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Why Does ‘Roadies’ Appear to Think Sexual Assault Is Funny?

10 July 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Reviews of “Roadies” have mentioned its overly meandering vibe and its lack of reliable momentum and memorable characters. Some critics liked it less than me, and some liked it more, but many had the same issues I did, which I mentioned in my “Roadies” review. But all of those general complaints pale in comparison to what happens in the third episode of the series (spoilers ahead).

I’m writing about that installment of the Showtime drama because it treats the drugging and sexual assault of a human being as a funny prank. To make matters worse, it then depicts the character in question as grateful for the assault.

Both the survivor and the people who perpetrated the attacks on him brim with satisfaction at the end of the episode, because they all seem to think that everything worked out really well.

For years now, there’s been an ongoing conversation about how sexual assault is treated on »

- Maureen Ryan

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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

29 June 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »

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TVLine Items: Sharknado's 'Revealing' Teaser, Scream on the Move and More

22 June 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Consider this a warning to all Great Whites in the Vegas area.

After the fate of Tara Reid’s April was left up to the audience to decide via online voting at the end of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, a new trailer confirms Finn’s wife is alive and will be back for the next installment of the Syfy franchise, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. (Watch the video above.)

RelatedSharknado 4 Teaser Trailer: Strippers Join the Battle to Defend Las Vegas

Additionally, a final wave of cameos for the latest Sharknado film (airing Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm), include »

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Review: Can Cameron Crowe recapture 'Almost Famous' magic with 'Roadies'?

22 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In one of the many famous lines of dialogue Cameron Crowe has written, Dorothy Boyd says of Jerry Maguire, "I love him for the man he wants to be, and I love him for the man that he almost is." Dorothy is a dreamer, like most of Crowe's heroes and heroines — and, at this stage of his career, like many of his fans. We love Crowe for the storyteller he's trying to be, and almost is, even though we'd have to go all the way back to 2000's Almost Famous for a scripted project where Crowe actually lived up to his full potential as writer and director. With the likes of Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo, Crowe fans would look for even the faintest signs of the man who had given us Jeff Spicoli, Lloyd Dobler, Rod Tidwell, Penny Lane, and so many more, and hope for better the next time out. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Smurfs: Sony Announces The Lost Village Sequel Feature Premieres in April 2017

21 June 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_51168" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Smurfs: The Lost Village image via Sony Pictures Animation.[/caption]

Tickled pink to be working blue, Sony Pictures Animation has announced the next Smurfs feature film, Smurfs: The Lost Village will hit theaters April 7, 2017. Watch a promo, below. The feature film is part of the Belgian Smurfs comics franchise. The Smurfs TV show ran on NBC from 1981 until it was cancelled in 1989. Smurfs: The Lost Village stars Demi Lovato as Smurfette; Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf; Rainn Wilson as Gargamel; Jack McBrayer as Clumsy; Danny Pudi as Brainy; and Joe Manganiello as Hefty.

After its NBC cancellation, Smurfs reruns aired on USA Network until 1993. Cartoon Network then ran them until 2003. In the Us, Cartoon Network's Boomerang still reruns The Smurfs TV series. The original series cast includes: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker, Michael Bell, June Foray, Hamilton »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Emoji Movie and Spider-Man Headline Sony's 2017-2018 Animation Slate

20 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. These projects include the previously-announced Spider-Man Animated Movie and the new Emoji movie, which is now entitled EmojiMovie: Express Yourself. Here's what Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, had to say in her statement.

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, underscoring the Studio's pledge to develop projects aimed »

- MovieWeb

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'Spider-Man' and 'Ghostbusters' loom large in the plans of Sony Pictures Animation

20 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Pictures Animation has always been the red-headed stepchild of studio animation arms. They’ve had a few big hits, a few mid-sized hits, and they’ve done a very good job of squeezing every possible penny out of the direct-to-video market with sequels to some of their titles. In the press release they sent out today, Sony made it clear that they’re doubling down on animation. Kristine Belson is the president of Sony Animation, answering directly to Tom Rothman, and she talked about letting artists drive the films they’re planning to make. It’s a pretty safe list overall, with an emphasis on pre-existing properties, and I have a hard time getting my head around how anyone is even remotely artistically moved by the idea of an Emoji movie. Some of the titles had already been announced, but there are new details on those, and some of the announcements were brand-new. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate, Plus Animated 'Spider-man' Finds A Director

20 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says:

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, adds:

"I could not be more proud of the way Kristine Belson has rebuilt Sony Pictures Animation into the boldest home for animation in the industry."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Sony Animation lines up 'Spider-Man', 'Hotel Transylvania 3'

20 June 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation on Monday afternoon unveiled a blockbuster film and television slate through 2018 that made no secret of the properties the studio values most highly.

The multi-platform roster includes features of Spider-Man,  Emojimovie and new instalments in the Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs franchises, as well as a TV outing for Ghostbusters.

Emojimovie: Express Yourself will open in August 2017 and explores the world of the characters beloved by cell phone users. Anthony Leondis directs from a screenplay he wrote with Eric Siegel. Michelle Raimo Kouyate produces.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is earmarked for April 7, 2017. Kelly Asbury directs from a screenplay by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon based on the characters and works of Peyo. Jordan Kerner produces and the voice cast includes Demi Lovato, Jack McBrayer, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin.

Christmas story The Star (working title) is being made in association with The Jim Henson Company and set for December 8, 2017. Timothy Reckart directs »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Review: ‘Roadies’ Needs Direction, But Life on the Bus is Fun With Cameron Crowe

17 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cameron Crowe is a writer defined by his early success. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” are all landmark films that, no matter what comes next for the man behind them, will remain indisputable classics for the rest of time. Yes, even after unmitigated disasters like “Vanilla Sky” and “Aloha,” Crowe’s early films remain untarnished.

So it’s almost too fitting that the music journalist-turned-filmmaker kicks off the next phase of his career — a television show he’s created, directed and co-written — by using a legendary rock band, past it’s prime but looking to recapture the magic, as an allegorical device for, well, everything; just as it’s fitting that “Roadies” exemplifies the best of Crowe’s earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Even with both in the mix, the new Showtime drama is mostly a fun ride. »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Roadies’ Needs Direction, But Life on the Bus is Fun With Cameron Crowe

17 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cameron Crowe is a writer defined by his early success. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” are all landmark films that, no matter what comes next for the man behind them, will remain indisputable classics for the rest of time. Yes, even after unmitigated disasters like “Vanilla Sky” and “Aloha,” Crowe’s early films remain untarnished.

So it’s almost too fitting that the music journalist-turned-filmmaker kicks off the next phase of his career — a television show he’s created, directed and co-written — by using a legendary rock band, past it’s prime but looking to recapture the magic, as an allegorical device for, well, everything; just as it’s fitting that “Roadies” exemplifies the best of Crowe’s earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Even with both in the mix, the new Showtime drama is mostly a fun ride. »

- Ben Travers

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Six Feet Under: HBO Marks Anniversary with Complete Series Marathon

2 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

HBO is marking the 15th anniversary of the Six Feet Under TV show premiere, with a marathon of the entire run of the hit drama series on HBO2. All 63 episodes will air back-to-back starting tonight, Thursday, June 2 at 11:00pm Et/Pt. The marathon concludes Sunday, June 5 at 12:20pm, with the Six Feet Under TV series finale, "Everyone's Waiting."

A darkly comedic, surreal, family drama series from Alan Ball, Six Feet Under premiered June 3, 2001 and ran for 63 episodes, over the course of five seasons. The critically acclaimed Six Feet Under TV series finale aired August 21, 2005. The Six Feet Under cast includes: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, and Rachel Griffiths. Justina Machado, Jeremy Sisto, Lili Taylor, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Jenkins, and Rainn Wilson recurred.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Party Report: Bryan Cranston, Bella Hadid and Horses at the Beverly Hilton (Photos)

27 May 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rainn Wilson and Bryan Cranston, teen stars like Jack and Jack, Malin Ackerman at a new hotspot, and one media mover pulling a horse in to the Beverly Hilton top the party circuit on Memorial Day Week. Bella Hadid (bottom right) got one of the first bites of anything at Chloe, a new vegan fast casual spot in Silverlake. It opens on May 31. Morgan Freeman presumably gives sage advice to Robin Sanders at the annual “Backstage at the Geffen” event on May 22. The wizards of Warner Bros.’ TV stable huddled for the post-upfront screenings at Universals’ “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” attraction on May. »

- Mikey Glazer

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Homeland: Quinn's Fate Revealed!

26 May 2016 5:49 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s a miracle!

Despite the fact that a critically wounded Quinn was last seen crossing over to the proverbial light in Homeland‘s Season 5 finale, Rupert Friend will return to the Showtime thriller in Season 6 as a full-fledged series regular, TVLine has confirmed.

RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard 2016: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

“I hope he enjoys eating through a tube,” showrunner Alex Gansa joked to EW.com, before adding, “How [Quinn] is gonna be dramatized this year is going to surprise people, and it may not be what you think.”

Friend revealed »

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TVLine Items: Sense8 Ep Exits, Scream After-Show, Mr. Mercedes and More

26 May 2016 2:39 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Yet another twist has taken place behind the scenes of Sense8: Co-creator Lilly Wachowski has stepped down from her producing and directing role on the Netflix drama.

“Lilly needed to take some time off,” series star Jamie Clayton told BuzzFeed News, confirming that Lana Wachowski, Lilly’s producing partner and sister, will helm Sense8‘s Season 2 episodes alone. “Lana is absolutely a superwoman. The way she channels her energy and her creativity … it keeps me in absolute awe whenever I’m in her presence. She’s an absolute force.”

RelatedGilmore Girls Revival at Netflix Gets Official Title, Teaser Poster

Lilly, »

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Showtime's Roadies First Look: Rainn Wilson Is More Than Almost Famous

26 May 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Rainn Wilson is ready for his Cameron Crowe encore.

The former Office employee, who was last directed by Crowe in the 2000 film Almost Famous, turns up in Episode 3 of the Academy Award-winning writer’s forthcoming Showtime comedy Roadies.

RelatedRoadies: Showtime Is Ready to Rock in New Poster

TVLine has an exclusive first look at the July 10 installment in which Wilson portrays Bryce Newman, a famous and extremely self-important music journalist. The role isn’t much of a stretch for the three-time Emmy nominee, who played Rolling Stone editor David Felton in the aforementioned Almost Famous.

Roadies stars Luke Wilson »

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CW Fall Schedule: ‘Supergirl’ Lands on Monday, ‘No Tomorrow’ Grabs Post-‘Flash’ Slot

19 May 2016 5:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Supergirl” will land in its familiar Monday 8 p.m. time slot when the drama relocates from CBS to the CW in the fall.

The DC Comics superhero series will be paired on the night with the third season of CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in what the network called the union of a woman with superpowers and an “everyday superwoman.” “We think ‘Supergirl’ will give a real boost to ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ” CW chief Mark Pedowitz said.

Meanwhile, new romantic comedy “No Tomorrow” lands the coveted Tuesday 9 p.m. slot behind CW’s highest-rated series, “The Flash.” Pedowitz said the offbeat show about a romance that blooms as the apocalypse draws near “shares with ‘The Flash’ a blue-sky optimism” that made it a good fit for the time slot.

CW has ordered four new dramas for the 2016-17 campaign (see listings below), with three settling onto the fall schedule. “Riverdale, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Cannes: Kristen Stewart’s ‘Lizzie Borden’ Draws ‘The Boy’ Director

12 May 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Boy” director Craig William Macneill will helm the psychological thriller “Lizzie Borden,” starring Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny.

Naomi Despres (“Kill the Messenger”) is producing. The Solution is handling international rights at the Cannes Film Festival. Wme represents the film’s U.S. rights.

The Boy,” Macneill’s feature film directorial debut, starred David Morse and Rainn Wilson. The horror thriller, which has grossed $64 million, had its world premiere at the last year’s South by Southwest festival.

Macneill is also directing all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Candle Cove” for Syfy.

“We are thrilled to have Craig on board to direct this bone-chilling thriller,” said The Solution’s Myles Nestel. “Craig has the perfect vision for the film that is centered around the complicated relationship between two powerful women. He knows how to unravel the many psychological layers and seemingly fragile character of the infamous Lizzie Borden »

- Dave McNary

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Adam McKay Reveals the Scary Moment When Gun Violence Threatened His Family

6 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Adam McKay has been making people laugh for years, but a scary incident at his daughter’s school prompted him to get very serious about gun control. Behind the scenes, he’s long brought a political edge to his work, including directing and co-writing Ferrell’s Broadway show You’re Welcome, America, lampooning former President George W. Bush. But when Lily Rose, the first of his two daughters, was born, he began taking an even sharper interest in issues, particularly measures to stem the increasing epidemic of gun violence. “It was when my first daughter was born I became passionate, »

- Scott Huver

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Bill Clinton Recalls Enacting Gun Control Measures as a Proud Moment at Celebrity-Filled Gala

6 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Former President Bill Clinton was joined by several Hollywood A-listers Wednesday to celebrate what he called one of his proudest moments in office - signing the gun-regulating Brady Bill. In doing so, the former chief executive, whose wife Hillary Clinton is currently the Democratic frontrunner in the presidential election, delivered a reminder to current proponents of improved weapons laws never to stop reaching across dividing political and cultural lines and take stands in the name of public safety. “We have got to get to the point in America where we don’t have to have a mass killing to do something decent, »

- Scott Huver

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