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The CW Developing Near Death Experience Dramedy From Rob Giles & Page Fright

The CW has put in development Near Beth Experience, a dramedy from writer-musician Rob Giles, Mike Kelley (Revenge) and Melissa Loy’s Page Fright and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Giles, Near Beth Experience centers on a cynical young stand-up comedian who survives a near death experience. The former non-believer starts hearing the prayers of people in close proximity to her — forcing her out of her egocentric comfort zone as she attempts to help others in eccentric, funny…
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Religious Dramedy From 'Revenge' Creator in the Works at The CW

The CW is looking to expand its dramedy slate.

The network has given a script development deal to a one-hour dramedy from Revenge executive producers Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Near Beth Experience follows a cynical young stand-up comedian who survives a near-death experience. Suddenly, the former non-believer starts hearing the prayers of people in close proximity to her — forcing her out of her egocentric comfort zone as she attempts to help others in eccentric, funny and begrudgingly heartfelt ways.

Rob Giles will write the script and serve as a co-executive producer. Kelley, who...
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Own orders series by 'Moonlight' co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

Own orders series by 'Moonlight' co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney
Creed’s Michael B Jordan set to serve as executive producer on coming-of-age drama.

Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has announced a new one-hour drama series from Moonlight co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner.

Michael B Jordan is also joining as an executive producer via his Outlier Productions banner.

Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, the drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.

Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher
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Own orders drama series from 'Moonlight's Tarell Alvin McCraney

Own orders drama series from 'Moonlight's Tarell Alvin McCraney
Creed’s Michael B Jordan set to serve as executive producer on coming-of-age drama.

Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has announced a new one-hour drama series from Moonlight co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner.

Michael B Jordan is also joining as an executive producer via his Outlier Productions banner.

Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, the drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.

Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher
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‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Sets Coming-of-Age TV Drama With Michael B. Jordan and Own

‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Sets Coming-of-Age TV Drama With Michael B. Jordan and Own
Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar winner who shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Moonlight” this year along with director Barry Jenkins, is coming to television with a coming-of-age drama that sounds right in the wheelhouse of the acclaimed Best Picture winner. The Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has given the untitled project a straight-to-series order. Michael B. Jordan is attached as an executive producer with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney Return to Liberty City for ‘Moonlight’ Celebration

The series is set in South Florida at the end of the Obama administration and will center around the life of a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects. The young teenager is forced to choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that could take his mother and him out of poverty. Similar to “Moonlight,” the show will take inspiration from McCraney’s own life.
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‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Sets Coming-of-Age TV Drama With Michael B. Jordan and Own

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‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Sets Coming-of-Age TV Drama With Michael B. Jordan and Own
Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar winner who shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Moonlight” this year along with director Barry Jenkins, is coming to television with a coming-of-age drama that sounds right in the wheelhouse of the acclaimed Best Picture winner. The Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has given the untitled project a straight-to-series order. Michael B. Jordan is attached as an executive producer with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney Return to Liberty City for ‘Moonlight’ Celebration

The series is set in South Florida at the end of the Obama administration and will center around the life of a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects. The young teenager is forced to choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that could take his mother and him out of poverty. Similar to “Moonlight,” the show will take inspiration from McCraney’s own life.
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OWN Orders Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’ Co-Writer, Michael B. Jordan

OWN Orders Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’ Co-Writer, Michael B. Jordan
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given a straight-to-series order to a new drama from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney with Michael B. Jordan also executive producing, Variety has learned.

Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write, and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy also serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner. Jordan will executive produce through his Outlier Productions. The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It follows a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects haunted by the death of his closest friend who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama era, the series was inspired by events in McCraney’s own life.
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Own Orders Coming-Of-Age Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network continues to ramp up its slate with a series green light to an hourlong coming-of-age drama from Moonlight co-writer/executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the studio behind the network’s hit drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay. The yet-to-be-titled series is created, written and executive produced by McCraney, with Revenge and Swingtown creator Mike Kelley, his producing partner Melissa Loy and…
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Tyler Hubby Introduces His Film "Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present"

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Mubi is exclusively playing Tyler Hubby's Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016) from April 8 - May 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom and United States.Tyler Hubby (left) and Tony Conrad (right)I met Tony Conrad in 1994 just as he was re-emerging as a composer and musician. I was recording with my Hi-8 camera when he played one of his first public shows as a violin soloist and have been recording since.Tony was electrifying in how he could always find ways to confront establishment ideas and personal belief systems. Not only was his sabre rattling at the foundations of western culture inspiring, it was also just, and deeply resonated with my ideas of the role of art in society.Over the years as I worked as an editor on films like The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Double Take and The Great Invisible I kept shooting performances and interviews with Tony,
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Joshua Reviews Tyler Hubby’s Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present [Theatrical Review]

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I can see the comments now. Who the hell is Tony Conrad, and why the hell is there a documentary about him?

In many ways, that’s kind of the point with regards to the existence of the debut film from editor-turned-director Tyler Hubby. Hubby, best known for editing award-winning documentaries like The Devil And Daniel Johnston, jumps behind the camera for a briskly paced and yet lovingly dense look at an artist who has gone far too long unsung among the masses.

Entitled Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present, Hubby’s film takes a look at the life and work of Conrad, who may not be familiar but has surely inspired or been directly involved with some of your favorite musical and avant garde art collectives. An artist in various mediums, Conrad has worked in realms ranging from experimental film to public access television over his expansive 50-plus year career,
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Tony Conrad — Critical Audiovisions

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Tony Conrad, 1983. Photo by Joe Gibbons.Tony Conrad, who passed away on April 9 aged 76, was a vital figure in the fields of both filmmaking and music. His work in each is often characterized by its visceral power, its clear-eyed critique of Western art traditions, its interest in social questions and relations of control, its technical virtuosity and wit.Conrad was an indisputable innovator. His film works, beginning with The Flicker (1966) and continuing through, the Yellow Movies (1973), Film Feedback (1974), the ‘cooked film’ and ‘pickled film’ series, and many others, pushing the medium to its inner and outer limits: exploring the potential of long durations, stroboscopic effects, the physical properties of celluloid, the relation of filmmaker to spectator, the relation of film to other arts and to history. Conrad also created a vast number of video works, reflecting the same incisive energy. Too seldom referred to in contemporary writing about experimental film,
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Will Ferrell, Ryan Seacrest Join for Lacma Collectors Committee 30th Anniversary Dinner

Will Ferrell, Ryan Seacrest Join for Lacma Collectors Committee 30th Anniversary Dinner
With eight items up for acquisition Saturday at Lacma’s annual Collectors Committee dinner, there was one that struck an obvious chord with a number of industry players who would vote on which artworks to make part of the museum’s permanent collection. “My favorite piece is the video collection. I’m a visual guy,” Will Ferrell told The Hollywood Reporter about a selection of 150 videos from the 1970s featuring artists like Nam June Paik, Mike Kelley and John Baldessari. At $350,000, it also was the favorite of Steve Tisch and Bryan Lourd of CAA. Needless to say, the collection quickly

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Daily | Tony Conrad, 1940 – 2016

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Yesterday, Buffalo News arts critic Colin Dabrowski broke the news that composer, artist and filmmaker Tony Conrad had passed away earlier in the day at the age of 76. "Conrad, who taught in the University at Buffalo's media study department since 1976, was idolized by a generation of composers, musicians and artists who credit him with changing the course of American art and music with his seemingly endless series of inventive projects, performances and installations." Artforum adds that "Jack Smith, Mike Kelley, and Henry Flynt were among his many frequent collaborators. Conrad also composed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music, which included John Cale and La Monte Young. A book in his collection, titled The Velvet Underground, ultimately gave rise to the name of Lou Reed’s eponymous band." » - David Hudson
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How Jim Shaw Birthed a New Era of Appropriation

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Magpie-eyed artist Jim Shaw has spent most of his career in the shadows of his good friends and colleagues Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. He recently told The New Yorker that that he played "Poncho" to the late Kelly’s “Cisco Kid.” Now the New Museum is giving Shaw his time in the sun with an excellent, full-fledged three-floor retrospective, “The End Is Here,” which examines his eccentric activities and includes him functioning simultaneously as collector, curator, and artist. This is not altogether unusual for artists of his generation. Yet Shaw is his own breed of appropriation artist who both does and doesn't fit his generation. His appropriation has a distinct, self-effacing quirky generosity about it — something encyclopedic, delirious, manic that helped perpetuate and detonate lots of subsequent ideas about styles of two-dimensional rendering, including calendar and fashion illustration, pulp fiction and pinup depiction, porn, and other semi-looked-down-on or low
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The Strange (and Often Wonderful) Things We See When Celebrities Paint

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The Strange (and Often Wonderful) Things We See When Celebrities Paint
On October 22, John Mellencamp will open a new show. Not of songs at a concert but of paintings (like the Arshile Gorky–influenced one above). The rock star is just the latest in a tumble of actors, singers, newscasters, and others of their famous ilk who feel the need to be seen, and taken seriously, as visual artists. I’ve written before about how freaked out I was contemplating the intense, almost village-idiot-like unself-conscious paintings of George W. Bush. For once, through his work, I got to peek inside his strange inner life. Could, I wondered, the same thing happen by looking at the work of entertainment celebrities, typically enshrined in their own publicity bell jars? Some of these boldfaced names range relatively far afield: Miley Cyrus has gone big into sculpture (and was compared by art impresario Jeffrey Deitch to Mike Kelley), and last year, Jay Z took a
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What Really Happened After Everest the Movie Ends? The Real-Life Survivor Story

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Everest recounts the real-life story of the May 10, 1996 trek to the top of the world's highest peak - a day that would become the deadliest in its history. (That record has sadly since been surpassed.) The movie is based on climber and survivor Beck Weathers's memoir, Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest, but most people are more familiar with another book about the fateful expedition: journalist Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The film, while epic and frightening - especially when captured in expansive IMAX 3D - still somehow doesn't compare to the real human drama - which, in my opinion, these two books better harness. Read on for more of the true story of Weathers' incredible survival and to find out about his life after Everest. Weathers and Brolin at the La premiere of Everest in Sept. Weathers, now 68, is played by Josh Brolin in the film.
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The Real-Life Survivor Behind Everest's Harrowing True Story

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Everest recounts the real-life story of the May 10, 1996 trek to the top of the world's highest peak - a day that would become the deadliest in its history. (That record has sadly since been surpassed.) The movie is based on climber and survivor Beck Weathers's memoir, Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest, but most people are more familiar with another book about the fateful expedition: journalist Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. The film, while epic and frightening - especially when captured in expansive IMAX 3D - still somehow doesn't compare to the real human drama - which, in my opinion, these two books better harness. Read on for more of the true story of Weathers' incredible survival and to find out about his life after Everest. Weathers and Brolin at the La premiere of Everest in Sept. Weathers, now 68, is played by Josh Brolin in the film.
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32 Must-See Art Exhibits Opening This Fall

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Hopefully, you’ve had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you’re looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we’ll be breaking them out separately. Here’s a look at fall art exhibitions and installations.September 9/2Charles SwedlundThrough 10/3, Higher PicturesThe legendary octogenarian photographer trained with masters of abstraction Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. 9/9“Katherine Bernhardt: Pablo & Efrain”Through, 10/24, Venus Over Manhattan Sensual color and compositional jam-ups of everyday objects, all rendered with the magical eye of a Berber rug. — Jerry Saltz 9/10“Dana Schutz: Fight in an Elevator” Through 10/24, Petzel GallerySchutz’s colorful abstracted figural pictorial structure does with space and composition what Brice Marden does with his looping lines. — J.S. Mike Kelley Through 10/24, Hauser & WirthKelley’s Kandors — late works that borrow their name from the capital of Superman’s home planet and take shape
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‘Revenge’ Finale: Emily VanCamp On Series’ Beating Heart

Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of Sunday night's Revenge series finale. It was always promised, going back to original Revenge creator Mike Kelley, that the nighttime soap series would end with two graves. Amanda Clarke aka Emily Thorne was always bound to off the dynasty nemesis who plagued her life, Hamptons queen bee Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), but we never knew who that second body would be lying next to Victoria. Logically, fans always thought it…
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‘Revenge’ Series Finale Review: Overheating a Dish Best Served Cold (Spoilers)

Revenge” was one of those intriguing pilots that by all rights should have birthed a limited series, or at least truncated seasons. Instead, ABC and the producers milked the show through the equivalent of a full presidential term, which meant boarding the train to Silly-ville some time ago, hoping plenty of steam would compensate for (or perhaps obscure) some of the more laughable twists and turns. All that came to an end Sunday, in a series finale that, not unexpectedly, overheated a dish best served cold.

For all the twists and turns, the last episode (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) managed to be wholly predictable, granting Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp) a happy ending with her long-postponed coupling with Jack (Nick Wechsler) — a guy who, if you think about it, has a strange habit of romancing women named Amanda Clarke.

It didn’t help that several key members
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