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‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist Out Of Coma But “Not Out Of The Woods Yet”

Exclusive: Injured MacGyver stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist has come out of a medically induced coma and was removed today from intensive care. The news comes a week after he suffered a serious head injury in Atlanta in a stunt fall from the back of a tractor trailer on the set of the CBS drama series.

“He’s not out of the woods yet,” said veteran stuntman Spiro Razatos, a longtime friend of the family, “but he’s out of ICU and knows what’s going on. He’s responding and communicating with his friends and family. He has a long road ahead of him, but he’s on a better road now. We’re all praying for the positivity to continue.”

The accident is being investigated by Osha. CBS TV Studios told Deadline last week that “The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary
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Sen. John McCain Dead; Former U.S. Presidential Candidate Was 81

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a two-time presidential hopeful, has died of brain cancer at the age of 81, the New York Times reports.

McCain’s cancer diagnosis was first announced back in July 2017. A glioblastoma was found after surgeons went in to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. On Aug. 24, McCain’s family announced that he was discontinuing his cancer treatment. The statement in part read, “Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates,
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Kate Mara to Star in and Produce FX's Limited-Series Adaptation of A Teacher

Kate Mara to Star in and Produce FX's Limited-Series Adaptation of A Teacher
School is back in session for Kate Mara, who has been tapped to star in A Teacher, FX’s limited-series adaptation of the 2013 film of the same name.

A Teacher, which made its debut at that year’s Sundance Film Festival, centers on a Texas high school teacher who has an affair with one of her students, then must deal with the consequences as the relationship progresses. Mara will star as Diana Watts, the titular role played by Lindsay Burdge in the movie.

The actress also will executive-produce A Teacher alongside Hannah Fidell, who wrote, directed and produced the film.
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Lucifer Season 4: Preacher Baddie Graham McTavish to Play Holy Man

Lucifer Season 4: Preacher Baddie Graham McTavish to Play Holy Man
Preacher‘s Graham McTavish is ready to raise a different kind of hell as a holy man on Lucifer.

TVLine has learned that — in what is almost (but not) a DC Comics/Vertigo imprint “crossover” — the Scottish actor will recur during Season 4 of the Fox-turned-Netflix drama as Father Kinley.

A kind, deeply empathetic and revered priest, Father Kinley is profoundly committed to guarding his flock. That includes doing whatever it takes to keep mankind safe from evil — which doesn’t bode well for a certain devil living in Los Angeles….

In addition to his ongoing run as Preacher‘s “Saint of Killers,
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This Is Us Just Found the Perfect Actor to Play Jack's Younger Brother, Nicky

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This Is Us Just Found the Perfect Actor to Play Jack's Younger Brother, Nicky
The Pearson family just got a little bigger! During a For Your Emmy Consideration panel for This Is Us on Monday, it was announced that Michael Angarano will be playing Jack's younger brother, Nicky, in season three. As fans will recall from last season, Jack and Nicky served in Vietnam together, but Nicky eventually died at war. The show's creator Dan Fogelman recently teased that the upcoming season will explore Jack's time in Vietnam, which means we are in for quite a few brotherly moments between the Pearson boys.

Shortly after the news was announced, Angarano shared his excitement on Twitter writing, "I am beyond grateful and very excited to be a part of this show - my grandmother even told her dentist." Angarano currently stars on Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here, though he has plenty of acting credits under his belt. In fact, the 30-year-old has been acting
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This Is Us Just Found the Perfect Actor to Play Jack's Younger Brother, Nicky

The Pearson family just got a little bigger! During a For Your Emmy Consideration panel for This Is Us on Monday, it was announced that Michael Angarano will be playing Jack's younger brother, Nicky, in season three. As fans will recall from last season, Jack and Nicky served in Vietnam together, but Nicky eventually died at war. The show's creator Dan Fogelman recently teased that the upcoming season will explore Jack's time in Vietnam, which means we are in for quite a few brotherly moments between the Pearson boys.

Shortly after the news was announced, Angarano shared his excitement on Twitter writing, "I am beyond grateful and very excited to be a part of this show - my grandmother even told her dentist." Angarano currently stars on Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here, though he has plenty of acting credits under his belt. In fact, the 30-year-old has been acting
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’24’ Producers Reveal Plan For Prequel Series: Young Jack Bauer in the CTU

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A month after IndieWire revealed that original “24” executive producers Howard Gordon, Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran were mapping out a new version of the real-time series in the vein of the original — set inside the world of counterintelligence — now the plot of their script can be revealed: It’s a prequel that follows a young Jack Bauer as he enters the world of the CTU.

The “24” prequel would allow the producers to bring back the beloved character without original star Kiefer Sutherland having to once again suit up as Bauer, a role that had become physically demanding after nine seasons and a reunion limited series. The new “24” prequel also wouldn’t be 24 episodes, Gordon told IndieWire last month, but would be a shorter order, much like the recent “24: Legacy” spinoff.

The “24” prequel is one of two new versions of the real-time format being developed simultaneously for Fox — either
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’24’ Prequel: Jack Bauer Origin Story in Development at Fox

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’24’ Prequel: Jack Bauer Origin Story in Development at Fox
Jack Bauer’s story may not be over at Fox just yet, as the network has a “24” prequel series in the works, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Longtime “24” showrunner Howard Gordon and the co-creators of the original series, Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, are working on an idea for a prequel, which would trace the origin story of Jack Bauer, originally played by Kiefer Sutherland.

The trio are writing the story together, but there is currently no word on how soon the project would come to fruition.

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20th Century Fox had no comment when reached by TheWrap.

More to come…

Read original story ’24’ Prequel: Jack Bauer Origin Story in Development at Fox At TheWrap
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'Kadai Kutty Singam' emerges as the biggest grosser in Karthi’s career

KollywoodSpeaking at the film's success meet, Karthi said that he’s glad that the film is drawing family audiences to the cinemas.Digital NativeDigital NativePandiraj-directed Kadaikutty Singam is having a golden run at the box-office. The rural drama, which features Karthi in the titular role of a farmer, is the second hit in a row for the actor after last year’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru. According to trade sources, the film has grossed a whopping Rs 37 crore in just two weeks in Tamil Nadu and continues to run to packed houses. The makers organized a grand success meet to celebrate the phenomenal response for the film earlier this week. Speaking at the event, Karthi said that he’s glad the film is drawing family audiences to cinemas. “There are few misinterpretations that good movies don’t run. I believe this film has proved that notion wrong. You make a good film it will definitely run.
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Film News Roundup: Dermot Mulroney, Melora Walters Join ‘Hard Luck Love Song’

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Film News Roundup: Dermot Mulroney, Melora Walters Join ‘Hard Luck Love Song’
In today’s film news roundup, Dermot Mulroney will play a meth head, production wraps on the transgender drama “Relish,” and Tom Everett Scott’s “Danger One” gets a release.

Castings

Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters have joined the music-inspired independent feature “Hard Luck Love Song” opposite Sophia Bush and Michael Dorman, Variety has learned exclusively.

Commercial director Justin Corsbie will helm from a script he wrote with Nicholl semifinalist Craig Ugoretz, based on the Todd Snider song “Just Like Old Times.” Allison Smith, Douglas Matejka, and Corsbie are producing; executive producers are Peter Scalettar and Christian Monti.

Hard Luck Love Song” follows Dorman’s down-on-his-luck troubadour, who finds himself at an existential crossroads as his bad decisions catch up with him. His world spins into further upheaval after a chance encounter with an old flame, played by Bush.

Mulroney’s character is a sketchy meth head with a dangerous side.
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First Episode of ‘Jack Ryan’ Looks Like a Much-Needed Subversion of Its Source Material

  • The Wrap
The first episode of Amazon’s Tom Clancy adaptation “Jack Ryan” saw its U.S. public debut Friday afternoon in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con. And as it happens, the show works pretty well, not only as decent counter-programming for the convention, but if the episode is any guide, for the source material too.

Star John Krasinski turns out to be a very credible fit to play the lode-bearing Clancy-verse character. Co-star Wendell Pierce’s beleaguered, on-his-last-second-chance CIA official James Greer, is a good counterweight to Krasinski’s anxious yet mild-mannered approach to playing Jack Ryan.

On the other hand, given the show’s setting, legitimate concerns can be raised about the kind of roles actors of West Asian descent are offered, and how people from those cultures are portrayed. However, a last-minute reveal that felt askance of the worldview Tom Clancy expressed in his dozens of novels suggests the
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Showtime Chief David Nevins Slated For Center For Communications Honor

Showtime Chief David Nevins Slated For Center For Communications Honor
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime, will receive the top award (and the good-natured roasting that often comes with it) at the annual luncheon benefiting the Center for Communications.

The organization, founded in 1980 by CBS icon Frank Stanton, has an educational mission to further opportunities for the next generation of media professionals and bridge the gap between academia and industry. In order to raise funds for its programs, it holds a yearly lunch event at the Pierre Hotel.

Recent recipients of the not-for-profit group’s award for excellence, which is named for Stanton, have included Shane Smith of Vice, former mayor and media exec Michael Bloomberg, and Ted Turner. The honoree often draws tributes and zingers from notable guests. AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan’s retinue included Fred Armisen and the late Joan Rivers; Smith’s award came with remarks from former Viacom CEO Tom Freston and Johnny Knoxville.
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Cs Amudhan's 'Tamizh Padam 2' speaks the truth about female characters in Kollywood

Film CommentaryFrom going after the loosu ponnu to taking on Gautham Menon's obsession with killing women, 'Tamizh Padam 2' exposes the misogyny in Tamil films. Spoilers ahead.Sowmya Rajendran*Spoilers ahead Cs Amudhan's Tamizh Padam 2, much like the first film, takes a dig at Kollywood trends and spares no mainstream film. This time around though, the director has also addressed how female characters are represented in Tamil cinema, especially the heroine, who has been reduced to a "loosu ponnu." Agila Ulaga Superstar Shiva's first wife, Priya (Disha Pandey), is killed off unceremoniously because this is a sequel and obviously, a sequel can never have the same heroine. Besides, Tamizh Padam 2 is a cop film and as guruji Gautham Menon has taught us over and over again, a police officer's sincerity to the job is inversely proportional to his wife's longevity. So, Priya dies and is replaced by Ramya (Iswarya Menon). How? Shiva's friend advises him to simply close his eyes and fall in love with the first woman he sees. Shiva has only two conditions – a. The girl must be the colour of maida b. She must be a 'loosu ponnu'. This may seem satirical to people who are not familiar with mainstream Tamil films, but it's actually an accurate description of the heroine in most of them. Amudhan goes one step ahead and breaks down the conditions that establish a "loosu ponnu" – she must chase a puppy, she must help blind people cross the road, and she must eat ice-cream in the rain. While film critics have been lamenting this annoying trope for eons now, it's refreshing to see someone from the industry spelling it out in neon. Ramya also wears a T-shirt that says "Mental manadhil" and gets into a bus for patients with mental health issues (one supposes that mental healthcare professionals won't be delighted by this) to seal the deal for Shiva. He's in love! Among the films that Amudhan takes a dig at is the horrendous Remo which romanticised stalking on a whole other level. When his friends advise him to torture the heroine into falling in love with him, Shiva asks if that would not be wrong. They, however, tell him that he's the hero and that he can go to any extent to make the woman fall for him. Santhana Bharathi, who appears as one of Shiva's friends, also dresses up as a female nurse – to make sure we don't miss the reference. Ramya is hilariously oblivious to the fact that the heavily bearded person in the nurse uniform is not a woman – well, she's a loosu ponnu after all. 'Adida avala' from Mayakkam Enna and 'Evandi unna petha' from Vaanam (by Dhanush and Simbu respectively, the kings of the soup song genre) get a rehaul with Ramya singing the woman's version of it when she's dumped by Shiva for a stupid reason. Although the song is meant to be funny, it has some poignant lines that hit home, especially given the spate of stalker related murders in Tamil Nadu. "Love failurenu solli acid adikkara neenga/ engakita enda kolaveri pathi maanamkettu pesureenga" (Those of you who say love failure and throw acid, why do you speak to us about murderous rage without any shame?) are lyrics that Kollywood will do well to remember next time directors are tempted to make the same-old "suffering" hero nonsense. There's plenty of good-natured humour about a plethora of films – Vivegam, Vikram-Vedha, Thupparivalan, Thuppaki, Pisasu, Kaththi, VIP, 24, 7aam Arrivu, Thevar Magan, 2.0, Kabali, Ms Dhoni, Baahubali, Irudhi Suttru, Villain, Veeram, Saamy – the list is super long. However, what's appreciable is how Amudhan has also gone after the misogyny present in the films of directors who are considered to be "classy", particularly Gautham Menon. Although Gautham Menon is usually credited with giving "sensible" women characters who are not the "loosu ponnu", they tend to die brutal deaths, especially in his cop films. The misogyny is not as glaring as it is in the average mainstream film, but it's all the more disturbing. In Tamizh Padam 2, Shiva stalks Ramya (his tenant - Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya) to the Us (Vaaranam Aayiram) and the heroine eventually dies. But then, she hilariously comes back as Gayathri (the proposal scene is straight out of Vettaiyadu Vilaiyaadu). The self-obsessed hero voice-overs that are present in every Gautham Menon cop film – Khaaka Khaaka, Yennai Arindhal, Achcham Yenbadhu Madamayada – are also unmistakable. By the end of the movie, Shiva, the sincere cop, has a wall full of pictures of dead wives – so much so that his long-suffering paati decides to kill him and put an end to it. And oh, Kasthuri does an "item" number in the middle of an investigation because that's how the "classy" directors show off their "massy" side to the audience. Tamizh Padam 2 is not without its issues. It is essentially a string of scenes from popular films and if you don't get the references, chances are that it will not make any sense to you. But Amudhan has dared to show Kollywood an aspect that is seldom discussed by people from within the industry seriously – why can't we have better female characters? Why can't our love stories treat women with more respect? And when will our heroines grow up and behave like adults?
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2018 Emmys: 4 reasons why Yvonne Strahovski (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) will beat the odds and score a nomination

2018 Emmys: 4 reasons why Yvonne Strahovski (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) will beat the odds and score a nomination
If you look at Gold Derby’s racetrack odds for Best Drama Supporting Actress, you’ll see that Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is thisclose to receiving an Emmy nomination. With 25/1 odds, Strahovski comes in seventh place in our predictions behind Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) and Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). But I think we’re all underestimating Strahovski’s Emmy chances. Below, see my Top 4 reasons why she’ll beat the odds and score a nomination on Thursday morning, July 12.

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As Serena Joy, the wife of the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) for whom Offred (Elisabeth Moss) was carrying a child, Strahovski had quite a season full of impactful moments. Whether it was
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No Emmys for young men? Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff fight bias against whippersnappers

No Emmys for young men? Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff fight bias against whippersnappers
What do Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff have in common? They’re all on the Emmy ballot for Best Drama Actor, and they’re all among the top 10 contenders for nominations according to our racetrack odds. One more thing: they’re all under the age of 35, which might be a disadvantage. No man in his 20s and hardly anyone in their early 30s have been nominated for Best Drama Actor in the 21st century. The youngest man nominated since 2000 was Michael C. Hall for “Six Feet Under” in 2002. He was 31.

As we see at the Oscars, where only one man in his 20s has ever won Best Actor, Emmy voters don’t usually recognize whippersnappers. The youngest winner of the 21st century was Rami Malek, who was 35 when he won for “Mr. Robot” in 2016. Besides him only three other winners this century were under 40: James Gandolfini for
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'Downton Abbey' Actor Rade Serbedzija Arrested for DUI

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'Downton Abbey' Actor Rade Serbedzija Arrested for DUI
Rade Serbedzija -- who played Prince Kuragin in "Downton Abbey" and memorable movie villains -- nearly took out several cars before he was arrested for DUI ... according to cops. Santa Monica cops tell us they got calls about a Lexus swerving all over the road last weekend. Once officers pulled him over ... they say they found an open bottle of whiskey, and 71-year-old Rade showed signs of intoxication. We're told his field sobriety testing did not go well,
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Ex-'24' Star Eric Balfour's Neighbors Shut Down by Judge in Nasty Feud Case

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Ex-'24' Star Eric Balfour's Neighbors Shut Down by Judge in Nasty Feud Case
Eric Balfour scored a huge win in court when a judge denied his neighbors' request for a restraining order. Eric -- who starred in "24" and "Six Feet Under" -- got the word Wednesday after the the request was denied in court. As we previously reported ... Eric's neighbors wanted a temporary restraining order last month because the actor allegedly put threatening letters in mailboxes for years and harassed their whole family ... peeping at the wife
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to Bring Back Kim Raver as Series Regular for Season 15

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to Bring Back Kim Raver as Series Regular for Season 15
“Grey’s Anatomy” is bringing back Kim Raver as a series regular ahead of the ABC show’s upcoming 15th season.

“I am thrilled to reprise the role of Dr. Teddy Altman as a regular,” Raver said. “Returning to Shondaland with the incredibly talented Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo and the amazing cast is heavenly. I have a special place in my heart for Teddy and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to continue her story.”

Raver first played Altman beginning in Season 6 as a main cast member, leaving the series in the Season 8 finale. She recently returned for a multi-episode recurring arc in Season 14. The return to “Grey’s” keeps Raver in the ABC fold, as she recently appeared in a recurring role in Season 2 of ABC’s “Designated Survivor.” The latter show was recently canceled after two seasons.

Raver’s other notable television roles include Fox’s “24
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Ex-'24' Star Eric Balfour's Neighbor War Lands in Court

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Ex-'24' Star Eric Balfour's Neighbor War Lands in Court
Eric Balfour's neighbors claim the actor's latest role is peeping tom, but Eric thinks the buzz next door -- from a beehive -- is killing him ... this according to court docs filed in their block war. Eric, who starred in "24" and "Six Feet Under," is in a heated dispute with his Venice neighbors, who tried to get a restraining order against him. In the docs, they say he's harassing their whole family by
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ teaser trailer and poster: Watch Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in first look at Queen biopic

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ teaser trailer and poster: Watch Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in first look at Queen biopic
Get your first look at Rami Malek in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the new teaser trailer above, which was released by 20th Century Fox on May 15. Malek stars in the film as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. Known for songs like “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and of course the tune that gives this film its title, Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, 10 years after Mercury died of complications from AIDS at age 45. The movie opens on November 2 in the United States.

This Queen biopic has been in the works for several years and encountered setbacks along the way. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw had been in discussion for the lead role before it eventually went to Malek, And the film began production with Bryan Singer directing, but after months of filming Singer
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