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Paul Alan Smith’s Esa Rebrands As Solely Management Company, Ups Four & Eyes Female Leadership Milestone

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Exclusive: Paul Alan Smith is revamping his ESArtists (Equitable Stewardship for Artists). A unique hybrid, operating as an agency and management company since its 2013 launch, ESArtists has been rebranded as Equitable Mgmt and will function solely as a management firm.

The company has expanded its leadership team as Smith and his partner Lee Rosenbaum are being joined by four newly minted partners: Tyler Reynolds, Neda Niroumand, Varun Monga and Sonia Gambaro. Each will have a stake/ownership in the company, and the six partners will have equal say in all decision making.

Smith, a veteran TV lit rep, decided to change the makeup of his company after taking a close look at the top ranks of Hollywood agencies and management companies and being struck by the lack of diversity, especially when it comes to women in leadership positions.

“My first step was to make my immediate colleagues my equals,” Smith said.
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‘The Sopranos’ At 20: Mobster Mishaps & When David Chase Knocks On Your Door, You’re Dead

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‘The Sopranos’ At 20: Mobster Mishaps & When David Chase Knocks On Your Door, You’re Dead
The Sopranos’ Oral History, Part III: While the show followed David Chase’s scripts to the letter, with no room for improvisation, the inherent subject matter of lawless men engaging in random explosive violence made for some hair-raising moments while filming the show.

Read ‘The Sopranos’ Oral History, Part I here.

Read ‘The Sopranos’ Oral History, Part II here.

Michael Imperioli: I mean, there’s one story. Jim [Gandolfini] and I, we had to do this scene where we throw Joey Pants I guess his body over a cliff.

Deadline: You mean the body of Joe Pantoliano’s character Ralph Cifaretto, after Tony Soprano and your Christopher Moltisanti character put his head, his chopped off hands, and his blond wig in the bowling bag?

Imperioli: It was in a state park somewhere in New Jersey. It was a real cliff, and there was a river down the bottom. We rehearsed it in the daylight,
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‘Ray Donovan’ Season 5 Trailer Gives a First Taste of a Dangerous Susan Sarandon

‘Ray Donovan’ Season 5 Trailer Gives a First Taste of a Dangerous Susan Sarandon
The season five trailer for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” is finally here, and it’s as thrilling as ever. The video, which can be seen below, teases new drama and betrayals, as well as some new faces.

Read More: ‘Ray Donovan’ Postmortem: Lisa Bonet Discusses How Marisol’s Story Washed Out

This year, Oscar-winning and four-time Emmy-nominated actress Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) joins for a season-long recurring role as legendary media mogul Samantha Winslow, who sets Ray against her own fixers in fear they may know too much. Additional Season 5 guest stars include Brian White (“Chicago Fire”), Adina Porter (“American Horror Story”), Lili Simmons (“Hawaii Five-0”), and more.

Liev Schreiber (“Spotlight”) will be returning in his two-time Emmy-nominated role, Ray Donovan, alongside Paula Malcomson (“The Hunger Games”) and Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight (“Coming Home”).

Ray Donovan” is a captivating crime drama that follows an Irish-American, South Boston native as
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Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

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Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching
Television used to take a breather during the summer, letting audiences focus instead on intermittent relaxation, sun-drenched weekends, various fruit-based drinks and more life beyond the screen.

But there’s no such thing as summer vacation any more in TV land. Not only are plenty of spring series continuing into the summer (or even the fall, in the case of “Twin Peaks”), but the broadcast and cable networks, plus the streaming services, have a jam-packed lineup of new shows waiting in the wings.

In other words, put away your swimsuit. You won’t be needing it — there’s too much to watch. As part of IndieWire’s annual tradition to highlight the best of what television has to offer in the summer months, our team has lined up highlights of the best new and returning programs. Crank up the AC, pull down the blinds and dig in.

First up: A
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‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy
Epix has released the first trailer for its upcoming original series “Get Shorty.” The 10-episode dark comedy was created by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), based in part on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 best-selling novel of the same name. The series stars Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano in the lead roles.

Read More: ‘The Big Sick’ Trailer: Kumail Nanjiani and Ray Romano Grapple with Family Illness in Sundance Crowdpleaser — Watch

Get Shorty” follows Miles Daly (O’Dowd), a hitman who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood in an attempt to leave his criminal past behind and win back his family. He meets Rick Moreweather (Romano), a washed up producer who reluctantly becomes his business partner. Miles tries to keep his worlds from colliding with the help of his criminal associate Louis (Sean Bridgers).

The cast also includes Lidia Porto (“Horrible Bosses 2”), Megan Stevenson (“Review”), Goya Robles
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Ben Affleck not directing The Batman anymore

Tony Sokol Jan 31, 2017

The Batman solo movie needs a new director, as Ben Affleck has stepped down as director.

Ben Affleck will not be directing The Batman solo movie for Warner Bros. Affleck will still be playing billionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter ego in the upcoming film.

"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement.

“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this
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Get Shorty: An Update on the Epix TV Series

Get Shorty has a director. Recently, Epix announced Allen Coulter will direct the first episode of the upcoming series.Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, the dark comedy will center on a criminal who moves to Los Angeles to become a movie producer. The book was adapted into a 1995 film starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito.Read More…
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Exclusive: How Epix’s ‘Get Shorty’ TV Series Will Be Like FX’s ‘Fargo’

Exclusive: How Epix’s ‘Get Shorty’ TV Series Will Be Like FX’s ‘Fargo’
Epix made its first ever presentation to the Television Critics Association on Saturday with its first original series Graves, Berlin Station and America Divided. During his opening remarks, Epix President and CEO Mark S. Greenberg announced a director for the pilot of their series based on Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty. Television veteran Allen Coulter (The […]

The post Exclusive: How Epix’s ‘Get Shorty’ TV Series Will Be Like FX’s ‘Fargo’ appeared first on /Film.
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Civil: Courtney B. Vance, Bradley Whitford, Toby Jones Join TNT Drama Pilot

The Civil TV show pilot at TNT has cast Courtney B. Vance, Bradley Whitford, and Toby Jones, as well as guest-star Brian d'Arcy James. A political and social drama featuring a second Us Civil War, Civil will also feature Bloodline's Enrique Murciano in a lead role.

Set after a contested Presidential election, Civil will be directed by Damages' Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith. Vance is set as NYPD Commissioner "Iron" John Thorne. Jones will play shock-jock Otis O'Dell, host of The Otis O'Dell Show. Whitford is Grant Taylor, a career politician, Vice President, and Democratic candidate for President.

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Bradley Whitford To Star In TNT’s Modern-Day Civil War Drama Pilot ‘Civil’

Emmy winner Bradley Whitford is set as a lead opposite Enrique Murciano in TNT's modern-day Civil War pilot Civil. The network, meanwhile, also announced that Courtney B. Vance and Toby Jones have joined the cast. Written and executive produced by A Simple Plan scribe Scott Smith and directed by Allen Coulter (Ray Donovan), Civil threads ominously close to current events. It takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself…
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Review: Vinyl: The Complete First Season

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My uncle works in the music business and his heyday was back in the 1970s, so when he recognized the music industry portrayed in HBO’s Vinyl, I took that as an endorsement. Back then, I was buying a new album almost every week (or so it seemed) and was expanding my tastes thanks to the discovery of FM radio. At the time, I never really thought about the business side of music but that came later.

Viewers today can watch people struggle for a career thanks to American Idol and more recently Fox’s Empire. Vinyl, though, takes a look back when sex, drugs, and rock & roll was a lifestyle, not a catchphrase. This was an era that saw popular music splinter every few years so rock begat heavy metal, California rock, and god help us, disco. All of which got rejected simultaneously with the rise of punk and
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Win a Copy of Vinyl: The Complete First Season

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HBO launched their version of drama within the music business with the hard charging Vinyl, set during the 1970s when music was raw and the types of music were splintering into smaller subsets every year. The series won acclaim and is coming out on Blu-ray June 7. HBO Entertainment has provided us with a copy to give away.

All you need to do is tell us what the 1970s music scene means to you. Tell us by 11:59 p.m., Monday June 6, 2016. Contest is open to United States and Canada readers only. The decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.

Vinyl, created by Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Mick Jagger (Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown), Academy Award® winner and Emmy® winner Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Boardwalk Empire) and acclaimed author Rich Cohen and Academy Award® nominee and multiple Emmy® winner Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), is set to
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TNT Orders Modern-Day Civil War Pilot

TNT has given a pilot order to Civil, a political and social drama that sounds ominously close to real-life current events. Written and executive produced by A Simple Plan scribe Scott Smith and directed by Allen Coulter (Ray Donovan), Civil takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. The series weaves together the personal stories of citizens from all walks of life, whose…
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Can 'Vinyl' be fixed after such a disappointing first season?

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Can 'Vinyl' be fixed after such a disappointing first season?
The year's still young, but it's safe to call HBO's Vinyl one of its biggest TV disappointments. Whether you're looking at ratings (where viewership for the initial Sunday night airing keeps coming in at well under 1 million), reviews (my lukewarm initial appraisal was kinder than many), or buzz, the show hasn't remotely been what either viewers or HBO executives might have hoped for from the team-up of Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, who was fired as showrunner after this season wrapped. (He'll be replaced by The informant! and Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns, in his first real TV job.) For HBO to take such an aggressive move with Winter, who created Boardwalk Empire and was David Chase's top lieutenant for virtually all of The Sopranos, speaks both to a tenuous moment for the pay cable giant — which hasn't been able to turn a drama other than
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'Vinyl' Renewed for Season 2 on HBO

'Vinyl' Renewed for Season 2 on HBO
Following the critically acclaimed launch of the show's first season,&#160Hbo has renewed the drama series Vinyl for Season 2. It was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The hit drama was created by&#160Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese & Rich Cohen and Terence Winter.

Vinyl is a&#160ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business of the early 1970s at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop. The show kicked off its ten-episode first season Sunday, Feb. 14. The two-hour pilot was directed by Martin Scorsese, from a teleplay by Terence Winter and George Mastras, and story by Rich Cohen & Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter.

Other hour-long episodes will debut subsequent Sundays. Bobby Cannavale stars as Richie Finestra,&#160a record label president who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. The first season of Vinyl also stars Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano,
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Review: HBO's 'Vinyl' a classic rock drama that wishes it was punk

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Review: HBO's 'Vinyl' a classic rock drama that wishes it was punk
HBO's new drama Vinyl is set at a crossroads for the music industry in which its hero, drug-addicted record label president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), works. It's 1973, when some of the iconic rock acts of the '60s were still vital — including The Rolling Stones, whose Mick Jagger co-created Vinyl alongside Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter, director Martin Scorsese, and author Rich Cohen — but were having to make room for new artists and new styles of music. In Sunday's pilot episode, Richie tries to cut a deal with Led Zeppelin, but is also entranced by a live performance of The New York Dolls' punk anthem "Personality Crisis," and intrigued when he drives through the Bronx and overhears hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc spinning two records at once. But for all that Richie is obsessed with finding something new and exciting — "I Want What's Next!" he screams to his terrified
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Martin Scorcese's new HBO pilot Vinyl set for Aussie premiere

Vinyl.

New HBO series Vinyl will have its Australian premiere on February 15.

The series, which will premiere on Foxtel's Showcase, explores the drug- and sex- fuelled music business of the 1970s.

It is played out through the story of a NYC record executive trying to revive his label and keep his personal life from spiralling out of control.

Vinyl is executive produced by Terence Winter, Marin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter, with Winter (creator/Ep of Boardwalk Empire) serving as showrunner.

The two-hour first episode is written by Winter and directed by Scorsese, who also directed the Boardwalk Empire pilot.

It take a ride through the Us music-business landscape at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop..

The story is seen through the eyes of .Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a major-label exec with a dark past and darker present..

With his company,
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Another New Trailer for HBO's 'Vinyl' is Here!

HBO has released a new trailer for their upcoming series "Vinyl," which you can see below.

From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.

Additional series regulars include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter. Winter serves as showrunner.

"Vinyl" debuts on HBO on February 14, 2016.

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See the '70s Rock Scene Through Bobby Cannavale's Eyes in HBO's New 'Vinyl' Poster

See the '70s Rock Scene Through Bobby Cannavale's Eyes in HBO's New 'Vinyl' Poster
Feel the grooves of HBO's new forthcoming series, "Vinyl," executive produced by the acclaimed Martin Scorsese as well as The Rolling Stones' iconic frontman, Mick Jagger — oh, and Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi, Allen Coulter and George Mastras. Read More: Watch: HBO's 'Vinyl' Trailer Pushes Bobby Cannavale to the Limits of Acting Set in 1970s New York, the new drama series follows record label president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) through the music business of the 1970s as he tries to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. With a heavy line-up of stars including Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie and many more, the 10-episode first season is one to watch. "Vinyl" debuts February 14 on HBO. Check out the poster below.
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Second trailer for HBO’s Vinyl

The second trailer has debuted for HBO’s upcoming music industry drama Vinyl, and we have it for you below…

From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. Additional series regulars include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter. Winter serves as showrunner.

Vinyl is set to premiere on February 14th.
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