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Thursday
Jul 11 2019

Introducing the Panelists for "Smackdown '60"

As indicated yesterday we'll shortly be looking atPsycho,Sons and Lovers,Elmer Gantry,and the Oscar nominated supporting actresses of 1960 on the next Smackdown (get your votes in!) on Sunday July 21st.It's time to introduce you to this month's esteemed panelists!

First,a hearty welcome to two first time Smackdown panelists...

LESLYE HEADLAND
Leslye Headland began her career writing and directing the Seven Deadly Plays series (IAMA Theatre Company).The series includesBacheloretteandAssistancewhich both transferred to successful Off-Broadway runs.Bachelorettewas the basis for her directorial film debut starring Kirsten Dunst.It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.Her other film credits include writing the 2014 remake ofAbout Last Nightstarring Kevin Hart and writing/directingSleeping with Other Peoplestarring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie which also premiered at Sundance in 2015.Most recently,she co-created the Netflix seriesRussian Dollwith Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler.Other TV credits include: the pilot of this fall's Fox seriesAlmost Family, Terriers(FX),Blunt Talk(Starz),SMILFandBlack Monday(Showtime) andHeathers(Paramount).[Twitter|Instagram|IMDb]

PETER DUCHAN
PeterDuchanwrote the book of the musicalDogfight,which premiered at Second Stage (director,Joe Mantello).Dogfightwon the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was nominated for five Outer Critics Circle Awards,including Off-Broadway Musical and Book of a Musical.The subsequent London production was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.Other theater credits include writing the original musicalStufor Silverton,which had its premiere at the Intiman Theater,as well as co-creating (with director-choreographer Warren Carlyle) the revueCarefree: Dancing with Fred and Gingerand serving as Script Consultant for the musicalWaitress.Film credits include co-writing the screenplays for the featureBreaking Upwards(IFC Films) and the shortUnlocked(Tribeca Film Festival).Honors: Richard Rodgers Award,Dramatists Guild Fellowship.Graduate,Northwestern University.[Twitter]

...one returning panelists (having previously guested onour 1973 Smackdown)

KYLE TURNER
Kyle Turner is a queer freelance writer based in Brooklyn,NY.He is a contributor to Paste Magazine,and his writing has been featured in The Village Voice,Playboy,Slate,NPR,and the New York Times.He is relieved to know that he is not a golem.[Twitter|Instagram]

..and in house from The Film Experience,亚博主页your podcast co-hosts...

MURTADA ELFADL
Murtada Elfadl is a queer writer and critic.Originally from Khartoum,Sudan he has made New York his home since 2006.He believes,as Katharine Clifton tells Count Almasy inThe English Patient,that "we are the real countries,not the boundaries drawn on maps with the names of powerful men."[Twitter|Instagram]

NATHANIEL R
Nathaniel is the creator and owner of The Film Experience.亚博主页He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.A longtime Oscar pundit his writing has appeared in both online and print publications including Vanity Fair,Show-Score,Towleroad,Slate,Polygon,Tribeca Film,and Winq.Nathaniel has also served on international festival juries and appeared as an on-air Oscar pundit for CNNi.[Twitter|Instagram]

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Reader Comments (7)

Hi to the newbies.

July 11,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Get out of here!I love Bachelorette - hated it at first but over time,I've grown to love it - so much so that I actually now prefer it to Bridesmaids - it works in so many ways and levels and stays with you for a long time.

How exciting!

July 11,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMorganB

Such a great panel!So happy to see Leslye and Kyle.Can't wait for the smackdown!

July 11,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRayLewis1997

Omg!Leslye!!!Russian Doll is one of the best things I've seen all year.Just brilliant.

And ily kyle.

July 12,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I didn't appreciate "faux-/3rtful"censoring this gay black man's sexuality to seem palatable to the commentariat here in a past thread.That said,I think my thoughts on my bussy re: Murtada are now well known.

July 12,2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Leslye Headland!Peter Duchan!Wow!

Nathaniel,you get the best guests.The discussions are so knowledgeable and full of appreciation - I just love it.

July 12,2019 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Really looking forward to this one,folks,what a delightful lineup (I could listen to Murtada and Nathaniel all day long).This time I'm completely in the dark as to who has the edge to come out on top (probably b/c I've seen only one of the movies thus far).

July 12,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

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