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This Friday, Oct. 24, PBS’ Great Performances will air a taped performance of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The special airs at 9pm Et (check local listings). Recorded on July 28 at Lincoln Center, the hourlong special, which I’ve had a chance to screen, is impressively entertaining, featuring a variety of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by the artists. The performance features solo performances and duets, with Lady Gaga, as you might expect, almost continually surprising the live and home audiences with an array … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's joint jazz standards album "Cheek to Cheek" hit No. 1 on the album sales charts last week, so it's about time they got around to announcing their first concert together. That will be at The Cosmopolitan Casino in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve at the very end of 2014. "I can't wait to kick off 2015 'cheek to cheek' with the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett," Lady Gaga, 28, said of her 88-year-old collaborator. "New Year's celebrations are about cherishing family, friendship, and the future -- three things this man has taught me much about." Tickets go up on Friday. Below, check out their performance of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" for "Great Performances: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!" on PBS, which airs Oct. 24. »
- Katie Hasty
In the Us, the series will be transmitted on PBS by Great Performances, produced by Thirteen Productions LLC for Wnet.
Following an outstanding critical and audience reaction to the BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown series in 2012, Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films/NBCUniversal bring the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare's History plays to the screen in three further filmed adaptations, Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III.
Assembling some of the UK's finest acting talent and, in addition to the stellar cast recently confirmed - Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge - new names revealed today are - Michael Gambon as Mortimer, Philip Glenister as Talbot, »
Broadway Worldwide, the company with ambitious plans to capture and distribute Broadway titles in surround sound and HD, has pacted with Chinese firm Sun New Light Culture Development Limited to create Broadway Worldwide Entertainment Media, in a deal that secures the funding to capture two to four musicals a year for distribution in territories around the world including China.
Stateside, Bwem will establish a distribution arm that will license titles to exhibitors in the U.S., while Sun New Light will oversee distribution in Asian markets. Broadway Worldwide’s small roster of current titles, including 2009 musical “Memphis,” is on tap to hit screens in Asia starting immediately; distribution in other international markets remains to be arranged.
Upcoming additions to the library have yet to be announced, but according to Bruce Brandwen, CEO of Broadway Worldwide, the company is in negotiations with three shows and in preliminary discussions with four more. »
- Gordon Cox
So the big Emmys don't air until next Sunday night and at Moviefone we will have, of course, full coverage. But last night the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, for the people that are largely responsible for making these shows that you absolutely love -- you know, the behind-the-scenes talent tasked with conceptualizing and realizing your favorite programs. Oh -- and some guest actor and actresses awards were handed out, so there's that too!
In the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category Uzo Aduba took home the prize for "Orange is the New Black." Since we are, very shamefully, one of a handful of Americans who hasn't seen a single second of "Orange in the New Black," this doesn't mean a whole lot to us, but we are very happy for her! (We promise, we'll watch soon.) For the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, the »
- Drew Taylor
The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls. Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black," for example, won Emmys for editing, series casting and for Uzo Aduba, who is considered a guest actress for the purposes of these awards. No other comedy series was able to build any other momentum going into next week's show, with "The Big Bang Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" grabbing isolated tech prizes and Jimmy Fallon winning the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series award for the second time in three years for his "Saturday Night Live" hosting duties. The two guest acting awards on the drama side »
- Daniel Fienberg
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
Dîner en Blanc returns to New York for its 4th edition on August 25 (and cities nationwide through 2014). Over 4000 people will attend, making it the largest U.S. event this year. In a first, celebrity chef, restaurateur, author and television personality Todd English, a four-time James Beard Award winner, is curating special dinners in association with Great Performances Event Planning, who is is preparing them for guests in New York who order through Dîner en Blanc. The first and only global viral event, Dîner en Blanc was launched in France in 1988. Today, the storied Paris tradition today attracts more than 15,000 people. But it was after Dîner en Blanc’s American debut in New York in 2011 that the event exploded in popularity with requests to host it pouring in from around the »
- Pietro Filipponi
HBO led the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations with 99 in total and 19 for its popular series “Game of Thrones.” Other standouts include the new FX miniseries “Fargo” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Nominations by Series:
Breaking Bad 16
Sherlock: His Last Vow 12
True Detective 12
Modern Family 10
The Voice 10
Mad Men 8
The Oscars 8
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 7
67th Annual Tony Awards 7
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America 6
- Variety Staff
The TV Acad combined the top longform categories in 2011 when miniseries were extremely rare creatures on TV. But just three years later, whether they’re called “event series” or “limited series,” multi-part longform productions are busting out all over the place, even on the broadcast nets.
HBO’s bold move to field its eight-hour romp in the Louisiana swamps, “True Detective,” as a drama series cleared the way for “Fargo” to be the undisputed frontrunner in the miniseries heat. And HBO’s “Normal Heart” is the one to catch in the movie race.
Indeed, the real footraces in the longform category this year are unfolding in the acting categories, which remain a combo plate of movies and minis. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Vulture analyses the state of the singing competition series, which seems to have run out of steam, especially after the lackluster debut of Rising Star. Maybe its time to try to revive a show like Making the Band or Popstars.
The View is rebooting next year. Yesterday, Sherri Shpherd and Jenny McCarthy announced that they were leaving the talk show. Additionally, TMZ reports that longtime producer Bill Gedde is leaving too. That leaves only Whoopi Goldberg staying. TMZ also says that the show is interested in bringing back Rosie O’Donnell or hiring Ross Mathews.
Ross Mathews would get my attention
TVLine reports that The Goldbergs is planning a tribute episode to 80s teen movie legend John Hughes.
- Lyle Masaki
Running Time: 199 minutes
We recently saw Wales unsuccessfully try and capitalise on the demand for serious crime drama with Hinterland and now it’s time for the Irish to give it a go with Amber, a four part series which deals with a young girl going missing. The show decides to follow the family and other people involved rather than tackling things from the police perspective. This adds a more emotionally charged story, and sometimes goes in perculiar directions which unfortunately don’t get anywhere. Despite these narrative decisions as well as jumping back and forth in time, the series is still highly predictable from the dialogue down to character arcs and reactions.
Perforamnce wise we have a beautifully crafted 199 minutes. There »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Tom Brokaw spent more than 20 years in a pitched three-way battle as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News.” Yet his greatest legacy, frankly, might be how classily he has defined what the transition to emeritus status can look like.
Since gracefully handing the anchor reins to Brian Williams in 2004, Brokaw has remained a welcome presence on NBC, but has branched out beyond that — writing books devoted to “The Greatest Generation,” a demographic TV hardly chases; and hosting documentaries for various channels.
Networks always talk about keeping such personalities in the family, but it rarely happens. Brokaw’s last act elegantly bucks that trend.
What: Peabody Awards
When: 11 a.m. reception; 12:30 p.m. luncheon & ceremony, May 19
Where: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York
2014 Peabody Award Winners
Personal Award: Tom Brokaw
- Brian Lowry
Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Whilst watching a film recommended by a work colleague, a man inexplicably sees himself in the movie. Discovering an actor who looks exactly like himself, he goes in search of the man, with unexpected results.
Doing the rounds in the past few months and due to hit our sceptered isle this week, this new project from Denis Villeneuve sees him once again utilising the talent of Jake Gyllenhaal. Previously they have co-opted on last years’ excellent thriller, Prisoners, and there was much hushed and expectant whispers about what Denis would come up with next.
And truly, he hasn’t disappointed us. Although perhaps timed a little inauspiciously for UK audiences, with The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg, now playing in cinemas locally, this mysterious and unsettling tale of double identity will grapple with you. At times completely »
- Steve Leadbetter
As weddings go, this was one for the books! Designer and American Dream Builders host and author Nate Berkus, 42, married his partner, designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent, 29, Saturday at the New York Public Library, their reps confirm to People exclusively. The pair, who got engaged a year ago in Peru, are the first same-sex couple to hold their wedding at the iconic New York landmark. The ceremony was officiated by Sheri Salata, President, Own: Oprah Winfrey Network & Harpo Studios. Berkus wore a J.Crew suit and Brent wore Saint Laurent; the two exchanged identical gold bands from Van Cleef & Arpels. »
- Jennifer Garcia
When an aspirant student of literature sets about learning the canon, the masterworks will be waiting. Indeed, they're always there, resting on library shelves across America. Young film scholars needn't travel very far to enjoy the classics of their medium, either, now that almost any opus can be downloaded at high speed and in high definition. Only the theater denies its disciples this luxury. You can't simply buy, rent, pirate, or otherwise track down Jerzy Grotowski's Orpheus as it was performed in 1959, nor the Manhattan Project's Alice in Wonderland as it was mounted in 1970. The enthusiast is only afforded the compromise of ancillary evidence: scripts, production notes, a handful of firsthand accounts and reviews. Great performances are by nature impermanent. When »
Most people who perceive the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as having led the British Invasion might be surprised to learn that the Dave Clark Five gave both groups a run for their money during their mid-’60s heyday. And that whole Beatles vs. Stones thing? The DC5 vs. the Fab Four constituted its own rivalry, at least according to the documentary “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” — Glad All Over,” airing Tuesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. and Friday, April 11, at 10 p.m. on PBS (Koce in Los Angeles) as part of the “Great Performances” series.
Judging by the milestones, the Tottenham-based DC5 made it their business to one-up their Liverpool counterparts, beginning with the single “Glad All Over,” which supplanted “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at the top of the U.K. singles chart in 1964 and performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 18 times compared to the Beatles’ trio of appearances. »
- Steve Chagollan
The University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards set a record with 46 recipients, which were announced today on CBS This Morning. The winners, chosen from nearly 1,100 entries, were selected by the Peabody board to be named the “best in electronic media for 2013.”
Recipients range from local news to international coverage, also including entertainment series, documentaries, web-based winners and more. A complete list of the winners is below:
180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School (PBS)
Best Kept Secret (PBS)
- Samantha Highfill
This year’s Peabody Award winners are a typically eclectic list ranging from hits such as ABC’s “Scandal” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” to Netflix’s groundbreaking drama “House of Cards” to BBC America’s buzzworthy “Orphan Black.”
Among the scripted series selections were FX’s “The Bridge” was recognized for its focus on border and immigration issues in the context of a murder-mystery drama; Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”; the French zombie drama “The Returned” (which aired on SundanceTV with subtitles); the BBC America mini “Broadchurch” (now being remade for Fox); and Comedy Central’s sketch series “Key & Peele.”
The lone unscripted series getting the nod was CNN’s culinary travelogue “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Feature docs on the list include HBO’s “Six by Sondheim” and TCM’s “The Story of Film” and Alex Gibney’s latest for HBO, “Maximum Mea Culpa: Silence in the House of God. »
- Cynthia Littleton
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Written by Robert Rodriquez
Directed by Robert Rodriquez
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on El Rey Network
Robert Rodriquez’s 1996 cult classic From Dusk till Dawn is a flawed but ultimately surprising, fun, and witty gore-fest sendup of vampire movies. Surprisingly the TV adaptation, for Rodriquez’s channel the El Rey Network, is just as much fun as its source material.
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, much like the movie, knows exactly what it is. This is not highbrow entertainment. This is pulpy cult gore at its best. One of the most enjoyable things about the movie was the surprising genre changeup halfway through the film. The show makes up for this lack of surprise by expanding on what we didn’t see in the movie, such as the Gecko brothers’ botched bank robbery, which we see flashes of here. »
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