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Aaron Sorkin Gets Political At ‘The West Wing’ 20th Anniversary Panel: ‘Better Voters Get Us Better Candidates’

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Aaron Sorkin Gets Political At ‘The West Wing’ 20th Anniversary Panel: ‘Better Voters Get Us Better Candidates’
The West Wing” debuted 20 years ago in the fall of 1999 when Bill Clinton was in office, and the Aaron Sorkin-created political drama ran for seven seasons, through the Bush administration. Looking back now, Sorkin says the storylines that seemed like a big deal at the time seem “so quaint” in 2019.

“We know we’re living in unnerving times — especially this past week has been really incredible,” Sorkin said Friday at opening night of New York PaleyFest, regarding recent events in Donald Trump’s presidency.

At PaleyFest, Sorkin handpicked the Season 2 finale to be screened before his sit-down conversation. A major storyline of the episode, titled “Two Cathedrals,” revolves around Martin Sheen’s character, the president of the United States, who is hiding the fact that he has multiple sclerosis. Sorkin watched the episode from the control room, before coming out on stage.

“I thought, watching the past couple of minutes,
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Catch-22 Review: Another Award's Contender for Hulu

Talking about the horrors of war never grows old.

There have been many serious endeavors including Band of Brothers and The Pacific, China Beach starring Dana Delaney, and even Wgna's Manhattan. 

For every dramatic undertaking, there have been several comedic looks including classics like McHale's Navy, Hogan's Heroes, and the long-running, award-winning M*A*S*H. That's where Catch-22 comes into the equation.

Based on the book by the same name written by Joseph Heller and published in 1961.

Set during World War II, focused on Yossarian aka Yo-Yo (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier who is always looking for a way out of combat.

He's apolitical and values his life, which lies counter to his participation in the war.

The title references an absurd catch for enlisted men hoping to escape combat situations that ensures the only way to get out of their predicament is to be declared insane.

Cancellation Scorecard 2018-19: Which Shows Are Dead?
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Last Year’s Winner: Thandie Newton, “Westworld

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: In the last 20 years, there have only been three repeat winners in this category: Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad” (2013 – 2014), Blythe Danner for “Huff” (2005 – 2006), and Allison Janney for “The West Wing” (2000 – 2001). Nancy Marchand is the only actress to win Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in three consecutive years: between 1980 and 1982 for playing Margaret Pynchon in “Lou Grant.” She also won in 1978 for the same role, which is the most of any actor ever.

Fun Fact: 2018 wasn’t the only year the Emmys nominated seven actresses in the supporting actress category. In 1992, Valerie Mahaffey (“Northern Exposure”), Mary Alice (“I’ll Fly Away”), Barbara Barrie (“Law & Order”), Conchata Ferrell (“L.A. Law”), Cynthia Geary (“Northern Exposure”), Marg Helgenberger (“China Beach”), and Kay Lenz (“Reasonable Doubts”) were all up for the Emmy, and each performer represented a broadcast network. In 2018, none were.
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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Babe,’ ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘The Queen’

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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Babe,’ ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘The Queen’
Actor James Cromwell celebrates his 79th birthday on January 27, 2019. The actor has had a highly successful 45-year career in television and film. He won an Emmy Award in 2013 for his supporting role in the limited series “American Horror Story” and was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 for his role in “Babe.”

Cromwell first came to the public’s attention for his appearance on the wildly popular “All in the Family” in which he played the recurring character of Stretch Cunningham, a co-worker Archie Bunker. It was only his second television acting job (after an appearance on “The Rockford Files”) and it launched him to a highly steady career in guest appearances on television shows and occasional small movie roles.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

That all changed for Cromwell when he appeared in “Babe” an Australian film telling the story of an orphaned baby
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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Actor James Cromwell celebrates his 79th birthday on January 27, 2019. The actor has had a highly successful 45-year career in television and film. He won an Emmy Award in 2013 for his supporting role in the limited series “American Horror Story” and was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 for his role in “Babe.”

Cromwell first came to the public’s attention for his appearance on the wildly popular “All in the Family” in which he played the recurring character of Stretch Cunningham, a co-worker Archie Bunker. It was only his second television acting job (after an appearance on “The Rockford Files”) and it launched him to a highly steady career in guest appearances on television shows and occasional small movie roles.

That all changed for Cromwell when he appeared in “Babe” an Australian film telling the story of an orphaned baby pig who is raised by the sheep dogs on the farm where he lives.
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Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold

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Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold
The Oscar buzz surrounding “Green Book” has been a revelation for Peter Farrelly, directing solo without brother Bobby this time around.

“I have a very thick skin, but I didn’t realize we were so looked-down-on,” Farrelly says with a laugh. “I thought we were highly regarded.”

Critics have marveled that the director, who created a crass-comedy oeuvre with Bobby, was at the helm of this awards-track film. He has a theory about the warm reaction to “Green Book,” audience award winner at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival: “It’s because this movie is not just a bunch of laughs,” Farrelly says. “It’s got heart, a feeling that gets to people.”

If an Oscar-tipped film such as “Green Book” seems like it’s a big step outside Farrelly’s comfort zone, think again. Farrelly’s work has often examined the clash of extreme cultural differences, whether Siamese twins who
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Biggs to Hit Small Screen in TeleImage’s ‘Odd Man Out’ (Exclusive)

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Biggs to Hit Small Screen in TeleImage’s ‘Odd Man Out’ (Exclusive)
The story of Ronnie Briggs, one of the U.K.’s most notorious and well-known criminals of the past century, will be making its way to TV screens thanks to “Odd Man Out,” an upcoming series produced by Brazil’s TeleImage.

The series will tell the true story of the once-petty thief straight from the source, using his co-authored autobiography from 2011, “Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out : the Last Straw” as its source material.

To that end, they have enlisted the help of the book’s co-author Christopher Pickard, who told Variety, “Patrick and his team at TeleImage understand the scope and scale of the story we are trying to tell of an ordinary man’s extraordinary full life. It is not a tale that can be told in a 90-minute film, or four to six episodes. It needs the wider canvas of a multiple series and episode format to
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‘The Code’: Dana Delany To Co-Star On CBS Drama Series In Recasting

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‘The Code’: Dana Delany To Co-Star On CBS Drama Series In Recasting
Exclusive: Emmy winner Dana Delany has been tapped for a series regular on CBS’ new drama series The Code.

In The Code, whose pilot was penned by Limitless creator Craig Sweeny from a story by him and Craig Turk and directed by Marc Webb, the military’s brightest minds take on our country’s toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine.

Delany will play Colonel Eisa Turnbull, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division. Eisa demands excellence of herself and her staff, inspiring fierce loyalty from the attorneys who serve under her command. One of the highest‐ranking female officers in the Corps, Eisa is also the mother of two sons who are serving overseas.

The role was played in the pilot by Mira Sorvino. It is one of two series
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‘Killing Eve”s Best Drama Series snub won’t doom Sandra Oh’s Emmy chances

‘Killing Eve”s Best Drama Series snub won’t doom Sandra Oh’s Emmy chances
Killing Eve” didn’t exactly slay the Emmy nominations, nabbing just two, but they’re pretty big ones: Best Drama Actress for Sandra Oh and Best Drama Writing for Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BBC America series, which is based on Luke Jennings‘ “Villanelle” novels, was surging as of late, but ultimately missed out on a Best Drama Series nomination. While a series nomination would’ve obviously been great, the snub doesn’t mean Oh — the show’s best shot at a win — is dead in the water.

Since 1990, 13 women have won Best Drama Actress without their show being nominated for Best Drama Series the same year, including three of the last four years. They are:

1992: Dana Delany, “China Beach

1994: Sela Ward, “Sisters

1995: Kathy Baker, “Picket Fences

1996: Kathy Baker, “Picket Fences

1998: Christine Lahti, “Chicago Hope

2000: Sela Ward, “Once and Again

2005: Patricia Arquette, “Medium

2006: Mariska Hargitay,
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Apple’s Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon Series Adds Director Mimi Leder

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Mimi Leder has signed on to direct and executive produce Apple’s untitled drama series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon through studio Media Res. Leder joins executive producer and showrunner Kerry Ehrin. The series provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women and men who carry out this daily televised ritual.

Aniston also serves as exec producer through her Echo Films banner with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter through Hello Sunshine; and Michael Ellenberg through Media Res. CNN anchor Brian Stelter consults on the project, with his book “Top of the Morning” providing additional background material.

A television veteran whose credits include “The Leftovers,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Shameless,” “L.A. Law,” and “China Beach,” Leder is currently in post-production on the theatrical features “On the Basis of Sex,” which will
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Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63

Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63
Elizabeth Sung, a character actress whose 30-year career included such popular TV series as The Young and the Restless, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm and films including Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club, has died. She was 63. The Associated Press reported that she died Tuesday but gave no other details.

A Hong King native, Sung also was a Juilliard-trained dancer and an acting coach/teacher. She did a stint in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women in the mid-1990s, and her graduate thesis short film, The Water Ghost, earned her an Mba in directing from AFI.

But by then she already had been racking up credits as an actress, guesting on series including The Equalizer, China Beach, Murder, She Wrote and Knots Landing and appearing on the big screen in Tango & Cash and The Joy Luck Club. Perhaps her most high-profile
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Angela Lansbury: Finally an Emmy winner for ‘Little Women’ after 18 career losses?

Angela Lansbury: Finally an Emmy winner for ‘Little Women’ after 18 career losses?
Angela Lansbury, 2018 Emmy contender for Masterpiece Theater’s adaptation of “Little Women,” has one of the most unique awards histories of any performer. In her over 75-year career she has managed to amass a significant number of nominations for all three of the major acting awards: three Oscar noms, 18 Emmy bids and seven Tony citations. While she has sailed through the Tony Awards winning five times, the other awards have been more elusive.

Her Oscar nominations all came early in her career and she came up empty handed all three times (the Academy did remedy that with an honorary Oscar in 2013). Lansbury’s Emmy history has been downright infuriating for her fans since she has lost a staggering 18 times. That streak may come to an end this year if Lansbury is able to achieve the award for her work in PBS’s “Little Women.”

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: PBS ‘Masterpiece’ categories for ‘Little Women,
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Stars React to Bill Cosby Verdict, Recognize Mel Brooks and Martin Scorsese at TCM Film Festival Opening Night

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Stars React to Bill Cosby Verdict, Recognize Mel Brooks and Martin Scorsese at TCM Film Festival Opening Night
En route to perform two back-to-back shows in Vegas, Mel Brooks made a pit stop to introduce the 50th anniversary world premiere restoration of “The Producers” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, but it was another comedy legend that everyone on the red carpet was talking about: Bill Cosby.

Rosanna Arquette agreed with the verdict. “Justice was served today,” she said. “I cried for the women. But we all feel justice was served. And let’s hope it keeps going with many other people whose lives and careers have been ravaged by predators.” Arquette was one of the many women to speak out amid the sexual harassment controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein.

“I think he has to get some time even though it was so long ago,” said Dana Delany, who was celebrating a different milestone — her TV series “China Beach” premiered 30 years ago on the day. “I’m happy
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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'

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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'
Turns out, we have Oprah Winfrey to thank for Shondaland’s #Tgit.

On Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes was honored at the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, where Winfrey took the stage to pay tribute to the writer/producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

“I’m here for Shonda,” said Winfrey, 63. “She could not have come at another time. She could not have come to another place. She belongs to this medium, and she belongs to this moment in a way that doesn’t so much defy the odds as redefine the odds.
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Felicity Jones Set to Play Young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s ‘On the Basis of Sex’

Felicity Jones Set to Play Young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s ‘On the Basis of Sex’
Oscar nominee and “Star Wars” heroine Felicity Jones is jumping back into prestige pictures with a hot property all about one of modern America’s most notable female leaders. Deadline reports that Jones will star as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex,” based on Daniel Stiepleman’s Black List script of the same name.

Per the outlet, “the drama follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career.” It it set to shoot in Montreal in September. Stiepleman’s script was an entry on the 2014 Black List of most liked unproduced scripts.

Read MoreFelicity Jones Explains Why the ‘Rogue One’ Team Insisted Her Costume Wasn’t Sexualized

Back in 2015, Natalie Portman was tapped to star in the film for Focus Features, and that version was set to be directed by “Diary
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition set for release in May

With the Amazon Princess’ live-action solo movie fast approaching, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a Commemorative Edition re-release of the acclaimed 2009 DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Wonder Woman, which is set to hit Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this May. Take a look at the cover art, synopsis, special features and trailer here…

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It
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Warner Re-releases Wonder Woman Animated Film in May

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Burbank, CA (March 28, 2017) — Return to the realm of Amazonian warriors, Greek gods and mythological creatures – all unleashed on modern civilization – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment honors the world’s greatest female super hero with the release of Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. The feature-length, PG-13 rated animated film, one of the best-reviewed entries in the decade-long history of the DC Universe Original Movies (we liked it when the film was first released in 2009), will be distributed on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on May 16, 2017.

Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp) starting May 16, 2017. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana.
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WB Announces Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition On Blu-Ray

With the Wonder Woman live action movie set to arrive in theaters in just over two months, it’s understandable that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will want to put out as much merchandise bearing the likeness of the Amazon Princess as possible. One item in particular that’s worthy of attention is that of the forthcoming Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition.

Truth be told, it’s technically not a new offering, but rather a repackaging of the amazing animated film originally released back in 2009. Unfortunately, no R-rated cut will be included as was previously reported. Despite any second guessing you may have, do know that one exists out there somewhere, as the filmmakers have admitted they had to make some alterations in order to get the PG-13 rating because, at the time, WB didn’t afford as much leeway with mature content as they do now.

Moving on to the official synopsis,
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