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Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures Sets The Great Gatsby Origin Series At YouTube, Taps Paul Shapiro As Head Of TV

Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures is ramping up its TV operations with the hire of Paul Shapiro as Head of Television. The company already has set up two drama projects, The Great Gatsby origin series Gatz about a mixed-race Jay Gatsby, which is in development at YouTube Premium; and the recently announced Witnesses, which is in the works at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV.

In his new role, Shapiro will oversee all development, acquisitions, and production on television and digital series for the entertainment company, launched by former Warner Bros. film president Silverman.

Shapiro has spent the last year operating independently as a producer under his All In Media banner, and will fold his existing projects into Stampede. They include Gatz and Witnesses, on which Shapiro serves as executive producer alongside Silverman.

Written/executive produced by Sc Sansiveri, Gatz is based on the academic theory that F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Leonardo DiCaprio movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

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Leonardo DiCaprio movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
Happy birthday to Leonardo DiCaprio, who is turning 44 on November 11, 2018. DiCaprio, whom we first got to know as a child star on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” grew up to become one of the world’s most popular movie stars and accomplished actors, working with such esteemed directors as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and particularly, Martin Scorsese, with whom he was worked five times (with two more collaborations in the pipeline).

Beginning with 1993’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” for which he received his first Academy Award nomination at age 19, he has earned six Oscar nominations, including a win for 2015’s “The Revenant.” DiCaprio has also won three Golden Globe Awards from 11 nominations, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award (for “The Revenant”) out of nine nominations.

While we await DiCaprio’s return to the screen in 2019 (after a three-year hiatus) with Quentin Tarantino‘s much-anticipated “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,
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‘Tender Is The Night’: TV Series Based On F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Classic Lands At Hulu For Development From Playground

  • Deadline
Hulu has landed Tender Is The Night, a limited series adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, sources said. The project, from Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, which had optioned the rights earlier this year, is in early stages in development.

Tender Is The Night, which was published in 1934, was Fitzgerald’s fourth and final completed novel. It tells the story of promising young psychiatrist Dick Diver. He meets 16-year old Nicole Warren, who suffers from schizophrenia, before marrying her and moving to the French Riviera, where they start a glamorous life of partying with friends.

However, Diver’s life soon takes a turn after investing in a clinic in Switzerland, being accused of seducing the 15-year daughter of one of his patients and driving his wife to jealousy (and a car accident). He moves to Berlin, when he finds out his father dies, and on his way back from America,
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Peter Bart: ‘A Star Is Born’ Success Defying Curse Of Classic Remakes

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Peter Bart: ‘A Star Is Born’ Success Defying Curse Of Classic Remakes
Thus far, everything seems to be going right for Bradley Cooper. He has consistently shown his smarts (and patience) in surviving the celebrity interview circuit. Even the Tomato Tyrants have been downright loving to A Star Is Born (91% “fresh”). Academy voters formed a geriatric line along Wilshire Boulevard for the rare sold-out screening and Q&A at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, though Lady Gaga blew them off.

But while exuberant trade reviewers have already anointed Cooper a kudos contender, a few grumpy New York critics have raised this question: Will A Star Is Born become yet another victim of The Gatsby Syndrome as it pursues the long and winding road to the Oscars?

As with The Great Gatsby, Cooper has fashioned the fourth remake of a venerable story — one that poses an enticing “set-up” and vivid characters, but a fragile third act. Gatsby, of course, traces back to F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Film Reviews: Burning (2018) by Lee Chang-dong

Acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang-dong is back after an 8-year absence from the movie industry and – hey – it was well worth the wait! His latest work “Burning” premiered with a bang at Cannes Film Festival last April where it bagged the Fipresci Prize and is collecting excellent reviews anywhere it lands. “Burning” is also the official submission of South Korea for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.

Burning is screening at BFI London Film Festival

Marketed as a thriller-esque adaptation of Murakami Haruki’s short novel “Barn Burning” (first published in the ”New Yorker” and part of the anthology “The Elephant Vanishes”), it’s a lesser-known fact that Murakami himself was inspired by William Faulkner’s novel of the same title, where an arsonist exerts his power and control burning barns and ultimately forcing his family to lie in the name of a deviated idea of loyalty.
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Film Review: Melissa McCarthy in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

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Film Review: Melissa McCarthy in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
For a comedian like Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey, it takes “serious” roles to get respect, but not so Melissa McCarthy, who earned an Oscar nomination for her breakout performance in “Bridesmaids” and has been a critical darling ever since. Still, that shouldn’t stop her from branching out, and it’s our gain that she does in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” an unexpectedly profound, incredibly true dramedy in which she plays Lee Israel, a miserable Manhattan author who resorted to forging letters by famous writers in order to pay the bills — and found the basis for her most successful book in the process.

Dowdy, half-soused, and frowning for nearly the entire running time, McCarthy earns nearly as many laughs playing this curmudgeonly cat lady as she does in her more irrepressible comedic parts. But, of course (and this is why critics love watching cut-ups reveal their more introspective
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Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
At New York’s Serendipity 3 café, money-is-no-object customers can order a $1,000 sundae that’s garnished with gold leaf. Like plunking a cherry atop such an extravagant dessert, the delirious sugar high that is “Crazy Rich Asians” ends with fireworks exploding along the roof of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel — one of the world’s most expensive buildings. Surprisingly enough, it’s the first touch that genuinely feels over-the-top in a movie that expertly manages to balance the opulence of incalculable wealth with the pragmatic, well-grounded sensibility embodied by its heroine, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a middle-class economics professor who discovers that her Singapore-born boyfriend is not just handsome but worth more than the Gdp of most countries.

If those pyrotechnic bursts seem to be gilding the lily, it’s only because Warner Bros.’ spared-no-expense adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s status-obsessed best-seller already feels like a grand, two-hour fireworks show,
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53 Different Types of Martinis

Martini is one of the most popular mixed alcoholic beverages. It’s a cocktail made of gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Its name comes from the city of Martinez, California around 1887 while the first mention of this drink appeared in The New and Improved Illustrated Bartending Manual in 1888.

The fictional character James Bond popularised Martini and his famous catch phrase “shaken not stirred.” British writer W Somerset Maugham, however, declared that the cocktail should not be shaken. Other famous Martini aficionados include Alfred Hitchcock, Winston Churchill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt — all of whom are said to drink their favorite cocktail from classic Martini glasses.

Basic Types of Martinis Dirty

Dirty martinis have a more “briny” taste, thanks to the fact that the bartenders add olive juice to the martini. It is not for everyone, but the people who
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Composers Mychael and Jeff Danna on ‘postmodern’ take on ‘Alias Grace’ and glamorous approach to ‘The Last Tycoon’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Composers Mychael and Jeff Danna on ‘postmodern’ take on ‘Alias Grace’ and glamorous approach to ‘The Last Tycoon’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
With the score for “Alias Grace” composer Mychael Danna wanted to “honor the period” in which the story takes place, while at the same time putting a “postmodernist shade” on it. He shared musical duties with his brother Jeff Danna on this Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s novel, which has brought the duo an Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Score. Watch our exclusive video interview with the Dannas above.

See 2018 Emmy slugfest: Is Best Limited Series ‘Versace’s’ to lose, and where the heck is ‘Twin Peaks’?

Alias Grace” revolves around a servant (Sarah Gadon) in 19th century Canada accused of homicide. “We wanted the music to be something that wouldn’t be jarring to the characters onscreen,” explains Mychael. “It’s a very square, controlled period where there are distinct rules and borders for everything, so we wanted the music to have that really square feeling to it,
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G-Eazy Makes First TV Appearance Since Halsey Split

G-Eazy Makes First TV Appearance Since Halsey Split
Just days after Halsey announced their split, G-Eazy took the stage as part of Good Morning America's 2018 Summer Concert Series. The rapper performed a number of his hits, including "No Limit" and "Me, Myself & I." He even closed out the show with a solo performance of "Him & I"—his collaboration with his now-ex. It certainly has been a busy time for G-Eazy. The rapper has been promoting his album The Beautiful & Damned, which he said was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. "I was reading the book when I was making the album," G-Eazy said. "I'm a fan of his writing." Even though the album features 20 tracks, G-Eazy...
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‘Little Women’ Producer Playground Entertainment Adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender Is The Night’ For TV

‘Little Women’ Producer Playground Entertainment Adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender Is The Night’ For TV
Exclusive: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night is heading to the small screen after Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment optioned the rights.

The deal is the latest literary adaptation for the Wolf Hall producer, following the launch of Little Women earlier this year, The White Princess on Starz and BBC and Amazon’s King Lear. It also marks the latest Fitzgerald novel to head to the small screen following the launch of The Last Tycoon, based on Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel The Love of the Last Tycoon on Amazon.

I understand that Callender’s firm struck the deal with Don Laventhall at Harold Ober and Associates, who brokered the deal on behalf of Fitzgerald’s estate. Playground will produce a TV series in association with David A. Stern at Sleeping Giant Films. Stern was previously Head of Scripted Programming at Sofia Vergara’s Raze and recently exec produced
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Examined Lives: The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi

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Mubi's retrospective The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi is showing from January 18 - March 23 in most countries in the world.Krzysztof Zanussi"[T]he test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up "Many know much, but do not know themselves." —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, The Meditations Despite not being an immediately recognizable name to many modern filmgoers, Krzysztof Zanussi is one of the most important Polish filmmakers. He gave a speech with Andrzej Wajda at the Filmmakers Forum in Gdańsk in 1975 that paved the way for the famous ‘cinema of moral anxiety.’ Although he is often overlooked by modern cinephiles—particularly in comparison to contemporaries like Kieślowski or Wajda—he is a fascinating director whose vast cinematic output followed a degree in philosophy and a PhD in physics.
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Diddy Helps Drunk Girl at His New Year's Eve Party

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[[tmz:video id="0_zp599409"]] Diddy played the hero at his own New Year's Eve party -- waking up a woman who had apparently passed out drunk ... and yacked on her coat. The Bad Boy honcho hosted a mega Nye shindig Sunday at his house in Miami, and late into the night ... he came across a woman slumped over on some furniture. He almost let another guest handle it, but then jumped into the mix himself ... rousing the the lady
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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017

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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017
In the age of peak TV, there’s a lot of bad television out there. But rather than take the time to highlight what everyone should already be forgetting, IndieWire is examining the heartbreaking misses of 2017; the shows that felt like they had something special — either in concept, talent, or early episodes — but failed to fulfill that promise.

For the shows that weren’t cancelled, hope rings eternal. TV is a medium that allows for development, improvement, and the virtual erasure of bad first impressions. The shows below might be a long way from getting good, but their break bad hurt enough that even for the most disappointing, we still hope for the best.

And if you like any shows on the list, then good luck and godspeed. You found something there that we only wish we could have seen. Maybe next year.

Read More:The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
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46 TV Shows That Have Been Straight Up Canceled in 2017

Can you feel the tension in the air? Networks have been announcing decisions about which shows will return in 2018 and which will . . . not. While there are a number of shows that are ending in 2017, many of them at least got a final season to finish out their stories. (New Girl and Portlandia aren't on this list, as they have been granted final seasons and will end in 2018.) Ahead are all of the shows we were forced to say goodbye to this year. ABC The Real O'Neals: After two seasons, the show is over. Dr. Ken: Ken Jeong's medical comedy is history. Imaginary Mary: Viewers didn't tune in for Jenna Elfman's show, and now they never will. American Crime: Though critically acclaimed, the anthology drama is through. Secrets and Lies: After a solid first season, rating dipped in season two and ABC has canceled the drama.
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‘Voyeur’ Review: Netflix’s Deviant Gay Talese Doc Can’t Decide What it Wants to Look At

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‘Voyeur’ Review: Netflix’s Deviant Gay Talese Doc Can’t Decide What it Wants to Look At
Once upon a time, somewhere in the span between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hunter S. Thompson, a dapper posse of aristocrat journalists thrived by combining pre-war sophistication with post-war sexuality. Belonging neither to the old world or the new, they were prophets of their present moment, a transitional group that helped lay the foundation for a culture that wouldn’t be able to accommodate them.

Gay Talese was perhaps the most notable of the group. The godfather of indulgent celebrity profiles, Talese elevated an entire medium by fleshing a routine portrait into a genuine piece of literature; published in the April 1966 issue of Esquire, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” might well outlive the magazine that paid for it. Talese became almost as famous as the people featured in his work, and his reputation protected him from the rest of the 20th century; it seemed unthinkable that someone who could write
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Bww Review: Concept Overwhelms Content in Elevator Repair Service's Measure For Measure

Regarded by The Public Theater's artistic director Oskar Eustice as a resident company of the Astor Place venue, Elevator Repair Service's niche has always been productions with a clear focus on words, such as their fully staged complete-text reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby,' titled Gatz, or Arguendo, their legal vaudeville centered on documents pertaining to a Supreme Court case regarding strip clubs and the First Amendment.
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‘Measure for Measure’ Theater Review: Shakespeare With Teleprompters

  • The Wrap
John Collins’ Elevator Repair Service theater company has done some remarkable things with texts — notably the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” in “Gatz.” But they stumble badly in their first foray into Shakespeare, a misbegotten revival of “Measure for Measure” that opened Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Public Theater in New York. “Measure” is one of the Bard’s so-called “problem plays,” an uneasy mix of farcical comedy and moral philosophizing that got a nearly successful revival from British director Simon Godwin this summer at Brooklyn’s Theater for a New Audience. But Collins & Co. amp up the comedy.
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Life Advice From Hugh Hefner: Looking Back at the 'Playboy' Founder's Most Inspirational Quotes

Life Advice From Hugh Hefner: Looking Back at the 'Playboy' Founder's Most Inspirational Quotes
During his life, Hugh Hefner was a icon of American pop culture, a supporter of civil rights, an advocate and champion of the sexual revolution in the 1960s and an entrepreneurial success story.

While many recognize that his legacy -- for good and for bad -- is a complicated one, the Playboy founder was often a fount of positivity when it came to his outlook on life and his thoughts on emotional and professional success.

As a reflection on the publishing magnate's life and personal philosophy, we're looking back at some of his greatest quotes and pearls of wisdom from his many Et interviews over the past decades.

Hugh Hefner and then-girlfriend Barbi Benton with a group of Bunny Girls at his London Playboy Club in Park Lane in 1969.

Photo: Central Press/Getty Images

On the Importance of Enjoying Your Life:

"I think we should live every life or every day of your life with great anticipation
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Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood Just Don’t Mix

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Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood Just Don’t Mix
F. Scott Fitzgerald never fit in in Hollywood, where he came to write screenplays and ended up dying of a heart attack at 44. Maybe it’s fitting that Hollywood has such a tough time figuring out how to adapt his work. This month, for Amazon canceled two projects by the “Great Gatsby” author: “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Last Tycoon.” The Matt Bomer-starring “Tycoon” was Fitzgerald’s final novel, inspired by 1930s Hollywood. “Z” starred Christina Ricci as the author’s wife, Zelda Fitzgerald. “There is a depth to Fitzgerald that Hollywood finds difficult to address,” David S.
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