After months in limbo, CBS All Access has revealed that Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, Sept. 24 with a broadcast on CBS before moving to the CBS All Access online platform. The network recently boosted the episode order, meaning that the show will now run in two installments with the first eight episodes to run on Sundays from Sept. 24-Nov. 5 and the back half picking up in January 2018.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO have been discussing a possible Watchmen series with The Leftovers honcho Damon Lindelof. The project is still being developed. Zack Snyder directed a 2009 film based on The Watchmen comic, but is not expected to be involved with the series.

Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner are reportedly in negotiations with Netflix to star in Highwayman, a drama about a pair of Texas Rangers who put an end to the crime spree of Bonnie & Clyde.

A key figure in the first season of ABC’s Designated Survivor won’t be back for Season 2. Virginia Madsen confirmed via Twitter that her character Kimble Hookstraten will not be returning.

Speaking of change, NBC is doing a massive overhaul of the freshman drama Taken. Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals will be the lone returning cast members, with Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, Jose Pablo Cantillo and James Landry Hebert all exiting the show ahead of the second season.

Kim Raver has joined the cast of Showtime’s Ray Donovan for its fifth season. The Grey’s Anatomy alum will scrub in as a cutting edge surgeon in a recurring role. Season 5 starts Sunday, Aug. 6.

Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szorh has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s Shameless. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Szorh will play Nessa, a lesbian tenant at Fiona’s newly purchased apartment building.

Daniel Henney, most recently seen on the canceled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, will jump over to the mothership. He’ll reprise his character from Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as Special Agent Matt Simmons. The original Criminal Minds returns to the CBS schedule on Sept. 27.

Tony Danza is returning to TV, inking a deal to head up The Good Cop for Netflix. TV Line reports that Danza plays a disgraced former loose canon police officer who lives with his son, who is also a police officer who is very by-the-book unlike his father.

The cast is now set for Jason Alexander’s AT&T Audience Network show Hit the Road. Amy Pietz, Natalie Sharp, Nick Marini, Tim Johnson Jr. and Maddie Dixon-Poirer have all been cast in the series that just began production and will air this fall.

Sean Bean has been cast in the new Crackle drama The Oath. The series digs into the world of gangs. Deadline reports that Bean will play a cop who is also the ruthless leader of a prominent gang made up of those who are meant to enforce the law.

Deadline reports that Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver is set to co-star in TNT’s drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark. The show is being produced by John Wells and centers on a Detroit neurosurgeon who embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma only to have her life turned upside down by a long absent friend (Weaver).


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Deadline reports that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have exited the Han Solo movie in the middle of filming. Not long over the move was made, it was announced that Ron Howard would step in to direct the film.

The next Jurassic World movie now has a title. A new poster arrived online via Twitter touting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is expected during the summer of 2018.

NBC Universal President Michael Edelstein reports that there is a Downton Abbey movie in the works. “It’s been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right and we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together,” stated Edelstein. It’s his hope that the film will start shooting next year.

Kyle Chandler and Ryan Gosling will co-star in First Man, the new film about Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. Gosling’s La La Land director Damien Chazelle will oversee the film. Gosling plays Armstrong, while Chandler plays Deke Slayton, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts.

Deadline reports that the Joel Edgerton-written and starring film Boy Erased has been picked up by Focus Features. The film tells the story of a teen boy (Lucas Hedges) who is the son of a Baptist preacher who is outed to his parents and pressured into attending a gay conversion camp. Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman reportedly being courted for supporting roles.

Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Operation Finale, the Chris Weitz-directed film about the hunt and capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Deadline reports that Kingsley will play Eichmann opposite Oscar Isaac’s Peter Malkin, the leader of an Israeli spy group tasked with hunting down Eichmann.

It’s a Nightcrawler reunion. Writer-director Dan Gilroy is tapping leading man Jake Gyllenhaal and leading woman Rene Russo in a still untitled film set in the art world.

It’s the year of Carrie Coon! On the heels of the season (and possible series) finales of Fargo and The Leftovers, the actress has joined the cast of Widows, the film centering on the wives of three robbers who decide to finish their husband’s job after they get killed during a heist. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez also star in the film.

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are in talks to star in A Simple Favor. Deadline reports that Paul Feig will direct the thriller which starts shooting in Toronto in August. The movie centers on a mommy blogger whose best friend suddenly vanishes.

Emily Ratajkowski feels pretty. The model-turned-actress has joined the cast of the Amy Schumer-starring film I Feel Pretty. The comedy also has cast Michelle Williams and Rafe Spall.

The last piece of the cast has been set for the ensemble film Tag. Leslie Bibb is joining the film, which centers on a group of friends who have become the focus of a Wall Street Journal article after playing a game of tag for over 30 years. Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones and Isla Fisher have also been cast.

Deadline reports that Eli Roth will direct The House With a Clock in Its Walls for Amblin Entertainment, with Jack Black attached to star. The film is based on a series of books, with this particular story centering on a recently orphaned boy who discovers a world of hidden passages and mystery in his uncle’s old house.

Neve Campbell will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the new film Skyscraper. The 3D action thriller has Johnson as a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader who assesses the security for skyscrapers. While on the job in China, he discovers one of the tallest buildings on fire and himself being framed for it. It makes for a harrowing day in which he must escape capture while still trying to save a family trapped above the fire line.

Michael Ealy and Meagan Good will star as a couple who find themselves challenged in their remote new home by the former tenant (Dennis Quaid) in the psychological thriller Motivated Seller.

Armie Hammer and Jermaine Fowler have joined the new Boots Riley film, Sorry to Bother You. Deadline reports the film is about a timid black telemarketer who discovers a magical key to business success and must decided on whether or not to stand up or sell out to his corporate overlords.

Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson will star in the new Netflix film Ibiza. The movie centers on a woman (Jacobs) who goes on a work trip to Barcelona, but quickly gets sidetracked with her friends while hunting for a popular DJ.


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Over the past 25 years, Judd Apatow has cultivated a reputation as being one of Hollywood’s greatest champions of new comedy talent, and one of its savviest comedy producers. Over the years, with movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Bridesmaids, Apatow’s had an uncanny knack for finding movies that resonate with audiences. His latest production has been garnering great reviews: The Big Sick, written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), is loosely based on the real-life romance between Nanjiani and his wife. The two met when Nanjiani was a stand-up comedian, and the film recounts the cultural and medical hurdles that threatened their “happily ever after.” Apatow says the angle that hooked him on the movie immediately was the tortured life of the stand-up comic. (Click on the media bar below to hear Judd Apatown)

The Big Sick is now playing in theaters.

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Michael Cera knows a thing or two about comedy, and he seems like the perfect fit to spearhead Person to Person, director/writer Dustin Guy Defa’s (Bad Fever) comedic ode to New York City. Cera stars as Phil, a news boss who while showing an investigative reporter (Abbi Jacobson) the ropes, reveals his own ulterior motives. David Zellner, director behind Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, also stars in their section as a New York Post reporter who doesn’t have the best timing.

Other stories featured in the 84-minute film include a vinyl collector (Bene Coopersmith) getting more than what he bargained for while searching for a Charlie Parker record and a teen (Tavi Gevinson) attempting to balance her feminist ideals with her own carnal desires.

A day in the life stories, especially ones set in New York, is not a novel idea, but credit goes to Defa for shooting his movie on 16mm. In this predominantly digital age, it’s great to see the texture and grain of film continue to surface in cinema, even if it’s for a New York minute. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Person to Person hits theaters and On Demand July 28.

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Bertrand Tavernier’s immense and critically acclaimed work speaks for itself, and the director’s latest effort My Journey Through French Cinema is a staggeringly ambitious and personal work. Clocking in at 195 minutes, the documentary is a cinephile’s dream, as Tavernier gives his own perspective at French filmmakers who have made an impact on his own moviegoing life.

“I wanted to grateful, to say thank you to a lot of people,” said Tavernier, whose own credits include ‘Round Midnight and Safe Conduct. “Filmmakers, writers, and composers who have given me so many joys and illuminated my life. This is not about French cinema. This is about my vision on some French films and filmmakers.

Though the documentary has candid insight and personal reminisces on such luminaries as Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean Gabin, it also spotlights lesser known (but just as talented) artists as actor Eddie Constantine (he starred in Godard’s Alphaville) and director Edmond T. Gréville (Secret Lives, But Not In Vain).

Along with providing viewers an immersive look at French film, the documentary also gives us a deeper look into Tavernier’s continuing passion for cinema.

“The more I went into filmmaking, the more I discovered things, my admiration grew (for cinema),” said Tavernier. “When I saw the difficulty I had making some films, I became totally (impressed) of how some people like Jacques Becker, Henri-Georges Clouzot or Jean Renoir really got their film made in spite of a lot of things.

My Journey Through French Cinema is now playing in select theaters.

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146736_4158-400x0Mike Myers has returned to television, in character as Tommy Maitland, to host the new version of The Gong Show on ABC. How did Myers (er, Maitland) get involved in the project? Well, to hear him tell the story, it all started with a random run-in with The Gong Show producer Will Arnett.

The Gong Show is airing Thursday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

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More than two decades after his death, Tupac Shakur remains a revered figure in hip-hop, as evidenced by the strong opening of the biopic All Eyez On Me at the box office. His music continues to reach new generations; in 2014, 18 years after its release, the album All Eyez On Me earned Diamond status, indicating sales of 10 million copies. Demetrius Shipp Jr., who plays Shakur in the movie, told us why he thinks the rapper’s music remains relevant today.

All Eyez On Me is in theaters now.

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NUP_178105_1285.JPGMost shows, especially in the television network landscape, seem to come and go within the blink of an eye but thankfully that fate hasn’t befallen The Night Shift. Now in its fourth season, the program is powered by a first rate ensemble (led by Jill Flint and Eoin Macken) and is also unafraid of tackling topical and hard-hitting issues sans the saccharine.

“There’s definitely a lot of sensitivity to the things that we decide to tackle,” said Flint. “No one really tries to cram a specific idea down your throat but I think that a lot of what makes it interesting is that they offer different perspectives and different points of view on things that allow you to sort of make your own conclusions or to ask the questions that maybe you would not have asked before.”

Click on the media bar to hear Macken talk about how having a strong level of trust with The Night Shift’s writing staff is an integral aspect of the show’s creative success.

The Night Shift airs Thursday evenings on NBC (10/9c).

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After a successful premiere at Cannes, Okja hits select theaters and Netflix on June 28. The storyline centers on Mija (An Seo Hyun), a young girl who has raised a giant pig in the South Korea mountains. When the corporation (Tilda Swinton is the CEO) takes the big back to New York to fulfill their 10 years in the making plan of making more efficient food, Mija goes on a spirited quest to bring Okja back.

Although director Bong Joon Ho’s environmental themes are filtered throughout the film, the narratives heart centers on the girl’s bond with Okja.

“I had a childhood dog that was my best friend,” said Lily Collins, who along with co-star Paul Dano plays an animal activist in the flick. “As Mija has Okja. And I know I would have done anything to get him back. I would have gone across the world - even if I physically couldn’t have my imagination would have taken me there to get him back and I think this story speaks so highly of relationships and the extent that you would go for someone and the extent to which you would put yourself past your wildest thoughts of what you were capable of doing.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Dano talk about the “punishing” research behind Okja:

Okja co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Steven Yeun. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!


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While part of winning money on NBC’s The Wall is based on skill, the other part is a lot more random — it literally depends on which way the ball bounces. This makes it difficult for some contestants to know whether to take the winnings they’ve already accumulated, or risk losing it all to try for a bigger cash haul. Host Chris Hardwick told us the gut-wrenching choices faced by the contestants along the way help make The Wall one of the most intriguing game shows on television. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hardwick)

The Wall airs Thursday nights at 9/8c, after Hollywood Game Night, on NBC.

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