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The 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, May 6, 2018 in New York City

Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images
Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

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Elaine Hendrix, Patricia Richardson, and Matthew Lombardo attend the 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards on May 6, 2018 in New York City.

(May 5, 2018 - Source: Monica Schipper/Getty Images North America)

 
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EXCLUSIVETwilight alum Jackson RathboneEsai Morales (How To Get Away With Murder), and Alex Meneses (Everybody Loves Raymond) have been cast in the indie film, The Wall Of Mexico, along with Marisol Sacramento, Moises Arias, and Rosanna Arquette. The political comedic drama is being co-directed by Magdalena Zyzak and Zachary Cotler, who also wrote the script.

It centers on a small American town in which the only Mexican family (also the wealthiest family in town), decides to build a wall around their ranch to stop townspeople from stealing their well water, which local superstition claims has Fountain of Youth properties.

The Mexican/American co-production will commence filming in May. Adrian Durazo, Marla Arreola, and Sarahi Castro from Baja-based production company Specola are producing the project with executive producers Patrick Cassavetti and Craig R. Johnson.

Jackson is repped by Innovative, LINK Entertainment, and attorney Peter Nelson; Morales by Innovative, LINK, and attorney Eric Feig; Meneses by Pakula/King and Untitled.

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'Halfway There' and 'Paint': TV Review | Sundance 2018

9:37 PM PST 1/23/2018 by Daniel Fienberg

"Halfway There offers the most star power of anything in the Indie Episodic slate, presumably the product of director Rick Rosenthal's clout after a 30-plus-year film and television career that has included the Sean Penn feature Bad Boys and the pilot for Life Goes On. Matthew Lillard plays Jimmy Bishop, a recovering addict operating a struggling sober living facility. Blythe Danner plays his wealthy, boozy mother. Esai Morales is a resident and part-time custodian at the facility. Sarah Shahi plays Jimmy's famous musician/actress ex, whose combination of money and addiction demons may be the facility's financial salvation. The pilot, which was written by Nick Morton, features several other recognizable actors in supporting roles, as well as a cinematographer and supporting actress with the last name "Rosenthal," making me suspect this is a "friends and family" production, which is entirely in the Sundance spirit."


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Mom Power: ‘Home Improvement’s’ Jill Taylor Is The Best Sitcom Mom Of All Time

By Brett White  @brettwhite  Jan 5, 2018 

Just like with IRL motherhood, playing a mom on TV is hard work. You gotta be motherly with the kids but flirty with your partner, and you gotta deliver one-liners and life lessons with equal conviction. That’s why when it comes to naming the greatest sitcom mom of all time, the one that was just as nurturing as she was witty, there’s no contest: it’s Jill Taylor from Home Improvement, hands down.

Seriously, there is no mom greater than the one Patricia Richardson brought to life every Tuesday night of the ’90s. Lucy Ricardo was hilarious, but her mothering was overshadowed by her legendary zaniness. Roseanne Conner was refreshingly snarky and honest, but it took a while for Roseanne Barr to hone her delivery. And Carol Brady was too perfect, the role model for dozens and dozens of perky blonde TV wives. The mother role is not an easy one to pull off, but Richardson made all of the effort Jill Taylor put into keeping her family on track look effortless.


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by  David Robb - December 22, 2017

Actress Pamela Guest has been on a one-woman crusade against sexual assault in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. It started, she says, after she was raped in the early 1970s by Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks while auditioning for what she thought would be a role in one of his movies.

A newly elected member of the national and local boards of SAG-AFTRA, Guest is continuing that quest, and has posted an account of her ordeal – and her decades-long battle for justice and healing – on the website of Membership First, the union’s “loyal opposition.” Read it below.

''Actress Pamela Guest has the unfortunate distinction as being one of the first women in the modern entertainment era to have been raped by an industry mogul.

In 1971, Guest was an aspiring actress with nothing but high hopes. But everything changed when she showed up for a supposed audition

It started, she says, after she was raped in the early 1970s by Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks while auditioning for what she thought would be a role in one of his movies.

Ms. Guest joined us in the studio today to tell her harrowing story and all about her new short film: First of Many.

Listen to her entire interview with The Mo'Kelly Show and The Mo'Kelly Experience in the KFI Player below!'' on The Official KFI AM 640

#MembershipFirst #SAGAFTRA #actors #metoo #sexualharassment


Things you should know about SAG-AFTRA with Shaan Sharma

Argentum Photo: Headshot Cafe, Dec 14th 2017

Shaan started acting in his home state of Minnesota where he was best known for his passion for protecting aspiring talent from scams and exploitation as producer/director of the Fresh Face Showcase ('03-'06), an annual fashion, modeling, acting, music, and dance event with the mission to spread awareness on how to safely enter the talent business. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2007, Shaan has quickly grown into one of the most respected and sought-after educators for on-camera acting craft, acting business knowledge, and career strategy. Very few acting coaches are also a casting professional, working actor, and consistently published writer.


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OFF-BROADWAY NEWS  Home Improvement’s Patricia Richardson Says She Had to Find Her Voice Again for Cruel Intentions Musical

BY OLIVIA CLEMENT    NOV 27, 2017

The four-time Emmy nominee discusses “re-learning to sing” for the Off-Broadway musical.

Patricia Richardson, known to millions as mom Jill Taylor in the long-running sitcom Home Improvement, is currently showing off her singing chops in Cruel Intentions: The Musical Off-Broadway. The four-time Emmy nominee plays Mrs. Caldwell in the immersive production at (le) Poisson Rouge.

Though Richardson made her Broadway debut in the 1974 production of Gypsy, the actor says it’s been a long time since she had to sing in a show. Her last musical production was a 1980 Off-Off-Broadway revival of Company.

Richardson says she has been working with a voice coach to “find my voice again.” “I’m re-learning to sing, or, actually, learning to sing for the first time. When I sang before, I just belted,” she says. “I haven’t been singing in all this time—except to my children!”

Richardson’s other Broadway credits include Loose Ends and The Wake of Jamey Foster.

Performances of Cruel Intentions: The Musical began November 17 at (le) Poisson Rouge, marking the show’s official return after a sold-out pop-up run at the venue earlier this year. A hybrid of a rock concert mixed with a musical, the show features immersive staging and many of the songs that made the film so iconic.


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Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship

The New York Film Academy Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding candidates of the school’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Filmmaking and Acting for Film. Recipients must demonstrate the values set forth by New York Film Academy to further the art of visual storytelling. Candidates will exhibit exemplary purpose, creativity, and commitment to community. All scholarship decisions by NYFA are at its sole and absolute discretion and final.
Eligibility Requirements

  • MFA Application Completed and Accepted
  • Audition or Portfolio Evaluation Completed
  • Nomination by Enrollment Advisor or Relevant Faculty/Staff

Award Process and Determination

  • 5-10 Scholarships Awarded Per Year
  • $5,000-$10,000 Per Student Per Year
  • Total Scholarship Pool of $50,000 Per Year
  • Based on Evaluation Score from Information Provided in Application.
  • Selected Scholarship Officer or Committee determines award/recipients
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Matthew Modine’s Intimate Photos from the Set of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’

The actor kept a diary of his two-year journey working with the legendary filmmaker.

Photography | By Alison Nastasi | January 24, 2018

On the 30th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Diary, a collection of rarely seen, medium-format photos taken on the set of the 1987 acclaimed war film, will be on display at Axiom Contemporary in Santa Monica, opening Friday, February 23 from 6-9pm. Modine’s work was recently featured at the 23rd annual LA Art Show, which saw a record-breaking attendance with nearly 70,000 viewers.

Kubrick encouraged Modine to keep a diary of his experiences playing US Marine Private Joker. The images offer an intimate behind-the-scenes look at one of cinema’s finest directors — known for his penchant for privacy — and the young actor who worked with the legendary filmmaker over a two-year period. Full Metal Diary is a glimpse of an artist at work and a look at the iconic film through a collaborator’s eyes. Take a closer look in our gallery.


 LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

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By Chelsea Edwards and Jade Hernandez

Sunday, November 12, 2017 05:03PM - HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC)

Marchers took to the streets to take a stand against sexual assault and harassment for the #MeToo March in Hollywood on Sunday.

The demonstration started at 10 a.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, with a march to the CNN Building at 6430 Sunset Blvd., where a press conference was held at noon.
Sexual assault and harassment survivors and other participants of the march then walked back to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue for a rally.

"For every Harvey Weinstein, there's a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing. The conversation around harassment in Hollywood will broaden to include other industries if we force it to! It's not going to do it on its own. Sexual violence really doesn't know a race, a class, a gender. It can happen to anybody," said Tarana Burke, the founder of the MeToo movement.

Scheduled speakers included actress Frances Fisher, a national board member of SAG-AFTRA; Chelsea Byers of the Campaign to End the Statute of Limitations on Rape and Sexual Assault; and actress Estefania Rebellon, who conducted the ceremony.


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Josh Glicksman 

November 07, 2017 AT 12:00 PM EST

“What the hell is going to happen in season 2?”

That’s the question asked in a new clip previewing the next season of Mars — and until now, there weren’t a lot of answers to it. Fortunately, EW can exclusively premiere a look at some behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming six-episode season of the National Geographic global sci-fi hybrid scripted/unscripted series slated to premiere in the spring of 2018. The footage will also be airing on TV for the first time during Tuesday night’s series premiere of The Long Road Home on National Geographic.

Season 2 will pick up about a decade later from where it left off after the Daedalus astronauts have built a full-fledged colony called Olympus Town. With humans now establishing themselves as a species existent on multiple planets, the new season will both look at the human impact on Mars and the consequences that the planet has on us. In the above clip, cast members rave about the forthcoming season, saying that there is going to be conflict, love, hatred, relationships, grief, exploitation, and tension.

In addition to returning cast members JiHAE (Mortal Engines), Sammi Rotibi (The Darkest Minds), Alberto Ammann (Narcos), among others, the show will add names like Esai Morales (Ozark), Roxy Sternberg (Emerald City), and Gunnar Cauthery (Genius). Dee Johnson (NashvilleER) will also join as a showrunner.

 Watch the exclusive clip above. Season 2 of Mars is set to begin in spring 2018 on National Geographic.

 RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -  Season has begun!   Hundreds turned out for the 9th Annual Broken Glass Awards put on by the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -  Season has begun! 

Hundreds turned out for the 9th Annual Broken Glass Awards put on by the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage.

The annual luncheon highlighted the achievements of five successful women involved in areas of Film, Television and Philanthropy.  The honorees were Singer/Actress/Producer Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.  Stunt performer Jane Austin, Humanitarian/Philanthropist Nelda Linsk, Television Producer and Actress Kellee McQuinn and Actress and Author Stefanie Powers.

PSWIFT board member Mitch Blumberg says, "We're dedicated to improving opportunities and getting more opportunities for women. We do that with monthly meetings, mixers, talks by visiting people from Los Angeles but we seek to empower people to get farther in their careers and to get things done." 

News Channel 3's Karen Devine was the emcee.  PSWIFT raises money for scholarships that go to local young people looking for a career in television or film. 


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This Thanksgiving, Anne of Green Gables returns to PBS with a new film based on the literary classic by Canadian author L.M. MontgomeryThe Good Stars, the second installment of director John Kent Harrison‘s film trilogy, follows Anne as she turns 13 and faces more of life’s complications, like her budding romance with Gilbert.

In The Good StarsElla Ballentine is back as Anne Shirley, a young girl who leaves an orphanage to live with the strict Marilla Cuthbert [Sara Botsford] and her brother Matthew [Martin Sheen]. Anne struggles to balance her free-spirited nature with what’s expected of her, and she gets into some less-than-ideal situations. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, served as executive producer.

In an exclusive video clip, Ballentine and Sheen talk about how Anne has grown and what we can look forward to in The Good Stars. “It is so charming and so sweet. It reminds all of us where we were when we were 13, 14, falling in love and just walking on clouds,” said Sheen.


Pamela and Elizabeth Guest with Chaz Ebert at The Cannes Film Festival 2018 discussing “The First of Many”

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 CNBC:  Debbie Evans and Jay Leno on CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage"

CNBC:  Debbie Evans and Jay Leno on CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage"

Jay Leno flips an SUV with an award-winning stuntwoman

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The twist in Thursday's episode of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage" involves Debbie Evans, a professional stuntwoman of nearly 40 years who is the unfamiliar face behind some of film's most familiar action scenes.

In "The Matrix Reloaded," she grinds against a highway wall and dodges airborne cars as a double for Carrie-Anne Moss's character, Trinity. In the "Fast and Furious" series, she drives underneath a semi-truck and flips her car into an embankment beside the road. She stands on motorcycle seats, jumps through glass and rides through fire.

Nearly every stunt that Evans does is dangerous, including the one she performs for Leno.

In the episode, Leno sits behind the wheel of his Ford Explorer, a box of donuts on the passenger seat beside him. "When I get in a regular car, I like to feel safe, like this," he says, before going on to explain the importance of keeping your blood sugar levels balanced.

He grabs a donut and prepares to take a bite. Then, in dramatic fashion, he drops it underneath the passenger seat. Fumbling around for it, he begins to swerve and pick up speed and suddenly smacks the curb and goes airborne. The car soars, flips and crashes into a fruit stand, the rooftop screeching against the cement until the vehicle comes to a halt.

After a moment, Leno emerges from the vehicle unscathed, though a little sweaty. "The donut's okay," he says. "The donut is okay." He takes a bite.

That's when the host breaks the fourth wall, exposing his set and crew, to introduce the expert who was actually sitting behind the wheel during the crash: Evans, dressed to match Leno with his trademark denim and a shaggy wig that the host says better resembles a Pomeranian.

"I love your outfit," Leno tells her.

"Dropping the donut was not a stunt," he later confirms for viewers. "That was actually me dropping the donut."


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''Actress Pamela Guest has the unfortunate distinction as being one of the first women in the modern entertainment era to have been raped by an industry mogul.

In 1971, Guest was an aspiring actress with nothing but high hopes. But everything changed when she showed up for a supposed audition

It started, she says, after she was raped in the early 1970s by Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks while auditioning for what she thought would be a role in one of his movies.

Ms. Guest joined us in the studio today to tell her harrowing story and all about her new short film: First of Many.

Listen to her entire interview with The Mo'Kelly Show and The Mo'Kelly Experience in the KFI Player below!'' on The Official KFI AM 640

#MembershipFirst #SAGAFTRA #actors #metoo #sexualharassment



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Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By Dave McNary

Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie will star in the independent drama “Foster Boy.”

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. The film follows Modine’s character, who’s at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results. Jones plays the judge and McGhie portrays the plaintiff.

“Foster Boy,” which begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara, whose credits include “Filly Brown,” “The Bounce Back,” and “English as a Second Language.” It’s produced by Deratany, Peter Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Andrew Sugerman. John Schimmel, Thom and Matt Lipari, Max Adler and Danny Mooney are the executive producers. “Foster Boy” has been entirely financed by equity investment.


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Four-time Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) has joined the cast of Cruel Intentions: The Musical Off-Broadway. Casting is now complete for the new musical, which will bring the story of seduction and revenge to the stage once more.

As previously announced, Cruel Intentions: The Musical will return to (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City in November following a sold-out, pop-up engagement at the cabaret venue earlier this year.

Richardson made her Broadway debut in the first revival of Gypsy; her other Broadway credits include Loose Ends and The Wake of Jamey Foster.

Completing the cast are Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812; Rock of Ages) as Kathryn, Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) as Sebastian, Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages) as Annette, Jessie Shelton (Hadestown) as Cecile, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Brian Muller (The Good Wife) as Greg, and Matthew Griffin (The New Yorkers at Encores!) as Ronald.

The musical will begin performances November 17 ahead of a December 11 opening; it is scheduled to play through January 29, 2018.

Adapted from Roger Kumble’s 1999 thriller of the same name, Cruel Intentions is created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble, and features '90s hits as well as songs from the cult film’s soundtrack. The show features immersive stage direction by Rosin, choreography by Jennifer Weber, and music direction and arrangements by Zach Spound.

Cruel Intentions follows two privileged step siblings at an elite Manhattan high school whose game of seduction and revenge unravels beyond their control. The story is based on the 1782 French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Cruel Intentions: The Musical is produced by Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions. The show debuted at The Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles in 2015, where it ran for 38 sold-out performances, before transferring to L.A.’s Prospect Theatre, where it sold out again, in November 2016. The 2017 pop-up engagement at (Le) Poisson Rouge marked the show’s New York premiere.

Tickets are on sale via CruelMusical.com or can be purchased in person at the (le) Poisson Rouge box office (158 Bleecker Street). 

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By Rachel McRady‍ 6:58 AM PST, November 10, 2017

It’s a First Class reunion! With the 20th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film Titanic next month, Kate Winslet met up with two of her co-stars from the 1997 classic on Thursday night at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards.

Winslet,42, who played Rose Dewitt Bukater in the film, was presented with the Actors Inspiration Award by Kathy Bates, who played “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown in the classic.

The pair embraced on stage and backstage, as Winslet accepted the award. Also at the event was Winslet’s on-screen mother, Frances Fisher, who opened up to ET’s Carly Steel about the milestone anniversary of James Cameron’s film.