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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Laura Innes (ER) will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of Warehouse 13 in September, playing the estranged mom of Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore). (The Futon Critic)

Actor Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect) has landed a recurring role on Covert Affairs, playing Seth Newman, a former field operative-turned-lawyer who will work for the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General and who has a history with Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Derek Webster (Harry’s Law) has joined the cast of this fall’s new NBC drama Revolution on a recurring basis. He will play Nicholas, a strong rebel leader who faces off against Miles (Billy Burke). The series will debut on NBC on September 17 at 10 PM. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

CONDOLENCES

Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland’s most popular writers who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, has passed away after a brief illness. She was 72 years old. (Entertainment Weekly)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Lifetime has ordered the scripted pilot HR (the current working title) for 2013. The pilot will follow what happens after a head injury alters the outlook on life of the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company, who throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Her newly liberated managerial style and untraditional female point-of-view in a predominately male company is a welcome relief to some, while others see it as a threat to their power and position within the corporate structure — testing the workplace relationships inside and out of this seemingly traditional office. This pilot joins the recently announced pilot orders for Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives of Wives (also the working title) and Witches of East End. (The Futon Critic)

Noah Hawley (who created the short-lived dramas The Unusuals and My Generation) is back at ABC for a new hour-long project that will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. The only details on the project are that it will be a high-script drama revolving around a mysterious game. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life”) has joined the buddy cop comedy called The Heat that will star Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent who joins with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a tough Boston cop to take down a drug lord, but first have to overcome their mutual distrust and learn to work together. Bichir will play an FBI agent. (Dark Horizons)

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

The New “Skyfall” Trailer(s) Arrives

Official Trailer for The Big Wedding

Q&A SECTION (with Watch with Kristin at E! Online and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Question: Desperate for Homeland scoop! – Rory

Watch with Kristin: We share your feelings of desperation, so bless Morena Baccarin, who was kind enough to give us some season-two info to tide us over until Homeland returns. “It starts off in a very different place,” she says. “Jessica has been excited by Brody’s political career and she’s finding a little bit of her own ambition in that and finding a purpose. Also, the life of the family is torn apart a little bit by his inability to be upfront with her about what’s really going on with him.”

Question: Do you have any more news on Castle? —Kaitlyn

Ausiello: In the category of “fun” episodes on tap for Season 5, series boss Andrew Marlowe is hoping to have the team investigate a murder at a sci-fi convention — “That should be fun, given Nathan [Fillion]’s background and how much of a rock star he is at Comic-Con” — and maybe do a riff on The Office. “We’re thinking about an episode that’s shot documentary-style, where we get one-on-one confessionals with the camera and get to know what people really think about certain things.”

Question: Any Supernatural scoop about the Dean-Castiel dynamic? —Joyce

Ausiello: “That is something that we explore heavily throughout the season through some pretty extensive flashbacks into purgatory,” reveals new show runner Jeremy Carver. “People are always referring to purgatory as hell, and purgatory is not hell. Purgatory is a really brutal, free-wheeling place, but it has different effects on different people. It will have a different effect on Cas and Dean as you already started to see [in the Season 7 finale]. But I will say what you think you saw might not be exactly what you saw.”

Question: What’s this I’m hearing about a big Vampire Diaries death? Any hints about the victim?—Clay

Ausiello: Stop asking yourself who dies and start asking yourself who does the killing. That’s what people will be talking about the following morning.

Question: I’ll take any Vampire Diaries spoiler you’ve got. I’m not picky. —Daniel

Ausiello: A flashback in this season’s fourth episode unearths a “big secret that will change the course of the season for everybody,” teases EP Julie Plec.

Question: NCIS spoilers, please! —Missy

Ausiello: I’ve got some info on three guest-star roles that’ll show up the CBS procedural during the upcoming season. The eccentric Dr. Blackwell is a big-deal space geologist who weighs in on some mysterious material the feds bring him, and Ellie is an upper-middle-class lady who blames herself for her father’s death a decade ago and is shocked when new information tells a different story. But wait, I saved the best for last: The show’s looking for a 50-ish male to play an aging one-hit wonder from the late 1970s who blew his earnings in the ’80s and has been skirting creditors ever since – and if it works out, an actual rock star from that era will get the part.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Do you love watching TV? Do you enjoy good family drama? Would you want to help make television history with a new kind of story for TV?

Well, now is your chance! My friend Chris Lilly is working on pre-production for a pilot script called “Just Us Guys” that he wrote and plans to produce independently. But, like so many small projects he needs financial backing to make it broadcast quality.

Just Us Guys” is about a gay father (Scott) who has a best friend relationship with his straight son (Max). But this isn’t a coming out story or an adoption story. This is a wholesome dramedy about a family. Scott and Max are both comic book geeks. They are very much into pop culture and are a lot of fun to be around. Though in his early 30s, Scott is a big kid while Max is more of the adult in the relationship. As Chris shared, “a story like this has never been told on television before, but you have the chance to help me make television history”.

His budget goal is $40,000 so that he can hire professionals with access to high quality equipment.

If you would like to support this new project, you can donate any amount you wish by visiting “Just Us Guys” at Indiegogo. Once there you will see that there are incentives for the level of donations you make. Every penny counts!

You can also “like” “Just Us Guys” on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to help spread the word.

Production on “Just Us Guys” is tentatively planned for November.

Again, any support you can provide would be much appreciated.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:15 PM:
Fast Five movie on Cinemax

7 PM:
Jarhead movie on Fox Movie Channel
Dolphin Tale movie on HBO Family

7:30 PM:
The Help movie on Showtime 2

8 PM:
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (NEW)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
Hart of Dixie on The CW (Reair)
Xanadu movie on Flix
Forrest Gump movie on Lifetime

8:15 PM:
Unstoppable movie on HBO2

9 PM:
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (NEW)
Jane By Design on ABC Family (Summer Finale)
White Collar on USA (NEW)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
The Newsroom on HBO Signature (Reair)
Tron: Legacy movie movie on Starz

10 PM:
Person of Interest on CBS (Reair)
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (Reair)
Boardwalk Empire on HBO Signature (Reair)

10:01 PM:
Covert Affairs on USA (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

The Big C will end on Showtime next season with four one-hour episodes. (The Wrap and Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Mark Valley (Human Target) is set to join Body of Proof as Det. Tommy Sullivan, a former NYPD detective who has transferred to Philadelphia to try to rekindle his relationship with Megan Hunt (Dana Delany). They broke up twenty years ago because he cheated on her. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor John Pyper-Ferguson (Alphas and Caprica) will guest star on Grimm, playing Hayden Walker, a man who is mourning his deceased sister and wants to exact justice from Jarold (actor Mark Pellegrino) for disgracing his family name. Grimm will be back on Monday, August 13 at 10 PM before returning to its regular timeslot on Friday, September 21 at 9 PM. (Hanh Nguyen at TV Guide)

Actress Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory) will have a potentially recurring role on NCIS: Los Angeles, playing Astrid, who will form some kind of relationship with Kensi (Daniela Ruah); but details on the relationship has not been revealed. The series will return to CBS on September 2. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

The CW announced that they will air an edited version of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on October 9 at 9 PM. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

TELEVISION TRAILER

Merlin Season Five Trailer

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Joe Taslim has joined the cast of Fast and Furious 6. The story behind this film involves the crew heading to Europe for a heist job, but this time there is a rival crew already staking the payload. Taslim will play the villain Jah, a cold-blooded killer who uses his martial arts and parkour skills against the characters played by Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez are also returning with MMA fighter Gina Carano (Haywire) and Welsh hunk Luke Evans (The Hobbit) joining the cast. The film is slated to be released on May 24, 2013. (The Daily Mail, Variety and Dark Horizons)

Here is a list of the top 10 box office movies for this past weekend courtesy of E! Online:

1. The Dark Knight Rises, $64 million
2. Ice Age: Continental Drift, $13.3 million
3. The Watch, $13 million
4. Step Up Revolution, $11.8 million
5. Ted, $7.4 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man, $6.8 million
7. Brave, $4.2 million
8. Magic Mike, $2.6 million
9. Savages, $1.8 million
10. Moonrise Kingdom, $1.4 million

Actor Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) will play Martin Luther King, Jr. in the upcoming film called The Butler. (Mike Fleming at Deadline)

Actress Rachel Nichols (Continuum) will appear alongside Justin Long in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Ten O’Clock People that follows a man who tries to give up smoking and suddenly has the ability to see that some people are actually inhuman monsters. Nichols will play a member of the titular group who take their name from the smoke breaks they used to take at 10:00am every morning. Thanks to a strange chemical imbalance in their bodies due to quitting, Nichols, Long, and the other members of the group are the only ones who can see the truth: that many high ranking officials in the government are monsters. (The Hollywood Reporter and First Showing)

A third Hobbit movie will be made per an announcement by Peter Jackson with the first film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – slated to be on the big screen on December 14 of this year, the second film – The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13 of next year and the final film – that is as yet untitled to be out in the summer of 2014. (First Showing)

Actor Aidan Turner (Being Human and the upcoming The Hobbit) and actress CCH Pounder (Warehouse 13) have been cast in the upcoming adaptation of the Cassandra Clare book series The Mortal Instruments that tells the story of a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who learns the truth about her past and bloodline as a demon hunter. Turner will play Luke, Clary’s surrogate father figure and Pounder will play Madame Dorothea, Clary’s neighbor, who happens to be a witch. (Cassandra Clare, Author of Mortal Instruments book series)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

FX has placed an order for a new drama series pilot called The Bridge that is based on an Scandinavian hit series called Bron. This version will center on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border after a dead body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez. (The Futon Critic)

AMC is developing a potential drama series called Area 51 that is based on the best-selling bock by Annie Jacobson. The non-fiction book is billed as an oral history of the infamous military installation. (NY Post and The Futon Critic)
It looks like Marvel and ABC might be working together on a TV adaptation of The Avengers movie; but details have not been worked out yet. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Showtime has put a new period drama – that is a passion project of Ron Howard – into development. The project is called Conquest and will tell the story of famed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, who led the Spanish conquest in Mexico, and his clash with Moctezuma II, the last ruler of the Aztec Empire which fell at the hands of Cortes and his men. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Hart Hanson, the series creator of Bones) will be working on a new hour-long project for CBS based on the work of real-life crime expert, Leif G.W. Persson, the Swedish criminologist and novelist. His book series known as Backstrom centers on Evert Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. Hanson will write the script and executive producer the project. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Jay Karnes (Sons of Anarchy and Burn Notice) will have a recurring role in the fall ABC drama Last Resort that is about the crew of a nuclear submarine who defy a dubious command to start World War III. Details on his role have not been revealed yet. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

MADE-FOR-TV NEWS

Three new four-hour mini-series have begun principal photography. They include the following per The Futon Critic:

Ring of Fire focuses on what happens when an oil rig causes a volcanic eruption in a small town, triggering the Ring of Fire that stretches across the globe. If these cataclysmic series of eruptions cannot be stopped, the earth will be swallowed whole, leading to an extinction level event. The cast includes Michael Vartan (Alias), Lauren Lee Smith (CSI), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Agam Darshi (Sanctuary).

Eve of Destruction stars Steven Weber (Wings), Christina Cox (Blood Ties) and Treat Williams (Everwood) in a story about two scientists, who attempt to discover unlimited energy. But their experiment is hijacked and sabotaged by eco-terrorists. The result is a dark energy black hole that could destroy the planet.

Delete imagines a disaster in our all-too-fragile digital world where the web becomes dangerously self-aware with one systematic purpose – to destroy mankind. Faced with possible extinction, there is only one way out – create a second artificial intelligence, just as alive, just as intelligent and just as dangerous. The cast includes Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Matt Frewer (Eureka), Janet Kidder (The Killing), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal) and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary).

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable
series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:30 PM:
National Treasure movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Megamind (animated) movie on HBO Family

7:10 PM:
The Adjustment Bureau movie on HBO2
Columbiana movie on Starz

7:30 PM:
The Help movie on Showtime

8 PM:
The Closer on TNT (Reair)
Lost on G4
27 Dresses movie on FX

9 PM:
The Closer on TNT (NEW)
Warehouse 13 on Syfy (NEW)
Bunheads on ABC Family (NEW)
True Blood on HBO 2 (Reair)
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)
Lost on G4

10 PM:
Perception on TNT (NEW)
Alphas on Syfy (NEW)
Teen Wolf on MTV (NEW)
The Newsroom on HBO2 (Reair)
Boardwalk Empire on HBO Signature (Reair)
Lost on G4

Enjoy!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

NOTE: There will be a marathon of episodes of Awkward on MTV. Check your local listings for airtimes.

6 PM:
Independence Day movie on TNT
Mulan (animated) movie on ABC Family

6:15 PM:
Toy Story 3 (animated) movie on Encore

7 PM:
Army Wives on Lifetime (Reair)
Love’s Everlasting Courage movie on Hallmark

7:25 PM:
Red movie on Showtime 2

8 PM:
Aladdin (animated) movie on ABC Family
A Knight’s Tale movie on BBC America
The Proposal movie on FX
Forrest Gump movie on Lifetime

9 PM:
Falling Skies on TNT (Reair)
The Glades on A&E (NEW or Reair – Check your local listings)
True Blood on HBO (NEW)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Love Comes Softly movie on Hallmark
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie on Starz
National Treasure movie on Syfy

10 PM:
Longmire on A&E (NEW or Reair – Check your local listings)
The Newsroom on HBO (NEW)
Political Animals on USA Network (NEW)
Falling Skies on TNT (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons site and internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in August

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Opens: August 3

The oh-so-wimpy Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) gets himself into more mischief when he spends the summer working at a country club. The cast includes Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris and Devon Bostick.

Soldiers of Fortune
Opens: August 3

Captain Craig McKenzie (Christian Slater), a former US special forces soldier, is hired to protect a group of millionaires who want to experience firsthand the kicks and thrills of war. However, the mission goes horribly wrong and the men get a lot more than they bargained for. The film also stars Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan, Ving Rhames and James Cromwell

Total Recall
Opens: August 3

This is a remake of the 1990 film starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel and Bill Nighy.

Hope Springs
Opens: August 10

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) is a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy.

The Bourne Legacy
Opens: August 10

The fourth film in the franchise will focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner). The cast includes Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen and Albert Finney.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Opens: August 15

This film is an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim–and their small town of Stanleyville–learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. The cast includes Ron Livingston, Dianne Wiest and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Cosmopolis
Opens: August 17

The film follows a single cataclysmic day in the life of Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a 28-year-old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. Co-stars include Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel and Kevin Durand.

ParaNorman
Opens: August 17

This 3D stop-motion comedy thriller focuses on a small town that comes under siege by zombies. The voices will be provided by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Tempsett Bledsoe, Jodelle Ferland and John Goodman (among others).

Sparkle
Opens: August 17

Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (the late Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.

The Expendables 2
Opens: August 17

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. Cast includes Jean Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Hit and Run
Opens: August 24

This film is about Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard), a nice guy with a questionable past who risks everything when he busts out of the witness protection program to deliver his fiancée (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold) and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former pals, a band of gangsters (led by Bradley Cooper), enter the fray. Co-stars include Beau Bridges and Kristin Chenoweth.

Premium Rush
Opens: August 24

A crooked cop (Michael Shannon) pursues a New York City bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) carrying a dubious package. The cast includes Jamie Chung, Aaron Tveit, Dania Ramirez and Lauren Ashley Carter.

The Apparition
Opens: August 24

When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

Lawless
Opens: August 29

This film is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. The loyalty of three brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf and Jason Clarke) is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave. The cast includes Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain.

7500
Opens: August 31

This film focuses on a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight. The cast includes Ryan Kwanten, Leslie Bibb and Christian Serratos.

The Good Doctor
Opens: August 31

Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) is a British medical student who has come to the United States to begin a residency at a hospital in Southern California. Blake is handsome and charming, but beneath the surface he’s an arrogant man who longs to wield power over others. He doesn’t fare well with his first few patients, and is on shaky ground with his superiors when he begins treating Diane (Riley Keough), a beautiful teenage girl with a kidney infection. Diane is clearly taken with Blake’s good looks and they enjoy one another’s company, while his superiors are impressed with the care he’s taken with her. But Blake doesn’t want Diane released too quickly, and begins adjusting her medication to that her infection will take longer to clear up. Jimmy (Michael Pena), an orderly, notices what Blake is doing, and threatens to expose him unless he wants — a steady supply of pharmaceuticals. The cast includes Rob Morrow, Taraji P. Henson, J.K. Simmons and Troy Garity.

The Possession
Opens: August 31

Shortly after her parents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) divorce, a young girl purchases an ornate antique box at a yard sale. In the weeks that follow, the young girl forms an intense fixation on the box, her behavior growing increasingly bizarre as she falls into the grip of a diabolical apparition. When the girl’s father discovers that the relic is in fact a holding cell for the disconnected soul of a deceased person who has been denied entry into the afterlife and needs a human host to inhabit, he fights to rid her of the evil that threatens to consume her body and soul. The cast includes Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport and Grant Show.

The Tall Man
Opens: August 31

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare. Co-stars include Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis and Samantha Ferris.

Movies coming out in September will be posted at the end of August

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