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Domenick Lombardozzi as Sean "Mac" McGrath in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 07, "The 1-3-2"). - Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_607_439.R.jpg Domenick Lombardozzi as Sean "Mac" McGrath in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 07, "The 1-3-2"). - Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_607_439.R.jpg

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Requiem for Mac: How Domenick Lombardozzi won Ray Donovan fans

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Domenick Lombardozzi’s Mac went full circle on Ray Donovan, illustrating the fragility of the human mind to the ebb and flow of fleeting emotional state.

All it takes is one crummy day or disheartening phone call in Mac’s case for the strongest of exteriors to collapse, their hourglass reversing to empty in seconds. Imagine officer Sean ‘Mac’ McGrath pulling Ray Donovan out of the East River, saving a life against the will of its owner, literally kicking and screaming. In fact, getting rewarded with a few brute punches to the noggin along the way for his troubles… Yet, staying true to the honorable duty he swore to uphold, hand to heart. Staten Island’s finest.

Then envision the same man, broken beyond repair, sitting alone and destitute in his car, emotionally bankrupt. Momentarily contemplating the work required to push his ex-wife’s relationship back uphill to ever see his son again… Before finally letting go of the behemoth stone without opposition. Allowing the increscent moon-sized rock carrying life’s ever increasing troubles to roll backwards, crushing him in the process. Exiting the equation forever with a singular shot heard in the distance outside of a cheapo, rinky-dink motel’s forsaken parking lot.

Domenick Lombardozzi’s dynamite portrayal of Mac on Ray Donovan left a permanent mark on both Ray’s family and the show’s gallery of Sunday spectators. Bridget makes note of it when she tells her emotionally tormented father that she ‘doesn’t want him to end up like his friend in a parking lot.’ Mac’s untimely demise was a warning shot to Ray’s psyche, a foreshadowing of a yet to be written chapter in his life if he doesn’t obtain the necessary help. The side-by-side juxtaposition of Ray’s leap and Mac’s final juncture boldly unavoidable, always able to save everyone but themselves. Mac had told Ray, “We could have been brothers in another life,” in this case Mac representing the older brother from which to take in example from.

Symphonies of Acting Art by Domenick Lombardozzi

Domenick Lombardozzi’s interpretation of Mac, a regular ‘Joe’ on the surface, is anything but. Lombardozzi delievered a dauntingly complex performance of a man with the comforting, secure outwards nature of a bulldog internally dueling with the realities of being an officer. The job that became his identity ultimately consumed him and by extension, his family. Year by year chipping away until the way Ray met him, living by himself eating his son’s birthday cake in a drab room flush of life.

At the same time, Mac’s universal appeal comes from a genuine place of heart. A man’s man enjoying a good game of baseball on the tube with a pal, drinking a pint at his local pub, and owning an undying loyalty to those sacred to him… Even during the turbulent times when they despise everything he represents. The valor of silent masculinity much like Ray.

Opening Sonata: “Walk Away Ray”

A three word phrase that would become the hallmark of Mac’s captivating run on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. The first movement of Mac’s symphony featured this bluntly direct warning to Ray outside in the broad daylight of a police precinct. As is often the case when one tells someone else not to do something, they’re even more aptly motivated to do the opposite. Mac’s overture had no immediate effect on Ray, despite its reliable source.

“Walk Away Ray” would ominously serve as a source of pressure to the viewer, hooking them in through Lombardozzi’s exemplary delivery. Even without audio like the animation above, the story is told in Mac’s eyes without one audible word.

Adagio: “I can’t remember the last time I felt good”

When it comes to the Adagio slow-tempoed descent of the second movement, no scene stands out like Mac’s outward monologue with Bridget as his audience. The portrait of an individual juggling the consequences of past sins with his latest… Being indirectly forced to be an accomplice to the kidnapping of his best friend’s daughter to protect his own family. In this sequence rife with tension and the white noise of a movie from times past, the audience witnesses Mac’s final introspective plunge.

From the constant apologizing to Bridget Donovan for what he’s done, bargaining with her that they’ll take his family too if he doesn’t do what they tell him. “I don’t care what happens to me.” Then arrives the most brutal line, “I can’t remember the last time I felt good,” with the man legitimately trying to remember. Tears welled up in his eyes. Every ounce of the sentence is felt, the sorrow of a real human being who’s lost their way, stuck on a linear path despite their original hopes and dreams.

Scherzo: “You were the only one who ever thought I was worth something.”

The final uplifting moment in Mac’s story is the scherzo, an attempt at redemption for a lifetime of diverting from the person he was on the inside. Mac returns Bridget to Ray knowing it symbolizes the end of a ‘normal’ life, forever a target on his family’s back as leverage against him. Mac earnestly comments that Ray was, ‘The only one who ever believed he was worth something,’ and, ‘We could have been brothers in another life.’ Recalling again the notion of the linear path, pre-determined circumstances out of both Mac and Ray’s control. Mac’s raw honesty akin to the days of one’s youth, before the competition of adulthood demanded a stern mask. One without a public display of weakness at any avenue.

Allegro: Celebrating the life of Sean ‘Mac’ McGrath

Domenick Lombardozzi’s first-class performance as officer Sean ‘Mac’ McGrath was one of the many superb, regal highlights of Ray Donovan’s sixth season. Every audience member was left with the feeling of, ‘Gone too soon,’ upon his departure despite seeing the writing on the wall in that parking lot. The reverie of the esteemed man who rescued Ray Donovan from certain death in the season’s premiere. Forever intertwining Ray’s life with his as brothers, eventually to his detriment. When he pulled Ray out of the East River that day, he never left its depths.

Be sure to watch my interview with Mickey Donovan himself, Jon Voight, at last year’s Tribeca TV Festival!

Nir Regev is the founder of The Natural Aristocrat. You can directly contact him at nir.regev@thenaturalaristocrat.com for coverage consideration, interview opportunties, or general comments.

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Sandy Martin talks Ray Donovan’s Sandy Patrick (Interview)

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Sandy Martin as Sandy Patrick in Ray Donovan season 6, episode 4 "Pudge" - Photo Credit: SHOWTIME
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The Natural Aristocrat spoke with Ray Donovan’s Sandy Martin about her extraordinary performance as the multilayered, true to life Sandy Patrick.

There’s a family member in all of ours hidden somewhere in the soul of Sandy Patrick on the sixth season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Actress Sandy Martin’s portrayal was so effectively comforting that Mickey and Bunchy weren’t the only ones who let their guard down, it was us. Close your eyes and you can still visualize the iconic sizzle of a lit cigarette as Sandy rides off a heist as a presumed millionaire. Ice Cube’s “Drink The Kool-Aid” roaring in the background with the thumping heavy bass of the car’s audio system. A Donovan in every sense of the word.

Martin told The Natural Aristocrat about the grand experience of working on the series this past season. The juxtaposition of a character longing to escape her loneliness while robbing herself of the opportunity by taking the money bag. Only to realize it wasn’t impressing others that she was after… It was having a family to call her own again. Having a purpose instead of just a home.

Interview with Sandy Martin on Ray Donovan’s Sandy Patrick:

The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: Was it decided early on that you’d have the same first name on Ray Donovan? How did that happen?

Sandy Martin: All I know is by the time I was shooting my third episode, one of the producers said to me, “We wrote this role for you because you auditioned for us once before. You were so funny and great, we never forgot you!” I think because of that, they used my first name Sandy.

How often did you get to ad-lib on the show? I’ve seen a lot of fans, myself included, love the “Cop Kebab” bit!

(laughs) They have a little bit of wiggle room but mainly the reason I was attracted to the show is because the writing is so, so fantastic! And it’s up my alley. I mean, of course, I ad-libbed here and there. Like when I’m telling him all the jokes in the living room and they all rush out the front door, and I go “Wahh, fun buster!” That was definitely something I buttoned down the scene with. But you know the writing is fantastic, I love the writing on the show. I trust it!

Speaking of Ray Donovan’s writing, how do you feel the show depicts Sandy Patrick’s story arch relative to the Donovans? It seems like Sandy is riding in euphoria after she takes the money, only to discover there’s no one to show it off to. That all her old friends have passed.

I just think they need a hideout and remember that their long lost brother Cormac had a widow and she was a live wire and a lot of fun. But that’s not their first reason for looking her up! The first reason is that nobody would ever think to take the house of a widower from the Vietnam war which was so many years ago. They were smart to figure out to go to her house.

She mentions once or twice that she’s been a bit lonely and that’s why she’s playing horrible comedy nights at horrible bars. Making stupid jokes that she thinks are funny. She needs to meet some more friends because she’s lost quite a few of friends, as we find out later. The tricky part about Sandy Patrick is why would she run off with all their money when she finally has some family in her life? But I guess money talks, bullshit walks! (laughs)

Would you like there to be flashbacks showing Sandy and Cormac’s relationship next season?

Well yeah, but I don’t know what plastic surgery we’re going to need to have to make us believable! (laughs) Sandy Patrick is dedicated to every kooky aunt you’ve ever had that danced in a party bombed out of her mind, with a lampshade on her head. I just think that they stumble into coming to her house and then realize that, “Hey, we can relax around here!” I’m like a scammer myself. You know? I get in this nun’s outfit and he says, “Well, what are you doing?” And I said, “Haven’t you ever heard of a clerical discount?”

I’ll go out and pretend I’m a nun and beg on the street, I’ll do anything. So they hit gold when they arrived at my house… Because I’ll do anything to have all those hunky men around for me to put the make on! (laughs)

I thought whenever they said, “Go to Sandy’s,” on the show you knew something was going down. It always delievered too, like in the season 6 finale when you chopped that guy’s head off!

(laughs) I’d like to say that I come from these people because I have a lot of relatives that are detectives and cops in Brooklyn and stuff like that. But certainly me and my family are not running around chopping people’s heads off! I think it’s just that New Yorkie, Boston attitude, and I’m originally from Philadelphia.

I’ll never forget Esquire magazine once ran a survey on all these popular towns in the United States and Philadelphia came up as the vendetta state! (laughs) So, I’m used to that kind of rowdy East Coast toughee stuff. It’s a pleasure to be back in those shoes after living in L.A. for so long.

What was it like shooting that dance scene with Jon Voight? It felt organic and really had a classic Hollywood feel to it. As if Sandy and Mickey were right there dancing in your living room.

Yeah, Jon’s very creative in that sense! In the last few episodes when Bunchy’s in the room he dances with him a little as well. When Sandy was dancing with Mickey, I was playing that I was so bombed, that it was just making me sad that my husband wasn’t there.

Sandy Martin as Sandy Patrick and Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 04, “Pudge”). – Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_604_1210.R.jpg

Mickey tried to cheer me up and I’m just trying to function because I’m not used to plowing one whiskey after another. But when Sandy’s in this crowd, she’s just letting it flow. So I sort of played it like, “Okay, you want to dance? Well, I can barely stand up but I’ll have fun with you for a minute!”

I thought your character had a interesting relationship with Bunchy. One second you’re taking care of Bunch in a grandmotherly fashion then the next, you’re openly flirting with him. How did you feel about the scene where Bunchy tries out the priest uniform with Sandy in the room?

I’m really flirting with him, I say from the minute he walks up to my front porch that he’s “well endowed for an infant!” That was the clincher line for me! I had a couple of people swimming around me for jobs and when I read that line, I went, “Well, I’m in!”

Then, I showed him the back bedroom and he’s gonna have to sleep on the floor but I tell him, “I’m happy to share!” So I’m trying to get one of Bunchy and Mickey into my bed… But I don’t know as Sandy Patrick, the back story of Bunchy’s traumatic experience with his priest. She can’t play that because she doesn’t know that, you know? So she’s just like, “Oh come on, put that thing on! Don’t worry!” She’s a little bit lighthearted about it because she doesn’t know what the poor guy is going through.

I thought that was a really fun scene to do because I act like, “Come on, we’re going to take pictures! You’re just going to wear that.” I think he’s just uncomfortable wearing something different. I had no idea about his past history and that’s why I go, “Okay, come on you can put this on!”

I thought one of the most memorable scenes, if not the most memorable, this season was right after you stole the money. When you see Sandy smoking in the car and listening to Ice Cube rapping, delighted. It was just a really fun scene! When you were reading the script did you think she’d get away with it?

Oh, she thought she was going to get away with it! She just has a whim, she’s bombed, everyone’s passed out in her living room, then gets up and sees all that cash there and loses her mind! She stuffs the cash in her bag and takes her bottle of vodka and hits the road in her crappy car. I don’t think she thinks of the consequences too much at all. Her plan was to get together with her friends and wave some money around, take them for big dinners, and buy them things that they needed. She was gonna play God for two seconds.

In the back of my mind, in my back story… I think after I’ve spent some money, I’ll go back and return it, because I miss them. You know? The key to this character to me is how lonely she’s been and now she has a house full of fun. So when Bunchy catches me, chokes me, and is yelling “Where’s the money?! Get in the car!” Daryll is like wait a second, ‘This is a really old lady! Why are you tossing her around like that?’

Dash Mihok as Bunchy Donovan and Sandy Martin as Sandy Patrick in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 08, “Who Once Was Dead”). – Photo: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_608_01.R.JPG

And next thing you know we’re in the car and I’m telling this story about two guys, the snap monologue. One of my favorite pieces of material! Big Peter and Peter the painter, they were playing a game of snap and suddenly two 10s come up. Then Bunchy, even though he was so pissed at me and he’s lost so much because of me… He couldn’t help but think, “Christ what a funny old lady she is.” Dash Mihok had this kind of sneaky smile on his face after I finished that monologue.

My favorite Sandy joke this season was the cannibal clowns saying ‘You taste funny!’

(laughs) That was one of my favorites too! I love it! That’s one of my favorite jokes because it worked better than, “Did you know that pigeons die when they have sex? No. Well, the ones I have sex with do!” I think that’s one of the worst jokes I’ve come up with! But I’m trying it out because I want to do it a comedy night and Bunchy breaks my fun.

When you work on Ray Donovan, do they generally tell you your character arc ahead of time. Do you know if your character is going to make it into the next season or do you just go episode by episode?

They just tell you when you’re working and get over to Brooklyn because I live in L.A. now. You know I got very little direction. I mean, some people said a few little things to me but I just went with the rhythm I think is right for that character. Everybody was laughing so much that they didn’t want to mess with me as far as changing things up. But no you don’t really know what’s happening.

I jokingly said to show runner David Hollander, “Well… After chainsawing somebody’s head off I guess I’m not going to live very long!” (laughs) He goes, “Oh don’t worry, don’t worry! That’s not a problem at all.”

I thought your performance was incredible this season and you had great, seamless chemistry with the entire Donovan family. Especially with Mickey, all your scenes together felt so effortlessly natural on-screen.

Thank you! Jon Voight is a wonderful actor and he’s very thorough in his approach. One thing David Hollander told me is he couldn’t believe how easy it was for me to just sink into this family, and get all the different people. All their different jokes and rhythms. He was impressed by that. I said, “Well, these are my people. What are you talking about?!”

Eddie Marsan as Terry Donovan, Pooch Hall as Daryll, Kerris Dorsey as Bridget Donovan, Sandy Martin as Sandy Patrick, and Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 12, “The Dead”). – Photo: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_612_4401.R.JPG

Do you feel your acting method has changed significantly since you started?

I’m very lucky that I can do drama and comedy believably. I go from ridiculously different roles. A couple of years ago I played this really sad sack, goofy, losing your mind, mother of Tennessee Williams in the last play he wrote called, A House Not Meant to Stand. It was in a renowned theatre here in L.A. called The Fountain Theatre and people just couldn’t believe that I went from Mac’s mom on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia where I’m this weirdo who doesn’t speak, just grunts to very believably this sad old woman who’s just lost her son but has a sense of humor.

But now, Sandy Patrick to me is so thrilled to have people back into her life because she never remarried. And these are her people. Now they’re in, thick as thieves. I mean, they’re in it so deep, they have to stick together. They’re not going to just pull away from her house and say, “See you! We’re going to stick you with three bodies in your backyard!” I’m really glad I can switch gears and play different kinds of roles, where it’s a certain caliber of a person. Where you can say, ‘They’re not that awful yet!’

I feel that’s what makes Ray Donovan’s characters so special because they all have their own flaws but they’re still extremely likable. Every single one of them really, even dangerous ones like Sam Winslow.

Yeah, that’s true about Sam Winslow. I’m sad to see her go actually, I was like, “What?! Woah…” I unfortunately had no scenes with her. I have my own little pack back in the house of sin! (laughs)

In-between seasons of Ray Donovan, you’re playing the role of Verna The Secretary in Disney’s upcoming reboot of Dumbo! How did you go about becoming part of the timeless franchise?

I used to hang out with Tim Burton back in the Beetlejuice days because a friend of mine, Glenn Shadix, was playing the Interior Decorator (Otho). The big guy with the crew cut hair. He unfortunately is not with us anymore but he had a lot of parties at Tim Burton’s and his own house, so I knew him. And the DP on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was also the DP on Dumbo.

They were saying, “Where are we gonna get somebody who sounds real New Yorkie or East Coastie or whatever to play Michael Keaton’s (V. A. Vandevere) henchwoman?” The one guy (Ben Davis) who was the DP said, “Well, we had this funny old lady on Three Billboards, her name is Sandy Martin,” and Danny DeVito was sitting there and goes, “She’s on my show!” Then Tim Burton says, “You mean Sandy Martin from the 80s? Yeah, she is New Yorkie… Okay, let’s fly her out!” (laughs)

So I was given that job and it was great to see Tim again. I don’t have a very large role, but Tim Burton works magic with little funny characters bobbing in and out of his fantasies. I was thrilled to be there! I play the head of the secretarial pool and I have a bunch of secretaries that I bark at. They run around and help me!

Thanks Sandy!

Thank you!

Check out Sandy Martin’s official website to watch some artful moments in her Drama, Comedy, and Combo acting reels! Be sure to catch Dumbo when it arrives in cinemas across the U.S. on March 29, 2019.

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Ray Donovan cast members’ upcoming films, TV shows in 2019

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Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, "Never Gonna Give You Up"). - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_2359.R.JPG
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The icy frost between seasons of Ray Donovan is breathing through the window sill, no better comfort than the cast’s outside projects to warm the soul.

A pendulum swings ever so leisurely inside of its grandfather clock, remembering times successors forgot. “I was there. Don’t tell me I wasn’t there,” Mickey recalls along with the show’s veteran fanbase, practically family. Honorary Donovans gathering around the tube sans their customary Sunday staple, the chilly lull of a conversation piece in the air. Living on reruns, delving into the past, scrutinizing every moment until Ray Donovan’s seventh season commences.

Yet, opening night of lucky number #7 is miles away, frozen in place. Melting one minute at a time till its premiere, barely taken out of the fridge. Production on Ray Donovan season 7 doesn’t begin until the foliage of springtime in New York but the craft of acting is water not a solid. Forever, adapting to circumstance. During the time of winter separation, the show’s cast have been hard at work on new film and television projects for you to watch.

* The following list will be actively updated as new information becomes available. Only cast members who have appeared in season 6 (flashback cameos included) and have outside projects are featured in this piece. Ray Donovan cast alumni from seasons prior will have their own article in the future.

– February 2019 –

Alyssa Diaz

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The Rookie as Angela Lopez

Alyssa Diaz’s Teresa just finished placing her wrestling boot on Bunchy’s heart for the 1-2-3 pin on Showtime but on ABC there’s another life. One where Diaz plays Training Officer Angela Lopez on ABC’s The Rookie.

The series recently had 7 additional episodes ordered by ABC following strong ratings according to Deadline. It can be surmised then that Diaz will likely maintain the role for a while in-between seasons of Ray Donovan. You can catch Diaz on The Rookie’s latest episode “Caught Stealing” (season 1, episode 12) this Wednesday, February 5 on ABC at 10 p.m. ET.

The episode will be available online through ABC’s official live stream. Prior episodes of The Rookie’s first season are available for viewing at this ABC link. The show originally premiered its aptly titled “Pilot” episode back on October 16, 2018.

Katherine Moennig

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grown-ish as Professor Paige Hewson

Lena, fresh off her eye for an eye revenge against ‘fixer’ Vinny, is already back on our airwaves as of last week. Actress Katherine Moennig has a fresh, recurring role on hit comedy grown-ish as Professor Paige Hewson.

Moennig’s CalU based Gender Studies professor officially debuted on season 2, episode 5 “Girls Like You” on January 23, 2019. You can watch the episode on Freeform. There’s a new episode uploaded every Wednesday on Freeform’s official grown-ish website. Episode 6 “Love Galore” is already uploaded at the time of this article’s publishing.

Paula Malcomson

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Deadwood film as Trixie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Stella Russell, Wooley Faces, character unknown

Abby Donovan’s appearances on season 6 of Ray Donovan were evanescent, living beyond the grave through the power of memory. Ray’s mementos of Abby pieced her back together, a figment of his imagination turned post traumatic jigsaw puzzle. It would certainly be to no fan’s surprise to see Abby making sporadic cameos throughout season 7, eternally part of Ray.

Actress Paula Malcomson has an immense year ahead of her, riding a wagon back to the no-law town of Deadwood. Trixie is finally returning home on HBO’s feature film reprisal of the ace television series sometime in 2019. Deadwood is currently in post-production as of December 14, 2018, no official release date yet.

No need to fret however, Malcomson will star in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as character Stella Russell. The episode titled, “The Flying Dutchman” (season 20, episode 14) will air on NBC at 10 p.m. ET on February 7, 2019. She previously played Susan Ross on the series in season 10, episode 8 “Retro” back in 2008. You can watch the upcoming episode online at NBC’s official live stream.

Malcomson is currently signed on to a Comedy / Drama film titled Wooley Faces along with actors Ciarán Hinds [Red Sparrow] and Michelle Fairley [Game of Thrones]. The film’s description is quite intriguing but no guarantee of a 2019 release date as of yet.

Wooley Faces Synopsis:

A mother struggles to raise three kids in Belfast in the early 1980s while her husband’s in jail.

The project which is written and directed by Pearse Elliott [The Mighty Celt], is only in the script phase.

Domenick Lombardozzi

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Cold Pursuit as Mustang, The Irishman as Anthony Salerno, Power as Benny Civiello

The ink is still dry on Mac’s exit chapter on Ray Donovan but Domenick Lombardozzi’s career is as grand as ever. The star actor portrays character Mustang in new thriller Cold Pursuit featuring the iconic Liam Neeson.

The picture is based on 2014 Norwegian film, In Order of Disappearance directed by Hans Petter Moland… Who also happens to be directing this adaption. Talk about staying true to the source material!

The feature film releases in theaters on February 8, 2019. Check out Cold Pursuit’s official website for more info, including the movie’s action-packed trailer.

Cold Pursuit Synopsis:

A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film ‘In Order of Disappearance

Lombardozzi plays Anthony Salerno in upcoming Netflix mega heavy-hitter The Irishman by legendary Director Martin Scorsese. The Irishman features Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano among its dynamite cast.

Scorsese’s latest is set for release by Netflix sometime in 2019, and is one of the streaming services most anticipated projects.

On the television side, Lombardozzi will reprise Benny Civiello (* alternative spelling: Civello) in at least two episodes (season 6, episodes 5 and 6) of STARZ hit show Power this summer. The character was first introduced in season 5 of Power, and featured in episodes 6 and 8. The show is currently filming said episodes. You’ll need a STARZ subscription to watch the show online or on cable when it airs.

Brian White

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Dear Frank as Frank, A Shot for Justice as Brandon Williams, Black Privilege as Alderman Tryone Burke, Ambitions as Evan Lancaster

Brian “Jay” White, is starring in, co-directing, and producing upcoming film Dear Frank, releasing in U.S. based theaters on February 12, 2019. The thriller also co-stars Claudia Jordan [The Hills] and Columbus Short [Scandal] among its cast with White playing the lead role of Frank. The picture’s description alludes to a high-octane styled film.

Dear Frank Synopsis:

After Frank’s wife is mysteriously poisoned, he discovers a diary with indicating all of her previous lovers who also are potential murder suspects.

White is also starring in and producing new picture A Shot for Justice, which at the time of this article’s publishing, has a tentative 2019 release date. He portrays character Brandon Williams in the film.

On the television side, White is featured in upcoming TV Movie Black Privilege as Alderman Tryone Burke and starring in an Ambitions episode (season 1, episode 2) as Evan Lancaster. You can catch the episode online on The Oprah Winfrey Network’s official live stream.

– March 2019 –

Eddie Marsan

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Feedback as Jarvis, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, character unknown, Emperor as Martin Luther

Eddie Marsan is kicking off March 1 with a starring role as Jarvis in Feedback, a Horror / Thriller film slated for release in Spain. The picture co-stars Paul Anderson [Peaky Blinders], Barcelona-born Ivana Baquero [The Shannara Chronicles], and Alana Boden [I Am Elizabeth Smart] among its cast. Feedback is directed by Pedro C. Alonso who directed two prior film shorts La teoría del espejo (2004) and Ver con los (propios) ojos (2003).

This coming August, Marsan is set to appear in Hollywood blockbuster Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The film which features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reprising his role as Luke Hobbs, currently has Marsan playing an untitled character. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is set for an August 2, 2019 release date.

Marsan will also be featured as Martin Luther in upcoming Adrien Brody fronted film Emperor. The description of Action / Epic picture appears to signal it will be based on history of the 16th century with some liberties.

Emperor Synopsis:

Action epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father. It happens in a world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason… it’s the 16th century revisited.

Emperor is directed by Lee Tamahori [ 007’s Die Another Day]

Sandy Martin

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Dumbo as Verna The Secretary, Medicine Men as Annie

The ever charming straight talker, Sandy Martin, is back to the silver screen this March with Disney’s live action reboot of a hand drawn classic in Dumbo. The new Ray Donovan fan favorite will portray Verna The Secretary in Dumbo, which releases in cinemas across the U.S. on March 29, 2019.

Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton and also stars Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Michael Buffer among its highly recognizable cast.

Martin will also be featured in upcoming film Medicine Men as character Annie. The 93-minute Drama is directed by Guy Malim [Battle for Skyark] and features Liza Weil, known for her role of Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls. Medicine Men is slated for release sometime in 2019 and is currently in post-production.

– April 2019 –

Dash Mihok

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Whiskey Cavalier, character unknown, Inherit the Viper as Kyle Knox, Sleeping in Plastic as Oz Bacco

Dash Mihok will join The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan on ABC’s new series Whiskey Cavalier for episode “Spain, Trains and Automobiles” (season 1, episode 8) this April. The episode will likely air on Wednesday, April 10 barring ABC spacing out the episodes. The show is currently in the post-production phase and debuts on February 24, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. You’ll be able to watch the upcoming episode featuring Mihok online at NBC’s official live stream.

Mihok is set to star on the silver screen in new Crime / Drama film Inherit the Viper as character Kyle Knox. The film co-stars two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern [Nebraska], Josh Hartnett [Lucky Number Slevin], The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs, Margarita Levieva
[The Lincoln Lawyer], Tara Buck [True Blood], and Gabriel ‘G-Rod’ Rodriguez [The First Purge] among its cast. The film is currently in its post-production phase but doesn’t have a set release date past 2019 at the moment.

According to Oklahoma Film + Music, filming recently completed on Oklahoma based movie Sleeping in Plastic which features Mihok as character Oz Bacco. The picture co-stars Tina Parker [Better Call Saul], Addison Timlin [Stand Up Guys], and Paige McGarvin [End of the World], among its cast. The movie is due out sometime in 2019.

Sleeping in Plastic Synopsis:

A Texas town awakes when a high school wrestler gets entangled with a drifter and her psychopathic lover. Lives then intertwine and spiral violently out of control once he becomes her escort driver.

The Ray Donovan star is also signed on to upcoming Dark Comedy film Deception Road, where he’ll be playing he’ll be playing Trooper Jack. The movie features Thomas Haden Church [Spider-Man 3], Alice Eve [Replicas], and Finn Wittrock [American Horror Story] among its cast.

– Spring 2019 –

Jon Voight

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Roe v. Wade as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger, Reagan as Viktor Novikov

Jon Voight’s starring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger in the upcoming Roe v. Wade movie was recently officially unveiled in a three-minute teaser. The picture was reportedly filmed in secret due to backlash fears, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is targeting a Spring 2019 theatrical release and co-stars Stacey Dash [Clueless TV series], Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa [Mortal Kombat], Jamie Kennedy [Son of the Mask], Nick Loeb (who also co-directed/co-wrote the film with Cathy Allyn), Robert Davi [Die Hard], Mindy Robinson (who’s co-producing), and Jessica Serfaty [Ride] among its cast list. The movie is currently in post-production.

Voight will also portray Viktor Novikov in an upcoming biopic on President Ronald Reagan titled, Reagan. Dennis Quaid is set to play President Ronald Reagan in the film and Robert David (who also worked with Voight on the above Roe v. Wade film) will star as Leonid Brezhnev.

The movie’s last updates on production were on Feb 24, 2017, when it was still pre-production. It’s rumored that the picture directed by Sean McNamara [Chesapeake Shores] will release sometime in 2019. Find out more information at the Reagan: The Movie official website.

– November 2019 –

Pooch Hall

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All the Way with You as Keith

Ray Donovan’s Daryll, Pooch Hall, will play Keith in upcoming Thriller film, All the Way with You, which is currently in the pre-production phase but already has a release date set for November 8, 2019.

The picture co-stars Martin alumni Tichina Arnold (that’s right arch-rival Pam!), Brandon T. Jackson [Tropic Thunder], and Regina King [Ray] among its cast.

All the Way with You Synopsis:

Boris meets a woman named Gloria who wants to help him kill a man who has owed him money for years but their actual assignment is to kill each other. Together they go on a expedition that is breath taking.

Strangely, no director or writer is listed as attached to the project as of yet, despite the cast and published release date. It’s likely the film is delayed into 2020 given that fact unless both are signed soon…

Alexandra Turshen

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Another Year Together as Sophie Reavis, Galaxy 26 as Sierra (unconfirmed)

Ray Donovan’s bombshell beauty, Alexandra Turshen, will be back on the silver screen this November as Sophie Reavis in Comedy / Drama film Another Year Together.

The picture which co-stars Richard Masur [The Thing], Marilyn Sokol [Crocodile Dundee II], Kiva Dawson [Turnabout], Amy Bettina [The Detour], and Robin Rose Singer [Mirage], among others releases on November 28, 2019.

Another Year Together Synopsis:

The stress of the holidays puts love to the test, as a 30-ish couple struggles to take things to the next level while “relationship hell” takes it toll on their family and friends.

Another Year Together is directed by Dan Simon [Emily Lazarus] and co-written by Simon and Patrick Davin [Shark Bite]. Simon, Davin and actress Kiva Dawson previously worked together on 2016 film, Lonely Boys. Another Year Together is currently in post-production.

Turshen is rumored to play Sierra in Sci-Fi film Galaxy 26. The upcoming picture is directed, written, and produced by Ilay Ron [2094].

– 2019 Release Dates: To Be Announced –

Liev Schreiber

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A Rainy Day in New York, character unknown, Human Capital, character unknown

Ray himself, Liev Schreiber, was billed to have a role in Woody Allen’s upcoming Comedy film A Rainy Day in New York along with a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Elle Fanning [The Neon Demon] and Jude Law [A.I. Artificial Intelligence], Selena Gomez [Spring Breakers], Suki Waterhouse [Billionaire Boys Club], Diego Luna [Rogue One: A Star Wars Story], Timothée Chalamet [Lady Bird], Rebecca Hall [The Town] among others.

Production was complete as early as October 2017 according to IndieWire, and it might not never be released. Amazon shelved the film in 2018 indefinitely. It’s unclear if the film will see the light of day in 2019… Or potentially ever.

Schreiber is starring in and producing upcoming Drama film Human Capital, and co-stars none other than Marisa Tomei [The Wrestler]. The picture owns a tentative release date of 2019 and an intriguing plot.

Human Capital Synopsis:

The lives of two different families collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.

Human Capital is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by author Stephen Amidon. You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. Marc Meyers [Harvest] is directing the film adapting written by Oren Moverman [Love & Mercy].

Susan Sarandon

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Going Places, character unknown, Blackbird, character unknown, Butterfly in the Typewriter as Thelma Toole, Slipping Away as Dr. Sylvia Mansfield

The incomparable Sam Winslow, Susan Sarandon, will star in Going Places, a spin-off of The Big Lebowski centered on memorable bowler, Jesus Quintana. The project is written and directed by John Turturro, who has quite a few credits to his name as an actor to say the least.

Sarandon also stars in upcoming film Blackbird, a remake of 2014 Danish film, Silent Heart. Both pictures own a tentative release date of 2019 and are in their post-production phase. However, no official character name is listed publicly for Sarandon as of yet.

The Oscar-winning actress will portray Thelma Toole in upcoming Biography / Drama film, Butterfly in the Typewriter, about author John Kennedy Toole. Thelma was John’s mother, and was determined to get his novel published posthumously after he had taken his own life. John was destroyed emotionally after multiple rejections of his manuscript, time after time.

Butterfly in the Typewriter, which is directed, written, and co-produced by David DuBos [Leprechaun 3], is currently in its pre-production phase. The film might not release this year but time will tell.

Sarandon will play Dr. Sylvia Mansfield in an upcoming film-short Thriller titled, Slipping Away. The project written by Tiffany Hodges [Dream State] and directed by Philip A. Ramos [The Kidnapping of a Fish] is currently in its pre-production phase. It’s currently unknown if the film-short will release in 2019.

Slipping Away Synopsis:

A schizophrenic man struggles with his own psychosis and his wife’s extramarital affair as the lines between his violent hallucinations and reality become increasingly blurred.

Zach Grenier

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Devs as Kenton

Mayor Ferrati, Zach Grenier, will play Kenton in upcoming TV Drama series Devs on FX. The show is created, written, and directed by Alex Garland. The same writer behind 2014’s masterful Ex Machina. Joining Grenier will be co-stars Sonoya Mizuno [Ex Machina], Nick Offerman [The Founder], Karl Glusman [The Neon Demon], Aimee Mullins [Stranger Things], Alison Pill [Scott Pilgrim vs. the World], Stephen McKinley Henderson [Lady Bird], and Jin Ha [20 Years] among its cast.

Mizuno and Offerman will be playing the lead characters, Lily and Forest, according to Deadline.

The show reportedly follows computer engineer Lily [Mizuno] investigating a secret division of her employer Amaya, which she believes is responsible for the disappearance of her boyfriend. Grenier plays Head of Security at the Amaya Corporation as Kenton while Offerman plays Amaysa’s dedicated CEO. Devs is due out sometime in 2019, airing on the FX Network. You’ll be able to catch episodes online through FX’s official live stream.

Lola Glaudini

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She’s in Portland as Ellen

Ray Donovan’s Anita Novak, Lola Glaudini, stars in Comedy / Drama film, She’s in Portland as character Ellen. The picture was due out to be released on January 1, 2019 but it doesn’t seem to have been officially released… Although the Marc Carlini [Victoria] directed movie possibly screened at local film festivals.

She’s in Portland co-stars Minka Kelly [500 Days of Summer] and François Arnaud [Blindspot] among its cast.

While its release date remains unclear, the film should be widely available soon. Information should become available on the official She’s in Portland website, where the teaser is currently set to private.

Chance Kelly

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Inside Fighter as Johnny ‘Bomb’ Hayes (rumored), Gutterbee, character unknown

Sam Winslow’s Ray replacement fixer, Chance Kelly, is set to write, produce, and potentially star in upcoming Drama film, Inside Fighter. He’s rumored to play the lead role of Johnny ‘Bomb’ Hayes in a tale about boxing. There is no release date for the film as of yet, only the script has been finalized.

Inside Fighter Synopsis:

Survival and redemption harnessing boxing as a metaphor for struggles and challenges life can present. A tale of love, honor and family. The day you stop fighting is the day you start dying.

Ole’ Vinny will also be featured in upcoming Comedy film, Gutterbee, which is written, directed, and co-produced by Ulrich Thomsen [Darling]. The picture co-stars Deadwood’s W. Earl Brown and Trainspotting’s Ewen Bremner among its cast. No release date on this project as of yet.

Tony Curran

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Sgt. Mikey ‘Rad’ Radulovic, will potentially encounter Abby Donovan in another on-screen life, as actor Tony Curran is set to co-star in the upcoming Deadwood film.

Curran’s official character name hasen’t been revealed yet but the Ray Donovan season 6 antagonist couldn’t be more thrilled! In fact, Curran’s so hyped to be part of the franchise, he placed “Actor #DeadwoodMovie” first on his bio over at Twitter.

Deadwood is one of television’s greatest works of art after all. Akin to receiving a role in an unexpected new chapter to Homer’s The Iliad, an absolute honor. The movie adaption of David Milch’s creation is currently in the post-production phase.

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Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up

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Ray Donovan season 6, episode 11 preview: Never Gonna Give You Up - Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

Every action has an equal reaction as Bridget’s kidnapping hits Ray Donovan like a sack of bricks.

Newton’s Third Law is in full bloom on the latest Ray Donovan chapter on Showtime. Every retaliatory gesture receiving a worthy counterpart, morality removed entirely from the equation. Once fast becoming best of friends, Ray and Mac have been pitted against each other, seemingly absent of free will. Lest they lose their families because of decisions undertaken. Choices now falling like dominos with the hefty thud of real life. Rather, they are merely pawns in a game of chess played by modern nobility. Their own lives inconsequential to the nobles’ larger portrait, the bigger picture.

The proxy war between media magnate Sam Winslow and corrupt Mayor Ed Ferrati has left a trail of collateral damage without remorse. A squabble over ownership of a penitentiary for capitalistic gain at its epicenter. Another gem to throw into their pile of beaming success that would make Scrooge McDuck blush.

An eye for an eye at every turn, Lex talionis, the law of talion (retaliation), supposedly considered primitive and outlawed in a civilized society… Revealed to be just lip service. As Ray’s father Mickey Donovan candidly put it, ‘This is war Raymond. They take one of ours, we take one of theirs.’

Bridget Donovan is the world and the stars to her father Ray Donovan, However, to Sam Winslow, she’s a calculated loss for her company’s bottom line, forgotten like a morning cup of coffee. Meanwhile, to Mac, Bridget is a leverage chip for survival in a world gone awry where might means right. Where the winner clicks publish on the narrative with full-editing rights. Just as the audience witnessed with Justine before Bridget. Ray’s worst nightmare and most fragile fear is Bridget becoming Justine #2.

Major Plot Points for tonight’s Ray Donovan episode:
  • Mac has taken Bridget Donovan elsewhere after hearing Danny Bianchi has been taken, fearing Ray’s imminent response.
  • Bunchy Donovan is in custody but will likely protect his father and not reveal Mickey’s whereabouts.
  • Terry Donovan is visited by Agent Ange Howe, who will look to Terry to ‘talk sense’ into his brother.
  • It’s clear Terry is not fond of his father, saying ‘the man is a monster’ to Bunchy last episode, telling him to give ‘the old man up.’ Terry will attempt to convince Bunchy to give up Mickey’s location.
  • How long can Smitty and Sandy Patrick hold officer Danny Bianchi for? Will Ray really look to go after Bianchi’s wife if Bridget continues to be held by Mac?
  • Winslow’s article on Mayor Ed Ferrati is public now. Will the Mayor respond or lay low amidst the blaring spotlight by the media?

Ray Donovan “Never Gonna Give You Up” Sneak Peek:

Agent Ange Howe descends upon Terry’s apartment sensing a structural exploit on the part of Bunchy’s psyche and looking to dig in. In the sneak peek trailer above, Howe approaches Terry with an offer to speak to his brother but really just looking to utilize him as a resource.

It feels like the official branch, the media tycoons, and gray area ‘fixers’ on Ray Donovan operate under the same unspoken set of rules. Laws that are more akin to the motion of water than set in granite. Particularly, when it comes to gaining a psychological advantage on a prized chip in Bunchy. ‘Talking sense’ into Bunchy, equivalent to relinquishing information they ‘earnestly’ want…

Ray Donovan “Never Gonna Give You Up” Preview Trailer

Sandy Patrick attempts to calm down the brooding Smitty in the preview trailer above but will he act out on his own? A minor error by Smitty and Danny Bianchi is gone, leaving the Donovans without any leverage at all… And that’s if Bianchi’s life is valued by Rad at this stage of the game.

Ray appears distraught and lost without Bridget, and displayed glimpses of Liam Neeson in Taken last episode. If anything should happen to Bridget, it’s a sure bet Ray will follow through on his dark promise of vengeance to Bianchi.

Meanwhile, Terry follows through on Agent Ange Howe’s request and visits Bunchy, telling him to ‘give Mick up,’ again calling his father a monster.

Impact Moment Last Episode: Ray and Mickey unite

Last week’s most impactful Ray Donovan moment of the week arrived after news of Bridget’s kidnapping. The sordid event brought father and son back together in true Donovan fashion. Though Ray and Mickey have their share of differences, family will always come first. The reunion made them a force to be reckoned with once again, when going solo had tore each Donovan name apart.

New Cast Member – Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe

Teresa Lim as Agent Ange Howe in RAY DONOVAN (Season 6, Episode 11, “Never Gonna Give You Up”). – Photo Credit: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: RAYDONOVAN_611_491.R.JPG

Actress Teresa Lim (also occasionally credited as Teresa Avia Lim) debuts on Ray Donovan tonight as character Agent Ange Howe, as seen in the sneak peek trailer above. Lim has previously appeared in the Limitless television series, Blue Bloods (also on CBS), and most recently the film Monster among other projects.

She’s appeared in several theatre productions as well including Shakespeare in the Park’s The Taming of the Shrew (2016) and Junk, a Lincoln Center Original Broadway Production (2017). You can follow Teresa Lim on Instagram for her latest life and career updates.

Check out my interview with Mickey Donovan himself, Jon Voight, at last year’s Tribeca TV Festival! Photos from Ray Donovan’s latest episode available below to get you ready for tonight’s striking chapter.

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