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17 items from 2016


The 11 Most Honest Portrayals of Abortion on TV

28 June 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which overruled a Texas abortion law that would shut down all but a handful of clinics across the state, was the most significant decision on abortion the court has made in the last 20 years. While abortion is a constant hot topic in terms of governmental policy, it is rarely addressed on our televisions, outside of CNN or Fox News. And when it is addressed, TV shows have a tendency to shy away from honestly portraying how real women deal with unwanted pregnancies.

Read More: Tribeca: A Director Explains Her Difficult Journey to Make ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’

Starting with the famous “Maude” storyline in 1972 and continuing all the way to a shocking “Scandal” midseason finale, we’re taking stock of the most honest portrayals of abortion on television.

Maude” (1972)

Episode: “Maude’s Dilemma,” Parts 1 and 2

In 1972, a few months prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, »

- Kate Halliwell

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The 11 Most Honest Portrayals of Abortion on TV

28 June 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which overruled a Texas abortion law that would shut down all but a handful of clinics across the state, was the most significant decision on abortion the court has made in the last 20 years. While abortion is a constant hot topic in terms of governmental policy, it is rarely addressed on our televisions, outside of CNN or Fox News. And when it is addressed, TV shows have a tendency to shy away from honestly portraying how real women deal with unwanted pregnancies.

Read More: Tribeca: A Director Explains Her Difficult Journey to Make ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’

Starting with the famous “Maude” storyline in 1972 and continuing all the way to a shocking “Scandal” midseason finale, we’re taking stock of the most honest portrayals of abortion on television.

Maude” (1972)

Episode: “Maude’s Dilemma,” Parts 1 and 2

In 1972, a few months prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, »

- Kate Halliwell

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Superhero Bits: Spider-Man PS4, Batman Day 2016, Bea Arthur in Deadpool & More

14 June 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What did Ryan Reynolds have to do in order to secure that Bea Arthur reference in Deadpool? How many non-mutant superheroes appeared in X-Men: The Animated Series? Which villain does Deadpool star Ed Skrein want to see in the sequel? When is Batman Day happening this fall? How awesome does the new Spider-Man PS4 game […]

The post Superhero Bits: Spider-Man PS4, Batman Day 2016, Bea Arthur in Deadpool & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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How 'Black-ish,' 'Transparent' and More Comedy Series Tackle Racism: "We Just Can't Run From Having These Conversations"

9 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Every couple of decades, sitcoms get serious. Back in the 1970s, race relations became a primetime topic on All in the Family, and Bea Arthur had TV's first abortion in an episode of Maude. During the '90s, Murphy Brown helped make single motherhood a front-page issue. Now, in 2016, it's happening again, with such super-topical issues as police shootings, gay marriage, xenophobia and transgender bathroom politics being played for laughs (mostly) on broadcast and streaming comedies. When ABC's Black-ish aired an episode in which the Johnson children asked their parents about the police shootings in Ferguson, Mo.,

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- Gregory Ellwood

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The Golden Girls Funko Pop! Vinyl figures revealed

14 May 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“Thank you for being a friend…”

Funko has revealed its upcoming Pop! Television vinyl figures from the classic U.S. sitcom The Golden Girls which includes Betty White’s Rose, Bea Arthur’s Dorothy, Rue McClanahan’s Blanche and Estelle Getty’s Sophia; take a look below…

Our Golden Girls Pop! figures embody Dorothy’s wit, Blache the Southern belle, Rose’s charm, and Sophia’s bluntness!

Collect the whole group this summer!

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- Amie Cranswick

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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How Deadpool Snuck In An Awesome Bea Arthur Nod, Thanks To Ryan Reynolds

7 March 2016 7:19 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While Deadpool is so full of easter eggs and references that catching them all would be a herculean task, one of them was apparently so important that Ryan Reynolds himself got involved in order to be sure that it happened. He asked Bea Arthur’s son for permission to use her likeness in the movie. In the comics, the character of Deadpool has something of an unhealthy relationship with The Golden Girls, and specifically with star Bea Arthur. Because of the comic connection, it made perfect sense to include some kind of reference to Arthur, but, as it turned out, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds actually had a connection to Arthur’s family. About a million years ago, when Ryan Reynolds was doing a sitcom on TV (how old do you feel now?), he worked on the stage next door to Daniel Saks, one of Bea Arthur’s »

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Bea Arthur's Back! 'Deadpool' Cameo, Animal Collective Song and New Secrets of the 'Star Wars Holiday Special'

4 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the March 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Fox’s $600 million box-office juggernaut Deadpool is introducing a new generation to the unlikeliest of heroines: Bea Arthur. The face of the Golden Girls star, who died in 2009 at age 86, appears on a tank top worn by the Marvel antihero, played by Ryan Reynolds. Fans of the comic are already aware that the vigilante (real name Wade Winston Wilson) harbors a crush on the star, a plot point dreamed up by Deadpool

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Emily S. Whitten: Deconstructing Deadpool

16 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

After what seems like decades of waiting (oh wait: it was actually about 10 years!) the Deadpool movie finally opened in theaters this past weekend to the tune of a record-shattering $135 million at the box office; and it was everything I’d hoped for. It was exactly the Deadpool movie that we needed at this point to get the franchise rolling – a dynamic R film that pulls no punches about who Deadpool is and why he’s not a traditional hero, yet invests us in his unorthodox character and worldview and gets us rooting for him anyway. And as I walked out of the theater, despite any minor critiques I may have, I felt distinctly the warm, zen-like glow of happiness from having just experienced the fulfillment of longtime hopes I’ve cherished for the manifestation of just such a Deadpool film.

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- Emily S. Whitten

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Watch Betty White's Raunchy 'Deadpool' Review

11 February 2016 2:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

'Thank you for being a friend!' Deadpool's undying love for all things The Golden Girls is no secret. And now the last remaining actress from the iconic sitcom is giving that love right back. Betty White has taken to her personal Twitter page to share her review of the Marvel movie. And guess what? She loves it!

"I love @VancityReynolds...here are a few of my thoughts about his new movie #Deadpool. It was glorious! Once in a generation, a movie comes along that your whole family will love...If your family is a (bleep)-ed up group of (bleep) kissing inbreds. Plus, Ryan Reynolds looks so (bleep)-ing handsome in his leather suit. I give it four Golden Girls. It's the best picture of the year. So, go see Deadpool this Friday!"

The Merc with the Mouth has had a fascination with Bea Arthur for years in the Marvel comics. »

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Deadpool and the Promising Rise of Heteroflexibility in Comedies

10 February 2016 10:07 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The male lead in a new studio comedy loves unicorns and rainbows almost as much as he adores George Michael’s seminal ’80s band Wham! When he goes to work, he dons a form-fitting tank top emblazoned with the face of Golden Girls star Bea Arthur; at home, while casually relaxing, he’s more likely to wear a T-shirt touting the musical Rent. Our protagonist has got a girlfriend, but he’s not afraid to lightly flirt with a male baddie or two, and by the time the closing credits roll, he’s even willing to admit that the film’s hunky villain is hotter than his live-in love. And while he ostensibly presents as straight, his sexual fantasies involve Tony-winning gay icon Bernadette Peters, and he’s pretty open-minded in bed: In the film’s most memorable moment, he gets on all fours and lets his girlfriend plow him with a strap-on. »

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Deadpool: ‘I don’t think my mom is going to be able to watch it’

30 January 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director Tim Miller and star Gina Carano talk sexual politics, sarcasm and swearing, as Marvel’s adults only motormouth finally makes it to the big screen

Deadpool was the hottest superhero movie of 2012, right up until it wasn’t. A toned-down version of the cult Marvel character had appeared in the stodgy X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Ryan Reynolds, but the proposed standalone movie, scripted by the writers of Zombieland, promised to be faithful to the source material: violent, sexy, nutty. Who wouldn’t want to see the adventures of a motormouth mercenary who gets aroused by chimichangas, katanas and Bea Arthur? No envelope would go unpushed, or unlicked. The in-demand Reynolds was signed up and visual effects specialist Tim Miller was announced as director.

Related: Deadpool director: Ryan Reynolds' character will be first pansexual superhero

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- Graeme Virtue

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5 Disney Villains Whose Origin Stories We Want to See

7 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With the news that Emma Stone is in talks to play Cruella de Vil in a movie exploring the character's origins - a movie pitch that presumably followed in the wake of Maleficent's success - we started thinking about some of our other favorite Disney villains whose origins we'd like to see explored in feature-length form. Ursula, from The Little Mermaid Obviously, it's just going to be called Ursula, and Colton Haynes already did the costume about as well as anyone could, so let's just give it to him. Apparently, the film's original script called for Bea Arthur to voice the character, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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5 Disney Villains Whose Origin Stories We Want to See

7 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With the news that Emma Stone is in talks to play Cruella de Vil in a movie exploring the character's origins - a movie pitch that presumably followed in the wake of Maleficent's success - we started thinking about some of our other favorite Disney villains whose origins we'd like to see explored in feature-length form. Ursula, from The Little Mermaid Obviously, it's just going to be called Ursula, and Colton Haynes already did the costume about as well as anyone could, so let's just give it to him. Apparently, the film's original script called for Bea Arthur to voice the character, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Just One of the Gals: Lupita Nyong'o's Star Wars Character Is Having a Glorious Golden Girls Moment - See the Pic

7 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lupita Nyong'o's new Instagram post is golden, just golden. The Star Wars star has taken to social media to share a sidesplitting gag pic that finally answers the age-old burning question: What does her The Force Awakens character, Maz Kanata, do during her downtime when she's not running the most bonkers bar in a galaxy far, far away? Hanging with the gals, it seems. #tbt. Hahaha. Genius creation! #mazkanata #Repost @imdielawn ・・・ This is something I made. "I've seen those eyes before." @starwars @thegoldengirlsquotes #starwars #goldengirls #design A photo posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:52am Pst Nyong'o, »

- Alexis L. Loinaz, @alexisloinaz

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Just One of the Gals: Lupita Nyong'o's Star Wars Character Is Having a Glorious Golden Girls Moment - See the Pic

7 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lupita Nyong'o's new Instagram post is golden, just golden. The Star Wars star has taken to social media to share a sidesplitting gag pic that finally answers the age-old burning question: What does her The Force Awakens character, Maz Kanata, do during her downtime when she's not running the most bonkers bar in a galaxy far, far away? Hanging with the gals, it seems. #tbt. Hahaha. Genius creation! #mazkanata #Repost @imdielawn ・・・ This is something I made. "I've seen those eyes before." @starwars @thegoldengirlsquotes #starwars #goldengirls #design A photo posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:52am Pst Nyong'o, »

- Alexis L. Loinaz, @alexisloinaz

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