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‘When We Rise’ Ep Dustin Lance Black: ‘This Is Going to Be More Timely Than I Thought’

24 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“From the beginning I said it should be ‘When We Rise,’ the we being the biggest part of it,” says writer/producer/director Dustin Lance Black, of naming the eight-hour, four-part miniseries that premieres on February 27 on ABC.

A few feet away, director Dee Rees (“Bessie”) sets up a scene outside the storefront that once housed activist Harvey Milk’s campaign office for City Supervisor (it’s now fittingly a space occupied by the Human Rights Campaign). In the scene, a young Cleve Jones (Austin P. McKenzie) runs out to Castro Street to talk with soon-to-be disco star Sylvester (Justin Sams), who he has become friends with. The real Cleve Jones, an activist still living in San Francisco and consultant on the project, stands off to the side and watches the moment from his own life as its recreated for the cameras.

If anyone were going to write “When We Rise,” it »

- Jim Halterman

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‘When We Rise’ Review: Why Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, and Dee Rees’ Miniseries Should Have Been a Movie

23 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

An onslaught of onscreen and offscreen talent unite with a clear sense of purpose in the limited series “When We Rise.” An examination of gay and women’s rights over three decades and how their causes conflict and coalesce, Dustin Lance Black’s new ABC offering emphasizes what’s possible when oppressed minorities come together and fight back against a malicious patriarchy.

There’s no shortage of modern parallels at play, and ABC is counting on the public’s revived passion for protest to drive interest in a show that honors those who paved the way with picket signs and (mostly) passive resistance. The eight-episode series written by Black (mostly) does right by its honorable cause, but it suffers from the strictures of its format. A sprawling story creates an awkward combination of history lessons and personal stories, and broadcast standards prove far too restrictive. The result is a conglomeration »

- Ben Travers

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‘When We Rise’ Review: Why Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, and Dee Rees’ Miniseries Should Have Been a Movie

23 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

An onslaught of onscreen and offscreen talent unite with a clear sense of purpose in the limited series “When We Rise.” An examination of gay and women’s rights over three decades and how their causes conflict and coalesce, Dustin Lance Black’s new ABC offering emphasizes what’s possible when oppressed minorities come together and fight back against a malicious patriarchy.

There’s no shortage of modern parallels at play, and ABC is counting on the public’s revived passion for protest to drive interest in a show that honors those who paved the way with picket signs and (mostly) passive resistance. The eight-episode series written by Black (mostly) does right by its honorable cause, but it suffers from the strictures of its format. A sprawling story creates an awkward combination of history lessons and personal stories, and broadcast standards prove far too restrictive. The result is a conglomeration »

- Ben Travers

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5 Things to Know About Anthony Bourdain’s New Girlfriend, Asia Argento

21 February 2017 11:18 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anthony Bourdain was recently spotted out and about with a new lady on his arm: 41-year-old Asia Argento. Italian magazine Chi ran pics of the pair hand-in-hand in Rome; Bourdain wrote in December that the Parts Unknown he filmed in Rome “would not have been possible — or be anything like it is, without the truly magnificent Asia Argento.” Here’s a quick primer on Ms. Argento.

1. She’s Italian cinema royalty

Argento’s dad is Dario Argento, who’s responsible for (among dozens of other films) the 1977 horror classic Suspiria, widely hailed as one of the most influential and visually striking shockers ever made. »

- Alex Heigl

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When We Rise Review: ABC's Gay-Rights Mini Is a Tedious History Lesson

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The struggle for gay rights in America is absolutely a piece of history we should all learn. It’s too bad, then, that ABC’s bloated, self-serious miniseries When We Rise (debuting Monday, Feb. 27 at 9/8c) is such a slog to get through.

Spanning more than four decades of the gay-rights movement in four two-hour installments, When We Rise fictionalizes the stories of three real-life activists — free-spirited rebel Cleve, brainy feminist Roma and former Navy sailor Ken — as they fight for acceptance, from San Francisco’s Castro district in the ’70s to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage »

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TV Review: ABC’s ‘When We Rise’

20 February 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The mere existence of “When We Rise” is almost virtue enough. But in terms of tone and execution, the four-part event series from ABC is wildly uneven, crossing from moving stories of romance under oppression to retellings of history that are so broadly pitched — and with such bad wigs! — that they’re too after-school special to be truly affecting. Still, the fact that an eight-hour educational reconstruction of the gay rights movement is taking up primetime real estate on a broadcast network is evidence of a revolution — a still-unfolding one, to be sure, but one that has transformed the social fabric of this nation. In just 50 years, America has gone from a land where homosexuality was an illness treated by psychologists with lobotomies and electroshock treatment to one where gay marriage is the law of the land.

When We Rise” is an attempt to explain how that happened, from 1972 to 2013. Eight hours is not much time to »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Watch: Actor Michael K. Williams Asks “Am I Typecast?” in Thought-Provoking New Campaign for The Atlantic

15 February 2017 9:31 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In the video below, actor Michael K. Williams headlines the new “Question Your Answers” brand campaign from The Atlantic, in which he plays different versions of himself, interrogating himself about whether, as a black actor, he’s being typecast, touching on topical issues… Continue Reading → »

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Interview: Nick Damici Discusses Stake Land II and His Plans for a Third Film in the Franchise

7 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In a world crawling with vampiric creatures, Mister helps equalize the fight between the living and the undead. Nick Damici’s memorable character returns for a new journey fueled by Martin’s (Connor Paolo) desire for revenge in Stake Land II. With the sequel out now on digital platforms and hitting Blu-ray and DVD on February 14th from Dark Sky Films, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with Damici about reprising the role of Mister and much more.

Read on for our discussion with Damici, in which he talks about his plans for a third Stake Land film and shares his thoughts on the Stake Land TV series that he had once been developing. He also talks about the response to Bushwick (a movie he co-wrote) following the film’s Sundance screenings, what to expect in the upcoming season of Hap and Leonard, and an interesting conversation he once »

- Derek Anderson

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Newswire: The Get Down’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to play Aquaman’s Black Manta

31 January 2017 1:09 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Despite Michael K. Williams publicly throwing his name into the running, Warner Bros. has announced that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II from Netflix’s The Get Down will be playing the villainous Black Manta in director James Wan’s Aquaman movie. That comes from Variety, which says Moonlight‘s Trevante Rhodes and 24: Legacy‘s Corey Hawkins were also in the running, but the studio went with Abdul-Mateen instead—possibly because he simply looked better in Black Manta’s ridiculous helmet.

We don’t know much about the movie version of Black Manta, but he’s pretty much always depicted as the archenemy of Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa in the film), and he’s often the leader of an evil underwater militia of some sort. The Aquaman movie will reportedly involve tensions between the surface world and the Atlanteans that Aquaman rules over, but it’s unclear how Black Manta will »

- Sam Barsanti

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Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright & Michael Kenneth Williams Join Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’

26 January 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Emilio Estevez, who rose to fame when he was just a kid in John HughesThe Breakfast Club, is headed back into a library after 30 years to tell a story about “the last bastion of Democracy in action.” Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright and Michael Kenneth Williams (The Night Of) have joined Estevez’s dramedy the public, which will pull back the curtain on what is really happening inside America’s public libraries. Having researched in the depths of the Los… »

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Trailer: Michael K. Williams + Vice Team Up for ‘Shelter’ (Feature Doc That Follows Homeless New Orleans Youth for a Year)

22 January 2017 4:56 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

From Vice Documentary Films and executive producer Michael K. Williams comes the feature-length documentary film “Shelter,” which follows the lives of homeless youth in New Orleans over the course of a year as they navigate financial struggles, health, and mental… Continue Reading → »

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

20 January 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

SundanceTV has announced that the second season for “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” will premiere on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Based on the popular ’90s book series by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy noir follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), two lifelong friends who attempt to solve murder mysteries in the Deep South during the 1980s. Like the first, this upcoming season consists of six episodes which will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., followed by the network’s critically acclaimed crime series “Gomorrah.”

Read More: SundanceTV Releases Title Sequence for New Series ‘Hap and Leonard’ + a Clip

Joining the series for the second seaosn are new cast members Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”), Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way”, “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

Hap and Leonard” will continue to be »

- Michael Gonzalez

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

20 January 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

SundanceTV has announced that the second season for “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” will premiere on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Based on the popular ’90s book series by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy noir follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), two lifelong friends who attempt to solve murder mysteries in the Deep South during the 1980s. Like the first, this upcoming season consists of six episodes which will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., followed by the network’s critically acclaimed crime series “Gomorrah.”

Read More: SundanceTV Releases Title Sequence for New Series ‘Hap and Leonard’ + a Clip

Joining the series for the second seaosn are new cast members Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”), Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way”, “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

Hap and Leonard” will continue to be »

- Michael Gonzalez

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Trailer Premiere: Sundance TV’s ‘Hap and Leonard’ Returns in March for 2nd Season with New Cast Members Including Tiffany Mack, More

19 January 2017 9:22 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

SundanceTV announced season two of the network’s critically-acclaimed original scripted series “Hap and Leonard” will return this March with a few new cast members joining stars James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams, including Tiffany Mack and Cranston Johnson as series… Continue Reading → »

- shadowandact

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TV News Roundup: BBC America Sets ‘Planet Earth II’ Premiere Date

13 January 2017 4:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV News Roundup, Planet Earth II gets a premiere date, SundanceTV and Crackle announce dates for their spring programming slate, and more. 

Dates 

BBC America‘s “Planet Earth II” will premiere on Feb. 18 at 9/8c with a special three-network simulcast on BBC America, AMC, and SundanceTV. The following five episodes of the season will run only on BBC America on Saturday nights following the premiere.

SundanceTV also set its upcoming premiere dates. The network will continue to use Wednesdays at 10/9c as the anchor for its original drama series premieres: “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo,” starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams, will premiere on Mar. 15 at 10/9c. Italian crime drama “Gomorrah” will return  Apr. 26th and 10/9c.

The Kennedys-After Camelot” will have its two-hour premiere on Reelz on Apr. 2 at 8 p.m., the network announced Friday. The miniseries stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. The »

- Sarah Ahern

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Hap and Leonard's 'Mucho Mojo' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, Trailer

13 January 2017 10:12 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The “Boys Are Back” in the first trailer for Season 2 of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard, which also now has a premiere date — Wednesday, March 15 at 10/9c.

RelatedIoan Gruffudd, Joanne Froggatt to Star in Sundance Miniseries Thriller

In the series’ “Mucho Mojo”-themed, six-episode sophomore run (based off the second Joe R. Lansdale novel), Hap Collins (played by James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) find themselves caught in the middle of a murder mystery, one that begins with a skeleton, Trudy’s missing ashes, a literal pissing match with a neighborhood drug dealer and a piece of MeMaw’s famous pie. »

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When We Rise’s Mary-Louise Parker Reveals Both of Her College Roommates Died from AIDS

10 January 2017 7:39 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mary-Louise Parker is sharing her personal connection to When We Rise, the upcoming series on which she stars.

At Disney/ABC Television Group’s Winter 2017 TCA Press Tour on Tuesday, Parker, 52, sat alongside cast mates Ivory Aquino, Michael Kenneth Williams, Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths and creator and executive producer Dustin Lance Black to discuss the series, which chronicles the real‑life personal and political journey of Lgbt men and women who helped pioneer the gay rights movement in the U.S.

During the candid discussion, Parker, who will star as Roma Guy in the miniseries, revealed that two of her »

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Dustin Lance Black Wants to Unite the Nation, Even Trump, With Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’

10 January 2017 1:26 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The fight for Lgbtq rights is a topic that inspires a great deal of passion, so it was more than understandable that “When We Rise” creator Dustin Lance Black got emotional on Tuesday morning when discussing the current-day impact upon his upcoming miniseries.

“I would give anything in the world for [the show] to be less topical,” he told journalists at ABC’s portion of Television Critics Association press tour. “But I’m not entirely surprised, because as a student of history I know that history is not a straight line. History is a pendulum.”

Read More: Complete TCA 2017 Coverage

When We Rise,” created by the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “Milk,” is an effort to chronicle the gay rights movement over the course of eight episodes, from the Stonewall riots to modern day. Focusing on the real people who worked for equality, the cast is jam-packed with familiar faces, including Guy PearceMary-Louise Parker, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Dustin Lance Black Wants to Unite the Nation, Even Trump, With Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’

10 January 2017 1:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The fight for Lgbtq rights is a topic that inspires a great deal of passion, so it was more than understandable that “When We Rise” creator Dustin Lance Black got emotional on Tuesday morning when discussing the current-day impact upon his upcoming miniseries.

“I would give anything in the world for [the show] to be less topical,” he told journalists at ABC’s portion of Television Critics Association press tour. “But I’m not entirely surprised, because as a student of history I know that history is not a straight line. History is a pendulum.”

Read More: Complete TCA 2017 Coverage

When We Rise,” created by the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “Milk,” is an effort to chronicle the gay rights movement over the course of eight episodes, from the Stonewall riots to modern day. Focusing on the real people who worked for equality, the cast is jam-packed with familiar faces, including Guy PearceMary-Louise Parker, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘When We Rise’ Creator Dustin Lance Black: ‘This Show Is Under Attack From the Alt-Right’

10 January 2017 1:03 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s upcoming limited series “When We Rise” is a sprawling, eight-hour history of the Lgbt rights movement, tracking key figures from their first days as activists to the present day. It has already come under fire from the amorphous online community known as the “alt-right,” an offshoot of the conservative moment that mixes principles of white nationalism, racism, and populism that is hostile to the entire notion of social justice.

An impassioned Dustin Lance Black, who created and executive produced the project, took the stage Tuesday morning at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour to dispel any notion that his upcoming limited series is anything other than an effort to reach across the gaping divide between two seemingly diametrically opposed groups of citizens.

“This show is under attack from the alt-right online,” Black said. “But this show is not a war. Every single person in this world is a minority, depending »

- Oriana Schwindt

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