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Endemol Shine Builds ‘The Bridge’ In Asia

Endemol Shine Group’s “The Bridge” will soon span Singapore and Malaysia after Asian Ott service Viu ordered a local version of the scripted series. Viu is run by Hong Kong-based telco Pccw. Its version of “The Bridge” goes into production in June and will go out in Malaysia and Singapore later this year.

The digital platform has adapted international formats before, reworking CBS show “Hollywood Squares” as “Tollywood Squares” for the Indian market. “Today’s news is in that same vein and we believe that working with Endemol Shine to tell this gripping story, while also making it uniquely our own,
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Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Wayne Brady (‘Let’s Make a Deal’) win Best Game Show Host for the 1st time after 8 nominations?

Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Wayne Brady (‘Let’s Make a Deal’) win Best Game Show Host for the 1st time after 8 nominations?
Wayne Brady has won 4 Emmys out of 14 career nominations including both daytime and primetime. So it’s perhaps surprising that none of those awards have come in the Daytime Emmys race for Best Game Show Host, where he’s now nominated for the eighth time since 2010 as the presenter of “Let’s Make a Deal.” The series features audience contestants trying to maximize their winnings by making trades with the host. Will there finally be an Emmy waiting for Brady behind door number-two?

Brady actually won his first Daytime Emmy and first Primetime Emmy in the same year: 2003, when he claimed Best Talk Show Host for his daytime series “The Wayne Brady Show” and a few months later Best Variety Performance for the primetime improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” He won a second Daytime Emmy for hosting his talk show in 2004 before its sudden cancellation after three seasons.
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Daytime Emmys 2018: Will ‘Jeopardy’ extend its record with a 17th win for Best Game Show?

Daytime Emmys 2018: Will ‘Jeopardy’ extend its record with a 17th win for Best Game Show?
Can any series beat “Jeopardy” for Best Game Show at the Daytime Emmys? The long-running trivia program hosted by Alex Trebek has won the top prize five times in the last seven years and a whopping 16 times overall, more than twice as many as the next most awarded show, “The Price is Right,” which has prevailed seven times. And “Jeopardy” is the defending champ in the category.

Jeopardy” has been on the air in one form or another since 1964. Hosted by Art Fleming, it originally ran on NBC for 11 years until 1975, and then again from 1978-1979. That original run earned two nominations for Best Game Show (1974-1975), but it lost to “Password” and “Hollywood Squares,” respectively. The syndicated series known to viewers now with Trebek as host began in 1984 and has been nominated for Best Game Show every year since with one exception: it didn’t make the cut in
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Film News Roundup: Japanese Animated Film ‘Fireworks’ Gets North American Release

Film News Roundup: Japanese Animated Film ‘Fireworks’ Gets North American Release
In today’s film news roundup, Japanese animated film “Fireworks” will be released in North America, a Rose Marie documentary gets bought and Casey Cott gets a movie role.

Acquisitions

GKids has acquired the North American distribution rights to Japanese animated drama “Fireworks,” from director Nobuyuki Takeuchi and general director Akiyuki Shinbo.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Eric Beckman of Gkids and Rui Machida at Toho Co., Ltd. GKids will release the film theatrically in the summer.

The story involves a shy boy who discovers a multi-coloured ball in the sea with the power to turn back time, to give him the chance to be with the girl he loves. However each reset brings further complications and moves the couple further away from each other until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

GKids released “The Breadwinner,” which received an Oscar nomination in the animated category this year.
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‘Pong’ Game Show in the Works From Scott Sternberg, Atari (Exclusive)

Atari has partnered with veteran unscripted producer Scott Sternberg to develop a game show based on the classic video game “Pong.” The show, “Million Dollar Pong,” will be produced by Scott Sternberg productions, with Jeff Mirkin serving as producer for Atari.

“’Pong’ is a cultural touchpoint for generations of people,” said Sternberg. “It’s not often we get the chance to develop a game show concept around such an iconic brand. I can’t wait to give people the chance to see, experience and play a brand new ‘Pong.’”

Sternberg’s game-show credits include “Catch 21,” “Rock and Roll Jeopardy,” “The Gong Show,” “Love Connection,” “Hollywood Squares,” and “Kid’s Wheel of Fortune.”

No network has yet been attached to the show, based on the 1972 game that helped launch the commercial video-game business. The original “Pong” is known for its iconic 2D graphics and table-tennis-like play. The game allowed players to control one of two white lines that batted
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CBS’ ‘Hollywood Squares’ Goes to India

CBS Studios International’s long-running game show, “Hollywood Squares” is to be produced in India with a flavor reflecting Telugu-language film celebrities. “Tollywood Squares” will air from Jan. 27 on the Viu India digital platform and on pay-tv channel Star Maa.

Format rights to the show were acquired by Delhi-based investment banking firm Morris Street Advisors. It is the first time that a major game show format from CBS is produced in India.

“Tollywood Squares” will be hosted by film actor and television personality Navdeep Pallapolu. The first season will run to 26 episodes that air on Saturday and Sunday nights for 13 weeks.

Hollywood Squares” is one of the most famous and popular game shows in television history dating back to 1965. Resembling the game Tic-Tac-Toe, the board for the game is a 3×3 vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by a celebrity seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The stars are asked questions by the host, and
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'Dick Van Dyke Show' Star Rose Marie Dead at 94

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Rose Marie -- best known for playing wisecracking writer Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" -- died Thursday at her home in California ... according to her publicist. Rose's career began as a child singing sensation in the '20s and '30s, and she was the last surviving entertainer to have charted a hit before World War II. She landed her first big TV role in 1960 on the CBS sitcom "My Sister Eileen,
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Rose Marie, The Dick Van Dyke Show Star, Dead at 94

Rose Marie, The Dick Van Dyke Show Star, Dead at 94
Dick Van Dyke Show funny lady Rose Marie died on Thursday afternoon at the age of 94.

Born Rose Marie Mazetta, the former child performer and vaudevillist at age 38 joined The Dick Van Dyke Show as sassy comedy writer Sally Rogers, a role she played for five seasons, earning three Emmy nominations along the way. Rose Marie then moved on to The Doris Day Show, playing Doris Martin’s friend Myrna.

From there, Rose Marie guested on such series as Adam-12, S.W.A.T., The Love Boat and Murphy Brown, before playing team owner Mitzi Balzer on the 1994 Fox sitcom Hardball. In more recent years,
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Rose Marie, Star of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ Dies at 94

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Rose Marie, Star of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ Dies at 94
Rose Marie, the actress best known for her roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Doris Day Show” and “Hollywood Squares,” died on Thursday at the age of 94. Marie starred on the CBS comedy “The Dick Van Dyke Show” for five seasons, playing the quick-witted comedy writer Sally Rogers, a role for which she received three primetime Emmy nominations. She was also known as a regular guest on the game show “Hollywood Squares,” having appeared on the original 1965 version as well as both syndicated revivals. Also Read: 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Star Rose Marie Says She Was Sexually Harassed on.
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Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90

Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90
Martin Ransohoff, who produced notable films of the 1960s and ’70s such as “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Save the Tiger” and co-founded Filmways Television, died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air,Calif. He was 90.

Filmways produced some of the biggest TV hits of the 1960s including “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Addams Family,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres” and “The Hollywood Squares.”

Ransohoff later entered the movie business along with Filmways’ executive John Calley. Their first film was 1962’s “Boys’ Night Out,” followed by 1963’s “The Wheeler Dealers.” He also was behind the 1965 New Orleans-set drama, “The Cincinnati Kid,” which starred Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, and Karl Malden. Ransohoff famously fired Sam Peckinpah from the film, feeling his vision was too dark, and hired Norman Jewison to direct.

He exited the company in 1972 to become an independent film producer.

Among his producing credits were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s “The Sandpiper,” Tony Richardson
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Double Dare's Marc Summers — Who Beat Ocd and Escaped Death Twice — Reflects on His Long Career

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Double Dare's Marc Summers — Who Beat Ocd and Escaped Death Twice — Reflects on His Long Career
Marc Summers became a household name in the late ‘80s on Nickelodeon’s ooey, gooey game show for kids, Double Dare. But

the charismatic host who beamed on camera as the network’s signature “slime” slid down his suit would rush to remove his clothes as soon as the broadcast ended. Summers, now 66, was suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a condition he hadn’t even heard of until he was diagnosed live on his own Lifetime talk show in 1995.

Going public put his career on hold — until the Food Network took a chance on him in 2001, tapping him to
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Did You Know that “Ftw” Has Origins in Game Shows?

So there are two meanings of the initials Ftw, and one of them isn’t all that nice but the other actually comes from a game show. For The Win is the original meaning of these three letters and it was coined during the game Hollywood Squares. If you’re old enough to remember this game then you should recall how the host would always say “for the win” when a person could end the game. It’s a fairly simple origin but it stuck and after a while became what it is now. Of course there are always those that will feel

Did You Know that “Ftw” Has Origins in Game Shows?
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November 2017 Film Preview

Lady Bird

November is here with collection of women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films that range from funny to heartbreaking to eye-opening to game-changing. On November 1, the month begins with “A Bad Moms Christmas.” This sequel follows three frustrated mothers as they try to conquer the upcoming holiday season. On the same day we have Jessica M. Thompson’s “The Light of the Moon,” a portrait of a sexual assault survivor.

November 3 follows with a blend of comedy and drama. First up is Michelle Morgan’s “It Happened in L.A.,” which follows two women navigating modern romance in Los Angeles. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” traces the journey of the titular character, a self-mythologizing, rebellious teen living in Sacramento, CA. And Ana Asensio’s thriller “Most Beautiful Island” presents one hellish day in the life of an undocumented immigrant in New York.

November 10’s releases will see women making unexpected and bold moves. “Thelma” follows a college student falling in love while simultaneously developing supernatural powers. Marianna Palka’s “Bitch” centers on a stressed housewife adopting the psyche of a dog in order to cope with her life. And “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars a foul-mouthed Frances McDormand as a mother putting up signs on a highway in an effort to find her daughter’s murderer and draw attention to the local police’s ineptitude.

Among November’s documentary releases are Christina Herrera’s “No Dress Code Required,” about two men who become lightning rods in the process of getting married, and Alexandra Dean’s “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” which highlights the movie star’s hidden life as an inventor who trademarked an element found in all cell phones.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in November. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

November 1

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas”: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Stx Entertainment

A Bad Moms Christmas” follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon).

The Light of the Moon” — Written and Directed by Jessica M. Thompson

The Light of the Moon

Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David), but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

November 3

Lady Bird” — Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird

ChristineLady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, “Lady Bird” is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

It Happened in L.A.” — Written and Directed by Michelle Morgan (Opens in NY November 3; Opens in La November 10) (Available on VOD November 14)

It Happened in L.A.

Annette (Michelle Morgan) and Elliot (Jorma Taccone) are a mostly happy, moderately neurotic La couple. Maybe Annette doesn’t enjoy game nights or taco stands as much as Elliot does, but no relationship is perfect, right? Rather than embracing their differences, Annette can only compare their relationship to their happy couple friends. This cannot be endorsed by Annette’s beautiful but romantically troubled best friend, Baker (Dree Hemingway), who is very well-versed on the bleakness of the La dating scene. Taking its cues from classic mid-20th century comedies with a stylish and contemporary spin, “It Happened in L.A.” is an irreverent tale of life and the search for elusive love in the 21st century.

Most Beautiful Island” — Written and Directed by Ana Asensio (Also Available on VOD)

Most Beautiful Island

Most Beautiful Island” is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, “Most Beautiful Island” chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana (Ana Asensio), a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

“No Dress Code Required” (Documentary) — Directed by Christina Herrera (Opens in NY)

A rallying cry for equality, this loving documentary follows Victor and Fernando, two respected stylists from the Baja California border town of Mexicali who became the center of a social firestorm from their simple desire to get married.

“Wait for Your Laugh” (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La November 17)

Rose Marie’s rise to fame began at the age of four with her own NBC radio show. As she grew, she went from the stages of Vaudeville to the bright lights of Vegas to some of the most iconic television shows. But it’s not just credits like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Hollywood Squares” that make her life so memorable. Characters like Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and Jerry Lewis all played a part in this woman’s story of fame, love, tragedy, and success. A woman’s 90-year career is also the greatest untold story in show business.

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd

Sixteen-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago with her aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence), a well-known novelist. Soon after her arrival, Cyd encounters Katie (Malic White), a young barista behind the counter. The two make plans to meet up after Katie’s shift and a new, charged relationship begins. The Chicago landscape expands, and we navigate intimate and fragile moments between Cyd and Katie as they explore their new attraction. Miranda functions as a counterpart to young Cyd’s new explorations of sexuality and love, and as the summer continues, they develop a strong relationship founded on a shared openness and healthy criticism of particular personal moments.

Battlecreek” — Directed by Alison Eastwood; Written by Anthea Anka

Henry Pearl’s (Bill Skarsgård) rare skin disease has left him hiding from the sun in the shadows of small town Battlecreek. His overprotective mother,​ the local diner, and his night time job at the gas station provide him a nocturnal and mundane existence. When a beautiful, yet tormented girl (Claire van der Boom) becomes stranded in town, Henry is awakened by love, forcing them both to face their turbulent pasts in light of the future.

“11/8/16” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sheena M. Joyce, Petra Epperlein, Alma Har’el, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, and Elaine Mcmillion Sheldon (Also Available on VOD)

On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump’s unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. Featuring footage captured by a carefully curated group of some of America’s finest documentary filmmakers, “11/8/16” follows 16 subjects spanning the country’s geographic, socioeconomic, and political divides throughout the course of that history-altering day.

“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride” (Documentary) — Directed by Robyn Symon (Available on VOD November 7)

“Uncle Gloria”

“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride” recounts the astonishing true story of Butch, the macho owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company, who in a desperate search of a way to hide from the law, transformed himself into a woman named Gloria. But what started out as a trick to beat the system ended up changing Butch’s life forever. Now in her 80s, Gloria’s stranger-than-fiction life has been filled with risky surgeries, sex work, family dysfunction, activism, and a gender-bending love story. Full of humor, warmth, and sass, “Uncle Gloria” is a rollicking ride that must be seen to be believed.

“Elliot the Littlest Reindeer” — Written and Directed by Jennifer Westcott

When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21, a miniature horse (voiced by Josh Hutcherson) has three days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole tryouts.

November 7

The Journey Is the Destination” — Co-Written and Directed by Bronwen Hughes (Available on Netflix)

The Journey Is the Destination

Director Bronwen Hughes (“Stander”) and screenwriter Jan Sardi (“Shine”) recreate the inspiring life story of the late photojournalist, artist, and activist Dan Eldon, who documented the struggle, heartbreak, and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa.

November 10

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

“Thelma”

“Thelma”

A college student (Eli Harboe) starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

Bitch” — Written and Directed by Marianna Palka (Also Available on VOD)

Bitch

Bitch” tells the powerful and darkly humorous story of a housewife (Marianna Palka) who, after her philandering husband (Jason Ritter) and unruly kids break her psyche, upends the family dynamic by assuming the persona of a vicious dog.

Gold Star” — Written and Directed by Victoria Negri (Opens in NY) (Also Available on VOD)

After dropping out of music school, Vicki (Victoria Negri) drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event.

Destination Unknown” (Documentary) — Directed by Claire Ferguson (Opens in NY and La)

Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown” blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of 12 Holocaust survivors to the screen. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation. They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, those struggles were only just beginning.

November 15

Song of Granite” — Co-Written by Sharon Whooley

Song of Granite

Song of Granite” revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables, and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost.

November 17

Mudbound” — Co-Written and Directed by Dee Rees — November 17 (Also Available on Netflix)

Mudbound

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. “Mudbound” follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Meanwhile, Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence Jackson (Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

“A Fantastic Woman”

“A Fantastic Woman”

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina (Daniela Vega) is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando (Francisco Reyes) is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now — a complex, strong, forthright, and fantastic woman.

The Breadwinner” — Directed by Nora Twomey; Written by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner

Parvana (Saara Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia (Soma Chhaya), Parvana discovers a new world of freedom — and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

“Cook Off!” — Co-Directed by Cathryn Michon; Co-Written by Cathryn Michon and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Also Available on VOD)

Reality-show shenanigans mix with the fiery-and-fierce world of competitive baking in the deliciously sly mockumentary “Cook Off!” As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a one million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.

Big Sonia” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Leah Warshawski

Big Sonia

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor — runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, “Big Sonia” also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Soufra” (Documentary) (Opens in La)

Soufra

Soufra” follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar — a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

On the Beach at Night Alone”

On the Beach at Night Alone”

An actress (Min-hee Kim) wanders around a seaside town, pondering her relationship with a married man.

November 22

Mr. Roosevelt” — Written and Directed by Noël Wells (Opens in NY)

Mr. Roosevelt

Emily (Noël Wells), a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer, left behind her home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in La. When a loved one falls ill, Emily rushes back to Austin where she’s forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) and his new-and-improved girlfriend (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year plan. Though Emily is the same, everything else is different: her house has been smartly redecorated, her rocker boyfriend is training to be a real estate agent, and her old haunts show serious signs of gentrification. Holed up in her own guest room, Emily — who has no idea what she’ll be doing five days from now, let alone five years — is forced to question everyone’s values: are they sell-outs or have they just figured out what makes them happy? And is she following her dreams or is she just a self-absorbed loser?

The Man Who Invented Christmas” — Written by Susan Coyne

The Man Who Invented Christmas”: Kerry Brown/Garlands Films

The Man Who Invented Christmas” tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

November 24

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Alexandra Dean

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

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Trailer Watch: Rose Marie Sings Her Way into Showbiz History in “Wait for Your Laugh”

“Wait for Your Laugh”

Rose Marie has been performing since she came out of the womb. “The minute she was born, the doctor slapped her and she started singing,” we’re told in a new trailer for “Wait for Your Laugh,” an upcoming doc about the singing and acting sensation. The spot features only a brief glimpse of Rose Marie herself, but others emphasize just how impressive her legacy is.

Believe me when I tell you — she’s the history of show business,” one character says. We’re told that Rose Marie, who landed her own NBC radio show at the age of four, “paved her own way” and “was no pushover, that’s for sure.”

The singer and actress “went from the stages of Vaudeville to the bright lights of Vegas, to some of the most iconic television shows,” the film’s official synopsis details. Her credits include “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Doris Day Show,” and “Hollywood Squares.” Off-camera, “characters like Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and Jerry Lewis all played a part in this woman’s story of fame, love, tragedy, and success.”

Rose Marie’s career has spanned 90 years. “She’s never stopped working — ever,” we’re told. “In her case it’s a drug. It’s something that she has to do.”

Directed by Jason Wise (“Somm: Into the Bottle”), “Wait for Your Laugh” opens in NY November 3 and La November 17 with more cities to follow.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About “Hip Hop Squares”

Hip Hop Squares” is a new VH1 television game show that is a lot like the old favorite “Hollywood Squares.” It has the same tic-tac-toe platform but if you think the old show was racy, this one will leave it behind. We’ve come a long way from the 1970s and much has changed in pop culture. The show will bring back memories, but there is also a lot to learn from it. Here are five things that you didn’t know about “Hip Hop Squares.” 1. Ice Cube is calling the shots. DeRay Davis is the host of “Hip Hop Squares

Five Things You Didn’t Know About “Hip Hop Squares
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Film Review: ‘The Emoji Movie’

Film Review: ‘The Emoji Movie’
If you’re going to build an animated film around a concept that’s dumb, flat, goofy, and obvious, and maybe a tad corrupt in its cartoon-to-toy-box opportunism, then you could probably do worse than the idea behind “The Emoji Movie.” On the one hand, it has the feeling of scraping — as in, we’ve had Trolls, Smurfs, and Lego, now here come the funny-faced “expressive” ideograms on your smartphone. What’s next: “Automated Siri Voice When You’re Put On Hold: The Movie”?

Yet let’s come out and admit that the notion of a digitally animated feature that brings emojis to life does have its hokey-irresistible side. It goes right back to the feeling you had the first time you ever used an emoji — not ironically, but because you saw that it was tapping your inner child in a way that was kind of cool, especially when you realized that yes, you
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Match Game Secrets Spilled: Pre-Game Drinking, Forbidden Doodles and More

Match Game Secrets Spilled: Pre-Game Drinking, Forbidden Doodles and More
It’s so cold on the set of Match Game (“How cold was it?”), my ____ had goosebumps.

The frighteningly frigid temperature of the show’s New York studio (almost balmy compared to how Letterman famously kept his Late Show digs) was but one of the discoveries made during TVLine’s (long-ago, pre-election) visit to the taping of what would be tonight’s episode, airing at 9/8c on ABC.

PhotosMatch Game Season 1: Best & Worst Celeb Players

Having watched Match Game‘s many incarnations over the decades, I arrived with some non-fill-in-the-blank questions of my own, especially with regards to the modern,
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Film Review: Adam Sandler’s ‘Sandy Wexler’

Film Review: Adam Sandler’s ‘Sandy Wexler’
Depending on whether you love or hate Adam Sandler movies, you can hold old-school talent manager Sandy Wernick at least partly accountable for having encouraged his career. Wernick signed Sandler at age 22, three years before “Saturday Night Live” snatched up the young comedian and made him a star, and Sandler has remained loyal ever since — so much so that he’s built his latest sketch-stretched-far-past-the-breaking-point, “Sandy Wexler,” as an in-joke homage to his longtime manager.

Sandler repays those years of service not with a big sloppy kiss of a movie, but rather a feature-length roast (though the word “sloppy” still applies) — one that amplifies the man’s nasal voice and off-putting fake laugh into an elaborate caricature of a hopelessly pathetic bottom-feeder. The roast approach isn’t a bad way to go per se, except that somewhere along the way, this project’s too-many-cooks left out the most important ingredient:
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Hip Hop Squares: Renewed for Season Two on VH1

The new game show, VH1 Hip Hop Squares, has been renewed for a second season on VH1. Ice Cube executive produces the Hollywood Squares-inspired series, which is hosted by DeRay Davis. The first season just premiered on March 13th.Celebrity guests in season one include Teyana Taylor, T.I.P., Amber Rose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Karrueche, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Tyga, T- Pain, Master P, Monica, Cedric the Entertainer, Keri Hilson, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Bobby Brown, Faizon Love, and Woody McClain.Read More…
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