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RICKY WHITTLE CAST AS SHADOW MOON IN STARZ AND FREMANTLEMEDIA’S “AMERICAN GODS”
The Up-and-Coming Actor Will Play Shadow Moon in the Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Blockbuster Fantasy Novel
Beverly Hills, Calif. (January 28, 2016) – Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.
Neil Gaiman said, “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”
Commented Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, “We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”
A native of Oldham, Greater Manchester England, Whittle’s credits include “The 100,” “Austenland,” “Hollyoaks,” “Mistresses,” “NCIS” and “Holby City.” Whittle is the son of former Royal Air Force serviceman Harry Whittle and grew up travelling around the world. A keen sportsman, Whittle represented England and the United Kingdom at youth level in football and rugby.
American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna is the Starz executive in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.
Ricky Whittle is represented by TalentWorks, Creative Artists Management in the UK, and Untitled Entertainment
The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominees were announced today and DC Comics has two nominees in the category of Outstanding Comic Book.
Congratulations to HARLEY QUINN, co-written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin, John Timms, and Jed Dougherty.
And congratulations to MIDNIGHTER, written by Steve Orlando and with art by Aco, Hugh Petrus, Alec Morgan and Stephen Mooney.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.
Congratulations to all the nominees! For the full list head over to GLAAD.org.
The winners will be announced at gala celebrations in New York on May 14th, 2016 and Los Angeles on April 2nd, 2016. The comics award traditionally is given at the New York ceremony.
ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR: MICHAEL CARBONARO LIVE!
Select dates on sale Friday, January 29
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 26, 2016) – Michael Carbonaro has performed over five hundred comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV. Now, Michael Carbonaro is taking his show on the road and, for a limited time, you can feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… Live!
If you have ever wondered what it must feel like to be on the other side of the charmingly devious Michael Carbonaro as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable, now is your chance to find out. You will not just “sit back, relax, and enjoy the show,” Michael Carbonaro Live! is jam-packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and a whirlwind of mind-blowing magic performed live on stage. See for yourself why The New York Times calls Michael’s blend of magic and bizarre antics, “Genial and witty…utterly convincing.”
Due to the year-round demands of his television shooting schedule, Carbonaro can only accommodate a limited number of theatrical appearances. In his own words, “I’m thrilled to get the chance to connect with fans and do what I have loved doing since I was a just a kid – performing magic for live crowds!”
After years of performing in comedy clubs and school gymnasiums, Carbonaro started winning roles as an actor in both television and film. This led to a breakout series of hit magical appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After turning into a viral sensation, Michael’s unique brand of magic performed for unsuspecting people landed him his own hidden-camera series, The Carbonaro Effect, currently in its second season on truTV.
Michael has also starred in CBS’s Rush Hour, HBO’s The Newsroom, NBC’s 30 Rock, TV Land’s Happily Divorced, among many others. Michael won OutFest’s Best Actor Award and was named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Michael Carbonaro Live! For more information about the tour or to purchase tickets, please visit www.MichaelCarbonaro.com. Connect with Michael on Twitter & Instagram @m_carbonaro for exciting updates.
MICHAEL CARBONARO 2016 TOUR SCHEDULE
Sun April 03 Reading, Pa. Santander Performing Arts Center
Fri April 08 Houston, Texas Cullen Performance Hall
Sat April 09 Austin, Texas Bass Performance Hall
Fri April 15 Baltimore, Md. Lyric Opera House
Sat April 16 Rockford, Ill. Coronado Performing Arts Center
Sat April 23 Madison, Wis. Barrymore Theater
Sat April 30 Cincinnati, Ohio Taft Theatre
Sun May 01 Chicago, Ill. Chicago Theatre
Fri May 06 St Louis, Mo. Peabody Opera House
Sat May 07 Minneapolis, Minn. State Theatre
Fri May 13 Jacksonville, Fla. Moran Theatre
Sat May 14 Clearwater, Fla. Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri June 03 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
Sat June 04 Indianapolis, Ind. Murat Theatre
Sun June 05 Green Bay, Wis. Meyer Theatre
Fri June 10 Richmond, Va. Carpenter Theatre
Sat June 11 Atlanta, Ga. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Fri June 17 Raleigh, N.C. Memorial Auditorium
Sat June 18 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Fri June 24 Seattle, Wash. Benaroya Hall
Sat June 25 Portland, Ore. Schnitzer Concert Hall
ALL NEW TRAILER RELEASED FOR STEVEN SODERBERGH’S NEW STARZ LIMITED SERIES “THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE” IN ADVANCE OF PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Series Starring Riley Keough Premieres April 10th on STARZ
Today, STARZ released an all new trailer for the Limited Series “The Girlfriend Experience,” in advance of its April 10th premiere on STARZ. The series is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, Gary Marcus and Jeff Cuban and stars Riley Keough (Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road). Kerrigan and Seimetz are the co-creators, writing and directing all 13 episodes.
“The Girlfriend Experience” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 23rd.
“The Girlfriend Experience” follows Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Allen. Working hard to establish herself at the firm, her focus quickly shifts when a classmate introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide “The Girlfriend Experience”—emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price. Juggling two very different lives, Christine quickly finds herself drawn into the GFE world, attracted to the rush of control and intimacy. It also stars Paul Sparks, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Kate Lyn Sheil.
In addition to its linear premiere on STARZ on April 10th at 8pm ET/PT, all 13 half-hour episodes will also be made available simultaneously for STARZ subscribers on STARZ PLAY and STARZ ON DEMAND, in the U.S.
For more information, go to the official The Girlfriend Experience Facebook Page and follow @STARZ_Channel for up to the minute information. Join the conversation with #GirlfriendExperience; on Twitter at Twitter.com/GFE_Starz and on Instagram at Instagram.com/gfe_starz.
SOUNDTRACK NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY AWARD: BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
SOUNDTRACK SAW QUENTIN TARANTINO AND ENNIO MORRICONE COME TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 14, 2016 – Having picked up the Golden Globe for Best Original Score on January 10th this year, Ennio Morricone’s score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is now nominated at the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Original Score. This marks the 6th Academy Award nomination for both Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino, with Tarantino winning the Best Screenplay award in both 1994 and 2012 for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained respectively. Ennio Morricone however, is yet to win an Academy Award for one of his original scores, with his only Oscar coming in 2006 when he received the Academy Honorary Award for his “contribution to the art of film music.”
While Tarantino is a lifelong fan of Morricone’s work and has used his music in his past five films, this historic collaboration marks the first time Morricone has recorded an original score specifically for one of Tarantino’s films. It is also the first time Morricone has scored an internationally released Western film in over 40 years, having previously scored legendary films such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of red rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of red rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate general Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to red rock after all…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher, and Shannon McIntosh. The executive producers are Georgia Kacandes, Harvey Weinstein, and Bob Weinstein.