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Actor Kavan Smith takes on new role in DirecTV's new crime drama show Rogue. Smith's new role as Tom Travis-- a school teacher who is married to Thandie Newton's character Grace whose son was recently murdered tries to hold his family together as his wife's obsession to find their son's killer causes problems within the marriage.
Character description (by DirecTV)Tom’s job has become the very essence of who he is: a dedicated high school teacher. He’s calm, quiet, and patient—a devoted father. But Grace’s obsession with finding their son’s killer leaves Tom isolated and alone. Long-term, he wants to stay with Grace and keep his family together—there is still love there, however bruised it may be.
SayWhatNews went One on One with Kavan Smith about his new role and much more. Here is a snippet:
SayWhatNews: Your latest project is starring in DirecTV’s much anticipated new crime drama series, Rogue which just premiered on April 3rd. Tell us what TV audiences can expect to see when watching DirecTV’s first scripted program?
Kavan: I hope that what they’ll see is a raw visceral exciting crime drama. Something unlike what’s out there right now. It’s something that really pushes the envelope…..a real family thrown into a horrific situation amid very dangerous and desperate people. I hope above all that the story grabs people and pulls them in.
SayWhatNews: Kavan, your character Tom Travis, is a dedicated high school teacher who is married to the very talented actress Thandie Newton, who plays your wife Grace. The couple just recently lost their son Sam and find themselves grieving in different ways which puts a strain on the marriage. How did you prepare for this role?
Kavan: I have kids of my own and the idea of losing one is terrifying. I found it somewhat easy to slide into this guy. He is a father trying to hold his family together. I was raised by a single father. It fit for me. Thandie was so great to work with. She made it easy for me to go for things. I really appreciated that from her.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel is in the works. Weinstein Company is moving forward with a sequel even though Director Ang Lee and most of the original cast will not be joining the production. According to The Hollywood Reporter Michelle Yeoh will be the sole cast member to reprise her role, and Yuen Wo Ping will be directing.
Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green return to The Voice this Fall. NBC has confirmed that its original coach lineup for the hit show will be back for Cycle 5, Fall of 2013. So it looks like our favorite judges Christina Aguilera , CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will be back bringing the competitive banter we have fallen in love with.
CeeLo and Christina both took a break to focus on their music careers while Usher and Shakira filled in for Cycle 4. But don't fret, Usher and Shakira who have both done great jobs managing the spinning judges chairs are not gone completely. The pair will return to coach mid-season for Cycle 6:
“We locked in a plan several months ago to have the outstanding Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green rejoin Blake and Adam for cycle 5, and we’re pleased to announce that the original four coaches are going to be back together in the fall,” said NBC’s alternative head, Paul Telegdy. “…And after careful consideration of everyone’s schedules for next spring, we are excited to be returning the current cycle of judges — Shakira and Usher along with Blake and Adam — for cycle 6, which will premiere after the Winter Olympics.”
Vin Diesel returns as Riddick in Riddick - Rule the Dark. From the looks of the trailer this movie is going to be filled with amazing special effects and of course with Vin Diesel as the action hero you can't go wrong.
Storyline: Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.
Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine and more.
Director: David Twohy
Release date: September 6, 2013
Fox’s The X Factor is looking to have plenty of girl power next fall. The judges panel will likely consist of executive producer Simon Cowell and three female judges.
One will be returning judge Demi Lovato, as the network previously
announced. If all goes according to plan, another will be singer, dancer
and Super Bowl halftime show-stopper
Kelly Rowland. The Grammy-winning Destiny’s Child founding member has
previously been floated as a potential judge in the press, but EW can
exclusively report she’s firming up a deal to join the show. Rowland
should feel quite comfortable at the judges table; she has extensive
on-camera experience, from serving as a judge on the eighth season of
the UK version of The X Factor to performing on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
We’re not certain who will secure the third judge spot, though we’re hearing Latin singer-actress Paulina Rubio is in talks.
The deals will have to be completed soon — The X Factor starts production on season three on Tuesday. The new judges will replace season two panelists Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.
VH1 releases first picture from the up coming TLC bio movie 'Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story starring KeKe Palmer (Chilli), Lil Mama (Left Eye) and Drew Sidora (T-Boz).
According to reports the ladies have been training really hard to prepare for their roles as the iconic R&B/Hip-Hop trio that took the 90's by storm with their music.
"With this cast, we are thrilled with the talent assembled both in front of and behind the cameras,” stated Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1. “TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women.”
The movie is set to air sometime in November of 2013.
Are you ready for season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
Here is the first look: Season 5 trailer
Tune in on Sunday June 2nd @ 8/7c to see it all go down.
Things have been heating up on CBS hit drama series Criminal Minds. With the 8th season just recently wrapping up, fans want to know will there favorite crime drama return. And it seems that Shemar Moore (Morgan) is curious himself about the fate of the show. Moore posted the above picture on his instagram page promoting a new episode but a few days before posted a beautiful picture of his pool with this caption:
"Last night of work of CRIMINAL MINDS for Season 8.. Season 9 is still unknown.. Make some noise n maybe CBS will hear you... In the meantime.. WHO WANTS TO SKINNY DIP?!!!"
Fans immediately started to reply to the post expressing their concern about CBS possibly canceling the show:
CBS- it will be a big mistake to cancel Criminal Minds! It's the Best!! Don't do it!!!
DON'T YOU DARE CANCEL CRIMINAL MINDS CBS
THE BEST TV SHOW! DONT CANCEL CRIMINAL MINDS!!
Bradley Cooper is forced to drop out of Natalie Portman's movie Jane Got A Gun. According to reports the actor who initially signed on to take Jude Law's place will have to drop out because the Boston bombing delayed the production schedule of David O. Russell's movie American Hustle.
Jane Got A Gun has been having a hard time keeping people signed on to work on the film. Director Lynne Ramsey dropped off of the project on what should have been the first day of production. Right after Jude Law dropped out because he had signed on to do the movie simply for the chance to work with Ramsay, and the production had to scramble to find replacements.
TV Ones's R&B Divas has returned for season 2 with 2 new Divas. Soul singer Angie Stone and former Xscape member LaTocha Scott has joined the cast along with returning cast members Syleena Johnson, KeKe Wyatt, Faith Evans, Monifah Carter and Nicci Gilbert.
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Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine in the much anticipated movie The Wolverine - in 3D. Just from watching the trailer you can see this movie is going to be a great epic superhero movie. The special effects look amazing especially when a lady removes her face like a snake sheding its skin to reveal a different face at the end of the trailer. And Wolverine's true love Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) returns
Storyline: In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. Written by Twentieth Century Fox
CAST: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Brian Tee and Will Yun Lee and more.
Release Date: July 26, 2013
photo: Larenz Tate & Father Larry Tate
Actor Larenz Tate was honored last weekend by the Urban League Young Professionals at their 3rd annual "To the Nines" gala.
Tate who is best known for hit movies like Love Jones and Menance II Society is involved with BLOOM, which focuses on young black males involved within the Los Angeles probation system.
The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals is an auxiliary of the Los Angeles Urban League. The organization is comprised of professionals, ages 21 to 40, committed to corporate, social, and community activism as well as improving L.A.’s African American business climate through networking and business development.
Actress Nia Long is a busy woman these days. She graces the cover of Jet Magazine just as her new film Best Man Holiday starts production. Its been 15 years since the box office hit Best Man hit the screen and now fans are looking forward to part 2. Long discusses the movie in her interview with Jet:
JET: Everyone’s buzzing about you reprising the role of Jordan in The Best Man Holiday (out November 15). The original was definitely a classic film— but it’s been almost 15 years. Why do a sequel now?
We made magic together— so many people say that to me. And because I love the cast. The film’s director, Malcolm Lee, has been talking about it for some time and finally announced his plan during a recent cast reunion dinner.
JET: Any details you can dish on the movie?
Well, we’re not shooting until late April in Toronto so I can’t say much, but everybody is really excited to revisit our stories and find out what happens next. Where is Jordan now? Did she get married? Did she break up a relationship? It’s like reading a great book; you want to see what the next chapter is.
Read entire interview in Jet Magazine on stands now.
Best Man Holiday News: Actress Sanaa Lathan has tried to satiate our thirst for the upcoming Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday, by posting several behind-the-scenes photos from filming on her Instagram page.
NBC has done it again--the new crime drama series Hannibal is a thrilling bloody delight filled with suspense and mystery. The storyline follows Will Gramham (Hugh Dancy) a FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers as he works cases for the FBI and who ends up being teamed up with Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen) as an consultant and his psychiatrist all the while Hannibal does his killings while helping solve other crimes.
Check out on of the episodes here:
Kelsey Grammer has signed on to play a villain in the next 4th installment of Transformers franchise starring Mark Walhberg.
The Paramount film also stars Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz. Plot details are unknown except that it will not be connected to past installments and have a whole new cast of characters.
What we do know is that Director Michael Bay, who directed all three “Transformers” films, is back directing the next installment with Ehren Krueger writing the script.
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