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Tim Robbins ensemble 'VHYes' lands at Yellow Veil Pictures for international sales (exclusive)

Retro comedy shot entirely on VHS and Betacam.

New York and Los Angeles-based Yellow Veil Pictures has snapped up international sales rights to Fantastic Fest world premiere VHYes and will introduce to buyers at the Afm in Santa Monica next month.

Jack Henry Robbins’ retro comedy shot entirely on VHS and Betacam and will open theatrically in the Us through Oscilloscope Laboratories. Hot Winter Films produced.

VHYes follows 12-year-old Ralph who uses his new camera to make home videos and record late night shows and inadvertently records over his parents’ wedding tape. The cast includes Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Thomas Lennon,
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Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: VHYes (2019) is a Wild Ride Through Late-Night Cable

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One of the more bonkers films out of Fantastic Fest was Jack Henry Robbins’ celebration of VHS culture, VHYes (2019).

Shot entirely on VHS and Beta, the film takes place over a week in the life of 12-year-old Ralph (Mason McNulty) when his family gets a brand new camcorder for Christmas. Ralph is fascinated by their new acquisition, particularly when he learns that the camera can be connected to the TV to record television programming. He grabs the first tape he can find (which happens to be his parents’ wedding video) and sets to work documenting his crazy misadventures, as well as the wonders of 1980s cable TV.

The television portions are presented as a late-night channel surf, cutting back and forth between shows and grabbing the occasional commercial. It’s here that the film’s talented comedic cast really shines. From Thomas Lennon as an overenthusiastic QVC host to Kerri Kenney
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Variety’s TV Critics Break Down the Highs and Lows of 2019 Emmys

  • Variety
It may have been a listless ceremony, but the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards picked up steam as a bevy of surprise winners came to dominate the evening.

These fresh faces livened up the occasion, but it remains to be seen whether their victories mean a fundamental shift in the way the Television Academy votes is taking place. Here, Variety’s television critics discuss the highlights — and lowlights — of the night’s proceedings.

Daniel D’Addario: Hail “Fleabag”! I’m still stunned as I write this that Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Amazon Prime Video series performed as well as it did on Emmy night, winning prizes for Waller-Bridge’s writing and acting, Harry Bradbeer’s directing and — startlingly, given its more established opposition — comedy series. It beat Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and HBO’s “Veep,” the two most recent winners of the award — quite a feat for a series whose
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Thomas Lennon Panned As 2019 Emmy Announcer

The 49-year-old actor Thomas Lennon, who is best known for his role for comedy series Reno 911 and the movie Night at the Museum, served as the announcer of 71st annual Emmys Awards ceremony. His commentary was sarcastic and occasionally funny but, at the same time, he provoked a lot of criticism from fans on […]

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Emmys Announcer Thomas Lennon Fires Back at Jackée Harry’s ‘Because It Sucks’ Critique

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Emmys Announcer Thomas Lennon Fires Back at Jackée Harry’s ‘Because It Sucks’ Critique
Thomas Lennon’s turn as Emmys announcer wasn’t for everyone and you can count “Sister, Sister” actress Jackée Harry among those who were not into Sunday night’s shtick.

Harry especially didn’t like the part where — after quietly asking if the Emmys were “woke” — Lennon said live on-air, “This is why people don’t do this. Because it sucks.”

“Joking about non-existent female or Poc winners in a category?” Harry wrote on Twitter, tagging Lennon. “Yeah, those jokes suck, Thomas.”

Also Read: Emmys Sink to Record Low in Early Ratings

Here’s what Lennon tweeted in response:

Except that the “sucks” part came after “or is that just something that was Spoke” The joke being the insane rhyme I made with “woke.” Play it back before you misquote me, please. I would do the same for you before I lashed out at you.

Also: non existent? You cut
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Why Beyoncé, Jonathan Van Ness and More Stars Missed the 2019 Emmys

Why Beyoncé, Jonathan Van Ness and More Stars Missed the 2019 Emmys
In case you missed it—but really, how could you?—at Sunday night's 2019 Emmys, the biggest names in television gathered together for an epic evening of celebration. The party kicked off early on the red carpet, where the Game of Thrones cast conquered and Zendaya absolutely slayed in an emerald gown. But that was just the beginning of the festivities. Inside, Amy Poehler and Catherine O'Hara momentarily served as the hosts we deserved; Felicity Huffman earned a shady shout-out from announcer Thomas Lennon; and Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay African-American man to win in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. (Plus, there were all those...
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Emmy Viewers Not ‘Feelin’ Good’ About Bizarre Music Choices

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Emmy Viewers Not ‘Feelin’ Good’ About Bizarre Music Choices
It was known ahead of time that the Emmy Awards planned to dispense with a traditional orchestra or pit band for the walk-up and bumper music. What wasn’t anticipated was that the music choices were being outsourced to a bar mitzvah DJ in Des Moines. Or, very possibly, it was a local who had found the right cords to hook the world’s last surviving iPod Mini into the board backstage at the Microsoft Theater, without any monitors that would allow him or her do anything so brazen as tailor the song choice to the winner.

Well, there was at least one match, early on, when Alex Borstein won for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and her walk-up music was “Susie Q,” as in the character she plays, Susie Myerson. And that was just about it for the direct hits, as the playlist thereafter went mostly into a randomizer assortment
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Emmys’ Swipe Against Felicity Huffman’s College Bribery Scheme Jail Time Blunted By Realities Of The Calendar

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If Fox aimed to take a swipe at Felicity Huffman on the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards tonight, they missed by a wide margin – as any glance at the calendar would have shown them.

“The producers have asked me to give a special shout-out to our previous lead actress winners who are watching from prison. Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by.’,” said voiceover commentator Thomas Lennon about halfway through the hostless show. “Keep your chin up,” added the self described “sherpa” for Sunday’s TV Academy ceremony on-camera.

A mildly funny dig maybe, though more of a cheap shot. Accurate? Not so much – at least not for another month.

Indicted and arrest by the feds in the nationwide college admissions scandal this spring, 2005 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner Huffman was sentenced to 14 days behind bars by a judge on September 13.

Having plead guilty to
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2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: ‘Fleabag’ Scores Big, ‘Veep’ Gets Blanked, but HBO Reigns

2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: ‘Fleabag’ Scores Big, ‘Veep’ Gets Blanked, but HBO Reigns
The 2019 Primetime Emmys were anything but predictable — save one inevitable final victory for “Game of Thrones” — and that led to quite a few welcome winners as well as a stack of unexpected losers. In the age of “too much TV,” the TV Academy did an admirable job spreading the love. “Game of Thrones” didn’t even win everything it could. In fact, the HBO drama lost a few awards many expected it to walk away with.

That didn’t stop HBO from dominating, even though a stronger-than-expected Amazon made a nice run of its own. Netflix had a night of highs and lows, while broadcast continued to struggle. Take a look at the night’s winners and losers below, but don’t forget to tell us who made an impression on you in the comments.

Winners

Amazon

While everyone talked about HBO vs. Netflix, Amazon took the first four awards
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Politics At The Emmys: Stars Make Statements, Without Overt References To Trump

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Politics At The Emmys: Stars Make Statements, Without Overt References To Trump
President Donald Trump once complained that the Emmys were rigged. When it came to mentions of him on Sunday night’s broadcast, the ceremony was restrained.

Absent a host, there was no opening monologue for a host to make sharp quips or smart takes aimed at the occupant of the Oval Office. Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, Samantha Bee appeared on stage without mentioning his name or commenting on the chaos or craziness.

There was no reference to a whistleblower or buying Greenland, nor were there Robert De Niro-like outbursts.

Yet plenty was said about the policies that have come out of the White House — and the cultural divisions that have been fomented over the past three years.

Jesse Armstrong, winning for HBO’s Succession, started to comment on the number of British winners of the evening and started to say that the U.S. should “rethink its immigration policies.
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TV Review: The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Variety
The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards had some truly surprising moments, twists that not even the most experienced prognosticators saw coming, moving tributes and calls to action. It’s just too bad that not a single one of them came courtesy of Fox’s production.

The Emmys are, all things considered, a dependably tame awards ceremony. They don’t have the storied glamour of the Oscars, nor the loose rowdiness of the Golden Globes. So maybe the show’s producers figured that going host-less wouldn’t be quite as big a deal, or at least easier to manage in the absence of any obvious (or willing) candidates. After all, the Oscars pulled it off after Kevin Hart bowed out amidst controversy to deliver one of the smoothest shows in years. Why not the Emmys?

Well. As Fox proved over three shaggy, haphazard hours, skipping out on a host doesn’t
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Emmys 2019: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Fleabag’ Take Home Top Prizes

Emmys 2019: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Fleabag’ Take Home Top Prizes
Game of Thrones and Fleabag won big at the 2019 Emmy Awards, as the Television Academy bid farewell to several old favorites and looked to usher in a new generation of shows, performers and creators.

The hit HBO fantasy won its fourth Outstanding Drama trophy for its final season, while Peter Dinklage won his fourth Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, making him the only Game of Thrones performer to win an acting Emmy during the show’s run.

Fleabag, meanwhile, won four awards (the most of any
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Emmys 2019 Telecast Review: Yup, It’s Time to Bring Back the Host

Emmys 2019 Telecast Review: Yup, It’s Time to Bring Back the Host
Did “The Masked Singer” host the 2019 Emmys, or did it just feel like it? Chaos, after all, is the guiding force on Fox’s Emmy-nominated reality show, but it shouldn’t be when it comes to a prestigious awards ceremony. Less hubbub was made about the Emmys’ decision to go without a host than when the Oscars did it seven months prior, but while the Film Academy salvaged an entertaining telecast from the trash heap that was its lead-in (and winners’ list), the TV Academy couldn’t follow suit. Though plenty of surprise wins helped keep things interesting for die-hard Emmy fans, this year’s show didn’t feature enough personality, uniformity, or orchestrated highlights — you know, the things a host typically provides.

Even if you disagree, this much should have been clear to everyone: Going without a host for the start of the Emmys is hard enough, but drawing
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HBO Tops Netflix With Most Total Emmy Wins, But Amazon Finishes Strong

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After winding up in an historic tie in 2018, HBO held off Netflix in this year’s Emmy race to capture the most wins among networks across the awards’ three primetime ceremonies, 34-27.

Amazon Prime Video, meanwhile, couldn’t close the gap with the top two but made the streaming derby a lot more interesting by winning a company-record seven trophies Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater. Fleabag‘s win for Outstanding Comedy Series gave Amazon its second straight victory in that top-shelf category (after The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and an overall tally of 15.

HBO came into this month’s Emmy ceremonies with a record 137 nominations, powered by 32 alone for Game of Thrones, which punctuated its farewell season with an Outstanding Drama Series triumph. Netflix had 117 total nominations. By the end of last Sunday’s second Creative Arts Emmys show, HBO led Netflix by a count of 25-23.

Last year, the
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Emmys 2019: The 13 Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From the Ceremony

Emmys 2019: The 13 Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From the Ceremony
Even if your name wasn’t Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were an event to remember.

Fox aired TV’s annual kudosfest from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night, and the evening was full of moments that ranged from hilarious to tearjerking to downright bizarre. (Or all three, in some cases!)

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In the attached gallery, we’ve boiled down the three-hour broadcast to 13 snippets we won’t soon forget,
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Emmys TV Review: Big Wins & Farewells To ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Veep,’ But Host-Free Fox Ceremony Fails

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Emmys TV Review: Big Wins & Farewells To ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Veep,’ But Host-Free Fox Ceremony Fails
When the best part of your Emmy Awards broadcast tonight is the short sendoffs to series that have finished including Games of Thrones and Veep, you might want to get your gaze out of the rearview mirror before you lose control.

Sadly, that’s not what the host-free 71st Primetime Emmy Awards chose to do. Which is why the just over three-hour result skidded all over the small-screen equivalent of the street on Sunday.

Yes, there were big wins for HBO’s GoT and Chernobyl in the Drama and Limited Series categories, Amazon’s Fleabag for Comedy and Netflix’s Bandersnatch from the Black Mirror team in the Outstanding Television Movie slate. There was a censorship bleep for Succession creator Jesse Armstrong quoting Donald Trump, though it was a night of relatively few direct hits at Hollywood’s Potus piñata.

There was also history made by Pose star Billy Porter
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The Best and Worst Moments of the 71st Emmy Awards (Photos)

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The Best and Worst Moments of the 71st Emmy Awards (Photos)
Worst: Homer Simpson Messes Up His Emmys Hosting Gig We were told the Emmys were going host-less this year… and maybe they should have. Homer was introduced as the “host” before walking out on stage and… falling through a hole in the stage. Anthony Anderson was speaking for all of us when he yelled: “What the hell was that?”

Best: Anthony Anderson’s Mom Saves Intro But luckily, Anderson and his mom saved us from sitting through a completely forgettable opening number.

Best: Ike Baranholz and Maya Rudolph Get Lasik Eye Surgery at the Worst Time Cmon guys, just let Maya host the Emmys (and every other award show) next year.

Worst: Thomas Lennon Provides Terrible “Commentary” During Winner Walk Ups Fox added Thomas Lennon to the broadcast to provide funny tidbits about the winners while they walked to the stage to give their speeches. Here’s all you need
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‘Chernobyl’ Creator Trolls Donald Trump In Emmys Limited Series Win

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‘Chernobyl’ Creator Trolls Donald Trump In Emmys Limited Series Win
Craig Mazin never said the name of the President of the United States tonight at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, but the Chernobyl creator left it very clear what he thought of the barker of Fake News.

“I hope that in some small ways our show has helped remind people of the value of the truth and the danger of the lie,” Mazin said onstage Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in accepting the Outstanding Limited Series award.

Unraveling the deceits that the Soviet Union built around the devastating nuclear accident near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat in 1986, the multiple-Emmy-winning show has been compared frequently as timely in the age of the truth and fact challenged Donald Trump since its May 6 debut on HBO.

In but one example of many, following online remarks by fan Stephen King that “it’s impossible to watch HBO’s Chernobyl without thinking of Donald Trump,
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Emmys Announcer Gives Shout-Out to Felicity Huffman Watching From Prison

Emmys Announcer Gives Shout-Out to Felicity Huffman Watching From Prison
Somewhere, as the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards aired on Sunday night, Felicity Huffman‘s ears were burning.

Odd Couple alum Thomas Lennon, who on the Fox telecast was tasked with providing “colorful off-camera commentary for audiences at home during each Emmy winner walk-up,” gave a thinly veiled shout-out to the recently sentenced Huffman as he threw to commercial during the first hour or so.

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Felicity Huffman Just Got a Shady Shout-Out at the 2019 Emmys

Felicity Huffman Just Got a Shady Shout-Out at the 2019 Emmys
Here's hoping the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards weren't on in the Macy-Huffman household. Chances are they weren't, what with all that Felicity Huffman has on her plate these days, but if she had, she'd have been in for a rude awakening when, leading out of the presentation of Outstanding Reality Series—Competition to a much-deserving RuPaul's Drag Race, comedian and actor Thomas Lennon, the announcer for the evening, got in a dig at the disgraced actress. "It's not bragging if you're fleabaging," he began, referencing Fleabag's near-sweep of the comedy categories. "The producers have asked me to give a special shoutout any of our previous lead actress winners who are...
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