor Kinney (TV’s The Vampire Diaries), Monica Raymund (TV’s The Good Wife) and Lauren German (TV’s Hawaii Five-o).
While saving other people’s lives, they must deal with their own disfunctions, including Spencer’s imprisoned mother, Raymund’s one again off again crush on Spencer, Kinney’s injuries that could force him off the force and German’s desire to have a baby.
There’s plenty of steamy drama, but the show also delves into life at the firehouse, the financial and family difficulties of people in this job, and run-ins with police.
Airing on NBC, Chicago Fire is »
New intelligent,pretty girl arriving to capture someone's heart in this new Revolution season 2 spoiler. According to a recent report from Entertainment Weekly, the Revolution season 2 folks have hired a new,hot actress,named Jessica Collins (left) to come on and play a character,named Cynthia, who will apparently, win over the affections of one of the main character's heart,and more. Right now, Cynthia is only scheduled to appear in a 4 episode arc. They say, Cynthia is described as being "a beautiful young woman of deep faith, whose winning humor and blazing intelligence capture the heart of one of Revolution’s leading characters." Jessica Collins' acting credits includes roles in Zero Dark Thirty flick, House M.D., Person of Interest, Blue Bloods and Rubicon. So, it appears that she's built up quite a bit of experience. In related news, the show is also bringing on a new, cool,handsome dude to join the crew. »
Collins will appear in four episodes as Cynthia. Here’s the official description from Executive Producer Eric Kripke: “Cynthia is a beautiful young woman of deep faith, whose winning humor and blazing intelligence capture the heart of one of Revolution’s leading characters.”
The sophomore season of Revolution will debut in its new time slot at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25th.
NBC reveals staggered fall premiere dates »
- Lynette Rice
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