How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier

How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier

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How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier
With showrunner Jason Katims’ raw storytelling and the passion and dedication of young actor Max Burkholder, the NBC drama has depicted a journey never before seen on network television, shedding light on life on the spectrum. View this image › AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes In a series that has depicted teenage pregnancy, abortion, […]

With showrunner Jason Katims’ raw storytelling and the passion and dedication of young actor Max Burkholder, the NBC drama has depicted a journey never before seen on network television, shedding light on life on the spectrum.

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In a series that has depicted teenage pregnancy, abortion, alcoholism, a breast cancer battle, and a young war veteran’s PTSD, one of the most emotional, and painful, scenes to watch on NBC’s critically acclaimed Parenthood came when Max Braverman (Max Burkholder) went on his first unsupervised school field trip in Season 5. A few hours in, he is so tormented by his classmates, he throws a tantrum and has to be picked up by his parents. In the car ride home, after two hours of silence, Max begins to tell them how one of his peers peed in his canteen. “Why do all the other kids hate me?” Max asks. “Is it because I’m weird?” His parents, Kristina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Peter Krause), are speechless, but Max is overwhelmingly honest. It’s a moment that showcases a realistic situation many people on the autism spectrum, like Max, and the families of those people unfortunately deal with regularly.

When Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims started thinking about Season 5, he knew the difficult scene was on the horizon. “I had this instinct that I really wanted to make sure we weren’t sugarcoating the experience of what it would be like for Max. And I was thinking about what would be the next challenge and I thought the next challenge would be Max’s awareness that he was different,” Katims told BuzzFeed News of the character who was diagnosed with Asperger’s in the show’s first season. “I thought that that scene itself was just so wrenching and… Max in particular was so relentless in his performance. He went to a place with it where he was really there and it was just such a beautiful, heartbreaking scene.”

Parenthood, which begins its sixth and final season on Sept. 25, has been telling the poignant story of Max’s battle with autism since the series premiered, detailing his diagnosis and the subsequent issues that both he and the extended Braverman family deal with at the heart of the show as he grows and struggles with his disorder daily. And while a majority of that comes from Katims, who has a child with Asperger’s — though he is clear to note that Max is not directly based on his own son — Burkholder has also made incredible contributions to the show’s portrayal of a child on the autism spectrum. “As a parent who’s gone through this and knowing a lot of parents who have gone through this, I had a wealth of experience and things to draw from as a storyteller,” Katims said. “But Max gave me the confidence to know I didn’t have to shy away from any story.”

When Katims decided to adapt the 1989 movie Parenthood into a television show, he wanted to find a way to include his own parenting experiences, and that meant the challenges of raising a child on the spectrum, something that would be difficult for him for multiple reasons. “I struggled with whether or not to do that for privacy for my family. I didn’t know if it was going to be the right thing to do. But I also struggled with it because I didn’t know if we’d be able to tell the story well. I didn’t want to take on something that was a very personal story to me and have it be bad because that would suck,” Katims said plainly. “I didn’t know that we could do it because there weren’t any shows or movies that told the story of a kid with Asperger’s. I was worried. Would everybody reject it? Like, This doesn’t relate to me. It’s depressing. Would it just be a point of people turning away from the show? And would we be able to do a good job telling the story, representing in some way what the experience is really like for a family dealing with this? And I didn’t know the answer to that.”

Katims went back and forth about including Max in his loose television adaptation and even wrote two outlines for the show, one with the character and one without. But, by the time he wrote the pilot, he had decided that Parenthood was going to move forward with Max. “I wanted to honor a kid like Max. And I wanted to be as brutally honest as you could do on a network television show,” he said.

But while the decision to tell Max’s story was difficult, choosing who to cast in the role was far from it. Max didn’t have many lines in Parenthood’s pilot episode, so in addition to reading, Katims asked each young actor auditioning for the part to throw a tantrum, a common characteristic among children with Asperger’s who don’t know how to express what’s bothering them when they’re frustrated. Phil Abrams — an actor, friend of Katims, and a parent of a child with autism — worked with the actors in the running for the part of Max, giving them some guidance as to how to react. Then, he did some improv with them. “I’d like to say I was so brilliant and just knew Max Burkholder was going to be genius in this role,” Katims said. “I didn’t really know! He stood out, absolutely. Max was always my first choice because of something that was imperceptible to me. I didn’t know why, I just had a strong feeling. I connected with him in some way.”

Burkholder was 11 years old when he was cast on Parenthood to play 9-year-old Max Braverman. Katims, whose son was diagnosed at age 3, said he wrote the role as old as he felt would be realistic to tell all elements of Max’s Asperger’s journey. “I feel that in Berkeley, a very sophisticated place with good educators, that the likelihood would be that they would see something at a young age. To me, I thought to make the character 8 or 9 years old was as far as I felt we could stretch it to tell the story and include every aspect,” he said. “I wanted to start the story with the first awareness that the parents had. Any younger, I didn’t think there was any way to get an actor who was capable of doing it.”

Burkholder, who’s now 16 and knew “just the basics about autism” when he was cast, was determined to fully commit himself to the part from the get-go. Right after he was cast, he started researching the disorder, reading books, speaking with activists, getting involved with the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, and generally gaining a better understanding of what it means to be on the spectrum.

Since Asperger’s is a mental, not physical, disorder, Burkholder was tasked with portraying a condition that’s invisible to the eye. “If you line up five people with autism against a wall and five people without autism against a wall, you’re not going to really be able to pick one out,” Matt Asner — the Los Angeles executive director of Autism Speaks, a parent of a child on the spectrum, and an avid watcher of Parenthood — told BuzzFeed News. Today, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed as being on the spectrum, but Asperger’s is a type of autism that many people are still completely unfamiliar with. The syndrome was only added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1994 and about 1 in 500 people lives with it. It is commonly identified by an inability to make eye contact and show emotional connections, missing certain social cues, resisting physical contact, and a fixation on specific topics or eating habits.

And what’s made Burkholder’s Max earn the favor of the largely underrepresented autism community, in addition to his standout performance, is the actor’s approach to the character, as being someone who’s more than his disorder. “Once I got the general idea of what Asperger’s is down, I sort of stopped thinking of Max so much as a kid with Asperger’s, rather more as just the character himself,” Burkholder said.

Burkholder’s mother, Kelly Wolf, is often on set with her son, and she’s able to see everything that is asked of him right away. Wolf, who’s also an actress and who had a guest-starring arc on the series as Mrs. McKindall, Max’s teacher in Season 3 and Victor’s (Xolo Mariduena) in Season 5, told BuzzFeed News she nor her husband have ever had any concerns about Burkholder taking on heavy material at such a young age. “I think more than anything, we felt honored he was given a chance to play this role. I thought this would expand his knowledge and compassion, and that’s exactly what’s happened,” Wolf said. Since the first season, neither she nor her husband has ever guided Burkholder, who won his first major role at age 5 in Daddy Day Care, through a scene. “My husband and I really give him the freedom. He does it himself. We don’t do anything,” she said. “I just think, as an actor, it’s got to come from you.”

And Burkholder has grown as an actor with the series, resulting in Katims and the Parenthood writers giving him more to work with. Toward the end of Season 2, there is a moment when Adam is yelling at his brother Crosby (Dax Shephard) for sleeping with Max’s behavioral aide Gaby (Minka Kelly). When Adam screams, “You don’t sleep with your autistic nephew’s therapist,” Max overhears and asks his parents what Asperger’s is, leading his parents to sit him down at the dining room table to discuss the disorder. It’s the first time the way Asperger’s affects Max is shown from his perspective, as he realizes he is different from his family and friends in certain ways. “It was hard for Max, considering he just learned something about himself that he had no idea about before that is sort of an extremely defining trait about him,” Burkholder said, looking back on a scene he filmed four years earlier. “It’s a defining moment for Max because it’s caring about the cause and effect. He now has a reason in his mind as to why he does the things that he does, he has to do the things that he does — like, working with Gaby when other people don’t.”

Just before Parenthood writer Bridget Carpenter put together that episode, Katims’ wife had given a speech about her personal experience telling their son he has Asperger’s at an event that honored the couple for their work with the autism community. Carpenter asked for a copy of the speech to help recreate those emotions for Adam and Kristina. “One of the questions as a parent of a child with anything, but particularly with autism, is: When is the right time to tell them? Everybody has a different answer to that. This was something my wife and I went through. Everybody has dealt with it in their own way and different ways,” Katims said.

As Parenthood has gone on, Katims and the show’s writers have shown Max dealing with a wide range of issues, including his mother being diagnosed with breast cancer in Season 4. When Kristina and Adam tell Max, he responds with an impassive “OK,” and then asks if he can watch TV. Later on in the episode, Max asks Kristina if she’s going to need chemotherapy, and explains to her that the treatment kills the healthy cells as well as the bad cells. It’s a precise depiction of how a child with Asperger’s would respond to an emotional burden: through factual explanations. “The way that Max thinks of things is rationally and logically, rather than emotionally,” said Burkholder, who reacted very differently than when he dealt with a similar situation in his own life. “In his mind, rather than, Oh my god, my mom might die. I’m so sad. What am I going to do? It was more like, Hmm, it’ll be really inconvenient to not have a mom. That’ll suck if she’s gone. No one will be able to drive me to school, make my meals, things like that.

While a therapist has been on the Parenthood set over the years to explain how a person with Asperger’s would behave in certain situations, Burkholder is now able to recognize and adjust when the script calls for Max to do something that he feels isn’t characteristic. For instance, in one Season 5 scene, Max and his older cousin Amber (Mae Whitman) are bonding over their terrible middle school experiences and the script direction noted Max should look Amber directly in the eye. “I was like, ‘No!’ Whether or not this is a big emotional moment, that’s not going to happen,” Burkholder remembered thinking when he read the script.

But as comfortably and seamlessly as Burkholder gets into Max’s mindset, the actor is clearly very different from the character he’s played for the entirety of his pre-teen and teen years. On the Parenthood set one August morning, Burkholder was quick to offer a wide smile and strong handshake, things viewers have rarely seen from Max Braverman. He spent all of his time before the director called “action” in deep conversations with crew members, talking about his upcoming shots, taking notes, and concentrating. When the cameras rolled, Burkholder instantly took on Max’s persona, so much so that even his voice dropped with one word into the character’s signature monotone. The actor became Max in the “flip of a switch,” as he described the instant process of stepping into the sneakers of a character he’s worn for six years now. “It’s a really simple transition,” he said. “Literally, right before they call action, I can be extremely animated and jokey. And then I can stop.”

In a scene with Potter and Krause in the new, partially completed Chambers Academy, Burkholder’s character doesn’t want to attend the school his parents co-founded and the three of them argue about him continuing home-schooling. The actor later explained that what was most upsetting to Max is that the school offers three electives and not one of them is photography, a passion the character’s developed with the help of his Aunt Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) boyfriend Hank Rizzoli (Ray Romano), who’s also been portrayed as possibly being on the spectrum. “I’m sure I have a complete grasp on Max and how I’m going to handle each scene,” Burkholder said. During one of the last takes of the scene, the actor added a line, asking where the nails are to accompany the hammer he’d been tossing around in his hand. Then, he abruptly walked away searching. It may seem like a slight addition, but it’s comments like that that are quintessential to Burkholder’s character, who was clearly done paying attention to the conversation he was being forced to have with his parents. It was a strategic move and spoke directly to Max’s Asperger’s: When you become disinterested in what you’re doing, you go do something else. And Burkholder added just that with a mere question.

But while Parenthood has done a remarkable job showing the various stages of Max’s struggles and triumphs with Asperger’s, one storyline some viewers have taken issue with is Hank’s journey figuring out if he’s on the spectrum as well. Hank forms a unique friendship with Max, and, as he learns about Asperger’s through his photography protégé, he begins to diagnose himself and eventually, sees Max’s doctor. Hank had difficulty in social situations since joining the series in its fourth season, but the connection to Max seemed a bit overwrought at times to the Parenthood audience. Some fans who felt the show had done an exceptional job handling Max’s situation, believed Parenthood was dropping the ball when it came to Hank. But, according to Katims, it’s more of a “jump ball.” “I think that Hank has struggled enough in his life that there’s sort of a flavor of it,” he said. “I was somewhere the other day and someone said, ‘We have to start using the phrase “autisms” instead of “autism,” because it is such a spectrum.’ It can look like so many different things — even within Asperger’s, it can present in so many different ways.” Katims explained that Hank’s storyline was inspired by a conference he attended where he met two dads who had been diagnosed with Asperger’s after their children had been diagnosed. “There’s more awareness now and more medical professionals understand it,” he said. “Lots of people can have seemingly normal lives and hold jobs and have relationships and all those things and have Asperger’s.”

Despite the inconclusive way the show has dealt with Hank thus far, the additional portrayal of someone dealing with possibly being on the spectrum is incredibly valuable to offer audiences. “Max is one person with autism. That is it. You cannot show all the difficult aspects of living with this disorder in one character. It’s just impossible,” Asner said. “He’s one character of autism and that’s it What they’ve done for autism awareness is incredible. And the way they’ve handled it is important to note.”

This season, Burkholder will have to tap into a side of Max that viewers have yet to see: his emotional side. “Max has his first real crush on a girl,” Burkholder said, clarifying that Max’s relationship with Hank’s daughter Ruby (Courtney Grosbeck) in Season 5 was more of a, “Oh, she’s 14, I’m 14. This should happen. This should be a thing,” sort of situation. This time around, Max is going to experience an actual connection, not something fueled by logic. “He goes about it in a very Max manner with extensive research. He needs to have all the facts before he can have an emotional attraction,” Burkholder said. “I think it’s going to be very matter of fact. I think it’s not going to be a normal teenage, angsty, puppy love, embarrassing, blushy love fest. It’s going to be, ‘Oh yes, I enjoy being in your presence. Let us continue being in each other’s presence.’ Something in that nature… I can imagine him citing something like, ‘Oh, love is just an emotion caused by a dopamine rush in the brain when you see the object of your affection. It’s characterized by pupil dilation and increased heart rate.’ Trying to put it into terms he can understand.”

When Parenthood concludes its final, 13-episode season this spring, it’s clear Max and the series will be missed among many in the autism community. “I know there are going to be a lot of parents of children with autism that are going to be missing that show and that’s a lot of people,” Asner said, though more series, like FX’s The Bridge, are beginning to write characters that are openly on the spectrum. “Hopefully, we’re coming into a day and age where this is just going to be part of the makeup of a show. You’re going to have a couple of characters on the show who have autism because it’s a reality that we all need to face. I think Parenthood was pioneering because autism was not talked about. It was shown. You had a family dealing with this and dealing with the joys and the pain and taking you through every step and giving you a window into a situation a lot of people don’t understand.”

But Burkholder knows that part of the show’s legacy is not only its realistic portrayal of a child and his family dealing with Asperger’s, but also the way it forced its audience to see Max as more than just someone on the spectrum. “At first, I thought playing Max was about the fact that he had Asperger’s. But over time, it’s been more like his Asperger’s is more secondary to who he is,” the actor said. “It’s really easy to categorize people with differences, like, ‘Everybody who has Asperger’s is like this, so they must all be into this, they must all act like this,’” he continued. “But it’s not as much about playing someone with Asperger’s; it’s about playing Max Braverman.”










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Watching Disney movies was probably part of your life at some point. Most of us remember a handful of them fondly from our childhood. However, there are some moments that you may not remember from those movies… but when I show you them, you’ll love those movies even more! There’s some pretty clever language hiding in those movies. Disney […]

Heres Why The Film Tangerine Is An Example Of The Authenticity We Need In Hollywood

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Heres Why The Film Tangerine Is An Example Of The Authenticity We Need In Hollywood
Tangerine One of the most fascinating paradoxes in modern life is the role of the iPhone in our lives. Its features are limitless and innovative, yet theyre in our lives so much that we dont treat them like a big deal. Im amazed that a device with such extraordinary capabilities is so easily consumed and […]

These Beautiful Flower Lamps Bloom Whenever Someone Walks By…Truly Genius

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These Beautiful Flower Lamps Bloom Whenever Someone Walks By…Truly Genius
Valero Square in Jerusalem is not in the best state. The buildings are covered in graffiti and the notable facilities are ones like ugly electricity substations. Instead of letting the public space fall into even further disrepair, HQ Architects decided to do something about it. They chose to install an interactive art piece in an […]

20 Stages Of Getting In Shape, As Told By “American Psycho”

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20 Stages Of Getting In Shape, As Told By “American Psycho”
You’ll literally be slaying everyone at the gym. 1. So, you got a gym membership. View this image › Lions Gate Productions / Via myproana.com 2. And it came with a super intense personal training session. View this image › Lions Gate Entertainment / Via i-killed-paulallen.tumblr.com 3. You were advised to start keeping a food […]

‘Great Grand Masti’ leak copy same as submitted to FCAT: filmmakers

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‘Great Grand Masti’ leak copy same as submitted to FCAT: filmmakers
The makers of “Great Grand Masti” today said that the copy of their film that got leaked online was the same that was submitted to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). Riteish Deshmukh-A Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/great-grand-masti-leak-copy-same-as-submitted-to-fcat-filmmakers/article8860793.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Film critic Barry Norman dies – BBC News

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Film critic Barry Norman dies – BBC News
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorman’s daughters: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career” Film critic Barry Norman has died aged 83, his family says. The journalist and former BBC presenter died in his sleep on Friday night. A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma, called […]

They Were Driving Down The Road When They Came Across A Heartbreaking Scene

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They Were Driving Down The Road When They Came Across A Heartbreaking Scene
The images you’re about to see are extremely graphic and heartbreaking, but Pawsitive Impact Dog Rescue did not share them for shock value. Rather, they hope that raising awareness about these seven murdered dogs will help bring the bastard who killed them to justice. By now you’re probably thinking, “Seven murdered dogs? Who would do […]

20 Of The Weirdest And Creepiest Things For Sale On Etsy

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20 Of The Weirdest And Creepiest Things For Sale On Etsy
I’ve always had fun browsing through Etsy looking at all of the cool handmade trinkets. When you’re in the market for unique gifts, beautiful jewelry, or cute wedding favors, Etsy is definitely the place to visit. But if you thought that it was limited to relatively innocent items, you couldn’t be more wrong. googletag.cmd.push(function() { […]

Apparently, ‘The Exorcist’ Doesn’t Even Need Sound In Order To Be Terrifying

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Apparently, ‘The Exorcist’ Doesn’t Even Need Sound In Order To Be Terrifying
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ec5d7c99a1’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118173_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ec5d7c99a1’); }); Most people who have seen “The Exorcist” agree that it’s one of the scariest movies of all time. Even for the most jaded horror lovers out there, the film does a great job of […]

This Is What Oscar-Nominated Film Posters Would Look Like If They Were Honest

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This Is What Oscar-Nominated Film Posters Would Look Like If They Were Honest
Ah, awards season — that magical time of year when we’re reminded of just how little celebrities have in common with us, since their dresses cost more than our cars and they make more money for breathing than we do pulling 40-hour weeks. That being said, movies are great, and it’s pretty cool to watch […]

Hug it out? Anti-fracking film director thinks ISIS should be bombed with love

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Hug it out? Anti-fracking film director thinks ISIS should be bombed with love
Some people think you can hug ISIS into peace and it is…astounding — Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 13, 2017 It’s safe to say that we can count “Gasland” and “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” director Josh Fox among the many liberals fuming over the MOAB […]

‘Of course’: Media Matters’ sees a ‘coded’ message in Benghazi film 13 Hours’

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‘Of course’: Media Matters’ sees a ‘coded’ message in Benghazi film 13 Hours’
Michael Bay’s new film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has been criticized by defenders of the current administration as well as select members of the liberal media who are concerned that it could portray Hillary and/or Obama in a bad light. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film “doesn’t mention presidential candidate Hillary […]

A Nitrogen Dioxide Leak Is Just As Terrible As It Sounds…Run If You Ever See One

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A Nitrogen Dioxide Leak Is Just As Terrible As It Sounds…Run If You Ever See One
When it comes to transporting toxic chemicals, you need to take extreme precautions. This goes double if you happen to be moving them through residential areas. Still though, no matter how well you prepare, accidents can and do happen. When they occur, you probably expect people to exercise some common sense and get the heck […]

How Vince McMahon’s Son Left The WWE Empire To Make It On His Own

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How Vince McMahon’s Son Left The WWE Empire To Make It On His Own
It’s been more than four years since Shane McMahon left the family business — the $2.3 billion WWE juggernaut — to launch a video-on-demand company in China. But, as WrestleMania again approaches without him in the fold, those challenges may make being suplexed through a plate of glass feel like a breeze by comparison. View […]

Most Unbelievable Fact In This Movie…

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Most Unbelievable Fact In This Movie…
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Guy Film Himself In His Car Singing And Then Crashing

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Guy Film Himself In His Car Singing And Then Crashing
Thank god Travis Carpenter wasn’t harmed. But quite an impact (maybe god didn’t like him singing…) “I was watching the road and saw nothing that caused me to worry. Simply hydroplaned in a heavy rain. My car slid sideways, and then was completely backwards by the time I slid off the road and went down […]

I Am A Film Student…

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I Am A Film Student…
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Kat Graham Answers 14 Questions Before Her First Grammy Awards

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Kat Graham Answers 14 Questions Before Her First Grammy Awards
Grammys, Grahammys. Tomato, toe-mah-toe. 1. Kat Graham has been starring on the show The Vampire Diaries for the past six years, but now she’s making the jump from acting to music. 2. Her new single, “1991,” comes out March 10, which means that this year will be the first time Graham will be going to […]

This Is Your Ultimate Sundance Film Festival Survival Guide

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This Is Your Ultimate Sundance Film Festival Survival Guide
Do Park City like a local. View this image › Raffi Asdourian // Creative Commons / Via Flickr: zaffi The Sundance Film Festival can be magical, or it can be a lot of standing around outside in the cold. I’ve had both experiences over the last 10 years of attending the festival as a local. […]

Beautiful Short Film About A Teen Finding His Father’s ‘Ghost’ In An Old Racing Game

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Beautiful Short Film About A Teen Finding His Father’s ‘Ghost’ In An Old Racing Game
Have you ever had an experience while playing a computer game that was so transcendent, so powerful, that it could almost be described as spiritual? For one young man that was certainly the case when an old racing game brought his deceased father back into his life in a unique way. Filmmaker John Wikstrom saw […]

‘Gone With the Wind’ actor’s widow blasts theater that banned film

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‘Gone With the Wind’ actor’s widow blasts theater that banned film
The wife of late “Gone With the Wind” actor Fred Crane is outraged over a Memphis theater’s decision to ban the film for its racially “insensitive” content. Terry Lynn Crane told Fox News she was “very, very disturbed” when she heard the historic Orpheum Theatre decided to stop showing “Gone With the Wind” after hosting the classic […]

Historically Accurate Disney Costumes are More Beautiful Than the Film Versions

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Historically Accurate Disney Costumes are More Beautiful Than the Film Versions
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A Special Film For Grandma And Grandpa

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A Special Film For Grandma And Grandpa
Grandparents are awesome; that’s just a fact of life. Every little kid knows that Grandma’s house is full of yummy snacks not found at home and Grandpa’s always good for a trip to the park or somewhere equally fun. While parents often have overflowing to-do lists and responsibilities, grandparents have the luxury of being a […]

Meet Channe Gowda, Thithi’s ‘Gaddappa’

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Meet Channe Gowda, Thithi’s ‘Gaddappa’
In the award-winning movie ‘Gaddappa’, owns land worth lakhs of rupees and his reluctance to transfer its ownership to his son is the storyline for the film. But in real life, 73-year-old Channe Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/for-gaddappa-it-is-all-so-surreal/article8927250.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Pondered this last night as watched the movie (granted, I was very out of it…)

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Pondered this last night as watched the movie (granted, I was very out of it…)
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Cancer Patient Gets An Early Screening Of The New “Star Wars” Film

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Cancer Patient Gets An Early Screening Of The New “Star Wars” Film
Since the first film debuted in 1977, Star Wars has held a special place in the hearts of its most loyal fans. They’ve been with the franchise through the good times (The Empire Strikes Back) and the bad (Jar Jar Binks) and are always looking forward to a new story from that galaxy far, far […]

Budhia Singh: Born To Run review: Breaking stereotypes

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Budhia Singh: Born To Run review: Breaking stereotypes
The timing couldn’t have been better. It is entirely fitting that on the eve of the Rio Olympics a sports film — — on an Indian child marathoner, should hit the screens. What’s more significant, howe Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/budhia-singh-born-to-run-review-breaking-stereotypes/article8947556.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

This GoPro Owner Found Something Amazing to Film–And Then He Totally Lost His Camera Forever

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This GoPro Owner Found Something Amazing to Film–And Then He Totally Lost His Camera Forever
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing right now–be thankful you are not HERE! *This amazing display of nature reveals the uniqueness, power and danger within God’s breathtaking creation. “Rattlesnakes living in the mountains this far north use a special strategy for surviving the long, cold winters: they den together in groups that can number in […]

Cloaking Film for Windows Blacks Out the Screens Within

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Cloaking Film for Windows Blacks Out the Screens Within
The modern workplace has a cultural problem. Open-plan offices and glass-walled conference rooms promote transparency, but they also make it impossible to conduct business privately. Anything requiring discretion—quarterly reports, year-end bonuses, or secret projects—calls for ominous workarounds. “We’ve all had the experience of walking into an office and there’s brown butcher paper taped up to […]

I’m an illustrator and I tried to create fake still frames from a non-existing animation feature film. What do you think?

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I’m an illustrator and I tried to create fake still frames from a non-existing animation feature film. What do you think?
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Sports Car Bumps into Car Trying to Film on his Phone

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Sports Car Bumps into Car Trying to Film on his Phone
At a car race in Lonon, several sports cars slowly drove through a road where people can check them out. One of the drivers decided it was a good idea to try to film while driving and ended up ramming into the car ahead of him. ?The driver did not learn from his mistake as […]

I Know Everyone Loves A Rebel, But These People Are Taking It WAY Too Far.

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I Know Everyone Loves A Rebel, But These People Are Taking It WAY Too Far.
Some people say rules were meant to be broken. Those people are wrong. Still, breaking rules gives troublemakers an immense amount of satisfaction. It is also slightly entertaining to see someone smoke, eat, drink, and talk on their cell phone right next a sign that demands they do none of those. Take a look at these bad […]

Who Needs A Fire Extinguisher When You Have A Vacuum Cleaner?

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Who Needs A Fire Extinguisher When You Have A Vacuum Cleaner?
We’ve all seen it — a TV or movie character desperately needs a fire extinguisher but there isn’t one anywhere. While it can be funny on screen, if it happened in real life someone would probably die. This little experiment is no joke, though. It would appear that there is a bizarre alternative to the […]

If Anyone Ever Destroys This LEGO Creation, I Will Cry. Because It’s Simply Awesome.

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If Anyone Ever Destroys This LEGO Creation, I Will Cry. Because It’s Simply Awesome.
Reddit user forte2 isn’t just any The Lord of the Rings fan. He is the Lord of the Rings fan. Although there may be others who participate in extravagant cosplay, fan-fiction or literary analysis, this guy spent months lovingly crafting something in honor of the J.R.R. Tolkein books. He built what you see below. The castle is […]

Shoots New X-men Movie In Your Town…

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Shoots New X-men Movie In Your Town…
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Hidden Figures Should Be a Diversity Wake-Up Call for Film

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Hidden Figures Should Be a Diversity Wake-Up Call for Film
Did you know that across the 100 top-grossing films of 2015, a full 48 did not feature one black female speaking character on screen? Not one. And in that same year, only two films featured a black female lead or co-lead. Two out of 100! Last time we checked, African-Americans are 13.3 percent of the […]

People Prove That Posting On Facebook Can Actually Get You In Trouble With The Law.

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People Prove That Posting On Facebook Can Actually Get You In Trouble With The Law.
Did you know that posting something to Facebook can land you in prison? Well, if what you’re posting is illegal, of course it can. For many, it’s easy to forget that Facebook, despite its home on the Internet, is a part of real life. While we all might wish it so, it’s not some alternate […]

Florida Bill Would Criminalize Transgender People Using Single-Sex Public Restrooms

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Florida Bill Would Criminalize Transgender People Using Single-Sex Public Restrooms
Violators could be punished by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine. View this image › Rep. Frank Artiles of Miami. Florida House of Representatives photo by Mark Foley / Via myfloridahouse.gov A bill introduced Wednesday in the Florida Legislature by Representative Frank Artiles of Miami would make it a crime for […]

The Most Underratedly Insane Film Franchise Ever Made

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The Most Underratedly Insane Film Franchise Ever Made
The Billy Jack movies are not things that I would describe as “good.” I would hesitate to even describe them as “competent.” Actually, it’s honestly a bit of a stretch to describe the Billy Jack opuses as movies, as opposed to assemblages of amateur footage into what can generously be described as narrative form. But […]

The Paradoxical Rise Of The Viral Marriage Proposal

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The Paradoxical Rise Of The Viral Marriage Proposal
In an age when fewer young Americans express interest in marriage, public engagements are more prevalent than ever — and social media isn’t entirely to blame. View this image › New Line Cinemas / Universal Pictures / 20th Century Fox / Touchstone Pictures Late last year, a grand romantic gesture went horribly awry. A Dutch […]

Transgender community disappointed by bizarre new Michelle Rodriguez film ‘(Re)Assignment’

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Transgender community disappointed by bizarre new Michelle Rodriguez film ‘(Re)Assignment’
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You’ll Never Look At These Movies Posters The Same Way Again.

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You’ll Never Look At These Movies Posters The Same Way Again.
When these two guys decided to step up their Facebook profile game, they turned to Hollywood and began hilariously recreating movie posters. Their attention to detail and commitment to the characters is impressive, stepping into the shoes of gorgeous stars like Jennifer Aniston and Rachel McAdams like goofball pros.  You can definitely tell they’re big fans of Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and […]

‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever
New Delhi (CNN)With a budget of $155 million, India is set to make the longest poem ever written into its most expensive film ever. The figure may seem paltry by Hollywood standards, but it is new territory in India, where costs for its highest-budget movies barely skim $25 million. Based on the Sanskrit epic the […]

The Mini Film Studio Operating Inside Clintons Campaign

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The Mini Film Studio Operating Inside Clintons Campaign
The shot comes about two minutes and thirty-four seconds into the video. A mother in her late 60s, dressed in a cream-colored suit, stands in an almost empty room, watching her daughter on TV. As her daughter speaks, the mother turns to the woman who is seated next to her, and squeals: Ohhhh she looks […]

He Brutally Attacked His Dog On Film, But His Response Might Be The Worst Part

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He Brutally Attacked His Dog On Film, But His Response Might Be The Worst Part

Find my Phone is an amazing short film about a stolen cell

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Find my Phone is an amazing short film about a stolen cell

Watch Kristen Stewart Play An Actress Who Is Playing Coco Chanel In Karl Lagerfeld’s Weird New Short Film

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Watch Kristen Stewart Play An Actress Who Is Playing Coco Chanel In Karl Lagerfeld’s Weird New Short Film
Kristen Stewart, who is still inexplicably employed as an actress, will be in our faces again soon as the star of Once and Forever a new Karl Lagerfeld joint that premiered at the Chanel pre-fall collection debut in Rome on Tuesday. In the movie, Kristen doesn’t just play Coco Chanel. No fucking way. That would […]

25 WTF Disney Moments That Will Ruin Your Childhood

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25 WTF Disney Moments That Will Ruin Your Childhood
So. many. boners. We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share with us the weirdest Disney moments. Here are the crazy results. 1. Jaq “stacking” the necklace beads on Gus Gus’ tail. View this image › Walt Disney Pictures / Via pinterest.com Submitted by Spencer Althouse. 2. Buzz Lightyear getting a “wing boner” […]

A good/great film can’t be “spoiled”

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A good/great film can’t be “spoiled”
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His Daughters Were Going To Film Themselves Dancing, Then Dad Jumped In

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His Daughters Were Going To Film Themselves Dancing, Then Dad Jumped In
Dads are usually pretty serious guys. They are stern with their discipline, and they often have a no-nonsense approach to parenting. But a lot of dads know how to cut loose when need be, like this guy whose daughters planned on filming themselves dancing. They had no idea that their dad was about to join […]

5 Things Star Trek Fans Must Admit About The Film Franchise

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5 Things Star Trek Fans Must Admit About The Film Franchise
In case you missed it in the wake of all the hype for that other space movie, the trailer for Star Trek Beyond dropped this week. Did you enjoy that? If your answer was “OHMYGODYES!” then we’re going to assume two things about you: You’re not a fan of the original Star Trek, and you […]

New VR film will take viewers inside Anne Frank’s hiding place | Fox News

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New VR film will take viewers inside Anne Frank’s hiding place | Fox News
An early design render of Anne Frank’s room. (CGO Studios) Anne Frank spent over two years hiding in the secret annex of the building on Prinsengracht street in Amsterdam, a location familiar to countless readers of her famous diary, which she named Kitty. It was a space, its entrance eventually masked behind a bookcase, that […]

Disney announces fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ film

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Disney announces fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ film
Get ready for more “Indiana Jones.” Disney announced its plans to release the fifth “Indiana Jones” movie starring Harrison Ford on July 19, 2019. Steven Spielberg will return as the film’s director. “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in […]

This House Looks So Nice On The Outside, But The Inside Is Seriously Freaky

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This House Looks So Nice On The Outside, But The Inside Is Seriously Freaky
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ec5d744abd’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118180_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ec5d744abd’); }); If you’re in the market for a house that looks like it used to be owned by a serial killer, this Connecticut home is the place for you. In the cozy suburban neighborhood of […]

Why We Should Boycott The New Star Wars Film (It’s The Scar)

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Why We Should Boycott The New Star Wars Film (It’s The Scar)
You guys see this horseshit???? For those of you who aren’t #FakeFans, the so-called “director” of the next Star Wars movie decided to “move” Kylo Ren’s face scar a little to the right, in what is just the latest effort in their ongoing attempt to RUIN EVERYTHING WE FUCKING ENJOY by pissing all over ANOTHER […]

Casting Call Asks Whores To Apply For Quentin Tarantinos Next Film

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Casting Call Asks Whores To Apply For Quentin Tarantinos Next Film
Some LA casting office put out a listing for Tarantinos next film, asking for whores. Yup, they literally said whores in the listing title. So unless this casting company solely posts its listings on Twitter, they seriously need to rethink recruiting from ASU because youd have to be dumb AF to actually post something that […]

The State of the Union Address as a Wes Anderson film

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The State of the Union Address as a Wes Anderson film
(CNN)President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, the last of his presidency. While each president adds his own unique contributions and personal touches to the annual rite, the event embraces familiar styles, tones and traditions that give it a signature look: The pomp of the procession to the […]

How Movie Effects Were Done in the Silent Film Era

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How Movie Effects Were Done in the Silent Film Era
Reddit user Auir2blaze recently put together an awesome compilation of movie effects from the Silent Film era, along with a brief explanation on how each effect was achieved. You can see the entire album on Imgur. If you enjoyed this compilation be sure to check out SilentMovieGifs on Reddit and/or Twitter! [via Auir2blaze on reddit] […]

Gross Creatures Are Washing Up On California’s Coast And People Think They’re Aliens

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Gross Creatures Are Washing Up On California’s Coast And People Think They’re Aliens
What the heck is washing up on California’s coast? Could they be alien eggs sent to hatch and take over our planet, or are they just some kind of bizarre jellyfish? As of now, no one is quite sure. However, many hypotheses have been put forward. Some say they are sea salps, a vertebrate that […]

She Did The Most Disgusting Thing When Her Toddler Wouldn’t Stop Crying

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She Did The Most Disgusting Thing When Her Toddler Wouldn’t Stop Crying
Not being a mom myself, I can only imagine how frustrating it is to be a parent sometimes. Dealing with crying, screaming, or misbehaving children could drive anyone to the edge of their sanity, but I think we can all agree that what this angry mother did is completely inexcusable. Someone in the Guangdong province […]

Budhia Singh: Born To Run review: Breaking stereotypes

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Budhia Singh: Born To Run review: Breaking stereotypes
The timing couldn’t have been better. It is entirely fitting that on the eve of the Rio Olympics a sports film — — on an Indian child marathoner, should hit the screens. What’s more significant, howe Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/budhia-singh-born-to-run-review-breaking-stereotypes/article8947556.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Short Film About Disabled Pup Earns Creators 59 Awards and Job at Disney

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Short Film About Disabled Pup Earns Creators 59 Awards and Job at Disney
“The Present†is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany and based on a comic strip by Fabio Coala. The short film was shown at over 180 film festivals around the world and garnered the team 59 awards. “The Present” was directed […]

We need a “Thaw George” fund so he can make the next Star Wars film.

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We need a “Thaw George” fund so he can make the next Star Wars film.
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This Is The Greatest Medley Of Batman Music That You’ll Ever Hear. Ever.

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This Is The Greatest Medley Of Batman Music That You’ll Ever Hear. Ever.
Holy hemiola, Batman! This is what happens when you take a pianist, a cellist, and 50 years of Batman music and film and put them together. And when you throw in every single Batmobile? It gets even better. The Piano Guys have always loved super heroes movies, both for their dramatic scores and the vivid stories. […]

Biker Comes Face to Face With a Mountain Lion and What He Captures on Film Will Make Your Heart Race!

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Biker Comes Face to Face With a Mountain Lion and What He Captures on Film Will Make Your Heart Race!
Do you know what to do when coming face-to-face to a deadly mountain predator? Do you think you should run, or should you stand your ground? Knowing what to do in a situation like that could very well end up saving your life one day! One biker came to that moment prepared, thankfully; if he […]

‘National Treasure’ Got Some Things Right About The Declaration Of Independence

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‘National Treasure’ Got Some Things Right About The Declaration Of Independence
“I’m gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.” From the moment I heard Nicholas Cage utter those words in a preview for “National Treasure,” I knew that the plot was going to be pretty crazy. However, the movie did get one thing right: The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, collectively known […]

Did ‘that hurt your feelz?’ Eric Boehlert ‘has a sad’ over actor in Benghazi film

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Did ‘that hurt your feelz?’ Eric Boehlert ‘has a sad’ over actor in Benghazi film
We know this will come as a major shock to all of you, but Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert has a bee in his bonnet. But you might be surprised that a liberalactorhelped put it there: John Krasinski, you’ve gone too far! Heh. Apparently actors shouldn’t appear in movies conservatives might enjoy. Or something. Well, maybe […]
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