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9 items from 2015


David Kennedy, Talent Agent Turned Producer, Dies at 73

1 July 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Kennedy, a top talent agent in the 1970s and ’80s who segued into producing, has died. He was 73.

Kennedy died in Los Angeles on June 14 as a result of complications from knee replacement surgery, FX confirmed Wednesday.

Kennedy was most recently developing several projects at FX under a first-look deal with FX Prods., including a narrative take on the 2012 AIDS activism documentary “How to Survive a Plague.”

As a producer he was known for such telepics as CBS’ Emmy-winning 2005 drama “Saving Milly” and Showtime’s “Our Fathers.”

Kennedy spent 12 years as head of TV for ICM, based in New York where he represented such notables as Robin Williams, Lorne Michaels, Eddie Murphy, Dick Clark, Debbie Allen and Joe Piscopo. He segued to the production side with his move west to work as senior VP of programming for Pearson Television and Reg Grundy Prods.

Kennedy later became president of Dan Curtis Prods. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Upfronts 2015: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of TV’s Marathon Week

15 May 2015 5:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The curtain came down on the 2015 upfronts in the wee hours of Friday morning when the last hardy souls cleared out of CW’s thank-god-it’s-finally-over bash at Park Avenue Spring in Gramercy Park.

TV’s marathon week seems to grow longer every year, with more parties and related events added to the already grueling schedule of network programming presentations. As always, there were highlights, lowlights and head-scratching moments to remember. To use a metric that everyone in showbiz can understand — awards shows — here’s our rundown of the week that was.

Best dressed network ad sales chief: NBCUniversal’s Linda Yaccarino, who hit the stage three times in four days with presentations at NBC (Monday), NBCUniversal Hispanic Group (Tuesday) and NBCUniversal Cable (Thursday).

Best goofy video to start a presentation: Stephen Colbert and Leslie Moonves at CBS. A couple of hams.

Best use of talent to sell a show: Mike Epps, »

- Cynthia Littleton and Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Esquire Network Greenlights First Original Scripted Series (Exclusive)

7 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Esquire Network is getting into the scripted game.

NBCUniversal’s male-skewing network has ordered 10 episodes of the dark drama “Spotless,” set to premiere this fall, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project hails from Tandem productions for Canal Plus and marks the first-ever scripted series for Esquire, which is home to unscripted properties “Knife Fight,” “Brew Dogs” and “Friday Night Tykes.” Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI”) are co-creators, and Rola Bauer (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) will serve as exec producer, alongside Jonas Bauer and Suzanne Berger.

Marc-André Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y.”), Denis Ménochet (“Inglorious Basterds”), Miranda Raison (“24: Live Another Day”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) will star in the series.

Spotless,” set in London, follows a troubled man, Jean Bastiere (Grondin), whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin (Ménochet), crashlands into his world. Together, the brothers must confront their dark sins of the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Scandal at the Games: 8 Most Notorious Super Bowl Moments

31 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday's Super Bowl brings a chance for true greatness - it also opens the doors for spectator sports' next epic failure. In the big game's 49 years, some real bonehead moves have punctuated the the hugely watched event. For every time Beyoncé slays her halftime show, fellow diva Christina Aguilera might stumble over the words of the national anthem. And for every magical, gravity-defying play, there's a "wide right" field goal miss just a foot away. Behold some of the most notorious Super screw-ups from the big game ... Nipplegate (2004) Remember the Super Bowl halftime show when Kid Rock offended everyone by »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Scandal at the Games: 8 Most Notorious Super Bowl Moments

31 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday's Super Bowl brings a chance for true greatness - it also opens the doors for spectator sports' next epic failure. In the big game's 49 years, some real bonehead moves have punctuated the the hugely watched event. For every time Beyoncé slays her halftime show, fellow diva Christina Aguilera might stumble over the words of the national anthem. And for every magical, gravity-defying play, there's a "wide right" field goal miss just a foot away. Behold some of the most notorious Super screw-ups from the big game ... Nipplegate (2004) Remember the Super Bowl halftime show when Kid Rock offended everyone by »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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9 Painfully Awkward Celebrity Super Bowl Ads

30 January 2015 5:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"Well, I can just watch the commercials." For decades, that's been the Super Bowl Sunday motto of many who care more about pop culture than they do football. And why not? These $4 million ad spots are spectacles by design - short subject mini-films designed to dazzle you with celebrities, flash and, often, very odd subject matter. Here, then, are nine Super Bowl commercials that feature celebs doing some very odd, awkward or otherwise unusual things. They just might make you proclaim, "Wow, what a weird idea for a commercial!" - and then wonder how much these stars got paid. 1. Michael J. Fox »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Super Bowl Ads: 11 Commercials That Forced The Big Game To Change Its Spots

26 January 2015 10:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For decades, the Super Bowl advertising formula has been the same: Make funny jokes for all the beer-swilling guys in front of the screen. Pay B-list celebrity heaps of cash for 10 seconds on film. Consider doing both. Hope the world pays attention.

For some, the bar is higher. Madison Avenue’s more clever creative directors and chief marketing officers have had better ideas, of course. And that’s who we will celebrate below.

No one is saying the ads that follow are the best or worst Super Bowl commercials ever made. Deciding the entrants in those categories is for savvier minds than ours. We’re putting our focus on those ads that forced a change in how Super Bowl commercials are plotted, put together or placed in the lineup of the network broadcasting the game. So, there’s no mention in the paragraphs below of Coke’s famous Mean Joe Greene »

- Brian Steinberg

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'The Wedding Ringer' (2015) Movie Review

15 January 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Let's clear up a few things about The Wedding Ringer right off the bat. First, it's a Kevin Hart film. If you don't like Kevin Hart (I do) then don't go see the movie, you most likely won't enjoy it at all. Secondly, it's rather misogynistic. This is more a bromantic comedy than a romantic comedy as the men primarily speak as if the ladies aren't in the room. If such comedy offends you, perhaps you too might want to sit this one out. Otherwise, The Wedding Ringer is a mixed bag. I smiled and laughed frequently while I found myself saying, "Okay, get on with it," more than once. It's not a strong brom-com contender, but it should satisfy the right audience in a pinch. There is little out of the stereotypical norm as we meet Doug (Josh Gad), an overweight, nerdy, loner type, who's engage to be married to Gretchen, »

- Brad Brevet

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‘The Wedding Ringer’ Review: Kevin Hart’s Phony Best Man Elevates This Wildly Uneven Comedy

15 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While “The Wedding Ringer” isn’t the total waste of time that its painful trailer (and January release date) threatens, it’s also a movie whose occasional good ideas are ultimately drowned out by sloppy, contrived screenwriting. On the scale of Kevin Hart vehicles, it’s not up to the standards of “Think Like a Man” and “About Last Night” — but hey, at least it’s better than “Ride Along” or “Think Like a Man Too.”

The screenplay by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender offers up an intriguing premise and some truly unpredictable comedy misdirects, but you can feel the »

- Alonso Duralde

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