January 20, 2017

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Colin Hanks feeling good about going bad on “Dexter”

HollywoodNews.com: Colin Hanks couldn’t have asked for a more dramatic change of pace from his “The Good Guys” comedy than what he’s got with his current assignment — he plays a hair-raisingly creepy religious fanatic who has a weird relationship with fellow zealot Edward James Olmos in the new season of “Dexter,” which premieres Oct. 2.
“I can’t give much away. Now it’s official that I’m the bad guy, so that’s good. That’s really about the extent of what I can say. We’re still shooting, and I’m afraid if I blab now there’s still time for them to write something really horrible for me to do,” he jokes.
Promos of the sixth season of the Michael C. Hall series suggest the Bible-quoting pair are doing very bad things in the name of the almighty — a violently forced “repentance,” for instance. The season also has Dexter exploring spiritual matters himself, thanks to his encounters with an ex-con named Brother Sam, played by Mos Def.
“I have no idea if it will be controversial or not,” says Hanks.
He does know the show couldn’t have come along at a better time for him –now that he and wife Samantha have baby daughter Olivia at home.
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Julie Benz is Getting Married

HollywoodNews.com: The Dexter alum and No Ordinary Family star is engaged to boyfriend of four years, Rich Orosco, a marketing executive.
Benz was surprised “with a customized Kwiat cushion-cut diamond and platinum engagement ring – complete with a diamond frame and milgrain edge band – on Sunday in the backyard of the home they share in Los Angeles,“ according to People.com.

This will be Benz’s second marriage. Her first was in 1998 to John Kassir, but they divorced in 2007.
When do you think the wedding will be?
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“Dexter” fans don’t have to wait until the sixth season premiere

HollywoodNews.com: “Dexter” fans don’t have to wait until the sixth season premiere of Showtime’s award-winning series to learn more about the underbelly of Miami’s blood splatter analyst, Dexter Morgan. A webcast this Saturday, January 29, will feature director-cinematographer Romeo Tirone and award-winning editor Louis Cioffi discussing the tricks of their trade used to tell this critically acclaimed serial-killer story. Recently voted “Favorite TV Obsession” at the People’s Choice Awards, “Dexter” devotees can see clips of scenes, hear these key creatives talk about how they were made, and ask questions. The webcast starts at 11 a.m. PST, and is limited to the first 200 online attendees. Registration and complete information is available at http://www.createasphere.com/webcasts.
Developed in association with American Cinematographer Magazine and the American Cinema Editors, the webcast is part of a “Best of TV” series hosted by Createasphere, a company dedicated to building and enabling communities in the entertainment technology industry. The webcasts offer a rare opportunity for attendees to interact and directly ask questions about how decisions are made and scenes crafted for a television show.
“Dexter” follows Dexter Morgan, brilliantly played by Michael C Hall, as a Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst who works to help the homicide division solve murders, yet also satisfies his dark desires by hunting and killing bad guys who slip through the justice system. The show has garnered innumerable accolades, including Emmy® Awards for Best Drama, and Golden Globes and Screen Actor Guild Awards for Hall.
Tirone joined the “Dexter” team on the first episode and continues to direct and shoot the series. He earned a 2008 Emmy nomination for his cinematography of the show. A successful and in-demand director of photography for music videos and commercials, Tirone also shoots and directs “True Blood,” as well as other shows.
Cioffi has been working on “Dexter” since 2007 and won the 2010 American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for the episode “Remain to be Seen.” Previously, Cioffi edited several independent films and while at MTV, edited various series and independent films, including the pilot to “Undressed” which allowed him the opportunity to work with the Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffe (“The Killing Fields,” “The Mission”).
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“Mad Men” wins the Emmy for Best Drama Series

HollywoodNews.com: With a nomination category that is so competitive with shows “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “Lost,” “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” and “True Blood,” all competing against each other, it was unsure who would take home the gold.
However, this year “Mad Men” has outdone themselves again and has taken home the Emmy for Best Drama Series. Now that they are into their fourth series, it’s safe to say that this show will be around for some time.
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Dexter Stars And Producers Preview Season Five

By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: Showtime unveiled the fifth season of Dexter for the Television Critics Association today at their fall press tour at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. The show picks up right where they left off last year, with the shocking reveal that Trinity (John Lithgow) had murdered Rita in the bathtub before Dexter got to him. Michael C. Hall gets to play Dexter exploring grief for the first time in his fictional life.
“What’s interesting is this idea of atonement, this idea that Dexter is forced through what’s written into these situations that he has to step into waters that he never anticipated stepping in,” Hall said. “It starts out subterranean but there is some sort of appetite to address his maybe not even consciously acknowledged sense of guilt or remorse or need for atonement. The circumstances in his life offer him an opportunity to do that in a way he doesn’t create consciously.”
Chip Johanessen is joining the Dexter team as an executive producer. He sees Dexter’s new developments as a reinvention of sorts. “He had this origin story that was the discovery of season one,” Johanessen said. “When he was three years old, he saw his mother chopped up. He was born in blood. He now has this adult origin story, the way he brought his wife into this horrible mess that it’s turned into which is very relatable, the way we melt down our own existence. That event at the end of four, it’s not the story of season five but it filters through.”
Julie Benz has been reported to reappear as Rita for season five. She will not be an imaginary vision like Dexter’s father. That’s Harry’s own territory. Clips of the new episode still show Rita in the bathtub, but that’s not Benz’s only cameo. “You’ll be seeing her more than dead in the bathtub for sure,” Johanessen said.
New guest stars will be helping Dexter through the grieving process. Peter Weller, Julia Stiles and Johnny Lee Miller have roles this year. “Peter Weller was part of the original pitch to Showtime,” Johanessen said. “He’s going to be a big problem for Dexter especially in the back part. We called him Weller when we conceived him. Then we had to change the name when we got the guy we wanted. He’s an ex-cop, cocaine cowboy era cop who gets into trouble and ends up posing a […]

Patricia Clarkson joining Hathaway and Sturgess in “One Day”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lone Scherfig’s “One Day” is recruiting one fine cast.
The director’s follow-up to her Oscar-nominated “An Education” already has Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in the leads, playing star-crossed lovers Dexter and Emma, who reunite on the same day over the course of several years. Now word arrives that Patricia Clarkson is joining the ensemble, courtesy of The Playlist.
No word on who Clarkson will play, though comments on the film’s Facebook page suspect she’ll play Dexter’s mother.
“One Day” currently is shooting in London, Scotland and France. Scherfig is targeting a late 2011 release.
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The story of the National Lampoon to be made into a documentary

HollywoodNews.com: Producers Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa of 4th Row Films have optioned the exclusive rights to the story of the National Lampoon and its archive for the purposes of a feature documentary to be directed by Tirola. The film will be Tirola’s third documentary feature, following “All In – The Poker Movie” winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2009 Cinevegas Film Festival and “An Omar Broadway Film” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will premiere on HBO in July, 2010. Featuring rare and never seen before footage, the film will tell the complete story of National Lampoon, from its beginnings as the Harvard Lampoon, through its days as a publishing sensation and Hollywood heavyweight, to its eventual downfall and into its upcoming rebirth. Lampoon produced entertainment, including Lemmings, Animal House and Vacation, gave way to some of the most important comedic talent of our time. The film will showcase the influence that the magazine, television and radio programs, and the movies had on American culture and the entertainment industry.
Former Editor and Writer for National Lampoon, P.J. O’Rourke commented, “Saturday Night Live,” “Bevis & Butthead,” The Onion, “South Park,” and the national use of irony as lingua franca — forty years of American humor has been shaped by the 1970s National Lampoon. At times I suspect that we surviving veterans of National Lampoon should be chased through the streets by howling mobs bent on vengeance. But, even if that doesn’t happen, this will be a damn interesting documentary.”
Director / Producer Doug Tirola states, “As a kid I loved all things National Lampoon, and as I have come to understand all of the talented and influential people that have worked with the Lampoon, I realized on some level, I have never actually stopped reading, listening or watching the National Lampoon. It is still alive in what we watch every day. Our goal is to tell the story of National Lampoon in a way that takes audiences back to an era with all of the laughs and tragedies that came along with it.”
The deal was negotiated on behalf of 4th Row Films by Tirola and Bedusa and on behalf of National Lampoon by Tim Durham. 4th Row Films is represented by David Lubliner and Liesl Copland at William Morris Endeavor.
This marks the fourth feature documentary from producing partners […]