Saturday, April 19, 2008

BREAKING: Casting Update on Whedon's "Dollhouse"

By Heather Chin

According to the Ausiello Report, there are three new casting confirmations for Joss Whedon's upcoming Fox series, "Dollhouse."

Harry Lennix, formerly of "Commander in Chief" and a guest stint on "24," has been tapped to portray Boyd, an ex-cop who acts as a bodyguard to Eliza Dushku's Echo. Also, Miracle Laurie will play plus-sized doll November, whose comforting and radiant presence tends to get her fewer of the criminal gigs and more of the personal ones. Laurie's previous credits are unknown as of the time of this posting.

In more exciting news (at least to Whedon and Buffyverse fans), "Angel" vet, Amy Acker, will be joining the show's cast in the recurring role of Dr. Claire Saunders, the "smart yet sad looker-after of the tdtolls who may or may not have a crush on nerdy programmer Topher (Fran Kranz).

Dollhouse was pitched and given the green light back before the writer's strike went down, so casting has been able to get under way pretty quickly since negotiations concluded in March. The story is about a sort of lab - the dollhouse - where humans who have been engineered to exist without a personal identity are rented out and programmed with the persona requested by a customer's whim. Dushku, of "Tru Calling" and "Buffy" fame, is set to star as Echo, a female doll who begins to think for herself, thus threatening to blow the roof off of the Dollhouse.

Previous Dollhouse castings include Olivia Williams (who recently portrayed Jane Austen in a BBC biopic), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Fran Kranz (Welcome to the Captain), Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj.

Hulk Hogan Gets Sued Over Son’s Car Crash

Written by: Heather Chin
(previously published on on March 25, 2008)

Since Hogan’s son is a minor, the injured passenger considers him and estranged wife Linda liable for damages.

According to a report by the AP, Hulk Hogan and estranged wife Linda are being sued by John Graziano, a passenger in the car being driven by Hogan’s son, 17-year-old Nicholas Bollea. Graziano was critically injured in last year’s crash and will require care for the rest of his life.

The civil suit was brought this Monday in reference to the August 26, 2007 car crash in downtown Clearwater, Florida, when the wrestling icon’s son lost control of his Toyota Supra and crashed into a tree. Also named in the suit is Daniel Jacobs, a friend of Nicholas Bollea's and the driver of a Dodge Viper that was engaged in “light to light racing” in the moments before the crash, reports E! News.

Millions of dollars in damages will be sought from Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, as he and his wife are considered accountable for their son’s “reckless and negligent” driving. As Kimberly Kohn, one of the lawyers hired by Graziano’s father, put it, “[The Hogans] not only encouraged it, but they did not take appropriate action to stop it and to protect the safety of the public.”

Graziano, 23, was not wearing a seatbelt, but whether that would have any affect on the terms of his suit is unclear. After the crash, he was semiconscious and left on a ventilator. Although not being held liable in this suit, the teenaged Bollea is facing a criminal charge of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury.

Messages left with Hulk Hogan’s publicist by E! News were not immediately returned.

Hogan is currently one of the hosts of NBC’s revival of the '90s hit, American Gladiators, where contestants compete in athletic challenges, and rose to fame in the past couple of decades for his wrestling exploits with the World Wrestling Federation.