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Set in Miami, Ballers is a half-hour dramedy centered on a group of current and former professional football players, as well as their families, friends, and handlers. The series goes beyond the game and explores not only the challenges that current players face, but also takes a behind-the-scenes, real look into their lives both on and off the field.
Created by Steve Levinson (Entourage) and produced by Mark Wahlberg (Entourage) among others, the pilot is directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Leftovers). Dwayne Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired pro-football player, who is now struggling in his new career as a financial advisor. In his new role, he tries to advise his NFL friends financially and professionally, but identifies with the trials they »
- Gary Collinson
Charles Manson: Murderous mastermind, ’60s icon and… aspiring folk star?
That’s just one of the historical nuggets revealed in Aquarius, NBC’s new period drama that chronicles the lead-up to the horrific killings perpetrated by Manson’s followers in 1969. In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you thought of the two-hour premiere. But first, a quick recap:
There’s something about working with the ’60s as an era that gives a kind of open license to wander aimlessly through more themes than any plot really warrants. Aquarius, NBC’s short-run drama, has decided to kick that up a notch by having its plot actually be an aimless wandering through all of the decades themes, with Charles Manson as a kind of pseudo-figurehead of the ills of the times (and creepy boogeymen in general… or something).
David Duchovny stars as Sam Hodiak, a veteran and police detective from a time when you could knock a guy around a bit in a bathroom, and it didn’t really matter who his father was.
When an old flame calls to tell him that her 16-year-old daughter has gone missing, he looks into it. Said daughter, Emma (Emma Karn), snuck out to a party, and then met a young Charles Manson. »
- Marc Eastman
In NBC's 1960s-set thriller, Aquarius, Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) plays Charles Manson, and with Aquarius premiering tonight, we participated in an interview call with Anthony, who discussed portraying Manson, working with David Duchovny, and more.
Anthony on what drew him to the series and the role of Charles Manson:
Gethin Anthony: My first and strongest reaction to reading the script from a Saturday morning back in London last year was I got really strong reactions to the authenticity of the dialogue that had been written for the Manson character and the characters around him in that world. I was aware somewhat of that era of history in U.S. history, but [John McNamara's] dialogue was really authentic and it made me want to dig deeper into understanding the late ’60s. [That] they could have the courage to make a show about such sensitive subject matter with authenticity excites me.
- Derek Anderson
The main focus of the show will be Kim Dickins' guidance counsellor Nancy, and Cliff Curtis as divorced teacher Sean Cabrera. The first six-episode season is set to air sometime this Summer with a second expected to follow in 2016. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey will also star, with Adam Davidson (Friday Night Lights, Fringe) directing the pilot. Robert Kirkman has confirmed that the series will start out as a prequel and deal with events leading up to the outbreak, but will eventually catch up to the current timeline of The Walking Dead. »
In "Aquarius," David Duchovny plays an La cop in 1967 with old-school hair and old-school values. Asked to find a teenage girl who has vanished into the city's hippie underbelly, he reluctantly teams with a shaggy-haired young cop with crazy new ideas about civil liberties and equality. Very quickly, then, the series sets itself up as an ideological clash between the veteran and the rookie, even as they collaborate to find the girl and potentially put a charge on the charismatic guy named Charles Manson who has her under his sway. The generation gap on the show is pretty stock stuff, unfortunately. Far more interesting, if not creatively successful, is the way that "Aquarius" itself is caught between multiple generations of television at once, attempting to function simultaneously as a broadcast network drama, an edgier cable-style show, and something designed to be binged like it was being released by Netflix or Amazon. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Official photos of the cast and premiere of NBC's new series, Aquarius premiering on Thursday, May 28 at 9pm on NBC.
Synopsis: Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, Californication, The X-Files), a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he's now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago.
So when Emma Karn (Emma Dumont, Salvation, Bunheads), the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, True Blood, Friday Night Lights) - a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who's been allowed to grow his hair out - to infiltrate this new counterculture and find her.
Cruise is portraying Barry Seal, a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy — and always surprising.”
Variety reported last month that Domhnall Gleeson (“Unbroken”) had been cast opposite Cruise and Sarah Wright in “Mena.” E. Roger Mitchell (“Selma”), Lola Kirke and Alejandro Edda have also joined the cast. »
- Dave McNary
Google “Manson Family murders,” and — actually, on second thought, don’t.
Not because you’ll find horrifically gory photos, or because you’ll be reminded of one of the most terrible home invasions/murders in American history — though both of those are true.
The main reason the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and seven others, perpetrated by Charles Manson and a gang of devoted followers, will mess with you is because the crimes made no sense whatsoever, Aquarius star Grey Damon says.
Using the Manson Family two years before the Tate-labianca murders as a portal into 1960s counterculture, “Aquarius” is actually pretty groovy — a bit like a poor man’s “La Confidential” in its revisionist look at the Lapd in a tumultuous earlier time. That makes NBC’s handling of this David Duchovny vehicle puzzling: In making all the episodes available online after its premier, it’s either an interesting experiment, charitably speaking, or an unceremonious dumping of a project whose prospects are, admittedly, uncertain. While the dawning of “Aquarius” is hardly revolutionary, the show does kick off summer with a provocative, cable-like gamble.
Duchovny plays Sam Hodiak, a World War II vet and Lapd homicide detective, asked by a former girlfriend (Michaela McManus) to help find her missing 16-year-old daughter, Emma (Emma Dumont). The girl, it turns out, has been taken by, and soon falls under the spell of, Charles Manson »
- Brian Lowry
The very first shot of NBC’s ’60s drama Aquarius, which premieres Thursday (9/8c), is of Emma Dumont‘s innocent face. When you see it, memorize it — because when her character comes into serial killer Charles Manson’s orbit a few scenes later, that innocence is gone forever.
“Everything that happens to her is so new and shocking and intense,” Dumont says of her alter ego, who also happens to be named Emma. The similarities end there. “She is very different from any role I’ve played before, in that she’s a lot younger than I am, and she »
Congratulations are in order for Scott Porter! The Friday Night Lights and Hart of Dixie alum welcomed his first son with wife Kelsey Mayfield Saturday evening. "After a 44 Hour odyssey, #HousePorter has a new heir!" he shared on Twitter. "Mommy and baby boy are both healthy and resting! Thank you all for the positive light!" He would later share the first photo of baby McCoy Lee Porter who was born at 8 lbs., 5 oz. and 20.5 inches long. "#ReadyForMyCloseUp," Scott wrote with a clear view of his baby's face. "#BabyBoyMcCoy." News of the couple's pregnancy first broke in February after they attended the Jupiter Ascending premiere in Hollywood to support their »
Jason Street's a dad… again! Friday Night Lights actor Scott Porter welcomed his first son (in real life) with wife Kelsey Mayfield on Saturday, May 23. The TV star, 35, tweeted the intensive labor process, which started on Friday, May 22. "And...it's go time," he wrote, later adding, "30 hours in. My wife is a Gladiator in the ring! I am astounded by her fight. A long road to go, no meds at all. Prayers for strength!" Finally on Saturday, Porter took to Twitter to report the good [...] »
With Disney's Tomorrowland opening in cinemas across the country today (May 22), here are 11 facts about the actress which you perhaps didn't know.
1. Britt comes from a Big family.
Brittany Leanna Robertson is the oldest of seven children - talk about sibling rivalries! With three half-siblings on her mum's side and three on her dad's side, growing up in the Robertson family sounds like it could have been quite hectic. No wonder Britt moved out at 14, to search for her fame in Hollywood.
2. She acts way younger than her age.
Pardon the cliché, but in Tomorrowland, Britt literally does act younger than her age, playing a 15-year-old character despite actually being 25.
Speaking about the drastic age difference, she said: "If I can play 15 when I am »
Based on King’s best-selling novel, 11/22/63 follows Franco’s Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He finds his mission threatened by love, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald (Aussie actor Daniel Webber), and the past »
I gotta be honest, the words "mining drama" don't exactly inspire a whole lot of excitement in me. That said, this cast does, so I guess I'll just have to put on my construction helmet and see where "Gold" goes. Michelle Williams has joined Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming movie. A project once eyed by Michael Mann and Spike Lee, Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana") is now helming the "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"-esque tale about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation scandal, penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Friday Night Lights"). Production begins in June, and this marks Williams' third movie in a row this year. She has already wrapped Kelly Reichardt's new, untitled movie and Kenneth Lonergan's "Machester-By-The-Sea." So a lot of things to look forward to in 2016 for fans of Williams. [Variety] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
AMC's Fear The Walking Dead has added some more potential zombie fodder in the form of Chuck actress Mercedes Mason. Though her exact role is unknown at this time, she's down as a series regular along with last week's new addition, Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black.) The main focus of the show will be Kim Dickins' guidance counsellor Nancy, and Cliff Curtis as divorced teacher Sean Cabrera. The first six-episode season is set to air sometime this Summer with a second expected to follow in 2016. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey will also star, with Adam Davidson (Friday Night Lights, Fringe) directing the pilot. Robert Kirkman has confirmed that the series will start out as a prequel and deal with events leading up to the outbreak, but will eventually catch up to the current timeline of The Walking Dead. »
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are proud to reveal the voice talent behind some of the most notable characters in Batman: Arkham Knight. Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) joins the cast as James Gordon. Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga) plays Barbara Gordon. John Noble (Sleepy Hollow, Fringe) brings his talents as Scarecrow. Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, Hart of Dixie) provides the voice behind Nightwing. Banks, Greene, Noble and Porter join an ensemble cast that includes fan-favorites Kevin Conroy, who returns as Batman; TTara Strong as Harley Quinn; Troy Baker as Two-Face and Nolan North as Penguin.
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces the »
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