Monday July 23, 2018

HBO's Succession continues to be a must watch. This show seems to get better with each passing week. I hope the entire cast gets recognized for how fantastic they are in portraying their on-screen characters. From Brian Cox (Logan) Jeremy Strong (Kendall) to Kirean Culkin (Roman), Sarah Snook (Shiv) to Matthew Macfayden (Tom), and even Nicholas Braun (Greg), they all deserve accolades.

If you need any further convincing as to why you should be watching Succession, here you go.

So much for abandoning "who wants to see my HOH room"? Thanks for nothing.

I'm still watching Sharp Objects, but it simply moves to slowly for my taste.

USA has canceled Colony.

The cast of Castle Rock talks about what I hope will be a fantastic series.

"Sara Haines is leaving behind her co-hosting duties on The View — but she’s not leaving ABC behind. Haines, who joined The View in 2016, will depart the show, but is taking up co-hosting duties with Michael Strahan on the upcoming third hour of Good Morning America, an individual with knowledge of the move told TheWrap."

"The Me Too movement is hitting Family Guy, and producers say a popular cast member will finally have to deal with the repercussions of his inappropriate behavior. During an interview with reporters Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, Family Guy producers revealed that a future episode will directly address the problematic behavior of Glenn Quagmire, a character known for his many serial sexual assaults. 'We are a year out, so we are writing episodes this month that won’t air for a year,' showrunner Rich Appel told reporters. 'So the Me Too stuff became such a cultural force while were thinking of next season, and we are taking it head-on with an episode around Quagmire.'”

All the people Sacha Baron Cohen has "duped" so far.

What's ahead for FX's Pose?

"A private investigator who was allegedly tailing fitness mogul Richard Simmons has been charged with a misdemeanor surveillance crime. Scott Brian Mathews was charged Thursday for two counts of using an electronic tracking device to determine the location and movement of a person, according to the criminal complaint obtained by The Blast. Simmons has already filed a civil suit against the private investigator, claiming he was hired by a tabloid magazine to track his movements and appointments with possible doctors. He claims Mathews planted a tracking device on his caretaker, Theresa Reveles,’ car for over a year. Now with criminal charges being filed, Mathews is at risk of losing his P.I. license."

"It’s safe to say that the booking coordinator at Fox & Friends First is having a bad day. The early-morning Fox News show had expected an interview with Arizona congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick, who has made headlines for running as a Democrat while expressing support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Kirkpatrick was booed over her ICE support during a debate last week. Fox & Friends First co-hosts Rob Schmitt and Jillian Mele told viewers that Kirkpatrick would be on to discuss the backlash she was facing within her party — but the woman who then appeared on screen was not Kirkpatrick. 'I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump,' the woman, who identified herself as Barbara L’Italien, a Massachusetts state senator. While L’Italien is, like Kirkpatrick, a Democrat who is currently running for Congress, she made it clear that she doesn’t support Trump, or ICE. 'I feel that what’s happening at the border is wrong,' she said, addressing Fox News viewers. 'I’m a mother of four, and I believe that separating kids from their parents is illegal and inhumane.' L’Italien went on to identify herself and continued to slam Trump’s immigration policy. 'We have to stop abducting children and ripping them from their parents’ arms,' she said, at which point Schmitt interrupted. Schmitt and Mele both tried to discount L’Italien’s claims, but ultimately cut off the sound from her mic and ended the interview. 'That didn’t go as planned,' Schmitt observed. 'Time for a break?' added Mele."

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[n]early a year after sending shock waves through the TV community with her move to Netlfix, Shonda Rhimes has unveiled the full slate of eight series she is working on for the streaming giant.

"Besides the previously announced take on the New York Magazine story How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People, Rhimes (who will pen the Delvey drama) is working on seven additional series via her Shondaland production company, which she runs with longtime collaborator Betsy Beers. 

"They are:

• An untitled Bridgerton project, based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, is a feminist take on Regency England romance, unveiling the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London's high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. Scandal's Chris Van Dusen will adapt, executive produce and showrun the drama.

• The Warmth of Other Suns is based on the 2010 Pulitzer-winning nonfiction book by Isabel Wilkerson that explores the flight of African Americans from the Jim Crow South to the North and the West. Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith, who stars in Rhimes' sophomore ABC drama For the People, will adapt the book and exec produce.

• Pico & Sepulveda is a series set in Mexican California during the 1840s that takes its title from the well-known Los Angeles intersection of the same name. Emmy winner Janet Leahy will create and exec produce the series, which is set against the surreal and sensual backdrop of the then-Mexican state of California, and will track the end of an idyllic era there as American forces threaten brutality and war at the border to claim this breathtaking land for their own. 

• Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change. Netflix and Shondaland have acquired the rights to Ellen Pao's groundbreaking memoir detailing her life and career, including the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that sparked intense media scrutiny, shook Silicon Valley to its boys club core and presaged the Time’s Up movement. Additional details, including a writer, were not immediately available.    

• The Residence is based on the 2015 nonfiction book by Kate Andersen Brower about the private lives of U.S. presidents, their families and White House staff. The title puts Rhimes back into the political arena after wrapping seven seasons of ABC's D.C.-set soap Scandal in April. Netflix and Shondaland acquired the rights to the nonfiction book of the same name. Additional details, including a writer, were not immediately available.

• Sunshine Scouts is a darkly comic, ironic and twisty show about foul-mouthed teenage girls who are trapped at the end of the world. Writer-director Jill Alexander created the series and also serves as a co-exec producer. The half-hour series is Shondaland's first comedy to get the green light following multiple pilot and script orders on broadcast. This was a longtime goal for Beers at Shondaland. The comedy is described as an apocalyptic disaster spares a ragtag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp who must then summon their moxie and survival skills to weather the fallout and ensure all that remains of humanity abides by the Sunshine Scout Law.

• Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is a docuseries that reunites Rhimes with Grey's Anatomy recurring player, exec producer and director Debbie Allen. The show is a reimagining of Allen's holiday ballet. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning interpretation of the classic ballet The NutcrackerScandal director Oliver Bokelberg will serve as producer, cinematographer and helm the series.

"'I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,' Rhimes said Friday in a statement. 'Ted [Sarandos] and Cindy [Holland] and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.'

"The slate comes a year after Rhimes changed the TV landscape when she departed longtime home ABC Studios for a $300 million deal at Netflix as part of the streamer's push to own its original programming. Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy and Scandal have both been big performers for Netflix. New episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy have seen a ratings spike thanks in part to new audiences finding the show on Netflix.

“'From the world of Regency England all the way to present- day Manhattan, we at Shondaland have a wonderful opportunity to explore new worlds and tell these stories in many different ways,' Beers said. 'We are fortunate to be working with such an inspiring group of talent, including our amazing creative team at Netflix. I could not be more thrilled!'

"Added Netflix vp originals Holland: 'It’s been thrilling to begin this journey with Shonda, Betsy and their team and watch them embrace the full range of creative freedom possible at Netflix. Infused with Shonda’s sensibility, the Shondaland slate is shaping up to be something truly special that we know will delight our members around the world.'

"The slate of eight Netflix series joins returning ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy, spinoff Station 19How to Get Away With Murder and For the People on Shondaland's roster."

Per Deadline, "Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle had a lot of news to drop at Comic-Con today both visually and in terms of the calendar itself — long-term and short-term. Coming off an apocalypse-avoiding Season 2 ending, the alternative history drama toplined by Alexa Davalos and Rufus Sewell just dropped a high-powered new sneak peek at Season 3 during its panel session. 

"No word on when that fourth season of MITHC will debut, but if battle-drenched scenes on the streets and in the halls of power, and the Resistance and the S3 tease’s declaration of “Fight For The World You Want” is any indication, there will be a lot to unpack before then – especially as the Reich seeks to unlock access to the multiverse and interdimensional domination.

"As MITHC moves forward, it is also richly reaching back too, at least for inspiration. Hackett told the standing room only room on Saturday that the third season of MITHC is based in part on two chapters of an uncompleted sequel to his 1962 book that Dick worked on.

In what has become an biannual tradition of Comic-Con appearances on both coasts, Davalos, Sewell, and Hackett were back in front of the fans once again. This time they were joined fellow EP Dan Percieval; Stephen Root, who plays Hawthorne Abendsen aka the man in the high castle himself; and series newcomer and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D alum Jason O’Mara.

As in past seasons in 2015 and 2016, all 10 episodes of Season 3 of MITHC will launch simultaneously.

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"Lindsay Lohan’s planned reality series based on her new resort business in Greece is moving forward and will start shooting in ­August, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

"Sources told us that Bunim/Murray Productions — which has made such hits as Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Road Rules, as well as Dina and Ali Lohan’s short-lived Living Lohan — will be behind the show for MTV.

"Lindsay hinted in a recent New York Times profile that she had a series for MTV in mind, but did not elaborate on any details.

“'Lindsay is telling pals that she has a signed deal for a new reality show,' said a source. 'Bunim/Murray is producing, and it’s about Lindsay’s new beach club in Greece.'

"The source added that the series — 'a cooler, hipper, edgier Vanderpump Rules,’  presumably with Lohan at the center as the Lisa Vanderpump-like character — will start filming at her new Lohan Beach House on Mykonos in August.

"The source said the show will introduce Lohan and the central characters while the Mykonos scene is in full swing — and then, after the summer, will shift to follow Lohan and her crew going about launching a new location of the beach club. Reports have said Lohan is opening another location in Rhodes, Greece, soon.

"She also previously licensed her name to an Athens club.

“'The show will have this European flavor to it,' said an insider. 'Lindsay feels that it’s not so uptight like filming in Los Angeles or New York, and they can get a better cast of characters.'

"The source said there could be 'a lot of English' guest stars, as they are closer to the Greek party scene.

"Lohan has designed every aspect of the Mykonos club, reports have said, down to the playlists.

"Reps for Lohan, Bunim/Murray and MTV did not comment."

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Per Vulture, "[y]ou’d be forgiven for assuming that Sharp Objects director Jean-Marc Vallée got his hands on some miraculous de-aging technology for the scenes where Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) flashes back to her younger self. Instead, the HBO mini-series found a dead ringer for Adams herself in Sophia Lillis. The 16-year-old actress, who starred in last year’s It, has made something of a career out of playing the younger version of Oscar-nominated Hollywood redheads, since Jessica Chastain will play the older version of her It character in the upcoming sequel. As Sharp Objects unravels Camille’s backstory, Vulture talked with Lillis about the prosthetic nose that turned her into Adams’s double, learning to roller skate for the show, and what it’s like to play Nancy Drew:

When you were in It, a lot of people suggested Amy Adams should play the older version of your character. What’s it like for that to actually happen?
It’s amazing to play her. I mean, I’ve heard before that she kinda looks like me, and I decided earlier that it was either gonna be Jessica Chastain or maybe Amy Adams to play my older self for It. But I got to play Jessica Chastain’s younger self and Amy Adams’s younger self.

It can be Bryce Dallas Howard next. Or Isla Fisher.
I’m not really a redhead, but I keep playing these redhead actresses. Which I don’t mind, I think it’s fun.

Do you have a favorite Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain performance?
Junebug is my favorite Amy Adams movie. I remember watching Mama a lot. I watched it because Andy [Muschietti, who directed It] shot it. Actually, when I was in acting class, my film teacher really loved Andy’s short film of Mama. Almost every day, he’d show it to us. Every day, since I was 7, I kept seeing his short film. Years later now, I worked with Andy and was like, “I saw your short film a lot.” I went over to the see the full-length movie, of course, and that was the first thing I’d ever seen Jessica Chastain in. I’d heard that she looked like me, and she might play me, and I thought, “I would love for her play the older me.”

I’d heard you used a nose prosthetic so you’d look more like Amy Adams. What was the process like for that?
She has a more pointier nose, so they took a mold of her nose and then put it on me. But it changed over time. It also seemed to get a little smaller the more time we did it, so at the end, it just looked like a subtle bump.

Did you have to learn to roller-skate for Sharp Objects?
When I first started acting, I knew that you have to learn different skills for different roles. There’s a lot of skateboarding in Nancy Drew. Now, with this one, I had to roller-skate. I’ve always wanted to roller-skate, actually, but I never really thought of it until I got this role. I really had to learn how to roller-skate. I think I improved. I know I can stay on it. I’m thinking about doing it more over the summer.

Jean-Marc Vallée is known for having a distinctive style of filming, and trying out a lot of different things on set. What was it like to adapt to that?
It was very fun, but he is kinda eccentric. He does do that a lot. While we’re shooting, he’s like, “I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we do this instead?” He made us run through a field, and as he goes, he finds different things to do and different ideas that he wants to try out. Which is very good.

In the first episode, a scene cuts from Amy Adams in a bathtub to you emerging from the water in a swamp. How did you shoot that?
They made that [swamp], so it was less gross. Jean-Marc, at the very beginning, showed me the swamp thing I was gonna get into, and he ran in there, because he had to be in there with the camera to see what it’s like. I didn’t know how to react at first. I’m like, “Well, I guess I’ll go in, too.”

One thing I learned about Jean-Marc is that he’s very good with kids. He’s very nice to the kids, especially. The first time I ever talked to him, he said he likes to tell you what’s happening in a scene, and then he just lets the actor do what they want. On the spot, he says, “I’ll see what happens. If I like it, I like. If I don’t, I don’t.”

During a flashback to her sister’s funeral, Camille breaks down and tries to rub the makeup off of Marian’s corpse while Adora holds her back. Tell me about shooting that.
Patricia Clarkson, man, she’s good. I was a little nervous, for sure. I was acting with all the other adults and everybody was there. It was my first scene with all of them, so it was a little nerve racking. But Lulu [Wilson, who plays Marian] made me relax a little bit. She’s a very funny person, and she told me that she’s very used to playing dead in her past roles. All my nervousness was built up, so it was a little easier to do that scene. It’s very therapeutic to let all your nervousness out, you know?

With It and Sharp Objects, you’ve done these two very intense, horror-filled projects. Was it tough to shift gears into Nancy Drew?
It is very different, but refreshing. Even so, Nancy Drew, in the books, her mom is dead. I’m still in that kind of role, it’s just a little less intense, you know? It’s very different from what I’m used to playing, but I’m really happy I got to play her. It’s good to have a variety."

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Per The Blast, "Anthony Anderson is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman after she catered an event thrown by the actor, but Anderson strongly denies the allegation.

"Sources familiar with the situation tell us the alleged victim walked into the Hollywood Division of LAPD earlier this year and filed a police report with the department. We are told the incident happened over a year ago after she met the actor while working at an event he threw.

"We’re told after the initial event, the woman met with Anderson a second time to discuss future business opportunities when the alleged assault occurred.

"Sources close to the situation tell us she felt comfortable enough to come forward months after the alleged incident occurred, due in part to the #MeToo movement.

"LAPD has confirmed to the The Blast, 'We have a crime report listing him as a suspect in a crime,' and added, 'It is an open investigation.'

"The specific details regarding the alleged assault are currently unclear.

"A spokesperson for Anderson tells us, 'It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false. The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.'

"Anderson scored his fourth Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy nomination for Black-ish during the recent announcements.

"It’s not the first time the star has been facing serious accusations. In 2004, an extra on set of the Oscar-winning movie Hustle & Flow accused Anderson and an assistant director of raping her in a trailer on the Memphis set.

"The case was later dropped after the woman’s testimony did not produce probable cause to warrant the charges standing."