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Watch The Weeknd Perform ‘Heartless’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

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Watch The Weeknd Perform ‘Heartless’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’
The Weeknd channeled major Michael Jackson and Prince vibes for his first ever performance of recent single “Heartless” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Dressed in a red retro suit and dancing in the backstage hallways of the Ed Sullivan Theater, the three-time Grammy-Award winner had some fun with the impromptu music video, his first performance in a two-night takeover of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

While The Weeknd released the “My Dear Melancholy” Ep last year and the song “Power Is Power” (with Sza and Travis Scott) from the “Game of Thrones soundtrack, and has appeared on several other artists’ songs, he last released a full album in 2016 — but he’s back with several projects. Recently, he announced his role as the creative director for Mercedes-Benz’s Eqc electric SUV campaign.

Next week, he makes his acting debut in the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems” with Adam Sandler on Dec.
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Writers Guild Awards 2019: ‘Watchmen,’ ‘PEN15’ Among TV Nominees

Sneaking in ahead of next week’s dual announcements of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, the Writers Guild of America and Writers Guild of America, East announced their own batch of TV nominees, all competing to be deemed the best-written examples of the form.

Some perennial WGA favorites, including Netflix’s “The Crown,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and HBO’s “Veep” all made return showings amidst the morning’s nominations, but there was still plenty of room for newcomers as well. It was a particularly strong showing for freshman comedies Hulu’s “PEN15” and Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” both of which earned nominations for Comedy Series and New Series. The same can be said of HBO’s currently airing must-see drama “Watchmen,” which also earned nominations for Drama Series and New Series.

Before anyone starts rousting about with pitchforks,
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The Weeknd Hits Las Vegas for Hallucinogenic New ‘Heartless’ Video

The Weeknd Hits Las Vegas for Hallucinogenic New ‘Heartless’ Video
The Weeknd heads to Las Vegas, Nevada for a night of debauchery with producer Metro Boomin in his new video for “Heartless.” The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas trippy vibes pervade their night as they take on the Strip.

Mirroring the singer born Abel Tesfaye’s drug-numbed lyrics, the pair stumble hazily through brightly lit neon street scenes, try their luck at the casinos and cruise down the Strip. Their hallucinogenic night is further fueled by generously poured drinks. And while the Weeknd eventually tries to run from the chaos,
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‘Bombshell’ Star John Lithgow Digs Into Insecurity Of A Tyrant To Portray Roger Ailes: “The Troll Under The Bridge” Of Fox News

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‘Bombshell’ Star John Lithgow Digs Into Insecurity Of A Tyrant To Portray Roger Ailes: “The Troll Under The Bridge” Of Fox News
John Lithgow has always been hungry for a challenge, playing a plethora of roles, from aliens to priests, to sitcom dads, murderers, millionaires, scientists, and schizophrenics. “I can walk down one block and people will recognize me for 10 different things,” he laughs at a bustling lunch spot in North Hollywood. It’s an unpredictable path that’s allowed him to pick up six Emmys, two Tonys and two Golden Globes.

Lately, however, Lithgow’s been hunting big game. Three years ago, he agreed to play Winston Churchill on The Crown. Until then, he’d mostly avoided playing real-life figures—he didn’t see the fun in retelling a story audiences already knew. But Lithgow was so chuffed to bring the British Bulldog to heel, psychoanalyzing him as a weakened titan terrified of failure, that he started gobbling up powerful men. In the last year alone, he’s played Bill Clinton
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‘Knives Out’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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‘Knives Out’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “Knives Out.”

Ads placed for the murder mystery had an estimated media value of $6.2 million through Sunday for 1,106 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Nov. 18-24. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lionsgate prioritized spend across networks including Fox, NBC and ABC, and during programming such as NFL Football, “The Walking Dead” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Just behind “Knives Out” in second place: Walt Disney Animation’s “Frozen 2,” which saw 1,222 national ad airings across 37 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.7 million.

TV ad placements for Warner Bros.’ “Richard Jewell” (Emv: $4.95 million), Universal Pictures’Queen & Slim” ($4.53 million) and Lucasfilm’s
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Daniel Craig confirms his time as James Bond is ending

Hollywood actor Daniel Craig, who has been playing the fictional spy James Bond in the popular film franchise since 2005, is "done" essaying the role.

The actor confirmed it during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Friday, reports people.com.

Also Read:?Daniel Craig: I don't seek approval

"Are you done with Bond," asked host Stephen Colbert, to which Craig, 51, replied, "Yes."

"It's done," he added.

Earlier in the week, Craig also opened up about moving on. "Someone else needs to have a go," he told German outlet Express, according to Esquire.

Craig's last outing as Bond will be in the forthcoming movie "No Time to Die", which is set to release in April 2020.

Earlier this year, after wrapping up the film, Craig discussed his complicated relationship to the franchise.

"This may be hard to believe," Craig told The Sunday Times, "but I love the fact I'm Bond.
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Stephen Colbert Stars in Mock 'Lord of the Rings' Spinoff in 'Late Show' Sketch

Stephen Colbert Stars in Mock 'Lord of the Rings' Spinoff in 'Late Show' Sketch
During the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's tour of New Zealand, host Stephen Colbert took a fantasy detour to the shire to meet up with director Peter Jackson, who has helmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series.

Last year, Colbert interviewed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and was invited to visit the country with the promise of becoming an official citizen of Hobbiton, the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit set in New Zealand. The late-night host had happily accepted but until now, had not made the trek overseas.

On Wednesday's episode, Jackson invited Colbert to ...
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‘King Of The Dad Bod’ David Harbour Jokes About Making It Onto People’s Sexiest Man Alive List

While fans of “Stranger Things” weren’t shocked to see David Harbour in People‘s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, he was personally surprised. The unlikely 44-year-old sex symbol appeared on Friday’s edition of Global‘s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and joked about making it onto this year’s list of sexiest men. “I’m very excited for People magazine, as next
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IndieWire’s Fyc Brunch Assembled Two Dozen Craftspeople Behind the Year’s Best Movies

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IndieWire hosted its first-ever Consider This Fyc Brunch in honor of the 2019-2020 film awards season Tuesday, where over two dozen filmmakers, craftspeople, and producers discussed their work on the year’s best films in front of an audience of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters and guild members.

The event at Liaison Restaurant + Lounge in Hollywood was hosted by comedian and actor Sasheer Zamata. IndieWire staff moderated six intimate conversations with the editors, designers, directors, and others behind such films as the Gotham Award-nominated “Marriage Story,” Marvel hit “Avengers: Endgame,” the soon-to-launch Apple TV+’s inaugural film projects “The Elephant Queen” and “The Banker,” four National Geographic documentaries, and more.

“We’re here to celebrate the best films of the year,” IndieWire Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris-Bridson said. “In particular to celebrate the people who make those films possible — and that is the crafts.”

A panel moderated by Toolkit
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Hillary Clinton Says ‘Carefully Thinking Through’ Isn’t One of Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Strong Points’ on ‘The Late Show'(Video)

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Hillary Clinton Says ‘Carefully Thinking Through’ Isn’t One of Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Strong Points’ on ‘The Late Show'(Video)
You can count Hillary Clinton among those who don’t think Rudy Giuliani has provided much evidence that he should be involved in U.S. foreign policy.

Clinton’s comments came as part of appearance Monday alongside Chelsea Clinton on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” while discussing the news earlier in the day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was listening in on the Ukraine call that has been at the center of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. Colbert asked her about Giuliani, the former New York City mayor now serving as Trump’s personal lawyer, in light of news that Trump told the president of Ukraine to speak to Giuliani.

Also Read: Joe Biden Campaign to TV Networks: Stop Booking Rudy Giuliani

“As secretary of state, how would you feel if the president was sending Rudy Giuliani out to actually handle foreign policy?” Colbert asked.

“Yeah,
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Emmys: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Late Night

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Emmys: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Late Night
They’re the names that fly by when the credits roll. But every member of the production staff on a late-night talk show is a foot soldier waging a daily battle against time and limited resources to make the show come alive.

Whether the series is a freight train that runs Monday through Friday or a weekly effort to synthesize and satirize the news, production values in late-night have come a long way since the days of overflowing ashtrays on Johnny Carson’s desk.

Today, there are video packages that need to be assembled, stunts that need testing, sketches that need costumes and moments of Zen to conjure. The topicality of these shows also means coordinating a small army to complete an endless series of creative and technical tasks under punishing deadlines. The unpredictability of the President Trump-era news cycle only adds to the pressure.

For executive producers and showrunners,
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CBS All Access and Pluto TV? A CBS-Viacom Streaming Strategy Must Now Take Shape

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Two households alike in dignity, once star-crossed Viacom and CBS are now set to enter yet another union, this one perhaps less brief than their last. Their imminent integration as ViacomCBS raises a number of questions to be answered in the coming days – that of synergies, executive leadership and overarching strategy.

With CBS and Viacom making official Tuesday their plans to once again merge, one particular question, in this age of streaming-service matchups, is what will become of their over-the-top platforms. Viacom and CBS are something near opposites in the streaming sphere. Where CBS has invested in creating a dual paid subscription video-on-demand offering in the form of CBS All Access and Showtime, Viacom’s path has thus far been an inversion of its new partner, primarily pursuing an ad-supported free path after acquiring Pluto TV earlier this year.

Soon-to-be ViacomCBS chief Bob Bakish and CBS head Joe Ianniello addressed
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‘The Tonight Show’ Sets Live Shows and Sunday Episodes for Football Season

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‘The Tonight Show’ Sets Live Shows and Sunday Episodes for Football Season
Jimmy Fallon is stepping up his game for the coming season with plans to air five Sunday episodes of “The Tonight Show” following NFL games and a week of live broadcasts to launch the 2019-20 season.

“The Tonight Show’s” Sunday run begins Sept. 8 following what is sure to be a highly rated “Sunday Night Football” face off between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. The other Sunday segs, which will run in the show’s regular time slot following local news, are set to air Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Dec. 1.

“Tonight Show” will air live episodes from Sept. 23-27, which marks the formal launch of the 2019-20 campaign.

The post-football episodes will likely bring a ratings boost for “The Tonight Show,” which has been edged out of late-night’s No. 1 perch by CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Guests set for the Sept. 8 Sunday debut include Michael B. Jordan,
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Columbia Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $5.71 million through Sunday for 997 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 15-21. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Columbia Pictures prioritized spend across networks including CBS, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as “SportsCenter,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Just behind “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which saw 1,045 national ad airings across 40 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.81 million.

TV ad placements for Walt Disney Pictures
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Late-Night Bookers Take to the Internet in Search of Emerging Comics

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With Netflix releasing a comedy special every week and YouTube offering a portal into both cutting-edge performance and the best comedy sets in history, it’s never been easier for audiences to access an endless stream of standup.

But for fledgling comics, there’s still no more game-changing showcase than a five-minute slot on a late-night talk show. The road to a sitcom, a production deal, or even an arena tour often begins with a tight-five in front of a drowsy mass audience.

And now, the late-night shows are capitalizing on a stand-up boom by devoting more airtime to comics than ever before.

Michael Cox, who books standup for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” says when he started in 2015, the bookings were once a month, maybe twice. “Now I’m up to three or four times a month. And I know it’s not just me. Other shows are moving in that direction also.
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Emmy Voters Double Number of Female Directing Nominees, Thanks in Part to Beyoncé

After a year in which just four women received Emmy nominations in directing categories — a measly 8.7% — the Television Academy bounced back by recognizing nine female directors this year, or just over 18% of the nominees in all six directing categories, according to an analysis by TheWrap.

Meanwhile, women held steady in the writing categories with 34 nominations, out of a total of 165, or 20.6%. Last year, there were 33 female writers nominated, representing 21.9% of the 151 recognized.

This year’s female directing nominees include Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, co-director of “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” and the lone female nominee for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, and Amy Sherman-Palladino, who won last year for directing the pilot of the Amazon Prime comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and was nominated this year for the second-season finale “All Alone.”

Also Read: Emmy Nominations Analysis: Expect a Golden Sendoff for 'Game of Thrones,' Despite the Naysayers
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Emmy Predictions for Variety and Reality: It’s a Battle Between Trump Bashers, Reality Warriors and Rock Stars

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.

Also Read: Emmy Predictions for Comedy: Watch Out,
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Film News Roundup: Mark Damon’s Dcr Finance Receives $25 Million Investment

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Film News Roundup: Mark Damon’s Dcr Finance Receives $25 Million Investment
In today’s film news roundup, Mark Damon receives an investment from Cinevideotech, Hollywood publicists set their awards show, Rob Zombie’s “3 From Hell” and a 9/11 documentary “You Are Here” get release dates.

Investment

Mark Damon’s Dcr Finance Corp., co-headed with financer Adi Cohen and producer Jordi Rediu, has received a $25 million investment from Cinevideotech Inc., Variety has learned exclusively.

The fund’s first investment will be the P&a for Vietnam War drama “The Last Full Measure,” which Roadside Attractions will release on Oct. 25. The film stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, with Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson and is directed by Todd Robinson. Damon produced “The Last Full Measure” through his Foresight banner and is also handling worldwide sales.

Film entrepreneur Egon Stephan heads Cinevideotech. Damon’s credits include “2 Guns” and “Lone Survivor.”

The deal was orchestrated and brokered by 444 Film Group and Financing Dreams Today founder,
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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Sees Kamala Harris Admit Impeachment Is Unlikely

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Sees Kamala Harris Admit Impeachment Is Unlikely
Senator Kamala Harris proved to be one of the biggest winners of this week’s Democratic debates. Her memorable line about food fights not being what the American people wanted – which shut down a shouting scrum – brought order to chaos and stamped her presence among those unfamiliar with her style.

Now, she’s taking a few victory laps, starting with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. During her interview, he asked her whether a potential impeachment of President Donald Trump is still on the table.

“I have no reason to believe on the Senate side that they will do the right thing,” said Harris.

Given that, Colbert pressed, is it worth it to press for it?

“Part of the value is preserving the concept of our democracy,” Harris said, later contending that “… this president has, in fact, obstructed justice and violated the law. We should fight for that. The reality
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Ellie Goulding, Juice Wrld Embrace Pain, Paranoia on New Song ‘Hate Me’

Ellie Goulding, Juice Wrld Embrace Pain, Paranoia on New Song ‘Hate Me’
Ellie Goulding and Juice Wrld unite on “Hate Me,” a breezy new song with a sadomasochistic streak. “Hate me, hate me/Tell me how you hate me/Tell me how I’m trash and you can easily replace me,” the latter croons over smooth programmed drums and a palm-muted guitar figure. “Tell me that I’m strung out, wasted on the daily/Prolly ’cause there’s no one around me numbin’ all my pain.”

Throughout, Goulding confronts an ex over romantic regret and paranoia. “I bet you don’t kiss
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