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How Bruce Springsteen Kept Director Thom Zimny on His Toes Making ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

How Bruce Springsteen Kept Director Thom Zimny on His Toes Making ‘Springsteen on Broadway’
A version of this story about Bruce Springsteen and “Springsteen on Broadway” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category is often the province of comedy specials, from stand-up to politics to icons.

But this year it has a different look — or, perhaps, a different sound, because three of the five nominees are specials featuring huge music stars. There’s Beyoncé’s “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,” James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” and director Thom Zimny’s “Springsteen on Broadway,” a concert film from the Tony-winning show.

Zimny has been working with Springsteen for nearly 20 years on documentaries, videos and concert films — and in that time, he said, he’s learned one big lesson from Springsteen and his manager, Jon Landau: “Come fully prepared, but be ready for changes.”

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Hannah Gadsby: ‘There’s a Path to Redemption for Louis C.K., He’s Just Not Taking It’

Hannah Gadsby: ‘There’s a Path to Redemption for Louis C.K., He’s Just Not Taking It’
When “Nanette,” Hannah Gadsby’s poignant and incisive comedy special, hit Netflix last year, the Aussie comedian became an international sensation almost overnight. While she may not be one to bask in the spotlight, she is using her newfound platform to call out imbalances of power in the comedy world, namely one male comedian who seems to think he’s done his time in #MeToo jail. Gadsby made headlines earlier this summer when she openly criticized defamed “Louie” creator Louis C.K., calling him “a joke” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“He is a joke now,” Gadsby said of C.K. at the time. “And I think it’s important to keep making that joke. He has not reassessed his position of power, and that is why he was able to abuse it. It’s difficult to see a shift in your own power and privilege. It’s
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‘Baskets’ to End After Current Season at FX

  • Variety
“Baskets” is coming to an end.

FX announced Wednesday that the series will end upon the conclusion of its current fourth season. The Season 4 finale on Aug. 22 will now serve as the series finale.

“Over four seasons, ‘Baskets’ has taken its place among the great FX comedies as an endearing and hilarious look at the dreams and ambition of Chip Baskets and his extended, loving family,” said Eric Schrier, president of FX Entertainment. “This show has been a joy for everyone at FX and we are grateful to Jonathan Krisel, Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the rest of the cast and crew for giving us the gem that is ‘Baskets.’”

The series stars Galifianakis as twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets. Chip trained to be a clown at a prestigious clowning academy in Paris but is only able to find work as a rodeo clown in Bakersfield, California.
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Why Aziz Ansari’s ‘Right Now’ Is a Missed Opportunity

Why Aziz Ansari’s ‘Right Now’ Is a Missed Opportunity
“It’s a weird time to be working on jokes,” Aziz Ansari says about 15 minutes into his new Netflix standup special, Right Now. “Gotta be careful what you say, right?”

He’s not wrong. We all have to be careful what we say these days, and maybe that’s not the worst trend for us as a society. But careful is the last thing you want from a comedian. We want them to say the things the rest of us can’t say. We’re the cowards who pay to
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How Women Are Dominating TV Right Now — And Changing It for the Better

How Women Are Dominating TV Right Now — And Changing It for the Better
The story of the year in television so far was told in the closing shot of Broad City. As Ilana descended into the subway and out of our lives, the camera followed a new pair of friends, then another and another, each of different ethnicities and gender identities, all with a dynamic similar to Ilana and Abbi’s. The message was clear: There are so many women’s stories to be told, and you’ve been watching only two.

With the departures of Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,
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Louis C.K. Gets Standing Ovation at Comedy Festival in Brooklyn

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Louis C.K. Gets Standing Ovation at Comedy Festival in Brooklyn
Louis C.K.'s surprise appearance at a comedy festival sent the crowd into a frenzy ... roaring in approval as he took the stage. The comedian hit up Skankfest NYC Saturday night in Brooklyn ... where the crowd had Zero clue he was about to take the mic. Check out the video ... the packed house gave Louis a standing ovation. Some of them literally jumped for joy. You can see a woman going berserk. We're told Louis
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Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay Announce Comedy Tour

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Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay Announce Comedy Tour
Comedians Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay announced Sunday that they will be going on tour together.

Three months after Barr and Clay appeared together onstage in Las Vegas, Clay spoke with Fox News, saying that their tour — titled the “Mr. and Mrs. America Tour” — aims to strike back at what he sees as increasing political correctness against comedians. The tour will begin in September in Long Island and Atlantic City, with tickets going on sale June 29.

“She’s a comic because she’s wacky. I’ve known her since we were kids,” Clay said.

Also Read: Roseanne Barr Returns to Stand-Up Stage at Laugh Factory With Andrew Dice Clay

Back in March, Barr took the stage as a surprise guest during Clay’s stand-up performance at the Tropicana Laugh Factory in Las Vegas, marking her first public performance since ABC cancelled “Roseanne” back in May 2018 over a racially-charged tweet
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Hannah Gadsby Found Pride Through ‘An Absence of Shame’

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Hannah Gadsby Found Pride Through ‘An Absence of Shame’
Hannah Gadsby has notes.

On a scorching May afternoon in Manhattan, the comedian is staying in the Gramercy Park Hotel between stops on her first U.S. tour for her new special, “Douglas.” Smartly dressed in a suit and pink enamel octopus pin (“my flourish”), Gadsby settles into a booth at the ground floor’s upscale Italian restaurant and notices something profoundly irritating about her surroundings.

“I had breakfast here this morning and I noticed a lot of men taking up space,” Gadsby muses, peering through her glasses at the many business lunches around her. “And I’m like, ‘Is that a thing I want?’ I watch these men — you know the men, who sit with their legs unnecessarily wide apart, there’s a table of them over there — and I just don’t know if that’s a thing I aspire to.”

She says it with a cascading laugh,
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See Parkland Victim’s Father Deliver Powerful Speech at the Specials’ Brooklyn Concert

Manuel Oliver, the father of Parkland high school shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, delivered a powerful speech during ska legends the Specials’ Friday night concert at New York’s Brooklyn Steel.

Oliver was invited onstage by the group – “One of my favorite bands ever,” he told the crowd – and spoke about losing his son in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting and subsequently dedicating his life to activism.

“This country has a few problems, and the one that concerns me the most is that we think – because of some people are sending
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Friday Man says its action, thrills and more this Friday

Your friend from the movies is back with the list of attractions this week. A thriller presented by Anurag Kashyap ? Game Over, Men In Black 4th installment ?Mein In Black: International, and 3D computer-animated comedy - The Secret Life Of Pets 2.

Game Over

Game Over is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual thriller drama dubbed in Hindi starring Taapsee Pannu. Written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan, the movie is presented by Anurag Kashyap and produced jointly by Y Not Studios and Reliance Entertainment.

Major Highlights

Taapsee Pannu after the solid success of Badla is again at the helm of affairs. The actress returns to Telugu cinema. Yes, of course ? Anurag Kashyap presenting a ?thriller?.

Review of Game Over South Movie?

Men In Black: International

Men in Black: International or say Mib: International is the fourth edition of the ?American science fiction action comedy film Mib. Directed by F. Gary Gray and written
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The Secret Life Of Pets 2 Review, Cast and Crew And Rating

Like usual, The Secret Life Of Pets 2 suffers from a sequel syndrome. Despite being interesting and pleasantly amusing, the spark of its first edition is definitely missing, and that is solely because the narrative literally appears packed with fluff.

The story takes off from the first edition. Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) are now friends and in comfort zone till their owner Katie gets married to Chuck and has a baby, Liam. Everything is fine when Liam comes home, but when Liam, an over-energetic baby, begins to crawl and move about, Max spends most of his days in hiding. Till one fine day, Liam hugs him and says, "I love you Max."

From that day onwards, the initially wary Max takes to the role of the little one's protector. Soon the responsibility becomes so stressful for Max that it makes him a nervous wreck. After a visit to the pet therapist,
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Hannah Gadsby Calls Out Fellow Comedian Louis C.K.: ‘He Is A Joke Now’

Hannah Gadsby wants Louis C.K. to remain “a joke” following the claims of sexual misconduct against him. The comedian chatted with the La Times about her new comedy special “Douglas”, C.K. and why he’s now “angry and bitter.” Related: Hannah Gadsby Slams Hollywood’s ‘Good Men’ In Powerful Gala Speech “He is a joke now. And I think
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Hannah Gadsby Slams Louis C.K. as an Angry and Bitter Joke Who Still ‘Thinks He’s the Victim’

Hannah Gadsby Slams Louis C.K. as an Angry and Bitter Joke Who Still ‘Thinks He’s the Victim’
Hannah Gadsby, the comedian who became an international sensation last year with her Netflix special “Nanette,” ripped Louis C.K. in her recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. C.K. admitted to sexual misconduct in November 2017, which included masturbating in front of female comics. After a prolonged hiatus, C.K. made his return to stand-up comedy at the end of 2018. C.K.’s sets have made headlines for including controversial jokes about transgender people, the Parkland shooting survivors, and masturbation.

“He is a joke now,” Gadsby said of C.K. “And I think it’s important to keep making that joke. He has not reassessed his position of power, and that is why he was able to abuse it. It’s difficult to see a shift in your own power and privilege. It’s not something we’re trained to do. He still honestly thinks he’s the victim in all of this.
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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Ekes Out No. 1 Spot as ‘Dark Phoenix’ Sputters

  • Variety
The North American box office fizzled this weekend as Universal and Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and Disney and Fox’s “X-Men” installment “Dark Phoenix” battled it out at theaters. Neither packed much of a punch, with both films debuting well below expectations.

The Secret Life of Pets 2” nabbed first place with $47.11 million, less than half of what its predecessor earned during its inaugural weekend in theaters. Even with an underwhelming start, the animated animal sequel was able to claim victory over “Dark Phoenix,” the final entry in the “X-Men” series and first to be released by Disney. “Dark Phoenix” misfired with a disappointing $33 million, marking the worst debut in the franchise’s 20-year history.

With a huge $200 million price tag, “Dark Phoenix” presents a much tougher path to profitability compared to “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which cost the studio $80 million to produce. It didn’t
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Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Falling Short of Weekend Estimates With Under $40 Million

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Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Falling Short of Weekend Estimates With Under $40 Million
It looks like Disney’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” won’t be rising from the ashes anytime soon.

According to Friday’s early estimates, the 12th and final installment in the Marvel-owned franchise is heading for a disappointing $37.7 million opening weekend, after a lackluster Friday showing. Originally, Disney estimated a start between $40 million and $50 million which would have already ranked the film as one of the franchise’s lowest openings.

Also opening this weekend is Universal-Illumination’s “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which should pull around $48.5 million following $17 million in Friday grosses. The numbers are close to early predictions for the film, which estimated a $50 million to $55 million opening. However, it will likely fall short of its predecessor, which opened to a surprise $104 million its opening weekend and holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film.

Dark Phoenix” is the first X-Men film to be distributed
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Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Takes Off With $5 Million on Thursday Night

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Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Takes Off With $5 Million on Thursday Night
Dark Phoenix,” the film that closes out the current X-Men franchise, opened with $5 million in ticket sales Thursday night.

The 12th installment of the series and the first to be distributed by Disney is expected to have an opening weekend of $40 million to $50 million. The Thursday night numbers, while solid, come in below its predecessors; 2016’s “Apocalypse” took home $8.2 million during its opening night, and 2014’s “Days of Future Past” earned a similar $8.1 million. “Dark Phoenix” opened a bit below last weekend’s big release, “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” which took home $6.3 million last Thursday.

“Dark Phoenix’s” biggest competitor, Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” took in $2.3 million in previews from 3,250 theaters. It is, however, likely to draw strong family business and top the box office charts with an expected opening of $50 million to $55 million when it opens in 4,561 North American theaters this weekend. Its projected opening
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Fires Up $5 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Dark Phoenix’ Fires Up $5 Million at Thursday Box Office
Dark Phoenix,” the X-Men sequel from Disney and Fox, has earned $5 million in its Thursday box office previews, while “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which is projected similarly this weekend, earned $2.3 million in its previews from 3,250 screens with showings beginning at 6 p.m.

Dark Phoenix” is Disney’s first major tentpole release following the acquisition of the Fox slate, and it’s the final film with the current cast of X-Men characters before becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio is projecting an opening between $40-50 million for “Dark Phoenix,” with independent trackers saying it could go as high as $55 million in what is expected to be a close race for the top spot against “Secret Life of Pets 2.”

A $55 million opening for “Dark Phoenix” would be just above the series low opening of the previous installment, 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” That film made $53 million in its opening
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Does Dark Phoenix Stand a Chance Against Secret Life of Pets 2 This Weekend?

Does Dark Phoenix Stand a Chance Against Secret Life of Pets 2 This Weekend?
Last weekend, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomped into town with a less-than-stellar $47.7 million take at the box office. That was good enough to take the top spot away from Disney's Aladdin, but it won't make nearly enough in its second frame to fend off this weeks' competition. Illumination is set to release the family-friendly animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2, while 20th Century Fox will unleash Dark Phoenix. But who will come out on top?

Ultimately, barring some sort of miracle, it's very likely going to be The Secret Life of Pets 2 taking the top spot at the box office. The animated sequel has added some star power in the form of Harrison Ford, who will be making his feature animated debut. Patton Oswalt also joins the cast, taking over as Max. Louis C.K. voiced the dog in the first movie, but he lost the
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2′: Same Ol’ Dogs, No New Tricks

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2′: Same Ol’ Dogs, No New Tricks
Sad to say, the bloom is off the rose. The first The Secret Life of Pets in 2016 was an animated fluff-ball that hit on a fresh premise: What do our pets do when we close the door and leave them behind? The sequel covers pretty much the same territory. The big difference being that the critters leave New York City for a trip to the farm. Their instinct for mischief stays the same, yet you feel the pall of repetition. Not enough to completely spoil the party, but you get the idea.
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