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The past three decades have seen The Tick taking on many forms, starting off as a comic book series and subsequently transitioning into an animated series and short-lived live-action series, but now, the property has found a new home on Amazon Prime Video. The rebooted, Peter Serafinowicz-led Tick series officially debuted on the streaming service last August (after its pilot debuted in August 2016), and it has been making a splash with both critics and general audiences ever since.
Stars Scott Speiser (Overkill), Brendan Hines (Superian) and Yara Martinez (Miss Lint) and executive producer Barry Josephson answered a few questions about working with Amazon, the on-set environment and more during a New York Comic Con interview with Flickering Myth.
How much improv is allowed on set? Scott, I know you have a [Groundlings] background, so are you allowed to draw upon that in scenes?
Scott Speiser: It took me a »
- Justin Cook
The New York Times and New Yorker stories detailing a decades-long history of alleged sexual abuse have undone the career of Harvey Weinstein. Bounced from his role as co-chairman of the company he founded with his brother Bob, his name scrubbed from multiple projects, expelled from the Academy, and publicly denounced by dozens of high-profile actors, executives and filmmakers, the mogul has been tossed out of the business of which he was once a titan.
But he’s not the only one facing a reckoning. With even more revelations about Weinstein’s misdeeds coming to light, the scandal has had a ripple effect throughout the industry, dragging down multiple companies and public figures in its wake.
As allegations against Weinstein flooded Hollywood, the waters also began to rise around Roy Price, president of Amazon Studios. Rumors of Price’s imminent departure from the tech company’s entertainment division had begun swirling this summer with the »
- Daniel Holloway
Woody Allen’s new film “Wonder Wheel” is getting a quieter kickoff after the film’s distributor, Amazon Studios, has cancelled its Saturday night New York Film Festival red carpet. The cancellation comes in the aftermath of the announcement that another Hollywood producer, Amazon Studios president Roy Price, was suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct.
“Wonder Wheel,” which stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake in a 1950s period drama set on Coney Island, is the closing night film for the festival. Initial reviews of the film have acclaimed Winslet’s performance.
On Thursday, reports resurfaced of an alleged harassment incident involving Price and Isa Hackett, an executive producer on the Amazon show “The Man in the High Castle.” Price allegedly made an off-color joke to Hackett referencing the title of the Amazon series “I Love Dick” and pressured her for sex.
- Matt Fernandez
Amazon released three half-hour pilots in a batch last year: The Tick (which was great), Jean-Claude Van Johnson (which was also great), and I Love Dick (which I did not love at all). The other two series have already premiered, but we're only now getting our first tease for Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme. The teaser is pretty vague, though does give some sense of the show's satirical bent (you can read my review of the pilot here). The bottom line for me is that the pilot was the … »
- Allison Keene
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“Slowly but surely I realized by writing this TV show, and distributing this TV show to the world, it would actually make the world safer for somebody that I love,” “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway explained as they accepted the point impact award at the annual Point Honors La Gala, held Saturday. According to Variety, Soloway’s honor recognizes those who have contributed to and improved the lives of the Lgbtq community. Also honored at the event was comedian-actress-producer-writer Wanda Sykes, who took home the point legend award, “given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their career and who has faithfully backed the Lgbtq community,” the source writes.
Soloway emphasized that after “Transparent” premiered on Amazon back in 2014, the team behind the show received “a giant cascade of love and support from the Lgbtq community and especially the trans community.” Inspired by Soloway’s own family, the series kicked off with Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) coming out as transgender to her ex-wife and children. The recently released fourth season of the critically acclaimed drama sees Maura’s daughter Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) exploring her relationship to the gender binary.
Sykes came out as gay in her 40s, and joked about the benefits of waiting until a period of her life when her parents couldn’t kick her out of the house for being gay. “I can afford to be gay,” she said, whereas others “get kicked out of their homes, and that’s why I support organizations doing the work that [the Point Foundation] is doing, so I appreciate that,” she acknowledged.
“Afternoon Delight” writer-director Soloway is also an exec producer on Amazon’s “I Love Dick,” a comedy about a wife and husband who become infatuated with a male professor. The fate of the series is unknown — the streamer hasn’t confirmed a second season yet. She’s also an exec producer on Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” an unconventional love story about the trio behind the creation of “Wonder Woman” that’s hitting theaters this Friday, October 13.
Wanda Sykes and Jill Soloway Honored at Point Foundation Gala was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Comedian, actress, and writer Wanda Sykes, a perennial audience favorite for keeping the laughter coming in her stage, TV and film roles, will receive the Point Legend Award at the annual Point Honors Los Angeles gala, October 7th at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The award recognizes an individual who has achieved greatness in their professional career and unapologetically supported the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (Lgbtq) community. Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for Lgbtq students of merit.
Sykes can currently be seen on ABC’S “Blackish,” a role that earned her a nomination for a 2017 Primetime Emmy Award. Her work on “The Chris Rock Show” was recognized with an Emmy for Outstanding Writing, and she received three more Emmys for her work on Inside the NFL. Sykes’ 2009 HBO comedy special “I’ma be Me” was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, »
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“Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold is heading to the 61st BFI London Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Oscar-winning filmmaker will lead the official competition’s jury. Arnold will preside over a jury that includes actress Lily Cole (“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”) and producer Emma Thomas (“Dunkirk”), amongst others.
“Red Road,” “Wuthering Heights,” and episodes of “I Love Dick” and “Transparent” are among Arnold’s directing credits. She screened her most recent feature film, “American Honey,” at last year’s edition of BFI London Film Fest. The Cannes’ Jury Prize and British Independent Film Award-winning flick follows a group of teens and young adults who travel through the Midwest selling magazine subscriptions.
“We’ve grown up mainly on male stories, and most of the films have been written and directed by men — and that’s only half of the human race,” Arnold has said. “I remember going to a women’s film festival and feeling a slight amount of trepidation, but actually it was fantastic. Some of the films made me cry because they really spoke to me. It was then I realized up till then I had mostly been spoken to by men in cinema.”
Arnold won an Oscar in 2005 for her short film “Wasp.”
The BFI London Film Fest begins Wednesday, October 4, and will run through October 15. “Battle of the Sexes,” Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s biopic about the famous Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs tennis match, will make its European premiere as the fest’s American Express Gala on October 7. Among the other films screening are Guillermo del Toro’s dark fairy tale “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Tiff’s People’s Choice Award winner starring Frances McDormand as a grieving mother hell-bent on justice.
Andrea Arnold Named Jury President of BFI London Film Fest’s Official Competition was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Transparent is among the few shows to play with the idea of the modern family. Why did it take television so long to break from the nuclear model?
Related: Transparent season four review – even more essential in the age of Trump
“Family is gross, but it’s important,” says Sarah Pfefferman, in the new, fourth season of Transparent, reeling from another chaotic get-together. It is not a sentiment you will find cross-stitched on many cushions but, for most of us, it’s probably not far off the mark. The Pfeffermans, the well-off, Jewish, La-resident family around which the series revolves, are not that gross; it’s more that they’re messy and loud and populated by narcissists, neurotics and own-worst-enemies.
- Steve Rose
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- Cooper Peltz
As an indie film veteran, Bob Berney has seen the value of a high-profile slot at the New York Film Festival, whose fall dates have long corresponded with the ramp-up of awards season. “Pan’s Labyrinth,” a film he championed while running Time Warner’s former Picturehouse division, closed the 2006 festival en route to three Oscar wins.
This year, Berney has a rare trifecta. Amazon Studios, where he heads marketing and distribution, has the Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece selections during Nyff, with “Last Flag Flying,” “Wonderstruck” and “Wonder Wheel,” respectively. “Wonderstruck” has played in Cannes and Telluride, but the other two will be world premieres, and “Wonder Wheel” represents the streaming giant’s first foray into full distribution. Previous Amazon titles, including last year’s breakout, “Manchester by the Sea,” have been shared with traditional distributors.
The low-key Berney shrugs off the idea of any kind of high-tech takeover of one of the film world »
- Dade Hayes
Casey Affleck’s newly launched production company Sea Change Media has signed an exclusive first look deal with Amazon Studios, Variety has learned. It makes sense that Affleck’s banner would want to hang its hat with Amazon. The actor picked up an Oscar for best actor for his work in “Manchester by the Sea,” which Amazon bought out of Sundance and successfully pushed for awards attention.
The two-year deal will cover both film and television projects. Sea Change Media says it wants to back stores that shine a light on underrepresented voices. It goes on to say that its lodestar will be a “philosophy of inclusivity and collaboration.” Hollywood has been engulfed in a debate about the lack of films about women and people of color in recent years, so Sea Change Media is clearly looking to help promote more diversity in film and television. Whitaker Lader, who previously worked at the Sundance Institute, serves »
- Brent Lang
The Directors Guild of America has leveled a six-figure fine against Amazon Studios and Jill Soloway over allegations of misconduct from directors on the “I Love Dick” series, sources have told Variety.
Representatives for the DGA, Amazon, and Soloway had no comment. A source told Variety that the directors complained that DGA rules had been violating as they did not receive credit for scenes they shot that subsequently appeared in other episodes. They also alleged that Soloway’s activities on the set had interfered with their jobs.
Soloway has extensive television credits as a producer, director, and writer dating back to “Six Feet Under,” “United States of Tara,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Soloway won the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival for the 2013 film “Afternoon Delight,” then won a DGA Award and two Emmys for episodes of “Transparent.”
- Dave McNary
The Directors Guild of America hit them with the hefty fee after I Love Dick directors claimed they weren't credited for the work they shot which appeared in other episodes. Plus, according to
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- Keisha Hatchett
The Directors Guild of America has imposed a substantial fine on Amazon and Jill Soloway after I Love Dick directors claimed they didn't receive credit for scenes they shot that appeared in other episodes and that Soloway's on-set activities were interfering with their job, a source says.
Guild rules stipulate that notes to TV cast and crew come from the director, and that if footage or scenes shot by one director end up in another episode shot by another director, credit and compensation must be doled out. Though one source tells THR that the fine was as high as $2 »
- Chris Gardner
“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway is stepping down as showrunner of the critically acclaimed Amazon series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming fifth season of the family dramedy will see Soloway be succeeded by Jill Gordon, whose credits include “Cupid,” “My So-Called Life,” and “The Wonder Years.”
The first season of “Transparent” kicked off with Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) coming out as transgender to her ex-wife and children. The premise was inspired by Soloway’s own family. The fourth season of the series, set to bow September 22, sees the Pfeffermans traveling to Israel together, or as Sarah (Amy Landecker) calls it, “Orthodox Jewish Disneyland.”
Soloway’s presence will still be felt in Season 5— she’ll continue to write, direct, and exec produce the Emmy-winning series about the La-based Pfefferman family.
The “Afternoon Delight” writer-director is an exec producer on Amazon’s “I Love Dick,” a comedy about a wife and husband who become infatuated with a male professor. The fate of the series is unknown — the streamer hasn’t confirmed a second season yet. She’s also an exec producer on Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” an unconventional love story about the trio behind the creation of “Wonder Woman” that’s currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Gordon most recently created and wrote for “Heartbeat,” an NBC medical drama about a heart transplant surgeon.
“Transparent” Gets a New Showrunner for Season 5 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
“My Days of Mercy”
Tali Shalom-Ezer is a screenwriter and director whose previous works include “Princess” and “Surrogate.” Her films have garnered critical acclaim and won her the Grand Prix at the 2015 Kiev International Film Festival, Best Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2014, and Best Debut Feature at the Raindance Film Festival. “My Days of Mercy” is her first English-language film.
“My Days of Mercy” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 15.
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
Ts: The movie tells the story of Lucy (Ellen Page), a young woman who has spent the last eight years protesting the death penalty outside state penitentiaries. Her father, an inmate on death row, was convicted of killing her mother, but he has consistently maintained his innocence.
Lucy’s world shakes when she meets and falls in love with Mercy (Kate Mara), a capital punishment supporter. Their strong connection enables them to face and acknowledge their own hidden truths and transforms them both.
W&H: What drew you to this story?
Ts: I was immediately struck by Lucy’s obsession with the truth and her uncompromising quest to bring it to light. I was also deeply moved by the unique and charged love story between two female characters.
I wanted to explore the beautiful dynamic between Lucy and Mercy, which I believe is an expression of the transformative, healing power of love.
W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?
Ts: I want them to feel that they’re not alone and that there’s always a chance to change, to grow, and to love.
W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?
Ts: It was challenging to portray a delicate and fragile love story that’s unfolding in such a tense and morbid environment. Expressing the deep level of intimacy between the characters is a private and vulnerable process, which is sometimes hard to create on set.
W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.
Ts: I am very fortunate to have Great Point Media and Killer Films produce this movie.
W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?
Ts: Having the movie come to light after so many months of work by so many talented people is always the most overwhelming, cathartic moment. Screening the premiere at Tiff is a great honor, and I wish it gives pride and joy to all the people that were involved in the film’s creation.
W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?
Ts: The worst advice I’ve ever receiver is to compromise. But perhaps it’s also the best advice. Or at least, to learn how to prioritize.
W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?
Ts: The most important thing is to choose the right story, because it’s a long journey. The idea should really speak to you and you must be the only one who can tell it.
W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.
Ts: “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” by Chantal Akerman. She created her own cinematic language and a new way of storytelling. She completely deserted the masculine narrative and created an independent, fresh, and brave one of her own.
W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.
Ts: The best shows today, both on television and in the theaters, are led by women. We see critical acclaim and commercial success for shows like “Transparent,” “I Love Dick,” “Top of the Lake,” “Girls,” “Wonder Woman,” and many more. So, I think there is every reason to be optimistic.
Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Tali Shalom-Ezer — “My Days of Mercy” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Lyra H.
Gordon will take over as showrunner and executive producer on Season 5 of the series, which is set to debut in 2018. Season 4 will debut later this month on Amazon. Most recently, Gordon created the NBC drama series “Heartbeat.” In addition, she has worked as a writer and producer on shows like “90210,” “The Wonder Years,” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” She is repped by CAA.
Gordon takes over the day-to-day duties on the show from series creator Jill Soloway, who recently extended her overall deal with the streaming service for an additional three years. In addition to “Transparent,” Soloway recently debuted the comedy series “I Love Dick” on Amazon, which stars Katherine Hahn and Kevin Bacon. Hahn also appears on “Transparent” as Raquel Fein.
- Joe Otterson
There's a big change going on behind the scenes at Transparent.
Soloway will continue to write, direct and exec produce the groundbreaking comedy. However, the news comes as the Emmy winner has begun to split her time between several projects, including the Amazon comedy I Love Dick, which is awaiting word on a second season.
- Kate Stanhope
The major broadcast networks, with a little help from a Bey-vy of A-listers, are banding together to raise funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8/7c, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and cabler Cmt will simulcast a one-hour telethon titled “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief.” Houston native Beyonce, as well as George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon are among the boldfaced names scheduled to appear on the special, which will be based in Los Angeles with cutaways to New York and Nashville. (It will air live on »
The couple celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary Monday and the actor took to his Instagram to send a sweet message to his wife after almost three decades together and two kids — Travis, 28, and Susie, 25.
“Happy day to my life love,” Bacon wrote alongside a throwback picture of the two of them, adding the hashtag #29years.
The I Love Dick actor also shared another blast from the past of the couple and added a sweet shoutout to two of their late dogs, Tybalt and Jane.
Bacon and Sedgwick got married in 1988 after »
- Ale Russian
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