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‘When We Rise’ Review: ABC’s Ambitious Lgbtq Rights Miniseries Too Dense

12 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Debuting on February 27 and running for most of next week, ABC's miniseries When We Rise is an ambitious and ultimately too dense effort that seemingly forgot that less is often more. Still, as I also say in my video review above, the fact that a miniseries like this from Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is on a broadcast network night after night next week is a great thing. Sadly, in some ways, even more so right now in the America of 2017, where safe… »

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When We Rise Review: ABC's Gay-Rights Mini Is a Tedious History Lesson

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The struggle for gay rights in America is absolutely a piece of history we should all learn. It’s too bad, then, that ABC’s bloated, self-serious miniseries When We Rise (debuting Monday, Feb. 27 at 9/8c) is such a slog to get through.

Spanning more than four decades of the gay-rights movement in four two-hour installments, When We Rise fictionalizes the stories of three real-life activists — free-spirited rebel Cleve, brainy feminist Roma and former Navy sailor Ken — as they fight for acceptance, from San Francisco’s Castro district in the ’70s to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage »

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TV Review: ABC’s ‘When We Rise’

20 February 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The mere existence of “When We Rise” is almost virtue enough. But in terms of tone and execution, the four-part event series from ABC is wildly uneven, crossing from moving stories of romance under oppression to retellings of history that are so broadly pitched — and with such bad wigs! — that they’re too after-school special to be truly affecting. Still, the fact that an eight-hour educational reconstruction of the gay rights movement is taking up primetime real estate on a broadcast network is evidence of a revolution — a still-unfolding one, to be sure, but one that has transformed the social fabric of this nation. In just 50 years, America has gone from a land where homosexuality was an illness treated by psychologists with lobotomies and electroshock treatment to one where gay marriage is the law of the land.

When We Rise” is an attempt to explain how that happened, from 1972 to 2013. Eight hours is not much time to »

- Sonia Saraiya

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‘This Is Us’ Finale, ‘Trial & Error’ Premiere Delayed a Week by Trump Congressional Address

8 February 2017 1:01 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s “This Is Us” will have its first season finale pushed back a week, and fans have Donald Trump to thank. Originally, the finale was supposed to air March 7. Now, the last chapter of the first installment of the Pearson family saga will air March 14 at 9/8c.

The reason for the “This Is Us” delay lies in the forthcoming first address of a joint session of Congress by new president Donald Trump, which networks will air on Tuesday, Feb. 28. While not technically the State of the Union address, the event is being given similar heft. President Obama delivered a similar address on Feb. 24, 2009. ABC had already adjusted its schedule to accommodate Trump’s speech, moving the second new installment of Dustin Lance Black’s Lgbt rights chronicle “When We Rise.”

NBC has also shifted the premiere of John Lithgow comedy “Trial & Error,” a sort of “Making a Murderer” spoof, to »

- Oriana Schwindt

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TV Helmer Tommy Schlamme: Why Now Is a Good Time for a 'West Wing' Reboot

3 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Sports Night and The West Wing, has been making TV since his big break in 1986 — the ABC movie Can a Guy Say No? "If you got an Afterschool Special, you were on your way," recalls Schlamme, 66. With two hours of Dustin Lance Black's ABC miniseries When We Rise (premiering Feb. 27) and the John Singleton FX drama Snowfall later in 2017, the helmer, producer and DGA negotiator, who'll receive his guild's Robert B. Aldrich Award for service Feb. 3, spoke with THR about nurturing »

- Michael O'Connell

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Exclusive: Charlie Carver Proudly Forges His Own Path

27 January 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

“I’ve always been proud of who I am -- I came out to my family when I was 17 -- but the movie, that process did awaken something in me,” Charlie Carver, who came out publicly last January, tells Et about making I Am Michael, a new biopic about Michael Glatze, a prominent gay activist who renounced his homosexuality and turned to religion. Directed by Justin Kelly (King Cobra) and based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis' New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the new film sees Carver portraying Tyler, a college student involved in a throuple with Michael (James Franco) and Bennett (Zachary Quinto).

One-half of the Carver twins -- his identical twin brother being Max -- the two are most famous for their joint roles on Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf and most recently, season one of HBO’s The Leftovers. “I’ve always considered myself very lucky to work with my brother,” Carver says, explaining »

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When We Rise: ABC Shifts Mini-Series Airdates

26 January 2017 7:43 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC is shifting things around. This week, the network announced they are changing the air dates for their upcoming miniseries When We Rise.From Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, the drama “charts the rise of the fight for Lgbt rights in the U.S., beginning in 1971 through the contemporary push for marriage equality.” The cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Louise Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Guy Pearce, and Rachel Griffiths.Read More… »

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ABC Shifts ‘When We Rise’ Airdate to Accommodate Trump Congressional Address

25 January 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dustin Lance Black’s eight-hour paean to the Lgbt civil rights movement, “When We Rise,” was initially supposed to air over four straight nights, from Monday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, Mar. 2. Thanks to a recently scheduled Congressional address by newly-minted President Donald Trump, ABC has had to modify those plans. It will take a break on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to air said address, thereby pushing the next three installments of “When We Rise” by a day.

There’s an element of irony to the move, given that the airtime will be devoted to Trump addressing members of Congress who are mulling the reintroduction of a bill that would curb the ability of the federal government to penalize discrimination against Lgbtq or unmarried citizens, categorizing such discrimination as free speech protected by the First Amendment. Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has already voiced his support of this bill.

Black told reporters at the Television Critics Association »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Oscar Nominations: 12 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

24 January 2017 7:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The biggest curveball from Tuesday morning’s Oscars announcement arguably wasn’t the nominees — it was how the Academy decided to unveil them. Rather than a live press conference at the crack of dawn in Los Angeles, ABC aired a protracted infomercial, starring second-tier Oscar winners like Marcia Gay Harden and Dustin Lance Black.

La La Land” beat out all other films, with a record-tying 14 nominations (on par with “Titanic” and “All About Eve”). “Arrival” and “Moonlight” followed up with eight each. And in other good news: After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, 35 percent of this year’s acting nominees are people of color, including previous winners Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”).

Here are the 12 most glaring snubs and surprises.

Snub: “Deadpool

In the end, Oscar voters got cold feet when it came to recognizing the 20th Century Fox mega-hit starring Ryan Reynolds as a disfigured mercenary with the power to heal himself. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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2017 Oscar Nominations Are Here

24 January 2017 6:10 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards nominations today. This year's nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. Pt via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy's digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media. In keeping with tradition, PwC delivered the Oscars nominations list to the Academy on the evening of January 23.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible »

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The 89th Oscar (Academy) Award Nominations Have Been Announced

24 January 2017 5:49 AM, PST | Fortress of Solitude - Movie News | See recent Fortress of Solitude - Movie News news »

Nominations day has finally arrived. The nominations for the 89th Oscar (Academy) Awards were announced today, presented by Academy President Cheryl Bone Isaacs, Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe. There aren’t many surprises in the […]

The post The 89th Oscar (Academy) Award Nominations Have Been Announced appeared first on Fortress of Solitude. »

- Edward Nigma

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Watch the Oscars Nominations Announcement (Livestream)

24 January 2017 5:06 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced via a livestream on Tuesday, which you can view above. For the first time in Oscar history, the nominees are being announced through global live stream and through local broadcasters — in past years, the nominations had been announced via a live broadcast in a room full of press and publicists. Starting at 5:18 a.m. Pst / 8:18 a.m. Et, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined 11 past winners who will talk about what the Oscars meant to them. Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Watch the 89th Oscar nominations announced live

24 January 2017 3:37 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Oscar nominations live stream: Watch this year’s hopefuls announced live from Los Angeles.

At precisely 5:18 a.m. Pst/8:18 a.m. Est/1:18 p.m. GMT/9:18 p.m. Cst, this year’s Oscar nominations will be announced live, and you can watch it all roll out live right here. We have the Oscar nominations live stream details below.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe. These talented artists and filmmakers were filmed in six different cities around the globe—Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, London and Tokyo. They will all share anecdotes of their own personal lead-up to the prestigious awards ceremony, and will all be pre-recorded.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the »

- Paul Heath

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Watch the 2017 Oscar Nominations Live Online

24 January 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s the final countdown!

Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced live on Tuesday beginning at 5:18 a.m. Pt/8:18 a.m. Et. The event will be live-streaming on YouTube and you can watch the big reveal above. The announcement will also be streamed live on Oscar.com and Oscars.org as part of the Academy’s big digital push.

Related Content 2017 Oscar Nominations List: Academy Awards Nominees

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, and Ken Watanabe in announcing the 24 award categories via pre-taped video footage filmed in six cities around the globe.

There will be a five-minute break at 5:25 a.m. Pt, and the remaining nominees will be annouced starting at 5:30 a.m. Pt until approximately 5:38 a. »

- Variety Staff

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89th Oscar Nominations Of All 24 Categories To Feature Global Announcement On Tuesday Morning

23 January 2017 3:27 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One of the biggest days in Hollywood is at hand.

The 89th Oscars Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24. Coverage begins at 5:18 a.m. Pst / 8:18 a.m. Est.

To help guide this year’s nominees through the 33 days between the nominations announcement and the Oscars ceremony, the Academy invited 11 Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members to share personal anecdotes about their Oscars experience and offer advice to the new class of nominees about this life-changing moment.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe. These talented artists and filmmakers were filmed in six different cities around the globe—Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, London and Tokyo.

The pre-taped video footage will be edited together with voiceover and graphics announcing the nominations in all 24 award categories. »

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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

19 January 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft, »

- Dave McNary

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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

19 January 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft, all »

- Dave McNary

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Talk of Trump Dominates TCA Press Tour

18 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shonda Rhimes has a history of brushing off questions at Television Critics Assn. press tour panels. Last week, she was able to apply her well-honed skills to multiple questions about President-elect Donald Trump.

Asked during a panel for her ABC show “Scandal” how the new season — which premieres Jan. 26 — reflects post-election reality, executive producer Rhimes shut the question down.

“There aren’t any similarities,” she said.

Scandal” ended last season with an election cliffhanger involving a female candidate, so the idea of a parallel is not far off base. But throughout the first week of TCA, questions about Trump and national politics dominated — sometimes to the consternation of producers and executives fielding those questions, but sometimes not.

At the panel for CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” co-creator Robert King spoke about how the election had affected the show. King and his wife, co-creator Michelle, rewrote scenes from the series premiere after Trump’s victory, and »

- Daniel Holloway

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BBC Ranked as the World’s Most Prolific Producer of Content in 2016

18 January 2017 8:21 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – The BBC was the world’s leading producer of content in 2016, with more than 340 new programs produced, including “The Night Manager” and “The Hunt,” according to a survey unveiled by Eurodata TV Worldwide.

The BBC was followed by Endemol Shine, which produced, among other shows, “SuperKids” and the British adaptation of the Israeli series “The A Word,” while Zodiak/Banijay and Warner came third. ITV ranked fifth, according to Eurodata.

While the U.K. remained the second biggest (behind the U.S.) distributor of content worldwide last year, France ranked third thanks to popular shows like “Le bureau des legendes” and “Versailles.” Germany ranked fourth with formats such as “The Brain” or “Nation’s Brightest.” Germany is also producing more and more quality fiction drama such as Zdf’s “Rebel with a cause.”

Looking at trends in format sales, Eurodata identified North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Western Europe as hot spots accounting for 42% to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Named Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival

14 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” was named the top foreign language film at the 28th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. This year’s winners were announced at a luncheon on Saturday during the fest, which runs through Jan. 16.

The audience awards went to “When We Rise,” the first episode of Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s ABC docudama about gay rights in the narrative category and “Take Me Home Huey” in the documentary category, directed by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele.

When We Rise (U.S.), directed by Gus Van Sant.  From Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, the festival screened the first episode of this stirring seven-part docudrama that charts the progress of Gay Liberation from its early days in San Francisco in the 1960s to its 21st-century triumphs.  When We Rise will air on ABC starting February 27. The screening was a North American premiere at the Festival. »

- Seth Kelley

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