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Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Anjelica Huston are joining forces to make some magic at Lifetime. Melissa Joan Hart will direct the Oscar winner in “Watcher in the Woods,” an upcoming original movie for the network. Variety reports that Huston will topline the re-imagining of the 1980 cult classic horror film.
Huston plays “Mrs. Alywood, the distraught mother whose daughter vanished in the English countryside over 20 years ago. When Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into the idyllic Alywood manor for the summer, the family is warned against entering the surrounding woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest,” Variety summarizes. “As Jan unravels the dark past hidden by the townspeople, she delves further into the mystery and deeper into danger, but now it might be too late to escape.”
In addition to her directing duties, Hart is executive producing “Watcher in the Woods” along with Paula Hart, her mother. The “God’s Not Dead 2” actress has previously helmed episodes of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” in which she starred from 1996–2003, her comedy series “Melissa & Joey,” and “Santa Con,” a 2014 Lifetime movie about a con man who is forced to accept a job as a department store Santa.
A premiere date for “Watcher in the Woods” hasn’t been announced yet. Lifetime did, however, reveal when to expect Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, “Story of a Girl.” The coming-of-age story based on Sara Zarr’s Ya novel will air on the network July 23.
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- Laura Berger
And a baby makes four! Megan Hilty is kicking off the spring season with some exciting family news. As it turns out, the Smash star and Tony-nominated Broadway star has welcomed her second child, E! News confirms. "We are overjoyed with the new addition to our little family," Megan shared with People who first broke the news. "It's incredible how much love you can feel for someone you've just met." Megan along with husband Brian Gallagher named their son Ronan Laine Gallagher. He was born last Monday in Los Angeles at 3:30 p.m. Baby Ronan joins older sister Viola Philomena. Close to one month ago, the Wicked and Annie Get Your Gun star celebrated her baby boy's »
The 35-year-old actress' rep confirms to Et that the couple welcomed their second child, Ronan Laine, on March 13. The newborn joins his 2-year-old sister, Viola.
Hilty and Gallagher -- who married in November 2013 -- found a clever way of announcing that they were expecting another baby. Last September, the Smash star posted a photo of herself surrounded by desserts while wearing a T-shirt that read: "Eating for two."
As for her husband, he's seen sipping red wine in the photo and sporting a shirt that reads: "Drinking for two."
Watch: Geri Halliwell Welcomes Baby No. 2 on Baby Spice's Birthday
Here's a look at what »
But we can’t divulge his name.
Or anything about his past.
And we’re not really allowed to reveal his name or how he fits into the spy drama as it moves forward — in just one timeline — but we’re happy to let him take a crack at it.
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The former Ms. Ana Vargas will play Maxine “Max” Griffin, whom the official character description calls the “intelligent, passionate and fiercely driven” founder of a professional women’s networking platform known as “The Roster.” Max’s guiding purpose: Get politics to treat women better.
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TVLine can reveal exclusively that Max also is the fianceé of Hunter Parrish’s mystery character, who’ll make his first appearance in the March 20 episode, “Lnwilt.” She’ll appear in multiple episodes. »
NBC’s silly new mockumentary-style comedy Trial & Error puts a new twist on the eerie, investigative crime show, adding humor and a quirky cast.
The series follows New York lawyer Josh Segal (Nicolas D’Agosto), who takes to a small Southern town for his first case. He and his eccentric team defend a “rollercizing” professor Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) who’s been accused of murdering his wife.
- Char Adams
A CW vampire might be facing the end of the world soon over on ABC.
The Originals star Claire Holt has joined the cast of ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday, TVLine has learned. The premise of the hour-long thriller from Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd: A secret think-tank tasked with coming up with possible disaster scenarios is pressed into action when one of their made-up scenarios comes horribly true. Holt will play a character named Kayla; no further details on her character have been released.
RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, »
Diggs will play “Dr. Davis Albright,” one of the former members of a U.S. government-instituted secret think tank — the Doomsday Project — comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Handsome and confident, he is an engineer and architect, formerly the youngest-ever head of disaster prevention for Fema. Fastidious, with expensive taste in clothes, he enjoys the finer things in life and is habitually well-dressed and not fond of forays into the field.
The ideas invented by the Doomsday Project were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
Diggs is the most recent addition to the »
- Oriana Schwindt
Don’t tell Cookie Lyon, but it appears Angelo Dubois is moving on.
RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Written by Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd and EPd’ by CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, the hour-long thriller centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, »
Rachelle Lefevre can’t seem to shake her apocalyptic impulses.
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Written by Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd and EPd’ by CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, the hour-long thriller centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the »
The Oscar-nominated songwriting team is currently riding a one-two punch of critical and box office success with two massive hit projects: La La Land, the breakthrough movie musical for which they wrote the lyrics — and Dear Evan Hansen, the sold-out Broadway smash that’s already a frontrunner for a Tony Award for best new musical.
- Dave Quinn
“Doomsday” is set in the aftermath of 9-11. The drama tells the story of a U.S. government-instituted secret think tank comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making. Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz also executive produce.
Davenport will play Warren, a well-known intellectual playwright turned middle-brow action screenwriter, who is also part of the former Doomsday Project think tank. Described as imaginative and creative, he sees the world like a story, which helps him think like and even empathize with the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Smash alum Jack Davenport is set as a lead in ABC's thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn, writers Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and Sony TV. Written by Bianculli and Boyd, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas… »
The drama is set in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, when the U.S. government instituted a secret think tank comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, who were tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday »
- Lesley Goldberg
Christian Borle, the original William Shakespeare in Broadway’s Something Rotten!, and three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien have spent 45 minutes on the second day of rehearsals for the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical debating a very serious question: Should Borle, who is portraying Willy Wonka, do a somersault?
The question is a serious one for the two, who, like fans, have a long history with the popular 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, which was adapted for the screen in 1971 as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with the late Gene Wilder taking on the iconic title role. In the film, he famously somersaulted across the screen. “Everyone has some familiarity with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Borle tells Et by phone after his discussion with O’Brien about the production striking a balance with people’s expectations for the show. “There are certain things people are craving to see, but we also »
The rap on musicals used to be “audiences don’t want to see people breaking into song.” Now that “La La Land” has charmed audiences by doing just that, what does it mean for the future of live-action screen musicals?
“Whatever musicals come next will have to be good. That’s the test,” says Justin Paul, one of the Oscar-nominated lyricists for “La La Land.” “I have to believe that other studios, other producers, would only be encouraged by the impact of ‘La La Land,’ both critically and at the box office.”
Adds fellow “La La Land” lyricist Benj Pasek: “We feel like our generation has been so primed for musical content. We grew up with the resurgence of Disney animation and all that followed from that. In hindsight, it makes sense that people would be receptive; so many of us grew up with our first stories being told through song. »
- Jon Burlingame
Love will remain in the air at Netflix.
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* The Grammys will remember seven-time winner Prince and two-time winner George Michael with separate and “unforgettable tribute segments” during the Sunday, Feb. 12 telecast, CBS has announced. »
Everyone put your fanned-out hands together and breathe out a frightful whoosh!, because Netflix has renewed the supernatural thriller The Oa for Season 2 — or “Part II,” as it is being dubbed.
RelatedOrange Is the New Black Season 5 Set for June Release
Released in mid-December, The Oa stars Brit Marling (who co-created the very odd bird with Zal Batmanglij) as Prairie Johnson, a young woman who returns to her adoptive parents from a years-long vanishing, now no longer blind. And that, my friends, is far, far, far from the wildest aspect of her time spent missing.
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have today announced their next three highly collectable new expansion packs for Lego Dimensons, and if you’re anything like myself when I read the news you quite possibly bellowed, “Hey you Guys!” as The Goonies are coming to a Lego Portal near you. Not only that you’ve got Harry Potter and the Lego City Fun Pack too!
Along with this the Lego minifigures included – within each of these expansion packs – comes with special golden Toy Tags which unlock a free play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand, as well as a Battle Arena that can be reached through Vorton. Each Battle Arena is unique to the world of the character used to unlock it and features competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players, with four exciting gameplay modes including Capture the Flag, Objective, Base Bash, and Tick, Tag, Boom!.
The Schuyler Sisters have compelled the Super Bowl to include women in the prequel.
VideosMr. Clean’s ‘Sexy’ Super Bowl Ad Will Have You Feeling… Some Type of Way
Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones — the actresses who originated the roles of Eliza, Angelica and Peggy Schuyler in Broadway’s Hamilton — will reunite to perform “America the Beautiful” during the live televised pregame show, airing Feb. 5 on Fox, the National Football League announced Friday.
In addition to their work on Broadway, all three actresses have their share of small-screen credits: Goldsberry, best known for playing The Good Wife‘s Geneva Pine, »
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