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At long last, the Kepner family tree is complete. Or at least it will be this fall when Grey’s Anatomy formally introduces April’s mother.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Connie Ray (The Big C, The Torkelsons) has been cast as the Kepner clan’s matriarch, Karen. This is technically a recast, since the character appeared briefly (sans dialogue) at April’s wedding to Jackson last season played by a different actress (the first person to ID said mystery actress in the comments wins a 20% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond).
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• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as Ptsd and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
“The Big C” star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan's directorial debut “Ithaca,” an individual familiar with the indie movie has told TheWrap. Erik Jendresen's adapted William Saroyan's novel “The Human Comedy,” which chronicles life in a small California town during World War II. Also read: ‘Kings of Summer’ Star Gabriel Basso Joins Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Barely Lethal’ (Exclusive) Basso joins Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Jack Quaid in the film, in which the young actor will play the role of Tobey George. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing while Hanks and »
- Jeff Sneider
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 »
- Gary Susman
Exclusive: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.
Adapted from Sam Shepard’s story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook’s debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham and True Grit‘s Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.
Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam, »
- Jen Yamato
Check out the last five Emmy winners for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and you’ll notice a trend: Voters tend to gravitate toward long-standing movie actresses tackling small-screen roles.
Related Emmys 2014: What Should Win Outstanding TV Movie? Take Our Poll!
Indeed, the success of The Big C: Hereafter‘s Laura Linney, Game Change‘s Julianne Moore, Mildred Pierce‘s Kate Winslet, Temple Grandin‘s Claire Danes and Grey Gardens‘ Jessica Lange since 2009 could be good news for Burton and Taylor‘s Helena Bonham Carter, American Horror Story: Coven‘s Oscar-winning scene-stealer Lange or The Trip to Bountiful‘s Cicely Tyson. »
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
When it comes to predicting Emmys, we might have a thing or two to learn from our Top 24 Users who reaped the best scores among all of our site readers last year. Out of those two dozen pundits, 19 scored better than any of our vaunted Experts and Editors, while the other five tied our very best Experts. And we all remember how many surprises there were in 2013. (Click here for our Top 24's current Emmy predictions.) -Break- Consider Philip T. In 2013, he tied two other users as Gold Derby's best Emmy predictor with 57% accuracy. He was one of the few to foresee the upset wins by Laura Linney (Movie/Mini Actress, "The Big C: Hereafter"), Ellen Burstyn (Movie/Mini Supporting Actress, "Political Animals"), and "Modern Family" for Best Comedy Directing. This year, he's going out on a limb for Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") for Drama Supporting Actor and "True Detective" for Best Drama Series, »
John Benjamin Hickey returns to the small screen with Wgn America's atomic bomb drama Manhattan, the cabler's second original scripted series. Manhattan centers on the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Hickey (The Big C) plays Frank Winter, the professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams portrays his wife, Liza, while Ashley Zukerman plays Charlie, a hotshot new scientist who
- Lesley Goldberg
Fueled by mystery and suspense, Manhattan is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “The Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map. The series … Continue reading →
The post Wgn America goes nuclear with new drama “Manhattan” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Emmy nominations were announced this morning and as usual, there were a number of snubs and surprises, which the Internet collectively whined about this morning. Rather than continue to mourn the lack of a nomination for Tatiana Maslany (which I admittedly complained about as well), actual solutions need to be pitched. Sadly, “chain Emmy voters to a chair and make them actually watch Orphan Black” seems somewhat implausible and definitely criminal, so here are five reasonable and seemingly easy solutions the Emmys should consider next year.
1. A Dramedy Category
One of the most-nominated newcomers announced on Emmy morning was Orange is the New Black, which with 12 total nods amassed more than any other comedy, including Modern Family, Veep, and The Big Bang Theory. Yet most fans of the show would hesitate to classify it as a comedy. Compared to most of the other shows in the category, it certainly does not fit the pattern. »
- George Morvis
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
A Slight Trick of the Mind will now be titled Mr Holmes and filming will take place over seven weeks on location in London and on the South Coast of England, according to co-producers AI Film, Archer Gray, See-Saw Films and BBC Films.
McKellen himself tweeted the first image, which shows the actor made up and aged up to play Arthur Conan Doyle’s private detective aged 93.
As previously announced, Bill Condon will direct the film - reuniting him with McKellen after they made Gods and Monsters together in 1998 - and Laura Linney will play his housekeeper Mrs Munro. Linney worked with Condon on Kinsey in 2004 and The Fifth Estate in 2013 as »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Wgn America is going back to the past again for its second original scripted drama, Manhattan. Manhattan centers on the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, N.M. It follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) plays Frank Winter, the professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams portrays his wife, Liza, while Ashley Zukerman plays Charlie, a hotshot new scientist who joins the project.
- Lesley Goldberg
Last year, Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress resulted in a major upset: Emmy-darling Laura Linney ("The Big C: Hereafter") defeated frontrunners Elisabeth Moss ("Top of the Lake") and Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Asylum"). This year, Lange is looking for revenge. She is a strong contender for her work as a witch in "American Horror Story: Coven," but once again faces stiff competition. -Break- After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10. Click here for our exclusive video chats with Minnie Driver, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Paulson, and more! Frontrunners Cicely Tyson is our favorite to win, with 9/4 odds for her role in Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful." It would be the 10th Emmy nomination and f...' »
Wgn America has just released a "First Look" video featuring its upcoming original drama series "Manhattan." Created by Sam Shaw ("Masters of Sex"), the show is set in a mysterious 'classified' town in the New Mexico desert, where Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists work on a project they had to keep incredibly secret -- because it would lead to the creation of the atom bomb. The clip, combining first-look footage, behind-the-scenes interviews and commentary, features Shaw, Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), along with stars Hickey ("The Big C," "The Good Wife"), Olivia Williams ("Rushmore," "The Ghost Writer"), Ashley Zukerman ("Rush") and Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards") revealing why this will be the show that finally puts a human face on the Manhattan Project. "Manhattan" premieres Sunday »
- Oliver MacMahon
Academy Award winners Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) star together in Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Intern, which began filming today in New York. Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Private Benjamin”) is directing the comedy from her own screenplay.
The director posted the photo on her Instagram account. (instagram.com/nmeyers)
The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam DeVine (“Pitch Perfect”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).
In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who »
- Michelle McCue
Cancer is having a definite pop-cultural moment, given The Fault in Our Stars' recent trouncing of Tom Cruise at the box office. Lucky timing for Chasing Life, the new ABC Family drama that premiered last Tuesday. It centers on 24-year-old April Carver (Italia Ricci), a budding Boston journalist who's stunned when she gets a leukemia diagnosis.I like that this show exists, even if it does bear the overly polished sheen endemic to this network. It's a positive step forward for a show to feature a character this young facing a terminal illness. Laura Linney was predictably amazing in The Big C, but her character was of an age that we more or less expect to be dealing with stuff like this. We recently saw Miss Rosa on Orange is the New Black going for her chemo treatment, but again, she's on the older side. We occasionally see the »
- Sara Stewart
The pair will play mother and daughter in the Diablo Cody-written film Ricki and the Flash, according to The Wrap.
Streep will play singer Ricki, who lost her family after following her dreams of becoming a star. Gummer is in talks to play Ricki's daughter Julie.
Kevin Kline is also in line to play Ricki's ex-husband Pete.
Streep and Kline previously appeared together in 1982's Sophie's Choice.
If you haven’t gotten your fill of Young People With Cancer stories after The Fault in Our Stars this weekend, ABC Family is here for you with its latest television version of a Ya novel plot, Chasing Life, a dramedy that merges The Big C with the standard combo of melodrama and quips that viewers have come to expect from the network that brought us Secret Life of the American Teenager and Switched at Birth.
Meet April Carver (Italia Ricci): She’s a 24-year-old big Boston journalist looking to make her mark on the world and date a »
- Erin Strecker
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