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Hulu’s new limited series 11.22.63 (premiering Monday, and airing weekly) goes one better – fashioning that circle out of polypropylene mesh, stretching it over a steel frame and turning time into a terrifically taut, fantastically fun trampoline.
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When Stephen King first got the idea for a story about a time-traveler trying to save JFK, he was a 24-year-old high school English teacher living in a double-wide trailer and couldn't find anyone to publish his writings outside of cheap Playboy knockoffs like Gent and Cavalier. It would take 40 years for the author to finally publish what would ultimately become the 849-page book 11/22/63 — but it was worth the long wait. The what-if novel sold by the millions and The New York Times named it one of the five best »
Grammy-winning singer Seal has been cast to play Pontius Pilate in Fox’s upcoming musical event “The Passion,” the network announced Thursday.
Seal joins previously announced host and narrator Tyler Perry, and cast members Jencarlos Canela (Jesus Christ), Chris Daughtry (Judas), Prince Royce (the disciple Peter) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus). Peter Barsocchini’s take on “The Passion” tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of contemporary popular music, sung by the cast, and arranged by executive producer and music producer Adam Anders. Set in modern day, the event will follow Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, »
- Laura Prudom
There's a new face coming to The Walking Dead. E! News has learned Alicia Witt will join AMC's zombie apocalypse drama. "Proud & overjoyed to get to announce to you today: I'm joining one of the greatest shows ever made," she tweeted. "#TheWalkingDead! @WalkingDead_AMC #Twd" Details about her mysterious role are being kept under wraps. Witt, whose other TV roles include Friday Night Lights and Justified, will also appear on Nashville. On the ABC series, she'll play Autumn, a country music star who's paid her dues. Witt shot to fame for her work on Cybill and later popped up on many TV shows including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Two and a Half Men and Ally »
NBC has ordered a pilot for a sequel series to the beloved Nineties teen romance, Cruel Intentions, Variety reports.
The Cruel Intentions pilot will center around Bash Casey, the teenage son of Reese Witherspoon's Annette Hargrove and Ryan Phillippe's Sebastian Valmont, ostensibly conceived before the latter's untimely death. Bash discovers his late father's infamous journal »
Written and directed by Alex and Andrew Smith, who teamed on Ryan Gosling sports drama The Slaughter Rule (2002) and Winter In The Blood (2010), in Walking Out Wiggins plays a city teen who travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father only for the strained trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.
Producers are Brunson Green of Harbinger Pictures and Laura Ivey of Co-Op Entertainment, with cooperation from the State of Montana’s Big Sky Film Grant. The Salt Company is handling international sales and will introduce the project at the upcoming Efm.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
If you've seen writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's work before — the handful of films and half-dozen one-acts and plays he's penned to date — you understand why he's racked up numerous theater awards, Oscar nods and a Pulitzer nomination. And if you're lucky enough to meet Lonergan, you'll understand where that singular voice comes from. Sitting in a crowded Sundance Film Festival lodge off of Main Street, the shaggy, bespectacled 53-year-old director of You Can Count on Me and Margaret acts like a Kenneth Lonergan character.acts like a Kenneth Lonergan character. »
A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama, Bates Motel starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.” From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. -Freddie Highmore is writing this season and Nestor Carbonell is directing alongside Carlton and Kerry. – Additionally, Vera and Freddie to talk about their mother/son relationship, Freddie as the real-life god-father to one of her kids, his career from “Charlie and the
Bates Model Season 4 Spoilers: Norman’s Deranged Descent Into Madness »
- Nat Berman
Imagine Entertainment, the production powerhouse led by longtime partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is poised for a significant expansion, powered by a $100 million-plus investment from the Raine Group under a new partnership agreement, according to multiple sources familiar with the impending deal.
The arrangement anticipates building Imagine into a major media player with other investors as part of the transaction, said two individuals familiar with the pact. The deal has yet to be signed but is just days away from being finalized.
Raine, the 6-year-old New York merchant bank, has ready access to capital and myriad potential partners. While the new allies have no current acquisition targets, they will scout out other media assets for acquisition on an opportunistic basis. In the near term, the $100 million infusion will help Imagine generate new film and television projects.
The new partnership will leave producer Grazer, 64, and director Howard, 61, atop the company they founded 30 years ago, »
- James Rainey
Bates Motel reopens for business on Monday, March 7th, and ahead of the season 4 premiere, A&E Network revealed key artwork for the series. Also in this round-up: a teaser video for Ava's Possessions and a look at several photos from Hotel Inferno.
Bates Motel: From the previous press release: "A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama, “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.” From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. Directly following “Bates Motel” will be the series premiere of the original scripted drama, “Damien,” a continuation of the classic horror film, The Omen from executive producer Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”). Both series will premiere on Monday, »
- Tamika Jones
London — “11.22.63,” the event series thriller from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and Bridget Carpenter, will premiere in select European territories this spring exclusively on Fox, it was announced Monday by Fox Networks Group Europe.
The deal with Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution secures exclusive first-run linear and non-linear rights for Fox pay TV channels in 18 European markets, including Bulgaria, Flemish-speaking Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.
The nine-hour series, which is based on King’s 2011 novel, is executive produced and written by Bridget Carpenter (“The Red Road,” “Parenthood,” Friday Night Lights.” Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” “State Of Play”) directs and serves as executive producer for the two-hour series premiere.
James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high-school teacher at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. »
- Leo Barraclough
A sensitive look at a man's long goodbye to his dying mother, Chris Kelly's Other People understands that even primal grief and fear can't always squeeze out mundane self-obsession. Ably playing the loving son, a comedy writer quietly worrying that his life is falling apart even without having Mom's cancer in the picture, Jesse Plemons delivers on the promise he has shown in so many supporting roles since his Friday Night Lights breakthrough; Molly Shannon, making a terminally-ill two-fer after last year's similarly themed Sundance gem Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, shoulders a heavy dramatic
- John DeFore
Stan and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution have confirmed an extension of their licensing agreement that will bring the Australian premiere of 11.22.63 to Stan on February 16 within hours of its Us debut.
The eight-part limited series follows Jake Epping (James Franco), an ordinary high school teacher who is presented with the unthinkable mission of travelling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Jake is willing to live in the past in order to solve perhaps the greatest mystery of the 20th century: who killed JFK, and could it have been stopped?.
Based on Stephen King.s 2011 novel, 11.22.63 features James Franco, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Gadon as well as Aussie stars Lucy Fry (Stan's upcoming Wolf Creek original series) and Daniel Webber (Home and Away)..
- Inside Film Correspondent
After a whirlwind year in which she came out, debuted her own reality show on E! and won an Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Caitlyn Jenner is writing a memoir about her journey from Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner to becoming the most famous transgender woman in the world. She will work with the help of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger, who also wrote the July Vanity Fair article which first introduced the world to Caitlyn. Grand Central Publishing is hoping to release the book in the spring of 2017. Also Read: Caitlyn Jenner Wants 'I Am Cait »
- Itay Hod
Caitlyn Jenner is following her tell-all E! docuseries with a tell-all memoir.
The former Olympian is teaming up with Grand Central Publishing and Buzz Bissinger to reveal her full story. Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist behind the “Friday Night Lights” book, also wrote the iconic Vanity Fair cover story about Jenner’s transition from male to female. The book hits newsstands in the spring of 2017.
“Things have been moving so quickly that it will be nice to slow things down a bit and take the proper time to reflect on this journey,” Jenner said. “I couldn’t pick a better team, in Grand Central and Buzz, to make sure this story is told with a lot of honesty and care.”
“I elected to do this with Caitlyn because of the opportunity to create a book that will be riveting, important, and reveal all the complexities and twists and turns of »
- Jacob Bryant
Caitlyn Jenner's well-choreographed transformation into the most famous trans woman in America hits another milestone: the memoir. The New York Times reports that Jenner is writing a memoir with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Buzz Bissinger, author of the beloved nonfiction book Friday Night Lights. Bissinger also wrote the Vanity Fair cover story where Jenner publicly came out as a trans woman, and came to bond with her through his own non-normative gender practices. “I’ve also been open about cross-dressing and certain aspects of gender fluidity, and that created a bond,” said Bissinger. While the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, won't disclose the figures, industry executives are speculating the number is a "high seven-figure or low eight-figure sum." Bissinger plans to cover Jenner's entire life thus far, including interviews with other people, from her childhood as Bruce Jenner to her rise as an Olympic athlete and then reality-television star. The »
- E. Alex Jung
A new promo video for A&E's Bates Motel travels through the shower drain ahead of the season four premiere on March 7th:
From the previous press release: A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama, “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.” From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. Directly following “Bates Motel” will be the series premiere of the original scripted drama, “Damien,” a continuation of the classic horror film, The Omen from executive producer Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”). Both series will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9Pm and10PM Et/Pt respectively on A&E.
“Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, »
- Derek Anderson
Though 2015 brought an absurd bounty of great television, not to mention the proclamation that we had entered the era of #PeakTV, there’s absolutely no reason to think that 2016 will let up. At all. In the first few months of the year alone, there are a whole host of great returning series gearing back up, as well as a wide variety of new ones. There are so many, in fact, that it took some difficulty to narrow them down to under 30. But here we are.
So please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list – for those so inclined, by all means, get excited for Legends of Tomorrow, American Crime Story, The Magicians, Lucifer, and, sure, why not, Fuller House. The list below are just a few that seemed, for one reason or another, to be especially noteworthy. (In at least one instance, “noteworthy” is not necessarily a compliment. »
- Simon Howell
Bates Motel and Damien are coming to A&E this spring, and now the network has set the premiere dates for both series. Bates Motel is entering its fourth season, and Damien is a new series that is following the life of the grown-up Damien from the The Omen.
Both series will premiere on March 7 on A&E. Read more about the return of both series below.
A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama, "Bates Motel," starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy nominated role as "Norma Bates" alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as "Norman." From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") and Carlton Cuse ("Lost, "The Strain"), this season will showcase Norman's deranged descent into madness. Directly following "Bates Motel" will be the series premiere of the original scripted drama, "Damien," a continuation of the »
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