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Who Plays MadMax (aka Maxine) on Stranger Things?

The second season of Stranger Things introduces several new characters, but none become such an integral part of the core group as Maxine, aka MadMax, does. But who is this skateboarding, video game-playing redhead? Max is played by relative newcomer Sadie Sink, a 15-year-old Texas native who has been acting since she was 10. Sink made her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of Annie, playing the titular orphan girl with red curly hair. She later played the younger version of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience on Broadway, with Helen Mirren starring as the older version of the same character. RelatedThere's a New Monster in Stranger Things Season 2, and It's Scarier Than Ever After a couple of one-off appearances on The Americans and Blue Bloods, Sink landed the role of Anna Friel and Jim True-Frost's onscreen daughter in NBC's drama American Odyssey. (Unfortunately, that was canceled after one season.) Max
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10 great online series to discover

Nick Horton Oct 6, 2017

Nick has dug up 10 highly recommended gems from the digital online world for your viewing pleasure...

It’s no secret that the gap between premium television (paid for by and broadcast on traditional networks and/or the big online players like Netflix and Amazon) is getting smaller. Not in terms of budgets, but in terms of creativity, talent and opportunity. Increasingly the next big thing might come from the online world, and that wouldn’t be such a strange thing. Broad City and Insecure, two celebrated Us comedy series, both had their origins online, with sketches by Abbi and Ilana, and Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl. The celebrated Fleabag was a BBC Three digital show.

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‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Review: Season 1 Loves Zelda Fitzgerald Too Much to Get Real

  • Indiewire
There’s a problem with the first season of “Z: The Beginning of Everything” that is reminiscent of, of all the unexpected things in this world, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Please, give this a chance.)

Batman v. Superman” is a notable film for how, scene by scene, it is a movie that actively dislikes its characters — from little touches to big choices, its only source of joy seems to be found in tearing down beloved icons into unrecognizable shells of themselves.

“Z” does not have that problem. In fact, it has the opposite dilemma. The Amazon Prime series, created by Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich, is just a little bit too in love with its leading lady. And while “Bvsdoj’s” antipathy towards its leads sucked all the joy out of the picture, “Z’s” infatuation with Zelda Fitzgerald detracts from its depiction of one of literature’s most fascinating and complicated women.
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‘True Detective’ With Teenage Girls: New Web Series ‘Cold’ Shines Light On a Murder Mystery

‘True Detective’ With Teenage Girls: New Web Series ‘Cold’ Shines Light On a Murder Mystery
Even the most ignorant Americans are now aware of the murders of unarmed black men by police officers, but fewer people know that Canadian police officers have their own way of “accidentally” murdering indigenous men and women: By driving them miles away from the nearest town and leaving them outside to freeze to death. At least three Canadian Aboriginal men are thought to have been murdered this way in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the early 2000’s. The murders are incredibly difficult to prove, and a 2003 investigation was not able to result in a conviction. The investigations did bring wider attention to the practice, which became known as taking someone on a “Starlight Tour.”

Read More: ‘Adventure Time’ Star Jeremy Shada Gets On Camera In ‘Mr. Student Body President

Not exactly the kind of story one would pitch as a web series aimed at teenagers, which is why the excellent new series
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‘Cold’ Exclusive Clip: go90 Original Series Follows A Teenager’s Investigation Into A Series of Brutal Crimes

‘Cold’ Exclusive Clip: go90 Original Series Follows A Teenager’s Investigation Into A Series of Brutal Crimes
go90 is a free, AOL-owned streaming service that offers a selection of movies, TV shows and other streaming media to its audience. Since October 2015, the service has debuted the reality competition series “The Runner” as well as the Funny or Die-produced comedy series “Tween Fest.” Now, they’re set to debut a new series “Cold” about a young girl’s search for her birth parents and her discovery of a brutal series of crimes.

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The 10-episode series follows 16-year-old Isla Wallis (Annalise Basso), who receives that her real father is in prison for killing the mother she never knew. Furious and confused, Isla runs away to the remote mining town where she was born, but there she learns of a series of horrific murders of First Nation women that may be tied to her mother’s death.
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Cold: Preview the New Murder Mystery Drama Coming to go90 in October

Bundle up and watch the trailer for Cold, a new TV show from New Form Digital. Cold premieres on Verizon's go90 streaming platform, Thursday, October 13, 2016. The drama stars Annalise Basso as Isla Wallis. The cast also includes: Todd Lowe, Jim True-Frost, Devery Jacobs, and Marcus-Johns.After learning she was adopted at the age of three, Isla embarks on a journey to her birthplace. The town residents are anything but welcoming. Eventually, she learns of the grisly murder that happened in her childhood home. Cold is created by Director Emily Diana Ruth with executive producer, co-creator and head writer Mike Sussman. Ryan Haas is Director of Photography.Read More…
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Cold: New Murder Mystery Drama Debuts on go90 in October

Cold, a new TV show from New Form Digital, premieres on Verizon's go90 streaming platform, Thursday, October 13, 2016. The drama stars Annalise Basso (right) as Isla Wallis. The cast also includes: Devery Jacobs, Todd Lowe, Jim True-Frost, and Marcus-Johns.In Cold, after learning she was adopted at the age of three, Isla embarks on a journey to her birthplace. The town residents are anything but welcoming. Eventually, she learns of the grisly murder that happened in her childhood home. Cold is created by Director Emily Diana Ruth with executive producer, co-creator and head writer Mike Sussman. Ryan Haas is Director of Photography.Read More…
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Academy Award Film Series: Schrader's Afflicted 1998 Anti-Hero Has Elements in Common with Titular Taxi Driver Character

'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as the troubled police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, writer-director Paul Schrader's 1998 film doesn't quite reach such heights.* Based on a novel by Russell Banks (who also penned the equally snowy The Sweet Hereafter), Schrader's Affliction relies on a realistic wintry atmosphere (courtesy of cinematographer Paul Sarossy) to convey the deadness inside the story's protagonist, the middle-aged small-town sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte). The angst-ridden Wade is intent on not ending up like his abusive, alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn), while inexorably sliding down that very path. Making matters more complicated, Wade must come to terms with the fact that his ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), will never return to him,
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American Odyssey

Network: NBC

Episodes: 13 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: April 5, 2015 -- June 28, 2015

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, Sadie Sink, Omar Ghazaoui, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Treat Williams.

TV show description:      

This action drama series is a journey through global politics, corporate espionage, and military secrets. It revolves around three strangers who have one thing in common -- the truth. An international cover-up explodes when the lives of a female Special Forces soldier, a disillusioned corporate lawyer, and a political activist from a privileged family unexpectedly collide.

After a team of American soldiers battles jihadists in North Africa, they're shocked to learn that they've stumbled upon and killed Al Qaeda's top commander. Sergeant Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel) -- a
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American Odyssey: Cancelled by NBC, No Season Two

There won't be a second season of American Odyssey. To little surprise, NBC has cancelled the dramatic TV series after 13 episodes.

On the American Odyssey TV show, an international cover-up explodes when the lives of a female Special Forces soldier, a disillusioned corporate lawyer, and a political activist from a privileged family unexpectedly collide. The cast includes Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, Sadie Sink, Omar Ghazaoui, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Treat Williams.

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American Odyssey: Season One Ratings

It's been quite awhile since NBC had a successful drama on Sunday nights. Will American Odyssey change that and become a hit in the ratings? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

On the American Odyssey TV show, an international cover-up explodes when the lives of a female Special Forces soldier, a disillusioned corporate lawyer, and a political activist from a privileged family unexpectedly collide. The cast includes Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, Sadie Sink, Omar Ghazaoui, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Treat Williams.

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American Odyssey: Allison Mack Learns a Big Secret From Odelle's Daughter

American Odyssey: Allison Mack Learns a Big Secret From Odelle's Daughter
This Sunday on American Odyssey (NBC, 10/9c), Sgt. Odelle Ballard’s daughter confides in her very new friend a potentially explosive secret.

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As seen in the sneak peek below, Suzanne (played by Sadie Sink) is troubled, a fact that does not go unnoticed by Julia (Smallville alum Allison Mack), the woman she recently met at the bookstore. Will Suzanne share her suspicion that something is amiss with her mother’s “death”? If so, what will Julia do with that intel?

Regardless, the ladies’ bond will raise questions for
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Sneak Peek: Smallville's Allison Mack 'Befriends' American Odyssey Daughter

Sneak Peek: Smallville's Allison Mack 'Befriends' American Odyssey Daughter
Stranger danger!…?

This Sunday on American Odyssey (NBC, 10/9c), Smallville favorite Allison Mack begins an arc as Julia, an intelligent and empathetic woman who strikes up a convo with Sgt. Odelle Ballard’s daughter Suzanne — and TVLine has a first look at their bonding over Harry Potter and such.

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To date, young Suzanne (played by Sadie Sink) can only suspect that her mother is somehow still alive, despite what grownup after grownup has told her. (Helping fuel the lass’ theory is the fact that the wedding ring belonging to her “dead” mom,
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American Odyssey: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

It's pretty rare that a TV show that's launched very late in the season becomes a success in the ratings. Could American Odyssey on NBC be an exception? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season instead?

On the American Odyssey TV show, an international cover-up explodes when the lives of a female Special Forces soldier, a disillusioned corporate lawyer, and a political activist from a privileged family unexpectedly collide. The cast includes Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, Sadie Sink, Omar Ghazaoui, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Treat Williams.

The series debuted on April 4th to a 1.14 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.37 million total viewers. That was a very poor premiere but the ratings got much worse in week two, dropping more than 24%, to a 0.81 rating in the demo and 4.05
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American Odyssey Review – TV NBC

Much as the horror genre is deeply rooted in the evolving culture that creates it, NBC‘s latest “action-drama,” American Odyssey, builds itself from the conspiracy fears that are now equally laughed off and assumed to be obviously true.

Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel, “Pushing Daisies”) is part of a group that stumbles upon an Al Qaeda’s top commander, but she quickly discovers intel that suggests an American corporation is funding the group. A private military company comes to clean up, and Odelle’s company is killed to cover things up. She escapes, but now she’s on the run, and a long way from home, and doesn’t have anyone she can trust.

Meanwhile, back at home, former U.S. Attorney Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli) is in the middle of a merger with the same company that apparently funded the jihadists, and he starts to put the pieces
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NBC’s Odyssey Retitled American Odyssey On Eve Of Debut

NBC has tweaked the title of its upcoming drama Odyssey less than a month before its premiere, renaming the show American Odyssey.

Though the network declined to comment on what spurred the name change, sources close to the production say the new title better reflects the arduous journey of protagonist Odelle (Anna Friel), an American soldier beset by enemies on all sides as she attempts to return to her friends and family in New York.

Of course, the more cynical answer is that NBC execs weren’t living under a rock in January, when American Sniper stormed the box office and racked up Oscar nominations. Renaming the show American Odyssey may make the series more palatable to the same right-leaning audiences that sent Sniper soaring.

The transformation in NBC’s advertising campaign, tied in with the name-change, is quite startling. Whereas Friel’s protagonist was before on her knees, with her hands bound,
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Talking To The Cast And Creator Of The Wire At PaleyFest 2014

It may have failed to capture the attention of audiences when it first premiered in 2002, but The Wire eventually became one of HBO’s most successful shows and is now considered the greatest TV drama of all time.

Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the series captures the erosion of the city and the futility of the War on Drugs. Season one established the base storyline in which a hard-drinking detective (Dominic West) attempts to take down the heads of a major drug ring, only to learn that the operation extends far beyond the city’s streets.

The subsequent four seasons each explored a different facet of the drug world – the port system, the city government, education and journalism. Together, they create a fascinating show that weaved together a complex and carefully constructed story that provided an incredibly realistic look at urban life and the drug problems that continue to plague our society.
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The Wire showrunner David Simon says HBO turned down spin-off series

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Last night creator and showrunner David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, and cast members Michael K. Williams, Seth Gilliam, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., John Doman, Tristan Wilds, Jamie Hector and Jim True-Frost took part in a reunion panel at New York's PaleyFest to talk about the HBO series everyone now loves, but didn't watch when it originally aired: The Wire. At the event, David Simon revealed a few interesting things involving The Wire,...
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HBO Turned Down The Wire Spin-Off Focusing on Tommy Carcetti; David Simon also Says They Considered a Season Featuring Immigration

Last night, PaleyFest held a panel for the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire, a show you're not allowed to dislike in any way or else you'll be considered a heretic and a heathen (read my review of every season!).  The panel included creator and showrunner David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, and cast members Wendell Pierce, Michael K. Williams, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Tristan Wilds, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and Jamie Hector. The group shared a bunch of stories, but among the most intriguing was Simon's reveal that they wanted to spin off Tommy Carcetti (Aiden Gillen) into his own series following season three.  Hit the jump for more According to BuzzFeed News [via The Playlist], HBO responded to Simon's idea for a Carcetti spinoff with, "No, we only want one show that nobody is watching in Baltimore, not two!" While The Wire is now widely considered to be
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David Simon Wrote A 'Wire' Spin-Off Focusing On Tommy Carcetti That HBO Turned Down

Last night, "The Wire" returned. Sort of. More accurately, creator David Simon and executive producer Nina Noble, and cast members Wendell Pierce, Michael K. Williams, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Tristan Wilds, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and Jamie Hector reunited at PaleyFest to talk about the HBO show nobody watched at the time, but that everyone now loves. And there was no shortage of stories to tell, but perhaps the most enticing tale is about "The Wire" spinoff we never got. “We were actually trying to spin off the city hall show and do a political show,” Simon revealed to BuzzFeed News, explaining it would've focused on Aiden Gillen's politician Tommy Carcetti. “We wrote a bunch of scripts that would spin off after Season 3 of 'The Wire.' But HBO said, 'No, we only want one show that nobody is watching in Baltimore, not two!’ ” Our hearts
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