Posts Tagged ‘voices’

Jay Leno Prize Sparks What-Ifs After the Latenight Wars

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Friends and admirers said all the right things in presenting Jay Leno the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for comedy, an event commemorated with a 90-minute PBS special. Leno “did it clean. He did it with dignity,” said Robert Klein. “Thanks for making standup first,” said “The Daily Show’s” Al Madrigal. The former “The Tonight Show”... Read more

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Studios Need to Alter Their Mind-Set to Keep Productions in California

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On a trip to Vancouver a few years ago, one TV producer surveyed the myriad projects being shot there and labeled the town Hollywood Sleep-Away Camp. Those visitors were drawn less by British Columbia’s natural beauty than by the siren song of its tax credits, along with Canada’s favorable monetary exchange rate. Having witnessed a... Read more

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What Hollywood Can Learn From the Jill Abramson Controversy

May 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The evisceration of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times earlier this month has sparked spirited debate across the media landscape. Does a sexist double standard still exist in the world of top management? Do some male executives pursue a style of aggressive management behavior that would not be tolerated from women?... Read more

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‘Scandal’ Season Finale Buckles Under Dizzying Absurdities

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Scandal” often brings to mind Stephen J. Cannell’s story about pitching “The A-Team” to Brandon Tartikoff. The legendary producer fondly recalled that the wilder the pitch became (until they were essentially just winging it with whatever crazy thing they could think of), the more the NBC executive liked it. Viewers have largely responded the same... Read more

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‘Game of Thrones’ Puts Its Own Spin on Happily Ever After (SPOILERS)

April 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Game of Thrones” has certainly put its own spin on weddings, one unlikely to leave anyone grumbling about the food or wondering where the happy couple’s registered. And by all means, if anyone invites a child serve as ring bearer or flower girl, it would be best to respectfully decline. Still, the second episode of... Read more

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With Stephen Colbert, CBS Makes the Perfect Choice

April 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Skeptics will wonder how long CBS had Stephen Colbert in its back pocket, given how smoothly the baton pass worked out. But whatever the back story, the network has found the perfect choice to replace David Letterman, in a coup that could potentially reset the latenight race to a scenario much like the one that... Read more

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MTV’s ‘Are You the One?’ Parlays Junk Science Into Second Season

March 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MTV’s “Are You the One?” has parlayed its fun-in-the-sun dating competition into a second-season renewal, with plans for a reunion show April 1. And while one can see why the concept worked well enough to hook a survivable percentage of the target demo, as the March 25 finale made clear, what the show says about... Read more

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Ryan Reynold’s Supernatural Comedy ‘The Voices’ Picked Up by Lionsgate

March 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to supernatural comedy “The Voices,” starring Ryan Reynolds. The deal was announced six weeks after the film’s premiere at Sundance. Directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry, “The Voices” also stars Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. Producers are Matthew Rhodes, Adi Shankar, Roy Lee... Read more

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Jimmy Kimmel Takes Latenight Crack at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Expense

March 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jimmy Kimmel has always been a good company man (in the way, say, David Letterman isn’t), appearing at ABC upfront presentations and seldom missing an opportunity to help promote his latenight program — including his awkward pre-show appearance at the Oscars on Sunday. Still, after getting sand kicked in his face ratings-wise during Jimmy Fallon’s... Read more

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‘Walking Dead’ Ambles Back, Picking Up the Scattered Pieces

February 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Walking Dead” has become such a ratings-devouring force AMC rather brazenly scheduled its mid-season return opposite the Olympics — as in, “Olympics? We’re not afraid of no stinking Olympics.” Sunday’s episode, moreover, found the series still in disarray after the tumultuous, character-shedding events of its most recent finale, which allowed the producers — in... Read more

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