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Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino (‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) on crafting their ‘tragically expensive’ series [Complete Interview Transcript]

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Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino (‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) on crafting their ‘tragically expensive’ series [Complete Interview Transcript]
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino just added even more Emmy nominations to their resumes for the second season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” They are nominated for Best Comedy Series and Comedy Directing together, coming off a major Emmy sweep last year for Season 1.

The Palladinos recently spoke with Gold Derby senior editor Susan Wloszczyna about the origin of “tits up,” the lack of Emmy love for their past series, “Gilmore Girls,” and what’s coming for Season 3 of “Maisel.” Watch the exclusive video interview above and read the complete transcript below.

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Gold Derby: For me, “Mrs. Maisel” came just in the nick of time because with things happening in the country that are a little bit depressing, I needed uplift in the worst way.

Daniel Palladino: We’re all desiring [Dwight D.] Eisenhower to be our president now.
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‘Love, Gilda’ Director Lisa D’Apolito On Her Emmy-Nominated Doc And A Long-Lost Gilda Radner Screenplay: “It’s A Great Script”

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‘Love, Gilda’ Director Lisa D’Apolito On Her Emmy-Nominated Doc And A Long-Lost Gilda Radner Screenplay: “It’s A Great Script”
The director of the Emmy-nominated documentary Love, Gilda says a previously unknown film script written by the late Gilda Radner could soon make the rounds in Hollywood.

“She left behind a screenplay which I have that nobody seems to have even known about,” filmmaker Lisa D’Apolito tells Deadline exclusively. “I’m actually working with my agents to see who would be interested in producing it.”

D’Apolito revealed some plot details to Deadline.

“It’s about a woman looking for love and she’s torn between these two guys. And then at the end she decides she just is going to be on her own. Not to sum it up in that sort of way, but it’s physical comedy,” she explains. “Hopefully once the word gets out [about the script]…her work can go on.”

Radner’s life and work—before, during and after her time as one of the original
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‘The Preppy Murder: Death In Central Park’: AMC & SundanceTV To Simulcast Doc Series From November 13 – TCA

AMC and SundanceTV are to simulcast true crime docuseries The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park and will air it over three nights from November 13 to November 15.

The five-part series, re-examines one of the most infamous crimes in recent U.S. history – the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin at the hands of Robert Chambers. The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park will expose evidence that was inadmissible in the trial and also examine the circumstances that made the story unfold the way it did: America’s untamed ambition in the mid-1980s, the rarified lifestyle of New York’s privileged prep school kids, sexism, elitism, an all-out tabloid media war that blamed the victim and an imperfect justice system.

The news was revealed at the TCA press tour.

The series is produced by Emmy Award winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment, which earlier this week was revealed to be
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Roisin Conaty: the genius comic who will fill the Fleabag hole in your life

Move over, Phoebe – there’s a new queen of confessional comedy. Prepare for an offbeat world of tiny Dolly Partons and cats who eat kebabs

Roisin Conaty still remembers her first night of standup. It was 2003 and she was at the King’s Head pub in London’s Crouch End, tipsy and being egged on by a friend. Conaty put her name down for the try-out comedy show, then forgot all about it. When they called to tell her it was her turn, she showed up with nothing prepared. “I thought you made it up on the night,” she says, eyes widening. “I now look back and think, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” She wasn’t even an avid comedy fan. “I’d seen Richard Pryor and Joan Rivers, the stuff off the telly. I don’t think I’d seen anything live before I did a gig, which is weird.
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William F. Brown Dies: ‘The Wiz’ Librettist Was 91

William F. Brown, whose libretto for Broadway’s The Wiz earned him a Tony Award nomination, died yesterday in Westport, Ct, according to his wife and collaborator Tina Tippit. Brown was 91.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1928, Brown attended Princeton University, wrote for Look Magazine, served a year in the U.S. Army, and, from 1952-54 was a TV producer for the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne (Bbdo), all before launching the freelance writing career that would include contributing comedy sketches and lyrics to nine of cabaret producer Julius Monk’s revues in New York and Chicago through the 1950s and ’60s.

Brown’s Broadway debut came when his play The Girl in the Freudian Slip opened at the Booth Theatre on May 18, 1967. The contemporary comedy about a married psychiatrist who finds himself attracted to a patient ran only four performances but is remembered as the first
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Emmy spotlight: The real marvel of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is its subtle but substantial hint of 21st century feminism

Emmy spotlight: The real marvel of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is its subtle but substantial hint of 21st century feminism
As a Baby Boomer kid, I found it hard to resist the premise of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” especially that it revolved around a clandestine female comedian. Rachel Brosnahan‘s rapid-fire delivery reminded me of those funny ladies who would frequent variety and talk shows back in the ’50s and ‘60s when TV was still in its youth. There was the holy trinity of Totie Fields, Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. Much of their jokes were self-deprecating pokes at their own appearance and failure to be perfect wives. But just by daring to crack wise just like the guys was considered a revolutionary act back then.

These women are represented by Mrs. Maisel’s sometimes rival, Sophie Lennon, who is played by Jane Lynch. She wears frumpy clothes that make her look dumpy and overweight as she demeans her own looks and goes for yuks about her husband. But it
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Donald Trump in ‘The Apprentice’: All Seasons Now Available Free to Stream Online

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Donald Trump in ‘The Apprentice’: All Seasons Now Available Free to Stream Online
All 15 seasons of “The Apprentice” franchise, NBC’s quasi-reality TV show that catapulted Donald Trump to national fame, are now available to binge-watch online — for free.

Tubi inked a licensing pact for the show with MGM Television, giving the ad-supported VOD provider exclusive streaming rights to all 192 episodes. Tubi on Monday (May 6) is launching the full set, which includes the original Trump-fronted “The Apprentice” (6 seasons) and follow-on “Celebrity Apprentice” (8 seasons) as well as the single season of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It’s the first time that full seasons of “The Apprentice” and its offshoots have become available on any streaming service, although the show has been available on DVD. MGM, which is one of Tubi’s strategic investors, has previously licensed other titles to the startup. The studio owns the rights to “The Apprentice,” created by Mark Burnett, who is now chairman of MGM’s worldwide television group.
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William Shatner Once Explained How 'Star Trek' Helped Save POWs During Vietnam

William Shatner Once Explained How 'Star Trek' Helped Save POWs During Vietnam
William Shatner has heard countless stories from fans through the years about how much Star Trek and his character Capt. James T. Kirk meant to them, but there was one early tale in particular that really got to him.

The actor, who turned 88 on Friday, once told the late Joan Rivers during a 1982 interview, when he stopped by The Tonight Show to plug Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, about an emotional story shared by a limo driver years ago that really stuck in his head.

Calling it “the most passionate moment I have heard about Star Trek,” Shatner ...
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New Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch Announces All Employees to Receive Stock in Company

  • Variety
The new standalone entity Fox Corp. held a town hall on Thursday, just over a day after the official closing of the 21st Century Fox-Disney merger.

Fox Corp. chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch led the meeting, at which sources say he announced that all employees would receive stock in the new company. The amount of stock the employees receive will depend on how long they have been at the company. Employees with 10 years or less under their belts will receive $1000 in stock, while those with 10-20 years will receive $2000. Fox employees who have been there for 20 years or more will receive $3000.

“You’re all owners,” Murdoch said. “Each and every one of you has a voice and we want it to be heard.” Though it was not explicitly stated, many took this news as a signal that Fox Corp. would not be undergoing layoffs like those that have
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Oscar Sunday Is One Week Away – 10 Golden Tips To Enjoy The 91st Academy Awards

It’s time for the 91st Oscars. Yeah baby, if you love movies, this is your night. With the Oscars just a week away, preparations for the big night have already begun in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre. On Saturday Wamg caught a glimpse of the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages that will line the Oscars red carpet.

You don’t have to be a huge movie geek, but it helps. Even if you just love movies, consider watching the Oscars next week for more than just the Best Picture award. You’ll see a lot of these names again, and like in sports, finding the player who is some day destined for greatness in this can be your big thrill.

Here’s our take on why to get excited about tuning in for Hollywood’s Big Night!

1. Black Panther is a Best Picture nominee

Black Panther
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Fox News Channel Names Michael Tammero Senior Vice President and Entertainment Host

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Michael Tammero, who has long run marketing for Fox News Channel is taking on an unorthodox new role at the cable-news outlets. As part of a multi-year deal, he will be named senior vice president of event marketing while taking on new duties covering entertainment and pop culture for the company’s news operations.

Tammero’s coverage will appear on Fox News, Fox Business Network, Fox Nation, Fox News Digital, the affiliate news service Fox News Edge, and Fox News Radio. He will report to Sharri Berg, chief operating officer of Fox Television Stations and senior vice president of news operations for Fox News. He will maintain his duties leading the network’s event marketing and report to Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News and Fox Business.

“I move on with both Fnc and Fbn at number one and look forward to tackling this exciting new on-air opportunity Suzanne Scott has offered me,
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ cast: More like ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast-offs

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ cast: More like ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast-offs
The definition of celebrity is pretty fluid these days. Of the dozen so-called famous names who are taking part in the second season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” most of them are best-known for their appearances on other reality TV competition shows. Five of the 12 have tried their hand at “Dancing with the Stars” with mixed results while two failed to win “Celebrity Apprentice.”

The five “CBB” houseguests who stumbled on “DWTS” are:

Jonathan Bennett: Season 19

The actor/host and partner Allison Holker finished in ninth place in the fall of 2014; actor Alfonso Ribeiro and his partner Witney Carson won.

Tamar Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”): Season 21

This R&B singer and reality TV star and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy withdrew just before the eighth elimination in the fall of 2015; Animal trainer Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough won.

Lolo Jones:: Season 19

This Olympian, from both the Summer (hurdles) and Winter (bobsled) games,
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Tiffany Haddish could get halfway to Egot by beating an ex-president at the Grammys

Tiffany Haddish could get halfway to Egot by beating an ex-president at the Grammys
Tiffany Haddish may not have gotten an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough role in “Girls Trip” (2017), but by February she could still be halfway to Egot. She won an Emmy a few months ago for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and now she’s up for a Grammy. All she has to do is beat an ex-president.

Haddish is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for “The Last Black Unicorn,” the audiobook version of her collection of personal essays. This is her first Grammy nomination, but she has been in a Hollywood honeymoon period since her “Girls Trip” breakthrough with a half dozen film and TV roles in just the last year. She also hosted the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. She even appeared in the music videos for two Grammy-nominated songs: Drake‘s “Nice for What” and Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You.”

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With Anti-Semitism on the Rise, the Jewishness of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Is a Marvel (Guest Blog)

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With Anti-Semitism on the Rise, the Jewishness of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Is a Marvel (Guest Blog)
If the cast and crew of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” take home a Golden Globe on Sunday, it will obviously be great for Amazon Studios, the performers and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. But at this moment in time, it’s also great for those of the Jewish faith. And perhaps even necessary.

Anti-Semitism is, once again, rearing its ugly head around the world: A gunman killed 11 people and injured seven others during a Shabbat service last October at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The Cleveland Clinic fired a resident after she made anti-Semitic comments on social media and threatened to give Jewish people “the wrong meds.” And according to the New York Times, even the Women’s March movement has become embroiled over accusations of anti-Semitism by some of its organizers.

Hollywood figures have not been immune. Hate-filled graffiti (“Kill All Jews”) forced Ilana Glazer, one of the stars of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,
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Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs II"

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Sneak Peek actor Rick Moranis reprising his "Spaceballs" movie role as 'Dark Helmet' from a recent TV episode of "The Goldbergs", as writer Mel Brooks continues his discussions with MGM to launch "Spaceballs II":

Unfortunately the original "Spaceballs" film has seen many of the main cast pass away...

...including John Candy as 'Barf'...

... Joan Rivers as 'Dot Matrix', Dom DeLuise as 'Pizza The Hut'...

...and Phil Hartman as 'Dink'.

But Brooks himself who played 'Yogurt' and 'President Skroob', Bill Pullman as 'Lone Star' and Daphne Zuniga as 'Princess Vespa' are still active....

...with MGM hoping semi-retired Moranis...

...will reprise his role as 'Dark Helmet'...

...who Brooks said would be essential for the new film.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Dark Helmet'...
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'Seinfeld' to '2,000-Year-Old Man': 15 Top Moments in Jewish Comedy Chosen by Museum of the Jewish People

'Seinfeld' to '2,000-Year-Old Man': 15 Top Moments in Jewish Comedy Chosen by Museum of the Jewish People
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot has selected a list of the 15 greatest moments in the history of Jewish comedy.

Among the shows, routines and bits making the list are Seinfeld, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner's "2,000-Year-Old Man" routine, the Borscht Belt, Joan Rivers' 1965 debut on The Tonight Show, Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song" and Henny Youngman's signature "Take my wife, please."

The list coincides with the museum's exhibit "Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World," and its release is timed to ...
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Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)

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Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)
Megyn Kelly defended the possible use of blackface on Halloween, saying that she didn’t see the the big deal if a white person wanted to dress up as a black person on the holiday.

“What is racist?” Kelly asked. “You get in trouble if you’re a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid that was Ok as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

In her defense, Kelly cited “Real Housewives” star Luann de Lesseps who darkened her appearance to more accurately portray Diana Ross — she later apologized.

Also Read: Megyn Kelly to Return to NBC Primetime in August

“People said that that was racist,” Kelly continued. “I felt like who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know
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Jonah Hill and Edie Falco in Conversation: Hollywood Humility, Performance Anxiety, and Much More — Exclusive

Jonah Hill and Edie Falco in Conversation: Hollywood Humility, Performance Anxiety, and Much More — Exclusive
First-time filmmaker Jonah Hill’s imminent debut feature “Mid90s” harkens back to the multi-hyphenate’s own misbegotten youth amongst the skate rats of his native Los Angeles. In celebration of the film’s upcoming release, indie distributor A24 asked the newly minted writer-director to interview a handful of celebrities he admires most, including his “Superbad” co-star Michael Cera, Kathryn Hahn, Q-Tip, skateboarder Mark Gonzalez, and his own sister Beanie Feldstein, with an eye towards chatting about their own hidden inner lives, especially the lives of their youth.

The interviews all appear in A24’s own recurring zine, together under the title “Inner Children.” IndieWire is proud to exclusively debut Hill’s interview with his self-professed “favorite actress,” Edie Falco. As Hill says in the interview, he “wanted to interview a bunch of people that I really admire, essentially about the idea that we all have versions of ourselves that we’re most embarrassed of.
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Tommy Chong Proves Stoners Don’t Forget Everything 40 Years After ‘Up in Smoke’ (Video)

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Tommy Chong Proves Stoners Don’t Forget Everything 40 Years After ‘Up in Smoke’ (Video)
Tommy Chong dropped by TheWrap Studios to discuss 40th anniversary of the stoner comedy cult classic “Up in Smoke” and proved that stoners don’t forget everything.

“Not that s–t,” Chong told TheWrap. Chong was given a pop quiz of the movie and since he wrote the screenplay, his answers defied the stereotype of heavy cannabis use. Watch the video above to see if Chong got a perfect score.

Up in Smoke” cost less than $1 million to produce and was shot on location throughout Los Angeles and Arizona over 30 days in May and June of 1977. The film was released in September of 1978 and ended up making $44 million at the box office.

Also Read: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong Are Not Their Characters: 'It's All for the Love of the Art'

Lou Adler, who discovered Cheech and Chong and produced many of their comedy albums, directed the film.

The Grammy
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Meghan McCain's Father John's Death Has Sadly Been 'Really Hard On Her', Says Her Friend

Our hearts are breaking for Meghan McCain. The View co-host sadly lost her father, John McCain, to brain cancer in late August at age 81, and today, her friend has revealed she's still mourning his tragic death. "She’s okay. She’s still working through it," S.E. Cupp, 39, told host Andy Cohen during Watch What Happens Live on Monday, Sept. 17. "She’s taking a leave before she comes back into it all." Meghan has not been on The View since the talk show kicked off its 22nd season on Sept. 4. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) She added, "It’s been really hard on her. I have to say, you’ve been really, really good to her and her family." Just yesterday, Meghan, 33, shared a screenshot from a 53-minute phone call with her dad to Instagram with the caption, "The death of a beloved is an amputation. - C.S. Lewis (old screenshot from
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