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Dakota Fanning Is Star Trek's Biggest Fan in Please Stand By Trailer

Dakota Fanning Is Star Trek's Biggest Fan in Please Stand By Trailer
Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer and photo for Please Stand By, which tells the epic story of one big Star Trek fan trying to get her story out into the world. The film had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October, while also screening at the Rome Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival over the last few months. While this isn't exactly a Star Trek movie, it will be interesting to see how Star Trek fans spark to this unique story.

A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy, played with exquisite delicacy by Dakota Fanning, follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. "It is there for us to conquer,
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Please Stand By trailer, all about a Star Trek road trip

Joseph Baxter Dec 5, 2017

The Please Stand By trailer depicts Dakota Fanning as an autistic Trekkie, who embarks on a quest submit her script.

Upcoming indie comedy drama Please Stand By will fly a flag of fandom that Star Trek enthusiasts should appreciate. The film depicts the travails of a young woman (Dakota Fanning) in a trek of a different nature – on the road to Hollywood – to enter her original script in a contest.

To anyone unacquainted, the opening moments of the Please Stand By trailer - depicting environmental-suit-donning Kirk and Spock stuck in an alien dust storm – might briefly make you think that this was teaser for the untitled Star Trek 3. Of course, it’s really just insight into the creative mind of young Wendy (Fanning), an autistic Trekkie who’s put her creative output into a Star Trek script for a contest.

However, submitting said script requires the
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MipCancun: 15 Takes on 2017’s Edition

Cancun, Mexico — The 4th MipCancun unspooled Nov. 15-17 in the Sunrise quarter of a beachside hotel. That name could stand metaphor for the Latin America’s independent TV production sector at large and for MipCancun itself, as attendance soared to over 700 delegates, boosted by a co-production strand which looks like representing much of the meeting’s future. 15 points on this year’s meet, which caught the industry on a dramatic upturn.

1.Viva La Revolucion, And Yes, It’S Quite A Revolucion

MipCancun’s defining energy, playing out in multiple iterations and sweeping MipCancun, was Hollywood – studios, big and boutique indies – and Latin America’s top TV players – broadcasters, producers – thrashing out the co-production, co-financing and distribution, here by the former, of ambitious TV dramas, rooted in Latin American realities but made for the world. Just two-or-three examples: “Narcos” producer Gaumont TV started “at the beginning of the year” to become co-producers and partners of series from Latin
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Jaime Ray Newman Books Magicians Arc Ahead of Debut in Marvel's Punisher

Jaime Ray Newman Books Magicians Arc Ahead of Debut in Marvel's Punisher
Jaime Ray Newman is set to cast a spell on The Magicians.

RelatedThe Magicians Casts Felicia Day Cast in Key Role

TVLine has learned exclusively that the alum of such series as Bates Motel, Eureka and Eastwick will guest-star in multiple Season 3 episodes of the Syfy drama as Irene McAllistair, a member of Brakebills’ Board of Trustees who has known Dean Fogg for many years. Irene is also part of an old and powerful family of magicians.

Newman’s casting comes on the heels of geek goddess Felicia Day booking the role of Poppy, a dragon expert.

The Magicians Season
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‘The Affair’: Russell Hornsby, Tim Matheson & Dina Meyer Set To Recur On Showtime Drama Series

Grimm alum Russell Hornsby, Tim Matheson (Hart of Dixie) and Dina Meyer (Kingdom) are set to recur on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s The Affair. Created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages and the crime that brings these individuals back together, as told through multiple perspectives. Season 4 finds Noah (Dominic West), Helen (Maura Tierney), Alison (Ruth Wilson)…
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NBC Buys Family Dance School Drama From Hazy Mills, Thomas Ian Griffith & Mary Page Keller

NBC Buys Family Dance School Drama From Hazy Mills, Thomas Ian Griffith & Mary Page Keller
Grimm executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills are reuniting with the supernatural drama’s supervising producer Thomas Ian Griffith for another hourlong project at NBC. The network has put in development The Dunnings, a family dance-school drama from the husband-and-wife duo of Thomas Ian Griffith and Mary Page Keller, Universal Television and Hayes and Milliner’s studio-based Hazy Mills. Written by Griffith and Keller, The Dunnings revolves around a…
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Thora Birch, Chris Klein Dating Comedy ‘The Competition’ Lands At Gravitas

Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has secured the North American distribution rights to The Competition, which will get a theatrical and VOD release January 26. The romantic comedy stars Thora Birch (American Beauty), Chris Klein (American Pie), Claire Coffee (Grimm) and David Blue (Ugly Betty). Directed by Harvey Lowry and produced by Birch, the film follows Lauren (Birch) who, after one too many bad boyfriends, launches a blog promoting "The Pig Theory,” which insists that…
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Exclusive Interview: Michael Maize on Villains, Charity and Acting

Tai Freligh interviews actor Michael Maize from Gotham and Happy…

Michael Maize is starring in Gotham season 4 this fall. Michael gained recognition from his recurring role in USA Network’s Mr. Robot. He has also been featured in hit television shows, including CBS’s Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, NBC’s The Blacklist, HBO’s True Blood, and films such as Saving Lincoln and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Michael is currently working alongside Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara in the film, Stano, (release date Tbd 2018) and is additionally set to star in SyFy’s forthcoming series Happy on Nov. 29, 2017. We chatted with him about his acting style, charity work and asked some fun speed round questions.

You seem to have embraced the fact that you get cast as villains more often than not. What do you think it is about your looks and personality that puts you into the path of these roles?
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Orlando’s Spooky Empire Convention to Feature Cast Members from the New It Movie

Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:

Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night,
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Exclusive first look: Conception art and details for 'Still'

Today we have some exclusive details and conception art for director Michael Matteo Rossi's upcoming horror short film Still.

We caught up recently with director Rossi and he told us "Still is a bit of an homage to The Twilight Zone episodes from the 60s that I grew up watching that have always influenced me every time I take on a horror film."

Written and directed by Michael Matteo Rossi (Sable, Misogynist, Vengeance) and stars Damien Puckler (Grimm, Death Factory, Camel Spiders), Tracey E. Bregman (Happy Birthday to Me, Misogynist, The Young and The Restless), and Cathy Baron (Justified, Planet Terror, Dead Stop).

Shooting is slated to begin shooting on September 30, 2017.


A young husband takes desperate measures after finding out his wife is diagnosed with cancer.

Stay tuned for more details about this film as they become available.
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The X-Files Season 11 Update: 2 Female Directors Join Fox Revival

The X-Files Season 11 Update: 2 Female Directors Join Fox Revival
The gender inequality is still out there, but this is a step in the right direction.

The X-Files‘ upcoming 11th season will feature two episodes directed by women, TVLine has learned exclusively. One of the helmers, Carol Banker, has a long history with the franchise, having served as script supervisor on the mothership from 1999-2002 and a director on the short-lived spinoff The Lone Gunmen. X-Files newbie Holly Dale, meanwhile, has directed more than 100 hours of episodic TV, including such series as Being Erica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Grimm, Timeless and Reign.

RelatedThe X-Files Update: Mitch Pileggi to
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Locarno: ‘Good Manners’ Creators on Latino Genre, Walt Disney, Fairy Tales

Locarno: ‘Good Manners’ Creators on Latino Genre, Walt Disney, Fairy Tales
Locarno, Switzerland — Grounded in an only-half fantasy Sao Paulo of Pharaonic high-rises tower rearing into the sky, gigantic malls and aseptic homes, but awash with the palette of fantasy, Locarno International Competition player “Good Manners” is a step-up in production values and ambition for Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, co-directors of Cannes Un Certain Regard contender “Hard Labor.” It turns on Clara, a penniless and lonely nurse hired as a nanny for Ana, a wealthy, pregnant young woman. But something is clearly wrong with the unborn child, especially on nights of full moon. A film that builds into a tragically truncated coming of age story, a dark werewolf fairy tale, laced by reflections on class and race in modern-day Brazil, “Good Manners” is above all perhaps a tribute to the enduring near supernatural power of maternal love. Rojas and Dutra’s second joint-feature, “Good Manners” is produced by Brazil’s Dezenove Som e Imagens, and
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Green Room Management Sets Musical Drama ‘Strings’ As Inaugural Feature

Green Room Management Sets Musical Drama ‘Strings’ As Inaugural Feature
Green Room Management has signed on to produce its first film, Strings, with Julie Herlocker, longtime director and producer of NBC’s Grimm, attached to helm. The musical romantic drama, written by Tyler Forrest and Mathias Kissenberth, stars Lorelei Linklater (Boyhood), Dominic Bogart (Fear the Walking Dead) and McNally Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) and is told from the perspective of musicians and artists, with cameos ranging from La Dodgers players to civil servants. Green…
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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff ‘Mayans Mc’ to Undergo Recasting and Reshoots

Last December, we reported that FX had ordered the Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans Mc. Per the original press release, “Mayans Mc is set in a post Jax Teller world, where Ez Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.” The pilot shot in March, but now The Wrap is reporting that the pilot is undergoing reshoots as well as recasting. Norberto Barba, who was the showrunner on all six seasons of NBC’s Grimm is …
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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Shakeup: FX to Recast, Reshoot ‘Mayans Mc’ Pilot

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Shakeup: FX to Recast, Reshoot ‘Mayans Mc’ Pilot
The “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff pilot “Mayans Mc” is set to undergo reshoots and recasting, FX confirmed. Norberto Barba, best known as the showrunner on all six seasons of NBC’s “Grimm” has been tasked with directing and executive producing the pilot. Elgin James was originally tapped to direct. Also Read: Kurt Sutter's 'Mayans Mc' Pilot Casts Jd Pardo in Lead Role The network will be recasting some key roles, although didn’t offer any details on which ones. “Mayans Mc” had already cast a number of lead roles, announced earlier this year. Jd Pardo had been cast as the lead,
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Supergirl's Sharon Leal Boards CBS' Alan Cumming-Led Drama Instinct

Supergirl's Sharon Leal Boards CBS' Alan Cumming-Led Drama Instinct
J’onn J’onzz’s lady love on Supergirl has found a new network to call home.

Sharon Leal — who last season recurred on the aforementioned CW program as White Martian M’gann — has booked a series-regular role on CBS’ midseason drama Instinct, it was announced Thursday.

RelatedCBS Fall Premiere Dates: Big Bang, NCIS, S.W.A.T., Young Sheldon and More

Instinct follows Dr. Dylan Reinhart (The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming), a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer. He is lured back into his old life when tenacious
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Exclusive interview with Jasmin Savoy Brown from The Leftovers

Tai Freligh interviews Jasmin Savoy Brown

Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown is perhaps best known for her role on HBO’s The Leftovers and will be next seen in season 3. Later in the year she will be seen as a lead in TNT’s new drama Will. Jasmin’s additional credits include: Freeform’s Stitchers, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and NBC’s Grimm. She recently appeared in the film Lane 1974, which premiered at SXSW on March 11th, 2017. She also played a supporting role in the Sundance hit film Laggies. I chatted with her about The Leftovers, Will and other projects.

Having heard the buzz about The Leftovers, but not having HBO or watching an episode yet, how would you describe it to the uninitiated?

It’s deeply disturbing and addicting. It focuses on our current world as we know it. The only difference is two
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Christopher Gorham’s ‘We Love You, Sally Carmichael!’ Lands August Release

Christopher Gorham’s ‘We Love You, Sally Carmichael!’ Lands August Release
Independent comedy “We Love You, Sally Carmichael!” has been set for an Aug. 4 domestic release from Purdie Distribution, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Sally” is the feature directing debut for actor Christopher Gorham. It’s produced by Adam Abel through his production company Go Films and executive produced by Daryn Tufts and David Nibley of Flinch Films.

Gorham plays Simon Hayes, an author who is ashamed to have secretly written “Siren,” an incredibly popular series of young adult romance novels that chronicle the epic love story between a human girl and a merman under the pen name, Sally Carmichael.


Perez Hilton Joins ‘We Love You Sally Carmichael’ (Exclusive)

The film’s cast also includes Perez Hilton as himself along with Elizabeth Tulloch (“Grimm”), Sebastian Roché (“The Man in the High Castle”), Jack McBrayer, and Paula Marshall (“Gary Unmarried”).

“I’m very proud of how our little movie has come together
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The Pied Piper | Blu-ray Review

A forgotten oddity from the early 1970s is Jacques Demy’s English language mounting of The Pied Piper, a rather bleak but mostly unequivocal version of the famed Grimm Bros. fairy tale about a titular piper who infamously lured the children of Hamelin to their assumed deaths after being rebuffed by the townsfolk when he similarly rid the town of plague carrying rats.

Set in the 1300s of northern Germany, this UK production blends bits of Robert Browning’s famed poem of the legend into the film, but the end result is unusually straightforward and unfussy, considering Demy’s predilection for inventive, colorful musicals, such as the classic confections The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. The stunt casting of Donovan as the piper generates a certain amount of interest, although he’s whittled down to a supporting character amongst a cast of master character actors like Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Peter Vaughan, and child star Jack Wild.

Notably, The Pied Piper is one of the few Demy films not to be built around a strong, beautiful female lead, which may also explain why there’s no center point in the film. Cathryn Harrison (daughter of Rex, who starred in Louis Malle’s Black Moon) and a gone-to-seed Diana Dors (though not featured as memorably as her swarthy turn in Skolimowski’s Deep End) are the tiny flecks of feminine representation. It was also not Demy’s first English language production, as he’d made a sequel to his New Wave entry Lola (1961) with 1969’s Los Angeles set Model Shop. So what compelled him to make this departure, which premiered in-between two of his most whimsical Catherine Deneuve titles (Donkey Skin; A Slightly Pregnant Man) is perhaps the film’s greatest mystery.

Cultural familiarity with the material tends to work against our expectations. At best, Donovan is a mere supporting accent, popping up to supply mellow, anachronistic music at odd moments before the dramatic catalyst involving his ability to conjure rats with music arrives. Prior to his demeaning, Demy’s focus is mostly on the omnipotent and aggressive power of the corrupting church (Peter Vaughan’s Bishop) and Donald Pleasence’s greedy town leader, whose son (a sniveling John Hurt) is more intent on starting wars and making counterfeit gold to pay his gullible minions than stopping the encroaching plague. Taking the brunt of their violence is the Jewish alchemist, Melius (Michael Hordern), who is wise enough to know the rats have something to do with the spread of the disease. Demy uses his tragic demise to juxtapose the piper’s designs on the children.

While Hurt and Pleasance are entertaining as a toxic father and son, Demy seems estranged from anyone resembling a protagonist. Donovan is instantly forgettable, and the H.R. Pufnstuf and Oliver! child star Jack Wild gets upstaged by a wild mop of hair and a pronounced limp (which explains why he isn’t entranced along with the other children), and the film plays as if Donovan’s role might have been edited down in post. The script was the debut of screenwriters Andrew Birkin (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, 2006) and Mark Peploe (The Passenger, 1975; The Last Emperor, 1987) who would both go on to write a number of offbeat auteur entries.

Disc Review:

Kino Lorber releases this obscurity as part of their Studio Classics label, presented in 1.66:1. Picture and sound quality are serviceable, however, the title would have greatly benefitted from a restoration. Dp Peter Suschitzky’s frames rightly capture the period, including some awesomely creepy frescoes housing Pleasence and son, but the color sometimes seems faded or stripped from some sequences. Kino doesn’t include any extra features.

Final Thoughts:

More of a curio piece for fans of Demy, The Pied Piper mostly seems a missed opportunity of the creepy legend.

Film Review: ★★½/☆☆☆☆☆

Disc Review: ★★★/☆☆☆☆☆

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Exclusive Interview with The Haunt Creators Douglas Tait and Isabel Cueva

You know Douglas Tait from his creature portrayals (most famously in NBC’s “Grimm”) and as Jason Voorhees in the film Freddy vs. Jason. But we’ll bet you didn’t know he’s a funny guy with a beautiful and talented wife –… Continue Reading →

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