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TCA Roundup: HBO Talks ‘Confederate’ Controversy, ‘True Detective’ Season Three and More

26 July 2017 6:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Critics Assocation press tour arrived in Beverly Hills July 25 and will continue through August 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels.

In today’s roundup, Andrew Sodroski and Greg Yaitanes discussed the humanity in Discovery Channel’s “Manhunt: Unabomber” series, Mahershala Ali was confirmed to star in “True Detective” season three, and HBO Original Programming chief Casey Bloys admitted the press release surrounding David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s “Confederate” project was misguided.

Sodroski and Yaitanes, producers of the six-part Unabomber limited series, said they wanted to bring light to certain aspects of a well-known criminal case like FX did with “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Paul Bettany stars as bomber Ted Kaczynski and Mark Duplass plays his older brother, David, who turned his brother in after recognizing his writing style in the Unabomber’s manifesto published »

- Erin Nyren

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Jon Stewart to Return to Stand-Up for HBO Specials

26 July 2017 5:35 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jon Stewart will be performing his first broadcast stand-up specials in more than 20 years. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the two planned comedy specials will air on HBO. His last special, which also aired on HBO, was 1996's Jon Stewart: Unleavened.

Of course, Stewart has been pretty busy in the time between stand-up specials, having hosted The Daily Show for 16 years. Following his departure in 2015, he signed a four-year production deal with HBO. The dates and locations for the new specials have not yet been revealed.

"I’m really thrilled »

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Jon Stewart Is Returning to Stand-up Comedy

26 July 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“I can finally use up the last of the Saddam Hussein jokes left over from my first special.” »

- Jordan Crucchiola

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Jon Stewart To Star in Two HBO Comedy Specials

26 July 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that Jon Stewart and HBO have scrapped his long-gestating animation project, the comedian will instead pick up the microphone and star in his first stand-up special in 21 years.

HBO announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour that Stewart will also host the latest “Night of Too Many Stars” autism benefit on Saturday, Nov. 18, live from Madison Square Garden.

Stewart’s comedy special will be shot on a date and location to be announced later. It’s his first stand-up special since HBO’s “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” which aired in 1996.

Read MoreJon Stewart and HBO Made The Right Call to Kill Their Animated Cable News Parody, and Here’s Why

“We’re excited to bring Jon back to the network with this pair of specials,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We’ve all missed his uniquely thoughtful brand of humor.”

The specials are a part of Stewart’s deal with the channel, »

- Michael Schneider

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Jon Stewart To Star in Two HBO Comedy Specials

26 July 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Now that Jon Stewart and HBO have scrapped his long-gestating animation project, the comedian will instead pick up the microphone and star in his first stand-up special in 21 years.

HBO announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour that Stewart will also host the latest “Night of Too Many Stars” autism benefit on Saturday, Nov. 18, live from Madison Square Garden.

Stewart’s comedy special will be shot on a date and location to be announced later. It’s his first stand-up special since HBO’s “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” which aired in 1996.

Read MoreJon Stewart and HBO Made The Right Call to Kill Their Animated Cable News Parody, and Here’s Why

“We’re excited to bring Jon back to the network with this pair of specials,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We’ve all missed his uniquely thoughtful brand of humor.”

The specials are a part of Stewart’s deal with the channel, »

- Michael Schneider

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Jon Stewart Sets Stand Up Special at HBO

26 July 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jon Stewart will return to stand up comedy in a special for HBO, the former “Daily Show” host’s first such special in over 20 years, it was announced Wednesday at the TCA summer press tour.

“I’m really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO,” Stewart said. ”They’ve always set the standard for great stand-up specials. Plus, I can finally use up the last of the Saddam Hussein jokes left over from my first special.”

Stewart’s last stand up special, “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” aired on HBO in 1996. Additionally, this fall Stewart will host the latest “Night of Too Many Stars” all-star benefit for Next For Autism to be presented live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 18.

The second special will feature stand-up performances, sketches and short films. The comedy event was created by comedy writer and performer Robert Smigel to support autism schools, programs »

- Joe Otterson

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Fearless episode 5 review

11 July 2017 3:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 11, 2017

Fearless delivers its best episode yet as the international significance of the night Linda died is made clear…

This review contains spoilers.

See related  Fargo season 3 episode 1 review: The Law Of Vacant Places

It’s mildly apt for Helen McCrory, who’s played lawyer Cherie Booth twice on screen, to be the lead in a series haunted by the ghost of her husband, Tony Blair. As “unreconstructed leftie” Emma Banville in Fearless, McCrory plays a legal mind with a very different stance on the decision to go to war in Iraq. It was a time of lies, says Banville in episode five. Dodgy dossiers, sexed-up intelligence, arrogant men who thought they could get away with anything… including framing an innocent (Rip Kevin Russell) for the murder of a schoolgirl.

That’s fiction, of course, but fiction that Fearless has tied in to real-world international politics with impeccable neatness. »

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Channel 4 Commissions Thriller ‘Baghdad Central’ From Scribe Stephen Butchard

5 July 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Channel 4 has commissioned Baghdad Central, a new six-part crime thriller written by The Last Kingdom scribe Stephen Butchard. Story, which is based on the novel by Elliott Colla, is set in 2003 Baghdad after Saddam Hussein has fallen and the city lies at the center of the coalition's efforts to secure the region. In the midst of the chaos, crime and paranoia, Muhsin al-Khafaji, an Iraqi ex-policeman has lost his home, his wife and his career and is battling to keep… »

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Emmy Winner Shohreh Aghdashloo on ‘The Expanse,’ Trump and Stereotypes of Middle Eastern Actors

19 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In 2004, Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo became the first woman from the Middle East to be nominated for an Oscar, for her work in “House of Sand and Fog” opposite Ben Kingsley. She is also the first Iranian woman to win an Emmy, for her performance as Saddam Hussein’s wife in the HBO-bbc miniseries “House of Saddam.”

More recently, Aghdashloo has appeared in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Star Trek Beyond,” and plays high-ranking United Nations politician Chrisjen Avasarala in Syfy channel series “The Expanse,” which was recently renewed for a third season.

Aghdashloo spoke to Variety at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where she is a juror, about why the lead role of Avasarala represents a milestone in her struggle to smash stereotypes for Middle Eastern actors in Hollywood and how she hopes there is no turning back now.

You’ve often decried that, for years, the only roles you could get in Hollywood were »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Alex Jones Leaks Full Megyn Kelly Interview Ahead of NBC Broadcast

15 June 2017 6:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: Infowars’ Alex Jones has leaked audio of his full interview with NBC NewsMegyn Kelly.

In a video posted on Twitter Thursday night, Jones released a portion of the interview and said that he would release its entirety later tonight.

Exclusive Sneak Peek! Alex Jones To Release Full Megyn Kelly Interview https://t.co/10Wp9XYs2L

Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) June 16, 2017

Coming out tonight, later this evening,” Jones said in the video posted Thursday. “I’ve never done this in 22 years. I’ve never recorded another journalist. I’ve never done this. But I knew it was a fraud, I knew it was a lie. God, she was like, ‘I want to get steaks with you, I’m obsessed with you. Oh my god,’ wailing around in her seat. It was all crap, and I knew it was all a lie. I said Sandy Hook happened, everything. She wouldn’t put it in the promo pieces »

- Daniel Holloway

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Megan Leavey – Review

9 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Kate Mara stars as Megan Leavey in Gabriella Copperthwaite’s Megan Leavey, a Bleecker Street release.

Megan Leavey is a true story-based drama about young woman whose close bond with a dog changes both of their lives. Although the young woman is a Marine serving in Iraq and the dog is her bomb-sniffing teammate, this really is a touching dog story rather than a war story.

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s moving but flawed film is based on the true story of Iraq war veteran Megan Leavey and the German Shepherd explosives-detection dog Rex with which she worked. If you are a soft touch for true-story dog tales, this one’s got your number. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite has previous experience telling a compelling animal story, as the director of Black Fish, the award-winning documentary about captive orcas.

Making a nice transition to narrative feature films, Cowperthwaite tells a different kind of “girl and her dog” story, »

- Cate Marquis

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"Salam, Iran!"

21 May 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Dear Iran,

I’m sorry that no one in my country seems able to pronounce your name correctly. Despite it only consisting of four letters and two syllables when written in English, nobody from either political party — no pundits, no media outlets, no public figure at all — seems able to enunciate your name correctly. It seems that everyone in the United States suddenly develops a twangy Southern accent when talking about you, butchering your name by saying it the same way one might answer the question, "What did you do at the track this morning?"

"I ran."

Contrary to this odd dialect choice, Americans do not all sound like Jodi Foster’s character from Silence of the Lambs. There is actually a wide variety of accents scattered throughout our vast nation — as I would assume is also the case with the many peoples and regions of your country.

I was »

- C. Jefferson Thom

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10 Dictators Donald Trump Has Said Nice Things About (Photos)

2 May 2017 7:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Trump has a habit of using kind words to describe authoritarian world leaders — despite issues like human rights abuses, anti-democratic policies, and violence against their own people. Here are 10 that Trump has been positive on, either in his words or through his actions. Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines Trump had a phone call with Filippino President Duterte, and apparently in an unscripted moment, invited him to the White House. Duterte is an admitted mass murderer, known for his extrajudicial killings of hundreds of drug users in his battle against the drug trade. Saddam Hussein, Iraq Trump said during his campaign that the. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis’

30 April 2017 6:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The radical terror army known as Isis operates far less in the shadows than the underground rebels of Al-Qaeda. Yet for most Westerners, the image of the Islamic State remains that of an abstract and rather murky cult of hooligan warriors. “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis,” a powerful and important documentary directed by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, is a movie of multiple achievements, and one of them is that it lets you look right into the face of this hydra-headed paramilitary beast. We see footage of fighters from the Free Syrian Army, many of whose members were later assimilated into Isis, entering Aleppo, a city ravaged by civil war, and they have a goon-squad fearsomeness that announces itself as beyond the law. At the risk of sounding like I’m trivializing real-world atrocity, it’s very much like that moment in “The Road Warrior »

- Owen Gleiberman

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My Week in Kuwait

11 April 2017 7:52 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

By Peter BelsitoFestival Winners Kuwait Film Festival

I was invited in March by my friend Talal Al-Muhanna, Manager, Industry Program, Kuwait Film Festival — 1st edition March 24–28, 2017 to be an industry panelist during the Fest’s workshops.

View from my hotel window

Above, the view from my hotel window, is one aspect of today’s Kuwait. Building is going on everywhere, the old is coming down and new arising up to great heights. When I asked what this is based on I was answered with one word — ‘oil’.

You get the feeling there’s a lot of money here. But this is definitely the Mid East. The Fest films and attendees were from Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Europe — all over. I was treated very graciously and all were interesting, talkative and open.

This is a Muslim society. There are people dressed in traditional gowns, hijabs, etc. Many of the women I saw »

- Sydney Levine

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Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams in Talks to Star in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Biopic

6 April 2017 7:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Christian Bale and Steve Carell may team up again with “The Big Short” director Adam McKay. Bale, Carell and Amy Adams are in talks to star in McKay’s as-yet-untitled Dick Cheney biopic for Paramount, as reported by Variety. Sources tell the magazine Bale would play the former vice president, while Adams would portray his wife, Lynne Cheney, and Carell would play former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Read More: Hans Zimmer Quit Scoring ‘Batman’ Movies Because Ben Affleck Lacked Christian Bale’s ‘Pain’

McKay will direct the film from his own screenplay. He will also produce under his Gary Sanchez Productions, along with his partners Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. Brad Pitt is also among the producers of this project, under his Plan B Entertainment, along with Plan B co-presidents Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner. Producers are aiming to start filming in the spring.

After serving in the administrations of Richard Nixon, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Take Off Movie Review

24 March 2017 2:35 AM, PDT | Behindwoods | See recent Behindwoods news »

The insurgency in Iraq escalated into a civil war in 2014 when the Isis attacked and captured major areas in Northern Iraq including cities like Mosul and Tikrit.

 

A group of Malayali nurses, forty six to be precise, were taken hostages by Isis in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. All forty six of them were airlifted from Erbil, a city in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, after successful interventions by the Indian and Kerala State Governments, and the Embassy officials.

 

The movie Take Off is a cinematic recreation that delineates the distress and trauma the nurses »

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Take Off Movie Review

24 March 2017 2:35 AM, PDT | Behindwoods | See recent Behindwoods news »

The insurgency in Iraq escalated into a civil war in 2014 when the Isis attacked and captured major areas in Northern Iraq including cities like Mosul and Tikrit.

 

A group of Malayali nurses, forty six to be precise, were taken hostages by Isis in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. All forty six of them were airlifted from Erbil, a city in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, after successful interventions by the Indian and Kerala State Governments, and the Embassy officials.

 

The movie Take Off is a cinematic recreation that delineates the distress and trauma the nurses »

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Shooting Syria: documentaries from the most dangerous place on earth

12 February 2017 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sundance 2017 audiences were impressed by films on the Syrian crisis, and Netflix’s The White Helmets is up for an Oscar. Documentarian Nick Fraser explores the art of filming under fire, and three directors tell how they did it

Wars are defined by the way they are covered. In the 1930s, it was the Leica that brought the Spanish civil war to readers, while the second world war was seen through black-and-white newsreels. After the colour TV footage of Vietnam, which introduced war to every living room, audiences experienced the illusion of real-time participation in the Balkans and the wars against Saddam Hussein via 24-hour news cycles and instant video. More recently the use of lightweight cameras has blurred the line between fighters and embedded film-makers, as Armadillo and Restrepo, two documentaries from 2010 about the war in Afghanistan, showed. But today’s Syrian wars have brought a new level of »

- Nick Fraser

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Shooting Syria: documentaries from the most dangerous place on earth

12 February 2017 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sundance 2017 audiences were impressed by films on the Syrian crisis, and Netflix’s The White Helmets is up for an Oscar. Documentarian Nick Fraser explores the art of filming under fire, and three directors tell how they did it

Wars are defined by the way they are covered. In the 1930s, it was the Leica that brought the Spanish civil war to readers, while the second world war was seen through black-and-white newsreels. After the colour TV footage of Vietnam, which introduced war to every living room, audiences experienced the illusion of real-time participation in the Balkans and the wars against Saddam Hussein via 24-hour news cycles and instant video. More recently the use of lightweight cameras has blurred the line between fighters and embedded film-makers, as Armadillo and Restrepo, two documentaries from 2010 about the war in Afghanistan, showed. But today’s Syrian wars have brought a new level of »

- Nick Fraser

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