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HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Casts Regina King, Don Johnson, Four Others

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Casts Regina King, Don Johnson, Four Others
Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” pilot at HBO has set a number of actors in key roles, Variety has learned.

Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard will all appear in the series, with King in the lead role. King previously appeared on “The Leftovers,” the HBO drama series co-created by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name.

The exact details of their characters are being kept under wraps. Lindelof on Tuesday posted a letter to fans in which he laid out his vision for the series,
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Carlton Cuse Talks ‘Lost,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ and the Importance of Inclusion in Series Mania Masterclass

Lille, France — In town for a keynote address at this year’s Series Mania, the first edition since moving from Paris to Lille, preeminent Hollywood TV writer and showrunner Carlton Cuse addressed a packed Ugc center for the better part of two hours in which he addressed his early career, the “Lost” finale, and the need for diversity in a writers’ room.

The keynote started by looking back at Cuse’s grade school years, when his parents split and he found himself with afternoons free to sit and watch reruns while his mom worked. It’s clear that period had
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John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr. Among Cast for CBS All Access Series ‘$1’

John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr. Among Cast for CBS All Access Series ‘$1’
CBS All Access has set the main cast for its upcoming original series “$1,” Variety has learned.

The series is a mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. Production of the series is set to begin in late March on location in Pittsburgh, Penn.

The “$1” cast members announced today include:

-John Carroll Lynch as Bud Carl, owner of the family business, Carl Steel, and beloved around town. He’s known to most of his employees as “Pop.”

Lynch’s
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Atx Festival Sets Reunions for 'Nash Bridges' Writers Room, 'Thirtysomething' (Exclusive)

The seventh edition of the Atx Television Festival is starting to take shape.

A Nash Bridges writers room reunion has been added to the lineup for the annual event, which is set to run June 7-10, 2018. Confirmed talent includes creator Carlton Cuse (Lost), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), John Wirth (Hell on Wheels), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Pam Veasey (CSI: NY).

Additionally, thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have come onboard the previously announced reunion of the show, which was pushed back from last year's festival due to scheduling issues. The duo join previously announced castmembers Ken Olin, Timothy...
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for Asc Recognition

‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for Asc Recognition
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced this year’s honorees for special contributions to the art of cinematography. The outstanding achievement prizes will be presented at the 32nd annual Asc Awards on Feb. 17.

Oscar- and Asc Award-winning “Titanic” lenser Russell Carpenter will receive the organization’s lifetime achievement award. Carpenter’s recent work include’s Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Set for the Asc’s international award is Russell Boyd. Boyd won the Oscar for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for which he was also nominated by the Asc. A longtime collaborator of director Peter Weir, his other credits include “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” “Gallipoli,” and “The Way Back.”

Alan Caso will receive the career achievement in television award. He has been Emmy- and Asc-nominated for his work on TNT’s “Into the West” and “George Wallace,” as well as HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”

Finally,
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Remote Controlled: ‘The Strain’ Boss Carlton Cuse Talks Series Finale, Working With Guillermo del Toro

Remote Controlled: ‘The Strain’ Boss Carlton Cuse Talks Series Finale, Working With Guillermo del Toro
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with “The Strain” showrunner Carlton Cuse about the series finale, working with FX, and creating a vampire show with a fresh take on its creatures.

Cuse says he felt like it was the right time to end the show. “It felt like we were stalling around,” he explains. “The idea was always to do three seasons of the show when we sold it. Going into Season 4, it really felt like we needed to increase the storytelling velocity and finish the story. It was never meant to be like ‘The Walking Dead,’ an open-ended experience, in part because there’s a main bad guy, and he’s out there and there’s only so many times you can confront him and fail
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‘The Strain’ Finale: Carlton Cuse on Writing the ‘Fair and Right Ending’ and What He’s Learned Since ‘Lost’

‘The Strain’ Finale: Carlton Cuse on Writing the ‘Fair and Right Ending’ and What He’s Learned Since ‘Lost’
Carlton Cuse knows how to end a TV show. Before co-writing the last episode of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s apocalyptic vampire story, “The Strain,” the showrunner and executive producer had already written four series finales. Four!

Read More:‘The Leftovers’ Creators Discuss Finale Reactions and Give a Few More Unexpected Answers

In 2000, Cuse penned “Final Conflict” Part 1 and Part 2 for the CBS action drama “Martial Law.” A year later, he wrote the ending to his breakthrough broadcast series, “Nash Bridges.” Then came the landmark finale of “Lost” in 2010 and, earlier this year, he dimmed the vacancy sign at the “Bates Motel” in a beautiful closing chapter.

Next up, as “The Strain” wraps up on Sunday, September 17, Cuse said he knew exactly how to end it.

“I think that to end a show, you have to really look at what your show is fundamentally about and then figure out your ending from that,
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Showrunner Carlton Cuse Sets Rich Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Carlton Cuse is returning to ABC Studios, setting a mammoth overall deal with the Disney division where he spent six seasons shepherding “Lost” with Damon Lindelof.

The four-year pact, valued in its entirety in the low eight-figures, puts Cuse in a league with the richest showrunner deals in town.

Cuse will launch a new production banner dubbed Genre Arts, and he has recruited longtime Amblin TV executive Lindsey Springer to serve as president. Cuse will focus on collaborating with other writers and creatives to bring projects to fruition. The company will be based on the Disney lot.

The prolific showrunner has spent the past half-decade prospering as a free agent without a formal studio deal. He launched three successful cable dramas in A&E’s “Bates Motel,” FX’s “The Strain” and USA’s “Colony,” and he has Amazon’s reboot of “Jack Ryan” set to bow next year. At Hulu, Cuse
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'The Dark Tower' TV Series Moves Forward

Whatever happens at theaters this weekend, The Dark Tower will live on. Naturally, Stephen King's popular series of novels, which served as the basis for the movie, will remain available for fans to read again and again, while neophytes may be drawn to them for the first time in order to explore The Dark Tower universe further. While we wait to find out if any more big-screen adventures will be forthcoming, we have now been assured that a television series is indeed moving forward. That's been the plan for several years, so it's good to hear that Glen Mazzara has been confirmed to guide the series, according to Deadline. Mazzara began his career writing for Don Johnson's jaunty detective show Nash Bridges and soon became a producer as well on the superb crime...

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The Dark Tower TV Series to be Helmed By Former The Walking Dead Showrunner

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While the Dark Tower may be having a rough go with critics, there is still a TV series in the works at Sony and they've announced a pretty amazing hiring! Come inside for more!

All day today, you've likely been bombarded with movie reviews for The Dark Tower, saying it's terrible, don't see it, burn the witch, whatever it is most angry reviewers say now and again. While that's been the general consensus with most reviews, unless you read our more Down-to-Earth review (shameless plug), there is a TV series still in the works at Sony and they're not letting a few not-so favorable reviews slow them down.

According a report by THR, Sony has hired the former showrunner for The Walking Dead, Glen Mazzara, to have the same title for The Dark Tower TV series.

Mazzara's career, so far, has shown that he knows what he's doing in the world of TV,
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Sony Hires Former Walking Dead Showrunner To Helm The Dark Tower TV Series

With all the media hype and fan outrage over The Dark Tower movie, you might have forgotten about the upcoming TV series (I know I did). Many fans of Stephen King's sci-fi, horror, fantasy, Western epic novels have pushed back against the film's trailers, citing a lack of consistency with King's literary vision (and the brutal Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic reviews). The primary concern being that a sub-two hour movie can't begin to address the scope or scale of King's universe... but a TV series, well, that's another matter entirely.

THR reports that veteran television writer/producer/showrunner Glen Mazarra (The Walking Dead, The Shield) has been tapped as showrunner for The Dark Tower TV series, which as this moment does not have a network has not been secured yet. However, though the show is in its very early stages, it is widely expected to go straight-to-series as a
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Disney-Pixar Introduce the All-Latino Voiced Cast For Coco

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Disney and Pixar's next venture shows the difference between the land of the living and the land of the dead leading up to Dia de los Muertos! The film, entitled Coco, includes an All-Latino voiced cast of who's-who!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. This is the synopsis for Disney-Pixar's Coco, a beautiful adventure set around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Today, Disney proudly unveiled the
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Coco: Pixar Shares All-Latino Voice Cast For Their Upcoming Film!

Diversity is kind of a hot topic nowadays. As citizens of a melting pot of a culture, it’s nice to be represented in mainstream entertainment. And if we’re being honest, it’s not just about diversity, but authenticity. It always rings a bit false when you have a white person portraying a person of color. It’s especially easy to get away with this in animation, where you don’t even see the voice actors.

Studios have gotten away with this practice for years, but in today’s world, they’re making a conscious effort to create films that respect the culture it’s portraying, and part of that has to do with the voice cast. This newer approach is expanding to Coco, the latest film from Pixar inspired by Día de Muertos, a celebration of the dearly departed.

This is obviously a story that’s steeped in Mexican culture,
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Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed

Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed
Disney&#183Pixar's Coco, a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who've moved on to the Land of the Dead. Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael Garc&#237a Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life. Here's what director Lee Unkrich had to say about the story.

"These parallel worlds couldn't be more different. One is the Rivera family's charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they've passed. 'Coco' introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of D&#237a de los Muertos, one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel
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All-Latino Voice Cast Revealed For Disney·Pixar’s Coco

Disney·Pixar’s “Coco,” a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who’ve moved on to the Land of the Dead.

Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life.

“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different,” said Unkrich. “One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. ‘Coco’ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos—one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.”

Added Molina,
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Michael Gleason, Co-Creator of ‘Remington Steele,’ Dies at 78

Michael Gleason, Co-Creator of ‘Remington Steele,’ Dies at 78
Michael Gleason, who co-created “Remington Steele,” the series that shot Pierce Brosnan into the spotlight, died last Friday. He was 78.

The news was announced on Gleason’s Facebook page over the weekend. A source also confirmed the news to Variety.

Gleason is best known for his work on NBC’s “Remington Steele,” which he co-created with Robert Butler and ran from 1982 to 1987. Gleason also served as a producer and writer on the show. The series followed a detective, played by Stephanie Zimbalist, who ends up partnering with a former thief, Remington Steele (Brosnan). After the show, Brosnan’s career took off, as he became the fifth actor to play James Bond in 1994.

Gleason got his start as a writer in 1962, working on westerns such as “Rawhide,” “Laramie,” and “The Big Valley.” In 1965, he began writing for ABC soap opera “Peyton’s Place,” and would go on to rack up dozens of writing credits on the show up
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Don Johnson in Talks to Join Vince Vaughn in ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ (Exclusive)

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Don Johnson in Talks to Join Vince Vaughn in ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ (Exclusive)
Don Johnson is in talks to join Vince Vaughn in the indie action thriller “Brawl in Cell Block 99” for Caliber Media and Xyz Films, a person familiar with the deal told TheWrap. The film is the sophomore effort from S. Craig Zahler, the writer and director of the critically acclaimed 2015 cannibal Western “Bone Tomahawk,” an indie hit that received two Indie Spirit awards last year. In “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” Vaughn plays Bradley, a former boxer whose marriage is crumbling and who is about to lose his job as an auto mechanic. Also Read: Don Johnson Gets $19M in 'Nash Bridges'.
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Wonder Women Of The Movies: The 2016 Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

Just a quick head-up: For those of you in the Los Angeles area, next weekend, April 22-24, marks the occasion for the second annual Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, playing at the newly refurbished Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. This festival, a labor of love project from athlete-actress Melanie Wise and writer-producers Sean Newcombe and Zack Baldwin, highlights the cinematic contributions of women in movies, in the stunt field as well as actresses in the realm of action cinema, and also highlights real-life women who have made significant, pioneering contributions to the furthering of women in sports and other traditionally male-dominated arenas.

Wise, an actress, athlete, aspiring filmmaker and one of the founding members of Artemis Motion Pictures, the group behind the festival, remembers her days auditioning for countless roles in TV and movies that amounted essentially to helpless women in peril. But being six feet tall herself,
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Glenn Frey, Legendary Eagles Founder and Miami Vice Muse, Dead at 67

Glenn Frey, Legendary Eagles Founder and Miami Vice Muse, Dead at 67
Eagles co-founder and guitarist Glenn Frey, a six-time Grammy winner whose hits included “Hotel California” and “The Heat Is On,” died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.

Frey’s 1984 hit single “Smuggler’s Blues” inspired a Season 1 episode of Miami Vice, and even featured a guest appearance by the musician (he played a pilot; see photo, above). It marked his acting debut.

Frey would go on to appear in episodes of Wiseguy, Nash Bridges and Arli$$.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us,
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For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity

For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity
When Carlton Cuse was starting out in the business, his office on the Warner Bros. lot was next to that of John Sacret Young, creator of “China Beach.” He spent hours at Young’s side, not only learning the craft of writing for television and features, but also about the process of showrunning. “He was very generous with me,” recalls Cuse. “And I appreciated that.”

That experience — as well as his later partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam (the “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”) — taught him the value of creative collaboration. As he worked his way up through the industry — from “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and “Nash Bridges” to the groundbreaking “Lost” — he’s been paying it forward, again and again. The ranks of television’s top producers include many graduates of what Damon Lindelof jokingly calls the Carlton Cuse School of Showrunning: Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
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