Esai Morales Joins HBO Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’ As Regular, Will Play POTUS

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 3:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

moralesEXCLUSIVE: Esai Morales is set to co-star in The Brink, HBO’s pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub. The Brink is an epic dark comedy … Read More »

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SAG-AFTRA National Presidential Election: Esai Morales Video & Campaign Message

By | Monday July 22, 2013 @ 3:28am PDT

Deadline will make editorial space available so the SAG-AFTRA and WGA candidates for top offices can campaign here. Please send editors@deadline your materials. Esai Morales is running for SAG-AFTRA’s first sole National President and has sent the following video and message:

A Message From Esai Morales
Hollywood Local Membership1st Campaign Email

“I served on the National Board along side Esai and I know him to be a caring and dedicated person. I believe the SAG-AFTRA membership will be well served with Esai as our National President. I also know that Jane is a strong leader, with a solid business sense. With her National Board and committee experience, Jane is an excellent choice for SAG-AFTRA Secretary/Treasurer. Please support both Esai and Jane.” – ED HARRIS

“SAG-AFTRA can no longer function with a deficit. Fresh and business savvy ideas are needed to help bring SAG-AFTRA back into the black. I have those ideas.” – JANE AUSTIN

Each day, members are growing frustrated with the current state of affairs at SAG-AFTRA. The union is in a crisis and I believe I have the knowledge, experience and faith to help put SAG-AFTRA back on the right track.

1. Are you fed up with waiting up to 100 days to receive a residual check?

2. Are you puzzled by the fact our union has been operating with a multi-million dollar deficit since 2010?

3. Do stunt performers and background actors deserve their own SAG-AFTRA departments?

4. Are you wondering why, with the increasing amount of low budget films being produced, our pay-rate has remained flat?

5. Are you still having a tough time qualifying for health insurance?

6. If you do background work, are you suspicious and frustrated with the questionable behavior of some call-in services?

7. Do you believe there should be a dedicated seat for Background Performers on SAG-AFTRA’s National Board?

If you answered “YES” to any one of these questions, you are not alone.

Here are OUR answers:

1. Immediately hire part-time employees in the residual department to expedite the processing and mailing of checks to members within 30 days. And at the same, time we’ll investigate looking into long-term solutions.

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James Caan And Esai Morales Join Starz Drama ‘Magic City’ For Second Season

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 11:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Starz‘s Miami-set period drama Magic City is beefing up the cast for Season 2 with major additions. I’ve learned that Sonny Corleone himself, veteran actor James Caan, is joining the series in a major recurring role, along with NYPD Blue alum Esai Morales.

Set in 1959 Miami shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Magic City tells the story of Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the owner of Miami’s glitzy Miramar Playa hotel, who is forced to make a deal with local mob boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston). Caan will play Sy Berman, the head of the Chicago mob and Diamond’s boss. A father figure to Ben, Sy saw the potential in the young con and encouraged Ben’s criminal talents — creating “The Butcher.” Unbeknownst to Ben, Sy also has a secret connection to Ben’s wife Lily (Jessica Marais). Morales will play Carlos Ruiz, a former rebel who once fought beside Castro but now works to free Cuba from the man he once considered a brother.

Bringing in Caan to Magic City is fitting as the series is said to be inspired by The Godfather, which co-starred Caan in his signature, Oscar-nominated role as Sonny Corleone. On Magic City, Caan will be reunited with follow Godfather alum Alex Rocco, who recurs as Ike’s father Arthur. Read More »

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TV MOVIE NEWS: Lifetime Greenlights Kidnapping Saga With Teri Polo & Esai Morales, TNT’s ‘Innocent’ Casts Bill Pullman

By | Thursday July 21, 2011 @ 1:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has greenlighted We Have Your Husband, an original movie starring Teri Polo and Esai Morales based on the true story of American Jayne Valseca (Polo) and her … Read More »

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Tom Everett Scott, Esai Morales Among Latest Pilot Cast Additions

By | Friday March 18, 2011 @ 12:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tom Everett Scott has landed the male lead opposite Jenna Elfman in ABC’s comedy pilot Bad Mom. The project, from writer-actress Sharon Horgan, centers on Julia Lacey (Elfman), a working mom struggling to juggle her job and raising her kids … Read More »

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Sundance: Distributor Motion Film Group Launches With ‘Gun Hill Road’ Deal

By | Thursday January 27, 2011 @ 11:02am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The 2011 Sundance Film Festival deals keep coming. Upstart distributor Motion Film Group has paid low seven-figures for worldwide sales and distribution rights to Gun Hill Road, the Rashaad Ernesto Green-directed drama which premiered Monday in the U.S. Dramatic … Read More »

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‘Caprica’ To Return Sooner Than Planned

Nellie Andreeva

Syfy is closing the gap between the two parts of Caprica’s first season, shifting the return of the Battlestar Galactica prequel to October 5 when it will air behind new episodes of Stargate Universe. Originally, part 2 of Caprica‘s freshman season was supposed to launch in Read More »

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