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In Praise of Sam Rockwell

Tom Jolliffe looks at the career of the vastly underrated Sam Rockwell

So after doing a piece on the fantastic Frances McDormand, sticking with the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri connection, it seemed apt to do a piece on an actor who has always slipped just below the radar. Sam Rockwell is always great and he’s had his share of roles in critically acclaimed films. Not that Oscar recognition is the foremost watermark on an actors CV, but the fact that even a nomination at this point in his career has eluded him is more than a little harsh.

He’s had a prolific career with some great films (and not so great). Even in some of the less stellar efforts always feature a solid turn from Rockwell. Similarly, he’s had significant parts, maybe fourth/fifth billed in a film. It’s hard to get an Oscar nomination
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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt and Direct Netflix Original Film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Charlie Kaufman to Adapt and Direct Netflix Original Film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’
Charlie Kaufman is readying his first script for Netflix. The Oscar-winning “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” screenwriter will adapt “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” the 2016 bestselling novel from first-time Canadian author Iain Reid, who is slated to co-produce. Kaufman will direct the Netflix original film, reteaming with his “Eternal Sunshine,” “Human Nature,” and “Synedoche, New York” producer, Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman.

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“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” said Scott Stuber, head of original films at Netflix, which had a huge hit last month with “Bright.” “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is a chilling thriller and we can’t wait to share Charlie’s adaptation with audiences everywhere.”

The narrator, an unnamed woman, alerts readers that she’s suicidal while en route to meet
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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix

Charlie Kaufman to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix
Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Iain Reid’s internationally best selling novel “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for Netflix.

Named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues. Reid’s debut novel has been published in 17 territories and received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist.

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. I’m Thinking
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Charlie Kaufman Set to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix

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Charlie Kaufman Set to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix
Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and “Anomalisa”) is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Iain Reid’s internationally best-selling novel “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for Netflix, the company announced on Thursday. Kaufman previously adapted Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief” (which became “Adaptation”) and the Chuck Barris memoir “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” Named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend...
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Charlie Kaufman to adapt 'I’m Thinking Of Ending Things' for Netflix

Likely Story to produce thriller.

Netflix film group chief Scott Stuber has proffered another sample of the original feature stable he is assembling, signing Charlie Kaufman to write and direct Iain Reid’s bestseller I’m Thinking Of Ending Things.

The novel was named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016 and examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude.

On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues.

The project will reunite Kaufman with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind). Both men will produce with Stefanie Azpiazu, while Reid will serve as co-producer.

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” Stuber said. “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal
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SAG Awards 2018: In Memoriam segment Sunday will pay tribute to Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Bill Paxton and ???

SAG Awards 2018: In Memoriam segment Sunday will pay tribute to Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Bill Paxton and ???
Sunday’s telecast of the Screen Actors Guild will feature a special In Memoriam segment devoted to many of the actors and actresses who have died since last year’s ceremony in late January. Sure to be among those saluted include Oscar winner Martin Landau, comedy legend Jerry Lewis, and beloved film and TV star Bill Paxton. Visit our own Gold Derby memoriam galleries for this past year of 2017 and the newly-started gallery for 2018.

Over 100 people in SAG/AFTRA have passed away in the past 12 months. Which of the following 60 names will also be featured in the televised tribute?

SEE2018 SAG Awards TV predictions: Complete racetrack odds in all 9 categories

Richard Anderson (actor)

Chuck Barris (host/executive)

Shelley Berman (actor)

Chuck Berry (singer/actor)

Joseph Bologna (actor)

Powers Boothe (actor)

Brent Briscoe (actor)

Glen Campbell (singer/actor)

Bernie Casey (actor)

David Cassidy (actor/singer)

Mike Connors (actor)

Danielle Darrieux (actor
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The Gong Show: Season One Ratings

In the last couple of years, ABC has made a major effort to add reboots of unscripted series like $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, and Match Game to its primetime lineup. Now, the Alphabet Network has brought back another oldie but goodie, The Gong Show. The ABC TV series is an updated version of the Chuck Barris 1970s and '80s NBC and syndicated classic. Can lightning strike twice? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. **Update below. Airing on the ABC television network, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers). Celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of
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Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush

Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Sam Rockwell has been on the brink of serious awards attention for a while now. He came close to Oscar recognition with his tour-de-force performance in Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” but his work as a racist Missouri law enforcement officer in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is perhaps his best work to date, carved with complexity and grace. It might finally be hi ticket to the dance.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Rockwell has worked from a McDonagh script three times now, having previously starred in the director’s “Seven Psychopaths” and his play “A Behanding in Spokane.” He relishes the collaboration, particularly for McDonagh’s capabilities on the page.

“[The characters are] very detailed and defined,” Rockwell says. “The
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The Gong Show: Season One Ratings

In the last couple of years, ABC has made a major effort to add reboots of unscripted series like $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, and Match Game to its primetime lineup. Now, the Alphabet Network has brought back another oldie but goodie, The Gong Show. The ABC TV series is an updated version of the Chuck Barris 1970s and '80s NBC and syndicated classic. Can lightning strike twice? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Airing on the ABC television network, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers). Celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing a
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The Gong Show

Network: ABC. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 22, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Host Tommy Maitland (Mike Meyers); Wilder Zoby and The Gong Show Orchestra; Judges include: Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. TV show description: An updated version of the 1970s and '80s Chuck Barris series, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by "British comedic legend Tommy Maitland" (aka Myers). Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing the panel of three celebrity judges. Performances of every ilk grace the stage, including contortionists, singers, magicians,
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Exclusive: Will Arnett Opens Up About Reviving 'The Gong Show,' Talks 'Arrested Development' Season 5

Exclusive: Will Arnett Opens Up About Reviving 'The Gong Show,' Talks 'Arrested Development' Season 5
Will Arnett has a solution for the oft-reported division in America, and it starts with a woman playing the harmonica with a tarantula in her mouth. Yes, really.

The 47-year-old actor serves as executive producer and judge on ABC's The Gong Show, a revival of the beautifully bizarre amateur talent competition, which ran originally in the late 1970s with host Chuck Barris.

Exclusive: Will Arnett Talks New Comedy Show and Bittersweet Humor of ‘BoJack Horseman

"I think that we're living in a time where people need to just have a few more easy laughs," Arnett told Et on Monday of his motivations to reboot the show. "We've often had a lot of shows on the air in the last few years that have been just sort of competition shows, all about finding the next great singer or dancer or whatever it was, and I just wanted a show that embraced the weird and the different, the unusual
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Why Bachelor in Paradise Should be Shut Down Forever

If you are old enough to remember “The Dating Game” created by genius Chuck Barris, three unseen bachelors contestants would answer questions and one would be chosen to accompany the lady on a chaperoned date. It was pretty tame fun but let’s face it, dating shows draw an audience. Somehow “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” never struck me as fun. Contestants swap spit with the man or woman knowing they were doing the same thing with someone else just with 30 minutes before with producers in the wings urging them to go further and be more outrageous. From these two

Why Bachelor in Paradise Should be Shut Down Forever
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Watch Mike Myers as ‘The Gong Show’ Host Tommy Maitland on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Watch Mike Myers as ‘The Gong Show’ Host Tommy Maitland on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
We’re soon going to see more of Mike Myers. His last appearance in a live-action film (without counting documentaries) was Inglorious Bastards, in which he played a British general under heavy prosthetics. Now, he’s playing a British comedian under prosthetics in ABC’s reboot of The Gong Show, once hosted by the recently departed Chuck Barris (who was […]

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Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot

Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot
“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.

Read More: ‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.

“When Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host ‘The Gong Show,
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ABC Summer Schedule: Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed, Gong Show Reboot, The Bachelorette's Return and More

ABC Summer Schedule: Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed, Gong Show Reboot, The Bachelorette's Return and More
This just in: ABC is not biting its thumb at Still Star-Crossed — the Romeo & Juliet continuation finally has a premiere date at the network.

The long-in-the-works, Shondaland-produced drama will debut on Monday, May 29 at 10/9c, ABC announced Thursday as it made public its summer programming slate.

RelatedStill Star-Crossed: ABC Pilot Casts Danish Actress as Juliet

Reality franchises The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise will be back during the warmer months, as will game shows Celebrity Family Feud and $100,000 Pyramid. In addition to the Still Star-Crossed premiere, the Alphabet Network is using the summer to roll out new fare such as its Dirty Dancing remake,
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Remembering Chuck Berry, Chuck Barris and More Reel-Important People We Lost in March

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Lola Albright (1924-2017) - Actress, Singer. A regular on TV's Peter Gunn, she also appears in the movies Easter ParadeThe PirateChampion, The Way West, The Tender Trap, Joy House, Lord Love a DuckThe Monolith Monsters and Kid Galahad. She died on March 23. (THR) Chuck Barris (1929-2017) - Game Show Host, Producer, Director, Songwriter, Author. He created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, hosting the latter, and...

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Chuck Barris Appreciation: Remembering the Goofy Producer With a Big Heart

Chuck Barris Appreciation: Remembering the Goofy Producer With a Big Heart
Chuck Barris, the prolific producer who died March 21 at age 87, was a natural-born showman and entrepreneur. He had an irrepressibly raunchy and goofy sense of humor that was on display in his many successful TV series, from “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” to “The Gong Show” and “The $1.98 Beauty Show.”

Who else but Barris would take out an ad in Variety highlighting the fact that he’d had three shows canceled in six months? Who else would brag about his success with an ad headlined “We’re No. 1 Because We Work Harder” with a photo of the boss and his top execs at the beach?

Barris started Chuck Barris Prods. in 1965 with a $20,000 loan from his stepfather. By the end of the year, he’d launched “The Dating Game” as a daytime series on ABC.

He drew a fair amount of ridicule from industry colleagues later in life when he asserted in his 1984 memoir “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin? "There's a Possibility," 'Dangerous Mind' Producer Says

Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin?
Two decades ago, producer Andrew Lazar acquired the rights to Chuck Barris' memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography. Stranger than fiction, the 1984 book detailed The Gong Show host's hidden life as a CIA assassin in the 1960s and '70s. Lazar enlisted Charlie Kaufman to adapt the wild story, which would mark George Clooney's directing debut. The resulting 2002 movie, which depicts star Sam Rockwell killing 33 people, has been largely viewed as fantastical fiction.

But Lazar, who remained a close friend of Barris' and visited him just six weeks before his death on March 21, says...
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10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris

10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris, one of the most influential figures in American television history, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

Harris, whose career involved songwriting, working in ABC’s standards and practices department and — according to him — working for the CIA, was the creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, both hugely important watersheds in the annals of television history.

Barris would then go on to create and host The Gong Show, which is best remembered for being one of the first barrels of unadulterated insanity to air on network television. Basically a variety competition “talent” show, Gong Show was
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Sib Hashian, Boston Drummer, Dies at 67

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Sib Hashian, the original drummer for the rock group Boston, has died. He was 67. According to TMZ, Hashian (pictured above middle) was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was in the middle of a set when he suddenly collapsed. CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used. He was playing alongside fellow ex-band member Barry Goudreau, former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, former Beach Boy David Marks and former Kansas singer John Elefante at the time of his death, the Boston Globe reported. Hashian’s son Adam confirmed his death. Also Read: Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' Host, Dies at 87 The
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