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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of McFarland, USA in St. Louis

Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his
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Film Review: ‘McFarland, USA’

The stirring true story of how a scrappy Latino high-school running team beat the odds is treated as a Kevin Costner vehicle first and foremost in “McFarland, USA,” a cross-cultural cross-country drama that feels descended from a long line of minority-underdog movies like “The Blind Side,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Pride” and the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated.” Predictable and predictably rousing, this inspirational sports pic earns points for its big-hearted portrait of life in an impoverished California farming town, the likes of which we too rarely see on American screens. But with its overriding emphasis on how Coach Costner fits into that world, this fifth feature from director Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “North Country”) never sheds its outsider perspective, ultimately emerging a well-intentioned mix of compassion and condescension. Even if the family-friendly Disney release commands a more diverse audience than most, it remains to be seen how much long-term box-office endurance it can muster.
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New Photos From Disney’s Tomorrowland, Avengers: Age Of Ultron & Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released a lineup, along with new photos and dates, of their upcoming movies for 2015.

From dinosaurs to fairy tales, super heroes to galaxies far, far away, one of the most anticipated films next year is from director Steven Spielberg.

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Tom Hanks (left) stars in Spielberg’s (right) Untitled Cold War spy thriller, which is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

“This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me and Tom made him so completely accessible. I’ve always wanted to make a spy
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Kevin Costner Coaches Cross Country in New McFarland, USA Trailer

Disney has released a new McFarland, USA trailer for director Niki Caro’s inspirational sports drama. Based on a true story, the film stars Kevin Costner as cross-country running coach who takes a position at a predominantly Latino high school in California’s Central Valley, where he turns an underdog team of outsiders into a formidable force in the region’s races. This is the kind of movie that Disney makes in its sleep, and it looks perfectly adequate. It doesn’t reinvent the genre, but Costner’s been doing some interesting things lately so I’m sure he’ll be a considerable draw. Check out the new McFarland, USA trailer after the jump. The film also stars Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, and Chris Ellis. McFarland, USA opens
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Kevin Costner’s McFarland USA Gets A First Poster

Disney has revealed the first poster for McFarland USA.

The film stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez and Chris Ellis.

Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the
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First McFarland, USA Trailer and Images: Kevin Costner Leads Disney’s Latest Inspirational Sports Drama

Disney has released the first McFarland, USA trailer for Disney's upcoming inspirational sports drama. Inspired by a true story, the film stars Kevin Costner as cross-country running coach who takes a position at a predominantly Latino high school in California's Central Valley, where he turns an underdog team of outsiders into a formidable force in the region's races. The trailer has all the hallmark's that we've come to expect from Disney's brand of inspirational dramas, right down to the crossing of cultural barriers and use of an uplifting pop song (in this case, U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name"). This movie won't surprise anyone, but it looks to be a pretty interesting story that is hopefully told in a compelling manner by director Niki Caro. Check out the first McFarland, USA trailer after the jump, along with some new images. The film also stars Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor,
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Kevin Costner And Maria Bello Featured In Inspirational First Trailer For McFarland, USA

Here’s your first look at director Niki Caro’s film McFarland, USA. The trailer stars Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.

Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
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Happily Divorced

Network: TV Land

Episodes: 34 (half-hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: June 15, 2011 -- February 13, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and D.W. Moffett.

TV show description:

Fran Lovett (Drescher) is the owner of a small florist company in Los Angeles, Frantastic Flowers. One night, she gets the shock of her life. Fran's best friend and husband, realtor Peter Lovett (John Michael Higgins), admits to himself and to her that he's gay. Their marriage of 18 years ends but, because of their financial situation, he can't afford to move out.

Fortunately, they both have the emotional support of their family and friends; Fran's best friend Judi Mann (Arnold), flower delivery guy Cesar (Valente Rodriguez), and Fran's parent's, Dori (Rita Moreno) and Glen (Robert
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Happily Divorced: Cancelled by TV Land, No Season Three

TV Land has decided to cancel Happily Divorced after two seasons. The sitcom's co-creator, Peter Marc Jacobson, broke the news to his followers on Facebook this evening.

Jacobson wrote, "Thank You All For Your Support With Happily Divorced. Unfortunately Tvland Has Decided Not To Pick Us Up. But Thank You Guys For Ur Love N Support!"

Based on the real-life marriage of Fran Drescher and Jacobson, Happily Divorced follows a Los Angeles florist (Drescher) whose husband comes out of the closet after 18-years of marriage. Unable to sell their house, she and her gay ex-husband (John Michael Higgins) continue to live together. Still friends and now "happily divorced," they both re-enter the dating world.

The cast also features Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden, and Valente Rodriguez.

Season one of Happily Divorced averaged 1.69 million viewers but
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Happily Divorced: Season Three Decision Coming

Many fans of Happily Divorced have been anxiously waiting for TV Land to decide the sitcom's fate. Will the show be cancelled or renewed for a third season?

According to a Facebook response from executive producer and co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson, the cable channel won't be making a decision until July. TV Land execs likely want to see how the current crop of sitcoms performs before deciding.

Starring Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez and Robert Walden, Happily Divorced debuted in 2011.

The 10 episodes of season one performed very well for TV Land, averaging 1.69 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The series was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes.

Season two debuted in March 2012 and didn't perform as well, at least in part
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Happily Divorced: Season Two Ratings

Here are the most recent TV ratings for Happily Divorced on TV Land. The TV show's ratings are the best way to tell if it will be cancelled or renewed for a third season. The second season of Happily Divorced airs Wednesday nights. There are 12 24 episodes.

Starring Fran Drescher, this TV Land show revolves around a Los Angeles florist (Drescher) whose spouse comes out of the closet after 18-years of marriage. Unable to sell their house, she and her gay ex-husband (John Michael Higgins) continue to live together as both re-enter the dating world. The cast also includes Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden, and Valente Rodriguez.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.10 million total viewers.
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Happily Divorced: TV Show Returns in November

Co-creator and and executive producer of Happily Divorced, Peter Marc Jacobson, recently said that the sitcom will be returning with new episodes in November. He also noted that the cast and crew are back in production on season two episodes.

Jacobson also teased that guest star announcements would be forthcoming. Ralph Macchio and D. W. Moffett appeared in the cliffhanger 12th episode so one would assume that they'll be back.

Happily Divorced stars Fran Drescher as Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist whose husband Peter (John Michael Higgins) comes out as gay. They divorce but, because of the poor economy, they continue to live together. They also both re-enter the dating pool. The sitcom also stars Rita Moreno, Tichina Arnold, Valente Rodriguez, and Robert Walden.

In April, Drescher and Jacobson announced that the TV show had been renewed for a third
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Happily Divorced: Win Season One on DVD!

Fran Drescher is back on television after spending many years as The Nanny. On Happily Divorced, she's playing Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist whose husband Peter (John Michael Higgins) comes out of the closet after 18 years of marriage. They amicably divorce but, because of the economy, they must continue to live together in their house. Fran is back on the singles scene and so is her ex-husband. The TV Land sitcom also features the talents of Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and D.W. Moffett.

Happily Divorced was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes and those started airing in March. TV Land later increased that order to 24 installments and the remaining 12 are expected to air sometime this fall.

Meanwhile, the first season of Happily Divorced has been released on DVD and I have a copy for
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Happily Divorced: Season Three Renewal for TV Land Sitcom

TV Land has renewed their original sitcom, Happily Divorced, for a third season. The cable channel has ordered another 12 episodes, matching the TV show's second season count.

Starring Fran Drescher, Happily Divorced is inspired by the actresses' real-life story. It revolves around a Los Angeles florist (Drescher) whose husband comes out of the closet after 18-years of marriage. Unable to sell their house, she and her gay ex-husband (John Michael Higgins) continue to live together. Still friends and now "happily divorced," they both re-enter the dating world.

The cast also features Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden, and Valente Rodriguez.

Happily Divorced debuted in June 2011 with the first of 10 episodes. The sitcom was successful enough to be renewed for a dozen episodes before the first season had concluded. Season two premiered on March 7th and is still in
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John Michael Higgins On Being The Go-To Gay And Season Two of "Happily Divorced"

John Michael Higgins on Happily Divorced (with Nathan Anderson)

Whether it’s his film work on those hilarious Christopher Guest productions like Best In Show, television work as David Letterman in the bio-pic The Late Show or The Good Wife or originating the title role in the off-Broadway production of Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey, John Michael Higgins is one of those actors you’ve seen in just about every medium imaginable and, more times than not, he’s playing a gay character.

In the TV Land sitcom, Happily Divorced, Higgins again plays gay, this time as character Peter Lovett, who figures out he’s gay while married to his wife, Fran, played by Fran Drescher. The setup? The couple divorce only to remain in each other’s lives. Mirroring Drescher’s real-life experience with her ex, Peter Marc Jacobson, the closeness between the two is the heart of the series.
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Retired at 35: Season Two Delayed

We recently reported that Happily Divorced and Retired at 35 would be kicking off their second seasons on March 7th, at 10pm and 10:30pm respectively. TV Land has already changed their plans.

Happily Divorced, which recently resumed production, will be back as previously announced but is moving to 10:30pm. Retired at 35 is being bumped until later this year. A timeframe hasn't been announced and no reason was given for the schedule change.

Starring Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Valente Rodriguez, Happily Divorced was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes last July.

Retired at 35 -- which stars George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain, and Josh McDermitt -- was renewed last March and was given a 10 episode order. Marissa Jaret Winokur joins the cast in season two.
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Happily Divorced, Retired at 35: TV Land Sitcoms Return March 7th

Production on the second season of TV Land's original sitcom Happily Divorced began today. Starring Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Valente Rodriguez, the cable channel renewed the TV series for a sophomore season of 12 episodes last July. Happily Divorced returns to TV Land on March 7th at 10pm.

It'll be followed by the second season premiere of Retired at 35. That show -- which stars George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain and Josh McDermitt -- was renewed last March and was given a 10 episode order. Marissa Jaret Winokur joins the cast this time around.

TV Land's "Happily Divorced" Starts Production Of Its Second Season Starring Fran Drescher

New Episodes to Kick-Off Line-up at 10:00pm Et/Pt followed by the Second Season Premiere of "Retired at 35"

January 14, 2012 -
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Valente Rodriguez and Rizwan Manji to Host Feel Good Film Festival

Valente Rodriguez and Rizwan Manji to Host Feel Good Film Festival
Valente Rodriguez and Rizwan Manji will "host" the 2011 Feel Good Film Festival. Rodriguez currently stars on TV Land's "Happily Divorced" and Manji can be seen on NBC's "Outsourced." "The Italian Key" will open the festival, which will take place in Hollywood August 12 - 14. "The three-day event features films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, laughter, and capture the beauty of ...
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'Happily Divorced' gets second season on TV Land

TV Land's .Happily Divorced,. starring and co-written by Fran Drescher, is greenlit for a second season with 12 new episodes tentatively scheduled to premiere in Spring 2012. Drescher shared the news with the Fran Fans on TV Land.s .Happily Divorced. Facebook page. .Happily Divorced,. inspired by Drescher.s own life, also stars John Michael Higgins (.Best in Show.), Tichina Arnold (.Everybody Hates Chris.), Rita Moreno (.Oz.), Robert Walden (.All The President.s Men.) and Valente Rodriguez (.George Lopez.). According to Nielsen, .Happily Divorced. is averaging over 2.2 million total viewers, a 1.0 among A25-54 and a 1.3 among W25-54 season-to-date, posting triple digit gains over the network.s primetime average. .We are thrilled that our viewers have embraced .Happily Divorced.
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TV Land Renews Fran Drescher's Sitcom 'Happily Divorced' For Second Season

No surprise here - Fran Drescher's new sitcom for TV Land Happily Divorced has done well in the ratings, so a second-season renewal was a given. TV Land is building a nice streak - all 3 original series it has launched so far, Hot In Cleveland, Retired at 35 and now Happily Divorced, have gone to a second season. Next off is the winter premiere of The Exes. Here is TV Land's release on the Happily Divorced renewal" New York, NY, July 20, 2011 -- TV Land announced today that it has picked up its original sitcom “Happily Divorced,” starring and co-written by Fran Drescher, for a second season with 12 new episodes tentatively scheduled to premiere in Spring 2012. “Happily Divorced,” inspired by Drescher’s own life, also stars John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Valente Rodriguez. According to Nielsen, “Happily Divorced” is averaging over 2.2 million total viewers, a
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