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Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
In today’s film news roundup, Regina King will star in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Bold Films gets $50 million in financing, and rights are sold to Justin Chatwin thriller “Legacy” prior to Afm.

Castings

Regina King will star in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Stephan James and KiKi Layne with filming underway in New York.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.

“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. King has won two Emmys for John Ridley’s “American Crime” series for ABC and had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Leftovers.” Her feature
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'Law & Order True Crime' Adds 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Actor in Multi-Episode Arc (Exclusive)

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders is adding another member to the prosecution.

Robin Thomas (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Zoo) has been tapped to play Dda David Conn in NBC's upcoming anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The eight-episode first installment of the anthology is described as a "gripping in-depth dramatization" of the famed murder case that took America by storm in the early 1990s. When brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills on Aug. 20, 1989, their story became a nationwide obsession. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders dives into...
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Zoo Sneak Peek: Jackson's Mother Is a Real Wild Woman!

Zoo Sneak Peek: Jackson's Mother Is a Real Wild Woman!
Jackson’s mom has got it going on — and by “it,” we mean the triple-helix DNA, as seen in this intense sneak peek from tonight’s Zoo (CBS, 9/8c).

RelatedZoo Renewed for Season 3 at CBS

In “Sins of the Father,” Jackson and Abraham (played by James Wolk and Nonso Anozie) track down the missing Elizabeth Oz (Bess Armstong). Suffice it to say, Mom could very much use a visit from Mary Kay and a SuperCuts gift card. Having apparently also been injected with the triple-helix DNA by her husband/Jackson’s father, Elizabeth turned for the worse much quicker than her son.
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Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ Promotes John Brotherton to Series Regular

Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ Promotes John Brotherton to Series Regular
DJ’s love life is getting more complicated.

One Life to Live” star John Brotherton has been upped to a series regular for season two of Netflix’s “Fuller House” revival, Variety has learned. He plays Matt Harmon, a love interest for DJ (Candace Cameron Bure).

In the first season, Matt, the son of Dr. Fred Harmon (Robin Thomas) who’s now a successful, handsome veterinarian in his late 30s, returned home to visit his father. He hadn’t seen DJ since he was a little boy — and sparks fly again between him and DJ.

DJ’s original “Full House” boyfriend Steve (Scott Weigner) is also part of the Netflix series. With Brotherton on board, all signs point to a love triangle, now that Matt is around for the long haul.

Fuller House” hails from “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin. The 13-episode series is a modern-day spinoff of the beloved ’80s and ’90s family sitcom,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Phenomenal Allen as Too-Good-to-Be-True U.S. V.P. Candidate in Highly Watchable But Ultimately Coy Political Thriller

'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury,
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Babysitter’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Babysitter’
Addled children of the entertainment industry — a teenage boy in the midst of his movie-making parents’ divorce and the daughter of a deceased, drug-addicted singer — forge a friendship that escalates into a deeper affection in “Babysitter.” This feature directorial debut from actor Morgan Krantz (who also wrote and edited) has fine turns from Max Burkholder (TV’s “Parenthood”) and Daniele Watts (“Weeds”) to recommend it, but it also plays like it’s been strung together from several underdeveloped ideas, few of them satisfying. It’s a minor-key effort that will have trouble holding its own in a market glutted with wispy coming-of-age indies.

Babysitter” opens with Ray (Burkholder) taking about the experience of seeing his mother, actress Hailey (Valerie Azlynn), in a werewolf movie — an overbearing metaphor that resurfaces at film’s end. Hailey is embroiled in a custody battle over Ray and his younger sister, Stella (Gracie Loveland). For her,
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Episode Recap: Castle - 2.06: "Vampire Weekend"

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Castle (Nathan Fillion) tries on his space cowboy outfit from his time on Firefly. Alexis (Molly Quinn) says he wore it five years ago. "Don't you think you should move on?" She's reading the Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe which should have been a clue to Castle's outfit at the end. She's skipping his Hallowe'en party this year. She's looking after a baby egg for school, called Fagin. Beckett (Stana Katic) calls about a case. A man is found in the cemetery with a stake though him. Castle loves this time of year. He also loves walking in cemeteries since there are so many stories behind the graves, pointing out one called Elizabeth Dryden, but there's no year for when she died, which of course was another clue for the current case. Castle 'looks like Buffy visited.' Lanie (Tamala Jones) thinks the Db hit his
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Summer School Remake Coming from Producer Adam Sandler

Summer School Remake Coming from Producer Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler has signed on to produce a remake of the 1987 comedy Summer School for Paramount Pictures. The actor-producer has no plans on starring in the project at this time.

The original Summer School starred Mark Harmon as a teacher whose vacation plans are ruined when he is forced to teach an English class filled with an unruly group of misfits. Kirstie Alley and Courtney Thorne-Smith also starred.

Jack Giarraputo is also producing through Happy Madison Productions, which is currently seeking writers. Producers Jordan Kerner, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci were once attached to the project, although they are no longer involved.

Summer School was released July 22nd, 1987 and stars Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Dean Cameron, Gary Riley, Kelly Jo Minter. The film is directed by Carl Reiner.
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Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions to Remake 1980s Comedy Summer School

Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison is looking to remake Carl Reiner's 1987 classic comedy, Summer School.  The original starred Mark Harmon (NCIS) as a gym teacher forced to give up his summer vacation in order to teach an English class to a group of remedial students.  The Paramount picture also starred Kirstie Alley (Look Who's Talking), Robin Thomas (The Banger Sisters), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place) and Reiner himself.  Happy Madison's Sandler and Jack Giaraputo are currently in negotiations with the studio to get the remake off the ground, something Paramount has been trying to do since 2005.  Hit the jump for more on Summer School including Sandler's involvement and a look at the original trailer and movie poster.  THR reported that although Sandler's production banner is in talks for the remake, the comedian is not attached to star in the picture.  That's a shame, in my opinion, because
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90210 Photos & Promo: The Kids Get Political in Episode 4.05

The October 11 episode of 90210 puts guest star Brandy Norwood front and center as 90210 delves into political territory.

Brandy will be guest starring as Marissa Harris-Young, a political candidate who is running for public office.  Who is her opponent?  None other than Teddy's uncle, Charles (guest star Robin Thomas).  The kids get involved in this political race not only because Teddy is related to one of the candidates, but also because Silver is asked to make some campaign videos for Marissa.  Meanwhile, Teddy runs into an old flame played by guest star Ryan Rottman.

Annie will be on babysitting duty for Leila and will unfortunately be saddled with her during a very important date.  Liam and Jane will encounter their own problems in the episode when they get a surprise visitor who could tear them apart.  Naomi continues to be drawn to Austin and the two grow closer when they attend
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90210 Season 4 Spoilers Collection

In an effort to keep you up to date on all facts about 90210's fourth season, we've put together a handy collection of episodic spoilers for you, as well as links to photos, sneak peeks and trailers.  This is a one-stop shop for all of your 90210 season 4 needs.  As episodes air and new spoilers become available, this page will be updated, so make sure to bookmark it and keep checking back.

Episode 4.04 "Let the Games Begin" (October 4): Naomi ramps up her plan to take down Holly and her sorority and figures that the annual sorority games are just the place to do it.  Unfortunately, her plan is going to need assistance from Austin, which she is not happy about.  Silver directs a commercial for Liam's bar, but the whole thing turns out to be a disaster.  Navid messed up a meeting between Dixon and a music producer, so he
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The Contender Review – Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman d: Rod Lurie

The Contender (2000) Direction and screenplay: Rod Lurie Cast: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, Sam Elliott, William L. Petersen, Saul Rubinek, Philip Baker Hall, Robin Thomas, Mike Binder, Mariel Hemingway, Kathryn Morris, Kristen Shaw Oscar Movies Recommended with Reservations Saul Rubinek, Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, The Contender "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) in Rod Lurie's political thriller The Contender. She should know. In Lurie's film, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (a venom-spitting Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days. (Shades of Otto Preminger's Advise and Consent and Franklin J. Schaffner
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Will Gluck Producing About Last Night Remake

Will Gluck Producing About Last Night Remake
Screen Gems has set Easy A director Will Gluck to produce its remake of 1986 Brat Pack comedy About Last Night. According to Variety, Will Gluck will seek out a writer and director.

The original film was directed by Edward Zwick and starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins (and wouldn't it be cool if they all starred in the remake?), and was based on David Mamet's 1974 play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," about a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends' disapproval.

No production date has been set.

About Last Night was released July 2nd, 1986 and stars Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George Dicenzo, Michael Alldredge, Robin Thomas, Donna Gibbons. The film is directed by Edward Zwick.
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Will Gluck Directing About Last Night Remake

Will Gluck Directing About Last Night Remake
Screen Gems has set Easy A director Will Gluck to produce its remake of 1986 Brat Pack comedy About Last Night. According to Variety, Will Gluck will seek out a writer and director.

The original film was directed by Edward Zwick and starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins (and wouldn't it be cool if they all starred in the remake?), and was based on David Mamet's 1974 play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," about a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends' disapproval.

No production date has been set.

About Last Night was released July 2nd, 1986 and stars Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George Dicenzo, Michael Alldredge, Robin Thomas, Donna Gibbons. The film is directed by Edward Zwick.
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Sneak Peek - Life Unexpected 2.10 "Thanks Ungiven"

The Life Unexpected gang celebrates Thanksgiving on the November 30 episode. Below are a promo, sneak peek and synopsis for the upcoming holiday episode.

It’S Thanksgiving In Portland!

When everyone ends up at Baze’s (Kristoffer Polaha) loft for Thanksgiving, it isn’t long before a few big secrets are exposed. Baze worries that his father, Jack (guest star Robin Thomas), will discover he is dating his boss, Emma (guest star Emma Caulfield).

Lux worries that her parents will find out she is spending time with Eric (guest star Shaun Sipos); Tasha (guest star Ksenia Solo) worries that something very dark from her not-too-distant past will be discovered; and Cate worries that if she tells Ryan (Kerr Smith) the truth it will further complicate their already complicated relationship. Austin Basis also stars.

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Daytime Stars in Primetime Shows: A Guest Star List

We Love Soaps TV is keeping a running list of soap stars who are guesting on primetime shows. Below is the latest list of stars who will be making guest stints on primetime shows in the coming weeks and months.

November

22 House - Amber Tamblyn (recurring role)

22 Hawaii Five-0 - Colin Egglesfield

23 NCIS - Michael Nouri

23 Glee - Carol Burnett

23 NCIS: Los Angeles - Chris L. McKenna

23 The Good Wife - Scott Porter / Dreama Walker (recurring roles) / Reiko Aylesworth

29 Lie To Me - Michael B. Jordan

30 Glee - John Stamos (recurring role)

30 Life Unexpected - Robin Thomas (recurring role)

December

2 The Vampire Diaries - Bryton James (recurring role)

2 Private Practice - JoBeth Williams

3 Medium - Kathy Baker

3 CSI: New York - Lisa Brenner

5 Desperate Housewives - Brian Austin Green / John Schneider / Cynthia Watros (recurring roles)

5 CSI: Miami - Jessica Collins

6 Rules Of Engagement - Mitzi Kapture

6 Castle - Jillian Clare
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'Buffy' alum Emma Caulfield gets 'Life Unexpected'

Emma Caulfield is coming back to the small screen on "Life Unexpected," the CW confirms to Zap2it. She will be playing a recurring character named Emma who works at Baze's father's (Robin Thomas) investment firm.

Fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will remember Caulfield from her five seasons as Anya, the outspoken Vengeance Demon and Xander's girlfriend/ditched bride-to-be. She died a hero's death in the series finale, saving dopey Andrew (Tom Lenk) and sacrificing herself.

Since Caulfield will be working for Mr. Bazile, one would think we'd be seeing much more of him as well. Hopefully that means the show will explore more of the Baze-father relationship, which was one of the main sources of tension in the first season. We also wonder if Caulfield would possibly be a romantic interest for Baze (Kristoffer Polaha)? The cliffhanger saw him interrupt Cate and Ryan's wedding but to what end?
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'Life Unexpected': You Ask, I Answer questions on Lux, Bug, Tasha and the parents too

My inbox is pleased. It has received more than a few questions regarding the CW's new series "Life Unexpected" and it sounds as though you're loving it just like we are.

Answers to a few of your queries...

I really enjoyed the storyline with Bug and Tasha and Tasha's boyfriend on the last "Life Unexpected" episode. Bug is soooooooo hot!! Is he going to be a regular part of the show? Please say yes. And what about Tasha and her bf? -Katherine

Show creator Liz Tigelaar tells me Tasha's bf, Gavin, will be back, but more toward the end of the season. Both Bug and Tasha, however, are a big part of the series. Lux's friendship with Tasha and her relationship with Bug will continue to be challenged because of the new life she's living and we'll get to watch that all play out.

But, Bug fans, beware. Liz says
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Life Unexpected Preview: "Rent Uncollected"

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On tonight's Life Unexpected episode, "Rent Uncollected," we meet the people who made Baze into that man he is today.

Indeed, Robin Thomas and Susan Hogan guest star as Baze's parents.

When Nate's parents hear that they have a granddaughter, they insist on planning a dinner so they can meet her and Cate.

Cate grudgingly agrees to go and is surprised when both her mom and sister show up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, we get a further look into Lux's personal life with her boyfriend and a gang fight breaks out at her school.

This causes Cate to have Lux transferred to her and Baze's alma mater, Westmonte.

Check out more preview pictures after the jump and don't forget to tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on the CW!
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Life Unexpected Clips from "Rent Uncollected"

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Robin Thomas and Susan Hogan guest star as Baze's parents on Monday's all-new episode of Life Unexpected.

But that's not all! Watch a preview of "Rent Uncollected" now and check out a couple clips from the installment below.

In the first, Cate receives a surprise call on her radio show. She doesn't enjoy listening to it as much as Ryan appears to...

Rent Uncollected Clip

Meanwhile, Lux tries to make new friends. But she's 15 and this is high school. You can imagine how well it goes...

Life Unexpected Sneak Peek
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