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Jerry Seinfeld Weighs in on James Gunn Getting Fired: ‘If They’re Jokes, It Doesn’t Matter’

Jerry Seinfeld Weighs in on James Gunn Getting Fired: ‘If They’re Jokes, It Doesn’t Matter’
Jerry Seinfeld is trying to restore sanity to the universe, saying in a New York Times Magazine interview that jokes “are not real.” And then the comedian was asked to weigh in on James Gunn getting fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Here are those relevant snippets from the interview:

Nytm: You’ve been outspoken about stand-up audiences being too sensitive and politically correct these days. Have you ever apologized for a joke?

Seinfeld: No. Jokes are not real. People assume that when you say something that you believe it. It’s purely comedic invention. You know, I do this whole bit about Pop-Tarts and how much I love them. I don’t love Pop-Tarts. It’s just funny. It’s funny to say it, so I say it.

Nytm: What did you make of James Gunn, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” director, getting fired for his old Twitter jokes?
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‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’ and 9 Other Black Rom-Coms to Watch on 20th Anniversary (Photos)

‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’ and 9 Other Black Rom-Coms to Watch on 20th Anniversary (Photos)
How Stella Got Her Groove Back”:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back” turns 20 this month, on Aug 14. The film, adapted from Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel, introduced the film community to Taye Diggs, then a broadway actor known for “Rent.” The film also gave Angela Bassett one of the defining roles of her career. Her Stella character is an overworked single mom in need of a vacation and some romance, so best friend Whoopi Goldberg takes her to Jamaica, where she meets and falls in love with Winston Shakespeare (Diggs), a man 20-years her junior. RollingStone critic Peter Travers said of the film: “Whether you regard Stella’s getting her groove back as a feminist battle cry or as a silly wish-fulfillment fantasy, the movie delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places.”

“She’s Gotta Have It”:

Spike Lee’s feature film debut,
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Netflix Orders Miranda Sings Comedy Special From Colleen Ballinger

  • Variety
Miranda Sings’ “Haters Back Off” sitcom on Netflix lasted only two seasons, but Colleen Ballinger’s oddly endearing, lipstick-smeared wannabe songstress is coming back to the streaming service in a new comedy special.

Netflix has been aggressively spending on stand-up comedy over the last two years, inking pacts with big-name comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan and Dave Chappelle. It’s a point not lost on Miranda Sings, who’s a megastar in her own mind.

“All the most famousest people in the world have a comedy special on Netflix,” she says in the video announcing the deal. “I’m like, ‘Hello, why don’t I have one of those?!'”

Ballinger’s special for Netflix will be shot Sept. 15 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C., as part of Ballinger’s “Miranda Sings Live…No Offense” comedy/music tour.
See full article at Variety »

Voltage Pictures Acquires ‘The Fishermen’

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Voltage Pictures has acquired the spec script, The Fishermen, by screenwriter John C. Richards.

The original story centers on a soft-spoken Vietnam-era top sniper now dying of cancer who becomes a vigilante killer with the help of a sympathetic policeman. Nicolas Chartier will produce the film for Voltage along with Voltage head of development Babacar Diene. Jonathan Deckter will serve as Ep.

Richards most recently co-wrote the HBO Al Pacino movie Paterno and is currently writing a pilot for AMC. He also penned Korshak & The Kid adapted for HBO from Peter Bart’s book, Infamous Players, which follows the true story of famed Robert Evans and his relationship with the lawyer who represented the Mafia during the shooting of The Godfather. Richards’ career took off in 2000 when he won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival for the feature comedy Nurse Betty, starring Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock,
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Kevin Hart Launches New $600,000 Scholarship Program with Uncf and Kipp

Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through Uncf (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with Uncf and Kipp (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more Kipp students earn a college degree.

Through a new Uncf scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and Kipp Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support Kipp students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Uncf is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need.

“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students,
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13 TCA Takeaways: ‘Ahs’ Deets, Why Kenya Barris Bailed on ABC, and Just What Is Going on at CBS?

  • The Wrap
13 TCA Takeaways: ‘Ahs’ Deets, Why Kenya Barris Bailed on ABC, and Just What Is Going on at CBS?
Finally, mercifully, the 2018 Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour has come to a close. We ate a lot over the past 15 days, sure, but we learned even more.

Below are 13 of our top takeaways from the never-ending TV media event occupying the Beverly Hilton ballroom. Thanks for all of the coffee, but now we need some sleep.

Ironclad Details on the Iron Throne

Casey Bloys shed a little more light on the upcoming final season of “Game of Thrones” and its first approved prequel. We already knew that the eighth installment of the fantasy series is coming sometime next year, but Bloys closed the window a little bit by telling reporters that it will arrive sometime in the first half of 2019. It seems like that time frame will be a busy one for Westeros: Bloys also told TheWrap that HBO hopes to start production on the prequel series in
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Michelle Wolf (‘Nice Lady’) on hosting White House Correspondents’ Dinner: ‘I wasn’t going to do it like Seth Meyers’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Michelle Wolf (‘Nice Lady’) on hosting White House Correspondents’ Dinner: ‘I wasn’t going to do it like Seth Meyers’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I know what kind of comic I am and I knew I wasn’t going to do it like Seth (Meyers) did because I tell harder jokes.” During our recent webchat with comedian Michelle Wolf (watch the video above), this was how she described her approach to her material for the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She received a lot of criticism from the media for jokes that they interpreted as taking a shot at the looks of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. This caught Wolf off guard.:”I was most surprised that people thought I was making fun of Sarah’s looks because I think it said a lot more about what people thought Sarah looked like.”

SEESeth Meyers Interview: ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

Wolf also thought it was inappropriate for some in the media to interpret her correlation between Sanders and the character of Aunt
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Greenlit: New Seasons of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Fargo’ Announce Casting + More Projects to Watch

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Star TrekPatrick Stewart will boldly go where he has gone before, according to recent news, he will be starring in a new “Star Trek” series, reprising his iconic role of Captain Jean Luc Picard. The series has been in talks since rumors began in June, but now, the news is official, following a surprise announcement by Stewart at the recent Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. The new CBS All Access show will follow the next chapter of Picard’s life. Junie Lowry-Johnson has previously done the casting work for “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and more, so she could be the one coming aboard to cast the full project. Keep your
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Inside the 2018 TCA Awards: Robin Thede’s New Gig, John Oliver Delights From Afar

  • The Wrap
The 2018 TCA Awards are all handed out, but there was more to see Saturday than just some trophy presentations. TheWrap was in attendance at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom, where Robin Thede emceed the annual summer event.

Here’s what else we witnessed:

We’re All Winners!

Well, not really — but here’s the complete list of people who did win.

Also Read: TCA Awards Winners: 'The Americans' Nabs Top Honors, Anthony Bourdain Wins Posthumously

Robin Thede’s New Gig

In July, Bet canceled late-night comedy series “The Rundown With Robin Thede.” On Saturday, Thede was all ours.

To open, Thede asked all in attendance to stand with hands over hearts, then cued the theme song to “The Americans,” our new national anthem. Politics aside, it was the FX thriller’s night. Later in the monologue, Thede cracked jokes about the Trumps, “Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown,” Rachel Dolezal,
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Noah Hawley is Already Working on ‘Legion’ Season 3, and Things Are Getting Darker [TCA 2018 Exclusive]

Noah Hawley is Already Working on ‘Legion’ Season 3, and Things Are Getting Darker [TCA 2018 Exclusive]
Noah Hawley has been busy this year. Season two of Legion was on in the Spring. He directed the movie Pale Blue Dot starring Natalie Portman FX just announced he was making a fourth season of Fargo with Chris Rock, and there’s that Doctor Doom movie that’s in the works. On top of all that, […]

The post Noah Hawley is Already Working on ‘Legion’ Season 3, and Things Are Getting Darker [TCA 2018 Exclusive] appeared first on /Film.
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‘American Horror Story’ renewed for Season 10 — but will it be its last?

‘American Horror Story’ renewed for Season 10 — but will it be its last?
American Horror Story” is a perfect 10: FX has renewed Ryan Murphy’s anthology series for a 10th season.

“Ryan asked for a 10th season of ‘American Horror Story,’ which we were happy to give to him,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf told our sister site Deadline.

“Ahs” was picked up for Season 8, which is currently in production, and Season 9 in January 2017. Since then, Murphy has left his longtime FX home for a new overall deal at Netflix, but “remains pretty committed” to his existing FX shows and franchises, which include “Pose,” “American Crime Story” and “Feud,” Landgraf says. However, he doesn’t know if Season 10 will be “Ahs”’ last.

See ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’: 8 spoilers about Season 8

“A lot of that comes down to Ryan and whether he still feels inspired about it,” Landgraf says. “I think the eighth cycle, which is currently in production, is awesome and crazy,
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FX Chief on Futures of ‘Deadpool,’ Louis C.K., ‘Feud’ and ‘American Crime Story’

  • Variety
FX CEO John Landgraf fielded questions at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Friday. Later in the day, he spoke with Variety about strategy, programming, talent, and the future of FX.

How did season four of “Fargo” with Chris Rock come together?

Every season of “Fargo” has really been a story that Noah [Hawley, series creator] wanted to tell. I don’t think we’ve ever known whether there would be another season of “Fargo” from the first to the second to the third and now to the fourth. And yet he seems to keep coming up with really compelling ideas. There’s something about the thematic material and the time and place and the vernacular of “Fargo” that inspires him.

One of my favorite characters in the history of “Fargo” is the character that Bokeem Woodbine played in the second season. That was just such a masterful character, and I was
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Inside How ‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Signed Chris Rock for Season 4

  • The Wrap
FX raised a few eyebrows Friday morning when it announced that comedian Chris Rock would headline the fourth season of its anthology crime series “Fargo.”

FX CEO John Landgraf told TheWrap that Rock — who hasn’t had a regular TV series gig since narrating “Everybody Hates Chris” a decade ago — signed on “pretty soon” after series creator Noah Hawley finally figured out the idea for the fourth season.

“[Noah] took it upon himself to seek out Chris and take him to lunch and talk to him about it,” he said. “After that lunch, everything came together really fast.”

Also Read: Chris Rock to Star in 'Fargo' Season 4 Set at FX

The fourth season, which will be set in the 1950s, centers on two Kansas City-based criminal syndicates that have struck an uneasy peace: one Italian American, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs.
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FX’s Expansion in the Face of Challenges is an Evolution, Not a Revolution (Column)

  • Variety
FX chief John Landgraf’s executive session at the TCA conference August 3 came at a moment of transition for the network he runs. Disney’s pending purchase of parent company 21st Century Fox has generated an aura of uncertainty around the network’s future corporate ownership — Landgraf described FX as “a passenger, but a happy one.” FX has also, over the past 12 months, respectively bid farewell to and cut ties with its two highest-profile creative collaborators, Ryan Murphy and Louis C.K., while also bringing its most prominent and critically lauded drama, “The Americans,” to an end earlier this year.

That Murphy had been poached by Netflix specifically helped emphasize FX’s difficult position. By definition a boutique and, by comparison to Netflix, a network with limited resources, FX faces an unprecedentedly competitive environment. And Landgraf made seeming reference to Netflix frequently throughout his preference, ranging from oblique to relatively direct.
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Fargo: Season Four Renewal Is Official; Chris Rock to Star in FX Series

While there's been talk of a fourth season of Fargo for some time (season three finished airing in June 2017), FX officially announced the renewal today via press release. The cable channel revealed storyline information about the new season and that Chris Rock has been signed to star. Season four is expected to film and be aired in 2019.

Here's the complete press release from FX:

FX Orders Year Four of "Fargo" Starring Chris Rock

Next Installment of the Emmy(R), Golden Globe(R), AFI, Peabody and TCA Award-Winning Limited Series Begins Production in 2019

Los Angeles - August 3, 2018 - FX is taking viewers back to Fargo for a fourth time as the acclaimed and award-winning limited series is set to return next year with Chris Rock onboard to star, it was announced today by
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FX, DNA TV to partner on 'Shogun', 'Devs'

Series unveiled during network’s session at Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

FX has ordered two limited series with DNA TV on board as executive producer – Shogun, which the network describes as its “largest international scale production to date”, and Silicon Valley thriller Devs from writer-director Alex Garland.

Shogun, a 10-episode adaptation of the James Clavell novel, will shoot in the UK and Japan, with executive producers including Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, the production venture formed in 2014 by the Fox Networks Group and the UK’s DNA Films.

The series – set in feudal
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Chris Rock to lead the cast of Fargo season 4 for FX

FX has announced today during the Television Critics Association summer press tour that it has officially given the green light to a fourth season of Fargo, with Chris Rock set to lead the ensemble cast.

Rock will play the boss of an African-American crime family in Kansas City, Missouri during the 1950s, while creator Noah Hawley will once again lead the creative team on the latest season of the acclaimed anthology series.

Here’s the official synopsis, via TV Line:

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.
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It's Always Sunny: Glenn Howerton Is in 'Pretty Much Every' Season 13 Episode

It's Always Sunny: Glenn Howerton Is in 'Pretty Much Every' Season 13 Episode
The Paddy’s Pub gang is officially all here: The stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia confirmed that co-star Glenn Howerton (Dennis) will be back as a full-fledged cast member for the upcoming Season 13.

“He’s in pretty much every episode,” star/creator Rob McElhenney told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday. (In fact, Howerton appears in both episodes screened in advance for critics.) The writers “talked about all sorts of different ideas” about how to address Dennis’ possible absence, he admits, “before we knew that Glenn was actually coming back.”

But Sunny
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FX Boss John Landgraf Talks ‘Narrative Exhaustion’ in TV’s ‘Gilded Age’

  • Variety
John Landgraf is no longer surprised by the ever increasing number of shows on TV.

“The golden age of television has become the gilded age of television,” the FX CEO said Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Known for his cerebral, data-infused exchanges with journalists twice yearly at press tour, Landgraf updated FX research’s projections for the number of scripted series on television. According to FX, 319 scripted series have premiered on linear and streaming television so far this year, up 5% from the same time last year. That growth has come from streaming services (up 46% from last year) and premium cable (up 42%). Volume year to year is down in basic cable (-11%) and broadcast (-5%).

Landgraf does not see the growth in volume of programming leveling off anytime soon.

“I think you can see that the distribution of scripted content across streaming services is going on strong,
See full article at Variety »

FX at TCA: Fargo Returns, Two New Series Ordered & More!

FX is the latest network to attend TCA and there was some big news for fans of Fargo.

The cable network officially placed an order for a fourth installment of the hit anthology series.

Chris Rock will lead the cast of the new edition, but what's it about?

Per a statement from FX:

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.

In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation,
See full article at TVfanatic »
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