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18th July 2018

Empire - Season 5 - Rhyon Nicole Brown Promoted to Series Regular; Katlynn Simone & A.Z. Kelsey to Recur

Rhyon Nicole Brown, who recurred in Season 4 of Empire, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fifth season of Fox’s hit musical family drama. In addition, Katlynn Simone and A.Z. Kelsey have joined in recurring roles.

Brown plays Maya, daughter of Cookie’s fellow inmate Poundcake. When Cookie finds her this season Maya has spiraled a bit after discovering her true parentage. Cookie has to step in and be a mother figure to her, helping her find her way. Brown appeared in two episodes in Season 4.

Simone will play Treasure, a prison social worker whose life is turned around by Cookie when she sees her star potential. Kelsey will portray Jeff Kingsley, a hotshot, Silicon Valley genius, turned label executive; business wunderkind. Ivy League with an edge and a dark secret.


The Wrong Mans - Jillian Bell to Star in Showtime Comedy Pilot

The 22 Jump Street and Rough Night actress has been tapped to star opposite Ben Schwartz in the premium cable network's The Wrong Mans comedy pilot.

From exec producers J.J. Abrams and James Corden, The Wrong Mans is an action-comedy about two ordinary office workers who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: "If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife." As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.

The potential series is based on the BBC comedy created by and starring Corden and Matthew Baynton. Bell will play Anne, based on Cordon's role of Phil in the original. Anne works alongside Sam (Schwartz) and is a somewhat deluded fantasist who lives with her mother and has such an empty life that she leaps at the opportunity to join Sam in saving a woman who is kidnapped. Sam, meanwhile, just wants to get on with his ordinary life while Anna is desperate for excitement and extremely unrealistic about her capacity as an action hero.

Y: The Last Man - Amber Tamblyn Joins FX Pilot

Y: The Last Man ranks as one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series of all time. The DC Comics/Vertigo title was first launched in 2002 and revolves around Yorick Brown — the last surviving human with a Y chromosome — and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The series follows escape artist Yorick after a mysterious plague as he sets out to find what might have wiped out the male chromosome. Y: The Last Man, written and created by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, ran for 60 issues and has been collected in multiple graphic novels.

Tamblyn will portray Mariette Callows, the daughter of the president of the United States who has been groomed for a career in politics and to uphold her father's conservative values.

All About The Washingtons - Trailer

All episodes streaming August 10, only on Netflix.

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MOVIES: Welcome to Marwen - Trailer 2 feat Steve Carell

MOVIES: Overlord - Trailer Featuring Iain De Caestecker

Thanks to Ivan for the heads up.

17th July 2018

Future Man - Season 2 - Sara Amini and Rati Gupta to Recur

Sara Amini and Rati Gupta have both booked recurring gigs on the sophomore season of the Hulu comedy Future Man. Details about the second season have been kept under wraps but what we do know is that Amini and Gupta will play Thimble and Rake, integral members of a unique family group that Wolf (Derek Wilson) becomes part of thanks to a case of mistaken identity.


MOVIES: Boy Erased - Trailer feat Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman & More

MOVIES: Bohemian Rhapsody - Trailer feat Rami Malek

MOVIES: Robin Hood - Trailer feat Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx & Ben Mendelsohn

MOVIES: Glass - Teaser

16th July 2018

MOVIES: Patient Zero - Trailer feat Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci & Natalie Dormer

Rugrats - Viacom Announces New Nickelodeon Animated Series Revival & Live-Action Movie at Paramount

Viacom announced Tuesday that it is reviving the children's television series for a 26-episode greenlight at cable network Nickelodeon and greenlighting a new live-action feature film featuring CGI characters for Paramount Players.

The TV series and movie will include new adventures with original characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica while also introducing a new world of characters.

Original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return for the Nickelodeon series as executive producers. Production on the new animated series is already underway in Burbank, with casting, a premiere date and more announced in the coming months.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power - First Look Photos

She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil. The series premieres November 16 on Netflix.

True Detective - Season 3 - Deborah Ayorinde to Recur in HBO Anthology

Girls Trip‘s Deborah Ayorinde is set to recur opposite Mahershala Ali in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology series True Detective.

Ayorinde will play Becca Hayes, the estranged daughter of retired Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hayes (Ali).


MOVIES: Dune - Timothée Chalamet in Talks to Star in Legendary Adaptation from Denis Villeneuve

EXCLUSIVE: Timothée Chalamet is in final talks to star in the Denis Villeneuve-directed Dune, the cinematic relaunch of one of the most celebrated science fiction properties of all time for Legendary.

Legendary acquired film and TV rights to the Frank Herbert novels Dune in 2016, with the intention of making multiple films. Villenueve chose that film over numerous offers as his followup to Blade Runner 2049. That included James Bond, this well before Danny Boyle came in with his own take for that movie that was drafted by John Hodge.

Chalamet will play the lead, which in the David Lynch-directed original was Kyle MacLachlan. The young nobleman Paul Atreides is the central figure in the series of sprawling epic novels first published in 1965. It is set in the far future involving worlds beyond Earth, ruled over by competing feudal families who control access to a drug called Melange. Known popularly as “spice,” the drug gives its users heightened consciousness and an extended lifespan at the cost of crippling addiction and fatal withdrawal. Spice, use of which makes interstellar travel possible, is found only on the desert planet of Arrakis — aka “Dune” — and as such is the most valuable commodity in the galaxy. The original was a contentious shoot, with Lynch battling his producers and financiers, but Dune has been tapped successfully for the small screen and the version by Villenueve, after films from Incendies to Sicario, Arrival to Blade Runner 2049, makes for about as anticipated an iconic scifi novel series adaptation as you’ll find in Hollywood, Game of Thrones meets Star Wars.


9-1-1 - Season 2 - Charisma Carpenter to Guest

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Buffyverse favorite is set to guest-star in the Season 2 premiere of Fox’s new hit drama, playing a 9-1-1 caller who has found herself “stuck between a rock and a hard place,” and in the most crazy of ways.


Erase - Christine Evangelista to Co-Star in USA Network Pilot

The Arrangement alum Christine Evangelista is set to co-star opposite Denis Leary and Callie Thorne in Erase, USA Network’s crime thriller-with-a-twist drama pilot.

Evangelista will play Noreen Rodriguez, Donal (Leary) and Donna’s (Thorne) eldest child. She is a smart and ethical cop who inherited a moral compass from her mother and wants nothing to do with her father.

Disenchantment - Poster

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Fresh Off the Boat - Freeform and UP Acquire Off-Net Rights to ABC Family Comedy

Thanks to Nicholas for the heads up.

Teen destination Freeform and family friendly UP TV have licensed the cable rights to the family sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” from Twentieth Television. The series will join UP TV’s and Freeform’s lineup beginning later this year.

The Flash - Season 5 - Danielle Panabaker to Make Directorial Debut

In addition to returning as S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Caitlin Snow in The CW series' fifth season, actress Danielle Panabaker will be stepping behind the camera to direct an upcoming episode, ET can exclusively reveal.

"I’m incredibly excited and grateful to be directing my first episode of television, and especially honored that it will be an episode of The Flash," Panabaker said exclusively to ET. "Over the past 15 years, I have been lucky to work with many talented directors with a vast array of styles and methods. I have always loved the collaborative process, and my insatiable curiosity has lead me to watch, learn, and absorb as much as I can from those around me."

Heathers - Netflix & Freeform Pass on Cancelled Dramedy

Paramount Network, which scrapped the controversial reboot in June, has sold the dramedy that features a school being blown up to multiple international territories. The international sales help recoup some of the cost for the 10-episode drama. Sources note that multiple U.S. homes — including Netflix and Freeform — have passed on the series. Efforts to find a U.S. home for the anthology continue.

13th July 2018

Talking Dead - Yvette Nicole Brown to Step in As Interim Host

Over a week after Deadline revealed that Yvette Nicole Brown would be handling Chris Hardwick’s The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead panel moderating duties at Comic-Con, AMC today said the Community actor will be fronting the Season 9 preview special for the zombie apocalypse series and the series’ much watched aftershow.

“Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on August 5 and Talking Dead when it returns following the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick,” the cabler said Friday.

MOVIES: Rub & Tug - Scarlett Johansson Exits Trans Role After Backlash

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of Rub & Tug, the movie that would have seen her play a transgender man.

"In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project," said Johansson in a statement to

"Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive," the actress continued. "I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues."

The Righteous Gemstones - Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero & Tim Baltz Join HBO Televangelist Comedy Pilot

Cassidy Freeman (Smallville), Tony Cavalero (School of Rock) and Tim Baltz (Drunk History) have been cast as series regulars in HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones, Danny McBride’s televangelist comedy pilot, starring McBride and John Goodman.

Created, written, directed and executive produced by McBride, The Righteous Gemstones is the story of a world famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Freeman will play Amber Gemstone, the wife of Jesse Gemstone (McBride). She gave up a career of her own in journalism to devote herself to the church and her husband. Cavalero is Keefe Chambers, an ex-Satanist. Keefe was saved from the darkness by Kelvin Gemstone (Adam Devine). Now, he’s dedicated his life to serving the Lord and The Gemstones. Baltz will play BJ, fiancée to Judy Gemstone (Edi Patterson). He struggles to find acceptance within the Gemstone family.


MOVIES: Zombieland 2 - Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg & Abigail Breslin Returning for Sequel

After fits and starts, Sony Pictures has reunited the cast of its 2009 surprise hit — including Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin — for Zombieland 2.

Ruben Fleischer, who directed the original and who is behind the studio’s Spider-Man-centric fall tentpole, Venom, is returning to the helmer’s chair.

While rumors of the sequel have risen from the dead several times over the years, this time Sony really means it: The film is set to begin production in January 2019 and will be released in October 2019, in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie.

The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

MOVIES: A Simple Favor - Trailer feat Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively

Erase - Elaine Hendrix Joins USA Network Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: It’s not officially the start of the Heathens getting back together but Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll alum Elaine Hendrix is reuniting with Mr. Johnny Rock himself Denis Leary in USA Network’s Erase pilot.

Having played Rock’s long-time love and Heathens’ back-up singer Ava Delany for two seasons with Leary on the FX music comedy, Hendrix has just sealed her deal to portray Bella Tanne on the Universal Cable Prods effort, I’ve learned.

Set as a series regular, The Parent Trap actor’s character is described as a one night or two night stand from the past of former slimy cop Donal O’Neal, played by Leary. Conceived and written for Hendrix by Leary, Tanne is a fun, loving and true problem solver, which is what a desperately running out of time O’Neal needs more than ever in Erase, which USA order in April. 

Bull - Season 3 - Annabelle Attanasio Not Returning

Bull‘s resident computer expert is powering down: Annabelle Attanasio, who has played TAC’s crackerjack information gatherer since the CBS drama’s 2016 launch, will not be returning for Season 3, TVLine has learned exclusively. The actress informed Bull‘s Powers That Be of her desire to purse a new professional endeavor (directorial debut) and they amicably accommodated her request.

In the Dark - Rich Sommer to Co-Star in CW Drama in Recasting

Mad Men alum Rich Sommer has been cast in a lead role opposite Perry Mattfeld on the new CW midseason drama series In the Dark, from CBS TV Studios and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. He will play Dean, replacing Austin Nichols, who played the role in the pilot.


12th July 2018

MOVIES: Togo - Willem Dafoe to Star in Disney Streaming Adaptation

Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in last year’s The Florida Project, has signed on to star in Togo, a Disney movie about a famous and dangerous sled dog relay.

Ericson Core, who directed the Mark Wahlberg drama Invincible as well as the recent remake of Point Break, is helming the movie, which is being developed for the Disney streaming service.

Togo will be a live-action feature centering on two key figures in the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog sled teams relayed to transport diphtheria antitoxin serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the Alaskan town of Nome from an epidemic.

Balto was the dog who received acclaim from the life-saving run and whose heroism was popularized at the time; he even received the movie treatment via an animated feature in 1995 from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin.

But, in effect, it was Togo and his owner, Gunnar Kaasen, that traversed the most dangerous part of the journey, facing temperatures that were 30 degrees below zero in gale force winds.

Dafoe will play Kaasen in this tale of an unlikely friendship between man and dog

The Letter for the King - Dutch Children's Novel Being Adapted by Netflix

Netflix have commissioned a series adaptation of Tonke Dragt’s Dutch children's classic The Letter for the King.

The series, set to begin shooting this autumn in New Zealand, will be produced by London based FilmWave for the streaming giant.

First published in 1962, The Letter for the King is a medieval adventure novel set in a fantasy feudal world of three kingdoms, two of which are threatened by the third. The story follows following the 16-year-old squire Tiuri in his journey to become a knight and his task of delivering a crucial letter to the leader of the neighboring kingdom.

Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon) will adapt the series for Netflix, with Dutch born producer Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks) of FilmWave.

MOVIES: Glass - First Look Photos

Source: Entertainment Weekly

MOVIES: Mary Queen of Scots - Trailer feat Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie

His Dark Materials - Ariyon Bakare Joins BBC Adaptation

EXCLUSIVE: Rogue One and Life star Ariyon Bakare is the latest actor to sign up to BBC One’s Philip Pullman adaptation of His Dark Materials.

Bakare is a popular man in the fantasy space, having also recently signed up to appear in Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens and Amazon’s Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom-fronted Carnival Row.

The British actor will star as Lord Boreal in the series alongside Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Boreal is an antagonist in the books, who charms Lyra, played by Keen, and houses her from the police before stealing her alethiometer.


MOVIES: The Package - Trailer feat Daniel Doheny

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