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Newswire: Jay Z is partnering with the Weinsteins for movie and TV projects

29 September 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In what can only be described as a meeting of titans, Jay Z just signed a two-year overall TV and film deal with The Weinstein Company. According to The Wrap, that gives the company first-look options with the rapper for both scripted and unscripted film and TV projects. And Jay Z is no stranger to that world. He’s previously served as a producer on quite a few films, including the Jamie Foxx remake of Annie, Chris Rock’s Top Five, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Jay Z and the Weinsteins reportedly already have some projects lined up, although nothing has officially been announced yet. However, Jay Z released a statement explaining he’s “already passionate” about what’s in the pipeline and “looking forward” to more projects as well. He also rather poetically added that he’s “excited to tell stories from real life prophets, whom through »

- Caroline Siede

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Jay Z, Weinstein Company ink first-look deal

29 September 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Partnership already has “exceptional projects in the works”, teases Harvey Weinstein.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) and rapper Shawn Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, have inked a two-year deal that will give the former exclusive first-look right to any film or television projects produced by the latter.

TWC has also revealed that it already has projects in development with Jay Z, and that these will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jay Z’s previous film credits include Jamie Foxx’s remake of Annie, on which he served as a producer, Chris Rock’s Top Five, which he co-produced, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which he exec produced.

Jay Z commented: “I’m excited to tell stories from real life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight. Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Jay Z Signs TV and Film First-Look Deal With Weinstein Company

29 September 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Company has signed a two-year overall deal with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter to produce TV and film projects, the studio announced Thursday.

According to the announcement, there are already projects in the works that will be announced in the following weeks.

“I’m excited to tell stories from real life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight,” Jay Z commented. “I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”

Jay Z’s recent film involvement includes a producer credit on the 2014 “Annie” remake, Chris Rock’s “Top Five” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.”

The deal was negotiated by David Glasser, and Sarah Sobel, exec VP of business and legal affairs, on behalf of TWC.

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- Seth Kelley

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Poll: Who Should Host the Oscars?

27 September 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s that time of year again: awards season is in full swing, and with that, the 2017 Oscars should soon start to take shape.

Though the Academy has yet to even announce producers yet, falling behind the usual timeline, speculation has already begun about who will host the year’s biggest night in movies. After doing, by most reviews, a bang-up job hosting the recent Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel seems like an obvious choice.

But there are other options, too. Might the Academy bring back tried-and-true bets like Ellen DeGeneres or Chris Rock? Or could former Golden Globes mainstays Amy Poehler and Tina Fey take to the Oscars stage? There’s also a possibly that the Academy could bring in new hosts, like Kevin Hart or Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

Weigh in below. We couldn’t fit all the potential candidates in our poll, so if there’s someone you »

- Variety Staff

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Oscars So Slow: ABC Plays Waiting Game as Academy Mulls Producer Options

22 September 2016 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Kimmel, by many accounts, did a bang-up job as host of the Emmys Sunday — bang-up enough to spark speculation that he could host the Academy Awards in February. At the Governor’s Ball immediately following the Emmys and in the days after, ABC executives expressed optimism that Kimmel’s performance would find favor with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has final say on Oscars production decisions. The timing is perfect. The network that the late-night host has called home since 2003 just renewed its contract to broadcast the Oscars through 2028. ABC has claimed, without offering specifics, that the agreement gives it greater creative input in the film-awards telecast. And the deal provides the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences a welcome long-term financial commitment, for which it is no doubt grateful. So with so many factors in his favor, why hasn’t Kimmel been named Oscars host already?

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- Daniel Holloway

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Gravitas Buys Stand-Up Comedy Documentary ‘Dying Laughing’

20 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has bought rights to the stand-up comedy documentary “Dying Laughing,” which includes Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jamie Foxx and the late Garry Shandling.

Gravitas made the deal with filmmakers Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton with plans to release the movie in theaters and on demand in the first quarter of next year.

Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and  Keenen Ivory Wayans are also featured in “Dying Laughing,” which premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

“Over two years, as the film began to emerge from the thousands of miles traveled and hundreds of hours or interviews, we learned about the physical and emotional dedication that it takes to become a stand-up comedian, and that the prospect of failure haunts even the most experienced and celebrated practitioners,” said Toogood and Stanton. “We hope »

- Dave McNary

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Gravitas Ventures Nabs Stand-Up Comedy Doc ‘Dying Laughing’; Jokers Include Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer & Garry Shandling

20 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Dying Laughing, the stand-up comedy doc that includes appearances by Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jamie Foxx, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Keenen Ivory Wayans and the late Garry Shandling. Directed by Paul Toogood & Lloyd Stanton, Dying Laughing premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, and will hit… »

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Leslie Jones wielded her best weapon at the Emmys

19 September 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek had pretty great experiences at the Emmy Awards last night, as did the kids from Netflix's Stranger Things, but it was Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones who might have won the night by joking about her hack and just having the time of her life. Dressed in Christian Siriano once again (Remember the Ghostbusters red carpet debacle?), Jones wasn't nominated but did have a part to play in the show. Emmys y'all!! pic.twitter.com/xUeH2wjnKd — Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) September 19, 2016 The usual Ernst & Young appearance was upgraded this year with Jones who, as it turns out, was the perfect comedic compliment to a group talking about security thanks to her recent deplorable hacking incident. Here's how she handled it... You tell 'em, Leslie Jones. pic.twitter.com/1blFufa2kL — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 19, 2016 "I just wanted to feel beautiful, y'all," she said. "Can a sister feel beautiful? »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Emmys 2016: The Wildest Moments You Didn't See on TV

18 September 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The awards for TV's best were handed out at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening - but there were plenty of moments viewers didn't see that took place when the cameras weren't rolling! Here are some fun, behind-the-scenes moments People witnessed from inside the ceremony and afterparties that didn't make it onto the TV screen. Before the start of the show, host Jimmy Fallon was spotted bending down and yelling at Scandal actress Kerry Washington's pregnant belly on the red carpet. "Hi baby! Hi!" Fallon said at the wrap of his Extra interview as a laughing Washington ascended onto the platform. »

- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone

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Emmys 2016: The Wildest Moments You Didn't See on TV

18 September 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The awards for TV's best were handed out at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening - but there were plenty of moments viewers didn't see that took place when the cameras weren't rolling! Here are some fun, behind-the-scenes moments People witnessed from inside the ceremony and afterparties that didn't make it onto the TV screen. Before the start of the show, host Jimmy Fallon was spotted bending down and yelling at Scandal actress Kerry Washington's pregnant belly on the red carpet. "Hi baby! Hi!" Fallon said at the wrap of his Extra interview as a laughing Washington ascended onto the platform. »

- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone

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'Game of Thrones' & 'Veep' repeated, yet this was a surprising Emmy night

18 September 2016 9:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sipowicz and Simone, together again! Franz and Smits, together again! Sipowicz and Simone, together again! Dennis Franz, coming out of retirement, maybe?!?!?! Dennis Franz saying "Ipsa this!" 23 years after TV viewers first met Andy Sipowicz?!?!!? What, you want me to talk about the actual Emmy results, rather than the unexpected and wonderful reunion of my beloved NYPD Blue  that occurred right before the end of the telecast? Okay, fine. Though Frranz and Smits' appearance to present the final award — Outstanding Drama Series, to Emmy steamroller Game of Thrones, which tied its own record from last year for the most Emmys for a series in a single year with 12 (many of them presented last week at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies) — provided one last surprising and delightful moment in an Emmy telecast largely full of them. Yes, GoT mostly dominated for its uneven but at times brilliant sixth season. Yes, FX's The People v. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Emmy awards 2016: People v Oj and Game of Thrones win big – as it happened

18 September 2016 8:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

HBO show takes top award while Sarah Paulson, Sterling K Brown and Coutney B Vance win for roles on People v Oj and show wins for outstanding limited series

Emmys 2016: full list of winners

Emmys 2016 fashion: the best looks on the red carpetJimmy Kimmel’s best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy AwardsGame of Thrones breaks Emmy record and wins best drama for second yearJeffrey Tambor calls on industry to hire more trans actors in Emmys speechFinally an awards show that didn’t suck: 2016 Emmys broke more than one trend

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We’ve compiled some of Kimmel’s best lines here.

Related: Jimmy Kimmel's best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy Awards

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Lanre Bakare writes our news story on the night from Los Angeles:

Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO it was »

- Benjamin Lee, Alex Needham, Brian Moylan and Amber Jamieson in New York, Dave Schilling and Lanre Bakare in Los Angeles

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Megalyn Echikunwoke Addresses Chris Rock Engagement Rumours: ‘I’m Actually Not A Huge Believer In Marriage’

18 September 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Slow your roll Internet! Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke won’t be tying the knot anytime soon. The 33-year-old American actress was spotted wearing a ring on a very particular finger, but she says the tabloids have it all wrong: “Why would anyone think that? I’ve never worn an engagement ring. This right here is my […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Megalyn Echikunwoke Says She Is 'Definitely Not' Engaged to Boyfriend Chris Rock

18 September 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke won't be tying the knot any time soon. Echikunwoke talked to People about her relationship with her comedian beau in an interview at Showtime's Emmy Eve Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Saturday night. Even though she has been wearing a ring on that finger, the 33-year-old actress said it's not what everyone thinks. "Definitely not," she said when asked about the rumors that it is an engagement ring. "Oh no, am I going to get in trouble for this? Why would anyone think that? I've never worn an engagement ring. This right here is my alleged engagement ring, »

- Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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Megalyn Echikunwoke Says She Is 'Definitely Not' Engaged to Boyfriend Chris Rock

18 September 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke won't be tying the knot any time soon. Echikunwoke talked to People about her relationship with her comedian beau in an interview at Showtime's Emmy Eve Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Saturday night. Even though she has been wearing a ring on that finger, the 33-year-old actress said it's not what everyone thinks. "Definitely not," she said when asked about the rumors that it is an engagement ring. "Oh no, am I going to get in trouble for this? Why would anyone think that? I've never worn an engagement ring. This right here is my alleged engagement ring, »

- Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Reality Series Gets Green Light At A&E

16 September 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A&E Network has ordered docuseries Little Funny (working title) from  executive producer Ellen DeGeneres. The docuseries will follow 11-year-old up-and-coming comedian Saffron Herndon as she sharpens her stand-up act. Saffy will receive advice and encouragement from DeGeneres and such other stand-up pros as Chris Rock, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Tom Papa, Iliza Shlesinger and more to help hone her skills. Little Funny (w.t.) is produced for A&E Network by This Is Just a… »

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Ellen DeGeneres Docuseries ‘Little Funny’ Gets 10-Episode Order From A&E

16 September 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A&E has given a 10-episode order to the docuseries “Little Funny” from producer Ellen DeGeneres. The series will follow the 11-year-old standup comic Saffron Herndon, who will receive advice and guidance from DeGeneres, as well as Chris Rock, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Tom Papa, Iliza Shlesinger and more, to help sharpen her skills. “It’s crazy that Saffy is telling such hilarious jokes at 11 years old,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “When I was 11, I was telling knock-knock jokes. To be honest, I’m still telling knock-knock jokes.” Also Read: Ellen DeGeneres Denies Racism Behind Usain Bolt Back-Riding Controversy »

- Reid Nakamura

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Ellen DeGeneres Lands Greenlight for ‘Little Funny’ Reality Series at A&E (Exclusive)

16 September 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ellen DeGeneres is adding yet another unscripted series to her rapidly-growing production slate.

A&E  has greenlit “Little Funny,” a show from DeGeneres that follows 11-year-old standup comic Saffron “Saffy” Herndon who gets coached by some of the best comedians in the world, including DeGeneres, Chris Rock, George Lopez, Wanda SykesIliza Shlesinger and Tom Papa, who will all appear on screen.

The cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the series, set to premiere in 2017.

Unlike most 11-year-old kids, Saffy spends her nights at her local comedy club and has a dream to become a famous standup comedian like her idol, DeGeneres. The pint-sized up-and-coming funny girl has a unique brand of edgy, adult humor and has been making her rounds on the comedy circuit for three years.

“It’s crazy that Saffy is telling such hilarious jokes at 11 years old,” said DeGeneres. “When I was 11, I was telling knock-knock jokes. To »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Where to Watch 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards

16 September 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Television's biggest stars will be taking over Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on Sunday, September 18th for the 68th annual Emmy Awards. Jimmy Kimmel will return to the Emmy stage for his second stint as host for the live show, which will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Est.

For those who want to tune in a bit early and see what the attendees are wearing, the red carpet coverage will begin at 7 p.m. Est on ABC. E! will begin their festivities with Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2016 Emmy Awards at 4:30 p. »

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MacGyver Review: With Paper Clips, No Chewing Gum (Yet!), CBS Reboots Mac

15 September 2016 1:07 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

When we first laid eyes on Don’t-Call-Me-Angus MacGyver, he was sporting a ridiculous pom-pom hat while scaling a cliff to track down a stolen missile, which he proceeded to defuse using, yes, a paper clip.

Jump ahead almost exactly 31 years, and paper clips prove as handy as ever, as demonstrated multiple times in CBS’ higher-octane reboot (premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c).

VideosMacGyver First Look: Keep Calm (and Always Have a Paperclip Handy)

With Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) inheriting the role immortalized by Richard Dean Anderson, Mac remains averse to guns, though now he has some pistol-packing muscle at his side, »

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