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Bebe Neuwirth to Receive The Players’ Helen Hayes Award

8 June 2017 11:31 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Bebe Neuwirth in “Madam Secretary

Bebe Neuwirth is already a triple threat — an actress, singer, and dancer — and soon she’ll be a Helen Hayes Award recipient. According to BroadwayWorld, the stage and screen vet will be honored with the prize from The Players, a private showbiz social club, in a ceremony on June 19. The award “honors women who have made an indelible contribution to the American theatre,” and was named after the first female member of The Players.

Bebe Neuwirth is a Broadway legend who has continually returned to her musical-theater roots while gaining millions of adoring fans through her illustrious career in film and television,” emphasized Michael Barra, president of The Players. “We are thrilled to celebrate her career with an award commemorating the great Helen Hayes, who, like Bebe, we are proud to claim as one of our most eminent members.”

Neuwirth’s first appeared on Broadway as Sheila in 1980’s “A Chorus Line.” Since then she has appeared in productions such as “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” “Damn Yankees,” and “Fosse.” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “The Good Wife,” and “Blue Bloods” are among her screen credits. Neuwirth won two Emmys for her performance as Lilith on “Cheers,” and took home Tony awards for her work in “Sweet Charity” and “Chicago” as well. She has been a series regular on Barbara Hall’s CBS drama “Madam Secretary” since 2014.

The multi-hyphenate serves as vice-chair of The Actors Fund charity, “where she founded a program called The Dancers’ Resource, aimed at relieving the particular emotional and physical challenges faced by dancers,” BroadwayWorld writes.

Season 4 of “Madam Secretary” will air Sundays this fall on CBS.

Bebe Neuwirth to Receive The Players’ Helen Hayes Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Celebrating Frasier: TV's best comedy spinoff

4 June 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Juliette Harrisson Jun 20, 2017

There's never been another comedy quite like Frasier. Join us in celebration of TV's best ever comedy spinoff...

It’s been thirteen years since Frasier Crane bid goodnight to Seattle, and the comedy landscape, the TV landscape and, indeed, the world, have transformed completely since then. To re-watch Frasier now is to return to a world of checking the answerphone after going out, hunting down irreplaceable cassette tapes, and making a connection with people you’re attracted to by giving them your landline number. But none of this makes the show any less warm, compelling or, most importantly, absolutely hilarious – it is as much a joy to watch now as it was then.

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Frasier existed before the days of binge-watching and box sets, but it works remarkably well in that format. The show is full of running gags, in-jokes and call-backs, from Niles’ unfortunate patients with ironic conditions in season one, Roz and Niles’ mutual dislike that eventually becomes a friendship based on mutual snark, and of course the increasingly elaborate physical descriptions of Niles’ wife Maris, to the point she could never be revealed because no human actress could play her. The show was well known for being unafraid to make a joke that only a fraction of the audience would get, and that goes for treats for long-time fans as well as obscure jokes about La Traviata or the Aeneid.

The show also provided occasional treats for fans of its parent show, Cheers. Frasier is well known as one of the greatest ever TV spin-offs (we were going to say, ‘TV’s greatest ever spin-off’, but our deep love for and loyalty to the Star Trek franchise prevented us). The way the series dealt with its history was with a mix of respect, but without being tied to it. The series was unafraid to do what was best for the current show, for example by making Frasier’s father Martin a (living) former police officer very different from his son, despite the fact that, on Cheers, Frasier had claimed he was a (deceased) psychiatrist. However, the show was also willing to deal with that, explaining in season two that Frasier had just had a fight with Martin and made it up out of spite.

Not all the Cheers call-backs the show did entirely worked, with season nine’s Cheerful Goodbyes being particularly strained, but most did. The most impressive Cheers call-back was surely Rita Wilson’s deft performance as Hester Crane in Don Juan In Hell (Part 2). The character of Hester had appeared once on Cheers, where she was a formidable presence who threatened to kill Diane. For Frasier, she was killed off to create the forced, tense situation in which Frasier and Martin would be forced to live together despite not getting on very well, and she was subsequently spoken of with great warmth by all three Cranes, who clearly considered her the glue that had held their family together. Wilson was initially cast as an entirely different character who happened to look like Hester in Momma Mia, as well as briefly playing Mrs Crane in an old family video as the warm character the other three remembered. In Don Juan In Hell, when Frasier talks to imagined visions of the four most significant women in his life, Wilson plays Hester in a way much more similar to original actress Nancy Marchand’s performance on Cheers, but still with an undercurrent of warmth, in a pitch perfect performance.

Still, the real key to the success of Frasier was not obscure jokes or call-backs. Sure, Frasier and Niles’ witticisms are mildly amusing, but whether the viewer understands what they’re saying or not, what we’re all really doing is laughing at them, not with them. It’s not mean laughter – as an audience, we love these characters, that’s why we want to spend so much time with them. But there are many comical aspects to Frasier and Niles’ personalities, and these are only amplified when they are put together and contrasted with the much more down-to-earth Martin and Roz, and so it’s often the case that it’s not the joke itself we’re laughing at, so much as Frasier and/or Niles’ delight in making the joke.

Of course, Frasier was also famous for its use of humour that doesn’t require any prior knowledge to ‘get’ it – farce. Whether it was Frasier and Niles attempting to cover up a dead seal, an escalating series of lies that starts out in trying to get rid of Daphne’s ex-fiancée and ends up with Daphne and Roz both claiming to be Mrs Crane and Martin insisting he’s an astronaut, or the epic disaster that was Frasier and Niles opening up a new restaurant together, the series excelled at elaborately set up situations spiralling out of control. The undisputed classic in this regard was surely season six’s The Ski Lodge, a perfectly constructed disaster that memorably ends with Frasier lamenting that with all the lust flying around the titular lodge, no one was lusting after him.

All the cast were also highly skilled at physical comedy, but the stand-out in that respect was clearly David Hyde Pierce, whose ability to use his whole body to emote was consistently used to great effect. Another season six episode, Three Valentines, showcased this skill in a particularly memorable almost silent scene in which we watch Niles, accompanied only by Eddie the dog, try to get his trousers perfectly ironed for a date – a task which somehow ends in blood, fainting and setting Frasier’s apartment on fire.

David Hyde Pierce also somehow managed to spin what could have been a rather seedy storyline into a first hilarious, then deeply touching romance. Niles Crane develops a crush on his brother’s employee while still married, and proceeds to leer at her from afar for six years, never properly asking her out even after leaving his wife for entirely unrelated reasons. The whole thing ought to be incredibly creepy. Perhaps it’s partly because attitudes have changed over the years and audiences are more sensitive to such things, and back in the 1990s we were less worried by the implications of such a plot-line, but that’s not the whole story. The fact is, Hyde Pierce makes Niles so tentative and uncertain, while also wringing such comedy out of his endless yearning, that he remains entirely sympathetic.

It also helps, of course, that Niles admits at the end of season one that it’s not just that he’s physically attracted to Daphne, he’s in love with her – making his obsession seem more romantic and a little less seedy. What started out as a running gag, a funny way to introduce Niles to Daphne in episode three that provided a series of quick jokes that initially only Frasier was privy to, quickly became something much more human and touching. Daphne also indicates at least affection and possibly love and attraction to Niles even before she finally discovers the truth in season seven – nearly all their semi-romantic encounters before season seven happen at her instigation (she offers to cook Niles dinner for dates twice, in A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream and First Date, it’s her idea to accompany him to a ball when his date cancels in Moon Dance, and she goes out with a virtual Niles clone in Mixed Doubles). Instead of a man’s creepy obsession with his father’s therapist, this running thread becomes an epic seven-year romance culminating in one of the great season finale cliff-hangers, Something Borrowed, Someone Blue.

Part of the reason Niles and Daphne’s story became so central to the series was the mysterious lack of any serious, long-running love interests for the show’s lead character. Frasier’s most significant female partners, as featured in the aforementioned Don Juan In Hell, were all characters created during his Cheers days – his first wife Nanette, fiancée Diane, second wife Lilith and his mother. Lilith was a constant presence throughout the series, as the two raised their son and their relationship progressed from horror at the sight of each other in season one to a sincere declaration of (largely platonic) love in season eight and even a final ‘date’ of sorts in season eleven’s Guns N’ Neuroses. Frasier also slept with his agent Bebe and best friend Roz, but when the writers flirted with the idea of putting Frasier and Roz together in a more serious way late in the series, audience reaction was negative and the returning writing team for season eleven quickly nixed the idea. Frasier’s endless list of disastrous dates eventually became a running joke, and part of the bittersweet joy of the series finale is its open-ended approach to this on-going space in Frasier’s life that he is so desperately trying to fill throughout the series.

Frasier was also a show about something not covered all that often on TV; the relationships between adult parents and children, and between adult siblings. At the start of the series, the relationships between Martin Crane and his sons are rather strained, but over eleven years we see them grow much closer. With the only child in the family (Frasier’s son Frederick) thousands of miles away, we get to watch them negotiate the changing nature of the familial relationship as all three advance into middle age and beyond, tied together by their memories of the boys’ childhoods but also sharing their experiences of dating, career changes, marriages and their social lives in a way that isn’t possible until all parties are adults. It’s a relationship change that happens to many people who stay close to parents and siblings into adulthood, but is rarely explored on television (though, considering the importance of an adult sibling relationship to Friends, there was clearly something in the air in the 1990s!).

All of this is really a long-winded way of saying that there has never been another show quite like Frasier, and probably never will be again. One final example; it’s hard to imagine any other show pulling off a storyline like the one in which Niles gets a dog. The joke is that the dog is exactly like his estranged wife Maris. That’s difficult enough to pull off in the first place, since you have to find a dog that embodies the significant traits of a human character. However, in this case, it’s especially challenging because the audience have never seen Maris. This character exists only in description through dialogue and in the imagination of the audience. And yet, when David Hyde Pierce walks in with a slim, elegant dog and describes its fussy habits and delicate constitution, we all get the joke immediately. It’s not spelled out or explained until the dog was eventually written out the following year – everyone in the audience simply understands. It’s a remarkable achievement, and one that perfectly sums up just what was so special about Frasier, one of the wittiest sitcoms we’re ever likely to see. »

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Matt Bomer's Last Tycoon Gets First Trailer, Premiere Date at Amazon

2 June 2017 6:44 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Amazon will return to the early days of Hollywood this summer with a former White Collar criminal.

The streaming service on Friday announced that new period drama The Last Tycoon, starring Matt Bomer and Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer, will premiere all nine Season 1 episodes on Friday, July 28.

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Based on the book by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Last Tycoon is inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, and follows Hollywood golden boy Monroe Stahr (Bomer) “as he battles father figure and boss, Pat Brady (Grammer) for the soul of their studio, »

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Emmy Contenders: Time to Shake Up Lead Actor Races

31 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The lead actor Emmy races could be ripe for new blood this year, from standbys looking for their first win to debuts that dazzle. But who would get the call?

First let’s look at the reigning champs. Last year, Rami Malek scored for USA’s phenomenon “Mr. Robot” in the drama field, but the second season hasn’t driven the same intrigue. Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, could be in the middle of a dynasty run for his work in Amazon’s “Transparent,” but peak TV is pushing all comedy categories to the brink — there may be too many options piling up.

Who’s overdue? An argument could obviously be made for Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” He’s been nominated for all four seasons so far and even won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards in that stretch. Yet he hasn’t heard his name called on TV’s biggest night.

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- Kristopher Tapley

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Exclusive: Breaking Down the 7 Best 'Leftovers' Musical Moments From the Final Season

30 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Peabody award-winning The Leftovers concludes on Sunday, June 4 and through its three seasons, the show has become just as acclaimed for its music as its incredible story, writing and acting.

While the HBO series is no stranger to change (season one's opening titles used an original piece by composer Max Richter, and season two used Iris DeMent's "Let the Mystery Be"), season three has gone even further, adapting the theme song to each episode. "[It was showrunner] Damon Lindelof's decision," music supervisor Liza Richardson tells Et by phone, adding that the music choices on the series vary between her and Lindelof's allegiance to certain artists, love of repetition and the desire to "surprise." 

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"Hopefully all the main title choices are all very surprising for the audience, whether you know the song or not," she says. And while title choices serve as an ode to that specific »

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Ranking the Characters from Cheers from Most to Least Funny

29 May 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Cheers” ran for 11 years on NBC and was a popular sitcom and critically acclaimed. The iconic 1980’s series was created by Glen and Les Charles and James Burrows who would go on to create the successful spin off “Frasier”. The show set in a Boston, Massachusetts bar was filled with equal parts humor and sarcasm. Many of the shows regulars were known for their funny one liners. Here are the funniest characters on “Cheers” ranked in order of funniest to least funniest. Norm Peterson (George Wendt) With his self deprecating humor, regular bar patron Norm could be counted on

Ranking the Characters from Cheers from Most to Least Funny »

- Nat Berman

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NBC Wins 2016-17 TV Season — And Without the Super Bowl or Olympics

23 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Peacock is proud yet again.

With the 2016-17 TV season about to close, NBC is set to come out on top for the third time in four years, averaging a 2.1 demo rating (in “most current”/DVR-inclusive numbers).

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This marks the first time in five years that any network has won the September-to-May TV season without benefit of the Super Bowl or an in-season Olympics (as NBC did with its two most recent wins, and CBS did in Super Bowl-boosted 2013 and 2016).

Fox came in second this TV season with a 1.9 average demo rating, »

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Kelsey Grammer to star in revenge drama with parkour star

21 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Frasier actor teams up with Sebastian Foucan for Bharal.

Fledgling UK production outfit BB88 is in Cannes to talk up a slate of movies including revenge drama drama Bharal, which is due to star former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and parkour pioneer Sebastian Foucan.

Jake L Reid’s (The Antwerp Dolls) feature, due to start in early 2018, charts the story of an African refugee who arrives in London to search for his missing sister.

When he uncovers an immigrant sex trade he becomes both a media sensation and a target for a crime syndicate, along with the immigrant community that has taken him in.

Bharal is being lined up as a co-production between BB88, Reid’s Liberal Region Productions and Compos Mentis productions.

Also new to the slate is Gate Crash, which will be directed by Laurence Gough (Dr Who). The cast includes Marc Warren (Snatch) and Anton Lesser from Game Of Thrones.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jean Smart’s Supernatural Thriller ‘Awaken the Shadowman’ Lands at Gravitas

16 May 2017 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to the supernatural thriller “Awaken the Shadowman,” starring James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb, and Jean Smart, Variety has learned exclusively.

Gravitas will launch a limited theatrical release July 21, followed by a digital and on-demand release on July 25.

Awaken the Shadowman,” formerly called “The Ones Above,” centers on two brothers who reunite after their mother’s mysterious disappearance. In their search, they uncover a hidden cult and supernatural force.

The film also stars Emily Somers, Andrea Hunt, and Robert R. Shafer. It was written and produced by Woodrow Wilson Hancock III, Caleb, and Zimbardi under their WildStory Production Company. J.S. Wilson directed.

“The film’s concept is based on actual phenomena, and the story is in part inspired by true life events from my early childhood,” said Hancock. “We’re thrilled to be debuting a new villain to the world this summer through Gravitas Ventures. »

- Dave McNary

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ABC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Marvel's Inhumans, Shonda Rhimes' For the People and More New Shows

16 May 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC on Tuesday unveiled its fall 2017 schedule, along with previews for its upcoming series, including Freddie Highmore’s post-Bates Motel vehicle The Good Doctor, as well as the Shondaland legal drama For the People.

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Here at TVLine, we immediately jumped at the chance to screen each trailer — which you can also do by clicking here — and we’re ready to divulge our totally unfiltered, brutally honest snap judgments.

Below, Michael Ausiello, Matt Mitovich, Kimberly Roots, Andy Swift, Dave Nemetz, Vlada Gelman and »

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Modern Family Renewed for Seasons 9 and 10

10 May 2017 4:26 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

ABC will be giving you more Family time for some time.

The network has renewed Modern Family for a ninth and tenth season, EW has learned. Similar to seasons 7 and 8, seasons 9 and 10 will each consist of 22 episodes. The renewal will hurtle the show past the 200-episode milestone midway into next season, as 188 episodes will have aired after the season 8 finale next Wednesday. It also wraps up a negotiating process that was lengthy but not nearly as contentious as the one in 2012, when adult cast members boycotted a table read and »

- Dan Sneirson

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Ephraim Lopez, Jean Smart Join William Shatner Comedy ‘Senior Moment’

8 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ephraim Lopez and Jean Smart have joined William Shatner in the romantic comedy “Senior Moment,” currently filming in Palm Springs, Calif., Variety has learned exclusively.

Christopher Lloyd, Katrina Bowden and Esai Morales are also in the cast. Giorgio Serafini is directing the movie from a screenplay by Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee. Gina G. Goff is producing the film.

Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for Nasa. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked.

López is portraying the dog walking neighbor who tries his best to befriend the oblivious senior. Smart is playing the romantic interest in the movie.

López appeared in the Kevin Smith comedy “Cop Out, »

- Dave McNary

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Pop TV Scoops Up Swedish Dicks, Private Investigators With Keanu Reeves

13 April 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ardent John Wick fans will remember the moment in which Keanu Reeves and Peter Stormare shared the screen in Chapter 2, when the latter plays Viggo’s snarling brother Abram Tarasov. But the pair’s history stretches back further still to Swedish Dicks, Private Investigators, the single-camera comedy series in which Reeves features in his first major TV role.

Having premiered via Viaplay first, we now have confirmation that Pop TV has swooped in to acquire the property as part of its robust slate of new original programming. Also starring comedian Johan Glans as an aging ex-stuntman, Swedish Dicks, as the name suggests, chronicles the story behind an L.A.-based private detective firm. Stormare dreamed up the idea back in 2014, and two years later the show had developed enough of a cult following to warrant a second season, with Keanu Reeves on board in a recurring capacity.

Here’s the overview, »

- Michael Briers

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The Mist 'Screws With Your Mind' in Trailer for Spike's Series Adaptation

11 April 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Mother Nature has had enough,” Frances Conroy’s character ominously declares in the first trailer for Spike’s 10-episode adaptation of The Mist.

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Premiering Thursday, June 22 at 10/9c and based on a story by Stephen King, The Mist centers around a small-town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout, an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world — and in some cases, from each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, »

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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey

11 April 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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: What does it take to make a good prequel TV series? (And feel free to include an example of a show that got it right or wrong.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

A prequel TV series is the most successful when it uses familiar touchstones but creates its own world. “Hannibal” is probably the best example of this, where there were characters we recognized but the setting, experience, and modern time period were completely Bryan Fuller’s (wonderfully so). “Bates Motel” has been another positive example, especially as it nears its end. The time period is again modernized, but it keeps a surreal and retro feel. And »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey

11 April 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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: What does it take to make a good prequel TV series? (And feel free to include an example of a show that got it right or wrong.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

A prequel TV series is the most successful when it uses familiar touchstones but creates its own world. “Hannibal” is probably the best example of this, where there were characters we recognized but the setting, experience, and modern time period were completely Bryan Fuller’s (wonderfully so). “Bates Motel” has been another positive example, especially as it nears its end. The time period is again modernized, but it keeps a surreal and retro feel. And »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best Movies Of The 1990s

6 April 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The 1990s. A time of relative peace and prosperity in the world, after the Cold War but before 9/11. A time of grunge, rave, Britpop, East Coast vs. West Coast and Britney vs. Christina. A time of “Frasier,” “The X-Files” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” A time of dungarees, plaid, garish color, crop tops, and asking your hairdresser for The Rachel.

And cinematically speaking, as we’ve been showcasing in the last few weeks, a very fruitful time indeed.

Continue reading The Best Movies Of The 1990s at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Revisiting Wolf: a werewolf movie with a secret identity

23 March 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Guy Buckland Apr 12, 2017

We took at look back at 1994's Wolf starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, and found it to be a highly entertaining watch...

The animal is out. Nicholson. Pfeiffer. Wolf.

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Frankly, that sparse poster copy would have been enough to tempt most punters into the cinema in 1994, but a werewolf movie starring a man who already appeared to be mid-transformation in real life would have been a deal-sealer for many a horror aficionado. Which is perhaps why, when appraising Smiling Jack’s extensive filmography, Wolf is often drudged up from the file marked ‘oh yeah, I forgot about that one’.

Because Wolf is many things; but it ain’t a horror film.

In fact, trying to pin Wolf »

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Rita Wilson, Archie Panjabi Cast in Fox Pilot About Sexual Assault on College Campuses

28 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rita Wilson and Archie Panjabi have been cast in Fox’s drama pilot about sexual scandals on college campuses, Variety has learned.

The untitled university project — formerly titled “Controversy” — centers around the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois school that must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.

Wilson will play Constance Hawthorne, the dignified but fierce head of Uci Board of Trustees. Panjabi will play Jourdan Price, the crisis management consultant brought in to help with the scandal.

Previously announced, Austin Stowell will also star in the Fox pilot as the central character, Matt Kincaid, the Junior Counsel of the university.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Kelsey and Camille Grammer's Daughter Walks the Runway at New York Fashion Week -- See the Pics!

10 February 2017 1:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Kelsey Grammer's kids are taking over!

The Frasier star's 15-year-old daughter, Mason, is the latest of the actor's offspring to step into the spotlight, walking the runway at New York Fashion Week on Thursday. 

Watch: Kelsey Grammer Welcomes Baby No. 7 With Wife Kayte Grammer -- Find Out Their Son’s Name!

Mason and her signature blonde locks (her older half-sisters, actresses Spencer and Greer Grammer, also rock the golden hue) stunned in a floor-length cream gown at the Malan Breton show at Madison Square Garden, striking a fierce pose at the end of the runway.

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The young model was a total head-turner on the catwalk, but no one was more proud than her mom, Camille Grammer, who even visited her daughter backstage.

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Exclusive: Camille Grammer Shows Off Her First Home Since Kelsey Grammer Divorce: It's for 'New Beginnings'

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who also shares »

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