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‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ First Look: Zac Efron Works a Mug Shot As Serial Killer Ted Bundy

‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ First Look: Zac Efron Works a Mug Shot As Serial Killer Ted Bundy
The secret is out: Zac Efron can work a wide leg pant almost as well as a camera. The actor released the first image of himself in costume as serial killer Ted Bundy to his Instagram Thursday, bearing the only slightly ominous caption: “Meet Ted.” The star of “Baywatch” and “The Greatest Showman” will take a dark turn from recent comedic fare in the Bundy biopic, titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Shooting began Thursday for the new movie, which is directed by Joe Berlinger, an Emmy-winning director who is best known for true crime documentaries.

Read More:Zac Efron Joins Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’ Opposite Matthew McConaughey — Exclusive

In the black and white photo, Efron is posing for a mug shot, donning a white tee shirt and flared jeans in the style of the period. Awash in a bright light, his gaze is downturned.

The script was written by Michael Werwie,
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Regina King & Rashida Jones Among Women Directors Spotlighted in Alice Initiative List

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At a time when Hollywood’s conditions feel particularly grim, it’s important to recognize the movements and resources continuously committed to industrial change and an equality-driven future. The Alice Initiative is among those that have been doing just that.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, The Alice Initiative, which first began in 2016, consists of a group of anonymous female film executives devoted to annually spotlighting 20 talented female directors who have yet to direct a studio feature film. It is named after 20th century French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blanche, who is considered the first female director.

The annual survey is conducted via emailed responses from over 50 executives and producers. It highlights women who have directed a (non-studio) feature alongside those who have worked in TV and/or short films.

Among others, this year’s list includes Rashida Jones (“Hot Girls Wanted”), Regina King (“Shameless”), and Reed Morano,
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Trailer Watch: “Everlasting” Is on the Brink of Cancellation in “UnREAL’s” Third Season

“UnREAL”

Try as she might, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) can never leave “Everlasting” behind. A new trailer has dropped for Season 3 of “UnREAL,” and it’s clear that the troubled but gifted producer is trying to distance herself — emotionally and geographically — from the “Bachelor”-esque TV show she worked on. Rachel seems to be on a nature retreat of some kind when her restorative, peaceful experience floating in a lake is interrupted by Quinn’s (Constance Zimmer) voice.

Quinn has come to drag her protégé/frenemy back to the toxic environment she tried to leave behind — and she sure makes it hard for Rachel to say no. “‘Everlasting’ is about to be cancelled. For real. I need you,” she begs. And with that, Rachel returns to the set.

The reality dating show at the center of “UnREAL” is making history for the second season in a row. Last season of “Everlasting
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‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast

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‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast
Despite casting Willem Dafoe and working with a $2 million budget — the biggest in Sean Baker’s career — the director knew that his sixth feature, “The Florida Project,” couldn’t abandon what’s become his personal trademark: populating his films with untapped talent.

Read More:Willem Dafoe On What He Learned From Working With Non-Actors on ‘The Florida Project’ — Exclusive

“For me, Spike Lee was always one that really did it right,” Baker said. “He would have big A-list stars in his films, and then he would always give fresh faces to some of the bigger supporting characters. He would be introducing so many new faces to the world, new talent to the industry, which is I think really important.”

The Florida Project” has received glowing reviews (IndieWire gave it an A-, and it’s currently rated 95 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and received multiple awards, including Golden Globes and SAG nominations for Dafoe.
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TVLine Items: PaleyFest 2018 Gets Stranger, Quantico Recruit and More

TVLine Items: PaleyFest 2018 Gets Stranger, Quantico Recruit and More
PaleyFest 2018 is going to the Upside Down.

Netflix’s sci-fi thriller Stranger Things is among the first panels announced for the annual television event, which will take place March 16-25 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

RelatedStranger Things Renewed for Season 3

Additional honorees include NBC’s Will & Grace and ABC’s The Good Doctor, with the full lineup to be announced on Jan. 9. Ticket information can be found at paleyfest.org.

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* Quantico has tapped Amber Skye Noyes (The Deuce, Beauty and the Beast) to recur during Season 3 as Celine Fox,
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‘Dietland’: Mya Taylor Joins AMC Drama Series

‘Dietland’: Mya Taylor Joins AMC Drama Series
Mya Taylor (Tangerine) has booked a role in Dietland, AMC's 10-episode straight-to-series darkly comedic drama based on Sarai Walker's novel, which is set for a 2018 premiere. Dietland, from Marti Noxon (UnReal), Skydance TV and AMC Studios, is set against the backdrop of the beauty industry. It follows Plum Kettle (Joy Nash), an obese woman who is preparing for weight-loss surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and…
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AMC's 'Dietland' Enlists 'Tangerine' Breakout Mya Taylor

AMC's upcoming Dietland adaptation has enlisted a breakout star from Tangerine.

Actress Mya Taylor has booked a recurring role on the drama from Marti Noxon that stars Julianna Marguiles.

Set against the backdrop of the beauty industry, Dietland follows Plum Kettle (Joy Nash of The Mindy Project, Twin Peaks), an obese woman who is preparing for weight-loss surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the "war of the sexes" becomes literal. Margulies stars as...
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The End of the Beginning: A Reckoning Thousands of Years in the Making

Uzo Aduba: Instagram /Emma Trim

I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, even after a decent night of sleep, I am exhausted. I have been exhausted, outraged, moved, anxious, and pretty much every other emotion possible since the first Harvey Weinstein story broke on October 5. Actually, I take that back: I’ve been feeling this overwhelming range of emotions since last year’s election. But the confluence of the reckoning that is happening now — which started in the entertainment business and has morphed into every other workplace — and a serial predator in the White House destroying the fabric of our rights, especially our reproductive rights, sometimes just feels like it’s too much to deal with. It’s hard to concentrate when you don’t know what insane, and much-needed, story will be coming next from the intrepid reporters working diligently to unearth the truth.
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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’

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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’
Matthew Weiner has denied the sexual-harassment accusation made against him by former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon. “The allegations are not true, and [this] is a very important topic and a topic that I have devoted — it has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life, for like 92 hours of the show,” he said while promoting his novel “Heather, the Totality” yesterday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We wanted people to be having this conversation. It’s great that we’re having it,” Weiner added. “It’s a very serious issue.”

Read More:‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

The event was moderated by “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, who asked Weiner why Gordon would make an untrue claim. He responded that he didn’t “want to speak to someone else’s character.”

“I will say this,
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‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Responds After Marti Noxon Calls Him ‘Emotional Terrorist’, Insists Sexual Harassment Claim ‘Is Not True’

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Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner’s character is being dragged through the dirt by yet another member of the show’s creative team. The show’s consulting producer and writer Marti Noxon defended fellow writer Kater Gordon’s sexual harassment accusations against Weiner. In a series of fiery tweets, Noxon called Weiner an “emotional terrorist.” Related: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner […]
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‘Dietland’ Casts Ricardo Davila As Regular; Dale Whibley Joins ‘Ice’

Newcomer Ricardo Davila is set as a series regular opposite Joy Nash, Julianna Margulies and Adam Rothenberg in Dietland, AMC's 10-episode straight-to-series darkly comedic drama based on Sarai Walker's novel, which is set for a 2018 premiere. Dietland, from Marti Noxon (UnReal), Skydance TV and AMC Studios, is set against the backdrop of the beauty industry. It follows Plum Kettle (Nash), an obese woman who is preparing for weight-loss surgery when her world is upturned…
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Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17

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Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17
Aurora Perrineau has accused “Girls” writer/executive producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17, The Wrap reports. The alleged incident took place in 2012, when Miller was 35; Perrineau provided The Wrap with the results of a polygraph she took in September. “I filed a police report today. I cannot talk about the investigation that is happening currently,” she said.

In her polygraph statement, which the “Passengers” and “Equals” actress says she passed, Perrineau stated that she met Miller during an evening out with friends at the Standard Hotel. She had “consumed some alcoholic beverages” and Miller “was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old.” Perrineau’s father is “Lost” star Harold Perrineau.

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Miller later asked the group for a ride home, admitting that “he was drunk,
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Former ‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Calls Matthew Weiner An “Emotional Terrorist”

Last week, Kater Gordon, an Emmy winning former writer on “Mad Men,” alleged that the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, “said she owed it to him to let him see her naked” while they were working together one night. Gordon was fired a year later, and she said the experience left her feeling “threatened and devalued.” Weiner denied the allegations, and touted the fact the series had “a predominantly female driven writers room.” However, now another voice has called out Weiner for the toxic work environment he created on the show.

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‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

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‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser
Marti Noxon, a former consulting producer on “Mad Men” and the director of Netflix’s “To the Bone,” today lent credence to the sexual-harassment claim leveled against Matthew Weiner by Kater Gordon. Noxon both praised and criticized the “Mad Men” creator in a series of tweets, referring to him as “devilishly clever and witty” as well as “an ’emotional terrorist’ who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met.”

She saved one of her most important points for last: “I believe Kater Gordon.”

Read More:‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Accused of Sexual Harassment by Writer Kater Gordon

Gordon, who previously served as Weiner’s assistant before becoming a writer on the acclaimed AMC drama, won an Emmy for the episode “Meditations in an Emergency.” She alleges that, as she and Weiner were working together one night, he told her she owed it to
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‘Mad Men’ Producer Calls Matthew Weiner ‘Emotional Terrorist’ After Harassment Accusation

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‘Mad Men’ Producer Calls Matthew Weiner ‘Emotional Terrorist’ After Harassment Accusation
Former “Mad Men” senior consultant and producer Marti Noxon is not pulling punches when it comes to backing Kater Gordon, who has accused Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment. On Friday, Noxon took to Twitter to describe the Emmy-winning show creator as an “emotional terrorist, who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs me.” The writer-producer added, “everyone at ‘Mad Men,’ regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.” Also a former exec producer of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Noxon unleashed her opinion of Weiner and his behavior on the public — and it.
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‘Mad Men’s Marti Noxon Speaks Out Against Matthew Weiner: “I Believe Kater Gordon”

Marti Noxon, who was a consulting producer on AMC’s Mad Men, says she believes the sexual harassment allegations made by Kater Gordon against Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. In a series of 12 tweets, Noxon outlined her case in support of Gordon. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer exec producer calls Weiner an “emotional terrorist” and that the Mad Men cast and crew “regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.” Last week, Gordon, an Emmy-winning Mad Men
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Marti Noxon Calls Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner 'Emotional Terrorist' Who Instilled 'Fear and Uncertainty'

Marti Noxon Calls Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner 'Emotional Terrorist' Who Instilled 'Fear and Uncertainty'
A former Mad Men writer who alleged that series creator Matthew Weiner sexually harassed her early into the AMC drama’s run is getting a high-profile supporter. Prolific TV producer Marti Noxon (Buffy, UnREAL), who served as a consultant on the Emmy-winning series during Seasons 2 and 3, corroborated accusations lodged by Kater Gordon on Friday in a series of tweets.

RelatedHouse of Cards: Kevin Spacey Fired in Wake of Sexual Misconduct Scandal

About a week ago Kater Gordon, a young female writer who worked on Mad Men, bravely came forward with her account of being sexual harassed by Matt Weiner,
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Marti Noxon Backs Matthew Weiner Harassment Accuser, Calls Him "Emotional Terrorist"

Marti Noxon is speaking up about Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and the sexual harassment allegation surrounding him.

In a series of tweets on Friday, the television writer-producer — who formerly worked on the AMC drama as a senior consultant — described Weiner as an "emotional terrorist, who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met." She added that "everyone at Mad Men, regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere."

Noxon's tweets come a week after former Mad Men assistant-turned-writer Kater Gordon came out and accused Weiner of sexual harassment. Gordon...
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Dietland: Adam Rothenberg (Ripper Street) to Star in AMC Series

Adam Rothenberg, who starred as Captain Homer Jackson on the now-cancelled Ripper Street TV series on BBC America and Amazon, has joined the cast of Marti Noxon's Dietland TV show on AMC. The cable network ordered the drama, based on the Sarai Walker novel, back in July of this year. Last week, Good Wife vet Julianna Margulies boarded the AMC series, which stars Joy Nash as the lead character, Plum Kettle. According to press materials, Dietland tells the story of, "...an obese woman who is preparing for weight loss surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the “war of the sexes” becomes literal." Noxon is executive producing with David
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‘Dietland’: Adam Rothenberg Set As Male Lead In AMC Drama Series

Former Ripper Street star Adam Rothenberg is set as the male lead opposite Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies in Dietland, AMC's 10-episode straight-to-series darkly comedic drama based on Sarai Walker's novel, which is set for a 2018 premiere. Dietland, from Marti Noxon (UnReal), Skydance TV and AMC Studios, is set against the backdrop of the beauty industry. It follows Plum Kettle (Nash), an obese woman who is preparing for weight-loss surgery when her world is upturned by…
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