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Deal calls for Thruline/Tagline to work with Second City execs on projects derived from the org’s many productions and its educational arm that offers improv and acting classes through its facilities in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Deal also gives Second City performers an opportunity to work with managers from the Thruline side of the Beverly Hills-based management-production banner.
“In addition to creating new projects with Tagline, this partnership allows us to offer developing talent our experience, as well as Thruline’s management expertise and resources,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO and exec producer of Second City.
Thruline — run by partners Chris Henze, Jb Roberts, Ron West and Willie Mercer — emphasized in a statement that they hope to mine “a deep reservoir of ideas and creators around which to build future development slates. »
- Variety Staff
If you want to trace the rise of Oscar Isaac, Adele Exarchopoulos, Tye Sheridan, and countless other name actors, all you have to do is take a look at past editions of the Cannes Film Festival. The event, a notorious hotbed for successful breakouts, kicks off May 14th this year, ushering in another slew of potential stars on the rise. Here are Indiewire's 10 to keep an eye on. Evan Bird, "Maps to the Stars" He looks like he might be Draco Malfoy's nicer little brother, but Evan Bird is often cast as the somber and wide-eyed boy bystander in "Psych," "Fringe," and "The Killing." With "Maps to the Stars," he's doing something new. David Cronenberg's film tells the story of dysfunctional, secret-stuffed Hollywood familes, comprised of Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack, and a politely sane Robert Pattinson as a limo driver. Coming on strong as Cusak's son, »
- Taylor Lindsay
Earlier this year, “Psych” signed off after eight seasons. The USA Network comedy about a super-observant slacker who poses as a psychic to help solve cases for his local police department was a big hit but never got on Emmys radar. The stand out in the show’s final season was Dule Hill, who played Burton “Gus” Guster, the lifelong best friend of protagonist Shawn Spencer (James Roday). He served as the (usually) more grounded counterpart to the goofy antics of Spencer and assists him in his escapades throughout Santa Barbara and it’s about time that he finally received an Emmy nomination for Comedy Supporting Actor. -Break- Join in the red-hot debate about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums Hill was always a reliable source of humor and a good counterpoint to Roday. And during the final season, he got a tremendous episode to showcase his strength as a performer. »
Steve Carell, Daniel Craig and Seth Meyers are taking a stand against sexual assault with President Barack Obama, as well as other actors, in a new public service announcement called “1 is 2 Many.” “It's happening to our sisters and our daughters, our wives and our friends,” Carell and Craig say in video (above) produced by the White House. “It's called sexual assault, and it has to stop,” Meyers adds. Also read: Bryan Singer Speaks Out for First Time on Sexual Abuse Allegations Benicio del Toro and “Psych” star Dulé Hill also join Obama and Vice President Joe Biden the campaign to end sexual. »
- Greg Gilman
James Bond has teamed up with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to protect people from sexual assault. Along with Potus and Vpotus, Daniel Craig is appearing in a new PSA encouraging men to intervene and stop the situation when they realize someone is in danger of being sexually assaulted. The 007 star is joined by Steve Carell, Benicio Del Toro, former West Wing and Psych actor Dulé Hill and NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers. “I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project,” said Craig in a statement released by the White House today. “The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.” Launched in coordination with the 1 Is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the PSAs will debut next »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Tony nominations are just around the corner, and one of the titles you can bet will yield a fair amount of ‘em is After Midnight, the marvelously assembled one-act jazz revue now playing on Broadway. Since opening last fall, the musical has remained one of the most acclaimed shows of the season, and remained quite relevant due to a bright cast of rotating guest performers (recent months have seen k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Babyface, and Vanessa Williams, the latter currently playing through May 11).
- Jason Clark
April 8th marked the 24th anniversary of Twin Peaks’ premiere. But as any good fan knows, this means it’s also been 25 years since Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) first visited the Black Lodge on March 26, 1989, when Sheryl Lee’s Laura Palmer whispered in his ear: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” For fans, it’s been a whirlwind of cherry pies and snapping fingers, but the anniversary is also a reminder of just how far David Lynch and Mark Frost’s influential show stretched. This wasn’t a little cult affair seen and quoted by few. Glimpses of the show can be seen far and wide in homages, parodies, and vague references from stage to screen, from adult comedy to children’s programming. By this point, just about everyone has seen at least a little Twin Peaks through one of media’s many references, and here are some of the best. Psych »
- Monika Bartyzel
Michael Gross is “Suit”-ing up. Gross, known as liberal dad Steven Keaton from the classic sitcom “Family Ties,” has signed on for a recurring guest role on the upcoming fourth season of USA's “Suits.” See video: ‘Suits’ Sneak Peek: Harvey Battles His Law School Nemesis Gross, whose more recent roles include parts in “CSI,” “Last Man Standing” and “Psych,” will play Walter Gillis, the down-to-earth founder of a groundbreaking DVD distribution company. As he works to keep his business solvent, he finds himself fending off multiple takeover bids. Series star Patrick J. Adams posted a photo of himself with Gross on Instagram. »
- Tim Kenneally
What to Watch is back in two-week form this time around, hitting the most important Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming offerings from both March 25th and April 1st. No April Fool’s Day jokes here. We’re above that. Sorta. What you will find is one of the best movies of last year, a fantastic comedy series, a foreign film you really should see, and further proof that John Cusack is merely slipping into straight-to-dvd oblivion like that damn horse in “The Neverending Story”. Pick one of the six. What the Hell, pick two.
Photo credit: Paramount
One of the best films of 2013 is here in a mildly disappointing Blu-ray given the rumors of four or even Six hour cuts reportedly in the works for release someday. Consequently, this practically movie-only release has the feel of a placeholder, something to put »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Few actors have portrayed a bully quite as convincingly as William Zabka, a.k.a. Billy Zabka. Starting with 1984’s The Karate Kid, in which he played Johnny Lawrence, a headband-wearing rich kid making life a living hell for Ralph Macchio’s pipsqueak underdog, Zabka became Hollywood’s go-to preppy goon, also stealing scenes via pitch-perfect bitchface performances in 1985’s Just One of the Guys and 1986’s Back to School. More recently, the 48-year-old actor has endeared himself to a new generation through small parts in the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine and the long-running TV shows How I Met Your Mother and USA Network’s Psych. With the Himym finale looming, Vulture spoke to Zabka about the burgeoning Zabka renaissance (that he and his Twitter fans are calling the #Zabkatage), his 2004 Oscar nomination, and, of course, the Cobra Kai.How did your role on How I Met Your Mother come about? »
- Bruce Fretts
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
Just about a year ago we heard James Roday from "Psych" was directing a horror comedy called Gravy, and that was it... until now. The Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival is opening with the world premiere of the film on April 1st. And no, it's not an April Fool's joke.
There are a few other horror projects like Borgman and Witching and Bitching scattered among the films screening during the Fccff's April 1-5 run, as well as a new one from renowned animator Bill Plympton, so if you're in or near NYC, check out the lineup below.
After all, who couldn't use a few laughs these days?
From the Press Release:
The Friars Club has announced that the Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (Fccff), to be held the week of April 1‐5, 2014, will open with the World Premiere of Gravy. The festival is a star‐studded celebration »
- Debi Moore
There's been talk that season eight will be the end of Psych. Certainly season eight will have just 10 epsides, the series' smallest episode order to date. Will there be a ninth year or is this the end? Will the ratings impact that decision? Stay tuned!
On Psych, Santa Barbara's favorite faux psychic (James Roday) and his sidekick (Dule Hill) continue to solve cases together. The rest of the cast includes Corbin Bernsen, Kirsten Nelson, Maggie Lawson, and Timothy Omundson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
Final season averages: 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.68 million total viewers.
Note: If »
The CBS relationship pilot “Good Session” has found a loveable singleton.
The single-camera Wbtv project revolves around a seemingly happy couple (“Psych’s” James Roday and an as-yet-to-be-determined actress) who seek therapy when they cannot decide if they should have a baby. Tracey Ullman plays the therapist. “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer is also part of the cast.
Nogueira is repped by Innovative Artists, Gartner/Green Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
- Whitney Friedlander
This week on the couch we have James Roday and Jimmi Simpson watching The Cat o' Nine Tails. James is best known as Shawn Spencer on Psych, which recently wrapped up its eight-year run. He just finished his feature directorial debut, a horror-comedy called Gravy. Jimmi is best known as "that guy who you've seen in everything." Some of his recent projects include House of Cards, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Knights of Badassdom. The Cat o' Nine Tails was only the second film directed by horror auteur Dario Argento. A rather straightforward crime thriller starring Karl Malden as a blind journalist, Cat o' Nine Tails is considered a giallo film, a sort of stylized Italian mystery film that takes its name from the cheap pulp mystery novels of the first half of the 20th century. "Giallo" is Italian for "yellow," and pulp paperbacks originally used cheap, yellow covers. »
- Alyse Wax
It’s appropriately odd that the best series finale to come along in quite a while was not meant to be a series ending episode at all. Last night’s Psych episode “The Breakup” was written to be the eighth season closer, but the word that Psych wouldn’t be renewed came after filming on year eight had wrapped up, so the season finale became the series finale…and it was an excellent one! Longtime Psych fans have little to complain about because Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) went out in style.
Many fans were no doubt worried that the show’s ending wouldn’t live up to the show’s legacy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The hour revolved around Shawn (Roday) trying to find a way to break the news to best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) that he was leaving him and Santa Barbara to go to San Francisco to be with Juliet (Maggie Lawson). In the end, he did it by recording a message on DVD. If you teared up when it first became clear that Gus was watching a disc, you’re not alone. Another great »
- Mandi Bierly
Psych aired its final episode Wednesday night after 8 seasons,“The Break-Up,” in which Shawn agonizes over how to break the news to Gus that he's leaving for San Francisco to be with Juliet.
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) March 26, 2014
Psych Series Finale Recap
Shawn (James Roday) is missing Juliet (Maggie Lawson), who is up in San Francisco, and decides to move there. The problem: he hasn’t told Gus (Dule Hill) and cannot bring himself to do it. Shawn is getting ready to tell Gus at the precinct when they catch a dead body – their last case. Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) knows that something is off, and he gives Shawn advice on how to soften the blow for Gus. He even gives Shawn a rare hug and smile.
While Shawn and Gus struggle »
"Psych" said goodbye with "The Break-Up" Wednesday (March 26), which star Dule Hill tells Zap2it opens up a whole new world for a possible follow-up movie. But after the episode aired, the cast assembled for a live "After Pshow" on USA.
It was adorable to watch the cast members reminisce, but the best part was a game they made the actors play where they had to answer questions about each other to see who got the most votes for various superlatives:
Biggest potty mouth: Tim Omundson
Biggest freak-out over a lost cell phone: Dule Hill ("I'm a Tweet-aholic," says Hill)
"This is happening. This is really happening." After eight seasons, one hundred and twenty episodes, at least one hundred and twenty pineapples and about a thousand delicious snacks, Psych has ended, and we're fairly certain there's not a single dissatisfied Psycho in the land. If you ask us, that was a perfect finale. We could recap the whole glorious thing for you, but that's not something you need right now. Right now, you're probably a bit teary-eyed, sitting there in disbelief, clutching your pineapple pillow to your heart and teetering between happiness and complete devastation that Psych is over and Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) have moved on to better, more San Francisco-y things. You »
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