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7 items from 2016


Leonard Hill, Producer of ‘The Long Hot Summer,’ Dies at 68

9 June 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Producer Leonard Hill who was best known for serving as executive producer on “The Long Hot Summer” and the “Mae West” TV biopic has died. He was 68.

Hill was a graduate from both Yale and Stanford. He first began his career as a writer on “Adam-12.” After working at Paramount, Universal TV and Mtm, he joined NBC as an executive in the drama series department. He later joined ABC as V.P. of Movies, where he supervised “The Jericho Mile” and “Amber Waves.”

Throughout his career he produced over 45 television movies, including “Freedom”starring Mare Winningham; “Having It All,” “Frank Nitti: The Enforcer” and “Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story.” He worked on dramatic series including “Tucker’s Witch” and the two-part miniseries on “Jack the Ripper” (CBS, 1988).

Hill partnered on many projects with both Phil Mandelker and Joel Fields. Aside from Leonard Hill Films, he was also »

- Maria Cavassuto

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

7 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, Margo Martindale triumphed in this category with her turn on “The Americans,” a show that has been woefully underrepresented at the Emmys. While she could repeat this year, she will have to battle some fierce competitors in the form of previous winners.

Both Allison Janney [“Masters of Sex”] and Carrie Preston [“The Good Wife”] have won for their roles before. And several potential nominees are previous winners. Diana Rigg was previously nominated here for her work on “Game of Thrones”; she scored a win in 1997 for “Rebecca.” Ellen Burstyn [“House of Cards”] is an Emmy winner in this category for “Law & Order: Svu,” and has seven noms and two wins total. [Don’t forget Burstyn is beloved; she was famously nominated for her work in “Mrs. Harris,” which consisted of fewer than 20 seconds of screen time.]  Laurie Metcalf has three Emmys from “Roseanne,” but her work as the ex-wife of Louis C.K. in “Horace and Pete” is unlike anything we’ve seen her in before. Stockard Channing has won two Emmys, both in 2002, and could score a third for the final season of “The Good Wife. »

- Jenelle Riley

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The 5 Memorial Day TV Marathons Actually Worth Watching This Weekend

27 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Saturday, May 28"Hatfields & McCoys" (11am to 5pm on History) The 2012 miniseries chronicling one of history's greatest feuds features a great cast — including Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Mare Winningham and Powers Boothe — and Emmy-winning production value. If you're craving a historical epic this weekend and/or can't wait for "Roots" (the remake premieres Monday), this could slack that thirst.  Read More: Where to Watch the Best TV of 2016 Sunday, May 29"The Pacific" (10am to 8pm on HBO Signature) This would be worth checking out just for the cast, which includes folks like Rami Malek, Jon Bernthal and Ashley Zukerman very early in their careers. But it's also the well-regarded follow-up to HBO's "Band of Brothers," chronicling the Pacific side of World War II — a.k.a. the most appropriate thing possible to watch this Memorial Day weekend. "Gilmore Girls" (10am to 11pm on Up) The whole series is on...

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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10 Great Buddy Cop Movies Not Written or Directed By Shane Black

20 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To coincide with the release of The Nice Guys, Kieran Fisher recommends 10 other buddy cop movies worth checking out…

This weekend marks the release of Shane Black’s new film The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a law enforcement duo investigating a missing persons case.  It also sees Black return to his roots, having rose to prominence in 1987 with his buddy cop action comedy Lethal Weapon.  That film would serve as a progenitor for other films centred around the friendships of law men, which included The Last Boy Scout and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  When it comes to films of this ilk, Black is the undisputed king, but he’s not the only one responsible for giving us some gems throughout the years.  This list recommends some of that are well worth your time.

10. Samurai Cop (1991)

Directed By Amir Shevran

Starring Mathew Karedas, Mark Frazer, Robert Z’Dar, »

- Kieran Fisher

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Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies

5 April 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Barbara Turner, the screenwriter of “Petulia,” “Georgia” and “Pollock,” among numerous other features for film and television, died on Tuesday, April 5, in Los Angeles. Among Turner’s children was actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was thought to be her in mid to late-70s.

After high school, Turner attended the University of Texas for a year, then returned to New York to study acting first at the Dramatic Workshop and later with Paul Mann, where she met Vic Morrow, who became her first  husband. In the late ’50s, Turner and Morrow moved to Hollywood, where she began acting in theater and on television series such as “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Turner’s first screenplay was an adaptation of the Jean Genet play “Deathwatch,” directed by Morrow in 1966.

Turner received a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for her adaptation of “Petulia” (directed by Richard Lester in 1968), an Emmy nomination »

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Barbara Turner, ‘Georgia’ Screenwriter and Mother of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dies at 79

5 April 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barbara Turner, the screenwriter of “Petulia,” “Georgia” and “Pollock,” among numerous other features for film and television, died on Tuesday, April 5, in Los Angeles. Among Turner’s children was actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was 79.

After high school, Turner attended the University of Texas for a year, then returned to New York to study acting first at the Dramatic Workshop and later with Paul Mann, where she met Vic Morrow, who became her first  husband. In the late ’50s, Turner and Morrow moved to Hollywood, where she began acting in theater and on television series such as “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Turner’s first screenplay was an adaptation of the Jean Genet play “Deathwatch,” directed by Morrow in 1966.

Turner received a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for her adaptation of “Petulia” (directed by Richard Lester in 1968), an Emmy nomination for TV movie “The War Between the Tates” (1977), Emmy »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Finale Recap: Liz Shines in Emotional ‘Be Our Guest’

13 January 2016 9:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen episode 12 of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” titled “Be Our Guest.”

American Horror Story” brings many words to mind: “violence,” “sex,” etc. “Emotional” is not usually one of those, but the “Hotel” finale is just that, thanks in large part to Denis O’Hare’s standout performance as Liz Taylor that should garner some Emmy attention. For arguably the darkest season of “Ahs” to cap off with a happy ending is hardly expected, but it’s welcomed, even as some of the most horrible characters are given warm sendoffs.

The episode starts with Liz getting her throat slashed, but her narration, which hangs above the entire episode, lets us know that we’re not necessarily seeing some terrible end. But to back up quite a bit, Liz and Iris (Kathy Bates) have renovated the Hotel Cortez. Everything looks great: The pair »

- Alex Stedman

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