15 items from 2013
Update: Salesmen have a saying, "Always ask for the order." That's exactly what Blake Cooper did to get the role of Chuck in The Maze Runner. The young actor did the digital equivalent of raising and waving his hand in the air. He tweeted the film's director Wes Ball to let make him aware that he wanted the role - and it worked! Cooper doesn't have too many credits, although plays a speech student in Parental Guidance. Still, he had the look and it turns out, the chops, so he got the job.
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Those are just facts, and at its essence, this is a play about facts. Any piece about newspapers and a true newspaperman is about facts.
"Lucky Guy," which has already been extended to July 3, regularly causes pedestrian gridlock on 44th St. when the audience lets out at the Broadhurst Theatre and people queue up to see Hanks.
The play captures a great time in newspapers. It was such a great time and it is so well replicated on stage that it's hard to divorce that and see just the play. Even though this is Ephron's final play and Hanks' first Broadway appearance, it is not an excellent play. It is, though, incredible fun, particularly for those of us lucky enough to have lived some of it.
For newspaper reporters, it »
Shelton popped up on the AMC series as Joan's friend Kate, who surprised everyone's favorite ginger and took her out for a psychedelic evening. The veteran actress has had parts in a variety of TV and film projects, including "Pleasantville," "Sugar & Spice," "Never Been Kissed," and "The Sandlot," where she played lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn, the object of desire for many of the young boys.
"Mad Men" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Et on AMC.
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The Voice returns with a new line-up of judge and awkwardly bad photoshop.
Following roles in in Hawaii Five-0 and Harry's Law, Jean Smart has found a new comedy role, according to Deadline. She's joined the Craig Robinson-centered pilot, which has Robinson playing a musician who becomes a middle school music teacher. Smart will play the stressed out principal of Robinson's school.
Good news, Mr. Feeny will be a part of Boy Meets World follow-up series Girl Meets World as William Daniels will reprise the role. Those of you who thought it would be hard to revisit Cory and Topanga without Mr. Feeny's sage advice, you can let out a sigh of relief.
It looks like Grimm is expanding its lore once more. The supernatural drama »
NBC is staying in the Jean Smart business. Following Jane Adams' ("Hung") exit from the network's untitled Craig Robinson comedy pilot following last week's table read, Smart has stepped in to fill the actress's shoes in the role of Jeannette, an "erratic, stressed-out" junior high school principal. Smart recently enjoyed an Emmy-nominated, seven-episode guest arc on NBC's now-defunct Kathy Bates drama "Harry's Law" in that series' second season. The single-camera sitcom, which centers on a "rough-edged" musician (Robinson) adjusting to his new job as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, comes from "Office" writers Greg Daniels and Owen Ellickson, »
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Three young British actors have landed roles in The Maze Runner, Fox’s adaptation of the sci-fi Young Adult novel, the first in a series of books set in a post-apocalyptic world by James Dashner, to be directed by Wes Ball.
Here's the synopsis:
Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "the glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change...
20 year old Will Poulter will play Gally, a Glader who mistrusts Thomas from the beginning, »
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Zap2it: Your "Monday Mornings" character is the central interrogator of the surgeons at weekly meetings. How do you view that aspect of the show?
Alfred Molina: They're very private, those meetings. Each department in a hospital has its own, and whatever is said in there is absolutely confidential. My character says at one point, "The real crime isn't making the mistake. The real crime is refusing to learn from it."
People do die in hospitals, and doctors do make mistakes, but the effort to make sure the same mistake doesn't happen twice is the whole raison d'etre of those meetings.
Zap2it: How has CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an executive producer of the show and the author of the novel on which it's based, been for you as a resource?
News Louisa Mellor 27 Feb 2013 - 18:00
We now realise that when we posted our wishlist for American Horror Story's third season last week, it was one section short. Just between "Bring back more Murder House cast" and "More Horror meta" it should have read "Cast Kathy Bates".
Luckily, Ahs creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk have picked up our slack and are in the process of doing just that, as Bates is reportedly in talks to play Jessica Lange's character's antagonist in the new season. TV Line reports that Bates, whose recent TV roles have included The Office and Harry's Law, is nearing a deal that would see her play the former-best-friend-turned-enemy of Lange's (as-yet unnamed) character. Bates and Lange going toe-to-toe on the same screen, getting up »
Scandal has tracked down a wife for oil tycoon Hollis Doyle.
TV Line first reported this casting news, though details remain scarce on just what kind of role Mrs. Doyle will play.
Scandal Season 2 is on a mini hiatus and will return with new episodes on March 21. »
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Two familiar stars will join the casts of American Horror Story and Boardwalk Empire for the shows' new seasons. Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her frightening role as Annie in the horror film Misery, will join season 3 of FX's American Horror Story alongside fellow Oscar-winner Jessica Lange, EW reports. Bates, 64, won an Emmy Award in 2012 for her guest turn on Two and a Half Men. She also appeared on Harry's Law and The Office. Bates announced last September that she had undergone a double-mastectomy for breast cancer after surviving ovarian cancer nine years earlier. While he charmed on »
- Andrea Billups
Kathy Bates gets cast on The Office or Harry's Law and, unless you're a mega-fan capable of quoting her lines from Titanic, you nod in measured approval. Kathy Bates gravitates toward the third season of American Horror Story, and Misery is suddenly in your head and everything is exciting. Should she sign on, Bates would play the best buddy turned Best Enemy of Jessica Lange's new character, a "real glamour cat sort of lady." »
- Zach Dionne
TVLine reports that Bates will play Lange's friend turned enemy in the third season -- or installment -- of the ongoing miniseries. Details of the new season remain vague, but Lange is expected to play a far more glamorous role than "Asylum's" Sister Jude and the storyline will involve young love, multiple cities and multiple timelines.
Bates and Lange have shared the screen twice before: in 1990's "Men Don't Leave," before Bates won her Oscar for "Misery," and again in 2006's little seen indie "Bonneville" (which also starred Joan Allen -- another great actress »
According to TVLine, Bates -- who is nearing a final deal to join the cast -- will play Jessica Lange's character's best friend ... who eventually becomes her worst enemy. Yep, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange will face off on your TVs.
Request for confirmation from FX was not immediately returned.
In other casting news ...
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David E. Kelley has one of the most singular voices in TV today -- it usually only takes a minute or less to realize you're watching one of his shows, and medical drama "Monday Mornings" is no exception.
Kelley used to be one of the biggest showrunners in network TV. After collecting a boatload of Emmys for "Picket Fences," he went on to create hits in "Chicago Hope," "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice." He also had a few high-profile flops, but it wasn't until the consecutive cancellations of "Boston Legal" and "Harry's Law" -- both victims of their older-skewing demographics -- and a futile attempt to get a "Wonder Woman" pilot off the ground, that it made sense for Kelley to test the waters of cable TV.
Working with TNT seems like the perfect fit for an idiosyncratic showrunner like Kelley. He has a proven ability to draw an audience, »
If you dread Monday mornings, you might feel better upon seeing how the doctors in a new drama series start their weeks.
Based on a novel by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, TNT's "Monday Mornings" -- executive produced by David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal," "Ally McBeal") and appropriately premiering on a Monday, Feb. 4 -- centers on a ritual for the surgeons at a Portland, Ore., hospital. Each Monday, Chelsea General's quietly fearsome chief of staff (played by Alfred Molina) cross-examines them about operations they've performed ... with the questioning particularly intense if they were unsuccessful.
Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica") and Jennifer Finnigan ("Better With You") portray two of the doctors, whose personal involvement makes them even more a mutual support system in the face of being interrogated on their professional decisions and actions. Ving Rhames ("Pulp Fiction") also stars as the hospital's trauma chief, with Bill Irwin, Emily Swallow, »
15 items from 2013
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