During his interview with Brian Williams, Snowden said that, owing to the “beauty of the internet” he can “live life as an American, more or less” while in exile in Russia. Right now, for instance, he said he’s catching up on American TV. Watch here:
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Will the new AMC drama Low Winter Sun do for Detroit what HBO’s The Wire did for Baltimore? That’s one of the chief questions looming for the dark, gritty and violent new 10-episode series that premieres August 11 at 10 PM following the Breaking Bad final season premiere. And of course, the show arrives during a particularly difficult time for Detroit, which last week filed for bankruptcy. The presumption is that a series focusing on the seamy underbelly of the city probably isn’t poised to build much in the way of civic pride for a metropolis that could use some right about now. But this afternoon at TCA, star Mark Strong — who uniquely also played the same role in the two-part British miniseries on which this American edition is based — observed that the location production has in fact been welcomed with open arms. “There’s a symbiotic relationship we have, really, because we’re shining a spotlight on the city during something of its darkest hour,” Strong said. “But the city really has made us feel right at home.” Added co-star Lennie James: “Detroit and its people shy away from the dark side of themselves. That helps a lot.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Idris Elba, the talented star of Luther and The Wire who has been in play for the past couple months, has just signed with WME for all areas. This comes at a great time for Elba, who is finally poised to get his due as a movie star, I think. He reprises his role as the existentially tortured British detective John Luther in the final season of Luther, which premieres September in the U.S. He’s also starring in the Guillermo del Toro-directed Pacific Rim for Legendary and Warner Bros, which opens July 12. Then, he reprises his role as Heimdall in Thor 2: The Dark World, which Marvel and Disney release in November. He finishes the year playing Nelson Mandela in Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, which is released in the heat of Oscar season by The Weinstein Company. Elba continues to be managed by Nicole Romano and Michael Sugar at Anonymous Content, Headshell Management and he is repped by Roger Charteris at Ken McReddie in the UK. Fred Toczek is his attorney.
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