Fans of the FX series Justified know Joelle Carter as Ava Crowder, a tough minded woman who, even if it’s on the wrong side of the law, was determined to survive at any cost. It was a showy and gratifying role for Carter, and now she’s playing a completely different character (at least career wise) in the latest Dick Wolf (Chicago Fire, Chicago Med) series Chicago Justice.
“I play Laura Nagel,” said Carter. “She’s a state attorney investigator. I am partnered with Jon Seda, whom we stole from Chicago P.D. I feel we have great chemistry and I really enjoy learning and playing with him. Laura has been doing this a long time and she’s seasoned and she’s very dedicated to her job.
In the video below, Joelle Carter talks about the dedication and the sacrifice that is part of Laura Nagel’s job.
Chicago Justice, co-starring Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Philip Winchester (The Player), airs Sunday evenings on NBC (9/89c).
Not even the Power Rangers could stop the money train known as Beauty and the Beast, as the Emma Watson headlined feature took in $88.3 million over the weekend. Power Rangers also fared well, as it debuted in second place with $40.5 million. Coming in a distant third was Kong: Skull Island, which managed just $14.4 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Beauty and the Beast - Emma Watson is still a box office star even sans Harry Potter! Film makes $88.3 millionl
2. Power Rangers - $40.5 million
3. Kong: Skull Island - A sub-par $14.4 million won’t deter the movie from making money for Warner Bros. The picture has amassed over $392 million worldwide.
4. Life - Sci-fi thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds has a disappointing debut with just $12.6 million.
5. Logan - It makes $10.1 million this weekend and has garnered $547 million worldwide. Considering it was made for $97 million, that’s a huge hit for Hugh Jackman and the X-Men franchise..
6. Get Out - $8.6 million
7. CHiPs - Comedy bombs with a horrible $7.6 million weekend.
8. The Shack - Faith based drama makes $3.8 million
9. The LEGO Batman Movie - Animated film makes $1.68 million and it’s collected over $292 million worldwide to date.
10. The Belko Experiment - $1.68 million
CBS cleared up a lot of doubt for the fall season, announcing 16 early renewals. Among those scoring pickups are Bull, MacGyver, Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, Superior Donuts, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Madame Secretary, Scorpion, Life in Pieces, Mom, Survivor, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. The eyemark network also announced a two-year renewal for Big Bang Theory earlier in the week, and the already renewed NCIS brings the returning series to 18. The network stated that several series not on the list may still be picked up. Among those with their fates still in the balance are 2 Broke Girls, Criminal Minds, Elementary, The Great Indoors, The Odd Couple, Code Black, Undercover Boss, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Pure Genius, Doubt, Training Day, Ransom and Hunted.
Speaking of network scheduling, FOX has revealed their plans for the summer. The Miss USA Pageant will return to the airwaves on Sunday, May 14. Thursday, May 25 will feature a new block that includes the debuts of an Andy Cohen-hosted Love Connection and the interactive game show Beat Shazam. On Wednesday, May 31, FOX takes you into the kitchen with a block featuring the return of Masterchef and the new series The F Word With Gordon Ramsay. John Cena hosts American Grit, which hits the airwaves on Sunday, June 11, and the following night on Monday, June 12, So You Think You Can Dance gets paired up with the series premiere of Superhuman.
The Daytime Emmys have announced their award nominees for the past year, with CBS’ long-running soap The Young & the Restless leading the pack with 25 nominations, two more than ABC’s General Hospital and CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. The three soaps are joined by NBC’s Days of Our Lives in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Winners will be announced Sunday, April 30 in Pasadena.
The Knick has run out of time! According to TV Line, the Cinemax series will not see a third season. Cast member Chris Sullivan recently stated that he had heard the series was done, and HBO and Cinemax’s president of programming Kary Antholis has confirmed that the Clive Owen-starring series will not be filming any more episodes, choosing instead to focus on their action-based primetime series.
A pair of typically big screen actors are about to venture to television. According to Deadline, Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of Versace: American Crime Story as the sister of the murdered fashion designer. Cruz will star opposite Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss in the limited run series. Meanwhile, Colin Farrell will reunite with Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos for an Amazon series about former U.S. Marine Oliver North and his role in the Iran-Contra affair. Variety reports that Farrell would take on the role of North in the series.
Don’t you love TV reunions? Then you’ll love what Kevin Can Wait is doing for the final two episodes of its freshman year, as Kevin James‘ former King of Queens co-star Leah Remini is set to make a guest turn. According to TV Line, the plot of the two-part finale finds Kevin coming out of retirement to go undercover in an operation in which he and a fellow officer (Remini) pose as husband and wife.
Eliza Dushku is returning to the small screen in a recurring role on a freshman favorite. Dushku will play J.P. Nunnelly, the head of a criminal defense firm, over a three-episode arc on CBS’ Michael Weatherly-starrer, Bull. According to TV Line, there has been discussion of Dushku’s character becoming a full-fledged cast member for the recently renewed series’ Season 2.
John Cho has landed a recurring role on the third season of Hulu’s Difficult People. He’ll appear as Todd, an ad exec who plays the boyfriend of series star Billy Eichner. Season 3 of Difficult People will air this summer.
Speaking of guest spots, you can look for troubled singer Chris Brown appearing on ABC’s Black-ish next week. According to EW, Brown will play a rapper named Rich Youngsta who Dre gets to star in an ad campaign, but Dre is conflicted when Bow and Ruby point out that his work plays on negative stereotypes.
NatGeo has secured a stellar cast for their forthcoming military-based miniseries The Long Road Home. The 8-episode series centers on the events of April 4, 2004, a day known as “Black Sunday” in military circles. That was the day a platoon from the 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas was ambushed in Sadr City in Baghdad. Michael Kelly will star as the Lt. Col. leading a daring rescue operation when the division came under attack. According to the Hollywood Reporter, others starring in the miniseries include Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Noel Fisher, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Jon Beavers, E.J. Bonilla, Ian Quinlan and Darius Homayoun.
Chris Messina will join Amy Adams in HBO’s new eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects. According to Deadline, the series centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams), fresh from a psychiatric hospital stay, who returns home learning of the death of two pre-teen girls. During the course of the investigation, she begins to identify with the victims in the psychological thriller. Messina plays Kansas City detective Richard Willis, who is brought in to provide support to the small town sheriff investigating the deaths, and it’s not long before Willis and Preaker both find themselves on the same path to solve the crimes.
That didn’t take long! Bones star David Boreanaz will move on from the long-running FOX series to head up a new Navy SEAL drama pilot for CBS. According to Deadline, Boreanaz will replace Jim Caviezal as the lead after the actor bowed out of the role after recently being cast. Boreanaz will star as Jason, the leader of a respected assault team. Max Theriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks and Jessica Pare have also been cast in the pilot.
In other casting news, former Judging Amy star Amy Brennemen is set to headline the CBS drama pilot The Get, from 11.22.63 showrunner Bridget Carpenter. The show centers on a group of tireless Internet journalists who pursue unconventional means of reporting in order to uncover injustice. Brad Garrett, Michael Rady, Emayatzay Corinealdi, Alex Fitzalan and Jeananne Goosen are set to co-star.
J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot production company is teaming up with RuPaul for a half-hour dramedy series based around RuPaul’s rise from club kid to one of the most well-known drag queens in the world. Deadline reports the drama will be set in New York City during the ’80s.
Sesame Street will add a new muppet to the show named Julia who is the first character to have autism. Julia first made her debut in the Sesame Street universe in a digital storybook called Sesame Street and Autism: See the Amazing in All Children back in 2015. Julia will make her debut on the children’s show in April.
Move over Eddie Murphy, there’s a new doctor in town. Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. will take on the popular role of Dr. Dolittle in the upcoming film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Stephen Gaghan will direct the film, which finds Downey in the titular role as the doctor with a knack for being able to communicate with animals.
Could we sell you on a film starring Kyle Chandler and Jason Bateman as siblings? Deadline reports that Game Night stars Chandler as Brooks, the more successful brother of Max (Bateman), who end up getting entangled in a real-life murder mystery during a gathering of couples. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris have also been cast in the film, which is being created by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman have all signed on for She Came to Me. Deadline describes the film, written and directed by Maggie’s Plan director Rebecca Miller, as a comedic dramedy set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats that cuts into the layer cake of American society with wit and heart.
Speaking of Amy Schumer, the actress-comedian has bowed out her plans to star in a live action film about the popular doll Barbie. Scheduling issues came into play, but Schumer has expressed her enthusiasm of the movie making it to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star in Richard Linklater’s upcoming film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? The film centers on a once famous architect who becomes a recluse, so much so that when she disappears, her husband and 15-year-old daughter conduct a search to determine her whereabouts. Wiig would play a high strung neighbor of Bernadette’s in the film
Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia have all been cast in Bent, a new film written and directed by Bobby Moresco. According to Deadline, the film follows discredited narcotics detective Danny Gallagher (Urban), who is out for revenge agains the man who framed him and killed his partner. Vergara stars as a ruthless government agent whose motives are unclear, while Garcia is Gallagher’s lifelong mentor who has fought corruption throughout his career.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson is now attached to star in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. The Room thespian will play the titular suffragette, who became the first female candidate to run for the presidency of the United States. Larson will also serve as a producer on the film.
Chris Evans, soon to be seen in Gifted, is set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort. Deadline reports that the Gideon Raff-directed drama revolves and the transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981, with Evans playing the Israeli agent Ari Kidron who assembled the tame to help with the exodus on the ground.
Tika Sumpter, who turned heads as a young Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has joined the cast of The Old Man and the Gun. The film centers on a police officer (Casey Affleck) who becomes fascinated with a career bank robber (Robert Redford) with a history of prison breaks and the commitment from a woman who loves him despite his profession. Sumpter will star as Affleck’s wife in the film. Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek have also been cast in the movie.
Issa Rae, the breakout star of HBO’s Insecure, has landed a role opposite Bill Hader in the new film Empress of Serenity. Hader plays a man named Sheldon whose attempts to woo back his ex-wife get derailed when his widowed father guilts him into a cruise. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit who both aids and becomes an obstacle in Hader’s plans.
Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have all joined the cast of Who We Are. Deadline reports that Matthew Newton is directing the film, which centers on convicted felon (Nicholson) who strikes up an alliance with a public defender (Roberts) that comes in handy when she decides to try to get back the son she lost when she went to prison for manslaughter.
Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of the upcoming Predator reboot. Shane Black, who helped pen the original film decades ago, will be directing the movie, which stars Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Jacob Tremblay among others.
Mike Epps and Bruce Willis are set to star in Acts of Violence, their second film together in the past year. The action flick centers on vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to free a loved one. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also star in the film.
Variety reports that Nicolas Winding Refn is set to produce a remake of the 1988 cult classic, Maniac Cop. The film would be set in present day and would focus on one cop’s attempt to uncover the truth about one of her fellow officer’s role in the murders of several innocent people.
The Libertine is on hold! According to director Brett Ratner, the film about a 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss, has been put on hold while star Johnny Depp deals with events in his personal life. Ratner told EW, “That was a movie I was going to direct next. I put it on hold. Johnny had some issues with his divorce and stuff. So we pushed it off. There’s another movie I’m going to direct. I’m hoping in 2017. I’m very excited about that. I know what it is but don’t want to say what it is yet.”
Denise Richards and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in the horror film The Toybox. The supernatural thriller centers on a family on a cross-country trip who get stranded in the desert by a force that is slowly picking them off. According to Deadline, Richards plays the mother of the family, while Barton is another traveler who gets caught up in the carnage.
Zombies will be a huge part of the video game narrative next week as The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier comes out with episode three on March 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Steam, IOS, and Android devices.
Titled Above the Law, the installment features Javier’s struggles to fit in with his newly reunited family. With tension building within the walls of Richmond growing by the second, Javier must gauge if Clementine and the gang will turn against him.
Formed in 2004, the indie developer and publisher has given the Telltale Games spin on the Batman, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, and Borderlands franchises. Thanks to overwhelming reception from each of their titles, episodic gaming is now a huge force in the video game industry.
Based on Robert Kirkman’s award winning comic book series, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide and has been critically acclaimed by numerous publications. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!!
Dig Two Graves is a supernatural thriller that centers on Jake Mather (Samantha Isler), a 13-year-old girl whose brother dies in a drowning accident. When three moonshiners offer to resurrect her brother at the cost of another life, Jake is tempted by this proverbial “deal with the devil” agreement. Ted Levine is Sheriff Waterhouse, Jake’s concerned and loving grandfather who will protect her at any cost.
With just a small budget, indie filmmaker Hunter Adams, who also penned the script, infuses his film with visually arresting compositions and a multi-layered theme which makes Dig Two Graves a substantial cut above the average thriller. A big part of that credit comes from Adams’ meticulous and open ended approach to storytelling.
“A lot of it is subconscious,” said Adams. “I didn’t necessarily realize a lot of the visual themes that were present until I went through the storyboard process and then you start to see things that appear that you necessarily didn’t notice on the written page. Themes get deepened, layers get built throughout the process of both when you’re writing and then shooting (the film). The actors are bringing their interpretations. In the edit process, you’re reshaping and sculpting. I kind of consider the screenwriting process as fluid. It starts on the page and doesn’t end for me until final sound mix.”
Along with first rate work from Ted Levine, Samantha Isler effectively anchors the film as the lead character. Since Dig Two Graves was shot several years ago, this is actually her feature screen debut (she starred last year in Captain Fantastic). Click on the media bar below to hear Hunter Adams talk about casting Isler for the project.
Dig Two Graves is now playing in select theaters and is also available On Demand.
Thanks in part to a presidency ripe for parodying, Saturday Night Live’s relevancy and ratings have both been on an upswing lately. In fact, for the first time in the show’s 42-year history, NBC will be airing this season’s last four episodes live from coast to coast. That just goes to show you how much has changed in four decades — the show’s original cast was dubbed The Not Ready For Prime-Time Players because their skits were far too edgy for ’70s prime-time sensibilities. But is it the show that’s changed? Is it prime-time itself? Or is it society?
It’s probably a combination of all three, but don’t forget — back when the show was in its infancy, its bread and butter was satirizing public figures and socially relevant issues. And they certainly pushed the envelope at times. One memorable sketch (and one that certainly wouldn’t air in prime-time today) took race relations to the extreme: Word Association featured Chevy Chase as a job interviewer and legendary comedian Richard Pryor as a potential hire. When Chase asks Pryor to engage in a game of word association, it quickly escalates into a battle of racial epithets and slurs. At a time when America was still struggling with issues of racial integration, the skit laid bare America’s lingering prejudices with a raw, alarming bluntness. When we spoke to Chase about the sketch, he credited Pryor with helping to take an idea that flirted with the limits of good taste and making it into a classic comedic performance. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chevy Chase)
If you’ve never seen Word Association, take a look here, and watch as”SNL returns with new episodes April 8 on NBC.
Hollywood marriages have a well-deserved reputation for being tempestuous. Some might even argue that marriage certificates issued to celebrities should come with an expiration date. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, though, are one of the most notable exceptions. Not only are they happy living together, they also enjoy working together! You can see the two of them co-starring in CHiPs — which Shepard also directed — and Bell told us the experience was awesome.
CHiPs opens in theaters on Friday.
Now out on Blu-ra via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 100 Streets is an ensemble driven narrative that’s headlined by Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton. Although the indie drama is powered by the star power of its leads, the feature’s most arresting moments come from co-stars Charlie Creed-Miles and Franz Drameh.
Set within one square mile of a London area, 100 Streets tells three seemingly disparate stories that eventually thread together. Max (Elba), a retired rugby player who’s struggling to save his crumbling marriage to Emily (Arterton), is further detoured by womanizing and drug abuse. George (Charlie Creed-Miles) is a cab driver who seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and his seemingly strong bond with his wife Kathy (Kierston Wareing) may be forever altered due to a recent tragedy.
Serving as the de facto anchor of the narrative is Kingsley (Drameh), a troubled youth who makes money as a drug dealer. Kingsley’s life may take a turn for the better after befriending a theater director (Ken Stott) and Emily (tired of being just a sportsman’s wife, Emily is resuming her acting career).
Director Jim O’Hanlon, a veteran TV director (Shameless, Sleepy Hollow), brings a seamless efficiency to the proceedings and never lets these interweaving narratives go off the rails. Elba and Arterton do solid work within their respective stories, but it’s the sheer desperation and turmoil that Drameh and Creed-Miles that makes 100 Streets a memorable experience. Drameh, in particular, is a talent to look out for, and his natural charisma and talent is probably one huge reason he’s a regular on the CW series Legends of Tomorrow (he plays Firestorm).
Although an audio commentary from O’Hanlon would have been welcome, the Blu-ray comes with the 15-minute featurette “A Look Inside 100 Streets.” It’s an in-depth look at the logistical challenges of making the ensemble drama (the picture was shot in just 35 days). O’Hanlon, the producers, Elba, Arterton, and Drameh are among the cast and crew that’s interviewed in the featurette.
The sci-fi thriller Life centers on a group of astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson) who make a breakthrough during their research at the International Space Station. Upon finding a new type of organism, the astronauts’ discovery could forever alter life on Earth.
“This creature we take aboard is basically an organism that is not inherently evil anyway,” said Reynolds, who previously worked with Life director Daniel Espinosa on Safe House. “It’s just trying to survive so we wake it up basically. We reanimate it. We bring it back to life. We give it whatever necessary elements it needs to kind of of wake up and unfortunately it’s staring at some of the most threatening species on Earth which is humans.”
“And it grows,” added Gyllenhaal. “It gets bigger and bigger throughout the story and as it starts to find things to feed off of it gets considerably larger.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ryan Reynolds explain why Life may actually be a “cathartic” experience for moviegoers.
Life, co-starring Hiroyuki Sanada, opens nationwide March 24.