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Sacks had a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts related to his study of brain functions to general readers. “Awakenings,” his first non-fiction book to achieve popular success, revolves around a group of patients in the Bronx whose lives are changed by a cutting-edge treatment for a rare form encephalitis, aka “sleeping sickness.”
Sacks’ book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat,” a collection of stories about his clinic practice, was adapted as an opera in the U.K. by composer Michael Nyman in 1986.
“The Last Hippie,” an essay »
- Variety Staff
Stephen Colbert is a lot of things: America, comedian, magician, and pancake liar. But, most important, he's also about to become a major late-night host (and potential Romney enemy). Here to remind you of all that are three very new, very Colbert CBS promos for his Late Show. What's it going to be like? Well, maybe there will be some Charlie Rose(s):Maybe there will be some Motörhead: Maybe there will be some pancakes. There better be some pancakes (don't irk this guy): We'll know for sure on September 8. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The fight for evening-news dominance between ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “NBC Nightly News” isn’t over yet — even if the NBC newscast has made great strides since Lester Holt officially took its reins in late June.
The ABC newscast, anchored by David Muir, won more of the viewers desired by advertisers in news programming than NBC’s in the five days between July 20 and July 24, according to Nielsen. It is the first time in five weeks that the ABC program has trumped NBC in this ratings category. “Nightly News” remained the most-watched evening newscast on broadcast TV, a position it has enjoyed for five consecutive weeks.
The two networks have been enveloped in a push-and-pull fracas for months. ABC’s newscast under Muir has made significant strides against NBC’s. Muir took over the anchor desk from Diane Sawyer in September of last year. As NBC »
- Brian Steinberg
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. The nominees are: John Oliver Greg Berlanti Shonda Rhimes Reed Hastings Michele Ganeless And the Most Important Person in TV is ... John Oliver When Charlie Rose presented John Oliver with a Peabody Award last month, he insisted that, no matter how often the HBO host protests, “He really is a journalist.” Rose’s characterization was accurate, of course — but also too narrow. Oliver isn’t just a comic who commits journalism from time to time. He’s not a purveyor of “fake news,” as Jon Stewart has mockingly called himself for years. Instead, perhaps without even realizing it, Oliver has emerged as a sort of modern mash-up of two of the 20th century’s biggest TV news icons: Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace. Like Cronkite, he’s our trusted, truth-telling anchor. He uses his platform to educate and inform, »
- Josef Adalian
Media moguls, technology upstarts and political leaders converge next month on Sun Valley, Idaho, lured to the mountainside retreat by the promise of hobnobbing with their fellow elite at Allen & Co.’s annual confab.
Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, is perhaps the biggest name among new attendees at this year’s gathering. The guest list obtained by Variety overflows with Hollywood players such as CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom president Philippe Dauman and Paramount chief Brad Grey, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, the Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger and COO Thomas Staggs, Liberty Media’s John Malone, NBC Universal chief Steve Burke and Time Warner Inc. head Jeff Bewkes.
Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James, who will be taking the reins at 21st Century Fox next month, are expected to attend, as is outgoing chief operating officer Chase Carey. »
- Brent Lang
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
Cycling fans loved his story of the comeback and his victory over cancer. After 7 Tour de France wins, Lance Armstrong thought he’d never get caught.
The film charts the thrilling rise of pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong through the 90s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his fellow American teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European sport of cycling. Winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, Lance retires as one of the great sporting heroes of our time, and worth millions of dollars.
David Walsh, sports writer, is at first charmed by Lance’s charisma and talent. Seven Tours later, and ostracised by the cycling community for speaking out, »
- Michelle McCue
Hundreds of celebrants braved a muggy night and a torrential downpour to acknowledge the recipients of the Peabody Awards, an eclectic bunch that ran the gamut from documentarian Alex Gibney to NBC News correspondent Richard Engel to “Serial” podcaster Sarah Koenig to comedians Amy Schumer and John Oliver.
The “Serial” award struck one of the most intriguing notes of the evening, as it is the first podcast to win a Peabody. Koenig, the force behind the series, told the crowd assembled at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan that much of the program was recorded in her basement, with blankets used to muffle unwanted sounds.
NPR, PBS and CNN were among the bigger winners of the night, though the event took on a different tone as host Fred Armisen moved from talking about real news programming to satire and parody. Tina Fey took the stage to present a Peabody — and a big mouth-kiss — to Amy Schumer, »
- Brian Steinberg
When Jason Segel found himself in front of audience of book lovers at New York’s BookCon on Sunday, he took the opportunity to discuss his two most bookish projects, which are aimed at very different groups of readers: his Ya series Nightmares!, the second book of which will be published in September, and his role as David Foster Wallace in the upcoming biopic The End of the Tour, out in July. Author Lev Grossman interviewed Segel on stage and asked him how he prepared to play Wallace. Segel said he watched a few Charlie Rose interviews, “but I really feel like the soul of David Foster Wallace is in his writing,” he said. "The short-form shows you just how funny he is. There is a book called Consider the Lobster that if you haven’t read, you should, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, which are both brilliant. »
- Heather Schwedel
Um, talk about the surprise of a lifetime! Amal Alamuddin had no idea that George Clooney was going to pop the question, the Tomorrowland actor revealed in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, May 19. “When I asked her, we had never talked about it, so it was all — there wasn’t like a, ‘Maybe we should get married,” he told CBS’ Charlie Rose. “Literally, I dropped it on her.” In fact, after he popped the question — with the help of his aunt Rosemary Clooney’s music [...] »
It’s here, dear readers, I’m on vacation! I’ll be out of town for the next couple weeks, and in order to not deprive you of Trailer Trashin’, I’ve written four columns that will make their way to you over the next week or so, covering four of the biggest trailers that dropped in the later part of April. Third of these is the teaser trailer for next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Premise: Two years after the end of Man of Steel (2013), Superman (Henry Cavill) has taken a place among society as an icon and hero and has made the world safer to live in, but many distrust his altruism due to remembering the destruction from his battle in Metropolis, the foremost being corporate mogul and prominent Metropolis citizen Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Into the debate enters the billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck »
- Timothy Monforton
In January 2015, Amazon Studios announced a partnership with Woody Allen would that would result in the director’s first ever TV series. At the time, it seemed like a landmark deal that would bring Amazon its highest-profile original series yet, but from the sound of it, Allen is not too happy with the agreement. In an interview with Deadline, the legendary kvetcher explained how, because of his general unfamiliarity with TV, he has “regretted every second since I said Ok.”
Allen is a prolific director who has released 46 films across a 50-year career, but he has never made a TV series, and the transition is proving difficult:
“It’s been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. »
- Sam Gutelle
Well we know that someone isn’t losing sleep over what will happen to Don Draper and company during the series finale of Mad Men this week.
In an interview on Thursday with Deadline, acclaimed writer/director Woody Allen opened up about his move from movies to television after he signed a deal with Amazon earlier this year to create a six-episode series for the streaming company. It seems like Allen is definitely having second thoughts on the whole ordeal.
“I have regretted every second since I said Ok. It’s been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. I’ve been struggling and struggling and struggling. I only hope that when I finally do it — I »
- Zach Dennis
Last January it was announced Woody Allen and Amazon Studios had agreed to write and direct a television series for the streaming site. The episodes would be half an hour long and it was expected to arrive this year. What was it going to bec At the time of the announcement Allen said, "I don't know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this." It seems not much has changed since then. In a Q&A over at Deadline, Allen, who is in Cannes right now with his latest film, Irrational Man said he has "regretted every second" since agreeing to the deal, though he clearly hopes to put something worthwhile together: "I have regretted every second since I said Ok. It's been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence, well, »
- Brad Brevet
Last week, Jimmy Kimmel revealed he would air a repeat on May 20 in honor of David Letterman's final show, to not distract from his idol's big farewell. Well, Conan O'Brien's -- who will be airing a new show that night, along with Jimmy Fallon and others -- has an answer to that move.
"That's just a lazy excuse," Conan joked (we think) to Charlie Rose. "That's just anything to get a night off." It's not an homage from Kimmel to Letterman? "Oh no no no no," Conan continued. "He's constantly looking for a way to not do a show. He just likes to sleep." (Kimmel did have a few days off this week...) Conan added, "In tribute to Dave on my last night I'm going to show an episode of Kimmel. I think that's perfect." Haha. What will he really do? "I will try and take some of the spotlight from Dave, »
- Gina Carbone
"In tribute to Dave on my last night I'm going to show an episode of Kimmel," Conan O'Brien tells Charlie Rose tonight on Rose’s PBS program, about his plans for David Letterman's final night as host of CBS' Late Show. “I will try and take some of the spotlight away from Dave,” Conan joked. “This is what comics do. I’m going to come out, on the air. I’ll be naked that night.” While Kimmel announced last week his show will be a repeat that night, because he does not want… »
In his recent Charlie Rose interview, Crowe is overweight, grieving the loss of his marriage, confessing and blaming his workaholism, and that he wants to get back with his estranged wife Danielle Spencer. He also reveals why he wants his directing career to work: he can control where he works and be with his kids. Crowe says that he has to star in the films he directs if he's going to get the budgets he wants, and he loves doing it. Crowe's debut feature "The Water Diviner" won three Australian Film Awards including Best Film and opened spottily stateside last weekend to solid reviews. It's about a father seeking to find two sons lost in the battle of Gallipoli, which was the first Australian war fought on the nation's own behalf. He bristles when Charlie reads a review of his performance that calls him "thin-skinned." "Would I still be here? »
- Anne Thompson
This hip-hop history inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow comes from the makers of Tony-winning "In the Heights," second-generation Puerto Rican actor-writer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays the title role) and his Wesleyan fellow alumnus, director Thomas Kail. It's impossible to score tickets to the musical about socially mobile immigrant Hamilton, which heads for the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway on July 13. Miranda, who has worked with Stephen Sondheim, conceived of a hip-hop way to bring American history to life for a younger audience; his Hamilton is among the youngest of our country's founding fathers, a man who thinks he knows everything as he tangles with the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and of course his friend and foe Aaron Burr. Yes, we know how this ends. Check out the brainy and articulate Miranda and Kail on Charlie Rose. They are clearly »
- Anne Thompson
We film critics have an often infuriating tendency to write as much about ourselves, and the state of our profession, as we do about the movies. This is hardly a new phenomenon, of course, but it may be more prevalent than ever before: Whether we’re seeking out pockets of online validation or trying to provoke those with whom we violently disagree (or both), the rise of social media has made it all too easy to engage directly with our ideological allies and adversaries alike. At the same time, the continual thinning of our professional ranks has fueled endless arguments and think-pieces about whether the Internet has succeeded in decimating or diversifying the field.
All of which makes it particularly important to remember Richard Corliss — not just because the veteran Time critic hailed from that honorable, not-yet-bygone tradition of wordsmiths who composed sharp, beautifully considered reviews for the printed page, »
- Justin Chang
Here's what we learned from the first trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
This article contains potential Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice spoilers.
In case you missed the internet crack open like the fiery pits of Apokolips, the new Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer is here, and it is quite the serious affair. Never before have fans seen the Dark Knight and Man of Steel share the same screen in live-action, but this trailer delivers exactly that plus plenty of clues for what to expect from the 2016 superhero grudge match.
Right off the bat, it appears we’re one step closer into the grounded aesthetic of Man Of Steel and about five removed. The first thing we hear is a media onslaught of talking heads judging whether we can trust an »
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