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'Greek' Revival Movie Scrapped at Freeform
Freeform isn't going back to college after all.
The cable channel has scrapped plans for a Greek reunion movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
First announced in April, Greek: The Reunion was supposed to pick up five years after the end of the series with the original cast reuniting at the five-year reunion for the fictional Cypress-Rhodes University. The series wrapped in 2011, which would have put the five-year milestone at 2016.
The movie was set to be timed to the holidays -- likely as part of Freeform's annual 25 Days of Christmas programming block -- but a formal premiere date »
- Kate Stanhope
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Ups Alexis Bledel to Series Regular for Season 2
Bledel appeared in a guest starring role during the critically-acclaimed show’s first season as Emily/Ofglen. She befriends Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and tells her of a secret resistance group called Mayday.
Bledel is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.
The series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018
The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.
The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.
- Stewart Clarke
‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Closer To Release After Appeals Court Win
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled that Brendan Dassey, one of two men convicted of the murder profiled in the Netflix docuseries Making A Murderer, should be released from prison after affirming a lower court ruling that his confession was coerced. Dassey was sentenced to live in prison in 2007 in Wisconsin for his alleged participation in the 2005 death of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbac; his uncle Steven Avery was found guilty of Halbach's murder. In… »
Five Memorable McDonald’s Scenes in Movies
The McDonald’s fast food franchise is one of the most popular grab and run establishments in the world. They’ve gone international so you can find one in practically any country you visit. In addition to this, McDonalds has become such an integral part of American society that it regularly appears in popular movie scenes. Even movie stars like to grab a Big Mac or McChicken now and then. Here are five memorable McDonald’s scenes in movies. 1. “Mac and Me” – Full McDonald’s Dance Scene (1988) This scene is one of the most popular in the film. A young wheelchair
Five Memorable McDonald’s Scenes in Movies »
- Nat Berman
‘Younger’ To Simulcast Season 4 Premiere; New Digital Aftershow Follows
TV Land plans a coast-to-coast simulcast of the Season 4 premiere of Younger June 28, a lead-in to Getting Younger, a new, digital Facebook Live aftershow. Getting Younger, hosted by SiriusXM’s Taylor Strecker, premieres on Facebook @YoungerTV (and simulcasts on Instagram @YoungerTV) at 10:30 pm Et/7:30pm Pt, immediately following the one-time-only coast-to-coast simulcast of the Season 4 TV Land bow at 10 pm. The live Getting Younger will follow every Younger episode… »
Game of Thrones: Everything You Forgot Happened Last Season
Even if you don't watch Game of Thrones, there's a good chance you know Jon Snow (Kit Harington) returned from the dead during Season 6. It was impossible to ignore the flurry of stories that accompanied his death and subsequent resurrection. You might also know that Cersei (Lena Headey) blew up
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- Kaitlin Thomas
Ashton Kutcher, Jimmy Fallon Nearly Vomit Playing “Secret Ingredient”
In what is quickly becoming a fan favorite on The Tonight Show, things just keep getting better with Jimmy Fallon and his guests during “Secret Ingredient.” For those who don’t know what Secret Ingredient is, Fallon and his guests will sit at a dinner table and eat a bunch of foods. The kicker is that these foods contain a “secret ingredient” that tends to be pretty gross and the guests have to try to figure out what it is (as well as try not to puke). The NBC personality invited Ashton Kutcher, Vanessa Hudgens and Liam Payne to play a
- Nat Berman
‘Instinct’: Sharon Leal To Co-Star On New CBS Drama Series
Exclusive: Sharon Leal, who toplined the untitled Jenny Lumet drama pilot this season, is staying in the CBS/CBS Studios fold with a major series regular role opposite Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic in the new drama series Instinct, which is set for a midseason premiere. Leal will play a reconceived character which, in its original form, was played in the pilot by Khandi Alexander who is leaving the project. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James… »
Glow: 6 Things to Know About Netflix's Lady-Wrestling Comedy
Yes, Netflix’s Glow provides a funny, albeit fictional, behind-the-scenes look into the rise of the 1980s phenomenon known as Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Yes, it features comedic heavy hitters like Alison Brie (Community) and Marc Maron (Maron) sporting some truly fantastic period costumes. And yes, the show’s pedigreed production team includes Orange Is the New Black‘s Carly Mensch and Nurse Jackie‘s Liz Flahive, as well as Oitnb‘s Jenji Kohan.
But Glow also provided a vital lesson to its cast, courtesy of the hands-on training the actors underwent prior to the shoot.
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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Premiere Is Series’ Highest-Rated Episode Ever
“Queen Sugar” came roaring back to television this week, with the Season 2 premiere of the Own series scoring the show’s highest ratings ever.
The premiere episode, which aired Tuesday, averaged a 2.1 rating in the key women 25-54 demographic and 2.3 million total viewers, also making it the night’s number two cable telecast for women and number one with women in its time slot according to Nielsen data. The second episode on Wednesday notched a a 1.6 rating and 1.7 million total viewers, making it Wednesday night’s number one cable telecast for women 25-54 and women 18-49 as well as number »
- Joe Otterson
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Brian Sacca
Most people in the entertainment industry dream of having the talent to make it as an actor, writer, or producer. While most never achieve success in any of these roles, a select few have the diverse skillset needed to thrive in all of them. Such is the case with the highly talented and driven Brian Sacca. Although he has spent years in the entertainment industry, Sacca has only recently begun to achieve widespread recognition through his acting in productions like The Wolf of Wall Street and Wrecked. While his acting is deserving of much attention, so are his gifts in
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- Timothy Hickey
‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation
Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… »
New York Legislators Approve Groundbreaking TV Diversity Tax Credit
New York’s state Assembly and Senate have passed a bill backed by the DGA and WGA East that would create a tax incentive program for TV shows that hire women and people of color in top writing and directing positions.
The bill will now head to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign. Cuomo has been a strong supporter of New York’s entertainment community and tax incentive programs to grow the volume of production in the Empire State. The next big hurdle will be getting $5 million set aside in the state’s budget to fund the credit.
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make
[Editor’s Note: Mild spoilers for Season 3, Episode 10, “Lantern” follow.]
It’s at times easy to forget that “Better Call Saul” is a period piece, if only because its 2002-2003 setting isn’t always noticeably distinguishable from the present day. But then every once in a while, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould slap us in the face with a reminder that this show is happening in the past. It can be as simple as a trip to a video store — but not just any video store.
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It’s something we all accepted as routine, just 15 years ago: Want to watch a movie? Go to Blockbuster Video. So in the Season 3 finale, “Lantern,” Kim (Rhea Seehorn) asks her assistant Francesca (Tina Parker) for a ride to what was once the dominant source for Americans in search of movie rentals, and we then get to see her browse the aisles in search of the perfect comfort viewing, following her near-fatal car accident the episode prior.
Executive producer Gennifer Hutchison, who wrote the season finale, told IndieWire that the decision to have Kim visit a video store came in the writers’ room, as the team discussed what Kim might possibly do after deciding to relax following her accident. “I just really loved the idea of her renting a bunch of videos and sitting around watching movies and eating junk food. Just because it’s something I relate to, it’s something I like to do when I destress. And I feel like it’s not something you see a lot of on TV and in movies,” she said.
And as a result, Gould — who directed the finale — got very excited about the idea of Kim going to not just any video store, but Blockbuster in particular. However, don’t think that this was an easy choice for the show — because according to production designer Michael Novotny, “it was a total nail-biter.”
Novotny told IndieWire that as soon as he received word that “Saul” wanted to recreate a Blockbuster, he got his team to work — specifically, the graphics department. “I can always do a set. A set’s the easy part. The hard part is the graphics and all of the art work you’re going to turn out,” he said.
But that process started before the show had actual permission to recreate a Blockbuster. “We started to build it without approval. That’s part of the nail-biting process,” he said. “It wasn’t until the day before we shot it that we got approval.”
This is because, as anyone who works in production might tell you, trying to depict a real brand on screen can be an incredibly difficult task. And the “Saul” team want to actually use Blockbuster iconography, which isn’t the easiest thing given that it’s a brand name you haven’t probably seen in the wild in years.
Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010, and “roughly a dozen” stores currently exist today. Thus, the set was built on one of the show’s Albuquerque soundstages, and in fact, a great deal of what was on screen was made from scratch by the “Saul” production team, including the big Blockbuster sign hanging in the wall and the period-accurate movie covers.
One thing they were able to buy: the shelving units came thanks to an ironic stroke of luck and an Albuquerque video store that was going out of business. The production was thus able to buy those displays, which Novotny made sure were shortened so that, as they shot the scene, Kim and Francesca could be seen walking through the aisles. That framing was based on Gould’s storyboards, which were altered slightly during the production process, but otherwise didn’t require any major additional construction.
But really, here’s what people care about — the movies that are being considered, as Kim prepares for an epic binge in the pre-Netflix days. None of the titles are fake; and Novotny did work carefully with his team to carefully curate the movies that appeared on screen during the scene, all of which were drawn from a list provided by Peter Gould and the writers.
Here are just some of the ones we happened to spot while freeze-framing:
“A Knight’s Tale” “Lawrence of Arabia” (the 40th anniversary special edition) “Love Liza” “The Mothman Prophecies” “Punch-Drunk Love” A Richard Pryor stand-up special “Beverly Hills Ninja” “The Cheap Detective” “Hanky Panky” “Blue Thunder” “American Sledge” “Darkness Falls” “Night of the Living Dead”
They’re all movies that feel appropriate to the era at least within a year or two or as classics, though unfortunately a quick Internet search can reveal whether a film in question would have been available on DVD in the year 2003. Perhaps the most glaring oversight is the appearance of Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” which was released in theaters December 10, 2003 and made available on DVD April 27, 2004 — something Hutchison’s husband (who actually worked at Blockbuster in the past) noticed while watching the final product. “We don’t always get it right,” she admitted.
Novotny acknowledged the “Big Fish” error, but he was relatively zen about it, given the intense pressure of making the scene happen in the first place. “It really was a down to the wire thing,” he said. “If that’s as much as I’m wrong… I’m sad to hear that but at the same time I’m happy that it went as good as it did.”
Hutchison couldn’t remember every one of the 10 films Kim officially rented, though such a list was made during production. Beyond “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Monty Python,” she said the rest were mostly legal dramas, though she did make sure to include the Luc Besson sci-fi romp “The Fifth Element.” “That was one for some reason I was really stuck on making sure was in her stack,” Hutchison said.
While hardly the most memorable scene of the finale, it still sticks in the mind because of how it triggers memories of an experience we’ve largely lost, traded in for the convenience of Netflix.
“I like the idea of physically walking around and choosing movies,” Hutchison said. “There is something about actually going into a store, having everything broken down by genre. Sometimes with the streaming services it’s a little overwhelming, but having that physical space… I don’t know. It was like a ritual.”
And depicting that ritual was just more proof that “Better Call Saul” will always find a way to surprise us with the seemingly mundane.
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- Liz Shannon Miller
Battle of the Network Stars Reboot Brings New Blood, Upgraded Dunk Tank and a Hulk With Something to Prove
The obstacle course of red, white and blue tires is the same, but the dunk tank is a bit more extreme as ABC wages a new Battle of the Network Stars starting Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c.
RelatedBattle of the Network Stars Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down
For the unfortunately uninitiated of you, gather ’round as I spin a yarn about the original intra-network “field day” competition that aired on ABC during the 1970s and ’80s, pitting the Alphabet network against CBS and NBC and… well, that was it, kids. PBS and the »
Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast #10: Too Much TV, ‘Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman & Betting On Robert De Niro
Summer has officially begun, but there is no small-screen rest as the networks, cablers and streaming service are rolling out new and returning series. This week alone sees the rebirth of The Gong Show on ABC tonight, the launch of the great Glow on Netflix tomorrow, and Power back Sunday for its fourth season. Still, as Emmy voting continues, we ponder on this week’s TV Talk podcast: Is there too much TV out there? As we try to be of public service despite sounding like… »
Five Actors You Completely Forgot were Rappers in a Past Life
Not every actor simply came up through drama school and paid their dues with bit parts here and there. Some of them came from other industries that were similar in a way to acting, but were also a little more demanding due to the nature of the business. At one point it wasn’t that common to see rappers becoming actors, as it seemed more likely to see those individuals as guest stars on TV shows and cameo appearances in films. But as the decades have rolled by more and more musicians have been getting involved in cinema, and for some
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YouTube Red to Launch New Comedy Shows from Rob Huebel, Ryan Hansen
“Do You Want to See a Dead Body?” is an eight-episode comedy series that follows Huebel–who has previously starred on “Childrens Hospital” and “Transparent”–and his celebrity friends who join him on adventures that see them frolicking at the beach, getting tacos, and yes, seeing a dead body. Celebrity guest stars include Adam Scott, Judy Greer, Terry Crews, Craig Robinson, and John Cho along with many more. Huebel, Owen Burke, Nick Jasenovec, and Jonathan Stern serve as executive producers. The series is being produced by »
- Joe Otterson
The Best TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)
One of the most notable things about this list is its omissions. So many good shows debuted, returned or continued good seasons this year that it’s difficult to keep up. I’ve surely left off one or two or three of your favorites off this list (and I will continue to spend every spare hour trying to finish — or start — seasons of shows I haven’t seen).
Even so, coming up with 20 entries for this list wasn’t difficult — I actually had to prune back my first attempt at a roster (and once again, my end-of-year lists will likely »
- Maureen Ryan
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