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‘Klaus’ Film Review: Animated Santa Claus Origin Story Nails the Magic Better than the Comedy

If I’ve learned anything as a Christmas-movie historian, it’s that it’s very easy to get Santa Claus origin stories wrong. Lean too hard into the explanations, and you strip away the wonder. Focus too much on whether or not people should believe in Santa, and you paint yourself into a quasi-theological corner.

The animated “Klaus” — opening in theaters before its upcoming Netflix debut — skillfully avoids both of these traps, crafting a how-it-all-began saga with storybook visuals and genuine bursts of real feeling. It’s far more successful with holiday magic than it is with character-based comedy, but that’s not enough of a flaw to keep young audiences (and their parents) from potentially turning this feature into a cherished annual tradition.

Despite the title, “Klaus” isn’t based on the popular graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora — although with a postman and a schoolteacher among its principal characters,
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D’Arcy Carden in Talks to Star in ‘A League of Their Own’ Series at Amazon

D’Arcy Carden in Talks to Star in ‘A League of Their Own’ Series at Amazon
The Good Place” star D’Arcy Carden is in negotiations for a starring role in Amazon’s series adaptation of “A League of Their Own.”

The project was first announced in March 2018. According to sources, Amazon has given it a pilot order. “Broad City” alum Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham are attached to write and executive produce, with Jacobson also reportedly set to star. Sony Pictures Television will produce. Like the film, the series is said to focus on a women’s baseball team during World War II.

Carden broke out with her role as the all-knowing Janet in “The Good Place,” which is currently airing its fourth and final season on NBC. Carden also appeared multiple times on “Broad City” and has recently appeared on the hit HBO comedy “Barry.”

She is repped by UTA and Rise Management.

Directed by Marshall and premiering in 1992, “A League of Their Own
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‘Elementary’ Spoilers For Season 7,June 13, 2019 Episode 4 Revealed

Hey, "Elementary" fans. We hope you guys enjoyed tonight's episode 3 of this current and last season 7. Now that it's all wrapped up and in the history books, it's time to take a look at some of the things that are going to take place in the next, new episode 4, which is scheduled to air next week. CBS was nice enough to serve up a few teaser descriptions via their episode 4 press release. So, that's what we'll be using for this spoiler session. To get things started, CBS' press release revealed that episode 4 is titled, "Red Light, Green Light." It sounds like episode 4 will feature some very dramatic, super intense and interesting scenes as a major explosion takes place! Holmes and Watson try to crack the case from multiple angles and more. We'll go ahead and start off this spoiler session with the explosion situation. It turns out that we're going
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 15)

1976: Mary made her Channel R News debut on Ryan's Hope.

1981: Another World's Mac was furious with Rachel.

1993: Bryan Dattilo debuted as Lucas on Days of our Lives.

2009: As the World Turns' Noah was kidnapped."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, Katherine Corning (Ann Sheridan) left for San Francisco where she planned on packing up and moving back to Bay City to be near her daughter, Missy Palmer (Carol Roux). Actress Ann Sheridan died after a battle with cancer nine months
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 14)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas faced off with Jeremiah.

1979: Atwt's Bob and Lisa made Christmas Eve plans.

1979: Eon's Deborah was kidnapped. 2000: Vicky McKinnon

appeared as a ghost during a séance on Atwt."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1949: On radio soap opera The Guiding Light, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.

1967: On Dark Shadows, in a duel, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) shot his uncle, Jeremiah (Anthony George).

1979: On As the World Turns, Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) made a Christmas Eve date with his ex-wife,
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 15)

1976: Mary made her Channel R News debut on Ryan's Hope.

1981: Another World's Mac was furious with Rachel.

1993: Bryan Dattilo debuted as Lucas on Days of our Lives.

2009: As the World Turns' Noah was kidnapped."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, Katherine Corning (Ann Sheridan) left for San Francisco where she planned on packing up and moving back to Bay City to be near her daughter,
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‘A League Of Their Own’ Series in the Works at Amazon

Amazon is developing a series based on the film “A League of Their Own.”

Hailing from writers Will Graham (“Mozart in the Jungle”) and Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”), the half-hour comedy is said to be not a close adaptation of the Penny Marshall movie starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, but rather a modern take on the story. It is not expected to feature characters from the original, but will follow a new version of the Rockford Peaches during the first season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943.

No deals are yet closed for the potential series, which would be produced by Sony Pictures Television, but a mini-writers room is believed to be in place, ready to work on scripts. Representatives for Amazon and Sony declined to comment.

Directed by Marshall and premiering in 1992, “A League of Their Own” was a critical and commercial success. In addition to Davis and Hanks,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 14)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas faced off with Jeremiah.

1979: Atwt's Bob and Lisa made Christmas Eve plans.

1979: Eon's Deborah was kidnapped. 2000: Vicky McKinnon

appeared as a ghost during a séance on Atwt."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1949: On radio soap opera The Guiding Light, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.

1967: On Dark Shadows, in a duel, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) shot his uncle, Jeremiah (Anthony George).

1979: On As the World Turns, Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) made a Christmas Eve date with his ex-wife, Lisa Shea Colman (Eileen Fulton).

1979: On Guiding Light, Roger Thorpe
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The Simpsons Early Shorts Were Mind-Bending Morality Plays

Tony Sokol Apr 19, 2019

The Simpsons made their earliest appearances on The Tracy Ullman Show more than 30 years ago.

Ah, The Simpsons. Is there nothing they haven’t taught us?

Before their April 19, 1987 debut appearance on Fox's The Tracey Ullman Show, the good people at the Oxford Dictionaries couldn’t spell the word cromulent. The Simpsons are an edumacation. Their first skits were consciousness-embiggening minute-long bits. The show taught us that the mind didn’t matter. And The Simpsons, which was spun off as its own series on Dec. 17, 1989, has been turning grey matter into yellow matter custard ever since.

The very first spot was called “Good Night,” and it aired during the third episode of The Tracey Ullman show. It showed Bart pondering the big questions of the universe. Most people think the mind is a series of impulses, but the young future upstart hungers for something more tangible.
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Cristela: Cancelled Series Star Cast in New Series Pilot for ABC

Cristela Alonzo is headed back to ABC. Variety reports the Cristela star has joined the network's new pilot The Gospel of Kevin.Alonzo played the title role on Cristela, a comedy about a young Mexican-American woman who works to become an attorney while juggling her responsibilities to her traditional family. The cast also included Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds. The show was cancelled after one season in 2015.Read More…
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Devious Maids: Season Four Ratings

The past three seasons of Devious Maids have all had 13 episodes apiece and the ratings have dropped each year. For season four, Lifetime has ordered just 10 episodes. Is this a bad sign? Will the numbers continue to fall? Cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned.

Devious Maids revolves around a group of Latina maids who work in the homes of wealthy and powerful families in Beverly Hills. The large cast includes Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sánchez, Judy Reyes, Rebecca Wisocky, Grant Show, Susan Lucci, Nathan Owens, Mariana Klaveno, James Denton, Sol Rodriguez, Carlos Ponce, Ryan McPartlin, Stephanie Faracy, Kathryn Lanasa, Julie Claire, Sean Blakemore and Sam McMurray.

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DVD Review – Stone Cold (1991)

Stone Cold, 1991.

Directed by Craig R. Baxley

Starring Brian Bosworth, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Richard Gant and Lance Henriksen.

Synopsis:

Joe Huff, a suspended, tough guy cop, is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the Brotherhood, a white supremacist biker gang planning revenge after one of their crew is sentenced to life in prison, and adopts the alias John Stone to go undercover and stop them…

It’s hard to take Stone Cold at any point seriously, and you have to wonder how anyone at the time tried to either – 1991 comparatively wasn’t that long ago. There are times when you sense Craig R. Baxley’s pulp action thriller understands how silly it is, and times it occasionally gets lost in its own machismo. If you can imagine an ultra-violent, bigger budget episode of Sons of Anarchy, with the melodrama and cheesy hysteria dialled up to eleven, that’s pretty
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Katherine Heigl’s Gay Marriage-Themed ‘Jenny’s Wedding’ Acquired by IFC

Katherine Heigl’s Gay Marriage-Themed ‘Jenny’s Wedding’ Acquired by IFC
Katherine Heigl‘s gay marriage drama-comedy “Jenny’s Wedding” was purchased by IFC, TheWrap has learned. The movie, directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue, is set for release on July 31. Heigl stars as a lesbian woman who celebrates her sexual orientation freely, except around her conventional family. When she chooses to marry the woman her parents thought was just her roommate, the family dynamic is tested. Tom Wilkinson and Linda Emond play her parents. Alexis Bledel appears as her girlfriend. Grace Gummer, Sam McMurray and Diana Hardcastle also star. Also Read: 10 Things We Learned From Katherine Heigl's Live Facebook Q&A Michelle Manning,
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Cristela

Network: ABC

Episodes: 22 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: October 10, 2014 -- April 17, 2015

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Cristela Alonzo, Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds.

TV show description:

Created by stand-up comedienne Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench, this comedy series follows the life of a Mexican-American law school graduate. She dreams of becoming a lawyer, something her traditional family doesn't quite understand. She's entering her sixth year of law school after juggling home obligations and working multiple jobs to pay her way.

Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) lives in cramped quarters with her sister Daniela (Maria Canals-Barrera), her long-suffering brother-in-law Felix (Carlos Ponce) and their two young kids. Daniela loves her sister but balks when she tries to bring her modern views into family
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Cristela: ABC Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two

It looks like Cristela Hernandez has a bright future ahead of her -- unfortunately the same can't be said for the Cristela TV show. ABC has cancelled the sitcom after one season of 22 episodes.

On Cristela, a young Mexican-American woman (Cristela Alonzo) works to become an attorney while juggling her responsibilities to her traditional family. The rest of the cast includes Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds.

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Americons Movie Review

Americons Movie Review
Title: Americons Blacklist Digital Director: Theo Avgerinos Writer: Beau Martin Williams Cast: Beau Martin Williams, Matt Funke, Trai Byers, Sam McMurray, Jon Gries Running time: 1hr 28 min, Rated R (language, drug use, sexuality) Limited Release January 23, 2015 Americons is a cautionary tale based on a true story about the mortgage boom and economic collapse of 2008. Jason Kelley (Beau Martin Williams) was a one time football star, now working as a club doorman. Walking up to the velvet rope is Devin Weiss ( Matt Funke), who recognizes Jason from his football days and asks him what happened to him that made him to be a doorman, y’know like [ Read More ]

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'Americons' Clip with Beau Martin Williams and Matt Funke | Exclusive

Americons tells the story of a broken down collegiate football star who gets a shot at real-estate stardom during the eleventh hour of La's nihilistic sub-prime mortgage boom. Directed by Theo Avgerinos, we have a clip from this true story drama which was written by and stars Beau Martin Williams and Matt Funke and produced by Michael Masini, who also appears in the movie.

The year is 2007 and twenty percent of the state of California is employed in real estate. Mortgage banks are on a hiring frenzy when hotshot Mortgage Broker Devin Weiss lures the financially burdened Jason Kelley into this world of financing other people's dreams. He convinces Jason that to win in this business cheaters do prosper and everyone is doing it from the Appraisers to the Bond Traders. Jason throws his moral compass to the wind and spins out of control all the way to the Mortgage
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Cristela: Season One Ratings

Last Man Standing has managed to survive on ABC's Friday night schedule while sitcoms like Malibu Country and The Neighbors have been cancelled. How will Cristela do in the ratings? Will it be cancelled as well or will it be renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

On Cristela, a young Mexican-American woman (Cristela Alonzo) works to become an attorney while juggling her responsibilities to her traditional family. The rest of the cast includes Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…)
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ABC Picks Up Cristela For a Full Season

ABC is a big fan of Cristela. The network has picked up the freshman comedy series for a full season, ordering a back nine episodes to the show’s original 13, thus giving it a total of 22 episodes for Season 1. Cristela stars stand-up comedienne Cristela Alonzo and focuses on her character, who is a law school graduate dealing with both her professional life and her family life (specifically her family’s Mexican-American heritage). The rest of Cristela‘s cast includes Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Sam McMurray, Andrew Leeds, Justine Lupe, Isabella Day, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jacob Guenther. The series premiered premiered back in October to 6.57 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, gaining more viewers than its lead in, the Tim Allen-led sitcom Last Man Standing, and the show’s most recent episode drew 5.19 million viewers. Alonzo tweeted out the renewal news herself, joking that it made…
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Cristela: ABC Sitcom Gets Full Season Order

ABC has introduced four new sitcoms so far this season. Black-ish is a success and was given a full season order last month while Selfie and Manhattan Love Story were both cancelled. Meanwhile Cristela's fate was uncertain -- until now. The network has now ordered a full season of the Friday night comedy.

On Cristela, a young Mexican-American woman (Cristela Alonzo) works to become an attorney while juggling her responsibilities to her traditional family. The rest of the cast includes Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds.

Debuting on October 10th, the first episode of Cristela drew a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.51 million viewers. It was an okay start. The ratings dropped in weeks two and three but have now leveled off to about a 1.0 demo rating with around five million viewers.
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