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Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment Making English-Language Version Of Scandi Teen Hit ‘Shame’

Simon Fuller Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, USA

Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment is making an English-language version of hit Scandi teen drama Shame (Skam) for American and Canadian audiences. The show, which debuted on Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation platforms in 2015, uses narratives in real time with unknown actors and scripts that are geared to a 16 year-old audience with a focus on real-life teen issues. The show scored huge ratings among young and adult audiences in Scandinavia, growing its weekly audience… Read


‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: Web Wings, Teen Angst, And A First Look At The Vulture


We told you how fantastic Spider-Man: Homecoming looked last summer after Marvel’s Hall H-dominating presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, but you’ve had to take our word for it since then. At last, however, you can see a bit for yourself via the film’s first trailer, which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In fact, stop reading these pointless words and watch it above now. Being the webslinger’s second appearance as an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: AFI Narrows The Race; ‘La La’ Hits L.A.; Jeff Bezos Throws A Party ‘By The Sea’; Tom Ford Chows Down

Actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling place their handprints in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California U.S., December 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit There was much anticipation surrounding today’s release of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies Of The Year list, as it has often come close to what eventually Oscar voters pick, even though the Academy rarely matches AFI’s number, so inevitably titles are not always perfectly correlated. The biggest surprise snub for me was the very American, and very moving Loving, which which I thought… Read


World’s Biggest YouTuber Vows To Delete Channel Citing Traffic, Race-Based Complaints About Video Service

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He said he’d delete his YouTube channel upon reaching 50 million subscribers and today Pew Pew Die, the world’s most popular Youtuber, has vowed to follow through with that threat. The Swedish-born, UK-based gamer and comedian, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, reached that subscriber milestone today and shortly after, said in a tweet that he will be terminating his Youtube channel on Friday at 5 PM, London time. The move comes after a lengthy war of words by Kjellberg… Read


Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Big Fan’ Game Show Sets Debut Date With Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey, Vida Alves McConaughey, Jimmel Kimmel

Big Fan, ABC’s celebrity-packed game show from Jimmy Kimmel and  Banijay Studios North America, will premiere Monday, January 9 at 10 pm ET, immediately following The Bachelor, ABC says. The first two celebrity guests will be Matthew McConaughey and NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The premiere will feature two back-to-back half-hour episodes, with McConaughey first, followed by Rodgers (the Rodgers episode will include special guest Alex Trebek). The following Monday… Read


Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Donald Trump, Snags Follow-Up And Twitter Snarks

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Fairly easy global warming prediction: Late-night comics will take at least some shots tonight at yesterday’s meeting between green-minded Leonardo DiCaprio and climate-skeptic Donald Trump to discuss environmentally clean jobs. On the same day Trump picked climate change denier and Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, he met at Trump Tower with environmental activist DiCaprio. Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio… Read


‘Timeless’: Annie Wersching Set To Recur On NBC Time Travel Drama Series


24 alumna Annie Wersching has booked a recurring role on NBC’s new time travel drama series Timeless. From Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, Timeless centers on a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Wersching will play Emma Whitmore, a reclusive woman hiding out in a cabin deep in the woods who is of mysterious importance to Flynn (Goran Visnjic). Gersching, who starred opposite… Read


Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Docu Series Set For HBO: ‘Defiant Ones’ Bows Next Year

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The Defiant Ones, a four-part documentary series from director Allen Hughes about the unlikely partnership between music legends Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, will debut on HBO in 2017. "The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story – drama and humor, tragedy and triumph," said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. "Allen Hughes takes you on a journey through some of the most important flash points of popular culture, and I'm delighted that we can bring this… Read


Mark Jackson Joins Seth MacFarlane’s Fox Series ‘Orville’


British actor Mark Jackson has been cast as a series regular opposite Seth MacFarlane in Orville, his 13-episode straight-to-series hourlong comedic drama for Fox. Set 300 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before. Jackson will play a… Read


President Obama To Make Final ‘The Daily Show’ Appearance As President Next Week

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With just over a month to go before he hands the keys to the executive mansion off to Donald Trump, Barack Obama will be making his last appearance as President on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a lengthy interview taking place at The White House. The interview will air Monday, December 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT and be simulcast on MTV and BET. The appearance marks Obama’s first on The Daily Show since Trevor Noah took over as host in 2015. President Obama was a… Read


‘Interrogation’ Director Vetri Maaran Details Sensitivity To On-Screen Violence: India’s Oscar Entry


An Indian writer/director previously known for romantic drama Aadukalam and 2007’s Ruthless Man, Vetri Maaran brought his latest film, Interrogation, to this year’s Venice Film Festival, where it was met with a warm response and was honored with the Amnesty International Italia Award and the Venice Horizons Award. Now Interrogation is India’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language film. The pic tells the haunting story of a group of immigrants who are detained by local… Read

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‘The Band’s Visit’, Based On The 2007 Israeli Film, Is The Season’s Best New Musical – Review

Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk in 'The Band's Visit.'

Some shows are so full of heart and so overflowing with integrity — of talent, of skill and of purpose – that a critic is torn between singing its praises from the rooftops and wanting to protect something rare and fragile. Even when, truth to tell, a great show is usually a tough one as well, able to withstand the pressure of raves and the demand to sacrifice a little bit of proximity to reach a wider audience. That was true of Rent, and Spring Awakening and, of course, H… Read