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“Modern Family” leaves the screen on Wednesday




Los Angeles. The writers and producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were studying ideas for the television season of 2009 when they came up with an interesting: a comedy series made in the style of a false documentary that popularized The Officeon an extended family.

“All of these things are well enough known, but different enough that this series has possibilities,” recalled Lloyd, who he thought of when he and Levitan set out to write the first script Modern Family.

“However, I do not believe in this. I was at a party with one of my friends Frasier and I said, ‘I think that is a good piece written, but I would sell it for $10 because I don’t believe that go to any part’ ”.

Then met a cast of familiar faces from american TV, like Ed O’neill (Married… With Children) and Julie Bowen (Lost, Ed), and emerging actors and debutantes, including colombian actress Sofia Vergara. Once the first episode is recorded, Lloyd said that it was “fully hopeful”.

Modern Family ABC, which ends its 11 years on the screen with a final chapter in an hour next Wednesday at 9:00 in the evening, came on to win five Emmy awards for best comedy, tying the record of Frasier (Levitan and Lloyd also were among its writers). Widely praised by critics, turned out to be a rarity on TV: pushing gently on the boundaries of society while maintaining as a treat that children and parents could enjoy together.

Making honor to its title, Modern Family he built his narrative around a mix of characters and couples -young and old, straight and gay, mostly white, but not quite – that reflected the change in american homes and acknowledged that it still had not enough tolerance and understanding.

The creators of the program greet Will & Grace for being the first to make a character gay as a protagonist, but Modern Family I had a different perspective than that of the series of NBC on the life single. “Cameron” and “Mitchell”, played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, was not only a partner in the devout, but the loving parents of “Lily” (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons).

“As an activist for the equality of LGBTQ people, it was a job I took very seriously,” said Ferguson. “And I’m very proud to say that Mitch and Cam have become cornerstones of popular culture in the struggle for marriage equality and brought it to a gay couple in the rooms of so many people”.

The message he has received from fans: “I don’t have any gay friend, but now it is as if you had it because I know Mitch and Cam”.

Rico Rodriguez, who played the child early (“Manny”) to the exuberant “Gloria” Sofia Vergara, is also proud of what he helped bring to the TV.

“To interpret a latino on the screen was the highest honor. While growing up, I could not see a lot of people similar to me or my family. I have a lot of Glories, and a lot of Mannys in my family,” Rodriguez said.

Modern Family it has not escaped criticism even by its representation of “Claire” (Bowen) and “Glory” as moms that do not work eclipsed by the successful careers of their husbands, although at the end, “Claire” showed his prowess at the job site.

Complete a series of so many years must not be easy, given the weight of the expectations of their followers and the ghosts that prowl the end successful. (Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and widely criticized (Seinfeld).

“Personally, I like the end in which the characters live in a certain way so that live viewers, which is having to say goodbye,” said Levitan, who wrote the first half hour of the final episode. “It is something emotional for many people. I have spent a lot of time with these characters… so give them the emotional finale that seek and want is for me the best way to go”.

For Lloyd, who wrote the second half, the end of a series of family “should really be a start.”

“I thought it was a better strategy is to send people away with new paths and a certain way to pass the control of these characters to the audience in that moment,” he said. “With luck, the audience will be happy imagining the characters starting new adventures, new challenges… The audience will provide these characters their own future.”

Modern Family is completed before the coronavirus forced to stop the production of film and TV. The final will be preceded by the documentary To Modern Farewella look at his creation and successful career.

Get ready to say goodbye to the clan Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker in the grand final of the series the winner of several Emmy awards in an end of one hour, Wednesday at 9:00 p. m. by ABC.


Originally posted 2020-04-05 12:56:27.


George Floyd’s Funeral and Memorial Services Announced One Week After His Death




George Floyd will be laid to rest after numerous memorials are held in his honor across the country.

According to NBC News, the 46-year-old is set to be memorialized in the three cities he resided in throughout his lifetime. 

The first of the three events will take place at the Trask Word and Worship Center at North Central University, located in Minneapolis, the same city where George Floyd died while under arrest by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is facing third-degree murder and manslaughter chargers. He and three officers were fired for their involvement in Floyd’s detainment. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy for the services, as he announced on his Twitter on Monday. 

This service will be followed by a Saturday memorial in North Carolina, where Floyd was born.

Finally, Floyd will be laid to rest on Tuesday, June 9, following a viewing of his body on Monday. The viewing and service will be held at the Fountain of Grace Church in Houston, a church that has been attended by the Floyd family. 

Due to concerns over the coronavirus, attendance will be limited, NBC News reports. Further information is forthcoming.

According to TMZ, boxer Floyd Mayweather will be covering the costs of the funeral taking place in Houston. The outlet shared a photo of the $88,500 check that Mayweather sent to the Houston funeral home.

It is expected that former Vice President and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden will be in attendance at the Houston services on Tuesday, a lawyer for the Floyd family confirmed to NBC News. 

Biden is one of the many celebrity figures—including Ariana GrandeNick Cannon and Jamie Fox among others—who are participating in the protests and voicing their demands for justice. 

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Santa Monica & Beverly Hills Extend Curfews; Los Angeles City & County Expected To Follow




The recently embattled cities of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have extended their curfew orders to tonight, and the City and County of Los Angeles are expected to follow suit sometime today.

The Santa Monica shutdown will begin several hours later than the past couple of days — at 6 p.m., compared with 2 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Monday. Today’s Beverly Hills curfew will be in two stages: The business district, which include Rodeo Drive, will close at 1 p.m., and the rest of the city locks down at 4 p.m.

Both Westside cities were hit with protests and looting over the weekend and marchers took to the streets to express outrage over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police — and agitators vandalized and ripped off stores.

We are awaiting word on new curfew orders for the L.A. city and county, but Santa Monica’s tweet says its order “aligns with” Los Angeles County:

No word yet on curfew orders for other cities in Los Angeles County including Culver City, Burbank and Glendale.

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Renny Harlin to Shoot Comedy Film in Finland Under COVID-19 Safety Protocols





The project will be among the first feature films to begin production in Northern Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic, with various health protocols and visual effects employed to keep cast and crew safe.

Former Hollywood filmmaker Renny Harlin is returning to his roots for a comedy feature that will begin shooting in Finland later this month under strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

The director, best known in the U.S. for his 1990s action hits Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, has spent the past half decade developing and shooting films in China, having relocated from southern California to take part in Beijing’s booming movie business. But as the coronavirus pandemic made work in China untenable in the first half of 2020, Harlin returned to his native Finland and signed on to direct Class Reunion 3, the next installment in a hit Scandinavian comedy series.

Says Harlin: “I’ve been living in Hollywood and Beijing for the last 35 years, making 22 movies. I felt that this summer was the perfect time to return to my roots and make a beautiful, no holds barred madcap comedy, with a bunch of old friends.”

The Finnish version of the Class Reunion franchise is based on the hit Danish movie series Klassefesten from Nordisk Film. The first two Finnish remakes were big domestic hits, selling over 800,000 tickets (Finland’s population is just 5.5 million). The films, both Danish and Finnish, follow a trio of down-on-their-luck middle aged friends who are brought back together by class reunions and other late-life occasions.

A big part of the franchise’s success in Finland has stemmed from the trio of household names who play the three friends: popular radio host Jaajo Linnonmaa, drama and comedy star Aku Hirviniemi, and standup comedian Sami Hedberg.

Class Reunion 3 is expected to be the first feature-length project to go into production in Finland as COVID-19 infection rates taper off in the country. The production is instituting a raft of new safety measures to keep cast and crew safe, including a full-time on-set health professional to monitor guidelines around safe social distancing and various hygiene procedures. Harlin says he also plans to utilize VFX to create more physical distance between cast and extras in various group scenes.

Harlin has cowritten the screenplay for the third installment with Finish comedy actress turned TV writer Mari Perankoski. Class Reunion 3 is produced by Markus Selin and Jukka Helle. The movie will be Harlin’s first feature in the Finnish language. It is financed and produced by Solar Films, owned by Scandinavian media company Egmont and Markus Selin.

“Just very recently we switched to in-person production meetings and scouting and casting,” Harlin explained. “We use masks and keep safe distances. It’s all a matter of adjusting to the situation and making the best out of a challenging environment. I look forward to an exciting summer shoot in the beautiful, clean and safe environment of my homeland.”

Harlin’s most recent films include the Jackie Chan comedy film Skiptrace (2016) and the Hong Kong-Chinese action thriller Bodies at Rest (2019). The director says he plans to return to Beijing later this year to continue his career in China.  

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