John Pyper-Ferguson Joins ‘Suits’ In Major Recurring Role
The Last Ship’s John Pyper-Ferguson has landed a major recurring role in the upcoming fifth season of USA’s Suits. He will play Jack, a partner at the law firm and new head of the firm’s Compensation Committee. He will have to work with the on-going power struggle between Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Louis (Rick Hoffman). Suits Season 5 premieres on June 24.
Pyper-Ferguson’s arc on Suits comes in addition to his role as Tex Nolan on TNT’s hit series The Last Ship. His… Read
FIFA Crisis Turns Political As Sponsors & Broadcasters Eye Presidential Election Results
All eyes are on Zurich as FIFA’s 209 associations vote today on whether to retain beleaguered president Sepp Blatter or end his 17-year role by selecting Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. Politicians weighed in on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin blasting U.S. authorities for “illegally persecuting people” with its investigation into graft at the world soccer body, while UK Prime Minister David Cameron called on Blatter to resign. Russia was… Read
‘San Andreas’ Starts To Quake With $3.1M; ‘Aloha’ Draws $500K In Thursday Previews
San Andreas shook $3.1M out of moviegoers’ pockets last night. Sony’s Cameron Crowe romantic comedy Aloha also started hula-dancing with $500K at 2,275 theaters.
The Warner Bros.-New Line/Village Roadshow title is hoping for a $40M launch for the Brad Peyton film, which marks the director’s second outing with star Dwayne Johnson after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. San Andreas will be sending seismic shocks into 3,777 theaters today, 85% of which are in 3D. Titles in… Read
Bob Saget Signs On For ‘Fuller House’ Reunion
Bob Saget is set to reprise his role as the squeaky clean patriarch Danny Tanner. John Stamos, who confirmed Saget’s involvement in Netflix’s Full House reboot, tweeted:
Last but not least-best piece of casting yet. The great @bobsaget will be joining our show on @netfilx – this completes the perfect reunon!
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 29, 2015
To which Saget replied:
How did you get this information? Kidding! Love you Jesse! https://t.co/dj5VKlCRqR
— bob… Read
Idris Elba Nelson Mandela Docu ‘Mandela, My Dad & Me’ Acquired By A+E Networks
A+E Networks has acquired the exclusive TV rights to Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me, a one-hour docu by Idris Elba. The film, directed by Daniel Vernon, chronicles the story behind the creation of Mi Mandela, an album of South African music recorded by Elba in tribute to Mandela and to his own late father. The actor-singer was inspired after having spent months working on Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The documentary will air on History in Africa in… Read
Jim Parsons Rewrites God’s Top 10 List, Dishes Noah – Broadway Review
UPDATE, 10 PM: Adds Betty Buckley review at end.
Hal Holbrook mimicked Mark Twain of Hannibal, Missouri; Tovah Feldshuh did Golda Meir from Kiev and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Julie Harris played Emily Dickinson from Amherst, Massachusetts. Now comes Jim Parsons perhaps responding to a Higher Calling, playing God from Grossinger’s, of Borscht Belt, New York. I would add “Oy,” but that would raise the comic level of An Act Of God a notch or two. No, really.
The 90-minute show… Read
Reynaldo Rey Dies: Veteran Actor From ‘Friday’, ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, ‘227’
Reynaldo Rey, an actor and comedian whose dozens of credits include big-screen comedies Friday and White Men Can’t Jump and a recurring role on TV’s 227, died today in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke last year. He was 75. His manager Vanzil Burke confirmed the news.
The Oklahoma native got a late start to his screen acting career, earning his first credit at 41 for the Sanford & Son spinoff Sanford, starring Redd Foxx. He appeared in the 1982 gigglefest Young Do… Read
Dana Walden & Gary Newman Honored By MIPCOM; Fennessys Remain With Endemol Shine
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, have been named MIPCOM’s 2015 Personalities of the Year. The pair “form an inspirational leadership team in the entertainment sector, having propelled Fox to global success through the quality of its creative programming, built largely on their unique relationships with top talent” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed MIDEM, organizer of MIPCOM. “In recognition of their outstanding parallel careers and… Read
Bill O’Reilly Announces ‘Legends & Lies’ Season 2 Pickup By Fox News Channel
Bill O'Reilly announced tonight on The O’Reilly Factor that Fox News Channel’s series Legends & Lies has been renewed for a second season. The next installment, Legends & Lies: Patriots will profile figures who shaped the country’s early days. FNC has ordered 12 weeks of Patriots – a two-episode increase from the current season.
O'Reilly is exec producer on the series, produced by Warm Spring Productions, the makers of History's Mountain Men, Animal Planet's American River… Read
Erin Cummings Joins ‘Madoff’ Miniseries; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II In ‘The Get Down’
Erin Cummings (The Iceman) has signed on for a lead role opposite Richard Dreyfuss in ABC's miniseries Madoff. Cummings will play Eleanor Squillari, personal secretary to Bernie Madoff's (Dreyfuss), in the project from ABC News' Lincoln Square Prods. Inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross' reports and his book The Madoff Chronicles, the mini follows the rise and spectacular fall of the now-imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he… Read
James Buckley Joins Lonely Island Pic ‘Conner4real'; Evan Jones Set For ‘Shot Caller'; Goldenthal Lauded In Krakow
James Buckley will make his U.S. feature debut in Connor4real, the Lonely Island movie being produced by Judd Apatow. Andy Samberg stars as a rapper whose album bombs and leaves him with little career choice other than to re-form his old boy band. Buckley will play Sponge, a member of Samberg’s entourage. The British actor is best known for playing Jay in the UK movie and TV franchise The Inbetweeners. Other recent credits include The Pyramid and Charlie Countryman… Read
‘Serial’ Podcast Coming Back For Seasons 2 & 3
It was the first podcast to win a Peabody Award. Crime series Serial, from This American Life and WBEZ Chicago, is set to return for a second season in the fall and a third next spring, per an email blasted to subscribers. Season 1 was hosted by Sarah Koenig and explored the 1999 murder of Baltimore teenager Hae Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed's subsequent life sentence. Syed continues to claim that he’s innocent. Following the conclusion of Serial‘s first season… Read