Monday, February 24, 2014

Scandal Returns Thursday 2~27~2014 10PM on ABC

[Press Release Scandal ABC]

SCANDAL: Ride, Sally, Ride - SPRING PREMIERE (2/27)



“Ride, Sally, Ride” – The White House deals with a bombshell announcement from Sally Langston. Meanwhile, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

“Ride, Sally, Ride” was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Tom Verica.

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“Scandal” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

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Patton Oswalt To Host Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday March 1, 2014 10PM On IFC

[Film Independent Press Release]

Ceremony to premiere exclusively on IFC, Saturday March 1st 
10:00PM ET/PT $75,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers.

LOS ANGELES – Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced that Patton Oswalt will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA film series, will hold the 29th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, March 1st with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC. Additionally, longtime executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey is returning for her 19th Spirit Awards show.

“Patton is an incredibly talented writer, actor and comedian whose irreverent humor is the perfect fit for our show. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be hosting the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said executive producer, Diana Zahn-Storey. “Patton has been a long supporter of our organization, he has participated in several Film Independent Live Reads at LACMA and is also a card holding member of the organization. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us at the Awards show in March,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent.

Commented Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager, IFC, “Patton’s quick wit and ridiculously funny take on society and pop culture is perfect for IFC and perfect for this event. We are thrilled our viewers will be able to enjoy this year’s show with this incredible talent and distinctive voice at the helm.”

Patton continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, from his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable guest roles on his favorite TV shows (including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), in addition to the upcoming comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty coming out December 2013, with Ben Stiller, as well as his starring role on Adult Swim’s The Heart, She Holler.

He is also the narrator on ABC’s breakout comedy The Goldbergs. Last year he was recognized for his work on the big screen, nominated for a Critics Choice Award for his brilliant performance in Jason Reitman’s film Young Adult, starring opposite Charlize Theron. 

In 2009, Patton received critical acclaim for his performance in Robert Siegel’s Big Fan; the film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Patton earned a Gotham Award nomination for his performance.

As a comedian, Patton has shot four TV specials and four critically acclaimed albums, including his latest Finest Hour which received a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album,” as well as a Showtime one-hour special of the same name. In 2009, Patton received his first Grammy nomination for his album My Weakness Is Strong which was distributed through Warner Brothers Records.

In addition to his guest roles this past year on Parks and Recreation, Justified, Two and a Half Men, Portlandia, Burn Notice, Patton also voiced characters on The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. He was a series regular on Showtime’s United States of Tara, appeared as a guest star on Bored To Death and Flight of the Conchords on HBO and The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central. He also recurred on the SyFy series Caprica. Patton was also a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher and Lewis Black’s Root Of All Evil. In 2009, Patton appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Informant, and Observe and Report with Seth Rogen.

Patton provided the voice for ‘Remy’, the rat, in Pixar’s Oscar winning Ratatouille. He also voiced characters on Word Girl and Neighbors from Hell. Patton has also appeared in more then 20 films, including Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch and Reno 911!: Miami. Patton starred in The Comedians of Comedy, which was shot as an independent feature film, a TV series and a long running tour. He tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States and UK, and is a regular at music festivals like Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, Comic-Con and Coachella. Patton also has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles. On TV, he played ‘Spence’ on The King of Queens on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on Seinfeld, Reaper, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!

Patton’s first published book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland was released in January 2011 and is a New York Times Best Seller.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members.

Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, Best Editing and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Awards include the Piaget Producers Award, the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award and the Someone to Watch Award.

The production team for this year’s Spirit Awards includes Director and Producer Chris Donovan; Producer Shawn Davis, who has been a part of the show and produced the Spirit Awards for 11 years; and Producer John Hamilton, who has produced the Spirit Awards for 9 years.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. For more information on submission guidelines, voting, media and publicist credentials, and the history of the Spirit Awards, please visit

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champion’s independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the best of American and international cinema. Film Independent also produces the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

For more information or to become a member, visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inside The Actors Studio Interviews Oscar Nominees Amy Adams and Matthew McConaughey 8PM Wednesday & Thursday 2~19~2014 & 2~20~2014 on Bravo

[Bravo Press Release]

NEW YORK – January 30, 2014 – Bravo Media has Oscar fever on the Emmy Award-Winning series “Inside the Actors Studio” as host James Lipton welcomes two critically-acclaimed actors, Amy Adams and Matthew McConaughey, on two back-to-back nights. Fresh off of her first Golden Globe win, “Best Actress” Oscar nominee Amy Adams sits down first on Wednesday, February 19 at 8pm ET/PT, then fellow Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey follows on Thursday, February 20 at 8pm ET/PT.

“The period leading up to the Oscars is always our busiest time of the year, possibly because so many of our guests have wound up holding the treasured trophy,” says James Lipton. “This year is no exception. Bruce Dern's ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ episode has recently aired. Amy Adams’ episode and Matthew McConaughey’s episode will air on consecutive nights, February 19th and 20th.Three great new episodes and three great Oscar candidates. Our Actors Studio Drama School students will be cheering loudly and proudly on Oscar night.”

After making her mark in the industry with memorable appearances in films such as “Junebug,” “Enchanted,” “Doubt,” and “The Fighter,” Amy Adams discusses her multifaceted career leading up to her standout performance in Columbia Pictures’ “American Hustle.”

Her lead role as a con-artist in the Academy Award nominated film earned Adam’s her first Golden Globe win and fifth Academy Award Nomination. Adams has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and six Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Well-known for his many leading roles in hit romantic comedies including “The Wedding Planner,” “How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” Matthew McConaughey reveals his unorthodox break into acting with his first major role in “Dazed & Confused” and which film made him a household name in one weekend.
Viewers will also learn if his wife, Camila Alves, believes McConaughey upholds his charm off-camera and how he came to the career-defining decision to set out for riskier and more serious characters, including his debut television role in HBO’s new series “True Detective.” In addition, the actor discloses the rigorous homework he conducted for his portrayal of AIDS victim Ron Woodruff in the Focus Features film, “Dallas Buyers Club,” for which McConaughey won a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award Nomination for “Best Actor.”

Quotables from Matthew McConaughey’s episode:

“Can we bring that guy home for a little bit?”

-Camila Alves McConaughey’s reaction to seeing her husband in his romantic comedy roles

“I didn’t say ‘Who is that’…I said ‘What is that?’”

-McConaughey’s thoughts when he first laid eyes on wife, Camila Alves

“I thought to myself, ‘My career is going well, I’m enjoying it…but my real life – the adventures and the excitement and the vitality of my real life – was just so much more.’”

-McConaughey on his decision to embark on more serious acting roles

“I want to know why God gave you that body, and not me!”

-Lipton to McConaughey as he was referencing the film “Magic Mike”

“’I’m dying.’ Those two words, I’m D-Y-I-N-G…I didn’t expect it but it just…it hit me…not a like gut punch, a soul punch.”

-McConaughey referring to the line that was the most powerful personal moment in his acting career while filming “Dallas Buyers Club”

In A Lather Editor's Note: Bravo will have an encore airing of the Amy Adams & Matthew McConaughey interviews on Friday 2~21~2014 The network will also have encore airings of interviews with Bruce & Laura Dern, and Bradley Cooper. The re-play is scheduled to start at 6:00 a.m.EST starting with the Dern interviews. Then Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Matthew McConaughey. Please check your local listings.

Monday, February 17, 2014

TNT's Perception Returns Tuesday February 25, 2014 10PM

[TNT Press Release]
Peter Coyote (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) is set to be a guest-star on the upcoming season of TNT’s Perception, starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack. In addition his role as the lead government scientist in the blockbuster E.T., Coyote is known for his performances in such films as Cross Creek and A Walk to Remember, as well as the series Brothers & Sisters, Commander in Chief, The 4400 and Law & Order: L.A. Coyote is also an author, director, screenwriter and narrator. His voice work includes narrating the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics. 

In Perception, Coyote will play James Alan Pierce, the father of Daniel Pierce (McCormack). He comes to visit his son in order to give him some surprising news. Their relationship, however, is filled with past resentments, and Pierce is less than thrilled about the visit.

Perception, which comes to TNT from ABC Studios, stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist and university professor with a unique way of seeing the world. Pierce is called upon by his former student – FBI agent Kate Moretti, played by Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) – to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases. 

Perception, which also stars Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow), LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) and Scott Wolf (Party of Five), **will finish out it's second season with episodes 11 and 12 in February and March of 2014. It will kick off its third season this summer.

**As of this posting of TNT's press release, there appears to be, you should pardon the expression, a misPerception, as to whether the episode which will air on Tuesday 2~25~2014 is the 11th or 12th episode of the 2nd season. TNT's and TVGuide's schedules list the episode which airs that night as "Curveball". IMDB lists the title of the episode that airs on the 25th and as the 11th episode of the 2nd season as "Obsession". If and when a clarification or consensus becomes available, InALather will give a heads-up.

**InALather editor's note

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Season Three of TNT's Hit Drama Dallas to Launch Monday, Feb. 24 2014 9PM

[Press Release DallasTNT Newsroom]

Let the Backstabbing Begin: Season Three of TNT's Hit Drama Dallas to Launch Monday, Feb. 24

The backstabbing, two-timing, double-crossing drama of TNT's Dallas is set to return this winter with the launch of the hit series' third season. Dallas, which follows the internal and external conflicts facing the oil-rich Ewing family, stars Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Mitch Pileggi and Emma Bell, with Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. The new season will also see the addition of Juan Pablo Di Pace as a regular cast member and the return of guest stars Ken Kercheval, Judith Light, Kuno Becker and Marlene Forte. In addition, AnnaLynne McCord is set to guest-star in several episodes. Produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Dallas is slated to kick off its new season Monday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Dallas stars Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, who is now the senior member of the Ewing family, following the death of his older brother, J.R. Ewing. Linda Gray stars as Sue Ellen Ewing, J.R.'s former wife and the mother of his son, John Ross III (Josh Henderson). Following the death of his revered father, John Ross is out to prove he can be just as powerful an ally or enemy as the infamous J.R., and Sue Ellen is ready to help him any way she can.

Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), Bobby's adopted son, is still determined to make a name for himself and his family; but he continues to reel after his engagement to Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) fell through, and the search for his mother ended with news that she died in 1989. Elena, having received important information about the original deed to her father's land, is now consumed with thoughts of justice for previous wrongs against her family, including her brother, Drew (Kuno Becker), and mother, Carmen (Marlene Forte), the Southfork Ranch housekeeper. To find that justice, Elena has turned to an old childhood friend, Nicolas TreviƱo, played by new cast member Juan Pablo Di Pace, who most recently starred in the series Camp.

The Ewings' chief nemesis, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), has done everything he can to bring the Ewing family down. But when an attempt to sabotage a Ewing oil rig resulted in injuring his daughter, Pamela Barnes (Julie Gonzalo), and killing her and Christopher's unborn twins, Cliff suddenly found his daughter turning against him. Having helped the Ewings gain a controlling interest in Barnes Global, Pamela is now determined to find a happy ending with her new husband, John Ross, and make a home for herself on Southfork Ranch. Cliff, meanwhile, awaits trial for the murder of J.R., of which he has been accused.

Bobby’s wife, Ann (Brenda Strong), continues to battle with Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), her scheming ex-husband who is now in jail for drug smuggling. Ann also continues to build a relationship with her daughter, Emma (Emma Bell), a sheltered beauty who has teamed up with John Ross to stir up trouble for her father, Harris. Things become even more difficult for Ann with the return of Harris' controlling mother, Judith (Judith Light).

The third season of Dallas will introduce viewers to Heather, a 20-something ranch hand and single mother, played by AnnaLynne McCord, who was recently seen as Naomi Clark on 90210. When Heather's ex-husband returns, bringing turmoil back into her life and the life of her 5-year-old son, Christopher steps in to help.

Dallas premiered in 2012 and finished the year as one of basic cable's Top 10 new dramas. In its second season, Dallas drew more than 3.8 million viewers, with 1.7 million adults 25-54. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas was developed by executive producer Cynthia Cidre from the series created by David Jacobs. Serving as executive producers with Cidre are Michael M. Robin, Robert Rovner and Bruce Rasmussen.

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About TNT

TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies, Perception, Dallas, Franklin & Bash and Mob City, as well as the upcoming Legends, The Last Ship and Murder in the First. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like Cold Justice, Boston's Finest, Marshal Law: Texas, APB with Troy Dunn, and the upcoming Private Lives of Nashville Wives, Save Our Business, Inside Job, On the Menu (working title), Wake Up Call (working title) and Life Flight. 

In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

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