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After Disney Channel's The Descendants was the top cable TV movie of 2015, a sequel was quickly ordered, with the beloved characters from the first movie all set to return, along with a few new characters as well. Today we have the first poster and trailer for Descendants 2, which offers our first look at Uma, the daughter of Little Mermaid villain Ursula, played by China Anne McClain. We also have a photo that features Uma alongside two more new characters, Harry (Thomas Doherty), the son of Peter Pan villain Captain Hook and Gus (Dylan Playfair), the son of Beauty and the Beast villain Gaston. Here's what director Kenny Ortega had to say about these new characters, and how they fit into the story.
"The Isle of the Lost is an island that houses the most infamous villains, so it seemed natural for a pirate gang including the offspring of Ursula, »
Chicago – The Chicago energy for local production keeps picking up, and the latest creative burst is the web series “Mad Scientists Consortium.” Created, written and co-directed by Harry Bauer, this wonderfully funny production – putting a modern spin on the Mad Scientists genre – is available for download now.
The premise is simple but particularly expansive. A “consortium” of Mad Scientists are starting a modern-day consulting service – which outsiders mistake for a “cute idea” – yet the scientists themselves can’t help getting in the way of each other, in the midst of evil plans for world domination (starting with Illinois and Wisconsin, with a bit of Minnesota). The “webisodes” are short, tight and funny, with an impressive team of local talent, including the main “Mads” portrayed by Scott Pasko, Sara Sevigny, Stacie Barra, Noah Simon and series creator Harry Bauer. The first four in the series, beginning with the pilot, can now »
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The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I'm a proud voting member, has revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" led the pack with 7 nods followed by Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" with 6. Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 26.
Complete List Of Galeca 2016/17 Dorian Awards Nominees:
Note: Categories with more than five nominees involved a tie)
Film of the Year
Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
20th Century Women (A24)
Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
Film Performance of the Year . Actress
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)
For the second year in a row, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) have rallied around an obvious favorite: “Moonlight.” Last year, Todd Haynes’s “Carol” swept Galeca’s Dorian Awards, and from its prominence amongst the nominees announced today, “Moonlight” will likely do the same.
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Not restricted to films with explicit queer themes, the films nominated for film of the year are “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land, “20th Century Women,” and “Moonlight.” The nominees for Lgbtq Film of the Year are “Being 17,” “Closet Monster,” “Moonlight,” “Other People,” and “The Handmaiden.”
Judging by its very strong Oscar chances, the enthusiasm for “Moonlight” has overshadowed all other worthy queer films. “The Handmaiden” was notably absent from the Oscar short list for Best Foreign Language Film, and the other three Dorian nominees are not in contention at all. »
- Jude Dry
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earned high marks from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, garnering three nominations for their annual awards honoring achievements in film, television, commercials, and theater. It’s not on the Oscar shortlist of seven , however.
Eligible for Hair and Makeup Oscars are Guild nominees “Deadpool,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Not Oscar shortlisted, however, are Guild nominees “La La Land,” “Loving,” and “Nocturnal Animals,” which garnered two nominations apiece. Also ineligible for the Oscar are nominees “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Silence,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” and “Doctor Strange.”
On the television side, “Saturday Night Live” led with four nominations, followed by “Westworld,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Penny Dreadful” with three each. “Transparent,” “Stranger Things,” and “Empire” each received two.
The Guild will »
- Jude Dry
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