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6 items from 2017


Emmy Awards: Will ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ smash the glass ceiling?

9 August 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

At the 1997 Emmys, Tracey Ullman pulled off an upset when her show “Tracey Takes On” won Best Variety Series over three past champs — “Dennis Miller Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — as well as perennial nominee “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” At the podium, she […] »

- Amanda Spears

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‘American Idol’: Rickey Minor Set to Return as Reboot’s Musical Director (Exclusive)

20 June 2017 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Longtime “American Idol” musical director Rickey Minor will return to the show when it premieres on ABC in spring 2018, Variety has confirmed through multiple sources. The bandleader had held the MD title for several seasons of “Idol” during its 15-year tenure at Fox — from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2014 to its “final” season in 2015 — taking a break in between to head up music for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2010 to 2014) after Kevin Eubanks’ departure.

A veteran music producer, who had worked extensively with Whitney Houston, Minor is also a seasoned bass player who has accompanied or directed a number of high-profile music tours, including performers like Beyonce Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera. Minor has also been nominated for an Emmy Award on four occasions for his work as a musical director.

At the April premiere of the Clive Davis documentary “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Variety »

- Shirley Halperin

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Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

6 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

Rickles’ career had its ups and downs as comedic tastes changed, and his curmudgeonly persona was sometimes out of kilter with audience tastes, but he survived long after many of his contemporaries had disappeared into retirement. And when he was hot, he was a potent club headliner, insulting his »

- Richard Natale

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Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

6 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

Rickles’ career had its ups and downs as comedic tastes changed, and his curmudgeonly persona was sometimes out of kilter with audience tastes, but he survived long after many of his contemporaries had disappeared into retirement. And when he was hot, he was a potent club headliner, insulting his audience with his two key signature phrases »

- Richard Natale

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Bill Maher Previews How ‘Real Time’ Will Handle President Trump: ‘We’re Entering Uncharted Waters’

17 January 2017 6:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After doing 14 seasons of his scathing “Real Time” for HBO, Bill Maher had planned some tweaks. But in the wake of the presidential election, the outspoken comedian decided instead to delay some of his plans (though he’s sticking with a new set).

“Let’s not go too far with the changes, because what people are going to want right now is comfort food,” Maher tells Variety. “We already had the big changes — the big change is how fascism has come into power. That’s enough for people to absorb for awhile.”

Maher has never been afraid to blast politicians, pundits, and presidents. He spurred controversy when he hosted ABC’s late-night “Politically Incorrect” that largely led to the demise of that program, and continues to do so today. And he has tangled with Trump before. The real-estate mogul sued him in 2013 after Maher vowed on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” that he would »

- Brian Steinberg

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The Hilarious Sketch Carrie Fisher Wasn’t Allowed to Do at the Oscars — and More Wild Memories from Bruce Vilanch

6 January 2017 1:58 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

While Carrie Fisher is best known for her work in front of the camera, she was also a celebrated writer of books and films. The late Star Wars actress and icon, who died at age 60 on Dec. 27 after a heart attack, was even responsible for writing a few key funny one-liners for Oscar hosts and accidentally covering them in glitter.

According to veteran comedian and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who hired Fisher to be a part of his Oscar writing teams, she had several great ideas that were too good to air, like Princess Leia singing a Joni Mitchell song »

- Kara Warner

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