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Chris Vance Talks Transporter: The Series, Taking Over for Jason Statham, Becoming an Action Hero, the Physical and Mental Challenges of the Role and More

The adrenaline-charged Transporter: The Series, airing on TNT, centers on Frank Martin (Chris Vance, who is also an executive producer on the show), a professional transporter who is paid to pick up and deliver people or cargo from anywhere in the world. He is the very best at what he does, but lives a roller coaster ride of action and suspense because he only handles the most difficult and dangerous and assignments. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Chris Vance talked about what sold him on a Transporter TV series, how he likes being an action hero, being aware of the way Jason Statham established this character while also making it his own, the roller coaster of action, how this is both physically and mentally exhausting, and the various facets that the other characters also bring to the story. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 20 New Voices (20-11)

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Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I had the pleasure of uncovering/discovering a new batch of filmmaker talents (here is last year’s list). Here are our Top 20 New Voices countdown:

#20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)

Described as a work in progress, documentarian Tessa Louise-Salome continues her fascination with Leos Carax in this debut. A look at the mysterious and alluring director, we are guided through his scant but magnificent filmography with snippets and clips, while she interviews several cast members of his works, including Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, as well as Harmony Korine, who had cast Carax in his 2007 film, Mister Lonely. While we never quite get to learn anything more about the man known as Leos Carax, it’s a welcome substitute for the aficionados and fans that wish he would work more frequently.
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First Image: Russell Crowe’s Helming Debut ‘The Water Diviner’

First Image: Russell Crowe’s Helming Debut ‘The Water Diviner’
London — The first image has been released from the set of Russell Crowe’s feature helming debut, “The Water Diviner,” which is shooting in Australia before moving on to Turkey. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the epic adventure pic, which stars Crowe and Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion,” “Quantum of Solace”).

The film is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.

The supporting cast including leading Turkish actors Yilmaz Erdogan (“Once Upon a Time
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TNT Picks Up Action Drama 'Transporter: The Series,' Based on the Jason Statham Franchise

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TNT Picks Up Action Drama 'Transporter: The Series,' Based on the Jason Statham Franchise
TNT has picked up the U.S. rights to "Transporter: The Series," an international action drama based on the Luc Besson-produced film franchise about meticulous, skilled driver-for-hire Frank Martin, played by Jason Statham. British actor Chris Vance, who played "freelance psychopath" Mason Gilroy on "Burn Notice" and Dr. Jack Gallagher on "Mental," the short-lived 2009 Fox series set in L.A. but shot in Bogotá, stars as the small screen incarnation of Frank. François Berléand, reprising his role from the films as Inspector Tarconi, is also in the cast, alongside Andrea Osvárt, Delphine Chanéac and Charly Hübner. "Transporter: The Series" is a French-Canadian production, and was originally slated to air in the U.S. on Cinemax, though they ended up passing on the project -- a trailer that was released at the time but has since been taken down didn't look particularly promising. The first season has since aired in Canada,
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Blue Bloods Promotes Marisa Ramirez to Series Regular, as Danny's Newest Partner

Blue Bloods Promotes Marisa Ramirez to Series Regular, as Danny's Newest Partner
Marisa Ramirez has been bumped to series regular status for Blue Bloods‘ upcoming fourth season.

The actress — whose previous TV credits include Body of Proof, Lifetime’s Against the Wall and General Hospital — joined the CBS drama toward the end of Season 3 in a recurring capacity, as Danny’s (Donnie Wahlberg) latest partner, Detective Maria Baez.

The Hollywood Reporter first shared the news of her status upgrade.

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Ramirez boarded Bloods as one of three potential full-time replacements for castmember Jennifer Esposito, who exited the series last October amid some controversy
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'NCIS: La' spinoff casts Edwin Hodge as first series regular

The upcoming spinoff of "NCIS: La" has made its first casting choice: Edwin Hodge.

Deadline reports the young actor will play the witty and tech savvy computer expert Kai Ashe in the potential series that would follow a team of mobile agents solving crimes across the country. The project is expected to be introduced in an episode of "NCIS: La" airing later this season titled "Red."

Hodge had series regular roles on "Jack & Bobby" and "Mental" and recurring roles on "Invasion," "Boston Public" and the final ABC season of "Cougar Town," as a love interest for Busy Phillips.

He appeared earlier this season on an episode of the original "NCIS" titled "The Namesake." His younger brother, Aldis Hodge, was a regular on TNT's "Leverage" and recurring on "Friday Night Lights."
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Blue Bloods Exclusive: Annabella Sciorra Cops Role as [Spoiler]'s Shrink

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Blue Bloods Exclusive: Annabella Sciorra Cops Role as [Spoiler]'s Shrink
Fresh off her recent visit to CBS’ The Good Wife, Annabella Sciorra has copped a role on the network’s Blue Bloods — where she’ll aim to get inside someone’s head.

TVLine has learned that the Sopranos alum will guest-star in the 11th episode of Season 3 as Grace, an NYPD psychologist who is met with quite a challenge when she is tasked with assessing Jamie’s emotional condition in the wake of a fatal shooting.

In addition to her Good Wife appearance, Sciorra’s TV credits include Fox’s Mental,
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First Trailer for Transporter: The Series Starring Chris Vance

Jason Statham owned the Transporter movie franchise with his rules, ass-kicking and charisma, but he's handing over the keys for an iteration meant for the small screen.  The new Transporter: The Series centers on Frank Martin, an ex-Special Forces field operative who has taken to transporting precious cargo to make a living. While Statham made the role famous, Chris Vance (All Saints) will climb into the driver's seat for the series.  The premise is series worthy, but without Statham, will it be enough?  Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for Transporter: The Series. Vance is a veteran of the small screen, having starred in Burn Notice, Dexter, Prison Break, Mental and Rizzoli & Isles.  While the trailer suggests that the action, romance and high stakes are all present, it'll take me a while to warm up to Vance as the new Frank Martin.  The series itself, however,
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Transporter: The Series Trailer

With all the unexpected movies we've seen being adapted for the small screen as of late, Luc Besson's The Transporter is one that actually seems quite well-suited for television. The original trilogy was comprised of no-nonsense action flicks made on a fairly limited budget and the premise is one that lends itself well to an episodic format. Cinemax has been in production on the first season of Transporter: The Series since last year, but they ran into a number of problems after the original showrunners left and the lead actor injured himself during an action sequence. That lead actor is not Jason Statham unfortunately, but rather Chris Vance, who is best known for roles on Prison Break and Mental. He seems to be back in action as the first trailer for the show has arrived online, and although it definitely looks like a step down from the films,
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2012 Grammy winner list: Adele, Foo Fighters win big

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It truly is the Year of Adele, as the British singer took home every Grammy she was for which she was nominated, totaling six wins altogether, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters were second for total wins, with five, followed by the absent Kanye West with four wins.

The complete list of winners:

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and
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Cougar Town Exclusive: Meet Laurie's New Beau!

Cougar Town Exclusive: Meet Laurie's New Beau!
Although ABC still has yet to schedule Cougar Town’s long-awaited third season premiere — March is the latest I’ve heard — the upcoming storylines are continuing to pile up. The latest: Laurie’s getting a boyfriend!

Edwin Hodge has been cast in the recurring role of Wade, a U.S. soldier who gets involved with Busy Philipps’ soft-hearted bigmouth. But, because he’s stationed in the Middle East, the lovebirds are forced to communicate via Skype (with a little help from Travis).

Cougar Town Cameos: Who’s Popped Up Where?

“Who is Hodge?” you ask. In addition to being the
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2012 Grammy nominations: Adele, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and more

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The nominees have been announced for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Kanye West leads the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards.  The Grammys air live on CBS Feb. 12, 2012.

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)

"The Cave" -- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston,
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Castle Recasts NYC Mayor, Expands Role

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A new mayor is about to take office on Castle.

TV Line reports that Derek Webster (Mental, Damages, Harry's Law) will take over the character of NYC's top politician, Robert Weldon, a role portrayed by Joseph C. Phillips during a pair of season one episodes.

Look for Weldon to take on more of an active role in early 2012, though exactly in what way is unclear. But it will likely center around the mayor's long-time friendship with a certain sarcastic author, along with an upcoming scandal that may bring down Weldon's career.

Castle is off tonight, but returns with a new, intriguing episode next Monday. View its official preview Now.
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Exclusive: Castle Recasts [Spoiler Alert]!

Exclusive: Castle Recasts [Spoiler Alert]!
Castle has elected a new mayor.

DamagesDerek Webster is taking over the role of Robert Weldon, the show’s (fictional) New York City Mayor, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

He replaces General Hospital grad Joseph C. Phillips, who previously played the Big Apple’s top politico in two Season 1 episodes.

The role will be beefed up considerably under Webster (who also starred in the short-lived Fox drama Mental). For starters, producers are mining the character’s pivotal backstory — namely his longstanding friendship with Castle (Nathan Fillion) — in a major way.

As you know, it was Weldon’s political clout
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The Halloween Franchise – The Nights He Came Home

In Hollywood there is nothing more terrifying than an original idea. It’s a fear born from the unknown, fear that audiences won’t get it, fear that it won’t do ‘good business.’ For nervous studio executives, both the movie franchise and the remake are a reassuring comfort blanket. These are movies that already have a guaranteed audience and producers can relax in the knowledge that the same idea has made money before.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) is in the rare position of being both a franchise movie and a direct remake of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. That Zombie’s film raked in a massive $30.6 million on its opening weekend is hardly surprising. Nor should it be surprising that the film is a mess – lacking originality, insight, and, worst of all, scares. The sequel released in 2009 is even worse.

But fans of the original have little reason to complain.
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New interview with Carmen Moore, new projects for Meg Tilly, Ryan Robbins and Mike Dopud & some general updates

Let's start with the writers this time.

Jane Espenson wrote an article about Torchwood for BBC.co.uk that provides some info about the creative process behind Miracle Day. You can read it here.

Mark Verheiden tweets that he is back in the Falling Skies writers' room. Caprica co-creator & new Fs showrunner Remi Aubuchon confirms that Verheiden will be on staff for season two as a consulting producer. (Yes, Remi Aubuchon has joined Twitter.)

Race Bending has a fantastic new interview with Carmen Moore. She talks about Blackstone, playing Fidelia in Caprica, how she got cast in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (she will likely be a regular if B&C gets picked up) and some of her other projects, both old (Andromeda) and more recent (Two Indians Talking).

You can read the partial transcript here or listen to the whole interview below.

Carmen Moore is a veteran Canadian television and film actress from Burnbay,
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"Warehouse 13" Episode 307 Picture Recap: Steve and the Hot Knob

Before we begin, let's provide a bit of background for those just tuning in to the show.

For the uninitiated, W13 is a top secret facility in South Dakota which houses rare and dangerous artifacts, such as Lewis Carroll's looking glass, Robin Hood's crossbow, and Michele Bachmann's brain stem.

Secret Service Agents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) are assigned to retrieve the supernatural items, with help from Warehouse director Mrs. Frederic (Cch Pounder), agent-in-charge Artie (Saul Rubinek), and hot flame-haired tech geek Claudia (Allison Scagliotti).

This season also saw the debut of new agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), who has the ability to tell when someone is lying, and is the first recurring gay character on Syfy since Caprica's Sam Adama.

This week's episode of Warehouse 13 once again relegates Steve to the "B" story, which is fine, since it's more entertaining than the "A" story.
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Annabella Sciorra: 'Chris Rock is great'

Annabella Sciorra: 'Chris Rock is great'
Annabella Sciorra has praised Chris Rock's strong work ethic. The actors are currently appearing together in the new Broadway show The Motherf**ker With The Hat, where Sciorra said that Rock is passionate and extremely dedicated. "Chris is great. Chris is really disciplined. Chris really really wanted to do a play," she explained to PopEater. "I think [the show] really struck him because it was urban and current." The Mental star added that she loves rehearsing for the production (more)
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Exclusive: Prison Breaker Chris Vance Shakes Up Rizzoli & Isles (But Mostly Rizzoli)

Exclusive: Prison Breaker Chris Vance Shakes Up Rizzoli & Isles (But Mostly Rizzoli)
Prison Break‘s Chris Vance (Whistler!) has booked a major recurring role on TNT’s breakout hit Rizzoli & Isles, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

The Brit — whose credits also include Showtime’s Dexter and Fox’s short-lived shrink procedural Mental — will play Sgt. Major Charles “Casey” Jones, an old flame of Rizzoli’s (Angie Harmon) who comes back into her life just as she’s struggling to recover from being shot and nearly killed in the line of duty.

Vance will debut in R&I‘s season 2 opener on July 11.
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The Wolverines will be Battling North Korea instead of the Chinese in Red Dawn Remake

When MGM was going through its financial crisis their Red Dawn remake got put on the back burner. At one point the movie got delayed indefinitely after the script for the film leaked out and they had no idea if the movie would ever get released. The script leak caused a controversy because of how it portrayed the Chinese. The Beijing-based Global Times had this to say at the time, "U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China" and "American movie plants hostile seeds against China." One commentary had this to say,

Despite the world's focus on U.S.-China relations in the strategic and economic dialogue and their increasing economic connections, China can still feel U.S. distrust and fear, especially among its people. Americans' suspicions about China are the best ground for the hawks to disseminate fear and doubt, which is the biggest concern with the movie 'Red Dawn'.
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