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Yesterday, it was officially confirmed by producer and pilot co-director Seth Rogen that Dominic Cooper had finally secured the lead role as Jesse Custer in AMC's upcoming comic book adaptation series Preacher. Now we have news that Weeds alum Elizabeth Perkins has signed on for a co-starring role opposite Cooper. Perkins is set to star as Vyla Quinncannon. She is a genteel but formidable businesswoman and owner of the local slaughterhouse in Annville. She is described as ambitious, strong-willed and terrifying. It will be revealed that Vyla shares a past with Jesse's father, which gives her a singular hold over Jesse.
Preacher, which is co-executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is based on the popular cult 90s comic book of the same name. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are directing the pilot episode from a script written by Sam Catlin. The series will follow a Texas preacher named »
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic, Preacher focuses on Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted Texas preacher who embarks on a journey to find God. Perkins will play Vyla Quinncannon, Jesse’s strong-willed mother who owns the local slaughterhouse.
Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins is set for a co-starring role opposite Dominic Cooper in AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip… »
Bruce Willis won't be making his Broadway debut until next month when he stars in a stage adaptation of Misery, but New York's theater world is already embracing the superstar. I can exclusively reveal that Willis and Mary-Louise Parker will announce the nominations for the 69th annual Tony Awards. The announcement will air live on CBS This Morning on April 28 at 8:30 a.m. Et. They can also be viewed on TonyAwards.com. Parker, best known for her Emmy and Golden Globe winning work as Tk on Weeds, picked up a Tony for best actress in 1991 for Proof. She stars in the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club production of Heisenberg. Some of our favorite celebs are in the running this year for a Tony »
Fox will release “Spy” on June 5. Feig directed from his own script and produced via his Feigco Entertainment banner. McCarthy plays an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst who goes into action when agents played by Jude Law and Jason Statham are in danger.
Feig was the creator of “Freaks and Geeks,” and he has directed multiple episodes of “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Bored to Death,” “Weeds,” “30 Rock” and “Mad Men.” He’s directing a reboot of “Ghostbusters” with a female-led cast that will open in July 2016.
- Dave McNary
While HBO is known to many for hour-long dramas such as Game of Thrones and True Detective, the channel has also developed a number of half-hour comedies over the years, most notably the Mike Judge technology comedy Silicon Valley and the Armando Iannucci political satire Veep. They have also, over the years, been known to draw in high-profile performers to star in their shows, two traits that once again show up in their upcoming half-hour show The Brink.
The series is created by Weeds and Ally McBeal writer Roberto Benabib in conjunction with his brother Kim Benabib, a newcomer to the television landscape. The Brink stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Aasif Mandvi, and Pablo Schreiber, and the show’s synopsis is as follows.
Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.
HBO’s detailed description about the series is as follows. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A deal under the 20th Century Fox TV banner is oiling the wheels for a souped-up new theater company, in an unusual pact that could become a new model for producing live theatrical entertainment in a variety of venues.
Playwright and TV writer-producer Rolin Jones (“Weeds,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Boardwalk Empire”) inked a two-year pact in January with 20th TV to develop projects for network and cable under the shingle New Neighborhood.
But in a departure for Hollywood deals, Jones’ group will also create theater projects with a virtual company of artists from across the country, coming together in real life at various sites as projects demand. The troupe will co-produce with interested regional theaters, offering fresh product, talent, energy and some enhancement dollars.
“It’s all about storytelling,” says Jones, pictured above left with fellow New Neighborhood company member Jackson Gay. “We envision it a lot less like theater »
- Frank Rizzo
From series creator Roberto Benabib (Weeds, Ally McBeal) comes the half-hour dark comedy series, The Brink. This satire will focus on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), the Us Secretary of State, Alex Talbot (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. This show will hit start the same day as season 2 of True Detective, and you can check out the first teaser »
- Sean Wist
Netflix today released an all-new trailer for Orange Is the New Black Season 3, as well as some images from the new season. The trailer and photos give us a first look at the new Ointb season, which premieres June 12 on Netflix. The popular comedy, created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), is about a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women’s prison. Piper (Taylor Schilling), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Poussey (Samira Wiley), Sophia (Laverne Cox), Daya (Dascha Polanco), Gloria (Selenis Leyva), Big Boo (Lea DeLaria), Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) and all of Litchfield’s ladies are back, while Alex … Continue reading →
The post Netflix releases trailer for Orange Is the New Black Season 3 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
TNT has a very busy summer ahead, with the return of seven favorites plus the debut of three new series.
RelatedTNT’s Librarians Renewed for Season 2
Among the newcomers, Proof stars Jennifer Beals (The L Word) as a brilliant surgeon who, in the wake of her teenage son’s death, teams with a billionaire tech inventor (Weeds‘ Matthew Modine) to explore recincarnation and such. The cast also includes David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls), Joe Morton (Scandal), Callum Blue (Royal Pains) and Edi Gathegi (Justified).
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Deadpool, X-Men: Apocaypse, The Fantastic Four, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with the Merc with the Mouth, and with production getting underway on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off Deadpool, the studio has given us our first look at Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson fully suited up, along with an official logo for the film and a synopsis which reads: “Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed »
- Gary Collinson
‘He’s that rare thing in Hollywood, a man who seems to want to address the desperate gender imbalance’
If dictionaries had photographs to go with their definitions, next to the entry for “cult viewing” would be a tiny thumbnail shot of Paul Feig. He has directed episodes of high-school drama Freaks And Geeks (which he created and co-wrote), Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, The Office and Weeds. On the big screen, he helmed the hugely successful 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and is directing an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, due out next year. Inevitably, this has ruffled some feathers: Feig has been accused of “ruining people’s childhoods”. “Honestly,” he replied, “the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”
Related: Paul Feig: Hollywood's accidental feminist
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- Bim Adewunmi
Nickelodeon is ready for some headbanging.
* Breanna Yde (The »
With the news that Spider-Man will appear in some capacity in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel now need to get their skates on when it comes to getting suited up for the role of the web slinger. Captain America; Civil War is just weeks away from shooting, and even though we suspect Spidey will only cameo in the film, the role still needs to be filled Asap so they have an idea of where they're going with the character. Well, it seems where they're going may be back to school, with the possibility of Peter Parker still very much a young teen when he gets his powers. This all stems from the news that Marvel have auditioned Mateus Ward, a young actor best known for his role on tv's Weeds. Ward is only 16, and is very much the face of a young Peter Parker, if that's what Marvel are aiming for. »
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It’s no secret that Marvel and Sony reached an agreement wherein the former would be able to reinstate Spider-Man into its cinematic universe. Since that announcement, speculation has swirled across the vast plains of the Internet with fans discussing how that reintegration should happen and who should play the rebranded webhead.
Popular opinion has turned to Donald Glover, whose Miles Morales version has been championed by many as the next best choice for the new Spidey. While we know that Marvel has been toying with the possibility of anchoring this new iteration of the character in high school, it seems they have cast their eye over an actual high school-age actor, Mateus Ward.
Ward is best known for his stint on drug dramedy Weeds, which successfully ran for eight seasons over at Showtime. Based on this initial rumor from Badass Digest, who point out that the intel originates from a new inside source, »
- Gem Seddon
Despite all of the talk and speculation to the contrary, it appears that when we get our next big screen Spider-Man, it will in fact be Peter Parker. And as the web slinger prepares to make his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it sounds as though we.ll also be looking at a younger version of the character, as the studio has reportedly auditioned 16-year-old actor Mateus Ward for the role. According to Badass Digest, Ward, a teenage actor whose resume includes shows like Hostages, Murder in the First, and Weeds, has secretly read for the part of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As you may have noticed, he.s actually a few years younger than the likes of Dylan O.Brien, Sam Strike, and Freddie Highmore, all of whom have been mentioned in regards to the role, and are all in their early 20s. »
After Marvel and Sony announced in February that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a report surfaced that both studios were eyeing much younger actors to play the new Spider-Man. It has been confirmed that Spidey will appear in one Marvel movie first, presumably Captain America: Civil War, before the new stand alone Spider-Man adventure hits theaters in the summer of 2017. With production about to start in just a few weeks on Captain America 3, Badass Digest reports that 16-year-old actor Mateus Ward is the first known actor to auditioned to play the new Peter Parker.
The audition was reportedly so secretive that it was held at a house, not a production office, but it isn't clear if he has won the part, or how many other actors both Sony and Marvel are looking at. Even if Spider-Man only has a cameo role in Captain America: Civil War, the »
With Spider-Man thought to be set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War and shooting on the threequel set to get underway in just two weeks, Marvel and Sony will need to move fast to secure an actor to taking on the role of the wall-crawler.
Well, according to BadAssDigest, the audition process is already underway, as the site is reporting that 16-year-old Weeds star Mateus Ward has tested for the hotly-sought after role. Given that BadAssDigest cites a “new source”, this should probably be taken with a pinch of salt and filed firmly away in the rumour cabinet, but if Spidey is going to make an appearance in Civil War then we should probably expect an official casting announcement in the not-too-distant future.
- Gary Collinson
According to Badass Digest, Weeds actor Mateus Ward auditioned for the role of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The auditon was reportedly so secret, Ward had to audition at someone's house, not at a casting office. Despite numerous rumous surrounding other young actors, Ward is the first to actually have his name mentioned for auditions. Badass Digest further reports that Marvel is potentially looking to lockdown the next Spider-Man very quickly in order to film a cameo for Captain America: Civil War. If this report is true, it would appear that Marvel may be looking to cast a relatively unkown for the role and someone young enough to continue playing Spider-Man for at least a decade. »
Weeds alum Kevin Nealon and Malcolm In the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek are set to co-star opposite comedian Tommy Johnagin and JoAnna Garcia Swisher in CBS' untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by Johnagin's life. The pilot, from writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, Wbtv and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Nealon plays Tommy’s dad Jack, a charming but manipulative loose cannon… »
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