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Arrow Casts Fringe Vet Kirk Acevedo as Version of DC Villain Richard Dragon

15 August 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fringe alum Kirk Acevedo is set to clash with Arrow, as a version of the DC Comics baddie Richard Dragon.

As reported by our sister site Deadline, Acevedo has been cast as Ricardo Diaz, an ex-con who is set on taking control of Star City’s criminal underworld. Based on DC ComicsRichard Dragon, Diaz is described as a master in hand-to-hand combat.

Previously, Arrow announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that Person of Interest‘s Michael Emerson would recur during Season 6 as a mystery character (perhaps Helix founder Cayden James?).

Acevedo most recently recurred on At&T Audience Network’s Kingdom, »

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‘Kingdom’ and ‘American Gods’ Star Jonathan Tucker Bled for His Art, and That’s Just the Beginning

21 June 2017 11:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When people say they’ll give you everything they’ve got, few mean it the way Jonathan Tucker does. Blood, sweat, and tears only begin to describe what he puts into his work, and he’s literally given all three to “Kingdom” — you can watch him do it.

The sweat and the tears are to be expected when portraying a fighter, as Tucker has done for nearly 40 episodes on the Audience Network original series (now airing and set to end this year). Long before he stole the opening scene of “American Gods,” the young actor from “The Virgin Suicides,” “Sleepers,” “The Black Donnellys” and “Justified,” has embodied the physical and emotional requisites of an impassioned tough guy. He trained every day on the “Kingdom” set’s functioning gym, and he’s wept repeatedly on camera during Jay Kulina’s many vulnerable moments.

But the blood, well, there’s a story there.

Before Tucker gets into sharing why he sought medical advice from a fight choreographer instead of the recommended emergency room doctor, it’s important to know something about Tucker: The man respects his art. No — the man really respects his art.

“We’re storytellers; that’s the reason why our species has succeeded so extraordinarily,” Tucker said in a recent interview. “We’re able to tell and subscribe to stories in a potent and unique way. They’re important for our culture, but also for our species, and we have to take that responsibility seriously as storytellers because these stories mean something to people.”

Read More: ‘Kingdom’ Season 3 Review: Nick Jonas Finishes Strong in a Drama That Deserves More Viewers — and More Time

When you speak to Tucker, either over the phone or on set, he’s relaxed and well-reasoned; he speaks with passion, but he’s not overly indulgent. You get the sense praise given is praise earned, and he’s only willing to exalt his co-workers — especially the crew on “Kingdom.” He sees acting as a “luxury” and feels privileged to be able to hone his skills during downtime on set, while producers, directors, gaffers, lighting technicians, and more crew members handle the real problems.

But it’s not that he’s lazy. Tucker firmly believes in being as prepared as humanly possible before coming to work. “Life is too short for us to warm up,” Tucker said. “You have to do the warm-up on your own. When you come to set, it’s time to put everything on the line.”

Such quotes could sound cliched if he didn’t back them up. For instance — regarding the day he shed more blood than one should for a TV show — he said “I was completely and utterly obsessed with finishing this fight.” And you know he’s serious. He wasn’t there for himself, he was there for the show, for the art, for the story, and they were going to get this scene — even if it meant forever scarring the face that supports his career.

The short version of the story is that Tucker got clocked, hard, right in the face by a real Mma fighter, and he needed stitches before they could finish shooting a pivotal scene. But the long story, which takes a bit of prying to get out of Tucker, is much better.

“In that scene, I was fighting Jay ‘Thoroughbred’ Hieron, who is a terrific Mma star and weights probably 35 to 40 pounds more than I do — at least — because in the story, I was fighting significantly above my weight class,” Tucker said. “In the scene, he picks me up and puts me down on the mat and then he puts me in a position called ‘full mount,’ which means both of his knees are over my shoulders or over the sides of my arms. So he’s fully mounting me, and he comes down with an elbow. He puts that elbow into the ether of the heavens and then drops it right down into my head.”

Tucker blamed “a miscommunication” between himself and Hieron for what happened next.

“He opened my eye up a good three inches — a good gash, but it looked a lot worse than it ultimately ended up being when the stitches went in at Cedar Sinai at one in the morning.”

The “miscommunication” happened before lunch, so why did it take so long for Tucker to get stitches for the bloody gash in his face? He had to finish the fight.

Read More: Giancarlo Esposito is Invisible on ‘Dear White People,’ But It’s His Best Performance of the Year

“I spent all this time rehearsing this scene, and the fight choreography is really what gives our show street credentials for so many of the Mma fans,” Tucker said, again crediting the crew, trainers, and choreographers. But he wanted to help build that legitimacy, too.

“I did not want to go to the hospital. I wanted to finish the scene up,” Tucker said. “They said ‘super glue’ and they super glued my eye closed as much as they could.”

While Tucker did not elaborate on who “they” were, a representative for the series said it was Tucker who refused to leave — knowing how many problems it would cause the production for him to be gone for hours on end — and that he asked the Mma fighters on set what they would do in a real-life fight. One told him he’d use super glue to close the wound, and no one could talk Tucker out of doing just that.

“The problem, though, is that it would pop open from time to time when I was exerting myself physically — the blood flow pops the glue,” Tucker said. “That happened a few times, which was pretty shocking for a few people on our set. [But] it gave me just a bit more information to put into the files for my character and to the show.”

When pressed about whether or not he would have done the same thing for any role, any show, any team of storytellers, Tucker said he doesn’t want to work on projects where he’d feel Ok about “leaving my crew behind.” But first he tried to think of a scenario in which he would’ve left the “Kingdom” set.

“It wasn’t like my leg was broken,” Tucker said, before immediately reconsidering. “Even if my leg was broken, it wasn’t like I was going to lose my arm or something. Having some stitches on my face — as a male [actor] — is not a problem.”

Moreover, Tucker saw the moment as a way to prove to his collaborators how seriously he took his part in the story.

“Everybody knows I’ll literally bleed for this character and their jobs,” he said. “I’ll bleed for this show, just like I’ll ask you guys to make sacrifices on your end. So it was a good thing.”

Yet after all this — all the training, all his physical efforts to bring the production together as a team, and for his complete dedication to earning the respect of the Mma community — these aspects aren’t the most remarkable elements of his onscreen performance. The series is realistic in a way that keeps you from questioning the legitimacy of these fighters, which is exactly the effect Tucker described.

And that allows audiences to marvel at his intimate, honest scenes outside the ring. Much like “Friday Night Lights” wasn’t really about football, “Kingdom” is about the men and women of their sport more than the sport itself. Tucker’s range extends from quiet intensity to open-hearted anguish; from sweat counted in beads to tears rolling like a stream.

For the blood, Tucker has a simple rule to live by:

“Life throws elbows at you, and you’ve got to superglue the wounds together.”

Kingdom” airs new episodes of its final season every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Audience Network. 

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‘Kingdom’ and ‘American Gods’ Star Jonathan Tucker Bled for His Art, and That’s Just the Beginning

21 June 2017 11:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When people say they’ll give you everything they’ve got, few mean it the way Jonathan Tucker does. Blood, sweat, and tears only begin to describe what he puts into his work, and he’s literally given all three to “Kingdom” — you can watch him do it.

The sweat and the tears are to be expected when portraying a fighter, as Tucker has done for nearly 40 episodes on the Audience Network original series (now airing and set to end this year). Long before he stole the opening scene of “American Gods,” the young actor from “The Virgin Suicides,” “Sleepers,” “The Black Donnellys” and “Justified,” has embodied the physical and emotional requisites of an impassioned tough guy. He trained every day on the “Kingdom” set’s functioning gym, and he’s wept repeatedly on camera during Jay Kulina’s many vulnerable moments.

But the blood, well, there’s a story there.

Before Tucker gets into sharing why he sought medical advice from a fight choreographer instead of the recommended emergency room doctor, it’s important to know something about Tucker: The man respects his art. No — the man really respects his art.

“We’re storytellers; that’s the reason why our species has succeeded so extraordinarily,” Tucker said in a recent interview. “We’re able to tell and subscribe to stories in a potent and unique way. They’re important for our culture, but also for our species, and we have to take that responsibility seriously as storytellers because these stories mean something to people.”

Read More: ‘Kingdom’ Season 3 Review: Nick Jonas Finishes Strong in a Drama That Deserves More Viewers — and More Time

When you speak to Tucker, either over the phone or on set, he’s relaxed and well-reasoned; he speaks with passion, but he’s not overly indulgent. You get the sense praise given is praise earned, and he’s only willing to exalt his co-workers — especially the crew on “Kingdom.” He sees acting as a “luxury” and feels privileged to be able to hone his skills during downtime on set, while producers, directors, gaffers, lighting technicians, and more crew members handle the real problems.

But it’s not that he’s lazy. Tucker firmly believes in being as prepared as humanly possible before coming to work. “Life is too short for us to warm up,” Tucker said. “You have to do the warm-up on your own. When you come to set, it’s time to put everything on the line.”

Such quotes could sound cliched if he didn’t back them up. For instance — regarding the day he shed more blood than one should for a TV show — he said “I was completely and utterly obsessed with finishing this fight.” And you know he’s serious. He wasn’t there for himself, he was there for the show, for the art, for the story, and they were going to get this scene — even if it meant forever scarring the face that supports his career.

The short version of the story is that Tucker got clocked, hard, right in the face by a real Mma fighter, and he needed stitches before they could finish shooting a pivotal scene. But the long story, which takes a bit of prying to get out of Tucker, is much better.

“In that scene, I was fighting Jay ‘Thoroughbred’ Hieron, who is a terrific Mma star and weights probably 35 to 40 pounds more than I do — at least — because in the story, I was fighting significantly above my weight class,” Tucker said. “In the scene, he picks me up and puts me down on the mat and then he puts me in a position called ‘full mount,’ which means both of his knees are over my shoulders or over the sides of my arms. So he’s fully mounting me, and he comes down with an elbow. He puts that elbow into the ether of the heavens and then drops it right down into my head.”

Tucker blamed “a miscommunication” between himself and Hieron for what happened next.

“He opened my eye up a good three inches — a good gash, but it looked a lot worse than it ultimately ended up being when the stitches went in at Cedar Sinai at one in the morning.”

The “miscommunication” happened before lunch, so why did it take so long for Tucker to get stitches for the bloody gash in his face? He had to finish the fight.

Read More: Giancarlo Esposito is Invisible on ‘Dear White People,’ But It’s His Best Performance of the Year

“I spent all this time rehearsing this scene, and the fight choreography is really what gives our show street credentials for so many of the Mma fans,” Tucker said, again crediting the crew, trainers, and choreographers. But he wanted to help build that legitimacy, too.

“I did not want to go to the hospital. I wanted to finish the scene up,” Tucker said. “They said ‘super glue’ and they super glued my eye closed as much as they could.”

While Tucker did not elaborate on who “they” were, a representative for the series said it was Tucker who refused to leave — knowing how many problems it would cause the production for him to be gone for hours on end — and that he asked the Mma fighters on set what they would do in a real-life fight. One told him he’d use super glue to close the wound, and no one could talk Tucker out of doing just that.

“The problem, though, is that it would pop open from time to time when I was exerting myself physically — the blood flow pops the glue,” Tucker said. “That happened a few times, which was pretty shocking for a few people on our set. [But] it gave me just a bit more information to put into the files for my character and to the show.”

When pressed about whether or not he would have done the same thing for any role, any show, any team of storytellers, Tucker said he doesn’t want to work on projects where he’d feel Ok about “leaving my crew behind.” But first he tried to think of a scenario in which he would’ve left the “Kingdom” set.

“It wasn’t like my leg was broken,” Tucker said, before immediately reconsidering. “Even if my leg was broken, it wasn’t like I was going to lose my arm or something. Having some stitches on my face — as a male [actor] — is not a problem.”

Moreover, Tucker saw the moment as a way to prove to his collaborators how seriously he took his part in the story.

“Everybody knows I’ll literally bleed for this character and their jobs,” he said. “I’ll bleed for this show, just like I’ll ask you guys to make sacrifices on your end. So it was a good thing.”

Yet after all this — all the training, all his physical efforts to bring the production together as a team, and for his complete dedication to earning the respect of the Mma community — these aspects aren’t the most remarkable elements of his onscreen performance. The series is realistic in a way that keeps you from questioning the legitimacy of these fighters, which is exactly the effect Tucker described.

And that allows audiences to marvel at his intimate, honest scenes outside the ring. Much like “Friday Night Lights” wasn’t really about football, “Kingdom” is about the men and women of their sport more than the sport itself. Tucker’s range extends from quiet intensity to open-hearted anguish; from sweat counted in beads to tears rolling like a stream.

For the blood, Tucker has a simple rule to live by:

“Life throws elbows at you, and you’ve got to superglue the wounds together.”

Kingdom” airs new episodes of its final season every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Audience Network. 

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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to play Lamborghini & Ferrari in new biopic

12 May 2017 12:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, has landed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous car that bears his name, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award® nominee Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, The Postman) has signed on to direct the movie.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group optioned the rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story)”, the biography written by his son Tonino Lamborghini, and are financing and producing a high octane feature biopic on Lamborghini’s extraordinary life.  They tapped Academy Award® winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Donnellys) to write the screenplay for the film.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes. »

- Paul Heath

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‘This Is Us,’ ‘The Comeback,’ ‘thirtysomething’ Panels Added to Atx TV Festival

24 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This Is Us” is coming to Austin. The next round of Atx Television Festival panels have been announced, and they include a “This Is Us” discussion, Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback,” and a “thirtysomething” reunion.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke will join “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, executive producer Ken Olin, and stars Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore for a panel about the biggest success story of the 2016-17 TV season, which recently received a rare two-season renewal.

On the reunion side, “thirtysomething” cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon — many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air and have gone on to direct and produce several other series over the years — will be getting together to mark the 30th anniversary of the series.

Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” is getting the reunion treatment as well. Co-creator »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

3 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

3 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

Read More: ‘Puppy Bowl’: Adoptions, »

- Ben Travers

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Atx Television Festival Sets ‘Alias’ Writers Reunion, Adds ‘Sweet/Vicious’ and ‘Being Mary Jane’ Creators as Panelists

3 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The sixth annual Atx Television Festival has added a second batch of panels and events to the 2017 fest.

Alias” die-hards can get their fill of stories from the writers of the best spy show of the 2000s, as the organizers are bringing together “Alias” scribes Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum for a writers’ room reunion. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Atx’s annual tradition of hosting a community screening, open to badgeholders and non-badgeholders alike, will this year feature “Parks and Recreation,” and take place the evening of Friday, June 9, at Hotel San Jose. The event will include live music, food and drink from Jo’s Coffee and other local vendors, and additional activities inspired by Pawnee’s annual “Harvest Festival.”

Creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”) will join this year’s line-up as first-time panelists, along »

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Warren Leight, Paul Haggis Medical Series Nabs Pilot Order at NBC

27 January 2017 4:01 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has given a pilot order to a medical drama from former “Law & Order: Svu” showrunner Warren Leight, Variety has learned.

Formerly titled “Salvation,” the untitled hourlong drama pilot will be executive produced Paul Haggis, and directed by Charles McDougall.

The drama is explained as a “real-time extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.

Sony Television is producing the pilot, marking the first major outing for Leight under his deal with the studio. In March 2015, the writer/producer/playwright inked a multi-year pact to develop new projects with Sony TV. He departed “Svu” after the 2015-2016 television season.

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