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Transgender people on TV

Transgender people on TV

November 7, 2017


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Joe Biden once credited “Will & Grace” for shifting public perception on gay rights issues. But one cast member believes the show didn’t go far enough in representing transgender people. “When we started,” said Debra Mess...

Horror music maven ‘grew up in a haunted house’

Horror music maven ‘grew up in a haunted house’

October 31, 2017


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Aliens, witches, demons and ghouls: Tyler Bates has written music for the best (and worst) of them. If you shuddered during “Dawn of the Dead” or “Halloween II,” felt a chill watching the TV series “Salem” or listened to anything from the last two Marilyn Manson records, Bates is partly to bl...

Jason Alexander’s new series hits new comedy not

Jason Alexander’s new series hits new comedy not

October 17, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — “Hit the Road,” the new AT&T Audience Network series from Jason Alexander, is a blend of the offbeat craziness of “Seinfield” with the musical beat of “The Partridge Family.” The Swallows — the greatest band you’ve never heard of – are a chaotically dysfunctional f...

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film ‘It’ ponder the genre’s future in Hollywood

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film ‘It’ ponder the genre’s future in Hollywood

October 17, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Television

LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills offices of KatzSmith Productions are filled with the kind of treasures one would expect from the company that helped create “It,” currently the highest-grossing horror film of all time at the global box office. Haunting the conference room is an immense cineple...

‘The Gifted’ offers different look at Marvel Univers

‘The Gifted’ offers different look at Marvel Univers

October 10, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Raising teenagers can be a difficult task in the best of situations. Now, imagine what that would be like if those teenagers possessed mutant powers so incredible they have become the target of a government that wants to imprison them – or worse. You now have the plot for the new F...

End of the line for ‘The Middle’

End of the line for ‘The Middle’

October 3, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — “The Middle” has reached the end. The ninth season of the ABC comedy about a middle class family living in the Middle America city of Orson, Ind. will be the last. Coming to such a decision was not easy for the cast and executive producers but they all finally agreed the time was ...

ABC’s ‘Inhumans’ is uncertain of itself, but Fox’s ‘The Gifted’ is more convincing

ABC’s ‘Inhumans’ is uncertain of itself, but Fox’s ‘The Gifted’ is more convincing

September 28, 2017


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Mutants have come up in the world. Once, they were monsters fumbling at the door, former humans warped and usually diminished by scientific overreach or accident _ cousins to zombies, something to avoid. Marvel's "X-Men," a comic book since 1963 and a movie franchise since 2000, made them superheroes...

‘Modern Family’ star Nolan Gould has grown up on TV; so what comes next?

‘Modern Family’ star Nolan Gould has grown up on TV; so what comes next?

September 26, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Georgia native Nolan Gould has grown up on television; he was only 10 when he was cast to play Luke Dunphy on “Modern Family.” But don’t go feeling sorry for how the young actor has had to miss out as the ABC comedy starts its ninth season this month. He’s enjoyed every part o...

6 key questions about fall TV season

6 key questions about fall TV season

September 19, 2017


Filed under Movies, Television

The idea of an actual “fall TV season” now almost feels like something you might find in a thrift shop. It’s a little bit dowdy, and threadworn. It’s something everyone once got excited about. Now it’s something everyone tolerates. Barely. Yes, your favorite shows will all soon be back. ...

Top 10 TV shows of the fall

Top 10 TV shows of the fall

September 19, 2017


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From ‘Star Trek’ to ‘Young Sheldon,’ the top 10 TV shows of fall: ‘The Vietnam War’ Ken Burns, America’s history professor, leads his most daunting class to date with this 18-hour documentary that’s sure to enlighten a younger generation and dredge up nightmares for others. (Through...

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed’s and Aziz Ansari’s awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes (PHOTO)

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed’s and Aziz Ansari’s awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes  (PHOTO)

September 19, 2017


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LOS ANGELES _ Two Muslim men, on prime-time TV, clutching shiny metal objects close to their black garments amid an unsuspecting crowd. No, this wasn't "Homeland," and those weren't weapons. It was the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where actor Riz Ahmed and actor-writer Aziz An-sari won top categories...

‘Young Sheldon’: Small lead, with a big ban

‘Young Sheldon’: Small lead, with a big ban

September 12, 2017


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It’s not every day that an interview subject finishes a conversation by hanging upside down from a pair of gymnastic rings at a park. But here we are. Just past the swing set and plastic slide at Beeman Park in Studio City — where kids on summer break frolic happily on a clammy day — Iain Armitage...

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