EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Michael Chiklis is set to star alongside Danny Pino in Hotel Cocaine , MGM+ ’s upcoming crime thriller from creator Chris Brancato. RELATED: 2023 MGM+ Pilots & Series Orders Hotel Cocaine is the story of Roman Compte (Pino), a Cuban expatriate who fought against Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs invasion and re-made his life in Miami. He is general manager of the Mutiny Hotel, the glamorous epicenter of the Miami cocaine scene of late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The Mutiny Hotel was Casablanca on cocaine, a glitzy nightclub, restaurant and hotel frequented by Florida businessmen and politicians, international narcos, CIA and FBI agents, models, sports stars and musicians. Chiklis will play Agent Zulio who will stop at nothing to shut down the drug trade, even if it means using innocent civilians to accomplish his ends. Brancato serves as executive producer and showrunner. Guillermo Navarro will direct the pilot episode and executive … [Read more...] about Michael Chiklis To Star In ‘Hotel Cocaine’ MGM+ Series
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Iran — We’re SUING Over ‘Argo’ … It’s Iranophobic Garbage!
Iran is now on the legal offensive in the wake of " Argo " ... threatening to sue Hollywood filmmakers for their "Iranophobic" portrayal of the Middle Eastern country. Iran's state-run Press TV reports government officials have already contacted an "internationally-renowned" French lawyer named Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to file the lawsuit. Coutant-Peyre released a statement saying, "I will defend Iran against the films like Argo, which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country's image." For its part, Iran's Press TV said, "The Iranophobic American movie attempts to describe Iranians as overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical while at the same, the CIA agents are represented as heroically patriotic." In addition to filing a lawsuit, Iran plans to fund a pro-Iran movie called "The General Staff" ... about 20 American hostages who are handed over to the U.S. by Iranian revolutionaries. That being said ... we still think Affleck got screwed outta the … [Read more...] about Iran — We’re SUING Over ‘Argo’ … It’s Iranophobic Garbage!
DMX — Condoms, Cigs & Henney, Please … My Hotel Room Is So ‘Hood!
DMX and The LOX might blow the roof off their downtown L.A. concert Wednesday -- but the real party's back at X's hotel room ... which is gonna be loaded with XL-sized condoms and Newports. We got our hands on a copy of DMX's rider -- the special requests promoters have to fill for performers -- and it reads like the most awesome 'hood pass. Check out the must-haves for his hotel suite: - One fifth of Hennessy DMX also requires $150 cash for "incidentals" -- what that means exactly ... we'll leave to your imagination. As for his dressing room ... it's a diabetic nightmare: TWO more fifths of Henney, hot chicken (white meat only), mashed potatoes, green beans, tons of soda, Oreos, Starbursts, Skittles, and yes -- more Now & Laters. Interesting though -- no condoms needed in the dressing room. We're told ... that is NOT where X is gonna give it to ya. … [Read more...] about DMX — Condoms, Cigs & Henney, Please … My Hotel Room Is So ‘Hood!
Wim Wenders, Afsun Moshiry Unveil Six Iranian Docs At CPH:DOX As Iran’s Regime Continues Crackdown On Filmmakers
Whenever the Iranian regime feels threatened by public protest its reflex is to go after two groups: demonstrators, most assuredly, but also artists – especially filmmakers. When protests surged in six provinces in May last year over rising food prices, the government promptly banged on the doors of two documentary filmmakers, Mina Keshavarz and Firouzeh Khosrovani, and arrested them. For good measure, law enforcement agents reportedly harassed numerous other filmmakers, seizing their communications equipment. The May unrest appears mild compared to the uproar triggered in September 2022 by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman arrested for allegedly not wearing her hijab in accordance with law. Security forces have attacked and killed an unknown number of demonstrators in the course of months of protests. The government also responded with an immediate clamp down on leading figures in Iranian cinema, detaining or imprisoning Jafar Panahi, Mohammad … [Read more...] about Wim Wenders, Afsun Moshiry Unveil Six Iranian Docs At CPH:DOX As Iran’s Regime Continues Crackdown On Filmmakers
Tyrese Gibson And Harvey Keitel To Star In Action Thriller ‘The Wrecker’
EXCLUSIVE: Tyrese Gibson ( The Fast and Furious franchise) and Harvey Keitel ( Reservoir Dogs ) have signed on to star in the action thriller The Wrecker . The pic is currently shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Filmmaker Art Camacho is directing from an original screenplay by Niko Foster, who also stars in the pic. The film’s plot follows a dishonorably discharged ex-marine named Tony, now turned car mechanic, whose life takes an unexpected turn when his reckless brother makes a bad decision gaining the unwanted attention of a notorious crime boss. Foster produces for Chasing Butterflies Pictures alongside Al Bravo for Al Bravo Films. Additional producers include Colin Bates, Eduard Osipov, Michael Pizzimenti, and Hemdee Kiwanuka. Stuart Alson, Nicole Holland, and Elias Axume, Premiere Entertainment CEO, serve as executive producers. Jiarui Guo and Michelle Wang Deppe co-produce. Camacho recently directed the action film Ruthless , starring Dermot Mulroney … [Read more...] about Tyrese Gibson And Harvey Keitel To Star In Action Thriller ‘The Wrecker’
‘The Night Manager’: Tom Hiddleston Meets His Indian Counterpart Aditya Roy Kapur On Video Call During London Screening
Tom Hiddleston met his Night Manager counterpart Aditya Roy Kapur for the first time last night. Hiddleston, who played Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager for the BBC and AMC in 2016, jumped on a video call with Kapur while attending a lively screening of Disney+ Hotstar’s The Night Manager India in London. We’ve obtained exclusive images from the screening. Also in attendance was Night Manager India director director Priyanka Ghose and showrunner Sandeep Modi, who set up the call when Hiddleston unexpectedly arrived with David Farr, the writer of the original BBC and AMC series. “We went to the London screening with zero hopes of seeing Tom but to all of our surprise he walked in along with David Farr,” Modi told Deadline. “I remember walking inside the theater and telling them that this felt like an ambush because I was showing one of the most loved shows of the world to the people who originally created it.” Modi said the two-hour screening felt … [Read more...] about ‘The Night Manager’: Tom Hiddleston Meets His Indian Counterpart Aditya Roy Kapur On Video Call During London Screening
Stephen “tWitch” Boss Dies: Longtime ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ DJ Was 40
Stephen Boss, better known as DJ tWitch of The Ellen DeGeneres Show , who also was a contestant-turned-judge on So You Think You Can Dance, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hotel room, reportedly by suicide. He was 40. His death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. The office did not state a cause. In a statement, Boss’ wife, dancer Allison Holker Boss, confirmed his death, saying, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us. Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans. “To say he left a legacy,” she continued, “would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this … [Read more...] about Stephen “tWitch” Boss Dies: Longtime ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ DJ Was 40
‘John Wick’s Keanu Reeves, Chad Stahelski & Lionsgate Mourn “Consummate Professional” Lance Reddick: “A Joy To Work With”
A week ahead of John Wick : Chapter Four hitting theaters, star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski are mourning the loss of their co-star Lance Reddick , who died today at 60 . “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” the pair said in a statement. “He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.” RELATED: Hollywood & Media Deaths In 2023: Photo Gallery & Obituaries Lionsgate , the studio behind the action franchise, said in a statement today: “The world of Wick would not be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to Charon’s humanity and unflappable charisma. Lance leaves behind an indelible legacy and hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our lovely, joyful … [Read more...] about ‘John Wick’s Keanu Reeves, Chad Stahelski & Lionsgate Mourn “Consummate Professional” Lance Reddick: “A Joy To Work With”
Lance Reddick Dies: ‘John Wick’, ‘The Wire’, ‘Fringe’ & ‘Bosch’ Actor Was 60
Lance Reddick , a prolific actor who played Charon in all four John Wick films and was a series regular on The Wire , Fringe and Bosch among dozens of other roles spanning a quarter-century, died today. He was 60. His rep at Portrait PR confirmed the news, saying he died of natural causes but not providing other details. The actor had been doing interviews for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter Four starring Keanu Reeves just this week. He also was set to appear in the franchise-spinoff pic Ballerina. Reddick began his screen career in the mid-1990s, guesting on such series as The Nanny and New York Undercover. Later in the decade, he appeared on the big screen in pics including Great Expectations and The Siege before recurring on HBO’s Emmy-winning 2000 miniseries The Corner , which was based on David Simon’s book. RELATED: ‘The Wire’ Actor Wendell Pierce Pays Tribute To Costar Lance Reddick: “Godspeed My Friend. You Made Your Mark Here” … [Read more...] about Lance Reddick Dies: ‘John Wick’, ‘The Wire’, ‘Fringe’ & ‘Bosch’ Actor Was 60
‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’ Rounds Out Cast With 7 Including Monica Raymund, Lance Reddick & Griffin Dunne
EXCLUSIVE: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial has rounded out its cast with Monica Raymund ( Hightown ), Lance Reddick ( Bosch ), Griffin Dunne ( This Is Us ), Elizabeth Anweis ( Batwoman ), Lewis Pullman ( Top Gun: Maverick ), Francois Battiste ( Ten Days in the Valley ), and Gabe Kessler ( Hightown ). They join previously announced leads Keifer Sutherland, Jake Lacy, and Jason Clarke. Raymund will portray Challee, a Lieutenant with a sharp legal mind and eye for detail who serves as the prosecuting attorney during the court-martial, doing their best to argue that Commander Queeg was wrongfully relieved of his duties. Reddick portrays Captain Blakely, chief judge of the court-martial. Blakely maintains an even tone, and a commanding presence over the courtroom; Dunne plays Dr. Bird, a lieutenant and member of the psychiatric staff for the Naval Hospital. A person of high intellect, he is more of a new-age psychiatrist than a military-looking … [Read more...] about ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’ Rounds Out Cast With 7 Including Monica Raymund, Lance Reddick & Griffin Dunne