Players Link Arms Before ‘Thursday Night Football’ National Anthem; Game Resumes After Lightning Delay – Update

2ND UPDATE, 7 PM: The lightning has passed, fans are returning to their seats, and the game is about to resume. Players were given 10 minutes to warm up after the 45-minute delay.

UPDATED, 6:18 PM: A lightning storm is predicted to hit the Green Bay area soon, so NFL officials have suspended the Bears-Packers game. During the commercial break after the first quarter, a weather warning was issued, and CBS announcer Jim Nantz said, “They asked everyone for their personal safety to move to the shelter of the concourses in an orderly manner.” The feed cut to players returning to their locker rooms and fans leaving their seats, and lightning flashes were shown. We will update when the game resumes.

PREVIOUSLY, 6:15 PM: To kneel or not to kneel was the question tonight as CBS got ready to air its game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. It was answered before the national anthem was played.

With military personnel in uniform in the background, sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said Packers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his team met ahead of time and “what they decided to do was to link arms for the national anthem, and they want everyone in the stadium — all the fans — to be linking arms as well.” She said Rodgers told CBS: “This is not a protest. This is a unified demonstration of love and solidarity, a call to connect,” adding that it “might be a little uncomfortable for people.”

Many in the crowd cheered as cameras showed the Packers linking arms.

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Chicago Bears National Anthem

Reporter Jay Feely was on the Bears sideline, and he said the team’s “players, coaches and ownership met to discuss the national anthem. They decided they would stand and link arms as well in a sign of unity.” They did, and crowd shots should fans waving American flags and mostly smiling, though some looked irked as they chanted “USA! USA!”

The controversy, of course, dates to then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick choosing to kneel during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” last year to protest police shootings of black men. The controversy was kicked into high gear this past weekend when President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter to multiple NFL players choosing to kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem, eventually saying at a rally that those who kneel “should be fired.” POTUS continued to take 140-character shots at the league and its players for the next several days.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Trump’s comments “divisive.” 

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That same day, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors said they would not make the traditional visit to the White House.

Meanwhile, three of the NHL’s highest-profile black players — Canadians P.K. Subban, Joel Ward and Wayne Simmonds — have weighed in on the controversy. The 31-team pro hockey league has 27 black players.

San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward said earlier in the week that he might kneel for the American anthem. But he took to social media today to explain why he chose not to do so. “Make no mistake that racism exists and that people of color are treated differently on a day-to-day basis,” his long post reads in part. “I also feel that the original message that was trying to be communicated has been lost. The focus has shifted to the act of kneeling itself or to a protest of the flag or the military. What are we really talking about here? … Although I fully support those who before me have taken the lead in bringing awareness to these issues, I will not kneel during the national anthem like my brothers have done.”


Nashville Predators All-Star defenseman Subban said at an event this week that he will “never” kneel for the American anthem for a political protest, according to Yahoo Sports. Predators coach Peter Laviolette had said earlier that day that the teams “met as a group, and our decision is we’re going to stand for the national anthem out of respect for the anthem, for our country, for the people who serve for our country,” The Tenneseean reports.

Simmonds, the Philadelphia Flyers winger who began his career with the Los Angeles Kings, became irritated when the issue was raised by reporters. “All anyone wants to talk about right now is why they’re kneeling, and if you’re disrespecting the Army or the national anthem or whatever it might be,” the Ontario native said, per CSN Philly. “It’s an American issue right now. We’re talking about America. We’re talking about the United States of America. We’re not talking about Canada. I’m a black male living in the United States, and for the majority of my time, majority of the last 10 years I’ve lived here, I definitely understand what everyone is protesting about it and I definitely support the cause. … I’m not here to talk about the kneeling. I’m here to talk about the bigger issues.”

On Wednesday, the NHL Players Association issued this statement:

“We believe each player may choose to speak out or engage in peaceful protest on matters that are important to him. A player is entitled to his own views on political and social issues, and the right of each player to express such views deserves respect. Should a player decide to make such a peaceful protest, he would of course have the full support of the NHLPA in regard to his right to do so.”


‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season Premiere: Kevin McKidd On Tonight’s Jawdropper & What’s Next For Dr. Owen

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s two-hour 14th season premiere of  Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, “Break Down the House” and “Get off on the Pain.”  

Leave it to a mother, a sister, and a girlfriend to try and break up a marriage.

After Dr. Owen Hunt is cornered by all three over their concerns that Dr. Amelia Shephard (Caterina Scorsone) is in need of therapy, tonight’s back-to-back episodes, “Break Down the House” and “Get off on the Pain” left us in a stone-cold standstill: Amelia learns that she has a massive tumor.

And after Owen made a pass at BFF Teddy following the fam’s meddling in his marriage, he might want to think twice about leaving Amelia high and dry. Moments before tonight’s 14th series premiere about the Seattle hospital that refuses to burn down, Deadline caught up with the good doctor himself, Kevin McKidd, to sort through Dr. Owen’s emotional baggage.

In Episode 3, “Go Big or Go Home,” airing next Thursday, we’re bound to see Owen “stepping up the way someone must do when the person they love is in a medical dilemma,” teases McKidd.

“Amelia had this tumor go undiagnosed and it’s been affecting her choices and her personality. She probably had it when she asked Owen to marry her. When you roll the videotape back however many years, she asks, ‘Who have I been?’ and Owen asks the same emotions. It’s interesting to see where they end up. The tumor changes the game,” explains McKidd.

If you remember back to season 11, Amelia has had a previous entanglement with a brain tumor, but on the other side of the knife: When she pulled off a surgical feat and removed Dr. Nicole Herman’s (Geena Davis) tumor, leaving her blind. There was a moment when Amelia remarked to Arizona that Dr. Herman’s brain tumor scan was “spectacular.” Amelia’s is bigger, and cold shock is more akin to her reaction tonight than “spectacular.”

Days have elapsed between tonight’s episodes and the season 13 finale when Owen and Amelia picked up Megan (Abigail Spencer) in a gurney at the military base. And the fact that Amelia hasn’t stuck her head in to see how Owen’s missing sister is doing (despite the fact that she is a busy surgeon at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital) simply offends the Hunt family. Loaded with their voices in his head, Owen confronts Amelia about what they have left that’s sacred: “When she basically says that she’s checked out of the relationship, Owen is completely lost, confused, and hurt, and doesn’t know what the marriage is anymore,” says McKidd  Hence, his kiss with Teddy. But Owen should be the bigger and better guy with Amelia, come episode 3.

And though Owen has Amelia’s pain to contend with moving forward, there’s a greater emotional cavity that’s being filled by the return of his sister, Megan, who – speaking of cavities – gets a new abdomen thanks to Dr. Meredith’s groundbreaking surgery.


But seriously, the fact that Megan is alive for Owen fills a great void. Even though he wasn’t responsible for her disappearance, as an older brother, he felt he could have done something in the Army. “He’s played the role of feeling guilty about things, and what you realize is that it all stems back to the disappearance of his sister, and that guilt gets eased in upcoming episodes. Her return and irreverence helps him heal,” says McKidd, who directed tonight’s second hour, his 17th helming credit on Grey’s Anatomy. Debbie Allen helmed the first episode, “Break Down the House.” In total, the first two hours of tonight’s premiere took 18 days to shoot.

But, man, that Megan, she’s a firecracker. Even though, health-wise, she’s got bigger things to worry about, she promptly starts making waves from her hospital bed, getting into Owen’s head about Amelia and hooking Nathan, her former lover, away from Meredith.

So what’s next for Megan on the show? She’s a surgeon. Will she don scrubs and yell, “Hey, give me that scalpel!?” Not so, according to McKidd. While there’s a competitive streak between Owen and his younger sister, her focus isn’t about rolling up her sleeves at Grey-Sloan, but “reconnecting with her son and going back to Iraq. It will pencil out to be a satisfying conclusion,” says McKidd about Megan’s arc.

But, really, no pressure, Owen. If something happens to her, can you take care of her adopted child? While McKidd is mum about whether we’ll see Megan’s son in a future episode, should Owen be faced with the responsibility, he’ll take it on, no questions asked.

“Owen will do anything for his sister, he’ll throw himself off a bridge, he loves her so much,” explains McKidd.

And obviously we know that Megan can’t overstay her welcome on Grey’s Anatomy because actress Spencer has the second season of NBC/Sony’s Timeless she has to start filming.

And what of Teddy and Owen? After she keeps him in check after the kiss, McKidd says that the duo will maintain their boundaries as friends and controlling their emotions. For their relationship “is an interesting one, complicated as very close friends with an unrequited component. It’s fun to play that relationship, there’s always the pull and push between them,” says McKidd.

Currently, Grey’s Anatomy is in production on episode 7 this season.


Artios Awards Unveils TV And Theater Noms, Taps Trio Of Honorees

The Casting Society of America (CSA) has announced its list of honorees and nominees to be recognized at the 33rd Annual Artios Awards, taking place on January 18, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles & Stage 48 in New York City.

The Artios Awards are given to CSA members using the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. Named for the Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” the Artios Awards were first given in 1985 to honor excellence in casting. The New York awards were first given in 1988.

Kevin Huvane, Partner and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement. The award recognizes the recipient’s contributions to the industry as a whole and their inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process. It is named for Lynn Stalmaster, the first casting director to win an Academy Award.

Director, screenwriter and producer Barry Levinson will be honored with the Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award. The award is an annual recognition from the casting community to an individual who has made a special commitment to the New York entertainment industry through their collaboration with casting directors. Is is named for Marion Dougherty, the focus of the acclaimed documentary Casting By.

Casting director Victoria Thomas will be honored with the Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession. Hoyt Boyers was a brilliant casting director and a supportive mentor.

The Casting Society America also announced their full list of 2018 nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Casting in the television, theater, short form series and short film categories.

All nominees were submitted by CSA members and met eligibility requirements for projects that were aired, released or performed from June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017. Nominees for feature film will be announced early next year.

The full list of television, theater, short form series and short film nominees are:


”Atlanta” – Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting), Chase Paris (Location Casting), Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate)

“Better Things” – Felicia Fasano, Tara Nostramo (Associate)

“Dear White People” – Kim Coleman

“I Love Dick” – Eyde Belasco

“Insecure” – Victoria Thomas


“13 Reasons Why” – Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Barbara Fiorentino, Nina Henninger ((Location Casting), Joey Montenarello (Associate), Terese Classen (Associate)

“The Crown” – Nina Gold, Robert Sterne

“The Handmaid’s Tale” – Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Russell Scott, Robin D. Cook (Location Casting), Jonathan Oliveira (Associate)

“This Is Us” – Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Josh Einsohn, Ryan Bernard Tymensky (Associate)

“Stranger Things” – Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting), Chase Paris (Location Casting), Wittney Horton (Associate)

“Westworld” – John Papsidera, Deanna Brigidi-Stewart (Associate)


“Black-ish” – Alexis Frank Koczara, Christine Smith Shevchenko

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – Felicia Fasano, Venus Kanani, Tara Nostramo (Associate)

“Girls” – Jennifer Euston, Emer O’Callaghan (Associate)

“Transparent”  – Eyde Belasco

“Silicon Valley” – Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman, Leslie Woo

“Veep” – Dorian Frankel, Sibby Kirchgessner, Marlise Gunzenhauser (Associate)


“Black Mirror” – Jina Jay, Henry Russell Bergstein (Location Casting)

“Bloodline” – Debra Zane, Shayna Markowitz, Lori Wyman (Location Casting), Marie-Thérèse Verbruggen (Associate), Erin Fragetta (Associate)

“Homeland”  – Judy Henderson, Kimberly Graham (Associate)

“The Affair” – Ross Meyerson, Julie Tucker

“The Americans” – Rori Bergman


“Big Little Lies” – David Rubin, Melissa Pryor (Associate)

“Fargo” – Rachel Tenner, Jackie Lind (Location Casting), Stephanie Gorin (Location Casting), Charlene Lee (Associate)

“Feud:  Bette and Joan” – Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Jennifer K.M. Treadwell (Associate)

“The Night Of” – Avy Kaufman, Sabrina Hyman, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

“When We Rise” – Sheila Jaffe, Gail Goldberg, Sean Cossey (Location Casting), JJ Ogilvy (Location Casting), Nina Henninger (Location Casting)


“Hairspray Live” – Bernard Telsey, Abbie Brady-Dalton, Cesar A. Rocha (Associate)

“Killing Reagan” – Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Mark Fincannon (Location Casting), Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting), Monica Kelly (Associate)

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” – Cindy Tolan, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Daniel Cabeza (Associate)

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” – Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Stephanie Gorin (Location Casting), Alex Newman (Associate)

“The Wizard of Lies” – Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)


“Bunk’d” – Howard Meltzer

“Girl Meets World” – Sally Stiner, Barbie Block

“Julie’s Greenroom” – Bernard Telsey, Conrad Woolfe (Associate)

“Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” – Danielle Aufiero, Amber Horn, Steven Tylor O’Connor (Associate)

“School of Rock” – Suzanne Goddard-Smythe, Ty Harman (Associate)


“American Dad!”  – Linda Lamontagne

“Bob’s Burgers” – Julie Ashton-Barson

“Bojack Horseman” – Linda Lamontagne

“Family Guy” Linda – Lamontagne

”Peanuts” – Matthew Jon Beck


“Are You the One?” – Damon Furberg, Heather Allyn

“Born This Way” – Sasha Alpert

“Project Runway” – Sasha Alpert

“Real World” – Sasha Alpert

“True Life – We Are Transitioning” – Tony Miros


“Crowbar Smile” – Eyde Belasco

“Perfect Roast Potatoes” – Rich Mento

“Plea” – Marin Hope

“Public Speaking” – Adrienne Stern

“The Sub” – Amanda Lenker Doyle


“Confess” – Fern Champion , Sharon Lieblein, Troy Daniel Smith (Associate)

“Now We’re Talking”  – Alexis Frank Koczara

“Party Girl” – Nickole Doro, Shayna Sherwood

“Single By 30” – Sherrie Henderson, Romy Stutman, Vanessa Knight (Associate)

“Tales of Titans” – Amanda Lenker Doyle, Chrissy Fiorilli-Ellington

“Tween Fest” – Amanda Lenker Doyle


“A Doll’s House Part 2”  -David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port

“Heisenberg” – Nancy Piccione

“Indecent” – Tara Rubin, Felicia Rudolph (Associate)

“Oslo” – Daniel Swee

“Sweat” – Heidi Griffiths, Jordan Thaler


“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – Rachel Hoffman

“Come From Away” – Rachel Hoffman

“Groundhog Day” – Jim Carnahan, Jillian Cimini (Associate)

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” – Duncan Stewart, Benton Whitley, Andrea Zee (Associate)

“War Paint” – Craig Burns, Bernard Telsey


“Jitney” – David Caparelliotis, Nancy Piccione

“Six Degrees of Separation” – Daniel Swee

“The Front Page” – David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port

“The Glass Menagerie” – David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port

“The Little Foxes” – David Caparelliotis, Kelly Gillespie


“Falsettos” – Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall, Kaitlin Shaw (Associate), Claire Burke (Associate)

“Hello Dolly” – Craig Burns, Bernard Telsey

“Miss Saigon” – Tara Rubin, Merri Sugarman, Claire Burke (Associate)

“Sunday in the Park with George” – Carrie Gardner, Stephen Kopel

“Sunset Boulevard” – Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall


“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City” – William Cantler, Karyn Casl

“How to Transcend a Happy Marriage” – Daniel Swee

“Sweeney Todd” – Cesar A. Rocha

“Sweet Charity” – Judy Henderson, Ally Beans

“The Band’s Visit” – Tara Rubin


“Dead Poet’s Society” – William Cantler, Karyn Casl

“Small Mouth Sounds” – Henry Russell Bergstein, Lauren Port

“The Hairy Ape” – Tiffany Little Canfield, Cesar A. Rocha (Associate)

“The Wolves”William Cantler, Karyn Casl

“Yen” – William Cantler, Bernard Telsey, Karyn Casl, Adam Caldwell


“A Sign of the Times” – Tara Rubin, Felicia Rudolph (Associate)

“American Son” – MA production – Pat McCorkle, Katja Zarolinski

“American Son” – NJ production  – Pat McCorkle, Katja Zarolinski

“An American Daughter” – William Cantler, Karyn Casl

“Assassins” – Tara Rubin

“The SpongeBob Musical” – Patrick Goodwin, James Calleri, Paul Davis


“A View From the Bridge” – Karyn Casl, Patrick Goodwin

“Actually” – Phyllis Schuringa

“An Octoroon” – James Calleri, Erica Jensen, Amy Potozkin

“Barbecue” – Phyllis Schuringa

“Merrily We Roll Along” – Beth Lipari

“Zoot Suit” – Pauline O’con


“The 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival” – Erica S. Bream, Cara Chute Rosenbaum

“The House in Scarsdale:  A Memoir for the Stage” – Nicole Arbusto

“The Tragedy of JFK (As Told by William Shakespeare)” – Erica S. Bream, Cara Chute Rosenbaum

“Waiting for Godot” – Amanda Lenker Doyle, Chrissy Fiorilli-Ellington

“When Jazz Had the Blues” – Michael Donovan, Richie Ferris (Associate)


“A Chorus Line” – Margery Simkin, Michael Donovan

“Aida” – Rachel Hoffman

“Big River” – Jay Binder

“Crazy For You” – Tara Rubin, Kaitlin Shaw, Felicia Rudolph (Associate)

“Wonderful Town” – Jim Carnahan


“Fun Home” – Jim Carnahan, Jillian Cimini

“Hamilton” – West Coast National Tour – Bethany Knox, Rebecca Scholl (Associate)

“Hamilton” – Chicago Company – Bethany Knox, Rebecca Scholl (Associate)

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – James Calleri, Paul Davis

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” – Daniel Swee, Cindy Tolan


Last Jedi Script Took Domhnall Gleeson by Complete Surprise

Each day that passes brings us 24 hours closer to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with fans eagerly awaiting the second Star Wars 8 trailer, rumored to air during ABC’s Monday Night Football on October 9. While promoting his new movie American Made, Domhnall Gleeson shed some light on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where he reprises his villainous character General Hux from The Force Awakens. Here’s what the actor had to say in a new interview when asked about the first time he read the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“When I read it I needed to talk to him, and I think that’s always a good sign. I was like, ‘Wow there’s some stuff there which is kind of-not scary but different to what I expected,’ and that’s a really, really nice thing. I think that’s a really positive thing, I think that’s important for those films that we don’t repeat ourselves. So I just wanted to talk to him, and when I talked to him he was so clear and so confident, not in a brash way but he knew the film he wanted to make, and it was a really lovely thing. Just [to] sit down with a filmmaker you really enjoy… but to see him, just the confidence of it and his excitement about what it could be and everything, it was really pleasing to see. Very calming. And I got really excited about being in it, and it was a really very, very cool experience working with him. I would love to work with him again, I really enjoyed it.”

Just like the every Star Wars fan around the world, the actor revealed that he’s just really excited to see the finished product. It seems likely that the actor will have at least a few opportunities to see Star Wars 8 before everyone else, but even he doesn’t completely know how it will turn out yet. Here’s what he had to say below.

“I’m just really interested to see the film now, as well. You never know what something’s gonna be like. Even when you read the script, you don’t know what the tone of something is gonna be. You can guess at it, but I can’t wait to see it. I just wanna sit in a room full of people and watch that movie and see what it does to us.”

After the sudden departure of Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) on Star Wars 9, there were rumors that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would step up and take the helm on this final installment of the new trilogy. The filmmaker later confirmed that he wouldn’t make Star Wars 9, but then shortly thereafter, LucasFilm announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would return to the helm. When asked about these new developments on Star Wars 9, Domhnall Gleeson had this to say.

“(I found out) like two seconds before, but nothing’s revealed about which, if any of us, are in Episode IX or not. I think it’s really cool that he’s doing it, and I’m interested to see how he approaches it because he’s a superb filmmaker. And it’s closing out-they’re doing it in trilogies aren’t they? See that’s really cool, J.J. will do a fantastic job.”

The actor wouldn’t divulge any further specifics about Star Wars: The Last Jedi in his interview with Collider, and we likely won’t know the fate of Hux until The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15. It remains to be seen if we’ll get a new glimpse at Hux in this second trailer, when it reportedly debuts in a few weeks, but the December 15 release date will be here before you know it. Regardless of what happens to Hux, The Last Jedi is shaping up to be the biggest movie of the year.


‘Inhumans,’ ‘Empire’ Actor Mike Moh Signs With WME

Mike Moh, who will play “Triton “on Marvel’s Inhumans, has signed with WME for representation. He will continue to be managed by East West Artists.

Marvel’s Inhumans premieres tomorrow on ABC. Moh also plays a recurring role as Steve Cho, the PR executive for Empire.  He is also well-known in the Capcom gaming world as “Ryu” in the game Street Fighter.

The Inhumans series is based on long-running comic book characters. It tells the story of a secluded race of beings with enhanced powers. The Sept. 29 debut is the first of eight episodes. Moh’s green-skinned “Triton” has the ability to breathe underwater and survive cold temperatures and the pressure of the deep.

The trailer for the show featured leader Maximus (Iwan Rheon) attempting to take over the throne from his brother, king Black Bolt (Anson Mount), as his long-haired queen Medusa (Serinda Swan) and the royal court, including Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), Karnak (Ken Leung) and Crystal (Isabelle Cornish) try to stop him.

The war starts in their universe of Attilan, but then they bring it to Earth — Hawaii, to be specific — after a military coup. The series tells their story about their conflict, as well as their interactions with the people of Earth.

The series also stars Ellen Woglom and Sonya Balmores. Roel Reine serves as the director and Scott Buck is the showrunner.

Marvel’s Inhumans debuted the first chapter of the series on September 1 on Imax screens. It is the first live-action television series to do so. The theatrical run was scheduled for two weeks, ahead of the series’ premiere.


Wrinkle in Time Gets Game of Thrones Composer

Disney’s adaptation A Wrinkle in Time is shaping up to be one of next year’s most highly-anticipated films, as fans wait for the next batch of footage following the first A Wrinkle in Time trailer that dropped at the D23 Expo back in July. There has been no confirmation as to when the next footage may arrive, but director Ava DuVernay just recently dropped an interesting piece of news on social media, confirming that Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has come aboard to do the score. The director included a photo of herself alongside the composer in the editing bay, where fans can get a new glimpse of Storm Reid’s pivotal character Meg Murry.

The director revealed on social media that she has “listened to his music for years and swooned,” before confirming that he will compose the score for A Wrinkle in Time. It’s possible that the composer coming aboard now could mean that he will be putting together the music for the next trailer for this adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s iconic novel. Still, there is no indication yet that another trailer is coming soon, especially since we have roughly six months left before the movie hits theaters. This updates is the latest we’ve gotten on this project since the star-studded Wrinkle in Time cast descended upon the D23 Expo.

The story centers on Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father. The cast includes Oprah Winfrey (Selma, The Butler) as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon (Wild, Walk the Line) as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, Inside Out) as Mrs. Who, Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond, Hell or High Water, Into the Woods) as Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and The Beast, Belle) as Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis (Birdman, The Hangover) as The Happy Medium, André Holland (Moonlight, Selma) as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller (Pan) as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, and introducing Storm Reid as the iconic literary character Meg Murry.

Director Ava DuVernay made history by taking on this adaptation, making her the first black female director to take the helm of a $100 million movie, following in the footsteps of Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first female to direct a $100 million movie with 2002′s K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford. Most recently, Patty Jenkins took the helm of Warner Bros. superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman, which took in $412 million domestic and $820.6 million worldwide. We’ll have to wait until March 9, 2018 to see if Ava DuVernay can take A Wrinkle In Time to similar box office heights.

Ava DuVernay directs from an adapted screenplay by Jennifer Lee, who is best known for writing the scripts for a pair of Disney animated hits, Frozen, the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, and the beloved Wreck-It-Ralph, both of which have sequels coming up in the next few years. A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters on March 9, 2018, going up against The Weinstein Company’s The Upside and STX Entertainment’s Gringo. While early March isn’t often the ideal release for a big-budget movie, Disney has found success in that frame as of late, including this year’s Beauty and the Beast, which opened in third weekend of March and is still the highest-grossing movie of the year, with $504 million domestic and $1.2 billion worldwide. Aside from the Game of Thrones music, Ramin Djawadi has also comopsed the scores for Westworld, The Strain, Prison Break and Person of Interest, along with movies like the upcoming The Mountain Between Us, The Great Wall, Pacific Rim and Iron Man, just to name a few. Take a look at the photo below from Ava DuVernay’s Twitter, as we wait for more on A Wrinkle in Time.

I’ve listened to his music for years and swooned. Thrilled to announce that @Djawadi_Ramin joins the WRINKLE IN TIME family as our composer!

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 27, 2017


Star Wars 8 Toy Has Fans Questioning Snoke’s Gender Identity

Does Snoke identify as a man, woman, or none of the above? Is he the first real gay male character in Star Wars? What are the gender politics in this galaxy far, far away? It’s a subject never touched on in the movies, but a new Last Jedi toy has some fans asking those new questions. A Snoke action figure shows what’s going on underneath the villain’s infamous golden robe and it has started the great debate of where Snoke fits into the Star Wars: The Last Jedi universe in terms of his sexual identity. We know he’s from the Outer Regions, but what gender or sexual preference does Snoke identify as? Will the new movie even begin to tell us?

This new image of the Snoke toy features the Kyber crystal ring that we’ve seen a lot of lately, but in this new picture, the golden robe is open and Snoke is rocking some white capris pants and some golden slippers that look like Dorothy’s from The Wizard of Oz, but gold instead of ruby red. Also shown is a weird pelvic area that looks like Snoke could be wearing a space diaper of some sort, but is likely just a mechanical issue so the figure can be posed or what not. In addition, Snoke has some nice hips and a top that looks distinctly female with a plunging neckline and possible breasts. All in all, it looks like Freddy Krueger raided Judy Garland’s closet.

Star Wars fans are still trying to figure out if Snoke is an alien, so this is a pretty big monkey wrench to throw into the debate at this late stage of the game. Snoke is super tall; way taller than any of his Praetorian Guards and the neck seems to be really long, which also indicates an alien, but who knows? Snoke looks like he/she has been through some serious stuff over the years. It was reported around the time of The Force Awakens that J.J. Abrams toyed with the idea of making Snoke a female character, so who is to say that they didn’t keep it that way? Or maybe Snoke is neither.

Kylo Ren has never used a gender-specific pronoun for Snoke and neither does General Hux. What if Kylo is being seduced by a female Snoke? It could very well happen. Perhaps Snoke had a really bad smoking habit that deteriorated his/her voice. The Last Jedi could turn away from the “I am your father,” male business and flip the script to, “I am your grandma” very easily. It is completely possible that Rian Johnson carried out what J.J. Abrams set out to do with a female Snoke.

Snoke’s appearance underwent many changes throughout the development of The Force Awakens, with the character’s final appearance not being decided on until October 2015, two months before the movie’s official release. The picture does certainly ask many questions without providing any answers whatsoever, but take one look at the picture and decide for yourself. The picture comes to us courtesy of Reddit and it definitely looks like Snoke could be female or even some kind of asexual grandpa with scoliosis. There’s some Freddy Krueger/Judy Garland vibes going for sure, so maybe Snoke is into murdering people and show tunes. Check out the slightly NSFW picture below.

So Snoke has boobs…interesting

— dave donovan (@david75donovan) September 28, 2017


‘Marlon’ Renewed For Season 2 By NBC

NBC has ordered a second season of its comedy Marlon starring Marlon Wayans. Following the series’ solid summer run, the renewal was not in doubt, with the network and producers over the past few weeks discussing the size of the order and the time frame for the show’s return. Season 1 consisted of 10 episodes (as opposed to the standard 13) and was originally slated for midseason 2017 but did not get on the air until the summer. I hear the producers had been looking for in-season Season 2 run and a non-abbreviated order. The exact number of episodes for next season has still TBD.

Marlon, from writer/executive producer Christopher Moynihan, is the latest NBC multi-camera series to launch in the summer and do well enough to earn a renewal, following Undateable and The Carmichael Show. The 9 PM. edition of Marlon averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers overall (Live+same day), making it the summer’s #1 new scripted series on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 and total viewers. Marlon wrapped its season on Sept. 13 by matching the show’s season highs with both its 9 PM and 9:30 telecasts.


Loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans, this update to the classic family comedy centers on a loving (but sometimes inappropriate) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first — even if he’s the biggest kid of all.

The cast includes Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle, Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil.

Moynihan executive produces with Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez and Michael Rotenberg. Marlon is produced by Universal Television, Bicycle Path Productions, Baby Way Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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