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White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2017: Hasan Minhaj Eviscerates Donald Trump and Those Covering Him — Watch

11 hours ago

No president, no problem.

Hasan Minhaj took the stage Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and delivered a model set for the annual event, even though the event itself was anything but ordinary. The “Daily Show” special correspondent delivered an eviscerating 25-minute speech, going after the usual targets, from the reporters in the room to the president and his staff, despite Donald Trump’s absence.

“I would say it’s an honor to be here, but that is an alternative fact,” Minhaj said. “No one one wanted to do this, so, of course, it landed in the hands of an immigrant — like it always does.”

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Minhaj opened by welcoming the crowd to “the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” and noted how it’s the ninth year in a row »


- Ben Travers

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‘Doctor Who’ Review: Racism and Privilege Are No Match for the Doctor in Chilling Episode

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[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 3, “Thin Ice,” contains spoilers.]

The Rundown

While the Doctor and Bill had some excitement in Regency England with some monsters during a Frost Fair (a celebration the day before a thaw is expected), that was just the framework for the richer character content that the episode delivered. Despite traveling through time and space with the Doctor, Bill only now really saw into the heart, er, hearts, of the alien Time Lord who looks human.

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Here Be Monsters

Again, “Doctor Who” created a one-off, disposable monster that we highly doubt will resurface on the show. Tiny, aka the Loch-less Monster, aka the Creature lurking in the frozen Thames, in the end wasn’t really all that scary. The symbiotic relationship she had with fish that were very similar to anglerfish — those with the scary mouths and bioluminescent lures »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’ Live Stream — Watch

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Tonight, Samantha Bee cements her place as the reigning queen of political satire as “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” and you won’t want to miss it. Airing on TBS tonight at 10 pm Et/Pt, the network says there is “no need to steal your parents’ login info” for those of you watching at home. The network will be live streaming the full show on Twitter, with an uncensored encore airing directly afterwards.

Read More: Samantha Bee’s ’Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’ Trailer: Celebrate the Free Press While We Can — Watch

The hour-long special was taped live in Washington, D.C. at the Dar Constitution Hall (insert Ivanka Trump jokes here). Presented as an alternative fact to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which President Trump will not be attending, Bee’s broadcast will be considerably funnier, not to mention better attended. Boasting special guests Peaches and Will Ferrell, »


- Jude Dry

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Samantha Bee Compares Trump to Fyre Festival at ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’

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The reigning Queen Bee of political satire outdid herself Saturday night in Washington, D.C., delivering on her promise to “Finally answer the question, ‘What if Washington D.C.’s annual nerd prom were hosted by a lady nerd and had way more curse words?'” at the first annual “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

Coincidentally, the event took place on the same day as the People’s Climate March, making it rather difficult for guests to get into the Dar Constitution Hall in their black tie attire (only cocktail was specified). The event took place just a few blocks from the White House, where President Donald Trump will not be attending the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (It’s anyone’s guess where he actually will be: “President Trump has been in office for 100 days, and in the White House for 17,” said Bee. »


- Jude Dry

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Jiminy Glick Interviews Donald Trump on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

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Not to be outdone by yesterday’s news that Mike Myers will be hosting the “Gong Show” reboot in character as “Tommy Maitland,” Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick made his triumphant return last night. The occasion was, of course, Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, and so the interviewer sat down with 45 for a rare one-off on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch below and despair.

Read More: Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot

Fallon played Trump for the bit, which saw the two performers attempting to outdo each other’s ridiculousness — a battle that Glick easily won. “Now your first hundred days,” he said in his trademark cadence, “would you say it’s a complete embarrassment or a total failure?” That was immediately after he said that Trump looked like “Dennis the Menace made a bunch of bad life choices, »


- Michael Nordine

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’13 Reasons Why’ Banned From Being Discussed in Canadian Elementary School

21 hours ago

Few shows have inspired more debate this year than “13 Reasons Why,” a Netflix series centered around a teenager’s suicide. Based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name, the show has earned favorable reviews for its handling of difficult subject matter but also been accused of glorifying suicide. Now, a school in Canada has asked parents to tell their children to refrain from even discussing “13 Reasons Why”  on campus.

Read More: ’13 Reasons Why’ is a Great Show — And One That Romanticizes Suicide

That’s according to CBC News, who report that St. Vincent Elementary School principal Azza Ghali wrote that “the discussion that is unfolding at school is troubling. Please let your child know that discussion of ’13 Reasons Why’ is not permitted at school due to the disturbing subject matter.” It’s a bold strategy: Everyone knows that, when told not to do something, kids immediately comply and »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Leaked Online by Hackers

22 hours ago

In a move that could potentially result in more orange jumpsuits, an anonymous hacker has leaked 10 episodes from season five of “Orange Is the New Black.” Said black hat, who goes by “thedarkoverlord,” made their intentions known yesterday after presenting Netflix with a series of demands that apparently went unmet. The upcoming season consists of 13 episodes, the final three of which weren’t stolen.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Trailer: Season 5 Starts Off With a Bang — Watch

“We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved,” Netflix said in a statement yesterday; at that time, the hacker had yet to follow through on their threat. They also claim to have gained unreleased episodes of shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC.

Read More: WGA Strike: Why This Time the Writers, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser Offers First New Footage of the Upcoming Revival — Watch

28 April 2017 2:57 PM, PDT

We still don’t know what’s in store for us when “Twin Peaks” makes its long-awaited return next month, but we do finally have some new footage — kind of. Showtime has released a new teaser for the series, and though the 30-second ad consists of nothing more than a few establishing shots, it does serve to remind that this truly is happening and is just a few weeks away.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ New Teaser Sums Up the First Two Seasons in Less Than Three Minutes — Watch

Carrying the tagline “Something old is new again…,” the teaser returns us to a few familiar locations: the red room, the sheriff’s department, the Double-r Diner. We don’t actually see anybody — most of the main cast is returning, with a few notable exceptions; there are also a number of new additions — suggesting that they must all be in another place. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Dear White People’ Review: How Biting Satire and a Sincere Love Story Make Season 1 Essential TV — Spoilers

28 April 2017 1:20 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Dear White People” Season 1. Please watch the 10 episodes, now available on Netflix, before continuing — or read the spoiler-free review.]

Romance is an all-encompassing experience. Once you’re in it, there’s nothing else out there. It’s just the two of you against the world, as they say. But generally, you’re not against anything: life, and everything in it, is improved. When you’re in love, the day-to-day is all sunshine and rainbows, leaving little time for concern, let alone cause.

This kind of overwhelming emotional state is why there’s a whole genre dedicated to romance, and why it can be hard for shows to establish a truly great relationship without letting it overwhelm everything else in the series. Viewers relate to the concept of a happy ending with a happy couple, and such an instinctual reaction can prove daunting if the will-they-won’t-they drama plays out as it does in many relationships: indefinitely.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Spoiler-Free Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series »


- Ben Travers

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Why ’13 Reasons Why’ Actor Ross Butler Stopped Auditioning for Asian Roles

28 April 2017 12:58 PM, PDT

Ross Butler has been making a name for himself in teen dramas lately, first appearing as Reggie on The CW’s Archie Comics adaptation “Riverdale” and then as Zach Dempsey in Netflix’s drama “13 Reasons Why.” The 26-year-old actor also happens to be an Asian-American.

In an interview with Mashable, Butler revealed that in order to get the all-American parts he wanted, he had to stop going out for roles specifically written for Asians. Part of that was because most of the leading roles are not written for Asian men, and part of it is that Asian-Americans are still not perceived as Americans.

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Butler, who was born in Singapore and whose mother is Chinese-Malaysian, said, “[After] I started getting auditions and seeing that all the auditions I was getting were these stereotypical roles, that’s when I really »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Geena Davis Reveals How Television Is Helping Fight Hollywood’s Sexism Problem

28 April 2017 12:54 PM, PDT

As Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival readies for its third edition, the fledgling Arkansas event is already pivoting to embrace other entertainment mediums beyond just films, all the better to serve their mission of bolstering diversity in the industry.

“Our tagline has evolved to be ‘championing women and diverse voices in media,’ because the lack of female characters and diverse characters exists in pretty much any form of the media,” said Davis, who co-founded the festival with Trevor Drinkwater, in an interview. During its first two years, Bentonville aimed to champion those voices specifically in film, but 2017 will turn the focus of the festival on other entertainment options, including an episodic section and a shorts competition

Read More: The Bentonville Film Festival is Brought to You By Women, Diversity and Corporate Synergy

“One thing that has been apparent for a long time is how television is doing much better than »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Psych’ Movie: All Signs Point to Production Beginning as Early as This Summer

28 April 2017 11:54 AM, PDT

USA Network’s “Psych” ended three years ago, but it might soon be getting a revival on the big screen.

A recent Production Weekly entry lists a feature film called “Psych” as one of many shooting beginning in May. This has naturally created speculation among fans who’ve been waiting to hear about their favorite fake psychic detective returning to the screen in some form.

Over at Comicbook.com, the report is that the movie will shoot this summer in Vancouver and San Francisco. This seems to be supported by a stray comment that Cary Elwes made at the Indiana Comic Con.

According to the Herald Bulletin, when the actor was asked for more clarity as to the true identity of his Canadian art thief character Pierre Despereaux, Elwes said, “It’s a good question, and I believe it all will be revealed in the film that we’re making this summer. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works As Stars and Producers Plot 8-Episode Event Series

28 April 2017 11:44 AM, PDT

Add “Roseanne” to the list of 1990s series aiming for a short-order revival.

Insiders confirm that star Roseanne Barr has started to pitch an 8-episode reboot of the blue-collar ABC sitcom, which originally ran for nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. The show helped brand a previous generation of ABC family sitcoms (including, later on, “Home Improvement”).

ABC is said to be in the running for the revival, but other outlets, including Netflix (where ABC’s “Full House” lives on as “Fuller House”) may also be in the mix.

Read More: Why Roseanne Barr Only Wants to Make Documentaries Now

According to Deadline, which first broke the news, series stars Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert have already been confirmed to join the revival, while others, including Laurie Metcalf, are in talks to join. Original executive producer Tom Werner is back (his Carsey-Werner shingle was behind the original show), as well as Barr and Bruce Helford, »


- Michael Schneider

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WGA Strike: Why This Time the Writers, Netflix, and the Public May Have the Upper Hand

28 April 2017 11:41 AM, PDT

Like all labor disputes, the WGA’s strike threat is meant to ensure its members get an equitable share of profits. However, this one contains a particularly potent strain of deja vu. As they did 10 years ago, and even 30 years before that, studios argue that writers want in on a market that doesn’t wholly exist.

The gap between writers’ and producers’ terms are massive: Entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel crunched the numbers for The Hollywood Reporter and estimated the gap to be somewhere in the region of $350 million. The healthcare issue is particularly staggering, with Variety reporting the WGA’s 2020 projected deficit alone to be $65 million.

It sounds dire. Only this time, the public’s rapidly evolving viewing habits could give writers the upper hand.

Read More: WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization, as Contract Negotiations Resume Tuesday

In 1985, the WGA went on strike over the then-burgeoning home video market based »


- Chris O'Falt

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Netflix’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Whitewashing Sparks Petition to Boycott Series

28 April 2017 10:58 AM, PDT

“Iron Fist.” “Death Note.” Now you can add “Legend of the Monkey” to that list of Netflix projects that are feeling the heat from Asians who are crying whitewashing.

“Legend of the Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It tells of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang to obtain sacred texts, aided by three disciples from folklore: Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Zhu Bajie also known as Pigsy, and Sha Wujing, aka Sandy. The tale has been told many times on screen before under various names. Japan had a TV adaptation called “Monkey Magic,” and Stephen Chow released a “Journey to the West” film in 2013 with a sequel in 2017.

Read More: ‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie

In Netflix’s new 10-part series, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Catastrophe’ Review: Season 3 is the Perfect Comedy For Adults — Parents or Not

28 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Cat out of the bag: I’m not a parent, and that means two things when it comes to reviewing a show about parenthood. First, I don’t know what it’s like to have or raise a child, rendering my opinions on practicing parents utterly moot. But it also means buying into the idyllic qualities commonly associated with being a Parent (capital “p” intended) is difficult. It’s hard to believe the pain of childbirth is worth it the second you see your newborn’s face, or that you won’t sometimes miss the responsibility-free lifestyle you once had, or that you’ll happily do anything — anything — for your family.

Perhaps that’s why “Catastrophe” is the perfect comedy for both groups: parents and non-parents. Or dreamers and realists; the pure of heart and the skeptics. However you want to group people, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s Amazon series feels constantly authentic, »


- Ben Travers

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Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot

28 April 2017 10:22 AM, PDT

“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.

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Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.

“When Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host ‘The Gong Show, »


- Michael Nordine

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Canceled or Renewed?: Take the Quiz to Find Out Whether Your Favorite Show Will Survive

28 April 2017 10:16 AM, PDT

For shows on the bubble, survival comes down to one thing: Money.

If you’re generating solid revenue for the network, then other concerns can be addressed down the road. But if your ratings are low (honestly, that’s almost every show these days), your creative is weak and executive support is wavering… then you better at least be owned by the network and bringing in nice international or streaming dollars.

“Every show is its own little business,” said one network scheduling executive. “You look at each and its profit or loss at the end of the year.”

Added a rival network exec: “The strategy is, how can we make the most money from all of our assets? [Renewal] discussions these days are very different.”

Read More: Ten Ways to Figure Out Which TV Shows Will Be Renewed or Canceled

With so much more data to parse, some networks (especially ABC »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Dear White People’: Why the ‘Scandal’ Parody Isn’t Just Fun, But an Essential Part of the Show

28 April 2017 10:08 AM, PDT

Dear White People” creator Justin Simien wants to be clear about this: When IndieWire brought up “Defamation,” “Dear White People’s” fictional show-within-a-show, we were the ones who made the obvious comparison.

“I didn’t say ‘Scandal,'” he said, laughing. “You said that.”

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But between the “black political fixer in love with the President” narrative, the fabulous coats, and the distinctive camera-shutter sound effects, it’s pretty obvious what “Dear White People” is referencing with “‘Defamation’ Nights,” a staple of black culture at Winchester University, which finds itself rocked by racial politics over the course of the first season.

Starting in the first episode, group-watching the primetime soap adventures of “Olive Bishop” are clearly a regular part of the lives of Sam (Logan Browning) and her fellow students, as well as a »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

28 April 2017 10:02 AM, PDT

American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.

For the record, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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