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Grace and Frankie: Marta Kauffman Teases Season Three

27 June 2016 8:17 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

What's in store for Grace and Frankie? Recently, series co-creator Marta Kauffman spoke with Deadline about her season three plans for the Netflix series.

The comedy stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as two unlikely friends who come together after their husbands fall in love. The cast also includes Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, June Diane Raphael, and Ethan Embry. Season two premiered in May.

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin Want To Release More Than One Season of ‘Grace and Frankie’ a Year

24 June 2016 7:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Lily Tomlin isn’t feeling well.

Sitting in her trailer on the Paramount lot, the Emmy-winning actress has a cold that would be more than enough for this weak-willed critic to call in sick. But instead, she’s only taking a break — a short break that she’s using to talk about “Grace and Frankie.”

Next to Tomlin, rubbing her back and offering assistance in any way possible, is her Oscar-winning friend and co-star, Jane Fonda. The two acting icons, sitting side by side on a cozy L-shaped couch, just released the new season of their Netflix hit a few days earlier, and they’re already deep into shooting Season 3. Considering the grueling 16-hour shoot days, it’s no surprise anyone would be feeling a bit tired. But all these two are thinking about is making more.

Fonda and Tomlin both want more “Grace and Frankie” — more seasons, more often. »

- Ben Travers

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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin Want To Release More Than One Season of ‘Grace and Frankie’ a Year

24 June 2016 7:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lily Tomlin isn’t feeling well.

Sitting in her trailer on the Paramount lot, the Emmy-winning actress has a cold that would be more than enough for this weak-willed critic to call in sick. But instead, she’s only taking a break — a short break that she’s using to talk about “Grace and Frankie.”

Next to Tomlin, rubbing her back and offering assistance in any way possible, is her Oscar-winning friend and co-star, Jane Fonda. The two acting icons, sitting side by side on a cozy L-shaped couch, just released the new season of their Netflix hit a few days earlier, and they’re already deep into shooting Season 3. Considering the grueling 16-hour shoot days, it’s no surprise anyone would be feeling a bit tired. But all these two are thinking about is making more.

Fonda and Tomlin both want more “Grace and Frankie” — more seasons, more often. »

- Ben Travers

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Jerrod Carmichael on His Ultimate Goal For ‘The Carmichael Show’ and Why Stand-Up is Acting (Consider This)

23 June 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Carmichael Show,” on its face, feels very familiar: the laugh track; the multi-cam format; the family dynamic. But after watching any of the 19 aired episodes, it’s immediately clear how special — how important — the discussion being had every week is, especially for broadcast television.

Speaking truths is what matters to co-creator and star Jerrod Carmichael. The 29-year-old stand-up comedian is taking the observations, life lessons and general dialogue from his stage routines, dropping it into a group of opinionated people and finding honest answers to questions many people are asking every day. Oh, and he’s putting those crucial conversations on national television, and making them damn funny to boot.

IndieWire recently spoke with Carmichael about how he’s approached the transition from stand-up to acting and what drives the show from point to point, but first we dig into the topic of the season: Emmys.

There’s a lot of TV out there. »

- Ben Travers

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How Michael Jackson's Kids Paris, Prince and Blanket Are Coping 7 Years After Father's Death

22 June 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's been seven years since they lost their father but Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson have each found their own ways to honor Michael Jackson's memory. Paris, 18, is keeping her dad's memory alive through body art. In April, she got a tattoo that read "Queen of My Heart" in her father's handwriting, explaining, "To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart." And in May, she added more Michael-themed ink, namely, the cover art from his 1989 album Dangerous. "The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. »

- Mia McNiece

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How Michael Jackson's Kids Paris, Prince and Blanket Are Coping 7 Years After Father's Death

22 June 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's been seven years since they lost their father but Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson have each found their own ways to honor Michael Jackson's memory. Paris, 18, is keeping her dad's memory alive through body art. In April, she got a tattoo that read "Queen of My Heart" in her father's handwriting, explaining, "To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart." And in May, she added more Michael-themed ink, namely, the cover art from his 1989 album Dangerous. "The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. »

- Mia McNiece

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Paris Jackson Says Fans Harassed Her for Not Posting a Father's Day Tribute to Michael Jackson

20 June 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Paris Jackson wants to honor her father how she sees fit - without input from her fans and followers. Jackson, the daughter of late music icon Michael Jackson, apparently received some flack on social media for not posting about Father's Day, Sunday. In response, the 18-year-old wrote on Twitter, Monday, "If you try to harass someone into posting online about a holiday (father's day), ask yourself if it's any of your business." Hours later, she added, "having 8 tattoos dedicated to someone overrules a single post about them on a stupid social media acc because of a holiday. #justmyopinion." if you »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Paris Jackson Says Fans Harassed Her for Not Posting a Father's Day Tribute to Michael Jackson

20 June 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Paris Jackson wants to honor her father how she sees fit - without input from her fans and followers. Jackson, the daughter of late music icon Michael Jackson, apparently received some flack on social media for not posting about Father's Day, Sunday. In response, the 18-year-old wrote on Twitter, Monday, "If you try to harass someone into posting online about a holiday (father's day), ask yourself if it's any of your business." Hours later, she added, "having 8 tattoos dedicated to someone overrules a single post about them on a stupid social media acc because of a holiday. #justmyopinion." if you »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Fyc: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grace and Frankie’

15 June 2016 5:31 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Jazz Tangcay makes a plea for Emmy to consider both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for their superb comedy work in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. Last year, Emmy recognized »

- Clarence Moye

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Jane Fonda to Celebrate ‘Laramie Project’ With Tectonic at 25!

15 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year marks a quarter century of groundbreaking theater at Moisés Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project, and the celebrated theater-maker and friends are ringing it in with style at Tectonic at 25! The 25th anniversary benefit performance will hit Nyu Skirball in New York City on Nov. 7 with host Jane Fonda. The event, which Kaufman will direct, is scheduled to include reimagined excerpts from award-winning Tectonic Theater classics like “The Laramie Project,” “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” “33 Variations,” “I Am My Own Wife,” and “Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical.” The roster of stage and film talent to take the spotlight and perform that evening has yet to be announced, but given Kaufman’s reputation and Fonda’s attachment, we expect theater legends and legends-in-the-making to participate. With a host committee that includes Sir Ian McKellen, Sally Field, David Hyde Pierce, Darren Criss, Jonathan Groff, and more, the Tectonic Theater Project has established itself as a leading company for politically and socially conscious theater. Tickets for the Nov. 7 event are »

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If You Want True Diversity in Hollywood, Don’t Forget About Seniors and Actors With Disabilities

13 June 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The outcry for Hollywood to finally embrace true diversity both in front of and behind the camera has never been louder than it is right now, particularly as it applies to race and gender, but those rallying cries often overlook other groups in need of better representation in the industry.

As a new piece in Variety reminds us, “diversity means much more than race, and many groups are still under-represented — particularly characters over 60 and people with disabilities.”

Read More: ‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 2 Made Jane Fonda and Sam Waterston Feel Young Again (In Very Specific Ways)

According to Adam Moore, national director of Eeo and diversity for SAG-aftra, much of the casting we see in Hollywood features is reflective of the world at large.

He recently told Variety, “As a society, we are not terribly comfortable with some of these issues. I don’t think it’s due to malice; people go to what they know, and in a business environment, you look for the least risky. But we’re not great about acknowledging the fact that certain people are excluded from the systems in place.”

Similarly, producer and former television executive Loreen Arbus makes note of the people with disabilities (PWDs) we see on our screens. She directed Variety to “a GLAAD study that monitored 2015 broadcast series and found 881 regular characters: 84 of them were PWDs, representing only 0.09% — down from 1.4% in 2014.

But Arbus is looking for ways she can help improve the system. She told Variety that she’s “working on specific projects as well as a proposal for rethinking the whole process. That includes a form of speed-dating, but for casting directors and performers, ‘so people with disabilities will have a chance to get a couple of inches inside the door, so that Hollywood will hire more people with disabilities.'”

Moore is also optimistic about the state of the industry, and he told the outlet, “We’re starting to see movement. There are audiences saying, ‘We spend money! We watch stuff!'”

Read More: ‘Grace and Frankie’ Co-Creator Marta Kauffman on the Pros and Cons of Netflix and Why ‘Friends’ Is ‘Over’ (For Good)

Examples of that movement? Shows like “Grace and Frankie,” which is reportedly the first series since “Golden Girls” to primarily focus on characters who are over 60. Variety also notes that ABC is playing home to a new fall series, “Speechless,” which involves a special-needs child.

Moore added, “We’re seeing more and more audiences leave same-old/same-old entertainment; they are desperately clamoring for something different from what they’ve seen before.

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- Kate Erbland

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Seniors and Actors With Disabilities Still Underrepresented On Screen

13 June 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As Hollywood grapples with diversity, TV has generally received good marks from the media and industry members. TV offers 400-plus scripted series, with a mix of races, thanks to such newer series as Wgn America’s “Underground,” ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat,” and NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” plus stalwarts including Fox’s “Empire” and ABC’s Shondaland trio (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and “Scandal”).

But diversity means much more than race, and many groups are still under-represented — particularly characters over 60 and people with disabilities.

Adam Moore, national director of Eeo and diversity for SAG-aftra, says Hollywood is a reflection of the bigger challenge. “As a society, we are not terribly comfortable with some of these issues. I don’t think it’s due to malice; people go to what they know, and in a business environment, you look for the least risky. But we’re not great about acknowledging the fact that certain people are excluded from the systems in place.”

Marta Kauffman says Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” is the first series since NBC’s “Golden Girls” [1985-92] to center on characters over 60. Kauffman co-created the series with Howard J. Morris because she realized there were no shows addressing things that a huge chunk of the population is facing: The lead characters, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, deal with sex, aging and fears of mortality, but in a funny-sad-hopeful way.

Kauffman says there is “a certain ageist factor in the industry.” When TV execs want content that’s fresh, they assume new ideas can only come from young writers.

“People go to what they know, and in a business environment, you look for the least risky.” Adam Moore

They also assume that when a series deals with an untapped demographic, that’s the only audience that will watch the show. Kauffman says “Grace and Frankie” has already disproved that, appealing to many demos, including youngsters (though Netflix doesn’t divulge details about its viewers).

SAG-aftra’s Moore agrees that older characters are often invisible, especially females. Women generally earn smaller salaries than male actors, “and when they’re over 40, it goes down even further. And if you look at a woman of color or with a disability who’s over 60, the chances of work go down tenfold.” However, he remains optimistic. “We’re starting to see movement. There are audiences saying, ‘We spend money! We watch stuff!’ ” So Hollywood may pay closer attention.

Steven James Tingus — a former presidential appointee for disability, research and policy — points out that the areas of aging and disabilities are related. Able-bodied people sometimes “age into a disability.”

New Age Family: ABC’s “Speechless” cast actor Micah Fowler, who has cerebal palsy.

ABC will launch the series “Speechless,” involving a special-needs child, this fall. And Tingus says Shonda Rhimes and Lee Daniels “totally understand it.” But otherwise, people with disabilities (Pwd) are rarely depicted —and when they are, the vast majority of those roles go to able-bodied actors.

Producer and former TV exec Loreen Arbus is a longtime activist who says Pwd are getting rarer. She cites a GLAAD study that monitored 2015 broadcast series and found 881 regular characters: 84 of them were PWDs, representing only 0.09% — down from 1.4% in 2014. Arbus says, “Norman Lear broke ground in so many areas, but much of what he stood for has disappeared.”

However, she’s hopeful because “things come and go in cycles.” She’s working on specific projects as well as a proposal for rethinking the whole process. That includes a form of speed-dating, but for casting directors and performers, “so people with disabilities will have a chance to get a couple of inches inside the door, so that Hollywood will hire more people with disabilities.”

Tingus emphasizes that this is good business sense. In the U.S. alone, the census reported 57 million individuals with disabilities (defined as a condition that limits one or more daily activities).

“Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’ is the first series since NBC’s ‘Golden Girls’ to center on characters over 60.” Marta Kauffman

Moore agrees that inclusion makes good business sense. “We’re seeing more and more audiences leave same-old/same-old entertainment; they are desperately clamoring for something different from what they’ve seen before.” Such series as “Orange Is the New Black” and “Transparent” prove that there is an audience far beyond the communities depicted there. “Everybody wants to see a world they’re not familiar with. This is the power of the medium we deal with.”

Hopefully, Hollywood decision-makers will increasingly tap into a pool of talent that, he says, is “woefully under-represented.”

Moore concludes, “The union is here, as a resource and a partner. There are people who want to tell these stories, from students to the traditional gatekeepers at studios and networks. Our 160,000 members know there is a wealth of talent to get their story to the audience. Reach out and find us. It’s not a matter of ‘Why is this important?’; now, it’s ‘How do we do it?’”

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- Tim Gray

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Sharon Stone Has Revealed Whether Her Marvel Character Is a Hero or Villain

9 June 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last month we were all taken by surprise when Sharon Stone let slip she has a role in a Marvel movie. She didn't tell us who she'd be playing at the time or which movie it would be but a new interview may have revealed her hero status and more. Guesting on The Late Late Show with James Corden along with Marvel's Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan, Stone revealed "I’m just doing a wee part in a Marvel movie, upcoming, and I can’t tell because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements. But I’m going to do a wee part in a Marvel movie now." The conclusion many came to was she'd be taking on the important role of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne (mother to Evangeline Lilly's Hope and lost wife of Michael Douglas' Hank), in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Were we right? »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Sharon Stone Drops A Hot Clue Regarding Her Secret Marvel Role

9 June 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sharon Stone got the internet all hot and bothered recently when she made sly mention of an upcoming part in a Marvel movie. The actress referred to it as “a wee role” that, naturally, sparked tons of speculation. Did the “wee” mean it was small in length, like a fleeting cameo or background appearance? Or was it to be taken literally as in, she’s probably playing Janet Van Dyne aka the original Wasp in Ant-Man And The Wasp?

Neither of those questions will be answered today, as the mystery surrounding her performance grows ever deeper. As part of an Aarp profile that also discusses Jane Fonda and Alfre Woodard, Stone’s part in the as-yet unnamed Marvel movie gets a mention that’s got folks scratching their heads:

Meanwhile, Woodard and Stone are about to become very familiar to the highly sought-after comic-book-film crowd: Woodard’s character is a »

- Gem Seddon

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Marvel: Sharon Stone's mystery role has heat powers

9 June 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Sharon Stone is said to be joining an unnamed Marvel movie, and the latest clue is that it's a character with heat power.

Last month, Sharon Stone implied on The Late Late Show with James Corden that she was set for what she cheekily referred to as “a wee part” in a “Marvel movie". Which one? No idea, and there wasn't a hint as to whether it was a Marvel Studios film, or something that 20th Century Fox is working on. Maybe even Netflix.

However, a new hint has come couresty of an interview with Aarp. In it, Stone, alongside actresses Jane Fonda and Alfre Woodard, talks about upcoming roles, with the discussion turning to Marvel. Woodard’s role as Mariah Dilard on the upcoming Netflix Marvel spinoff series Luke Cage was teased.

However, it seems that Stone had a Marvel-relevant tidbit to add. As the article states, »

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Is Sharon Stone Playing the Original Wasp in Ant-Man 2?

9 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, actress Sharon Stone dropped quite the big bombshell on CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden, revealing that she has in fact signed on for a small role in an upcoming, yet unidentified Marvel movie. She said on the late night talk show that she couldn't speak about her character, due to confidentiality agreements, but now the actress has dropped another big hint about her role. We still don't know what movie she's appearing in, but these new details may hint that she's joining Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The 58-year-old actress was recently part of a profile piece by Aarp, along with Alfre Woodard and Jane Fonda. While the piece largely centers on how these actresses are still going strong into their twilight years, they did reveal one tidbit about Sharon Stone's mysterious Marvel character. Here's an excerpt from that article below.

"Woodard and Stone are »

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Melanie Mayron On Directing ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘Grace and Frankie’ and Age In Hollywood

9 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy-winning actress Melanie Mayron may still be best known as Melissa Steadman from the ABC hit “thirtysomething,” but she’s had a steady career as a TV director ever since that ’90s drama. This season she helmed four installments of “Jane the Virgin” (and appeared on camera in the recurring role of Professor Donaldson), plus episodes of “Grace and Frankie,” “Faking It” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

What made you interested in directing?

Back in 1976, Claudia Weill directed a movie called “Girlfriends.” It seemed like everybody was out of film school. The energy was so amazing, I was like, “Oh my god, filmmaking is incredible.” When I got on “thirtysomething,” all the guys were lining up [to direct] and I asked every season. They let me do [two episodes]. All of a sudden my agent booked me in all this TV directing. I said, “How come I got so many jobs?” He said, “Good gets you the job. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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‘Casual’ Creative Duo Jason Reitman & Zander Lehmann: Why Family Love Beats Romance as a Catalyst (Exclusive Emmy Video)

6 June 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of Jason Reitman’s gifts as a filmmaker is tuning into idiosyncratic voices who speak to him, from writer Diablo Cody (“Juno”) to Zander Lehmann (“Casual”). Lehmann and Reitman have the same agent, so Lehmann knew that Reitman wanted to check out TV. He waited for the director to read his script about two siblings who live together as they explore online dating. His patience was rewarded.

With the first season of “Casual,” Hulu gave Reitman, Lehmann, and executive producers Liz Tigelaar (she runs the writer’s room) and Helen Estabrook (she masterminds production) plenty of leeway to create the 10-episode, half-hour series. “Rather than one person leading,” said Lehmann during our video interview at Reitman’s Sunset Boulevard office, “we are fortunate that four of us all have a voice in it.”

Thanks to three charismatic, skilled actors—Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey as siblings Valerie and Alex, »

- Anne Thompson

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Bruce Dern, at 80, Reflects on His Career, Working With Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock

4 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At high school and college track meets, Bruce Dern was known as the guy who came from behind to win the race. Most actors who started out in the 1950s and ’60s faded away long ago, but Dern continues to be a runner — and continues to work as an actor, including his Oscar-nominated performance in “Nebraska” and in last year’s “Hateful Eight.”

Dern, who turns 80 on Saturday, got his professional start by working with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and his career is dotted with big names that he worked with: John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Roger Corman, Jane Fonda and Jack Nicholson, to name a few. He also had encounters with such diverse characters as notorious west coast mobster Mickey Cohen and noted pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Dern recently told Variety, “I’ve worked with six geniuses as directors: Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, »

- Tim Gray

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