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After ComicBook.com reached out, FOX confirmed that “Home” was Sage’s last episode as a series regular, but that the door remained open for her to return in the future.
FOX did not provide a reason for Sage’s departure.
“Home” aired on January 10th and saw Sage’s character, Lt. Alara Kitan, resign her post aboard the USS Orville. The episode led to speculation and discussion among fans of the show about Sage and Alara’s future.
There have been rumors about Sage’s departure for months as she was noted to be working on other projects while The Orville’s second season was still in production. The Orville also added Jessica Szohr as a new series regular in Season 2. Szohr’s character, Talla, still hasn’t made her first appearance, but photos from The Orville’s set suggest that Talla is a Xelayan security officer, just like Alara. This has led to speculation the Szhor’s character is meant to replace Alara.
Alara was the chief security officer aboard the Orville. She is incredibly strong in Earth-normal gravity after growing up in the exponentially stronger gravitational pull of her home planet, Xelaya. The episode “Home” revealed that Xelayans who spend a long time away from their homeworld eventually adjust to Earth-normal gravity and lose their strength. For some Xelayans, this happens more quickly and more suddenly. Alara discovered she was one of those Xelayans when she broke her arm in an arm-wrestling match with Isaac.
Alara returned to Xelaya to reacclimate herself to its gravity. This meant spending time with her family. Her parents and sister are all scholars who never understood or appreciated Alara’s calling to join the Planetary Union fleet, but after Alara saved the family from vengeful home invaders during the episode, she finally gained the respect of her father.
Dr. Finn devised a treatment that, while painful, would have allowed Alara to return to the Orvilleand still regain her strength. Alara decided not to go through with the treatment. Instead, she chose to return to Xelaya to reconnect with her family. She left a gift on Capt. Mercer’s desk, a large jar of pickles, which is a reference to several jokes between the two characters in the show’s first season.
We’re sad to see Alara leave The Orville but very excited to see what Halston has planned for the future! We can only hope that we may see Alara onboard The Orville soon again!
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, GORDON MALLOY (Scott Grimes, “ER,” “Justified”), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. CLAIRE FINN (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; BORTUS (Peter Macon, “Shameless,” “Bosch”), an alien from a single-sex species; ISAAC (Mark Jackson, “That Royal Today”), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator JOHN LAMARR (J. Lee, FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; ALARA KITAN (Halston Sage, “Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and YAPHIT, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”). Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.
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Awesomeness Film’s thriller “You Get Me” starring Halston Sage, Bella Throne and Taylor John Smith will be premiering on Netflix this June on Friday June 16th 2017!
Here’s an excerpt from the press release via Variety:
The company’s Awesomeness Films unit will release its Netflix original film “You Get Me” (pictured above) on Friday, June 16. The movie — billed as a teen version of “Fatal Attraction”— stars Bella Thorne (“Famous in Love”), Halston Sage (“Before I Fall”), Taylor John Smith (“American Crime”), Anna Akana (“Miss 2059”), and Nash Grier (“The Outfield”).
The Netflix original movie follows Tyler (Smith), a high-school student who is crazy in love with his perfect girlfriend Ali (Sage). When a fight sends him spiraling, he lands in the arms of sexy out-of-towner Holly (Thorne) who shows him a night he won’t forget.
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Nick Thune and Halston Sage star in the dramedy, which also features an appearance by Usher, playing himself.
“I just signed up on the social medias,” says internet introvert Jed (played by comedian Nick Thune) in the trailer for People You May Know, which The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive first look at.
The dramedy focuses on Jed as he is taken under the wing of Tasha (Halston Sage), who devises a plan to cultivate and craft Jed’s image, taking him from a regular guy to a cross-platform social media celebrity.
Things get complicated when he crosses paths with his high school crush (Kaily Smith Westbrook), with Jed having to figure out a way to bridge the gap between his true self and his new facade.
Ian Harding also stars in the movie, which features an appearance by Usher, playing himself.
People You May Know comes from first-time director Sherwin Shilati and will premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
For dates and tickets to see the screening of the movie check out the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Website here!
Halston Sage (Crisis) and Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle) have landed series-regular roles in Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Jon Favreau is set to direct the first episode of the series, which is set in space 300 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet.
Character details for Sage and Johnson Jerald’s roles were not provided, as has been the case with other castmembers including Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon and J Lee. Sage co-starred on the NBC series Crisis, and her recent film credits include Goosebumps, Paper Towns and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Repped by CAA and manager Jason Weinberg, she next appears in the features You Get Me and Before I Fall. Johnson Jerald was a regular on Castle for four seasons, played Sherry Palmer on 24 and was the titular character’s personal assistant Beverly on The Larry Sanders Show, among many other TV credits. She is repped by Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates.
Awesomeness Films’ Before I Fall, the film based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver, will get a wide release theatrically by Open Road Films on April 7, 2017. Directed by Russo-Young, the film follows a young woman who has it all: the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friends and drop dead gorgeous looks. One day is just another charmed one in Sam’s life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death—and discovers the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
With a screenplay by Maria Maggenti and produced by Brian Robbins, Matt Kaplan, and Jon Shestack, Before I Fall stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris, Medalion Rahimi, and Jennifer Beals.
The film offers counter-programming in a weekend that will se the tentpole Furious 8 drop into theaters from Universal. Also scheduled in limited release from Fox Searchlight that same weekend is Gifted — a film in the vein of Kramer vs. Kramer directed by Marc Webb and starring Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan and McKenna Grace.
Awesomeness Films is ramping up its next project, and reteaming with Bella Thorne and Halston Sage to do it. The pair have signed on to star in You Get Me, a thriller being directed by The Jinx‘s Brent Bonacorso. Ben Epstein wrote the script. Production is set to begin next month primarily on location in Los Angeles.
The pic centers on Tyler, fresh out of an argument with his perfect girlfriend Ali (Sage), who lands in the arms of sexy out-of-towner Grace (Thorne). The morning after, he finds that not only does Ali agree to take him back, but Grace is a new student at their school and is dead set on her new man.
“We are thrilled to be working with Bella and Halston again. They are both incredibly talented actors and we can’t wait to bring this fresh thriller to audiences worldwide,” said Matt Kaplan, President of Awesomeness Films, the film arm of the DreamWorks Animation-Hearst multiplatform unit AwesomenessTV.
Thorne starred in Awesomeness Films’ Shovel Bodies which has its world premiere at SXSW next week. She’s also co-starring in The Weinstein Company’s Amityville: The Awakening which will bow next January. She is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment.
Sage, whose credits include the upcoming Neighbors 2, Fox’s Paper Towns with Cara Delevinge and Nat Wolff, is in Awesomeness Films’ Before I Fall, the pic based on Lauren Oliver’s bestselling novel that stars Zoey Deutch. Sage is repped by CAA and ROAR.
Bonacorso is repped by UTA and Underground, and Epstein by CAA and Think Tank Management.
Halston Sage, Nick Thune and Kaily Westbrook are starring in the dramatic comedy “People You May Know,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The film is written and directed by Sherwin Shilati (“Neil & John In: The Key”) from his script, co-written by Michael Mohan (“Save the Date”).
Producers are Shelley Stevens and Red Ladders Entertainment. Once Upon a Time Productions executive produced with YayBig Productions and Bella Donna Productions as associate producers.
Nick Rutherford (“The Kings of Summer”), Gillian Alexy (“McLeod’s Daughters”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”) and Ian Harding (“Pretty Little Liars”) co-star in the film.
Thune plays a 30-something introvert who, after abstaining from social media his adult life, is convinced that he doesn’t exist if he’s not online. When filling out his profiles, he realizes the life he can fake is much more interesting than the one he actually leads.
“Of all the incredible things social media has brought us, it’s beginning to serve as a major source of our self-worth,” said Shilati. “Our goal with this film is to bring to light some of the ways we subconsciously use social media to value ourselves in a thoughtful and entertaining way.”
Principal photography just wrapped on “People You May Know.” CAA is handling North American sales.
Thune stars in the upcoming “Dave Made a Maze.” Sage’s credits include “Goosebumps” and “Paper Towns.”
Thune is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment. Sage is represented by CAA and Roar. Westbrook is represented by Brillstein Entertainment. Shilati is represented by UTA and BenderSpink.
Awesomeness Films has announced that Halston Sage, Logan Miller, and Kian Lawley will be joining Zoey Deutch as the stars of the upcoming movie, Before I Fall.
Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) and Elena Kampouris (Men, Women & Children) round out the cast, with Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks) directing.
Adapted from Lauren Oliver’s novel, Before I Fall stars Deutch (Vampire Academy) as a high school senior named Samantha Kingston with a seemingly perfect life, complete with a gorgeous boyfriend and inseparable best friends, until she’s stuck reliving one day of her life — Feb. 12 — over and over again.
Sage and Miller can be seen next in The Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Lawley, who is best known as a YouTube star, made his film debut in this summer’s horror flick The Chosen.
Awesomeness Films recently released Smosh: The Movie, and their upcoming projects include Snervous, a documentary about Tyler Oakley, and Dance Camp, a feature starring YouTube and Vine stars Meg DeAngelis and Jake Paul.
Production on Before I Fall will begin in November.
With the release of “Paper Towns” just around the corner the cast preparing for the release with the “Get Lost Get Found” press tour featuring John Green, Nat Wolff, Cara Delevinge & Halston Sage! Vote for your state on tumblr by going to papertownsmovie.com/tour and liking and/or reblogging the post featuring your selected state and that’s it! One note = one vote! Voting ends on June 15th 2015 at 9PM PDT. Good luck!