Sunday, July 31, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News Special - July 31, 2022


★Actress, advocate, icon Nichelle Nichols has died at the age of 89. What can be said about this woman that hasn't already been said? It doesn't matter what she did before or after her debut as Lt. Uhura on the classic Star Trek TV series because that is the role that defined her, but unlike actors who are often pigeonholed into a certain role, or can't find work because of that close association with a role, Nichols embraced Uhura because she was a fictional character who made a difference in the real world. It didn't matter that she wasn't the star of Star Trek, it just mattered that she was there on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. Her visibility at a time in this country when Black people were fighting for their civil rights mattered. Nichols famously thought about quitting the series after the first season to make her mark on Broadway and it was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who urged her to remain with the series because he understood how the character would open doors for other African-Americans on television, telling her that she doesn't have a Black role, she has an equal role. Little did she know that she would make an even bigger mark in the show's third season when she and William Shatner's Capt. Kirk would have the first interracial lip-lock on a network television series, an event so 'shocking' at the time that NBC feared affiliates in the South would refuse to air the episode, so they ordered alternate takes be filmed which did not include the kiss. Nichols stated that she and Shatner purposely messed up all of the subsequent takes so NBC just threw in the towel and went with it (probably knowing the show was about to be cancelled). Nichols was a role model for all those who came after her in the Trek universe, from Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation to Celia R. Gooding, who plays a younger version of Uhura on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. But the impact of Nichols and Uhura were felt outside of the fictional world of space exploration when, in the mid-1970s, she took NASA to task for not reaching out to women and minorities for its astronaut program. The space agency took heed and asked Nichols to serve as a recruiter, a position that took her to universities with strong science and engineering programs. She was even a guest at NORAD, where no civilian had gone before. Thanks to Nichols' efforts, NASA was inundated with many qualified candidates, and at the end of her recruitment efforts they had accepted six women and three African-American men into the program. Among those who applied to NASA and were inspired by Nichols were Sally Ride, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair and Ellison Onizuka. A documentary about her efforts, Woman in Motion, premiered in 2018 and is streaming on Paramount+. Nichols reprised the role of Uhura in all six Star Trek movies with the original TV cast, as well as in the animated series and several other Trek-related projects. In 1991, Nichols became the first Black woman to have her handprints immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theater with other Star Trek cast members.

Of course Nichols was not just Uhura. She began her career singing with Duke Elington at the age of 16. She made her stage debut in 1961's Kicks and Co., which had a short tryout in Chicago, but her appearance led to Hugh Hefner booking her at the Chicago Playboy Club. She also appeared as Carmen in a Chicago production of Carmen Jones, and appeared in a New York production of Porgy and Bess, which led to her uncredited film debut in the 1959 film version as a dancer with Sammy Davis Jr. Her TV debut came in the 1964 TV movie Great Gettin' Up Mornin'. Her other film credits include Mister Buddwing, Doctor, You'e Got to Be Kidding!, Truck Turner, The Supernaturals, Snow Dogs, Are We There Yet?, Lady Magdalene's, Tru Loved, The Torturer, This Bitter Earth, White Orchid, and American Nightmares. She had completed a role in Renegades: Ominara, and was in pre-production on two other projects. TV credits include The Lieutenant, Peyton Place, Tarzan, The D.A., Antony and Cleopatra, Head of the Class, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, Good vs Evil, Heroes, The Young and the Restless, Downward Dog, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, Space Command and 12 to Midnight. Nichols also provided voice work for Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Futurama, The Simpsons, and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. She also recorded an album in 1968 titled Down to Earth. Nichelle Nichols may now be gone, another bright, shining star in the heavens, but she will always remain an icon who helped change the world.

★Comedienne and actress Pat Carroll died at her home July 30 at the age of 95 while recovering from pneumonia. Carroll was a fixture on television from the 1950s to the 1980s, and won an Emmy Award in 1956 for her work on Sid Caesar's Hour. She made her film debut in 1948's Hometown Girl. Carroll was a regular on Make Room for Daddy from 1961 to 1964, and she appeared as Prunella, one of the wicked stepsisters in the 1965 musical production of Cinderella with Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon. She portrayed the mother of Shirley Feeney on Laverne & Shirley in the 1976 episode 'Mother Knows Worst'. She won several theatre awards for her one-woman show on Gertrude Stein, and the recorded version of the show won the 1980 Grammy for Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama. Carroll's TV credits include The Dennis Day Show, Studio 57, The Mickey Rooney Show, The Ann Sothern Show, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Red Skelton Hour, Arnie, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Interns, My Three Sons, Love, American Style, Getting Together, Honeymoon Suite, Police Story, Good Heavens, Police Woman, Busting Loose, CPO Sharkey, The Love Boat, Flying High, Legends of the Superheroes, Trapper John, M.D., Crazy Like a Fox, Too Close for Comfort, She's the Sheriff, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, Evening Shade, Designing Women, and ER. She guested as herself on many variety series and game shows including Who Said That?, The Jimmy Durante Show, Masquerade Party, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Keep Talking, You're in the Picture, To Tell the Truth, The Ed Sullivan Show, Missing Links, The Match Game, The Object Is, Stump the Stars, Password, Chain Letter, The Danny Kaye Show, Everybody's Talking, Liar's Club, It Takes Two, You Don't Say, The Carol Burnett Show, The Pet Set, I've Got a Secret, Match Game, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Break the Bank, Shoot for the Stars, The $10,000 Pyramid, Win, Lose or Draw, Super Password, Family Feud and Pioneers of Television.

Film credits include With Six You Get Eggroll, The Brothers O'Toole, Butterflies in Heat, Songcatcher, Outside Sales, Nancy Drew, Bridesmaids, and BFFs. Carroll did voice work for Galaxy High School, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Foofur, Pound Puppies, A Garfield Christmas Special, My Neighbor Totoro, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Garfield's Holiday Dinner, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers, A Goofy Movie, A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures, Tangled: Short Cuts and Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. In 1989 Disney cast Carroll in what would become her signature role - the voice of Ursula the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid. The role became one of her career favorites and she reprised the character in several projects including Disney's Ariel and the Mysterious World Above, Ariel: The Little Mermaid video game, The Little Mermaid TV series, Ariel's Story Studio video game, The Little Mermaid II video game, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's House of Villains, the Kingdom Hearts video games, The Little Mermaid DVD Read-Along, House of Mouse, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure video game, and The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.

Friday, July 29, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - July 29, 2022


★Production on the fourth and final season of Snowpiercer was halted Thursday and Friday, ironically due to excessive heat at their outdoor location in British Columbia. Actors are wearing heavy winter-type clothing for the series set in a world still suffering from a global freeze event (although the third season finale hinted there was a warm patch of earth). At least 14 crew and background cast members had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Snowpiercer is the last remaining scripted series on TNT following the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, which plans to shift into unscripted programming for the network and its sister TBS. Production on Snowpiercer is expected to wrap up next week. Whether TNT actually broadcasts the final season is the real question now as the WBD suits have already cancelled two already completed seasons of series on TBS.

★AMC Networks is developing a reboot of the Max Headroom drama series with original star Matt Frewer set to reprise the title role as the world’s first artificial intelligence TV personality. Halt and Catch Fire co-producer Christopher Cantwell is writing the adaptation, and the project is produced by Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah’s SpectreVision and All3Media.


★Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird, currently on an extended hiatus due to COVID, will not re-open as planned. Writer Aaron Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher are placing the blame on original and assumed former producer Scott Rudin (who had stepped away from all of his productions after allegations of bullying and physical abuse) somehow reinserted himself as producer and stopped the production from continuing. In an email to Sorkin and Sher, Rudin stated his decision “not to bring back TKAM has to do with my lack of confidence in the climate for plays next winter. I do not believe that a remount of Mockingbird would have been competitive in the marketplace.” While Rudin was not to have an active role in the play's production, he still controls the rights to the stage adaptation. Sorkin and Sher addresses the cast and crew, saying they were heartbroken and they “mourn the loss of all the jobs — onstage, backstage, and front of house — that just disappeared.”


★Paul Coker Jr., artist for Mad magazine and production designer for the classic Rankin/Bass stop motion animated specials, died July 23 at the age of 93. Coker's designs were featured in a wide range of holiday specials including Cricket on the Hearth (1967), Frosty the Snowman (1969), Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970), Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Rudolph’s Shiny New Year and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (both 1976), Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey and The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ to Town (both 1977), Jack Frost (1979), Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980), The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold (1981) and Santa, Baby! (2001). Coker supervised the designs for Kris Kringle, the Winter Warlock, Burgermeister Meisterburger and Snow Miser & Heat Miser. Coker began his work with Mad in 1961 and became a part of the magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots", with one of his signatures being the popular 'Horrifying Cliches'. He also illustrated several parodies including Star Trek, Jurassic Park, Twister, Frasier, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and Caroline in the City.


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For All Mankind S03E08: The Sands of Ares

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For All Mankind finally deals with the repercussions of past mistakes.
by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of For All Mankind is called “The Sands of Ares” which naturally is another way to refer to Mars, as Ares was the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Mars -- but there’s also a thematic connection to the fact that Mars/Ares was the god of war. Because of the horrible accident caused by a strung out Danny last episode, for the first time all of the three space agencies work together to try and save the day.

At first we catch up with various people to see how things are going -- at NASA everyone’s fine and they are able to detect that the quaking is actually from a landslide. We then see Alexei manage to dig himself out of the ground and find a sadly dead Nick on the ground, then later finds Louisa also alive -- she notes that Isabel is also gone. It’s not long before we find that one of the Helios habitats is fine (thankfully the one with the Russian doctor Mayakofsky still in it) but the other one, where Ed and Danny took refuge, has been buried under the sand.

In there, the two have managed to survive, albeit in bad shape, and we continue to cut back to them throughout the episode as things get worse in multiple ways. On Earth, the storyline with Ellen is fairly quickly wrapped up, as she has to deal with the Mars catastrophe. Pam admits that she lied because she thought otherwise their relationship would’ve been built on a compromise and never would’ve lasted. But at least Ellen is able to say that Pam is still the love of her life, which Pam clearly still appreciates hearing.

We get a lot of legitimate growth from our friends on the Earth, as Ellen cuts Larry out of a high level meeting, which doesn’t bode well for their marriage of convenience. Dev is able to slightly redeem himself by giving a stirring line about solving their engineering problem, while Karen insists on going to visit Amber Stevens herself and being an understanding “astronaut wife”. There’s still the little matter that they don’t know how the astronauts will be able to make it home, but that’s a problem for next week’s episode.

Dev admits to Margo about how his backstory isn’t nearly as positive as he makes it appear, a nice sort of admission that makes him more well-rounded and not as much of a jerk. The two share tales of their complicated fathers, but this doesn’t help the lingering problem of Aleida’s suspicion of Margo -- sure, she doesn’t really push it at the moment due to the emergency, but she does ask Bill about the Russians.

But the actual solution, setting off an explosion to let them see the sand from above, is very clever, and it even lets us get a chance to see Rolan and Will perhaps reconcile over their heroic actions.

Naturally, the episode ramps up the dramatic tension by cutting back and forth between the Karen/Jimmy and Ed/Danny scenes. Jimmy confronts Karen about using Danny -- she admits she was mad at Ed and Danny was simply convenient and easy to use in that way. We get a lot more insight from Jimmy that Danny was always trying to live up to the example of what everyone else expected of him, which was only made worse by his parents’ sacrifice.

Whether or not Jimmy will still be caught up in the conspiracy nonsense after this remains to be seen, that’s still an unresolved domino. Back on Mars, the Danny/Ed situation goes all over the place, as Danny has basically kept Ed alive but is also talking about how they’re doomed. After Ed calls him a quitter, Danny tells him the horrible backstory that Shane was actually terrified of his father and that Karen was the only good parent -- naturally Ed punches Danny, worsening his injury.

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But after this moment, Ed is able to reflect on himself and his own temper, admitting that he left both Kelly and Shane in bad places and arguments. The last thing he said to Shane was to “be a man” -- shades of how he deals with Danny and everyone, and Ed is seeing now how toxic that’s always been. But Danny doesn’t let him take the full blame, and admits he blames himself for Shane’s death and has tried to live the life he thought Shane would have -- suddenly just about everything falls into place about Danny’s messed up mind.

Of course, as soon as he’s about to tell Ed “something else” I knew it wouldn’t be revealed, and sure enough, they are immediately interrupted by the explosion. And the episode is clever enough simply to reveal they are able to be rescued.

As for Alexei, as soon as he mentioned a headache that wouldn’t go away, I knew he was doomed -- it was obviously a brain injury, and sure enough, the episode ends with Kelly bawling over her dead lover’s body while Ed looks on in confusion. The Russian commander and the doctor talk afterward, and Commander Kuznetsov offers a touching note that the doctor did the best he could.

But we can’t simply leave it at that, and they discuss how they now know Kelly is pregnant (naturally) and they need to tell Moscow and Danielle about it -- as she’s a risk to the mission. In fairness, a pregnant astronaut they are unprepared for is certainly a terrible risk.

Overall, it was a really great episode, one that shed light onto the complicated Stevens brothers and helped us dislike Danny maybe a little less. The character moments and science ideas really worked well here, and it helps set up the rest of the season where it’s hard to say what will happen next.

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For All Mankind S03E07: Bring It Down

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For All Mankind finally drops the first terrible dominos of the pain to come.
by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of For All Mankind is called “Bring It Down”, and everything goes down this episode and everything goes wrong. On the somehow less terrifying Earth storylines, we see the seeds of truly terrible things to come. For the least terrible (for now), naive Jimmy Stevens is completely manipulated by his conspiracy theorist love interest to help them break into the NASA complex and steal the statue of his parents.

It’s the sort of payoff that isn’t so terrible, a kind of petty vandalism that we can understand on Jimmy’s part, if not the conspiracy idiots that think it’s a statue to lies. Sunny is truly a toxic individual, even if she doesn’t realize it herself. But that fake badge is still out there, and perhaps there’s a lot more damage they can do.

Margo can do nothing either, except make things worse, as she is unable to do anything to prevent Sergei from being sent back to Russia and likely his death since the USSR is now working with Helios. Maybe it’s this hurt that causes her to lash out later, but she only makes things worse with Aleida. After Aleida talks to what seems sadly to be her now ex-husband Victor about helping with her own, actually valid, conspiracy theory, she gets that great detail.

Maybe it’s not someone who worked for you... and then I could see how it all might go down. Aleida tells Margo she believes it was Emma the secretary, but Margo starts by saying the debt is due to cancer payments -- okay so far as a deflection, but then she delves into pure gaslighting, throwing so-called “false accusations” in Aleida’s face. I wonder if this was the moment Margo actually destroyed herself, as Aleida tearfully storms out of the building before seeming suddenly to realize the truth as her eyes stop at Margo’s portrait.

Another domino about to fall.

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The other terrestrial storyline is the direct follow-up to that snafu last episode, where Larry is forced to lie under oath about not having an affair with his aide “Jeremy” (a personal attack on me I assume). Larry continues to be manipulative and tells his paramour to lie that he was on drugs and check into a rehab -- all to protect himself and the administration. Definitely shades of the whole Clinton affair situation here.

Larry continues to make things worse by admitting to Ellen that he’s been lying about Pam this whole time, which naturally sends her into a spiral. We see Ellen drop everything to visit her old flame, but we still don’t know what will happen there. No matter what, it feels like a terrible cost for Ellen or Larry or both. Another domino.

But the most horrible domino fell, the final combination of Ed giving Danny too much slack and Danny’s self-oblivion causing him to perform actions and inactions to lead to other people’s deaths. Although Ed still has no idea about the Karen affair, he does notice Danny is overmedicated on pills, yet he still allows him a critical role in communication during their all-important drilling mission.

This was a mistake on Ed’s part, as was taunting him in that toxic masculinity way to hit him and then jeering at him for not doing it as being “pathetic”. It’s almost no wonder a freaked out Danny, out of his mind in multiple ways, that he gets overwhelmed and simply cannot function, just turning off the critical communications channel.

It’s the domino we’ve been expecting for a while -- Ed gets critically injured, and we see one of the Russians (I think Kelly’s Russkie Alexei?) disappear into the coming dust storm. Although I may be wrong about that. Still, if Ed makes it, Danny might not after this terrible screw-up.

This now feels like the “endgame” part of the season, where people’s mistakes finally catch up with them and cause awful consequences. On the other hand, that’s why it’s so enjoyable to watch -- Margo tilted here into unforgivable territory instead of simply “understandable traitor” and now I must simply switch allegiances entirely to Aleida. A great episode, where the human mistakes screw it all up.

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HOTCHKA Daily News - July 28, 2022


★Oscar-winning CODA star Troy Kotsur will star in and executive produce a Disney+ series that tells the true story of the 2021 Cubs Football team, where a Deaf team had an undefeated season and earned a spot in the California State Championship game for the first time in its school history. Kotsur will play the team’s coach. Bull Durham director Ron Shelton will helm the pilot.

★AMC+ has renewed sci-fi drama Moonhaven for a second season. Starring Emma McDonald, Dominic Monaghan, Amara Karan, Ayelet Zurer, Joe Manganiello, Kadeem Hardison and Yazzmin Newell, the series is the number one most-watched AMC+ exclusive series and the most watched new series in the streamer's history after Dark Winds.


★ABC will not be moving forward with two of its remaining pilots for the 2022-2023 season -- comedy series The Son-In-Law, starring Chris Sullivan, and an untitled drama from Kay Oyegun. The network still has two drama pilots in contention: The Company You Keep, an espionage drama with Milo Ventimiglia, and Will Trent, based on the novel series by Karin Slaughter.

★BYUtv's family competition series Relative Race returns for a tenth season September 18 at 9:00 PM. Relative Race follows four teams on a 10-day journey throughout the United States as they complete challenges, discover unknown relatives identified through DNA testing and compete for a $50,000 grand prize. For the first time in the show's history, two of the teams are comprised of individuals who have never met and are each searching for their own family members, leading to exciting and emotional discoveries throughout the season. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.

★PBS Masterpiece has renewed Miss Scarlet & The Duke for a third season. The second season will premiere October 16.

★It's official - Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Ryan Seacrest will all return for the sixth ABC season of American Idol.

★Krysten Ritter will star in and executive produce AMC TV's Orphan Black spin-off, Orphan Black: Echoes, which will debut on the network and on AMC+ in 2023. Orphan Black: Echoes takes place in the near future and explores the scientific manipulation of human existence. It follows a group of women — one of them played by Ritter — as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal. Ritter’s Lucy is a woman with an unimaginable origin story, trying to find her place in the world.


★Michael B. Jordan's Creed III release date has been pushed from November 23, 2022 to March 3, 2023. This is the ninth film in the Rocky franchise, and will be the first in which Sylvester Stallone does not make an appearance. In addition, the studio is also developing a Drago spin-off. It’s unclear if Dolph Lundgren or Florian Munteanu, who portrayed Viktor Drago, will reprise their roles in the spinoff.

Book Club 2 – The Next Chapter, which reunites Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, will hit theaters Mother's Day weekend, May 12, 2023. There are currently no other wide releases scheduled for that weekend.


★Actress Mary Alice, who won an Emmy for I'll Fly Away, a Tony for 1987's Broadway production of Fences, and played The Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions, died July 27, her age reported variously as 80, 84 and 86. Alice may be best known for her role as Leticia Bostic on Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. Alice made her Broadway debut in 1969's No Place To Be Somebody, and appeared in 1994's The Shadow Box, and 1995's Having Our Say. She made her film and TV debut in 1974 in film The Education of Sonny Carson and TV movie The Sty of the Blind Pig. Besides her two regular TV roles on I'll Fly Away and A Different World, Alice's TV credits include Police Woman, Sanford and Son, Good Times, American Playhouse, The Women of Brewster Place, L.A. Law, Law & Order, Cosby, Touched By An Angel, Providence, Soul Food, Oz, and her last credited appearance on the Kojak remake series in 2005. On film she appeared in the original Sparkle, Beat Street, Teachers, To Sleep With Anger, Awakenings, Malcolm X, The Inkwell, Down in the Delta and Sunshine State. Alice was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2000. She retired from acting five years later.

★British actor Bernard Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles and starred in the popular film adaptation of The Railway Children, has died at 93. Cribbens got his start on the TV series The Black Tulip in 1956, followed by the role of Thomas Traddles in a 1956 mini-series adaptation of David Copperfield. His first film appearance was in 1957's Battle Hell. Notable TV credits include The Avengers, Cribbins, Fawlty Towers, Get the Drift, Space: 1999, Tales of the Unexpected, Cuffy, Alice in Wonderland, Langley Bottom, High & Dry, Bertie the Bat, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Canterbury Tales, Last of the Summer Wine, Cornoation Street, Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, and New Tricks. Film credits include The World of Suzie Wong, The Best of Enemies, The Mouse on the Moon, Carry On Jack, Carry On Spying, She, Casino Royale (1967), Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River, Frenzy, The Water Babies, Carry On Columbus, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, and The Bed-Sitting Room. His last credit was 2021's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories podcast series.


Rainbow | Official Teaser | Netflix


Making The Cut Season 3 - Official Trailer | Prime Video


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Indian Matchmaking: Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix


Los Espookys Season 2 | Official Teaser | HBO


Seoul Vibe | Official Teaser | Netflix


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Thursday, July 28, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - July 27, 2022


★Sanaa Latham's feature directorial debut On the Come Up will premiere exclusively on Paramount+ in the US, Canada and Italy September 23, expanding into additional territories later this year. On the Come Up is based on the New York Times #1 bestselling novel of the same name by The Hate U Give‘s Angie Thomas. Newcomer Jamila C. Gray stars as Bri, a gifted 16-year-old rapper, who attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father – a local hip hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. When her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her.

★David Krumholtz will reprise his role as Bernard the Elf in Disney+ series The Santa Clauses, reuniting with Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell from the two feature films.

★Mark Dacaascos and Chelsea Muirhead will be joining the third season of HBO Max martial arts drama Warriors as series regulars. The first two seasons aired on Cinemax and are now on HBO Max.


The Talk's Natalie Morales will be taking on the recurring role of investigative reporter Talia Morgan in a recurring role on The Young and the Restless. Morales will make her first appearance on August 17.

★ABC will present a two-hour special, Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter, on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 PM, streaming next day on Hulu. The special will pay homage to the man behind some of television's greatest stories and will feature an impressive lineup of celebrity guests and musical performances to celebrate his 100th birthday. Special guests and performers will be announced at a later date.

★NBC's newest competition series Million Dollar Island, which features 100 contestants competing for 50 days for the chance to win $1 million, has been cancelled while in the casting stage. The plug pulling is said to be due to the show's budget. The show's producers are said to be shopping the series to other outlets.

Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. will be one of five new residents on the upcoming 19th season of Grey's Anatomy. He will play a first-year surgical resident at Grey Sloan, which was ordered to disband and rebuild its teaching program in the Season 18 finale. Shum’s Daniel “Blue” Kwan is sharp-witted, impatient and brilliant. He is generous by nature but competitive to a fault, naturally gifted, and used to winning at everything. A family crisis interfered with his career plans and now he’s got a lot to prove. The character description hints at a backstory that would explain why Daniel is a little older than your typical medical resident.

★Ben Levin (Legacies) and Kim Rhodes (Supernatural) will join the third season of The CW's Kung Fu in heavily recurring roles.


SNL writing team Please Don't Destroy (Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy) have written and are starring in an untitled buddy comedy for Universal Pictures. Joining their feature debut are Conan O'Brien, Bowen Yang, Meg Stalter (Hacks), X Mayo (The Daily Show), and Nichole Sakura (Superstore). The film centers on three childhood friends who head off to a nearby mountain in search of gold treasure rumored to be buried there.


★A classic Hollywood Western, which just celebrated its 70 anniversary, will be coming to Broadway. The stage adaptation of High Noon will be written by Eric Roth, who wrote Forrest Gump, and directed by Michael Arden (Once Upon This Island). The film was infamous for being a veiled commentary on the Communist witch hunts of the era, and famously lost the Best Picture Oscar to The Greatest Show on Earth because of a campaign against the film led by John Wayne.


★After erroneous reporting a day earlier, it has been confirmed that actor Tony Dow has died on July 27. Dow is best known as big brother Wally Cleaver on classic 1950s sitcom Leave It To Beaver. Dow was a Junior Olympics diving champ when he attended a casting call for the show. After the series ended in 1963, Dow went on to star in the daytime serial Never Too Young, which ran of 192 episodes (it was replaced by Dark Shadows). Dow continued to make guest appearances on many series including General Hospital, Dr. Kildare, My Three Sons, Mr. Novak, Lassie, Adam-12, Love, American Style, Mod Squad, Emergency!, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Square Pegs, Knight Rider, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Charles in Charge, Freddy's Nightmares, Diagnosis Murder, and his last credited roles on two episodes of Suspence. Dow appeared in a few films including The Kentucky Fried Movie, Back to the Beach and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. In 1983 he returned to the role of Wally Cleaver in the 1983 TV movie Still the Beaver and the 1983-1989 TV series The New Leave It To Beaver. Dow directed several episodes of the revival series and continued directing on shows that include The New Lassie, Get a Life, Harry and the Hendersons, Swamp Thing, Coach, Babylon 5, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Crusade, Cover Me, and Manhattan, AZ. Dow always wanted to live a creative life and became a noted sculptor, becoming one of three US sculptors chosen for the 2008 Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Louvre.

★Faye Marlowe, best known for her debut role in Hangover Square, died May 5 at the age of 95. Marlowe appeared in the films Junior Miss, The Spider, Johnny Comes Flying Home, Rendezvous with Annie, The Thief of Venice, and an uncredited role in 1954's The Bed. Her last credits are guest appearances on the 1955 TV series Conrad Nagel Theater.

★Jered Barclay, actor on stage and screen, died July 23 at the age of 91. Barclay found a second career as a voice over artists for animated series including The Smurfs and The Transformers. His first film role was an uncredited 'Junkie in Lock-Up' in 1955's The Man With the Golden Arm. Other film credits include The Delicate Delinquent, War of the Satellites, The Naked and the Dead, Tuff Turf, and Whore. TV credits include Cheyenne, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rawhide, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye, Bus Stop, Bonanza, The Real McCoys, and Dr. Kildare. Barclay transitioned into voice acting with credits including Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Trollkins, The Little Rascals, Ri¢hie Ri¢h, The Dukes, Challenge of the GoBots, Pole Position, and Paddington Bear. In 1962 Barclay moved to New York and performed in Zoo Story and The American Dream at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He also appeared in Next Time I'll Sing To You at the Phoenix Theatre, and in Marat Sade and A Patriot for Me on Broadway.


Never Have I Ever: Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix


Samaritan - Official Trailer | Prime Video


Cosmic Love - Official Trailer | Prime Video


Africa’s Wild Year: Official Trailer | BBC America


Post Malone: Runaway


Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1 | Official Trailer | Netflix


GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix


The Princess | Official Trailer | HBO

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - July 26, 2022


★Following the streaming success of The Grey Man, Netflix is preparing to create an entire universe with the film at its center. Star Ryan Gosling and directors Joe and Anthony Russo are on board for a sequel, and a spin-off film is also in the planning stages.

★Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to gladiator drama Those About To Die, with Independence Day director Roland Emmerich set to helm. The project is based on the book of the same title by Daniel Mannix, described as “a large-scale drama set within the spectacular, complex and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports in Ancient Rome. The series introduces an ensemble of diverse characters across the many layers of Roman society where sports, politics and business intersect and collide.”


★Benjamin Levy Aguilar, who recurred on Season 9 of Chicago P.D. as Dante Torres, has been promoted to a series regular for the show's tenth season, which will premiere September 21 at 10:00 PM on NBC.

★HBO has ordered the limited series The Palace, starring and executive produced by Kate Winslet. The series  tells the story of one year within the walls of the palace of an authoritarian regime as it begins to unravel.


★Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton has been selected to helm Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which will be the first of two Avengers films to complete the Multiverse Saga.

★Minions: The Rise of Gru has become the first animated film of the COVID era to cross the $300 million mark at the domestic box office. It is also the third Universal animated film to reach $300 mil within four weeks domestically.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - July 25, 2022


★HBO has announced all eight seasons of Game of Thrones will begin streaming on HBO Max in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos at a date to be determined. But there is a catch -- the enhanced format episodes will only be available to subscribers of the premium ad-free tier. In addition, the prequel series House of the Dragon will debut in the enhanced format on August 21.

★Disney+ is in early development stages for a series adaptation of Eragon, based on the first book in the young adult fantasy novel series 'The Inheritance Cycle' by Christopher Paolini.

★Paramount+ will stream a second seaosn of missing persons docuseries Never Seen Again beginning next Tuesday.

★The Vampire Diaries alum Daniel Gillies will join the ABC Australia drama The Newsreader as a series regular. The series streams in the US as a Roku Original.

★Sarah Paulson will star in the Searchlight Pictures horror thriller Dust, which will stream in the US on Hulu, with additional release plans to be announced.


★Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are in negotiations to continue sharing hosting duties for the 39th season of Jeopardy! Bialik will have to negotiate her schedule with FOX comedy series Call Me Kat, which is set to produce more episodes for its upcoming season than it had in the previous one.

★In yet another surprising move by the suits at Warner Bros. Discovery, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has been cancelled after seven seasons on TBS. While the network has been cancelling scripted programs to shift toward unscripted, Full Frontal appeared safe from the chopping block. This seriously puts the fate of the now in production final season of Snowpiercer on sister network TNT into question as it is the last remaining scripted series on either network.

Mayans M.C. announced a fifth season renewal during the show's Comic-Con panel over the weekend.

★Margot Robbie will appear in the series finale episode of Australian soap Neighbours. Robbie appeared as teen Donna Freedman on the soap from 2008 to 2011.


★Actor David Warner died July 25 at the age of 80. Warner had been at Denville Hall, a nursing home in London for those in the entertainment industry. Warner made his uncredited debut in 1962's We Joined the Navy, then scored a role in 1963's Tom Jones, with Albert Finney. He also appeared as King Henry VI in the TV mini-series The War of the Roses. Warner's first American film was 1970's The Ballad of Cable Hogue for director Sam Peckinpah, who then cast Warner in 1971's Straw Dogs (uncredited at Warner's request, which he later regretted) and 1977's Cross of Iron. Warner went on to be cast in many iconic roles including Jennings in The Omen (memorably losing his head to a sheet of plate glass), Jack the Ripper in the cult favorite Time After Time, Evil Genius in Time Bandits, Master Control Program in TRON, John Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Thomas Eckhardt in Twin Peaks, Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Gul Madred in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spicer Lovejoy in Titanic, and Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins Returns. Warner's other notable film credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Doll's House, From Beyond the Grave, Silver Bears, Nightwing, The Concorde... Airport '79, The Island, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Man With Two Brains, The Company of Wolves, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Waxwork, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, In the Mouth of Madness, Scream 2, The Last Leprechaun, and Planet of the Apes (2001). TV credits include Holocaust, S.O.S. Titanic, Masada, Marco Polo, Remington Steele, Hart to Hart, Frankenstein (1984), Faerie Tale Theatre, A Christmas Carol (1984), Father Dowling Mysteries, Tales from the Crypt, Wild Palms, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Body Bags, Murder, She Wrote, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Larry Sanders Show, Babylon 5, Houdini, The Outer Limits, The Hunger, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, Wallander, Midsomer Murders, The Secret of Crickley Hall, Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, and The Alienist. Warner also provided voice work for Dinosaurs, Biker Mice from Mars, Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Freakazoid!, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Toonsylvania, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Men in Black: The Series, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, The Amazing World of Gumball, and his last credited role as The Lobe on Teen Titans Go! To explain his more than 220 credits Warner once joked, 'When others say no, I say yes' and said he was often the 'cheapest' actor available. With his many iconic roles, Warner will always be remembered.

★Actor Paul Sorvino, best known for his role as mobster Paulie Cicero in Goodfellas, also died Monday at the age of 83 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Sorvino's film career began with 1970's Where's Poppa? and continued with roles in The Panic in Needle Park, A Touch of Class, The Day of the Dolphin, I Will... I Will... For Now, Oh, God!, Slow Dancing in the Big City, Cruising, Reds, The Stuff, AFine Mess, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, Nixon, Romeo+Juliet, Bulworth, Mambo Italiano, Mr. 3000, and Repo! The Genetic Opera. He'd completed roles in Pursued and The Ride, and was filming My Jurassic Place. TV credits include We'll Get By, The Streets of San Francisco, Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, Chiefs, Chiller, Moonlighting, The Oldest Rookie, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, That Championship Season, That's Life, Still Standing, Wives' Tales, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Elementary, The Goldbergs, Grandfathered, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Bad Blood and Godfather of Harlem. Sorvino had been announced to star in the TV movie The Chameleon. Sorvino earned a Tony Award nomination and a Dram Desk Award for his performance as Phil Romano in the original Broadway production of That Championship Season, a role he reprised for a TV movie adaptation. He was also a respected tenor who realized a dream when he performed for the New York Opera at Lincoln Center in 2006. Sorvino also starred as Det. Phil Cerretta, partner to Chris Noth's Det. Mike Logan, on one season of Law & Order. Sorvino disliked the conditions under which the actors had to work and quit the show. His replacement was Jerry Orbach.

★Director Bob Rafelson died July 24 at the age of 89. Rafelson's directing career began as he set the tone for the swinging, psychedelic TV series The Monkees. He also directed The Monkees' feature film Head, and went on to such notable films as Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, Stay Hungry, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Black Widow, Mountains of the Moon, Blood and Wine and No Good Deed. He also directed the music video for Lionel Richie's All Night Long.


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Saturday, July 23, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News: Comic-Con Edition - July 23, 2022


★Zack Snyder will guest star on the 365th episode of Cartoon Network's animated Teen Titans Go! series. In the episode titled '365!', the Titans want their 365th episode to be extra special, so they head to the Warner Bros. Studio lot to find a director. Enter Snyder. The episode will premiere this fall on Cartoon Network. It was also announced that hip-hop group De La Soul will return for another guest performance.

★While The Orville's third  -- and final? -- season is currently streaming on Hulu, Seth MacFarlane announced that all three seasons will be available to stream on Disney+ beginning August 10.

★The Simpsons producers announced that for the first time in the show's 34 season, there will be two 'Treehouse of Horror' episodes this year. The first will be the traditional three-segment episode, while the second will be a single episode parody of It with Krusty the Clown in the Pennywise role.

★Marvel Studios has announced the return of Charlie Cox as Daredevil in the new Disney+ series Daredevil: Born Again. An 18-episode season has been ordered for Spring 2024. Cox will also voice the character in the animated Spider-Man: Freshman Year also coming in 2024.

★Marvel's Phase 4 will end with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will be released on November 11.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantummania kicks off Phase 5 in Feb. 17, 2023.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is May 5.
  • The Marvels is July 28.
  • Secret Invasion is coming in the Spring 2023.
  • Hawkeye spin-off Echo and Loki are looking at Summer 2023.
  • The Blade reboot will hit theaters November 3, 2023.
  • Captain America and the New World Order will hit May 3, 2024.
  • Ironheart is looking at a Fall 2023 release.
  • WandaVision spin-off Agatha will hit Disney+ in the Winter of 2023-2024.

★Marvel has also announced that Phase 5 will end with a Thunderbolts movie which is currently set to release on July 26, 2024. But that's not the end as Kevin Feige revealed the Fantastic Four will finally get their own MCU film as part of Phase 6 which is set to be released on November 8, 2024. Also part of Phase 6 are Multiverse Saga-ending movies Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, which will end Phase 6, to be released in 2025.

★Paramount+ revealed there will be a Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Lower Decks crossover episode during the second season of SNW, which will include both live action and animation. The episode will find Ensign Beckett Mariner, voiced by Tawny Newsome, and Ensign Brad Boimler, voiced by Jack Quaid, from Lower Decks, joining the U.S.S. Enterprise. It will be directed by Jonathan Frakes.


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HOTCHKA Daily News: Comic-Con Edition - July 22, 2022


★The previously announced The Walking Dead movies centered around Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes are no longer happening. However, the movies have morphed into a six-episode mini-series featuring Rick and Danai Gurira's Michonne. The limited series is expected to premiere next year.

★AMC revealed the first of the final eight episodes of its flagship series The Walking Dead will debut October 2.

★Marvel made a surprise announcement during its panel touting the upcoming second season of What If...? that the series has officially been picked up for a third season. Season 2 will debut in early 2023. The memorable Season 1 Zombies episode also led to a spin-off series of its own which will feature zombified versions of the popular Marvel superheroes. And Spider-Man: Freshman Year, coming in 2024, will follow the early days of Peter Parker learning to become the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

★Marvel's X-Men '97 will come to Disney+ in the Fall of 2023, continuing the storyline of the original X-Men: The Animated Series that aired from 1992-1997.

★The upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series The Acolyte has cast Amandla Stenberg in the lead role. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

★HBO Max revealed original Gremlins star Zach Galligan will lend his voice to the upcoming animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai in a recurring role. The voice cast also includes Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei and Bowen Yang. Park sent a special video message to the Con attendees.

★Apple TV+ has announced a fourth season renewal for its alt-history space race series For All Mankind. The third season is currently streaming.

★Paramount+ released a first look video for the new animated series Transformers: Earthspark, which will feature the voices of Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Kathreen Khavari, Zeno Anderson, Sydney Mikayla, Zion Broadnax, Benny Latham, Jon Jon Briones, Rory McCann, Cissy Jones and Diedrich Bader.


★Billy Magnussen will headline Netflix's Spy Kids reboot, joining Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla, and Connor Esterson. The film is set after the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology, leading them to become spies themselves to save their parents and the world. Spy Kids creator Robert Rodriguez will write, direct and produce the film.


★Liam Williams' critically acclaimed comedy series Ladhood will conclude with its coming third season this Summer, the BBC confirmed today.


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