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Fall 2017 TV Preview: New Shows By and About Women to Check Out

20 September 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Star Trek: Discovery”: CBS Entertainment

We are officially in the throes of the fall television season — and the next couple of months will be an especially good time for women on the small screen. From now until Thanksgiving there will be a bunch of new female-driven projects to check out across broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms.

This Sunday marks premiere of the much-anticipated “Star Trek: Discovery,” a feminist prequel to the Kirk and Spock-led 1966 original. The CBS All Access series revolves around two women of color: Starfleet officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).

October will see the bows of several women-created series. Among them are two ABC shows: Tassie Cameron’s child abduction drama “Ten Days in the Valley” starring Kyra Sedgwick, and Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters’ “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” a dramedy about depression, faith, and life. The CW will also debut the reboot of “Dynasty,” co-created by Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick. The update of the classic soap will focus on the not-too-friendly relationship between a woman and her same-aged stepmother-to-be.

Three women-hosted talk shows will also kick off in October. Sarah Silverman and Robin Thede will take on politics and current events in Hulu’s “I Love You, America” and Bet’s “The Rundown,” respectively. And Amy Sedaris will instruct us on cooking and crafting via her manic, twisted worldview in the truTV series “At Home With Amy Sedaris.”

The second Margaret Atwood TV adaptation this year, “Alias Grace,” will hit Netflix in early November. Written by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron, the Canada-set miniseries follows Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant accused and convicted of murder. For lighter November fare, turn to “Smilf” and “She’s Gotta Have It,” both of which are comedies inspired by films. Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf” is about a young mother trying to find romantic and professional fulfillment, which is extra difficult since she is also raising a child. “She’s Gotta Have It,” meanwhile, sees an independent Brooklyn artist juggle relationships with three different men.

Here are just some of the new series and television projects from and about women premiering this fall.

Star Trek: Discovery” (Premieres September 24 on CBS All Access)

Star Trek: Discovery”: CBS All Access

What it’s about: Set a decade before Kirk and Spock’s adventures on the Enterprise, “Star Trek: Discovery” centers on a female Starfleet officer named Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green), her captain (Michelle Yeoh), and the rest of the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and beings as they travel throughout space.

Why we’re excited: While the number of black and Asian female characters on TV is slowly increasing, it’s still uncommon for a series to feature more than one woman of color, let alone two female lead characters of color. So it seems “Discovery” will be a trailblazer in that regard. Also, per an early trailer, it appears that the mentor-protege relationship between Captain Georgiou and Michael will be a main focus. We think a feminist, diverse “Star Trek” is the sci-fi project 2017 needs right now.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again” (Premieres September 29 on Netflix)

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

What it’s about: Kate McKinnon will lead this reboot of the classic kids’ series. Ms. Fiona Frizzle — younger sister of Lily Tomlin’s original Ms. Valerie Frizzle — takes the students of Walkerville Elementary on scientific, adventure-filled field trips with the help of a very special school bus.

Why we’re excited: If “Hidden Figures” taught us anything, it’s that young female viewers crave stories about women in Stem fields. “The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is both a project that will expose young women to the wonders of science and serve as a worthy successor to the “Magic School Bus” of the ’90s. Plus, with her habit of playing smart, weird, enthusiastic characters, McKinnon is the perfect actress to follow in Tomlin’s footsteps.

“Ten Days in the Valley” — Created and Written by Tassie Cameron (Premieres October 1 on ABC)

“Ten Days in the Valley”

What it’s about: Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick) is the producer of a controversial television series about the police. Also a single mother, Jane’s personal and professional lives are upended when her daughter goes missing.

Why we’re excited: Sedgwick has a knack for playing skilled law enforcement officials (“The Closer,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and also had a memorable turn as a lonely widowed mother in last year’s “Edge of Seventeen.” “Ten Days in the Valley” is a drama that will bridge those two aspects of Sedgwick’s talents and could potentially provide meta-commentary on the way police cases are portrayed on TV versus the way they work in reality.

“9Jkl” — Co-Created by Dana Klein (Premieres October 2 on CBS)

What it’s about: Newly divorced actor Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) returns home to New York City and moves into an apartment bookended by his parents and his brother.

Why we’re excited: “9Jkl” is loosely based on star Feuerstein’s own experiences and was co-created and is exec produced by the actor’s wife, Dana Klein. With a woman in one of the series’ creative roles, it’s likely that “9Jkl” will be more than the typical “dude who can’t get away from his overbearing family” fare. It’s also possible that Klein’s presence behind-the-scenes will mean that the roles of Josh’s mother (Linda Lavin) and sister-in-law (Liza Lapira) will be given more depth than is usual for female characters in broad sitcoms.

The Halcyon” — Created by Charlotte Jones (Premieres October 2 on Ovation)

The Halcyon

What it’s about: This glamorous British import is set in a five-star hotel in WWII-era London. “The Halcyon” takes us into the lives of the socialites and guests who frequent the hotel as well those who work at the venue, and explores how everyone has been affected by the war.

Why we’re excited: “The Halcyon” aired earlier this year in Britain and will finally be available in the U.S. come October. Produced by the people behind “Downton Abbey” and “The Crown,” the series has the potential to become the newest obsession for Anglophiles, fans of period dramas, or anyone who appreciates well-executed costume design. And, of course, “The Halcyon’s” focus on war, politics, and class divisions will also make for some great pop culture think pieces.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” — Created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Premieres October 3 on ABC)

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”

What it’s about: A self-absorbed but unhappy young man (Jason Ritter) is tasked with saving the world by a celestial figure named Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) after he moves in with his widowed sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher).

Why we’re excited: For one, anything from former “Agent Carter” showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters is worth checking out. But “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” also stands out because it appears to be the rare project that explores faith and the role it can play in people’s lives. Considering the series’ description and the fact that ABC categorizes it as “a light drama,” “Kevin” has the potential to join “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” in the growing comedy-with-big-ideas TV genre.

Dynasty” — Co-Created by Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick (Premieres October 11 on The CW)


What it’s about: This reboot of the classic primetime soap will present the epic rivalry between the uber-wealthy Carrington and Colby families through the sparring Carrington women: Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and her very young stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Glamour, betrayal, conspicuous consumption, and murder ensue.

Why we’re excited: Over-the-top soap operas can be a lot of fun and “Dynasty” co-creator Stephanie Savage has a knack for building compelling shows around the equal parts fascinating and revolting lives of the crazy rich (Savage has previously worked on “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl”). Not to mention that the best soaps are the ones whose protagonists are both villains and heroes. It seems the new “Dynasty” will have that in spades with Fallon and Cristal.

“I Love You, America” (Talk Show) (Premieres October 12 on Hulu)

What it’s about: Hosted by Sarah Silverman, the weekly series will be a balanced take on the current political climate and the 45th president. Silverman will present us the week’s most pressing topics with her personal commentary, interviews with people who don’t necessarily agree with her, and of course, many, many jokes.

Why we’re excited: In the Trump era, it can be hard to find any news outlet (comedic or otherwise) that isn’t imbued with despair. And if there’s one thing Silverman’s comedy is known for, it’s the performer’s wonder-filled, childlike persona. Optimism and lightness are in short supply right now, so it will be a relief to have a host like Silverman present the garbage fire that is the world through her trademark perkiness. It will also be interesting to see how many times per episode Silverman will manage to reference “pussy-grabbing.”

“The Rundown With Robin Thede” (Talk Show) (Premieres October 12 on Bet)

Thede: Bet

What it’s about: Robin Thede (“The Nightly Show”) will examine the latest in politics and pop culture through commentary, sketches, and parodies. As Thede told The Hollywood Reporter when news of “The Rundown” broke, “This is going to be a show that is absolutely geared to a black audience and told from a black, female perspective.”

Why we’re excited: Thede is already in the TV history books for being the first black female head writer on a late-night comedy show and she’s sure to bring the insightful, razor-sharp observations about race and gender she honed at “The Nightly Show” to “The Rundown.” Further, while there is the rare white female voice in late-night comedy (Samantha Bee and, soon, Sarah Silverman), black women have not had the opportunity to engage as much with political comedy — so it seems like “The Rundown” will see Thede blaze yet another trail.

“The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” (Docuseries) (Premieres October 20 on Netflix)

Del Castillo: Netflix

What it’s about: Actress Kate del Castillo will share her side of the infamous del Castillo-Sean Penn-Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán story in this three-part Netflix documentary miniseries.

Why we’re excited: While the 2016 meeting between between del Castillo, Penn, and the drug lord El Chapo made international headlines, not many details are known about del Castillo’s role in the rendezvous. It was reported that she “brokered” the meeting and effectively introduced Penn and El Chapo, but the rest of her story has not yet been told. It will be interesting to learn del Castillo’s reasons for working with one of the world’s most-wanted criminals and it seems that Netflix will offer audiences information that has previously been kept from the public, including never-before-seen footage of del Castillo, Penn, and El Chapo’s interaction.

At Home With Amy Sedaris” (Talk Show) — Co-Created by Amy Sedaris (Premieres October 24 on truTV)

At Home With Amy Sedaris

What it’s about: This “Martha Stewart Living” spoof sees actress and writer Amy Sedaris cook, bake, and craft alongside guests like Jane Krakowski, Rachel Dratch, and Sasheer Zamata. Sedaris will present her expertise on the domestic arts through segments like “Entertaining the Grieving” and “The Craft of Love Making” and a song about the appropriate uses for each type of glue.

Why we’re excited: Sedaris has been stealing scenes as a guest star for years (see: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Broad City,” “Difficult People”) and it’s been 17 years since “Strangers with Candy” went off the air. Needless to say, it’s high-time she starred in her own series. Spending a half-hour with Sedaris each week will be amazing and if we learn how to make fancy, probably X-rated center pieces along the way, so much the better.

Alias Grace” (Miniseries) — Directed by Mary Harron; Written by Sarah Polley (Premieres November 3 on Netflix)

Alias Grace”: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

What it’s about: Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s historical novel, “Alias Grace” centers on 19th century “murderess” Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), who was accused and eventually convicted of killing her employer and co-worker. After 10 years of maintaining her innocence in prison, Grace tells her story — or what she can remember of it — to a psychiatrist (Edward Holcroft).

Why we’re excited: Well, if “The Handmaid’s Tale” is any indication, adaptations of Atwood’s work tend to make great TV. As in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Alias Grace” centers on a woman trapped in a terrifying, misogynistic system. What makes “Alias Grace” even more chilling is that it is based on the true story of Grace Marks and it’s unclear whether Grace herself is a patsy or a sociopath. And, of course, the upcoming Netflix show is written by “Away from Her” and “Stories We Tell” helmer Sarah Polley and is directed by “American Psycho’s” Mary Harron. There’s no way we’re missing a project that boasts talented women on and offscreen.

Smilf” — Created by Frankie Shaw (Premieres November 5 on Showtime)

Smilf”: Mark Schafer/Showtime

What it’s about: Frankie Shaw stars in, writes, directs, and produces this comedy about a young single mother who finds it’s hard to balance the duties of motherhood with an active sex life, relationships, and a career. “Smilf” is based on Shaw’s 2015 short film of the same name.

Why we’re excited: “Smilf” appears to be a spiritual spinoff of another one of our favorite shows, “Catastrophe,” the Amazon comedy about a couple navigating the ugly realities of parenthood and marriage. With her sexual frankness, her awkward conversations with her gynecologist, and intense love for her kid, Shaw’s “Smilf” character, Bridgette, could be Sharon Morris’ younger, slightly more insecure American sister.

“Danica” (Documentary) — Directed by Hannah Storm (Premieres November 8 on Epix)

Danica Patrick: Nascarking/Wikimedia Commons

What it’s about: Racecar driver and mogul Danica Patrick looks back on her career in the male-dominated world of racing — and provides viewers a glimpse into her life off the speedway — in this documentary from sports broadcast journalist Hannah Storm.

Why we’re excited: Most people who have heard of Danica Patrick know that she’s a Nascar driver, but probably couldn’t tell you too much else about her. Storm’s doc presents a full picture of Patrick as a person, not just as one of the few women in a sport that’s especially male-driven. We’re confident that Storm’s vision will make “Danica” a particularly compelling story. After building a successful career in the man’s world of sports journalism, the director herself is surely familiar with being known as the only woman in the room.

Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars” (TV Movie) (Premieres November 23 on PBS)

Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars

What it’s about: This sequel to the 2016 TV movie “Anne of Green Gables” sees Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine), now 13 years old, struggling to support her family as her guardian Matthew’s (Martin Sheen) health begins to fail. Anne also discovers she has romantic feelings for Gilbert (Drew Haytaoglu), which threatens her close friendship with Diana (Julia Lalonde).

Why we’re excited: Between last year’s “Anne of Green Gables” and the Netflix series “Anne with an E,” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved heroine seems to be making a major comeback. Which makes total sense: Anne is headstrong and true to herself, and must face plenty of hardships at home and at school. That’s something most 13-year-old girls can personally relate to. Keeping that in mind, “The Good Stars” could make for the perfect family — and feminist — Thanksgiving entertainment.

“She’s Gotta Have It” (Premieres November 23 on Netflix)

“She’s Gotta Have It”: David Lee/Netflix

What it’s about: Based on Spike Lee’s 1986 romantic comedy of the same name, “She’s Gotta Have It” centers on artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) as she splits her time between building her career and spending time with her friends and three lovers (Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, and Anthony Ramos).

Why we’re excited: Sex-positive depictions of women on TV have increased in the past few years, but it’s still fairly rare to see a female character who is, on the whole, unconcerned with having a monogamous relationship. Also, “She’s Gotta Have It” seems like the perfect show to fill the “Insecure”-shaped hole in our lives. Like the ladies of Issa Rae’s HBO series, Nola is an intelligent, flawed black woman trying to carve out a space for herself in both the professional and social spheres. And we definitely could see Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany attending one of Nola’s art shows.

Fall 2017 TV Preview: New Shows By and About Women to Check Out 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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Joanne Froggatt Has No Memory of Her Date With Ioan Gruffudd in ‘Liar’ Preview (Exclusive Video)

20 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joanne Froggatt can’t remember the details of a date gone wrong in a new exclusive clip from the upcoming SundanceTV drama “Liar.” In the clip, a troubled Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), who plays Laura Nielson on the six-part limited series, visits a friend to tell her that she can’t remember what happened after inviting her date home the previous night. “I don’t know what I did,” she says, on the verge of tears. Froggatt’s character on the show is a bright and dedicated teacher, who agrees to a seemingly innocent date with Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd, “Titanic”), a renowned surgeon whose son. »

- Reid Nakamura

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Tomorrow's 2017 Emmy Awards

16 September 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's here! It's finally here. All of your binge watching is about to pay off because the 69th Annual Primetime 2017 Emmys are tomorrow night. Can you even stand the excitement? TV's biggest stars will flock to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for their chance to snag the big award for the small screen.  Downton Abbey is now over and out of the running for the Outstanding Drama Series category. However, there will still be fierce competition between Stranger Things, The Handmaid's TaleThis Is Us, Westworld, House of CardsBetter Call Saul and The Crown—Westworld and Stranger Things already took home five Creative Arts Emmy Awards. »

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The View Hosts Sister Act Reunion: Watch Whoopi Get Back in the Habit

14 September 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Twenty-five years after Whoopi Goldberg first donned that iconic habit, the Sister Act star reunited with several of her castmates Thursday on The View.

VideosAisha Tyler’s Final Day on The Talk: Watch Her Emotional On-Air Goodbye

Kathy Najimy (aka Sister Mary Patrick) and Wendy Makkena (aka Sister Mary Robert) joined Goldberg — who scored a 1992 Golden Globe nomination for playing Deloris Van-Cartier — to reminisce about filming the iconic comedy. One particularly exceptional story involved Najimy and Makkena putting porn on their hotel room TV, then ordering room service. (Oh, did I mention they were still wearing their full nun costumes? »

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Robert Altman Chosen for First-Ever AFI Retrospective

14 September 2017 9:37 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Ilich Mejía

American director Robert Altman has been selected by the American Film Institute as the focus of AFI Fest's first annual retrospective showcasing the works of an accomplished filmmaker. AFI Fest will run, this year, from November 9 to 16. Each of those days will feature screenings and special discussions of Altman's best work. 

Even though Altman passed over ten years ago, his films are constantly remembered by film fanatics around the globe. His haunting 3 Women recently screened as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's retrospective of 1977. Other Altman classics include Julie Christie's bursting curls in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the fiery politics of Nashville, and Downton Abbey predecesor Gosford Park.

What film are you most excited to see as part of this retrospective? Share your favorite Altman scenes and moments! »

- Ilich Mejia

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Former Doctor Who Showrunner Says Fan Favorite Character Isn’t Dead After All

13 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Doctor Who fans, cast your mind back to the jam-packed season 4 finale, “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End.” The epic two-parter formed a three-way crossover between Doctor Who and its spinoffs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, as it saw characters from all three shows teaming up to foil a Dalek invasion of Earth. Though they defeated the monsters (of course), the battle cost the life of one of the Doctor’s allies: former prime minister Harriet Jones (Downton Abbey‘s Penelope Wilton).

Well, at least, we thought it did. Now, writer/previous showrunner Russell T. Davies has revealed that he’s retconned the character’s death out of canon in the most unlikely of ways: via an illustration in his new Doctor Who poem book, Now We Are Six Hundred.

“It had to be done,” he said. “And there was a poem about Harriet Jones. Phil Collinson, who was »

- Christian Bone

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The 2017 Emmys Winners Will Be (But Really Should Be)...

13 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The biggest night for your favorite TV-loving friends (both real and fake, TV characters are friends too) is almost here. The 2017 Emmys—the 69th annual award show—are upon us. This year, there's a nice mix of newcomers and old favorites in the mix, with some really deserving nominees in the mix. And some really "huh?!" nominees in the mix. It wouldn't be the Emmys without them. Gone are Game of Thrones—didn't air within the eligibility time period—and Downton Abbey—ended—and in their places are first-season wonders The Handmaid's Tale, The Crown, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. Better Call Saul and House of Cards are nominated »

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The Deuce Premiere Recap: Did You Jive With HBO's Seedy '70s Drama?

10 September 2017 7:25 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

First thought upon watching the premiere of HBO’s The Deuce: Man, Times Square used to be a lot grimier than it is now.

Second thought upon watching the drama’s first episode: Man, there is a lot of male genitalia in this show.

And while those two items in no way tell the whole story of David Simon’s (The Wire) new 1970s-set series starring James Franco, they’re hard to miss in The Deuce‘s inaugural episode. That’s as it should be, seeing as how the drama tells the story of a New York City steeped in sex, »

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‘Outlander’ Stars Talk Sleep, Love, Sadness and the New Season

8 September 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you think Sam Heughan is not the kind of guy who would wear a bright gold temporary tattoo celebrating the show he works on, you are wrong about the “Outlander” star.

In a hotel near the San Diego Comic-Con convention center — where the cast and producers were treated to a rock-star reception in July — Hueghan arrives at a post-panel interview sporting an “Outlander” tattoo on one bicep. And though his co-stars Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies are not similarly decorated, they are just as game to talk about the past and future of “Outlander,” which returns with its third season Sunday on Starz.

If there’s one thing that’s clear about all three actors, it’s that they take their responsibility to the show and its fans seriously. They’re all quite happy to mock themselves — at one point, there’s a long conversational segue about how Sam would happily wear down Tobias’ superior tennis »

- Maureen Ryan

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Tony Nom Jenn Damiano Plays Joe’s Pub + More NYC Events Sept. 8–14

8 September 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Jenn Damiano returns to Joe’s Pub.Stage fave Jenn Damiano, who received a Tony nomination for her work in Pulitzer-winning “Next to Normal,” will return to a New York stage on Sept. 10, bringing her solo show to Joe’s Pub. Last seen on Broadway in the late, great “American Psycho,” audiences can expect to hear Damiano’s golden-throated takes on songs from the realm of musical theater, as well as the pop and rock cannons. (If you blow it and miss Damiano this time around, she’ll return to the venue Oct. 2.) (Tickets: $20) A “Downton” star takes Broadway.Elizabeth McGovern, best-known for her »

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‘Liar’ Trailer: Ioan Gruffudd & Joanne Froggatt Unravel In SundanceTV Thriller

7 September 2017 6:44 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The big smiles on the pretty faces of Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt all but promise some pending danger in this first official full trailer from SundanceTV’s upcoming Liar, a six-part series from the creators of The Missing. Liar stars Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as a teacher and surgeon, respectively, whose seemingly innocent date turns into a series of volatile accusations that capsize their lives. Secrets and lies slowly unravel with… »

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Exclusive Interview: Jonathan Mostow For ‘The Hunter’s Prayer’

7 September 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jonathon Mostow may not be a name immediately recognisable to the average moviegoer. But the Hollywood director has been building an impressive portfolio over the past two decades. After breaking into the industry with the critically acclaimed Breakdown, starring none other than Kurt Russell, he went on to work with some of the biggest stars in the industry.

Mostow successfully steered the Terminator ship after James Cameron left the franchise, and also told a visually impressive story of technological enhancement starring Bruce Willis. Now his latest release, The Hunters Prayer, revolves around a contract killer who decides to protect the very woman he is hired to murder. The film stars Sam Worthington (Avatar) in the lead, and also boasts a talented supporting cast consisting of Odeya Rush (Goosebumps), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), and Amy Landecker (Transparent).

Check out our exclusive interview with Mostow below:

Thn: After such a successful career, »

- Ben Read

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Emmys 2017: Who Will Win, Who Should Win?

7 September 2017 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anyone have a crystal ball I can borrow?

Predicting the Emmys has never been harder — with the incumbents out of contention (see you next year, “Game of Thrones”), many of the top races are legitimately toss-ups. Complicating matters, too, are the new voting rules: Last year the Academy replaced the ranking system with a winner-take-all system — which led to delightfully surprising winners like Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”).

Does this mean that the Academy has finally shed its legacy habit of rewarding old standbys and new winners will be crowned yet again? We’ll find out for sure when the envelopes are opened on Sept. 17, but in the meantime, here are our predictions for who will win, who should win — and who’s poised to play spoiler.

Best Drama

Will win: “This Is Us” (NBC)

Should win: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Spoiler: “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

It’s a tough call — you could »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Liar’ Trailer: ‘Downton’ Alum Joanne Froggatt Brings Prestige Thrills to Sundance TV Drama

7 September 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

TV is no stranger to telling a story from different character angles. Showtime’s “The Affair” has made an entire three-season run out of looking back at key moments in a doomed, dangerous series of romantic encounters, reframing them through the eyes of participants and observers alike.

Liar,” the latest series from Sundance TV looks to be covering that territory in a new way. From creators Harry and Jack Williams (“Fleabag”), “Liar” stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd as two people each trying to piece together their versions of what happened on a fateful date.

Read More:Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

Froggatt, best known for her role as Mrs. Bates on “Downton Abbey,” stars as a teacher whose evening with surgeon Andrew (Gruffudd) leads to a swirl of violence, trauma, and accusations. Sundance has released its latest teaser for the series, told from Laura’s point of view. »

- Steve Greene

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‘Liar’ Trailer: ‘Downton’ Alum Joanne Froggatt Brings Prestige Thrills to Sundance TV Drama

7 September 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

TV is no stranger to telling a story from different character angles. Showtime’s “The Affair” has made an entire three-season run out of looking back at key moments in a doomed, dangerous series of romantic encounters, reframing them through the eyes of participants and observers alike.

Liar,” the latest series from Sundance TV looks to be covering that territory in a new way. From creators Harry and Jack Williams (“Fleabag”), “Liar” stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd as two people each trying to piece together their versions of what happened on a fateful date.

Read More:Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

Froggatt, best known for her role as Mrs. Bates on “Downton Abbey,” stars as a teacher whose evening with surgeon Andrew (Gruffudd) leads to a swirl of violence, trauma, and accusations. Sundance has released its latest teaser for the series, told from Laura’s point of view. »

- Steve Greene

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Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton joins Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

6 September 2017 2:42 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After a breakout role in last year’s Sing Street, Lucy Boynton is returning to the world of music with 2018’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, revealing that Boynton will portray Mary Austin, the longtime girlfriend of frontman Freddie Mercury

Austin and Mercury were in a relationship from 1970 to 1976, which ended when she learned that he was homosexual, but the two stayed friends until Mercury’s untimely death in 1991. The iconic artist wrote 1975’s “Love of My Life” about Austin and once called her “the only friend I’ve got” in a 1985 interview.

The film will chronicle Queen’s rise to fame, leading up to the band’s Live Aid performance in 1985 at Wembley Stadium, which many have called the greatest live performance in the history of rock music, thanks to the unparalleled brilliance and electricity of Mercury.

Boynton has also starred in The Blackcoat’s Daughter, »

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Lucy Boynton Joins Rami Malek in Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

6 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has rounded out the cast of the upcoming movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Lucy Boynton playing Mary Austin, lifelong companion of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

The movie is directed by Bryan Singer with New Regency and Gk Films as the production companies. Boynton’s upcoming credits include IFC’s “Rebel in the Rye,” Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” and “Apostle.” She was recently seen in “Sing Street.”

The producers are King, Singer, and Jim Beach. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan, and Jane Rosenthal are the executive producers. Kira Goldberg is overseeing the project for Fox.


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Rami Malek is playing Mercury. Ben Hardy, whose credits include “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Mary Shelley,” will play drummer Roger Taylor. Gwilym Lee (“The Hollow Crown”) will portray lead guitarist Brian May and Joe Mazzello (“The Social Network”) will tackle the role of bass guitarist John Deacon.

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Joanne Froggatt Offers An Update On The Downton Abbey Movie

5 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve been hoping that a Downton Abbey movie would be happening, and a few short weeks ago, news spread across the Internet that it looked like it is indeed happening. Well, one of the stars of the original, hit ITV TV series has offered a small update on said film, and the logistical nightmares of bringing everyone back together.

Joanne Froggatt, who played the character of Anna Bates on the show, offered the following in a new interview with the Radio Times.

“It’s been tricky. There has been a lot of goodwill from all of us, but logistically, it’s a bit of a minefield,” she said.

“It’s very difficult to get 22 actors together. But if we can, everyone would like to do it.”

Reports earlier this year suggested that the film would start shooting in 2018 for a 2019 release.

“Selfishly, it would be great to get together »

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‘Victoria & Abdul’ Review: Judi Dench-Starring Historical Drama Is Only Half a Story — Venice

3 September 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” is an otherwise benignly toothless, pleasantly glossy affair, but it does force us to confront one tricky question: When treating a subject as fraught as British imperial rule, when does a film’s benign inoffensiveness become offensive in and of itself? Still, that’s about the only food for thought in what is at once a breezy, lion-in-winter vehicle for Judi Dench in queen-mode and a “Lifestyles of the Rich and Noble” bit of wealth porn, and not much more.

Dench is back as Queen Victoria, returning to a role she had previously played in John Madden’s “Mrs. Brown,” a film that must have not only inspired Frears and screenwriter Lee Hall, but acted as their foundational text. Little is known about the very real relationship that existed between the aging monarch and her advisor Abdul Karim, and so Hall has essentially grafted their story »

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Venice Film Review: ‘Victoria & Abdul’

3 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Victoria & Abdul,” a gilded let’s-tweak-the-Empire-but-not-really talkfest duet directed by Stephen Frears, our first encounter with Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) comes during a lavish lunch for her majesty’s golden jubilee. It’s 1887, and the 68-year-old monarch has been placed at the head of a dining table as long as a cricket field. She’s so bored and depressed that she can barely stay awake, so she eats herself into a food coma and looks ready to be wheeled out — that is, until Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a 24-year-old Indian clerk who’s been chosen to present her with a mohur (a gold coin minted by British India), approaches her royal highness. Their eyes meet, agleam with a delight that’s nearly flirtatious, as if Tinkerbell had just sprinkled fairy dust on both of them.

And so begins a love affair: not a literal one, but a mother-son, master-servant, disciple-guru »

- Owen Gleiberman

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