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Annet Mahendru plays Russian spy Nina and Alison Wright portrays FBI secretary Martha on FX‘s series The Americans, which has been renewed for Season 2 and is expected to begin production in the fall. Susan Misner, who plays Sandra Beeman, also has been promoted to regular. Mahendru’s TV credits include 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Big Time Rush, and she’s been in the features Escape from Tomorrow and Love Gloria. This is UK native Wright’s first TV role, while her film credits include The Nanny Diaries. FX’s Cold War spy drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys was renewed for a second season in February after just four episodes and just wrapped its freshman run. Former CIA agent and Falling Skies scribe Joe Weisberg created the series and exec produces with Joel Fields, Graham Yost and Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank for Fox TV Studios and FX Prods. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Before the trailer, we thought: With Kristen Wiig's first post-"Bridesmaids" starring role, a supporting cast that includes Annette Bening and Matt Dillon in welcome comedic roles, all signs pointed to a return to form for "American Splendor" directors Shari Spring Berman and Robert Pulcini, following "The Nanny Diaries" and "The Extra Man." Add on a successful premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival (where Lionsgate picked up U.S. distribution rights) and it seemed that all the pieces were in place for one of the summer's more enjoyable comedies. And Now: From the second Wiig and Bening are on-screen, it's clear that the two are having a blast in their mother-daughter roles, with Bening bringing a natural charisma on-screen not seen since her Oscar-nominated turn in 2010's "The Kids Are All Right." Meanwhile, after spending the last few year's in relatively generic genre fare, Dillon seems to »
- Cameron Sinz
Albany, N.Y. — New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets.
Movie and TV productions have long been courted by New York and other states with tax breaks in exchange for the jobs and glamour of the industry. Hollywood is also a major campaign fundraising stop for New York politicians.
"We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here, so obviously we would want to facilitate that," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wants to expand the film and TV tax credit.
He said movies and TV may use fake guns that wouldn't be subject to the new law but the industry wants "certainty." The »
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