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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees
Every actor gets their start somewhere, and more often than not it’s television. Today’s sitcom guest star can be tomorrow’s award-winning actor, thanks to the blend of fate, luck, and talent that helped them ascend to the highest industry recognition. Here’s a look at early work of all the acting nominees — except for Best Actress candidate Yalitza Aparicio, for whom “Roma” was her first acting job.

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Lead Actor Christian Bale

Nominated for “Vice

Ignore the commentary over the clip above to witness Bale in one of his earliest on-screen appearances, screaming in the 1987 BBC miniseries “Heart of the Country.” Later that year, “Empire of the Sun” would make him into a rising child star.

Bradley Cooper

Nominated for “A Star Is Born

It would be easy to spotlight Cooper’s two seasons as a series regular on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias,” but it’s hard to
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Three Of The Best TV Shows Set In Casinos

The casino. The place we go to have fun, spend some money, possibly have some drinks and party until the small hours. It is a business that has been around for decades, and it comes as no small surprise that the TV and film world have enjoyed a healthy relationship with gaming for many years. In this new feature, we look at three of the best TV shows from years gone by to have featured or been set entirely within the four walls of a casino.

Like most businesses currently, the gaming industry also has a huge presence online and there are thousands of websites that point you in the right direction and throw you some offers, a bit like this one for a Rivers Casino bonus code. But, for the purposes of this article, we’re staying with the big casinos out there in the real world, and for our first TV show,
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Golden Globes TV: FX, Netflix Lead Field As ‘The Americans’ Leaves With a Bang

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FX closed its chapter as a 21st Century Fox network on a high note, winning two of the three top program Golden Globe awards, best drama series for The Americans and best limited series/TV movie for The Assassination of Gianni Versace. FX tied Netflix for the most wins tonight, three a piece, as the streamer claimed its first comedy series Globe for Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method. Amazon followed with two.

The Kominsky Method tied Versace as the only programs with multiple trophies, two each, also winning for their leading men, Michael Douglas and Darren Criss, respectively.

In TV, The Golden Globes spread the wealth tonight — except for the broadcasters who were shut out — rewarding streamers, premium cable networks as well as basic cable networks. Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods., which co-produce The Americans and Versace, led the studio tally with three nods.
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20 Characters Sons Of Anarchy Wants Us To Forget

On the surface, Sons of Anarchy was a loud, brash, and often violent portrait of life inside a criminal outlaw motorcycle club, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Underneath all of the machismo, leather cuts, and Mr. Mayhem tattoos beat the heart of a show that had more in common with the likes of The Sopranos or The Wire than many may realize.

Like The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy explored enduring themes like loyalty and redemption against a backdrop of criminality and corruption. In Charlie Hunnam’s Jax Teller, the show had a central anti-hero to rival Tony Soprano, as a character both sympathetic and disgusting in equal measure. Like The Wire, Sons of Anarchy also maintained a foundation of realism, helped by the presence of David Labrava, a real-life member of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels, who served as technical adviser on the show and
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‘Luther’ Writer on How His Stories Are Rooted in Irrational Fears

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‘Luther’ Writer on How His Stories Are Rooted in Irrational Fears
One of the secrets of the worldwide popularity of British crime drama “Luther,” whose fifth season is airing on consecutive days this week in the U.K., lies in the audience’s fascination with its psychopaths, but the show’s creator and writer Neil Cross is not primarily interested in their back story or motivation.

“The characterization of the bad guys comes second,” he tells Variety. “There’s a quote that I borrowed from The Stone Roses and put in Luther’s mouth in Season 1, which is ‘I don’t care where they’re from; I care where they are at.’ And the genesis of the bad guys is located in my own anxiety.”

He explains: “People often express surprise that I am psychologically normal and well-adjusted, but that’s because I never write about what I want to do to other people; I always write about what I am
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Former ‘The Walking Dead’ Boss Speaks Out on Sex Scene Safety After ‘Smilf’ Controversy

The last few weeks have brought some major developments in how intimate scenes are filmed for television. Recently, HBO announced that it would be hiring an intimacy coordinator to oversee sex scenes on its various productions. On Monday, a report detailed alleged questionable behavior by writer/director Frankie Shaw on the set of her Showtime series “Smilf.” (Deadline reported on Monday that Showtime still plans to go ahead with the planned January premiere date of Season 2 of the series.)

Former “The Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara is convening a discussion of these issues, slated for next summer’s Atx Festival, which will be held during the second weekend of June 2019.

In response to Monday’s report in a Twitter thread, Mazzara collected details of the panel (previously announced when the Atx lineup was revealed in November) and thoughts on what he sees as the industry’s inadequate preparation for these kinds of scenes.
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WarnerMedia names Kevin Reilly head of content for streaming service

WarnerMedia names Kevin Reilly head of content for streaming service
Three-tier platform to launch in late 2019.

WarnerMedia has made Kevin Reilly, president of its TBS and TNT cable networks and a longstanding champion of original cable series, head of content for its upcoming streaming service.

While remaining president of the two Turner networks, Reilly will take on the additional responsibility of “architecting [sic] the overall creative identity of the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer offering,” according to a memo to staff from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.

Reilly will get the additional title of chief creative officer Turner and direct-to-consumer, and will report to Turner president David Levy on the cable side, and to Stankey on the streaming service.
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WarnerMedia names Kevin Reilly head of content at upcoming streaming service

WarnerMedia names Kevin Reilly head of content at upcoming streaming service
Three-tier platform to launch in late 2019.

WarnerMedia has made Kevin Reilly, president of its TBS and TNT cable networks and a longstanding champion of original cable series, head of content for its upcoming streaming service.

While remaining president of the two Turner networks, Reilly will take on the additional responsibility of “architecting [sic] the overall creative identity of the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer offering,” according to a memo to staff from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.

Reilly will get the additional title of chief creative officer Turner and direct-to-consumer, and will report to Turner president David Levy on the cable side, and to Stankey on the streaming service.
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Kevin Reilly Named Content Chief for WarnerMedia Streaming Service

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Kevin Reilly Named Content Chief for WarnerMedia Streaming Service
Kevin Reilly — a veteran television exec who has led programming at NBC, FX, Fox, and most recently Turner Broadcasting — has been tapped to head content strategy for the still-nascent streaming service that WarnerMedia plans to launch next year.

Reilly, who has led programming at Turner brands TNT and TBS since 2015, will serve as president TBS, TNT and chief creative officer Turner and direct-to-consumer. In his new role, he will continue to head content for Turner, where he launched programs such as “The Alienist,” “Claws,” “Search Party,” and “Angie Tribeca.” He will add to his purview programming for the streaming service, a major venture that is the fruit of At&T’s successful bid, finalized this year, to acquire the erstwhile TimeWarner. With that agreement, At&T took hold of a suite of legacy entertainment brands — Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner.

In his new role, Reilly will report to WarnerMedia chief executive
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10 Character Exits That Hurt Sons Of Anarchy (And 10 That Saved It)

Sons of Anarchy has never been afraid of removing characters in both surprising and violent ways. It is also similar to The Shield, a show that Kurt Sutter worked on where any character, no matter how important, was never safe. On Sons of Anarchy, no one was safe and almost every major character on the series ended up going out either in a blaze of glory or with a very humbling end. That should come as no surprise since Sons of Anarchy is loosely based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Shakespeare was never afraid of ending his stories with the most glorious tragedy possible.

Originally, it was Clay Morrow who was the leader of the motorcycle club, but it was his stepson Jax Morrow that the show focused on as its lead character. When it comes to Samcro, none of the members of the club were safe, from the top to the bottom,
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New York Undercover Reboot Eyed at ABC, From Dick Wolf and Ben Watkins

The Fourth Precinct may be up and running again in the very near future, thanks to a New York Undercover reboot reportedly in the works at ABC.

The police drama, which ran from 1994 to 1998 on Fox, starred Michael DeLorenzo and Malik Yoba as New York City detectives. The series was created by Law & Order svengali Dick Wolf and Kevin Arkadie (The Shield).

Per our sister site Deadline, Wolf is looking to restart the drama — this time at ABC — with Hand of God creator Ben Watkins writing the script. The potential series would be produced by ABC Studios and Universal TV,
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Ava DuVernay $100 Million Deal: How the Studio ‘Megadeal’ Defies Netflix

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Ava DuVernay $100 Million Deal: How the Studio ‘Megadeal’ Defies Netflix
The TV arms race continued Tuesday with Warner Bros. TV Group announcing a multi-year deal, reportedly worth at least $100 million, with Ava DuVernay and her Forward Movement shingle. They will produce TV projects for every platform — including broadcast, cable, and streaming services — and it’s the latest in the ongoing battle for media supremacy in the Ott age.

Netflix is viewed as the master of this realm, snapping up superstar producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, but traditional studios aren’t taking it lying down; there’s too much at stake. Locking up talent, especially writer/producers known for their volume, becomes increasingly critical as the marketplace braces for a flood of new outlets. Streaming outfits Apple, Disney+, and WarnerMedia’s as-yet-unnamed service are all set to go online next year. Meanwhile, networks like HBO and FX have also announced plans to ramp up series orders.

“I think what it
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Everything You Need to Know About Marcus on General Hospital

Stella’s long-lost love, Marcus Godfrey, has arrived on General Hospital, and that’s actor Nigel Gibbs playing the new character. Jordan called Marcus to try and score some points with her future mother-in-law, and Gibbs debuted in the role on Nov. 19. Decades ago, Marcus proposed to Stella, but she turned him down because her sister was ill and she needed to help care for her nephews, Curtis and Thomas. While having a bite with Mike at Kelly's, Stella was stunned to run into Marcus, who had moved to Port Charles because his wife is being treated in town and he wanted to be nearer to her. Despite his marital status, perhaps he could rekindle a little love in Stella’s heart so she could finally change her tune and support Curtis’ marriage to Jordan? “Stella needs to get her groove back!” Vernee Watson previously told Soaps In Depth of her character’s love life.
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Everything You Need to Know About Marcus on General Hospital

Stella’s long-lost love, Marcus Godfrey, has arrived on General Hospital, and that’s actor Nigel Gibbs playing the new character. Jordan called Marcus to try and score some points with her future mother-in-law, and Gibbs debuted in the role on Nov. 19. Decades ago, Marcus proposed to Stella, but she turned him down because her sister was ill and she needed to help care for her nephews, Curtis and Thomas. While having a bite with Mike at Kelly's, Stella was stunned to run into Marcus, who had moved to Port Charles because his wife is being treated in town and he wanted to be nearer to her. Despite his marital status, perhaps he could rekindle a little love in Stella’s heart so she could finally change her tune and support Curtis’ marriage to Jordan? “Stella needs to get her groove back!” Vernee Watson previously told Soaps In Depth of her character’s love life.
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'Ambitions' Production Underway with Stars Robin Givens, Essence Atkins, Brian White, Kendrick Cross, Brely Evans & Erica Page

Production is now underway in Atlanta on the much-anticipated drama Ambitions, created by Jamey Giddens and produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury. The multigenerational family saga features an all-star cast including Robin Givens, Essence Atkins, Brian White, Kendrick Cross, Brely Evans and Erica Page. Multiple award-winning writer/Ep Kevin Arkadie has joined as showrunner. Created by executive producer/writer Jamey Giddens (The Rich and The Ruthless) from an original idea by Packer, Ambitions will debut on Own in March 2019, with the pilot episode directed by Benny Boom.

Ambitions is centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.

Robin Givens stars as ‘Stephanie Carlisle,’ the wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian White), whose true loyalty is to her own family's prestigious law firm,
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‘Narcos: Mexico’: Jesse Garcia Cast As Series Regular In Netflix Drama

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‘Narcos: Mexico’: Jesse Garcia Cast As Series Regular In Netflix Drama
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series alum Jesse Garcia is set as a series regular opposite Diego Luna and Michael Peña. on Narcos: Mexico, the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s drug trafficking drama series, Deadline has learned.

After three seasons in Colombia in the pre- and post-Pablo Escobar world, Narcos has moved to Mexico, where it explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. The new installment follows the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will
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How ‘The Shield’ Helped Pave the Way for Gritty Cable Dramas and Peak TV

Roughly 10 years ago, one of the greatest cop dramas ever told on the small screen was wrapping up its run of 7 seasons, 88 episodes, and multiple award wins. FX's The Shield brought the story of Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) to a close, not with the violence, gunfire, and bloodshed the gritty series had become known for, but with a more realistic finale akin to that of its premium network counterpart, The Sopranos, which put a hard stop to Tony Soprano's story just a year earlier. Against all odds, The Shield had taken the easygoing and …
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‘Ambitions’: Robin Givens To Lead Ensemble Cast Of Will Packer’s Own Drama Series

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Riverdale’s Robin Givens is set to lead the ensemble cast of Ambitions, a soapy family drama from producer Will Packer, Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury. Rounding out the series regular cast are Essence Atkins, Brian White, Kendrick Cross (Acrimony), Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane) and Erica Page. Kevin Arkadie has joined as showrunner and Benny Boom directs the pilot episode. The series, which has begun production in Atlanta, is set to premiere in 2019 on Own.

Created by executive producer/writer Jamey Giddens (The Rich and The Ruthless) from an original idea by Packer, Ambitions is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman (Atkins) who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.
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Austin’s Atx Television Festival Announces First Panels For 2019 Event

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Austin’s Atx Television Festival, set for June 6-9, 2019, has announced its first round of panels, including a Blumhouse Television event, a “Cancelled-Too-Soon” retrospective of Men in Trees and a conversation with the presidents of various industry guilds.

Panels announced today for the eighth annual festival include:

A “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring a discussion with Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-aftra; David A. Goodman, president, Wgaw; and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA. The panel is being billed as the first time the union and guild leaders are to appear on a single stage; “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television,” a case study of the company’s journey from go-to producer of low-budget horror hits to a multi-genre, consumer-facing studio with a growing presence in TV. Panelists, with additions to be announced, include Blumhouse Television co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold; The festival’s “Inside the Writers Room” series will continue with Starz’s Vida,
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‘WWE Crown Jewel’ PPV Review

So WWE’s latest pay per view Crown Jewel, mired in controversy and not just because of the political events that took place last month… A PPV put on in a country that many other countries have severed ties with, yet Vince McMahon and his big fat greedy pockets put money first and everything else – including the feelings of the WWE talent – last. Dead last.

Match #1: United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

In a rare title defense for Nakamura since claiming the U.S. Championship at WWE Extreme Rules, The King of Strong Style nearly saw his star-spangled prize slip away when he fell victim to the excruciating Accolade. However, as Rusev momentarily released the hold to drag The Artist to the middle of the ring and seal a submission victory, Nakamura literally used his head to deliver a low blow to the challenger,
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