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HBO’s Casey Bloys Talks Big Emmy Wins, ‘Watchmen’ Future, ‘GoT’ Prequel Status, Return To Production & Movie Acquisitions, Confirms ‘Euphoria’ Covid Episode

HBO’s Casey Bloys Talks Big Emmy Wins, ‘Watchmen’ Future, ‘GoT’ Prequel Status, Return To Production & Movie Acquisitions, Confirms ‘Euphoria’ Covid Episode
The traditional HBO Emmy party at the Pacific Design Center may have been canceled this year because of the pandemic, but the premium cable network still had a lot to celebrate.

No Game of Thrones, no problem. A year after the fantasy series wrapped its dominant Emmy run with one final hurrah and a fourth Drama Series win last September, HBO’s Succession picked up where GoT left off. It won four Emmys tonight, including drama series, and 7 overall.

The decisive win erases doubts about HBO’s awards prospects post-GoT and any parallels to the post-Sopranos drought.

“I am thrilled,” HBO president Casey Bloys told Deadline on Sunday night. “It’s especially nice because there was a question how HBO would do. This is a pretty good way to answer that question.”

In addition to Outstanding Drama Series, HBO won Outstanding Limited Series for Watchmen, Outstanding Variety Talk Series
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Emmy Winners Remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Breonna Taylor, Urge Viewers to Vote

Emmy Winners Remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Breonna Taylor, Urge Viewers to Vote
Backstage at the virtual Emmys ceremony, Regina King, fresh off her win for “Watchmen,” was asked about the shirt she was wearing under her bright pink suit that featured the image of Breonna Taylor, the medical worker killed in her home by law enforcement officers. King was one of several Emmy winners Sunday evening who used the platform to advocate for social justice and political action.

“The cops still haven’t been held accountable,” said King to the press after she accepted her award during the telecast. “She represents decades, hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies, Breonna Taylor does. I felt like wearing Breonna’s likeness, representing her and her family, and the stories that we were exploring, that were presenting, holding a mirror up to in ‘Watchmen,’ it felt appropriate to represent with Breonna Taylor.”

Her comments follow months of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism,
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‘Watchmen’ Creator Damon Lindelof Dedicates Emmy Limited Series Win To Tulsa 1921 Massacre Survivors & Victims

‘Watchmen’ Creator Damon Lindelof Dedicates Emmy Limited Series Win To Tulsa 1921 Massacre Survivors & Victims
Having a hot streak of a night at the 2020 Emmy Awards tonight, Watchmen capped it just now with an Outstanding Limited Series win and a call to meet the challenges of history and today.

“History is mystery, it is broken into a million puzzle pieces and many are missing,” said series creator Damon Lindelof on Sunday in his acceptance speech for the HBO show. “We know where those pieces are, but we don’t seek them out because we know finding them will hurt,” he added in a “Remember Tulsa ’21” t-shirt and standing in front of the masked writing and producing Watchmen team. “Sometimes we cause that hurt, maybe we even benefited from it, but we have to name it before we can repair it.”

“Be careful, be clumsy, run hot, stay cool, be the bull in the china shop, pick up what you broke and glue it back together,
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NFL Sunday Social Activism Sees Several Teams Scramble When National Anthem Starts Playing

NFL Sunday Social Activism Sees Several Teams Scramble When National Anthem Starts Playing
The National Football League’s Week 2 of its schedule again saw teams staying off the field when the national anthem was played, continuing the pattern seen in last week’s openers. However, several teams appeared to be surprised and caught on the field when the song unexpectedly started playing.

The New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins all were out of sight during the Star-Spangled Banner. The San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions were present during the song, with some players taking a knee or raising a fist.

Some of the team plans seemed more haphazard than Week One’s careful coordination. The Tennessee Titans were in the middle of pre-game warmups when the song started, causing the team to rush to the sidelines.

Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans, safety Kenny Vaccaro, and defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney took a knee,
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George Floyd To Get Minneapolis Street Section Named For Him

George Floyd To Get Minneapolis Street Section Named For Him
A part of Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis where George Floyd died will be renamed in his honor, city officials have decided.

The city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The City Council approved the renaming Friday, with Mayor Jacob Frey’s office confirming he will sign off on the change.

Floyd died May 25 in a confrontation with police, sparking protests and riots in Minneapolis and other US cities, as well as marches in foreign countries.

The intersection where Floyd died is barricaded and has a memorial. Demonstrators have occupied the area and said they are determined to stay until the city comes up with funding for antiracism training and a property tax freeze for people in the zone.

Minneapolis had planned to reopen 38th Street this summer, but decided not to when activists said
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The Criterion Channel’s “Voices of Protest”: Films on Important Protests from 1925 to 2011

The Criterion Channel’s “Voices of Protest”: Films on Important Protests from 1925 to 2011
Photo: Voices of Protest/The Criterion Channel The Sound of Protest Citizens of the United States, and the entire world, have erupted into protest over the killing of George Floyd, an African American man who was pinned down and asphyxiated by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s death is one of the many in a long history of police brutality against the black community. The ensuing protests around the world have ranged from calm and peaceful to brutally violent, and these demonstrations have dominated headlines in recent weeks. Many figures in the entertainment industry have come out in support of these protests. John Boyega, star of Attack the Block and the Star Wars sequel trilogy, has been vocal about his support of the movement. According to ABC News Boyega participated in a protest in London’s Hyde Park, where he pledged to put social justice before his rising career.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Real Superpower of Hollywood’s Black Genre Heroes

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Real Superpower of Hollywood’s Black Genre Heroes
When Black Lives Matter started rocking, Hollywood came a-knocking. Considered the largest protest in American history, BLM, which started a few years ago, jolted a cultural nerve, particularly after the police killing of George Floyd. Celebrities and studios released statements of support. Donations were made. Some who’d made racist comments in the past were fired. New projects featuring Black actors, writers and directors were announced. All very good signs of a new dawn of equality, though some people — myself included — have been pointing out for years that when it comes to inclusiveness, Hollywood’s foot-dragging has been ...
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Chris Rock Responds to Jimmy Fallon Blackface Controversy

Chris Rock Responds to Jimmy Fallon Blackface Controversy
Chris Rock is now responding to the Jimmy Fallon blackface controversy from earlier this summer. Fallon came under fire when a Saturday Night Live sketch from 2000 resurfaced of the comedian in blackface while doing an impression of Rock. Fallon has since apologized over the situation after taking some time to think about it. Jamie Foxx came out and defended Fallon at the time, stating that what the comedian did was not "blackface," saying, "You are all the way good... keep doing you my friend! You are necessary."

Chris Rock seems to have pretty much the same reaction to the Jimmy Fallon blackface controversy as Jaime Foxx did. A lot of people came to Fallon's defense when the Saturday Night Live sketch resurfaced, with many stating he was doing an impression and then he did not mean anything hurtful by it. Rock had this to say about the matter.

"Hey, man,
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‘Love, Victor’ Star Michael Cimino Signs With CAA

‘Love, Victor’ Star Michael Cimino Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Michael Cimino, star of Hulu’s breakout series Love, Victor, has signed with CAA.

Cimino stars in the title role in the series, an offshoot from the 2018 feature Love, Simon. Created by This Is Us executive producers/co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the movie based on Becky Albertalli’s young-adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Victor is one of the top binged shows on Hulu in 2020. It was recently renewed for a second season.

On the film side, Cimino can be seen in horror thriller Annabelle Comes Home, opposite Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, and produced by James Wan. His original song “Everything I Own” also is featured in the soundtrack.

Cimino was recently featured on Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood List and also recently made Variety’s 2020 Actors to Watch list.

He also is one of the founding members of the
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Joan Osborne Is ‘Sick of All the Corruption’ in Timely New Video ‘Hands Off’

Joan Osborne Is ‘Sick of All the Corruption’ in Timely New Video ‘Hands Off’
It’s been 25 years since Joan Osborne was all over the radio with her ubiquitous hit “One of Us,” off her 1995 solo album Relish. Since then, she’s cemented her status as vital songwriter and thrilling live performer, releasing a string of genre-bending albums, touring with the Dead, and doing a stint as the lead vocalist of the band Trigger Hippy.

On Friday, the 58-year-old Osborne releases her 12th album Trouble and Strife — her first record of all new material in six years. Like its title suggests, it offers a
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Ofcom dismisses complaints over BLM dance on Britain's Got Talent

Regulator says Diversity routine was ‘call for unity’ after receiving 24,500 complaints

Britain Got Talent has been cleared of any breach of broadcasting rules after 24,500 people complained about a Black Lives Matter-inspired performance on the ITV talent show.

The dance troupe Diversity, a previous winner of the contest, gave a special performance on the programme on Saturday 5 September. The routine, framed as a father retrospectively telling his young son about the events of 2020, included references to the coronavirus outbreak, police brutality against black people, and the death of George Floyd, which prompted global Black Lives Matter protests.
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‘Small Axe’: Why Steve McQueen Confronted ‘Missing Generations’ of Black British Stories in Five New Films

‘Small Axe’: Why Steve McQueen Confronted ‘Missing Generations’ of Black British Stories in Five New Films
The arrival of the ship Empire Windrush in June 1948 is largely considered a landmark of post-war mass migration of Caribbean people to Britain, but that multi-decade history — which lasted through the 1970s — has been largely ignored by popular culture. Steve McQueen is aiming to rectify that oversight with “Small Axe,” an ambitious new anthology series comprised five original films, set from the 1960s to the 1980s, which collectively tell the story of Britain’s West Indian community.

McQueen has been trying to make “Small Axe” for 11 years, and the complicated nature of the project may explain the unique path it has followed to release. Three entries — “Lovers Rock,” “Mangrove,” and “Red, White and Blue” — premiere at the New York Film Festival this week, and were included in the official Cannes 2020 selection earlier this year. However, the BBC-produced project airs in North America via Amazon later in the fall, as a single collection,
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The Guardian view on politics and the environment: we demand better | Editorial

The British public are way ahead of the government in their ideas for a fairer, greener country. Time for Downing Street to listen

Earlier this month, a dance troupe on an ITV light entertainment show created one of the most complained-about television moments of the past decade. In their performance, the dancers of Diversity reflected the carnage of Covid, deep-seated inequalities and, most of all, racism. They recreated the murder of George Floyd, then took the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Unusual fare for Saturday prime-time, yet the audience lapped it up, whooping in the studio and enthusing on social media. And then the media regulator, Ofcom, was deluged with complaints – well over 20,000 by the start of this week, objecting to its political nature. That in turn provoked a petition supporting Diversity.

In this small story lies much that makes people despair of the state of UK democracy: deeply tribalistic,
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How Transforming the TV Biz Earned Tyler Perry the 2020 Governors Award

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How Transforming the TV Biz Earned Tyler Perry the 2020 Governors Award
Tyler Perry already has his name on everything from his slate of feature films, television shows and stage plays to his 330-acre studio in Atlanta and most importantly, his foundation, which supports organizations and educational programs that cater to marginalized communities.

Now, the Television Academy has added Perry’s name to the very short list of Governors Award honorees, a distinction reserved for individuals or organizations whose achievements the organization deems “either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to go beyond the scope of the Emmy Awards presented in the categories and areas of the competition.” Perry and his Perry Foundation will receive the award at the Sept. 20 ceremony.

Perry is the first individual to receive the honor since 2014. The award was most recently presented to “Star Trek” in 2018; last year it was not given out at all. And the multi-hyphenate creator and entertainer
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George Floyd & Ahmaud Arbery Trials To Air In UK Via Newly Launched Court TV

George Floyd & Ahmaud Arbery Trials To Air In UK Via Newly Launched Court TV
Court TV, which relaunched in the U.S. in 2019 after an 11-year hiatus, has arrived in the UK via an initial deal with pay-tv giant Sky. The first batch of programming will include airing the trials of those accused in the George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery cases, as well as the R Kelly trial, which is currently ongoing.

The timing of the launch coincides with the 25th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict. To mark it, Court TV will present a marathon of its 25-episode documentary series OJ25, which looks back at the case.

“There’s been nothing like Court TV in the United Kingdom until now. American crime dramas have long been a staple on television worldwide, including the UK, while global consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming has skyrocketed, with American reality crime content as the most-watched,” said Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks,
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George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery Trials to Be Aired in U.K. via Court TV Launch on Sky

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George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery Trials to Be Aired in U.K. via Court TV Launch on Sky
Court TV, the channel that covers U.S. criminal trials, has launched in the U.K. on Comcast’s Sky network, with more distribution deals expected soon.

One of Court TV’s most high-profile cases in the coming months will focus on the four Minneapolis police officers who will be tried in the death of George Floyd, which launched a national movement on race in America. Another case coming up on Court TV centers on three white men accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while jogging through a south Georgia neighborhood.

Court TV’s U.K. channel will provide viewers access to, and analysis of, true-life courtroom dramas taking place in the U.S. today, from opening proceedings all the way through to the verdict. Daytime trial coverage in the U.S. will air in primetime in the U.K. given the time difference.
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Andre Braugher Reexamines His Cop Roles and Urges ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Rise to the Moment

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Andre Braugher Reexamines His Cop Roles and Urges ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Rise to the Moment
Andre Braugher cops to being “pretty freaked out” the first season he played the sophisticated but stern Capt. Raymond Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Braugher was a Juilliard-trained actor who had already won two Emmys (including one for landmark drama “Homicide: Life on the Street”) and an Obie Award for performing Shakespeare in the Park — but doing a comedy nonetheless scared him.

“Everything’s new. I’d never done it before. Am I any good?” Braugher recalls asking himself. “I remember turning to my wife and asking her, ‘Is this funny?’ And she said, ‘Yes, of course, you’re not being deceived.’ But I kept looking at it, saying to myself, is this good? I couldn’t really judge.”

To fans of the show, it’s immediately apparent how Braugher provides a key ingredient to the balance that makes the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast of characters work, from the silly to the sublime.
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Steve McQueen On Capturing The Joys & Struggles With Racism Of London’s ’70s Black West Indies Culture In NYFF Opening Night Film ‘Lovers Rock’

Steve McQueen On Capturing The Joys & Struggles With Racism Of London’s ’70s Black West Indies Culture In NYFF Opening Night Film ‘Lovers Rock’
Exclusive: After blazing on the London art scene with work that won him the Turner Prize, Steve McQueen established himself as an important filmmaker who showed the unbreakable spirit of an Irish hunger strike in Hunger, and the horrors of antebellum slavery in 12 Years A Slave. For his latest work, he has turned inward to his own roots growing up in a Black West Indian community in London to cull five distinctively different but connected stories in Small Axe. It is an anthology series that will be seen on BBC and Amazon Prime in late fall. But the first installment, Lovers Rock, was chosen to be the opening night film of the 58th New York Film Festival on Thursday.

NYFF will also show the second and third parts of the Small Axe anthology: Mangrove is the tense tale of Frank Crichlow, who opened a restaurant meant to cater to his community.
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Donald Trump Claims He “Up-Played” Covid-19 Threat In Train Wreck Town Hall; Tells ABC News “I Hope There Isn’t A Race Problem” In America, Claims Problem Is Police “Chokers”

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Donald Trump Claims He “Up-Played” Covid-19 Threat In Train Wreck Town Hall; Tells ABC News “I Hope There Isn’t A Race Problem” In America, Claims Problem Is Police “Chokers”
“Yeah, well, I didn’t downplay it,” Donald Trump told an ABC News’ town hall tonight of his response to the deadly coronavirus. “I actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action,” the incumbent added, citing his bans on some travel to and from China and Europe this spring. “My action was very strong.”

“Whether you call it ‘talent’ or ‘luck,’ it was very important, so we saved a lot of lives when we did that,” the former Celebrity Apprentice host went on to boast at Tuesday’s socially-distanced event in Philadelphia with George Stephanopoulos – as you can see in the clip below:

In a special @ABC2020, Pres. Trump disputes uncommitted voter who asked why he downplayed a virus that has disproportionately affected communities of color: “I up-played it, in terms of action. My action was very strong.”

Watch tonight at 9|8c on @ABC: https://t.co/EET93N9suZ pic.
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Anita ‘Lady A’ White Countersues Lady A for Trademark Infringement

Anita ‘Lady A’ White Countersues Lady A for Trademark Infringement
Seattle blues singer Anita “Lady A” White filed a countersuit against country trio Lady A Tuesday evening, the latest in an escalating legal dispute that began over the summer after the group, formally known as Lady Antebellum, changed their name and subsequently sued White over the rights to the name.

In her suit, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Washington against band members Charles Kelley, David Haywood and Hillary Scott alongside Lady A Entertainment, LLC, White claims that she has “nationwide common law rights in
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