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Film Review: ‘Daisy Winters’

Film Review: ‘Daisy Winters’
Four months after writer-director Beth Lamure wrapped production on her first movie, “Daisy Winters,” she took her own life. Her spirit is palpable in the film she’d just finished editing, a small, but clearly heartfelt story about an 11-year-old named Daisy (Sterling Jerins) who is obsessed with death — and with good reason. Her single mother Sandy (Brooke Shields) has been battling cancer for five years, and if mom loses the fight, orphaned Daisy will be forced to live with Aunt Margaret (Carrie Preston), a kid-spanking snob eager to instill discipline in the morbid child. What happens next is at once improbable and emotionally sincere, a Hallmark card with warped edges, and a strong central performance by Jerins (“Paterson,” “The Conjuring”), who’s a young actress to watch.

Five minutes into the film, it’s clear that Daisy is an unusually brutal girl. She’s at the dinner table when her mother’s best friend Suzy (Kathy
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“Gypsy” Actress Poorna Jagannathan to Topline Pippa Bianco’s Feature Directorial Debut

Jagannathan in “The Night Of

“Gypsy” and “The Night Of” actress Poorna Jagannathan has been tapped to lead Pippa Bianco’s first feature film. She will portray a mother seeking justice after an explicit video of her teen daughter is spread across town, Variety writes.

The untitled project will be adapted from Bianco’s 2015 award-winning short “Share.” Not many other details are known at the moment, but the source describes Jagannathan’s role as “tough, spirited, and active but relaxed.”

A24 will distribute the project. Carly Hugo, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Matt Parker, Tyler Byrne are producing.

Bianco received Cannes’ Cinefondation Award and SXSW’s Special Jury Award for Narrative Short for “Share.” She also directed the documentary short “Picturing Barbara Kruger,” has a story credit on “Bleed for This,” and worked on Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette” and Vera Farmiga’s “Higher Ground.”

Susan Johnson’s “Carrie Pilby,” “The Blacklist,” “Room 104,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” are among Jagannathan’s screen credits.

“Gypsy” Actress Poorna Jagannathan to Topline Pippa Bianco’s Feature Directorial Debut was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Film News Roundup: Poorna Jagannathan Starring in Pippa Bianco Drama (Exclusive)

In today’s film news roundup, Poorna Jagannathan has booked the lead role in the Untitled Pippa Bianco project, Warner Bros. dates “Crazy Rich Asians,” and former Relativity exec Linda Benjamin joins Covert Media.

Castings

Poorna Jagannathan has booked the lead role in the Untitled Pippa Bianco project, based on her award-winning 11-minute short film “Share,” Variety has learned exclusively.

A24 is distributing the film with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Matt Parker, Carly Hugo and Tyler Byrne producing. Jagannathan will play a tough, spirited, and active but relaxed mother. Her life changes forever when she discovers an extremely disturbing video of her daughter is spreading around her hometown and she decides to fight for justice.

Jagannathan is best known for series regular role as Safar Khan in HBO’s “The Night Of.” Most recently, she was a series regular on the Naomi Watts/Netflix series “Gypsy” and part of the ensemble cast for HBO’s anthology series
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TV Review: The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 4: The Endling (No. 44) [NBC]

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  The Blacklist: The Endling (No. 44) Review The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 4: The Endling (No. 44) emphasizes the tragic backstory of its antagonist to the detriment of any sense of menace they might have possessed . In the wide, wide world of Blacklisters, Nirah Ahmad (Poorna Jagannathan) is nowhere near the worst. While others like Greyson Blaise are memorable [...]

Continue reading: TV Review: The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 4: The Endling (No. 44) [NBC]
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Charlie Plummer Joins Adaptation of Pippa Bianco’s Short 'Share' (Exclusive)

Charlie Plummer Joins Adaptation of Pippa Bianco’s Short 'Share' (Exclusive)
Charlie Plummer, who will soon be seen in the Jean Paul Getty movie All the Money in the World, has joined A24's untitled Pippa Bianco project.

The film, which A24 will distribute, is based on Bianco's short film Share, which centered on a teenage girl whose life is torn apart after the release of a disturbing video at her small-town high school. The 11-minute short won prizes at both SXSW and Cannes.

Newcomer Rhianne Barreto is starring as Mandy in the feature version along with Plummer. Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie and Lovie Simone also are attached. Plummer will play a...
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‘Room 104’: ‘The Internet’ Went Back in Time and Proved Why HBO Was Right to Renew This Show

‘Room 104’: ‘The Internet’ Went Back in Time and Proved Why HBO Was Right to Renew This Show
HBO renewing “Room 104” was one of the biggest no-brainers in the network’s recent history. Even with the specific connective tissue of the show, this series has already proven that it can be nearly anything that it wants to be. As evidenced by the first five episodes of the series, these stories can span ages, life situations, and genres of storytelling. Episode 5 even transcended time, delivering with “The Internet” the story of a mother and son connecting in more ways than expected in a story set 20 years ago.

Even within the cozy confines of 1997, director Doug Emmett (making his TV directorial debut, no less) brings a different kind of energy to the opening of the episode. Those quick cuts not only signal a new kind of “Room 104” story, it gets the audience right in the mind of Anish, a young writer set to finish his debut novel before
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‘Room 104’: ‘The Internet’ Went Back in Time and Proved Why HBO Was Right to Renew This Show

‘Room 104’: ‘The Internet’ Went Back in Time and Proved Why HBO Was Right to Renew This Show
HBO renewing “Room 104” was one of the biggest no-brainers in the network’s recent history. Even with the specific connective tissue of the show, this series has already proven that it can be nearly anything that it wants to be. As evidenced by the first five episodes of the series, these stories can span ages, life situations, and genres of storytelling. Episode 5 even transcended time, delivering with “The Internet” the story of a mother and son connecting in more ways than expected in a story set 20 years ago.

Even within the cozy confines of 1997, director Doug Emmett (making his TV directorial debut, no less) brings a different kind of energy to the opening of the episode. Those quick cuts not only signal a new kind of “Room 104” story, it gets the audience right in the mind of Anish, a young writer set to finish his debut novel before
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Gypsy: Cancelled by Netflix; No Season Two for Psychological Thriller Series

It looks like the Gypsy TV show won't have a happy ending. The psychological thriller TV show has been cancelled by Netflix after one season of 10 episodes. The entire first season was released on June 30th.Gypsy centers on Manhattan psychologist Jean Holloway (Naomi Watts). Despite her seemingly perfect life with her husband Michael (Billy Crudup), Jean starts to form inappropriate, intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. As the boundaries between her professional life and personal fantasies crumble, her desires push her to sink to new lows. Jean is in danger of completely losing touch with reality. The rest of the cast includes Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton, Karl Glusman, Melanie Liburd, Poorna Jagannathan, Brenda Vaccaro, and Brooke Bloom. Read More…
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Room 104

Network: HBO. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: July 28, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Jay Duplass, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Hay, Poorna Jagannathan, Orlando Jones, Ethan Kent, Gavin Kent, Amy Landecker, Konstantin Lavysh, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Keta Meggett, Natalie Morgan, Ross Partridge, Karan Soni, Dendrie Taylor, Tony Todd, Will Tranfo, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman and Nat Wolff. TV show description: An anthology series from Mark Duplass and his brother Jay, who also acts in the program, the Room 104 TV show centers on the continuing action, in a single room in an American motel.
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The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’

The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’
[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]

Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.

The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.

Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for
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The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’

The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’
[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]

Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.

The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.

Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for
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How ‘The Night Of’ Became a Cinematic Quality Procedural and Hitchcockian Thriller

How ‘The Night Of’ Became a Cinematic Quality Procedural and Hitchcockian Thriller
Richard Price and Steven Zaillian’s “The Night Of” balanced cinematic production values with the miniseries capacity to dig deeper into details that are necessary for delivering the procedural goods.

The HBO miniseries was like “The Verdict” meets “Law and Order,” with its cultural and political overtones, exploring the ugliness of New York City’s criminal justice system, where it’s a matter of survival for everyone.

The Night Of” is also Hitchcockian in its destruction of innocence and freedom. What starts as a sexual fantasy for Pakistani-American college student Naz Khan (Riz Ahmed) – who picks up an alluring young woman, Andrea (Sofia Black-d’Elia), in his father’s cab – ends in a surreal nightmare when he wakes up and finds her brutally stabbed to death. Khan is an easy suspect for Detective Box (Bill Camp) and a gift for struggling attorney John Stone (Emmy-nominated John Turturro).

The Night Of
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Poster, trailer and episode synopses for the Duplass Brothers’ anthology series Room 104

With less than a month to go until its season premiere, HBO has released a poster and trailer for the upcoming Duplass Brothers-produced anthology series Room 104, along with titles and synopses for all 12 episodes; take a look below…

Episode #1: “Ralphie”

Debut: Friday, July 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight Et/Pt)

Things go horribly awry when a babysitter (Melonie Diaz) arrives at Room 104 to watch an unusual boy named Ralph (Ethan Kent). Ross Partridge also stars.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.

Episode #2: “Pizza Boy”

Debut: Friday, Aug. 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

A pizza delivery boy gets caught up in a couple’s twisted games. James Van Der Beek and Davie-Blue star.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice.

Episode #3: “The Knockadoo”

Debut: Friday, Aug. 11 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

A woman (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris) seeking salvation is visited by a cult priest (Orlando Jones
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Room 104: HBO Releases New Trailer for Duplass Bros TV Show

"This is the moment you enter the unknown." Today, HBO released a new trailer for their upcoming TV show Room 104.Created by Mark and Jay Duplass, the half-hour anthology series follows the different people who pass through an average motel room. The ensemble cast includes Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Jay Duplass, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Hay, Poorna Jagannathan, and Orlando Jones.Read More…
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‘Gypsy’ Spoiler Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Bad Binge Habits, and Naomi Watts’ Worst Character Ever

‘Gypsy’ Spoiler Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Bad Binge Habits, and Naomi Watts’ Worst Character Ever
Heading into “Gypsy,” the new Netflix original series starring Naomi Watts, there was a lot to be excited about. Watts, first and foremost, was the main reason to anticipate the 10-episode “psychological thriller,” but the first season also stars the great, under-appreciated talent of Billy Crudup, an actor who’s given the best supporting performances of his career in female-centered films like “20th Century Women” and “Jackie.”

And “Gypsy” is a story driven by women: Watts carries the weight of the series as Jean Holloway, but she’s surrounded by a largely female cast and crew: Sophie Cookson, as the mysterious love interest, Sidney; Lucy Boynton as Jean’s troubled patient, Allison; Poorna Jagannathan as Jean’s best friend and co-worker, Larin; Brenda Vaccaro as a worried mother and patient named Claire, and, of course, series creator Lisa Rubin and premiere director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Read More: ‘Sense8’ Lives! Netflix and
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‘Gypsy’ Spoiler Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Bad Binge Habits, and Naomi Watts’ Worst Character Ever

‘Gypsy’ Spoiler Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Bad Binge Habits, and Naomi Watts’ Worst Character Ever
Heading into “Gypsy,” the new Netflix original series starring Naomi Watts, there was a lot to be excited about. Watts, first and foremost, was the main reason to anticipate the 10-episode “psychological thriller,” but the first season also stars the great, under-appreciated talent of Billy Crudup, an actor who’s given the best supporting performances of his career in female-centered films like “20th Century Women” and “Jackie.”

And “Gypsy” is a story driven by women: Watts carries the weight of the series as Jean Holloway, but she’s surrounded by a largely female cast and crew: Sophie Cookson, as the mysterious love interest, Sidney; Lucy Boynton as Jean’s troubled patient, Allison; Poorna Jagannathan as Jean’s best friend and co-worker, Larin; Brenda Vaccaro as a worried mother and patient named Claire, and, of course, series creator Lisa Rubin and premiere director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Read More: ‘Sense8’ Lives! Netflix and
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‘Room 104’ Premiere: Mark Duplass Stuns Atx with Genre-Bending HBO Anthology Series

Jay and Mark Duplass are creators who don’t like to be put in a box, even if they’re making six hours of television set within the same four walls.

Room 104,” the new HBO anthology series from the Duplass brothers, tells individual, episodic stories in each of its 12 half-hour installments, and all 12 are set within the same cheap, dingy hotel room. The first episode, which premiered at the Atx TV Festival Saturday evening, is a lot closer to Mark Duplass’ work in indie films “Creep” and “The One I Love” than the brothers’ former HBO comedy.

During a panel discussion following the episode, Duplass said he felt inspired by the constraints of the premise.

“I have something like 218 ideas in a Word document on my computer,” Duplass said.

Noting how it felt like he was back making low-budget indie films, Duplass said he wrote seven of the 12 episodes
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‘Room 104’ Premiere: Mark Duplass Stuns Atx with Genre-Bending HBO Anthology Series

Jay and Mark Duplass are creators who don’t like to be put in a box, even if they’re making six hours of television set within the same four walls.

Room 104,” the new HBO anthology series from the Duplass brothers, tells individual, episodic stories in each of its 12 half-hour installments, and all 12 are set within the same cheap, dingy hotel room. The first episode, which premiered at the Atx TV Festival Saturday evening, is a lot closer to Mark Duplass’ work in indie films “Creep” and “The One I Love” than the brothers’ former HBO comedy.

During a panel discussion following the episode, Duplass said he felt inspired by the constraints of the premise.

“I have something like 218 ideas in a Word document on my computer,” Duplass said.

Noting how it felt like he was back making low-budget indie films, Duplass said he wrote seven of the 12 episodes
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Gypsy: Netflix Unveils Trailer for Naomi Watts Drama Series

"You blurred so many boundaries." This week, Netflix released the official trailer for their upcoming TV series Gypsy.The drama centers on Jean Halloway (Naomi Watts), a therapist who "begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people closely connected to the patients that walk through her door every day." The cast also includes Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton, Poorna Jagannathan, and Karl Glusman.Read More…
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Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Dramas That You Need to Watch

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As viewers embrace the idea that TV has firmly become a year-round event, the prospects of television dramas in the summer are better than they’ve ever been. No longer just a time for blockbusters in giant multiplexes, the small screen’s gotten into the summer game.

With that extra attention to the summer schedule, there’s a chance for new shows on new networks to make a play for your TV watching attention.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

IndieWire has put together a list of 20 TV dramas that should be on your must-see calendar for the rest of the summer. Some of these are the familiar conversation-starters, but others are brand-new titles that could make a dent in the warmest months of the year.

As we did for our summer comedy preview earlier this week, we’ve included the networks and premiere dates,
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