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TV Review: ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ on Freeform

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TV Review: ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ on Freeform
Nearly every scene in “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” tells one specific story: This is a series that very much wants to be “Pretty Little Liars: All Grown Up.” It’s an interesting choice for a spinoff, considering the fact that the final season and a half of “Pretty Little Liars” featured a five-year time jump in order to be exactly just that, a more mature version of the series. But that transition was relatively easy to swallow, because after all the abuse and trauma the Liars (as well as everyone in their general orbit) suffered at the hands of every possible version of omniscient cyber tormentor “A,” those characters seemed to have already mentally aged a long, long time ago.

This series doesn’t have those years of torment plaguing its new characters. But it really wants its audience to know just how mature it and its characters are.
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Eliza Dushku On ‘Mapplethorpe’ Movie, Year Of Reckoning, Spielberg, & Healing

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“The year has been in some ways just extraordinary in a beautiful way and it’s been in some ways extraordinary in a really challenging way,” proclaims Mapplethorpe producer Eliza Dushku.

From almost any perspective, that seems like an understatement from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum

Married last summer and expecting her first child this summer, Dushku has seen her more than a decade-long endeavor on the Ondi Timoner-directed film about the controversial and hyper-stylized photographer successfully make it to the big screen. After a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, the Samuel Goldwyn Film distributed-picture, with former Dr. Who and The Crown star Matt Smith in the title role, made a leap today with openings in NYC, La, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, the nation’s capital and more.

At the same time, Dollhouse star Dushku was thrust into a controversial spotlight of her own as it
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Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 Is About To Bring On A Fourth Derek Shepherd Sister

  • OnTheFlix
Happy Thursday, Grey's Anatomy fans. We have some pretty interesting news for you guys in this report. According to the folks over at Entertainment Weekly, we're about to see Grey's Anatomy introduce yet another Derek Shepherd sister into the mix! That's right, guys. This new sister will be named Kathleen Shepherd. Kathleen is currently scheduled to be introduced in a season 15 episode that revolves around character Amelia Shepherd. Entertainment Weekly pointed out that the other Derek Shepherd sisters who have appeared in the past are: Liz Shepherd played by actress Neve Campbell and Nancy Shepherd played by actress Embeth Davitz. Kathleen's existence was first mentioned way, way back in season 3. Now, we're finally going to get to meet her! The only other information that Entertainment Weekly had to share about this new Kathleen Shepherd sister is that she also has a doctorate. She's a psychiatrist. We also know who has
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Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Team Talks ‘Fast and Furious’ Filming

  • Variety
Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Team Talks ‘Fast and Furious’ Filming
Thursday night’s New York premiere of the Matt Smith-led biopic “Mapplethorpe” took place at Cinépolis Chelsea, just steps from the Chelsea Hotel where the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe once lived — but director Ondi Timoner had no sense of that legacy when she first encountered him in a very different context.

“When I was ten years old, I had a calendar of his flowers. I had no idea what else was in the collection!” she told Variety, laughing. It was only after she decided to rewrite “Mapplethorpe” herself that Timoner found some of his earliest photos, taken “when he first discovered gay life,” which would become the backbone of the project. “Then he decided, ‘I’m going to make this into an undeniably collectable, museum-worthy art form.’ And that became the trajectory,” she said. “Showing that development from coming of age and coming into his sexuality through to the
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Grey's Anatomy: Amy Acker Cast as Derek's Mia Fourth Sister, Kathleen

Grey's Anatomy: Amy Acker Cast as Derek's Mia Fourth Sister, Kathleen
Grey’s Anatomy‘s Shepherd sibling puzzle is at long last complete. Amy Acker has been tapped to play the pivotal role of late Derek Shepherd’s oft-mentioned-but-never-seen fourth sister, Kathleen, TVLine has learned. As we first reported last week, the character will make her long anticipated entrance in the forthcoming Amelia-centric episode.

Little is known about the mysterious Kathleen (aka “Kate”), but it was previously established that she — like her other siblings — is a doctor (her speciality being psychiatry). Of Derek’s other three sisters, only Caterina Scorsone’s Amelia remains on the show. The roles of Liz Shepherd
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The Legacy of Rossum’s Universal Robots

Michael Ahr Feb 11, 2019

On this day in 1938 R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots became the first sci-fi television show and influenced the medium for years to come.

By the time the British Broadcasting Corporation decided to air an excerpt from Czech playwright Karel Čapek’s R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots live from its Alexandra Palace studios on February 11, 1938, the play had already been around for 17 years, but the airing is notable not only as the first use of the word “robot” in popular culture but also as the premiere of the first science fiction television show ever. Although the BBC would have to wait a few decades before it gave us Doctor Who, the genre has continued to honor R.U.R. by including hidden references to the sci-fi pioneer in several notable series that owe much to this forefather of the lot.

When Čapek
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HBO Boss Casey Bloys Gives Us a Status Update on Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’

  • The Wrap
Calling all Whedonverse fans, we have a status update on your leader’s next big project

TheWrap asked HBO programming chief Casey Bloys on Friday during the Television Critics Association press tour where the premium cable network is with the upcoming Joss Whedon sci-fi drama series, “The Nevers,” which was first announced last July.

And here is what he had to say: “We just started. [Joss] has been writing. It’s very exciting. He’s great to work with. We’ve just started talking about names, starting auditions, things like that. So we’re just starting.”

Also Read: HBO Picks Up Joss Whedon's Sci-Fi Drama 'The Nevers'

The Nevers” is described as an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and are on a mission that might change the world.

Whedon will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer,
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Artios Awards Gives Top Casting Honors to ‘Green Book,’ ‘Vice’ and ‘BlackKklansman’

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Artios Awards Gives Top Casting Honors to ‘Green Book,’ ‘Vice’ and ‘BlackKklansman’
“Vice,” “Green Book,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “BlackKklansman” all emerged as winners at the 34th annual Artios Awards on Thursday, chosen by members of the Casting Society of America.

Black Panther” also picked up a special Zeitgeist Award, while “Isle of Dogs” won for casting of an animated film. “The Kindergarten Teacher” and “Madeline’s Madeline” were honored in the low-budget and micro-budget film categories.

TV winners included the first season of “Ozark” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” as well as the ongoing series “Atlanta” and “The Crown.”

Also Read: Artios Awards Give Top Casting Honors to 'La La Land,' 'Hidden Figures'

The Los Angeles event was hosted by actress and comedian June Diane Raphael and SAG Award-winning actor Paul Scheer, and the New York event was hosted by comic performer Bridget Everett.

This year’s honorees included Laura Dern, who received the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement.
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‘Dollhouse’ Leads 2019 Slamdance Awards Winners

  • The Wrap
Awards were handed out Thursday at the 25th annual Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, with nine films earning honors in the jury, audience and sponsored categories.

The narrative jury prize was awarded to the feminist puppet animation film “Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture,” directed by Nicole Brending. Honorable mention was given to “Cat Sticks,” directed by Ronny Sen.

“Dollhouse wasn’t like any other film at the festival or any festival. It was outrageous, bold, hilarious,” read the jury statement from Frédéric Forestier, Shih-Ching Tsou and Jeremiah Zagar. “We’re also giving it the grand prize because we think it really embodies the spirit of the Slamdance. ‘Cat Sticks’ is unbelievably gorgeous and has some of the most incredible poetic moments of any movies we’ve ever seen. We hope it finds a vein in American culture!”

The documentary jury prize was awarded to David Hambridge’s “Kifaru,
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Nicole Brending’s ‘Dollhouse’ Wins Grand Jury Award at Slamdance

  • Variety
Nicole Brending’s “Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture” has won the Narrative Feature Grand Jury prize and the Spirit of Slamdance award at the 25th Slamdance Film Festival.

The film follows rise and fall of fictional child pop star Junie Spoons as her life story unfolds, as told by those who knew her.

“’Dollhouse’ wasn’t like any other film at the festival or any festival,” the feature film jury said. “It was outrageous, bold, hilarious. We’re also giving it the grand prize because we think it really embodies the spirit of the Slamdance.”

Winners were announced at a ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah on Thursday evening. The festival runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival. The Slamdance feature competition is limited to films made by first-time directors with budgets under $1 million and without U.S. distribution.

The Vast of Night,
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Slamdance: ‘Dollhouse’ & ‘Kifaru’ Take Top Prizes – Full Winners List

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We have the prize winners from the 25th anniversary Slamdance Film Festival in Park City. Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture took the Jury Award for Narrative Features, and its director Nicole Brending also scored the George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award. Kifaro won both the Jury Award and Audience Award for Documentary Features.

A no-holds-barred look at misogyny as told by puppets, Dollhouse charts the life and times of Junie Spoons, a once-popular child star and tween idol who peaks at 18 and is D-listed to society’s where-are-they-now junk drawer. Spanning four years, Kifaru follows two ranger recruits mentored by a seasoned ranger with an unorthodox approach to caring for the world’s last northern white rhino.

The fest’s two other Audience Awards went to Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night (Narrative Feature) and Patrick Creadon’s Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story
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Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture and Kifaru Win Top Prizes at Slamdance 2019

Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture, Nicole Brending’s puppet animation about the rise and fall of a female pop star, took home the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize and the George Sparks Spirit of Slamdance Award at the Slamdance Film Festival’s award ceremony at Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City Utah tonight. Kifaru, David Hambridge’s documentary about two young Kenyan men who join a rhino caretaking conservatory, won the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize as well as a documentary Audience Award. “Dollhouse wasn’t like any other film at the festival or any festival,” said the jury […]
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Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture and Kifaru Win Top Prizes at Slamdance 2019

Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture, Nicole Brending’s puppet animation about the rise and fall of a female pop star, took home the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize and the George Sparks Spirit of Slamdance Award at the Slamdance Film Festival’s award ceremony at Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City Utah tonight. Kifaru, David Hambridge’s documentary about two young Kenyan men who join a rhino caretaking conservatory, won the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize as well as a documentary Audience Award. “Dollhouse wasn’t like any other film at the festival or any festival,” said the jury […]
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After ‘Super Columbine Massacre RPG!’: The Rebirth of The Slamdance Guerrilla Game Competition (Exclusive)

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After ‘Super Columbine Massacre RPG!’: The Rebirth of The Slamdance Guerrilla Game Competition (Exclusive)
More than a decade has passed since The Slamdance Guerrilla Game Competition was removed from Utah’s annual independent film festival following an online furor over the entry and consequent removal of the controversial game “Super Columbine Massacre RPG!”. But the decision to close the Guerrilla showcase “was not based on controversy,” Slamdance President Peter Baxter tells Variety.

“It was based on being able to properly focus support for our artists and the desire to broaden the array of artists working in digital, immersive and gaming media.”

“For 25 years Slamdance has broken boundaries by championing works and the artists who’ve made them. We’ve been criticized and celebrated for doing so. We answer to no one. We’re aware our programming decisions sometimes upset people, especially with works like ‘Waco Resurrection,’ ‘Graphic Sexual Horror,’ ‘Super Columbine Massacre’ and this year’s’ Dollhouse.’

“In the case of “Scm,” we took
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Slamdance 2019: In Exclusive Dollhouse Clip, Puppets Tell the Story

The full title is intimidating to behold -- Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity From American Popular Culture -- but the film itself appears to be a tour de force of puppet animation and looks quite inviting. Nicole Brending wrote, directed, produced, and "stars" in Dollhouse, which will debut later this week at the Slamdance Film Festival. Here is the official synopsis: "Fictional child pop star Junie Spoons just can't get a break (and can't even tell her own story) in this wild, demented romp into the psychology behind misogyny - the missing female subjective perspective. "A puppet animation told a la VH1's Behind the Music, Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture charts the rise and fall of Junie's career as...

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Watch the Trailer for Level 16, Coming to Theaters and VOD on March 1st from Dark Sky Films

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"Level 16 is not like the other levels." In the new movie Level 16, girls growing up in a strict facility just hope to escape by finding a family that wants to adopt them, but they end up fighting just to survive to see the outside world when disciplinary actions become lethal in the sci-fi film's official trailer from Dark Sky Films.

Level 16 will be released in theaters and on VOD beginning March 1st. Written and directed by Danishka Esterhazy, and produced by Judy Holm, Michael McNamara, and Stéphanie Chapelle, Level 16 stars Katie Douglas, Celina Martin, Sara Canning, Peter Outerbridge, Alexis Whelan, and Amalia Williamson.

"In the thematically rich fantasy Level 16, teen-aged Vivien (Emmy-nominated actress Katie Douglas) and Sophia's (Celina Martin) are locked away in a sterile top secret facility where they're taught the finer points of "feminine virtues" by Miss Brixil (Sara Canning), a Stepford-like headmistress, and left to
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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims

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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims
Exclusive: As accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein and others began flooding Hollywood early this year, CBS’ then-ceo Les Moonves stepped in to settle claims against one of the network’s biggest stars.

Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku in January after the actor accused Bull lead Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS drama, we’ve learned. Additionally, the confidential payment was sneaked into Bull’s production budget in an effort apparently motivated to avoid the sum popping up on the company’s books, sources say.

The confidential agreement was struck while CBS was engaging in ultimately unsuccessful talks of a potential merger with Viacom. The settlement and its machinations were not known to then-coo Joe Ianniello, who became acting CEO after Moonves resigned in September after a dozen
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Review: You Might Be The Killer is an extremely fun Whedon-esque horror-comedy

While Kevin Smith has the distinction for creating Tusk from one of his podcasts, You Might Be the Killer, now streaming on Shudder, is probably the first horror-comedy to be born from a Twitter coversation. Indeed, it was a Twitter exchange in the summer of 2017 between best-selling writers Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes (Aeons’ Gate Trilogy) that planted the seeds for this film co-written and directed by Brett Simmons. Probably the biggest selling point of You Might Be the Killer is the (quite coincidental) casting of Joss Whedon alumni Fran Kranz and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in the lead roles. Utilyzing a non-linear narrative, You Might Be the Killer kicks off in the climax of a typical...

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ABC Buys Dark Comedic Soap ‘Pushover’ From Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters

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ABC has put in development Pushover, a darkly comedic soap from Kevin (Probably) Saves The World creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and ABC Studios, where Fazekas and Butters and their Fazekas & Butters production company are under an overall deal.

This marks the second broadcast sale for Fazekas and Butters this season — the duo also is writing and executive producing mystery drama Emergence, which received a put pilot commitment at NBC with Paul McGuigan set to direct.

Written and executive produced by Fazekas and Butters, Pushover centers around a woman who has been “nice” all her life and decides to become a villain, with the help of her landlord, the office custodian, and the It department.

Robert Atwood, development executive for Fazekas & Butters, is a producer.

Fazekas and Butters created dramedy Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, which aired for one season on ABC. They previously served as executive producers
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Sabrina Adds Angel's Alexis Denisof to Play [Spoiler]'s Boyfriend in Season 2

Sabrina Adds Angel's Alexis Denisof to Play [Spoiler]'s Boyfriend in Season 2
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is conjuring up a new role for a Buffy and Angel alum: Alexis Denisof has joined the cast of Netflix’s bewitching drama for Season 2, TVLine has learned.

Denisof will recur as Ms. Wardwell’s boyfriend Adam Masters, who “returns to Greendale after a stint overseas working with Physicians Without Frontiers — unaware that his fiancée has been taken over by the demoness Madam Satan,” per the streamer. The actor played Wesley on Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s third season, then took the character to spinoff Angel for all five seasons. (He’s also married to Buffy star Alyson Hannigan.
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