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Showtime’s comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” has added a slew of guest stars to the cast of the one-hour pilot.
“The Good Wife’s” recurring player Dylan Baker has been cast as Johnny Carson. Baker’s work on the CBS legal drama, playing Colin Sweeney, earned him three Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Also cast in guest roles are Robert Forster, who will guest star as Guy Appuzo, the father of Clay (played by Sebastian Stan); Cathy Moriarty, who will play Clay’s mother, Angie Appuzo; Alfred Molina who will play Carl, a mediocre talent manager whose client is Adam (played by Rj Cyler); Al Madrigal, who will play Edgar Martinez, a loose cannon comedian who lives in his own world and loves to party; and Jon Daly, who’s been cast as Arnie, a struggling comic who does a bit of everything at the club. »
- Margaret Lenker
Showtime’s pilot “I’m Dying Up Here” from exec producer Jim Carrey is filling out its cast.
Oscar winner Melissa Leo is set to star in the dark comedy, Variety has learned. Sebastian Stan and Clark Duke have also joined the cast, joining previously announced talent Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.
Should the pilot go to series, Leo and Duke would be series regulars, while Stan would appear in a guest-starring role.
Leo (“The Fighter,” “Louie”) will play Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Duke (“Hot Tub Time Machine,” “The Office”) joins the ensemble of young comedians in the project, set to play Larry, a ballsy young Boston-bred comic who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
You can find Melissa Leo in da club for her next TV role — a comedy club, to be specific.
The Oscar-winning actress (The Fighter, Louie) has landed a major role in Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here. If it’s picked up, Leo would be a series regular as Goldie, who’s described as “a brassy comedy-club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love.”
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Tara Ellis has been tapped to lead the CBC’s content teams in original scripted drama, comedy, kids and digital programming.
“Tara is one of Canada’s leading media executives and her incredible reputation, creative expertise, relationships with the independent community and leadership experience will undoubtedly serve her well in this role,” said Sally Catto, CBC general manager of programming.
Ellis started her career in TV drama at the CBC, where she served from 1994 to 2000 as executive in charge of production, overseeing the development and production of movies, mini-series, and features, and programming Canadian shorts and features.
Following that, Ellis served for almost a decade as VP of drama content for Canadian cable channel Showcase, leading acquisitions, original production and scheduling.
- Jennie Punter
Ellie Bamber ("Pride And Prejudice And Zombies") has joined the cast of the Tom Ford drama "Nocturnal Animals" at Focus Features. Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson also star.
The two-part story follows a woman (Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second part revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent. Bamber will play Gyllenhaal's daughter. [Source: Variety]
Huston's character will be a new friend of Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) and could return for a third season as she says the pair have "palpable chemistry". [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Westworld is beefing up its cast. The upcoming HBO sci-fi drama has added Selma and Dear White People star Tessa Thompson as a series regular. Thompson will play Charlotte Hale. No details are known yet about the character except that she has a “unique perspective” on Westworld and that she will be a type of “investigator” in the series. In addition her recent starring roles in films, Thompson has appeared on many TV series in the past. Her credits include Heroes, Detroit 1-8-7, 666 Park Avenue, and Copper. She joins Westworld‘s all-star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (30 Rock), Ed Harris (The Rock), Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood). Westword is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series will focus on a futuristic, »
- Chris King
I've got a couple of casting announcements for you this morning. There's no word on who he will be playing, but The Wrap is reporting that Vinyl and Elementary actor Ato Essandoh has been cast in Bourne 5, joining Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles. Essandoh's other television credits include turns on Girls, Blue Bloods and Copper, and he has also... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
See Also: First look at Matt Damon in Bourne 5
The latest instalment in the spy series reunited Damon with director Paul Greengrass and co-star Julia Stiles, while new additions include Alicia Vikander (Ex_Machina), Vincent Cassel (Trance) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
Bourne 5 is set for release on July 26th 2016.
- Gary Collinson
The “Bourne 2016” family just got a little bigger, with the addition of HBO regular Ato Essandoh. Star of the forthcoming Bobby Cannavale rock n’ roll period drama “Vinyl,” Essandoh joins the previously announced Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles. Character details are predictably under wraps. Essandoh has previously appeared in the BBC America series “Copper,” as well as landing stints on HBO’s “Girls” and CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” His film credits include “Blood Diamond” and “Django Unchained.” Also Read: Matt Damon Sizzles in Shirtless First Look From 'Bourne 2016' Movie Set (Photo) Paul Greengrass returns to the “Bourne” series as director, »
- Matt Donnelly
Paul Greengrass is back to direct and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall will produce the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Production is currently underway with the film set to bow on July 29, 2016.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, the first of which was released in 2002, grossed nearly $1 billion cumulatively at the worldwide box office.
- Justin Kroll
Ato Essandoh has joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled next installment of The Bourne Identity at Universal Pictures. He joins Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles. Paul Greengrass is directing what will be his third film in the series. Essandoh, who co-starred in the BBC America series Copper, is currently starring in Vinyl, the HBO drama series set in 1970s New York. He also appeared in the films Django Unchained, Blood Diamond… »
The film is already in production, but we still don’t know that much about the new Bourne outing, beyond the fact that Matt Damon is back as the titular hero surrounded by a crop of faces both new and old. And while we don’t know what he’ll be up to, we do know that Copper’s Ato Essandoh has landed a role in the film.Paul Greengrass is back as the director once again, having co-written the script with Christopher Rouse. The action will pick up a few years after Damon’s Jason Bourne went underground and the first set pic (put online by producer Frank Marshall) showed he’s been keeping himself in fighting shape. Besides Julia Stiles’ return as Nicky Parsons, the cast also includes Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel, with Essandoh joining the ranks. Will he be a friend to Bourne? »
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s” Rj Cyler has been cast in the Showtime pilot “I’m Dying Up Here.” Cyler will play struggling comedian Adam in the large ensemble comedy. Based on the book by William Knoedelseder, the project is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s. It is written and executive produced by former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte (“Will & Grace”). Jim Carrey will executive produce, and Jonathan Levine (“50/50”) will direct. Michael Aguilar (“The Departed”) and Christina Wayne (“Copper”) serve as executive producers for the pilot from Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. Also read: Teddy Roosevelt Limited Series in Works. »
- Reid Nakamura
Marvel’s Luke Cage has tapped an acting superhero to join its ranks.
RelatedMarvel’s Most Wanted: S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoff Gets Pilot Order at ABC; Adrianne Palicki to Star
Per Deadline, which first broke the news, Woodard will co-star as Minetta, a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life and who may or may not be a version of the Marvel villain Black Mariah. »
Head (“The Syndicate”) will play Grace, a young girl American girl living in London who is stunned when she becomes the top suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. Law (“Arrow,” “Spartacus: War of the Damned”) will play her sister Natalie, an attorney who drops everything when Grace becomes a murder suspect. Zane (“Titanic”) has been cast as Stan, Grace’s cocky defense attorney, who revels in conflict and enjoys winning.
The cast is rounded out by Cristian Solimeno (“Rush”), who will play D.S. Bruno, an ambitious Scotland Yard detective sergeant who is determined to get to the bottom of the murder and is immediately intrigued by Natalie; Naomi Ryan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), who will play Gwendolyn, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Rock legend Patti Smith is teaming with Showtime for a limited series adaptation of her 2010 memoir, Just Kids. Showtime president David Nevins announced the project Tuesday during the Television Critics Assocation's summer press tour, noting that Smith will co-write and co-produce the series with Penny Dreadful creator John Logan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Just Kids, which won a National Book Award in the nonfiction category, focuses on Smith's relationship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe during the late Sixties and early Seventies – and features stories of her encounters with pop culture giants like Jimi Hendrix, »
Jim Carrey has landed a pilot order at Showtime for “I’m Dying Up Here,” an hourlong project set in the 1970s comedy scene, Variety has learned.
Showtime boss David Nevins is expected to make the announcement Tuesday at the cabler’s Television Critics Assn. press tour presentation.
Exploring the famous Hollywood comedy clubs of the ’70s — the golden age of L.A. comics when many of today’s renowned comedians got their start — the pilot will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, yet complex business of making an audience laugh.
“The 1970s L.A. comedy scene gave rise to some of the biggest and most influential performers of the last half-century, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC Family is rounding out its cast for drama pilot Guilt from writers/executive producers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price (The Game Plan) and executive producer Stephen McPherson. Billy Zane (Titanic), Daisy Head (Endeavour), Zachary Fall (Crossing Lines), Katrina Law (Arrow) and Kevin Ryan (Copper) have landed series regular roles on the pilot, a fictional story that draws parallels to the story of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted, acquitted, retried and… »
The second season of the werewolf SyFy series, Bitten, has officially hit shelves this week, and what better way to celebrate the release, than to give three of you lucky readers not only the complete second season on DVD, but copies signed by the show’s star, Laura Vandervoort?! We love giving stuff out to you loyal readers, and thanks to the gang at Falkowitz PR, we’re able to hook a few of you up. So instead of reading about how adorable Carly Rae Jepsen is, Enter The Contest Now, and while you’re at it, check out this Exclusive clip from the show!!!
In 2014, Syfy introduced genre audiences to Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville, Ted), the world’s only female werewolf, in Bitten, a steamy, emotionally charged supernatural series based on the novels by New York Times best-selling author, Kelley Armstrong. Now, this July, Entertainment One conjures up »
- Jerry Smith
Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.
Justin Simien’s Sundance-winning feature debut Dear White People, the identity comedy about the tension between white and black students at an elite university, was a critical and commercial success in the Us.
The low-budget indie – part-backed by crowd-funder Indiegogo - took $4.5m at the Us box office in October and was widely praised by Us and international critics.
Tessa Thompson (Copper) stars alongside well-known TV faces Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Dennis Haysbert (24) in the film, which carries important messages about race and identity but also “smartly pinpoints people’s universal needs”.
The New York Times’ A.O Scott hailed the film as “as smart and fearless a debut as I have seen from an American filmmaker in quite some time…everyone should »
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