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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners

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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners
The greatest surprise at this year's Emmys may have been two of the most powerful forces in television battling to a draw.

With a last-minute twist - "Game of Thrones" returning from a year of ineligibility to claim the Best Drama Series crown over competition including defending champion "The Handmaid's Tale” HBO knuckled its way into retaining its longstanding title as the winningest TV platform. But it shared the title with Netflix, which once again missed out on top drama or comedy honors but which picked up 23 wins - exactly as many as the longtime Emmy top dog.

It represented an odd anticlimax for a TV industry in flux, one so at odds with itself that it tended to throw off surprise wins like often-welcome sparks of inspiration. After an expected early run of comedy wins for Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" ultimately the first streaming series to have won the Best Comedy prize - the awards tended to grow more unruly.
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Emmys 2018: Oscars Director Glenn Weiss Pops the Question to Girlfriend Jan Svendsen

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Emmys 2018: Oscars Director Glenn Weiss Pops the Question to Girlfriend Jan Svendsen
Wedding bells are in the air!

During his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special for “The Oscars,” Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen.

“Do you know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend?” the director said. “Because I want to call you my wife.” The crowd inside the Microsoft Theater immediately started cheering, and Svendsen started shaking her head “yes.”

“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” he continued. “And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, okay? I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?”

More to come…
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Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series

Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series
Mrs. Maisel apparently isn’t the only one who’s marvelous.

Amy Sherman-Palladino picked up back-to-back Emmys Monday night when she won the trophies for Writing for a Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

“My panic room’s going to be so pretty!,” she quipped, a statuette in each hand, after she danced out on stage to accept her second award in just a few minutes’ time.

The wins were just two of the Amazon series’ 14 nominations; star Rachel Brosnahan walked away with the Lead Actress in a Comedy category win a few moments later.
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Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge

Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge
P-Stew meet K-Stew.

In an interesting twist that is sure to have “Charlie’s Angels” diehard fans in a tizzy, Patrick Stewart has been hired to portray Bosley in the new reboot film. Well, more like “a Bosley.” Let’s explain.

According to THR, the veteran “Star Trek” and “X-Men” actor is in final negotiations for the role that would see him join the Kristen Stewart-starring action reboot.

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Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose

Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose
Roseanne Barr has revealed the fate of her eponymous television character, Roseanne Conner. The comedian appeared on a recent episode of Brandon Straka’s YouTube show and shared the news her character will die from an opioid overdose when “Roseanne” gets rebooted as “The Conners” on ABC this fall.

“Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr confirmed about her character’s fate. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”

Barr said the decision to have Roseanne Conner die of an opioid overdose was is an insult to the fans “who loved that family in that show.” However, Barr is no longer involved in front of or behind the camera and therefore had no say in how the new show’s creators got rid of her character.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Barr said. “It’s done. It’s over.”

John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan,
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Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct ‘Red Sonja’ for Avi Lerner’s Millennium

Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct ‘Red Sonja’ for Avi Lerner’s Millennium
Bryan Singer is in negotiations to direct “Red Sonja” for Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media, according to a spokeswoman for the producer.

The news comes three months after Singer received the directing credit for Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” despite being replaced by Dexter Fletcher during the latter stages of the shoot. Fletcher came on board to direct in December after Fox fired Singer from the project after repeated absences from the set had forced the studio to halt production.

Singer’s other directing credits include “The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns,” “X-Men,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He was also dropped as an executive producer on FX’s “Legion” in January in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Millennium Media announced in November during the American Film Market that it was rebooting “Red Sonja” and was planning to finance and produce a new movie based on the female warrior.
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Gold Derby Editor Tom O’Neil’s 100% perfect, infallible, brilliant Emmy predictions

Gold Derby Editor Tom O’Neil’s 100% perfect, infallible, brilliant Emmy predictions
Pardon my braggadocio, but, hey, if you aim to give the Best Performance by an Emmy Pundit, you have to get all huffy or it’s no fun, right? You can see all of my Emmy predictions here. Explanations below. If you dare to disagree, post your comments below.

Best Comedy Series

A neck-and-neck horse race between “Atlanta” and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Out of our 27 Experts, 14 pick “Atlanta” and 13 say “Maisel.” Both have drawbacks. “Atlanta” isn’t the kind of knee-slapping gigglefest that usually wins here, while “Maisel” is a one-hour nominee in a category usually dominated by half-hour fare. Both programs scored three victories at the Creative Arts awards last weekend. I’m going with “Atlanta” because voters tend to hold back the comedy-series crown a bit. “Veep” didn’t win until its fourth turn at bat. Now “Atlanta,” in its second year, competes against newbie “Maisel,” so it probably has the edge.
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Brett Cullen Replaces Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne in ‘Joker’

Brett Cullen Replaces Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne in ‘Joker’
The Joker movie has a new Thomas Wayne. While Alec Baldwin notably dropped out of negotiations to tackle the character within a matter of 24 hours, director Todd Phillips has filled the void with a reliable performer. ComicBook.com broke the news that Brett Cullen has been cast as Thomas Wayne in the film, which has Joaquin Phoenix filling the title role in a unique, 1970s set origin story. Cullen is no stranger to the Batman world having played a congressman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. He also had a role in Ghost Rider, but is probably …
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Angelina Jolie to Star in Revenge Thriller 'The Kept'

Angelina Jolie to Star in Revenge Thriller 'The Kept'
Angelina Jolie is attached to star in The Kept, a period revenge thriller from Imperative Entertainment, the company behind All the Money in the World.

The project adapts the searing 2014 James Scott novel newly acquired by Imperative, which has set Alice Birch, who wrote the Florence Pugh-starring period drama Lady Macbeth, to pen the screenplay.

In addition to toplining Kept, Jolie will produce, along with Imperative partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.

Set in the winter of 1897 in rural New York, the story is set in motion when a woman returns to her isolated homestead to discover that her ...
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‘Captain America’s Anthony Mackie & ‘A Private War’s Jamie Dornan To Star In ‘Synchronic’ From ‘The Endless’ Directors

‘Captain America’s Anthony Mackie & ‘A Private War’s Jamie Dornan To Star In ‘Synchronic’ From ‘The Endless’ Directors
Exclusive: Captain America: Civil War star Anthony Mackie and A Private War star Jamie Dornan are in talks to topline sci-fi thriller Synchronic from The Endless directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

The pair will play two New Orleans paramedics, whose lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

The film is produced by David Lawson Jr., who produced The Endless, along with Benson and Moorhead for Rustic Films. The script is written by Benson. Xyz Films is handling international sales, with Xyz co-repping domestic rights with UTA.

It is Benson and Moorhead’s fourth collaboration following 2012’s Resolution and 2014’s Spring. Mackie is soon to star in Fox’s The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas’ novel and alongside Gina Rodriguez in the remake of Miss Bala. Dornan will next be seen in Sacha Gervasi’s My Dinner with Herve,
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‘Birds of Passage’ to Open Miami Film Festival’s Gems Event

The Miami Film Festival’s fall edition, called Gems, has unveiled its lineup including Colombia’s Oscar entry “Birds of Passage” as opening night selection and Spain’s Oscar submission “Champions” as closing night film.

Miami Dade College organizes the festival, which takes place Oct. 11-14 at the college’s Tower Theater Miami. The Miami Film Festival’s 36th edition will run March 1-10, 2019.

Spanish actress Barbara Lennie will accept the Precious Gem Award before the screening of her latest film, “Petra.” Cinematographer Diego Garcia, who shot Paul Dano’s directing debut “Wildlife,” will receive the Art of Light award before the Florida premiere of the film.

Films screening in the Spotlight Stage section are “El Angel,” “Animal,” “Ben is Back,” “Border,” “Burning,” “Capernaum,” “Cold War,” “Everybody Knows” and “Petra.”

The Discovery Stage section will screen “Boys Cry,” “Diamantino,” “Dry Martina,” “The Heiresses,” “Hopelessly Devout,” “Soufra,” “Wildlife” and “Woman at War.
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Brazil-Based Music Distributor Poaches Republic Records Exec

Music industry veteran Jason Jordan is taking a post as the North America managing director of ONErpm, a Brazil-based global music distribution, label services and rights management company. Jordan, who has served as vice president of A&R at Hollywood Records and senior vice president of A&R at Universal Music Group’s Republic Records, will lead the company’s American and Canadian expansion, overseeing several departments including marketing and label relations out of its Brooklyn office.

ONErpm — which stands for One Revolution People’s Music and serves as a link
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Laura Ingraham Calls Kavanaugh Accusation a ‘Political Smear Masquerading as a Sexual Assault Allegation’

Fox News host Laura Ingraham made it clear to viewers Monday night that she was skeptical of the sexual misconduct allegation against Brett Kavanaugh.

“This all has a whiff of a political smear masquerading as a sexual assault allegation,” she said on set.”It’s impossible to prove a negative and questioning Ms. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh on this matter? It’s unlikely to reveal anything new.”

Elsewhere on the show, Ingraham noted that the judge had no prior issues with sexual misconduct and cited glowing testimonials from those close to him.

“When someone’s a creep, you know it,” she said. “I’ve never heard anything like that about him.”

Also Read: Hannity Asks Laura Ingraham: 'Do You Have to Get in Trouble Every Week?' (Video)

On Monday, news emerged that the Kavanaugh vote in the Senate Judiciary committee would be delayed to allow both Kavanaugh and Christine
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Sturgill Simpson Talks ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ Acting Gig, Hints at New Music on ‘Seth Meyers’

Sturgill Simpson Talks ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ Acting Gig, Hints at New Music on ‘Seth Meyers’
Sturgill Simpson made a return appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday night, but for the first time, he wasn’t stepping up to the microphone as the musical guest.

Instead, the Kentucky native sat for an interview with Meyers in which they discussed his acting role on the new series One Dollar, along with one of his humble early gigs at Hill Country Barbecue in Manhattan.

“It was a Saturday night and I was particularly surprised and excited because we actually found a parking space within nine blocks of the venue,
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Emmys Early Ratings Sink 10 Percent From Last Year to New All-Time Low

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Monday’s 70th Emmy Awards on NBC sunk 10 percent in early ratings from last year, settling for a new all-time low with a 7.4 household rating. That Emmys decline is not as bad as the ones for the Oscars and Grammys, which dropped 16 percent and 20 percent year over year, respectively.

Last night was NBC’s highest-rated Monday since late 2015. The network pretty much tripled the overnight rating of its closest competition, CBS, which posted a 2.5. NBC’s 7.4 topped the combined rating of the rest of the Big 4 broadcast networks combined by 23 percent.

The best-of-tv celebration aired on a weeknight this time around because of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” That game did pretty well to close out the weekend, so the scheduling worked out for the network.

Also Read: Emmy Awards: The Complete List of Winners

Last year, the 69th annual Emmys on CBS hosted by Stephen Colbert dipped 2.4 percent from
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Netflix Stock Climbs After Streamer’s Record 23 Emmy Wins

Investors gave Netflix’s stock a mild kick the morning after the subscription-video leader took home a record haul at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Overall, Netflix nabbed 23 Emmys this year, tying it with HBO. Investors responded by pushing up the share price up as much as 2% in early trading Tuesday, after it opened up 0.8%.

The stock increase came after Netflix shares fell 3.9% on Monday. The historically volatile issue has declined in the past two months as investor mania for the company has cooled. It hit an all-time-high closing price July 9 of $418.97 per share, which briefly gave it a market cap bigger than Disney.
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Here’s Why Captain Marvel Punched That Old Lady in the Trailer

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Here’s Why Captain Marvel Punched That Old Lady in the Trailer
The first trailer for “Captain Marvel” (watch it here if you haven’t) hints at a whole lot of things, from the origin story of Carol Danvers as a superhero, to the fact that she doesn’t remember her life on Earth. It also is pretty vague about the threats she faces when she gets here.

One shot from the trailer gives a sense of what Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is up against, and at least part of the reason she’s returned to Earth, though. It’s the one that makes Carol look a little rough — when she blasts an elderly woman in the face while riding a bus.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel comics on which “Captain Marvel” is based, you probably have an idea why Captain Marvel would punch a seemingly innocent human. If not, you need to know about one of the biggest,
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Emmys 2018: The Sexiest Show on Life Support, or Fonzie Wept

Emmys 2018: The Sexiest Show on Life Support, or Fonzie Wept
“It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people who haven’t been caught yet,” co-host Michael Che announced at the beginning of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards. It set the tone for a toothless, flaccid, cramped and tedious night. What can you say about a show-biz gala where the highlight is Betty White picking up a lifetime achievement award? Or the guy who directed the Oscars dropping to his knees to ask his girlfriend to marry him? All you can
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Hilary Williams on Triumphant New Album ‘My Lucky Scars,’ Family Legacy

Hilary Williams on Triumphant New Album ‘My Lucky Scars,’ Family Legacy
Although Hank Williams’ death at age 29 on January 1st, 1953, marked a premature end to what had been a remarkable career, his legacy has survived — and thrived — not only through his classic recordings but also through the two generations of family members who have forged their own paths in country music and beyond. Williams, who was born 95 years ago on September 17th, was followed into entertainment by his two children, Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams, and more recently by Hank Jr.’s children Shelton (a.k.a. Hank 3), Holly and
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Hear Cat Power’s Heartfelt Cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’

Hear Cat Power’s Heartfelt Cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’
Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has unveiled the new video for her heartfelt rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay.” It’s the third single, following “Woman” and “Wanderer,” from her forthcoming album, Wanderer.

Filmed by her frequent collaborator Greg Hunt in the Los Angeles studio of Rob Schnapf, the visual features Marshall on piano in the darkened studio framed by candlelight. She’s filmed in the round, echoing the song’s “round and around and around we go” lyrics. Her lilting vocals are buoyed by the spare melody and light backing vocals and strings.
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