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Amidst all the revelations and accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, it’s important to recognize that while such predatory behaviour is not as uncommon as we’d like to believe, neither is it the norm. Case in point: an anecdote that female movie critic Nell Minow relays to Poynter.org, recalling her experience interviewing former “Friends” star David Schwimmer […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The cast of NBC's This Is Us was honored by the Rape Foundation at the organization's annual brunch Sunday, held at the Greenacres estate in Beverly Hills. David Schwimmer, who has worked with the foundation for 16 years, emceed the event benefiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, which provides state-of- the-art care for rape victims and sexually abused children as well as prevention education programs across the country.
Schwimmer praised the honorees in his introduction. "This cast truly elevates this grounded, life-affirming drama revealing that even the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, »
- Lauren Huff
Television shows "predict" a lot of things, from The Simpsons forecasting Donald Trump's presidency to Parks and Recreation and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. Turns out Friends had a prediction too, this one about Black Mirror's Emmy-winning episode "San Junipero." It's not quite real life—although maybe it will be soon?! In the sixth season of Friends, David Schwimmer's Ross Geller correctly predicted the entire plot of "San Junipero," the episode written by Charlie Brooker and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis. The installment won two Emmys at the 2017 award show. Warning, Black Mirror spoilers are in the video above. If you haven't watched the »
Sorry, Charlie Brooker, it looks like Ross Geller was hip to the concept of San Junipero back in 1999.
"By the year 2030, there will be computers that can carry out the same amount of functions as an actual human brain," explains Ross, recounting a mind-blowing idea from a book he just read. "So, theoretically, you could download your thoughts and memories into this computer and live forever as a »
- Jackie Strause
The high school, which turns 90 this year, is even a bit famous in its own right. The memorable pool sequence from It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed in the gym, and it was also the inspiration for the high school in Beverly Hills, 90210.
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with a handful of notable past graduates, like Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and actress Joely Fiser, who dished on what their famous classmates were like before they became stars. »
- Mike Miller
Spoiler alert: Don’t challenge Nicky Fury to a rap battle. Samuel L. Jackson took on James Corden on Monday night during The Late Late Show’s “Drop the Mic” battle, and the seasoned actor didn’t hold back.
The British host, 38, started off strong, declaring, “It’s another ‘Drop the Mic’ where I end up an abuser to prove the ‘L’ in Samuel L. Jackson stands for loser… He’s the highest grossing actor, that’s a fact. That’s how he buys all those damn Kangol hats.”
But then the 68-year-old actor jumped in, rapping, “I feel bad for you son, ‘cause I’m the real star. No one knows who are you are without Adele in a car… In the Emoji Movie I hear you just play a hand, so look, I »
It's a debate that Friends fanatics may never agree on: Was Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) supposed to end up with Ross (David Schwimmer) or Joey (Matt LeBlanc)? In the show's series finale, viewers heard a few words that proved which couple likely ended up happily ever after. Yes, that famous phrase of "I got off the plane" suggests Rachel really did want her happily ever after to be with Ross. But more than 13 years after that final episode, Twitter user Claire Willett—who identifies herself online as @KaneandGriffin—decided to speak up and present not one, not two, but 100 posts for why Rachel and Joey deserved to be together. Let's just say more than a few people are »
Politicians. Dramatic actors. Broadcast journalists. Musicians. Entrepreneurs.
None of the above are known for having an especially great sense of humor. Fortunately, Mother Nature — and the Internet — have other ideas.
Is there anything funnier (or sillier) than a famous person embracing his or her animal lookalike? We think not. Check out some of the most delightful celebrity-furball doppëlgangers the World Wide Web has to offer.
ABC News reports that a baby cow named “Genie” has captured hearts across the country with her unique looks. The calf, who was born July 28 at a ranch in Kerrville, Texas, »
- Saryn Chorney
Drop The Mic, which TBS debuts in the fall, had a much faster path from Late Late Show segment to series than did Carpool Karaoke, creators told TV critics at TCA. It started as a tryout on a Tuesday in May 2016 when host James Corden faced off with Anne Hathaway. On YouTube, the rap smackdown clocked 6 million view in 18 hours, Corden reminisced. David Schwimmer, scheduled to guest on the show that Thursday, said he wanted to do same. “We never normally do the same bit… »
It's hard to believe, but in the weeks leading up to the premiere of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, there was some concern. It wasn't overwhelming and it didn't overshadow the great anticipation and excitement for the beloved team of actors (John Travolta! Sarah Paulson! David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian for Pete's sake!) to take on the story of a lifetime. But this show was to come from Ryan Murphy, the man who was heretofore known as the king of camp. He brought audiences Glee and American Horror Story and Scream Queens. A person doesn't need to have spent much onscreen time with William McKinley High School to know that its »
A series based on the thrilling fiction podcast “Homecoming” and starring Julia Roberts has been picked up for a two-season order at Amazon. “Homecoming” is a six-party political thriller centering on a caseworker at a secret government facility. Roberts will play that caseworker’s supervisor. Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer starred in the original podcast, which was produced by Gimlet Media and launched in Nov. 2016. Sam Esmail of “Mr. Robot” fame helped develop the series and is serving as an executive producer, alongside Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content, Horowitz, Bloomberg and Alicia Van Couvering. Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg »
- Carli Velocci
One of things that makes “Homecoming” great is what it can’t show you.
As one of the driving creative forces behind the most popular scripted series in podcasting, Eli Horowitz explains that it took a while to figure out how to make that limitation work to his advantage. Horowitz created “Homecoming” alongside Micah Bloomberg, with whom he also wrote and directs every episode of the series. As the show releases the premiere of its second season on Wednesday, he thinks they’ve finally started to figure out how this world operates.
“In audio, certain things are harder: establishing the setting, establishing who’s talking, giving each scene its own texture,” Horowitz said, in a recent IndieWire interview. “At first those seem like obstacles or limitations: chores you have to do. What we’re starting to get better at is using them as creative prompts. How can set this in »
- Steve Greene
Amazon is officially in business with the Pretty Woman.
Written by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, Homecoming is described as a political thriller that centers on three characters: a caseworker at a secret government facility (played by Roberts), her supervisor, and a soldier. The project is based on the fictional podcast of the same name, which starred Catherine Keener (as the caseworker), Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris and David Cross.
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Who says Emmy voters can’t be full of surprises?
For proof, just look at last year’s supporting actor in a limited series race. Hollywood heavies including John Travolta and David Schwimmer, both from FX’s “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and Hugh Laurie from AMC’s “The Night Manager” were nominated for that category’s top honor. And who took home the prize? A previously unknown talent by the name of Sterling K. Brown, who played the much more mild-mannered Christopher Darden in the sea of extreme personalities that made up “People v. O.J.”
This year, however, it seems as if just about everyone eligible for this category or its supporting actress companion entry is a brand name and/or a repeat nominee.
There are some actors who could land their first Emmy nom. “I don’t really think about TV versus film or theater or the size of the »
- Whitney Friedlander
Following on from the news that HBO has snapped up the Julia Roberts-headlined event series Today Will Be Different, it is now being reported that the Oscar-winning actress is in talks for another small screen project in Homecoming, the new drama series from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
Based on Gimlet Media’s fictional podcast of the same name, Homecoming is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous Content, and is described as a political thriller that centers on a caseworker at a secret government facility, her supervisor, and a soldier.
The Homecoming podcast launched in November and is presented as a series of telephone calls, therapy sessions and overhead conversations. The cast included Catherine Kenner, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris and David Cross. The TV adaptation is being produced by Esmail alongside Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, creators of the original podcast. »
- Gary Collinson
Julia Roberts‘ flirtation with the small screen has blossomed into a full-blown affair.
The Oscar winner — who recently signed on to headline the HBO limited Series Today Will Be Different — is nearing a deal to star in a new drama series from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, our sister site Deadline reports.
Written by Esmail, Homecoming is described as a political thriller that centers on three characters: a caseworker at a secret government facility (to be played by Roberts) her supervisor and a soldier. The project is »
Perhaps your average idea of a podcast is a public radio news program, with longform journalism uncovering a hidden area of everyday life. Maybe it’s an interview show, where hosts dig into the personal and professional lives of experts in any number of fields. Your favorite might even be a show where a handful of people talk about their favorite bits of pop culture — of which IndieWire has a few! — every week.
Beyond those podcasting subgenres is an emerging world of quality audio fiction, scripted programming that follows a carefully crafted story arc. Sometimes these shows are episodic, stretching over years’ worth of episodes. Others are less straightforward spins on a theatrical premise. There are enough shows out there to flood your queue, but for now, here are 10 quality podcasts worth subscribing to (if you haven’t already).
Some scripted podcasts use a lush production design to approximate a particular time and place. »
- Steve Greene
It pays to be on one of the biggest sitcoms of all time! Matthew Perry visited Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday, where a fan called in and asked the actor about his Friends residual checks.
“I get a little something and I go, ‘Hey, that’s nice!’” Perry said elusively. “It’s a really great job I had… I started the job when I was 24. It was amazing. I had the job from 24 to 34, I’ll never have a job like that ever again.”
The Friends talk continued when Perry played “Plead the Fifth.” Right out of the gate, the 47-year-old actor, who played Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom, pleaded the fifth when asked to play “Shag, Marry, Kill” with his three female Friends co-stars.
Host Cohen then asked Perry about David Schwimmer’s claim that some »
Instead of focusing on the present I want to take all of you back to one of the best rap battles in the history of The Late Late Show. It’s going on nearly a year now but back in May of 2016 James Corden had David Schwimmer on as a guest. The two went head to head in what’s a regular segment on Corden’s show, “Drop the mic.” I’m pretty sure when it first started everyone just assumed that Corden would wipe the floor with Schwimmer. After all, he’s an easy target. Schwimmer’s done relatively little since his time on
- Nat Berman
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
On Tuesday, the co-host of The Five discussed Trump’s presence at the W20 Summit for women’s empowerment in Berlin, during which the president’s daughter was booed for her comments claiming Donald Trump “has been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”
Watters first began by bashing the left for disrespecting Trump and Europeans for turning the panel into “a soccer match. »
- Nick Romano
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