6 items from 2016
Others in the late-night arena make ratings noise now and then, but no one has been able to match the consistency and dominance of Jimmy Fallon, who has completed two triumphant years as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”
Since bowing in February 2014, Fallon, who will celebrate his “Tonight Show” anniversary with a primetime special on Sunday and a week of episodes originating from Los Angeles next week, has delivered the program’s top two-rated seasons in the last six years in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
While CBS has improved its late-night ratings fortunes over the last five months with new “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, Fallon hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, his 18-49 average through five weeks of 2016 (1.01 rating in Nielsen’s “most current” averages) is the same as a year ago when the lower-rated David Letterman fronted the “Late Show” franchise.
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- Rick Kissell
On 28th February, the 88th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood after yet more controversy over the nominations and a troubling lack of diversity. Chris Rock will host (hopefully better than Neil Patrick Harris) with Ricky Gervais’ dare to “do some serious damage”, over-the-top musical numbers will fill your ears, and the winners and losers of this year’s Oscars race will be announced.
As always, there are bound to be a few upsets.
There can only be one winner in each category, and last year’s romping technical awards success for The Grand Budapest Hotel proved yet again that it’s very easy for one film to run off with loads of them and leave little for the rest.
Somewhat unthinkably, your favourite film/actor/director could easily leave empty-handed, while something or someone that you thought was rubbish could take home a golden statue. »
- Rob Leane
The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.
The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.
- Paul Heath
Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.
Last week we looked at the utterly forgettable doc The Out List which mistakes sometimes compelling interviews spliced together as enough of a premise for an entire film. While that film celebrated the visibility of coming out, implicitly praising those who wear their sexuality on their sleeves, presenting them as necessary for political activism, we focus today on a towering figure of the American musical stage whose sexuality is both an acknowledged fact but also rarely a rallying point.
You’d never refer to Stephen Sondheim as a “gay songwriter and lyricist” both because in many ways he predates that type of taxonomy but also because he exceeds it. Not that his sexuality hasn’t informed his work. He has, after all, written some of the most complex characters of the American musical theater tradition, all of whom wrestle »
- Manuel Betancourt
The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »
- Jeff Beck
Dr. Frank-n-Furter just got some company in Fox's upcoming two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was revealed in October that Laverne Cox will play the role immortalized by Tim Curry, and now it's been announced that Victoria Justice (pictured above, right) and Ryan McCartan will portray Janet and Brad, respectively, with Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney (shown above, left) cast as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair signed on to play Rocky Horror:
Press Release: Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Ryan McCartan (“Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”) have been cast as “Janet Weiss” and “Brad Majors” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist, »
- Derek Anderson
6 items from 2016
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