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9 items from 2017


FCC Censorship Rules Vary for Broadcast, Cable, and Streaming

16 August 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s about halfway through the fifth season of “Orange Is the New Black” when Elizabeth Rodriguez’s recently un-incarcerated, always opinionated Aleida sums up the plight of female-forward broadcast television writers everywhere with one simple, well-crafted exchange.

“Can I say ‘bitches?’” she asks a local newscaster and then, when she gets the green light, immediately and involuntarily exclaims, “s—.” The journalist, played by Thea McCartan, responds she can’t say that, to which Aleida replies, “What kind of f—ing bulls— rule is that?”

Although the writers may have simply been trying to show that Aleida was not as media savvy as she was street smart in this episode, which was written by co-exec producer Lauren Morelli, “in a lot of ways, we’re all like Aleida,” says writer-producer Carolina Paiz.

After years of working on broadcast TV, Paiz understands Aleida’s frustrations. On network shows, she notes, “We’re constantly censoring or told to self-censor »

- Whitney Friedlander

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What Is The Deuce? James Franco Is Starring in Your New, Raw HBO Obsession

28 July 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

James Franco has become quite the renaissance man in recent years, from starring in 11.22.63 to executive producing Lifetime's Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? update to teaching classes at USC, UCLA, and Nyu. Now he's coming to HBO on The Deuce, playing twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, based on a real pair of twins who were part of the emerging porn industry in New York City in the 1970s. This realistic, raw drama explores the world of prostitutes and pornography, race relations, the rise of HIV/AIDS and the drug epidemic of the '70s and '80s against a backdrop of scene-setting '70s fashions, cars, and musical cues. It costars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a Times Square sex worker, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as an NYPD officer, and Chris Coy as a bartender and Lgbtq advocate. RelatedJames Franco's Movie About the Worst Movie Ever Made Actually Looks Pretty Hilarious »

- Andrea Reiher

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The Deuce Creator Says the Porn Drama Isn't Trafficking in Misogyny

26 July 2017 6:32 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

This September, HBO is back in business with The Wire's David Simon for The Deuce, a gritty new drama about the rise of the porn industry and porn culture in New York in the early 1970s and '80s. However, Simon says that despite the show's subject matter, it should not be lumped in with fellow HBO

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- Kaitlin Thomas

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Wesley Snipes emerges to battle aliens in this trailer for The Recall

2 May 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Damn, dude! Simon says that Wesley Snipes looks fantastic for a 54-year-old badass. Honestly, I don't think I've seen him act in anything since the 2004 release of Blade: Trinity. That being said, Snipes has been keeping himself busy while appearing in some under-the-radar flicks like The Marksman, The Detonator, The Contractor, and Hard Luck. Beyond that, he's also lent his talents to films like... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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WGA Deal: Extended Talks Highlight Major Shifts in Peak TV Era

2 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On April 9, the day before the Writers Guild of America and major studios resumed contract negotiations after a two-week break, CBS Corp. chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves and Warner Bros. chairman-ceo Kevin Tsujihara met secretly for about 90 minutes with four members of the WGA negotiating committee: co-chairs Chip Johannessen, Chris Keyser and Billy Ray, and Meredith Stiehm.

The Sunday session, held at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ headquarters in Sherman Oaks, was designed for the CEOs to hear directly from writers on the most pressing issues in the contract negotiations, which had gotten off to a bumpy start on March 13. Moonves and Tsujihara were sent as emissaries for the AMPTP, not to hammer out deal points but to assure the WGA that Hollywood’s CEOs were attuned to the importance of the negotiations.

The writers spoke of grappling with the challenges of maintaining their income levels amid broad industry shifts. Stiehm »

- Cynthia Littleton and Maureen Ryan

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Watch: Lost Beaver Unknowingly Becomes the Leader of 150 Cows

18 April 2017 10:43 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sheep get a bad rap for being unquestioning followers, but today it’s cows who are acting like the real sheep.

A herd of cattle in Saskatchewan, Canada, must be open to any kind of leader, because rancher Adrienne Ivey caught them taking cues from a lost beaver.

On Friday, the wood-chucker wandered onto the herd’s land and started poking around. Apparently desperate for some direction, the 150 cows gathered around the beaver and started a one-sided game of Simon Says. Whatever the beaver did, the cattle followed — at a respectful 3-foot distance, according to The Telegraph.

Ivey captured the »

- Kelli Bender

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Everyone Gets a Chance To Bury The Hatchet In ‘The Other Side’

19 March 2017 7:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Review: ‘Bury Me Here’ Pushes Morgan to the Breaking Point

[Spoilers follow for “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 14, “The Other Side.”]

Whose Episode Is It?

We’re back at the Hilltop, which means it’s time to see if Sasha and Rosita can pull off their attempt to assassinate Negan. Meanwhile, the Saviors drop by unexpectedly, giving Maggie and Daryl a chance for a heart-to-heart, and giving Gregory a chance to grovel to Simon, The Only Savior That Matters. The episode seems mostly to be an excuse to give Rosita some semblance of character development,

something she’s been sorely lacking over her four seasons on the show. It’s also mostly set-up for a cliffhanger to lead us into the final two episodes. It’s serviceable on both counts.

A Shred of Humanity

The Hilltop rebellion seems to be in full swing, as Sasha and Maggie train the townspeople in self-defense (in the woods, away from Gregory »

- Jeff Stone

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Everyone Gets a Chance To Bury The Hatchet In ‘The Other Side’

19 March 2017 7:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: ‘Bury Me Here’ Pushes Morgan to the Breaking Point

[Spoilers follow for “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 14, “The Other Side.”]

Whose Episode Is It?

We’re back at the Hilltop, which means it’s time to see if Sasha and Rosita can pull off their attempt to assassinate Negan. Meanwhile, the Saviors drop by unexpectedly, giving Maggie and Daryl a chance for a heart-to-heart, and giving Gregory a chance to grovel to Simon, The Only Savior That Matters. The episode seems mostly to be an excuse to give Rosita some semblance of character development,

something she’s been sorely lacking over her four seasons on the show. It’s also mostly set-up for a cliffhanger to lead us into the final two episodes. It’s serviceable on both counts.

A Shred of Humanity

The Hilltop rebellion seems to be in full swing, as Sasha and Maggie train the townspeople in self-defense (in the woods, away from Gregory »

- Jeff Stone

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‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ Review: The Moving Portrait Of a Man Who Made a Movie With Als — Sundance 2017

22 January 2017 11:37 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For some filmmakers, Sundance is a life-changing experience — for Simon Fitzmaurice, the tragedy is that it was. A strapping, kind-hearted Irish lad who grew into an athletic build that seemed to belie his artistic spirit, he was 34 when Sundance selected his short, “The Sound of People,” for the fest’s 2007 edition. Reluctantly leaving his pregnant wife at home, Simon followed his dreams to the mountains of Utah. It was there, as Simon walked down Park City’s picturesque main drag, visions of a career behind the camera projecting against the walls of his imagination, that he first noticed the pain that would signal his diagnosis with Als.

In time, Simon would find a way to rationalize why his symptoms kicked in at the height of his happiness. In his memoir, which he wrote with the help of a system that tracked his pupils’ movement along a digital keyboard, Simon observed »

- David Ehrlich

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