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How @midnight made America fall in love with the panel show

20 November 2014 5:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Comedy Central show took a British-style format, added comedians telling topical jokes, applied it to social media – and ended up with a runaway hit

The New York Comedy Festival had plenty to talk about this year, from a controversial Bill Cosby show to a topless set by Tig Notaro. But its most prominent inclusion wasn’t a standup show at all. Its big coup was in drawing Comedy Central’s hit late night show @midnight away from its comfy Los Angeles confines for a week of shows in the Big Apple.

The road trip gave the show a chance to feature New York-based comics like Judah Friedlander and Jim Norton, and welcome a slew of celebrity guests – Jon Hamm, Ben Stiller, Gilbert Gottfried, Stephen Colbert, and Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson all appeared during the week. The show even included a few of the more aggressive »

- Elise Czajkowski

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News Shorts: November 1st 2014

1 November 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James Franco has posted an Instagram photo of himself shooting his film adaptation of the novel "Zeroville" alongside cast mates Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell. Rogen plays Viking Man, a character who is a thinly-disguised take on legendary writer/director John Milius. Ferrell's role is unknown, but he looks kind of like he's doing a take on producer Robert Evans.

"Voltage Pictures has scored international rights to Ken Sanzel's action title "Blunt Force Trauma". The story is set in the world of underground gunfights in South America and Ryan Kwanten plays a young man and Freida Pinto a vengeful woman who meet on their quest to locate the clandestine scene's elusive champion..." (full details)

"Starz has scored the North American rights to the action-adventure film "Northmen: A Viking Saga" starring Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Anatole Taubman, Charlie Murphy, James Norton and Ed Skrein. The story follows a gang of »

- Garth Franklin

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Mike Tyson Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse

31 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Mike Tyson revealed during a radio show appearance this week that he was sexually abused as a child.

Mike Tyson Sexual Abuse

Tyson appeared on SiriusXM’s Opie Radio on Friday when he opened up about his experience with sexual abuse. "I was a little kid, 7," Tyson told co-host Jim Norton. "Old man, yea."

When Norton asked the boxing champion whether it was a one time event or repeated abuse, Tyson said it happened once and that the man was a stranger. "No, one time," Tyson said. "Never seen him again….snatched me off the street."

Norton pressed Tyson, "He abused you and just let you go or did you escape?" After Tyson said that he had run away from the man, Norton asked him if he felt "drastically changed" because of the experience.

Tyson replied, "I don't know if I did or not,” adding, "I'm not embarrassed or ashamed of anything from that perspective. »

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Starz Plunders ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’ For Domestic Theaters & Pay TV

30 October 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Starz has locked up North American rights to the action-adventure pic about a gang of Viking marauders marooned in a hostile land. The deal for Northmen: A Viking Saga covers all platforms in the U.S. and Canada including theatrical, followed by an exclusive premium cable run on Starz networks. Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, Charlie Murphy, James Norton, Ed Skrein, Anatole Taubman and Johan Hegg star in the pic, which sees the Northmen shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. They must journey to the safety of the Viking stronghold Danelag — with the Wolf Pack, the king’s ruthless mercenaries, hot on their trail. Bastian Zach and Matthias Bauer wrote Northmen, which was produced by Ralph S. Dietrich. The Salt Company worked the acquisition deal on behalf of Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. A sizzle reel for director Claudio Fäh’s film drew attention at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin. »

- The Deadline Team

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Starz brings Northmen to Us, Canada

30 October 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company has acquired North American theatrical and Us Pay-tv rights to Northmen – A Viking Saga from Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.

Claudio Fäh directed the saga about a group of banished Vikings who become stranded in hostile Britain.

Northmen – A Viking Saga stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, Charlie Murphy, James Norton, Ed Skrein, Anatole Tauban and Johan Hegg.

The film premiered recently at the Zurich Film Festival and is a co-production between Elite Filmproduktion, Two Oceans Production and Jumping Horse Film.

Ralph S Dietrich, Karin G Dietrich, Daniel Höltschi, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm, Marco Del Bianco, Rolf Wappenschmitt, Giselher Venzke and Bertha Spieker produced.

Sam Horley of the Salt Company handles worldwide sales and negotiated the deal on behalf of Ascot Elite.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Chris O'Dowd and James Franco's Broadway Hit Of Mice And Men To Screen At Ballymaloe Grainstore

28 October 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Golden Globe-winner and Academy Award-nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award-nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls, Moone Boy) star in Of Mice and Men which was filmed on a Broadway stage in front of a live audience.  Ballymaloe Grainstore hosts the only screening in County Cork on Thursday 6 November at 8pm. It also stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, Country Strong) and Tony and Olivier Award-winner, Jim Norton. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.    The production was nominated for two 2014 Tony Awards,  including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. It shattered box office records at New York's Longacre Theatre multiple times during its limited 19-week engagement which ended in July.  The »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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National Television Awards 2015 voting opens: The full longlist

13 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.

The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.

Full list of 2015 nominations:

Chat Show Host

Adam Hills

Alan Carr

Graham Norton

Jonathan Ross

Michael McIntyre

Paul O'Grady

Piers Morgan

Sarah Millican

Comedy

Benidorm

Big School

Birds of a Feather

Blandings

Boomers

Citizen Khan

Derek

Mrs Brown's Boys

Not Going Out

Outnumbered

The Big Bang Theory

The Wrong Mans

W1A

Daytime

Animal Saints and Sinners

Antiques Road Trip

Bargain Hunt

BBC Breakfast

Coach Trip

Escape to the Country

Father Brown

Fifteen to One

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'American Sniper' Trailer With Bradley Cooper Released

2 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Chris Kyle, the famed American Navy Seal, who was decorated with over ten awards throughout his military career, is the subject of a biopic American Sniper directed by Academy Award winning director Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper. Sienna Miller and Max Charles will play Kyle’s wife Taya and son Colton respectively. The trailer was released today.

Kyle was considered, and still is, the undisputed greatest sniper in American military history, and served during the Second Battle of Fallujah. He had up to 255 kills throughout his service. Insurgents placed an $80,000 bounty on his head, and referred to him as “The Devil of Ramadi.” During the war he was shot twice and survived six separate Ied attacks.

After receiving an honorable discharge in 2009, became President of Craft International, a tactical training company for the Us military and law enforcement communities. He also devoted a great deal of »

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Roger Goodell Admits He '€.Mishandled'€. Domestic Violence Scandal

18 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted today that he “mishandled” and “got it wrong” in his dealing with Baltimore Raven's Ray Rice’s domestic violence scandal.

"Now I will get it right and will do whatever is necessary to accomplish that," Goodell said in a press conference today. Goodell also announced that the NFL will now make mandatory all team and staff members across all 32 teams in the league to undergo education and training in how to prevent sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Roger Goodell and Ray Rice

When the allegations of domestic violence first made it to public awareness, Goodell suspended Rice for only two games, and considered the matter closed. The rest of the country didn’t think so. Goodell’s name has almost constantly been trending on Twitter over the last several months, and he has been under near constant scrutiny by both the media and federal authorities. »

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Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men' to Hit Theaters in November

12 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George and Lennie are hitting the big screen, as the recent Broadway run of Of Mice and Men will screen in theaters on Nov. 6. Anna D. Shapiro's staging of the John Steinbeck novella — which tells the tragic story of two itinerant workers seeking new opportunities in Depression-era California — stars James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. The 19-week limited engagement (from April 16 to July 27) broke the Longacre Theatre's house records and recouped its $3.8 million capitalization within 12 weeks. O'Dowd nabbed a Tony nomination as the gentle giant, Lennie. The hit play will

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James Franco, Chris O’Dowd ‘Mice And Men’ Sets November 6 Telecast

11 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

November 6 has been set for the first National Theatre Live telecast of Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. The revival of the John Steinbeck play, which closed on July 27, also stars Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. Staged by Anna D. Shapiro, it’s the first Broadway show ever on the U.K.-based program’s roster. Tickets for the Nt Live presentation, booked into 700 U.S. and Canada movie theaters, will go on sale September 12 at NTLive.com.

The sixth season of NTLive telecasts launches September 16 with A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, followed on October 23 by the Broadway-bound revival of David Hare’s Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Then the National’s electrifying Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, on October 27 and 29: Of Mice And Men; John (December 9) and Treasure Island (January 22, 2015). The »

- The Deadline Team

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Joan Rivers Death -- Hollywood Reacts

4 September 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Celebrities from all facets of Hollywood are coming out to pay tribute to Joan RiversDon Rickles -- Our dear Joan is gone. Knowing her, working with he and enjoying the fun times of life with her was special. She will always be in our hearts.  She was a good friend to Barbara and I. Melissa, be strong and take care of your son Cooper.  Joan…we will miss you.Barbara Walters -- No one loved life, »

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Ricky Gervais: 'David Brent movie is almost a musical'

28 August 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ricky Gervais has said that his forthcoming David Brent movie Life on the Road is "almost a musical".

The Office's creator shed light on the project, which will begin production next year, during an appearance on the Opie with Jim Norton show.

"It's another fake documentary about what he's doing now and what he's doing now is sort of repping," Gervais said.

"But he hasn't let go of this dream of being a rock star and he's got a lot of songs together and he's got a young band together that he's paying through the nose for, and they're just sort of ripping him off. They're sort of session musicians so he's losing money.

"He has to cash in a pension, he does a little tour he wants the record companies to come along to. Obviously he thinks it's like Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around, this documentary team, »

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Ricky Gervais: 'David Brent movie is almost a musical'

28 August 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais has said that his forthcoming David Brent movie Life on the Road is "almost a musical".

The Office's creator shed light on the project, which will begin production next year, during an appearance on the Opie with Jim Norton show.

"It's another fake documentary about what he's doing now and what he's doing now is sort of repping," Gervais said.

"But he hasn't let go of this dream of being a rock star and he's got a lot of songs together and he's got a young band together that he's paying through the nose for, and they're just sort of ripping him off. They're sort of session musicians so he's losing money.

"He has to cash in a pension, he does a little tour he wants the record companies to come along to. Obviously he thinks it's like Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around, this documentary team, »

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

22 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden are set to star in Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of Dh Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC One.The 90-minute drama which will be directed by Mercurio to air on BBC One as part of its ambitious season of classic 20th century literature next year.Holliday Grainger (represented by Troika) will play Lady Chatterley with James Norton as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. Holliday played Estella in the film adaptation of Great Expectations and will shortly be seen in The Riot Club, the film adaptation of the West End play Posh, and as an ugly sister in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (also represented by Troika) will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. He has also recently wrapped on Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella in which he plays Prince Charming.

Jed Mercurio, writer and director, says: “I'm hugely flattered that »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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BBC Two announces casting for new Bloomsbury Group series Life In Squares

18 August 2014 3:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two has announced production on new drama Life In Squares, which focuses on the revolutionary Bloomsbury Group.

The Bloomsbury Group were a collection of artistic friends in the early 1900s who profoundly influenced 20th century culture. The group included sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.

The cast is led by young stars Phoebe Fox (A Poet in New York) and Lydia Leonard (Wolf Hall) and also features James Norton (Happy Valley), Sam Hoare (An Adventure in Space & Time) and Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent). Edmund Kingsley (The Borgias) and Sherlock actor Ed Birch also star.

Established actors appearing in the series include Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Catherine McCormack (28 Weeks Later), Silk's Rupert Penry-Jones, The Good Wife's Jack Davenport, Elliot Cowan and Andrew Havill.

The drama documents the fraught relationship between Vanessa and Virginia, and Vanessa's sexual alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant, following them and their group of friends through love, »

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Robin Williams Time Special Issue Out Friday, Packed with Tributes (Video)

13 August 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Time is putting out a special commemorative issue on late actor comedian Robin Williams, who succumbed to depression and took his own life on Monday. Due on Friday, August 15, the magazine is packed with tributes from Alan AldaPatch Adams, Lewis BlackDick Cavett, Richard Corliss, Margaret Cho, Gilbert GottfriedNathan LaneBill MaherJim Norton, James Poniewozik, Joan Rivers, among others. Corliss writes in his obituary: “He could play anyone, but not just one: not ‘just’ Robin Williams. All those voices in the head of this comic Hamlet must have told him it was time to be quiet. The rest is silence.” Dick Cavett: “Robin and I agreed once that it’s galling to hear — when you’re ‘in it’ — the question: ‘What have you got to be depressed about?’ The great British actor and comedian, Stephen Fry, a fellow sufferer, replies ‘And what have you got to have asthma about? »

- Anne Thompson

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Required Reading: Robin Williams and the Red Knight

13 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Norm MacDonald Shared a Wonderful Robin Williams Story on Twitter” — Among the mountain of amazing remembrances, this is one of the very best. “Why the Funniest People are Sometimes the Saddest” — Comedian Jim Norton sits down at the Comedy Table with one of the few big acts other comedians wouldn’t feign disinterest in. “Knight Takes King” — Alex Pappademas at Grantland rues the limitations of classic rock in memorializing a beloved entertainer while recognizing some of Williams’ great performances.  “Star Trek Writer’s Defense of Diversity in Sci-Fi is Damn Near Perfect” — Katharine Trendacosta at io9 points to a reader refusing to buy anything else written by David Mack after seeing a lesbian relationship in one his Trek books, followed by Mack’s calmly blistering response. “Scarecrow »

- Scott Beggs

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Robin Williams: Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito and More Pay Homage

11 August 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Over the course of four decades, Robin Williams left an immeasurable impact in movies and television and as a standup comic on stages around the world. Since the surprise announcement of his death, the actor and comedian's many friends from every field in which he worked have been paying tribute. Read their remembrances here.

Chevy Chase:

"Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God »

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Conversation with John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Joyce Carol Oates about Calvary

26 July 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, Kelly Reilly and Chris O'Dowd on Calvary at the Explorers Club: "I can't go on. I'll go on" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After Kelly Reilly came three Calvary men - John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd. With McDonagh, I voyage through his many literary references, from Samuel Beckett to Herman Melville, from Albert Camus to James Joyce, and from Philip K. Dick to David Gates' Jernigan. James Cagney's Shanghai Lil with Busby Berkeley's choreography in Footlight Parade reveals Angels With Dirty Faces as another influence.

Peggy Siegal used her magic to snare O'Dowd, who is starring with James Franco on Broadway in John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men with Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Joyce Carol Oates, who sat next to me during lunch, elegantly sums up Calvary.

Kelly Reilly as Fiona, reading H.P. Lovecraft »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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