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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Review: Two Great Performances Anchor Bleak, Compelling Season

  • Indiewire
“Narcos: Mexico” wants you to think that it’s a whole new show. The newest season of the Netflix drama did go to the trouble of enlisting a new cast, relocating to a different area of the world, and promising first-time viewers that it’s not necessary to have seen the previous seasons. It’s even listed separately from “Narcos” on the Netflix site, with the new episodes listed as “Season 1.”

However, it is still the same series in every respect that matters, which makes it an easy recommend for previous fans. Showrunner Eric Newman has gotten very good at dramatizing the ever-expanding saga of the drug war for television, and the result here are 10 tense, detail-oriented episodes that don’t lack for action and drama.

While the scope might seem large, “Mexico” manages an admirable level of focus, as the show boils down largely to two men in the
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‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: From Russia With Love

‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: From Russia With Love
A review of this week’s The Romanoffs, “End of the Line,” coming up just as soon as I leave the tags on…

“There’s something wrong with that baby.” -Anka

After a disastrous pair of episodes — one a clunky defense of Matthew Weiner himself, the other a dramatically inert travelogue — “End of the Line,” about a couple adopting a baby from Russia, comes as something of a relief. It is perhaps the best Romanoffs installment from beginning to end, lacking the highs of some of the early stories, but
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The Romanoffs Episode 7 Review: End of the Line

Brutal truths are learned in the brutal Russian winter in the latest episode of Amazon's The Romanoffs.


This The Romanoffs review contains spoilers.

The Romanoffs Episode 7

Seven episodes in, I think I’m ready to call It on The Romanoffs. Despite an all-star ensemble, exotic locations, and a concept that theoretically should have freed up Matthew Weiner to tell ambitious, diverse stories, The Romanoffs is a staid, uninspiring slog that positions Weiner’s last great TV project as a miraculous fluke. Don’t expect any critics to still be talking about this one come next month’s End of Year debates, unless they’re discussing the year’s biggest disappointments. What’s truly sad is that “End of the Line” is one of the better installments in the series, yet like past episodes it frustratingly features the same highs and lows.

One of the biggest problems that The Romanoffs has is that,
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TV Academy Elects RadicalMedia President Frank Scherma as New Chairman and CEO

  • The Wrap
Entertainment executive Frank Scherma has been elected as the Television Academy’s new chairman and CEO, the organization announced Friday. The Academy also announced newly elected members of its board of directors who, like Scherma, will serve a two year term ending Dec. 31, 2020.

Scherma is president and cofounder of global production studio RadicalMedia, which has produced a range of projects including commercials, feature films, television, music programming, graphic, interactive design and Vr content. Past RadicalMedia projects include “The Fog of War,” the pilot episode of “Mad Men,” National Geographic’s “Mars,” and “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.” Scherma and Radical media have won Emmys, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, Grammys, Webbys, The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design, and two Palme d’Ors.

Also Read: 'Marvelous Mrs Maisel': Amazon Sets Season 2 Premiere Date for Rachel Brosnahan Comedy (Video)

Scherma most recently served as Vice Chair
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From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘Maniac,’ 30-Minute Episodes Solve TV’s Pacing Problem

From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘Maniac,’ 30-Minute Episodes Solve TV’s Pacing Problem
When Julia Roberts heard “Homecoming” director Sam Esmail wanted episodes of the Amazon drama to be a half-hour long, she was against it. “I’m just a product of mediocrity, and so to me, drama is an hour,” she said to IndieWire. “Only teenagers can get drama done in 30 minutes. I was like, ‘What are you talking about? We’re tall. We need an hour.'”

The results, however, turned around Roberts on the issue. “It’s just brilliant,” she said. “I love it so much because, I mean, as an audience member, it just leaves you like, ‘Wait, it’s over?’ That’s how I feel every time.”

Once upon a time, there was no question of how long a TV episode of television “should be;” it was, “must be.” Network television had a schedule to keep and commercials to air, which meant that “Cheers” delivered 24-minute episodes; “E.
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Manifest Adds Mad Men's Matt Long: Is a New Love Triangle About to Take Off?

Clear the runway for a fresh love triangle on Manifest: The NBC freshman drama is adding Mad Men alum Matt Long in a “major recurring role,” our sister site Deadline is reporting.

Long will play Zeke, “a mysterious new character whose arrival triggers a new relationship triangle and upends the series’ mythology,” per the report. Hmmm… is he a new love interest for Michaela, now that her ex-fiancé Jared is with Lourdes? Or was he also a passenger on the ill-fated Montego Air Flight 828?

Manifest centers on the mystery surrounding that flight, which landed after a turbulent trip to find that five years had passed,
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Scott Budnick’s One Community Aims to Make a Difference With Activist Content

  • Variety
Doing good for humankind while making bank at the box office can be tricky business, but producer Scott Budnick’s activist content company One Community has received millions of dollars in fresh financing and kicked off development on an action thriller with Margot Robbie.

Budnick, an executive producer on hit comedy franchise “The Hangover,” set up shop this January with Endeavor Content leading an initial $25 million investment. Originally named Good Films, the operation now has $50 million in slate financing thanks to a few new key players.

Live Nation Entertainment and its CEO, Michael Rapino (through his eponymous family foundation), join Kimberly Steward’s K Period Media as investors, alongside Pmc stakeholder Dan Loeb, former hedge fund manager and bitcoin billionaire Mike Novogratz, Starwood Capital CEO Barry Sternlicht and Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin among others.

Budnick has also made key hires in content and strategy, which fulfill what the executive
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Margot Robbie's Luckychap, Warner Bros. to Produce 'Barbed Wire Heart' Adaptation (Exclusive)

Luckychap and Rideback, the production companies run by Margot Robbie and Dan Lin, respectively, have teamed to adapt Barbed Wire Heart, a gritty novel by Tess Sharpe, for Warner Bros.

The studio has set Carly Wray, who has written episodes of Westworld and was a staff writer on Mad Men, to pen the script.

Robbie is producing via her LuckyChap Productions along with the company's Tom Ackerley. Lin and Jonathan Eirich are producing via Rideback. Robbie is not expected to star.

The book, published in March through Grand Central Publishing, centers on Harley McKenna, the daughter of a hard-edged, drug-running, meth-dealing killer ...
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Thanks, ‘Babe’! Homewrecker Taylor Swift is Cma Awards front-runner for breaking up a marriage in Sugarland video

Thanks, ‘Babe’! Homewrecker Taylor Swift is Cma Awards front-runner for breaking up a marriage in Sugarland video
It has been a few years since Taylor Swift made her formal transition from the world of country to the world of pop, but she’s still loved by the country music community, as evidenced by the fact that she keeps winning Country Music Association Awards. In 2017 she claimed Song of the Year for the very first time for writing “Better Man” for the group Little Big Town. Now in 2018 she’s the front-runner to win again for lending an assist to another artist: Music Video of the Year as a featured artist on Sugarland‘s “Babe.” Watch it above.

Swift wrote this song too along with Train frontman Patrick Monahan. Like “Better Man” it’s a breakup song, and in the music video Swift actually plays the other woman. In the “Mad Men”-style period clip, she’s a homewrecker who steals businessman Brandon Routh from Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles.
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Netflix, 'Sharp Objects' showrunner Marti Noxon sign multi-year deal

Latest addition to platform’s talent roster will produce series exclusively through her Tiny Pyro label.

Adding another name to its growing roster of producing talent, Netflix has signed a multi-year overall deal with writer-producer-director Marti Noxon, most recently the creator and showrunner of HBO limited series Sharp Objects.
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Marti Noxon Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal at Netflix

Netflix has set an overall deal with yet another prolific producer: Marti Noxon. The streamer announced on Monday that it entered into a multi-year pact with the Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director.

Under the pact, Noxon will produce new TV series exclusively for Netflix. The streamer will also have a first-look option on Noxon’s feature projects. She will continue to produce all projects under her Tiny Pyro banner, with Maria Grasso — president of the production company — making the move to Netflix with her.

Among Noxon’s most recent projects as creator-showrunner are HBO’s Amy Adams-led limited series “Sharp Objects” and AMC’s recently-canceled freshman series “Dietland,” and “UnREAL.”

Also Read: 'Dietland' Canceled After One Season on AMC

Noxon’s two-decades-long small-screen career includes work on series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Mad Men,” “Glee,” and” Grey’s Anatomy.” On the big screen, Noxon made wrote
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Marti Noxon Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

  • Deadline
Another top TV showrunner is headed to Netflix with a rich overall deal. Marti Noxon has signed a multi-year overall pact with the streaming giant to exclusively produce new series programming through her Tiny Pyro production banner. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on Noxon’s feature projects.

Following Noxon to Netflix is Maria Grasso who will continue in her role as President of Tiny Pyro. Noxon most recently had an overall deal at Skydance, the company behind one of her latest series, Dietland at AMC.

As a creator, Noxon is known for shows with strong female protagonists. Her most recent series as creator-showrunner include Sharp Objects at HBO, Dietland at AMC as well as the Peabody Award-winning first season of Lifetime’s UnReal.

“Marti Noxon is a brilliant and visionary creator who explores emotional depths to reveal the inner lives and struggles of complex, modern women,” said Cindy Holland,
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Marti Noxon Sets Netflix Overall Deal

  • Variety
Marti Noxon Sets Netflix Overall Deal
Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director Marti Noxon has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix.

Under the deal, Noxon will produce new series programming exclusively for Netflix. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on Noxon’s feature projects through the pact, as well. Noxon will continue to produce all projects through her production company, Tiny Pyro. Maria Grasso will make the move to Netflix, as well, continuing in her role as president of Tiny Pyro. Noxon previously had an overall deal at Skydance, which she signed in 2016.

“Who can resist the allure of Netflix?” said Noxon. “Not only do they continually produce ground-breaking and visually stunning content, they’ve developed a platform that’s so influential its become a verb. I Netflix at home, happily, and now I’m even more excited to Netflix for a living.”

Noxon began her career as a writer and later executive producer on
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Cara Buono on ‘The Romanoffs’, Reuniting with Matthew Weiner, and ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

From creator/writer/director/executive producer Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), the Amazon Prime series The Romanoffs is set in seven countries around the globe and tells a different story in each of its eight episodes, all about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. In Episode 5 – called “Bright and High Circle” and starring Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, Andrew Rannells, Cara Buono and Nicole Ari Parker – a trusted friend under suspicion tests the loyalties of a community in which a rumor starts to get out of control. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with …
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Tom Cruise reportedly learning to actually fly fighter jets for Top Gun: Maverick

Despite the fact that cameras have been rolling on Top Gun: Maverick, it was announced back in August that production on the sequel to the 80s action classic would be going on hiatus, with Paramount pushing back the release of the film a year to 2020.

At the time, it was reported that the delay was to allow its cast more time for training, and if a report from The Sun is to be believed, it seems that training may involve Tom Cruise actually learning to fly fighter jets for his second outing as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

“Tom is well known for doing his own stunts and the Top Gun sequel is no different,” claims The Sun’s ‘source’. “He prides himself on making the action sequences as realistic as possible… He won’t film all the flight sequences, it’s too dangerous, but he will fly some, making him the
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‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: ¡Viva Mexico!

‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: ¡Viva Mexico!
A review of “Panorama,” this week’s The Romanoffs, coming up just as soon as we toast to the phone company…

Among the perks of being a big-shot showrunner is the ability to turn a production into an all-expenses-paid vacation to some beautiful destination. All you have to do is come up with an excuse for your characters to visit Hawaii or Melbourne or Jackson Hole, and the studio will pick up the tab for you to go along with them. Occasionally, great television comes out of this desire to
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Hear Regina Spektor’s Meditative New ‘Birdsong’

Hear Regina Spektor’s Meditative New ‘Birdsong’
Regina Spektor sings about quietude on new song “Birdsong,” which appears in the latest episode of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series, The Romanoffs.

“Out of the quiet, out of the sunrise, I hear the birdsong give way to silence,” the singer-songwriter coos over a sparse acoustic guitar pattern. “I hear the voices give way to silence/ It looks like fire, but it’s just sunshine/ Waters are rising, forests are burning, hearts always hurt more while they are learning/ Saying goodbye to the ones they have come from,
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Satanists Sue Netflix & Warner Bros For $50M In ‘Sabrina’ Copyright Clash

  • Deadline
The devil is often in the details, and for the Satanic Temple those details are worth “at least” $50 million and an injunction. The group filed a lawsuit today against Netflix and Warner Bros Entertainment over a certain statue from their new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

“This case presents, among other things, a textbook example of the hornbook explanation of copyright protection that copyright law protects unique expressions, but not the ideas themselves,” lawyer Bruce Lederman wrote on behalf of the temple in a complaint filed in federal court this morning (read it here). “What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiff’s unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property,” the much threatening jury-seeking paperwork adds.
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The Romanoffs Episode 6 Review: Panorama

More of a Mexico City tourist video than a complete story, "Panorama" is at least a step in the right direction for The Romanoffs.


This The Romanoffs review contains spoilers.

The Romanoffs Episode 6

There was nowhere to go but up after the nauseating “Bright and High Circle,” the last episode of The Romanoffs in what is proving to be a season of expensive failure from Amazon and former Mad Men mastermind Matthew Weiner. Just because “Panorama” is preferable to that debacle doesn’t make it some outstanding feat; just like the majority of the standalone episodes released, “Panorama” is half-baked, unnecessarily long, and can most kindly be described as “fine.”

The best thing that “Panorama” has going for it is its setting. Centered in Mexico City, The Romanoffs finally returns to its “globetrotting” ambitions, most prevalent in the series’ French-set first episode “The Violet Hour.” “Panorama” showcases its exotic
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Vince Gilligan straps on gas mask, gets to work on Breaking Bad movie

  • The AV Club
AMC’s still making solid TV in these post-Mad Men times—watch Lodge 49!—but the network’s star is nowhere near as bright it was during that early ‘10s golden age. Their solution? Exploit what works, as they plan to do with a trilogy of Walking Dead movies. Now, Sony Pictures Television looks to do the same with…
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