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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: 12 Things We Learned at Tribeca Fest Premiere

22 April 2017 4:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Do something. Stay awake. Beware of morons. Those are the deeper messages expressed in Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which bows April 26.

Stars Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley and other cast members, showrunner Bruce Miller, director Reed Morano and exec producer Warren Littlefield gathered Friday night for the premiere screening and panel at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Here are 12 things we learned from the conversation about the series that presents a chilling look at an America where women are enslaved as breeding machines for a totalitarian regime dubbed Gilead.

Atwood makes a cameo in the first episode as a menacing aunt who delivers quite a slap to Moss’ Offred. Moss insisted that the blow look authentic. “She didn’t want to and then she really got into it,” Moss said. Moss was convinced that she needed to do the show by »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Tribeca 2017: Watch the Panel Discussion Live

21 April 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The much anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival with a panel discussing the timely world premiere. Featured in one of the series of Tribeca Talks happening at the Festival, the panel for “The Handmaid’s Tale” will hold a conversation with its executive producers and the majority of its main cast.

Atwood’s book was published in 1985, quickly cementing itself and its author as required feminist reading of the 20th century. The story follows Offred, a woman designated to the lower caste of the Handmaid in a dystopian world called Gilead. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a story about confronting the patriarchy in a world that doesn’t feel so distant from our own.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Inspires Abortion Rights Protestors to Wear Red Robes in Texas

Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, »

- Maya Reddy

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Tribeca 2017: Watch the Panel Discussion Live

21 April 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The much anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival with a panel discussing the timely world premiere. Featured in one of the series of Tribeca Talks happening at the Festival, the panel for “The Handmaid’s Tale” will hold a conversation with its executive producers and the majority of its main cast.

Atwood’s book was published in 1985, quickly cementing itself and its author as required feminist reading of the 20th century. The story follows Offred, a woman designated to the lower caste of the Handmaid in a dystopian world called Gilead. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a story about confronting the patriarchy in a world that doesn’t feel so distant from our own.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Inspires Abortion Rights Protestors to Wear Red Robes in Texas

Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, »

- Maya Reddy

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Tribeca Film Festival to Live-Stream 12 Panels Free on Facebook, Including ‘Godfather’ Cast Reunion

19 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Can’t make it to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival? This year, the New York fest is bringing a dozen live sessions to internet users — for free — via an exclusive pact with Facebook, including the much-anticipated cast reunion of “The Godfather” films.

While Tribeca live-streamed a few panels on Facebook from the 2016 festival and has made other sessions available free online in past years, organizers say the Facebook Live lineup this year is unprecedented in scope.

For the first time in Tribeca’s history, internet users worldwide will be able to watch the festival’s closing-night event on April 29, with a panel discussion about “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II” with director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert De Niro. (“Godfather” star Marlon Brando died in 2004.)

Other sessions to be available include conversations featuring Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, Ron Howard, »

- Todd Spangler

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David Letterman’s Feud with Jay Leno: New Biography Reveals the Legendary Host was ‘Seething with Unhappiness’

11 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The feud between late-night hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno has been well documented, but the new biography Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman (obtained by People) reveals more details surrounding the legendary host’s competitive and angsty nature.

“Letterman assumed one day he would get a call from Carson or the head of NBC to offer him the job . It never happened,” writes Zinoman. “Rick Ludwin, head of late-night programming at NBC, respected Letterman as a great entertainer but was skeptical that he could draw the broad swath of viewers that made up the Tonight Show audience. »

- Sam Gillette

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Fox 21 Names Andy Bourne Senior VP, Development

4 April 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox 21 Television Studios has promoted executive Andy Bourne to the position of senior vice president, development. Bourne will report to studio president Bert Salke.

“Since the merger of Fox 21 and Ftvs, Andy has been  responsible for or played a large role in a number of our new series,” Salke said. “It’s rare to find an executive who is as talented and passionate as he is well-liked and nice, and Andy is all of those things. We’re excited to promote him.”

In his new role, Bourne will continue to develop programming for cable channels and streaming services.

Bourne joined Fox Television Studios in 2013, and stayed on  as vice president of development through the studio’s 2014 merger with Fox 21. Among the series he has developed at Fox are “The Chi” for Showrtime, “Seven Seconds” for Netflix, and “Queen of the South” for USA.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »

- Hanh Nguyen

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See Ewan McGregor as Combative Twin Brothers in New 'Fargo' Trailer

22 March 2017 6:48 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ewan McGregor makes his debut in the dual roles of twin brothers Emmit Stussy, the "Parking Lot King" of Minnesota, and parole officer Ray Stussy in the official Season Three trailer for FX's Fargo.

The third installment follows the brothers as tensions mount in their sibling rivalry, which inevitably leads to murder. The new cast includes Carrie Coon as police chief Gloria Burgle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays Ray's girlfriend Nikki Swango and David Thewlis plays loner V.M. Vargas.

In the trailer, Ray tells his brother in a Godfather-styled scene, »

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast and EPs Discuss the Dystopian World in New Featurette (Watch)

24 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Imagine if all the fertile women in the world were rounded up and enslaved by an extreme regime that takes away their rights and their families.

According to the stars and creators of Hulu’s upcoming drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, that horrible reality “seems far away, but it also seems like it could be so close.”

“It’s really a dystopian world where an extreme regime rises up and says we have a better way,” explains executive producer Warren Littlefield in an exclusive new featurette for the show.

Turns out that better way is to snatch fertile women away from their friends and families and forbid them from even speaking about their previous lives.

In one scene from the new trailer, we see the captured women being lectured on how the world has become so filled with chemical pollution and radiation, that »

- Will Thorne

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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX

22 February 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.

Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.

The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Seinfeld,’ ‘ER,’ and John Landgraf’s Libido: NBC Vets Reminisce About ‘Must See TV’ Era

7 February 2017 4:56 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Consider these two facts: In 1994 and 1995, an average of 75 million Americans tuned in every Thursday night to NBC. And during entertainment president Warren Littlefield’s tenure, NBC won 168 Emmy Awards.

“Staggering,” said Wme’s Rick Rosen, as he opened the Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s luncheon celebrating NBC’s “Must See TV” in Beverly Hills. The lineup was pretty staggering, too. Rosen and Littlefield were joined by the Beckman Group’s Preston Beckman, Freeform’s Karey Burke, FX’s John Landgraf, Showtime’s David Nevins, TBS and TNT’s Kevin Reilly, and Big Beach’s Robin Schwartz — all of whom briefly worked together at NBC in the ’90s. The event looked back at the network’s signature hits developed under Littlefield, including “ER,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Will & Grace,” and “Law & Order.”

Littlefield began by crediting the guiding principles of his mentors, Brandon Tartikoff and Grant Tinker, the latter of whom was known for the dictum, “First »

- Daniel Holloway

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Former NBC Execs Look Back on the Births of 'ER,' 'Seinfeld,' and 'Will & Grace'

7 February 2017 4:11 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

These days, network heads John Langraf (FX), David Nevins (Showtime) and Kevin Reilly (TBS and TNT) compete against each other to land the hottest shows and the most Emmy wins, but two decades ago, the trio were among those on the ground floor of NBC's Must See TV movement, helping push through passion projects like ER and Will & Grace that would come to define the network and television as a whole.

Joined by former NBC entertainment president Warren Littlefield (now an exec producer on Fargo) and former NBC execs Karey Burke (now of Freeform), Robin Schwartz (now of Big Beach) and Preston »

- Kate Stanhope

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‘Legion’: Creator Noah Hawley on Taking FX Series Beyond X-Men

24 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV’s first live-action X-Men series does not have many X-Men in it. In fact, FX’s “Legion” pilot boasts only one character from the Marvel comic books about so-called mutants. There is no Magneto, no Jean Grey, no Wolverine. There is definitely no Deadpool. The word “mutant” isn’t even mentioned until halfway through the episode.

If “Legion,” which premieres Feb. 8, feels like a distant cousin to the movie franchise that has grossed almost $4.4 billion worldwide for Fox since the first “X-Men” premiered in 2000, that is by design.

The designer is Noah Hawley, the writer- showrunner who pulled off the impossible by adapting the Coen Brothers’ cult-classic film “Fargo” into a critically acclaimed television series. For his next trick, Hawley will attempt the unimaginable yet again: reinventing the superhero genre with a show about an obscure character plucked from the bowels of a franchise whose recent screen iterations have prompted whispers of fan fatigue.

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- Daniel Holloway

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Fargo: Season Three Production Has Begun; Other Details Released

13 January 2017 4:35 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Executive Producer Warren Littlefield and crew have begun production on the third season of the Fargo TV show for FX. They began shooting in Calgary, Alberta at the beginning of the new year, before escaping to sunny Pasadena for the TCA winter press tour.Fargo season three stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, and Michael Stuhlbarg. It is said to be set in the present and will feature McGregor in the dual roles of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Learn more about the third season on FX, after the jump.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Queen Latifah Reveals She’s Working on a Living Single Revival

13 January 2017 7:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Check check check it out – a ’90s kind of world might be coming back to TV.

Queen Latifah paid a visit to Watch What Happens Live on Thursday — and she revealed that a reboot of her hit ’90s Fox sitcom Living Single is in the works!

“Funny you should ask — we’re actually working on it,” she told host Andy Cohen. “It’s not there yet, but hopefully we can get it happening.”

The 46-year-old actress said she’d be producing the revival, which would reunite her with original stars Kim ColesErika Alexander, T.C. Carson, John Henton, Mel Jackson »

- Dave Quinn

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‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon on Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names

12 January 2017 5:35 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While “Fargo” Chapter 3 will blow “kisses” to past installments, expect a totally new story when Noah Hawley’s Coen-inspired series returns in April.

Stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg have only been shooting the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning limited series for a week, but they, along with executive producer Warren Littlefield, still took the time to come by the TCA Winter Press Tour and reveal a little bit of information about what we can expect from this newest iteration.

Set in 2010, the show promises to take on issues like social media in the modern world, as Littlefield explained. (Hawley was scheduled to appear on the panel, but bowed out due to illness.) “Carrie has a scene where she’s on a plane and she looks around and everyone has their heads down,” he said. “No one’s talking, no one’s communicating. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon on Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names

12 January 2017 5:35 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While “Fargo” Chapter 3 will blow “kisses” to past installments, expect a totally new story when Noah Hawley’s Coen-inspired series returns in April.

Stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg have only been shooting the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning limited series for a week, but they, along with executive producer Warren Littlefield, still took the time to come by the TCA Winter Press Tour and reveal a little bit of information about what we can expect from this newest iteration.

Set in 2010, the show promises to take on issues like social media in the modern world, as Littlefield explained. (Hawley was scheduled to appear on the panel, but bowed out due to illness.) “Carrie has a scene where she’s on a plane and she looks around and everyone has their heads down,” he said. “No one’s talking, no one’s communicating. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Fargo’ Grapples With Smartphone Era, Ewan McGregor Tackles Minnesota Accent In Season 3

12 January 2017 5:09 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Two days after Ethan and Joel Coen announced they were partnering with Annapurna Television on their first TV project, Western anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Fargo Ep Warren Littlefield got asked why the brothers had not done any writing or directing on FX’s series adaptation of their Original Screenplay Oscar-winning film. "We'd love it; it would be sensational," Littlefield responded at TCA today. "We have said, 'Come on up, direct!' I hasn't happened so… »

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‘Fargo’: 7 Things We Learned About Season 3 From TCA Panel

12 January 2017 4:57 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Minnesota accents are hard, if you’re from Scotland. 2010 feels like a long time ago. Zero degrees is shorts weather, if you’re from Calgary. And Noah Hawley has outdone himself with the character names for season three of “Fargo.”

These are among the insights shared by “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Carrie Coon, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg and exec producer Warren Littlefield on Thursday during the Television Critics Association press tour panel on the series that began production in the Calgary area earlier this month. (Hawley was scheduled to participate but bowed out because he was under the weather.)

Among the highlights:

McGregor plays two primary characters, brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, who are not twins and come from different backgrounds. And yes, he’s speaking like a Minnesotan, not his natural Scottish brogue. “I’m doing the ‘Fargo’-y accent,” he said, working hard with a dialect coach. “It »

- Cynthia Littleton

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