The television series “Mrs. Fletcher,” “Briarpatch” and “Limetown” have been added to the lineup at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which will screen two or three episodes of each series followed by extended Q&As with the creators and cast.
Those three U.S. series will be part of TIFF’s Primetime section, which will also showcase the international series “Black Bitch” (Australia), “Savages” (France) and “The Sleepers” (the Czech Republic).
“Mrs. Fletcher” is an upcoming series from HBO and Crave, based on the Tom Perotta novel and starring Kathryn Hahn as an empty-nest mother. “Briarpatch,” from USA Network, stars Rosario Dawson as a political fixer investigating the death of her sister. And Facebook Watch’s podcast-based “Limetown” follows a public radio journalist (Jessica Biel) looking into the disappearance of 300 people at a research facility.
Toronto organizers also announced the lineup for its five-day TIFF Industry Conference, which will launch on September 6 with a conversation with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, whose collaborations include the TIFF opening-night documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band.”
The conference will also include master classes with Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles and Chinese-born director Lulu Wang; a conversation about gender equality led by Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner; and guest speakers including Edward Burns, Barbara Kopple, Franklin Leonard and Alan Berliner.
The TIFF Doc Conference, curated by Thom Powers and Denae Peters, will include talks and panels featuring Kopple, Berliner, Kickstarter’s Elise McCave, Showtime’s Vinnie Malhotra, the International Documentary Association’s Claire Aguilar and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Ashley Clark, among others.
Finally, TIFF named four young actors – Argentina’s Chino Darin, Norway’s Josefine Frida, the United States’ Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Australia’s Geraldine Viswanathan – to its Rising Stars program. The four join a quartet of previously announced Canadian Rising Stars, Mikhail Ahooja, Shamier Anderson, Kacey Rohl and Nahema Ricci.
Darin will appear at TIFF in “Heroic Losers,” Frida in “Disco,” Harrison in “Waves” and Viswanathan in “Bad Education.”
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival will kick off on September 5 with a screening of the documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,” and conclude on September 15.
Additional information on the programming is available at www.tiff.net.
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www.thewrap.com | 8/15/19
Ralph Lauren, the fashion designer synonymous with American sportswear, will be profiled in an upcoming HBO documentary titled “Very Ralph.” The feature-length doc — airing November 12 — is being touted as the first documentary portrait of the 79-year-old Lauren, who founded his eponymous fashion brand in 1967.
A synopsis for the documentary reads:
“With an uncanny ability to turn his dreams into reality, Ralph Lauren has built a multi-billion-dollar, global powerhouse out of his aspirations, becoming a living embodiment of American optimism and the American Dream. For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognized brands. In ‘Very Ralph,’ as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from the Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.”
Lauren’s first menswear line, Polo, debuted in 1968. His empire has since grown to include women’s wear, fragrance and home furnishing lines. Lauren’s designs have had an impact in Hollywood: Diane Keaton and Woody Allen wore Ralph Lauren throughout “Annie Hall,” and Lauren himself made a cameo in the hit sitcom “Friends” (Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel worked for Ralph Lauren in Manhattan). Lauren has also designed Team USA uniforms for several Olympic Games.
Fellow designers including the late Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg contribute interviews for “Very Ralph,” as well as fashion editors Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Robin Givhan, Tina Brown and Vanessa Friedman.
Also featured are longtime client Hillary Clinton (whom Lauren designed clothes for during the 2016 presidential campaign), Ralph Lauren Woman muse Jessica Chastain and model Tyson Beckford, who skyrocketed to fame after being featured in Polo campaigns in the ’90s.
“Very Ralph” is a Pentimento production for HBO Documentary Films; produced and directed by Susan Lacy (HBO’s “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” and “Spielberg”); produced by Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin; executive produced by former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.
In addition to HBO, the documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
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www.thewrap.com | 7/24/19
2019 Emmy Nomination Reactions: ‘Honored,’ ‘Humbled’ and ‘Speechless,’ With a Side of ‘Holy Crap!!!”
The morning of Emmy nominations is upon us — and so the time has come to watch and listen as the chosen few revel in their moment of glory.
Once you’ve digested our full list of 2019 nominees, sit back and let Hollywood’s television darlings whisper sweet nothings like “What an incredible honor,” “Speechless,” and “Holy crap!!!” in this brief, shining moment between now at September when anything is possible.
The reactions are still pouring in, but so far, the majority of this year’s chosen few are “humbled,” “honored,” “humbled and honored” and also “honored and humbled.”
Christina Applegate, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, for Netflix’s “Dead to Me,” tweeted out a reaction Tuesday morning detailing that she is “shocked” and “grateful,” plus a heartfelt “Holy crap!!!”
Don Cheadle, nominated for Showtime’s “Black Monday,” declared that he would “roast marshmallows on those golden wings if I bring it home.”
Norman Lear, who received three nominations for “Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’,” said, “Life is a collaboration. It’s the kick of kicks to know all those I collaborated with in the 70’s could matter so much now.”
Billy Porter, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in FX’s “Pose,” declared that “The Category Is: Speechless!,” and added “grateful,” “honored” and “humbled” to his list of adjectives to describe his feelings in that moment.
Betty Gilpin of “Glow” likened her feelings to “unbridled Shirley-Temple-on-crack joy,” while Hugh Grant of “A Very English Scandal” thanked his wife “for enduring the hair-do for four months.”
Alan Arkin of “The Kominsky Method” quipped, “”Wow, I am 85 years old, so this comes in just the nick of time.”
The cast of ‘Queer Eye’ (Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France) declared ‘GROUP HUGGIES!” lol’
Jessica Lange of “American Horror Story” was “thrilled” at her nomination, while Kumail Nanjiani upped the anti to say that he “could not be more thrilled” at his nomination for “The Twilight Zone,” and declare his plans to send Jordan Peele a box of chocolates.
Sacha Baron Cohen thanked the Academy, but expressed his regret that some of his… “co-stars” had not been nominated alongside him for “Who Is America?”
“While I am flattered at these nods, it is a shame that my co-stars were not recognized. Particularly Dick Cheney, who I had hoped would come across on camera as someone who’d gleefully sent hundreds of thousands to their pointless death – and boy did he deliver. I’ve played some lunatics in my time, but the look of vacuous evil in his eyes as he autographed a waterboard kit, would put Daniel Day Lewis to shame,” Baron-Cohen said, adding, “There’s one more person I need to thank even though she didn’t appear in the final project, Sarah Palin. Sarah, if you are out there, and you are WAY out there, please know the last time unseen footage generated as much interest, was when Donald Trump visited a Moscow hotel room.”
Lastly, “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay tweeted her reaction to the series being nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.
“It all started here. Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story. Thank you [Television Academy] for honoring the work. Saluting every single crew and cast member. And saluting Raymond, Korey, Antron, Yusef and Kevin. Love you, brothers.”
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www.thewrap.com | 7/16/19
EuropaCorp, the European movie studio founded by Luc Besson, has resumed talks with junior lender Vine Alternative Investments to have it take over the company.
The deal, which was first reported by French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, is still being finalized between Vine and EuropaCorp’s senior lender, JP Morgan, and comes after EuropaCorp previously opened talks to sell a majority stake in the studio to Pathe, EuropaCorp’s film distributor in France. According to Dimanche, a deal with Vine is the studio’s current preferred choice.
As part of the deal to take over the studio, the €80 million debt owed by EuropaCorp to Vine would be converted into a stake in the company, and Vine may also move to take full ownership of the studio’s film library.
The new talks come two months after EuropaCorp was placed under a six month court protection in France in order to reorganize its finances after it reported a $125 million loss for the 2018-19 financial year.
The studio currently has no projects in production after its latest release, “Anna,” flopped at the box office with just a $3.6 million domestic opening and $10.9 million grossed worldwide after four weekends in theaters. The poor performance has been attributed both to weak reviews from critics and multiple accusations of sexual abuse against Besson. A nine-month investigation into accusations by actress Sand Van Roy ended with a dismissal in February.
A possible deal between EuropaCorp and Vine depends not only on agreements with senior lenders but also on the approval of a safeguard plan by France’s commercial courts, so no timetable has been set.
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www.thewrap.com | 7/15/19
Emmy Predictions for Variety and Reality: It’s a Battle Between Trump Bashers, Reality Warriors and Rock Stars
The Emmys’ variety and reality categories are in many ways the timeliest categories, and yet also the most unchanging. In the variety field, you’ll find late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver and Jimmy Kimmel, whose political humor is television’s most current and most barbed. Apart from perhaps MSNBC, this is the center of the anti-Trump resistance on TV.
But these are also categories in which Television Academy members find shows they like and continue to vote for them year after year, leading to long winning streaks for David Letterman, Jon Stewart, “The Kennedy Center Honors” and Jeff Probst in the past, and for Stephen Colbert, “The Amazing Race,” John Oliver and “The Voice” more recently.
Still, a few formidable newcomers are hoping to break in this year, from “Desus and Mero” to “Tosh.0” to “The Masked Singer” to Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce.
OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
In fact, this seems likely to become a complete repeat of last year’s lineup, with those three shows plus “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”
Jimmy Fallon has worked hard to get back in the mix and might be forgiven for mussing Donald Trump’s hair by now, but it’ll be a tough category to crack for him, or for Bill Maher or Seth Meyers, or for newcomers like “Desus and Mero” and “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj.”
Predicted nominees (in order of likelihood): “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
But watch out for: “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Desus and Mero”
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
“Portlandia” can’t be a returning nominee because it’s no longer on the air, but voters might well just drop Fred Armisen’s other show, “Documentary Now,” in that spot. And if 2018 nominee “I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman” is vulnerable, that’s because there’s another show with America in the title from a different edgy comedian ready to take its place — Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?”
If any of those fall out, Silverman definitely has a shot, and so do “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson,” “Tosh.0” and “The Break With Michelle Wolf.”
Predicted nominees: “Saturday Night Live,” “Documentary Now,” “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” “Who Is America,” “Drunk History,” “Tracey Ullman’s Show”
But watch out for: “I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman,” “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson,””Tosh.0,” “The Break With Michelle Woif,” “Kevin Hart Presents the Next Level”
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (LIVE)
But then things get a little rocky, because year’s biggest live musical was “Rent,” which was made up largely of pre-recorded dress-rehearsal footage after its lead actor broke his foot, and the Super Bowl, which featured Maroon 5, nobody’s idea of a classic halftime attraction. One of them will probably drop out and make room for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.'”
That leaves room for the Golden Globes, which are nominated surprisingly often, or the Grammys, which are usually ignored despite the complexity of the production. But maybe the fresh take offered by first-time host Alicia Keys will give that latter show a boost.
Predicted nominees: “The Oscars,” “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’,” “72nd Annual Tony Awards,” “Rent,” “The 61st Grammy Awards”
But watch out for: “The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” “Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show Starring Maroon 5,” “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve 2019 With Ryan Seacrest,”
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED)
(McCartney is also double-dipping with “Paul McCartney: Live From NYC,” but Corden is his ticket to a nom.)
But the category is typically a mixture of music shows, comedy specials and, often as not, “The Kennedy Center Honors,” although that show may have lost a little luster when Trump became the first president not to attend. (After a streak of 10 straight nominations and five wins, it hasn’t been nominated the last two years, although this year’s honorees Cher and “Hamilton” made for spirited presentations.) Comics in the running include Hannah Gadsby, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer, all with Netflix specials.
Predicted nominees: “Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce,” “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool,” “Springsteen on Broadway,” “Hannah Gadbsy: Nanette,” “The Kennedy Center Honors”
But watch out for: “Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable,” “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible,” “Amy Schumer Growing,” “Aretha: A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul,” “Full Frontal Presents: Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”
OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
Other contenders include past nominees “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Property Brothers” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” and current sensations “Tidying Up” and “Dr. Pimple Popper.”
Predicted nominees: “Queer Eye,” “Shark Tank,” “Lip Sync Battle,” “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Dr. Pimple Popper”
But watch out for: “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Property Brothers,” “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” “MythBusters Jr.”
OUTSTANDING UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
“Intervention” is also a longtime favorite of voters in the category, as are rugged shows like three-time winner “Deadliest Catch,” “Naked and Afraid” and “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”
Or, you know, voters could have a change of heart and go for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Jersey Shore Family Vacation: Part 2.”
Predicted nominees: “United Shades of America,” “Born This Way,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Intervention,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” “Naked and Afraid”
But watch out for: “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” “Life Below Zero,” “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “Somebody Feed Phil,” “F*ck That’s Delicious”
OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
So it’s reasonable to assume that the same lineup that has been nominated for the past two years — “Amazing Race,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “The Voice” — will be back again this year.
But the biggest competition sensation of the past season was “The Masked Singer.” Can it break into the private club that is this category — and if so, what will it replace? It’s possible that “Masked Singer” could steal enough singing-show votes to supplant four-time winner “The Voice,” or that voters are finally tired of “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “American Ninja Warrior” or even 10-time winner “Amazing Race.”
It’s hard to find any real evidence that that might happen, but we have a feeling that silly costumes might nudge out high fashion.
Predicted nominees: “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Voice,” “Top Chef,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Masked Singer”
But watch out for: “Project Runway,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” “Making It,” “Chopped”
OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR COMPETITION PROGRAM
Really, it’s something of a free-for-all, though you have to give a slight edge to some of the folks who’ve been here before.
Predicted nominees: RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”; W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades of America”; Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, “Making It”; Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
But watch out for: Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game of Games”; Nick Cannon, “The Masked Singer”; Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”; Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”; Marie Kondo, “Tidying Up”
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www.thewrap.com | 7/12/19
The quarterfinal match between France and the U.S. at the Women’s World Cup pulled in a total of more than 6.3 million viewers for Fox on Friday.
The broadcast on Fox was watched by 6.1 million viewers, enough to make it the most-watched quarterfinal of any Women’s World Cup. An additional 211,000 viewers tuned in to the match on Fox’s collection of streaming services.
Viewership peaked at 8,239,000 viewers from 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. on the FOX Network, according to Nielsen fast national numbers.
American forward Megan Rapinoe lead the U.S. team to a 2-1 victory over France at the Parc des Princes stadium on Friday. The dramatic showdown between the two favorites to win the tournament came as the U.S. seeks to defend its 2015 title. The team will next face off against England on Tuesday.
The match was the most-watched soccer match on U.S. television since the men’s World Cup final last summer.
For additional comparison, the 6.3 million viewers on Friday represents a 7% increase over the U.S. women’s 2015 quarterfinal win over China, which aired in prime time to 5.7 million viewers. In 2011, the number for the comparable match was 3.9 million.
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www.thewrap.com | 6/30/19
The Women's World Cup sets new records for UK television reach as the tournament reaches the knockout stage.
www.bbc.co.uk | 6/21/19
This weekend, a European phenomenon is back — though Americans may have to hunt for clips on YouTube or seek out a VPN and watch via another country’s home broadcaster.
The Eurovision Song Contest, a cross between “The X Factor” and the Miss Universe pageant that offers Yanks a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a culture that doesn’t have jazz and blues as the foundation of its pop music.
For those who’ve never seen — or even heard of Eurovision — before, here’s a quick primer to get you caught up.
What exactly is this contest?
That sounds like a pretty noble goal.
Then there are the artists themselves. As Eurovision has evolved, more and more ridiculous acts have come out of the woodwork. Finnish monster-rock bands, Russian grandmas and Latvian pirates are among the acts that have performed for a TV audience of hundreds of millions in recent Eurovisions. And that Finnish monster rock band actually won.
Jeez! So is this just some musical freak show?
There’s also a small handful of top stars on the winners’ list you might recognize. ABBA used Eurovision as a launch pad to stardom in 1974 with their song “Waterloo,” and French-Canadian Celine Dion’s win in 1988 was her biggest claim to fame before “Titanic” came out. Quality — or at least creativity — does tend to win out at Eurovision.
OK, so how does this contest work?
Then the show transitions to a long procession of national “ambassadors” reading out who each country gave their votes to. The top 10 performers in each country’s vote get points, with 12 points going to the top vote-getter, followed by 10 and then eight down to one for the rest of the order. The same goes with the juries, but with 10 points going to the performer in first place.
And what does the performer with the most points win?
What? No prize money? No contract? No vague promises of superstardom?
Even now, a good chunk of the acts are homogenous power ballads that can blur together when performed in succession. Still, Eurovision is worth watching just for the spectacle of it all. The Disneyland-esque sweetness of the proceedings is charming, and the lack of stakes for the performers keeps it feeling light and fun rather than a battle for wealth, glory, and continental supremacy.
It has also made headlines in recent years that have allowed it to take steps beyond the realm of annual oddities like the Running of the Bulls. The winner in 2014 was gay Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth, who performed as drag queen superstar Conchita Wurst. The victory transformed Conchita into an LGBT icon in Europe, even as Russian conservatives raged in fury and used the singer as an example of why Russia shouldn’t be a part of the EU. For all of Eurovision’s platitudes about tolerance and peace, this was a moment where those ideals were actually acted upon, even if it meant breaking the general tone of inoffensiveness.
If it’s supposed to be European, why is Australia a competitor?
So…if all these countries that aren’t strictly European are competing, does this mean we may be seeing the USA compete in Eurovision soon?
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www.thewrap.com | 5/18/19
Little out of the ordinary goes down in “The Climb.” Friends bicker and bond, families meet for the holidays, couples join together and come apart – the wheels of life keeps spinning.
So the fact that director Michael Angelo Covino is able to wring as much genuine surprise from such seemingly unexceptional raw material is a real testament to creative spark he brings to this project — and is one of the many reasons why this film, which premiered on Friday in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, is one of the standout titles of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Covino brought a short of the same to Sundance in 2018; he remakes that short here, where it serves as the first volley in a film that tracks the evolving relationship between two lifelong frenemies across seven unique chapters.
As it happens, Chapter 1 kicks off not too far from Cannes. In an unbroken nearly 10-minute take, we follow athletic Mike (Covino himself) and doughy Kyle (co-writer Kyle Marvin) on a South of France bike trip ahead of the latter’s upcoming marriage. Right as they hit a particularly steep incline, Mike drops a bomb: He too has been sleeping with Kyle’s fiancée – now, pudgy, try to catch up!
Both Kyle and consequence eventually do, and the dynamic between them evolves three times before the scene ever lets up. When the film finally offers its first hard cut, it does so in service of a joke – using the cut from one sequence to the next as a long built-towards setup/punchline.
Within that first chapter are nearly all of the elements that make “The Climb” such an unexpected gem. Some of those have been quite common in recent film and television, like the cringe comedy emanating from a painfully real dynamic and the two performers game for embarrassment. That’s not to diminish what Covino brings as an actor; I only mean to say that style has been the bread and butter of American comedy for the past decade or more.
What American comedy has not seen, on the other hand, is all that Covino brings as director.
And that’s an awful lot. He shows truly impressive formal control, incorporating sophisticated camerawork and tightly coiled edits while allowing time, space and rhythm – in short, the foundations of cinema – to play as equal participants in the comedy.
In a wonderful conceit, the film jumps forward in time with each new chapter, making us work to understand where we are in the plot, and, more importantly, where the two leads are in their relationship with one another. So in deference to the pleasure of discovering the plot as the film parcels it out, I will not reveal exactly where we pick in Chapter 2.
Suffice it to say that as “The Climb” goes on it introduces new characters into the mix, including Kyle’s parents (played by Talia Balsam and George Wendt) and his second fiancée, Marissa (Gayle Rankin), who is given ample time to shine.
American comedy has often had a hard time getting a foothold in the high temple of cinema that is Cannes, so I suspect that festival programmers warmed to this film for the many (wholly refreshing) ways it feels out of step with this moment in time. At a point when the line between media has blurred and the conversation has turned to ‘multi-platform content’, here is odd little throwback that apes the textures of celluloid and moves with the rhythms of cinema.
Here is a real film — and a damn good one, at that.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/17/19
Tan France of “Queer Eye” and model Alexa Chung are set to host “Next in Fashion,” a new competition series coming to Netflix. Celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, will be recurring guest judges, with more guest judges to be announced at a later date.
“Next in Fashion” finds 18 designers competing for the chance to become the next big name in fashion. Throughout the 10 episode season, contestants will be tasked with completing challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.
The winner will receive a $250,000 prize and a chance to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.
“Next in Fashion” is created and produced by theoldschool and is executive produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-executive producer Adam Cooper.
France is an English fashion designer, television personality and author best known for starring as the fashion expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” revival. His books include “Naturally Tan: A Memoir” and “Queer Eye: Love Yourself.”
Chung is a British writer, television presenter, model and fashion designer. She’s known for her 2013 book “It,” which chronicles her personal style and influences, and 2014’s “It: Uber Style.” She launched her fashion brand, Alexa Chung, in 2017.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/17/19
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival is underway, but a big question on some attendees’ minds might not be about a movie at all, but a TV series. That’s because many festival-goers are probably scrambling to figure out, “How in the name of Westeros can I watch the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday?”
Since HBO NOW and HBO GO are not accessible for U.S. subscribers while in France, TheWrap has figured out how “Game of Thrones” fans can watch the final showdown in real time without having to learn who ends up on the Iron Throne through social media.
And don’t worry, it won’t take a prayer to the Old Gods and the New. But it will take either an HBO Europe subscription or having the right hotel room — or a friend in the right hotel room — because a Cannes attendee can view the series finale at the same time it airs in the U.S. via the French provider OCS (Orange Cinema Series).
So what you’ll need to do is check around to see if your hotel — or your friends’ hotels — is an Orange subscriber. If it is, then you can tune in to watch the episode on OCS City at 3 a.m. local time on Monday. There will also be a primetime airing at 9 p.m. local time, later that day.
If you happen to be an Orange subscriber yourself, then you can also stream the episode on demand after it concludes its linear debut.
The complete final season of “Game of Thrones” will also be available to purchase via digital download in France on Tuesday at midnight (overnight Monday) on iTunes, Orange, Canal+, Microsoft, Sony and Google.
If you are subscribed to UK Sky Go and Now TV (a subscription-based internet television and video-on-demand service that is a division of Sky Limited), you can watch the finale on your devices in any country in the EU.
In Germany’s official guide from Sky, for example, it says Episode 806 will be shown locally at 3 a.m. (GMT+2) on Sky Atlantic, which is the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S. (9 p.m. ET). That means you’ll be able to access the episode via Sky Go and Now TV at that time. Sky will then air the series finale again on Monday at 8:15 p.m. local time.
If you don’t have a subscription to either of those services, but do subscribe to HBO Go or HBO NOW there is a way to connect to those platforms using a VPN.
A VPN is a virtual private network that builds a secure tunnel between your device and the internet that allows you to mask your location. This way, you can “trick” the platforms into thinking you are still in the U.S. (for HBO) or in the U.K. (for Sky). It’s extremely safe and most VPNs provide a high-quality streaming experience.
HBO tells TheWrap it is unaware of any planned finale viewing parties at Cannes. A spokesperson for the festival said all official screenings can be found in the Cannes program.
Of course, if this is all too much work for you: Fly home early, delete your Twitter app, or pray no one you talk to at Cannes reveals spoilers and wait until you’re back in the United States to watch the HBO fantasy series’ epic ending.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/15/19
Woody Allen’s film “A Rainy Day in New York” has been picked up for distribution in multiple European, South American and Asian territories, according to the New York Times.
On Monday, TheWrap reported that Italian distributor Lucky Red acquired the film for release in Italy on Oct. 3. The Times notes that A Contracorriente Films will now also release “A Rainy Day in New York” the following day on Oct. 4 in Spain.
A spokesperson told the Times that Filmwelt/NFP will release the film in Germany and Austria, and Filmwelt/NFP’s managing director Christopher Ott said in an interview with a German newspaper that they would be among the distributors bringing the film to Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and South America.
Italian news reports said on Monday said that “A Rainy Day in New York” was also likely to be shown in France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Allen’s film was blocked for release in the U.S. after distributor Amazon Studios terminated its four-picture deal with the director after the resurfacing of old accusations that Allen inappropriately touched Dylan Farrow, his then-7-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow. (Investigators found no evidence of abuse and Allen has repeatedly denied the accusations.)
Allen had also announced plans to shoot another film with the backing of Barcelona-based financing conglomerate Mediapro, which previously helped fund “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris.”
“A Rainy Day in New York” stars Elle Fanning and Timothée Chalamet as two young people who arrive in New York and encounter rain and a series of unfortunate adventures. It also stars Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Suki Waterhouse, Liev Schreiber and Diego Luna. Many of the stars of the film, including Chalamet and Hall, agreed to donate their salaries from the film to Time’s Up and LGBT charities.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/9/19
“The Hate U Give” star Amandla Stenberg has been cast in a leading role alongside Andre Holland on Damien Chazelle’s upcoming Netflix series, “The Eddy.”
A musical drama set in contemporary Paris, “The Eddy” series revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series, which will be shot in France this spring and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic, has an eight-episode order from the streaming service.
Holland is set to play Elliot Udo, a celebrated jazz pianist from New York. Now in Paris and the part-owner of a failing jazz club, Elliot, who is hiding from everyone, has an on-again-off-again romance with his lead singer. When his 15-year-old daughter Julie (Stenberg) shows up suddenly, Elliot has to face his weakness and learn to grow up.
Chazelle will executive produce the Endeavor Content series and also direct its first two episodes. This marks the “La La Land” writer-director’s first television project.
“The Eddy” is being written by Jack Thorne (“Wonder”), with original music from Glen Ballard. Along with Chazelle, other directors on the series include Houda Benyamina (“Divines”) and Alan Poul (“Tales of the City”).
The musical drama will be executive produced by Chazelle, Poul, Thorne, and Ballard, with Jimmy Desmarais and Olivier Bibas of Atlantique Productions also executive producing. Holland serves as co-executive producer.
“The Eddy” will premiere globally on Netflix in 2020.
Stenberg is repped by UTA and attorneys Nina Shaw & Gordon Bobb.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/6/19
A Fox News on-air interview about the Notre Dame fire in Paris was abruptly shut down after a French guest suggested — without any proof — that the fire consuming the famed cathedral may not have been the result of an accident.
On Monday, Philippe Karsenty, a former French right-wing political candidate, suggested to Shep Smith that the church fire may have been set by possible terrorists, a theory that had already been floated by InfoWars soon after the fire began.
“It’s like a 9/11, it’s a French 9/11, you know? And it’s a big shock,” Karsenty told Smith, adding, “we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week all over France.” Karsenty then went on to say that “of course, you will hear the story of the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident.”
“Sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know,” Smith quickly interjected. “If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.”
Karsenty explained: “I’m just telling you something, what we need to be ready,” but Smith shut him down a second time before cutting him from the segment entirely.
“No, sir, we’re not doing that here, not now, not on my watch,” Smith said. “The man on the phone with us has absolutely no information of any kind about the origin of this fire and neither do I.”
“The fire investigators will at some point come to a determination about what caused this and conspiracy theories about anything are worthless and in many cases counterproductive and injurious to society,” Smith added. “And those who entertain them are not acting in the best interests of the people of this planet.”
Karsenty, a French media analyst, was convicted in 2013 of defamation after he accused a state television network of staging a video of a young boy being killed during a fight between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers.
You can watch the full exchange in the video below.
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www.thewrap.com | 4/15/19
Swedish actress Bibi Andersson, known for her roles in “The Seventh Seal” and “Persona,” died on Sunday, according to Stockholm newspaper Aftonbladet. She was 83.
“She has been sick for many years, but it is sad. I found out that Bibi passed away lunchtime today,” director and friend Christina Olofsson told Aftonbladet.
According to Aftonbladet, Andersson had a stroke in 2009 while living in France with her husband Gabriel Mora Baeza. She returned to Sweden a few days later for hospital care. Shortly thereafter, she moved to a nursing home in Stockholm.
Andersson, who starred in several of writer and director Ingmar Bergman’s classic films, became well-known in the 1950’s, appearing in “The Seventh Seal” and “Wild Strawberries,” among countless other films.
She would go on to work constantly throughout the ’60s, ’70s and subsequent decades and as recently as 2007, with roles in more than 50 films such as “Persona,” “The Touch” and “Scenes From a Marriage.”
In 1968 Anderson was nominated for best foreign actress at the BAFTAs for her roles in two films: “Persona” and “Syskonbädd 1782,” or “My Sister My Love.” At the 13th Berlin International Film Festival in 1963, Andersson won the Silver Bear for best actress for her role in Vilgot Sjöman’s film “The Mistress.”
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www.thewrap.com | 4/14/19
“Barry,” “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” and “The Good Place” lead the nominees for this year’s Peabody Awards, which recognizes the best of digital and broadcast media for the year. The three programs were among a crowded field of contenders in the entertainment category.
“It is our great honor to recognize the most powerful and compelling, but also most brilliant and creative programming of 2018,” Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody said in a press statement. “Across genres and platforms, these are stories that help us make sense of our world, and locate our humanity in the joys and tragedies and struggles of people worldwide.”
The 78th annual awards ceremony nominees also honored other achievements in the categories of “children’s and youth,” “documentaries,” “public service,” “news,” “web,” and “radio/podcast.” The nominees were selected by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from more than 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming. Thirty winners selected from amongst these nominees will be announced beginning next week.
The ceremony will take place on May 18 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street, and will be hosted by New Yorker contributing writer Ronan Farrow.
You can see the full list of Peabody nominees below.
CHILDREN’S & YOUTH
“Hilda” Silvergate Media for Netflix (Netflix)
“Steven Universe” Cartoon Network Studios (Cartoon Network)
“A Dangerous Son” HBO Documentary Films and Moxie Firecracker Films (HBO)
“Blue Planet II” BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9 in partnership with The Open University (BBC AMERICA)
“Brides & Brothels: The Rohingya Trade” 101 East (Al Jazeera English)
“I Am Evidence” HBO Documentary Films and Mighty Entertainment in association with Fixit Productions and Artemis Rising Foundation (HBO)
“Independent Lens: Dolores” A Carlos Santana Production, in association with 5 Stick Films, and THE DOLORES HUERTA FILM PROJECT, LLC (PBS)
“Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro” A co-production of Velvet Film Inc., Velvet Film S.A.S., Artémis Productions, Close Up Films, ARTE France, RTS, RTBF, Shelter Prod and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) presented in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (PBS)
“Independent Lens: The Judge” A co-production of Three Judges LLC, Idle Wild Films Inc., and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (PBS)
“Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, LLC in co-production with Independent Television Service and Black Public Media in association with The Film Posse, Chiz Schultz Inc. and American Masters Pictures (PBS/WNET/TV)
“Minding the Gap” Hulu presents in association with Kartemquin, American Documentary | POV and ITVS (Hulu)
“POV: QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family” Quest Fury Sound LLC, Vespertine Film and Media Productions Inc., American Documentary | POV, ITVS (PBS)
“POV: The Apology” National Film Board of Canada, American Documentary | POV (PBS)
“POV: Survivors” WeOwnTV, American Documentary | POV, ITVS (PBS)
“POV: Whose Streets?” Whose Streets? LLC, American Documentary | POV (PBS)
“Shirkers” A Netflix Documentary in association with Cinereach (Netflix)
“The Bleeding Edge” A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Shark Island Institute (Netflix)
“The Facebook Dilemma” FRONTLINE (PBS)
“The Jazz Ambassadors” Thirteen Productions LLC, Antelope South Ltd., Normal Life Pictures, in association with the BBC and ZDF in collaboration with Arte (PBS)
“The Rape of Recy Taylor” Augusta Films, in co-production with Transform Films Inc., in association with Artemis Rising and Matador Content (Starz)
“Atypical” Sony Pictures Television for Netflix (Netflix)
“Barry” HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply (HBO)
“Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” Netflix (Netflix)
“Homecoming,” Universal Content Productions and Amazon Studios (Amazon Prime Video)
“Killing Eve” Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC AMERICA (BBC AMERICA)
“My Brilliant Friend” HBO Entertainment in association with RAI FICTION, TIMVISION and Wildside, Fandango, and Umedia (HBO)
“Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” Netflix (Netflix)
“Pose” Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions (FX Networks)
“Random Acts of Flyness” HBO Entertainment in association with A24 and MVMT (HBO)
“The Americans” Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions (FX Networks)
“The Chi” SHOWTIME Presents, Fox 21 Television Studios, Kapital Entertainment, Verse, Freedom Road Productions, Hillman Grad Productions, Elwood Reid Inc. (Showtime)
“The End of the F***ing World” Clerkenwell Films/Dominic Buchanan Productions for Channel 4 Television and Netflix (Netflix)
“The Good Place” Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment (NBC)
“This Close” Killer Films and Super Deluxe (SundanceNow)
“Anatomy of a Killing” BBC Africa Eye (BBC)
“Aquí y Ahora: The Faces of the Immigration Crisis ” Univision Network (Univision Network)
“CBS News Special: 39 Days” CBS News (CBS)
“Back of the Class” KING Television NBC affiliate/KING
“Cambridge Analytica” ITN for Channel 4 News (Channel 4 News)
“Inside Yemen” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Toxic School Water” WTVF-TV (WTVF-TV)
“Nima Elbagir: Human Rights Reporting” CNN (CNN)
“On the Fire Line” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“Separated: Children at the Border” FRONTLINE (PBS)
“Spartan Silence” E:60, OTL, ESPNW, Sportscenter (ESPN)
“The Plastic Problem” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“$2 Tests: Bad Arrests” WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA-TV)
“Student/Trafficked” R.AGE (Star Media Group)
“Zero Tolerance” ProPublica
“Bag Man” MSNBC (MSNBC)
“Believed” Michigan Radio (NPR)
“Buried Truths” WABE (WABE)
“Caliphate” The New York Times (The New York Times)
“Ear Hustle” PRX’s Radiotopia (PRX’s Radiotopia)
“In The Dark (season 2)” APM Reports (Podcast)
“Kept Out” Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX, PBS Newshour, and the Associated Press (Public radio stations nationwide)
“Monumental Lies” Type Investigations and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (Public radio stations nationwide)
“My World Was Burning: The North Bay Fires and What Went Wrong” KQED and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX)
“This American Life Episode #657: The Runaways” This American Life and ProPublica Inc. (Public Radio Stations, podcast)
“The Daily” The New York Times (The New York Times)
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www.thewrap.com | 4/9/19
Romantic teen comedy-drama “Love, Simon,” Netflix’s reality show “Queer Eye” and Starz’s comedy series “Vida” took top honors at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
“Love, Simon,” an LGBTQ themed high-school rom-com, took the prize for Outstanding Film Wide Release with Gwyneth Paltrow presenting the award to director Greg Berlanti and cast members Nick Robinson, Keiynan Lonsdale and Alexandra Schipp.
Outstanding Reality Program went to “Queer Eye,” Netflix’s reboot of the Bravo series, starring Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown.
“Vida,” about two Mexican-American sisters who return home to a rapidly gentrifying Boyle Heights — and find out their recently deceased mother was in a relationship with a woman — took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The 30th annual GLAAD ceremony also honored Beyoncé and Jay-Z with the Vanguard Award for their support of the LGBTQ community.
Jay-Z began their speech by thanking his mother, Gloria Carter, who is a lesbian and who accepted a special award on behalf of her son last year. The rapper said that it was because of his mother that he was able to learn about love and acceptance.
“Life is full of highs, lows, and a lot of learning,” Jay-Z told the audience. “This is a momentous night and I also want, because I didn’t do it last year, to honor my mother who received the award last year. I’m following in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance.”
Beyonce then told the crowd she was “super honored and overwhelmed and I’m very proud of the run in my stocking from Shangela,” she said about the “Drag Race” alum who earlier in the evening performed a medley of her all her hit songs to a roaring audience. (See below).
“I would say that one of the most beautiful memories from our tour was looking out from the stage every night and seeing the hardest gangsters trappin’ out right next to the most fabulous queens, respecting and celebrating each other.”
Beyonce dedicated the award to her Uncle Johnny, who she called “the most fabulous gay man, who helped raise me and my sister.”
“He lived his truth,” she told the audience. “He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country was not as accepting. Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.”
She continued: “I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right, how you identify and see yourself is your human right, who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right.”
“Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, named after the Los Angeles casting director who devoted his life to fighting homophobia. Both were announced ahead of time.
At the event, celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement, representing GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights and LGBTQ acceptance.
GLAAD had also previously announced that Madonna will receive the Advocate for Change Award and Andy Cohen will receive the Vito Russo Award from Sarah Jessica Parker in the organizations’ New York City event on May 4, which will air on Logo on Sunday, May 12.
Read the complete winners list:
Outstanding Documentary: “Believer” (HBO)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): “Someplace Other Than Here,” “The Guest Book” (TBS)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming: “Steven Universe” (Cartoon Network)
Outstanding Video Game: “The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset” (Bethesda Softworks)
Outstanding Comic Book: “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles,” written by Mark Russell (DC Comics)
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas?” by Nate Blakeslee (Texas Monthly)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Variety
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish-Language): “Entrevista con Luis Sandoval para National Coming Out Day” Despierta América (Univision)
Outstanding Digital Journalism (Spanish-Language): “Así pinta la televisión hispana a los personajes LGBTQ, una representación preocupante” por Daniel Shoer Roth (ElNuevoHerald.com)
Special Recognition: “Nanette” (Netflix)
Special Recognition: “TransMilitary” (Logo)
Special Recognition (Spanish-Language): “House of Mamis” (INTOmore.com)
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www.thewrap.com | 3/29/19
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This blog by Ira Magaziner, often called the "the father of ICANN," is part of a series of posts CircleID will be hosting from the ICANN community to commemorate ICANN's 20th anniversary. CircleID collaborated with ICANN to spread the word and to encourage participation. We invite you to submit your essays to us in consideration for posting. (You can watch the video interview of Magaziner done for ICANN’s History Project here.)
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My story begins in ancient times when dinosaurs ruled the earth. It was a time when you could download a movie onto your desktop computer through your 56k dial-up connection if you had a few days. It was a time when more people were on the Minitel in France than on the Internet globally and when the Republic of Korea could fit all of its internet users into one small hotel room. I know because I met them all in that room.
In early 1995, then United States President Bill Clinton asked me, as his senior advisor for policy development, to help recommend what steps he could take if re-elected in 1996 to accelerate the long-term growth of the US economy. I suggested that we set a policy environment in the U.S. and globally that could accelerate the growth of the newly developed Internet, we could help fuel a global economic transformation.
I realized that the Internet had great potential, but that its future was very precarious, balanced on a knife’s edge between two extremes that could delay it or even destroy it. On the one side, if the Internet was too anarchic with no publicly accepted guidelines, it could engender constant lawsuits, scaring away investors and people who wanted to help build it. On the other side, if typical forces of bureaucracy took over with a mass of government regulations and slow intergovernmental governing bodies, the creativity and growth of the internet would be stifled.
We formed an inter-departmental task force and over the next few years: passed legislation and negotiated international treaties with other countries that kept Internet commerce free of tariffs and taxation; recognized the legality of digital signatures and contracts; protected Internet intellectual property; allowed the market to set standards rather than regulators; kept Internet telephony and transmission in general free from burdensome regulation; and empowered consumers to use the Internet affordably, among other measures. We aimed to establish the Internet as a global medium of communication and commerce that could allow any individual to participate.
As we did all of this, there was one problem that concerned us deeply: how could the technical coordination of the Internet succeed and scale in the face of the complex political and legal challenges that were already beginning to undermine the legitimacy of the Internet as it then existed?
At that time, IANA was housed in a small office at the University of Southern California (USC) and run by Jon Postel under a contract the University had with the U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
From a small office filled with large stacks of paper and books on the floor, on tables, and hanging off of shelves on the walls, it was Jon who decided what the top-level prefixes were for each country, and who in each country should be responsible for administering the Internet.
The A-root server was run by a company called Network Solutions in Virginia under a contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce. It had a virtual monopoly to sell domain names. It worked with Jon to synch up numbers with names.
But, Jon and the leadership of Network Solutions did not get along. There were constant disputes. They were so frustrated with each other that on more than one occasion I found myself trying to referee disputes between them at the request of the Department of Commerce and DARPA who, as administrators of the contracts, were often caught in the middle.
Internet infrastructure was also insecure. I went on a tour to visit some of the servers that ran the Internet. Some were in university basements where I literally could have walked in and pulled the plugs on the servers. There was no security.
The tenuous nature of these arrangements led to significant concerns which came to a head one fateful week in early January 1996. During this week, the following events occurred:
It was quite a week. We clearly had to do something.
I went home that Sunday, and while watching my favorite U.S. football team lose terribly on the television, I drafted the first concept memo of what an organization could look like that could successfully solve the current and potential challenges.
The idea of setting up a global, private, non-profit, apolitical institution, staffed by technical experts, that would be a grassroots organization accountable to Internet users and constituencies, while also being recognized by governments, was unprecedented and risky. When I discussed it with my interdepartmental taskforce, we knew it would be difficult and somewhat messy to implement, but we felt it offered the best chance to allow the Internet to grow and flourish.
The organization would have a government advisory group that could ensure the views of the collective governments were at the forefront, but that the governments would not control it. The organization would provide a strong focal point recognized by governments to combat any lawsuits. It would be flexible enough to evolve as the Internet evolved. It would generate its own independent funding by a small fee on each domain name registration, but it should never get too big. It would be stakeholder-based, and its legitimacy would have to be renewed regularly by its ability to persuade the various Internet constituency groups that it remained the best solution.
After two years of consultation, vigorous debate and many helpful suggestions and excellent modifications, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was born in 1998.
Grassroots democracy is by its nature contentious and there have been bumps along the way. Overall, thanks to the efforts of many people who have played pivotal roles like Becky Burr and Andy Pincus who worked with me in the U.S. Government to establish ICANN, Esther Dyson, Vint Cerf, Mike Roberts and Steve Crocker who guided ICANN at key points, and the efforts of many others too numerous to mention who did the hard work of building the organization, ICANN has succeeded.
The political, policy and technical controversies that threatened to stifle or even destroy the Internet in its infancy in the late 1990s did not do so. The Internet is alive and well.
Billions of people now use the Internet. It accommodates a myriad of languages and alphabets. Wi-Fi, mobile devices, applications, and the “Internet of Things,” have all been incorporated. Despite almost unimaginable amounts of data and more addresses and domain names than we ever contemplated, one never reads about technical or legal problems that caused the Internet to break down.
While serious issues of privacy, security and equity must be addressed, no one can doubt that the Internet has created a positive transformation in the way the world communicates and does business. The Internet economy has grown at ten times the rate of the regular economy for more than twenty years now.
Congratulations to all of the people who have made ICANN a success over the past twenty years and to those of you working with ICANN today who will ensure its success over the next twenty years.
Written by Ira Magaziner
www.circleid.com | 10/25/18
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One year after the launch of the #MeToo movement with the New York Times’ and the New Yorker’s award-winning exposés of indie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood insiders say that there have been some significant changes to address sexual misconduct in the industry.
Many studios, networks and other entertainment companies have tightened contract language and increased employee training programs to prevent harassment in executive offices, on film and TV sets and even in audition rooms, executives and entertainment lawyers said.
Despite the career downfall of high-profile men such as Weinstein, CBS CEO Les Moonves and Def Jam founder Russell Simmons following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, though, questions linger about how effective these steps have been to change Hollywood’s culture.
“The law has remained the same. What’s different is the volume of reporting is just exponentially more,” Elsa Rama, an entertainment lawyer, told TheWrap.
“More people are reporting bad behavior and employers are more sensitive to handling it and adhering to the law, whereas before our industry was probably a bit too casual about it,” she added.
And many companies are trying to get ahead of the accusation wave by educating employees about acceptable behavior with mandatory training sessions across departments. Angela Reddock-Wright, a Los Angeles attorney who specializes in sexual harassment and discrimination, estimated that the number of prevention trainings that she gives has increased 50 percent in the last year.
“In light of what’s happening, companies and studios want to make sure they are re-educating their managers and supervisors on what to do when issues of sexual harassment are reported to them,” she said.
Contracts have also come under focus in the last year. Although sexual harassment was always considered a breach of contracts, experts told TheWrap that legal language that was purposefully broad before #MeToo is now being tightened to provide clearer consequences for cases of sexual harassment and assault.
“[Many contracts] are much more specific in terms of providing a sexual harassment policy that’s curtailed to production setting, having a reporting mechanism that’s very clear, but also having the ability for grounds for termination, as well as what to do with allegations outside the workplace environment,” Rama said.
Another entertainment attorney, who asked not to be named, told TheWrap that the main differences have come at the negotiating table. Whereas agents once had more leeway to negotiate morality clauses out of contracts for talent, studios are now more likely to insist that they remain.
Moreover, the attorney said that morality clauses were previously intended to address criminal convictions and actors going to jail, but now they are getting broadened to include various forms of sexual misconduct that may not require legal outcomes.
Reddock-Wright said the effectiveness of any policy change is ultimately dependent on people’s willingness to follow it — or not. “So the real question is — if we have had laws and policies against sexual harassment in the workplace for years, why does harassment continue to happen? Why is the #MeToo movement so prevalent?” she said.
“It ultimately comes down to power — those who use their power and influence to exercise control over individuals, and to make individuals believe that if they do not succumb to their sexual propositions, they will not make it in this town,” she said. “Some use their powers for good. Others use them to take advantage of others.”
The advent of the #MeToo movement has raised general awareness of the issue — which has taken down both executives like Weinstein as well as on-camera stars like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K.
Stars and prominent Hollywood figures like Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes helped launch the Time’s Up initiative, a fund that aims to support employees who encounter sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace.
The major Hollywood guilds have also released new guidelines since last fall intended to protect their members from harassment and other abuse — though many are not legally or contractually binding. In April, SAG-AFTRA released a guideline calling on producers to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and private residences, and urged actors to avoid high-risk locations as well.
The move came after Weinstein was accused by several women of misconduct inside hotel rooms in cities around the world, from Beverly Hills to New York to Cannes, France. (He has denied any accusation of nonconsensual sex.) These guidelines were contractually adopted by the Network Television Code in July, which SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris described as a “real victory.”
The union is also working to develop rules that will better protect actors during on-screen nudity and sex scenes.
“There’s so much more exposure to your body and there’s more [on-screen] intimacy taking place,” Carteris told TheWrap. “Our conversations actually deal with the whole process of being a performer… and the vulnerabilities you have, and then we’re creating structures around those vulnerabilities.”
Even Carteris admits she does not know whether #MeToo advocates can make lasting change to how Hollywood does business.
“I know there’s been a shift. It’s happening in the audition room, it’s happening on set,” she told TheWrap. “We’re going to have to wait and see if it’s a sustainable shift. Kudos to those people who really recognize that there needs to be a change.”
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www.thewrap.com | 10/5/18
James Lipton is leaving “Inside the Actors Studio” as its host and executive producer, Ovation TV announced Monday.
The 92-year-old Lipton created the show in 1994 that features his one-on-one interviews with A-list film and television stars about the evolution of their careers. It will be moving from its long-time home on Bravo to Ovation TV in the Fall of 2019, where a rotating list of guest hosts will conduct the interviews.
“It’s very gratifying to see the legacy of ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy,” Lipton said in a statement.
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“I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network to the arts, will continue that tradition with the next seasons of the series,” he added. “I’m excited to see the new hosts engage with the guests and students and continue to entertain viewers in the U.S. and around the world.”
The show began as a craft seminar for students at New York’s Actors Studio Masters program at Pace University, and was a joint venture between the Actors Studio and New School University. Paul Newman was the first of Lipton’s more than 200 guest interviews that included everyone from Brad Pitt to Barbra Streisand, and from Clint Eastwood to Martin Scorsese.
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www.thewrap.com | 9/25/18
Legendary actress Cecily Tyson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are among this year’s Honorary Oscar winners, the film academy announced Wednesday.
Tyson (“Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Help”), who is 93, will receive the AMPAS prize along with publicist Marvin Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin. Prolific film producers and husband-and-wife team Kennedy and Frank Marshall will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
For the 10th year, the Academy governors will hold the honorary ceremony prior to the official Oscars telecast, this year on Nov. 18 at Hollywood and Highland’s Dolby Ballroom.
The award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy,” an announcement said.
The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is not an Oscar statue but a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers “whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”
Read career highlights for this year’s honorees:
Levy began his career in publicity working for MGM in New York City before joining Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, where he guided the advertising for films including “The Deep” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.” His work for the 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” marked the beginning of a four-decade-long partnership with Steven Spielberg. Levy has held positions at Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios and Amblin Partners, and has worked on publicity campaigns for such films as “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “American Beauty,” “Gladiator” and “Lincoln.” Levy is the first publicist to receive an honorary Oscar.
Born and raised in Argentina, Schifrin studied classical music and jazz in France before beginning to compose for film in Buenos Aires in the mid-1950s. He has written scores for more than 100 films, including “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Bullitt,” “Dirty Harry,” “Enter the Dragon” and “Rush Hour.” His memorable theme for the television series “Mission: Impossible” has been a hallmark of the recent film series. He has received six Oscar® nominations, for the original scores for “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “The Fox” (1968), “Voyage of the Damned” (1976) and “The Amityville Horror” (1979), the original song “People Alone” from “The Competition” (1980) and the adaptation score for “The Sting II” (1983).
Raised in Harlem, Tyson began her career as a model and a theater actress, appearing both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. After playing small roles in feature films and television, she was cast as Portia in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” in 1968. Four years later, she received an Academy Award® nomination for her leading performance in “Sounder.” Her other notable film credits include “The River Niger,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “The Help,” “Alex Cross” and “Last Flag Flying.”
The Kennedy/Marshall producing partnership, formed in 1991, has generated Best Picture nominations for “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Seabiscuit” (2003), “Munich” (2005) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Kennedy/Marshall Company productions also include “Congo,” all five “Bourne” films, and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Prior to forming Kennedy/Marshall, the duo co-founded Amblin Productions with Steven Spielberg, sharing a Best Picture nomination for “The Color Purple” (1985). Additionally, Marshall received a Best Picture nomination for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), while Kennedy was nominated in the same category for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “War Horse” (2011) and “Lincoln” (2012). Kennedy is the first woman to receive the Thalberg Award.
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