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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

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Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida.

The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »


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Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?

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If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.

The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.

The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.

The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet

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[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]

It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.

When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary

Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Lauren Graham's Curb Your Enthusiasm Character (Sorta) Revealed

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Don’t bother trying to harness your excitement, Gilmore Girls fans: Lauren Graham will indeed make a guest appearance (or two or three) in Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s upcoming ninth season.

“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”

On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the »


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‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family

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Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).

Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Critical Access: How Marketing, Interviews, and Relationships Can Affect Criticism

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Do you know who’s reviewing your favorite TV show?

Of course not. Who pays attention to a critic? Just click on the review, skip down to the grade or rating (What? There’s no grade? Worthless!), leave a disparaging comment that will eat away at the author’s soul, and go about your life in blissful ignorance.

But what might be affecting that grade at the bottom of a painstakingly crafted 800-word review is how well the TV show’s marketing department is doing its job. Marketing is everywhere, and carefully honed messages constructed by a team of talented individuals trying to sell you on a TV show can seep through to everyone — even critics.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Longest Running Joke: A Timeline of Every Reference to Justin Theroux’s Penis

Those messages — filled with praise, targeted phrases, and Seo-friendly keywords like “Channing Tatum” — are even more lethal »


- Ben Travers

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Memorial Day Weekend Is More Than the Start of Summer Movie Season

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Memorial Day Weekend! It’s the start of summer movie season and a little bit more. Time stands still for no one. Memorial Day comes around toward the end of May every year.  Americans celebrate with backyard barbecues and the beginning of Summer Blockbuster Movie season. We have some really good movies out right now (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5) and some that are kind of …interesting (Alien Covenant, Baywatch). But Memorial Day started as Decoration Day in the years following the U. S. Civil War. Memorial Day began as a time when the widows of

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- Chris St Martin

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Nashville Ep Promises Rest of Season 5 Isn't a 'Depressing Memorial' to Rayna

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Though grief is a circuitous journey full of setbacks and bad days, Nashville co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz would like you to know that Rayna Jaymes’ friends and loved ones are coming out of the worst of it.

And so, though the redheaded country music star will continue to be a presence when the Cmt drama returns on Thursday, June 1 (9/8c), don’t expect the back half of the season to be a weeping, wailing rehash of her untimely death.

VideosNashville: New Season 5 Trailer Plays Up Juliette’s Big Fears, Finds Scarlett and Gunnar Facing Down a Gun (?!)

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About John Barrowman

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While highly popular superhero shows like Arrow have been known to feature up-and-coming young actors, they have also relied on the skills of seasoned veterans. One such actor is the highly decorated John Barrowman. Barrowman portrayed Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow and crossover series like The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. However, he recently announced his departure from the role. This fan-favorite character was just one role in a long and highly successful career that Barrowman has enjoyed. Young fans who have only gotten to know him for his work on Arrow may not appreciate the incredible success he has

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- Timothy Hickey

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‘The Leftovers’ Longest Running Joke: A Timeline of Every Reference to Justin Theroux’s Penis

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After working closely together for three years, you get to know someone pretty well. You get to know their likes, dislikes, fears, and dreams. As collaborators, you get to know what they’ll tolerate and what they won’t, to varying extremes.

Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Justin Theroux, the co-creators and star of “The Leftovers,’ know each other pretty well. Well enough that they’ve been able to build one of television’s great characters together. Well enough that they goof around on set. Well enough that when Theroux received a script requiring him to sing karaoke, “I called Damon and said, ‘Fuck you’ right after I read [it].”

But after witnessing the second-to-last episode of the series, a question had to be posed to the creators; a question about their relationship with their star and if there was another lovingly vulgar phone call coming from the actor to his »


- Ben Travers

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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

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Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida. The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for Si in… »

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Celebrities Who Stayed With Husbands Who Cheated

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When a man cheats on his wife in Hollywood it becomes a humongous scandal that fans either can’t believe or feel inclined to spread around as the juiciest piece of gossip to ever hit the tabloids. Whether or not all the facts are true, the issue becomes something worthy of scrutiny in less time than it takes the word to hit the street. However despite the fame and notoriety that go along with cheating spouses when it comes to celebrities, sometimes it pays for the couple to stay together, no matter how bad the situation seems to get. Perhaps as

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- Nat Berman

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‘Dear White People’ Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as ‘Statement Piece’

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“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I’m a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they’re all over my office. I’m just completely geeked about digging for music.”

Her obsessiveness paid off for the Netflix series, which is based on the 2014 film of the same name, and uses music to illuminate a broad spectrum of characters.

“The theme was to get each character their own playlist,” Rhodes (“Queen Sugar”) tells Variety. “Because the pervasive belief is that characters and their perspectives are nuanced and varied, just like their experiences. And so, in turn, their music should be.”

Creator Justin Simien, who wrote the 2014 feature, had already developed his own playlists for each character, Rhodes says, “and we just tried to flesh that out and make it more robust.”

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- Tim Greiving

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Casting “Gotham” as a Feature Film

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Imagine “Gotham” as a feature film. The hit series on Fox has quite a following, so naturally, we all would love to see who would play these characters on the big screen. Yes, Batman has been done several times with varying degrees of success, but it’s time to go way back to before “Batman Begins” to tell the story of how Gotham City got so wonderfully corrupt and crazy. Here is a dream cast that would work if they were casting “Gotham” as a feature film. Chandler Riggs as Bruce Wayne Instead of “Stay in the House Carl” it would

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- Nat Berman

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First Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” Is Here

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Remember that time in 2013 when Steven Soderbergh said he was going to be retiring from directing?  Did anyone really believe that?  Whether you did or do not makes no difference because not only is Soderbergh back, he’s brought a ton of star power with him.   His latest film Logan Lucky is already looking quite stellar.  With a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Riley Keough, his latest caper film is bringing back visions of Ocean’s Eleven.   Not in terms of the story but in the quality of the movie. The film follows a pair of

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- Nat Berman

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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of May 29, 2017

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Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety‘s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “House of Cards” returns for Season 5 and Showtime debuts “I’m Dying Up Here.”

House of Cards,” Netflix, Tuesday

The Underwoods are back in Season 5 and they are under siege. Frank and Claire must continue to fight to secure their legacy with a contentious election ahead of them and damaging stories appearing in the press. As seen in the end of Season 4, they plan to divert attention from their various misdeeds by whipping the country into a frenzy of war and terror.

“World of Dance,” NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 

This competition series will see solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including »


- Joe Otterson

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Tiger Woods Arrested On DUI Charge In Florida

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Legendary golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge early this morning in Jupiter, Florida. A global sports superstar and TV ratings magnet who’s been sidelined by injury, Woods was booked into a county jail at about 7Am local time and then released on his own recognizance, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said, according to reports. Further details are scant for the moment. Woods has undergone a number of back surgeries in the past few years but was expected… »

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet

4 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]

It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.

When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary

Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Nina Diaz On VH1’s Unscripted Plans As Net Hits Milestone With ‘T.I. & Tiny’ Finale

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T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is ending its six-season run on VH1 tonight with a series finale, which marks the show’s 100th episode — the first VH1 series ever to hit that milestone. On the strength of long-running unscripted series like T.I. & Tiny, whose sixth season is pacing up +20% from season five; Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, whose most recent Season 6 debut was the highest rated premiere in VH1 history; and Basketball Wives, whose season 6 premiere delivered the… »

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Young and the Restless Spoilers: Cane’s Comfort Is Misplaced

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Young and the Restless fans love a good holiday, but they also love to spend the week learning about what might happen more than anything else. Cane is going to find that this week brings him more trouble than it’s worth. He made a huge mistake when he took action that would directly cause Juliet’s firing, and she has no idea. She will learn the truth, though, and it’s going to make her very unhappy. When she’s unhappy, you never know what might happen. If she finds out that it’s him that got her fired, we know she won’t care

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- Tiffany Raiford

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