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It seems like every few years, the Television Academy reinvents the variety specials Emmy competition — and now, with an explosion in stand-up comedy on streaming platforms, it may have to rethink things once again. This year’s field of contenders in the variety special (pre-recorded) category is a hodgepodge of music showcases like Amazon Prime
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After a fierce bidding war, Sony Pictures and SK Global have acquired the film rights to bestselling author Kevin Kwan’s new novel “Sex and Vanity,” which became an instant New York Times bestseller after its release on June 30. Published by Doubleday, this is Kwan’s first novel since the release of his “Crazy Rich Asians”
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The Cesar Academy, which distributes France’s equivalent to the Oscars, has unveiled new rules aimed at ramping up diversity and parity within its board. The new guidelines were put together with the help of a mediator appointed by France’s National Film Board (CNC) following an industry consultation. Under those new rules, the Cesar Academy will
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Rob McElhenney is certainly no stranger to workplace comedies, having co-created “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which launched in 2005 and whose 15th season will make it the longest-running live-action sitcom in small-screen history. But with “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” which bowed on Apple TV Plus earlier this year, he moved from the world of
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During its six-season-and-a-movie Comedy Central run, “Reno 911” was always always known for off-the-cuff comedic riffs, and its new season on Quibi is no exception. But, bringing the law enforcement comedy back more than a decade after originally signing off, and on a digital platform, has allowed the show to take its humor to new,
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It’s 2020 and “Love and Basketball” director Gina Prince-Bythewood has achieved a Hollywood first — she’s the first Black woman to direct an action-comic book film, and her editor, Terilyn Shropshire (“When They See Us”) has the same distinction. “It’s whack,” comments Prince-Bythewood of the historic moment. “The Old Guard,” which premieres on Netflix July
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Elizabeth Debicki can keep a secret. Maybe it comes from her stint in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where she made a memorable appearance as a gold-painted alien in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Or from dabbling in the world of espionage in AMC’s adaptation of John le Carré’s spy thriller “The Night Manager.” Maybe
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Holy cinematic mystery, Batman! Last week, writer Marc Bernardin (“Castle Rock,” “Star Trek: Picard”) tweeted that he’d heard from “VERY good authority” that a 170-minute cut of the 1995 superhero blockbuster “Batman Forever” from the late director Joel Schumacher exists, but that Warner Bros. was “unsure if there’s any hunger for what was described to
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The annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held virtually for the first time on July 30. The star-studded lineup includes Lil Nas X, Dolly Parton, the cast and producers of “Pose,” Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Ryan O’Connell, Brian Michael Smith, Peppermint and Lena Waithe. Cara Delevingne, who appeared
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For this year’s edition of Nespresso Talents, a competition that celebrates emerging filmmakers and innovative forms of storytelling, organizers faced an obvious challenge as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, disrupting lives and rattling the global film industry. But the competition, designed for short films shot in vertical format, can claim its most successful
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UPDATED: The Recording Academy announced that it has extended membership invitations to more than 2,300 established music professionals. As part of the organization’s stated drive toward greater diversity, it notes that the 2020 class of invitees is 48% female, 21% African-American or African descent, 8% Hispanic, 3% Asian-American and Pacific Islander and 5% “other.” The
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WarnerMedia has appointed Christina Sulebakk to lead HBO Europe, including the linear networks and streaming service. In her new role as general manager, HBO Europe, Sulebakk will report into Priya Dogra, president, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC. Sulebakk replaces Hervé Payan, who served as CEO of HBO Europe for eight years and who will
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