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Holly Hunter Explains Why It Took Her So Long to Return to Movies — Hamptons Film Festival

Holly Hunter Explains Why It Took Her So Long to Return to Movies — Hamptons Film Festival
Holly Hunter’s career is so vast and sprawling that chances are even her biggest fans have turned a blind eye to one or two of her greatest roles. Love “The Piano” and “Raising Arizona” but have never seen an episode of “Saving Grace”? Did you forget she did voice work in “The Incredibles”? Don’t worry, with Holly Hunter, these things happen to the best of us.

Luckily, the award-winning actress recently had an hour to speak at the Hamptons International Film Festival, wherein she handily reminded us of all the (many) highlights of her career. She was at the festival promoting her latest turn in “Strange Weather,” the newest Katherine Diekmann-directed indie that deals with the struggle of profound loss in a trying time, a theme especially prevalent throughout the films at Hiff.

Here are four takeaways from Hunter’s talk.

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24: Legacy Casts Bailey Chase as CTU's Head of Field Operations

24: Legacy Casts Bailey Chase as CTU's Head of Field Operations
File this under “Things That Amazingly Haven’t Happened Already”: Longmire alum Bailey Chase has been cast as a CTU agent on Fox’s upcoming 24 revival.

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Premiering in February 2017 after the Super Bowl, 24: Legacy stars Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead) as Eric Carter, a former Army Ranger who, upon returning to the U.S., turns to the CTU for help in stopping what could potentially be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

According to our sister site Deadline, Chase will recur as Locke,
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Toronto: Holly Hunter Just Gave One of the Best Performances of Her Career

Toronto: Holly Hunter Just Gave One of the Best Performances of Her Career
Holly Hunter is worried you can’t hear her.

“The reception in the place I’m staying is really terrible, so we’ll just have to figure this out together,” says the Oscar-winner (“The Piano”).

But her voice — slightly flinty, a little smokey, distinctly Southern, and so uniquely her own — comes through strong. This is a woman who will not be undone by spotty signals or dropped calls.

And her indomitability is deserved. After all, Hunter has just delivered one of her richest, most lived-in performances, playing a mother struggling to come to terms with her son’s suicide in “Strange Weather,” which premieres next week at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. In it, she’s sexy, willful, and admirably, at times, infuriatingly self-possessed. The kind of woman who pulls on a Marlboro while sitting next to a no smoking sign. It was a part she jumped at and one
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‘The Blacklist’ Adds Leon Rippy; Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘Empire’

Saving Grace alum Leon Rippy has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of NBC’s hit drama series The Blacklist. Rippy will play Hunter, a mysterious survivalist who stumbles upon a secret that will have dire consequences. He's an enigmatic character whose unhinged behavior makes him hard to pin down as friend or foe. Rippy, who starred in HBO’s Deadwood, most recently was seen on Hulu miniseries 11.22.63. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency. The Cosby…
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13 Reasons Why: Selena Gomez Netflix Series Casts Lost Alum

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Goosebumps' Dylan Minnette has been cast as Clay in the 13 Reasons Why TV show at Netflix. Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, the series comes from from producer Selena Gomez, writer-creator Brian Yorkey, director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content, and Paramount TV. Fans of the Lost TV series on ABC will recognize Minnette as Jack Shephard's son with Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) -- David Shephard -- in the "sideways" reality of the sixth and final season. His other TV series work includes Scandal, Agents of Shield, Awake, and Saving Grace.

Katherine Langford, a new Australian actress, has been cast in the role of Hannah Baker -- she of the 13 reasons. The 13 Reasons Why TV series cast also includes: Brandon Flynn, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Devin Druid, Miles Heizer, and Ross
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Emmy Awards: In Praise of Supporting Actors Who Stand Out From the Crowd

Emmy Awards: In Praise of Supporting Actors Who Stand Out From the Crowd
Showtime recently announced its remake of “Twin Peaks” will include a cast of 217 actors. I pity whoever has to assemble that call sheet.

It’s hard enough these days for shows to stand out from the pack. Best of luck to the actors. The larger the cast, the harder it is for an actor to get any attention. And this year’s supporting actor and actress races are shaping up to be even more competitive than many of the lead races.

With A-list talent flocking to TV, the rise of the star-studded ensemble has certainly benefited TV fans, who get to see an incredible caliber of talent in choice roles. But what’s even more satisfying — and surprising — are the breakout performances from those names you might never have heard of before.

Take FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” It’s one of the best-reviewed
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis This Weekend– Great Line-Up of Guests!

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor
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Fated: NBC Develops College Sex Scandal Drama

Jessica Mecklenburg, writer and supervising producer on ABC's cancelled drama, Resurrection, is developing a new college sex scandal TV series, Fated at NBC. According to Deadline, the plot of Fated, "...revolves around two brothers at the top of their game — one the president of a Texas university and the other the revered football coach — and the sex scandal that threatens to unravel their family legacy."

Mecklenburg, who has previously worked on Bet's Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union, and cancelled TV series such as TNT's Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter, and ABC's Brothers and Sisters, started out as a producer's assistant on HBO's Carnivàle.

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TVLine Items: Longmire Alum Joins Twin Peaks, New Silicon Hire and More

TVLine Items: Longmire Alum Joins Twin Peaks, New Silicon Hire and More
Longmire alum Bailey Chase is having a really productive Monday.

The actor has landed recurring roles on Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival and Grimm‘s current season, according to our sister site Deadline.

RelatedTwin Peaks Revival Pushed to 2017

Details of Chase’s Twin Peaks role are, of course, being kept under wraps. On Grimm, he will play Lucien Petrovich, the leader of a Wesen revolutionary group.

In addition to Longmire, where he played Branch Connally (Rip!), Chase’s TV credits include Chicago P.D., Damages and Saving Grace.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Erin Breen
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TV Directors and Diversity: The Helmers Speak Out

TV Directors and Diversity: The Helmers Speak Out
For an in-depth story on the quest to diversify the ranks of television directors, Variety spoke with dozens of industry professionals and is posting transcripts of a selection of those interviews. Below are excerpts from an array of interviews done with directors working in television. (Here are links to the entire series of interviews related to the story on directors and diversity.)

As a point of reference, here is a DGA study on first-time TV directors, and here are the overall DGA statistics for three recent television seasons the guild tracked:

Stats covering the 2010-2011 season

Total episodes shot: 2,900+

Episodes directed by white men: 72 percent

Episodes directed by white women: 11 percent

Episodes directed by non-white men: 14 percent

Episodes directed by non-white women: 3 percent

Stats covering the 2012-2013 season

Total episodes shot: 3,300+

Episodes directed by white men: 72 percent

Episodes directed by white women: 12 percent

Episodes directed by non-white men: 14 percent

Episodes
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Scorpion, Quantico, Major Crimes, Castle, Blindspot, Supergirl and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Scorpion, Quantico, Major Crimes, Castle, Blindspot, Supergirl and More
Can someone make sense of the Once Upon a Time and Castle schedules? Which Scorpion secret shall be revealed? Will the Sleepy sisters enjoy some sibling revelry? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

I hope you can clarify: I thought Once Upon a Time Episode 510 was supposed to be finale before hiatus, and 511 (the 100th episode) was the spring premiere? —Katrina

Clarify, I shall! Or rather, co-creator Adam Horowitz shall. He told me that Episode 10, titled “Broken Heart,
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Melina Kanakaredes To Topline & Produce Drama Series For Dynamic Television

CSI: NY alumna Melina Kanakaredes is attached to star in a new drama series project, which she also is co-writing and executive producing with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charlie Parlapanides. The series, Stolen For Good, is for indie production company Dynamic Television. The project, which has Saving Grace creator Nancy Miller on board as executive producer/showrunner, centers on the mysterious “Hermes Thief” (Kanakaredes), a renowned international thief whose true…
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Amazon Studios Greenlights Second Seasons of Four Original Kids Series

They’ve proven to be among the most popular kids series on Prime Instant Video, and all four of them were recently honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Today Amazon announced that it has greenlit second seasons of its hit kids series: Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and recent Annie Award winner Tumble Leaf.

Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy, Annedroids and Gortimer have all experienced a tremendous response from our customers and we’re excited to bring them back for another season,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios. “Working with such remarkably talented and impactful creators in both the preschool and kids six to 11 space, it’s exciting to see where the storylines and characters will take us for another season.”

Annecy International Festival and Annie award-winning series Tumble Leaf was created by Drew Hodges (Saturday Night Live, Community) and executive produced
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Bravo Renews ‘Flipping Out,’ ‘Married to Medicine’ and ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’

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Bravo Renews ‘Flipping Out,’ ‘Married to Medicine’ and ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’
Drama, drama, drama: Bravo Media has renewed “Flipping Out,” “Married to Medicine,” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County” (pictured above). It also set the premiere date for its second original scripted series, “Odd Mom Out,” which will debut on Monday, June 8.

Additionally, the cable channel set return dates for “Shahs of Sunset” (March 2), “Newlyweds: The First Year” (March 10), “Southern Charm” (March 9), and “Million Dollar Listing New York” (April 8), it revealed Thursday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Finally, Bravo is developing “The One” from executive producer Charlize Theron, which was previously announced on Thursday under the terms
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Productions

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Charlize Theron is in business with Universal Cable Productions.

The actress/producer has aligned herself with Ucp via a new first-look deal through her Denver and Delilah production banner, Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday.

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Under the deal, Theron and Ucp are already working on projects for USA Network, Bravo, NBC and Amazon, Wachtel noted.

Along with the new Ucp deal, Denver and Delilah has hired former Epix
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.

Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.
Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah production banner has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods. to develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks.

The company has four projects percolating at NBC, USA, Bravo and Amazon.

The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, at Thursday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

Laverne McKinnon has also joined Denver & Delilah as head of scripted television. McKinnon was formerly exec VP of original programming and development at Epix and senior VP of drama development at CBS.

The pact marks Ucp’s growth in diversified programming development, under the direction of exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead.

“I had the pleasure of working with Charlize recently and was determined to keep working with her once I joined Universal Cable Productions,” said Olmstead. “I’m thrilled that Laverne has joined forces with them.
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Is Television 'A Woman's Medium'?

After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."

Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."

Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?

Actually, you could argue that television has
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Amazon Debuts Its Five New Pilots: Watch the Trailer, Watch Them Now

Amazon Debuts Its Five New Pilots: Watch the Trailer, Watch Them Now
Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).

This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the
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Time to Help Choose the Next Series: 5 New Pilots Premiere August 28th

Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.

“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.

You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows.
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Amazon to Preview Pilots Starring Ron Perlman, Chloe Sevigny and Others

Amazon to Preview Pilots Starring Ron Perlman, Chloe Sevigny and Others
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).

This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)

Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama,
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