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‘Twin Peaks’ Mysterious Cherry Pie Billboards Appear Across the Country

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With just under two months to go until the May 21 return of “Twin Peaks,” mysterious billboards have popped up around the country with nothing but cherry pie on them. Some billboards have a single slice of pie, while others show a full pie, but missing one slice.

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The billboards have been spotted in Seattle – where the show’s original pilot, movie and new series were filmed – with additional billboard sightings in Missoula, Mont. (birthplace of David Lynch), and Philadelphia, where Lynch attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

What is the hidden meaning of the billboards? Fans will have to wait until the series airs to find out.

“There are probably a couple more out there, so keep your eyes peeled.. and on the road!” a blog post reads on WelcomeToTwinPeaks. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 New Trailer: Humankind Faces Off Against Flesh-Eating Beasts

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Death Note’ First Trailer: Adam Wingard Reimagines the Manga Series in Netflix Original Film

Funimation has released another trailer for Season 2 of the manga series, ‘Attack on Titan,’ in which giant beasts attack the city of Shinganshina and threaten to wipe out humankind. Here’s the official description of the series from IMDb.

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaegar vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Protecting what’s left of humanity are three walls — Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sheena — and after breaking through the first wall in season one, it appears that the second wall will also be breached in season two.

Seen in the clip are Eren, Mikasa and Armin fighting back and taking on the beasts, while a handful on new titans attack various Survey Corps. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Into the Badlands’: The Hong Kong Secret That Makes the Show’s Amazing Martial Arts Possible

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The “Into the Badlands” set is a fascinating aural environment when the show’s epic fights are filmed.

That’s thanks to the blend of accents amongst the crew — American, English, Irish — as well as the Cantonese instructions being barked out as The Widow (Emily Beecham), Tilda (Ally Ioannides), and their many stunt doubles spin about and spar with each other, filming action so in-your-face that before certain shots, cameramen have to put on lacrosse helmets.

Read More: ‘Into the Badlands’ Review: Season 2 Will Cure Your ‘Iron Fist’-Induced Martial Arts Blues

It’s a blend of sounds that echo the show’s own eclectic nature. “Badlands” has stood out since its premiere in November 2015 as a show that blends genres and boasts one of the most bonkers narratives on television. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where fighting ability might be the only thing that keeps you from a bloody (and we mean Bloody) death, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Bob’s Burgers’: The Most Optimistic Show on TV? Cast and Creator Champion Positivity at PaleyFest

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Fans feed off television for different reasons. You might watch “The Americans” for the thrills or “Veep” to learn a few new insults, but the cast and creator of “Bob’s Burgers” made a compelling case for finding compassion through TV while speaking at PaleyFest Friday night.

“We’re in a moment when you have to make a choice to be optimistic,” creator Loren Bouchard said. “We made that choice with this show. The family itself is optimistic.”

“It’s not a part of the show that we set out explicitly to include,” he said. “But, in this day and age, I find myself thinking it’s an essential element of the show.”

“It’s one of the best parts of ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ that they’re in tough straits.” star H. Jon Benjamin added. “I think that’s the heart of the show: They’re a struggling family that »


- Ben Travers

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‘The A.V. Club’ Wants to Be Your Smart TV: How The Pop-Culture Site Is Moving Into the Entertainment News Circuit

24 March 2017 2:39 PM, PDT

A modest studio nestled in a corridor of industrial Chicago is the latest front in the ongoing battle to marry news and pop culture. Here, writers for the Fusion network’s new weekly show, “The A.V. Club,” are discussing how to best taste-test a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

The gag will serve as the cold open for the second episode of the pop-culture website’s eponymous TV show, which premiered March 16 and will air a new episode every Thursday evening. Host John Teti and his writers, Yolanda Carney and Fran Hoepfner, recently learned that Nintendo has coated cartridges for its new gaming system in something deliberately foul-tasting, to prevent children from eating them. “So we’re feeding it to adults,” Hoepfner said.

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Teti laughed at the phrasing. “Let’s remember that,” he noted. (They wound up with, »


- Andrew Lapin

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Melissa McCarthy Explains How ‘SNL’ Offered Her That Game-Changing Sean Spicer Role

24 March 2017 2:04 PM, PDT

It’s safe to say that Melissa McCarthy never expected to play Sean Spicer.

The Emmy-winning actress, however, must have been born to play the role. A friend at “Saturday Night Live” thought she looked enough like the White House press secretary to offer her the gig. In an interview on “Ellen,” McCarthy detailed how that phone call went down.

She also reluctantly acknowledged that she resembled Spicer and had this curious observation: “I look so much like my dad that I feel like my dad and Sean Spicer had a baby, and it’s me, which makes it even stranger.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’: Melissa McCarthy Takes Journalists to Task as Sean Spicer

Getting prosthetics only completed the process. “You mess with your ears and it really changes the shape of your head,” she said. “I got into it because I was like, ‘Can I have eye bags? »


- Hanh Nguyen

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John Leguizamo Joins ‘Waco’ Miniseries Opposite Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch

24 March 2017 12:37 PM, PDT

John Leguizamo (“Bloodline“) has joined the cast of “Waco,” the upcoming limited-run series based on the explosive 1993 event in the Texas town.

Paramount Network – which Spike TV will morph into next year – is behind the drama, which will recount the 51-day standoff between the FBI, Atf, and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians, who were suspected of weapon violations. The crisis eventually resulted in a violent shootout.

Read More: Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch Starring in ‘Waco’ Miniseries Based on 1993 Siege

Leguizamo will play Atf agent Robert Rodriguez, who was sent into Waco to investigate Koresh’s Mount Carmel and help establish a federal case. Ultimately, Rodriguez created bonds with the people he met. Leguizamo, an Emmy-winning actor, joins an already stacked cast, including Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter“) and Taylor Kitsch (“Savages“).

“The role of Robert Rodriguez is little known, but utterly fascinating as he was the only »


- Michael Gonzalez

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Set to Produce Kelly Oxford’s Totally Rad ’90s Teen Drama Series

24 March 2017 10:55 AM, PDT

James Franco and Seth Rogen are going back to their TV roots.

The pair, who had starred on the teen drama “Freaks and Geeks” together, will produce a Hulu TV series based on a script by social media personality Kelly Oxford, reports Variety.

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Not much is known about the hourlong series other than it’s a teen show that’s set in the 1990’s, according to Variety’s source. The duo will serve as executive producers on the project, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg.

Franco and Rogen first met when they played outcast students on Paul Feig’s “Freaks and Geeks” alongside other future stars like Linda Cardellini, Jason legal, Martin Starr, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps and Samm Levine. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 3 Review: Lily Tomlin Invents Geriatric Vibrators and the Series Has Never Been Better

24 March 2017 10:41 AM, PDT

By now, you know if “Grace and Frankie” is for you.

After two seasons of curiously addictive TV, it’s clear the talents of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are as undeniable as the show’s comedic and dramatic rhythms are challenging. You may love the cast, but find the storytelling uneven. You may want more comedy, more drama, or just more episodes — like the stars. But “Grace and Frankie” is exactly what it wants to be, whether you love it or remain oddly drawn to it, and Season 3 is all about being proud of that identity.

And to this critic, it should be.

The main thrust of Season 3’s first six episodes is unabashed openness: Grace and Frankie have started their own business, manufacturing vibrators for the elderly, and they’re not going to let social hang-ups about sex or ageist business practices get in their way. Grace’s »


- Ben Travers

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‘Casting JonBenet’ Trailer: Inventive Netflix Doc Explores Case That Captivated Nation — Watch

24 March 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Netflix has released the full length trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Casting JonBenet.” The film, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, hails from Australian director Kitty Green (“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul”).

Read More: ‘Casting JonBenet’ Review: When a Murder Fuels a Fascinating Documentary Experiment — Sundance 2017

The documentary revisits the unsolved murder of six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey, who was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado, home on December 26, 1996. The hybrid documentary includes footage of some Boulder local actors (both professionals and non-pro), auditioning to play the roles of JonBenet, her mother Patsy, her father John and her brother Burke, as well as cinematic re-enactments of events that took place before and after the murder. In their audition, the Boulder locals are asked to offer their take on the case.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Orphan Black’ Cast and Crew Share 14 Secrets of the Sestrahood — PaleyFest 2017

24 March 2017 8:21 AM, PDT

The Clone Club has gone Hollywood. (Okay, maybe only Crystal did.)

The cast and creators of “Orphan Black” hit PaleyFest on Thursday night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for its first ever panel to look back on the past four seasons and hint at the fifth and final season. The night kicked off with more than just a hint, though. The Paley audience was given an exclusive early screening of the Season 5 premiere.

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It was the best 44 minutes of Helena scarfing down food that we’ve ever seen. We’re kidding, of course, but we’d totally watch that. In the interests of not spoiling the fifth season, we’ll just say that the premiere picks up where Season 4 left off. When last we left the sestras, Rachel (Tatiana Maslany) was »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Seth Meyers Calls Out Donald Trump for Stealing Signature ‘Weekend Update’ Gags — Watch

24 March 2017 7:31 AM, PDT

Seth Meyers has a message for Donald Trump: “I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from ‘Weekend Update’ anchors – it is on!”

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The “Late Night” host’s message for Trump follows an interview the president gave earlier this week to Time Magazine, where he defended some controversial comments and claims he has made in the past, most of which are unsubstantiated.

“I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works,” Trump said in the interview, which came out on Thursday’s issue of the magazine, with a cover that bore the title: “Is Truth Dead?”

Read More: Shia Labeouf Says America is no Longer Safe for His Anti-Trump Art Installation

But, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business

23 March 2017 7:30 PM, PDT

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

After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.

For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »


- Ben Travers

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Atx TV Festival: ‘Girls,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘Snowfall’ Panels Added to Lineup

23 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Peak TV is coming to Austin, Texas.

The Atx Television Festival announced Thursday a robust number of television panels and screenings joining its lineup of already impressive programming. John Singleton’s upcoming crack cocaine drama “Snowfall” gets the honors of being the Opening Night screening. Other FX programs that will be featured are “The Americans” and “Fargo.” Other new shows added include HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Girls,” in addition to “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

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Check out the full list of new TV panels and screenings below.

Premieres

Snowfall” (FX)

John Singleton’s new series set in 1980s Los Angeles traces the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic. “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show.

Screenings

”Fargo”

FX will screen »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Funny or Die’ Skit: Watch ‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Promote the Sexual Assault Survivor Utility Belt

23 March 2017 11:43 AM, PDT

In this day and age, it seems as though sometimes the best way to put the absurd elements of our society into perspective is to humorously satirize them. That kind of social criticism is once again made humorous in a recent “Funny or Die” skit, which takes the form of an old, cheesy informercial in order to sell its product: the sexual assault toolbelt. You can watch the full video below.

Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) assumes the role of the product’s spokesperson, proving to her friend that this item will help her manage the complicated legal process following her sexual assault.

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The skit bounces between the hilarity and depressing nature of the situation, as the video takes on the form of an after school commercial as a way of talking down to »


- Michael Gonzalez

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 3 First Look Includes Some Exciting Guest Stars

23 March 2017 10:39 AM, PDT

It’s a miracle! While we still have to wait a couple of months for its return, we now have our first look at Season 3 of the Emmy-nominated “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Netflix has released four new stills from the upcoming season, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, along with the official synopsis for the season premiere and a list of guest stars who will be appearing.

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After tracking down her long-lost mother, Season 2 ended with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) receiving a phone call from the man who held her and her fellow “Mole-Women” captive for 15 years —  The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm).  Shockingly, it turns out that Kimmy and The Reverend are in fact married, and the Reverend wants a divorce.

Read More: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks and More »


- Juan Diaz

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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Reunited In First Photos, And It Looks So Eerily Good

23 March 2017 10:37 AM, PDT

Entertainment Weekly has released its cover shoot with the cast of “Twin Peaks” ahead of the limited series return of David Lynch’s cult classic, which will be directed by Lynch and written with original series writer Mark Frost. EW also obtained set photos and a few production stills.

In a behind the scenes video, the cast members mused on returning the project 25 years later.

“Some things have changed, but a lot hasn’t changed. A lot is still steady the way it was,” said Peggy Lipton, in her character Norma’s sea foam green waitress uniform. “Now we get to come back more grown up, with a level of wisdom that we didn’t have,” said an all grown up Sherilyn Fenn, who played femme fatale Audrey Horne in the original series.

Read More: ’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a »


- Jude Dry

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss is Forced Into Sexual Servitude in Hulu Original Drama Series

23 March 2017 10:24 AM, PDT

Hulu has released a new trailer for its upcoming original drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 best-selling novel of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss in the lead role.

Moss plays Offred, a woman enslaved as a handsmaid in the household of the Commander of the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime in which women are simply property of the state. Offred is part of a group of fertile women forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to populate the world.

Read More: New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

“I think the book’s been around for 35 years, and every time someone reads it, they say, ‘Wow, this is timely,'” said showrunner Bruce Miller at this year’s TCA convention. “And I think one of the things that is »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Explains Why Bingeing Season 3 is a Bad Idea

23 March 2017 9:57 AM, PDT

The Leftovers” may not premiere until April 16, but critics just received screeners for not one, not two, but seven of the eight total episodes in Season 3. And if you think I’m not racing home to watch them right now, well, you’re right — but only because Damon Lindelof asked me not to.

In a letter accompanying the screeners, Lindelof politely made his case against bingeing, starting off by saying, “Bingeing is bad,” and then invoking everything from fake spoilers — “Liv Tyler shoots lasers out of her eyes in Episode 4” — to over-indulging on Pringles as reasons not to plow through all seven episodes of “The Leftovers'” final season.

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It’s not uncommon for showrunners to pen letters to critics before a new season. Often, we receive them accompanying the episodes for consideration, »


- Ben Travers

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