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15 items from 2016


Bill Simmons Recruits ‘Daily Show’ Alums for New HBO Talk Show

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Simmons has tapped two “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” alums for key roles on his upcoming HBO talk show.

Stuart Miller will serve as an exec producer alongside Simmons and Eric Weinberger, president of Bill Simmons Media Group. Jason Ross has signed on as head writer.

Kim Gamble, a former contributor to Simmons’ Grantland sports and culture website, has also signed on as a co-exec producer.

Details about the talk show are still sketchy. It’s a weekly effort that is slated to premiere later this year. It seems likely to reflect the blend of sports, pop culture and social commentary that made Simmons’ Grantland website such a lively read before Simmons’ acrimonious exit from Espn last year. Espn pulled the plug on Grantland five months after Simmons’ departure.

“I learned from my Grantland experience how important a good inner circle is, and now we’re building a terrific one for HBO, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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John Cena’s Fox Competition Series ‘American Grit’ Sets Premiere Date (Video)

10 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Cena‘s new competition series on Fox, “American Grit,” has gotten an official premiere date and first trailer, the network announced Wednesday. The new military-inspired competition series will debut April 14 at 9 p.m/8c following the spring return of “Bones” on Fox. Starring WWE Superstar Cena, the show follows 16 of the country’s toughest men and women as they are split into four teams and face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. See video: Jon Stewart Gets Taken Down by John Cena on WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' Cena leads an elite group of mentors from »

- Joe Otterson

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Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal Follows in The Daily Show’s Footsteps

9 February 2016 10:35 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If nothing else, the premiere of TBS's Full Frontal With Samantha Bee proves how versatile the Daily Show–styled satirical news-show format can be. Samantha Bee, the fifth former Daily Show correspondent to spin off a solo show, sticks close to the familiar template while adding stylistic flourishes (delivering most of her material standing up or pacing in front of a bank of TV screens, à la the hosts of CNN's The Situation Room). Like The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the slightly revamped Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, (which plays like Letterman by way of Jon Stewart), Bee's program is one more "publication" added to an increasingly crowded TV newsstand, but it already feels distinctive enough to merit regular check-ins, if not yet a DVR season pass.The focus here, as Bee has promised in lead-up interviews, »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' gets its Werner Herzog on with Jeb!

9 February 2016 6:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The disciples of Jon Stewart have spread far and wide across late night over the last couple of years (in much the same way that Johnny Carson's would-be successors wound up competing against each other in the '90s), so that there's no longer just one late night series with Daily Show DNA, but a lot, including Trevor Noah's Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and, starting last night, TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Bee had a very strong first show, chowing down on the low-hanging fruit that is both sides of this current presidential election, whether suggesting that Bernie Sanders was trying to flag down a waitress throughout his latest debate, or referring to Donald Trump as a "sentient caps lock button." Her best segment was on perhaps the easiest target: Jeb Bush, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Review: ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’

8 February 2016 8:46 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Under Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show” had an enviable track record in developing talent, with many of the baby birds flying off to bigger solo ventures. Enter Samantha Bee, a bright light as a correspondent, who makes a relatively easy leap into the unfortunately named “Full Frontal,” a weekly half-hour on TBS. Although somewhat misleadingly billed as breaking up the late-night boys club (she actually airs in primetime, before “Conan”), Bee delivered a promising and pointed debut, demonstrating that when it comes to political satire, she can sting with the best of them.

Introduced with a multi-network launch on the Turner properties, “Full Frontal” doesn’t exactly try to reinvent the wheel. Indeed, about the only difference between her one-woman-with-clips shtick and that of John Oliver’s HBO program is that he sits, while she stands.

Still, a show like this is defined by its zingers, and as Bee noted near the outset, »

- Brian Lowry

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‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe, Former WWE Superstar, Dies at 64

18 January 2016 7:03 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

WWE Superstar “Iron” Mike Sharpe died on Sunday in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. He was 64. The former professional wrestler was discovered in his apartment, according to multiple media reports. He had been dealing with several health ailments recently including a back injury suffered in 2007, which largely confined him to a wheelchair. After growing up in California before moving to Canada, Sharpe wrestled all over the world, mostly for the then-World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Also Read: Jon Stewart Smashes John Cena With Chair, Stephen Amell Debuts at WWE SummerSlam (Video) He wrestled in 168 documented matches, »

- Debbie Emery

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John Ostrander Gets The Lead Out

17 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Let’s get it right, hmm?

I was watching The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as I usually do. I’ll watch Colbert depending on who he has on but, in general, I’ve been watching The Nightly Show. I know, I could tape one and watch the other later but the reality is I just don‘t get around to watching the taped show.

I like Wilmore and did when he was “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show. He’s been sharp and timely… most of the time.

On Tuesday night, Wilmore did a segment on the water situation in Flint, Michigan. Flint has been a hard-luck case for quite a while, often trading with Detroit the title of the murder capital of America and usually high on the list of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. They’ve also been broke for a lot of the time, »

- John Ostrander

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Chuck Lorre, David Javerbaum Shop Comedy Pilot to Broadcast Networks, Netflix

15 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Chuck Lorre has teamed with “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” alum David Javerbaum on a comedy project through Warner Bros. TV that landed on the desks of development execs at ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and Netflix this week.

Lorre and Javerbaum wrote the script together on spec. The pilot prospect is believed to have been delivered to the Big Four nets and Netflix on Thursday.

Warner Bros. TV, where Lorre has a rich production pact, declined comment.

Details of the concept are unclear. Lorre and Javerbaum became friendly in part after Jim Parsons, star of Lorre’s CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” did a stint on Broadway last year in Javerbaum’s play “An Act of God.”

Javerbaum spent many years on the writing staff of “The Daily Show,” rising to head writer and exec producer. After leaving the show, he’s developed comedy projects for CBS and NBC, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Trevor Noah Scolds Right Wing Scoffers Over Obama Newtown Tears (watch!)

8 January 2016 7:12 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Trevor Noah’s turn as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” has been pretty uneventful–until last night. He took down right wing scoffers who criticized President Obama for tearing up over children and staffers slaughtered in Newtown, Conn. George H.W. Bush cried in 1999 recalling the moments leading up to the war in Iraq. Dwight D. Eisenhower cried in 1952 after a speech to the 82nd Airborne. George W. Bush cried during a Medal of Honor ceremony in 2007, Trevor noted. ...Read More »

- Keith Girard

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Why Full Frontal's Samantha Bee Won't Be a Late Night 'Lady Behind the Desk'

7 January 2016 11:54 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Go ahead, ask the host of TBS’ upcoming Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (premiering Feb. 8) about being the only woman currently with her own late night show. The former Daily Show correspondent welcomes the topic.

RelatedTBS Greenlights Wyatt Cenac Comedy People of Earth, From Greg Daniels

“It completely makes sense to me that it would be a part of the conversation,” Bee said Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, adding that she and Full Frontal executive producer Jo Miller are “quite puzzled” by the lack of women in the genre —”but we’re happy to take up the mantle. »

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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

6 January 2016 11:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the »

- Paul Heath

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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

6 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »

- Jeff Beck

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Nominations for the 2016 PGA Awards announced

5 January 2016 2:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Producer’s Guild of America has announced that The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton will contest the 2015 Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 2016 PGA Awards.

Traditionally, the majority of PGA Award nominees will also find themselves nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, given that they share many of the same voters. Which probably means bad luck for the likes of Carol and Room.

Here’s a full list of the nominations for film and TV…

Theatrical Motion Picture nominees:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Big Short

Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Brooklyn

Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

Ex Machina

This film is »

- Gary Collinson

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Straight Outta Compton, The Big Short, Spotlight Among Producers Guild Awards Nominees

5 January 2016 1:53 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Big Short

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture, long-form television, digital series, sports programs and additional television nominations for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television; Outstanding Sports Program; and Outstanding Digital Series. The feature documentary film category and other television category nominations were previously announced by the PGA in late 2015.

All 2016 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Jim Gianopulos (Milestone Award), Shonda Rhimes (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), David Heyman (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), The Hunting Ground (Stanley Kramer »

- Michelle McCue

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Producers Guild Awards Nominees! See Full List!

5 January 2016 12:16 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its 27th annual Producers Guild Awards! 10 films are vying for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. And sorry "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Carol," you did not make the cut :sad

The PGA Awards winners will be announced on January 23. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards:

Theatrical Motion Picture nominees

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Big Short

Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Brooklyn

Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

Ex Machina

This film is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

Mad Max: Fury Road

Producers: Doug Mitchell & George Miller

The Martian

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam

The Revenant

Producers: Arnon Milchan, »

- Manny

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