Forest Whitaker Set As ‘Empire’ Guest Star; Plays Music Hitmaker In Multi-Episode Arc
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on Fox’s Empire this fall, playing "Uncle Eddie," described as a charismatic music icon and hitmaker who gave Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay.
Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment's 20th anniversary.
Hulu Adds 3,000 Episodes Of Classic TV; ‘Bones’, ‘M*A*S*H’, ‘Glee’ Among Slate
Hulu will add nearly 3,000 episodes of hit and classic comedies and dramas — from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and St. Elsewhere to How I Met Your Mother and Burn Notice — through an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution announced today.
The deal makes Hulu the streaming home to all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H and the full NYPD Blue library and will add every episode of How I Met Your Mother, Burn Notice, Bones and Glee, Hulu says. Some of the shows already are… Read
‘Designated Survivor’: Zoe McLellan Joins Season 2 Of ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland Drama
NCIS: New Orleans alumna Zoe McLellan has been cast as a season regular opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Maggie Q for the sophomore run of ABC's politcal drama Designated Survivor, from the Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.
McLellan will play Kendra Daynes, a brilliant and wily attorney who lands her dream job as White House counsel. Her journey is a personal and professional one, as she develops close relationships with the White House staff while wrestling legal… Read
‘Outlander’ Season 3 Trailer: Starz’s Time-Travel Series Ratchets Up The Drama
It is almost two months until Outlander returns for its third season, but today Starz dropped a new trailer for the time-traveling drama – with emphasis on the word "drama."
Opening with Caitriona Balfe's Claire back in the 2oth century and giving birth to a baby fathered by Sam Heughan's 18th century-based Jamie, this look at the September 10-debuting 13-episode new season is fraught with emotions and accusations of betrayal. A lot of that is coming from Claire’s first… Read
‘Alpha’ Trailer: First Studio 8-Hatched Pic Melds Ice Age Survival With Interspecies Kinship
“My father always told me survival is never certain. And when there are no more leaders to follow, you must become one.” Here’s the first trailer for Alpha, director Albert Hughes’ tale of survival and unexpected kinship set 20,000 years ago. Kodi Smit-McPhee, who starred in Gallipoli and plays Nightcrawler in the X-Men world, is a young man thought dead by his clan after a hunt who embarks on a desperate journey and finds a unlikely ally in a fierce but injured and… Read
Luc Besson Lays It On The Line For Passion Pic ‘Valerian’
UPDATE: Tonight, Luc Besson gets his big Hollywood premiere of his dream project, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He sat with Deadline for an extensive interview on his ambition and career, originally published in May. If anything, the stakes seem higher. EuropaCorp, the company he built, is coming off a $136 million loss as it refocuses and gets out of a U.S. distribution partnership with Relativity; Besson’s relationships with distribution partners around… Read
First Look: Al Pacino As Joe Paterno, Penn State Coach In Barry Levinson’s HBO Drama
Here’s a first-look picture of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno, the fallen Penn State football coach who’s the focus of HBO Films’ upcoming Barry Levinson-directed drama. The untitled project is currently in production. (See below for a side-by-side comparison.)
“The film centers on Joe Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face… Read
‘The Crown’, ‘Sherlock’ And ‘Black Mirror’ Lead Strong Brit Contingent Of Emmy Noms
A heavy haul of 13 nominations for Netflix favorite The Crown, and scores for Sherlock and Black Mirror, led the British hopefuls for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, as the TV Academy unveiled its 2017 nominations this morning. There was also a strong contingent of British talent nominated across the various acting categories, including first-time Emmy nominees Claire Foy, Millie Bobby Brown, Riz Ahmed, Thandie Newton and David Thewlis. And Brits James Corden and John… Read
‘Doctor Who’ EP Brian Minchin Joins ‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Films
Beryl and Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films has hired Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin as Head of Drama development at its Cardiff, Wales production base, Hartswood West. Minchin has been EP on the BBC’s Doctor Who since 2013, working closely with showrunner Steven Moffat (who is a Hartswood board director).
Hartswood West was established in 2010 and has produced all four seasons of Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ BBC One hit Sherlock, as well as the BBC's adaptation of Lady… Read
‘Empire’ & ‘Star’ Crossover Confirmed: Watch Promo As Fox Dramas Intersect For Season Premieres
Fox’s Wednesday night drama is getting more serious. The network has set a pair of crossover episodes for its musical dramas’ season premieres on Wednesday, September 27: Star‘s Queen Latifah will appear on the Season 4 debut of Empire, and the latter’s Jussie Smollett is set for the sophomore bow of Star. Watch a promo above.
The cross-pollinations had been rumored for a while, but Fox just confirmed them today. The night will kick off with Empire at 8 PM. On the brink… Read
Shane Meadows Returns To Channel 4 With ‘The Virtues’; Stephen Graham Stars
This Is England‘s Shane Meadows is returning to Channel 4 with a drama series that’s equal parts unlikely love story and an exploration of the conflict between sin and virtue. The Virtues (W/T) is written by Meadows and his This Is England collaborator Jack Thorne; Meadows is directing.
Also from This Is England, Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, Taboo) is starring as Joseph, a moral yet troubled man who's lost everything. He finds himself compelled to travel to Ireland… Read
‘Shooter’: Amin Joseph Set To Recur In Season 2 On USA
Snowfall’s Amin Joseph is set for a key recurring role opposite Ryan Phillippe in Season 2 of USA Network drama series Shooter.
Based on the best-selling novels by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg, Season 2 of Shooter follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe), a highly decorated veteran who must confront a nemesis from his past in order to return to a life of normalcy. Joseph will play Martin Jacobs, an agent for the ATLAS… Read