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Backstage at the Critics’ Choice Doc Awards: Bill McCuddy reports

Michael Moore was “in awe” of Robert DeNiro. Get in line, pal. And of the members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association on hand, Neil Rosen had laryngitis (his wife looked relieved). Steve Oldfield was pitching his second documentary, Mike Sargent was an hour late, his date was not. And Jeffery Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) had a better seat than I did. He’s in the second row. I’m way in the back balcony control booth as the evening’s announcer.

The third annual Critic’s Choice Awards came back to the low-key Brooklyn setting, Bric, and the show was a “well-organized, briskly paced — by any measure an agreeable, fraternal family affair,” according to Wells. I think most would agree.

Here are some of the highlights on and off stage.

DeNiro was there to give the “Fahrenheit 11/9” director a Lifetime Achievement Award. “He’s on ‘Saturday Night Live’ tonight and
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Fitness Legend Mandy Blank Dead at 42

  • TMZ
Mandy Blank -- one of the most famous female fitness competitors ever -- died this week at the age of 42, TMZ Sports has confirmed.  Law enforcement sources tell us ... the former Ifbb World Champion was discovered by a housekeeper in the bathtub of her L.A. home on October 29.  The housekeeper called 911 and paramedics raced to the scene -- where she was pronounced dead.  Our sources say no drugs or alcohol were found at the
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Grab the Tissues! Orange Is the New Black Is Ending and the Cast Is Sharing Heartfelt Tributes

Grab the Tissues! Orange Is the New Black Is Ending and the Cast Is Sharing Heartfelt Tributes
Weep not for the memories. Orange Is the New Black is coming to an end. The upcoming seventh season, which is set to debut in 2019, will be the last for the Netflix dramedy and just like the fans, its stars are having a lot of feelings coming to terms with the ending. The ensemble cast, including Danielle Brooks, Adrienne C. Moore, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Yael Stone, Kate Mulgrew, Dascha Polanco, Uzo Aduba, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning and Natasha Lyonne, recorded a video announcing the end of the series. However, the cast also took to social media to expand on their thoughts. "To the Orange fans, from far and wide... you all are the most Loyal, Loving fans a girl could Ever ask for. You all have held me...
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Watch the Cast of ‘Orange is the New Black’ Announce End of Series

Watch the Cast of ‘Orange is the New Black’ Announce End of Series
Orange is the New Black will come to an end with its seventh season, which is slated to air next summer, Deadline reports.

The multiple Emmy-winning series, which is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year in prison, details the trials and tribulations of female prison inmates as they navigate relationships and life in an oft-broken prison system while examining issues that include race, sexuality, socio-economic status and other topical subjects.

The show unveiled the news via a video on Twitter on Thursday. The clip features longtime cast members – including Taylor Schilling,
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Riki Lindhome To Topline Comedy ‘Tails’ From Amy Poehler In Works At Fox

  • Deadline
Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Tails, a single camera comedy from Another Period co-creator Riki Lindhome, who also stars, writer Monica Padrick (Community), Amy Poehler and Universal TV, where Poehler is under a deal.

Written by Lindhome and Padrick, Tails follows Erika, played by Lindhome, a woman in her late 30s, who despite the pressure she feels from the world around her, refuses to settle in any area of her life.

Lindhome and Padrick executive produce with Poehler via her Paper Kite Productions, along with 3 ArtsDave Becky. Kim Lessing is producing. Fox co-produces with Universal TV and Paper Kite.

Lindhome co-created, wrote, executive produced and stars in Another Period, which recently wrapped its third season on Comedy Central. She also was recently seen in a guest-starring role on Jim Carrey’s Kidding, and wrote and directed TV special Garfunkel & Oates: Trying to Be Special.
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Orange Is the New Black to end with Season 7

Orange Is the New Black, one of Netflix’s original series that launched its status as an original content producer, is coming to an end. The series will end next year with its seventh season, with the news announced via the show’s Twitter account with a video from the cast members. Watch it below…

Warning: This may make you cry. The Final Season, 2019. #Oitnb pic.twitter.com/bUp2yY0aoK

— Orange Is the New… (@Oitnb) October 17, 2018

The series began in 2013 from creator Jenji Kohan and is based on the true memoir of Piper Kerman’s Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, with some of the events based on her real experiences. Prior to the start of the series’ fourth season, Netflix took a bold move by renewing the show for a fifth, sixth and seventh season right then.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’: Season 7 Will Be the Last for the Netflix Series

‘Orange Is the New Black’: Season 7 Will Be the Last for the Netflix Series
Even after surviving this long, “Orange Is the New Black” was always going to end someday. According to a new video from a number of members of the cast, that final episode will be at the end of the upcoming Season 7, marking the close of one of Netflix’s longest running original programs.

Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Danielle Brooks, Natasha Lyonne, and more added their short goodbyes to the announcement, posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

Warning: This may make you cry. The Final Season, 2019. #Oitnb pic.twitter.com/bUp2yY0aoK

— Orange Is the New… (@Oitnb) October 17, 2018

The Lionsgate-produced prison dramedy (which has switched between drama and comedy for awards consideration over the course of its run) began in 2013 and has debuted a new season every summer since. With Season 6 ending with more than one of the show’s central characters ending their prison stay entirely,
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Orange Is the New Black Ending With Season 7

Orange Is the New Black Ending With Season 7
It's official: Orange Is the New Black will end with the upcoming season seven. Netflix previously ordered seasons five, six and seven all at once, leaving many fans to assume the seventh season would be the last. The Orange Is the New Black cast, which includes Danielle Brooks, Adrienne C. Moore, Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and Kate Mulgrew, among many others in the ensemble, made a video announcing the end of the series. "I'm going to miss playing and living on the edge of one of the most groundbreaking, original and controversial series of this decade," Mulgrew said in the video. See it below. "After seven seasons, it's time to be released from...
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‘Animals’ Canceled After Three Seasons at HBO

  • Variety
HBO has canceled the animated series “Animals” after three seasons, Variety has confirmed.

The series was created by executive producers Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, with Duplass Brothers Productions producing. The animated comedy series focused on the downtrodden creatures native New York City, including rats, pigeons, and bedbugs. Matarese and Luciano also wrote and directed all the episodes, and voiced many of the characters.

The series also featured a number of guest stars lending their voices. Season 3’s guest lineup included stars like Awkwafina, Marcia Clark, Edie Falco, David Harbour, Lucy Liu, Carol Kane, Johnny Knoxville, John Leguizamo, Natasha Lyonne, Anthony Mackie, Tatiana Maslany, Demi Moore, Moby, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney, and many more.

Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass also executive produce the series, with producers James Fino, Joe Russo II, Kenny Micka, and co-executive producer Jen Roskind. The animation for “Animals” was created with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries,
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Netflix, Sugar23 & Anonymous Content Set Leslye Headland To Adapt & Direct Thriller ‘Tell Me Everything’

  • Deadline
Netflix, Sugar23 & Anonymous Content Set Leslye Headland To Adapt & Direct Thriller ‘Tell Me Everything’
Exclusive: Bachelorette and Sleeping With Other People writer-director Leslye Headland will adapt and direct the movie thriller Tell Me Everything for Netflix, Sugar23 and Anonymous Content.

Netflix preemptively swooped on screen rights to the project earlier this year. It’s based on Cambria Brockman’s debut novel, which Ballantine acquired at auction for a June 2019 street date. Set at an elite college in small-town New England, it follows the shifting alliances and romantic entanglements of six tight-knit students — until one of them is murdered.

Sugar23’s head of production Ashley Zalta identified the project and will produce alongside Michael Sugar, Anonymous Content and Aevitas Creative Management’s Todd Shuster. Nicole Clemens and AevitasLori Galvin will executive produce.

Headland’s star is high. She recently wrapped the first season of Netflix’s original series Russian Doll which she created with Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler. She also directed multiple episodes
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"Slums of Beverly Hills" Revisited

Chris Feil is looking back at the films of Tamara Jenkins...

Tamara Jenkins doesn’t get nearly the love she deserves as one of the most rich voices in contemporary American comedy. Though maybe we could blame that on her short filmography that nevertheless remains pristinely unimpeachable. Or maybe it’s because she leaves us wanting for painful lengths of time between films, and makes it worth the wait. Her newest, Private Life, arrives Friday on Netflix after more than a decade since she gave us The Savages. And before that there was another decade gap following her 1998 debut Slums of Beverly Hills.

The film is most notorious for being the breakthrough role for Natasha Lyonne as the film’s hilarious teenage heroine Vivian. She belongs to another of Jenkins’ dysfunctional but affectionate family units, carted around 1970s California with her shifty father Murray and two dumbass brothers. Hers is
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Emmys 2018: Inside All the Post-Show Parties

  • Variety
The Emmys weren’t over when the credits rolled on the NBC telecast.

In fact, the ceremony, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che for the first time, was just the beginning of what turned out for many television stars and executives to be a very long night of party hopping.

First up was the Governors Ball followed by a slew of network and streaming service soirees held from downtown to West Hollywood.

Read on to get the inside details of what was happening into the wee hours of Tuesday morning…

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There was no one having a better time at the Netflix party than the young stars of “Stranger Things.”

Millie Bobby Brown hit the dance floor for a good part of the night along with her costars Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard.

The @Stranger_Things kids are having a better time than anyone else at the @Netflix party.
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Stars Get Political on Emmys Red Carpet With Nike, Anti-Kavanaugh Statements

  • Variety
Stars Get Political on Emmys Red Carpet With Nike, Anti-Kavanaugh Statements
The Emmys red carpet is always the place for high fashion and bold looks, but this year, TV’s biggest night served as a platform for a number of political statements ahead of the awards ceremony.

“Black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis wore a Nike sweatshirt to the awards show in support of Colin Kaepernick, who is featured in Nike’s current campaign. The former NFL player started the movement of kneeling during the pre-game national anthem in protest of police brutality toward African-Americans.

“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” she told Variety on the carpet, adding that she wondered, “What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike. I’ll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance! We need more corporate America to stand up also.
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‘Private Life’ Trailer: Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn Lead Netflix’s Darkly Comic Fertility Saga

‘Private Life’ Trailer: Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn Lead Netflix’s Darkly Comic Fertility Saga
Given their tendencies to play neurotic misanthropes, it’s a wonder Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti have never played opposite each other before. The filmmaker Tamara Jenkins seems to always land brilliant cast; the writer and director of 2007’s “The Savages” starred Laura Linney and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman as a pair of siblings looking after their aging father. An expert in observing the great heartbreaks of contemporary life, Jenkins’ long-awaited third feature (she also directed 1998’s Natasha Lyonne vehicle “Slums of Beverly Hills”) takes on yet another relatable and painful problem: Infertility.

“Having a baby is an immoral act. Overpopulation, climate change, rise of neo-fascism,” says Rachel (Hahn) in the trailer for “Private Life,” which premiered earlier this year to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. As Rachel and her husband Richard (Giamatti) cycle through their pregnancy options, the fear that they’ve waited too long looms overhead,
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Documentary Now!: Season Three; IFC Teases New Episodes

What's in store for the new season of Documentary Now!? This week, IFC released new details for the TV show's upcoming third season.

From Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader, the comedy pays homage to some of cinema’s most memorable documentaries. Helen Mirren hosts. Season three will feature guest appearances from Michael C. Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Kevin Dunn, Bobby Moynihan, and Tim Robinson.

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TV News Roundup: ‘Narcos’ Sets Season 4 Premiere Date on Netflix

  • Variety
TV News Roundup: ‘Narcos’ Sets Season 4 Premiere Date on Netflix
In today’s roundup, “Narcos: Mexico” will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 16, and “Poldark” Season 4 comes to PBS’ “Masterpiece.”

Dates

Narcos: Mexico” will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 16. The fourth installment of the series explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. The 1980s see Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) in his rise to unify traffickers and helm the Guadalajara Cartel, as well as the DEA agent (Michael Peña) tasked to infiltrate his world. The previous seasons of the “Narcos” series explored the rise and fall of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and the DEA’s fight against the infamous Cali Cartel. Watch the teaser below:

Season 4 of “Poldark” premieres on PBS’ “Masterpiece” on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. The BBC historical period drama takes place in the 18th century
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TVLine Items: Swamp Thing Finds His Lady, Forever Vet on Hulu and More

TVLine Items: Swamp Thing Finds His Lady, Forever Vet on Hulu and More
Crystal Reed just can’t quit Dctv: The Gotham baddie has landed the lead role in Swamp Thing, the DC Universe streaming service’s upcoming series based on characters from Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

Per our sister site Deadline, Reed will star as Abby Arcane, a Cdc researcher who returns to her Louisiana stomping grounds in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus — only to discover that the swamp holds horrifying and wondrous secrets.

DC Universe will launch on Saturday, Sept. 15 — aka Batman Day — while Swamp Thing is expected to debut on the streaming platform in 2019.

In addition to
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But I’M A Cheerleader Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“She’s just upset because the fish on her plate is the only kind she can eat.”

But I’M A Cheerleader plays this weekend (August 17th and 18th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

Natasha Lyonne stars in But I’M A Cheerleader as Megan Williams, a seemingly normal cheer-leader at her local high-school. However, the posters of Melissa Etheridge on her bedroom wall, her less-than-enthusiastic kisses with her boyfriend plus her enthusiasm for tofu lead Megan’s parents and friends to suspect her of being a lesbian, and she is promptly packed off to True Directions, a ‘Sexual Rehabilitation’ camp led by Cathy Moriarty and an out-of-drag RuPaul. Megan’s not even sure that she is a lesbian, but once at the camp she meets several other gay teens, including Clea DuVall’s Graham… The story may be a simple one,
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How 'Oitnb' Got Personal for Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco in Season 6

How 'Oitnb' Got Personal for Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco in Season 6
[This story contains spoilers from the entire sixth season of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.]

Natasha Lyonne has some Orange Is the New Black fan fiction to share about season six.

After what proved to be a major growing-up season for her character Nicky Nichols, the recovering addict — along with viewers — heartbreakingly watched another one of Litchfield's own go down a familiarly hopeless path. Dayanara Diaz (played by Dascha Polanco), who is now facing a life in prison for a murder that only viewers know she didn't commit, becomes hooked on heroin.

"I imagine a ...
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba Says Season 6 Finally Lets Suzanne Choose ‘for Herself’ (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba Says Season 6 Finally Lets Suzanne Choose ‘for Herself’ (Video)
Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba says her character, Suzanne Warren a.k.a. “Crazy Eyes,” is finally growing up on the show’s sixth season.

“I think this season for Suzanne, it feels like she is choosing for herself for the first time,” Aduba said in an interview with TheWrap. “I think we’re watching Suzanne, this season, grow up a little bit in that way.”

The hardest scene for Aduba this season, she said, was in episode 1 when Suzanne was being interrogated and all she was trying to do was voice her frustration that she needed her medication.

Also Read: 'Orange Is the New Black': Here's Where We Left Off Before Season 6

“I could feel her frustration,” she said. “I feel like that was the top level of frustration I felt with her over the course of the six seasons — where she feels unheard.
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