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Emmy Supporting Nominees Break Free From Their Best-Known Roles
No profession is more about reinvention than acting, but this year’s comedy supporting acting nominees are proof that Emmy voters enjoy seeing performers break out of boxes — even if those actors ...
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WME/IMG Names Corporate Vet CFO as Agency Faces Post-Merger Scrutiny
WME/IMG has filled the key void in its management ranks with the appointment of Microsoft and General Motors alum Chris Liddell as chief financial officer. Liddell (pictured) was recruited during the ...
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Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen on Twitter, ‘SNL’ and Working Together
“It is an honor just to be nominated,” insisted both Lena Dunham, the creator and star of “Girls,” and “Portlandia’s” Fred Armisen, when Variety caught up with the Emmy comedy nominees r...
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Laugh Tracks Are No Replacement for the Real Thing
A funny thing happened this pilot season. Or rather, a funny thing didn’t. The networks turned out a handful of multi-cams with laugh tracks — or sweetened live studio audience recordings, as they...
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Production Designer Andrew Jackness Brings ‘Masters of Sex’ to Life
It’s not often that drawing a sex toy will land you an Emmy nomination. As the production designer for the pilot of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” about the lives and loves of sex researchers Vi...
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Hollywood Gets a Boost From Its Animal Instincts at L.A. Zoo
Kids, Hollywood and the zoo seem like a ready-made mix for a good time. That’s the way 20th Century Fox and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. saw it this summer when they collaborated on an event th...
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Theater, Improv Backgrounds Help Build Emmy-Nominated Comedy Casts
Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne McCart...
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'Man Playing God Will Bite Him On the Ass': A Conversation With the Writers of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa on how they used primates to find the essence of humanity.read more
Jamie Foxx in Talks to Play Mike Tyson in Biopic, Boxer Says
Jamie Foxx might be hitting the bag in preparation to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic, according to the former heavyweight champion of the world. “Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and ...
IFP to Honor Netflix Exec Ted Sarandos at Gotham Awards
For his role in making independent film as accessible as it has ever been, the Independent Filmmakers Project is going to honor Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos with the 2014 Industry Award ...
Here's Why Empathy is The Key to Good Storytelling
1. Storytelling is about shared experience.The best stories transport us into someone else's life, if only for a moment. But we won't go along for the ride unless we empathize with the characters. Emp...
7 Questions With ‘Return to Zero’ Star Minnie Driver: Emmy Nominee Quickie
The Lifetime movie “Return to Zero” is a wrenching drama about a couple coping with the death of their unborn child, and a film that landed Minnie Driver her second Emmy nomination as a mo...
‘Big Bang Theory’ Postpones Production Amid Contract Negotiations
“The Big Bang Theory” has hit a stumbling block on its way to another season. Production on the series, which was due to begin Wednesday, has been postponed as series stars including Johnn...
Michael Andreen Named SVP, Production at Fox International
Former Fox exec Michael Andreen has returned to the company once again. The studio announced on Wednesday that Andreen will serve as senior vice president of production at Fox International Productio...
Watch: Jessica Chastain and Al Pacino Break the Fourth Wall in Complex Trailer for 'Salome'/'Wild Salome'
Before she was a two-time Academy Award nominee, Jessica Chastain was cast by industry legend Al Pacino in his feature "Salomé," and years later it is finally going to grace the big s...
Zac Efron Discusses Addiction to ‘Social Lubricant’ With Bear Grylls (Video)
Zac Efron felt so comfortable “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” that he opened up to the British adventurer about his addiction to “social lubricant.” The actor, who may have fin...
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Meredith Vieira on the 'Today' Show Turmoil, Her New Daytime Gamble
The woman who helped established an earlier era of No. 1 at NBC News dishes on Don Hewitt, “The View,” and trouble at her former morning home: “Shit happens, people make mistakes.”read more ...
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'Big Bang Theory' Delays Production as Cast Still Without Contracts
Production on the CBS comedy was due to resume Wednesday, with five key castmembers still without deals for season eight.read more
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Gotham Awards: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos to Receive Industry Tribute
UPDATED: The chief content officer will be honored at the Manhattan indie-film awards show on Dec. 1.read more
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Viacom Spent Millions After MTV Showed Dead Man's Body
Media giant turns to its insurer to foot the costs of a lawsuit over "T.I.'s Road to Redemption."read more

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