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Jeff Russo on Scoring ‘American Gothic’

from Billboard

Tonic’s Jeff Russo on Scoring ‘American Gothic,’ ‘Fargo’ & Marvel’s ‘Legion,’ Plus the 20th Anniversary of ‘Lemon Parade’

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Jeff Russo, the composer for new CBS series, “American Gothic.” / JUSTINE UNGARO

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV and not hear music by Jeff Russo. The Fargocomposer, who is also a guitarist with the Grammy-nominated band Tonic, scores a staggering six television series either currently airing or in production.

His newest, American Gothic, co-produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, debuts Wednesday on CBS. The 13-episode drama, starring Virginia Madsen, Juliet Rylance and Justin Chatwin, revolves around a prominent Boston family whose patriarch may be involved in an series of unsolved murders.

“It’s just super thrilling to have the word ‘Amblin’ associated with anything I’m working on,” Russo, 46, says. “I’m thrilled to be under the same fold as someone as great as Steven Spielberg and John Williams, who is probably my favorite composer of all time.”

In addition to Season 3 of FX’s Fargo, for which he earned an Emmy nod for best original dramatic score in 2014, Russo is also working on Fargo producer Noah Hawley’s new Marvel series Legion, the third season of Starz’s 50 Cent-produced drama Power, upcoming HBO limited series The Night Of, and ABC’s Kevin Williamson-helmed 2017 show Time After Time. 

Russo talked to Billboard about each series, as well as the 20th anniversary of Tonic’s debut album, 1996’s Lemon Parade, best known for the Mainstream Rock Songs chart-topper “If You Could Only See.”

American Gothic, CBS (June 22)
“We do the show with a small orchestra, about 16 strings and five woodwinds, but it is understated. The idea was we didn’t want to be heavy-handed with the music because when you do that, all of a sudden, you’re melodrama. This show is left of center — like the grandson who’s a little weird — and that was part of the choice to lean toward the oddity of it. We’re trying to give the show a more cinematic and cable feel. A lot of times on network television, you have wall-to-wall music and shows tend to lean on music to help build the narrative, whereas in movies and cable, we have a way of allowing the dialogue to do what it’s going to do, allowing the emotion to land and then play. We’re trying to score it less and let the score be more meaningful. We’re definitely not playing the emotion or the drama on the nose.”

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Posted on June 24, 2016 by Editor

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BTK SBK

from The Wichita Eagle

‘American Gothic’ hits close to home for BTK’s daughter

BY ROY WENZL

“I think it’s important to remember that there are actual people who died, 10 people who lost their lives and 8 families – that’s including mine – that were destroyed and forever separated by my dad’s actions,” said Kerri Rawson, Dennis Rader’s daughter. Travis Heying File photo

“American Gothic,” a new CBS show this summer, is about a serial killer “S.B.K.” and possibly the killer’s family. It looks as though it was inspired or at least informed by a serial killer familiar to Wichitans.

Corinne Brinkerhoff, the show’s creator, (a writer on “The Good Wife), said in “Entertainment Weekly,” that “Gothic” “reminds” her of a case she grew up knowing in Kansas, about a church deacon and Boy Scout mentor who turned out to be a serial killer, unbeknownst to his own family.

That sounds much like the story of Dennis Rader of Park City, who in 2005 was arrested and identified as the serial killer BTK, who operated in Wichita from 1974 to 2005. Rader killed 10 people in and around Wichita, and for 31 years until his capture taunted police and the public by sending cryptic (and badly spelled) clues.

In the “Gothic” episode that ran Wednesday evening, it was clear that the show is about not only a serial killer but the dysfunctional and varied Hawthorne family of Boston. Two family members, snooping through the basement, find an Ikea box filled with silver bells, which look a lot like the little silver bells the killer S.B.K (Silver Bells Killer) leaves with his victims.

[ click to continue reading at The Wichita Eagle ]

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Editor

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A Massive Game Of Clue

from The Wrap

‘American Gothic’ Showrunner on Why the Set Is Like a ‘Massive Game of Clue’

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CBS

“The fun of shooting is that they can all kind of look at each other with suspicion,” Corinne Brinkerhoff tells TheWrap about keeping the mystery going even for the cast

Coming off of light-hearted dramedy “Jane The Virgin,” CBS’ serial killer drama “American Gothic” seemed like a swerve for writer/producer Corinne Brinkerhoff, but the first-time showrunner tells TheWrap that the two have more in common than you might think.

“Believe it or not there’s actually quite a bit of comedy in ‘American Gothic,’” she said. “I know it sounds illogical, but I think one of the ways people deal with traumatic situations is with gallows humor. It’s certainly what I do, and I love that.”

The CBS summer series is about a prominent Boston family that discovers its newly deceased patriarch (Jamey Sheridan) may have been a notorious serial killer, and that his widow (Virginia Madsen) or one of his four adult children may have been his longtime accomplice.

Below, Brinkerhoff describes her first outing as a showrunner, how she ended up being an executive producer on two shows at once, and how the mystery of “American Gothic” remains elusive, even for the cast.

[ click to continue reading at The Wrap ]

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Editor

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A Visual Nod To The Masters

from The New York Post

‘American Gothic’ goes arty with a visual nod to masters

By Robert Rorke

‘American Gothic’ goes arty with a visual nod to mastersVirginia Madsen (above) strikes a pose similar to Whistler’s mother (below).Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/CBS

One doesn’t expect to see great American works of art referenced in a new television series. But Corinne Brinkerhoff, executive producer of “American Gothic,” is determined to change that.

Her new show, which takes its title from the painting by Grant Wood, is about a wealthy Boston family trying to cover up a scandal when police suspect one of its members may be the “Silver Bells Killer.” Each of the 13 episodes is named after a famous painting.

The titles are well chosen, as Brinkerhoff and her team of eight writers have made the paintings “organically part of the episode.” For example, Wednesday’s premiere is called “Arrangement in Grey and Black” (more commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother”), and based on the 1871 painting by James McNeill Whistler. In the final scene actress Virginia Madsen, who plays devious matriarch Madeline Hawthorne, is posed, with some modifications, as the figure in the painting: seated and seen in profile, against a gray backdrop with one framed work of art on the wall.

“We matched some of our favorite paintings to what is going to happen in each episode,” says Brinkerhoff (“The Good Wife”), who spoke to The Post about how some of the renowned canvases will be captured this season.

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Posted on June 19, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC Publicity Stills

from Flickering Myth

Promo images for American Gothic premiere episode – ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black’

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Following last week’s promo [watch it here], CBS has released a batch of images from the first episode of the upcoming mystery drama series American Gothic, entitled ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black’; check them out [click]…

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Posted on June 2, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC “The Family With All The Suspects” (CBS Trailer)

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Editor

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Prime AMERICAN GOTHIC

from Broadway World

CBS Summer Series AMERICAN GOTHIC Comes to Prime Video

CBS Summer Series AMERICAN GOTHIC Comes to Prime Video

Prime Video will be the official subscription streaming home, alongside CBS All Access, for the upcoming CBS murder-mystery drama AMERICAN GOTHIC. Amazon Prime members in the U.S. will be able to stream or download each episode just four days after each episode’s initial broadcast on CBS, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.

From creator Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin, The Good Wife), and hailing from CBS Television Studios and Amblin Partners, American Gothic is a 13-episode summer series, which will begin airing on CBS Wednesday, June 22 and centers on a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, amid the mounting SUSPICION that one of them may have been his accomplice. The series stars Juliet Rylance (The Knick, Sinister), Antony Starr (Banshee, OUTRAGEOUS Fortune), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman), Justin Chatwin (Shameless, Orphan Black), Megan Ketch (The Good Wife, Jane the Virgin), Elliot Knight (Once Upon a Time, How to Get Away with Murder), Stephanie Leonidas (Mirrormask, Defiance), and Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle, Checkmate).

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Posted on May 16, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC Behind the Scenes

from Rochester First

Behind the scenes of American Gothic

CBS’ new summer murder mystery series is being shot close to home

By JOHN KUCKO

TORONTO, N.Y. (WROC-TV)

News 8 recently got up-close and behind the scenes of American Gothic – a summer series CBS expects to deliver gripping drama, starring Virginia Madsen and produced by Stephen Spielberg’s company.

American Gothic is a CBS murder mystery set in an affluent Boston suburb, but in reality, most of the show was shot not far from Rochester, in Toronto.

“It’s really become the place to be, it’s alive with it here,” said actress Stephanie Leonidas, who plays Sophie Hawthorne. “But what I like is there is so much going on in the film world here. It’s very much like London – it’s not the entire city, it’s kind of separate to that, and it’s a really chilled out relaxed city.”

John Kucko visited Cinespace Studios in Toronto, where more and more films and primetime series are being shot.

The spacious studio is now home to a full-scale hospital wing, which serves as the setting for the 13 episode murder mystery. But it’s still a movie set – open the right door, and you’ll find yourself in a construction zone.

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Posted on May 4, 2016 by Editor

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Milo Ventimiglia on RELATIONSHIP STATUS

from Gothamist

Milo Ventimiglia On The Horrors Of Online Dating, ‘Gilmore Girls,’ And New Series

BY REBECCA FISHBEIN

042916_milo.jpgMilo Ventimiglia and “Relationship Status” castmembers at Tribeca. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for go90)

Milo Ventimiglia’s had a busy year. Not only will he be reprising his role as nihilistic heartthrob Jess Mariano on Netflix’s much-anticipated Gilmore Girls reboot, but he’s been working with James Frey (yep, the A Million Little Pieces dude) on Relationship Status, a new show streaming on Verizon’s free go90 app. The twelve-episode series, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows a few dozen 20-and-30-somethings in New York and Los Angeles as they try to navigate dating in a world full of apps and social media. We sat down with Ventimiglia, who produces and stars in the series, to talk a little about dating and television-watching in the digital age, as well as to dish on Jess’s return.

So you are in, and I believe you’re also producing, Relationship Status? Yeah, I’ve actually been a producer longer than I’ve been an actor on it. My partner Russ Cundiff and I were lucky enough to get a chance to work on it with Full Fathom Five, which is James Frey’s company, and Todd Cohen and Laura Terry over there. We’ve been on it with development for almost two years before he found a praetorship with StyleHaul, and they helped us get to the finish line and cross the finish line, and get it out in a way that, hopefully, a lot of audience is going to be aware of it and streaming it on Go90.

And how did you get involved? I had the script slipped to me, and my partner and I read it and we just loved it. We thought it was very relevant to the current trend of a million different dating apps today. Bumble and Riot and Happn, Tinder, and Grindr, and all these ways that people are meeting up nowadays and trying to find love, and even friendship, or even just something physical. It was a great story in the center of all that. And we thought it was relevant to a broader audience, so we jumped onboard and then we found a set of partners in StyleHaul. Once that happened, we moved pretty quick into production, wrangled up 30 actors in about 20 days, and shot a show.

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Posted on May 2, 2016 by Editor

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The Addiction Begins

from BUSTLE

The ‘American Gothic’ Trailer Proves The World’s Crime Addiction Is Only Just Beginning — VIDEO

by JEFFERSON GRUBBS

While Hollywood works its way through a seemingly indefatigable trend of superhero movies, the television landscape has found itself in the grips of an equally unshakable fad: crime. The next show to get in on the crime craze is CBS’ American Gothic, hitting the airwaves this summer in what’s described as a “13-part murder mystery.” If you find yourself in withdrawal after the terrific FX series The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story earlier this year, then the first official American Gothic trailer is here to prove that it will definitely satisfy your crime addiction post-ACS.

Created by Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife) and James Frey (yes, he of the Million Little Pieces Oprah scandal), Gothic stars Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as the matriarch of a Boston family torn apart when it’s revealed that one of them may have been involved in a string of murders in the area. Juliet Rylance (The Knick), Justin Chatwin (Shameless), and Antony Starr (Banshee) play her children… but which of them is a serial killer? That’s the question that American Gothic promises to answer; but can you figure it out for yourself before the finale?

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Posted on April 29, 2016 by Editor

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RELATIONSHIP STATUS – Coming exclusively to go90 on April 29th…

from Mashable

Milo Ventimiglia’s new go90 series takes on dating in the digital age

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To say that dating in the digital age is complicated may be an understatement.

That’s exactly why Milo Ventimiglia, James Frey, and fashion and lifestyle digital network StyleHaul decided to partner up to produce a new dramedy all about the highs and lows of modern dating.

Relationship Status, which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, follows an interweaving cast of young people in New York and Los Angeles as they navigate love and friendships, all told through the lens of social storytelling optimized for mobile consumption.

Yes, that entails crazy one night stands, the “perfect” kiss, cheating partners and more dramatic moments — all which in a modern world “propelled by social media.”

Since technology is at the core of modern relationships, Ventimiglia said go90 was the right destination for this exact series.

SEE ALSO: Could 2016 be the year for Verizon’s go90 mobile content platform?

“I’ve been in the digital space since 2006, so 10 years now,” Ventimiglia, who will also star in the upcoming Netflix Gilmore Girls reboot, told Mashable in a phone interview.

“I’m happy that there is a less of a line between traditional film and TV and new media. [And] having this story related to all of us dealing with dating in digital age — and how it connects and pulls us apart — is a natural fit for a platform like go90.”

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Posted on April 22, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC – Premiering This Summer (Preview)

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC Crew Stop Real Bad Guy In Toronto

from CityNews

Charges laid after television crew notices break-in

BY NEWS STAFF

The crew from the television show ‘American Gothic’ thwarted a robbery in Toronto on Friday morning.

The crew were setting up on Bathurst Street south of Davenport Road, across from the Hillcrest TTC Yards, around 4 a.m. when they spotted someone breaking into a building.

They called police, who arrived and took four people into custody.

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Posted on April 10, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC Boston

from The Boston Globe

CBS murder mystery will be set in Boston

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 SAMA ABDULJAWAD FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE 

Film crew outside Faneuil Hall filming for the upcoming CBS murder mystery “American Gothic.”

Those cameras you saw in front of the Boston Public Library a few weeks ago were not affiliated with Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon bombing movie, “Patriots Day.” They belonged to a television show “American Gothic,” which will premiere on CBS in June.

Showrunner Corinne Brinkerhoff, who earned her graduate degree from Boston University in 2004, confirmed that “Gothic” is set in Boston, and that the crew filmed scenes and exteriors at the BPL, Faneuil Hall, and City Hall. She said she’d hoped to film at Trinity Church, but her plans were cut short because of the last snowstorm.

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Posted on April 8, 2016 by Editor

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Eat, Brains, Love Movie!!

from Variety

Movie Version of ‘Eat, Brains, Love’ Zombie Novel in Works at Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky

by TODD SPANGLER / NY Digital Editor

Gunpowder & Sky - Eat Brains

Startup studio pacts with Tony DiSanto’s DIGA, James Frey’s Full Fathom Five on project

Gunpowder & Sky, the youth-focused studio launched by ex-Viacom exec Van Toffler in January, has signed an exclusive deal for a film adaptation of “Eat, Brains, Love,” a comedic zombie road-trip novel by Jeff Hart.

G&S, backed by AT&T and Chernin Group’s Otter Media, is working on the project with DIGA, an independent production studio founded by former MTV executive Tony DiSanto, and author James Frey’s Full Fathom Five media and production firm.

The project reunites Toffler and DiSanto, whose productions at MTV included “Jersey Shore,” “Scream,” “Teen Wolf” and “My Super Psycho Sweet 16.” The companies said they are in talks with potential screenwriters for “Eat, Brains, Love.”

“Eat, Brains, Love” — the title is a play on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel “Eat, Pray, Love” — is the story of a pair of high-school sweethearts who contract a mysterious zombie virus and devour the brains of half their senior class. They set off on a cross-country journey to discover a cure, while being pursued by a teen psychic sent by the government’s top-secret Necrotic Control Division to track them down.

WME negotiated the deal on behalf of Full Fathom Five. DiSanto and Full Fathom Five’s Todd Cohen brought the project to G&S.

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Posted on March 22, 2016 by Editor

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RELATIONSHIP STATUS Accepted for Tribeca Fest Woo-hoo!!

from Variety

Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Digital-Content Marketplace Event

By Todd Spangler / NY Digital Editor

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New York festival also adds special screenings of projects from YouTube Red, Fullscreen, StyleHaul, Disney’s Maker Studios

Tribeca Film Festival is zeroing in on digital creative talent and studios with the launch next month of the inaugural Tribeca Digital Creators Market.

The daylong event, scheduled for April 21 in New York City, is designed to connect digital influencers and talent with industry buyers, producers and agents, as well as showcase premium digital entertainment content.

Creators currently slated to attend the event include YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen (pictured above), the Gregory Brothers, Matt Bellassai, Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan), Mikey Murphy and BlackBoxTV creator Tony Valenzuela.

The Tribeca Digital Creators program also will feature screenings, starting April 20, of new projects from YouTube Red, Fine Brothers Entertainment, StyleHaul, Fullscreen, Indigenous Media, New Form Digital and Disney’s Maker Studios. Tribeca developed the concept for the market with CAA.

Tribeca is touting the confab as the first event aimed at bringing together digital creators and traditional media partners, compared with fan-focused events like VidCon.

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Posted on March 19, 2016 by Editor

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Summer Premiere Date Set for AMERICAN GOTHIC

from Broadway World

CBS Announces Summer Premiere Dates for BRAINDEAD, ZOO & More!

by TV News Desk

CBS Announces Summer Premiere Dates for BRAINDEAD, ZOO & More!

CBS today announced its summer schedule with original series across five nights of the week, including the new event series BRAINDEAD and AMERICAN GOTHIC, the sophomore season of ZOO, based on James Patterson’s #1 bestselling novel, and the return of the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER.

The suspenseful new murder mystery AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The series, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, is about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting SUSPICION and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear THE FAMILY apart.

About AMERICAN GOTHIC

AMERICAN GOTHIC stars Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas and Gabriel Bateman. Corinne Brinkerhoff, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, James Frey and Todd Cohen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

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Posted on March 17, 2016 by Editor

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Danielle Paige’s YELLOW BRICK WAR – Next Installment in the DOROTHY MUST DIE Series

from hypable

Danielle Paige discusses writing the way home in ‘Yellow Brick War’ (plus exclusive teaser!)

BY  MICHAL SCHICK

Danielle Paige shares her thoughts on Wicked developments and new challenges in Yellow Brick War, and we have an exclusive teaser for Dorothy’s return.

The Dorothy Must Die series follows the Kansas-born Amy Gumm through an Oz subsumed under by Dorothy Gale’s reign of terror. The third installment, Yellow Brick War, takes the battle back to the cornfields, where Amy must not only battle the enemies of her old life, but find a way to save Kansas from Dorothy’s nefarious plans.

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Posted on March 13, 2016 by Editor

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Alex Morgan Rocks

from The Orlando Sentinel

Soccer star Alex Morgan offers lessons in leadership for young girls

by Beth Kassab

Alex Morgan is a powerhouse on the pitch.

She’s put the ball into the back of the net six times since January for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

One of those goals, as Sports Illustrated noted, was the fastest in U.S. soccer history. She scored on Costa Rica earlier this month just 12 seconds after kickoff.

Morgan, who is set to start training next month for the Orlando Pride, is also half of Central Florida’s newest and most internationally known power couple. Her husband, Servando Carrasco, is a midfielder for Orlando City.

But Morgan isn’t just about stats. She is channeling all of that power — on and off the field — into feeding the minds of girls hungry for someone to look up to.

Soccer is one of the most popular youth sports in the country.

“But there wasn’t really anything out there for young girls to watch or to read or to follow other than the women’s national team,” said Morgan, 26.

So when an author she knows approached her a few years ago with the idea to create her own series, she said it was a “no brainer.”

The result was “The Kicks,” now a series of six books Morgan created that are centered on fictional 12-year-old Devin Burke, who had to move cross-country with her family only to find that her new school’s soccer team was lousy.

The book revolves around themes like leadership, friendship and perseverance.

Last year Amazon Prime picked up “The Kicks” as one of its original series.

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Posted on February 25, 2016 by Editor

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Ellis Knight to AMERICAN GOTHIC

from The Hollywood Reporter

CBS’ ‘American Gothic’ Adds ‘Once Upon a Time’ Alum (Exclusive)

by Kate Stanhope

Elliot Knight will play the husband of Megan Ketch's character, Tessa.Getty Images

Elliot Knight will play the husband of Megan Ketch’s character, Tessa.

American Gothic is adding a spellbinding new series regular.

Elliot Knight, best known for playing Merlin on Once Upon a Time, has joined CBS’ murder mystery drama, The Hollywood Reporterhas learned.

American Gothic follows a prominent Boston family attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that ties their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, amid mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.

The project hails from writer Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife), who will executive produce alongside Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (The AmericansUnder the DomeExtant), James Frey and Todd Cohen. Fellow Good Wife grad Matt Shakman is set to direct the pilot.

American Gothic is one of two new series coming to CBS this summer — the other being the comic-thrillerBrainDead from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

[ click to read complete article at THR ]

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Editor

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Virginia Madsen to AMERICAN GOTHIC

from The Hollywood Reporter

Virginia Madsen to Co-Star in CBS’ ‘American Gothic’ (Exclusive)

'Fargo' and 'The Good Wife' alum Matt Shakman will direct the pilot for the summer 2016 drama.Courtesy of CBS

‘Fargo’ and ‘The Good Wife’ alum Matt Shakman will direct the pilot for the summer 2016 drama.

CBS’ American Gothic is adding to its cast.

The straight-to-series drama has enlisted Virginia Madsen to co-star, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Matt Shakman set to direct the pilot.

Set to air in the summer, American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, amid mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.

She joins a cast that also includes Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Antony Starr, Juliet Rylance, Stephanie Leonidas and Gabriel Bateman.

Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (The Americans, Under the Dome, Extant), James Frey and Todd Cohen.

[ click to read full article at THR ]

Posted on January 27, 2016 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC Casting Call (Toronto)

from Craigslist

AMERICAN GOTHIC – CASTING FEMALE TWINS (4-7yrs) (Toronto)

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Looking for female twins aged 4-7 for CBS’ new television series!

Open call this Friday 3pm-6pm – Send pictures for location details and sides.

Thanks!

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Posted on January 21, 2016 by Editor

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Juliet Rylance, Stephanie Leonidas to AMERICAN GOTHIC

from TVLine

The Knick‘s Juliet Rylance, Defiance‘s Stephanie Leonidas Join CBS’ Summer Mystery Thriller American Gothic

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CBS is rounding out the cast of its 13-episode summer series American Gothic, adding The Knick‘s Juliet Rylance and Defiance‘s Stephanie Leonidas as series regulars, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Gabriel Bateman, best known as Dylan McDermott’s son on Stalker, has also boarded the mystery thriller.

The trio join the previously cast Antony Starr (Banshee), Justin Chatwin (Shameless) and Megan Ketch (Jane the Virgin).

From Good Wife/Jane the Virgin scribe Corinne Brinkerhoff and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, the drama — which bears no connection to the short-lived, Shaun Cassidy-produced American Gothic series that aired on CBS in the mid-’90s — centers on a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, all amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.

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Posted on January 19, 2016 by Editor

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Relationship Status: Milo Ventimiglia, James Frey & Verizon’s Go90

from The Hollywood Reporter

Milo Ventimiglia, James Frey to Debut New Series on Verizon’s Go90 (Exclusive)

by Natalie Jarvey

Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia
Courtesy of Warner Bros. TV

‘Relationship Status’ follows the lives of 30 young people in New York and Los Angeles as they navigate love and friendships.

Verizon’s go90 will become the home of a new scripted series about love and friendships from digital network StyleHaul and executive producers James Frey and Milo Ventimiglia.

Relationship Status will premiere this spring exclusively on the streaming video app. The dramedy will use the lens of social media to follow the interweaving lives of 30 some young people living in New York and Los Angeles. Among those starring are Shawn Ashmore (X Men: Days of Future Past) and Ventimiglia (Heroes).

Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (Mistresses) will direct from a script by Celine Geiger (The Lying Game). Full Fathom Five’s Frey and Todd Cohen and DiVide Pictures’ Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff are producing alongside StyleHaul.

Ventimiglia explains that the series has a fluency in digital and delves into what it’s like to connect with people in the modern age of online dating, mobile phones and social networking. “There was a moment when I first read the script where I honestly felt like Celine had a window into my own life,” he says. “The stories she was telling and the interwoven moments were plucked out of my different relationships and my own digital life.”

The expansive cast also includes Emma Bell (The Walking Dead), Molly Burnett (Days Of Our Lives), Patrick Carlyle (A To Z), Emrhys Cooper (Vanity), Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars), Brett Davern (Awkward), Willa Fitzgerald (Scream), McKinley Freeman (Hit The Floor), Andy Gala (New Girl), Michael Galante (Aquarius), Evan Gamble (The Vampire Diaries), Mimi Gianopulos (Baby Daddy), Nicholas Grava (The Mentalist), Julianna Guill (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Kristen Gutoskie (Containment), Christine Ko (BFFs), Zoe Levin (Red Band Society), Alexa Losey (How To Survive High School), Missy Lynn (Vanity), Jes Macallan (Mistresses), Mekenna Melvin (Chuck), Tony Oller (The Purge), Alexis Rhee (Dr. Ken), Adam Rose (Veronica Mars), Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst), Karrueche Tran (Vanity), YouTube star Sam Tsui, Rita Volk (Faking It) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks).

Added Frey: “The effect the digital era has had on all of our relationships — how it conveniences them, complicates them, confuses them — is something I’ve wanted to explore through story for some time, taking full advantage of the very tools the story examines to tell the tale.”

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Posted on January 9, 2016 by Editor

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Antony Starr, AMERICAN GOTHIC Star

from The New Zealand Herald

Antony Starr lands another big US TV role

Antony Starr as Lucas Hood in Banshee (supplied).Antony Starr as Lucas Hood in Banshee (supplied).

Kiwi actor Antony Starr has landed another big role in an American television series.

The former Outrageous Fortune star will appear in American Gothic, a new series for CBS being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

Starr is ending his acclaimed run as Lucas Hood the lead in crime series Banshee in the US show’s forthcoming fourth season.

American Gothic is about a prominent Boston family rocked by scandal when it is discovered their recently deceased patriarch is linked to a string of murders.

Starr plays Garrett, the eldest son in the family who fled the city years before only to return after this father’s death.

[ click to continue reading at NZHerald.co.nz ]

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Posted on January 8, 2016 by Editor

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Go Alex!

from People Magazine

Alex Morgan Gets Real About Her Goals: I Want to ‘Become the Best Player in the World’

BY TIERNEY MCAFEE

Alex Morgan Says She Wants to Be the Best Soccer Player in the WorldAlex Morgan in SELF magazine / JACOB SUTTON

At 26, soccer superstar Alex Morgan has already scored so many of her lifelong goals – she made the U.S. women’s national team, won an Olympic gold medal, and won the World Cup. But the striker, who’s easily one of the fastest players on her team, shows no signs of slowing down.

“I’ll play for as long as my body can last at this level,” Morgan says in her cover story for the January/February issue of SELF magazine. “My goal is to become the best player in the world.”

So far, she seems to be on the right track. At 22, Morgan became the youngest member of Team USA. Since then she has landed 52 goals in 91 international games. At the 2012 Olympics, she scored the game-winning goal in the last 45 seconds of the semi-final. And last July, she helped lead her team to a stunning victory against Japan in the World Cup final.

Now she’s got her eye on a different prize – empowering young female readers and athletes through her new book series The Kicks.

“I want young girls to dream about being professional soccer players instead of just watching the boys go out and play,” she says. “It’s about seeing girls be confident in what they want to pursue.”

[ click to read full article at People ]

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Editor

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AMERICAN GOTHIC Catches Ketch & Chitin

from The Slanted

Justin Chatwin and Megan Ketch join American Gothic Cast

by Sarah Fox

American Gothic cast

CBS confirmed today that Justin Chatwin and Megan Ketch have both signed onto the cast of AMERICAN GOTHIC, a new one-hour murder mystery series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios. The new series is set to hit the network in summer 2016.

Currently, Chatwin is shooting the feature film “CHIPs.” Prior to that, he completed the independent films “The Scent of Rain & Lightning” and the comedy “Unleashed.” Chatwin’s television credits include roles in “Shameless” and “Orphan Black,” as well as guest appearances on numerous series, including “Weeds” and “Lost.”

Ketch is best known to television audiences for her recurring roles in the series “Under the Dome,” THE GOOD WIFE and BLUE BLOODS, on the Network, and “Jane the Virgin.” In 2014, she appeared in the feature film “The Big Wedding.”

AMERICAN GOTHIC is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Corinne Brinkerhoff (THE GOOD WIFE, “Jane the Virgin”), Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “Under the Dome,” “Extant”), James Frey and Todd Cohen serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

[ click to read full article at The Slanted ]

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Editor

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Dorothy Must Die NYT #3 Woo-hoo!

from The New York Times

DMDNYT3

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Posted on December 5, 2015 by Editor

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Final Chapter of Pepsi Challenge: World-record 121 cars dancing in UAE desert for ‘Black Knight Decoded’

from Emirates 24|7 News

121 cars dancing in UAE desert: ‘Black Knight Decoded’ for world record

Final chapter of Pepsi Challenge brings UAE into picture

In the newest chapter of the Pepsi Challenge, Pepsi has released Black Knight Decoded, an epic short film by Pepsi in collaboration with Levity Entertainment Group (LEG) and UrtheCast, the ultra High-Definition video system located aboard the International Space Station, incorporating the world’s largest synchronised car dance, shot in the UAE desert from space.

The short film, which fuses scenes shot from space from 11 countries around the world, includes footage of 121 cars dancing in the UAE’s desert before forming a peace sign, which measures over 80 meters in diameter. The activation, which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest synchronized car dance in the world, was overseen by the renowned UK-based graffiti artist, INSA.

Set to an original track, ‘Miracles’, from Usher, the action-packed adventure film has a star-studded cast and a host of creative talent including Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, SAG Award winner Freida Pinto, Emmy Award winning director Jabbar Raisani, bestselling author James Frey.

Black Knight Decoded tells a powerful story about a father (Oyelowo), his daughter (Layla Crawford) and co-conspirator (Pinto) on their quest to decode radio signals transmitted from the Black Knight satellite where they rely on support from communities around the world to come together to communicate universal messages of hope, unity and peace.

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Posted on November 23, 2015 by Editor

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David Oyelowo, Freida Pinto, Jabbar Raisani, James Frey, Usher: BLACK KNIGHT DECODED

from TASS

Oyelowo, Pinto, Raisani, Frey And Usher Come Together For New Short Film

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/. Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, SAG Award winner Freida Pinto, Emmy Award winning director Jabbar Raisani, bestselling author James Frey, Grammy Award winning entertainer Usher and a host of creative talent have come together to create Black Knight Decoded, an action-packed, first-of-its-kind short film produced by Levity Entertainment Group (LEG) and Pepsi. The film features footage shot from space utilizing UrtheCast‘s ultra High-Definition video system located aboard the International Space Station. Black Knight Decoded will be available November 17, 2015 on YouTube.com/Pepsi.

Black Knight Decoded imagines a rich fictional narrative around what some people believe is a very real entity, the Black Knight satellite. The film, which features an original track, “Miracles,” from Usher, tells a powerful story of a father (Oyelowo), his daughter (Layla Crawford) and co-conspirator (Pinto) on their quest to decode radio signals transmitted from the Black Knight satellite. As they struggle to respond before the government shuts down their mission, the group rely on support from communities around the world to come together to communicate universal messages of hope, unity and peace. Those communities across Australia, China, the Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, United Arab Emirates, the United States and Vietnam were filmed from cameras on the ground as well as UrtheCast’s cameras aboard the International Space Station.

Black Knight Decoded is an ambitious project that marries an all-star cast, innovative use of the UrtheCast technology and unprecedented consumer participation,” said Kristin Patrick, senior vice president of Global Brand Development, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group. “The result is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind film that was truly co-created with top notch creative film talent and consumers from around the world.”

View Black Knight Decoded and learn more at YouTube.com/Pepsi and follow along on social media using #BlackKnightDecoded.

[ click to continue reading at TASS.ru ]

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Editor

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Shaq Debuts LITTLE SHAQ

from The New Yorker

Big Shaq

by Jonathan Blitzer

Shaquille O’NealILLUSTRATION BY TOM BACHTELL

There are fifty-two million items in the New York Public Library, if you count the artifacts, like pieces of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s skull and the walking stick that Virginia Woolf carried to the river’s edge. The other day, Thomas Lannon, a curator, was riffling through the collection, trying to find some objects that might interest Shaquille O’Neal, who was coming to the library that night as part of the N.Y.P.L.’s conversation series to talk about his new children’s book, “Little Shaq.”

Lannon was stumped. He’d considered original Superman comics, but they’re stored off-site. “Shaquille O’Neal isn’t really a scholar,” Lannon said, as he wheeled two boxes into a makeshift greenroom. “But he does have a doctorate”—in education, and also a master’s in business. One of his many nicknames is the Big Aristotle.
When Paul Holdengräber, the library’s resident interviewer, started the series, the staff created a tradition: before each event, the curators pull objects geared to the speaker’s interests. George Clinton was shown correspondence between Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg about psychedelics and jazz. Werner Herzog looked at a register of executions at San Quentin, and Patti Smith got to hold the Woolf walking stick.

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Posted on November 11, 2015 by Editor

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Amazon Picks Up THE KICKS, Woo-hoo!!

from VARIETY

Amazon Picks Up ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Special, Greenlights 3 Kids’ Series

Original shows ‘Dino Dana,’ ‘The Kicks’ and ‘Lost in Oz’ coming to Prime in 2016

 / NY Digital Editor

Amazon is tapping more tyke TV: The company has licensed a “Shaun the Sheep” special exclusively for the U.S. and ordered three kids’ series — “Dino Dana,” “The Kicks” and “Lost in Oz.”

Aardman Animations’ half-hour “Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas” will debut for Prime members in the U.S. on Nov. 13. The three other series will bow on Prime next year in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria.

In “The Kicks,” Devin Burke (played by newcomer Sixx Orange) was the star player on her soccer team back home until her family moved to California midway through the school year — and she has to rally her new team to victory. Based on the books by Alex Morgan, Olympic soccer gold medalist and current U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player. “The Kicks” is executive produced by Full Fathom Five’s novelist James Frey and Todd Cohen, as well as Andrew Orenstein (“Malcolm in the Middle”).

“We’re excited to offer our Prime members a beautifully reimagined world in our first original kids 6-to-11 animated series (‘Lost in Oz’) and bring to the screen Alex Morgan’s successful book series with an inspirational role model at the core,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “Aardman and Sinking Ship are award-winning producers and we’re excited to debut ‘Dino Dana’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ on Prime Video.”

[ click to read full article at VARIETY ]

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Editor

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Spielberg & Frey Do AMERICAN GOTHIC on CBS

from The Wrap

Steven Spielberg, James Frey Murder Mystery ‘American Gothic’ Gets Series Order From CBS

By

CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “American Gothic,” a new one-hour murder mystery from Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television and author James Frey‘s Full Fathom Five, TheWrap has learned.

The series, which will be broadcast during summer 2016, centers on a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, and amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.

“American Gothic” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television, James Frey of Full Fathom Five and “The Good Wife’s” Corinne Brinkerhoff, who is writing the script, will serve as executive producers.

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Posted on October 14, 2015 by Editor

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