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In the newly released trailer for Amber Tamblyn’s “Paint It Black,” Josie (Alia Shawkat, “Search Party”) gets the phone call that everyone fears. “Has there been any individual you know that’s been missing recently?” the detective on the other end of the line asks. “We’ve got a white male registered as, uh, Oscar Wilde.” In a few silent cuts, we see Josie’s memories of the white male in question, who is actually her boyfriend, Michael (Rhys Wakefield, “House of Lies”). We also see her identify his body.
Unfortunately, bereavement and heartbreak aren’t the only obstacles Josie faces in the film. She also has to deal with Michael’s intense, cruel mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer, “Me Before You”). “If my son had never met you, would he have killed himself?” Meredith wonders aloud to Josie.
Josie and Meredith definitely not friends — or even friendly, really — but their mutual grief binds them together and the two women form a relationship, one that the film’s synopsis describes as “equal parts distrust and blind need.”
“Paint It Black” marks actress Tamblyn’s directorial debut. Her acting credits include “Two and a Half Men,” “House,” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” franchise. When “Paint It Black” debuted at last year’s La Film Fest, Tamblyn told us that she was inspired to make the movie as soon as she read its source material, Janet Fitch’s book of the same name. “Its story had a rare and delicate cinematic power in its language,” Tamblyn explained, “different from any other book I’d read before.”
“My hope was to make a movie that was as visually intoxicating as it is psychologically — a true and twisted look at the violent, terrifying, and beautiful subconscious lives of women in the throws of major life changes,” Tamblyn explained when “Paint It Black” was acquired by Imagination Worldwide. “I wanted to make a film about the literal way in which women grieve, not a film about women’s grief.”
Tamblyn, who penned the film’s script with Ed Dougherty (“Gone to Jasper”), published a book of poetry in 2015. “Dark Sparkler” is comprised of poems from the perspectives of 25 actresses, including Sharon Tate, Marilyn Monroe, and Brittany Murphy.
“Paint It Black” opens May 19.
Trailer Watch: Two Women Grieve and Rage in Amber Tamblyn’s “Paint It Black” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Since Showtime is a pay-for-view cable channel, the execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels. However, they still have to run programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.Scripted Showtime shows listed: The Affair, Billions, Californication, Dexter, Dice, Episodes, Happyish, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Roadies, Shameless, and Web Therapy.Last updated: Most recent ratings for Billions and Guerrilla added.There's lots of data that Showtime 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 Showtime's recent/current primetime scripted shows. »
Kendrick Lamar just released the “DNA.” music video, which features Academy Award nominated actor Don Cheadle. The song hails from the rapper’s fourth studio album, “Dman,” which dropped April 14. The release follows the Compton rapper’s acclaimed third studio album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which dropped in 2015.
The clip opens with the “House of Lies” actor portraying a mean cop who is about to interrogate the rapper using a lie detector. After going into trance, he becomes an alternative manifestation of Lamar and starts lip-syncing the lyrics of the song. When the rapper is freed, he goes into the street where his homies await for him. The rest of the video includes a group of women going wild in a car, and one scene even shows Lamar in a coffin.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Don Cheadle may be an Academy Award nominated actor, but as it turns out he’s also pretty darn good at rapping Kendrick Lamar verses. On Tuesday, Lamar released the music video for “DNA”, the second single off his new album “Damn.” The spot features Cheadle as a cop who, attempting to interrogate Lamar, ends up possessed by the rapper instead, sparking a rap battle between the two. The video starts off with the “House of Lies” actor in full “bad cop” mode, scoffing at the rapper and remarking at how absurd it is that he has two first names — Kendrick and Lamar. »
- Rasha Ali
Keanu Reeves, P.I.?
The Swedish import, which first premiered on the online streaming service Viaplay, also stars Peter Stormare (The Blacklist) and comedian Johan Glans as an aging ex-stuntman and a Swedish DJ who open an L.A.-based private detective firm; Reeves appears in a recurring capacity.
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Don Cheadle is in talks to produce and star in an adaptation of Shane White’s biography Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire, which will reunite him with screenwriter Steven Baigelman, who co-wrote Cheadle’s directorial debut Miles Ahead.
The official Amazon description for Prince of Darkness reads: “In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America’s first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt’s death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page obituary on the front of the National Republican acknowledged that, in the context of his Wall Street share transactions, ‘There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton.’ What Vanderbilt’s obituary failed to mention, perhaps as contemporaries already knew it well, »
- Gary Collinson
Steven Baigelman, who co-wrote the “Miles Ahead” screenplay with Cheadle, has been tapped to adapt the “Prince of Darkness” script from Shane White’s book “Prince of Darkness: The Story of JeremiahJeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire.”
White’s book portrays Hamilton as a larger-than-life character who defied convention during the period and amassed a $2 million fortune by the time of his death in 1875. He dealt extensively in the white business world, married a white woman, bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, and owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride.
When Hamilton died, he was often referred to as the richest black man in the U.S. White’s book was the winner of the 2015 Society for Historians of the »
- Dave McNary
Those ghosts just won’t leave Hill House alone.
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Jackson’s book was previously adapted for the screen as the 1963 and 1999 films The Haunting.
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Gist will take over the music drama series as part of a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. She previously worked as a co-executive producer and writer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Her other credits include “Revenge,” “House of Lies,” and “One Tree Hill.” She is repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts Entertainment.
“What a get for us! Finding the right showrunner to support Lee and Tom’s vision on ‘Star’ was a huge priority, and we’ve had our eye on Karin for a long while- she did extraordinary work on ‘Grey’s’ and ‘Revenge,'” said 20th TV head of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “We love what she brings to the table in terms of emotional storytelling and juicy characters. We’re excited for her to start on ‘Star’ and we know »
- Joe Otterson
Jenny Slate is an actress and a writer, so it makes sense that she cares about getting her point across effectively. When E! News' Marc Malkin sat down with her to talk about her new movie, Gifted, she used hand gestures. Seriously, it was hard to press on, so cute were her various gesticulations. But we still gleaned some key facts from Slate, whose inimitable voice—which you know from Bob's Burgers, Zootopia, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On and much more—provided a perfect foil for our E!Q in 42. After a string of comedic roles in Girls, Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and so on, next up she takes a dramatic turn in Gifted, about a »
RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The potential series examines the life of Alex Riley over a 50-year span, focusing on three distinct periods — as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042.
With production now underway on Amazon’s reboot of The Tick, the official Twitter page has released a new image of Peter Serafinowicz as the titular blue superhero, complete with an updated costume from the one we saw in the pilot episode; take a look here…
See Also: New images from Amazon’s reboot of The Tick
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.
The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events »
- Gary Collinson
Game of Silence and House of Lies alum Larenz Tate is set as the male lead opposite Allison Miller in the ABC drama pilot Salamander. Also cast as a regular in the project, based on a Belgian format, is South African actor Neil Sandilands (The 100). Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg and directed by Gary Fleder, Salamander centers on Ethan (Tate), a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical Homeland Security… »
Kayti Burt Mar 9, 2017
George Lazenby sprung to fame, as you probably know, by being cast as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. And then he walked away. Becoming Bond, a documentary set to debut on Hulu in the Us this coming May, aspires to tell Lazenby's story.
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Lazenby was a used car salesman when he got the job of playing James Bond. To date, he is the youngest actor to have played the spy. He was 29 years old when he starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, earning a Golden Globe New Star of the Year nomination (which was apparently a thing in 1970?) for the role before walking away from a nice, six-movie deal that would have »
Don Cheadle made it perfectly clear Saturday night why he’s not much of a Donald Trump fan, claiming on Twitter that the current president once used the racially charged N-word during a golf tournament with the father of one of the actor’s friends. “Hated him since he asked my friend’s father at a Doral pro-am if he ever ‘f—ed a n—-r…'” the Oscar-nominated actor tweeted on Sunday. “Did it for me.” The star of Showtime’s “House of Lies” offered no further details about the alleged encounter, such as when exactly it occurred or »
- Rosemary Rossi
The Amazon drama pilot from Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will be available for your streaming pleasure beginning Friday, March 17. As per tradition, viewers will then be able to review the project and “help determine the next Amazon Original Series that are then available to Prime members.”
Something tells us that Young & Hungry‘s Aimee Carrero won’t have to fake any chemistry with her newest on-screen partner.
RelatedYoung & Hungry Exclusive: MTV’s Nicole Byer to Terrorize Gabi and Sofia in Season 5
Tim Rock — the real-life husband of Carrero (aka Sofia) — is guest-starring on an upcoming episode of the Freeform comedy, TVLine has learned exclusively, playing a dentist with whom Sofia is set up on a blind date.
Though Freeform »
CBS Films has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming comedy Dean, which marks the directorial debut of comedian Demetri Martin, who also stars as the title character and wrote the screenplay. The film was the winner of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival's Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. CBS Films picked the film up after its world premiere, setting it for limited release on June 2.
Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Dean (Demetri Martin) is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert (Kevin Kline) takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. »
Larenz Tate will recur in the fourth season of the Power TV show on Starz. Fans will remember him as Shawn in Game of Silence, which NBC cancelled last year, after one season. He also played Malcolm Kaan in House of Lies, which was cancelled after five seasons on Showtime.A Starz crime drama, Power follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick). In addition to owning the Truth nightclub in New York, Ghost also is one of the largest drug distributors in the city. Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Lucy Walters, Adam Huss, Andy Bean, Luis Antonio Ramos, Shane Johnson, J.R. Ramirez, Rotimi Akinoshko, David Fumero, Michael Rainey Jr., Jerry Ferrara, and Callan Mulvey also star.Read More… »
Game of Silence and House of Lies alum Larenz Tate is set for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Starz’s hit drama series Power. Tate will play Councilman Rashad Tate, a city councilman from Jamaica Queens. Power follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug kingpin living a double life who in season 4 seeks to find redemption. Power returns for its fourth season this summer. Courtney A. Kemp serves as the creator, showrunner and executive producer of Power… »
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