Peter Guber And Ted Leonsis Lead Buying Group For Esports Power Team Liquid

Some of Hollywood’s better known execs and financiers — led by Peter Guber and Ted Leonsis — have caught the esports bug: This morning they unveiled a deal to buy a controlling interest in Team Liquid, a major franchise with more than 50 players on 10 teams that compete in tournaments with games including StarCraft 2, League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, CS:GO, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Halo, Street Fighter,and SSBM.
Guber, who’s CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment…

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Trevor Noah Goes After Donald Trump Over Debate Crack About Third-World Airports

Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show was among several late-night programs that went live after the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but Noah’s show seemed to do it most ambitiously.
The Daily Show seemed to have the most opening material reacting to the actual debate. That included Noah’s observation, supported by debate clips, that “The only way Trump can truly relate to any issue in America is whether or not he has a property in that…

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Kenneth Lonergan Was ‘Totally Unprepared’ for Michelle Williams’ Dedication to ‘Manchester by the Sea’

For Variety’s latest issue, we asked Kenneth Lonergan to write a tribute for his “Manchester by the Sea” star Michelle Williams, one of 50 people to make our New Power of New York list. Here’s why Williams represents a new generation of movers and shakers that capture the best of Manhattan.   In 2002, I saw Michelle Williams in… Read more »

‘Girls’ Showrunner Jenni Konner on the Secrets of Lena Dunham

For Variety’s latest issue, we asked “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner to write a tribute for Lena Dunham, one of 50 people to make our New Power of New York list. Here’s why Dunham represents a new generation of movers and shakers that capture the best of Manhattan.   Lena Dunham texts me every morning the minute she wakes up… Read more »

Disney Confirms Michael Grandage & Christopher Oram For Broadway ‘Frozen’

Confirming reports earlier this week, Disney Theatrical Productions this morning announced that Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and Tony and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram tale over the reins of Frozen. The new show, based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning musical film, will open at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in spring 2018, following extensive renovations to the Jujamcyn Theatres house. Prior to that, Frozen

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Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Revisit the 1991 Clio Awards, Advertising’s Most Surreal Night

It remains the most notorious night in advertising history—June 13, 1991.

The Clio Awards were scheduled to hand out their radio and print awards. But as Adweek later told the story, “what ensued was less an ad-award show than a tawdry circus, an event so grossly mismanaged that its trajectory from embarrassing to appalling seemed, in retrospect, almost destined—’beyond the beyond-o,’ as Ruth Ayres of DDB Needham put it.

“The ceremony started late, was hosted largely by the caterer, featured presenters who (when they weren’t singing Irish lullabies) tried to guess the agency winners since they had no list, and was aborted when fevered, greedy ad types rushed the stage in a mad grab for Clios they hadn’t won.”

It was quite the shameful scene indeed. But now, at least, Clio can laugh about it. 

On this 25th anniversary of the 1991 debacle, Clio got Funny Or Die to re-enact that fateful night in an amusing video starring Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman—the latter acting as host of a fictitious show called Unresolved Mysteries.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares Secrets of ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Little Mermaid’ Love

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t playing Dick Van Dyke’s character in “Mary Poppins Returns.” But according to the “Hamilton” creator, who goes into production on “Poppins” early next year, he performs a similar role as the one Van Dyke’s Bert played in the original. “It’s straight up a sequel,” he said in an interview conducted for the… Read more »