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The Worst Shows Critics Ever Reviewed — IndieWire Survey

The Worst Shows Critics Ever Reviewed — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the worst show you’ve ever reviewed? Why was it so bad? Did you waver over the grade or rating you gave it?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I’ve compared “Mixology” to contracting TV herpes, “Fuller House” to exhuming a bloating, gaseous corpse and called “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” the perfect xenophobic TV show for Trump’s America. Still, there’s little doubt that no show has ever made me so irate for its mere misguided existence than a little show called “H8r” on The CW. If you don’t remember “H8r” the premise was this: Mario Lopez drives his F-list celebrity
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The Worst Shows Critics Ever Reviewed — IndieWire Survey

  • Indiewire
The Worst Shows Critics Ever Reviewed — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the worst show you’ve ever reviewed? Why was it so bad? Did you waver over the grade or rating you gave it?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I’ve compared “Mixology” to contracting TV herpes, “Fuller House” to exhuming a bloating, gaseous corpse and called “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” the perfect xenophobic TV show for Trump’s America. Still, there’s little doubt that no show has ever made me so irate for its mere misguided existence than a little show called “H8r” on The CW. If you don’t remember “H8r” the premise was this: Mario Lopez drives his F-list celebrity
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Starved (2005)

  • SoundOnSight
Starved

Showcase Inventory

Created by Eric Schaeffer

Produced by Daniel Hank

Aired on FX for 1 season (7 episodes) from August 4, 2005 – September 15, 2005

Cast

Eric Schaeffer as Sam

Laura Benanti as Billie Frasier

Sterling K. Brown as Adam Williams

Del Pentecost as Dan Roundtree

Show Premise

A group of four New York friends, each suffering from eating disorders, attend meetings at “Belt Tighteners”, an independent support group that uses shame based techniques to help improve their eating habits. The group centers mainly on Sam, a commodities trader who is anorexic who compulsively overeats a special brand of chocolate snack. He is in love with his bisexual friend Billie, a local singer/songwriter, who is an alcoholic as well as an anorexic bulimic. They frequent a local diner with pals Dan and Adam to discuss their food issues after their meetings. Dan is a novelist who is afraid that his weight is affecting his marriage,
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‘Boy Meets Girl’ Review

  • Blogomatic3000
Stars: Michael Galante, Michelle Hendley, Jean Devereux Koester, Ethan Major, Scott Martineck, Christopher McHale, Benj Mirman, Randall Newsome, Jacob Perkins, Joseph Ricci | Written and Directed by Eric Schaeffer

My gender identity is complex, but my life experiences intersect frequently with those of trans women and it’s a category I feel proud to be partially resident in. I dress femme, I’m starting estrogen in a couple weeks, I’ve flirted with voice training, and when I go out for a walk it’s pretty solid odds that at least one passer-by is going to scream some shopworn slur at me. This review was a deeply personal experience for me, and it’s as much a breakdown of my thoughts on life as a trans person as it is a dissection of a sweet, uncomplicated rom-com.

There are several longstanding traditions in Western film and television regarding trans women. First,
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Boy Meets Girl movie review: a slightly kinder world

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smarter, warmer, more honest depiction of human sexuality than this roundrobin of emotion and attraction. I love this movie. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ricky (Michelle Hendley) hates life in her small rural Kentucky town. She’s working in a cafe there only until she hears back from the New York design school she’s applied to; she dreams of having her own line of clothing and already has quite a following on her YouTube channel devoted to fashion. She and her purely platonic best friend Robby (Michael Welch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) pass their time hanging out and have teasing conversations about the differences between men and women when it comes to love and sex and relationships.

All totally normal for a couple of young 20somethings.
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Boy Meets Girl Review

It is hard to think of a more generic title for a romantic comedy than Boy Meets Girl, although the newest film from writer/director Eric Schaeffer (If Lucy Fell) is much more unique than its limp name implies. The title does not refer to a meeting between two people of different genders, but the merging of gender identities. Protagonist Ricky (Michelle Hendley) was born a man but identifies as a woman. As a child, she dressed up in gowns for Halloween. In high school, she ditched football for fashion blogging and dress designing.

In a time when greater awareness about the transgender community has created much more cultural acceptance, watching Boy Meets Girl feels both liberating and limiting. That liberation comes from Schaeffer’s openness to delve into questions of gender, identity and sexuality, However, familiar plotting, characters and dialogue limit the depth of the drama. Regardless, one can
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Five Questions for Boy Meets Girl Director Eric Schaeffer

When Filmmaker last checked in on Eric Schaeffer in 2013, he was busy making his web series, Eric Schaeffer: Life Coach. The article focused on Schaeffer’s determination to create the piece in any format necessary, as he transformed what was originally planned as a feature film into a self-produced web series that he produced himself. Schaeffer’s next project is a feature film that took much of the same Diy determination. Boy Meets Girl is a romantic coming-of-age comedy, a staple of indie fare, but here featuring a transgender protagonist. The film investigates sexual identity and gender in very relevant ways in […]
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Wolfe Releasing Acquires Worldwide Rights to 'Boy Meets Girl' and 'Tiger Orange'

  • Indiewire
Wolfe Releasing Acquires Worldwide Rights to 'Boy Meets Girl' and 'Tiger Orange'
Lgbt-focused U.S. distributor Wolfe Releasing has acquired worldwide distribution rights to "Boy Meets Girl" and "Tiger Orange." The release of these two films will complement Wolfe's upcoming March 2015 release of Swiss Oscar submission and Berlin Teddy Award Winner, "The Circle, which it acquired early last year. Read More: Wolfe Video Acquires 'The Circle,' Winner of Berlin's Teddy Award Eric Schaeffer's "Boy Meets Girl" is a transgender love story that stars Michael Welch ("Twilight") and breakout star Michelle Hendley. "Tiger Orange" is a gritty family drama about two gay brothers, played by Mark Strano and former adult film actor Frankie Valenti, who reunite years after the death of their homophobic father. Both films have garnered multiple awards while making their rounds on the festival circuit, including Best Feature at FilmOut San Diego for "Boy Meets Girl" and Best Actor (Mark Strano) at OutFest...
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Vanessa Hudgens Sails Into Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre As Sting Departs

  • Deadline
Thank heaven for not-so-little girls. A revival of the Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical Gigi, starring Disney-minted and Spring Breakers starlet Vanessa Hudgens, has booked the Neil Simon Theatre and will begin previews on March 19, with an official opening on April 8. The theater became available when the producers of The Last Ship announced that the Sting musical would trim its sails as of January 24.

The revival of the musical by the team behind My Fair Lady and Camelot will begin its out-of-town tryout this weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where it runs through February 12. The show, based on the novel by Collette about a young Parisian girl who is being groomed for life as a courtesan, will feature a new book (Lerner wrote the original) by UK writer Heidi Thomas.

The director is Eric Schaeffer and the choreographer is Emmy-winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash, the current Broadway revival of On The Town.
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Wolfe pounces on Boy Meets Girl, Tiger Orange

  • ScreenDaily
Wolfe pounces on Boy Meets Girl, Tiger Orange
Wolfe Releasing, celebrating its 30th anniversary year, has acquired world rights to two coming-of-age films.

Eric Schaeffer’s rom-com Boy Meets Girl will open on VOD on April 7 followed by DVD on April 28 and centres on a young transwoman looking for romance in her small Kentucky hometown.

Newcomer Michelle Hendley stars alongside Alexandra Turshen and Michael Welch star in the film, which won a slew of awards at FilmOut San Diego and was named best feature Award at the Iris Prize Film Festival. Wolfe holds all rights excluding Germany.

Wade Gasque’s Tiger Orange will debut later this year and stars Mark Strano and Frankie Valenti (aka former adult star Johnny Hazzard) as estranged gay brothers who grew up under a homophobic father.

The film premiered at Outfest 2014 in Los Angeles where Mark Strano won the grand jury award for Best Actor.

“We’re confident these will be two of the most popular Lgbt films of 2015,” said
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Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Gigi: First Look

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Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Gigi: First Look
It's the role that catapulted a newcomer named Audrey Hepburn to international stardom and later served as the centerpiece to one of the most Oscar-laden movie musicals in Hollywood history. Now, Vanessa Hudgens - exclusively seen here for the first time in character - is stepping into the enviable shoes of French novelist Colette's irresistible gamine in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, Gigi, for the splashy stage musical of the same name. "Excited isn't a strong enough word!" the actress, who rose to fame as Gabriella Montez on the Disney Channel's High School Musical, tells People about landing the title role in the Broadway-bound adaptation.
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Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Gigi: First Look

  • PEOPLE.com
Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Gigi: First Look
It's the role that catapulted a newcomer named Audrey Hepburn to international stardom and later served as the centerpiece to one of the most Oscar-laden movie musicals in Hollywood history. Now, Vanessa Hudgens - exclusively seen here for the first time in character - is stepping into the enviable shoes of French novelist Colette's irresistible gamine in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, Gigi, for the splashy stage musical of the same name. "Excited isn't a strong enough word!" the actress, who rose to fame as Gabriella Montez on the Disney Channel's High School Musical, tells People about landing the title role in the Broadway-bound adaptation.
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Interviews: Red-Carpet Opening Night for Reeling32 Film Festival

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Reeling32, the Chicago International Lgbt Film Festival, had a sensational Opening Night on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. The festival began with “Boy Meets Girl,” featuring Michelle Hendley in her debut performance, and directed by Eric Schaeffer. Both star and director attended the Opening Night.

Boy Meets Girl” tells the story of Ricky (Hendley), a transgender girl from a small town, who accepts the world as it is around her. Hendley is a transgender actor, and brought a perfect balance of humor and valor to the role. Eric Schaeffer is a veteran director of television and film, including the indie favorites “If Lucy Fell” (1996) and “Mind the Gap” (2004). This is his ninth feature film.

“Reeling32,” the 2014 Chicago Lgbt International Film Festival has an incredible line-up of films, events and parties until closing night on Thursday, September 25th. Theater venues include the historic Music Box Theater, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers.
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Film News: Opening Night for Chicago’s Lgbt International Film Festival Reeling32 on Sept. 18, 2014

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – The second oldest Lgbt Film Festival is right here is Chicago, as “Reeling32” moves up a couple of months from their previous year November start date. Opening Night is September 18th, 2014, and the fest begins at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, with the provocative “Boy Meets Girl,” directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring Michelle Henley, Michael Welch and Alexandra Turshen.

Boy Meets Girl’ Opens ‘Reeling32’ at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, September 18th, 2014

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

The 2014 Chicago Lgbt International Film Festival is in its 32nd year, and has an incredible line-up of films, events and parties from September 18th-25th. Theater venues include the historic Music Box Theater and Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers. Click the link below to check out the entire line-up of happenings.

“Reeling32,” Chicago’s Lbgt International Film Festival, runs from September 18th-25th, 2014. For film, events and ticket information click here.
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Vanessa Hudgens to Star in Broadway's ‘Gigi’

  • The Wrap
Vanessa Hudgens to Star in Broadway's ‘Gigi’
From “High School Musical” to Broadway musical, Vanessa Hudgens has been announced as the star of “Gigi,” which will premiere on the Great White Way in 2015, the producers announced on Wednesday. The Broadway-bound revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's classic musical set in Paris at the turn of a century, following the friendship between a teenage courtesan-in-training and a rich playboy whose feelings naturally turn romantic. Also read: Emma Stone Officially Joins ‘Cabaret’ on Broadway, Alan Cumming Extends Run The new production will be directed by Eric Schaeffer, in a re-envisioned adaptation by Heidi Thomas. Joshua Bergasse (On the.
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Everyone Says I Love Woody – What Romantic Comedies Owe to Mr. Allen

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Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.

The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.

Now, to coincide with its DVD release,
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6 Month Rule Movie Review

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6 Month Rule Movie Review
Title: 6 Month Rule Director: Blayne Weaver Starring: Blayne Weaver, Natalie Morales, Martin Starr, Patrick J. Adams, Jaime Pressly, John Michael Higgins, Dave Foley, Vanessa Branch As it gets out of the starting gate, “6 Month Rule,” from writer-director-star Blayne Weaver, seems like it’s going to be an Eric Schaeffer-type cinematic exercise, infused with a pinch of ”Swingers.” After all, multi-hyphenate Weaver contrives situations for him to make out with multiple women, postulates a strict theory about dating and relationships, and puts himself at the center of a universe in which others’ feelings, need and wants are all secondary piffle, collateral damage to be shrugged off. His movie gamely rallies from the [ Read More ]
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Will 'Don't Trust the B' Be Krysten Ritter's Breakout? Watch the Pilot and Decide

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Will 'Don't Trust the B' Be Krysten Ritter's Breakout? Watch the Pilot and Decide
Krysten Ritter's been poised on the verge of stardom for a few years now, ever since a fantastic turn as Jesse Pinkman's doomed girlfriend Jane Margolis on the second season of "Breaking Bad." But she's always seemed a little too sharp-edged for Hollywood to know what to do with, hence the endless roles as the quirky/sarcastic friend in things like "She's Out of My League." "What Happens in Vegas" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic." Ritter was the star of the Eric Schaeffer dramedy "Gravity," which ran for a season on Starz and was justifiably little-watched. "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" is her bid for something bigger, and while it's premiering on ABC on Wednesday, April 11, the network's put the pilot episode up early on Hulu to promote the show: On the basis of the episode above, "Don't Trust the B" needs to be either...
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Will 'Don't Trust the B' Be Krysten Ritter's Breakout? Watch the Pilot and Decide

Will 'Don't Trust the B' Be Krysten Ritter's Breakout? Watch the Pilot and Decide
Krysten Ritter's been poised on the verge of stardom for a few years now, ever since a fantastic turn as Jesse Pinkman's doomed girlfriend Jane Margolis on the second season of "Breaking Bad." But she's always seemed a little too sharp-edged for Hollywood to know what to do with, hence the endless roles as the quirky/sarcastic friend in things like "She's Out of My League." "What Happens in Vegas" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic." Ritter was the star of the Eric Schaeffer dramedy "Gravity," which ran for a season on Starz and was justifiably little-watched. "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" is her bid for something bigger, and while it's premiering on ABC on Wednesday, April 11, the network's put the pilot episode up early on Hulu to promote the show: On the basis of the episode above, "Don't Trust the B" needs to be either...

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘John Carter,’ ‘Friends With Kids’ and ‘Footnote’ Alternatives

  • The Film Stage
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to John Carter, Friends With Kids and Footnote.

Friday theaters will determine the fate of Disney’s big budget epic John Carter, which faces off against the closest thing to a Bridesmaids sequel your likely to see and an Oscar contender that transcends the language barrier. But if these offerings pique your desire for adventure, rated-r romance and heralded Hebrew features, then we’ve got you covered with some of the best titles Now Streaming.

Director Andrew Stanton makes his live-action debut with this this Mars-set adventure about a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) who finds he has extraordinary powers on this extraterrestrial terrain that enables him to be a hero to a beautiful alien princess (Lynn Collins). Willem Dafoe co-stars.

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