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Checco Varese Becomes Go-to Cinematographer for Launching TV Shows

Checco Varese Becomes Go-to Cinematographer for Launching TV Shows
Shooting TV pilots isn’t for everyone. They require extensive prep work and the ability to think on one’s feet. But those are the kinds of things at which Checco Varese has become expert.

After starting as a camera assistant for National Geographic Films in Peru and getting a couple of dozen NatGeo documentaries under his belt, he became a news cameraman for NBC, CNN and BBC. For 14 years he filmed in war-torn areas under sensitive circumstances — an occupation that required him to be a fixer as well as a gatherer of images. He would drop into a location
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Nathan Barr (‘The Americans’ composer) on ‘saying goodbye’ to Philip and Elizabeth in ‘very emotional’ final season [Exclusive Video Interview]

Nathan Barr (‘The Americans’ composer) on ‘saying goodbye’ to Philip and Elizabeth in ‘very emotional’ final season [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It’s very emotional,” admits composer Nathan Barr about scoring the final episodes of “The Americans.” The FX series about two Russian spies (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) posing as American couple Philip and Elizabeth Jennings while the Cold War is coming to an end with its current sixth season. The veteran tunesmith had a tough time “saying goodbye to these people — fictional or not — who I’ve spent a lot of time with over the past six years. It’s very sad to see it end.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Barr above.

See Will ‘The Americans’ make an Emmy comeback for Best Drama Series like ‘Homeland’ did?

For the final season, Barr’s main objective was “maintaining the thread that we’ve created from the beginning. I don’t think we needed to do anything too differently, even though things are changing rapidly in these characters as
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HBO TV Show Ratings (updated 5/22/18)

While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.Scripted HBO shows listed: Animals, Ballers, Big Little Lies, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, The Comeback, Crashing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Deuce, Divorce, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Here and Now, High Maintenance, Insecure, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, Mosaic, The Newsroom, The Night Of, Room 104, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, Tracey Ullman's Show, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Vinyl, Vice Principals, Westworld, and The Young Pope.Last update: Most recent ratings added for Westworld.There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't
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15 Secrets Behind Nina Dobrev And Ian Somerhalder’s Relationship

It’s no secret that Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev were in a relationship during the early years on <strong><em>The Vampire Diaries</em></strong>. Somerhalder played Damon Salvatore while Dobrev played Elena Gilbert. They were two of the main characters and worked closely together. As with many leading men and women who are significant others on a TV show, feelings can sometimes grow between them. Often, relationships outside the show become just as official. Some couples barely last beyond the boyfriend/girlfriend stage, but some - like Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer from <em>True Blood </em>- get married.

Somerhalder and Dobrev tried to remain covert as a couple, often denying rumors they were dating, or speaking obscurely when questions or statements veered towards their suspected relationship. W ith a Hollywood lifestyle, the truth eventually surfaced. The couple dated for 3 years from 2010 to 2013 before ending their relationship to much controversy and speculation -
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Why Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Happen

Why Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Happen
Games of Thrones is set to take its final bow when the eighth and final season premieres sometime in 2019, marking the beginning of the end for a show that has transformed what is possible in the world of television. Game of Thrones brought epic fantasy storytelling that was typically reserved for the big screen into the homes of millions, proving that TV shows can be just as sexy, daring, and meticulous about sets, costumes, writing, and acting as feature films, all while continuing to grow its fan base season after season.

Since its debut, Game of Thrones has been a critical and commercial hit, breaking ratings records, making stars of its cast, and snagging 38 Emmys along the way. It's hard to think of a time before Game of Thrones sucked us into the world of Westeros every Sunday, but it's unimaginable to think that HBO's most-watched show in the
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Horror Highlights: Painkillers Character Posters, Behind-the-Scenes Video for Venom #1, The Night Of The Virgin Release Details

In today’s Horror Highlights, we have five new character posters for a film currently showing at Cannes, Painkillers. Also: a look at a behind-the-scenes video for Venom #1, and The Night of the Virgin trailer and release details.

Painkillers Character Posters Revealed: Press Release: Press Release: "May 14th, 2018 – Title Media, Lone Suspect and Kew Media have released the first round of artwork for Painkillers, a dramatic horror thriller from director Roxy Shih. Kew is currently selling the film at Cannes.

The set of character poster features stars Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima, Grant Bowler, Debra Wilson, and Mischa Barton.

This marks the second feature from director Roxy Shih (The Tribe). Giles Daoust wrote the script, which received several awards and nominations in festivals and screenwriting competitions.

Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale produced the film under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust for Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 15)

1985: General Hospital's Anna remembered the past.

1985: Dynasty's Moldavian Massacre.

1987: Days of our Lives' Andrew was baptized.

2012: Days' Will came out to his parents."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1964: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) begged Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) to dip into her savings account to loan her enough money to buy a new bathing suit.

1967: On Days of our Lives, Susan
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Cinematographer Checco Varese on ‘Jack Ryan’, ‘Locke & Key’, ‘It 2’, and Being “The Pilot Guy”

Working as a cinematographer in the world of television means fitting into specific molds, but director of photography Checco Varese is a very different kind of Dp. Hailed as “The Pilot Guy,” Varese has most recently completed shooting his 20th pilot and is responsible for setting the stage for TV shows as varied as FX’s The Strain, HBO’s True Blood, and USA’s Colony by Dp'ing their pilots. Varese also has plenty experience in the feature film realm, shooting filmmaker Patricia Riggen’s true story drama The 33 as well as the upcoming highly anticipated sequel It: …
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Olivia Munn Joins Supernatural Drama The Rook, Path Actress Cast as Lead

Starz’s adaptation of The Rook has found its Myfanwy Thomas.

Emma Greenwell (The Path) will play the lead role in the upcoming supernatural spy series, TVLine has learned. In the 2012 Daniel O’Malley on which the show is based, Myfanwy is a young woman who wakes up in London park with no memory of who she is or how she got there — or why clandestine paranormal figures are pursuing her. Per the official logline, Myfanwy is dealing with supernatural abilities of her own and “must fight to uncover her past and resume her position within Britain’s secret service,
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This Westworld Actor Was on True Blood, and It's All Coming Back to Us Now

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Westworld's Peter Abernathy may be one of the park's most intriguing hosts at the moment. We met Dolores's father in season one, but there's plenty we still don't know about him. Luckily for us, there are no secrets about the actor who plays him. Here's everything you need to know about veteran actor Louis Herthum.

The Louisiana native has been acting for more than 25 years, breaking onto the scene in 1991 as a regular on the hit show Murder, She Wrote, where he played Deputy Andy Broom.

Following his stint on Murder, She Wrote, Herthum continued his TV work, playing bit parts throughout the '90s. In 2012, he was cast as werewolf pack leader Jd in HBO's True Blood (below). He also appeared on True Detective, making Westworld his third collaboration with HBO.

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Westworld isn't even his first foray into the Wild West; he played Omar on Longmire,
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Film News Roundup: Deer Tick Documentary ‘Straight Into a Storm’ Gets Theatrical Release

Film News Roundup: Deer Tick Documentary ‘Straight Into a Storm’ Gets Theatrical Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Straight Into a Storm” gets a theatrical release, Gravitas buys “All Light Will End” and Richard Thomas’ “The Price of Silence” wraps.

Release Date

Abramorama will give a theatrical release to “Straight Into A Storm,” the music driven documentary about the band Deer Tick, starting on June 15 in New York at the Roxy Cinema Tribeca.

In recent years, Abramorama has specialized in handling music driven documentary films, partnering with Neil Young, Green Day, Pearl Jam and The Beatles. “Straight Into A Storm” is directed by William Miller and produced by Jason Diamond, Josh Diamond and Miller.

Abramorama will implement a release strategy that has the film hitting cities Deer Tick will play on their upcoming tour in addition to other key markets. The film will also have a special screening in New York City on June 19 for music industry executives as part of the A2IM conference.
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Horror Highlights: Keep The Gaslight Burning Clip, Let It Die Short Film, Images from Painkillers

Headlining today's Horror Highlights is a clip from Dave and Lou Elsey's haunting short film Keep the Gaslight Burning. Co-starring critically acclaimed makeup artist Rick Baker and Markie Post, the short film's fire will burn brightly this summer. We also have a look at the short film Let it Die and eight images from the new movie Painkillers.

Keep the Gaslight Burning Clip Revealed: "A brutal murder, a grand and gothic house, a vengeful ghost ... they're the elements that Oscar®-winning director Dave Elsey (Best Achievement in Makeup: The Wolfman) and co-director Lou Elsey combine in the brand-new short film Keep The Gaslight Burning --and they're joined by another film makeup legend, seven-time Oscar® winner Rick Baker, who plays a pivotal role, as well as acclaimed actress Markie Post (above).

Keep The Gaslight Burning will make its official public debut this summer ... but for now, we wanted to share
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Why Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Happen

Games of Thrones is set to take its final bow when the eighth and final season premieres sometime in 2019, marking the beginning of the end for a show that has transformed what is possible in the world of television. Game of Thrones brought epic fantasy storytelling that was typically reserved for the big screen into the homes of millions, proving that TV shows can be just as sexy, daring, and meticulous about sets, costumes, writing, and acting as feature films, all while continuing to grow its fan base season after season.

Since its debut, Game of Thrones has been a critical and commercial hit, breaking ratings records, making stars of its cast, and snagging 38 Emmys along the way. It's hard to think of a time before Game of Thrones sucked us into the world of Westeros every Sunday, but it's unimaginable to think that HBO's most-watched show in the
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TVLine Items: The Flash Vet's YouTube Drama, Whitford's New Gig and More

TVLine Items: The Flash Vet's YouTube Drama, Whitford's New Gig and More
Tom Felton‘s new crew is a far cry from the team at S.T.A.R. Labs: The former Flash series regular and Harry Potter alum will star in YouTube Red’s upcoming sci-fi thriller series Origin, our sister site Deadline reports.

The 10-episode drama centers on a group of strangers who find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. As the passengers work together to survive, they discover that one of them is far from who they claim to be. Felton will play an angry young man, who is as much of a threat to
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’
Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been cast in one of the lead roles in the upcoming HBO drama series “Lovecraft Country,” Variety has learned.

The role reunites Smollett-Bell with Misha Green, the writer and executive producer of “Lovecraft Country.” Green was the co-creator and showrunner of the Wgn America series “Underground,” on which Smollett-Bell starred as escaped slave Rosalee.

Lovecraft Country,” based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff, follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his friend Letitia “Leti” Dandridge (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father.
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Here and Now Cancelled at HBO

There’s no future for Here and Now: HBO has cancelled the Alan Ball family drama after just one season, according to our sister site Deadline.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to move forward with a second season of Here and Now,” HBO said in a statement. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.”

Here and Now starred Oscar winners Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter as the ex-hippie parents of a dysfunctional family of kids, most of whom they adopted from countries around the world. Jerrika Hinton, Daniel Zovatto,
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‘Here and Now’ Canceled by HBO

HBO has canceled drama series “Here and Now.”

Created by Alan Ball and starring Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, the show followed a multi-ethnic family with children adopted from all over the world and their experiences in present-day America. Ball, creator of “True blood” and “Six Feet Under,” served as executive producer alongside Peter Macdissi and David Knoller.

“After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with a second season of ‘Here and Now,'” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.
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Midnight, Texas: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on NBC?

Vulture Watch Can the residents of this Texas town live there in peace? Has the Midnight, Texas TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Midnight, Texas season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? Airing on the NBC television network, Midnight, Texas stars François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Sarah Ramos, and Yul Vázquez. Based on the book series of the same name, from True Blood author Charlaine Harris, the supernatural drama plays out in the remote Texas town of Midnight, where nothing is what it seems. There, only outsiders
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50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle

50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle
Updated: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony Crackle, the streaming network announced along with other news from its upfront presentation.

According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.

The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes
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Netflix is Producing a Fantasy Werewolf Horror Series Called The Order

Netflix is set to produce a 10-episode horror series that revolves around the supernatural world of werewolves called The Order. The series comes from the Canadian production company Nomadic Pictures who have developed series such as Hell on Wheels and Van Helsing.

The series was created by Dennis Heaton (Motive) and Shelley Eriksen (co-creator of Private Eyes), who will also write it. The series is described as "a magical and terrifying journey to uncover our true selves — and the monsters that hide within." As for the story:

The Order centers on college freshman Jack Morton (Jake Manley), who joins a fabled secret society, The Order, where he is thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts.

The series also co-stars Sarah Grey (Stargirl on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), who plays the female lead,
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