Steve Bannon still expected to speak at Economist festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Bannon's invitation to speak at a festival hosted by The Economist is still on.
The magazine announced Tuesday that Bannon would be speaking, as scheduled, during The Economist's "Open Future" gathering later this month. The former Trump strategist and Breitbart executive will be interviewed Sept. 15 in New York by Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes.
Will LA mean LeBron behind the scenes and on the big screen?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Space Jam 2?" A whole new "House Party" franchise?
With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible.
As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he could also push those two 1990s properties closer to reality and go from part-time presence to major player in Hollywood.
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NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Oscar-nominated writer and director Noah Baumbach is being honored at the Nantucket Film Festival in June.
Organizers said Tuesday that actor Ben Stiller will present "The Squid and the Whale" creator with the festival's annual Screenwriters Tribute Award.
Apatow documentary honors mentor, the late Garry Shandling
After Garry Shandling died two years ago, his longtime friend Judd Apatow went through emails he and the comedian had recently shared. Then he started bawling.
"I realized that every single time I asked him for anything or wanted him to come to some event or to read something for me, he said 'yes' every single time," Apatow said. "It really made me cry."
Judd Apatow memorializes mentor, the late Garry Shandling
NEW YORK (AP) — After Garry Shandling died two years ago, his longtime friend Judd Apatow went through emails he and the comedian had recently shared. Then he started bawling.
"I realized that every single time I asked him for anything or wanted him to come to some event or to read something for me, he said 'yes' every single time," said Apatow. "It really made me cry."
TV picks for March 9-11: ‘American Idol,’ ‘Love,’ ‘Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,’ ‘Deception’
Love, which debuted two years ago as an homage to Woody Allens funnier, scandal-free period, has shifted gears now that its two leads, co-creator Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs, have settled into something resembling a relationship. Season 3 broadens the landscape, giving supporting characters more room to explore their own desperate stabs at romance. The lovesick include Iris Apatow, who happens to be the 15-year-old daughter of executive producer Judd Apatow.
Some press blocked from hearing Judd Apatow’s DGA remarks
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Judd Apatow has been one of the most vocal critics of men accused of sexual misconduct in his industry, but Saturday night at the Directors Guild Awards, the producer-director's opening remarks were withheld from over a dozen reporters in the press room at the untelevised event.
Del Toro says he didn’t get Apatow quip about him at DGAs
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It's Monday at the annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon but "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo del Toro is still riding high from his Directors Guild Award win on Saturday night. The Mexican director was all smiles thinking about the evening with his peers.
Del Toro said the night was fun and praised Judd Apatow's hosting skills, although he admitted that one joke aimed at him went over his head at the time.
The Latest: PBS marks ‘Mister Rogers’ 50th anniversary
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):
Michael Keaton is narrating a 50th anniversary tribute to the late Fred Rogers and his beloved children's program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
"Mister Rogers: It's You I Like" will air March 6 on PBS and includes celebrity admirers sharing their memories of the show that debuted Feb. 19, 1968.
Apatow: Hollywood ‘waking up to how terrible things have been’
The Latest: Apatow makes four-hour doc on Shandling
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the TV critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):
Is four and a half hours of Garry Shandling too much? Not to filmmaker Judd Apatow, who produced an upcoming HBO documentary on him.
Apatow describes Shandling as a mentor. He wrote for Shandling, produced episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show" and even interviewed the comic when he was a 16-year-old high school student doing a radio show on Long Island.
Judd Apatow ‘disgusted’ by Hollywood sexual misconduct allegations
Judd Apatow is "disgusted" by the sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.
The 50-year-old filmmaker is disappointed by the allegations brought against the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others.
No joke: ‘Trainwreck’ filmmaker wants to be top banana
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did you hear the one about the hugely successful Hollywood producer who subjected himself to the uncertainties and meager pay of stand-up comedy?
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Judd Apatow calls for closure of The Weinstein Company
Judd Apatow has called on The Weinstein Company to be shut down.
The 46-year-old producer and director believes that after allegations surfaced that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed a number of female employees and actresses over a period of almost three decades, his production company should be closed down.
Speaking at Variety's Power of Women luncheon in Los Angeles, he said: "Who gives a s**t [about the company]? Shut it down, shut it down. We have enough 'Project Runway'."
Weinstein top of mind at industry event with Paltrow, Apatow
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Variety Power of Women event celebrates the philanthropic efforts of those in the entertainment industry, with causes ranging from the education of at-risk youth to humanitarian assistance for children in developing countries.
But with the Harvey Weinstein scandal still fresh and ongoing, there was a more charged atmosphere Friday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel than that of a normal industry Hollywood luncheon.
Rickles’ series featuring celeb interviews to debut online
NEW YORK (AP) — A digital series starring late comedy legend Don Rickles will debut online Monday.
The 13-episode show "Dinner with Don ," produced by AARP Studios, features Rickles interviewing celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg , Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese at his favorite restaurants in Hollywood.
‘Bridesmaids’ actor switches gears in ‘Get Shorty,’ films
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Those looking to spend quality time with Chris O'Dowd, who made a splash as the endearingly patient cop in "Bridesmaids," have plenty of chances now and later.
There's his role as hit man and aspiring movie producer Miles Daly in Epix's critically acclaimed "Get Shorty," (10 p.m. EDT Sunday), which gives O'Dowd the chance to be trademark funny as well as tough. It's already renewed for season two.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony is revising its plan to make sanitized versions of R and PG-13 rated movies available for home viewing after directors like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen publicly expressed their disapproval. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment President Man Jit Singh said Wednesday that they will only make the films available with the directors' approval.
Judd Apatow has launched a foul-mouthed rant at Sony Pictures over their 'clean version' initiative.
The 49-year-old actor, writer and producer fired back at the film studio following an announcement last week that movie fans would be able to download the versions of their movies that are broadcast on planes or on TV as extras, but the 'Knocked Up' filmmaker insists they are "going to hell" because of their decision.
Judd Apatow praises Leslie Mann for being the ‘greatest thing’
Judd Apatow thinks Leslie Mann is the "greatest thing that's ever happened" to him.
The 49-year-old film producer couldn't help but gush about his wife for all to see on Instagram yesterday (06.09.17) as they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Alongside a black-and-white photograph of them on their wedding day, Judd wrote: "Today is the 20th anniversary of my marriage to the brilliant, hilarious, amazing Leslie Mann. The greatest thing that has ever happened to me. (sic)"
NEW YORK (AP) — Judd Apatow likes nothing more than topping his own joke.
The filmmaker is putting together a sequel to his best-selling "Sick in the Head," which featured conversations with Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians. The new book could only be called "Sicker in the Head." It includes Norman Lear, Kevin Hart and Whitney Cummings.
Random House, which announced the book Wednesday, said no release date has been set.
Comedian Artie Lange arrested over drug possession
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Comedian Artie Lange was arrested recently on drug possession charges outside his New Jersey home.
Hoboken police spokesman Sgt. Edgardo Cruz tells to NJ Advance Media (http://bit.ly/2mEaW6G) that 49-year-old Lange was arrested on Sunday after allegedly being found with drugs in the parking garage of his building.
Officers found cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia both on him and in his car.
HBO’s ‘Crashing’ is a hopeful look at a struggling stand-up
You’ll rarely see a sadder show than a comedy about the life of a stand-up, those clowns who cry on the inside while bravely making us laugh.
The genre is trending, by the way. In addition to “Crashing,” arriving Sunday on HBO, Showtime has “I’m Dying Up Here,” due in June and following the struggles of aspiring stand-ups in 1970s Los Angeles. How much are they struggling? Well, there’s a death in the pilot.
Muppets, Edgar Wright headed to SXSW film festival
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest from writer-director Edgar Wright and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the Muppets are among the films headed to the 24th South by Southwest film festival.
SXSX on Tuesday announced the slate to its March 10-19 festival in Austin, Texas. Premiering will be the heist thriller "Baby Driver" from Wright, the "Shaun of the Dead" filmmaker, and Frank Oz's "Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched."
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Bounce TV to bring back ‘Cosby Show’ reruns
ATLANTA (AP) — Reruns of "The Cosby Show" are returning to television, even as the comedian's sexual assault trial looms next year.
Bounce TV announced in social media posts that it will resume airing reruns of the 1980s sitcom on Dec. 19. Atlanta-based Bounce, programmed for black audiences, says it takes the allegations against Cosby "seriously," but says its research shows African-Americans "see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable."
Strawberry, Gooden story is no redemption tale
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York baseball stars Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden are forever linked in the public's mind, but not necessarily their own.
That fitting line concludes ESPN's latest "30 for 30" documentary , "Doc & Darryl," which examines their relationship. The film premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT, two nights after the All-Star game.
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ESPN documentary ‘Doc and Darryl,’ a look back at the former Mets stars
Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden will forever be linked. They will always be Mets — despite their time with other teams, including the Yankees — and their lives will always be retold as the cautionary tales of dreams done in by demons. They are the superstars whose Hall of Fame careers were sunk by addiction.