Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Sweeps Australia’s AACTA Awards
Mel Gibson’s pacifist World War II drama, Hacksaw Ridge, took five key prizes at the AACTA Awards in Sydney last night. The film won Australia’s equivalent to the Oscar in the Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay (Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan) categories as well as scooping Best Lead Actor for Andrew Garfield and Best Supporting Actor for Hugo Weaving. The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts had earlier this week given Oz’s highest… Read
‘South Park’ Season Of Serialization Ends With Donald Trump Surrogate Still In White House
South Park‘s season of serialization came to an end; sadly Mr. Garrison/Donald Trump stand-in’s presidency did not appear to join it. On the bright side, the good folk of South Park did learn how easy it is to prompt Garrison/Trump to action by mocking him, though they could have learned that much quicker had they spoken to Lorne Michaels or Alec Baldwin.
In the season finale – oh, yeah, spoiler alerts – Cartman decided not to escape to Mars after discovering men do not… Read
Madonna Twerks, Vamps, Pouts, Fashion-Critiques Through Carpool Karaoke With James Corden
Much voguing, much scenery chewing, and what James Corden insists is Carpool Karaoke’s first in-car twerk when Madonna’s iteration of the hit video franchise dropped tonight on Corden’s Late Late Show.
Material Girl seemed deadly earnest through, announcing she doesn’t really like riding around in a car unless there's music, wondering why Corden did not remove any of his items of clothing, discussed her home life at some length and then pronounced it a “boring… Read
Stephen Colbert Torches Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Pick, Pizzagate, Wikileaks
“We have lot fun here at Late Show every night talking about the news of the day, but I hope you don't get your news from me because – newsflash – this isn't news, this is entertainment,” Stephen Colbert said on his CBS late-night show. “If you want news go to CBS's John Dickerson, or maybe the Wall Street Journal. But don't go to some anonymous guy on social media, because a lot of the news on social media is a lie.
The craziest fake news these days is called Pizzagate.… Read
‘Hairspray Live!’ Integrates Ads And Audiences Into NBC’s Holiday Musical – Review
There were several firsts in Hairspray Live!, NBC’s fourth annual telecast of a Broadway musical (following The Sound Of Music, Peter Pan and last year’s The Wiz!). The hit musical about 1962 Baltimore and one chubby teenage girl’s determination to integrate an American Bandstand-type rock-and-roll TV show brought a live audience after three outings that were marked by dead spots where applause and laughter were wanted — especially in light of Fox’s award-winning Grease!… Read
Adrianne Tolsch Dead: Pivotal Stand-Up Comic, Wife Of ‘Letterman’ Writer Was 78
Adrianne Tolsch, a pioneering figure among female stand-up comics, a Broadway performer and the wife of former Late Show With David Letterman writer Bill Scheft, died today at her home in New York City. She was 78 and succumbed to esophageal cancer.
Scheft broke the news to friends on his Twitter page.
Gone to heaven, 5:45 this morning. pic.twitter.com/8mRqkJ0HY1
— Bill Scheft (@billscheft) December 7, 2016
Tolsch was perhaps best known for her association in the… Read
Conan O’Brien Skirts Late-Night Political Minefield With Berlin Road Trip
Updated with video: Conan O'Brien is a rare late-night host who seems to eschew politics yet inserts himself into some significant political stories.
The TBS star made headlines in February 2015 when he and a small crew became the first American late-night show to film in Cuba since the U.S. embargo on that country began in 1962. Conan has since followed that road trip with a visit to South (and, very briefly, North) Korea, to Qatar with First Lady Michelle Obama, and… Read
Former Labor Secretary On CNN Appeals Directly To Donald Trump: Stop Tweeting
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich appealed directly to Donald Trump during an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 tonight, taking the president-elect to task for tweets against a union boss, Alec Baldwin and individual journalists: “You are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty and thin-skinned and vindictive,” Reich said, looking into the camera and addressing Trump. “Stop this.”
Reich’s impassioned plea – or confrontation – followed Trump’s tweet… Read
‘@midnight’ Host Chris Hardwick On New Slot, Show’s Political Transformation, Post-Election Plans & ‘Talking Dead’
Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick landed an unexpected time slot upgrade in August when the network canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, temporarily moving @midnight to 11:30 PM in the final stretch of one of the most compelling presidential campaigns ever. @midnight, which had started off as a game show-style program, in which comedians weigh in on the top online trends that day, found itself as a companion to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and… Read
‘Black-ish’ Boss On The Benefits Of Industry Nepotism & Changing The Television World
Diversity in the entertainment industry is going to be a hot-button topic for a while, but with the breakout success of ABC's comedy Black-ish, which helped to open doors for others like Master of None, Insecure and Atlanta, progress is underway. Black-ish is among those that has broken barriers, and from recent police-brutality incidents to the use of the N-word, the show is not afraid to feature issues that fall into the zeitgeist and prompt viewers to take a cognizant… Read
Starz Shareholders Formally Endorse Sale To Lionsgate
For the record: Starz moved a step closer to merging with Lionsgate today as the premium network company’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly to support the agreement to sell itself to the studio for $4.4 billion cash and stock.
Nearly 95% of the shares that voted, about 142 million, favored the deal. Owners of nearly 9.6 million shares abstained. About 98% of the votes cast also approved a non-binding proposal to support compensation agreements for Starz executives.
House Bill Would Jettison FCC’s Ban On Local Media Cross-Ownership
Time appears to be running out for the FCC’s effort to promote diversity in local media. A bipartisan bill introduced today would overturn the agency’s ban on allowing one company to own TV and radio stations as well as a daily newspaper in the same market.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) served up the proposal that within a year after its passage would strip the FCC rule of its “force or effect.”
The move is a response to the FCC’s 3-2 vote along… Read