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Ascap Film Scoring Workshop Celebrates 30 Years

The Newman scoring stage at 20th Century-Fox was overflowing with people – and good will – as Ascap last night celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Film Scoring Workshop with a studio recording session for the 12 lucky young composers chosen to participate.

“This is like a window into the time continuum, where you can look into the future and see those who are going to make a real contribution to film music,” Ascap president and chairman Paul Williams said. “It’s a cultural gift in one sense, but on another level it’s a really smart business investment.”

The performing-rights society sponsors this four-week event for emerging film and TV composers every summer, with Emmy winner Richard Bellis at the helm. Ascap arranges meetings with agents, lawyers, studio executives and experienced composers; this year’s field trips included visits to the studios of Junkie Xl (“Mad Max Fury Road”), Matthew Margeson
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Ascap Film Scoring Workshop Celebrates 30 Years

  • Variety
The Newman scoring stage at 20th Century-Fox was overflowing with people – and good will – as Ascap last night celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Film Scoring Workshop with a studio recording session for the 12 lucky young composers chosen to participate.

“This is like a window into the time continuum, where you can look into the future and see those who are going to make a real contribution to film music,” Ascap president and chairman Paul Williams said. “It’s a cultural gift in one sense, but on another level it’s a really smart business investment.”

The performing-rights society sponsors this four-week event for emerging film and TV composers every summer, with Emmy winner Richard Bellis at the helm. Ascap arranges meetings with agents, lawyers, studio executives and experienced composers; this year’s field trips included visits to the studios of Junkie Xl (“Mad Max Fury Road”), Matthew Margeson
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Showbiz History: Maya Rudolph, Presumed Innocent, and Lindsay's Last

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history

1940 Bugs Bunny and his catch phrase "What's up doc?" make their official debut in "A Wild Hare" which is nominated for the short film Oscar.

1969 TV wunderkind Bryan Fuller is born in Idaho. We will always love him for Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls

Maya Rudolph, Prince, Bob Hope, Lindsay Lohan and more after the jump...
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Performers of the Week: Killjoys' Hannah John-Kamen & Aaron Ashmore

Performers of the Week: Killjoys' Hannah John-Kamen & Aaron Ashmore
The Performers | Hannah John-Kamen and Aaron Ashmore

The Show | Killjoys

The Episode | “The Warrior Princess Bride” (July 20, 2018)

The Performance | Syfy’s jaunty space adventure opened Season 4 with a sliiiightly unconventional hour that, save for a few scenes — where Khylen tried to calm Dutch as she lay wounded in the greenspace — took place years ago. And boy, did Hannah John-Kamens and Aaron Ashmore make that past a blast.

Chronicling a time shortly after Yalena Yardeen and John Jaqobis first met but before they became Killjoys, the flashbacks entertainingly echoed the series’ freshman run, when everything was shiny and new, the stakes a bit less dire.
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Vampire Chronicles Series In Development at Hulu

After regaining the rights to her Vampire Chronicles book series back in 2016, Anne Rice and her son, fellow novelist Christopher Rice, have been looking to bring Lestat to life on the small screen, and now they're heading to Hulu with the anticipated adaptation.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals the news of Vampire Chronicles being picked up by Hulu, reporting that the series is now in development at the streaming service.

Based on the popular book series, the first script for the Vampire Chronicles was penned by Anne and Christopher. The mother-son duo will also executive produce the project with David Kanter and Steve Golin from Anonymous Content, who, along with Paramount Television, picked up the rights to option 11 novels from Rice's book series back in 2017.

Bryan Fuller was previously on board the Vampire Chronicles series to help develop it with Anne and Christopher, but he amicably left the project several months ago.
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‘Trial and Error’ Star Kristin Chenoweth on How Her True Crime Obsession Nearly Kept Her From Broadway

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‘Trial and Error’ Star Kristin Chenoweth on How Her True Crime Obsession Nearly Kept Her From Broadway
Kristin Chenoweth, when you meet her in person, is as friendly and bubbly as you might imagine — in the middle of a busy NBC press day, she required several pauses in our conversation to say hi to familiar faces. Thus, her newest role of accused husband killer Lavinia Peck-Foster might feel like an odd fit, except for this fact: The “Trial and Error” Season 2 star is a true crime junkie, and in fact nearly studied criminal justice instead of pursuing musical theater at one point in her career.

“During ‘Wicked,’ I went to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which is basically across the street from where the theater is,” she said. “I looked up some classes and was going to take a basic criminal justice course and then our day and night off moved from Monday night to Wednesday night, so I got taken out of class.”

While entertainment became her ultimate path,
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Ascap, Bmi Schedule Workshops for Composers

Two major performance-rights organizations announced this week the launch of workshops designed to aid up-and-coming film and TV composers: Ascap, for film scoring; and Bmi, for conducting.

Both are multi-week events for which hundreds apply annually, and the two will culminate in live recording sessions at Los Angeles area studios later this month.

Ascap began its 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop today, with Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis as mentor and Ascap film and TV executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon producing.

It’s a comprehensive, four-week program that has proven a launching pad for many composers in the past, including Jim Dooley (“Pushing Daisies”), Rob Duncan (“Castle”), Matthew Margeson (the “Kingsman” movies), Cliff Martinez (“Drive”), Mateo Messina (“Juno”) and Austin Wintory (“Journey”).

This year’s 12 composers — chosen from nearly 400 applicants — include Shaun Crawford of Cape Town, South Africa; Damien Lane of Cambewarra, Australia; Kyle Laporte of Playa Del Rey, Calif.
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Ascap, Bmi Schedule Workshops for Composers

  • Variety
Two major performance-rights organizations announced this week the launch of workshops designed to aid up-and-coming film and TV composers: Ascap, for film scoring; and Bmi, for conducting.

Both are multi-week events for which hundreds apply annually, and the two will culminate in live recording sessions at Los Angeles area studios later this month.

Ascap began its 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop today, with Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis as mentor and Ascap film and TV executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon producing.

It’s a comprehensive, four-week program that has proven a launching pad for many composers in the past, including Jim Dooley (“Pushing Daisies”), Rob Duncan (“Castle”), Matthew Margeson (the “Kingsman” movies), Cliff Martinez (“Drive”), Mateo Messina (“Juno”) and Austin Wintory (“Journey”).

This year’s 12 composers — chosen from nearly 400 applicants — include Shaun Crawford of Cape Town, South Africa; Damien Lane of Cambewarra, Australia; Kyle Laporte of Playa Del Rey, Calif.
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Emmy spotlight: Alex Borstein deserves her first win for managing ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Emmy spotlight: Alex Borstein deserves her first win for managing ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband and co-writer/director/producer Daniel Palladino are such big fans of Alex Borstein that they wrote the role role of comedy manager Susie Myerson just for her. She’d appeared in their two previous TV shows: “Gilmore Girls” and “Bunheads and is on track to win Best Comedy Supporting Actress for this breakout Amazon hit. Like Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), the jilted housewife-turned-stand-up comic at the center of the show, Borstein’s Susie Myerson is a woman trying to crack the glass ceiling as a personal manager, another male-dominated profession.

Borstein first appeared on “Gilmore Girls” in the first season as Drella, the harpist at the Independence Inn managed by Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham). She returned in seasons three and five as Miss Celine, the personal stylist of Lorelai’s mother Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop). But she almost had a
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Alex Kurtzman Taking Over as ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Showrunner

Star Trek: Discovery is going through yet another showrunner change. The CBS All Access series had a tumultuous road to its first season, as creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller was asked to step down during the scripting and pre-production phase as producers weren’t crazy about him splitting his time between Trek and Starz’s American Gods (he also eventually left the Starz series over creative differences). At that point, writers/producers Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg were promoted to showrunners on the series, having worked with Fuller on shows like Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls. Now, however, as production …
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AMC Finally Reveals ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Premiere Date

AMC Finally Reveals ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Premiere Date
We finally know when you’ll see the next of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill — and definitely no more of Chuck. AMC announced Thursday that “Better Call Saul” Season 4 will premiere on Aug. 6, with the network’s new Wyatt Russell and Brent Jennings-led series “Lodge 49” debuting right after.

And it’s about time, seeing as the “Breaking Bad” prequel series aired its Season 3 finale last June.

“Monday nights have become a destination for our character-driven dramas, and we loved the idea of pairing these two series, which are similar in their darkly comedic tone and led by two charming yet complicated characters facing huge life moments,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.

Also Read: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Better Call Saul' Among Writers Guild TV Nominees

“We’re excited to share the next
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Pushing Daisies, Two and a Half Men: Reboots Pitched Following Roseanne Cancellation

Could Pushing Daisies and Two and a Half men be making a comeback? According to Deadline, both TV shows have made reboot pitches to ABC.From Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies starred Lee Pace as Ned, a pie shop owner who can bring the dead back to life. The cast also includes Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, and Kristin Chenoweth. The dramedy ran on ABC for only two seasons before being cancelled in 2009.Read More…
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Bryan Fuller Pushes For a Pushing Daisies Revival after Roseanne is Canceled

With ABC canceling Roseanne, there is a gap to fill in their fall schedule. Not long after it was announced that the show was canceled, TV writer and producer Bryan Fuller took to Twitter to push for a Pushing Daisies revival to fill that empty slot in the fall schedule!

Not To Be Opportunistic, But If you're Itching To Fill That #Roseanne Slot With Another Former @ABCNetwork Show... pic.twitter.com/UXYm5j6adx

— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 29, 2018

The wonderful short-lived dramedy starred Lee Pace, Ana Friel and Kristin Chenoweth and it aired on ABC from 2007-09. The series centers on the life of Ned (Pace), a pie-maker gifted with the mysterious ability to reanimate the dead by touching them. The core of the story is love. Ned's childhood sweetheart ends up being murdered, and he uses his ability to bring her back to life, even though he could never,
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‘Roseanne’s Cancellation: What It Means For ABC Fall Schedule & Remaining Pilots

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‘Roseanne’s Cancellation: What It Means For ABC Fall Schedule & Remaining Pilots
ABC’s last-minute pickup of Roseanne last spring shook up the network’s comedy pilot field, leading to fewer new series orders than initially projected — The Mayor, which landed on the fall schedule, and Splitting Up Together and Alex, Inc., which were held for midseason.

This time around, the surprise cancellation of Roseanne a couple of weeks after ABC unveiled its 2018-2018 schedule could have the opposite effect, possibly giving a comedy pilot that did not make the cut to series a second chance.

ABC executives reportedly spent the day today in scheduling meetings discussing various scenarios for its Tuesday fall lineup without the 8 Pm anchor (and the network’s highest-rated series), Roseanne.

I hear among the possibilities in consideration for filling in the hole is bringing in The Goldbergs spinoff series, Schooled, the only comedy series ABC has on the bench for midseason, for a fall launch. Additionally, I
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Bryan Fuller Pitches ‘Pushing Daisies’ Revival To Replace ‘Roseanne’ On ABC

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Bryan Fuller Pitches ‘Pushing Daisies’ Revival To Replace ‘Roseanne’ On ABC
Having exited his fair share of shows over the years, Bryan Fuller today has a suggestion for ABC to replace the now-canceled Roseanne on its fall schedule.

The former American Gods co-showrunner took to social media on Tuesday to advocate — tongue partially in cheek — for the return of Pushing Daisies, the dramedy starring Lee Pace, Ana Friel and Kristin Chenoweth that aired on Disney-owned network aired from 2007-09.

Not To Be Opportunistic, But If You’Re Itching To Fill That #Roseanne Slot With Another Former @ABCNetwork Show… pic.twitter.com/UXYm5j6adx

— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 29, 2018

In this era of revivals and reboots, Pushing Daisies has been off the air almost long enough to be in consideration for another kick at the Big 4 can. Created by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator Fuller, the multiple Emmy winner was plucked off the air by ABC in December 2008 with its final
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Jim Dooley (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ composer): Joining this ‘dark world’ was ‘like putting on a warm coat’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jim Dooley (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ composer): Joining this ‘dark world’ was ‘like putting on a warm coat’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
For composer Jim Dooley, stepping into season two of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was “like putting on a warm coat. This kind of dark fantasy world is really something I feel very comfortable doing.” Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), this Netflix comedy centers on the three Baudelaire siblings: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith). After their parents die in a mysterious fire, they face trials and tribulations while uncovering dark family secrets, all while the evil Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) tries to steal their family fortune. Watch our exclusive video interview with Dooley above.

See Cynthia Ann Summers (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ costume designer) on changing color scheme as ‘situations are getting more dire’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Dooley joined the creative team at the behest of director and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, whom he’d previously worked with on “Pushing Daisies.
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Can John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf still earn Emmy love despite icky ‘Roseanne’ cancellation?

Can John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf still earn Emmy love despite icky ‘Roseanne’ cancellation?
When Kristin Chenoweth won an Emmy in 2009 for the cancelled ABC comedy “Pushing Daisies,” she joked, “I’m unemployed now, so I’d like to be on ‘Mad Men'” (watch below). Chenoweth’s triumph was hardly the first time someone prevailed at the Emmys for a cancelled TV show, and that’s the one potential bright spot for “Roseanne” scene-stealers John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf following the show’s shocking cancellation. However, while Goodman and Metcalf are still in the running for Emmys, might the icky demise of “Roseanne” thanks to Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets make the entire program toxic to voters?

Seeabc cancels ‘Roseanne’ following Roseanne Barr’s ‘repugnant’ tweet

Goodman is no stranger to prevailing at the Emmys for cancelled shows, doing just that for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” a decade ago. He won Best Drama Guest Actor at the 2007 ceremony after NBC turned
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Trial & Error Season 2: See First Photo of Kristin Chenoweth — Plus: When Does It Return?

The truest crime? We still have to wait a few months for Trial & Error to return.

The NBC comedy, which pokes fun at true-crime docuseries, will return for Season 2 with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, July 19, starting at 9/8c.

As previously reported, Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) joins the cast this season, playing eccentric heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster. The grande dame is on trial for murder after her husband Edgar’s body is found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of her car. Lavinia hasn’t left her home for years, and she’s very fond of her hairless cat, Fluffy… but is she a killer?
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Exclusive Interview – Emmy-winning composer Jim Dooley talks playing tortoise shells & more for the A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 score

Everyone who has been tuning in to Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ probably is asking the exact same question.. How much bad luck can one family possibly have? Season 2, which premiered on March 30th, isn’t looking much brighter for the Baudelaire orphans as Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, continues his reign of terror over the children. The unrelenting misery Violet, Klaus and Sunny experience can very depressing at times but other lighthearted and whimsical aspects of the show make for a very fun ride. One of those aspects being the score by Emmy winning composer Jim Dooley. Dooley does a great job of taking this very imaginative story to the next level through his musical choices. In this exclusive interview we go a little more in depth with him about the season 2 score.

How would you describe your score for the show?

The score for
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 25)

1953: The Guiding Light's Bert pestered her husband, Bill.

1969: Dark Shadows' Barnabas found a strange doll's head.

1987: B&B's Ridge & Caroline revealed their engagement.

1988: General Hospital's Simone had a miscarriage."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) tried to convince her husband, Bill (Lyle Sudrow), he had to spend money to make money.

1955: On Golden Windows,
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