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Michael Alago, Who Signed Metallica and White Zombie, Gets the Documentary Treatment in ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’

21 July 2017 6:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the histories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre warrant four hours of prime HBO real estate in “The Defiant Ones,” then certainly Michael Alago, the flamboyant New York punk habitue who signed Metallica to Elektra and White Zombie to Geffen during his stints as an A&R executive, deserves his 77 minutes of recognition.

In the spirit of similar documentaries on behind-the-scenes heroes such as Rodney Bingenheimer (“The Mayor of Sunset Strip”) and Danny Fields (“Danny Says”), “Who the F**k Is That Guy?” recounts the remarkable journey of Alago, a Puerto Rican kid who grew up on Brooklyn’s New Utrecht Avenue with his bedroom facing an elevated subway track. That undoubtedly influenced his passion for post-punk hardcore rock. “I love the noise,” he says at one point in the movie. “I love the sweat.  I love when I go to concerts and it’s 99% guys.”

The documentary was directed by punk-rock veteran Drew Stone, who »

- Roy Trakin

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Exclusive: Why ‘Actress’ Doesn’t Ring True for ‘Billions’ Breakout Star Asia Kate Dillon

14 June 2017 12:22 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Change can be as simple as walking through an unmarked door, or, in Asia Kate Dillon’s case, writing a letter to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences about the gender requirements for submitting nominees to the Primetime Emmys’ acting categories. Turns out, there are none. “The rules have always stated said any performer can enter either category for any reason,” says Dillon, who identifies as nonbinary, just like their season two breakout character, Taylor, from the Showtime series Billions.

The definition of the word ‘actor’ has a long history that does not include the gender of the performer, which Dillon wrote about in their initial inquiry to the Emmys. The words ‘they/them’ have a long history, too, of being used as a gender-neutral pronoun, and as more people come out about not fitting into the simple categories of men and women, use of the pronoun -- preferred by Dillon -- has increased by individuals who identify »

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The Get Down

25 May 2017 2:18 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NetflixEpisodes: 11 (hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: August 12, 2016 — April 7, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jimmy Smits, Daveed Diggs, Giancarlo Esposito, Stefanée Martin, Shyrley Rodriguez, Karen Aldrige, Mamoudou Athie, Zabryna Guevara, Ron Cephas Jones, and Eric Bogosian.TV show description:A late 1970s musical drama series set in the South Bronx, The Get Down recounts the death of disco, as well as the birth of hip-hop. The title comes from a phrase used to describe particularly danceable sections of records which DJs can repeat by using multiple turntables.Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero (Justice Smith) is a talented and enterprising teenaged poet and an »


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The Get Down: Cancelled; No Season Two; Netflix Creator Reacts

24 May 2017 11:51 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As expected, Netflix has cancelled The Get Down TV show. There will be no season two of Baz Luhrmann's hip-hop historical series. A 1970s musical drama, The Get Down stars Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremaine Brown Jr.. The Netflix series also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jimmy Smits, Daveed Diggs, Giancarlo Esposito, Stefanée Martin, Shyrley Rodriguez, Karen Aldrige, Mamoudou Athie, Zabryna Guevara, Ron Cephas Jones, and Eric Bogosian. Read More… »


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Billions: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on Showtime?

16 May 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchHave the mighty fallen? Will the Billions TV show be cancelled or renewed for a third season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Billions season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Showtime premium cable channel, the Billions TV show stars Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashād. Eric Bogosian will recur and Mary Louise Parker will guest star in season two. Billions follows U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and self-made billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Lewis). The second installment picks up right after the season one finale, which ended in a confrontation between Rhoades and hedge fund king "Axe." Now, the duo will engage in a "scorched-earth battle" »


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Larry Cohen, a Horror Hero For James Wan and Eli Roth, Reveals Why He Doesn’t Watch Scary Movies and Hates Remakes

4 May 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

New York’s greatest B-movie legend is coming back to the Big Apple. Prolific writer-director-producer Larry Cohen returns to his native New York this weekend to appear at a retrospective of his New York-set films at the newly-renovated Quad Cinema.

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The writer behind 2002’s “Phone Booth” and director of “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” Cohen directed 20 movies and wrote dozens of screenplays for both film and television during his roughly 50 year career. Many of his most well-known films were set in New York.

“It was my favorite place to shoot,” Cohen said. “New York is the world’s greatest backlot.”

The retrospective, entitled “Larry Cohen’s New York,” will include the “Whisper” cut of Cohen’s 1976 horror-thriller “God Told Me To,” a version that has never been screened in New York before. The other films »

- Graham Winfrey

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Alec Baldwin Dishes on the Time Whitney Houston Snubbed Him, Plus More Wild Celebrity Run-Ins

4 April 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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If you’ve watched Alec Baldwin’s life unspool through the tabloids, then you “know” all kinds of things about his first marriage, his cocaine abuse, his paparazzi anger issues, and the infamous voicemail he left long ago for his daughter Ireland. In his long-awaited memoir Nevertheless, Baldwin doesn’t shy away from those stories — they’re all here, and he takes responsibility for the things he has said and done.

But they aren’t the focus; they’re side notes in a rich, fascinating, occasionally irascible chronicle that starts »

- Tina Jordan

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Showtime Renews Paul Giamatti-Damian Lewis Wall Street Drama ‘Billions’ for Third Season

8 March 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime is shelling out for more “Billions.” The network has renewed the Paul Giamatti-Damian Lewis Wall Street drama for a third season, Variety has learned.

“‘Billions’ continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. “It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season 2 is off to a tremendous start, and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in Season 3.”

Season 2, currently airing, picked up immediately after the Season 1 finale. Hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis), scorching the earth in a costly war for personal domination. The series explores the dynamic in the battle of law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘Billions’ Bosses Promise to Deliver High Yield Drama at Season 2 Premiere

14 February 2017 11:36 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anna Wintour waited patiently at the bar to give Damian Lewis a hug just as he arrived Monday night at Cipriani in lower Manhattan for the season two premiere of “Billions.”

The Vogue editor-in-chief was among the high net worth guests who turned out to toast the Wall Street-themed drama’s Feb. 19 return on Showtime. Knicks coach Phil Jackson and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft also made the rounds at the screening and party, appropriately held at the venue across the street from Wall Street’s iconic charging bull sculpture.

Showtime CEO David Nevins gave a shout-out to co-creators and showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien for their deft touch in delivering the “Billions” mix of sudsy drama and heady commentary on the 1% and their discontents. The show’s already large ensemble cast — anchored by Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman — has been enhanced this year with such notable additions as Eric Bogosian, Christopher Denham »

- Cynthia Littleton

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New TV Promos – Beyond, Trial & Error, 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice, Billions, The Magicians

24 January 2017 6:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A selection of new TV promos have arrived on this week, giving us a look at the upcoming shows Beyond, Trial & Error, 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice, along with the second seasons of Billions and The Magicians; check them out here…

Beyond” is a one-hour drama about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him?

Trial & Error is your new weekly addiction. A serialized murder-mystery comedy from Jeff Astrof (Ground Floor, Friends) and Matt Miller (Forever, Chuck), this documentary-style single-camera series goes into the heart of a quirky, small Southern town to follow the arrest and murder trial »

- Amie Cranswick

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