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Diverse Documentaries Under Attack as Congressman Questions Public Broadcasting ‘Agenda’

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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting may have a documentary problem.

At a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Cpb president/CEO Patricia Harrison heard mostly support from Congressional members on attendance. With House critics of funding for public broadcasting mostly absent, the focus was on how public radio and TV stations support education, veteran, health and safety issues across the country – particularly rural areas.

One Congressperson even asked Harrison how the Cpb would allocate its funds if its annual appropriation was doubled from its current level ($445 million annually). The hearing came just weeks after Donald Trump’s proposed budget suggested a complete elimination of Cpb funding.

Read More: PBS Will Likely Survive, But Trump’s Proposal Hits Stations Servicing His Own Rural Supporters the Hardest

The hearing was mostly devoid of fireworks, except when Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) took issue with a handful of recent documentary titles, such as “Baby Mama High, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

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ABC has released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” The film is written and directed by John Ridley and will air on ABC April 28, following its theatrical release a week before, on Friday, April 21. The documentary marks ABC News’ first theatrical production and release.

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The release of “Let It Fall” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, which began in April 29, 1992 following the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case. The film takes viewers back 10 years before the riots to explore the events that led to the uprising, which left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

The documentary features archival footage as well as exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people from different neighborhoods across Los Angeles who were directly involved in the events. »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Louis C.K. ‘2017’ Trailer: Netflix Presents Another Stand-Up Special — Watch

14 hours ago

Netflix’s stand-up selection continues to expand. A week after releasing Dave Chappelle’s first two comedy specials in more than a decade, the streaming service has dropped the trailer for Louis C.K.’s upcoming “2017.” Watch below.

Read More: Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to Stand-Up is Upon Us in New Trailer for Netflix Specials

No footage of the actual jokes makes said trailer, but a press release assures us that “religion, eternal love, giving dogs drugs, email fights, teachers and more” will all be discussed by the “Louie” creator as he wears a suit and tie onstage in Washington D.C. Before taking the stage, C.K. sets a coffee mug down on a sheet of paper reading simply “this is it.”

Read More: Louis C.K., Albert Brooks Animated Series ‘The Cops’ Gets Greenlight From TBS

We may never get more episodes of “Louie,” but at least we’ll see more of Louis himself. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Writing New TV Series Based on Acid House Movement

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Irvine Welsh, author of the best-selling 1993 novel “Trainspotting,” has been tapped to pen a new TV series based on the birth of the acid house and rave music movement, as reported by Fact. Welsh’s screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh will co-write the screenplay.

Read More: ‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Wants Donald Trump to Watch and Publicly Condemn the Sequel

The series will be titled “Ibiza87” and will be inspired by the careers of the famous DJs Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling. It follows the story of the advent of the rave movement, from the trio’s famous trip to Ibiza in 1987 (after which they became known as “the Ibiza four” together with DJ Johnny Walker) to the summer of 1989, known as the Second Summer of Love, when acid music became the dominant sound in England’s club scene.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Triumphs At the Box Office, While »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘True Detective’ Season 3: Despite Changes, the HBO Drama Still Has an Auteur TV Problem

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The long-gestating third season of “True Detective” appears to have a little extra juice in it, with word that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written two episodes and David Milch has joined as a producer.

Read More: ‘True Detective’ Season 3: HBO Says, ‘It Is Not Dead’

For those who loved the first installment, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two men investigating one crime over the course of years, the news might be exciting — but those who watched the second season might understandably be a little wary of the news.

That’s because “True Detective” Season 2 was further confirmation of a fact that savvy television viewers are more than aware of: Coming up with one good season of television does not make you a world-class showrunner.

This is especially true if one of the primary reasons for your show’s success — such as a key collaborator like Cary Fukunaga — departs. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Big Little Lies’ Soundtrack: Listen to This Soulful Playlist From HBO’s Addictive Mystery Series

16 hours ago

Excited for the finale of “Big Little Lies” on Sunday? Here’s one more thing to get you in the mood.

Listen to the Spotify playlist below for the songs heard on HBO’s addictive mystery series. Put these tracks on to immediately evoke the feel of living in Monterey, where looking at the ocean is a way of life. Shouldn’t we all have the privilege of chilling with our girlfriends at a seaside cafe while indulging in champagne and possibly a muffin?

Read More: ‘Big Little Lies’: Shailene Woodley on American Repression, Violence and Why ‘Every Parent Is Afraid of Their Kid’

On the series, Reese Witherspoon plays busybody mother Madeline, who welcomes newcomer Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) to the seaside town of Monterey, California. Together with Celeste (Nicole Kidman), they form a tight group of friends who must deal with the drama at their kids’ school, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Thank You for Smoking’ Being Adapted as Gun Control Series ‘Thank You for Shooting’

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While bumming a cigarette off a stranger is becoming rarer these days, “Thank You for Smoking” could end up coming to our TVs anyway, reports Variety.

Thanks to Keshet Studios, the 2005 Jason Reitman satire is being adapted into an anthology series that would focus on a social issue each season. The first season of the revamped comedy would look at the gun control debate using the new title “Thank You for Shooting.”

Read More: The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

In the original film, Aaron Eckhart starred as Big Tobacco spokesman Nick Naylor who used everything in his power, including bribes, charisma and the logic of false equivalency to push his agenda. The movie also co-starred Maria Bello, William H. Macy, Rob Lowe, Adam Brody, Katie Holmes, J.K. Simmons, and Robert Duvall.

Thank You for Smoking” is just one of many concepts being developed by Keshet, including »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Sarah Paulson Nominates Herself to Play Donald Trump in New Season of ‘American Horror Story’

17 hours ago

Back when Ryan Murphy announced that the upcoming season of “American Horror Story” would be inspired by the 2016 presidential election, it was only natural to assume that some of his frequent collaborators would take on the roles of the politicians who brought actual horror into our lives over the past year. Among Murphy’s frequent collaborators is Sarah Paulson, who knows what character she’d like to play — but it’s not who you’d expect. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paulson said she’d like to play the cheeto-commander himself.

“I’d like to play Donald Trump,” she said. “Why not? That’s an acting challenge, to be sure.” Paulson’s frequent collaboration with Murphy might have suggested an appearance as Hillary Clinton — after all, she did rock a pantsuit before in her Emmy-winning role as Marcia Clark. However, she believes she could play the 45th President, »


- Juan Diaz

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The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

18 hours ago

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who has been the best guest star on a scripted show?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

Wayne Brady showing up in body armor and riding a horse on Syfy’s post-apocalyptic disaster disaster “Aftermath” needs to be mentioned somewhere in this critics’ roundup, so here it is. But I’ll point out two from intentional comedies that come to mind. Timothy Olyphant’s short run on “The Grinder” as himself was fantastic and if I didn’t mention this my coworker Kaitlin would kill me. But my pick goes to David Duchovny, also as himself, on “The Larry Sanders Show.” We’d largely known Duchovny for »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Harlots’: Why Hulu’s Bawdy Prostitution Drama Will Prepare You for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

19 hours ago

Hulu’s “Harlots” arrives at a key time for women’s sexual and reproductive health. Not only are those issues being addressed in today’s political climate, with Texas in particular considering various anti-abortion legislation, but Hulu’s other big spring release, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” also addresses a woman’s ability to decide what to do with her body.

But while “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a dystopian story of women forced to breed for high-ranking men, “Harlots” takes a more practical approach to how women used their bodies to deal with oppression. Becoming a whore or madam wasn’t ideal, but in 1760s Georgian London, it was both lucrative and offered the best chances at some sort of upward mobility and independence – unlike the conditions of the completely patriarchal marriages of the day.

Read More: ‘Harlots’ Trailer: It’s the Battle of the Brothels in Hulu’s Family »


- Hanh Nguyen

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7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

20 hours ago

Hot off the critical and awards season success of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon is continuing to ink major production deals with some of the art house world’s biggest stars, from newly-minted Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to the the delightfully original Leos Carax — and that’s just the start. Amazon’s relationship with creators also includes a number of television heavy-hitters, including Amy Sherman-Palladino and Matthew Weiner, but the keen eye they’ve turned on filmmakers is the one to watch.

Still, there is much work to be done. While Amazon has had major success working with filmmaker and showrunner Jill Soloway — and its latest batch of pilots includes a standout from “Gilmore Girls” alum Sherman-Palladino — the list of filmmakers who recently signed on to produce features with the studio is woefully lacking when it comes to female talents. If you can grab a Yorgos Lanthimos, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Extended Trailer: Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Prepare for the Heist of Their Lives — Watch

20 hours ago

Ewan McGregor may play dual roles on “Fargo,” but it looks like both of them have met their match.

When the acclaimed FX series returns on April 19, we’ll see Carrie Coon’s police chief character Gloria Burgle take charge in investigating a nefarious crime. She carries on the “Fargo” tradition of female law enforcement characters with strong moral fiber taking down the bad guys.

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

As for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, she plays Nikki Swango, the girlfriend of the long-haired McGregor brother. She seems good for him. Not only is she loyal and supportive, she also seems to not suffer fools gladly, judging by her grousing about “unfathomable pinheadery” in the extended trailer below.

Here’s FX’s full description for Year 3 to prepare you:

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Girls’ Star Andrew Rannells Has Some Tips on Auditioning With Balls and ‘Smash’ Songs

21 hours ago

Tony-nominated actor Andrew Rannells projects the confidence of a man who can do it all — but this Sunday, we found out that he can’t jump.

That is, if he’s auditioning for a role in “White Men Can’t Jump: The Musical,” a fictional Broadway musical within the world of “Girls.” It’s an opportunity that represents a real chance for Elijah (Rannells) to ascend to a new level of success, just as everyone else on the show finds themselves growing up.

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When it comes to Season 6, Episode 7 of “Girls,” titled “The Bounce,” Rannells was quick to give credit for the hilarious audition sequence to director Richard Shepard and choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall (the latter of whom has been working with the series for years, stretching back to the Season 3 episode “Beach House”). But Rannells also revealed »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Alison Wright On How Her Fictional Character May Fare Better Than Real Women in Film

28 March 2017 2:00 AM, PDT

If your favorite “Feud: Bette and Joan” character is Pauline, Alison Wright gets it.

“I kind of love her too,” she told IndieWire. “She’s a strong, assertive, capable, able woman, and not a victim in any sort of sense. She’s got her head screwed on pretty tight. Ryan [Murphy] initially described her as being whip-smart and cool as a cucumber, so that’s an attractive concept right there.”

Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Main Titles: How That Striking Vintage Opening Sequence Got Made

Wright first became familiar to FX audiences as another 20th century secretary, “poor Martha” of “The Americans.” But the two characters couldn’t be further apart. As the loyal and clever assistant to director Robert Aldrich (played in the show by Alfred Molina), Pauline represents a rare breed of Hollywood women for the year 1962 — an aspiring director, who in this week’s episode has the »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Psycho’ Gets Woke: Rihanna’s ‘Bates Motel’ Shower Scene is a Progressive Twist on Hitchcock — Showrunner Interview

27 March 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 6, “Marion.”]

It all seemed so familiar: Marion Crane checked into the Bates Motel. Norman brought her some food. She ate. They talked. Soon after, she climbed into the shower. Water poured from the faucet above. Tension slowly built. Then, suddenly, the curtain was yanked back, and…

“Screw this shit.”

With those words, Marion Crane stepped out of the shower and “Bates Motel” took its “Psycho” plot in a whole new direction. Rather than killing off the woman who stole from her employer in the hopes of starting a new life with her boyfriend — like in Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film that inspired the series — showrunner Kerry Ehrin orchestrated a story that ended with Marion’s cheating beau, Sam Loomis, stabbed to death instead.

“That made me laugh, when she gets out of the shower,” Ehrin said, following a recent early screening of the episode. “That’s one of my favorite moments. »


- Ben Travers

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6 Wild (And Early) Emmy Nomination Predictions

27 March 2017 4:14 PM, PDT

April and May are to the Emmys as November and December are to the Oscars, as networks strive to premiere shows before the May 31 Emmy eligibility cutoff date, in hopes that these shows will be fresh in voters’ minds when filling out ballots.

With that in mind, it may not be too crazy to start looking at what shows could collect nominations this summer, and potentially stand as major players at the Emmys in September. So here are six of our bold predictions for this year’s Emmy’s nominations, and you can hear all of Ben and Liz’s picks in their podcast below.

Westworld” Sweeps All Technical Categories for TV Drama

While it’s still early to see whether or not HBO’s new hit series will compete for the ultimate prize of Best TV Drama, it may not be too crazy to think that “Westworld” will, at the very least, »


- Michael Gonzalez

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‘Too Old to Die Young’: Miles Teller to Star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series

27 March 2017 3:46 PM, PDT

Nicolas Winding Refn has so many projects in one stage or development or another that it can be difficult to glean a sense of which might actually see the light of day first. It now appears that his TV series “Too Old to Die Young” is moving to the front of the line, as “Whiplash” star Miles Teller has just been cast in the upcoming Amazon show.

Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn to Develop Crime Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’ For Amazon

Teller, who’s also appeared in “Divergent,” “Fantastic Four” and an unflattering Esquire cover story, is set to play a grieving Los Angeles police officer navigating an underworld filled with contract assassins representing the Yakuza, Mexican cartels, Russian mob and roving adolescents, among others. The series will follow “killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai,” because this is Nicolas Winding Refn we’re talking about here and what »


- Michael Nordine

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Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike

27 March 2017 2:59 PM, PDT

It’s a growing concern that probably hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hard-working staffs of TV’s late-night shows: A Writers Guild strike would silence their shows, right when they’re providing some of the sharpest analysis and critiques of the Donald Trump administration.

The threat of a strike inched closer to reality Friday, as talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers stalled, and members of the WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members asking for a strike authorization vote.

Read More: Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote

Like the last work stoppage in 2007, a strike would likely hit the business hard — particularly in an era of so much new media disruption. But for liberal-leaning Hollywood, here’s another unfortunate truth: Should a strike be called, the earliest — and perhaps only — winner in all of this could be Trump. »


- Michael Schneider

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Hans Zimmer Reteams With ‘Planet Earth II’ Co-Composers for ‘Blue Planet II’ Score

27 March 2017 2:08 PM, PDT

On the heels of “Planet Earth II” airing its finale on BBC America, the network announced that the musical team behind its breathtaking score will be back for “Blue Planet II.”

The legendary Oscar winner Hans Zimmer had put his talents to work for the first time in the natural history genre by composing the theme for “Planet Earth II,” while Bleeding Fingers’ co-composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe tackled the stirring score. For their new venture, the team will score the seven-part series that takes place in each of the world’s oceans.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score

“It’s an incredible opportunity and privilege to be working again with the BBC’s Natural History Unit on such a globally important project,” Zimmer said in a statement. “It’s a joy to compose to such beautiful, powerful and inspiring picture. Once more »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Bryan Cranston Visits the Set of ‘Better Call Saul,’ Jokes That He’s Playing a ‘Geriatric Patient’

27 March 2017 1:41 PM, PDT

Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!” warns a new behind-the-scenes look at the “Breaking Bad” spinoff’s upcoming third season. That’s unlikely to stop speculation that the former Walter White will do just that, however, as Cranston makes a stop on the show’s set in the same video and insists he’s “here to play a geriatric patient” as series creator Vince Gilligan laughs on. (“No he’s not!” insists onscreen text.) .

Read More: “Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!”

“I’m back here in Albuquerque and I’m on here on a book tour,” explains the multiple Emmy winner of his appearance. “I wanted to come in early to Albuquerque so I could visit the set and just say hello to friends and family. All the cast is changed, but the sensibility is the same »


- Michael Nordine

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