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Damon Lindelof on Why We Need a New ‘Watchmen’ Now: ‘What We Think About Superheroes is Wrong’

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HBO has yet to officially green light a “Watchmen” TV adaptation, but Damon Lindelof has been hard at work on the series for more than a month. Chronicled with sly references and clever comparisons on the showrunner’s Instagram account, the series — which received a pilot order from the premium cable network in September — has already generated a lot of buzz.

On Saturday afternoon, Lindelof spoke publicly about the project for the first time. He took part in a panel at Vulture Fest along with “The Good Place” creator Mike Schur and was asked by Vulture’s West Coast Editor Josef Adalian why he decided to follow-up his critically acclaimed series “The Leftovers” with a comic book adaptation.

Prefacing his point with his memory of the original graphic novel, Lindelof said, “Watchmen was dangerous.”

“The reason I’m doing this is because these are dangerous times and we need dangerous shows, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: ‘Chances Are High’ Kali Will Be Back

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Stranger Things” Season 2.]

Eleven’s sister may make Season 3 of “Stranger Things” a sibling affair. At the “Stranger Things: Inside the Upside Down” panel at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, the cast and crew of the Netflix series were on hand to reveal behind-the-scenes info from Season 2 and tease what might lie ahead.

In particular, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that Kali (Linnea Berthelsen) will most likely return for Season 3. “It would feel weird that we would’n’t resolve that storyline,” said Matt Duffer. “Chances are high that she comes back.”

Ross Duffer added, “We’re in very early days of Season 3… That’s not an official announcement.”

In the second season, “Chapter 7: The Lost Sister” was one of the most divisive episodes among fans and critics alike because it was a standalone adventure that took place outside of the action of Hawkins, Indiana. Even IndieWire’s »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Amber Tamblyn to Lena Dunham: Stop Making Excuses for ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape

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Updated (November 18): Lena Dunham released a new statement on Twitter saying she and Jenni Konner regret the timing of their prior statement “with every fiber of our being,” adding, “every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case.”

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Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 19, 2017

Without naming “Girls” creator Lena Dunham and showrunner Jenni Konner, Amber Tamblyn criticized them for siding with series writer Murray Miller, who this week was accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau. At The Hollywood Roosevelt on November 18, the “Paint It Black” writer-director closed out the Vulture Festival edition of “Feminist Af,” the reading series she co-founded with author Roxane Gay, by encouraging women to be “allies to one another” without exception.

“‘Wait a minute, this was my friend; wait a minute, »


- Jenna Marotta

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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’

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Matthew Weiner has denied the sexual-harassment accusation made against him by former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon. “The allegations are not true, and [this] is a very important topic and a topic that I have devoted — it has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life, for like 92 hours of the show,” he said while promoting his novel “Heather, the Totality” yesterday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We wanted people to be having this conversation. It’s great that we’re having it,” Weiner added. “It’s a very serious issue.”

Read More:‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

The event was moderated by “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, who asked Weiner why Gordon would make an untrue claim. He responded that he didn’t “want to speak to someone else’s character.”

“I will say this, »


- Michael Nordine

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Lena Dunham Defends ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape, Claiming ‘Insider Knowledge’ of the Situation

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Following yesterday’s accusation of rape against “Girls” writer/producer Murray Miller, Lena Dunham has rushed to her colleague’s defense. “I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love,” she tweeted yesterday. Miller was accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau in 2012, when she was 17 and he was 35. She filed a police report yesterday.

Dunham and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner issued a joint statement claiming that their “insider knowledge” of the situation makes them “confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

Read More:Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17

Here’s Dunham and Konner’s full statement:

“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘True Detective’ Season 3: Carmen Ejogo Cast Opposite Mahershala Ali; Character Details Revealed

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It’s time to retire the #TrueDetectiveSeason3 memes and start speculating about #TrueDetectiveSeason4 instead, as Mahershala Ali finally has his co-star in the HBO drama’s return: Carmen Ejogo. The “Selma,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and “Alien: Covenant” star is on a well-deserved roll of late, and her role as Amelia Reardon — described as “an Arkansas schoolteacher who has a connection to two children who went missing in the 1980s” — looks set to continue it.

Read More:‘True Detective’ Season 3: Everything You Need to Know

A few salient details have emerged about this new incarnation of the series, which won widespread acclaim in its first season but opened to a more mixed reception during its second go-round. The official plot summary declares that season 3 “tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch

17 November 2017 6:49 PM, PST

It turns out there’s enough to go around ratings-wise on Thursday night. NBC has taken hold of the Thursday Night Football package, which it shares with CBS (both of whom simulcast with NFL Network), and its fortunes on the night have grown substantially. Now with two nights of NFL, plus staples like “This Is Us” and “The Voice,” NBC easily won the week ending November 12 in adults 18-49, and scored its first total viewers victory of the season.

But on Thursday nights, ABC and CBS also have reason to crow in the 8 p.m. hour: “Grey’s Anatomy,” which just hit its 300th episode, remains a potent force. And “Young Sheldon” is developing into a new hit behind “The Big Bang Theory.” (Also in the hour, Fox’s “Gotham” and The CW’s “Supernatural” also perform relatively respectably, although not nearly at the same level).

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- Michael Schneider

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Diagnoses Rebecca Once and for All, but It’s Not What She Wanted to Hear

17 November 2017 6:00 PM, PST

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 3, Episode 6, “Josh Is Irrelevant.”]

In the wake of her suicide attempt in last week’s episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) is recovering physically from overdosing on anti-anxiety meds she took on a plane, but mentally and emotionally, she’s still trying to catch up.

On Friday’s episode, she gets what sounds like the answer to all of her problems. When Dr. Dan Shin (Jay Hayden) says he believes she’s been misdiagnosed all these years, she has the first glimmer of real hope. She’d been struggling because she’d been given meds and treatment for anxiety, depression, Ocd, and host of other incorrect diagnoses, but now she’ll find out what she really has, healing can begin. “He just opened up a whole new set of possibilities, a whole new path for my life,” Rebecca says.

The Diagnosis

It turns out that Rebecca has Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd), which is so misunderstood that Dr. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17

17 November 2017 3:12 PM, PST

Aurora Perrineau has accused “Girls” writer/executive producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17, The Wrap reports. The alleged incident took place in 2012, when Miller was 35; Perrineau provided The Wrap with the results of a polygraph she took in September. “I filed a police report today. I cannot talk about the investigation that is happening currently,” she said.

In her polygraph statement, which the “Passengers” and “Equals” actress says she passed, Perrineau stated that she met Miller during an evening out with friends at the Standard Hotel. She had “consumed some alcoholic beverages” and Miller “was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old.” Perrineau’s father is “Lost” star Harold Perrineau.

Read More:Can Hollywood’s Predators Be Rehabilitated? Doctors Say Yes, for Some — but There’s No Quick Fix

Miller later asked the group for a ride home, admitting that “he was drunk, »


- Michael Nordine

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Trump’s FCC May Turn Local TV News Right-Wing: What To Know About the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

17 November 2017 1:52 PM, PST

As millions of Americans gather next week for Thanksgiving, they’re also bracing for the inevitable breakdown into shouting points some relatives picked up from cable news. And it may be about to get even worse.

What Fox News has done to help slant cable news to the right, Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group is now poised to do to the nation’s local broadcast news, turning it all into a hotbed of national partisanship.

In order to complete its nationwide takeover of the local news, via a $3.9 billion plan to merge with Tribune Media, Sinclair first needs permission from the Federal Communications Commission — which it is almost certainly going to get.

What exactly is Sinclair, and what is it doing?

Every large and medium American city, and most of the small ones, has a bunch of local TV stations. They’re usually network affiliates — channels that bring your local news »


- Kate Cox

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Preview: The First Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor Enter the Tardis — Watch

17 November 2017 12:53 PM, PST

You neophytes may not know it, but the Tardis is a pretty big deal in the world of “Doctor Who.” The device — whose name may or may not be an acronym — has long been used by Doctors to travel through time, probably, and will next be occupied by the 13th Doctor. Before Jodie Whittaker takes residence in that iconic vessel, however, the folks at BBC are treating fans to a preview in which the First Doctor comes upon the Twelfth Doctor’s Tardis.

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The scene comes from “Twice Upon a Time,” this year’s Christmas Special, and stars Peter Capaldi as the current Doctor, David Bradley (also familiar for playing Filch in the “Harry Potter” movies and Walder Frey on “Game of Thrones”) as the First Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, »


- Michael Nordine

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Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

17 November 2017 11:28 AM, PST

During a Nov. 15 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Arrested Development” star Alia Shawkat revealed that Season 5 of the cult sitcom had just wrapped filming. Unfortunately, that announcement was sandwiched between two dark media scandals featuring members of the show’s ensemble cast.

The first was a series of tweets from comedian Charlyne Yi on Oct. 15, who accused David Cross (who plays eccentric Tobias Fünke) of making racist comments toward her. Cross’ apology was cynical, blaming the incident on playing a “southern redneck character” that she didn’t understand, and lashing out against social media followers who called him out on the incident. Then came two allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested’s” cruel patriarch George Bluth Sr.), one from a former assistant and the other from a fellow “Transparent” actress.

Arrested Development” has always been a gonzo comedic sandbox — even though it’s packaged like a semi-traditional sitcom, »


- William Earl

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‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

17 November 2017 11:18 AM, PST

Marti Noxon, a former consulting producer on “Mad Men” and the director of Netflix’s “To the Bone,” today lent credence to the sexual-harassment claim leveled against Matthew Weiner by Kater Gordon. Noxon both praised and criticized the “Mad Men” creator in a series of tweets, referring to him as “devilishly clever and witty” as well as “an ’emotional terrorist’ who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met.”

She saved one of her most important points for last: “I believe Kater Gordon.”

Read More:‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Accused of Sexual Harassment by Writer Kater Gordon

Gordon, who previously served as Weiner’s assistant before becoming a writer on the acclaimed AMC drama, won an Emmy for the episode “Meditations in an Emergency.” She alleges that, as she and Weiner were working together one night, he told her she owed it to »


- Michael Nordine

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Dave Chappelle Announces New Netflix Special With ‘Stranger Things’-Inspired Teaser

17 November 2017 10:19 AM, PST

In a new teaser, Netflix announced on Friday that Dave Chappelle will be releasing “Equanimity,” his third comedy special with the streaming site, on Dec. 31. Eight months have passed since the first two of Chappelle’s three promised Netflix specials have been released, which include “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “The Age of Spin.” He also appeared in the “Def Comedy Jam” 25th anniversary special for Netflix earlier this year.

Read More:Jon Stewart Takes Aim at Donald Trump and White Supremacists During Surprise Stand-Up Appearance With Dave Chappelle

Most recently, the “Netflix is a Joke” social channel has taken over the ad campaigns, spiking the “Equanimity” teaser with whimsy appeal geared towards the streaming mogul. If anything, it makes one thing abundantly clear: Dave Chappelle and “Stranger Things” make the greatest pair since tomato juice and tabasco.

Chappelle appeared in the official “Netflix is a Joke” campaign alongside comedians Jerry Seinfeld, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Gunpowder’ Trailer: Kit Harington Rides Into the 1600s in HBO Murder Plot Miniseries

17 November 2017 9:32 AM, PST

The trailer for HBO’s newest miniseries “Gunpowder” makes one thing perfectly clear: Kit Harington’s hair should only be styled down. (Looking at you, Jon Snow man-bun.) In any case, the introduction to the latest three-part 17th century thriller features Harington as Robert Catesby, the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot that enveloped London back in 1605.

Catesby, a committed Catholic, struggles to live in Protestant England where Catholics are ruthlessly persecuted. Robert Cecil, King James’ spymaster (played by Mark Gatiss of “Game of Thrones” and “Sherlock” fame), oppresses those who are openly Catholic through loss of property, torture, and death. The acclaimed cast also features Liv Tyler (“The Leftovers”) as Catesby’s cousin, Anne Vaux, and Peter Mullan (“Quarry”) as the Jesuit Father Garnet.

The series, which originally aired on BBC One, was received as a historically accurate drama with gruesome and violent scenes that shocked some unknowing viewers. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex

17 November 2017 7:10 AM, PST

Season 2 of “Easy,” the Netflix anthology comedy series created by Joe Swanberg, is one step closer, now that the streaming giant has dropped the trailer for the show’s upcoming season.

The show will continue to explore, as it did with Season 1 last year, a set of diverse characters in the Chicago urban space as they blunder “through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture,” according to Netflix.

Related:How ‘Easy’ Creator Joe Swanberg Talked Himself Into Making TV for Netflix

Easy’ will follow the same individually anthologized episode structure, with some new stars joining the show, including Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald.

Returning cast includes Dave Franco, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Jacqueline Toboni, and Aya Cash. Whether they will play their Season 1 characters is still unknown.

IndieWire’s TV »


- Alberto Achar

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Stephen Colbert Puts Ben Affleck in the Hot Seat, Asks About Groping Accusation — Watch

17 November 2017 6:14 AM, PST

Ben Affleck has been making the press rounds promoting his second turn as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Warner Bros. superhero tentpole “Justice League,” and he was put in the hot seat during his interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Colbert asked the actor about Harvey Weinstein and his own sexual harassment accusation from “Trl” host and “One Tree Hill” actress Hilarie Burton, to which affleck responded, “This is a comedy show, correct?”

Read More:Ben Affleck Jokes About Sexual Harassment in Hollywood During ‘Justice League’ Interview — Watch

Affleck noted that he hadn’t worked with Weinstein in nearly 15 years when the harassment and abuse allegations against the former studio head started being made. The actor reiterated that he was not aware of Weinstein’s alleged abuse and expressed remorse over the fact that he was making movies with Weinstein while women were suffering because of the executive’s behavior. »


- Zack Sharf

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment on ‘Transparent’ Set By Actress Trace Lysette

17 November 2017 5:34 AM, PST

Transparent” actress Trace Lysette has accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Lysette is the second woman to go public with allegations against Tambor, following the actor’s former assistant Van Barnes on November 8. Lysette, who has recurred on the series as Shea since Season 1, posted a statement on Twitter in which she revealed Tambor harassed her on set during the making of Season 2 of Amazon’s Emmy-winning comedy.

Read More:Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former Assistant, Amazon Investigating

According to Lysette, Tambor made “sexual advances and comments” towards her and “one time it got physical.” The actress said Tambor sexualized her in front of co-star Alexandra Billings during a break on set in between takes. Lysette laughed the comments off because “it was so absurd” and she thought “surely it had to be a joke.” But the harassment turned physical later that day.

“In between takes, I »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

16 November 2017 7:30 PM, PST

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close, »


- Ben Travers

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‘195 Lewis’ Explores Polyamory With the Style of a Lesbian ‘Insecure’ — Watch

16 November 2017 12:49 PM, PST

If Issa Rae were a queer woman, “Insecure” might look more like “195 Lewis,” a show so stylish, sexy, and assured that it has steadily built momentum by word of mouth since its festival premiere over a year ago. Set in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, “195 Lewis” follows a black lesbian couple as they strive to practice radical honesty in their newly polyamorous relationship. Surrounding them are a group of close-knit young black queer friends, peppered with characters as unique and colorful as the greens and purple hues of every gorgeous frame.

Read More:Chanelle Aponte Pearson’s Dazzling Ode to Black Lesbian Love Is the Next Great Queer Project of 2017

Co-writer Rae Leone Allen stars as Yuri, a quietly swaggering lothario with a little too much on her plate. Between her girlfriend Camille (Sirita Wright), Texas-transplant college flame Kris (Roxie Johnson), mysterious beauty Harlem (Trae Harris), and scene-stealing tomboy buddy, »


- Jude Dry

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