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YouTube Partners With Roadside Attractions To Launch Susan Sarandon Thriller ‘Viper Club’ Theatrically

YouTube is to launch Susan Sarandon-fronted thriller Viper Club theatrically after partnering with Roadside Attractions. The Google-owned company has struck a deal with the Manchester By The Sea and Winter's Bone distributor to launch Maryam Keshavarz's drama in theaters on October 26 ahead of its debut on its YouTube Premium service in 2019. The move marks a slight shift in strategy for YouTube, which has previously focused on launching titles online. While, for… Read


Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership). "Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual… Read


MAK Pictures Ramps Up With Exec Hires, Promotion

MAK Pictures

MAK Pictures, whose Car Masters: Rust to Riches was just picked up to series at Netflix, has hired Stephanie Eno as SVP Development and Aliza Rosen as SVP Development, Documentaries and Specials. The unscripted-focused production company also promoted Andy Ruggles to President of Production. Eno and Rosen will join that team that includes senior directors of development Aaron Burk and Elisabeth Norvik at the company, which also has Season 3 of Discovery’s Treasure Quest… Read


‘SEAL Team’: Judd Lormand Upped To Series Regular For Season 2

Judd Lormand, who heavily recurred on Season 1 of SEAL Team, has been promoted to series regular for season 2 of the CBS military drama series. Lormand plays Lieutenant Commander Eric Blackburn, the SEAL Team troop commander who coordinates operations whenever Bravo team is on mission and serves as the team's leader and confidant, both on and off the battlefield. He appeared in all 22 episodes of Season 1. "What I love about Judd as an actor is his naturalness, his ease… Read


From Shakespeare To Elton John: Composer Shaina Taub Gets Ready To Wear ‘Prada’ – On Theater

Composer, actress and accordion player Shaina Taub will hang up her squeezebox – temporarily, rest assured – this Sunday when her acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park musical adaptation of Twelfth Night closes its month-long run, bringing an end to a two-year journey that had the now-29-year-old songwriter working with everyone from non-professional performers in all five New York boroughs to the artistic directors of Manhattan’s Public Theater (Oskar Eustis) and London’s… Read


CMT Orders ‘Racing Wives’ Unscripted Series; Renews ‘Music City’ For Season 2

CMT is ramping up its programming slate with an eight-episode order of Racing Wives, a female-driven hour-long unscripted series from Jenny Daly’s T Group Productions, and has renewed hit docuseries Music City for a 10-episode second season. Both shows will premiere early next year. Set in Lake Norman, North Caroline, Racing Wives follows the never-before-seen private lives of women who are married to world famous race car drivers. It features sisters-in-law Ashley and… Read


‘Wu Assassins’: JuJu Chan & Mark Dacascos To Recur In Netflix Martial Arts Drama

JuJu Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) and Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3: Parabellum) have booked recurring roles opposite Iko Uwais and Byron Mann in Netflix's Wu Assassins, from Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures (24), John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) and Nomadic Pictures (Fargo, Hell on Wheels). Written by Wirth, who also serves as showrunner, Wu Assassins, set in San Francisco's Chinatown, is a martial arts crime series… Read


‘America’s Got Talent’ Towers Over Tuesday Ratings

America's Got Talent

America’s Got Talent’s live quarterfinals broadcast (2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, 10.86 million viewers) towered over its competition Tuesday night, doubling closest competitor Bachelor in Paradise (1.0, 3.97M) while matching its slot’s combined Big 4 competition. The NBC reality competition series’ two-hour process of paring 12 acts to seven took every half hour from 8-10 PM in both the demographic and total viewers. Talent also felled Fox's Beat Shazam (0.6, 2.03M) and… Read


‘Billions’: Kelly AuCoin Upped To Series Regular For Season 4 Of Showtime Series

We’ll be seeing more of ‘Dollar’ Bill Stearn in the upcoming fourth season of Billions. Kelly AuCoin, who has recurred as the character for the past three seasons of the Showtime series, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fourth season. AuCoin’s ‘Dollar’ Bill Stearn is a loyal Axe Capital employee. He has appeared in 30 episodes since Season 1. Season three of Billions found Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in a world that… Read


Michael Moore Tees Up Big Bang ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Poster

“Tyrant. Liar. Racist. A Hole In One.” The poster for Michael Moore’s upcoming Fahrenheit 11/9 doesn’t mince words – or visuals. (See the full poster below). The photo illustration featured in the new poster depicts President Donald Trump, from behind, in khakis, polo shirt, red MAGA hat and finishing up a golf swing on the White House’s beautifully manicured front lawn. Just behind the White House itself is a big ol’ mushroom cloud. The documentary Sept. 21 release… Read


‘Vida’: Raúl Castillo & Adrian Gonzalez To Recur In Season 2 Of Starz Series

Raúl Castillo (Looking, Amexicano, We the Animals) and Adrian Gonzalez (Superstore, Your Family or Mine) are set for recurring roles on Starz’s Latinx half-hour series Vida. Production begins Monday in and around Los Angeles on the expanded 10-episode second season. From creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho, Vida centers around two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different from each other. Saracho will make her directorial debut… Read


Lee Daniels Entertainment Options Spy Novel ‘The Spook Who Sat By The Door’ For Series Development With Fox 21

Lee Daniels Entertainment has optioned Sam Greenlee’s spy novel The Spook Who Sat By The Door to develop as a series based on the book and the 1970s cult classic blakxpoitation film of the same name, with Fox 21 Television Studios. A search is out for a writer. Based on the book, the potential series looks at the fictional story of Dan Freeman, the first African American CIA officer hired by the agency in the late 1960s. The story chronicles the quest of Freeman, who was… Read