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You'll Never Guess Who Inspired Disney's New Aladdin, Mena Massoud, to Pursue Acting

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You'll Never Guess Who Inspired Disney's New Aladdin, Mena Massoud, to Pursue Acting
A post shared by Mena Massoud (@menamassey) on Jul 19, 2015 at 5:58pm Pdt If you had any trepidations about Disney's live-action Aladdin, cast your worries aside. The film recently revealed that newcomer Mena Massoud would be playing the title character, and let's just say, we are already obsessed. Not only does he have some striking resemblances to "Prince Ali" (hello, look at those abs!), but his inspiration for pursuing acting has a sweet connection to the original film. Plus, it seems like we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the coming months. Get to know all you can about the latest Disney prince below. RelatedAll the Places You Might Have Seen Disney's New Aladdin, Mena Massoud 1. He's Canadian but Has Ties to Egypt Mena was born in Egypt, but raised in Canada. Now, he spends his time between Toronto and La. 2. Robin Williams Inspired Him to Become an
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‘Degrassi: Next Class’ Returns With More Hard-Hitting Topics

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No matter what “Degrassi” generation you’re from, the long-running franchise’s subject matter always hits close to home. Season 3 of “Degrassi: Next Class” saw 16-year-old Lola decide to have an abortion, and despite the controversial subject matter, the storyline received more praise than backlash. Related: The Original ‘Degrassi High’ Cast Reunite For Canadian ComiCon Tour “A lot […]
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28 Iconic Degrassi Moments That Shaped Your Adolescence

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From the minute we heard the first lines of Degrassi's iconic theme song in the opening credits ("Whatever it takes!") to the moment we saw Marco spin around in that jean jacket, we knew we were in for something good. Degrassi has never shied away from tackling the tough, awkward, and painful experiences that teenagers face on a day-to-day basis. After the success of the Canadian TV show's run in the '80s, it was brought back as Degrassi: The Next Generation for a whole new collection of teenagers to grow up with and enjoy. In loving memory of that second wave of Degrassi High students, take a look back at all of the most shocking, heartbreaking, and tearjerking moments that went down between Jimmy, Emma, Paige, and the rest of the gang.
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Drake Told Celine Dion He Wants Her Face Tattooed on His Ribcage

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Drake Told Celine Dion He Wants Her Face Tattooed on His Ribcage
While it’s never a bad time to be the 6 God, Drake may have officially had the best night of his life on Sunday. At the Billboard Music Awards, the rapper not only made-up with his longtime friend and “love of my life” Nicki Minaj and picked up thirteen trophies for his album More Life, including Top Male Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album, breaking Adele’s previously held record of most Billboard awards won in a year, but he also literally walked on water during his performance of “Gyalchester.” And if all of that wasn’t enough to make a
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Abortion on TV: Three Ways Show Creators Got to Tell Abortion Stories on Their Own Terms

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Abortion on TV: Three Ways Show Creators Got to Tell Abortion Stories on Their Own Terms
In 2016, three abortion stories told on TV caught the attention of critics. The plots on “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “You’re the Worst” all normalized abortion as a natural part of women’s health. All of these stories, however, occurred pre-Trump.

While the debate over women’s reproductive rights never went away, the topic is back in the spotlight as a new health care bill seeks to treat pregnancies and rape as pre-existing conditions and Texas legislators seek to pass anti-abortion bills. Over on Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is looking less and less like fiction.

Read More: ‘Jane the Virgin’ to ‘You’re the Worst’: Critics Debate the Normalization of Abortion on TV

Cosmopolitan spoke to 10 show creators and writers about key abortion episodes going as far back as 1972. In the interview, legendary TV producer Norman Lear said, “I can’t imagine an excuse for staying
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Abortion on TV: Three Ways Show Creators Got to Tell Abortion Stories on Their Own Terms

Abortion on TV: Three Ways Show Creators Got to Tell Abortion Stories on Their Own Terms
In 2016, three abortion stories told on TV caught the attention of critics. The plots on “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “You’re the Worst” all normalized abortion as a natural part of women’s health. All of these stories, however, occurred pre-Trump.

While the debate over women’s reproductive rights never went away, the topic is back in the spotlight as a new health care bill seeks to treat pregnancies and rape as pre-existing conditions and Texas legislators seek to pass anti-abortion bills. Over on Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is looking less and less like fiction.

Read More: ‘Jane the Virgin’ to ‘You’re the Worst’: Critics Debate the Normalization of Abortion on TV

Cosmopolitan spoke to 10 show creators and writers about key abortion episodes going as far back as 1972. In the interview, legendary TV producer Norman Lear said, “I can’t imagine an excuse for staying
See full article at Indiewire Television »

The Original ‘Degrassi High’ Cast Reunite For Canadian ComiCon Tour

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The original cast of “Degrassi High” are coming together for a new nationwide tour. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Degrassi Junior High”, Et Canada’s Rick Campanelli sat down with original cast members Stefan Brogren, Stacie Mistysyn, Kirsten Bourne and Pat Mastroianni, to speak about their first stop — Toronto’s ComiCon this weekend — before they appear at […]
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David Boreanaz Has No Interest In A ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Reunion

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On March 10, one of TV’s most memorable shows, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, celebrates its 20th anniversary since it first hit the small screen in 1997. While many may be hoping for a brief cast reunion to celebrate the monumental moment, David Boreanaz has put the kibosh on that. Related: ‘Degrassi High’ Reunion: Cast Members Joining […]
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‘Degrassi High’ Reunion: Cast Members Joining Together For Canada-Wide ComiCon Tour

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The original cast of Degrassi High will be reuniting for the first time in 20 years at Toronto’s ComiCon. So far, Pat Mastroianni (Joey Jeremiah), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin Ryan), Stefan Brogren (Snake “Archie” Simpson), Kirsten Bourne Kelly (Tessa Campanelli) and Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch) are confirmed to meet their fans. “Degrassi has had a monumental impact on pop culture […]
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Kevin Smith says the Mallrats TV series is a multi-generational family story, talks Buckaroo Banzai

Back in June, Kevin Smith revealed that he’s scrapped his plans for a big screen sequel to his 1995 cult classic Mallrats in favour of a ten episode TV series, and he’s now been talking about the project during an interview with Creative Screenwriting, describing it as a “sweet family story” and offering up a few plot details.

Here I am trying to sequelize, theatrically, a twenty-one-year-old movie that flopped the first time. Naturally, no one gets hard when you talk about that in the studio system. But when you step into Universal TV and you’re like, ‘hey, what about Mallrats the series?’ they got it right away. They said, “Are you kidding me? That’d be perfect.’ It’s a real sweet, family story. It’s a multi-generational tale. It’s my chance to do John Hughes and Degrassi Junior High, because much like the Degrassi formula
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Former ‘Degrassi’ Actor Charged In Child Porn Bust

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An actor on the original “Degrassi High” has been arrested in Toronto and charged with multiple crimes after police discovered “thousands” of images and videos containing child pornography in his possession. Jason “Byrd” Dickens, reports The Toronto Star, faces 20 charges, including sexual assault, making, accessing and possessing child pornography, and bestiality, with police alleging he distributed child […]
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Here’s Why Degrassi Will Never Die (And No, It’s Not Just Because of Netflix)

Here’s Why Degrassi Will Never Die (And No, It’s Not Just Because of Netflix)
If you’re a Canadian under the age of 40, you’ve never known a world without “Degrassi.” One of television’s most globally iconic shows, the teen soap opera has been on the air in one form or another since 1979. And that’s thanks to the hard work of creator Linda Schuyler, who brought the show to life, as she explains below, because she was so frustrated by the fact that the junior high school kids she was teaching had no television made specifically for them.

Read More: Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

Having undergone numerous relaunches and rebrandings, including the addictive “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” the show has remained a part of the zeitgeist for decades. This week, Season 2 of “Degrassi: Next Class” premieres on Netflix, reaching its 500th episode.

At the TCA Winter Press Tour, Linda Schuyler and executive
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Here’s Why Degrassi Will Never Die (And No, It’s Not Just Because of Netflix)

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Here’s Why Degrassi Will Never Die (And No, It’s Not Just Because of Netflix)
If you’re a Canadian under the age of 40, you’ve never known a world without “Degrassi.” One of television’s most globally iconic shows, the teen soap opera has been on the air in one form or another since 1979. And that’s thanks to the hard work of creator Linda Schuyler, who brought the show to life, as she explains below, because she was so frustrated by the fact that the junior high school kids she was teaching had no television made specifically for them.

Read More: Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

Having undergone numerous relaunches and rebrandings, including the addictive “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” the show has remained a part of the zeitgeist for decades. This week, Season 2 of “Degrassi: Next Class” premieres on Netflix, reaching its 500th episode.

At the TCA Winter Press Tour, Linda Schuyler and executive
See full article at Indiewire »

The 11 Most Honest Portrayals of Abortion on TV

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The 11 Most Honest Portrayals of Abortion on TV
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which overruled a Texas abortion law that would shut down all but a handful of clinics across the state, was the most significant decision on abortion the court has made in the last 20 years. While abortion is a constant hot topic in terms of governmental policy, it is rarely addressed on our televisions, outside of CNN or Fox News. And when it is addressed, TV shows have a tendency to shy away from honestly portraying how real women deal with unwanted pregnancies.

Read More: Tribeca: A Director Explains Her Difficult Journey to Make ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’

Starting with the famous “Maude” storyline in 1972 and continuing all the way to a shocking “Scandal” midseason finale, we’re taking stock of the most honest portrayals of abortion on television.

Maude” (1972)

Episode: “Maude’s Dilemma,” Parts 1 and 2

In 1972, a few months prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling,
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The 11 Most Honest Portrayals of Abortion on TV

The 11 Most Honest Portrayals of Abortion on TV
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which overruled a Texas abortion law that would shut down all but a handful of clinics across the state, was the most significant decision on abortion the court has made in the last 20 years. While abortion is a constant hot topic in terms of governmental policy, it is rarely addressed on our televisions, outside of CNN or Fox News. And when it is addressed, TV shows have a tendency to shy away from honestly portraying how real women deal with unwanted pregnancies.

Read More: Tribeca: A Director Explains Her Difficult Journey to Make ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’

Starting with the famous “Maude” storyline in 1972 and continuing all the way to a shocking “Scandal” midseason finale, we’re taking stock of the most honest portrayals of abortion on television.

Maude” (1972)

Episode: “Maude’s Dilemma,” Parts 1 and 2

In 1972, a few months prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Ryan Reynolds: From Sitcom Star to Leading Man to Deadpool (Again)

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Ryan Reynolds: From Sitcom Star to Leading Man to Deadpool (Again)
Deadpool hits theaters Friday, Feb. 12, Ryan Reynolds stars in it, and fans are hotly anticipating the funny, raunchy superhero movie. All these things easily couldn't have happened - and that's worth talking about. Here's the thing about Deadpool, as a comic book character: He's not exactly what most people would imagine when they think about the main character in a superhero movie. At best, Deadpool, a.k.a. Wade Wilson, is an anti-hero; he's a wise-cracking Bugs Bunny of a guy, even when he's running around killing people. He's a little unhinged, he's a little sexually fluid, and perhaps strangest of all,
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Ryan Reynolds: From Sitcom Star to Leading Man to Deadpool (Again)

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Ryan Reynolds: From Sitcom Star to Leading Man to Deadpool (Again)
By most accounts, Deadpool shouldn't be a movie that's about to hit theaters (Friday, Feb. 12), and it's a surprise to some that Ryan Reynolds is starring in it. But he is, and it's hotly anticipated, and that's worth talking about. Here's the thing about Deadpool, as a comic book character: He's not exactly what most people would imagine when they think about the main character in a superhero movie. At best, Deadpool, a.k.a. Wade Wilson, is an anti-hero; he's a wise-cracking Bugs Bunny of a guy, even when he's running around killing people. He's a little unhinged, he's a little sexually fluid,
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First Clip From Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers

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Kevin Smith’s latest directorial effort, Yoga Hosers, had its premiere in the midnight lineup of Sundance last night, and to mark the event, the man himself debuted the first clip from the movie, featuring the two leads, his own daughter Harley Quinn and Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily Rose. The second installment of the True North trilogy, after Tusk and preceding Moose Jaws (Jaws. With a moose), Yoga Hosers follows Smith and Depp as two teenagers whose plans to attend the coolest high school party of the year are threatened by an ancient evil buried underneath the convenience store where they work. But you won’t find any that here, as the first clip has a serious 'Canadian Clerks’ vibe, with the director’s love of Degrassi Junior High shining through, and shows that the lead pair are actually pretty charming together. This is definitely promises to be the
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Mike Myers and Ryan Gosling's SNL Monologue Will Totally Fill You With Holiday Spirit

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Mike Myers and Ryan Gosling's SNL Monologue Will Totally Fill You With Holiday Spirit
Ryan Gosling hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and the actor made sure to shine a light on his Canadian roots during his opening monologue. While Ryan first tried to portray himself as a New Yorker (complete with a Brooklyn accent), Cecily Strong pointed out that he was actually from Canada, to which he jokingly responded, "Not everyone's a big fan of immigrants right now. Not sure I want to be shouting it from the rafters." But the best part was when Mike Myers, who's also a Canadian, joined Ryan on stage and reminded him of a few reasons why he should be proud of his country, including Degrassi Junior High and Justin Bieber, before the two broke out into a Canadian Christmas song. Watch the funny moments in the video, above, and then check out all the times Ryan looked damn good without even trying.
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‘Scandal’ Gets Political With Abortion, Planned Parenthood Storylines

‘Scandal’ Gets Political With Abortion, Planned Parenthood Storylines
Shonda Rhimes has never shied away from tackling political storylines, and last night’s “Scandal” lived up to that standard.

The show featured plotlines that tackled the defunding of Planned Parenthood — a hot topic in the current presidential election — as well as abortion, with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) ending her surprise pregnancy. Frustrated by a bill that would have classified Planned Parenthood as “discretionary spending,” Republican Senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) led a 16-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, reading off a laundry list of items that the bill would have kept intact.

“The ‘Scandal’ writers did their research,” Rhimes tweeted during the show. “Every budget item Mellie recites is actually real.”

The #ScandaI writers did their research– every budget item Mellie recites it actually Real. #Tgit

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 20, 2015

While Planned Parenthood praised the episode, conservative groups called it “Hollywood’s moral depravity on full display.”

After the episode aired,
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