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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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Turin Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 35th Edition

Turin Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 35th Edition
The 35th Turin Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled that it will screen 134 feature films as part of its lineup, including 36 world premieres and 21 international premieres, with 40 films being directors' first or second features.

The opening-night film will be Richard Loncraine’s bittersweet comedy Finding Your Feet, staring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions and Joanna Lumley.

As usual, Turin's main competition focuses on emerging filmmakers in an effort to highlight new talent. Directors including David Gordon Green, Pablo Larrain, and Damien Chazelle have won the main prize in the past at the beginning...
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First image and trailer for ‘Monster Family’

Altitude Film Distribution have announced that original family comedy Monster Family will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on 2nd March 2018.

Monster Family follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan, Frank, Emma and their kids Max and Fay – under pressure and constantly at each other’s throats. When they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into their own monstrous party costumes, they must pull together to battle real-life beasts; reverse the curse; and prove that even a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster can eventually form one big happy family.

Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Emily Watson (On Chesil Beach), Jason Isaacs (The Death of Stalin), Nick Frost (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who); Monster Family is based on the best-selling novel by David Safier.
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Animated comedy Monster Family gets a trailer

A teaser trailer has arrived online for the upcoming animated comedy Monster Family which features a voice cast that includes Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie, and Catherine Tate; watch it below…

Based on David Safier’s best-selling novel, Monster Family follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan, Frank, Emma and their kids Max and Fay – under pressure and constantly at each other’s throats.

When they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into their own monstrous party costumes, they must pull together to battle real-life beasts; reverse the curse; and prove that even a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster can eventually form one big happy family.

Monster Family is set for release on March 2nd.
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‘Smilf’ Review: This Single Mom Is a Laudable Filmmaker in Showtime’s Unflinching New Comedy

‘Smilf’ Review: This Single Mom Is a Laudable Filmmaker in Showtime’s Unflinching New Comedy
Birthed from Frankie Shaw’s Sundance award-winning short film, “Smilf” joins the growing canon of series that are far better than the knee-jerk reaction to their titles. Like “Cougar Town,” “Trophy Wife,” and “Happy Endings” before it, the new half-hour Showtime original transcends its meaning — the “s” stands for single and the “Milf” for, well, you know — quickly and repeatedly in the first three episodes. Occasionally, it can feel like an ill-fitting short gets tossed into Shaw’s first TV show, but the serialized majority of the story nevertheless marks the arrival of an adventurous and compassionate vision.

Shaw stars as Bridgette, a Bostonian living in Southie who works as a part-time tutor, part-time actress, and part-time overeater. (Bridgette binge eats on occasion.) She’s a single mom who always, always, always needs to be available for her son, Larry Bird (played by sisters Alexandra Mary Reimer and Anna Chanel Reimer
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‘Smilf’ Review: This Single Mom Is a Laudable Filmmaker in Showtime’s Unflinching New Comedy

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‘Smilf’ Review: This Single Mom Is a Laudable Filmmaker in Showtime’s Unflinching New Comedy
Birthed from Frankie Shaw’s Sundance award-winning short film, “Smilf” joins the growing canon of series that are far better than the knee-jerk reaction to their titles. Like “Cougar Town,” “Trophy Wife,” and “Happy Endings” before it, the new half-hour Showtime original transcends its meaning — the “s” stands for single and the “Milf” for, well, you know — quickly and repeatedly in the first three episodes. Occasionally, it can feel like an ill-fitting short gets tossed into Shaw’s first TV show, but the serialized majority of the story nevertheless marks the arrival of an adventurous and compassionate vision.

Shaw stars as Bridgette, a Bostonian living in Southie who works as a part-time tutor, part-time actress, and part-time overeater. (Bridgette binge eats on occasion.) She’s a single mom who always, always, always needs to be available for her son, Larry Bird (played by sisters Alexandra Mary Reimer and Anna Chanel Reimer
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Better Things: Is the FX TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

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Vulture Watch Are things getting any better for Sam? Has the Better Things TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on FX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Better Things, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the FX cable channel, Better Things stars Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie, Rebecca Metz, and Alysia Reiner. Sam (Adlon) is a divorced woman without a filter, who’s just trying to raise her three daughters — teenager Max (Madison), eccentric Frankie (Alligood) and spicey Duke (Edward). She also has to keep an eye out on her mother, Phil (Imrie). Sam
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Better Things: Season Three Renewal for FX Dramedy

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It's getting better all the time. The Better Things TV show has been renewed for season three on FX. The second season of ten episode just kicked off on September 14, 2017. Episode 2.06, "Eulogy" airs on FX, tonight at 10:00pm Et/Pt. An FX black comedy, Better Things stars Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie, Rebecca Metz, and Alysia Reiner. The series centers on Sam (Adlon), a divorced mom who lacks a filter. She’s just trying to raise her three daughters — teenager Max (Madison), eccentric Frankie (Alligood) and spicey Duke (Edward). If only she could find a little time to live her own life, too. Read More…
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“Better Things” Renewed for Season 3

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Sam Fox isn’t going anywhere. Variety reports that Pamela Adlon-starrer “Better Things” has been renewed for a third season. Adlon co-created the dramedy and directed every episode of its second season, which is currently airing Thursday nights on FX.

The critically acclaimed, award-winning show follows Sam (Adlon), a voiceover and character actress. She manages to make a go of it in Hollywood while raising three daughters (Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, and Olivia Edward) on her own, taking care of her slowly declining mother (Celia Imrie), and being the most dependable friend in her social circle. But Sam is no selfless martyr: she’s not afraid to call bullshit or punctuate her good deeds with wry comments.

“‘Better Things’ success is testament to the creative genius of Pamela Adlon as a writer, director, and actor,” stated Eric Schrier, co-prez of FX Networks and FX Productions’ original programming. “It has been a joy for everyone at FX to support Pamela and see the critics and industry recognize this series as one of the very best shows on TV. Pamela and the enormously talented cast, producers, and crew have our deepest appreciation.”

“I know what it’s like to sit and whittle your life away on a set watching men — people — waste so much time and money indulging themselves,” Adlon has said of her decision to direct all of “Better Things” Season 2. “It’s insane. It doesn’t have to be that way. This whole season was an experiment in ‘Things can be great and comfortable.’ You don’t have to scrape the marrow off your bones.”

Better Things” will compete in the long form Breakthrough Series competition at this year’s Gotham Awards. The show was named Most Exciting New Series at the 2016 Critics Choice Television Awards and has been nominated for a WGA award. Adlon’s performance also earned a nod at this year’s Emmys.

Better Things” Renewed for Season 3 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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Better Things Renewed for Season 3

Better Things Renewed for Season 3
FX wants more Better Things.

The cable network has renewed the Peabody Award-winning comedy for Season 3, TVLine has learned.

Currently midway through its second season, Better Things centers on Sam Fox (Louie‘s Pamela Adlon), a working actress and single parent to three daughters: rebellious teen Max (Mikey Madison), mouthy middle child Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and sweetheart Duke (Olivia Edward). She also takes care of her wackadoo mother Phil (Celia Imrie, who recently earned TVLine honors).

Better Things‘ success is testament to the creative genius of Pamela Adlon as a writer,
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American Horror Story: Cult Recap: Battle of the Sexes

American Horror Story: Cult Recap: Battle of the Sexes
Tuesday’s American Horror Story: Cult began, just as last week’s ended, with a woman at her wit’s end brandishing a firearm — only this time, it wasn’t Ally.

IcymiLast Week’s American Horror Story: Cult Recap: Shots Fired

No, this week’s episode took viewers back to June 1968 for the true-crime tale of Valerie Solanas (played by Lena Dunham), an aspiring writer who was sick and tired of being taken advantage of by one Andy Warhol (Evan Peters). “You had too much control over my life,” she told him as he recoiled from her first misfire. “Down with the patriarchy!
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Svu's Danny Pino Joins Sons of Anarchy Spinoff Mayans Mc as Star

Svu's Danny Pino Joins Sons of Anarchy Spinoff Mayans Mc as Star
Law & Order: Svu‘s Danny Pino is aligning himself with another acronymic television franchise, joining FX’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans Mc as one of the leads, TVLine has learned exclusively.

RelatedPost Mortem: Sons of Anarchy Ep on ‘Shakespearean’ Finale, Audience Satisfaction and That Crazy Car Chase

As TVLine reported back in July, the original Mayans Mc pilot, which was shot last winter, was scrapped for creative reasons. Norberto Barba (The Bridge, Preacher, The Path) was brought in direct a new pilot from a script by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and filmmaker Elgin James. Several
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Performer of the Week: Ted Danson

Performer of the Week: Ted Danson
The Performer | Ted Danson

The Show | The Good Place

The Episode | “Existential Crisis” (Oct. 12, 2017)

The Performance | Playing an immortal demon doesn’t really lend itself to a ton of emotional range. But the equally immortal Danson found a way to add a few layers of depth to The Good Place‘s afterlife architect Michael this week, via a crushing existential crisis.

Danson’s performance split in two very different halves: First, during an ethics lesson with Chidi, Michael began to comprehend the meaninglessness of existence and fell into a deep “existential coma,” with Danson hilariously letting out an agonized wail
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Better Things' Celia Imrie Takes Us Inside Phil's Big Episode

Better Things' Celia Imrie Takes Us Inside Phil's Big Episode
FX’s bittersweet comedy Better Things usually focuses on Pamela Adlon’s single mom Sam and her three daughters — but this week, Sam’s quirky British mom Phil stepped in the spotlight.

Thursday’s episode — appropriately entitled “Phil” — showed us Phil’s life apart from her daughter, playing cards with her friends and volunteering as a museum tour guide. But it also showed us the melancholy aspects of Phil’s life, as she got caught trying to lift an Egyptian ring from the museum’s collection and then intentionally stepped into a hole in the parking lot, taking a nasty
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Cast announced for Stephen Mangan’s Channel 4 comedy series Hang Ups

Channel 4 has announced details of the cast for Stephen Mangan’s Hang Ups, an adaptation of Lisa Kudrow’s Emmy-nominated Web Therapy, which it set to ““present a hilarious and outrageous catalogue of neuroses, phobias, issues, anxieties and psychopathies” and sees Mangan taking on the role of Dr. Richard Pitt as he offers his weekly quickfire webcam therapy sessions.

Set to feature alongside Mangan in the comedy series are David Tennant (Broadchurch), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Monica Dolan (W1A), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Game of Thrones alumni Conleth Hill, Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant, and Harry Lloyd.

Hang Ups is being written by Mangan and Robert Delamere; the half-hour comedy series will consist of six episodes, and is set to air on Channel 4 in 2018.
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Roadside Attractions Picks Up Richard Loncraine’s 'Finding Your Feet'

Roadside Attractions Picks Up Richard Loncraine’s 'Finding Your Feet'
Roadside Attractions has picked up Richard Loncraine’s Finding Your Feet, partnering with Stage 6 Films for the pic's domestic distribution.

Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and David Hayman star in the comedy, along with John Sessions and Joanna Lumley.

Finding Your Feet follows "Lady" Sandra Abbott (Staunton) as she discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend and seeks refuge in London with her estranged older sister Bif.

Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard wrote the screenplay for the film, which was produced by Andrew Berg, John Sachs, Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft, James Spring and...
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Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus in “Santa Girl,” Meryl Streep will present the American Cinematheque Award to Amy Adams, and basketball documentary “The First to Do It” gets a theatrical release.

Castings

Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus opposite Jennifer Stone in the independent comedy “Santa Girl,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will shoot later this month in Winchester, Va. Bostwick will play a slimmed-down and all-business Santa who hasn’t recovered from the loss of his wife, Mrs. Claus, with Stone playing his daughter. The story will focus on the daughter’s desire to attend college despite her father’s misgivings. After he eventually relents, she must navigate a strange new world while keeping the identity of her iconic father — and her own magic — a secret.

Blayne Weaver (“6 Month Rule”) is attached to direct from Patricia Harrington’s script. Capital Arts’ Paul Di Franco,
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Roadside Attractions Lands Richard Loncraine’s Comedy ‘Finding Your Feet’

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Roadside Attractions, in partnership with Stage 6 Films, has picked up the domestic distribution rights to Richard Loncraine's romantic comedy Finding Your Feet, starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions and Joanna Lumley. Roadside is eyeing a spring release for the film, while eOne will distribute the pic in the U.K. on February 23. The story follows “Lady” Sandra Abbott (Staunton), who discovers that her husband of 40 years…
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Better Things: Season Two Ratings

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Last year, FX gave its Better Things TV show an early second season renewal, after just two episodes had aired. The comedy-drama from creators Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. went on to earn tepid ratings over the course of its first season. Can they build up the audience in season two? Will Better Things be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. Better Things revolves around Sam Fox (Adlon), a working actor in Los Angeles. The FX cast also includes Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie, Rebecca Metz, and Alysia Reiner. Sam is a divorced woman without a filter, who's just trying to raise her three daughters -- teenager Max (Madison), eccentric Frankie (Alligood) and spicey Duke (Edward). She also has to keep an eye out on her mother, Phil (Imrie). Sam fills the roles of dad, referee, and the
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