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Gloria Steinem Biopic Caught in Crosshairs of Timothy Hutton Rape Accusation

A harrowing accusation of rape against actor Timothy Hutton, surfaced in a BuzzFeed story on Monday, raises questions about a new film in which he co-stars about the life of activist icon Gloria Steinem.In an in-depth BuzzFeed report by Kate Aurthur and Adam B. Vary (both have since joined the staff of Variety), the Oscar-winning […]

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‘Transparent’ Review: Amazon’s Musical Finale Strikes the Wrong Chord, Too Many Times

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Transparent” series finale, “Transparent: The Musicale Finale.”]Right off the bat, it’s jarring to see “Transparent” go the “La La Land” route — opening not only with a big musical number, but with a bad song about L.A. traffic. As Sarah Pfefferman (Amy Landecker) belts out a […]

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Tiff Audiences Fall for Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’: ‘Cinematic Therapy’

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, indeed, for Toronto International Film Festival audiences who caught the world premiere of director Marielle Heller’s new film starring Tom Hanks as the beloved Mister Rogers.Written by “Transparent” scribes Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” centers on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers […]

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‘Red Sonja’ Writer-Director Jill Soloway Says Film Will Be Similar To Superhero Films ‘Dark Knight’ & ‘Deadpool’

“Red Sonja” isn’t even close to production but there’s already been some serious drama behind-the-scenes. The project was originally announced as being directed by Bryan Singer, but after the filmmaker’s most recent #MeToo accusations, he was dismissed from the film. Now, there’s “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, who has taken over the role of writer-director of […]

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‘Transparent’ Finale Trailer: The Pfefferman Family Says Goodbye With A 2 Hour Movie Musical Fantasia

I can only really speak for myself, but “Transparent” is such a heartbreak. The Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedy roared on to Amazon in 2014, and there was nothing like it. It instantly became one of, if not the best show on television and that remained true for two seasons. But then “Transparent,” sharing […]

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Jill Soloway: ‘Transparent’ Musical Finale Searches for Joy Amidst Grief

The Pfeffermans are back to take one last bow in the musical finale of Amazon Prime Video’s “Transparent.” Amazon announced during its session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that the two-hour movie event will debut Sept. 27, in addition to releasing the official trailer, featuring the family’s colorful journey toward acceptance in the […]

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‘Transparent’ Finale Trailer: Amazon’s Flagship Series Comes to a Musical End

We’ve known for over a year that the fifth season of Amazon’s Emmy-winning series Transparent would be its last, but now we finally have a first look at Jill Soloway‘s musical finale, which kills Jeffrey Tambor‘s transgender character and family matriarch Maura Pfefferman off screen and follows the Pfeffermans as they grapple with that loss. […]

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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)

Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie.And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fantasy film “Field of Dreams” does not tell Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.”Released 30 years ago on April 21, 1989, “Field […]

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‘Dead to Me’ Review: Christina Applegate’s Netflix Series Is No Comedy, But It Is a Mess

Nowhere is it written that half-hour series have to be comedies, and yet “Dead To Me” seems adversely intent on sticking with tradition. Labeled a “black comedy” by Netflix, the upcoming 10-episode first season is light on jokes and heavy on drama; even the darker elements in the twisty, flashback-driven mystery are treated as serious […]

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‘Big Little Lies’: Andrea Arnold Will Direct All S2 Coming In June, Season 3 Looks Unlikely

“Big Little Lies” is coming back with more drama from the seaside community of Monterey. HBO has announced that season two is coming back in June, but hasn’t formally set an official date. Perhaps most excitingly, it’s been confirmed that Andrea Arnold, the filmmaker behind “Red Road,” “Fish Tank” and “American Honey,” and more recently […]

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