Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 6:04AM EST
Why Amazon is smart to spend an “insane” amount of money on a Lord of the Rings TV series
Source: The Atlantic
“One might think that six Tolkien films and seven Game of Thrones seasons is fantasy overkill,” Derek Thompson says of the hundreds of millions Amazon is shelling out to bring the J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy book series to the small screen. “But the single most important media-industry lesson of the 21st century might be this: Overkill is underrated. Consider Disney’s endless Marvel franchise, which is now on its 17th(!) film. The franchise has earned $13.3 billion for the company and shows few signs of slowing down, relative to the competition. Two of the franchise’s most recent installments, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, are respectively the second and fourth biggest opening weekends of 2017.”
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Louis CK fallout: Are there a disproportionate number of awful people among male comedians?
The comedy community, says Drew Magary, is “very insular and VERY protective. If you go by the list of greatest comedians of all time, it’s a community that has harbored a great number—perhaps a disproportionate number—of misogynists, abusers and sh*tbags.” If you closely examine FX’s Louie, he says, you’ll notice “grotesque warning signs” of the awfulness of Louis CK. “These are not sad clowns,” says Magary. “These are all very famous, very powerful men who in hindsight, appear to have used comedy to mask the truth more than illuminate it. In fact, it’s telling that (Louis CK) fell upon the ‘I have issues’ defense when one woman said she confronted him about jacking off in front of women. When confronted, comedians have a nasty habit of defensiveness, and of playing up the background issues that drive them to crave yuks. And, for too long, the comedy world has indulged that ruse, letting a guy like CK invite your pity if he can’t get laughs out of you.” As Magary notes, Louis CK made himself “strategically vulnerable” — establishing a reputation for being “painfully honest” while actually deploying his “harsh truths” as a way of laundering and “masking his truly unforgivable behavior.” “You can even see how CK launders the truth in the public apology he issued on Friday,” says Magary. “At first blush, it reads like a self-aware and honest confession, until you realize that A) He never once mentions about how he lied about the allegations for years, B) He never actually says sorry, and C) You don’t get to plead ignorance about penile etiquette when you’re a 50-year-old man.”
Victoria creator: I was groped at the British prime minister’s residence
Source: Radio Times
Daisy Goodwin says she was visiting then-Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street to talk about her ITV series when, she alleges, an unnamed government official “put his hand on my breast.” "At the end of the meeting we both stood up and the official, to my astonishment, put his hand on my breast," she said. "I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Bracknell voice said: 'Are you actually touching my breast?' He dropped his hand and laughed nervously."
Kunal Nayyar defends The Big Bang Theory after complaints over his Indian cricket joke
The actor responded to several complaints that a recent cricket joke was either racist and/or lazy joke-writing. “I’m confused,” tweeted Nayyar. “How is this lazy writing? And how is this stereotypical? Have you watched the whole scene? I wrote most of it. And I'm a cricket fanatic.”
Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino weighs in on the Hollywood sexual harassment scandals
Source: London Evening Standard
Sherman-Palladino, who’s promoting her new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, says of sexual misconduct in Hollywood: “What’s funny is, you know, they make everybody go through on shows, and the crews go though, sexual harassment seminars and an hour of a class and a test, and it’s like it’s not those guys who are doing it, usually, it’s the guys above them who have their assistants take the test for them. And you know I’m sure they never asked Harvey Weinstein to take a sexual whatever seminar.”
James Corden gets serious to talk about Yemen
The Late Late Show host used some of his time from Monday’s show to bring attention to the devastating famine in Yemen.
Westworld actor Zahn McClarnon was injured when he fell and suffered a head injury in his apartment
The actor sounded like he was about to pass out in a 911 call that TMZ has released. The injury caused a production delay on the HBO series.
Mindy Kaling is grateful that The Mindy Project “completely changed my life” and she got to end it “on my own terms”
“Six years ago I created a show called #TheMindyProject and got to play the lead,” she tweeted as her final episode was released. “Not the sassy friend or nagging wife. It completely changed my life. 117 episodes later, it’s ending, on my own terms. That’s so rare, and I just want to say how grateful I am. Love forever, MK.” Kaling also notes that she was completely pregnant for the entire last season. “The finale I was almost 7 months along and it was a heat wave. See if you can tell…,” she added, giving credit to her staff for hiding her pregnancy so well.
Larry David had an “effortless connection” with Lauren Graham on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“The very first scene of her story was the first time she was on set, and she had to say the filthiest things on the planet,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. “She was laughing and saying, ‘Oh, my dad was going to be so happy that I was on Curb.’ Larry knew her a little bit socially and just got the great vibe that Lauren gives off.” He also says it was a “lucky coincidence” that David dated an NBC censor after his real-life alter ego made the lives of NBC censors miserable on SNL.
Why is Iliza Shlesinger keeping the name of her fiance secret?
Source: The Washington Post
The Last Comic Standing winner and Freeform Truth & Iliza talk show host has built a standup career, including Netflix specials, on mining her life as a single woman. Now Shlesinger, the author of a new book called Girl Logic, is engaged -- but she’s keeping the identity of the man she’s set to marry a secret. “My priority in life is not making sure you know my fiance’s name so the public can go and be weird about it,” she says.
HBO developing a banking drama titled Industry
Set in the world of an American bank in London’s financial quarter, Industry will explore the banking industry through the ideas of young people working in the post-Too Big to Fail financial world.
Schitt’s Creek will be paired with aerobics comedy Let’s Get Physical when it returns on Jan. 24
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
“Schitt’s Creek and Let’s Get Physical are a perfectly appointed comedy combo that fit like spandex,” the cable network Pop says of the Wednesday night “premium scripted comedy” pairing.
The Arrangement unveils its Season 2 trailer and premiere date
The E! drama returns for a 10-episode second season on March 11.
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