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Designated Survivor: When Will the ABC TV Show Return?

Mark your calendar. Recently, ABC announced the midseason premiere for season two of Designated Survivor.The political drama follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a lower-level Cabinet member who ends up becoming the President of the United States after an attack on Washington D.C. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace.Read More…
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The Simpsons: Hank Azaria addresses The Problem With Apu

Tony Sokol Dec 5, 2017

Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem With Apu has spurred a dialog on soft racism at The Simpsons...

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the ever-pleasant Kwik-e-Mart merchant on The Simpsons, is ascending to healer status.

Apu graduated first in his class of seven million at Calcutta Technical Institute (Caltech), before earning his Ph.D. in computer science at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology (Shit). He has currently been giving lessons in 'soft racism,' and Hank Azaria, the actor who voices Apu, is paying close attention in class. The dialog began with the TruTV documentary The Problem With Apu, from comic and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu, which pointed out how the character exploits stereotypes of Indian immigrants.

“I think the documentary made some really interesting points and gave us a lot to think about and we really are thinking about it,” Azaria told TMZ during an impromptu interview at Lax.
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Designated Survivor: Is the ABC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on ABC?

Vulture Watch How long will President Kirkman preside over our long, national nightmare? Is the Designated Survivor TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Designated Survivor 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? A political thriller airing on the ABC television network, Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace. The conspiracy drama series centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill wipes out the line of succession, this Hud Secretary becomes President of the United States.
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31 Stars Who Made Us Feel Great About Turning 40 This Year

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31 Stars Who Made Us Feel Great About Turning 40 This Year
If you're one of the many people who turned the big 4-0 this year, you're not alone. This Is Us costars Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley both hit the big milestone this year, as well as musicians Kanye West and Chris Martin. In addition to sharing the same birthday, John Cena and Kal Penn also turned 40 along with Tom Brady, Jessica Chastain, and Liv Tyler. If we didn't know any better, we'd say these stars have found the fountain of youth. Related30 Stars Who Turned 30 This Year
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Film Review: ‘Slumber’

Film Review: ‘Slumber’
A not-uncommon condition in which awakening sufferers are conscious but unable to move, sometimes while experiencing fearsome hallucinations, sleep paralysis is natural fodder for horror movies. Its treatment so far has been uninspired, with the partial exception of director Rodney Ascher’s 2015 “The Nightmare,” a semi-documentary in which real-life patients were interviewed, and their waking dreams limned by actors. The phenomenon itself has existed throughout recorded history, inevitably tempting supernatural explanations — a leap that’s easy to fathom, since so many of the afflicted report being menaced in their altered state by ghostly “shadow men.”

Purportedly “inspired by real accounts,” as an opening text duly informs, “Slumber” looks for a while like an above-average treatment of the subject in genre terms. Director/co-writer Jonathan Hopkins sets his tale primarily in the milieu of medical sleep-disorder research, imbuing that environment with a chilly unease, while a cast led by executive producer Maggie Q treats the scenario with admirable
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‘The Problem With Apu’ Review

The Simpsons has been hailed as one of the greatest animated TV shows in Us television history; and it’s safe to say, that as a white male, I’ve never really thought of the show as anything more than a once-funny sitcom that has long-since outstayed its welcome (29 seasons? Really?). However that’s not the case for everyone.

The Problem With Apu sees comedian Hari Kondabolu speak with other prominent South Asian performers about the damaging legacy of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – the Kwik-e-Mart owning animated character on The Simpsons voiced by Hank Azaria, a white actor, with a heavily exaggerated stereotypical Indian accent – and the characters effect on a generation of performers who are now seeing the kinds of mainstream media success that offers a true representation of South Asians beyond the stereotypical cab driver, shop keeper or doctor…

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation,
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Designated Survivor: Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash) to Recur on ABC Series

Breckin Meyer is headed to ABC. Deadline reports the Franklin & Bash star will recur on season two of Designated Survivor.The political drama follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a lower-level Cabinet member who ends up becoming the President of the United States after an attack on Washington D.C. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace.Read More…
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
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‘The Problem with Apu’ Has A Few Problems Itself

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has had a problem with The Simpsons character Apu. So much so that he decided to make a documentary about it. The documentary is called The Problem with Apu and airs nationwide on truTV Sunday, November 19 at 10Pm Et/Pt and will be available on all VOD but there are somethings that you might want to know before going into it.

There’s a lot of opinion and some facts.

So obviously going into this, Kondabolu makes it clear that he has problems with Apu. I mean it’s pretty much the title. So you should be aware that there will be both opinions and facts in this doc. The facts are based off of what Kondabolu had to go through in his life as well as what some other actors, actresses, doctors etc. had to face when dealing with racism that they believe have to do
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Designated Survivor: Season Two Viewer Votes

How well does President Kirkman preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States in the second season of the Designated Survivor TV show on ABC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Designated Survivor is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all the Designated Survivor season two episodes below. An ABC political drama, Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace. The conspiracy thriller series centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill
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Hari Kondabolu Takes on the Stereotype in ‘The Problem with Apu’ Clips

Comedian Hari Kondabolu (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) takes on a very popular cartoon and a specific character from that cartoon. The cartoon: The Simpsons. The Character: Apu. In the upcoming documentary The Problem with Apu Hari Kondabolu tells why he has a problem with the show, the character and minority media representation.

Below are new clips from the doc followed by the synopsis.

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar), Aasif Mandvi (The Last Airbender), Hasan Minjaj (The Daily Show), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect), Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Russell Peters (Source Code), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) share poignant
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‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation

‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation
Through a few decades and 600 episodes of “The Simpsons,” the convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has transformed an unfortunate stereotype into the basis for South Asian representation on television. In his new documentary, comedian Hari Kondabolu explores the blatantly racist portrayal that has been so generally accepted for the past 30 years.

In a clip from the upcoming truTV documentary, “The Problem With Apu,” Kondabolu and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar discuss the impact Apu had on them growing up. The consequences derived from Apu are devastating, specifically because there were no positive images of South Asians at the time of his debut to combat his flaws.

Read More:‘Insecure’ Producer Prentice Penny Adjusts to Life in Front of The Camera, Exploring the Good Life for TruTV’s ‘Upscale’

Joining Ambudkar in the documentary are Hasan Minhaj, Sakina Jaffrey, and Kal Penn who all share details about how Apu has personally affected them.
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‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation

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‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation
Through a few decades and 600 episodes of “The Simpsons,” the convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has transformed an unfortunate stereotype into the basis for South Asian representation on television. In his new documentary, comedian Hari Kondabolu explores the blatantly racist portrayal that has been so generally accepted for the past 30 years.

In a clip from the upcoming truTV documentary, “The Problem With Apu,” Kondabolu and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar discuss the impact Apu had on them growing up. The consequences derived from Apu are devastating, specifically because there were no positive images of South Asians at the time of his debut to combat his flaws.

Read More:‘Insecure’ Producer Prentice Penny Adjusts to Life in Front of The Camera, Exploring the Good Life for TruTV’s ‘Upscale’

Joining Ambudkar in the documentary are Hasan Minhaj, Sakina Jaffrey, and Kal Penn who all share details about how Apu has personally affected them.
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‘The Ashram’ With Melissa Leo Lands At The Orchard — Afm

The Orchard has secured North American distribution rights to Ben Rekhi's thriller The Ashram, starring Sam Keeley (The Cured), Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar franchise), Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci's Demons) and up-and-coming Indian actress Radhika Apte (Badlapur). Co-written by Rekhi and Binky Mendez and shot in India, the film is set in the timeless and mystical world of yogis in the Himalayas. It follows American skeptic Jamie, who…
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New clip from The Simpsons doc ‘The Problem With Apu’

With the documentary set to have it’s World Premiere at Doc NYC on November 14th, before screening across the Us on truTV on Sunday November 19th, here’s a brand new clip from the highly-anticipated comedic documentary The Problem with Apu, which features interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more, discussing the lasting impact of Hollywood stereotypes…

In the hour-long film, creator and star Hari Kondabolu, a South Asian-American comedian, confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later.

From the press release:

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian
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Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent

Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent
Daniel Dae Kim made headlines this year for leaving “Hawaii Five-0” over issues of pay inequality, and later, for replacing actor Ed Skrein as a Japanese-American character in the big-screen remake of “Hellboy.” Both instances involved how Asian Americans are still underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and it’s an issue that requires more discussion in order to foster understanding of how the so-called “model minority” continues to be marginalized.

It wasn’t that long ago that very few actors of Asian descent were even considered Hollywood stars. In an interview with IndieWire, Kim reflected on the few Asian actors who were his role models growing up.

“The only two that I can think of were Bruce Lee and George Takei. They were the only two,” he said. “I was a big ‘Star Trek’ fan when I was a kid, and I would watch Mister Sulu all the time. Bruce Lee,
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Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent

Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent
Daniel Dae Kim made headlines this year for leaving “Hawaii Five-0” over issues of pay inequality, and later, for replacing actor Ed Skrein as a Japanese-American character in the big-screen remake of “Hellboy.” Both instances involved how Asian Americans are still underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and it’s an issue that requires more discussion in order to foster understanding of how the so-called “model minority” continues to be marginalized.

It wasn’t that long ago that very few actors of Asian descent were even considered Hollywood stars. In an interview with IndieWire, Kim reflected on the few Asian actors who were his role models growing up.

“The only two that I can think of were Bruce Lee and George Takei. They were the only two,” he said. “I was a big ‘Star Trek’ fan when I was a kid, and I would watch Mister Sulu all the time. Bruce Lee,
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Terry Crews Opens Up About His Experience With Sexual Assault in Hollywood

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Terry Crews Opens Up About His Experience With Sexual Assault in Hollywood
Amid the disturbing sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein that have come to light this week, many celebrities are choosing to speak out, including Terry Crews. On Tuesday, the actor opened up about his own experience with sexual assault in a lengthy series of posts on Twitter: "This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me Ptsd. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to Me," he wrote. "My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk." Instead of confronting the man, Terry said he thought about how the story would have likely been turned against him. "'240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day,
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10 Actors to Watch: Kumail Nanjiani Builds Buzz for ‘The Big Sick’

10 Actors to Watch: Kumail Nanjiani Builds Buzz for ‘The Big Sick’
Kumail Nanjiani is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here.

Fans of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” are familiar with Nanjiani, but ever since Sundance he has broken out on the big screen thanks to sleeper hit “The Big Sick.” The actor had studied computer science, but switched to comedy between his junior and senior year in school because he realized the only thing he could become is a professor. “It was not that interesting to me and I was very bad at it,” Nanjiani says. “I never really felt stupid in my life, but studying computer science, I felt really stupid.”

Standup comedy beckoned and then film and television. He racked up a lot of credits with characters such as: Cable Guy, Statistician, George the Counter Guy. As a South Asian, he has seen his share of stereotypical roles. But he’s grateful to those who pushed for change, including
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