What Tina loves to do is take a cupcake, slice off the bottom, and then put it on top so that the icing is in the middle and you eat it like a sandwich. It’s a Tina Fey creation. - Judah Friedlander on Tina Fey
MAGGIE Q [Tori] is an American actress who currently stars on CBS’ new drama thriller series, Stalker alongside Dylan McDermott. Directed by Liz Friedlander and written by Kevin Williamson, Stalker chronicles the story of a pair of detectives who investigate stalkers in Los Angeles.
Maggie came to prominence on CW’s successful action series Nikita, created by Craig Silverstein. For four seasons, Nikita chronicled the story of a rogue assassin (Maggie) who returns to take down the secret organization that trained her.
Last year, Maggie starred in Summit Entertainment’s box office hit Divergent, alongside Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent was the first installment of an adventure sci-fi series – based on the books by American novelist Veronica Roth. Divergent is set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that represent different virtues of humanity. Maggie depicts of the role of Tori, Tris’ (Woodley) reluctant mentor. Divergent was released in March 2014. Maggie recently finished filming the second installment, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, directed by Robert Schwentke which will be released on March 20th, 2015.
Maggie completed production on the independent cyber thriller A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, alongside Minnie Driver, Dianna Agron and Ed Westwick. A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island was written and directed by Aram Rappaport.
Maggie will develop, produce and star in Red Flag, a limited series from Steven Jensen’s Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan), and Fred Fuchs (Transporter). Red Flag is set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who becomes one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.
In 2005, Maggie appeared in J.J. Abrams’ and Paramount Pictures’ Mission Impossible III, alongside Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Subsequently, she appeared in a string of action films including Twentieth Century Fox’s Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis and Justin Long and Robert Ben Garant’s Balls of Fury, in which she starred alongside Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken and George Lopez.
In addition to starring in action films, Maggie has been seen in a number of comedies and dramas showcasing her versatility across multiple genres. In 2012, she lent her voice as Princess Diana and Wonder Woman in the animated television series Young Justice and in 2011, she starred in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Priest opposite Paul Bettany and Karl Urban. Maggie also appeared in New York, I Love You opposite Ethan Hawke and Summit Entertainment’s Deception with Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor.
Maggie’s additional film credits include House of Harmony, directed by Marco Serafini and a cameo in New Line Cinema’s Rush Hour 2 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. She also captured Chinese audiences in a number of action films from 2000-2009 including The Warrior and the Wolf, Daniel Lee’s Three Kingdoms: Resurretion of the Dragon and Dragon Squad; Naked Weapon and Gen-X Cops2: Metal Mayhem.
Maggie is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an animal and human rights activist through her support of programs such as PETA, Best Friends, WildAid, Kageno and the Washington D.C. based PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine). She currently resides in LA.
Released the same year as another dance-centric movie designed to inspire the masses, Step Up (note: both have Jenna Dewan in their casts, although her role in Step Up is a starring one), Take the Lead is easy to watch and entertaining, particularly in its dance scenes, thanks to good editing by Robert Ivison, cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy (particularly in the competition scenes at the end of the film, like when Jenna Dewan and her two partners, Dante Basco and Elijah Kelley, do a tango in pink-tinted light) and the performances by Antonio Banderas as ballroom dance teacher Pierre Dulaine, Alfre Woodard as the principal of the tough NYC high school whose students are taken under Pierre’s wing and Yaya DaCosta as Laurette, one of Pierre’s most talented students, Marcus T. Paulk as Eddie, one of the class clowns of the group, Jasika Nicole as Egypt (another student) and Katya Virshilas as Morgan, the haughty young woman who looks down on Pierre’s public school students. You won’t be amazed by anything in Take the Lead, unless you just fall really hard for these kinds of movies anyway, but it’s a fun (if eventually forgettable) way to spend two hours.
P.S. How odd - apparently Take the Lead uses parts of The Notebook’s score on its soundtrack. Strange that I should watch both films in the same night.
Is Agent Carter on its last legs? Star Hayley Atwell has signed on to star in a new ABC drama pilot, Conviction.
EW confirmed she’ll play a “brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.” The project is from Liz Friedman (Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and Liz Friedlander (The Following).
Agent Carter has struggled mightily in the ratings and stars of TV shows typically never book a new pilot unless there’s a fairly decent chance their current show might not come back. Since both projects are at ABC, however (and perhaps because the network doesn’t want Carter fans thinking the Marvel show is doomed), we’re told the idea is to potentially do both shows if the network decides to give Carter a third round and order Conviction to series. (Though perhaps with Atwell doing Carter season 3 as a wrap-up limited series instead of a full order – it’s rather tough to make two broadcast TV shows at once.)
Marvel has staged a hugely impressive small-screen invasion over the last few years with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, and Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Launched last year, the Captain America spin-off Carter has managed plenty of critical acclaim, if not ratings, and if axed it would represent the company’s first cancelation of its modern-era production boom. Typically such decisions are announced at a network’s upfront presentation in May.