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Criterion Collection Announces November Titles, Including Seminal Lesbian Drama ‘Desert Hearts’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’

16 August 2017 2:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

November over at The Criterion Collection may look a smidge slim, offering up just four new titles, but each new addition to the collection is a seminal selection well-deserving of the Criterion treatment. Of most interest, however, is Donna Deitch’s feature debut “Desert Hearts,” a seminal lesbian drama that’s been going through something of a resurgence as of late, thanks to last year’s 30th anniversary and a continued adoration for its forward-thinking subject matter.

As we recently explored, in the early ’80s, Deitch was a film school grad with only docs under her belt, eager to make a different kind of feature about lesbians in love, and “without the help of Kickstarter or industry backing, she launched an unorthodox grassroots campaign that eventually gained the support of Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and Stockard Channing. The result was a hit at Sundance in 1986 that went on to become »

- Kate Erbland

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Emmy episode analysis: Jane Fonda (‘Grace and Frankie’) gets high, lets loose after fighting with Lily Tomlin

16 August 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

For three seasons Jane Fonda has played the reserved Grace Hanson on the Netflix comedy series “Grace and Frankie” opposite Lily Tomlin. While she missed out on Emmy nominations for the first two seasons of the series, the third time proved to be the charm for Fonda as this year she received a nomination in […] »

- David Buchanan

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Poll: Who Will Win Best Comedy Actress at the Emmys?

15 August 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy night is just weeks away — there are only two more weeks before final ballots are due — and as such, we’ll be asking Variety readers who they think will win the big prizes. This week, we’re surveying the comedy actress category.

The reigning queen is currently Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who set a record last year with her fifth consecutive Emmy win for HBO’s “Veep.” As her performance remains strong, and the show continually hits close to home with the Trump administration, she’s a clear front-runner.

It would be unwise, though, to count out her competitors. In particular, Tracee Ellis Ross, who took home the Golden Globe earlier this year for ABC’s “Black-ish,” seems like she could swoop in to interrupt Louis-Dreyfus’ streak. Other pundits think Allison Janney, who won the supporting actress in a comedy prize two years in a row for “Mom” and now moves into the lead category, could »

- Variety Staff

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From Chris Rock to Jane Fonda: 8 Actors, Directors, and Comedians on Why they Love Netflix

15 August 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For this week’s cover story on Netflix, Variety asked eight directors, actors, and comedians to tell us why they love working for the streaming giant. Here’s what they had to say.

Jason Bateman

Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have something they could be proud of than a generic effort that’ll simply gather a larger group of viewers. Obviously, not being beholden to ratings or box office allows that kind of position, but it still takes some discipline and restraint to take advantage of that.

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Has Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Rescued (or Ruined) Hollywood?

The first time I met Ted Sarandos was on “Arrested Development” in 2012, when we were doing the first batch of episodes »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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From Chris Rock to Jane Fonda: 8 Actors, Directors, and Comedians on Why they Love Netflix

15 August 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For this week’s cover story on Netflix, Variety asked eight directors, actors, and comedians to tell us why they love working for the streaming giant. Here’s what they had to say.

Jason Bateman

Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have something they could be proud of than a generic effort that’ll simply gather a larger group of viewers. Obviously, not being beholden to ratings or box office allows that kind of position, but it still takes some discipline and restraint to take advantage of that.

The first time I met Ted Sarandos was on “Arrested Development” in 2012, when we were doing the first batch of episodes. He came with his son and was so warm and »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Aubrey Plaza on the Popularity Contest of Social Media, Her Dream Project with Bette Midler, and ‘Ingrid Goes West’

14 August 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Even though she’s widely considered to be the Queen of Dry Wit, sitting in the hotel room where we’re about to talk about her latest film Ingrid Goes West, there’s an unexpected innocence to Aubrey Plaza that makes her seem more like Sandy from Grease before the makeover. She’s wearing a dark baseball jacket over a lovely plaid dress in blush tones, and rather than welcoming me with a raised eyebrow, she smiles. I reach out my hand to her to say hello and apologize because it’s cold, she raises the eyebrow and explains, “I’m sorry too because my hand is warm.” And suddenly Sandy has given path to the sardonic Rizzo. Since her breakthrough in Parks & Recreation, Plaza has become one of the funniest people in the industry. Period. Few actors can accomplish so much using so little and making it seem so effortless, »

- Jose Solís

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Lead Actress Emmy Nominees Prove to Be Timely Political Animals

10 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anyone who wonders if television really is a reflection of modern-day society should consider this year’s lead actress nominees. While real-life women organize marches, defy party lines to take down harmful legislation, or simply manage to get dinner on the table on time while fighting to “have it all,” so too are their fictional counterparts standing strong to fight their own wars.

Lead comedy actress nominees, including Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow on ABC’s “Black-ish,” Allison Janney as Bonnie on CBS’ “Mom” and Pamela Adlon as Sam on FX’s “Better Things,” are all fighting to keep their families afloat while being role models for their kids. Ellie Kemper’s titular peppy lead in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “Grace and Frankie” are all in the process of rebuilding their lives.

Meanwhile, drama nominees such as Elisabeth Moss as Offred in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Lily Tomlin’s Most Memorable Emmy Night Was Not Her First Win

10 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In 1974, Lily Tomlin was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her CBS variety special entitled “Lily” — variety special itself, as well as writing for a variety special. Though Tomlin had been nominated for Emmys before, including for her previous CBS special entitled “Lily Tomlin,” she had no expectations of winning and almost didn’t even show up to the ceremony. “It was really only at the prodding of my lawyer that I went,” Tomlin says. “Everybody all night had been saying, ‘This is the night of my life!’ But I kept saying this was not the night of my life because I had had a great baked potato on Wednesday!” Tomlin won both of her categories that year, but it wasn’t her most memorable ceremony — that honor goes to the 1984 ceremony when she showed up as her notorious character, Ernestine.

How did you feel about your chances going into Emmy night in 1974?

I wasn’t even »

- Danielle Turchiano

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From ‘Big Little Lies’ to ‘Veep,’ Male Creatives Tap Into Their Feminine Sides

10 August 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Perhaps it started with Glenn Close on “Damages.” Or Kyra Sedgwick on “The Closer.” But no matter who deserves the credit for shattering the TV glass ceiling, there’s no question that women have found an abundance of rich, complicated characters on the small screen — and this year’s lineup of nominees serves as prime example. They’re not simply the women closest to the top of the call sheet, playing straight (wo)men to the male leads. They’re the leads in their own right — driving the storytelling, commanding the screen at every turn.

The proliferation of programming has led to a swirl of opportunity for female actors, who can find complex, compelling roles on television no matter the format. While it would be wonderful to see more of these characters rising from female showrunners, it’s worth noting that the year’s most-talked-about performances — take Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale” or the stars »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Our Souls at Night’ Teaser: Robert Redford and Jane Fonda Reunite for the First Time in 38 Years

9 August 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s amazing to think it’s been fifty years since these two legends first graced the screen together, in Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” (1967), directed by Gene Saks. Now, they’re revisiting that crackling chemistry for a literary adaptation about finding love in one’s autumnal years.

Read More:‘Our Souls at Night’ First Look: Robert Redford and Jane Fonda Canoodle in Netflix Romance

Per the official synopsis: “Based on the best-selling novel written by Kent Haruf and adapted for the screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Our Souls at Night is set in Colorado and begins when Addie Moore (Jane Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters (Robert Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they’d been neighbors for decades, but had little contact. Their children »

- Jude Dry

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Emmys Poll 2017: Who Should Win for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series?

9 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Let’s be honest: In this category, there’s Queen Selina, and then there’s everyone else.

The Emmys race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy has been a blowout recently, with Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning the past five years straight for her acid-tinged portrayal of inept politician Selina Meyer. (The category has been so one-sided, our own Michael Ausiello even called for Louis-Dreyfus to remove herself from the Emmy race.) She’s back this year to make it an even six-pack… but she also has a six-pack of hilarious ladies fighting to yank that Emmy out of her hands for once. »

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Kathy Bates Offers ‘Free Joints for Everybody’ in Trailer for Netflix Comedy ‘Disjointed’

8 August 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix is ramping up its sitcom slate with its new original series “Disjointed,” starring Kathy Bates as Ruth Feldman, a lifelong marijuana legalization advocate and new dispensary proprietor.

The trailer shows Bates with long, wavy gray hair — à la Lily Tomlin in “Grace & Frankie” — wearing colorful, pot leaf-adorned hippie garb as she finds her footing as the proud new owner of Ruth’s Alternative Living, accompanied by her three “budtenders,” her twenty-something-year-old son, and a troubled security guard. The trailer promises some PG-13, if not R-rated, content: “What the f—, it’s cool,” Ruth says nonchalantly at the end.

From Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, the 30-minute show will also star Tone BellAaron MotenElizabeth AlderferDougie Baldwin, and Elizabeth Ho.

Disjointed” marks one of the first original sitcoms to come from Netflix, whose previous forays into the genre include “Fuller House,” a sequel series to the original ABC hit; Ashton Kutcher-starrer “The Ranch,” currently »

- Erin Nyren

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Emmy episode analysis: Lily Tomlin (‘Grace and Frankie’) discovers she’s a walking target after home burglary

7 August 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Fresh off of her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in January, Lily Tomlin has earned her third consecutive Best Comedy Actress Emmy nomination for “Grace and Frankie.” On the Netflix series, which debuted its third season in March, Tomlin plays the eccentric, free-spirited Frankie Bergstein, the yin to Jane Fonda’s conservative and tightly-wound yang […] »

- David Buchanan

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'Grace and Frankie': Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda on Their First Double Emmy Nommination

7 August 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

This year, for the first time in Grace & Frankie's three seasons, there is an Emmy nomination for both Frankie and Grace. 

"I hadn’t even heard about nominations because I go in at 5 a.m. to get fitted for my wig," recalls Lily Tomlin of nominations morning. "Jane [Fonda] and I have a makeup trailer that shares a door, and she comes in and opens the door and says 'Hey! We both got nominated.'"

Tomlin had already been nominated twice before for the Netflix series, which this season saw her and Fonda co-launch a sex toy business aimed at older women. »

- Mia Galuppo

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Pamela Adlon on How Actresses and Agents React Differently to 'Better Things'

7 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Pamela Adlon already has an Emmy of her own (for voicing on King of Queens), but her current nomination puts her in a couple of her idols in Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

The Better Things writer, producer, star and occasional director sounds starstruck at the field she finds herself in, which is a little ironic given that her turn as actress and mother of three Sam Fox has made her one of Hollywood's most relatable stars. Sam's mixture of wise and occasionally misguided (but always in a well-meaning way) parenting has earned her praise from critics and moms alike.<span »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Susan Sarandon, More Top Actresses on Character Misconceptions, Strange Fan Interactions

7 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

It's a veritable battle of the network (and cable, and streaming) stars in the lead actress categories.

Topliners from the same series competing against each other is nothing new (see: Cagney & Lacey, The Golden Girls), and this year three pairs are in this situation: Feud's Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and Big Little Lies' Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are competing in the limited series/TV movie category, while Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin — best friends in Grace & Frankie — are going toe to toe in the comedy series race.

These and 11 other lead actress Emmy nominees »

- THR Staff

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Emmys Flashback: 'Kate & Allie' Made a Winning Pair During the '80s

7 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Cagney & Lacey, which aired from 1982 to 1988.

One of the show's two leads, Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless, took home the lead actress in a drama series award for six years straight. Fast-forward to 2015, and a sitcom example would be Netflix's Grace and Frankie.

In 2016, Lily Tomlin was nominated, and this year, both she and co-star Jane Fonda are in the running for lead actress in a comedy series. That pairing harkens to another sitcom »

- Bill Higgins

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Inside Marta Kauffman’s ‘Grace and Frankie’ Office

3 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After years spent on such shows as “Friends” and “Related,” Marta Kauffman knows that idle hands are not conducive to her productivity. Her corner office on the Paramount lot, down the hall from the writers room for Howard J. Morris and her Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” is filled with lots of fun stuff: snacks, drawers of Silly Putty and adult coloring books, comfy furniture, a bar, and even a broken exercise bike that she swears she’ll start using after her upcoming knee replacement surgery. “When you keep your hands busy doing something like this, I find it fuels your brain,” says Kauffman, who knitted 14 hats during her final two weeks on “Friends” — gifts she bestowed to those writers.

Home Away from Home

Plenty of people bring their work home with them, but Kauffman also did the opposite. The beach house that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s titular heroines use in her show is modeled »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Lily Tomlin (‘Grace and Frankie’) has a big scare after burglary and must sleep with Grace [Exclusive Emmy Episode]

27 July 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Lily Tomlin is entering the “Grace and Frankie” episode “The Burglary” as her Emmy submission for Best Comedy Actress. This installment of the Netflix program streamed March 24 and was the 4th episode of the 3rd season. For this segment, a burglar breaks into the beach home and causes […] »

- Chris Beachum

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Emmys 2017: Handicapping the Top Series and Performer Races

25 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s that time of year again, when champagne corks are popped all over Hollywood in honor of the Television Academy’s Emmy nominations. But the true celebration cannot begin until the winners are announced live on Sept. 17. With so much high-quality TV vying for the top prizes — and some surprises among the nominees — it’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive Emmy seasons in years. Here, Variety breaks down the key races.

Drama Series

Taking the torch from “Game of Thrones,” which has been the most-nominated series for the past few years, is fellow HBO genre series “Westworld.” The sci-fi thriller is tied with long-running variety sketch series “Saturday Night Live” at 22 noms this year, the most of any series. More notably, it’s also one of five freshman series in the race — and that buzz may well boost it over long-in-the-tooth “House of Cards” (six noms for the Netflix drama), or even »

- Danielle Turchiano

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