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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 3 First Look Includes Some Exciting Guest Stars

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It’s a miracle! While we still have to wait a couple of months for its return, we now have our first look at Season 3 of the Emmy-nominated “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Netflix has released four new stills from the upcoming season, along with the official synopsis for the season premiere and a list of guest stars who will be appearing.

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After tracking down her long-lost mother, Season 2 ended with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) receiving a phone call from the man who held her and her fellow “Mole-Women” captive for 15 years —  The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm).  Shockingly, it turns out that Kimmy and The Reverend are in fact married, and the Reverend wants a divorce.

Read More: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks and More to Take Part in Aclu Telethon on Facebook Live-Watch 

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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Reunited In First Photos, And It Looks So Eerily Good

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Entertainment Weekly has released its cover shoot with the cast of “Twin Peaks” ahead of the limited series return of David Lynch’s cult classic, which will be directed by Lynch and written with original series writer Mark Frost. EW also obtained set photos and a few production stills.

In a behind the scenes video, the cast members mused on returning the project 25 years later.

“Some things have changed, but a lot hasn’t changed. A lot is still steady the way it was,” said Peggy Lipton, in her character Norma’s sea foam green waitress uniform. “Now we get to come back more grown up, with a level of wisdom that we didn’t have,” said an all grown up Sherilyn Fenn, who played femme fatale Audrey Horne in the original series.

Read More: ’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a »


- Jude Dry

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‘Playing God’ Trailer: One Man’s Decisions Effect Lives of Thousands in Hot Docs Premiere — Watch

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Who determines how much we are worth in the wake of a tragedy? Kenneth Feinberg. Called upon by the United States during its most troubling dealings with oil spills, domestic terror attacks, or exposure to chemical warfare, Feinberg determines just at what cost it’s all worth.

Read More: Hot Docs 2017 Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Bee Nation,’ ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ and More

Directed by acclaimed German documentarian Karin Jurschick, “Playing God” brings you into the complicated, and at some times cruel, reality of compensation specialist Feinberg. The film examines past cases in which Feinberg has lent his expertise, such as handling the treatment of Vietnamese veterans suffering exposure to Agent Orange, families grieving over lost loved ones consequently from 9/11 or to what degree Bp will be held accountable for the largest oil spill in history.

Read More: Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Special Presentations, AFI Fest Dates 2017 Festival and More

“Cruel justice, »


- Kerry Levielle

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Is Forced Into Sexual Servitude In New Hulu Original Drama Series

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Hulu has released a new trailer for its upcoming original drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 best-selling novel of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss in the lead role.

Moss plays Offred, a woman enslaved as a handsmaid in the household of the Commander of the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime in which women are simply property of the state. Offred is part of a group of fertile women forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to populate the world.

Read More: New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

“I think the book’s been around for 35 years, and every time someone reads it, they say, ‘Wow, this is timely,'” said showrunner Bruce Miller at this year’s TCA convention. “And I think one of the things that is »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Chips’ Review: Dax Shepard’s 1970’s TV Reboot Is Offensive and Awful

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It’s hard to pinpoint when Dax Shepard’s “Chips” takes a sharp turn into indefensibly racist humor, but one place to start would be a passing reference to Michael Peña as “the little brown one.” It’s not the only cringe-worthy moment.

It may be unfair to pigeonhole Shepard as endorsing ugly stereotypes, even if he did write, produce, and direct a movie that derives 90 percent of its humor from gay jokes, race jokes, and punchlines about attractiveness that basically amount to a beta version of the pre-Facebook website “Hot or Not.” But they’re all there, in this overblown and completely baffling adaptation of a 1970’s TV series that literally nobody asked for.

Read More: ‘Chips’ Trailer: Dax Shepard and Michael Peña Patrol the Highways in Big Screen Adaptation of 70s TV Drama

Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol »


- Jude Dry

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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Explains Why Bingeing Season 3 is a Bad Idea

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The Leftovers” may not premiere until April 16, but critics just received screeners for not one, not two, but seven of the eight total episodes in Season 3. And if you think I’m not racing home to watch them right now, well, you’re right — but only because Damon Lindelof asked me not to.

In a letter accompanying the screeners, Lindelof politely made his case against bingeing, starting off by saying, “Bingeing is bad,” and then invoking everything from fake spoilers — “Liv Tyler shoots lasers out of her eyes in Episode 4” — to over-indulging on Pringles as reasons not to plow through all seven episodes of “The Leftovers'” final season.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’: An Oral History of the Finale’s Karaoke Scene, from Damon Lindelof & Justin Theroux

It’s not uncommon for showrunners to pen letters to critics before a new season. Often, we receive them accompanying the episodes for consideration, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Trailer: Frances McDormand and Martin McDonagh Go to War Against Racist Cops

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It’s been almost a decade since Martin McDonagh emerged as a major filmmaking talent with his feature debut “In Bruges,” and five since his unforgettable riff on Quentin Tarantino in “Seven Psychopaths.” The Irish playwright has been absent from the big screen since 2008, but that’s finally about to change this year thanks to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Read More: ‘Seven Psychopaths’ Writer-Director Martin McDonagh On His Love Affair With America

McDonagh has been talking about the project for quite some time. Back in 2010, he revealed to The Guardian that “Billboards” concerned a 50-year-old woman whose daughter is murdered. In an act of retribution, she goes to war with the police in her home town because “she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice.”

That small plot tease alone makes it clear this will probably be McDonagh’s most socially relevant film to date. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Moonlight’ Actors Trevante Rhodes and André Holland on the Film’s Universal Message

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[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Moonlight.”]

After its remarkable run since its public premiere last September, “Moonlight” now stands in select company. Not merely the result of a singular effort, the accolades for “Moonlight” reflect contributions from everyone involved, from Barry Jenkins’ script and direction to James Laxton’s cinematography to Nicholas Brittell’s hypnotic score.

In front of the camera, the cast members who make up its historic ensemble each brought an unmistakable presence to their part of the story. It’s almost foolish to separate the three segments of “Moonlight,” which all communicate with each other in poetic, subtle ways. But there’s something about the film’s final chapter, featuring Trevante Rhodes and André Holland as an older Chiron and Kevin, that cements the film as a specific story that also transcends time and place.

Their conversations in a diner booth and in the front seats of car carry the weight of lost years, »


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Shia Labeouf Says America Is No Longer Safe For His Anti-Trump Art Installation

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Last month, Shia Labeouf was forced to relocate his anti-Trump art installation He Will Not Divide Us from New York’s Museum of the Moving Image to the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then, on March 8, the actor was forced to relocate again, this time placing a flag in an “unknown location.” Now, the actor and the art’s co-creators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner have moved the 24/7/365 live-stream to the UK-based Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact). The museum plans to host a flagpole flying a “He will not divide us” flag and stream it live on hewillnotdivide.us for the duration of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Read More: Daniel Clowes Says He’s Forgiven Shia Labeouf, and Donald Trump Is the Reason Why

“Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist,” Labeouf, Rönkkö, and Turner said in »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Snowfall’ Teaser: John Singleton Tackles the First Crack Cocaine Epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles

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This summer, winter isn’t just coming on HBO. Over on FX, it’s going to snow.

John Singleton, known for “Boyz N the Hood,” “Higher Learning” and “Baby Boy,” is turning his lens to the small screen for FX’s “Snowfall.” As the series creator, he brings his knowledge of South Central Los Angeles to this examination of the first crack cocaine epidemic in L.A. and its ultimate impact on our culture.

Set in the summer of 1983, the series follows multiple characters and storylines that converge over crack cocaine. Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) is a young South Central drug dealer who realizes that weed isn’t really getting him where he wants to be, and Mexican wrestler Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) is caught up in a power struggle with a crime family. Meanwhile, Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios) is a daughter of a crime lord. Finally, a CIA operative »


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Sean Penn’s Cannes Disaster ‘The Last Face’ Moved to a Summer VOD Release

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There are movies that arrive with bad buzz, and then there’s “The Last Face,” Sean Penn’s now-infamous romance between aid workers crossing African conflict zones. The film has been moved to a summer release, and will come out on VOD first, according to reps for the title and its U.S. distributor, Saban Films.

The decision was made “months ago due to talent schedules,” Saban reps told IndieWire. No new date has been set.

The film, Penn’s fifth directorial effort, scored two bankable leads in Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem — but faced a firing squad when it premiered at Cannes last May, where it competed for the Palme d’Or and was greeted with a rapturous chorus of boos. Critics chided Penn for making a treacly white-savior movie that attempts to shame its audience with bloody war imagery. “The narrative panders on every level,” wrote IndieWire’s Eric Kohn. »


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Film Festival Roundup: Sun Valley Announces Awards, HollyWeb Unveils Full Schedule and More

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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The 2017 HollyWeb Festival, sponsored by AMC Independent and running March 30 – April 2, has announced the full schedule of digital series, filmmaker panels, and events for this year’s edition of the festival, celebrating the world’s premiere digital content. 97 digital series will have episodes screened at AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (100 Universal City Plaza), the Universal Hilton (555 Universal Hollywood Drive), and the Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd.).

HollyWeb Festival Co-Director Daniel Doherty said, “From the beginning, the HollyWeb Festival has sought to shine a light on web series creators, honor their collective vision and work, as well as create a yearly event where they can gather and meet, exchange notes, and possibly form partnerships that will lead to even more outstanding and entertaining web series.” HollyWeb Co-Director Jennifer Doherty, »


- Kate Erbland

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Rotten Tomatoes Is ‘The Destruction of Our Business,’ Says Producer/Director Brett Ratner

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Brett Ratner has a lot of respect and admiration for traditional film critics. However, the renowned director/producer says that the film critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is destroying the film industry.

“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” Ratner said at the Sun Valley Film Festival last week, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Survivor,’ ‘NCIS’ Trilogy, ‘Scorpion,’ More Series Renewed in Massive CBS Pickup for Fall 2017

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CBS has given an early renewal for next season to 18 of its top shows, including newcomers “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man with a Plan” and “Superior Donuts.”

Also back: “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Life in Pieces,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Survivor,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

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Previously announced to return were “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” which was recently renewed through the 2018-2019 season in a two-year agreement between CBS and Warner Bros. TV.

CBS announced 18 renewals in all on Thursday. Most of the shows renewed are produced by CBS’ in-house unit, CBS Television Studios. (“Kevin Can Wait” is a co-production with Sony, while “Big Bang” and “Mom” come from Warner Bros. TV and “Life In Pieces” is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. »


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‘The Knick’ Cancelled: Steven Soderbergh’s Medical Series is ‘Done,’ Says Co-Star Chris Sullivan

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Bad news for fans of “The Knick:” Cinemax may be canceling the series after its second season. Although there is no official word from the network, it seems like Steven Soderbergh’s medical drama, starring Clive Owen, may not be returning for a third season.

Read More: ‘Logan Lucky’ First Look: Steven Soderbergh Returns to the Big Screen For the First Time in Four Years

“Yeah, I’ve heard it’s done,” Chris Sullivan, who played ambulance driver Tom Cleary, told TVLine. “They were gonna try [to do a third season], but I’ve heard it’s done.”

The “This Is Us” star added, “I kind of love that British style: two seasons of tight, compact, good television. The more episodes you have, the thinner the episodes get. So I kind of dig that.”

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ Finale: Why It’s Wrong to Obsess Over Jack’s Death, But Right to Be »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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How a Pregnant Actress Overcame Her Frustrations With the Industry and Directed Her First Feature

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Alice Lowe spent a decade getting ready to direct her first feature, but after taking two short films to Cannes, she started to worry that the clock was running out. She was pregnant with her first child and had spent the past decade thinking about her first feature in between acting gigs.

“If you’re a woman over 35, no one is going to hand you a free pass,” the actress-turned-filmmaker recently told IndieWire. “You have to work your ass off. That’s what I am doing now.”

The determination led her to complete “Prevenge,” a black-as-night horror-comedy in which she also stars. Lowe plays the heavily pregnant Ruth, who has recently lost her partner (and the baby’s father) in a seriously weird climbing accident. And while Ruth isn’t necessarily bent on revenge, her unborn child sure is, and the expectant mother comes to believe that her little bundle »


- Kate Erbland

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Last Year’s Winner: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: While a number of actors have won this category twice, we haven’t seen a repeat victor since Ray Walston won for “Picket Fences” in 1995 and 1996. That streak will continue at least one more year, given last year’s winner is ineligible in 2017.

Fun Fact: “The West Wing” won this category four times with four different actors: Richard Schiff (2000), Bradley Whitford (2001), John Spencer (2002), and Alan Alda (2006).

With “Game of Thrones” ineligible, this field is wide open. Only three of last year’s six nominees are eligible to earn another nomination in 2017 — Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) — meaning even if all three get back in, we’re going to see some new blood this year…

…starting with John Lithgow. The beloved Emmys presence (a five-time winner and 11-time nominee »


- Ben Travers

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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Last Year’s Winner: Kate McKinnon, “SNL

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: Though broadcast series have been struggling overall at the Emmys, the Big Four have won 11 of the last 12 trophies in this category (ABC: 4, CBS: 3, Fox: 1, NBC: 3)

Fun Fact: Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler had been nominated in this category, but Kate McKinnon is the only “SNL” player to win as a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. (Gilda Radnor won in 1978 when “Saturday Night Live” was considered a variety show.)

It was just two years prior that this category submitted not six, not seven, but eight nominees. And seven of those eight women are still eligible in 2017, meaning competition will be fierce even before the new contenders are factored into the race. Kate McKinnon has only gotten better since her win last year. Gaby Hoffman and Judith Light remained excellent on the latest season of “Transparent.” Allison Janney »


- Ben Travers

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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Last Year’s Winner: Dame Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: After nabbing one nomination in 2013 (Emilia Clarke) and 2014 (Lena Headey), “Game of Thrones” expanded in subsequent years to two nominations in 2015 and three in 2016 (when Maisie Williams snagged her first nod).

Fun Fact: Only two actresses have won this category more than twice: Ellen Corby for “The Waltons” (three times) and Nancy Marchand for “Lou Grant” (four times).

With “Game of Thrones” out of contention and the great Dame Maggie Smith’s “Downton Abbey” over, only two of last year’s nominees are eligible again in 2017: Maura Tierney in “The Affair” and Constance Zimmer in “UnREAL.” Both are coming off their first Emmy nominations, but both of their TV shows lost a bit of buzz in their follow-up seasons. Neither are guarantees (though certainly deserving).

So, who’s going to fill all these slots? There’s no shortage of options. »


- Ben Travers

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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Last Year’s Winner: Louie Anderson, “Baskets

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: There hasn’t been a back-to-back winner in the category since Jeremy Piven won three years in a row for “Entourage.”

Fun Fact: Tony Hale, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet have all won twice in the past seven years, but never consecutively.

Last year saw two “Veep” supporting actors land nods, but let’s see if we can get a few more in 2017. In addition to Tony Hale (who’s won twice in the past four years) and Matt Walsh (who snagged his first nod in 2016), Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, and Gary Cole are all more than deserving of some TV Academy love. Sure, that would take up five of the six slots, but can we really argue against any of them?

Those willing to try include last year’s winner Louie Anderson, who returns stronger than ever »


- Ben Travers

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