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Ben Vereen Joins Cast of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' as Dr. Everett Scott

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Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen has joined the cast of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as Dr. Everett Scott. He'll play the ex-science teacher now working for the Bureau of Investigation looking into UFOs and ends up at the castle while searching for his nephew, Eddie. Vereen joins a cast that already includes Laverne Cox (as Dr. Frank-n-Furter), Victoria Justice (as Janet), Ryan McCartan (as Brad), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Staz Nair (Rocky), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), Christina Milian (Magenta) and Tim Curry, the original Frank-n-Furter, who returns as the show's Criminologist Narrator. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Lou Adler and Gail Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Ortega will also direct and choreograph. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" remake is set to air fall 2016 on Fox. The two-hour event is a reimagining of the cult. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 'The Americans' Season 4 Trailer Teases Big Trouble

5 February 2016 12:47 PM, PST

Read More: Review: 'The Americans' Season 3 Finale, Episode 13, 'March 8, 1983' Divides the Family "The Americans" is coming back for another year on FX next month. Two new trailers for the show have been released and they are sure to excite the vocal minority of "Americans" fans out there. They do exist, right? Following up Margo Martindale's Emmy win for Guest Actress in Season 3, "The Americans" barrels on into its Cold War-drenched Washington D.C. for another round. The political drama is sure to stir up even more intrigue in the season to come.  "The Americans" returns to FX for its fourth season on March 16. Check out the trailers above and below.  Read More: Zach Galifianakis' 'Baskets,' 'The Americans' Season 4 and More Land FX and Fxx Release Dates

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- Bryn Gelbart

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'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market

5 February 2016 11:58 AM, PST

He isn't a streaming service, exactly, but when Louis C.K. dropped the first episode of his new series "Horace and Pete" last Saturday, it had the feeling of a gauntlet thrown. Written, directed, produced, financed, and distributed by the comedian himself, "Horace and Pete" isn't just the ne plus ultra of "auteur TV" — it's an attempt to cut out the middleman and connect with consumers directly in a market crowded, as C.K. wrote in a follow-up email, with "the usual promotion, banner ads, billboards and clips that tell you what the show feels and looks like before you get to see it for yourself."  Though C.K. described the decision to offer "Horace and Pete" through his website as an artistic one — designed to retain the element of surprise, and to emphasize the "live feeling" of the multi-camera format — the move also suggests one of several paths forward in »


- Matt Brennan

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Building "Bunnicula": An Interview with WB cartoon producer/director Jessica Borutski

5 February 2016 11:05 AM, PST

There’s a new show starting tomorrow based on the children’s book series Bunnicula, and it’s a labor of love for producer/director Jessica Borutski. She represents the best of the new guard of female animators, and clearly an inspiring professional in the industry, for having her own show at Warner Brothers TV at only 32! Bunnicula may be intentionally goofy, and primarily targeted to young children, but it strives to have the classic multi-generational layering we’ve come to expect from good Warner Bros cartoons.  Leslie Combemale of Animation Scoop spoke to Jessica about what to expect in the first season, insights into  character design, and how she sees being a role model for girls starting a career in animation:  Jessica Borutski interviewLC: Can you talk about how this project became such a passion for you?Jb: Sure! Two and a half years ago, Sam Register, who is head of Warner Bros Animation, »


- Leslie Combemale

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Exclusive Clip from Next Episode of World Channel's Broadcast of 'Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now' Special (Feb. 7)

5 February 2016 10:06 AM, PST

This Sunday, February 7, 2016, tune in to the World Channel for the next episode of the Emmy-Award winning series "Eyes on the Prize" which kicked off on January 17, 2016. Created by Executive Producer Henry Hampton, the World Channel's broadcast of the critically-acclaimed and in-depth documentary series on civil rights in America, couldn't be more timely, at a time when the national spotlight is on issues of race and inequality in the USA, as well as the marking of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Journalist and writer Al Letson hosts new introductions to each episode. The next chapter, airing this Sunday night, February 7, at 8pm Et (with a repeat at 9pm Et) is titled "No Easy Walk 1961–1963" in which the Civil Rights Movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Netflix Trailers For David Lynch Produced 'My Beautiful Broken Brain' & Alex Gibney's 'Cooked'

5 February 2016 9:25 AM, PST

If content is king, then Netflix is proudly wearing the crown. It seems a week doesn't go by without the streaming giant acquiring a movie, bringing a TV show life, or launching an ambitious original production. Indeed, the past seven days has seen Netflix drop two trailers for their ever growing documentary category. First up is "My Beautiful Broken Brain," co-directed by Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland, and boasting an executive producer credit belonging to David Lynch. The films follows Lotje Sodderland's incredible story of rehabilitation and recovery from a traumatic hemorrhagic stroke, as she starts again in an alien world, bereft of language and logic, fighting not to be defined by her limitations, rather the endless possibilities of life. "I am thrilled to join Lotje and Sophie in sharing 'My Beautiful Broken Brain' with the world. The brain is truly fascinating and much in the way »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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8 of Indiewire's Favorite Talking TV Animals

5 February 2016 9:17 AM, PST

Bird Person ("Rick and Morty") "Is Bird Person a bird or a person?" is a debate “Rick and Morty” fans… don’t really have too often. So, for the sake of this list, we say bird. Bird Person is only in a handful of episodes, but of all the tertiary characters, he is the most prominent. He is still the only character who Rick considers a true friend and the only one who can calm Morty down from a freakout. He represents just one world in “Rick and Morty’s" absurd multiverse, but even our brief glimpses into the universe of Bird Person(s?) flesh out the asinine amount of detail put into every square inch of the show. And if that last episode of Season 2 is any indication, we are in for a lot more of Bird Person in Season 3. Mr. Peanutbutter ("BoJack Horseman") Every anthropomorphic animal on Raphael Bob-Waksberg »


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The 12 Most Important Things Chris Carter Told Us About 'The X-Files' Revival

5 February 2016 8:24 AM, PST

If you sit down with Chris Carter expecting straight answers and full truths, you're a fool. Was Indiewire a fool, during the TCA Winter Press Tour, when a round-table opportunity to speak with the creator of "The X-Files" presented itself? Maybe. Read More: Find the Truth at 'The X-Files' Art Show in This Otherworldly Gallery But despite being denied some specifics about what we might expect from the show going forward, we still gleaned some intriguing details about not just the new season, but its relationship to what came before. Below is an edited compilation of our most important takeaways. (Only one of them has anything to do with whether or not Mulder and Scully have had sex.) The first people Carter asked to join the new season were the very original writers.When Carter got the greenlight to bring "The X-Files" back, not everyone was available because »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Netflix Renews 'Orange Is the New Black' for 3 Additional Seasons

5 February 2016 8:01 AM, PST

Netflix and Lionsgate today announced that the original series "Orange is the New Black" from creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan, has been renewed for not one, not two, but three (that's right, 3) additional seasons on Netflix.  "Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them," said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. "Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, 'May you lead an interesting life,' is a curse, but I don't live in those cultures," said series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan. "Here's to keeping it interesting. Thanks Netflix! »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Why Netflix Renewed 'Orange is the New Black' for Three Seasons

5 February 2016 7:51 AM, PST

Netflix announced today that it is renewing critically acclaimed "Orange is the New Black" for three seasons, meaning that we can expect to keep up with the drama surrounding Litchfield Prison until at least the year 2019. Executive producer and creator Jenji Kohan is also committed to continue as showrunner through that time.  Read More: Review: 'Orange is the New Black' Season 3 Is Netflix's Most Powerful and Beautiful Gift to Women Yet That's a huge commitment by Netflix and a nearly unprecedented show of faith in the series. What makes it possible? As we've said before, it's the way the show has evolved since its original premiere.  See, while the release makes no mention of cast staying on with the show that length of time, that comes as little surprise. While originally built around the struggles of Piper (Taylor Schilling), an educated white woman struggling to survive within the walls of Litchfield, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Netflix Renews 'Orange Is The New Black' For 3 More Seasons

5 February 2016 5:38 AM, PST

The usual pattern for popular premium TV shows is that a network will renew the show for another season, usually right before the new one begins, or just as it gets underway. But as Netflix has shown time and again, the only rules they play by are their own. Read More: Consider This: Is #OscarsSoWhite A Symptom Of Movies Losing (Even More) Ground To TV? This morning the streaming service has announced that they've renewed "Orange Is The Black" for three more seasons, with Jenji Kohan remaining as the showrunner and executive producer. While Netflix famously doesn't release the data viewership on their programming, it's probably safe to say that in addition to being a critical and audience darling, there are plenty of plenty watching the dramedy that they want to keep this show around for as long as possible. It's a tremendous vote of confidence, and certainly big news for fans of the show. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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New "Mickey Mouse" Clip: "Dancevidaniya"

4 February 2016 4:10 PM, PST

We will never hesitate, when offered, to post an advance clip from the on-going new series of Mickey Mouse cartoons being produced out of Walt Disney Television Animation in Glendale. Consider me the series biggest fan. I don't think there is a bad one in the bunch - and many are "minnie-masterpieces". We now have a funny little clip from a new episode called "Dancevidaniya" premiering tomorrow night on Disney Channel at 7:55 pm Et/Pt. The short is set entirely in Russia and incorporates traditional old world Russian charm with the famous Kalinka as the soundtrack. In this episode, Mickey squares off against Peg Leg Pete in a Russian folk dance battle in order to rescue Minnie from his clutches. Here's a thirty-second peek:

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- Jerry Beck

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Nicole Byer Will Topline New Fox Late-Night Sketch Comedy Series From The Lonely Island

4 February 2016 3:34 PM, PST

Executive-produced by the award-winning comedy trio The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone), Fox has announced a new late-night half-hour sketch comedy series titled "Party Over Here," which will premiere on Saturday, March 12 (11-11:30 Pm Et/Pt).  The half-hour series will star newcomers and actress/comedians Nicole Byer ("Girl Code"), Jessica McKenna ("Riot") and Alison Rich ("Resident Advisors"). Actor/comedian Paul Scheer also will serve as an executive producer and one of the series' directors.  "When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of 'Empire'," said The Lonely Island. "We failed miserably... now it's much more of a sketch comedy show." "The late-night landscape is wildly competitive, and we thought long and hard about the kind of audacious, attention-getting voices we needed," said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Why Trying to be the Next "Roger Rabbit" may Doom the Nicktoons Film

4 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST

Last week it was announced that Paramount has a plan in the works to produce a feature film using a variety of Nicktoons characters that would be brought together in a single universe for the first time. For all the promise that such a film holds, it could be doomed for the same reasons that made Who Framed Roger Rabbit so great. That film's blend of live-action and animation was nothing new, but a cast of cartoon characters drawn from across the artform's history certainly was truly unique and hasn't been seen since. That hasn't stopped plenty of producers from suggesting the idea as a way to bring multiple characters together in one film. Given how badly that can go wrong though, it prompts pause for thought. Is it really the best idea, and can it truly honour the characters and their place in people's memories? Who Framed Roger Rabbit »


- Charles Kenny

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Find the Truth at 'The X-Files' Art Show in This Otherworldly Gallery

4 February 2016 2:42 PM, PST

"The X-Files," as it exists on television, has always been nothing short of art, in and of itself. But that doesn't mean some of today's finest modern artists don't have takes of their own that are equally inventive, enthralling and inspired. Creative production company iam8bit, co-owned and operated by Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, has gathered such pieces together for "Conspiracies, Monsters and Mythology: An X-Files Art Show." A VIP preview is set for Thursday night — with veteran "X-FIles" writers Darin Morgan and Glen Morgan in attendance — before opening to the public through February 14.  Read More: Review: 'The X-Files' Season 10 Episode 3, 'Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-monster' Is A Treat to Be Treasured Consisting of limited edition artwork and exclusively licensed products, iam8bit has brought together more than 30 artists to commemorate the ongoing legacy of "The X-Files." Take a look at some of the selected works. »


- Ben Travers

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Martin Sheen Is Shopping a 'Making a Murderer'-Style Series That Will Exonerate O.J. Simpson

4 February 2016 1:57 PM, PST

As Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson" series premieres this week on the FX network (and to strong debut ratings), veteran actor Martin Sheen has announced that he's shopping around a true-crime series to TV networks that will unfold in a similar manner to Netflix's hit "Making a Murderer," which will focus on alleged evidence that “exonerates” Simpson in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Sheen is teaming up with Dallas-based investigator William Dear, who says he has spent 21 years collecting what he calls "hard evidence" that he believes exonerates Simpson of the double murders. “People are fascinated with true crime. I know the time is right for people to look at this O.J. thing,” Dear told the New York Daily News today, adding that the project is being sold as an 8 to 10-part miniseries which, like Netflix's "Making a Murderer, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Dan Stevens & Aubrey Plaza Join Marvel TV Series 'Legion'

4 February 2016 1:56 PM, PST

With a firm grip on Netflix and ABC, Marvel is now taking their television imprint to FX with "Legion." The project was first announced last fall, with "Fargo" creator Noah Hawley writing and executive producing the series. Now the show has landed some interesting talent for the lead cast. Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey," "The Guest"), Aubrey Plaza ("Parks & Recreation"), Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller will star in the show that is only described as "the story of a troubled young man." Aren't they all in these comics based shows? Here are the character breakdowns:  Read More: Aubrey Plaza Is Capable Of Anything In This Exclusive Clip From Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle' David (Dan Stevens) - Diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, David is a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he's getting tired and is about to give up when he »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Seal Will Play Pontius Pilate in Fox's 2-Hour Musical Event, 'The Passion'

4 February 2016 12:44 PM, PST

Fox's upcoming two-hour live musical event "The Passion," about the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth, which will be hosted by Tyler Perry (narrating the production), has cast Seal to play Pontius Pilate, the government official who oversaw the trial and crucifixion of Christ. Last week, Jencarlos Canela was cast as Jesus and Chris Daughtry as Judas, joining a cast that already includes musicians Prince Royce as Peter, Trisha Yearwood as Mary and the aforementioned Tyler Perry as host and narrator. Set in the present day, "The Passion" will follow the story of Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most famed locations. “'The Passion' is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” said David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Alan Tudyk Wants to Read Your 'Firefly' Fan Fiction (But Don't Make It Dirty)

4 February 2016 11:32 AM, PST

One of the weirder parts of an actor's life has to be this: Knowing that if the film or TV show they're on has a fanbase, then some fans of that film or TV show will choose to express their love by writing fan fiction (erotic fan fiction, even). Sometimes, journalists or talk show hosts will make actors read these stories out loud, as a "funny" joke. Sometimes that gets awkward and embarrassing. But sometimes it can be genuinely fun. Read More: How a Web Series Went From Indiegogo to the Biggest Panel at Comic-Con Right now, "Firefly" favorite Alan Tudyk is aiming for something genuinely fun in order to make good on one part of his incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign for the Vimeo VOD series "Con Man." Almost a year ago, Tudyk promised that he would read some fan fiction in a video if they hit a specific goal, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Scott Frank Says His Long Developing Western 'Godless' Will Be A 6-Hour Netflix Miniseries

4 February 2016 10:58 AM, PST

If you need your daily reminder to never give up on your dreams, today's lesson comes from Scott Frank. The writer/director has no shortage of terrific credits to his name ("Minority Report," "Out Of Sight," "The Lookout," "Get Shorty"), but for over a decade, he's been looking to get his 1888-set western "Godless" made, in particular convincing directors to take it on, including Steven Soderbergh. Read More: Review: 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' Starring Liam Neeson And Dan Stevens "He didn't want to shoot people on horses," Frank told us in 2014 about Soderbergh turning down the gig, also adding that Sam Mendes had looked at the project too. "I begged him to direct it. And by the way —that's happened twice now. I wasn't going to direct 'The Lookout.' I had gone through two other directors, and the last one was [David] Fincher. When he left, I »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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