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- The final episode of BBC America's "Planet Earth II" airs on Saturday, March 25.
- It's about animals living in the world's biggest cities.
- INSIDER got an exclusive look at the episode's sequence on starlings.
- They're birds who create breathtaking formations as they fly.
- 03/25/17--10:10: The best and worst of Amazon's new TV show pilots
- 03/25/17--11:10: Here are the surprising salaries for jobs in TV
- 03/26/17--21:00: The next must-watch TV show is Russia's version of 'The Americans'
- 03/27/17--06:38: Everything you need to know about the 'Twin Peaks' revival
- 03/27/17--07:51: Here are the most popular HBO shows in every state
- 03/27/17--12:31: HBO is reviving 'True Detective' for season 3
- 03/28/17--06:22: Will Smith and the rest of the 'Fresh Prince' cast had a reunion
- Alicia Keys and Adam Levine are both coaches on "The Voice."
- Keys has decided not to wear makeup on the show anymore.
- In a recent interview, Levine said he saw Keys put on "a little bit of makeup" backstage.
- Keys responded by saying, "I do what the f--- I want."
- 03/29/17--07:37: Seth Meyers: Why Trump is just like The Dude from 'The Big Lebowski'
The vote for the Republican healthcare plan is scheduled to happen Friday, but Seth Meyers believes the bill is too flawed to go forward and that GOP leaders are being "reckless" for rushing the House vote.
"Republicans who have complained for years that Obamacare was rushed through Congress have literally been rewriting the bill behind closed doors, with no public input, in an attempt to ram it through the House before most members of Congress, let alone most Americans, have any idea what's in it," the host said on his "A Closer Look" segment from Thursday's "Late Night."
Since being introduced earlier this month, the American Health Care Act, also known as "Trumpcare" or "Ryancare" (after House Speaker Paul Ryan), has seen much opposition, even while supporters work to push it through in an effort to make good on a promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The Congressional Budget Office reported that it estimates that 24 million more people will be uninsured under Trumpcare compared to Obamacare, a blow to support for the new bill.
Recent reports have tried to bring clarity on how Trumpcare will differ from the Affordable Care Act. That includes removing rules on "essential health benefits," according to Buzzfeed, including "prescription drugs, pregnancy, maternity, newborn care, and hospitalization."
"That's right. Republicans believe that your insurance plan shouldn't be required to cover hospitals," Meyers said. "Don't worry, every American gets one free ride on the cart that picks up your dead... Here's the problem with getting rid of essential health benefits: If you don't require all insurance provide them, no one will."
Meyers called Republicans' rush to pass its embattled healthcare bill "insane, cruel, and reckless."
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Univision just revealed its El Chapo.
Stage and television actor Marco de la O will play Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán on the new Univision series set to roll out in three parts, starting with the first one on Sunday, April 23, at 8 p.m.
From Mexico City, de La O has starred in numerous Spanish-language TV shows, including Mexico's "Tanto Amor" and "Un Día Cualquiera."
“We are thrilled to have Marco take on the role of ‘El Chapo’ as we begin to unfold the story of the most notorious drug lord of our times, revealing the man behind the myth,” General Manager of Story House Entertainment Christian Gabela said in a statement.
“We think viewers will be truly captivated by both Marco’s performance and this story of power, ambition, corruption, secrecy, and deception," he continued.
"El Chapo," which is being coproduced by Netflix and Story House Entertainment, will chronicle Guzmán's life story over three decades — from 1985 when he was a low-level member of the Guadalajara Cartel to his rise to power and his ultimate downfall. Netflix had previously seen success with its original series "Narcos," which revolved around another drug kingpin, Colombia's Pablo Escobar.
The "El Chapo" cast also includes Humberto Busto ("Amores Perros"), Juan Carlos Olivas ("180°"), Alejandro Aguilar (“Rosario Tijeras”), Tete Espinoza (“Wenses y Lala”), Rodrigo Abed ("Reevolución"), Luis Rábago ("Principio y Fin"), Cristina Michaus ("El Tigre de Santa Julia"), Valentina Acosta (“Señora Acero”), and Juliette Pardau (“De Todas Maneras Rosa”).
Guzmán became legendary after having long evaded authorities. After being captured by Mexican authorities in February 2014, Guzman escaped from a maximum-security Mexican prison in July 2015. He was recaptured nearly six months later, which authorities said was aided by information collected while tracking Sean Penn's controversial meeting with the kingpin. Guzman was extradited to the US earlier this year. His next scheduled court appearance is on May 5, 2017.
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This Saturday, BBC America will air the final episode of the brand-new "Planet Earth II"— a new-and-improved reboot of the 2006 original. The episode is all about the one place on earth you'd least except to find wild animals: cities.
When you think of "Planet Earth," you probably imagine majestic mountains, dense jungles, and remote islands where animals roam free without human intervention. But many of the world's animal species live in harmony with urban-dwelling humans. Noisy, crowded cities offer lots of opportunities for scrappy creatures trying to survive.
The "Cities" episode is easily the series's most beautiful, and it has a fascinating cast of characters: Peregrine falcons that perch on New York City skyscrapers; hyenas that hang with locals in Harar, Ethiopia; and giant catfish that hunt pigeons in Albi, France.
But the episode's most memorable moment features starlings — small black birds that flock to Rome, Italy on winter nights, taking advantage of the city's extra warmth.
Up to a million of them gather in the sky, safety-in-numbers style, to avoid birds of prey. Once there, they perform what looks like a coordinated dance, creating undulating, wave-like formations known as murmurations. BBC America gave INSIDER an exclusive clip of these hypnotic movements. Watch it right here:
The craziest part: Scientists still don't know exactly how or why the starlings do this. They simply dance until, en masse, they fly down to roost in trees for the rest of the night.
Watch the starlings and more urban animals in the "Cities" episode of "Planet Earth II." It airs Saturday, March 25 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
Although Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” seems like it was a role made for her, she was initially flabbergasted at being asked to fill the role.
“‘SNL’ called and Kent Sublette, one of our old friends from the Groundlings, who is one of the head writers there now, called and he goes, ‘I hear you’re in New York. Do you have any interest in coming in and doing Spicer for us?’” McCarthy said. “I was like ‘What?!’”
In her true fashion, DeGeneres proceeded to pull up side-by-side photos of McCarthy clad in Spicer prosthetic next to an actual photo of the press secretary.
“My dad and Sean Spicer had a baby and it’s me,” McCarthy joked.
DeGeneres then jokingly asked Falcone if he finds McCarthy’s portrayal of Spicer “sexy.”
“I guess I’m into Sean Spicer,” the comedian joked, then clarified, “Sexy wasn’t the first thing that came to mind when I watched it.”
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Once again, Amazon Prime Video wants to know what you think of its new pilots.
On Friday, the company kicked off its newest pilot season with two one-hour drama pilots and three half-hour comedy pilots.
Instead of a bunch of suits debating what to greenlight, viewers can watch the pilot episodes and review them in order to help Amazon choose which ones it will order to series.
The stakes are pretty high for Amazon. According to estimates, it's investing more than $3 billion this year on original projects. And that means it's going to need to make more than a tiny dent into Netflix's streaming dominance and get a bigger share of Hollywood's Emmy awards bounty.
We watched Amazon's new batch of pilots. Here's our take:
Drama: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
From Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the husband-and-wife team behind "Gilmore Girls," drama pilot "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel's (Rachel Brosnahan) downfall from her perfect life as a 1950s Manhattan wife and mother to becoming immersed in the seedy downtown stand-up comedy scene.
The pilot's excellent cast includes Michael Zegen ("Boardwalk Empire"), Alex Borstein ("MADtv"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), and Marin Hinkle ("Two and a Half Men").
Our take: The pilot is immensely entertaining, with crisp dialogue and smart pacing. Plus, it really captures some very unique cultural aspects of 1958 New York City, such as the Jewish upper-crust and especially the burgeoning careers of comedy iconoclasts such as Lennie Bruce.
Based on the cult-hit novel "The Book of Strange New Things" by Michel Faber, drama pilot "Oasis" stars "Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden, an ecumenical priest who is sent into space to help establish a colony on a distant planet. But once he arrives, he finds morale is low among the settlement team and there's an inexplicable force that makes the planet very deadly.
It also stars Anil Kapoor ("24"), Mark Addy ("Game of Thrones"), and a grown-up Haley Joel Osment, who played the young boy on "The Sixth Sense."
Our take: There's some very good acting on "Oasis," but the dialogue and plot can feel very predictable. There's a real urge here to show off the arid, yet beautiful surroundings of the planet, but a pilot is limited in the amount of character exploration that it can cover. It really only scratches the surface there while setting up what feels like the show's important plot twist.
Comedy: "The Legend of Master Legend"
This dark comedy pilot revolves around Frank Lafount (John Hawkes), who hits the streets of Las Vegas as low-budget superhero Master Legend. Charmingly delusional, Frank has to balance his deep sense of justice with the burdens of actual life and disapproval from his family.
The pilot also stars Dawnn Lewis ("Major Crimes"), Shea Whigham ("Boardwalk Empire"), and newcomer Anjelika Washington.
Our take: This pilot makes it tough not to love and conversely feel sorry for its homemade superhero. Its eclectic characters give the comedy so many directions to go, which makes this pilot a pretty good bet for a surprising full season. This definitely lives up to the expectations of a show that's produced and written by a team whose credits between them include "Argo" and "Transparent."
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If your dream is to work in television or you already do, a new survey shows what you can (or should) make. But in the process, it also highlights the pay disparity for women and minorities.
The report focuses on non-union salaries in TV and digital media production. Its results were drawn from 302 respondents who completed the anonymous survey distributed through the mailing lists and social media channels of both companies.
In addition to finding that the median TV salary amounts to $78,000 a year, the survey found that women and minority professionals are being paid lower than their male and white colleagues. According to the survey, the median annual earnings for women were 11% less than men, and non-white talent made just 63 cents to every dollar earned by those identifying as white.
Here's a deeper look into what the survey shows about TV industry salaries:
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Of those who answered the survey, 40% were between the ages of 25 and 34. A huge 84% work in freelance positions and just 13% held staff positions. And 6% more males answered the survey than women.
Of those who answered the survey, a majority work on the West Coast and in unscripted TV, such as documentaries or reality shows.
Scripted TV pays less on average than unscripted.
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When ESPN’s highly acclaimed "30 for 30" documentary “O.J.: Made in America” won the best documentary Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, it was the happy ending director Ezra Edelman and his crew hoped for after two years of making the film and over a year promoting its airing on ESPN and unconventional Oscar-qualifying theatrical release.
But for ESPN Films' senior vice president and executive producer Connor Schell, it was quickly back to business. Though the network’s seven-and-a-half hour documentary that used the incredible rise and fall of football hall-of-famer O.J. Simpson to explore issues of race and class in Los Angeles garnered unanimous esteem within the industry and the network's first-ever Oscar, ESPN Films isn't through telling unique stories from the sports world.
"We're trying to continue to push and evolve the genre and come up with new ways to tell stories and new voices to tell them with," Schell told Business Insider.
ESPN Films' newest endeavor is a podcast. The "30 for 30 Podcast" was announced at this year's SXSW and will look at stories that don't necessarily fit in movies or short film form.
"There have always been stories that we thought were really interesting but unable to bring to life visually," said Schell, "and so this opens up this whole new type of story we can tell."
Launching in June, the first season will look at topics like the landmark "Dan & Dave" advertising campaign by Reebok that focused on decathletes Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson in the lead-up to the 1992 Summer Olympics (however, the campaign had to drastically change when O'Brien failed to qualify for the Olympics), and the first all-women's team to make it to the North Pole.
Each episode will have a run time of 30-40 minutes and will be released weekly. Season 2 should be released in the fall.
But ESPN Films' bread and butter is still its non-fiction films, and there are some anticipated ones coming up including a documentary on Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, "One and Not Done" (premiering on ESPN April 13), a doc on the legendary talk radio duo Mike & the Mad Dog (airing in the summer), and one on iconic pro wrestler Rick Flair (airing in the fall).
The Mike and the Mad Dog documentary is particularly special for Schell and many at ESPN as it's a project they have tried to make since Schell and former ESPN columnist Bill Simmons started "30 for 30" back in 2007.
"It was something that we thought about for a long time," said Schell. The documentary will have its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in April. "They are legendary figures in sports talk radio, in many ways they created the genre, so to be able to tell that story I think is really excited."
Schell says there are also a few big ideas similar in scope as "O.J.: Made in America" that he has kicking around. Though he was coy about what those actually are, he did hint at one: a project with Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (who made the "30 for 30" documentary "Catching Hell" in 2011 that looked at the Steve Batman incident during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series at Chicago's Wrigley Field) on athletes' obsession with physical excellence.
"This is a project we talked to Alex about for literally several years and we've recently moved forward," said Schell. "It's a multi-part series about performance and the limits of performance and the evolution of the pursuit of perfection with the human body. I think it's a bit of a departure for us that will be less narrative storytelling and more first-person scientific journalism almost. I'm really excited about that on the horizon."
Though Schell admits he's up for exploring almost anything under the ESPN Films banner, one thing he has no interest in is whenever Simpson is released from prison. Simpson is currently serving a 33 year prison sentence in Lovelock, Nevada for felonies including armed robbery. He could be released as early as October.
"I think what Ezra was able to do with 'Made in America' was explore all of these incredibly rich and important themes about our country and the criminal justice system and race and the city of Los Angeles — O.J.'s story was a cipher to take you to all of these interesting places," said Schell. "I'm not sure where that goes from here."
"One of the incredible luxuries of being tied to a dynamic news organization is that it's covering everything that needs to be covered every single day, and that's a key reason ESPN Films has been successful," Schell added. "There's no story we have to tell."
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MOSCOW — It’s 2017, and the new Cold War is in full swing. The West is winning, for now. U.S. sanctions have impoverished Russia. But the two sides are poised at a critical juncture.
The Russians have come up with new technology to drill for gas that could send their economy skyrocketing again, putting the West on the back foot. And so, the CIA sends President Donald Trump a letter detailing a cunning plan. A spy — one of their most wily — must be dispatched from Washington immediately to sniff out the details.
What follows is Adaptation, the story of the blundering Oleg Menshov, an American spy with impeccable Russian (played by the well-known Russian actor Leonid Bichevin), who is sent to embed in state gas giant Gazprom.
But he understands little about how Russia works, so he must be taught the ways of the country and its rampant corruption, much to the amusement of his supposed compatriots.
The TV show, coinciding with a spike in tension between Russia and the West, and more talk of a new Cold War since the last one ended, has become a runaway hit in Russia. The first season finished this month, to rave reviews and nationwide enthusiasm.
According to the show’s network, TNT, one out of seven Russians watched it. Russians call Adaptation their answer to The Americans— if The Americans was a combination of slapstick, satire, and stereotypes, Russian and American alike. (Each episode opens with the James Bond theme music, a gun-wielding Oleg climbing Mount Rushmore, and a shot of the White House morphing into a triple-domed Russian Orthodox Church, which then cuts to the bald eagle on the CIA’s logo mutating into the double-headed eagle that is the official emblem of Russia.)
The plotline, in which Russians triumph over well-meaning but shortsighted Americans, has struck a chord with a Russian public gloating over the military gains in Syria and the struggles of the Trump administration, which has been plagued by Russia-related scandals.
The first two episodes of Adaptation outperformed its competitors on other networks for the coveted 8 to 9 p.m. weekday slot, according to TNT’s head of public relations, Yulia Talapanova.
The not-so-subtle subtext of Adaptation is that Russian strength rests on its rich natural resources. Oleg is sent to Noyabrsk in Russia’s frozen northern region of Yamal, a city straddling the world’s largest oil basin. Once there, he begins working at Gazprom — arguably an extension of the Russian state.
The Gazprom tower in Noyabrsk is colossal and labyrinthine, with shiny elevators and an array of portraits of President Vladimir Putin from throughout his life. (It’s worth noting that the gas behemoth’s media arm, Gazprom Media, owns the TNT network.)
The show may revel in Russian victories, and it may take place in the secretive world of energy, spies, and counterspies, but ultimately Adapation— whose title could also be translated as “Blending In” — is a fish-out-of-water story that pokes fun at Russia as well as the United States. The fun stems from watching a clean-cut, honest Texan try to fit in to the cynical, brash, and passionate environment of Russia.
Its jokes typically rely on stereotypes. The Russian characters, including the women, are never far from their next glass, or, in one case, thermos cup, of alcohol.
Russian men are foul-mouthed and threatening, the women lustful and seductive, and its spies are extremely fond of chess.
The Western characters, on the other hand, are politically correct to the point of naiveté. When Oleg’s yet-to-be girlfriend, Marina, makes a first pass at him, he tries to put her off the scent by saying he’s gay.
“Are you sure you’re not just tidy?” she replies in earnest. (His American face looks baffled.)
An American visitor is portrayed as a Bible-thumping pastor wearing a “Stop Racism” baseball cap; there are a few gibes at former President Barack Obama.
Two authentic American actors make it onto the show as Oleg’s senior intelligence officers.
“I was the guy they imagined as a somewhat human — not straight-down-the-middle badass CIA agent,” said actor Peter Jacobson, whom Americans might recognize from the long-running show House. “I was more of a comical agent.” (Jacobson also starred in the fourth series of The Americans, as a CIA agent.)
His character, agent Doyle Branson, is frustrated at work and dreams of taking his family to Hawaii; his Russian counterparts revel in their spy work and are fully dedicated. Unbeknownst to Branson, the Russians are onto Oleg from the start. Suspense builds as he narrowly escapes capture.
TNT says the show is not a spinoff of The Americans, but various tropes have clearly been borrowed.
At the end of the first episode, Oleg discovers his new Russian friend is a member of the FSB, the successor to the KGB. (In the pilot of The Americans, the Soviet spy couple realize their neighbor Stan is with the FBI.)
As in The Americans, we witness Shakespearean double cross-dressing: a Russian pretending to be an American who is pretending to be a Russian. (Bichevin, who has never been to the United States, speaks more convincing English than the attempts at Russian on the FX show).
With its release, Adaptation joins a handful of cultural artifacts that are beginning to shed light on how talk of a “new Cold War” looks through Russian eyes. Most paint a simple picture of a sinister West and a Russia that’s been hamstrung but is gaining strength. In his new book, Standoff with America, the popular pundit Igor Prokopenko compares the present-day United States with the USSR, arguing that America’s prison system is no worse than the gulags.
“[Americans] are used to having no real rights in their own country. And to think they try [to] teach us about tolerance!” Prokopenko writes.
In the new crime novel Kremlin Endgame, by former KGB agent Alexander Polyukhov, special operations teams in the United States and Saudi Arabia have a plot against Russia and its president that could shake up the world order. Luckily for us all, a terminally ill Russian spy saves the day.
In Adaptation, realism (Russia is indeed gritty, and its officials corrupt) and self-parody run throughout. But the show remains a sort of propaganda-lite, and a serious message is never far from the surface. “By making fun of sanctions, the show tries to show how powerful Russians really want to be seen, by basically parroting the propaganda line,” said Alexey Kovalev, a Russian journalist and founder of Noodleremover, a Russian site that monitors the media.
Although Putin is eager to have sanctions lifted — the United States and the European Union slapped them on Russia three years ago over the Kremlin’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis — some Russian officials insist they have actually bolstered their business prospects. The reality, however, is that sanctions have put several oil and gas exploration and drilling projects on hold, such as a huge Arctic gas plan with ExxonMobil.
Other aspects of Adaptation paint an overly rosy portrait of life in Russia. Several episodes are dedicated to life among the Nenets tribespeople. The animist nomads, who have lived in the Yamal region for a millennia, are portrayed just like everyone else: as semi-caricatures.
A shaman concocts sleep-inducing remedies, and reindeer-herders ululate by bonfires. Gazprom officials are shown successfully negotiating with Nenets chieftains. The episodes are funny, but they’re also fiction. For years the Nenets have complained that their livelihoods are threatened by Russian energy companies’ thirst for the vast oil and gas reserves under their feet. They say their needs are not listened to when large deals are made.
Yet the show remains self-deprecating to the end. In the final episode of the season, when we learn that Oleg’s identity and mission have been compromised, local FSB chief Evgeny Evdokimov tries to deceive the American spy into thinking he can still escape by saying he wants to work with Washington.
To entice Oleg into his plan, he quotes the early 19th-century Russian thinker Nikolay Karamzin: “He described Russia in just one word,” the FSB chief tells Oleg. “Do you know what it was? Voruyut.”
Translation: They steal.
Showtime has kept many details of its upcoming "Twin Peaks" revival close to the vest. But as the show's May 21 premiere approaches, more news about what to expect has arrived.
More than 25 years ago, in 1990, "Twin Peaks," a mysterious story set in a quaint Northwestern town rocked by a shocking murder, changed TV forever. Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the series only ran for two seasons but went on to become a highly influential cult hit, and now it's finally getting its season three.
Entertainment Weekly shared a few more details about the revival in a new feature.
If you're dying to know more about Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival, here's what we know so far:
David Lynch is directing all 18 episodes.
It's been more than two decades since David Lynch directed episodic television. When asked what fans should expect from his directing style for the "Twin Peaks" revival during the Winter 2017 Television Critics Association press tour, he was fairly vague.
"First, it was just the same as all the others," Lynch said. "I see it as a film, and film in parts is what people would experience. And it was a joyful, fantastic trip with this great crew and great cast. This word 'expect' is a magical word, and people expect things, and their expectations are met, hopefully, when they see the thing."
Despite long days during the shooting of the series, star Kyle MacLachlan expressed his awe of Lynch's work ethic.
"It didn't matter how long [the shoot day was], he was there. He was always up, cheerful, and smiling, and so were we," MacLachlan, who's playing FBI agent Dale Cooper again, said.
The original script for the revival was 400 pages.
Lynch had his work cut out for him.
“I think it took me six hours and a few cups of coffee to read, but it was wonderful,” MacLachlan told Entertainment Weekly of the first time he read the script.
The production returned to shoot in Washington, the fictional setting and actual shooting location of the original "Twin Peaks."
"[It was] both the same and different," Lynch said at TCA of returning to Washington. "If you go back 25 years in any town and revisit it again, it's that way. It's many things remain the same. But also, you feel a change."
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Together, they analyzed Google Trends and state statistics to look at each state’s HBO obsession, excluding talk shows, historical dramas, and miniseries. They also only included shows that ran for more than one season before the end of 2016.
The results? Very unexpected, since they had little to do with ratings, and included shows that have been off the air for some time.
It turns out “Game of Thrones” isn’t the most popular show in all 50 states. That crown goes to “Divorce,” which won the most with 12 states, according to the data. "Oz"— a really dark show about a prison that ended in 2003 — makes a surprising number of appearances on the map, too.
The data also proved that "Westworld" is the most popular in states with a lot of pot smokers, like Colorado, Washington, and Masschusetts.
"West.Frontier wanted to partner up with CableTV.com to leverage their huge data pool," Chelsi Archibald, a copywriter for West.Frontier, said. "We were surprised to find the progrmas that seemed the most well-known in terms of pop-culture exposure were often not the most-watched depending on the region. States are especially loyal to shows based on the history or culture of the region."
Check out all the results on the map below:
In February, Ryan Murphy, the creator of "American Horror Story,"said that the theme for the seventh season of the FX anthology series will be the 2016 presidential election.
On Sunday at PaleyFest, actress Sarah Paulson — who recently won an Emmy for her role in another Murphy-produced series, "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" — was asked which "American Horror Story" star should play President Donald Trump by The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'd like to play Donald Trump," she said.
The details for new seasons of "American Horror Story" are kept under wraps, so no further plot details are known. Paulson is set to star in the seventh season, but even she doesn't know if Trump will be a character in it. The seventh season will probably premiere this fall.
Another executive producer on "AHS," Tim Minear, revealed at PaleyFest that the election-themed season came out of "this completely bats--- thing" that he and Murphy made up when pressed for an idea, and now they're actually doing it.
Speculation has swirled about the future of "True Detective," but it looks like season three will be a go.
Entertainment Weekly reports that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written "at least the first two episodes for a potential third edition" of the HBO anthology crime show.
EW also says that David Milch, the mastermind behind HBO's "Deadwood" and the very short-lived "Luck," will be hopping on "True Detective" to help Pizzolatto.
While there is no official green light yet for the third season of "True Detective," it makes a lot of sense: While the second season of the series — starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams — was critically panned, the show continued to be a relative hit for the premium-cable network.
The first season of "True Detective," starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, proved to be a massive success for HBO, driving huge ratings and spawning theories all across the internet about its central mystery.
HBO did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
Will Smith has reunited with his "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" cast mates.
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Smith's Tom Jones-loving cousin Carlton on the 1990s sitcom, posted a picture on Instagram on Monday of the cast getting together. Joined by Smith and Ribeiro were Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Reid and Joseph Marcell. James Avery, who had the role of Smith's Uncle Phil, died in 2013.
Ribeiro writes in the caption that it's "always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family." He says he wishes that Avery were there "to make this complete."
Fans of the show may not want to get their hopes up for a series revival. Smith told E! News last year that a reboot of the series that aired for six seasons on NBC will happen "pretty close to when hell freezes over."
Seth Meyers doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the failure of President Donald Trump's healthcare plan and what it says about the real-estate mogul's supposed dealmaking skills.
To start off Monday's edition of the "Late Night" segment "A Closer Look," Meyers ran a series of clips in which Trump touted his superior dealmaking talent and how it would help him succeed as president.
"Healthcare was the first test of Trump's supposed dealmaking skills, and it went up in flames," the host said.
Since it was introduced earlier this month, the American Health Care Act, also known as "Trumpcare" or "Ryancare" (after its author, House Speaker Paul Ryan), saw much opposition from both Republicans and Democrats. When it became clear that GOP leadership had been unable to secure enough votes to pass the bill, meant to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump ordered Ryan to pull it from the House, effectively killing it.
Trump, the author of "The Art of the Deal," was reportedly referred to as "the closer" by Ryan staffers promoting Trump's negotiation ability regarding the AHCA, but that turned out to be insufficient to save the ailing legislation.
The failure also reflected badly on Republicans more broadly. Meyers pointed to Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, who told The Atlantic he had a tough time naming "one thing our party has done that's been something positive, that's been something other than stopping something else from happening" in the eight years he has held office.
"That's like a doctor giving a speech at his retirement party and saying, 'Now that I think of it, every patient I treated died,'" Meyers said.
The question of whether Trump can unite the party and get things done remains. Meyers isn't optimistic, and he isn't impressed by the president's failure to acknowledge his defeat after the implosion of the healthcare bill.
"So now that the dealmaking skills Trump spent the entire campaign bragging about have turned out to be a complete sham," Meyers said, "is the president at least willing to admit that he failed to deliver on a key campaign promise? Of course not."
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Alicia Keys has been appearing publicly without makeup for almost a year now. Back in May 2016, the Grammy-winning artist penned an essay in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter saying that she was formally breaking up with covering up.
"Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn't put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it???" she wrote. "These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me."
And through all the trolling and praise, she's stayed true to that makeup-free stance, even in her appearances on "The Voice." But it seems that her co-star Adam Levine saw her making a small exception on set, BuzzFeed reports.
Levine recently visited "The Howard Stern Show," where he talked about what it's like backstage at "The Voice." Stern asked Levine what he thought about Keys's choice to forgo makeup.
"She was putting on a little bit of makeup [...] and I was like, 'Oh yeah, I thought Alicia doesn't wear makeup.' And she's like, 'I do what the f--- I want.' And I'm like, 'I love you so much."
Levine's tone makes it clear that he respects Keys and her decision to wear or shun makeup as she chooses. (As we all should.) In the interview he also told Stern that Keys is "so great."
Watch the clip from "The Howard Stern Show" right here:
Keys first embraced the no-makeup life after meeting photographer Paola Kudacki. After arriving at the photoshoot straight from the gym, Kudacki told her he needed to take the photos right away because they would be "raw," just like her songs.
"It was just a plain white background, me and the photographer intimately relating, me and that baseball hat and scarf and a bunch of invisible magic circulating," Keys wrote. "And I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt."
Jimmy Fallon suggested some future book titles for President Donald Trump — who put his name on the best-selling book "The Art of the Deal"— that the "Tonight Show" host believes reflect the recent failure of his healthcare bill.
The American Health Care Act, also known as "Trumpcare" or "Ryancare" (after its author, House Speaker Paul Ryan), saw much opposition from both Republicans and Democrats. Unable to win over enough votes to pass the bill meant to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump ordered Ryan to pull it from the House.
"Now, Trump didn't take any responsibility for the healthcare bill being pulled," Fallon said on Monday's "Tonight Show.""But he did announce that he's working on some new books based on his experience. Let's take a look at some of the titles."
Fallon proposed several titles, including "How to Lose Friends and Influence No One" and "The Giving Up Tree."
Find out what other book titles Fallon proposed for Trump in the video below:
LONDON – The contestants of a British reality show that marooned them in the wilderness for a year as a social experiment have returned to civilization – only to discover the series was canceled several months ago and no one bothered to tell them.
The Channel 4 program, “Eden,” assembled 23 men and women and dispatched them to a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, where they were told to set up a self-sufficient community. The group was cut off from any contact with the outside world, and had to “decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food and raise their own livestock,” according to a statement released when the show was first announced.
The year-long experiment was recorded by a four-strong crew as well as personal cameras and a fixed rig. Four episodes of the show – covering March, April and May – were broadcast last summer. But ratings slipped from 1.7 million to 800,000, leading Channel 4 to pull the plug on further updates.
No one bothered to tell the remaining contestants, who reportedly endured boredom and infighting, were reduced at one point to eating chicken feed, and only emerged last week from their less than splendid isolation to discover that their fellow Brits voted to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
Channel 4 has not commented on the situation except to say that it would air footage covering the whole “experiment” later this year.
“The appeal of ‘Eden’ is that it was a real experiment, and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles,” the channel said in a statement. “That’s why we did it, and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year.”
According to media reports, there were plenty of lows. Thirteen of the 23 contestants quit the show during the year as sexual jealousy, infighting and hunger took their toll. Tara Zieleman, the first to quit, claimed she had been bullied, while local residents said that contestants were caught smuggling in junk food and alcohol and that some had been treated by a local dentist after eating chicken feed laced with grit.
“It has not done this area any favors – it has just not lived up to expectations,” local resident Maria Macpherson was quoted as saying.
None of the 10 contestants who stuck it out to the end has spoken out yet about the experience.
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Now one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood, Melissa McCarthy remembers very clearly what it was like when no one knew who she was.
Way before "Bridesmaids" and "Spy," McCarthy made her feature-film debut in the 1999 action-comedy "Go," about a drug deal gone awry. McCarthy had a very minor but memorable role in a short scene with "Go" stars Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf.
"It was in the middle of the night downtown and I ran around and did about 672 actions," Melissa McCarthy told Business Insider recently of shooting "Go.""And the script supervisor said, 'Honey, are you able to match that?' And I said, 'What does that mean?' And I realized... I can't."
Matching refers to the ability of an actor to reenact their movements and their eyeline so that different takes of a scene can be matched up in the editing room.
"Well, I felt like a nobody. That was the first time I ever did anything. I didn't know you were supposed to match," McCarthy said.
She may not have known everything about what she was doing, but she pulled off the moment in "Go" well, with some of the same comedic tics she'd become known for around the world soon enough.
She channels that feeling as an executive producer on "Nobodies," the new TV Land comedy series based on the experiences of McCarthy's fellow Groundings alumni — Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras — and their attempts to get her to back their movie project. In reality, that movie ended up morphing into the TV show.
It's a family affair all around. McCarthy's husband, actor Ben Falcone, and former "MADtv" star Michael McDonald — both Groundlings alumni as well — also executive produce "Nobodies."
"There's a comfort level there," McCarthy, who makes cameos on the show, said of working with her longtime friends. "We already know how funny they are. And then Hugh, Larry, and Rachel really have been writing together. It's really incredibly, bizarrely autobiographical. They are the butts and topics of their own jokes."
But even if your dream isn't making it in Hollywood, McCarthy believes that you can relate to "Nobodies," which premieres on Wednesday at 10 p.m and has already been renewed by TV Land for a second season.
"I don't think you have to know the ins and outs of the particular business to know the feeling of being a nobody," she told us. "Everybody knows that feeling of like, ugh, I'm not quite there."
Watch a trailer for "Nobodies" below:
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In his latest "A Closer Look" segment, Seth Meyers finds recent events surrounding President Donald Trump's wiretapping allegations and the congressional investigation into his administration's alleged ties with the Russian government very fishy. And he comes to a striking comparison between Trump and The Dude from "The Big Lebowski."
"Every day, there seems to be some new revelation about the Trump team's Russian contacts," the host said on Tuesday's "Late Night.""The Trump administration keeps failing to disclose them and then giving us shifting information as to why it happened."
Last week, the head of the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump's possible Russian collusion, California Representative Devin Nunes, came forward with information that Trump and his associates were possibly having their communications "incidentally collected" by the intelligence community during the transition period.
Nunes is now under fire for revealing that he read the information while on White House grounds and then shared it first with the president before informing his colleagues on the investigation committee. Many are calling for him to step down from his position on the committee under speculation he's working with Trump.
"Of course, Nunes is supposed to be investigating Trump, not working with him," Meyers said. "What's worse is that Trump took Nunes' stunt as proof that he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration, a claim that has already been debunked repeatedly, including by the FBI director."
Meyers then brought up Trump's statements regarding the wiretapping allegations in an interview with Time, in which he pointed to Nunes' information and promised that more would come:
"Devin Nunes had a news conference, did you hear about this, where they have a lot of information on tapping. Did you hear about that?... Well, he just got this information. This was new information. That was just got. Members, of, let’s see, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election. Wow. This just came out. So, ah, just came out."
"If you're having trouble following that, here's a condensed version," Meyers said before playing a clip from the 1998 comedy "The Big Lebowski" of the character known as The Dude (Jeff Bridges) insisting, “I’ve got information, man! New s--- has come to light.”
"The Dude and Trump have a lot in common," Meyers said. "They both have bathrobes, both obsessed with their rugs, and they both love White Russians."
Watch Meyers in the latest edition of "A Closer Look" below:
Congressman Devin Nunes is in the middle of a firestorm currently, so Stephen Colbert decided to break down how he's connected to President Donald Trump, the investigation into the Trump administration's alleged Russian ties, and the president's wiretapping claims.
Last week, Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump's possible Russian collusion, came forward with information that Trump and his associates were possibly having their communications "incidentally collected" by the intelligence community during the transition period.
"I can't tell if we're going to learn anything from Nunes," Colbert said on Tuesday's "Late Show.""He doesn't seem all that focused on Russia, because he spent a lot of time trying to validate Trump accusing Obama of wiretapping him."
Nunes is now under fire for revealing that he discovered the information while on White House grounds and then shared it first with the president before informing his colleagues on the investigation committee. Many are calling for him to step down from his position on the committee under speculation he's working with Trump.
"Oh, that is brilliant detective work," the host said. "You gather all the evidence you can on the prime suspect, then you share it with him. It's all part of CBS's new show, 'CSI: Washington No Investigation.'"
The whole thing could be pretty confusing, so Colbert pulled out the "Figure-It-Out-a-Tron" (a chalkboard) to diagram just how Nunes and Trump are connected.
Watch the video below: