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Lena Dunham Slammed on Social Media for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape

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Lena Dunham Slammed on Social Media for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape
Lena Dunham faced heavy criticism on Twitter Friday night after she came to the defense of Girls writer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau alleged sexually assaulted her in 2012 when she was only 17.

The Girls creator and star had released a statement earlier in the evening alongside series co-creator Jenni Konner, in which they voiced their support for Miller and insinuated that Perrineau “misreported” the rape.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,
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Will Matthew Weiner’s Sexual Harassment Allegation Sink Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’?

Will Matthew Weiner’s Sexual Harassment Allegation Sink Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’?
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. But another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.

Now the fate of “The Romanoffs” may now be called into question as well, following new allegations against series creator Matthew Weiner. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, harassed her one night while working on a script.

A spokesperson for Weiner said, “he does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague,” while Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Nonetheless, Amazon now finds itself in a much more complicated position with “The Romanoffs” than it did with the Russell series. The Russell show, set to star Julianne Moore, Robert De Niro and Michael Shannon,
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Matthew Weiner Allegations: Everything We Know About His Amazon Drama ‘The Romanoffs’

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. Another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.

Now “The Romanoffs” creator Matthew Weiner faces a sexual harassment allegation. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, told her one night while working on a script that “he said she owed it to him to let him see her naked.”

A spokesperson for Weiner said, “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.” Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Gordon’s accusation stands alone, but in the current environment that sees new accusers daily — and the falls from grace that often follow, including that of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price,
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Rannells, Parsons, Bomer to Lead B’way’s ‘Boys in the Band’ + More N.Y. Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! The boys in the band are heading to Broadway.Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have assembled a sterling cast of A-listers for the first-ever Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 dramatic comedy, “Boys in the Band.” Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello,
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Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells to Star in Broadway Revival of 'Boys In the Band'

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells to Star in Broadway Revival of 'Boys In the Band'
The Boys In The Band is getting a new star-studded Broadway run, courtesy of Ryan Murphy.

The American Horror Story producer joins David Stone in putting on a limited run of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play, starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells atop the bill, as well as Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins. One key part that has yet to be cast is the role of the "Cowboy."

The Boys In The Band is an exploration of friendship an heartache within a circle of four gay men who gather in an NYC apartment for a birthday party.

More: Patricia Richardson Joins Off-Broadway Production of ‘Cruel Intentions: The Musical’ (Exclusive)

“The significance of The Boys In The Band cannot be underestimated. In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest, and wickedly funny play,” Murphy said of putting
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Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer to Star in Broadway Revival of ‘The Boys in the Band’

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Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer to Star in Broadway Revival of ‘The Boys in the Band’
Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells will lead a star-studded Broadway revival of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play “The Boys in the Band” this spring, producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone announced Wednesday.

Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct the 50th anniversary production, which will have a limited run at the Booth Theatre from April 30 to August 12, 2018.

Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins will co-star in the comic drama, which follows a group of gay men who gather in a New York apartment for a friend’s birthday party.
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New Celeb PSAs Call On Men To Say #Iwillspeakup

Most men are not abusive. But far too often, they are silent about the abuse committed by other men. This week, Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, in conjunction with {charity:a Call to Men (Actm) is releasing a new PSA campaign that highlights the importance of men’s role in speaking up and supporting survivors of sexual assault, abuse and harassment.

Video: Next Time (Cut 1) 30 Seconds

The PSA features notable actors Andre Braugher, Tate Donovan, Anthony Edwards, Raúl Esparza, Dann Florek, Peter Hermann, Max Joseph, Daniel Dae Kim, David Marciano, Chris Meloni, Danny Pino, Andrew Rannells, and Blair Underwood calling on other men to speak out against the violence and abuse that happens every single day in our country. The campaign, “#Iwillspeakup,” magnifies the effect of men’s silence — silence that allows violence against women and girls to go unchecked and perpetuates it in our families, in our workplaces, on college campuses,
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Diane Lane cast in The Romanoffs from Matthew Weiner

Diane Lane has been cast in one of Amazon’s latest projects, from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. Lane will star in The Romanoffs, a one-hour anthology series set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe they are descendants of the Russian royal family.

Weiner is set to direct all the episodes in the series as well as writing and producing. The Romanoffs will premiere on Amazon Prime sometime next year. Recently the show became entangled in the ever-growing Harvey Weinstein scandal as The Weinstein Company was also producing the series. Amazon decided to sever its ties with TWC and develop the series on their own rather than as a co-production between studios.

Other actors who will star in the series include Aaron Eckhart (Sully), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), John Slattery (Mad Men), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Amanda Peet (Togetherness
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The Romanoffs: Diane Lane Joins Amazon Series from Matthew Weiner

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Diane Lane is headed to Amazon. Today, the streaming service announced the Oscar-nominated star has joined their upcoming TV show The Romanoffs.From Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, The Romanoffs is “set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.” The cast includes Andrew Rannells, Aaron Eckhart, Isabelle Huppert, Mike Doyle, J.J. Feild, Janet Montgomery, and Paul Reiser.Read More…
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Diane Lane Joins Matthew Weiner's Amazon Series 'The Romanoffs'

Matthew Weiner is adding another actress to the cast of The Romanoffs.

Diane Lane will join the Amazon anthology series as a guest star in one of the episodes. The show is set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. The Mad Men showrunner created, wrote and produced the series, and will direct all of the episodes as well.

Lane joins the previously announced cast, which includes Isabelle Huppert, Aaron Eckhart, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, Marthe Keller, Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Paul...
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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Reveal Rejected Ideas for the Revival, and the Truth About Mike Pence — Turn It On Podcast

‘Will & Grace’ Creators Reveal Rejected Ideas for the Revival, and the Truth About Mike Pence — Turn It On Podcast
The recent “Will & Grace” episode “Grandpa Jack” included a storyline in which a young boy is forced to attend a “conversion” camp after his religious parents fear he may be gay. The joke, of course, is the camp is run by two obviously closeted leaders, played by real-life openly gay actors Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells.

It was classic “Will & Grace” — poking at a real-life issue and injustice, but with plenty of humor. The episode also happened to air the same week that Donald Trump made headlines for reportedly making a quip that Vice President Mike Pence wanted to “hang” all gays.

“How is that not somebody who’s gay?” Mutchnick said of Pence. “Who gives a shit about someone that much? It’s just crazy, I can’t imagine caring that much about who somebody sleeps with as long as they’re of age.”

Added co-creator David Kohan:
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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Reveal Rejected Ideas for the Revival, and the Truth About Mike Pence — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Reveal Rejected Ideas for the Revival, and the Truth About Mike Pence — Turn It On Podcast
The recent “Will & Grace” episode “Grandpa Jack” included a storyline in which a young boy is forced to attend a “conversion” camp after his religious parents fear he may be gay. The joke, of course, is the camp is run by two obviously closeted leaders, played by real-life openly gay actors Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells.

It was classic “Will & Grace” — poking at a real-life issue and injustice, but with plenty of humor. The episode also happened to air the same week that Donald Trump made headlines for reportedly making a quip that Vice President Mike Pence wanted to “hang” all gays.

“How is that not somebody who’s gay?” Mutchnick said of Pence. “Who gives a shit about someone that much? It’s just crazy, I can’t imagine caring that much about who somebody sleeps with as long as they’re of age.”

Added co-creator David Kohan:
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Big Mouth: Season Two Renewal for Netflix Animated Puberty Comedy

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The adversities of adolescence continues for Nick and Andrew. Netflix has renewed Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg's Big Mouth TV show for a second season. The subscription streaming platform has ordered another 10 half-hour episodes of the animated comedy, which should premiere in 2018. A sitcom that highlights the joys and (especially) horrors of puberty, Big Mouth centers on best friends Nick Birch (Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney). The Netflix voice cast also includes Jessi Klein, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate, Andrew Rannells, and Paula Pell. The Big Mouth season two renewal comes just about a month after first season's September 29th release date. Read More…
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Big Mouth

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Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: September 29, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate, Andrew Rannells, and Paula Pell. TV show description: From creators and real-life best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, with Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the animated Big Mouth TV show is a half-hour comedy about the wonders and horrors of puberty. The series centers on best friends Nick Birch (Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (Mulaney), and their friends, including Jessi (Klein) and Missy (Slate). As Andrew's puberty kicks into high gear, and invokes the Hormone Monster (Kroll), Nick's body seems
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‘Will & Grace’ Guest Andrew Rannells on His ‘Subversive’ Role as Gay-Conversion Therapist

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‘Will & Grace’ Guest Andrew Rannells on His ‘Subversive’ Role as Gay-Conversion Therapist
Andrew Rannells joined the “Will & Grace” fray this week to make out with Will (Eric McCormack) and sing some catchy tunes as a so-called “conversion therapist.” The 39-year-old actor told TheWrap that it was a thrill to be part of a show he has loved since college, and that the revived sitcom hasn’t skipped a beat, including its willingness to take on topical issues. Rannells and fellow guest star Jane Lynch appeared on Thursday night’s episode as newlyweds who run the gay-conversion camp that Jack’s (Sean Hayes) grandson attends. “They definitely tackle that head on, for sure,
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Will & Grace Recap: Eventual Gramps

Will & Grace Recap: Eventual Gramps
Are you ready to feel old? Jack wasn’t, either, in Thursday’s Will & Grace. But he didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter when a moppet came knocking at his Will’s door asking if he had a son named Elliot. Yes, Jack replied. But “like my friend Will and his hair, we had a falling-out years ago.” Turned out, the moppet in question was Elliot’s son, Skip — Jack’s (gasp!) grandson! “Can I call you Grandpa?” he asked Jack. “Oh my God, you have to,” Will answered giddily.

RelatedWill & Grace Courts Max Greenfield, Welcomes Back Leslie Jordan

Jack was,
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Creator of Nickelodeon's Loud House Fired After Harassment Allegations

Chris Savino, creator of the hit animated series The Loud House, has been fired from Nickelodeon after a string of sexual harassment allegations were brought against him by female co-workers, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedAmazon, in Wake of Harvey Weinstein Scandal, Drops De Niro Drama

Savino was suspended on Wednesday, only to be formally let go a day later. The following is the official statement being issued by Nickelodeon:

Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free
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The Romanoffs: Amazon Takes Over Matthew Weiner TV Show; Drops David O. Russell Series Plans

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Amazon has broken ties with The Weinstein Company. As a result, Deadline reports the streaming service has made a decision regarding the future of their two planned TV series from the production company—The Romanoffs and David O. Russell's new drama.From Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, The Romanoffs is “set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.” The cast includes Andrew Rannells, Corey Stoll, Mike Doyle, J.J. Feild, Janet Montgomery, and Paul Reiser. Meanwhile, little is known about David O. Russell’s untitled project, but both Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore are attached.Read More…
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‘Will & Grace’: Jack Gets The Scare Of His Life in This Exclusive Clip — Watch

‘Will & Grace’: Jack Gets The Scare Of His Life in This Exclusive Clip — Watch
This Thursday marks a new episode of “Will & Grace” on NBC, and even best friends Will and Jack know it’s too early for Halloween. Yet much to their surprise, a tiny, well-spoken child with flawlessly gelled hair knocks on their famous apartment door…and what comes out of his mouth is so shocking that it would scare anyone out of their anti-aging masks, not just Jack (Sean Hayes).

Also, guest starring in this week’s episode are Broadway alums Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells, ironically flexing in t-shirts reading “Camp Straighten Arrow.” They’re the latest in a string of Broadway stars appearing in the acclaimed sitcom, following “Dear Evan Hanson” star Ben Platt’s cameo in episode 2 and Harry Connick Jr.’s in episode 3.

Everyone is profiting from the show’s stellar critical reception, considering everyone and their mother is loving the revival of “Will & Grace.” The clever writing has proven itself timeless,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Will & Grace’: Jack Gets The Scare Of His Life in This Exclusive Clip — Watch

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‘Will & Grace’: Jack Gets The Scare Of His Life in This Exclusive Clip — Watch
This Thursday marks a new episode of “Will & Grace” on NBC, and even best friends Will and Jack know it’s too early for Halloween. Yet much to their surprise, a tiny, well-spoken child with flawlessly gelled hair knocks on their famous apartment door…and what comes out of his mouth is so shocking that it would scare anyone out of their anti-aging masks, not just Jack (Sean Hayes).

Also, guest starring in this week’s episode are Broadway alums Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells, ironically flexing in t-shirts reading “Camp Straighten Arrow.” They’re the latest in a string of Broadway stars appearing in the acclaimed sitcom, following “Dear Evan Hanson” star Ben Platt’s cameo in episode 2 and Harry Connick Jr.’s in episode 3.

Everyone is profiting from the show’s stellar critical reception, considering everyone and their mother is loving the revival of “Will & Grace.” The clever writing has proven itself timeless,
See full article at Indiewire »
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