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‘The Conners’ could be key to Emmy wins for ‘Roseanne’ cast

‘The Conners’ could be key to Emmy wins for ‘Roseanne’ cast
After the stunning cancellation of “Roseanne” on May 29 in the wake of Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets, we had written off the rest of the cast as Emmy contenders. But with five days left in voting comes news that the show will return, sans Barr, as “The Conners.” This could be just the boost that the likes of John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert need to revive their Emmy chances.

We’ve already seen the Broadway community rally around Metcalf, who pulled off a stunning upset at the recent Tony Awards. She won the featured actress trophy for her work in “Three Tall Women” over Denise Gough, who was riveting in the epic revival of “Angels in America.” Metcalf is equally beloved by the TV academy, racking up three consecutive wins for her role as the tart-tongued Jackie Harris during the original run of “Roseanne” beginning in 1992. She has reaped seven more bids since,
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Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney Still Don’t Feel Like They’ve ‘Made It’

Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney Still Don’t Feel Like They’ve ‘Made It’
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”) and Laura Linney (“Ozark”) sat down for a chat during Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Shutterstock. For more “Actors on Actors,” click here.

Laura Linney: People have asked me a lot, “When did you feel like you’d made it?” Did you ever have that moment? Because I feel like I’m not there yet.

Jeff Daniels: I completely agree, because it depends what your definition of “making it” is. Is it having a million bucks in the bank, or being in a movie that’s No. 1, or getting a multi-picture deal with some studio?
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Natalie Portman Remembers Teaching David Fincher About Harvard Life for ‘The Social Network’

Natalie Portman Remembers Teaching David Fincher About Harvard Life for ‘The Social Network’
David Fincher is one of the most meticulous filmmakers in Hollywood, which means he needed to know everything there was to know about Harvard before gearing up for production on “The Social Network.” The drama, written by Aaron Sorkin, centers on Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook and is set largely on the Harvard campus.

As Fincher revealed shortly before the film opened in theaters (via Entertainment Weekly), Natalie Portman ended up being an unexpected secret weapon on the film. Portman called Fincher personally when she heard the director was attached to “The Social Network” and invited him to dinner so she could teach him about Harvard life. Portman studied at Harvard from 1999-2003.

On the new episode of the YouTube interview series “Hot Wings,” Portman reveals some of the details of her sit-down with Fincher. Surprisingly, the discussion is the closest Portman has gotten to working with Fincher.
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Today in Soap Opera History (June 9)

1955: Search for Tomorrow's Joanne married Arthur.

1981: Another World's Sandy told Mac that he was his son.

2003: As the World Turns' Jack tracked Carly down in Montana.

2004: General Hospital's Carly interrupted Jason and Sam's wedding."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1944: NBC Radio aired the final episode of its soap opera Kitty Foyle, which starred Julie Stevens as Kitty.

1955: On Search for Tomorrow, Joanne Barron
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Tickets On Sale Saturday for All-Star To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway; Neal Huff and Danny Wolohan Join Cast

Tickets go on sale to the public this Saturday, June 9 for the Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin's new play, directed by Bartlett Sher. Jeff Daniels will head a cast which includes Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick Weller, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Erin Wilhelmi, Neal Huff, Phyllis Somerville, Liv Rooth, Danny Wolohan, and Latanya Richardson Jackson.
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Close-Up on "The Social Network"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Fincher's The Social Network (2010) is showing May 27 - June 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom.“As for security,” Jesse Eisenberg tells some baffled Harvard administrators early into The Social Network, “I believe I deserve some recognition from this board.” Watching Mark Zuckerberg address the Us Congress on the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal nearly eight years after David Fincher’s feature came to life, the line kept playing in my head in a loop. That brief university hearing is the first time in The Social Network that Eisenberg's Zuckerberg is forced to own up to the consequences of his creations; that speech before Congress was possibly the closest real-life Zuckerberg came to reenact it. Take them together, and the two scenes look uncannily similar, each stuffed with antiquated 1.0 humans trying to roast Generation 2.0’s cover boy over things they
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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Broadway is Holding Equity Principal Auditions

Aaron Sorkin is creating a new adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is set to premiere on Broadway this fall. The production is currently casting equity actors for all roles. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the classic novel by Harper Lee, was adapted into an equally classic Hollywood vehicle for Gregory Peck. Set in a small, fictional town in Alabama during the Depression, the story follows lawyer Atticus Finch and his family. As Finch defends Tom Robinson, an African American man falsely accused of rape, to a jury made entirely of white southern men, his children Scout and Jem are haunted by the spectral presence of neighborhood shut-in Boo Radley. Atticus Finch is a role for caucasian male talent, aged 40–59. He projects a sense of wisdom and strength in moral character. Tom Robinson is a role for African American male talent, aged 20–29. Tom is an ethical and serious field hand.
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Potential Lead Actor Emmy Nominees Are Double-Dipping Roles

Potential Lead Actor Emmy Nominees Are Double-Dipping Roles
The right roles can often be an embarrassment of riches for an actor and, no, “roles” wasn’t a misprint. In 2017 alone, there were eight actors who had multiple Emmy nominations for their work in front of the camera. And this season appears to be no different. There are more than 10 contenders who could land two or three Emmy noms this year — including some notable names in the lead actor field.

Last year’s lead actor in a drama winner, Sterling K. Brown, is actually eligible for three roles in 2018: for lead actor in “This Is Us” and guest
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Can John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf still earn Emmy love despite icky ‘Roseanne’ cancellation?

Can John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf still earn Emmy love despite icky ‘Roseanne’ cancellation?
When Kristin Chenoweth won an Emmy in 2009 for the cancelled ABC comedy “Pushing Daisies,” she joked, “I’m unemployed now, so I’d like to be on ‘Mad Men'” (watch below). Chenoweth’s triumph was hardly the first time someone prevailed at the Emmys for a cancelled TV show, and that’s the one potential bright spot for “Roseanne” scene-stealers John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf following the show’s shocking cancellation. However, while Goodman and Metcalf are still in the running for Emmys, might the icky demise of “Roseanne” thanks to Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets make the entire program toxic to voters?

Seeabc cancels ‘Roseanne’ following Roseanne Barr’s ‘repugnant’ tweet

Goodman is no stranger to prevailing at the Emmys for cancelled shows, doing just that for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” a decade ago. He won Best Drama Guest Actor at the 2007 ceremony after NBC turned
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Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) serenades Emmy voters in New York City [Watch]

Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) serenades Emmy voters in New York City [Watch]
“I think we all know world-class actors — maybe one or two or three — who are also very good at something else … but I have never met a world-class actor who is just as good at something else. You’re about to see what I mean,” said Aaron Sorkin, introducing a special musical performance by Jeff Daniels at the Django cocktail bar at the Roxy Hotel in New York City on May 24. Daniels was on hand for a special Emmy Fyc screening of the finale episode of Hulu’s limited series “The Looming Tower.” And it’s not every day that Emmy voters are serenaded by TV stars. Watch above.

Jeff Daniels is best known for his work as an actor. His numerous film roles include “Terms of Endearment” (1983), “Pleasantville” (1998) and “The Squid and the Whale” (2005). And he won an Emmy for Best Drama Actor in 2013 for his role as journalist
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‘Hair’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical

“Hair” will be NBC’s next live musical, the broadcaster announced Thursday.

The announcement comes on the heels of the critically-acclaimed NBC live staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Easter Sunday. “Hair Live” is currently slated to air in spring 2019. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced each of NBC’s live musicals since “The Sound of Music,” will executive produce the telecast.

Hair” tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friends Berger and Sheila, and their
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Producer John Wells on Potential for ‘ER,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Southland’ Reboots

Producer John Wells on Potential for ‘ER,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Southland’ Reboots
Producer John Wells has been cheered by the renewed appreciation for “ER” ever since the catalog of the venerable NBC/Warner Bros. TV medical drama landed on Hulu earlier this year. He’s been floored by reports that some hardcore fans binged all 331 episodes within weeks.

But Wells has no interest in returning to the Chicago-set series that he led as showrunner and executive producer during its 1994-2009 run for his John Wells Productions banner. Despite TV’s voracious appetite for reboots and sequels, Wells explained in an interview with Variety why he doesn’t want to revisit “ER,” why
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Michael Lewis’ Wall Street Movie ‘Flash Boys’ Moves to Netflix

Netflix has acquired movie rights Michael Lewis’ real-life financial drama “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” — a project that had been in development at Sony Pictures in 2014.

Ben Jacoby is adapting the book, which was published in 2014. No producer or director is attached yet.

Lewis alleged in the book that the stock market is “rigged” by high-frequency traders being able to “front run” orders ahead of other traders. “Flash Boys” also focuses on the creation of Iex, the Investors Exchange, aimed at eliminating the advantage of high-frequency trading.

Jacoby’s script “Newsflash” made the Black List and is centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Seth Rogen is attached to play Walter Cronkite with David Gordon Green directing.

Three of Lewis’ books have resulted in Hollywood movies — “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which was adapted into 2009’s “The Blind Side” and earned Sandra Bullock
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Jeff Daniels On ‘Godless’, ‘The Looming Tower’ And His Message To Trump: “Be Prepared To Duck, Orange Man”

Jeff Daniels could be taking it easy. The Emmy Award-winning, and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Tony Award-nominated actor could be still coasting on the success of his turn as the lead of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, which came to an end in 2014, and which felt like the gilded cherry atop a career cake that has encompassed everything from The Purple Rose of Cairo to Dumb and Dumber, The Hours, Good Night, and Good Luck and The Squid and the Whale. But this year…
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Harper Lee Estate Settles Legal Battle Over Broadway Production of To Kill a Mockingbird

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The most-anticipated theatrical event of the summer isn’t coming to a New York courthouse after all. Harper Lee’s estate and Scott Rudin’s production company Rudinplay have settled their legal battle over the Broadway-bound production of To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Aaron Sorkin, both parties said in a joint statement today. They claim the matter was “amicably settled,” but did not disclose the terms of their negotiation. The estate had sued over differences between the stage adaptation and Lee’s novel, claiming that its depiction of Atticus Finch diverged too far from Lee’s original intention. Rudin later countersued the estate and offered to stage the production in a courthouse so that it could be judged fairly. Though having a play staged in a courthouse is surely one of Aaron Sorkin’s dreams, that won’t be happening. To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus,
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Scott Rudin Settles With Harper Lee Estate Over 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Adaptation

Scott Rudin Settles With Harper Lee Estate Over 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Adaptation
Scott Rudin's production company and the Harper Lee Estate have come to a settlement in their dispute over a theatrical adaptation of Lee's celebrated 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. On Thursday, the parties stipulated dismissal of the lawsuit. The development avoids the need for a trial that was scheduled to begin on June 4 and allows the production to open on Broadway in November.

Tonja Carter, the representative of the Harper Lee Estate, first filed suit in Alabama with the claim that a script from Aaron Sorkin...
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John Krasinski Teases ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel, Teams With Aaron Sorkin

John Krasinski Teases ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel, Teams With Aaron Sorkin
After A Quiet Place became a surprise critical and financial hit, John Krasinski is in high demand. He’s lining-up more projects, like a Quiet Place sequel, for instance. Below, you can learn some new info on the Quiet Place sequel. Plus: Krasinski is reviving a previously-dead project with writer Aaron Sorkin. A Quiet Place Sequel A Quiet Place sequel […]

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John Krasinski & Aaron Sorkin Chateau Marmont Project Back In The Works

Exclusive: A long-awaited John Krasinski/ Aaron Sorkin Chateau Marmont project is back in the works, Krasinski has exclusively told Deadline. Way back in 2011, a miniseries about the fabled Hollywood hotel was planned at HBO, and now, after a long period on ice, it's back on track. "That is one of the projects that I'm very attached to, and it's coming back around," Krasinski said. “Aaron Sorkin and I were going to do it at HBO. We were taking our time with it, and then…
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Judge Clears Path for 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Trial in June

Judge Clears Path for 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Trial in June
Usually, the most unrealistic portrayal of law and order in popular entertainment is just how quickly trials happen. But then again, merely three months after a dispute between the Harper Lee Estate and Scott Rudin spilled into a public court, the two sides must now prepare for a trial in June.

Dueling lawsuits -- one in Alabama, another in New York -- were filed over whether a theatrical adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird derogates from Lee's 1960 novel. Rudin optioned rights, then had Aaron Sorkin write the script, only to hear objection from Tonja Carter,...
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Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch

Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeff Daniels, who’s riding the swells during the current television tsunami. He’s not only in constant demand, but the adroit character actor has become a star.

Bottom Line: Always a reliable working actor in movies, theater and television, 62-year-old Daniels broke out in his 50s with a huge career boost from Aaron Sorkin, who cast him as a gruff workaholic network anchor Will McAvoy in HBO’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series “The Newsroom.” After playing the character, a news veteran trying to keep up with the times, Daniels hasn’t looked back. “I’m working in my 60s,” he marveled. “Look at any decade in my career: it’s not how they draw it up in star school. The only way to
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