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Directors Guild Awards Make History

Even as the controversy over the second year of #OscarsSoWhite simmers down a few notches with the Academy’s accelerated efforts to diversify its membership, Hollywood’s major professional guilds continue to make clear statements that could be termed #NotSoWhite. The Screen…

Feb 8, 2016

WGA-West Event Is Beyond Words

You know it’s going to be an entertaining evening when a “fight” breaks out amongst acclaimed screenwriters of some of the most honored films this awards season. That’s what happened at the Writers Guild of America West’s Beyond Words Feb….

Feb 8, 2016

Diversity Issue Rubs Off on Casting Society’s Artios Awards — Here Are the Ceremony Highlights and Full List of Winners

With all the recent controversy about the lack of inclusion at the Oscars, and on the evening before the Motion Picture Academy took action to broaden its membership, the point was made several times during the 31st annual Artios Awards…

Jan 27, 2016

Critics’ Choice Awards: A TV Drama Breaks Out, an Action Movie Dominates and an Oscar Contender Wins Best Picture

One of the most exciting things about the television industry is when a little-seen basic cable show bursts out of the gate of its freshman season to widespread acclaim, often, as “Mad Men” did for AMC, redefining its parent network….

Jan 19, 2016

Warren Littlefield in Conversation With Dick Wolf and Chuck Lorre: TV Icons Share Insights Into the Business — Then and Now

Network presidents get deluged with gifts for the holiday season, but not many keep those presents for 25 years. Enter Warren Littlefield — who ran NBC Entertainment during its “must-see TV” era and is now an executive producer of FX’s…

Dec 17, 2015

A Call to Action at Press Play Ceremony

Ever since the slate of Oscar acting nominees announced earlier this year was without any minority representation, spawning the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, there’s been a renewed and intense discussion about diversity in Hollywood. And it was no different at the Variety…

Dec 14, 2015

‘Silicon Valley’s’ T.J. Miller to Host Critics’ Choice Awards

You’ve seen him as the “den mother” on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” running a household of brilliant geeks working to take their startup to the next level — and of course, attempting to horn in on the action. Now actor and…

Dec 11, 2015

Weeknights at Seven: How the Best Interviewer in America Got Shafted by Hollywood (via the Pasadena Freeway)

Terry Gross is the Adele of conversation, the Lady Gaga of talk. Her exchanges get to the emotional heart-of-the-matter, and she’s not afraid to look at the darkness to get to the light. Terry Gross is the Michael Jordan of…

Dec 7, 2015

Something Familiar, Something Peculiar, Something for Everyone — Though Nothing Sacred: The WGA Picks Its 101 Funniest Screenplays

Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone: A comedy tonight! Something appealing, Something appalling, Something for everyone: A comedy tonight! Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns; Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns! Old situations, New complications, Nothing portentous or…

Nov 17, 2015

Jon Favreau, the Farrelly Brothers, Robert Townsend, Buck Henry, Jennifer Westfeldt, Rob Reiner and Many Others Join to Celebrate the WGA’s Newly Released List of 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time

EDITOR’S NOTE: A list of the 101 funniest screenplays of all time has been released by The Writers Guild of America (East and West). According to the Nov. 11 press release, the list was “voted on by members of both…

Nov 17, 2015