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Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus Deserves Her Fifth ‘Veep’ Emmy: IndieWire’s Emmys Endorsements (Comedy)

17 August 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Comedy Series

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

IndieWire’s Vote: “Veep

It hurts us to think “Transparent” and “Master of None” may never get a turn at the table, especially this year after both delivered such stellar seasons: Jill Soloway’s follow-up far surpassed her already impressive first season, and Aziz Ansari’s Netflix debut showed just how diversity in front of and behind the camera can benefit our culture (not to mention how smart, insightful writing can still appeal to mainstream audiences). But David Mandel pulled off an equally impressive feat by matching (if not besting) “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s Emmy-winning prior season, stepping into massive shoes and running a six-minute mile without tripping. The best comedy, nay, the best series on TV remains the one to beat this Emmys season. All hail the queen.

Read More: Why the Emmys Should Crown ‘The Americans, »

- Ben Travers

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Emmy Nonfiction Contenders: Portraits of the Artist, from Nora Ephron to Nina Simone

17 August 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Watching “Everything Is Copy” (HBO), on the life of Nora Ephron, it’s clear that the late writer and filmmaker was willing to use, and to massage, the truth. Of the narrator’s hamster-loving first husband, in her 1983 novel “Heartburn,” Ephron’s own ex-, Dan Greenberg, says the strange trait is an invention; of 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally…” the screenwriter admits that Meg Ryan’s cheerful, high-strung co-lead is based “more or less” on herself. As New Yorker editor David Remnick remarks of Ephron’s inimitable essays, “her voice in print really replicated her voice—almost—in life.”

Indeed, in “Everything Is Copy,” as in the other films nominated for Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special at this year’s Emmys, the subject’s work inhabits this space between the dashes, the “almost” and the “more or less.” It’s where the biographical blurs into the fictional, where fact and craft diverge. »

- Matt Brennan

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What's in a Name? Simones Win Gold for Team U.S.A. at the Olympics - and They Finally Meet!

12 August 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's good to be a Simone. Both United States Olympians competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics named Simone won gold this year - putting the name in the spotlight. Simone Biles was the first to make headlines. The 19-year-old gymnast earned two gold medals at the Rio Games - as the women's gymnastics all-around champion on Thursday and as one-fifth of the Final Five during the team all-arounds earlier this week. Swimmer Simone Manuel was up next. The 20-year-old made history Thursday as the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming - tying for the gold in the 100-meter freestyle event. »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Obama Drops Summer Playlist: From Jay-z and Chance the Rapper, to Beach Boys and Janet Jackson

11 August 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

If you’ve ever wondered what type of music the leader of the free world listens to, here’s your chance. President Barack Obama dropped his 2016 summer playlist on social media early Thursday morning, and it’s a lot different from last year’s mix. Obama’s 2015 summer music list contained songs more fitting for a president who still had some time left in office and needed to impress the American public. It included classics like The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Even though last year’s list gave a nod to hip-hop artist Mos Def, »

- Rasha Ali

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Meet Kandace Springs, One of Prince’s Final Protégées Whom He Found on Twitter

27 July 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ever the prescient mentor, Prince knew Kandace Springs was going to be the next "Hot Thing" - and he took her under his wing. Raised in Nashville, Springs grew up in both a creative city and family (her father was a singer), so she got into music at a young age; she learned to play piano at 10 then starting singing at 13. "A friend of my father's fell on hard times and was living out on the street, and he had this old, vintage upright piano, and my dad offered to keep it at our house," Springs, 27, tells People, recalling her performing roots. »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?

19 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone was a fan. Some critics were quick to point out similarities between Melania's speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. "From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania said on Monday. "They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life." She »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?

19 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone was a fan. Some critics were quick to point out similarities between Melania's speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. "From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania said on Monday. "They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life." She »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?

18 July 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone was a fan. Some critics were quick to point out similarities between Melania's speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. "From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania said on Monday. "They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life." She »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Avicii Remixes His Own Track With “Feeling Good (Avicii By Avicii)”

15 July 2016 6:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Avicii might be getting ready to retire from touring soon, but he’s far from done with making music. The Swedish producer has made it clear that he’ll by no means stop putting out new material just because he’s done with the tour life, and to prove that, he dropped a new track today in the form of a remix for his track “Feeling Good.”

First released last year, the song sampled Nina Simone’s soulful original while the remix brings in some electro elements to make the track dance floor ready. What Avicii’s done here works rather well, and while it’s far from his most impressive effort, it still makes for another solid release from the world famous DJ.

Accompanying “Feeling Good (Avicii by Avicii)” was a music video, which peels back the curtain on Tim Bergling’s life for the past little while, with »

- Matt Joseph

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Emmys 2016 Trivia: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey Shared A Nod & 20 Other Wild Things About This Year’s Nominations

14 July 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made history Thursday morning. The pals were nominated in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Emmy category for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

That’s not unusual — “SNL” hosts are nominated for Emmys all the time. But here’s what’s unique: Poehler and Fey were nominated as a single, combined entity. Earlier this year, the TV Academy accepted their joint submission, and their names appeared together on nomination ballots.

Read More: Emmys 2016 Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘The Americans’ Get Major Nods

That’s never happened in an acting category before because, well, a person is generally one person. But this was a unique circumstance: “SNL” guest hosts are eligible for guest star Emmys – but usually even comedy teams are nominated separately. (For example, Keegan-Michael Key is nominated this year for “Key & Peele” in the supporting comedy actor category, but Jordan Peele is not. »

- Michael Schneider

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14 Powerful Songs of Protest the Black Lives Matter Movement Has Inspired

13 July 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Like any powerful social movement, Black Lives Matter has inspired a flood of artwork in its wake. As Professor Daphne A. Brooks writes, the cause has especially kicked off "a new golden age of protest music" with echoes of 1960s, when antiwar sentiment and the civil rights movement were at the forefront of the national consciousness. It was a time when artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Sam Cooke quite literally raised their voices in protest to confront racism and antiblack violence. Now, a new wave of performers is following in those footsteps and providing a soundtrack both inspired by and in support of Black Lives Matter. Listen to some of the most stirring songs they've created in our playlist below. »

- Lindsay Miller

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Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?

30 June 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s a ritual of our vanity-fueled image culture. You go to see a movie that features an actress or actor — in most cases it’s an actress — you know well, and somehow she looks…different. Her nose is thinner, or her lips are fuller, or her lips are thinner and her cheeks are bolder, or her forehead is younger, or maybe you can’t even quite put your finger on what the difference is, but you know it’s there. Like everyone else, I’ve had this experience and then followed it with a makeshift seminar of perusing photographs on the Internet, scouring them for the before-and-after truth, which always comes down to one question: Did she or didn’t she?

As familiar as the situation is, though, I was caught off guard the other day when I saw the trailer for “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” The movie’s star, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Now Casting: Gabourey Sidibe’s ‘The Tale of Four’ and More NYC Gigs

22 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Opportunities for actors based in New York City abound in today’s Backstage casting listings. Get on-camera experience with Gabourey Sidibe, Amazon, a new web series, or in a print modeling gig! “The Tale Of Four”Want to work with Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe? The actor is directing a short film for Refinery29 that needs several talented actors. The project offers a sneak peek into the lives of four different women, each based on the figures in Nina Simone’s song “Four Women.” This gig will rehearse in July and shoot in early August in New York City. Amazon’S “Z: The Beginning Of Everything”The Amazon series “Z,” led by Grant Wilfley Casting, is looking for background talent for a July 7 shoot in NYC. Caucasian collegiate men aged 18–30 are needed for the project, and participants must be comfortable getting a haircut appropriate to the early 1900s. “Brokelyn”Not affiliated with the Brooklyn-based website, »

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Zoë Saldana Slams Nina Simone Casting Critics: ‘There’s No One Way to Be Black’

19 June 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Among the many controversial casting decisions this year, Zoë Saldana’s performance as Nina Simone in “Nina” may have elicited the harshest reaction.  The actress wore a prosthetic nose and dark makeup to portray the singer, drawing criticism from many — including members of Simone’s family. Saldana has responded to the controversy in an Allure cover story, saying that “there’s no one way to be black. I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men. Don’t you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain.”

Read More: The ‘Nina’ Controversy Shows Exactly Why Hollywood Needs More Diverse Voices

She also stated that the role’s importance extended beyond her performance for the way it brought Simone back to attention. “I made a choice. Do I continue passing »

- Michael Nordine

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On my radar: Charlotte Gainsbourg’s cultural highlights

19 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and singer on Edgar Degas, a great documentary about Nina Simone, Budapest’s brilliant Turkish baths and Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes

The daughter of the English actor and singer Jane Birkin and the French musician Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London in 1971 and raised in Paris. She was awarded the César award for most promising actress in 1986, and for best supporting actress in 2000. After roles including Jane Eyre (1996) and I’m Not There (2007), she starred in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (for which she won best actress at the 2009 Cannes film festival), Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. Her albums 5:55, Irm and Stage Whisper were released between 2006 and 2011. She now stars in Independence Day: Resurgence, out on Thursday.

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- Kathryn Bromwich

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Zoe Saldana Fires Back At Critics Of Her Nina Simone Biopic Appearance

18 June 2016 7:43 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Zoe Saldana is lashing back at critics of her appearance in the biopic Nina, saying in an interview with Allure Magazine that “There's no one way to be black. I'm black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I'm raising black men. Don't you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain." The film, which recounts the life of legendary musical polymath Nina Simone, was the subject of intense controversy even before it received a… »

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Zoe Saldana Responds to 'Nina' Controversy: "There's No One Way to Be Black"

18 June 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Shortly after the trailer for the biopic Nina hit the internet, Zoe Saldana faced heavy criticism for her portrayal of legendary soul singer Nina Simone. Scenes featuring the actress of Afro-Latina descent with skin darkening makeup and facial prosthetics stirred public outcries of the film. Simone’s estate even tweeted, “Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” The actress and mother of two responded to the criticism in an interview with Allure. "There's no one way to be black,” Saldana said. "I'm black the way I know how to be.

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- Arlene Washington

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Zoë Saldana Addresses Nina Simone Biopic Backlash: ‘We F—ing Won’

18 June 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zoë Saldana is finally addressing her controversial casting as Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic “Nina.”

The actress was slammed be her critics for wearing “blackface” and a prosthetic nose in order to play the part. Even Simone’s estate responded to Saldana’s tweeting one of Ms. Simone’s lyrics by writing, “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out of your mouth. For the rest of your life.”

Now the actress is confronting her critics head on.

“The script probably would still be lying around, going from office to office, agency to agency, and nobody would have done it. Female stories aren’t relevant enough, especially a black female story,” she said in a cover story for Allure. “I made a choice. Do I continue passing on the script and hope that the ‘right’ black person will do it, or do I say, ‘You know what? Whatever consequences this may bring about, »

- Seth Kelley

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Check Out Some Pics From Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Star Zoe Saldana's Allure Photoshoot

17 June 2016 6:39 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Much to the delight of her legions of fans, Zoe Saldana will soon be returning to the big screen in two massive Cbm/sci-fi blockbusters. First up, she'll reprise the role of Uhura in Star Trek Beyond, and then next year she'll be back with the rest of the intergalactic A-holes as Gamora in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The actress was recently interviewed by Allure (pics from her photoshoot below), and though she wasn't asked about either of those movies, she did have an interesting response to the backlash she received when she played Nina Simone. Many felt that Saldana wasn't "black enough" and far too attractive to play the late jazz icon in the movie Nina, but Zoe doesn't see it that way at all. "There's no one way to be black. I'm black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. »

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Zoë Saldana Recalls a Producer Telling Her: 'I Hired You to Look Good in Your Underwear Holding a Gun'

15 June 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Zoë Saldana has proven herself to be a talented actress who stars in box-office hits, but she still finds a major double standard in Hollywood. In a candid interview with Allure, the 37-year-old revealed that a producer once told her, "I hired you to look good in your underwear holding a gun." "I was told walking into this project that they really wanted me for the part, and that any input or ideas I had to please share them," she says. "That's what I was doing, and this producer was so bothered by the fact that he had to disrupt »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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