Jun04 2017

Ed in White Gold BBC Trailer


Jun04 2017

White Gold interview: Ed Westwick on new BBC sitcom role, ‘It woke me up’

“It woke me up,” Ed Westwick says, a note of reflection in his voice. “The tone of it, where it was set. It was completely different from anything I’d been reading.”

Any fresh talent signing on to a successful TV show must learn to embrace it all, both the glories and the curses. And, though Westwick’s stint on Gossip Girl as troubled rich boy Chuck Bass made his face instantly recognisable to the public, what most saw was not Ed Westwick, but the character they had grown so attached to.

Making that next step, the escape from the frustration of typecasting, is always a tricky manoeuvre; yet Westwick may have struck gold with his latest project. White Gold, to be more precise: the new BBC Two series from The Inbetweeners co-creator Damon Beesley, in which Westwick plays Vincent, a cocky salesman fronting a double-glazing showroom in early ’80s Essex.

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“It excited me,” he says of the opportunity. “I just clicked with it, you know?”

It’s a move that has plunged Westwick, more used to dramas like J. Edgar and 2013’s Romeo & Juliet, into the very centre of the British comedy scene. In White Gold he shares the screen with James Buckley and Joe Thomas of Inbetweeners fame. However, it’s a transition he found surprisingly easy.

“It was really welcoming,” he enthuses. “I think a lot of the crew had worked with Damon and Joe and James on the Inbetweeners, so people aren’t necessarily trying to figure out how everyone works all the time. I was probably the only new person there. I just kind of rolled with it.”

He largely credits, too, Beesley’s own work as a major factor in both his initial interest in the show and in his later ease into the role. “Damon’s so tender and warm,” he says. “And so smart as well. The way that Damon writes, his wit, is how me and my friends speak.”

“[The show] wasn’t too far from my sense of comedy. And it does have a quite dramatic arc through the whole series. You’re really taken into these people’s lives and some of the behaviour that goes on, and the consequences of that behaviour. It makes for stuff that’s not funny.”

In fact, what’s so immediately striking about White Gold, especially to those familiar with the teenage antics of The Inbetweeners, is the sobriety of Beesley’s new project.

Though sitcoms centered on male companions who riff with and bully each other, yet remain bonded for life, can prove surprisingly accurate portraits of masculinity, White Gold sees Beesley delve into the masculine culture with a far greater complexity than before.

This is a show ostensibly about, as Westwick hesitatingly tells me, the world of the “man’s man… this testosterone-filled kind of guy”. He hesitates over the words “man’s man”, since, in his opinion, it “makes men sound like they’re all rooting for a dickhead, when they’re not.”

Westwick’s conflict over the term seems to stem from the fact Vincent’s portrayal is far from straightforward; it’s an attempt to create a fuller portrait of that hyper ’80s masculinity, which tussles always with the appeal of swaggering confidence, and the toxic extremes it brings.

“One of the key things was to make Vincent likable,” he explains. “So that you wanted to tune in each week and root for him, because if you didn’t, then it would fall apart.”

“He’s a smart guy who, deep down, loves his famil. His ambition comes from wanting to provide a better life for them. So his fundamental motivation is a good thing.”

“Yes, his tactics are bad at times, and the thing is he doesn’t get away with a lot of his behaviour,” he continues. “He is punished or knocked back. And then, at the very end of the series, he literally loses his ability to sell, because he’s fucked everything up and he’s going to lose his family.”

“You see that he’s not bulletproof. And he needs to fix it. You’re on a journey with him. He’s someone trying to make amends for what he’s done and he just about pulls it off.”

‘White Gold’ airs Wednesday’s at 10pm on BBC Two and the full series is available on BBC iPlayer. The DVD is released on 3 July

Source: Independant


Jun04 2017

Fox Cancels Making History

As you probably know by now…

Zorn has been defeated by an adversary more formidable than Zulchazor.

And time has run out for Making History.

Fox has canceled freshman comedies Son of Zorn and Making History, EW has confirmed.

Both shows, which were executive-produced by The Lego Movie gurus Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were ambitious comedies. Son of Zorn, created by Wilfred‘s Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne, featured the cartoon warrior Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) trying to adjust to life in live-action Orange County, where his son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) lived.

Making History, created by Julius “Goldie” Sharpe (The Grinder), followed the time-traveling adventures of a college facilities manager (Adam Pally), his girlfriend/Paul Revere’s daughter (Leighton Meester), and a history professor (Yassir Lester).

Neither show made a dent in the Nielsens: Son of Zorn averaged 3.4 million viewers per episode and a 1.5 in the 18-to-49 demo while Making History averaged just 1.8 million viewers with a .8 in the demo.

The networks debuted three time-travel shows in the 2016-17 season, and all three met the same fate. NBC cancelled Timeless and ABC jettisoned Time After Time.

In addition to Son of Zorn and Making History, Lord and Miller are also the executive producers of another Fox comedy, The Last Man on Earth, which on Wednesday night received some good news in the form of a renewal for a fourth season.

Source: EW


Apr09 2017

Happy Birthday Leighton!

Happy Birthday to the beautiful, talented miss Leighton Meester! Happy 31st, hope you’re having a fabulous day!


Mar06 2017

Making History: Upcoming Episode Press Releases

Episode 1×02 The Shot Heard Round the World

DAN, DEB AND CHRIS SPARK THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ON AN ALL-NEW “MAKING HISTORY” SUNDAY, MARCH 12, ON FOX

Dan and Deb head back to colonial times to rescue Chris and help spark the Revolutionary War. Dan and Chris are forced to go undercover as British allies as they simultaneously try to rally the colonists to revolt in the Battle of Lexington. Unexpected friendships are formed and history is remade in the all-new “The Shot Heard Round the World” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 12 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MH-102) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris, John Gemberling as John Hancock, Neil Casey as Sam Adams

Guest Cast: Brett Gelman as Paul Revere, Ross Philips as Davey, Jaime Harris as Colonel Frances Smith

1×03 The Boyfriend Experience

DEBORAH ADJUSTS TO THE FUTURE ON AN ALL-NEW “MAKING HISTORY” SUNDAY, MARCH 19, ON FOX

Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen (“Pippin,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”) Guest-Stars

Deborah slowly discovers that Dan may not be the thrilling inventor he claimed to be back in 1776, and questions their budding relationship. To get her back, Dan resorts to desperate (and alarming) measures. Meanwhile, Chris is under intense scrutiny from his mentor, Dr. Cobell (guest star Ben Vereen), as he works to finally achieve tenure at the university in the all-new “The Boyfriend Experience” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 19 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MH-103) (TV-14 D, L)

Cast: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris, John Gemberling as John Hancock, Neil Casey as Sam Adams

Guest Cast: Ben Vereen as Dr. Cobell, Sean Clements as Dean Wiley

1×04 Chadwick’s Angels

DAN RELIVES THE 1990s ON AN ALL-NEW “MAKING HISTORY” SUNDAY, MARCH 26, ON FOX

In need of a victory, the trio heads back to the 1990s to give Dan another shot at his childhood dream: finishing the infamous “Bellybuster” ice cream sundae at a local parlor. As Deb bonds with the parlor’s owner, Chris is on a mission to save a life in honor of his late British friend. But all of their plans are derailed when Dan runs into the bully that tormented him in the all-new “Chadwick’s Angels” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 26 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MH-104) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris, John Gemberling as John Hancock, Neil Casey as Sam Adams

Guest Cast: Vicki Lewis as Mrs. Chadwick, Renee Percy as Judi, Stephen Capp as Kevin


Mar05 2017

Making History Episode Stills

I’ve added a bunch of episode stills of Leighton as Deborah in the first episodes of Making History with the pilot airing tonight on Fox! More in the gallery!

Gallery Link:
Other Projects > Making History > Episode Stills


Mar05 2017

Leighton on the Chew – February 23, 2017


Mar05 2017

Meet Deborah Revere – Leighton’s character on Making History


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