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Shonda Rhimes Selected for Writers Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Award

17 December 2014 10:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shonda Rhimes — creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal,” and executive producer of “How to Get Away with Murder” —  has been selected by the Writers Guild of America West for its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

The trophy will presented at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“Few writers in television have had the impact on the medium that Shonda Rhimes has,” said WGA West President Chris Keyser. “Her ability to create, consistently, television that is, at once, excellent, provocative and crowd-pleasing is almost the least of it. She is a breaker of barriers.”

Keyser noted that Rhimes has given voice to characters who had been voiceless and has been fearless in tackling issues.

“Offscreen, she has been a mentor to a generation of writers – some of whom are women, some of whom are writers »

- Dave McNary

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A Curb Your Enthusiasm finale? That'd be pretty, pretty good

17 December 2014 7:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Larry David says that the chances of a further series are ‘six to one against’. Should he return to the show, or leave it hanging?

It took me about two episodes to “get” Curb.

Weird steadycam shots of two men walking the halls of TV networks discussing their penchant for nodding at black people. As someone who’d never watched a second of Seinfeld it was completely foreign. But as the constant taboo-breaking mounted up and Susie’s abusive tirades grew ever more caustic it became an unmissable show. There have been times over the eight series when my interest has waned – everything up to season six is flawless, but seven and eight were a bit too self-referential for me – yet the prospect of a final season is something most fans would savour.

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Larry David on 'Curb': 'I No Longer Feel a Need to Wrap Things Up'

17 December 2014 5:36 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Larry David admitted the odds are against another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, telling Bill Simmons in a recent chat with Grantland the line is about "six to one." While Simmons suggested one last 90-minute mockumentary to wrap up the beloved HBO series, David seemed unsure, recalling the negative reactions to the infamous Seinfeld finale.

"I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up," David said. When asked if he was still »

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Larry David Says That a New Curb Your Enthusiasm Season Is Very Unlikely

16 December 2014 1:09 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Larry David has some bad news if you’ve been waiting and hoping for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9: it’s probably not going to happen. After saying that he felt “bad that I don’t have shows for [the fans]” and that “I haven’t given up the hope” back at the end of September, David now appears moving away from the idea of a new season of Curb. “I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1,” said David in a recent interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons. Furthermore, when Simmons brought up the idea of even doing a 90-minute special to “wrap things up” for the characters on Curb Your Enthusiasm, David cited the Seinfeld finale as a reason why he’s hesitant to try to give Curb a more definitive ending. “Well, you know, I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, »

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Larry David says new 'Curb' season very unlikely (and you can blame the 'Seinfeld' finale)

16 December 2014 12:05 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Another reason to dislike the Seinfeld finale: Fans' reaction to the closing episode of NBC's iconic sitcom isn't helping the odds of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm ever coming back. Curb creator and star Larry David was asked by Grantland about the possibility of Curb ever seeing a ninth season. David has often seemed pessimistic about the acclaimed and popular show returning, but he sounds even more against the prospect than usual. "I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1," said David, who is prepping his new upcoming Broadway comedy show, Fish in the Dark. »

- James Hibberd

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Chris Rock Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Top Five' Star

12 December 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Nearly 20 years ago, Chris Rock's popularity skyrocketed. Today, he's still at the top of his game.

After stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color" and no film offers in sight, Rock thought he was already washed up. The young comedian went back to the drawing board, toured the country as a stand-up, and the result was "Bring the Pain." The 1996 stand-up special transformed Rock from "that guy" to "the guy" nearly overnight -- but he still never shined on the big screen. By nearly all accounts, though, that's all changed this winter. "Top Five" finds the comedian at the top of his game (no pun intended), a critically acclaimed feature written by, directed by, and starring Rock.

From his famous mentor to his rough school days, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Chris Rock.

1. Chris Rock was born February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina to Rosalie Tingman and Julius Rock. »

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J. B. Smoove -- Curb Your Enthusiasm for Another Season of 'Curb'

9 December 2014 6:05 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Only Larry David knows for sure whether or not there will be another season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ... but co-star J.B. Smoove does not sound optimistic.David is famous for keeping his "Curb" plans secret up until the last minute ... even from HBO and the cast. But Monday at Lax, Smoove sounded like a guy who didn't plan on portraying Leon Black again any time soon. We're not ready to let go. Read more »

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Sundance 2015 Premieres Announced

8 December 2014 5:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.

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’15 Sundance: Tons of “All Good Things” in Special Events: Andrew Jarecki & Kevin Pollak Among Special Events

8 December 2014 2:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With a line-up that already packs a punch, Sundance will also include a new section simply called “Special Events” which is described as “one-of-a-kind moments highlighting new independent works that add to the unique Festival experience. An evolving section, this year includes episodic work, short films and live performance.” In what promises to be a I can’t believe I’m watching what I’m watching type event, the one item that has caught our attention is Andrew Jarecki delving back into a subject heading he is familiar with in All Good Things moving forward into the HBO series, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (six-part documentary). Here is the press release:

Animals./ U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano) — Animals. is an independently produced animated series that focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.

Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”

By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »

- Justin Chang

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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.

Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind »

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Doc Premieres

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.

Joe Swanberg brings Digging For Fire with Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

Peter Sarsgaard, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Rita Wilson Boards Larry David's Broadway Debut

7 December 2014 9:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Casting is almost complete on Larry David's upcoming Broadway debut as playwright and star, Fish in the Dark, with Rita Wilson, Ben Shenkman and Marylouise Burke among those joining the populous ensemble. Anna D. Shapiro, a Tony winner for August: Osage County, who is currently represented on Broadway with her production of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, directs David's comedy about a death in the family. The production begins previews Feb. 2 at the Cort Theatre, with official opening night set for March 5. Also joining the cast is Lewis J. Stadlen, Tony-nominated in 1974 for Candide and

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The One Film You Need To Support: All The Rage

4 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Suki Hawley, David Beilinson and Michael Galinsky of Rumur Films are an amazing trio of filmmakers who have made many important must-see documentaries, such as Battle for Brooklyn and Who Took Johnny?.

But with their latest project, All the Rage, they are attempting to actually change viewer’s lives.

All the Rage is a profile of Dr. John Sarno, the American doctor who has been a nearly lone — but absolutely essential — voice in the wilderness of modern day medicine. Dr. Sarno has long championed a holistic mind-body approach to solving numerous common ailments, including — most famously — back pain. His contention that most back pain is the result of psychological trauma over physical trauma has earned him the devotion and respect of the thousands of people he has cured.

Some of Dr. Sarno’s most enthusiastic supporters include Larry David, John Stossel, Senator Tom Harkin and Howard Stern.

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11 Broadway Shows To Get Excited About in 2015

28 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

A new year means new shows! Here are 11 we cannot wait to see in 2015. “Fish in the Dark”  (Opens March 5)To say Larry David’s Broadway debut is highly anticipated would be putting it mildly. As with his cult classic show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” David will be performing his own words, this time inspired by the death of a friend’s father. “The Audience”  (Opens March 8)Helen Mirren already won an Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II. Why not a Tony, too? Stephen Daldry’s majestic West End production of Peter Morgan’s biographical drama follows the queen into her private meetings with all 12 prime ministers during her 60-year reign. “On the Twentieth Century” (Opens March 12) Get ready for some good ol’-fashioned glamour on the Great White Way—and the long-awaited return of a diva. Playing a Hollywood starlet to Peter Gallagher’s bankrupt producer, Tony and Emmy »

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Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy?

17 November 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy? The Peacock last July announced plans to bring Cosby back to primetime in summer or fall of 2015 as the patriarch of a new family sitcom. As Deadline reports, "That plan may have been derailed by the resurfaced rape accusations against the veteran comedian.” Plus: Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral, another woman is accusing Cosby of rape, and Whoopi Goldberg is skeptical of the Cosby rape accuser. Parents TV Council blasts FX for showing graphic “Sons of Anarchy” sex scene The conservative watchdog called the opening 2 1/2 minutes of last week’s episode "the most sexually explicit content the (organization) has ever documented on basic cable,” adding that such content should be reserved for pay cable like HBO or Showtime. New “Peter Pan Live!” promo shows Allison Williams singing Watch Williams sing “I Won’t Grow Up, »

- Norman Weiss

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Film Review: ‘The Rewrite’

13 November 2014 4:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A screenwriter has to be mightily confident in his script to christen it “The Rewrite,” a title that begs jaded critics to suggest it may have needed another pass or two. Marc Lawrence’s affable but under-inflated romantic comedy does little to fend off such punchlines: The story of a faded Hollywood scribe seeking to regain his creative mojo via a small-town teaching job, the film finds its own writer-helmer struggling to match the bubblegum snap of earlier works. What it does have is Hugh Grant — a standby collaborator for Lawrence, and not an asset to be underestimated. Happily paired with the ever-game Marisa Tomei, the British star hardly tests himself with yet another study in high-class bumbling, yet his breezy effortlessness is precisely the kind that’s in overly short supply here.

Given its easy digestibility and an ensemble speckled with familiar faces — including erstwhile “Juno” spouses Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons, »

- Guy Lodge

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'The Comeback': TV Review

9 November 2014 4:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Before Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback aired on HBO in June of 2005, the channel had already run four full seasons of Larry David’s cringe-comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ricky Gervais had already completed the entirety of The Office. And so, too, had the entire six-episode first season of the American remake of The Office aired on NBC. In short, what Kudrow and creator Michael Patrick King were doing with The Comeback is not, as so many people seem to think, being original. HBO aired 13 low-rated episodes of it and canceled it. For a reason. Read more Into the

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Seinfeld’s journey from flop to acclaimed hit

7 November 2014 1:36 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Initially, Seinfeld met with a lukewarm response, a baffled network, low ratings and a volatile creator. So how did it become such a hit?

“Pilot performance: Weak”. That was the research report verdict on the 1989 pilot of new NBC sitcom Stand Up, written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. The episode had excited “lukewarm reactions among adults and teens and very low reactions among kids”. The audience found it annoying that the main character, a fictionalised version of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, “needed things to be explained to him”. The lead was too wimpy, the show was “too New York” (and therefore too Jewish) and worst of all, nothing happened in it. “You can’t get too excited about going to the Laundromat”, as one respondent put it. The report’s conclusion was stark: “no viewer was eager to watch the show again.”

Fast forward nine years and the Seinfeld finale »

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New Season: ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Makes Crackle Pop Video

6 November 2014 10:16 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Crackle is our pick for excellence in web series content.Make sure to catch the new season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ which was renewed for four more seasons back in April.Previous episodes of “Comedians in Cars” have featured Seinfeld’s conversations with a long list of comedy greats, including Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Todd Barry, Mel Brooks, Louis Ck, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Wayne Knight, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Michael Richards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern, among others. We are waiting on his ride with Monique Marvez, the […] »

- April Neale

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