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‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Books Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott for ‘Major Roles’

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House of Cards” is going to get fuller in its next batch of episodes. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott will be joining the fifth season of Netflix’s cutthroat political drama, whose over-the-top storylines have at times been eclipsed by the realities of our current presidential election.

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No details have been given regarding the nature of their roles, though both performers are expected to feature prominently. Clarkson, an Oscar nominee for “Pieces of April,” previously appeared on “Six Feet Under” (and received two Emmys for her efforts); Scott’s TV work includes “Royal Pans” and “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.”

Read More: Patricia Clarkson On Gender Inequality: ‘A White Male Actor Should Never Be Allowed to Complain About Anything’

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Tom Hanks Takes on Prestige Television in ‘Funny New Comedy’ Sketch — Watch

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The presidential election has unsurprisingly dominated the first few episodes of “Saturday Night Live’s” most recent season, but in recent weeks the show has also reserved time for film festivals, post-screening Q&As and now prestige comedies. This latest skit, which begins with a voiceover artist from CBS explaining that streaming shows in the vein of “Transparent” and “Orange Is the New Black” win all the awards now, introduces us to a new competitor: “Broken.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Tom Hanks Gives America The Pep Talk It Needs In Halloween-ish Episode

Tom Hanks (who hosted last night’s episode), Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong star as a family of adjunct professors who all get diagnosed with depression on the same day. Lines like “I’m tired of being tired” and “I want to rip off my skin and throw it in the trash” are juxtaposed with cheerful narration explaining that, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Tom Hanks Gives America The Pep Talk It Needs In Halloween-ish Episode

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For the first time this season, “Saturday Night Live” gave audiences the gift of a host who knew exactly what he was doing. They also eased back on the Trump shtick; apart from a lengthy (and incredible) cold open and a few punchlines on Weekend Update, “SNL” sat back, relaxed and let viewers enjoy nine-time host Tom Hanks.

Last Week’S Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again

With a host like Hanks and musical guest Lady Gaga, Week 4 was destined to be strong. There were several hits, just a few misses, and, mercifully, no misplaced singing. But did Hanks reinvigorate the formula in the way this election season needs? Let’s take a look.

Best Impression: Tom Hanks

Okay, so, it seems a little unfair to give America’s most beloved actor a nod for Best Impression(s), but that’s just the reality here; Tom Hanks is amazing, »

- Sophy Ziss

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‘Sneakers’: NBC Plans Series Reboot of Robert Redford’s Hacker Comedy

22 October 2016 3:48 PM, PDT

In 1992, Robert Redford starred in the comedy “Sneakers,” directed by Phil Alden Robinson. The hacker film followed a security pro who finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item for the U.S. government. The comedy featured a star-studded cast including Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Mary MacDonnell and Timothy Busfield.

Now, NBC has handed out a script order for a TV series adaptation of the film, according to Deadline. Walter Parkes, who wrote the original film with Lawrence Lasker and Robinson, will executive produce the reboot alongside his wife and producing partner Laurie MacDonald. Tom Szentgyorgyi (“The Mentalist”), will also executive produce and pen the script.

The series hails from Universal TV, where Parkes and MacDonald have a first-look deal with production company.

Read More: ‘War of the Worlds’ TV Series in Development at MTV »

- Liz Calvario

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Chris Pratt Set to Romance Real-Life Wife Anna Faris With ‘Mom’ Guest Role

22 October 2016 2:46 PM, PDT

Chris Pratt may be busy filming sequels to his mega-hits “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World,” but the actor is making some time to woo his real-life wife Anna Faris in an episode of “Mom.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that the “Parks and Recreation” alum will be guest starring in an upcoming Season 4 episode of the CBS comedy. The episode will air early 2017 and star Pratt as Nick, a desirable horseback riding instructor who Christy (Faris) falls for. However, she might find it hard to seduce the hunk, as he’s Marjorie’s (Mimi Kennedy) nephew and strictly off-limits.

“So excited for us to act together again,” Faris wrote on Twitter, with Pratt replying, “Can’t wait to work with you again honey!!!”

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The husband-and-wife duo, who married in 2009, previously acted together in “What’s Your Number? »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Simpsons’ Skewers Documentary TV With ‘Making a Murderer’ Parody — Watch

22 October 2016 1:43 PM, PDT

Last week, “The Simpsons” celebrated its 600 episode, proving that it can still make fans laugh for over 28 seasons. The hit Fox animated series continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything, including “Making a Murderer.”

Fox released a snippet of Sunday’s upcoming episode, “Trust but Clarify,” which pokes fun at the Netflix docuseries in an episode of “The Itchy and Scratchy  Show” titled “Mousetrapping a Murderer.”

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The less-than-a-minute clip begins mimicking the “Making a Murderer” title sequence and shows mouse traps, a portrait of Itchy’s family and him holding a bloody knife behind his back. It then shows Scratchy going up to the murderous mouse before being attacked.

“After all these years Itchy must face his punishment for killing Scratchy,” reads the description for the clip. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2: Female Directors Will Helm Every New Episode

22 October 2016 10:42 AM, PDT

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” premiered last November on Netflix to critical praise, becoming one of the more well-received comic book series. Starring Krysten Ritter in the title role, the second season promises to be better than the first and feature even more girl power behind the camera.

Per Variety TV critic Maureen Ryan, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg confirmed that all 13 episodes of Season 2 will be directed by women. Rosenberg made the announcement during the Transform Hollywood panel on Friday night. No other specific details about who the directors would be were revealed.

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Back in June, Ritter told IndieWire about how she loves working with female showrunners and being surrounded by strong, powerful women.

“I love working with women because I’ve always been a girl’s girl. I’ve always gravitated towards amazing, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Dirk Gently’ Season 1 Review: Come for Douglas Adams But Stay for the Weird Assassin Lady

22 October 2016 10:30 AM, PDT

To adapt any Douglas Adams property, one must be confident, ambitious, foolhardy and willing to fail big time. Creator Max Landis is all of those things, and for all of its faults, at least his take on “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” is wholly its own spastic, frantic and technicolor beast.

Adams’ books are not necessarily sacred texts (some may disagree), but his absolute mastery of the absurd balanced with his satirical take on human nature and an overarching cosmic view is difficult to approximate, much less imitate. Even his most adapted series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” has had its share of tepid if not cringe-worthy transitions to the screen.

Read More: A Guide to How Everything Is Connected in ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’

With the lesser known “Dirk Gently,” more license is given because its story and the author’s observational tone are less accessible. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Miranda Sings Makes Her Netflix (Not Broadway) Debut in ‘Haters Back Off’

22 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT

“If you asked me 10 years ago, I would have said, ‘Yes, of course.’ That was my dream, to be on Broadway. But now I don’t think I would,” Colleen Ballinger (rhymes with Jolene) told IndieWire in a recent interview. “I love what I’m doing so much.”

What she’s doing is playing Miranda Sings, a character she created for her wildly popular YouTube channel, the first of its kind to make the jump to Netflix with “Haters Back Off,” which explores Miranda’s home life. It follows Miranda on her quest for Internet stardom, shrieking out “Defying Gravity” and uploading it with the title “My Fist Video,” (typo included). The only problem is, she can’t sing (though Ballinger can, and well.) She howls and mewls flatly and loudly, sporting her signature shade of glossy red lipstick far beyond the contours of her lips. The effect is a clownish one, »

- Jude Dry

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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’: A Guide to How Everything Is Connected in BBC America’s Sci-Fi Mystery

21 October 2016 5:26 PM, PDT

BBC America already has one wacky British time traveler on its schedule, but with all of time and space at your disposal, there’s surely room for one more. Enter “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” a completely bonkers series based on the novels by Douglas Adams.

Created by Max Landis, the series is a sci-fi mystery with comedic sensibility and a helluva lot of storylines. Like the 2012 TV adaptation before it, “Dirk Gently” dispenses with the book’s plot — which some have proclaimed unfilmable — in favor of an original mystery. Landis’ version also dispenses with all of the book’s characters save for the titular detective himself.

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IndieWire spoke to showrunner Robert C. Cooper (“Stargate Sg-1,” “Stargate Atlantis”) about creating an entirely new “Dirk Gently” adventure.

“Certainly I think it was always a challenge in adapting »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘America Divided’ Exclusive Clip: Peter Sarsgaard Explores America’s Addiction Crisis

21 October 2016 12:52 PM, PDT

In the weeks leading up to this year’s presidential election, the Epix network has aired docu-series “America Divided,” which features celebrity correspondents tackling some of the most crucial issues facing our country today. Executive produced by Norman Lear (“All in the Family”), Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”) and Common (“Selma”), each week features a different celebrity exploring narratives around inequality in all facets of society — education, housing, healthcare, criminal justice, etc. Some of the celebrities involved include America Ferrera (“Superstore”), Rosario Dawson (“25th Hour”), Zach Galifianakis (“Bored to Death”) and more.

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This week’s episode has actor Peter Sarsgaard exploring America’ addiction crisis. In the episode, Sarsgaard travels to Dayton, Ohio to investigate how a city once known for its industrial invention, has become the epicenter of a growing epidemic and a symbol of our age of inequality. Watch a clip »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Review: New Genres, New Talent Give Anthology Series an Upgrade

21 October 2016 12:01 PM, PDT

In the five years since the debut of Charlie Brooker’s fascinating anthology series, the idea of “like a ‘Black Mirror’ episode” has become a commonly recognized reference point, invoking notions of paranoia, absurdity and, perhaps, a healthy distrust of the ways we’ve allowed technology to shape our world.

But true to the show’s technology-obsessed mindset, “Black Mirror” is always evolving — or upgrading — as the case may be. Launching today on Netflix, the six new narratives go from social satire to police procedural to horror with a relatively new influx of American talent, but the same fascination with the darker impulses of our society.

Read More: ‘Black Mirror’ Producers on How Tears and Horror Help Them Find New Stories for Netflix

Much of the time, the experience of beginning a new episode feels similar to watching a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, where from the word go you’re »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Hairspray’: First Look Pics of the Live NBC Musical Adaptation of John Waters’ Movie

21 October 2016 8:49 AM, PDT

“Hairspray Live!” stars newcomer Maddie Baillio, Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph, with special appearances by Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell.

“Hairspray Live!” will air on NBC on Wednesday, December 7 at 8 P.M.

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- Kate Erbland

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‘The Walking Dead’ Preview: Producer Greg Nicotero Says Negan’s Kill Will Drain Viewers

21 October 2016 8:47 AM, PDT

Don’t say that Greg Nicotero didn’t warn you.

The Walking Dead” fans are already braced for the worst on Sunday night, when it’s finally revealed which character is killed by supervillain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed-wire bat Lucille. But executive producer and director Nicotero told IndieWire that viewers should still prepare themselves for heartache.

“I think people are going to be really, really sad,” Nicotero told IndieWire. “Grab a box of Kleenex when you watch it and understand that everything happens for a reason and whatever the result of the first episode is that it serves a very distinct purpose. Just like other characters who have died in the show, their death propels people and propels our story in a very specific and meaningful way and that’s what we’re looking for.”

IndieWire spoke with Nicotero right after AMC picked up “The Walking Dead” for an eighth season, »

- Michael Schneider

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Weird Al Releases Wacky Debate Music Video ‘Bad Hombres, Nasty Women’ — Watch

21 October 2016 7:43 AM, PDT

Four-time Grammy-award winning comedy singer “Weird Al” Yankovic currently stars in Disney Xd’s latest animated series “Milo Murphy’s Law,” from the creators of popular kid series’ “Phineas and Ferb,” but when he’s not entertaining children with his voice talent, he’s helping The Gregory Brothers “songify” the news. In honor of the latest presidential debate, The Gregory Brothers and “Weird Al” have released the song “Bad Hombres, Nasty Women,” which takes snippets of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s answers and turns them into a fun new song. Watch it below.

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The song employs many of the catchphrases that became popular post debate, mainly Trump’s use of “bad hombres” and “nasty women,” but also “big league,” often misheard as “bigly,” “I don’t know Putin” and “I say it’s rigged. »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Taboo’ New Promos: Tom Hardy Seeks Revenge in These Cryptic Teasers for his FX Miniseries

21 October 2016 6:47 AM, PDT

Tom Hardy’s new FX miniseries “Taboo,” which the actor co-created, executive produced and stars in, just dropped four new promo videos, courtesy of The Hollywood News.

Read More: ‘Taboo’ TV Trailer: Tom Hardy Stars in Ominous and Artsy First Look at the FX Miniseries

The eight-episode miniseries centers on an adventurer who returns to England from Africa and is determined to avenge his father’s death. Written by Steven Knight, the writer and director of “Locke” and the creator of the TV series “Peaky Blinders,” the show will premiere on FX in early 2017.

Hardy co-created “Taboo” with his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, and Knight.

Here’s the official synopsis: Set in 1814, the Taboo miniseries follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Showrunner: Rebecca’s Delusions, Her Men and Even Boba Evolve in Season 2

21 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT

Since its premiere, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has had to balance multiple ambitious intentions: to create musical television with original songs, to sell a relative unknown as its star and to stand out from the rest of the genre programming on The CW. Not only did the Emmy-winning series succeed on all fronts, but it also put an intriguing twist on the romantic comedy genre: interpreting the familiar tropes through the lens of mental health.

While our titular protagonist Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) may not be literally insane, her behavior does raise questions of her mental stability. After all, she threw away a mid-six figure salaried job in New York for life in the far more humble West Covina, California, just because her childhood ex Josh Chan (Victor Rodriguez III) lives there. But after a season of increasingly erratic behavior, somehow — through magic perhaps? — she finally ended up with Josh in last year’s finale. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Walking Dead’: John Cleese Recaps the First 6 Seasons in Pithy Clip

20 October 2016 2:57 PM, PDT

John Cleese has four important rules for watching “The Walking Dead” and one of them includes “there are no safe places.” The Monty Python co-founder wonderfully recaps the first six seasons of the hit AMC series in Now TV’s video “John Cleese talks The Walk(ing Dead).”

“Season 7 of ‘The Walking Dead’ is on the way, which I’m sure you already know,” he begins, “unless you’ve been living under a rock, hiding under a tank, or being held captive by a nutter with a baseball bat called Lucille. But I’m getting ahead of myself.”

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In the recap he describes Rick as a “Clint Eastwood but a bit more sensitive,” Michonne as “Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill,’ but with an unsettling fondness for exotic pets” and gives the town of Woodbury one star out of four on TripAdvisor. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Wolf Creek’ Exclusive Clip: Lucy Fry Is Saved From Danger on the Horror TV Series

20 October 2016 12:01 PM, PDT

After two movies that provoked ire and admiration in nearly equal measure, “Wolf Creek” has made its way to the small screen. The Australian horror franchise is about to air its second of six episodes on Pop, who have shared an exclusive clip with Indiewire. Watch it below.

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In it, a woman (Lucy Fry) at a remote gas station is approached by a group of unsavory-looking dudes as she washes blood off her foot. One of them tries to provoke her with a lewd comment, which inspires a shotgun-wielding trucker to scare him off and offer our heroine a coffee.

Read More: ‘Wolf Creek’ Trailer: John Jarratt Is Back To His Murderous Ways In New Miniseries

Wolf Creek” first premiered at Sundance in 2005, drawing attention (and controversy) for its graphic violence; Roger Ebert was especially »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Eyewitness’ Producer Adi Hasak Bucks the System and Greg Nicotero Previews ‘The Walking Dead’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

20 October 2016 11:03 AM, PDT

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Producer Adi Hasak likes to play by his own rules. He doesn’t have an agent, and doesn’t have an overall deal anywhere. Yet over the past year he has sold two straight to-series TV shows: NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez, and now USA Network’s new thriller “Eyewitness,” starring Julianne Nicholson.

Eyewitness” is based on a Norwegian drama and follows two teenage boys who are secretly hooking up in a cabin when they witness a gangland-style killing. One of the boys’ foster mother happens to be the local sheriff, played by Julianne Nicholson, who’s investigating the crime. Hasak adapted “Eyewitness” and executive produces the show. On this week’s edition of IndieWire’s “Turn It On” podcast, Hasak shares his grand vision »

- Michael Schneider

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