Anna Hardwick (Maddy in “Faes Wide Shut“) is Noreen in Episode 4 of of the nine-episode miniseries MRS. AMERICA, which tells the true story of the efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash let by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). The series shows the culture wars of the 70s from the perspectives of Schlafly and feminists Steinem, Friedan, Chisolm, Abzug, and Ruckelshaus. On Instagram, Hardwick said: “I will treasure improvising with my comedy hero, the gracious Tracey Ullman as the terrifying Betty Friedan, for the rest of my days.” That makes it at least possible that Hardwick’s character is Noreen Connell, who worked with Friedan on the White House Conference on Families in 1980. Samantha Espie (Pietra in “Let the Dark Times Roll“) appears in the series as Jacqui Davidson (although the last name is spelled without a ‘d’ on the show’s IMDB page), the president and founder of the anti-ERA organization HOW (Happiness of Womanhood). Angela Besharah (Jobina in “Caged Fae“) is also in the cast. Created by Dahvi Waller, MRS AMERICA’s first three episodes will be on HULU on 15 April, with a new episode released each subsequent Wednesday. YouTube has a trailer. Continue reading →
A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE – written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh – SPOILERS
Unpublished novelist Adam (Dylan Taylor) tells his girlfriend Tracy (Meghan Heffern) that he plans to fix the plumbing while she is at work. She suggests that he finish his novel instead. Adam whines a bit about not being able to pay half the rent (something Tracy seems totally unconcerned about), and suggests that maybe it’s time to “let the dream die”. Then Tracy goes to work, and Adam heads to the local coffee shop to write. He is met there by Emma , who introduces herself as Death.
Emma (Melanie Scrofano) tells Adam that his time on earth is up, but that he should be happy about it. After his demise (she explains), Tracy will get his novel published and it will become the greatest novel of all time. When Adam remains reluctant to die after learning this, Emma takes an instant liking to him. They spend the rest of the day together, as Emma tries to make sense of why Adam wants so badly to continue living. (Emma claims to only be able to predict what will happen after Adam’s death, and says that she sees what happens before he dies only as a series of choices. The implication is that his influence on the lives of others is made a fixed and immutable thing after his death, because Tracy will have no choice but to get Adam’s novel published.) Continue reading →
BITTEN Season 2 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
NICK: “It’s not your fault. That guy, that thing, he did all of this.”
PAIGE: “How do you know? You just met us. You don’t know anything about us.”
NICK: “You risked your life to save your friend. That tells me all that I need to know.”
Much happens in this episode, but little is resolved.
The young witch Savannah Levine (Kiara Glasco) who lives with Paige Winterbourne is kidnapped by a man with witch-like powers who demands Malcolm Danvers as the price for her release. The witches take Malcolm from Stonehaven, where he is about to be executed, and Bridget Bishop (another witch we haven’t seen before, played by Angela Besharah), is assigned to guard him.
Elena and Clay dispose of the body of the Spanish pack leader killed last episode. The witches and wolves form an alliance to use Malcolm to retrieve Savannah without actually giving him up, because the Alpha Council has threatened to take over Jeremy’s pack if he doesn’t surrender Malcolm to them.
Turns out the name of Savannah’s kidnapper is Aleister (played by Sean Rogerson) and he shows up at the meeting place and attempts to take Malcolm without living up to his part of the bargain. He brings along a bunch of pain-immune humans to use as cannon-fodder to distract the wolves. Most of the humans are killed, but one is captured. Melanie (Tsu-Ching Yu) tells the wolves nothing and at the first opportunity kills herself to prevent more effective interrogation by the witches. Elena kills Malcolm in hand-to-hand combat and is then captured by Aleister. She wakes on a table in restraints, in much the same way that Rachel (Genelle Williams) did toward the end of the previous episode.
Bridget is killed by Aleister. Later, in a the episode’s best scene, this exchange between Paige (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and Nick (Stephen Lund) illustrates the differences between werewolves and witches:
NICK: “You did everything you could. You will have your revenge.”
PAIGE: “Revenge? We’re not brutes like you. We use our magic
only to do good. To defend ourselves.”
NICK: “Not anymore.”
PAIGE: “It’s just that I thought this would be the end. That Savannah
would be home. That Bridget would be alive.”
NICK: “We will get Savannah, and Elena, and Logan. And we’ll make him
pay for what he did to Bridget.”
James McGowan (Malcolm) will be Spencer Goode in Jeremy LaLonnde‘s next feature HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, which is due out next year.
Tammy Isbell (Ruth) will be Holly in the horror film VORACIOUS, to be released in the US on Halloween. Peter Outerbridge (ORPHAN BLACK’s Henrik Johanssen) is also in the cast.
Angela Besharah (Bridget) was Jobina (the one who helps Lauren deliver Sylvie’s baby) in the LOST GIRL episode Caged Fae. (Tommie-Amber Pirie was Sylvie). The tweet below might indicate that Besharah is somwhow involved with the Meghan Heffern film FLUNG, now in production.
— Angela Besharah (@angelabesharah) April 25, 2015