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Brian Grazer is one of the great visionaries in Hollywood. His film resume includes Oscar Best Picture-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Parenthood.” Committed to bringing excellence to all screens large and small, Grazer has also had a hand in some of TV’s most critically-acclaimed shows, like “Arrested Development” and, most recently, “Empire.” With a storied career that has transcended genres and platforms, the heavyweight producer added New York Times best-selling author to his name with this year’s “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” We caught up with Grazer about industry. »
- Bryce Christian
Before she signed onto Showtime's "The Affair," Maura Tierney had done practically everything it's possible for an actor to do in television. Her first regular series role (on "The Van Dyke Show") was opposite no less than Dick Van Dyke; her second ("704 Hauser") was working for Norman Lear, on the same set where "All in the Family" took place. She's been the leading woman on a classic (if underappreciated in its time) sitcom in "NewsRadio," helped carry an enormous hit drama ("ER") as it transitioned away from its original cast, been the lead on a legal procedural ("The Whole Truth"), and was one of the original stars of "Parenthood" before a bout with breast cancer forced her to drop out of the role of Sarah Braverman. She had done all of those things on one broadcast network or another, which is why she agreed to play Helen Solloway, the wife »
- Alan Sepinwall
Based on a novel published in 1978, "The World According To Garp" was released in 1982, and yet watching the film on the recently-released Blu-ray from Warner Archive, I was struck by how timely and even urgent the material felt, and how much more adult and daring it is than most of the movies released by studios today. Not only do they not make them like this anymore, but I'd offer the opinion that they never really did. How can a film from 1978 have a better handle on the times we're living in right now than most of the films coming out this year? After all, much of John Irving's novel is a direct reaction to the late '70s and what Irving thought of the social landscape at that particular moment. How relevant could it be today, since we've obviously progressed so much since then? You'd be surprised. For those »
- Drew McWeeny
Damon Lindelof wears his heart on his sleeve, which at once makes him an ideal person to run a show like "Lost" or "The Leftovers," and the absolute last person you would want to wish that burden on. He holds nothing back, whether in his writing or in his discussion of his writing, and he takes every criticism of his work very deeply. (He quit Twitter two years ago because it wasn't healthy for him anymore to wake up every day to people cursing at him and demanding six years of their lives back.) That openness and sincerity was on display in "Leftovers" season 1. The show was despised by some for being too depressing, too slow, too opaque, and spending far too much time with the mute, chain-smoking members of the Guilty Remnant cult. But it was adored by others (like me) who fell right into the show's parallel world — one just like ours, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Here’s some news that should get your pom-poms shaking: Minka Kelly is reuniting with one of the men who made her Lyla Garrity.
RelatedJason Katims’ Hulu Drama The Way Forges New Path Amid Legal Pressure
Kelly has joined the cast of The Path (fka The Way), an upcoming Hulu drama from Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims, our sister site Deadline reports. The series, starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), “examines a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power.”
Kelly will play Miranda Frank, a »
Parenthood’s Sam Jaeger and Lost alum Harold Perrineau are set to star in the USA Network pilot Poor Richard’s Almanack, from Legendary TV, Universal Cable Prods. and executive producer Jim Danger Gray (Orange Is The New Black). Weaving between modern day and a possible future where characters have changed radically, Poor Richard’s Almanack is a character thriller about a cadre of heroes who emerge as the new “Founding Fathers” after America is pushed to the brink of… »
Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
RelatedHand of God: Is Amazon’s Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?
As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
NBC has handed out a script commitment plus penalty for a show based on Cosmopolitan magazine.
Cosmo editor in-chief Joanna Coles will executive produce the fictional series inspired by herself which gives us a glimpse into the lives and love lives of the staff responsible for the number one women's magazine in the world.
The characters continually struggle with balancing career, family, identity, managing friendships, love, sex and clothing. The series is more directly based on the magazine rather than inspired by like a previous attempt to launch such a project last year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Jessica Goldberg has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Television, TheWrap has learned. Goldberg served as a writer and producer on the NBC series “Parenthood” for two seasons, as well as a writer and producer on the short-lived series “Deception.” In addition to developing new projects under this deal, Goldberg will continue to executive produce her series “The Way” for Hulu, which stars Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. The show begins shooting this week. Also Read: Will Packer Renews Universal TV Deal Through 2017 “Jessica Goldberg is an incredibly talented writer, and we’re thrilled to be in business with her at the studio, »
- Joe Otterson
There’s been a whole lot of ink — probably too much ink — spilled about behind-the-scenes personnel drama at The View. But much like your daily lunch order, doesn’t it matter less who made it than how it actually tastes?
PhotosFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 43 Returning Favorites!
In other words, whatever your feelings about Nicole Wallace, Rosie Perez and Rosie O’Donnell exiting the kitchen, it nevertheless seemed that three days in to Season 19, it was high time to sample the fare being whipped up by Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné, Paula Faris, Michelle Collins and the returning Joy Behar. »
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t… resist a good dance number?
RelatedParks and Rec Producers Re-Team for Interracial Family Comedy at NBC
Created by Julia Brownell — who wrote for Parenthood and Katims’ short-lived comedy About a Boy — the potential series focuses on a mother and daughter who run a funeral home and approach their memorial services as positive celebrations of life, complete with song and dance.
The project is inspired by the real-life Boyd Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, »
Residents of both Heaven and Hell are coming together in Chicago's Patio Theatre this Friday for the Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival experience, and we've been provided with five pairs of tickets to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Winners will get to see the Chicago screening of Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, along with the unique live performances that accompany the film. If you don't win the contest, you can still purchase tickets online.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (2) tickets to the 6:45pm Cdt screening of Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival at the Patio Theatre in Chicago this Friday, September 11th.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Devil's Carnival Contest”. Be sure to include your name, guest's name, and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on Friday, September 11th. This contest is only open »
- Derek Anderson
The first wave of films to be shown at this year's Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival all look like they are going to be a bloody good time! Also: The Cleansing Hour's Kickstarter campaign and Ballet of Blood premiere details.
Shriekfest 2015: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival is thrilled to announce its first surge of films for the Fifteenth annual festival! Shriekfest brings you the Best in independent horror and sci-fi! "We are so excited for our 15th year and this slate of films!" says festival director Denise Gossett. Shriekfest is Oct 1-4. www.shriekfest.com
Granny Of The Dead: Directed by Tudley James. In a small town unknowing and free from betrayal, an evil is looming to rewrite their tale. From deep within hell a curse rises up, to strike down the old and never give up. The elderly dead »
- Tamika Jones
Here comes the bride! Parenthood star Erika Christensen looked gorgeous in a sleeveless, white mesh, mermaid-style wedding gown with floral embellishments and a long, solid train when she married fiancé and cyclist Cole Maness on Saturday, as seen in new photos from their ceremony. The 33-year-old actress, who played Julia Braverman-Graham on all six seasons of the hit NBC drama series, wore her caramel hair styled in a bun on top of her head and a veil and carried a bouquet of white and multi-shade purpose roses. The groom wore a dark blue tux with a black bow tie and a white rose boutonniere. The two wed near Palm Springs, California. Christensen and »
Erika Christensen is married!
The "Parenthood" alum, 33, tied the knot with cyclist Cole Maness on Saturday, according to People.
The newlyweds' ceremony took place on a ranch near Palm Springs, Calif., the mag reported.
Photos: Celebrity Weddings
Erika and Cole got engaged in November 2014 and the announced the news on Instagram. ...
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The summer weddings aren't over just yet! Parenthood star Erika Christensen married her fiancé Cole Maness Saturday night, her rep confirmed to E! News. While the couple has been known to keep their relationship private, E! News also confirmed back in November that the actress and Maness got engaged and were planning a special day. "Thanks for all the well-wishes," Christensen wrote on Instagram while kissing her man. "It's official. We're engaged." But speaking of social media, one look at the pair's respective Instagrams and you may just get a glimpse inside their special romance. Whether supporting each other at red carpets or cycling events, both »
Scott Porter is leaving the sunny streets of Bluebell behind and heading to a place that sounds much more sinister. The Hart of Dixie alum has joined Cinemax’s upcoming thriller Outcast as a series regular. Per Deadline, which first reported the casting news, Porter will paly Donnie Hamel, “an amiable and engaging type-a former jock whose work returns him home to Rome, West Virginia. There he crosses paths with Megan Holter (played by The Americans’ Wrenn Schmidt) and a more sinister side of Donnie is revealed.” In addition to his work on Hart of Dixie, Porter starred as Jason Street on Friday Night Lights. His other TV credits include The Good Wife, Caprica, and Parenthood. Outcast, which comes from Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Chris Black and is based on the Skybound/Image comic of the same name, follows Kyle Barnes (Almost Famous‘ Patrick Fugit), a young »
- Chris King
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