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Larkin Malloy Dies: ‘All My Children’ Alum & Acting Teacher Was 62

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Larkin Malloy, an actor, voice artist, acting teacher and announcer best known for appearing on various soap operas in the 1980s and ’90s including several seasons as Travis Montgomery on All My Children, has died of complications from a heart attack. He was 62. Malloy’s All My Children co-star Walt Willey, who played the brother o Larkin’s character, made the news public in Read

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‘Luke Cage’ Review: Mike Colter-Led Marvel Series Flexes Serious Muscle

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When Marvel's Luke Cage first debuted in the comics in 1972, the New York City-based black superhero with super-strength and unbreakable skin was very much of his time. As the civil rights movement stepped onto a new stage, Blaxploitation movies like Superfly and Shaft snagged big box office and America's cities slid further into decline, the Hero for Hire struck a chord but was never able to find steady success at the newsstand. With the launching of the very strong Luke… Read

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Lady Gaga Set For Super Bowl Halftime Show On Fox

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Fox has the Super Bowl in February and is staying in the corporate family for the halftime show. Fox Sports and the NFL have confirmed rumors that Lady Gaga, who stars on 21st Century Fox sib FX’s American Horror Story, will headline the world’s highest-profile concert gigs. Can't wait to see you in Houston, @ladygaga! ''' #SB51 #PepsiHalftime pic.twitter.com/FJ1qR80FLK — FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 30, 2016 “It’s not an illusion. The rumors are true. This ye… Read

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‘Let The Right One In’: Kristine Froseth Set To Star In TNT Vampire Drama Pilot

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Kristine Froseth has been cast as the female lead in Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilot Let the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about Henry, a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire, Eli (Froseth), who appears to be near his age. Thin and pale, Eli’s actual age is unknown. Lonely and friendless (for obvious… Read

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Simon McBurney’s Techno Excursion ‘The Encounter’ Is A Trip: Broadway Review

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With his intense eyes, dimpled chin and thatch of hair, Simon McBurney has a chameleonic look that shifts imperceptibly from innocent to sinister, enchanted to terrified, that will be familiar to anyone who’s seen him onscreen: He played Colin Firth’s illusionist sidekick in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight and the father of Eddie Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, among many other roles. But it’s as a theater magician that he is best known, the… Read

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Sandra Oh To Guest On ‘American Crime’; Samuel Hunt Recurs On ‘Empire’

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Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) is returning to ABC with a guest role on Season 3 of John Ridley’s American Crime, which explores labor issues, economic divides and individual rights in North Carolina. She will play social worker Abby Tanaka, who runs a shelter for victims of domestic abuse in Alamance County. Along with her 10-season stint on Grey’s Anatomy, Oh’s recent credits include the features Catfight and Tammy and voice roles on Peg + Cat, Phineas and Ferb and American… Read

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Adds Ricardo Chavira As New Love Interest For Xo In Season 3

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As if Xo’s life was not already complicated after she discovered in the Season 2 finale that she was pregnant and not sure about the father, it is about to gett even more entangled in the romance department with the return of an old flame. Desperate Housewives alum Ricardo Chavira is set for a recurring role on the upcoming third season of Jane The Virgin, playing Xo’s (Andrea Navedo) ex-boyfriend who dated her when he was married. In one of several cliffhangers in the Sea… Read

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Peter Bart: ‘French Connection’ Anniversary Reminds Industry Of ’70s Devil-May-Care Filmmaking Approach

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"In retrospect, I was wrong to shoot it that way, but there was no other way to get it done." That's how director Billy Friedkin last week summed up his famously hair-raising chase scene in the Oscar-winning 1971 film The French Connection. Friedkin was speaking before a rapt audience at the Directors Guild that had gathered for the 45th anniversary of his storied thriller, and he was candid about the challenge of shooting action scenes in the pre-CGI era. Given budget… Read

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ABC Buys Vacation Comedy From Hilary Winston Based on Norwegian Format

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It’s only September, but ABC already is thinking about Next Summer, buying a single-camera comedy from Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV, where Winston is under an overall deal, is the studio. Next Summer, in development for next season, is based on the Norwegian comedy series of the same name, local title Neste Sommer, which has aired on TVN for four seasons. It is set in a summer vacation community and is about… Read

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FX Developing ‘Meaty’ Comedy From Jessi Klein, Samantha Irby & Abbi Jacobson

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Following the breakout success of Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, FX has put in development another female-centric half-hour series. The network has bought comedy Meaty, based on Samantha Irby’s memoir and popular blog B**ches Gotta Eat, from Irby, Inside Amy Schumer head writer Jessi Klein and Broad City co-creator/star Abbi Jacobson. Co-written by Irby and Klein, Meaty follows Irby through failed relationships, taco feasts, her struggles with Crohn's disease, poverty… Read

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Elisabeth Shue Joins Eli Roth’s ‘Death Wish’

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EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Shue has been cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish, the Eli Roth-directed remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film for Paramount and MGM. She joins Mike Epps, Dean Norris and Vincent D'Onofrio in the film, which is shooting in Chicago and Montreal. Shue will play the wife of Paul Kersey (Willis), whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys were not brought to justice for the nefarious act… Read

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ABC Buys Fashion Soap From Condé Nast & ‘Empire’ Exec Producer Sanaa Hamri

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ABC has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Icon, a soapy fashion drama from Condé Nast Entertainment, whose parent company publishes the fashion-focused magazines Vogue and Glamour. Empire helmer/executive producer Sanaa Hamri is on board to direct. 20th TV, where Condé Nast has had a first-look deal, is the studio. Written by journalist and author Anne Marie O'Connor (The Lady in Gold), Icon is described as a splashy, edgy soap set in the upscale world… Read