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Hollywood Reacts To Government’s New Stance On Bathrooms For Transgender Students

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The White House today changed its guidance on protections for transgender students’ use of bathrooms in public schools — and Hollywood types predictably are unhappy about it. The Donald Trump administration has withdrawn President Obama’s non-binding guidelines to federally funded schools that said those who want to choose a restroom and locker room based on their gender identity should be allowed to do so. But today, the Departments of Justice and Education said in a… Read

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‘Mayans MC’: John Ortiz Cast In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff Pilot

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Luck alum John Ortiz has booked a lead role in Mayans MC, Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot for FX. Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller's death at the end of SOA's seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. Ortiz will play Esai “Taino” Osorio, President of Mayans MC, Santo Padre Charter. A Mexi-Rican, he was born in the Bronx, then sent to Oakland to live with… Read

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Judd Hirsch Signs With TalentWorks

Judd Hirsch, a cast member in "Independence Day: Resurgence," poses at the premiere of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, June 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Veteran comedy and drama actor Judd Hirsch has signed with TalentWorks. At age 81, the two-time Tony and Emmy winner continues to work full-time; he is the lead opposite Jermaine Fowler in CBS’ new multi-camera comedy series Superior Donuts. Hirsch had been without a talent representation since July when his long-time manager, Joan Sittenfield, passed away after a long cancer battle. Hirsch had been with her for 18 years. Over the years, Hirsch, an Oscar nominee for Ordina… Read

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Ana Ortiz To Star In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’ ABC Comedy Pilot

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Devious Maids and Ugly Betty alumna Ana Ortiz has been tapped as the female lead opposite Jason Biggs in ABC's comedy pilot Charlie Foxtrot, from writer Sam Sklaver, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. In Charlie Foxtrot, Fort Bragg, an Army base in North Carolina, is like home to Angelina Torres (Ortiz) and her two children. However, when her fiancé, Joe Taylor, is killed in action in Iraq, it looks as though she will have to move. But Joe’s brother… Read

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‘When We Rise’ Review: ABC’s Ambitious LGBTQ Rights Miniseries Too Dense

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Debuting on February 27 and running for most of next week, ABC's miniseries When We Rise is an ambitious and ultimately too dense effort that seemingly forgot that less is often more. Still, as I also say in my video review above, the fact that a miniseries like this from Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is on a broadcast network night after night next week is a great thing. Sadly, in some ways, even more so right now in the America of 2017, where safe… Read

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‘Suits’ Spinoff Starring Gina Torres Eyed By USA

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Jessica Pearson could be getting her own show. USA Network is in early talks for a potential new series toplined by former Suits standout Gina Torres. While a Jessica Pearson spinoff had been talked about on-and-off for more than a year as USA had been interested in pursuing an offshoot, I hear conversations recently heated up as Torres had been fielding a slew of broadcast pilot offers for a second straight year. Last year, she was cast as the lead in the ABC drama pilot… Read

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‘Jack Ryan’ Adds Marie-Josée Croze; Emayatzy Corinealdi Joins HBO’s ‘Ballers’

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French actress Marie-Josée Croze (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is set to recur in Amazon's upcoming Jack Ryan series, from the Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the author’s famed hero, starring John Krasinski and Abbie Cornish. It centers on Jack Ryan (Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous… Read

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UTA Rally Speakers: Gavin Newsom, Jodie Foster, Keegan-Michael Key & More

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UTA has unveiled its speaker lineup for Friday’s United Voices rally outside the union’s Beverly Hills headquarters. The event is supplanting the company’s annual Oscar Weekend party as a way “to express the creative community's support for freedom of speech and artistic expression, and stand against policies of exclusion and division.” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, California Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Reza Aslan, Keegan-Mich… Read

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SAG-AFTRA “Disappointed” In Court Pausing IMDb Age Law

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A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the State of California can’t move forward in enforcing a law that makes it illegal for the entertainment news site IMDbPro to publish actors' ages. At the beginning of the year, IMDb filed a federal lawsuit against then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of AB 1687, which went into effect January 1. Today, Judge Vince Chhabria found enough to grant the injunction, saying “it’s… Read

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Trevor Habberstad Dies: ‘X-Men’ & ‘Doctor Strange’ Stuntman Was 27

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Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator on X-Men: Days of Future Past and Doctor Strange, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 27. Habberstad grew up in the Sand Canyon area of California’s Santa Clarita Valley. His father, Jeff Habberstad, is a second-unit director and stunt-unit coordinator. After completing a film in Hawaii, Habberstad complained to his family of stomach pains, which turned out to be gastric cancer, his father told KHTS. About a… Read

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‘Searchers’: Zane Holtz Cast As Male Lead In The CW Drama Pilot

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Zane Holtz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) is set as the male lead in the CW drama pilot Searchers, from WBTV and CBS TV Studios. Written by Jason Rothenberg, Searchers is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, Cooper (Holtz) and his free-spirited sister Fable are forced to team up when they learn that their mother's terrifying and bizarre stories might be a road map to discovering… Read

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Brad Garrett Cast In ‘The Get’ CBS Internet Journalism Drama Pilot

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Former Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett has signed on as a series regular in CBS drama pilot The Get, from 11.22.63 developer/showrunner Bridget Carpenter. Written/executive produced by Friday Night Lights alumna and playwright Carpenter, The Get centers on a team of tireless internet journalists who pursue and expose stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today's anything-goes world of reporting. Garrett will play Bill, a… Read