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Syfy announces cast for Deadly Class TV series

Last month it was announced that Syfy had given a pilot order to Deadly Class, an adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Image Comics series, and now the network has announced details of the cast for the TV series, along with their character descriptions (via Deadline):

Benedict Wong is set for the series regular role of Master Lin, the headmaster of the School for the Deadly Arts. Deadly and feared. He’s an ever-changing chameleon who keeps his students desperate for his approval.

Benjamin Wadsworth will play Marcus. At one point we were all Marcus, an awkward outcast full of social anxiety struggling to find his place in the cold and brutal world of high school. Marcus is bottled rage, if his life had been normal this kid might have been an artist, even a poet. Instead he’s had to survive life on the streets of San Francisco.
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*Nsync From the Beginning: How the Best Boy Band of the '90s Came to Be

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*Nsync From the Beginning: How the Best Boy Band of the '90s Came to Be
Image Source: Getty / L. Busacca Are *Nsync songs still the music of your heart? Same. In honor of the group's 22nd anniversary this Sunday, we're taking a look back at how the best '90s boy band (yeah, I said it) first formed. Over the years, bits and pieces of their origins have been shared in TV specials and interviews, including some pretty surprising details. Did you know there was almost a different fifth member in Lance's spot? It all started back in 1995 thanks to Chris Kirkpatrick and the late Lou Pearlman, who also managed the Backstreet Boys. At the time, Lou was hoping to form another boy band similar to Bsb, and Chris was part of a doo-wop group that sang at Universal Studios in Florida. After Lou watched Chris perform at the park, he told Chris that he would finance the band if Chris could get a group together.
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San Sebastian reveals Horizontes Latinos line-up

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Cannes titles The Desert Bride and April’s Daughters among 12 titles.

The 65th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 22-30) has revealed the 12 titles in its Horizontes Latinos programme, featuring some of the best Latin American films of the year to date.

This year’s selection includes Cannes Un Certain Regard title The Desert Bride (pictured) directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, and Gustavo Rondón’s debut La Familia, which was screened at Cannes Critics’ Week.

Another Un Certain Regard title, Michel Franco’s April’s Daughters, has also been selected. His film After Lucia won the Prize Un Certain Regard in 2012, and his follow-up, Chronic competed for the Palme d’Or and won the best screenplay award at Cannes in 2015.

All 12 feature films compete for the Horizontes Award and its €35,000 ($40,958) prize. The six first and second films in the selection (La Educación De Rey, La Familia, Medea, Arábia, La Novia Del Desierto and Temporada De Caza) are also
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‘Broad City’ Will Bleep Donald Trump’s Name This Season

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‘Broad City’ Will Bleep Donald Trump’s Name This Season
Broad City” has already made its feelings about which way it leans in the political spectrum.

After all, this Comedy Central series about two liberated young women in New York even had an episode in which its co-creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Clinton herself made a cameo in the episode.

Glazer, who stars in the comedy “Rough Night” with Scarlett Johnasson, Kate McKinnon and Zoe Kravitz, spoke to USA Today about the upcoming season of “Broad City.”

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“We wrote [Season 4] being like, ‘Here we go! Hillary for president!'” Glazer said in the interview. Obviously, history did not play out according to that scenario, and Glazer added that after “this game-show host became president of our country, we rewrote a lot.”

Rewriting the show doesn’t mean giving equal airtime to the President though.
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‘Broad City’ Will Bleep Donald Trump’s Name This Season

‘Broad City’ Will Bleep Donald Trump’s Name This Season
Broad City” has already made its feelings about which way it leans in the political spectrum.

After all, this Comedy Central series about two liberated young women in New York even had an episode in which its co-creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Clinton herself made a cameo in the episode.

Glazer, who stars in the comedy “Rough Night” with Scarlett Johnasson, Kate McKinnon and Zoe Kravitz, spoke to USA Today about the upcoming season of “Broad City.”

27 TV Shows Created by Woman Starring Women

“We wrote [Season 4] being like, ‘Here we go! Hillary for president!'” Glazer said in the interview. Obviously, history did not play out according to that scenario, and Glazer added that after “this game-show host became president of our country, we rewrote a lot.”

Rewriting the show doesn’t mean giving equal airtime to the President though.
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Newswire: Timothy Olyphant and Jason Sudeikis are going to chase Lee Pace in new movie

  • The AV Club
Cannes will be hit with a huge dose of handsome next month, as Deadline reports that Timothy Olyphant, Lee Pace, and Jason Sudeikis are set to star in a movie about the FBI’s real-life sting on car designer John DeLorean. Sudeikis and Olyphant will team up, Catch Me If You Can-style, with the former playing a con-artist-turned-informant who helps Olyphant’s FBI agent get his man. Pace will play the Dmc founder, who, in addition to working on cutting-edge automobile designs, tried to save his failing business by trafficking cocaine. The FBI set up a sting to catch him handling 59 pounds of coke, but the organization’s efforts were just interpreted as entrapment at DeLorean’s trial, and he was found not guilty. The film is set to begin filming in Puerto Rico this September.

The Journey director Nick Hamm will be at the wheel for Driven ...
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6 Filmmaking Tips From Marc Webb

You needn’t be gifted or amazing, just follow this advice.

Whatever your opinion of his Amazing Spider-Man movies, there’s no denying Marc Webb’s proficiency as a director. He’s been filming in some capacity since he was a kid and spent many years after college honing his craft helming music videos (regular clients included Green Day, Ashlee Simpson, and My Chemical Romance) before making his feature debut in 2009 with the hit romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer.

Now, following his two Spidey installments, he’s back to directing smaller movies, two of which arrive this year: Gifted, which opens in theaters on Friday, and Amazon’s The Only Living Boy in New York, which first hits cinemas in August. In the following collection of tips to aspiring filmmakers, he shares advice on working on different scales, making mistakes, the importance of collaboration, and giving actors freedom.

1. Always Be Creating

Webb apparently believes in the “ABC
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Q&A: Director Dagen Merrill on the Character-Driven Story of Atomica

  • DailyDead
Syfy Films continues to expand into the theatrical arena with their new feature, Atomica, a character-driven science fiction drama about three people who are unsure if they can trust one another as they attempt to get a futuristic power station back online. With Atomica now out in select theaters and coming out on VOD and digital HD beginning March 21st, Daily Dead recently caught up with director Dagen Merrill for our latest Q&A feature to discuss realizing his vision on a budget, how to find hope within a bleak depiction of the future, and more.

Could you give a bit of background on how you came to be involved in the project? Was this something that came to you or were you part of developing it? What about Atomica made you want to tell this story?

Dagen Merrill: I had an investor approach me about making a low-budget film.
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The Voice Coaches Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dramatic Lyric Readings

The Voice Coaches Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dramatic Lyric Readings
La-da-di-da-di, Blake likes to party. Which isn’t exactly news to fans of The Voice.

But Mr. Shelton’s good-time shenanigans take on an extra-amusing slant as he dramatically interprets the lyrics of fellow Season 11 coach Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop.”

RelatedThe Voice: Bette Midler, Charlie Puth, Two More Sign On as Season 11 Mentors

Not to be outdone, the tongue-wagging newcomer to the NBC singing-competition’s panel tackles some of the goofier passages from Adam Levine’s opus “Moves Like Jagger,” while the Maroon 5 frontman and Cyrus’ fellow freshman coach Alicia Keys get in on
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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Reveals Why His Vampire Model Movie Is Autobiographical

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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Reveals Why His Vampire Model Movie Is Autobiographical
Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’ New Clips: Elle Fanning Shows Her Walk in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cannes Thriller

On the phone from his Copenhagen kitchen the week before Cannes, Nic Winding Refn knows the drill. He’d already brought two violent underworld thrillers starring Ryan Gosling to compete at Cannes, and served on the jury. Los Angeles-set “Drive” was a global hit, while “Only God Forgives,” set in Thailand, was more divisive and controversial.

So as soon as Refn finished his latest film, horror story “The Neon Demon” (which had already been acquired by his “Drive” distributor Bob Berney for Amazon Studios release, one of five in the festival), he submitted it to Cannes. “Then you hold your breath as long as you can,” he told me. “I was lucky I didn’t have to hold it for too long. I was able to go on living.”

And Refn
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Joshua Reviews Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl [Theatrical Review]

The word masterpiece is thrown around a lot these days. Hell, I’m as guilty of maybe having a little bit of hyperbole in my reviews as anyone. However, when one is ostensibly slapped in the face by one of the true titans of cinema history, there are few better words to describe it.

That’s the response one has when they revisit (or see for the first time) a film like Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl. Now 50 years old, Sembene’s first feature length film garnered much acclaim upon its initial release, but thanks to Janus Films Sembene’s greatest and arguably most poignant work looks, sounds and feels like a film that’s truly timeless.

Black Girl introduces us to Diouana, a Senegalese housemaid who travels to France to work for a bourgeois white family. Sembene is best known as a filmmaker but as seen throughout his politically-charged
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Awards for The Katering Show, Airlock

  • IF.com.au
The Katering Show, Marc Furmie.s Airlock and nine-year-old Grace Mulgrew have won key prizes at the second annual Australian Online Video Awards.

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan's The Katering Show, which parodies the obsession with food culture, was named best overall video and best performance at the OVAs staged in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

The duo, who are repped by Wme and are hoping to crack the Us market, win a trip to YouTube.s Creator Space in Los Angeles to learn from world leaders in online video production and marketing, supported by YouTube.

Funded by Screen Australia, the show follows McLennan as a horrendously smug foodie as she tries to teach McCartney, a food-intolerant anti-foodie, how to cook new dishes. The series has had nearly 5 million views, according to producer Tamasin Simpkin.

McCartney tells If, "When we started The Katering Show we hoped we would get 10,000 views.
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Extras Revealed For Scream Factory’s Definitive Larry Fessenden Collection; Celebrate 30 Years of Glass Eye Pix!

Larry Fessenden is a maverick of independent genre cinema. For thirty years, Fessenden has helped establish new voices in horror cinema, and cemented his place as a formidable force of his own with a strong range of films. 2015 aims to be the year of Glass Eye Pix thanks to a Blu-ray release from our favorite freaky folks over at Scream Factory, and a series of screenings with the man himself in La & NY to celebrate three decades of fierce, auteur-driven filmmaking!

Check out the extras for Scream’s definitive release of The Larry Fessenden Collection, hitting Blu-ray October 20th (Pre-order Here, first 300 copies are signed & ships two weeks early!), as well as the press release for the retrospective screenings! Long Live Fessenden!

Larry Fessenden is one of the most original voices to emerge in the horror field…” – Guillermo Del Toro

Four tales of terror from multi-talented filmmaker Larry Fessenden – he’s a writer,
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Joshua Reviews Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden [Theatrical Review]

There are few filmmakers working today quite like Mia Hansen-Løve.

Starting off her career as an actress working with filmmakers like Olivier Assayas, Hansen-Love jumped behind the camera in 2007 with her debut writing-directing gig, Tout est pardonne. Evolving into one of today’s most interesting voices of human drama thanks to masterpieces like Goodbye First Love, Hansen-Love is a filmmaker unlike any other, not only becoming one of today’s great female voices, but one of the most interesting auteurs world cinema currently offers.

Eden is her latest effort, and sees her collaborating with someone close to her heart. Co-written by her brother Sven, this new film spins an epic yarn in a muted, human way, telling a roughly 20 year tale of one man’s journey through not only his life, but the electronic music scene that becomes it for much of the film’s run time. The film introduces
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Visual Effects Society Awards: Complete List Of Winners

J.J. Abrams received this year's Ves Visionary Award The Visual Effects Society held their thirteenth annual Awards ceremony on Wednesday night at the Beverly Hilton in California. The biggest win of the night went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which took home the coveted award for Outstandind Visual Effects In A Live-Action Motion Picture. On the Television side, the big winner was Game of Thrones, which beat out The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Constantine in the category for Outstanding Visual Effects In A Live-Action Broadcast. Check out a complete list of winners below: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Winner Guardians of the Galaxy Interstellar Maleficent The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies X-Men: Days of Future Past Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero 6, Interstellar Among Visual Effects Society Award Winners

The Visual Effects Society has announced the winners of the 13th Annual Ves Awards.

Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the more than 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 23 awards categories.

Big Hero 6 was the big winner of the evening garnering five awards. The teams from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (feature film), Game of Thrones (broadcast) and Sse (commercial) led the wins in their respective categories, taking home three awards each.

Zoe Saldana made a crowd-pleasing presentation to her Star Trek: Into Darkness director, award-winning writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams, recipient of the Ves Visionary Award.

Winners of the 13th Annual Ves Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Bianchini

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects
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Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night For ‘Big Hero 6′

Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night For ‘Big Hero 6′
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Big Hero 6″ and “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society Awards Wednesday night.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” won three awards including the Ves’s top award, Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. It also won for Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture (for Caesar, the ape leader played by Andy Serkis); for Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature.

But Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ won the most trophies. It scored five awards, including the Animation in an Animated Feature (Ves’s equivalent of best animated feature); Models in any Motion Media Project; Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Performance of an Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.
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Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night For ‘Big Hero 6′

Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night For ‘Big Hero 6′
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Big Hero 6″ and “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society Awards Wednesday night.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” won three awards including the Ves’s top award, Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. It also won for Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture (for Caesar, the ape leader played by Andy Serkis); for Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature.

But Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ won the most trophies. It scored five awards, including the Animation in an Animated Feature (Ves’s equivalent of best animated feature); Models in any Motion Media Project; Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Performance of an Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.
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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.13: “J.K. Simmons/D’Angelo” brings Oscar nominated support to 30 Rock

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Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 13, “J.K. Simmons/D’Angelo”

Aired January 31, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

Host: J.K. Simmons likes to work. For those who may be unfamiliar with him or that fact, he makes it all very clear in his monologue, when he points out that he starred in a movie called Whiplash, which he is practically a lock to win the supporting actor Oscar for, as well as a TV show, Growing Up Fisher, where he played a blind lawyer (“It got cancelled”), along with starring in ads for State Farm And as the voice of the yellow M&M. Simmons is the epitome of “oh its that guy” actors; he was even once an “oh its that guy” guy on an episode of SNL. As such, Simmons brings an affable working man quality to all of his sketches tonight, playing a pageant host,
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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jk Simmons and D'Angelo

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jk Simmons and D'Angelo
Jk Simmons seems like a pretty inspired choice to host “Saturday Night Live,” with his acting versatility baked into his lengthy track record in both the most serious of dramas and silliest of comedies. He’s been in seemingly everything, but his recent award-winning turn in “Whiplash” is getting him the kind of attention not often bestowed upon him. Look for at least one sketch tonight parodying that film, and at least one or two others that reference one of his many, many, many roles. I’m primarily curious tonight about the show’s focus. After a bad episode with Blake Shelton, and the fortieth anniversary show right around the corner, how much attention can really be on this episode? The worst case scenario is that there are a lot of half-formed ideas that don’t really reach fruition. But the upside could be that this could be a weird,
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