Justin Verlander: Pick Between Kate Upton and World Series? Hell No.

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[[tmz:video id="0_ltcj4kyy"]] It's Take 2 on one of the best sports questions ever ...  Which is better -- winning the World Series or honeymooning with Kate Upton?? We got to ask the one guy who would know the answer -- Justin Verlander -- as the Houston Astros pitcher was leaving Craig's Tuesday night with his supermodel bride.  Verlander successfully dodged the question when it was posed on Twitter a few days ago -- even after Kate doubled down
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Performer of the Week: Chris Sullivan

Performer of the Week: Chris Sullivan
The Performer | Chris Sullivan

The Show | This Is Us

The Episode | “Number Two” (Nov. 21)

The Performance | Going through a heartbreak is painful. Being the person supporting someone going through a heartbreak — while simultaneously experiencing your own major emotional pain — can be worse. And in Tuesday’s This Is Us, Sullivan did a first-rate job of conveying just how hard Toby was working to comfort Kate after her miscarriage.

The NBC series often relies on Sullivan for comic relief, especially in the midst of Pearson family turmoil (and to varied effect). But when it was time for upset and disappointment in Toby’s own family,
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Mr. Robot Recap: The Fall Guy(s)

Mr. Robot Recap: The Fall Guy(s)
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Mr. Robot recap here.

A couple of ghosts from Mr. Robot seasons past reappeared this week, as Elliot and company dealt with the fallout from last week’s tragedy.

Hey, remember Trenton and Mobley? Those two fsociety hackers who ran away to Arizona last season, where Elliot’s old cellmate Leon found them? They’re still alive, but just barely: Leon cuts their roommate’s throat before driving them off to a remote, Breaking Bad-esque spot in the desert, where he has them dig a grave. (They try to escape, but Trenton can’t drive,
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Suits Spinoff Adds S.H.I.E.L.D. Alum Simon Kassianides as Series Regular

Suits Spinoff Adds S.H.I.E.L.D. Alum Simon Kassianides as Series Regular
The Suits spinoff is still staffing up: Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has joined the cast as a series regular.

Kassianides will play an enigmatic tough guy with connections to the mayor of Chicago, as well as the city’s top developer, according to our sister site Deadline. His character will be introduced in the upcoming Season 7 finale of Suits, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. Gina Torres is set to reprise her Suits role as attorney Jessica Pearson in the spinoff, which sees Jessica entering the world of Chicago politics.

Related Suits Shocker:
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Film News Roundup: Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions Backs Oliver Sacks Documentary

Film News Roundup: Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions Backs Oliver Sacks Documentary
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Allen comes on board an Oliver Sacks documentary, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival unveils its lineup, and animation veteran Teresa Cheng gets a USC post.

Documentary Backing

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions is backing the documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” in partnership with Steeplechase Films, American Masters Pictures, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures, and Tangled Bank Studios.

Directed by filmmaker Ric Burns (“New York,” “Andy Warhol”), the film attempts to provide an exploration of human consciousness and the intimate relationship between art and science. Burns shot footage in the months before Sacks died in 2015, including more than 80 hours with the physician himself, his partner, and his closest family, friends, and colleagues.

Allen and Carole Tomko, general manager of Vulcan Productions, are executive producers of “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” along with Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures and Michael Kantor of American Masters Pictures. Vulcan said Friday
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The Good Place Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hell Is Other Soulmates

The Good Place Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hell Is Other Soulmates
What fresh hells does Michael have cooked up for Eleanor and company in Season 2 of The Good Place? Well, his evil plan (version 2.0) starts out with pairing each of them up with about the worst person possible.

Wednesday’s one-hour premiere kicks off with Michael trying to convince his boss Shawn that Take 2 on his “faux Good Place” idea will work out better than last season, with an all-new set of subtle tortures: “For example: All the coffee is from those little pods? Diabolical.” But Shawn still thinks the idea is dumb, and the other residents (all demons, too) aren’t sure about it,
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'Rhony' Star Luann D'Agostino's Divorce From Tom Won't Be on Camera

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'Real Housewives of New York' star Luann D'Agostino timed her divorce just right to avoid it playing out on the show. Our 'Rhony' sources say production for this season wrapped a couple months ago ... so if there were any juicy spats in the days before Luann and Tom D'Agostino's divorce announcement, cameras missed the action. D'Agostino also dodged any mention of the big D during the reunion, which was taped a few weeks ago.
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Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles’ Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes

Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles’ Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes
Imagine finding one of van Gogh’s early sketches for “Starry Night,” or a rough draft of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For anyone who loves music, the mammoth 50th anniversary reissue of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is just as good—if not better. The expanded package includes nearly two hours worth of outtakes from the groundbreaking 1967 sessions, offering not only an alternate-universe look at some of the most beloved tracks in the rock canon, but also a fascinating fly-on-the-wall view of four young artists at the height of their power.

Stripped down, occasionally rough and always electrifying,
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Broadway’s delightful — but wickedly accurate — satire of big business was brought to movie screens almost intact, with the story, the stars, the styles and dances kept as they were in the long-running show that won a Pulitzer Prize. This is the place to see Robert Morse and Michele Lee at their best — it’s one of the best, and least appreciated movie musicals of the 1960s.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Twilight Time

1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony Teague, Maureen Arthur, Sammy Smith, Robert Q. Lewis, Carol Worthington, Kathryn Reynolds, Ruth Kobart, George Fennemann, Tucker Smith, David Swift.

Cinematography: Burnett Guffey

Film Editor: Allan Jacobs, Ralph E. Winters

Original Music: Nelson Riddle

Art Direction: Robert Boyle

Visual Gags: Virgil Partch

From the play written by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows,
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Criterion Reflections – Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) – #360

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

As William Greaves declared, “it’s important that as a result of the totality of all these efforts, we arrive at a creative piece of cinematic experience.”

The same could be said of any movie, I suppose. But the sentiment expressed above is especially applicable and indicative of the net cumulative impact that resonates in the sensory receptor system of individual viewers of that hilariously salacious film known as Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, filmed in the summer of 1968 on a lawn in Central Park, New York City, and also in a few relatively nearby locations including a room situated in an undisclosed location (presumably somewhere in Central Manhattan) where members of the crew gathered to provide an additional layer of insider commentary filmed in real time to shed light on the genesis, exodus and revelation of what Director Greaves may or
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Bernie Sanders, Mia Farrow and More Slam Trump’s Move to Advance Keystone Xl and Dakota Access Pipelines

Bernie Sanders, Mia Farrow and More Slam Trump’s Move to Advance Keystone Xl and Dakota Access Pipelines
President Donald Trump signed executive actions on Tuesday to advance the controversial Keystone Xl and Dakota Access oil pipelines, sparking a swift backlash from Democrats, celebrities and environmental activists who have fiercely opposed the projects, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Trump’s move makes good on his campaign pledge to approve the Keystone Xl pipeline project, which would transport crude oil from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico — and which was rejected by former President Barack Obama in 2015.

The Dakota Access pipeline, which would run 1,100-miles from North Dakota to Illinois, has also been harshly criticized by
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The Golden Globes Paid Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in the Sweetest Way

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The Golden Globes Paid Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in the Sweetest Way
Hollywood (and the rest of the world) is still reeling from the sudden, tragic loss of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who passed away within days of each other in late December. With movies' and television's biggest and brightest stars gathered at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, the award show paid tribute to the unstoppable mother-daughter duo in the perfect way. After an introduction from host Jimmy Fallon, a sweet video chronicling their most iconic film roles was shown while Debbie's song "You Made Me Love You" played in the background. It was the perfect way to honor the film legends, whose bond was incredibly strong until the very end. Related:Take 2 Minutes Out of Your Day to Watch Debbie Reynolds in Singin' in the RainThe Dresses at the Golden Globes Have Fulfilled All Your Expectations
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Todd Fisher Says Mom Debbie Reynolds "Didn't Die of a Broken Heart"

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Todd Fisher Says Mom Debbie Reynolds
Todd Fisher Speaks on the Death of Mother, Sister Tonight On ABC 20/20: Todd Fisher on the death of his mother Debbie Reynolds a day after his sister Carrie Fisher passed away: "She then said that she really wanted to be with Carrie in those precise words....and within 30 minutes she technically was gone." Posted by ABC News on Friday, December 30, 2016 Todd Fisher is currently dealing with the heartbreak of losing his sister, Carrie Fisher, and mom, Debbie Reynolds, within one day of each other earlier this week. While celebrities, former costars, and fans have been offering their support in a number of ways, Todd opened up about how he's coping in an interview with 20/20 on Friday. Todd, who also recently shared a beautiful drawing of Carrie and Debbie reuniting in Heaven, talked with Elizabeth Vargas about the legacy the two women leave behind. See his
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SAG-aftra Goes on Strike Against Video Game Producers

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SAG-aftra video game actors are officially on strike. The boycott went into effect Friday morning as 12:01 a.m. Pt, and is against the following video game producers: Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blindlight, LLC; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices, Inc.; Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.; Formosa Interactive, LLC; Insomniac Games, Inc.; Interactive Associates, Inc.; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.; and WB Games, Inc. The strike covers all games made by these companies that went into production after Feb. 17, 2015. Also Read: 5 Reasons Video Game Actors Plan to Strike on Friday Core issues are lack of secondary compensation, transparency and even basic.
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SAG-aftra Sets Strike Date Against Video Game Companies

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The Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG-aftra) is gearing up to strike against video game giants this Friday following a unanimous vote over the weekend among the labor union’s board of directors. The strike will happen on Friday (Oct. 21) at 12:01 a.m. if SAG-aftra’s terms aren’t met during negotiations taking place this week with video game publishers: Activision; Blindlight; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices, Inc.; Electronic Arts; Formosa Interactive; Insomniac Games; Interactive Associates; Take 2 Interactive; VoiceWorks Productions; and WB Games. SAG-aftra contends that progress in negotiations has stalled for more than a year. Also
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Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary While in London Looking After Son Rocco

Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary While in London Looking After Son Rocco
She flew to London on Monday to look after 16-year-old son Rocco during his first week of school. But on Thursday night, it was girls' night out for Madonna as she hit the premiere of director Ron Howard's new documentary on The Beatles. The film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, chronicles the best-selling band during the years of their initial success, focusing on their history-making world tours and their power as a live act. With two gal pals by her side, the 58-year-old singer rocked the blue carpet - wearing a button-down black and white varsity dress.
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'Star Wars', 'Spectre' boost Pinewood revenue by 10.9%

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'Star Wars', 'Spectre' boost Pinewood revenue by 10.9%
As revenue surges, Pinewood CEO comments on Brexit fallout: “Decline in sterling exchange rate is undoubtedly positive for our international customers.”

UK and international studio hub Pinewood Group has reported a 10.9% increase in revenue to £83.2 million ($108 million) for the year ended March 31, 2016, helped significantly by Us blockbusters Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre.

Operating profit rose 136% to £13.6 million ($17.6 million).

Stage occupancy was 90%, up 10% on the year before. Subsidiary Shepperton Studios hosted seven of the top 25 grossing films of the year.

Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and the consequent fall in the value of the pound, the in-demand Pinewood facilities could see even more demand for their studio space.

“In the context of our business, the decline in the sterling exchange rate is undoubtedly positive for our international customers,” Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood chief executive, said.

Last month the company’s significant expansion plans became operational with five stages added to the existing
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Singapore's mm2 unveils trio of new titles

Singapore's mm2 unveils trio of new titles
Singapore-based mm2 Entertainment has three new titles by up-and-coming directors on its slate, as part of its initiative to nurture new talents.

Take 2, a co-production with Jack Neo’s J Team Productions, is about a bittersweet drama about ex-offenders.

It will be directed by writer-turned-director Ivan Ho, whose writing credits include Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen and Long Long Time Ago, both of which directed by Neo.

Ibu is a horror based on the folklore of the Pontianak, the most iconic female vampire in South East Asia.

M Rihan Halim will direct the new film, which will be made simultaneously in both Malay- and Mandarin-language to cater to different markets.

Ghost Net is a Hong Kong-set omnibus horror story by Wong Kwok Fai, Patrick Yau and Wong Kwok Keung.

mm2 Entertainment is a subsidiary of mm2 Asia, a publicly listed company in Singapore.

Long Long Time Ago [pictured], the latest co-production between mm2 Entertainment and J Team
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SAG Health Plan Changes Prompt Protest From Patricia Richardson, Frances Fisher

Two high-profile members of the SAG-aftra national board have gone public with their dissatisfaction over an upcoming change in the SAG health plan.

Frances Fisher and Patricia Richardson are objecting to the Trustees’ recent decision over the plan — which is overseen by reps of the performers union and management — to eliminate the self-pay option for health insurance premiums for members who have taken early retirement. That decision will go into effect at the end of the year.

The plan, which covers about 40,000 members and dependents, disclosed the decision in its Take 2 fall newsletter, saying that the self-pay option was no longer necessary because of the availability of “high-quality, affordable coverage” through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.

“Protection is in place for those with pre-existing conditions and this extended coverage safety net is no longer necessary,” the newsletter said.

Currently, self-pay coverage ranges from $492 to $584 monthly for an individual and
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Stanley Nelson on His Mission as a Filmmaker & Receiving the Hamptons Take 2 Career Achievement Award

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival , (December 3-6, 2015 in Sag Harbor, N.Y.) will honor the MacArthur Genius Award winning Director-Producer-Writer Stanley Nelson with a Career Achievement Award at its Gala on December 5. Previous honorees are Richard Leacock (2011), Susan Lacy (2012), Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (2013), Barbara Kopple (2014)

“ It is a great privilege to present our 2015 Career Achievement Award to Stanley Nelson. His award-winning documentary films on social justice issues were early windows into race relations. His latest film, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution” continues the provocative dialogue, even more relevant in America today. We honor his commitment to honesty, truth and artistic rigor.” -Jacqui Lofaro, Founder and Executive Director, Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

Stanley Nelson is the co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Films and co-founder of Firelight Media, which provides grants and technical support to emerging documentarians. Firelight is one of nine nonprofit organizations around the world to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Award, recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations which have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants.

With 35 films and multiple industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today. He has a clear, vibrant and consistent voice, creating evocative films which document issues of social injustice. His films have earned five Primetime Emmys, two awards from the Sundance Film Festival, and two Peabodys, among other honors. With a dogged insistence on finding new voices and new witnesses, Nelson has illuminated stories that we thought we knew, particularly about the African-American experience. Aside from being a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Neh National Medal in the Humanities presented by President Obama in 2014.

I had an opportunity to speak with Stanley recently concerning the announcement of his Career Achievement Award from the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival (HT2FF).

You have won so many prizes, what does it mean to you to receive the Career Achievement Award from the HT2FF?

It is always great to receive accolades; it doesn’t get old. Documentary filmmakers don’t get recognition every day. It’s not like we go to a restaurant and everyone falls all over us. To be recognized because people are seeing and liking my films is great and the award means this is happening.

In addition to receiving the MacArthur Genius Award, your company, Firelight Media, won the 2015 MacArthur Award. How has that helped you?

My personal award sent my three kids to school and sustained me as a filmmaker. The Award to Firelight Media will help sustain the Lab mentoring filmmakers of color making their first and second films. One of the things that is essential to me as a filmmaker is to try to give the viewer a sense of what it has meant to be black in America and consider this within our contemporary context.

Nelson has directed and produced such acclaimed work as “The Murder Of Emmett Till” an eye-opening film which reveals so much beyond what the headlines of the times told us, the public. His other stirring docs include “Freedom Riders” (his personal favorite) and “Jonestown: The Life And Death Of People’s Temple”

In 2014, “Freedom Summer” presented an astounding history of what led up to the Black Power Movement. When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the audience was stunned at how he put into context the 1964 voter registration drive in Mississippi, the surprising truth of the Chicago Democratic Convention and the Mississippi delegation and how the turn of events led to the Black Power Movement and to the Voting Rights Act.

The delegation never got the chance to speak from the floor. Many then said, "We can’t keep being the good soldier and following the rules when we can’t do our best." Some moved into action, some dropped out. They thought, "If we just 'show' you the wrongs, the injustice, police with dogs and fire-hoses and show you that we’re non-violent, you can’t help but support us." But the Democratic National Convention failed them, and the young had to do something new.

The last image in “Freedom Summer” you see Stokely Carmichael saying “We want Black Power”. In the opening of your most recent film, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution” he is also chanting “We want Black Power” which gives a continuity to the two films. Tell me a bit about what prompted you to tell this story?

I felt it was a little known story, that hadn’t been told in its entirety. In particular, I wanted to offer a unique and engaging opportunity to examine a very complex moment in time that challenges the cold, oversimplified narrative of a Panther who is prone to violence and consumed with anger. Thoroughly examining the history of the Black Panther Party allowed me to sift through the fragmented perceptions and find the core driver of the movement: the Black Panther Party emerged out of a love for their people, and a devotion to empowering them. This compelled me to communicate the story fully and accurately. And for the release in August of the film, I attended every opening in 20 cities nationwide, along with former Black Panthers, scholars and photographers.

How did you get started in filmmaking?

I thought I wanted to make fiction features but I stumbled into Bill Greaves and got into documentary filmmaking with him and never looked back.

If someone offered me a million dollars to make a fiction project I think I would. But I know how you have to jump through hoops to make a feature and that pain would be difficult. I don’t have a particular idea or a script and that is hardest part of fiction; how to get a great script, cast, funding. Docs are known at least…

What films inspired you?

Eyes on the Prize”. It was the first time we saw a series on African Americans. It got so much attention worldwide. It opened eyes to the African American history and it was fascinating to everyone. And it inspired a whole generation of African American filmmakers.

Do you have a sense of Mission in your filmmaking?

This morning I was interviewing an assistant editor and said to him, “We are on a mission here”; getting ahead in a career is ok, but here we are on a mission.”

We have a history we’ve been fortunate to be able to tell. I see my ancestors on my shoulder saying “Don’t screw up”.

We are also on a mission to tell good stories and to entertain people. I hope our films move people to action one way or the other. Many of our films lately are about young people who are making changes.

Did your parents raise you with social awareness or activism?

They were very politically minded and we talked about politics all the time around the dinner table. We were raised to be aware. I remember when I was 15 or 16 when the Panthers started, I would come home and turn on TV and see fire-hoses and dogs attacking people. These images politicized everyone. Just like today with Black Lives Matter and the police killings, everyone has to think about what they’re seeing. In the 60s it was sustained. Viet Nam also politicized everybody. You were either going to go or you had to figure out how not to go. It affected everyone.

What do you make of the police violence against black lives today?

The blatant activities of the police that all people, black and white, are seeing and talking about is bringing awareness to the years and years of injustices. Black Lives Matters is similar to how Black Panthers began. We have to be responsible for our own communities.

Nelson is currently in production on “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities”, which is the second in a series of three films Nelson will direct as part of a new multi-platform PBS series entitled America Revisited. He is also exec producing “ Free for All: Inside the Public Library”.

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