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Designated Survivor: Breckin Meyer to Play Kiefer's Brother in Season 2

Designated Survivor: Breckin Meyer to Play Kiefer's Brother in Season 2
President Tom Kirkman’s first family is about to get a little bigger.

Breckin Meyer has signed on to join the Season 2 cast of ABC’s Designated Survivor, according to our sister site Deadline, in a recurring role. He’ll play Tom’s younger brother Trey Kirkman, a successful finance whiz who’s an outgoing free spirit — in other words, not a lot like Tom. He and Tom have been estranged for years, but he becomes an important confidante for his brother after they reconnect.

RelatedDesignated Survivor Season 2 Review: The West Wing Minus 24 Equals…?

Meyer, known best for film
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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'

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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'
Turns out, we have Oprah Winfrey to thank for Shondaland’s #Tgit.

On Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes was honored at the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, where Winfrey took the stage to pay tribute to the writer/producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

“I’m here for Shonda,” said Winfrey, 63. “She could not have come at another time. She could not have come to another place. She belongs to this medium, and she belongs to this moment in a way that doesn’t so much defy the odds as redefine the odds.
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If It Were Up to Mandy Moore, This Is Us Would Only Take Place in This 1 Time Period

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Image Source: NBC Mandy Moore is incredible on This Is Us, and I don't mean that in a hyperbolic way. Her heartfelt performance as Rebecca Pearson, mom of triplets and wife of a well-intentioned husband who battles with alcoholism, is a sight to behold. In fact, the 33-year-old singer and actress has received a Golden Globe nomination for her work on the show, and it's one of the reasons This Is Us has become one of the most watched dramas on television. I recently caught up with Mandy to discuss her Friendsgiving traditions promoted by American Express or the Blue Cash Everyday Card, and also got the scoop on what fans can expect in upcoming episodes of This Is Us. Keep reading to find out what she revealed about her character and which time period she enjoys playing the most. RelatedThe Cast of This Is Us Can't Even Handle Their Own Show Popsugar: First off,
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Steven Moffat interview: Doctor Who, television, directors and more

Simon Brew Nov 10, 2017

Steven Moffat chats to us about Doctor Who, the changing face of television, and the internet culture around it...

Ahead of the release of Doctor Who series 10 on DVD and Blu-ray – it lands on Monday, and is available digitally now – outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat did a select few interviews to chat about the show. And he saved one for us.

It was refreshing that, having got lost myself on the way to the interview venue in the depths of London, Moffat himself managed to as well. Apologetic for arriving ten minutes late for our chat, he insisted on adding those minutes to the end of our time, and that’s not something that happens very often with interviews.

With that in mind, we settled down for a long chat about the show, the environment it exists in, and series 10 itself…

I was just watching the DVD extras before,
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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Take on the White House in Riveting New Trailer for 'The Post'

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Take on the White House in Riveting New Trailer for 'The Post'
They've got five Oscars between them, and come January, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep will be sharing the screen.

The beloved actors star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film, The Post, which tells the true story of when, in 1971, the Washington Post's Kay Graham (Streep), the country's first female newspaper publisher, teamed up with editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) to expose a cover-up about the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam that spanned over four presidents.

The first trailer for the movie, which hits select theaters on Dec. 22 and will go wide on Jan. 12, builds intensity by showing the risks Graham and Bradlee faced when they went up against the government.

More: Meryl Streep Reacts to President Donald Trump Calling Her 'Over-Rated' in Another Passionate Speech

"We could all go to prison,” Hanks says in the trailer. “What will happen if we don’t publish? We will lose. The country will lose."

In another riveting
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Chelsea Handler, Mary McCormack, & Cynthia Mort Teaming Up for “Unspeakable” at Hulu

McCormack in “In Plain Sight

Chelsea Handler has never been one to shy away from taboo subject matter, and now the outspoken “Chelsea” host has found a project that promises to tackle topics that most media — and people — avoid. Deadline reports that Handler is executive producing “Unspeakable,” a single camera half-hour dramedy in development at Hulu.

The Mary McCormack-starrer follows a radically honest woman “trying to find her authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple or complete, while simultaneously discussing subjects such as parental death, the decision not to have children, a harrowing near-death experience following a sudden illness, and many other thoughts that we might consider unspeakable in our culture,” the source writes.

Based on Meghan Daum’s 2014 book “The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects Of Discussion,” the project hails from “Tell Me You Love Me” creator Cynthia Mort and Working Title Television. Mort is penning the script and will serve as showrunner. Michael Morris (“Smash”), McCormack’s husband and producing partner, is attached to direct.

Handler, who acquired the rights to the book, recently announced that she’ll be signing off on her Netflix show, which ran for two seasons. She’ll be devoting her attention to activism, writing a book, and teaming up with the streamer on an original doc.

MCormack’s credits include “Angie Tribeca,” “In Plain Sight,” and “The West Wing.”

Check out a clip of McCormack on “Chelsea” below.

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Chelsea Handler, Mary McCormack, & Cynthia Mort Teaming Up for “Unspeakable” at Hulu was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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'I, Tonya' Co-Stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney Are in 'Complete Awe' of Each Other (Exclusive)

'I, Tonya' Co-Stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney Are in 'Complete Awe' of Each Other (Exclusive)
They may play a combative mother-daughter duo on screen, but in real life, Allison Janney and Margot Robbie are very much in awe of each other.

Et's Nischelle Turner spoke with both stars at the Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, where their film, I,Tonya, was honored with the Hollywood Ensemble Award, as well as Best Supporting Actor Award for Janney. 

Janney had nothing but high praise for Robbie, who not only stars as controversial figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, but also served as a producer on the film.

"I'm in complete awe of what she's done," the Mom star said of Robbie and her work ethic. "She's not stopped working since we did this movie back in February. She and her husband [Tom Ackerley], and LuckyChap [Entertainment, the couple's production company], they're producing so many movies." 

Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Exclusive: The Many Personalities of Allison Janney

The actress also was in awe of Robbie's ability transform for roles
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J.K. Simmons meets his Other in trailer for sci-fi thriller Counterpart

Starz has released the trailer for their sci-fi spy thriller series Counterpart, starring Whiplash‘s J.K. Simmons. Simmons stars as Howard Silk, a low-level agency employee who discovers his opposite from a parallel world, a man very different yet similar in nearly every way to himself. The two Howards have to work together to stop an assassin sent from the other reality. Watch the trailer here…

Joining Simmons in the series is Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense) as Emily Burton Silk, Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything) as Peter Quayle, Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Clare, Nicholas Pinnock as Ian Shaw, Sara Serraiocco (Salvo) as Baldwin and Ulrich Thomsen (The Blacklist) as Aldrich. Also starring are Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Sarah Bolger (The Tudors).

Counterpart will premiere on January 21st, 2018 on Starz.
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Designated Survivor's still not great, but it has its moments

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To say that Designated Survivor still doesn’t know what kind of show it wants to be would be inaccurate. It wants to be all kinds of shows—The West Wing and 24 are the obvious options, but it would also really like to be Scandal, and maybe also NCIS, and probably some other things that I’m forgetting. Hey, that’s Ok.…

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‘Stranger Things 2’: Casting the Kids of Hawkins As Grown-Ups

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Last week, “The Crown” revealed that its third season of the royal drama would be jumping forward a few decades in time, and as a result recasting its leads, with the role of Queen Elizabeth II now passing from Claire Foy to Olivia Colman. This inspired the thought — what if “Stranger Things” (a period drama in its own way) pulled a similar move at some point during its run, jumping forward to something close to the modern day? And if it did, who should be enlisted to play the kids of Hawkins, all grown up?

Because perhaps they’ve remained friends over the years. Perhaps they’ve drifted apart. But it’s not hard to imagine strange things continuing to happen to these characters, no matter the time period. So here are our ideal picks for the cast of “Stranger Things 2017,” the kids as well as a few of the adults.
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‘Stranger Things 2’: Casting the Kids of Hawkins As Grown-Ups

  • Indiewire
Last week, “The Crown” revealed that its third season of the royal drama would be jumping forward a few decades in time, and as a result recasting its leads, with the role of Queen Elizabeth II now passing from Claire Foy to Olivia Colman. This inspired the thought — what if “Stranger Things” (a period drama in its own way) pulled a similar move at some point during its run, jumping forward to something close to the modern day? And if it did, who should be enlisted to play the kids of Hawkins, all grown up?

Because perhaps they’ve remained friends over the years. Perhaps they’ve drifted apart. But it’s not hard to imagine strange things continuing to happen to these characters, no matter the time period. So here are our ideal picks for the cast of “Stranger Things 2017,” the kids as well as a few of the adults.
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The 15 Best Episodes of ‘The West Wing’, Ranked

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Given the omnipresence of politics in the current climate, we at Collider thought it was the perfect time to look back fondly at one of fiction’s great political stories: The West Wing. The NBC drama premiered in 1999 to rave reviews, and this brainchild of Aaron Sorkin would go on to set a record for the most consecutive Best Drama Series Emmys, with four wins in its first four seasons. The show is a brilliant drama about politics, about people, and about America, and while it suffered some criticism as simply "wish-fulfillment", at its heart The West Wing
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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season

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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season
Mother-daughter relationships have always been the stuff of great drama. And the Oscars are no exception. Three decades ago the “Moonstruck” acting duo Olympia Dukakis and Cher both won gold for playing a strong-willed New York Italian mother and her feisty daughter. Six years later, as a mute Scottish teacher and her de facto interpreter in New Zealand, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin repeated that twofer triumph with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Onscreen mother-daughter conflict has resulted in other dual Academy Award nominations: selfless Barbara Stanwyck tricked Anne Shirley into marrying rich in tearjerker “Stella Dallas” (1937); Meryl Streep’s big mouth inspired a rebellious Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” (2013); Piper Laurie was literally crucified by Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” (1976). At the start of this decade, Mo’Nique won an Oscar portraying the sexually abusive parent of fellow “Precious” nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Back in 1984, both Shirley MacLaine and
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Donald Trump Has Reportedly Spent $1.75 Million Redecorating the White House

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Donald Trump Has Reportedly Spent $1.75 Million Redecorating the White House
Donald Trump has spent $1.75 million in 9 months of living in the White House, NBC reported.

According to government records, some of the costs accrued include $17,000 for custom rugs, $7,000 for furniture pedestals, $5,000 for wallpaper, and $12,800 for a custom conference table made by the same company that once built a table for former President Richard Nixon — although the company’s website notes that “Nixon paid for the table himself.”

Related: Inside the Obamas’ Private Quarters at the White House: ‘It Has Truly Felt Like a Home for Our Family’

While the records don’t detail specifically which rooms the funds were spent on,
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Patricia Richardson Joins Off-Broadway Production of ‘Cruel Intentions: The Musical’ (Exclusive)

Patricia Richardson Joins Off-Broadway Production of ‘Cruel Intentions: The Musical’ (Exclusive)
Patricia Richardson will return to the stage in the Off-Broadway production of Cruel Intentions: The Musical, which is set for a 10-week limited engagement at Le Poisson Rouge starting Nov. 17.

The four-time Emmy nominee and star of Home Improvement and The West Wing will play Mrs. Bunny Caldwell in the musical adaptation of the 1999 cult teen classic, marking her return to the New York stage since starring in the Off-Broadway production of I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan in 2013. ““I’m thrilled to be joining such a fun and clever show and looking forward to returning to my New York theatre roots!” Richardson tells Et. The actress takes over the role originated by Christine Baranski in the film, which also starred Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair.

Created for the stage by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and the film’s director and writer Roger Kumble, Cruel Intentions: The Musical tells the story of
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Watch: Jimmy Smits Shares a New Video and Explains Why He Advocates for Cancer Research

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Watch: Jimmy Smits Shares a New Video and Explains Why He Advocates for Cancer Research
In his lifetime, actor Jimmy Smits has been profoundly affected by cancer.

“My dad passed away a couple of years ago from a blood cancer,” he tells People. “Because of his age, he wasn’t able to have a bone marrow transplant at that time. He fought a valiant fight, but he’s a statistic now. I’ve always been very dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge about the disease, because I still have hope that we can someday beat it. Cancer affects us all, and it has affected my family.”

To do his part, Smits, 62, has been working with
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Geostorm review

Gerard Butler. Weather satellites. Reshoots. A camel. We take a look at Geostorm...

Your relationship with Geostorm may be best measured by where you stand on 1994’s Charlie Sheen skydiving movie, Terminal Velocity. Terminal Velocity, by many, was dismissed as a trashy, throwaway action movie. But I always thought it was an absolute hoot. It was never going to challenge the awards season, but as a piece of filmed entertainment, it’s become the kind of film that Hollywood’s all-but-forgotten how to make. The joyously daft action and/or effects movie that the 90s at one stage thrived on.

What a pleasure, then, to report that Geostorm captures that spirit. I'm not sure if that's by luck or design, either. Still, I happily confess it had me early on, with the idea that a raging weather movie was being crossed with a presidential assassination thriller. As it turns out
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Sidse Babett Knudsen on Her Conversion to TV Drama

Sidse Babett Knudsen on Her Conversion to TV Drama
Cannes — Compared to the composed frosted figure of Denmark’s prime minister which her character Birgitte Nyborg occasionally achieves when in “Borgen,” at least when signing papers behind a sober desk, Sidse Babett Knudsen, probably Denmark’s most famous actress, comes across in person, sitting on a sofa at a Cannes beachside restaurant, as younger, livelier, enthusiastic — “Yes!” “Yes!,” she exclaims, leaning forward in the seat, in hearty agreement at the interviewer’s flailing questions — and with a far larger sense of humor.

She also seemed thrilled to have just been announced as the official patron of the first CanneSeries TV festival, which will unspool next April 4-11.

In serving as its patron, it could be argued that she is giving back to TV something of what TV has given to her.

“I’m a film person,” Babett Nielsen says of career that takes in Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated “After the Wedding” and Peter Strickland’s “[link
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When good TV goes bad: how House of Cards came tumbling down

The machiavellian manoeuvring that took Frank Underwood from chief whip to president was thrilling to watch, but it left the show with nowhere to go

When House of Cards first premiered on Netflix in 2013, the biggest story in American politics was that nothing was happening – that Congress, gridlocked over the budget of President Obama, was stuck in a frustrating state of paralysis. By comparison, the show was a parallel universe in which Washington, so mundane in reality, became the domain of snakes and raptors, of machiavellian masterminds epitomised by Democratic congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the house majority whip with ambitions of absolute power. Moodily lit and beautifully shot, it was still always considerably trashier than it looked, but none the worse for it, full of ridiculous dialogue and knowing hyperbole. But not since The West Wing had politics looked so possible, politicians so impressively full of agency. In the words of Obama himself: “Man,
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