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20th Century Fox TV Names Brandon Brito, Cheryl Dolins New Drama, Comedy Heads

15 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Twentieth Century Fox Television has recruited two TV veterans to lead its comedy and drama development teams.

Brandon Brito will join 20th from sister studio Fox 21 as senior vice president, drama development. Cheryl Dolins, a seasoned producer and former NBC executive, joins as senior vice president, comedy development. Both will report to Michael Thorn, executive vice president of development for the studio.

“Brandon and Cheryl both have backgrounds not just as developers, but as producers as well, which makes them the ideal executives to lead our drama and comedy teams in this highly competitive environment,” Thorn said.

Brito most recently served as vice president of scripted at Fox 21, where he helped develop and launch FX’s “Tyrant,” Wgn’s “Salem” and A&E’s “Damien.” He also worked on “The Residence,”  Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black’s adaptation of the best-selling non-fiction book by Kate Brower, which is being executive produced by Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti »

- Daniel Holloway

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Pauley Perrette, Rob Reiner & More Join ABC’s Gay Rights Event Series ‘When We Rise’ (Exclusive)

22 June 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s gay rights miniseries “When We Rise” has filled out its cast with a slew of A-list guest stars, Variety has learned exclusively.

Rob Reiner, T.R. Knight, Phylicia Rashad, Richard Schiff, Mary McCormack, Arliss Howard, Henry Czerny, William Sadler and “NCIS” favorite Pauley Perrette will appear in the highly anticipated project in undisclosed roles.

The casting news comes as “When We Rise” wraps shooting today in Vancouver.

The group of guests join “When We Rise” regulars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise ParkerRachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams and and Ivory Aquino, plus previously announced guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce.

When We Rise” — hailing from “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black — chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of Lgbt men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Dustin Lance Black on Orlando: It Is Time to Disarm Hate

21 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 2008's Milk, was nearing the end of production on a new TV series when he heard the news. Forty-nine people had been killed, and dozens more wounded, during a shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. The series, called When We Rise (it will air on ABC in 2017), which Black has created, executive produced, and co-directed, is a chronicle of the gay rights movement in America.The event in Orlando, of course, not only struck the Lgbt community but the Latino community as well. In response to the tragedy »

- Dustin Lance Black, @DLanceBlack

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Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting: The World Reacts

12 June 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The entertainment industry was quick to react to the Sunday morning mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. Fifty people were killed and 53 more injured, making the terrorist act the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Openly gay stars like Ellen DeGeneres, George Takei, Matt Bomer, Lance Bass and Dustin Lance Black indicated they were grieving for the victims, as did GLAAD. DeGeneres tweeted simply "Sobbing" to her more than 60 million followers. Bomer wrote, "My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy in Orlando. There are no words. Sending love and

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- THR Staff

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Alexander the Great and Judy the Greatest

10 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

323 BC Alexander the Great dies of an unknown illness. Colin Farrell plays him in a movie centuries and centuries later and it's suggested that it's a combo of Typhus, Bad Wigs, and Loving Jared Leto that does him in. Who could survive that combo? (Remember when Baz Luhrmann was going to make an Alexander movie, too, but Oliver Stone beat him to it? We wish it had been the other way around.)

38 Ad Julia Drusilla dies in Rome. In the infamous Bob Guccione movie Caligula (1979) her brother Caligula (Malcom McDowell) is shown licking her corpse. Somehow that's not remotely the most perverted thing in the movie!

1692 Bridget Bishop is executed for "Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." She's the first victim of the notorious Salem Witch Trials that will claim many lives and inspire many works of art including The »

- NATHANIEL R

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10 Things We Learned From the ABC Upfront Presentation

17 May 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s upfront presentation on Tuesday featured a little humility, a milestone moment for the TV industry and a whole lot of Priyanka Chopra.

ABC brass acknowledged the network’s weaknesses during the past year and vowed to improve with a range of new series, including an increase in the volume of comedies and the decidedly male-skewing “Designated Survivor” drama starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Here are 10 things we learned from ABC’s presentation at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall:

Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood opted for the humble approach in addressing media buyers about the network’s performance during the past season. Like his peers at NBC and Fox, Sherwood referenced the massive changes in the industry — “this is a defining moment for our networks and for television” — but he also acknowledged ABC’s third-place position. “We believe in better,” he assured them. ABC made history in March »

- Cynthia Littleton

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'Scandal' delay leaves ABC's fall schedule without all-Shonda Thursday

17 May 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Say goodbye to ABC's all-Shonda Thursday lineup — at least until midseason. Kerry Washington's pregnancy has delayed (and shortened) the next season of Scandal, which means the schedule ABC announced today will be the first in a few years featuring a show not produced by Shonda Rhimes airing on that night in the fall. In this case, it's Notorious with Piper Perabo, one of two new ABC legal dramas whose descriptions in the press release includes the word "sexy," just in case we weren't clear on the branding.  On the whole, ABC's schedule has many more changes, and more new shows, than either the NBC schedule or Fox schedule announced earlier in upfront week. Among the shifts: with Castle done for, ABC will have a new post-Dancing with the Stars drama — Conviction with Hayley Atwell (the other "sexy" legal show) — for the first time in years; Agents of Shield »

- Alan Sepinwall

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When We Rise: ABC Announces Additional Cast

27 April 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC announces Michael K. Williams and Ivory Aquino have joined the cast of the When We Rise TV series. Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, and David Hyde will guest star in the limited event series featuring the Lbgtq+ civil rights movement.

When We Rise is executive produced by Dustin Lance Black, Laurence Mark, Bruce Cohen, and Gus Van Sant for ABC. Van Sant, who worked on the Milk feature film, with Black and Cohen, will direct the two-hour premiere of the seven-episode event limited series.

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Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black Signs With Wme

26 April 2016 4:09 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black, who won the Original Screenplay Oscar in 2009 for penning Milk. He most recently created and wrote the upcoming seven-episode ABC event series When We Rise, about the gay rights movement. He will also direct the final two episodes, with Milk helmer Gus Van Sant, Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme also taking helming duties. Black’s credits include writing J Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio and helmed by… »

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Michael K. Williams Cast in ABC’s ‘When We Rise’

26 April 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of ABC’s limited series “When We Rise.” Williams, who starred in “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” for HBO and “Hap and Leonard” for Sundance TV, will play African-American community organizer Ken Jones in the project from “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Also joining the miniseries is Ivory Aquino, who will play transgender activist Cecilia Chung.

When We Rise,” tells the story of the gay-rights movement from its early, tumultuous stages in the 20th century to its enormous strides in recent years. Williams and Chung join a cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department; Rosie O’Donnell as Del Martin, co-founder of the first lesbian organization in the country; Denis O’Hare as Jim Foster, openly gay Democratic party organizer; and David Hyde Pierce.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Michael Kenneth Williams Joins ABC's Gay Rights Miniseries When We Rise

26 April 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Omar comin’ to ABC.

The Wire alum Michael Kenneth Williams has been cast in When We Rise, the Alphabet Net’s forthcoming limited series about the gay rights movement, TVLine has learned.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Created and written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, the seven-part mini chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles of a diverse family of Lgbt men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights movement. Williams will play African-American community organizer Ken Jones, and »

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‘When We Rise’: Kevin McHale & Dylan Walsh Cast In ABC’s Lgbt Rights Miniseries

8 April 2016 3:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Glee alum Kevin McHale and Dylan Walsh (Unforgettable) have booked recurring roles in When We Rise, ABC's seven-episode event limited series about the gay rights movement, written and executive produced by Dustin Lance Black. When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of men and women who helped pioneer a chapter of the U.S. civil rights struggle. McHale will play AIDS activist Bobbi Campbell. Walsh is Dr… »

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18 Power Couples Who Are Slaying (or Will Soon Slay) Same-Sex Marriage

1 April 2016 4:20 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

In 2015, The Supreme Court changed history by legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, which means we can only look forward to more and more sweet and open Lgbt couples on the horizon. In the meantime, though, there are already a handful of power couples who are dominating the Hollywood limelight. Some of them are just starting their lives together, like Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black. Others have already built beautiful families, like the ever-adorable Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. As we look forward to the new couples who will surely emerge, keep reading to see those who are already giving us relationship goals. »

- Ryan Roschke

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Hollywood broadens focus in war on anti-gay laws

24 March 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update: As Georgia remained front of mind in Hollywood on Thursday and the Weinsteins threatened to find another state in which to shoot Lee Daniels’ upcoming Richard Pryor film in opposition to an anti-gay bill, the focus has broadened to include North Carolina.

Following an earlier statement calling on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to dismiss bill Hb 757, Lionsgate said it would be “hard-pressed to continue [its] relationship with North Carolina” unless a new law were repealed.

The studio spoke out after it emerged that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursday passed legislation blocking anti-discriminatory laws by local governments designed to protect the Lgbt community.

Lionsgate’s statement read: “The legislation hastily enacted by the State of North Carolina today is deplorable and discriminatory, and it runs counter to everything we stand for.  

“Our Dirty Dancing 3-hour filmed musical event, which celebrates the principles of inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance, will go forward given our obligation to the hundreds »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hollywood broadens focus in anti-gay fight

24 March 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Georgia remained front of mind in Hollywood on Thursday and the Weinsteins threatened to find another state in which to shoot Lee Daniels’ upcoming Richard Pryor film in opposition to an anti-gay bill, the focus has broadened to include North Carolina.

Following an earlier statement calling on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to dismiss bill Hb 575, Lionsgate said it would be “hard-pressed to continue [its] relationship with North Carolina” unless a new law were repealed.

The studio spoke out after it emerged that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursday passed legislation blocking anti-discriminatory laws by local governments designed to protect the Lgbt community.

Lionsgate’s statement read: “The legislation hastily enacted by the State of North Carolina today is deplorable and discriminatory, and it runs counter to everything we stand for.  

“Our Dirty Dancing 3-hour filmed musical event, which celebrates the principles of inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance, will go forward given our obligation to the hundreds of people »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hollywood Leaders Threaten to Abandon Production in Georgia Over Anti-lgbt Bill

24 March 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Georgia is in the process of passing a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against refuse service to Lgbt people. Many big entertainment leaders are taking a stand against this bill, urging Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to Veto the Bill, or risk losing their business.

Check out the official press release from the Human Rights Campaign:

"Breaking: Entertainment Industry Leaders Call on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to Veto Hb 757 and Warn they will Abandon Production in State

Leaders in entertainment answer Hrc President Chad Griffin’s call to action against legislation that would put Lgbt people at risk

More studios and leaders expected to announce today that they will abandon operations in Georgia if H.B. 757 is enacted

Washington – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (Hrc), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (Lgbt) civil rights organization, sent a letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on behalf of »

- Joseph Medina

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Hollywood Coalition With Big Names Joins Media Pile-On Against Georgia’s Anti-Gay Bill

24 March 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

One day after Disney said that it would take its business elsewhere if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs into law a bill that would permit faith-based groups and organizations in the state to discriminate based on sexuality, Time Warner and a group of Hollywood industry leaders were among the new batch of voices who are urging him to stop the Free Exercise Protection Act in its tracks.

The Hollywood group that included the likes of Greg Berlanti, Matt Bomer, Dustin Lance Black, Kathy Kennedy, Bryan Lourd, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Murphy, Rob Reiner and Aaron Sorkin signed their names to a letter The Hollywood group that… »

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Lee Daniels, Aaron Sorkin, Rob Reiner Join Campaign Against Georgia's Anti-Gay Legislation

24 March 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

More than 30 prominent Hollywood figures — including Aaron Sorkin, Lee Daniels, Rob Reiner, Anne Hathaway, Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant — are vowing not work in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs a bill that they say amounts to discriminatory anti-gay legislation. In a letter, released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign, they stated, “We pride ourselves on running inclusive companies, and while we have enjoyed a positive partnership on productions in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law." Those who have signed

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- Gregg Kilday

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When We Rise: ABC Gay Rights Series Sets Cast

22 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC Studios announces Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, and Guy Pearce are set to star in the limited When We Rise TV series, from writer Dustin Lance Black. Pearce will play Lgbt activist Cleve Jones. Mary-Louise Parker has been cast as women's rights leader Roma Guy. Rachel Griffiths is set as her wife, social justice activist Diane.

They are joined by Austin McKenzie as young Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs as young Roma Guy, Jonathan Majors as young Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif as young Diane. The mature versions of African American community organizer Ken Jones and transgender activist Cecelia Chung are among those roles yet to be cast.

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Gus Van Sant's Lgbt Rights Miniseries On ABC Gets Actressy

22 March 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Laurence here. Sea of Trees; remember that? 2015 wasn't really Gus Van Sant's year, but it seems like he's looking for redeption by going back to his roots. Reuniting with Milk writer, professional Sam Smith-brutaliser and Tom Daley-owner Dustin Lance Black, Van Sant will direct the first episode of ABC miniseries We Will Rise, which is set to follow a diverse group of activists involved in the Lgbt+ rights movements.

Other details are scarce but judging by the characters involved, it seems set to centre around HIV/AIDS activism and a particular focus on lesbian activists, so often underrepresented in queer rights narratives, in San Francisco during the early years of the movement there. Guy Pearce has been cast as Cleve Jones, who was played by Emile Hirsch in Milk. And thus far, the cast is rounded out by Carrie Preston as Sally Miller Gearheart, Mary-Louise Parker as women's rights leader Roma Guy, »

- Laurence Barber

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