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‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Staffers Release Letter of Support for Al Franken: ‘We Feel Compelled to Stand Up’

‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Staffers Release Letter of Support for Al Franken: ‘We Feel Compelled to Stand Up’
Updated: In a newly-released letter, a variety of past and present female staffers of “Saturday Night Live” have offered their solidarity for former cast member and current U.S. senator Al Franken, recently accused of groping two women, once in 2010 and once in 2006. The letter is titled “SNL Women Offer Solidarity in Support of Al Franken” and, per the Boston Globe, offers a full list of signees, which include writers, performers, and producers, amongst others associated with the NBC sketch comedy series. Of those listed, only three are current crew members.

Read More:Senator Al Franken Accused of Groping News Anchor Leeann Tweeden in Her Sleep

The letter makes notes of just one allegation against Franken, and reads in part, “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms Tweeden, and to the public,” before adding, “We know Al as
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Staffers Release Letter of Support for Al Franken: ‘We Feel Compelled to Stand Up’

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Staffers Release Letter of Support for Al Franken: ‘We Feel Compelled to Stand Up’
Updated: In a newly-released letter, a variety of past and present female staffers of “Saturday Night Live” have offered their solidarity for former cast member and current U.S. senator Al Franken, recently accused of groping two women, once in 2010 and once in 2006. The letter is titled “SNL Women Offer Solidarity in Support of Al Franken” and, per the Boston Globe, offers a full list of signees, which include writers, performers, and producers, amongst others associated with the NBC sketch comedy series. Of those listed, only three are current crew members.

Read More:Senator Al Franken Accused of Groping News Anchor Leeann Tweeden in Her Sleep

The letter makes notes of just one allegation against Franken, and reads in part, “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms Tweeden, and to the public,” before adding, “We know Al as
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Women Who Worked on Saturday Night Live with Al Franken 'Feel Compelled to Stand Up' for Him

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Women Who Worked on Saturday Night Live with Al Franken 'Feel Compelled to Stand Up' for Him
Many women from Saturday Night Live are standing behind Al Franken, who spent a total of 15 years on the series as a writer and performer.

On Tuesday, former female staffers of the NBC sketch comedy show issued a statement in solidarity of the comedian-turned-senator, who faced sexual misconduct accusations by Kabc radio anchor Leeann Tweeden last week. Tweeden claimed Franken groped her and kissed her without consent during a Uso tour to entertain troops in Dec. 2006, releasing a photo of Franken appearing to be grabbing her breasts while she was sleeping. Franken, 66, has since apologized, and Tweeden accepted it.

“We
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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'

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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'
Turns out, we have Oprah Winfrey to thank for Shondaland’s #Tgit.

On Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes was honored at the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, where Winfrey took the stage to pay tribute to the writer/producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

“I’m here for Shonda,” said Winfrey, 63. “She could not have come at another time. She could not have come to another place. She belongs to this medium, and she belongs to this moment in a way that doesn’t so much defy the odds as redefine the odds.
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TVLine Items: Shonda Rhimes Is Fame-ous, Black Lightning Casts Sis and More

TVLine Items: Shonda Rhimes Is Fame-ous, Black Lightning Casts Sis and More
The queen of Shondaland and the indigenous Not Ready for Primetime Players are among the Television Academy’s latest Hall of Fame inductees.

Shonda Rhimes and the original cast of Saturday Night Live — including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and John Belushi and Gilda Radner (posthumously) — will be inducted during a non-televised ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Saban Media Center in Hollywood, Calif.

Additional 2017 honorees include TV producer John Wells (Shameless, The West Wing, ER), the late Joan Rivers and art director/production designer Roy Christopher (Frasier).

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Shonda Rhimes, Original 'SNL' Cast Joining TV Academy Hall of Fame

The Television Academy on Thursday announced the latest inductees into its Hall of Fame, tapping Shonda Rhimes and a handful of other luminaries for the honor.

Rhimes, the prolific showrunner behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, will be feted alongside fellow TV writer-producer John Wells, 10-time Emmy-winning art director Roy Christopher, the late Joan Rivers and the entire original cast of Saturday Night Live. (That’s Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman — as well as the late Gilda Radner and John Belushi.)

“All of these individuals are innovators who have...
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The Tick review: a laugh-out-loud superhero satire

Ron Hogan Aug 25, 2017

The Tick, out now on Amazon Prime Video, is huge fun. Here's how the show achieves what its creator envisioned 21 years ago...

In 1994, I was about to be a freshman in high school. Despite being “too old” for cartoons, there wasn’t really anything else on television on Saturday mornings while I was waiting for wrestling to show up on my television screen. I remember most of the cartoons I saw only in the vaguest terms: the creepy face of Louie Anderson’s gargoyle animated child or a screaming purple cat. I know the name of both shows because I looked them up prior to writing this article, but I couldn’t tell you anything about them. However, one show I watched regularly in the mid to late 90s stuck with me well into adulthood, and that’s the 1994-96 animated version of The Tick.

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SAG-aftra Election Ending Bitterly With 2000 Strike Still in Dispute

Voting is ending for a particularly acrimonious SAG-aftra presidential election with results due to be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.

The counting of the ballots, with about a quarter of the 144,000 dues-current members expected to vote, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The contest has featured accusations of election fraud and bungling the recent contract negotiations (made by Esai Morales and Membership First); negligence on safety issues and allowing massive staff salaries (made by independent stuntman Pete Antico); and Membership First’s alleged incompetence in the 2008 negotiations and its long opposition to the SAG-aftra merger (made by the Unite for Strength faction headed by current president Gabrielle Carteris).

The divisions within SAG-aftra run deep and have existed for the past two decades. Remarkably, the two main factions — the moderate-leaning Unite for Strength and the self-styled progressives of Membership First — have managed to revive the debate over the six-month commercials strike in 2000. Supporters of the
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SAG-AFTRA Presidential Election Heats Up in the Home Stretch

SAG-AFTRA Presidential Election Heats Up in the Home Stretch
With 10 days left for members to vote, SAG-aftra’s national election is seeing plenty of attacks as the union’s two major factions denounce each other in a bid to sway the 144,000 performer members.

The minority Membership First group, headed by Esai Morales, has accused the dominant Unite for Strength of bungling the recent negotiations for a new contract, which was ratified by membership on Aug. 7 by a 76-24 margin. The union’s negotiating committee was led by president Gabrielle Carteris, who’s seeking re-election.

“There are over 450 scripted television programs — yet it’s harder than ever for working actors to make a living or get pension and health credits … Because the contracts haven’t kept up with the marketplace,” Membership First said. “We do not support the new travel provisions. It’s a huge give-away that obliterates decades long negotiated travel provisions that benefited performers.”

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SAG-aftra Members Ratify New Film-tv Contract

Membership First is also
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Gary Austin Dies: Groundlings Founder, 75, Praised By Generations Of Comedians

Two decades-spanning generations of Saturday Night Live offered tributes to Gary Austin, the founder of the wildly influential improvisational theater company The Groundlings who died in Los Angeles yesterday, just one hint at the scope of Austin’s impact on comedy. “No words,” tweeted Laraine Newman, one of the Groundlings recruited to become SNL‘s first-generation Not Ready For Primetime Players. “We lost a legend today,” tweeted Mikey Day, the current SNL cast member…
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Groundlings Founder Gary Austin Dies at 75

Gary Austin, the founder of the influential improvisational theater troupe The Groundlings, died on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles following a long illness. He was 75.

Austin had been battling cancer for several years, but remained active teaching and performing. His daughter, Audrey Moore, told Variety the Austin was surrounded by family members and friends who were serenading him.

Austin was a widely admired improvisational teacher of thousands of students, along with being a writer, director, and musical performer. His improvisational teaching technique involved creating scenes based on arbitrary suggestions with performers then committing to agreement on the premise of the story — no matter how far-fetched — and then performing to reflect the truth of the scene and characters.

His students included “Saturday Night Live” cast members Laraine Newman, Phil Hartman and Chris Kattan, Mindy Sterling, Helen Hunt, Paul Reubens, Jennifer Gray, Paul Feig and Helen Slater. Hunt, acknowledged Austin during her acceptance speech after winning the best
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Review: Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" (1980); Twilight Time Blu-ray Limited Edition

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“Allen’S 9-1/2”

By Raymond Benson

If one facetiously counted the number of films Woody Allen made beginning in 1969 and throughout the 70s, there would be eight that he wrote and directed (seven of which he also starred in), plus a movie that he only wrote and starred in—Play It Again, Sam, for which I’ll count as 1/2, making Stardust Memories number 9-1/2. Appropriately, this film seems to intentionally pay homage to Federico Fellini’s own masterwork, 8-1/2 (1963), which was about a filmmaker who didn’t know what movie he wanted to shoot next. Stardust Memories, released in 1980 after the huge successes of Annie Hall and Manhattan (with critically-acclaimed Interiors in-between), is also about a filmmaker in search of the picture he wants to make.

It wasn’t well-received at the time. I recall leaving the theater in anger. How could Woody be so contemptuous of his audience? It was as if his character,
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Exclusive: Time To Go Shopping In Clip From Animated ‘Nerdland’ Starring Patton Oswalt & Paul Rudd

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With no major new, wide releases opening over the weekend, there is a brief moment of calm at the multiplex before things get really crazy for the rest of December. And it’s the perfect opportunity to catch the animated “Nerdland” on the big screen.

On Tuesday, December 6th Fathom Events will be hosting a special event screening of the movie that features the voices of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman, Brendon Small, John Ennis, and Paul Scheer, that tells the story of two friends and aspiring actors who are determined to enter their 30s with a taste of fame.

Continue reading Exclusive: Time To Go Shopping In Clip From Animated ‘Nerdland’ Starring Patton Oswalt & Paul Rudd at The Playlist.
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The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season Four Coming in December

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The Adventures of Puss in Boots is back. This week, Netflix announced season four of the animated series debuts later this month.Based on the character from the Shrek movie franchise, the action-adventure comedy follows the sword-fighting cat as he protects the city of San Lorenzo from invaders. The voice cast includes Eric Bauza, Jayma Mays, Paul Rugg, Carlos, Alazraqui, and Laraine Newman.Read More…
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Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt Want to Live in Infamy in First Trailer for ‘Nerdland’

As the writer of Se7en and 8mm, one might not expect Andrew Kevin Walker to write an animated comedy featuring some of today’s top talent in the field, but here we are. Directed by Chris Prynoski, Nerdland follows two slackers who are attempting to make it big in Hollywood in unusal ways. Featuring the huge voice cast of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman, Brendon Small, John Ennis, and Paul Scheer, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “Providing an escape valve for Andrew Kevin Walker, known for far more serious films about would-be serial killers (8Mm, Seven), Nerdland is an almost biting commentary on Hollywood that would appear to be more at home on the small screen (had it not been crudely drawn for Cinemascope).” Judging from the trailer, if one is a fan of Bojack Horseman,
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Trailer for R-rated animated comedy Nerdland

Ahead of its release next month, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming R-rated animated comedy feature Nerdland. The film is directed by Chris Prynoski and features a voice cast that includes Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, John Ennis, Mike Judge, Reid Scott, Laraine Newman and Paul Scheer; check it out below after the official synopsis…

Nerdland is the story of two best friends, aspiring screenwriter Elliot and aspiring actor John, whose dreams of super-stardom have fizzled. With their 30th birthdays looming and their desperation growing, John and Elliot decide that in this 24/7, celebrity-obsessed world of over-shared navel-gazing, there are more ways to become famous — or infamous — then ever before. So why not become famous Today? Nerdland is that day.

Making up for what they lack in brains and talent with abundant, witless enthusiasm, John and Elliot troll Los Angeles on a fame-grab journey,
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New Trailer for Animated 'Nerdland' with Paul Rudd & Patton Oswalt

"We need an instant-fame plan!" Samuel Goldwyn Films has released a new trailer for the upcoming release of Titmouse Studio's first feature-length animated film, titled Nerdland, from director Chris Prynoski. It tells the story of two best friends, voiced by Paul Rudd & Patton Oswalt - one an aspiring screenwriter, the other an aspiring actor - whose dreams of super-stardom have fizzled. They decide to "troll" Los Angeles on a "fame-grab journey, encountering and abusing friends both new and old." The voice cast also includes Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, John Ennis, Mike Judge, Reid Scott, Laraine Newman and Paul Scheer. This looks totally wacky, and maybe fun to watch, but I'm not really that sure. Here's the official trailer (+ poster art) for Chris Prynoski's Nerdland, in high def from Apple: Two best friends (Paul Rudd & Patton Oswalt) make a last-ditch effort to become famous, stumbling into a series
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Alec Baldwin’s Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary will deliver best SNL season ever

SNL needed a good dose of spot-on hilarity and they got it with veteran host Alec Baldwin as he nailed Donald Trump’s mannerisms and speech, complimented by the equally dead-on Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton. Baldwin has appeared 16 times on the sketch comedy series that had halcyon days back when the original team of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner delivered almost flawless and hilarious segment after segment. Those days are long gone but after last night’s excellent reboot, Baldwin may be the key to the series being the addictive ratings...read more
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Laff Winner ‘Green Is Gold,’ Kino Lorber Buys ‘Son of Joseph’ And More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Laff Winner ‘Green Is Gold,’ Kino Lorber Buys ‘Son of Joseph’ And More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Exclusive: Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the North American rights to the drama “Green Is Gold,” written and directed by Ryon Baxter and starring Jimmy Baxter, Ryon Baxter and David Fine. The film recently had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the summer, where it won the Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature.

The film follows “a thirteen-year-old boy [who] is forced to live with his estranged brother after their father is sent to prison. Their relationship is soon tested when the older brother’s occupation as a marijuana dealer infringes on his ability not only to raise his brother, but to even take care of himself. However, through constant tribulation, they discover
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Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd’s ‘Nerdland’ Picked Up by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd’s ‘Nerdland’ Picked Up by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Film has picked up the North American rights to Chris Prynoski’s animated movie “Nerdland.” Samuel Goldwyn will release the film in theaters in December 2016. “Nerdland” features the voices of Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd, in addition to Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman, and Paul Scheer. “Nerdland,” which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, tells the story of two slacker best friends, aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and wannabe screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt), who have seen their dreams of super-stardom fizzle. Also Read: Patton Oswalt Begs Donald Trump to Stay in the Presidential.
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