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Stars Join 6th Annual Autism Speaks Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament

Autism Speaks is hosting their 6th Annual Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at Hudson Loft in Downtown Los Angeles.

This lively evening of poker and philanthropy will be hosted by Jeff Michael, Co-Anchor of CB2 News This Morning, and will bring together a diverse group of celebrities including: Rj Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Ed Begley Jr. (“Whatever Works”), Fred Melamed, Patrika Darbo (“Days of Our Lives”), Sean Kanan (“Bold and the Beautiful”), Brandon Black, M.J. Dougherty (“Life Lessons from a Total Failure”), Elizabeth J. Carlisle, Erin Murphy (“Bewitched”), Massi Furlan (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Monty Geer (“Awkward”), Ty Olsson (“X-Men 2”), Niko Pepaj (Daytime Divas), Michael Patrick Lane (“Dynasty”), Lea Coco (“Queen Sugar”), William Marquart (Subject 5"), Michael Dargatis (“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Katy Bodenhamer (“The Office”) and more celebrity guests to be announced all supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions,
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Adds Skylar Astin to Play Greg (!) in Season 4 Recast

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Adds Skylar Astin to Play Greg (!) in Season 4 Recast
Greg is back… but he looks a bit different: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has added Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin to play the role of Greg in its upcoming fourth and final season.

Astin will be taking over for original cast member Santino Fontana, who played Greg during Crazy Ex‘s first two seasons before exiting the show. (Greg was a main love interest for star Rachel Bloom’s Rebecca Bunch before leaving West Covina to go back to school.) “Rachel and I had always been exploring bringing back that character, and trying to figure out a way to do it that fits with our show,
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CBS, Dick Wolf Drama ‘FBI’ Adds Sela Ward in Key Role

  • Variety
CBS, Dick Wolf Drama ‘FBI’ Adds Sela Ward in Key Role
Sela Ward has signed on for a major role in the upcoming CBS drama “FBI,” Variety has confirmed.

Ward joins the series in place of Connie Nielsen, who starred in the show’s pilot. Ward will not be taking over Nielsen’s role, however, but will instead be playing a new character named Dana Mosier who will be introduced in the second episode.

In addition to Ward, “FBI” also stars Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto and Ebonée Noel. The series is described as a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ward recently appeared in Season 2 of “Westworld” and had a starring role in the Epix comedy series “Graves.” She is also known for her roles on shows like “Sisters,” “CSI: New York,” “House,” and “Once and Again.” On the film side, she has appeared in projects like “Gone Girl,
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Class of 88: Director Tony Randel on Taking the Reins for Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Released in theaters a little more than 14 months after its predecessor, Hellbound: Hellraiser II had the unenviable task of following up one of the most innovative and boundary-pushing genre films of the 1980s. Tony Randel took over the directorial duties on Hellbound, and he did a brilliant job sidestepping the pitfalls that can often trip up a sequel film effort, ambitiously blazing a new path in the Hellraiser universe by taking viewers into the labyrinthine realm of Leviathan and providing fans with a greater understanding of the franchise’s Cenobite antiheroes as well. Hellraiser II also introduces one of the series’ most dominant and unforgettable villains by way of Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham) and transforms Hellraiser’s wicked stepmother Julia (Clare Higgins) into a bona fide evil queen.

Simply put, Hellraiser II is a perfect example of what every filmmaker at the helm of a sequel should aspire to achieve,
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‘Castle Rock’ Review: Hulu’s Horror Anthology Show Is Fit for a King

The letters that spell out Castle Rock – Hulu’s attempt to do the same kind of anthology-miniseries tribute act for Stephen King that FX’s Fargo does for the Coen brothers – are made up of pages cut out of many iconic King novels. The cast for the first season (which debuts on July 25) includes Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgard, who have played two of the five most famous King characters ever (respectively, Carrie from Carrie and Pennywise from It), as well as a healthy dose of other alums from other
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Alien Predators (1985)

Like most folk, I’m a sucker for alien invasion films; I’m also down with conspiracy flicks, and I love seeing beautiful photography in foreign lands. If only there was a horror film that combines these somewhat disparate elements into a cohesive, satisfying whole. I honestly can’t think of one; but there is Alien Predators (1985), a pretty damn fun and nonsensical trip through Spain.

Filmed in ’84 and released on video in the U.K. in August of ’85, Alien Predators saw a very brief theatrical U.S. run in February of ’87 before being dumped onto video shelves for curious horror fans…like myself; as that’s when I first saw it, and I remember digging its pleasant nature and sparse but effective effects. A recent revisit however disclosed its greatest asset: a make-it-up-as-we-go willingness on the part of writer/director Deran Sarafian (Terminal Velocity) that results in a freewheeling travelogue with Nasa espionage,
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Delirious Anime, Jazzy Erotica, and Radiohead-Obsessed Teenagers: Five Must-See Films at Japan Cuts 2018

Delirious Anime, Jazzy Erotica, and Radiohead-Obsessed Teenagers: Five Must-See Films at Japan Cuts 2018
It’s good to be a cinephile in New York City. Every summer — just when it seems like all of the most anticipated blockbusters have already come and gone, and the dog days of August are beginning to bark at the door — a string of incredible film series arrives to tide us over until the fall. Two of those events have become inextricably knotted together, The New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts transforming July into a month-long celebration of Asian cinema.

And while the festivals once fed into each other and co-presented certain screenings, Japan Cuts has grown into an annual institution that’s more than capable of standing on its own. Sold-out screenings of explosive new films, bonafide classics, cult oddities, and numerous cat-based adventures (shout out to the legendary “Neko Samurai”) have made it into a fixture of the city’s film scene.

The 2018 lineup is
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Univision Alum Lourdes Diaz Becomes First Major TV Hire at Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios

  • Variety
Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios has made its first major TV hire, bringing on Univision, Viacom, and NBC alum Lourdes Diaz. As head of Agc Television, Diaz will oversee all of the company’s scripted, non-scripted, and non-fiction and digital TV activity.

Agc Television is the TV production arm of Agc, which Ford launched earlier this year after leaving Im Global.

Diaz is a seasoned TV executive having started out as an agent at ICM. Most recently she was president of entertainment at Univison, working on scripted and non-scripted formats and specials for the network. Prior to that she was head of global production and development at Viacom International’s Comedy Central channel. She has also been a programming VP at NBC and Universal Media Studios and exec produced shows including “House” and “The Office.”

“Lourdes’ impressively deep resume, with her extensive experience across hour-long dramas, mini-series, scripted and unscripted comedy in multiple formats,
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Univision Alum Lourdes Diaz Becomes First Major TV Hire at Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios

Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios has made its first major TV hire, bringing on Univision, Viacom, and NBC alum Lourdes Diaz. As head of Agc Television, Diaz will oversee all of the company’s scripted, non-scripted, and non-fiction and digital TV activity.

Agc Television is the TV production arm of Agc, which Ford launched earlier this year after leaving Im Global.

Diaz is a seasoned TV executive having started out as an agent at ICM. Most recently she was president of entertainment at Univison, working on scripted and non-scripted formats and specials for the network. Prior to that she was head of global production and development at Viacom International’s Comedy Central channel. She has also been a programming VP at NBC and Universal Media Studios and exec produced shows including “House” and “The Office.”

“Lourdes’ impressively deep resume, with her extensive experience across hour-long dramas, mini-series, scripted and unscripted comedy in multiple formats,
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Paula Patton in Traffik Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand July 17

A romantic weekend getaway spirals out of control when Traffik arrives on Digital July 10 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17 from Lionsgate. Starring and produced by Paula Patton, and written and directed by Deon Taylor, the jarring thriller explores the gritty world of human trafficking and follows a couple’s fight for survival.

A romantic weekend getaway spirals out of control when Traffik arrives on Digital July 10 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17 from Lionsgate. Starring and produced by Paula Patton, and written and directed by Deon Taylor, the jarring thriller explores the gritty world of human trafficking and follows a couple’s fight for survival. Traffik also stars Omar Epps, Laz Alonzo, Roselyn Sanchez, with Missi Pyle, and William Fichtner.

In this action-packed thriller, a weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turns deadly for Brea (Patton) and her boyfriend, John (Epps), after
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Will the Best Drama Series Emmy lineup not include a freshman show for the first time in 9 years?

Will the Best Drama Series Emmy lineup not include a freshman show for the first time in 9 years?
Last year, the Best Drama Series Emmy field looked a bit like the Golden Globes’: Five of the seven nominees were first-year shows. For a group that loves the same ol’, same ol’, this was a nice change of pace, and one of the newbies, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” ended up winning. But one year after so much new blood, we might get all familiar faces: Per our odds, Best Drama Series won’t include a freshman show for the first time in nine years.

The projected nominees are “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Game of Thrones,” “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things,” “The Crown,” “Westworld” and “The Americans.” All were nominated last year except for “Game of Thrones,” which was ineligible, and “The Americans,” which fell out for one of the rookies after making the cut in 2016. It’s reasonable to expect “The Americans” to return this year since it
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TVLine Items: The Annables' Christmas Movie, a S.W.A.T. Promotion and More

TVLine Items: The Annables' Christmas Movie, a S.W.A.T. Promotion and More
File this under “Adorable”: Real-life husband and wife Dave and Odette Annable will star together in the Freeform holiday movie No Sleep ‘Til Christmas, our sister site Deadline reports.

In the flick — airing as part of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” promotion — Odette’s Lizzie is an event planner preparing for her wedding, who lies awake nightly while her fiancé rests peacefully. When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave), a bartender who is just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other.
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James Wan to co-direct Swamp Thing pilot as more casting breakdowns emerge

Early in May, DC Entertainment announced that Aquaman director James Wan is developing a live-action Swamp Thing TV series for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service, where it will join the likes of Titans and Doom Patrol.

It’s been reported this week that the series is looking to begin production in the fall, and now That Hashtag Show has revealed that Wan is set to co-direct the pilot episode of Swamp Thing alongside Deran Sarafian. The latter has a wealth of TV experience, having directed episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Lost, House, Hemlock Grove, The Strain, Colony and The Exorcist.

Meanwhile, following on from the casting breakdowns for the show’s lead characters Alec Holland/Swamp Thing and Abby Arcane, the site has also offered up a description for supporting character Matthew Cable, who is “the sheriff of the town and former high school sweetheart to Abby Arcane.
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Liz Friedman Signs Sony Pictures TV Deal

  • Variety
Producer Liz Friedman has signed a multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the agreement, Friedman will serve as an executive producer on Sony-produced ABC drama series “The Good Doctor.” She will also develop original broadcast, cable, and streaming series for the studio.

Friedman co-created the ABC drama “Conviction” and co-wrote the pilot for “Orange Is The New Black” with Jenji Kohan. She served as an executive producer on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” as well as a writer and senior producer for “House” and “Elementary.”

“I’m thrilled to be in working with Sony, especially since it means climbing back into trenches with David Shore on The Good Doctor,” said Friedman. “Great show, great showrunner, great opportunity to once again use sarcoidosis in conversation.”

Friedman is represented by CAA and attorney Jeanne Newman.
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‘House’ Producer Liz Friedman Signs New Multi-Year Overall Deal With Sony TV

  • The Wrap
Liz Friedman has signed a brand new, multi-year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television, the studio announced Monday.

Under the fresh pact, Friedman will develop original series for broadcast, cable, and streaming services and reunite with “House” creator David Shore to act as an executive producer on Season 2 of his hit ABC medical drama, “The Good Doctor.”

“I’m thrilled to be in working with Sony, especially since it means climbing back into trenches with David Shore on ‘The Good Doctor,'” said Friedman. “Great show, great showrunner, great opportunity to once again use sarcoidosis in conversation.”

Also Read: Ratings: ABC's 'The Good Doctor' Grows Viewership in Freshman Season Finale

Along with her time spent writing and producing for Shore’s now extent Fox series, the Emmy Award-nominated Friedman’s other small screen credits include co-creating ABC’s short-lived drama “Conviction” and co-writing the pilot for “Orange Is The New Black,
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David Shore Extends Sony Overall Deal

  • Variety
David Shore Extends Sony Overall Deal
David Shore has signed a new overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under extension, Shore, creator of “The Good Doctor” and “House,” will continue to develop and produce television projects exclusively for Spt through his company Shore Z.

“David Shore is one of the preeminent showrunners in the business today. His vision and creativity produce compelling characters and stories that audiences love. We look forward to continuing to work with David and Shore Z and are proud to have them in the Sony Pictures Television family,” said Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, President and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Television.

Shore Z is run by Shore’s business partner Erin Gunn, who is overseeing numerous projects in development, including “Accused” at Paramount Network. The new overall deal comes on the heald of a successful freshman run for “The Good Doctor,” which finished 2017-18 as the top television drama in the 18-49 demo,
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Sela Ward Joins Cast of ‘Westworld’

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Sela Ward Joins Cast of ‘Westworld’
Sela Ward has joined the cast of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Ward will play Juliet, the wife of Ed Harris’ William in the drama series set at a high-end resort where adults go to indulge their fantasies with humanoid robots. She makes her debut in the drama’s penultimate episode of its 10-episode second season, “One True Thing,” which bows June 17.

HBO revealed Ward’s casting in the teaser for “One True Thing” that followed Sunday’s airing of episode 8, “Kiksuya.”

Ward is a drama veteran who is known for starring in ABC’s “Once and Again” and the NBC drama “Sisters.” She most recently was seen in the Epix comedy “Graves” opposite Nick Nolte. She was also a regular on Fox’s “House” and CBS’ “CSI: NY.”
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Film Review: Hanagatami (2017) by Nobuhiko Obayashi

If there is a theme that often reappears in Nobuhiko Obayashi’s oeuvre, it is the impact of war. While this theme was already present in his very first full-length feature “House” (1977), which has to read as a symbolic expression of the destruction of the A-bomb, it seems to have become a more urgent matter for him in the last couple of years. “Kono Sora no Hana”, a narrative he directed in 2012, concerned the bombing of Nagaoka, and “No No Nanananoka”, which he made two years later, handled Japan’s wartime responsibility.

With “Hanagatami”, a project Obayashi abandoned 40 years ago to make “House” instead and his third anti-war movie in a row, he once again underlines his personal motivation to carry out the dream and philosophy of the late Akira Kurosawa: to achieve world peace with the power of the cinematographical narrative. This time, by adapting Kazuo Dan’s
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Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63

Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63
Elizabeth Sung, a character actress whose 30-year career included such popular TV series as The Young and the Restless, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm and films including Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club, has died. She was 63. The Associated Press reported that she died Tuesday but gave no other details.

A Hong King native, Sung also was a Juilliard-trained dancer and an acting coach/teacher. She did a stint in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women in the mid-1990s, and her graduate thesis short film, The Water Ghost, earned her an Mba in directing from AFI.

But by then she already had been racking up credits as an actress, guesting on series including The Equalizer, China Beach, Murder, She Wrote and Knots Landing and appearing on the big screen in Tango & Cash and The Joy Luck Club. Perhaps her most high-profile
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Sky Italia, Britain’s Channel 4 Board George Clooney’s TV Adaptation of ‘Catch-22’

  • Variety
Sky Italia and Britain’s Channel 4 have boarded George Clooney’s “Catch-22” TV series, which is set to start shooting in Italy this month.

Sky Italia, part of pan-European pay-tv service Sky, will co-produce the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s anti-war classic and air it exclusively in Italy. Channel 4, which is an advertiser-funded pubcaster, has acquired British rights to the limited series, which marks Clooney’s first regular TV role since NBC’s “ER.”

Sky is joining Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, and Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures as a “Catch-22” co-producer. The hotly anticipated series, planned to be ready in 2019, will air in the U.S. on Hulu, which commissioned the show.

Catch-22” is produced by Clooney and Heslov along with Richard Brown (“True Detective”) and Steve Golin (“Spotlight”) from Anonymous Content. Luke Davies (“Lion”) and David Michod (“Animal Kingdom”) are co-writing and executive producing the series alongside Clooney.
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