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NFL Owners’ Controversial Decision, Watchmen “Remix”, Who’s on Twitch, and More [The Weekly Static s01e41]

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I cut a tape of my favorite songs — said what I can’t face to face. I hoped that you would share all my thoughts. We are young and unimpressed with all you’d recognize. So play it all over, turn it wide. Now there is nothing but a mix tape left behind. Now it won’t… The Weekly Static!

Feeling all sorts of Better Than Ezra right about now; so while my back’s turned, why not make a run for it back to the loving arms of this week’s…

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The Weekly Static is Bleeding Cool‘s look at the past week in the land of the networks, cable, streaming, smoke signals, cloud formations, and shadow puppets from an interesting and entertaining perspective. So The Weekly Static’s “The Five Amigos” (myself, Rocky, Trejo, Bat-Murr, and Margo Staten) promises to do this (but we won’t do that… no, we won’t do that…):

● Offer blunt, honest perspectives on five TV topics from the past week covered by Bleeding Cool’s team of news-thirsty writers. Just to be clear? My views are my views and don’t reflect on the writers. We own what we say 110%.

● Spotlight a news item that we missed when it first hit, but we’re pretty sure you’ll want to know about.

● Feed my insatiable-yet-fragile ego with buckets of praise, adulation, social media shares, pizza, Eisner Awards, at least one write-in vote for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election… and for someone to explain to Kevin Smith that Avengers: Infinity War isn’t even the best Marvel Studios film, let alone best super-hero movie of all time.

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‘The Break With Michelle Wolf’ Spoofs “Strong Female Leads” In Sketch For New Netflix Talk Show

“’Strong female lead’ has been a buzz phrase for film and television as of late. That said, Michelle Wolf created a sketch for her forthcoming Netflix talk show The Break with Michelle Wolf that supports strong female characters…in her own special, fun way.

Spoofing the concept altogether, the mock trailer (watch above) features Wolf in a movie appropriately titled Featuring Strong Female Lead: The Movie. In it, Wolf plays the nameless title character who has an ambiguous job where she is constantly “under indictment” and is dressed in a very Olivia Pope-esque pantsuit…”

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Doctor Who’s David Tennant, Catherine Tate vs. the U.S. in Comedy-Drama Series ‘Americons’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 19/05/2018 - 3:06am in

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While it would be tempting to throw in a “I don’t want to go” joke here or something cutesy about The Doctor and his companions always finding their way back to one another, David Tennant and Catherine Tate are facing a deadly-serious menace unlike any they’ve face before: America.

The Doctor Who alums are returning to televsion in Americons, a scripted comedy-drama written by Tate and developed by Bad Wolf for Sky One. In their exclusive post, Deadline Hollywood also reports that production on the series — which will follow the pair as they move to the United States – is already in advanced stages of development.

Tate and Tennant first appeared together in Doctor Who‘s 2006 Christmas Special (‘The Runaway Bride’), with Tate joining the series in 2008’s “restart” fourth season as The Doctor’s companion. The pair also shared the British stage in a 2011 performance of Much Ado About Nothing; and currently work together on Disney’s animated series reboot of DuckTales, with Tate voicing villainous sorceress Magica De Spell and Tennant voicing Scrooge McDuck.

Production house Bad Wolf was founded in 2015 by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, who worked with Russell T. Davies to help bring back Doctor Who. Sky One continues increasing its high-profile programming slate, including Idris Elba comedy In The Long Run and Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters-fronted buddy cop drama Bulletproof.

In a 2011 interview with The Telegraph, Tate and Tennant discussed the issue of Doctor Who fans not being able to see them in different roles together:

Tennant: I know that was said a lot when I did Hamlet for the RSC [in 2008], but, to be honest, it never occurred to me. I just imagined people would be sensible enough not to bring those preconceptions with them. It’s probably slightly naïve, but it genuinely didn’t occur to me with this either. Perhaps it should have done.

It would be disingenuous to suggest that the fact this is happening hasn’t got something to do with the power of Doctor Who, and that’s something I’m wonderfully thankful for. But, for me, the thinking was “I’d like to do a play; I’d like to do Much Ado About Nothing; and it just so happens that the perfect Beatrice in my head is Catherine”. That’s as involved as my thought process was.

Tate: Benedick and Beatrice are similar to the Doctor and Donna in some ways – there’s a lot of sparring – but this is a romantic relationship, which was never the case in Doctor Who. Of course, there’s a natural desire to see that energy between us being recreated. I trust people have more sense than to assume it will be the same.

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Collateral: Carey Mulligan Investigates Deadly Shooting in Series Trailer

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 21/02/2018 - 11:33am in

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What a random, tragic act of violence on the streets of modern-day London turns out to be something much darker and less “random” than it first appears, British detective Kip Glaspie must discover the darker truths driving the cover-up. That’s the premise behind Netflix and BBC2‘s Collateral, the upcoming limited series starring Carey Mulligan (Mudbound, Wildlife), John Simm (Doctor Who), Nicola Walker (MI-5) and Sam Otto (Snowpiercer). Created and written by Oscar-nominated writer David Hare (The Hours, The Reader), the series is directed by Jessica Jones and The Defenders filmmaker S.J. Clarkson and will touch upon issues like racism, inequality in the justice system and class warfare.

Here’s a look at the BBC Two trailer for Collateral; as well as an official overview of the series:

In Collateral, a young man is shot dead delivering a pizza in South London. The detective in charge, DI Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan), quickly discovers that the pizza manager inexplicably sent Syrian refugee Abdullah Asif (Sam Otto) instead of the regular delivery driver.

The killing seems professional but the only witness, a young woman strung out on drugs on the street corner, gives the police a false name and address. Kip tracks down Abdullah’s home, a set of garages, to find his sisters. They are scared and Kip’s convinced they’re hiding something.

Set over the course of four days, the spiraling repercussions surrounding Abdullah’s murder are explored. Politician David Mars (John Simm) becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife Karen who took delivery of the pizza. While Jane Oliver (Nicola Walker), a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the sole witness to the crime.

Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, Kip is determined to discover if there is a darker truth, as the death of one individual, who has lived out of the sight of respectable society, begins to resonate through the institutions that shape our lives.

Netflix premieres all four episodes of the upcoming limited series Collateral on March 9. The streaming service will distribute the series domestically; while BBC2 will broadcast the series in the U.K.

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Sabrina: Doctor Who’s Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo Join Series

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Netflix has conjured up two new cast members for their upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series, with Doctor Who‘s Michelle Gomez and newcomer Chance Perdomo joining as series regulars. The one-hour drama is based on the comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. Archie Comics’ Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Riverdale director Lee Toland Krieger are set to executive produce the series; and serve as the series’ writer and director, respectively.

Here are the character description breakdowns:

Mary Wardell (Gomez): Wardell is Sabrina’s favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High. When she is possessed by the Devil’s handmaiden, Madam Satan, Ms. Wardwell turns into a sultry, cunning manipulator, always trying to lure Sabrina down the Path of Night.

Ambrose Spellman (Perdomo): Ambrose is Sabrina’s warlock cousin from England. Placed under house-arrest by the Witches Council, Ambrose is forbidden from leaving the funeral home where he lives with the Spellman women. Witty, puckish and pan-sexual, he is one of Sabrina’s partners in crime, always up for mischief.

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Best known for her role as Missy on BBC’s Doctor Who, Gomez has also appeared in numerous episodes of Fox’s Gotham as well as in series such as Green Wing and The Book Group. Debuting in 2016 short Longfield Drive, Perdomo is a relative newcomer to series work. They will be joining fellow cast members Kiernan Shipka, who will play Sabrina; and Jaz Sinclair, who will play Sabrina’s best friend Rosalind Walker.

With a 20-episode, two season order, the still-untitled series is described as being in the vein of horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. In the description, viewers will witness “Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.” The series was originally developed at the CW as a companion series to Riverdale before moving to Netflix in in late 2017, with Berlanti Productions producing in association with Warner Bros. TV. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater–all executive producers on Riverdale –are set to executive produce alongside Aguirre-Sacasa and Krieger.

Variety

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Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman Joins NBC’s Bellevue; Anupam Kher Cast

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/02/2018 - 6:41am in

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The medical staff at NBC‘s Bellevue is about to add two more names to the rotation schedule, as Doctor Who‘s Freema Agyeman and The Family Man‘s Anupam Kher are joining the rotation at the network’s new hour-long hospital drama pilot from David Schulner (Emerald City), Peter Horton (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) and Universal TV.

Written by Schulner, the pilot is produced by the former medical director of the famed New York City hospital, Dr. Eric Manheimer; with his memoir, Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, serving as source material for the pilot and potential series.

Here’s what NBC has to say about Bellevue:

“The character-driven medical drama follows the new director of Bellevue Hospital, whose maverick approach disrupts the status quo while always prioritizing patient care. Located in Manhattan, Bellevue is the only hospital in the world that has the capability to treat Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers Island and the President of the United States all under one roof.”

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Agyeman’s Dr. Hana Sharpe is the lead doctor at the hospital who hasn’t practiced medicine in a while; appearing on talk shows across the country pitching Bellevue hospital, instead. Kher’s Dr. Anil Kapoor is one of the oldest doctors at the hospital. He believes the hospital needs to change – he doesn’t feel the need to change his ways along with it.

Beyond her role as Martha Jones on BBC’s international phenomenon series Doctor Who, Agyeman also appeared in Law & Order U.K. and with Kher in Netflix’s Sense8. Kher has appeared opposite Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina in The Family Man; and most recently, he starred opposite Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano and Holly Hunter in the critically-acclaimed film The Big Sick.

WME and Independent Talent Group represent Agyeman; while Kher is represented by LINK Entertainment, United Agents and attorney Rick Genow.

Deadline Hollywood

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Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

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An interdisciplinary discussion of Kirsten Shepherd-Barr's book Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Associate Professor of Modern Drama, University of Oxford) discusses her book Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett with Michael Billington (Theatre Critic, The Guardian), Morten Kringlebach (Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford) and Laura Marcus (Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature).

About the book: Evolutionary theory made its stage debut as early as the 1840s, reflecting a scientific advancement that was fast changing the world. Tracing this development in dozens of mainstream European and American plays, as well as in circus, vaudeville, pantomime, and "missing link" performances, Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett reveals the deep, transformative entanglement among science, art, and culture in modern times.

The stage proved to be no mere handmaiden to evolutionary science, though, often resisting and altering the ideas at its core. Many dramatists cast suspicion on the arguments of evolutionary theory and rejected its claims, even as they entertained its thrilling possibilities. Engaging directly with the relation of science and culture, this book considers the influence of not only Darwin but also Lamarck, Chambers, Spencer, Wallace, Haeckel, de Vries, and other evolutionists on 150 years of theater. It shares significant new insights into the work of Ibsen, Shaw, Wilder, and Beckett, and writes female playwrights, such as Susan Glaspell and Elizabeth Baker, into the theatrical record, unpacking their dramatic explorations of biological determinism, gender essentialism, the maternal instinct, and the "cult of motherhood."

It is likely that more people encountered evolution at the theater than through any other art form in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considering the liveliness and immediacy of the theater and its reliance on a diverse community of spectators and the power that entails, this book is a key text for grasping the extent of the public's adaptation to the new theory and the legacy of its representation on the perceived legitimacy (or illegitimacy) of scientific work.