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Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott Returning to American Horror Story After Starring in Season 1

American Horror Story will see two familiar faces return to the franchise when the FX series’ eighth season airs.

Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, who starred on season 1 as husband and wife, have signed on for AHS: Apocalypse, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The outlet reports that photos and videos from the Apocalypse set leaked on social media Wednesday night — and have since been deleted — showing McDermott on set.

On season 1 (American Horror Story: Murder House) of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk-created series, Britton, 51, and McDermott, 56, starred as husband Dr. Ben Harmon and wife  Vivien Harmon, who move across the country with their daughter Violet into a mansion that they learn is haunted.

Apocalypse will include a crossover of Murder House with season 3’s Coven.

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In January, Murphy revealed the FX horror anthology’s upcoming edition will be set … in the future!

“All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future — still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done,” Murphy said at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“I pitched it to John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is,” Murphy added. “I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.”

At the time, Murphy was optimistic that many of the original AHS stars would return for the crossover, including McDermott and Britton, the latter of whom starred on Murphy’s Fox drama 9-1-1.

“I want all of them,” he said. “I want Dylan, and Connie and Jessica . They’ve all said — Kathy Bates, too — everybody who is involved in the show has always said, ‘Yeah, that sounds like fun, let’s get the band back together again.’ So that is one of the reasons why the writing process of that season is taking longer because it’s literally 25 people’s schedules. But I’m hopeful they will all be back.”

Earlier this month, franchise star Sarah Paulson revealed that Jessica Lange will return as Constance Langdon from Murder House in an episode that Paulson will actually direct, EW reported. Apocalypse will find Cody Fern playing Michael Langdon, the antichrist that Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) gave birth to and then Constance adopted,


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Snoop Dogg Is Starring in ‘Redemption of a Dogg’ Stage Play

Snoop Dogg is starring in a new play titled Redemption of a Dogg. The show, written, produced and directed by Je’Caryous Johnson, is about the life and career of the Long Beach rapper. Snoop will tour the United States throughout October and November and the play will also feature R&B singer Tamar Braxton.

Redemption of a Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family,” reads the show’s press release.

Watch the trailer above. In other news, Nef the Pharaoh’s The Big Chang Theory is out now.

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Why this BBC drama starring James Norton will be 2018’s answer to The Night Manager

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If there’s one reason to look forward to cold, dark, post-Christmas January, it’s the arrival of new BBC One show McMafia. A pacy thriller starring James Norton, take our word for it when we say it’s going to be your new TV obsession.

What is McMafia about?

The series is actually based on a book, McMafia by Misha Glenny, and has been adapted for television by Drive’s Hossein Amini and James Watkins.

Taking the lead in his second January TV splash (remember the brilliant War & Peace?) James Norton heads up the series as wealthy businessman Alex Godman, a British-raised Russian who ends up being sucked into his family’s life of crime, a vast international underworld that stretches from Moscow to India. Filming locations for the drama included Croatia, Qatar, Prague, Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Who stars in McMafia?

Norton is joined in the cast by Juliet Rylance – Mark Rylance’s daughter – who plays his girlfriend Rebecca. Game of Thrones‘ Faye Marsay will play Norton’s sister Katya and David Dencik will be his uncle Boris.

When does McMafia start?

The show kicks off on New Year’s Day on BBC One, with the second episode landing on Tuesday 2nd January. The ideal way to stave off your NYE hangover? Definitely.

 

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TORCH SONG, Starring Michael Urie, Adds Final Week at Second Stage Theater

Due to overwhelmingly strong ticket sales, the critically acclaimed production of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song has added one final week of performances, announced Second Stage Theater Carole Rothman, Artistic Director Casey Reitz, Executive Director. The production will now play through Saturday, December 9 and will not be able to extend further.
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5 ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Starring in Fall TV Shows

Gwendoline Christie

Top of the Lake: China Girl

When Gwendoline Christie isn’t brandishing a sword and wearing full-body armor as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, she’s investigating crimes as Sydney Police constable Miranda Hilmarson in the newest season of Top of the Lake. Christie stars alongside Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman in the second season, titled “China Girl.” Moss’ character Robin has returned to Sydney for this season, where the murder of an Asian woman leads her and Christie to the dark underbelly of sex trafficking in Australia. Top of the Lake: China Girl premieres on SundanceTV this Sunday, September 10.

Richard Madden

Electric Dreams

Richard Madden’s presence as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones has been missed immensely since his tragic end at the Red Wedding. Now, Madden has made the jump from medieval fantasy to science fiction, in a new anthology series based on the works of of Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall, etc). In Electric Dreams. Madden plays Agent Ross, a detective brought in to investigate the strange communications of a technologically inept society. Madden will be joined by fellow Game of Thrones stars Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Essie Davis (Lady Crane) in an episode later in the series called “Human Is.” Electric Dreams premieres Amazon Video later this year.

Kit Harrington

Gunpowder

Kit Harrington’s character Jon Snow had quite the year on Game of Thrones. He became King in the North, he appeared before not one but two queens who could have killed him, he “bent the knee” before Daenerys Targaryen, fell in love, and discovered his true name (well, Bran did anyway.) Now, Harrington is planning a mutiny against another crown, that of King James I, as the leader of the Gunpowder Plot. The series, aptly titled Gunpowder, will bring to life the English Catholic rebellion against King James in 1605. Harrington helped write and produce the series, which is set to air in the U.K. later this year.

Iwan Rheon

Marvel’s Inhumans

As if playing one bad guy wasn’t enough, Iwan Rheon is back as Maximus, the leader of an uprising in Marvel’s Inhumans. As bastard Ramsay Bolton, he was disqualified from ruling, so he took power where he could. The same could be said of Maximus, the younger brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt. Maximus’ revolt takes center stage in this Inhuman drama, which deals with issues of royalty, gene manipulation, superpowers, and slavery. You could even say the show is Marvel’s version of Game of Thrones, just don’t let Lockjaw near Maximus and everything should be OK. Marvel’s Inhumans is set to premiere on ABC Friday, September 29.

Natalie Dormer

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Dormer will play a headmistress in this mystery set in 1900s Australia.

On Game of Thrones, Margaery Tyrell was a force to be reckoned with. She married not one, not two, but three kings, before her tragic death in the Sept of Baelor. Now actress Natalie Dormer is trading her House Tyrell sigil for the title of headmistress of an all-girls school in the 1900s. In Picnic at Hanging Rock, Dormer portrays Mrs Hester Appleyard, a teacher whose students go missing during a field trip. The show takes place in Australia and will deal with dream logic, murder, and mystery in almost a David Lynchian fashion. AmazonVideo will air the series later this year.

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Girls Trip Is First $100M Movie To Be Produced, Written, Directed And Starring African-Americans

When Thursday’s take comes in tomorrow, Universal’s Girls Trip will have crossed the $ 100M mark domestically, making it the first film to be produced (Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee), directed (Malcolm D. Lee), written (Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver) and starring (Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) African-Americans.

At a time when articles are being written on how this summer has been brutal for films with, according to Box Office Mojo, ticket sales are down 12% from last year, Girls Trip is one of the few bright spots. Not only did it defy expectations, having grossed $ 31M in its opening weekend but it held up over the following weeks.

It dropped 36% in its second weekend for a $ 20M take and has remained among the top five at the box office since then. This comes as other competing films that were released at the same time and afterwards such as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Atomic Blonde, The Dark Tower, and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature failed to live up to their potential.  Girls Trip and Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk as the only films released on the same date this year (July 21) to gross over $ 100M domestically. The last time two films did that was Passengers and the animated film Sing, which were released during Christmas week (Dec.21).

For director Malcolm D. Lee, after eight previous films, it’s his first trip to the century club, joining 11 other Black directors to do so domestically. He came close with 2013’s Best Man Holiday, which had a $ 30M opening but ended with a $ 70M total gross domestically. In speaking exclusively with Blackfilm.com, Lee expressed the same feeling when asked if he ever thought he would make the century club.

“Yeah. I thought it would be possible at some point in my career. There was talk that it could have happened with Best Man Holiday and I loved our release date, but we were sandwiched between Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in a very busy holiday season. I thought it could possibly happen there, but this is certainly the one that I thought could possibly happen. I’m grateful that the fans came out and supported it. They got me to the century club.”

It’s also the highest grossing comedy, R-rated at that, this year, surpassing the likes of CHiPs ($ 18M), Snatched ($ 45M), Baywatch ($ 58M), Rough Night ($ 22M) and The House ($ 25M). The last comedy to surpass the century mark was 2016’s Bad Moms, which grossed $ 113M and also featured Jada Pinkett-Smith.

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With the exception of the underperforming Rough Night, Girls Trip continued the trend that Bad Moms, Ghostbusters (2016), Trainwreck, The Heat, Bridesmaids, and Sister Act established. Female-led comedic films can sell if given the right script, cast and marketing.

When you throw Hidden Figures in the mix, because it went wide on January 7th of this year and ended with an $ 169M domestic gross, films led by an African-American female cast have big draw potential that hasn’t been tapped into and Lee recognized that.

I definitely think it was a combination of things. First of all, you’re dealing with an underserved audience that (producer) Will (Packer) and I and the studio (Universal) as well felt that this was a ‘Sex and the City’ for Black women. Quite honestly, the precursor to ‘Sex and the City’ was ‘Living Single’ and ‘Girlfriends.’ I think that it’s a movie that celebrated them at a place that felt like an event with the setting being at the Essence Festival.

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I felt women were going to own this movie and claim it as their movie. There’s a powerful box office when you talk about black women. Yes, the movie crossed over. Girl Power, and Black Girl Magic and strong black women are all part of the zeitgeist right now; and on top of that, fortunately for us there were no comedies that really broke out before Girls Trip. It was one of those movies that worked on a number of levels and was really funny and audiences and critics alike agreed.”

With a current score of 88% (94 fresh, 13 rotten), Girls Trip was certified fresh from Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from hundreds of newspapers and websites across the country.

Despite the low returns from the Tom Cruise starred-film The Mummy, which has a $ 80M take domestically, Girls Trip has added to Universal Pictures’ phenomenal year the box office. This is the studio’s 5th film to hit the century mark domestically following M. Night Shyamalan’s Split ($ 138M), Jordan Peele’s record-making surprise hit Get Out ($ 175M), Fifty Shades Darker ($ 114), the ever-growing The Fate of the Furious ($ 225M domestically but $ 1.2 billion worldwide) and Despicable Me 3 ($ 248M and coming close to a billion dollars worldwide).

Peele’s Get Out, F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious, and Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip,  marks the 1st time that three African-American directors have had $ 100M grossing films in one year, especially under one studio. In 2015, Gray’s Straight Outta Compton ($ 161M) and Ryan Coogler’s Creed ($ 109M) broke into that list for Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. respectively.

Interesting enough, this is producer Will Packer’s 2nd $ 100M grossing film as a producer. He was an executive producer on Straight Outta Compton. His first came with 2014’s Ride Along ($ 134M). He’s come close a couple of times with Ride Along 2 ($ 91M) and Think Like a Man ($ 91M). It’s worth noting that out of Packer’s 16 produced films, 8 have opened at #1 at the box office and 4 have come in 2nd place, including Girls Trip.

Having co-written Girls Trip with Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver is the 1st African-American female screenwriter to have a $ 100M film. She and Barris join that rare company of Black screenwriters (Scary Movie’s Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Creed’s Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington, and Get Out’s Jordan Peele) as a part of that club.

With the continued success of Girls Trip, naturally there will be talk of a sequel. After all, Bad Moms is having a sequel released later this year, so why not put Girls Trip in the conversation. Lee knows the game well enough to have the right answer to that question.

“Of course, they always bring up sequels when a movie does well. They’ve been doing that since the beginning of my career. Best Man, Undercover Brother, and we even talked about Roll Bounce. Speaking of Roll Bounce, I remember Peter Rice, then President of Fox Searchlight Pictures, said to me on the set of that film that he thought it would be Fox Searchlight’s first $ 100M movie. So, when you asked earlier if I thought I would get there, the answer is yes, possibly. So, there’s always talk of a sequel but nothing is materialized as of yet.”

Here are the other African-American directors whose films grossed $ 100M domestically and the amount of days it took.

F. Gary Gray’s 2017 The Fate of the Furious (4 Days, $ 225M total domestic cume)
F. Gary Gray’s 2015 Straight Outta Compton (9 Days, $ 161M)
Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four (10 days, $ 154M)
Tim Story’s 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (12 days, $ 131M)
Keenan Ivory Wayans’s 2000 Scary Movie (14 days, $ 157M )
Jordan Peele’s 2017 Get Out (16 days, $ 175M)
John Singleton’s 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious (17 days, $ 127M)
Tim Story’s 2014 Ride Along (23 days, $ 134M)
Clark Johnson’s 2003 S.W.A.T (24 days, ($ 116M)
Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Creed (38 Days, $ 109M)
Lee Daniels with 2013 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (46 days, $ 116M)
Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 The Equalizer (66 days, $ 101M)
Peter Ramsey’s 2012 Rise of the Guardians (67 days, $ 103M)
F. Gary Gray’s 2003 The Italian Job (95 days, $ 106.1M)

Sidney Poitier’s 1980 Stir Crazy took in a domestic total $ 101.3M but there are no records that show how many days it took to reach that mark. It’s worth noting “Crazy” was the first time a film directed by an African-American earned more than $ 100 million.

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Did Bravo Just Green Light A ‘RHOA’ Spin Off Starring Peter Thomas?

Word has it that the long-rumored “Real Housewives of Atlanta” spinoff starring Cynthia Bailey’s ex-husband Peter Thomas has officially been picked up by Bravo.

Blogger Tamara Tattles says the paperwork has just been signed and cameras will follow Thomas as he runs his Charlotte Sports Bar in North Carolina:

I remember us discussing a casting call a while back asking for young beautiful people to submit a head shot for wait staff at Charlotte bars. At that time they were apparently doing their sizzle reel.

Today, Bravo officially picked up the show. I doubt it will be called “What’s Peter Doing Now?” as he suggested in a recent lawsuit. There isn’t even a working title yet because the show was just now picked up.

What I don’t doubt is that Noelle will have some role on the show. I believe she is eligible to wait tables at age 18. Cynthia and Peter have been discussing “a business together” for quite a while now. At the time I didn’t put the two together and wondered if Cynthia had lost her mind. But clearly, this was that business venture. Cynthia may even pop in for an appearance.

Filming is scheduled to begin in September and the show will air sometime in 2018, according to the blog.

In an update added later, the Tamara Tattles reported hearing that the young women on staff at Peter’s Charlotte spot have yet to be paid:

I was contacted today by someone in Charlotte who claims that Peter hired some beautiful girls nine months ago promising that they would be on a TV show. Someone close to one of the young women said that the girls have not been paid AT ALL. Also, there are problems currently with him paying his vendors, according to this local source. The young woman quit after several months of working there. She stayed because she really wanted to be on the show.

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