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‘Snowpiercer’: Sakina Jaffrey & Damian Young To Recur On TNT Series

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‘Snowpiercer’: Sakina Jaffrey & Damian Young To Recur On TNT Series
Exclusive: Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Damian Young (Ozark) are set for recurring roles alongside Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs on the second season of TNT’s Snowpiercer. Season one premieres in spring 2020. Production on Season 2 is underway.

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the acclaimed movie and graphic novel series of the same name.

Young and Jaffrey will play Mr. and Mrs. Headwood. Two scientists operating in seclusion, the idiosyncratic Mr. and Mrs. Headwood care about only two things: their research and each other. They are devoted to pushing the bounds of scientific progress at the expense of humanity and ethics.

In addition to Connelly and Diggs,
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Susan Sarandon & Matt Bomer in Official Trailer for 'Viper Club' Film

"Do you think I'm afraid of a jail sentence?" Roadside Attractions has unveiled the first official trailer for Maryam Keshavarz's new film Viper Club, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this week. Viper Club is about a mother who becomes desperate and impatient as she struggles to figure out how to get help to free her journalist son after he is captured by terrorists in the Middle East. The film is entirely from her perspective, showing how hard it is to get the government to care, until she discovers a group of people who may just have a way to help. Susan Sarandon stars, along with Matt Bomer, Damian Young, Lola Kirke, Edie Falco, Julian Morris, Sheila Vand, Colby Minifie, plus Adepero Oduye. This looks quite good, an intriguing alternative perspective with a few strong performances leading the way. See below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Maryam Keshavarz's Viper Club,
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“Ocean’s 8” makes heists look fashionable and fun

Maybe it’s just me, but Ocean’s 8 mostly flew under the radar in the lead up to release. The film is a huge summer movie, but it never felt like that. Well, that actually worked in its favor, as the movie is a really pleasant surprise. Opening today, it’s far more than just an example of studio released girl power. It somewhat reboots, as well as sequelizes, the Ocean’s franchise. There’s definitely an avenue in which this becomes a companion trio to Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, and Ocean’s 13. Anyone who dug that franchise should so be way into what’s being served up here. It works, and works well. This movie is an action/crime comedy, set around a giant heist. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has crime in her blood, just like her brother Danny. Just out of prison, she’s spent the half decade
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Exclusive Interview: Todd Haynes on Wonderstruck

We present an interview with director Todd Haynes for his movie Wonderstruck, his big screen adaptation of the book by Brian Selznick, who also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

The movie stars Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith, James Urbaniak, Damian Young, Patrick Murney, Oakes Fegley, Jaden Michael, Michelle Williams and Doris McCarthy and tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

Scott Davis sat down with the director about the irresistible challenge of bringing the two narratives to the screen. He talks about playing with time, and how we conceive of time and how he explored this elaborate mystery on screen.

Wonderstruck Official Synopsis

Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, Wonderstruck tells the story of Ben and Rose – children from two different eras,
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Hugh Jackman sings his way through “The Greatest Showman”

Embargoing a film up until the day of release is never a sign of confidence on the part of a studio. Usually, this sort of treatment is reserved for low class genre fare, not would be Oscar contenders. Yet, here we are in the case of The Greatest Showman. It opens today and reviews were embargoed until just after midnight. 20th Century Fox has essentially been hiding it, hoping Hugh Jackman’s star power, the idea of a musical, and the three Golden Globe nominations (more on those in a bit) would drive traffic. They don’t have it on their For Your Consideration page, preferring instead to hitch their wagon to Jackman’s other outing Logan, among other things. A wise move for Fox, as this is one of the worst movies of the year. The film is a musical biopic, looking at how Phineas Taylor Barnum, or P.
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Theresa Rebeck on Bringing “What We’re Up Against” Back, Literally and Figuratively

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At the end of “What We’re Up Against,” a female character looks straight out into the audience and asks, “Why is it still like this?” The irony is that Theresa Rebeck wrote the play back in 1992. Now in the dawn of #MeToo and countless Hollywood sexual harassment scandals, the story about gender politics feels more necessary than ever.

We sat down with Rebeck to get her views on the new rendition of her play, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt and produced by Women’s Project, and why she thinks times have changed — and stayed the same — for women in the workplace.

W&H: You wrote “What We’re Up Against” in 1992 when times were certainly very different. Was it based on your own personal experience in the workplace or stories you were told by other women?

Tr: Once a year Naked Angels would produce a one act festival called The Issues Project and in 1992 the Issues Project was called “Naked Angels Take On Women.” So I wrote the first scene as a stand alone one act for that festival. Two men sitting on stage and and showing off a kind of Mamet toxic masculinity, complaining about women, written by a woman? I thought it would be funny, and it was funny. The off stage woman who’s causing problems for them is trying to explain point of view, and the play is as well.

W&H: What can you tell us about the evolution of this play production-wise — has anyone in particular championed it from then until now?

Tr: After I’d written that one scene I let it sit for a while. It would get productions in one act festivals every now and again. Then Loretta Greco of the Magic Theatre read it and liked it, and I told her that I had often thought about turning it into a full length.

I described to her the thoughts I had in my head about it, and she said, “If you write that, I’ll produce it.” I did and she did. This was about ten years ago. Then the play kind of languished.

Recently my friend Melissa Silverstein [the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood] turned Jenna Segal onto it and Jenna became determined to see it have its moment in New York, so she took it to Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director of Women’s Project.

The other person who has been absolutely tireless in making sure this thing made it to the stage in New York is my incredibly dynamic theater agent, Di Glazer. This play took a village, and the village was all women.

W&H: How involved were you in the casting of this production and did you have a very specific vision on who would play the two female leads this time around?

Tr: I was very involved in casting the play, as you would be when it is presented in New York. We wanted the actors to all have a kind of archetypal power, but also to be completely organic, human,and funny. Also they all had to be able to handle language.

It was great for me when it turned out that Damian Young was available; I’ve known him for years and always wanted to work with him. Jim Parrack was in a movie I wrote and directed last year, so I knew he would be a great fit. Skylar Astin is a thrilling young actor who I knew from the “Pitch Perfect” movies and he has a truly creepy and muscular inner demon who has proven very useful for this play.

I have also always wanted to work with Krysta Rodriguez. Like Skylar, she has a thrilling singing voice so usually people don’t think of her for a straight play. She’s tough and secure and pushy and you always [pull for her when] she fights. And she sings! Not in my play, but she does.

Then there’s Marg Helgenberger who is simply one of our greats. It is an absolute privilege to watch her work.

W&H: Women still suffer inequalities in the workplace. A woman still makes 80 cents to the dollar and her professional opportunities tend to be more limited. Do you think that times have changed much since 1992? Did you update the play to reflect anything about the times we are now living in?

Tr: I actually think things have gotten worse in the last 25 years. [Actually,] that’s not true. I think it’s getting better, and then it seems to be getting worse, and then way worse, and then I tell myself “No, it’s better in all these ways…. but really it’s worse.”

It felt like things were getting better with Obama, who had his eye on all of us, and how to move the ball down the field. We were still not getting enough traction in the workplace but women were starting to push the ball ahead themselves, no question.

And it was thrilling to see Hillary Clinton as the nominee for president — that meant everything to me. But the horrendous backlash was truly disgusting and very hard to take as a sentient being. It really was allowed to go too far, the rage and the scapegoating and the lying. You really have to ask yourself what’s wrong with all those men who needed to become so vicious about her, and the women who believed them. And now to see this hateful misogynist and his cronies in the White House, actively working to take the rights of women away?

I’ve spent my whole career working in situations where women were being actively discriminated against, period. A lot of time gets wasted, and the best work does not get done. The only thing that comes out of it is that a lot of mediocre men cling to their power, and a lot of excellent women get kicked to the curb. It undermines our art, our productivity, our profit margins, our idealism, and our lives.

“What We’re Up Against”: theatermania.com

W&H: What’s it like seeing the show staged today as compared to over 30 years ago, particularly in light of the #MeToo movement and all the sexual assault allegations sparked by the reporting on Harvey Weinstein?

Tr: Well, it was 1992 when we did the one act, and then I think around 2006 when we did the first version of the full length. In San Francisco, a lot of people said, “Oh this doesn’t still go on” and then a lot of other people responded, “Oh yes it does.” This was inches away from Silicon Valley! So it does feel like there was a lot of denial out there around the context of the play.

The context has definitely changed. For instance, that first scene when those guys are being just jackasses got a certain amount of respect — we recognized them from Mamet plays, from Neil Labute, from all sorts of television and movies. Nobody really thinks that’s so funny anymore. But they also don’t doubt the authenticity of the experience those two women are having, fighting for just a place at the table.

W&H: It’s been a long time since a play has talked about not only women versus men but also women versus women in the workplace. Why is the latter something we don’t often hear much about?

Tr: So many women have been trying to just make do. This play has a bit of a whistleblower feel to it. I honestly wasn’t trying to blow the whistle so much as I was trying to write a really truthful play.

But let’s face it, women’s stories are so routinely shoved to the side or co-opted by men, it became a part of the system, and then silence about it became part of the system.

And by the way, that silence is the same silence that allowed everyone to look the other way while men like Harvey Weinstein and James Toback and countless others sexually assaulted our friends and sisters.

And also by the way — that story, the one where women are second class citizens and don’t have the right to protest, much less simply work and have their work seen and acknowledged alongside their peers — that is the story that Hollywood has been pumping out to the rest of the world.

It’s hard to speak up in the face of that and not get branded a problem. Most women really do just want to work! I think the play really argues for that. And it argues for excellence.

W&H: How are women in particular responding to the play — are they coming up to you to talk about their own experience in the workplace?

Tr: It is wonderful to see women react to the play. Some nights are very vocal.

W&H: What’s next for you?

Tr: I am going to Washington D.C. in December to direct my own adaptation of “The Way of the World.” It is a contemporary retelling of the William Congreve restoration masterpiece, set in the present day in the Hamptons. Our private title for it is “Lady Wishfort’s Revenge.” Then in March, the movie I wrote and directed, “Trouble,” comes out. It stars the great Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman, and David Morse. After that who knows? Maybe a nap.

Theresa Rebeck on Bringing “What We’re Up Against” Back, Literally and Figuratively was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Photo Flash: First Look at Skylar Astin, Marg Helgenberger, Krysta Rodriguez and More in What We're Up Against Off-Broadway

Theresa Rebeck's What We're Up Against, now playing at Wp Theater, stars Teen Choice Award winner Skylar Astin Pitch Perfect films Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe Nominee Marg Helgenberger 'CSI', Damian Young 'The Comeback', Jim Parrack 'True Blood', and Krysta Rodriguez 'Trial amp Error'. The four-week limited engagement will celebrate its opening night on Wednesday, November 8 and will run through Sunday, November 26. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Todd Haynes explores the world of children with “Wonderstruck”

When a filmmaker known for adult fare tackles something more geared at kids, there’s always a fascination. As we saw with Martin Scorsese and Hugo, there’s also the chance for something that can be widely embraced. It doesn’t happen all that often though, as it can feel limiting. This week, Todd Haynes goes that route with Wonderstruck, which opens in limited release and also like Hugo is an adaptation of a Brian Selznick book. Ever since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, there have been fans of Haynes’ work here, which extended to the New York Film Festival recently, where it was the Centerpiece Selection. It doesn’t have the usual Oscar buzz of his movies, but honestly…that remains to be seen. The film is a coming of age tale, in a way. It tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest named
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Official Full-Length Trailer for Todd Haynes' Delightful 'Wonderstruck'

"Why did my father have this book?" Amazon + Roadside have debuted the new full-length official trailer for Todd Haynes' charming film Wonderstruck, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film tells two different stories set 50 years apart, following two kids who venture into New York City. One of them is a deaf girl who escapes home and tries to find her mom. The other is a young deaf boy who escapes home in search of a room at the Natural History Museum. Millicent Simmonds stars as Rose, and Oakes Fegley (from Pete's Dragon) stars as Ben. The cast includes Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith, James Urbaniak, Damian Young, and Lauren Ridloff. I recommend this film for the concept alone (two intertwining stories of deaf kids) but also because it is lovely. It's not my favorite, but it's pretty good. Here's the official full-length trailer (+ poster) for Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck,
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First Teaser Trailer for Todd Haynes' Wonderful Film 'Wonderstruck'

Meet Rose and Ben. Amazon Studios + Roadside Attractions have debuted the first teaser trailer for the new film from Todd Haynes, titled Wonderstruck, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. The film tells two different stories set 50 years apart, following two kids who venture into New York City. One of them is a deaf girl who escapes home and tries to find her mom. The other is a young deaf boy who escapes home in search of a room at the Natural History Museum. Millicent Simmonds stars as Rose, and Oakes Fegley (from Pete's Dragon) stars as Ben. The full cast includes Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith, James Urbaniak, Damian Young, and Lauren Ridloff. It's an inspiring film. I wrote in my Cannes review it's "as much about the magic of New York City as it is about the magic of connection". Here's the teaser trailer (+ teaser
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“Wonderstruck” from Todd Haynes is the Centerpiece of the 2017 New York Film Festival

Earlier today, the New York Film Festival teased us all with another announcement in regard to their 2017 slate. This follows on the heels a few weeks ago of picking Richard Linklater’s new movie Last Flag Flying as the Opening Night selection. The Centerpiece has now been selected by the powers that be, and it’s none other than Wonderstruck, the new film from Todd Haynes. I’ll confess, like I did last year, to this not being one I had pegged for Nyff, or at least not one of the main galas, but this certainly makes it a contender to pay more attention to. It was on my radar as a Oscar player before, but it’s definitely going to be getting some extra consideration from me now. For those wondering more about this flick, here’s just a taste. The film tells the story of a young boy
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The Comeback: Season Three of HBO Series "Always a Possibility"

Is The Comeback ever coming back? Recently, star Lisa Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King discussed the future of the HBO TV show, EW reports.The comedy stars Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a former sitcom star who becomes the subject of a reality show. The cast also includes Damian Young, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman, Malin Akerman, Lance Barber, and Robert Bagnell.Read More…
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‘Catfight’ Review: Sandra Oh and Anne Heche Beat Each Other to a Bloody Pulp

‘Catfight’ Review: Sandra Oh and Anne Heche Beat Each Other to a Bloody Pulp
Veronica (Sandra Oh) is rich and entitled. She’s married to a defense contractor (Damian Young), lives in a huge Manhattan apartment, has a teenage son she’s actively discouraging from attending art school (“You can be whatever you want. Just not… this.”), and loves to drink to a degree that embarrasses her family. In current Buzzfeed-listed parlance, she is a textbook “Wine Mom,” one with a full grasp of her own assumed superiority. Ashley (Anne Heche) is poor and bitter. She’s a career-struggling artist whose overtly political art has few admirers, and she lives in Bushwick with her caterer girlfriend Lisa.
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Watch: Sandra Oh vs Anne Heche in First Official Trailer for 'Catfight'

"I have nothing left to do in this life but destroy you." An official trailer has debuted for a wacky indie film titled Catfight, about two women who get into a huge fight that lasts pretty much the entire movie. Catfight stars Sandra Oh and Anne Heche as former friends, now mortal enemies, who end up in a big fight that starts at a party. It's described as an action-packed, "jet-black comedy about two bitter rivals whose grudge match spans a lifetime." The cast includes Alicia Silverstone, Dylan Baker and Damian Young. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to mixed reviews. Erica Mann reviewed this for Fs from Tiff, saying it's a "quirky, ridiculous satire with a lot to say." This looks like some harmless fun, so check it out. Here's the first official trailer for Onur Tukel's Catfight, direct from YouTube: Wealthy wine lover Veronica Salt
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[Tiff Review] Catfight

With a title like Catfight and the only available image showing a bloodied and battered chokehold between Anne Heche and Sandra Oh, our expectations are forced into conjuring hope for a wild, frenzied ride. Well, writer/director Onur Tukel doesn’t disappoint with this broad satire of American politics and wealth disparity. It only takes Craig Bierko’s rendition of a late night television host doing his smarmy best to poke fun at our broken system before introducing a fat, shirtless man as the “fart machine” to understand the tongue-in-cheek tone targeted. The working class as represented by maid Donna (Myra Lucretia Taylor) laughs hysterically at the flatulence while aristocratic housewife lush (and her employer) Veronica (Oh) remains unfazed in more Botox ambivalence than high-brow disgust.

Veronica just cannot understand such humor’s appeal. She can’t comprehend the appeal of anything that doesn’t result in making money. She
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New Good Wife Season 7,Episode 15 Official Spoilers,Description Hit The Net

Recently, CBS revealed the new,official synopsis/description for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 15 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Targets," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down as a secret panel of attorneys recruits Alicia to join them! Eli attempts to learn more about why the FBI has Peter on their target list, and more. In the new, 15th episode press release: Alicia Joins A Secret Panel Of Attorneys Advising The U.S. Government On A Controversial Case. Press release number 2: Alicia is going to join a secret panel of attorneys advising the U.S. government on a controversial case. Also, Eli will end up hiring Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston) to find out why the FBI is targeting Peter. Guest stars feature: Patrick Breen (Captain Terrence Hicks), Michael Urie (Stephen Dinovera), Tobias Segal (Tyler Hopkins), Damian Young (Clinton Foyle
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New Good Wife Season 7,Episode 6 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

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Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 6 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Lies," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff go down as Eli leaks some stuff that could damage both Alicia and Peter. Alicia and company try to defend a former technology firm employee, and more. In the new, 6th episode press release: Alicia And Lucca Defend A Client Who Was Fired From A Technology Firm For Failing A Polygraph Test, On "The Good Wife," Sunday, Nov. 8. Press release number 2: Alicia and Lucca will defend a client who was fired from a technology firm for failing a polygraph test. Also, Eli is going to plot to leak something that would damage Peter's presidential campaign but could inadvertently hurt Alicia. Christine Lahti guest stars as the technology firm's attorney, Andrea Stevens,
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Kellan Lutz Really Wants to Hook Up With Valerie Cherish on The Comeback

Kellan Lutz Really Wants to Hook Up With Valerie Cherish on The Comeback
Kellan Lutz has one desire in life: to hook up with Valerie Cherish on The Comeback. Ok, that may not be his only desire in life, but it's one that is very near and dear to our hearts over here. Lutz, who is the host of Fox's new reality competition Bullseye, told us he wants The Comeback to come back (again) so his character Chris can get his chance with Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish. Yes, season two ended with Val and her husband Marky Mark (Damian Young) reunited, but how great was the flirtation between Val and Chris when he made all those backdoor references. "When they first announced they were doing the sequel to The Comeback, I emailed [co-creator] Michael Patrick King right away. I'm like,...
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Low-Budget 'Lazarus' D.O.A. at Domestic Box Office; 'Sniper' to Become Top 2014 Release

'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact,
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The Comeback: Season Two Ratings

HBO cancelled The Comeback back in 2005 and some lamented that it was just ahead of its time. The show has since become a cult favorite. Will the ratings reflect that popularity? Will there be a third season? Stay tuned.

On The Comback, former "It Girl" Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) is still desperate to stay in the spotlight and believes that she's got it all figured out this time around. The rest of this comedy's cast includes Damian Young, Dan Bucatinsky, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, and Laura Silverman.

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