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‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation

Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… Read

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‘Westworld’ & ‘American Gods’ Makeup Designer On Developing Sensitivity To Grisly Research Process

Pulling triple duty recently on HBO’s Westworld, Starz’s American Gods and Netflix original series Santa Clarita Diet, makeup effects designer Christien Tinsley has become more selective of late, in the projects he takes on and the imagery he looks at in preparation. Viewing the bloody brawls of American Gods or the hacked up bodies of Santa Clarita Diet through the lens of Tinsley’s craft, one can imagine the kind of imagery he has to look at as research, and while… Read

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‘The Leftovers’ Star Scott Glenn & Director Mimi Leder On Their Exposure To “The Oldest Culture On Planet Earth”

Several weeks ago—as the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers was about to air on the East Coast—director and executive producer Mimi Leder and star Scott Glenn were feeling nostalgic. Sitting together and reflecting back on the series an hour before a series finale event presented by Deadline, neither Glenn nor Leder could stop complimenting the other. Directing the Season 3 premiere and finale, Leder also directed the third episode of the season, “Crazy Whitefella… Read

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Donald Trump Admits He Has No Tapes Of James Comey Talks, Shocking No One

President Donald Trump, who attempted to intimidate FBI Director James Comey after sacking him, with a tweeted threat he might have recorded their conversations, this morning tweeted “kidding” — or words to that effect: With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 …whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations… Read

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MSNBC Adds Hugh Hewitt Show To Saturday Slate

Hugh Hewitt will anchor an 8 AM Saturday interview show on MSNBC, debuting June 24. The conservative radio host’s new cable-news program will provide interviews and analysis on the week’s news and feature the obligatory panel of experts from various perspectives. MSNBC also announced it will extend live programming into the weekend beginning in July, so as to deliver breaking news coverage until 9 PM ET on Saturdays and Sundays. Last month, MSNBC finished first among… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie To Start Production In 2018

The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year. NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018. "We are working on… Read

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‘Casual’s Tara Lynne Barr Talks Singing On Set And A Season Driven By Female Directors

Currently in its third season, Hulu’s standout original comedy series Casual is notable for its unique exploration of familial tensions, but also for its portrait of teenage life today, as seen through the lens of Laura (Tara Lynne Barr)’s experience. Season 3 follows up on previously established questions about Laura’s self-destructive patterns and shifting dynamics in her dysfunctional family, which leave her more alone and less self-assured than we’ve ever seen… Read

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On-Camera Press Briefings Turn Reporters Into Wannabe YouTube Stars, Sean Spicer Complains

The ratings success of the White House’s on-camera press briefings are turning some White House correspondents into attention seekers hoping to become YouTube stars, Press Secretary Sean Spicer complained Wednesday. President Donald Trump has spoken about Spicer's daily briefings being the most popular program in daytime TV – an ominous sign for those who know Trump likes to be the star of his show. Similarly, a red flag went up this month among those who cover Trump when… Read

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Barry Levinson On ‘Wizard Of Lies’, Bernie Madoff And The Modern American Crime

"Do you think I'm a sociopath?" Bernie Madoff asks, in HBO TV movie The Wizard of Lies—a question posed to journalist Diana Henriques, but equally, to himself. Sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 at the age of 71, Bernie Madoff is one of America's most reviled and mythologized villains. As seen in Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson's film, based on the book by Henriques, Madoff is a man who lies constantly, every day, even to those he loves most. A Ponzi schemer… Read

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‘The Leftovers’ Star Justin Theroux On Playing Twin Brothers & “The Andy Griffith Version” Of Kevin In Season 3

Several weeks ago, Justin Theroux joined his castmates in celebrating the end of The Leftovers, a consistently and surprisingly ambitious series that became a staple for HBO over the course of its three seasons. Signing onto the series, Theroux had a handshake deal with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, promising that the series would only last three or four seasons. Nonetheless, when the series began winding down to its conclusion, the actor had his share of… Read

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‘Fargo’s David Thewlis On The Season Finale & Sinking His Teeth Into A Villain For All Times

Closing out its third (and possibly final) season tonight, Noah Hawley’s Fargo has always been marvelously specific with its characters, and particularly its villains. From Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton)’s bizarre bowl cut in Season 1 to V.M. Varga’s (David Thewlis) rotten teeth in Season 3, the series makes surprising visual choices that defy understanding and elicit conversation. Alongside his henchmen, portrayed by Goran Bogdan and Andy Yu, Thewlis made the most of… Read

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‘The Young Pope’ Jude Law On Paolo Sorrentino’s Process & Mystery As Commodity

Bow down and humble yourself before Jude Law. Taking on the full weight of papal regalia as Pope Pius XIII (né Lenny Berardo) in HBO’s limited series The Young Pope, the Oscar-nominated actor delivers one of the most memorable performances of his career. In the first television series from acclaimed Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino—a six-time Palme d’Or nominee—Law dives deep into the “deeply knotted,” contradictory Belardo, who is simultaneously one of the most… Read