Friday, August 26, 2022

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law S01E02: Superhuman Law

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law shows us the sort of show it’s really trying to be in its second episode.

by Jeremy Fogelman

At this point it is somewhat widely known that the first episode “flashback” was actually intended to air later in the season, but creative decisions moved it to the beginning to lessen confusion. Now we’re back for She-Hulk Episode 2 where things continue from the hints it started with and the beginning of the sort of potential “superhuman case of the week” conceit the series has the potential for.

Things start off with Titania being called a “Superpowered Influencer” (which honestly is a great idea that should be unpacked further) but that’s all we see of the character for this episode and entirely off-screen. The “She-Hulk” moniker comes from a random sort of person calling Jen that, as per usual -- the Marvel movies do this sort of joke a lot, Bruce mentioned this the last episode the same way about being called “Smart Hulk”.

The new setup is that Jen is fired for being too famous and a distraction -- a liability for the DA’s office who are trying to prosecute criminals. Instead Jen struggles with finding something where people don't care about a superpowered lawyer, but it’s slow going. We get a cute and slightly sweet scene where Jen visits her family and gets some classic family jokey lines from them, like her mom Elaine (Tess Walis Kincaid) wanting Jen to talk to a family friend about being a superhero or her dad Morris (Mark Linn-Baker) asking an Internet nitpick question about what happens to Hawkeye’s arrows.

But this new world is perfect for Jen to get approached by what I suppose is one of the big evil law firms in the MCU, and gets an offer from the former opposing lawyer Holliway (Steve Coulter) to be the face of their new “Superhuman Law Division”. Potentially decent guy and potential love interest “Pug” (Josh Segarra) shows up to be the mild comparison to our old friend Dennis the Sexist from Episode 1, but not much otherwise from the new characters.

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Instead we get reintroduced to Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), last seen as the CGI Abomination in Shang-Chi and as himself way back in the second MCU movie The Incredible Hulk. Our new mission is for Jen to get Emil paroled despite having destroyed much of Harlem and likely hurt or killed people. Tim Roth is clearly having a fun time in this ridiculous role, talking about his seven soulmates through the prison pen pal program (seven times fast), and seeming to convince Jen that she might actually be able to defend the guy.

As for the other characters from the episode, Mr. Cliché Dennis continues to be the overly awful dude while Nikki also remains Jen’s “spunky best friend” in those diminutive ways. I liked the family people for the most part, despite the cliched writing, because there was a realness to those performances. It was sweet to see Jen helping out around the house in the end credits too, a decent callback.

We do get a little cameo again from Bruce, who offers some nice words before getting flown away on a spaceship (a setup for a new movie, perhaps?). But the episode does feel pretty thin in general with a sort of “setting things up” vibe after the first episode which did the same thing in a different way. For now it’s breezy enough and Tatiana Masliany is an appealing enough performer to keep my attention, but it’s not really as substantial as a lot of the other MCU shows so far.

I’m more interested in the potential parole case to come than the little setup here, but I suppose that’s a good way to keep some interest for the next episode, assuming they don’t keep slowing things down too much.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Warner Bros. & HBO Max Reveal New Movie Release Dates

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While things have been looking dire at Warner Bros. and HBO Max since the merger with Discovery and the complete trashing of Batgirl and the Scoob! sequel, things are starting to look a little less bleak when it come to movies, both theatrical and for the streaming service.

Warner Bros. Pictures has shifted the release dates of several films including two A-list DC Comics films. Needing more time in post-production, the studio is shifting Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom from March 17, 2023 to December 25, 2023 which now brings it in line with the first movie which also opened during the Christmas holiday season. To fill the March 17 spot, Shazam: Fury of the Gods is vacating its December 21, 2022 spot. This takes it out of the way of Avatar: The Way of Water in December, and also gives it the opportunity to play on IMAX screens which would have otherwise been occupied.

In a surprise move, WBD head David Zaslav has revealed some HBO Max films aren't as dead as they first seemed. Case in point - the House Party reboot, which had been pulled from the streamer for which everyone assumed was a Batgirl-like tax write off, will now get a theatrical release on December 9 of this year. In addition, Evil Dead Rise has been dated for April 21, 2023. Warner Bros. has also returned to the Labor Day weekend for a big horror release, setting September 8, 2023 for The Nun 2. The big screen version of Stephen King's Salem's Lot is moving off of April 2023 to a date to be determined.

On the HBO Max side, the streamer has set dates for four holiday films. A Christmas Story Christmas, with original star Peter Billingsley, will drop on November 17, followed by Holiday Harmony and A Christmas Mystery on November 24, and A Hollywood Christmas on December 1.

There is also some interesting movement on the Batgirl front. Multiple sources have confirmed a special screening of the workprint of the film -- which includes temp music and unfinished visual effects, essentially the version that was screened for a test audience to decent results -- will be held on the studio lot this weekend for invited cast and crew so they can at least see a version of their hard work on the big screen. Could a very positive reaction to the screening ultimately make Zaslav change his mind? Will they also screen the Scoob! sequel which was nearly finished, and also recorded the film's score after it was cancelled because the musicians and studio had already been paid for? Probably not, but it would be nice to see.

Friday, August 19, 2022

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law S01E01: A Normal Amount of Rage

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law starts off in a fun if pretty messy way for the first Marvel sitcom.

by Jeremy Fogelman

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law starts with the episode called “A Normal Amount of Rage” and includes constant fourth wall breaking and meta-commentary by the main character Jennifer Walkers (Tatiana Maslany), who literally talks to the camera about being in a TV show and the nature of the genre. The first episode starts where it begins, a typical sort of wrapping narrative conceit.

We first hear words about the obligation of those with power and the nature of consequences if you have it. After that we are introduced to two supporting players, fellow lawyer and clichéd awful chauvinist Dennis (Drew Matthews) and paralegal and Jen’s best friend Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga). Neither of these characters gets much other than the thinnest of characterization, as Dennis is the classic “A women lawyer? Please” type who assuredly exists in real life, while Nikki is the classic “best friend” character and that is entirely it for her character -- except that Ginger Gonzaga is a great comedic performer and thus is severely underutilized here.

The mini-arc of this premiere is how Jen is starting to realize that perhaps she and her new Hulk side (with the on-set She-Hulk reference played by 6’5" Malia Arrayah) must coexist in a way. We find out that the origin of her new Hulk powers is a pure accident -- she was on a road trip with cousin Bruce and his blood accidentally gets “mixed up” with hers. He is bleeding due to a powers inhibitor and apparently she gets Hulkified due to the mysterious powers of this blood, I suppose.

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After that they have a series of scenes about Bruce helping Jen get more acclimated, but she’s already different, not for any reason that they know about, but it’s true that their exposure happened quite differently. She doesn’t have the alter ego of the Hulk at all and is easily acclimating to the new powers, but she doesn’t really want to stay that way. Bruce’s perspective is the whole “great power, great responsibility” angle that they have to help protect the world, but Jen prefers her legal approach to it (smaller scale, less chance of breaking buildings, I would imagine).

This leads to a pretty quick escalation to a fight between them which is fun if oddly rushed, both in how it started and how it ends. There are a few unsubtle lines about her being different because she’s a woman, and a few “your mileage may vary” lines about Bing Bong, and Captain America being a virgin. That part is tied into the end tag, where Bruce, annoyed, corrects his cousin that Steve did indeed lose his virginity during his USO tour, which makes perfect sense and has long been suspected and debated upon.

It doesn’t really bother me one way or another, but I was a little annoyed by the weird, blatant Cheetos inclusion. The rapport between Bruce and Jen is mostly decent, at least at an actor level, but there was definitely a lot of unfunny lines and there was a weird thing I noticed where Mark Ruffalo’s dubbed Hulk voice sounded a bit off. He didn’t have that issue as a human, nor does Tatiana Masliany as her Hulk form, so perhaps it’ll be fixed in the release version.

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After all that, we arrive back in the courtroom where human Jen prepares to deliver a “lawyer show” to us with another fourth wall break. Then suddenly someone attacks -- we later find out it’s Titania, played by Jameela Jamil without a British accent for some reason (I can’t imagine why, but maybe it’ll be explained later). After a quick, awkwardly filmed fight scene, we close to credits and get that “amusing if not funny” end tag.

It’s all a very setup heavy sort of episode, and it’s fun if not particularly great. I was able to see the first four episodes in advance, so I do have some thoughts about the upcoming ones that I can’t speak on yet, but I can say I found them mixed too. But comedy is pretty subjective and Tatiana Maslany is a winning personality, so I wouldn’t be surprised if other people liked this episode more than I did. Not like I hated it, just a little underwhelmed.

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HOTCHKA Daily News - August 18, 2022


★Hulu's Ramy will return for its ten-episode third season on September 30.

★Kirby Howell-Baptiste will star opposite Colin Farrell in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Sugar. Details of the plot and characters are tightly under wraps.

★Netflix will be reviving the much loved competition series The Mole, which aired for five seasons on ABC between 2001 and 2008 and featured Anderson Cooper as one of its early hosts. The 10-episode season will launch in the Fall.

★The Sarah Paulson/Annaleigh Ashford horror thriller Dust has added The Bear's Ebon Moss-Bachrach to the cast. The film will stream on Hulu in the US, with additional global release plans to be announced.

★Paramount+ will stream a live Taylor Hopkins Tribute Concert September 3 from Wembley Stadium in London beginning at 11:30 AM. Pluto TV will stream the event internationally, and MTV's YouTube channel will stream globally. The full concert will then be available On Demand worldwide on Paramount+ September 3, and on Pluto TV and MTV VOD the week of September 5. In addition, CBS will air highlights from the concert on September 3 at 10:00 PM. The one-hour special will also broadcast on MTV around the world on September 3 starting in Latin America followed by other international territories on September 4. An extended two-hour compilation will then air worldwide in September. Hopkins was the Foo Fighters drummer who died in March at age 50.

★Roku Originals will serve up another iteration of The Great American Baking Show based on the classic UK series. UK judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be in the famed tent with hosts Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry. Production is currently underway in the UK, with six one-hour episodes set to stream in 2023.

Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn will not be appearing in the sixth or seventh seasons of the Netflix series. She missed the Season 5 reunion episode claiming she had COVID, and Andy Cohen pressed her on Watch What Happens Live about rumors that she faked her illness, as she was seen two days later shooting a campaign. Quinn clarified she had 'tested positive' to do the shoot, as in negative for COVID. Quinn said she is now focused on her new business RealOpen.

★Paramount+ will honor Nichelle Nichols during the annual Star Trek Day with a special video presentation to 'honor the impact and influence' of Nichols. Star Trek Day will stream live beginning at Noon Pacific Time on Thursday, September 8.

★Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will star in the Blumhouse psychological thriller House of Spoils for Amazon Prime Video. DeBose will play an ambitious chef who opens her first restaurant, a farm-to-table affair on a remote estate. She soon battles kitchen chaos, a dubious investor, crushing self doubts and the powerful spirit of the estate’s previous owner threatening to sabotage her at every turn.


★Kelly Thiebaud will be reprising the role of Eva Vasquez as she returns to ABC's Station 19 for the sixth season. Thiebaud last appeared during the show's third season.

Obi-Wan Kenobi's Simone Kessell will be joining the second season of Showtime's Yellowjackets as the adult Lottie Matthews. The teen version of the character was played by Courtney Eaton, who has been promoted to a series regular.

★Gwyneth Paltrow will appear as a guest Shark on ABC's Shark Tank, which is entering its 14th season. The season premiere will air live on September 23.

★The second season of Ryan Murphy's Feud, which will tell the tale of how Truman Capote's circle of friends turned on him after he published excerpts from his unfinished novel Answered Prayer, is adding Tom Hollander, Diane Lane and Calista Flockhart to the already announced Naomi Watts and Chloë Sevigny. Hollander will take on the role of Capote.

★HLN's How It Really Happened with Jesse L. Martin returns for its seventh season on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 PM with a special two-hour episode that looks at the baffling case of The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The season will include another two-hour episode that explores the tragic death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant.

★Discovery Channel's Tales from the Explorers Club hosted by Josh Gates will premiere Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00 PM. Each uniquely themed episode will focus on historic Explorers Club members whose daring accomplishments changed the world. Episodes will also stream on Discovery+.

The Voice has announced the new season's team of Battle Advisors. Team Legend's advisor is Jazmine Sullivan. Working with Team Camila Cabello is Charlie Puth. Team Blake will have Jimmie Allen, and Team Gwen will have Sean Paul. The season premieres Monday, September 19 at 8:00 PM.

★Mattel's Pictionary game show will premiere in Syndication nationally on Monday, September 12. Check local listings for time and channel. Jerry O'Connell will host, with an all-star line-up of celebrity guest captains on each show including Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Cristela Alonzo, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales, and more.


★Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham & Cecily Strong have joined the cast of the new Garfield movie with Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson.

★Patricia Arquette's feature directorial debut, Gonzo Girl, in which she will star along with Camila Morrone and Willem Dafoe, has added Ray Nicholson, Elizabeth Lail, Leila George & Rick Springfield to the cast.


★The Tony Award-winning revival of Take Me Out will be getting a revival at the Schoenfeld Theatre beginning October 27. The first revival's stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams will return to their roles, with further casting to be announced.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News Late Edition - August 16, 2022


★Peacock's The Rich Eisen Show is making the jump to Roku in September. Beginning August 22, the show will be available on Eisen's YouTube channel.

★Romantic comedy Meet Cute, starring Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson, will make its exclusive streaming debut on Peacock Wednesday, September 21. The story of Sheila (Cuoco) and Gary (Davidson). When they meet, it’s love at first sight – until we realize their magical date wasn’t fate at all. Sheila’s got a time machine, and they’ve been falling in love over and over again.

★Action-comedy The Family Plan, starring Mark Wahlberg, has landed at Apple. The Family Plan tells the story of a suburban dad who must take his family on the run when his past catches up to him.

★Amazon's new baking competition Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge has found a host, Tamara Mowry-Housley. Pastry chef Clarice Lam and cake designer/pastry chef Joshua John Russell are also joining the series as judges. Some of America’s best bakers to step into the world of Dr. Seuss. Throughout the show, contestants will be tasked with making amazing confectionary creations tied to beloved Seuss characters like The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and more. In each episode, bakers will be given a challenge based on Seuss characters and stories. Their creations will then be judged based on taste, creativity, and storytelling.

★Netflix released a first look at the Addams Family from its upcoming Tim Burton series Wednesday, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenna Ortega, Luis Guzmán, and Isaac Ordonez. The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore. Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in two live-action Addams Family films, will appear in the series in an as yet undisclosed role.




★Jeremy Paxman, longtime presenter of BBC's quiz show University Challenge is stepping down after 29 years. Paxman will tape his last episode this Autumn, with his final series airing from August until next Summer.

★Former Dancing With the Stars co-host Samantha Harris will host the second season of GSN's Tug of Words, which will return this Fall. Harris replaces first season host Ahmad Rashad.

★Showtime will air Alan Cumming's comedy special Club Cumming Presents A Queer Comedy Extravaganza Friday, September 2 at 10:00 PM. Cumming hosts this cabaret-style gathering featuring seven up-and-coming queer comedians that represent not only the diversity of the queer spectrum, but also of comedy styling - from stand-up to characters to musical performances. The 75-minute special features Joe Castle Baker, Julia Shiplett, duo Zach Teague & Drew Lausch, Nori Reed, Pat Regan, and Larry Owens.


★Robert De Niro is set to star in Barry Levinson's mob drama Wise Guys for Warner Brothers. Wise Guys is a period piece tells the story of Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, a pair of Italian Americans running two separate crime families during the mid-20th century. Genovese tried and failed to assassinate Costello in 1957, though the latter wound up taking his leave from the mob after being injured during the attempt on his life. Sources are saying De Niro will be playing both roles.

★With the Fall movie schedule being a bit sparse this year, Disney is moving David O. Russell's Amsterdam from November 4 to October 7. Disney is also moving the film out of the way of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which opens November 11. Amsterdam stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Robert De Niro, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldaña and Rami Malek, and follows three friends who witness a murder, become suspects themselves, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.


★Director Wolfgang Petersen died August 16 at the age of 81. He had been battling pancreatic cancer. Peterson began his career in Germany in 1965 with short films, TV movies and documentaries to his credit, but he broke though to global audiences with 1981's Das Boot, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. In 1985 he reworked the film into a three-part TV mini-series, but the success of the film had Hollywood calling. In 1984 he directed what has become a fantasy cult favorite, The NeverEnding Story, which was followed by another cult film, the sci-fi drama Enemy Mine. Petersen went on to direct several action film hits including In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy and Poseidon. His last credit is 2016's Vier gegen die Bank, his first German language film since Das Boot.


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Monday, August 15, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - August 15, 2022


★More familiar faces have been added to the Natasha Lyonne Peacock series Poker Face. Joining the previously announced extensive cast are Ron Perlman, Nick Nolte, Charles Melton (Riverdale) and Tim Blake Nelson.

★Shudder has inked a new deal with The Boulet Brothers to expand the Dragula franchise with a new season of the competition series, a spin-off series, and a special to air next year. The first project is a full-season spinoff series based on their reality competition series The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula that has already finished principal filming and will debut this fall. The series’ format, content and cast are still being kept under wraps.


★Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are going into production on a new Saw movie which is scheduled to hit theaters on October 27, 2023. Plot details are currently under wraps and no cast announcements have been made as of yet.

★Viola Davis will be joining the Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaker of the 10th annual Hunger Games.

black-ish creator Kenya Barris will write and direct a modern day reimagining of The Wizard of Oz for Warner Brothers. Creative details about the project are being kept under wraps for now.

★Neal McDonough and Casey Cott will star in football drama Black Spartans, which explores the explosive era of the mid-1960s where social upheaval paved the way for a new order in college football. Jones’ first feature tells the story of the first fully integrated college football team, inspired by the Michigan State Spartans team, coached by Duffy Daugherty, which forever changed the face of the sport. Studio and release plans are not known at this time. Production will begin this Fall in Atlanta.


★Robyn Griggs, best known for her roles on soaps Another World and One Life To Live, died August 13 at the age of 49. Griggs had been battling cervical cancer. Griggs appeared on six episodes of One Life To Live in 1991, and then moved to Another World in 1993 for two years. Prior to her soap roles she appeared on the Nickelodeon program Rated K, which featured young people reviewing films. Her post soap credits include mostly low budget/indie films including Zombiegeddon, Severe Injuries, Dead Clowns, Final Curtain, 2020: An American Nightmare, The Absence of Light, Slashers Gone Wild!, Shadows in the Woods,October Moon 2: November Son, Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation, Hellweek and Joey Hollywood's Movie Night 2.

★Denise Dowse died August 13 at the age of 64. Dowse earlier in the week had been in a coma after contracting meningitis. Dowse had a long television career, making her debut in the 1989 series Almost There!. Other TV credits include ALF, Jake and the Fatman, Roc, Full House, California Dreams, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Touched by an Angel, Men Behaving Badly, Tracey Takes On, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Built to Last, Chicago Hope, NewsRadio, Step by Step, ER, Sister, Sister, Moesha, The West Wing, Becker, The Practice, The Drew Carey Show, Judging Amy, Without a Trace, Dragnet, Girlfriends, The Guardian, Everwood, Threshold, The Bernie Mac Show, Charmed, All of Us, Law & Order, Shark, Monk, House, Bones, Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles, Secrets and Lies, Castle, Murder in the First, The X-Files, Imposters, Mr. Mercedes, 9-1-1, Good Trouble, New Amsterdam, The Resident, Grey's Anatomy, Stumptown, and Snowfall. Her best remembered roles were Vice Principal Yvonne Teasley on Beverly Hills 90210 and Dr. Rhonda Pine on Insecure.

Dowse will make her feature film directorial debut with Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, which is currently in post-production. The film will star Ledisi, Keith David, Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Williams and Janet Hubert. Dowse made her film acting debut in 1990's Coldfire. Other credits include Sneakers, Out for Blood, Merchant of Evil, Bio-Dome, Theodore Rex, Starship Troopers, Pleasantville, A Civil Action, Requiem for a Dream, Dr. Doolittle 2, Killer Rats, The Seat Filler, Ray, Coach Carter, Guess Who, Reign Over Me, Fly Away, The Call, Please Stand By, A Stone Cold Christmas, Loners, Fatale, and A Cloud So High.


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Friday, August 12, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - August 12, 2022


★BET has set the premiere for Jill Ramsey's Haus of Vicious on August 17 at 8:00 PM. Tami Roman stars as Chantel Vivian, a fashion designer, whose success is overshadowed by her narcissistic husband, addiction, unresolved childhood traumas, and dysfunctional personal life. With the assistance of her secret weapon, Jaelyn Ryan (Erica Peeples), publicist to her Vicious Empire, Chantel works to rise through the ranks; but her husband Kane’s (Redaric Williams) behavior threatens to tear down the house Chantel built. The series also stars Norman Nixon Jr. (Milan), Tiffany Black (Raven), Kyler O’Neal (Izzy), Brely Evans (Avery), Lyric Anderson (Tia), and industry veteran Ella Joyce (Carolyn). Roman will also executive produce.


★Universal's feature film adaptation of the 1980s TV series The Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling and directed by David Leitch (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), has added Emily Blunt to the cast. No other details are known at this time.

★There will be a Kung Fu Panda 4. Universal and DreamWorks Animation have dated the film for a theatrical release on March 8, 2024.


★The recently extended run of Broadway's Into the Woods revival will see some cast changes in the coming weeks. Beginning September 6, Stephanie J. Block will take over from Sara Bareilles as The Baker's Wife, and Block's husband Sebastian Arcelus will play the role of The Baker, currently played by Brian d’Arcy James. Also on September 6, new cast members include Krysta Rodriguez as Cinderella, Katy Geraghty as Little Red Ridinghood, and Jim Stanek as the Steward. Montego Glover will share the role of The Witch with current cast member Patina Miller. Miller will continue in the role Fridays through Sundays while Glover steps in Tuesdays through Thursdays. Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry have extended their runs as the Wolf/Cinderella's Prince and Rapunzel's Prince, respectively, however Andy Karl will appear as the Wolf/Cinderella's Prince from September 6-15 as Creel fulfills a prior commitment. Starting September 27, Ann Harada will reprise the role of Jack's Mother from the City Center Encoures! production, taking over from Aymee Garcia. The production has been extended to October 16.


★Actress Anne Heche was declared clinically dead on August 12 at the age of 53. Heche suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident that also resulted in serious burns, and destroyed the home into which her vehicle crashed. As of this writing, Heche's body is still on life support as she wanted to be an organ donor. Heche had a tumultuous early life, and after her family moved to Chicago an agent saw her in a school play in 1985 and booked her an audition for the soap As the World Turns. She landed the job but her mother insisted she finish school first. Before graduation in 1987 she was offered a dual role on the soap Another World. Her mother again objected, but Anne called and told them to send her a plane ticket. For her work on the show she received a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991. Heche made her primetime TV debut on Murphy Brown in 1991, her TV movie debut in 1992's O Pioneers!, and her feature film debut in 1993's The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood. Heche had a substantial role in HBO's If These Walls Could Talk (1996), with Cher and Demi Moore, and the same year co-starred with Catherine Keener in Walking and Talking, which has developed a cult following. In 1997 she co-starred in Donnie Brasco opposite Johnny Depp. Her first real starring role was in 1998's Six Days, Seven Nights with Harrison Ford, a part in which she was cast the day before her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres went public. Heche felt that the relationship destroyed her prospects of being a leading lady because people wouldn't accept her in romantic roles with a man. In 1998 she was cast in the Janet Leigh role of Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake.

In 2002 she made her Broadway debut in Proof, earning comparisons to Mary-Louise Parker and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who had appeared in previous productions. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in the Lifetime movie Gracie's Choice. She returned to Broadway the same year opposite Alec Baldwin in Twentieth Century, which earned her a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Play. She had a supporting role on WB drama Everwood in 2004-2005, and on Nip/Tuck in 2005. In 2006 she starred in her own series Men in Trees, which lasted just one season which was shortened by a writers strike. She joined the HBO series Hung in 2009 as the ex-wife of Thomas Jane's character. She earned good reviews for her role in Cedar Rapids in 2011, headlined NBC's Save Me in 2013, and had a recurring guest role on The Michael J. Fox Show the same year. 2017 saw her in a supporting role in My Friend Dahmer, and in 2018 she joined Chicago P.D. in a supporting role. Heche also competed on the 29th season of Dancing With the Stars. Heche has completed a TV movie for Lifetime titled Girl in Room 13, which as of August 11 is still on schedule to premiere in September. The film deals with the topic of sex trafficking and Lifetime execs said the film was very important to her. She had also completed the films What Remains, Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, Full Ride, Supercell, Chasing Nightmares, and the HBO TV series The Idol, starring The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp and Troye Sivan.

Heche's other notable TV credits include The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (TV movie), Ellen, Ally McBeal, Fatal Desire (TV movie), Masters of Science Fiction ("Jerry Was a Man"), Girl Fight (TV movie), Silent Witness (TV movie), Blackout, Dig, Aftermath, The Brave, Quantico, and All Rise. She provided voice work for Higglytown Heroes, Superman: Doomsday, The Legend of Korra, and Adventure Time. Film credits include I'll Do Anything, Milk Money, Wild Side, The Juror, Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wag the Dog, Prozac Nation, John Q, Birth, Toxic Skies, Rampart, That's What She Said, Black November, Catfight, The Best of Enemies, The Vanished, and 13 Minutes.


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For All Mankind S03E10: Stranger in a Strange Land

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For All Mankind ends a hyper-tense season with a literal bang.
by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of For All Mankind is called “Stranger in a Strange Land”, and there are a few connections to that concept, primarily our new North Korean friend. We see the NK ship crash land on Mars in February of 1995, a year before the rest of the gang shows up. The sole survivor of the two astronauts is Lee Jung-Gil, and we get a chance to know him over the course of an absolutely stellar opening sequence.

Watching him repeat the same phrase over communications that’s never returned, staring at a photo of his wife, and then finally, so desperate for human connection, he literally draws a smiley face in the dirt. We see him almost but manages to stop himself from killing himself, only to start crying at the horror of it all -- truly an affecting performance. Of course, that’s when he sees the rover arrive.

While the doctor warns that Kelly must deliver her baby in 24 hours or less, Dani and Kuznetsov try to figure out how to communicate or subdue the North Korean -- who is on different comms and still brandishing a gun in their direction. Dani sees that smiley face and tries to mime the situation, while the Russian commander takes the opportunity to attack and disarm the North Korean -- pretty funny juxtaposition of choices, of course.

Back at base camp, Ed reveals he actually knows some Korean from his time in the Korean War (dude is old), so you’d think that would be thought of as a critical person to stay with Lee. Although they’ve been able to recover the MSAM, they simply don’t have enough fuel to get everyone back to the station -- unless they all literally stay behind except for Kelly and wait a year and a half to be rescued.

Initially Kelly is opposed to the crazy plan of “literally rocketing in space towards the station”, but realizes she needs to do it to save her baby. Ed plans to pilot, using the help of Molly Cobb giving her expert opinion in a video message -- it’s a funny cut back to NASA when Molly walks in the room to applause.

Of course, Danny asks to fly instead, admitting it was his fault, but Ed tells him it’s not how to absolve himself. So it’s off on the mission, and it’s a delightfully tense series of minutes watching Ed pilot into space, Kelly heading untethered to the station, and Ed spiraling towards the ground. Unfortunately this insane situation is only half of the storyline.

Back on Earth, Ellen gets threatened with impeachment by her VP, and she retorts that perhaps the Republican party “needs a little destroying”. There’s also a fun little moment where she speaks to Gorbachev who gives her the old Russian saying of “I ran from the wolf but into the bear”, very Russian. Otherwise the rest of her storyline ends with a lingering scene with Pam, where neither of them has any idea what to do next. As for the rest of her Presidency and her husbo Larry or their kid -- I suppose we’ll have to wait until the next season to find out.

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Elsewhere, Karen realizes she wants to be the Helios CEO after a talk with Molly, but then gets into an argument with Dev about it. She then successfully defangs him when he tries to use his cult leader tactics to rally his troops by mentioning pay cuts. Dev certainly feels defeated but... then there’s the rest of the episode.

Margo gets told by the Russian space director that they’ve discovered she’s under investigation, and thus we get a classic little ironic conversation with her and Sergei about seeing each other soon. After that, the tease of Margo dying was just that, a tease, and I knew after her big speech that she’d be fleeing. And we do get the nice moment of giving Aleida the room. I was only a little unsure when she did the “we’ll talk later” to Aleida which usually foretells people dying soon.

Unfortunately the stupid conspiracy hippies and their storyline come back, trying to manipulate Jimmy into helping them in what he finally realizes is way too far (with the help of a pleasant conversation from Karen). Karen foolishly investigates on her own -- I was asking the screen why she didn’t bother even asking a cop for help at a potential threat, but I know the real reason is that they wanted her to be killed in a sad, preventable way.

I can’t say I was happy about that death, but at least Molly’s was a real one -- a sacrifice that made sense and felt at least a little earned. I was more annoyed at the bait and switch behind Karen -- just two deaths this episode, and two old-timers from the first season with the two ladies. Kind of annoying.

Of course Ed does miraculously survive and has to hear the bad news about losing people while he’s away from Earth -- again. As the episode closes, we hear Aleida give narration and understand that life ends and begins -- with the shot of Kelly with her baby watching Mars from space. Foolish Danny is left by his lonesome in the NK shuttle where he can’t hurt anyone, and it’s almost enough to really feel badly for him.

Aledia talks about the Mayflower, about people feeling to escape their past, others to follow their dreams -- cut to a knowing shot of Danny watching a picture of Amber and their baby, just where Lee kept his photo. “Memories of those they left behind, they were able to overcome” -- we see Dani with her own pic of family and Lee finally watching a video from home with his wife, crying tears now of joy.

The final moments are Sergei in an American suburb, reading how the new space center is named for the late Molly Cobb, and then we get our classic end-of-season flashforward, this time to 2003 as “Everything in its Right Place” by Radiohead plays. And yes, there’s Margo, gray hair and all, watching the snow over Moscow. And for the rest of the gang, we simply have no idea.

Although the bomb thing presented a pretty terrifying situation, it almost felt like it wasn’t an interesting ending for the hippie storyline, which at first felt like modern shades of conspiracy theorists. It seemed more a tool to add more drama to the end, but I never got a good sense of those idiots other than their conspiracy nonsense.

Still, all of the Mars stuff worked well, daring rescues and exciting character beats -- and like I said, a truly great opening sequence about Lee. It’s the kind of thing easy to describe but hard to pull off. As a season I think the show really excelled, we had some great new characters to hate and love, the Helios and Russian folk, and fun science horrors to deal with. With a fourth season planned, the show gets ever closer to the initial idea and the actual present day -- it’s such a strong show, that I can ignore the little nitpicks and issues because it’s a cast of characters that’s somehow so large and yet so well handled.

I’ll be excited to see what new horizons they pursue next.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - August 11, 2022


★After the huge success of The Grey Man, the Russo Brothers are planning their next epic film for Netflix, The Electric State, based on adaptation of the illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag and is set in a retro-futuristic past, where an orphaned teenager traverses the American West with a sweet but mysterious robot and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother. Millie Bobby Brown and Chris Pratt were previously announced, and joining them will be Michelle Yeoh, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox and Jenny Slate. Nothing is known about their characters, but sources say Cox and Slate are providing voices for CGI characters.


★Wanda Sykes will be hosting a new viral video series titled Ring Nation, which features videos captured by Ring doorbells. The series will feature clips such as neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions and silly animals, and will launch September 26 in Syndication (check local listings for time and channel). The show is produced by MGM Television which was recently acquired by Amazon, which also owns Ring. Corporate synergy at its best!

★Lifetime has announced two movies for the 2022 'It's a Wonderful Lifetime' holiday slate. EGOT winner Rita Morena, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Emily Kinney and Justin Gaston will star in Santa Bootcamp, directed by Melissa Joan Hart, and Sarah Drew will reunite with Justin Bruening in Reindeer Games Homecoming, which Drew will also executive produce and write.

Garage Rehab star Russell J. Holmes will help clients on tight budgets rev up their stalled home renos in the new HGTV series Renovation Impossible, premiering Thursday, September 8 at 9:00 PM.

★Cable provider Charter Communications is winding down its Spectrum Originals productions as head Katherine Pope is leaving the company to take over Sony Pictures Television. Spectrum, which rescued Bad Boys spin-off LA's Finest after it was dropped by NBC and produced the Mad About You revival, as well as Joe Pickett, The Bite and Paradise Lost, still has a few productions in the pipeline like sci-fi series Beacon 23 (which was renewed for a second season before the first has aired), dramedy Panhandle and miniseries George & Tammy (which will also be available on Paramount Network and Paramount+). What will happen to the shows after the shutdown is unknown. Some may still run on Spectrum while others may revert back to the original producers who can shop them to other outlets.

★ABC's 20/20 will reunite the cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella to celebrate the TV special's 25th anniversary. The 1997 production starred Brandy and Whitney Houston. The film's surviving cast including Brandy, Paolo Montalban, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters and Veanne Cox will return for the special on August 23, which will be followed by a broadcast of the movie for the first time in 20 years. The special will also feature behind-the-scenes footage with Whitney Houston.


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90 Day: The Single Life | Season 3 | Official Trailer


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Narco-Saints | Official Teaser | Netflix


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HOTCHKA Daily News - August 10, 2022


★Max Martini will be joining the second season of Bosch: Legacy in a heavily recurring role. The spin-off of Amazon's Bosch streams on the Freevee ad-supported service.

★Apple Original Films has landed the new untitled two-part documentary film from A24 and Tremolo Productions featuring legendary writer, producer, director, actor and comedian Steve Martin, exploring his iconic life and career.

★Acorn TV has renewed Harry Wild, starring Jane Seymour, for a second eight-episode season coming in 2023.

★Disney+ will roll out its new ad-supported plan on December 8 with a subscription price of $7.99 a month. The no-ad plan will remain at $10.99. Lower priced bundles include Disney+ with Hulu at $9.99; Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ at $12.99; and Hulu + Live TV, which includes Disney+ and ESPN+, at $69.99 a month.


Superstore alum Lauren Ash is joining ABC's workplace comedy series Not Dead Yet opposite Gina Rodriguez. The series is based on Alexandra Potter’s 2020 book Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up.

★The Academy of Country Music Honors will make its FOX debut on Tuesday, September 13. Reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year and four-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce will return for a second year to host the ceremony celebrating special honorees Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain, Morgan Wallen and Yellowstone. Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, The Warren Brothers, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Vince Gill, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Carly Pearce, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more to perform. Special performance by Trace Adkins, star of FOX's new country music drama Monarch.

★Tatiana Maslany returns to AMC as star and executive producer of the upcoming series Invitation to a Bonfire, based on the novel by Adrienne Celt of the same name. Invitation to a Bonfire is a psychological thriller set in the 1930s at an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. Inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov’s co-dependent marriage, the series follows Zoya (Freya Mavor), a young Russian immigrant and groundskeeper, who is drawn into a lethal love triangle with the school’s newest faculty member — an enigmatic novelist, Leo (Pilou Asbæk)— and his bewitching wife (Maslany).

★Some familiar faces are said to be returning for the 11th season of American Horror Story. Nothing is official but sources say Zachary Quinto, Billie Lourd and Isaac Powell will return to the series, joined by Patti Lupone, who appeared on Ryan Murphy's Pose and Hollywood, with Hollywood co-star Joe Mantello. Pose's Sandra Bernhard is also said to be joining the new season along with Ratched's Charlie Carver. Some of the stars were seen filming in Manhattan's West Village in what appeared to be 1970s-1980s attire.


House of Hammer | Official Trailer | discovery+


Selling The OC | Official Trailer | Netflix


Cooper's Bar Season 2 Coming Soon | AMC

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - August 9, 2022


★Greg Berlanti's newest DC Comic series Strange Adventures, which was being developed for HBO Max, is no longer moving forward according to Kevin Smith, who was slated to direct an episode. Smith noted that the plug was pulled on the project months before the Warner Bros.-Discovery merger. A Green Lantern series that was greenlit at the same time appears to be moving forward.

★Eva Longoria and Carmen Maura will star in the dramedy Land of Women, based on Sandra Barneda's best-seller, for Apple TV+. The streamer has ordered a six-episode season, which will be produced in English and Spanish so viewers can choose which version they want to watch.

★Netflix has cancelled the animated LGBTQ+ superhero series Q-Force after one season. Sean Hayes, Wanda Sykes, Matt Rogers, David Harbour, Gary Cole and Laurie Metcalf were among the voice cast for the series.


★Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on NBC and streaming on Peacock Monday, September 12. Thompson will also return to SNL this Fall for his 20th season.

★The Golden Globes are coming back to television. After skipping the 2022 ceremony because of internal issues involving the diversity of the membership and leadership and unethical conduct behind the scenes, NBC is satisfied with the changes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made and is looking to air the awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. The ceremony is generally held on a Sunday in January but the first Sunday is New Year's Day, the second is the last day of the NFL season which would conflict with NBC's Sunday Night Football, and the third Sunday has already been claimed by the Critics Choice Awards.

★Denise Dowse, whose TV credits include Insecure, Beverly Hills 90210 and Grey's Anatomy is hospitalized and in a coma after contracting meningitis. Other credits include Seinfield, Full House, Murphy Brown, Step by Step, Sister, Sister, Moesha, Girlfriends, Touched by an Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chicago Hope, ER, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, Everwood, House, and Castle.

★Marlon Wayans' semi-autobiographical comedy series Book of Marlon has a new home. Originally developed at HBO Max as part of an overall deal Wayans had signed, the show is moving to the Starz premium cable channel. Wayans would play a fictionalized version of himself, exploring his professional life as a comedian and actor, as well as his personal life as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and loving father with being Marlon. The series is still being produced by Warner Bros. Television.

Supergirl's Chyler Leigh will star with Andie MacDowall in The Way Home, a new primetime series for the Hallmark Channel. Leigh is also known for playing Dr. Lexie Grey on Grey's Anatomy before appearing on The CW series.


★Paramount Pictures will release a third Sonic the Hedgehog film on December 20, 2024. The date reveal will push back the Untitled Smurfs Animated Musical, which previously held that date, to February 14, 2025. The Sonic film will now be opening against Avatar 3.

★Zazie Beetz is in talks to reprise her role as Sophie Dumond in the Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux.


★Broadway has weathered a massive East Coast heatwave with MJ, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton selling out last week, and Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into The Woods, Moulin Rouge!, Six, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and The Music Man coming very close with 90-99% capacity. MJ set a house record -- its fourth -- grossing more than $1.7 million. Wilting a bit were Chicago at 70%, Funny Girl at 76%, and The Kite Runner at 70%. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical hit 85% as it nears its August 14 closing, while Mr. Saturday Night could only fill 67% (due to a planned six-performance week) as it nears its September 4 closing.


VH1's My True Crime Story premieres Monday, August 29th at 10 PM ET/PT


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Little Women | Official Teaser | Netflix


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