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L.A. Composer Looks East, Providing ‘Ellis Island’ Score for PBS’ ‘Great Performances’

L.A. Composer Looks East, Providing ‘Ellis Island’ Score for PBS’ ‘Great Performances’
Los Angeles composer Peter Boyer will have his biggest national showcase to date when PBS’s “Great Performances” debuts his “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” on Friday, June 29.

Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony in the hour-long broadcast, taped last year as part of the orchestra’s annual American Composers Festival. Actors Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim and Michael Nouri are among those speaking the words of immigrants who came through Ellis Island during the early years of the 20th century. Hundreds of historical photos provide a visual backdrop for both actors and orchestra.

Boyer talks about the challenge
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2018 DGA Awards presenters are a mix of A-list celebs and past winners: Amy Schumer, Damien Chazelle …

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When the 2018 Directors Guild of America Awards are handed out on Saturday, February 3, expect many famous faces to be in attendance at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Among the list of presenters are A-list celebs including Amy Schumer (two-time DGA contender for “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” and “Inside Amy Schumer”), Oscar nominees like Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), and past DGA winners like last year’s “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle. Scroll down to see the complete list of DGA Awards presenters.

Besides Chazelle, the other former DGA champs who will present a trophy at Saturday’s ceremony are Don Mischer, Jay D. Roth and Thomas Schlamme. Mischer is a multiple DGA winner for “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “Great Performances” and “The Kennedy Center Honors,” to name just a few. Roth was last year’s President’s Award DGA honoree.
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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The Detour's Laura Benanti Tees Up Edie's Revenge, Recalls Stomach-Turning She Loves Me TV Moment

Hell hath no fury like a Postal Inspection Service employee scorned. And hormonal.

So now that The Detour‘s Edie a) has a bead on where the Parker family is hiding out and b) is under the very strong influence of fertility drugs as she attempts to conceive, prepare for a rather emotionally unbalanced reckoning, recently promoted series regular Laura Benanti tells TVLine.

“Edie is discharged from the Postal Inspection Service, because she’s terrible at her job,” she says, laughing. “But then she becomes obsessed with the family, so she takes it upon herself to follow them to Alaska.
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Nominees For The 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, with Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri contending in the Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category.

The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them. Award-winning film and stage actor Alan Cumming will host the star-studded evening at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills on Monday, February 5.

In the Best Actress category, nominations go to Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Meryl Streep (The Post). In the Best Actor category, Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes), Daniel-Day Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks
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Emmys: TV Academy Adds Even More Categories, Tweaks Other Rules

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Emmys: TV Academy Adds Even More Categories, Tweaks Other Rules
The Television Academy announced rule changes for the 2018 Emmy Awards on Tuesday, including a restructuring of the Oustanding Variety Special and Special Class categories. They will instead be replaced by two variety special categories, one for live events and another for pre-recorded specials. The reason for the change, according to the TV academy, is confusion around the term “special class.” Past winners in the category have included awards shows, PBS performance specials such as “Live From Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances,” as well as the Fox musical “Grease: Live!” Other nominees have included opening ceremonies for the Olympic games, concert.
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Little Women, Victoria, We'll Meet Again: PBS Announces Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

PBS has released its Winter/Spring 2018 schedule. Returning PBS TV series include: Victoria season two and Call the Midwife season seven, as as well as new seasons of Nature, Independent Lens, American Experience, Nova, American Masters, Frontline, Great Performances, and Pov. New PBS TV shows include: Little Women, We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry, Unforgotten, Civilizations, and The Great American Read. Get the details from this PBS press release. Read More…
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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Video: Watch Clips of Kevin Kline and More in Present Laughter, Airing on PBS Tomorrow!

Kevin Kline's Tony Award-winning performance in the Great Performances presentation of No l Coward's Present Laughter, first produced in 1942 with Coward himself in the leading role, comes to PBS tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd at 9 p.m. check local listings, continuing PBS's Fall Broadway's Best lineup. Click below to watch two clips from the production, plus a get a behind-the-scenes look at the show
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Blade Runner 2049 early reactions label the film a “masterpiece”

The early reactions to Blade Runner 2049 are in and they are overwhelmingly good.

Sequel plans to the classic Ridley Scott sci-film were met with a healthy dose of scepticism initially, but as time went on, and with the trust so many have in director of the film Denis Villeneuve, a more optimistic outlook was quickly adopted.

And now it seems that any remaining fears can be put to bed as those critics lucky enough to see the film early have reported back with tremendous praise for the movie, Villeneuve, and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins.

The founder of Fandango.com, Erik Davis, tweeting that the film was a “masterpiece” and others have even compared it favourably to the original movie.

Blade Runner 2049 is sci-fi masterpiece; the kind of deep-cut genre film we don't see anymore. Visually mind blowing, absolutely fantastic pic.twitter.com/A1d6ohmj3s

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis
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The First ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Reactions Are In, And It’s Good News

There’s still just over a week until it officially lands in cinemas, but the first reactions to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 are in from across the pond in the United States. Those reactions are mostly positive, and while there is no official full review online as yet, various critics have taken to social media to air their initial thoughts.

Here’s a sample.

#BladeRunner2049 is a film that fans will discuss and theorize about for years. A deeply engaging and visually dazzling sci-fi excursion. pic.twitter.com/tHDDcpSYIC

Mark Daniell (@markhdaniell) September 26, 2017

#BladeRunner2049 is nearly 3 hours and kept me entranced, tense, and engaged the entire time. That speaks volumes. The time flew by.

— Drew Dietsch (@DrewDietsch) September 26, 2017

#BladeRunner2049 is absolutely stunning & a sci-fi masterpiece. It took special effects to a whole other level. One of 2017’s best films. pic.twitter.com/zA2QNZ9swo

Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September
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TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala

TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala
In today’s roundup, “Broad City” Season 4 made impressive ratings gains, Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon’s “Good Omens,” and James Corden set to host annual amfAR gala.

Ratings

Broad City’s” 4th season premiere on Comedy Central was up 14% among total viewers compared to the 3rd season premiere and was up 42% compared to the full Season 3 total viewers average. Among adults 18-49, the gains were even bigger, with the Season 4 premiere up 18% versus the Season 3 premiere and 49% over the full Season 3 average. The premiere also scored a 0.72 rating in adults 18-49, making it the second highest-rated episode in series history, behind only the series premiere, which registered a 0.73 rating. Among women 18-49, the Season 4 premiere set a new series high 0.57, a gain of 57% verus the Season 3 premiere. The critically-acclaimed series was created by and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

Casting

Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon‘s “Good Omens,” adapted
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PBS Announces Airdates for Broadway's Falsettos, Indecent, Holiday Inn & More!

This fall, PBS brings viewers broadcast premieres of Broadway's best every Friday night, beginning October 20 with a Great Performances special, She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti, Zachery Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel. On October 27, Live From Lincoln Center's Falsettos, set amidst the emerging AIDS crisis, takes an alternately comic and poignant look at a modern family.
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Will Warner Bros. Confuse Fans With Two Joker Stories — and Its New DC Banner?

Will Warner Bros. Confuse Fans With Two Joker Stories — and Its New DC Banner?
Fans of DC Comics aren’t in a laughing mood about Warner Bros.’ plans to develop two new films based on the Joker.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the executive producers of NBC hit “This Is Us,” are in advanced talks to produce an untitled “Suicide Squad” spinoff based on Batman supervillains the Joker and Harley Quinn, played by Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. Then there’s a solo movie in development, possibly directed by “The Hangover’s” Todd Phillips, that dives into the Joker’s backstory, except Leto won’t play him here.

Potentially even more confusing: These Jokers won’t have anything to do with each other. That means two actors will be putting their own spins on Batman’s archnemesis. Educating audiences could prove tricky.

After all, the approach is radically different from how Marvel has comprehensively planned its cinematic universe under studio president Kevin Feige. Marvel films feature a consistent “house style,” making
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Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot

Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot
Kevin Kline has been working in the entertainment business for so long that it may be surprising he’s only been nominated for two Emmys. He contended for Best Movie/Mini Actor in 2009 for “Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances),” and now he’s up for Best Character Voice-Over Performance for his recurring role as Mr. Fischoeder in […]
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Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta,’ Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Among Peabody Awards Finalists

Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” and Donald Glover’s freshman FX series “Atlanta” were among the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced Wednesday.

Other notable finalists this year include the first season of the Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage,” which stars Mike Colter as a man with superhuman strength and impenetrable skin, and Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” which explores racial issues within the U.S. prison system.

The full list of finalists below represents the 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. Over the next several weeks, the awards organizers will winnow that list down to 30 winning programs. Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.m
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Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’, Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Among Peabody Awards Finalists

Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’, Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Among Peabody Awards Finalists
Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” and Donald Glover’s freshman FX series “Atlanta” were among the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced Wednesday.

Other notable finalists this year include the first season of the Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage,” which stars Mike Colter as a man with superhuman strength and impenetrable skin, and Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” which explores racial issues within the U.S. prison system.

The full list of finalists below represents the 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. Over the next several weeks, the awards organizers will winnow that list down to 30 winning programs. Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.
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