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‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ Star Meredith MacNeill Tells Millennials: ‘Own Who You Are’ (Video)

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‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ Star Meredith MacNeill Tells Millennials: ‘Own Who You Are’ (Video)
“Baroness von Sketch Show” star Meredith MacNeill attended TheWrap’s Be Conference in Austin, Texas, on Monday and gave advice to millennials feeling pressure to succeed before they turn 30. “I too felt this odd pressure at 19 years old,” MacNeill said on the panel with her fellow costars and executive producers, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen. “I’ve seen both sides in terms of finance, meaning not having much and people that have a lot … I think it’s what we’re told: Who we are is who we are and money has nothing to do with it. Does it make it...
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“Maudie” and “Alias Grace” Win Big at 2018 Canadian Screen Awards

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Women dominated Sunday night’s Canadian Screen Awards. Not only did female-led projects “Maudie,” “Alias Grace,” “Anne With an E,” and “Baroness von Sketch Show” sweep the major categories, women won the trophies for best director and best original and adapted screenplays, per the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

“Maudie,” Aisling Walsh’s biopic about folk artist Maud Lewis, took home best motion picture, best director (Walsh), best actress (Sally Hawkins) best original screenplay (Sherry White), and best costume design (Trysha Bakker), among other awards.

“Alias Grace,” the Netflix/CBC miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel about real-life convicted murderess Grace Marks, won best limited series and best lead actress in a limited series (Sarah Gadon). Atwood herself was honored with a special award, the Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute.

Anne With an E,” another Netflix/CBC literary adaptation, also fared very well.
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TV Powerhouse Rachel Bloom Joins Be Conference at SXSW 2018!

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TV Powerhouse Rachel Bloom Joins Be Conference at SXSW 2018!
Rachel Bloom, the co-creator and star of television hit comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” will join TheWrap’s Be Conference for mentorship in a special one-on-one spotlight interview at SXSW on March 12. The second annual Be Conference for millennial women takes place on March 11 & 12 during SXSW. Also newly added to the Be Conference lineup is the talented duo, writer-director Julia Hart and producer Jordan Horowitz (“La La Land”), with their film “Fast Color” which is premiering at SXSW. They join a stunning lineup of inspiring women and mentors at TheWrap’s conference, including: Award-winning journalist Katie Couric Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, and Meredith MacNeill...
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Baroness von Sketch Show: Season Three Coming to IFC in 2018

Baroness von Sketch Show is back for round three. Today, IFC announced season three of the TV show will premiere in 2018.The Canadian sketch show features an all-female cast and "celebrates the absurd and mines the embarrassing, offering a witty take on everyday problems." The series is written and performed by Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, and Carolyn Taylor.Read More…
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Exclusive: Reggie Watts Serenades 'Baroness von Sketch Show' Ladies About Loneliness & IVF

Exclusive: Reggie Watts Serenades 'Baroness von Sketch Show' Ladies About Loneliness & IVF
Normally it's a good thing when you get a star like Reggie Watts to serenade you with a song -- but maybe not this time!

On Wednesday's episode of Baroness von Sketch Show, the musical comedian makes a guest appearance in a very funny sketch centered around a woman's 44th birthday.

Three office pals -- played by Baroness' Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Carolyn Taylor -- hire Watts to make up a song for their co-worker Ashley's (Jennifer Whalen) big day, but the overly specific, meandering tune gets a little too spot-on for her liking. After all, loneliness and IVF aren't two topics you expect to hear in a celebratory song.

Watch the irreverent sketch below:

Exclusive: 'Baroness von Sketch Show' Co-Creator Carolyn Taylor Finds the Funny in Life's Absurdities

We were really in it for that pink T-shirt and those suspenders anyway, but just try to get "no eggs, eggs, eggs eggs
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‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Is the Best Sketch Show on American TV, and It Was Made by Four Canadian Women Over Forty

‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Is the Best Sketch Show on American TV, and It Was Made by Four Canadian Women Over Forty
For too long, American sketch comedy has been so dominated by “Saturday Night Live” that any other attempts at the form have seemed futile. The trick to not competing directly with the NBC behemoth seems to be to addressing a niche audience that is sorely underserved by the mainstream, such as Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele,” IFC’s “Portlandia,” and now, the brilliant “Baroness Von Sketch Show,” also on IFC. The network bought the series from the CBC, and has been airing the first two seasons for American audiences who are hungry for something different.

Now in the middle of its IFC run, “Baroness Von Sketch Show” is written and performed by Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen. Browne, Taylor, and Whalen met at Second City in Toronto, and MacNeill is a classically trained actor who came to comedy after studying at Rada. While the show has a decidedly woman-centric bent,
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Exclusive: ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ Co-Creator Carolyn Taylor Finds the Funny in Life's Absurdities

Exclusive: ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ Co-Creator Carolyn Taylor Finds the Funny in Life's Absurdities
Cult comedy Baroness von Sketch Show may already be on its second season in its native Canada, but U.S. audiences are getting the chance to catch up on all the laughs now that the show is airing on IFC.

With shows like Portlandia, The Birthday Boys and Comedy Bang! Bang!, the network has been a haven for quirky, creative sketch comedy, but Baroness is a welcome niche in the crowded field: four women over 40 skewering the absurdities of everyday life. Where many other sketch shows are wildly over-the-top or lean towards bonkers scenarios, actor-writers Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen and Meredith MacNeill take things far enough to be hilarious, but not so insane that scenes are unrelatable.

Related: Vanessa Bayer Leaving 'Saturday Night Live' After 7 Seasons

Et spoke by phone with Taylor, who was preparing to film season three in Toronto. The Just For Laughs alum was the mastermind who formed the sketch
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Annabelle: Creation and The Beguiled to Screen at La Film Festival 2017

The dangerous doll from The Conjuring franchise is coming to the West Coast this June, as Warner Bros. will present a special advance screening of Annabelle: Creation ahead of its theatrical release this August, with Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled also announced for the festival.

Press Release: Los Angeles (May 23, 2017)— Today the La Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced the Gala Screening of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson with Anthony Lapaglia and Miranda Otto. Also unveiled today, the panels for Diversity Speaks and the Global Media Makers.

Award-winning film company Focus Features will commemorate its 15th anniversary at the La Film Festival with five movies including revival programming and a newly added advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell,
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All-Female Comedy Series “Baroness von Sketch Show” Is Coming to IFC

Baroness von Sketch Show

Finally, something to fill the “Garfunkel and Oates”-shaped void in our lives. Per The Hollywood Reporter, IFC is adding the all-female “Baroness von Sketch Show” to its lineup. The first two seasons of the sketch comedy series, which originally aired on CBC in Canada, will broadcast on the AMC Networks-owned channel this summer.

Created by writer-performers Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne, and Jennifer Whalen, “Baroness von Sketch Show” features sketches with a feminist bent comparable to “Inside Amy Schumer.” According to THR, the series “looks at everything from bachelorette parties and soccer moms to office sexual politics and women-focused marketing.”

Frantic Films is producing “Baroness” and Banijay Rights is overseeing its international distribution.

“We are delighted that ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ is finding as prestigious a Us home as IFC,” Andreas Lemos, Banijay Rights’ vp of North America acquisition/sales, commented. “It’s not often that a show has you both keeling over with laughter and questioning the status quo. We are thrilled that American audiences will now get to witness the Baronesses’ unique, provocative, and hilarious brand of comedy.”

Baroness von Sketch Show” recently picked up several Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Variety or Sketch Comedy and Best Writing in Variety or Sketch Comedy.

If you can’t wait until summer to watch these hilarious ladies, the Baronesses have plenty of other projects you can check out. MacNeill acts and writes for “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” a comedy talk show that satirizes Canadian politics. Taylor previously wrote for “This Hour” and “Just for Laughs: All-Access.” Browne wrote and starred in the TV shorts “Newborn Moms” and has had guest roles in “Orphan Black” and “Man Seeking Woman.” Whalen served as head writer of “This Hour” in 2007 and 2008. She’s also written for “InSecurity” and “The Ron James Show.”

Check out one of “Baroness von Sketch Show’s” most popular bits below.

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All-Female Comedy Series “Baroness von Sketch Show” Is Coming to IFC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Baroness von Sketch Show: IFC Aquires Two Seasons of Comedy Series

Are you in need of some laughs from the Great White North? IFC has ordered the first two seasons of the Baroness von Sketch Show, an all-female Canadian sketch comedy series. The two seasons consist of a total of 13 episodes, and both will debut on IFC in late summer.A CBC comedy series, Baroness von Sketch Show stars Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne, and Jennifer Whalen. Watch a clip, below.Read More…
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IFC Acquires Canada’s ‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ For Summer Premiere

IFC has acquired female-led Canadian single-camera sketch comedy series Baroness Von Sketch Show. IFC will air all 13 episodes of seasons one and two of the half-hour comedy series late this summer. Performed and written by Meredith MacNeill and Second City alumni Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, the series satirizes daily modern life, offering a witty take on everyday concerns from the pretentiousness of ordering a fancy coffee to office and sexual…
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IFC Acquires All-Female Comedy 'Baroness von Sketch Show'

IFC is adding to its slate.

The AMC Networks-owned cabler has acquired the all-female sketch comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show.

The series, which originally premiered on CBC in Canada, satirizes everyday life and looks at everything from bachelorette parties and soccer moms to office sexual politics and women-focused marketing. One popular skit from the series, as seen below, theorizes what would happen at a women-only leadership summit.

Baroness von Sketch Show hails from writer and performers Meredith MacNeill and award-winning Second City alumni Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen. Frantic Films produces the...
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IFC Acquires Canadian Female Comedy Series ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’

IFC Acquires Canadian Female Comedy Series ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’
IFC has acquired the female-led Canadian sketch comedy series “Baroness von Sketch Show,” the network announced on Monday.

The show is performed and written by Meredith MacNeill and award-winning Second City alumni Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen. IFC will air 13 episodes of seasons one and two of the half-hour comedy series beginning in late summer.

The series and its all-female cast draws upon 15 years of comedy experience and multiple collaborations to present a series that captures the banalities and humor that comes from just trying to get along in the world. Offering a take on everyday concerns from the pretentiousness of ordering a fancy coffee to office and sexual politics, this satirical sketch comedy satirizes daily modern life.

The show was recently honored with multiple Canadian Screen Awards including best variety or sketch comedy, best writing in variety or sketch comedy and best picture editing in a variety or sketch comedy. Each
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‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’: The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen (Probably Because It’s Canadian)

‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’: The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen (Probably Because It’s Canadian)
If last night’s debate has you eyeing one-way tickets to Canada to enjoy universal healthcare and the feminism of Justin Trudeau, here is one more reason to consider moving to The Great White North: “Baroness Von Sketch Show.”

Read More: Female-Led Films Are Finally Getting Bigger Budgets, But Don’t Thank Hollywood For That

Baroness Von Sketch Show” is a half-hour comedy on the CBC performed and written almost entirely by women. (There is one male writer out of 12 credited for the series.) The six half-hour episodes premiered in June of 2016. While full episodes are not available in the U.S., many sketches are on the CBC’s YouTube channel. Ranging in length from one to three minutes, they are ideal for Internet sharing.

Unlike the fattened up sketches of “Saturday Night Live,” which often meander into boring set-up and linger on actors breaking character, the sketches on “Baroness
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Designated Survivor", "Taken"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for October 2016, including "12 Monkeys", "Designated Survivor", "Taken" and a whole lot more:

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12 Monkeys

Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Alias Grace

Mini Series

Halfire Entertainment

Prod.: Sarah Polley, DJ Carson

Dir.: Mary Harron

Aug 15 - Nov 15/16

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Anne Of Green Gables

TV Movie

Gables 23 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Jim Corston

Exec. Prod.: Joan Lambur, Peter Williamson

Dir.: John Kent Harrison

Sep 12 - Nov 4/16

Baroness Von Sketch Show

Season 2

TV Series

Bvss 2 Productions Ontario Inc. / Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Exec.Prod.: Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne,
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Toronto Film:"American Gods", "Flatliners", "Taken"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for September 2016, including "American Gods", "Flatliners", "Taken" and a whole lot more:

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Alias Grace

Mini Series

Halfire Entertainment

Prod.: Sarah Polley, DJ Carson

Dir.: Mary Harron

Aug 15 - Nov 15/16

American Gods

TV Series

Fremantle / Starz Network

Exec. Prod.: Bryan Fuller,

Michael Green, Neil Gaiman

Dir.: David Slade & Various

Anon

Feature

Anon Film Prods. Canada Inc.

Prod.: Dan Bekerman

Dir.: Andrew Niccol

Jul 11 - Aug 26/16

Baroness Von Sketch Show

Season 2

TV Series

Bvss 2 Productions Ontario Inc. / Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Exec.Prod.: Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen

Dir.: Yael Staav

Sep 12 - Oct 28/16

Bruno & Boots II And III

TV Movie (2)

Aircraft Pictures

Prod.: Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen

Dir.: Vivieno Caldinelli

Jul 22 -
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'Closet Monster' among Atlantic Film Festival winners

'Closet Monster' among Atlantic Film Festival winners
Stephen Dunn’s drama and recent Toronto selection earned the filmmaker Best Atlantic Director and Best Atlantic Screenwriter honours at the 35th annual event in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The festival ran in Halifax from September 17-24 and winners were announced at the The Industry Awards Reception on Sunday.

The winners include:

Best Atlantic Feature

Undone, Director X

Best Atlantic Short

4 Quarters, Ashley McKenzie

Best Atlantic Documentary

Strange And Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island, Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly

Best Atlantic Short Documentary

The Weir: Fishing Fundy’s Giant Tides, Jerry Lockett

Best Atlantic Animation

Alien Love Story, Ron McDougall

Best Atlantic Director

Closet Monster (pictured), Stephen Dunn

Best Atlantic Screenwriter

Closet Monster, Stephen Dunn

Best Atlantic Cinematographer

Strange And Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island, Marcia Connolly

Best Atlantic Original Score

North Mountain, Lukas Pearse and Mike Ritchie

Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by Actress

Your Money Or Your Wife, Meredith MacNeill

David
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Katherine Kelly: from Rada to the Rovers – and back to the stage

After five years as Coronation Street's feisty barmaid Becky, the actor has made an effortless leap to the National as star of an acclaimed new production of She Stoops to Conquer. But there's much more to her act than northern grit…

When Katherine Kelly arrives for our lunch, vibrant, friendly, in a sweet colourful dress, the first thing you notice is the hair. Gone are the bleached blond tresses, sometimes with tatty hair extensions, of her fabled Coronation Street character, Becky, to be replaced with a shiny, brunette, tied-back bob. It's transforming – from streetwise Weatherfield, to Parisian chic, via one bottle of hair dye. "I think this is my natural colour," grins Kelly wryly. "I can't quite remember – it's been years!"

We haven't much time, and order food quickly. But then, Kelly appears to have natural brio, which doubtless served her well playing the irrepressible Becky –one of the
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