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“Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba to Topline “Miss Virginia”

Aduba on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Crazy Eyes” has signed on to star in an indie drama. “Orange Is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba will topline “Miss Virgina,” Variety reports. Penned by Erin O’Connor, the script is based on a true story and “follows a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her at-risk son from their dangerous neighborhood school to an expensive one in a safe area,” the source writes.

“The real Miss Virginia is as formidable as she is warm and down-to-earth,” said O’Connor, who is also among the film’s producers. “No one captures that spirit like Uzo. Her bravery, grit, and humor shine through in all her performances. We’re ecstatic that she will be bringing her infectious energy to ‘Miss Virginia.’”

R.J. Daniel Hanna (“Shelter”) is directing the feature, which is expected to kick off production early next year in Los Angeles.

Aduba has won two Emmys for portraying Suzanne “Crazy EyesWarren in “Orange Is the New Black,” which is set to return for a sixth season. A premiere date for the next installment of the Netflix hit has yet to be announced. Her big screen credits include Philip Roth adaptation “American Pastoral” and Sian Heder’s Ellen Page-starrer “Tallulah,” a drama about a woman who kidnaps a toddler.

While she’s said she’s always happy to answer questions regarding “Oitnb’s” inclusive portrayals of race and beauty, Aduba believes the fight is far from over. “We’re further away than we want to be, or that we believe ourselves to be,” she said of the entertainment industry, and seemingly the world at large. “I think gestures of progress can sometimes confuse us into thinking that we’ve passed points that we actually haven’t passed. And then we find ourselves confronted with obstacles and social injustices that remind us how far away we are from the finishing line.” She added, “It also takes the bravery of all parties. I would like to see that question posed to the people who have the agency to change it.”

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Uzo Aduba To Be Honored At Human Rights Campaign National Dinner

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (Hrc) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (Lgbtq) civil rights organization — announced that U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris will speak and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba will be honored at the 21st annual Hrc National Dinner on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center.

“Senator Kamala Harris is a champion of equality who is committed to helping us fight back against the Trump-Pence administration’s all-out war against the Lgbtq community,” said Hrc President Chad Griffin. “Throughout her career in public life, Senator Harris has fought for the equal dignity of the Lgbtq community, and she is a national leader in the resistance against the politics of hate and fear. We look forward to welcoming Senator Harris to this year’s Hrc National Dinner.”

“Using her incredible talent to help change countless hearts and minds, Uzo Aduba is a
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Ann Dowd of The Handmaid's Tale Gets Emotional After Winning Emmy

Ann Dowd of The Handmaid's Tale Gets Emotional After Winning Emmy
Ann Dowd of The Handmaid’s Tale is the outstanding supporting actress in a drama series at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

From tearjerkers to out of this world mysteries, this year’s crop of nominees covered the spectrum of drama genres. Dowd was up against Uzo Aduba for her turn as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange Is The New Black; Millie Bobby Brown for portraying Eleven in Stranger Things; Samira Wiley for portraying Moria in The Handmaid’s Tale; Chrissy Metz for starring as Kate Pearson in This Is Us; and Thandie Newton for playing Maeve in Westworld.

Aduba was
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Dave Bautista Wrestles With Becoming a Nuanced Character Actor with the Body of a ‘Fucking Gorilla’

Dave Bautista Wrestles With Becoming a Nuanced Character Actor with the Body of a ‘Fucking Gorilla’
A few years ago, Dave Bautista got into an argument with his agent. He wanted to turn the former WWE wrestler into a leading man, but didn’t want Bautista to take a role that required an Eastern European accent.

“I was really excited about it, and my agent hated it,” said Bautista. “When I asked why, he said: ‘Because if you do that, than you’re really just going to get stuck in this rut of being a character actor.’ And I said, ‘But I am a character actor. That’s what I want to be.”

It’s easy to understand where Bautista’s agent was coming from. Bautista’s a recognizable and extremely popular ex-wrestler with a mixed martial arts background and a physically imposing on-screen presence. There was a clear path for Bautista to become an action star. The problem was — that’s not what Bautista wanted.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ is Rumored to Be the Longest Blockbuster Since ‘Interstellar’

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is Rumored to Be the Longest Blockbuster Since ‘Interstellar’
Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the fall movie season, and it looks like everyone deciding to see the movie on the big screen is going to want to make themselves very, very comfortable in their seats.

The sequel is skipping festival season but has begun screening and sources say it runs well over the two-and-a-half hour mark. The exact runtime has not been confirmed by Warner Brothers yet, but Sony Russia has listed the movie at 163 minutes, which means we’d be getting 2 hours and 43 minutes of jaw-dropping Roger Deakins cinematographer.

#BladeRunner2049 is apparently 163 mins long (Tbc runtime from Sony Russia, via Dcp distribution service Kinoplan & https://t.co/GlhBo7IpNt) pic.twitter.com/4Rxp2TzW3R

— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) August 29, 2017

The average runtime for studio blockbusters has been way past the two-hour mark for some time now, but 163 minutes
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short Film: Jared Leto Has Designed His Own Army of Replicants, And They Have Weapons

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short Film: Jared Leto Has Designed His Own Army of Replicants, And They Have Weapons
Picking up thirty years after the events of the first film, Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming “Blade Runner 2049” is tasked with not only weaving a brand new story, but explaining what exactly has occurred since the conclusion of Ridley Scott’s epic sci-fi opus. In hopes of bridging that gap, the director tasked a trio of filmmakers to craft three ambitious new shorts, all set between the original film and his new sequel, due out later this fall.

Read More:14 Blockbusters to See This Season, From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and Many More

Collider has debuted the first short, entitled “2036: Nexus Dawn,” which features “Blade Runner 2049” star Jared Leto in character as apparent replicant-building genius (and perhaps madman?) Niander Wallace. Directed by Ridley’s own son Luke Scott, who last directed the feature “Morgan,” the film is set in 2036, halfway between the
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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?

Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?
Now that the Dowager Countess has retired, the Emmys race for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is looking very modern indeed.

With all of last year’s nominees either ineligible — Dame Maggie Smith won for Downton Abbey‘s final season — or not making the cut, five of this year’s six contenders come from freshman series. The lone veteran in the field is Uzo Aduba, who’s already won a pair of Emmys for playing inmate Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Netflix’s prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black.

RelatedEmmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series?
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Uzo Aduba to Star in “The Secret Life of Bees” Musical Workshop Production

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Uzo Aduba is following in Jennifer Hudson’s footsteps. According to Entertainment Weekly, the “Orange Is the New Black” star will be playing Rosaleen in a musical workshop production of “The Secret Life of Bees,” based on Sue Monk Kidd’s award-winning 2004 novel. Yep, Suzanne “Crazy EyesWarren has major pipes. Aduba already showed them off as Glinda the Good Witch on NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” “The Secret Life of Bees” was adapted for the screen in 2008 by Gina Prince-Bythewood with Hudson playing the role Aduba will take on in the musical workshop.

Rosaleen is a mother-figure and maid to the narrator of the story, a 14-year-old girl named Lily. The pair flee Lily’s abusive father and “seek refuge in South Carolina with the Boatwright sisters, who teach Lily about beekeeping, honey, and the Black Madonna,” EW summarizes.

The workshop is part of Powerhouse Theater’s 2017 season. As EW points out, Broadway megahits “Hamilton,” “The Humans,” and “Doubt” were all developed at the theater.

Aduba has received two Emmy Awards for her role in “Orange Is the New Black.” “She’s always been Suzanne in my mind. The way I use ‘crazy’ is she’s crazy-good, crazy-fun, crazy-fun-to-play, for sure. But she’s definitely been ‘Suzanne’ to me because I didn’t want to get trapped in the one layer of just playing ‘crazy,’” Aduba has said of her character on the Netflix show. “When I was approaching the material, I thought of her as somebody who just feels deeply. This is someone who loves passionately. Every side of her life is a ‘10.’ She gets mad at a 10, she loves at a 10, and she’s gonna pee at a 10. That’s how I approach Suzanne,” she explained.

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Exclusive: 'Oitnb' Star Adrienne C. Moore Talks Season 5 Cliffhanger, Set Secrets & Why She Now Loves Lattes!

Exclusive: 'Oitnb' Star Adrienne C. Moore Talks Season 5 Cliffhanger, Set Secrets & Why She Now Loves Lattes!
If you've ever wondered if Adrienne C. Moore is as cool as the character she plays on Orange Is the New Black, we're happy to report she's just as awesome as Cindy Hayes (aka Black Cindy!) in real life. Even cooler, in fact.

The 36-year-old actress stopped by Et's Los Angeles studio for a Facebook Live interview on Friday, where she gave us the rundown on that insane season five cliffhanger, behind-the-scenes secrets from set and the hilarious story behind the Black Lattes Matter meme from episode two.

Watch: 'Orange Is the New Black' Refresher: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Season 5!

Et's Denny Directo kicked off the interview by surprising Moore with a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. That's when we learned the Nashville, Tennessee, native actually is a huge fan of the snack in real life. As fans of the popular Netflix series know, the Litchfield Penitentiary inmates include the deliciously spicy treats
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'Orange Is the New Black's' Uzo Aduba Breaks Down Her "Most Intense" Scene of the Series

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the entire fifth season of Orange Is the New Black.]

Uzo Aduba's Orange Is the New Black character goes by two names: Suzanne and Crazy Eyes. Though for the majority of the series she has referred to her character as Suzanne, she says this season she leans more on using her given Litchfield name.

"I call her both now, at this point. Because sometimes she’s a little bit country and rock 'n' roll," Aduba tells The Hollywood Reporter. The distinction, however, is an important one. "As Uzo, I am her bodyguard. She...
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Oitnb: The Heartbreaking Reason Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Is in Prison

Season four is one of the most important and devastating seasons of Orange Is the New Black, for a few reasons. Once you get past the episodes where Piper tries to assert herself as a "gangsta with an a," the show moves onto more meaningful subject matter - politics, race, and brutality. One of the most heart-breaking moments is the revelation of Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren's crime. In her pre-Litchfield life, Suzanne was a greeter at a big superstore. She was a star employee who had great rapport with customers - in particular, a mom and her three sons. Suzanne lived with her sister and it's implied that her sister took care of her. Suzanne's sister decided to go away with her boyfriend for the weekend and left Suzanne alone for the first time since they started living together. RelatedOrange Is the New Black: Your Ultimate Guide to the Flashbacks Suzanne was anxious at first but decided to make the best of it. She went to the park and "greeted" people there. While at the park, Suzanne recognized one of the young sons, Dylan, from the family she knew from her work. Dylan went back to Suzanne's apartment to eat snacks and play video games. It was all very innocent until Dylan decided he wanted to leave. That was when it went all Of Mice And Men. Suzanne became upset and forbade Dylan from leaving. He panicked and tried to escape. She panicked and tried to keep him in the apartment. Dylan made his way out of the window and onto the fire escape. Suzanne tried to get him inside. There was a struggle, then Dylan fell over the fire escape. Though you don't see a body it's assumed that Dylan died after the fall, and his death is the reason Suzanne ends up in prison.
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12 Things You Never Knew About Orange Is the New Black

Now that we've binged the much-anticipated fifth season of Orange Is the New Black, we're in need of a distraction to help us forget that new episodes are still a year away. Bummer, right? While we can only speculate at this point about what's to come, there are a few things we know for sure about one of the most loved Netflix series of all time. So, to hold you over until season six: here are 12 things you never knew about Oitnb. Jodie Foster has directed two episodes of the series. The legendary actress directed the third episode of season one (where Crazy Eyes falls for Piper) and the first episode of season two (when Piper is moved from Litchfield.) Katie Holmes almost played the role of Piper Chapman. But she was too busy. Creator Jenji Kohan said at the time that Holmes "had other things to do." But to be fair, she also added that "in the beginning, no one knew what this was." Oh, and Laura Prepon was almost Piper too. The actress who plays Yoga Jones is the voice of Patti Mayonnaise. If you close your eyes, you can almost pretend that she's the legendary love interest in the classic cartoon Doug. In the episode where Piper first meets Larry, he's watching Weeds - another show created by Jenji Kohan - and you can see it on the TV in the background. Seriously, go back and look for it. It's there. The real-life Larry actually did write a Modern Love column in the New York Times. And you can read it here. Nicky's scar from her post-overdose surgery is the real deal. Actress Natasha Lyonne suffered from the same issues with addiction as her character in the show. Laverne Cox's twin brother played Sophia in her pre-transition flashbacks in season one. Cox wanted to play the role herself, but "Jodie Foster, who directed the episode in which Sophia's backstory is explored, didn't think it would work." Cox's brother, M. Lamar, is a musician who described himself to The New York Times as being of the "gothic-devil-worshiping-free-black-man-blues tradition." The real-life Piper made a blog in 2003 about her time in prison. It's called The Pipe Bomb. Kerman ended up writing a memoir (also titled Orange Is the New Black) that inspired the show. All of the women in the opening credits were formerly incarcerated. There isn't a single actress in the entire sequence - and if you look really closely, you can see Piper Kerman in there too. Flaca has kissed Kourtney Kardashian. Yes, Jackie Cruz was on Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2009. The same inmate is always crying behind Piper when she's on the phone. You didn't imagine it - Gerrman is always there, and most of the time she's weeping over her wrestler son. We still have no idea what the meaning of the eggplant joke really is . . . And we're still holding out hope that we'll find out in the future. But in the meantime, here's a pretty solid theory.
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Second Opinion – Orange Is the New Black Season 5 Review

Jake Peffer reviews the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black

When Orange is the New Black debuted on Netflix four years ago it kind of came in under the radar. Nobody was really talking about it much and I don’t think anyone expected it would become as popular as it is now. Here we are going into season five and the show is not only one of the most popular Netflix original shows but it is also one of the most watched series on the streaming service since its launch.

Season five picks up right where the previous season left off. The inmates of Litchfield have taken over the prison and are causing a riot. Some are protesting the death of inmate Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley), others are rising up because of the way they are treated by the guards and other are just along for the ride; regardless of the reasoning behind the riot it’s clear the inmates all agree that they want a better experience than they have been getting. This season takes place over the course of three days as we watch the inmates take the majority of the guards hostage, including the warden, and demand that they deserve to be treated better, given better healthcare anddeserve a Ged, among many other things.

This is certainly the most ambitious season of the show thus far and to me it’s what made this season one of the most entertaining to watch. Focusing on one major event allows for a lot more time with the many characters this show has to offer. We get far more character development, not only with newer characters but even with characters who have been around since season one. Even through all of the chaos going on throughout this season it’s quite astounding how almost every character gets their moment to shine and contribute to the overall season arc. Surprisingly, the main protagonist, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), takes a backseat this season to free up more time to showcase many of the other characters. I felt like this was a step in the right direction for the series because Piper has always been one of the least compelling characters but her being used almost more as a side character lets her shine even more than when she’s front and center.

One thing that this series has always been able to do well is be consistent. Whether that’s on the acting side, writing or with the storytelling, this show never skips a beat. The acting, just like all previous seasons, is top-notch here. Everyone involved gives it their all and makes this easily one of the best ensemble casts on TV today. While it’s hard to really pick out any particular performances as being better than others I do have to give credit to a couple of standouts. Danielle Brooks as Taystee is without a doubt one of the best performers on this show but in season five she really gets her chance to shine. Most of the season does center around her and her attempts to get justice for her best friend and she flourishes in every scene she appears in. Uzo Aduba also should get recognition for her performance as Suzanne a.k.a. Crazy Eyes. She’s almost been the most complex character and her performance will having you laughing tears one episode and crying tears in the next. That kind of acting is almost not seen a lot in most shows these days.

While I do think this is without a doubt one of the best seasons so far it doesn’t mean there aren’t some hiccups along the way. With such an array of characters to have to give time to, there ends up being times where lesser character get more screen time than characters I would like to see more of. That’s the problem with having so many characters who all have to share screen time but that is what also makes this show so diverse. In previous seasons the flashbacks that they focus on in each episode are usually quite good however this time around they all felt flat. The one exception would be the flashback for Taystee but all the others felt like they were leading to more but then eventually spiraled into nothing. One last complaint I had is one that most people have had issues with in this season. Toward the end of the season there is an episode that plays out like a horror movie with inmates being captured like something out of Halloween or Friday the 13th. I did have a problem with the initial setup but I did like where it ended up going in the end.

A lot of people seem to be split with this season and that is shame to me because I feel like the big risks the writers chose to make this season really paid off. We got to see a different side to a lot of these characters we’ve come to love and we got to learn more about characters we didn’t know that much about. All in all this season will go down as one of my personal favorites and has me very excited about what’s to come.

What did you think of Orange is the New Black Season 5? Let us know in the comments below.

Jake Peffer
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The 2 Deaths You Need to Know About in Orange Is the New Black Season 5

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The new season of Orange Is the New Black definitely didn't disappoint. We're still freaking out about all the shocking moments; chief among them are the deaths of two characters. The first one you probably suspected was coming, but the second one comes out of nowhere (and made us that much more excited for season six)! Deep breath, everyone. Here's how the fatalities go down. Co Thomas Humphrey At the end of season four, we were left with a serious cliffhanger. The inmates have had enough of the conditions and treatment at Litchfield Penitentiary, and the last straw is Caputo failing to properly acknowledge the death of Poussey Washington on television. They begin a riot, charging the hallways in anger. Though it's against the rules of the prison, Corrections Officer Thomas Humphrey (Michael Torpey) brings in a gun. He reaches for it during the uproar but drops it . . . and Daya picks it up.
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Of Course Orange Is the New Black Season 5 Ends With a Big Old Cliffhanger

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We waited one long, tough year for this. Season five of Orange Is the New Black came out on June 9 and, yes, we binge-watched it immediately. If you thought the first four seasons were crazy, prepare to have your mind blown! There's a pregnancy announcement, an engagement, and pure mayhem. These are the big events that happen throughout season five (so you've been warned, there are Huge spoilers ahead). Dayanara Diaz Actually Uses That Gun Some background: At the end of season four, there's a full-on outrage because Caputo sides with Co Bayley in regards to Poussey's death at Litchfield. Although he isn't supposed to have a gun in the prison, Co Humphrey brings one in. He tries to reach for it during the chaos but drops it. Daya picks up the gun and we're left at the end of season four with her holding the gun on a kneeling
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‘Orange Is the New Black': 22 Characters Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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‘Orange Is the New Black': 22 Characters Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
Orange is the New Black” is filled with inmates running around — some of whom we care about and others are just background characters that are a little annoying at times. Gloria Mendoza (Selenis Leyva) Gloria’s one of the only characters on the show who gets a chance to contact the outside world and uses it for something other than Twitter and YouTube. Her story and the conflict that comes with it are high points for the drama of the riot, and helps bring the craziness down to reality. Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” (Uzo Aduba) Warren Not gonna lie, her character makes us feel.
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A Tragic Review of What Happens to Poussey in Oitnb Season 4

The next chapter of Orange Is the New Black is finally here! Before we plunge headfirst into the show's fifth season, it's appropriate to take stock of where season four left off. Of course, there's the big cliffhanger in the final scene, but there are a lot of things leading up to this moment that bear remembering. After all, the building tension throughout the season is what ultimately leads to the gripping conclusion. One crucial and heartbreaking part of last year's episodes was the fate of Poussey Washington. As we prep to check back in to Litchfield, let's remember what happens. In the second-to-last episode of season four, the inmates decide to hold a peaceful protest in the cafeteria. They're tired of the unfair treatment they're being forced to endure at the hands of the criminal justice system. More specifically, they're tired of the corrupt and monstrous new guards whose
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Orange Is the New Black: No, Co Bayley Isn't in Pitch Perfect

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To say that we have been anxiously awaiting the return of Orange Is the New Black for the past year would be a serious understatement. Season five was officially released on Netflix on June 9, and all is right with the world! We were left with a huge cliffhanger at the end of season four - Poussey Washington had just been killed at Litchfield Penitentiary at the hands of Corrections Officer Baxter Bayley in a chaotic cafeteria situation. This is the last straw for the inmates, who are done putting up with the prison conditions, and at the beginning of season five, a full-on riot breaks out. So who is this guy, Co Bayley, who turns everything upside down? The 24-year-old man behind the character is Alan Aisenberg and, spoiler alert (not really), you might have seen him before. No, he's not the guy from Pitch Perfect . . . although he's used to
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Oitnb: Do You Remember Where Crazy Eyes Is at the End of Season 4?

Going into the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black, there's no denying where our focus will be. As you may recall, the fourth season devastated us with the death of Poussey, then left us hanging with the ultimate cliffhanger. Suffice it to say, we know where we'll be starting off. Despite the fact that most of the inmates are present for the whole gun debacle that will launch season five, there are a few stragglers who are elsewhere as the next chapter begins. Right now, we're focusing on Crazy Eyes and Maureen. Do you remember where they are as we make our return to Litchfield? Let's take things back to one of the most disturbing moments of season four. In the final episodes of the season, the new and totally f*cked up COs start to pick on Crazy Eyes in a very real way. In fact, they
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Get Hyped For Orange Is the New Black Season 5 With These New Photos

Orange Is The New Black's highly anticipated fifth season doesn't premiere on Netflix until June 9, but luckily we've just gotten our first look at what's going to go down. In addition to a minute-long clip of Daya's tense standoff with Corrections Officer Humphrey, the streaming giant released eight photos from the SAG Award-winning comedy. There's a glimpse of everything from Piper and Alex lying on the ground (likely after the riot), to Crazy Eyes and Maureen looking a little worse for wear. RelatedWhy Every Orange Is the New Black Inmate Is in Prison
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