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Much like the Faces of 2016, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year.

Here are my predictions for the faces of 2017 (in no particular order):


1. Malachi Kirby – The British actor landed the plum role of Kunta Kinte in the History Channel remake of the classic telefilm Roots by author Alex Haley. He will follow that up with roles in the upcoming box office film Fallen based on the book of the same name by author Lauren Kate and he will provide his voice to the video game Squadron 42.


2. Stephan James – Stephan appeared as legendary Olympic athlete Jesse Owens in the box office film Race that was released in February of this year. Prior to that he was in the box office films When the Game Stands Tall and Selma; and he had a recurring role in the TV series L.A. Complex and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He will next be seen in the highly anticipated FOX event series Shots Fired that will air on FOX during mid-season of 2017.


3. Jacob Tremblay – Jacob is the young Canadian actor who appeared as Jack in the much-buzzed about box office film Room. Prior to that he had a role in the made-for-TV movie My Mother’s Future Husband. He has four box office films coming up in 2017, including Before I Wake with Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth; Burn Your Maps with Vera Farmiga and Virginia Madsen; Wonder with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and The Book of Henry with Lee Pace and Naomi Watts.


4. Neel Sethi – He is the young Indian-American boy who landed the coveted role of Mowgli in the latest live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. This was his first acting role where he was selected out of a “cattle call” of 2,000 children who auditioned for the part.


5. Elena Kampouris – Elena landed the plum role of Paris, the daughter of Toula and Ian in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. She previously appeared in the short-lived TV series American Odyssey, starring alongside Sarah Wynter and Peter Facinelli. She will next be seen in the box office film Before I Fall based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver.


6. Tori Anderson – Tori landed the lead role of Evie Covington in the new dramedy No Tomorrow, which debut in October on The CW and while the show will not be continuing beyond its original episode order, Tori is an up-and-comer. She previously had a short recurring role in Killjoys and was one of the regulars in Teen Nick drama Open Heart.


7. Adria Arjona – Adria will be seen as Dorothy Gale in the January 2017 debut of the much-buzzed about NBC drama Emerald City, which is a dark and twisted adaptation of the legendary Wizard of Oz tale. Prior to that she appeared in season two of True Detective. She will next be seen in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom and Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy, Julie Bowen and Gillian Jacobs.


8. Auli’I Cravalho – Movie goers can hear Auli’I’s voice in the new animated film Moana, which was released in November. She was discovered by an Oahu casting agent who noticed her singing in a charity competition. She won the role of the latest Disney princess from hundreds of women in the pacific islands. In fact, she was the very last girl auditioned.


9. Maddie Bailio – Maddie is a talent Texan theatre student who landed the coveted role of Tracey Turnblad in Hairspray Live! which debuted on NBC earlier this month. She beat out over 1,000 other girls for the legendary role. This is her major first acting gig, but she is no stranger to stage work.


10. Sasha Lane – Sasha is a 19-year-old newcomer to acting who was spotted by writer-director Andrea Arnold among tens of thousands of students on Panama City beach. Arnold convinced Sasha to do an impromptu audition, which led to her being cast as Star in the box office film American Honey. She has three upcoming projects, including The Miseducation of Cameron Post with Chloe Grace Moretz and Shoplifters of the World with Joe Manganiello.


11. Joe Alwyn – This British-born actor landed the lead role in Ang Lee’s latest film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which hit theatre screens last month. Joe had never stepped in front of a camera before auditioning for this film. He will next be seen in the film The Sense of an Ending with Downton Abbey and Good Behavior actress Michelle Dockery and will later be seen alongside Gerard Butler in the thriller Keepers.


12. Millie Bobby Brown – Young actress Millie was born and raised in Spain before her family moved to Florida, and now she is the one of the stars of the much-buzzed-about Netflix fantasy horror drama Stranger Things; she played Eleven. Prior to this she appeared in the BBC series Intruders; she was young Alice in the short-lived TV series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and she had guest roles in NCIS, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy.


13. Tom Holland – Tom is the latest British actor to take on an iconic American comic book character: Spider-Man. Filmgoers will recognize him from Captain America: Civil War and they will soon see him in the latest adaptation of the Marvel legend in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming and the 2018 Avengers: Infinity War. He also has two other films coming out – The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch and Pilgrimage with Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage. His previous work includes In the Heart of the Sea, The Impossible and the mini-series Wolf Hall.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2017? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2016

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On December 7, the new Hulu series Shut Eye will debut online.

Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice) is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client’s angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new “clairvoyant,” and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths.

Charlie’s wife Linda (Kadee Strickland from Private Practice) is sick and tired of their mediocre life and wants to break away from Fonso, the single father who runs the Marks family’s psychic empire and controls the Haverford’s future.

The cast includes Emmanuelle Chriqui (Murder in the First) and Isabella Rossellini.

Here is a trailer for Shut Eye:

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Just last week, Netflix released its most expensive exclusive series to date, The Crown. The series follows the life of Princess Elizabeth as she navigates life before becoming Queen of England, and from other reports, the series is set to last six series.

In a pique of avoidance the other weekend, I watched the first series of the show in three days (not hard for a ten episode series), and if you’re at all curious about some of the finer aspects of the life of a member of the British Royal family, then the show is for you.

Even if I’m by no means British, the Royal Family has always been something that appealed to me. It’s also nearly impossible to avoid hearing about their lives, but a slightly fictionalized version is something else. Because, of course, there are scores of photographs documenting the life of Queen Elizabeth II, but as news, the details feel removed.

No one really knows The Queen, yet we all want to wish her well and watch how she goes about her duties. In The Crown, we see a young princess who becomes monarch and how she struggles. The struggles, and the frustrations are deftly portrayed by Claire Foy (her previous credits include Upstairs Downstairs, Little Dorrit and Wolf Hall) and in her scenes, there are deep fears and emotional scars from her childhood.

Foy is not the only strong role in the series, however. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is the Duke of Exeter, Prince Philip, and he has this charmingly awful way of being in and around Elizabeth’s life that comes across as both fond and destructive. John Lithgow is an equally strong figure, starring as Winston Churchill.

What unfolds over the course of these episodes is not just a look at Queen Elizabeth, but a drama of the lives that surround her and how everyone chooses to make very public lives personal.

While we all know the way the narrative will go in the next series, there is a strong emotional journey to unfold, and one that maybe casts the life of Queen Elizabeth II in a new light for those who don’t pay as much attention.

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October 27, the new BBC America limited series The Living and the Dead will debut at 9 PM.

The six-part series stars Colin Morgan (Humans and Merlin) and Charlotte Spencer (Line of Duty) as Nathan and Charlotte Appleby, a couple hell-bent on bringing modern ideas to an ancient rural community. When Nathan, a pioneering Victorian psychologist, brings his vivacious young wife back to live on his family’s estate, he’s confronted by one disturbing case after another.

Here is a trailer for The Living and the Dead:


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October 19, the Hulu streaming series Chance will debut online.

Based on Kem Nunn’s novel, the series is a provocative psychological thriller, focusing on Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie from House and The Night Manager), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

The cast includes Diane Farr (Numb3rs and Roswell), Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Practice and Men of a Certain Age), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl) and Clarke Peters (The Wire).

Here is a trailer for Chance:

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The new Amazon series Goliath will debut online on October 14.

A disgraced lawyer, now an ambulance chaser, gets a case that could bring him redemption or at least revenge on the firm which expelled him.

The cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, Tania Raymonde (Lost and The Last Ship), Sarah Wynter (24), Damon Gupton (The Player) and Ever Carradine (Major Crimes).

Here is a trailer for Goliath:

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On September 29, the Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage will debut online.

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter from Marvel’s Jessica Jones and The Good Wife) becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

The cast includes Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali (The 4400 and House of Cards), Rosario Dawson (Daredevil), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy), Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan) and Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Here is a trailer for Marvel’s Luke Cage:

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On September 16, the Netflix movie ARQ will debut online.

In a future where corporations battle against sovereign nations over the last of the world’s energy supplies, young engineer Renton (Robbie Amell from The Flash) and Hannah (Rachael Taylor from Jessica Jones) find themselves attempting to save an experimental energy technology that could end the wars. The catch is, the technology has created a time loop that causes them to relive a deadly home invasion over and over again. They must figure out how to stop the time loop and come out of it alive.

Here is a trailer for ARQ:

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Jessica Jones

The 13-episode debut season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix on November 20.

This online series is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade, as she faces demons from within and without.

The cast includes Krysten Ritter (Veronica Mars), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Mike Colter (Ringer and The Good Wife), Rachael Taylor (Crisis and 666 Park Avenue), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix franchise) and Erin Moriarty (Red Widow).

Here is a trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones:

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The Man in the High Castle

The Amazon series The Man in the High Castle debuts online on November 20.

The series depicts an alternate history of the world in which the Axis powers won World War II with the United States being divided into three parts: the Japanese Pacific States that encompasses a portion of the West Coast, the Greater Nazi Reich (aka Great Nazi Reich) that encompasses nearly two-thirds of the country and the Rocky Mountain States (aka the Neutral Zone) that encompasses a very small portion of the country in the middle.

The series stars Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans), Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), DJ Qualls (Z Nation and Supernatural), Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale) and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Pearl Harbor and 47 Ronin).

Here is a trailer for The Man in the High Castle:

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