In the ’80s, Los Angeles was home to two NFL teams and the hippest legal drama on television. In 2017, L.A. will once again have a pair of pro football teams - and L.A. Law looks like it’s coming back, too!
A new edition of the series is in the works, and it looks to be more of a revival than a reboot, since the plan is to bring some of the characters and actors back from the original, which earned 15 Emmy awards during its initial eight-year run.
It won’t just be the actors returning to the series, since it will once again be helmed by legendary producer Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue), who originally created the show back in 1986.
There was a young writer who made his name on L.A. Law, winning five of those Emmys during his time on the show. His name was David E. Kelley, and he went on to become a prolific producer himself, creating such shows as The Practice, Picket Fences, Boston Public, and Ally McBeal. He’s currently working on the HBO series Big Little Lies, so will he have time to write more L.A. Law episodes if it’s picked up? (Click on the media bar below to hear David K. Kelley)
The L.A. Law revival will be shopped around to networks this spring, with an eye toward premiering with this fall’s new TV season.
Director Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg are passionate about bringing real life stories to the screen. Whether it’s their new film Patriots Day or the just release Blu-ray Deepwater Horizon, the pair are bringing value added content to non-fiction narratives. The care and thought that is put into their films is also evident with the Deepwater Horizon Blu-ray, which comes with a slew of special features.
The film centers on the 2010 BP oil spill and its affects on the 126 people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician of the rig, and Kurt Russell is Jimmy Harrell the Transocean offshore installation manager. John Malkovich, serving as the film’s antagonist, plays BP exec Donald Vidrine.
Deepwater Horizon continues Peter Berg’s growth as a storyteller, and though he’s also dabbled in Grade A popcorn entertainment (The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship), his best work lies in his collaboration with Wahlberg (an earlier film, Friday Night Lights, also deserves mention).
The Deepwater Horizon special features leaves no stone unturned regarding the making of the film. Clocking in at 51 minutes, Beyond The Horizon features interviews with the cast on the making of the movie, while “Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg” is an 18-minute examination on the filmmaker. The production featurette “The Fury of the Rig” (27 minutes) centers on the various sets that went into the production design of the movie. For movie fans who love focusing on the visual approach, the 18 minute “Deepwater Surveillance” contains unedited footage on how the cameras were set-up during certain sequences of the film. Last but definitely not least, “Work Like an American” (18 minutes) is a promo video centering on blue collar workers who make a difference (Deepwater Horizon survivor Caleb Holloway, now a firefighter, is also spotlighted).
In conjunction with the Blu-ray, the Deepwater Horizon VR app, available on iOS and Android, offers audio commentary from Berg and editor Colby Parker Jr. as they discuss the special effects that were utilized in the film.
In Sleepless, Jamie Foxx is a corrupt Las Vegas cop named Vincent Downs whose teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson) is kidnapped by criminals thanks to a drug robbery instigated by Downs. Michelle Monaghan is Jennifer Bryant, an Internal Affairs investigator who’s hot on Downs’ trail.
Since Sleepless is set in Sin City, Monaghan was asked if she’s a casino enthusiast. “I’m not a big gambler,” says Monaghan. “I usually allow myself fifty bucks and then I blow it in about ten minutes at the blackjack table. And that’s it - I’m done. Because I know exactly how it’s going to go. I have no strategy and I usually do it when I first get there . . . (just) get it out of my system because I feel like you can’t go to Vegas and not blow fifty bucks.”
To prepare for her role, Monaghan spent several months training for her impending fight with Foxx, and this elaborate action scene actually led the actress to chip Foxx’s tooth. Click on the media bar below to hear the actors talk about the pivotal Sleepless sequence:
Sleepless is now playing nationwide.
Tom Hanks as a bad guy? It could happen. Variety reports that Hanks has been offered the role of the villain in the upcoming Disney live-action update of Dumbo. There was talk earlier in the week of Will Smith also being in talks for the film.
Anna Kendrick is hoping to sink her “claus” into the currently untitled Disney Santa Claus film from Marc Lawrence. According to Variety, the movie centers on Santa’s daughter being forced to take over the family business when her father retires and her brother gets cold feet on Christmas Eve. Kendrick is in talks for the lead role, while Lawrence will reportedly direct the film.
Zoe Saldana has joined the cast for the upcoming animated film, My Little Pony: The Movie. She joins Sia, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, Liev Schreiber, Emily Blunt, Taye Diggs and Michael Pena among the guest vocal talent, while TV series voice cast Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tara St. Germain and Cathy Weseluck will also reprise their roles as “The Mane 6.” The film is expected to arrive Oct. 6, 2017.
The Late Late Show host James Corden has reportedly landed a supporting role in the upcoming Ocean’s Eight film. The Gary Ross-directed film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, all involved in the planning of a heist.
Daniel Wu is the latest addition to the upcoming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider big screen update. According to Variety, Wu will play Lu Ren, a ship captain who aids Lara’s quest to find her father. Alicia Vikander will play the title adventurer, while Roar Uthaug is attached to direct. Look for a March 2018 release.
Madonna is reportedly planning to take a seat in the director’s chair for an upcoming adaptation of the Andrew Sean Greer novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. According to Dark Horizons, the film will be titled Loved and focuses on a woman who finds herself transported to the other lives she might have lived after undergoing electroshock therapy.
Though movie remakes seem to be the big thing on the small screen, the reverse is also true. In fact, you can look for a big screen update of the late ’70s / early ’80s cop series CHIPS, starring Michael Pena and Dax Shepherd as officers Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and John Baker. A new trailer has arrived for the film, which can be seen below. Look for the movie in theaters March 24.
There’s good news for American Horror Story fans as FX has renewed the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk series for not one, but two years. That would take the show through Season 9.
Atlanta just won the Golden Globe for best Comedy Series, but we may have to wait a while for new episodes. According to Deadline, FX announced that there will not be a 2017 installment due in part to Donald Glover’s production schedule. The series star is set to shoot his role as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie, which will take up a good portion of his year. As such, Season 2 is expected to arrive in 2018.
Talking about delays, it will also be a while before we get the next American Crime Story installment. FX president John Landgraf revealed that the Hurricane Katrina-centric season has yet to go into production and will not return until 2018 for creative reasons, also revealing that shooting in New Orleans was restricted to certain times of year. As such, Season 2 is expected in 2018, with the third season, centered on the murder of designer Gianni Versace will follow six months later.
Can’t get enough of the Bluths? According to Brian Grazer, it appears that a fifth season of Arrested Development could still happen. During a TCA press tour, Grazer was quoted as saying that all of the cast have reportedly agreed on compensation for a fifth season and that it “should be happening soon.” The first three years of the critically hailed series aired on FOX before Netflix picked up the rights to shoot and air a fourth season.
Speaking of reboots, Deadline reports that an update of the popular ’80s legal drama L.A. Law is in the works. Co-creator Stephen Bochco is reportedly working on the update with one of the original writers, Billy Finkelstein, and the new series would reportedly include new characters mixed with some returning cast, who have moved into management at the firm.
And it looks like another reboot could arrive, as Deadline reports that Joe Robert Cole, the writer-producer of FX’s People vs. O.J. Simpson, is writing an adaptation of In the Heat of the Night. The original film arrived in 1967 and centered on the race relations in a police department in the South. A TV series starring Carroll O’Connor ran from the late ’80s into the mid-’90s. The latest incarnation would be set in modern-day Mississippi.
Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge has a new animated series targeted for HBO. According to Deadline, Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus has been picked up for an eight-episode order. The animated comedy is currently in production in advance of a late 2017 premiere. The show chronicles the stories of some of country music’s most eccentric characters.
Former Weeds actor Hunter Parrish has landed a pivotal recurring role on ABC’s Quantico. Parrish will recur as a political strategist forced to work with the CIA and FBI in the aftermath of the show’s central hostage crisis. Quantico is currently on its winter hiatus, but will return to the ABC schedule in a new time slot beginning Monday, Jan. 23 at 10PM.
There’s bad news for fans of the series Good Girls Revolt. Despite a rally to give the show a second season, Sony Pictures Television was unable to find a new home for the show, which initially ran on Amazon.
FXX has revealed that the long-running animated comedy Archer, moving over from FX, will start its eight season with a Wednesday, April 5 premiere at 10PM ET/PT.
The horror anthology XX was already on my radar since two of the “killer” female directors are Annie Clark (aka acclaimed musician St. Vincent) and Roxanne Benjamin (one of the directors behind the first rate Southbound). Throw in Karyn Kusama, who directed last year’s nail biting thriller The Invitation, and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a potential hit.
Upping that ante is XX’s just released trailer which features a seemingly dying kid being forced by his angry father to eat (”You’re not getting up from that table until you eat that pizza, do you understand me!!), a woman wiping off blood from a bathroom room floor, and a deadly red box! It’s understandable that actress Natalie Brown (pictured) has a worried look on her face - this movie looks absolutely bone-chilling!!
Hitting theaters and VOD February 17, XX makes its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Amy Adams, a five time Oscar nominee, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. Joining her in the celebration were her Arrival and American Hustle co-star Jeremy Renner and Arrival filmmaker Denis Villenueve.
“Amy, you’ve been recognized now as a sensational songbird, a well-respected artist, an award-winning actress, a loving wife and a super parent,” said Renner. “Today you get another title. You’re cemented amongst legends. You’re a starlet, a genius - but most importantly, you’re always going to be my friend. I love you, and I congratulate you.”
Before the unveiling, an emotional Adams thanked her loved ones for their continued support. “Honestly, I never expected I would have friends and family who would stand by me,” said Adams, who can currently be seen in Nocturnal Animals. “Who would ground be and who would come today to celebrate me.”
“Honestly, I never expected I would have friends and family who would stand by me, who would ground me and who would come today to celebrate me.”
We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Adams over the years, and one of our favorite moments came from her thoughts on Christopher Reeve. Click on the media bar below to hear Amy Adams, who starred in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, talk about her crush on the late Superman actor.
Boxing great Mike Tyson will reportedly be the subject of a new film. According to Screen Rant, Jamie Foxx revealed that the long discussed project is still in the works, with Martin Scorsese attached to the project as well.
Deadline reports that Will Smith is circling a live action version of the Disney film Dumbo with Tim Burton expected to direct. Ehren Kruger is working on the script with the studio anxious to start production.
Bleeker Street has acquired the rights to the film Megan Leavey, a biopic based on an Iraq war vet. According to Deadline, Gabriela Cowperthwaite is directing the film, which stars Kate Mara in the title role. The movie tells the true story of the marine corporal who along with a K9 bomb sniffing partner served two tours and completed more than 100 missions. After they were both wounded in a 2006 explosion, Leavey received the purple heart and was discharged while her canine partner remained on duty and she fought to adopt the dog.
According to Dark Horizons, Phylicia Rashad may have joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film. One of the movie’s star, Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us fame, reportedly granted an interview with The Undefeated where he began discussing the cast and mentioned Rashad’s name. However, Rashad’s name was later removed from the interview. The film also stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa.
Ben Affleck turned in a great performance in The Accountant, but does he continue that streak with his gangster epic Live By Night? Affleck, who also directed the film, plays Joe Coughlin, a criminal who steadily climbs up the ranks during the Prohibition Era. Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Beyond), Elle Fanning (20th Century Women) , and Chris Cooper (Adaptation) star in the feature.
With The Crash, Frank Grillo is Guy Clifton, a white collar criminal who’s hired by the government to stop a terrorist attack on the New York Stock Exchange. John Leguizamo (Carlito’s Way) , Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), and Dianna Agron (Glee) play the expert techies who help Guy stop this impending financial disaster.
The Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directed documentary Rats, which details the history of rat infestations all across the world, as well as The Accountant are also reviewed on the program.
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Regina King, an actress whose diverse career has been marked by standout work in such films as Ray, Jerry Maguire, and the acclaimed TV series Southland, has elevated her game with the revered ABC program American Crime. As part of a talented ensemble and crew, King is able to explore different narratives and characters on American Crime. It’s a show, thanks to its interesting construct (having actors play different parts each season) and finely tuned storytelling, that has garnered a devoted audience.
“It’s just exciting as an actor to play a character and just let it go,” said King, a two time Emmy winner for American Crime. “And not having to continue being that same person each season. As (actor), that’s kind of how we express our art. We express our art by being chameleons. By playing different roles and the beauty of American Crime is not only do we know we’re in good hands with John (Ridley) and Michael (J. McDonald) but we know this group of actors that we’re working with. They’re going to bring their A games . . . every moment.”
Click on the media bar to hear the actress/director explain how her new production deal with ABC Studios will only enhance her connect with American Crime.
The third season of American Crime begins March 12 on ABC (10/9c).