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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Genius’ Debut Plus More TV You Must See This Week

4 hours ago | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Two exciting new limited series are making rather unconventional debuts this week, with The Handmaid’s Tale premiering on Hulu, which hasn’t had such a big event program like this before, and Genius giving National Geographic its first scripted show. We’re also saying goodbye to Bates Motel, welcome back to Silicon Valley, and hello in a new form to Dear White People. Plus there are a couple new places to have a laugh at the president.

To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for April 23–29:

SUNDAYSilicon Valley (HBO, 10pm)

The boys of Pied Piper return, but they’re no longer a united force. The fourth season promises internal strife, as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) appears to quit his own company, as »

- Christopher Campbell

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Designated Survivor: Season One Ratings

20 April 2017 1:21 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Kiefer Sutherland is no stranger to television viewers, having starred on more than 200 episodes of 24 on Fox. Will Designated Survivor be as big a success for ABC? Will it be cancelled after one year or, will it be renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.A political thriller, Designated Survivor follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a lower-level Cabinet member, who ends up becoming the President of the United States. He struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart -- while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for a horrific attack. The rest of the cast includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Lamonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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11 Stereotypes Black Actors Must Play Laid Out In One Scathing Takedown — Watch

15 April 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mamoudou N’Diaye has no need to make an audition reel; the actor has perfected every role he will ever need to play in Hollywood. In a hilarious and scathing parody for Mic, N’Diaye runs through the offensive and reductive stereotypes that too often pigeonhole black talent.

Read More: Kal Penn Shares Scripts From Some of the Stereotypical Roles He Auditioned for at the Beginning of His Career

Starting with the Athlete, he moves onto the Magical Negro (“I don’t know nothin’ ’bout openin’ no kale refineries”). There is also the Happy African (“Welcome to Africa, my brother! No, no, no, no, do not ask what country, it doesn’t matter!”) and his blood diamond-searching counterpart, the Sad African. He also throws the Deadbeat Dad, the Slave, and the Criminal in there for good measure.

Read More: Whitewashing Isn’t the Only Problem for Asian American Actors, Who »

- Jude Dry

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More

14 April 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, digital and video rights to “Elián,” the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for U.S. and Cuban tensions. Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden, the film is executive produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Elián” is slated for a platform theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19. The film will also be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on »

- Graham Winfrey

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Designated Survivor: Season Two; Will You Keep Watching the ABC TV Show?

12 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Do you watch Designated Survivor? Recently, we reported the ABC TV series might be getting a season two renewal. If it does, will you keep watching?The political thriller follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a lower-level Cabinet member, who ends up becoming the President of the United States after an attack on the capital. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Lamonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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William H. Macy’s ‘The Layover’ Lands At Vertical & DirecTV

11 April 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV have picked up U.S. rights to the William H. Macy-directed indie The Layover, which stars Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr, Matt Jones, Kal Penn, Rob Corddry, and Molly Shannon. The film will debut on DirecTV August 3, followed by a theatrical bow via Vertical Entertainment in September. It follows two single female best friends (Daddario, Upton) who, when their plane is rerouted due to a hurricane warning, find themselves… »

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Designated Survivor: Season Two Renewal Coming for ABC TV Show?

10 April 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Kiefer Sutherland's Designated Survivor TV show is in search of its fourth showrunner, in hopes of scoring a season two renewal. THR reports Jeff Melvoin, who took over the series in December, will be replaced as showrunner. According to the news outlet, the political drama series is looking for a new showrunner, for an "expected" second season.Airing on the ABC television network, Designated Survivor follows Hud Secretary Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack wipes out the presidential line of succession, this lower-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Lamonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.  Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

7 April 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »

- Graham Winfrey

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Film Review: ‘Speech & Debate’

7 April 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Adapted from Stephen Karam’s hit 2007 Off-Broadway play, Dan Harris’ film “Speech & Debate” unites three teenage outcasts who form their own speech and debate club in order to fight the repressive mores of their Salem, Oregon high school. Each has their own reasons for rebelling. For self-assured Howie (Austin P. McKenzie), it’s the school board’s refusal to let him establish a Gay-Straight Alliance. For dour Solomon (Liam James), it’s the heavily censored school newspaper. And for outspoken aspiring actress Diwata (Sarah Steele), it’s the school’s decision to bowdlerize a student theater production in order to placate conservative townspeople.

That latter conflict proves particularly ironic, as “Speech & Debate” does much the same thing with its own source material. Once a darkly comic romp centered around outing a pedophile teacher, this adaptation has been shorn of its sharpest edges, leaving a largely unfocused, conventional teen dramedy in its place. »

- Andrew Barker

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Bruce Willis’ Once Upon a Time in Venice finds distributor

4 April 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Bruce Willis-led action comedy Once Upon a Time in Venice has found a distributor after Rlj Entertainment picked up the Us rights to the movie.

The film which stars Willis as a detective in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles — along side John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, and Kal Penn – revolves around Willis’ dog getting kidnapped and how he teams up with criminal Jason Momoa to retrieve the pet.

The deal for the rights was negotiated by Rlj’s Mark Ward with Voltage Pictures president Jonathan Deckter.

Reported by Variety, Ward said about the project: “We are excited to work with such a talented ensemble cast, with Bruce Willis at its helm,” and that, “Bruce Willis is an iconic actor known for his action roles and impeccable comedic timing”.

Once Upon a Time in Venice is directed by Mark Cullen and is »

- Samuel Brace

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Bruce Willis action-comedy lands at Rlj Entertainment

4 April 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Voltage Pictures financed Once Upon A Time In Venice. Separately, Mongrel Media to distribute Colossal in Canada; Saban Films acquires True Crimes.

Rlj Entertainment has picked up all Us rights from Voltage to the action-comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice.

The film will open theatrically and on VOD on June 16 and stars Willis as a private eye in Venice Beach, California, who takes on a local gangster when his beloved dog is kidnapped.

The ensemble includes John GoodmanThomas Middleditch, Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa, X-Men’s Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn.

Mark Cullen directed and reunites with Willis after he co-wrote the 2010 Kevin Smith action-comedy Cop Out with Robb Cullen.

Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier produced with Laura Ford, Zev Foreman, Cullen and Cullen. Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter served as executive producer with Stephen J. Eads.

Voltage financed and produced the project and sold out to international buyers as an untitled »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Bruce Willis’ Action-Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Lands at RLJ Entertainment

4 April 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rlj Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the Bruce Willis action-comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice.”

Once Upon a Time in Venice,” directed by Mark Cullen, will hit theater and VOD on June 16. The film is produced by Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier (“The Hurt Locker”), Zev Foreman (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Laura Ford, Mark Cullen, and Robb Cullen. The pic is executive produced by Jonathan Deckter and Stephen J. Eads.

This movie marks the second collaboration between Willis and the Cullen brothers. They previously worked on another action-comedy, 2010’s “Cop Out.”

The cast of “Once Upon a Time in Venice” includes John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, and Kal Penn. Willis portrays a detective in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles whose beloved dog Buddy is stolen by local thugs — leading to a questionable alliance with the thugs’ devious leader, portrayed by Momoa. »

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Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa Action Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Picked Up by RLJ Entertainment

4 April 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

RLJ Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to the action comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice” starring Bruce Willis and Jason Momoa, Mark Ward, RLJ’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, announced Tuesday. Directed by Mark Cullen, the film also stars John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn. The film is the second collaboration between Willis and writers Cullen and Robb Cullen, who previously worked on “Cop Out” in 2010 together. “Once Upon a Time in Venice” follows Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a detective who is good with the ladies and bad with the punches and who. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Bruce Willis’ ‘Once Upon A Time In Venice’ Sells To Rlj, Sets June Release

4 April 2017 9:14 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Rlj Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Once Upon A Time In Venice, an action comedy starring Bruce Willis and directed by Mark Cullen. Cullen and his brother Robb co-wrote the pic as they did for Willis’ 2010 pic Cop Out. A June 16 release date in theaters and VOD has been set. John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn co-star in the ensemble from Voltage Pictures. It centers on Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a… »

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After President ‘So Much Winning!’ Trump Takes a Dive on Health Care Vote, Internet Calls Him a ‘Loser’

24 March 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump doesn’t like to lose. So it was surprising on Friday when the Washington Post’s Robert Costa reported that the president had sounded businesslike, not angry, when he called to say he’d pulled the vote on his Gop health care bill.

The last-minute move came after the legislation — which some (though not the president) have dubbed “Trumpcare” — failed to gather enough votes from House Republicans on Friday. It was a crushing blow for the president, and it seems to have finally humbled him — if only for the moment.

On the phone with Costa, »

- Tierney McAfee

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Fox Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Andy Cohen’s ‘Love Connection’ Reboot, Jamie Foxx’s ‘Beat Shazam’ and More

22 March 2017 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has set its summer schedule, which is jam-packed with new unscripted programming.

Among the new series debuting this summer on Fox are the reboot of “Love Connection,” hosted by Andy Cohen; a new music show “Beat Shazam,” hosted by Jamie Foxx; and Gordon Ramsay’s new series “The F Word.” Returning shows are “Masterchef” Season 8, John Cena’s “American Grit,” and “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 14. “Superhuman,” which previously aired as a special on the network, returns as a full-on series. The Miss USA competition will also air this summer.

Here’s Fox’s schedule…

2017 Miss USA, Sunday, May 14, 7 p.m.

The annual Miss USA competition will air as a three-hour special, concluding with Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber crowning her successor.

“Love Connection,” Thursday, May 25, 8 p.m.

Fan-favorite host Cohen of “Watch What Happens Live” fame is at the helm of this dating show revival, which has an original spin for today’s audiences »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Movie Theaters and Filmmakers Team Up Against Islamophobia With The Seventh Stand Initiative

16 March 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In May, some 30 locations, including movie theaters, community centers and museums, across the United States will be screening films from the countries affected by the Muslim travel ban, as part of The Seventh Art Stand initiative. The goal of this initiative is “to elevate the cinemas and stories” of the people from the countries affected by the travel ban set by President Donald Trump: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Filmmakers Ramin Bahrani and Jonathan Demme, and actors Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and Debra Winger are among the supporters of The Seventh Art Stand.

Read More: ‘The Secret Life of Muslims:’ Reza Aslan and Iqbal Theba Sound Off on Hollywood’s Portrayal of Muslims — Watch

“We believe it is crucial to build a tradition of sharing more stories, voices, and faces on our screens,” lead organizers Courtney Sheehan, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum (Nwff), and Richard Abramowitz, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Kal Penn Sheds Light On Racial Stereotyping in Hollywood

16 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Kal Penn who stars as Seth Wright, the White House press secretary, on ABC’s “Designated Survivor” took to Twitter this week to discuss stereotypes. The tweetstorm came after the actor started to dig through old audition scripts, finding that many relied heavily on racial stereotypes. Penn’s parents hail from Gujarat, India, and early on, the actor decided he would use a variation of his first name—Kalpen—in hopes of landing more roles. Read: 7 Questions With...Kal Penn Many of the scripts he found poked fun at Indian culture. Characters in the audition scripts typically had names that were traditional—and some didn’t even have names. He shared one script in which one character was initially known as “Foreign Student.” Later, the character introduces himself as “Ravi Tulu singh Shankar Ramanji.” Oh wait yes they did pic.twitter.com/xwB3qIoXoF — Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017 At the beginning of his acting career, »

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Kal Penn Shares Stereotypical Audition Scripts From His Early Career

15 March 2017 9:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kal Penn may be playing a speechwriter for the President of the United States on Designated Survivor, but the actor hasn't always had such rounded out roles – especially in his early career. In a series of tweets, Penn recalled when he was starting out as an actor and many of the parts he would audition for were blatantly stereotypical.  "Found a bunch of old scripts from some of my first years trying to be an actor," he tweeted along with a photo that had roles described… »

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Kal Penn Shares Stereotypical Audition Scripts From His Early Career

15 March 2017 9:45 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Kal Penn may be playing a speechwriter for the President of the United States on Designated Survivor, but the actor hasn't always had such rounded out roles – especially in his early career. In a series of tweets, Penn recalled when he was starting out as an actor and many of the parts he would audition for were blatantly stereotypical.  "Found a bunch of old scripts from some of my first years trying to be an actor," he tweeted along with a photo that had roles described… »

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