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The Verge Co-Founder Joshua Topolsky Joins Bloomberg

25 July 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Journalists move from publication to publication all the time, but it's news when an “online guy” moves to a more “traditional” company instead of the other way around. Joshua Topolsky, co-founder of the Vox Media tech site The Verge, joining Bloomberg is one such case. Also read: Bloomberg Hires ‘Game Change’ Team Mark Halperin, John Heilemann to Lead Political Coverage Topolsky, who was at the AOL tech site Engadget before starting The Verge with many of his former colleagues, will be reporting to Bloomberg Businesweek editor Josh Tyrangiel and Justin Smith, chief executive of the company's multimedia group, TheWrap has confirmed. »

- Joel Keller

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This Week in TV: Jumping Through Hoops to Win an Emmy

13 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A few days ago The Wire posed the question of why comics like Amy Schumer, Key and Peele, and "Portlandia"'s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were submitting themselves to the Emmy nominations process as supporting performers. Surely the star of "Inside Amy Schumer" is a lead performer on the series that bears her own name, isn't she?

Turns out Emmy rules consider a variety show's cast to be all equals, so none of the performers can submit themselves as leads. But it also looked like a good strategic move, since otherwise, these performers would be competing in the lead category alongside such popular hosts as Jon Stewart and David Letterman.

Such are the strange hoops your favorite stars will have to jump through in order to compete for Emmys when the networks submit ballots to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on June 20, and when the Academy, in turn, »

- Gary Susman

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American Themes Dominate New Crop of TV Movies and Miniseries

12 June 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A president is assassinated. Unspeakable evil unfolds in the wintry Midwest. An elderly woman makes a reflective trip to her hometown. Society is ravaged by a plague and the government doesn’t act. Two Depression-era criminals hunker down for a last, brutal stand against the law.

What do these five stories have in common? “Killing Kennedy,” “Fargo” (pictured above, in production), “The Trip to Bountiful,” “The Normal Heart,” “Bonnie and Clyde” — all stand excellent chances of landing Emmy nominations in the newly separated Outstanding Movies and Outstanding Miniseries categories.

And in an important programming trend, all of these shows (along with the sadly ineligible PBS adaptation of “Barrymore”) are archetypal American tales with American characters and themes at their heart.

“On the surface, you wouldn’t think they have much to do with each other,” says “Bountiful” director Michael Wilson, who directed the Horton Foote play on Broadway in 2013 and »

- Randee Dawn

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Ensemble TV Actors Shine in Smaller Roles

10 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Let’s be honest: While it’s great to win an Emmy — any Emmy — almost every actor would prefer a leading role to a supporting one.

That said, some of today’s top movie stars got their start in a supporting TV role. Woody Harrelson first came to fame playing the dim but sweet Woody on “Cheers,” a role for which he was nominated for six Emmys and won once (Harrelson also was nominated in 2012 for playing Steve Schmidt in HBO’s “Game Change”). Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was once Sydney Bristow’s (Jennifer Garner) best friend on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias.” And even Leonardo DiCaprio got his start playing foster child Luke Brower on “Growing Pains.”

So it’s not all bad playing second fiddle. After all, Lupita Nyong’o made quite a splash as the stylish newcomer and ultimately Oscar’s supporting actress.

Still, it can be hard »

- Paige Albiniak

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New poster for Snowpiercer

6 June 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its North American release later this month, The Weinstein Company has debuted a new poster for Snowpiercer, the post-apocalyptic thriller from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother)…

Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.“

Snowpiercer opens in June 27th, with a cast that includes Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), John Hurt (Immortals), Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), Ed Harris (Game Change), Ewen Bremner (Jack the Giant Slayer), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Go Ah-sung (The Host), Song Kang-ho (The Good, the Bad, the Weird), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim »

- Gary Collinson

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Emmys: Hammond On The Renaissance Of Made-For-tv-Movies

31 May 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Television Academy, by splitting miniseries and movies for the 2014 contest, has made it easier this year for the made-for-tv movie to compete. Outside of the occasional HBO film, the genre is usually at a disadvantage at the Emmys. Forced to face off directly with the more lavish miniseries form, these two-hour one-offs have had a difficult time holding their own. (Acting, directing and writing categories are still combined for minis/movies).  Occasionally a movie comes along that is so irresistible to TV Academy voters that it can’t be ignored. That was the case last year with HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, which swept both Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies. In 2011, another HBO telefilm, Game Change, had similar success against the longform monsters, but it has not always been easy to beat the odds. Frontrunner Status With those two wins, TV movies are enjoying a bit of a renaissance—at least at HBO, »

- PETE HAMMOND

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‘Voice’ Finale Helps NBC Finish TV Season a Ratings Winner

29 May 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The conclusion to “The Voice” was the primary reason NBC captured last week’s ratings race in key demos, but the Peacock also got good support from stand-up comics, hockey and a good old-fashioned variety show special.

NBC claimed the week of May 19-25, which included the final three nights of the television season, in adults 18-49 — rising vs. its average of last year and ending ABC’s five-week winning streak, according to Nielsen estimates. The Peacock also won in adults 25-54, while ABC rode the “Dancing With the Stars” finale to victory in total viewers.

Key for NBC was its continued dominance of Monday, even without “The Blacklist,” which wrapped a couple of weeks ago. The performance finale of “The Voice” (3.2/10 in 18-49, 11.70 million viewers overall) controlled its timeslot, and variety special “The Maya Rudolph Show” kept the net on top in the 10 o’clock hour (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.84 million »

- Rick Kissell

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HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Opens With 1.4 Million Tuned In

27 May 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO FilmsThe Normal Heart delivered a solid 1.4 million viewers across two plays Sunday night. Debuting nearly three decades after Larry Kramer’s play premiered off-Broadway, the Ryan Murphy-directed project premiered at 9 Pm with an average of slightly less than 1 million viewers tuned in; an additional 434,000 thousand watched at 11:15 Pm. That puts it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that have premiered on the network since 2010. (For comparison’s sake: In March 2012, Game Change, about the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign, snagged an average of 2.1 million viewers on its debut night, which marked the biggest crowd for an HBO original film since 2004′s Something The Lord Made, which snared 2.6 million viewers. In May 2011, Too Big To Fail, about Washington’s bailout of Wall Street, logged 897,000 Live+Same Day viewers in its debut. And 2008′s Recount, about the 2000 presidential election, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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HBO’s ‘Normal Heart’ Draws Nearly 1 Million Viewers in First Airing Sunday

27 May 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Normal Heart” premiered Sunday to above-average numbers for an original HBO movie, drawing nearly 1 million viewers for its initial telecast, according to Nielsen estimates.

The adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic also drew about 435,000 viewers for a repeat later that night, bringing its total to about 1.4 million. That places it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that premiered on the network since 2010.

The recent ratings champ for an HBO Film was last year’s “Behind the Candelabra,” whose 2.39 million viewers on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend made it the premium cabler’s most watched original film in nine years. In 2012, “Game Change” drew 2.12 million.

“Normal Heart” was directed by Ryan Murphy and starred Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts.

 

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- Rick Kissell

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Will Julianne Moore’s President Coin Hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016? (video!)

15 May 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Julianne Moore immediately got that the Hunger Games movies are based political books. Could her character, President Coin, become a metaphor for Hillary Clinton, if Hillary runs for President in 2016? Ironically, Moore portrayed another female pol, right-wing conservative Sarah Palin, in the award winning HBO movie “Game Change.” Her character in “Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” is resolute, power-hungry and ruthless. ...Read More »

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Red band trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer

9 May 2014 6:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its U.S. release next month, The Weinstein Company has released a red band trailer for Snowpiercer, the English language debut of South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother).

Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.“

Featuring in the cast of Snowpiercer are Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), John Hurt (Immortals), Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), Ed Harris (Game Change), Ewen Bremner (Jack the Giant Slayer), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Go Ah-sung (The Host), Song Kang-ho (The Good, the Bad, the Weird), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs the »

- Gary Collinson

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Jay Roach to Direct Affleck & Damon's Yankee Sex Scandal 'The Trade'

8 May 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Over four years ago, after Ben Affleck and Matt Damon decided to revamp their Pearl Street Films production banner with a first look deal at Warner Bros., one of the earliest projects that began developing was The Trade. The film will tell the true story of two New York Yankees pitchers who were caught up in a national scandal by playing real-life wife swap in the wild 1970's. At various times, both Affleck and Damon had been meant to direct the film. But now the two are only on board as producers, no longer starring in the film, and The Campaign and Game Change director Jay Roach is getting behind the camera. More below! For those who don't know the true story, back in 1973, teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich disclosed that they were trading wives because Peterson had fallen in love with Kekich's wife and vice versa. Peterson and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Austin Powers' Jay Roach To Direct Ben Affleck And Matt Damon's New York Yankee Wife-Swapping Movie

8 May 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director Jay Roach is primarily known for his work in the comedy genre, having broken out with Austin Powers International Man of Mystery in 1997 and following it up with movies like the first two titles in the Meet The Parents trilogy, but he has had his chance to dabble a bit in drama. In the last decade he went to HBO twice to make the politically charged dramas Game Change and Recount, and while his return to the big screen was the Will Ferrell-Zach Galafianakis comedy The Campaign, apparently Roach is ready to bring his more dramatic game to the big screen. He is now attached to helm The Trade, a true story-based baseball film that is being guided by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and has been in the works since 2010. Initially it looked like there was a possibility that Affleck and Damon could star in the movie, »

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Jay Roach in Talks to Direct Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Yankees Wife Swap Film The Trade

8 May 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though Ben Affleck and Matt Damon haven’t appeared together onscreen in starring roles for quite some time, the duo have been trying to get another project off the ground.  A few years ago, it looked as though the reunion would happen on a film based on the 1970s baseball scandal involving the swapping of wives between New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich.  Titled The Trade, the idea was that Damon would direct and star opposite Affleck and Casey Affleck, but their busy schedules forced the project into limbo.  Now it appears that Warner Bros. is reviving the project with a new director at the helm: Jay Roach. Hit the jump for more, including what roles Damon and Affleck will fill in this new iteration of the project. Per Variety, Recount and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is in negotiations to helm The Trade for Warner Bros. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jay Roach to Direct Baseball Sex Scandal Movie for Warner Bros.

8 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jay Roach is ready to look to the world of sports for his next movie as he is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ “The Trade” produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Affleck, Damon and Jennifer Todd will produce through their Pearl Street Films banner.

The film is based on the 1970s scandal caused by New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who admitted to swapping wives with one another. Affleck and his brother, Casey, penned the most recent draft with David Mandel writing the original script.

Ben Affleck and Damon have been trying to get the film off the ground since 2010, with Damon originally eyed to direct and star alongside Ben Affleck and his brother Casey. Busy schedules and script work forced those plans to be cancelled, putting the film in development limbo ever since. Neither Ben Affleck or Damon are now expected to appear in the film. »

- Justin Kroll

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Empire: Fox Orders Hip Hop Family Drama for 2014-15

6 May 2014 10:20 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Fox has ordered yet another new TV show for the 2014-15 season. Empire revolves around the world of hip hop with Terrence Howard starring as industry heavyweight Lucious Lyon. He's a tough but wise patriarchal figure.

The show's cast will also include Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey, Bryshere ‘Yazz the Greatest’ Gray, Jussie Smollett and Malik Yoba.

Here's more information from Fox:

Empire - Imagine Entertainment, in association with 20th Century Fox Television

· Ep/Director/ Writer: Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Precious")

· Ep/ Writer: Danny Strong ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Game Change")

· EPs (non-writing): Brian Grazer ("24," "Friday Night Lights") and Francie Calfo ("Those Who Kill," Gang Related)

· Description: Unique family drama set in the world »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Fox Picks Up Dramas Red Band Society and Empire; Orders 10 More Episodes of Mulaney

6 May 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

On the heels of the official series order for Gotham, Fox has picked up two more new dramas: Octavia Spencer stars in Red Band Society, a coming-of-age dramedy set in a big city hospital.  According to Deadline, Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) will adapt the Spanish series Polseres Vermelles.  It should a fruitful premise if Nagle can pull off the tricky tone. Empire is a family drama that centers on a hip-hop superstar (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Taraji P. Henson).  Lee Daniels (The Butler) directed the pilot and will executive produce with Danny Strong (Game Change) and Brian Grazer (24).  Timbaland will supervise the music.  I trust Howard and Henson to make Empire as enjoyable as their last foray into the rap world, Hustle & Flow. Additionally, Deadline reports Fox has ordered 10 more episodes of Mulaney, bringing the total order up to 16 episodes.  I love John Mulaney's standup, so I am »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Bloomberg Hires ‘Game Change’ Team Mark Halperin, John Heilemann to Lead Political Coverage

5 May 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Veteran journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have been chosen to lead Bloomberg Politics, online as well as on television, Bloomberg Media announced. The duo, who co-wrote “Game Change” — a book about the 2008 presidential election, which HBO turned into an Emmy-winning movie — will oversee the launch of Bloomberg's new brand across all platforms, while also hosting a new daily TV show that will stream online, too. Also read: Bloomberg Businessweek Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Cover Together they will lead a merged team of Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Media reporters and editors in Washington and New York to deliver Bloomberg's political »

- Greg Gilman

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Bloomberg To Launch Daily Political TV Show With Mark Halperin & John Heilemann

4 May 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bloomberg Media Group has announced the creation of Bloomberg Politics, a new multi-platform brand to be overseen by Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time, and and John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York magazine. The duo co-wrote the book Game Change, about the 2008 Presidential election, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning HBO movie. Their follow-up book, Double Down: Game Change 2012, also has been acquired by HBO. Bloomberg Politics will launch with a new daily television show (that will also stream online), which will be hosted by Halperin and Heilemann. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Danny Strong makes directorial debut with Jd Salinger biopic

30 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Danny Strong will make his directorial debut with a Jd Salinger biopic.

The actor and screenwriter will direct Salinger's War - based on Kenneth Slawensk's biography of the Catcher in the Rye author - according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor wrote Lee Daniels' The Butler and is working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2.

The film will follow Salinger's career from struggling outsider to literary giant, including his experiences during World War II.

Strong has also been seen in Justified, Mad Men, Pleasantville, Dangerous Minds and a recent episode of Girls.

He wrote HBO's Emmy-winning miniseries Game Change and Recount.

Strong used his own money to option Slawensk's Jd Salinger: A Life as the basis for Salinger's War. »

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