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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