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Sean Astin Responds to FCC's Fake Comments by His Mother, Patty Duke, Against Net Neutrality

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[[tmz:video id="0_iru2uhbd"]] Sean Astin says if his mom, Patty Duke, were still alive today ... she'd be marching on Capitol Hill to demand answers why her name was fraudulently used to oppose net neutrality. A little backstory -- Sean's bro, actor Mackenzie Astin, called out the FCC Thursday in a now viral tweet, asking why their mom's name was used in 3 separate comments in support of ending net neutrality more than a year after she died. Hey, @AjitPaiFCC,
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Patty Duke’s Name Fraudulently Used to Oppose Net Neutrality, Son Says

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Patty Duke’s Name Fraudulently Used to Oppose Net Neutrality, Son Says
Actor Mackenzie Astin, son of Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, says his mother’s name appeared in three different comments, posted to the FCC’s website in 2017 that advocated the repeal of net neutrality regulations. The problem: she died in 2016. “Hey, @AjitPaiFCC, today my mom would have turned 71. But she didn’t. Because she died in March of 2016,” Astin tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Can you please take the time to explain to me how she made three separate comments in support of ending #NetNeutrality more than a year after she died?” Hey, @AjitPaiFCC, today my mom would have turned 71. But she...
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Film Review: ‘Te Ata’

Film Review: ‘Te Ata’
The life and career of Te Ata, the Native American trailblazer who celebrated her people’s culture through performance and, in doing so, helped educate the country about Native traditions, is undeniably uplifting. But the well-intentioned biopic is ungainly, overtly articulating everything it doesn’t need to yet failing to explain much of what starts out as unclear about the tale. Lacking both fluidity and complexity, “Te Ata” is a functional but one-note tribute told through educational storytelling that, unlike its subject, doesn’t manage to inspire.

Director Nathan Frankowski and writer Esther Luttrell sabotage their work’s momentum from the start. In a 1906 opener, a young Mary Frances Thompson (Boriana Williams) narrates origin myths about her Chickasaw nation — located on land that would eventually become Oklahoma — while her father T.B. (Gil Birmingham) and her uncle, Chickasaw governor Douglas Johnson (Graham Greene), discuss their tribe’s rapidly changing political future. It’s a clunkily assembled introduction,
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'Homeland' Adds Dylan Baker to Season 7

Homeland is adding another player to its seventh season cast.

Dylan Baker has joined the Showtime drama as Sen. Sam Paley, a maverick politician from the Southwest who is leading an aggressive investigation into the Keane administration.

Homeland, toplined by Claire Danes, recently added Morgan Spector and Mackenzie Astin to its upcoming season as well. Production of the new installment started up on Sept. 11 in Richmond, Virginia, with plans for the Fox 21 Television Studios-produced series to premiere on Showtime in early 2018.

In addition, in July, the drama upped actors Jake Weber, Linus Roache and Maury Sterling...
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Homeland Adds The Good Wife Alum Dylan Baker to Season 7 Cast

Homeland Adds The Good Wife Alum Dylan Baker to Season 7 Cast
A veteran TV actor will be turning up the heat on President Keane next season on Homeland.

Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Damages) has joined the Season 7 cast of the Showtime thriller as a recurring guest star, TVLine has learned. Baker will play Senator Sam Paley, a maverick U.S. Senator from the Southwest — hmmm, sound like anyone we know? — who is aggressively investigating Keane’s abuse of power. (If you remember, last season ended with an assassination attempt on Keane, which led to her getting paranoid about an internal conspiracy, having Saul arrested and cutting Carrie out of her inner circle.
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Trailer Watch: A Native American Woman Takes to the Stage to Tell Her Story in “Te Ata”

Te Ata”: The Chickasaw Nation

“What do you have to say?” a professor challenges college student Mary Thompson Fisher aka Te Ata (Q’orianka Kilcher, “The New World”). “What stories do you have to tell? What could you show me that I haven’t seen before?” These questions prompt Te Ata, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, to write and star in a play about the Chickasaw culture and people. And that’s just the beginning.

As a new trailer for Nathan Frankowski’s “Te Ata” hints, the titular character’s college play is the first of many successful turns onstage. She stars on Broadway, tours across the U.S. and even performs for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. However, Te Ata and her family still encounter violence and prejudice, even as her success as an actress and performer grows.

The young woman even faces resistance from her own father (Gil Birmingham, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), who can’t understand why Te Ata is so adamant about leaving home. “I have to go so that I can tell our stories,” she explains.

Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love, and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty, and audiences across the world,” the film’s official synopsis summarizes. “Yet of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.”

Written by Esther Luttrell (“Lithium Springs”), “Te Ata” co-stars Cindy Pickett (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Brigid Brannagh (“Army Wives”), and Mackenzie Astin (“Scandal”).

Te Ata” will open in Oklahoma theaters on September 29 and hit NY and La October 13 with additional cities to follow. Check out the film’s new trailer and poster below.

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Trailer Watch: A Native American Woman Takes to the Stage to Tell Her Story in “Te Ata” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead

Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead
Sometimes dead is dead — even on Homeland.

At Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Showtime drama’s longtime EP/director Lesli Linka Glatter officially confirmed that the death of Rupert Friend’s seemingly immortal Quinn in the Season 6 finale will indeed stick. “I wish he wasn’t [dead],” she lamented to me on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, where she was up for her fifth Emmy for directing Homeland (she lost out to Handmaid Tale‘s Reed Morano).

At the start of our brief Q&A — which
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Official Trailer for 'Te Ata' Biopic About a Native American Performer

"What can you show me that I haven't seen before?" Paladin has debuted the official trailer and poster for an indie biopic titled Te Ata (pronounced Tay Ah-tah), telling the true story of the renowned Chickasaw storyteller who entertained at the White House, befriended the First Lady, performed for European Royalty and on stages around the world in an illustrious career that spanned more than sixty years. Native American actress Q'orianka Kilcher stars as Mary Thompson Fisher (aka Te Ata Thompson Fisher), who dreamed of being on Broadway but was constantly rejected. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata's journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, and love. The cast includes Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Brigid Brannagh, Mackenzie Astin, and Cindy Pickett. If you're curious about this film at all, the trailer is definitely worth a quick look.
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Ray Donovan's Paula Malcomson Talks 'Hellish' Abby Storyline: 'It Got Gnarly'

Ray Donovan's Paula Malcomson Talks 'Hellish' Abby Storyline: 'It Got Gnarly'
Not long after Ray Donovan’s Paula Malcomson learned that her cancer-stricken alter ego, Abby, would not survive the series’ current fifth season, she had something of an epiphany. “I made a phone call to [showrunner] David Hollander and said, ‘I want her to lose all her dignity. I want her to lose her beauty. I need this to be bad; otherwise, I don’t know how [she would ever] leave her children,’” she recalls. “And he said, ‘Let me think about it.’ And he put the phone down and then called me back in 15 seconds and said, ‘Ok, let’s go. Let’s do it.
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Twin Peaks: David Lynch Lays Out Timetable for Any Potential Season 4

Twin Peaks: David Lynch Lays Out Timetable for Any Potential Season 4
That gum you like won’t be back in style, again, until at least the year 2021 — if ever, says Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch.

RelatedTwin Peaks Recap: It’s Curtains — Grade the Finale and Revival

Almost two weeks after the Showtime revival wrapped its 18-episode -part run, Lynch has offered a brand-new status report on any possible Season 4.

“No, we haven’t talked,” he told EW.com when asked if Showtime has expressed an interest in more episodes. After all, he noted, “The thing just finished!”

The acclaimed auteur went on to say, “Even if there was more, it
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Homeland Adds Morgan Spector, Mackenzie Astin to Season 7 Cast

Homeland Adds Morgan Spector, Mackenzie Astin to Season 7 Cast
Homeland is restocking its ensemble before diving into another season of high-stakes spy games: The Emmy-winning thriller has added two actors to its Season 7 cast, TVLine has learned.

First up is Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire, Person of Interest), who will be a series regular in Season 7 as Dante Allen, an old friend of Carrie’s who is looking into the hundreds of people President Keane has detained following last season’s assassination attempt. (Season 6 ended with that assassination attempt, and an increasingly paranoid Keane shutting Carrie out of her inner circle.)

Related Homeland Promotes Maury Sterling, Two More Ahead of Season 7

In addition,
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'Homeland' Adds Pair to Season 7

Homeland is adding a pair of of actors to its cast.

The drama starring Claire Danes has added Morgan Spector and Mackenzie Astin to its upcoming seventh season. Production of the new installment started up on Sept. 11 in Richmond, Virginia, with plans for the Fox 21 Television Studios-produced series to premiere on Showtime in early 2018.

Spector has been cast in a series regular role as Dante Allen, an old friend of Carrie’s who is investigating the 200 people detained by the Keane administration following the assassination attempt on the President-elect. Astin will play the recurring guest role of Carrie’s brother-in-law, Bill. He...
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Jim Carrey to Star in Kidding Comedy, Ordered to Series at Showtime

Jim Carrey to Star in Kidding Comedy, Ordered to Series at Showtime
One half of Dumb and Dumber is returning to the idiot box.

Showtime has ordered to series Kidding, a new half-hour comedy starring Jim Carrey, TVLine has learned. The series will reunite Carrey with Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is on board to direct the 10-episode first season.

RelatedDon Cheadle, Andrew Rannells to Star in Showtime Comedy Pilot

In Kidding, Carrey plays Jeff, a beloved children’s television star who has turned his role as “Mr. Pickles” into a multi-million dollar branding empire. “When this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode,
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Hdtgm: A Conversation with Mackenzie Astin, Star of ‘The Garbage Pail Kids Movie’

Hdtgm: A Conversation with Mackenzie Astin, Star of ‘The Garbage Pail Kids Movie’
A famous poet once said: You take the good… You take the bad… You take them both and there you have…the facts of life. And in 1986, these were the facts of life for an ambitious child actor by the name of Mackenzie Astin: He was 14 years old, he was dating a beautiful teenage […]

The post Hdtgm: A Conversation with Mackenzie Astin, Star of ‘The Garbage Pail Kids Movie’ appeared first on /Film.
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Horror Highlights: Garbage Pail Kids Documentary, Hexploitation Film Festival, The Eyes, Compulsion

Anyone who grew up in the ’80s is familiar with their unforgettable names and faces. The Garbage Pail Kids Topps trading cards and 1987 movie are embedded in the brains of a generation, and Indican Pictures' new documentary 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story explores the phenomenon like never before. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on the Hexploitation Film Festival, The Eyes home media release info, and the trailer for Brian Sepanzyk's Compulsion.

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story: Press Release: "West Hollywood, California (Tuesday, August 8th) - Indican Pictures is set to release the pivotal documentary on the Garbage Pail Kids. Titled 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, this documentary revisits the artists, who made these collectibles famous. Showing a rare glimpse into the corporate culture of Topps as they launched Garbage Pail Kids through the height of the cards fame,
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Indican Pictures announce Us debut of ’30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story’

Indican Pictures is set to release the pivotal documentary on the Garbage Pail Kids. Titled 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, this documentary revisits the artists, who made these collectibles famous. Showing a rare glimpse into the corporate culture of Topps as they launched Garbage Pail Kids through the height of the cards fame, the downfall from the legal battle with the Cabbage Patch kids and their untimely demise. The film is jam packed with interviews of over a half dozen artists. Each artist penned these counter-culture trading cards and each artist gives you the inside story of why these cards poked fun at: the collectibles’ movement, the 80’s culture of greed and gave kids a unique piece of historical fun.

In the 1980′s some eclectic underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll craze (whose name cannot be spoken…). The resulting pop culture commercial trading cards/stickers tapped into
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Q’orianka Kilcher’s Te Ata Thompson Fisher Biopic Set for Fall Release

Q’orianka Kilcher’s Te Ata Thompson Fisher Biopic Set for Fall Release
Paladin has set an early fall release for “Te Ata,” starring Q’orianka Kilcher as Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher, Variety has learned exclusively.

The release will be timed to lead up to November’s Native American Heritage Month, the annual celebration of indigenous culture and heritage.

Te Ata” also stars Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) and Gil Birmingham (“Twilight”). Mackenzie Astin, Brigid Brannagh, and Cindy Pickett round out the principal cast.

The production company on “Te Ata” is Chickasaw Nations Productions. Paul Sirmons is the producer. Nathan Frankowski (“To Write Love on Her Arms”) directed from a script by Jeannie Barbour and Esther Luttrell, which is set primarily in the early 20th century and tells the story of Mary Frances Thompson, a young Chickasaw woman born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), better known as “Te Ata,” which means “bearer of the morning.”

She was an actress, dancer, model, and
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Fantasia 2017: ‘The Honor Farm’ Review

Stars: Olivia Applegate, Katie Folger, Dora Madison, Will Brittain, Louis Hunter, Jonny Mars, Liam Aiken, Mackenzie Astin, Josephine McAdam, Christina Parrish, Michael Eric Reid | Written by Karen Skloss, Jasmine Skloss Harrison, Jay Tonne, Jr. | Directed by Karen Skloss

The gown, the hairstyling, the limousine, the prom date – all the familiar details that make up graduation night, that inevitable ritual of passage into adulthood. Lucy (Olivia Grace Applegate) still does not have peace of mind – “Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions?” she asks her best friend, while they retouch their makeup. When her date turns out to be a total disappointment, abruptly ending the fairy tale, the fantasy seems to have evaporated. But then some classmates, who’ve arrived in a hearse, extend her a most intriguing invitation: a magic-mushroom trip out in the wilderness, in an abandoned prison farm (haunted, according to urban legend
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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thelma,’ Samuel Goldwyn Films Buys ‘Gook’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thelma,’ Samuel Goldwyn Films Buys ‘Gook’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller “Thelma.” Written by Trier and Eskil Vogt and starring Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen, the film follows a young woman who falls in love and discovers that she has terrifying and inexplicable powers.

“Working with Joachim on ‘Louder Than Bombs’ was a wonderful experience and gave us the opportunity to witness, up close, his unmatched visionary talent and passion for the stories he tells,” Paul Davidson, the Orchard’s executive vice president of Film and Television, said in a statement. “Thelma represents the next evolution of his growth as a filmmaker and we couldn’t be more excited
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Gay Drama ‘Do You Take This Man’ Picked Up by Breaking Glass (Exclusive)

Gay Drama ‘Do You Take This Man’ Picked Up by Breaking Glass (Exclusive)
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the gay marriage drama “Do You Take This Man,” starring Anthony Rapp, Alyson Hannigan, and Jonathan Bennett.

Joshua Tunick directed from his own script. He’s also producing with publicist-turned-producer Eric Kops and Dave Perkal. Breaking Glass is planning a July limited theatrical followed by a VOD/DVD release.

The story follows an intimate group of friends and family gathering at the home of two gay men — portrayed by Rapp and Bennett — to celebrate their nuptials. When the wedding hits a snag, the group helps the grooms to see that all marriages have their challenges.

Variety first reported on the project in 2015 as shooting was starting in Los Angeles, when the film was titled “Modern Love.” Thomas Dekker, Mackenzie Astin, Alona Tal, Hutchi Hancock, Marla Sokoloff, Lee Garlington and Sam Anderson also star.

“The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality
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