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Law & Order: Svu Season 19 Episode 9 Review: Gone Baby Gone

The winter hiatus is finally over, and Law & Order Svu is back!

Law & Order: Svu Season 19 Episode 9 seems to have finally wrapped up the Sheila Porter storyline, too. If that's true, it's a great belated Christmas gift.

I wasn't surprised that Sheila was behind Noah's kidnapping. I'd predicted it before he even disappeared, and her insistence that she was innocent when no one asked her sealed the deal.

But did the writers have to make her into a complete nut case for the sake of this ridiculous story?

I really, really wanted to be wrong about Sheila. 

When it's so glaringly obvious that a character is up to no good, being proven wrong is half the fun. Viewers love to be surprised, and there's nothing better than being led down one path just to find that everything is completely different than it seemed.

In the first half of "Gone Baby Gone,
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Law and Order: Svu Midseason Premiere: Benson Suffers No Fools While Looking for Her Son

Law and Order: Svu Midseason Premiere: Benson Suffers No Fools While Looking for Her Son
Hell hath no fury like Mama Bear Benson on Law & Order: Svu. The midseason finale ended with Noah (Ryan Buggle) disappearing while shopping with is grandma Sheila (Brooke Shields). Sheila then called Benson (Mariska Hargitay). The midseason premiere, "Gone Baby Gone" picks up with the frantic phone call and Benson assembles the squad. "You Ok, Liv?" Fin (Ice-t) asks his boss. "No, I'm not. It's Noah," she says in the clip below. All of this of course happened after Sheila told Noah about his birth mother, something Benson had yet to do. So to say things were already a little tense between Benson and Noah's biological grandmother would be an understatement. And then he goes...
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Svu Sneak Peek: Olivia Loses Her Kid (And Her Cool) — 2018 First Look

Svu Sneak Peek: Olivia Loses Her Kid (And Her Cool) — 2018 First Look
Grandma Sheila, you had one job!

As Law & Order: Svu viewers know, Noah went missing at the end of the procedural’s fall finale, when his biological grandmother turned her back a moment too long, allowing the shady figure who’d been watching the boy to nab him. (At least, that’s what we think happened.) In the hour’s final moments, Olivia got a call at work alerting her to her son’s alarming absence.

And now, prepare to watch the stalwart Lt. Benson promptly lose her stuff.

Relatedsvu Planning Harvey Weinstein Scandal Episode in Season 19

This exclusive sneak peek from the Jan.
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Watch The Trailer for Laddie, A Documentary About The Man Who Made Star Wars Happen

George Lucas may be known as the father of Star Wars, but Lucas may have never had the chance to make the movie the way he did if it weren't for Alan Ladd, Jr.(known as “Laddie” to his friends). Now a new documentary dives into Ladd’s career as an agent, producer, executive, and studio head, where he worked on movies ranging from Blade Runner to Young Frankenstein.

Check out the Laddie trailer:

The documentary is made by Ladd’s daughter, filmmaker Amanda Ladd-Jones. She was able to speak with some of Hollywood's elite including Ridley Scott, Morgan Freeman, and Sigourney Weaver to talk about their interactions with her father.

When Ladd was at Fox, he saw potential in Lucas where others did not. Lucas credited Ladd by saying that he “invested in me, he did not invest in the movie,” and Ladd’s foresight is ultimately the
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Performer of the Week: Chris Sullivan

Performer of the Week: Chris Sullivan
The Performer | Chris Sullivan

The Show | This Is Us

The Episode | “Number Two” (Nov. 21)

The Performance | Going through a heartbreak is painful. Being the person supporting someone going through a heartbreak — while simultaneously experiencing your own major emotional pain — can be worse. And in Tuesday’s This Is Us, Sullivan did a first-rate job of conveying just how hard Toby was working to comfort Kate after her miscarriage.

The NBC series often relies on Sullivan for comic relief, especially in the midst of Pearson family turmoil (and to varied effect). But when it was time for upset and disappointment in Toby’s own family,
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Ratings: DWTS Hits Finale Low, Chicago Med Ticks Up With This Is Us Lead-In

Ratings: DWTS Hits Finale Low, Chicago Med Ticks Up With This Is Us Lead-In
Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday night closed out Season 25 with 9.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, marking its second-smallest finale audience ever (trailing only Season 24) while hitting a demo low for a Mirrorball Trophy ceremony.

RelatedDWTS Finale Recap: Did the Right Couple Win?

Opening ABC’s night, The Middle (6 mil/1.3) and Fresh Off the Boat (4.3 mil/1.1) were steady.

Elsewhere…

NBC | The Voice (9.3 mil/1.7) slipped three tenths week-to-week, while This Is Us (9.3 mil/2.5) dipped one tenth. Chicago Med (finally) opened Season 3 with 6.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, improving in the demo versus both Season 2’s average (6.7 mil/1.2, leading
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
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: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
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Saturday Night Live's Female Staff Members Defend Al Franken in Letter

Saturday Night Live's Female Staff Members Defend Al Franken in Letter
Though Saturday Night Live recently took Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to task for a sexual harassment scandal, female staff members at the NBC sketch show are banding together to defend him.

Franken — who was an SNL writer and cast member in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s — was accused earlier this month of forcibly kissing Leeann Tweeden during a Uso tour in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show Franken groping her while she was asleep.

VideosSNL Calls Out Alum Al Franken in Wake of Sexual Harassment Scandal

But in a letter tweeted by NBC News on Tuesday,
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City On A Hill: Kevin Bacon to star in new crime drama

David Crow Nov 14, 2017

Kevin Bacon will lead City On A Hill, a Showtime pilot from Ben Affleck about Boston crime in the 1990s...

In recent years, when one thinks of Boston, you would be forgiven if what springs to mind is crime drama. After all, Dennis Lehane has made a near cottage industry out of tough tales about tough guys in Dorchester or Southie, such as Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. There was also Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ben Affleck’s The Town. Well Affleck and Mystic River’s Kevin Bacon want again to mine that lore while also reimagining a true crime saga for Showtime: City On A Hill.

Based on an idea originated by Affleck, who will executive produce, as well as fellow executive producer Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), City On A Hill will return to Beantown’s not so glorious days in the 1990s,
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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked
It’s the shock of seeing Norman Bates, knife in hand, clad in his mother’s clothes, grinning maniacally in the swinging lamplight. It’s the realization that Kevin Spacey spun us a bunch of lies, and was actually Keyser Söze the whole time. It’s finally connecting “I see dead people” with Bruce Willis being shot at the beginning of “The Sixth Sense.” When movies pull the rug from under us, it’s one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.

As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.

Beware of spoilers! Here are the best plot twists of the 21st
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives
Paramount Pictures is teaming up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon through their Pearl Street Films production company to produce The Shadows, based on a true story set in their hometown of Boston. There is no indication that either actor will star in the film, and it seems they will both just be producing at this time. This news comes just days after Ben Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct, for groping actress Hilarie Burton while she was hosting MTV's Trl back in 2004. The actor later apologized for his actions.

The project comes from writer Chris Bremner, who took his pitch to Paramount, which the studio acquired, and now he will be writing the script. The story will be based on Matthew Pearl's Boston Globe Magazine article "Into the Shadows," which chronicles America's first ever undercover police officers, who were based in Affleck and Damon's hometown of Boston. Ben Affleck
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Amy Ryan on Playing Difficult Women: ‘I’ve Become Their Advocate’

Amy Ryan on Playing Difficult Women: ‘I’ve Become Their Advocate’
In “Abundant Acreage Available,” Amy Ryan plays a tough-minded woman who reunites with her brother (Terry Kinney) to bury their father on the farm where he raised them. As they argue about where to lay him to rest, another set of siblings from their father’s past show up to further complicate matters, laying claim to the land and injecting themselves into the center of this parochial setting.

Ryan’s character remains a fierce, defiant voice who pushes back against her brother’s religious convictions and the interlopers who question her solitary way of life. It’s a commanding performance that dominates this quiet, understated movie, and it makes you wonder why Ryan — an Oscar nominee for “Gone Baby Gone” — doesn’t land such impressive leading roles more often.

See More:Amy Ryan Gives Her Best Performance In a Decade With ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ — Tribeca 2017 Review

Ryan, however, doesn’t
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Exclusive: How ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Paralleled Amy Ryan’s Real Life

Exclusive: How ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Paralleled Amy Ryan’s Real Life
After indulging her funny bone with notable appearances on Broad City, Kevin Hart’s Central Intelligence and High Maintenance, and starring opposite Richard Armitage in the Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love, Amy Ryan is firmly back in the dramatic world that earned her an Oscar nomination for Gone Baby Gone with her new film, Abundant Acreage Available, in theaters on Sept. 29.

Written and directed by Angus MacLachlan (Junebug), the film tells the story of Tracy (Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney), who after burying their father’s remains on their tobacco farm, are confronted by three older men (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, Steve Coulter) camping in their field. It’s a story of grief and morality and learning to let go.

It’s also one of Ryan’s best (and detailed) performances in years, earning rave reviews following the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival -- and the suggestion that she should be a contender
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Ben Affleck – A Gentle Reminder Ahead of Justice League

Martin Carr on Ben Affleck

With Justice League tracking a huge box office opening, Joss Whedon busy lightening tone and Zack Snyder stepping away permanently, there are others who have become lost amongst the kerfuffle. One is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Best Picture winner, hounded by paparazzi and internet rumour mills for his continued role in Warner’s DC universe. Not only did he give us a new and surprising Batman, but was also hailed as the best thing in a film which others refer to politely as disjointed. He is Ben Affleck.

Amongst the white noise of reshoots, lacklustre reviews for Live By Night and his Batman commitment issues, some might have forgotten what Affleck has achieved. Sure he might have made amends for his Daredevil with that pitch black Bruce Wayne, but the media hop-scotch which has come with The Batman has undone some of that. However with
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New to Streaming: ‘Carrie,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who
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Ben Affleck in talks to direct Casey Affleck in Afghanistan war movie Red Platoon

Having stepped away from the director’s chair on Warner’s DC solo movie The Batman, it looks like Ben Affleck is set to get back behind the camera for the Afghanistan war movie Red Platoon, according to The Tracking Board.

The movie is being produced by Sony, Immersive Pictures and Smokehouse Pictures, and is based on the memoirs of Clinton Romesha. It tells the story of 2009’s Battle of Kamdesh, where over 300 Taliban fighters launched a raid on the the U.S.’ Outpost Keating, with Staff Sgt. Romesha leading a counterattack which ultimately saved dozens of American lives. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.

The site reports that Affleck’s brother, Oscar-winner Casey Affleck, is wanted for the lead role of Staff Sgt. Romesha, which would mark the brothers’ first collaboration since Ben’s 2007 directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.
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Ben Affleck In Talks To Direct War Movie Red Platoon For Sony

Right now, the DC Extended Universe is one giant question mark — and most notably, The Batman may be the biggest question mark of all. Initially, Ben Affleck was set to write, direct, and star in the Caped Crusader film. However, last year saw him backpedaling from the responsibility, and earlier this year, we saw him leave the role of director altogether. So with Affleck free from the obligations of helming that picture, what would be another film we’d see him take on next?

It sounds like, in true Affleck form, he’s headed for a much more grounded project. The Tracking Board is reporting that the two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker is currently in talks with Sony to direct Red Platoon, a film based on the memoirs of the same name from Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha.

The outlet is describing the project as follows:

“On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban
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Ben Affleck Looking to Direct Afghanistan War Film Red Platoon; Casey Affleck Could Possibly Star

Ben Affleck has got a new film project that he's set his sights on to direct. According to The Tracking Board, he's in early talks to direct a war film called Red Platoon. The movie is set up at Sony Pictures and it would be his first non-Warner Bros. film project since he started directing movies.

Insiders are also saying that the studio is looking at Ben's brother Casey Affleck to star in the film. Here's a description of the story that the film will tell:

Based on the memoir by Clinton RomeshaRed Platoon tells the story of the Battle of Kamdesh, which took place during the War in Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters launched a predawn raid on Outpost Keating, a remote and controversial American outpost near the Afghan-Pakistani border, overrunning its perimeter defenses and breaching its wire. Staff Sgt. Romesha, a husband and father of three children,
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Ben Affleck Potentially Finds Next Directorial Job With ‘Red Platoon’

After moving on from The Batman in terms of directing, Ben Affleck is eyeing up his next directorial project and seems to have settled on Red Platoon for Sony Pictures, Immersive Pictures and Smokehouse Pictures. More on the Ben Affleck Red Platoon news below.

Ben Affleck Red Platoon rumors – Argo and Live By Night helmer lines up next directing gig

The project in question seems to be very much like his previous directing gigs, and The Tracking Board has all of the details.

They say that the film will tell ‘the story of the Battle of Kamdesh, which took place during the War in Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters launched a predawn raid on Outpost Keating, a remote and controversial American outpost near the Afghan-Pakistani border, overrunning its perimeter defenses and breaching its wire. Staff Sgt. Romesha, a husband and father of three children, planned and led a
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Amy Ryan in First Trailer for Indie Film 'Abundant Acreage Available'

"This is our place - right here, right now." Gravitas Ventures has revealed an official trailer for the indie drama titled Abundant Acreage Available, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Amy Ryan and Terry Kinney as middle-aged brother and sister, who have just finished burying their father in a field on the fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina that their family owns. Trouble brews when three brothers, whose family farmed the land for generations, return after 50 years. The cast includes Max Gail, Steve Coulter, and Francis Guinan. I have been a big fan of Amy Ryan ever since Gone Baby Gone, so I'm always interested to watch anything she's in, especially if she has a lead role. This looks damn good, and it's easy to see the tough choices the script attempts to address. Here's the first official
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