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Articles from Vol. 340, No. 14, June 20

Abundance of Ballot Options
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa" Riverdale""Vida," "Vida," "Vida." Never has a show been more aptly named. This intimate-but-alsoexpansive comedy-butalso-drama is about life itself. In all its messy, funny, humane and sexy glory. Everyone in the cast is a star....
American Prime Story: Laguna Digs of Ryan Murphy
Television titan Ryan Murphy, who signed a mind-bending agreement to create content for Netflix in a deal widely reported to be valued at more than a quarter of a billion dollars, has decided to part ways with his longtime compound in Laguna Beach, Calif.,...
Breaking into the Emmy Race at Any Age
TELEVISION ACADEMY voters have been known to snub series that originally missed the Emmy boat in subsequent seasons: Consider "The Leftovers," "Oz" and "The Wire." None of those shows were ever nominated in the drama series category despite overwhelming...
Crawking It Up
Summer has been kind so far to Sonos: The Santa Barbara, Calif.- based smart-speaker maker introduced a major new product, the Beam soundbar, earlier this month. Also in June, Ikea showed off first designs of products it is developing jointly with Sonos....
Czech Pics Populate Premiere Program
Of the 10 world premieres and two international premieres competing at Karlovy Vary this year, Czech work makes up an impressive share.With 11 films either wholly Czech or co-productions with Czech partners, prospects are strong for the nation. Road...
Digs
Zelda Williams Picks Aldous Huxley HouseA 1930s Spanish residence once owned by author Aldous Hux- ley has been snatched up for $4.3 million by Zelda Williams, actress daughter of late comedian Robin Williams. The home sits just below the Hollywood sign....
E3 Had Its Head in the Cloud
E3, the video-game industry's massive, once-a-year outing in Los Angeles, wrapped last week amid news of more than 100 games, details of new tech and evenings of back-to-back parties that mashed celebrities with the internet famous and game developers...
Ella Purnell
British actress Ella Purnell landed her first-ever television role as the lead in Starz series "Sweetbitter," based on the novel of the same name. Purnell, who appeared in her first film at age 12, says she feels like her career "snowballed" overnight.Things...
Fest Faces Fresh Issues in a New Era
as the world witnessed earlier this year in Cannes, film festivals - as with every other institution in the #MeToo era - are under the microscope. Observers and activists alike now carefully scrutinize the number of films made by women, the composition...
Fest Keeps Its Finger on Pulse of Zeitgeist
As part of its celebration of the best of independent moviemaking from around the world, including from the U.S., this year's Munich Film Festival will include works highlighting some of today's defining issues: the MeToo debate, racism, the increasingly...
Fest's Made in Texas to Spotlight Lone Star State's Films
A few years before shooting his first feature, "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books," Richard Linklater - "Rick" to his fellow Texans - established a nonprofit organization, the Austin Film Society, to help him screen celluloid prints of...
Fighting the Racial Bias at the Core of Hollywood's Cop Shows
Iffiction is the lie that tells a deeper truth, the TV crime genre has been, for the most part, the lie that simply tells a lie. As a storyteller (Veena) and an advocate for racial justice (Rashad), we collaborated for the past two-anda-half years in...
Glow
TV REVIEWGLOWComedy: Netflix, 10 episodes (Season 2; all reviewed), June 29 Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Sunita Mani, Kia StevensThe Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are used to being underestimated. As depicted in Carly Mensch and Liz...
Henry IV
THEATER REVIEWHenry IVTheater: Japanese Garden at the West Los Angeles VA Campus; 620 seats; $500 top Director: Daniel Sullivan Starring: Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater, Joe MortonBefore "Big," before "Bachelor Party" - heck, before even "Bosom Buddies"...
Hollywood Wind Adds Froth to Blue Wave
DEMOCRATS ARE praying for a Blue Wave in the midterms - and Hollywood is going to be a big part of the fundraising push.The industry is orchestrating a behindthe-scenes blitz that will inject millions into the campaign coffers of candidates across the...
Lead the Way, Hollywood
Ladies and gentlemen in media and entertainment, now is your time. You've been through a lot lately, but the eyes of the world are on you. On behalf of your fans, I implore you to make the most of it. You are a primary focus of public attention - our...
Merger Angst
EMPLOYEES AT WARNERMEDIA, the newly re-christened entertainment enterprise for- merly known as Time Warner, are eyeing their new corpo- rate leaders with trepidation. They're worried that AT&T, the telecommunications giant that snapped up the company...
#MeToo Suit Hits the Land of Enchantment
in recent months, the #MeToo movement has derailed the careers of big-name stars and studio execs right and left, but the impact isn't limited to the rich and famous. One such case is affecting those in the below-the-line film and TV production community...
Milos Forman: The Loves of a Legendary Director
What are the odds that a boy born in the tiny town of Caslav, Czechoslovakia, who lost his parents to the Nazis around the age of 10, would go on to make a pair of Academy Award-nominated comedies about everyday Czech people in the late '60s, escape...
Miniature Sets Enhance 'Hereditary'
in addition to creating prosthetics for "Hereditary," multidisciplinary Toronto-based visual effects artist Steve Newburn designed and built the miniature house and dioramas that are key to the storytelling in writer-director Ari Aster's supernatural...
Peek Inside the Writers' Room Process
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Producer Nags Millennials to Show Up for Midterm Elections
MICHELLE KING, CO-CREATOR and co-showrunner of "The Good Wife" and "The Good Fight," doesn't mind being called a nag. She owns it, for the sake of democracy.King has launched a nonpartisan get-outthe-vote effort aimed at boosting the low level of participation...
Roberts and Iger on Collision Course
With this issue, we wanted to give our readers ringside seats to the highly competitive fight for 21st Century Fox between two of the media world's most influential giants.As of this writing, Disney had not formally come back to the mat to potentially...
Showcasing Creative Talent of the Future
Now in its fourth year, Future Frames is a nextgeneration showcase of short works by students and recent graduates of European film schools, curated by the Karlovy Vary fest in cooperation with European Film Promotion. The selected directors and their...
Tale of the Tape
ONE IS THE CONSUMMATE MANAGER AND operator. One is the scion of a media pioneer who has taken the family business to impressive heights through his drive and ambition. ¶ Bob Iger and Brian Roberts are two very different people and leaders, with a history...
The Inner Circle
Sources who have worked with both CEOs say the most signif- icant difference between Iger and Roberts is that Iger at heart is an operator. He excels at the strategic thinking required to lead a business and the minutiae of executing on the details....
World's Top Film Talent Attends Fest to Collect Kudos and Mix with Fans
JAROMIR HANZLÍK <President's AwardOne of the few Czech actors still living whose career arc spans the past 50 years of Czech cinema, theater and television, 70-yearold Hanzlik will be honored for his artistic contribution to Czech film. A special...
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