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Oliver Stone Talks ‘Snowden’ Financing Struggle, Film vs. TV and Military ‘Adulation’ in Movies

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

Nantucket, Mass. — Oliver Stone pulled no punches and named names in detailing the struggle to finance his new movie about National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden during a Q&A Saturday with fellow director Bennett Miller.

During the wide-ranging discussion, held as part of the Nantucket Film Festival, Stone also weighed in on his lack of enthusiasm for most serialized TV dramas, his disdain for the “adulation” of the U.S. military in many contemporary films and how Dino De Laurentiis dashed his hopes for “Conan the Barbarian” to have blossomed as a long-running franchise.

The intimate gathering at a private home on the water included actor Zachary Quinto, who plays journalist Glenn Greenwald in “Snowden,” and numerous writer-directors with pics at the fest, such as Mike Birbiglia (“Don’t Think Twice”), Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”), Clay Tweel (“Gleason”) and Chris Kelly (“Other People”). The Nantucket fest, which wraps Monday, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Any Given Wednesday’ Review Roundup: Critics See Potential in Bill Simmons’ Outspoken Talk Show

23 June 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons” made its debut on Wednesday, June 22 on HBO. The half-hour show covers pop culture, sports and features conversations with special guests, field segments and additional commentary. For its first episode, the sports commentator chatted about the basketball greats with Charles Barkley and had a heated DeflateGate chat with Ben Affleck. Here’s what the critics thought about the first show.

IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller thought the talk show opened with a confident debut. Writing, “Point-of-view is everything now. And that’s something which Bill Simmons does not lack.” Adding, “‘Wednesday’ has no demonstrable difficulties with keeping the show flowing despite the lack of commercial breaks (which offer their own particular rhythm to late night). ‘Wednesday’ is deliberately meant to emulate the podcasting world that helped cement Simmons’ star status, leading to interviews that have the rhythm of conversations.”

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- Liz Calvario

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‘Any Given Wednesday’ Review Roundup: Critics See Potential in Bill Simmons’ Outspoken Talk Show

23 June 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons” made its debut on Wednesday, June 22 on HBO. The half-hour show covers pop culture, sports and features conversations with special guests, field segments and additional commentary. For its first episode, the sports commentator chatted about the basketball greats with Charles Barkley and had a heated DeflateGate chat with Ben Affleck. Here’s what the critics thought about the first show.

IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller thought the talk show opened with a confident debut. Writing, “Point-of-view is everything now. And that’s something which Bill Simmons does not lack.” Adding, “‘Wednesday’ has no demonstrable difficulties with keeping the show flowing despite the lack of commercial breaks (which offer their own particular rhythm to late night). ‘Wednesday’ is deliberately meant to emulate the podcasting world that helped cement Simmons’ star status, leading to interviews that have the rhythm of conversations.”

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- Liz Calvario

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Before Wrestling Donald Trump, Seth Meyers Fought for His ‘Late Night’ Voice

23 June 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Seth Meyers’ tenure at “Late Night” on NBC has really begun to pop, but during one recent taping, the crew probably wished it hadn’t.

Meyers was in the middle of one of his signature “Closer Look” segments, when a sudden bang startled the audience in Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters. It was a tough break for the host and his crew. These pointed broadsides on current events are complex pieces, and typically use a mix of the host’s gimlet-eyed analysis, jokes, outtakes from news reports and clever graphics (a Donald Trump baseball card that has him playing left field) to uncover the machinations behind the news of the moment. There’s pressure, too. The pieces are put together over the course of 24 hours, often less. They are so tied in to current events they may be useless the next day. The show even field-tests the segments in front of a quickly assembled »

- Brian Steinberg

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HBO Inks Overall Deal with ‘Silicon Valley’ Showrunner Alec Berg (Exclusive)

22 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has signed writer and producer Alec Berg to an overall deal, Variety has learned exclusively.

As showrunner on “Silicon Valley,” Berg’s business with HBO is heating up even more, as he co-created Bill Hader’s upcoming comedy “Barry,” which was recently ordered to series.

Under the new two-year pact, Berg will continue his showrunner and exec producer duties on “Silicon Valley,” as well as exec producing “Barry.” He will also bring new development projects to the premium cabler.

Berg has long been in the HBO family, as he was exec producer, writer and director on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on which he worked for four seasons. He first worked with Larry David on “Seinfeld,” rising the ranks from staff writer to exec producer. For his work on “Curb,” he shared three best comedy Emmy nominations, and for “Seinfeld,” he shared two noms.

Berg co-created “Barry” with Hader, and will serve as exec producer and writer. The »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Nashville’ Celebrates Cmt Renewal With ‘Moving Sale’ Auction

21 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Nashville” is going out with the old and in with the new. To celebrate the musical soap’s move from ABC to Cmt, VIP Fan Auctions will be auctioning up items from the first four seasons. The “moving sale” is also designed as a thank you to #Nashies who stuck by the show and started the #BringBackNashville campaign. The auction begins on June 21.

The auction will feature 270 items from “Nashville.” Each week, new items — including a wedding dress worn by Connie Britton’s Rayna James and a dress worn Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes in a “Conan” interview — will be featured on the official auction site, where they’ll remain for seven days. Fans can bid on items through July 26.

The series will continue with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz as showrunners. “Nashville” Season 5 — produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment — will begin production shortly. Hulu will continue to make episodes available the day after air »

- Maria Cavassuto

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In a Week of Painful Narratives, a Filibuster and a Trump Media Empire Vie for Our Attention

16 June 2016 1:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Just in time for the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s candidacy (and only a few days late for his 70th birthday), Vanity Fair published an unsettling report early Thursday morning which is serving as a fitting, dysfunctional cherry to a long, painful week. Sarah Ellison reports that Trump is “considering starting his own cable empire.” The piece is well worth a read — both for the wild, circuitous attempts from Trump’s closest advisers to avoid commenting on the matter, and for the sense of surreal wonderland that Ellison’s reporting creates.

Trump is a man driven by endless ego, and a media empire surrounding what he finds to be his brilliant public-facing strategy is no exception. Ellison notes, drily, that various sources attribute Trump’s desire to create his own media platform to a sense of being “irked” that other companies are making money off of his brilliance. When »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Late-Night Shows Eye First-Time Nominations

15 June 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a promising time to be a late-night talk-show host in contention for an Emmy: Old-timers David Letterman and Jon Stewart, who combined have won a record-breaking 22 Emmys, have retired their proverbial jersey numbers and there’s finally room for fresh talent to prove its mettle.

In addition to returning contenders Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert (in a different show), this year’s competition features a bevy of fresh options, with such comics as Samantha Bee, implementing her crackling political wit on her eponymous talk show, and James Corden, whose infectiously appealing carpool karaoke segments have gone viral.

The circus-like chaos pervading the presidential campaign has provided invaluable fodder for shows such as “Real Time With Bill Maher” and Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight.” His “Donald Drumpf” segment, which revealed the Republican candidate’s ancestral surname, broke HBO viewing records and had social-media feeds atwitter.

Ever-sarcastic Chelsea Handler entertained fans on her new Netflix show, and Jerry Seinfeld satisfied his love of witty banter and classic automobiles in season 7 of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Larry Wilmore put a humorous spin on current events on his eponymous show.

Frontrunners

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

Conan” (TBS

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

The Late Late Show With James Corden” CBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC)

“Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

On The Bubble

“@midnight With Chris Hardwick” (Comedy Central)

“Chelsea”(Netflix)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (Crackle)

Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC)

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)

“Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo)

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Late-Night Shake-Up Plays Big Factor in Awards Race

15 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With former Emmy winner David Letterman and record-breaker Jon Stewart off the air, this year’s race for the Emmy in late night has become an open field for newcomers. Meanwhile veterans Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel continue to seek that elusive Emmy win.

The only other person to break that juggernaut was Stephen Colbert, who jumped ship from Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” to mainstreaming with CBS’ “Late Show.” For a whopping 13 consecutive years either “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” or its offshoot “The Colbert Report” has won the variety category. Prior to that, “Late Show With David Letterman” took the category from 1998-2002. In the hotly contested battle of the bye-byes, Stewart beat out Letterman and took home the 2015 Emmy. Last year, although Craig Ferguson was also bidding adieu to his show, there were essentially only two frontrunners destined to take home yet another golden statuette.

The one thing we can predict for 2016: Someone new will be taking home the Emmy.

This year’s hosts have all achieved varying degrees of success. Some have racked up impressive ratings, others have been blowing up the internet with their sketches and monologues.

“It’s a hard year to stand out, but that’s what makes it so satisfying,” says CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden” executive producer Ben Winston. “There are essentially at least five new shows, all competing for eyeballs.”

“Corden” executive producer Rob Crabbe says having so many newcomers to the game has helped make this a particularly good time for late night.

“It raises everybody’s game when you have to work harder to get noticed,” Crabbe says. “It’s good for us and for late night in general.”

Many of the potential candidates for this year’s race trace their roots to “Saturday Night Live,” including Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, and “The Daily Show” (Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore and Samantha Bee). Some have exceeded expectations while others, including Stewart’s replacement Trevor Noah, have not yet gained their footing. Ratings for “The Daily Show” have sunk more than 30% since Noah replaced Stewart, and the buzz has been almost nonexistent for a show that has always thrived in big election years. And this has been a year when political satire has had access to a lot of easy pickings. Critics have been, at best, lukewarm to Noah’s charms. Stepping up have been “Daily Show” alums Wilmore on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” and Oliver and Bee who, admittedly, have only had to shine once a week rather than four or five.

“While ‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’ hasn’t achieved the heights of its predecessor, ‘The Colbert Report,’ it has a host whose deadpan delivery and improvisational chops make for a dependably funny half-hour,” writes Variety chief TV Critic Maureen Ryan.

“It’s a hard year to stand out, but that’s what makes it so satisfying. There are essentially at least five new shows, all competing for eyeballs.” Ben Winston

“In an election year in which race is part of the conversation as it rarely has been in the past, Wilmore has found a multitude of serious and sarcastic ways to come at that crucial topic, and his riffs on the news of the day are often dryly amusing as well.”

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and TBS’ “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” each have offered up sharp looks on the political scene with a biting edge.

“Oliver seems almost a guarantee to win a [repeat] nom, because his show is truly doing something new: investigative comedy,” says Bill Carter, author of three books on late-night television, including the seminal “Late Shift.” “I’m sure a range of his extended examinations on topics will make excellent submissions.”

As for Bee, Carter says no one has brought more passion to the pursuit of political satire. With Stewart out of the picture, she seems to have jumped into that niche both with fervor and creative excellence.

“On weeks when we are away from the office, we should be enjoying time off but instead we are texting each other,” says “Frontal” showrunner Jo Miller, formerly of “The Daily Show.” “When you talk about Congress not passing a non-partisan [military] sexual assault bill, it’s hard not to get passionate about that.”

Bee is also the only woman in the game who appears to have outstanding reviews and widespread support to help her break through the male-dominated field. When the Academy split the variety category last year, Amy Schumer took home the Emmy for the newly created variety sketch category. Prior to that, the last woman to win in the category was Tracey Ullman’s HBO series “Tracey Takes On…” in 1997.

“We do visceral rage that is wonky and nerdy,” Miller says. “But beyond that, John Oliver was the first one who took what we did on ‘The Daily Show’ format and take those strengths to go deeper.”

Miller says most of the late-night shows have developed through the strengths of the hosts’ backgrounds.

“Kimmel’s man on the street is so much fun to watch, [as is] Conan going abroad. Fallon would be bored to death if he had to just sit at a desk,” Miller says.

NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” has become more political this sophomore year, which may bode well for the show. He still bests newcomer Corden in the ratings. But most eyes are on the 11:35 p.m. broadcast contenders.

The traditional network talk shows have gotten a good shake-up in the past few years with the departures of Jay Leno and Letterman, once the powerhouses of network late-night talk.

“You have to think Jimmy Fallon is the shoo-in to win an Emmy nomination both by his consistent edge in popularity and the fact that he basically re-invented the format — or at least put his own spin on it,” Carter says. “What used to be a talk show with comedy is now a comedy performance show with talk.”

And while Colbert’s appearance on a broadcast network as Letterman’s replacement came with much excitement last fall, he hasn’t seemed to be able to maintain that initial thrust. His show still bests the now veteran Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, but not by much. Unlike Kimmel, Fallon and his late-night CBS teammate Corden, he hasn’t made a huge impact online.

On the flip side, newcomer Corden, who took over Ferguson’s spot, appears to be settling in much better than expected. He may be last in the timeslot ratings by a slender margin, but he’s become a YouTube sensation. All his clips do well, with his most successful being Carpool Karaoke, where he takes celebrated recording artists such as Jennifer Hudson and Adele out of the studio and into a car for a seemingly spontaneous chat and sing-along with the aid of a dash camera.

Crabbe, who previously worked on the Fallon show, says the late-night talk-show format has been restructured to serve the strengths of the new hosts.

Jimmy [Fallon] came to it after years on ‘SNL’ and a sketch comedy background. [Corden] came as a Tony Award winner, Disney film actor and successful [British] sitcom star. What he hadn’t done was monologues or standup, so the tropes of late night were new to him,” Crabbe says. “I think the skill set is different than those that used to host late night.”

When Emmy voters stamp their ballots, they’ll need to look at a lot of fresh faces, and also perhaps take a second glance at the ones who might have been overlooked in the past.

“I still think Jimmy Kimmel gets better every year, and he can trot out a host of signature comedy bits. Corden really has defied the odds [from an unknown] to become the most talked about and massively streamed of the new hosts,” Carter says. “Corden has provided a jolt to the format and I really expect him to get some sort of recognition, even with all the competition. The ever-increasing number of late-night stars makes selecting just [six] of them or fewer tougher than ever.”

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Seth Meyers Bans Donald Trump From Appearing on Late Night (Video)

15 June 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Seth Meyers is no longer taking Donald Trump’s attack on freedom of the press with a grain of salt.

RelatedColbert, Fallon, Bee & Co. React to Orlando Tragedy in Disparate Ways

The Late Night host on Tuesday banned the Republican presidential nominee from appearing on his NBC talk show following the candidate’s decision to block The Washington Post from attending his campaign events. Trump’s embargo on the D.C.-based publication came after a headline was published emphasizing his inherent attempts to paint President Barack Obama as a terrorist sympathizer in wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting on »

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Late-Night Hosts React to Orlando Shooting: ‘It’s Time to Figure This Out’

14 June 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Conan O’Brien, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon all took to their late-night shows to address the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend. The tragedy was the largest mass shooting in United States history, so instead of sticking to one-liners, the late-night hosts addressed the event full-on because telling jokes “was not really possible.”

 

On TBS’ “Conan,” O’Brien said the bottom line was: “Nobody I know or have ever met in my entire life should have access to a weapon that can kill so many people so quickly.”

O’Brien is a father of two who generally stays away from matters of policy as he claims he’s no “expert” on them. However, the current situation surrounding weapons sales in the U.S. caused him to break that rule.

“I simply cannot understand why anyone in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi-automatic assault rifle. It makes no sense to me. These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life,” said O’Brien.

“The news out of Orlando is still impossible to fathom — that so many people can lose their lives so quickly because of someone’s demented rage — will never make sense and God help us if it ever does,” said O’Brien.

He encouraged viewers to donate to the GoFundMe page for the victims of the Orlando shooting. O’Brien couldn’t figure out a solution to the ongoing problem in the country, but agreed with a rapidly growing sentiment in America that “it’s time to grow up and figure this out.”

Full Frontal’s” Bee started out similar to O’Brien, but took it up a notch. Instead of starting with something like “love wins,” she pointed out that although that’s great and beautiful, it’s not enough.

“You know what? F–k it! I am too angry for that. Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our f–king problems,” said Bee.

“Hey, is it okay if, instead of making jokes, I just scream for seven minutes until we go to commercial?” she added. But instead, Bee went on to point out the sheer amount of mass shootings that have plagued the country and how easy it was for the “mass shooter du jour” to access weapons.

“He beat his ex-wife, he had been reported multiple times to his employer as homophobic and unhinged and the FBI has twice questioned him for terrorism,” she said. “But none of these things disqualified him from buying a gun that shoots 45 rounds a minute.”

The host lightened the tone a little by adding that not even his “terrible mirror selfies” disqualified him from that.

“I think we can all agree that if you don’t have one friend to hold the phone for you, your lone-wolf ass doesn’t get a gun,” she said.

She pointed out that only President Obama thought that letting suspected extremists buy guns is a bad idea. She also went on to mock elected officials for their advice to pray as a solution.

“We pray after every mass shooting and yet they keep happening. Maybe we’re not praying right. Can we check the instruction manual?” she said.

CBS’ “Late Show” host Colbert, sickened by the news, asked himself and the crowd what “we can possibly say in the face of this horror?”

“It’s as if there’s a national script that we have learned, and I think by accepting the script, we tacitly accept that the script will end the same way every time, with nothing changing, except for the loved ones and the families of the victims, for whom nothing will ever be the same,” he said.

Colbert added that it’s easy to feel paralyzed by such a heinous act. But instead of feeling despair and giving hate a victory, he said that love makes us strong and can be the vehicle for change.

“Love makes us strong. Love gives us the courage to act. Love gives us hope that change is possible. Love allows us to change the script. So love your country. Love your family. Love the families and the victims and the people of Orlando, but let’s remember that love is a verb. And to love means to do something,” he said.

Noah pointed out that the room that Obama spoke from about the mass shooting, the 16th time he’s done so, was named after James S. Brady, who suffered a gun wound in 1981 after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

“That’s how much gun violence is a part of American life,” said Noah. “Even the room that the president talks about gun violence from is named for a victim of gun violence. I wonder if President Obama ever thought to himself that mass shooting speeches would be such a big part of his job.”

Noah noted that it seems that, because the shootings keep happening, it’s as if the United States wants to be this kind of country.

“Just because there’s a problem with terrorism doesn’t mean there isn’t also a problem with access to guns,” he said. “And I understand that Americans love guns. But this love comes at a cost.”

Noah, who is from South Africa, is no stranger to violent crime. He added that before the United States attempts to fight terrorism, it must first self-reflect.

“It’s clear here. America needs to ask itself the question: Do you want to be a country that takes reasonable measures to protect its citizens, or should we tell the president to prepare speech No. 17?”

“This country was built on the idea that we do not all agree on everything, that we are a tolerant, free nation that encourages debate, free thinking, believing or not in what you choose,” said “The Tonight Show” host.

Fallon was very vocal about accepting and supporting each other’s differences. As a new father, he grapples with what to tell his children about the world, but these situations can be viewed as a lesson of tolerance.

“We have to get away from believing or supporting the idea that if someone doesn’t live the way you want them to live, you just buy a gun and kill them, bomb them up. That is not okay.”

“We need to get back to being brave enough to accept that we have different opinions and that’s okay, that’s what America is built on — this idea that we can stand up and speak our minds and live our lives and not be punished for that. Or mocked on the internet. Or killed by someone you don’t know,” he added.

He uplifted viewers by saying, “there will always be more good than evil” and ended his opening monologue with: “Keep loving and keep respecting each other and keep on dancing.”

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- Maria Cavassuto

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Late-Night Hosts React to Orlando Shootings with Sadness, Rage and Disbelief: 'It's Not Normal, and It Shouldn't Be Normal'

14 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Monday evening, late-night talk show hosts were tasked with addressing the tragedy of the Orlando nightclub shootings - the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Here's a roundup of how the different hosts and comedians took on the topic, expressing everything from sadness to rage.Conan "I am the father of two, and I like to believe I have a shred of common sense and I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi automatic assault rifle," Conan O'Brien said. "These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Jaime Camil to Host TCA Awards

14 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jane the Virgin” favorite Jaime Camil has been tapped to host the 32nd Annual Television Critics Association Awards, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, August 6.

Camil will kick off the evening with an original opening monologue, before handing things over to the critics, who will announce the night’s big winners. As an added bonus, the exclusive event will include a cameo by beloved telenovela superstar Rogelio De La Vega, who will be on-hand to fill in for Camil whenever the host needs to take a quick break. Awards will be presented in a wide variety of categories and genres, such as news and information; youth; drama; reality; and comedy, as North America’s top TV critics gather to celebrate outstanding television programs of the 2015-2016 season.

“With his natural charm and quick wit, Jaime Camil has quickly become one of the most likeable personalities on television,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “Camil, along with his beloved alter ego Rogelio De La Vega, are the perfect complement to add some sizzle to this special evening. The Television Critics Association is truly honored to have him on board, as we come together to celebrate 32 years of the TCA Awards.”

Camil is a Critics’ Choice, Imagen, and Teen Choice Award nominee and has won countless global film and theater awards throughout his 20-year plus career. He has starred in a multitude of telenovelas, including hits “Qué pobres tan ricos” and “Por ella soy Eva,” and award-winning films such as “Pulling Strings,” “200 Cartas” and “7 Dias” – which earned him Best Supporting Actor honors from the Premios Ace and the Mexican Cinema Journalists respectively. He has recorded four platinum selling albums and has led many musicals in his native Mexico City including “West Side Story,” “Hook,” “Aladdin,” “El diluvio que viene” and more. In addition to “Jane the Virgin,” he can be seen on Broadway starring as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”

Rogelio De La Vega shot to fame in 2013, capturing hearts across the country in his smoldering portrayal of Santos, the president of the fictional country of North Ecuaduras, who braves the high seas, battles villainous pirates, and woos the beautiful Blanca in the hit Telemasivo Studios telenovela “The Passions of Santos.” The series was the longest-running telenovela in the studio’s history, having amassed over 175 episodes — thanks, in large part, to De La Vega’s undeniable charisma and brilliant acting. De La Vega’s performance was widely acclaimed by critics and viewers, alike, earning him the honor of Best Actor at the prestigious Paloma Awards in 2014, as well as a legion of devoted 6.3 million Twitter followers. In addition to “Santos” De La Vega has appeared in the sci-fi space opera “Pasión Intergalactica,” and currently can be seen in the lead role on the new time-travel drama “Tiago a Través del Tiempo.”

Camil is the latest in a long line of stars to emcee the TCA Awards; past hosts include James Corden, Terry Crews, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, the Smothers Brothers, Nick Offerman, Dax Shepard, Key & Peele, and Bob Newhart, among others.

The TCA nominates and votes on awards as an organization, and the process is not open to submissions. 12 awards will be presented for programming that has made an impact this past TV season. The TCA also bestows a Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially influenced society, and a Career Achievement Award.

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- Laura Prudom

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Late Night Hosts Respond to Orlando Shooting With Poignancy, Humor

14 June 2016 6:56 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando Sunday morning, late night TV hosts were once again tasked with responding to the increasingly commonplace horror of a mass shooting.

Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers acknowledged the gravity of the situation by setting aside humor. "I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi-automatic assault rifle," Conan declared. "These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life."

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Colbert, Fallon, Bee & Co. React to Orlando Tragedy in Disparate Ways

14 June 2016 5:42 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The late-night TV landscape on Monday was appropriately somber as the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Samantha Bee addressed the horrific shooting in Orlando which left 50 people dead and another 53 injured in the largest mass-shooting in U.S. history.

RelatedAnderson Cooper Holds Back Tears While Reading Orlando Victims’ Names

Colbert, who much like Conan O’Brien fears that lamenting these mass shootings is becoming a national ritual, opened The Late Show with a message of hope for those who stand together and allow love to conquer hate.

“Love does not despair,” he said in the above clip. »

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Conan O’Brien Calls for Ban on Assault Rifles After Orlando Massacre (Video)

13 June 2016 10:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Conan O’Brien skipped his usual jokes in Monday’s monologue in favor of a stern message in response to the Orlando mass killing: He wants a ban on all sales of “weapons of war” to civilians. “Sometimes events are so horrifying and bleak — to come out here to tell jokes, it’s not really possible,” O’Brien began. Also Read: Orlando Shooter Visited Gay Bars, Asked Gay Friend on a Date “Tonight sadly is one of those nights. At a time when we think we’d heard the worst stories about senseless violence in our country, that it couldn »

- Debbie Emery

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Conan on Orlando Tragedy: 'Weapons of War Have No Place in Civilian Life'

13 June 2016 6:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Conan O’Brien took an admittedly uncharacteristically serious turn during the taping of the Monday night episode of TBS’ Conan, proffering his opinion on the availability of semi-automatic assault rifles like the one used in Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 people dead and dozens more injured.

RelatedTony Awards Host James Corden Acknowledges Orlando Tragedy in Opening: ‘Hate Will Never Win’

“I have really tried very hard over the years not to bore you with what I think,” OBrien started. “However, I am a father of two, I like to believe I have a shred of common sense, »

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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer Builds Buzz for Thriller

13 June 2016 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix continues to double down on original content, and the streaming service’s upcoming horror thriller “Stranger Things” blew up on social thanks to a creepy new trailer.

The trailer generated more than one million engagements across digital platforms,  1.5 million views on YouTube and 1.8 million views on Facebook this week, drawing comparisons to Spielberg and classic ‘80s science fiction thrillers.

HBO had a strong showing as well, with “Game of Thrones” generating 11.6 million engagements, thanks in part to one clip of a plot-twisting reveal earning a higher than average 1.8 million views on Facebook alone. Look for “Game of Thrones” to increase in the rankings as the season finale approaches on June 26.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 55,217 2 2 The Voice 13,778 3 3 Kitchen Nightmares 7,407 4 4 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,434 5 6 Ninja Warrior 1,855 6 – This Old House 1,811 7 5 Empire 1,466 8 8 American Idol 1,454 9 – So You Think You Can Dance 1,025 10 9 The Simpsons 857 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Dance Moms 12,755 2 2 Game of Thrones 11,606 3 6 Pretty Little Liars 7,771 4 5 Lip Sync Battle 7,496 5 3 Top Gear 6,999 6 – Key & Peele 6,420 7 7 Impact Wrestling 3,026 8 8 Jay Leno’s Garage 2,877 9 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians 2,781 10 9 Impractical Jokers 2,194 –

Late Night Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 54,613 2 3 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 31,394 3 2 The Late Late Show With James Corden 29,218 4 4 Conan 17,677 5 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 12,009 –

Trending Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Program Rating(000) % Change Sex and the City 135 +44,775% Stranger Things 1,301 +35,845% F*uck, That’s Delicious 161 +33,997%

 

Jason Klein is the Co-Founder and Co-ceo of ListenFirst Media, a data and analytics company providing insights for brands. ListenFirst aggregates data streams from a wide range of digital, social, and traditional marketing sources to help brands optimize business performance.

Methodology:

ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Wikipedia and YouTube. These engagements encompass metrics pertaining to audience growth, page/profile views, page-level and post-level interactions, hashtag volume and Wikipedia page views for all television program pages (which provides a proxy for organic search volume).

Organic conversation volume is calculated based on the use of official hashtags, as well as those hashtags submitted directly from programmers and distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific television program are included in the rating.

The Variety weekly leaderboards for television represent the 7-day (Monday – Sunday) sum total of Dar – TV for all episodic programming, in and out of season, from the most popular programmers (Broadcast, Cable, & Streaming Services). Sports, live events, short-form content and other non-episodic programming are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Broadcast and Cable/Streaming Originals leaderboards each surface the respective top ten primetime programs. The Late Night leaderboard surfaces the top five late night / variety genre programs, from across the programming universe. Streaming Originals are considered primetime cable programming.

The Trending Leaderboard surfaces the three programs that tracked the largest relative growth in Dar – TV (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute Dar – TV, from across the programming universe.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the program on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a program’s digital presence is monitored; for platforms that support regional profiles like Facebook, the “Global” profile is considered the U.S. profile. Only profiles that can be attributed to the specific program contribute to the rating (i.e. engagements that happen on the profile facebook.com/LouieFX are tracked, while engagements that happen on facebook.com/FX are not). For YouTube, in addition to any program-specific presence, content related to the program in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

Note: Twitter data has been removed from Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television as of 10/7/2014.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.

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Ed Catto: Strip Tease – Thomas Yeates, Prince Valiant & Co.

13 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

 

A few years ago when I had the honor to moderate the Joe Kubert panel at New York Comic Con, I was pleasantly surprised by how many great stories one of the panelists shared.

These tales were spun by Thomas Yeates, one of the first graduates of the Kubert School. Yeates has enjoyed an extraordinary career, drawing iconic characters iconic from Tarzan to Swamp Thing, Conan to Captain Action and even Dracula. And there are so many more.

I still enjoy his brilliant work each weekend when I pick up the Sunday paper and read Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant.

Recently, I caught up with Thomas Yeates and chatted about his recent efforts.

Ed Catto: You’ve been illustrating the Prince Valiant weekly comic strip for some time now. How’s it all going?

Thomas Yeates: Basically it’s great; I’m very fortunate to have landed this job. Particularly working with writer Mark Schultz, who likes hearing my story ideas, which makes it a lot more fun.

EC: What are some the challenges you find as opposed to traditional comics or illustrations?

Ty: The main problem is the reproduction. I’ve had to limit the line work to accommodate a weird registration problem that we see today. Comic books have much better printing. The format differs from paper to paper, but I’ve been able to deal with that.

EC: The longevity of Prince Valiant is astounding. Why do you think it endures?

Ty: Well the main credit for that goes to Hal Foster who created, wrote and illustrated this Sunday only strip. And, of course, the hard work of those who followed Foster. He set the bar so incredibly high that all of us who’ve continued the strip have tried our best to maintain that level of quality. At least that’s what I think.

EC: Who’s your favorite character in the Prince Valiant cast?

Ty: Val himself. His wife Aleta is wonderful too. It’s much better when there are women in action adventure stories. And of course Gawain is always a kick.

EC: I’ve heard rumors that your mini-series, Tarzan: The Beckoning, first published by Malibu in the 90s, is going to be reprinted. Can you tell me more about that?

Ty: Yes. We just finished working on that for about nine months, Dark Horse, two assistants and myself. We fixed the coloring, I added a little new art and tweaked the story. There were production problems in the original version so the new collection will be much better, including pages put back in order that were out of order in the Malibu version. I think it will be out in the fall.

EC: One of the issues Tarzan: The Beckoning dealt with was the slaughter of elephants and the ivory trade. We see that countries and organizations are still struggling with this issue, as evidenced by the crushing and burning of ivory. Do you keep up with the issue and what insights might you have?

Ty: That’s a terrible situation. “When will we ever learn?” as the song says. Yes, it’s ironic that just when The Beckoning is being reprinted with its fight against the ivory trade theme we find elephants being slaughtered for their tusks again, just like when I originally created the story some 24 years ago. Yes, I follow the issue and had input from various experts back when I wrote it. One of them, from the Environment Investigation Agency, came back and contributed an update on the situation for the new Dark Horse edition.

EC: In The Beckoning, your version of Tarzan’s wife Jane was exceedingly lovely. Can you tell me a little bit about how you envision these characters?

Ty: Well I was quite taken by Maureen O’Sullivan who played Jane in the Weissmuller films of the 1930s so she was my inspiration there. Plus Burroughs descriptions of Jane, and Russ Manning always gave her such beauty and dignity and I wanted to maintain that.

EC: I also seem to recall that you snuck a few of your other characters into that mini-series. Is that correct?

Ty: Yes, I do that sometimes to keep myself amused. In the crowd scenes there are environmental activist friends I knew then and The Timespirits as well.

EC: Will you be at San Diego Comic-Con again this year?

Ty: Yes.

EC: What keeps you coming back every year?

Ty: Good question. Why the hell do I keep going? Recently because my daughter Olivia likes to go with me.

By the way I should mention there’s a new reprint of all the Zorro newspaper strips I did with Don McGregor and Tod Smith coming out from a German publisher <at that same time>, including an English language version.

EC: Yes, Uwe Weber filled me in. The German independent publisher “Classic Heroes” Is launching two exclusive Zorro-Dailies Editions in July 2016. The books will be available only thru direct orders at zorrodailies.com or classicheroes.de . He also explained that fans can find the complete information on these two beautiful books, and all the various projects on the ThomasYeates.com site.

EC: What keeps you going as an artist every day?

Ty: What keeps me going as an artist every day is another good question, Ed. I have to make a living and this is what I know how to do. A great script is always inspiring too. I’m still trying to figure out how the great artists I love, like Foster, did it. Sometimes that challenge keeps me going.

EC: Ha! I think there’s a lot of us who to try figure out how you do it, Thomas! Thanks so much for your time and insights.

(Editor’s Note: Prince Valiant by Mark Schultz and Thomas Yeates, is available online along with over 100 other current and vintage King Features comic strips – The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Popeye, Flash Gordon, Buz Sawyer, Johnny Hazard, Zippy The Pinhead and a slew of others at www.comicskingdom.com. Tell ‘em ComicMix sent you, and then ask yourself why you’re talking to your computer.) »

- Ed Catto

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Suicide Squad! DC’s ‘Worst of the Worst’ Super-Villains Take Over This Year’s Comic-Con

10 June 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

In anticipation of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ high-octane actioner Suicide Squad heading into theaters everywhere on August 5, DC’s massive team of Super-Villains will invade this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego with a major presence both on and off the main floor, including appearances by the film’s stars.

Highlights of the convention’s Suicide Squad events include:

Squad Up!

Fans are invited to enter DC All Access’s (Dcaa) “Suicide Squad” online Cosplay Contest starting Thursday, June 9, with their best Squad-inspired look as Deadshot, the Joker, Harley Quinn, Colonel Rick Flag, Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, Diablo, Killer Croc, Enchantress, Slipknot or Katana. Eleven winners, selected by visitors to the site, will then receive an all-expenses-paid trip for four days and three nights to San Diego and passes to the Con, where they will take part in a range of Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” activities throughout the weekend. »

- Tom Stockman

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