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‘Angel’ Cast Reunites for EW Cover!

The cast of Angel has reunited for an Entertainment Weekly cover, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show! Read the article in the press library, watch the clip below, and view the cover & photoshoot in the gallery; links & previews are below, enjoy!

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Scans From 2019 > Entertainment Weekly (US) – June 28
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EW: Spoiler Room

Anything on The Gifted? I wish Amy Acker were playing a mutant! — Megan
Hey, she’s got plenty coming up, even as a mom without mutant powers. As Caitlin Strucker, she’ll have a lot of internal drama to wrestle with: “When she finds out that her kids are mutants and that her daughter has actually been hiding this from them for a few years and that her son is just finding his abilities, it really starts her questioning whether she’s been believing all the wrong things all this time,” Acker teases. “Maybe she hasn’t spoken up for the things she should have, and maybe she’s been too complacent. It’s a really interesting part to think about: Even if something doesn’t affect us, should we have been fighting for that?” In other words, don’t expect Acker to play a shrinking violet when things start spiraling out of control.

Source: EW

Gifted Boss Assures Amy Acker Fans: Mom of Mutants Is a ‘Badass Warrior’

Many thanks to Matt at TVLine for thinking of us Amy fans!

Have no fear, Amy Acker is once again playing a person of great interest, in her new role on Fox’s The Gifted.

Premiering Monday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c (leading out of Lucifer), the Marvel series stars Acker and True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer as Caitlin and Reed Strucker, the parents of two teens whose latent mutant abilities have surfaced — at a time when to be a publicly “practicing” mutant is extremely illegal and will get you detained by the government’s Sentinel Services.

Because the kids (played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes-White) — as well as mutant underground members such as Eclipse, Thunderbird, Polaris and Blink — possess the whiz-bang skills, those who relished Acker’s recent run as Person of Interest’s running-and-gunning Root (and Angel‘s Fred-as-Illyria, among other such roles) have fretted that she is now playing “just a mom.”

The Gifted showrunner Matt Nix, however, assures that Caitlin is very much “a badass.”

As the Burn Notice alum explained to TVLine, “One of the things that was central to my original pitch was talking about the evolution of Cailtin, from a suburban mom who’s working as a nurse.

Given her profession, “She does have this specific skill that nobody else has,” Nix continued, “and it turns out that being the only one who knows about medicine among the mutants… well, mutant medicine is a big, interesting place for the show to go.”

That said, Nix stressed, “Neither is she just ‘the doctor,’” that “over the course of the show I really love the idea of showing the evolution of a suburban mom into an underground warrior.”

And given that she apparently is 2-for-2 in birthing mutants, might Mom herself be revealed to boast any special abilities? “There will be fun things to explore in the Strucker backstory,” Nix answered with a smile. “I promise.”

EW: The Gifted team explains X-Men connection

Fox is bringing the X-Men to the small screen this fall on The Gifted.

The Gifted follows a suburban couple, Reed and Caitlin Strucker (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker), whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children (Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White) possess mutant powers — made more complicated by the fact that Reed works for the government in hunting down the mutant underground.

But the question remains: Where does The Gifted fit into the world of the movies — both the old generation headed up by Patrick Stewart and the new with James McAvoy?

“One of the great favors that Days of Future Past did for all of us is establish there are many streams, so one answer is we exist in one of those streams,” executive producer Matt Nix said Friday during The Gifted‘s panel at Comic-Con, moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Tim Stack. “The idea is that this is definitely its own universe. We’re not in the same exact timeline as any particular movie or comic, but that said we do share some characters with the movies and comics. The idea is we’re doing our own thing. As they say, there are many streams.”

Hence, the show can feature a character like Blink, who was portrayed by Fan Bingbing in Days of Future Past, but will now be portrayed by Once Upon a Time alum Jamie Chung. Among the other heroes we’ll see include Eclipse/Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont), and Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford).

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2016 Reader’s Choice Performer of the Year – Amy Acker

There’s a wonderful article at SpoilerTV regarding Amy’s acting on Person of Interest and it’s such a lovely read! Congratulations Amy, you truly deserve to be the ‘Choice Performer of the Year’!

…Throughout the year, SpoilerTV sought to allow the fans to honor the performers who so often get forgotten by other sites and in fact, by many if not all award shows. The fans chose wisely throughout the year making for a wild showdown to crown SpoilerTV’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Performer of the Year. After a fierce battle, it was Amy Acker who played Samantha “Root” Groves from the dearly departed CBS series Person of Interest who claimed the title.

Throughout her illustrious career, Amy Acker has built up an impressive resume of beloved characters. Whether she is playing a good character, a morally ambiguous one, or a cold-hearted evil one, her fans flock to watch her. Not every actress is capable of jumping between good and bad characters and usually end up typecast as one or the other. Acker has made a great effort to ensure that her resume was diverse enough to allow her access to almost any type of role, good character or bad. It’s because of that willingness to take on roles across all lines of morality that have ensured that she will always be an in-demand actress. Acker got her first major break in the Joss Whedon series Angel and her career took off from there. She has dabbled around in many genres seemingly determined to not get locked down into one type of character. Though, it has been clear from the start that action based characters suit her best. She can fire guns and fend off bad guys as though she were an expert fighter. In truth, as she has revealed in more than a few interviews, she’s a bit of a klutz in real life. When she’s in character and in the midst of some big action sequence the audience doesn’t question, even for a second, her ability to pull off the part.

All of that likely factored into her landing the part of Root on Person of Interest. This was a complex series with complex characters, and Root was perhaps the most complicated of them all. At any given time, her loyalties were called into question, but when it mattered she always came through for the team. Both psychotic and unhinged, even per her own admissions, Root always seemed to have a soft spot for the good guys. Sure, she shot at them, kidnapped them, tortured them, beat them up, etc., but at the end of the day, she let them go on their way. In the end, after many trials and tribulations Root found herself a part of the team. This transition could have felt very forced, but because of brilliant writing and exceptional acting, it felt like an organic evolution for the character. She didn’t necessarily go through a redemption arc, but instead she just sort of slid into a spot on the team as they began to work together. It took everyone time to learn to trust her.

Even during the tumultuous times, Acker presented Root in a way that intrigued the audience. Root was never fully evil nor ever fully good. She was her own person living her own life for a mission that she felt destined to partake in with people she trusted. Acker brought life to every intense moment with such realism that it was easy for an audience member to get caught up in the action. It is a true testament to any performer when they deliver such a realistic performance that for that moment in time the barrier of the screen disappears and the audience feels as though they are right in the middle of it all.

That’s when a performer goes from great, even amazing, to exceptionally extraordinary. Many, if not all, of the 2016 SpoilerTV Performers of the Month can fit into this elite category, but not all can consistently maintain it. Acker’s ability to engage the audience in such a high-level way wasn’t just a one-off deal. In fact, she did it and still does do it in every single performance no matter what character she is portraying. To reach this level of acting and to be so proficient in the portrayal of characters that even she admits are far from who she is as a real person is exceptional. She operates at an acting level that many of her peers can reach, but simply can’t steadily deliver. Every character Acker has ever played has evolved her acting in a different way, but Root took her to a whole new level. Impressive for an actress that was already operating at the top of her field, whether it’s the fact that Root presented new and interesting challenges or that the show just gave her more liberties to do her thing, the performances she delivered were even above her prior bests. She’s truly gifted and an exceptional performer who is very deserving of all the praise she receives.

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Sarah Shahi teases more Root and Shaw moments in season 5

Though Person of Interest won’t be back until midseason, fans can already look forward to Sarah Shahi’s return as Shaw and a deeper dive into the M.I.A. character’s relationship with Root (Amy Acker).

Shahi and Acker, along with castmates Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, and Kevin Chapman stopped by the EW and SiriusXM studio at New York Comic Con Sunday to preview the fifth season of the CBS drama and to tease some juicy upcoming moments. “There’s some really nice Root/Shaw stuff coming up,” Shahi said. “I think some things that the fans have been waiting for, I think some exploration that the fans deserve to see at this point, so that was a pretty big thing that we recently filmed.”

While the actresses wouldn’t reveal whether viewers can look forward to another liplock between Root and Shaw, Acker emphasized their characters’ connection. “For Team Machine, we’ve all been searching for Shaw, so we have this real dynamic between, do we put our energy into finding Shaw, or saving the Machine,” she said. “That’s where this season picks up, and it’s a real struggle for my character.”

Emerson then pointed out that the truncated fifth season could be the show’s last, given its move to midseason. But even if the show’s headed toward a series finale, he tells fans not to worry, because the show will go out with countless twists and turns.

“I think something that is exciting to look forward to is this may be the last 13 episodes of the show ever,” he explained. “So there’s going to be some climaxes, there’s going to be some wrapping up, [and] I assume casualties, transformations, endings of all sorts.”

Person of Interest returns 2016 on CBS.

Source: EW

5 Badass Female TV Characters In STEM

This article was published last month, but I felt it deserved a reminder, since Amy appears on the list twice! A well deserved recognition!

Lee Zlotoff’s “The Next MacGyver” Competition launched in February with the goal to create an environment for young women to thrive as hopeful engineers. Zlotoff’s aim to use the MacGyver legacy to inspire a generation by providing female engineers to look up to in the media is as commendable as it is exciting, especially given the idea that “MacGyver” has become synonymous with ingenuity and imagination. With this competition, we’ll hopefully see more women in television associated with it.

Though the contest doesn’t guarantee that any of the five winning ideas will see a green light, the fact that they’ll have the help of distinguished engineers and practiced Hollywood producers favorably tips the odds. The finalists’ ideas aren’t too shabby, either.

Before we see any of those come to life, however, here’s a toast to some of my favorite ladies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics who’ve already graced television and, an added bonus, an instance in which they have “MacGyvered.”

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Zap2it: “The numbers don’t lie”

An article that I agree with, whole-heartedly! Read the full article in the press library; an extract is posted below.

“Person of Interest” has always been a good show, but for about three and a half seasons it’s been a great to amazing show. Part of that is the fascinating story about law, order, and technology. It would be easy for “Person of Interest” to become a knock-off “Terminator” franchise — the Machine and Samaritan bear quite a resemblance to the battle of the T-800 and the T-1000, after all — but it is wholly its own original sci-fi program.

The other part of the show’s greatness is, of course, its cast. The addition of Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker to the boys’ club of Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson has been praised for ages, but it (like the show, in general) has gone largely unnoticed by those people who hold the key to awards nominations. Now, in the fifth episode of the fourth season of this, a hit CBS television series, it’s impossible to stay quiet about one very important truth: a crime will be committed if Amy Acker is not nominated for an Emmy (or even a Golden Globe) as a result of this episode of television.

It will be a crime of poor judgment and taste, but it will still be a crime.

The underlying issue in this episode is simple enough. It shows the toll that this life — both as vigilantes and people living in a Samaritan-infested world — can take on these characters. Reese is riddled with a hero complex and a death wish, Harold has lost faith in the Machine ever really being a force of good, and Root simply has too much faith. Shaw, on the other hand, is pretty great. This is what she loves, after all. Good for her. Also, Jason Ritter’s fantastic guest spot as number/pollster Simon Lee examines how easy it is to fall into this life, and it allows for the question of whether or not it’s better to stay in the dark about all of chaos.

For our protagonists, there is no choice.

Root’s part of the story here begins with her doing what she does, changing identities literally as often as she changes clothes. One minute she’s a United Nations translator, the next she’s a journalist. It’s all what the Machine wants of her, and who is she to deny her god?

Source: Zap2it

Hallmark Channel’s Movie of the Week “The Write Man”

I came across an article about Amy’s The Write Man co-star, Camille Mitchell, where she had some lovely things to say about Amy and the cast & crew. Full article is posted below; happy reading!

Actress Camille Mitchell best known for her long running role on the CW hit television series “Smallville” and one of Canada’s most celebrated stage actresses is headed back to the small screen with a leading role in the Hallmark Channel’s Movie of the week, “The Write Man” with two of television’s hottest young actors, Amy Acker and Dylan Bruce.

“The Write Man” directed by Mark Griffiths is a charming made for TV romantic drama. Camille plays Jackie Billicks, the New York literary agent of novelist Liam Bradley, played by Dylan Bruce; she is his mentor, confidant and Cupid when his career and personal life collide as he romantically pursues Sophie, played by Amy Acker. “The Write Man” is produced by Ian Hay and Larkin-Goldstein Productions and written by Beverly Nuako and Hans Wasserburger.

Camille has been delighted to be a part of “The Write Man” and states that “working with Amy and Dylan and Mark, our director, has been such a joy, a lot of laughter and a lot of hard work. There was a lot of competition for this role and I was thrilled to get it. It has truly been one of my favorite film experiences. Just a wonderful group of people to work with and an absolute pleasure to be on set every day” Audiences will be in for a treat when “The Write Man” debuts on the Hallmark Channel later this year.

Source: The Promotion People

Director Stuart C. Paul Discusses His Short THE LORD OF CATAN

A lovely interview with The Lord of Catan director, Stuart C. Paul, about the film short itself and how Amy & Fran got involved.

Games can bring out both the best and worst in us. One minute you’re stealing fictional resources from someone, and the next you’re arguing about every mistake and disagreement you’ve ever had. It can get ugly. Stuart C. Paul’s Kickstarted short, The Lord of Catan, captures the passionate feelings on both ends of the spectrum that go hand in hand with gaming. The black comedy stars Amy Acker and Fran Kranz as a married couple who face off in “epic struggle for dominance” as they play the Settlers of Catan mobile game.

The Lord of Catan is funny, endearing, bizarre, and dark. It hits a lot of notes during its 13 minute run time, and all too many of them are relatable. We spoke with Paul about how the short developed, the challenges of filming with a limited set, and the surprising ending (I’ll keep it as spoiler free as possible).

Nerdist: Settlers of Catan is clearly a part of the short so I’m curious: was it an obsession or hobby of yours, or did it just happen to fit the bill for the story?

Stuart Paul: Usually the things I work on are from crazy whacked-out universes that populate my head, but every once in a while the universe slaps something right in front of you. It happens. You don’t need to put a lot of bells and whistles on it. I found out about the game through a friend who had it on her iPad, and that just got me hooked. I played the board game and then ended up getting the app for my iPad, and my wife and I would play it a lot. Then one night I was getting into it with her and we were just – it was just one of those perfect storms of screwing each other over [in the game] that escalated. It was funny as it was happening. And I realized, well, here is a contained movie about two people playing this game that I could make, and I didn’t really see much point in changing what the game was.

I wasn’t trying to make any statement about the game itself, but the way you try to teach someone the game – because I’ve been through this a number of times with friends – there’s an initial period of silence and confusion. Eventually the tide breaks, and they start to get into it and enjoy it. It’s a game that encapsulated a lot of, in a very simple concise way, a lot of the mind boggling rules that if you throw them out really fast can overwhelm people.

N: Tell me how Amy Acker and Fran Kranz got involved.

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