• After Backlash, Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020
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    After Backlash, Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020

    Eep! After an outcry from "The Simpsons" aficionados, Disney has decided to offer classic episodes of the iconic animated sitcom on Disney Plus in their original 4-by-3 aspect ratio early next year. The streaming service launched Nov. 12 in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with the full batch of "Simpsons" episodes in 16-by-9 HD […]

  • Disney Employees Don’t Get Disney Plus for Free — But Netflix Doesn’t Offer Streaming Perks, Either
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    Disney Employees Don’t Get Disney Plus for Free — But Netflix Doesn’t Offer Streaming Perks, Either

    Workers in the Magic Kingdom are not getting complimentary access to the new Disney Plus streaming platform, but that lack of a perk isn't actually unusual. Similarly, Netflix also does not provide employees free access to its streaming services. Meanwhile, Amazon doesn't give employees comped access to Prime or Prime Video, although it does offer […]

  • Mindy Kaling Says Television Academy Discriminated Against Her During Early Days of ‘The Office’
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    Mindy Kaling Says Television Academy Discriminated Against Her During Early Days of ‘The Office’

    Mindy Kaling says that in the early days of “The Office,” she faced discrimination from the Television Academy when the show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.Kaling said in a recent interview with Elle that Television Academy officials told her they were going to cut her name from the show’s list of eligible contenders because there were too many producers listed. She was also a producer, and the only woman of color on the writing staff.“They made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer. I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself,” she told Elle.Also Read: Alicia Vikander Is Haunted by Her Missing Best Friend in 'Earthquake Bird' Trailer (Video)She did get her name back on the list of eligible contenders, though “The Office” didn’t end up winning that year.The Television Academy declined TheWrap’s request for comment Wednesday, but said in a statement to Variety:No one person was singled out. There was an increasing concern years ago regarding the number of performers and writers seeking producer credits. At the time the Producers Guild worked with the Television Academy to correctly vet producer eligibility. Every performer/producer and writer/producer was asked to justify their producer credits. We no longer require this justification from performer/producers and writer/producers, but we do continue to vet consulting producer credits with the PGA to ensure those credited are actually functioning in the role as a producer.Kaling addressed the Academy’s response in a tweet Wednesday.“Respectfully, the Academy’s statement doesn’t make any sense. I *was* singled out. There were other Office writer-performer-producers who were NOT cut from the list. Just me. The most junior person, and woman of color. Easiest to dismiss. Just sayin'” Kaling said.“I’ve never wanted to bring up that incident because The Office was one of the greatest creative experiences of my life, and who would want to have an adversarial relationship with the Academy, who has the ongoing power to enhance our careers with awards?” she continued in another tweet.“But I worked so hard and it was humiliating. I had written so many episodes, put in so much time in the editing room, just to have the Academy discard it because they couldn’t fathom I was capable of doing it all. Thankfully I was rescued by my friends, the other producers,” she added. “The point is, we shouldn’t have [to] be bailed out because of the kindness [of] our more powerful white male colleagues. Not mentioning it seemed like glossing over my story. This was like ten years ago. Maybe it wouldn’t happen now. But it happened to me.”Later Wednesday evening, Kaling called for an apology from the Academy.“Hey, @TelevisionAcad! I have been a proud member for years. I was the 1st woman of color nominated for writing a comedy script. Why not say “years ago we prevented a deserving woman of color from getting credit for her accomplishments. We’re sorry and it would never happen now,” she tweeted.Kaling shared another story in an interview earlier this year with “Good Morning America” while promoting her film “Late Night.”She and her character in the movie, Molly Patel, have gone through similar things while working in the television industry, she told “GMA.” “Molly had an identical experience as I had when I first started working on ‘The Office,’ where I was the only minority and the only woman to work on the writing staff,” Kaling said.“I remember that so vividly. The nervousness I felt … going into that mostly Harvard room of writers, who had all worked on TV before, and feeling so overwhelmed and being so nervous I was going to get fired every day, for like a year.”Ultimately, her role as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office” shot her to fame, and she went on to become the first woman of color to create, write, and star in a primetime sitcom with “The Mindy Project,” which ran for six seasons on Fox and Hulu. She has an upcoming television series with Netflix called “Never Have I Ever” set to debut in 2020.Read original story Mindy Kaling Says Television Academy Discriminated Against Her During Early Days of ‘The Office’ At TheWrap

  • Will Smith to Star in Netflix Crime Drama ‘The Council’
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    Will Smith to Star in Netflix Crime Drama ‘The Council’

    Will Smith will star as crime boss Nicky Barnes in the Netflix drama "The Council." The thriller centers on a crime syndicate consisting of seven African-American men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s and early 80s with the goal of establishing a self-sufficient and self-policing African American city-state, funded by revolutionizing the drug game. It […]

  • Disney Inks Long-Term Deal to Occupy Most of Pinewood Studios
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    Disney Inks Long-Term Deal to Occupy Most of Pinewood Studios

    The Walt Disney Co. has struck a long-term deal with historic Pinewood Studios outside London to take nearly all its stages, backlots and other production accommodation. The arrangement is expected to begin in 2020. “It’s wonderful to have Disney here at Pinewood," Paul Golding, chairman of the Pinewood Group Ltd., said in a statement. "They’ve […]

  • Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in ‘First Ladies’ Series in Development at Showtime
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    Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in ‘First Ladies’ Series in Development at Showtime

    It's fair to say that Viola Davis' potential next TV role will come with a lot of pressure. The actress has signed on to play former First Lady Michelle Obama in a series titled "First Ladies" which is in the works at Showtime. The network has given the prospective one-hour drama a three-script commitment, with […]

  • Disney Delays ‘Cruella,’ ‘Woman in the Window’
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    Disney Delays ‘Cruella,’ ‘Woman in the Window’

    Disney is shaking up its release calendar, delaying its live action "Cruella" until Memorial Day 2021 and pushing Fox 2000 drama "The Woman in the Window" to 2020. "Cruella," starring Emma Stone, is based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil. The revisit to Disney's animated classic was originally set to hit theaters […]

  • Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic
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    Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic

    Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic has found its king of rock 'n' roll. After numerous screen tests, Austin Butler has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in Luhrmann's next feature film for Warner Bros. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who […]

  • John Turturro’s ‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff ‘Jesus Rolls’ Set for 2020 Release
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    John Turturro’s ‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff ‘Jesus Rolls’ Set for 2020 Release

    John Turturro's "Big Lebowski" spinoff, "The Jesus Rolls," which follows his "Lebowski" character Jesus Quintana, is scheduled to hit theaters in early 2020. Screen Media purchased the rights to the film, which Turturro directed from his own script. "Jesus Rolls" also stars Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou and features Jon Hamm, Susan Sarandon and Pete […]