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Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some »
- Variety Staff
“If I can’t get laid, at least I can do something about nuclear proliferation,” President Mellie Grant declared atop Thursday’s Scandal. “Let’s get some world peace!”
RelatedLast Week’s Scandal Recap: Whose Presidency Is It, Anyway?
That should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about this week’s episode, but just for kicks, let’s recap it anyway:
After delivering a literal vagina monologue about her lonely life of power (“There is a famine in my lady bits!”), Mellie set her sights on convincing President Rashad of Bashran — which is not a real country, »
Dean Norris is getting mixed up in another small-screen Scandal.
The Breaking Bad alum will recur on the ABC drama in its upcoming seventh (and final) season, TVLine has confirmed. Though details about Norris’ role are being kept under wraps, the above photo of his character — seen chatting up Cyrus at President Mellie Grant’s first official state dinner — may hold a clue or two.
In addition to his work on Breaking Bad — which earned him »
Contestants from all over the nation assemble to compete in the Rookle Farms Cooking Contest in a new trailer for “Cook Off!” The Melissa McCarthy-starrer sees a motley crew of characters — including a sex toy consultant, a ladybug enthusiast, and the first man to ever compete — coming together at the convention, each of them desperate to win the million dollar-prize. The mockumentary chronicles their journeys, which as you might expect, include some epic meltdowns in the kitchen.
“Tensions are running high,” an announcer says. A judge observes, “The lady in the black leather outfit is weeping into a large mixing bowl.” And McCarthy’s character has a spectacular fall while she’s racing against the clock (but her sweet potato-marshmallow abomination survives unscathed).
“Cook Off!” is directed by Cathryn Michon (“Muffin Top: A Love Story”) and and Guy Shalem (“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”). The former adapted her own book with co-writers Wendi McLendon-Covey (“G.I.L.F.”) and W. Bruce Cameron (“A Dog’s Purpose”).
“Cook Off!” made its world premiere at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Aspen in 2007. This new, re-edited version of the film will hit theaters November 17.
Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy Plays to Win in “Cook Off!” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Vulture Watch Can Desna get out from under the Dixie Mafia? Has the Claws TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on TNT? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Claws season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the TNT cable channel, Claws stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Harold Perrineau, Jenn Lyon, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jason Antoon, Kevin Rankin, Jack Kesy, and Dean Norris. The dark dramedy follows the diverse and dangerous staff of the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, which launders money for the Dixie Mafia. The story centers on owner Desna Simms and her crew. She dreams of out getting out from under the mob’s »
Casting Chris Brown as a controversial musician in black-ish‘s third season seemed like a natural fit, series creator Kenya Barris tells TVLine, but some of the reactions the episode garnered “saddened” the executive producer.
Brown played Rich Youngsta in a March installment that found Dre collaborating with the fictional rapper on an ad campaign that played heavily on black stereotypes. After some pushback from Ruby and Bow, and after watching Jack engage in some of Rich Youngsta’s less-than-ideal behavior, Dre revamped the ad.
“We wanted someone to play a troubled music star, which he was,” Barris says, adding »
Scheduled for Sept. 7-9 in Greenport, N.Y., the festival will also include the world premiere of independent television pilot “Greenport,” as well as the New York premieres of independent pilots “Death Lives,” “Shoot Me Nicely” and “Up North.” National Geographic Documentary Films’ new movie “From the Ashes” will be the subject of a special screening at the festival.
The festival will kick off with a dinner hosted by Cat Greenleaf of NBCUniversal’s “Talk Stoop” and benefiting the Billion Oyster Project at the Castello di Borghese Winery. On Thursday, the festival released a trailer for this year’s programming.
“This year’s Producers Panel is a dream team of accomplished professionals and we are extremely fortunate to have them on our stage,” said »
- Daniel Holloway
Peak TV has yet to truly peak. In his most recent Television Critics Assn. press tour exec session, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf estimated that 2017 could see as many as 534 new original scripted television series air before the year’s end. That would represent an 18% increase from last year — and a 154% increase from 2009.
Landgraf tied the ever-growing number of television series to macroeconomic trends that have been decades in the making, as well as a “titanic struggle” between old-school media conglomerates and the emerging tech giants looking to eat their lunch.
But peak TV has also had more microeconomic effects than even Landgraf could count. Among them is the empowerment of on-camera talent. In a world of 534 call sheets, a different actor’s name tops each. More and more, those actors are leveraging the demand for lead performers to secure producing roles — and not just in name only.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has more leverage than most. Already »
- Daniel Holloway
TNT’s The Last Ship launched Season 4 by revealing a new threat to the globe — and thus to the Nathan James itself. Retired Cno Tom Chandler, meanwhile, did his best maintain a low profile in Greece, but a local crime lord had other plans.
RelatedFall TV: Your Handy Calendar of 100+ Premiere Dates
Right off the bat, we learn that the Red Virus has “jumped kingdoms.” Having been effectively fended off by humanity, it is now infecting crops — the vital staple corn, to name one. The obscure African oil palm, however, has proven immune to the Red Rust, and as the action picks up, »
A decade before she won an Emmy for The Good Wife, Preston played kooky (and blonde!) food stylist B.D. Benson on Emeril, which lasted just seven episodes in the fall of 2001. Starring Lagasse as (what else?) a TV chef, Emeril was created by Designing Women alum Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, with a supporting cast that included TV veteran Robert Urich and future The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. But critics were »
Warning: There are so many spoilers from Tuesday’s Animal Kingdom in the following interview, it ought to be illegal.
Tuesday’s Animal Kingdom thrill ride was full of turning points: Baz got Smurf busted, J reunited with Nicky, and Marco made Craig and Deran accomplices to a kidnapping that revealed a heretofore-unseen ruthless side of Lucy. But no twists hit harder than Pope’s discovery that his mother had had him murder Catherine for no reason — she hadn’t been ratting out the Codys to the cops — and his subsequent confession to/rejection by girlfriend Amy. Here, Shawn Hatosy, »
Actress/model Karreuche Tran took aim Monday at people who reacted negatively to a recent risqué photo she posted on social media, saying: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all.” The 29-year-old “Claws” actress took to Twitter to speak out against those who body shamed her when she posted a selfie of herself in a revealing bikini. Also Read: Omarosa's Nabj Panel Described as 'a Total Mess' by Attendee “Y’all shame natural bodies while praising fake ones,” Tran started her message. Ya'll shame natural bodies but praise fake ones ????????♀️ — Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) August 14, 2017 Point is, »
- Rasha Ali
It's been almost three years since True Blood last aired and at least one former cast member is already down to get the gang back together. Carrie Preston, who currently stars in TNT's black comedy Claws, says she wouldn't mind reuniting with her co-stars.
"I would love that. I would jump at the
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- Keisha Hatchett
- Avery Thompson
For the criminal manicurists of TNT's Claws, it's one step forward and two steps backward.
The black comedy, which has been renewed for a second season, wrapped its wild first season on a bittersweet note with Desna (Niecy Nash), Polly (Carrie Preston), Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Virginia (Karrueche
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- Keisha Hatchett
It’s fitting that Claws‘ season finale started out in an amusement park, because hot damn, this thing was a roller coaster. (And not just for Roller.)
Juanda, We Hardly Knew Ya | We pick up with Desna and Roller getting chased through that abandoned theme park by the Russians. Luckily, the nail salon crew (minus Jen) and Dean have tracked Desna down using her phone’s Gps, and Desna hops into their waiting van, just avoiding Roller’s clutches. As they peel away, he yells at Desna that he’ll kill her with his bare hands. A real charmer, that guy. »
Claws is ending its first season with a bang.
On Sunday's finale of the addictive TNT drama, nail salon owner Desna (Niecy Nash) is on the run from Roller (Jack Kesy), the once-presumed dead drug dealer, and her Nail Artisans gang is fearing for the worst. In Et's exclusive sneak peek of the action-packed finale, Desna's motley crew -- Polly (Carrie Preston), Virginia (Karrueche Tran), Ann (Judy Reyes) and Dean (Harold Perrineau) -- race around town to find and rescue Desna.
"There's such a fierce loyalty between all of Desna's divas and the crew will go to the mat for her and for each other, and the thought that she's in peril kicks them all into high gear. Each of them drops everything they're doing and throws all their muscle behind trying to find her and rescue her," Preston tells Et of the finale sneak peek.
With 10 episodes under her belt as everyone's favorite con artist, Preston »
Niecy Nash is widely recognized for her comedic chops, but behind the screen the actress’ personal life has been riddled with tragedy.
In her September cover interview for Essence, Nash, 47, opens up about how comedy helped mend her broken family following the death of her brother — and why she now likens her life to a fairytale.
“If you look at my track record,” Nash told the publication, reflecting on the tragedies she’s endured, “Then to look at , in many ways that does feel like a Cinderella story.”
At the age of 15, Nash watched as her mother’s boyfriend shot her mom, »
- Natalie Stone
We’re almost at the end of Claws‘ first season… and we still don’t exactly know who Polly is, do we?
With that sweet smile and preppy sweater tied around her neck, Polly — as played by Emmy winner Carrie Preston (The Good Wife, True Blood) — seems like a picture-perfect Southern belle. But appearances can be deceiving: She’s also a liar and an ex-con who’s stuck wearing an ankle monitor after serving time for identity theft. (And as Virginia learned this season, if you cross one of Polly’s friends, she will not hesitate to cut a bitch. »
To say that the walls have completely closed in on Desna Simms would be an understatement. As the first season of Claws, TNT's addictive new dramedy, has unfolded, our heroine has desperately fought to stay one step ahead of the crime bosses, drug dealers, cops, and presumed-dead boyfriends circling her in this bizarre corner of Manatee County, Florida, lest they all find out it was her who set this entire chaotic chain of events into motion. However, after last week's harrowing cliffhanger left her on the run as her unhinged, alive ex (Jack Kesy) and the Russian mafia exchanged bullets in an abandoned amusement park, the jig may finally be up. "All hell breaks loose," star Niecy Nash, a revelation in »
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