Friday August 31, 2018

Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless after the show's 9th season.

Season 2 of Ozark is now streaming on Netflix.

Here's a review.

Netflix has also released season 2 of The Comedy Lineup featuring comedians JR De Guzman, Emma Willmann, Matteo Lane, Janelle James, Max Silvestri, Kate Willett, Josh Johnson and Aisling Bea.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

And here's a Jack Ryan / The Office mashup.

Showtime released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary series Shut Up and Dribble inspired by the Golden State Warriors‘ decision not to visit the White House after the 2018 NBA Finals. 

Big Brother's JC is a wildcard to say the least. He will be allowed to stay in the house despite the allegations.

A first look at ABC's The Conners.

HBO has released a trailer for its new art world documentary The Price of Everything.

Robin Wright sat down with Net-A-Porter for an interview during which she commented on Kevin Spacey: "I steer the conversation to Spacey, and though she says she has nothing to add, she does. Would she like to reach out to him, I ask? She pauses, weighing her answer. 'No. He’ll reach out when he’s ready, I’m sure. I think that’s the way it should go.' Does she feel sorry for him? Another pause. 'I feel sorry for anybody whose life is in the public arena. It’s a nightmare, can you imagine? We do a job, we share [a performance] with viewers. Why does our private life have to be public? I hate that part of this industry. It’s so invasive. I believe everyone’s personal life should be personal. Positive, negative, neutral, whatever – I don’t believe it should be anybody’s business. But I’m not talking about this [#MeToo] movement,' she clarifies, in case she’s thought to be condoning Spacey’s alleged behavior or criticizing those who came out publicly against him. 'I’m talking about media. The exposure. It’s an awful feeling. A stranger deciding they know who you are and they are going to put that in a…,' she drifts off. 'I mean, it’s criminal, it really is.' We sit in silence for a moment. Then, gingerly, I ask a final question about Spacey: does she feel he deserves a career reprieve? 'I don’t know how to comment on that, I really don’t,' she starts. 'I believe every human being has the ability to reform. Has the ability to reform. In that sense, second chances, or whatever you are going to call it – absolutely, I believe in that. It’s called growth.' On a less contentious note, there’s one other thing I need to ask her that everyone wants to know: how does House of Cards end? She laughs. 'It’s pretty wild. I mean, we’re doing an opera. And we went operatic! I don’t know how much more we could have topped ourselves. You’ll be surprised.'" 

"Charter has acquired the dark comedy series E Is for EdieVariety has learned exclusively from sources. The series begins when a single woman becomes the sole caregiver to her disabled sister. It is inspired by events in the life of series creator Jeanie Bergen, who will also executive produce the series. Kate Robin will serve as showrunner, with Abominable Picture’s Brittany Cope and Jonathan Stern also executive producing. Bergen’s script for the series earned her one of five coveted spots in Aaron Sorkin’s Master Class on screenwriting. She previously wrote for the go90 series Zac & Mia and also worked on Tig Notaro’s Amazon series One Mississippi.” 

"NBC News on Thursday night denied an accusation by a former producer that top executives tried to block Ronan Farrow’s 2017 exposé of Harvey Weinstein, calling the claim 'an outright lie.' 'The assertion that NBC News tried to kill the Weinstein story while Ronan Farrow was at NBC News, or even more ludicrously, after he left NBC News, is an outright lie,' read the NBC statement. Earlier Thursday, Rich McHugh, a producer formerly of the NBC News investigative unit, told the New York Times that people at 'the very highest levels of NBC' worked to quash the story at the network."

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From The New York Times: "When she was 8, Ruth Wilson liked re-enacting movie scenes with her two rambunctious brothers. One of her favorites, she recalled the other day, was the ending of Platoon, in which Willem Dafoe, peppered by bullets, collapses in slow motion on a verdant field.

"Some time ago, Jimmy Fallon urged Ms. Wilson to replay that sequence for his late-night audience. She was game, kicking off her pumps, stepping to center stage in a sexy little cocktail dress, taking one imaginary bullet after another, and writhing theatrically before sinking to the floor.

"There was something feline in her performance. But then, as she would tell you, she was doing what comes naturally. There is no obvious slink in her gait, no purr in her voice, though in an interview she extended a leg elastically to show off her pale Chanel sandals. In Manhattan last week to talk up The Little Stranger, the new gothic thriller that opens on Aug. 31, she confessed to feeling a kind of eerie kinship with cats.

“'A cat is incredibly physical, and as a performer I’m physical,' she said. 'If I feel emotions, they move through my body in a way that is sensual. I’m not necessarily in control of that.'

"She decided to explore that feral energy during a visit to Koneko, a cat cafe on the Lower East Side, an oddball setting for an interview, as she noted wryly.

“'But I thought, Why not? We don’t have these sorts of places where I’m from in England, so I wanted to see what this is about.'

"Her affinity for the creatures scrambling in and out of boxes in the gymlike space at the rear of the cafe is more than physical. As emotionally agile as the characters she plays, Ms. Wilson can seem simultaneously self-contained and playful, inquisitive yet somehow disengaged, her core, if such a thing can be isolated, always tantalizingly out of reach.

"Even the source of her beauty is hard to pin down, her features rendered slightly off-kilter by a distractingly wide mouth and swollen upper lip.

"Her elusiveness, along with a subterranean sensuality, has made her a force field, her often-troubled characters magnetizing filmmakers and audiences alike. She is Alice, Idris Elba’s nemesis, a disarmingly seductive serial killer in the television series “Luther.” She played opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in a Broadway production of Constellations, about two lovers caused by the laws of physics to meet over and over again.

"Ms. Wilson, 36, is perhaps best known to Americans as Alison, the alternately spirited and brooding temptress of The Affair, which wrapped its fourth season, her last, on Showtime this month. (More about that later.)

"Leaving the show was apparently not much of a setback. Directors have vied to cast her for a string of roles that in the last year alone have included His Dark Materials, a television adaptation of Philip Pullman’s metaphysically tinged children’s trilogy, and another as a Yorkshire sheep farmer in the film Dark River.

"She has also produced and is starring in Mrs. Wilson, as her own grandmother, who in the 1960s, after the death of her husband, an MI6 agent, discovered that he had been living intermittently with three other wives.

"The fashion world, too, has begun to fetishize Ms. Wilson, documenting her red carpet pivots dressed in a succession of high-glam labels, including Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Christian Dior. But it is the suggestion of an overpowering inner life that mostly gets under the skin.

“'I’m a tragedienne in some way,' Ms. Wilson said between measured sips of a cappuccino. Its frothy surface, kitschily embellished with a tiny cat face, made her laugh but otherwise failed to distract. 'I think quite epically,' she went on. 'I like epic landscapes and grand emotions.'

"Outsize feelings roiled beneath Alison’s surface in The Affair, Ms. Wilson’s unsettling performance having earned her a 2015 Golden Globe for best actress in a television series. This season, the fourth and penultimate, her character is killed.

"Her abrupt demise may have struck some viewers as a haunting inevitability. Others were crushed, venting on Twitter. 'How could she be written out like this?' @lostshayid lamented. 'I wanted to see her happy with or without Cole/Noah in the end.'

"And Jamie@ImposingLaird tweeted sourly: 'Her character deserved so much better. So disappointed.'

"Ms. Wilson would not explain why she is leaving the show, though it has been widely suggested that her termination was punishment for having complained that she had been paid less than Dominic West, a male lead on the show. Others ventured that she had simply found a better role.

“'It isn’t about pay parity, and it wasn’t about other jobs,' Ms. Wilson said. She added coolly, 'But I’m not really allowed to talk about it.'

"There was a meaningful silence. 'There is a much bigger story,' she eventually volunteered, urging me, more than once, to contact Sarah Treem, a writer and producer of the show.

"Ms. Treem did not amplify, repeating in an email a statement previously issued by Showtime. 'The character of Allison had run its course,' she wrote. 'By completing her arc this season, the consequences of her death will lead to compelling story lines for our final season.'

"In the past she has felt pressured to flash her breasts on screen while her male counterparts, for the most part, got to keep their privates under wraps. She has grumbled publicly about the Hollywood tendency not just to expose acres of flesh but to probe female sexuality in ways she finds more than a little unbalanced.

“'Why have I always got to do the orgasm face,' she once chided. 'There should be a male orgasm face.'

"But she wasn’t here to take on the industry. Growing a little restive, she made her way toward the glass enclosure housing the cafe cats. Once inside, she began coaxing them out of their hidey-holes, fondling and teasing them.

“'Cats don’t need you that much,' Ms. Wilson said. 'They like to come and get stroked now and then, and they need you to feed them. But other than that, they’re not very demanding, are they? I quite like that.'”

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"Charlie Sheen could be making his television comeback — on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

"The former Two and a Half Men star told paparazzi, in a video obtained by The Blast, that given his now-dunzo marriage to new cast member Denise Richards, he could make a cameo.

“'It’s not been confirmed,' Sheen said, before saying, 'If they’re rolling and I pull up to drop off one of the girls, then I’ll be on it.'

"Sheen and Richards were married from 2002-2006, and they share two daughters. Despite Sheen’s tumultuous years, Richards has maintained a positive relationship with him.

“'We’ve had a colorful year. At the end of the day we’re still a family. @charliesheen #familydinner,' she wrote on a family photo last year.

"A source tells Page Six nothing has been decided, despite Sheen’s comments.

"Bravo had no comment."

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Per TheWrap, "The Ringer chief Bill Simmons has accused President Trump of deliberately putting journalists and members of the media in danger in order to 'deflect attention' from his own scandals.

“'Our @POTUS is intentionally putting American media members in actual DANGER to deflect attention from his own wrongdoings,' Simmons tweeted on Thursday, with a tag at the official presidential Twitter handle.

“'He has power and sway, he knows it, and he’s using that influence recklessly to threaten the free press. This is a real thing that’s happening in 2018.'

"Our @POTUS is intentionally putting American media members in actual DANGER to deflect attention from his own wrongdoings. He has power and sway, he knows it, and he’s using that influence recklessly to threaten the free press.  This is a real thing that’s happening in 2018.

"It’s unclear what prompted Simmons’ tweet and a representative for the sports columnist did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

"Hours before, however, a California man was arrested by the FBI on charges of making several threatening phone calls to the Boston Globe. According to a press release from the bureau, Robert D. Chain, a 68-year-old resident of Encino, California is expected to appear in court today and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for a series of phone calls made between Aug. 10 and Aug. 22.

"In some, according to the release, he issued death threats and called Globe reporters 'enemies of the people' — echoing language President Trump has used to describe media outlets who displease him.

“'Everyone has a right to express their opinion, but threatening to kill people, takes it over the line and will not be tolerated,' Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division, said in a statement.

“'Today’s arrest of Robert Chain should serve a warning to others, that making threats is not a prank, it’s a federal crime. All threats are taken seriously, as we never know if the subject behind the threat intends to follow through with their actions. Whether potentially hoax or not, each and every threat will be aggressively run to ground.'”

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Per Vanity Fair, "Reality Steve, a.k.a. Steve Carbone—the blogger and reality-TV guru who has made a tidy business out of accurately spoiling The Bachelor—has revealed who he tentatively believes will be crowned the franchise’s next leading man. And friends, fans are not happy with that rumored decision. If you prefer to remain unspoiled about potential Bachelors, now is the time to stop reading.

"Otherwise, here we go: according to Reality Steve, our next leading man will be—drumroll—Colton Underwood. Cue the sad trombone noise.

"As Reality Steve notes, last-minute Bachelor changes are not unheard of for this franchise—so Colton’s not a done deal quite yet. And Reality Steve has occasionally been wrong before. But Colton’s been a speculated favorite for the job for a while—even though a vocal contingent of viewers has clamored for ABC and Warner Bros. to pick just about anyone else. Why do some fans dislike Colton so much? Let us count the reasons.

"First, there was his arc on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette, which introduced Underwood to the Bachelor-verse. Colton showed up single and ready to mingle—but also, apparently, with a somewhat messy backstory. He’d briefly dated former Bachelor contestant Tia Booth, and Becca wasn’t sure he was over her, even though he was now supposed to be competing for Becca’s heart. Colton insisted he was—and then Tia showed up just ahead of the hometown dates. When the ex-contestant revealed that she wasn’t quite over Colton, Becca decided to let Colton go.

"Colton and Tia got two tickets to Bachelor in Paradise for their trouble, which has led to even more drama. Basically, Colton’s been flaky as hell on that show—though much of his apparent indecision and emotional volatility has allegedly been engineered, as always, by producers who know how to push contestants’ buttons. Still, Colton’s mercurial intentions, particularly when it comes to Tia, have left many fans both frustrated and convinced that he is not participating in Bachelor entries for those ever-important “right reasons”—that he’s there for fame and exposure, in other words, rather than out of a genuine desire to find love.

"As of now, Colton and Tia are giving their relationship a shot—but there haven’t exactly been fireworks strong enough to convince audiences that their coupling will survive Paradise. Even if they did, Colton could always pull a Nick Viall and ditch Tia at the last minute.

"Citizens of Bachelor Nation have offered mixed reactions to whispers about Colton’s potential ascension to Bachelor status. Sure, there’s been some excitement—but on Twitter at least, the pervading sentiment seems to range from disappointment to downright fury. Jason Tartick, third runner-up from Becca’s Bachelorette season, is social media’s fan-favorite pick for the Bachelor spot, followed by Blake Horstmann. There’s also Wills Reid, who despite leaving Becca’s season a little earlier than the rest, won plenty of hearts as well—although Bibiana Julianalready foolishly sent him packing on Bachelor in Paradise. She opted instead to give her rose to . . . Colton, so that he could stay on the show—even though many Bachelor in Paradise contestants found his motives suspicious.

"Reality Steve offered his own reasoning as to why ABC and Warner Bros. Television might have chosen Colton: 'Sean Lowe has been their only successful Bachelor,' he said of the widely popular, wholesome Season 17 protagonist, whose fairy-tale romance with Catherine Lowe, née Giudici, is the stuff Bachelor producers’ dreams are made of. 'They must feel Colton is the closest thing they’ll get to Sean. Character, morals, no shady past, etc. Sean 2.0. Here we go. Let the freaking out begin.'

"The freaking out has, indeed, begun. Some fans have been quick to share their own thoughts on Colton’s strong “morals,“ supposed lack of a shady past, and status as 'Sean 2.0.' Others have lamented that between The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, we’ve already seen a whole lot of Colton. Still more wondered what, exactly, could have given Colton the edge over perceived Bachelor front-runners Jason and Blake. Truthfully, though, there’s an obvious reason Colton’s a natural choice for this job: he’s a virgin, which would make for both some very easy deflowering puns and a ready-made story arc upon which to hang a season of The Bachelor. It’s hard to imagine anything producers would like more than that."