Lynda Obst Testifies in Robert Durst Murder Case

April 27th, 2017 Movies, Television

The ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ producer said that Berman, a mutual friend whom Durst is charged with shooting, confided that she had pretended to be Durst’s first wife in a telephone call that prosecutors say took place after the wife was dead.

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APOS: Southeast Asian Streamer Hooq Unveils Five Original Productions

April 27th, 2017 Business, Movies, Television

The platform, which is backed by Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., will begin theatrically exhibiting and streaming the projects in Asia over the coming months.

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Kathleen Crowley, Actress in Low-Budget 1950s Horror Movies, Dies at 87

April 26th, 2017 Movies, Television

The former Miss America contestant also guest-starred on dozens of TV shows, including ‘Maverick,’ ’77 Sunset Strip’ and ‘Batman.’

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‘The Get Down’ Star Shameik Moore Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

April 26th, 2017 Business, Movies, Television

The ‘Dope’ breakout will voice the title hero in Sony’s animated Spider-Man film.

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How to Stream Live Television Without Paying for Cable

April 25th, 2017 Technology, Television
How to Stream Live Television Without Paying for Cable

Get the best of live, on-demand, and streaming television without paying for cable The post How to Stream Live Television Without Paying for Cable appeared first on WIRED.

TV Review: Dueling Einsteins keep Genius afloat

April 25th, 2017 Television

Though his hairdo and rascally nature have inspired many a fictional scientist, Albert Einstein’s life has gotten surprisingly little play on the big and small screens. Where he has appeared, the German physicist has had to share cinematic space with the likes of Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, Tim Robbins, and Yahoo Serious. But the lack of a proper Einstein biopic probably has more to do with the wide breadth of his accomplishments and adventures than a lack of interest in them. At least, that seems to be Ron Howard’s thinking on the matter. The director recently helmed the premiere of NatGeo’s Genius, a 10-part event series (or season, depending on which Emmy voter you ask) about the man whose name is practically synonymous with “genius.” And even he admits he wasn’t fully aware of the “many twists and turns” in or of “how much drama” made …

TV Review: Great News brings a bit of 30 Rock’s spirit back to NBC

April 25th, 2017 Television

Andrea Martin—with her big eyes and the way she contorts her mouth—makes a meal out of reaction shots. Her very oohs and ahhs are like a symphony of funny, and they get glorious play in the big-hearted sitcom Great News.

Created by former 30 Rock and The Mindy Project writer Tracey Wigfield—who won an Emmy for the former’s “Last Lunch”—the series has its executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s stamp all over it. From the bright color palette to the jaunty incidental music, it feels like it exists in the same universe that Tracy Jordan and Kimmy Schmidt occupy. Wigfield leads her writers’ room with the same eye for sharp characterization and love of fast-flying gags (be they verbal or sight) as her mentors do. Couple that with a talented cast, and it’s clear to see why Great News is immediately such …

Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in May

April 21st, 2017 Movies, Television

Take a look at which titles to check out before they disappear from the streaming service next month.

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Producers Guild Names Michelle Byrd to New East Coast Post

April 21st, 2017 Movies, Television

As managing director, she will oversee East Coast operations for the organization.

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TV Review: Adventure Time: Elements has a simple story, but strong character moments

April 21st, 2017 Television

Upon returning to Ooo after the exceptional Adventure Time: Islands miniseries, Finn (Jeremy Shada) and Jake (John DiMaggio) find themselves in the middle of yet another long story that needs its own separate miniseries for the telling. Unlike the last one, Adventure Time: Elements doesn’t offer answers to questions that have been lingering since the start of the series or speak significantly to current social and political issues. It’s a much simpler plot about a ragtag group working together to stop overwhelming opposition, and while it’s certainly entertaining, Elements isn’t as sharp or thoughtful as Islands.

Ooo has become a total mess since the heroes left to discover the truth behind what happened to the humans. The four elementals (Princess Bubblegum, Slime Princess, Flame Princess, and Patience St. Pim) have taken over after having their powers amplified by magic, and the world is split evenly into …

TV Review: Silicon Valley sets ’em up to knock ’em all down again in season 4

April 21st, 2017 Television

The Peter principle was born in ’60s corporate America, but it’s not relegated to stuffy old workplaces—we basically see it in action every time a new series or film turns out to be a hit. Whether they’re in Hollywood or on Wall Street, executives can’t help but try to wring as much value out of any and every good idea, even in the face of diminishing returns. A merely respectable performance can bolster enough confidence to nab a promotion or renewal order. But at some point, the rising star is simply not up to the task at the next level. The principle dictates that our incompetence or lack of suitability will be revealed, and the cycle will start all over again for someone or something else.

That management concept plays out at the micro level—especially in the case of Nelson Bighetti, though it’s arguable …

TV Review: At least Oprah shines in the scattered, schmaltzy Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

April 21st, 2017 Television

There’s a reason Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks spent six years on The New York Times bestseller list. It deftly tells an engrossing story of science, race, and family, Skloot’s first-person perspective carefully unpacking how one woman’s exploitation reverberates through her children 50 years later. This family’s mother, Henrietta Lacks, unwittingly provided the cells that led to a medical breakthrough in the ’50s: When she received cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins, the cervical cancer cells were found to be immortal, dividing themselves ceaselessly. For the first time, scientists could experiment on living cells without them dying.

This miracle of science is told in a newsreel-type presentation that begins the movie. Filmed in black and white and set to jaunty, brassy music and Atlantic-accented news announcers, it appealingly brings to mind the opening act of Citizen Kane, laying out the facts …

TV Review: The excellent Dear White People doesn’t care about white people

April 19th, 2017 Television

Coming three years after the film of the same name, Dear White People the TV series immediately surpasses its source material. Creator Justin Simien revisits the film’s territory in his Netflix series, but the new format allows the show to dive into topics in a way the movie couldn’t. The original film was too preachy, too focused on educating white audiences, so much so that it left its black characters feeling like badly drawn caricatures created to prove a point. That’s because Dear White People the film was created to educate white people about racism and microaggressions. But Dear White People the Netflix series is more concerned with capturing the diverse realities of black existence while leaving blatant politics and history lessons in the background.

The series continues where the movie left off and looks at the same characters we last saw living in Armstrong/Parker, the …

Peabody Awards: ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ’13th’ Among Documentary Winners

April 18th, 2017 Movies, Television

The awards will be handed out at a May 20 gala in New York, hosted by Rashida Jones.

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‘Tokyo Project’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Wanders Streets of Japan (Exclusive Video)

April 18th, 2017 Movies, Television

‘Girls’ director Richard Shepard helmed the short film starring the ‘Mad Men’ alum and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

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TV Review: Fargo leans harder than ever on its cast for season 3

April 18th, 2017 Television

In addition to their murder mysteries, each new season of Fargo has had a larger question looming over it. For the first, it was a matter of answering just what the anthology series, from creator Noah Hawley, could add to the Coen brothers’ new-classic black comedy. Hawley quickly justified the existence of the adaptation with those first 10 episodes, so when the second season arrived in 2015, the speculation centered on whether he could keep it up. Turns out fans needn’t have worried, as the Patrick Wilson-led season delivered more of the Coens’ mix of humor and malaise. Hawley’s even proven himself elsewhere on FX and in the drama genre with Legion, his revelatory take on superhero shows, which he happened to be working on while Fargo was filming earlier this year.

So just what does Fargo season three, which premieres Wednesday, have to contend with—that is …

Jackie Chan Launches Kids Animation Show, With Feature Film to Follow

April 17th, 2017 Business, Movies, Television

‘All New Jackie Chan Adventures’ cost an estimated $6 million to produce and is set to roll out on over 200 TV channels across China, with an international launch targeted for later this year.

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TV Review: American Gods tells a timely story about immigration, war, and dangerous con men

April 16th, 2017 Television

In the kind of coincidence that would make Mr. Wednesday himself chuckle, there are two major 2017 releases rooted in Nordic mythology that are being touted with a road-trip angle. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has promised that in November, the Odinson and his “work friend” the Incredible Hulk, will trek across the cosmos to fend off the end of existence. And later this month, you’ll be able to take in the sights of small-town America before they’re wiped out by war when American Gods premieres on Starz.

As topical as that sentence might seem in light of recent events, the show’s central conflict is actually one that began brewing when Neil Gaiman first started making his way across the country, collecting the stories that informed his 2001 novel. The result was equal parts fairy tale, road novel, and unofficial ethnography, as well as pure, unadulterated Gaiman …

TV Review: Doctor Who gets its own Hellmouth in the teen-centric spin-off Class

April 14th, 2017 Television

Doctor Who is no stranger to spin-offs. First there was Torchwood, the adult-oriented sci-fi series that launched in 2006. And next came The Sarah Jane Adventures, a more lighthearted genre series geared toward kids. With Doctor Who as the all-ages flagship, that left just one segment of the market untapped: teens. And the new school-set series Class is finally here to pick up the slack. Set at Coal Hill Academy, a staple Doctor Who locale that featured heavily in the revival’s eighth season, Class follows a group of sixth-form (i.e., senior) students charged with protecting their school from galactic threats when the Doctor isn’t around to save the day. And though it doesn’t break the mold when it comes to teen genre series, Class is nevertheless a worthy companion to the Who universe. And there’s nothing Doctor Who loves more than a good companion.

There …

TV Review: Starz continues to explore the women behind the throne with The White Princess

April 14th, 2017 Television

Philippa Gregory has created her own cottage industry of lightly fictionalized historical novels about English history, beginning with The Other Boleyn Girl. Since then, she has expanded into several volumes about the Tudors and their predecessors and various wives. The hit Starz series The White Queen combined three of Gregory’s books to tell the story of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; Anne Neville, wife of Richard III; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, all vying for power in the midst of the War Of The Roses.

As The White Princess begins, Henry VII has defeated Richard III to end that war and become king of England, the last such sovereign to take that title by force. Part of his victory is due to his promise to marry Elizabeth Of York, thereby tying the red and white roses, the houses of Tudor and York, hopefully forever. But Elizabeth …