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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

8 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida.

The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »


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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.

The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).

Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »


- Seth Kelley

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Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?

10 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.

The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.

The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.

The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet

10 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]

It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.

When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary

Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family

28 May 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).

Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Lauren Graham's Curb Your Enthusiasm Character (Sorta) Revealed

10 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Don’t bother trying to harness your excitement, Gilmore Girls fans: Lauren Graham will indeed make a guest appearance (or two or three) in Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s upcoming ninth season.

“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”

On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the »


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Jessica Chastain Finds ‘Disturbing’ How Women Were Portrayed in Cannes Movies

55 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sofia Coppola may have won the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, but jury member Jessica Chastain had some honest feedback about how women were depicted in the other films in competition. Say that, @jes_chastain. pic.twitter.com/H7QHnEE5JA — Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2017 Speaking at a closing press conference, Chastain said she found the depiction of women “disturbing”: “This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days and I love movies, and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that were represented, »


- Sharon Waxman

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‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Rachel Tells One Man to ‘Get the F— Out’

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There was a moment on last season of “The Bachelor” when Rachel Lindsay told Nick Viall “I love sports, but I don’t play games.” On tonight’s “Bachelorette,” Rachel made good on that promise. She committed to that promise so hard that at one point she caused me to physically scream and start clapping. I applauded for so long that I probably missed something important. So apologies if there are some gaps in the timeline, but it’s worth it just knowing that Rachel has changed the game … uhh … journey to find love? … for the better.

But that’s not to say that every moment of this episode was a blast. It happened on last season of “The Bachelor” with Corinne and Taylor, and it’s happening again on this season — “The Bachelorette” has found a way to take the one of the most frustrating people on the planet, and »


- Seth Kelley

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‘House of Cards': All the Characters You Need To Remember Before Season 5 (Photos)

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sure, you remember Frank and Claire Underwood, and their trusted advisor Doug Stamper — and probably Will Conway, their Republican challenger in the presidential election. But there are a whole lot of other “House of Cards” characters who are easy to forget in a show with this many moving pieces. Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) Frank Underwood’s first major victim is Peter Russo, a Pennsylvania congressman who Underwood covers for, gaining leverage over him. Then when Underwood needed Russo to cave, he orchestrated a situation to cause him to slip back into alcoholism. Frank finished his total destruction of Russo by murdering. »


- Phil Hornshaw and Phil Owen

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‘American Gods’ Writer Neil Gaiman Will Read Cheesecake Factory Menu to Help Refugees

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

American Gods” author Neil Gaiman will give a live reading of the complete Cheesecake Factory menu — if fans raise $500,000 for the United Nations Refugee Agency. The fundraiser is the brainchild of writer and comedian Sara Benincasa, who approached Gaiman with the request on Twitter May 19. Dear @neilhimself: for $500K to the charity of your choice would you read the Cheesecake Factory menu in its entirety onstage pls advise pic.twitter.com/0pptJKTaM0 — Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) May 19, 2017 Gaiman, an outspoken advocate for Syrian Refugees, agreed to the challenge that day. Benincasa later told Eater she was inspired to make the request. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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