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‘A Reprehensible Act’: Four Kentucky National Guardsmen Accused of Sexual Assault

Four members of the Kentucky National Guard have been arrested on charges including rape stemming from an alleged sexual assault of an intoxicated female Guard member earlier this month.

People obtained a statement from Kentucky State Police alleging the sexual assault happened June 2 in Calloway County, where the four men were preparing for a weekend deployment.

According to investigators, the four men — Anthony Tubolino, 25; Austin Dennis, 21; Tyler Hart, 19; and Jacob Ruth, 22 — “provided alcohol” to the victim, who is also a member of the National Guard, and “then sexually assaulted” her in a hotel room. The alleged incident occurred while the
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Alan Simpson, writer of Steptoe and Son, dies aged 87

One half of the acclaimed screenwriting duo Galton and Simpson, who also wrote Hancock’s Half Hour, has died after a long battle with lung disease

Alan Simpson, famed for writing TV hits including Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, has died at the age of 87 after a battle with lung disease.

His manager Tessa Le Bars said: “Having had the privilege of working with Alan and Ray for over 50 years, the last 40 as agent, business manager and friend, and latterly as Alan’s companion and carer, I am deeply saddened to lose Alan after a brave battle with lung disease.”

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Sundance: FilmNation, Roadside Attractions acquire 'Beatriz At Dinner'

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Sundance: FilmNation, Roadside Attractions acquire 'Beatriz At Dinner'
Deal will mark FilmNation’s first foray into North American distribution.

The companies have jointly picked up North American rights to Miguel Arteta’s dramatic comedy of manners starring Salma Hayek.

The partnership marks FilmNation’s first foray into North American distribution.

The partners have also acquired rights for Australia and New Zealand and worked together as international sales agent and Us or North American distributor on Mr Holmes, All Is Lost, A Most Wanted Man and Mud.

Mike White wrote the screenplay to the story about a passionate Los Angeles healer who gets into a dinner party row with a property developer played by John Lithgow.

Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, and David Warshofsky also star.

The film is a Bron Studios/Killer Films production in association with Creative Wealth Media.

Pamela Koffler, Aaron L Gilbert, David Hinojosa and Christine Vachon produced, while executive producers were Jason Cloth, Andy Pollack, [link
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Jeremy Summers obituary

Television and film director known for the TV series The Saint and the 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man, starring Tony Hancock

Jeremy Summers, who has died aged 85, enjoyed a 40-year career as a director that went through several clearly defined phases. He made film comedies with Tony Hancock, Barbara Windsor and Ron Moody, as well as two screen musicals, and worked on the TV mogul Lew Grade’s action-adventure series aimed at British and Us markets. There were also films for the prolific low-budget producer Harry Alan Towers, and a string of other popular television series, then soaps.

With only one feature film behind him, he was entrusted to direct The Punch and Judy Man (1963), with Hancock in his second starring role for the cinema after phenomenal success on television with Hancock’s Half-Hour. However, the star had just left the BBC for ITV and dropped his writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson,
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‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Makes the Case That America’s Going to Be Ok

‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Makes the Case That America’s Going to Be Ok
At the “Adam Ruins Everything Election Special” taping earlier this month in Los Angeles, even the warmup jokes had their eyes on politics. As standup comedian Jared Logan primed both the audience and the sound technicians for the ensuing show, he invited the audience to test laugh: “Imagine if Tim Kaine just told a joke.”

After 19 episodes of the truTV show already under their belts, Tuesday night’s special represents the most ambitious “Adam Ruins Everything” project yet: an hour-long examination (and in most cases, refutation) of some of the most commonly held refrains of this election cycle.

Read More: ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ With Research, and Adam Conover Likes It That Way

It’s the culmination of weeks of nationwide touring and refining, all done during the midst of production on this year’s batch of “Adam Ruins Everything” episodes, which have been airing since late August. Conover, along with
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Celebrating the movie roles of Jason Isaacs

Mark Harrison Aug 5, 2016

Hello! From Armageddon to Harry Potter, we salute the screen work of Mr Jason Isaacs...

This feature contains spoilers for Event Horizon and the Harry Potter films. This spoiler warning contains spoilers for the list.

Hello to Jason Isaacs! Through roles in an impressive array of movies, from indies to massive blockbusters on both sides of the pond, he's become one of our favourite character actors. We've found that no matter how the film turns out, you can guarantee that if he's in it, his performance is going to be one of the highlights.

Off-screen, Isaacs has a whole other profile of popularity. Out of several prominent celebrity fans of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's film review show on BBC Radio 5 Live, he's the patron saint of their “church of Wittertainment”, and “hello to Jason Isaacs” is the show's first, most popular catchphrase.

Some might argue
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Broad Green acquires 'Villa Capri' starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones

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Broad Green acquires 'Villa Capri' starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones
Exclusive: The distributor has come on board to release in the Us the upcoming Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones action comedy, which has been drawing interest among buyers on the Croisette.

Broad Green will co-produce Villa Capri with eOne, Billy Gerber and Endurance’s Steve Richards and has set an August 25, 2017, release just ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

The company will adhere to a similar release pattern that brought success for September 2015 release A Walk In The Woods, which starred Roebert Redford and Nick Nolte and grossed $29.5m in North America.

Sierra/Affinity handles international sales in Cannes on the hot title, set to commence principal photography in New Mexico this summer.

Villa Capri is styled as being in the vein of Midnight Run about an ex-fbi agent (Jones) and an former mob lawyer in the witness protection programme (Freeman) who have to cast aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off
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Broad Green acquires 'Villa Capri'

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Broad Green acquires 'Villa Capri'
Exclusive: The distributor has come on board to release in the Us the upcoming Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones action comedy, which has been drawing interest among buyers on the Croisette.

Broad Green will co-produce Villa Capri with eOne, Billy Gerber and Endurance’s Steve Richards and has set an August 25, 2017, release just ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

The company will adhere to a similar release pattern that brought success for September 2015 release A Walk In The Woods, which starred Roebert Redford and Nick Nolte and grossed $29.5m in North America.

Sierra/Affinity handles international sales in Cannes on the hot title, set to commence principal photography in New Mexico this summer.

Villa Capri is styled as being in the vein of Midnight Run about an ex-fbi agent (Jones) and an former mob lawyer in the witness protection programme (Freeman) who have to cast aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off
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Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones board 'Villa Capri'

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Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones board 'Villa Capri'
The Sierra/Affinity Cannes slate continues to expand with Villa Capri, an action comedy to star Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones.

Ron Shelton will direct the story about an ex-fbi agent and a former mob lawyer in the witness protection programme who must work together to avoid a mob hit.

CAA packaged the project and represents Us rights.

eOne and Endurance Media are financing and eOne will distribute directly in its markets: the UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Spain and Benelux.

Billy Gerber and Endurance’s Steve Richards are producing, while John Mass and Alan Simpson are executive producers on the film.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in New Mexico this summer.
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Anita Hill on 'Confirmation,' Joe Biden's Legacy and Bill Cosby

Anita Hill on 'Confirmation,' Joe Biden's Legacy and Bill Cosby
In 1991, 35-year-old Oklahoma State University law professor Anita Hill was called before Congress to testify about the behavior of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her former boss at the Office for Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Hill was subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee to share allegations that Thomas sexually harassed her on the job at the Eeoc — the federal agency that handles workplace sexual harassment claims, among other things. For coming forward, Hill was demonized by conservatives, who called her a liar and delusional for thinking
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HBO’s Anita Hill Docu-Drama ‘Confirmation’ Under Fire From Lawmakers

HBO’s Anita Hill Docu-Drama ‘Confirmation’ Under Fire From Lawmakers
HBO’s “Confirmation” is already coming under fire from D.C. lawmakers who allege there are “grave inaccuracies” in the docu-drama chronicling the Anita Hill hearings. Former senators Alan Simpson of Wyoming and John Danforth of Missouri are among those speaking against their portrayals in the film starring Kerry Washington, reports Politico. Simpson is even threatening legal action. “I don’t know what I’ll do but it won’t be fun and games,” he told Politico. “I won’t just sit still. I’ll have a response, I always have. An attack unanswered is an attack believed.” Also Read:
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Win A BBC Comedy Bundle

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To celebrate the release of An Actor’s Life For Me, Hugh and I and Get Well Soon on DVD, we are giving 2 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a bundle containing all three!

An Actor’s Life for Me is a British sitcom starring a stand out cast including John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl), Victor Spinetti (A Hard Day’s Night and Gina McKee (Notting Hill). Written by The Vicar of Dibley’s co-writer Paul Mayhew Archer, and based on a hit Radio 4 series, it originally aired in 1991. Robert Neilson (Sinclair) is a struggling actor, desperate to hit the big time, however unrealistic his ambitions are and never quite achieves the dizzy heights he aspires to.

With the help of his incompetent agent Desmond Shaw (Spinetti), he tries to secure the romantic lead opposite Kim Basinger, attempts to play a corpse while suffering from a
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'Three Stooges 2' Will Team Original Cast with Major Action Star

'Three Stooges 2' Will Team Original Cast with Major Action Star
Earl Benjamin, CEO of C3 Entertainment, Inc.&#160Alan Simpson, CEO of Grand Peaks Entertainmentand&#160Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange announced today that The Three Stooges are returning to the big screen in the new action-comedy feature film The Three Stooges 2. C3&#160and Grand Peaks&#160will produce with The Exchange that will also handle worldwide sales. C3, The Three Stooges brand owner, will also run the film's licensing, merchandising and promotional programs. Sean Hayes (Larry), Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) and Will Sasso (Curly), will reprise their roles as The Three Stooges. A major action star will be added to the cast.

Cameron Fay has been hired to write the script. Most recently, Fay penned Brother in Laws at Paramount which has Taran Killam starring and is awaiting release. Fay also has Cosmic in development at Walden. C3's Earl Benjamin said:

"We're excited to be moving forward with The Exchange and
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The Three Stooges Getting a Sequel; Original Actors to Reunite alongside Major Action Star

2012’s The Three Stooges is not a bad movie. It’s not a good one, but it’s nowhere near the wretched mess the trailers made it out to be. It’s a kids’ movie, but not one that’s painful to sit through if you’re an adult. The movie was a lot of goofy slapstick, and the film worked on its own merits. So while others may be groaning at the prospect of a sequel, I don’t mind that another Three Stooges movie is moving forwards. C3, Grand Peak, and The Exchange have announced that they’re creating a new Three Stooges, and that Sean Hayes (Larry), Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) and Will Sasso (Curly), will reprise their roles and be joined by a major action star, who is Tba. The press release makes no mention of the Farrelly Brothers, who were the major force driving The Three Stooges,
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'The Three Stooges' Return With An Action Comedy Movie, Original Cast To Reprise Their Roles

'The Three Stooges' Return With An Action Comedy Movie, Original Cast To Reprise Their Roles
Earning a meagre $54 million at the box office on a $30 million budget, the Farrelly Brothers reboot of "The Three Stooges" wasn't well received: audiences were indifferent. But that doesn't matter. Why? Because The Three Stooges are a brand, and so another movie is in the works. Perhaps to little surprise, 20th Century Fox is not involved. Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso will reprise their roles as Larry, Moe and Curly in this new indie production. A action star will join the cast, and of course all kinds of licensing and whatnot is being planned. Did no one in a position of importance realize that there's not enough of an audience to justify this project? No director or screenwriter has been revealed yet. Check out the full press release below.  Glendale, CA - May 8, 2015 - Earl Benjamin, CEO of C3 Entertainment, Inc. Alan Simpson, CEO of Grand Peaks Entertainmentand Brian O'Shea,
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Bill Kerr obituary

Australian actor and comedian who played Tony Hancock's good-natured lodger on radio and appeared in films such as The Dam Busters and Gallipoli

The actor and comedian Bill Kerr, who has died aged 92, was a master of laconic understatement. Having begun his British variety career in the late 1940s as "the boy from Wagga Wagga", he became a household name as a perfect foil for Tony Hancock in six series of the wildly popular BBC radio show Hancock's Half Hour (1954-59).

Playing Hancock's breezy and good-hearted Australian lodger, Kerr was often given the best lines by writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson because of his deadpan delivery. His main function was to relentlessly encourage Hancock's grandiose schemes, subsequently exploited by Sid James, only to be thwarted by the voice of officialdom (usually Kenneth Williams), or to suggest ludicrous ventures of his own, immediately pounced upon by the gullible Hancock: "You know,
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In praise of Modern Family | Editorial

The Us comedy Modern Family is an inclusive show but it is also one that has a profound ability to shape perceptions

By making us laugh, writers have long sought to provoke deeper thought as to what we are laughing about. The British writer Johnny Speight, with his grisly invention Alf Garnett, provoked debate about racism and sexism. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson created rag men, Steptoe and Son, to write about family and class. But their ability to shape perceptions pale next to Modern Family, the world's favourite sitcom. One day it may be clear how an America tacking right simultaneously embraced the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan, three haphazardly transgenerational, multi-ethnic families including Mitchell and Cameron a gay couple with an adopted Vietnamese daughter. On Monday British viewers saw Mitchell and Cameron prepare to marry, an event billed in the Us as the TV marriage of the decade. An inclusive show,
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Armchair Nation: An intimate history of Britain in front of the TV by Joe Moran – review

How has TV changed? Joe Moran's study - sparkling and full of surprises - has many of the answers

As the best imaginative literature has always done, the best non-fiction these days seems to be concerned with asking questions rather than providing answers. Joe Moran's new social history of British television is full of questions and also full of facts. The inevitable failure of the latter to provide any real answers to the former does not detract in any way from the book's fascination or excellence.

Who do we become when we watch TV? This is perhaps the key question, framed explicitly in the book's closing chapter, as the author takes a walk through the streets of his home town at twilight, observing the flicker of dozens of plasma TVs in dozens of living rooms. "Who are these square-eyed spectres hidden behind curtains or briefly glimpsed like this at lighting-up time?
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ITV sitcom Vicious is cliched and outdated, says Barry Cryer

Veteran comedy writer says show about an ageing gay couple would make John Inman look restrained

ITV sitcom Vicious, featuring Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as an ageing gay couple, has been accused of peddling homosexual cliches that would make "John Inman look restrained".

Barry Cryer, the veteran comedy writer and performer, said Vicious had fallen into the trap of trying to be funny all the time rather than developing characters people could identify with.

"A sitcom with two old gays could be really good and moving. With two great actors in Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi it should be fantastic," Cryer writes in the latest Radio Times. "But it was insult, insult, insult every other line. You don't believe in them … it made John Inman look restrained."

Cryer, 78, whose credits include The Two Ronnies and The Morecambe & Wise Show, said Vicious was part of an era of
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Exclusive: Guy Adams Talks Deadbeat - Makes You Stronger and What Inspired the Book's Dark Moments

Deadbeat - Makes You Stronger (review here) proves that sometimes death is only the start of our problems. We recently chatted with author Guy Adams about his new novel, what inspired its dark moments and what lies ahead for the Deadbeat series.

Amanda Dyar: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us. To start off, can you tell us a little about yourself and your recent work as a writer?

Guy Adams: No problem at all, thanks for asking me!

I'm an English writer currently living in Spain because if you're going to lock yourself in your office all day, it may as well be a nice outside world you're not seeing.

I've done a real mixture of stuff over the years. I wrote a novel called The World House for Angry Robot books followed by a sequel Restoration. I've written three novels
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