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How ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Defy Traditional Comedy Story Structure

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How ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Defy Traditional Comedy Story Structure
One big takeaway from this year’s crop of Emmy nominees in the comedy series category is it pays to break the mold — including your own.

Three nominated series executed daring stylistic departures from their established status quos: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” savagely sent up true-crime documentaries with “Party Monster: Scratching the Surface,” delving into the history of DJ-turned-kidnapper/would-be cult leader the Reverend (Jon Hamm); the “Black-ish” episode “Juneteenth” adopted the Broadway musical “Hamilton’s” brand of historical enlightenment; and “Atlanta,” which has made unconventional narrative styles a signature, delivered the disturbingly creepy/funny horror pastiche “Teddy Perkins” and the poignant all-childhood flashback episode “Fubu.”

Another contender, “Glow,” didn’t defy format in its nominated season, but recent second season entry “The Good Twin” played as a complete episode of the fictional cheap-and-cheesy ’80s wrestling series the show’s characters star in.

Atlanta” executive producer Stephen Glover, who wrote the “Fubu” episode,
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Looking Back at 'All in the Family' and Remembering the Death of Edith Bunker

The death of Jean Stapleton's Edith Bunker on All in the Family — or, more precisely, it's spin-off, Archie Bunker's Place — remains one of the most profound and moving events involving a television character ever aired (and our subject at hand). It was, of course, only one of numerous TV series to experience such a major cast shake-up, which, over the years, has taken place for a wide variety of reasons. And, naturally, the on-air effectiveness of those departures has varied from show to show, depending on the creativity of those involved and the circumstances surrounding their absence. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) From 1974 to 78, NBC aired the sitcom Chico and the Man, starring comedian Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez and Jack Albertson (Willy Wonka's Grandpa Joe) as Ed Brown, who work together in a garage in East L.A. Toward the end of the third season, Freddie took his own
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M*A*S*H — Remembering What Life Was Like Back at the 4077th (Exclusive)

When Alan Alda recently announced he's been battling Parkinson's Disease, it not only reaffirmed the public's admiration for the actor for being so honest about his condition, but brought back memories of the TV series M*A*S*H at the same time. Not unexpected, when you consider that it's difficult to think of one without the other. "I'm not surprised he would go public with it; it seems like something Alan Alda would do," Dale Sherman, author of the exhaustive — and indispensable — book Mash Faq exclusively explains. "You know, 'This is what's happening with me, and I want others to learn from it.' That sounds like typical Alan Alda." There's a level of humanity there, he says, that was oftentimes reflected in his Mash character of Hawkeye Pierce; a character quality that actually proved bothersome to some fans. "He was never willing to just let Hawkeye be this character who was a superhero in a sense,
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Alan Alda Has Parkinson’s Disease: Tells ‘CBS This Morning’ The Diagnosis Came Three Years Ago

Alan Alda Has Parkinson’s Disease: Tells ‘CBS This Morning’ The Diagnosis Came Three Years Ago
Actor Alan Alda revealed today that he has Parkinson’s disease, the first time he’s publicly disclosed the diagnosis he received three and a half years ago.

The Mash actor Alda made the announcement during an interview on CBS This Morning, explaining that his recent spate of TV appearances promoting his new podcast led to his decision to go public. (Watch clips from the interview below).

“I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast,” Alda said today, “and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that’s not where I am.”

Though he was careful not to diminish the serious, even incapacitating symptoms that Parkinson’s can bring, Alda said he wanted
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‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud On How Lack Of Asian American Representation Influenced Her Career

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‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud On How Lack Of Asian American Representation Influenced Her Career
As Hollywood attempts to move the needle more and more on the gauge of diversity and inclusion, Veena Sud is doing her part to make sure that she is doing her part to not only put more stories from marginalized communities on the screen, but to make those narratives resonate with all audiences.

As the showrunner of Netflix’s Seven Seconds and The Killing, Sud is more than aware that she is in a minority when it comes to television showrunners. As a woman that is of Filipino and Indian heritage, she knows that there is still plenty of ground to break and obstacles to overcome.

“According to a recent study by Color of Change and UCLA, 80% of showrunners are men and 91% are white in this industry,” she tells Deadline. “You do the math.”

Sud has tackled heavy and rich issues with her shows. Most recently, her Netflix series Seven Seconds,
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Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Long-time Daddy Warbucks, Stage and Screen Star Conrad John Schuck

The sun won't come out tomorrow because it is here now and its name is Conrad John Schuck. One of the entertainment industry's most recognizable character actors, whose on-screen credits include Mash, McMillan amp Wife, Star Trek, and The Golden Girls Gil Kessler for Mayor, Conrad first got started on stage as a resident player at Act which was then followed by countless theatre credits, most notably as Daddy Warbucks in Annie, for which he currently holds the record as the actor who has played that role the most
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5 Takeaways From CBS’ Upfront

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CBS kept broadcast week of upfronts rolling on Wednesday with its presentation at Carnegie Hall. Here are the five key takeaways:

1. Leslie Moonves is the CBS brand.

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves took the stage and received a standing ovation from a sizable portion of the crowd, with others cheering and whistling. It was not a typical upfront reception for a TV exec. “So how’s your week been?” Moonves joked as he kicked off his pitch to advertisers.

Moonves’ week has seen him engage CBS’ controlling shareholder Shari Redstone in a shocking fight with the company’s future, and his own, at stake. But his upfront reception underscored one of Moonves’ most valuable assets in that battle — his track record of success and the clout that it has earned. And as Moonves illustrated when he noted that he has been CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl’s boss for 22 years,
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16 Cannes Winners That Went on to Take Oscar Gold (Photos)

16 Cannes Winners That Went on to Take Oscar Gold (Photos)
Despite being two of the longest running institutions in cinema, the Oscars and Cannes have not always been the best of bedfellows. Only one film, 1955’s “Marty,” has won both the Palme D’Or and Best Picture. But many more films that have played on the croisette at Cannes have been nominated or won other big prizes from the Academy. These are the 16 films that both won the Palme D’Or and won an additional Oscar.

Marty” (1955)

In the first year that Cannes started calling their top prize the Palme D’Or, the Delbert Mann drama and romance based on the Paddy Chayefsky teleplay won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine.

“The Silent World” (1956)

Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s pioneering, underwater nature documentary beat out films from Satyajit Ray, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and more to win the Palme, and it also took home the Best Documentary Oscar.

Black Orpheus” (1959)

Marcel Camus’s dreamy, contemporary take on the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth won the Palme and the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

La Dolce Vita” (1960)

Federico Fellini’s sensuous reverie of a film “La Dolce Vita” managed Oscar nods for Best Director and Screenplay, but only won for Best Costume Design.

A Man and a Woman” (1966)

The Academy rewarded this French New Wave romance starring Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant with two Oscars, one for its screenplay and another for Best Foreign Language Film.

Mash” (1970)

It’s surprising to see Cannes anoint a film as irreverent as Robert Altman’s screwball war satire “Mash,” but though the Oscars nominated it for Best Picture, the award went to another war film, “Patton.” “Mash” did pick up a win for Altman’s ingenious ensemble screenplay.

Apocalypse Now” (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war masterpiece was still a work-in-progress when it screened at Cannes, and it would split the Palme with “The Tin Drum” that same year. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, but lost Best Picture to “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

The Tin Drum” (1979)

After splitting the Palme with “Apocalypse Now,” “The Tin Drum” won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with ease.

All That Jazz” (1980)

Weirdly, Bob Fosse’s musical was nominated alongside “Apocalypse Now” at the 1979 Oscars, opening in December of that year, but it won the 1980 Cannes after cleaning up four Oscars just a month earlier.

“Missing” (1982)

Jack Lemmon won Cannes’s Best Actor prize for Costa-Gavras’s political thriller in addition to “Missing” winning the Palme. And Lemmon and co-star Sissy Spacek each scored acting nominations in addition to the film being nominated for Best Picture, but it only won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Mission” (1986)

Starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as Spanish Jesuits trying to save a native American tribe, Roland Joffe’s “The Mission” won the Palme and earned seven nominations but only one Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

Pelle the Conqueror” (1987)

The legendary Max von Sydow plays a Swedish immigrant in Denmark in this Danish film that won the Palme, the Best Foreign Language Oscar and netted Sydow his first acting nomination.

The Piano” (1993)

Holly Hunter won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Oscars for Jane Campion’s drama that won the Palme D’Or and was nominated for eight Oscars in all.

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

Much has been written about the bombshell Quentin Tarantino set off when “Pulp Fiction” debuted at Cannes and polarized audiences by winning the Palme, not to mention the cultural rift it created when it went head to head with “Forrest Gump” at the Oscars and lost.

The Pianist” (2002)

Winning Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrien Brody, “The Pianist” was a strong favorite to win Best Picture after winning the Palme, but it lost to the musical “Chicago.” Just don’t expect a repeat from Polanski anytime soon.

Amour” (2012)

Michael Haneke had just won his second Palme D’Or for his sobering romance about old age “Amour,” and rightfully so. The film paired French New Wave legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva and scored five Oscar nominations in all, including Best Picture, but only came away with a win for Best Foreign Language Film.

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1970 /1:85 / Street Date April 24, 2018

Starring Peter Boyle, Susan Sarandon

Cinematography by John Avildsen

Written by Norman Wexler

Directed by John Avildsen

Galvanized by Martin Luther King’s assassination, an army of protestors descended upon 1968’s Democratic convention then playing out on Chicago’s south side. They were greeted by an enraged mayor who made sure there would be no contest between his men in blue and their bell-bottemed adversaries – cops came out swinging and left Michigan Avenue swimming in blood and the smell of tear gas.

Like Vietnam, Richard Daley’s Windy city purge was a living room war – a TV sensation that ensured the whole world would be watching. It took some time for movies to catch up. Films like Medium Cool and Easy Rider met the head-cracking controversy head on but big studio releases related to this particular counter-culture moment tended toward docile
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Mexico’s ArteCaryes Film and Arts Festival Marries Cinema With Mother Nature

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Nestled amidst a quiet, remote strip between Puerta Vallarta and Manzanillo on Jalisco, Mexico’s Pacific coast, Costa Careyes is a luxury resort paradise, lush with jungle and surf and bright, candy-colored casitas. Founded by Italian banker Gian Franco Brignone in 1968, Careyes has since become a coveted vacation spot for the elite traveler — Bill and Melinda Gates, Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford have all been guests here — complete with a polo club, private villas and two oceanfront castles with moat-like infinity pools that blend in with the azure sky. With its bohemian flair and Mediterranean-esque architecture, the tropical hideaway is also home to ArteCareyes Film and Arts Festival, an annual gathering that celebrates film, photography, music and contemporary art from Latin America and around the world.

Entering its eighth year, the strictly invite-only event, running April 26-30, is not your typical film fest. Held in collaboration with the Careyes Foundation,
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Code Black Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Third Year

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Things might be getting a little meta this season. 

One of the new residents introduced on Code Black Season 3 Episode 1 is filming a documentary ... something along the lines of what Ryan McGarry made about the Los Angeles County Hospital ER.

But he's not the only newbie, and boy did they have a hell of a first day.

Pepper definitely had it the worst. Who gets accidentally dosed with fentanyl on their first day?! I hope her insurance and sick time kicks in right away. 

Despite her being, well, unconscious for most of the hour, we learned a surprising amount about the new female resident. In addition to being a little meek and self-doubting, her real name is Andrea and she had throat cancer as a kid. 

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It's a start in getting to know her, but I
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Vintage '70 - Marinate in it!

The Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970 Edition arrives in three weeks (we've moved the date to May 13th) so as we approach and you vote (hint hint), let's talk context in movies and entertainment... 

Great Big Box Office Hits: When it comes to box office, there are a lot of competing sources about what films were massive hits prior to the internet era when tracking success became such a cultural activity. But all sources basically agree that there were five true behemoths at the movies in 1970. The top four were the tearjerker Love Story, the all-star disaster flick Airport, the Altman comedy Mash, and the war drama Patton (remarkably they made up 80% of the Best Picture list... though prior to the 1980s it's always worth reiterating that the public had much more Oscary taste in their movies -- it was public taste that changed, not really the Oscar aesthetic... contrary to much
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Donald Sutherland on 'Trust,' '70s Cinema and Sympathy for the Devil

Donald Sutherland on 'Trust,' '70s Cinema and Sympathy for the Devil
There are several Donald Sutherlands you're likely to meet if you start spelunking through the nearly six decades of this Canadian actor's screen career. There's the sparkle-eyed Sixties hippie in he-man war films, the type of wonderfully anachronistic presence that enlivens movies like The Dirty Dozen ("Madison City, Missouri, sir!" "Never heard of it.") and Kelly's Heroes, and which he parlayed into a countercultural double act with Elliott Gould in Mash. There's the curly-hair-and-mustache combo of the mid-Seventies leading man Sutherland, which turned him into a blue-eyed hangdog sex symbol.
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Cops & Ladies: Sharon Gless Remembers the Original 'Cagney & Lacey' (Exclusive)

Excitement is building over the pilot for cop series reboot Cagney & Lacey, which is set to star Grey Anatomy’s Sarah Drew as Christine Cagney and Blindspot’s Michelle Hurd as Mary Beth Lacey, a pair of New York City police detectives who couldn’t be more different. One of the people feeling that excitement is actress Sharon Gless, who played Cagney against Tyne Daly’s Lacey in the original series from the 1980s. “First of all, imitation is the highest form of flattery, so it’s quite flattering if they want to do it again," Sharon says in this exclusive chat from her Florida home. "It’s certainly time. I haven’t seen any of what they’re doing, but my feeling is that if you do Cagney & Lacey in this day and age, you could make it much darker than we were allowed to in the ‘80s.
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Competition: Win ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’ on Premium Collection Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of McCabe & Mrs. Miller – available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Dual Format from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 19th March 2018 – we are giving away a copy!

Presbyterian Church is a small mining town in the turn-of-the century Pacific Northwest – and a perfect place where gambler John Q. McCabe and bordello madam Constance Miller can do business.

Robert Altman’s dazzlingly original McCabe & Mrs. Miller, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie (a 1971 Best Actress Academy Award nominee for her work here), stands the mythology of the Old West on its ear. Shot on beautiful Vancouver wilderness locations, it captures the essence of a long-ago time, coupled with the edgy modern sensibility Altman brought to his other ’70s masterworks Mash and Nashville. The spellbinding results, critic Pauline Kael wrote, is “a modern classic.”

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To win a copy of McCabe & Mrs Miller on Premium Collection Blu-ray,
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‘Mom’ star Allison Janney’s Oscar win for ‘I, Tonya’ proves that TV and film worlds continue to merge

‘Mom’ star Allison Janney’s Oscar win for ‘I, Tonya’ proves that TV and film worlds continue to merge
Earlier this month the star of a network television sitcom, Allison Janney, won an Oscar. In fact, she had to cut her appearances at post-Oscar parties short because she had to be at work on the CBS show “Mom” the next day. While this has happened before, Janney’s victory for “I Tonya” and the lack of media attention to a sitcom star winning a movie award just shows how the television and film worlds have merged to an extent that actors now move freely in between both venues.

See Oscar hosts gallery: Performers who have hosted the Academy Awards

Until fairly recently you were either a television actor or a film actor. You pretty much did one or the other. It was even common for young actors to stipulate that they would only audition for film. Some actors such as Bruce Willis were able to parlay their TV stardom into movie careers,
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Mash: Cast and Crew Remember the Big Series Finale, 35 Years Later

Can you believe it's been 35 years since Mash ended? Recently, the cast and crew spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the CBS series' big finale.The classic TV show centered on the staff of the U.S. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. The cast included Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, and Gary Burghoff. The series ran on from 1972 to 1983.Read More…
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More than darkness: exploring Duncan Jones's Mute

Ryan Lambie Feb 27, 2018

With spoilers, we delve into Duncan Jones' Mute, and explore the themes of parenthood and hope in a dark and despairing thriller...

Nb: The following contains major spoilers for Duncan Jones's Mute.

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Whatever you thought of Mute, the latest film from director Duncan Jones, it's clearly a deeply personal story. It's a project the Moon and Source Code filmmaker spent the best part of 16 years getting off the ground; it's set in a futuristic version of Berlin, a city Jones knows intimately from his childhood. In its noir-mystery plot, you'll find all manner of nods and references to classic movies and other cultural touchstones: Robert Altman's Mash, Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, the Coens' Big Lebowski - maybe even a glancing homage to Bullfrog's cyberpunk videogame,
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Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux on 'Mute,' 'Mash' Cosplay and Modern Comedy

Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux on 'Mute,' 'Mash' Cosplay and Modern Comedy
Watch Mute,writer-director Duncan Jones' years-in-the-making pet project (nowstreaming on Netflix), and you'll find yourself in a very familiar, verytypical sci-fi noir scenario. The movie's hero – an Amish, strapping Alexander Skarsgård left voiceless from a childhood accident – lives in a future-shocked Berlin circa 2048. Hesplits his time between a shabby apartment and the sleazy strip club he bartends at; thelatter is also where his blue-haired lady love (Seynab Saleh) works as a cocktailwaitress. Then, suddenly, she goes missing. And down these mean dystopic streetsLeo must go, trying to unravel a mystery amongst the hovering cars,
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‘The Rizen’ Review

Stars: Laura Swift, Patrick Knowles, Christopher Tajah, Laurence Kennedy, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Adrian Edmondson, Sally Phillips, Tom Goodman-Hill, Bruce Payne, Stephen Marcus, Bruce Herbelin-Earle | Written and Directed by Matt Mitchell

The Rizen is a UK indie-horror film set in a black hallway during the early days of the Cold War in 1955. You can tell this a period piece by the handcrafted, vintage style black walls and black floors. If this movies set design got any darker it would write poetry and start cutting itself.

I had a hard time getting into this film before I even hit the play button. The title is The Rizen. No, not “the risen” as in “the dead has risen” if you’re referencing zombies, or “He has risen” if you’re referencing theological zombies. As far as I can tell The Rizen is purposefully misspelled like “Kewl Katz” or “Hawt Dawg”. I had to Google
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