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Sundance Film Review: Melanie Lynskey in ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.’

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You’d have to go all the way back to “Heavenly Creatures” to find a role that understands what actress Melanie Lynskey brings to the table as clearly as Macon Blair’s “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” And yet, the fact that it’s taken 20-odd years — this despite lead roles in such even-keel… Read more »

On ‘The Good Place’ Twist and a Strong Finish to a Fine First Season

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Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “Michael’s Gambit,” the Season One finale of “The Good Place.” Who knew we were going to get two versions of “Westworld” — one comedic, the other dramatic — in the past five months? Peak TV, you secretive minx, you. The parallels between “The Good Place” and the HBO show were… Read more »

NBC Gives Pilot Order to Military Hero Drama ‘For God and Country’

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NBC has ordered a pilot for the drama “For God and Country,” Variety has learned. The drama is described as “a heart-pounding look” into the complex world of the bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices, while executing challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The project hails from Keshet, which is partnering with Universal Television… Read more »

Jim Gianopulos in Early Talks With Wanda for Legendary Post

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Former Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos is in preliminary talks with China’s Dalian Wanda Group to run and expand its Legendary Pictures, according to two sources close to the executive. The discussions with Wanda honcho Jack Gao, whom Gianopulos has known for years, are in the very early stages, the sources said. Many key issues have… Read more »

‘Black-ish’ Spinoff in the Works at ABC

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The Johnson family may soon be taking up more airtime on ABC. The network is considering a spin-off of its hit comedy “Black-ish,” Variety has confirmed. The spin-off, which would star Yara Shahidi, would focus on her character, oldest daughter Zoey Johnson, in college. The spinoff, which is in very early stages, would be introduced as… Read more »

Michael Moore and Mark Ruffalo Lead Inauguration Protest at Manhattan’s Trump Hotel

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Thousands of New Yorkers — as well as a healthy contingent of entertainment industry names including Julianne Moore, Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin and Sally Field — gathered on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Thursday night, turning up for a political protest organized by Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Fisher Stevens on the eve of the inauguration… Read more »

Directors Guild Probes Threat to Members Working on Trump Inauguration

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The Directors Guild of America is investigating a threat in an anonymous email targeting guild members who opt to work on TV coverage of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The email, first reported by TMZ, called  Trump “the monster we all fear” and said, “It is not an overstatement that he is about to destroy this country… Read more »

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Adds Hundreds of Theaters Ahead of Oscar Nominations

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Paramount Studios is opting to more than triple the number of North American locations this weekend for Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” as Oscar nominations loom Tuesday. “Silence” will expand from 474 sites to 1,580 on Friday. It’s an optimistic move for a film that has failed to catch on with either awards voters or audiences… Read more »

TV Review: Netflix’s ‘Frontier,’ With Jason Momoa

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The theme music for “Frontier” encapsulates the whole show. It starts a little outsize, with an electric guitar riff over the orchestral strings that we’ve come to associate with adventure shows. But then the drumbeat changes subtly, and a chant-like singing is mixed into the music. The new element is Cree powwow drumming and singing… Read more »

Public Television, Arts Advocates Vow to Fight for Funding After Report of Trump Team Cutbacks

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Public television groups and arts advocates expressed concern over a report that President-elect Donald Trump’s team is looking to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Hill reported that Trump’s transition team has begun outlining their plans… Read more »