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Newswire: R.I.P. True Blood star Nelsan Ellis

Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing flamboyantly gay short-order cook/drug dealer/spirit medium Lafayette Reynolds on seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood, has died. According to Variety, Reynolds, who was 39, died of complications from heart failure.

Born in Chicago, and Julliard-trained, Ellis first broke into TV with a role on Fox’s short-lived crime drama The Inside, playing the tech guy for the show’s Rachel Nichols-led team of crimesolvers. After the series folded, Ellis made a turn into film, giving supporting roles in the Ernie Davis biopic The Express and the Jamie Foxx/Robert Downey Jr. vehicle The Soloist, before scoring a key role in Alan Ball’s campy vampire soap in 2008.

As Lafayette, Ellis presented one of the few True Blood characters who seemed fully clued-in to just how ridiculous Charlaine Harris’ world of repentant vampires, angry Maenads, and rampaging werepanthers actually was ...
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True Blood's Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39
Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, has died. He was 39.

RelatedNelsan Ellis Remembered: True Blood Co-Stars, Author and Ep Pay Tribute

Ellis died from complications from heart failure, his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter. The full statement reads as follows:

“Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure,” Saines said. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member
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‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39

‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39
Nelsan Ellis — famous for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood” — has died at age 39, Variety can confirm.

The cause was complications from heart failure.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of ‘True Blood.’ Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

True Blood” creator and executive producer Alan Ball echoed HBO’s epitaph in a statement of his own. “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me,” said Ball. “Working with him was a privilege.”

Ellis’ “The Help” costar Octavia Spencer broke the news on Instagram Saturday morning, saying, “Just got word that we lost (Nelsan). My heart breaks for his kids and family.”

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‘A Monster Calls’: Why Its Late Release Date Could Stifle Commercial and Oscar Momentum

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‘A Monster Calls’: Why Its Late Release Date Could Stifle Commercial and Oscar Momentum
Back in September, Focus Features introduced Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona’s fantasy fable “A Monster Calls” at the Toronto Film Festival. I was wowed, as I had been by his first English-language film “The Impossible” (2012). This is a gifted filmmaker, as attested by his mentor-producer Guillermo del Toro, who hired him to direct “The Orphanage” and by Steven Spielberg, who hired Bayona to direct Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in “Jurassic World 2,” accompanied by his essential right-arm producer Belen Atienza, the Brian Grazer to his Ron Howard. They’re in prep now.

Bayona is poised to be the next Paul Verhoeven, Baltasar Kormákur, or Denis Villeneuve, someone who becomes a star in their own country and also can bridge the challenging cinematic culture of Hollywood. Bayona knows how to handle, with empathy and without sentimentality, intimate, emotional scenes with adults and children, plus action and VFX. He insisted on
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Feud: Tim Minear (Angel) Set as Co-Showrunner; Jackie Hoffman Cast

Deadline reports Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls, Drive, The Inside, Dollhouse, and Terriers vet, Tim Minear, has been tapped as co-showrunner on Ryan Murphy's upcoming FX TV show, Feud. Fun fact: Minear's Twitter handle is "Cancelled Again." That said, the talented writer and producer been with Murphy's successful American Horror Story since the anthology show's first season.Jackie Hoffman has been cast as Mamasita, Joan Crawford’s (Jessica Lange) housekeeper. Also an anthology series, the first season of Feud tells the story of Hollywood nemeses, Crawford and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon). The cast also includes Sarah Paulson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess. Read More…
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Best Military Movies To Watch on June 6, D-Day

June 6, 1944. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

On June 7th, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release director Michael Bay’s remarkable 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi.

Hailed as “powerful” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), “engrossing” (Soren Andersen, Seattle Times) and “full of explosive action” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), the film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand this Tuesday. (Review)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski (TV’s “The Office”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), and is based on the nonfiction novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff with
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Adam Baldwin Talks The Last Ship, Auditioning for Michael Bay, Striking Up a Friendship with Eric Dane, Looking Back on Firefly and The Inside, and More

The new TNT drama series The Last Ship tells the story of what happens when a global pandemic wipes out 80% of the planet’s population and the unaffected crew of a lone Naval destroyer, U.S.S. Nathan James, must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) is a career Navy man who, along with the help of the ship’s second-in-command Xo Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin), must ensure that Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) has what she needs to discover the cause of billions of deaths worldwide and save who’s left. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Adam Baldwin talked about how he came to this show, auditioning for executive producer Michael Bay, whether his character is more focused on the mission or reuniting with his family, how just being around Navy soldiers makes them want to take the work more seriously,
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Perspectives: Simon Barry and Rachel Nichols talk about Continuum

Trevor Hogg chats with showrunner Simon Barry and his leading lady Rachel Nichols about doing some time travelling in the streets of present day Vancouver and the future of television…

Simon Barry

“TV is more of a master to serve because you have this incredible schedule of production and post-production,” observes Simon Barry who wrote the feature screenplay for The Art of War (2000) starring Wesley Snipes (Blade), and is the creator and showrunner for Continuum [Showcase, 2012 to present]. “It’s close to the bone in regards to the time you have to make, get the show out and give it to the network. TV has a higher pace but film can be just as gruelling in terms of the demands of filming and the problems that have to be solved.” There is no two year wait to have an episode appear on the small screen. “It is a quick turnaround which in some
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The Insider: Rachel Nichols talks about The Inside and Mike Nichols

When told that she had a spooky resemblance to Clarice Starling which only added to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) vibe to a TV series where Rachel Nichols [Conan the Barbarian] portrayed a FBI profiler hunting down serial killers, the actress laughs, “That’s so funny you said that! It happened a lot when I was younger. The one person people ever said that I looked like was Jodie Foster. When Tim Minear [Firefly] came on to retool the original pilot of The Inside [Fox, 2005] that was his inspiration. He said, ‘Jodie Foster and The Silence of the Lambs.’ She has always been one of my absolute favourites. I adore that comment because that was exactly what we were going for. I loved the show and working on it. It got the short end of the stick because with actors Peter Coyote [Sphere] and Adam Baldwin [Full Metal Jacket], and Tim Minear writing the show it could have been so much more.
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Announcing the 2013 Emmy Award Winners!

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That's a wrap for the 2013 Emmys! This year's show had a healthy mix of expected winners like Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Modern Family for outstanding comedy series, but there were also plenty of surprises as well. Bobby Cannavale took home the Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series for his work on Boardwalk Empire, and Merritt Wever was so astounded by her win for supporting actress in a comedy that she was rendered speechless. The biggest winner of the night, though, was the cast and crew of Breaking Bad, who took home the trophy for outstanding drama series for the first time. Check out all of the winners when you read more. Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Outstanding Comedy Series Modern Family Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Claire Danes, Homeland Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Anna Gunn,
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Emmys 2013 winners list: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Gunn and more

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home her fourth career win, and her second for her HBO comedy, at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sept. 22), while "Breaking Bad" actress Anna Gunn earned her first award ever for her final season as Skylar White.

The complete winners list below:

Outstanding DRAMABreaking BadDownton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men

Outstanding Actress In A Drama Connie Britton, Nashville Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Kerry Washington, Scandal Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Actor In A Drama Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Damian Lewis, Homeland Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks,
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'Behind the Candelabra' leads Creative Arts Emmys winners

'Behind the Candelabra' leads Creative Arts Emmys winners
HBO dominated the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night, grabbing 20 awards, including eight for the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the most-awarded program of the night. Other notable winners include Bob Newhart; the TV vet took home his first-ever Emmy for his guest-starring role on The Big Bang Theory.

See the complete list of winners below; an edited version of the nearly four-hour Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday, Sept. 21, on Fxx.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Winner: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn,
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Emmys 2013: Bob Newhart Grabs His First Gold, Plus Wins for Carrie Preston, Scandal and Louie Stars; HBO's Candelabra Leads Early Pack

Emmys 2013: Bob Newhart Grabs His First Gold, Plus Wins for Carrie Preston, Scandal and Louie Stars; HBO's Candelabra Leads Early Pack
The Emmys have begun! The Emmys have begun!

No, we’re not talking about the 2013 Primetime Emmys broadcast — you’ll have to wait till next Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c for that — but rather, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, handed out at Sunday evening the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

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Here’s a list of the majority of winners:

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series | Melissa Leo, Louie

Guest Actor In A Comedy Series | Bob Newhart The Big Bang Theory

Guest Actor In A Drama Series | Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
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Live From the Creative Arts Emmys

Live From the Creative Arts Emmys
Nearly 80 awards are scheduled to be presented at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony today at the Nokia Theatre, beginning shortly after 4 p.m Pacific. We’ll be live-blogging the highlights, so keep coming back for updates.

Fxx will air an edited version of the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

Past, present and future “Community” showrunner Dan Harmon is joining series star Joel McHale in presenting the first quartet of Emmys, including three for casting and one for guest comedy actress. The final two Emmys, for reality host and reality program, will be announced by next week’s Primetime Emmys host, Neil Patrick Harris.

A couple handfuls of juried Emmys were announced in August, including kudos for “Adventure Time,” “Portlandia,” “The Simpsons” and the Alex Gibney documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.”

4:05 p.m.: “Tonight, we honor all the creative
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Lots of Oscar-Pedigreed Talent in the Emmy '13 Roster

Al Pacino, Helen Mirren in Phil Spector: Emmy Awards 2013 The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced earlier today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. As usual, there was a whole array of movie people nominated, including many with Academy Award pedigree. Those include Best Actor Oscar winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), in the running for, respectively, Best Actor and Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Phil Spector; Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), a Best Actress in a Drama Series nominee for Bates Motel (itself related to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho); and Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street) and Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), both up for the Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Emmy for their performances in Behind the Candelabra
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Katie Finneran To Co-Star In Michael J. Fox’s NBC Series Produced By Will Gluck

I Hate My Teenage Daughter lead Katie Finneran has landed a co-starring role on Michael J. Fox’s NBC comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local station in NY, Mike decides to go back to work after a new medication helps him manage the effects of his illness. Finneran will play Mike’s narcissistic, single and jobless sister. Also cast in the series are Conor Romero as Mike’s college dropout son who recently returned home, and Jack Gore as his younger, 7-year-old son. In addition to Fox, Finneran, Romero and Gore join Wendell Pierce,
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Rachel Nichols Talks Alex Cross, How She Got Involved, Playing Strong Women, Fight Training with Her Co-Stars and Matthew Fox’s Transformation

Alex Cross follows the homicide detective/psychologist from the best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he comes up against psychopathic serial killer Picasso (Matthew Fox). This time, the story takes a younger version of Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) back to the origins of the character while the two men face off in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that will push Cross to this edge of his moral limits. From director Rob Cohen (The Fast and The Furious, xXx), the film also stars Edward Burns, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo, Giancarlo Esposito, John C. McGinley and Jean Reno. At the film’s press day, actress Rachel Nichols – who plays Monica Ashe, one of Cross’ co-workers at the Detroit P.D. – spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she came to be a part of the film, why she loves playing strong women, going through training with Tyler Perry and Ed Burns,
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Blu-ray Review: Fantastic Set For HBO’s Beloved ‘True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season’

Chicago – HBO used to be a company that kind of let the quality of their TV shows speak for themselves. They would release DVD box sets that often included nary a special feature. Bonus material? Look to one of those “lesser” networks. Our shows are bonus enough. With the advent of Blu-ray however and an increasingly competitive collector’s market, HBO has gone in the complete other direction, releasing increasingly impressive TV on Blu-ray sets. The one just launched for their massive hit “True Blood,” the fourth season, is one of the best to date. It’s a shame the actual season is the worst yet for the show because the Blu-ray set is spectacular.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Is there anyone who wasn’t disappointed in the fourth season of “True Blood”? Not only did it contain the worst lead villain to date (Fiona Shaw is a talented actress but she mis-played
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HitFix Interview: Adam Baldwin talks reuniting with Nathan Fillion on 'Castle'

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HitFix Interview: Adam Baldwin talks reuniting with Nathan Fillion on 'Castle'
Nearly a decade has passed since Adam Baldwin played the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne on Fox's criminally short-lived "Firefly."   Since that time, Baldwin hasn't exactly been absent from the small screen. He was a regular on "The Inside" and "Day Break." He did guest appearances on shows including "Angel" and "Stargate Sg-1." There was also that little five-season run as John Casey on "Chuck," one of the few shows capable of giving "Firefly" a run when it comes to pure cult dedication.    But for all of those credits in the intervening years, there's still something...
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Managers David Lonner & Larry Shuman On Merger Path

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Exclusive: Top literary managers David Lonner and Larry Shuman are in serious talks to merge their companies, Oasis Media Group and The Shuman Co, respectively. In the scenario being discussed, Shuman and Lonner and his Oasis partner John Mass would join forces under the Oasis umbrella, tied to an effort to secure financing to expand the business. If it closes, the merger would bring under the same roof such feature and TV heavyweights as Jj Abrams, Brad Silberling, Jon Turteltaub, Shawn Ryan and David Shore. While 2-year-old Oasis has some TV clients — crossover A-lister Abrams and ER and Detroit 1-8-7 showrunner David Zabel — the company skews heavily towards features with a client list that includes Abrams, Silberling, Turteltaub, Peter Sollett, Michael Tolkin, Audrey Wells and Rob Minkoff. Meanwhile, Shuman, who has run his boutique company for 20 years, has a TV-heavy roster that includes House creator Shore, The Shield creator Ryan,
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