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Documentary ‘Tickling Giants’ Shines A Light On Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s Jon Stewart [Review]

23 July 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Montreal — The first thing one might notice about “Tickling Giants” – a rousing documentary from Sara Taksler, recently screened at Just For Laughs – is just how audacious the first ten minutes are. Images of a violent revolution sweeping through North Africa are interlaced with a cynical edge of black comedy, punctuated by a fake […]

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- Michael Garmonsway

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'Don't Think Twice': Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Birbiglia and More on Showbiz Fails

21 July 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Let's say you're a six-person improv group — we'll call you "The Commune" — and you've been kicking around the New York City comedy scene for a while. You're drawing a decent crowd, playing the good nights in a Ucb-level venue downtown, and because you've been doing this together for so long, you're hitting maximum performer mind-meld onstage. Then one of your members gets recruited for an SNL-like show called Weekend Live. The rest of you are still left living gig to gig. What's a troupe to do?

That's the central premise of Don't Think Twice, »

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TV News: Taye Diggs Joins ‘Empire,’ ‘Gotham’ Casts Mad Hatter

18 July 2016 5:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has cast “Walking Dead” alum Benedict Samuel for Season 3 of “Gotham,” Taye Diggs joins the third season of “Empire” and more in Monday’s TV News Roundup. 


The Walking Dead’s” Benedict Samuel will join DC Comics-inspired series “Gotham” as Mad Hatter, aka Jervis Tetch, a brilliant hypnotist on the verge of insanity. According to the character description, Tetch arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister, Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago. It is anyone’s guess just how far down the rabbit hole he’s willing to go in order to find her. “Gotham” Season 3 will premiere Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Taye Diggs has been signed for a recurring role on the Fox’s “Empire.” His character, Harvard Law graduate Angelo Dubois, comes from a wealthy background, but is more concerned with local politics and community issues than making a »

- Arya Roshanian

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Ratings: NBC’s Solid ‘Superstore’ Rises in Third Week; CBS Dramas Win Night

19 January 2016 8:51 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monday’s ratings results brought good news for each of the Big Four networks, with CBS winning in key demos behind its “Scorpion”-led drama lineup while ABC had the most popular show among young adults with “The Bachelor.” NBC’s “Superstore” continued to look solid in its third outing, up a tick from last week, while Fox had its best Monday of the season with a celebrity-themed “MasterChef” special.

CBS had solid showings across the board with “Supergirl” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), “Scorpion” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall). “Supergirl” was down a tick from two weeks ago but otherwise at its highest level since week two, while “Scorpion” was 0.2 below its Jan. 4 rating (which matched its season high) but was a tenth behind “The Bachelor” as the top show in 18-49 while ruling as the night’s top show »

- Rick Kissell

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