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Killer Doll Revealed for Child’S Play Remake

Following the announcement that production has begun in Vancouver on a remake of 1988's Child's Play, the first image of the killer doll from the modern reimagining has now been revealed, and he just wants to be your friend... till the end.

Unveiled on the official Child's Play Facebook page (see below) with the caption, "Wanna play? Your best friend is getting an update," the killer doll looks very similar to the Good Guys doll named Chucky from the previous seven installments in the franchise. It's not yet known if the doll in the new movie will be named Chucky, nor has it been announced who will voice him (Brad Dourif has given life to the iconic character in all seven movies thus far), but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are divulged.

The Child's Play remake will feature Aubrey Plaza playing the role of Karen, Brian Tyree Henry as Mike,
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Production Begins on Child’S Play Remake Starring Brian Tyree Henry and Aubrey Plaza

Back in July, it was revealed that a remake of 1988's Child Play was in development, and now MGM and Orion Pictures have announced that production on the contemporary reimagining has commenced in Vancouver, with Aubrey Plaza playing the role of Karen, Brian Tyree Henry as Mike, and Gabriel Bateman playing Andy.

Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) is directing the new Child's Play movie from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury), with David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith on board as producers.

The original Child's Play was directed by Tom Holland (Fright Night) and co-written by Don Mancini, who has kept the franchise alive by writing six sequels and directing the three most recent installments, and he's also developing a Child's Play TV series. At this time, it does not look like the remake will be connected to the detailed timeline of Mancini's movies.

Brad Dourif has voiced Chucky in all seven of the franchise's films,
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Peter Donat, Mulder’s Father on ‘X-Files,’ Dies at 90

Peter Donat, Mulder’s Father on ‘X-Files,’ Dies at 90
Peter Donat, best known as agent Fox Mulder’s father on “The X Files,” died on Monday due to complications of diabetes, his wife, Maria, told the New York Times. He was 90.

“Peter had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously,” his TV son David Duchovny tweeted Saturday. “It was an honor to know him and work with him.”

Peter had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously. It was an honor to know him and work with him. pic.twitter.com/ZsmXeqZm6e

— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) September 15, 2018

The Canadian-born actor was a familiar face on television on the 1970s and ’80s, having appeared on shows like “Hawaii Five-o,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Waltons,
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Peter Donat Dies: Veteran Actor Of Stage, TV, Films Was 90

Peter Donat Dies: Veteran Actor Of Stage, TV, Films Was 90
Peter Donat, whose long career spanned roles on Broadway, television and in films, has died. He passed on Monday at home in Point Reyes Station, Calif. from complications of diabetes, according to his wife.

The Canadian-born character actor was best known for his role in six episodes of TV’s The X Files, where he recurred as Agent Fox Mulder’s father.

While that role was memorable, it was just a piece of the actor’s broad creative career. He performed frequently with respected companies like the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Stratford Festival in Canada, playing Cyrano de Bergerac, Prospero, Shylock, King Lear and Hadrian VII.

In between the stage roles, Donat was a frequent presence as a guest-starr on such shows as The F.B.I., Hawaii Five-o, Mannix, McMillan & Wife, Hill Street Blues and Murder, She Wrote.

One well-received television role came on the original Dallas as the doctor treating J.
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The Diminishing Returns of TV Reboots and Revivals (Column)

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The Diminishing Returns of TV Reboots and Revivals (Column)
Barely a day goes by anymore without a new report of a long gone show trying to crawl its way out of the grave. This week, it’s “Designing Women.” Before that, it was “Alf” and “The Facts of Life.” The week prior to that got consumed by controversy over a “Buffy” reboot (which turned out to be a spin-off) and Kelsey Grammer idly musing about a “Frasier” revival. And so on, and so forth; wash, rinse, repeat. It apparently doesn’t even matter if the reboot or revival or spinoff or what have you is actually going to series, so long as someone — anyone — involved expresses interest in doing it. Within a matter of minutes, the internet is aflame with excitement and dread alike, until the next possibility crops up and sparks the whole cycle all over again.

In an age when TV keeps rapidly multiplying itself like a hydra replacing heads,
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Horror Highlights: UFO Digital & DVD Release Details, Arrow Films FrightFest 2018’s New Blood 2 Search, Bonejangles 2 Q&A

Things are getting out of this world when UFO starring Gillian Anderson is released digitally and on DVD on September 4th. Also in today's Highlights: the search for new writers is on with Arrow Films FrightFest and Queensbury Pictures' New Blood 2 and a Bonejangles 2 Q&A.

UFO Digital and DVD Release Details: "Tony Award® winner Alex Sharp stars alongside Emmy Award® winner Gillian Anderson and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn in the edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller UFO, debuting on digital and DVD September 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After a freak UFO sighting at a local airport, a college student searches for the truth while the government tries to cover it up. Written and directed by Ryan Eslinger (When a Man Falls), UFO also stars Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for the Peculiar Children) and Ben Beatty.

Synopsis: Derek (Alex Sharp) a brilliant college student, haunted by a childhood UFO sighting,
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Jj Abrams' Bad Robot hires former Fox exec for TV role

Rachel Rusch was responsible for shows including Prison Break and The X Files.

Former BBC drama chief Ben Stephenson has hired a senior vice president of TV to work with him at Jj Abrams’ production company Bad Robot.

Rachel Rusch has joined the Westworld producer to work across its slate of projects in development and production, including forthcoming Hulu series Castle Rock and HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

She will report to head of television Stephenson, who joined Bad Robot in 2015 after eight years as the BBC’s drama controller.

Rusch most recently worked as vice president of event series for Fox,
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‘Survivor: Ghost Island’ Rules First Wednesday Of Daylight Savings

CBS’ Survivor: Ghost Island remained the top program in total viewers and in the demographic on the first Wednesday of Daylight Saving Time, which tends to hardest hit the 8 Pm hour. Survivor’s 1.7 demo rating and 8.23 million total viewers kept it in the Wednesday primetime top spot for a third consecutive week, edging out its closest competitor, Fox’s 9-1-1 (1.6, 6.48M). The Fox drama had to self-start off its The X Files lead-in (0.8, 3.M). Elsewhere, ABC’s 8 Pm Speech…
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‘Beneath’: Amazing Film Co, Enderby Team For Antarctica-Set Thriller Series – Berlin

Exclusive: Munich-based The Amazing Film Company and Los Angeles-based indie Enderby Entertainment are teaming to co-produce English-language thriller Beneath. The 10-episode series was developed by Enderby's Rick Dugdale with writer Will Pascoe (Shut Eye, Orphan Black) and is understood to be a meeting of The X Files and Lost — set in Antarctica. Production is slated to start this winter. The Amazing Film Company will co-finance with Enderby. Beneath will be executive…
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‘The X-Files’ Midseason Trailer: “The World’s Gone Mad”

“I know you think I’m crazy, but it’s not me, it’s the world. The world’s gone mad.” Sounds like something any one of us could say on any given day of the week, but those words kick off an extended midseason trailer for The X Files. The three-minute clip includes new footage from the next five episodes, including tonight’s episode, written and directed by Darin Morgan, as well as the Feb. 7 "Skinner"-centric episode guest-starring Haley Joel Osment. From creator and…
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Fox’s Ryan Murphy Drama ‘9-1-1’ Leaps Over Lead-in ‘X-Files’ To Take Top Spot In Demo

Fox's 9-1-1 (1.8 demo rating, 6.16 million viewers) was Wednesday night's No. 1 ranked broadcast TV show in the demo, tied with ABC’s Modern Family. Ryan Murphy’s drama, just renewed for a second season, jumping three-tenths from previous week ‘s 1.5, and continues to be the star of Fox’s lineup in the night, as lead-in The X-Files (1.1, 3.94M) struggles. Despite last night’s one-tenth uptick in the demo, The X Files is down substantially from its prior run of two years…
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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89
Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning Ed Wood actor who appeared in Crimes & Misdemeanors, North by Northwest and the Mission: Impossible TV series over a career that spanned over 50 years, died Saturday at the age of 89.

Landau died following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization" at the UCLA Medical Center, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor spent five years as a newspaper cartoonist in his native New York before deciding to focus on acting; As Landau often stated, he and Steve McQueen were notably the only two applicants accepted into
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R.I.P. Martin Landau (1928 – 2017)

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has passed away aged 89 after suffering “unexpected complications” following a hospital visit in Los Angeles.

Landau began his career as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before moving into acting, with early roles in the likes of North by Northwest, Cleopatra and The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Between 1966 and 1969, he starred as Rollin Hand in the TV series Mission: Impossible, a role which saw him receiving the Golden Globe Award, as well as three Emmy nominations. He would later star in Space: 1999, and earned further Emmy nominations for guest roles in Without a Trace and Entourage.

On the big screen, Landau would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1988’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream (winning a Golden Globe) and 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, and would win the Oscar at the third time of asking for his role
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John Ostrander: Legion

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And you may ask yourself

How do I work this?

And you may ask yourself

Where is that large automobile?

And you may tell yourself

This is not my beautiful house!

And you may tell yourself

This is not my beautiful wife!

Talking Heads, Once In a Lifetime

Okay, I’ve finally found a TV superhero show I like more than The Flash, which is saying a lot. It’s Legion, Wednesdays at 10 Pm (Et) on FX, and it stars Dan Stevens in a role that’s world’s away from his stint on Downton Abbey. He plays David Haller, a man who may be the world’s strongest telepath and, because of his schizophrenia – their diagnosis, not mine – perhaps the most dangerous.

The show is from 20th Century Fox in association with Marvel TV and is the first to link with the X-Men movie franchise which, for contractual and bureaucratic reasons,
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Riverdale: the long, strange history of Archie Comics on TV

Chris Cummins Jan 24, 2017

A look-back at the previous attempts to bring Archie to TV before they got it right with Riverdale...

When Riverdale premieres on the CW on January 26th, it will mark a milestone for Archie Comics - the first time in the company's 75-year history that its characters will truly shine on television. A mix of gleefully ridiculous kitsch with standout performances and some truly smart writing, the series is poised to be 2017's breakout TV hit.

See related Shane Black: a career retrospective Zack Snyder interview: Batman V Superman

That said, it took a while for Archie to get to this point. There have been many attempts to bring Archie and his friends to TV before, but these all suffered for either being shoddily animated (the various 1960s cartoons), misguided (1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again), or just plain, um, weird (the X-Files cash-in Archie's Weird Mysteries
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DWTS TV Week: Find Out Who's Waltzing to Game of Thrones – and How a Zombie Paso Doble Is in the Mix

DWTS TV Week: Find Out Who's Waltzing to Game of Thrones – and How a Zombie Paso Doble Is in the Mix
A special television event is coming up: Dancing with the Stars TV week!

The TV night episode of the hit ABC dance competition features the celebrity contestants moving their feet to the tune of popular TV theme songs, and this season has some exciting picks.

A few standouts? A Walking Dead-inspired Paso Doble (we're fully expecting zombie attire) – and a Game of Thrones Viennese Waltz, featuring none other than your "muva" Amber Rose.

Breakout competitor James Hinchcliffe tells People of juggling Dancing with his day job as a race car driver: "The big challenge for this week is that
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Fox's Second Chance Moving to Fridays, to Be Paired With Sleepy Hollow

Fox's Second Chance Moving to Fridays, to Be Paired With Sleepy Hollow
Second Chance will get no third chance on Wednesdays.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

After two outings, Fox’s Frankenstein-y sci-fi drama will air Fridays at 9/8c, beginning Jan. 29 (where it will lead out of the MasterChef Jr. finale).

Then, starting Feb. 5, Sleepy Hollow will serve as its lead-in, as Fox’s other genre drama resumes Season 3 in a new Friday time slot.

RelatedSecond Chance: Will You Give One to Fox’s Frankenstein Drama?

Second Chance debuted to 4.8 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, then slipped
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Jews in the News: Washington Jewish Film Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up

Now in its 26th year, Washington Jewish Film Festival (February 24 – March 6) explores gender, migration, the supernatural, Arab citizens of Israel, artists’ lives, and Lgbtq themes. In addition to the groundbreaking lineup of films, the Festival will host talkbacks and panel discussions with over 50 domestic and international filmmaker guests. The Festival is one of the region’s preeminent showcases for international and independent cinema.

A project of the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center (Dcjcc), the Washington Jewish Film Festival (Wjff) is the largest Jewish cultural event in the greater Washington, D.C. area. This year’s Festival includes 69 films and over 150 screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre, the Avalon Theatre, Bethesda Row Cinema, E Street Cinema, the Jcc of Greater Washington, the National Gallery of Art, West End Cinema, and the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Dcjcc.

“We are excited to present our most ambitious Festival yet,” said Ilya Tovbis, Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. “The Washington Jewish Film Festival is a highlight on our city’s cultural calendar. This has been a banner year for original cinematic visions hitting the screen. It is a genuine pleasure to share this crop of bold, independent, film voices that have been garnering praise at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and elsewhere, with DC audiences. This year’s Festival simultaneously challenges and expands on our understanding of Jewish identity.”

The lineup includes new and classic films, encompassing a wide range of Jewish perspectives from the United States, Israel, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While the Festival touches a broad set of themes, this year’s lineup offers two programmatic focuses – one on the lives of artists (“Re-framing the Artists”) and the other on Lgbtq individuals (“Rated Lgbtq”). “Reframing the Artist” features an in-depth exploration of artists’ lives, accomplishments, and inspiration. The seven-film “Rated Lgbtq” series explores sexuality, gender, and identity on screen.

The Festival will also engage attendees with off-screen programming including “Story District Presents: God Loves You? True Stories about Faith and Sexuality,” an evening of true stories presented in partnership with Story District, and the 6th Annual Community Education Day on Arab Citizens of Israel. Kicked off by a screening of "Women in Sink," this day features in-depth conversations with Reem Younis, co-founder of Nazareth-based global high-tech company Alpha Omega, and Tziona Koenig-Yair, Israel’s first Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner.

A full Festival schedule can be found at www.wjff.org . Select highlights are included below:

Opening Night: "Baba Joon"

Opening Night features Israel’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award®, "Baba Joon," a tender tale of a generational divide and the immigrant experience. Yitzhak (Navid Negahban of Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning original series “Homeland”) runs the turkey farm his father built after they emigrated from Iran to Israel.

When his son Moti turns 13, Yitzhak teaches him the trade in hopes that he will take over the family business — but Moti’s dreams lie elsewhere. The arrival of an uncle from America further ratchets up the tension and the family’s tight bonds are put to the test. Opening Night will be held at the AFI Silver Theatre on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Opening Night Party, with DirectorYuval Delshad, will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza immediately following the screening.

Closing Night : "A Tale of Love and Darkness"

Closing Night centers on Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman in her debut as a director (and screenwriter) in a hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness." In this dream-like tale, Portman inhabits Fania—Oz’s mother—who brings up her son in Jerusalem during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Dissatisfied with her marriage, and disoriented by the foreign land surrounding her, Fania escapes into elaborate, fanciful stories of make-believe — bringing her adoring, wide-eyed son along. Closing Night will be held at the Dcjcc on Sunday, March 6 at 6:45 p.m. Followed by a Closing Night Reception and the Audience Award Ceremony.

Wjff Visionary Award Presented to Armin Mueller-Stahl

The Wjff’s Annual Visionary Award recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through moving image. The 2016 honoree is Armin Mueller-Stahl, who will join us for a special extended Q&A and the presentation of the Wjff Visionary Award. The award will be presented alongside a screening of Barry Levinson’s 1990 film "Avalon," an evocative, nostalgic film that celebrates the virtues of family life. “Avalon” begins with Jewish immigrant Sam Krichinsky (portrayed by Armin Mueller-Stahl) arriving in America on July 4th. He settles in Baltimore with his brothers and raises a family. Director Barry Levinson traces various transitions within the Krichinsky family and conveys his appreciation for the anxieties that afflict the suburban middle-class – and multiple generations of immigrants in particular.

Armin Mueller-Stahl is a German actor, painter, writer and musician. He began acting in East Berlin in 1950, winning the Gdr State Prize for his film work. By 1977, however, he was blacklisted by the communist regime due to his persistent activism in protesting government suppression of the arts. After relocating to the West in 1980, he starred in groundbreaking independent European films, such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Lola” and “Veronika Voss” and Agnieszka Holland’s “Angry Harvest.” He gained major recognition stateside with two radically different characterizations: an aging Nazi war criminal in Costa-Gavras’ “The Music Box” and Jewish grandpa Sam Krischinsky in Barry Levinson’s “Avalon.” He went on to earn an Oscar® nomination for his role in Scott HicksShine and appeared in such varied work as “Eastern Promises,” “The Game,” “The West Wing,” “The X Files” and “Knight of Cups.”

The Wjff Visionary Award program will take place at the AFI Silver Theatre on Thursday, March 3 at 6:45 p.m.

Spotlight Evening:

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

A polarizing, revolutionary, effective and a most-singular figure in American politics, Barney Frank shaped the debate around progressive values and gay rights in the U.S. Congress for over 40 years. A fresh and contemporary political drama with unparalleled access to one of Congress’ first openly gay Representatives and easily one of the most captivating public figures in recent memory.

Born Jewish, and a longtime friend to the Jewish community and supporter of Israel, Frank is refreshingly honest, likeable and passionate – a beacon of statesmanship that politicians and citizens alike, can look to for inspiration.

Screenings will take place on Tuesday, March 1st at the Avalon Theatre at 6:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 2 at the Dcjcc at 6:15 p.m. Both screenings followed by a discussion with Barney Frank, husband Jim Ready and filmmakers Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler.

Spotlight Evening:

Gary Lucas’ Fleischerei: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Celebrating the release of the titular album—on Silver Spring-based label Cuneiform—legendary guitarist Gary Lucas joins forces with Tony®-nominated singer and actress Sarah Stiles (Q Street,Hand to God) for a loving musical tribute to the swinging, jazzy soundtracks that adorned master animator Max Fleischer’s surreal, wacky and Yiddish-inflected "Betty Boop" and "Popeye" cartoons of the 1930’s.

Backed by the cartoons themselves, and the cream of NYC’s jazz performers (Jeff Lederer on reeds, Michael Bates on bass, Rob Garcia on drums and Mingus Big Band’s Joe Fiedler on trombone), Lucas and Stiles have a rare evening in store. Get ready for a swirling melting-pot of jungle-band jazz, Tin Pan Alley torch songs, raucous vaudeville turns, and Dixieland mixed with a pinch of Klezmer.

This event will take place at AFI Silver Theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Additional Films of Note

The Wjff will present the mid-Atlantic premiere of "Barash." In the film, seventeen-year-old Naama Barash enjoys drugs, alcohol and hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a strained home life where her parents fight and her rebellious, army-enrolled sister wreaks havoc by dating a Palestinian before going Awol all together. As her parents fret about their older daughter’s disappearance, Naama meets a wild girl in school and discovers the intoxicating rush of first love. “Barash” will be screened three times during the festival, on February 27 at 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema, on March 2 at 8:45 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre and on March 3 at 6:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema.

"Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree" will have its World Premiere at Wjff. The documentary offers a fascinating exploration of African tribes with Jewish roots – in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon. Some claim to be descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes; others believe their ancestors were Jews who immigrated from Judea to Yemen. Far from a dry archaeological account, the film focuses on the modern-day personal and institutional practice of Judaism throughout Africa, as well as of recent African immigrants in Israel. This film will be screened on March 2 at 6:45 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema.

The mid-Atlantic premiere of "Demon," from director Marcin Wrona, features a chilling, modern interpretation of the Dybbuk legend. Piotr’s joy at visiting his bride-to-be at her Polish home is quickly upended by his discovery of human bones on the property. Since his future father-in-law plans to gift the newlyweds the land, Piotr at first overlooks this ominous find. The disturbed spirit inhabiting these remains isn’t willing to let him off so easily however. Marcin Wrona’s wickedly sharp and creepy story of possession is set against a bacchanal celebration of blissful union. “Demon” will be screened on February 25th at 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema and on March 1 at 9:15 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.

From Spain, the mid-Atlantic premiere of "Dirty Wolves" is a WWII thriller imbued with notes of magical realism. Director Simón Casal works in the Wolfram (aka tungsten) mines in rural Galicia. A ruthless Nazi brigade, intent on harvesting the rare metal to feed the Third Reich’s war machine, has captured the mines. When Manuela’s sister helps a Jewish prisoner cross the border to Portugal, they are unwittingly forced into a desperate test, which puts their survival squarely at odds with their sense of justice. “Dirty Wolves” will be screened on February 27 at 6:15 p.m. at West End Cinema, on March 1 at 8:45 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre and on March 2 at 6:45 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.

In "The Hebrew Superhero," directors Saul Betser and Asaf Galay examine how Israelis long shunned comics as something on the cultural fringe – they were deemed childish, trivial and, perhaps most cuttingly, un-Israeli. Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay (“The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer”) outline the medium’s origins, tracing its evolution from quirky upstart to an indelible reflection on the various forms of Israeli heroes. Featuring gorgeous animation and interviews with Daniella London Dekel, Etgar Keret and Dudu Geva, Wjff is presenting the mid-Atlantic premiere of this documentary, which will be screened on February 25 at 7:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 3 at 8:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema.

Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is brilliantly brought to life in "The Law." In 1974, Veil was charged with decriminalizing abortion and easing access to contraceptives. Facing strong opposition from politicians, an enraged public and the Catholic Church, Veil— an Auschwitz survivor—refused to give up. Fighting for justice amidst a swirl of anti-Semitic sentiment, sexism and personal attacks, her perseverance struck at the heart of national bigotry in a rallying cry for a woman’s right to choose. Wjff will present the D.C. premiere of this French film. It will be screened on February 25 at 8:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema, on February 29 at 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema and on March 5 at 4:45 p.m. at the Dcjcc.

At 90, Miriam Beerman is a survivor. This groundbreaking artist and Potomac, Maryland resident has overcome personal tragedy to inspire friends, family, peers, patrons and students about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam has struggled with her artistic demons to create haunting images that evoke the suffering of generations of victims. "Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaosis" a memorable profile of an artist who has elevated her empathy for the plight of the world’s cast-offs into powerful portrayals of dignity. The Wjff is hosting the mid-Atlantic premiere of this documentary. Screenings will take place on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 3 at 6:15 p.m. at the Dcjcc.

Author and director David Bezmozgis brings his film "Natasha" to Wjff for its D.C. premiere. Adapting his prize-winning story collection,Natasha and Other Stories, to screen, Bezmogis delivers a tragic story of young love. Sixteen-year-old Mark Berman, the son of Latvian-Jewish immigrants, wiles away his hours reading Nietzsche, smoking pot and watching porn. His slacker lifestyle is upended when a 14-year-old hurricane, named Natasha, enters the picture. Drawn to her reckless ways and whispers of her promiscuous past, Mark enters an illicit romance with calamitous consequences. Screenings will take place on February 28 at 5:00 p.m. at West End Cinema, March 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 5 at 6:15 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.

If you believe the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" offers a delectable, eye-popping culinary journey through Israel is your personal valentine. Weaving through bustling markets, restaurants, kitchens and farms, we meet cooks, vintners and cheese makers drawn from the wide gamut of cultures making up Israel today — Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian and Druze. With James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov as your guide, get ready for a cinematic buffet that’s humorous, heady, and of course, delicious! Wjff will be showing the mid-Atlantic premiere of this new documentary. Screenings will take place on February 28 at 5:15 p.m. at E Street Cinema, March 1 at 8:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the Dcjcc.

A complete festival schedule can be found online at www.wjff.org
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Show Me a Hero Is a Hiccup Away From a Documentary

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Show Me a Hero Is a Hiccup Away From a Documentary
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is only the latest in a procession of '90s shows returning to television, from Coach to The X-Files to Full House. What is happening? How are you feeling about this? Are some shows more reboot-worthy than others? And where the hell is our Brisco County, Jr. remake? (Anyone?) In part two of the podcast, we discuss David Simon’s new six-part HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, and consider whether the praise is out of proportion. Does treading so close to documentary territory work narratively?Further reading: Matt Zoller Seitz on David Simon's radical humanism; Margaret Lyons on TV reboots. Tune in to "The Vulture TV Podcast," produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Tuesday, on iTunes or SoundCloud. And please send us your burning TV questions! Tweet us @Vulture or email tvquestions@vulture.com. Vulture Insiders can exclusively submit audio questions to “The Vulture TV Podcast.
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The man who brought Chucky to life has died

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N. Brock Winkless IV, the puppeteer who brought Chucky to life in a total of four "Child's Play" films, has died at the age of 56. According to MakeupMag.com, Winkless suffered from a "debilitating neurological condition that caused him rising levels of discomfort and lack of muscular control for more than 15 years. He died as the result of complications due to that condition." Though he wasn't well-known outside the horror and special effects communities, Winkless helped bring a number of well-known characters to life, from Chucky to the Cryptkeeper to Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." MakeupMag notes that he particularly excelled at syncing up a puppet's "mouth and jaw movements" in order to make their "delivery" of dialogue appear more realistic. His other credits included "Alien 3," "Death Becomes Her," "Casper," "Congo" and "The X Files, and his most frequent collaborator was special makeup effects designer Kevin Yagher,
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