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TVLine Items: Vikings Star Makes New History, Grammys Nab Adele and More

20 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Vikings star Travis Fimmel is taking on a multifaceted new role at History.

The actor will write, executive-produce and headline an anthology series about infamous sinners and anti-heroes, with the first season taking on criminal-turned-lawman Wyatt Earp, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedJane Lynch to Play Janet Reno in Discovery’s Unabomber Series

Fimmel’s Vikings character chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok was — Spoiler alert! — killed off in the Dec. 28 episode.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Adele will perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live Feb. 12 at 8 pm Et/5 pm Pt on CBS.

* The true »

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Stephen Rea, Richard Schiff and Sarah Bolger cast in Counterpart

19 January 2017 9:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Starz has cast three actors in their upcoming original series CounterpartV for Vendetta‘s Stephen ReaThe West Wing‘s Richard Schiff and The TudorsSarah Bolger. They will appear in recurring roles in the series led by J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his ‘counterpart’ on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what ifs and lost love. Starz ordered two 10 episode seasons in 2015 and the show just began production last month.

Rea has been cast as Alexander Pope, a “charming old-world Englishman and an old friend of Prime, he’s an éminence grise who pulls strings from behind the scenes and knows where all the bodies are buried — sometimes quite literally »

- Ricky Church

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Graham Yost on adapting 'The Code' and his new Amazon series 'Sneaky Pete'

19 January 2017 5:09 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screenwriter of .Speed., showrunner of FX.s much-mourned .Justified. and all-round good guy Graham Yost talks to Harry Windsor about the streaming revolution, his new Amazon series .Sneaky Pete. and adapting ABC series .The Code...

This interview has been edited and condensed.

How did you start as a writer?

My first scripted job was writing things for Nickelodeon, working on one of their first scripted shows, Hey Dude. Then I got a job on a network show, Full House. That didn.t work out. I was always working on screenplays..

How did you get the Nickelodeon job?

It.s one of those stories. A friend was playing softball, there was a cute girl there, I became friends with her, then I found out she had a boyfriend. I met the boyfriend, he was editing for Nickelodeon, and he brought me in. They were looking for joke writers, I wrote jokes, »

- Harry Windsor

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Sony Animation Goes Diverse with Miles Morales as Spider-Man and Lin-Manuel Miranda Musical ‘Vivo’

19 January 2017 2:19 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Animation, which has fallen on hard times in recent years, highlighted diversity and female empowerment as part of its comeback at Wednesday’s slate preview in Culver City. The biggest news was confirmation that Miles Morales, the mixed race web-slinging teen (African-American and Hispanic), will star in the untitled “Spider-Man” feature coming December 21, 2018.

Morales, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli to succeed the late Peter Parker in the comics, has already become a TV animation staple on Disney Xd’s “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” (initially voiced by Donald Glover).

The animated “Spider-Man” marks a return to Spa for Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), who directed “The Lego Movie” and are currently making the “Han Solo” standalone “Star Wars” feature.

In a pre-recorded video message from London, Lord said, “What inspired us the most is that anyone can wear the mask. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Film Editors Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga to Receive Career Achievement Awards

18 January 2017 2:02 PM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Thelma Schoonmaker: MovieZine/YouTube

The American Cinema Editors will present Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga with Career Achievement awards during the Ace Eddie Awards, Deadline writes. The event will be held in Beverly Hills on January 27.

Schoonmaker has worked with Martin Scorsese as an editor since 1967. Her collaborations with Scorsese have led Schoonmaker to seven Oscar nods, and three wins (for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator,” and “The Departed”). Schoonmaker’s most recent editing credits include Scorsese’s “Silence,” “Bombay Velvet,” and “Learning to Drive.”

Ashikaga has been nominated for 10 Emmys, and has won four times for her work on “Seinfeld,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Sports Night,” and “The West Wing.” She has also edited episodes of “Frasier,” “Medium,” and “Franklin & Bash.”

Women accounted for just 17 percent of the editors who worked on the top 250 highest-grossing films of 2016.

Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker have helped create some of the most iconic films and television programs in entertainment,” the Ace Board of Directors announced in a press release. “[W]e are thrilled to honor them with Career Achievement awards for their indelible contributions to the craft and community of film editing.”

Film Editors Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga to Receive Career Achievement Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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What Should I Watch Instead of The Inauguration?

17 January 2017 9:25 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Dear FSRWe’re all trying to escape, so what’s our best bet?

At some point in your life, you’ve likely been faced with a question that has no solid answer. Some people may take such a puzzle to a trusted confidant, a friendly pastor, or the esteemed annals of Yahoo! Answers. But will they have the expertise needed to solve your most pressing film predicaments?

Think of Dear Fsr as an impartial arbiter for all your film concerns. Boyfriend texting while you’re trying to show him your most precious Ozu? What’s the best way to confront the guy who snuck that pungent curry into your cramped theater? This is an advice column for film fans, by a film fan.

Dear Fsr,On Friday, January 20th, Americans will be bombarded by the inauguration of Donald Trump. Lord knows I don’t want to watch it when half our representatives and senators don’t even »

- Jacob Oller

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Thelma Schoonmaker, Janet Ashikaga To Be Feted by American Cinema Editors

17 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Cinema Editors organization has announced that veteran cutters Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker will be honored with Career Achievement awards at the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards later this month.

Ashikaga has won four Emmys throughout her career for work on multi-camera series like “Seinfeld” and “Sports Night.” She has been Ace-nominated seven times, for those series as well as “The West Wing” and “My Name is Earl.”

Schoonmaker, meanwhile, has been tied to filmmaker Martin Scorsese for most of her career, winning Oscars for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed.” She won Ace awards for those three films as well as “Gangs of New York,” and was nominated by the organization four times besides.

Schoonmaker and Scorsese’s latest collaboration, “Silence,” is currently in theaters.

Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker have helped create some of the most iconic films and television programs in entertainment,” the Ace »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The West Wing: Lin-Manuel Miranda Creates a Tribute to the NBC Series

16 January 2017 8:34 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Hamilton isn't the only political figure Lin-Manuel Miranda can rap about. Recently, the Broadway star wrote a musical tribute to the classic NBC series The West Wing, TVLine reports.Created by Aaron Sorkin, the political drama was set in the West Wing of the White House and followed the staff of the fictional U.S. president Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The cast also included Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, and John Spencer. The show ran for seven seasons before ending in 2006.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Us Briefs: Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim Gaffigan join 'The Guardian Brothers'

16 January 2017 7:23 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Weinstein Company announced on Tuesday additions to the voice cast of its adaptation of Alibaba Pictures’ The Little Door Gods.

Previously announced Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman are on board the story of a Chinese family in danger of losing its family-owned wonton soup shop

Michael Lappin is the executive in charge of production at TWC, which acquired worldwide rights excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

Film editors Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga will receive the American Cinema Editors’ career Achievement award at the 67th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on January 27 in Los Angeles. Schoonmaker is Martin Scorsese’s editor who has won Oscars for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed and most recently worked on Silence, while Ashikaga’s credits include Seinfeld, Sports Night, My Name is Earl and The West Wing. Lionsgate-Summit has acquired Morgan Creek Entertainment’s Tupac Shakur drama All Eyez On Me and will released wide on »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Rap About ‘The West Wing’ (Video)

16 January 2017 12:20 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lin-Manuel Miranda has moved from rapping about the Washington Administration to rapping about the Bartlett Administration. The Tony-winning “Hamilton” creator and “Moana” songwriter has released a new rap set for “The West Wing Weekly,” a podcast that provides in-depth analysis on every single episode of Aaron Sorkin’s famed Bush-era political drama. The show features guest appearances from former political staffers and is co-hosted by “West Wing” cast member Joshua Malina, who provides an insider’s perspective. For this episode, Miranda collaborated with the podcast creator, Hrishikesh Hirway, to create “What’s Next?”, a song named after Martin Sheen’s oft-repeated catchphrase during his run. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings a New Song for ‘The West Wing’: ‘What’s Next?’

16 January 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

More than 10 years after President Bartlet left the White House, “The West Wing” continues to feel relevant — maybe now more than ever. On the eve of this Friday’s presidential inauguration, “Hamilton” creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda has written a new song for the West Wing Weekly podcast named after one of the political drama’s most oft-repeated questions: “What’s Next?” Watch below.

“Ginger get the popcorn / The filibuster is in / I’m Toby Ziegler with the drop in / What kind of day has it been?” begins the track, which is accompanied by footage of the show. Created by Aaron Sorkin, “The West Wing” ran for seven seasons between 1999 and 2006 and took place in what increasingly seems like an alternate reality where our elected officials do their utmost to serve the American people rather than themselves. »

- Michael Nordine

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings a New Song for ‘The West Wing’: ‘What’s Next?’

16 January 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

More than 10 years after President Bartlet left the White House, “The West Wing” continues to feel relevant — maybe now more than ever. On the eve of this Friday’s presidential inauguration, “Hamilton” creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda has written a new song for the West Wing Weekly podcast named after one of the political drama’s most oft-repeated questions: “What’s Next?” Watch below.

Read More: Scottish Newspaper Compares Donald Trump’s Inauguration to a ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode

“Ginger get the popcorn / The filibuster is in / I’m Toby Ziegler with the drop in / What kind of day has it been?” begins the track, which is accompanied by footage of the show. Created by Aaron Sorkin, “The West Wing” ran for seven seasons between 1999 and 2006 and took place in what increasingly seems like an alternate reality where our elected officials do their utmost to serve the American people rather than themselves. »

- Michael Nordine

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Hamilton Creator Pens West Wing Ode to President Bartlet & Co. — Watch

16 January 2017 8:09 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda now is turning his attention to fictional presidents.

The self-professed West Wing superfan collaborated with The West Wing Weekly podcast, hosted by former series star Joshua Malina (Scandal) and Hrishikesh Hirway, to create “What’s Next?,” a tribute to the political drama and its leader, President Josiah Bartlet, that was released Monday.

RelatedDrunk History and Lin-Manuel Miranda Take on Hamilton: The Highlights

A post on the podcast’s site explains that Hirway “made a beat, an extended remix of our podcast’s intro theme, for the biggest West Wing fan we know.” Miranda then wrote lyrics and recorded the vocals. »

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‘Night Shift’ Trailer: Viola Davis-Produced Short Starring Tunde Adebimpe Goes Inside Strange World of Night Club Attendants

16 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

TV on the Radio musician and singer Tunde Adebimpe has long used his many talents to bolster indie film outings, from Joel Hopkins’ “Jump Tomorrow” to Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Sebastian Silva’s recent Sundance feature “Nasty Baby,” and he’s poised to return to the festival circuit with Marshall Tyler’s inventive and styling short film “Night Shift.”

In the Sundance premiere, Adebimpe stars as Olly Jeffries, a struggling actor whose need to pay the bills lands him a gig as a bathroom attendant at the swanky Hollywood nightclub The Fix. While Olly never intended for the job to be a permanent thing, he’s found that the work — and the weird solitude it offers — suits him.

Read More: Sundance 2017: 10 Must-See Shorts At This Year’s Festival

Night Shift” follows Olly over the course of on particularly memorable night in which his old dreams and »

- Kate Erbland

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Radiohead and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Daydreaming’ Video: Watch a Wild Fan Theory Analysis Video

15 January 2017 10:34 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few bands of the last 20 years have inspired a more devoted following than Radiohead. That devotion is on full display all over the internet, most recently in a 14-minute dissection of the Paul Thomas Anderson–directed music video for “Daydreaming,” which gives the “Room 237” treatment (read: somewhere between dissertation and conspiracy theory) to the two artists’ collaboration. Watch below.

Read More: Paul Thomas Anderson Directs Radiohead’s ‘The Numbers’ Music Video

“Like many great works of art,” begins Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria, “Radiohead’s latest music video makes you struggle for its inner meaning. It is a film that is stubbornly ambiguous and resolute at guarding its personal secrets.” Among his observations and theories: “Daydreaming” is 6:24 long, and 2+4=6; the video is a metaphor for the doors Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has had to walk through in his life, unsure of what awaits on the other side; “Daydreaming” is »

- Michael Nordine

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Sky Arts cancels Michael Jackson comedy after backlash

13 January 2017 2:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jackson’s daughter had voiced a complaint about the casting of white actor Joseph Fiennes as the pop star.

Sky has pulled a half-hour comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after protests from the popstar’s daughter.

Sky Arts will not air Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon, a one-off produced by Ralf Little’s Little Rock as part of the Urban Myths strand.

Jackson’s daughter Paris used social media to complain and urged her followers to sign a petition against the show.

“I’m so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit,” she tweeted.

The show immortalised an outlandish roadtrip the singer took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.

Jackson had invited Taylor and Brando to attend his concert at Madison Square Garden in September 2011, but after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, the trio hired a rental car and drove »

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New 24: Legacy trailer features the return of an original series character

11 January 2017 12:56 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new trailer for 24: Legacy has been released, further showcasing the plight of Corey Hawkins’ ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter as terrorists attempt to kill him and fulfill an attack against America. The trailer also shows the return of Tony Almeida, played by Carlos Bernard in the original 24, as he’s recruited from prison to help stop the new attack.

Tony’s appearance in Legacy only further connects the reboot to the original series and one has to wonder how long it may be until Keifer Sutherland reprises his famous role as Jack Bauer for 24: Legacy, assuming he ever does, or if Mary Lynn Rajskub will also return as hacker Chloe O’Brien.

Are there any other original 24 characters you’d like to see in Legacy? Let us know in the comments below…

The clock ticks again with 24: Legacy, the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning “24.” From Emmy »

- Ricky Church

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Golden Globes 2017: ‘The Crown’ Wins Best Television Drama

8 January 2017 6:59 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Crown” won best television drama series at the 2017 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The Netflix royal period piece triumphed over fellow nominees HBO’s epic fantasy “Game of Thrones,” Netflix’s retro sci-fi sleeper “Stranger Things,” NBC’s family drama “This is Us,” and HBO’s western thriller “Westworld.”

Creator Peter Morgan thanked his 11-year-old son, whose birthday was the same night as the Globes, as well as his “co-creators” and the actors.

Game of Thrones” — and reigning Emmy champ — was the only returning nominee in the category, and coming off one of its most successful seasons. Last year’s Globe winner, USA’s hacker drama “Mr. Robot,” failed to earn a nom this time around.

NBC had hoped its breakout hit “This Is Us” would end its 16-year drought –“The West Wing” last won back in 2000.

The win represented the second trophy for the Netflix series. Series lead Claire Foy won Best Performance by an »

- Debra Birnbaum

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