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With the debate raging over whether Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” celebrates the excesses it portrays or makes a moral case against them, Variety‘s Whitney Friedlander and David S. Cohen square off over the picture. Read Whitney Friedlander’s take here. Below is David Cohen’s take:
“The Wolf of Wall Street” may or may not be on its way to awards gold, but it has kicked up the kind of controversy that had been mostly lacking in this season’s generally-good-but-unchallenging prestige releases.
The daughter of one of Jordan Belfort’s co-conspirators penned an open letter to condemn the film for condoning Belfort’s debauched lifestyle. One Hollywood veteran approached Martin Scorsese to shout “Shame on you!” after an Academy screening. Producer-star Leonardo DiCaprio has felt the need to defend the picture against charges that it glorifies and embraces the excesses it portrays.
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- David S. Cohen
With the debate raging about whether Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” celebrates the excesses it portrays or makes a moral case against them, Variety’s Whitney Friedlander and David S. Cohen square off over the picture. Read David Cohen’s opinion here. Below is Whitney Friedlander’s take. It should be obvious, but This Post Contains Spoilers.
Of all the New Year’s Eve events I’ve been invited to, the one I fear will be the most raucous is my co-worker’s house party. How much trouble could a bunch of twentysomething lads get into while pregaming in West L.A. before heading out to the Rose Bowl?
Did I mention it’s a “Wolf of Wall Street”-themed party?
- Whitney Friedlander
[Part 1 of this interview is available here.] David S. Cohen is an entertainment writer whom, along with his regular gig, has written and compiled two "Making of..." coffee-table-type books, one for Rango and one for Pacific Rim. But putting one of these tomes together is not just a matter of pasting up art and writing captions; many times the art isn't available, or the publisher and the studio are not on the same page, catching the author in the middle and scrambling to figure out what he can pull for his book and still make a deadline. In the second half of our conversation we discuss some of those problems. When they lined up the book Rango, like Insight Editions lines up Pacific Rim, they don't line it up with the studios involved and then the studios just open up their archives for the project? The conversation that was happening between Paramount and Insight Editions was "Well, »
- Del Howison
That big summer blockbuster comes out and you love it so much you want to own the "Making of ..." or "The Art of ..." book to look through and enjoy all over again. But did you ever wonder what goes into putting one of these Making of books together. I spoke with author David S. Cohen at his Dark Delicacies signing for his large art book Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters. He was able to offer a little insight into the fringe area of these very specialized books.
So the book actually came out just prior to the film's release?
When I landed the job, one of their biggest fears was that I would ruin the ending. I thought, "I know how to handle this so that it doesn't completely spoil the ending."
Are there things not in the book because Legendary didn't want them in there for reasons »
- Del Howison
Futurama has come to an end. It’s the fourth time that we’ve heard that, but this time it seems conclusive. The series finale of season 7 (season 6 in the UK) entitled ‘Meanwhile’, the 140th episode of Futurama’s on again, off again history, opened with the hilarious caption “Avenge Us” and had a tearfully happy ending for two of our beloved Planet Express crew members. That’s all I’ll say for now so that we can steer clear of any spoilers.
The happy ending brought the show to a sweeter and more natural ending than the three previous episodes that Groening and co. had originally expected to be the last stand: season 4′s ‘The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Play Things’, the straight-to-dvd movie ‘Into the Wild Green Yonder’, and the season 6 finale (season 5 in the UK) ‘Overclockwise’. The fact that Futurama has already had four ‘final’ episodes »
- Matt Hirons
When Futurama aired its final episode the other week, devoted fans had to sit through their favourite animated show ending for what is now the third time. And even though the show had certainly dipped in quality from it’s golden era on Fox, seeing Fry and Leela sort of end up together was still an incredibly satisfying (and emotional) ending, incredibly fitting for a show that had always been as much about the characters as space jokes.
I first saw Futurama on a pre-Simpsons Channel 4, but didn’t truly appreciate until I got the DVDs how sharp the writing and affectionately drawn the characters (in both meanings of the the word) were. Watching it from the beginning hammers home how for the time it was an incredibly out there idea.
- Alex Leadbeater
Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's cult animated series Futurama came to an end for the third time this past week as Comedy Central broadcast the finale of the show's seventh (and so far final) season, but according to Katey Sagal, we might not have seen the last of Fry, Leela, Bender and co. just yet.
"Matt promised me at Comic-Con that something would happen," Sagal tells Assignment X. "Because we love each other, all of us, and we’ve been canceled three times, I think, and we’ve moved from network to network. So this is the first time we actually looked serious – they actually did it. So I have faith that something will rise again – I believe Matt. We have a huge fan base. It really is the fans that got it to continue this long. And there are a billion stories to tell about the future. »
- Flickering Myth
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Nerdist Presents: Futurama Live
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To mark the series finale of Futurama, Comedy Central and Neridst live-streamed a pre- and post-show chat with series creator Matt Groening and Executive Producer David X. Cohen along with cast & crew in a pre and post show around the finale. »
- Justin Vactor
"Futurama" might have aired its final episode on Sept. 4, but the show isn't gone forever. There are plans for a crossover with "The Simpsons" that is currently being developed and will continue to keep the "Futurama" characters alive and well -- for one more episode, at least.
During the "Futurama Live" finale event at the YouTube Space La, Zap2it spoke with "Futurama" creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen about the planned crossover. As the finale episode "Meanwhile" ended on a pretty uplifting but conclusive note, the pair admitted that the "Simpsons" crossover won't take place after the finale chronologically. It's just tricky to figure out when it actually does take place in the "Futurama" timeline.
"This is what I would say: I mean, we were canceled for several years. I think the crossover episode probably happened then, because can you imagine how many exciting adventures happened in those »
"Futurama" is coming to an end ... again. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Chris Hardwick is hosting a special pre- and post-show, streaming live from the YouTube Space La. The specials will feature Q&A with the cast and crew of the long-running animated show, as they say goodbye to the show with their fans.
The festivities kick off at 9:30 p.m. Et for the pre-show, with the post-show following at 10:30 p.m. Et. You can follow along with the live stream above. »
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The end is near for "Futurama." After seven seasons and 124 episodes -- plus four feature-length movies -- the animated series ends its run Wednesday (Sept. 4) on Comedy Central.
As revealed at Comic-Con in July, Fry finally decides to propose to Leela in the finale, but thanks to a time-travel device invented by Prof. Farnsworth, things go amiss. Like, really amiss, as you can see in the clip above.
Fry and Leela initially have some fun being the only people who are free to move around, but will it last? You can find out when the series finale airs at 10 p.m. Et Wednesday on Comedy Central. The episode will be bookended by live pre- and post-show interviews with creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen on the show's website.
Are you ready to say goodbye to "Futurama"? »
Futuristic delivery guy Philip J. Fry (voice of Billy West) finally gets his happy ending with the lovely Leela (voice of Katey Sagal), albeit with dire consequences for the rest of the universe, as "Futurama" ends its long run Wednesday, Sept. 4, on Comedy Central.
"We wanted to push the Fry and Leela relationship to its conclusion," executive producer David X. Cohen, who co-created "Futurama" with Matt Groening of "The Simpsons," tells Zap2it. "If this really is our last episode, we wanted to have a payoff for this story that has been bubbling on and off for the last 13 years. We decided to give fans Fry and Leela's wedding, although, of course, in a twisted sci-fi way."
If Cohen sounds a little uncertain whether his show is really ending, you have to cut the guy some slack. He's been here before, but this animated series -- which premiered on Fox »
In an interview with The Av Club, Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen says tonight’s farewell required some special planning to get right, “For the scenes between Fry and Leela in the final episode, for example, Katey Sagal was very busy, because she’s shooting Sons Of Anarchy at the same time she’s recording Futurama. So, we recorded some of the really deep scenes between Fry and Leela individually and tried to piece it together, and I finally just went, ‘You know what? This isn’t going to work. We’ve got to do this right. »
- Lyle Masaki
Hardwick currently hosts similar programs for AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad". Here, he will sit down with series creator Matt Groening, Ep David X. Cohen and various cast members. [Source: The Live Feed]
A&E has renewed "Longmire" for a third season following a season finale that posted highs.
The series pulls in five million plus weekly fans in live+7 ratings. It is also A&E's most watched drama. »
- Garth Franklin
Fans of A&E's Western "Longmire," there's some potential good news about a Season 3.
On Thursday (Aug. 29), executive producer John Coveny tweeted the sturdy-rated series was renewed for a Season 3. "Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7). Young and older skewing alike," he writes. "The call just came in: Season 3 for #Longmire is a Go!"
Before you start celebrating, however, it should be noted that the network has yet to confirm the renewal. A Season 3 is likely, thanks to Monday's Season 2 finale and its season high ratings, but let's not put the cart before the horse, as they say.
More TV news and notes:
- As "Futurama" prepares to sign off the good for the second time on Wednesday (Sept. 4), Comedy Central has revealed plans to make the night more of an event. A pair of online companion shows, to be hosted by Chris Hardwick, will bookend the finale, »
Good news, everyone! The series finale of "Futurama" is going out with a bang. The Sept. 4 finale of the Matt Groening animated series will be bookended with pre- and post-shows that will be live-streamed by Comedy Central. See video: New 'Futurama' Sneak Peek Is Hard to Digest, Literally The first show will feature a chat with Groening and "Futurama" executive producer David X. Cohen, which will be moderated by Nerdist's Chris Hardwick, who hosts the AMC after-shows "The Talking Dead" and "Talking Bad." Series voice stars Billy West, Maurice Lamarche, Phil Lamarr, »
- Tim Kenneally
As no TV event can truly be said to have happened unless Chris Hardwick is there to talk about it, the series finale of Futurama will be legitimized with a pre- and post-show discussion hosted by Hardwick on Sept. 4. In the two half-hour episodes that will stream live on Comedy Central's Futurama page and the Nerdist YouTube channel, Hardwick—currently the host of The Nerdist, The Talking Dead, Talking Bad, and Talking To Some Dick Who Keeps Bringing Up Shipmates—will similarly preside over a panel that includes series creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen »
Chris Hardwick is expanding his relationship with Comedy Central. The Nerdist personality has been tapped to host Futurama Live, pre- and post-show online companion talkers timed to the series finale of the network's Futurama. Story: 'Futurama' Canceled for Third Time Hardwick, who already hosts AMC's The Talking Dead and Talking Bad companions to The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, will sit down with series creator Matt Groening and Ep David X. Cohen on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Pt/9:30 p.m. Et. Castmembers set to join Groening and Cohen for the first of two half-hours include
- Lesley Goldberg
But don’t look for them on the main Emmycast. There are far too many of them, and let’s face it, production designers and technical directors don’t draw ratings. In the past, a below-the-line category or two, chosen by lot, would be included, but that ended more than 20 years ago. The Fxx telecast of the Creative Arts banquet is a consolation prize, and likely won’t attract primetime numbers.
But TV crafts now rival their bigscreen counterparts. They deserve a showcase of some kind. So here are some ideas from the Variety newsroom on how to give these artists a moment in the spotlight.
“The academy used to feature rotating below-the-line awards. I think it’s an idea worth reconsidering and perhaps reinstating – finding »
- Variety Staff
Appearing in their annual “last Comic-Con panel ever,” the creative talent behind Futurama once again delighted the audience with their own particular brand of off-center hijinks. Gathering the entire voice cast together for the first time, the team treated fans to a table read of the first act of the series finale, followed by a screening of the fully-finished second act. Unfortunately, the third act will remain behind the veil until the finale airs on September 4th on Comedy Central. Until then, be sure to hit the jump and check out our panel recap as this may very well be the last time we get to see Futurama at the Con (though I’m hoping another network will once again swoop in to rescue the beleaguered comedy series). Head writer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening introduce their "guests": John Dimaggio, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom, Maurice Lamarche, Tress »
- Dave Trumbore
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