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Carson Daly's Mom Dies at 73 as The Voice's Wins an Emmy: 'Her Spark Will Shine for Eternity'

18 September 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carson Daly is mourning the loss of his mother.

The Voice and Today host’s mother, Pattie Daly Caruso, died Sunday at her home in Palm Desert, California. A family spokesperson told The Desert Sun that Caruso suffered a heart attack in the early morning.

Daly’s Today colleagues announced the sad news Monday on-air, one day after The Voice won the 2017 Emmy for outstanding reality competition series.

“We’re sorry to start this hour with some sad news,” Savannah Guthrie began. “Our thoughts and our prayers are going out to Carson and his family over the sudden passing of his mom, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Stephen Colbert Q&A: Despite Politics, ‘Late Show’ Host Just Wants to Make Audiences Laugh

13 September 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Many of the nation’s late-night hosts like to keep their audience laughing, even when they’re not on camera. Stephen Colbert has a serious side, too.

He has reason, sometimes, to take a pause. In August, he and his team rushed to put together a monologue in half an hour, the result of President Trump’s now-infamous late-day press conference in which he said many different parties were to blame for the August clash between white supremacists and protesters in Charlottesville, Va. The effort, Colbert said during an interview the next day, left him tired.

But not at a loss for words. In an extensive interview that took place the day after that effort and that has been edited for clarity, the CBS “Late Show” host looks forward to new projects, including an animated series about President Trump that he is readying for Showtime, and a potential revamp of his program’s second half hour. He »

- Brian Steinberg

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As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans

12 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

President Trump’s itchy trigger finger has many Americans worried. But for a group of staffers clustered in a narrow office building attached to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the fear is his antics may trigger another type of fallout: a “live show situation.”

No matter how much work goes into the jokes crafted for the monologue and other comedy bits for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the staff knows much of it could be scrapped just before its host tapes the program before the audience. “Many’s the night when we have to throw the whole thing out after rehearsal,” explains Colbert. “There’s never a point when the show is so locked that we won’t change it — literally minutes before I go onstage.” In May, when FBI director James Comey was fired, for example, Colbert had already delivered his monologue, only to be told of the breaking news after he was »

- Brian Steinberg

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The China Hustle’

11 September 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Should Hollywood be in the market for a sequel to “The Big Short,” the continued misbehavior of a corrupt and poorly regulated financial system have provided one. In the wake of the 2008 recession, some investors looking to recoup their losses from the subprime mortgage crisis traded one fraud for another, turning the inflated value of China’s economic boom into another bubble destined to be popped. Jed Rothstein’s wildly entertaining documentary “The China Hustle” blows the lid off another multibillion-dollar heist built on complex financial instruments and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors. Though it resembles the docu-journalism of Alex Gibney films like “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” — Gibney serves as executive producer here, in fact — Rothstein’s irreverent, can-you-believe-this sense of humor makes the anti-capitalist message go down even easier.

With Gibney, Frank Marshall, and the 2929 Entertainment team of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner on board, “The China Hustle »

- Scott Tobias

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Toronto Film Review: Shia Labeouf in ‘Borg/McEnroe’

7 September 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Borg McEnroe” is the story of one of the great tennis rivalries of all time, between Swedish efficiency expert Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and explosive American underdog John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf), as defending champion Borg competes for his record-breaking fifth Wimbledon title. But it also is the backstory of one of the great tennis friendships, and for someone like me who knew nothing about the match in question (and cared less about who won), that twist — revealed practically in overtime, after the film has effectively ended — made me want to go right back in and watch the movie a second time.

As in competing tennis picture “The Battle of the Sexes” (which seems a far more commercial prospect, in the U.S. at least, given its added political dimension and likable lead actors), director Janus Metz’s stylish, Scandi-made behind-the-scenes sports movie builds to an extended on-court showdown — in this case, a virtuoso, »

- Peter Debruge

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Sofia Carson And Andy Grammar Join Tj Martell Foundation Family Day

24 August 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

The Tj Martell Foundation is announcing today that Hollywood/Republic Records recording artist and Disney Channel star, Sofia Carson, will headline the organization’s 8th Annual Family Day Celebration in Los Angeles at The Grove on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 12p.m. – 4p.m. Pt.

Families can enjoy fantastic food, a live auction, live music, games, prizes and other carnival activities while raising funds for cancer research. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now and can be purchased here.

L.A. Family Day will kick off with the Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner on Monday, October 2 at the Luxe Hotel -Sunset, and presented by Live Nation. The evening event will include an elegant dinner, silent auction, a live performance by Grammy Nominated Artist Andy Grammer, best known for his hits “Fresh Eyes” and “Honey I’m Good”, and the reveal of the T.J Martell Foundation GuitarTown Kids guitars that will »

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New School Year, New Cool Style! Meet the Kid Influencers Behind Target’s Art Class Fall Semester Collection

21 August 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

School is back in session for the kiddos — and Target‘s got their backs.

The retailer is launching a brand new Fall Semester collection as part of their already popular Art Class line, featuring pieces customized by six kids including social media star Loren Gray, YouTube personality and musician Carson Lueders and Dance Moms star Nia Sioux.

Each kid influencer helped bring two pieces to life and created a pack of pins and patches for the new collection, which encourages other kids to use their unique senses of style and expression to customize their own looks.

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, »

- Jen Juneau

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The French Were Right About Jerry Lewis – He Was a Genius

20 August 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

He’d probably prefer to be tagged for one of the films he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, but “The King of Comedy” is as good a sobriquet for Jerry Lewis as any. And while his brilliant performance in Martin Scorsese‘s acrid 1982 movie about fandom and obsession allowed Lewis to show a darker side of his personality, part of what made his turn as a Johnny Carson-esque talk-show host so brilliant was that it was coming from a performer we had often known to play characters who were adorably clumsy and sweetly innocent. As film critic Danny Peary once. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Comedy King Jerry Lewis, 91, Dies ‘Peacefully at Home of Natural Causes,’ Says Daughter

20 August 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Comedy king Jerry Lewis, whose manic style amused generations of moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic, yet whose popularity often confounded critics, has died, his agent confirmed to People. He was 91.

In a statement from Lewis’ daughter Danielle, the comedian’s manager confirmed that “he passed peacefully at home of natural causes with him loving family at his side.”

Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Katsilometes confirmed the news on Twitter on Sunday, writing that Lewis’ rep told him in a statement that he died at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning in his home in Las Vegas.

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- Alexis L. Loinaz and Char Adams

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George Michael To Be Honored At Angel Awards Gala

17 August 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Project Angel Food is excited to host the 27th annual Angel Awards Gala at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

This year’s event holds a special significance, as it will posthumously honor the legendary performer George Michael, a dedicated friend, volunteer and supporter of the organization and to date, its largest individual donor. He will receive the Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award, named for the iconic star, who was both a generous and loyal benefactor.

Adam Lambert will perform a special musical tribute, including a selection of George Michael’s most memorable songs. Other confirmed celebrities include: Kenny Goss, Charlie & Max Carver, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sharon Lawrence, Cheryl Tiegs, Mary Wilson, Hal Sparks, Tyler Henry, Carson Kressly, Lawrence Zarian, and Gayle Anderson. Local celebrity chefs Rory Herrmann (Barrel & Ashes), Jason Neroni, (Rose Café), Neal Fraser (Redbird/Vibiana) and Stuart O’Keeffe will also be in attendance. »

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Lily Tomlin’s Most Memorable Emmy Night Was Not Her First Win

10 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In 1974, Lily Tomlin was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her CBS variety special entitled “Lily” — variety special itself, as well as writing for a variety special. Though Tomlin had been nominated for Emmys before, including for her previous CBS special entitled “Lily Tomlin,” she had no expectations of winning and almost didn’t even show up to the ceremony. “It was really only at the prodding of my lawyer that I went,” Tomlin says. “Everybody all night had been saying, ‘This is the night of my life!’ But I kept saying this was not the night of my life because I had had a great baked potato on Wednesday!” Tomlin won both of her categories that year, but it wasn’t her most memorable ceremony — that honor goes to the 1984 ceremony when she showed up as her notorious character, Ernestine.

How did you feel about your chances going into Emmy night in 1974?

I wasn’t even »

- Danielle Turchiano

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‘Take My Wife’: Seeso’s Demise Shuts Down One of the Most Inclusive Shows in Front of and Behind the Camera

9 August 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In the wake of Seeso confirming that it would be shutting down operations, one of its stars, Cameron Esposito, is putting into context the important opportunities that have been lost as a result.

Esposito and her wife Rhea Butcher, both stand-up comedians, created and starred in Seeso’s “Take My Wife.” Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, Esposito and Butcher made a comedy that looks at what it takes to make it in both stand-up and a relationship. Financial concerns, working out routines and everyday sexism are just some of the issues that the show tackles, but “Take My Wife” doesn’t shy away from the darker subject matter. The show’s second episode tackled the topic of sexual assault in a way that would be eye-opening to many, even women.

Read More:Seeso Confirms It’s Shutting Down, Leaving Shows Like ‘There’s… Johnny!’ to Look For A New Home [Updated]

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Take My Wife’: Seeso’s Demise Shuts Down One of the Most Inclusive Shows in Front of and Behind the Camera

9 August 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the wake of Seeso confirming that it would be shutting down operations, one of its stars, Cameron Esposito, is putting into context the important opportunities that have been lost as a result.

Esposito and her wife Rhea Butcher, both stand-up comedians, created and starred in Seeso’s “Take My Wife.” Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, Esposito and Butcher made a comedy that looks at what it takes to make it in both stand-up and a relationship. Financial concerns, working out routines and everyday sexism are just some of the issues that the show tackles, but “Take My Wife” doesn’t shy away from the darker subject matter. The show’s second episode tackled the topic of sexual assault in a way that would be eye-opening to many, even women.

Read More:Seeso Confirms It’s Shutting Down, Leaving Shows Like ‘There’s… Johnny!’ to Look For A New Home [Updated]

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Seeso Confirms It’s Shutting Down, Leaving Shows Like ‘There’s… Johnny!’ to Look For A New Home [Updated]

7 August 2017 5:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Seeso, NBCUniversal’s comedy streaming service, has confirmed that it’s shutting down later this year.

Here’s a note that the streaming service has just posted on Facebook:

We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors.

Though we will be departing, much of our comedy will live on – and some of your favorite Seeso Originals have already found a new home.

You can now find HarmonQuest, My Brother, My Brother and Me, Hidden America with Jonah Ray and The Cyanide and Happiness Show on Vrv: https://www.vrv.co/watchnow

We’ll let you know as soon as we have further information, including where to find the exciting project “There’s…Johnny!” and other Seeso Originals in the future (in the meantime, please note that There’s…Johnny! will no longer premiere this month as previously announced. We love »

- Michael Schneider

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‘There’s… Johnny!’ Won’t Premiere This Month, As Seeso Winds Down and Producers Shop For a New Home

7 August 2017 5:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Seeso further winds down operations, insiders have confirmed that upcoming comedy “There’s…Johnny!” won’t launch at the end of the month as originally planned.

“There’s… Johnny!” was originally set to debut on August 24, but according to insiders close to the show, producers are now looking to find a new home for the period comedy, set in the world of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” circa 1972.

The decision at Seeso to shelve “There’s… Johnny!” comes after other shows also haven’t premiered as planned, including Season 2 of Dan Harmon’s “HarmonQuest,” which was supposed to return at the end of July.

Created by Paul Reiser and his “Mad About You” producer David Steven Simon, “There’s… Johnny” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. »

- Michael Schneider

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John Ostrander: Hokey Smokes!

30 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

On Friday I learned that one of my childhood heroes died. June Foray passed on at the age of 99.

Ms. Foray was a voice actress working in animated features all her long career, as well as in comedy shorts and appearances on Johnny Carson and with Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, and Frank Nelson. She was the voice of Grandmother in Mulan, of Betty Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and, most important to me, she was the voice of Natasha Fatale and Rocky the Flying Squirrel on the various Rocky and Bullwinkle shows created by the legendary Jay Ward.

Rocky and Bullwinkle had a huge impact on me as a kid. All of Jay Ward’s stuff had a combination of sophisticated and low-brow humor. There were elements of satire combined with a lot of really bad puns.

Originally, the dimwitted Bullwinkle was the sidekick to the plucky hero Rocket J. »

- John Ostrander

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David Letterman Shares His Honest Opinion on Late-Night TV

26 July 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Distance has given David Letterman some perspective. In a rare public appearance, the comedian appeared in the season premiere of his friend Norm Macdonald's podcast Monday. Forty minutes into the conversation, Macdonald said he wished there were fewer talk shows. "At one point, there was two shows: The 11:30 p.m. show and the 12:30 a.m. show, Johnny Carson and David Letterman," he said. "Now, there are 100 Johnny Carsons and no David Letterman. I mean, there are 100 11:30 p.m. shows. The shows are indistinct." Letterman interrupted, asking if Macdonald meant they are "all the same template." "Do whatever you want. I think you are bound by the pressure of who is writing the checks. »

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Interview, Audio: Cindy Caponera, TV Writer for ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

23 July 2017 5:56 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the great new premium channel TV series, which piggybacked on the “Twin Peaks” return on the Showtime Network, is “I’m Dying Up Here.” Set in the 1970s, it tells the stories of fictional stand up comedians in Los Angeles, and one of the Consulting Producers and series writers is Cindy Caponera.

Ari Graynor as Cassie in ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Photo credit: Showtime Network

Caponera wrote the latest episode, “Girls Are Funny, Too,” which focused on Cassie (Ari Graynor), as she tries to break new ground in an era where women in comedy had even more obstacles in a man’s show business world. The episode was loose, poignant and funny, and highlighted the excellent cast, which includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo as Goldie, the owner of the club that the stand up comics perform in. Add in Jake Lacy, Al Madrigal, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin and Rj Cyler, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Alec Guinness Pulled a Hilarious Star Wars Prank on a Trash-Talking Jawa

1 July 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mark Hamill explains how Alec Guinness helped him play a practical joke on a Jawa in a recently found clip. Guinness, who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, was the Academy Award-Winning actor that the cast and crew looked up, bringing professionalism to the set and the movie as a whole. While Guinness wasn't entirely sure what he was getting himself into, he did say at times that he enjoyed the script in public, while reportedly telling friends that it was "fairy tale rubbish", and later telling interviewers that it was his idea to kill off the character of Obi-Wan so he wouldn't have to go on "speaking those bloody awful, banal lines."

Alec Guinness wasn't really known for having a practical joke sense of comedy; he obviously had a more dry and darker sense of humor, which is odd for somebody preaching the use of the Force. While promoting Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, »

- MovieWeb

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Alec Guinness Once Played a Hilarious Joke on a 'Star Wars' Extra

30 June 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alec Guinness was the rock many of the Star Wars cast leaned on during the long shoot in 1976. 

Always the consummate professional, Guinness never complained, but did admit he was confused by the movie at times during production, castmembers have said in previous interviews. 

And it seems the Oscar-winning actor had a great sense of humor, too. 

Mark Hamill once told a story to Johnny Carson in an interview unearthed by Heat Vision about Guinness playing a joke on an extra named Jack, who was always busting other people's chops. Jack portrayed one of the Jawas and was an insult comedian by trade. 

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- Ryan Parker

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