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Oscar spotlight: Rob Morgan is a strong supporting actor contender in ‘Just Mercy’

Oscar spotlight: Rob Morgan is a strong supporting actor contender in ‘Just Mercy’
Historical legal drama “Just Mercy” is a strong contender in the Best Supporting Actor race, but have pundits pegged the right performance? For his pivotal part as the wrongfully-convicted Walter “Johnny D.” MacMillan, hundreds of Gold Derby users are predicting Oscar winner Jamie Foxx for another nomination, but character actor Rob Morgan could also break through for playing fellow death row inmate Herbert Richardson. His tragic Ptsd-ridden character embodies the stakes of the story, as well as its heart.

SEEwhy “Just Mercy” is a Best Actor contender for Michael B. Jordan.

The supporting role with the most screen time is not always the one that gains traction on the awards circuit. Titular roles are occasionally subverted for sympathetic characters that elicit warmth from scant material, like when Mahershala Ali received his first Oscar nomination and win for 2016’s “Moonlight” with a quiet performance that was limited to the first third of the film.
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‘The Outsider’: Derek Cecil & Max Beesley To Recur In HBO Drama Series

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‘The Outsider’: Derek Cecil & Max Beesley To Recur In HBO Drama Series
Exclusive: Derek Cecil (House of Cards) and Jamestown star Max Beesley are set to recur opposite Ben Mendelsohn in The Outsider, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, from The Night Of co-creator/executive producer Richard Price, director-producer Jack Bender (Mr. Mercedes) Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and Temple Hill Entertainment. Mrc is the studio. Bateman will direct the first two episodes.

In The Outsider, a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case.

Cecil will play Andy Katcavage. Beesley will portray Seale Bolton.

In addition to Mendelsohn, they join previously announced series regulars Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca, along with Hettienne Park and Michael Esper who are recurring.
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‘The Chi’: Kandi Burruss To Recur In Season 3 Of Showtime Series

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‘The Chi’: Kandi Burruss To Recur In Season 3 Of Showtime Series
Exclusive: Grammy winner and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss is set for a multi-episode arc in season three of the Lena Waithe-created Showtime drama series The Chi. The series is currently in production in Chicago and will return to the network in 2020.

Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age story about a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

Burruss will play Roselyn Perry, the estranged wife of Douda (guest star Curtiss Cook), back at his side to influence his political agenda and to help herself.

Season three cast includes Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme), Shamon Brown Jr., Michael Epps and Birgundi Baker.

Waithe, who won an Emmy for Netflix’s Master of None, executive produces the series alongside Oscar and Emmy winner Common,
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‘The Chi’: Justin Hillian Named New Showrunner As Ayanna Floyd Davis Exits; Birgundi Baker Upped To Series Regular; Luke James, La La Anthony & Lil Rel Howery To Recur

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Production is underway on Season 3 of Showtime’s The Chi with a new showrunner and executive producer. Writer Justin Hillian (Snowfall) will run the upcoming third season, replacing Ayanna Floyd Davis, Showtime said today. Additionally Birgundi Baker, who plays Kiesha, has been promoted to series regular, and Luke James, La La Anthony (Power) and Lil Rel Howery have signed on to recurring roles.

The showrunner change follows the exit last season of Jason Mitchell, one of the series’ leads, who was let go in May over allegations of inappropriate behavior. Floyd previously issued a statement that producer and creator Lena Waithe was made aware of complaints against Mitchell during the show’s first season, but he was still written in to return for the show’s third season. Mitchell was cut after Season 2 had wrapped.

“When I took the helm in season two,
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His Dark Materials Gets November Premiere Date at HBO

His Dark Materials has a premiere date!

The series will launch Monday, November. 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO.

The series is an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction.

The series follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world.

Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

Related: His Dark Materials Looks Dark and Awesome

The series is also available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Other cast members include:

Ruth Wilson (Golden Globe winner for “The Affair”) as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony Award winner for “Hamilton”) as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy (Golden Globe nominee for “Atonement”) as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters (HBO
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‘It Chapter Two’ Star James Ransone Almost Quit Hollywood Before His Big Studio Breakout

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‘It Chapter Two’ Star James Ransone Almost Quit Hollywood Before His Big Studio Breakout
James Ransone isn’t taking it for granted. He’s not taking “It” for granted, either. While the long-time television actor and indie mainstay has been working in Hollywood for nearly two decades, his latest role in Andy Muschietti’s much-hyped “It Chapter Two” is his biggest gig yet. It almost didn’t happen, and not just because of good old-fashioned industry drama or scheduling issues, but because the Indie Spirit winner nearly left the business long before he could dig into a breakout 20 years in the making.

“I’ve just never been in a pop culture thing like this, I’ve never had a moment like this,” Ransone said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I didn’t know this thing was as big as it was, I had no idea it was going to be as massive as it was. It feels like some like hand of God,
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Carolyn Strauss On Rare Emmy Trifecta, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale, Potential ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘Deadwood’ Follow-Ups

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Carolyn Strauss On Rare Emmy Trifecta, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale, Potential ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘Deadwood’ Follow-Ups
There are three top Primetime Emmy categories for dramatic storytelling — Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding TV Movie. In what may be a first, Carolyn Strauss scored a nomination in all three, as executive producer of HBO’s Game Of Thrones (Drama Series), Chernobyl (Limited Series) and Deadwood: The Movie (TV Movie). Combined, GoT, Chernobyl and Deadwood earned 59 Emmy nominations including a chart-topping 32 for the final season of GoT.

Two of the shows, Game of Thrones and Deadwood, stem from Strauss’ tenure as HBO president of entertainment. In 2006, she bought David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ pitch for a TV series adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire and was one of the project’s biggest supporters at the network until she stepped down in 2008 to segue to an HBO producing deal, with Game of Thrones among her first projects. She
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Praise Be! Here’s a new trailer for The Righteous Gemstones

Ahead of its season premiere this August, HBO has released a new trailer for the upcoming comedy The Righteous Gemstones. Written, directed and created by Danny McBride, the series stars McBride, Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, and John Goodman as a family of not-so-righteous world famous televangelists; check the trailer out here…

Danny McBride returns to HBO with The Righteous Gemstones. This comedy series tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. McBride will star as main character Jesse Gemstone, who sees himself as a maverick in the ministry game, taking what his father, Eli Gemstone, has built and expanded it for a more modern audience. In addition to playing Jesse, McBride serves as executive producer, creator, writer, and director.

Joining McBride in the cast is John Goodman (also seen on HBO in David Simon’s Treme) as Gemstone’s father
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Iconic New Orleans Musician Dr. John Dies

Tony Sokol Jun 6, 2019

New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack conjured the best mojo in Dr. John the Night Tripper.

"They call me Dr. John, The Night Tripper," New Orleans voodoo pianist Mac Rebennack sang on the 1969 song "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya." With his sizzling Gris-Gris his hand, he lived and breathed New Orleans. The last of the best, Dr. John the Night Tripper, died of a heart attack "toward the break of day" on Thursday, June 6, according to the New York Times. Like Leon Redbone, who died last week, there is some dispute over Dr. John's age, various reports have him listed as 77 or 78.

"The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time," a statement from the musician's family said. They did not say where he died, though he reportedly was resting at his Lake Pontchartrain area home, not too far from New Orleans.
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Leah Chase Dies: Chef, Civil Rights Icon, TV/Film Star And Inspiration For Disney Character Was 96

Leah Chase, who taught the nation about Creole food at her Dooky Chase’s restaurant in New Orleans and was a celebrity chef who appeared in numerous TV shows and film documentaries, has died. She passed Saturday at her son’s home near her New Orleans restaurant.

Chase and her husband, Edgar “Dooky’ Chase, had the first white tablecloth restaurant for black customers in the heavily segregated city. Dooky Chase’s began as a sandwich shop in the Treme district, but expanded into an upscale restaurant that was the equal of anything in the French Quarter.

Along the way, Leah Chase’s expertise in Creole cooking drew national attention. Cookbooks, innumerable media interviews and television shows, and film documentaries cataloged this unique regional cuisine. Princess Tiana, who wanted to own a restaurant in the animated Disney feature The Princess and the Frog, was based on Chase. Tiana was the first
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Watch Steve Earle, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Raucous ‘T’ain’t Nobody’s Business’

While in town to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the end of April, Steve Earle joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band for an intimate late-night gig at the group’s namesake venue in the French Quarter for one of their annual Midnight Preserves shows. In a new video, the performers collaborate on a swinging version of “T’Aint Nobody’s Business,” a blues standard that’s been cut by Billie Holiday, B.B. King and Hank Williams, Jr.

While Earle heartily strums his acoustic guitar, he blends
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The Best TV Characters Critics Had to Learn to Love — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: Who is a TV character you learned to love or grew on you? This could be because more was revealed about the character, the character evolved, or you the viewer evolved.

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

In the early days of “Game of Thrones,” I (as a former tomboy) identified strongly with Arya, and I still have a deep fondness for the character. But as Sansa Stark has grown up, it’s become clear she’s more and more capable of owning the show, and my growing respect for what Sansa has gone through over the years has endeared her to me… at least until this season and some very poor writing choices on the part of Benioff and Weiss. But despite those choices, I’ve been surprised
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Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on her character’s season 2 evolution: ‘It’s time to take care of Jada’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on her character’s season 2 evolution: ‘It’s time to take care of Jada’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
In Season 2 of “The Chi,” Yolonda Ross‘s character is in a state of transition. “She’s now a mother without a child at home,” the actress explains. “So she’s dealing with empty-nesting, and it’s time for her to really find herself again because she spent all this time taking care of her child and taking care of others all the time.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Ross above or listen to the audio below.

See Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine interview: ‘The Chi

Created by Lena Waithe, this Showtime series examines life on the South Side of Chicago as seen through the eyes of several different citizens. Ross plays Jada Washington, a single mother and nurse who’s raising her son Emmett (Jacob Latimore) while he fails to take responsibility for his own children.

This leads Jada to finally kick him out of the house. The season
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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’) on how Ronnie ends up ‘in a deeper hole of trouble’ despite good intentions [Exclusive Video Interview]

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’) on how Ronnie ends up ‘in a deeper hole of trouble’ despite good intentions [Exclusive Video Interview]
Since season one of “The Chi” ended with Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) confessing to murder, Mwine worried “that might be the end of me. You might not see this character again.” Luckily for the actor, the writers “gave me so much to do this year. It’s really been a blessing.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mwine above.

In the first season of this Lena Waithe-created series for Showtime about life on the South Side of Chicago, Ronnie desperately tried to prove his love to Tracy (Tai Davis). When Tracy’s son was murdered he killed Coogie (Jahking Guillory), the young man he suspected committed the crime. But it turned out he went after the wrong guy, and Coogie’s older brother, Brandon (Jason Mitchell), vowed to bring his murderer to justice.

See Showtime has never won the Best Limited Series Emmy, but ‘Escape at Dannemora’ can
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Father-Son Duo James and Kelton DuMont Join Danny McBride’s HBO Comedy ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ (Exclusive)

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Father-Son Duo James and Kelton DuMont Join Danny McBride’s HBO Comedy ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ (Exclusive)
James DuMont and his son Kelton have been cast as recurring characters in Danny McBride’s upcoming comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones” on HBO, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Though the real-life father-son duo won’t appear as such onscreen, they previously played father and son together on HBO’s 2018 TV movie “Mosaic.”

James DuMont will play Chad, “Jesse Gemstone’s (McBride) right hand man and crony, who was a former sinner before changing his ways for the Lord. Chad is Jesse’s muscle. Although ‘saved,’ Chad will compromise his new-found purity to help Jesse with his dirty work,” per HBO’s description.

Also Read: John Goodman and Danny McBride to Star in HBO Televangelist Comedy Pilot

Kelton will play Pontius Gemstone, the middle son to Jesse Gemstone (McBride) and grandson to Eli Gemstone (John Goodman).

McBride will write, direct and executive produce the half-hour comedy, which tells the story of
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‘Deadwood’ puts pressure on ‘Black Mirror’ in our Emmy predictions: Experts now say the HBO film will win

You can never keep HBO down for long in the Emmy race for Best TV Movie. While the Netflix anthology “Black Mirror” has won for the last two years in a row (for “San Junipero” in 2017 and “USS Callister” in 2018), HBO’s “Deadwood” revival looms large over the race. As of this writing “Black Mirror” has the edge again with leading odds of 18/5 for “Bandersnatch,” but Emmy Experts now put “Deadwood” out front.

Five of the Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets are picking “Deadwood” to prevail: Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Ben Travers (IndieWire) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo).

Compare that to four Experts who are backing “Bandersnatch”: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).

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Both
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‘Hell on Wheels’ Star Angela Zhou Joins ‘Promising Young Woman’; Ron Funches Cast In ‘Sylvie’

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Star Angela Zhou Joins ‘Promising Young Woman’; Ron Funches Cast In ‘Sylvie’
Angela Zhou has been added to the cast of the Focus Features thriller, Promising Young Woman, joining stars Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham as well as Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon. Emerald Fennell is directing the film based his own screenplay. It follows Cassie, who everyone said was a promising young woman until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she’s a medical school drop-out, living at home with her worried parents and working at a coffee shop with a concerned boss. It seems like she is at a standstill, except for the double life Cassie leads at night. Zhou will play Todd, a smart and watchful cop, who has been recently promoted to detective. Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley are producing the project under LuckyChap Entertainment banner with Fennell and FilmNation’s Ben Browning.
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How ‘Us’ Breakout Song ‘I Got 5 on It’ Almost Appeared on ‘The Wire’

How ‘Us’ Breakout Song ‘I Got 5 on It’ Almost Appeared on ‘The Wire’
Bay area hip-hop duo The Luniz can thank Jordan Peele’s “Us” for the 2019 reintroduction of their 1995 chart-topper “I Got 5 on It.” It’s become an instant horror anthem, earning new fans and serving as a nostalgia trip for older hip-hop heads. But the song (and the group) missed much earlier opportunities at a revival, as well as the licensing fees. Blake Leyh, music supervisor and composer for HBO’s “The Wire,” sought the track all the way back in 2002. But at the time, obtaining clearance was impossible because the writers and publishers couldn’t agree on how to distribute ownership.



“I don’t exactly recall my introduction to it, but I always just sort of knew of the song, because it was an international hit,” said Leyh. He tried to clear the track for episodes in seasons one, two and four of “The Wire,” to use as part of the landscape and ambient sound.
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TV Writers Earn More on Packaged Shows (Study)

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Amid Hollywood’s bitter agency-versus-writers battle, United Talent Agency has issued a robust defense of its television packaging activity.

In a three-season study released Wednesday, UTA asserted that its TV writer clients earn $3,374 more per episode on shows the agency packages than on those it does not package. The study also found that writers saved an average $2,439 per episode in commissions across every show that UTA packages and that fees for writers on shows UTA packages are $22,079 per assignment higher than for writers on shows the agency does not package.

“The data refutes any assumption or claim that writers are disadvantaged economically by writing for shows that the agency packages,” the agency said. “UTA’s waived commissions for writers amount to more than $45 million in total over the three years analyzed.”

The data was drawn from 2,435 total TV writing assignments, including 1,337 on programs that UTA packaged (entirely or partially) and
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David Simon Rips Hollywood Agencies Over Packaging: ‘It Is Theft. It Is Fraud’

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David Simon Rips Hollywood Agencies Over Packaging: ‘It Is Theft. It Is Fraud’
David Simon is urging the Writers Guild of America to file a lawsuit against the four biggest Hollywood talent agencies and the Association of Talent Agents over the practice of packaging.

“I’m for filing a civil suit against the Ata and the Big Four for an overt and organized breach of fiduciary duty in which they have effectively pretended to represent clients while taking bribes from studios to keep those clients’ salaries and benefits lowered across the board,” he said in a lengthy blog post.

“Looking not merely at civil law, but at the federal statutes against extortion and bribery, a curious and ambitious U.S. Attorney might enjoy a deeper dive into the realm of racketeering, because for the life of me, I can’t see a difference between packaging and any prosecutable case of bid-rigging or bribery I ever covered as a reporter in federal or state courts.
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