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Fresh Off the Boat: Season Four Renewal for ABC Sitcom

The Alphabet Network is sticking with Fresh Off the Boat. Today, Deadline confirmed that ABC has renewed Fresh Off the Boat for a fourth season.Based on the memoir by chef Eddie Huang, the sitcom follows a Taiwanese family that moves from DC’s Chinatown to Orlando in Florida to open a Western-themed restaurant. The cast includes Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen.Read More…
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Last Jedi Title Refers Only to Luke Skywalker

Last Jedi Title Refers Only to Luke Skywalker
There is an awful lot of chatter surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi right now, mostly because the very first teaser trailer for the movie finally dropped. That has pulled a little bit of attention from some of the burning questions many of us have had in regards to the movie. Like, is Jedi singular or plural in the title? Well, director Rian Johnson has finally addressed that head-on and has revealed that it is singular and that it directly refers to Luke Skywalker.

Ever since the title for Star Wars 8 was revealed, fans have been wildly speculating about whether or not Jedi had a plural meaning and what character or characters the title is referring to. With Star Wars Celebration going on right now in Orlando, quite a few details about the movie have been making their way online. Speaking with Good Morning America, Rian Johnson was asked about
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Watch the The Last Jedi Panel from Star Wars Celebration

Watch the The Last Jedi Panel from Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming out this year and we still know very little about it and haven't seen a shred of footage, or even any real photos from the movie yet. But that all changes now. Star Wars Celebration is happening in Orlando, Florida and the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel is going to finally give us some of the footage and information we crave. And even if you couldn't make it to Florida for the event, you can watch a live stream of the panel right now.

Star Wars Celebration is happening from now through Sunday and, of all the things going on this weekend, the The Last Jedi panel is easily the most anticipated. Not only because we are going to get to see the cast and filmmakers talking about the movie, but we are finally going to get to see a trailer for the movie.
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Lando Calrissian Will Not Return in Star Wars 8

Lando Calrissian Will Not Return in Star Wars 8
Star Wars Celebration is currently underway in Orlando, Florida, which means we are going to be flooded with Star Wars news for the next few days. But sadly, not all of that news is going to be good news. For example, it was confirmed today by Billy Dee Williams that the beloved Lando Calrissian will not be appearing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The unfortunate news was revealed during Star Wars Celebration at a panel highlighting Billy Dee Williams. During the course of the panel, which was titled Smooth Talkin' With Billy Dee Williams, the subject of whether or not he will be appearing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi came up. While the panel wasn't live streamed, many fans, like Luke Davis, took to Twitter in order to break the news to the rest of the world

"According to Billy Dee Williams, Lando will Not be in Star Wars
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Smash: Motorized Mayhem Preview Goes Inside the World of School Bus Racing | Exclusive

Smash: Motorized Mayhem Preview Goes Inside the World of School Bus Racing | Exclusive
Explore the destructive fun of school bus races that has engrossed a small Florida town in our exclusive clip from Smash: Motorized Mayhem. Actor W. Earl Brown, who most recently starred on AMC's Preacher, serves as the narrator for this upcoming documentary, who explains how these races serve as the ultimate rebellion for anyone who was forced to ride a school bus as a kid. We also see footage from one of the school bus races at the Orlando Speedworld race track, before we get to meet some of the rural Florida racers this documentary focuses on.

XLRator Media has provided us with this exclusive clip, which introduces us to a Florida racer named Ben Craft. He reveals that he was the first racer in this small community to start painting his school buses before the race. While he didn't start this tradition in his first race, before his second race,
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Gators!

Alligator Written by Hilary Bettis Directed by Elena Araoz Presented by New Georges and The Sol Project at A.R.T./New York Theatres, NYC November 27-December 18, 2016

In a note in the program for Alligator, the world-premiere play opening New Georges' 25th season, Hilary Bettis describes writing it in "a fever dream of alcohol, death, violence, and poverty." Alligator, the first of a planned series of collaborations by The Sol Project with off-Broadway companies to produce new plays by Latinx playwrights, carries the audience into a similar space, embracing chaos in order to map the "pain and destruction," as Bettis's note puts it, caused by the unplanned, unpredictable intersections of people's lives. Against the backdrop of the Florida Everglades in 1999, Alligator's characters struggle, compellingly if often unsuccessfully, within and against this chaos for self-realization and human connection.

At the heart of Alligator are Ty (Dakota Granados) and his twin sister
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Watch: First Trailer for Indie Kevin Smith Biopic Film 'Shooting Clerks'

Well this is something - an indie film about making an indie film. Shooting Clerks is a fictional feature biopic made by Christopher Downie retelling the story of Kevin Smith making his breakout debut film Clerks in 1994. The film stars Mark Frost as Kevin Smith, Chris Bain as Jason Mewes (who has appeared in other films made by Downie about Mewes), Kit Alexander as Brian O'Halloran, and Tom Sullivan as Jeff Anderson. The cast list also includes a cameo by the real Kevin Smith as Larkin Eve. As expected, this is super low budget and almost like a fan-made retelling of the original story, but it also has enough support to get a release. They'll be showing the film on a small screening tour including a showing in NYC, heading to a few other places like Orlando and New Jersey. Give this a look below if you're curious how it turned out.
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‘Empire’ Tackles Police Shootings in New Song Teasing Season 3 (Audio)

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‘Empire’ Tackles Police Shootings in New Song Teasing Season 3 (Audio)
The cast of “Empire” has dropped a single just a week shy of its Season 3 premiere. The single, titled “Need Freedom” is performed by the show’s cast, featuring Jussie Smollett. And while the song was intended for character Freda Gatz, a rapper who’s currently in jail, it instead focuses on recent shootings in the U.S. “I recorded this exactly seven days after Philando Castile was shot,” Smollett told Billboard. “Between the shootings of Castile, Alton Sterling, at the Pulse in Orlando and the police officers in Dallas — not to mention the other numerous killings over the last couple of years — it.
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Willem Dafoe Joins Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’ Follow-Up, Joseph Kahn Sets ‘Bodied,’ and More

Coming off one of the best films of last year, Tangerine, director Sean Baker is going from iPhone to 35mm for his next feature, The Florida Project. We spoke with him about the drama and now it’s recently gone into production, with Willem Dafoe spotted on set. Currently shooting in Orlando, it follows a six-year-old and her group of friends during summer break as they adventure and soar on youth while their parents handle real-life problems. Although there are no details on his role, one could assume Dafoe will play one of these parents. [Page Six]

In other news, Woody Harrelson may already re-team with director Rob Reiner after their recently-shot Lbj with a “politically charged” Iraq war drama titled Shock and Awe, Deadline reports. James Marsden has also been added to the growing cast list. The drama will be penned by Joey Hartstone, who also wrote their last collaboration. The
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Molly Jackson: The Future of Enlightenment

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A good friend and writing partner is tired of me talking about Star Trek. She was never a Trek watcher but since it is the 50th Anniversary, she has decided to give it a try. Persistence really does pay off! Since she was finally watching Star Trek: The Original Series, I figured I would jump in too. It’s been a while since I watched any of Tos. Plus, I just finished rewatching Next Generation.

The original series was Gene Roddenberry’s true vision of a future where humans have evolved to become more enlightened, working for the betterment of humanity. So when I started to watch, I just jumped in where I had previously left off during another binge. (Thanks, Netflix, for holding my spot!) I jumped on Season 2 episode Patterns of Force.

If you haven’t seen this episode, it is when Kirk and Spock go looking for a missing Federation researcher John Gill and discover a planet full of Nazis. The planets of the system have been in a conflict, with the Zeons being hunted just as the Jews were. Kirk is forced to take action to save lives because the Prime Directive (which prohibits interference with developing cultures) was already broken by Gill restarting Nazi Germany.

It is a profound episode, showcasing the horrors of the holocaust. Even so, in 1968 when this episode aired Jews were still banned from clubs and businesses in America, still denied jobs and opportunities just because of their faith. By using this horrific event, Roddenberry was able, along with prominent Jewish actors, to remind the public that Jews were people just like them. Did it work? On a large scale, probably not. However, if it stuck with only a few people, those people could have grown to help end the cycle of hate.

This is the power of science fiction. It uses entertainment to teach us about the mistakes of the past and shows us the potential of the future. I can only wonder how Roddenberry would have reacted to our recent events. Mass shootings on the rise, with more groups targeted for religious affiliation, the color of their skin, or their sexual/gender orientation. I want to believe that he would have looked to take a stand against this ongoing cycle of hate.

It’s true that Star Trek never had a regular cast member that was considered Lgbtq at the time, but there were storylines throughout different seasons invoking those themes. I hope that the writers of the new show can continue Roddenberry’s practice of social commentary and have a Lgbtq character be a part of the show’s cast. We need to use the horrific act of violence in Orlando to change the image and social understanding of how any human, regardless of their sexual/gender orientation, should be treated.

In the episode I watched, the missing researcher tells Kirk “Even historians fail to learn from history and repeat the same mistakes.” It is a quote to think about. We, as a culture, are failing to learn from history. The attack against Pulse, an Lgbtq nightclub, sadly proves that. Unlike the TV show, we have no heroes beaming down to save the day. We need to learn to save ourselves. As a world community, we need to declare that ending the cycle of hate is our top priority. Our Prime Directive. This attack on the Lgbt community isn’t the first attack but together, maybe we can make it the last.

If you are a member of the Lgbtq community, then you have my support. If you are an ally like me, then make sure you show your support. The world needs to know that this problem affects everyone, not just this small group of people. Together is the only way we can make the world a better place, and bring us one step closer to a utopian world of enlightenment.
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Groundlings Announce ‘Love Is Love’ Benefit for Orlando

The Groundlings are bringing a bright spot to the dark tragedy of the shootings at Orlando, Florida’s Pulse Nightclub. The Los Angeles Groundling troupe has organized “Love Is Love,” a special night of improv and sketch comedy to celebrate the Lgbt community and to benefit the victims’ families. Tickets are $15 for the June 20 show taking place at 10 p.m., and all proceeds will be donated via Equality Florida. The cast is set to include Michael McDonald of “Mad TV” fame, Tim Bagley, Chris Eckert, Michael Hitchcock, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Jim Rash, Mitch Silpa, and Greg Worswick. The non-profit organization has been providing the L.A. area with improv and sketch comedy since 1974, and also houses the comedy training ground, the Groundling’s School. To learn more about the organization, click here. Visit groundlings.com for more information on how to purchase tickets. If you are unable to attend the show, please consider donating at gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. Do you want to one day perform at Groundlings for a cause? Learn how torefine your comic persona!
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Tony Awards 2016 Performance Videos: Watch Waitress, Hamilton and 10 Others

Tony Awards 2016 Performance Videos: Watch Waitress, Hamilton and 10 Others
The 70th annual Tony Awards should be used as a blueprint for all award shows moving forward.

PhotosTony Awards 2016: Donald Trump’s New Musical, a Hamilton Conspiracy and 14 Other Memorable Moments

This year’s ceremony — which held additional significance in the wake of Sunday’s shooting massacre in Orlando — was a powerful celebration of love, creativity and talent, peppered with incredible performances from some of the most gifted individuals ever to grace the Broadway stage.

And thanks to CBS, those performances are now available in their entirety to enjoy ad nauseam — if that’s even possible — beginning with host
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‘It’s Always Sunny’ Cast Honors Orlando Shooting Victims at La Pride (Photos)

‘It’s Always Sunny’ Cast Honors Orlando Shooting Victims at La Pride (Photos)
The cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” honored the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting by posting a series of photos from the L.A. Pride parade on Sunday. “We’re with you,” Kaitlin Olson captioned a picture of the cast decked out in all-rainbow gear. The cast also sported the word “Orlando” on their arms and flew rainbow flags at a special Paddy’s Pub section of L.A. Pride. Check out more pictures of the cast below. Also Read: Donald Trump Says More Guns at Orlando Nightclub Would Have Prevented Mass Shooting In the early hours of Sunday morning,
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Tony Awards Create Special Ribbon to Honor Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting

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Tony Awards Create Special Ribbon to Honor Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting
The Tony Awards have created a ribbon to honor those affected by the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and at least 53 injured. Attendees of the awards show donned a special translucent ribbon created in remembrance of the victims in Orlando on Sunday night. "The Theatre community stands in solidarity," the Tonys' official Twitter account posted Sunday, alongside a photo of the ribbon. Earlier in the day, Tony Awards organizers announced the Sunday night telecast would be dedicated to the victims. The Tonys have created a ribbon in remembrance for Orlando. The Theatre community stands in solidarity.
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Tony Awards Create Special Ribbon to Honor Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting

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Tony Awards Create Special Ribbon to Honor Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting
The Tony Awards have created a ribbon to honor those affected by the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and at least 53 injured. Attendees of the awards show donned a special translucent ribbon created in remembrance of the victims in Orlando on Sunday night. "The Theatre community stands in solidarity," the Tonys' official Twitter account posted Sunday, alongside a photo of the ribbon. The Tonys have created a ribbon in remembrance for Orlando. The Theatre community stands in solidarity. #TonysRibbon pic.twitter.com/w0jBbTd8zU— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 12, 2016 Earlier in the day,
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Carpoolers (2007)

Carpoolers

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Created by Bruce McCulloch

Produced by ABC Studios, Dreamworks Television and 3 Arts Entertainment

Aired on ABC October 2, 2007- March 4, 2008

Series ran 13 episodes over one season

Cast

Fred Goss as Gracen Brooker

Jerry Minor as Aubrey Williber

Tim Pepper as Dougie

Jerry O’Connell as Laird Holcomb

Faith Ford as Leila Brooker

Allison Munn as Cyndie

Tj Miller as Marmaduke Brooker

Show Premise

The show centers on four suburban male carpooling friends whose interactions on their commute to and from work often set off the characters into interesting and comedic situations.

The Carpoolers are: Gracen, a mediator by profession, an insecurely uptight husband to a sensible real estate agent, and the father of an immature man child who has misdirected ambitions; Aubrey, an extremely stressed-out family man with a dispassionate wife and parade of children; Laird, an egotistical dentist who is recuperating from a fresh divorce; and Dougie,
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Berlin: ‘Stations of the Cross,’ ‘Jack’ Generate Multiple Sales for Beta

Berlin: ‘Stations of the Cross,’ ‘Jack’ Generate Multiple Sales for Beta
London — Dietrich Brueggemann’s “Stations of the Cross,” which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for script, and Edward Berger’s Berlin competition entry “Jack” were Beta Cinema’s hot sellers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

“Stations of the Cross” was acquired for France (Memento), U.K. (Arrow Films), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wildbunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and Baltics (Nonstop), former Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo). Further interest is coming from the U.S. and Australia.

“Jack” will be released in France by Diaphana, in Japan by Showgate, in Norway by Europa Films, in Greece by Strada and in Hungary by Circo.

Maximilian Erlenwein’s “Stereo,” which ran in Panorama Special and stars Juergen Vogel and Moritz Bleibtreu, was picked up by Korea’s Sejong. Vietnam’s A Company acquired Philipp Stoelzl’s box-office hit “The Physician,” which stars Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgard.
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Orson Scott Card Won't Make Any Money Off Ender's Game Box Office Success

Back in July, we reported that the Lgbt community is boycotting Summit Entertainment's Ender's Game, because of author Orson Scott Card's controversial views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. A new report reveals that the writer won't be receiving any back end compensation for the adaptation.

The Lbgt boycott was staged because they didn't want to see the writer receiving any money for the sci-fi thriller, which stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. However, it turns out he was never set to get any additional compensation anyway, because the original deal he signed more than 10 years ago didn't have a stipulation for any back end payments.

Other individuals close to the project stated that, while Orson Scott Card did have a producing credit, he had practically no creative input in the production. There was speculation that his deal included "escalators," which would have paid the author if
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'M Is For Monkey' 2013 short film review

Reviewed by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

Directed by Corey Nikolas

Runtime 3 minutes 23 seconds

In the running for a spot in the ABCs of Death 2, this short film, M Is For Monkey is written and directed by Corey Nikolas. The film stars Derek Rombeiro as Mape and Tania “Mrs. Bunnies” Orlando as Sarah.

The film opens with Sarah dressed in a banana suit handing out fliers for a local business. She is spotted by Mape, who we soon discover is a serial killer. Mape loves bananas and wears a monkey mask when committing his crimes. Sarah becomes his next unfortunate victim—just one of a few already—and Mape has an interesting method of murder.

One thing that stands out is that there is no dialogue. None is necessary. M Is For Monkey conveys its story quite successfully with visuals alone. Rombeiro is convincing as Mape, the menacing figure obsessed with
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'Jurassic Park': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Classic Dinosaur Movie

Maybe you think of "Jurassic Park" as the movie that surpassed "E.T." to become the biggest Steven Spielberg film ever, as well as one of the biggest hits of all time. Or maybe you think of it as the film that, through its landmark CGI dinosaurs, helped usher in the age of digital filmmaking. Or maybe you just think of it as the movie that scared the pants off you when you saw it in theaters two decades ago (the film marks its 20th anniversary on June 11) and every time you've watched it since on TV.

However you regard it, "Jurassic Park" has seemed a ubiquitous, inescapable fixture of pop culture for 20 years. And yet there are still things about it you may not know, such has how Spielberg chose his cast, how several teams of effects artists came together to build those pioneering dinosaurs, and whether or not it
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