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Regina King on fighting white supremacists in Watchmen: 'My community is living this story'

The Oscar-winner is playing a cape-swishing superhero in HBO’s revamp of the epic comic book. She talks wage gaps, wardrobe woes and her dreams of becoming a dentist

Regina King had a hard time convincing some of her friends about Watchmen, her new HBO series inspired by the DC comic book of the same name and featuring the kind of details that make some people run for the exits: time travel, kung-fu fighting, masks and thinly veiled political allegory. “Girl, don’t do this,” said one friend. King could only smile and agree.

But we would all do well to watch King – in anything. At 48, she is in her prime. While filming Watchmen, King won the best supporting actress Oscar for If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the James Baldwin novel. For years, she has been turning out quietly devastating portraits – in the movies Jerry Maguire and Ray,
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TVLine Items: God Finds Stepdad, Euphoria Actor to This Is Us and More

TVLine Items: God Finds Stepdad, Euphoria Actor to This Is Us and More
Cara’s family tree is expanding on God Friended Me: Tom Everett Scott (I’m Sorry, Southland) will guest-star on the CBS drama as the young journalist’s stepfather, Paul Levine, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Miles will meet his girlfriend’s stepdad for the first time after learning Paul is his newest Friend suggestion in the second season’s ninth episode. Viewers, of course, will recall that Cara’s mother (played by Dear Evan Hansen‘s Rachel Bay Jones) got remarried and had a daughter after leaving Cara’s father (Alias vet Michael Vartan).

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‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Rounds Out Main Cast With Four Series Regulars

  • Variety
Fox’s upcoming drama “9-1-1: Lone Star” has filled out the remainder of its series regular roles.

Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Rafael Silva and Julian Works have all joined the series alongside previously announced cast members Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain and Ronen Rubinstein.

Karam will play Marjan Marwani, described as an adrenaline junkie firefigher and a devout Muslim. Karam previously starred in the NBC military drama “The Brave.” She is repped by Gersh and Luber Rolkin in the U.S. and Tom Norcliffe in the U.K.

Smith will play Paul Strickland, a transgender male firefighter who has a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Smith will be seen in the upcoming Showtime series “The L Word: Generation Q” and has previously appeared on shows like “Queen Sugar.” He is repped by Take 3 Talent and Jago & Associates.

Silva will play Austin police chief Carlos Reyes.
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‘It Chapter Two’ Actor Jaeden Martell Joins Highland Film Group’s ‘Tunnels’ Opposite Susan Sarandon – Toronto

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‘It Chapter Two’ Actor Jaeden Martell Joins Highland Film Group’s ‘Tunnels’ Opposite Susan Sarandon – Toronto
Exclusive: Jaeden Martell, who is having a busy weekend between It Chapter Two opening and Knives Out making its world premiere here at Tiff, has just joined the Highland Film Group feature Tunnels opposite Oscar winner Susan Sarandon.

Directed by John Krokidas (Kill Your Darlings) and written by Victoria Rose, the pic is set years after a school shooting and follows a grandmother (Sarandon) who raised the shooter. She finds an unlikely but wonderful friendship in a bullied teenage boy (Martell) whose brother was one of the victims. Through each other, these two outsiders find redemption against the backdrop of a town still grieving. With their strength and ability to forgive, they help one another heal.

Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson (Son of the South) will produce under the Lucidity Entertainment banner (Southland) alongside Circle of Confusion’s Matt Smith (Maleficent) and Brad Mendelsohn (Daisy Jones and the
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Travis Fimmel to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller Zone 414

Known by many viewers for his role as Ragnar on the History channel series Vikings, Travis Fimmel is stepping out of medieval times and into the near future with a starring role in Zone 414, the feature film directorial debut from Andrew Baird that focuses on a mystery in a city of humanoid robots.

Press Release: Los Angeles – Highland Film Group announced today that Travis Fimmel has signed on to star in Andrew Baird’s feature film directorial debut, Zone 414. From a script penned by Bryan Edward Hill, the sci-fi thriller will be produced by Baird, 23ten’s Martin Brennan, source | management + production’s Jib Polhemus, and Deborah Shaw-Kolar with executive producers Mark Huffam and Bryan Edward Hill. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which will launch at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in the near future, Zone 414 is a colony of state-of-the-art humanoid robots. When its creator’s daughter goes missing,
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Joel McHale to Co-Star in New Home Invasion Movie Becky

Earlier this year it was reported that Kevin James will star as a "merciless" convict who invades a lake home in the action thriller Becky, the latest film from directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. The home invasion movie will pit James against Lulu Wilson as the teenage title character, and now Joel McHale has joined the cast as Wilson's father, along with additional cast members Amanda Brugel and Robert Maillet.

Press Release: Los Angeles – Highland Film Group announced today that Emmy® nominated Joel McHale, Amanda Brugel and Robert Maillet have joined Kevin James and Lulu Wilson in Becky. From directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the action-thriller is produced by Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Russ Posternak of Yale Productions alongside Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz of BoulderLight Pictures. Highland Film Group is handling international sales, which will continue at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. UTA Independent Film Group
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HBO Max Orders Pilots From Melissa Rosenberg, Lena Dunham & John Wells

  • Deadline
Streamer HBO Max has set its pilot slate, handing out pilot orders to three projects — one-hour drama The Rules of Magic, from writer Melissa Rosenberg (Marvel’s Jessica Jones); half-hour dramedy Generation, from 17-year-old Zelda Barnz, her father Daniel Barnz and executive producer Lena Dunham; and hourlong Ya drama Red Bird Lane, from writer Sara Gran (Southland) and executive produced by John Wells.

The Rules of Magic, which also has received a 10-script order and has opened a writers room, and Red Bird Line hail from HBO Max sister studio Warner Bros TV, where Rosenberg and Wells are under overall deals; Generation is being produced by HBO Max.

Written by Rosenberg and & Dana Baratta (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), The Rules of Magic is based on Alice Hoffman’s novels The Rules of Magic and Practical Magic, the latter of which was adapted into the 1998 Warner Bros movie of the same
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Wedded Blisters: ‘Seal Team’ Stunt Coordinators Still Work ‘Hot and Heavy’ After 25-Year Marriage

Wedded Blisters: ‘Seal Team’ Stunt Coordinators Still Work ‘Hot and Heavy’ After 25-Year Marriage
A version of this story about Peewee Piemonte and Julie Michaels first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

It took two stunt coordinators to execute one of the most daring maneuvers this season on the CBS military drama “Seal Team.” To stage a Spie Rig, or a “special patrol insertion/extraction,” in which six soldiers were strapped to a Spie rope dangling from a helicopter and pulled off a mountain ridge, the show needed one coordinator in the air and another on the ground with the guys. Communication between the two would be key to keep things safe.

Thankfully, Julie Michaels and Peewee Piemonte are in perfect sync. That’s because they’ve been married for 25 years and have been working together “hot and heavy” since 1998. But for the first time this year, they’ve been Emmy-nominated jointly for their stunt work on “Seal Team,
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PGA Unveils Graduates Of Power Of Diversity Master Workshop

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The Producers Guild of America has revealed the graduates from their 15th annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop. 14 producers representing eleven projects in TV, film, and documentary have completed the eight-week workshop, led by PGA member Chairs Sasheen R. Artis and Matt Johnson.

The workshop, which is free and open to members and non-members of the PGA, aims to boost producers of underrepresented communities and trains them on skills that are paramount to a producer’s success, from pitching, to film financing, to distribution, with the help of an all-star roster of speakers and teachers. The Power of Diversity Master Workshop is free and open to members and non-members of the PGA.

For the duration of the Workshop, the Power of Diversity Master Workshop participants worked with 22 PGA member mentors to develop their pitch and prepare their projects for the marketplace.

The graduates from the 2019 Power of Diversity Master Workshop
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Bella Thorne to Premiere Short Film 'Her & Him' at Oldenburg Film Festival

Actress and Lgbtq activist Bella Thorne will attend this year's Oldenburg Film Festival and will premiere Her & Him, a short film she wrote and directed.

Thorne, who first came to prominence in the role of CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up, has since transitioned to the indie film scene, starring in Jeremy Ungar's tech thriller Ride and landing lead roles in upcoming features Southland from director Joshua Caldwell,  science-fiction horror film The Friendship Game, directed by Scooter Corkle, and Chad Faust's thriller Girl. Thorne has also gotten behind the camera, directing a series of shorts and music ...
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Film News Roundup: Steve Coogan Selected for Charlie Chaplin Award From BAFTA La

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Steve Coogan Selected for Charlie Chaplin Award From BAFTA La
In today’s film news roundup, Steve Coogan will receive the Charlie Chaplin award, Aaron Eckhart and Marisa Coughlan get cast and Swiss thriller “The Innocent” gets a Us release.

Award

Steve Coogan has been selected as the recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

He joins previously announced honoree Jane Fonda, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and Jackie Chan, who will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. The awards will be presented on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Throughout his three-decade career, Coogan has mastered the art of making people laugh and continues to entertain audiences with his brilliant portrayal of comedic characters. His most popular creation – the politically incorrect media personality, Alan Partridge – garnered him worldwide recognition as one of the greatest TV characters,
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Film News Roundup: Bella Thorne’s Crime Drama ‘Southland’ Starts Shooting

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Bella Thorne’s Crime Drama ‘Southland’ Starts Shooting
In today’s film news roundup, a Bella Thorne crime drama is shooting, Cinepolis is expanding in the Us and Bill Duke’s “The Killing Floor” is acquired.

Production Start

Bella Thorne’s crime drama “Southland” has begun production in Oklahoma with Joshua Caldwell directing from his own script.

The story follows two young lovers who rob their way across the southland, posting their exploits to social media and gaining fame and followers along the way. The film also stars Jake Manley (“The Order”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and Michael Sirow.

“I could not have shot ‘Southland’ anywhere but in Oklahoma,” said Caldwell. “Its geographical diversity allows it to stand in for a multitude of other locations, including Florida and Texas, and the land on which this state rests is both haunting and beautiful.”

Southland” began principal photography in Guthrie and will continue throughout the month filming in multiple communities in the central Oklahoma region.
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We Can't Help but Wonder: Is Our Fave Veronica Mars Bff Wallace in the New Season?

Mild spoilers for the Veronica Mars revival ahead!

The Veronica Mars revival on Hulu reunites us with nearly all of the original cast of characters, bringing back the faves we haven't seen in years and seeing what they've been up to. Of course, it wouldn't be Veronica Mars without Wallace Fennel, Veronica's trusty, loyal, take-no-crap best friend. Never fear: actor Percy Daggs III returns for season four, bringing Wallace back when Veronica needs him the most.

When we rejoin him in the revival series, Veronica's longtime bestie has turned out to have one of the most stable lives out of the entire main cast. He's still coaching basketball at their alma mater, Neptune High, and by the time the revival starts up, he's happily married and has a baby son. The friends are still close, as the first episode shows Veronica going to dinner at Wallace's house and hanging out with his family.
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We Can't Help but Wonder: Is Our Fave Veronica Mars Bff Wallace in the New Season?

Mild spoilers for the Veronica Mars revival ahead!

The Veronica Mars revival on Hulu reunites us with nearly all of the original cast of characters, bringing back the faves we haven't seen in years and seeing what they've been up to. Of course, it wouldn't be Veronica Mars without Wallace Fennel, Veronica's trusty, loyal, take-no-crap best friend. Never fear: actor Percy Daggs III returns for season four, bringing Wallace back when Veronica needs him the most.

When we rejoin him in the revival series, Veronica's longtime bestie has turned out to have one of the most stable lives out of the entire main cast. He's still coaching basketball at their alma mater, Neptune High, and by the time the revival starts up, he's happily married and has a baby son. The friends are still close, as the first episode shows Veronica going to dinner at Wallace's house and hanging out with his family.
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‘Walking Dead’ Actor Michael Cudlitz Running for SAG-AFTRA Board

  • Variety
‘Walking Dead’ Actor Michael Cudlitz Running for SAG-AFTRA Board
Veteran actor Michael Cudlitz, best known for his role as Sergeant Abraham Ford on “The Walking Dead,” is running for the SAG-AFTRA board.

Cudlitz unveiled his candidacy Tuesday as part of the ruling Unite for Strength faction, which has also announced a re-election campaign for Gabrielle Carteris as president and Camryn Manheim as secretary-treasurer. It’s the first time that Cudlitz has sought an elected post at the union.

“The union’s been good to me so I thought it was time to give back,” he told Variety. “I like the way things are going and I want to see that continue.”

Carteris, who has been president since 2016, is facing challenges for the post from Matthew Modine and current secretary-treasurer Jane Austin. Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on Aug. 28. SAG-aftra represents about 160,000 performers.

The SAG-aftra national board has 70 members,
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TVLine Items: Chiklis' Coyote Finds Home, GoT Vet's New Gig and More

TVLine Items: Chiklis' Coyote Finds Home, GoT Vet's New Gig and More
Michael Chiklis is officially going to work for Paramount Network, which has given his crime drama Coyote a 10-episode series order.

The Shield vet stars as a border patrol agent who, after 32 years on the job, is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, he starts to question his black-and-white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.

David Graziano (American Gods, Southland) will serve as showrunner in addition to executive-producing alongside Chiklis and pilot director Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones,
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‘Gotham’ Star Ben McKenzie Signs With Wme

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‘Gotham’ Star Ben McKenzie Signs With Wme
Exclusive: Wme has signed Ben McKenzie for representation in all areas.

McKenzie most recently starred as Detective James Gordon, the central character on Fox’s Gotham, the Batman prequel series that just concluded its fifth season with its 100th and final episode. McKenzie wrote and directed episodes in the final two season of the series, which is based on characters introduced in the pages of DC Comics.

On the big screen, McKenzie recently appeared in The Report alongside Adam Driver and Annette Benning. The Scott Z. Burns-directed drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically on Sept. 27 by Amazon. McKenzie appears next in Steve C. Miller’s action-thriller Live! opposite Aaron Eckhart.

McKenzie’s additional film credits include Lionsgate’s Some Kind of Beautiful and Columbia Pictures’ 88 Minutes. The Texas native starred previously on NBC’s critically acclaimed Southland (executive produced by John Wells) after establishing
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‘Shameless’ Producer John Wells to Stay at Warner Bros TV With Massive Nine-Figure Deal

  • The Wrap
‘Shameless’ Producer John Wells to Stay at Warner Bros TV With Massive Nine-Figure Deal
Veteran producer John Wells is staying with the studio he’s called home since 1986, signing a new five-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV Group.

The deal is said to be in the nine-figure range, an insider with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. A representative for Warner Bros. TV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Wells’ deal comes as Warner Bros. parent company, WarnerMedia, is reportedly closing in on a huge film and TV deal with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.

Along with Showtime’s “Shameless,” Wells is an executive producer on TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” and is known for being behind some of TV’s biggest dramas including “ER,” “Southland” and “The West Wing.”

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Under the new deal, which runs through 2024, Wells will continue to develop original projects for multiple platforms, including premium and basic cable channels,
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John Wells On Possibly Rebooting ‘ER’, ‘The West Wing’ & ‘Southland’

  • Deadline
John Wells has worked on a lot of successful and critically acclaimed series throughout his career at Warner Bros. TV to date, including executive producing NBC’s iconic medical drama ER, which ran for 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes, winning 23 Emmy Awards, and NBC’s The West Wing, which ran for seven seasons and more than 150 episodes, winning 26 Emmys.

Wells also executive produced the Peabody Award–winning series Southland, which ran for five seasons at NBC and TNT. He was a passionate advocate for the cop drama and was instrumental in finding a new home for it at TNT after it was canceled by NBC.

Now that Wells has closed a mega new overall deal with Warner Bros. TV Group, would he consider revisiting any of those shows?

“Southland in particular is something that we felt we could’ve continued to make,” Wells told Deadline. “We made an awful lot of ERs,
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John Wells Productions Sets Rich New Deal With Warner Bros. Television

  • Variety
John Wells Productions has renewed its ties to Warner Bros. Television with a rich five-year overall deal that will extend the prolific producer’s tenure at the studio to nearly 40 years.

The deal, which is said to reach into nine figures, runs through 2024 and calls for Wells’ company to develop a wide range of programs for various Warner Bros. TV imprints. Wells has been aligned with Warner Bros. since he started there as a story editor in 1986. At present Jwp produces the Showtime drama “Shameless” and TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.” It has several development prospects set up at Showtime, Apple and WarnerMedia’s nascent streaming service.

Wells’ longevity at Warner Bros. is rare in the contemporary environment, especially with the level of moving and shaking in the television industry during the past few years. Wells, who delivered a once-in-a-generation hit to the studio as the showrunner of “ER” and the
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