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‘The Simpsons’ Responds to Apu Controversy: ‘Some Things Will Be Dealt With At A Later Date’

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‘The Simpsons’ Responds to Apu Controversy: ‘Some Things Will Be Dealt With At A Later Date’
The Simpsons” has responded to criticism about the stereotypical portrayal of Springfield’s Kwik-e-Mart proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. On Sunday’s episode, “No Good Read Goes Unpunished,” Marge and Lisa Simpson allude to the fact that “The Simpsons” has not quite figured out what to do with the character, or when to address it.

In the episode, the Simpsons visit a book store after Marge confiscates the family’s digital devices. At the store, Bart gravitates to “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, and uses what he learns to take on Homer. Marge, meanwhile, attempts to hook her daughter on her favorite book as a child, [the fictional] “The Princess in the Garden” by Heloise Hodgeson Burwell — yes, a riff on “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Once Marge begins reading “The Princess in the Garden” to Lisa, she quickly realizes the old book was a lot more offensive and racist than she remembered.
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U.K. Greenlit: The ‘Men in Black’ Spin-Off + Untitled Beatles Project are Casting and Filming in the U.K.

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis ProjectThe as yet untitled Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis project, potentially using the music of The Beatles, potentially starring Himesh Patel, and definitely starring Lily James is gearing up to shoot in April. The project now has casting director Gail Stevens on board. “The Secret Garden”The new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden” is shooting in May on location. Written by Jack Thorne, it will be directed by Marc Munden. The casting director is Karen Lindsay-Stewart. “Bad Move”“Bad Move,” the comedy series starring Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman, is shooting a second season in Yorkshire this summer with casting director Catherine Willis attached. “Men in Black
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Trailer, poster and images for biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ

Affirm Films has released a trailer, poster and images for the biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ, which tells the story of the man who persecuted the early church and then became its greatest evangelist, and stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), James Faulkner (Downton Abbey), Oliver Martinez (S.W.A.T.), Joanne Whalley (A.D. The Bible Continues) and John Lynch (The Secret Garden).

In Paul, Apostle of Christ, Luke (Caviezel) risks his life to visit Paul (Faulkner), who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

“Paul, Apostle of Christ brings to life on screen the powerful story of a man who changed the course of history through his committed faith, yet at great cost to himself,
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Katharine McPhee Will Make Broadway Debut in ‘Waitress’ + More NY Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! A new waitress is clocking in.The door at “Waitress” continues to revolve. Next up, “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee will make her Broadway debut in the Sara Bareilles-scored tuner beginning April 10. The “Smash” star will play a limited engagement through June 17, filling
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Warren Carlyle Directed The Secret Garden Will Return To Broadway Next Season

Producers Gerald Goehring and Michael F. Mitri announced today that the highly anticipated, first-ever Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning musical, The Secret Garden, will open next season. With book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Marsha Norman and music by Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon, The Secret Garden will be directed, choreographed, and reimagined for a new generation by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.
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Longtime Studiocanal Production Exec Jenny Borgars Moves to Pathé

Jenny Borgars, who has been Studiocanal’s U.K. head of production since 2008, is joining Pathé as deputy managing director.

Danny Perkins, Studiocanal’s U.K. CEO, will fill in for Borgars, acting as head of U.K. production effective immediately.

In her new role, Borgars will report to Pathé Productions’ managing director Cameron McCracken. “Jenny has been a friend for many years and I am delighted to be welcoming her into the Pathé family,” McCracken said. “She will be working alongside me on all aspects of our U.K. business – from development and production through to distribution and international sales.”

Borgars said she was “a huge fan” of Pathé. “I love the films they make and the stamp of quality they bring to everything they do,” said Borgars.

During her tenure at Studiocanal, Borgars exec-produced such films as “Alan Partridge” and “Macbeth.”

Pathé’s roster includes Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” now in post-production,
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Studiocanal's UK head of production Jenny Borgars to join Pathe (exclusive)

Long-time Studiocanal exec worked on Legend and Macbeth.

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Jenny Borgars

Jenny Borgars, Studiocanal’s long-time UK head of production, is to join Pathe, Screen can reveal.

Borgars, one of the UK’s most established production executives, will join in May as deputy managing director and report to Pathe Productions MD Cameron McCracken.

Studiocanal’s UK CEO Danny Perkins will take on the role of acting head of UK production at the company for now.

Borgars has been at Studiocanal since 2008 and has been intrinsic to the firm’s production push. Her name has figured in recent years when senior production roles at public funding bodies have been in the offing.

Prior to joining Studiocanal, Borgars was head of film at Left Bank Pictures and for seven years served as head of the development fund at the UK Film Council.

She has executive producer credits on some 19 films, ranging from box-office
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Now Casting: Steven Spielberg-Directed ‘West Side Story’ Remake Is Seeking its Leads + 2 More Gigs

Waste no time going after today’s top gig: a lead in the upcoming Steven Spielberg remake of the classic movie musical “West Side Story.” Play Tony, Maria, Anita, or Bernardo in the upcoming film, casting now worldwide. There are also spots open in the Blue Man Group, and a major role available in a production of “The Secret Garden.” Steven Spielberg Directed “West Side Story” The recently-announced “West Side Story” remake, helmed by Steven Spielberg and adapted by Tony Kushner, is now casting its lead roles. Male and female talent, aged 15–25, are sought to play the roles of Tony, Maria, Anita, and Bernardo. Talent must be able to sing, and dance experience is a huge plus. Production dates are Tbd. Professional pay will be provided. Apply here! Blue Man Group, New York Auditions Be a member of the Blue Man Group, the theater, ritual, comedy, rock music, and dance
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Marc Munden to direct new adaptation of The Secret Garden

Heyday Films and StudioCanal are teaming up for a new adaptation of Frances Hogson Burnett’s classic 1911 book The Secret Garden, which has Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia) set to direct from a script by Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book for Boys, Wonder).

The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox, a sickly 10-year-old orphan who is set to live with her uncle after her parents die during a cholera outbreak in India. As she begins to explore her uncle’s estate, Mary hears of a secret walled garden, which she soon discovers has magical properties.

The new movie is described as “a fresh take” on the classic story, and continues the partnership between Harry Potter producer David Heyman’s Heyday Films and StudioCanal, which has recently scored a major critical and commercial hit with Paddington 2.

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Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal
Exclusive: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a…
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13 days until Oscar nominations... Can Roger Deakins win with a 14th nod?

by Nathaniel R

the great Roger Deakins on set

Is 13 an unlucky number? Not particular with Oscar, no, but Roger Deakins is surely anxious to move beyond it. The 68 year old cinematographer is still hugely in demand and a regular Oscar competitor but he's currently sitting at 13 nominations and Still has no statues to show for it. Will #14 prove lucky should he be nominated for Blade Runner 2049 this year (as is widely expected)? His nominated film list is just one beautiful astonishment after another: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Reader, True Grit, Skyfall, Prisoners, Unbroken, Sicario. His filmography also includes films like Thunderheart, The Secret Garden, Barton Fink, and Sid & Nancy. Will he win on March 4th or will someone else steal his
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch All 6 Seasons of Lost Before It Leaves Netflix

We were so busy obsessing over all of the new titles hitting Netflix in January that we almost forgot to pour one out for the many, many movies and TV shows that are bidding the streaming giant adieu. In exchange for Love Actually, Bring It On, and The Godfather, it looks like Netflix is giving up the Saw franchise, Pulp Fiction, and all six seasons of Lost. Check out the rest of the titles you need to watch Asap below! Jan. 1 Chicago Daddy Day Care Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Dressed to Kill E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Forrest Gump Four Brothers Free Willy Grease Gremlins I Am Sam Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fourteenth Year Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The
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U.K. Greenlit: 7 Upcoming Projects Now Have Casting Directors Attached

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Banking on Mr. Toad”“Banking on Mr Toad,” the biopic of “The Wind in the Willows” author Kenneth Grahame, has started pre-production. The film is directed by Luis Mandoki, stars Toby Kebbell (“War for The Planet of the Apes,” “Dead Man’s Shoes”) and is being cast by Celestia Fox. “The Secret GardenJack Thorne’s new big screen adaptation of the beloved children’s book “The Secret Garden” has just added their casting director, Karen Lindsay-Stewart. “The Little Drummer Girl”“The Little Drummer Girl,” the BBC’s new John le Carre adaptation starring Florence Pugh, has brought casting director Jina Jay onboard and will shoot early next year. “Luther”The fifth series of “Luther,
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Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)

Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)
Chrissie Fit is recognizable to fans across the world for her portrayal of foreign exchange student Flo in Pitch Perfect 2, but like most Latina actresses, her road to success in Hollywood hasn't been easy.

The 33-year-old actress grew up in Miami Florida, surrounded by other Latinos, "so in school, we didn't have the option of casting by race. It was just whoever could do the best job," she explained to Et over the phone on Monday -- but things quickly changed once she entered the big leagues.

"I remember my first audition was for The Secret Garden, and I auditioned for Mary Lennox, which was like, the Caucasian, British actor, and the director was looking at me, like, perplexed. Like, 'What the heck is this girl doing?' And he really politely said, 'That was great. Next season we're doing the King and I, and I think you're better suited for that,'" she recalled
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Kendall Jenner's Latest La Perla Campaign Is a Must-See--If Only for the Florals

Kendall Jenner's Latest La Perla Campaign Is a Must-See--If Only for the Florals
Kendall Jenner is living a real life fairy tale. The only twist? She's mainly clad in lingerie. In what is ultimately the most epic garden scene of your dreams (think: The Secret Garden meets a field of peonies that also just so happens to be dripping with orchids), La Perla has really outdone itself for their fall/winter '17 campaign—starring none other than the brand's current muse, you guessed it, Miss Kenny herself. Hit play on the above video for some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the magical shoot, then keep scrolling to see the outcome. (Trust us, you're going to want to see every pic.) The scene starts in a floral jungle with us making direct...
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‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017

‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017
Netflix may be in massive debt, but that hasn’t changed much for the streaming giant, which announced a robust list of new additions today. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is heading to Netflix, as well as two other masterpieces from provocative auteurs: Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” As the summer movie season winds down, Netflix has plenty of gems to carry you into fall.

Other titles heading to the streaming service include the entire “Jaws” franchise, Martin Scorsese’s Daniel Day Lewis vehicle “Gangs of New York,” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” Check out the complete list of all the new films joining Netflix in September, 2017 below, including our 7 must-see choices.

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September kicks off with “Amores Perros,” the breakout feature from “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks with Tony-Nominated Director Susan H. Schulman

The Secret Garden. Little Women. Violet.The revivals ofSWEENEY TODDandTHE Sound Of Music. All that, and much more, were directed by Susan H. Schulman, one of the very first female directors of musical theatre. At a time when women were rejected from Yale's graduate directing program and told to become actresses not directors, Susan triumphed in New York, and abroad
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