Venice Days Unveils Lineup With Accent on Women Directors

ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a lineup that emphasizes first-time and female filmmakers, with 10 of the 11 competition titles slated for world premieres. The accent on “female creativity,” said artistic director Giorgio Gosetti, will include new short films by acclaimed Japanese… Read more »

AMC Networks Launches Five Channels on Miramax Owner BeIN in Middle East, North Africa

AMC Networks Intl. has pacted with beIN Media Group, the ambitious Qatar-based broadcaster that bought Miramax this March, for five AMC channels to be carried by beIN on its pay TV platform in the Middle East and North Africa. AMC will be offered exclusively to beIN subscribers in HD in the region. Further AMCNI channels… Read more »

MADtv Moves To The CW!! Vikander & Bamford On SETH!! AGT!! Tuesday TV Talkack!!

MADtv Moves To The CW!! Vikander & Bamford On SETH!! AGT!! Tuesday TV Talkack!!

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It turns out 14 seasons of Mad TV was not enough.
Premiering or returning tonight: Mad TV (CW) Married At First Sight (A&E/FYI)
NBC last Tuesday had the most-watched coverage of the RNC:
Tuesdays, June 15-July 12, 2016 (adults 18-49; older weeks in parentheses; repeats in gray) 2.3 (2.4) (2.6) (2.4) (2.3) (2.6) AG Talent 1.2 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) WWE Smackkdown 1.0 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) RNC NBC 0.9 (—) (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (0.9) Hotel Hell 0.8 (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (—) Haves/Have Nots 0.7 (0.7) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) (0.7) NCIS 0.7 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) RNC FN 0.7 (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (—) (—) Zoo 0.6 (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Below Deck 0.6 (0.5) (0.7) (0.8) (—) (—) Deadliest Catch 0.6 (—) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) (—) The Middle 0.6 (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) (—) Pretty Little Liars 0.6 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) RNC CNN 0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Chopped 0.5 (—) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) Coupled 0.5 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) Fresh Off The Boat 0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) House Hunters 0.5 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) RNC ABC 0.5 (—) (—) (—) (—) (—) RNC CBS 0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (—) (—) (—) Animal Kingdom 0.4 (0.3) (0.3) (—) (—) (—) Big Easy Motors 0.4 (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) Botched 0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (—)

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Stephen Colbert Kicks Off ‘Late Show’ DNC Week With Trippy Song And Dance

Stephen Colbert’s live Late Show coverage of the Democratic National Convincing: Death. Taxes. Hillary, began with a psychedelic song and dance number, inspired by some particularly potent Philly cheese-steak he’d found on the street:
Welcome everyone
to the DNC,
a convention of sight, sound and Hillary.
You may have felt the Bern but now it’s time to learn
she is your destiny.
Let’s go the DNC
where they love diversity.
From trans organic farmers to
Muslims who eat…


Stephen Colbert Rushes DNC Podium With Security In Hot Pursuit

Hungry For Power Games‘s Julius Flickerman and his pet weasel Caligula returned to Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show, for Hungry for Power Games: DNC Edition.
Julius spotted CNN’s Jake Tapper and asked if he knew where to find NBC’s Chuck Todd, whose goatee had not called back Caligula since their encounter at the RNC.
As he had done at the RNC, Julius tried to take the DNC podium. But, while the RNC had a sense of humor about the schtick, the DNC appears to have been…


Panama Papers Movie Set At Netflix; John Wells Teams With Journos Who Broke Story

U.S. EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has teamed with John Wells Productions to mount a feature film about the Panama Papers, the largest single leak of data in government and corporate history. They have aligned with German investigative journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, who broke the story and led the team that uncovered The Panama Papers. Netflix has acquired their book, Panama Papers: Breaking The Story Of How The World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money.


Film Review: ‘Jason Bourne’

Call it a rebirth: Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne in the franchise’s tough, “this time it’s personal” fifth installment, titled, simply enough, “Jason Bourne.” To the extent that the entire Bourne series hinges on the notion of an amnesiac action hero — one who remembers how to kill with his bare hands but draws… Read more »

On a Night with Real Stakes for Democrats, First Lady Michelle Obama Won the Night and the News Cycle

The New York Daily News decided, during Michelle Obama’s speech around 10 p.m. Eastern, to switch their cover from “ASS WARFARE!,” featuring protestors at the Democratic National Convention, to “THE LADY IS HER CHAMP,” with a big photo of the First Lady and a Hillary 2016 logo emblazoned on it. If anything was an indicator… Read more »