Former RHOA Star Apollo Nida Back in Prison Days After Release into Halfway House

Days after his release from prison, Apollo Nida is back in custody.

The ex-husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Phaedra Parks is currently listed as an inmate at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) of Philadelphia, per online records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His release date is listed as Oct. 15, 2019.

PEOPLE can confirm that Nida, 40, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service on June 13, after being released from prison on June 5 and taken to a halfway house following five years behind bars.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service told PEOPLE that Nida was brought back into custody because he violated a technical condition of his release, though it’s unclear what the violation was. The Blast and Page Six were the first to report the news.

PEOPLE has reached out Nida’s lawyer for comment.

Nida was arrested in January 2014 and later pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft.

“On behalf of my client Apollo, right now he feels remorse. He thought the judge was fair, and accepts his sentence, although he was hoping it would be less,” his lawyer Thomas D. Bever told PEOPLE at the time. “Apollo is elated that this proceeding is past him and is no longer handing over his head. It meant everything to him that his mother and brother spoke on his behalf. He’s okay, and will get through this.”

Nida was initially sentenced to 96 months in prison and entered the Fort Dix Correctional Facility in New Jersey in July 2014. His sentence was reduced by a full year in March, and he was, at the time, scheduled for release in August 2020, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Nida previously served time from 2004 to 2009 for auto title fraud.

Nida married Parks, 45, in 2009, and the couple split in 2014 before he left for prison. The two — whose divorce was finalized in 2017 — share sons Ayden, 9, and Dylan, 5.

Both have since moved on: Nida is engaged to Sherien Almufti, who famously made an appearance on RHOA‘s ninth season. Parks went public with her new boyfriend Tone Kapone in January.

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Toy Story 4: Turns out Toy Story 4 was being written BEFORE Toy Story 3 was releasd

Toy Story 4 has surpassed all expectations – both with critics and at the box office. The fourth and final instalment in the Toy Story franchise is being heralded as an almost perfect film. With a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel is undeniably a hit.

When was Toy Story 4 written?

Fans were led to believe Toy Story 3 was the final film in the franchise.

In fact, Toy Story director Lee Unkrich definitively said: “We don’t have any plans for Toy Story 4.”

However, a recent interview on ComingSoon.Net with Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley and producers Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera has now revealed this to be false.

Cooley said: “Andrew Stanton one of the writers, who’s written on all the Toy Story films, one of the godfathers of Toy Story, he actually started the outline for number 4 while 3 was still finishing.


“But he kept it secret. We didn’t know, I’m speaking for all of us.”

Rivera continued: “That started to light us up a little bit, and slowly, we started to crack that open and go:

“‘What would happen if Woody did everything right, he survived it all, he landed on his feet with Bonnie.’

“And what we realized in that discussion was the end of 3 is really the end of Andy’s story, but the story of Toy Story is Woody….

“Now that I’m saying it, I’m realising Andrew’s kids had gone off to college and moved out.


“So there’s definitely some of that in there. Like, what do you do when you’ve done everything right and your life’s not over? You have to reinvent yourself.

“And that was kind of the crack in the nerve, like okay, how would Woody do that? That was interesting to us.”

Cooley said: “It was interesting. We know this character. What would he do in this new situation?

“So we just kept going down these different paths, and just a random thing of coming up with Forky.

“And then we were like, ‘Well, actually, Forky forces him to explain what it means to be a toy.’


“And so, all of these things just started to kind of fall in line very slowly over time.

“And just speaking about that part of Woody on the road with Forky talking about basically what it means to not have your kid living at home anymore.

“When Andrew wrote that, I read it and was crying because it was just so awesomely written.

“And I even told him like, ‘Nobody else could write this. You’ve experienced this and I could feel it on the page there.’”

Toy Story 4 is now playing in cinemas.

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‘Too Old to Die Young’ Review: Only God Forgives This Sh-tshow

Pop quiz: What’s your favorite Nicolas Winding Refn movie?

Let’s hope most folks are coming to Too Old to Die Young, the Danish writer-director’s pulpy-as-fuck TV series for Amazon Prime, as something akin to fans. Or, at the very least, as viewers semi-aware of his back catalog. Because God help you if this is your first official entry into Refnworld — it’s either the worst possible introduction to his signature brand of steroidally stylized neon noir, or the “best” introduction in the worst possible way. Mileage, as always with this provocateur, varies to a divisive degree. To anyone dropped into his landscape of stoic antiheroes and lurid violence and water-torture pacing without a map, we wish you the best of luck.

But back to the quiz question above: Is it any part of the Pusher trilogy, the three-part, three-perspective tale that helped break Refn internationally and introduced future Hannibal Lecter/Bond villain/internet boyfriend Mads Mikkelsen to the world? Is it Bronson, a staggeringly brilliant biopic of British convict Charles Bronson featuring Tom Hardy hitting Kabuki-levels of theatricality? It’s most likely Drive, his Ryan Gosling star-vehicle riff on getaway drivers; it probably isn’t the duo’s follow-up Only God Forgives, though hey, different strokes, etc. (Their Thailand-based thriller is better than its reputation suggests.) Or maybe it’s The Neon Demon, his welcome-to-Hell-Ay parable about professional models eating their own.

Ok, now: Imagine said favorite film was extended to 13 hours. Same amount of story, really. Might be divvied up into parallel narratives. Maybe a few extra detours here and there. But the same basic narrative grist for the mill. Stretched. Out. To. 13. Hourrrs.

Unless your name is Ken Burns or David Lynch, maybe you need to think long and hard about whether that time length, parceled out over 10 installments with an average length of an hour and 15 minutes, is a necessity or simply an indulgence. (Some episodes run up to 90 minutes; the last one runs a mere half hour. Call it a coda.) Especially if your primary motive to do something in a longer, serialized format is because hey, everyone seems to be do this streaming stuff, so I’d better do one too! That was more or less the excuse Refn gave at this year’s Cannes, where he showed two middle episodes, for making this extended, existential gaze into both the abyss and his own navel involving cops, crooks, cartels, and creative ways of torturing carbon-based lifeforms. He also said that this wasn’t TV — a medium he defines as “reality shows and the news” — but, y’know, a very long movie. Right. Of course, your majesty. The sense that you’re watching something from an auteur who somehow believes he’s slumming virtually emanates from your screen.

So what does our man paint on this large canvas? We start with a cop named Martin (Miles Teller), the sort of strong, silent type that suggests either post-traumatic suffering on lockdown or a purposefully blank slate. His partner (Lance Gross) has the ability to turn a routine traffic stop into a situation that threatens to go full Bad Lieutenant in a blink; still, it’s surprising when someone simply walks up to him and puts a bullet in his head. The tragedy earns Martin a promotion to detective. It does not earn him a pass from a local gangster (Babs Olusanmokun), who forces him to take on his late partner’s role as a personal killer for hire. Nor does it stop you from being skeeved out over the fact that he’s dating a 17-year-old high school student (Nell Tiger Free).

We then follow the shooter, Jesus (Augusto Aguilera), south of the border. The police officer had murdered the killer’s mom, a famous female drug lord. His uncle (Emiliano Díez) takes him in and teaches him the way of the cartel. When a power shift happens, Jesus and the old man’s ward — a young woman named Yaritza (Cristina Rodlo) he rescued from the desert and raised as his own, though not without certain untoward implications — are married. The couple is then sent to America, with the intention of protecting the organization’s interests. There is also unfinished business regarding that revenge killing. There always is. Also, did we mention that Yaritza may or may not be the human embodiment of an ancient folklore legend/Tarot mainstay known as the High Priestess of Death?

More characters will wade into the fray, notably a one-eyed ex-FBI agent (Deadwood‘s John Hawkes) who becomes a mentor to Martin and a New Age healer (Jena Malone) who employs said former fed to hunt down particularly predatory sex offenders. There are also rape-porn magnates, pedophiles, methheads, #MeToo harassment case studies, more Trump stand-ins than you can shake an Access Hollywood tape at and, occasionally, just your run-of-the-mill scumbags. Plenty of toxic masculinity to go around, in other words — which is the point. The rogue’s gallery of underworld bottom feeders and serial child molesters and violent misogynists that Refn and his co-creator, comic writer extraordinaire Ed Brubaker, have come up with don’t just represent the worst of society to them so much as Society Circa 2019, a who’s who of everyday degenerates and deplorables. And as with the world we inhabit, a lot of that boils down to the evil that men do. “The good guys” is an oxy-moron here.

Cristina Rodlo in ‘Too Old to Die Young.’

It will take an angel of death to cleanse the world of abusive dudes, which is why the series and your focus keeps circling back to Yaritza. She’s the vehicle for the director’s more supernatural, surreal inclinations, which have been growing since Only God Forgives and his decision that he’d rather be Alejandro Jodorowsky redux than a poor man’s Michael Mann. It also helps that she’s played by Rodlo, an actor who knows how to hold a screen no matter what size it is. She’s a great observer with a killer side eye, a performer who knows how to make stillness and minimalist touches count in a maximalist splatter-mess. It goes without saying that Refn, a filmmaker who never met a colored lighting gel he didn’t biblically love, and legendary cinematographer Darius Khondji (The City of Lost Children, Seven) bathe everything in hallucinogenic hues and dark-night-of-the-soul shadows and a distinct netherworld-as-a-nightclub vibe. It also bears mentioning how her character is the only one who actually seems tailored to fit the show’s tone and vision; not even Teller, giving the best Robert Mitchum impersonation of the 21st century, can sync up his Chandleresque sketch of a protagonist to the narrative. Someday, someone will make a super-cut of Rodlo’s scenes and give us one hell of a three-hour XY-chromosome nightmare.

In the meantime, we have this limping, baggy megillah, which fails to justify its marathon-length running time as anything more than a self-satisfying, hardboiled-by-numbers folly. You can, naturally, make a pulpy crime story look perversely gorgeous, piling everything from narco chic costume design to Pop Art visual schematics onto your palette. You can give your gangster a quirk by having him be a vintage ska fanatic and you can stage a ridiculously elongated car chase to Barry Manilow’s “Mandy,” the series’ set piece/action-flick middle finger du jour. You can cast Morgan Fairchild as White Privilege and give William Baldwin a seven-course meal of scenery to chew on, complete with onanistic power moves. You can use misogynistic imagery in the name of upping the revenge ante and female empowerment, even though every single person really wishes you wouldn’t. You can even use extreme violence as an exercise in fetishized carnage. Who doesn’t love a well-made cinemassacre? Or, for that matter, watching a Nazi get shot in the dick?

But when you’re given the chance to engage in longform storytelling and translate that into nothing but letting scenes play out to infinite lengths simply because you can, or mistake the exploitation of slow-cinema vocabulary with instant depth, or fail to realize that maybe less is more when it comes to your art-to-grindhouse aesthetic, you may get called on it. Refn’s right: This is not TV. It’s self-parody. And it doesn’t take half a day’s worth of viewing to figure out that maybe we’re getting too old for this shit.

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Max Landis Accused of Sexual and Emotional Abuse by Eight Women in New Exposé

Max Landis, son of comedy director John Landis and the screenwriter of films such as “Bright,” “American Ultra,” and “Chronicle,” has been accused of sexual and emotional abuse by eight women in a lengthy exposé published by The Daily Beast. The women, many of whom chose to speak out anonymously, claim Landis manipulated his relationships with them in order to get them into his inner circle, after which he allegedly physically and/or psychologically abused them.

Ani Baker took to social media earlier this month to warn women about Landis after she discovered videos of her still existed on his Instagram page. Baker shared with The Daily Beast some of her experiences with Landis, including a moment when he got violent after the two had consensual sex. Baker said she slapped Landis’ butt in what she thought was a playful manner and he “snapped” on her.

“He turned around and he put his hands around my throat and he got very close to my face,” Baker told the outlet. “He said, ‘I will fucking kill you. Do you understand what I’m saying? I will fucking kill you.’”

Baker cited an example of emotional abuse, remembering how Landis asked if she wanted to see something “awful” and proceeded to take out his computer and show her a “very long list” of women he had slept with.

“At the top was a key he had made to rank each experience as enjoyable or not, exciting or not, etc.,” Baker said. “Some of the women weren’t listed by their names, just by their ethnicity and the location of the encounter, because he didn’t know their names. He scrolled to the bottom and showed me my name, with his rankings next to it.”

Julie, who dated Landis for two years and was his friend for much longer, told The Daily Beast, “On multiple occasions he’d refer to me as his ex-girlfriend in front of girls at parties we’d go to together as a couple. He’d openly critique my body in front of people and tell me privately that I had the potential to be ‘so hot’ if I committed to working out more. He’d graphically describe sex with his ex-girlfriends and rate their abilities compared to mine, both to me and to his friends and work associates.”

Julie alleged Landis is “a serial rapist, gaslighter, physical, and psychological abuser.” She said the writer would show her “abuse and humiliation porn” in order to test her boundaries.

“This lead to me allowing myself to become more and more abused,” Julie said. “He claimed that seeing me cry was a turn-on—this later turned into a routine of him yelling and humiliating me until I cried, then having sex with me while I continued to cry with no regard or effort to make things right. He’d instigate fights, belittle and upset me, just so he could have sex with me, and the real, legitimate fights ended the same way. He choked me until I passed out and did humiliating, degrading things to me that I still can’t manage to write out on paper.”

Many of the women claim Landis’ friend group, nicknamed the Colour Society, was used as a way of getting women close to him. A woman named Lainey said she felt a “sense of belonging” when Landis invited her into his inner circle, only for him to “bully and emotionally abuse” her. Lainey said Landis would openly fat shame her and use “psychological toying” to play with her emotions. Lainey remembered instances where she would throw up when finding out she’d be seeing Landis.

“I couldn’t stop shaking,” Lainey said. “He was always vicious, but everyone would say, oh, that’s just how Max is. He’s a jerk. He knows it. He calls himself out on it. There was this conflation of self-awareness with meaningful change. In my opinion some of the worst people in the world are those who openly admit they’re terrible, using that proclamation as a get-out-of-jail-free card. They think, well, you were warned.”’

Another woman, Samantha, who briefly dated Landis, said the writer used the Colour Society to be some sort of “cult leader.” Samantha told The Daily Beast, “Here’s someone with a lot of resources and power and glamour, and he’s surrounding himself with people, basically kids who just moved to L.A. from who knows where, who don’t have a network. He swoops in, and like a predator, he knows how to hook a person.”

Samantha said Landis would “systematically try to have sex with all the women I knew. We’re not people to him.” She continued by saying she saw how Landis treated other women. “It was abusive,” she claimed. “He would manipulate them, body-shame them and was just generally cruel.”

A woman going by the name Kerry said Landis would compliment her for not eating and would buy her workout classes in order to help her get to the shape he wanted. Kerry said their relationship became abusive, claiming, “Once he choked me and told me he wanted to kill me. And I would wind up reassuring him that he wasn’t a monster when he felt bad about it. Because I felt bad that he was so sick.”

Dani Manning, one of Landis’ ex-girlfriends, had a similar experience. Manning said Landis would “smack food” out of her hand in front of his family in order to stop her from eating so that she could get down to his desired weight. Her relationship with Landis became abusive as well.

“The first incident that I can remember, we were at some public event and I think I laughed at something and he just started choking me to the point where my eyes were blacking out,” Manning told The Daily Beast. “I felt such confusion that I tried to leave and I was drunk and I had to just kind of wait while he tried to convince me that he didn’t mean it.”

A woman named Veronica told The Daily Beast she was also sexually abused by Landis. During a trip to Disneyland with Landis in early 2017, Veronica alleges he “physically overpowered” her as soon as they got to their hotel room. “He pinned me to one of the beds, face-down, and began touching my crotch through my leggings,” Veronica said. “I was shocked. When he saw he had scared me he laughed and said, ‘That made you uncomfortable, didn’t it?’”

When the two left the hotel room to go to the park, Veronica said Landis “tried to put his hand down my pants and up my shirt while we were waiting in line for rides, surrounded by children and families.”

“I was absolutely humiliated,” Veronica said. “I told him to stop and he didn’t. Halfway through the day, it escalated into him loudly shouting at me that he ‘wanted to fuck’ so we had to go back to the room.”

The next morning Veronica woke up in her hotel room and discovered Landis “performing oral sex on me, despite expressing the night before that I wasn’t interested in sex again.”

The Daily Beast also spoke with Ashley Heffington Dionne, a close friend of Callie Ray, who filed a sexual assault claim against Landis in 2008 but eventually dropped the case. Dionne said she witnessed Landis sexually assaulting Ray. Dionne and Ray were roommates at the time and one night she could hear Ray with a man who was not her boyfriend. Ray sounded “confused and delirious” so Dionne decided to investigate what was happening.

“I jumped out of my bed and walked into our shared living room to see Max over Callie on our couch,” Dionne said. “He was on top of her and her pants were off and he was thrusting and I could hear the sound of what he was doing. I yelled, ‘You need to leave right now!’ He got up, quickly pulling his pants up, and I physically rushed him, aggressively demanding he leave.”

IndieWire has reached out to Landis’ representative for further comment. Head over to The Daily Beast’s website to read the full exposé on Landis.

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'The View': Who Was the Most Disliked Host of All Time?

You’ll find an even divide on those who find The View essential viewing to gain perspective on today’s politics, or those who find it nothing but cacophonous morning TV chatter.

Whatever camp you fall into, the show would be nothing without its controversial hosts. Determining who the “most hated” have been over the years may be based on your own personal political ideologies.

While nobody should be hated, let’s take a minute to look at the hosts who some fans found the least appealing. A few of these created more than a few notable ruckuses on the set, sometimes in subtle ways.

Rosie O’Donnell

It’s kind of startling O’Donnell went from one of the most loved talk shows hosts in the ’90s when hosting her own afternoon show to one of the most reviled hosts on The View.

Your perspective on this probably comes from whether you agreed with her left-leaning politics. Even then, she sometimes became too brash for her own good and didn’t gain any points from both sides. This is the danger of becoming brutally honest about your politics in front of a national audience.

Making things worse is that O’Donnell couldn’t resist tearing into Melissa Hasselbeck who also couldn’t resist championing right-leaning political issues. When they both locked horns about Iraq during a 2007 show, O’Donnell quit.

Her public image suffered greatly in ensuing years. Regardless, she agreed to return to the show in 2014 for just one season. Since then, she’s mostly retreated from television appearances, perhaps based squarely on her controversial The View image.

Debbie Matenopoulos

One of the seemingly most-hated hosts behind-the-scenes was reportedly Debbie Matenopoulos who became the first host to be fired controversially. Apparently a lot of the cast didn’t like her off-camera, something that never followed up on as to why.

According to Matenopoulos herself, she was told by producers viewers hated her and that she was a horrible person. She tried to tell this story in an autobiography she never sold.

Some of Matenopoulos’s insinuations seem to say Barbara Walters was behind some of these rumors, adding some suspicion when you add a similar situation related to Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Matenopoulos still didn’t lack for finding other work as a TV host. Some of this included later work on the TV Guide Channel, then hosting Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck

Next to O’Donnell, there probably wasn’t any more volatile host who felt she was being sabotaged for her conservative politics. Hasselbeck quit the show in 2013 without any major scandal. She then went on to co-host Fox & Friends for a time on Fox News.

In more recent years, she’s mentioned she left the show under less than positive terms. Some audio surfaced of her exploding backstage for Barbara Walters telling her on-air to be more rational in arguing a case against a birth control pill.

Hasselbeck suggested Walters was more scheming behind the camera rather than the motherly figure she put forward in front of the cameras. Who’s to say who’s right? It does make us question whether Walters was controlling a lot more things in a subtle way than anybody really knew.

So, we ask: Should Walters be on this list?

We’ve all loved Barbara Walters for years for the news legacy she’s left us. She’s in questionable health now, so we don’t want to say anything negative on this short list.

However, some of the above situations with hosts makes us think she was maybe controlling The View’s political narrative and running out hosts who didn’t fit the mold.

Behind the curtain, maybe she hasn’t been entirely respected by everybody while still being a maternal figure.

Place her only in a theoretical category here, along with other notorious names like Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy, and (current host) Meghan McCain as strong runners-up.

McCain may end up at the top of the list as she creates a political tug-of-war at the table each week. Look out for this possibly boiling over someday, which could lead to a live “take this job and shove it” situation like we’ve never seen.

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Cast of ‘Big Brother’ Season 21 Has Been Revealed!

  • Again, the upcoming season of the popular CBS show will see people from various background, as it also includes a wine safari guide, competing to take the coveted $500,000 prize.

    AceShowbiz -Ahead of the premiere of “Big Brother” season 21, CBS has unleased 16 cast members for the upcoming season. Again, this season will see people from various background competing to take the coveted $500,000 prize.

    Among the cast are a therapist, a petroleum engineer, a Broadway dancer as well as a wine safari guide. Wine safari guide Holly Allen says that her favorite activities are fostering dogs, hiking with wine, and road-tripping with a camera in hand. Meanwhile, server Jackson Michie from Nashville, Tennessee, loves exercising, social events and hunting.

    Also competing in the new season is Isabella Wang. The 22-year-old public health analyst describes herself as someone who is “spontaneous, reckless and generous.” As for digital marketing executive Kathryn Dunn, she claims that she’s “reliable, hardworking and fun.”

    Season 21 of “Big Brother” will see Julie Chen returning to host. The new season is set to kick off with three weekly episodes starting with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, both at 8 P.M. on CBS.

    1. Holly Allen and Tommy Bracco

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    31-year-old Holly says she “spontaneous, sarcastic and relentless.” Meanwhile, Tommy (28) is an “optimistic, driven, and over-the-top” Broadway dancer from Staten Island, New York.

    2. Analyse Talavera and Ovi Kabir

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    Analyse (22) is a college soccer star who loves tanning and going to the beach. As for Ovi, the college student from Tennessee claims he’s “relatable, motivated and brown.”

    3. Jessica Milagros and Jack Matthews

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    CBS writes that Jessica is “30ish” and is currently working as a model. Meanwhile, Jack (28) is a fitness trainer who loves photography and hanging with his dog Layla.

    4. Nicole Anthony and David Alexander

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    Nicole is a 24-year-old pre-school aide who loves reading, listening to music and drawing. David, meanwhile, is a photographer who describes himself as “positive, charismatic” and has “high energy.”

    5. Christie Murphy and Sam Smith

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    Boutique owner Christie claims she is “outgoing, overachiever and edgy,” and loves to go to the park with her dog and do things in nature. Meanwhile, Sam is a truck driver who loves “playing basketball and having friends over for pool parties.”

    6. Kathryn Dunn and Cliff Hogg II

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    Coming from Texas, Kathryn says she loves “creating content and producing photo shoots for my friends and me.” As for Cliff, he is a Petroleum engineer who is “funny, stubborn and caring.”

    7. Kemi Faknule and Nick Maccarone

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    Marketing strategist Kemi is “very positive” and her motto is “what’s happened has happened, so deal with it in a way that benefits you.” Meanwhile, Nick is a therapist who likes “playing/watching sports, going to the city to drink/meet women and working.”

    8. Isabella Wang and Jackson Michie

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    Isabella’s favorite is somewhat relatable–spending other people’s money. As for Jackson, the server mentions that he is “driven, assertive and confident.”

  • ‘Pose’ Renewed For Season 3 By FX

    On the heels of its ratings-record-breaking season 2 premiere, FX has given an early third season renewal to its groundbreaking drama series Pose, from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

    The June 11 season two premiere of Pose was the most-watched telecast of the series, drawing 1.2 million Total Viewers and 572,00 Adults 18-49, generating series high ratings in Total Viewers, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54 and all key women demos. The season two premiere telecast also outperformed the series premiere episode by +10% in A18-49 and +7% in Total Viewers. In all, the premiere telecast, two encores and streaming have delivered 1.8 million Total Viewers in the first five days. Pose joins American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck and The Shield as FX drama series that outperformed their series premiere telecast.

    Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

    The second season premiere of Pose exceeded the season one average in all key adult demographics, including +9% in Adults 18-49 (572,000 vs. 524,000), +17% in Total Viewers (1.21 million vs. 1.04 million) and +29% in Adults 18-34 (214,000 vs. 166,000). The season two premiere also surpassed the season one average by +48% in Women 18-34, +28% in Women 18-49, and +33% in Women 25-54.

    Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s.

    Season 2 flashes forward in time to 1990. On the heels of the ballroom community establishing itself in pop culture and going mainstream, the House of Evangelista is forced to reevaluate their goals. Meanwhile, the AIDS crisis worsens and the reaction from a group of activists reaches a fever pitch.

    The series features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. The transgender cast includes Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside, Tony Award® winner Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside, Angel Bismark Curiel and Sandra Bernhard.

    The first season of Pose was named an AFI TV Program of the Year, and it won a Peabody Award, a Television Academy Honors Award, as well as two Golden Globe nominations and a Writers Guild of America nomination.

    Murphy, Falchuk and Canals executive produce with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Janet Mock is co-executive producer, Our Lady J is supervising producer, and Erica Kay, Lou Eyrich and Tanase Popa are producers. The ten-episode second season is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

    Pose returns tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 18th at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.

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    Who is Nicole Anthony on Big Brother 21? Preschool aide ready with jokes

    Nicole Anthony is now part of the Big Brother 21 cast. She was revealed as one of the 16 houseguests who are competing during the summer 2019 season. Can Nicole win the $500,000 cash prize?

    When CBS revealed the BB21 cast list on Monday, Nicole’s name was on it. Now, she will be competing against a Jason Momoa look-alike, a truck driver, and a big fan of Rachel Reilly.

    Will Nicole find herself in a strong position within the new cast? She thinks so, but that she may need to use the Diary Room to do some venting.

    Who is Nicole Anthony on Big Brother 21?

    Nicole is a preschool aide from Long Island, New York. She calls herself hardworking, determined, and hilarious. She also admitted to being a huge fan of the show. Will her expertise on past seasons help her out?

    Nicole seemed a bit nervous during her interview, but also very excited to receive her chance to play in the game that she has watched for years. She seems like someone who could be fun to watch and could seem familiar to some viewers, as well.

    She plans to keep her intelligence level and her fandom to herself. Nicole told Jeff that she wants to start the season slow and isn’t sure whether she wants to compete for the first Head of Household. As for possible downfalls, she is worried about her “New York mouth.”

    If she wins the money, Nicole wants to get her sisters cars. She mostly wants the title of Big Brother 21 winner, though, which would put her among the best players the game has seen over the years.

    Big Brother 2019 houseguests start date arrives

    Now that the BB21 cast has been introduced, it is nearly time for them to start playing the game. After being sequestered, the new houseguests will get moved inside the house, several days before the season premiere.

    According to the schedule released by CBS, the first episode airs on Tuesday, June 25. It starts at 8/7c and is just a one-hour installment to introduce the at-home audience to the new cast.

    Big Brother returns with new episodes on CBS during summer 2019.

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    Who is Kemi Faknule on Big Brother 21 cast? Rachel Reilly fan in action

    Kemi Faknule is now a member of the Big Brother 21 cast. She was revealed as one of the 16 new houseguests who will participate in the reality competition show during summer 2019.

    The entire BB21 cast was revealed on Monday, setting the stage for what could be a very exciting season of the show. Included in the group are a social media influencer, a Broadway dancer, and a fitness trainer.

    Kemi sat down with former houseguest Jeff Schroeder to do a pre-show interview ahead of the new season. She took that time to introduce herself and speak about her goals inside the house.

    Who is Kemi Faknule from Big Brother 21 cast?

    Kemi is a Maryland native who works as a marketing strategist. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she loves discovering new restaurants and shopping in her spare time.

    While speaking with Jeff, she noted that she wants to leave the show in a new tax bracket. This statement is a heavy hint that she wants to win the show, a goal she is willing to do nearly anything to accomplish.

    She stated that it is hard for her to bite her tongue when it comes to people getting under her skin. She also noted that it could be a downfall to her game while she is in the house.

    Kemi also said the people who annoy her are those people who are overly emotional. If that turns out to be true, then she could be in for a summer of annoyances.

    Big Brother TV show returns to CBS

    The long-running reality competition show is back. Now that the BB21 cast has been revealed, the countdown begins to the season premiere.

    According to the Big Brother 21 schedule for CBS, the first episode takes place on Tuesday, June 25. It’s the first night of a two-night premiere that will introduce the television audience to the new group of competitors.

    Big Brother will air new episodes of the show on CBS for summer 2019.

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    Big Little Lies 2 deftly delivers more powerful punches through Streep

    There’s a bracing exchange early in the first episode of the new season of Big Little Lies (Mondays, Fox Showcase, 11am). Grieving mother and grandmother Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) looks out from behind her spectacles with her keen, bright eyes and says to Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), whom she’s just met, “You’re very short. I’m sorry, I don’t mean it in a negative way. Maybe I do. I find little people to be untrustworthy.”

    Rather than the gut punch that it actually is, the bald insult is delivered in a deceptively mild, butter-wouldn’t-melt voice, as a kind of musing observation. And it understandably renders the generally voluble Madeline speechless.

    With that early “Oh wow” encounter, several things become strikingly apparent about the new season of Big Little Lies. It’s hard to imagine any casting wish-list aiming higher than Streep and, yes, she’s a terrific addition to the already impressive ensemble. The second, seven-part season of this drama series also has surprises aplenty in store. And it was a good decision to build on the success of the first season, to extend the story beyond Liane Moriarty’s novel, because this screenplay looks to have more than enough material to keep the story and its characters developing in a style that’s dramatically compelling and a lot of fun to watch. This is a production that’s clearly in capable hands, on screen and off.

    Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep in the returning season of Big Little Lies.Credit:Fox Showcase

    In addition to the other disruptions that she provokes in the California coastal community that she’s visiting in order to lend support to her dead son’s family, Mary Louise establishes herself in a few short, sharp, beautifully written scenes as an unsettling force cloaked in grandmotherly garb: disarming, scarily perceptive, ruthless, unpredictable and resolutely unapologetic. Her startling, anguished dinner-table scream only amplifies the impression: she throws people off balance and she operates by her own rules. So this is where the recently deceased Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) came from.

    Madeline is a close friend of Mary Louise’s now-widowed daughter-in-law, Celeste (Nicole Kidman), and Witherspoon ended up being slightly over-shadowed by her cast mate and producing partner Kidman in the acclaimed first season of Lies. Kidman deserved the kudos. She delivered a customarily brave and subtly nuanced performance as an outwardly composed woman struggling to conceal the complex truth of her violent marriage. She’s nothing if not brave, in her career choices and her performances.

    But Witherspoon, with a less explosive storyline for her character – tiger mom and unfaithful wife – also nailed the many shades of the pushy, brightly determined, motor-mouthed, loyal, big-hearted Madeline Martha Mackenzie. She made it easy to appreciate Madeline’s energy and drive, and still be irritated by her steam-rolling style.

    The original cast returns for series two of Big Little Lies. From left, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern. Credit:HBO/Fox Showcase

    Madeline is now a member of the “Monterey Five”, the mothers bonded by their presence at a school function where, at the end of the last season, they witnessed the accident that killed Perry. Furious that she planned to leave him, he attacked Celeste and Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) impulsively intervened to stop him.

    Over its first season, Lies united a handful of school mums, and there’s nothing saccharine about their sisterhood. While they’re linked by a shocking event, they’re also divided by class, race, money, history and family circumstances. Bonnie is married to Madeline’s former husband. Jane (Shailene Woodley) was raped by Perry and is now a single mother to his son. It might sound soapy, but it’s not.

    Distinguished by a deft intelligence that is also evident in Moriarty’s novel and developed by award-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley, Lies subverts stereotypes and pops with constant surprises. Packed with plot, the new season, which grew from a 200-page novella by Moriarty, extends the storylines for each of the women in thoughtful ways that fit fluidly with what we’ve previously known about them while also pivoting into the unexpected.

    Jane is happily dancing alone on the beach, enjoying a new job at the aquarium and tentatively entertaining the possibility of romance. Bonnie is depressed, wracked by guilt and unable to talk to anyone about her pain. Renata (Laura Dern), still unabashedly ambitious and avaricious, is confronted by a crisis when her husband is arrested by the FBI, affecting her reputation and her financial security. The reliably excellent Dern has grabbed this role with gusto and turned a character who, in less skilled hands, might be rendered a monster into a fully fleshed hot mess who we see in all her arrogance and vulnerability.

    Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright in Big Little Lies. Credit:HBO/Fox Showcase

    There’s a lot going on in this upper-middle-class, predominantly white coastal enclave and it offers a sense of why so many of Moriarty’s books have been optioned for screen adaptation. She creates vibrant communities and brings an astute yet compassionate eye to observing their inhabitants and their customs and values. Often she’ll also weave a murder mystery into her stories, which helps propel the plot and is catnip for TV producers.

    Here, she give us all kinds of mothers and all kinds of partners. As well, the impact on children of the words and actions of the adults around them is a recurrent theme.

    Marrying Moriarty’s solid foundation with Kelley’s skill for character development, dialogue, plotting, pacing and bursts of humour has created a dynamic production. One can only hope that the Moriarty adaptations to come are handled with the dexterity that has so far distinguished Big Little Lies.

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