Michael Nesmith On ‘Infinite Tuesday’ And Touring With Hendrix

“And so when [Hendrix] walked on stage, it was an absolute anomaly. But Nesmith’s career has extended well beyond the as-seen-on-TV band. When he started playing ‘Foxy Lady,’ they were saying, ‘We want Davy, we want Davy!’ He could really only take a little bit of that, and after about eight or 10 concerts he finally walked off the stage and said, ‘Look, I can’t do this anymore.'” At one point, during the summer of 1967, Hendrix even opened for The Monkees on tour — but it didn’t last long. In his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday, he recalls forming his own group, creating one of the first music videos, writing novels and becoming friends with the likes of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. “We were playing to 10 and 12,000 14-year-old girls,” Nesmith recalls. Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist

In the mid-1960s, Michael Nesmith was writing songs and working the Los Angeles club scene when someone showed him an ad: A new TV show was looking for people to audition. Michael Nesmith (center, foreground) with the other members of The Monkees — Davy Jones (left), Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (right) — in the late 1960s. He did — and the next thing he knew, he was a Monkee.

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

As it turned out, the land they had chosen was rich in oil, and in the early 20th century, members of the tribe became spectacularly wealthy. Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoman Collection/Courtesy of Doubleday

Generations ago, the American Indian Osage tribe was compelled to move. Ernest and Mollie Burkhart married in 1917. Unbeknownst to Mollie, a member of the Osage tribe, the marriage was part of a larger plot to steal her family’s oil wealth. They made their new home in a rocky, infertile area in northeast Oklahoma in hopes that settlers would finally leave them alone. Not for the first time, white settlers pushed them off their land in the 1800s. They bought cars and built mansions; they made so much oil money that the government began appointing white guardians to “help” them spend it.

‘Shattered’ Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton’s Dream

It is by no means the last word on 2016, but Allen and Parnes must be regarded as early front-runners in the race to make sense of it all. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. So how did she lose? Gerry Broome/AP

Ever since election night last November, millions in America and around the world have wondered what happened to Hillary Clinton, who was widely expected to become the first female president of the United States. In fact, nearly everyone in the business of politics thought she would win, including many of Trump’s own people. Providing that answer is the mission accepted by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes in Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. 8, 2016.

‘I Basically Ran On Adrenaline’: A Staffer Remembers Obama’s White House

When I became deputy chief of staff, [I] got a secure communications system that was in my bedroom, made it quite warm, because there was an actual server next to your bed and my apartment was not that big, but you could always be reached. … “There is nothing like walking off the steps of Air Force One,” she says. Mastromonaco remembers boarding Air Force One for the first time as a “humbling, awe-inspiring” experience. Pete Souza/The White House

Former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco is well acquainted with the privilege — and sleeplessness — of working in the White House: “I basically ran on adrenaline, almost, for six years,” she says. Interview Highlights On being available at all hours You always had to be available. “There aren’t beds for us on Air Force One,” Mastromonaco says. Sometimes at 3 o’clock in the morning the red phone rings and it’s the situation room and something’s happened. Alyssa Mastromonaco sits with President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One in 2012. … “We had those Snuggies that you buy on QVC and we would sleep on the floor … I could never say I was off, ever. and then you’d get up and everybody shares two bathrooms.”

Though Mastromonaco loved her work for the president, the unrelenting pace took a toll on her. Mastromonaco served as the president’s director of scheduling and advance from 2009 until 2011, then became his deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 until 2014. Mastromonaco began as President Obama’s director of scheduling and advance, then became his deputy chief of staff for operations. Her responsibilities ran the gamut from overseeing the confirmation process for Cabinet secretaries to managing the president’s daily schedule and foreign travel. Now an executive at A&E Networks, Mastromonaco revisits her White House years in a new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? The reception, too, of other people in countries, when they see that beautiful blue and white plane, it always gives you goose bumps.” But, she adds, the presidential plane wasn’t always the most comfortable way to travel — especially on overnight flights. “You always feel so proud. In 2014, she decided to move on.

After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

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On having an “invisible” disability It was frustrating. So people also didn’t treat me any differently. When I told people that I was sick and I needed them to slow down, along with that came this need to explain my position and I … So it’s literally living in the moment. felt a lot of resentment for having to do with that. On experiencing depression during her recovery When I was in the hospital recovering I got literature that said that depression is a part of recovery from stroke … It was not pleasant for the people around me. “My doctors instructed me to log happenings with timestamps in my Moleskine journal. No. She remembers looking at the phone and thinking to herself: What is the phone number for 911? Days later, she learned she’d had a stroke. So it was quite pleasant. I couldn’t think of the past. … Hey, I’m going through a crisis. I was experiencing something that people go to yoga and Zen retreats to achieve. So it was very isolating. She talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about the silver linings of memory loss and the unexpected grief that came with her recovery. On the other hand, I was also privileged to be disabled in a way that wasn’t visible. On the one hand, you want people to know: Hey, slow down for me. When people get sick there’s a lot of grieving involved. and I remember thinking: What? That, they said, would be my working short-term memory. “I had a 15-minute short-term memory, like Dory the fish in Finding Nemo,” Lee wrote in a Buzzfeed essay chronicling her experience. Even when we have the flu we get bummed out about things we’re missing out on — the fact that we can’t get up out of bed, and our lost capabilities at that time. She was a writer who now couldn’t recall words or craft sentences. Suddenly, she could hold things in her mind for only 15 minutes at a time. Interview Highlights On what it’s like to have a 15-minute memory You don’t even fathom the magnitude of your loss — or at least I didn’t. I couldn’t plan for the future. My memento to my mori.” Lee used those journals to reconstruct her experience in a new memoir called Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. She was 33, and her world turned upside down — as in, she literally saw the world upside down. Kristyn Stroble/Harper Collins

On New Year’s Eve, 2006, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee developed a splitting headache. I’m going to be so happy when my brain is better. But in that period of my recovery, where I couldn’t remember everything, I think I was incredibly at peace and happy. Christine Hyung-Oak Lee’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Guernica, The Rumpus, The New York Times and BuzzFeed. I had no regrets.

‘There Is No Good Card For This’: What To Say When ‘Condolences’ Isn’t Enough

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Enlarge this image So, yeah, we do feel like this sort of internal pressure to come up with a silver lining. And I think a lot of what we go into in the book is that we operate under the assumption that we need to find the right words, and the good news is that Oprah can’t even do that. According to McDowell, pointing to a silver lining can make a person feel like their pain is being minimized. … That’s the one thing we all have in common is that we’re all gonna die. And when you are a person who is going through something, that feels like your pain, which is very real, is being minimized. And so you kind of are off the hook in that really all you need to say is, “I’m here,” and “I’m thinking about you,” and “How are you doing today?” and then let the person talk. Emily McDowell Studio/Courtesy of Harper Collins

On what you should say to a sick or grieving loved one Really, I think it’s all about listening. Nobody can do that. On the problem with finding a silver lining instead of allowing someone to be angry or sad Culturally, we’re just not comfortable with a lot of those emotions and anything that I call “death adjacent,” where the end could potentially result in death — which is ironic because all of our lives will result in death.

3 Romances To Remind You That Love Is All Around — All Year Long

or what to read for a delicious night in. Mareike Standow/EyeEm/Getty Images

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time of year to revel in the outward displays of love — be it flowers, chocolates, or wine. It’s also the time of year when romance novelists are suddenly in hot demand for our expertise on dramatic displays of affection, the perfect romantic evening out … Yes, it is Valentine’s Day — but we like romance novels all year ’round. These three romance novels have all that and more — the passion and complications, tender gestures and romantic declarations, and beautiful happy-ever-afters. In these novels, love is always front and center, and the central relationship is often as complicated as it is passionate. The swoon-worthy declarations of love that regularly occur approximately three quarters of the way through the story derive their power not from over the top displays, but heartfelt and honest words. Authors and readers of the genre know that romance is more than a once-a-year affair. The guaranteed happy ending reminds us that love is more than just a day, and more than just a display, and it’s always worth fighting for. On their own, each one would make for a romantic night in — but they’d pair well with flowers, chocolate and wine, too.

Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To ‘His Dark Materials’

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But that doesn’t mean what you might expect, Pullman told NPR editor Glen Weldon. The second and third volumes will be set ten years after the original trilogy’s conclusion, and will follow Lyra as a young woman. “That’s what I really wanted to explore in this new work,” he said. The original His Dark Materials trilogy consists of three volumes (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) published between 1995 and 2000. you don’t have to read it before you read [the original trilogy] … “The [new] story begins before His Dark Materials and continues after it,” he said, “… The first book of the new series, which will collectively be called The Book of Dust, is set for publication on October 19. The Book of Dust will return to the world(s) and characters of His Dark Materials, Pullman said, and Lyra will be integral to the new story — but not in the way she was before. “More about the nature of Dust, and consciousness, and what it means to be a human being.”
Philip Pullman To Follow-Up ‘His Dark Materials’ Trilogy

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Pullman has already followed up the original trilogy with two novellas and an audiobook. The series has sold over 17.5 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. The first book of a new series will be published in Fall 2017. Max Nash/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The hugely successful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials will be getting a “companion” trilogy, author Philip Pullman announced this evening. The first volume will take place a decade before the events of His Dark Materials, when Lyra is an infant. this is another story that comes after it, so it’s not a sequel, and it’s not a prequel, it’s an equal.” The title, The Book of Dust, refers to an invisible substance that figures largely in the earlier books — a fictional elementary particle that harbors a mysterious affinity with human consciousness. The events of the first trilogy took place across several parallel worlds — including our own — and touched on disparate ideas related to theology, particle physics, and the loss of childhood innocence. Characters included a headstrong and fiercely intelligent young girl named Lyra Belacqua, and an armored, talking polar bear. I sensed the presence, in the way that you do, of another story that hadn’t been told, and I went closer and … thought about it and lived with it for a while and discovered that yes, it was a big story, and it did deserve to be told, it deserves its own books.” Interview Highlights He wants readers to consider the new work not as a simple extension of the original trilogy, but as a “companion” to it. Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, holds a copy of its concluding volume, The Amber Spyglass. He said he was motivated to revisit the world of Lyra and her companions with a full trilogy because “I sensed a big story.

‘Roxanne Roxanne’: Deadline’s Sundance Series Panel Livestream

Shanté herself joins Larnell, star Chanté Adams and Deadline senior editor Dominic Patten along with producers Nina Yang Bongiovi and Mimi Valdes to discuss the film, which premieres Sunday afternoon at the Library Center Theatre in Park City.
Check out the live stream above that begins at 11 AM PT from our Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street.” />
Deadline continues its full-court press at the Sundance Film Festival with the second in its Sundance Series panels, today featuring the U.S. Michael Larnell wrote and directed the pic about Roxanne Shanté, one of the pioneers of New York's hip-hop scene who by age 14 was hustling the streets to provide for her family. Dramatic Competition film Roxanne Roxanne.

Donald Trump Inauguration Fuels Stephen Colbert To Near-High Household Ratings

That still was below the demo late-night leader, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (0.8). Colbert tied Kimmel for second place.” /> In the 18-49 age bracket, Colbert clocked a 0.63 rating in the markets with people meters, which is his highest in the demo since October 20, 2016.
On inauguration night, Late Show topped NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.3 HH rating), and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.9). Trump’s inauguration handed Late Show its best early household delivery since its third week on the air, the September 22, 2015 telecast when Trump was Colbert's guest. The Donald Trump presidency may be very good for CBS' Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Last night, The Late Show drew a 2.9 household ratings in the metered markets, up +21% compared to same night last week and +16% compared to same night last year. Late Show finished No.1 in households on four of the five nights this week (including a tie).

‘Lady Macbeth’ Star Florence Pugh & Director William Oldroyd On This Year’s British Indie Triumph – Sundance Studio

"I thought it would be much more interesting to meet someone who is young, hopeful, innocent and then gets there eventually. The director, whose short Best played Sundance in 2014, then faced the challenge of trying to find an actress who could pull off the many dark roads Katherine is forced to travel. "There were certain people we were meeting where you looked at them and thought, you could definitely kill somebody," Oldroyd told me. But at her core she had to be able to do those things, and Florence could do that, and what she did was try to hide it."
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"It brings us closer to her," explained Oldroyd. "If you listen to her breath up close, it immediately puts you in her mind."
Actors, directors, filmmakers and special guests visiting the Deadline Studio at Sundance 2017 enjoyed sweet and savory treats, custom cocktails and more at Applegate’s REEL FOOD CAFE. Find out more about Applegate and their mission to change the meat we eat at www.applegate.com.
Adapted by Alice Birch, from the 19th Century novel   Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov (and not directly centered   on the character of Shakespeare's Scottish Play), the film follows Pugh as Katherine, a young bride sold into marriage to a middle-aged man, whose innocence is slowly corrupted by her circumstance and her yearning to rebel.
We went from the first to the last scene of me breathing and trying to match what I was doing on camera." Pugh was effusive about Oldroyd's approach to tracking Katherine's trajectory. "There was a very clever way of following her story, which was in ADR we basically did the whole film in her breaths.
In fact, Lady Macbeth is only Florence Pugh's second film ever, after 2014's The Falling from director Carol Morley, which paired her with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, and announced her arrival as a major talent in her native UK. With Lady Macbeth, she is ready for international recognition.
"She felt provocative, she felt really, really dynamic, charasmatic. I thought, if she's at the heard of it, we should definitely make this as a film." Stopping by Deadline's Sundance Studio, Oldroyd told me that Katherine's character through-line   was what attracted him to the book.
Roadside Attractions releases Lady Macbeth in June.
William Oldroyd's   Lady Macbeth has had a barnstorming run since it premiered at Toronto last year. It hit San Sebastian, Zurich and London Film Festivals, as well as a handful of others, before making its US premiere at Sundance this week. Not bad for a film from a first-time feature filmmaker, starring a brilliant young actress making her debut in the lead role.

March On Twitter: Hollywood Tweets Solidarity With Women’s Rallies

Here's a collection of today's messages from notable names who were rallying or wished they could. Deadline will update this post as the marches march on.

Refresh for updates If Hollywood couldn't be in Washington – or New York or Boston or London – to walk the walk, it took to Twitter to talk the talk in support of today's Women's Marches around the world. "But my heart is at the Women's March." "Shooting Black Panther on a Saturday," wrote Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.

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‘Last Man Standing’ Tops Friday To Extend Streak, ‘Emerald City’ Ratings Slip Further

The CW’s Vampire Diaries (0.3), in its final season, was off by a tenth to tie a series low, while Crazy Ex Girlfriend (0.2), already renewed for next season, was steady.” />
Also, the show may have successfully tapped in the mood of the country post-election — with a central character who is a political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the show appeals to viewers in the Heartland. Last Man Standing has been a success story in broadcast syndication where it launched last fall. The extra exposure may have boosted the ABC airings on the sitcom, whose ratings upswing started with the fall finale in December.
The Wizard of Oz drama is likely to end up as a limited event, with no second installment. NBC’s Grimm (0.8) held steady with last week but freshman Emerald City (0.7) continues to fade, slipping another tenth to a new low.
With the freshman drama preempted for an inauguration special at 8 PM (0.7, 4.9 million), Hawaii Five-0 (1.2, 8.4 mil) matched a series low in 18-49 (L+SD) and hit a season low in total viewers. CBS' Friday lineup needs MacGyver at 8 PM. Also impacted was Blue Bloods 1.2, (9.8 mil) at 10 PM, off by a tenth in the demo but still Friday's most watched program.
Fox's Rosewood (0.6) slipped down a tenth. Ditto for Sleepy Hollow (0.5), which   hit a new L+SD series low.
Following LMS, Dr. Even with Shark Tank a repeat, ABC won the night in 18-49 Ken (1.0) ticked up a tenth from last week.
ABC's Last Man Standing extended its strong 2017 ratings showing with another solid delivering last night. The multi-camera sitcom starring Tim Allen was the top program on Friday in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) for a fourth consecutive week with a 1.3 rating, even with last week and the second highest result for the show this season behind its January return (1.5).

‘Obvious Child’ Producer Votiv Films Hires New Development Head

Steifel is at Sundance now with The New Radical, which is having its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Votiv also produced the Jenny Slate-starrer Obvious Child at Sundance 2014.” />
In his new role, Lothrop will work with Votiv founder Brent Stiefel to evaluate, develop and produce new projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Votiv Films has hired producer Justin Lothrop on as the company's new Head Of Development. He had been at Buffalo 8 Productions, and recently served as a producer on the Sundance 2016 title   As You Are starring Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton and Amandla Stenberg.

Women’s March: “Day 1 In Our United Movement,” Says America Ferrera

More than 250,000 marchers are expected in D.C. (and an equal number at the   Los Angeles march beginning at 10 a.m. PT), with estimates of more than 100,000 in both Boston and New York, and 50,000-plus in Chicago. In all, an estimated 370 marches are planned today covering every state, with 600 marches expected around the world.
The speech, carried live on CNN, was the first of what should be extensive coverage of the Women's March events in Washington D.C. and sister marches in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and at the Sundance Film Festival. Similar marches are taking or have taken place around the world in such locales   as London, Rome, Paris, Serbia, Australia and Sweden.
Thousands of the hats have been knitted and distributed by volunteers. Shortly before Ferrera's speech, CNN correspondent Kyung Lah surveyed the growing D.C. and noted "pink hats as far as the eye can see," a reference to the so-called Pussyhats – pink knit caps with cat-ear corners – that have become the symbol of today's events.
Christening   the Women's Marches in Washington, New York City, Los Angeles and around the world as "Day 1 in our united movement," speaker, actress and activist America Ferrera launched today's events in D.C. with a passionate call-to-protest against President Donald Trump and the political movement he spearheads.
"His cabinet is not America. "The president is not America," Ferrera told the large and growing crowd in the nation's Capital around 10:30 a.m. ET, a half-hour after the official start of the march. And we are here to stay." (See the video above). We are America. Congress is not America.
Deadline will have updates as the day's marches proceed.
This morning's TV   news channel coverage of the march was temporarily halted with a switch to live coverage of the National Prayer Service attended by President Trump.
Among the speakers and performers scheduled at Washington's March are   Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Moore, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Julianne Moore, France McDormand, Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Debra Messing, Patricia Arquette, Olivia Wilde, Janelle Monae, Indigo Girls, Maxwell, MC Lyte, Alia Sharief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others. In Los Angeles, Jane Fonda, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel and Alfre Woodard are expected to show up, and Chelsea Handler is leading the Sundance march in Park City, Utah.
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MSNBC has Stephanie Gosk, Jacob Rascon and Cal Perry in D.C.,   Morgan Radford in New York and Beth Fouhy in Chicago. In addition to Lah, CNN this morning has correspondent Brynn Gingras heading from NYC to D.C. on a bus of marchers; Jessica Schneider stationed in New York; Miguel Marquez in Boston and Nina Dos Santos in London.

Sundance: Women’s March Gets Bad Weather, Lower Turnout But High Hopes

With the snow easing up, marchers will go down to nearly the bottom of Main Street before turning off to Swede Alley for the planned rally in a nearby parking lot.
With a smaller turnout that expected and battling snowfall and traffic snarls, today’s Women’s March On Main still drew thousands to Park City this morning.
A plethora of Planned Parenthood supporting signs and "We Live In Trumped Times" signs could be seen amidst the winter gear suited crowd, as well as "I'm With Meryl" stickers on many jackets in solidarity with Meryl Streep's anti-Trump speech at this months Golden Globes. "This is our country and we want Trump and everyone to know we’re not giving it up,” one marcher told Deadline Saturday morning just before the march started at 9:08 AM MT. Many marchers were chanting "Love Trumps Hate" as the walk began.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 21, 2017
Handler, Maria Belo, Britton, Star’s Benjamin Bratt and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski are among the scheduled speakers at a rally after the march. That is why so many marchers were expected from the state’s largest city in Park City today While there are marches in Washington D.C., LA, SF and all over the nation today, Salt Lake City is actually holding off on its protest until January 23, the day Utah’s legislative session starts.
While estimates that up to 5,000 people would descend on the virtually shut down town for the march, dicey weather and traffic congestion seemed to be keeping many from making it – especially from nearby Salt Lake City. “I know a lot of people who turned around when they heard how bad the roads were from Salt Lake,” a marcher on the street said. “The canyon is a parking lot,” noted one march insider. A local official estimated the crowd to be around 2,000 this morning but said "more are arriving, so it will grow."
We’ll update more from the March on Main in Park City throughout the morning.
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Led by Chelsea Handler, the two-hour event down the main drag of the Sundance Film Festival’s home base was full of A-listers with Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Underground EP and Oscar winner John Legend, Nashville’s Connie Britton and more Hollywooders taking their protest against Donald Trump to the somewhat slippery street.
Main Street has been closed down this morning for the march but is expected to re-open soon after participants pass by. With Park City already packed with SFF attendees, businesses up and down the street are hoping that many of the additional out-of-town marchers will stick around to drop a few bucks.

Trevor Noah Sings To President Donald Trump On His First Day In Office

"Did anyone have 'carnage,' 'blood,' and 'decay' on their Inauguration Speech Bingo card?" Trevor Noah asked at the top of The Daily Show hours after Donald Trump delivered his dystopic inaugural address which, the late night host noted, former First Lady Michelle Obama seemed to be having none of.
Let's see him build that f*cking wall
You've got Paul Ryan as your bitch
no more excuses.
No more excuses,
No more excuses,
and in the Senate you've got Mitch.
like Ted Cruz is.
There's no more blaming,
Let's see you do what you've been preaching all along.
It's time to take your red cap off
Now that the Kenyan Muslim's gone
Though Trump is frightening to us all
now that I say it that sounds scary.
But it means that now we'll see
you'll look like douches,
You've got the left in full retreat
no liberal shaming.
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and then I promise you'll be hated
so we're all waiting.
and make this country great again!
just what the truth is.
and really do shit.
And you can sign in any law
it's time for you to carry on,
You're the boss of military;
Cause if you fail now
and a SCOTUS empty seat.
if the bricks fit in his tiny little hands.
Then, about 6:50 into his show, in a bit of a surprise, Noah broke into song:
no more exuses.

Jill Soloway On Today’s Women’s March, ‘I Love Dick’ At Sundance & ‘Transparent’

DEADLINE: Are you going to be part of the Women’s March On Main on January 21?
DEADLINE: Is that part of the platform Amazon provides you?
I do think a lot of it’s kind of getting jumbled together and to me the way that Amazon is re-inventing everything has allowed me the sort of creative freedom that harkens back to the early days of independent filmmaking. The stuff we’re doing feels like we have a kind of freedom that people used to have in the seventies when people were just kind of experimenting and art making as their headline.
You know? We played the Transparent pilot in this cute little room, this weird room and we didn’t even know what Transparent was. SOLOWAY: That was before they were showing television and they put us in New Frontiers, which was kind of like interesting things from the Internet. We were playing it with web series and I don’t think we even understood what Amazon was up to and certainly Amazon wasn’t even there as a sponsor yet. They were just kind of almost a secret from ourselves
DEADLINE: With that and your second series about to launch on Amazon, how have your roles changed on Transparent and as a creator, director, showrunner and writer?
It pushes me to be even more explosive and inclusive and dreaming about the sizes and kinds of audiences that we can connect with. I’m sort of with Van Jones on that one. Art flourishes in a repressive regime and I love the idea of thinking about everyone in this country and what stories appeal to them. SOLOWAY: It’s becoming a really great insistence that we all just keep making our voices heard.
DEADLINE: Is that partially why you wanted to debut the show at Sundance?
DEADLINE: You are back at Sundance with the premiere of I Love Dick, why did you want to launch it here this year?
SOLOWAY: I’m going to do to DC first. I was planning on marching at Sundance and then made a last minute decision to go to DC that I just couldn’t miss it.
We’re getting ready to start shooting and can’t wait to direct the first episode. SOLOWAY: (laughs) We’re writing Season 4 right now. We have all kinds of great stuff and great guest stars and huge insane family trips I probably can’t talk about just yet. We’re challenging ourselves to keep pushing the Pfeffermans further and further towards growing up and getting it wrong.
She can be loud. We just felt like go bigger, go wilder, go crazier, have at it. She can be a nasty woman. She can be proud and by saying the patriarchy is trying to stop her from expressing herself and in our case we kind of renamed the patriarchy Dick. Then of course when the election happened we all went like she doesn’t need to be polite. She doesn’t need to be coy. She can just be like nasty. We’re always reminding people that the word Dick and patriarchy are interchangeable. She can be absolutely bombastic in her insistence that her voice is being kept from her. This isn’t whimsical.
The Topple founder also discussed overturning patriarchy and bringing more new voices into the mix, the Silicon Valley approach of Amazon and Netflix and what's next for the award winning Transparent. Before arriving in Park City, Soloway spoke with me about where she will be marching on January 21, the role of the artist in the Trump Age and her long relationship with Sundance.
He says this is the kind of work that made me want to be a film actor. When I watch this stuff I think of Cassavetes and Altman. SOLOWAY: Actually Kevin Bacon said this to me on the phone the other day after he watched all the episodes of Dick.
These are shows that wouldn’t pass the sniff test of ten male executives and they don’t need to because of the way that these companies are using that kind of start-up thinking creatively about creativity – and I like that.” /> And so, think about Lady Dynamite on Netflix for example or Fleabag on Amazon. SOLOWAY: Well, practically for me you want a lot of creative freedom from Amazon. They’re approaching television with the psychology of a start-up. But, I think, when you look at places like Amazon and Netflix, part of it is the way they use Silicon Valley thinking.
I think before the election we were kind of framing it in our minds like here’s a sort of whimsical outlier, this woman and her unabashed wildness about taking down the patriarchy is a kind of outsider perspective. SOLOWAY: You know the election happened while we were shooting I Love Dick, and I think I Love Dick was originally about a woman who was attempting to find her artistic voice within the context of a patriarchal man and a patriarchal town.
When I look on Instagram and I see people talking about Millennial solidarity and I look at how the Women’s March is about everybody not just women, it’s so exciting for me. The enemy is now clear and the enemy is now named. This is a rallying cry that women, people of color, queer people, and their allies are all one big movement. So I could not be more excited actually about how it all ties together.
This is where I first brought my film and I feel like it’s a little bit like a victory lap of returning home to share my excitement but not having that awful fear of hoping somebody buys it. SOLOWAY: Well I have so much love for Sundance.
DEADLINE: How is it different from when you first showed the Transparent pilot at Sundance in 2014?
I still go to the writers’ room but I’m focusing more on taking the things I’ve learned and attempting to share it with all the people I work with so that everybody can speak the same language and to replicate our tone. I don’t really want to be about my voice. SOLOWAY: Honestly, I feel almost less like a showrunner and more like I’m like a studio head or something. I still direct. Helping people who have been other-ized getting access to their artistic voices as a means of political power. I still write. I really want it to be about so much more power than one perfect TV show.
"The enemy is now clear and the enemy is now named," the Transparent creator and multiple Emmy winner added. "This is a rallying cry that women, people of color, queer people, and their allies are all one big movement," says Jill Soloway of the Women's Marches that are set for Washington D.C, Park City and all over the country today after Friday's Inauguration   of Donald Trump.
SOLOWAY: Well, to have the safety and the comfort of the Amazon brand and now knowing what Amazon means both in television and movies, it’s like god what a five-year journey for me and Sundance is a big part of that. I actually feel like my plan is to come to Sundance and just have a great time the whole time. To be able to show Dick and to have Kevin Bacon in it and Kathryn Hahn and these great movie stars headlining this new show. I feel so, so lucky.
Besides the obvious marketing platform side of it, why do you think the Era of Peak TV has found a home at Sundance? DEADLINE: Transparent made its low key debut at Sundance a few years back when television didn’t have much of a presence at the festival, but now there’s a lot of TV here and much of it in the indie spirit that birthed Sundance.
As well as premiering on January 23 with the first three episodes of the Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon starring series based on Chris Kaus' 1997 novel, Soloway will also be participating, as she has in past years, in a number of panels at Sundance. A Sundance alum and the winner of the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award with her 2013 film Afternoon Delight, Soloway returns to the Robert Redford founded fest this year with the debut of her new Amazon series I Love Dick, which launches on the streaming service on May 12.
DEADLINE: Speaking of secrets, can you give us a sense of where things are at with Transparent?
DEADLINE: So how have the election results expressed themselves in your work already?
DEADLINE: And how does that play out of the next fours years of Donald Trump’s Presidency?

French Women’s Groups To Protest César Awards Over Roman Polanski Presidency

Aurélie Filippetti, the former French Culture Minister, defended the filmmaker as a “great director” who “should be allowed to preside over this ceremony.” Filippetti told Franco Info radio, “It’s something that happened 40 years ago. One cannot bring up this affair every time we talk about him… It’s just an awards ceremony.”
The case has been in and out of European courts as prosecutors have sought his extradition to the U.S. Polanski holds dual citizenship in France and Poland, residing largely in France. But in December, Poland’s supreme court upheld an earlier verdict that Polanski cannot be extradited to the U.S., bringing a definitive end to the case in the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s native country. While French law prohibits extradition of its citizens, Polish law does not.
He is an author of sexual violence who remains unpunished, protected by his celebrity status… Some will argue that Roman Polanski is a great filmmaker and that we must make the difference. Osez Le Feminisme has posted a notice to its website asking the Académie, “Wasn’t there another person with a prestigious career and important filmography who could preside over the ceremony?” Polanski, it says, “has continued to make films and win prizes and honors despite what he has committed. We respond that the quality of his filmography counts little in the face of the abjection of the crime he committed, his flight and his refusal to assume his responsibilities.”
An online petition calling for Polanski to be removed from the post had garnered about 50K signatures as of Saturday morning.” />
But feminists’ org Osez Le Feminisme says it will boycott the event, slamming the Académie for honoring Polanski with the presidency. Many have taken to social media to decry the choice while the Minister of Women’s Rights, Laurence Rossignol, told France Culture the decision was “surprising and shocking.” It has called for protesters to gather in front of the César venue on February 24.
A largely honorary title — the president's main role is to declare the event officially open — it was bestowed upon the Polish filmmaker earlier this week. France’s version of the Oscars will be held February 24, nominations are this coming Wednesday. French women’s groups have called for protests of the César Awards ceremony next month over the Académie des Arts et Techniques’ decision to name Roman Polanski President of the proceedings.
Samantha Geimer, the victim in the 1977 case, has repeatedly said she believes Polanski’s exile has been punishment enough. But the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has insisted he is subject to arrest in the United States.
The Chinatown and Pianist director has been a fugitive from American justice ever since. on the eve of sentencing when it appeared the judge in the case had moved the legal goalposts. At the time, he cut a plea deal and served 42 days in prison but fled the U.S. The 83-year-old Polanski has been wanted in the United States for 40 years over a 1977 child sex conviction.
He was released after nine months. Previously, in 2009, Polanski was placed under house arrest in Switzerland while a similar extradition request was examined.
When the Académie released its announcement that Polanski would be president, it called the multiple César winner an “insatiable aesthete” and listed him as “an artist, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, actor, director” adding, “There are a lot of words to define Roman Polanski, but only one to express our admiration and enchantment, thank you Mr President.”
It’s with this kind of post-vérité dynamic that we ended up electing Trump in the United States." Alain Rocca, one of the six members of the committee that selects the president, told Le Monde he did not understand the “torrent of indignation… But the subject has suddenly become interesting today as soon as it's about sullying an institution and a man like Polanski… Normally the presidency of the Césars ceremony interests no one.

More Than 200 Arrested But Protests Don’t Trump Inaugural Festivities

The confrontations kicked off an hour before Trump was sworn in, increasing in intensity throughout the afternoon. Police reportedly used pepper spray, batons and full riot gear during the melee. Demonstrators represented a broad swath of causes including opposition to capitalism, anti-racism, and others.
Large scale protests organized by women's groups are planned in several cities tomorrow, including New York, and Los Angeles.” />
The demonstrations provided an odd counterpoint to the joyless, often angry speech Trump gave after being sworn in – Trump described American cities as "American carnage", referring to a high crime rate that, incidentally, does not exist, as crime rates nationwide are at their lowest levels in decades, aside from specific exceptions.
Despite the intensity of the demonstrations however, the protests did not interrupt the swearing-in ceremony itself, which was cordoned off by ecurity checkpoints and the usual amount of security associated with public appearances by the President of the United States.
Approximately a mile from the National Mall, where the swearing in ceremony was held, police chased after at least 100 demonstrators, while still others broke windows of local businesses, including a Starbucks, and a Bank of America. during a large scale protest of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Several demonstrations happened in Washington, with some turning riotous, resulting in a limousine being set on fire blocks away from the inaugural events. At least 200 people were arrested today in Washington D.C.