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Amazon Picks Up ‘The Last Tycoon’ with Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer
Amazon has ordered Sony’s “The Last Tycoon” to series. As first reported by Deadline, the TV adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished 1930s-set final novel will star Matt Bomer as young film exec Monroe Stahr and Kelsey Grammer as his mentor—and soon-to-be enemy—Pat Brady. Rosemarie DeWitt will play Rose Brady, Pat’s possibly two-timing wife, with Lily Collins playing Brady daughter Celia.
“The Hunger Games” and “Shattered Glass” scribe Billy Ray will write and direct the series, which comes from Sony’s TriStar TV. The pilot, available to watch now on Amazon Video, drew good reviews from viewers, with 79% giving it a five-star rating.
“The Last Tycoon” already has one TV adaptation, as a 1957 play broadcast by CBS as part of the “Playhouse 90” anthology series, starring Jack Palance as Stahr. Harold Pinter adapted the novel for the big screen in 1976, nabbing Robert DeNiro for the role of Stahr and Robert Mitchum as »
- Oriana Schwindt
The Gilmore Girls Netflix Reboot Has a Premiere Date!
Happy early Thanksgiving! Netflix has announced the premiere date for its megahighly anticipated reboot of Gilmore Girls: Nov. 25. The date for the series, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was released during the streaming service's day at the Summer TCA in the teaser below. Get your viewing plans for the four parts in order for the day after Thanksgiving, and then enjoy these pictures from behind the scenes of the reboot! »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
The Emmys Year of Laurie Metcalf
More than twenty years after winning three consecutive Emmys for Supporting Actress (Comedy) for “Roseanne,” and nearly a decade removed from her last nomination (for her guest arc on “Desperate Housewives”), Laurie Metcalf’s three nods this year mark a well-deserved return to the spotlight, even if the TV Academy’s decision to honor her in the Guest Actress (Comedy) category for nine minutes of screen time in “The Big Bang Theory” suggests a lack of imagination. Whether or not she nabs a surprise win in September, Metcalf is in the midst of yet another fruitful interlude in her long, expansive career, and that alone is worth celebrating.
In “Episode 3” of “Horace and Pete,” the camera settles on Metcalf’s face as if seeing it for the first time. Her monologue, nine minutes in all, isn’t pitched at the viewer, exactly—it’s clear from the start that Metcalf »
- Matt Brennan
‘Homeland’ Casts ‘House of Cards’ Star Elizabeth Marvel for Season 6
Elizabeth Marvel has been cast in the sixth season of Showtime’s “Homeland,” TheWrap has learned. The “House of Cards” actress will be playing the role of President-elect Elizabeth Keane, a former junior senator from New York. Her character is described as a natural politician who is bright and charming, but who can also be blunt. Marvel played Heather Dunbar, a democratic presidential candidate in season three of “House of Cards” who was ultimately thwarted by Frank and Claire Underwood. Looks like she’ll finally get her chance to shine on Showtime. Marvel has also had roles in “Fargo,” “True Grit” and “Burn After Reading. »
- Rasha Ali
NCIS: New Orleans Scoop: Original Cast Member Exits Ahead of Season 3
There’s no big easy way to say this: Agent Pride’s team will be down a man when CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans opens Season 3.
TVLine has learned exclusively that original cast member Zoe McLellan, who played Great Lakes transplant Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, will not be returning for the coming season.
The reason for McLellan’s exit was a creative decision, seeing as her character had been compromised in the Season 2 finale, due to her association with a Homeland Security agent who turned out to be a misguided zealot. »
Billy Ray Cyrus Comedy ‘Still the King’ Renewed for Season 2 on Cmt
“Still the King” has been picked up for a 13-episode second season by Cmt. The Billy Ray Cyrus-starring comedy was one of Cmt’s first original scripted joints, premiering on June 8 to 4.7 million viewers across three days of viewing on three networks (Cmt, TV Land and Nick@Nite). Season 2 will begin production in the fall for a 2017 debut.
Cyrus stars as “Burnin’ Vernon” Brown, the second-best-Elvis-impersonator-turned-minister in a small town outside of Nashville. In reconnecting with a one-night stand (Joey Lauren Adams), he discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter (Madison Iseman).
“Working on the series has been a career highlight,” said executive producer and star Cyrus. “Thanks to the fans for embracing these crazy characters and all of their beautiful flaws. We’re going to take this mess to a whole new level next season.”
The renewal feeds into Cmt’s strategy to transform itself into a destination for original series, a »
- Oriana Schwindt
Five Reasons ‘Stranger Things’ Worked, and One Big Question
“Stranger Things” has pulled off an increasingly rare feat. In an age in which TV is saturated with what often feels like too much TV, it’s become a true word-of-mouth hit.
Of course, “hit” might not be the right word: Netflix, of course, does not release viewership figures. But there’s no denying that “Stranger Things,” which had a relatively low profile at its release, has gotten a lot of buzz. Positive reviews probably helped, but anecdotally speaking, people are doing a very old-fashioned thing: They’re telling their friends that this spooky drama is something special. It’s been fun to watch the show’s fanbase grow, quietly but relentlessly.
So I’d like to revise my review a little. When I first wrote about “Stranger Things,” I’d only seen four episodes, and now that I’ve seen all eight, my assessment is even more positive. There’s a decent chance it could end »
- Maureen Ryan
Netflix Renews Will Arnett’s ‘Flaked’ For 2017 Second Season
Netflix has officially renewed the Will Arnett and Mark Chappell-created sitcom Flaked for a second season set to air in 2017. The news of the show’s return was announced earlier tonight on its Facebook page. In May it was widely reported that Flaked was under consideration for renewal with a reduced order of six episodes (season 1 was eight episodes long). Tonight’s announcement confirms those reports, though the exact number of episodes was not revealed. Netflix did… »
President Obama Tries to Sell Hope in a Reality TV Landscape
Wednesday night, President Barack Obama closed out the night of speeches with an appeal to America’s better natures that felt wildly out of place in the narrative of Decision 2016. His address to the convention was a mic drop — not quite as jaw-dropping as First Lady Michelle Obama’s on Monday night, but only because the American people know the president’s speeches a little better than his wife’s. The two-term president was speaking at his fourth Democratic National Convention, and for the first time, the end of his elected political career is in sight. There was, as a result, a marked looseness to his manner; the swagger of a winner on the victory lap. Whatever happens now, he’s going out on a high note.
Day three of the DNC narrative puts the week in Philadelphia in almost complete opposition to last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Where »
- Sonia Saraiya
European Pay-tv Giant Sky Sees Revenue Rise 7% to $15.8 Billion
Revenue at European pay-tv giant Sky for the year ending June 30 grew 7% to £11.96 billion ($15.8 billion), while operating profit was up 12% to £1.56 billion ($2.05 billion).
In Britain and Ireland, the company passed £8 billion ($10.6 billion) in revenue for the first time. Revenue rose 7% to £8.37 billion ($11 billion), and operating profit was up 11% to £1.5 billion ($1.99 billion). Sky also operates in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s group chief executive, said in a statement Thursday that the company was benefiting from economies of scale and “investing in a broad range of world-class entertainment in every market, distributed across an unrivaled choice of market-leading platforms, and supported by excellent service, because these are the things that really matter to customers.”
Darroch said that if Britain entered a new recession following its decision to leave the European Union, this may not have a negative effect on Sky. “As we have seen in the past, when that happens, people »
- Leo Barraclough
Is This the Plot of ‘American Horror Story’ Season 6?
We’re getting pretty close to the premiere of American Horror Story‘s sixth season, and, for what seems like the longest we’ve gone without any real reveals, we still have no idea what the plot of the season will be. Yesterday, we finally got the smallest inkling of a plot when three short teasers were released on social media. The teasers are as vague as ever (something the series is known for), but one in particular has some major implications. Of the three teasers, one shows us a peek of a bassinet underneath the number “six.” Suddenly, a demonic-looking hand reaches
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- Jasef Wisener
SNL ‘Weekend Update’ Roasts the Democratic Convention (Watch)
Saturday Night Live traveled to Philadelphia for a special edition of “Weekend Update” at the Democratic National Convention, which MSNBC broadcast during Wednesday night’s coverage.
“Look at all of these white girls crying,” Che said of Bernie loyalists. “They look like Dave Matthews just played ‘Crash Into Me.'”
Watch the videos below:
- Variety Staff
Trevor Noah On Trump’s Call For Russia To Hack DNC: “Are You [Expletive] Me?!”
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah tonight dipped its toes back into the overtly political waters forded regularly under the captaincy of former host Jon Stewart with a fiery, blunt takedown of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. The reason? Per tradition, Donald Trump caused no small amount of controversy earlier today during a press conference to talk about the recent hack of DNC computers and subsequent distribution via Wikileaks of highly embarrassing (though… »
Stephen Colbert Introduces Identical Twin Cousin of Colbert Report Persona
Stephen Colbert faced legal woes following the return of his Colbert Report persona on the July 18 edition of The Late Show. As a result, the CBS funnyman retired the character on Wednesday, and in his place introduced his identical twin cousin. His name? Also Stephen Colbert.
VideosPresident Barack Obama Pleads ‘Don’t Boo, Vote,’ Makes ‘Birther’ Movement Joke in Democratic Convention Speech
“Hello, Colbert Country,” the twin Colbert said, not to be confused with the Colbert Report host’s well known tendency to address The Nation. What followed was an explanation of how he and his alleged cousin are identical. »
America’s Got Talent: First Seven Acts Makes it to Semi-Finals. Past Winners Return.
“The act going through to the semi-finals is…” words that every act that had performed last night wants to hear. It’s the first live show of season eleven of America’s Got Talent. Nerves are running high as the acts wait with baited breath that Nick Cannon will announce their name. I was shocked to see Deadly Games, Hara and Lori Mae Hernandez in the bottom three. They all did a pretty good job last night. Deadly Games even channeled their inner Game of Thrones with their act. Lori Mae’s jokes last night, though repetitive regarding theme (poking fun at Donald
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Bill O’Reilly Defends Comments That Slaves Who Built The White House Were “Well-Fed And Had Decent Lodging” – Update
Update 10 Pm: Facing a firestorm of criticism, Bill O’Reilly opened his show on Fox News tonight by addressing the Michelle Obama DNC speech-themed Tuesday segment about the building of the White House that had gotten him in hot water. He defended his comments about the slaves being well treated and called his critics "smear merchants." "As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and… »
President Barack Obama Pleads 'Don't Boo, Vote,' Makes 'Birther' Movement Joke in Democratic Convention Speech
Yep, he even managed to sneak in a birth-certificate zinger.
President Barack Obama’s primetime address on Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention contained a pinch of biting criticism for Republican candidate Donald Trump, several teaspoons of recollection about his own policy successes over the last eight years, and copious amounts of praise for his party’s current nominee Hillary Clinton.
RelatedMichelle Obama’s Emotional Speech Rouses Democratic Convention Audience — Watch and Grade It
Allow me to dole out a few of the spicier slices of Potus’ DNC pie, before turning it over to you for your thoughts:
* “As I’ve traveled this country, »
Barack Obama Joined Onstage By Hillary Clinton At DNC, Blasts Donald Trump As “Self-Declared Savior”
“America is already great, America is already strong, and I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” a fired-up President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention tonight in Philadelphia. “He's just offering slogans, and he's offering fear,” Of “self-declared savior” Trump, who earlier Wednesday called the man he aims to replace “one of the worst Presidents in the history of our country,” Obama said: “He's betting that if he… »
Hollywood Reacts To Obama DNC Speech With Praise, Jokes & Nostalgia
Refresh for updates… The entertainment industry didn’t wait for the end to begin reacting to President Obama’s much-touted and even more anticipated address tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Ditto pundits, comedians and the like who weighed in to mainly offer praise for the speech. A surprising – though not that much – reaction was nostalgia with among others Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay and Patton Oswalt outright saying they’re going to miss Obama. There were… »
Mr. Robot Recap: Endgame
This week’s Mr. Robot opened with a blast from the past, in the form of a flashback that answered some questions we perhaps didn’t know we had.
VideosMr. Robot Cast Reacts to That Theory, Teases ‘Badass’ Season 2 Finale (Including Who’s In the Last Scene!)
Set up to the mirror the end of the Season 1 finale, that opening sequence found Elliot answering a persistent thumping at his apartment door — courtesy of Darlene, who came sporting a dime-store Halloween mask from The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie, an obscure movie they sometimes watch together. (Thus, the origin of »
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