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15 years ago today: U2 fans rejoiced with the release of ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’

30 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

15 years ago today was a beautiful day for U2 fans: On October 30, 2000, their album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” hit record store shelves. It was the U2’s 10th studio album and was largely considered a glorious return to form for the Irish band, following the mixed reception of their 1997 album, “Pop.” Among the successful singles on U2’s first album of the 2000s were “Elevation,” “Walk On” and “Beautiful Day.” Guitarist the Edge said of the album in the book “U2 by U2,” “‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ was an album that acknowledged our own past, which we had never really done before…. I was playing the Gibson Explorer. This was really the sound of U2, the sound we had made our own and then abandoned as far back as ‘War.’” He also points out plenty that was fresh and new for the band with the album, »

- Emily Rome

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Makeup Artist to the Stars -- Dead From Apparent Suicide

23 October 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The celebrity makeup artist who made a name for himself working with Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Mariah Carey ... is dead after an apparent suicide in L.A.  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jake Bailey's assistant found him Friday morning in his home and called the cops. We're told it appears he succumbed to carbon monoxide.  The 37-year-old was most famous for his work with Perry ... most notably, her Cosmo cover. We're told an autopsy »

- TMZ Staff

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Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2

19 October 2015 7:16 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The miniseries saga of Don, Betty, Roger, Joan, Peggy and Bert deserved a terrific finish, and at the end of seven plus one seasons, creator Matthew Weiner delivers in fine style. The agency undergoes a major transformation, but each of our favorites moves on to a thoughtful, better-than-acceptable resolution -- all except for Don. He is given one of the more interesting character finales in TV history, even better than Robert Morse's topper at the end of Season Seven Part 1. Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2 Blu-ray Lionsgate 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 352 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.98 Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Paré, Jay R. Ferguson, Julia Ormond, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kevin Rahm, Christopher Stanley, Maggie Siff, Diana Bauer, Alison Brie, Caity Lotz.. Written by Matthew Weiner, Tom Smuts, Jonathan Igla, Erin Levy, Semi Chellas, Carly Wray. Creator »

- Glenn Erickson

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Jay Gerber, Character Actor From ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘All in the Family,’ Dies at 86

10 October 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jay Gerber, a versatile character actor whose long resume included such notable productions as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “All in the Family” and “L.A. Law,” died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Gerber died on Oct. 2, his nephew, producer Bill Gerber, told Variety.

In the 1960s, Gerber worked in variety of stage productions, including revues and Off Broadway productions in New York and the 1964 Australian production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

By the early 1970s, Gerber was active in TV commercials and TV series guest shots. He landed a small role as an insurance agent in Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975).

On a 1977 episode of “All in the Family,” Gerber played the brother of Archie Bunker’s longtime friend Stretch Cunningham, who reveals to Bunker after his brother’s death that he came from a Jewish family. Gerber later logged two appearances in the »

- Variety Staff

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Shirley Temple Family Gives $5 Million to Academy Museum

8 October 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has received a gift valued at more than $5 million from the family of the late Shirley Temple Black. As a result, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has named its educational center The Shirley Temple Education Studio.

The studio will provide hands-on workshops in moviemaking techniques, as well as inspire creativity and critical thinking. A core feature will be its teen  initiative, serving students from diverse backgrounds in the greater Los Angeles area.

In addition to financial support, the Temple gift included unique objects from the Hollywood career of the child star, including the miniature Oscar presented to her at the 1934 Academy Awards; the tap shoes and portable wooden practice-steps given to her by dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for their stair dance routine in 1934’s “The Little Colonel”; and her first set-chair from Fox Studios.

Kerry Brougher is the Academy Museum director. The »

- Tim Gray

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Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones') upsets with second Emmy win as Drama Supporting Actor

20 September 2015 8:20 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") made a come-from-behind effort in recent days to win his second Emmy as Best Drama Supporting Actor on Sunday. He had trailed a good bit in our exclusive Gold Derby odds but had worked his way into second place with 3/1 odds by the time of the ceremony. He beat out frontrunner Jonathan Banks, who had earned three Emmy nominations in this category, all for different shows. The latest was for "Better Call Saul," the prequel series to Emmy kingpin "Breaking Bad," which gave him outstanding 2/5 odds. -Break- Watch our Emmy webchats with Jonathan Banks, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Kelly and Alan Cumming Banks first competed for this award in 1989 for playing Frank McPike in "Wiseguy," but lost to Larry Drake ("L.A. Law"). It took almost a quarter century for him to return: he was next nominated in 2013 for playing Mike Ehrmantraut in "Breaking Bad," but that time the award we. »

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'Game of Thrones' ahead of 'Mad Men' in tight race for Emmy history

19 September 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

I’m excited for this Sunday’s Emmy Awards, which I'll be attending for the first time (follow my tweets @GoldDerby throughout the night). And one of the things I’m most excited about is the chance to witness TV history. This year two dramas are on a collision course; it seems like either HBO's fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” will take flight or AMC’s '60s drama “Mad Men” will win the pitch. (Watch our riotous slugfest below to see Gold Derby editors go head to head to assess the chances for both series.) -Break- Emmy predictions: 'Game of Thrones' gets 10-to-11 odds to be crowned drama king “Mad Men” enters the ceremony with an impressive resume. It has 15 Emmy wins. Four of those were for Best Drama Series (2008-2011). That ties it with “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing” as the Emmys' most awarded drama. »

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Alien Abduction Story ‘Captured’ in the Works as Movie

16 September 2015 4:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gotham/Principal, producers of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” will team up with Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel via their Stellar Prods. to produce alien-abduction story “Captured.”

The project is based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, N.H., who said they were captured by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. The Hills — a black postal clerk and a white social worker — claimed they had been studied by extraterrestrials and then returned to Earth with missing memories that were later retrieved under hypnosis.

Bryce Zabel, creator of the NBC/Sony alien-themed series “Dark Skies,” will write the script. The story is based on the 2007 non-fiction book “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction” by nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman and Betty Hill’s niece Kathleen Marden.

Producers plan to make the film in a »

- Dave McNary

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Emmy predictions: Jonathan Banks ('Better Call Saul') leads with 8-to-15 odds

15 September 2015 3:36 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Jonathan Banks has earned three Emmy nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actor, all for different shows, but this year he's forecast to win for the first time. Our exclusive Gold Derby odds have him out front at 8/15 to prevail for the first season of AMC's "Better Call Saul." -Break- Watch our Emmy webchats with Jonathan Banks, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Kelly and Alan Cumming Banks first competed for this award in 1989 for playing Frank McPike in "Wiseguy," but lost to Larry Drake ("L.A. Law"). It took almost a quarter century for him to return: he was next nominated in 2013 for playing Mike Ehrmantraut in "Breaking Bad," but that time the award went to Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"). Banks is back as Mike in "Saul," which was spun off from "Breaking Bad" earlier this year. He submitted the episode "Five-o," which is also nominated for Best Drama Writi »

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Round-Up: Cthulhu Figure, The Inhabitants Trailer, Cabin Fever Remake, Stephen King Marathon, Last Shift Blu-ray

10 September 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The second Cthulhu figure in a three-part series from Warpo will be available this fall. Also: a trailer for The Inhabitants, first details on IFC Midnight's acquisition of Cabin Fever, El Rey Network's Stephen King marathon, and Last Shift on Blu-ray.

Warpo's Cthulhu Figure Series: Press Release: "Chicago, Il (September 9, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, today released part two of three of Cthulhu: The Great Old One, their retro commercial series for the forthcoming 12” Cthulhu figure.

In keeping with the company’s method manufacturing, the process of development by which Team Warpo creates everything with the mindset and methods of the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the commercial series was created with the look and feel of being an “uploaded artifact” from the era – a rip from an old VHS tape that was used over and over again to capture storylines for the sandbox adventures of childhood. »

- Tamika Jones

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Emmy predictions: Experts give 'Mad Men' leading 8-to-15 odds to win record fifth Best Drama Series

4 September 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

For its first four seasons "Mad Men" went undefeated for Best Drama Series at the Emmys. That haul tied it with three other classic series --- "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "The West Wing" -- for most wins in this category. And while the AMC period drama hasn't won this top prize since 2011, the Emmy experts polled by Gold Derby have it out front with the best odds (8/15) to prevail on Sept. 20 and set a new record. Of our 17 pundits, a dozen are backing "Mad Men" while five bet on "Game of Thrones" (12/5 odds). See the experts' odds in all top Emmy races. See how each expert ranks the nominees according to likelihood of winning. -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums  The Emmyologists casting a vote for "Mad Men" are: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (Associated Pre. »

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Emmys: History Could Be Made in Hotly Contested Races

24 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This could be a record year for Emmy records.

The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.

That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.

“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the show that brought the “Frasier” winning streak to an end was Fox’s zeitgeisty dramedy “Ally McBeal. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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'Mad Men': Emmy experts predict record fifth Best Drama Series win

21 August 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The final season of "Mad Men" will be one for the record books according to our Emmy Experts, as they give the AMC hit leading 4/9 odds to win its fifth Best Drama Series trophy. "Mad Men," which won this award four years running beginning in 2008, is currently tied with "The West Wing" (2000–2003), "L.A. Law" (1987, 1989–1991) and "Hill Street Blues" (1981–1984). Over on the comedy side, laffers "Modern Family" and "Frasier" have already won five trophies apiece, so isn't it time for a drama to play catch-up? -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions A leading nine of our 12 Experts have "Mad Men" in their first position to win the Emmy: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Glenn ...' »

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Emmys: ‘Better Call Saul’ Hopes to Join Elite Ranks of Freshman Drama Winners

20 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy McGill is accustomed to being the underdog. But if “Better Call Saul” goes all the way to win the Emmy for best drama, the AMC series will join an elite club of shows that have claimed TV’s top prize for their freshman seasons.

Since 1981, when “Hill Street Blues” triumphed in its first year of eligibility, only six other series have pulled it off: “L.A. Law” (1987), “Picket Fences” (1992), “The West Wing” (2000), “Lost” (2005), “Mad Men” (2008) and “Homeland” (2012).

“Better Call Saul” is the only first-year show in the running for drama series honors this year. Securing a series nomination in year one is a feather in the cap of any show. But in the case of “Saul,” the recognition is especially sweet. It’s validation that AMC’s prequel series to Emmy darling “Breaking Bad” has overcome the long shadow of its predecessor as a creative achievement that stands on its own. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Peter Grad, Former Mtm Television President, Dies At 75

3 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Grad, a television executive and philanthropist, died of a heart attack Aug. 1 while on vacation in Vail, Colo. He was 75.

Grad spent five years as president of Mtm Television from 1987 to 1992. He also did a seven-year stint as a TV development exec at 20th Century Fox. During his long run in TV he helped shepherd such notable series as “L.A. Law,” “The Fall Guy,” “Mr. Belvedere” and “Evening Shade.”

Grad was married for 47 years to Laurie Burrows Grad, daughter of famed playwright-director Abe Burrows. He was the father of Nick Grad, president of original programming and production at FX Networks.

Born in Newark, N.J., Grad grew up on the Jersey shore. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. He dabbled in everything from engineering and finance to acting and producing for the stage before he turned to TV development in 1977, when he joined Paramount TV on the East Coast. »

- Variety Staff

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Video of the Day: Watch ‘Archer’ pay tribute to Woodhouse voice performer George Coe

27 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The death of television veteran George Coe earlier this month was felt keenly, as the performer amassed a body of work that included appearances on Saturday Night Live, Hill Street Blues, Max Headroom, and L.A. Law. At the time of his death, however, Coe was not retired, but was a key part of the FX animated spy comedy Archer, providing the voice for the lead character’s butler Woodhouse, a secondary but nonetheless crucial character over the course of the show’s six seasons.

Following the performer’s demise, Archer has now released a tribute video highlighting the character and the actor’s work on the series as a thank you to Coe for his work on the show. The video can be seen below.

The post Video of the Day: Watch ‘Archer’ pay tribute to Woodhouse voice performer George Coe appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Adam Bram, Paramount Attorney in Michael Jackson Case, Dies at 49

20 July 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Adam Bram, a prolific production attorney best known for successfully defending Paramount Pictures in a defamation lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson, died July 6 in Los Angeles of a heart attack. He was 49.

Bram began his career with two prominent L.A. law firms, representing major TV and motion picture studios. In 1995, Paramount hired him as a senior attorney managing the TV studio’s legal and business affairs. In addition to supervising all of their litigation, he oversaw the acquisition and distribution of entertainment product, and served as the on-site production attorney for “Hard Copy,” Paramount’s daily tabloid series. In his first year, Bram faced a significant challenge after a “Hard Copy” story aired detailing an alleged sex tape featuring a young boy and Michael Jackson. After the allegation was proven untrue, Jackson filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Paramount. Bram coordinated the studio’s defense, guided the show’s producers »

- Carmel Dagan

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George Coe, Original SNL Member and Archer Voice Actor, Dead at 86

20 July 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

George Coe, one of Saturday Night Live‘s original “Not Ready for Primetime Players,” died on Saturday after a long illness, our sister site Variety reports. He was 86.

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Following SNL’s freshman run, Coe appeared in TV series such as (but not limited to) the CBS sitcom Goodnight, Beantown, Hill Street Blues, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Max Headroom, L.A. Law, the ABC sitcom Working and The West Wing.

Coe returned to his SNL stomping grounds as recently as 1986, playing a judge in the infamous “Get a Life! »

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Alfre Woodard, Talitha Bateman to Star in Drama ‘So B. It’ (Exclusive)

28 May 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman (“Hart of Dixie”) will star in the film adaptation of Sarah Weeks’ young adult novel “So B. It” with Stephen Gyllenhaal directing, Variety has learned.

So B. It” chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leave the safety of her home life with her mentally challenged mother and agoraphobic neighbor, portrayed by Woodard. Production will begin in Los Angeles in July.

Producers are Outside The Box Productions’ Adam Tenenbaum and Orien Richman, who originally acquired the award-winning book and screenplay, and Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris (“The Kids Are All Right”). Marc Marcum will co-produce and Michael Nelson is an executive producer.

Gyllenhaal, father of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is directing from a script by Garry Williams. His credits include “Paris Trout,” “Losing Isaiah” and “A Dangerous Woman.”

Woodard has previously been »

- Dave McNary

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Jimmy Smits In For Netflix’s The Get Down With Baz Luhrmann

27 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Riding a wave of critical acclaim after his turn as pimp Nero Padilla in the final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Jimmy Smits has signed on for a lead role in The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix series The Get Down.

The period piece, set in 1970s New York, follows the daily struggles of a group of South Bronx teens with nobody to rely on apart from each other. Driven by desperation and desire, they fight to survive and usher in a new age of hip-hop, disco, punk and dance that reflects the pains of their existence.

Smits has signed on for the role of Francisco Cruz, aka “Papa Fuerte,” a political player in the area who uses his authority to deliver jobs, housing, health care and other necessary services that the city is denying Bronx residents. He rules his turf with charm, an easy »

- Isaac Feldberg

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