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The First Season of HBO’s “Room 104” is Over 50 Percent Women-Directed

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Year after year we’re disappointed by “Game of Thrones,” an addictive and entertaining series that clearly prides itself on its depictions of powerful female characters yet doesn’t hire women to helm episodes. Happily a new show on HBO boasts a much more female-friendly directing roster. The first season of “Room 104” premieres on the premium cable network today, and women directed or co-directed eight of its 12 episodes, amounting to about 67 percent of the season. Helmers include So Yong Kim (“Transparent”), Megan Griffiths (“The Night Stalker”), and Anna Boden (“The Affair”) — the latter having co-directed with frequent collaborator Ryan Fleck. (The pair have signed on to direct Brie Larson-starrer “Captain Marvel.”)

Created by Mark and Jay Duplass, the anthology series is set in room 104 of a low-budget U.S. hotel and follows all of the drama that occurs therein. As great as it is to see so many women directors employed in a season of television, it’s especially noteworthy — and heartening — because “Room 104” is created by men.

Series that have made headlines for employing high numbers of women directors like “Call the Midwife,” “Transparent,” “Queen Sugar,” “Jessica Jones,” “Harlots,” and “Gypsy” all have something in common: they were created by women. “Regardless of platform, programs with at least one women creator and/or executive producer featured higher percentages of women in other key behind-the-scenes roles,” Dr. Martha Lauzen concluded in her study of the 2015–16 TV season. That same report found that women directors accounted for just eight percent of directors on cable and streaming shows.

So kudos to the Duplass brothers, who presumably made a conscious effort to ensure that “Room 104” wasn’t directed solely — or mostly — by men. And maybe they didn’t intentionally seek out women and just chose the best people for the job — that’s cool too. It shows that they don’t have narrow-minded views about what a director looks like.

See below for a list of “Room 104's” women directors.

Sarah Adina Smith (two episodes)

So Yong Kim

Dayna Hanson

Megan Griffiths (two episodes)

Marta Cunningham

Anna Boden (with Ryan Fleck)

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17 (!) New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in September 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each

17 (!) New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in September 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each
[Editor’s Note: Typically, we recommend six or seven series newly available on Netflix in the coming month, but this September is chock full of choices — in part because fall shows are starting up again and networks want to make sure fans are caught up on prior seasons. So, this month, we’ve selected 17 high-priority choices and have highlighted our favorites. Choose for yourself, or settle in for the ultimate binge.]

1. “Easy” Season 1 (available September 22)

Why Should I Watch It? Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash and Elizabeth Reaser star in this new eight-episode anthology series, but even that kind of star power can’t compete with a brilliant creator. Good thing “Easy” springs from the mind of indie favorite Joe Swanberg. The “Uncle Kent” and “Drinking Buddies” writer-director is taking on his first TV series with a comfortable setting — Chicago — and subject — “love, sex, technology and culture.” We can’t wait.

Best Episode: Every episode Aya Cash appears in will be the best, so hopefully she’s in every single one.

Read More: Netflix Orders Joe Swanberg Anthology Series, ‘Easy,’ Starring Orlando Bloom, Aya Cash and More

2. “Call the Midwife” Season 5 (available September 19)

Why Should I Watch It? I know, I know. We badger you about this every year,
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17 (!) New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in September 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each

  • Indiewire
17 (!) New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in September 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each
[Editor’s Note: Typically, we recommend six or seven series newly available on Netflix in the coming month, but this September is chock full of choices — in part because fall shows are starting up again and networks want to make sure fans are caught up on prior seasons. So, this month, we’ve selected 17 high-priority choices and have highlighted our favorites. Choose for yourself, or settle in for the ultimate binge.]

1. “Easy” Season 1 (available September 22)

Why Should I Watch It? Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash and Elizabeth Reaser star in this new eight-episode anthology series, but even that kind of star power can’t compete with a brilliant creator. Good thing “Easy” springs from the mind of indie favorite Joe Swanberg. The “Uncle Kent” and “Drinking Buddies” writer-director is taking on his first TV series with a comfortable setting — Chicago — and subject — “love, sex, technology and culture.” We can’t wait.

Best Episode: Every episode Aya Cash appears in will be the best, so hopefully she’s in every single one.

Read More: Netflix Orders Joe Swanberg Anthology Series, ‘Easy,’ Starring Orlando Bloom, Aya Cash and More

2. “Call the Midwife” Season 5 (available September 19)

Why Should I Watch It? I know, I know. We badger you about this every year,
See full article at Indiewire »

Netflix Orders A 'Punisher' Spinoff Starring Jon Bernthal

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Netflix Orders A 'Punisher' Spinoff Starring Jon Bernthal
As has been long rumored and suspected, "The Punisher" is getting its very own spinoff from Netflix's popular Marvel series "Daredevil." Entertainment Weekly reports that Marvel has ordered a new series from the online streaming outfit that will focus on Jon Bernthal's Punisher character, recently introduced in Season 2 of their popular "Daredevil" series. The official announcement is expected to drop today. Read More: Review: 'Marvel's Daredevil' Season 2 Doesn't Disappoint, But Doesn't Leave Us Craving More Per EW, writer and producer Steve Lightfoot ("Hannibal," "Casualty") will serve as the series' show runner.  "The Punisher" will be the sixth series collaboration between Netflix and Marvel Television, including both "Daredevil" (their first) and "Jessica Jones," along with upcoming offerings like "Luke Cage," "Iron Fist" and "The Defenders."  Read...
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Interview: Tom Tyrwhitt

  • Pure Movies
This is an interview with writer and director Tom Tyrwhitt for his new film, Hush Your Mouth, starring Khalid Abdalla, Coshti Dowden, Cornell John, Jessica Jones,Adam Kay and Jason Maza. Writer and director Tom Tyrwhitt has just released his gritty, UK street drama Hush Your Mouth on DVD and is a fast-rising name in Brit indie film circles. Here he talks to Pure Movies about growing up in East London, how he went about making his first feature film, and why it’s definitely not “like Adulthood on crack.” Oh, and don’t expect any extra deleted scenes on his DVD releases either...
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Interview with Hush Your Mouth Director Tom Tyrwhitt

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Hush Your Mouth was released on DVD yesterday. It’s a gritty look at a young man’s way of coping after his brother is killed. The movie looks at how he, his sister and his mother cope with this tragedy as well as following the way in which the police track down who committed the crime. Hush Your Mouth features a cast which includes Jay Simpson , Jason Maza, Jessica Jones and Coshti Dowden.

We got to interview writer / director, Tom Tyrwhitt about the movie which you can see below:

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HeyUGuys: You’re continuing a British tradition of taking an unflinching look at life in the capital – what films or directors influenced you in your work?

Tom Tyrwhitt: I didn’t really look at any London films when writing or directing Hush Your Mouth. I wanted it to have sections and sequences that were all about action and sound
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Competition: Hush Your Mouth – DVD Competition

  • Pure Movies
This is a competition to win a dvd of Hush Your Mouth, directed by Tom Tyrwhitt starring Khalid Abdalla , Coshti Dowden, Cornell John, Jessica Jones,Adam Kay and Jason Maza. In Silvertown, London's least shiny quarter, a young man stands up to stop what he sees as evil and his friends see as fun. He dies for being a grass but his reasons and his convictions sink with him into the dirty water of the Thames. His brother Leo (Jason Maza), shattered by the death, struggles to understand why his friend Isaiah is apparently guilty of the murder. While his half-sister starts an unwitting relationship with the real killer and his mother sinks deeper into grief it is left to 17 year old Leo to avoid easy revenge, take unpopular action and uncover the uncomfortable truth.
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