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Newswire: Daily Show alum Jessica Williams lands her first lead film role

27 September 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The bigger and better things just keep coming for Daily Show alum Jessica Williams. She will star in an as-of-yet-untitled film written and directed by Jim Strouse in a part designed specifically for her, according to a press release issued yesterday. Williams’ character is “an aspiring playwright” dealing with a break-up who hits it off with a divorced guy played by Chris O’Dowd. Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield and Master Of None’s Noël Wells are set to play her ex and friend, respectively. Williams mentioned this project was in the works during her Daily Show exit interview with Entertainment Weekly. She appeared in Strouse’s last film People Places Things.

Strouse explained in a statement why he homed in on Williams’ talent: “While I was in the edit room for People Places Things, I kept telling people that I can’t wait till she stars in her own movie »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Lakeith Stanfield Joins Jim Strouse’s New Comedy With Jessica Williams

26 September 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Lakeith Stanfield has been tapped to join Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, and Noël Wells in writer-director Jim Strouse's new film, which is now shooting in New York. In the comedy, former Daily Show correspondent Williams will play Jessica, an aspiring New York playwright trying hard to get over a recent break-up with her boyfriend, played by Stanfield. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone (O'Dowd), himself recently divorced. Together, they… »

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Atlanta: Season Two Renewal from FX

20 September 2016 6:59 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

FX is headed back to Atlanta. Deadline reports the network has renewed the new series for a second season.Created by Donald Glover, the comedy-drama follows two cousins who work through the Atlanta, Georgia music scene as they try to better their lives and the lives of their families. In addition to Glover, the cast includes Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, and Zazie BeetzRead More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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FX Already Renews ‘Atlanta’ And ‘Better Things’ For Second Seasons

20 September 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

FX may just be dizzy from the buzz of the Emmy’s, but with shows that are crushing in the ratings, it isn’t much of a surprise that the network has renewed new shows, Atlanta and Better Things.

Not only have the shows done well, but in this day and age, when shows perform well in certain areas, you would have to wonder about not renewing them. Atlanta not only managed the best scripted comedy premiere on basic cable in years, but it grew after that, and Better Things convincingly scored FX’s most female-driven audience.

As if the ratings weren’t enough, the network has more to go on than you know, because they’ve seen more episodes, and both of these shows improve as they go.

And, perhaps the most important thing in play here is that FX is a pretty savvy network, and they know that »

- Marc Eastman

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Atlanta and Better Things Get Second Seasons at FX

20 September 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

FX has renewed the acclaimed new comedy series Atlanta and Better Things, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.

The network has ordered 10 episodes for the second season of each series.

Grad and Schrier stated, “It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate and that are emblematic of FX's award-winning brand."

"It is clear to us that Atlanta and Better Things have struck a nerve with viewers, which is a credit to Donald Glover’s vision for Atlanta and Pamela Adlon’s vision for Better Things. They, along with their spectacular casts, writers and directors, have created exceptional shows that we are incredibly proud to produce."

On Atlanta, two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. »

- Carissa Pavlica

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FX Renews ‘Better Things’ and ‘Atlanta’

20 September 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has renewed freshman series “Better Things” and “Atlanta” for second seasons, Variety has learned. Both will return with 10-episodes for Season 2.

The double dose of renewals comes in the midst of the first seasons for the series, which both premiered at the beginning of this month, showcasing FX’s strong backing of the shows.

Atlanta,” created by Donald Glover, scored the best premiere numbers for any basic cable primetime scripted comedy in over three years in the 18-49 demo. The most recent episode, which aired on Sept. 13, brought in 1.3 million viewers, according to “Live “3” estimates, and a new episode airs tonight.

Better Things,” hailing from creator and star Pamela Adlon, is the most-female driven show for FX in the network’s history, receiving strong reviews from critics across the board. According to “Live +7” estimates, the comedy is averaging 1.4 million total viewers.

Writing about both shows, Variety‘s Sonia Saraiya said, “In »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Atlanta: Season One Ratings

14 September 2016 8:03 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

While FX has done well with their dramas, the cable channel has had less ratings success with their comedies. How will their newest entry, Atlanta, fare? Will it be renewed for a second season or, will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.Atlanta follows two cousins who work through the Atlanta, Georgia music scene as they try to better their lives and the lives of their families. Earnest “Earn” Marks (Donald Glover) is a young manager who’s trying to get his cousin Alfred's career off the ground. Alfred Marks (Brian Tyree Henry) is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz also star.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on ‘Snowden’: What He Did Was a Really Positive Thing for the Country

14 September 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I would consider it an honor to tell his story,” said Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the New York City premiere of “Snowden” at AMC Lincoln Center Tuesday night.

Levitt plays Edward Snowden in the political drama surrounding the whisteblower’s untold story of how he came to reveal illegal surveillance activities performed by the National Security Agency.

“First off, I was just flattered. But I really had a lot of learning to do. My personal opinion is what he did was a really positive thing for the country,” added Gordon-Levitt.

The Oliver Stone-directed film also stars Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, Lakeith Stanfield, and Ben Schnetzer.

Stone, who visited Russia nine times and consulted with the real-life Snowden on the project, told Variety that this film was created to shed light on the “human being” who is often called either a “traitor” or “hero.”

“I want to know what he was thinking, »

- Sade Spence

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“Snowden” is an important and entertaining biopic

14 September 2016 5:51 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

About a week ago, I caught a screening of Snowden, but the embargo was still in place. Now, I can more comfortably say that it’s quite good, easily Oliver Stone’s best film in some time. Not only that, it’s a top notch role for and performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title part. Snowden has been looming for almost a year now, threatening to be a potential player in the Oscar race, and now that it’s about to hit this weekend, I can safely say that it’s a very strong film. As for its Academy Award prospects, well…that remains to be seen. For those unaware, this biopic is a look at Edward Snowden (played here by Gordon-Levitt), who we see go from dedicated work in the military that’s cut short by injury to the work with the CIA and intelligence community that will make him famous/infamous. »

- Joey Magidson

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Death Note Director Compares Live-Action Movie to Nolan's Batman

13 September 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic book adaptations are all the rage in Hollywood right now, but Adam Wingard's upcoming adaptation of Death Note could usher in the era of the manga and anime adaptations. The project has had a rough road to production, but the movie is coming to Netflix next year and Wingard recently said that his adaptation will take a page or two from Christopher Nolan's Batman movies. That is encouraging, being that Batman Returns and The Dark Knight are still two of the finest comic book movies ever made.

Wingard recently did an Ama on Reddit in order to promote his upcoming movie Blair Witch, a sequel to the 1999 found footage movie The Blair Witch Project. During the course of the Ama, a fan asked abou anime adaptations in Hollywood and if big studios will take them seriously. Here is what he had to say.

"I think Anime are »

- MovieWeb

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‘Atlanta’ Review: Donald Glover’s FX Series Is A Place You Need To Visit

6 September 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Debuting on a crowded September 6, the genre-defying Atlanta is very funny but also dramatically of its time and place. Created by Donald Glover and co-starring Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz and Lakeith Stanfield, the FX comedy has a distinctly original voice in a TV universe that too often can be full of echoes. As I say in my video review above, Atlanta is a place you need to go — at least figuratively. As a writer, executive producer and star, the former Community… »

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FX’s ‘Atlanta’ Critical Roundup: Donald Glover’s New Comedy Is The Must See New Show This Fall

6 September 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Atlanta” marks the return of Donald Glover to television after his portrayal of a naïve athlete on “Community” and a rap career under the pseudonym Childish Gambino. He serves as executive producer and stars as Earnest “Earn” Marks alongside Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), and Van (Zazie Beetz). “Atlanta” centers around Earn, a Princeton dropout, who decides to become his cousin’s manager after a hit mixtape. Despite the possible rags-to-riches premise, “Atlanta” is more about surviving than a story of rising fame.

Read More: ‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover to Make TV Directorial Debut with Two Episodes

Indiewire’s Ben Travers feels the show shows immense promise, despite some issues it is still trying to figure out:

“Glover’s confidence is easily adopted; the grace and intelligence in which he handles every level of this personal production makes me believe what’s coming will respond to any »

- Zipporah Smith

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FX’s ‘Atlanta’ Critical Roundup: Donald Glover’s New Comedy Is The Must See New Show This Fall

6 September 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Atlanta” marks the return of Donald Glover to television after his portrayal of a naïve athlete on “Community” and a rap career under the pseudonym Childish Gambino. He serves as executive producer and stars as Earnest “Earn” Marks alongside Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), and Van (Zazie Beetz). “Atlanta” centers around Earn, a Princeton dropout, who decides to become his cousin’s manager after a hit mixtape. Despite the possible rags-to-riches premise, “Atlanta” is more about surviving than a story of rising fame.

Read More: ‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover to Make TV Directorial Debut with Two Episodes

Indiewire’s Ben Travers feels the show shows immense promise, despite some issues it is still trying to figure out:

“Glover’s confidence is easily adopted; the grace and intelligence in which he handles every level of this personal production makes me believe what’s coming will respond to any »

- Zipporah Smith

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Atlanta Season 1 Review

5 September 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Is there anything Donald Glover can’t do? From starring as lovable goofball Troy Barnes on Community (which, for my money, is one of the best comedies NBC has ever broadcast) to exploding on the music charts as quick-witted rapper Childish Gambino, the man is a virtuoso not just of comedy but of language, and more specifically its ability to tell stories simultaneously compelling and humanely composed. Given his resume, then, maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that Atlanta, the half-hour FX comedy on which Glover serves as creator, executive producer, writer, director, executive music producer and star, is a knockout.

And yet little about Atlanta isn’t surprising. Landing at the forefront of a television season that, Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Queen Sugar aside, seems studded with likely duds, the comedy is a sharply etched, gorgeously nuanced work of art, laced with »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Donald Glover Dives Into The Atlanta Music Scene In Latest Trailer For FX Dramedy Series

2 September 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Donald Glover has carved out a career in the music industry under the stage name Childish Gambino, and has enjoyed remarkable success while doing so. Having broke onto the scene via Community, Glover is undoubtedly a man of many talents, and his latest creative venture ought to please fans of both his musical and acting careers.

It’s called Atlanta, an all-new musical comedy that’s set to chronicle the story of two cousins – one of which being Glover himself – who want nothing more than to break into the city’s local music scene. Less rags-to-riches and more an intimate drama with brilliant music, the latest trailer above showcases the ways in which Glover’s passion project effortlessly captures the spirit of Atlanta. Tokyo-born music maestro Hiro Murai helmed all 10 episodes of Atlanta, having previously collaborated with Glover/Childish Gambino on a number of music videos. Brian Tyree HenryKeith Stanfield »

- Michael Briers

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‘Atlanta’ Review: Donald Glover’s First Series Is Already Essential Viewing

2 September 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Atlanta,” it’s safe to say, is unlike anything you’ve seen on television. Imagine “The Wire” without the high-stakes cat-and-mouse game, “Girls” without the satire or even “Louie” without the extended vignettes.

Perhaps, then, you’ll have a general grasp on the unique pacing, characteristics and self-examination on-hand throughout the first four episodes of Donald Glover’s first foray into creating his own show. Of the two distinct issues nagging this honest attempt to recreate what it’s like to be black in modern America, it’s the slow clip at which Earn (Glover), Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) and Darius (Keith Stanfield) go about life that could alienate viewers. But it’s the lack of well-rounded female characters that needs to be rectified, even if it feels like the issue isn’t exactly being ignored.

Glover’s series — for which he serves as creator, executive producer, writer, director, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Atlanta’ Review: Donald Glover’s First Series Is Already Essential Viewing

2 September 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Atlanta,” it’s safe to say, is unlike anything you’ve seen on television. Imagine “The Wire” without the high-stakes cat-and-mouse game, “Girls” without the satire or even “Louie” without the extended vignettes.

Perhaps, then, you’ll have a general grasp on the unique pacing, characteristics and self-examination on-hand throughout the first four episodes of Donald Glover’s first foray into creating his own show. Of the two distinct issues nagging this honest attempt to recreate what it’s like to be black in modern America, it’s the slow clip at which Earn (Glover), Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) and Darius (Keith Stanfield) go about life that could alienate viewers. But it’s the lack of well-rounded female characters that needs to be rectified, even if it feels like the issue isn’t exactly being ignored.

Glover’s series — for which he serves as creator, executive producer, writer, director, »

- Ben Travers

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TV Review: FX’s ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Better Things’

1 September 2016 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donald Glover and Pamela Adlon do not have a lot in common. The former is a rapper and comedy writer who became known in TV circles for his five-season long stint on the cult comedy “Community.” The latter is a performer with a long career as a voice actor and comedian who is probably best known for her recurring role on “Louie.”

But what’s immediately striking about both “Atlanta” and “Better Things,” the new half-hour shows debuting on FX this week from these two creatives, is how similar they are despite rather divergent subject matter. Where Glover’s show “Atlanta” is about youth — the extended adolescence of aimlessness, to be sure, but still the beginning of adulthood, with all of its fears and hopes — Adlon’s “Better Things” is about the slog of middle-age, with three kids, two dogs, and a stalled career. But each is anchored, both behind-the-scenes and on-camera, by »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Watch Donald Glover in Montage-Styled New 'Atlanta' Trailer

31 August 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

FX has unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming Atlanta series, which stars its creator Donald Glover, aka rapper Childish Gambino.

Four times longer than its first full trailer, the new clip, entitled "Inhale Atlanta," is more of a montage than the storytelling approach of the first one. It's shown in split screen, where various scenes play simultaneously. It opens with Glover, who portrays the manager of his rapping cousin Paperboy, in bed with a woman. "I had a weird dream," he tells her when asked why he's up so early. »

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Review: Donald Glover does something very different—and very good—in 'Atlanta'

31 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The thesis with the show was kind of to show people how it felt to be black, and you can’t really write that down. You kind of have to feel it." This was Donald Glover a few weeks ago at the TCA press tour, trying to explain his new FX series Atlanta, which he created in addition to playing the lead role. It's not the sentiment you'd expect to hear from Glover if you're a fan of his role as weepy jock-turned-nerd Troy Barnes on Community, or his role as the astrodynamics nerd who saves the day in The Martian, or even his side job as rapper Childish Gambino. It's not just that Glover's onscreen persona (both on Community and in his time with the Derrick Comedy troupe) is of the black guy to whom white people can easily relate — who makes and gets the same references we do, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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