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Emmys: ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Feud’ Highlight Competitive Limited Lead Actress Race

Emmys: ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Feud’ Highlight Competitive Limited Lead Actress Race
This year’s Emmy race for lead actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television is set to be a scrappy competition on par with the Oscars skullduggery dramatized in FX’s “Feud.”

Indeed, Ryan Murphy’s saga about Golden Age fixtures Joan Crawford and Bette Davis warring over Hollywood recognition for their work in 1962’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” is one of two programs that have multiple shots on goal this year. Both Jessica Lange (as Crawford) and Susan Sarandon (Davis) are sure to be in the thick of it.

What’s interesting is how the two performances in some ways mirror Crawford and Davis’ own on-screen work; while Davis gets to chew the scenery, Lange’s is the more reserved and layered portrayal. It’s not necessarily more complex — both Crawford and Davis, as characters, are working through quite a lot with their careers winding down here — but it makes
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When We Rise: Season One Ratings

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ABC has promoted When We Rise as a mini-series from the very beginning so there seems to be no chance that it will be cancelled or renewed for a second season. But, could strong ratings lead the network to produce similar programming or other mini-series? Stay tuned.From Dustin Lance Black, the When We Rise TV show chronicles the leaders who agitated for Lgbt rights in the Us Civil Rights movement. The mini-series follows Lgbt activist Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce), women's right leader Roma Guy (Mary-Louise Parker), her wife and social justice activist Diane (Rachel Griffiths), African-American community organizer Ken Jones (Michael K. Williams), and transgender activist Cecilia Chung (Ivory Aquino). The cast also includes Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, Fiona Dourif, Henry Czerny, Whoopi Goldberg, Arliss Howard, Sam Jaeger, T.R. Knight, Mary McCormack, Kevin McHale, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, Pauley Perrette, David Hyde Pierce, Richard
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When We Rise

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Network: ABCEpisodes: Eight (hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: February 27, 2018 — March 3, 2017Series status: Ending Performers include: Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams, Ivory Aquino, Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, Fiona Dourif, Henry Czerny, Whoopi Goldberg, Arliss Howard, Sam Jaeger, T.R. Knight, Mary McCormack, Kevin McHale, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, Pauley Perrette, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Schiff, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Reiner, and William Sadler.TV show description:From Dustin Lance Black, the When We Rise TV show chronicles the leaders who agitated for Lgbt rights in the Us Civil Rights movement. The mini-series follows Lgbt activist Cleve Jones, women's right leader Roma Guy, her wife and social justice activist Diane, African-American community organizer Ken Jones, and transgender
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‘When We Rise’ Ep Dustin Lance Black: ‘This Is Going to Be More Timely Than I Thought’

‘When We Rise’ Ep Dustin Lance Black: ‘This Is Going to Be More Timely Than I Thought’
“From the beginning I said it should be ‘When We Rise,’ the we being the biggest part of it,” says writer/producer/director Dustin Lance Black, of naming the eight-hour, four-part miniseries that premieres on February 27 on ABC.

A few feet away, director Dee Rees (“Bessie”) sets up a scene outside the storefront that once housed activist Harvey Milk’s campaign office for City Supervisor (it’s now fittingly a space occupied by the Human Rights Campaign). In the scene, a young Cleve Jones (Austin P. McKenzie) runs out to Castro Street to talk with soon-to-be disco star Sylvester (Justin Sams), who he has become friends with. The real Cleve Jones, an activist still living in San Francisco and consultant on the project, stands off to the side and watches the moment from his own life as its recreated for the cameras.

If anyone were going to write “When We Rise,” it
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‘When We Rise’ Review: Why Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, and Dee Rees’ Miniseries Should Have Been a Movie

‘When We Rise’ Review: Why Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, and Dee Rees’ Miniseries Should Have Been a Movie
An onslaught of onscreen and offscreen talent unite with a clear sense of purpose in the limited series “When We Rise.” An examination of gay and women’s rights over three decades and how their causes conflict and coalesce, Dustin Lance Black’s new ABC offering emphasizes what’s possible when oppressed minorities come together and fight back against a malicious patriarchy.

There’s no shortage of modern parallels at play, and ABC is counting on the public’s revived passion for protest to drive interest in a show that honors those who paved the way with picket signs and (mostly) passive resistance. The eight-episode series written by Black (mostly) does right by its honorable cause, but it suffers from the strictures of its format. A sprawling story creates an awkward combination of history lessons and personal stories, and broadcast standards prove far too restrictive. The result is a conglomeration
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‘When We Rise’ Review: Why Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, and Dee Rees’ Miniseries Should Have Been a Movie

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‘When We Rise’ Review: Why Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, and Dee Rees’ Miniseries Should Have Been a Movie
An onslaught of onscreen and offscreen talent unite with a clear sense of purpose in the limited series “When We Rise.” An examination of gay and women’s rights over three decades and how their causes conflict and coalesce, Dustin Lance Black’s new ABC offering emphasizes what’s possible when oppressed minorities come together and fight back against a malicious patriarchy.

There’s no shortage of modern parallels at play, and ABC is counting on the public’s revived passion for protest to drive interest in a show that honors those who paved the way with picket signs and (mostly) passive resistance. The eight-episode series written by Black (mostly) does right by its honorable cause, but it suffers from the strictures of its format. A sprawling story creates an awkward combination of history lessons and personal stories, and broadcast standards prove far too restrictive. The result is a conglomeration
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TV Review: ABC’s ‘When We Rise’

TV Review: ABC’s ‘When We Rise’
The mere existence of “When We Rise” is almost virtue enough. But in terms of tone and execution, the four-part event series from ABC is wildly uneven, crossing from moving stories of romance under oppression to retellings of history that are so broadly pitched — and with such bad wigs! — that they’re too after-school special to be truly affecting. Still, the fact that an eight-hour educational reconstruction of the gay rights movement is taking up primetime real estate on a broadcast network is evidence of a revolution — a still-unfolding one, to be sure, but one that has transformed the social fabric of this nation. In just 50 years, America has gone from a land where homosexuality was an illness treated by psychologists with lobotomies and electroshock treatment to one where gay marriage is the law of the land.

When We Rise” is an attempt to explain how that happened, from 1972 to 2013. Eight hours is not much time to
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Pauley Perrette, Rob Reiner & More Join ABC’s Gay Rights Event Series ‘When We Rise’ (Exclusive)

Pauley Perrette, Rob Reiner & More Join ABC’s Gay Rights Event Series ‘When We Rise’ (Exclusive)
ABC’s gay rights miniseries “When We Rise” has filled out its cast with a slew of A-list guest stars, Variety has learned exclusively.

Rob Reiner, T.R. Knight, Phylicia Rashad, Richard Schiff, Mary McCormack, Arliss Howard, Henry Czerny, William Sadler and “NCIS” favorite Pauley Perrette will appear in the highly anticipated project in undisclosed roles.

The casting news comes as “When We Rise” wraps shooting today in Vancouver.

The group of guests join “When We Rise” regulars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams and and Ivory Aquino, plus previously announced guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce.

When We Rise” — hailing from “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black — chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of Lgbt men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th
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How to Share Your ‘Fun Home’ Experience and Win Show Tickets

Broadway’s “Fun Home” is collaborating with national nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps ahead of the production’s one-year anniversary. The partnership emboldens fans to use StoryCorps’ free mobile app to record their own family stories and personal experiences seeing “Fun Home” live. StoryCorps aims to preserve conversations and stories in sound. All tagged stories will be streamable on-demand at StoryCorps.me and preserved in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The collaboration will continue across the country once “Fun Home” begins its national tour in Cleveland this October. “Fun Home” cast and creative team including Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Sam Gold, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, and Sydney Lucas recorded stories of their own available to listen to here. User stories submitted in April will be entered to win a contest with one randomly selected grand prize winner set
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When We Rise: ABC Gay Rights Series Sets Cast

ABC Studios announces Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, and Guy Pearce are set to star in the limited When We Rise TV series, from writer Dustin Lance Black. Pearce will play Lgbt activist Cleve Jones. Mary-Louise Parker has been cast as women's rights leader Roma Guy. Rachel Griffiths is set as her wife, social justice activist Diane.

They are joined by Austin McKenzie as young Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs as young Roma Guy, Jonathan Majors as young Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif as young Diane. The mature versions of African American community organizer Ken Jones and transgender activist Cecelia Chung are among those roles yet to be cast.

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News Bits: Bourne, Map, Pets, Rise, Warcraft

Jason Bourne

Matt Damon spent Monday in Woolwich, south east London, filming scenes from the upcoming "Jason Bourne" film. The scene featured Greek-language signs and transformed some of the streets into a bustling Greek cityscape, check out the link for heaps of photos of Damon shooting his scenes. The film is currently targeting a July 29th release date. [Source: The Daily Mail]

Map of Bones

"Black Panther" scribe Joe Robert Cole has come onboard to pen the script for "Map of Bones," the film adaptation of the James Rollins 2005 novel for Lionsgate. John Sacchi, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing.

The story centers on the bones of the three Magi who paid homage to the newborn Jesus Christ. The story starts at a crowded service in Germany when armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of destruction, and its up to a covert branch of the U.S. Defense department to discover the truth.
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Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths to Star in ABC Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’

Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths to Star in ABC Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’
Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths will star in “When We Rise,” ABC’s gay rights movement event series from writer Dustin Lance Black, Variety has learned.

The project chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of Lgbt men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Pearce will star as Lgbt activist Cleve Jones, who joined the gay liberation movement in 1972 and was befriended by pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. He founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and led the National March for Equality in 2009. Parker will play women’s rights leader Roma Guy, who co-founded the San Francisco Women’s Building,
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‘Fun Home’ Streams for Spotify Sessions

Spotify is streaming intimate in-studio performances and conversations of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Fun Home” beginning today. “Fun Home” is the first Broadway show to participate in Spotify Sessions. This particular session was originally recorded in front of a live studio audience on Jan. 19 in New York City. The “Fun Home” session contains new arrangements of songs from the musical. The session also includes inside information regarding how and why songs were written and created for the show. Tony winner Jeanine Tesori composed the score performed by “Fun Home” cast members Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, and Joel Perez. “Fun Home” is the recipient of four Tony Awards including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best leading actor in a musical (Cerveris). Listen to the new session on Spotify now. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings!
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