Kim Kardashian’s Surrogate Is Reportedly Pregnant

Apparently, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s dream of having a third child is about to come true.


Ana Isabelle Boards ‘Big Dogs’ Adaptation, Medina Senghore Gets ‘Happy!’ At Syfy

The TV adaptation of Adam Dunn’s Big Dogs has added Ana Isabelle to the cast. The Puerto Rican actress and singer joins Micheal Neeson, Lance Henriksen, Michael Rabe, Manny Perez, and Brett Cullen in the series based on the futuristic crime books.

The series is set in a violent, decaying New York City torn by financial collapse, race riots, and a surging crime wave, where an underworld economy of illegal, debauchery-ridden nightclubs linked by a web of taxicabs is thriving. Neeson, in his first lead role, will play Renny, a young fashion photographer moving drugs through the taxi network for the party circuit, who’s forced to step up his game to a dangerous degree by his boss, Reza, the local front man for an international crime syndicate that’s looking to take over the city.

Dunn will adapt the series for TV with Tony Glazer while David Platt is set to direct several episodes of the first season. The series has also tapped Darnell Martin, Matthew Penn, and Glazer to direct episodes for the first season.

Isabelle’s previous credits include Imprisoned and the indie comedy Lost Cat Corona starring Ralph Macchio. She is repped by Carolyn Anthony of Anthony & Associates Ltd.

Newcomer Medina Senghore has joined the Syfy series Happy!, joining Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt. The series, which will premiere this fall, follows Nick Sax (Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (Oswalt). Together, Happy and Nick make the oddest of oddball buddy double acts, and team up to help save a little girl named Hailey who has been abducted.

Senghore joins the show based on the Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel as a series regular in the role of Amanda Hansen, a single mother who shields herself from life’s slings and arrows by building a loving home for her 8-year old daughter, Hailey. When Hailey is kidnapped, Amanda must overcome an inept police force and her own demons to help rescue her.

Happy! marks Senghore’s first major TV role since recently graduating Juilliard. She has worked on indie films and won Best Supporting Actress at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza for The Three Way which screened at festivals across the country and Sierra Leone. She is repped by APA and Generate.


Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Draws 21 Million Viewers Across 6 Networks In L+3 – Update

UPDATED, 1:06 PM: Disney said today that the premiere of Descendants 2 drew a Live+3 total audience of 21 million across six of its networks — good for a 61% surge over the same-day number. The sequel to the 2015 live-action movie about the teenage children of classic Disney villains drew the biggest cable number since the original aired in July 2015.

Breaking down the L+3 numbers: The new pic ranks No. 1 since the original Descendants among all major youth demographics: kids 2-11 (3.9M/10.0 rating), kids 6-11 (3.1M/12.8), tweens 9-14 (2.8M/11.7) and kids 6-14 (4.2M/11.6). It also was the most-watched telecast among kid cable TV networks in total viewers (8.6 million) since the original two years ago.

PREVIOUSLY, July 22: Disney pulled all the stops for the launch of the Descendants sequel, with the Disney Channel original movie debuting last night in a simulcast on six different networks, its original Disney Channel, Disney-ABC siblings ABC, Disney XD and Freeform, as well as Lifetime and Lifetime Movies, whose parent A+E Networks is co-owned by Disney-ABC. The premiere amassed a combined 13 million viewers. That is twice the 6.6 million who tuned in for the premiere of the first movie, which only aired on Disney Channel.

As could be expected, the bulk of the Descendants 2 viewing was on Disney Channel (5.3 million), ranking as Friday’s #1 scripted TV telecast in total viewers. On Disney Channel, Descendants 2 was the #1 top-rated cable TV telecast since the original Descendants’ July 2015 premiere among all major youth demographics – Kids 2-11 (2.2 million/5.7 rating), Kids 6-11 (1.8 million/7.4 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.9 million/7.7 rating) – and is the #1 most watched telecast across kid cable TV networks since Descendants in total viewers (5.3 million).

Descendants 2 — a modern-day coming-of-age tale about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains- – also broke social media records for Disney Channel driving more Video Views (174.1 million), Impressions (90.8 million) and Engagements (14.6 million) than any social campaign in the network’s history.

On ABC, Descendants 2 posted a modest 1.72 million viewers and 0.4 in A18-49. Among the broadcast networks, a special Friday edition of  CBS’ Big Brother (5.42 million viewers, 1.4 rating in A18-49) was the top program of the night in both measures. The only other original offering last night, the CW’s Masters Of Illusion (0.2) was steady.

Descendants 2 stars Dove Cameron as Mal, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay and Mitchell Hope as King Ben; and ushered in new villains China Anne McClain as Uma, the daughter of Ursula; Thomas Doherty as Harry, son of Captain Hook; Dylan Playfair as Gil, son of Gaston; and Anna Cathcart as Dizzy, daughter of Cinderella’s evil stepsister Drizella and granddaughter of wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine.

Kenny Ortega (Descendants, High School Musical movies) is the director, executive producer and choreographer of Descendants 2. Wendy Japhet is also executive producer. Writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, who won a 2016 WGA Award for Descendants, wrote Descendants 2 and also serve as executive producers.


CNN & Turner Sports Sign For Nielsen’s Out-Of-Home Ratings

Time Warner’s CNN and Turner Sports are the latest programmers looking to see a boost in ratings from people who watch them in offices, bars and other venues. The services just agreed to a long-term subscription deal to receive audience measurement results from Nielsen’s relatively new National Out-of-Home Reporting Service.

They’ll receive  ratings people who tune in up to seven days after a program and commercial first airs.

“Our partnership with Nielsen doubles down on the investments we have made, and will provide influencers and advertisers with a more complete picture of the audience value we are delivering,” says CNN SVP for Research and Scheduling Robin Garfield.

Turner Sports Research VP Jay Leon says that out-of-home viewers “are highly engaged sports fans, and it’s important to accumulate a full understanding of those out-of-home audiences as a key component of how video is consumed on all devices and platforms.”

Turner has been working with Nielsen on out of home measurement for more than a decade, says the rating company’s Managing Director of National Client Solutions Peter Bradbury. The new agreement “is an example of the joint effort and we are pleased to have an expanded relationship.”

The additional data into how content is being viewed outside of the home will allow CNN, Turner Sports and other subscribers to deliver a total view of their audience to advertisers.

The out of home numbers come from Nielsen’s Portable People Meters, in the hands of about 77,000 people in its national sample. The results cover 44 local markets with about 65% of U.S. TV households.

Fox Sports signed up for the out of home ratings last month. Nielsen introduced them in April with ESPN as the first client.


‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Dramatizes Ted Kaczynski Capture Via Forensic Linguistics – TCA

Sam Worthington says he held off as long as possible meeting FBI agent and criminal profiler Jim Fitzgerald, whom he portrays in Discovery Channel’s Manhunt: Unabomber, because Fitz, a profiler, would have been profiling Worthington, as the actor was trying to profile Fitz.

Worthington did, he said, read Fitzgerald’s book and got to know him around the edges via other material. When they finally did meet, Worthington says he told the agent he had to play him “warts and all,” to which Fitzgerald responded he’s left handed, not right handed.

“He’s a very literal man,” Worthington said of the man who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and eventually bust Harvard-educated Ted Kaczynski at his rural Montana cabin in 1996. Between 1978-1995, Kaczynski mailed bombs to universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen more.

One critic asked Worthington to explain the look he was sporting at the panel, which included a Mohawk and beard and was nothing like clean-cut Fitzgerald but, presumably, more to do with Avatar.

“Fitz did not look like this,” responded Worthington.

Long pause ensued.

“OK. Thanks,” the critic said.

Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski. Manhunt: Unabomber episode 102.


Paul Bettany, who plays Kaczynski, said he had access to the bomber’s reading list which was “fascinatingly clichéd” in that it consisted entirely of novels about men who felt alienated from the world around them. Think Crime And Punishment.

The 8-by-10-foot cabin, without water and electricity, in which Kaczynski lived two decades “felt like its own character and absolutely was a place of safety for Ted,” Bettany said. The actor expressed regret for having said in interviews to promote the project that he went to live in a cabin in the woods to get a sense of the isolation. “I would like to clarify: it was a nice cabin. With a pool. People are saying, ‘he went to live in the cabin’. I did not do that. I did live in my own, very nice cabin,” for what he described today as a “bullshit attempt to try to get a pinch of what that loneliness” must have been like, noting he has three kids, a dog, a cat, and a wife at home.

Discovery chief Rich Ross noted the company has re-created Kaczynski’s cabin for tonight’s TCA party, which will be found in the garden outside the adjacent Waldorf hotel. Yes, he noted the irony.

Script writer/executive producer Andrew Sodroski described the Unabomber’s manifesto, which FBI got newspapers to publish in its effort to pin him down, as a prescient document about society’s relationship with technology, written in a pre-smartphone world.

Sodroski called it an “incredible document,” insisting “part of the tragedy” is that Kaczynski could only get people to read it by blowing up people.

In success, Unabomber will be the first in a Manhunt franchise for Discovery, Ross said.

Discovery’s eight-part limited series premieres August 1.


James Bond 25 Shortlist Includes Blade Runner 2049 Director

It has already been nearly two years since Spectre came out and yet, James Bond 25 hasn’t even started filming. That is going to change soon as Eon and MGM recently announced the sequel will arrive in theaters on November 8, 2019. It is highly suspected that Daniel Craig is going to return for this one, but no official announcement has been made yet. So who is in line to direct James Bond 25? The rumored shortlist has just been revealed and it includes three very top-notch filmmakers who could all bring something very different to the table.

According to Deadline, the three men in line to direct James Bond 25, who have all reportedly had meetings with the producers, include Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Yann Demange (’71). As it stands, Demange is rumored to be the frontrunner, despite the fact that he is probably the least well-known of the three names in that list. The report also notes that Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright, whose names have been thrown around on recent press tours in regards to James Bond 25, aren’t likely in the running and would probably be better suited for a reboot once Daniel Craig surrenders the mantle of 007.

Starting with Yann Demange, despite not being a household name just yet, he is very much on the rise. His movie ’71 was critically heralded and his upcoming movie White Boy Rick is set for release next year and stars Matthew McConaughey, which should help put him on the map a bit more. He seems to stand to gain the most from landing a gig like James Bond 25 as that would be a huge deal for anyone, but especially someone who hasn’t had the chance to take on a big franchise before.

As for Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie, their Hollywood stock is on the rise in a big way, with or without James Bond 25. Interestingly enough, both of them had Best Picture nominated movies at the most recent Oscars with Arrival and Hell or High Water respectively. Villeneuve is about to get a big bump with Blade Runner 2049, a long-awaited sequel to one of the most beloved sci-fi movies ever made. He is also attached to direct the reboot of Dune, which is another massive potential franchise. So he may be a bit busy and, according to Deadline, scheduling conflicts could get in the way of him ultimately landing the gig.

David Mackenzie is currently set to direct Outlaw King, which tells the story of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who most know from Braveheart. The project is rumored to be going to Netflix with Hell or High Water stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster both rumored to be starring. In any case, it sounds like James Bond 25 will probably be in good hands no matter who, if any of these three winds up with the gig.

Deadline notes that a decision will likely be made by the end of the summer as production is going to have to get moving with a release date now set. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli still haven’t announced a distributor yet either, but Sony Warner Bros, Annapurna, Fox and Universal are all interested in the rights to distribute future James Bond movies. With production drawing nearer, all of these burning questions about James Bond 25 are likely to be answered very soon.


‘Marjorie Prime’ Trailer: Jon Hamm Plays Lois Smith’s Hologram Husband In Sundance Standout

The new emotional and unsettling trailer for FilmRise’s Marjorie Prime evokes some Black Mirror vibes and has drawn comparisons to Spike Jonze’s Her. Even so, the film based on the acclaimed Jordan Harrison play stands on its own as it has received high marks when it bowed earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

The story follows the titular 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) as she spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past.

Adapted and directed by Michael Almaryeda, the film won the Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance.  Along with Hamm and Smith, the film stars Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.  critics have been raving about their performances. FilmRise is set to push all the main actors with a targeted award-season campaign. Uri Singer of Passage Pictures serves as producer.

Marjorie Prime is set to open in New York and Los Angeles on August 18 with a national rollout to follow.


Rogue One Actor Joins Han Solo, Will Darth Vader Return?

The Han Solo movie has had a rough production so far, with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting fired just weeks before production was scheduled to end. That led to Ron Howard being hired to come in and try to clean up the mess. So far, it seems to be going fairly well. Now we have a possibly interesting and not necessarily negative bit of news relating to the still untitled Han Solo movie as Spencer Wilding, who played Darth Vader on screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been cast in the movie.

As reported by Star Wars News Net, Spencer Wilding, who also played “Mean Guard” in Guardians of the Galayx in addition to his role as Darth Vader, was scheduled to appear at Fandomfest in Louisville, Kentucky. But the official website for the event recently updated their page, saying that Wilding won’t be able to attend the event because he is busy filming the next Star Wars movie. Since the only Star Wars movie currently filming is the young Han Solo movie, it’s fairly easy to put the pieces of that puzzle together. Here’s what the website had to say about it.

“Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.”

Now, before we get too ahead of ourselves, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Darth Vader is going to be in the Han Solo movie. In fact, Star Wars News Net says that they are hearing Spencer Wilding is not going to play the famed Sith Lord this time around. It is entirely possible that he is going to play some other large alien creature or guy in a suit. Lucasfilm regularly pulls in the same actors to play different parts. Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, has played a handful of different roles on screen over the years. Wilding could be doing the same. But we also can’t rule out a surprise appearance from Darth Vader now. It would certainly fit with the timeline, given that this movie takes place roughly ten years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.

In the original Star Wars trilogy, it was David Prowse who actually played Darth Vader on screen, though, most people associate the role with James Earl Jones, since he provided the voice. David Prowse has always embraced his turn as Darth Vader, but at the age of 81 wasn’t able to put on the suit again for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In came Spencer Wilding, who wound up wearing the suit for what is considered one of the best movies in the Star Wars franchise. Daniel Naprous is also credited with playing Darth Vader in Rogue One in certain scenes. Though, it isn’t totally known who did what on screen.

Lucasfilm is still aiming to get the Han Solo movie in theaters on May 25, 2018, so they have their work cut out for them. We’ve heard that Jabba the Hutt will be making an appearance in the movie. With Chewbacca and Young Lando confirmed as a major part of this story. Will Ron Howard surprise us and give us a little more Darth Vader action as well? Probably not, but this is definitely something to think about as we wait for the movie to arrive.

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