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Lff 2017: ‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

23 hours ago | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary

Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with Brigsby Bear, an engaging and smartly judged indie comedy-drama that mixes elements from several different movies but still manages to feel entirely original.

SNL’s Kyle Mooney (who co-wrote the script with Kevin Costello) plays twenty-five year-old James, who grows up in an underground desert bunker with his “parents” Ted (Mark Hamil) and April (Jane Adams). Kyle’s only entertainment is Brigsby Bear, a children’s fantasy TV show about a talking bear who protects the universe and dispenses weekly life lessons like “curiosity is an unnatural emotion” and “trust only the family unit”.

When the FBI raid the bunker, »

- Guest

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Jessica Barth

16 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Jessica Barth is an American actress who has appeared on the movie screen, the TV screen, and the theatre stage. She is best-known for her role in Ted and Ted 2, but in more recent times, she is being mentioned in the news because she is one of the numerous women who have claimed that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Jessica Barth: Studied a Number of Subjects in School Initially, Barth spent some time at the Wilma Theater, where she studied in preparation for her eventual career

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Jessica Barth »

- Nat Berman

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Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Trevante Rhodes and more join sci-fi Bird Box

15 October 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Danielle MacDonald (Patti Cake$) and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) have signed on to the cast of the sci-fi film Bird Box, which already has Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich attached.

The film is being directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier (In a Better World) from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), and is based on Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel. It sees Bullock as a mother who along with her two children are part of a small group of survivors after an alien force has driven the world’s population to deadly violence. Together, the three must make their way on a terrifying journey — 20 miles in a rowboat — while blindfolded, with nothing to rely on but the mother’s wits and the children’s trained ears.

Bird Box is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, »

- Gary Collinson

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Seth MacFarlane Says 2013 Oscars Joke About Harvey Weinstein Was Inspired by Friend's Encounter

11 October 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Seth MacFarlane says his 2013 Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein while hosting the awards show was inspired by a real encounter. 

The 43-year-old actor took to Twitter on Wednesday to open up about the joke, which seems to have taken on new meaning amid claims that the producer has been sexually harassing women for three decades. 

MacFarlane was joined by Emma Stone onstage at the 2013 Academy Awards, where they announced the five actresses in the Supporting Actress category. "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein," MacFarlane quipped. 

Related: Cara Delevingne Describes Alleged Sexual Harassment by Harvey Weinstein, Claims He Tried to Kiss Her

"In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances. She has since courageously come forward to speak out," MacFarlane wrote on Wednesday. "It was this account »

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Seth MacFarlane Says His Harvey Weinstein Oscars Jab Came From ‘a Place of Loathing and Anger’

11 October 2017 1:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Seth MacFarlane has added some crucial context to a joke he made about now-disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein while preparing to host the 2013 Oscars, saying he made the joke after learning that Weinstein made “attempted advances” on his friend, and noting that the joke came from “a place of loathing and anger.” In a tweet published Wednesday, the “Family Guy” boss recalled, “In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances. She has since courageously come forward to speak out.” “It »

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Seth MacFarlane Says 2013 Harvey Weinstein Joke was Deliberate Shot for Jessica Barth

11 October 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Seth MacFarlane says his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the 2013 Oscar Nominations wasn't just meant to be funny ... it was a deliberate shot at the Hollywood honcho on behalf of his friend, Jessica Barth. MacFarlane claims Barth -- who he's worked with on "Family Guy" and the "Ted" films -- confided in him in 2011 about Weinstein's attempted advances ... and it pissed off Seth so much, he ripped Weinstein at the Oscar noms event. He says »

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Seth MacFarlane Wrote Harvey Weinstein Oscar Joke After Friend Told Him Sexual Harassment Story

11 October 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has made a 2013 Seth MacFarlane joke viral all over again. The comedian was hosting the 85th Academy Awards and presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress alongside Emma Stone when he addressed the nominees and joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” MacFarlane has issued an official statement in which he reveals the joke was written after his friend, actress Jessica Barth, told him about her own experience being harassed by Weinstein.

Read More:Cara Delevingne Says Harvey Weinstein Tried to Kiss Her, Told Her She’d ‘Never Make It in Hollywood’ As a Lesbian

“Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger,” MacFarlane wrote, denying any speculation he was making light of the rumors surrounding Weinstein’s behavior. “There is nothing more abhorrent or indefensible than abuse of power such as this. »

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Seth MacFarlane Wrote Harvey Weinstein Oscar Joke After Friend Told Him Sexual Harassment Story

11 October 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has made a 2013 Seth MacFarlane joke viral all over again. The comedian was hosting the 85th Academy Awards and presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress alongside Emma Stone when he addressed the nominees and joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” MacFarlane has issued an official statement in which he reveals the joke was written after his friend, actress Jessica Barth, told him about her own experience being harassed by Weinstein.

Read More:Cara Delevingne Says Harvey Weinstein Tried to Kiss Her, Told Her She’d ‘Never Make It in Hollywood’ As a Lesbian

“Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger,” MacFarlane wrote, denying any speculation he was making light of the rumors surrounding Weinstein’s behavior. “There is nothing more abhorrent or indefensible than abuse of power such as this. »

- Zack Sharf

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Seth MacFarlane Explains 2013 Oscars Jab at "Abhorrent, Indefensible" Harvey Weinstein

11 October 2017 12:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Seth MacFarlane on Wednesday released a statement explaining his jab at Harvey Weinstein during the Oscars nominations announcement in 2013.

The actor and creator of Family Guy and The Orville alluded to the Hollywood producer's sexual harassment claims while naming the nominated supporting actresses that year. “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein," he said alongside Emma Stone.

That swipe was motivated by an account from Jessica Barth, the actress with whom MacFarlane worked on the Ted films and on Family Guy. She had told him about her 2011 encounter with Weinstein in »

- Ashley Lee

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Women and Hollywood Announces 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award Winners

11 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set “Wonder Woman”: Warner Bros. Entertainment and THR

Women and Hollywood is honored to share the recipients of the Trailblazer Awards, which will be given out during our upcoming 10th Anniversary events in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Trailblazer Awardees are directors Amma Asante (“Belle,” “Where Hands Touch”), Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Queen Sugar”), and Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida”) as well as producer and GameChanger Films president Mynette Louie and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. They will be honored October 17 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.

Our Los Angeles Trailblazers include directors Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”), Haifaa al-Mansour (“Wadjda,” “Mary Shelley”), and Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “D.E.B.S.”). Director Leah Meyerhoff (“I Believe in Unicorns”) is being honored for founding Film Fatales. Other honorees include the Aclu; Melissa Goodman, Audrey Irmas director of the Lgbtq, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at Aclu of SoCal, and ​Lenora Lapidus, Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the Aclu, will be accepting. And the founder of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, will also be recognized. They will receive their awards on October 25 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.

These are women who through their work, their voice, and/or their activism have been a part of raising the level of conversation on gender equality, stepping up the advocacy drumbeat, and paving the way for their female peers and colleagues.

To find out more about the Trailblazers, check out their bios below. And, remember, tickets are still available for our anniversary events in NY on October 17 and in La on October 25.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante, MBE is a multi-award winning writer and director who won a BAFTA for her first film, A Way of Life. This made Asante the first Black female director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing a film. Her next film, Belle, drew widespread critical acclaim, and saw Asante named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, as well as being named by Variety as one of their 10 Directors to watch. In 2016, her film A United Kingdom was released and its European Premiere saw Asante celebrated as the first Black female director to open the BFI London Film Festival in its 60-year history. This year Asante was named an MBE by Queen Elizabeth on the 2017 Birthday Honour’s list, for services to film as a writer and director. Asante is currently in post-production on her next film, Where Hands Touch. The film, inspired by historical events, is set in 1944 Germany and follows the plight of a young girl of color attempting to survive under Nazi rule.

Julie Dash

Twenty-six years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry. She is the recent recipient of the New York Film Critics Special Award, the 2017 Robert Smalls Merit and Achievement Award, and the Visionary Award from Women in Film, Washington, D.C. Dash is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art at Spelman College. She recently directed multiple episodes of the award-winning dramatic series, Queen Sugar, Season 2, created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, for Own Television.

Mynette Louie

Mynette Louie is a New York-based film producer and the president of Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund to exclusively finance narrative features directed by women. Gamechanger’s films include Natalia Garagiola’s Hunting Season (Venice Critics’ Week 2017), Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff’s The Strange Ones (SXSW 2017), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (Tiff 2016), and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong (Sundance 2016, 2017 Independent Spirit Award nominee), among others. Louie won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award and was named one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” She is on the Board of Directors of Film Independent and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Ifp, and A3 Asian American Artists Foundation.

Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards, the most recent of which was A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016. Nevins has been honored with several prestigious career achievement awards including, most recently, the 2009 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She has supervised the production of more than 1,000 documentary programs for HBO. Nevins is the bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales, published by Flatiron Books.

Julie Taymor

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Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time: 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (five Tony nominations). She directed the play Grounded, and completed a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during the production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Film credits include Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute, and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur Genius Award and a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently in rehearsals for a revival of M Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

Melissa Goodman

Melissa Goodman conducts legal and policy advocacy concerning Lgbtq rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the rights of people with HIV. Goodman leads the Aclu SoCal’s advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood, to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of Lgbtq people, and to improve healthcare for incarcerated women.

​Lenora Lapidus

Lenora Lapidus litigates gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engages in public policy advocacy, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system. Along with Melissa Goodman of the Aclu of Southern CA, she urged the Eeoc to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television. Lapidus has received several fellowships and awards, including 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Patty Jenkins

Credit: Warner Bros.

Patty Jenkins is a writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC ComicsWonder Woman, her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and helming the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing. Monster was named by AFI as one of its Ten Best Films of the Year. Jenkins garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. She went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including the pilot and finale episode for AMC’s The Killing, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing. Jenkins directed several other pilots and episodes including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage. She was nominated for an Emmy for a segment of Lifetime’s Five, an anthology about breast cancer.

In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for biggest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, domestic and worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim and it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $820 million to date. ​

Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of its most significant cinematic figures. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney. The success of her 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom front-page news. At home, her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on taboo issues and for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. The film received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and established al-Mansour as an important talent emerging from the Arab World. She recently published a novelization of the film titled The Green Bicycle for Penguin publishing group. Her latest film, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and based on the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is an award-winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film I Believe in Unicorns was released theatrically in 2015 after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest, Tribeca Film Institute, Ifp, Nyu, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker organization based in New York with dozens of local chapters around the world. Film Fatales is a global community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects, and build a supportive environment in which to get their films made and seen. Founded in 2013, Film Fatales actively supports over 500 women directors in New York and Los Angeles, and hundreds more in a dozen sister cities across Europe, North America, Australia, and Africa.

Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson is a filmmaker who explores and exposes the breadth and complexity of humanity in an extensive body of work across both film and television. Filtering her storytelling through the multi-faceted prism of identity, Robinson uses the power of her unique voice to intelligently and empathetically bring compelling, intersectional stories — specifically those of women, people of color, and Lgbtq individuals — to the mainstream in a way that is entertaining, emotional, and thought-provoking. Most recently, Robinson wrote and directed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the origin story behind one of the world’s most famous superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Moving fluidly between film and television, Robinson has an overall deal with ABC Television Studios and recently served as a Consulting Producer on ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder.” She is in development on a series exploring the intersecting lives of Golden Age stars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D.

Stacy L. Smith is the Founder and Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. Mdsc research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. She was the principal investigator of the Card report, examining Hollywood’s hiring practices on screen, behind the camera, and in the executive ranks across the major media companies and digital distribution platforms. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a Ted Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax, and Lunafest. Dr. Smith’s work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film’s Gender Problem.

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Hillary Clinton’s Book, CNN, the Oscars and 61 Other Things Donald Trump Has Called ‘Sad’

26 September 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

President Donald Trump isn’t just known for his tweets, but also, his manner of tweeting. He’s got a distinct voice, and favorite words that he loves to sprinkle throughout his 140 characters. The word that’s most synonymous with Trump? The label that’s become his go-to insult?

Sad.

Trump doesn’t hesitate to label something sad. In fact, he says it rather often, in both a serious way (when something actually brings him sorrow) or as an insult (when it’s a synonym for pathetic). By our count, he’s said it 64 times on Twitter alone. These are the people, »

- Diana Pearl

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The Orville Season 1 Episode 1 Review: “Old Wounds”

26 September 2017 3:15 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Seth MacFarlane is known as the comedian who manages to do crazy controversial stuff yet has a discerning intellectual personality. While casual viewers of Seth MacFarlane may not know this, he was often a person who would show his sci-fi/geek side often appearing on episodes of “Enterprise” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” when they were on the air; it was only when Family Guy appeared on Adult Swim and the show garnered a fanbase (which would get the show uncanceled) that MacFarlane was able to express that side more fluently creating comedies like Ted while exploring his sciency side with

The Orville Season 1 Episode 1 Review: “Old Wounds” »

- T Karras

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Peter Griffin killed Seth MacFarlane’s Flintstones reboot

26 September 2017 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Way back in 2011, it was announced that Family Guy and American Dad! creator Seth MacFarlane was set to reboot the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Flintstones.

The original plan was for the rebooted series to air on Fox in 2013, although that never materialised as MacFarlane shifted his attention to his live-action feature film Ted, and reports then emerged stating that Fox had put the project on the back-burner as executives did not think that Fred and friends would have enough appeal with adult audiences.

Well, speaking on a Reddit Ama to promote his new series The Orville, MacFarlane has now confirmed that The Flintstones is unlikely to ever move forward, stating that: “Honestly I couldn’t figure out a way to find enough differentiation between a modern-day Fred Flintstone and… Peter Griffin.”

Are you disappointed that we didn’t get to see MacFarlane’s take on The Flintstones, or are »

- Gary Collinson

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The Great British Bake Off 2017, episode four – as it happened

19 September 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Caramel week in the tent. But who met a sticky end?

9.19pm BST

Well there we go. The thoroughly well-deserved Star Bakersanship award goes to Kate, while, in a surprise to no one, Tom’s back on the sleeper to Edinburgh. Is he from Edinburgh? Who cares. He’s from somewhere, and he’s back there now. Thanks to all of you for the Btl bantz, armchair psychology and comments subsequently removed by a moderator.

I’m off to down some syrup to cut through all this caramel. Or maybe I’ll borrow some of Prue’s lemons; she looks like she’s always got a few on the go. Come say hello on twitter, facebook or Instagram. Or just wiretap my house, and log a transcript of all my calls. That’s the sort of world we voluntarily live in now, isn’t it.

9.16pm BST

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- Rhik Samadder

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Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville to feature Star Trek actor cameos

16 September 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Seth MacFarlane recently took to Reddit for an Ama to promote his latest Fox sci-fi comedy, The Orville, where he revealed that the show may feature a cameo or two from the actors of the franchise that helped inspire it, Star Trek.

When one user asked the Family Guy and American Dad creator/star if he had any plans to have Star Trek actors cameo on the show, MacFarlane responded with a vague “We got one or two in the lineup….”

Comment from discussion I am Seth MacFarlane. Ama..

While he doesn’t offer up any hints about which actors will appear on the show, it sounds like at least a few Star Trek stars are embracing The Orville, which is simultaneously a parody and love letter to the classic space franchise.

William Shatner always seems gung-ho about appearing in Star Trek rip-offs/send-ups and even returned to voice James T. »

- Justin Cook

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Advance TV Passes to Fox’s ‘Ghosted,’ ‘The Gifted,’ ‘The Orville’

12 September 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening TV premiere tickets up for grabs to the new Fox shows “The Gifted,” “Ghosted” and “The Orville”! Our winners will enjoy free concessions and will see episode one of all three shows before anyone else!

Ghosted,” which stars Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, premieres on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Cst. “The Orville,” from Seth MacFarlane, premieres on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. Cst. “The Gifted,” which stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker, premieres on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 8 p.m. Cst.

To win your free passes to this Fox TV advance screening courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ EP: Season 9 is a ‘Five-Year Log-Jam of Indignities’

9 September 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returns to HBO for its ninth season, it will be doing so in a very different political climate – and a very different television landscape. When the show last aired in 2011, Larry David planned for that finale episode to act as a series-ender, executive producer Jeff Schaffer tells Variety.

“At the end of a season, Larry has put all of the ideas he has into that season, and he would never want to write a new season without ideas, so how could there ever be a new season?” Schaffer says. “So writing a new season of ‘Curb’ was tricky, especially because this time there was a longer break than usual.”

But HBO was more than willing to wait through the five-year break between the eighth season ending and David and Schaffer calling to say they wanted to do more. Here, Schaffer talks with Variety about what’s changed (and what hasn’t) for the »

- Danielle Turchiano

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20 Most Iconic Toys in Film

6 September 2017 5:41 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Toys can often play an important role in a film, sometimes becoming the star. This is our list of the 20 most famous toys in film.  

Toys and movies have a unique and long-running relationship. In the beginning, toys were just props in movies. Somewhere along the line, someone figured out that toys could be used to help sell movies, and vice versa. Merchandising began, and children everywhere could find either the toys featured in their favorite movies or toy versions of things from their favorite movies on the shelves of their local toy stores. Some toys also graduated from being props to being characters. First animation, then stop-motion, puppetry, and later CGI helped to bring them alive on screen. More recently, movie studios have begun making movies based on toys.

Throughout all of this, one thing has remained consistent: the important role that toys have played in film. However, there »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘The Powerpuff Girls: The Last Donnycorn’ DVD Review

15 August 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

The latest Powerpuff Girls DVD release is here! The Powerpuff Girls: The Last Donnycorn is a collection of episodes from the first two seasons from the rebooted Powerpuff Girls series from Cartoon Network. Is this DVD worth a buy? Let’s find out.

The Powerpuff Girls: The Lost Donnycorn DVD receives its name from to the new friend of the Powerpuff Girls, Donny the Wannabecorn and the “30-minute special” surrounding the character. More on that special later. The DVD includes 12 episodes. These episodes are:

The Last Donnycorn (30 min. special) Odd Bubbles Out People Pleaser The Wrinklegruff Girls Presidential Punchout Claw Dad Once Upon a Townsville (Emmy Award nominated episode) Blue Ribbon Blues Electric Buttercup Rainy Day The Big Sleep 15 Minutes of Fame

Now back to “The Last Donnycorn” 30 min. episode. The episode is actually 22 minutes in length. Not exactly 30 minutes as advertised unless you include the commercials when it aired on Cartoon Network, »

- Chris Salce

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Has Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Rescued (or Ruined) Hollywood?

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

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a succession of game-changing deals. The chief content officer for Netflix stole Shonda Rhimes from ABC, lured retiree David Letterman back into talk-show mode, prodded the reclusive Coen brothers into TV production and snapped up Millarworld, a comic-book empire with buzzy titles like “Jupiter’s Legacy” and “Huck.”

Netflix could conceivably rival Disney and Marvel by assembling its own superhero universe. On Aug. 9, two days after the announcement of the Millarworld purchase, Disney dropped a bombshell when it unveiled plans to launch a streaming service and yank its branded family and Pixar films from Netflix beginning in 2019.

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Over the weekend, Netflix fired back by announcing it had poached TV’s most powerful showrunner from her longtime home at Disney’s ABC. “Shonda »

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