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Writer Issues Lawsuit Over 'Ray Donovan'

February 15th, 2014 2:30pm EST
Writer Issues Lawsuit Over 'Ray Donovan'
A writer has issued a lawsuit against bosses at the Showtime TV network alleging he came up with the initial idea for crime drama Ray Donovan.

Brian Larsen is suing for damages, claiming he wrote the premise of a middle-aged man who kills for cash and pitched it to Showtime bosses in 2010 but was turned away.

He also claims several subsequent plot lines were based on his ideas, including the story of a basketball player caught up in a sex scandal.

In addition to compensation, Larsen is also demanding a halt in the production of the crime drama, according to TMZ.com.

'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 2014 Golden Globes Nominations

December 12th, 2013 9:50am EST
American Hustle
American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave are going head-to-head at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards after landing six nominations each.

The dramatic comedy will go up against Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Wolf of Wall Street for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy.

Its stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams scored a mention for Best Performance In A Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), while Jennifer Lawrence picked up a nod for her supporting role and David O. Russell landed a nomination for Best Director.

The film also picked up a Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nod.

Steve McQueen's 1...

Ray Donovan producer sentenced to house arrest

November 25th, 2013 8:30pm EST
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A producer who worked on Liev Schreiber's new U.S. TV drama Ray Donovan has been sentenced to six months on house arrest for his part in an online sports betting ring.

Bryan Zuriff faced up to a year behind bars for helping to run illegal high-stakes gambling operations linked to a Russian crime mob in New York and Los Angeles.

In July (13), he pleaded guilty to a charge of accepting a financial instrument in connection with unlawful Internet gambling, and he won the support of his actor friend Jon Voight, who stars on Ray Donovan, as well as directors Judd Apatow and Peter Berg, who all ...

Jon Voight pleads for mercy in producer pal's gambling case

November 12th, 2013 3:20am EST
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Actor Jon Voight has written to a New York judge pleading for leniency in a producer pal's gambling ring sentencing.

Bryan Zuriff, who works behind the scenes on Voight's hit new U.S. TV drama Ray Donovan, faces a year behind bars for his part in an online sports betting syndicate reportedly tied to Russian gangsters.

He will learn his fate on 25 November (13) after pleading guilty, but ahead of his sentencing, the executive producer has written a letter to New York judge Jesse M. Furman begging for mercy.

And in court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, he has some big names b...

'Ray Donovan' Season 1 Finale: The Beginning Of Redemption

September 24th, 2013 1:09pm EDT
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An altogether fine and satisfying season 1 finale of Ray Donovan last night, wrapping up lots of loose ends in this strange, twisted, compellingly human yarn.

Ray finally confronts Mickey about what we guessed before and knew for a fact last week:  Ray was molested by Fr. O'Connor, and his rage at Mickey derived from Mickey's beating Ray when Ray the 10-year old told Mickey, and received a beating in response.  That plus Mickey doing nothing when O'Connor did the same to Bunch.   That sort of anger could not be assuaged even when Mickey spent years in prison.  It all made sense.

But neith...

'Ray Donovan' Season 1 Episode 10: Poetry And Death

September 11th, 2013 9:50am EDT
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Ray Donovan has definitely hit its stride in the past few episodes, putting up easily the best episode so far with 1.10 this past Sunday.

The theme is the coming to a head of Ray's hiring of Sully to kill Ray's father Mickey.  Although the logic of television went against the removal of Jon Voight and his inspired performance as Mickey, the build-up to how Sully was a gunshot away from killing Mickey, and how Mickey managed to dodge that, was both harrowing and brilliant.

It was also poetic.  Roseanna Arquette's Linda was spooked in the previous episode, when the ever wanting to be helpfu...

'Ray Donovan' 1.7 and Whitey Bulger

August 13th, 2013 8:52pm EDT
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Just as Showtime's Ray Donovan is really picking up steam, the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston comes to a head with a verdict.   Showtime must be delighted with the coincidence - it almost makes up for the Showtime (Viacom-CBS) dispute with Time Warner which has deprived New York City viewers of Ray Donovan, Dexter, and much more.  On that issue, I say a pox on both your houses - Viacom and Time Warner, you both are worth billions, give the viewers a break, one or both of you accept a little less, and get on with it.  (See my comments on this in The Christian Science Monitor.)  But I digress-...

Ray Donovan producer admits guilt in sports betting ring

July 28th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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TV producer Bryan Zuriff is facing up to five years behind bars after pleading guilty to running a high-stakes sports betting ring linked to a Russian crime mob.

The 44 year old, an executive producer for Liev Schreiber's new drama Ray Donovan, confessed to his involvement in illegal betting books in Los Angeles and New York during a Big Apple court hearing on Thursday (25Jul13), when he admitted to accepting a financial instrument in connection with unlawful Internet gambling.

Zuriff was one of 34 people indicted in April (13) in relation to organised crime enterprises run by Russian-Ame...

Ray Donovan Official Trailer Released

May 14th, 2013 11:13pm EDT
Ray Donovan Showtime
Showtime has released the official trailer for the new drama 'Ray Donovan' which premieres Sunday, June 30th at 10PM ET/PT, immediately following Dexter. 

About the Series
Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN does the dirty work for LA’s top power players. The new one-hour series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to-guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar winner Jon Voigh...

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