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Chad Hodge Inks Overall Deal With Tomorrow Studios

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Chad Hodge Inks Overall Deal With Tomorrow Studios
TV Creator and showrunner Chad Hodge has signed an overall deal with Tomorrow Studios.

Hodge and his Storyland Inc. banner will create new series for the studio under the deal, along with supervising development and executive producing series with other writers.

Hodge is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the TNT series “Good Behavior” starring Michelle Dockery. He serves as executive producer alongside Tomorrow Studios’ CEO Marty Adelstein and Tomorrow Studios’ president Becky Clements.

“Chad combines being an amazing writer and the consummate showrunner with being a great person,” said Adelstein. “After working together on ‘Good Behavior,’ extending our relationship to an overall deal was essential as I couldn’t imagine him doing future projects with anyone else. He makes the very difficult task of running shows look easy and his taste in material is unsurpassed. We couldn’t be more excited about working with Chad.”

Prior to “Good Behavior,
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‘Good Behavior’ Creator Chad Hodge Inks Overall Deal With Tomorrow Studios

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‘Good Behavior’ Creator Chad Hodge Inks Overall Deal With Tomorrow Studios
Good Behavior creator and showrunner Chad Hodge has signed an overall deal with Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s studio partnership with ITV Studios, which produces the TNT drama series starring Michelle Dockery. Under the pact, Hodge and will create new series for the studio via his Storyland banner, along with supervising development and executive producing series with other writers.

Hodge executive produces Good Behavior alongside Adelstein and Tomorrow Studios’ President Becky Clements. The series, for which Hodge received a WGA Award nomination for best episodic drama, wrapped its second season in December 2017. TNT has not yet made a decision on the show’s fate beyond that, though TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly told Deadline in May that the network is trying “to properly bring it to a conclusion” with a final installment for the cult favorite. I hear there had been conversations with other platforms about possibly taking in
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‘Star Wars’ Writer Lawrence Kasdan to Write and Direct Movie about Bigot Anita Bryant

Lawrence Kasdan is making a big changeup on his writing projects. After working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo: A Star Wars Story, he’s moving out of the realm of space fantasy and into 20th century history. THR reports that Kasdan is set to write and direct a biopic about bigot Anita Bryant for Amazon. For those unfamiliar with Bryant, THR has a brief synopsis of her bizarre career trajectory: Bryant started her career as the second runner-up in the Miss America beauty pageant and rose to fame with songs like "Paper Roses." She would go …
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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release
In today’s film news roundup, the teen hospital romance “Five Five Apart” gets a release date, Lawrence Kasdan will direct an Anita Bryant movie, and James Ivory joins an Italian film.

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CBS Films and Lionsgate have set a March 22 release for romance-drama “Five Feet Apart,” starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.

The duo is portraying cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, where strict rules dictate that they must stay five feet apart at all times. As the connection intensifies, so does their willingness to defy the rules that govern every moment of their lives. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Emily Baldoni, Gary Weeks, and Moises Arias also star.

Justin Baldoni is directing from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Producers are Cathy Schulman, whose credits include best picture winner “Crash” and “The Foreigner,” and Baldoni.

Five Feet Apart” is the first title to
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'Star Wars' Franchise Writer Lawrence Kasdan to Tackle Anita Bryant Movie for Amazon (Exclusive)

'Star Wars' Franchise Writer Lawrence Kasdan to Tackle Anita Bryant Movie for Amazon (Exclusive)
Now that his work in a galaxy far, far away is done, Lawrence Kasdan has set his sights on a more Earthbound project, this one for Amazon Studios.

Kasdan will write and direct a movie based on the life of Anita Bryant — the beauty queen turned musician turned gay rights opponent — for the streamer.

Bryant started her career as the second runner-up in the Miss America beauty pageant and rose to fame with songs like "Paper Roses." She would go on to sing at Super Bowls and at the graveside of former President Lyndon B. Johnson,...
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This Morose Song From The End of the F***ing World Is All of Us, Tbh

The End Of The F***king World opened with an unemotional, 6-year-old James dipping his own hand into a deep-fat fryer because he wanted to feel something. But as the audience would soon find out, intense and somewhat unbearable moments like that are accompanied by more lighthearted ones. Perfect example of one of those moments? That ultracatchy song that plays in the first episode as we watch Alyssa and James meet for the first time in their high school cafeteria. I mean, all while he is planning on how he wants to murder her. But still, half adorable and heartwarming. With a retro, old-timey sound, it makes sense that the version of "Laughing on the Outside" we hear in the television show, sung by Bernadette Carroll, debuted back in the 1960s. But, she certainly wasn't the first to sing it, and she probably won't be the last. Turns out the
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Jay Rosenblatt at Dok Leipzig: Your Dreams Have Already Been Filmed

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Mubi is continuing its partnership with Dok Leipzig to showcase highlights from their tribute Visual Electrics. The Cinema of Jay Rosenblatt in this year’s 60th festival edition. Mubi's retrospective is showing November 3, 2017 - March 4, 2018 in most countries around the world.It is a common and justified rhetorical device to begin an article on the retrospective of a filmmaker with an impression, a little observation or the description of a scene. However, being confronted with the work of San Francisco-based found footage worker Jay Rosenblatt the idea of a single, autonomous moment vanishes behind multicolored layers of streaming emotions. Just a few days after the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film I find it enormously hard to remember a single scene. As the filmmaker said himself during one of the Q&A sessions in Leipzig, “They [the films] all kind of blend together.” Well, they do and in this one might find the personal,
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Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis

Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis
Kevin Spacey’s sexuality has long been “an open secret” in Hollywood — a phrase that took on elevated meaning in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Now, the reverberations of that news story have led to another one with Spacey at its center. With the allegations that Spacey sexually assaulted “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp in the ’80s while he was underage, Spacey made the jarring decision to simultaneously apologize for his actions and come out. Needless to say, that decision came as quite a shock to many in the Lgbtq community, paired with a feeling of betrayal by a man who wasn’t doing much good for them in the first place.

While everyone has a right to come out in their own time, Spacey somehow found the worst possible time to do it, besmirching an entire community and threatening to drag the progress for Lgbtq identity in
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Oprah, Vanessa Williams, and other stars who got their start in beauty pageants

While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.

With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:

Cloris Leachman

Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown,
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Meme: Brian Sims Predicts Gay President In a Decade, The Red Viper’s Funeral Sounds Fabulous, David Beckham Mulls Return To Soccer

Doctor Strange finds a director, Joel Osteen doesn’t want views on homosexuality to sidetrack his message, Aaron Schock can’t keep his shirt on

Pennsylvania Rep and all around hunk Brian Sims has no problem being known as the openly gay representative, because soon it won’t matter. “It doesn’t bother me that people label me as the ‘gay elected representative of Pennsylvania. In 50 years, it won’t be an issue anymore. Looking at the current trend in the American opinion, we’ll have a gay president in 10 years.” Perhaps you, Mr. Sims?

TVLine has some typically vague spoilers about the premiere of Teen Wolf. Read them and be confused, but also remember your grain of salt.

Florida Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has denied the petition of three anti-gay groups including the infamous Florida Family Association to intervene in the marriage equality case there. And her reasoning is golden,
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Briefs: Nph Accepts His First “Hedwig” Award, Nancy Grace Is Ignorant, And Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Joins “Stonewall”

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Birthday shoutouts go to James Purefoy (above, with Kevin McKidd), who is 50, Arianne Zucker is 40, and the faboo Suzi Quatro is 64.

White Collar boss talks show’s final season — and Matt Bomer‘s role in the finale

Here’s a list of “outdated” gay terms. Sorry, but I’m still going to use “Coming Out.”

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich‘s Stonewall, which will also include, I’m happy to say, Ron Perlman.

Psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey is back to talk about gay men and body image. This one isn’t nearly as snarkable as his previous self-help vids.

The Drama Desk Awards were handed out last night, and Neil Patrick Harris was a winner, along with such favorites as Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald and Celia Keenan-Bolger

Adore Delano is in for a shock in “I Adore You.”

Ryan Lewis is adorable. But not many
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Ryan Murphy’s “The Fight Continues”

In the runup to the premiere of The Normal Heart on HBO, Ryan Murphy has released The Fight Continues, a short film about how homosexuality was treated in the years prior to the time of The Normal Heart. A time when gay people we’re arrested, pilloried on the news, in medical journals, called sick and labeled security risks.

And yet with Stonewall we began an uprising that has lead us to the marriage equality victories of today. We marched, we hit Anita Bryant in the face with a pie, and we died. We died in huge numbers as the “gay cancer” overtook our newly empowered community. But we remained steadfast, and we demanded answers from politicians who wouldn’t even look us in the eye.

We survived. We thrived.

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Check Out this Documentary on the Gay Rights Movement In Florida

From beauty queen Anita Bryant to the AIDS crisis to finally passing Lgbt rights ordinance 21 years later, the gay rights movement in Miami-Dade has been a colorful battle. The Day It Snowed In Miami documents the struggle for equality in what is generally viewed as a gay friendly destination, but has a history of being anything but.

The film had the formal premiere in Miami Beach last week, and will air on PBS later this year.

Check out the trailer below…

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“Survivor”: Tyson The Tyrant?

Survivor: Blood and Water did that thing I hate the most on Wednesday: It forced another hot person to haul his stuff into the darkness, but not in a sexy Herb Ritts way. We’re down another stud, and that leaves us with one impenetrable question: Is Tyson simply the undisputed dictator of this operation? Think about that important essay question as I explore five other salient thoughts I had during the episode.

1. Remember that time Tyson quoted Harvey Milk?

I find myself wanting to hate Tyson because his overconfidence is mostly unwarranted, but the bony bastard really gives fantastic quote (like last week’s “I hid the immunity idol in my crotch where no one would suspect a bulge” brilliance; Dangerfield levels of self-deprecation occurring there). This week is no exception. Following last week’s tribal council where Hayden used spare witchcraft from Big Brother to trick Katie
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'Lovelace' Directors Dish On 'Deep Throat,' Porn, And Sharon Stone's Unglamorous Transformation

'Lovelace' Directors Dish On 'Deep Throat,' Porn, And Sharon Stone's Unglamorous Transformation
After helming documentaries like "The Celluloid Closet" and the Academy Award-winning "The Life and Times of Harvey Milk," the directing duo, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, have already earned their rightful place among some of the best filmmakers and documentarians in film history.

In recent years Friedman and Epstein have branched out to directing feature films such as "Howl," with James Franco, and now "Lovelace," starring Amanda Seyfried.

"Lovelace" tells the story of Linda Lovelace, a woman who unexpectedly becomes a worldwide celebrity for starring in the highest-grossing pornography film of all time, "Deep Throat."

While Friedman and Epstein are known for work that concentrates on gay subject matter, "Lovelace" is about the straight porn world and what Lovelace does to escape the spotlight that is thrust upon her.

The Huffington Post recently spoke with Friedman and Epstein about making the film, why they chose Lovelace's story and some of their upcoming projects,
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Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman Close Out Cannes

Celebrating the end of another exciting exhibition of the hottest upcoming flicks, Nicole Kidman and Uma Thurman attended the Closing Ceremony of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on Sunday (May 26).

The "Kill Bill" star chose a strapless shiny long, flowing gown as she smiled on the red carpet, while the Cannes jury member showed off a white strapless form-fitting frock with cute curly hair held up off her neck.

Recently, the 43-year-old American actress nabbed an exciting new role. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will direct a film about anti-gay activist Anita Bryant.

In the film, the former celebrity singer allows a gay screenwriter into her home and is forced to confront her past as an anti-gay Christian crusader who successfully campaigned to overturn a gay rights law in Florida while destroying her show biz career in the process.
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Casting Net: Emily Blunt in talks to join 'Into the Woods'; Plus, Bruce Willis, more

Casting Net: Emily Blunt in talks to join 'Into the Woods'; Plus, Bruce Willis, more
Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]

• Blunt’s Looper co-star Bruce Willis is in negotiations to play a hitman racing
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Movie News: Uma Thurman Takes on Antigay Activist; Trailers for 'Last Vegas' and 'The Hangover Part III' (Nsfw); More

Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a biopic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...

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Movie News: Uma Thurman Takes On Anti-Gay Activist; Trailers for 'Last Vegas' and 'The Hangover Part III' (Nsfw); More

Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a bio-pic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...

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Uma Thurman Campaigns Against Gay Rights For Anita Bryant Biopic

It.s often said that there are no good parts for actresses as they age. But 43-year-old Uma Thurman is blowing holes through that theory, picking up a pair of provocative projects in the past few months. She.ll appear as part of the ensemble in Lars von Trier.s sure-to-be scandalous Nymphomaniac. And after that, Thurman will take a stab at controversial activist Anita Bryant for a planned biopic. Deadline reports that Thurman.s film, Anita, is being shopped around the Cannes Film Festival as we speak. Bryant was a one-time singer and a Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner who made headlines later in her life by adhering to her strong, anti-homosexual Christian beliefs and fighting in public to repeal an act in Florida that prevented discrimination against sexuality when hiring for open jobs. She succeeded in repealing the act, though it damaged her career and social life. You
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