Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
‘Feud’: Charles And Diana Season 2 “Begins With Divorce Papers,” Says Ep Ryan Murphy
Fans of Ryan Murphy's latest show Feud: Bette And Joan have much to look forward to. Not only has Feud already been renewed for a second and third season, but Season 2 will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana, beginning with divorce and ending with Diana’s death, according to Murphy. "The next one is about Charles and Diana," he confirmed at an FX Emmy event in Los Angeles tonight. "We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and… »
TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Cast in Event Series ‘Waco’
“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and “Grandma” star Julia Garner have been cast as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Tyler Kitsch in Paramount Network’s “Waco.” The six-part television series will be part of Paramount Network’s inaugural lineup to premiere in January 2018. It is based on the true story of the 51-day Texas standoff between the FBI, the Atf, and the Branch Davidian religious sect, and portrays the events leading up to and during the siege from the perspectives of several people involved on both sides of the confrontation. Benoist plays Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (Kitsch), while Garner plays Michelle Jones, Rachel’s younger sister who has a child by Koresh.
Robert Costa has been named as the new »
- Erin Nyren
Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Most Tweeted About Show of 2017 (Exclusive)
Netflix doesn’t release ratings, but thanks to Twitter, we now have a sense of the popularity of “13 Reasons Why” — the streaming giant’s latest series is officially the most tweeted about show of 2017, thus far.
“13 Reasons Why” has amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30, according to Twitter data exclusively obtained by Variety.
The teen series, based on the YA novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by newcomer Katherine Langford, who co-stars with Dylan Minnette. The show is executive produced by multi-hyphenate superstar Selena Gomez, who happens to be the most-followed person on Instagram.
The Twitter boom has resulted in drastic growth for the cast members’ personal accounts. Christian Navarro, who plays Tony, had a mere 625 followers when the show premiered on Mar. 30 — now he has more than 85,000, marking a 13,263% jump. Likewise, Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, jumped »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Paulie Giganti, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant, Dies of Drug Overdose at 36
Philadelphia chef Paulie Giganti, who previously competed on Fox’s reality competition “Hell’s Kitchen,” died of a drug overdose, TheWrap has learned. Giganti was 36 and his body was received Thursday by the Philadelphia Media Examiner’s office. The chef’s cause of death has been ruled “accidental death by drug intoxication,” according to James Garrow, spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office.
The Brooklyn-born Giganti was executive chef of the Philadelphia restaurant Birra, but left his position in November. “He brought a consistency to our product »
- Linda Ge and Tim Kenneally
‘Doctor Who’: The Next Doctor Rumored to Be ‘Chewing Gum’s’ Black Female Star — Report
Every time the star of “Doctor Who” has announced they’re stepping down, speculation regenerates about his possible replacement. Ah, but what if this time, instead of a white male Doctor, the BBC finally listened to fans who’ve been seeking some diversity for the role?
According to a Nerdist, a source close to production insists that Michaela Coel will replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, which would make her the first female and first black actor to play the role. This source is not an official BBC spokesperson though, and the statement the BBC released to Nerdist didn’t confirm anything: “No casting decisions have been made yet for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11.”
Read More: ‘Doctor Who’ Review: New Companion Bill Gets a Charming Introduction in Season 10 Premiere
Although Coel was not one of the people that IndieWire had suggested for casting, she would make a fantastic Thirteen. The »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform
“Shadowhunters” has been renewed for Season 3 ahead of the return of Season 2 on June 5.
The cast of the Freeform series announced the renewal during a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday as part of the network’s upfronts presentation. They will return for a 20-episode third season in 2018.
Inspired by “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. It stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.
The second half of Season 2 will pick up with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger »
- Joe Otterson
Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]
The post Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
The 2018 Release Date for Deadpool 2 Has Been Set
Deadpool 2, the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Marvel antihero, has announced its release date: June 1st, 2018. The original Deadpool was a box office smash and many save paved the way for the blockbuster Logan. While the two movies are completely unrelated both took a chance with an R-Rating and achieved huge numbers at the box office. It’s led to speculation that comic book movies might start taking more cinematic risk without worrying about what rating their films might have. Marvel studios went on record in saying that they will be sticking to
The 2018 Release Date for Deadpool 2 Has Been Set »
- Nat Berman
Amazon Japan Checks in to Sono Sion’s ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’
Maverick Japanese director, Sono Sion will make his Amazon Original series debut this summer with “Tokyo Vampire Hotel.” All 9 episodes will be available to binge watch on Amazon Prime Japan from June 19, 2017.
The series is Sono’s first based completely on an original screenplay, and tells the story of humanity battling against a vampire tribe. It stars actress Kaho, taking on her first full-scale action role; Shinnosuke Mitsushima; Ami Tomite, a young actress who is mentored by Sono; Yumi Adachi; and Megumi Kagurazaka, the director’s wife.
Production was in the Nikkatsu studios in Japan, and also various locations in Transylvania, Romania, including Dracula’s Castle and the Salina Turda salt mines.
The show was developed and produced with Nikkatsu Corporation, with the screenplay written by Jun Tsugita, Manabu Ikarimoto. Tomohiro Kubo, Daisuke Matsuo serve as directors and screenwriters of two episodes.
“Our focus is to work with the content creators to be innovative and deliver a »
- Patrick Frater
Guy Attempts Bart Simpson Megaphone Prank In Entertaining Video
Does this picture look familiar? It might if you close your eyes and try to imagine that guy is really Bart Simpson and that he’s really inside a classroom looking out the window. But don’t worry, we also have the Simpsons clip to back this up. Youtuber The Backyard Scientist wanted to see how loud a chain of megaphones would actually be, and it turns out you can get things pretty close to 120 Db’s. That’s louder than a vacuum cleaner and about on par with a rock concert. Check out his video below and learn more about sound below.
Guy Attempts Bart Simpson Megaphone Prank In Entertaining Video »
- Nat Berman
‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way
Oh, Amy. After warning Selina against Andrew’s toxic charms, Buddy Calhoun’s campaign manager and girlfriend became the “Lobotomy Barbie” she cautioned her old boss about, standing by her man as he apologized for making an ass of himself — and a joke of their sex life in the process. Both women got screwed by their chosen men, and not in a way they enjoy.
But the fuck-over-y (ovary?) didn’t end there. Selina was spurned by her fellow ex-presidents (all male) at the opening of President Hughes’ library. She, in turn, dismissed the idea of a female architect, telling Gary, “We’re not redoing a kitchen here,” while Marjorie and Catherine lamented the fact they need a man to have a baby. And of course, Selina ended up getting doubly boned by Andrew, first upon learning of his betrayal and then by the woman he cheated with, »
- Ben Travers
‘Doctor Who’ Review: Bill Continues to Make Us ‘Smile’ Despite Creepy-Cute Emojibots
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 2, “Smile,” contains spoilers.]
The Doctor and Bill’s chemistry continued to be perfect even though this was only their first official adventure together. Taking place millennia into the future and on a far-off planet that appeared ideal except for its lack of inhabitants, the episode sneaked in an examination of human nature and cultural fluency within its murder-mystery trappings. This jaunt wasn’t so much about whodunit but why, and despite the “robots taking over” plot, it was the human colonists’ reaction the gave us chills.
What’s worse than a man telling a woman to smile? A robot demanding you smile or else it will kill you and use your bones for calcified fertilizer. Regardless, forcing a smile under duress is just psychologically disturbing even if you don’t factor murder into it. »
- Hanh Nguyen
What is the Possible Secret Origin of Agent Phil Coulson?
There’s one character on Agents of Shield whose origin we’re still not 100% sure of and that’s none other than Agent Phil Coulson. On the next episode of the show we may just find that out. Does Coulson regret his initial invitation? And who invited him? Was it Nick Fury? In the Framework he turned it down because he was scared. The scene below from the next episode lays that out as well as shows us the reason Grant Ward is different is because it was Victoria Hand that found him, not John Garrett. While we look forward to this
What is the Possible Secret Origin of Agent Phil Coulson? »
- Nat Berman
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is a Riveting, Relevant, and Political Drama, So Why Won’t the Creators Say So?
Last night, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. A frightening and incredibly gripping piece of visual storytelling from cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano, it stands as a remarkable piece of art that speaks to atrocities committed against women around the world and throughout history.
While writer and executive producer Bruce Miller began developing the 33-year-old novel before the rise of Donald Trump, the story of women who have been stripped of all agency to exist solely as breeding vessels for the patriarchy seems all too prescient in a 2017 when immigrants are being separated from their children, facts are “alternative,” and women are losing access to healthcare at the hands of a president who’s admitted sexual assault on audiotape.
As IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller noted in her grade-a review:
“Could ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really happen?” isn’t the question anymore. »
- Chris O'Falt
‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran Dies at 56
According to TMZ, Moran’s body was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana. The cause of death is unknown.
The California-born actress, who also starred in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” had fallen on hard times in recent years. She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana because of her hard-partying ways.
Henry Winkler, who starred opposite Moran as The Fonz in ABC’s iconic series, tweeted: “Oh Erin…now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth. Rest In It serenely now…too soon.”
Oh Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017
Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Ron Howard’s sister »
- Stuart Oldham
Happy Days' Erin Moran Dead at 56
Moran rose to fame when she was cast as the younger sister of Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, which ran for 11 seasons between 1974 and 1984. She later co-starred opposite Scott Baio in the short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, which lasted for just two brief seasons between 1982 and 1983.
Uncle Phil Was Quite “The Hustler” on Fresh Prince of Bel Air
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 4 years since James Avery passed away. Most affectionately known a Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he was one of the better father figures in comedy sitcoms of the 90s and perhaps ever. But of all the Phil and Will moments on the show, this is one of my favorites. The episode is aptly called “The Hustler.” Vivian goes to Berkley for the weekend leaving the kids behind with Phillip. Geoffrey is off duty so Hilary is left in charge of Carlton and Ashley. Will, however, is left in
Uncle Phil Was Quite “The Hustler” on Fresh Prince of Bel Air »
- Nat Berman
Daytime Emmys 2017: Who Should Win Best Younger Actress
This year’s Daytime Emmy Awards are a week away, and we’ve got our takes on the frontrunners in the Daytime Drama categories. This past week the Television Academy released the storyline clips submitted for this year’s Daytime Emmy’s. Before the winners are announced, we’ve got our take on who should take home the trophies. The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Reign Edwards, General Hospital‘s Lexi Ainsworth and Chloe Lanier, and the Young and the Restless‘s Alyvia Alyn-Lind and Hunter King are nominated in the Younger Actress category. We have our pick for the frontrunner, as well as who comes up a
Daytime Emmys 2017: Who Should Win Best Younger Actress »
- Araceli Aviles
Pure Genius Star Diagnoses Ill-Fated Medical Drama: 'If I'm Being Honest...'
RelatedCBS Renews 16 Series, Including Bull — What’s Missing?
Pure Genius followed James Bell, a tech whiz determined to use his vast fortune and high-tech expertise to solve medical mysteries. It premiered last October to 6.2 million total viewers and an anemic 1.0 demo rating, and at the time it was denied a Back 9 order it had slipped below the average that got Elementary bumped from Thursday to Sunday. (Elementary’s immediate successor, »
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