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Toronto Film Fest Reducing Lineup By 20%; Retires Vanguard, City To City Sections

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The Toronto International Film Festival is taking a bold step to reduce its lineup of films by 20% for the 2017 edition, in what is likely to be welcome news to some attendees who have lamented in recent years the bulging selections and sidebars. TIFF also says it is retiring the Vanguard and City to City sections. "As we build on the success of the Festival’s past four decades, we’re challenged to balance providing a generous choice of movies for over 400,000… Read

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Acorn To Co-Produce BBC Drama ‘Love, Lies & Records’ Starring Ashley Jensen

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Acorn Media Enterprises has boarded its latest UK drama series as the North American co-production partner on BBC One’s Love, Lies & Records. The Acorn TV Original is written by Kay Mellor (The Syndicate) and stars Catastrophe and Ugly Betty‘s Ashley Jensen who also led Acorn’s first original series, Agatha Raisin. A six-part series, Love, Lies & Records is produced by Rollem Productions for BBC One. Shooting starts next month on the drama that follows Town Hall Registrar… Read

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WGA Meeting Shows Guild On Strike Footing As Contract Talks Loom

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Bargaining on a new contract isn’t expected to begin until next month, but if tonight's informational meeting is any indication, the Writers Guild of America is definitely on a strike footing. "It seems that if they took a strike authorization vote tonight, it would be favorable," said a seemingly dismayed writer upon leaving the meeting. "They were cheering speakers who were in favor of a hard line, and booing those who expressed trepidation." Non-members weren't allowed… Read

Film

‘Alien: Covenant’ ‘Prologue’ Video Introduces The Colony Ship’s Crew Before Cryosleep

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Teased during the latest episode of Legion on Fox, fans got a new look at Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant in The Prologue: Last Supper video, a short that introduces the crew of the colony ship, Covenant. Set on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter (Michael Fassbender), enjoy one last meal together before cryosleep. The latest chapter in the Alien franchise, follows the crew as they reach the far… Read

TV

Stephen Colbert Wonders If Donald Trump Will Get WaPo’s “Democracy Dies In Darkness” Message

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Over the weekend President Donald Trump called the media “the enemy of the American people.” To which Washington Post responded today with the addition of a nuts-to-you slogan which, sadly, did not read “Nuts To You” but rather, more self-importantly: "Democracy Dies In Darkness." Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted President Trump will get this strong “goth phase” message, just as soon as he sees it mentioned on Fox & Friends. “DDiD” beat out WaPo's other top choices… Read

TV

Kellyanne Conway Returns To TV, Says She Has Been Busy Looking At Houses And Being Mom

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"I don't think I have to explain myself if I'm not going on TV if I'm out with four kids for three days looking at houses and schools,” President Donald Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Channel primetime star Sean Hannity tonight in re her absence from TV for more than a week. “A lot of my colleagues aren't trying to figure out how to be a mother of four kids, I assure you." Conway also insisted only “about 5% of what I'm being asked to do in this White… Read

Business

Hollywood Reacts To Government’s New Stance On Bathrooms For Transgender Students

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The White House today changed its guidance on protections for transgender students’ use of bathrooms in public schools — and Hollywood types predictably are unhappy about it. The Donald Trump administration has withdrawn President Obama’s non-binding guidelines to federally funded schools that said those who want to choose a restroom and locker room based on their gender identity should be allowed to do so. But today, the Departments of Justice and Education said in a… Read

TV

‘Mayans MC’: John Ortiz Cast In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff Pilot

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Luck alum John Ortiz has booked a lead role in Mayans MC, Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot for FX. Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller's death at the end of SOA's seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. Ortiz will play Esai “Taino” Osorio, President of Mayans MC, Santo Padre Charter. A Mexi-Rican, he was born in the Bronx, then sent to Oakland to live with… Read

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Judd Hirsch Signs With TalentWorks

Judd Hirsch, a cast member in "Independence Day: Resurgence," poses at the premiere of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, June 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Veteran comedy and drama actor Judd Hirsch has signed with TalentWorks. At age 81, the two-time Tony and Emmy winner continues to work full-time; he is the lead opposite Jermaine Fowler in CBS’ new multi-camera comedy series Superior Donuts. Hirsch had been without a talent representation since July when his long-time manager, Joan Sittenfield, passed away after a long cancer battle. Hirsch had been with her for 18 years. Over the years, Hirsch, an Oscar nominee for Ordina… Read

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Ana Ortiz To Star In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’ ABC Comedy Pilot

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Devious Maids and Ugly Betty alumna Ana Ortiz has been tapped as the female lead opposite Jason Biggs in ABC's comedy pilot Charlie Foxtrot, from writer Sam Sklaver, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. In Charlie Foxtrot, Fort Bragg, an Army base in North Carolina, is like home to Angelina Torres (Ortiz) and her two children. However, when her fiancé, Joe Taylor, is killed in action in Iraq, it looks as though she will have to move. But Joe’s brother… Read

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‘When We Rise’ Review: ABC’s Ambitious LGBTQ Rights Miniseries Too Dense

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Debuting on February 27 and running for most of next week, ABC's miniseries When We Rise is an ambitious and ultimately too dense effort that seemingly forgot that less is often more. Still, as I also say in my video review above, the fact that a miniseries like this from Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is on a broadcast network night after night next week is a great thing. Sadly, in some ways, even more so right now in the America of 2017, where safe… Read

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‘Suits’ Spinoff Starring Gina Torres Eyed By USA

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Jessica Pearson could be getting her own show. USA Network is in early talks for a potential new series toplined by former Suits standout Gina Torres. While a Jessica Pearson spinoff had been talked about on-and-off for more than a year as USA had been interested in pursuing an offshoot, I hear conversations recently heated up as Torres had been fielding a slew of broadcast pilot offers for a second straight year. Last year, she was cast as the lead in the ABC drama pilot… Read