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Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Post-Oscar Plans for New Short Film Starring Tilda Swinton — Exclusive

Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Post-Oscar Plans for New Short Film Starring Tilda Swinton — Exclusive
Pedro Almodóvar has spent months on the campaign trail for “Pain and Glory,” but the 70-year-old Spanish auteur is wasting no time going back to work. In an interview over the weekend, Almodóvar revealed exclusively to IndieWire his plans to direct two new projects in the months ahead — a short film starring Tilda Swinton adapted from Jean Cocteau’s one-act play “The Human Voice,” followed by a feature-length adaptation of the late American writer Lucia Berlin’s short story collection, “A Manual for Cleaning Women.”

The two projects will mark Almodóvar’s long-awaited foray into English-language filmmaking after several other attempts over the years, from an offer to direct “Sister Act” in the early nineties to his Alice Munro adaptation “Julieta,” which was originally set to start Meryl Streep before Almodóvar decided to do the project in Spanish. Sources in Almodóvar’s inner circle expressed uncertainty about the overall timeline for the two projects,
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Horror Highlights: Bites Of Terror: Ten Frightfully Delicious Tales, Killer Weekend, DarkMatter TV Announces Ambassador B. Harrison Smith

Liz and Jimmy Reed's graphic novel Bites of Terror: Ten Frightfully Delicious Tales showcases adorable food characters in frightful situations. Continue reading for more details. Also in today's Horror Highlights: release details for Killer Weekend and DarkMatter TV's new ambassador details.

Bites of Terror: Ten Frightfully Delicious Tales Release Details: "Tales from the Crypt meets All My Friends Are Dead in Bites of Terror: 10 Frightfully Delicious Tales by the creative duo Cuddles and Rage, also known as Liz and Jimmy Reed. The team’s adorably creepy work began as a webcomic and has been featured everywhere from Nerdist to the Washington Post. Now they’re bringing their unique combination of adorable hand-sculpted characters, meticulously designed dioramas, and photographed panels to a graphic novel that’s sure to delight anyone with a dark sense of humor. In the book’s foreword, Fangoria magazine’s Phil Nobile, Jr. notes that
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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘The Morning Show’ Find Lighter Tones in Dark Tales

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘The Morning Show’ Find Lighter Tones in Dark Tales
An oppressive regime that enslaves women as servants and baby factories. A racially charged world in which members of law enforcement have to wear masks to keep themselves safe. A television production reeling from the firing of its beloved star after accusations of sexual misconduct surface against him.

These subject matters all seem to be what great dramas are made of — and yet, drama is no longer enough. Between the ever-expanding glut of content vying for a viewer’s time and the real world being full of political and societal upheaval, television — even when tackling tough subject matter — still needs to have an element of entertainment and escapism.

“We would get into rhythms in the writers’ room and we would be talking about all of this stuff that made us feel physically ill and nauseated, and we were like, ‘All right, it means we’re going someplace,’ but there also
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dr. Terror’S House Of Horrors (1965)

Welcome my friends, to the stories that always end…usually in a tidy 15 or 20 minutes to be precise. Yes, we’re back in anthology land with a title that became Amicus’ modus operandi (and money makers) for the next decade, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965). While this isn’t my favorite Amicus omnibus (it’s still good!), it is their first and credit shall be paid.

Released Stateside in late February by Paramount, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors did very well with audiences, giving Amicus a reliable hook for their future releases; while they didn’t focus solely on portmanteaus (they released The Skull the same year), those did become what they were known for.

And rightly so; Dr. Terror sets up a formula that works: well known horror actors in short bursts of terror and humor, easy to digest. This one starts us off on a British passenger train
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Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa Biopic Casts G.G. Townson, Laila Odom, Three More (Exclusive)

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Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa Biopic Casts G.G. Townson, Laila Odom, Three More (Exclusive)
Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa biopic has found its leads. G.G. Townson and Laila Odom will be playing Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, respectively.

Additionally, the upcoming limited series will also star Cleveland Berto as music producer Hurby Azor, Jermel Howard as rapper Treach and Monique Paul as DJ Spinderella.

This still-untitled authorized biopic follows the acclaimed musicians as they first fall into the world of hip-hop after recording a song for a friend. It will track their impact on the music world, becoming one of the first all-female rap groups, changing the look and sound of the genre as they were unafraid to talk and sing about sex and their thoughts on men, and then going on to reach platinum status as recording artists and win a Grammy. The project also endeavors to uncover the women behind the music, revealing how their very different personalities fueled their creativity
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Bet Networks Ups Connie Orlando To Evp Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy

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Connie Orlando, who has led Bet Networks’ original programming strategy for the past three years, has been promoted to Evp Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. In her new role she will be responsible for the development of an overarching Bet Networks music strategy across linear and Svod programming, tentpoles and award shows.

She will continue to serve as executive producer of all of Bet Networks’ tentpole events including the flagship Bet Awards.

“Connie has been a pivotal partner in the expansion and growth of our original programming,” said Bet Networks president Scott Mills, to whom she will continue to report. “I’m thrilled to now have her valued leadership at the helm of our music strategy, because music is at the epicenter of what we do. Her ability to recognize not just the complexity of the industry’s landscape but also the forecasting of talent and trends that exists will
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Tales From Beyond The Pale Launches Free Weekly Podcast

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One of my all-time favorite horror events was experiencing a live performance of Tales from Beyond the Pale at the Overlook Film Festival in 2016. Such an incredible amount of work is put into these horror audio dramas from the cast, sound engineer, and especially series creators Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid. If they announce any new live performances, it's absolutely worth your time to make a trip to see it, but they're giving horror fans the ability to listen to new horror audio dramas from the comfort of their home every week.

Today, we have details on the launch of a a weekly Tales from Beyond the Pale podcast that will see a mix of new stories with content from their archives, featuring an impressive cast of horror talent. Starring Clay McLeod Chapman and Larry Fessenden, the first release is a brand new audio drama called Reappraisal that will be available on multiple podcast providers,
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Brad Pitt Joins Kanye West for Sunday Service Held in Watts with Kim, Khloé, Kourtney and Kendall

Brad Pitt Joins Kanye West for Sunday Service Held in Watts with Kim, Khloé, Kourtney and Kendall
Kanye West’s latest Sunday Service had a special A-list appearance!

Brad Pitt was spotted at the rapper’s weekly gathering on Sunday, which was held in Watts, California.

Although the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor, 55, seemingly didn’t make an appearance in any of the many videos Kim Kardashian West and her sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner shared from the outing, Pitt did pop up in several photos shared by fan accounts.

In one pair of images, West, 42, can be seen smiling as he shares a moment with the actor.

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Irv Gotti Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, Photos, News

Irvington Domingo Lorenzo, Jr. is an American DJ, record executive, music producer and television director. He is best known for founding the Murder, Inc. record label and creating the Bet series Tales. Irv Gotti Bio: Age, Early Life, Family, Drug Charges Gotti was born on June 26, 1970 (Irv Gotti age: 49) to Nee Nee […]

The post Irv Gotti Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, Photos, News appeared first on uInterview.
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Hear Kanye West, Charlie Wilson’s Affirming New Song ‘Brothers’

Hear Kanye West, Charlie Wilson’s Affirming New Song ‘Brothers’
Kanye West and Charlie Wilson’s new song “Brothers” has been unveiled. A portion of the affirming song was featured during the Season Two premiere of Irv Gotti’s Bet series, Tales, which aired on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, Irv Gotti unveiled the full song via his Instagram account.

In the Instagram post, which has since been removed, the track plays over scenes from Tales. “There is a lot of speculation right now on who is Kanye West rapping about on the song ‘Brothers,’ Irv Gotti wrote. He went on
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Video Exclusive: Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo On Bet’s ‘Tales,’ Lauryn Hill, Kanye West

Super rap producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo has heard a lot of good stories from the artists in his industry. When he sat down with uInterview for an exclusive interview, he explained how the second season of his Bet show, Tales, which premiered on July 2, showcases the stories behind the famous songs. According to Gotti, […]

The post Video Exclusive: Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo On Bet’s ‘Tales,’ Lauryn Hill, Kanye West appeared first on uInterview.
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‘P-Valley’ Casts Thomas Q. Jones; Bria Henderson Joins ‘Mrs. America’

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‘P-Valley’ Casts Thomas Q. Jones; Bria Henderson Joins ‘Mrs. America’
Thomas Q. Jones (Luke Cage) is set to recur opposite Brandee Evans and Nicco Annan in Starz’s P-Valley, Katori Hall’s strip club drama based on her play Pussy Valley. Created by Hall, who also showruns, the drama is set deep in the Mississippi Delta, where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. The Southern-fried hourlong drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors: the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Jones will play Mane, a round-the-way dude who’s always got a couple of scams cooking. He’s gorgeous, sly, charming, and country to the core. Jones, a former NFL Pro Bowl running back, played the role of Comanche in an eight-episode arc on Marvel’s Luke Cage. He
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Armistead Maupin Reflects on What’s Changed Since He First Wrote ‘Tales of the City’

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Armistead Maupin Reflects on What’s Changed Since He First Wrote ‘Tales of the City’
A biographer of Christopher Isherwood once remarked that the legendary writer’s friends seemed to grow younger and younger the older he became. There was a detectable whiff of contempt in this observation, and it irked the hell out of me, since I had been one of those younger friends, one of the lucky souls who, in the late 1970s, found ourselves around Isherwood’s dinner table in his little house above Santa Monica Canyon. Sure, some of us were young, but every age of queer was represented.

What I found around that table was more than rich, mirthful conversation — about books, about movies, about sex — but a satisfying sense of intergenerational connection.

Just by sharing our stories we could discern where we were heading and where we had been. There was time travel involved, too, since Isherwood had known Somerset Maugham and E.M. Forster and had once even hidden
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Irv Gotti Says Kanye West's New Track 'Brothers' Was Nearly 2-Year Process

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Irv Gotti Says Kanye West's New Track 'Brothers' Was Nearly 2-Year Process
To say Irv Gotti's ecstatic to finally unveil Kanye West's new track on his show would be a severe understatement ... Irv's damn near losing his mind!!! The Murder Inc. Records honcho joined "TMZ Live" on Thursday, and was visibly hyped about season 2 of his Bet series "Tales" ... because it features new music from Ye. The track "Brothers" serves as the soundtrack for the episode ... and it's also the basis for the 2-hour episode's storyline.
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From ‘Tales of the City’ to ‘Will & Grace,’ Queer Show Revivals Reveal TV’s Evolution

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From ‘Tales of the City’ to ‘Will & Grace,’ Queer Show Revivals Reveal TV’s Evolution
Four episodes into 2019’s “Tales of the City,” Michael “Mouse” Tulliver (Murray Bartlett) brings his boyfriend Ben (Charlie Barnett) to a dinner party. Ben’s the youngest there by a long shot; everyone else is of Mouse’s generation, the miraculous survivors of the AIDS epidemic that took more friends and lovers than they can count. Soon enough, the gulf between their ages and experiences becomes unavoidable when Ben takes offense at Mouse’s friends using a slur in passing — and they take offense right back.

“Why is your generation obsessed with labels?” one sighs.

“What you call someone is important,” Ben replies. “It’s about dignity. It’s about visibility.”

“Any privilege that we happen to enjoy at this moment was won,” the friend counters, frustrated and hurt. “Clawed, tooth and nail, from a society that didn’t give two s–ts if we lived or died — and indeed,
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Listen: ‘Tales of the City’ Producer Alan Poul Talks Updating the Show for 2019

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Listen: ‘Tales of the City’ Producer Alan Poul Talks Updating the Show for 2019
Much has changed for the Lgbt community since the 1993 release of the original TV adaptation of “Tales of the City,” something that producer Alan Poul took into account in revamping the Lgbt classic in 2019.

Poul spoke with Variety‘s “TV Take” podcast about what’s new in the latest iteration of the show. “We had to keep pushing forward with the narrative,” Poul told Variety. Initially, there was talk of remaking the original, but Poul said he wanted the story to continue into present day.

Although the show tackles contemporary topics, Poul believes it does so in a throwback way. “It’s bold in the way it is going back to an earlier way of storytelling — a more generous approach without the veil of cynicism,” he said. “I find that storytelling increasingly rare.” He listed “darkness,” “grittiness,” “snark” and “meta” as keywords of the current trend of storytelling. Poul describes “Tales” as “sincere.
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‘Tales of the City’ Boss Breaks Down Honoring Anna Madrigal’s Past, Creating a New Mystery

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‘Tales of the City’ Boss Breaks Down Honoring Anna Madrigal’s Past, Creating a New Mystery
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City,” streaming now on Netflix.

Certain parameters for the new limited series version of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” were already set when showrunner Lauren Morelli joined the project — most notably the fact that Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) would be returning to 28 Barbary Lane for Anna Madrigal’s (Olympia Dukakis) 90th birthday, which Morelli calls “a really amazing log line.” From there, though, Morelli had reign to bring the story forward for the modern audience, as well as to create a new mystery around Anna’s past — a mystery, she says, that “almost killed” her writers.

“The writers’ room board looked like we were serial killers,” Morelli tells Variety. “It was elaborate graphs of, ‘What does the audience know, and what do they need to know, and what do we withhold?
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‘Tales of the City’ Review: A Revival That Keeps Up With the Times

‘Tales of the City’ Review: A Revival That Keeps Up With the Times
When Armistead Maupin began writing Tales of the City — his serialized, sudsy stories about life in San Francisco in the late Seventies — the central character was a very naive, very straight Midwestern girl, Mary Ann Singleton. Mary Ann served as a point-of-entry figure for readers unversed in queer fiction, just as Laura Linney’s portrayal of Mary Ann did the same in 1993’s acclaimed PBS adaptation of the first Tales book. (Two additional miniseries were produced for Showtime over the next decade, with diminishing returns.)

The times, they have changed
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‘Tales of the City’ Reboot Team Talks Series’ Diverse Lgbtq Representation

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Few fictional worlds have so meaningfully impacted the lives of Lgbtq Americans as Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City.” First serialized as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle, then produced as a groundbreaking 1993 PBS series, Maupin’s saga of a tight-knit Lgbtq community quartered at 28 Barbary Lane, home to Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, was an early and beloved bellwether for contemporary queer life.

The television series returns this month in a 10-part Netflix reboot, and at Monday night’s New York City premiere, the series’ cast and creatives marked “Tales” as a triumph not just for the cherished characters of Barbary Lane, but for the Lgbtq writers and artists who conceived the sequel.

“To have an all-queer writers’ room, a group where nobody had to explain things, where the things that have all been in our heads, the experiences that we’ve all had growing up
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Netflix Shares A First Look At Jen Richards As Young Anna Madrigal From ‘Tales Of The City’

Go behind the scenes and learn the history of Netflix’s upcoming limited series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, the new chapter in the beloved franchise that has spanned generations. Get a First Look at guest star Jen Richards as young “Anna Madrigal” and Daniela Vega as her best friend “Ysela” from a flashback episode focused on Anna’s arrival to San Francisco. The episode depicts 1966 San Francisco and the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, one of the first events of Lgbtq activism in the U.S.

About Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City: Inspired by the books of Armistead Maupin, Netflix Original Limited Series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City begins a new chapter in the beloved story. Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving
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