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The Drama Over Lgbtq Actors in Emmy Drama Categories (Guest Column)

The Drama Over Lgbtq Actors in Emmy Drama Categories (Guest Column)
This year Lgbtq Pride month coincides with the nomination process for the Emmy Awards, and while there have been notable increases in Lgbtq visibility on the nominees list in recent years, Lgbtq actors are still often overlooked and underrepresented, particularly in television drama categories.

Historically, nominations for Lgbtq actors have been limited to the comedic categories, a partial reflection of a dearth of active out actors, as well as few meaningful Lgbtq storylines in dramatic series and the lingering effects of the closet. Out actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tituss Burgess, Lily Tomlin, Cynthia Nixon, Kate McKinnon, Jane Lynch, and Jim Parsons
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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’): Why he was ‘terrified’ of playing a man from the South Side of Chicago [Exclusive Video Interview]

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’): Why he was ‘terrified’ of playing a man from the South Side of Chicago [Exclusive Video Interview]
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine was initially “terrified” of “The Chi” because “it wasn’t a world I was familiar with, so I wasn’t sure that I could actually portray it.” The son of immigrants, Mwine knew nothing about the South Side of Chicago in which the Lena Waithe-created series is set. “We have issues of authenticity,” he explains, “which has been a big debate about who has the right to tell what story.” So when he auditioned for the Showtime ensemble drama, he “was actually scared.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mwine above.

See Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on the Lena Waithe series and the reputation of her hometown: ‘Chicago has gotten a bad rap’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mwine plays Ronnie, an unemployed man living with his grandmother (Ladonna Tittle) and desperately in love with Tracy (Tai Davis), who doesn’t share his feelings. When Tracy’s son is murdered
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‘Glow’ Stunt Coordinator Talks About Training the Ensemble and Importance of On-Set Safety

‘Glow’ Stunt Coordinator Talks About Training the Ensemble and Importance of On-Set Safety
Glow” stunt coordinator Shauna Duggins first moved to Los Angeles with a background in gymnastics and an interest in the industry but without a clear direction of the career path she was going to take. Joining a gym that had a lot of stunt performers as members exposed her to a new kind of training and networking opportunity. She worked as a stunt double and performer on shows such as “The X-Files” and “Alias” before moving up to coordinator for “Ray Donovan,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and the aforementioned Netflix comedy.

“I love telling a story, so for me the action has to tell the story,
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Trailer Watch: Jennifer Garner Demands Justice in “Peppermint”

If you’ve missed Jennifer Garner’s ass-kicking in “Alias,” this one’s for you. The Golden Globe winner isn’t reprising her role as Sydney Bristow, but a new trailer for “Peppermint” sees her playing a character every bit as capable as the CIA spy. Only this time she’s working on the other side of the law. The...
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‘Peppermint’ Trailer: Jennifer Garner Kicks Ass in Her Own ‘John Wick’-Style Revenge Thriller

Is Jennifer Garner about to pull a Keanu Reeves? It's been over a decade since we saw the Golden Globe-winning actress throwing 'bows in the action-packed espionage drama Alias and since then Garner has mostly kept busy with romantic comedies and family dramas, but she's making a proper return to action with Stx Entertainment's new thriller Peppermint. From Taken director Pierre Morel, the revenge thriller stars Garner as a young mother who wakes up from a coma to lean her husband and daughter have been gunned down in a drive-by shooting. To settle her …
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‘Peppermint’ Trailer: Jennifer Garner Goes Back To The Kick-Ass Action Days Of ‘Alias’

Jennifer Garner is a mother with a very particular set of skills in “Peppermint,” the upcoming revenge thriller from “Taken” director Pierre Morel.

The “District 13” helmsman probably feels like he could do with a hit after his last feature, 2015’s Sean Penn vehicle “The Gunman,” bombed at the box office and fared no better with critics.

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‘Peppermint’ Trailer: The Director of ‘Taken’ Turns Jennifer Garner Into a Revenge-Seeking Mother

‘Peppermint’ Trailer: The Director of ‘Taken’ Turns Jennifer Garner Into a Revenge-Seeking Mother
Pierre Morel turned Liam Neeson into an iconic movie badass in 2008 with the release of “Taken,” and now the French filmmaker hopes to do the same with Jennifer Garner. Fortunately, the actress is no stranger to kicking ass having led the television series “Alias” for five seasons and 105 episodes. “Peppermint” gives Garner the chance to lead her own action vehicle on the big screen.

Peppermint” stars Garner as a mother with nothing to lose following a family tragedy. In a storyline familiar to anyone who has seen “Taken,” Garner’s mother sets out on a revenge mission to avenge her family and bring justice to the men responsible. John Gallagher Jr and Method Man co-star.

Garner has been a more steady presence on the big screen as of late, but “Peppermint” is her first headlining action film. The actress last appeared in a supporting role in “Love, Simon.”

“Peppermint” opens
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Jennifer Garner Sings Her 'Friday Night Anthem' with Juliette Lewis on Set of Their HBO Show

Jennifer Garner Sings Her 'Friday Night Anthem' with Juliette Lewis on Set of Their HBO Show
Jennifer Garner is up to her goofy Instagram antics again!

In a new post to her account on Friday, the Alias actress, 46, jokes around with actress Juliette Lewis, behind-the-scenes of their upcoming HBO show Camping.

“This little video illustrates which one of us is a rockstar and which one rocked out in community theater,” she captioned the video, referencing Lewis’ singer-songwriter career.

In the clip, the pair laugh their way through performing what Garner describes as her “Friday night anthem.” In her caption, she credits comedienne Amy Sedaris as “the genius behind this little ditty.”

I taught my favorite Friday night anthem to my hero,
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‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch

‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch
Max Irons will soon follow in the formidable onscreen footsteps of Robert Redford. The forthcoming Audience Network series “Condor” casts the second-generation English actor (dad is Jeremy Irons) as avian-nicknamed CIA analyst Joe Turner, the role Redford originated in Sydney Pollack’s 1975 film, the Oscar-nominated “Three Days of the Condor.” Entertainment Weekly debuted the first trailer today, along with production photos.

The TV version adapted material from both the feature and its inspiration, James Grady’s novel “Six Days of the Condor.” Unlike its predecessors, this 10-episode telling is set in Washington, D.C. instead of New York City. Available to DirectTV subscribers, Audience Network is perhaps best known for another show based on a book, “Mr. Mercedes,” overseen by showrunner David E. Kelley.

In the trailer’s opening beats, praying Muslims are unaware that the world is at risk for a weaponized plague outbreak. Its engineer, Nathan Fowler (Brendan Fraser
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Series Mania, Torino Film Lab Announce 2018 SeriesLab Participants

Lille, France — The Torino Film Lab and Series Mania have announced this year’s nine participating projects in the SeriesLab forum. SeriesLab is a joint venture intended to address one of the most significant challenges facing the European fiction TV industry: Developing screenwriting talent.

The event is held as a forum to mentor creative talent by gathering writers, creators and showrunners from nine series in early-stage development. The projects participate in a five-month course with three residential workshops and two online sessions, all culminating in a final presentation at the Series Mania Co-Production Forum on May 3.

SeriesLab project manager Angelica
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CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What’s Hot and Cold in Las Vegas

Hollywood’s top studios are gathered in Las Vegas to preview their upcoming films to theater owners and the media. Here’s the buzz from Caesars Palace, where CinemaCon is currently underway:

Cinemacon Buzzmeter What’S Hot And Cold At This Year’S Exhibitor Confab In Vegas:

“A Star Is Born” Lady Gaga ignites the screen and Bradley Cooper shows some impressive musical chops. Tears will be shed and Oscars may be won.

First Man” “La La Land” team of Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle reunite for Neil Armstrong biopic that looks like a serious awards season contender.

Incredibles 2” It looks just as funny and inventive as the 2004 original with Samuel L. Jackson again stealing the movie as Frozone.

The Lion King” A slam dunk. Disney concluded its presentation with three minutes of live-action footage that mirrored the “Circle of Life” opening from the 1994 film.

Night School” Footage of
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Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post

Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post
Jennifer Garner isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself – even on her birthday.

The actress celebrated turning 46 on Tuesday by posting a meme-worthy photo of herself in the middle of doing her hair and makeup to Instagram.

Garner added captions to the goofy photo, writing that on her birthday, everyone says “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Her photo, in which her hair is still in rollers and her left eye is half-closed, was captioned as the response to the adulation.

I’m having the best birthday and so much of it is because of all of you.
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Criminal Minds Showrunner Q&A: The Surprising Finale, the Show's Future and More!

Criminal Minds, CBS's second-longest-running series behind NCIS, will have a two-hour finale starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

The real mystery is whether the finale will be only for Season 13 or for the series itself, as CBS has continued its pattern of waiting until the last second to decide whether or not to renew the veteran procedural.

Erica Messer, executive producer, and showrunner has been with Criminal Minds since its beginning in 2005.

Previously a writer on series such as Alias, Charmed, and The O.C., Messer also served as executive producer and showrunner for the spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders for its two seasons.

Taking time out from developing programming at her Erica Messer Productions company, Messer talked all things Criminal Minds, including its finale and possible future.

Give us an overview of what’s going to happen in Wednesday’s two episodes.

I guess we'd equate it, in a sports analogy,
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Happy Birthday, Jennifer Garner! Inside Her Big Career Moves — From HBO to Instagram

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Garner! Inside Her Big Career Moves — From HBO to Instagram
Birthday girl Jennifer Garner is on top of the world.

The Alias star, turning 46 today, is busier than ever with a slate of promising new projects, a rising social media following — and a crusade to change the lives of children in America.

The actress, who shares three children with her ex Ben Affleck, celebrated her birthday over the weekend with a low-key family celebration. Although Affleck wasn’t there, the two continue to happily co-parent their three children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.

Garner also recently played a parent in the teen romance Love, Simon. Her role as a parent to
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Jennifer Garner Turns 46! How She's Enjoying Her Life After Ben Affleck Split

Jennifer Garner Turns 46! How She's Enjoying Her Life After Ben Affleck Split
Happy birthday Jennifer Garner!

The actress turned 46 on Tuesday, a few days after she and her family celebrated the occasion with a quiet party over the weekend.

“It was a low-key family celebration with kids,” a source told People of Garner’s Los Angeles bash. The “backyard was decorated with a lot of balloons” and all the “guests had fun making pizza” via a pizza oven Garner rented from Olive Wood Pizza, the source added.

The guest list, which included Molly Sims and her family, was missing one notable face: Garner’s ex Ben Affleck. Although Garner and the 45-year-old actor,
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Surprise! Jennifer Garner Empties Out Her Bag and Realizes She's Been Carrying Around a Geode

Surprise! Jennifer Garner Empties Out Her Bag and Realizes She's Been Carrying Around a Geode
Jennifer Garner‘s backpack is filled with some very interesting items.

The 45-year-old actress, who’s shared multiple episodes of her “pretend cooking show” on social media, admitted she had consumed some wine before debuting a new Instagram-only series on Monday called “What’s In My Bag?”

As Garner explored “the depths” of her favorite backpack, she found plenty of items she seemed to have forgotten about, including an empty package of pens, multiple types of heart stickers and a geode.

Pulling the geode out of her bag, Garner laughed at her unexpected find and asked herself, “Why though?
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Jen Garner Wants to Make Sure Next Man She Dates Is in It for the Long Run (Report)

Following her highly-publicized divorce from Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner has little interest in dating. Basically, the mom-of-three doesn't have time to mess around with men who don't want a commitment at this stage of her life. "Jen wants to make sure that when she finally does decide she is ready for romance that her next man is in it for the long run," a source told Entertainment Tonight in a new interview. "She wants to be very careful and very selective when she does find the time to date — because of the kids. She hasn't made dating a priority." This comes as no surprise considering Jen put a lot of time and emotion into her split from Ben in June 2015. "She put her heart and soul into fixing the relationship and wanted so desperately to turn things around for the children’s sake as well as theirs," an insider previousy told Us Weekly.
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Would Michael Vartan Get Back Together With Ex Jennifer Garner?

Would Michael Vartan Get Back Together With Ex Jennifer Garner?
Will former real-life couple and Alias co-stars Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan ever get back together? The 49-year-old actor, who currently stars on E!'s The Arrangement, was asked about the issue on E!'s Daily Pop. He and Garner, 45, had dated for about a year until 2004. "Oh my God," he said. When asked if he would ever dip back into that ex pool, he said, "I don't think so. If it didn't work once, there's a reason it didn't work." "I am single," he said. "Single for life, unless she has four legs. That's a whole different story." Vartan lives with a chocolate Labrador named...
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Juliette Lewis, Bridget Everett Join HBO's Lena Dunham Comedy 'Camping'

HBO's Camping is filling out its cast.

Juliette Lewis, Janicza Bravo, Arturo Del Puerto, Brett Gelman, Ione Skye and Bridget Everett have joined the new eight-episode, straight-to-series comedy from Girls duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Jennifer Garner has already signed on to lead the limited series, which will begin production in the spring in Los Angeles.

Written and executive produced by Dunham and Konner, the series revolves around Kathryn, played by Garner in her first TV role since Alias. Tennant will portray Walt, Kathryn's obedient husband and a loving father, who is the reliable linchpin of his male social group —...
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Quiz: Every Glorious Nicolas Cage Movie Referenced on Sunday’s Episode

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Quiz: Every Glorious Nicolas Cage Movie Referenced on Sunday’s Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” episode “ Safe House.”]

Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) faced his most distressing challenge yet on Sunday’s episode: living in a safe house with Captain Holt’s husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson) for weeks without access to the internet or cable. Fortunately, Jake owns all of the movies starring Nicholas Cage – “only the greatest, most compelling actor of all time” – on DVD.

Unfortunately, Kevin – who is a professor and the head of the Classics department at Columbia University – prefers more refined entertainment and doesn’t seem to be interested in Cage’s more over-the-top action-adventure films. That doesn’t stop Jake from trying though, and the following includes some of the descriptions he uses to entice Kevin, who eventually gives in.

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Given that the descriptions are fairly straightforward, we thought it would
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