Thursday, January 08, 2015

Welcome Back, John Travolta; El Rey Network Gets Dark Angel

John Travolta

Welcome back indeed! In his first television starring role since Welcome Back, Kotter, award-winning actor and producer John Travolta will star as defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, from Executive Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto. The two-time Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globe(R) Award winning Travolta will portray Shapiro, a key member of O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team" during the sensational murder trial. He will also serve as a producer of the 10 episode miniseries. Travolta joins a stellar cast which includes David Schwimmer as O.J. Simpson's confidant and attorney Robert Kardashian, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, and Emmy(R) and Golden Globe Award nominated actress Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, who currently stars in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the miniseries is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. John Travolta will next be seen starring opposite Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan in The Forger. Travolta recently completed production on three feature films: Criminal Activities, a crime thriller co-starring Michael Pitt and directed by Jackie Earle Haley, In A Valley of Violence, a revenge-driven western co-starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Ti West, and Life On The Line, an action/drama co-starring Kate Bosworth and directed by David Hackl.


Dark Angel

Join El Rey Network as the Dark Angel Complete Series Marathon kicks off on Friday, January 9 at 8pm ET with over 40 hours of the James Cameron created post-apocalyptic 'Dark Angel' featuring Max Guevera (Jessica Alba), the genetically-enhanced super-soldier gone rogue after escaping from the covert government biotech facility as a child. The series chronicles her efforts to live a normal life while eluding capture by government agents and searching for her genetically-enhanced brothers and sisters who have dispersed after escape. The Dark Angel Marathon airs Friday, January 9 at 8:00pm ET and runs through Sunday, January 11 at 3:00pm ET featuring back-to-back episodes of the entire series along with introductions by El Rey Network creator Robert Rodriquez and series star Jessica Alba. El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the channel finder at http://bit.ly/ElReyChannelfinder