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The upcoming TV movie takes a look at the life of Fantasy Island and The Man with the Golden Gun star Hervé Villechaize (described as “the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf” by HBO), who took his own life in 1993. Check out the image, which features co-star Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey) as struggling writer Danny Tate alongside Dinklage’s Villechaize, below…
Being perhaps the most accomplished and celebrated dwarf actor of all time makes Dinklage a good choice to fill Villechaize’s shoes, although it’s worth noting that Dinklage isn’t of Filipino and English descent like his counterpart.
My Dinner with Hervé is set during “one wild night” in Los Angeles, just days before Villechaize’s suicide, »
- Justin Cook
The anchor is readying to drop one last time as the Starz pirate hit Black Sails will make its final voyage to Blu-ray and DVD later this summer.
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment has announced an August 29th release date for Black Sails Season 4 on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray edition will come packed with a Digital HD copy.
Black Sails stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper and Ray Stevenson. Set in and around Nassau, the series chronicles events leading up to the famous novel, Treasure Island, and the legend of Long John Silver.
Over forty minutes of bonus features will be split among five featurettes:
“Inside the World of ‘Black Sails’” Featurette
“Creating the World” Featurette
“Roundtable: Women in Piracy” Featurette
“Roundtable: The Legends of Treasure Island” Featurette
“Roundtable: Fearless Fans” Featurette
Pre-order Black Sails Season 4 for a discounted price at Amazon.
While Starz execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.Scripted Starz shows listed: Ash Vs Evil Dead, Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Da Vinci's Demons, The Girlfriend Experience, The Missing, Outlander, Power, Survivor's Remorse, and The White Princess.Last update: Most recent ratings for American Gods added.There's lots of data that 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 the recent/current primetime scripted shows on Starz.Read More… »
TV shows status included: 3, 12 Monkeys, 13 Reasons Why, 100 Things To Do Before High School, Adam Devine's House Party, The Adventures of Kid Danger and Captain Man, The Affair, Aftermath, Alexa & Katie, Alias Grace, The Alienist, All That Glitters Almost Royal, Alone Together, Alpha House, American Crime, American Dad!, American Horror Story, The Americans, American Woman, Andi Mack, And Then There Were None, Angie Tribeca, Animal Kingdom, Animals, Anne with an E, Annedroids, Another Period, Archer, Arrested Development, The Art of More, The Arrangement, The Artful Detective, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Atypical, The A Word, Axe Cop, Baby Daddy, Backstage, Ballers, Barry, Baskets, Bates Motel, The Bay, Being Mary Jane, Bella and The BullDogs, Ben 10, Berlin Station, Best Friends Whenever, Better Call Saul, Better Things, Between, Beyond, Big Little Lies, Billions, Bizaardvark, Black Mirror, Black Sails, Blood Drive, Bloodline, Blunt Talk, »
Vulture WatchAye maties, I hear ye askin', "Will me favorite sink or swim?" Has the Black Sails TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on Starz? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Black Sails season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the premium cable channel, Black Sails begins roughly 20 years prior to the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island novel and follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). The fourth season finds the pirates at war in the West Indies. The shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier, but the closer civilization comes to defeat, the more desperately and destructively it will fight back. The »
The horror comedy is set inside the world of soft core pornography. It follows a group of adult film stars and filmmakers who start getting picked off by a killer. According to the logline the characters originally come off as sex-obsessed archetypes but begin to evolve from cliches into real people as they are forced to figure out how to survive.
McDonald is best known for playing Shooter McGavin in “Happy Gilmore.” He’s had a string of memorable character roles in such films as “Thelma & Louise” as Geena Davis’ caddish husband and most recently appeared on HBO’s “Ballers.” Aselton Duplass wrote and starred in “The Freebie” and appeared in FX’s “The League.” She most recently appeared in the comic book drama “Legion,” another FX series that scored strong reviews in its inaugural season. »
- Brent Lang
Burbank, CA (May 31, 2017) – Just in time for the fourth season premiere of the #1 show on The CW, catch the fastest man alive as he zigzags through the action-packed release of The Flash: The Complete Third Season from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 5, 2017. Delivering 5 million Total Viewers per episode, The Flash is a Top 10 series on all broadcast with Men 18-34 (#7) and Men 18-49 (#10)⃰. Fans will be able to revisit all 23 electrifying episodes from the third season, including the DC-crossover episode, plus over two hours of extra content, including behind-the-scenes featurettes on the “Invasion!” cross over episode and the “Duets” musical episode, a conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith, deleted scenes, and more. The Flash: The Complete Third Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp for the DVD and $54.97 Srp for the Blu-rayTM which includes a Digital Copy. The Flash: The Complete »
- ComicMix Staff
History nerds, rejoice: Amazon Studios is developing a drama about Egypt’s most famous queen, Cleopatra. Described as a revisionist take “on one of history’s most misunderstood women,” “Cleopatra” takes place after its titular character nearly dies in a bloody coup. Deadline summarizes, “Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom.”
Drama About Cleopatra in the Works at Amazon was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
A few days ago Amazon acquired a TV series based on 2011’s film Hanna and now the streaming service has gained yet another show, Cleopatra.
Based on the Egyptian queen who ruled Egypt and became the last active Pharaoh of the country before Rome’s rule, the series will come from the Black Sails team of Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine and Dan Sholtz.
Cleopatra is described as a “revisionist take on one of history’s most misunderstood women, The Godfather in Ancient Egypt. After nearly losing her life in a bloody coup, Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom.” Throughout her reign, she survived a coup, allied herself with Julius Caesar and married Marc Antony.
Levine will write the series and act as a producer with Steinberg and Sholtz. The three of them are »
- Ricky Church
One of the original Law & Order showrunners is returning to helm Svu, TVLine has confirmed.
Michael Chernuchin, who most recently was an executive producer on NBC’s recently cancelled Chicago Justice, will be in charge when the Mariska Hargitay-led procedural returns for Season 19. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Chernuchin replaces Rick Eid, who was in charge for the just-wrapped Season 18 and who left to take over at Chicago P.D. in the wake of Matt Olmstead’s departure. Eid, in turn, replaced longtime show boss Warren Leight.
Lionsgate has reported earnings of $62 million, or 30 cents a share, for its fourth quarter ended March 31 — topping Wall Street forecasts of 22 cents a share and far above year-ago earnings of $10.9 million.
Revenues also came in above expectations at $1.26 billion, while analysts had been forecasting $1.19 billion.
Lionsgate announced the earnings Thursday after the market closed. Shares of the Class A stock rose gained 45 cents to $26 in afterhours trading.
It’s the second earnings report for the studio since its Dec. 8 acquisition of Starz for $4.4 billion. That transaction generated $89 million in restructuring and other costs primarily associated with the acquisition and subsequent integration of Starz.
Lionsgate’s movie operations have been buoyed by its musical comedy-drama “La La Land,” which won six Academy Awards and grossed $443 million in worldwide box office. The whimsical comedy-drama carried a production cost of $30 million.
“We’re pleased to report our first full quarter of financial results »
- Dave McNary
Amazon Studios has put in development Cleopatra, a drama series about the famous Egyptian queen, I have learned. The project hails from the Black Sails trio of co-creators/executive producers Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive producer Dan Shotz. Written by Levine, Cleopatra is described as a revisionist take on one of history's most misunderstood women, The Godfather in Ancient Egypt. After nearly losing her life in a bloody coup, Cleopatra must use… »
Deadline reports that the film will tell the true story of Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot who crash-landed his Zero on the eponymous Hawaiian island after participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Nishikaichi was saved by an island leader, Ben Kanahele, but when the circumstances became apparent the pilot was apprehended but received assistance from locals, taking hostages and attempting to overcome his captors. Kanahele ultimately killed Nishikaichi and was decorated for his part in stopping the takeover.
The incident would serve as the catalyst for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s issuing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the mass internment of almost 120,000 Japanese American men, women and childen.
McGowan is set to play Ben Kanahele, »
- Gary Collinson
Caucasian actor Zach McGowan has been cast as Hawaiian WWII hero Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele in the upcoming film “Ni’ihau,” in yet another case of white actors playing roles that should go to Asian/Pacific Islanders, otherwise known as “whitewashing.”
Read More: Whitewashing Isn’t the Only Problem for Asian American Actors, Who Must Play Offensive Stereotypes
Based on a true story, the film follows Kanahele and his wife as they rescue Japanese Navy pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi, who crash landed on the Hawaiian island of Ni’ihau after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. After terrorizing the locals for a few days in an attempt to find his papers and escape, Nishikaichi was caught and killed by Kanahele. Kanahele was hailed as a hero for preventing a potential takeover of the island, and was awarded a Medal of Merit and a Purple Heart. Shortly after the so-called Ni’ihau incident, »
- Jude Dry
Robert here! It's a day that ends in a Y which means it's time for another Hollywood whitewashing scandal. This time around we've got the announcement that famously white actor Zach McGowan, of "Shameless" and "Black Sails" fame, will be playing the part of real-life native Hawaiian decorated World War II hero Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele in an upcoming film called Ni’ihau. Below are pictures of McGowan and Kanahele for comparison.
- Robert Balkovich
Zach McGowan Set To Play The Lead Role In Ni’ihau Black Sails star Zach McGowan has been cast as the protagonist in first-time director Gabriel Robertson’s planned film Ni’ihau. In addition to his role as Charles Vane on the aforementioned Starz series, McGowan has had prominent roles in other high-profile programs like Shameless [...]
Continue reading: Ni’Ihau (2018): Zach McGowan Cast In WWII Drama »
- Reggie Peralta
In what now seems to be becoming something of a seasonal Hollywood event, a film studio has come under accusations of ”whitewashing” today, after casting a Caucasian actor in the role of a minority character. Variety reports that Zach McGowan—who had a notable role as the dopey Jody on Shameless, and who co-starred on Starz’s pirate drama Black Sails—has been cast in a starring role in Ni’ihau, a film about a Japanese pilot crash-landing on a sparsely populated Hawaiian island after the Pearl Harbor attack.
McGowan will play Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele, the island resident who ultimately killed Japanese pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi, after the latter attempted a violent takeover of the tiny island, recruiting its three Japanese/Japanese-American residents in the process. (The Ni’hau incident is said to have been a major influence on the U.S. government’s later decision to place its Japanese-born citizens »
- William Hughes
Actor Zach McGowan has been cast as Hawaiian native Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele in the upcoming WWII film “Ni’ihau,” reigniting the “whitewashing” controversy in Hollywood where Asian/Pacific Islanders are portrayed by white actors.
The film chronicles the true story of the Ni’ihau Incident, in which Kanahele rescued Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot who participated in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, after he crashed his plane onto the Hawaii island of Ni’ihau. After Nishikaichi escaped and banded with three local Japanese to terrorize American locals, Kanahele and his wife ultimately killed him. Kanahele, who was shot by Nishikaichi, was later hailed by the U.S. government as a hero for helping prevent a takeover on the island. The incident also prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue an executive order placing thousands of Japanese-Americans in internment camps, widely regarded as one of the darkest hours in U. »
- Erin Nyren
The premiere episode of “Black Sails'” final season, titled “Xxix,” has been submitted as Starz’s paid entry on the TV academy’s Fyc website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing “Black Sails” is one of only a handful of Best Drama Series contenders with episodes available for voters […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Luke Cage star Mike Colter has signed on to appear in the cast of Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Extinction, where he joins Michael Pena (Ant-Man), Lizzy Caplan (Allied) and Israel Brossard (The Bling Ring).
Extinction is being directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love) from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), Spenser Cohen (Moonfall) and Bradley Caleb Kane (Black Sails). Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film will see Pena as a man trying to protect his family during an alien invasion.
- Gary Collinson
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