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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
Joe Manganiello has really nailed that sexy-smolder thing. The handsome Magic Mike Xxl star shows off his biceps on the cover of the June/July issue of Details, and in his interview with the magazine, he talks about success and how he feels about being treated as eye candy. Meanwhile, his costar Channing Tatum tells the magazine, "Everybody sees Joe as the physical specimen he is - you can't miss that. Unfortunately, that means people assume that he has no other attributes or skills until he proves it to them. But one of my favorite things about Joe is that he doesn't feel the need to prove himself to anyone." Beyond the buzzed-about Magic Mike sequel, Joe has one other big reason to smile these days: his sweet relationship with his famous fiancée, Sofia Vergara. The couple got engaged this past Christmas, and since then, they've become one of the hottest red carpet couples, »
Scott Foley has been a silver screen star for some time, kicking off with a long run on Felicity before turns across all genres in Scrubs, The Unit, True Blood, and, most recently and recognizably, on Scandal. With the cache to pull some clout to his feature directorial debut, he does quadruple duty as writer, producer, director, and star of Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife. A black comedy that still manages to keep the tone light, even as a body is being chopped to pieces, the flick joins a perverse pantheon of ensemble humor with moderately well known casts that may have hit its high-water mark with 1998’s Very Bad Things. That crass little outing saw Jon Favreau, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, and Daniel Stern trying to dispose of a dead prostitute after a bachelor party in Vegas goes south.
- Kyle North
While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Boardwalk Empire, The Comeback, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for Silicon Valley, Veep, and Game of Thrones added.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's »
Alexander Skarsgård sports a new look in the new film The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which sees him playing a controversial role. In the movie, a coming-of-age drama set in the '70s in San Francisco, the True Blood alum plays Monroe, a man dating a woman named Charlotte, played by Kristin Wiig, 41. He ends up having a sexual affair with the protagonist and narrator, her daughter, Minnie. Who's 15. And was a virgin. She's played by British actress Bel Powley, 23. In California, the age of consent is 18 and has been since 1913. "I had sex today," Minnie says in the film, as seen in the first trailer, released this week. "This make me officially an adult." The Diary »
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.
The first trailer for Sundance breakout hit Diary of a Teenage Girl has arrived online, and you can view it below…
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Directed by Marielle Heller, the film stars Brit Bel Powley (Benidorm), Kristen Wiig (Welcome To Me), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Christopher Meloni (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and is set for release in Us cinemas on August 7th.
- Scott J. Davis
Joe Manganiello is returning as Big Dick Richie for Magic Mike Xxl, along with his band of stripper buddies. And, if the words of a former True Blood stud are worth anything, we haven.t seen nuthin. yet. Manganiello recently spoke with the folks over at PopSugar about what.s coming for us in the highly anticipated sequel. As you might expect, there were a lot of teaser-y buzzwords thrown around. This movie is going to blow people's minds. There hasn't been a studio film this racy, this out there, this kind of progressive, probably since the '70s. And especially in today's climate, I think movies play it very safe, and this is going to be something that is out there. At first, his words sounded like another celebrity trying to drum up further hype for his next release, but perhaps his words will prove true. Magic Mike skirted »
In a time where pretty much every flavour of pornography ever made is only a few clicks away, the idea of a studio pushing a film as 'racy' seems laughable. From the underwhelming light bondage of "Fifty Shades of Grey" to the first "Magic Mike" film, what equates as racy (asses, a hint of pubes, some basic gyration) feels almost quaint.
So skepticism is naturally there regarding promises about "Magic Mike Xxl," the upcoming sequel which aims to give us what the first film's marketing promised and the film itself ultimately failed to deliver - plenty of male bump and grind.
Former "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello, who plays Big Dick Richie in the film, spoke with PopSugar about the sequel and talked up how the movie will shock people - at least those who think bukkake is an entree and felching is something catfish do:
"This movie is going to blow people's minds. »
- Garth Franklin
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
It looks like Seth Rogen is going to continue peeling back the curtain on production on AMC’s Preacher pilot; this past weekend, he dropped the first image of Jesse Custer and Arseface from the long-awaited comic book adaptation, and now he’s debuted another image from the set of the show…
Rogen is directing the Preacher pilot alongside Evan Goldberg, while the cast includes Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root, Tom Brooke (Sherlock) as Fiore and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
Sons of Anarchy may be over, but Kurt Sutter won’t be long gone from your television screens. FX announced today that it has ordered the Sons of Anarchy creator’s new show The Bastard Executioner to series, with the 10-episode first season slated to debut on the network this fall. The series puts Sutter in period drama territory, as it tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. Newcomer Lee Jones, True Blood actor Stephen Moyer, and Soa alum/Sutter’s wife Katey Segal lead the show, with Sutter also taking on a role. The series regular cast also includes Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, »
- Adam Chitwood
Per the official description, the 10-episode period piece “tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.”
Related FX Sets Dates for Married and Tyrant Returns, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs
Supergirl is faster than a speeding bullet, but something tells us CBS didn't intend that speediness to extend to the pilot racing onto computers more than six months before its premiere. Yes, the Supergirl pilot has leaked online. The new CBS drama series starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl hit torrent sites early this morning. Will Internet piracy be Supergirl's Kryptonite? According to TorrentFreak, NBC's Crowded, the midseason comedy starring The Good Wife and True Blood veteran Carrie Preston, iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove and The Tick's Patrick Warburton, has also leaked early. Supergirl also stars Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan and Chyler Leigh. The series »
I have already watched the season three premiere of NBC's "Hannibal" and I don't want to say too much now as I will be recapping and reviewing each episode of this third season as they air, though I will say the fans and critics that have kept this series alive won't be disappointed. In fact, how this show has managed to survive is a mystery to me as it is the most un-major network television show I've ever seen. It's dark, twisted, violent, artistic and simply toys with its audience, wrapping us in the wicked little web it weaves. Sometimes it gets a little weird, and the first season had a little too much of the windshield wiper effect for my tastes, but boy am I glad I stuck with it. Today I have for you a few pictures from the upcoming third season along with a new sneak peek trailer. »
- Brad Brevet
With filming underway on the pilot episode of Preacher, Deadline is reporting that British actor Tom Brooke (Sherlock, Game of Thrones) has nabbed a series regular role in the AMC adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, where he will play Fiore, one of two Adephi angels to to Earth to retrieve Genesis.
The Preacher pilot is being directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (The Interview), and sees Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) leading the cast as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
Detective Elliot Stabler “resurfaced” Wednesday night in the Law & Order: Svu season finale, in an unexpected and arguably jarring way.
(Big spoiler ahead, for those who have yet to watch….)
RelatedLaw & Order: Svu Finale Shocker: [Spoiler] Not Returning for Season 17
At episode’s end, Detective Amaro (played by exiting cast member Danny Pino) revealed to Benson (Mariska Hargitay) that, having been a hot-headed magnet for inter-department controversy (and after barely dodging, but not, a bullet in a courthouse shootout), he has decided to resign from the NYPD and relocate to California, to “start over.”
As a shaken Benson processed the news, »
What's big and blue and making a comeback? The Tick. Spoon! The Tick is officially coming back to life, according to Patrick Warburton. Everybody loves a good superhero show and everybody loves a good TV series revival, so it just makes perfect sense that Warburton's zany hero will be coming back to your screens soon. Warburton, who can next be seen opposite The Good Wife and True Blood veteran Carrie Preston in NBC's midseason comedy Crowded, will once again don the blue suit. When? That remains to be seen, but it's happening, according to Warburton. "We're doing it," Warburton told E! News when asked about revival rumors. And it's going to be on Amazon, he told »
Marvel has given us a glimpse at some concept artwork from Ryan Meinerding for Matt Murdock’s iconic red suit in the Netflix series Daredevil, which looks pretty close indeed to the costume that made it on screen in the season finale…
“The tone that was really communicated was the sense of realism that they were going for,” Meinerding tells Marvel.com. “I think the way that [manifested itself in] the costume was through the armor and making it feel a little bit more padded than you traditionally think of Daredevil being. When we do these designs, there’s a concept of grounded and a concept of reality. The grounded nature that they brought to the vigilante costume was the simplicity and effectiveness, because you’re trying to conceal your identity but also [have to be] mobile enough to fight. When you do a super hero costume in that world, it’s hard to be as »
- Gary Collinson
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