“90210” Actor Luke Perry Dies At 52

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Luke Perry, best known as Dylan McKay from TV drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” from the 90s, has died, according to his publicist, Arnold Robinson. He was 52. The actor died on Monday after suffering a massive stroke.

“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” a statement from Robinson read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”

Last week, Perry was rushed to hospital after suffering a massive stroke. This happened on the the same day that a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 was announced.

Born Coy Luther Perry III, Perry shot to stardom after being cast as bad boy Dylan McKay on hit 90s TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Though he initially audition a role that eventually went to co-star Ian Ziering, Perry and Dylan was a good fit, becoming one of the show’s most popular characters.

Perry also appeared on films such as “Good Intentions,” “8 Seconds,” “Red Wing” and the comedy horror “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which writer Joss Whedon turned into a hit TV series.

He recently returned to TV with “Riverdale,” an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics where Perry plays Archie’s father Fred Andrews.

He is also set to appear in this summer’s hotly anticipated Quentin Tarantino ensemble “Upon A Time In Hollywood” where he plays late real-life actor Wayne Maunder.

FX’s ‘Legion’ Will End With Season 3

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FX – Marvel Television

FX’s sci-fi drama “Legion” is set to conclude with the upcoming third season, the network’s CEO John Landgraf announced on Monday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Noah Hawley had always considered Legion to be a three-season show,” FX CEO John Landgraf told reporters, “and he has confirmed that he’s going to stick with his plan. This will be the final season.”

Season 3 of Legion is currently set to debut this June.

The TV series is connected to the X-Men movie series, and is centered around the character of the same name David Haller / Legion.

English actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) plays the title character, a conflicted mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia who later discovers his illness could be superpowers that could change his life. He is also the son of X-Men leader and founder Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller.

Legion also stars Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Jean Smart, Amber Midthunder, Jemaine Clement, Navid Negahban, Katie Aselton and Hamish Linklater.

Alfonso Cuaron Take Top Honor At DGA Awards

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Alfonso Cuarón’s march towards Oscars 2019 glory continues after winning top feature film for “Roma” at Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

The director won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, beating out other nominees such as Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book.”

The same award was won last year by Guillermo del Toro, who later won Best Director at the 2018 Oscars for “The Shape of Water” which also won Best Picture.

Cuaron is on his way to potentially repeating a feat he achieved with 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity” which also won him best director at both the DGAs and the Academy Awards. He also wrote, co-edited, co-photographed, co-produced the film, which stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

The black and white semi-autobiographical drama chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Other big winners on Saturday were McKay, taking the the drama series award for HBO’s “Succession,” and Ben Stiller for movies for television and limited series category for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.” See the full list of winners at www.dga.org.

Review: “I Am the Night” Delves Into The Black Dahlia Mystery

By Armando

TNT

Thanks in part to numerous stories, books and a couple of films about the unsolved 1947 murder mystery of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, dubbed by sensational media as the “Black Dahlia,” the decades old gruesome murder continues to intrigue and capture people’s imagination.

Patty Jenkins is the latest to revisit the mystery with “I Am the Night,” a six-episode limited series which premiered its pilot episode on TNT on Monday, with the rest set to air on succeeding Mondays.

The series features a wide-eyed 16-year old schoolgirl Fauna Hodel (played by India Eisley) who, grappling with her mixed-race identity and struggling with her relationship with her alcoholic adoptive mother, decides to travel to Los Angeles in search for her elusive birth mother.

Chris Pine is Jay Singletary, a disgraced, drug-addicted journalist haunted by his past and literally at the end of his rope, and whose path changes after receiving an anonymous phone call.

It took a while for the story to take hold, initially building Jay’s character and Fauna’s biracial background, both depicting the 60s’ rough racial and social relations at school and in the neighborhood. But when the two finally meet, the story takes off into high gear while spinning around the fascinating mysteries of the Black Dahlia murder.

Pine is the big name draw of the show and it’s easy to see why. He is always intense in everything he does. When the guys dragged him out of the Los Angeles County coroner, he maniacally laughs it all off as he is beaten to a pulp. He’s a naturally talented and effective actor and he carries the series on his shoulders effortlessly from the very first episode to the last.

Credit goes to Jenkin’s solid and creative direction, taking us into a foreboding yet alluring trip of that era in Los Angeles. Here, she goes back to a medium that allows her to flesh out the density of the story into multiple episodes. It’s interesting to note that Jenkins’ move to TV after a hugely successful film has precedent. In 2004, she directed an episode of “Arrested Development” (“The One Where They Build a House”) in its second season right after her award-winning film “Monster” put her on top of Hollywood.

It helps that Pine and Jenkins have worked together incredibly well before, in the acclaimed superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman, and their chemistry paid off here as well.

Jenkins directed the pilot and second episodes while Victoria Mahoney directed the third and fourth episodes. The series is written by Jenkins husband Sam Sheridan.

“The Boys” Teaser Trailer From Amazon Released

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Amazon Video

A new trailer for Amazon Video upcoming superhero tv series “The Boys” has hit the web and its the right combo of weird and awesome.

“Job one is supporting the seven brave heroes who put themselves in harm’s way each and every day for us,” someone says on the trailer, to which “Wee” Hughie Campbell (played by Jack Quaid) explicitly responded to.

Developed by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, “The Boys” is an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson which was originally published in 2006 by DC Comics imprint WildStorm and then later picked up by Dynamite Entertainment.

The trailer is violent and offbeat as one might expect from Ennis, who also serves as one of the executive producers.

There is plenty of talent involved in this, including Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell, Erin Moriarty as Annie January / Starlight, Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, Jessie Usher as A-Train, Chace Crawford as The Deep, Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, Karen Fukuhara as Female and Tomer Kapon as Frenchie.

“The Boys” is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video sometime in 2019.

See official synopsis below:

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. THE BOYS is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes. THE BOYS is scheduled for a 2019 release.

James Gandolfini’s Son Cast As Tony Soprano

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The Deuce – HBO

In a stroke of casting genius, Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is set to play the iconic role of Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, Deadline reports.

Michael, 19, is set to play a young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a film that tells the background story of the crime drama television series. Most recently, he is on the TV period drama series “The Deuce.”

Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys) is set to direct the movie for New Line. The film is written by The Sopranos creator and writer David Chase as well as show writer Lawrence Konner who collaborated with Chase on the late 80s TV series “Almost Grown”.

Also in the cast are Vera Farmiga, Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

Though no official synopsis has been released, the film will be set during the Newark riots in July, 1967, centering on Tony’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola). The film’s release date is yet to be announced.

Regarded by many as one of the greatest TV series ever, The Sopranos ran for six seasons from January 10, 1999 to June 10, 2007.

“gen:LOCK” First Trailer Released

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Fresh off the success of his recent sports drama, Creed II, Michael B. Jordan is back voicing a pilot character in Rooster Teeth’s upcoming American animated web series “gen:LOCK.”

Set in the dystopian future Earth, the sci-fi mecha anime series follows a diverse team of young pilots. Jordan is a Vanguard pilot Julian Chase, the lead character in the series.

Alongside Jordan are Dakota Fanning as his love interest, Maisie Williams as the youngest recruit of the Gen:Lock program, Asia Kate Dillon, Golshifteh Farahani and David Tennant.

gen:LOCK’s first two episodes is set to premiere on Saturday, January 26 on the Rooster Teeth website (RoosterTeeth.com) and is available on iOS, Android, Xbox One, Apple TV. Memberships start at $4.99 per month.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Fifty years in the future, an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.

DC’s Titan Now Streaming On Netflix Internationally

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Warner Bros. Television Distribution

The full first season of DC Universe’s Titans is now available on Netflix internationally. The series dropped on the streaming service on Friday, January 11.

In the US, the series premiered on October 12, 2018 on the DC Universe streaming service when the main characters Dick Grayson, Kory Anders, Rachel Roth and Beast By were introduced.

The streaming service is operated by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

Titan’s Season 1 has 11 episodes. The second season has already been renewed before the series premiered.

Based on various incarnations of the characters from DC Comics, the tv series follows the young group of superheroes known as Titans, with Brenton Thwaites playing Robin, the leader of the band of heroes which also includes Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), Hank Hall / Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger / Dove (Minka Kelly), and Amy Rohrbach (Lindsey Gort).

Here’s the official synopsis of “Titans”:
TITANS follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

Darker “The Punisher” Season 2 Second Trailer Released

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Netflix – Marvel Television

Netflix has released a grittier and darker new trailer for Marvel’s “The Punisher” Season 2, a week after announcing its release date on Jan. 18.

“Let me be what I’m meant to be,” Frank Castle/Punisher says on the trailer. The new season involves Castle saving a girl from being murdered and forcing him to come back to his life as The Punisher.

The trailer is intense and more violent than the last trailer released last October, promising an action-packed season two. Also released yesterday was an intense cool new poster for the season, see image on the right.

Starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, the crime-fighting vigilante taking revenge for the death of his family and then later uses violent and lethal ways in fighting the criminal underworld. The series is a spin-off of 2016’s Marvel’s Daredevil, also from Netflix where Bernthal’s also played the same character.

Produced by Marvel Television and created by Steve Lightfoot, “The Punisher” new season has 13 episodes and also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Michael Nathanson (The Wolf of Wall Street), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City) and Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel).

TNT’s “I Am the Night” Presents My Favorite Murder Live On Jan 15 At El Rey Theater

I Am the Night to Premiere January 28, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT

TNT announced today that its thrilling new true crime series I Am the Night is teaming up with the hit podcast My Favorite Murder to bring an exclusive live episode hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark on January 15th at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. This unique partnership marks a first for the My Favorite Murder team, as the podcast has never partnered with a television network in support of an upcoming drama series.

On the anniversary of the Black Dahlia’s death, and in the same city where she was killed, Murderinos can join Karen and Georgia to dive deeper into Hollywood’s most notorious murder before an exclusive screening of TNT’s new limited series I Am the Night. Star Jefferson Mays will attend and be interviewed during the taping, talking about playing Dr. George Hodel and the series.

“What more could we want? We get to discuss the Black Dahlia, our audience gets a sneak peek at the first episode of I Am The Night and we get to talk to Jefferson Mays about playing Dr. Hodel. It’s a true crime trifecta. We can’t wait!” said Kilgariff and Hardstark.

My Favorite Murder will publish the special episode of the podcast leading up to the January 28th premiere of I Am the Night.

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