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Venice Film Review: ‘Foxtrot’

Venice Film Review: ‘Foxtrot’
Lebanon” director Samuel Maoz went in a risky direction by making a film as different and daring as “Foxtrot,” and his boldness pays off in ways that make one reach for superlatives. Not content to merely confront the unspeakable grief of parents who lose a child, Maoz uses the film’s tripartite structure to encompass a devastating litany of Israeli attributes that run the gamut from machismo to racism to a past subverted by the Holocaust and then back again to grief. Just as no novel can tackle a mother’s fear of learning her soldier son is dead without being compared to David Grossman’s stunning “To the End of the Land,” so no film will be able to deal with a similar subject without being weighed against “Foxtrot.” Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.

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Syfy Renews 12 Monkeys for a Fourth and Final Season

Ahead of its entire new third season airing between May 19th and May 21st, 12 Monkeys has been renewed for a fourth and final season by Syfy.

Press Release: New York, NY -- March 16, 2017 -- Syfy today announced that it has renewed critically-acclaimed original series 12 Monkeys for a fourth and final chapter ahead of its Season 3 premiere. The network also announced that the series’ entire 10-episode third season will premiere over three consecutive nights, from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11Pm Et/Pt. The first four episodes will premiere on Friday, with three episodes airing each night on both Saturday and Sunday.

Produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, the beloved drama, developed by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”), is based on the 1995 Golden Globe® award-winning film of the same name. Said co-developer, showrunner and executive producer Matalas: “Universal Cable Productions and Syfy have given
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The Expanse Season 2 Episode 6 Review: Paradigm Shift

Can't you just picture the inscription on a certain mighty Martian marine's tombstone?

"Here lies Badass Bobbie Draper. She was always spoiling for a fight. If she'd only heeded the age-old Earth adage: 'Be careful what you wish for, because you mIght get it," she might've lived a little longer.

No amount of mixed-martial arts or combat training looks enough to save Bobbie — lying wounded on Ganymede's surface with a cracked helmet — from whatever the hell that sentient being is, standing above her and looking seriously pissed off.

Bobbie Draper's apparent demise, along with the deaths of her comrades in her unit and aboard the Martian military ship, the Scirroco, was one of several threads featured on The Expanse Season 2 Episode 6.

There were so many, in fact, this may have been the series' most ambitious, if not stellar, hour. It went down like an overstuffed burger with everything on it — tantalizingly juicy and delicious looking,
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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency
This post originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

Whether he’s reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the Commander in Books.

Potus is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.” With his presidency coming to an end this Friday, EW looked back at Obama’s lit picks over the years
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Dark Matter", "The Strain"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for January 2017 including "12 Monkeys",  "Dark Matter", "The Strain" and a whole lot more: 

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12 Monkeys Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Dark Matter Season 3

TV Series

Prodigy Entertainment Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie

Nov 18/16 - Apr 13/17

Killjoys Season 3

TV Series

Season III Productions Ltd.

Prod.: Lena Cordina

Exec. Prod.: Karen Troubetzkoy, Michelle Lovretta

Jan 12 - May 12/17

Molly's Game

Feature Film

The Mark Gordon Company / Entertainment One

Prods.: Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal

Exec. Prods.: Stuart Besser, Leopoldo Gout, Matt Jackson

Dir.: Aaron Sorkin

Nov 9/16 - Jan 31/17 

Odd Squad
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Kin", "Molly's Game"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for December 2016, including "12 Monkeys", "Kin", "Molly's Game" and a whole lot more:

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12 Monkeys Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Conviction Season 1

TV Series

ABC / Eone / Mark Gordon Company

Exec. Prod.: Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Liz Friedlander, Liz Friedman

Jul 18 – Dec 1 / 16

Food Market

Feature

New Metric Media, Sphere Media

Exec. Prod.: Mark Montefiore, Virginia Rankin, Michael Konyves

Dir.: Alain Desrochers

Oct 11 - Dec 16/16

Green Harvest

TV Series

Streak Productions Inc. / CBS

Prod.: Kevin Lafferty, Loretta Ramos, Aaron Baiers

Exec. Prod.: Bryan Fuller,

Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg,

Aaron Harberts

Sept 26/16 - Mar
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", Designated Survivor", "The Handmaid's Tale"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for November 2016, including "Designated Survivor", "12 Monkeys" "The Handmaid's Tale" and a whole lot more:

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12 Monkeys Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Alias Grace

Mini Series

Halfire Entertainment

Prod.: Sarah Polley, DJ Carson

Dir.: Mary Harron

Aug 15 - Nov 15/16

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Anne Of Green Gables

TV Movie

Gables 23 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Jim Corston

Exec. Prod.: Joan Lambur, Peter Williamson

Dir.: John Kent Harrison

Sep 12 - Nov 4/16

Black Mirror

TV Series (one episode)

T5 Mirror Productions Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Annabelle Jones, Charlie Brooker

Dir.: Jodie Foster

Nov 7 – Nov 30/16

Business Ethics

Feature

Business Ethic Film Inc.
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From Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ to ‘Oj: Made in America’: Four Docs That Define Black Lives Matter

From Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ to ‘Oj: Made in America’: Four Docs That Define Black Lives Matter
There are four new documentaries that, while timed for Oscar votes, have a much bigger target audience: The American voters. These urgently topical films peel away decades of mythology, propaganda, and misinformation to reveal why so many people in this country are not only incarcerated in our thriving prison economy, but function inside prisons of misguided perception.

It’s easy to see why the New York Film Festival picked Ava DuVernay’s “13th” as its first-ever documentary opening-night film. In the year of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, as fearful cops continue to gun down unarmed black men in the street, this must-see film will raise consciousness about how race affects the way we regard and behave toward the people around us. “13th” is a history of how white people have treated African-Americans since 1865 — when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery — and it roused the Lincoln Center crowd to multiple standing
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From Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ to ‘Oj: Made in America’: Four Docs That Define Black Lives Matter

From Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ to ‘Oj: Made in America’: Four Docs That Define Black Lives Matter
There are four new documentaries that, while timed for Oscar votes, have a much bigger target audience: The American voters. These urgently topical films peel away decades of mythology, propaganda, and misinformation to reveal why so many people in this country are not only incarcerated in our thriving prison economy, but function inside prisons of misguided perception.

It’s easy to see why the New York Film Festival picked Ava DuVernay’s “13th” as its first-ever documentary opening-night film. In the year of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, as fearful cops continue to gun down unarmed black men in the street, this must-see film will raise consciousness about how race affects the way we regard and behave toward the people around us. “13th” is a history of how white people have treated African-Americans since 1865 — when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery — and it roused the Lincoln Center crowd to multiple standing
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Designated Survivor", "Taken"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for October 2016, including "12 Monkeys", "Designated Survivor", "Taken" and a whole lot more:

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12 Monkeys

Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Alias Grace

Mini Series

Halfire Entertainment

Prod.: Sarah Polley, DJ Carson

Dir.: Mary Harron

Aug 15 - Nov 15/16

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Anne Of Green Gables

TV Movie

Gables 23 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Jim Corston

Exec. Prod.: Joan Lambur, Peter Williamson

Dir.: John Kent Harrison

Sep 12 - Nov 4/16

Baroness Von Sketch Show

Season 2

TV Series

Bvss 2 Productions Ontario Inc. / Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Exec.Prod.: Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne,
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Axanar Lawsuit Warps Into Discovery Process

The two sides in the copyright infringement battle over an "independent" fan-film might not agree on a settlement, but it looks like they've cleared one hurdle facing discovery.David Grossman, the attorney representing Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp. in their lawsuit against Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters, has filed what is known as a stipulated protective order intended to keep some information collected in discovery confidential. Discovery, of course, the process where both sides collect information from each other in order to help support their positions in a legal dispute.This particular order, which was signed by both Grossman and Axanar attorney Erin Ranahan on Tuesday, is intended to keep discovery moving at a fast pace, putting in place a pre-approved procedure on ...
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"Futurama" Game Developers Talk Fan Service

Though the long-running animated series "Futurama" may be over for good, the team of writers and creators behind the upcoming mobile game based on the franchise are relying fans with callbacks to various classic episodes and gags.

"Futurama: A Game of Drones: is a free-to-play match-four puzzle game for casual gamers and writer David Grossman, who also worked on the popular "The Secret of Monkey Island" and "The Wolf Among Us" titles, tells Gamespot that they aimed to capture the humor from the show but still had to shift things around for the new medium:

"Futurama has always used a lot of parody and satire, and we're more than happy to have an opportunity to add more. The one peculiar additional goal we have that the writers of the TV show did not is to bring meaning to the play of the game, wrapping the mechanics up into the Futurama universe to connect everything together.
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Film Review: ‘Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad’

Film Review: ‘Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad’
Premiering out of competition — and by extension, out of the spotlight — at the same edition of the Cannes Film Festival that begat “Son of Saul,” polemical French director Robert Guediguian’s “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” grapples with many of the same questions of irreparable damage and historical representation that surround another of the 20th century’s unreconciled genocides, albeit in a far less conceptual or arresting way. Addressing the still scandalously under-represented Armenian tragedy not via the mass exterminations that targeted his own ancestors, but rather through later generations’ subsequent attempts at revenge, Guediguian sides with the activists’ cause even as he condemns their methods. While the subject deserves further attention, the hard truth is that this “crazy story’s” moral complexity, combined with the lack of a clear protagonist, renders its telling dramatically inert — and therefore unlikely to significantly impact attitudes either in France or abroad.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

Cannes Film Review: ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’
For those who love the writing of Amos Oz, the Israeli storyteller’s autobiographical “A Tale of Love and Darkness” illuminates his reasons for picking up the pen in the first place, pointing to his relationship with his doting (and long-suffering) mother above all. It’s perfectly obvious why Oz felt compelled to honor his mother Fania’s memory in print, but not necessarily as clear to understand why Natalie Portman felt so fiercely drawn to the character — to the degree that she spent years developing Oz’s melancholy memoir to be her feature writing-director debut, in which she also plays Fania herself. Most likely, it was simply a case of her being touched by Oz’s work and wanting to share that emotional experience with others, though her drearily empathetic film lacks whatever universality has made “Tale” such an international phenomenon, and will rely on Portman’s name to attract interest beyond Israel.
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Complete Buffy reviews: Wild at Heart

Compared to Beer Bad, the last wretched instalment of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it's inevitable that Wild At Heart will seem like a work of genius in comparison. Established writer Marti Noxon is putting pen to paper. Spike's back for a nanosecond. And most importantly, it's the last episode to feature Oz as a regular. So what can possibly go wrong?

Well, on the surface, not a lot – providing you don't think about it too much. If you're prone to blubbing like Ian Beale, then it's a fair bet you'll be weeping buckets by the time that Oz has driven off in his van into a life of meditation and mystical charms. The story goes that Seth Green wanted to leave the show to pursue a film career – so the writers of Buffy had to find a credible reason for breaking up one of the show's most enduring couples, Willow and Oz.
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Complete Buffy reviews: Living Conditions

The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack may be massively popular all over the globe, but it's always set my teeth on edge. As it happens, I know why this is the case – it can be traced all the way back to 1994 when I'd just started university. The girl in the campus room above happened to be a fan of Rocky Horror and would play the wretched thing over and over until the tape became time warped. And to that day, whenever a Rocky Horror song has come on the radio or TV, I've mentally ground my teeth till there's nothing left but gum.

Living Conditions sees Buffy continuing her mission to try and settle down into college life. While it's a smoother ride than her first days in The Freshman , her growing conflict with Kathy is still making college a bit of a chore. It seems that no matter how hard she tries,
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TV Review: Salem: Season 1, Episode 9: Children Be Afraid [Wgn]

Wgn America‘s Salem Children Be Afraid TV Show Review. Salem: Season 1, Episode 9: Children be Afraid is a well-paced, anxiety provoking episode, directed by David Grossman of Lost fame. The writers, Elizabeth Sarnoff and Tricia Small (Episode 3, In Vain), have struggled with coherency and character motivation in [...]

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Complete Buffy reviews: Enemies

DVD special features. Ain't they great? Packed full of fun facts about the making of your favourite TV programme or movie, they're designed to add great value for money to our favourite shiny discs.

The problem is though, they're the equivalent of Toto pulling back the curtain on a huffing and puffing Wizard of Oz who's doing his level best to convince a motley crew of visitors that he's some awe-inspiring green overlord head of doom rather than a chubby bloke pressing down lots of pipes. The illusion's gone – much like the DVD special features which show the mundane process behind the end product. Look, there's a sweaty cameraman zooming in on the hero of the hour! Look, there's take number 39, with cast members pulling the face of a man chomping down on a wasp sandwich. Value for money is all well and good, but DVD extras are essentially the
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New Nashville Season 2,Episode 16 Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

New Nashville season 2,episode 16 spoiler promo clip hit the net. Last night, ABC released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Nashville" episode 16 of season 2, and it appears to be very interesting as Jeff tries to get Juliette back on his label, she laughs in his face, and more. The episode is titled, "Guilty Street." In the new episode 16, After performing her manifesto song at her Opry induction, major pop labels will continue to try and sign Juliette, overwhelming Avery, who can barely afford to take her to dinner. Rayna is going to encounter extreme money problems of her own, since Tandy’s been bouncing checks around town for Highway 65, affecting Rayna’s ability to sign new artists. Deacon will end up, discovering life on the road is filled with temptation when he runs into an old friend, Ruth Bennett, at an AA meeting, and Scarlett is going
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New Nashville Season 2,Episode 16 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

New Nashville season 2,episode 16 official spoilers,plotline revealed by ABC. Recently, ABC released the new,official, synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Nashville" episode 16 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Guilty Street," and it sounds like things will get very interesting as Rayna starts running out of money, Juliette gets more major offers, and more. In the new,16th episode press release: Juliette is going to weigh her options while Rayna's label needs a financial infusion. Press release number 2: After performing her manifesto song at her Opry induction, major pop labels will be vying to sign Juliette, overwhelming Avery, who can barely afford to take her to dinner. Rayna is going to have major money troubles of her own, since Tandy’s been bouncing checks around town for Highway 65, affecting Rayna’s ability to sign new artists. Deacon will find that life on the road is filled with temptation when
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