Discovery Channel announced today that Michael Nouri (“Woman Walks Ahead,” “The Slap”) and Ben Weber (“Sex and the City,” “Secret Life of the American Teenager”) have been cast in its upcoming highly-anticipated scripted series MANIFESTO, set to air this year. Produced by John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Trigger Street Productions and Discovery Channel, the series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington, “Avatar,” “Hacksaw Ridge”) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski, portrayed by Paul Bettany (“Gangster No. 1,” “Captain America: Civil War”), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world. Emmy(R) Award-winning television producer and director Greg Yaitanes (“Quarry,” “Banshee”) will executive produce, direct and serve as showrunner. Andrew Sodroski, whose “Holland, Michigan” topped Hollywood’s famed Black List for screenplays in 2013, created the series and serves as an Executive Producer. Jim Fitzgerald will serve as Consulting Producer.
Nouri will play Penthouse founder Bob Guccione and Weber will play the role of Andy Genelli, former head of the Unabom Task Force. Discovery also recently announced Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch (“Glee,” “Hollywood Game Night”) will play the role of former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Other cast includes Golden Globe(R) nominee Chris Noth (“The Good Wife,” “Sex In The City”) as Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI, who supervised the Unabomber Task Force; Oscar(R) nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Roadies,” “Game of Thrones”) as Tabby, a street agent who partners with Fitz; Mark Duplass (“Togetherness,” “Blue Jay”) as David Kaczynski, Ted Kaczynski’s younger brother; Jeremy Bobb (“The Knick,” “Godless”) as Stan Cole, a seasoned FBI agent and Ackerman’s “foul-mouthed pit bull”; Lynn Collins (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as Natalie, a post-doc in linguistics at Stanford; Katja Herbers (“Manhattan,” “The Leftovers”), as Linda, David Kaczinski’s wife; and Brian F. O’Byrne (“Mildred Pierce,” “Aquarius”) as Frank McAlpine, the FBI’s master profiler and Fitzgerald’s professor who leads the Behavioral Analysis Unit. This series features both Bettany and Worthington’s first major leading roles on U.S. television.
Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”) will guest-star on broadcast’s No. 1 drama, EMPIRE, this spring on FOX. Longoria will play “Charlotte Frost,” the formidable director of the all-powerful state gaming commission. Charlotte has the power to make-or-break Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) dreams of expanding Empire’s reach to Las Vegas and beneath her alluring facade, lies a force of darkness and corruption.
The battle between Lucious and Cookie explodes into their biggest war yet, when EMPIRE returns Wednesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. After launching a deadly missile at Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno, and puts everyone on notice – especially Cookie, who then vows to knock him off his throne for good. The two engage in an epic clash – fueled by a history of love, loyalty and betrayal.
Longoria joins previously announced actors and musicians who appear on EMPIRE this spring, including Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Rumer Willis and Nia Long.
A League of Their Own 2 in the works?
Original writer reveals there’s a story for a follow-up
Hot on the heels of Geena Davis’s enthusiastic response a few days ago when asked whether she’d be down for a sequel to her ’90s gem “A League of Their Own”, Kelly Candaele, who came up with the story for the 1992 money-spinner, reveals he’s keen too.
Candaele, whose mother Helen Callaghan played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, tells The L.A Times that there’s even a story for one.
In his take, Dottie (Davis’s character) would be coaching a high school girls softball team.
“It’s set around 1990 so the impact of Title IX, which allowed women equal access to athletic opportunities, is taking hold. Through a series of events, Dottie ends up coaching a high school girls softball team — taking over from a nitwit male coach. She recruits three of her former teammates – including Kit — to help her out. It’s really a story about how older women teach younger women about life lessons during some difficult social changes. Of course the title is “There’s No Crying in Baseball.”
No word if the story has yet caught the eye or interest of studio execs yet (and at last count, seems they were doing a TV reboot instead).
Candaele’s documentary, also titled “A League of Their Own”, and about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s, was awarded an Emmy as part of a public television series. He would later go on to write the story for the Columbia Pictures movie, which Penny Marshall helmed. In addition to Davis, the film starred Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Tracey Reiner, Ann Cusack and Jon Lovitz.
Will Rufus be recast in Bill & Ted 3?
Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, answers the question
Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, took to Twitter today to denounce rumors that George Carlin’s character Rufus might be recast of the upcoming third “Bill & Ted” movie.
Carlin, who played the memorable time-traveling guide in the original films with Winter and co-star Keanu Reeves, sadly passed away in 2008.
Rather than fill the role with another actor (as one punter below suggests), “Bill & Ted Face the Music” will likely play homage to Carlin and his character but not fill the slot.
Kevin is an awesome fella but we are not recasting Rufus. That is not a character one can recast. https://t.co/wYcntJMgnb
— Alex Winter (@Winter) May 22, 2019
One face from the earlier films – well, the sequel – will be back for another go-round : William Sadler is returning as ‘Death’.
The film, which will reportedly see Bill & Ted having to write the greatest song ever, one that will save ‘the universe’, will open nationwide on Aug. 21, 2020.
Production is set to begin this summer on the film with Dean Parisot at the helm.
Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker new images, new info, new hope!
A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning!
A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning with the reveal of some gorgeous new imagery, info and an all-encompass article on “The Rise of Skywalker” – from the pages of Vanity Fair.
In addition to the glittering assortment of images below – that’s Keri Russell under the helmet, by the way; doesn’t she look killer!?! – the article also gives us out first looks at Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant’s characters, as well as the return of some welcome favorites (Luke! Lando!). Per the article, JJ Abrams-fave Russell is Zorri Bliss, a scoundrel posing in the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi, Ackie is rebel warrior Jannah who, atop an orbak, helps lead the charge against the ‘baddies’, while Oscar nominee Grant is new First Order employee Allegiant General Pryde.
Sources at Disney confirm for the outlet that the Knights of Ren (pictured below) appear in the movie. “And then he had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey,” Adam Driver, back as the iniquitous Kylo Ren, says, “and it kind of ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship, or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?”
Anthony Daniels’ C-3P0, a character that has appeared in every “Star Wars” film since 1977’s “A New Hope”, has a surprising arc in the film by sounds.
Daniels tells the magazine that the opinionated droif does something in this movie that surprises everybody—but he wouldn’t say what. “He keeps his clothes on. It’s not like he suddenly does this thing, but …”
There’s also the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Callrisian, last seen partying with the Ewoks in “Return of the Jedi”.
“He’s a survivor. It’s expediency for him,” Williams says. “You know, he was thrown into a situation which he didn’t look for and he had to try to figure out how to deal with an entity which is more than just a human.” And, he adds, with the weary air of somebody who has spent way too much time justifying the behavior of a fictional character, “nobody died!”
The article, which also states that it picks up about a year after the events of “The Last Jedi” (gives everyone time to warm up after spending so much time on the ice), states Billie Lourd insisted on having more scenes with her late mother Carrie Fisher.
“And so, there are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams says. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”
The article can be found here.
“Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20.
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