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Gabriel Byrne, star of History's Vikings and formerly of HBO's In Treatment, gave an extended interview where he discussed the current make-up of the Catholic Church, the "corporate paymasters" who hold power in government and his disillusionment with politics. "Where issues used to be, say, parochial or local in Ireland or England and so forth, all politics is global now because all business is global," the actor said to longtime friend Michael Des Barres on his syndicated radio show. "And corporations are the new dictators. Whereas before the dictators had a face -- whether it was Stalin or Hitler or Genghis Khan or whoever -- now the
- THR Staff
Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver are two of the most fascinating young actors working right now, and both have HBO to credit for their success. Wasikowska burst into the spotlight with Alice in Wonderland but had already gotten rave reviews for her striking turn on In Treatment, as suicidal gymnast Sophie. Meanwhile, Driver is the most electric part of the young adult ensemble on HBO’s Girls. His role as the ill-mannered but intelligent Adam Sackler is a constant, awkward delight. Wasikowska and Driver will be seen on the big screen in Tracks and the trailer for John Curran’s autobiographical adventure drama is now online.
Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who decided to walk through 1,700 miles worth of Australian desert to reach the Indian ocean, accompanied by camels and a dog. Wasikowska plays Davidson and Driver is Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer who »
- Jordan Adler
Exclusive: Universal Pictures and producer Scott Stuber have set Sarah Treem to adapt Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year Of Living With Joy, the memoir by Susan Spencer-Wendel and Bret Witter that the studio bought in a seven-figure deal in June 2012. This was after the book landed a $2.3 million publishing deal from HarperCollins, back when the working title was Breathe Deeply. This is the memoir by Spencer-Wendel of facing her mortality as Als begins to take a toll on her. Treem’s recent credits include HBO’s In Treatment, Netflix’s House Of Cards and the Showtime pilot The Affair. Spencer-Wendel is a longtime court reporter for the Palm Beach Post who, at age 44, was diagnosed with Als, the degenerative ailment most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease that destroys the nerves that power muscles including the lungs. The book and movie action came from a Wall Street Journal article written about her illness. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Oh no! A car registered under Jake’s name was reportedly involved in a strange hit-and-run on Nov. 19.
A 2010 Audi that is registered to Jake T. Austin, 18, hit three parked cars around 3 a.m. in Sherman Oaks, Calif, causing “major damage,” TMZ reported. Read on for more details!
Jake T. Austin Reportedly Involved In Car Crash
Jake, who formerly starred on The Wizards of Waverly Place as Max Russo, reportedly wasn’t at the scene when his Audi crashed into three parked cars on the street. It also isn’t known if he was driving the car when it crashed.
After the Audi hit the other cars, someone inside the vehicle threw a bottle of vodka at a nearby building, and the driver and passengers called a car service to get them before police arrived, witnesses told the outlet. They described one person who was in the car as a white male with dark hair. »
- Ivy Jacobson
While we have been a bit reluctant about Fox’s Broadchurch remake, we might just be warming up to the idea now we know who will be joining David Tennant. It was announced today that Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and double Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver has signed up to co-star in Gracepoint.
Anna Gunn will be stepping in Olivia Colman’s shoes and playing Ellie Miller. In case you missed the ITV crime show (and if you did – What?) Detective Ellie Miller is a happily married wife and mother who finds herself in the running of getting a promotion, but instead it goes to an outsider (Tennant). There is no time to be angry, as the pair have to solve a murder case together, and Ellie finds herself looking at the suspects in her hometown. It has also been revealed that Jacki Weaver will be playing Susan Wright, originally played by Pauline Quirke. »
- Lucy Cave
Gunn will play one of the lead roles in Detective Ellie Miller, a life-long resident of Gracepoint, a tranquil beach town that's thrown into turmoil when a young boy is killed. Olivia Colman played the same role on "Broadchurch."
"Gracepoint" will also star David Tennant, who will essentially reprise his role from "Broadchurch" as the troubled lead investigator on the case. "Broadchurch" creator Chris Chibnall is executive producing the remake, while "In Treatment" veterans Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman will serve as showrunners. The miniseries is scheduled to air during the 2014-15 season. »
Fox snagged not one but two high-profile actresses to join its Broadchurch remake.
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) will star in the newly dubbed Gracepoint, the network’s remake of the popular British TV drama. Gunn will play Det. Ellie Miller while Weaver will take over the role of Susan Wright.
- Lynette Rice
Related | 2014 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s on the Bubble?
Gunn will play Detective Ellie Miller, a happily married wife and mother who works as a police detective in the sleepy seaside town of Gracepoint. When a promotion she was »
- Michael Ausiello
Skyler White haters are going to want to avoid Fox’s event series, “Gracepoint.” Same for whoever could possibly dislike Jacki Weaver. Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) and two-time Academy Award nominee Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) have been cast in the crime show, playing the roles of Detective Ellie Miller and Susan Wright, respectively. Dan Futterman (Academy Award nominated for “Capote”) and Anya Epstein (“In Treatment”) have signed on as executive producers and showrunners for the Fox series. Chris Chibnall (“Dr. Who”), who created the series, is also counted among the exec producers. He will pen the premiere episode. »
- Tony Maglio
Anna Gunn is returning to the small screen. The Breaking Bad actress will be joined by two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver and previously cast David Tennant in Fox’s Broadchurch adaptation, now titled Gracepoint. The eight-part series, which In Treatment’s Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein have been tapped to run, follows the events and investigation that unfold in the sleepy seaside town of Gracepoint after the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy. Though the cause of his death remains unsolved – he was found on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff face -- the
- Lacey Rose
The actress talks about Mary Poppins, playing disturbed people and her move into directing
Can you give us a quick sketch of your character in Saving Mr Banks?
I play Margaret Goff who is married to alcoholic Robert Goff Travers; together they are responsible for abandoning their daughter, Pl Travers [the author of Mary Poppins]. They help to inform the character of the novelist we encounter on screen in the 60s. And they are the inspiration behind the Banks parents in Mary Poppins. Margaret is in despair and attempts suicide.
There is almost no dialogue. Do you think almost wordless parts are the hardest?
They are a huge challenge. And to have a suicide attempt three-quarters of the way through with no journey leading up to it on screen is especially hard. You have to understand why she fell for this man and understand the fraughtness of her life and work out what would push »
- Kate Kellaway
London — HBO Europe is following its success with Agnieszka Holland’s miniseries “Burning Bush” with another original drama, thriller/drama series ”Wataha” (The Pack).
The Polish-language skein, which will comprise six one-hour episodes, centers on a group of border guards patrolling the wild frontier between Poland and Ukraine in the Bieszczady mountain range. The storytelling will be similar to Scandinavian noir, Antony Root (pictured), HBO Europe’s exec VP of original programming and production, told Variety.
The production is shooting until mid-December on location in the Bieszczady region, and is scheduled to premiere on HBO Europe next year.
The series stars Leszek Lichota, Bartlomiej Topa, Magdalena Poplawska, Aleksandra Poplawska, Andrzej Zielinski and Marian Dziedziel. Episodes are directed by Michal Gazda and Marek Lechki. Artur Kowalewski is producing for Poland’s Atm Grupa, and Izabela Lopuch is producing for HBO.
- Leo Barraclough
Oh, look! It's a news story that has nothing to do with Afm. Isn't it cute? We just wanna pinch it. Two more actors have boarded M. Night Shyamalan's small screen project "Wayward Pines." Read on for details.
THR reports that "In Treatment's" Hope Davis (pictured) and "Weeds" alum Justin Kirk have boarded the Fox event series from Chad Hodge and Shyamalan. Davis will play Megan Fisher, a teacher at Wayward Pines Academy, while Kirk will portray Peter McCall, an unassuming realtor in town. Both will appear in multiple-episode arcs.
- Uncle Creepy
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Hailee Steinfeld plays a teen assassin who runs away in hopes of living an ordinary high school life. »
- Garth Franklin
Fox's Wayward Pines is adding two recurring players to its ranks. In Treatment's Hope Davis and Weeds alum Justin Kirk have boarded the Fox event series from Chad Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 10-episode drama is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch and is described as a thriller in the vein of Twin Peaks. The project revolves around Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers,
- Lesley Goldberg
Production is currently underway in Atlanta on a television adaptation of Tony-nominated Broadway revival The Trip To Bountiful. It’s set to premiere on Lifetime in 2014. Original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams star along with Blair Underwood (In Treatment) and Keke Palmer (CrazySexyCool). Trip To Bountiful tells the story of a woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future. Set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, it is the best-known work by Oscar-, Pulitzer- and Emmy-winning author Horton Foote. Michael Wilson, who directed the play, makes his television directorial debut with the project. Pic is produced by Ostar. Tyson, Bill Haber (The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not A Fairy Tale), Hallie Foote (Paranormal Activity 3) and Jeff Hayes (Rizzoli & Isles) are exec producers. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Lifetime is adapting Tony-nominated Broadway hit, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Production is underway in Atlanta for a 2014 airdate. It will star Cicely Tyson (“The Help”) and Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”), who starred in the recent Broadway revival that ended in October. They will be joined by Blair Underwood (“In Treatment”) alongside Keke Palmer (“CrazySexyCool”). Michael Wilson, who directed the play, will make his television directorial debut with the project. Also read: Gabby Douglas Gets the Lifetime Biopic Treatment Produced by Ostar Productions, “The Trip to Bountiful” is executive produced by Bill Haber (“The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a »
- Jethro Nededog
You may have heard of a little Showtime series called The Borgias. The Emmy-Nominated show created by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves, Interview With The Vampire) is an epic depiction full of violence, sex and betrayal that charts the rise of the 16th Century’s most famous family as they slowly dominate Europe and eliminate anyone who stands in their way.
With a stellar cast including the likes of Jeremy Irons, Gina McKee, Steven Berkoff and Derek Jacobi, what’s not to love? If you have an itch for Historical Drama, perhaps this is the next series to scratch that itch for you, and allow you to immerse yourself in the decadent courts of Rome.
And speaking of Late Medieval Italy, G. J Meyer is something of a Renaissance man himself- an award-winning journalist, acclaimed author, historian, academic… his latest novel uncovers the Hidden history of »
- Oscar Harding
After being arrested and pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in Washington, D.C., and potentially facing jail for a parole violation, Chris has decided to enter rehab on Oct. 29, his rep tells HollywoodLife.com in a statement.
Chris Brown has chosen to enter rehab in order to gain “insight into his past and recent behavior” and get his life and career back on track, his rep tells HollywoodLife.com. Chris will be getting help for anger management, a source close to him tells HollywoodLife.com Exclusively. Read on for all the details.
Chris Brown In Rehab — Breezy In Treatment Facility After Assault Arrest Take Our Poll
Chris’ rep says in an official statement, ”Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his »
Here at TheBacklot.com we spend a lot of time celebrating gay and bi men in the spotlight: actors, singers, dancers, sportsmen, and personalities are splashed across our pages like so much red paint at an all-fur fashion show. While we will never tire of the Neil Patrick Harrises and Chris Colfers of the world, we thought it was high time we paid due credit to some of the more unsung gay heroes: the guys behind the cameras of some of television’s best shows. In that light, we are proud to unveil TheBacklot 40, our celebration of 40 of the hardest-working and most influential out men working behind the scenes in TV.
These are the men who create and run some of our favorite shows, have written some of our most beloved gay characters, and have shepherded gay-inclusive stories to screen long before it was fashionable. Some will be familiar, but »
- Brian Juergens
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