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Chicago – Two time Oscar winner Jane Fonda will grace the Windy City, as she accepts a Career Achievement Award from Cinema/Chicago, and will participate in a tribute night on Saturday, July 29th, 2017. The event will take place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, and will feature an on-stage conversation with Fonda, moderated by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times. The evening is sponsored by Sage Private Wealth Group, and includes partners American Airlines, Sound Investment Av, Chloe Wine Collection and Wansas Tequila.
Jane Fonda is part of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Henry Fonda and the sister of Peter Fonda. She studied at Vassar College and was a member of the Actors Studio in New York City, before making her film debut in “Tall Story” (1959). The 1960s were an ingenue era for her, as she appeared in “Sunday in New York” (1963), “Cat Ballou” (1965) and “Barefoot in the Park” (1967). She »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We're all impatiently waiting for season two of Stranger Things to hit Netflix, but the teasers can only hold us over for so long! There's good news for fans: the hit series received a whopping 18 Emmy nominations. In the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series category, David Harbour is nominated for his role as Jim Hopper. But where else have you seen the actor before? While the chief of Hawkins Pd is probably his most well-known role, Harbour has been acting since 1999. On the TV front, he started out with guest appearances. If you're an obsessive Law & Order watcher, you might've caught one of his several episodes across the franchise. He's also had supporting roles on shows like Pan Am, The Newsroom, Rake, Manhattan, and State of Affairs. Harbour has also appeared in quite a few films, including acclaimed and star-studded flicks like Brokeback Mountain, Revolutionary Road, Quantum of Solace, »
- Ally Bautista
With more than 400 television shows to choose from and only a handful of ballot slots per category, the 21,000-plus voting members of the TV Academy had no choice but to leave quite a few strong contenders off the 2017 Emmy ballots. However, with such a plethora of worthy candidates, there were also quite a few pleasant surprises along the way. Now that the official nominations have been announced, Variety breaks down the biggest snubs and surprises of this small-screen award season.
Snub: Oprah Winfrey
You may have thought the Academy could never snub Winfrey — voters just spot her name on the ballot, and even if they haven’t seen her in the role for which she’s nominated, they’ll usually still give her the nod. But this year that proved not to be true, as Winfrey was overlooked for limited series “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
Surprise: “Westworld” ties with “Saturday Night Live” for the most »
- Danielle Turchiano
TVLine has learned that the onetime Newsroom staffer has enlisted with the History action-drama for Season 2, playing Gina, a ruthless and smart CIA operative who rose from being a Shooter to a high-level Operations Officer.
RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?
In addition to her run as The Newsroom‘s Sloan, Munn’s previous TV credits also include New Girl, Greek and Beyond the Break, Attack of the Show! (as co-host) and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (as a correspondent). Her recent big-screen gigs include Office Christmas Party and X-Men: Apocalypse. »
History’s breakout Navy Seal drama series Six is getting a major new cast addition for Season 2, with The Newsroom alumna Olivia Munn signing on for a key role. From A+E Studios and Weinstein Television, and created by father/son duo William and David Broyles, the series follows members of Navy Seal Team Six, modern American warriors whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. In the… »
Drone pilot and family man Neil (Sean Bean; TV’s Game Of Thrones, The Martian) has spent his career conducting deadly, covert missions overseas from the comfort of his suburban hometown. When an enigmatic, Pakistani businessman (Patrick Sabongui; TV’s Homeland, Arrow) manages to track Neil down at his home seeking revenge, Neil must confront the consequences of his actions.
Also starring Mary McCormack (TV’s The West Wing, The Newsroom) and Joel David Moore (Avatar, The Guest), Drone is a supremely timely and electrifyingly taut thriller that examines the consequences of making decisions from afar. Featuring Sean Bean at his stoic best, make sure Drone doesn’t fly under your radar this summer.
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Class will remain in session at Netflix with a Season 2 pick-up for the college comedy Dear White People.
RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?
Based on the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People follows several students of color at an overwhelmingly white school, with most of the 30-minute episodes focusing on a particular character.
The cast includes Logan Browning (Hit the Floor), DeRon Horton (Lethal Weapon), Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights), John Patrick Amedori (Gossip Girl), Antoinette Robertson (Hart of Dixie), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Glee) and Marque Richardson »
In today’s roundup, Syfy announces the official title for “Sharknado 5,” and Food Network adds two new shows.
The latest installment of “Sharknado” will officially be known as “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” with the tagline, “Make America Bait Again.” Both are a result of a fan-sourced initiative where Syfy invited Facebook users to submit ideas. The latest plot follows Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tara Reid) as their young son gets trapped in a traveling tornado and is transported all over the world. Cassie Screbo, Masiela Lusha and Cody Linley will reprise their roles, and the film will feature a number of cameos from Fabio, Tony Hawk, Olivia Newton-John, Clay Aiken, Bret Michaels and “Today” hosts Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “Sharknado 5” is a production of The Asylum and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante and based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen.
- Rebecca Rubin
The lead actor Emmy races could be ripe for new blood this year, from standbys looking for their first win to debuts that dazzle. But who would get the call?
First let’s look at the reigning champs. Last year, Rami Malek scored for USA’s phenomenon “Mr. Robot” in the drama field, but the second season hasn’t driven the same intrigue. Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, could be in the middle of a dynasty run for his work in Amazon’s “Transparent,” but peak TV is pushing all comedy categories to the brink — there may be too many options piling up.
Who’s overdue? An argument could obviously be made for Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” He’s been nominated for all four seasons so far and even won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards in that stretch. Yet he hasn’t heard his name called on TV’s biggest night.
- Kristopher Tapley
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.
You’d think every Fargo character would know that rule pretty well by now, but someone had to learn it the hard way this week.
Ray’s out of a job, and he and Nikki lost their high-roller bridge sponsor when Ray blew off their dinner, so they’re forced to come up with another get-rich scheme — and yes, it involves more wigs. Ray poses as Emmit again and films a sex tape with Nikki (who’s wearing a long red “hooker wig”), placing it in an envelope on »
Kristin Scott Thomas in “I’ve Loved You So Long”: Columbia/TriStar
Inspired by the true story of BMW heiress Susanne Klatten (Scott Thomas), “Paramour” follows the “powerful woman who chooses to lead a reclusive existence away from the limelight. When the mysterious and seductive Helg Sgarbi enters her life, they embark upon a passionate, illicit affair — but once she is well and truly hooked, Helg reveals his sinister true intentions,” the source summarizes.
Jordan Katz (“Valiant”) penned the script. Meredith Vieira Productions’ Amy Rapp (“Tower”) is producing alongside Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter (“The Hallow”). Vieira will serve as exec producer. Sales for the project, scheduled to shoot in Germany and Italy this fall, will launch next week in Cannes.
“‘Paramour’ is a thrilling and provocative story about the dangers and responsibilities that one uber-wealthy woman is forced to confront,” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “Jordan Katz’s script intelligently captures the intriguing dilemmas facing these two highly flawed characters. The combination of exciting filmmaker Alexandra-Therese Keining and the always compelling star Kristin Scott Thomas make for a heady cocktail which will appeal to adult audiences around the world.”
Keining’s most recent film, supernatural coming-of-age story “Girls Lost,” made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. When we asked her about the biggest misconception about her and her work, she said, “That as a female director, I am only able to do rom-coms.” Keining is currently in pre-production on AnnaSophia Robb-starrer “Just Like Beauty,” a dramedy set in a dystopic future.
Scott Thomas will make her directorial debut with “The Sea Change,” a drama about an unhappy married couple who travel to a remote Greek island. She earned an Academy Award nomination in 1997 for her role in “The English Patient.” Her recent credits include “Suite Française,” “The Invisible Woman,” and “Only God Forgives.” She’ll next be seen in Sally Potter’s “The Party,” which just secured U.S. distribution. Scheduled to hit theaters in February, the black and white dark comedy co-stars Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom”), Patricia Clarkson (“The Maze Runner” franchise), Cillian Murphy (“Inception”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Timothy Spall (“Harry Potter” franchise), and Bruno Ganz (“The Reader”).
Kristin Scott Thomas to Play BMW Heiress in Alexandra-Therese Keining’s “Paramour” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
The Us release of Miss Sloane came in the same month as the 2016 presidential election finally came to pass, and perhaps it's only down to a general exasperation with politics that it has been so overlooked. The absurdity of the news has only been compounded over the six months that it's taken to arrive in UK cinemas, but it's testament to how well executed the film is that this story of corruption and skullduggery in Washington DC still seems remarkable.
The film centres on Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), a ruthless lobbyist who has been hauled in to plead the Fifth in front of an ethics committee (chaired by John Lithgow's pompous senator), and the three months that led to these proceedings. Miss Sloane has quite the reputation in Washington, »
Rob Leane Apr 28, 2017
This sounds like an interesting one: two talented chaps, who have enjoyed massive success of late, are moving to TV for a musical series set in the city of Love.
Damien Chazelle (whose recent films Whiplash and La La Land both cleaned up at the Oscars) and Jack Thorne (who worked on the West End mega-hit Harry Potter And The Cursed Child) will team up for a series entitled The Eddy.
Collider reports that the musical drama is "set in contemporary multicultural Paris" and "revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the volatile city that surrounds them."
Thorne is penning the scripts, and Chazelle is attached to direct. Songwriter Glen Ballard (who worked on the bangers Jagged Little Pill and »
Jesse Eisenberg is on The Market.
The Academy Award-nominated star of The Social Network, in collaboration with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, will star in, direct and produce the half-hour comedy The Market, our sister site Deadline reports.
The series (which has not yet been shopped) revolves around Harold, a recent widow who moves in with his son Stan (Eisenberg). Having both lost their jobs due to the economy, father and son must navigate the harsh realities of the job market.
The director of La La Land is about to dance his way onto the small screen.
Oscar winner Damien Chazelle has signed on to direct The Eddy, a musical drama set in modern-day Paris, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s not clear whether the project will end up being a one-off movie or a limited series, but the script from Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) is currently being shopped around to cable networks and streaming services.
RelatedOscars 2017 Stunner: La La Land Mistakenly Named Best Picture; Moonlight Actual Winner
The plot centers on a music club in Paris, »
The main goal of a pilot episode to any show is to keep the audience wanting to come back. It’s to make viewers realize that this is a show to be reckoned with. In essence, a pilot show is your elevator pitch to the world. And I honestly believe that in the history of television no show had a better elevator pitch than The Newsroom. Jeff Daniels’ three minute rant on why America is not the greatest country in the world remains, to this day, my favorite three minutes from any pilot episode of any show ever. Brilliantly written by
The Newsroom Pilot Speech is Still the Best Three Minutes of Television Intro History »
- Nat Berman
To celebrate the release of The Belko Experiment – in UK cinemas 21st April – we are giving away a poster & t-shirt courtesy of Vertigo Releasing.
In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.
The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).
The Belko Experiment raises »
- Gary Collinson
Life can be pretty tough. It has no allegiances, and it has absolutely no problem with sticking the most noble of folks with the most god-awful of circumstances. It seems content not just to sticking a sword in you, but pull it out, give a twist, and stick it right back in. There have been plenty of films that tackle the subject matter of a tough life, and in the new film, The Sweet Life, we'll be riding along with some folks who are done dealing with it..
The Sweet Life follows two wayward souls who create a suicide pact, agreeing to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge (one of the most popular suicide spots in the world) together. The two set off on a roadh trip from Chicago to California, and it follows their journey on the way there and all they obstacles they come across. This film is a dramedy, »
- Joseph Medina
Collin is at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood, CA; come inside and check it out!
It’s hardly 9 Am in Hollywood when a young man from TCM taps the microphone at the legendary Egyptian Theatre; his thick Georgia accent stands out in Los Angeles (TCM's headquarters are in Atlanta). The theatre is packed for the first showing of the morning. Everyone’s elbows are rubbing against one another and our knees are pressed against the seats in front of us - but where else can we see a 35mm print of Ginger Rogers (before she was The Ginger Rogers) in the 1933 screwball comedy Rafter Romance?
The TCM rep (whose name I forgot to write down) introduces legendary film critic Leonard Maltin, and like that The South of the United States and Southern California meet for the love of celluloid (a little later Australia’s own Alicia Malone would also introduce a film, »
- email@example.com (Collin Llewellyn)
The Newsroom alum John Gallagher Jr. has joined Kristen Stewart in aquatic action thriller Underwater from 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Directed by William Eubank, the film follows an underwater scientific crew who, after an earthquake devastates their underwater station, have to navigate through two miles in the dangerous depths of the ocean floor to make it to safety. Jenno Topping is on board to also produce the film, which was written Brian Duffield… »
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