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‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Baskets” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Circus.”]

After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.

For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »


- Ben Travers

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‘Ghost In The Shell’ Clip: Scarlett Johansson Kicks Butt In A Nude Body Suit — Watch

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Paramount is steamrolling past critics toward its imminent rollout of “Ghost in the Shell,” a sci-fi action thriller based on a popular Japanese manga series and set in a world where many humans have opted for “cyber enhancements.”

The project received criticism across the board, including from Margaret Cho and George Takei, for casting white actress Scarlett Johansson in the lead character, which was renamed from Motoko Kusanagi to Major. Mamoru Oshii, director of the 1995 anime version, recently voiced his support for the project, noting that the character could be any race since she is a cyborg.

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’: Original Anime Director Mamoru Oshii Defends Scarlett Johansson’s Casting

The studio has released a banging first five minutes in what reads as a move to drum up interest in the controversial project. It opens with Johansson as Major free flying off of a skyscraper, crashing through a glass window, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Cast and Director Curate a Mixtape with Their Favorite Songs — Listen

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The cast of “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” graces the latest cover of Empire Magazine, ahead of the film’s May 5 release. Taking either their favorite song or a tune they would have liked to be included in the Marvel superhero film, Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Kurt Russell (Ego), Elizabeth Debicki (Ayesha), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Dave Bautista (Drax), Sean Gunn (Rocket/Kraglin), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and director James Gunn curated a mixtape for the magazine, which can be found on Spotify. Listen to each song chosen by the cast and the director below.

Read More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer: Kurt Russell and Baby Groot Highlight Action-Packed Clip

“Whiskey And You,” by Chris Stapleton – chosen by Pratt

“When I’m on the road, I tend to listen to songs that allow me to bask fully in my loneliness. When I want to dive headfirst into sorrow, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Werner Herzog Reveals His ‘Great, Strange Fascination’ With Donald Trump

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Many Hollywood stars openly oppose Donald Trump and his political agenda. However, German filmmaker Werner Herzog is simply fascinated by the Us president.

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“He’s the first time you have a real independent. [Trump has] turned against the Republican Party, and he’s vehemently against the media, justifiably so to some degree, and I find this a very significant novelty,” the “Grizzly Man” director told Rolling Stone. “Trump and Bernie Sanders stuck out because he’s authentic. And it’s mysterious how Trump is getting away with literally everything. I see it with great, strange fascination. Very, very unusual.”

Read More: Shia Labeouf Says America Is No Longer Safe For His Anti-Trump Art Installation

The director has two films coming out in spring. “Salt and Fire,” an ecological thriller starring Michael Shannon, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Prevenge’ Review: A Wicked Slasher About A Killer Fetus, Starring A Very Pregnant Alice Lowe

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If “The Boss Baby” offered the family-friendly suggestion that having a child is akin to a corporate merger, Alice Lowe’s gleefully demented “Prevenge” makes the far less pacifying argument that carrying one is more like a hostile takeover. Or, at least for one unfortunate Cardiff woman, a demonic possession.

Ruth (Lowe) is eight months pregnant, newly widowed, and beginning to hear a bloodthirsty voice from inside her own body — from her womb, to be exact. Speaking in a high-pitched coo that sounds like Shirley Henderson with a homicidal twist, the unseen fetus (Lowe, effectively talking to herself) paints a nihilistic picture of the world, coercing her prospective mother to see other people through a black veil of her own grief. “People may be sweet,” Ruth’s bump whispers up at her, “but I’m bitter.”

Is she ever. A psychotic brew of specific hurt and standard hormones, the fetus »


- David Ehrlich

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Bassem Youssef Could Save Us All: Why the ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ Deserves an American Show

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A lot of American comedians have struggled to figure out the framework for satire in the age of an oppressive president. Bassem Youssef has been here before.

Around five years ago, Egyptian-born comedian was a cardiologist in Cairo who launched a YouTube show mocking his government that quickly amassed 30 million views. That led to a local station giving Youssef his own program, “The Show,” which launched in 2012 at the height of the Arab Spring. In short order, Youssef was dubbed “the Egyptian Jon Stewart,” and lobbing fireballs at the tarnished leadership with the same caustic fervor of his American counterpart.

Naturally, Egyptian authorities took notice. Youssef was jailed, his family faced threats, and “The Show” went off the air. At first, he fled to Dubai, then resettled with his family in Los Angeles, where he has lived for the past year. In the summer of 2016, Youssef hosted “Democracy Handbook,” a »


- Eric Kohn

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Ryan Gosling Explains Why He Couldn’t Stop Giggling During Epic Oscar Gaffe

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This year’s Oscars saw the biggest mistake in the history of  the Academy Awards when Warren Beatty announced Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner when, in reality, the award belonged to Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” While on stage to receive the award that ended up not belonging to his film, “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling caught everybody’s attention for his reaction to the whole chaos: he just couldn’t stop giggling.

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The actor had not offered any explanation for his reaction until Wednesday.

“What really was happening as I was watching, it was surreal anyway, I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt,” Gosling »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Ghost in the Shell’: Original Anime Director Mamoru Oshii Defends Scarlett Johansson’s Casting

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It has certainly not been a smooth road for Paramount’s release of “Ghost in the Shell,” to say the least. Criticized as yet another example of Hollywood whitewashing, the Scarlett Johansson-led film has faced nothing but controversy leading up to its March 31 release date.

While Johansson’s casting has been decried by many — including George Takei and Margaret Cho — one notable defender has been the original director of the classic 1995 anime version, Mamoru Oshii. In an interview with IGN, Oshii voiced his approval of Johansson and displeasure with fans who took issue with her portrayal of The Major.

“What issue could there possibly be with casting her?” Oshii asked. “The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name ‘Motoko Kusanagi’ and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her. »


- Juan Diaz

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Atx TV Festival: ‘Girls,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘Snowfall’ Panels Added to Lineup

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Peak TV is coming to Austin, Texas.

The Atx Television Festival announced Thursday a robust number of television panels and screenings joining its lineup of already impressive programming. John Singleton’s upcoming crack cocaine drama “Snowfall” gets the honors of being the Opening Night screening. Other FX programs that will be featured are “The Americans” and “Fargo.” Other new shows added include HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Girls,” in addition to “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

Read More: ‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival

Check out the full list of new TV panels and screenings below.

Premieres

Snowfall” (FX)

John Singleton’s new series set in 1980s Los Angeles traces the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic. “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show.

Screenings

”Fargo”

FX will screen »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Funny or Die’ Skit: Watch ‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Promote the Sexual Assault Survivor Utility Belt

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In this day and age, it seems as though sometimes the best way to put the absurd elements of our society into perspective is to humorously satirize them. That kind of social criticism is once again made humorous in a recent “Funny or Die” skit, which takes the form of an old, cheesy informercial in order to sell its product: the sexual assault toolbelt. You can watch the full video below.

Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) assumes the role of the product’s spokesperson, proving to her friend that this item will help her manage the complicated legal process following her sexual assault.

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The skit bounces between the hilarity and depressing nature of the situation, as the video takes on the form of an after school commercial as a way of talking down to »


- Michael Gonzalez

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‘Below Her Mouth’ Trailer: An Engaged Woman Has a Steamy Lesbian Affair — Watch

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Below Her Mouth” first premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Now, the lesbian romance will make its theatrical debut in April. Directed by April Mullen and written by Stephanie Fabrizi, the film co-stars androgynous supermodel Erika Linder.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Big SXSW Buys, Gunpowder & Sky Gets ‘Below Her Mouth’ and More

In “Below Her Mouth,” Jasmine (Natalie Krill) is a successful fashion editor who is happily engaged and planning her wedding with fiancé Rile (Sebastian Pigott). When she meets a lesbian roofer named Dallas (Linder), the two women embark on a steamy affair that makes both of them reevaluate her their lives and threatens Jasmine’s engagement.

Mullen’s film is among the first to receive an “F for female” rating on IMDb, as reported by Out, which first premiered the Us trailer for the film. In fact, it received a “Triple F” for being written, directed and starring women. »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Miss Sloane’ Exclusive Home Video Featurette Explores Jessica Chastain’s Extensive Research for Timely Role — Watch

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Set in the crooked underbelly of Washington, D.C., Jessica Chastain is “Miss Sloane.” In her world, the cutthroat realm of lobbying, there can only be one winner. Rendered by Chastain and director John Madden as an unpredictable and smart — and very timely — character, the eponymous lobbyist always succeeds in having the upper hand. However, when she faces her most formidable opponent yet, her undoubted victory streak may come to a crashing end.

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Miss Sloane” is set to release to on Digital HD on March 17 and DVD/Blu-ray on March 21. As a part of the new home video release, we’re proud to present an exclusive featurette with the Golden-Globe nominated Chastain, along with the writer of the film, Jonathan Perera.

In it, they explain the incredible amount of research they did in »


- Kerry Levielle

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‘Film to Table’: See ‘Tampopo’s’ Ramen Get Cooked Up by Chef Jason Roberts

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There’s nothing better than watching a good movie, except maybe a good movie that features some good-looking food. But fans have only been able to imagine how these dishes would taste — until now, as Lexus is launching a new show on its digital content channel L/Studio called “Film to Table.” Each episode features chef and TV personality Jason Roberts sets out to recreate some of the most famous dishes in film history.

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The seven-episode series will recreate meals from such films like “Goodfellas,” “Eat Pray Love,” and “Pulp Fiction,” with the first episode focusing on a ramen dish from the Japanese film “Tampopo.” Fandor’s Haroon Adalat provides cinematic insight as he assists Roberts in cooking up the meal, covering topics such as the film’s Western influences.

The short six minute episode is quite entertaining, while also providing insight »


- Michael Gonzalez

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

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Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Overpower ‘Power Rangers’ and Other Openers

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How big will Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be?

Continuing to forge ahead after its record-breaking opening gross last weekend, the live-action remake should outgross three new releases by about 150 percent. It’s unfair to judge any of the new titles against juggernaut “Beauty,” which has already amassed $206 million (unprecedented for pre-May) in its first five days domestic, $428 million worldwide. This weekend “Beauty and the Beast” looks to fall somewhere in the $80-100 million range and should hit a staggering $300 million in its first ten days.

This makes it hard for any newcomers to make much impact.

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Lionsgate’s $100 million reboot of “Power Rangers” will easily outpace Sony’s latest outer space adventure “Life” as well as Warner Bros.’ remake of 1970s California Highway Patrol TV hit “Chips.”

After three straight »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 3 First Look Includes Some Exciting Guest Stars

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It’s a miracle! While we still have to wait a couple of months for its return, we now have our first look at Season 3 of the Emmy-nominated “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Netflix has released four new stills from the upcoming season, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, along with the official synopsis for the season premiere and a list of guest stars who will be appearing.

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After tracking down her long-lost mother, Season 2 ended with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) receiving a phone call from the man who held her and her fellow “Mole-Women” captive for 15 years —  The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm).  Shockingly, it turns out that Kimmy and The Reverend are in fact married, and the Reverend wants a divorce.

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- Juan Diaz

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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Reunited In First Photos, And It Looks So Eerily Good

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Entertainment Weekly has released its cover shoot with the cast of “Twin Peaks” ahead of the limited series return of David Lynch’s cult classic, which will be directed by Lynch and written with original series writer Mark Frost. EW also obtained set photos and a few production stills.

In a behind the scenes video, the cast members mused on returning the project 25 years later.

“Some things have changed, but a lot hasn’t changed. A lot is still steady the way it was,” said Peggy Lipton, in her character Norma’s sea foam green waitress uniform. “Now we get to come back more grown up, with a level of wisdom that we didn’t have,” said an all grown up Sherilyn Fenn, who played femme fatale Audrey Horne in the original series.

Read More: ’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a »


- Jude Dry

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‘Playing God’ Trailer: One Man’s Decisions Effect Lives of Thousands in Hot Docs Premiere — Watch

14 hours ago

Who determines how much we are worth in the wake of a tragedy? Kenneth Feinberg. Called upon by the United States during its most troubling dealings with oil spills, domestic terror attacks, or exposure to chemical warfare, Feinberg determines just at what cost it’s all worth.

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Directed by acclaimed German documentarian Karin Jurschick, “Playing God” brings you into the complicated, and at some times cruel, reality of compensation specialist Feinberg. The film examines past cases in which Feinberg has lent his expertise, such as handling the treatment of Vietnamese veterans suffering exposure to Agent Orange, families grieving over lost loved ones consequently from 9/11 or to what degree Bp will be held accountable for the largest oil spill in history.

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“Cruel justice, »


- Kerry Levielle

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss is Forced Into Sexual Servitude in Hulu Original Drama Series

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Hulu has released a new trailer for its upcoming original drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 best-selling novel of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss in the lead role.

Moss plays Offred, a woman enslaved as a handsmaid in the household of the Commander of the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime in which women are simply property of the state. Offred is part of a group of fertile women forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to populate the world.

Read More: New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

“I think the book’s been around for 35 years, and every time someone reads it, they say, ‘Wow, this is timely,'” said showrunner Bruce Miller at this year’s TCA convention. “And I think one of the things that is »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Chips’ Review: Dax Shepard’s 1970’s TV Reboot Is Offensive and Awful

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It’s hard to pinpoint when Dax Shepard’s “Chips” takes a sharp turn into indefensibly racist humor, but one place to start would be a passing reference to Michael Peña as “the little brown one.” It’s not the only cringe-worthy moment.

It may be unfair to pigeonhole Shepard as endorsing ugly stereotypes, even if he did write, produce, and direct a movie that derives 90 percent of its humor from gay jokes, race jokes, and punchlines about attractiveness that basically amount to a beta version of the pre-Facebook website “Hot or Not.” But they’re all there, in this overblown and completely baffling adaptation of a 1970’s TV series that literally nobody asked for.

Read More: ‘Chips’ Trailer: Dax Shepard and Michael Peña Patrol the Highways in Big Screen Adaptation of 70s TV Drama

Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol »


- Jude Dry

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