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Kurt Russell Stalks James Corden in Hilarious ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch

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James Cordon can’t escape Kurt Russell. In the hilarious new sketch “Escape from Kurt Russell” that aired Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Russell and Corden run into each other in an office building, where Russell engages in some friendly sparring and jabbing.

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“Let’s see it!” Russell says, throwing up his hands like a fighter while Cordon awkwardly tries to play along. “Come on baby. Get em up. Let’s see what you got. You still got it?” Russell then lands a thunderbolt of a dead arm on Cordon, before saying a friendly goodbye. “Ow!” Cordon says, writhing in pain and clutching his arm.

The pair run into each other twice more, with each encounter more violent than the last. We won’t spoil it, but Russell makes a references to both “Enter the Dragon »


- Graham Winfrey

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’13 Reasons Why’: If Season 2 Happens, That Could Be Good News

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When it was announced that Netflix would be adapting Jay Asher’s novel “13 Reasons Why,” many people assumed was that the show would be one-and-done — a miniseries adaptation, rather than an ongoing story.

This isn’t the case with all adaptations. Both “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the upcoming “American Gods” expand and build upon their original novels to create narratives that could last multiple seasons. But “13 Reasons Why” seemed to have a finite end to it, given its premise: Clay’s (Dylan Minnette) discovery of Hannah’s (Katherine Langford) first-person narrative describing why, exactly, she killed herself a few weeks prior. Once Clay has listened to all of Hannah’s tapes, what comes next? Hannah’s incapable of narrating the story any further. There’s no coming back from that.

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At least, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Bubble Shows 2017: Here Are 70 Broadcast TV Comedies and Dramas That Aren’t Locked For Next Season

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Some shows simply await a complicated licensing deal (“Modern Family”). Others need to be renewed en masse (NBC’s “Chicago” quartet). And then there are the series you need to start worrying about. Get those #SaveOurShow hashtags ready – here is the current status of 70 broadcast network series that haven’t yet been given a firm order for the 2017-2018 TV season.

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- Michael Schneider

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‘La 92’ Clip: National Geographic Documentary Revisits the Tumultuous Times of the Rodney King Riots — Watch

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With the recent heavy media spotlight placed on police brutality, “La 92” does not seem as though it consists of footage from 25 years ago. The new National Geographic Documentary film finds itself immersed in the tumultuous period of the Rodney King trial and riots.

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The official synopsis states, “…after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, ‘La 92,’ revisits the period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.”

The film is produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (“American High”) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin (“Undefeated”), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day. »


- Kerry Levielle

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‘Veep’ Flips the Script as Julia Louis Dreyfus and Tony Hale Swap Roles in this Hilarious Video — Watch

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HBO has finally answered the question that has been on the minds of “Veep” fans since the very beginning: What if Tony Hale and Julia-Louis Dreyfus swapped roles? Okay, it’s probably never come up, but it is still fun to imagine, what if?

Of course, it’d be difficult to imagine anybody in the role of Selina Meyer other than Louis-Dreyfus. After all, she’s received critical acclaim, a number of awards as the focal point of a successful six-season run on “Veep.”

The same could be said for Tony Hale whose portrayal as Selina’s incredibly loyal personal aide, Gary Walsh, has led to two Emmys. But as the video below shows, the two show a surprising ability to inhabit each others’ roles as they reenact a classic scene from Season 4 of the show.

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- Juan Diaz

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How Former Teen Idols Are Getting Second Lives on Ya Shows Like ‘Riverdale’ and ‘13 Reasons Why’

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More than 30 years after enduring “16 Candles,” Molly Ringwald is heading back to the school dance, and “Riverdale” couldn’t be happier.

The former teen icon, known for her membership in the ‘80s Brat Pack and her John Hughes pedigree, guest stars on Thursday’s “Riverdale” as Archie’s mom Mary. She and her estranged husband Fred (Luke Perry) will be back together temporarily to see their son perform at the high school dance. While the casting was a natural fit because of Ringwald’s red hair, her teen star cred also helped. Both “Riverdale” and “13 Reasons Why” are two teen-centric shows that have been bringing back former teen stars to play the older generation, and reaping the benefits.

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While this type of casting isn’t exactly groundbreaking, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Episodes’ Creators Preview the Final Season of Matt LeBlanc’s Showtime Comedy and Unveil Why It Had To End

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When “Episodes” premieres its final season at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 30, it will mark the first time new episodes have aired in over two years. The Season 4 finale of Matt LeBlanc’s scathing Hollywood satire debuted in March 2015, and even though the award-winning Showtime comedy has taken year-plus breaks before, we still don’t have an official release date from Showtime for Season 5.

If the wait has been hard on fans, they should know the creators are pained, as well.

“It’s been torturous, actually,” co-creator Jeffrey Klarik said in an interview with IndieWire. “We finished on June 3 [2016]. The show is done and ready to air. As soon as Showtime finds a time for us, we’ll be on.”

“We can’t wait to get back on the air,” fellow co-creator David Crane said. “It’s been a drawn out process because Jeffrey and I write all the episodes. »


- Ben Travers

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Bill Nye: How the ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Dimension Can Exist — Watch

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When Netflix has a resident rock star scientist like Bill Nye on the payroll, you can bet the streaming service will put him to good use beyond just hosting his show, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

In the video below, Nye takes on one of the scientific theories seen in Netflix’s breakout hit “Stranger Things.” On the show itself, teacher Mr. Clarke (Randall P. Havens) took a stab at explaining how to travel to an alternate dimension. His interpretation involved drawing on a paper plate and an elaborate metaphor involving an acrobat, a flea and a rope (no, they didn’t walk into a bar). The rather simplistic explanation, however, didn’t really say how said alternate dimension could exist, which is understandable. There’s no way that Mr. Clarke knew that the boys were dealing with the Upside Down.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until Now, and He’s Got a Reason For That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Ron Howard grew up on TV – so it’s a bit surprising that he hasn’t spent much time directing for the small screen.

As one of the principals of Imagine Entertainment, along with Brian Grazer, Howard has been involved as an executive producer on countless TV projects in recent years, and famously even narrated “Arrested Development.” But directing was a different story – until now.

Howard directed the first episode of “Genius,” National Geographic’s new scripted anthology series, which focuses on Albert Einstein in Season 1. Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” and adapted by writer Noah Pink, the cast includes Geoffrey Rush (“The Secret Life of Peter Sellers”) as the elder Einstein and Johnny Flynn »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Simpsons’ Sneak Peek: Ivanka Trump Takes Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Seat — Watch

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The Trump administration is the target of “The Simpsons” wit in a clip from the upcoming Sunday episode.

The video, which was posted to “The Simpson’s” Twitter account, shows an update on Trump’s governance over his first 100 days. It kicks off with a look at Sean Spicer, who apparently cannot handle the pressures of being the White House Press Secretary one moment longer and tenders his resignation in a shocking and grim way.

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We later see Trump in bed surrounded by books (clearly for show, since he doesn’t like to read) and checking his phone. “A hundred days in office, so many accomplishments: lowered my golf handicap, my Twitter following increased by 700, and finally we can shoot hibernating bears,” he said. “My boys will love that.” We also learn the secret of his baffling hairdo. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Midnight Service: Home Invasion’ Clip: Tribeca Short Form Series Recounts Thrilling Stories — Watch

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The New Online Work (N.O.W.) section of the Tribeca Film Festival celebrates a selection of 10 independent filmmakers and their new online creative content. This year’s festival played home to the premiere of the short form series “The Midnight Service,” which debuted last week.

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The creators of the series, Dean Colin Marcial and Brett Potter, utilize documentary visual language to reinforce the authenticity of the stories. Each episode varies from “real-life anomalies, notorious criminals, occult pop culture, and first-hand accounts of macabre.”

Marcial and Potter are no strangers to the realm of the indie filmmaking. Marcial was named a 2015 Made in NY Fellow by the New York City Mayor’s Office and is a recipient of the 2017 Tribeca All Access Grant. Potter co-founded production services company »


- Kerry Levielle

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‘The Boondocks Saints’ Prequel That’s Happening for Some Reason Is Seeking Donations — Watch

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“The Boondocks Saints” franchise is still alive and coming to your TV.

Troy Duffy’s 1999 film starred Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus as Irish American twin brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus, who took it upon themselves to take on the evil Russian mobsters in Boston. Despite critical panning and only getting an initial release in five theaters for one week due to the Columbine High School massacre, the film gained a cult following from its international release and DVD sales. In 2009, Duffy released a sequel, “The Boondocks Saints II: All Saints Day.”

While details about the plot are under wraps for “The Boondocks Saints: Origins” TV series, Don Carmody Television (Dctv) launched its fan-focused pre-order campaign that is seeking donations at BoondocksBack.com. While fans can donate any amount, the campaign has also created merchandise incentives in three increasing tiers. All three tiers will receive a box of “The »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Queen of the South’ Season 2 Teaser: There Can Be Only One Queen in USA Drug Drama

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The future of the drug trade is most definitely female in this exclusive teaser for Season 2 of USA Networks crime drama,”Queen of the South.” “There can be only one queen,’ boasts the tagline to the brand new video as Teresa Mendoza, played by Alice Braga (“City of God”), fights her way to the top of the illegal drug trade.

Queen of the South” is the American adaptation of the literary page-turner “La Reina Del Sur,” written by internationally acclaimed author Arturo Pérez Reverte. Season 2 of the crime-drama finds Teresa (Braga) climbing the ladder of the illegal drug trade as she butts heads with her new boss, Camila Vargas, the head of the American chapter of the Vargas Cartel played by Veronica Falcon.

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“Don’t forget whose house you’re in, and who built it, »


- Juan Diaz

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Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?

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Much has been made about Carrie Coon this month, and rightfully so. The Ohio native (but devout Chicago Cubs fan) has taken our televisions by storm with starring roles in the final season of “The Leftovers” and the latest chapter of “Fargo.” In the HBO drama, she plays Nora Durst; a fraud investigator who lost her entire family when 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared. Over on FX, she’s police officer Gloria Burgle who’s busy investigating the death of her step-father.

The two roles are very different, linked only by the actress who plays them (as well as great, dynamic writing). But there is one more common thread tying together Coon’s characters to one another: Machines don’t work for either of them.

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Now, before you start thinking, »


- Ben Travers

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‘There’s… Johnny!’ Exclusive Teaser: Tony Danza Stars In This 1970’s Riff On ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ — Watch

27 April 2017 8:48 AM, PDT

Here’s… the first trailer for Seeso’s new Johnny Carson show!

Feast your eyes on the colors of the 1970’s, also known as “the decade that taste forgot”: The putrid chartreuse of a shag carpet, blinding mustard swivel chairs, busy cutouts on a wood paneled desk. Set to the hum of a snappy tune evoking earlier days, this trailer drums up enough excitement without actually showing anyone’s face — though the talent on board boasts Seeso’s biggest names to date.

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Created by Paul Reiser and his “Mad About You” producer David Steven Simon, “There’s… Johnny” follows 19-year-old Nebraskan Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) as he stumbles his way into a gig as a gofer at Carson’s “The Tonight Show” in 1972. Billed as a “fictional comedic trip back in time,” it sounds like a period riff on “The Larry Sanders Show. »


- Jude Dry

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Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade

27 April 2017 6:45 AM, PDT

Perhaps you’ve heard: there’s a lot of TV airing these days. With new classics and returning favorites popping up every week, there’s certainly a lot to keep track of. We thought we’d make it easier to sort the shows worth your time from those that, well…might not be.

So we’ve gathered all our 2017 TV reviews in one place and sorted them by grade. (Where applicable, we’ve noted the season number and the network.) We’ll be updating this throughout the year, so be sure to check back as new shows premiere to see which tier they end up in. It’s not even a third of the way through the calendar year and there’s already been a bevy of quality television, ready for your DVRs and streaming service queues.

Without further ado: happy catch-up!

A+

The Leftovers – Season 3 [HBO]

A

The Americans – Season »


- Steve Greene

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Spoon, Joey Bada$$ and 7 Bands/Artists Not Named Harry Styles Who Deserve Late-Night Residencies of Their Own

27 April 2017 2:30 AM, PDT

Earlier this week, CBS announced that former One Direction member — and latest addition to the Christopher Nolan Players — Harry Styles is slated for a week-long residency on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” For four consecutive nights, starting on May 15, Styles will serve as the resident musical artist.

With that “Dunkirk” appearance on the horizon and a solo music career still in its early stages, you could do worse than Styles when picking someone to hand the keys to an entire week’s worth of late night. And having been through the process of a breakneck sketch show schedule, he’ll probably be a capable comedy sidekick for Corden.

But what if this residency is a smashing success? Which other bands and artists would be ripe for tenures of their own on the other major daily late-night shows?

Jon Batiste and Stay Human hold down the fort for “The Late Show. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Fargo’ Review: How Good Manners Cause Major Trouble In Every Season of Noah Hawley’s Minnesota Mystery

26 April 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 2, “The Principle of Restricted Choice.”]

Immediate Reaction

Let’s look at that title: “The Principle of Restricted Choice” refers to what happens in the game of bridge every time a card is played. When you play a particular card, that act decreases the probability you hold anything equivalent to it. In other words, your first card is likely your best, and the odds of improving after you make your first move are less and less as the game continues.

That’s bad news for our card players, Ray Stussey (Ewan McGregor) and Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). While the title could refer back to their original plan of stealing the stamp, its lesson in Episode 2 applies to what Nikki did when Plan A didn’t go so well. When she couldn’t find the stamp, she took the donkey photo as a “fuck you” to Ray and gave a decidedly more emphatic message back. That »


- Ben Travers

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Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive

26 April 2017 4:18 PM, PDT

The Atx Television Festival has added two additional newsmaker panels to this year’s ever-expanding lineup.

One panel, “Television in a Trumped Up America,” promises a spirited discussion about how writers and TV shows are handling stories in a Donald Trump administration. Another, “The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom,” will examine the recent growth of comedies aiming to recapture the progressive spirit of Norman Lear.

Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Monica Owusu-Breen (“Midnight, Texas”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), and Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) are on board for the Trump panel, while Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon-Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) are set to join the sitcom panel. (“One Day at a Time” is also executive produced by Lear, but he will not be attending.)

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- Michael Schneider

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Hilary Swank Joins FX’s ‘Trust’: Why That’s a Smart Move After 4 Years on the Sidelines

26 April 2017 12:40 PM, PDT

Four years after her last major (and critically acclaimed) role of Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman,” Hilary Swank is returning to the screen – albeit, the small screen. While she does have a couple movies in the works, including the Steven Soderbergh directed “Logan Lucky,” Hilary Swank will also be playing a high-profile role in FX’s “Trust.”

Trust” follows the infamous kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson to the great billionaire oil industrialist. Swank will be portraying the boy’s mother, Gail, who was the first person to receive the ransom request to get her son back.

This meaty role will undoubtedly give Swank a lot to chew on, and cement her back in public consciousness. After all, acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland, and fellow co-star on “Trust,” has made a continuous habit of popping back and forth between TV and film successfully.

Read More: Danny Boyle On How »


- Maya Reddy

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