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‘Homeland’ Season 7 Premiere Date and Trailer: If Claire Danes Can’t Save America, Who Can? — Watch

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‘Homeland’ Season 7 Premiere Date and Trailer: If Claire Danes Can’t Save America, Who Can? — Watch
Homeland” season seven now has a premiere date and trailer, because America needs to know what Claire Danes will do next, damnit. The political thriller will return on Sunday, February 11. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

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Here’s what’s in store this time around: “At the end of last season, following an assassination attempt on her life, President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) broke her promise to Carrie (Danes) by arresting 200 members of the intelligence community without bringing charges against them, including Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). As season seven begins, Carrie has left her job in the White House and moved back to D.C. and is living with her sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) to take on the Keane administration and secure the release of the 200.”

Read More:‘Homeland’ Finale Review: Season 6 Ended With a Complicated
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold
There are far worse ways to study history than watching “The Crown” — high school history class comes to mind, especially at schools with misplaced teachers like Mr. Kraz. But there are better ways, as well, even in television’s incomplete, sensationalized fashion. Pertinent period details frame series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men,” or there are meaningful tales told of specific historical figures like “John Adams,” the “Band of Brothers,” and “The Young Pope.” (Hey, the future will one day be historical, too, and Lenny will be pope.)

What separates these programs from Netflix’s new crown jewel is an opinion; a stance, one way or another, on what all this means; a personality of its own making rather than a suffocating allegiance to facts. And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant,
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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Zombies Still Have Legs, But Miss a Step As ‘The Good Doctor’ Takes a Bite — Ratings Watch

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‘The Walking Dead’ Zombies Still Have Legs, But Miss a Step As ‘The Good Doctor’ Takes a Bite — Ratings Watch
The Walking Dead” remains far, far away from the ratings graveyard. The show’s Season 8 opener, which also doubled as its landmark 100th episode, was the week’s top-rated program among adults 18-49, even leapfrogging over NFL football.

But without the benefit of a major cliffhanger like last season, AMC’s “Dead” plunged from last year’s opener (when [it’s been a year, but spoiler alert nonetheless] Glenn and Abraham were brutally murdered on screen). With three days of DVR and video-on-demand usage included, “The Walking Dead” posted a 6.8 rating in live+3 ratings among adults 18-49 this past Sunday (down from 10.8 last year) and attracted 15 million viewers (down from 20.8 million viewers).

In live viewership, “The Walking Dead” dipped to its lowest-rated premiere since Season 3. The show’s erosion allowed a very different kind of drama to surpass it in total viewers: ABC’s surging “The Good Doctor,” which jumped 52 percent in viewers (from 10.6 million to 16.1 million) after three days of time-shifted playback,
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Fox Lands Father-Son Comedy From Morgan Murphy With Penalty

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to an untitled half-hour multi-camera father-son comedy from Morgan Murphy (Two Broke Girls) 3Arts Entertainment, ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Murphy, the comedy is set in the world’s most colorful bar in Mexico. When a man moves back to his hometown and opens his dream business, he is dismayed when his rudderless adult son follows him and he realizes his parenting days aren’t over. Murphy executive…
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How ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Helped Trumpeter Lee Morgan’s Friends Find Peace With His Tragic Death

How ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Helped Trumpeter Lee Morgan’s Friends Find Peace With His Tragic Death
Jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot and killed at a jazz club in 1972 at just 33 years old — by his wife, Helen Morgan. Kasper Collin brings the trumpet prodigy to life in the documentary “I Called Him Morgan,” telling the story of his career and his tragic death through interviews with Helen recorded by a jazz DJ one month before her own death in 1996, as well as Morgan’s jazz peers.

Read More:‘I Called Him Morgan’ Review: A Bittersweet Documentary About the Woman Who Saved a Jazz Legend’s Life (And Then Killed Him)

After a screening at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, who appears in the documentary, reflected on his friend’s life and death, as well as what the effect it had on the jazz community.

“He was his own worst enemy, but he was a brilliant person,” Mapuin said. “He was
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Emmy Crafts: Inside The Toughest Races and the Biggest Trends

Emmy Crafts: Inside The Toughest Races and the Biggest Trends
The Upside Down of “Stranger Things” became an apt metaphor for this divisive year, and, maybe not so strangely, “Stranger Things,” along with several other Best Drama Emmy contenders, offered unifying themes to combat the forces of oppression, hate, and turmoil.

These included “Westworld,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and “Big Little Lies.” And, not surprisingly, they all offered stellar craftsmanship in support of their unifying themes.

The Crown

Showrunner Peter Morgan told IndieWire that his biggest takeaway has been the realization of the necessary bond between the monarchy and Parliament. “Sometimes the monarchy screws up and sometimes the politicians screw up,” he said. “And it takes one or the other to fix the problem.”

In Season 1, that unity is forged between young Queen Elizabeth II (nominated Claire Foy) and that old war horse, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow). Together, they help Great
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‘Women Who Kill’ Trailer: Ingrid Jungermann Examines Female Serial Killers via True Crime Podcasts — Watch

‘Women Who Kill’ Trailer: Ingrid Jungermann Examines Female Serial Killers via True Crime Podcasts — Watch
“Hottest female serial killer ever? That’s a tough call.” Film festivals spanning from London to Los Angeles have been rocked by the newest rom-com-horror movie that is “Women Who Kill.”

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The film follows two locally famous true crime podcasters who are obsessed with female serial killers and happen to be ex-girlfriends. Fairly early on we see that Morgan is a bit of a commitment-phobe, something that plays heavily into the storyline later on. Between conjugal visits to various female murderers and hours spent recording podcasts debating which executioner is the hottest of them all, Morgan meets a new love interest named Simone during a shift at a food co-op, and that’s when things take a turn for the peculiar.

Ingrid Jungermann (“F to 7th,” “The Slope,” “Lyle”) plays the role of lead actor,
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Tracy Morgan’s Lawyer Denies $90 Million Payout in Walmart Suit — and Says Forcing Him to Testify Would Make Him a ‘Victim Again'

Tracy Morgan’s Lawyer Denies $90 Million Payout in Walmart Suit — and Says Forcing Him to Testify Would Make Him a ‘Victim Again'
Tracy Morgan‘s lawyer said he “will do every single thing in his power” to prevent the comedian from testifying in an insurance dispute over Walmart’s multi-million dollar payout to Morgan over the 2014 deadly bus crash that left him in a coma for over a week.

Benedict Morelli told CBS This Morning Tuesday that the 48-year-old comedian will not sit for a seven-hour deposition for good reason: He has “nothing relevant” to add to the case.

“He was a victim once, we’re not going to allow him to be a victim again,” he said. “And you have to
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise Picks Up ‘Women Who Kill’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise Picks Up ‘Women Who Kill’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Mubi has acquired the U.S., U.K. and Ireland rights to Philippe Garrel’s “Lover for a Day” (“L’Amant d’un jour”), which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Sacd prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild, shared with Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In.”
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5 Rawest (and Funniest) Moments About Tracy Morgan’s Coma and Recovery from Staying Alive

5 Rawest (and Funniest) Moments About Tracy Morgan’s Coma and Recovery from Staying Alive
Nearly two years after Tracy Morgan survived a deadly bus crash in 2014, the comedian is opening up about his recovery in the new Netflix comedy special Staying Alive.

“Some days were dark and some days were okay,” he admits.

Though most of the special is full of the trademark Morgan crassness that made him a fan-favorite on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, his hour-long routine is also full of personal stories about his long recovery.

His Injuries

“I suffered some terrible injuries – traumatic brain injury. I broke every bone in my face, my ribs. I pulverized my femur,” he says.
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'Girls'' Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham Plot Tour Behind Feminist Newsletter

'Girls'' Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham Plot Tour Behind Feminist Newsletter
Days after the series finale of their acclaimed HBO series Girls, co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner announced a tour behind their weekly feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. The six-date trek kicks off May 31st in St. Louis and wraps June 6th in Milwaukee. Tickets go on sale Friday. Lenny subscribers can access a special code for a presale launching Wednesday, April 26th.

During the Lenny: America Irl Tour, Dunham will be joined by nine other Lenny contributors: comedian/Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata, poet Jenny Zhang, novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge,
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Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival
Every festival offers up the possibility of discovering something new — new stars, new films, new shows, new platforms — and this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is no different. Now in its sixteenth year, the New York City-set festival continues to grow and change, while constantly embracing what’s new and what’s next. The 2017 edition of the festival includes plenty of rising names to get excited about, from writers and directors to actors and actual platforms for hot content delivery. Who’s going to change the industry in the coming years? We’ve got some ideas.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19 – 30. Check out some of the hottest breakouts to watch out for at the fest.

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Brian Shoaf, writer and director, “Aardvark

Not much is known about Brian Shoaf, whose IMDb page is currently topped
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‘Step’ Trailer: Sundance Documentary Winner Positioned As A Summer Crowdpleaser — Watch

‘Step’ Trailer: Sundance Documentary Winner Positioned As A Summer Crowdpleaser — Watch
Amanda Lipitz’s “Step,” which won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017, follows a group of young women determined to be the first in their families to go to college. Set in Baltimore, these young women use their high school step team, Lethal Ladies, as an expressive outlet to cope with the hardships of home life and pressures of school work.

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Step” illustrates the determination of these young women. After seeing the film at Sundance, Fox Searchlight acquired “Step” for roughly $4 million. The film is scheduled for release on August 4, and Searchlight plans a feature adaptation.

To catch a glimpse of these young women, check out the trailer for “Step” below:

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life’ Ends The Season With An Adequately Satisfying Bang

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life’ Ends The Season With An Adequately Satisfying Bang
Last Week’S Review: ‘Something They Need’ Has A Lot Going On, But Little To Show For It

Whose Episode Is It?

It’s the Season 7 finale, so everyone is accounted for, and I mean everyone. (Except, weirdly, for Gregory. I guess Xander Berkley don’t come cheap?) The whole company is on hand for what turns out to be a surprisingly effective action climax. I know I said last week that there were very few specific stakes heading into the finale, which remains true, but “First Day” does its darndest to set up a plausible situation where all the various factions can come together to slug it out, even if it’s all just set up for next year’s big war. Of course most of the goodwill is undercut by a punishing 90-minute runtime and a last-minute descent into mawkish sentimentality, but it’s still better than expected.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Everyone Gets a Chance To Bury The Hatchet In ‘The Other Side’

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Everyone Gets a Chance To Bury The Hatchet In ‘The Other Side’
Last Week’S Review: ‘Bury Me Here’ Pushes Morgan to the Breaking Point

[Spoilers follow for “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 14, “The Other Side.”]

Whose Episode Is It?

We’re back at the Hilltop, which means it’s time to see if Sasha and Rosita can pull off their attempt to assassinate Negan. Meanwhile, the Saviors drop by unexpectedly, giving Maggie and Daryl a chance for a heart-to-heart, and giving Gregory a chance to grovel to Simon, The Only Savior That Matters. The episode seems mostly to be an excuse to give Rosita some semblance of character development,

something she’s been sorely lacking over her four seasons on the show. It’s also mostly set-up for a cliffhanger to lead us into the final two episodes. It’s serviceable on both counts.

A Shred of Humanity

The Hilltop rebellion seems to be in full swing, as Sasha and Maggie train the townspeople in self-defense (in the woods, away from Gregory
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Will Turn Its Attention to ‘Prince Philip’s Complexity’

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Will Turn Its Attention to ‘Prince Philip’s Complexity’
Heavy is the head that’s adjacent to the crown.

In the second season of Netflix’s “The Crown,” Queen Elizabeth won’t be dominating the spotlight this time. At the Royal Television Society’s “The Crown: Deconstructing the Coronation” in London on Tuesday night, the show’s creator Peter Morgan revealed that the new season’s “soul is about Prince Philip’s complexity,” reports Elle.

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When last we left “The Crown,” Prince Philip (Matt Smith) was setting off to open the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne and extend his trip with a five-month royal tour. The tension between him and Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) had not eased, and he saw this trip as a betrayal — her dismissing him as a problem.

Morgan confirmed that Season 2 “continues exactly where we left off, so the years that it
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Bury Me Here’ Pushes Morgan to the Breaking Point

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Bury Me Here’ Pushes Morgan to the Breaking Point
Last Week’S Review: ‘Say Yes’ Is A Good Old-Fashioned Zombie Fight

[Spoilers follow for “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 13, “Bury Me Here.”]

Whose Episode Is It?

We’re with the Kingdom this week, and Morgan takes center stage. Morgan’s story this week is so central, in fact, that his decisions eclipse the ostensibly important key decisions of other characters, dulling the impact of the overall story. It also doesn’t help that the first half of “Bury Me Here” plays out in extremely predictable fashion.

A Shred of Humanity

I’ve always been fascinated by the way “The Walking Dead” approaches Morgan, since he’s one of the only characters to preach non-violence on a show that often endorses the opposite (remember when Tyreese got put in the “Kill more or I kill this baby” situation?). So it was probably just a matter of time before the show found a way to get Morgan back on the murder train,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Rick Goes Dumpster Diving in ‘New Best Friends’

Last Week’S Review: Rick Goes Recruiting in ‘Rock In The Road

Whose Episode Is It?

Two main plotlines run through “New Best Friends”: The Ricketeers meet a new group of truly odd survivors, and Daryl considers his options in the Kingdom and reunites with Carol. This gives the episode a bit of tonal whiplash, since the Rick stuff is downright goofy (yes, goofier than the Kingdom), while Daryl and Carol’s scenes are emotionally fraught. Still, both storylines are satisfying in their own way.

Yet Another Human Faction

Hoo boy, this new group introduced this week. They take Rick and the others to their lair, which is a huge garbage dump. Rick’s still grinning, because he’s happy to recruit anyone into his war, even this group of high-wattage mega-weirdos. The Dumpsters are more like a post-apocalypse faction you’d find in “Mad Max”; they speak in short,
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