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15 items from 2017

Scream Queens: Cancelled? Lea Michele Released from Her Contract

24 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Is Scream Queens returning for a third season? Deadline reports star Lea Michele has been released from her contract with the Fox TV series.Michele plays Hester on the horror dramedy from Ryan Murphy. The cast also includes Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Glen Powell, Niecy Nash, John Stamos, Taylor Lautner, and James Earl. Season two of the series ended this past December.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Freak Show’ With Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin & Bette Midler Is A Well-Intentioned Mess [Berlin Review]

21 February 2017 7:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If sensitive intentions were all that counted, the debut directorial narrative feature from Trudie Styler, prolific producer, occasional actress and Sting‘s wife, might be a masterpiece — or at least an amiable John Hughes-esque teen fable about overcoming bullying and Being True To Yourself. But despite being based on the novel of the same name by James St. James, and undoubtedly driven by the best of motives, “Freak Show” is haphazardly thrown together, full of unexplained contrivances and characters so pliably bendy to the whims of the contorted yet formulaic narrative that they might as well be made of pipe cleaners.

Continue reading ‘Freak Show’ With Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin & Bette Midler Is A Well-Intentioned Mess [Berlin Review] at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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‘Freak Show’ Review: Trudie Styler’s Directorial Debut Isn’t Nearly As Fabulous As Its Trans-Visionary Hero

16 February 2017 7:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s no denying that Billy Bloom is the most flamboyantly fabulous character in the history of high school movies — it’s not even close. A “trans-visionary gender obliviator” who’s been forcibly relocated from the liberal enclave of Darien, Ct (“hometown of Chloë Sevigny!”) to an anonymous red state somewhere in flyover country, Billy struts into the heartland like Boy George showing up for a round of golf at Mar-a-Lago.

In fact, he even dresses like Boy George on the first day of class, riling up the cartoonishly conservative student body in the process. The local teens, insufferable archetypes who range from a Trump-quoting mean girl to an All-American football star with half a brain and a heart of gold, have no idea what to make of the colorful new kid, and they don’t have the slightest prayer of keeping up with his restless creativity or the fearlessness »

- David Ehrlich

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Berlinale 2017: Freak Show Review

15 February 2017 9:02 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape


Though the shooting of Trudie Styler’s Freak Show predates the victory of a certain Donald Trump, it’s a film that feels remarkably pertinent, exploring the perpetual conflict between free-thinkers and the narrow-minded, the liberals against the ignorant – and how it seems that, in most cases these days, it’s the latter who come out on top. This is an incongruity that has been studiously, and playfully examined in this indelible drama, through the prism of cross-dressing teenager Billy Bloom.

Alex Lawther makes his American debut in the aforementioned role, a young man who thrives in being fabulous. Owing much to his eccentric, gloriously extravagant mother – who he affectionately calls Muv (Bette Midler), he is forced to go and live with his far more conservative father (Larry Pine) and thus begin life at a new school. Contemplating toning down his vibrant choice of attire, he thinks better of it, »

- Stefan Pape

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‘Freak Show’: Trudie Styler’s Helming Debut Takes On Bullying (& Bubbles) – Berlin

13 February 2017 7:14 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Actress and producer Trudie Styler makes her feature directorial debut with Freak Show which is world premiering in the Generation 14plus section at the Berlin Film Festival today. Alex Lawther stars with Bette Midler, Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox and AnnaSophia Robb in the story that’s based on James St James’ novel about school bullying and wearing your inner freak with pride. Check out an exclusive clip above. Lawther plays Billy Bloom, a boldly confident… »

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Berlinale 2017: 8 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

8 February 2017 10:44 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival bows in Germany later this week and with it, one of Europe’s most exciting and singular film festivals. As ever, the annual fest is playing home to dozens of feature films and short offerings, with picks aplenty from both modern masters and fresh faces. The Berlinale often breeds some of indie film’s most unexpected and unique standouts, so if it’s at the fest, it’s likely worth a look.

Read More: 5 Exciting Films in the 2017 Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup

Ahead, check out the 8 titles we are most excited to check out at this year’s festival.

“Have a Nice Day”

Expectations are high for this Chinese animated feature that marks the sophomore effort from director Liu Jiang, whose surreal debut “Piercing” offered an inventive look at modern day city life in China’s capital. If the gorgeous stills from »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Kate Erbland

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'Dirty Dancing' Turns 30! 9 Things You Didn't Know About the Iconic Film

27 January 2017 5:02 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In August, Dirty Dancing will celebrate 30 years since it first captivated audiences with its timeless tale, and Et is digging up some facts about the film that even hardcore fans might not know.

Watch: Abigail Breslin Is 'Stoked' About 'Dirty Dancing' Remake, Hopes to Do It Justice

1. Numerous pairings were considered to play the leads. Today, it's hard to imagine anyone besides Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the starring roles, but surprisingly, they weren't the first choice. The role of Johnny Castle was originally supposed to go to Val Kilmer, but he turned it down. Meanwhile, Grey could have lost the role of Baby Houseman to Sarah Jessica Parker or Sharon Stone, who both reportedly tried out for the part.

2. Some scenes in the movie were made up on the spot. "Tons of things were improvised," the late Swayze said in a featurette for the movie. "When I'm teaching Jennifer and I'm getting frustrated, trying to get »

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A Definitive Ranking of All of M. Night Shyamalan's Biggest Twists, From 'The Sixth Sense' to 'Split'

18 January 2017 3:28 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

There's a twisted little reveal at the end of M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personalities horror flick, Split -- though, that shouldn't come as a surprise to fans of the director, as an Omg!-worthy twist in the final act of the film has become his calling card in Hollywood. (Which wasn't always the case, as -- twist! -- he also wrote the script for Stuart Little.) As for how it stacks up against the twists of Shyamalan films past, we won't divulge the ending of Split here, but...

Massive spoilers for all other M. Night Shyamalan films ahead.

For Shyamalan's part, his favorite of his twists is in Signs. "I don’t know why, I find it so spiritual," he told Et. "The guy who lost faith and then remembers what his wife said. Then, he looks around the room and sees that his wife was talking about this moment. It always »

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Berlin Film Festival Reveals Final Films in Generations Sidebars Aimed at Young Audiences

13 January 2017 9:17 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin on Friday unveiled the final titles in its Generations sidebars, Generation 14plus and Generation Kplus, for films targeting younger audiences.

Freak Show, the directorial debut of British producer (and wife of Sting) Trudie Styler, will have its world premiere in Berlin's Generation 14plus section. The teen drama stars Alex Lawther as a student at a conservative high school who decides to campaign to become homecoming queen. Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, Laverne Cox, Larry Pine and Ian Nelson co-star.

Among the other world premieres in the Generations sidebar this year are Chinese drama The Foolish Bird, from Huang Ji and »

- Scott Roxborough

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See Which Stars Are on Board For the Dirty Dancing Remake

12 January 2017 2:20 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Dirty Dancing turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, ABC is remaking the classic. A release date has been set for March 24, and we can't contain our excitement. Not only is Abigail Breslin playing the iconic role of "Baby," but we have to admit, her love interest is pretty easy on the eyes. See which other stars are on board for the revival below. Related:5 Things You Should Know About the Dirty Dancing Reboot Before It Premieres22 Things Dirty Dancing Taught You Besides Dirty Dancing »

- Kelsie Gibson

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Scream Queens: Is Season Three Still Possible on Fox?

11 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

This time last year, during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Scream Queens was renewed for season two on Fox. While no renewal was announced this time around, there may be some hope yet for the comedy horror series. Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, and Billie Lourd star.Now, Deadline reports that although Fox entertainment president David Madden acknowledged its problematic linear ratings, he stressed the show's "solid multi-platform performance." That Scream Queens attracts "the elusive young audience," is a factor working in its favor.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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5 Things You Should Know About the Dirty Dancing Reboot Before It Premieres

11 January 2017 12:05 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

There are tons of reboots happening on TV this year, but one of the most anticipated has to be ABC's adaptation of Dirty Dancing. Not only does the TV movie time perfectly with the 30th anniversary of the original film, but it also has one stellar cast lined up. So, what do we know so far about the newest iteration of the iconic film? Check out all the details below, including the premiere date! The Cast The TV movie already has a fantastic cast lined up. Abigail Breslin is set to play the role of Baby with newcomer Colt Prattes as her love interest, Johnny. The Director There are definitely some great minds behind the production team. Wayne Blair will direct, and American Horror Story's Jessica Sharzer will write. Adam Anders and Peer Astrom, who previously worked on Glee, will also tackle music, and Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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‘Scream Queens’ Season 3? Fox Execs Give an Update

11 January 2017 9:56 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Will there be a third season of “Scream Queens?”

Following a sophomore season of declining overnight ratings, TV journalists asked Fox executives about the future status of “Scream Queens” at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Speaking to reporters, including Variety, at the Wednesday event in Pasadena, Calif., Fox’s Gary Newman and David Madden gave a slight update on the horror comedy anthology series. Though they didn’t say whether or not “Scream Queens” would be back for a third season, the execs did tell press members that they are happy with the show and its young demo.

“It’s very much still in consideration for a renewal,” Madden told Variety and a small group of reporters. “The ratings don’t tell the whole story; because it’s such a young audience, you can’t really even see the full picture even in L+3.”

Earlier in the morning at TCA, the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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ABC Midseason Premiere Dates: Once Upon a Time, Time After Time & More!

10 January 2017 5:15 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

If you were wondering what ABC had on the agenda for their midseason schedule, then wonder no more. 

The alphabet network announced a string of premiere dates during their panel at the TCA winter press tour. 

Once Upon a Time will return after a three-month hiatus on Sunday, March 5.

Time After Time will debut out of the magical drama's winter premiere. 

Time After Time will get a two-hour premiere, and will settle into the 9 pm slot for the the remainder of the season. 

This new series comes from Kevin Williamson - the man who brought us the likes of The Vampire Diaries and The Following

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Sunday nights are tough to launch new shows, so we'll have to wait and see if the series can buck the trend.

American Crime will debut the following week, out of Time After Time

When We Rise is slated to debut Monday, »

- Paul Dailly

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Have Been Laid to Rest, Together

6 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Carrie Fisher and her mother, the legendary actress Debbie Reynolds, were laid to rest together at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in La on Friday. The mother-daughter duo, who heartbreakingly passed away within a day of each other last month, were celebrated by famous friends and family members including Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, and daughter, Billie Lourd; Billie's Scream Queens costars Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, and Abigail Breslin, as well as her boyfriend Taylor Lautner, were all in attendance. While Carrie was recently cremated - her brother, Todd, was spotted carrying an urn shaped like a Prozac capsule - the 60-year-old Star Wars icon's ashes were buried in a coffin next to Debbie's. Billie spoke out for the first time about the loss of her mother and grandmother earlier in the week, writing, "Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during »

- Brittney Stephens

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