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John Barrowman made a surprise guest appearance in the new episode of Doctor Who last night, playing his iconic role of Captain Jack Harkness (whose hair is still dark brown on the show)...

How Doctor Who brought John Barrowman’s Captain Jack back to the TARDIS
By Huw Fullerton  Sunday, 26th January 2020
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-01-26/how-doctor-who-brought-john-barrowmans-captain-jack-back-to-the-tardis/

John Barrowman faked a house renovation to secretly film for Doctor Who
By Huw Fullerton  Sunday, 26th January 2020
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-01-26/john-barrowman-fake-renovation-doctor-who/

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I wonder which character Joe Dinicol played...

Soul In Bliss Theatre Co and The Shakespeare Club Present Much Ado About Nothing
STAFF REPORT  January 15, 2020 
http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/soul-in-bliss-theatre-co-and-the-shakespeare-club-present-much-ado-about-nothing/#.Xi8Dhv5KjIU

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Soul In Bliss Theatre Co. and The Shakespeare Club present a fast and furious adaption of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The one-day only performance on Sunday, February 16, benefits College Access Plan, a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success.

Drawing on the Shakespeare Club’s history and use as a convalescent home for soldiers recuperating from various injuries, this adaptation set during WW2 follows the story of betrothed Claudio and Hero, and the repelled-by-each-other though well-matched couple, Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice. Ultimately, a joint marriage is planned where Claudio is made to marry an incognito bride, and she turns out to be none other than…well that’s the surprise!

In addition to the ticketed performance, there will be a pay-what-you-can matinee dress rehearsal followed by a Q&A with cast and crew on Saturday, February 15. This performance is free for students.

Directed by Richard Kenyon, this performance features: Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Carter, Ready or Not); Ryan Belleville (Workin’ Moms); Joe Dinicol (Arrow); Celina Dean (Blindspot); Ana Parsons (The Affair, Adam Ruins Everything); Grace Lynn Kung (Mary Kills People, Star Trek: Discovery); Brandon Firla (Suits, Modern Family); Rick Howland (Lost Girl, Killjoys); Alana Johnston (Upright Citizens Brigade); Inessa Frantowski (Upright Citizens Brigade); Ayumi lizuka (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live). The cast and crew will also include a number of local students.

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‘Heels’: Kelli Berglund Joins Starz’s Wrestling Drama Series
By Denise Petski  January 27, 2020 10:15am
https://deadline.com/2020/01/heels-kelli-berglund-starz-wrestling-drama-series-stephen-amell-1202842743/

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EXCLUSIVE: Kelli Berglund (Now Apocalypse) is set as a lead opposite Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig and Alison Luff in Heels, Starz’s eight-episode hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling.
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Berglund will play Crystal, a 20-year-old wrestler’s valet who yearns to transform this traditional role and compete as a wrestler. A rural-town girl of limited financial means, she’s an incredible athlete who just needs an opportunity to prove she belongs in the ring, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that dream come true.
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Berglund most recently was seen as Carly Carlson in Starz’s praised comedy-of-age comedy series Now Apocalypse. She played a young Gwen Verdon in FX’s limited series Fosse/Verdon, and next will be seen in the upcoming Russo brothers’ drama feature Cherry, opposite Tom Holland and Bill Skarsgård, and in the 2020 Netflix feature comedy Hubie Halloween, opposite Adam Sandler, Paris Berelc, Julie Bowen and Steve Buscemi.

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‘Arrow’ Series Finale: What’s Next For The Cast?
By Nicole Massabrook   January 28, 2020
https://www.ibtimes.com/arrow-series-finale-whats-next-cast-2911327

Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) won’t be gone from the small screen for long. He will star in “Heels,” a wrestling drama on premium cable network Starz. Kelli Berglund, Alexander Ludwig and Alison Luff also star in the eight-episode drama, which follows independent wrestlers.

The Green Arrow actor is also set to reunite with cousin Robbie Amell. Quibi, a streaming service set to launch this year, is developing a spinoff to their film “Code 8,” the crowd-funded sci-fi thriller that hit theaters in December.
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Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) left the series last year but returns for Tuesday’s series finale. She’ll next star in “We Need to Talk,” an indie dramedy about a self-centered celebrity who hears his girlfriend say, “We need to talk” before she heads to work. He goes on a wild goose chase to figure out what she’ll bring up. James Maslow, Christel Khalil and Tray Chaney co-star.

Colton Haynes (Roy Harper/Arsenal) has finished filming the drama “Triumph.” The movie stars RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”) as a teen with mild cerebral palsy as he attempts to join the wrestling team and win over his crush. Terrence Howard (“Empire”) co-stars and executive produces.

Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Siren), Juliana Harkavy (Dinah Drake/Black Canary) and Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak/Green Arrow) are not leaving the Arrowverse, at least if all goes well. The three women are signed on to headline “Green Arrow and the Canaries,” the 2040-set “Arrow” spinoff that was set up in Season 8, episode 9. The CW has not announced if the show has been greenlit yet.  Based on the backdoor pilot, it seems that Ben Lewis (William Clayton), Joseph-David Jones (Connor Hawke) and Andrea Sixtos (Zoe Ramirez) will also have roles in the new Arrowverse TV show.
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Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance) is filming “Home Invasion,” a sci-fi comedy about a a family of aliens sent to invade earth, and then two burglars choose the wrong house to break into. Morena Baccarin (“Gotham”) also stars in the English-language series, which will premiere in the Nordic region in 2020 on Viaplay.

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What the 'Arrow' Stars Are Doing Next (PHOTOS)
Dan Clarendon February 04, 2020
https://www.tvinsider.com/gallery/arrow-cast-doing-next-after-series-finale/

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Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow)
The Arrow frontman has been cast in Starz’s Heels, an “hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling,” according to Deadline.
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Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Black Siren)
Cassidy and two of her Arrow co-stars, Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak) and Juliana Harkavy (Dinah Drake), are the stars of a female-led Arrow spinoff in development at The CW.
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Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance)
Blackthorne will appear opposite Deadpool’s Morena Baccarin and Fringe’s John Noble in the in-development sci-fi comedy Home Invasion, “the story of two burglars who breaks into a house who find themselves face to face with an absurd close encounter,” per Variety.
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Colton Haynes (Roy Harper/Arsenal)
Haynes is playing a “famous #instagay” in the AMC Studios project I Run Hot from Broad City stars Eliot and Ilana Glazer, per Deadline.
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John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer)
Barrowman is currently serving as a judge for the 12th season of Dancing on Ice, having competed on the British reality competition in 2006.
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Josh Segarra (Adrian Chase/Prometheus/The Hood)
Segarra currently stars as RuPaul’s onscreen lover-turned-nemesis in the Netflix comedy-drama AJ and the Queen.
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Ben Lewis (William Clayton)
Lewis is joining Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Ice Cube in the upcoming film Covers, “a comedy set among the talent, fame and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene,” Deadline reports.
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Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak/Blackstar/Green Arrow)
In addition to her role in the proposed spinoff, McNamara has also been cast opposite Alexander Skarsgard and Whoopi Goldberg in CBS All Access’ limited series adaptation of the Stephen King book The Stand.

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According to EBR's IMDb page, she is starring in a new Canadian horror movie titled RAGs (her role is "Tina Nightly"), which is currently in pre-production. She is also listed as one of the producers...
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4703025/

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Celebrated movie serial killer, RAGs, must defend the very teenagers he would normally make his victims from THE BUTCHER; a new and improved rival obsessed with hijacking RAGS' latest sequel and destroying his legacy.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5009278/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

RAGs' director is Miles Forster (Hadron Films). Other cast members are Josh Blacker* as "The Butcher," Sean Owen Roberts as "Charlie" and Jenna Burgess as "Sarah."

(* FYI, Josh Blacker guest-starred in 705 of Arrow, playing a prison guard.)

EBR's other movie, We Need to Talk, is currently in post-production:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4703025/
 

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Perhaps the busiest of them all, Katherine McNamara's IMDb page lists the following current projects:

  • The role of "Julie Lawry" in the new version of Stephen King's The Stand - a TV mini-series set to premiere on CBS All Access later this year; co-stars include Alexander Skarsgård, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, Greg Kinnear, Nicholas Lea, Heather Graham, Eion Bailey and James Marsden.
  • The animated voice role of "Cat" in The Adventures of Bunny Bravo - an indie animated film that completed production, but has not yet been released; co-stars include Steve Guttenberg.
  • The role of "Taylor Risdale" in There You'll Find Me - a film adaptation of a YA novel that's currently in post-production; co-stars include Rose Reid, Jedidiah Goodacre, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Bergin and Tom Everett Scott.
  • The role of "Terry" in El Tonto - a comedy that's currently in post-production; co-stars include Travis Fimmel, Kate Beckinsale, Edie Falco, Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Ray Liotta and Charlie Day.
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‘See’: Adrian Paul Joins Jason Momoa & Dave Bautista In Season 2 Of Apple Drama Series
By Denise Petski   February 13, 2020 
https://deadline.com/2020/02/see-adrian-paul-jason-momoa-dave-bautista-season-2-apple-drama-series-1202859237/

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EXCLUSIVE: Adrian Paul (Highlander) is set to star alongside Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista in the second season of See, Apple’s world-building drama from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and director Francis Lawrence.

Written by Knight, See takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind.

Paul will play Lord Harlan, the ruler of the strongest city in the kingdom.

Momoa stars as Baba Voss — the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see. Alfre Woodard stars as Paris, Baba Voss’s spiritual leader. Bautista joins the second season alongside returning cast including Hera Hilmar, Sylvia Hoeks, Archie Madekwe and Nesta Cooper.

The series features cast and crew who are blind or have low vision, who helped bring this inclusive and authentic world to life.
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Paul is known for his titular role as Duncan MacLeod (The Highlander) on TV’s Highlander: The Series and in the Highlander feature films. He recently recurred on the CW’s Arrow. Paul is repped by Mark Schumacher Management, AEF Talent Agency and SGSBC Legal.

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According to this article, SA had auditioned for the role of Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries - I'm so glad he didn't get it, so that he would be available for Arrow...
https://www.thethings.com/the-vampire-diaries-tv-show-behind-the-scenes-cast-facts/ 

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It's hard to imagine anyone but Ian Somerhalder as the smoldering Damon. As it happened, several male stars auditioned for the role. Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, and even Paul Wesley all tried out for the part.

Also in the running were David Gallagher and future Arrow star Stephen Amell. It's fascinating how Somerhalder co-starred with three guys who nearly got his part.

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Ciara Renée, McKenzie Kurtz & Ryan McCartan debut in Disney's Frozen
Tom Millward   February 18, 2020
https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/news-features/ciara-renée-mckenzie-kurtz-ryan-mccartan-debut-in-disneys-frozen

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Ciara Renée assumes the role of Elsa, taking over from original cast member Caissie Levy. Renée recently starred Off-Broadway as Mariana in MCC Theater's world premiere musical The Wrong Man. Her previous Broadway credits include the roles of The Witch in Big Fish in 2013 and The Leading Player in Pippin in 2014. She also originated the role of Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse and has starred as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Muny. Away from the stage, TV and comic book fans will likely recognize her as Kendra Saunders (aka Hawkgirl) in DC's "Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash," and "Arrow" on The CW.
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Caissie Levy, Patti Murin and Joe Carroll all played their final performances on February 16, 2020.

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I think EBR is a real long shot to be cast, but I would love it - more likely, it'll be someone like Florence Pugh...

Disney Fans Predictions On Who Should Play Rapunzel In Upcoming Live-Action
Kelly Coffey   February 17, 2020
https://insidethemagic.net/2020/02/disney-fans-predictions-rapunzel-live-action-kc1/ 

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This past Valentine’s Day, the news broke that Disney is reportedly working on a new Rapunzel live-action film. We are still unsure if the upcoming live-action movie will follow the storyline of Disney’s animated movie, Tangled, or if this live-action movie will be its own version of Rapunzel’s story.

But that hasn’t stopped Disney fans from all over already casting who they think would make the perfect Princess Rapunzel and dashing Flynn Rider in the upcoming live-action Rapunzel film.
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Emily Bett Rickards as Rapunzel and Ben Barnes as Flynn Rider

 

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At this point, I wonder if being able to sing is a prerequisite to being cast in an Arrowverse show...

Russian Doll’s Charlie Barnett to Star in New Musical The Mountain Digby
BY OLIVIA CLEMENT  FEB 19, 2020
http://www.playbill.com/article/russian-dolls-charlie-barnett-to-star-in-new-musical-the-mountain-digby 

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Russian Doll's Charlie Barnett, also seen on screen in YOU and Tales of the City, will star on stage in Los Angeles next month in a dark, new musical titled The Mountain Digby. Barnett's production company, RCB Entertainment, is behind the production at the Hudson Theater Mainstage.

Written by Cassie Ahiers (Side Hustle), Anthony Lombard, and John Lombard, with music by Brad Kemp (Bring The Funny), The Mountain Digby follows two outcast worm farmers as they fight to turn their hill into a mountain and save their family’s land, no matter the cost (or body count).
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The production, which will run March 13–22, features shadow puppetry by Karly Bergmann and choreography by Kristen Bernier. Drew Bender (Barry) is the scenic designer, and Alice Stanley (MOXIE) is dramaturg. Alex Kliner will music direct.

Ahiers, Lombard, and Alex Kliner join Barnett as producers. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Who is Charlie Barnett and Where Have You Seen Him?
By Nora Pattugalan   Feb. 20, 2020
https://theblast.com/113987/who-is-charlie-barnett-and-where-have-you-seen-him

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We all have those moments where we find ourselves seeing a certain celebrity, trying to remember their name, and having no luck. This actor is one of those examples. If you are a frequent TV viewer, you could be surprised to see him. From cameos to minor TV roles, Charlie Barnett has been seen on television many times. This Juilliard alum was raised in Florida where theater became his calling. From then on, he became unstoppable. Here are some shows where you might have seen Charlie Barnett.
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With the show beginning in 2012 and ending in 2020, it was only fitting for someone like Charlie Barnett to portray a crucial character for CW’s “Arrow”. Barnett’s role as JJ Diggle explored the actor’s diverse skills as this was antagonistic. This is something you may not have expected. Barnett’s JJ could have caused a stir in the Arrowverse fandom. When you see him you would think he looked familiar. Nonetheless, the actor was born to portray JJ Diggle and fans would agree.

Chicago Fire (2013-2015)
Russian Doll (2019)
YOU (2019-)
Arrow (2019-2020) 

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Script page from EBR's new film RAGs (that she's co-producing and starring in) - she is playing the role of Tina Nightly...

Also from RAGs instagram account...

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FYI, SA's new original series Heels (on Starz) now has a twitter account...
https://twitter.com/heelsstarz

The only major news tweeted so far are the casting announcements (previously posted in this thread).

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Voice cast includes two Arrow actors - Matt Ryan and Roger R. Cross...

Exclusive: Justice: League Dark: Apokolips War Cast Revealed
By RUSS BURLINGAME - February 21, 2020
https://comicbook.com/dc/2020/02/21/exclusive-justice-league-dark-apokolips-war-cast-revealed/

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Ahead of next week's world premiere of Superman: Red Son in Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look at the cast list and the first official still image from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, a new animated feature that will pit the assembled might of the Justice League Dark and Justice League against Darkseid, the tyrant god of Apokolips, in what marks more or less a direct sequel to Justice League: War, the first movie set in the current continuity of DC Universe animated films. While that story was adapted pretty directly from Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's first arc on Justice League, there is not a story being adapted 1:1 for Apokolips War.
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Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War arrives later this spring, and features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. So -- yeah, in a lot of ways, this feels like the DC Universe Movies equivalent of what The CW just did with "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
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Matt Ryan (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (The Death of Superman, Satanic Panic, Stand by Me) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, The Mule, American Horror Story) anchor the cast as Constantine, Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running core of Justice League voices -- Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Briarpatch, Josie and the Pussycats, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.

Tony Todd (Candyman, The Flash) is voice of the film’s the key villain, Darkseid. The cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Ray Chase (Justice League Dark, Final Fantasy XV video game) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (24, The Strain, Arrow) as John Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans) as Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, Sachie Alessio (Batman: Hush) as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman: Under the Red Hood) as King Shark.

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LaMonica Garrett | PRIMAL
February 7, 2020
https://www.starburstmagazine.com/features/lamonica-garrett-primal

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Having impressed many a genre fan with his turn as the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor in The CW’s Arrowverse, up next for LaMonica Garrett is a role opposite Nicolas Cage as wild animals and assassins run amok on a ship in Primal. We caught up with the actor to discuss the classic action feel of Primal, his time involved in the huge Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, being a big comic book fan, transitioning from the world of sports to acting, and plenty more.

STARBURST: Primal has the feel of an action movie of yesteryear and is a whole lot of fun. How did you become involved in the film in the first place?
LaMonica Garrett:
They had already cast the role I played. They were meant to film maybe six months or a year before they did, and then they brought on board a new director [Nick Powell]. The new director, he saw the people that were cast and they weren’t his people. He wanted to bring his people in, and I had worked with him on another project back in the day. They called me up and offered it to me, and I found out who was involved and I read it. Like you said, it felt like an old school, throwback, ‘90s action film. That’s what I signed up for. It was fun to go out there and work with those guys.

Nic Cage is always going to grab the attention of any movie Nic Cage is in, but as well as yourself there’s names such as Michael Imperioli, Famke Janssen, and Kevin Durand rounding out an impressive ensemble. What was that dynamic like on set?
Whenever you work on location, it’s a fun opportunity to really bond with the cast. We were in Puerto Rico filming, so we didn’t know anyone out there. When you work at home, everyone goes back to their own village and you just go to work and then you take off. In Puerto Rico, we were all we had out there. So after work, we would all go get drinks or have dinner. On our days off we would hang out and go sight-seeing. It was my first time to Puerto Rico. Michael Imperioli had filmed out there a couple of times, and he was showing us around. Nic Cage had filmed out there a couple of times. It was fun. It was a good crew, and we all thoroughly enjoyed each other on and off set.
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You’re pretty front-and-centre for some of Primal’s more intense and brutal moments. How were those more dramatic and tense scenes to be involved in?
I think the location we shot in, it lent itself to that feel of tension. It was a claustrophobic environment. We were on that ship for pretty much the whole time. There were low ceilings, it was hot, it was summertime, it was muggy. That tension was in the air without the cameras being on, so when it came time to shoot we just worked with the environment – and I think that came across well on the day.

Did you have much freedom to put your own spin on the character of Ringer?
They gave me some freedom to play around with it. That’s what was great about Nick Powell. He gave everyone some freedom. It wasn’t like when we shoot I was just going to go and do what I wanted to do. Everything was talked about beforehand. We changed some things, took a couple of things out, just to make it work for who we were and what strengths we were bringing to the table.
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Before your acting career took off, you were a professional SlamBall player. How did you make the transition from sports and an athletic background to then deciding you wanted to get into acting?
I knew I wanted to get into acting after football was over for me. The NFL didn’t work out for me, so I moved to LA. SlamBall came around, and I still had the competitive bug in me where I wanted to go out and compete athletically. SlamBall came around, I did it, I played at a high level, but in the back of my head I knew I wanted to get into acting. There was a two-episode arc on One Tree Hill where they implemented SlamBall into the season. Joe Manganiello and James Lafferty, they were two SlamBall players on the show. They needed a real SlamBall player to oppose them and be the antagonist on the show. I told the guys, “Look, this is me!” The front office were going to audition established actors to play that role. I told them to let me audition for it, and I got it. I went out to North Carolina to film it, and just being in that environment and seeing television working from the inside, I know that this is what I needed to be doing. That was in 2008. When I flew back to LA, I told them, “I’m finished with SlamBall” and I got into acting classes. From that point on, I’ve just been growing from within the business.

So the spark was already there, just One Tree Hill only further reiterated to you that this is what you wanted to do?
The flame was already lit, the pilot light was there, and that just threw gas everywhere. I knew that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. When I got back to LA, it was no more SlamBall. That was the last SlamBall I played. I got a manager – I’m with the same manager now – and have just been growing since then.
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You’ve done a huge comic book event with Crisis on Infinite Earths, you’ve now done an action movie with Nicolas Cage, you’ve had stints on shows like Sons of Anarchy, Designated Survivor, and The Last Ship. Is there a project that stands out as a particular favourite, or is that perhaps an unfair question?
I’ve been living in the moment. When I was on Designated Survivor, that was the best thing ever for me. When I was on The Last Ship, that was amazing. That was like a football/college locker room again, being with those guys in The Last Ship. We just had so much fun. We would go out to San Diego, to the actual naval base and film for the weekend. I’ve been having fun on every job I’ve been on. I just look forward to whatever the next journey and adventure is. I’m sure I’m going to have a ton of fun. But yeah, I’d really like to do more action stuff.

Primal certainly is a great example of how well you can handle the action genre. If there was a dream project for you, would that be something within the action wheelhouse?
It would probably be something like a franchise, like a Bourne Identity-type franchise with layers. Something like John Wick is awesome. Something like that, where it’s movie after movie and it keeps on getting better.
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Finally, what’s up next for you that you’re able to tell us about right now?
There’s a film, Clemency, that’s out in theaters right now. I’m not sure if it’s coming to the UK, but it’s getting in more theaters out here and it should be nationwide soon. I’m back to the drawing board now. The Arrowverse took up a lot of time, and now I’m back at the beginning and seeing what’s next.

Primal is on VOD February 10th and out on DVD February 17th.

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I say this as a person who really enjoys EBR as an actress and hopes she has a long career, but I find her project choices baffling. 

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KM has wrapped filming Stephen King's The Stand...

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What these killed off Arrowverse actors are doing today
BY JORDAN BARANOWSKI     FEB. 24, 2020 
https://www.looper.com/190271/what-these-killed-off-arrowverse-actors-are-doing-today/

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Michael Emerson (Cayden James) ...
Probably best known for his role on Lost, actor Michael Emerson has pretty much cornered the "That guy is a bad guy... right?" role for a variety of TV shows. His turn as the master hacker Cayden James on Arrow was a fun one, even if his demise was a bit predictable. He has been off the show since 2018, so what's Emerson doing now? We'll give you one guess...

If you said "playing a creepy TV villain," congratulations!

Emerson can currently be spotted on the surprisingly solid CBS show Evil. He plays Leland Townsend who, at this point, is definitely a bad guy and is probably some sort of demon. Evil is Emerson's only current project, but he also played small roles in Mozart in the Jungle and the Italian miniseries Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose). If you ever watch network TV, you'll probably see Emerson skulking around in a promo somewhere.

Jamey Sheridan (Robert Queen) ...
Robert Queen's death is really the catalyst for the entirety of Arrow, so we would be remiss to not include Oliver's dad on the list. Played by veteran actor Jamey Sheridan, Robert obviously had some serious problems in his past. However, Sheridan played the character so well that it was easy to understand and appreciate the character beyond his more dubious actions.

There is one upcoming film with Sheridan attached to it, and we don't have a ton of details on it. It's a movie called Joyful, and its IMDb plot summary reads "A seven year old boy embarks on a journey to direct a feature film in order to get his mom to return home." That's... about all we got.

If you want to check out Sheridan in some other recent work, he had a small role in a few episodes of HBO's Ballers and he appeared in Lizzie, a thriller about the Borden family murders.
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Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk) ...
Damien Darhk had an impressive run as a villain across nearly every show in the Arrowverse. Played by the always impressive Neal McDonough, Darhk proved that you can still be menacing even if your name is spelled in the most ridiculous way possible. He was eventually defeated and killed off (a few times), but you can catch McDonough in several other movies and TV shows.

McDonough has got a lot that is either currently running or releasing soon. His look and demeanor have seen him typecast in military roles, and you can catch him continuing that tradition in movies like Sonic the Hedgehog and The Warrant. He will reprise his Captain America role as Dum Dum Dugan in the Disney+ Marvel show What If...? and he has several other upcoming movie roles with late 2020 and early 2021 release dates.

It isn't just movies that McDonough shows up in, either. He has a recurring role on Project Blue Book and a small, featured role on Altered Carbon. He's a versatile actor that you're sure to spot somewhere.
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John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) ...
John Barrowman is probably best known as Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and its spin-off, Torchwood. He appeared in several episodes across the Arrowverse shows as Malcolm Merlyn, the Dark Archer. He proved to be an excellent character — Barrowman has such an easy charm that he plays a very believable scoundrel. Appearing on Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash, the character went through several ups and downs as he maneuvered towards his ultimate destiny, finally coming to end in 2019.

Barrowman doesn't have many projects in the works currently, but he did just return to Doctor Who. He appeared in the 2020 episode "Fugitive of the Judoon," the first time he appeared on the show since 2010's "The End of Time: Part 2." Whether this appearance was just a fun callback to a fan favorite character or a hint of a bigger role moving forward with the show remains to be seen.
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Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) ...
Finally, we reach the big one. Crisis On Infinite Earths was the end of the line for Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell. Honestly, Amell is the reason the whole series of CW shows worked. He brought so much interest and intensity to his role as Oliver that you couldn't help but buy into the CW's shared universe. Amell was the anchor for the entire Arrowverse since the beginning, so it will be interesting to see how it all holds together now that he has been killed off.

Amell deserves a bit of a break after all the time he put into the Arrowverse, but he's diving right in with a new TV series. Amell plays a lead role as Jack Spade on the Starz series Heels, a drama about the world of small town professional wrestling. Amell himself is a huge fan of professional wrestling — he actually appeared at a few WWE events and wrestled at 2015's Summerslam event, one of the biggest yearly pay-per-view events put on by the WWE. Amell will star in Heels alongside Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and it is set to premiere in late 2020.

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17 hours ago, thegirlsleuth said:

I say this as a person who really enjoys EBR as an actress and hopes she has a long career, but I find her project choices baffling. 

I personally understand an actor who needs to experiment with different genres and characters way more than someone who doesn't let themselves get out of their comfort zones. That's how you get type cast when you don't have the luxury to choose anymore. 

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I was channel surfing and ran across Gene Simmons on a 2014 CSI episode The Long Way Home. Kept watching and was surprised to see that the teenage hooker Tangerine that everyone was looking for was a young Kat McNamara.

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A lot of TV actors I really like seem to choose the indie/quirky route after many years of network TV, so it's hard (and used to be much harder pre streaming) to see their next projects and they'd fall odd the radar for long periods of time. I spent a lot of time wishing they'd just want to do another "easy" series. I completely get why they do it from a creative standpoint. If they've been careful with money they can afford it and so many actors really want to but never get the chance to help create their own content. Even if it is a low budget horror film. 

Just seen Primeval: New World, wow I'd forgotten they'd made a spin off, and Roger Cross is playing the sceptical yet trying to be supportive animal control partner of Sara Canning's character, weirdly specific type casting there. It's also one of those shows where they just say "fuck it, lets actually set it in Vancouver!" Although that's probably because it's Space Channel not Syfy. 

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Greg Berlanti is directing and producing this musical remake...

Chris Evans in Talks to Star in Greg Berlanti's 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Exclusive)
FEBRUARY 24, 2020 11:50AM by Borys Kit
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/chris-evans-talks-star-little-shop-horrors-1280781

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Chris Evans is in negotiations to play a key character in Little Shop of Horrors, a new big-screen take of the cult movie turned Broadway musical being directed by Greg Berlanti.

Warner Bros. is behind the project that has been flirting and courting actors since last fall. Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton are circling leading roles in the horror comedy, with Billy Porter already signed up.
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Little Shop of Horrors is the story of Seymour, a meek florist who works at the aptly named Skid Row Florists, where he is under the thumb of the owner, Mr. Mushnik, but where he also is secretly in love with Audrey, who also works at the struggling shop. Seymour becomes a celebrity when he discovers a venus flytrap-looking plant he dubs "Audrey II," but his life becomes disastrously complicated when the plant demands to be fed human blood, and eventually people themselves.

Egerton and Johansson are in various stages of talks for the respective roles of Seymour and Audrey, although discussions are ongoing and it is unclear if deals will be made. Porter, whose deal is signed, will give voice to the carnivorous plant.
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Evans will play the role of dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s abusive and sadistic boyfriend, who finds great pleasure in his chosen profession. The role is flashy (the character loves to use laughing gas) and comes with the scene-stealing signature song, “Dentist!”
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Marc Platt, Sarah Schechter and Berlanti are producing the new adaptation, which is set to shoot this summer.

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In addition to KM, Andy Poon was apparently also involved with Stephen King's The Stand - but behind the scenes...

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Janina Gavankar To Star In ‘Echo’ NBC Drama Pilot
Nellie Andreeva   February 28, 2020
https://deadline.com/2020/02/janina-gavankar-star-echo-nbc-drama-pilot-1202871082/ 

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EXCLUSIVE: Janina Gavankar has been cast as the female lead in Echo, NBC’s drama pilot from JJ Bailey, Davis Entertainment and Universal Television.

Written by Bailey, Echo is a high-concept, genre procedural revolving around a team of investigators who solve the highest-profile crimes by sending our heroes into the past — in the body of the victim. They assume the victim’s identity and must race against time to prevent the crime before it happens.

Gavankar will play Mel Goodwin, a police officer who’s driven and eager to prove herself.

Bailey executive produces with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.

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Carl Tart, Echo Kellum & Justin Cunningham To Star In Phil Jackson/Dan Goor NBC Comedy Pilot
Denise Petski   March 5, 2020
https://deadline.com/2020/03/carl-tart-echo-kellum-justin-cunningham-phil-jackson-dan-goor-nbc-comedy-pilot-1202875499/ 

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EXCLUSIVE: Carl Tart (Superstore), Arrow alum Echo Kellum and Justin Cunningham (When They See Us) are set as leads in NBC’s untitled ensemble comedy from the Brooklyn Nine-Nine duo of writer-producer Phil Augusta Jackson and co-creator/executive producer Dan Goor, and Universal TV.

The Untitled Jackson/Goor Project revolves around a group of black friends, their dating lives and wine.

Tart will play Sherm Jones, a no-commitment perpetually single guy. Kellum will portray Noah Koles, a hopeless romantic. Cunningham is Wyatt Fields, who has been happily married for eight years.
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Kellum was most recently seen as Mr. Terrific on the CW’s Arrow, which recently wrapped its eighth and final season, and also portrayed the character in crossover episodes on Legends of Tomorrow. He also recurred on FX’s You’re the Worst and can be seen in Netflix feature Girlfriend’s Day opposite Bob Odenkirk. He’s repped by CAA, Odenkirk Provissiero and Melissa Fox at HJTH.

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‘Night School’: Josh Segarra To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot
By Nellie Andreeva   March 6, 2020
https://deadline.com/2020/03/night-school-josh-segarra-star-nbc-comedy-pilot-kevin-hart-1202876181/ 

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AJ and the Queen co-star Josh Segarra has been cast as the male lead opposite Shanola Hampton in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Night School, based on the hit 2018 Universal movie. The project hails from Marlon co-creator Christopher Moynihan and the film’s star-producer Kevin Hart, producer Will Packer and director Malcolm D. Lee.

Segarra was tapped for Night School as he just became available when Netflix canceled the RuPaul-starring dramedy series AJ and the Queen after one season.

Penned by Moynihan and directed by Phill Lewis, NBC’s Night School revolves around a unique mix of adults at a night school GED prep class who unexpectedly bond over their shared experience and find themselves helping one another both inside and outside of the classroom.

Segarra will play Teddy Walker, a charming salesman. The role was played by Hart in the movie. Hampton plays the teacher, Carrie Dawes, portrayed by Tiffany Haddish in the film.

In addition to Hampton, Segarra joins previously cast Ian Gomez, Collette Wolfe, James Earl and Joe Massingill
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This marks Segarra’s return to NBC and Uni TV after recurring on the network and studio’s drama series Chicago P.D. several years ago. The Orange Is the New Black alum has been recurring on CW’s Arrow as Adrian Chase/Prometheus; on Comedy Central’s The Other Two as Lance, Brooke’s simple-minded ex-boyfriend; and on Fox’s holiday event series The Moodys. He is repped by A3 Artists Agency, ATA Management and attorney Ryan LeVine.

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‘Heels’: Chris Bauer, Allen Maldonado, James Harrison Join Starz’s Wrestling Drama Series
By Denise Petski   March 11, 2020
https://deadline.com/2020/03/heels-chris-bauer-allen-maldonado-james-harrison-starz-wrestling-drama-series-1202879469/

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Bauer (The Deuce), Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G.) and James Harrison (S.W.A.T.) are set as series regulars opposite Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig in Heels, Starz’s eight-episode hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling. Kelli Berglund and Alison Luff also star.
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Bauer will play Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout. Maldonado portrays Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove, and always backs it up. Harrison is Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory.

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Stephen Amell Wrestling Drama ‘Heels’ to Start Production Next Month
By Kyle Dunning -March 11, 2020
https://www.ewrestlingnews.com/news/stephen-amell-wrestling-drama-heels-to-start-production-next-month

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Stephen Amell is set to star in a wrestling-themed drama series for Starz, titled Heels. PWInsider reports that the show will start filming next month in Atlanta, Georgia. Per the report, Amell has been training in the ring to prep for the show.
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Additionally, CM Punk reportedly tested for the role Amell was ultimately cast in back in 2017 and apparently impressed casting directors. The role was heel brother character, Jack Spade. However, the project was put on hold before it started back up again and Amell was later cast. Alexander Ludwig will be the co-lead in the show as the other babyface wrestler brother, Ace Spade.
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The show is being produced by Lionsgate TV in association with Paramount TV Studios. The show is written by Michael Waldron and directed by Peter Segal, with Mike O’Malley attached as the showrunner.

ETA: According to Google, CM Punk (real name: Phillip Jack Brooks) is a 41-year-old American mixed martial artist and retired professional wrestler.

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Since GG started out as a guest star on Arrow, I hope it's okay to post this here...

‘The Flash’ Star Grant Gustin To Play Frank Sinatra Jr.’s Kidnapper In ‘Operation Blue Eyes’; Joe Mantegna Directing Film
By Amanda N'Duka   March 11, 2020 
https://deadline.com/2020/03/flash-grant-gustin-frank-sinatra-jr-barry-keenan-operation-blue-eyes-joe-mantegna-directing-1202880133/ 

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EXCLUSIVE: Grant Gustin, known for his role as Barry Allen/The Flash in the CW eponymous series, has signed on to star in Operation Blue Eyes, in which he’ll play Barry Keenan, the infamous businessman who orchestrated the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr in 1963. Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna is directing the indie from a screenplay by Bradley Barth and Joseph Nasser. Production is slated to commence in May.

The plot takes place in December of 1963 when Frank Sinatra Jr. is a struggling lounge singer, deep in his father’s shadow. A young wannabe stock tycoon Barry Keenan, with an ex-wife, alimony payments, a pill-addicted mother, and a similar monkey on his own back (the result of a car crash), comes up with a harebrained scheme to kidnap Junior and hold him for $240,000, ransom, chaos ensues. Barry succeeds in stealing Junior at gunpoint but after that, it’s one badly improvised move after another, until Barry bungles his way into prison.

Barry was eventually sentenced to life in prison but only served four and a half years before being released.
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Jack Nasser, Joe Nasser and Jacob Nasser of Nasser Group are producing Operation Blue Eyes along with Kirk Shaw on behalf of Wonderfilm.

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SA with Alexander Ludwig, his co-star on Heels (posted 3 days ago)...

Same pic was posted on Ludwig's instagram here.

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Here's KM's five-minute monologue titled "The Dragon" for The 24 Hour Plays - posted 4 days ago...


And The Show Must Go On With The 24 Hour Plays, Casting Directors and the Brilliant Seth Rudetsky, his Husband James and the Stars In The House
SUZANNA BOWLING   MARCH 21, 2020
https://t2conline.com/and-the-show-must-go-on-with-the-24-hour-plays-casting-directors-and-the-brilliant-seth-rudetsky-his-husband-james-and-the-stars-in-the-house/

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Viral Monologues, is a new program and the first-ever series is an initiative of The 24 Hour Plays.

Among the participants taking part are performers Will Swenson, Marin Ireland, David Cross, Richard Kind, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moreno, Amy Hargreaves, Andre Royo, Joel Marsh Garland, Denis O’Hare, Timothy Douglas, Hugh Dancy, Russell G. Jones, Tavi Gevinson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Katherine McNamara, Ashlie Atkinson, Haskiri Velasquez, Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Domińczyk.

The original monologues were written by David Lindsay-Abaire, Hilary Bettis, Hansol Jung, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Christopher Oscar Peña, Howard Sherman, Jesse Eisenberg, Simon Rich, Sam Chanse, Kathleen Hale, Jenny Rachel Weiner, Lily Padilla, Harrison David Rivers, Ken Greller, Rachel Axler, Lily Houghton, Charlie O’Leary and Monique Moses and you can watch them here.

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The Monitor with Nikita! ...

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Charlie Barnett, Natalie Martinez Join NBC Drama Pilot ‘Ordinary Joe’
By JOE OTTERSON   MARCH 3, 2020
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/natalie-martinez-nbc-drama-pilot-ordinary-joe-1203522670/ 

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Charlie Barnett and Natalie Martinez have joined the cast of the NBC pilot “Ordinary Joe,” Variety has learned.

James Wolk was previously announced as the series lead. The drama explores the three parallel lives of Joe Kimbrough (Wolk) after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

Martinez will star as Amy, described as a bright and caring woman who forms an immediate connection with Joe. Barnett will play Eric Payne, one of Joe’s closest friends. The roles reunite the pair, as both Martinez and Barnett starred in the ABC series “Secrets and Lies.”

Barnett recently starred in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Russian Doll,” with his other recent appearances on television including “Tales of the City,” “Arrow” and “You.” He is also known for his roles on shows like “Chicago Fire,” “Secrets and Lies,” and “Valor.”

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Solar Opposites Teaser Trailer: Aliens Attempt to Fit in on Earth
By Rebecca Murray -March 25, 2020
https://www.showbizjunkies.com/tv/solar-opposites-teaser-trailer/ 

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Hulu’s just unveiled a teaser trailer for the animated alien series, Solar Opposites. The new series comes from Justin Roiland (co-creator of Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan (former head writer Rick and Morty) and features Roiland voicing one of the aliens who winds up on Earth.
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Season one guest cast voice actors include Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Amanda Leighton, Andrew Matarazzo, Andy Daly, Calum Worthy, Chris Cox, Christina Hendricks, and Echo Kellum. Eric Bauza, Gary Anthony Williams, Gideon Adlon, Jacob Vargus, Jason Mantzoukas, Jeannie Elias, Jesse Mendel, Jon Barinholtz, Karan Brar, Kari Wahlgren, Ken Marino, and Liam Cunningham also lend their voices to the animated series.
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Solar Opposites will arrive on Hulu on May 8, 2020. All episodes will be available at once for binge-watching.

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Looking back - EBR played the sister of the lead character in Dakota's Summer (Apr. 1, 2014)...

(Emily Bett Spain)

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