Hollywood Accused Of “White-Washing” Roles Meant For Asians
Hollywood again is being accused of "white-washing" roles originally written as Asian characters. The latest incident is on Ridley Scott's The Martian, in which white actress Mackenzie Davis stars as Mindy Park, who's identified as a Korean-American scientist in the book the film was based on.
"This insulting practice of white-washing has got to stop," said Aki Aleong, President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the problem for… Read
Ernie Hudson Joins Epix Comedy Series ‘Graves’; Ari Graynor In Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) has been cast as a semi-regular on Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades and so, with his young assistant (Skylar Astin), he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration's wrongs just as his wife, the former… Read
Stan Lee & William Shatner To Unveil Collaboration At Comikaze 2015; ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Adds Peter Nyong’o
Stan Lee and William Shatner will unveil a collaborative project at the fifth annual Stan Lee Comikaze Expo. The convention returns to Los Angeles on Halloween weekend, October 30-November 1. Details of the collaboration between Lee and Shatner remain under wraps. In addition, Comikaze has announced a still-developing slate of appearances and events throughout the event. Among them special sessions with comics legends Lee, Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison, Marc Silvestri, Rob… Read
Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans & Henry Cavill Suit Up For War Drama ‘Sand Castle’; Mark Gordon Co, Treehouse Producing
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Evans and Henry Cavill have joined Nicholas Hoult in Sand Castle, the war drama being directed by Fernando Coimbra (Narcos) based on the screenplay by Chris Roessner. Roessner was previously Mark Gordon’s assistant and his former boss is producing with Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and 42’s Ben Pugh. Shooting is now set to start November 2.
Set in Iraq circa 2003, the pic is based on Roessner's experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni… Read
Peter Mensah To Haunt ‘Sleepy Hollow’; Elle McLemore Knows ‘Grease Live’ Is The Word
Peter Mensah is traveling to Sleepy Hollow this year, taking on a pivotal recurring guest starring role beginning in November and lasting through the end of the current season. He’ll play the Hidden One, an ancient, desiccated god who returns to the mortal world revived as a handsome, powerful menace with eyes that entrance and torment. His first appearance will be in the season’s seventh episode, airing November 12. Mensah is known for portraying the Persian messenger in… Read
‘American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga Joins Ed Harris, Amy Madigan In ‘Buried Child’ Revival
EXCLUSIVE: I hear that Farmiga (FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House; 2011’s Higher Ground) will make her New York stage debut in The New Group's revival of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize winner from 1978. Scott Elliott, artistic director of the first-rate off-Broadway company, is directing the offbeat drama about a near-destitute Illinois farm couple (Harris and Madigan, who recently co-starred in Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian) and their two grown sons.
They’re visited… Read
Toni Collette, Tracy Letts & Sam Trammell Join ‘Imperium’
EXCLUSIVE: Toni Collette, Homeland‘s Tracy Letts and Sam Trammell have joined the cast of Daniel Ragussis’ Imperium, the Lionsgate Premiere thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays an FBI agent who goes undercover and infiltrates a white supremacist group to expose a terrorist plot to create a dirty bomb. While investigating the group, he is faced with the challenges of maintaining his principles while trying not to blow his cover.
Collettte will play Angela… Read
Lynn Collins, Athena Karkanis, Carly Pope & Barbara Eve Harris Join USA Pilot ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’
Lynn Collins (Man On Carrion Road), Athena Karkanis (Low Winter Sun), Carly Pope (24) and Barbara Eve Harris (Prison Break) have been cast as series regulars in the USA Network pilot Poor Richard's Almanack (working title), from Legendary TV, Universal Cable Prods. and executive producer Jim Danger Gray (Orange Is The New Black).
Weaving between modern day and a possible future where characters have changed radically, Poor Richard's Almanack is a character thriller about… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Adds Melanie Liburd As A Red Priestess
EXCLUSIVE: Up-and-coming Brit actress Melanie Liburd has been cast as a Red Priestess in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Liburd, who has appeared in The Grinder, Strike Back, Dracula and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, is repped by the UK’s Identity Agency Group, Talent Works in the U.S. and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Liburd’s casting would seem to indicate a new direction for the character, or at the very least a new incarnation. One Red Woman or Red Priestess had previously… Read
Tatiana Maslany In Talks For Boston Bombing Drama; Alex Wolff Joins ‘The Standoff’
Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is early negotiations to star in Stronger, an upcoming film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that will focus on survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs during the attack. Bauman, whose memoir is the basis for the film, was at the finish line in support of his girlfriend, who running in the marathon. His position placed him close to the explosion that killed three injured hundreds and. One of several films based on the tragedy… Read
Naomi Scott Is The Pink Ranger In ‘Power Rangers’
Following roles in The Martian and Chilean miners drama The 33, Naomi Scott has signed on to fight evil alien magic users as the Pink Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot movie planned for release in 2017. The production made the announcement on Instagram.
Edie Falco Set For Biopic ‘Megan Leavey’
EXCLUSIVE: Edie Falco is set to co-star opposite Kate Mara (The Martian, Fantastic Four) in the indie biopic Megan Leavey for director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish). The heart-tugging film is about real-life hero Megan Leavey and her military combat dog Rex who saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006. Falco will play the role of Jackie Leavey, Megan's mother.
Megan Leavey and her bomb-sniffing dog formed a… Read