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Jimmi Simpson Joins Russell Crowe Thriller ‘Unhinged’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Jimmi Simpson Joins Russell Crowe Thriller ‘Unhinged’ (Exclusive)
Jimmi Simpson will play a key role in “Unhinged,” Variety has learned.

He joins an impressive cast that includes Oscar-winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius. Solstice Studios is producing the psychological thriller, which is currently filming in New Orleans.

“Unhinged” centers on a woman named Rachel (Pistorius), who leans on her horn at the wrong time, with the wrong driver (Crowe). According to the logline, “‘Road rage’ doesn’t begin to describe what he’s about to do to her and everyone she knows.”

Simpson is best known for his work on “House of Cards” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” as well as for his Emmy Award nominated turn on “Westworld.” He is currently starring opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Jacki Weaver in “Perpetual Grace, Ltd” and recently finished production on Tate Taylor’s “Breaking News in Yuba County” alongside Allison Janney, Regina Hall, and Mila Kunis. Earlier
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TV Review: ‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd.’ on Epix

  • Variety
MGM-owned premium cable network Epix has, for a few years, been working to define itself as an outlet for original programming. Their latest attempt, “Perpetual Grace, Ltd.,” seeks the audience’s favor by cloaking itself both the familiar. The show’s cast includes familiar faces like Jimmi Simpson of “Westworld,” Terry O’Quinn of “Lost,” and Oscar nominees Sir Ben Kingsley and Jacki Weaver; its giddy amorality-in-the-American-sticks formula seems borrowed from “Ozark,” which itself owes a debt to “Breaking Bad.” Little here feels new, and it’s not a skillful enough pastiche to demand you find Epix on your dial.

Simpson plays a con artist who seeks to ensnare a pair of religious leaders who seem like easy marks; he plans to have them kidnapped so that he can pretend to be their son and enrich himself with their life insurance. While Simpson’s James easily meshes into this
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Jimmi Simpson Says ‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd’ Is Like ‘City of Lost Children’ – But With a Love Story

Epix describes its upcoming 10-part series “Perpetual Grace, Ltd” as a “modern noir drama.” But Jimmi Simpson’s way of pitching the show, which also stars Ben Kingsley and Jacki Weaver, might offer you just a little more insight into what’s in store for viewers who tune in for the premiere this Sunday. Or possibly make it even less clear, but more intriguing.

“It’s like a stylized ‘The City of Lost Children.’ And then it pauses and tells you about love and how real it is. It just lands, too,” the “Westworld” alum told TheWrap during an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour in February.

Ok, let’s rewind so you understand a little better why Simpson is comparing “Perpetual Grace” to a 1995 sci-fi, surrealist film starring Ron Perlman, which tells the story of a scientist who kidnaps children to steal their dreams, in hopes that they slow his aging process.
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‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd’ Trailer: Stealing from People Is a Bad Idea in New Neo-Noir Series

‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd’ Trailer: Stealing from People Is a Bad Idea in New Neo-Noir Series
If the last few decades of entertainment history has taught us two things, it’s that you shouldn’t mess with a character played by Ben Kingsley and you really shouldn’t mess with a character played by Jacki Weaver. The core of “Perpetual Grace, Ltd” is watching one would-be grifter discover these empirical truths for himself.

Jimmi Simpson plays James, a wandering con man who stumbles on a pair of potential prey he couldn’t have accounted for: Ma (Weaver) and Pa (Kingsley). As the husband and wife leaders of a church, the two have been perpetuating an extensive scheme of their own by slowly pilfering money from their parishioners for years.

The series, set for an early June release date, comes from Steven Conrad and Bruce Terris, who previously worked together on the Amazon Prime Video series “Patriot.” After writing and directing all of that show’s Season
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MGM Studios Projects 40% Earnings Drop Amid Epix Now Launch

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MGM announced this week that it expects a 40% decline in earnings in 2019 as it invests in its Epix Now streaming service.

The company said in February that it would launch Epix Now at $5.99 per month, joining other premium channels that have already rolled out over-the-top services. In order to attract subscribers, Epix is rolling out a slate of original programming to accompany its traditional movie offerings.

MGM co-founded Epix with Viacom and Lionsgate in 2008, and bought out the other two partners in a $1 billion deal in 2017. In an earnings call on Tuesday, MGM executives said Epix is projected to lose $50 million to $70 million this year as MGM invests in content to grow the service.

The delay of “Bond 25” to April 2020 has also put a damper on this year’s projections. The next installment of the Bond franchise was initially set to debut in November 2019, but was pushed back when
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‘Berlin Station’ Canceled After Three Seasons at Epix

  • The Wrap
Epix has canceled the Paramount TV spy drama “Berlin Station” after three seasons, TheWrap has learned.

Created and executive produced by author Olen Steinhauer, the series centered on Richard Armitage as a spy working for the CIA in Europe. The third season, which wrapped its run last month, took a timely turn to focus on the relationship between Russia and the U.S., with the CIA trying to determine if the Kremlin had been involved in foul play.

Michelle Forbes, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans, Leland Orser, Ashley Judd, Keke Palmer and Ismael Cruz Córdova also starred.

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Jason Horwitch served as showrunner and executive producer on the series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, along with Eric Roth, Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon and Luke Rivett.

The cancellation comes as Epix ramps up another big push on the scripted originals front,
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Ben Kingsley & Jimmi Simpson lead a dark trailer for Perpetual Grace, Ltd

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Epix is poised to unleash something dark and strange thriller with their upcoming series Perpetual Grace, Ltd. Formerly titled Our Lady, Ltd, the first star-studded trailer for the show teases a violent and epic tale of deception, drugs, dependance and revenge. Leading the bizarre events of Perpetual Grace, Ltd are Westworld's Jimmi Simpson as James, a young grifter looking to…
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‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd.’ Trailer: Ben Kingsley Stars As A Holy Man With A Penchant For Violence In New Drama Series

It’s hard to describe the upcoming Epix series “Perpetual Grace, Ltd.” in any sort of brevity. Sure, you could say that the series follows the attempt of two men to rob an older couple that runs a church. But then again, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

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As seen in the trailer for the series, there’s so much more to this new drama than just the robbery that gets the plot moving.

Continue reading ‘Perpetual Grace, Ltd.’ Trailer: Ben Kingsley Stars As A Holy Man With A Penchant For Violence In New Drama Series at The Playlist.
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TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Trailer Debuts (Watch)

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In today’s TV roundup, Amazon has dropped the trailer for its upcoming show “Good Omens,” which stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

Casting

Ed Asner will be guest starring on an episode of “Doom Patrol,” airing later in the season. The series, which is currently streaming on the DC Universe platform, features Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Diane Guerrero and April Bowlby as a group of whacky superheroes who have to band together to save their mentor, Dr. Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton).

Dates

Netflix has announced the premiere date of April 15 for the debut of a new multi-camera dramedy, “No Good Nick.” The show centers around a 13-year-old girl plotting revenge on an unsuspecting family. However, once she gets to know the family she begins to have second thoughts. It stars Sean Astin, Melissa Joan Hart, Siena Agudong, Lauren Lindsey Donzis, and Kalama Epstein.

Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” is back for it’s 15th season.
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‘Get Shorty’ Renewed for Season 3 at Epix

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‘Get Shorty’ Renewed for Season 3 at Epix
Epix has renewed “Get Shorty” for Season 3.

The loose adaptation of the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent film stars Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano, Lidio Porto, Megan Stevenson, Sean Bridgers, and Carolyn Dodd. In the series, O’Dowd plays a hitman from Nevada who struggles to shed his criminal past after he moves to Hollywood to become a movie producer.

The series is executive produced by Davey Holmes and Adam Arkin. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM, now the sole owner of Epix.

“Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano have so thoroughly embraced their roles, and I know I speak for all fans of ‘Get Shorty’ when I say that we can’t wait for their escapades to unfold in season three,” said Epix President Michael Wright. “The entire Epix team is looking forward to working again with Davey Holmes, Adam Arkin and the
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‘Our Lady, Ltd’: Jacki Weaver To Star In Epix’s Noir Drama Series

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‘Our Lady, Ltd’: Jacki Weaver To Star In Epix’s Noir Drama Series
Jacki Weaver is set to co-star opposite Ben Kingsley and Jimmi Simpson in Our Lady, Ltd, a 10-episode modern noir drama series, from Patriot creator Steve Conrad and Epix’s sister studio MGM Television.

Written by Conrad and Patriot co-producer Bruce Terris, Our Lady, Ltd (fka Our Lady of Perpetual Grace), follows James (Simpson), a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects.

Two-time Oscar nominee Weaver will play Lillian who, along and Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), are known to their parishioners as Ma and Pa and have used religion to bilk hundreds of innocent men and women out of their life savings. Ma, who resembles at first glance a modest, dutiful church lady, is Pa’s willing accomplice, and his counterpart in regard to potency and cruelty.

Conrad and Terris serve as executive producers and showrunners,
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