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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote ‘Awakenings,’ Dies at 82

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist who wrote the book that inspired the 1990 Robin Williams-Robert De Niro movie “Awakenings,” died of cancer Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 82.

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.”

The film adaptation directed by Penny Marshall earned Oscar nominations for best picture, for lead actor for De Niro and for adapted screenplay for Steve Zaillian.

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

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Mitt Romney Is Going to Be Pissed If There Are No Pancakes on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show

2 August 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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ABC’s David Muir Fights Back in TV-News Battle With NBC’s Lester Holt

28 July 2015 8:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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John Oliver Is the Year’s Most Important Person in Television

25 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Allen & Co.’s Guest List Includes Newcomer Elon Musk, Bob Iger, Rupert Murdoch, Tim Cook

24 June 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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5 things you didn’t know about the Jurassic Park franchise

24 June 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen with 5 things you didn’t know about the world of Jurassic Park

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.

1. Harrison Ford was nearly Dr. Alan Grant

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

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First Trailer And Poster For Lance Armstrong Film The Program

11 June 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

Studiocanal and Working Title Films have released the first trailer for Academy Award nominated director Stephen Frears’ (Philomena, The Queen) film, The Program.

The film stars Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons and Dustin Hoffman.

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

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Peabody Awards Celebrate Amy Schumer, John Oliver and Serious Newsgathering

31 May 2015 6:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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Jason Segel Reveals His David Foster Wallace Syllabus at BookCon

31 May 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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George Clooney's Proposal to Amal Alamuddin Was a Complete Surprise to Her: "Literally, I Dropped It On Her"

19 May 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

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 [...] »

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Trailer Trashin’: Heroes Square Off in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teaser Trailer

18 May 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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

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Woody Allen Regrets Agreeing To Create A Series For Amazon

15 May 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

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

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Woody Allen doesn’t watch ‘Mad Men’ and regrets Amazon streaming deal

15 May 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Woody Allen Has Regret Every Second Since Agreeing to Amazon TV Show

15 May 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Conan O'Brien Mocks 'Lazy' Kimmel, Reveals Plan to Honor David Letterman

15 May 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Conan On David Letterman’s Last Night: “No One’s Going To Be Watching Us Anyway”

14 May 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"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… »

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Watch: Russell Crowe Gets Real with Charlie Rose, Reveals Why He Prefers Directing

29 April 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Public Theatre Sensation 'Hamilton' Heads to Broadway (Charlie Rose Video)

28 April 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Richard Corliss Remembered: A Great Critic of the Movies, and of Criticism Itself

24 April 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - analysing the trailer

18 April 2015 12:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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.

So let’s get into analysing the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer...

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 »

- simonbrew

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