The Newsroom star Alison Pill has found her follow-up role.

The actress has been tapped to co-star in ABC’s Jenna Bans drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, one of pilot season’s hottest projects, centers on the return of local politician Claire’s (Joan Allen) young son (The Way, Way Back’s Liam James), formerly presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier, and the shock waves it sends through his tight-knit family. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the police officer responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.
Pill is set as Willa Warren, Claire and Peter’s daughter. The character is intelligent, extremely organized, efficient, strategic and a bit uptight, and serves as her mother’s campaign manager in her race for governor. Willa is described as the “puppet master pulling all the strings” who lost the twinkle in her eye when her little brother went missing. She feels responsible for his disappearance, as she was with him when he vanished.

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The Newsroom‘s Thomas Sadoski is set as a lead opposite Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt in Life in Pieces, CBS’ single-camera cabralcomedy pilot from 20th TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Also cast in the pilot, written by Justin Adler, is Angelique Cabral (Enlisted). The project is about one family, the Shorts, as told through the separate stories of its different family members. Sadoski plays middle sibling Matt Short who can’t catch a break, the most recent being a failed career that has forced him back home with his parents. Hanks and Brandt play the other two siblings, with Dianne Wiest as the trio’s mother. Cabral plays Colleen, the woman Matt has just fallen in love with who is stuck in a messy breakup with her ex-fiancé.

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It’s going to be a hot ticket! Second Stage Theatre has just announced that film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) will make her off- Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC’s The Slap) in the upcoming world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE’s drama, THE WAY WE GET BY. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production will begin previews on April 28, 2015 and officially open on May 20, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street.

Hot Ticket! Amanda Seyfried to Make Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute’s THE WAY WE GET BYThis two-character play will star Seyfried and Sadoski as Beth and Doug: two people who have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is a very awkward encounter after spending one hot night together following a drunken wedding reception they attend. They wake up to a blurry morning where the rules of attraction, sex and society are waiting for them before their first cup of coffee, leading them to ponder how much they really know about each other and how much they really care about what other people think. A world premiere from one of our most provocative storytellers, THE WAY WE GET BY is a play about love and lust and the whole damn thing.
THE WAY WE GET BY will feature set design by Neil Patel, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Matthew Frey, and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Casting by Telsey + Co., Will Cantler. The previously announced Tatiana Maslany has withdrawn from the production due to filming schedule conflicts.

For subscription, group, or single ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company’s website, www.2ST.com. All performances are staged at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue).

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Sam Waterston, long identified with the New York Shakespeare Festival and most recently King Lear in a production there, will play Prospero this summer in The Tempest, the first of two free Shakespeare In The Park presentations at the Delacorte Theater. Michael Greif will direct the show, which is slated to begin performances May 27 and run through July 5.

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES ANNOUNCES START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON STEVE JOBS

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, January 27, 2015—Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, HBO’s The Newsroom), working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Source Code), Guymon Casady (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hope Springs) of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire, Selma).

Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) will play Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet (The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen (Neighbors, The Interview), and Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom, Good Night, and Good Luck.) stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Being Flynn) as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Other members of the cast include Perla Haney-Jardine (Future Weather), Ripley Sobo (Winter’s Tale) and Makenzie Moss (upcoming Do You Believe?) as young Lisa Brennan at various stages of her life, Sarah Snook (Predestination) as Andrea Cunningham, as well as Adam Shapiro (A Single Man) as Avie Tevanian.

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Jeff Daniels and the rest of the fictional journalists employed at Atlantis Cable News exited ‘The Newsroom’ last month.

Although the HBO drama concluded after three seasons what Mr. Daniels learned in his role as anchor Will McAvoy on the series apparently stayed with him. Mr. Daniels was recently in the Washington, D.C. area touring behind his sixth album ‘Days Like These.’ Although his focus was on the album and the then-recently released movie ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ with Jim Carrey, he spoke about news with the authority of a true journalist or at least a true student of journalism.

“This isn’t a right or left message. I wish people would understand that. It’s not about politics,” said Mr. Daniels of the underlying theme of the series, which was principally written by creator Aaron Sorkin. “This is a message of news balance, of the need for people to stay as informed as possible.”

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Leave it to Don Keefer to document the major moments! Right after the New Year, actress Alison Pill announced her engagement to actor Joshua Leonard, flashing her ring on Instagram. But behind the scenes (as always) was Pill’s Newsroom costar and on-screen ex Tom Sadoski, who played producer Don Keefer on the HBO journalism drama.
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“I had been on a rocky mountain top in Joshua Tree, and Tommy Sadoski, who is like my older brother, who plays Don [Keefer] on The Newsroom, documented with his camera the entire thing,” Pill, 29, told Us Weekly at the L.A. premiere for her fiancé’s new HBO series Togetherness on Jan. 6.

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Emmy-award winning actor Jeff Daniels first picked up a guitar when he moved to New York City in the 1970s to try and make it as an actor. He’s long since made it in the acting world, starring in “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “The Newsroom.” He’s also an accomplished musician who is about to hit the road with his son’s band.

But when he first moved to New York, he just wanted to learn how to play guitar.

“I moved to New York City in ’76 and threw a guitar into the back of the car. I always wanted to learn how to play it,” Daniels said.

“And I had a feeling I would sitting around my one-room apartment in New York City waiting for the phone to ring as an actor and, to keep myself sane, I thought I would learn how to play the guitar.”

In the years after he moved to New York, Daniels was inspired by playwrights he knew from acting in off-Broadway productions to start writing songs. “I would just go back to my apartment and start writing songs in my notebook, because I wanted to do what they were doing,” Daniels said. “And I wasn’t going to write a play or movie that anyone was going to produce. I was just no-name actor in New York City, but that was a good outlet for me, to write and throw it into the notebook.

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Popular Mechanics has never been hotter!
Olivia Munn graces the cover of the mag’s February 2015 issue, and inside its pages, the Mortdecai star gets geeky talking about her love for gadgets and also shows off some serious cleavage.
Don’t be confused by the 34-year-old actress’s feminine curves, though—she’s a total tomboy.
“My sisters were always doing makeup and curlers, and I wasn’t interested in that,” she recalls. “As early as I can remember, when we’d all be kicked outside for the summer, my brothers and I would make a huge fort and string out the electricity from inside and build an air-conditioning unit. In the winter we built igloos. We made them so perfect that we’d be sweating inside. For fun, occasionally we’d decide to do something like make our own batteries out of pennies. We’d just create.”

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