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Trailer Premiere: Dwayne Johnson, Ilfenesh Hadera & More Star in Paramount’s ‘Baywatch’ Movie

Joining Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the upcoming “Baywatch” movie is Ilfenesh Hadera, still a relative newcomer, who has appeared in 3 different Spike Lee projects: “Da Brick” (which was never released by HBO), “Oldboy” (Spike’s version) , last year’s “Chi-Raq,” and his upcoming… Continue Reading →
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First Image Arrives From Spike Lee's Kickstarter-Funded 'Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus'

Spike Lee has had better points in his career than this one. It's a full eight years since his last legitimate hit, "Inside Man," and recent attempts at a comeback have ended up disappointing somewhat: John Boyega-starring HBO show "Da Brick" didn't get picked up beyond a pilot, indie "Red Hook Summer" failed to find much of an audience, and last year's "Oldboy" was a critical and commercial washout. But you can't keep a great director down, and Lee didn't hang about: even before "Oldboy" hit theaters, the filmmaker had taken to Kickstarter to raise the budget for another movie, called "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus," a rare dip into the horror genre that promises to be his own unique spin on the vampire movie, described by the filmmaker as being about "human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy and bloody." The film's mostly under wraps still,
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Spike Lee Developing ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ For TV Series On Showtime

Adapting a movie – or spinning it off – for the small screen isn’t new, but the trend has taken off in the past year with the one-two punch of NBC’s suprise hit “Hannibal” and FX’s take on “Fargo.” Critical darling “Friday Night Lights” aside, none of the TV versions have retained the creative talent behind the source material – the Coen Brothers gave their blessing to the FX series and received executive producer credits as tribute – but that’s about to change as Spike Lee sets out to make his second stab at a fictional series, following the failed pilot "Da Brick" over at HBO. Deadline reports the “Malcolm X” filmmaker will adapt his 1985 debut feature “She’s Gotta Have It” for Showtime. The half-hour series is said to take “a new contemporary look at the characters [of the original film] and will explore Lee’s unique and provocative points of view about race,
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Who Is John Boyega? Meet the New 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Actor (Photo)

It's time to get up close and person with our future favorite Jedi, John Boyega, the new face of "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Boyega is most famous for his role as Moses in "Attack the Block," which was also his first feature film. Moses is one of the teens who live on a South London council estate that's attacked by aliens. The first time we meet Moses and his pals, they're attempting to rob a young nurse named Samantha (Jodie Whittaker), but later they all rally and work together to fight the weirdo critters trying to take over their block.

Moses is the quiet leader of this criminally inclined crew of teens, but he eventually becomes the hero of our story. You might need subtitles for this awesome indie sci-fi -- the British slang comes fast and furious -- but it's good fun. "Attack the Block" is Joe Cornish's first feature-length film.
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John Boyega Takes The Lead In Race

The rise of British actor John Boyega continues today as he’s now taken the high-profile lead role in Race – an upcoming biopic of Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

Owens was a Us track and field athlete in the 1930s, specializing in sprinting and long jump events. His fame reached epic proportions when he participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, winning four gold medals and becoming the most successful athlete in the entire competition. Making the triumph even more notable was the fact that Adolf Hitler had originally tried to ban all Jewish and black people from competing in the games, before a threatened boycott from a number of countries forced him to relent.

John Boyega – who burst onto the screen in 2011 with Da Brick and Attack The Block – is considered to be one of the most sought after young actors in the industry today, with a lead role
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'Walking Dead' cast coming to 'Conan'; 'Flowers in the Attic' gets big ratings

News and notes from all over the TV world:

- The cast of "The Walking Dead" will make its first joint late-night appearance on "Conan" Feb. 6, three days before "Twd" returns to AMC. Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and Melissa McBride will all join Conan O'Brien for what TBS is calling an "exclusive" appearance.

- Lifetime's adaptation of "Flowers in the Attic" scored big ratings Saturday night (Jan. 18), which bodes well for the already-in-development sequel "Petals on the Wind." The movie based on V.C. Andrews' novel delivered 6.1 million viewers, the most for an original movie on ad-supported cable since November 2012.

- "Battlestar Galactica" and "Dollhouse" alum Tahmoh Penikett is playing a pivotal role in "Criminal Minds'" 200th episode. It's been revealed that his previously teased role will resolve some of the questions surrounding Jj's (A.J. Cook) time away from the Bau. Penikett's Michael Hastings
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Mike Tyson And Wife Are Producing A Movie Based On His Rise To Boxing Legend

Following HBO's passing on what was to be a drama series loosely based on his boxing youth (Da Brick, directed by Spike Lee, starring John Boyega), former boxing champ Mike Tyson is reportedly developing a film on his early years in the ring, through his meteoric rise to the king of the boxing world, which he and his wife, Lakiha Spicer, will produce. Tyson is said to be looking to cast an unknown to play him in the film, but he and wife Spicer say that they can see Kevin Spacey portraying his mentor and trainer, Cus D'Amato, and Helen Mirren as his adoptive mother, Camille Ewald... this is all according to the New York Post.  Assuming this is all fact, the film...
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Racial Drama From '12 Years a Slave' Writer Nabs Pilot Order at ABC

Two days after 12 Years a Slave took home the Golden Globe for best drama feature, screenwriter John Ridley's racial drama has landed a pilot order at ABC. American Crime will examine the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Ridley will pen the script and executive produce alongside former ABC Studios head of drama-turned-producer Michael McDonald. The ABC Studios project marks Ridley's return to TV and comes three years after HBO passed on his boxing drama Da Brick and

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'Entourage' Creator Doug Ellin Inks Overall Deal With CBS

'Entourage' Creator Doug Ellin Inks Overall Deal With CBS
Doug Ellin is moving from HBO to CBS Television Studios. The Entourage creator has inked a three-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the pact, Ellin will develop broadcast and cable projects for the studio under his newly formed (and currently unnamed) production company. Jim Lefkowitz, who exec produced Ellin's former HBO pilot Da Brick, will oversee development for Ellin and his new banner. Photos: 'Entourage' Finale: 20 Unforgettable Hollywood Cameos From the Series "With his unique narrative and creative edge, Doug is one of the defining voices in entertainment for today's generation,"

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Watch: Trailer For Spike Lee-Directed Doc 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth'

Pals for a while now, Mike Tyson and Spike Lee have been trying to find a way to work together. They were initially going to collaborate on the HBO series "Da Brick," with Tyson serving as an executive producer on the series Lee was developing, but the network wound up passing on the project. However, they quickly found another way to come together at HBO. The result is "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" and it's coming to a small screen near you very soon. The first trailer has dropped for the film, and it brings into your home the stage show the pair brought to Broadway earlier this year. As you'll quickly surmise, it finds Tyson leading audiences and viewers through his own life and perspective, from the dizzying highs to the tragic lows, all with his unique personality. It'll be interesting to see what new insight, if any, will
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Watch: The First Teaser for HBO's Spike Lee-Directed Special 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth'

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Watch: The First Teaser for HBO's Spike Lee-Directed Special 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth'
Spike Lee has a genuine affection for Mike Tyson that shone through when the pair spoke to the press together at the TCA summer press tour in July about "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," a filmed version of Tyson's Broadway one-man show slated to debut on HBO on Saturday, November 16th. Lee, who directed the special, called Tyson "the most honest human being I've met in my life," and the first teaser, below, suggests a somber tone in which the former heavyweight champion will open up about his storied career and troubled history. "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is just the latest in a string of HBO projects Lee's worked on -- in addition to "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" and "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise," Lee had boxing drama pilot "Da Brick" at the premium network, though it didn't make it to series.
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Indie Feature Film Inspired By 2008 'Honeytrap Murder' Case Secures Funding, Starts Production

John Boyega (Attack The BlockDa Brick) starred in a BBC3 docu-drama production based on the on the 2008 murder of teenager Shakilus Townsend titled My Murder. And now, an independent film production based on that real-life story began what will be a 4-week shoot, today, in London. And unlike the BBC3 docu-drama (mixed documentary and scripted elements), this new project is entirely scripted, and will be based on the story, but, as the filmmakers state, will tell it from a different Pov. First, a quick recap... Also known as the "Honeytrap murder," the true story tells of how then 16-year-old Shakilus Townsend was lured to his death by a girl he really...
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Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’?

Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’?
20th Century Fox and Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service” looks to be heating up as Vaughn is on the hunt for a young actor to join Colin Firth in the comic book adaptation.

Sources tell Variety “300: Rise of an Empire”‘s Jack O’Connell, “Attack the Block”‘s John Boyega and “Magic City”‘s Christian Cooke have or are expected to test in the next week for the role of the young secret agent that is mentored by Firth’s veteran agent.

More may be added to the list but as of now these are three Vaughn as zeroed in on. There was talks at one point about Aaron Taylor-Johnson being eyed for the role but sources say that scheduling and also the fact that Johnson may have been asking for too much money may have led Fox to look at a rising star who does not cost as much.
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Mike Tyson's one-man show coming to HBO

If you weren't fortunate (unfortunate?) enough to take in a live performance of Mike Tyson's one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" when during its 10-week U.S. tour or its Broadway run, HBO has your back.

HBO Films announced Tuesday (June 25) that Spike Lee will direct a taped performance of the boxing legend's stage show in July for a premiere later this year.

"Mike Tyson's one-man show is a fascinating journey into his storied life and career, and we are thrilled to have Spike Lee bring it from the stage to the screen for our viewers," HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo says.

"I'm incredibly grateful to HBO for partnering with me and for believing in my story," Tyson remarks. "It is an honor and a privilege to be working with them to bring my one-man show, 'Undisputed Truth,' to live on the television screen."

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HBO to Film Mike Tyson’s Spike Lee-Directed One-Man Show For Debut This Year

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HBO has bought TV rights to Mike Tyson’s one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. HBO Films will film the show in July for debut on HBO later in the year. The stage production features “Iron Mike” recounting his life’s highs and lows in his signature candid style. He opens up about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, key people in his life, controversies, time in prison, self-examination, family and new beginnings. Tyson recently wrapped a 10-week U.S. tour of the production, which debuted in Las Vegas in spring 2012 and ran on Broadway last summer, with filmmaker Spike Lee directing. Lee and Tyson, who also collaborated on the HBO pilot Da Brick — a drama series inspired by Tyson’s childhood that the premium network passed on last year — are among the exec producers, as is Kiki Tyson – who also wrote — Jon Kilik and James Nederlander. Related: Mike Tyson
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Check Out The Trailers For NBC's New Shows

Check Out The Trailers For NBC's New Shows
James Spader returns to NBC with "The Blacklist" on this fall.

The "Office" alum and longtime "Boston Legal" star returns to the spotlight on the Peacock network and this time, instead of upholding the law (albeit via blackmail, bribery and the like), he's breaking it. In NBC's upcoming series "The Blacklist," Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the most wanted man in the world.

Check out Spader and his devilish ways below in NBC's new four-minute trailer for "The Blacklist", as well as two new preview clips, and scroll down for more previews and official descriptions of the new series on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule: the “Ironside" remake starring Blair Underwood, the new Mike O'Malley comedy "Welcome To The Family," Sean Hayes' return to sitcoms with "Sean Saves The World," and, of course, the highly-anticipated "Michael J. Fox Show."

"The Blacklist," Mondays at 10 p.m. Et

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader,
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TV News: NBC Announces Fall Schedule with Six New Shows, Changes to Every Night

Chicago – When you’re in as much of a ratings struggle as NBC, it makes sense to shake things up and that’s exactly what they’re doing in the Fall with a new show or an old show in a new time every single night of the week. “Chicago Fire,” “Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Parenthood” are moving. “Community” is being held until a midseason, 13-episode run. No decision yet made on “Celebrity Apprentice” or “Hannibal,” which isn’t that surprising as they are mid-season shows anyway although it shouldn’t give fans of either program confidence as NBC announced a midseason schedule as well and they’re not on it. Anything could still happen with either program however and they could be held as replacements for shows that fail. That may be the best shot for “Hannibal” fans now. The best new show on the
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James Spader's new NBC action drama has a trailer

James Spader's new NBC action drama has a trailer
Judging from NBC’s new fall schedule, this is the drama the network is most excited about next season: Blacklist, which stars James Spader (bald!) as an ex-government agent turned sinister criminal mastermind. The drama will air in the coveted post-Voice slot on Monday nights. Here’s the Blacklist trailer and there’s a detailed description below. What say you? Looks promising, right? Sort of Homeland meets Silence of the Lambs…

Update: See All of NBC’s trailers for next season here.

Blacklist official NBC description:

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, “The Office,” “Boston Legal”) has
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NBC Adds Comedy, 2 Dramas; Cancels ‘New Normal’

NBC Adds Comedy, 2 Dramas; Cancels ‘New Normal’
NBC added one comedy and two more dramas to its 2013-14 roster, all from Sony Pictures TV.

Welcome to the Family,” from scribe Mike Sikowitz, revolves around the culture clash of Anglo and Latino families when their kids are brought togheter by an unplanned pregnancy.

Drama “Blacklist” has major heat. It centers on a white-collar criminal who turns himself in and offers to give up others. “Night Shift” is a medical drama set in a San Antonio hospital.

After a long day of speculation, NBC confirmed the cancellation of Ryan Murphy comedy “The New Normal” (pictured) after one season.

Here are the descriptions:

Welcome To The Family

Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O’Malley, “Glee,” “My Name Is Earl”) and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, “In Plain Sight,” “The West Wing”) find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck, (“Deception,” “Gossip Girl”) is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college,
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Indie Feature Film Inspired By 2008 'Honeytrap Murder' Case In Development (Fundraising)

John Boyega (Attack The BlockDa Brick) starred in a BBC3 docu-drama production based on the on the 2008 murder of teenager Shakilus Townsend titled My Murder. And now, an independent film production based on that real-life story is in development, and unlike the BBC3 docu-drama (mixed documentary and scripted elements), this new project will be entirely scripted, and will be based on the story, but, as the filmmakers state, will tell it from a different Pov. First, a quick recap... Also known as the "Honeytrap murder," the docu-drama (which I posted on Friday for you to watch) tells the true story of how then 16-year-old Shakilus Townsend was lured to...
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