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The Good Fight Sneak Peek: Christine Baranski Conveys So Much Drama Without Uttering a Single Word

The Good Fight Sneak Peek: Christine Baranski Conveys So Much Drama Without Uttering a Single Word
Old wounds are reopened when Megan Hilty guest stars on The Good Fight. In the above exclusive sneak peek of The Good Fight's "Day 457," Smash veteran Hilty returns as Holly Westfall, a character she originated on The Good Wife, and Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) isn't thrilled to see her. Holly, a ballistics expert taught by Diane's husband Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole), is on the stand under questioning from Alan Alda's Solomon Waltzer, a new character opposing Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart. Diane's firm is representing an African-American undercover cop who was left crippled after being shot by another Chicago police officer. Just look at that look on Diane's face as Holly...
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Sony Pictures Entertainment to be Honored at the 2nd Annual Autfest Film Festival

Sony Pictures Entertainment will be receiving the Visionary Award at the 2nd Annual Autfest International Film Festival presented by The Autism Society at a VIP Reception on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30pm at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles.

Honorees include Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Television Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter. The announcement was made by Matthew Asner, VP of Development for The Autism Society. Autfest is sponsored by Hyundai Motor America and SAG-AFTRA.

Said Scott Badesch, President of Autism Society of America: "To think that one studio can represent almost one full day of programming at Autfest Film Festival is almost unthinkable. Obviously, Sony Pictures understands that autism is a part of all of our lives and we are very proud to honor them with our Visionary Award at this year’s Autfest. Each of
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How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling by Directing ‘Blockers’

How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling by Directing ‘Blockers’
Kay Cannon’s “Blockers” scored big at the weekend box office with $21.4 million. The R-rated comedy is like “Bridesmaids” meets “American Pie,” with a script that follows a group of three high school seniors (played by Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. When their parents (Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena) find out about the scheme, they try to foil it.

Blockers” follows in the tradition of Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Trainwreck,” as an R-rated comedy that takes no prisoners. But in Hollywood, for the most part, these films are typically made by men. Cannon, a first-time director who produced “Pitch Perfect” and wrote for “30 Rock,” is shattering a glass ceiling by proving female directors can join that club. She spoke to Variety about the film, how it plays in the Time’s
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Film Review: Bottom Line is ‘Blockers’ Has Some Decent Laughs

Chicago – Comedy is purely subjective, and the new film ‘Blockers’ sets out to prove it, by expectorating joke after joke in all categories of sophistication. Physical pratfalls, witty asides, gross-out, sex, nudity, drugs, surrealism and more are all on the humor buffet, so pick, choose and laugh, as they pile it on.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Produced by the comedy mavens Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, among others, the story is basically framed within their style of keeping the humor flowing fast and furious. Some joke doesn’t land? They’ll be another one in a about a minute. It’s interesting in a pace like this frenzy that the film still seems overlong, but that really just has to do with the plot… parents wanting to deny their teenage daughters the opportunity to lose their virginity on prom night. It’s easy to guess the outcomes, which pretty much come to form within a bunch of clichés,
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Movie Review – Blockers (2018)

Blockers, 2018.

Directed by Kay Cannon.

Starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Ramona Young, Gina Gershon, Miles Robbins, Gary Cole, Graham Phillips, Jimmy Bellinger, T.C. Carter, and Hannibal Buress.

Synopsis:

Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.

Preparing young adults for their first sexual encounter is as awkward as life lessons come, and while parenthood is not necessarily a requirement to relate to these party-ruining cockblockers, it certainly is going to amplify the volume of the numerous and consistent laughs to be found. Director Kay Cannon (most known as a writer on the Pitch Perfect series) has accomplished a great deal to admire with her debut feature Blockers; not only is it the rare teen-sex comedy from the perspectives of young women, but it challenges society’s archaic perception of sexuality. From a mainstream marketing trailer, one might
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‘Blockers’ Review

Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Geraldine Viswanathan | Written by Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe | Directed by Kay Cannon

From Porky’s to American Pie to Superbad, mainstream comedies about teenagers trying to lose their virginities have almost always unfolded from a male perspective. Blockers takes the extremely refreshing step of presenting that familiar story from a female point of view and the results are very funny indeed.

Directed by Kay Cannon (the screenwriter of the Pitch Perfect movies, making her feature debut), Blockers centres on three teenage girls – Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) – who have been friends since their first day at school. On prom night, the three make a sex pact to lose their virginity: Julie to her steady boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips), Kayla to her laid-back lab partner Connor (Miles Robbins) and Sam to her dorky prom date
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Film News Roundup: Natalie Portman’s ‘Annihilation’ Gets Theatrical Release in China

Film News Roundup: Natalie Portman’s ‘Annihilation’ Gets Theatrical Release in China
In today’s film news roundup, “Annihilation” gets a China release, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is set for October and Holliday Granger teams with Alia Shawkat in “Animals.”

Distribution Agreements

Skydance Media has reached an agreement with Vision Film Entertainment to distribute Natalie Portman’s science-fiction thriller “Annihilation” in China in April.

Skydance Media controls the China distribution rights for the film. Paramount is handling distribution in North American, where grosses have hit $30 million in four weeks. It sold streaming service Netflix most international markets earlier this year.

Alex Garland directed “Annihilation” from his own script, based from the “Southern Reach Trilogy” novels by Jeff VanderMeer.

Portman portrays a biologist and former soldier who joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson,
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‘Blockers’ Director Kay Cannon at SXSW: ‘I am a Woman, I Directed Something, and It’s Rated R!’

SXSW has gained a reputation for premiering R-rated comedies that go on to earn $100 million or more at the domestic box office, but this year’s prospect, “Blockers,” is the first from a female director.

“I’m so happy to be here and I am a woman,” Kay Cannon informed the Paramount Theatre crowd immediately before Saturday night’s premiere. “I directed something. And it’s rated R! And a comedy! And it’s soon-to-be released. I feel pretty good about that.” A former “30 Rock” writer, Cannon also wrote or co-wrote the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy and created Netflix’s now-canceled “Girlboss.”

Read More: ‘Blockers’ Review: Goofy Sex Comedy is a Woke ‘American Pie’ For a New Generation — SXSW 2018

During the post-screening Q&A, the first-time director thanked Point Grey, fellow production company Good Universe, and distributor Universal Pictures “for hiring me based off of potential,” something that “doesn’t
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‘The Good Fight’ Bosses on Keeping a Light Tone in a ‘Dangerous’ Second Season

‘The Good Fight’ Bosses on Keeping a Light Tone in a ‘Dangerous’ Second Season
The Good Fight,” like its predecessor “The Good Wife,” has never shied away from incorporating real world news into its own storytelling, and that trend will continue in the second season of the CBS All Access drama.

“We’ll do any topic,” series co-creator Michelle King tells Variety. “We’re avoiding, if anything, earnestness, but that’s a tone, not a topic.”

This season, which bows March 4, will take on hot topics like the Democratic party wanting to impeach Donald Trump to the way the Aziz Ansari story played out in the media, says co-creator Robert King.

“We always feel
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The Good Fight Season 2 Trailer Touts Audra McDonald, Strange Bedfellows, Warns 'Death Is Everywhere'

Shakespeare’s “Kill all the lawyers!” is a theme in the Season 2 trailer for CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, which in part teases a storyline in which local litigators are being offed one by one.

RELATEDThe Good Fight to Explore Impeachment of President Trump by ‘Shameless’ Means

Front-and-center in the uncensored trailer, meanwhile, is new cast member Audra McDonald, who is reprising her Good Wife role of Liz Reddick-Lawrence — aka Adrian Boseman’s estranged ex-wife. So of course she is surreptitiously invited by others to join his firm.

Guest stars on display include Gary Cole and Jane Lynch, returning
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‘Veep’ Wins the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble

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‘Veep’ Wins the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble
Congratulations to the cast of “Veep,” receiving the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Receiving the award were stars Dan Bakkedahl, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Margaret Colin, Kevin Dunn, Clea Duvall, Nelson Franklin, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Richardson, Paul Scheer, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sarah Sutherland, and Matt Walsh.

This year, the category featured no shortage of returning veterans along with one scrappy newcomer. This year marked “Black-ish’s” second nomination and “Veep’s” fifth, while “Curb” (returning after several years of hiatus) racked up its third recognition.

Coming into this year’s awards, “Orange is the New Black” might have been the supposed favorite, since the Netflix prison series has won for the last three years (notably, this is one of the few awards ceremonies where the comedy-drama hybrid competes in the comedy category as opposed to drama,
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SAG Awards predictions secret: Size matters for comedies like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ …

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SAG Awards predictions secret: Size matters for comedies like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ …
When it comes to rewarding the best comedic cast on television, the SAG Awards often simply go with the biggest cast. Recent winners like “Orange is the New Black” (2014-2016), “Glee” (2009), “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2005) and “Ally McBeal” (1998) all prevailed thanks in part to having the most cast members on the voting ballot. Interestingly enough, all four of these were also hour-long dramedies, which suggests SAG voters are more apt to give the prize to large casts when they’re also in large productions.

What does this statistic mean in terms of predicting the 2018 SAG Awards? “Orange is the New Black” once again boasts the biggest comedy cast with a record-setting 45 men and women nominated for the Netflix prison series. That’s up from 37 cast members in 2016, 34 in 2015, and 40 in 2014. Of this year’s other nominated ensembles, Netflix’s “Glow” consists of 18 cast members, followed by HBO’s “Veep” at 15, ABC
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The Good Fight: Season Two; Gary Cole Returns to the CBS All Access Series

Kurt isn't going anywhere anytime soon. TVLine reports Gary Cole will return for season two of the CBS All Access series The Good Fight.A spinoff of The Good Wife, the legal drama follows Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), the goddaughter of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), who becomes enveloped in a major scandal that ruins her reputation and her godmother’s finances. The cast also includes Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo, Erica Tazel, Sarah Steele, and Justin Bartha.Read More…
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The Good Fight: Gary Cole Returning in Season 2 — 2018 First Look

When The Good Fight returns in early 2018 on CBS All Access, nine months will have passed since Diane rendezvoused with estranged hubby Kurt at his cabin in the woods. And while we can confirm that Gary Cole will be back for an unspecified number of episodes in Season 2 (and we even have the photo to prove it!), exec producers Robert and Michelle King reveal that the on-again/off-again couple still have their work cut out for them.

RELATEDThe Good Fight‘s Erica Tazel Exits as Series Regular Ahead of Season 2

“When Season 2 picks up, Diane and Kurt are still separated,
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Veep: Season Seven; Production Delayed on HBO Series

Veep: Season Seven; Production Delayed on HBO Series
Veep is taking a break. TVLine reports the HBO series' seventh season is delaying production because of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' cancer treatment. On the comedy, the Emmy-winning Louis-Dreyfus plays former vice president and president Selina Meyer. The cast also includes Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson.
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A Guide to the Serial Killers (and Infamous Murderers) Taking Over Film and TV

From Jack the Ripper to John Wayne Gacy to Aileen Wuornos, the horrific legacies of serial killers have managed to both appall and intrigue, as people attempt to explore and understand the darkest depths of the human psyche. Hollywood has mined this territory for years, with dozens of scripted true-crime movies and TV series exploring the “why” of those who snap.

But why are we so obsessed? Alex Wolff, who stars in the new movie My Friend Dahmer, about the high school years of the notorious mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, has a theory. “People are interested in seeing how things happen and maybe finding out what things could be different,” he tells Et. “Like, what is it about him that’s so different from me, or my next-door neighbor who seems a little bit off? That’s why people are interested in seeing the birth of things like this -- for their own comfort, for their own life
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Allison Janney Among Carney Awards Presenters (Exclusive)

Allison Janney, Dan Lauria, Steven Weber and Titus Welliver will present character actor honors to William H. Macy, Wendie Malick and more at this year's third annual Carney Awards. Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron will host the private ceremony honoring film and TV stars that will be taped Oct. 29 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

The Carney Awards were named in honor of late Oscar-winning and six-time Emmy-winning actor Art Carney. Previous honorees include Steve Buscemi, Gary Cole and Michael Ealy.

Cozi TV has exclusive rights to the broadcast of the Carney Awards, airing Saturday, Dec....
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The 20 Best Adult Swim Comedy Series, Ranked: From ‘Rick and Morty’ to ‘Robot Chicken’

There are few communities as obsessive as Adult Swim fans. The Cartoon Network nighttime programming block debuted in 2001 as a subversive spin on the animated channel’s daytime fare, and soon grew into a catch-all for bold creators. It eventually shook off its animated-only ethos to allow for surreal visions and adventurous filmmaking that fostered some of Hollywood’s most off-the-wall thinkers, and even brought in game celebrities to join in the insanity. Nearly every As title has disparate cults to fight for the programs that speak to them, whether it’s the rockers who ride for “Metalocalypse,” the Tim & Eric faithful who crowd the duo’s live shows, or the chemically enhanced who get their kicks on “Off the Air.”

Here are our picks for the network’s top 20 original comedy series, taking cultural influence into account alongside laughs.

20) “Robot Chicken” (2005–present)

Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s long-running
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Mptf Hosts Star-Studded 11th Annual Evening Before Party

Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting Mptf (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

Stars Attend 11th Annual Evening Before Party

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The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from Mptf’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.

“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to Mptf’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg,
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Veep: Season Six Ratings

When the Veep TV show kicked off its fifth season, the HBO TV series had already been renewed through season six. The sixth season debuted with no such guarantee. Not only is Selina Meyer (Julia Louis- Dreyfus) -- the former vice president and president -- struggling to navigate uncharted political territory, the comedy series is, too. Will Veep be cancelled or renewed for season seven? Stay tuned.An HBO political satire, Veep also stars: Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson. One year after losing the presidency, Selina is working to shore up her legacy. Dan (Scott) is trying to get on the good side in his new job. Meanwhile, Amy’s (Chlumsky) D.C. attitude is a bit too much for her new co-workers.Read More…
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