"Ally McBeal" actress Calista Flockhart has signed with CBS to star in the new "Supergirl" series. She will play the role of Cat Grant, Kara's (Supergirl) boss and CEO of mega media-corp called CatCo. Also joining the cast are Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Kara's Krypton mom, Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) as the first black Jimmy Olsen and as reported earlier by SciFi Obsession the part of Supergirl falls to Melissa Benoist (Glee).
We are saddened to report that 34 year old actor Ben Woolf (American Horror Story: Freak Show) has succumbed from a head injury suffered after being hit by a car a week ago. He died in hospital last night.
Trying to reposition itself for future endeavors that include keeping the company from looking like it is ripe for takeover Machinima, after acquiring $24 million to help it along began laying off about 14% of its full-time staff and a small number of part-time employees within its production branch. It has also shut down, at least for the time being, a couple of its one-time highly successful YouTube channels. Machinima, once one of the giants of digital entertainment has seen a steady loss of subscribers and viewers over the last few years. Those financing the continuation of the venture did so with the understanding that the company will get its production house in order.
Wesley Snipes (Blade Trilogy, The Expendables 3) will return to the limelight after his departure for a time due to tax problems. He will star in a new television series called "Endgame" from those who created "The Blacklist" starring James Spader. Snipes will portray a retired sniper who now hires out as a highly valued security specialist in Las Vegas. The pilot episode will come from the pen of "The Librarians" writer John Rogers and centers on a plot that will take Snipes' character on an continuing adventure into the intriguing world of conspiracy challenges.
One film due out this week (February 27) has not received a lot of press or hype and their might be good reason for that. "The Lazarus Effect" stars Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass as a married doctor team doing research on bringing dead tissue back to life. They succeed in finally bringing a fully dead animal back to the living and when they want to publish the work, and then move on to a dead human subject their funding and research facility support is suddenly halted leaving them in a quandary. Taking matters into their own hands the pair ready themselves to continue on their own when Wilde's character dies and her husband is desperate to bring her back and does so. At first she seems fine but soon all that changes ... and not for the better. This film may not be getting much ad space because it looks to be reminiscent to many that have come before it, all the way from the classic "Frankenstein" to the awful 1990 film "Flatliners" which starred Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland.