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Stephen Amell To Be Honored, Ariana Grande and Kristin Chenoweth To Perform, at Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala

Today, nonprofit organization Fuck Cancer announced the star-studded line-up for its first ever Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala, chaired by Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, which will take place on Saturday, October 13 at Warner Bros. Studios.

Actor, Entrepreneur, Activist, and Fuck Cancer Board Member Stephen Amell will receive the Hero Award for his exceptional work raising funds and awareness for the organization. Fuck Cancer co-founder Yael Braun will receive the Barbara Berlanti Vanguard Award for her ground breaking work engaging influencers and young adults to get educated about the importance of prevention and early detection, while supporting those fighting cancer with innovative and accessible resources. Patrons of the gala will be treated to a very special performance by award-winning, world-renowned recording artists Ariana Grande and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as additional performances by Jeff Garlin and other surprise guests!

“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first ever Barbara Berlanti Heroes
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Showtime Orders ‘Queen Fur’ Pilot from Eileen Myers

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Showtime has ordered pilot “Queen Fur” from executive producer Eileen Myers.

Produced by Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, “Queen Fur” is set in a small town in Central Florida where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. Lily Mae Harrington will star as Macy Dunleavy – a high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity. Among Harrington’s credits are “Some Freaks,” “Room 104,” “Loserville,” and “Pee Wee’s Big Holiday.” She made her TV debut as semi-finalist on the reality series “The Glee Project.”

“Eileen has created a uniquely twisted female empowerment story that surprises at every turn,” said Gary Levine, president of programming for Showtime. “I am confident that Lily Mae Harrington, playing this feisty, sexually confident, gun-toting underdog, will have audiences laughing, gasping and, ultimately, cheering for her!”

Myers has served as a writer and
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Showtime Orders ‘Queen Fur’ Drama Pilot From Eileen Myers; Lily Mae Harrington To Star

  • Deadline
Showtime has given a formal pilot order to hourlong drama Queen Fur, from writer Eileen Myers (Masters of Sex), with Lily Mae Harrington (Some Freaks) set to star.

Created, written and executive produced by Myers, Queen Fur is set in a small town in Central Florida – a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy (Harrington) – a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity.

Sian Heder (Orange Is the New Black) will direct the pilot. Deb Spera (Army Wives) will serve as an executive producer with Myers. Showtime and Sony Pictures TV, where Myers is under an overall deal, are co-producing. Queen Fur has been in development at Showtime since 2017 when Myers, Spera and Sony TV sold the project to the pay
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Thomas Jane, Luke Kleintank to Star in ‘Crown Vic’ (Exclusive)

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Thomas Jane, Luke Kleintank to Star in ‘Crown Vic’ (Exclusive)
Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank will star in the film “Crown Vic” for writer/director Joel Souza.

“Crown Vic” follows one explosive night in the life of a seasoned Lapd veteran as he takes a young cop out on patrol and shows him the brutal reality of life behind the wheel.

Anjul Nigam is producing under his Brittany House Pictures banner along with Alec Baldwin and his El Dorado Pictures, and Gregg Bello. Maxx Tsai also produces under China-based Wudi Pictures and with Peter Toumbekis. Nigam, Tsai, and Bello recently worked together on Cuba Gooding Jr.’s directorial debut, “Louisiana Caviar,” which Nigam produced, Tsai executive produced, and Bello starred in alongside Gooding and Richard Dreyfuss.

Jane has a big year ahead, with a starring turn in Shane Black’s upcoming “The Predator.” He is a triple Golden Globe nominee for the comedy series “Hung” and has starred in such
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Colette Burson on Showing a Different Side of the South in “Permanent”

Permanent”: Magnolia Pictures

Colette Burson co-created and executive produced HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated series “Hung.” She helmed several episodes of the show. Her other directing credits include short “Little Black Boot” and feature “Coming Soon.”

Permanent” hits theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video, and iTunes today, December 15.

W&H: Describe your film for us in your own words.

Cb: The tagline sums it up nicely, “Hairstyles are temporary. Family is forever.” On a deeper level, “Permanent” is a coming-of-age story set in the South in 1982. The whole family is coming of age — the mother, the father, and the daughter. They’re each figuring out who they are, and the metaphor of hair, which is both universal yet personal, influences everyone’s identity, particularly at that moment in time.

It is also the story of being outsiders, which runs through my work from “Hung” and “The Riches” to this film. In
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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8 Lgbt Filmmakers Who Are Having a Great Year

8 Lgbt Filmmakers Who Are Having a Great Year
As we gear up for an awards season ripe with many quality queer films, it’s important to remember smaller successes who may get lost in the shuffle. Lgbt-themed film festivals Outfest and Frameline kicked off the summer, while New York’s own NewFest wrapped up last week. It’s always thrilling to see a gay film get awards attention, like the kind lavished on Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and foreign language contender “Bpm (Beats Per Minute).” But it’s been a banner year for nuanced queer films across the board, and especially ones from queer-identified filmmakers.

From up-and-comers making splashy debuts, to longtime favorites who have stepped up their game, the filmmakers on this list represent a varied swath of not only the Lgbt spectrum, but vastly different artistic styles. That means they have the potential to reach different audiences — and open up perspectives across demographics.
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Permanent Trailer: Rainn Wilson Is Having a Bad Hair Day

Permanent Trailer: Rainn Wilson Is Having a Bad Hair Day
Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for Permanent. This indie comedy is set in the early 80's in small town Virginia and "Perms" are all the rage. 13-year Aurelie dreams about getting one to finally fit in at her new school but when her clueless parents bring her to a hairdressing academy to save a few bucks, things go incredibly wrong. This is the story about adolescence, socially awkward family members and bad hair.

Bad hair day? Nope! More like a bad hair life. Set in 1982 in small town Virginia, Permanent centers around 13-year-old Aurelie Dickson (Kira McLean) and her parents, Jeanne and Jim (Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson). In this hilariously awkward and unique telling full of wit and wisdom of a hairstyle gone wrong, the Dicksons are struggling through major life changes together all the while trying desperately to emerge intact on the other side.
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Julia Brownell-Penned Family Vineyard Drama Gets Put Pilot Commitment from ABC

Brownell: LincolnCenterTheater/YouTube

Julia Brownell is switching gears from cults to grapes. “The Path” co-executive producer has scored a put pilot commitment from ABC for family drama “Eight Hundred Grapes,” Deadline reports. She’ll exec produce and pen the script.

An adaptation of Laura Dave’s 2015 novel “Eight Hundred Grapes: a Perfect Summer Escape to a Sun-drenched Vineyard,” the potential series centers on Georgia Ford, “who learned some important secrets growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard,” the source writes. “The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. But just a month before her wedding, 30-year-old Georgia discovers her fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive that it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she’s always done: She returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents and her brothers and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets.”

Phillip Noyce (“Roots,” “The Giver”) is directing the pilot.

Brownell most recently worked on Hulu’s “The Path,” a drama about a fictional religion — or cult, depending on who you ask — known as Meyerism and its followers. The show’s second season concluded in April, and Hulu has confirmed it will be returning for a third. Her other credits include “Parenthood,” “Smash,” and “Hung.”

Julia Brownell-Penned Family Vineyard Drama Gets Put Pilot Commitment from ABC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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NBC Developing Legal Drama from Actress Maya Dunbar

Dunbar: IMDb

Former “Banshee” star Maya Dunbar has sold a family legal drama to NBC, Deadline reports. The actress, whose credits include Ava DuVernay’s second feature “Middle of Nowhere,” “The Mentalist,” and “Southland,” is collaborating on the project with producers Demetrius Spencer and Michael Rosenberg (“Hung”) and Universal TV.

Still untitled, the show centers centers around “the country’s most successful African American civil rights attorney and his family-run law firm,” the source summarizes. “When tragedy strikes they’re forced to dive into their own dark pasts, walking the murky line between the law and self-preservation to save their future and the legacy of their powerful family name.”

Dunbar penned the script. In 2012 she received her first writing credit for an episode of “For Richer or Poorer,” a series she starred in. According to Deadline, this project marks her first network script sale.

Other women-created series in the works at NBC include an untitled female-led doctor comedy from actress Sugar Lyn Beard (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”) and “Good Girls,” a drama about suburban moms who decide to rob a store from “The Family” creator Jenna Bans.

Back in August the network announced “Female Forward,” a new annual initiative. Led by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in partnership with TV director Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland,” “Mad Men”), the program will provide 10 female directors the opportunity to shadow episodes of an NBC series as well as an in-season commitment to direct at least one episode of the series they shadow.

NBC Developing Legal Drama from Actress Maya Dunbar was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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NBC Developing Maya Dunbar Legal Drama

Actress Maya Dunbar is branching out. NBC has bought a family legal drama from Dunbar, producers Demetrius Spencer and Michael Rosenberg (Hung, Hell On Wheels) and Universal TV. Written and co-executive produced by Dunbar, the untitled drama centers around the country's most successful African American civil rights attorney and his family-run law firm. When tragedy strikes they're forced to dive into their own dark pasts, walking the murky line between the law and…
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Patricia Arquette to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Love Canal”

Arquette in “Boyhood

Patricia Arquette is stepping behind the camera. Deadline reports that the Oscar-winning actress is set to make her feature debut with “Love Canal,” a drama based on “The Canal,” an upcoming documentary. She’s also among the project’s producers.

“Love Canal” will follow an “extraordinary group of working class housewives from Love Canal, New York who took on the government and the chemical industry in the ‘70s,” the source writes. “With no training or support, they got the President himself to move their families from homes built on lots where massive amounts of toxic chemicals had been dumped.” Brad Desch (“Fathers & Daughters”) penned the script.

Arquette has previously directed for the small screen. She helmed two episodes of “Medium,” a series she starred in from 2005–2011.

After winning an Oscar in 2015 for “Boyhood,” Arquette said, “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” The feminist also sounded off on gender inequality in Kamala Lopez’s 2016 doc “Equal Means Equal,” an exploration of how women are treated in the U.S. today.

True Romance,” “Lost Highway,” and “CSI: Cyber” are among Arquette’s best-known credits. Her upcoming films include “Permanent,” a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by “Hung” creator Colette Burson, and “The Bell Jar,” Kirsten Dunst’s feature debut.

For more information about the doc “Love Canal” is inspired by, check out “The Canal’s” crowdfunding page. The project is currently in post-production, according to IMDb.

Patricia Arquette to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Love Canal” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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NBC's The Brave Premiere: Grade It!

NBC's The Brave Premiere: Grade It!
An elite Special Ops team launches a new mission Monday as NBC’s The Brave joins the fray of military dramas (CBS’ Seal Team, The CW’s Valor) debuting this season. Was the operation successful? We want to know what you thought, but first: a quick recap.

A good chunk of the series premiere involves meeting Capt. Adam Dalton (Under the Dome‘s Mike Vogel) and his team, a pre-existing group of elite military operatives: sniper “Jaz” Khan (played by Natacha Karam), combat medic “McG” McGuide (Noah Mills, 2 Broke Girls) and”Preach” Carter (Demetrius Grosse, Banshee) — as well as new
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The Brave Review – Special Ops TV Hopes For A Place That Feels Comfortable

The Brave has an uphill battle to find an audience and that may result in this turning into a show that a lot of people wish they had watched once it gets a few episodes in and struggles in the ratings. It’s fantastically niche for a start, because no matter how much it tries to wedge itself into the mold of popular cop shows, special forces hits and extraction missions just aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.

If that weren’t enough, there is an air of the formulaic about the series which might not go over too well simply because the jump from the war room to the streets and back again reminds too much of too many shows.

Then we have to add in the idea that there are those out there who may be wishing that we would just stop trying to make Anne Heche happen.
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The Brave: Five Things to Know About NBC's Two-Pronged Military Drama

The Brave: Five Things to Know About NBC's Two-Pronged Military Drama
To explain the genesis of NBC’s upcoming military drama The Brave, series creator Dean Georgaris invokes not the strategic genius of Sgt. Major Jonas Blane or the war-is-hell mentality of Capt. Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce, but the poor choices made by one Walter White.

“I don’t come from a military family. I don’t have a political axe to grind. I don’t have a particular fascination with death, but I am fascinated with human resiliency and human ingenuity,” Georgaris (Life of Pi) tells TVLine. After watching documentaries about American Special Forces teams, “I was continually impressed with their ingenuity.
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Armed Response Starring Wesley Snipes Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 10th

The nail-bitting thriller Armed Response explodes on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, and Digital HD October 10 from Lionsgate. Currently available On Demand, the action-filled film follows an elite team of operatives who must escape from an isolated military compound after being trapped among an unidentifiable threat. From director John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Crazy/Beautiful, Seal Team Six) and written by Matt Savelloni, theArmed Response Blu-ray and DVD includes a never-before-seen featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features

“Inside the Minds of Armed Response” Featurette

Cast

Wesley Snipes The Expendables 3, Blade Franchise, Chi-Raq, Brooklyn’s Finest

Anne Heche
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Stephen King's 1922 Trailer Teases Mike Patton's Spooky Score

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Stephen King's 1922 Trailer Teases Mike Patton's Spooky Score
Netflix has just released the first trailer for their adaptation of Stephen King's novella, 1922, which is set to debut next month. Not only does the trailer look creepy, but it also sounds unsettling, thanks to Mike Patton's fantastic soundtrack that recalls a twisted take on a Hitchcock score. In a recent interview to promote the incredibly successful It, King alerted fans that this adaptation was really special and that it really "creeped" him out when he saw the rough cut. The legendary horror author also mentioned that he couldn't stop thinking about it, which is a good indicator since he basically said the same thing about the big screen adaptation if It.

The first trailer for 1922 comes to us courtesy of the official Netflix YouTube account and it is an uncomfortable two and a half minutes to say the least. Adding to the uneasiness is the original score
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Charlie Saxton and Dave Foley join Misfits U.S. remake

Last month it was announced that the British series Misfits is set for a U.S. remake from Freeform, and now we have word on two more additions to the cast, with Deadline reporting that Charlie Saxton (Hung) and Dave Foley (NewsRadio) have joined the project as series regulars.

Saxton will play Simon, who is described as “Intelligent and odd, Simon makes his way through life ignored by the world at large. Alternately tormented and shunned by his roommates, Simon has just as much trouble connecting with the other misfits he meets at community service.” Foley is set to portray Bernie, “a disheveled driver (think Uber), he’s clumsy, dorky and wearing clothes from 1990. Everything about this guy screams ‘desperate’”.

The two new additions join the previously cast Ashleigh Lathrop (Siren), Tre Hall (Rebel), Allie MacDonald (Orphan Black) and Jack Cannavale (Nurse Jackie) in the series, which has been written
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Dave Foley Joins Misfits Remake Pilot

Dave Foley Joins Misfits Remake Pilot
Many of the characters in Freeform’s Misfits remake pilot have supernatural abilities. The one played by new cast addition Dave Foley (NewsRadio) really, really doesn’t.

Foley has joined the potential superhero drama as as series regular, our sister site Deadline reports. His character, Bernie, is a schlubby, desperate car-service driver who is clumsy and rather desperate.

Misfits, an adaptation of a British cult hit, centers on a group of young offenders in a community-service program who develop otherworldly powers after being hit by a mysterious electrical storm. The cast includes Ashleigh Lathrop (Sirens) as Alicia, a spoiled, vapid,
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‘Misfits’ Reboot: Dave Foley & Charlie Saxton Cast In Freeform Pilot

Dave Foley (NewsRadio) and Charlie Saxton (Hung) are set as series regulars in the Freeform pilot Misfits, a supernatural drama from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire. Written by Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZombie) inspired by the British series, Misfits revolves around a group of young offenders in a community service program who develop supernatural powers after being hit by a mysterious electrical storm. Foley will play Bernie, a disheveled driver (think…
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