Stephen Gaghan Set to Direct the Pilot for AMC’s Geopolitical Drama White City
Academy Award winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan is a busy guy right now. Not only does he have Matthew McConaughey nearing a deal to star in his upcoming feature, Gold, but now he’s also gearing up to direct and executive produce an AMC pilot, too. It’s called White City and is being described as a geopolitical drama about Western diplomats and journalists in Afghanistan. We last reported on it well over a year ago when it was amongst a list of shows AMC had in development. The concept comes from co-writers and co-executive producers Nick McDonell and John Dempsey. McDonell wrote the book Twelve, which was adapted into a film that hopefully you’ve forgotten by now. He also worked as a journalist, covering Iraq and Afghanistan. Dempsey is a former resident of Kabul who became a senior advisor on Afghanistan. Hit the jump for more on what they’ve got in the works. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Uzo Aduba, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling complete list of Emmy presenters
With an Emmy freshly won this week for Outstanding Guest Actress, Uzo Aduba can relax and enjoy her gig as a presenter at this year’s Emmy Awards, and she’s in great company. Fellow presenters include Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy winner Joe Morton, Peter Pan topper Allison Williams, and frequent past Emmy host Ricky Gervais.
These performers will top out the list of presenters that already include True Detective pals Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and Key and Peele. The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will air Aug. 25, 2014, with Seth Meyers as host. From a release sent by the Television Academy, »
- Teresa Jue
‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R. R. Martin is About to Kill More of Your Favorites
“Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin has a well-earned reputation for breaking fans’ hearts by indiscriminately killing beloved characters in his “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, and apparently, it’s only going to get worse from here.
At an event in London on Tuesday, Martin revealed that as his story grows closer to its ultimate ending and more characters begin to cross paths, the more likely it is that the body count will rise.
According to BuzzFeed, Martin admitted, “I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill… Sometimes there’s only one character who’s my eye in a particular location, and if I kill that character, everything going on in that particular subplot is going to be lost.”
But sadly, that’s all about to change. Martin continued, »
- Variety Staff
Doctor Who: 13 Best 'Modern' Episodes!
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Yet, with a new, post-regeneration protagonist (played by Peter Capaldi) set to pick up the sonic screwdriver (and don some fresh Doc Martens), we figured the time was right to count down the sci-fi series’ 13 best episodes since it returned to the airwaves in 2005.
We’ve included obvious moments of brilliance, like the nail-biting “Blink” — in which the Doctor first encounters the Weeping Angels — but are also paying homage to less-heralded gems like “The God Complex.”
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The Show | Suits
The Episode | “This Is Rome”
The Airdate | August 20, 2014
The Performance | It’s fitting that Louis Litt’s catchphrase is “Litt Up” because on Wednesday’s season finale of Suits, his portrayer, Rick Hoffman, set our televisions ablaze with his fiery passion.
After learning that his colleagues had been lying to him about Mike’s non-existent Harvard degree, Louis confronted the one person who he thought was his close friend. “You »
Inside the Emmy Parties: Ian Somerhalder, George R.R. Martin, ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Veep’ Casts on the Scene
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Friday, Aug. 22:
6:35 p.m. “Classy” is a good word to describe “The Good Wife,” and it’s the perfect adjective to describe the early evening reception that CBS threw at Il Cielo to toast the show and its nommed stars: Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles and Christine Baranski. The gathering on the private patio next to the restaurant was intimate and relaxed. And the Burton Way eatery lived up to its reputation for incredible pasta dishes.
6:40 p.m. “Good Wife” creators/showrunners Robert and Michelle King are too classy to dwell on the fact that the show was not nominated in the top drama series despite universal accolades for its fifth season. »
- Cynthia Littleton, Jordyn Holman and Shelli Weinstein
Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Dancer Bitten by Snake During Vma Rehearsal
During rehearsals for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming Vma performance of new single, “Anaconda,” a backup dancer was bitten by a 6-foot snake after she startled the reptile on stage, according to a report by TMZ.
The dancer, whose name is unknown, is being treated at a local hospital in Los Angeles.
The snake, according to the L.A. Fire Department, was a boa constrictor.
It’s unknown whether the snake will still be featured in Minaj’s performance on Sunday.
MTV’s Video Music Awards will be broadcast live at 9/8c Et.
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- Variety Staff
Lifetime's Saved By the Bell Movie: Watch the First Five Minutes Now
In Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, freeze tag is no longer just Zack Morris’ game.
The first five minutes of the biopic, posted below, find “Dustin Diamond” (Shameless‘ Sam Kindseth) interrupting “Mark-Paul Gosselaar” (Degrassi‘s Dylan Everett) during one of his classic “freeze” moments. Only this time, it’s happening in real life — the movie’s version of real life, anyway.
Sneak Peek: Are The Musketeers Breaking Up in the Season Finale?
If luck be a “Milady,” it’s particularly bad for The Musketeers as they head into the season finale this Sunday (BBC America, 9/8c).
Related Intruders Trailer: New BBC America Drama Looks For Life After Death
Fearful that the Musketeers will prove he’s behind the attempt on the Queen’s life, the Cardinal compels Milady to kill them. And as the exclusive clip above shows, her plan to divide and conquer might not be so hard to accomplish after all — especially with them at each other’s throats.
Will the Musketeers be able to put their differences aside? Or »
'American Horror Story: Freak Show': New teaser slips fans the tongue
As you go into your weekend, here’s another super-brief teaser for FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. The video is pretty self-explanatory and follows up on FX announcing that Oct. 8 is the premiere date for the fourth installment of the popular horror anthology series, along with the release of another teaser video earlier this week.
So… these teasers are just going to get increasingly gross, aren’t they? »
- James Hibberd
Video: The Kid From Jerry Maguire Is All Grown Up, and Not the Former Child Star You Remember
Come on, you know who Jonathan Lipnicki is.
He's the cute little kid from Jerry Maguire who taught us all how much the human head weighs! Or, well, he was. As shocking as this may be, Lipnicki is all grown up now — and he's poking fun at "former child star" stereotypes in a new video titled "You Used to be Cute."
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- Kaitlin Thomas
Watch: First Five Minutes of Lifetime’s ‘Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story’
School is almost back in session at Bayside High.
Lifetime has released the first five minutes of “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story,” the TV movie that promises to give viewers a look into the lives and relationships behind the scenes of the beloved Saturday morning teen soap.
The clip begins in 1990 in Cincinnati, where six friends – who will soon become known for their “Sbtb” roles of Zack, Screech, Slater, Jessie, Kelly and Lisa — are seen riding in the back of a limo, dishing out their anxieties over not being well-received. Their fears are squashed as the limo rolls up to screaming fans who are holding signs and pictures of the actors and lunging towards the limo to get a closer look.
- Jordyn Holman
Hulu Plus lands exclusive streaming rights to 'Sleepy Hollow'
It’s a good time to be a Sleepy Hollow binger.
Starting today, the first season will be exclusively streamed on Hulu Plus in anticipation of the show’s season 2 premiere on Sept. 22. The streaming rights to the popular Fox show is a coup for Hulu Plus, which charges subscribers $7.99 a month and lets paying viewers have access to new episodes the day after airing.
- Teresa Jue
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