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  1. Dreadfuls Rejoice! Penny Dreadful‘s Cast Tells Us What to Expect From Season 2

    Willy Wonka, apparently.

    It's been a long wait, but Penny Dreadful will finally be back in our lives this Sunday; and in anticipation of the Season 2 premiere, The Mary Sue team was lucky enough to attend events in New York and Toronto celebrating Showtime's breakout gothic horror series. Season 1 spoilers to follow!

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  2. The Mary Sue Interview: H1Z1‘s Art Director On Adding A Playable Female Character To Their Game Today

    Daybreak Game Company's zombie survival title, H1Z1, was released in Early Access on Steam in January, and they've been adding new features in the months since. In a new patch coming today, they're (awesomely) allowing players to choose between a male or female playable character, and we spoke with the game's Art Director, Sebastian Strzalkowski, all about their new zombie-fighting lady.

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  3. The Mary Sue Interview: Academy Award-Winner Helen Hunt On Her Sophomore Film Ride

    This week, Helen Hunt opens her second film, Ride, about mother/career woman who follows her adult son to Venice after he quits college and takes up surfing (and re-ignites her love life with her surf teacher). Hunt spoke about the new film, surfing, and motherhood.

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  4. The Mary Sue Interview: Frank Tieri on Convergence: Suicide Squad & All-Female Justice League

    Frank Tieri is tackling two of DC Comics Convergence series, Suicide Squad and Justice League. We spoke to him about Amanda Waller's role, the all-female JL team, and more!

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  5. The Mary Sue Interview: IRL Couple Don Argott & Sheena Joyce On Their Hilarious Tribeca Debut, Slow Learners

    LOLing and love in spring break from the teachers' perspective.

    Philadelphia couple Don Argott and Sheena Joyce are best known in Hollywood for the documentaries, like Rock School and 2 Days in April. A married couple in real-life, they made their narrative directing debut with the comedy Slow Learners, and e spoke with the couple about their jump to narrative filmmaking and their hilarious new flick.

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  6. The Mary Sue Interview: Melanie Shaw On Her Female Road Comedy Shut Up and Drive

    Writer/director Melanie Shaw's Shut Up and Drive is a female road comedy about two opposites: Veep’s Sarah Sutherland stars as Jane, a co-dependent type-A with an actor boyfriend (Morgan Krantz); and his best friend Laura, played by Zoe Worth, a messy free-spirit who wants to go to his set to finish an album with Krantz. The two decide to take an improptu trip together (largely due to Laura’s lack of a license) and get to know one another.

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  7. The Mary Sue Interview: Director Eric Schaeffer On Representing The Trans Community In Boy Meets Girl

    Eric Schaeffer's latest film, and his gentlest film to day, is Boy Meets Girl, the coming of age romantic comedy about a Ricky, a transgender woman in Kentucky (played by newcomer Michelle Hendley) with a male best friend (Twilight’s Michael Welch) who develops feelings for a girl (Alexandra Turshen) for the first time. The movie has been celebrated at multiple LGBT film festivals, including winning 10 best picture honors. Schaeffer spoke with us about his new movie (now on VOD and DVD).

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  8. The Mary Sue Interview: Writer/Director Natalie Leite On Sexuality & Stripping In Bare, With Dianna Agron & Paz De La Huerta

    Natalie Leite is a far cry from the directionless character she's created in Bare, a film about an aimless 20-something Sarah (Dianna Agron of Glee) who befriends Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), who deals drugs at a strip club, and introduces Sarah to another world within her small town. I spoke with Natalie about making her feature debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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  9. The Mary Sue Interview: Tribeca’s Nora Ephron Prize Contender Reed Morano on Meadowland

    Last Saturday morning, cup of coffee in hand, I attended a screening during the Tribeca Film Festival of the new movie Meadowland, a domestic drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson. The movie, which will be in theaters later this year, focuses on a married couple facing the loss of child, a son who went missing over a year earlier.

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  10. The Mary Sue Interview: Trans Actress Michelle Hendley On Positive Representation In Boy Meets Girl

    It’s not every day that an actress makes her debut on screen in a leading role, but for Michelle Hendley, that is exactly how she entered the film industry. When writer/director Eric Schaeffer was looking for a trans woman to play the lead in Boy Meets Girl, he stumbled upon Hendley’s old YouTube channel and thought she would be perfect fit for the role of Ricky.

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  11. The Mary Sue Interview: CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap Takes On The Tech Industry’s Treatment Of Women

    One of the most anticipated documentaries to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year is Robin Hauser Reynold’s CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film addresses head-on the alarming fact that there is a disturbing lack of women studying and working in the computer science field. She also looks at the sexism causing this big problem, rampant in education, business, and popular culture - along with the efforts being made to fix this nationwide problem.

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  12. The Mary Sue Interview: Sydney Padua on The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua combines Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, a steampunk sensibility, and copious footnotes - so it is no surprise that I was immediately transfixed as soon as I discovered the web comic and app several years ago.

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  13. Player Piano‘s Sonya Belousova and Tom Grey Celebrate Doctor Who In Their Latest Video Masterpiece

    You may have known about composer/pianist Sonya Belousova and director Tom Grey back when they were known as Cosplay Piano. One hugely successful IndieGoGo campaign later, the duo is now known as Player Piano, and for their latest musical endeavor, they have taken on the Doctor Who theme, with an original arrangement in celebration of the show.

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  14. Space Happens: Sci-Fi Comedy From a Smart, Female, Millennial Point of View

    Ladies need space.

    It started when Nicole Keating - creator, writer, and one of the stars of Space Happens - was playing Dungeons and Dragons. It was shortly before The Guild and just after the release of Serenity when the wheels started turning for Keating, leading her and a talented team of Chicago-based women to create what has turned out to be a smart, funny, unapologetically feminine sci-fi comedy from a millennial perspective.

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  15. The Mary Sue Interview: Bitten Returns To Bewitch You In Its Second Season

    Bitten returns to Syfy tonight for its second season, but it's not all sexy werewolves this time around. Now Elena and the Pack have something a little more serious to deal with - a mysterious and potentially malefic coven of witches.

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  16. The Mary Sue Interview: Greg Weisman on His YA Adventure Kickstarter, Rain of the Ghosts

    Greg Weisman is probably best known for his television work, producing amazing animated shows like Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice and Star Wars Rebels. In the last couple years, Weisman has released two YA adventure/paranormal novels: Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam. Both books are about Rain Cacique, a thirteen year old girl living in the Caribbean who has the ability to see ghosts.

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  17. The Mary Sue Interview: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Comes of Age in Indie Alex of Venice

    Out this week, Winstead's character in Alex of Venice is a working mother who finds herself re-evaluating her life after her husband (actor/director Chris Messina) abruptly leaves her. Winstead spoke with us about this unique coming-of-age movie, celebrating the bonds of sisterhood on screen, and the benefits of working in the indie film world.

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  18. The Mary Sue Interview: Pro-Kiteboarder-Turned-Actress Maika Monroe Is Hitting It Big In Horror

    The new "it" girl of It Follows and The Guest!

    At just 21, Maika Monroe seems to be hitting the big time with two consecutive hit film in the cult horror circuit. After taking on Dan Stevens' psycho-killer in the sci-fi slasher film The Guest, Monroe is once again being pursued in It Follows.

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  19. The Mary Sue Interview: Dean Haspiel on Archie Comics’ New Dark Circle Series The Fox

    The Fox can't run away from his past.

    April 15 sees the start of a new ongoing Dark Circle series from Archie Comics: The Fox! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel and Eisner Award winning creator Mark Waid, the critically-acclaimed creative team behind the recent mini-series The Fox: Freak Magnet, now bring you more strange adventures featuring Paul Patton Jr. AKA the Fox.

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  20. The Mary Sue Interview: The Women Behind The Award-Winning Film, Farah Goes Bang

    The road trip movie about diverse, politically-active women you didn't know you were missing.

    In 2013, the Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Prize was given to Meera Menon, the co-writer/director of Farah Goes Bang, an American comedy about three recent college graduates who join the John Kerry campaign in 2004. Starring Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, and Nikohl Boosheri as Farah, the movie is a coming-of-age, buddy comedy, road trip movie; three genres usually dominated by men.

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