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FX Hires CAA TV Agent Michael Katcher as Head of Casting

  • The Wrap
Former CAA TV agent Michael Katcher is joining the company in the newly-created role of executive vice president of casting for FX Entertainment.

“Michael is spectacular at what he does,” Gina Balian, president of original programming and Nick Grad, president of original programming, FX Entertainment, said. “He has a keen ability to spot the greatest talent and cultivate enduring collaborative relationships. Those skills will be a great asset in casting and attracting talent to the network and studio. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the FX team.”

In his new role, Katcher will have oversight of all casting and talent strategy for FX Networks and FX Productions. He will report to Balian and Grad, as well as Sharon Klein, who was recently named executive vice president, casting, Disney Television Studios and FX Entertainment.

Also Read: Fox TV Vet Sharon Klein to Oversee Casting for Disney TV Studios and FX Entertainment

Klein,
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FX Taps Top CAA TV Talent Agent Michael Katcher As Head Of Casting

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CAA veteran Michael Katcher is returning to the executive ranks as Evp and head of casting for FX Entertainment. To join FX Networks, Katcher is leaving CAA where he has been the head of the television talent department for the past 17 years. A replacement for him will be announced shortly.

At FX, this is a newly created position as the network and its in-house studio did not have a dedicated head of casting. Katcher will have oversight of casting and talent strategy for FX Networks and FX Productions. He will report to FX Entertainment Presidents of Original Programming Gina Balian and Nick Grad, as well as Sharon Klein, who was recently named Evp, Casting, Disney Television Studios and FX Entertainment.

Katcher, who is well liked in the casting community, represented a slew of top TV talent while at CAA, including award-winning actors Glenn Close, Andy Garcia, Viola Davis, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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Johnnie Planco Dies: Ex-Wma Agent & Parseghian Planco Co-Founder Was 68

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Johnnie Planco Dies: Ex-Wma Agent & Parseghian Planco Co-Founder Was 68
Johnnie Planco, the longtime New York-based Wma agent who partnered with Gene Parseghian in the management/production company Parseghian Planco, has died. Planco passed away on Sunday, June 2 in New York City, after struggling with an infection that quickly affected both his brain and respiratory system. He was 68.

Planco was born and raised in New York City, as was his father and grandfather, latter of whom was a Rough Rider under Teddy Roosevelt. Planco joined the famed Wma mailroom after graduating Fordham U at Lincoln Center with a BA in Theater. This was in 1972, and he would remain with that agency until 2000.

In those 28 years he became the youngest Department Head and Senior Vice President in the agency’s history, running both the Motion Picture department in New York and creating and running the William Morris Talent Department. Among the clients he represented were Tom Hanks, Richard Gere, John Malkovich,
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Omar Epps Hunts a Killer in First Look at Patrick Lussier’s Trick

Patrick Lussier Releases First Photo & Comments on Halloween-themed Thriller Trick Film Bridge Handling Worldwide Sales at Cannes Genre veteran Patrick Lussier has released the first photo and comments from his latest film, the horror thriller Trick. Omar Epps heads the cast in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial …

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Patrick Lussier Releases First Photo & Comments on Halloween-themed Thriller Trick

Genre veteran Patrick Lussier has released the first photo and comments from his latest film, the horror thriller TrickOmar Epps heads the cast in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial killer that has remained one step ahead of him for years. Film Bridge International is handling worldwide sales at the Cannes Film Market. Epps has starred in over 20 films in a career spanning two decades. Most recently, he starred on USA Network's "Shooter" and 2018's hit film Traffik alongside Paula Patton. Trick also stars Ellen Adair as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round of...

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Horror Highlights: Brightburn Soundtrack, Trick Photo, The Child Remains

Ahead of Sony's May 24th release of Brightburn, the original motion picture soundtrack, composed by Timothy Williams, is now available! Also: the first photo from Patrick Lussier's Trick has been revealed by Bloody Disgusting, and we have release details for The Child Remains.

Brightburn Soundtrack Release Details: "Sony Music announces the release of Brightburn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by multi-award winning composer Timothy Williams. Available Friday, May 10, the soundtrack features music from the James Gunn and Kenneth Huang-produced film, which makes its theatrical debut in the United States on Friday, May 24.

Of the soundtrack, composer Timothy Williams says, “Being able to merge two genres which have never been combined before, superhero and horror, was an amazing experience. I was thankful for a close collaborative relationship with the director Dave Yarovesky. We worked on the idea of the main theme at the beginning that would be
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First image from Patrick Lussier’s slasher-noir ‘Trick’

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Director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer are re-teaming for Trick, which stars Omar Epps in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial killer that has remained one step ahead of him for years.

Trick centers on an elusive serial killer, who descends upon a small town annually, bringing terror and death. He is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each in different jurisdictions and seemingly unrelated. No one believes this could be the same killer. Detective Denver has faced Trick once before – he shot and killed him. Or so everyone keeps telling him. However, Denver knows Trick is out there and he’s coming back for revenge.

Trick also stars Ellen Adair as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round
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Halloween-themed Thriller Trick Gets First Look at Omar Epps

Halloween-themed Thriller Trick Gets First Look at Omar Epps
Genre veteran Patrick Lussier has released the first photo and comments from his latest film, the horror thriller Trick. Omar Epps heads the cast in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a serial killer that has remained one step ahead of him for years. Film Bridge International is handling worldwide sales at the Cannes Film Market.

Omar Epps has starred in over 20 films in a career spanning two decades. Most recently, he starred on USA Network's Shooter and 2018's hit film Traffik alongside Paula Patton. Trick also stars Ellen Adair as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round of killings in her small town, is played by Kristina Reyes. Talbott is played by frequent George A. Romero collaborator Tom Atkins and Jamie Kennedy stars as Dr.
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‘Trick’: Exclusive First Look at Omar Epps in Patrick Lussier’s Slasher [Interview]

‘Trick’: Exclusive First Look at Omar Epps in Patrick Lussier’s Slasher [Interview]
Writer Todd Farmer and director Patrick Lussier, who collaborated on My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry, reteamed on Trick, a brand new Halloween-themed horror film that’s heading to the ongoing Cannes market. Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive first look at Omar Epps in the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a killer that has eluded him […]
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In Search of Black Cinema

Daughters of the Dust. Photo: Cohen Film CollectionRobert Townsend: So, what is a black film?

Charles Burnett: Don’t ask me. One retrospective you are unlikely to see is an expansive (though by no means exhaustive) program examining White Cinema in the 1990s, nor in any other period in the hundred-year-plus history of the medium. Nobody would likely think to. The idea of assembling a collection of works together by the race of the creator may seem a misinformed, act of categorization (we often refuse to even label horror cinema in such broad strokes). But perhaps the simple reason that a retrospective on White ‘90s cinema would seem facetious and ridiculous is precisely the same reason that a Black ‘90s cinema retrospective is timely and important. It is a cinema concerned with both exploring an identity, as well as discovering one. Bam has taken on this task, and their
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The man behind the ‘Boyz’: Ground-breaking black filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51 [Watch Video]

The man behind the ‘Boyz’: Ground-breaking black filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51 [Watch Video]
“At heart, I’m a dude from South Central Los Angeles. We roll the way we roll because we had survival tactics — we had to learn how to adapt. That’s just me.” — John Singleton (1968-2019)

Sometimes the label of trail-blazer is too easily tossed around. But as an African-American who hailed from South Los Angeles, Singleton broke down several barriers when he became the first black filmmaker — as well as the youngest person at age 24 — to be nominated for a directing Academy Award. His 1991 debut, the inner-city drama “Boyz n the Hood,” arrived the same year that motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Lapd officers during his arrest for fleeing the police that would lead to riots after the cops were acquitted the next year.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2019: In Memoriam Gallery

Singleton is now dead at age 51 on Monday after a fatal stroke. Several notable talents took to
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Groundbreaking Director John Singleton Dies at 51

Tony Sokol Apr 30, 2019

John Singleton broke open doors with hard truths and an authentic vision.

Trailblazing director John Singleton died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 51. The family of the director, producer and screenwriter of Boyz N the Hood, said they had directed doctors to pull him off life support after he suffered a massive stroke on April 17. Singleton had been in a coma.

“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died," The Singleton Family said in a statement. "We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”

Singleton was the youngest person and first African American ever nominated for a best director Oscar. He was 24 years old, and a
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John Singleton Appreciation: Pioneering Storyteller Who Anticipated the Black Lives Matter Era

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John Singleton Appreciation: Pioneering Storyteller Who Anticipated the Black Lives Matter Era
It was nearly three decades ago when writer-director John Singleton’s freshman film “Boyz N the Hood” gave us a compassionate and deeply human story about growing up black and ambitious with a life that is sadly expendable — long before Black Lives Matter rewrote that narrative. He earned not one but two Academy Award nominations for helming the movie and penning the script. Though he didn’t win, “Boyz N the Hood” is still talked about as one of the best and most tragically honest films about young black men, cementing its place in cinematic history and in the hearts of audiences across the globe.

Black humanity was Singleton’s signature, as he went from a story about young black men in the hood to a 1993’s “Poetic Justice,” a moving romantic tale about the relationship between two lyrical underdogs — Justice (Janet Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur) — who come together
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Director John Singleton Hospitalized After Stroke: He's 'Under Great Medical Care,' Says Family

Director John Singleton Hospitalized After Stroke: He's 'Under Great Medical Care,' Says Family
Famed director John Singleton has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Singleton, 51, checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after the filmmaker began experiencing weakness in his legs, according to TMZ which also reported that his stroke was “mild” and doctors are currently performing tests.

Singleton’s family also reportedly told the outlet that prior to his stroke, the Boyz n the Hood director had recently returned to the United States after a trip to Costa Rica.

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in
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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)

20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)
Let’s get into the spirit of the World Series excitement with some of the biggest baseball movies that all hit a commercial home run. These are the highest grossing baseball movies of all time, ranked from lowest to highest.

20. “Mr. 3000” – $21.8 million

Bernie Mac plays a former baseball great who returns to the league at age 47 after learning he was just a few hits shy of 3000.

19. “Major League II” – $30.6 million

Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger all came back for the sequel to “Major League,” but Wesley Snipes had become a bigger star, and his role of Willie Mays Hayes was taken over by Omar Epps.

18. “The Sandlot” – $32.4 million

The Sandlot” performed modestly at the box office in 1993, but it found a second life as a cult film on VHS and on DVD a decade after its release.

17. “Bad News Bears” (2005) – $32.8 million

Billy Bob Thornton starred in Richard Linklater
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Halloween Horror Movie Trick Lures in Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy and Tom Atkins

Halloween Horror Movie Trick Lures in Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy and Tom Atkins
Director Patrick Lussier and screenwriter Todd Farmer's new Halloween-themed horror flick Trick has just added Omar Epps to the cast which already includes the likes of Tom Atkins, and Jamie Kennedy. Ellen Adair and Kristina Reyes also star.

The story centers on an elusive serial killer, who descends upon a small town annually. He is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each seemingly unrelated. No one believes this could be the same killer. Epps will be playing the lead role of Detective Denver who has faced Trick once before, having shot and killed him. Or so everyone keeps telling him. However, Denver knows Trick is still out there, and he's coming back for revenge.

Producer Ellen Wander stated this.

"We are thrilled to get into production with Omar and Patrick and can't wait to have this film be seen by audiences everywhere."

Omar Epps is an actor I
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Horror Highlights: Depraved, Trick, American Poltergeist: The Curse Of Lilith Ratchet, Deliberations Podcast

Larry Fessenden's Depraved, a re-telling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is set to have its world premiere at IFC Center's What the Fest!?, and, as reported by Screen Daily, Yellow Veil Pictures acquired worldwide sales rights to the film. Also in today's Highlights: Omar Epps joins the cast of Patrick Lussier's Trick, American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet release details, and Deliberations podcast episode and guest details.

Depraved's IFC Center's What the Fest!? Premiere Details: "Stitching together the pieces of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Depraved is a contemporary reimagining of the seminal tale centered on a field surgeon who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Brooklyn. Successful in his attempts but consumed with remorse over what he’s done, Henry tries to protect his creation, Adam, from the world. However, as Adam’s development continues, it is no longer clear who needs protecting.
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Patrick Lussier & Todd Framer’s Halloween-Themed Trick will Star Omar Epps and Tom Atkins

Horror fans know the filmmaking team of Patrick Lussier and Todd Framer as the boys behind impressive genre fare like My Bloody Valentine (2009) and Drive Angry. They each have impressive solo resumes as well, with Lussier having worked on the ground-breaking Scream franchise, Red Eye, New Nightmare, and Vampire in Brooklyn with Wes Craven; […] The post Patrick Lussier & Todd Framer’s Halloween-Themed Trick will Star Omar Epps and Tom Atkins appeared first on Dread Central.
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Omar Epps cast in Patrick Lussier & Todd Farmer’s new horror ‘Trick’

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Director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer are re-teaming for Trick, a horror thriller to be directed by Lussier.

Trick centers on an elusive serial killer, who descends upon a small town annually, bringing terror and death. He is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each in different jurisdictions and seemingly unrelated. No one believes this could be the same killer. Detective Denver has faced Trick once before – he shot and killed him. Or so everyone keeps telling him. However, Denver knows Trick is out there and he’s coming back for revenge.

It was announced back in October 2018 that Dermot Mulroney would be playing lead character Detective Mike Denver, however Omar Epps ha now stepped into the role as production began on the film this week.

Trick also stars Ellen Adair as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor.
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Tom Atkins, Omar Epps and Jamie Kennedy Starring in Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier’s ‘Trick’

Tom Atkins, Omar Epps and Jamie Kennedy Starring in Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier’s ‘Trick’
Writer Todd Farmer and director Patrick Lussier, who collaborated on My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry, are reteaming on Trick, a brand new Halloween-themed horror film that has just kicked off production. The film is now shooting with Omar Epps stepping into the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a killer that has eluded him. Trick also […]
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