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New Inspirational Online Series Unpacks the Journey of Creatives of Color

Creatives looking for some inspiration? This show may be for you. Corey Emanuel Omnimedia recently launched its first online docu-portrait series, Lend Me Your Lens, a show that unpacks the journey of successful creatives of color, highlighting artists, authors, designers, influencers, and musicians. During each episode, these creatives dive into their journeys by sharing inspirations and the tangible steps they’ve taken to transform their passions into a purpose-driven lifestyle.

“This project was really a labor of love that derived from my dissertation research,” said creator and producer, Corey Emanuel. “I set out to assess the positive and negative effects of black entertainment and entertainers on black culture. Eventually, I had this ‘aha moment.’ I could create an online platform for shared stories of self-efficacy, therefore, contributing to the discourse surrounding black mental health. I wanted to ignite positive emotions, behaviors, and attitudes toward one’s creative endeavors. I wanted to create what I felt was missing from the unscripted genre of entertainment and make it accessible across the globe.”

Emanuel became inspired by the content that would eventually become this project while studying Media Psychology in graduate school. The new school form of psychology helped to provide an understanding of what happens when people interact with media as producers, distributors, and consumers. According to Emanuel, black millennials watch almost 33 hours per week of television and 48% of them are watching it on PCs and smartphones.

Emanuel sought to understand more about how black millennials perceived the content they were consuming and through that journey, Lend Me Your Lens was born. Inspired by his own creative journey, he designed a series to target a Black audience seeking to take their own creative endeavors to the next level.

The first episode highlights Jennia Fredrique, a multihyphenate, a term currently used to describe career-oriented individuals who excel at multiple endeavors. During this episode, Emanuel chats with Fredrique, who discusses transcending from being an actress to a working writer and director, while maintaining her work-life balance as a wife and mother.

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Inside ‘Castle Rock’: Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’ Spooky Supernatural Series

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Andre Holland is a superstar—Hollywood just hasn’t caught on yet.

Nonetheless, paired with one of the best casts on television, he once again proves his peerless talent in Castle Rock, Hulu’s new binge-watchable series based on the works of Stephen King. And yes, I mean works, plural. This 10-episode show isn’t an adaptation of any one particular King tome but, rather, is a project that synthesizes elements from many of his novels (both popular and lesser-known) for an all-new supernatural mystery set in one of his favorite fictional haunting spots: the quiet Maine town of Castle Rock.

Created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams—himself a King aficionado who for years tried to shepherd a long-form version of the author’s The Dark Tower to the screen—Castle Rock is, first and foremost, a showcase for Holland, the 38-year-old actor who initially made a splash in Steven Soderbergh’s superlative small-screen Cinemax effort The Knick, and followed that up with unforgettable turns in Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Barry Jenkins’ 2016 Best Picture winner Moonlight. Here, he’s magnetic as Henry Deaver, a criminal defense attorney who handles death row cases in Houston, to little success. After his latest failure, which ends in grim fashion, he receives a phone call from his home town of Castle Rock, informing him that Shawshank State Prison now houses a perplexing new inmate—who’s asked for Deaver personally.

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Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel ‘Sanditon’ Set as ITV, PBS Masterpiece Series

Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel, “Sanditon,” is being developed as a lavish period epic for ITV in Britain and PBS Masterpiece in the U.S. Veteran TV scribe Andrew Davies (“Pride and Prejudice”) is writing the eight-part series, with Tony Jordan’s “Hooten & The Lady” drama indie Red Planet Pictures on production duty. Austen penned the […]

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

On Sunday, July 8th, 2018, news broke that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had gotten engaged while on vacation in the Bahamas. TMZ broke the news and then Hailey’s dad Stephen and Bieber’s father Jeremy seemingly confirmed the engagement in their own social media posts. Justin and Hailey played coy at first, but earlier today the couple confirmed their engagement with his-and-hers social media statements.

Justin opened his emotional Instagram post with a tribute to his future wife.

“Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Justin wrote in the Instagram post. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!”

Justin called their union “literally perfect” and mentioned that they got engaged “on the seventh day of the seventh month,” and that “the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection.”

Hailey tweeted just seconds after Justin’s massive Instagram post, and wrote:

“Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with! No words could ever express my gratitude.”

TMZ originally broke the news and reported that Justin proposed on Saturday, July 7th while on vacation. According to an eye-witness, the couple were salsa dancing in a crowd when Justin’s security team asked all nearby guests to put their phones away while he popped the question.

Justin and Hailey have been dating for a few weeks — though they reportedly met in 2009 and dated on and off in early 2016.

Read Justin’s full statement on their engagement, below:

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA VE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!”

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If there is such a thing as a nadir for these miserable Mets, they appeared to be on their way to reaching it Sunday afternoon in Flushing as ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi kept putting up zeroes.

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4th of July Morning After Mess Beach Cleanup Series Hosted by Surfrider Foundation

WHEN: Thursday, July 5 from 9am-12pm

WHERE: Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach, Fiesta Island, and Oceanside Pier

WHAT: Surfrider Foundation San Diego, in partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego & San Diego Coastkeeper, is hosting four separate beach cleanups on the morning of July 5, 2018 to tackle the gigantic mess left behind by the July 4th holiday. We invite the public to help us clean our beaches, and prevent plastic litter from entering our ocean. We aim to show citizens that by switching from single-use items to reusable ones, they can minimize the amount of litter that ends up on our streets, our waterways, our beaches, and ultimately our ocean.

 

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  • Surfrider representatives and volunteers will be onsite at Ocean Beach Pier and Oceanside Pier

  • I Love A Clean San Diego representatives and volunteers will be onsite at Fiesta Island

  • SD Coastkeeper representatives and volunteers will be onsite at Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach

  • Each location will offer excellent photo-ops of 100’s of local citizens doing their part to keep our beaches clean

  • Final tallies and weights of trash collected, along w/ the most interesting items found, make for a great feature

  • Entercom radio staff will be participating at Ocean Beach pier, while Reef staff will be participating at the Oceanside Pier cleanup. Reef is the founding sponsor of Surfrider’s Better Beach Alliance, a collaboration to expand 3 key areas of impact, including # of beach cleanups, trash removal and volunteers.

 

WHY: At the 2017 Morning After Mess, 400+ volunteers removed over 1,643 lbs of trash from four beaches in only 3 hours. Without these events, a sizeable portion of that trash – most of which is plastic, a non-biodegradable material that is toxic to wildlife and often finds its way into our food chain – could have ended up in the ocean. While our cleanups make a tremendous impact, our true aim is to prevent trash from reaching the beach in the first place. Through successful programs like Rise Above Plastics, Hold Onto Your Butts & Ocean Friendly Restaurants, our organization uses outreach, education and advocacy to eliminate single-use plastics and cigarette butts BEFORE they reach the coast. The Surfrider Foundation’s mission is to protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

MORE: Visit http://surfridersd.org/ or contact Mitch Silverstein at 818.917.3347 or mitch@surfridersd.org.

 

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‘Sopranos’ prequel movie brings back series director Alan Taylor

“Sopranos” is keeping it in the family.

Alan Taylor, who won an Emmy in 2007 for outstanding directing of the show’s sixth season episode “Kennedy and Heidi,” will return for the movie prequel, The Wrap reported Tuesday.

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Sam Esmail, the creator of the hit TV series Mr. Robot, is gearing up for a busy rest of 2018 — and we’ve got a first look at one of his next projects.

Among the things he’s working on, there’s chatter that the season 4 premiere of Mr. Robot may come sometime in October. Meanwhile, Esmail is planning to direct and produce an adaption of the book American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, which will include Mr. Robot star Rami Malek.

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Michael B. Jordan-Produced Netflix Series ‘Raising Dion’ Casts Its Leads

 

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Raising Dion has found its Dion.

The Netflix production, produced by and co-staring Michael B. Jordan, follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark.

While Jordan has already signed on to play Mark, the roles of Nicole and Dion were announced Wednesday as filled by Alisha Wainwright and newcomer Ja’Siah Young.

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Also, director Seith Mann has been tapped to helm the first episode of the sci-fi family drama. The “sci-fi” aspect of the series is rooted in 7-year-old Dion’s ability to manifest several magical, superhero-like powers. Nicole must keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat (Jason Ritter), and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.

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Newcomer Ja’Siah Young will star as ‘Dion Reese,’ a curious, playful, and intelligent 7-year-old boy who is learning he has some very special abilities – he can move things with his mind. While exciting and cool, it’s also something he knows scares his mom, Nicole.

Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) will star as ‘Nicole Reese,’ a former professional dancer who gave it up to raise her son Dion when her husband Mark died. Although Nicole is completely overwhelmed by raising her son alone while dealing with the loss of her husband, she is still effortlessly cool and maintains a positive outlook on life for Dion. As Dion’s abilities become more and more apparent, Nicole’s protective nature heightens as she starts to fear for his safety.

Seith Mann (The Wire, Homeland), who most recently served as co-creator, director, and executive producer of The Breaks, has been tapped to direct the first episode of the series. He will also serve as an executive producer.

“Raising Dion” is the brainchild of commercial and music video director Dennis Liu, who directed the short film, which became a viral sensation. Carol Barbee will serve as show runner/executive producer and wrote the script for episode one. Joining her, Liu, and Mann as executive producers are Michael B. Jordan, through his Outlier Society Productions, who will also appear in the series; MACRO’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks; Kenny Goodman; and Michael Green.

The hour-long, ten-episode series will premiere on Netflix in 2019 in more than 190 countries around the world.

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Giants, Marlins set for finale of heated series (Jun 20, 2018)

SAN FRANCISCO — A beanball war between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants has the potential to spill over into Wednesday’s series finale, with neither manager saying the book was closed after there were three hit batsmen and two ejections Tuesday night.

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A shock-and-awe series of policy moves could elevate immigration into an issue that may shape the midterms

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Shonda Rhimes to Produce Netflix Series Based on the Life of Con Artist Anna Delvey

TV producer Shonda Rhimes is bringing the real-life story of a socialite who conned her way into an elite life of luxury to Netflix.

Rhimes, the showrunner behind the hit series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, left her longtime home at ABC Studios and signed a lucrative deal with Netflix last year. Her first original production at the streaming platform will be based on the life of Anna Sorokin, a 27-year-old woman who posed as a German heiress under the alias Anna Delvey and scammed banks, businesses, and her wealthy friends into financing her lavish lifestyle. A recent article about Sorokin, penned by New York Magazine writer Jessica Pressler, went viral. Since then, dozens of producers have reportedly approached Pressler about adapting the story as a TV series or feature. However, Deadline reports that Netflix managed to buy the rights to the story by stepping up in a major way and leveraging Rhimes’ commitment to do the adaptation.

Sorokin, who managed to swindle her way into becoming an “it” girl on the New York social scene, was busted for six counts of grand larceny and theft of services in October 2017. She is currently being held without bond on Rikers Island. She has pleaded not guilty and won over an online fan base that is both fascinated and obsessed with her artful sham.

The new series will mark the first project that Rhimes has created since Scandal, which launched in 2012 and just ended its fifth and final season in April. If successful, Rhimes could earn $ 300 million from her five-year deal with Netflix.

Last year, Rhimes, the founder, chairwoman, and CEO of ShondaLand, credited her prosperous career in the entertainment business to her relentless work ethic. “What made the difference is that I was willing to stay longer and work harder than anyone else,” she said during a discussion at the American Express OPEN Success Makers panel in New York.

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The College World Series field is set, and the No. 1-seeded Florida Gators were the last to join, doing so in dramatic fashion on Monday night in Gainesville.

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George R.R. Martin teases new ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series — ‘This one really puts the PRE in prequel’

The newly ordered “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot won’t affect “Winds of Winter,” that book George R.R. Martin is definitely going to finish.

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Shonda Rhimes books Manhattan con artist Anna Delvey story for first Netflix series

Shonda Rhimes is taking on one of the wildest stories of 2018 for her first series at Netflix.

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Audi’s New Q8 Model Offers Hints at What Lies Ahead for the Brand’s SUV Series

Audi’s signature Q series is on the verge of a creative overhaul, fusing sleek coupe-like sensibilities to its rough and tumble SUV lineup. In comparison to its Q7 predecessor, the new Q8 can be described as a wide-bodied five-seater that sits considerably lower than the former, boasting an octagonal single-frame grille and a conjoined light fixture/taillight combo that artistically rips a page from its Audi Quattro counterpart.

Although engine specs still have yet to be confirmed, the new vehicle will power up from the system’s mild-hybrid technology with Quattro all-wheel-drive capabilities also included. Jazzing up the interior cabin is a new haptic-response MMI display and a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system. The all-new Audi Q8 will begin shipping out later this year.

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8 Summer Shows You Need to Watch While Your Favorite Series Are on Hiatus

Ah, summer. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and all your favorite TV shows are off the air for three months.

Since we certainly can’t be expected to just sit outside enjoying the sunshine at all times, FANDOM has curated a list of the best shows premiering this season in an effort to help you fill those long summer nights.

Pose

Premieres June 3 on FX
If you regularly quote RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’re probably repeating phrases that were actually first born during the era that Pose is highlighting. That rich history is just one of many reasons to watch Ryan Murphy’s new FX series. (The fact that the cast is primarily made up of trans women of color is another.) The series is set amid the ’80s New York ball scene, featuring LGBTQ outcasts who form their own families and compete within their community on the dance floor.  And it’s not just drag queens who were inspired by ball culture — Madonna’s “Vogue” stems from this era too. Strike a pose!

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

Premieres June 7 on Freeform
Attention Marvel fans, there’s yet another entry in the insanely popular comic book universe coming to the small screen this summer. Cloak & Dagger follows two teenagers from different backgrounds who just happen to be burdened with superpowers. The pair team up to become a fearless crimefighting duo as they bond over a common tragedy. We can only hope this leads to a burgeoning superhero romance — a tale as old as time that would surely mirror your own experiences with your high school crush.

Sense 8: The Series Finale

Premieres June 8 on Netflix
When Netflix canceled Sense8 back in June 2017, fans just about lost their minds. After an avalanche of hashtags, emails, calls, and campaigns around reviving the series, the streaming service gave in … a little. Although ratings weren’t high enough to revive it for a third season, Netflix decided to greenlight a finale special that will at least tie up loose ends and deal with the major cliffhanger that Season 2 ended on.

Queer Eye

Premieres June 15 on Netflix
Just four months after the reboot of Queer Eye became a surprise smash success for Netflix, the new fab five are already back for a second season of emotional makeovers. Round two will feature Jonathan, Tan, Antoni, Karamo, and Bobby branching out beyond helping just straight men change their lives — the series will focus on both a woman and a transgender contestant for the first time. But keep your tissues handy. Just like the first iteration, the Season 2 forecast predicts a 100% chance of tears.

Luke Cage

Premieres June 22 on Netflix
Good news, Marvel fans. There’s yet another Marvel entry on this list of summer shows thanks to the return of Luke Cage on Netflix. The second season follows Luke’s transition into a hero of Harlem after clearing his name, but his new status as a public figure comes with complications of its own. Mustafa Shakir also joins the cast as the season’s new villain, Bushmaster, who is slated to be the toughest baddie that Luke has faced yet.

GLOW

Premieres June 29 on Netflix
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are heading back into the ring for a second season of GLOW, so if you missed out on the fun of the popular Netflix series last year then it is time to catch up! Season 2 will focus on the launch of the real-life late-night GLOW TV show, which used to be taped in Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel and Casino. The ’80s-set dramedy will also tackle the timely topic of sexism and sexual abuse, with one of the women having trouble breaking into the boys’ club of the production world and another becoming a victim of sexual harassment.

The Innocents

Premieres August 24 on Netflix
If you can’t get enough of supernatural love stories, then Cloak & Dagger isn’t the only show that needs to go on your watchlist. Netflix is also taking a stab at the genre with its upcoming drama The Innocents. The teens at the center of the series run away from home in order to be together, but the supernatural gift that one possesses ends up unleashing a force that could divide them forever. Nobody said love was easy.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Premieres August 31 on Amazon
Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have all played Jack Ryan on the big screen in the past, but this time it’s John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) who will be portraying the superspy in an Amazon adaptation of the Tom Clancy tale. The 10-episode series follows Ryan’s journey from his CIA desk job to helping prevent a terrorist attack. Amazon must have faith in its new series because it already greenlit a second season back in April — four months ahead of the series premiere.

 

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The NFL may have banned Colin Kaepernick for using his First Amendment right to peacefully protest against injustice, but the 30-year-old has clearly moved on. He is now teaming up with Emmy winner Ava DuVernay for a television series that will definitely be a must-see.

DuVernay has several projects in the works and one of them, according to Vanity Fair, is with the former NFL player, which will be a “TV comedy series with Colin Kaepernick that centers on his high-school life.” No word on when or where this will air, but it should definitely be a fascinating story.

Kaepernick’s father was Black and his mother was white, but he was given up for adoption. A white couple named  Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted him and he was raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin until he was 4. The family eventually moved to Turlock, California, which is where he attended high school. He was an overall athlete and became a sports star in Central California because of his accomplishments in football and basketball.

With Ava behind him, there could so some interesting stories tell and you can be guaranteed these two will definitely insert some needed social commentary.

Another note, Ava is also directing a Netflix series on The Central Park Five. They were 5 Black teenagers who were wrongfully accused of assaulting a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Their lives were destroyed and Donald Trump famously took out a full page ad in The New York Times calling for their execution.

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Jamie Foxx and Vince Vaughn Talk Life Lessons on New Digital Series

Actor, comedian, and musician Jamie Foxx is at it again but this time he’s getting personal. Foxx sits down with some of his longtime celeb friends to candidly discuss life’s lessons in his new digital series Off Script, created by Grey Goose. In the forthcoming episode released today, Foxx chats with actor Vince Vaughn about what it was like breaking into Hollywood.

“But didn’t you feel that way? Every time you did something didn’t you think, this is it?” asked Vaughn. “I actually auditioned for a television show and got it. Somehow there was some situation with my manager and the lead dude, it was a little kerfuffle… I told everybody I was gonna be in a pilot in my hometown and then I got cut out the pilot,” explained Foxx.

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The duo continues to share exchanges surrounding their lives engaging in some of the wild stories that they’ve had in the past. Vaughn talks about settling down and knowing when it’s right and even more interestingly, why he chooses not to be on social media. “I don’t do social media, because I don’t like it. Like, what am I going to say, ‘oh, look what I’m having for lunch.‘ #Iwishyouwerehere. Like who gives a damn, right? I think it’s crazy.” Foxx adds, “some people are great at it and I don’t take anything from it,” but he doesn’t fancy it much either.

There’s a different dynamic from the new age artist to the older school of thought which is completely interesting. In Foxx and Vaughn’s era, social media was irrelevant to their career success whereas today, it’s how many artists get on. There is something to be said about being able to keep your private life private and still garner extreme success in a world that thrives off of celebs personal affairs.

Episode 4 of Off Script with Vince Vaughn was led by previous episodes that featured Gabrielle Union, Melissa McCarthy, and Chadwick Boseman. Upcoming episodes will include Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Renner, Benicio Del Toro, Denzel Washington, and Dwayne Johnson.

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Serial‘s Adnan Syed Will Be the Subject of a New HBO Documentary Series

Podcasters became obsessed with the case of Adnan Syed through Serial, which investigated the disappearance of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee. Now Syed, Lee’s ex-boyfriend who was convicted of her murder, will be the subject of a new four-hour docuseries from HBO and Oscar nominee Amy Berg.

Directed by Berg (Deliver Us From Evil, West of Memphis), The Case of Adnan Syed will re-examine the events leading up to Lee’s disappearance, its aftermath, and the present day. Berg received access to Syed, his family, friends of Syed and Lee, and members of the Baltimore law enforcement.

Syed, who has maintained his innocence, was given a life sentence for Lee’s murder in 2000. By 2016, a Baltimore judge vacated the conviction and granted a new trial in light of new evidence challenging cell phone data that linked Syed to the crime, as well as testimony from an alibi witness. The State of Maryland appealed the court’s ruling, but the Court of Special Appeals also ruled in favor of a retrial in 2018.

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As reported by the Baltimore Sun, the office of Attorney General Brian Frosh asked the Maryland Court of Appeals on Monday to overturn the lower-court ruling for the retrial.

The Case of Adnan Syed will attempt to trace “how the rush to justice and Syed’s conviction in 2000 raised more questions than answers about what happened to Hae Min Lee, underscoring the instability of memory and conflicting eyewitnesses.”

Henrietta Conrad, Jemima Khan, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, and Andrew Stearn will executive produce the series, which will hit HBO in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in Europe.

A premiere date has not been announced.

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Described by some as a ‘cultural anthropologist’, California-based photojournalist Lyle Owerko documents everything from African tribal culture to overlooked everyday objects, following his curiosity to bring viewers a fresh perspective.

If you’ve been watching the Netflix series The Defiant Ones recently, you’ll have an appreciation for the innovators and artists who were intrinsic to the rise of hip-hop. You’ll also be far more aware of the various mediums used to share and market this particular musical and cultural dialogue, including the speakers and headphones that were developed to hear the beats and bass as intended by producers such as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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But Dre, Beats and Apple are far from the only individuals and brands interested in the hardware and tech associated with the music industry. Artists in other arenas are too. Step up Lyle Owerko – the New York-based photographer and filmmaker who is known for his on-the-ground coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – his image The Second Plane later graced the cover of TIME magazine – as well as editorial and fine art photographic projects created during his global travels. But that’s not all.

Lyle Owerko Boombox series Owerko also has a real passion for music, saying ‘I can’t create art – sometimes I can’t even think – unless I have music on.’ For him, a device to play music in his studio or wherever he is working is crucial. And that is where the photographer’s interest in the boombox began. ‘It isn’t just an audio device, it’s an icon of many types of movements,’ he says in the trailer that accompanies his book, The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music And The Urban Underground. For Owerko, the boombox, aka the ghetto blaster or jam box, is an object of empowerment; it offered a way to open up the dialogue of a generation and brought that quite literally to the streets, not only via hip-hop and rap, but also punk, thrash metal, pop and guitar anthems.

This view of the boombox – as an object of rebellion and empowerment – led to Owerko seeking out and documenting a whole host of models from their peak period of use, the 1980s, to form a photographic documentary. And, as we welcome Lyle Owerko into our family of artrepublic artists, we are delighted to be able to share some of these prints with you in the gallery.
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As the photographer points out, each of these boomboxes has a personality. There is a story attached to every one of them, and no two models are the same. Shot against a plain white backdrop, the tech begins to speak for itself (not quite Transformers style, don’t worry). From the dulled chrome finish and multiple dials of one to the matte-black dual cassette decks and primary-colour highlights of another, each is an example of industrial design and contemporary (1980s) engineering. More than that though, they are – in Owerko’s words – the battle shields of a generation. A boombox declares its owner’s tastes and the urban and musical tribe they associated with.
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And just like that, you begin to understand the photographer’s interest in them. Each individual boombox holds a story, collectively they contain a history – of technological  innovation as well as of a series of cultural and musical conversations that changed the face of the music industry. You’re not just seeing a chunky, dated tape deck any more, are you? You can thank the curiosity of Lyle Owerko for that.

See more of the photos from Owerko’s Boombox Project, and start your own dialogue with our art advisors, in the gallery  or online from 19th May.

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Marie Claire Selects Five Fresh Faces for a Series of May Covers

Our forum members are often quite hard on the American edition of Marie Claire but over the past few months, the magazine has delivered some seriously strong covers featuring the likes of Hailee Steinfeld and Reese Witherspoon — and even managed to do Alicia Vikander justice. After finally receiving our forum’s seal of approval, the publication unveils a bold new look with its annual ‘Fresh Faces‘ issue for May 2018. The cover girls include Riley Keough, Katherine Langford, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi and Sophie Turner, all photographed by Erik Madigan Heck and styled by Joseph Errico for a series of vibrant portraits.

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Our forum members weighed in on which covers they’ll be tracking down. “Riley’s got the best cover, and maybe the third girl if they ditched the unnecessary jacket (below, center). The rest are really too much. Art direction is overwhelming, and while I love Erik’s work for UK Harper’s Bazaar, it’s just not working for me here,” commented Benn98.

“I’m thrilled to see Issa Rae!” TheoG applauded.

Forum member Nocturnal wasn’t exactly jumping for joy over the series of covers: “I don’t know them. They look boring!”

“Not one but FIVE boring and generic covers!” scolded Nomar.

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“Riley is a fresh face? Please! She gets far more attention than her work is worth. Also, the art direction on these covers make my head hurt,” wrote ThatDudeOverTher.

Also quick to call out the magazine for its new art direction was MON: “Vogue Paris wants her font back!”

“That VP font that every magazine seems to be adopting doesn’t work here – it looks rather cheap in fact. There’s just a bit too much going on,” 333101 pointed out.

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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Every Count Olaf Disguise in Season 2, Ranked

One of the greatest joys of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has been Count Olaf’s disguises. It’s the first time we’ve seen the nefarious actor’s extensive array of costumes brought to life on screen, and some serious attention to detail has made them a standout part of the series. Alongside Neil Patrick Harris’s sublime performance as the evil guardian intent on getting his hands on the Baudelaire fortune, of course.

Season 1 brought us the bearded Stephano and fishy Captain Sham but in Season 2, Olaf’s costumes have stepped up a gear. They’re dirtier, more degraded and infinitely more inventive. FANDOM spoke to series costume designer Cynthia Summers, who filled us in on what it took to bring Olaf’s legendary looks to the screen, and helped us compile this definitive ranking of Olaf’s S2 disguises.

5. Doctor Medicalschool


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Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf in disguise as Dr Mattathias Medicalschool.

Doctor Mattathias Medicalschool might have the most ridiculously transparent name of all of Count Olaf’s personas – but his costume is the most practically convincing. Adopting the guise for episodes 7 and 8, which adapts the eighth book in Daniel Handler — aka Lemony Snicket’s — series of novels, The Hostile Hospital, Medicalschool marks Olaf’s latest attempt to dupe anyone who matters, and get his hands on the Baudelaire children, heirs to their parents’ fortune. Here, Olaf is attempting to pass himself off as the doctor in charge of the hospital.

Summers: “We used a faux leather strapping around his neck and his wrists to evoke a straightjacket, or something that’s very binding and a little bit maniacal. [It’s] just dark, because what doctor wears leather into the operating room? The front of his white outfit is obviously dirty; it’s never been cleaned. Our idea was that when they first drive up, there is this laundry truck outside the hospital and the idea is that they got all their disguises from the dirty laundry truck.

“A lot of the yellow that’s on it is pus. We didn’t want to have a lot of blood because we didn’t want to be super obvious and gory. So there’s no real blood. There’s some brown spots but we didn’t want red. So we went for yellow — the pussy, crusty sort of thing, which is more disgusting, as opposed to red-blood gory.

“We had a headpiece, the giant period magnifying glass on the front. That is partially to hide the unibrow and also to give a period vibe to it. You’ll notice too with him and his henchpeople, with some costumes and in particular this one, if you look farther down, Olaf has a base layer that doesn’t always come off. It’s that terrible, awful suit he wears all the time with that really disgustingly dirty and hole-ridden Henley he wears underneath. So if you look further down past the bottom of his operating gown you’ll see those trousers and his really funny pointy shoes with his too-short trousers underneath.”

4. Gunther


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NPH as Olaf in disguise as Gunther, with Lucy Punch’s Esmé Squalor.

Olaf becomes Gunther, an auctioneer who teams up with Lucy Punch’s well-to-do Esmé Squalor, in The Ersatz Elevator. It’s the sixth book and is told across Episodes 3 and 4 of Season 2. Set in a New York-inspired city, Olaf needs to fit in with the upscale, fashion-obsessed world that Esmé inhabits and so Gunther is Olaf’s cleanest, most pulled-together look of the entire series.

Summers: “Gunther comes in [wearing] a paisley smoking jacket with jeans and crazy over-the-knee boots. Then Esmé gets her hands on him and we see him next in a pinstripe tailcoat suit. Neil’s hand on that was definitely the glasses. He wears a lot of glasses this season — it’s one way Olaf can disguise that eyebrow and that giant forehead he has.


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Behind the scenes of a Gunther dance sequence.

“The gloves I had for Gunther originally were much more bejeweled; they were more like a Michael Jackson glove. But Neil totally toned that down. You’ll notice his nails are terrible all the time, so he asked for fingerless gloves. The over-the-knee boots were actually thigh high boots cut down. But that was mostly because of all the action and the dancing he had to do in that costume.

“There’s a nod to Karl Lagerfeld, obviously. As Season 2 goes along, it becomes more evident that Olaf and the troupe carry a trunk full of disguises. A lot of the reason that the disguises are so filthy and awful is because he’s a filthy awful person. All his disguises he’s stolen from theatres, or along the way, and just shoved everything into this Pandora’s box of costumes and disguises. So that speaks to why the costumes come out looking really shabby to begin with. And then just get worse.”

3. Coach Genghis


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L-R: Coach Genghis with Carmelita Spats, his white-faced henchwomen, plus Roger Bart’s Vice Principal Nero and Matty Cardarople’s Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender.

Coach Genghis is the first disguise Olaf takes on in Season 2, in The Austere Academy, and it’s his attempt to become the replacement gym teacher at the school, following the previous coach’s disappearance.

Summers: “He steals his costume from the coach, who is a woman and a much different size than Olaf. That spoke to the fit of the tracksuit. It’s too small: the sleeves are too small, the pant legs are too short. All because it wasn’t meant for him.

“The first idea was a nylon tracksuit, something maybe more typical. But because Olaf is such a slimy guy and a creepy character it just seemed so right that he would have a velour tracksuit. And of course, he stole it off a woman that he, in essence, knocked out and perhaps killed. And the turban just becomes a part of his disguise. He sees one of the fabric pendants of the Academy and he wraps his head and makes it a turban. He’s got to cover up that eyebrow and that was the best he could come up with.


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The Coach Genghis turban was actually one of many hats they made in consultation with turban experts.

“[Neil] fashioned himself after [motivational speaker Tony Robbins], as far as he’s always got his microphone on over his ear. His sneakers have wings on them and that sort of went with the 1980s velour hip-hop tracksuit vibe that we brought into it. We did have some gold chains on him for a heartbeat but then that went away because he got that really terrible whistle.

“[His costume] is also filthy. He’s always filthy and the Academy is decrepit, the adults in it are decrepit because they’re a fixture in the Academy. They’ve been there forever — except for the librarian who is new.”

2. Ringmaster


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Olaf as the Ringmaster in The Carniverous Carnival.

The closing episodes of Season 2 cover the ninth book in the series, The Carniverous Carnival. In it, Olaf becomes a ringmaster.

Summers: “The ringmaster was difficult only in that American Horror Story had featured a carnival and The Greatest Showman was shooting at the same time that we were getting ready to do this book. So I really wanted to do something that wasn’t a traditional red carnival outfit.

“So we went with white [for the carnival suit], a little more traditional pinstripe blue, light blue, almost a seersucker pant and his white top hat. His striped vest matches the tenting at the circus.

“He’s not wearing glasses in this episode, but a hat to cover that monobrow. And white boots instead of black boots. They lace up at the front, they’re patterned and very pointy – they’re a little different in style for the era. Which fit really well with our timeless era. The inside of Olaf’s great coat is a starburst of yellow and red. Which ties in with our tenting, which also ties in with the vest. It was an incredibly labour-intensive costume but I think it was a really wonderful, dramatic way to end Season 2.”

1. Detective Dupin


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Detective Dupin, with Esmé Squalor also in disguise.

In The Vile Village – tackled in Episodes 5 and 6 of the series – Olaf takes on the guise of a scatting detective. And it takes the number one spot on our list.

Summers: “It was not my favourite disguise for all of the month leading up to four days before camera. Detective Dupin is a scat-singing jazz detective in Vile Village which is a western-style, creepy kind of cultish town, with no kids. And Esmé, of course, who is posing as a detective as well. It was really hard to marry all of that with a look. And to have him look unique but not like he didn’t belong.

“That outfit had three renditions before we finally settled on what you see. We decided to lean on the late 1960s and early ‘70s really hard, and that sort of BeeGees [look], and even a little bit of The Beatles. His pants are really 1970s, above the waist, too tight in the crotch with a bell bottom and a white belt, although you can hardly tell because it’s so filthy. And then a super low-cut satin shirt with a really cropped purple leather jacket and inappropriate gold necklace. Then the jazz pork pie hat. He also had some really great 1970s Easy Rider-style sunglasses.

“It was a nail-biting experience for me. But when he stepped onto set in the morning – with the way he speaks and his toothpick, and his cocked hip and his way-too-tight pants — I was just like: ‘Detective Dupin in the flesh!’ It was a cheering and clapping moment because everyone knew we were down to the twelfth hour on this costume. Then we had to hurry up and make five more of them for the photo doubles and stunt doubles. That may be my favourite [of all the disguises].”

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Neil Patrick Harris Proves He’s the Best as He Becomes His Many A Series of Unfortunate Events Personas in One Sitting

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What is ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’?

Based on Daniel Handler’s series of 13 books, A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the story of the Baudelaire orphans. Teenage siblings Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny (Presley Smith) find themselves in the care of the nefarious Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) after their parents are killed in a fire. It soon becomes apparent that he’s after their sizable inheritance. After his attempts fail and the children are shifted from one guardian to the next, Olaf adopts disguises in a series of attempts to get his hands on their money.

Season 2 picks up following the Baudelaires’ arrival at Prufrock Preparatory School. Prufrock is a heinous boarding school where, as orphans, they’re outcasts. Olaf tracks them to the educational establishment, and his efforts start up again. The season incorporates books 5-9 of the series, finishing with The Carnivorous Carnival.

Sharp and Witty

Handler’s books were ripe for another screen adaptation. The 2004 film starring Jim Carrey feels dated more than a decade on – and disappointingly truncated. It squeezes the first three books into one standard-length feature and changes the order of events to give it a more suitable movie ending.

So, when the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events was announced, which hit Netflix last year, it presented an opportunity to really exploit Handler’s gourmet penmanship. The greatest joy in ASOUE is the wittiness of the dialogue and its sharply crafted prose. Indeed, the saga is as much about language as it is anything else. Even narrator Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) is at pains to teach and explain words and phrases during interludes that are all at once funny, informative and useful, at the same time as setting up recurring jokes in the story.

It’s a huge boon to the Netflix series, therefore, that Handler himself was recruited for screenwriting duties. The first season was enough of a success to greenlight a second and third. At which point, all 13 books will have been adapted and the series will reportedly end.

The saga is being adapted methodically – with two 40-50 minute episodes dedicated to each book. But while this worked well in Season 1 which covered the first four books, the approach has mixed results in Season 2, which adapts the next five. That means there are an additional two episodes this time around, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.


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Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf in one of his many disguises.

Out-Carreying Jim Carrey

Season 2 begins at The Austere Academy – the most successful of the series’ adaptations. That’s not a bad tactic, since it will hook fans from the start.

Neil Patrick Harris has already proved himself a very watchable and entertaining Count Olaf. He embraces every one of Olaf’s disguises with masses of enthusiasm, out-Carreying Jim Carrey while stamping his own signature on it.

At Prufrock, Olaf shrugs on the guise of Coach Genghis, replacing the absent gym teacher whom he and his cohorts hijacked on the road. As Genghis, NPH not so much hits the ground running as cracking out jumping jacks. Which, incidentally, he says declares he invented while at a bus stop.

Olaf spits out lines like: “As anyone who went to college knows, orphans have unsound bodies,” with such regularity, that if you’re not paying full attention you’ll miss some absolute corkers. These opening episodes in particular demand close viewing if you’re to reap rewards from the humour.


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The Baudelaires in the halls of Prufrock Preparatory School.

Austere Observations

Baby Baudelaire, Sunny, has some marvelous moments. Appointed Administrative Assistant to Vice Principal Nero (Roger Bart) because she’s too young to attend classes, she’s ready to correct Olaf in a heartbeat when he mistakenly calls her a secretary. She can’t talk, of course – she’s a baby – so she squeaks instead, and it’s translated via subtitles for our benefit.

Aside from the delectable wordplay, the beauty of ASOUE is its depiction of children versus adults. And the series does it brilliantly. In Handler’s absurdist world, adults are the ignorant, willfully blind ones, who are easily duped, while kids are sharper; more clued up. Less indoctrinated and not so ground down by life – speaking of the Baudelaires at least – the children see things as they are and question everything. In its surreal, outlandish way, it holds a mirror up to real life.

In the two episodes that comprise “The Austere Academy,” other gems include Roger Bart’s grotesque Vice Principal Nero and the effervescently gross Carmelita Spats (Kitana Turnbull) – a spoilt horror in a frilly pink dress who delights in terrorizing Violet and Klaus.


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Carmelita Spats with the Baudelaires.

From Penthouse to Ground Floor

As the series progresses to the next book, however, things take a nosedive. The Ersatz Elevator is the title of the next book, and the next two episodes. One of the main problems here is the introduction of ghastly new guardian Esmé Squalor. Played with palpable glee by Lucy Punch, amid an entire castful of deliberately exaggerated performances, she’s the one who stands out for gnawing at the scenery.

Thieving screen time from NPH, it’s as if she’s competing for attention. But when you compare her to supporting players like Matty Cardapole and Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins (who play members of Olaf’s troupe), it’s clear they’ve got a far better handle on the balance required. More from these three, in particular, could have lifted the sagging midsection of the series several levels. Some golden moments from Sunny and NPH’s Karl Lagerfeld-like Gunther make this part at least relatively entertaining.


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Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf in disguise as Gunther, with Lucy Punch’s Esmé Squalor.

Vile Bore

Moving on to book seven, The Vile Village, though is where it falls apart. There’s less invention and charm here, and tedium sets in as the series shows signs of fatigue. By Episode 6, you’ll find proceedings agonizingly slow-moving as the series becomes glaringly repetitive and lacking in the flourishes that ignited the first two episodes.

Even Olaf’s latest disguise can’t rescue this part. His scatting Detective Dupont is a one-trick bore. Thankfully, things pick up for Episodes 7 and 8, which shifts the action to a grubby and unsanitary hospital building for the events of the eight book in the series, The Hostile Hospital.

The story progresses slowly once again, and because of Esmé Squalor’s continuing presence — and less time dedicated to funny asides — you feel every slimy glide of the snail’s pace. The show becomes less about the journey and more about when the heck we’re reaching that destination. Which finally comes two episodes later at the conclusion of the adaptation of the ninth book, The Carnivorous Carnival.


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Olaf as Doctor Mattathias Medicalschool with Esmé also in disguise alongside his troupe.

Is Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events Good?

Despite the presence of Nathan Fillion as Lemony Snicket’s brother Jacques, the series misses actors of the calibre of Billy Connolly and Meryl Streep who both featured in the 2004 film. Both brought something extra to characters who we were able to empathize deeply with.

The series’ unshifting focus on cramming in the witty one-liners – and, indeed, paragraphs – as well as character quirks has hampered its ability to deliver empathetic characters. We’re always kept at arm’s length from any drama, and as such we’re never drawn into any sense of peril.

A stellar start gives way to a dip in the middle of the series before it picks up again towards the end. It’s got smart dialogue in spades and an admirable central performance. But it lacks warmth and resists a high level of emotional engagement. Perhaps if the series had been condensed into eight episodes rather than ten and dialed back the Esmé Squalor, we’d be looking at four stars instead of three – and a pacier, less drawn out viewing experience.

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George R.R. Martin Says His New TV Series Is ‘Psycho in Space.’ Here’s Your First Look

Although George R.R. Martin fans may still have a while to wait until The Winds of Winter—the long-awaited sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series—finally hits shelves, there’s now a new project from the Game of Thrones author to look forward to.

Based on Martin’s 1980 novella of the same name, Nightflyers is a 10-episode space horror series that is set to air on Syfy this fall and will chronicle a group of scientists’ harrowing encounter with an alien race 75 years in the future.

Nightflyers is a haunted house story on a starship,” Martin explains in a first-look video for the show that dropped on Tuesday. “It’s like Psycho in space.”

The series will star Gretchen Mol as Dr. Agatha Matheson, Eoin Macken as Karl D’Branin, Maya Eshet as Lommie, Sam Strike as Thale and Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha Jhirl with Jeff Buhler as showrunner.

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Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds To Executive Produce 90’s Music Dramedy Series

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is partnering with Electus to make a scripted music series that aims to bring viewers behind the scenes of the New York city music industry in the 90’s.

Deadline reports the dramedy is based on and developed by the award-winning producer Damon Sharpe and recording artist Stacy Asencio-Sutphen.

The show follows the life of a young woman in her 20’s who works at a music cable network. Even though she may not have the support of her friends and family on her journey of becoming a pop star chasing her dream of becoming a pop star, she is determined to make it happen. The series will take the audience back to the 90’s while giving the experience first hand of life in the music industry.

Electus CEO Chris Grant, President John Pollak, COO Drew Buckley and Justin Steger will executive produce. While Edmonds will bring his amazing musical talent on as an executive producer and music supervisor.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the legendary Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds whose music has shaped and defined so much of the industry,” explained Grant and Pollak. “There’s really no one who hasn’t been touched by his music and its influence over the last 30 years.”

Getting a behind the scenes look at the 90’s music scene through the eyes of an up and coming artist with the artistic backing of the amazing musician Edmonds seems like a pretty sweet deal.

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‘Psycho Pass’: How a Third Season Could Improve the Series

Psycho-Pass is arguably one of the best anime of the 21st century. The psychological crime drama won fans over with its focus on societal issues, technological advancement, and, of course, its main leads. Unfortunately, its second season left both fans and critics disappointed.

From its lack of character development to its uncreative plot, Psycho-Pass‘s second season is a shell of its former self. With a film trilogy recently announced for the anime, we can only hope that a third season is soon to follow. Here’s how a potential third season could improve upon Psycho-Pass‘ subpar second season.

The Return of Gen Urobuchi


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Gen Urobuchi, the man responsible for Psycho-Pass season one and the movie sequel, unfortunately, wasn’t involved in season two. Urobuchi’s trademark world-building and exploration of societal issues were replaced with Tow Ubukata‘s own vision for the dystopian anime.

Based on his previous work, Ubukata seemed like the obvious choice. Not only did he create one of the best cyberpunk anime ever, Mardock Scramble, but he was also in charge of creating the latest anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

However, by the time the second season of Psycho-Pass finished airing, it was apparent that Ubukata and Psycho-Pass were not a perfect match. The second season abandons the themes that Urobuchi built. Instead of expanding on the moral dilemma between ethical and lawful actions, we get something mentally unstimulating.


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There’s no denying that there’s violence in Psycho-Pass. Just one push on the Dominator can send body parts flying left and right. But the violence in season two isn’t a consequence but a goal.

Nearly every confrontation involves blood, limbs and an uncountable number of victims. The destructiveness doesn’t contribute to or even expand the narrative not its theme of morality. Psycho-Pass‘ second season is violent for the sake of violence, and there’s nothing thought-provoking about that.

For the series to return to its former dystopian glory, Urobuchi should return to pen season three. But he shouldn’t stick to the same themes. Fans don’t want a rehash of season one. The sequel should go beyond cybernetic psychopaths controlling a country. Instead, asking the question: What happens when citizens find out the horrifying truth about their country?

A Morally Complex Main Villain


Shogo Makishima from Psycho-Pass

At the center of Psycho-Pass is the Sybil System, a hive mind consisting of hundreds of people. It’s the task of the collective to scan and determine the crime coefficient of everyone in Japan. From assigning jobs to the eliminating undesirables, Sybil is the nation’s Big Brother. But, the system has a huge flaw. It’s unable to scan asymptomatic criminals, people who can stay calm in any situation.

One of those people is Shogo Makishima, who rejects the notion of the orderly society that Sybil wants to create. He believes people should not suppress their true selves. However, he doesn’t feel remorse for his actions, which include manipulating others into doing his bidding and killing innocent bystanders. His charisma, lack of guilt, and deceptively weak build make him a fan favorite.


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The same can’t be said for season two’s antagonist, Kirito Kamui. Since his body is composed of the body parts of 184 different people, he is able to go undetected by the scanners and Dominators. A combination of hue-lowering drugs and psychotherapy made Kamui a formidable villain, at least for the first few episodes.

As the story progresses, we learn more about Kamui. The deeper we go, the less realistic he becomes. We’re just supposed to accept that his Frankensteinian body and access to a good drug dealer are the only reasons he’s unscannable. He lacks the subtle intricacies and originality that Makishima brought to the show previously — and he’s not as evil.

If we do get a season three, we need a main antagonist that has the smarts to exploit the Sybil System without using cheap tricks. The perfect villain would be intelligent and able to manipulate others. This individual should be able to destroy Akane Tsunemori’s sense of justice, forcing her to become an Enforcer.

Investing in Characters


Mika from Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass’ second season introduced a plethora of characters without giving them backstories or motivations for their actions. They simply existed to fill a hole or to support the main character. Some they wanted us to instantly hate, like Mika Shimotsuki, and others were meant to hint at something sinister like Sakuya Togane.

A new season would give the anime a chance to properly introduce main and supporting characters and give their actions clear meaning. Finally, these characters would not only have (un)likeable traits but a backstory worth investing in. One that tells us how their past dictates their future actions.


Psycho-Pass Shion Karanomori

A third season could also shake things up a bit by focusing more on its LGBT couple, Shion Karanomori and Yayoi Kunizuka. The series has only touched upon them briefly, but the depiction of their relationship is far from stereotypical. For instance, when Akane walks in on the couple, she doesn’t turn red from embarrassment or childishly overreact as seen in other anime.

Psycho-Pass, rightfully, treats their relationship just as it would any other couple’s. It isn’t used as a gimmick or few laughs. It’s their unique abilities as an Analyst and an Enforce that take center stage, not their sexual orientation. By honing in on these characters more in a sequel, Psycho-Pass could push the boundaries when it comes to the depiction of LGBT characters and relationships in anime.

More Action and Even More Suspense


Psycho-Pass Akane Tsunemori holding a Dominator

For a police drama series, season two didn’t have much action. However, what it lacks in fighting it makes up for in suspense, well partly. On paper, the series had a great overall premise, but, on screen, it fell short. Yet, one of its subplots delivered the suspense that fans crave from Psycho-Pass.

From the start, Sakuya Togane is a shady character, but his role in the main story falls flat. The Togane family subplot didn’t add much to the main story. It seemed to be a separate plot. Instead of supporting the main plot, it worked against it, as many fans felt Togane’s twisted past (and present) should have been the central plot in the second season.


Misako Togane from Psycho-Pass

This subplot expanded on the first season’s themes of ethical vs. lawful acts, which fit in with what fans had come to expect from the series. Misako Togane experiments on her son in hopes of creating an asymptomatic criminal. But her experiment fails, producing the opposite result. Sakuya Togane now has the highest crime coefficient on record. (Talk about having the odds stacked against you.)

Although he is unable to lower his hue, he can turn Inspectors into latent criminals. Eventually, he becomes Akane’s Enforcer and tries to cloud her Psycho-Pass, as well. That’s a far more interesting story than a guy who goes undetected by cheating the system.

Bringing the Past Into the Future


Shinya from Psycho-Pass

For season three, Production I.G should combine the action from season one with the suspense from season two. One way they could do this is to have season one’s lead, Shinya Kogami, return to join the force. Akane lacks the physical combat abilities of Kogami. His presence could result in an Akane who is more trigger happy and impulsive when fending off attackers. Shinya and Akane’s dynamic paired with a complex villain would be enough to take the anime to new heights.

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In something of a modern twist on the fireside chats made popular by FDR in the 1930s and 1940s, it’s starting to look like former President Barack Obama will soon have his own show on Netflix. Or on Amazon. Or, perhaps, on whatever TV streaming service Apple eventually rolls out. In short, Obama now finds himself at the center of a bidding war between a number of media titans looking to enhance their catalog of original content.

While specific details are few and far in between,  The New York Times reports that Obama’s new show will provide him with a “global platform” to talk to the American people about whatever he wants in a relaxed and unfiltered setting. Notably, the report claims that the show could focus on “inspirational stories” or, just as easily, hot takes on whatever happens to be the pertinent political issue of the week.

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The Week in Movie News: Oscar Winners, SXSW Buzz, the Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series and More

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

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The Shape of Water is the Best Picture of 2017: The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night with Oscars going to a wide spread of nominees. But the big winner was Guillermo del Toro and The Shape of Water, which won Best Picture and Best Director. See the full list of winners here, see our highlights of the ceremony here and red carpet favorites…

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Superhero Buzz: 'Silver Surfer' Movie; 'The Rocketeer' Animated Series

As Black Panther continues to break box office records and prove superhero movies can be substantial pieces of entertainment, we've got a roundup of news involving the genre's future.
 

The Silver Surfer returns?

Fans of the Silver Surfer have already seen the Marvel character on the big screen, with the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but now it's time for the "Skyrider of the Spaceways" to get his own movie – that is,…

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Watch First Footage From 'Karate Kid' Sequel Series 'Cobra Kai'; Here's Everything We Know

Updated: Back in October 2017, we heard about Cobra Kai, a continuation series that was being planned for the much-beloved Karate Kid film franchise. Now the first footage from the series has been released, featuring the original star and a fierce former opponent. Watch it below, and then check out everything we know so far about the series.

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‘The Tick’ Season 1: Part 2 Review: The Silly, Sweet Superhero Series We Need

SPOILERS for Season 1: Part 1 of The Tick.

The Tick released the first half of its inaugural season and it was a smile-inducing shot in the arm for superhero television. But, with only six episodes to consume, it like an appetizer instead of a full course meal. Now, with the second half of the season hitting Amazon on February 23, we finally have a better look at how the first season of The Tick shakes out.

And to no surprise, it’s still a delight.

Grown-up Silliness


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The big blue bonehead is back.

The best weapon in The Tick‘s arsenal is how knowingly dopey it is. Yes, there are some bits of meta-humor that are a little too wink-wink, but it never devolves into such self-awareness that it pulls you out of the story and the characters. The show remains light and accessible enough that both casual viewers and hardcore fans will find things to enjoy.

Probably the thing that sets The Tick apart from its peers is its balance of adult content and cartoon elements. This is a show aimed at adults but doesn’t feel the need to be overly adulty. That’s a problem that the Netflix/Marvel shows like The Punisher often falls into. The Tick isn’t afraid to deliver jokes and plotlines for mature audiences, but it also never draws attention to these moments in a shock value way. They feel as natural to the world of the show as the overtly

The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy

As we learned at the end of Season 1 Part 1, The Terror is alive and planning some big supervillainy. Jackie Earle Haley really gets to shine in this second half of the season. His performance makes The Terror as bonkers and enjoyable as Peter Serafinowicz’s Tick. In fact, everyone in the cast nails their characters. Granted, these are fairly light characters so there isn’t a huge amount of psychological depth to them, but they still make the best use of their time.

While the show might not reach the heights of lunacy that previous incarnations of The Tick have achieved, it still offers that ludicrous tone that personifies the character and his world. The overarching story isn’t a fantastic one but it gets the job done and sets up the characters for some entertaining scenarios.

Probably the biggest knock against The Tick is its budgetary restraints. This show is definitely a case where its reach exceeds its grasp, but it’s endearing to see it reaching for such lofty goals. It wants to be on par with other television superhero fare but provide something a little breezier and dorky. It mostly succeeds at that, but the seams are a little too apparent to ignore during certain climactic showdowns. In fact, the show isn’t too focused on big action. That’s okay when it’s working on pure comedy, but fans of superhero action might find the show to be a tad lacking.

Is The Tick Good?

It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. There is such a clear love of the inherent absurdity of superhero stories, and a lot of comic book adaptations try to approach these things with the straightest of faces. The Tick has no such interest in that. Yes, it does treat its characters with respect but never at the cost of a hearty laugh.

The Tick is probably the best live-action version of a Saturday morning cartoon that’s available. That comes with ingrained flaws but they aren’t so detrimental that it stops you from having a good time.

The Tick Season 1: Part 2 debuts Friday, February 23rd on Amazon Prime Video.

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T-Mobile’s Valentine Day deals just went live, and there’s a deep discount on the Apple Watch Series 3

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Valentine’s Day might originally have been a holiday designed to sell restaurant reservations and abnormally large numbers of out-of-season flowers, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming another stop along the annual journal of seasonal sales. T-Mobile is joining the fun this year with a handful of new deals, and the best one is this buy-one-get-one-half-price on the Apple Watch Series 3.

The deal is pretty straightforward: Buy two Apple Watch Series 3 devices on T-Mobile, and you get the second one for half price. Unlike smartphone deals, there aren’t a ton of terms and conditions attached; it’s just a straightforward discount on a device that doesn’t often see sales.

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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Says His Upcoming TV Series Is More Like ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’

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There aren’t many people working in the science fiction space right now who are as exciting and as prolific as Alex Garland. The longtime screenwriter behind films like Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd made the transition to writing and directing with 2014’s Ex Machina, a beloved (and super brainy) sci-fi film about the dangers of artificial intelligence that also happened to snag an Oscar for Best Visual Effects (and feature this gem of an Oscar Isaac dance scene)….

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Disney Announces Multiple ‘Star Wars’ TV Series in Development

Disney Announces Multiple 'Star Wars' TV Series in Development

If one Star Wars movie isn't enough for you, Disney has plans for a lot more content set in the galaxy far, far away. Following the news of Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss being handed a series of Star Wars films, Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger revealed to investors that multiple Star Wars TV shows are in development for the company's new streaming platform. 

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Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Helm New Series of Star Wars Movies

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may still be over a year away, but that isn’t stopping creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from lining up new projects to tackle following the show’s conclusion — specifically ones that require a trip to a whole new galaxy.

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that the famed showrunner duo is set to write and produce a new series of Star Wars movies that will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the previously announced Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.

However, the pair is clearly aware what Thrones fans think their priority should be right now. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”


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We Heart: The Web Series Using Humor to Smash Abortion Stigma

The media has an abortion problem.

According to a Vox Media poll, a majority of Americans think abortion is less common than it is: 61 percent of Americans believe that fewer than one in five women get abortions, even though the reality is that one in three will. But people don’t just think abortion is uncommon—they also largely, and falsely, believe that abortions are dangerous. 80 percent of people polled said that childbirth was safer or about as safe as abortion; in reality, the chances of a woman dying from childbirth is 17.8 percent, while the chances of a woman dying from having an abortion is less than one percent.

People tend to underestimate the frequency of experiences they hear less about, and abortion stigma keeps women who receive abortions quiet. But in many ways, our misnomers about abortion aren’t about a lack of representation—they’re about widespread media misrepresentation. 15.6 percent of women who undergo an abortion onscreen end up dead, even though women have a greater chance of dying when they get their wisdom teeth removed than when they get an abortion. Only 11 of the 22 abortion plot lines that occurred in 2017 ended with an abortion actually being obtained.

It is these exact negative depictions and misrepresentations that inspired CTRL ALT DELETE, a comedic video web series about the normalcy of abortion.

Roni Geva and Margaret Katch have both had abortions themselves—but not surprisingly, neither of them ever felt like they related to the portrayals of abortion experiences depicted onscreen. They set out to change that, launching a seven-episode video anthology based on women’s real-life abortion stories. Although each story has been slightly fictionalized and reformatted, both women wanted to keep the stories as close to the truth as possible. They believe it is critical to represent real women’s experiences and the humor and ordinariness that occurs in each and every one.

With the help of an all-female crew, CTRL ALT DELETE was released episodically on Facebook in 2016 and quickly garnered over 100,000 views. Since then, the series has been featured in eight film festivals and won three awards, including Best Comedy at Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival.

Ms. sat down with Geva and Katch for an interview via Skype to discuss their groundbreaking and class-ceiling breaking project.

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How did you get your start in film? Has feminism and women’s issues always been an integral part of your practice/life?

Katch: Both of our backgrounds are going to be very similar. We both have our degrees in acting. We did it professionally in Chicago, for a long time which is where we met originally. That’s really where we came from. I mean, feminism in general has always been a huge part of my life, but not necessarily the work I was doing, because I wasn’t creating my own work for a long time. It was important to me as a way of living and its always been important to me because equality is huge. When we started creating stuff together, which was about three years ago, we immediately knew that we needed to make projects about subjects that people don’t talk about—and we were specifically interested in issues surrounding women.

Geva: My background, like Margaret’s, is in acting. I have been a huge feminist since I was a little girl. My parents once got called into school because my teacher asked what’s the difference between men and women and I said: ‘Men drink coffee and women drink tea and that’s the only difference.’ When I was in college, I had the amazing opportunity to start a showing of The Vagina Monologues. And I was a freshmen. And so my friend and I went around to all our theater teachers if they would be in it, and they were like, sure. So there we were, me and another freshman, directing these 50-year-old women in The Vagina Monologues. It’s been a huge part of my life. So then when I graduated, my first gig was writing a sketch comedy show and starring in it. It did really well. It was called The Arab/Israeli Comedy Hour, because I have always wanted to use comedy to deal with combative issues. So that was my intro into making political art. But it never felt like political art, it always felt like a conversation that we need to have—and no one is going to talk about it unless we’re laughing about it.

And the rest of the history is I met Margaret and we lived happily ever after.

When did you first get the idea to make a web series about the normalcy of abortion? Once you had your idea, how quickly did it come to fruition? Were there any moments during production that were particularly emotional to film?

Katch: When we were starting to write a feature, we discovered that it was going to take a really long time and we wanted to work on something in the meantime. So Roni was like what do you want to make a project about? And I was immediately like: abortion!

Geva: And I immediately said: only if it’s a comedy!

Katch: And I immediately said of course! And I just had this vision about how I wanted it to be, which is amazing because that’s actually how it turned out. As soon as we started collaborating we knew we wanted to create work that dealt with subjects that made people uncomfortable—not in a combative way, but to normalize subjects that we think are important.

Geva: Basically it started by us going on Facebook and we said “we’re doing a project and if you want to share your abortion story we would love to hear it.”

Katch: We also reached out to several women who we knew had had an abortion, and, of course, ourselves too.

Geva: So from interviewing the women to actually writing the stories, that didn’t take very long. And we actually self-funded the first two episodes we shot.

Katch: Yeah, so we came up with the idea in March and we actually started filming in May.

Geva: And then we used those two episodes to cut together and produce a sizzle reel, and then we did crowdfunding through seed and spark and we raised about $ 15,000, which was amazing. So that fundraising was during June and then we shot the rest of the episodes for a week in September. All together it was pretty quick. And let me think, was there anything emotional on set?

Katch: Ya know, there was nothing fraught on set. I think the emotions that were there, were mostly joy. People were so excited to be a part of this project and so excited to be telling these stories. I don’t think anybody got sad or upset or uncomfortable.

Did you deliberately decide to base the series off of true abortion stories?  What aspects did you choose to fictionalize? The story? The characters?

Katch: We never thought about writing a fictionalized story. We always wanted to bring to light stories that were inspired by real women, because we wanted to show real women’s stories. How common it is. But more than that, the breadth of different women who have the same experience. Because it’s not just a teenager. The largest percentage of women who have abortions are actually married with children already. And that’s just not something that’s ever shown. We specifically wanted this to be based on true stories, so that we could show REAL experiences. Because if we fictionalized the whole thing, people could say “oh, you just made these stories up.”

Geva: And to add to that, we have created a half-hour version of this show, because we ultimately want to take this from a web series to a television series. And that half-hour would focus on the clinic and the people who work at the clinic. And every week, there would be people coming through the clinic getting an abortion. And in my ideal universe, I would love to continue harvesting more abortion stories from people who’ve had them. If one in three women has an abortion in this country, then my goodness, there’s a lot of stories to be told.

Katch: The fictionalizing came just to make sure each story was a story with a beginning, middle and end. To make sure there was a good arc. To make it a narrative. But almost everything was based on real people, real dialogue and real experiences.

Why do you think using comedy is important for the portrayal of this issue specifically?

Katch: Because comedy allows people to talk about subjects in a way that many other forms of expression don’t allow. Comedy brings things to light, in a way that is really relatable. I mean, that’s what got people okay with things like interracial marriage, because of I Love Lucy. Homosexuality with Will and Grace. Transgender people with Transparent. Because comedy itself is so brilliant at allowing the subject to come into your life in a way that is not an affront, that is not aggressive. When we laugh together, we can actually talk about things better.

Geva: I would also just add that one of my favorite things about comedy is the way it lowers peoples walls. There’s certain subjects that are brought up, and immediately the walls go up. But if you make a quick joke, it takes people off guard, because they’re not expecting you to make a joke about this heavy subject. And all of a sudden you can be like “hey, I just made a joke and here’s something poignant about it.”

Katch: However, it’s different than just making a joke. Because making a joke about something that people find to be a really difficult subject can actually alienate them further. So I think it’s less about making a joke about it, and more about finding humor in the situation or experience.

Geva: And a good example of that would be The Big C. It’s about cancer and it uses humor. That laughing through crying experience, which allows us to connect as human beings. It’s like, oh, you’re just a human, I’m just a human, let’s have a conversation. Which is what we’re trying to do.

CTRL ALT DELETE is coined as a series depicting the normalcy of abortion. What constitutes normal to you? How have other depictions of abortion failed in this task?

Katch: So most—and there are still not very many—but most depictions about abortion are centered around a teenager who is very fraught about the decision that she is making.

Geva: Recently, I would say in the last two years, television has resisted that narrative by showing abortion in a different way. I think the depiction in Glow is really good. The depiction in My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was about a woman deep in her career, not some young person freaking out. In Scandal. It’s starting to come into a more “we’re going to talk about it” era.

Katch: But I would love to see a time where there is no need for an abortion episode—because abortion is just a normal thing. Like shows don’t say “the episode where they have sex,” because there are so many times where that happens. That’s normal to us. I would love for abortion to be something that just happens, because it is actually something that happens. And I think something that TV still hasn’t shown is a mother with kids having an abortion.

Were there any issues related to abortion, besides depicting a more normal experience, that you specifically set out to address in this series?

Geva: I wouldn’t say with this series. This series is very much about the woman who gets the abortion and her experience. When we wrote our pilot for the half hour show—it’s been written, not filmed—we wanted to make it about the relationships of people who work at the clinic. That addresses other issues—like how do you keep an abortion clinic open,where do they get the funding, are the people who work there under duress or not and how does that address their personal relationships. So that’s all in the longer half hour version.

How did you choose the title CTRL ALT DELETE?

Geva: I am cheeky and, ya know, Ctrl/Alt/Delete on a computer erases the whole thing so…

Katch: And when I heard that I gasped and was like “Yes! That’s it.”

Has the feedback been generally positive? Is there a specific story, or aspect of the series that resides with viewers more so than others? Have you found that the series speaks to any specific demographic? 

Katch: Yes. So, women between the ages of 25 and 40 are the ones who tend to be the most interested. The feedback has generally been very positive. I’m actually surprised by how little negative feedback we’ve gotten. We’ve had some, mostly from men. There have been a couple of women who commented about why they disagree with abortion. But no woman has been like “die, you’re going to hell”—those are all made by men. Women are more willing to have a conversation about it. I thought there would be an onslaught of negativity like that, but there’s been an onslaught of positivity.

Geva: People will also come up to us at festivals, more women than men, and say “I didn’t know I needed this in my life.” Which is really touching to me. The stories seem to be really relatable and digestible to a lot of people.

You chose to have an all female crew, the reason being that “women are not given the first shot behind the camera.” How did having an all female crew influence the making and the outcome of the series?

Katch: I love collaborating with women, because there seems to be no ego. There’s very much a collaboration. I’m not saying that all men are ego-built, but I think in general, women tend to be more collaborative. So not only do we get things done more quickly, but Roni and I are always open to hearing more ideas, if they’re better than our ideas, and so that just made for a very warm, inviting environment that just expedited the process.

Geva: Each of them came up to us at a separate point and said “I have never worked on a crew like this, this is awesome. Whatever you do in the future, please invite me, even if it’s low money, I’m here, I’m with you forever.” Which was just incredible. I’ve been on many sets, and to each its own, but I love working with all women. They’re so efficient! They’re so efficient, holy cow.

Katch: We got done early, because they were so efficient!

Geva: I would also add that women do two things intrinsically: We are basket weavers, which, Margaret spoke to that, it was such a sweet collaboration. And by sweet, I mean cool. But also, women take care of each other. So everyone took care of everyone else on set. I don’t think there was ever a moment where someone felt unsafe or scared to voice their opinion. And, again, no ego—if we didn’t know something we could just turn to a crew member who did and just say go, do your thing. And they could, because it was that kind of space.

CTRL ALT DELETE is receiving a lot of commendation. Congratulations! When you first posted the series, did you think it would garner such a massive response?

Katch: We had no idea what kind of response we would garner. We had no expectations around that. But so far, we’ve gotten into nine festivals and gotten three awards, and we were delighted about it. We had no idea what kind of views or acclaim we would get online, we just had no idea what to expect, but we had hopes. We wanted everyone to see it, because we wanted everyone to see these experiences.

Geva: I would say, again, we didn’t expect anything, we had high hopes and zero expectations. Which is how we try to live our lives in general, so we’re delighted when things go our way. We hoped for it to start going viral, and it is—kind of. We’re getting there. But the biggest thing is that we wanted as many eyeballs on it as possible to educate people about this issue.

People don’t know anyone who has had an abortion—well of course they know someone, but they don’t know that they know someone who has ever had an abortion. And that’s the thing. They’ll never know why we’re fighting so hard to make sure it’s legal and safe and affordable. They’ll never know that unless they see it. And I know this is a big hope to aspire to have, but I would love for everyone to say “I know someone who’s had an abortion, or I know someone who runs a clinic, because I watched CTRL ALT DELETE.”

Katch: And then, once it’s normalized in society, the politics will fall out.

What’s next for you and for CTRL ALT DELETE? Will there be another season or will you be embarking on a new project? If so, will it be separately or individually?

Katch: Both. All of the above. We would love to make a season that is based on the web series. What we would love more than anything would be to take the half-hour pilot we’ve already written and find a producer that’s brave enough to put it on TV. We also are planning on releasing an unscripted travel show, which is basically the two of us going around to a bunch of places in Los Angeles, which is totally unrelated. We also wrote another pilot and we also wrote a feature based on another subject. So a lot of stuff in the works!

Geva: We pretty much schedule our lives around our work schedule.

What is your message to any woman who wants to get an abortion?

Katch: Make sure you do not call a hotline that is actually an anti-choice hotline. I made that mistake and just found a random hotline online and they were like “are you avoiding the child?” Which was horrible. So yeah, my advice would be reach out to someone, make sure you have an ally that is legitimate and pro-choice. Also don’t delay—just do it!

Geva: If you can afford the good drugs, do that. Woman are amazingly strong and able to withstand extraordinary pain, but still—if you can afford the good drugs, do it.

Katch: And also, VOTE!

You can watch CTRL ALT DELETE here.

Tiernan Hebron is a Los Angeles-based activist and writer and an Editorial Intern at Ms. Her work has appeared in LA Magazine, ATTN, Feministing, Galore, Tribe de Mama, LadyClever, Elite Daily and Adolescent. Tiernan is a sexual and reproductive rights peer educator for Amnesty International and manages digital communications for DIGDEEP and the Los Angeles Black Worker Center. You can find her being very opinionated on Instagram.

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