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New Amazon Series 'Transparent' Deals With Issues Of Transgender Identity, Familial Relationships: VIDEO

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Amazon's new original series "Transparent" is set to premiere on September 26th (with all ten episodes available to stream on Prime Instant Video), but until then the wonderful trailer for this darkly comic story will have to tide you over. 

"Transparent" follows the various members of the Pfefferman family as they come to terms with their patriarch, Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), announcing that he is now Maura. The trailer promises a great deal of humor and drama, as well as affecting performances from a stellar cast. 

The Amazon press release reads:

Written, directed and executive produced by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Soloway, Transparent is a ten episode, half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort—the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (played by Light), and their children—meandering Ali (played by Hoffmann), record producer Josh (played by Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (played by Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to offer our customers all episodes of Transparent in late September,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “Jill has an amazing ability to create deep, engaging and rich stories and characters. We think customers will enjoy this fresh, humorous, and touching series.”

Though the trailer mostly contains small snapshots of what are surely quite meaningful scenes, stick around for the last few seconds--you're sure to get a bit misty-eyed.

Will you be tuning in? Check out the trailer and decide, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Christian Couple To Compete In New Season of ‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ - VIDEO

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CBS has introduced the world to the cast members of its latest season of SurvivorSurvivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water — and this year’s cast, like the last season of Blood vs. Water, features a gay couple, Joshua Canfield (32) and Reed Kelly (31). Both are singer/dancers who hail from Broadway, having worked on shows such as Spider Man and Wicked. Both Josh and Reed also happen to be Christians. 

Watch a video introducing the couple contestants, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Lesbian 'Kiss' On 'Dr. Who' Stirs Complaints And Arouses Support

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U.K. communications regulator Ofcom has received six complaints following a lesbian kiss on Doctor Who, reports Gay Star News. Dr who tweet 2

The complaints came after a scene in which Madame Vastra helps to keep her wife Jenny alive in response to a threat from droids that only move when they can sense breath.

One tweet suggested that “the BBC wants to become a porn channel,” while another said that “the Lizard/Lesbian kiss was ‘unnecessary.’”

However, while some viewers were upset at the thought of two women kissing before the 9pm watershed, the majority of tweets were overwhelmingly positive.

@toddlerlex pointed out that “some parents are okay with their kids watching Dr Who's organ stealing robots & impaled body…Lesbian kiss? Complain to Ofcom! Ridic.”

It has also been noted by various commenters that the “lesbian kiss” was essentially CPR and was actually an inter-species kiss.

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Supercut Shows The Evolution of Texting on Film: VIDEO

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For exploring tropes, there's no better medium than supercut, and Buzzfeed has featured a new one that's particularly thoughtful. YouTube user Every Frame a Painting has uploaded the video in question, which is called "A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film."

Unlike classic, more comprehensive supercuts, this one features a narration. The video walks us through the challenges of including numerous inserts of phones in film, and the new solution that has emerged: on-screen text to indicate messenging. Shows like House of Cards (pictured) and Sherlock have been noticable early adopters, but the YouTube video notes that unexpected, smaller programs like soap operas used the technique first.

The second half of the video questions the bigger, more complex challenges of showing the Internet on film — no larger consensus on this one yet.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week' Debunked: VIDEO

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Are you a "Shark Week" fan? Do Great White attacks and megalodon sightings make you tingle with anticipation? That may be just what Discovery Channel wants and, according to a new video, they don't achieve it with accuracy. 

Vox is here to distinguish between the massive sharks long thought extinct (they are) and "real" footage of shark attacks which never occurred, and get to the root of the cultural phenomenon that is "Shark Week."

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WATCH: First Teaser Trailer for 'Breaking Bad' Spin-off 'Better Call Saul'

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The first teaser trailer for Better Call Saul, the upcoming spin-off of mega-hit show Breaking Bad, has been put online and, while short, is enough to build excitement for the return of everyone's favorite skeeze lawyer Saul Goodman. 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...(a heads up - the quality isn't the best)

The show's synopsis, via AMC:

Better Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is "fixer" Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy's transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts "criminal" in "criminal lawyer."

Better Call Saul begins February 2015.

[photo via Ursula Coyote/AMC]

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