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How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion. Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original. Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist.
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[As the Emmy nominating process draws closer, we’ll be revisiting programs that have completed their seasons to provide a snapshot of their strength and weaknesses as true contenders.] If there is one thing you can say about “Feud: Bette and Joan” it’s that Faye Dunaway’s performance in “Mommie Dearest” is no longer the definitive portrayal of Hollywood screen legend Joan Crawford. Continue reading Emmy Contender: ‘Feud’s’ Awards Hopes Don’t Begin And End With Jessica Lange And Susan Sarandon at The Playlist.
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HOLLYWOOOD – When Amazon Studios announced there would be a surprise moderator at their Emmys FYC event for “Transparent” Saturday night the candidates seemed slightly obvious. It would likely be someone from Hollywood’s LGBTQ community such as RuPaul (who has been everywhere lately) or perhaps transgender pioneer Laverne Cox . Amazon had a much bigger surprise in store. The night began with the screening from two episodes of “Transparent’s” third season: “To Sardines and Back,” where Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals she wants to fully transition, and, the season finale, “Exciting and New.” If you’ve watched last season (and if you haven’t why not?) you already know that the final episode ends with Shelly (Judith Light) surprising her family with an impromptu performance of her one-woman show “To Shell And Back” at sea. Continue reading Judith Light Sings As Alanis Morissette Is Surprise Moderator Of Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Emmy Panel at The Playlist.
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When we last left our merry band of tech innovators, programmers and start up investors the infamous company Pied Piper had taken yet another dramatic pivot. The algorithm company CEO and founder Richard (Thomas Middleditch) had once hoped would revolutionize video compression was pushed to the side for an increasingly popular video chat application developed by Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). And, if you’ve ever worked even tangentially close to the tech sector it made a lot of sense and in a way that has always been the biggest strength of Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley.” Sure, corporate giant Hooli (think Yahoo having overstayed its welcome) and its incredulously dumb “Chief Innovation Officer” Gavin Benson (Matt Ross) is an increasingly less funny cartoon in the background, but the obstacles Richard, Dinesh, Gilfoye (Martin Starr) and Jared (the show’s secret weapon, Zach Woods) are shockingly real at times. Continue reading ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Seems Like A Prudent And Partially Funny Investment [Review] at The Playlist.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD – Sitting down with James Gunn it’s clear the writer and director of “Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2” is battling to keep his energy up as he endures a day full of interviews and press conferences for his latest blockbuster.  He is also no doubt coming off the high of the film’s world premiere that took place less than 24 hours earlier.  A premiere where a good chunk of Hollywood learned that “Vol. Continue reading ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ James Gunn Thinks Tom Holland Is ‘Amazing’ As Spider-Man [Interview] at The Playlist.
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HOLLYWOOD – Emmy season is already in full swing and Amazon Studios has spent this week pitching their contenders to Television Academy members at the historic Hollywood Athletic Club. Wednesday night the spotlight was on Jill Soloway’s latest series, “I Love Dick.” Now, before you let your imagination get away with itself you should know that the new series is an adaptation of Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel of the same name. Continue reading Jill Soloway On Why An All-Female Writer’s Room Was So Important For ‘I Love Dick’ [Emmys] at The Playlist.
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It’s sort of hard to believe, but “Veep” finally won a Peabody Award today.  The critically acclaimed HBO series won for its fifth season as The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced seven winners in the entertainment category for the 76th Peabody Awards. The bigger news, however, is that the Peabody Awards really like Louis C.K.  Seriously, they really like him. The other winners besides “Veep” this year included Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” (expected), Louis C.K.’s “Horace and Pete” (the second Peabody win for Louis C.K.), FX’s “Better Things” (produced by Louis C.K. Continue reading Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade,’ ‘Atlanta’ And ‘Veep’ Among 2017 Peabody Winners at The Playlist.
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One of the strangest omissions at CinemaCon last month took place during Lionsgate’s presentation. The studio hyped up all of their 2017 pictures except for two seemingly major releases: “Soldado” and “Granite Mountain.” “Soldado” is the sequel to 2015’s critically acclaimed “Sicario” and reunites stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. It features a script by original screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (an Oscar nominee this year for “Hell or High Water”) and was directed by Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima who is best known for the “Gomorrah” TV series. Continue reading ‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’ And Joseph Kosinski’s ‘Granite Mountain’ Out At Lionsgate But Why? at The Playlist.
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The Television Academy announced this morning that Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” would not qualify as a returning drama series, but instead be qualified as a limited series.  According to  the Television Academy this was petitioned by the show’s producers and was approved by the Academy’s industry panel in consideration for the 69th Emmy Awards. According to the Emmys, “A limited series is defined as a program with two (2) or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tells a complete, non-recurring story, and does not have an on-going storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.” “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” was released on Nov. Continue reading ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life’ Throws Itself Into The Limited Series Emmys Crossfire at The Playlist.
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BURBANK, CA – When it was revealed the assembled press on the Disney lot were about to take a real tour of Marvel Studios Monday afternoon it was easy to guess at least one filmmaker or star would be part o the mix. That turned out to be none other than “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taikia Waititi. The New Zealand filmmaker who is best known for helming the indies “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “What We Do In Shadows” appeared in a large editing room where he screened a scene from “Ragnarok.”  The third installment of the “Thor” franchise finds our God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) forced to fight his old friend the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator-type showdown run by the ruthless Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Continue reading Taika Waititi Reveals He’s Playing The Planet Hulk Alien Korg In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ at The Playlist.
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