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Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast: Groundhog Day Episodes

Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast: Groundhog Day Episodes
In these days of coronavirus quarantine, one day can feel exactly like the next, and it reminded our Sci Fi Fidelity podcast hosts of the many repeating days that appear in time loop episodes of some current and classic TV shows. Bill Murray in Groundhog Day may have set the standard in cinema, but imitators on the small screen have taken the idea to new creative levels even as they emulate certain familiar aspects that have become the norm for episodes of this type.

For example, usually only one or two characters notice that a specific period of time is repeating, and they typically have a very difficult time convincing those around them that this has all happened before if they even try. Assuming there is a scientific or magical cause for the loop, there usually is a singular solution that the aware characters must find to break out of the cycle.
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Come and See & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in June

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Come and See & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in June
The world may be crumbling, but at least a handful of stellar films are coming to The Criterion Collection this summer. They’ve announced their June slate which includes their first Neon release, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, with Parasite to come at a later date. Also among the slate is Elem Klimov’s anti-war masterpiece Come and See, which we recently explored in-depth here. Also including work from Buster Keaton, Kon Ichikawa, and Paul Mazursky, check out the full slate and special feature details below.

The Cameraman

Buster Keaton is at the peak of his slapstick powers in The Cameraman— the first film that the silent-screen legend made after signing with MGM, and his last great masterpiece. The final work over which he maintained creative control, this clever farce is the culmination of an extraordinary, decade-long run that produced some of the most innovative and enduring comedies of all time.
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Sanctuary Reboot With Original Star Amanda Tapping in Development

Sanctuary Reboot With Original Star Amanda Tapping in Development
Another day, another reboot.

The latest of which is a series many thought was canceled too soon. We're talking about Sanctuary!

Deadline broke the news that the series poised to return almost eight years after Syfy canceled it -- complete with original star Amanda Tapping.

The outlet reports that executive producer Martin Wood and All Canadian Entertainment have signed a deal with original rights holders Beedie to buy the rights and start development on new episodes of the series.

The original series starred Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus as a 157-year-old teratologist, and her team of experts who run the Sanctuary, an organization that seeks out extraordinarily powerful creatures and people, known as Abnormals, and tries to help and to learn from them while also having to contain the more dangerous ones.

The series initially debuted as an eight-part web series in 2007, with Syfy later ordering a full-fledged series after
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Insatiable Canceled After Two Seasons at Netflix

It's game over for Netflix's Insatiable.

The series has been canceled after two seasons ,according to series star, Alyssa Milano.

The actress responded to a fan who asked about a potential third season earlier this month.

"We will not be coming back, sadly," she said on Twitter.

Given that Insatiable Season 2 launched in October and Netflix has not renewed it, it seemed the series was not going to be renewed.

The streamer typically makes renewal or cancellation decisions around four weeks after a show premieres, so it is likely the second season failed to live up to expectations in terms of viewers.

Insatiable followed Patty Bladell, a teenager who was constantly bullied in school for being overweight.

After being on a liquid diet for three months over summer vacation because of a freak accident, she is now thin and seeks revenge on her bullies.

A disgraced civil lawyer and obsessed beauty pageant coach,
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Mindhunter Future in Doubt As Cast Options Expire

Mindhunter may not live to solve another crime at Netflix.

The David Fincher crime thriller aired its second season five months ago, and there has been no formal renewal announcement from the streamer.

Even more concerning is that Netflix let the cast options expire last month, meaning they can go on to new projects that are not related to the series.

Fincher, who is known for having creative control of the projects he has in the works, is working on the Netflix film Mank as well as the second season of Love, Death and Robots."

A Netflix spokesperson told Deadline that he might "revisit" Mindhunter down the line, but he felt it "wasn't fair to the actors" to keep them from moving on to other opportunities.

While the streamer would like fans not to be worried about the future of the series, it's difficult not to. When actors move on to other projects,
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Raising Dion Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Dion will continue to be raised at Netflix.

The streamer has confirmed Raising Dion has been picked up for a sophomore run mere days after it was announced it was one of the 10 Most Popular Series on Netflix.

Even more promising is that it was named the Most Popular Kids & Family Series release of 2019.

Generally, Netflix makes renewal or cancellation decisions after looking at 28-day viewing data, meaning that most renewals come around one month after shows debut.

With Raising Dion premiering October 4, it was somewhat concerning that the show's fate remained up in the air into the beginning of 2020.

As of now, the second season is slated to span eight one-hour episodes, down from Season 1's 9 episode order.

Carol Barbee will continue to serve as Showrunner for the sophomore run, while Michael B. Jordan, Kenny Goodman, Kim Roth, Dennis Liu, and Charles D. King’s MacRo will return as Executive Producers.
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Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston Signs Writers Guild Code

  • Variety
The Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston agency has signed the Writers Guild of America’s Code of Conduct, allowing the agency to return to representing WGA members again.

The WGA made the announcement Monday night. Rbel is joining more than 70 agencies allowed to represent WGA members thanks to agreeing to a ban of agency packaging fees and affiliate production. WGA members were told on April 13 by WGA West president David Goodman to fire their agents if the agents had not agreed to bans on packaging fees and affiliate production.

The WGA said in a message to members that there are some modifications to its WGA Come of Conduct under the Rothman Brecher agreement, such as packaging fees being banned after a sunset period ending Jan 22, 2021, and allowing agencies to own up to 5% of production companies — a percentage that the WGA described as “minimal.”

“In order to induce more agencies to sign,
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The Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston Agency Signs Deal With the WGA

  • Deadline
Exclusive, Updated with WGA Statement: Respected TV and film literary boutique The Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston Agency, a member of Association of Talent Agents, has reached a deal with the Writers Guild.

“Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston is pleased to announce that it has signed a new Franchise Agreement with the WGA,” the principals said in a statement to Deadline, declining further comment.

Rbel is the fourth established Ata member mid-size agency to break ranks and sign with the WGA, joining another literary boutique, Kaplan Stahler, as well as Buchwald and Abrams Artists, and comes only a week after the guild’s most recent pact with Abrams Artists. Verve, which is not an Ata member, was the first notable agency with writer clients to reach an agreement with the WGA in May.

The WGA’s franchise agreement with the Ata expired in April. That’s when the guild instructed all of
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See Season 2 Cast and Details for Apple TV+ Jason Momoa Series

Joseph Baxter Jan 13, 2020

Jason Momoa-headlined Apple TV series, See, landed a preemptive second season renewal, albeit with personnel changes ahead.

See may be a sci-fi series set in a far-future in which humanity collectively lost the sense of sight, but – in an example of art metaphorically imitating life – the show’s streaming home, Apple TV+, did a bit of blind greenlighting of its own back in October, preemptively renewing See Season 2 amongst a quartet that includes Dickinson, The Morning Show and For All Mankind, ahead of the platform’s November 1 launch date.

The renewal of See and the three other shows was revealed in a lengthy report from THR on Apple’s streaming endeavors. The series, brandishing a concept-driven sci-fi premise, is set hundreds of years in the future, focused on a human race that literally went blind, resorting to a brutal, primitive tribal existence. With the DC Extended
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TV News Roundup: Jennifer Cheon Garcia to Guest Star on ‘Supergirl’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
TV News Roundup: Jennifer Cheon Garcia to Guest Star on ‘Supergirl’ (Exclusive)
In today’s roundup, Jennifer Cheon Garcia will appear on “Supergirl” and the Paley Center for Media announces two new exhibits.

Casting

Jennifer Cheon Garcia has been cast in a guest starring role in the fifth season premiere of the CW series “Supergirl,” Variety has learned exclusively. Described as the physical manifestation of darkness, Midnight is a murderous villain released from an otherwordly prison to enact revenge against the person who put her there. Cheon Garcia’s past TV credits include shows like “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” “Zoo,” “Minority Report,” “Arrow,” “Supernatural,” “The 100,” “Lucifer,” and “Travelers.”

Renewals

First Responders Live” has been picked up by Fox for an additional six episodes. The show follows “American heroes” such as firefighters, police officers, Ems technicians and first responders as they risk their lives to save others. TV Journalist and Emmy award-winner Josh Elliot hosts the show, providing commentary and analysis.
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Trailer Arrives, Tom Hanks Is Mister Rogers

Sony Pictures Entertainment has just released the first trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks going full Mister Rogers. In several sneak peek images of Hanks in character prior to the trailer's release, it was already apparent his casting as real-life children's entertainer Fred Rogers was a perfect choice. Now, we officially have confirmation of that, as Hanks absolutely nails Rogers' persona in the new trailer. Prepare to feel nostalgic as you check out the trailer below.

While the story of the movie is centered around Mister Rogers, the entertainer is not the protagonist. It's important to note that this is not exactly a biopic for Fred Rogers, but how he was able to greatly affect those around him. Based on true events, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood follows cynical magazine writer (inspired by Rogers' friend and journalist Tom Junod) who's given the task of writing a story about Rogers.
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Film News Roundup: AMC Theatres Launching Artisan Films for Non-Blockbusters

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, AMC starts Artisan Films, Gravitas buys “Boy Genius,” Nesta Cooper gets cast opposite Salma Hayek and Rebel Road launches P12 as a distributor.

Marketing Move

AMC Theatres is launching a new program, AMC Artisan Films, as a programming-marketing effort to put a spotlight on character and narrative driven movies as an alternative to blockbusters.

“Because AMC is the industry’s top choice for blockbuster movies, many consumers don’t realize that we play more elevated and celebrated films than anyone else in North America,” said Elizabeth Frank, executive vice president of worldwide programming. “With the launch of AMC Artisan Films, we aim to expose more movie-goers to specialized films and increase their theatrical success.”

Frank said AMC is seeking earlier runs in platform releases while holding films longer in the theater to give audiences time to learn about them from other customers.

The idea
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‘Atypical’: Eric McCormack To Recur As Art Professor On Season 3 Of Netflix Dmedy

‘Atypical’: Eric McCormack To Recur As Art Professor On Season 3 Of Netflix Dmedy
Class is in session for Eric McCormack on Atypical next season. The Will & Grace star is set to recur in Season 3 of Netflix’s coming-of-age dramedy as an eccentric university art professor who loves to challenge and inspire his students.

The series follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: What does it really mean to be normal?

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as his mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery, Michael Rapaport plays his father, Doug, and Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s sister, Casey. In Season 2, Elsa and Doug faced the aftermath of their marriage crisis and Casey tried to adjust to her new school,
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Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star In UKTV Crime Drama ‘Traces’

Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star In UKTV Crime Drama ‘Traces’
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser, Cheat’s Molly Windsor and TravelersJennifer Spence are to star in UKTV’s crime drama Traces.

The quartet will front the six-part series, which is written by Scott & Bailey and This Life writer Amelia Bullmore and based on an original idea from crime writer Val McDermid, whose Hill/Jordan books were turned into hit crime drama Wire in the Blood.

It marks the first original commission for UKTV’s Alibi and is produced by Happy Valley and Safe producer Red Production Company.

Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Vincent Regan (The White Princess), Michael Nardone (Shetland) and John Gordan Sinclair (Ill Behaviour) round out the cast. Directing are Rebecca Gatward (Grantchester) and Mary Nighy (Silent Witness).

Traces is set in Scotland and explores the world of Sifa, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. The drama follows female characters – Emma Hedges, played by Windsor,
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‘Santa Clarita Diet’ canceled: This bites! Should Netflix greenlight a wrap-up movie to explain cliffhanger? [Poll]

‘Santa Clarita Diet’ canceled: This bites! Should Netflix greenlight a wrap-up movie to explain cliffhanger? [Poll]
Santa Clarita Diet” fans are in an uproar over Netflix’s decision to cancel their zombie-mom series on Friday. The Drew BarrymoreTimothy Olyphant single-camera comedy ended its third season on a huge cliffhanger, with — Spoiler Alert — Joel apparently becoming undead after Sheila bit him to prevent his being possessed by her zombie spider, aka Mr. Ball Legs. Now fans are worried that they’ll never learn any answers to the show’s biggest mysteries — that is, unless Netflix decides to greenlight a wrap-up “Santa Clarita Diet” TV movie.

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There is precedent for this, of course. Two years ago after the streaming service canceled “Sense8,” fans threw such a fit that a TV movie was produced one year later to give them a sense of closure. “Sense8: Together Until the End” wound up
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Santa Clarita Diet Cancelled at Netflix

Netflix has lost its hunger for Santa Clarita Diet: The streamer has cancelled the Drew Barrymore-Timothy Olyphant zombie satire, TVLine has learned. The series’ third season — which dropped March 29 — will be its last.

“The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix,” the streamer said in a statement. “To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead.
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Santa Clarita Diet's Timothy Olyphant on Zombie Comedy's Fate Amid Netflix Axings: 'Every Time I Turn Around They're Cancelling a Show'

With the future of Santa Clarita Diet very much up in the air following the release of the Netflix comedy’s third season last month, leading man Timothy Olyphant acknowledges that the streamer has been in herd-thinning mode of late, telling TVLine, “Every time I turn around they’re cancelling a show over there.”

For those keeping track at home, Netflix has cancelled five series so far this year, including One Day at a Time, Friends From College, The Punisher, Jessica Jones and Travelers. That number swells to 20 if you factor in the previous 12-month period. (To be fair, Netflix
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‘You’: Melanie Field & Magda Apanowicz To Recur In Series’ Second Season On Netflix

  • Deadline
‘You’: Melanie Field & Magda Apanowicz To Recur In Series’ Second Season On Netflix
Melanie Field (Heathers) and Magda Apanowicz (Continuum) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s You.

You follows bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). In the freshman season, which was based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling novel and aired on Lifetime, Goldberg becomes obsessed with his customer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), using social media and the Internet to stalk her.

The show’s second season is loosely based on the author’s second book in the series titled Hidden Bodies and will be released by the streaming service under the Netflix originals banner. It will follow Goldberg to Los Angeles where he meets Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady.

Field will play Sunrise, a stay at home mommy blogger who raises a toddler with her partner Lucy in their gorgeous Venice Beach home. A
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Netflix Removes Controversial Bird Box Footage of Real-Life Train Disaster After Backlash

Netflix is reversing its decision and removing footage from a real-life train disaster that was featured in its hit film Bird Box.

The Sandra Bullock-starrer used real-life footage of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec train derailment that killed 47 people for a sequence depicting the world descending into chaos. Though Netflix confirmed the use of the footage, according to the BBC, the company initially said it would not be removing it.

After weeks of backlash, Netflix has agreed to cut the footage.

“We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community,” a statement from Netflix read, without giving a reason for changing its decision,
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Netflix Removes Real Tragedy Footage From ‘Bird Box’ 2 Months After Public Outcry

After two months of public outcry, Netflix on Thursday agreed to remove and replace a scene from its film “Bird Box” that included footage from a real-life 2013 rail disaster that killed 47 people in Quebec, Canada.

“Netflix and the filmmakers of ‘Bird Box’ have decided to replace the clip. We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community,” Netflix said in a statement to TheWrap. adding that it would remove the footage in question. The company did not provide a reason for its decision.

Quebec’s minister of culture and communications Nathalie Roy praised Netflix’s decision in a tweet on Thursday.

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“The move was expected by respect for the victims of this horrible tragedy, their families and the entire community of Lac-Mégantic,” Roy said. “This result shows that by
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