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'Star Trek: Discovery' to Premiere in Late Summer or Fall, CBS CEO Says
Star Trek: Discovery is now set to premiere later this year on CBS All Access.
Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS, on Monday told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that the reboot of the sci-fi franchise will debut "in late summer, early fall we're looking at probably, right now."
Originally slated to debut last month as CBS All Access' first original scripted series, the project has been delayed several times, most notably due to the departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner.
But Moonves said the drama, currently in production in Toronto, will not be hurried into the »
- Etan Vlessing
Jeremy Piven to Star in CBS Tech Drama 'Wisdom of the Crowd'
Jeremy Piven has lined up his next TV role.
The three-time Emmy winner has signed on to star in CBS' tech drama pilot Wisdom of the Crowd, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Written by Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife), the project centers on a tech innovator who, inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionize crime solving in San Francisco.
Piven will play Jeffrey tanner, a charismatic visionary determined to solve his daughter's murder.
Humphrey will also executive produce the project, »
- Kate Stanhope
Amazon Revives Former Pivot Series ‘Fortitude’ With New Season Pick-Up
Amazon has picked up a new season of Arctic thriller “Fortitude,” which originally ran on the now-dead Pivot TV. Dennis Quaid has been added to the cast for this run, starring opposite Richard Dormer. Sofie Gråbøl, Luke Treadaway, Darren Boyd, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mia Jexen, Alexandra Moen, Verónica Echegui, Sienna Guillory, Ramon Tikaram, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan and Ken Stott are also counted among the cast. “In ‘Fortitude,’ our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has resonated with audiences globally,” said Joe Lewis, head of Comedy, Drama and Vr, »
- Tony Maglio
Jimmy Kimmel Jokes He's Responsible for La La Land and Moonlight's Best Picture Switcheroo at the 2017 Oscars
What else is there to do but laugh? The 2017 Oscars nearly ended on the wrong note, as La La Land was incorrectly given the award for Best Picture, only to have its producers concede to Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski, the rightful winners from Moonlight. Amidst all the chaos, presenter Warren Beatty disavowed responsibility for the error by showing viewers that he had in fact mistakenly been given the envelope for Best Actress, which went to La La Land's Emma Stone. In the moment, host Jimmy Kimmel tried his best to do damage control. "Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened," he said. "Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this." Harvey, of course, initially crowned the wrong »
TV Review: Oscars Celebrate Cinema Through the Messy Power of Live Television
Just when you think the Oscars might be boring — a post-midnight twist makes them worth staying up for.
After one of the more pleasant if predictable runs of show in recent Oscars history, a complete best picture upset stunned at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards, as “La La Land” — in the process of receiving the final and most prestigious Oscar of the night onstage — was interrupted by the revelation that the award in fact had been given to breakout “Moonlight.”
It’s an incredible story of “Moonlight,” a film that slowly caught the attention of a mainstream audience through the awards circuit and now has entered a hallowed canon of films. It’s less of one for the producers “La La Land” — which, while still winners of six other Oscars, were forced to make way for another film in the middle of their own acceptance speeches.
But that final-seconds revelation, and resulting confused awkwardness, served to be one of the most equalizing and wonderful moments in Oscars history. It was hard to accept that “La La Land” had lost and “Moonlight” won, but somewhere in between good intentions and studio hype, both films got a chance to share the (literal) stage. And on a night that frequently ends up being about just one film — or one studio, or one auteur — Sunday night’s Academy Awards felt like they were a joyful, messy tribute to how revelatory and wonderful cinema can be, at its best and most ambitious.
They accomplished that by being great TV.
After the political firestorm that was this year’s Golden Globes, the Oscars began with a slightly tentative feeling. The same anger and frustration at American politics was present, but seemed a little less explosive; it felt like everything that happened during the ceremony was political — with a bit more restraint and grace than from just a month or two ago.
Maybe Hollywood has reacted to the first turbulent month of Donald Trump’s presidency by beginning to focus on how to channel anger and frustration into the work they do best — telling stories. More than usual, the Oscars were suffused with fervent belief in the power of cinema. Some years, that dedication seems a little performative and superfluous — and going into the ceremony, where “La La Land” was expected to sweep, an emphasis on fantasy and escapism seemed inappropriate.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars found a way to balance the telecast between that sensibility — the treacly self-satisfaction of sweeping orchestrals and tap-dancing starlets — and the very real widening gulf between the wealthy and cultured elites in Hollywood and the global public they make art for. Several of his bits were about bringing the audience into the telecast — “Mean Tweets,” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” was joined by a practical joke where a Starlite Tours tour group was diverted into the auditorium to rub shoulders with Denzel Washington. Politics were omnipresent — Kimmel addressed Donald Trump’s tweets several times throughout the evening — and the winners and presenters championed the voices of the underrepresented, the transformative and universal power of art, and most specifically, the harsh stance on immigration taken by the Trump administration. But also prevalent at this awards show was the sentiment seemed to be that the arts and entertainment industry could be a force of good, without simply using that soapbox for soundbytes.
Kimmel’s not Teflon, but he’s found an interesting way to braid together both bro comedy and sensitivity — and that’s usually by opting into the role of jackass, which allows pretty much everyone else to look good. Even at the end of the night, he said ruefully to the audience that he knew he was going to screw up the telecast somehow —the perfect, quintessential host move. It makes Kimmel the joke, not anyone else, even though the mix-up was obviously not his fault at all.
The host’s style made for a ceremony where even if you loathed his jokes or delivery, the ceremony was kind of nice; rather than the final circuit of an endless PR tour for the three or four Best Picture frontrunners, it felt like a tribute to the cinema in general. In addition to the ritual “In Memoriam” and the platitudes about showbusiness, Sunday night’s Oscars included montages for each acting category that showed clips of past greats and a recurring feature where stars talked about a movie that changed them before coming out with a star from that very film. So Charlize Theron walked out with Shirley MacLaine, and Seth Rogen reminisced about “Back to the Future.”
And there’s no better example of that renewed sense of purpose than “Moonlight’s” win, which is a repudiation of the night’s expected narrative and last year’s much discussed “Oscars So White” phenomenon, where creatives of color were nearly shut out from the nominations. The Academy has made some real changes, and Hollywood seems ready to work.
The Oscars can feel like a very stuffy party full of people in penguin suits. Not this time. There was something really live about this live telecast — something raw and shifting and earnest, whether that was Viola Davis’ typically lovely speech, a stray fabric “wave” hitting Auli’I Cravalho in the head, and the tears in Denzel Washington’s eyes when he lost Best Actor to Casey Affleck. There were weird segments and bits that didn’t totally land. But that’s live television, in its fascinating unpredictability. The Oscars weren’t a complete vision tonight, as prestigious films usually try to be. They were a strangely fascinating mess.
Of course, a last-minute twist is some “The Walking Dead” style storytelling, and obviously, if the Oscars’ producers had had their way, there would have been no mixed-up envelope delivery at the end. But that kind of half-fantasy mess is exactly the weird and wonderful place where showbusiness lives, whether it is in the musical sequences of “La La Land” or the subtle, sneaky power of “Moonlight.” Now both of these movies can be joined by the last few minutes of the telecast. All three really have to be seen to be believed.
- Sonia Saraiya
‘The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth’ Gets Second Batch at Showtime
Showtime has bought itself another ticket to the circus. The premium cabler has ordered a second batch of episodes of political docuseries “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Variety has learned. The second run will premiere in three weeks, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.
Hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will return to examine the riveting and unprecedented events unfolding — both inside and outside the Beltway — during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Mark McKinnon will return in a producing role with occasional guest appearances. The real-time series will follow the circus of American politics, political culture and government, featuring interviews with key figures and offering analysis of the stories behind each week’s headlines.
“During the historic drama of the 2016 election, ‘The Circus’ was a compulsively watchable series, providing unparalleled access and critical insight,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Presented »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Incorporated’ Canceled By Syfy After One Season
Exclusive: Syfy has opted not to renew freshman drama series Incorporated for a second season. The futuristic thriller, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, ended its freshman run January 25. One of the show’s regular cast members, Dennis Haysbert, already booked a new series project, signing on as the male lead of drama pilot Reverie for Syfy sibling NBC. Incorporated was a modest ratings performer, ranking below most other Syfy series such as flagship The Ma… »
Donald Trump Says He Nixed White House Correspondents’ Dinner Appearance Because They Make Stuff Up
President Donald Trump says he decided not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner because its members “make stories up” and “create sources.” "Over the years, you make a mistake, I fully understand when they hit you,” he said in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends that will air Tuesday morning. “But when they make stories up, when they create sources – ’cause I believe that sometimes they don’t have sources, you know, the sources don’t… »
Don’t Ever tell Alex Jones He’s not a Human, He’s a Reptile
I promised myself that the only reason I would ever post anything related to Alex Jones is if it made me laugh. For those of you who don’t know Alex Jones, he’s a radio host over at Info Wars and is probably the most alt-right human who gets to have his own radio show on the planet. Of course, Trump has praised him numerous times but that’s besides the point. If you’ve watched or heard his show you’ll know how incredibly angry and animated he is. Forget about the issues he discusses. The guy is such a loon it’s almost
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- Nat Berman
Conan Reveals “Confusing” Contents Of Best-Movie Card Warren Beatty Was Given At Oscars
Conan explained what really happened at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards when Warren Beatty opened the envelope to discover which movie had won the Best Picture Oscar. “A lot of people at first blamed Warren Beatty for making the mistake,” Conan noted. “But, in his defense, if you saw the card he was given to read, it was pretty confusing,” he added. Actually, not “confusing” so much as “incomprehensible.” And, of course, Beatty handed the card to Faye Dunaway to read… »
Jon Stewart Returns To ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ to Slam Trump’s Relationship with Media
Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart returned to his familiar role of offering incisive perspective on politics and culture during a long guest appearance Monday on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Colbert went to far as to observe “you miss this, don’t you?” when Stewart showed up at Colbert’s desk to discuss the disarray in journalism under the Trump administration. The two jokingly jostled for desk space in the segment that saw Stewart take aim and recent Trump statements, and he issued a pointed challenge to journalists. With pen and note paper in hand, Stewart looked like he was enjoying a brief return to form from his 17-year “Daily Show” run.
During the bit, Colbert took aim at the White House for blocking numerous outlets including CNN, Politico, The New York Times, The La Times and more from a recent press briefing. “The root of all this conflict is that Donald Trump calls any »
- Variety Staff
PwC Exec Cancels CNN Segment “Apparently On Orders From The Academy,” Anderson Cooper Says
As the finger-pointing and mea culpas continue regarding last night’s Best Picture tragicomedy, the top U.S. exec at the Academy’s accounting firm was booked on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° tonight. Key word: “was.” PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. Chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan, who had been making the media rounds today to discuss Sunday’s Best Picture gaffe, canceled his appearance on the primetime show less than an hour before he was to go on, Anderson Cooper said… »
Bill O’Reilly Addresses ‘Factors’ Nils Bildt Mystery
Bill O’Reilly has addressed the mystery of the Swedish guest he had on his show last week. Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday when he appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to talk about crime in Sweden – days after Trump gave a speech decrying an attack in the country that did not take place. Bildt talked of an immigrant problem, of crime stats, and a politically-correct culture that bars these issues "being openly and honestly discussed" in that… »
Supergirl Season 2 Episode 14 Review: “Homecoming”
Don’t let the header image on this review fool you. Tonight’s Supergirl reunion between Jeremiah and his two daughters is not as happy as the photo above makes it out to be. In fact, the suspicious return of Dean Cain’s patriarch is what causes the most conflict in “Homecoming,” as it results not only in relationship problems between the newly dating Kara and Mon-El but also a major fight between Kara and Alex, which ends with Alex delivering perhaps the most vicious and mean words she’s ever said to her adoptive sister before on Supergirl, delivering an ultimatum of sorts by telling
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- Chris King
‘The Bachelor’ Recap: One Shocking Dismissal, Two Big Confessions & the First of Three Nights in the Fantasy Suite
Why did it feel like just as much happened during Monday night’s one-hour episode of “The Bachelor” as usually happens during an installment twice as long? Are we all being scammed? That second question is rhetorical. But the answer to the first begins with the same person who left us hanging last week: Andi Dorfman.
“Who is Andi Dorfman?” is a very google-able question but, to keep you on the page, she’s still (somewhat) relevant because she was the Bachelorette when Nick Viall first appeared on the franchise. He made it to the final two before she chose someone else. Then he called her out for having sex with him on national television in what was arguably a rude way. She wrote about him in her book. Blah, blah, blah, seasons later she’s still popping in to remind us that she exists.
The show hypes up Andi’s appearance like she’s going to »
- Seth Kelley
Beyond's Burkely Duffield Breaks Down Finale Twists, Talks 'Perilous' Season 2
Whether you just finished watching the season finale of Freeform’s Beyond, or you chose to binge all 10 episodes back in January, you’re probably asking yourself one question: What the heck was that ending?
RelatedBeyond Renewed for Season 2
“It’s something that I think, or at least I hope, came out of left field,” star Burkely Duffield tells TVLine of the finale’s final shot, Holden coming face to face with his younger self in the Realm. “You were supposed to think that, with the Bridge destroyed and Frost gone, everything is going to be Ok. But that’s not it works. »
Brendan Fraser Reacts When True Best Picture Winner “George of the Jungle” is announced at the Oscars
I think I just heard a mic drop because the official winner for the funniest Gif, photoshop, meme, image, whatever you want to call it that’s making fun of the wrong Oscars envelope last night, goes to the one you are about to see. For the past 10-15 hours people have been photoshopping the envelope that showed last night’s true winner for best picture Moonlight after a mix up sent the wrong movie La La Land cast up to accept the award for best picture. It was a total mix up. It wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault. We’re all aware of
- Nat Berman
The Voice Season 12 Premiere Recap: Love Isn't Just In the Air, It's On the Air
She’s (holla) back!
After two seasons off, Gwen Stefani returned to the coaching panel for Season 12 of The Voice, and host Carson Daly was quick to address the elephant in the room. No, not her new-since-last-time relationship with fellow coach Blake Shelton, an actual guy in the room in an elephant costume. (Hardy-har-har.) Self-proclaimed “third wheel” Adam Levine had so much fun teasing the couple that Blake told him he could “go back to not mattering,” prompting Alicia Keys to step in and gently referee. (But seriously, the fellas’ ribbing of one another continued to be so entertaining that »
Jon Stewart Pops Up To Explore Donald Trump’s Press Hostility With Stephen Colbert
Late Show host Stephen Colbert addressed President Donald Trump and his hostile relationship with the media, which hit a new low last week when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blocked CNN, Nyt, Politico and Lat from an informal press briefing. This, hours after Trump proclaimed his love of the First Amendment, insisting “nobody loves it better than me.” Trump has said he only has issues with “fake news” which, Colbert noted, is defined as any news report Trump… »
Tinder To Use AI To Improve Your Dating Experience
My personal guess is that it’s only a matter of time before Tinder gets replaced by something else as being the go-to app for dating. There are already a slew of competitors that streamline the vetting process which leads to a less “trashy” experience than Tinder But the dating app giant has something new up their sleeves: artificial intelligence. The news was announced at the Startup Grind Global Conference in California, where Tinder CEO and founder Sean Rad made a speech on the future of the popular dating app, specifically the fact that it could very well involve AI in
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- Nat Berman
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