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Olivier Courson, Ex-Studiocanal, Named as Senior Cultural Advisor to French Government
3 hours ago
Olivier Courson, the former chairman-ceo of Studiocanal, has been appointed as a senior advisor to the French government on culture, communications and digital regulation.
Courson will advise and, if necessary, arbitrate between ministries on a large portfolio of issues crucial to the future of film and TV in France. He reports to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who is responsible for implementing the vision set out by newly elected President Emmanuel Macron.
Courson’s position will give him a say in some of the huge issues that the French government is expected to tackle, led by France’s expansion in the digital domain, a priority for Macron.
The newly appointed culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, has confirmed that she will lead the debate on the challenge posed by Netflix and other digital platforms to France’s hallowed release-window chronology. That issue was thrown into the limelight at the Cannes Film Festival by its selection of two Netflix movies which »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Rachel Tells One Man to ‘Get the F— Out’
8 hours ago
There was a moment on last season of “The Bachelor” when Rachel Lindsay told Nick Viall “I love sports, but I don’t play games.” On tonight’s “Bachelorette,” Rachel made good on that promise. She committed to that promise so hard that at one point she caused me to physically scream and start clapping. I applauded for so long that I probably missed something important. So apologies if there are some gaps in the timeline, but it’s worth it just knowing that Rachel has changed the game … uhh … journey to find love? … for the better.
But that’s not to say that every moment of this episode was a blast. It happened on last season of “The Bachelor” with Corinne and Taylor, and it’s happening again on this season — “The Bachelorette” has found a way to take the one of the most frustrating people on the planet, and »
- Seth Kelley
‘Dear White People’ Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as ‘Statement Piece’
16 hours ago
“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I’m a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they’re all over my office. I’m just completely geeked about digging for music.”
Her obsessiveness paid off for the Netflix series, which is based on the 2014 film of the same name, and uses music to illuminate a broad spectrum of characters.
“The theme was to get each character their own playlist,” Rhodes (“Queen Sugar”) tells Variety. “Because the pervasive belief is that characters and their perspectives are nuanced and varied, just like their experiences. And so, in turn, their music should be.”
Creator Justin Simien, who wrote the 2014 feature, had already developed his own playlists for each character, Rhodes says, “and we just tried to flesh that out and make it more robust.”
- Tim Greiving
Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of May 29, 2017
17 hours ago
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety‘s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “House of Cards” returns for Season 5 and Showtime debuts “I’m Dying Up Here.”
“House of Cards,” Netflix, Tuesday
The Underwoods are back in Season 5 and they are under siege. Frank and Claire must continue to fight to secure their legacy with a contentious election ahead of them and damaging stories appearing in the press. As seen in the end of Season 4, they plan to divert attention from their various misdeeds by whipping the country into a frenzy of war and terror.
“World of Dance,” NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
This competition series will see solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including »
- Joe Otterson
Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?
17 hours ago
If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.
The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.
The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.
The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »
- Kristopher Tapley
Netflix Orders First Turkish Original
22 hours ago
Rome — Netflix has ordered its first Turkish-language original series, in a move likely to help it gain traction in one of the world’s most vibrant TV markets.
Following its mid-2016 Turkish launch, the streaming service has ordered ten episodes of an as-yet-untitled Istanbul-set historical drama inspired by the history and legends of the Ottoman empire, it said in a statement.
The show is centered around a young man who discovers that he has supernatural powers. When Istanbul is threatened by dark forces he joins forces with a group of misfit friends to save the city and its inhabitants, according to Netflix.
Onur Guvenatam, who produced the successful Turkish adaptation of ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will serve as executive producer on Netflix’s first Turkish original which will be written and produced in Turkey by Istanbul-based shingle O3 Medya with plans for a global launch on the Netflix platform in 2018.
The announcement comes as the Turkish »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘American Idol’: Ryan Seacrest Talks Drag After Katy Perry Deal
28 May 2017 10:40 PM, PDT
Nearly three weeks after ABC confirmed that it would bring “American Idol” back to television, the singing competition has a high-profile anchor for its judges table, but no other confirmed talent on board.
ABC and producers FremantleMedia and Core Media locked up pop star Katy Perry as a judge for the upcoming season just in time for an announcement at the network’s upfront presentation. Perry’s services were secured at a rate of $25 million for the upcoming season — which sources tell Variety represents 65% of the budget earmarked for talent. No additional judges have since signed on to the show.
Nor have producers and the network been able to seal a deal with Ryan Seacrest to return as host. Seacrest had been in talks to rejoin the series — which he appeared on for all of its 15 seasons on Fox — since before ABC even made the revival official. But ongoing talks have failed to produce a deal. A »
- Daniel Holloway and Shirley Halperin
Alex Rodriguez Scores Contributor Role at ABC News
28 May 2017 8:34 PM, PDT
Alex Rodriguez has spent the first months of his retirement from professional baseball as an analyst at Fox Sports, but he’s about to get a tryout with another team. The former New York Yankees player will work as a contributor for ABC News, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Rodriguez would continue working for Fox Sports, and his contract with that 21st Century Fox unit would likely prohibit him from making cameos on ABC’s Disney-owned sister, Espn. He might be able to add commentary on games during non-sports-centric shows like “Gma.”
Rodriguez figured prominently in Fox’s recent “upfront” presentation to advertisers, which placed a big spotlight on the company’s sports-programming assets. Rodriguez made an appearance at the glitzy showcase.
Rodriguez’s new duties were reported previously by the »
- Brian Steinberg
‘The Leftovers’ Recap: Kevin Can Wait
28 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT
Do not read unless you’ve seen “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother),” the seventh episode of the third and final season of HBO’s “The Leftovers.”
For my own amusement, I sometimes imagine describing individual episodes of “The Leftovers” to people who’ve never seen the show.
Let’s try it with this installment, shall we?
“A former sheriff from a small town in New York is in Australia, where his father has become convinced of the existence of a song that will stop the planet from being engulfed in a world-ending flood. The father drowns his son, and the son, Kevin, travels to an alternate realm that he has visited before, where he met God, did karaoke, and killed a woman who had been appearing to him in his ‘real’ life. When Kevin enters this realm again, he is both an assassin (as he was the first time he »
- Maureen Ryan