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Doctor Who Season 11×02 “The Ghost Monument” Review

With so much hype surrounding the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor, that was mostly what we were watching for last week when Doctor Who returned to our screens for its season 11 premiere. Now, with Jodie Whittaker’s full debut out of the way – and she was fantastic, obviously – it’s up to episode 2 to leave us with an impression of the overall relaunch of the sci-fi institution, which is now headed by showrunner Chris Chibnall.

As it is, “The Ghost Monument” shares much the same positives (and a few negatives) as last Sunday’s “The Woman Who Fell To Earth.” The easy-to-follow narrative picks right up where things were left off, with the Doctor and her “new best friends” Ryan, Yaz and Graham floating in space. Before long, though, they’re swept up in an intergalactic race for a spaceship-full of cash and are forced to survive a deadly planet known as Desolation.
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams Joins Cast of ‘gen:Lock’ Streaming Series

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams Joins Cast of ‘gen:Lock’ Streaming Series
Maisie Williams, best known for her role as face changing assassin Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, will voice “Cammie MacCloud,” a mischievous Scottish hacker, in the gen:lock anime series.

The casting was announced at Rtx London, an annual UK-based fandom convention for the Rooster Teeth entertainment company, producers of gen:lock. Gray G. Haddock, the gen:lock creator and showrunner, revealed Williams’s role and set the release of a third teaser for the show, a streaming series expected to premiere in January 2019 on Rooster Teeth.

The series is available for iOS, Android, Xbox One, Apple TV, and at RoosterTeeth.com, with memberships starting at $4.99 a month.

.In gen:lock, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha. The recruits find, however, that their newfound
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Watch: Maisie Williams Joins Rooster Teeth’s Mecha Series ‘gen:lock’

Today at Rtx London, Rooster Teeth’s annual UK-based fandom convention, gen:lock creator and showrunner Gray G. Haddock announced the addition of Maisie Williams to the gen:lock voice cast, and released a third teaser for the show. Williams will voice “Cammie MacCloud,” a mischievous Scottish hacker with boundless energy, and the youngest recruit to the gen:lock program. In the teaser, the voice of David Tennant’s “Doc” discusses the backgrounds of two more gen:lock candidates: Williams’ “Cammie” and Koichi Yamadera’s tank driver, “Kazu Iida.” In gen:lock, …
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"Doc Holliday" - Gunfighter

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Executive producer Akiva Goldsman continues to develop an 'Old West' TV drama pilot for HBO focusing on real-life gunslinger, gambler, killer, 'Doc Holliday'.

Script is by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage ("Accepted"), adapting author Mary Doria Russell's novel "Doc", that takes a closer look at the 'love triangle' between Holliday, his prostitute wife, 'Big Nose Kate Elder' and best friend, lawman 'Wyatt Earp'.

'John Henry Holliday' was born in 1851 in Griffin Georgia. In 1872, after earning his 'Doctor of Dental Surgery', he opened an office in Atlanta with a fellow graduate, but was diagnosed with tuberculosis. 

Hoping to gain some more years of life, he moved to Dallas, Texas, but his illness forced him to find other ways to live and he became an avid gambler, while learning how to handle a 'six-shooter' gun.

In 1875, Holliday killed a well known citizen, forcing him to flee Dallas under the pursuit of lawmen.
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Dan Harmon Leaves Twitter as Old Pedophilia Sketch Resurfaces (Video)

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Dan Harmon Leaves Twitter as Old Pedophilia Sketch Resurfaces (Video)
“Rick and Morty” and “Community” creator Dan Harmon left Twitter as an old sketch emerged in which he plays a therapist who sexually assaults babies.

Some conservatives, most notably right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, fueled online outrage over the 2009 sketch “Daryl,” a parody of Showtime’s “Dexter.” The video resurfaced recently as part of a coordinated online campaign against left-leaning figures on Twitter. Last week, James Gunn lost his job directing the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” film after Cernovich and others flagged his old Twitter jokes about pedophilia and rape.

The conservatives pointing out the old jokes say that liberals should be held to the same standards as conservatives who are ousted over offensive remarks. But critics of the effort say there’s a difference between old jokes that were deliberately designed to offend and public statements made in apparent seriousness.

Also Read: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Stars
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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)

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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)
From “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Wonder Woman,” Hollywood has licked up America’s favorite frozen treat.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey bonds with his future love an ice cream parlor.

Roman Holiday (1953)

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck enjoy a sweet treat on Rome’s Spanish Steps.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Bette Davis clutches two ice cream cones on a Malibu beach.

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

John Carpenter’s shocker includes a surprise killing of a girl.

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Bob Hope and Fozzie Bear bond over ice cream.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Justin Henry acts out over ice cream with Dustin Hoffman’s divorced dad.

Mad Max (1979)

Max’s wife (Joanne Samuel) fends off a bad guy with an ice cream cone — and a knee — in this dystopian classic.

The Shining (1980)

“How’d you like some ice cream, Doc?”

My Girl (1991)

Anna Chlumsky’s Vada joins a
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Lego’s Back to the Future Marty McFly and Doc Brown Brickheadz set revealed

Lego has released a batch of official promotional images for its Back to the Future Marty McFly and Doc Brown Brickheadz set which is set to go on sale this Sunday, priced at $19.99.; check it out here…

Lego® BrickHeadz 41611 – Marty McFly and Doc Brown

240 pieces | Ages 10+ | $19.99 Usd | Available April 15.

These Lego® BrickHeadz 41611 Marty McFly and Doc Brown construction characters are fun to build using colorful Lego bricks that recreate all their iconic details from the blockbuster Back to the Future movie, including the maverick scientist’s white overalls and the time-traveling teenager’s red puffer vest. Doc also has a detachable DeLorean time machine controller, while Marty comes with a detachable camcorder. Each character stands on a buildable collector’s baseplate with BrickHeadz icon for easy display in your home, office or anywhere—at any time—you like.

Buildable Marty McFly and Doc Brown Lego® BrickHeadz construction characters feature BrickHeadz
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Former Mlb Pitcher Roy Halladay Had Morphine In His System at Time of Deadly Plane Crash: Autopsy

Former All-Star Mlb pitcher Roy Halladay, who died last year when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, had traces of drugs in his system during the accident, an autopsy report released Friday revealed.

Halladay perished after his two-seater airplane crashed 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 7. The legendary pitcher — who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies before his retirement in 2013 —was seen flying “aggressively” before his plane violently plunged into the water, killing him.

An autopsy report released by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner more than two months after Hallaway
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Star Sightings: Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 Celebrate New Albums, Nick Jonas Has a Luxe Night Out & More!

Star Sightings: Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 Celebrate New Albums, Nick Jonas Has a Luxe Night Out & More!
Look what you made Taylor Swift do!

The 27-year-old singer released her new album, Reputation, to a very solid reception, and she celebrated by hosting a secret invite-only event with At&T for fans in New York City on Nov. 13, which also helped launch her "The Making of a Song" video series.

Photo: At&T

Maroon 5 is also coming off a big studio release. The pop-rock group were excited to play songs off their album, Red Pill Blues at their iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California, on Nov. 7. In addition to new songs like "Wait" and "What Lovers Do," they also performed fan favorites like “She Will Be Loved,” “This Love” and “Harder To Breathe.”

“It can be scary to follow a band on their journey, because they may or may not do things that you don’t like,” frontman Adam Levine admitted to host JoJo Wright. “You can’t make
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‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Goes All in for Aaron Sorkin’s Electrifying Poker Drama — Tiff

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‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Goes All in for Aaron Sorkin’s Electrifying Poker Drama — Tiff
Every movie that Aaron Sorkin has written since the turn of the 21st century has been about a real person. On the other hand, it might be more accurate to say that none of the movies that Aaron Sorkin has written since the turn of the 21st century have been about a real person. Sure, “The Social Network” effectively “Rashomon”-ed the myth of Mark Zuckerberg, “Moneyball” immortalized Billy Beane, “Charlie Wilson’s War” reintroduced Americans to a semi-forgotten Congressman, and “Steve Jobs” made sure everyone knows that the guy who invented our phones was a pretty shitty dad, but those films weren’t interested in capturing their respective subjects so much as they were in selling them for spare parts.

Sorkin doesn’t want the life story; he wants the life rights. He wants to take the facts, sharpen them until they can cut through all the noise, and
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Fall 2017 Movie Preview . Oscar Edition

From Venice to Toronto, film festivals signal the beginning of the movie award season. Here are the upcoming movies we.ll be talking about come Oscar time:

September

.mother!. . A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. (Paramount Pictures) Release date: Sept. 15th wide

.Victoria & Abdul. . The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an
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"Wynonna Earp: Gonna Getcha Good"

From VancouverFilm.Net, Sneak Peek new images from the "Wynonna Earp" episode "Gonna Getcha Good", based on the Image Comics/Idw Publishing comic book series, starring Melanie Scrofano as the great-great granddaughter of 'Tombstone' gunfighter 'Wyatt Earp', airing June 23, 2017 on Syfy:

"...'Doc' tries to help a friend, while 'Wynonna' must deal with an angry 'Marzanoik'...like a 'genie' but more evil..."

"...'Wynonna' is a present-day descendant of the famous lawman 'Wyatt Earp', and the top special agent for a special unit known within the 'Us Marshals' as 'The Monster Squad'. 

"She battles such supernatural threats as 'Bobo Del Rey' and his redneck vampires and the Egyptian Mafia's mummy hitman, 'Raduk', 'Eater Of The Dead', who's out to do in all the other crime bosses.

"In her subsequent adventures she wraps up some outstanding Earp family business while dealing with 'Hillbilly Gremlins' and 'Zombie Mailmen'..."

Cast also includes Shamier Anderson as 'Deputy Marshal Xavier Dolls', a special agent with the 'Black Badge' division of the 'United States Marshals Service', Tim Rozon as 'Doc Holliday', Wyatt Earp's famed partner, Dominique Provost-Chalkley as 'Waverly Earp', Wynonna's 21-year-old sister , Michael Eklund as 'Bobo Del Rey', leader of the 'Revenants', Katherine Barrell as 'Officer Nicole Haught', a local police officer...

...Greg Lawson as 'Sheriff Nedley', Natascha Girgis as 'Gus McCready', Dylan Koroll as 'Champ Hardy', Natalie Krill as 'Willa Earp', Anna Quick as 'Young Willa Earp', Rayisa Kondracki as 'Constance Clootie', aka the 'Stone Witch', David LeReaney as 'Judge Cryderman', Sasha Barry as 'Bethany', Kate Drummond as 'Agent Lucado', Ryan Belleville as 'Dr. Reggie', Peter Skagen as 'Shorty', owner of the local bar, Joris Jarsky as 'Whiskey Jim Byers' and Dana Hollenbach as 'Chrissy Nedley', the sheriff's daughter.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Wynonna Earp"...
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Twin Peaks Recap: The Bloom Is Off the Blue Rose, Plus: Bobby's a What Now?

Twin Peaks Recap: The Bloom Is Off the Blue Rose, Plus: Bobby's a What Now?
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Twin Peaks recap.

Do you think, way back when Kyle McLachlan signed on to play Twin Peaks‘ buttoned-up Agent Dale Cooper, he could’ve imagined a time when the most interesting thing he’d do in an entire episode would be a spit take?

Yeah, yeah, I know. Because it’s a David Lynchian spittake, it’s elevated to high art. The spittake has meaning that I just don’t understand. It’s a callback to Season 1, when Coop & Co. all were standing outside by the chalkboard outside. All will be revealed.
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Jennifer Hudson to Join 'The Voice' as a Coach

Jennifer Hudson to Join 'The Voice' as a Coach
Jennifer Hudson has signed on to be a coach for NBC's The Voice. The former American Idol contestant will join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Miley Cyrus, who will return for her second season as a coach, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Cyrus served as a coach last fall.

The singer-actress is well suited for the position as she will be able to relate and empathize with the season's winning and losing contestants (Hudson came in seventh place during her American Idol Season 3 run) and sets a strong example with her successful career that followed,
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Weekly Update for April 7: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week“Their Finest

Their Finest — Directed by Lone Scherfig; Written by Gaby Chiappe

Their Finest” sees Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a young woman hired to write lines for women in British war propaganda movies. It’s a movie within a movie dealing with gender roles in the ’40s that at times feels all-too-relevant. Catrin’s paid less, she’s treated like a second class citizen, yet she endears herself to the operation which is vital to the morale of the British citizens during the war. Arterton, one of the finest young actresses working, infuses Catrin with some serious spunk in her endeavor to be taken seriously. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Lone Scherfig.

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Gemma Arterton.

Find tickets and screening info here.

Colossal

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She gets kicked out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) — which served as a way station for her partying friends — and she winds up on the floor of her childhood house in the town everyone tries to escape from. She re-meets a childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis), starts to work in his bar, and then discovers that she is fueling a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea. The premise is crazy, but the movie works. There is a twist, which I won’t reveal, that illuminates a great gender discussion and sets Gloria on the path to taking her life back. (Melissa Silverstein)

Find screening info here.

Queen of the Desert (Opens in NY and La) (Available on VOD April 14)

Queen of the Desert

Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, “Queen of the Desert” reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history. (Press materials)

Bethany (Also Available on VOD)

Claire (Stefanie Estes) and her husband (Zack Ward) find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want? (Press materials)

The Assignment (Also Available on VOD)

Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

Films About Women Currently Playing“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman (Opens in Wide Release)

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Also Available on VOD)

Ghost in the Shell

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (Also Available on VOD)

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary)

Naam Shabana

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking (Documentary) — Directed by Susan Glatzer; Written by Susan Glatzer and Heidi Zimmerman (Also Available on VOD)

Alive and Kicking” is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of Swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. “Alive and Kicking” looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

i hate myself :) (Documentary) — Directed by Joanna Arnow (Opens in NY) (Available on VOD April 11)

Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality, and self-confrontation through art. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Glory — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Kristina Grozeva (Opens April 12)

“Glory”

Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week“Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village — Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. (Press materials)

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The Ticket — Co-Written by Sharon Mashihi (Also Available on VOD)

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. (Press materials)

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Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Miniseries) (Premieres April 9 on ID)

Lies, betrayal, and murder. What happened to Caylee Anthony? This three-part special looks inside one of the most controversial murder cases in American history. Explore the captivating investigation with interviews from the family at the center of it all. (Press materials)

The Great War (Documentary Miniseries) — Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Amanda Pollak (Premieres April 10 on PBS)

Drawing on unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers,” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. It is a story of heroism and sacrifice that would ultimately claim 15 million lives and profoundly change the world forever. (Press materials)

Hollywood Darlings — Executive Produced by Layla Smith (Premieres April 12 on Pop)

Pop’s new original comedy series turns the camera on real-life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood only they can share as former child stars who grew up in the ’90s limelight: Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”), and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”). In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives. With the support of one another, this girl squad can take on anything when it comes to parenting, marriage, friendship, and revived careers in Hollywood. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Toni Erdmann

3 Hikers (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Natalie Avital (VOD, Available Now)

Running Wild — Co-Written by Christina Moore (DVD, Available Now)

Silver Skies — Written and Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez (VOD/DVD, Available Now)

National Bird — Directed by Sonia Kennebeck (DVD, April 8)

Brimstone (DVD, April 11)

The Bye Bye Man — Directed by Stacy Title (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Hidden Figures (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Ovum — Written by Sonja O’Hara (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade (VOD/DVD April 11)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

April 2017 Film Preview

On Women and Hollywood This WeekIronheart aka Riri Williams: Marvel

Their Finest” Director Lone Scherfig on Making Meaningful Films

Melissa Stack to Make Directorial Debut with Vacation Comedy

Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay

Actor Asia Kate Dillon Questions Emmys’ Gender Binary Acting Categories

Pussy Riot Documentary “Act & Punishment” Gets U.S. Release

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Shonda Rhimes’ MasterClass on Writing for Television Is Now Available

Iliza Shlesinger’s Late-Night Show “Truth & Iliza” Gets Premiere Date

“That’s So Raven” Spinoff Ordered to Series

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony

Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws

Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records

Trailer Watch: Chelsea Handler Is Back and Brasher than Ever in Season 2 of “Chelsea”

Wtf of the Day: Marvel Exec Thinks Female & Diverse Characters Are Ruining Sales

Tallgrass Film Festival to Launch Female-Helmed Doc Competition

Trailer Watch: “Wynonna Earp” Is on the Fury Road Express in Season 2

Character First: April VOD and Web Series Picks

Teaser Watch: Aubrey Plaza Is an Instagram Stalker in “Ingrid Goes West

Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV

Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash

Trailer Watch: Britt Robertson Starts a Fashion Empire in Netflix’s “Girlboss

Kelly Ripa Developing “Geek Girl Rising” as Scripted TV Series for ABC

Guest Post: What Inspired Me to Make a Film About Retirees

Lifetime and National Women’s Soccer League Announce 2017 Game of the Week Schedule

Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo Praises Shonda Rhimes’ Leadership

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

Sony Buys Rights to Emil Ferris’ Graphic Novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters”

Women Execs Appointed at British Film Institute, Creative BC, and Annapurna

HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Accepts CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

The Women of “Iron Fist”: Marvel Continues to Struggle in Developing Their Woman Characters by Victoria Goff (Bitch Media)

How Feud Recreates the World of 1963 Hollywood, According to its Production Designer by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Female-Written ‘Daria’ Was Groundbreaking and Would Still Be an Exception Today by Carey Purcell (Mic)

Justice League Action’s” Rachel Kimsey Talked to Us About Wonder Woman’s Strengths, Her Flaws, and Fan Fantasies by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

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Nick Offerman on Why Ron Swanson Would Never Vote for Donald Trump: ‘Ron is a Good Person’ — SXSW 2017

Nick Offerman on Why Ron Swanson Would Never Vote for Donald Trump: ‘Ron is a Good Person’ — SXSW 2017
Let’s get the political stuff out of the way first, if only because Nick Offerman wants libertarians and Republicans to stop bugging him about Ron Swanson.

During the Q&A portion of his SXSW conversation, Offerman was asked about his “Parks and Recreation” character becoming a “libertarian icon.”

“How can I briefly do this…” Offerman joked. “It didn’t really occur to me, until we got into this dire political situation, that people didn’t understand this was a joke. I think they thought ‘Parks and Recreation’ was a comedy and that Ron Swanson’s parts were a documentary.”

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“I really appreciate the tenants of libertarianism,” Offerman continued. “But it’s so far been proven it can’t work without ending in chaos and anarchy.

“And if you’re going to
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Fantasia ‘Resting Comfortably’ After Suffering Second-Degree Burns on Her Arm

Fantasia ‘Resting Comfortably’ After Suffering Second-Degree Burns on Her Arm
Fantasia regretfully canceled a performance in Memphis on Sunday after suffering what her husband says are second-degree burns.

Kendall Taylor shared an Instagram post on Sunday showing the R&B singer laying in a hospital bed with a bandaged arm, but didn’t expound on the incident.

“My wife experienced an accident today causing 2nd degree burns on her arm,” he wrote. “She’s steady asking the Doc ‘Can I perform tonight?’ But we must be wise and realize this isn’t a race, but rather a marathon.”

Taylor also stated, “She walks as a powerful force in the earth.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Gravitas Ventures has secured the worldwide rights to “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” the debut film from writer-director Jeff Grace. The comedy follows a successful singer-songwriter who helps his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris, Michael Ian Black and David Cross.

“It was impossible to resist the witty and memorable characters in Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “It’s a laugh-out-loud bromance that we know will resonate with audiences near and far.
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‘An Act of Love’ Exclusive Clip: The United Methodist Church Puts a Reverend On Trial For Officiating His Son’s Same-Sex Marriage

Scott Sheppard’s latest documentary “An Act of Love” follows Reverend Frank Schaefer, who had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. Though Schaefer had no intention of getting involved in the Lgbt debate, he was inevitably thrust into the fight for equality when his son Tim came out of the closet. Schaefer eventually officiated Tim’s wedding in a small, private service in Massachusetts, but eventually word got back to his small Pennsylvania town and the United Methodist Church put him on trial. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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This is Sheppard’s second documentary feature. He previously directed “Planes, Trains & Autorickshaws,” about three American sisters raised in India by missionary parents who return to their homeland for the first time in 50 years.

The film will be distributed by Virgil Films.
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Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa

Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa
Dustin Guy Defa makes his Sundance Film Festival feature debut with “Person to Person,” and he doesn’t know what to expect. He’s had a lot of disappointments in his life, ranging from being the kind of penniless artist whose survival demands long-term couch surfing to overcoming a nightmare family of origin. (It yielded his 2011 Sundance short, “Family Nightmare.”)

However, “Person To Person” also gives real weight to the time-worn trope that values the journey over the destination. With a cast that includes names like Michael Cera and”Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson as well as indie filmmaking stalwarts like David Zellner and Benny Safdie, it reflects the success he’s had building his place in independent filmmaking and the joy he brings with it. “It comes through loud and clear in his work,” said filmmaker David Lowery, a longtime Defa fan. “It’s the reason why his movies
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