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‘Veep’: The Final Day on Set, From Tearful Rehearsals to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Goodbye Toast

‘Veep’: The Final Day on Set, From Tearful Rehearsals to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Goodbye Toast
Before cameras start rolling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in tears. It’s around 8:30 a.m. on December 18, 2018 — the final day of shooting for HBO’s Emmy-winning political satire, “Veep” — and the team led by showrunner David Mandel has already run through rehearsals and made some last-minute tweaks to the script. The early morning run-through was what sent Louis-Dreyfus, the series’ star and executive producer, back to hair and makeup for touch-ups, but now it’s time: the beginning of the end.

“A lot of emotions today,” producer and writer Frank Rich says, standing in the writers’ offices at Paramount Studios. Morgan Sackett, a fellow producer, writer, and episode director, walks up and the pair briefly reminiscence over what brought them here, to this day and this ending: Finding a fitting end to “Veep” was hard enough, but after breaking the final season during summer 2017, the writers were informed of Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer diagnosis.
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Hail to the ‘Veep’: How HBO’s Political Comedy Made History

Hail to the ‘Veep’: How HBO’s Political Comedy Made History
Farewell, President Selina Meyer.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ brilliantly monstrous Commander-in-Chief signed off last night in the excellent Veep series finale, going out the way she came in: making a nation gasp in horror. In one last hilarious power grab for the White House, she sells out every principle she ever pretended to have. With the FBI closing in on the illegal activities of her Meyer Fund, Selina decides to toss them a fall guy: her most devoted attendant, Tony Hale’s Gary. At the end, we see her funeral, years in the future.
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‘Veep’ Review: The Series Finale Is a Terrific Ending America Better Hope Doesn’t Come True

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Veep” Season 7, Episode 7, “Veep” — the series finale.]

In the end, President Selina Meyer did the impossible. It wasn’t that the power-hungry politician managed to recapture the White House (for one unsuccessful term), but how she managed to wreak more havoc than Drogon in doing so. In the final season, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ex-vp showed her true colors, eviscerating everything and everyone around her; just when it felt like even Selina wouldn’t stoop that low, she found a new bottom — again and again again… until Gary.

Poignant yet unflinching, hilarious and heartbreaking, the series finale of “Veep,” written and directed by David Mandel, sees Armando Iannucci’s original intent through to the bitter end: The American political system is a bloody mess made bloodier by the self-serving “public servants” at its center. Years of roasting them over a spit has only appeared to make them stronger, but the intent of such vicious satire is change rather than
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‘Veep’ Series Finale Proves Every Vote & Profane Zinger Counts On Emmy Winner’s Exit

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‘Veep’ Series Finale Proves Every Vote & Profane Zinger Counts On Emmy Winner’s Exit
Spoiler Alert: This article contains details of tonight’s Veep series finale. Plus this article contains language inappropriate for almost anyone, but that’s Veep, isn’t it?

Game of Thrones doesn’t end until next week, but tonight’s series finale of Veep showed a very different way to snare another type of Iron Throne with maybe even more bane and acerbity on the floor.

In the past few weeks, there’s been a plethora of declarations of a “satisfying” ending by series regular Reid Scott and others on the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led scathing HBO political satire. But there is no way that you saw the well played concluding twist, which is a welcome mat on the way out to the “mind fuck” to quote party chairman Roger Furlong (Dan Bakkedahl), that the frequently verbally and otherwise bawdy Armando Iannucci-created and David Mandel-showrun comedy excelled in.

Coming
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Veep Season 7 Episode 7 Review: Veep

President Selina Meyer leaves a legacy of political fallout as Veep ends an era of satiric genius.

This Veep review contains spoilers.

Veep Season 7 Episode 7

Veep season 7, episode 7, "Veep," finishes out the term of President Selina Meyer with a frightening message. Everyone who even thinks about getting into politics is horrible but it is only the truly heinous who claim the top prize. Washington has never been played so openly dirty and with such eternal immediacy. The political cycle moves very fast and a lot of satirical work gets washed over by reality, but Veep has always been able to veer far enough into the netherworld to remain shocking and effective. This season life caught up with art and the imitations blurred into allegorical genius of comically nightmarish proportions.

HBO has a history of making anti-heroes into beloved figures going back at least to Tony Soprano on The Sopranos. Everyone
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Billy Crystal Is Nomination Worthy In “Standing Up, Falling Down”

At the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, a legend got his due. Yes, Billy Crystal, at long last, has a role worthy of his talents. He’s certainly been terrific in the past, but it’s been more than a hot minute since we’ve seen that on the big screen. That changes here. Standing Up, Falling Down blesses Crystal with a compelling and three dimensional character play, one that’s equal parts empathetic and hilarious. One of Tribeca’s most enjoyable works this year, Crystal is brilliant worthy of some awards consideration for this role. Yes, he’s just that good here. This is one to definitely look out for, beyond the festival circuit. The movie is a comedy as well as a bit of a coming of age tale. Scott (Ben Schwartz) is a struggling stand-up comic who has been forced by failure to move back home to the eastern
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Veep Season 7 Episode 6 Review: Oslo

Selina Meyers gets no peace from the campaign trail in international waters as Veep Season 7, episode 6, brings her to "Oslo."

This Veep review contains spoilers.

Veep Season 7 Episode 6

Having laid waste to most of the American political climate, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is off to Europe to sully the good name of the Nobel Peace Prize in Veep season 7, Episode 6, "Oslo." Selina is at the Nobel Summit Awards in Oslo, Norway. She's not exactly getting the Nobel Peace Prize, but a summit award from the world summit of peace laureates, the Nobel Peace Prize Junior.

The Nobel Peace Prize, created by an arms manufacturer, is an almost sacrosanct honor. Luckily nothing is sacred to Veep, which seats murderous dictators at the better tables than Tibetan monks and treats the reception like a flea market for political favors. Murman Shalikashvili (Eugene Alper), who won the country of Georgia's first democratic election
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Showtime releases trailer and poster for Kevin Bacon cop drama City on a Hill

Showtime has released the first full trailer and poster for its upcoming cop drama City on a Hill. The series is led by Kevin Bacon (The Following), Aldis Hodge (Straight Out of Compton), Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire). The series was created by Chuck MacLean and Ben Affleck. Check them out below…

City on a Hill is created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. In the early 1990s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm — and then it all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In this fictional account, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together,
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: Category submissions for AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for AMC, BBC America, IFC and Sundance. For this season, the network group has returning dramas “Better Call Saul” (Bob Odenkirk), “Killing Eve” (Sandra Oh) and “The Walking Dead” (Danai Gurira), comedy “Brockmire” (Hank Azaria), variety sketch series “Documentary Now” (Fred Armisen) and limited series “The Little Drummer Girl” (Alexander Skarsgard) as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of AMC Networks lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the networks on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

SEEBob Odenkirk Interview: ‘Better Call Saul

“The Adulterers” (Sundance)

Short Form Series

Short Form Actress – Tonya Glanz

Short Form Actor – Chris Roberti

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Drama Series

Drama
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A&E Network Partners with WWE® Studios to Produce Five Original Documentaries about Legendary WWE® Hall of Famers under the Celebrated ‘Biography’ Banner

A&E Network is partnering with WWE Studios to produce five original two-hour documentaries under the award-winning “Biography” banner showcasing some of the most iconic WWE Superstars of all time, including “Macho Man” Randy Savage®, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T®, Stone Cold Steve Austin® and Shawn Michaels®. Through these in-depth films helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, “Biography” continues its focus on meaningful events and personalities as well as their impact on our culture. Through new and archival interviews and never-before-seen footage, each feature length film will give fans an in-depth look at the early lives, rise to fame and careers of some of the most influential stars in WWE history.

“We are thrilled for the tremendous opportunity to partner with WWE Studios to produce these special films that honor some of the most impactful personalities who have left a lasting imprint on pop culture,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant,
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‘Veep’ Ep David Mandel on the Final Season, Showrunning as a Fan, & What’s Next

The HBO comedy series Veep is back for its seventh and final season, with seven episodes that follow Selina Meyer (Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as she hits the campaign trail during her run for president. Navigating threats from primary challengers with the help of her band of misfits – including devoted bodyman Gary (Tony Hale), right hand Amy (Anna Chlumsky), campaign manager Ben (Kevin Dunn), analyst Kent (Gary Cole), unassuming staffer Richard (Sam Richardson) and daughter Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) – Selina will be dealing with adversaries and allies, on her road back to the Oval Office. During this 1-on-…
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Veep Season 7 Episode 3 Review: Pledge

Veep season 7 episode 3 makes a "Pledge" to go politically correct and non-negative, for about a minute.

This Veep review contains spoilers.

Veep Season 7 Episode 3

Veep season 7 episode 3, "Pledge," aims for higher ground, but gets fatigued on the way and winds up digging deeper into the black hole we call politics. Leading into the first debates, the party goes progressive and the presidential campaign gets progressively worse. The title refers to an impromptu election promise not to go negative we're positive will only hobble a highly charged race.

The episode opens with Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) disparaging the "Kemistry" of her former protégé, and current rival, United States Senator from New York Kemi Talbot (Toks Olagundoye). Kent Davison (Gary Cole) begins explaining the sociopolitical significance of protest candidates, and she puts up a hand and says "off." For a moment, it looks like the long-time logarithmic political advisor actually shuts down.
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Veep Season 7 Episode 2 Review: Discovery Weekend

Selina Meyer's Discovery Weekend in Colorado finds everything but donors in Veep season 7, episode 2.

This Veep review contains spoilers.

Veep Season 7 Episode 2

Veep season 7 episode 2, "Discovery Weekend," begins at the 16th Annual Discovery Weekend Welcome Chuckwagon at the Old Barn in Aspen Colorado. Former President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is square-dancing and Gary (Tony Hale) is monitoring the calls. Gary is more than a bagman for Selina. He is her calendar, Google, and Wilson the volleyball when she gets stranded. What appears to be an opening gag is merely a setup for a punch line and the theme of the episode. Selina breaks away from the echo chamber of horrors to tell Ben Cafferty (Kevin Dunn) she hates being told what to do.

The presidential exploratory is being thrown by Felix Wade, a closeted ex-record producer who is very influential on choosing the next president of the United States,
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Veep: Is the HBO TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Eight?

Vulture Watch

Has Selina reclaimed the Oval Office? Is the Veep TV show cancelled or renewed for an eighth season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Veep season eight. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

An HBO comedy series, Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sarah Sutherland, and Sam Richardson. In the seven-episode seventh season, former VP and President Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) is campaigning to return to the Oval Office. Recurring guest stars this year include: Clea DuVall, Margaret Colin, Patton Oswalt, and Brian Huskey. Read More…
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‘Biography’ To Profile Top WWE Legends In Deal With A&E Networks

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‘Biography’ To Profile Top WWE Legends In Deal With A&E Networks
Wrestling legends “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels will be profiled in five two-hour documentaries under A&E Network’s Biography banner as part of a deal with WWE Studios.

The iconic WWE superstars will be profiled with new and archival interviews and never-before-seen footage, each providing an in-depth look at the early lives, rise to fame, and wrestling careers of some of the most influential stars in WWE history.

“We are thrilled for the tremendous opportunity to partner with WWE Studios to produce these special films that honor some of the most impactful personalities who have left a lasting imprint on pop culture,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Evp and head of programming, A&E Network.

Susan Levison, Svp and head of WWE Studios, said the organization was happy to partner “with award-winning directors Billy Corben, Joe Lavine and George Roy
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WWE, A&E Tag Team on 5 ‘Biography’ Docs About Wrestlers – Including ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin

A&E Network and WWE Studios are teaming up to produce five original two-hour documentaries about wrestlers under the “Biography” banner. The docs will dive into the lives and careers of former WWE Superstars “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.

Through new and archival interviews and never-before-seen footage, each feature-length film will give fans an in-depth look at the early lives, rises to fame, and careers of some of the most influential stars in professional wrestling history.

Macho Man’s, Piper’s and Booker T’s docs are currently in production. Directors and descriptions for each of those Spring 2020 docs are below.

We’ll get more info on the “Stone Cold” and Michaels’ “Biography” episodes at a later date. Fans will have to wait for 2021 for those two.

Also Read: WWE's Seth Rollins on How The Stomp Came Back and the
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UK trailer for Burning Rubber starring John Travolta and Shania Twain

Ahead of its UK home entertainment release next month, Signature entertainment have debuted a new trailer, poster and images for Burning Rubber (a.k.a. Trading Paint) stars John Travolta as a former racing driver who decides to come out of retirement when his son (Toby Sebastian) joins a rival racing team; check them out here….

When a retired car racing legend is drawn back to the dirt track when his son, an aspiring driver, joins a rival racing team it sparks an intense and dangerous competition between father and son. Together they must overcome family and professional conflict whilst balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.

Burning Rubber is set for a UK release on May 27th and features a cast that also includes Shania Twain, Michael Madsen, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, and Kevin Dunn.

The post UK trailer for Burning
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Veep: Season Seven; Production Delayed on HBO Series

Veep: Season Seven; Production Delayed on HBO Series
Veep is taking a break. TVLine reports the HBO series' seventh season is delaying production because of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' cancer treatment. On the comedy, the Emmy-winning Louis-Dreyfus plays former vice president and president Selina Meyer. The cast also includes Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson.
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