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Bill Cosby Looks Back on the Folk Scene That Inspired ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

21 November 2013 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Comedy legend Bill Cosby was launching his own career as a standup in the early 1960s and spent time at the Greenwich Village clubs that form the backdrop of the Coen brothers’ latest film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He described that era with Variety‘s Jon Weisman:

“You’ve got Peter, Paul and Mary. You’ve got a ton of folk singers. This is before any drummer came into play. This is people with acoustical guitars — Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie — and they’re singing about America. Woody Guthrie sings about the mistreatment and the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. They’re singing about black lung disease and the treatment of the coal miners. And along with it comes their work as abolitionists for race. And these people are called communists.

See Also: Bill Cosby’s Stories Provide Must-Read Memories

“When Bob Dylan was a beginning fellow, Len Chandler, a black singer-musician who played a 12-string guitar, »

- Jon Weisman

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Tim Gray to Lead Expansion of Variety’s Awards Coverage

28 August 2013 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety is significantly expanding its focus on award season with the appointment of Tim Gray as awards editor.

Gray, the former Variety editor-in-chief who has covered the Academy Awards and other major awards events for more than 30 years, will lead the charge in Variety’s coverage of all aspects of awards season, from filmmaker profiles to events to behind-the-scenes look at campaigns and the competitive landscape among contenders for top film, TV and legit awards.

Jon Weisman, who was most recently Variety’s awards editor, has been promoted to senior editor, focusing on developing Spotlight features, including the Eye on the Oscars, Road to the Emmys and Contenders series.

“With Tim’s vast experience and expertise  in covering of all things Hollywood, we felt there was no one better suited to be our dedicated expert on the high-profile awards circuit,” said Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief, film, to whom Gray will report. »

- Variety Staff

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How Can the Emmys Better Highlight Creative Arts Winners?

6 August 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hail the Creative Arts Emmy nominees! From “Game of Thrones” to “How I Met Your Mother,” we can’t get enough of their work.

But don’t look for them on the main Emmycast. There are far too many of them, and let’s face it, production designers and technical directors don’t draw ratings. In the past, a below-the-line category or two, chosen by lot, would be included, but that ended more than 20 years ago. The Fxx telecast of the Creative Arts banquet is a consolation prize, and likely won’t attract primetime numbers.

But TV crafts now rival their bigscreen counterparts. They deserve a showcase of some kind. So here are some ideas from the Variety newsroom on how to give these artists a moment in the spotlight.

“The academy used to feature rotating below-the-line awards. I think it’s an idea worth reconsidering and perhaps reinstating – finding »

- Variety Staff

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2012-13 TV Season in Review: What Worked and Who Looked Good

4 June 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As the Variety TV team gathered to discuss the 2012-13 television season, the conversation became as much about how we watch as what we watch. Here’s what Cynthia Littleton, Brian Lowry, Aj Marechal, Brian Steinberg and Jon Weisman had to say in their reflections:

Weisman: For me, 2012-13 was the season where I truly despaired over how there was much more good television than I had time to keep up with. Episodes of shows that I was genuinely interested in kept piling up on my DVR. I think that’s indicative of the contradictory pressure facing TV today in this crowded market: Great shows generally need time to develop, but they also need to hook viewers instantly and demand that they watch. Still, it can happen — Sundance’s Rectify is quite slow-paced but has had me glued from the outset, and BBC America’s Orphan Black also broke through »

- Jon Weisman, Cynthia Littleton, Brian Lowry, AJ Marechal and Brian Steinberg

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L.A. Screenings: The Upfronts At a Glance

20 May 2013 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

20th Century Fox TV

Robin Williams’ biggest commitment to series television since the days of “Mork & Mindy” highlights a 20th TV slate that is deep, even if not necessarily brimming with international star appeal.

Williams is teaming with another recognizable face, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the single-cam, father-daughter workplace comedy “The Crazy Ones,” from the pen of a scribe with no small amount of global cachet himself: David E. Kelley.

Kelley’s star Stateside hasn’t shined quite as brightly of late — “Harry’s Law” (NBC) lasted only two seasons, while “Monday Mornings” (TNT) didn’t make it past one, and half-hour isn’t exactly where the “Picket Fences” and “Ally McBeal” creator made his bones, but a series starring Williams in an accessible setting is filled with worldwide potential.

A slam dunk for interest is the limited-series return of Kiefer Sutherland in “24: Live Another Day.” The condensed format »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Emmys Double Down on Second Screen

29 April 2013 4:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV’s increasing efforts to target viewers across platforms is connecting with one important audience: the TV Academy. For this year’s edition of Primetime Emmys, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is doubling down on its commitment to show love for interactive programming.

The Academy’s 12-year-old interactive media peer group — 627 members strong and one of the Acad’s fastest-growing entities — will move from two to five awards in recognition of the growing diversity of offerings in the field.

“Look, there’s all these things going on,” says Lori H. Schwartz, governor of the Academy’s interactive media peer group. “The Emmys need to be leading in recognizing them.”

Chief among the changes is the establishment of a competitive award for outstanding interactive program, saluting either a standalone experience or one that serves as a companion to a TV program. In the Emmy context, “interactive” denotes anything that encourages »

- Andrew Wallenstein and Jon Weisman

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Daytime TV Impact Honorees

2 April 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Across all genres, in front of the camera or behind, these innovators and tastemakers represent the leading lights of the smallscreen world while the sun is up. Here’s what’s on their minds. . .

Drew Carey

The Price Is Right” host

After more than 1,000 episodes at the forefront of daytime’s most-watched series (averaging nearly 5 million viewers), Carey still has predecessor Bob Barker on his mind every time out but feels secure in being captain of the ship. From a lower-class upbringing that gave him an appreciation for the value of the show’s prizes to his experience working in front of auds as a stand-up, Carey says he has been preparing to host “The Price Is Right” his entire life. But, he adds, what has made the most difference since taking the job has been his weight loss. “All of a sudden, I had all this extra energy,” he says. »

- Variety Staff

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Daytime TV Impact Honorees

2 April 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Across all genres, in front of the camera or behind, these innovators and tastemakers represent the leading lights of the smallscreen world while the sun is up. Here’s what’s on their minds. . .

Drew Carey

The Price Is Right” host

After more than 1,000 episodes at the forefront of daytime’s most-watched series (averaging nearly 5 million viewers), Carey still has predecessor Bob Barker on his mind every time out but feels secure in being captain of the ship. From a lower-class upbringing that gave him an appreciation for the value of the show’s prizes to his experience working in front of auds as a stand-up, Carey says he has been preparing to host “The Price Is Right” his entire life. But, he adds, what has made the most difference since taking the job has been his weight loss. “All of a sudden, I had all this extra energy,” he says. »

- Variety Staff

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What caused the power outage at the Super Bowl? J.J. Abrams, Bane and more theories

4 February 2013 7:05 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

There was a delay in Super Bowl Xlvii that lasted over 30 minutes and it was all due to a power surge that blacked out half the stadium. Oops.

But here are some of our favorite theories and quips from Twitter, which is always the place to be during something like a Super Bowl black out.

"I've kicked the Playstation cord out of the wall before, too. Well played Jim Harbaugh" -- Kyle Clark"The Stadium just went into a #blackout. Clearly the dementors showed up a little late to watch Beyonce". -- Lord Voldemort"Switching to Downton Abbey where they still have electricity" -- Ben Garvey"Finally, America cares about the infrastructure in Nola."-- David Corn "NBC and Jj Abrams just 'Revolution' photobombed the Superbowl.#blackout" -- Julie Plec"This game ended like The Sopranos" -- Will Stegemann"Over 100 NFL players without power in New Orleans right now. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Affleck Becomes Third Oscar-Nomination-less Director to Win DGA Award

2 February 2013 10:00 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Affleck Tops DGA Awards 2013 winners Ben Affleck, not nominated for a Best Director Academy Award this year (or any other year), has won the Directors Guild of America’s 2013 DGA Award in the feature-film category. Vying for the same award were multiple DGA Award winner Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, and Tom Hooper for Les Misérables. (Photo: Argo director Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film, opposite Bryan Cranston.) Ben Affleck was not only a first-time DGA Award nominee, but he was also competing with filmmakers who have all taken home DGA Awards. Thus, it’s not surprising that when Affleck was handed his DGA Medallion (for his nomination), he told the crowd gathered at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, "This is very intimidating to me … I feel like I should be auditioning. »

- Andre Soares

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