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The Handmaid's Tale Recap: Mayday!

The Handmaid's Tale Recap: Mayday!
Need to catch up? Check out the previous The Handmaid’s Tale recap here.

Actual title for this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale: “Faithful.” Alternative title for the hour: “How Offred Got Her Groove Back.”

The Handmaid Formerly Known as June has icky, Serena-sanctioned sex with Nick. Then she witnesses a rebellion of epic proportion (which ends in probable tragedy), and then has hot, unsanctioned sex with Nick.

It’s a full week.

Read on for the highlights of the episode.

RelatedHandmaid’s Tale Renewed for Season 2

Study Dates | As Offred sits on the floor of the Commander’s study,
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American Crime Story: Max Greenfield Cast in Versace Season — See Photo

American Crime Story: Max Greenfield Cast in Versace Season — See Photo
Let’s all pray there are no addiction demons in this one.

New Girl‘s Max Greenfield will be part of American Crime Story‘s third season, executive producer Ryan Murphy announced Friday via social media.

Greenfield later shared the news via Twitter.

PhotosA-List TV Titans’ Best & Worst: Every Ryan Murphy Series Ranked

No word yet on who Greenfield will play. Fans of American Horror Story will recall that the actor showed up in anthology series’ Hotel season as Gabriel, a drug addict who was raped by the horrifying Addiction Demon while at the Cortez.

The 10-episode FX drama centers
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American Crime Story: Penélope Cruz to Play Gianni Versace's Sister, Donatella

American Crime Story: Penélope Cruz to Play Gianni Versace's Sister, Donatella
Ryan Murphy’s stable of actors just got an A-list new entry: Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz.

The Spanish actress will play fashion designer Donatella Versace in American Crime Story‘s upcoming third season, FX announced Tuesday.

RelatedMatthew Broderick Cast as Katrina’s ‘Brownie’ in Next American Crime Story

The 10-episode third season of Murphy’s Emmy-winning anthology will be titled Versace: American Crime Story and will center on the July 1997 assassination of iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The season will be based on the book
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Film Review: ‘Liz in September’

One of the most popular plays of American gay theater’s first wave makes a surprisingly smooth transition to modern Venezuela in Fina Torres’ “Liz in September.” There’s an element of glam soap opera to this version of Jane Chambers’ “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove,” and despite the director-scenarist’s tweaks, some elements that worked on stage feel more contrived on screen. But this handsome romantic drama will be a crowdpleaser primarily among lesbian audiences in various formats.

Chambers’ signature 1980 work was among the best-crafted and most widely produced scripts to emerge as companies specifically devoted to gay themes and audiences began to flourish in the U.S. Torres has shuffled some elements around a bit, most notably changing the background circumstances of the lone heterosexual “ingenue,” but remains faithful to a general narrative outline.

Liz (Patricia Velasquez) is celebrating her 37th birthday in the familiar comfort of a
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Berlin: Wolfe Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to Fina Torres’ ‘Liz in September’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Wolfe Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to Fina Torres’ ‘Liz in September’ (Exclusive)
Cinema Management Group has closed a deal with Wolfe Releasing for the U.S. rights to Fina Torres’ “Liz in September.” The pic is screening at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Torres (“Orianne,” “Habana Eva,” “Woman on Top”) also wrote the screenplay.

“Liz in September” stars Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez, whose previous work includes the Showtime series “The L Word” and “The Mummy” franchise.

Pic sees Liz (Velasquez), an adventurous and confident gay woman faced with an illness that threatens her life. Aware of her appetite for a challenge, yet oblivious to her illness, her friends dare her to seduce the lovely and straight Eva (Eloisa Maturen).

“Bringing ‘Liz in September’ to U.S. audiences is an honor and a pleasure,” said Wolfe Releasing co-president Jim Stephens. “Fina Torres is an incredibly talented filmmaker and I know American audiences are going to fall in love with this film.”

Cmg president Edward Noeltner,
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Trash movie review: you know, for kids?

This isn’t a children’s movie… and yet it kind of is, too, with its odd mishmash of social realism, action thrills, misplaced comedy, and simplistic drama. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The police in Rio de Janeiro “treat poor people like trash.” So says young teen Raphael (Rickson Tevez), in case you hadn’t already grasped the double entendre of the title. When Raphael discovers a really nice, surely accidentally discarded wallet while working as a trash picker in a massive Rio landfill, he shares the cash with his pal Gardo (Eduardo Luis), and then the two are off on a sort of treasure hunt to unravel the meaning of the other mysterious items in the wallet, including a train-station locker key, photos of a little girl,
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Afm: ‘Liz en Septiembre’ Looks for International Business

Afm: ‘Liz en Septiembre’ Looks for International Business
Venezuelan drama “Liz en Septiembre” is to get international release via Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group.

Directed by Fina Torres (“Oriana,” “Woman on Top,” “From Prada to Nada”), the film is the story of a fiercely independent gay woman who is facing a terminal illness when her friends challenge her to seduce a straight woman friend. The film is adapted from the Jane Chambers stage play “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.”

The film, which stars Patricia Velasquez, grossed close to $1 million in its initial theatrical run in Venezuela.

Cmg, which is pitching pic at Afm, has also recently picked up rights to the now in-production “Born to Dance.” A new spin on the hip-hop genre, the film is set in New Zealand and is choreographed by Parris Goebel, star of “Step Up: All In” and directed by Tammy Davis.

The film is a coming-of-age tale told through the eyes of Tu,
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Karen Mason and More Set for A Woman On Top Industry Reading Today

A Woman on Top , the new musical for both sides of the aisle inspired by Hillary Clinton, previously announced the complete cast for a special industry reading next week. Reathel Bean Caroline, Or Change joins star Karen Mason, Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star of Wonderland, Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard, as well as Frank Vlastnik Broadway Big, The Sweet Smell of Success, A Year with Frog amp Toad, Marni Nixon Broadway Nine, Follies Film The King and I, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Sarah Cetrulo The Black Suits by Joe Iconis.
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Reathel Bean Joins Karen Mason and More in A Woman On Top Industry Reading, 7/9; Cast Complete!

A Woman on Top , the new musical for both sides of the aisle inspired by Hillary Clinton, has announced the complete cast for a special industry reading next week. Reathel Bean Caroline, Or Change will join the previously announced star Karen Mason, Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star of Wonderland, Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard, as well as Frank Vlastnik Broadway Big, The Sweet Smell of Success, A Year with Frog amp Toad, Marni Nixon Broadway Nine, Follies Film The King and I, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Sarah Cetrulo The Black Suits by Joe Iconis.
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Karen Mason and Marni Nixon to Star in Reading of New Musical A Woman On Top, 7/9-10

A Woman on Top , the new musical for both sides of the aisle inspired by the current political climate, will have a special industry reading next month. The reading will star Karen Mason -- Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star of Wonderland, Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard, as well as a prolific concert and recording artist -- and be directed by Dan Knechtges Lysistrata Jones, Tony Award nominee for Xanadu choreography. The show has music by Rhonda Kess, and lyrics by Rhonda Kess and Dale Kiken and a book by Dale Kiken. The reading will take place on Wednesday, July 9 at 300 Pm and Thursday, July 10 at 200 Pm at The New 42nd Street Studios 229 West 42nd Street. Industry members interested in attending should email AWOTrsvpgmail.com and indicate their affiliation.
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Beyonce Buys Walmart Shoppers $50 Gift Cards!

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Beyonce is getting into the Christmas spirit.The "Woman On Top" singer was snapped visiting a Walmart store on Friday, and she reportedly bought each customer a $50 gift card!"Beyonce just hit up wal mat and purchased everyone in the store $50 gift cards. beyonce for president," an Instagram user wrote with photo.The store manager told Us Weekly that a total of 750 cards ($37,500 worth) were enclosed within envelopes that read, "Happy Holidays from Beyonce."Bey's grand gesture comes a few days after Walmart's competitor, Target, released a statement saying they wouldn't carry her new self-titled album in stores."At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski told Billboard.She continued, "While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and
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Giveaway – Win Run Of Engagement Passes To See Tommy Lee Jones In Emperor In St. Louis

Matthew Fox (World War Z, Alex Cross, “Lost”) joins with Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country For Old Men, The Fugitive, Hope Springs), newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture – and psychological warfare – General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the
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Brad Pitt eyeing Pontius Pilate role?

Warner Bros. is planning to bring the story of Pontius Pilate to the big screen. Those familiar with the New Testament will recognise Pilate as the Roman prefect who ultimately sanctioned the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to Deadline, Brad Pitt (Fight Club) is eyeing the leading role as the biblical villain.

The screenplay from Vera Blasi (Woman on Top, Tortilla Soup) is said to offer a human look at the religious figure and, according to Blasi, is based in historical fact, detailing Pilate's life up until the fateful order. Blasi also penned the screenplay for Peter Webber’s (Girl with a Pearl Earring) upcoming historical drama Emperor starring Matthew Fox (Lost) and Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men).

Biblical dramas are becoming ever more popular with a lot of buzz surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) Noah starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Brad Pitt Looking To Star In Biblical Epic Pontius Pilate

A few months ago Warner Bros. announced they would be making a Biblical epic called Pontius Pilate, and picked up a script from screenwriter Vera Blasi (Tortilla Soup, Woman On Top and Emperor). It's being reported that Brad Pitt is looking to take on the lead role in the film and play the man who sent Jesus Christ to his death. I like Pitt as an actor, but it's hard for me to see him in a role like this. If he ends up taking the role, it will be interesting to see how he approaches it.

Deadline got a hold of the script, explained the story, and talked about the script saying "the evolution of Lucius Pontius Pilate from the sensitive son of a Roman Knight into a ferocious soldier whose warrior exploits make him a general and puts him on a political track under the Roman Emperor Tiberius.
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Brad Pitt ponders Pontius Pilate role

Actor eyeing lead in new Hollywood epic about Roman prefect who sent Jesus to his death, reports say

Brad Pitt is being lined up for the lead role in a new Hollywood film about the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, who oversaw the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, reports Deadline.

Studio Warner Bros is backing the big-budget project, which is based on a screenplay by Woman On Top author Vera Blasi. Her take, details of which first emerged in the summer, follows Pilate from his youth as the sensitive son of a Roman knight to the reluctant governorship of Judea, climaxing with his decision to order Christ's crucifixion. The screenplay, which Blasi claims to have researched for more than a decade, imagines the Roman prefect as an unfortunate figure caught amid antagonistic religious factions who is forced to make the fateful decision after finding himself in desperate need of popular goodwill. As well as Christ,
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Brad Pitt Considers Pontius Pilate

Brad Pitt is said to be circling the title role in the Pontius Pilate biopic in development at Warner Bros. Pictures.

"Woman On Top" scribe Vera Blasi wrote the spec script which follows Lucius Pontius Pilate's transformation from the sensitive son of a Roman Knight into a ferocious soldier on the political fast track under Emperor Tiberius' rule.

Promised a military governorship in Egypt, Pilate is instead assigned to become Judea's prefect at a time when the Roman-occupied Jerusalem was a cauldron of religious tensions. He fell into historical infamy when he had to decide the fate of a 33-year old rabbi by the name of Jesus Christ.

The film puts a new spin on Pilate, portraying him as a capable but arrogant soldier who gets in way over his head and ends up making catastrophic decisions. It also reportedly focuses on the history, politics and character motivations rather than the greater theological implications.
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Brad Pitt Circling Pontius Pilate to Play the Man Who Sentenced Jesus to Death

Warner Bros. recently acquired Pontius Pilate, a script by Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) about the Roman prefect who presided over Jesus' trial and was convinced by the crowd to sentence Jesus to death. Even in his limited appearance in the Biblical canon, Pilate is portrayed as conflicted, reluctant to send a man he believes to be innocent to such a fate. Blasi has stated that in addition to "the available facts from Roman and Jewish history books and the four gospels," she speculates to follow Pilate from childhood, showing his time in the military and his rise to political office. Blasi intends to use this character study as a launching point for "an investigation of the politics of Judea at the time, and what it was like to be occupied by Rome." All that is enough to intrigue me... and Brad Pitt. Deadline reports Pitt is circling the lead role.
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Brad Pitt may play 'Pontius Pilate' in Biblical epic movie

  • Pop2it
Brad Pitt is reportedly close to signing on for the title role in "Pontius Pilate," a big budget Biblical epic from Warner Bros.

Deadline reports Pitt is "not committed" but could be "very quickly" in the project written by Vera Blasi ("Woman on Top") and produced by Hollywood heavyweight Mark Johnson ("The Notebook," "Breaking Bad"). The site describes the script as "almost like a Biblical era 'Twilight Zone' episode in which a proud, capable Roman soldier gets in way over his head."

In case you're not up on your Bible history, Pilate authorized the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It would certainly be one of the most interesting roles Pitt has tackled to date.

The busy mega-star has three movies due for release in 2013: post-apocalyptic zombie drama "World War Z," historical drama "Twelve Years a Slave" and Ridley Scott's legal thriller "The Counselor."

Although Mel Gibson's
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Brad Pitt May Sentence Jesus Christ To Crucifixion In Pontius Pilate

It's entirely possible that in a few years time we will identify Brad Pitt as the man who killed Jesus Christ. New reports have surfaced online saying that the A-list star is now contemplating signing on for Pontius Pilate, a new period drama set up over at Warner Bros. that explores the biblical tale of the man who sentenced the Christian savior to be killed by crucifixion. The script was written by Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) and while Pitt isn't currently officially attached, that could change very soon. Deadline, which first reported the potential casting news, has a full breakdown of the script, having received a copy of it after the project was announced last August. A biopic of sorts, the movie sees Lucius Pontius Pilate grow to become a strong warrior under Roman Emperor Tiberius and a prefect of Judea. The movie, which the site describes as "a
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Brad Pitt to play Pontius Pilate in Warner Bros project?

Brad Pitt to play Pontius Pilate in Warner Bros project?
Brad Pitt could play Pontius Pilate on the big screen, it has been reported. The World War Z actor is said to be interested in portraying the biblical figure in a new Warner Bros project, according to Deadline. Pontius Pilate appears in the New Testament as the judge at Jesus's trial, ultimately sending him to his death. Vera Blasi, who wrote the Penelope Cruz-starring romantic comedy Woman on Top, has penned the script, which reportedly (more)
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