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Oscars: Biopics, Diversity Dearth Shape Midyear Race

2 July 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.

Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.

That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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- Tim Gray

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Lisa Lampanelli on her new standup special and why she hates watching standup

26 June 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Lisa Lampanelli has a few announcements in her new special "Back to the Drawing Board," which premieres on Epix tonight at 10 p.m. Est. She's lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off for three years. She's mad that a known date rapist didn't make a move on her. And she's still unapologetic about and thrilled to reiterate everything -- everything -- she says. The loudmouthed comic most known for her bawdy insults at Comedy Central's roasts is a consummate professional. She engages audiences, reels them in with honesty, then sandblasts them with grotesque jokes. We caught up with Lampanelli to discuss her joke-writing process, her heroes, and what she thinks of her old "Celebrity Apprentice" boss Donald Trump.   How does producing a standup special feel different than other times you perform? The only thing different -- because it literally feels no different, having done this so long -- »

- Louis Virtel

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Sail Away: The Oral History of 'Yacht Rock'

26 June 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, musical artists like Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto, Hall and Oates, and dozens of others regularly popped up on each other's records, creating a golden era of smooth-music collaboration.

And 10 years ago (June 26th, 2005), an internet phenomenon was born. In 12 short but memorable episodes — first via the the short-film series Channel 101 and then online — Jd Ryznar, Hunter Stair, Dave Lyons, Lane Farnham and their friends redefined an era and coined a term for the sultry croonings of McDonald, Fagen, et al. »

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TV Casting: Underground, Empire, James Frain in Gotham

25 June 2015 2:03 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Underground, Empire, Gotham, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on ITV, Netflix, and AMC.

Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)

LeBron James will guest star on Season 2 of Starz dramedy “Survivor’s Remorse”

Chris Bauer (“True Blood”) will also reprise his role of Jimmy Flaherty for four episodes.

He said James, who currently serves as an executive producer on the series, has been an asset to the writers. While his basketball career precludes him from being in the writers’ room, he regularly pitches story ideas loosely based on his real life experiences.

American Crime (ABC)

Lili Taylor, who played a victims rights advocate in the first season of John Ridley‘s drama “American Crime,” will return for the second season of the series

King will play a different role in Season 2, and will move from a »

- Rollo Tomasi

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TVLine Items: Chris Rock's Empire Role Revealed, Silverman on Sex and More

24 June 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

When veteran comedian Chris Rock appears on Empire, he’ll find himself in very unfunny circumstances.

The Fox drama on Tuesday tweeted photos from the Season 2 set, including snapshots of Rock’s guest appearance as a prison inmate. The comic will reportedly play a man from Lucious’ past, whom he encounters while incarcerated on murder charges.

VideosEmmy Screening Room: Empire Star Taraji P. Henson Stops the Wedding

Scroll down to see Empire‘s behind-the-scenes photos, which show Rock chatting with co-creator Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard.

Other Season 2 guest stars include musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

In the »

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Sarah Silverman Confirmed To Return To ‘Masters Of Sex’

24 June 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Showtime has confirmed Deadline’s scoop that Sarah Silverman will reprise her role as Helen on the third season of Masters Of Sex. After appearing in two episodes in Season 2, Silverman will return for a multi-episode arc in the third go-round. In Season 3, the reunited Helen and Betty (Annaleigh Ashford) are trying to have a baby, which unquestionably proves quite a challenge for a lesbian couple in 1966. Star Michael Sheen (Silverman’s real-life boyfriend) told Deadline… »

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Sarah Silverman to Return to ‘Masters of Sex’ for Recurring Arc

24 June 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sarah Silverman will return to Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” for a multi-episode recurring arc on its upcoming third season, the premium cable network announced Wednesday. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star on the drama as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The show chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop-culture trajectory. Masters and Johnson’s research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. Also Read: 94 Summer TV Shows: TheWrap's Ultimate Viewing Guide (Photos) Silverman will reprise the role of Helen, »

- Linda Ge

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How Jerry Seinfeld Changed Modern Comedy with Seinfeld

24 June 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The most-watched stand-up comedian ever is not Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, or Kevin Hart. It's not George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Larry the Cable Guy, Dane Cook, Amy Schumer, or Woody Allen. It's Jerry Seinfeld: No, not Jerry Seinfeld the stand-up comedian who created Seinfeld, but Jerry Seinfeld, the fictional comedian on it. As the lead character on the most popular show on television, that comedian altered comedy by changing the relationship fans had with comedians, and what they expected from them. Seinfeld lands on Hulu today, when interest in stand-up and comedy is at all-time high — we are currently at the peak of a Second Comedy Boom, one that Jerry Seinfeld helped define and foster with Seinfeld and his documentary Comedian. “Millennials have a deeper connection to comedy than previous generations,” Chanon Cook, Comedy Central’s head of research, »

- Jesse David Fox

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Sarah Silverman Returning to ‘Masters of Sex’

24 June 2015 10:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sarah Silverman is back for more “Sex.”

The actress-comedian is returning to the Showtime period drama “Masters of Sex” to reprise her season two role as Helen, the once jilted lover of Annaleigh Ashford’s Betty. The character will have a multi-episode arch for season three, which finds the duo reconnected and trying to have a baby — something that proves quite a challenge for a lesbian couple in 1966. This situation arises as Betty’s colleagues, William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are dealing with the glare of the national spotlight after their sex study is finally unveiled.

Silverman received an Emmy last year for writing her variety special “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.” She just finished production on her HBO comedy pilot, which she stars in and executive producers.

Masters of Sex” was developed for television by Michelle Ashford. She serves as an executive producer along with Sarah Timberman, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Nantucket Film Festival Celebrates Risk-Taking Writers

24 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Nantucket has been a creative refuge for decades,” multihyphenate Ben Stiller says. “The festival has coalesced the film-writing community and celebrated individuality — in a way that is part of being on the island: independent, isolated (so as to) foster risk-taking.”

Stiller’s parents — Jerry and the late Anne Meara — were original supporters. “I’ve watched this thing become an amazing success that celebrates real talent.”

A Nantucket Film Festival board member, Stiller often attends the fest, which turns 20 this year. He regularly hosts a lively, Sro All-Star Comedy Roundtable that has welcomed Mike Myers, Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Brian Williams, among others.

The event will kick off June 24 with A24’s David Foster Wallace drama “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Documentary “The Best of Enemies” about the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential election, »

- Thelma Adams

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Best of Late Night TV: Channing Tatum's Kid Theater, Jon Hamm Was Fired From Lizzy Caplan Pilot

24 June 2015 12:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

What does "Magic Mike" mean to an 8-year-old? It's time to find out, in the most adorable way possible. Channing Tatum was on "The Tonight Show" and he and Jimmy Fallon re-enacted scenes from Chan's movie, "Magic Mike Xxl." The catch, though, was that the scenes were not from the male stripper movie, it was another round of Kid Theater, where kids were just given the name "Magic Mike" and asked to write scenes on the topic. Interestingly enough, even innocent magic references are loaded with "pumping" and "blow" sexual innuendo. Are these scenes ever really written by children or just childish adults?

Channing also shared a story from the "Magic Mike Xxl" set. »

- Gina Carbone

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Dick Van Patten, 'Eight Is Enough' Star, Dead at 86

23 June 2015 9:53 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Actor Dick Van Patten, best remembered as gentle father Tom Bradford on the sitcom Eight Is Enough and for appearing in several Mel Brooks movies, has died. He had been hospitalized for diabetes-related complications in Santa Monica, California where he passed away, according to People. He was 86.

Born in Queens, New York in 1928, Van Patten cut his teeth on Broadway – making his stage debut at age seven – before transitioning to television in 1949 with a recurring role on a comedy-drama about immigrants living in turn-of-the-century San Francisco called Mama. He would »

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ and ‘Love Boat’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman Program »

- Carmel Dagan

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time on stage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman »

- Carmel Dagan

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Michael Sheen On ‘Masters Of Sex’ Season 3: Sarah Silverman Will Be Back

22 June 2015 4:21 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Season 3 premieres July 12, but Masters Of Sex's leading man is staying fairly tight-lipped about what's coming up on the show. However, he does hint that he and real-life girlfriend Sarah Silverman might be sharing some scenes this season, and says that The Good Wife alum Josh Charles, a new addition to Masters, is "a lovely guy and a terrific actor." Season 3 sees Masters (Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) publishing their research and becoming public figures as a… »

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Shout! Factory Acquires North American Rights to Horror Comedy Gravy

22 June 2015 3:49 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The folks at Shout! Factory have acquired North American rights to the Halloween horror comedy Gravy.

Press Release: "Los Angeles, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, has acquired North American rights to the unhinged horror comedy Gravy directed by actor-writer-producer-director James Roday.  The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the film’s director James Roday

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory has secured exclusive distribution rights to Gravy, including digital, home entertainment, broadcast and theatrical for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.  Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of the movie on a variety of entertainment distribution platforms and in all packaged media through its horror entertainment brand Scream Factory™. 

James Roday has made a wonderfully demented blend of horror and comedy that fits perfectly into our Scream Factory family.  The substantial talent behind »

- Derek Anderson

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The Weirdest Emmy Ballot Omissions and Oddities

15 June 2015 7:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The race for the Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 26 — exclusively online for the first time ever — and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.

Variety perused some of the top categories to check out the inevitable oddities, including series left out of consideration (wherefore art thou, “Cougar Town”?) and key performers guaranteed not to get nominated because they’re not on the ballot (sorry, Max Greenfield).

– It was news when the TV Academy’s new attempt to define half-hours as comedies and hourlong series as dramas resulted in “Orange Is the New Black” moving to drama series contention this year. (Meanwhile “Glee” and “Shameless” stayed in comedy, along with newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”) But somehow hourlongs “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) and “Hart of Dixie” (the CW) wound up in the comedy category too, with no fanfare.

– “NCIS: La »

- Geoff Berkshire

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The Lonely Island Will Take On the Ninja Turtles in June 2016

9 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Originally titled Conner4real, The Lonely Island crew -- Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- are heading to the big screen with a comedy mockumentary that appears to no longer have an official title, but Universal Pictures has set a release date. The Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie (Universal's words) will hit theaters on June 3, 2016 and will see Samberg star as a rapper (most likely named Conner4real) whose album bombs, leaving him with little career choice other than to re-form his old boy band. The film co-stars Tim Meadows as Samberg's manager along with James Buckley and Sarah Silverman. Production will wrap on the project at the end of this week. The comedy will face off against Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and the romance Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin and Matthew Lewis. Bom »

- Brad Brevet

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Steve Martin Roasted by Tina Fey and More Stars at AFI Awards: Watch!

5 June 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"When you announced my name it was a total surprise!" Steve Martin joked last night as he received the American Film Institute's 43rd Lifetime Achievement Award at the AFI Awards in Hollywood.  The 69-year-old comedic veteran, whose accolades include an honorary Oscar, five Grammys and an Emmy to name just a few, was celebrated (and roasted) by many of his former co-stars and friends during the hilarious ceremony.  Industry power players like Tina FeyMel Brooks, Martin Short, Steve Carell, Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler and more came together to delivery a heartwarming toast to Martin's career as an actor, screenwriter, playwright and even a magician at »

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Don't Be a Party Pooper and Check Out This Fabulous Father of the Bride Reunion

5 June 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Steve Martin was honored on Thursday with the AFI Life Achievement Award, and while many of his famous pals came out to celebrate, there was one special guest that quickly stole the show: Martin Short. Steve and Martin, who costarred as George Banks and Franck Eggelhoffer in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, got up to their old tricks on June 4 while walking the red carpet. Steve and Martin posed for hilarious photos, cracked each other up, and linked arms while making their way inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Diane Keaton, who played Steve's wife in the hit films, was also on hand to honor her longtime friend. But the night wasn't all about the funny duo. In addition to their cute reunion, the ceremony turned into one big Hollywood date night. Steve and his wife, Anne Stringfield, shared some adorable moments inside the theater, »

- Caitlin-Hacker

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