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Sons of Anarchy Alum Maggie Siff Joins Showtime's Billions Pilot

8 December 2014 10:24 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The cast for Showtimes Billions continues to look very flush.

Maggie Siff, whose credits include of course a six-year ride on Sons of Anarchy as well as a stint on Mad Men has joined the buzzy drama pilot, which already counts Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti (John Adams) among its cast.

Taking a forensic look at the world of high finance, Billions tracks the approaching collision between hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (played by Giamatti) and brilliant/ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).

Siff will play the central character of Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s wife, »

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Sean Bean set for lead in Frankenstein Chronicles

18 November 2014 8:59 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has found himself a leading role in the upcoming re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  The adaptation is set to span over six episodes taking the form a period crime drama.

The ITV original drama has already found its executive producers in Game of ThronesTracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger, whose credits also include Rome and John Adams as well as the HBO phenomenon.

The series has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross alongside fellow writer Barry Langford. Variety reported that Ross, who will be sitting in the directors chair, had this to say about the upcoming series.

“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London, he discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario. »

- Alfie Nobes

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Showtime Developing Drama About a Potus Election That Spurs a Civil War

4 November 2014 10:47 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Showtime gets our vote for impeccable timing.

The pay cabler announced this Tuesday that it is developing Anthem, a drama series whose pilot opens on a typical presidential election day and ends with America on the brink of a second Civil War.

All told, the project aspires to survey what happens when our political system collapses under the weight of mistrust and partisan division.

Former presidential speechwriter Jon Lovett (1600 Penn) will pen the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Brian Koppelman and David Levien (who also are shepherding the recently announced Showtime pilot Billions, starring Homeland‘s Damian Lewis »

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Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti to Lead Showtime Drama Billions

24 October 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s Showtime again for Damian Lewis.

The Emmy-winning Homeland actor and Emmy winner/Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti (John Adams) have landed leading roles on the pay cabler’s upcoming drama Billions, it was announced Friday.

The series, which counts Brian Koppelman (The Illusionist) among its executive producers, takes a forensic look at the world of high finance. Lewis will play ambitious hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who is set to go head-to-head with Giamatti’s U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes.

Neil Burger (Divergent) will direct the pilot, which films in New York in early 2015.

Your thoughts on Lewis and Giamatti’s casting? »

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Review: The Congress

29 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Ari Folman, director of the bleak animated history Waltz with Bashir, adapted a novella by acclaimed Russian author Stanislaw Lem for the screen in the movie The Congress. Folman's take on Lem's The Futurological Congress is only vaguely true to the source material.  Instead of a male hero, we have actress Robin Wright... playing actress Robin Wright. If only this cinematic work didn't hold the talented actress back. While Lem's novella is (supposedly, I haven't read it) a black comedy, Folman's half-animated film is dark and troubling.

Bravo to the director for selecting an older -- by Hollywood standards, anyway -- actress to base this film around. Much is made of Wright's Texan background and decision to age naturally; actually, much is said about Wright, as she sits silently and takes criticism. To put it in terms today's teens will recognize, there is a lot of mansplaining going on here. »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Justin Theroux Evokes His Inner Matthew McConaughey to Deal with Paparazzi

22 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Justin Theroux admits the limelight got a lot brighter once he started dating Jennifer Aniston. To deal with the ever-present paparazzi, The Leftovers actor says he invokes his inner Matthew McConaughey, and everything is all right, all right, all right. "My life changed a lot," he tells Elle magazine in its August issue, crediting his relationship with Aniston. "More people are like, 'Hey, man!' And I don't think that's from my role in John Adams. "But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: Don't ever engage with it. Just Jkl [Just Keep Livin']," he says. »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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Justin Theroux Evokes His Inner Matthew McConaughey to Deal with Paparazzi

22 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Justin Theroux admits the limelight got a lot brighter once he started dating Jennifer Aniston. To deal with the ever-present paparazzi, The Leftovers actor says he invokes his inner Matthew McConaughey, and everything is all right, all right, all right. "My life changed a lot," he tells the August Elle magazine, crediting his relationship with Aniston. "More people are like, 'Hey, man!' And I don't think that's from my role in John Adams. "But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: Don't ever engage with it. Just Jkl [Just Keep Livin']," he says. The pair, »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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Justin Theroux Speaks about Tabloid Hassles

21 July 2014 10:49 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Justin Theroux took a dramatic turn with The Leftovers, but he's still got a sense of humor.

These days, the 42-year-old TV star's ability to laugh is especially commendable, given that the tabloids frequently write about his two-year engagement to Jennifer Aniston as if it were a real-life soap opera.

"I can't get over how terrible the narrative is, just how poorly written it is," he says in Elle's August 2014 issue. "It's worse than a telenovela. It's so dramatic. Like, 'They're broken up, they're together, they're storming out, storming in, rushing out, rushing in.' They make every celebrity look like a schizophrenic."

From the moment he began dating his Wanderlust co-star, Theroux admits, "My life changed a lot. More people are like, 'Hey, man!' And I don't think that's from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I »

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Justin Theroux Speaks about Tabloid Hassles

21 July 2014 10:49 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Justin Theroux took a dramatic turn with The Leftovers, but he's still got a sense of humor.

These days, the 42-year-old TV star's ability to laugh is especially commendable, given that the tabloids frequently write about his two-year engagement to Jennifer Aniston as if it were a real-life soap opera.

"I can't get over how terrible the narrative is, just how poorly written it is," he says in Elle's August 2014 issue. "It's worse than a telenovela. It's so dramatic. Like, 'They're broken up, they're together, they're storming out, storming in, rushing out, rushing in.' They make every celebrity look like a schizophrenic."

From the moment he began dating his Wanderlust co-star, Theroux admits, "My life changed a lot. More people are like, 'Hey, man!' And I don't think that's from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I »

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Justin Theroux Speaks about Tabloid Hassles

21 July 2014 10:49 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Justin Theroux took a dramatic turn with The Leftovers, but he's still got a sense of humor.

These days, the 42-year-old TV star's ability to laugh is especially commendable, given that the tabloids frequently write about his two-year engagement to Jennifer Aniston as if it were a real-life soap opera.

"I can't get over how terrible the narrative is, just how poorly written it is," he says in Elle's August 2014 issue. "It's worse than a telenovela. It's so dramatic. Like, 'They're broken up, they're together, they're storming out, storming in, rushing out, rushing in.' They make every celebrity look like a schizophrenic."

From the moment he began dating his Wanderlust co-star, Theroux admits, "My life changed a lot. More people are like, 'Hey, man!' And I don't think that's from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I »

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Justin Theroux Talks About His "Three-Headed Baby" with Jennifer Aniston

21 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Justin Theroux has a bone to pick with the tabloids! The sexy star opens up about his life in the spotlight with fiancee Jennifer Aniston in the August issue of Elle magazine. "The Leftovers" star says his "life changed a lot" when he started dating the former "Friends" star -- and while he's getting used to the paparazzi, he can't understand the tabloids. "My life changed a lot," he says, regarding his a relationship with Aniston and all the media attention. "More people are like, ‘Hey, man!’ And I don’t think that’s from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: Don’t ever engage with it. Just Jkl. It was a learning curve, but it wasn’t as traumatic as you might expect. It’s just annoying. Occasionally you’ll get a stewardess congratulating you, »

- tooFab Staff

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Emmy Episode Analysis: Paul Giamatti may bring Emmy to 'Downton Abbey' with 'The London Season'

15 July 2014 4:49 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Emmy-winner Paul Giamatti (2008 Movie/Mini Actor, "John Adams") returns as a nominee three years after his last bid (Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for "Too Big to Fail"). This time, he contends for Drama Guest Actor for "Downton Abbey" (PBS), portraying Harold Levinson, brother of Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern). -Break- Emmy experts Robert Bianco (USA Today), Lynette Rice (People) split on winners Synopsis: In "The London Season," Harold and his Mother Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) attend Rose's (Lily James) coming out party after she is presented at Buckingham Palace. Harold makes his dislike of the occasion known but soon begins to warm up to it. Rose's friend Madeleine Allsopp (Poppy Drayton) is told by her father to pursue Harold because he is very rich. Harold confesses to her that he primarily prefers the company of girls he doesn't have to commit to, only commit to buy jewelry for. M...' »

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FX Passes On Paul Giamatti’s Drama Pilot Hoke

10 June 2014 6:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It has been a very interesting time for the FX Network, hasn’t it? Veteran dramas Justified and Sons Of Anarchy have continued to thrive over the years, with the latter show approaching its seventh season. Meanwhile, other series such as The Americans, Louie and Archer are genuine critical success stories, with The Americans receiving high praise for its latest season. The cable network does not look to be slowing down anytime soon, either, as the well-received Fargo wraps up its debut season and upcoming shows like The Strain and Tyrant are getting some pretty solid buzz as well. Unfortunately, there is one promising TV drama pilot that FX has decided to move on from.

That drama pilot is Hoke, which starred Paul Giamatti as Hoke Moseley, a hardboiled and “possibly insane” homicide detective living in the world of pre-chic Miami during the early-1980s. The show was to be »

- Ken Guidry

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Premiere of ‘The Sixties’ Brings Younger Viewers to CNN

30 May 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The premiere of 12-part series “The Sixties” provided CNN with a much-needed primetime ratings jolt when it premiered Thursday, making the cabler the top-rated news network for the hour in the industry’s key demo.

According to fast national data from Nielsen, “When Television Came of Age,” the first of the 10-part “The Sixties,” averaged 284,000 adults 25-54 in the 9 o’clock hour — narrowly ahead of Fox News (273,000) and comfortably ahead of MSNBC (115,000).

CNN had aired two segments of its “Sixties” series previously, though those were telecast during times of higher-viewing levels and were timed to 50-year anniversaries. The segment on the JFK assassination averaged 508,000 adults 25-54 in November, and “The British Invasion” drew 305,000 in adults 25-54; both will be part of the current 12-part series.

In total viewers, Thursday’s “The Sixties” (1.390 million) ranked second among newsies, behind Fox News (1.919 million) and ahead of MSNBC (723,000).

Compared with CNN’s prior »

- Rick Kissell

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Cannes: Helena Bonham Carter, Charles Dance Starring in World War I Drama

19 May 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Helena Bonham Carter will star in World War I drama “The Guns of August,” portraying her real-life step-great grandmother Margot Asquith.

“The Guns of August,” based on the Barbara W. Tuchman book, traces the misunderstandings, missed opportunities and aristocratic follies of the summer of 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War.

Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) will star as British Prime Minister Henry Herbert Asquith and Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones,” “Terminator: Genesis”) will play Violet Asquith.  “Downfall” director Oliver Hirschbiegel is attached to direct from a script by  writer-producer Frank Doelger, joint managing director of Rainmark Films.

Doelger’s producer credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Rome” and “John Adams.”  Production will begin on “The Guns of August” in early 2015.

Arclight Films has signed a deal to represent sales on “Guns of August” and on Rainmark’s comedy drama “Woolly Faces” from writer-director Pearse Elliott. Both are »

- Dave McNary

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‘Girls’ Ebon Moss-Bachrach Signs With UTA

28 April 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Lake House, Mona Lisa Smile, Stealth) has signed with UTA. He stars on the current season of HBO’s Girls as Desi Harperin and starred in Simon Helberg’s SXSW directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris. His recent screen credits include Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, Lola Versus with Greta Gerwig, the horror pic Come Out And Play, FX’s Damages, and HBO’s John Adams. Moss-Bachrach is also repped by Sue Leibman and Peikoff Mahan Law Office. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Q&A: Producer Colin Callender On His Next Chapter, Converging Theater, Film & Television And Taking On Harry Potter

4 April 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Colin Callender‘s first producing effort, a nine-hour TV adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage production of The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby launched UK’s Channel 4 and won him his first Emmy in 1983. After a stint as an independent producer in his native Britain, Callender joined HBO where he shepherded films and miniseries like Angels In America, John Adams, Maria Full Of Grace and American Splendor to the tune of 104 Emmy Awards, 29 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars, and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Since leaving HBO in 2008, he has kept a low profile. Having started his career in theater, as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Callender returned to his roots and built a theater slate during a break from television because of a three-year non-compete with HBO. His first play ever as a producer was Nora Ephron‘s Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Inside Amy Schumer': Paul Giamatti is God and Amy has herpes -- Exclusive Video

6 March 2014 6:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Inside Amy Schumer returns to Comedy Central on April 1, but you’d be a fool to wait that long to see a sketch from the new season. And not just any sketch. One involving God. And herpes. And jean shorts.

In the season 2 premiere, Amy finds out that she might have an Std and prays hard to God that it isn’t so. When the Supreme Being does appear, he’s not entirely thrilled with this self-absorbed soul. Let us also mention that he is portrayed by… Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti. “We thought, ‘Who would be the funniest person to play God? »

- Dan Snierson

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to join Ewan McGregor in 'The Real Thing' on Broadway this fall

11 February 2014 11:07 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Despite appearances in a handful of Off Broadway shows over the past five years, Maggie Gyllenhaal has never appeared on Broadway — that is, until this upcoming fall season, when she will play the coveted role of Annie in Tom Stoppard’s award-winning play The Real Thing opposite the previously announced Ewan McGregor as Henry.

The play concerns a struggling playwright (McGregor) who embarks on an affair with the luminous Annie (Gyllenhaal) and both parties, already married, end up questioning the consequences of their actions and whether Henry’s play, already about divorce, is informing their actual lives. The play was »

- Jason Clark

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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Talks Mary's Life Post-Matthew: New Friend, New Romance?

1 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Downton Abbey returns this Sunday (PBS, 9/8c) with Lady Mary still in mourning for her husband, six months after Matthew’s untimely death.

So how to pull the grieving widow out of the dark after such a loss? Not one, but three potential suitors certainly should help: There’s old family friend Gillingham (played by Tom Cullen), newcomer Blake (Julian Ovenden) and the Turk’s returning pal Evelyn Napier (Brendan Patricks).

Plus, the upcoming Christmas special promises to be “more optimistic” than last year’s bloody affair, says star Michelle Dockery.

Related | Downton Abbey Renewed for Season 5

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- Vlada Gelman

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