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Review. "Logan Lucky"—Steven Soderbergh Remains in Fine Form

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There has always been something rather Hawksian about Steven Soderbergh. Speaking with the French magazine Positif in 1993, Soderbergh actually brought up Howard Hawks, a venerable icon of Hollywood cinema, stating, “The career I would like is John Huston’s or Howard Hawks’s. You know, very varied, many different subjects.” It’s true Soderbergh and Hawks diverge greatly in terms of form—the latter is straightforward, classically composed, no frills; the former is stylish, spontaneous, technically innovative—but their recurring subject matter, with a little stretching, isn’t far removed. Take the focus on working professionals in Traffic (2000), the Ocean’s films (2001, ‘04, ‘07), The Girlfriend Experience (2009), and Magic Mike (2012); though not exactly traditional Hawksian occupations, there is a firm appreciation for a job to do and to be done well. More than that, though, what connects Howard Hawks and Steven Soderbergh is their uniform consistency, not necessarily in terms of year-after-year quantity,
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Judge Judy Sheindlin Syndicated Game Show From Fremantle & Debmar-Mercury Gets Summer Test Run On Fox Stations

Courtroom TV queen Judge Judy Sheindlin is expanding into the game show space with iWitness (working title), a new half-hour syndicated game show from her Queen Bee Productions, FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury, which is set for a six-week test run on the Fox stations this summer. Hosted by comedian John Henson (Wipeout, Talk Soup), the syndicated series will launch July 10 on select Fox O&Os in top markets, including New York. Created by Sheindlin, each…
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Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Aisha Tyler as Artist of Distinction

Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Aisha Tyler as Artist of Distinction
There are multi-hyphenates and then there’s Aisha Tyler – stand-up comedian, talk-show host, actress, author, producer, writer and director. She’s a series regular on CBS drama “Criminal Minds,” voices Lana Kane on “Archer” and hosts CBS’ “The Talk” and CW’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

As a director, Tyler’s short “Ar Scáth le Chéile” debuted at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2016, and her first feature film, the action-thriller “Axis,” releases this month. A strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior fund and a best-selling author (“Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation”), this summer she’s also debuting a line of bottled premium cocktails under the brand Courage+Stone.

Tyler’s first big break was hosting E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup,” followed by a character arc on “Friends.” She co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer,” had roles on “CSI” and “24,” and her feature film credits include “Bedtime Stories,
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Im Global Television announces key hires

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Company ramps up unscripted and alternative division

Im Global Television’s president of unscripted & alternative, Phil Gurin, has revealed the hiring of Jennifer Colbert as vice president of development, Tim Rosenman as director of development and Casey Kelly as manager of development.

Colbert previously served as an executive producer and showrunner for networks including A&E, Lifetime and Vh-1, as well as with production companies including Studio Lambert/All3 Media, 44 Blue Productions and Fishbowl Worldwide Media. Colbert has worked on reality shows like Talk Soup and Girls Next Door.

Rosenman joins Im Global TV having previously served as a development executive for Done and Done Productions and Lionsgate. He has worked on such shows as The City and The X Factor and was a consulting producer on American Idol for their season 14 finale and a new format for their 15th and final season.

Kelly worked under Gurin as manager of development for The Gurin Company, where she was
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Confirmation Review

HBO’s Confirmation will inevitably receive comparisons to FX’s absorbingly addictive The People V Oj Simpson.

Both the mini-series and the latest film from director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) tackle hard-hitting racial tensions, the ever-watching media eye and behind-the-scenes public figure intimacy to paint an encompassing, vivid portrait on public perception vs. factual evidence. Where the former, of course, focused on the long-winded, heavily-sensationalized legal dispute of the former football player-turned-potential wife murder Oj Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr, Confirmation looks at the uphill struggle endeared by University of Oklahoma professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington), as she bravely testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee against sexual harassment claims towards her former boss, Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce), on the eve of his Supreme Court chair ruling.

And though both take place in 1994-1995 and 1991, respectively, there’s intentionally a relevance and a timeliness to each that makes their stories as poignant,
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‘The Soup’ Hosts: Where Are They Now?

‘The Soup’ Hosts: Where Are They Now?
Long before Joel McHale took the reins of “The Soup,” the “Talk Soup” can opened into the pop culture stratosphere.

Debuting in January 1991, E!’s pop culture comedy commentary show, then known as “Talk Soup,” became a cable TV staple, launching the careers of a handful of comedians.

Though McHale is known to current audiences as the wisecracking emcee of the Emmy-nominated laffer who took a star turn at the helm of “The Soup” for 12 years — right down to his departure statement, in which he thanked “Kim Kardashian’s ass for all that it’s done for me and my family” — it was Greg Kinnear who started off the satirical series.

Before McHale takes his final bow Friday night, take a look back at the comedians who hosted the 22 seasons of “Talk Soup” and “The Soup”:

Greg Kinnear (1991-1995)

After four years on E!, the first host of “Talk Soup
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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 14-20

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"

The mission is now possible -- you can take home "Rogue Nation," aka "Mi:5," on DVD and Blu-ray on December 15. The Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD is packed with cast and crew interviews and a commentary by Tom Cruise and director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. You also get an inside look at the movie's stunts, including the Airbus scene, the underwater sequence, and the Moroccan car and motorcycle chase.

"Ted 2"

The sequel to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time is also out on disc this week. Both the "Ted 2" Blu-ray and DVD include an "Unrated" edition with never-before-seen footage that was too "rude" for the cinema. The Blu-ray features deleted scenes,
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The Soup Ending After 22 Seasons

E! will soon serving its last bowl of The Soup. The network announced on Wednesday that the long-running, late-night clip show, which pokes fun at reality television, soap operas, and just about everything in pop culture, is coming to an end after 22 seasons. Its series finale will air on Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 p.m. The Soup first began in 1991, when it was originally called Talk Soup and hosted by Greg Kinnear, who held the position until 1995. Kinnear was then followed by John Henson (1995-99), Hal Sparks (1999-2000), and Aisha Tyler (2001-02). E! then rebooted the show as The Soup with McHale as host in 2004. “We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup,”said Jeff Olde, Evp of programming and development for E! in a statement. “The Soup has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week.
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E! Cancels 'The Soup' After 22 Years

E! Cancels 'The Soup' After 22 Years
The end of an era is upon us. Shortly after shuttering its Master Control operations department in Los Angeles, E! has now canceled their longest running program. The Soup, a comedy series that skewers pop culture, is going to air its series finale on December 18th. This will bring the show to a close after spending 22 years on the air.

Current host Joel McHale will help celebrate the legacy he is leaving behind when the finale episode airs the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. The long-standing cable staple was first launched on E! in 1991, but it was originally called Talk Soup. This early iteration of the program focused solely on clips from the various talk shows airing at that time. When it was revamped as The Soup in 2004, the show expanded its reach to all pop culture programing and also focused on viral
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The Soup to End After 22 Seasons

The Soup to End After 22 Seasons
The Soup is serving up its final bowl of Chat Stew.

E! announced Wednesday that its long-running pop culture clip show will come to an end after 22 seasons. The series finale will air Friday, Dec. 18, at 10/9c.

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“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of The Soup,”said Jeff Olde, Evp of programming and development for E! in a statement. “The Soup has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week.
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E! cancels “The Soup”

E! cancels “The Soup”
After 22 years, The Soup — a staple on E! spanning its years as Talk Soup under Greg Kinnear (1991-95), John Henson (1995-99), Hal Sparks (1999-2000) and Aisha Taylor (2001-02), and then under Joel McHale as The Soup starting in 2004 — will be ending. E! announced today that the final episode of The Soup will air Dec. 18 at 10pm Et/Pt. “We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, Evp of Programming & Development for E! “‘The Soup’ has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week. … Continue reading →

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E! Cans ‘The Soup’; Series Ending After 22 Years

The Soup is nearing The End. E! said this morning its weekly series skewering pop culture will bow out on December 18, ending the franchise’s 22-year run. The show premiered in 1991 as Talk Soup and famously launched the career of original host Greg Kinnear, who hosted until 1995. He was followed by John Henson (1995-99), Hal Sparks (1999-2000) and Aisha Tyler (2001-02). It was re-launched as The Soup in 2004 with current host Joel McHale. The series earned a 2014 Emmy…
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E!s ‘The Soup’ Ending After Joel McHale’s Current Season Wraps this December

E!s ‘The Soup’ Ending After Joel McHale’s Current Season Wraps this December
After 22 seasons, E! is ending “The Soup,” the cable network announced Wednesday. The final episode will air on Dec. 18, serving as the series finale.

Hosted by Joel McHale for 12 years, the pop culture comedy series has been a staple on E! for more than two decades.

“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! “‘The Soup’ has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week. Joel took the show to new heights for more than a decade, and his irreverent humor and unique brand of comedy as captured so perfectly on ‘The Soup’ will be missed.”

“I loved doing ‘The Soup’ for all of these years — 86 to be exact — but am excited to solely focus on my acting career now,
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E! Cancels Joel McHale’s ‘The Soup’

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E! Cancels Joel McHale’s ‘The Soup’
Joel McHale is ending his run on the E! clip show “The Soup,” TheWrap has learned. McHale has hosted and produced the show for the past 12 years, while also appearing in films like “Spider Man 2” and “Ted.” He also starred on “Community” for NBC, before the show was picked up by Yahoo for one season. Greg Kinnear was the original host of the show when it launched as “Talk Soup” in 1991. Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler also both briefly hosted the show before McHale took over in 2004. His last episode will be on Dec. 18. Also Read: Joel McHale...
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'The Soup' Canceled After 22 Seasons

"The Soup" will no longer be dishing up pop culture snark.

E! announced that the long-running clip show will end after 22 seasons on Friday, Dec. 18. The show began its life in 1991 as "Talk Soup" with host Greg Kinnear. The network revamped and renamed the show in 2004 when current host Joel McHale took over.

"The Soup" skewered everything in pop culture, from reality personalities to talk shows, and McHale memorably spoofed actor David Caruso many times.

"We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of 'The Soup.' 'The Soup' has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team's fearless wit and clever approach week after week," said Jeff Olde, Evp of programming and development for E! in a statement. Joel took the show to new heights for more than a decade, and his irreverent humor and unique brand of comedy as captured so perfectly
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Why Fans Clapped During Outlander’s Spanking Scene

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Why Fans Clapped During Outlander’s Spanking Scene
When audience members cheer during a screening, it’s generally viewed by the show’s creators as a victory. But when this happened during the "spanking scene" at the Outlander premiere in New York last week, it gave executive producer Ron D. Moore pause. "It was like, 'I'm not sure that's the reaction I really want them to have. What does that mean?!" he told Vulture afterward. "It's like on Talk Soup, when Joel McHale says, 'Think about what you're clapping for.'"Those in the audience who have read the books knew this was coming. Adapted from book one of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, the Starz show centers on a World War II nurse who accidentally travels back in time to Scotland in 1743. Where we pick up in the mid-season-one premiere, our heroine, Claire, has disobeyed an order from her husband in 1743 (as opposed to her husband in 1945), Jamie,
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Why Are There No Women Late-Night Talk Show Hosts?

See if you can figure out what these 10 performers have in common: Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, John Mayer, and Kunal Nayyar.

Well, for one thing, they were all recently announced as guest hosts on CBS' "The Late Late Show" for the three-month interval between the end of Craig Ferguson's tenure (on Dec. 19) and the beginning of James Corden's.

And, for another thing, they're all guys.

There have been a lot of complaints, especially in the last year, that late-night TV is a sausage fest, but it's become especially apparent once again in the last few days. Really, CBS couldn't find one funny woman to sit at the "Late Late Show" desk, even for just a week?

Well, okay, actually, they found five of them. That would be the panel from CBS daytime chat show "The Talk" -- Julie Chen,
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Tosh.0 Turns Slamming Espn Into a Science After Sports Network Seemingly Borrows "Web Redemption" Segment

Tosh.0 Turns Slamming Espn Into a Science After Sports Network Seemingly Borrows
Like his humor or not, Daniel Tosh hit this one out of the park. The Tosh.0 host responded in kind to what he felt was Espn ripping off his "Web Redemption" idea with its own "The Awesome Video Segment," co-opting the network's flagship, SportsCenter, for his own bit detailing all the reasons why the show sucks. "Listen, I'm aware America's Funniest Home Videos and Talk Soup have a legitimate gripe against me. It's bad enough MTV has a PG girl version of this show," Tosh launched into making his point on last night's Tosh.0 (not remembering that The Soup hasn't been Talk Soup in some time, but whatever.) "But now sports channels are stealing from me?!"...
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Joel McHale re-ups with 'The Soup' through 2016

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Joel McHale re-ups with 'The Soup' through 2016
Joel McHale will be dining on “The Soup” for at least two more years. The long-running host has signed an extended agreement to lead the Emmy-nominated live pop culture show through 2016. The deal also extends to McHale’s production company, Free Period Productions, which will give E! first look rights for any non-scripted series ideas. McHale has hosted the show since its 2004 premiere. An earlier iteration, "Talk Soup" ran from 1991 to 2002. "Whether he is entertaining the audience with the best worst of the week or offering up a fresh hit of pop culture on the production development front, McHale is a valued fixture at the network for both his industry know-how and comic relief," said E!'s Jeff Olde in a press release. "On behalf of the network and fans of ‘The Soup,’ we can’t help but smile as we look forward to more years of comedy with McHale.
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Wil Wheaton Project Cancelled by Syfy

Wil Wheaton Project Cancelled by Syfy
The Wil Wheaton Project won’t be back for a second season, TVLine has confirmed.

The Syfy series Wheaton described as “Talk Soup for geeks” premiered May 27 and finished its 12-episode first season in mid-August.

Wheaton broke news of the cancellation via a post on WilWheaton.net, in which the Star Trek: The Next Generation alum/Big Bang Theory guest star writes that the network’s executives “just didn’t think we had enough viewers to justify more episodes.”

A Syfy rep confirms to TVLine that the series is cancelled.

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