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Tyler Perry Sets Broad Film, TV Pact With Paramount Pictures, Viacom Networks

14 July 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tyler Perry is setting up shop in a big way with Viacom, cutting a wide-ranging content pact that establishes a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures and calls for him to produce series for Bet and other Viacom cablers.

The film deal takes effect immediately. The TV deal will begin in May 2019 after Perry’s current pact with Oprah Winfrey’s Own cabler expires. On the film side, the prolific producer has long been associated with Lionsgate.

“Viacom has a rich tradition of reaching my audience through their TV, film and digital platforms and I am excited to partner with them,” Perry said. “I am eager to have one home where I can leverage all of their assets to tell my stories to an even wider audience. I have been very blessed to have worked with the incredible people at Lionsgate and Own over the last few years and I look forward to continuing my work with them »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Tyler Perry Sets Broad Film, TV Pact With Paramount Pictures, Viacom Networks

14 July 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tyler Perry is setting up shop in a big way with Viacom, cutting a wide-ranging content pact that establishes a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures and calls for him to produce series for Bet and other Viacom cablers.

The film deal takes effect immediately. The TV deal will begin in May 2019 after Perry’s current pact with Oprah Winfrey’s Own cabler expires. On the film side, the prolific producer has long been associated with Lionsgate.

“Viacom has a rich tradition of reaching my audience through their TV, film and digital platforms and I am excited to partner with them,” Perry said. “I am eager to have one home where I can leverage all of their assets to tell my stories to an even wider audience. I have been very blessed to have worked with the incredible people at Lionsgate and Own over the last few years and I look forward to continuing my work with them »

- Cynthia Littleton

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51 unforgivable Emmy snubs: ‘The Leftovers,’ Rami Malek, Oprah Winfrey, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson …

13 July 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The 2017 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday, July 13 and amidst all of the welcome additions were a slew of unforgivable snubs. Many major contenders and frontrunners were left out in the cold, including last year’s Best Drama Actor winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”). Other big names to miss out include Oprah Winfrey (“Immortal Life […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Emmy Nominations: My Fearless Predix

12 July 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The wait is almost over. Nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday at 11:30 am Et

(watch them live right here on TVLine) and here’s what I can promise you: HBO’s Big Little Lies and FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan will dominate the limited series categories, NBC’s Trump-fueled Saturday Night Live will walk away with one of its largest nomination hauls ever, and the list of egregious snubs will be as long as it will be painful. Beyond that, it’s a total crap shoot.

Just kidding! I already glimpsed the final nominations via »

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Yes, Lauren Graham could Finally get an Emmy nomination: She’s one of our top 3 dark horse contenders for Movie/Mini Actress

11 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Most of our Emmy Experts agree on the top six performers who will be nominated for Best Movie/Mini Actress, one of the most competitive contests of the year. Those frontrunners are Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”), Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Tyler Perry to Play Pioneering Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux in HBO Biopic (Exclusive)

29 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO is developing a biopic of pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that has Tyler Perry on board to star.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are shepherding the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment banner. Perry is set to executive produce with Zadan and Meron but does not plan to direct.

Charles Murray, an alum of “Sons of Anarchy” and History’s redo of “Roots,” is penning the script. It’s based on the 2007 biography “Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker” by film historian Patrick McGilligan.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Tyler Perry to bring Oscar Micheaux’s inspiring and trailblazing life story to HBO,” said Zadan. Added Meron: “There are so many parallels between the groundbreaking work that Micheaux pioneered and Perry’s achievements as an artist that it feels like a natural fit.”

A novelist turned director, Micheaux »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Jazz Jennings Dishes On Making Barack Obama 'Proud' — and One Super Awkward Hug with Oprah Winfrey!

20 June 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jazz Jennings‘ meeting with former President Barack Obama was one for the books!

The 16-year-old I Am Jazz star opened up about her “incredible moment” with the 55-year-old, in which the beloved politician graced her with four words she’ll never forget.

“We were at the White House for the pride reception,” Jennings recalled on Tuesday’s People Now, noting that Obama began chatting with her during a quick stop for photos. “He started saying things like, ‘Oh, so you’re in high school now, how is that? How old are you? Oh, you’re the same age as my daughter. »

- Char Adams

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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

14 May 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a »

- Robert Mitchell

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Ellen DeGeneres Gets Emotional About Iconic Coming-Out Episode: ‘It Was the Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do’

27 April 2017 7:11 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ellen DeGeneres is tearfully going down memory lane.

In a clip from Friday’s special episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show celebrating the 20th anniversary of her sitcom’s iconic coming-out episode, the daytime talk show host, 59, says, “I’m Ellen and I’m gay” to open her show.

“Twenty years ago I said that — it was a much bigger deal then,” she continues.

On April 30, 1997, DeGeneres herself didn’t just publicly come out as gay — her character on the ABC hit sitcom Ellen did too. The episode titled “The Puppy Episode” was taped in front of a live audience. »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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‘Fargo’ Review: Why the Season 3 Premiere Feels Familiar, But Foretells Big Changes

19 April 2017 8:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Immediate Reaction

And the game is afoot! Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon) is our Sherlock Holmes, Maurice LeFay (Scoot McNairy) is the middleman, and Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor) is Moriarty — or is Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) our Moriarty? Maybe they’re both the big bads. Or perhaps they’re glorified middlemen providing a buffer between Burgle and Ray’s twin brother, Emmit. That would make the mysterious V.M. Varga (David Thewlis) the ultimate evildoer, and boy does that sound right.

No matter how it shakes out, the 90-minute “Fargo” premiere did an expedient job setting up one helluva mystery. The dots seem fairly linear at this point, as we just traced above, but Noah Hawley showed how complicated things can get with just a few mistakes. If Maurice didn’t lose Emmit’s address, there might not have been a mystery at all. He could’ve stolen the stamp, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Fargo’ Review: Why the Season 3 Premiere Feels Familiar, But Foretells Big Changes

19 April 2017 8:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Immediate Reaction

And the game is afoot! Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon) is our Sherlock Holmes, Maurice LeFay (Scoot McNairy) is the middleman, and Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor) is Moriarty — or is Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) our Moriarty? Maybe they’re both the big bads. Or perhaps they’re glorified middlemen providing a buffer between Burgle and Ray’s twin brother, Emmit. That would make the mysterious V.M. Varga (David Thewlis) the ultimate evildoer, and boy does that sound right.

No matter how it shakes out, the 90-minute “Fargo” premiere did an expedient job setting up one helluva mystery. The dots seem fairly linear at this point, as we just traced above, but Noah Hawley showed how complicated things can get with just a few mistakes. If Maurice didn’t lose Emmit’s address, there might not have been a mystery at all. He could’ve stolen the stamp, »

- Ben Travers

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Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to star in 'Fahrenheit 451'

19 April 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ramin Bahrani to direct for HBO.

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are set to star in HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451

Ramin Bahrani will co-write and direct the film through his Noruz Films, while Amir Naderi will co-write.

The film, based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and ‘firemen’ burn books.

At the centre of this is Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity.

Jordan is set to star as Montag, while Shannon will portray Beatty, Montag’s fireman captain and mentor.

The casting announcement comes more than a year after the film was first put into development at the premium network and sees Michael Shannon returning to HBO following his turn on Boardwalk Empire.

Fahrenheit 451 also reunites the actor with Bahrani and Naderi after he starred in their film 99 Homes. 

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George C. Wolfe Hails ‘Brilliant’ Oprah Winfrey at ‘Henrietta Lacks’ Premiere

19 April 2017 6:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At Tuesday premiere of HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Oprah Winfrey’s cast mates could not say enough about the work experience on the movie and the multi-faceted talents of its star and producer.

“Henrietta Lacks” comes as Winfrey has already stepped up her acting work — in addition to running a cable channel, a magazine and sundry other ventures — with a role in Own’s “Greenleaf” and movies including the upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time” directed by Ava DuVernay.

“Henrietta Lacks” director George C. Wolfe said Winfrey needs to make time for more thespian work. “She needs to do more and more and more and more. She’s brilliant,” Wolfe told Variety before the premiere screening at Manhattan’s Sva Theater.

“Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of an African-American woman who died young and had her cells harvested for years for research that led to astounding breakthroughs in medical science — unbeknownst to her family »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Review: Oprah Winfrey Dominates an HBO Film Told From the Wrong Perspective

19 April 2017 3:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Racism. Classism. The goddamn patriarchy. All of these issues are of great relevancy to our current culture, and all of these issues are pertinent themes of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the new HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Chronicling the legal but unethical theft of a black woman’s cells by white doctors, the film proves to be more concerned with finding a happy ending than discussing how the systemic nature of America’s racial rift has adversely affected a family, if not generations of families. That might be a viable option if the “Henrietta Lacks” emotional core wasn’t built on rage, but — as is admirably encapsulated in Winfrey’s performance — there’s too much suffering here to settle for complacency.

Serving as yet another example of a storyteller stealing focus from the story she’s trying to tell, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Review: Oprah Winfrey Dominates an HBO Film Told From the Wrong Perspective

19 April 2017 3:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Racism. Classism. The goddamn patriarchy. All of these issues are of great relevancy to our current culture, and all of these issues are pertinent themes of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the new HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Chronicling the legal but unethical theft of a black woman’s cells by white doctors, the film proves to be more concerned with finding a happy ending than discussing how the systemic nature of America’s racial rift has adversely affected a family, if not generations of families. That might be a viable option if the “Henrietta Lacks” emotional core wasn’t built on rage, but — as is admirably encapsulated in Winfrey’s performance — there’s too much suffering here to settle for complacency.

Serving as yet another example of a storyteller stealing focus from the story she’s trying to tell, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks »

- Ben Travers

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Exclusive: Rose Byrne Talks Returning to Work After Giving Birth, Telling Oprah Winfrey to ‘Shut the **** Up!’

19 April 2017 12:33 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rose Byrne has gotten to do what few would dare try! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks star played journalist Rebecca in the upcoming HBO film and in one particularly tense scene, she had to tell Oprah Winfrey’s character, Deborah, to “shut the **** up.”

“It was intense! It was a long day, but we wanted to do a good job and we were g-ed up to do it,” she told Et’s Jennifer Peros at the film’s premiere on Tuesday. “It was one of those strange surreal moments in your life but that's acting you know? I think I said that to Glenn Close a few times as well so I'm clearly cornering a market, telling legendary woman to eff off.”

Watch: Reese Witherspoon Dishes on What It's Like to Make a Movie With Oprah Winfrey: 'She'd Do the Voice!'

Winfrey also admitted to being intimidated by Byrne’s lengthy acting credits, which »

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Why Oprah Winfrey Was ‘Intimidated’ to Play Henrietta Lacks’ Daughter — and the Real-Life Parallels Between the Two Women

17 April 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Oprah Winfrey wasn’t looking for an acting project — but the fascinating story of Henrietta Lacks‘ life and legacy inspired her.

In an interview with People and Entertainment Weekly‘s Editorial Director Jess Cagle for the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview, excerpted in this week’s issue of People, Winfrey opens up about starring in and executive-producing HBO’s upcoming Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an adaption of Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 best-selling book of the same name.

The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a working-class African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells were used without her »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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‘Fargo’ and ‘Veep’ are Back, Plus More TV You Must See This Week

16 April 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ewan McGregor in ‘Fargo

Two of the best series on television return this week as HBO brings back Veep and FX debuts another season of Fargo. Additionally, there are anticipated fiction and nonfiction shows as well as a new HBO biopic we’re excited about, at the same time we’re set to say goodbye to other favorites, either for the year or forever. To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for April 16–22:

(All listed times are Eastern)

SUNDAYVeep (HBO, 10:30pm)

This show is back for the first time since the election, and fans are surely wondering how the political humor will reflect the new administration. Probably not at all, considering it was never a reaction to current events before. Instead, the focus on the first episode of season six, “Omaha »

- Christopher Campbell

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Oprah Admits She Was ‘Off Balance’ for Two Years After Ending The Oprah Winfrey Show

13 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s been six years since Oprah Winfrey‘s beloved talk show went off the air — and now, she’s reflecting on what it taught her.

In an interview with People and Entertainment Weekly‘s Editorial Director Jess Cagle for the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview, excerpted in this week’s issue of People, the TV queen — and star of HBO’s upcoming Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — opens up about life after The Oprah Winfrey Show.

During the interview at The London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills, Winfrey, 63, admits that it wasn’t easy to adjust to life without the show, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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The Incredible True Story of Henrietta Lacks — the Most Important Woman In Modern Medicine

12 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Henrietta Lacks was just 30 years old when she discovered a lump on her cervix while in her bathtub at home.

A private-care doctor referred her to Johns Hopkins Hospital for further testing and she was diagnosed with cancer in January 1951. Lacks, the wife of a steelworker and a mother of five, was treated with radiation and sent home, but she was hospitalized the following August. She died at the age of 31 two months later.

But that’s not where her story ends.

Without her knowledge or permission, doctors harvested samples of Lacks’ cervical tissue during her treatments and discovered her »

- Ale Russian

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