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Creepy! See the New Trailer for The Accidental Wolf, a New Web Series Being Compared to Homeland

Creepy! See the New Trailer for The Accidental Wolf, a New Web Series Being Compared to Homeland
Most TV fans still believe that web series are strictly for high schoolers or YouTube fans, but a hot new crime thriller that you can stream for free off the Internet is hoping to change that.

The Accidental Wolf, created by actor and writer Arian Moayed and starring actress Kelli O’Hara, was initially going to be a feature film, but after the pilot got attention at a TV festival, Moayed thought it would lend itself better as a show, which eventually became a web series.

The premise? O’Hara plays Katie, a rich New York housewife stuck in a
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Photo Flash: First Look at Arian Moayed, Sherie Rene Scott, Micah Stock and More in Waterwell's Dual-Language Hamlet

Waterwell is presenting a new dual language EnglishFarsi version of Hamlet at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture 18 Bleecker Street. Starring Tony Award nominees Arian Moayed as Hamlet, Sherie Rene Scott as Gertrude, and Micah Stock as Horatio, with direction by Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely, Hamletis currently in previews for a May 21st opening. Itwill play through June 3. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Arian Moayed, Sherie Renee Scott and Micah Stock to Lead Dual-Language Hamlet at Waterwell

Waterwell announced today a strictly limited engagement of a new dual language EnglishFarsi version of Hamlet at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture 18 Bleecker Street. Starring Tony Awardnominees Arian Moayed as Hamlet, Sherie Rene Scott as Gertrude, and Micah Stock as Horatio, with direction by Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely, Hamlet will begin performances on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, with an opening night set for Sunday, May 21 at 800pm, and will play through June 3.
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Off-b’way and Beyond: Obies Honor ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘The Humans’

It was Off-Broadway’s night on May 23 as the Obie Awards dished out recognition for some of the season’s top productions. The Danai Gurira–penned, Tony-nominated “Eclipsed,” which transferred to the John Golden Theatre from the Public Theatre earlier this year, took the best ensemble award while the star of the production about the wives of a Liberian Civil War rebel officer, Lupita Nyong’o, took best actress. Playwright Lucas Hnath took home Obies for both “Red Speedo” and “The Christians,” as did Stephen Karam for his work on “The Humans,” another 2016 Tony nominee that transferred to Broadway. The Tony-nominated actor Jayne Houdyshell, who plays the matriarch in the the latter eerie Thanksgiving eve family drama, won for her performance, as did Georgia Engel (“John”), Khris Davis (“The Royals”), Tamara Tunie (“Familiar”), Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”), Lucas Caleb Rooney (“Red Speedo”), Emily Donahoe (“The Christians”), and “Guards at
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‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘Robber Bridegroom’ Win Big at 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards

The 31st annual Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, wrapped in New York City last night with playwright Rajiv Joseph’s two-hander “Guards at the Taj” winning four statues, including outstanding play. “This play doesn’t exist without two men—the two men who play the two roles in this play: Arian Moayed and Omar Metwally,” Joseph said while accepting the award for outstanding play, the final of the evening. The 1648-set drama about two Imperial Guards tasked with the unthinkable also won on the technical side for outstanding lighting design for David Weiner, outstanding scenic design for Timothy Mackabee, and outstanding sound design for Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. “The Robber Bridegroom” also rose to the top, taking home three awards for outstanding revival, outstanding lead actor in a musical for Steven Pasquale, and outstanding featured actress in a musical for Leslie Kritzer. Kritzer told Backstage on
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Mance Media Launching ‘Model Turned Superstar’ on 4KUniverse Channel

Mance Media Launching ‘Model Turned Superstar’ on 4KUniverse Channel
Mance Media’s 4KUniverse channel has announced its first original series — “Model Turned Superstar,” which will launch on June 28, Variety has learned exclusively.

The international reality series challenges more than 100 models from across the world to become the next supermodel. It’s hosted by fitness expert April Scott and features supermodel guest judges Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk and Ana Beatriz Barros.

Variety reported last month that Mance was launching the entertainment channel aimed at consumers seeking programming in the growing 4K Ultra High Definition format. The Los Angeles-based service, which has the support of global satellite operators Ses and AsiaSat, is available to cable, Internet Protocol TV and Mso subscribers at a cost of $5.99 a month on YouTube and Vimeo.

The contestants will have to prove themselves in feats that include zip lining through the jungles of Thailand to swimming with sharks in the waters of Bora Bora in order to get their picture-perfect shot.
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Rialto Chatter: Will Scott Rudin Bring Stephen Karam's The Humans to Broadway?

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Stephen Karam's The Humans featuring Cassie Beck,Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele, just opened earlier this week, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, the show might have a life after offBroadway. David Rooney writes that producer Scott Rudin will transfer the production full cast included to Broadway in 2016.
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Rock the Kasbah | Review

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Levinson’s Afghan Exploration Prizes Diversion

After a unique pit stop in found footage horror with 2012’s The Bay and an underrated Philip Roth adaptation in 2014 with The Humbling, Barry Levinson returns to his particular predilection for boundary pushing, politically topical subject matters in Rock the Kasbah. It’s a very loosely based version of the true account of Setara Hussainzada, a woman who sang on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” known as “Afghan Star,” even though it’s illegal for women to sing.

More along the lines of Levinson’s Man of the Year (2006) than Wag the Dog (1997), as scripted by Mitch Glazer (his first excursion since 2010’s appalling Passion Play), the title seems as woefully out-of-touch as it is unwarranted. Oddly unsympathetic, even as it depicts a subversive act of rebellion within a ruthlessly patriarchal and misogynistic culture,
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Review: Bill Murray takes a ridiculous tour of the Middle East in 'Rock The Kasbah'

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Review: Bill Murray takes a ridiculous tour of the Middle East in 'Rock The Kasbah'
Oh, Bill. I recently wrote a piece about how Bill Murray has transcended being a mere living legend and has become a urban myth, and I stand behind every word of that. Unfortunately, Bill often makes choices involving films that make it very hard to support the films themselves, and "Rock The Kasbah" is a perfect example of that. Mitch Glazer is one of those people who appear to be able to get Bill Murray to actually pick up the phone, and he's a credited co-writer on "Scrooged," a film that features one of my favorite Bill Murray performances. Unfortunately, he's also responsible for writing and directing "Passion Play," one of the worst things Murray has ever been part of, and so walking into "Rock The Kasbah," I had my fingers crossed that Glazer would be able to tap the side of his friend that has made him such an
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Film Review: ‘Rock the Kasbah’

Film Review: ‘Rock the Kasbah’
Mere weeks after the horrific bombing of an Afghan hospital and President Obama’s announcement of extended U.S. military presence in the region, this weekend might not prove to have been an ideal moment to release a film that treats the slow-motion tragedy of Afghanistan’s recent history as an exotic backdrop for broad fish-out-of-water comedy. Then again, there will probably never be a good time to release a project as fundamentally misjudged and disjointed as “Rock the Kasbah.” Extremely loosely inspired by the true story of Setara Hussainzada, an Afghan woman who braved death threats after appearing on the country’s version of “American Idol,” this Bill Murray starrer utterly fails to connect as an “Ishtar”-esque Muslim-world farce, a cynical skewering of American foreign policy, or a cuddly, inspirational ode to the unifying power of music — and to the film’s dubious credit, it does attempt all three.
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Rock The Kasbah Review

A Bill Murray – which is to say, a performer of particular stripes that enjoys almost unanimous affection from moviegoers – is a rare and precious thing. As much a performance artist these days as he is an actor, Murray himself has settled into being the communal whacky uncle on our mom’s side (dad’s is where you’ll find Tom Hanks). Murray is a piece of modern Americana, as close to a folk hero as Hollywood has ever produced, and it’s by his grace that many poorer projects find their silver lining. But like any legend, that reverence can be exploited to justify undertakings of odious construction and intent, which Murray’s latest film, Rock the Kasbah, most certainly is.

That this movie likely wouldn’t exist without Murray’s involvement makes it tempting to point an accusing finger squarely at him, but we’re all to blame here.
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Wamg’s 2015 Fall Movie Preview

As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.

The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.

Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!


The Visit (Sept 11)

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.
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Watch: Bill Murray Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride And More 'Rock The Kasbah' In New Trailer

Everybody loves Bill Murray, but even his immense charm couldn't save the disastrous reception to Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" earlier this year. There isn't much buzz around "Rock The Kasbah" at the moment either, but maybe this new trailer will turn things around? Read More: Interview: Barry Levinson Talks Going The Horror Route With Eco-Thriller 'The BayKate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed and Bruce Willis join Murray in Barry Levinson's latest film, apparently inspired by real events, about washed up music manager who discovers the next big thing in Kabul. Here's the official synopsis:  A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by.
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The Accidental Wolf with Kelli O'Hara Selected for New York Television Festival's 2015 Ipc

The New York Television Festival, an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital media companies and brands, today announced the official selections for its flagship Independent Pilot Competition Ipc, including The Accidental Wolf, created by Arian Moayed of Waterwell Films. This explosive thriller, stars Kelli O'Hara Tony Winner for The King amp I, Mike Doyle Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys and Sahr Ngaujah Tony Nominee for Fela, and is one of 50 original television and web series pilots that will be presented for industry executives and TV fans at the 11th Annual New York Television Festival.
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Rajiv Joseph's Guards At The Taj Opens Tonight at Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Company welcomes Tony Award nominated actor and director Amy Morton to stage the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph's play Guards at the Taj, starring Tony Award nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. Guards at the Taj began previews May 20 and officially opens tonight, June 11, for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 28 off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street.
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New Elementary Season 3,Episode 23 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 23 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Absconded," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff take place as a beekeeping community becomes the main focus in Holmes and Watson's latest investigation, and more. In the new, 23rd episode press release: Holmes' Beekeeping Hobby Crosses Into His Professional Life When An Online Community He Belongs To Asks Him To Investigate The Murder Of One Of Their Members. Press release number 2: Holmes and Watson will look into the death of a member of Holmes' online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they are going to meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York's beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson will enlist Watson's services in an off-book investigation that
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Film Review: Appropriate Behavior (2014): Akhavan’s Film Bristles With Potential

Appropriate Behavior (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Desiree Akhavan, and starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer, Anh Duong, Hooman Majd, Arian Moayed, Aimee Mullins, Christopher James Baker, Robyn Rikoon, and Gracie Beardsley. Already a victim to the typically myopic Hollywood group-think in which every film [...]

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Rosewater Movie Review

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Rosewater Movie Review
Title: Rosewater Director: Jon Stewart Starring: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kim Bodnia, Jason Jones, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Arian Moayed, Amir El-Masry. The feature film ‘Rosewater’ is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir ‘Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,’ written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. This true story, marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ host, Jon Stewart. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud [ Read More ]

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'Rosewater' Review: Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut Makes the Grade

"Rosewater," the debut film from "The Daily Show"s Jon Stewart, is a moving and engaging portrayal of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari's imprisonment by the Iranian government, and his struggle for freedom while being beset by particularly ridiculous lines of questioning.

Why Jon Stewart?

The connection to "The Daily Show" and Bahari's arrest is quite strong -- while covering the last round of elections, correspondent Jason Jones and his producer travelled to Tehran to film one of their trademark satirical pieces. As Jones' over-the-top interview style accused Bahari of being a spy, the segment showed the normalcy of the populace that live within what President Bush dubbed "The Axis of Evil."

Following this interview, and as the election results became controversial, Bahari was arrested and held captive in solitary confinement for months. He was accused of spying, of course, and they played the Jones sequence as proof. His writing
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Network: NBC

Episodes: 12 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: March 10, 2014 -- June 15, 2014

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung, and Arian Moayed.

TV show description:

Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl, has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control -- like levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, and to see the future. Now that she's 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces -- those that would use her abilities to control the world -- has grown more dangerous.

With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo's protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe -- Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who's lost his will.
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