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11 items from 2016


Hollywood’s Invisible Minority: People With Disabilities Eager to Show Their Abilities

9 December 2016 3:06 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 24, and it’s likely the contenders will include black artists, and possibly some Latino/Hispanics and Asians. But there will be little to no representation for a major under-represented group — people with disabilities, or Pwd.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 57 million Americans with disabilities, or 19% of the population. TV hiring is about 2.4%. The film industry is worse, at 0.9%.

Scott Silveri is the creator of ABC’s freshman series “Speechless,” which stars Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy. Silveri tells Variety that Hollywood execs are not resistant to hiring: “Nobody is building walls. But disabilities are not getting enough attention. It’s as simple as that. When you consider the number of people with disabilities, you’d think this would be more of a conversation in town.”

Silveri was an honoree at November’s Media Access Awards, which honors industry hiring for Pwd. Silveri »

- Tim Gray

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Hollywood’s Invisible Minority: People With Disabilities Eager to Show Their Abilities

9 December 2016 3:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 24, and it’s likely the contenders will include black artists, and possibly some Latino/Hispanics and Asians. But there will be little to no representation for a major under-represented group — people with disabilities, or Pwd.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 57 million Americans with disabilities, or 19% of the population. TV hiring is about 2.4%. The film industry is worse, at 0.9%.

Scott Silveri is the creator of ABC’s freshman series “Speechless,” which stars Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy. Silveri tells Variety that Hollywood execs are not resistant to hiring: “Nobody is building walls. But disabilities are not getting enough attention. It’s as simple as that. When you consider the number of people with disabilities, you’d think this would be more of a conversation in town.”

Silveri was an honoree at November’s Media Access Awards, which honors industry hiring for Pwd. »

- Tim Gray

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‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities

18 November 2016 7:57 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards, with producer John Murray reminding that their presence onscreen is not just appropriate, “it’s also good business.”

Murray (“The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) was given the PGA George Sunga Award, one of seven prizes handed out at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Murray said that people with disabilities, or Pwd, “have been placed on the margins and sidelines of TV.” He pointed out that his A&E reality-show “Born This Way,” about seven individuals with Down syndrome, increased viewership more than 80% during its first season, so depiction “is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.”

Scott Silveri, creator-writer of ABC’s “Speechless,” was a double winner. He and fellow producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan were honored for series with the SAG-aftra Disability Awareness Award, while »

- Tim Gray

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‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities

18 November 2016 7:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards, with producer John Murray reminding that their presence onscreen is not just appropriate, “it’s also good business.”

Murray (“The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) was given the PGA George Sunga Award, one of seven prizes handed out at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Murray said that people with disabilities, or Pwd, “have been placed on the margins and sidelines of TV.” He pointed out that his A&E reality-show “Born This Way,” about seven individuals with Down syndrome, increased viewership more than 80% during its first season, so depiction “is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.”

Scott Silveri, creator-writer of ABC’s “Speechless,” was a double winner. He and fellow producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan were honored for series with the SAG-aftra Disability Awareness Award, »

- Tim Gray

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Disabled Characters on Television: 95% of Roles in Top 10 Shows Played By Able-Bodied Actors — Report

16 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A new study by Ruderman White Paper took a comprehensive look at the employment of actors with disabilities in television. Their findings concluded that 95 percent of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, an act that, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood.”

Co-authored by “Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn and Kristina Kopić, advocacy content specialist at Ruderman, the study examined 31 shows across all platforms, from streaming, cable and network, and also determined that only four actors with disabilities were cast during the 2015-2016 season, amounting to less than 2 percent of all actors on screen. With people with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the Us population, it concluded that they are the most underrepresented minority in Hollywood.

Read More: If You Want True Diversity in Hollywood, Don’t Forget About Seniors and Actors With Disabilities »

- Liz Calvario

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Disabled Characters on Television: 95% of Roles in Top 10 Shows Played By Able-Bodied Actors — Report

16 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

A new study by Ruderman White Paper took a comprehensive look at the employment of actors with disabilities in television. Their findings concluded that 95 percent of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, an act that, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood.”

Co-authored by “Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn and Kristina Kopić, advocacy content specialist at Ruderman, the study examined 31 shows across all platforms, from streaming, cable and network, and also determined that only four actors with disabilities were cast during the 2015-2016 season, amounting to less than 2 percent of all actors on screen. With people with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the Us population, it concluded that they are the most underrepresented minority in Hollywood.

Read More: If You Want True Diversity in Hollywood, Don’t Forget About Seniors and Actors With Disabilities »

- Liz Calvario

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Able-Bodied Actors Play 95% of Disabled Characters in Top 10 TV Shows, Says New Study

13 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

95% of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, according to a new study released by Ruderman White Paper.

The comprehensive study on employment of actors with disabilities in television reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood,” per the white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation.

The study proves that people with disabilities are the most unrepresented minority in Hollywood.

However, disabled actors have not been included in ongoing conversations regarding Hollywood’s diversity crisis, which has brought light to providing more jobs for people of color and equal pay for women, both in front of and behind the screen.

The report was co-authored by “Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn and advocacy content specialist at the foundation, Kristina Kopić. Hundreds of actors with visible and non-visible disabilities were surveyed for the study, which points to that people with disabilities represent nearly 20% of the U.S »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Everybody Loves Raymond Star Brad Garrett Set To Voice 'Krang' In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

19 May 2016 9:23 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Back in March, we learned that Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) was going to voice the villainous Krang in Paramount Pictures' upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Out Of The Shadows, however, it looks like that's no longer the plan. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that due to a scheduling conflict, Armisen was forced to bow out of the project and now, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett will be the one to lend his voice to the classic Turtles villain. He's the latest newcomer to join the cast following Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop and Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly as Rocksteady. The cast is headlined by Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Howard as the actors behind the four heroes in a half-shell with Danny Woodburn playing their mentor Splinter (& Tony Shalhoub providing his voice). The live-action supporting cast consists of Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, »

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New Limited Edition Poster For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

27 March 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  The Ninja Turtles comes into conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman with the association of the Foot Clan and the return of the Shredder, who has hired Stockman to create mutants of their own in the form of Bebop and Rocksteady and an unknown invasion above New York City. To prevent the end of the world, the turtles and their human friends April O'Neil and Vern Fenwick comes to the aid with vigilante Casey Jones. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features: Director: Dave Green Alan Ritchson as Raphael Pete Ploszek/Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo Noel Fisher as Michelangelo Jeremy Howard as Donatello Megan Fox as April O'Neil Stephen Amell as Casey Jones Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick Danny Woodburn/Tony Shalhoub as Splinter William Fichtner as Eric Sacks Brian Tee as The Shredder Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman Brittany Ishibashi as Karai Laura Linney as Rebecca Vincent »

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Trailer Trashin’: Super Bowl 50 Movie Spots

14 February 2016 7:11 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Another Super Bowl has come and gone, dear readers. Congratulations to the Denver Broncos on their victory, and my sympathies to the Carolina Panthers. And just like every year, the Big Game brought us a fine crop of TV spots for upcoming movies. There were eleven Super Bowl 50 movie spots, and in this roundup edition of Trailer Trashin’, I’ll be giving you my quick takes of some of the big ones.

  Deadpool

Premise: In an effort to cure his cancer, former special forces operative Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) was subjected to an experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, an unstable mind, and a dark, twisted sense of humor. Armed with new abilities and a new identity as “Deadpool,” Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

My take:  I am really freaking excited about Deadpool. Fox has done a great job marketing this film, »

- Timothy Monforton

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Get Your First Look At 'Krang' In Super Bowl TV Spot For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

7 February 2016 3:53 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Ninja Turtles comes into conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman with the association of the Foot Clan and the return of the Shredder, who has hired Stockman to create mutants of their own in the form of Bebop and Rocksteady and an unknown invasion above New York City. To prevent the end of the world, the turtles and their human friends April O'Neil and Vern Fenwick comes to the aid with vigilante Casey Jones. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features: Director: Dave Green Alan Ritchson as Raphael Pete Ploszek/Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo Noel Fisher as Michelangelo Jeremy Howard as Donatello Megan Fox as April O'Neil Stephen Amell as Casey Jones Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick Danny Woodburn/Tony Shalhoub as Splinter William Fichtner as Eric Sacks Brian Tee as The Shredder Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman Brittany Ishibashi as Karai Laura Linney as Rebecca Vincent »

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