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Chicago P.D. Enlists Anne Heche to Play Key Recurring Role in Season 6

Chicago P.D. Enlists Anne Heche to Play Key Recurring Role in Season 6
Is Anne Heche the newest thorn in Voight’s side?

Chicago P.D. has tapped the Brave star for a recurring role in Season 6 as Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan, our sister site Deadline reports.

Katherine is described as smart, to the point and political. While those may sound like good attributes, she is also self-serving, as well as a cunning and formidable opponent. Sounds like another potential foe for Voight, yes? Season 5 of the police drama concluded with the sergeant being questioned by higher-ups about a shooting he was involved in following Olinsky’s death. (Read our full finale recap here.
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Former Pixar Employee Exposes Studio's Vulgar and Sexist Workplace

Even though Disney is removing John Lasseter from Pixar it appears as though the problem runs much, much deeper than just one man's sexual misconduct, harassment and inappropriate behavior. Former Pixar graphic designer Cassandra Smolcic recently penned a lengthy, revealing and distressing personal essay about her time spent with the animation studio. She later adapted the essay into a shorter column for Variety. The #MeToo and Time's Up movements that came in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal have done a lot to spread awareness and make change, but this essay makes it clear the industry has a long way to go. Smolcic paints a picture of Pixar that is systematically a sexist environment that doesn't value the work of women nearly as highly as it does the work of men.

"I know people are saying that the climate there wasn't 'that bad.' I'm here to tell you that it was,
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Kelly Macdonald Finally Gets Her Own Star Vehicle, Two Decades After Breaking Out in ‘Trainspotting’

Kelly Macdonald Finally Gets Her Own Star Vehicle, Two Decades After Breaking Out in ‘Trainspotting’
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Kelly Macdonald has an enviable list of co-stars she’s shared the screen with during her two-decade-long career. There was Ewan McGregor in her first film, “Trainspotting” (the Scottish actress was working as a barmaid when decided to hit up an open casting call for the part of Diane), then Bill Nighy in “The Girl in the Cafe,” Josh Brolin in “No Country for Old Men,” Sam Rockwell in “Choke,” Steve Buscemi in “Boardwalk Empire,” and those are just the men she’s worked alongside. On “Black Mirror,” she was memorably paired up with Faye Marsay in the episode “Hated in the Nation,” and in the Pixar adventure film “Brave,” Emma Thompson voiced her character’s mother, both a friend and a foe to Macdonald’s plucky young princess.

In just over twenty years, Macdonald has done plenty,
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How Pixar’s Open Sexism Ruined My Dream Job (Guest Column)

After years of exploiting his position of power at Pixar and Disney, pressure from the Me Too movement recently ousted John Lasseter from his post as chief creative officer. But Pixar has yet to address how John’s sexist attitudes permeated its culture for decades, giving men license to mistreat women and sideline their careers.

I was a graphic designer at Pixar during the second half of my 20s. I know people are saying that the climate there wasn’t “that bad.” I’m here to tell you that it was, and more than likely still is.

At Pixar, my female-ness was an undeniable impediment to my value, professional mobility, and sense of security within the company. The stress of working amidst such a blatantly sexist atmosphere took its toll, and was a major factor in forcing me out of the industry.

When I started at Pixar as an intern,
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Richard "Old Man" Harrison From 'Pawn Stars' Has Died at Age 77

Richard Harrison, who starred on the hit show Pawn Stars, has died. He was 77. His son, Rick Harrison, revealed the heartbreaking news on Monday, June 25 on Instagram. "Richard Benjamin 'The Old Man' Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved," Rick wrote in the caption. "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn, and his many fans the world over. He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool 'Old Man' as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him." A post shared by Rick Harrison (@rick_harrison) on Jun 25, 2018 at 6:57am Pdt He added, "He lived a very full life and through the History television show Pawn Stars
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Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter

Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter
The John Lasseter era is really over at Pixar and Disney with Tuesday’s promotions of Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee as chief creative officers of the respective animation studios. They’ve been the frontrunners all along to succeed Lasseter (set to leave Disney and Pixar at year’s end after allegations of workplace sexual harassment), and they are great choices. We can expect smooth transitions and likely success at Pixar and Disney along with better morale, improved workplace conditions, and, hopefully, greater advancement opportunities for women.

Docter was one of Pixar’s first employees, joining the studio in 1990 during the production of “Toy Story,” and the director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Oscar-winning “Up” and “Inside Out.” He’s a consummate animator and storyteller: warm, sensitive, funny, and a risk taker. He’s beloved at Pixar (a valued member of the Brain Trust), and has learned well from both
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‘Incredibles 2’: Will Pixar sequel win Oscar bookend to ‘The Incredibles’?

‘Incredibles 2’: Will Pixar sequel win Oscar bookend to ‘The Incredibles’?
Incredibles 2” opened this weekend to a record haul for an animated feature, taking in a whopping $180 million. That easily eclipsed the benchmark of $135 million set by “Finding Dory” in 2016. Executives at Pixar are probably wishing they hadn’t taken 14 years to produce a sequel to “The Incredibles,” which won the 2014 Oscar as Best Animated Feature.

The category was only four years old then, and “The Incredibles” was the second Pixar picture in a row to win following “Finding Nemo” in 2003. Since those back-to-back victories, this animation powerhouse has claimed this Academy Award another seven times: “Ratatouille” (2007); “Wall-e” (2008); “Up” (2009); Toy Story 3″ (2010); “Brave” (2012); “Inside Out” (2015); and “Coco” (2017).

Watch Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson (‘Coco’) on ’emotional’ and ‘gorgeous’ Day of the Dead animated feature

Do you think that “Incredibles 2” will move the record number of Oscars for Pixar into the double digits? After all, this film by Brad Bird
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Anthony Bourdain's Series 'Parts Unknown' Is Staying on Netflix for "Months to Come"

News broke on June 12 that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain tragically took his own life in Paris, but Netflix quickly jumped in to make sure his legacy lives on. Anthony was the star of the CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, that premiered on the streaming service in 2013, and explored different parts of the world using the local cuisine as a focal point. However, back in May, Netflix announced which movies and shows were going to end in June, and Parts Unknown had made the list — it was scheduled leave on June 16. But, after Anthony's death, fans became incredibly interested in not only his life, but also the shows he created. A petition was started on Change.org to keep Parts Unknown on Netflix, and it garnered almost 7,000 signatures. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) So, just hours after the world found out about Anthony's passing and fans created this petition, Netflix changed their tune.
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Every Pixar Character Voiced by John Ratzenberger, from ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Incredibles 2’ (Photos)

He’s been called Pixar’s “good-luck charm,” and that’s because to date, John Ratzenberger has done voice work for every Pixar film. The 71-year-old actor might forever be known to audiences as Cliff Clavin on “Cheers,” but to audiences who have grown up with these movies, he’s been a consistent voice for over 20 years. Ratzenberger returned to voice the villain The Underminer in the latest Pixar joint, “The Incredibles 2,” opening this Friday. And whether it’s a supporting part or a quick, Easter Egg cameo, Ratzenberger has always been there. Here’s a chronological list of each of those characters:

Hamm – “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3

By far Ratzenberger’s most well-known Pixar character, this porking piggy bank is chock-full of great one-liners and quips across the “Toy Story” trilogy, whether it’s trading jokes with Mr. Potato Head or making snide put downs about Andy’s neighbor Sid.
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Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide Mourned By Rose McGowan In New Letter; Didn’t Take “Doctor’s Advice” In Depression Battle

Rose McGowan may have taken down an emotional video on the death of Anthony Bourdain that she posted online last week but today the Brave author penned an equally impassioned and revealing letter on the suicide of her friend. Lamenting the June 8 tragedy, its effect on the Parts Unknown host's lover Asia Argento and the need for a "conversation about suicide," McGowan also opened up specifically about Bourdain's recent battles with depression. “I know before Anthony died…
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Sundance London 2018. Female-Led Fifth Edition Asks #WhatsNext?

Sundance Film Festival ‘18: London runs May 30 - June 2, 2018 at Picturehouse Central.Half the PictureThis year at Sundance London—the Utah festival’s fifth edition based across the pond—the line-up was heavy with women-led and directed features. Of the twelve films that screened last weekend at London’s Picturehouse Central, seven of them were directed by women (working out to about 58% majority for women directors). The festival organizers inform us that this was a serendipitous programming choice, and maybe it was, but it settles into the feminist zeitgeist of the American film industry in a timely manner. In fact, #WhatsNext was the theme of this year’s festival: examining the future of independent film in light of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements that have precipitated dramatic change in the industry over the past few months. Accordingly, one of the most relevant films in the lineup was Amy Adrion
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John Lasseter Will Exit Disney at the End of the Year

John Lasseter Will Exit Disney at the End of the Year
John Lasseter, once the most powerful man in animation, will leave the Walt Disney Co. at the end of the year following a sexual harassment scandal, the company announced on Friday.

Lasseter, who was chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, has been on a “sabbatical” since Nov. 21, when he sent a memo to staff apologizing for “unwanted hugs.” Female employees told Variety at the time that Lasseter had a reputation for touching women inappropriately in the office, including rubbing their legs and kissing them on the lips. Lasseter was also reprimanded for making out with a subordinate at an Oscar party in 2010, sources told Variety.

Over the last two weeks, many in the animation community have urged Disney to oust Lasseter for good. Social media users adopted the tag #LoseLasseter. Though Lasseter was executive producer of “Incredibles 2,” he did not appear at the film’s premiere on Tuesday.
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Our Fall TV Predictions, From That Arrow Unmasking to Young Sheldon's Freshman Fate: Which Came True?

Way back in mid-September, when the 2017-18 TV season was barely emerging from its primordial ooze, the TVLine staff did the annual thing that we do — offer up brainy and or bold predictions for dozens of shows. What was our latest success rate?

The staff served up its best educated guesses about an Arrow unmasking (that ultimately fell under “Be careful what you wish for!”), a simply Charming Once Upon a Time encore, our “Hope” for an Originals spinoff and the dramatic turn that might nudge two Grey’s Anatomy docs toward the altar.

Also meriting prognostication was the prospect of Lethal Weapon heating up,
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Vanellope Meets Disney Princesses in New ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Trailer

Disney has dropped a new trailer for “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2″ with all the Disney Princesses making an appearance.

The footage, released by Walt Disney Animation Studios on Monday, finds John C. Reilly’s titular hero and his friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) leaving Litwak’s Family Fun Center and Arcade in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush.

The trailer is highlighted by Vanellope meeting all the Disney Princesses including Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”).

She’s quizzed as to whether or not she’s a princess with the key question being,
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Ralph And Vanellope Meet Disney Princesses And Stormtroopers In New Trailer For Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2

Here’s a first look at the new trailer and poster for Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

When Wreck-it Ralph opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned
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Sundance London 2018 Review – The Tale (2017)

The Tale, 2017.

Directed by Jennifer Fox.

Starring Laura Dern, Isabelle Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, and Common.

Synopsis:

Documentary maker Jennifer seems to have it all until a story she wrote at the age of 13 is discovered by her mother. It’s about a special relationship with an adult and Jennifer realises that what’s in the story is nothing like her personal memories of what happened. She sets out to find the people involved and discover if the stories she’d told herself were actually true.

Brave” is probably the first word that comes to mind to describe Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, which opened this year’s Sundance London. Yet it’s probably not the right one. It sounds unintentionally patronising and she probably wouldn’t accept it. But it takes a special kind of courage – nay, pure guts – to tell the world that you’ve
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David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie to Lead Live-Action Debut from ‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman

Come Away will be the live-action directorial debut for the Oscar-winning Brave director Brenda Chapman. Her film, which is slated to begin photography later this year, now has some rather big names attached to it. Both Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo will star in the director’s latest fantasy drama, Deadline reports.

From screenwriter Marissa Kate Goodhill, the story plays as a prequel to both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. The film is expected to explore Peter and Alice’s past relationship as siblings during their adventurous search for their parents (Jolie and Oyelowo). When speaking to Deadline, director Brenda Chapman said “Angelina and David are going to bring a beautiful chemistry and depth to this magical story, giving audiences a wonderful step outside the expected.”

With directing credits on Brave and The Prince of Egypt and writing credits on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, Chapman
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Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo To Join a Peter Pan and Alice In Wonderland Prequel Film Come Away

There's an interesting fantasy film project currently in development called Come Away. The story for the film is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, and Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) and David Oyelowo (Selma) are in talks to star. Here the details we have about the film thanks to Deadline:

Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents (Jolie & Oyelowo) from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination. This sets the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.

That sounds like a great story! I really like that concept and it has the makings of a powerful film. The movie will mark the live-action debut of director Brenda Chapman, the Oscar-winning director and
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Angelina Jolie And David Oyelowo Set To Star In Fantasy Film From ‘Brave’ Director

What do you do when Hollywood has already recently made films based on “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan?” You surely can’t do just another remake. How about you do a prequel that combines both classic tales into one? That’s the ticket!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s exactly what director Brenda Chapman, best known for her Oscar-winning animated film “Brave,” is set to do.

Continue reading Angelina Jolie And David Oyelowo Set To Star In Fantasy Film From ‘Brave’ Director at The Playlist.
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The Link Visits

• Lit Hub interesting essay on the popularity of world-building in genre fiction

• Coming Soon Wreck It Ralph 2 has a scene with all the Disney princesses

• Cartoon Brew trailer for something called Another Day of Life which combines documentary footage with CG animation for a different kind of movie

• The Guaridan a five star review of the great silent film Pandora's Box, which y'all know I love. It's maybe my favorite silent

• The New Yorker the emptiness of the new Star Wars universe. I liked Solo more than most and disagree with a few key points here (Emilia Clarke had plenty of screen time to develop that character for example. She's just not an inspired actor is all) but it's still an interesting good read about the problem of prequels and self-consciously mythic work.

Tom Cruise... speaking of self-conciously mythic. Top Gun 2 began filming

• Boy Culture Madonna gives her blessing to
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