Thursday, August 16, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: REVENGE Recasts Emily's Mentor; Plus, Al Freeman Jr., Crystal Chappell, Lucy Lawless

REVENGE recasts Emily's mysterious revenge master, Satoshi Takeda
Due to the unavailability of the character's original portrayer, Hiroyuki Sanada, the part will now be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. According to producer Melissa Loy, Sanada's jam-packed film schedule (including a role in the Hugh Jackman-led movie Wolverine) necessitated the change. "Geographically, with our schedule being what it is, it was getting a little bit challenging," Loy explains. "We would have had to fly him in and out of Australia [where Wolverine was filming], but [still] wouldn't have had him on the days we necessarily needed him. We tried to figure out a bunch of different scenarios, but ultimately it was too difficult."

Crystal Chappell blogs about the Melissa Reeves Chick-fil-A backlash
"I reached out to Missy and she responded several days later. She’s decided to not speak out and hope that the people who know her will trust that she didn’t intend to support an anti-gay corporation. I firmly believe she should speak…not only for the fans but for her friends. I read Greg Riikart’s article in the Huffington Post. I thought it was eloquent and spot on…with the exception of calling Melissa Reeves a bully. Although, I understand where it came from. Sometimes being too quiet after creating a shit storm can make you look more guilty. So, Ill pray that she speaks so you can know that person who has a genuine love for all people regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."

Previous story: Greg Rikaart Calls Melissa Reeves & Chick-Fil-A's Don Cathy 'Grown Up Bullies'; Hopes For Better Understanding

Jesse Plemons finds similarities between FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and BREAKING BAD sets
“It’s definitely a friendly vibe, and the crew is really awesome,” he said. “It’s just a set that everyone wakes up and is really excited to go to work. The crew is just as big a fan as everyone else — you can really tell when everyone is really into what they’re trying to do. … There’s obviously differences on every set, but the overall vibe is very comfortable.”

Al Freeman Jr.'s obit from the New York Times
"Mr. Freeman’s lucid fury and psychological insight made him a favorite of literary black playwrights in the 1960s."

GLEE Exec on Season 4′s Big 'Breakup' Episode: 'It's Like Titanic – Not All Will Make It'
"I’m not going to say who breaks up and who doesn’t, but they all — Santana/Brittany, Kurt/Blaine, Will/Emma, Rachel/Finn — get kicked in the nuts. And it’s all about how do they recover — and can they recover? And some don’t. Absolutely some don’t. Of those couples, not all of them are going to make it. It’s like Titanic.” Read More at:

TORCHWOOD star John Barrowman joins CW's ARROW
Producers are not saying much about his character, only revealing that he will play a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”

ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Nic Robuck lands film role
Robuck is starring in his first feature film, the crime drama/thriller A Dark Plan! He plays the lead character, Shane Dempsey, a sociopath who had a horrible upbringing.

Lucy Lawless books multi-episode arc on PARKS AND REC
Lawless, who is coming off of a three-year run on SPARTACUS, will play a single mom in Pawnee named Diane who has a small problem in her neighborhood. Ron and Andy are dispatched to help her, and Andy notices there might be some chemistry between her and Ron.

1 comment:

  1. Can Melissa Reeves be that naive? Excited about Lucy Lawless.