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Massive Robin Williams DVD Box Set Celebrates the Comedian's Legacy

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Massive Robin Williams DVD Box Set Celebrates the Comedian's Legacy
The late, great Robin Williams is being celebrated with a brand new, massive DVD box set covering his entire career. The new set, titled Robin Williams: Comedic Genius, comes with over 50 hours of footage, which includes more than 100 performances across various mediums from talks shows to stand-up specials. For fans of Williams, this may be a must-have.

We tragically lost Robin Williams in 2014, but few performers are capable of leaving such a lasting impact. Not an ounce of love for the man behind classics such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and the unforgettable Genie from Aladdin has faded in the years since his passing. For those who might like to see material from Robin Williams they might otherwise have a difficult time tracking down, here's everything included in the Robin Williams: Comedic Genius box set.

All five HBO stand-up specials together for the very first time: These Include Off
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‘A Million Little Pieces’: James Frey’s Lies Are Even More Apparent [Tiff Review]

Toronto – Do you remember James Frey’s 2003 novel “A Million Little Pieces”? The best-selling memoir that turned out not to actually be one? When pressed about it on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2005, Frey claimed his 2003 novel was a factual account of his life as an addict and time in rehab. After an investigation by The Smoking Gun was released three months later it turned out much of it was not.

Continue reading ‘A Million Little Pieces’: James Frey’s Lies Are Even More Apparent [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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James Franco movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘127 Hours,’ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Milk’

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James Franco movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘127 Hours,’ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Milk’
Season 2 of “The Deuce” is now debuting on HBO. The series stars James Franco, who also produces the program and directs some episodes. He has developed a pretty notable resume since he first came to audience’s attention on the low rated but highly acclaimed TV series “Freaks and Geeks.”

A year after that NBC show ended, Franco found fame in a highly praised TV biography of James Dean for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award. That success led Franco to a film career which has run the gamut from superhero blockbusters to Oscar nominated prestige films.

It hasn’t all been a smooth ride for Franco though. In 2010 he should have been at the peak of his profession since he had just received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the film “127 Hours.” Unfortunately for Franco, he agreed to act
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ABC Pays Aretha Franklin Respect With Special ’20/20′ Episode; Other Tributes Planned

ABC’s 20/20 will air a special one-hour edition tonight honoring the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin using never-before-seen tour footage and an interview with the director of an upcoming Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson.

Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T will feature footage from the ABC News archives, including Diane Sawyer’s 2000 profile that included a trip with Franklin to her Detroit hometown. Also in the special will be interviews with biopic director Harvey Mason Jr. and The Blues Brothers director John Landis.

Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T airs tonight at 8/7c pm on ABC.

Other tributes to the Queen of Soul, who died this morning of pancreatic cancer, include:

Own’s re-airing this Saturday of a 1999 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition to discussing her then-new autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, Franklin performs “Think,” “Respect,” “We Need
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10 Epic Moments That Prove It's Time for 'The Tyra Banks Show' to Make a Comeback

With all of these new reboots and revivals lately, we would like to nominate a show for a comeback! The Tyra Banks Show ran for 265 episodes from 2005-2011, and it was hands-down the most iconic talk show that has ever existed. And yes, that includes The Oprah Winfrey Show. The Perfect Is Boring author proved that despite being the world's most famous supermodel, she' still down-to-earth, relatable, and hilarious, which lead to raw interviews with major celebs, crazy stunts, and touching moments. Just by taking a walk down memory lane, you'll see why we need to bring this supreme daytime TV back to the masses, Asap! "I have five women on this stage, but between them, they have 10 vaginas." Tyra was bold and fearless when it came to discussing the taboo, especially when it had to do with womens' health. She didn't sugar coat things, so when she started an
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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Nabbed Oprah Winfrey

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Nabbed Oprah Winfrey
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Holly,” the 11th episode of the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Yes, that was Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey lent her voice to the second season of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the 11th episode, entitled “Holly.” Winfrey portrayed a radio host whose voice caught Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) by surprise after she turned on a car and heard a channel broadcasting over the stereo.

“We’d heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if… So we asked and she said yes, and it was a lovely, easy process,” showrunner Bruce Miller says. “The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from World War II. It was an absolute honor to have Oprah featured on the show, and
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Apple Nabs Oprah in Latest A-List Grab

Apple just got Own’d.

Oprah Winfrey has entered a multi-year content partnership with the tech company, Apple announced Friday.

The producer/actress/talk-show host/force of nature will join Apple in creating “original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” per the official release.

Winfrey’s projects will be part of Apple’s robust slate of original content, which includes a Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston-starring series set at a morning talk show, a comedy featuring Hailee Steinfeld as poet Emily Dickinson, and dramas from directors Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and M. Night Shyamalan
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Oprah Winfrey Enters Content Partnership With Apple For Original Programming

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Oprah Winfrey Enters Content Partnership With Apple For Original Programming
In the ever escalating arms race for talent, it seems like almost every day a streaming service is signing a major deal with a bold-face creative force.

They don’t get much bolder-faced than Oprah Winfrey who has entered a multi-year content partnership with Apple. According to the the upstart Svod player, it will team with Winfrey to “create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.” Winfrey’s projects will be part of Apple’s slate of original content.

The Apple deal falls outside of Winfrey’s pact with Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network, where she serves as CEO. In conjunction with Discovery Communications’ $70 million payment to Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo, Inc. last December to acquire an additional 24.5% stake in the companies’ joint venture, Own, she extended her exclusivity contract with the network, including as on-air personality, through 2025.

I hear her Own exclusivity is for ad-supported cable only,
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‘The Jerry Springer Show’ Ending Production; Reruns To Air On CW This Fall

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It appears to be the end of an era for The Jerry Springer Show. NBCUniversal’s syndicated daytime tabloid talker has stopped production of new episodes, at least for now, and will air pre-taped episodes and reruns in a move to The CW this fall.

Under a multi-year deal, the CW could order new episodes in the future, in which case the show would go back into production. But for now production has ceased. Fellow talkers Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show were recently renewed.

Hosted by former politician Springer, The Jerry Springer Show debuted in 1991 and became synonymous with “trash TV” with its controversial and sensational topics, its in-your-face confrontational style and on-set brawls. The series soared in ratings, reaching its peak in 1997-1998 when it beat The Oprah Winfrey Show. The series has aired more than 3,800 episodes in its 28-season run.

Broadcasting & Cable first reported the news.
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Jerry Springer Cancelled? Talk Show's Future in Limbo as CW Grabs Reruns

Bad news for fans for trashy daytime TV: Those familiar chants of “Jer-ry! Jer-ry!” may soon be falling silent.

Syndicated talk-show staple The Jerry Springer Show has ceased production of new episodes, a source confirms to TVLine, and will only air pre-taped episodes and repeats when it moves to The CW this fall. (Broadcasting & Cable first reported the news.) The CW is still considering ordering fresh episodes of Springer down the line — the deal is for multiple years — but as of now, the show has finished filming.

Debuting way back in 1991, Jerry Springer, hosted by the former politician, became
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‘Red Table Talk’ With Jada Pinkett Smith Gets 13 Additional Episodes On Facebook Watch

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‘Red Table Talk’ With Jada Pinkett Smith Gets 13 Additional Episodes On Facebook Watch
Red Table Talk is extending its first season on Facebook Watch with 13 additional episodes for premiere this fall.

In Red Table Talk, hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith, and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris reveal their personal experiences and thoughts about today’s most compelling issues. Season 1 of Red Table Talk premiered on May 7, kicking off 10 episodes, and has debuted six episodes to date.

“The community that has been built around the Red Table is so strong and keeps my mother, Willow and I inspired to keep going. We are so grateful to be given the opportunity to do so by continuing The Red Table Talk journey with Facebook Watch,” said Pinkett Smith. “There is so much more to explore together and so many people to bring to the table to do it with us. We have learned so much along the way. With that being said, I believe, this
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Oprah Flips Out Over Getting Her Own Exhibit at the Smithsonian

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Oprah Flips Out Over Getting Her Own Exhibit at the Smithsonian
Oprah is absolutely shook about becoming an exhibit at a Smithsonian museum ... as you're about to see in this video. Seriously, it's "everybody gets a car" level excitement! The TV queen spoke to Adam Glyn Tuesday in NYC, where he congratulated her on the Oprah exhibit coming to D.C.'s Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian calls her an activist whose contributions run parallel to those of Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells.
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Oprah Winfrey Is Getting Her Own Museum Exhibit and It's About Time

Now this is one of our favorite things! Oprah Winfrey is getting her own exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC — and the talk show queen herself thinks it's a "really big deal." The exhibit, titled "Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture," runs from Friday, June 8 through June 2019 and will feature video clips, interviews, personal photos, journal entries, and even clothing from Oprah. It will track her life from her childhood in the 1950s to her talk show fame at the end of the 20th century and her philanthropy in the new millennium. "We're providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes," co-curator Kathleen Kendrick, who worked with Oprah's people on the exhibit, told The Washington Post. (Photo Credit: R/R
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Sid Cohen, Former TV Distribution President at MGM, Dies at 84

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Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84.

From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and Canada to all broadcast television markets, basic cable networks, features to network television, as well as pay television in Canada. While working as the TV distribution head, Cohen also established MGM’s advertiser sales division.

Before moving to MGM, Cohen worked in distribution as the president of domestic television distribution at King World Productions and VP, feature planning and sales development for the domestic television distribution division of Paramount Pictures. While at King World, managed sales and marketing campaigns for “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He also ran syndication campaigns for projects like “Cheers,” “Taxi,
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Sid Cohen Dies: Longtime MGM Domestic Television Distribution Chief Was 84

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Sid Cohen, a longtime TV syndication exec who was President of MGM Domestic Television Distribution during the 1990s, died Tuesday in Marina del Rey, CA, after a long illness. He was 84.

Cohen ran MGM’s domestic TV output unit from 1991-99, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the U.S. and Canada to all broadcast television markets and basic cable networks, movies to network TV and also pay TV in Canada. While there, he established MGM’s Advertiser Sales Division, which reported directly to him.

Before joining MGM, the Brooklyn native had stints as President of Domestic Television Distribution at King World Productions, where he supervised the sales and marketing campaigns for syndication mega-properties Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Prior to that, he served as VP Feature Planning and Sales Development for the Domestic Television Distribution Division of Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Oprah Winfrey on How Her 'Mother Figure' Maya Angelou Inspired Her A Wrinkle in Time Character

Oprah Winfrey on How Her 'Mother Figure' Maya Angelou Inspired Her A Wrinkle in Time Character
Oprah Winfrey already has a lot in common with her wise, mystical character in A Wrinkle in Time, but she also relied on inspiration from some other powerful women in her life.

“For me, she was a cross between Maya Angelou, who was a mentor, friend, mother figure for me, and Glinda the Good Witch, who is my favorite all time mythical magical character,” the media mogul, 64, revealed about her character Mrs. Which in an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

“You have a little bit of Glinda, and then you have a lot of Maya. And so you combine the two and
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2018: Full line-up of events

This year’s programme will focus on Brexit and Inclusion Riders.

The UK Film Centre has announced its full line-up of events and talks for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s programme includes Brexit briefing, a discussion on the UK film sector’s European partnerships; How to Budget the Inclusion Rider with speakers including Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen; and a series of Talent Talks with filmakers whose work is screening at the festival.

UK Film Centre partners include the British Film Institute (BFI), British Council, British Film Commission (Bfc), Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset, Film Export UK, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen.
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Ellen Rakieten Launches Very Tall Productions; Backed By Jeffrey Soros & Simon Horsman’s La Media Fund

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Exclusive: Producer Ellen Rakieten has teamed with Los Angeles Media Fund — the financing and production vehicle of Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman — to launch Very Tall Productions. The new company will develop, finance and produce unscripted and scripted content for television and digital platforms. Very Tall Productions will also produce documentaries and films as well as live events around the world.

Rakieten, who’s Very Tall Productions’ CEO, is the prolific 13-time Emmy winner who produced The Oprah Winfrey Show over two decades, The Marriage Ref with Jerry Seinfeld, the Jillian Michaels-starrer Losing it with Jillian, the Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Welcome Back Potter (Hgtv), All About Sex (TLC), Zoe Saldana Presents My Hero (AOL), Joyride (Esquire), Car Matchmaker (Esquire/NBC Sports), and Undateable for NBC, latter based on a book co-written by Rakieten.

One of Very Tall Productions’ first projects is the multi-generational series,
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'Roseanne' Star Roseanne Barr Once Accused Her Parents of Incest, Then Regretted It

Roseanne, which returned to ABC after more than two decades off the air, presents a TV family that's dysfunctional but also happy and loving. It's apparently a stark departure from star Roseanne Barr's actual family life. The Emmy-winning actress once accused her parents of incest, and while she later expressed regret over those claims, she didn't exactly take them back. A post shared by Roseanne Barr (@officialroseannebarr) on Dec 16, 2017 at 12:22pm Pst In 1991, near the height of her sitcom's popularity, Roseanne opened up about her upbringing in an interview with People. "Keeping the secret of incest has taken all my energy and courage for 38 years," she said. As she explained, her long-repressed memories came flooding back two years prior when then-husband Tom Arnold called her from rehab and told her he was molested as a child. "Immediately after hanging up, I began to shake and sweat," she said.
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Daytime Emmys 2018: Will ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ extend its record with an 11th victory for Best Talk Show?

Daytime Emmys 2018: Will ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ extend its record with an 11th victory for Best Talk Show?
When the 2018 Daytime Emmy nominations were announced on March 21 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was the top talk show with 11 bids. That may turn out to be a lucky number for the syndicated series as it’s looking for its 11th overall victory for Best Talk Show. That would extend the record it set last year when it won for the 10th time, surpassing the nine victories that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” racked up between 1987 and 1997 before Winfrey stopped submitting her series for consideration. But while “Ellen” has been a dominant force in daytime TV over the last 15 years, we’ve seen that it’s not unbeatable.

“Ellen” was indomitable early on, debuting in 2003 and winning Best Talk Show for its first four years in a row (2004-2007). But then the television academy split the category in two, distinguishing between entertainment shows like “Ellen” and informative shows like “The Doctors” and “The Chew.
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