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Dionne Warwick To Speak At The Washington Post Program On The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On Tuesday, December 5, The Washington Post will host “Pathways to Progress: Combating the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” a program exploring the fight against HIV/AIDS- an ongoing crisis in America that has faded from the spotlight, but remains an urgent problem.

Speakers will discuss the latest scientific and medical advances aimed at combating and containing the disease; explore the barriers faced by policymakers and advocates who are calling for more HIV/AIDS research, funding and outreach; and take a deep-dive into the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping America’s Southern states.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dionne Warwick, Grammy Award-winning artist; HIV/AIDS activist

Anthony S. Fauci,

M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Jesse Milan, Jr., President and CEO, AIDS United

Gregorio Millett, Vice President and Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for AIDS Research

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-d.C.), U.S. House of Representatives; Member, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Is Going To Deliver Six New Surprises Very Soon

Hey, Grey's Anatomy fans. We've got a new report for you guys via the folks over at TV Line. It turns out that your favorite show will be offering up six new surprises as early as this Thursday night, October 12,2017! That's right. In the 4th new episode of this current 14th season, Grey's Anatomy is going to debut 6 new castmembers! They are all interns. And just to be all the way accurate, technically five of the six new castmembers will make their debut. One of them already debuted during the big two hour premiere episode. That one was actor Jake Borelli who plays character Levi. He is Jo's new intern. Levi will be a recurring character. Jake Borelli's acting resume includes roles in Psych, ICarly, The Forgotten, Parenthood, CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles,True Jackson, Greek, Suburgatory, Elf Employment, Supermoms, Nesting, a short called, "Meanamorphosis," a TV series called,"CeReality,
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‘Check It’ Review: D.C.’s All-Queer Gang Fights for Survival in This Spirited Documentary

‘Check It’ Review: D.C.’s All-Queer Gang Fights for Survival in This Spirited Documentary
In evaluating a documentary like “Check It,” it’s important to remember that what some might call an “unbelievable” story is in fact, to the film’s subjects, everyday reality. Though the film tells a compelling story — and one that should be seen — it’s not the whole picture.

Check It” follows members of “the Check-It,” a street gang of queer and transgender black teenagers living in extreme poverty in Washington, D.C. Often made homeless by parents who do not accept them, or skipping school to avoid violent attacks, the kids spend much of their time on the streets. Targeted simply because of the way they walk or talk, a group of 9th graders founded the gang in 2009 as a way to retaliate and protect themselves from the violence they experienced daily. The group quickly grew so large that the founders no longer know everyone’s names.

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George Clooney Writes Op-Ed For ‘Time’ On American Lobbying Firm Helping Sudan Regime

  • ET Canada
In a new piece for Time, George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast have exposed the Sudan regime and the American lobby firm that is helping them. In the op-ed, the two write about Squire Patton Boggs, the firm that, alongside K Street law, signed a contract with the Sudanese government. Related: George Clooney And […]
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The House Voted to Repeal Obamacare. Will the Senate Follow Through?

The House Voted to Repeal Obamacare. Will the Senate Follow Through?
Cases of beer were wheeled into the Capitol, cheers rang out in the House chamber and President Trump tweeted an invitation to a celebratory press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

But whatever joy or relief House Republicans felt after capping a seven-year struggle to gut Obamacare, the victory laps were premature. The party-line vote, which squeaked through the House by a 217-213 tally, merely sends the charged issue to the Senate, where the entire process will start from scratch—if it gets off the ground at all.

The Gop repeal-and-replace plan faces daunting hurdles on the other side of the Capitol.
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Spike Lee’s ‘Rodney King’ Starring Roger Guenveur Smith Acquired by Netflix (Exclusive)

Spike Lee’s ‘Rodney King’ Starring Roger Guenveur Smith Acquired by Netflix (Exclusive)
Netflix has bought the rights to “Rodney King,” directed by Spike Lee and performed as a one-man show by Roger Guenveur Smith. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28.

In addition to starring in “Rodney King,” Smith also serves as an executive produces. Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson are producing for Luna Ray Media and Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Patrick DePeters are executive producing for Buffalo 8 Productions.

The date for airing “Rodney King” has been chosen to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of the four Lapd officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.

King was credited with having played a key role in ending the rioting,
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Digital Release: Steven Soderbergh’s "Full Frontal"

  • MUBI
Mubi is showing Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal (2002) in the United States from September 9 to October 8, 2016.The vast majority of forgotten films are, for the most part, uninteresting—neither excellent nor awful enough to really merit re-consideration. Far rarer are the obscurities that are practically bursting from the seams with imagination. And as its title might suggest (though not for the reasons you may think), Full Frontal is unmistakably the latter.Mainly following a loosely connected group of Hollywood industry types over the course of a single day, the film frequently cuts to a film within the film titled Rendezvous, in which Francesca (Julia Roberts) playing a journalist named Catherine, is doing a feature on Nicholas, a struggling actor (who at one point raps on “the state of being a chocolate leading man in Hollywood today”), played by a popular actor named Calvin (Blair Underwood). Such layered confusion is just the beginning.
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Film Review: ‘Check It’

Film Review: ‘Check It’
Though an opening text informs that Washington D.C. has one of the highest rates of anti-gay violence in the nation, bullies and predators would be advised to steer clear of “Check It’s” protagonists. They’re local African-American gay and transgender youths who started their own gang for self-protection as a handful of fed-up 9th graders a decade ago. Now they number over 200 — many armed and dangerous as well as fierce and fabulous. Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer’s engrossing, well-crafted doc could parlay its attention-grabbing subject beyond the fest circuit into niche theatrical and broadcast exposure.

The streets depicted here are just a stone’s throw from the corridors of power in the nation’s capitol, but they might as well be light-years away. Poverty, violence, broken homes and arrest records are standard formative experiences for these boys, whose often conspicuously “different,” feminine ways from an early age
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FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal Sets Off Fierce Debate Over Costs And Innovation

Consumers, Big Media companies, and the K Street elite are flooding the FCC with comments today ahead of its deadline for people to weigh in on its important — and controversial — effort to promote competition for TV set-top boxes. The agency has already received nearly 25,800 comments over the last 30 days. What distinguishes today’s filings is the passion behind the arguments. The FCC is considering a rule that would require cable and satellite companies to come up with…
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Broadcast And Pay TV Reps Come Out Blasting On FCC Retrans Plans

Broadcast and pay TV lobbyists engaged in the K Street version of a street fight in filings to the FCC at the deadline for comments about its proposed retransmission consent rules. Regulators are fed up with programming blackouts — and are under orders from Congress to review their so-called "totality of the circumstances test" to determine whether station owners, cable and satellite operators are negotiating in good faith. Broadcasters are driving hard to be paid for…
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"The Girlfriend Experience" TV Series Revealed

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek new footage from the upcoming Starz, 13-part anthology TV series "The Girlfriend Experience" in 2016, based on director Steven Soderbergh's 2009 feature "The Girlfriend Experience", that starred adult film performer Sasha Grey:

Soderbergh ("The Knick") and Philip Fleishman executive produce the new series, to be written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz.

"We’re in an exciting period of auteur-driven television right now," said Soderbergh.

"When Philip floated the idea of a 'Girlfriend Experience'-inspired television show, I thought: 'Let’s make it a different woman in a different city, let’s pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing.'

"I’ve known Lodge for 20 years and I became a fan of Amy’s when I saw her first feature last summer. We went to Chris Albrecht because he and I have been trying to find something
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Charles Agron Launches K Street Pictures & Sets First Release

Charles Agron Launches K Street Pictures & Sets First Release
Exclusive: Dark House writer-producer Charles Agron today announced K Street Pictures, a distribution company whose first release will be Monday At 11:01 Am. Agron wrote, produced and acts in director Harvey Lowry’s suspense thriller, which K Street will release during first-quarter 2016. Agron serves as CEO of the new company, which aims to produce and acquire for worldwide distribution up to five productions per year in the first two years with plans to expand in 2018…
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Review: Steven Soderbergh's direction continues to dazzle with 'The Knick'

  • Hitfix
Review: Steven Soderbergh's direction continues to dazzle with 'The Knick'
I spent much of the first season of "The Knick" wondering why Steven Soderbergh had chosen this, of all shows, to be his next passion project. Here was an Oscar-winning director, doing his first TV project in a decade (following HBO's short-lived "K Street"), understandably being given carte blanche by Cinemax to direct, shoot, and edit every episode himself, and he had for some reason picked a show with a relatively novel setting (a New York hospital circa 1900) but filled with stock characters, including a drug-addled anti-hero in Clive Owen's surgeon John Thackery, and other devices familiar from the last 15 years of cable drama. It looked fantastic and had great performances from Owen, Andre Holland (as a black surgeon whose skills aren't properly appreciated in a less enlightened era), and others, but it was hard to shake the feeling that the writing (mainly by creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Jack & Bobby (2004)

Jack & Bobby

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Created by Greg Berlanti, Steven A. Cohen, Vanessa Taylor, Brad Meltzer

Produced by Shoe Money Productions, Berlanti-Lippell Productions, Warner Bros. Television

Aired on WB for 1 season (22 episodes) from September 12, 2004 – May 11, 2005

Cast

Christine Lahti as Professor Grace McCallister

Matt Long as Jack McCallister

Logan Lerman as Robert “Bobby” McCallister

Jessica Paré as Courtney Benedict

Edwin Hodge as Marcus Ride

John Slattery as Peter Benedict

Keri Lynn Pratt as Missy Belknap

Show Premise

When we look back on all of the great American Presidents of the past, one can’t help but wonder about their lives and what they are really like behind their exterior. What lessons did they learn that would make them capable of leading a nation? What if we could see those moments that would inform the kind of President they would become? What if we could watch their life happen with the hindsight of
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Steven Soderbergh's TV series The Knick is swanky and enjoyable but lacks bite

The historical medical drama, which stars Clive Owen as a maverick surgeon, is well-done big-budget television, but does not utilise the directors more subversive cinematic tricks

There is a neatness in news of the planned third series of David Lynchs Twin Peaks coinciding with the arrival in the UK (9pm, Thursday, Sky Atlantic) of Steven Soderberghs TV project The Knick. The weird police procedural made by Lynch and Mark Frost (ABC, 1990-91) remains the gold standard for movie talent dabbling in television and as was the case with Sam Mendes Penny Dreadful, David Mamets The Unit and David Finchers House of Cards Soderbergh is at some level working in its shadow, if not in his own mind then in many of those of the audience.

This is not Soderberghs first attempt at television he made the Washington DC satire K Street in 2003 and his Liberace biopic Behind the Candelebra was
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Washington on TV: Political Comedies and Dramas That Flopped

Tonight, Tea Leoni comes back to primetime TV in CBS’ new political drama, Madam Secretary. While shows set in Washington, D.C. are certainly having a moment, Leoni’s fans should take heed that many political series have gotten canned right out of the box. Will Madam Secretary be a hit or join other D.C. scripted shows that didn’t get our votes?

HBO’s K Street, chronicled D.C.’s backroom deals but never connected with wide audiences. Geena Davis won a Golden Globe for her role on ABC’s Commander In Chief, but acclaim couldn’t prevent the series’ cancellation. Browse through our list of Washington-based shows that couldn’t hold their own in a field of fierce contenders.

1600 Penn, NBC

In 1600 Penn, the dysfunctional Gilchrist family moves into the White House. However, the clan’s prestigious new digs can’t stop unwanted pregnancies, bumbling idiocy, and social mishaps.
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Washington on TV: Political Comedies and Dramas That Flopped

  • VH1.com
Tonight, Tea Leoni comes back to primetime TV in CBS’ new political drama, Madam Secretary. While shows set in Washington, D.C. are certainly having a moment, Leoni’s fans should take heed that many political series have gotten canned right out of the box. Will Madam Secretary be a hit or join other D.C. scripted shows that didn’t get our votes?

HBO’s K Street, chronicled D.C.’s backroom deals but never connected with wide audiences. Geena Davis won a Golden Globe for her role on ABC’s Commander In Chief, but acclaim couldn’t prevent the series’ cancellation. Browse through our list of Washington-based shows that couldn’t hold their own in a field of fierce contenders.

1600 Penn, NBC

In 1600 Penn, the dysfunctional Gilchrist family moves into the White House. However, the clan’s prestigious new digs can’t stop unwanted pregnancies, bumbling idiocy, and social mishaps.
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Review: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen go back in time with Cinemax's 'The Knick'

  • Hitfix
Review: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen go back in time with Cinemax's 'The Knick'
Early in the new Cinemax drama "The Knick," Dr. John Thackery boasts of "the astonishing modern world in which we live," insisting that "We now live in a time of endless possibility. More has been learned about the human body in the last five years than in the previous 500." What is such an astonishing time to him is a very quaint one for us, since "The Knick" (it premieres Friday at 10) takes place in Manhattan in the year 1900. Viewed through a modern lens, Thackery's surgical techniques seem primitive, even barbarous, but in the context of his time — when a procedure we take for granted like an appendectomy is still considered dangerous and experimental — he and his colleagues are miracle workers. "The Knick" arrives in an era where the possibilities for television drama are as limitless as they were for medicine in 1900. It's a period where a Matthew McConaughey can commit
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Interview: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen on building the world of 'The Knick'

  • Hitfix
Interview: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen on building the world of 'The Knick'
The opening minutes of "The Knick" throw down a gauntlet. We're introduced to Clive Owen's John Thackery and his distinctive mustache at a red filtered opium den in 1900 New York City. Accompanied by an anachronistic score from Cliff Martinez, Thackery heads off in a carriage, removing his white leather shoes to shoot up between his toes. In no time, Thackery has reached the Knickerbocker Hospital, where he's thrust into the middle of a placenta previa surgery, like all surgeries in the period, a harrowing and bloody prospect. You're in or you're out. There are no in-betweens. Steven Soderbergh, who directed (and shot and edited) the entirety of the first "Knick" season, wouldn't have it any other way. "[T]he first seven minutes of the first episode contain the sort of DNA of the whole show. If you're not down with how those first seven minutes go you're going to have trouble,
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Steven Soderbergh brings 'The Girlfriend Experience' to TV

Steven Soderbergh brings 'The Girlfriend Experience' to TV
Steven Soderbergh, who’s been as prolific as ever since announcing his plans to quit directing movies, is bringing his 2009 indie, The Girlfriend Experience, to Starz as a 13-episode series. The half-hour show “explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex,” according to a press release. “These purveyors—or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience)—share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.”

Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman will serve as executive producers along with Lodge Kerrigan (The Killing) and
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