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WGN America Renews 'Manhattan' For Second SeasonWGN America Renews 'Manhattan' For Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ WGN America has ordered a second season of its critically acclaimed original drama 'Manhattan,' it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. Among television's most widely praised new series of the year, 'Manhattan' is scheduled for its season one finale on SUNDAY, October 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT on WGN America. Created and written by Sam Shaw, directed by Emmy Award -winning director Thomas Schlamme and produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, the second season of 'Manhattan' will begin production next Spring for a 2015 debut. (more...)

BWW Flashback Friday: FELICITY Finally!BWW Flashback Friday: FELICITY Finally!
by Jennifer McHugh - Oct 10, 2014

A year after graduating college, I got sucked into the college journey of Felicity Porter. For four years, I was there for her adventure in New York City, far away from Palo Alto, California as she juggled the love of Ben and Noel and tried to figure out exactly who she was and who she wanted to be. It encapsulated the emotions of going to college, being in college and most importantly, learning to say goodbye to college. Felicity struck all the right chords. Let's journey back! (more...)

Lupita Nyong'o Turns Down Chance to Make Broadway DebutLupita Nyong'o Turns Down Chance to Make Broadway Debut
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2014

Receiving a Tony Award to go with her Oscar is no longer next on Lupita Nyong'o's to-do list. The Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave star has turned down the chance for a Broadway debut in Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Reportedly, she turned it down so she could appear in the next STAR WARS film, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. (more...)

William Shatner to Appear in STAR TREK 3?William Shatner to Appear in STAR TREK 3?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2014

The original Captain Kirk may be making a special appearance in an upcoming STAR TREK film. According to ComingSoon.net, STAR TREK's William Shatner has said that producer J.J. Abrams (helming the new generation of STAR TREK fims) approached Shatner about returning to the Sci-Fi series. (more...)

William Shatner to Return for STAR TREK 3 in 2016?William Shatner to Return for STAR TREK 3 in 2016?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Geek alert! Badass Digest reports tonight that William Shatner might return to his iconic role of Captain Kirk in STAR TREK 3, expected in 2016. The star previously complained that while Leonard Nimoy was asked to return for the newest crop of movies, that he was not. (The fact that his character is dead in the canon is something that never really mattered). (more...)

Hulu Orders New Series Based on Stephen King's 11/22/63Hulu Orders New Series Based on Stephen King's 11/22/63
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Hulu announced today that it has ordered straight to series a project from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV based on Stephen King's novel 11/22/63. (more...)

Hulu to Debut New Original Series 11/22/63, Based on Stephen King BestsellerHulu to Debut New Original Series 11/22/63, Based on Stephen King Bestseller
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Today, Hulu is excited to announce that Hulu has given a direct-to-series order for 11/22/63 - a new Hulu Original series based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (more...)

Producers Guild of American to Honor MARK GORDON with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement AwardProducers Guild of American to Honor MARK GORDON with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that prolific television and film producer Mark Gordon will be honored with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The award will be presented to Gordon at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. (more...)

Third STAR TREK Film to Begin Shooting Next Year?Third STAR TREK Film to Begin Shooting Next Year?
by Movies News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The next STAR TREK film could be coming sooner than previously expected. (more...)

VIDEO: Get a First Look at STAR WARS EPISODE VII's Millennium Falcon!VIDEO: Get a First Look at STAR WARS EPISODE VII's Millennium Falcon!
by Movies News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Bad Robot Productions has released a video of the Millennium Falcon space ship from the set of J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. (more...)

Daniel Craig Set for Mysterious Cameo in STAR WARS EPISODE VIIDaniel Craig Set for Mysterious Cameo in STAR WARS EPISODE VII
by Movies News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Daniel Craig will apear in a 'mystery cameo role' in the highly anticipated STAR WARS EPISODE VII film. The site reports that the James Bond star 'begged' Star Wars director J.J. Abrams for a part in the project. (more...)

Kennedy Center Seeks Nominations for 2015 Sondheim Inspirational Teacher AwardsKennedy Center Seeks Nominations for 2015 Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking nominations for the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards -a series of annual grants that recognize inspiring teachers in any field of education across the United States. Now entering their fifth year, the awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday in 2010. The program was initiated and funded through the generous support of arts philanthropists and friends of Mr. Sondheim, Freddie and Myrna Gershon. (more...)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins John Goodman in J.J. Abrams' THE CELLARMary Elizabeth Winstead Joins John Goodman in J.J. Abrams' THE CELLAR
by Movies News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

According to Deadline Hollywood, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ('Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' 'Live Free or Die Hard') has been tapped to star alongside John Goodman in the new J.J. Abrams film 'The Cellar.' The story of the film revolves around a young woman who is in a car accident and wakes up living in a fallout bunker with a Doomsday Day prepper who tells her that there has been a chemical attack, and that the outside world has been destroyed. Unsure of what is true and not, Winstead's character decides she must escape and see for herself. (more...)

BWW Profiles: Stage Vet Adam Driver Vies for 2014 Emmy AwardBWW Profiles: Stage Vet Adam Driver Vies for 2014 Emmy Award
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 19, 2014

In anticipation of the live 66th Annual Emmy Award broadcast on NBC on Monday, August 25th, BWW will be spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway's biggest stars. If you want to follow along and interact with all of BroadwayWorld's Emmy coverage, check out #BWWEmmys on Twitter. (more...)

Miranda Otto Boards HBO's WESTWORLDMiranda Otto Boards HBO's WESTWORLD
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

According to Deadline, Miranda Otto is the latest to join the all-star cast of HBO's new drama pilotWESTWORLD, from J.J. Abrams. Also in the cast are Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, James Marsden, Timothy Lee DePriest, Thandie Newton, and Eddie Rouse. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - STAR WARS EPISODE VII Concept Art of Han Solo CostumePhoto Flash: First Look - STAR WARS EPISODE VII Concept Art of Han Solo Costume
by Movies News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Indie Revolver has once again shared a first look at concept art of the Han Solo costume for the film. (more...)

Photo: First Glimpse of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII StormtroopersPhoto: First Glimpse of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Stormtroopers
by Movies News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

STAR WARS Imperial Forces will be getting a makeover for J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, hitting theaters on December 18, 2015. (more...)

Thandie Newton Joins Cast of HBO's WESTWORLDThandie Newton Joins Cast of HBO's WESTWORLD
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thandie Newton is the latest to join the all-star cast of HBO's new drama pilot WESTWORLD, from J.J. Abrams. Also in the cast are Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, James Marsden, Timothy Lee DePriest, and Eddie Rouse. (more...)

Ed Harris Joins All-Star Cast of HBO's WESTWORLDEd Harris Joins All-Star Cast of HBO's WESTWORLD
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

According to Deadline, Ed Harris is the latest to join the all-star cast of HBO's new drama pilot WESTWORLD, from J.J. Abrams. Also in the cast are Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, James Marsden, Timothy Lee DePriest, and Eddie Rouse. (more...)

James Marsden and Eddie Rouse Board HBO's WESTWORLD PilotJames Marsden and Eddie Rouse Board HBO's WESTWORLD Pilot
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Deadline reports that James Marsden and Eddie Rouse are the latest actors to sign on for HBO's new drama pilot WESTWORLD, from J.J. Abrams. (more...)

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