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Welcome to the United States, our PTSD Nation. As we witness the lives of more American families destroyed in Orlando in a single weekend — from that of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie to the 50 killed and 53 injured inside the Pulse  nightclub claimed by terrorism — conversation inevitably turns to America’s gun culture. This is a multi-pronged problem which I have covered before in an editorial about violence, but we must address this nation’s easy access to guns

Essential collaborators for scrambling showrunners, and feared arbiters of actors’ worth, casting directors are responsible for identifying talent, unpuzzling ensembles and launching careers. As the actors they cast enjoy the lion’s share of the Emmy limelight, we put three questions to the people responsible for leading them to the stage.   The Casting Directors   John Papsidera — Casual (Hulu) Christopher Nolan’s go-to casting director since Memento, Papsidera’s…

“When [AFI board chair] Sir Howard Stringer rang me about this event my first thought was, ‘I’m really much too young for a thing like this’,” 84-year-old maestro John Williams told a heavyweight industry crowd packed into the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night for the presentation of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award ( airing on TNT June 15 and later on TCM). He accepted it anyway at the end of a very special — and uncharacteristically musical — evening for these…

Today’s the day of reckoning for the 846 Tony voters: Our ballots must be received at the firm Grant Thornton LLP by 6 PM New York time. Below are the nominees in the order they appear on the ballot. Hamilton has a record 16 nominations, but because of multiple nods in several categories, it can only win 13, and I’m doubtful it will break the record 12 wins set in 2001 by The Producers. I’ve indicated my vote in each category with an X; I’ll let me reviews speaks for…

Once the noisiest studio in town, MGM has become the quietest, but also — to the surprise of many — one of the most consistently profitable. As such, it reflects the personality of its CEO, Gary Barber, a modest South African who believes that CEOs should be seen but not heard — well, not seen too much either. In its own quiet way, MGM produces 5-7 movies a year, has 14 TV shows on the air, has earned a profit of $124 million in its first quarter, and is positioned to…

Jeffrey Seller, one of the three lead producers of Hamilton, announced this week that beginning in January, certain tickets to the Broadway juggernaut will be priced at $849. Also this week the show’s conceiver, author and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, penned his own version of the Federalist Papers with a New York Times Op-Ed column condemning the use of bots — automated dialing machines — to inhale tickets the second they become available for resale in the legal-scalping…

EXCLUSIVE: If “Loving Day” didn’t already exist as it has for the past 13 years, then Focus Features just might have tried to invent it. Focus is releasing Loving on November 4, but it unveiled the 1950s- and ’60s-set interracial marriage story from writer-director Jeff Nichols at last month’s Cannes Film Festival and got immediate Oscar buzz from awards pundits. The film stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, a quiet couple whose…

It’s Panelist Purge season on The View again, in what is becoming an annual rite of spring when producers and/or ABC News execs huddle and decide who will be the next season’s crop of Practically Perfect Panelists, replacing this season’s PPPs who, in turn, had replaced Previous Year’s PPPs. The View is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous places for TV on-air talent, given the bleak survival rate. As each potential panelist’s name rises to the surface, Reporters…

Several Viacom directors warned darkly last week of impending corporate chaos — the unseating of the CEO, disruption of the board, and paralysis at Paramount Pictures. What they neglected to add was that this would all be good news, not bad news. At least that’s the opinion of many investors and Viacom executives, not to mention of Sumner Redstone; that is, if you care to believe those speaking on his behalf. The struggle for control of Viacom increasingly resembles the…

Responding to increasing reports of anti-Semitic and racist campaigns in social media aimed at journalists covering the presidential election, the Anti-Defamation League today announced the creation of the Task Force on Hate Speech and Journalism that will “seek insights from a group of outside experts and representatives of journalism, law enforcement, academia, Silicon Valley, and nongovernmental organizations whose advice and counsel will help ADL assess the scope and…