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Hilarious, barely two weeks after a Fed judge rules the merger can go through and after AT&T has been touting about how the merger will allow for more competitive pricing for consumers what does AT&T do? Well, they raised prices of course. It's too bad these companies can't be held in contempt and charged with perjury for all the flat out lying they do to Federal courts whenever they want something.
TBF DTV Now almost had to be taking a loss at $35/month. I got a free Apple TV 4k and TV for 3 months all at about $115. I'd be really tempted to hang on to the service if they'd only add NFL RZ. For comparisons sake, the cheapest package regular DTV does after promotions is $78 after promo's end. And thats before they take on an RSN fee of up to $7.50 which I don't believe you can opt out of, plus equipment fee's. You can't really get multi room service for less than about $110.

Not that I am for these mergers mind you. We're about to be down to around 5 conglomerates owning practically everything.
 

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TBF DTV Now almost had to be taking a loss at $35/month. I got a free Apple TV 4k and TV for 3 months all at about $115. I'd be really tempted to hang on to the service if they'd only add NFL RZ.
That was a business decision to build market share, a loss-leader I suppose you could call it. Just like giving away Apple TV 4K's for $105 just for signing up for 3 mos of service(I've done it 3 times and I don't even use the service), that has to be a loser for AT&T as well but they're still doing it. But to be claiming all along that the merger would be a good thing for consumers and then two weeks later it turns out it certainly wasn't good for a lot of AT&T's consumers just shows the complete disdain these companies have for the government agencies that are supposed to be regulating them.
 

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But to be claiming all along that the merger would be a good thing for consumers and then two weeks later it turns out it certainly wasn't good for a lot of AT&T's consumers just shows the complete disdain these companies have for the government agencies that are supposed to be regulating them.
Actually, they love the agencies that are supposed to be regulating them.

They pay them very well for that regularity....
 

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Last Man Standing Shake-Up: 2 Major Roles Being Recast Ahead of Season 7
By Michael Ausiello, TVLine.com - Jul. 2, 2018

EXCLUSIVE:Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison, who played Tim Allen’s onscreen daughter Mandy and grandson Boyd, respectively, have opted not to return for Season 7.
I liked Molly as Mandy. She played that character so well. It will not be the same.
 

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I also hate it when sweeping proclamations are made based on "surveys" with an impossibly small number of responses and no mention of methodology or breakdowns. Especially by an investment firm that makes some serious bank off of Netflix stock. Yeah, the results are about what I'd expect, but I prefer my "study" to be done by a more impartial source with a much bigger sample size.


Typical sample size!


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Brian Ross, Investigative Reporter Who Drew Trump's Ire, Leaving ABC News
By Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter - Jul. 2, 2018

President Donald Trump will likely be pleased to learn that longtime investigative reporter Brian Ross is leaving ABC News, along with his producer, Rhonda Schwartz.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/brian-ross-investigative-reporter-who-drew-trumps-ire-leaving-abc-news-1124492

The title should read, scandal-ridden Brian Ross leaves ABC News.
 

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Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest from Coney Island NY
July 4 - 12:00 noon ESPN2

Joey "JAWS" Chestnut goes for his 11th win
Vegas odds are -700 so if you bet $700 you win $100
Last yr he broke his own finals record eating 72 hot dogs in 10 mins
Vegas lost since under/over was 68.5 & alot bet the over
This yr under/over is 70.5
Miko Sudo who has won the womans contest 4 yrs in a row is -400 to win.


Also HBO/Cinemax FREE preview July 6-9 -- alot of providers directv/dish/fios etc.
 

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TV Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 4, 2018

THE TWILIGHT ZONE MARATHON
Decades, 7:00 a.m. ET

Traditionally, Syfy was the place, and the Fourth of July was one of the days, for TV to present a holiday marathon of Rod Serling’s classic The Twilight Zone series. But this year, Syfy has passed. Stepping into the fray, though, is a little-known, little-seen operation called Decades. Decades, launched in 2015, is a digital broadcast TV network that’s lumped with those digital subchannels you can find clustered next to local network affiliates on your cable or satellite lineup. It focuses on TV programming from the Fifties through the Eighties, it’s a sister network of sorts to MeTV, and is co-owned by CBS (hence the Zone access) and Weigel Broadcasting. Find it, today, by searching for The Twilight Zone by title. Episodes shown during today’s all-day, all-night marathon include “A Stop at Willoughby” (11 a.m. ET), William Shatner in “Nick of Time” (1:30 p.m. ET), Agnes Moorehead as a mute woman in “The Invaders” (6 p.m. ET), and Shatner again in “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” (7 p.m. ET). And now that you’ve found Decades, you might want to revisit from time to time. Also on its schedule, from tomorrow through Sunday, are such programs as The Dick Cavett Show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and, starting Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, a marathon of that influential, seldom televised drama series Wiseguy.

PARTS UNKNOWN WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN MARATHON
CNN, 7:00 p.m. ET

There are several TV marathons on tap today – and here’s one with a poignant residue. To honor their recently deceased food and travel correspondent, CNN is serving up a very generous helping of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknowns series. See the world. Imagine tasting the food. And miss Bourdain…

MACY'S 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET
SPECIAL:
This live show broadcasts the fireworks display from New York’s East River, and makes room for performances by Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Lady Antebellum. But before it starts sounding too classy, consider this: the hosts are the three hosts from American Ninja Warrior.

A CAPITOL FOURTH
PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
SPECIAL:
One of the guests for this year’s Capitol Fourth live celebration from Washington, D.C. is Renee Fleming, the opera diva currently starring in the Broadway revival of the musical Carousel. She’s scheduled to sing one of the show’s classics, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – which, given what’s happening with families being wrested apart by recent administration policies, is almost devastatingly pertinent. It may also explain why President Donald Trump decided to mount his own July 4 TV celebration this year. Also performing for this long-standing PBS event: The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, and Chita Rivera. Check local listings.

FOURTH OF JULY AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Hallmark Channel, 8:00 p.m. ET
SPECIAL:
Last year, President Donald Trump didn’t even hold a concert event, much less televise it. But this year, Hallmark Channel is presenting the President’s White House concert and fireworks event. Expect most of the fireworks, though, to come from the view above, not the stage below. The concert headliners for Trump’s event include American Idol performers (but not winners) Jonny Brenns and Jax.

JURASSIC PARK MARATHON
Showtime, 8:00 p.m. ET

The newest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise may be somewhat of a letdown, but don’t let that stop you from remembering, and revisiting, earlier joys – especially the almost palpable thrills of Steven Spielberg’s 1992 original, which changed the course of cinema history. That wonderful movie, starring Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern, is shown by Showtime at 8 p.m. ET. And right on its heels, at 10:10 p.m. ET and 12:20 a.m. ET respectively, are 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore) and 2001’s Jurassic Park III (Sam Neill, Tea Leoni).

1776
TCM, 10:15 p.m. ET

I like to annoy my son, who’s a huge Hamilton fan, by telling him that this musical was the original stage musical treatment of the American revolution. And in this 1972 movie version of the 1776 musical, as in the original Broadway version, Alexander Hamilton doesn’t even appear. Instead, the central character is John Adams, played by future St. Elsewhere star, Knight Rider voice and Boy Meets World teacher William Daniels. Also starring: Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin, Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom) as Martha Jefferson, and John Cullum as Edward Rutledge. Lots of fun, and, as with today’s Congress or any others, lots of personality clashes and political pomposity.


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‘The Bachelorette’ Stays On Top For Holiday Week Monday
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - Jul. 3, 2018

ABC’s The Bachelorette (1.2 demo rating, 5.22 million viewers) continued its hold on Monday primetime ratings from 8-10 PM in total viewers and in the key 18-49 age bracket. But last night’s 1.2 demo rating, on a night of diminished viewership levels with the approaching holiday, is a season low.

Similarly, Bachelorette’s 10 PM lead-out The Proposal (0.7, 3.46M), while down a tenth from weeks 1 and 2, held up well. That said, NBC’s 9-11 PM American Ninja Warrior repeat (0.7, 3.24M) tied The Proposal for No. 2 status, demo-wise, on the night.

While those two reality series tied in the demo, CBS’ scripted drama Elementary (0.4, 3.92M) topped total viewers at 10 PM. CBS’ 8 PM Mom repeat (0.6, 4.29M) was the net’s top performer Monday night.

ABC’s hook-up lineup (1.1, 4.659M) took Monday primetime, followed, not closely, by NBC (0.7, 3.218M) in the demo and CBS (0.5, 3.699M) in overall audience.

Fox (0.6, 2.276M) followed NBC in the demo, with repeats of So You Think You Can Dance (0.6, 2.27M) and 9-1-1 (0.5, 2.29M).

And CW (0.3, 1.196M) held steady, with holiday-impervious Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3, 1.31M) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3, 1.11M).

https://deadline.com/2018/07/bachelorette-wins-monay-july-4th-holiday-week-tv-ratings-1202421033/

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Fox News Channel Tops Cable’s Quarter, Laura Ingraham Cops Best Stats Yet; MSNBC Bests CNN
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - Jul. 3, 2018

Fox News Channel topped all of basic cable in total day for 2Q’18, making it eight quarters in a row. Among cable news networks, FNC quarterly win brings that tally to 66 consecutive wins.

Among its building blocks, Laura Ingraham just logged her best month yet, despite taking another drubbing in the media after defending the Trump administration’s detention centers into which it was putting children separated from their parents at the border “essentially summer camps” later amending that to “boarding school.”

President Donald Trump pal Sean Hannity topped cable news across the board, clocking his best stats since his show’s return to 9 PM hour.

And Trump fave Fox & Friends logged its 200th consecutive month as the No. 1 morning show in cable news.

Even so, FNC (1.409M) dropped 4% in overall audience for total day, and 9% in the news demo (286K).

Still, FNC handily beat MSNBC (930K) which grew 5% in overall audience but dropped by 5% in the news demo (196K).

CNN (658K) came in behind both in total viewers for total day, declining 16%, and 23% in the news demo (202K), though in that metric CNN edged out MSNBC.

In primetime, CNN (929K) tumbled 12%, to finish the quarter behind FNC (2.447M, up 4%) and MSNBC (1.736M, up 6%).

CNN also finished third in primetime in the news demo, dropping 18% to 302K viewers in that 25-54 age bracket. MSNBC’s 346K marked an 11% slide, while FNC (480K) inched up 2%.

Among primetime programs, Hannity clocked 3.368M viewers, followed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show (2.752M), and FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.697M), The Ingraham Angle (2.654M) and The Five (2.233M).

In the news demo, Hannity (685K) lead Maddow (559K), Ingraham (544K), Carlson (541K), and MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (419K).

https://deadline.com/2018/07/fox-news-channel-wins-second-quarter-ratings-all-cable-tv-ratings-1202421284/
 

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Alan Taylor to Direct ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ for New Line
By Umberto Gonzalez, TheWrap.com - Jul. 3, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Alan Taylor has closed a deal to direct “The Many Saints Of Newark” for New Line, a feature film script written by David Chase that will serve as a prequel to his iconic TV series, “The Sopranos,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Taylor won the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for “The Sopranos” sixth season episode “Kennedy and Heidi,” and directed episodes of “The Sopranos” in four of the show’s six seasons.

The film takes place in the 1960s, when riots swept through Newark, New Jersey and conflicts between African-American and Italian residents were at their worst. Several characters from the “Sopranos” are expected to appear in the film, though New Line would not disclose further plot details.

Lawrence Konner, who worked on “The Sopranos” with Chase, is listed as co-writer for the project. Chase will also produce the film and be involved in selecting the director. Chase Films’ Nicole Lambert will serve as executive producer. New Line is the production company.

“The Sopranos” is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV series ever made, winning 21 Emmys from 111 nominations during its eight-year run from 1999-2007. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series in every year it was eligible, becoming the first cable network show to win the award in 2004 and then winning again for its final season in 2007.

Taylor’s other credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and most recently “Electric Dreams.” On the feature side he directed “Thor: The Dark World” and “Terminator Genisys.”

Taylor is repped by UTA.

https://www.thewrap.com/alan-taylor-sopranos-many-saints-of-newark/
 

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World Cup Strains to Reverse Sports-Viewing Trends
By Brian Steinberg, Variety.com - Jul. 3, 2018

Executives at 21st Century Fox and NBCUniversal are hoping they can shout as loud about World Cup goals as many of the athletes on the field. The soccer teams may have the easier task.

Sports broadcasts were once the last thing standing in the TV industry, the only broadcasts that proved able to stand against the ongoing migration of viewers from linear day-and-date TV shows to video-streaming on demand. In the last few years, however, even sports have proven vulnerable.

In April, viewership of the NCAA men’s basketball championship telecast across TBS, TNT and truTV fell about 28% when compared to 2017’s broadcast on CBS. Without taking streaming into account, linear viewership of NBC’s primetime Winter Olympics coverage fell 16% when compared to the network’s 2014 telecast of the same event. Live-plus-same-day Super Bowl viewership this year fell about 7%, according to Nielsen, capping off an NFL season in which the audience for regular-season games was off by 10%.

There was a severe plunge in overall linear-TV audience early in the proceedings. Consider that 48 game telecasts across Fox and Fox Sports 1 won an average of 2,069,000 viewers, according to Nielsen – a tumble of 42% compared to an average of 3.54 million viewers on World Cup games broadcast across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in 2014 and down 15% compared to the approximately 2.43 million who watched games across those networks in 2010. NBCU’s Telemundo has seen similar trends. More recently, some games have broken out in a bigger way.

Both companies still benefit from having rights to the sort of property that continues to draw a passionate crowd on a sustained basis. Fox and Telemundo in 2011 won rights to U.S. broadcasts of the soccer tournament, reportedly paying $400 million and $600 million, respectively, for the ability to distribute the games in 2018 and 2022, as well as the women’s counterpart in 2015 and 2019. The total figure – $1 billion – is believed to be more than double what ESPN ($425 million) and Univision ($325 million) paid for rights to the 2010 and 2014 showcases. Telemundo announced in June that it had met a goal of selling $225 million in advertising for its World Cup broadcasts and raised its ad-sales target to $250 million. Fox has also indicated its ad inventory around the games was largely sold out.

Audiences for some of the recent games have been significant, particularly when digital viewing is captured. Telemundo, for example, wooed an average of 5.2 million viewers to last Wednesday’s game between Mexico and Sweden via Telemundo, NBC Sports apps and other extensions. Airing the World Cup games helped Telemundo win more viewers between 18 and 49 on average than Univision for the week ended June 24, according to Nielsen. Croatia’s win over Denmark Sunday won 6.16 million viewers via Fox broadcast and streaming services, and Russia’s win over Spain on the same day drew nearly 5.38 million via the same sources.

Both companies have been hindered by conditions beyond their control. Russia’s hosting of the World Cup means the games can air in early morning, rather than in primetime. The American team failed to quality, leaving U.S. audiences without a home team for which to root. And both companies are World Cup newcomers, which means audiences haven’t considered them a natural place to turn to watch the extravaganza.

TV executives will say isolating linear-TV viewership of sports events is unfair, given their growing digital audience. But it’s the TV viewing that generates the biggest audience in any moment and the venue that commands the highest rates from advertisers. NBCU earlier this year revealed that it guaranteed advertisers a “total” viewership across broadcast, cable and digital. Bloomberg reported in June that Fox had reduced its World Cup ratings guarantees to advertisers.

Whether any of that will cut into the profitability of the events for either media company remains locked in corporate ledgers. “The metrics that matter are how you are performing vs what you sold,” noted Bruce Lefkowitz, executive vice president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group in a June 22 post on Twitter. “Past performance is pretty much irrelevant.”

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/world-cup-ratings-fox-telemundo-tv-viewership-1202864539/
 

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Netflix Orders Mexican Drama Series 'Monarca' From Salma Hayek
By Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter - Jul. 3, 2018

Netflix has greenlit another international series.

The streaming giant has handed out a series order to Mexican drama Monarca, starring Irene Azuela (Quemar las Naves, El hotel de los secretos, Las oscuras primaveras). The new series, which will begin production this fall and will launch globally in 2019, will follow the world of wealthy Mexican elites riddled by corruption, scandal and violence.

Produced by Salma Hayek’s company Ventanarosa, along with Lemon Studios and Stearns Castle, Monarca is described as a high-stakes, multi-generational family saga about a tequila-born Mexican business empire and the battle that ensues when a member of the family decides to fight the dirty system her family helped create.

In addition to Azuela, the series will star Juan Manuel Bernal. Monarca was created by Diego Gutierrez and written by Fernando Rovzar, Julia Denis, Ana Sofia Clerici and Sandra García Velten. Michael McDonald from Stearns Castle will serve as a producer.

“I'm extremely excited to partner with Netflix, and to be working with amazing Mexican talent in front of and behind the camera,” said Hayek. “We are proud to show Mexico as a vibrant, sophisticated and culturally rich nation fighting to control its own destiny.”

Added creator and showrunner Gutierrez: “This is the definition of a passion project for me. Having been born and raised in Mexico, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to tell this story with Netflix and the incredibly talented team of people we’re assembling, both in the U.S. and Mexico.”

“Mexico is a top priority for us in which to continue to develop series, and we look forward to bringing the best originals to the world through partnerships with key players such as Ventanarosa and Lemon Studios,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix vice president of international originals.

Monarca marks Netflix’s latest push for local content in global territories. The streamer has made a concerted effort to create shows and films targeting consumers in India, along with Brazil and several European countries.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/monarca-salma-hayek-ordered-by-netflix-1124675
 

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Facebook tops most downloaded apps of all time
By Jefferson Graham, USA Today - Jul. 4, 2018

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Facebook is the most downloaded app ever for Apple iPhones. Did your favorite app make the top 10?

The Apple iTunes App Store turns 10 on July 10, and to celebrate, market research firm AppAnnie compiled a list marking the trends of the last decade, including the most downloaded apps, the most money spent on them and the market share disparity between Apple's iOS operating system and Google's Android.

Since the iOS App Store opened in 2008, some 170 billion apps have been downloaded, and we’ve spent $130 billion on them. In other words, Apple and app makers have done really well together. Apple takes a 30% commission on every app sold or in-app purchase. And on the average, we have just over 100 apps installed on our iPhones and open just under 40 of them monthly.

Phones using the Android operating system dominate with an 85% market share, according to market research firm IDC, to just 15% for iOS, despite the iPhone being the far and away single best device seller. Because many Android models have a much lower retail price, there are many more Androids in use.

Still, iOS apps represent 30% of all app downloads, to 70% for Android, says AppAnnie, but consumers are more likely to spend money buying apps or on in-app purchases via iOS to Google, 66% to 34%.

Games are the biggest money maker. They represent just 31% of downloads, but 75% of money spent on apps.

The most popular game downloads of all time are highlighted by Candy Crush Saga. The rest of the top 5:

— Subway Surfers.
— Fruit Ninja
— Clash of Clans
— Honour of KInds.

For overall apps, Facebook is the most popular app download, followed by:

— Facebook Messenger
— YouTube
— Instagram
— What’s App
— Google Maps
— Snapchat
— Skype
— WeChat (Chinese messaging apps.)
— QQ (Chinese messaging app.)

AppAnnie didn't estimate individual download numbers in its rankings.

The non-game apps that bring in the most revenue all tend to be entertainment-related.

Streaming video service Netflix is no. 1, followed by:

— Spotify, the streaming music service.
— Pandora, the veteran music streamer.
— Tencent Video (from China)
— Tinder, the dating service.

As for the current top 10, it’s more of the same, with a few name games you may have heard of.

— Hole.IO, the game is no. 1 on App Annie’s chart, followed by:
— Instagram
— YouTube
— Facebook Messenger
— Snapchat
— Fortnite
— Facebook
— Helix Jump
— World Link
— Google Maps.

The top 3 markets for apps, by far, are the United States (40 billion downloaded in 2017) closely followed by China (39 billion) and Japan (9.5) to 8 billion in the United KIngdom and 4.5 billion in Russia.

While the U.S. average is 96 apps downloaded to our iPhones, France tops the list at 114 apps, with Mexico the lowest at 89. I have 298 apps—how many are on your iPhone? And which ones do you open daily?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/07/04/facebook-tops-most-downloaded-apps-all-time/757912002/
 

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I met this gentleman in person at a screening of his 2013 documentary "The Last of the Unjust." Such a great loss. :(

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Claude Lanzmann Dies: Director Of Acclaimed Holocaust Doc ‘Shoah’ Was 92
By Andreas Wiseman and Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline.com - Jul. 5, 2018

Claude Lanzmann, the French filmmaker best known for acclaimed Holocaust documentary Shoah has died in Paris. The director’s family confirmed the news to Le Monde and a spokesperson for publishing house Gallimard said Lanzmann passed away at home after having been “very very weak” for several days. He was 92. His death comes one day after the French theatrical release of his latest film, Les Quatre Soeurs, which features testimonials from four Holocaust survivors which were not included in Shoah.

Lanzmann was born in Paris on November 27, 1925. During World War II, his family went into hiding and he joined the French Resistance at the age of 17. He later fell in with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and other leaders of the French intellectual Left.

He worked as a journalist and joined the editorial team of revue Les Temps Modernes alongside de Beauvoir and Sartre in the 1950s, ultimately becoming its director. His first film was 1973’s Pourquoi Israel (Why Israel), a documentary examining life in Israel 25 years after the birth of the state. Other films as director include 1994’s Tashal; 2001’s Sobibor, 14 Octobre 1943, 16 Heures; 2013’s Le Dernier Des Injustes; and 2017’s Napalm. Each of those, save Tashal, received a berth in the Official Selection in Cannes.

But it was Shoah with which Lanzmann was most closely associated. The documentary is widely regarded as a monumental achievement for its primary use of testimony, rather than archive footage, from both the survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. It won the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Non-Fiction Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and Best Documentary from the International Documentary Association.

“I remember the day the film was finished,” Lanzmann told Adam Benzine in 2016 HBO doc Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah, which was nominated for an Oscar that year. “It was like a bereavement,” Lanzmann said. “I knew nothing about the Holocaust. It’s not about survival. Shoah is a film about death at the very limit of humanity. You cannot finish a film like Shoah exploding with joy.”

Interviewed this week by French site Allo Ciné regarding the timing of Les Quatre Soeurs and why he didn’t include the women in Shoah, Lanzmann said, “I don’t know how to explain it. I didn’t know what I would do with these interviews. Each of these films is worthy of a work in itself. I met these women and found that each was capable of giving a unique, extraordinary testimony. To put them in Shoah didn’t make any sense.”

French film export body Unifrance mourned Lanzmann’s passing today: [CLICK LINK TO SEE VIDEO TRIBUTE]

https://deadline.com/2018/07/claude-lanzmann-dies-director-holocaust-documentary-shoah-1202421678/
 

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TV Review (Cable)
‘Sharp Objects’: HBO Drama Cuts Like a Knife
By Alan Sepinwall, RollingStone.com - Jul. 3, 2018

One of the two dead girls at the center of the mystery behind HBO’s Sharp Objects is memorialized with purple ribbons, even though her favorite color was black. “That seemed too grim,” suggests a neighbor to reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), who has returned to her small, sweltering Missouri hometown to cover the investigation. Black may not be grim enough to capture the spirit of the place, whose major holiday celebrates a Confederate Army wife who held up under Union rape and torture, losing a pregnancy in the process.

“We don’t have a lot of happy occasions around here,” Camille explains to a dismayed outsider.

Adapted from the Gillian Flynn novel by producer/writer Marti Noxon and others (including Flynn herself) and director Jean-Marc Vallée, the miniseries (it debuts Sunday at 9:00 p.m.; **** out of five; I’ve seen seven of the eight episodes) is dark as night, and just as easy to get lost in.

Adams is riveting as our profoundly self-loathing heroine, forced to confront a past that includes a dead sister, a brittle and imperious mother (Patricia Clarkson, whose soft purr can hit with devastating force), and an erratic teen half-sister (Eliza Scanlen), along with a host of issues that are paralyzing her in the present. There are few scenes in the story where Camille isn’t soaked in vodka, and that’s not even close to her most self-destructive vice. Her editor Frank (Miguel Sandoval) has put her on this story as a form of shock therapy that will make her confront every problem at once; within a few episodes, he begins to recognize that the memories are too much for anyone, let alone someone as eager to carve herself up as Camille.

“It’s just that, whenever I’m here, I feel like a bad person,” she admits.

Adams is onscreen in nearly every scene, and the ones where she isn’t usually involve other characters discussing Camille. This is a heavy burden to place even on a five-time Oscar nominee, but Adams’ performance is so lived-in and matter-of-fact about the many horrific details of Camille’s life that she more than carries it all. Sharp Objects is designed as a standalone mystery, but it’s easy to imagine Adams returning periodically to this role, which is a 21st century, damaged version of all those old movie and TV private eyes whose bodies (livers especially) and minds take a beating on the way to a difficult truth.

But Vallée is just as much a star of the production as his leading lady, making the omnipresent, ephemeral quality of memory itself the most important part of the story, and the way it’s told. Expanding on some of the stylistic techniques he used in Big Little Lies, Vallée smashes open barriers between past and present, so that Camille and the viewer are often experiencing both at once. As the young Camille, It’s Sophia Lillis is such a dead ringer for Adams from certain angles that it occasionally looks like Adams has just been digitally de-aged.

There’s also a tactile pleasure to the production. You will practically be able to taste the booze that Camille keeps hiding in Evian bottles (fooling no one), smell the stench of the family hog farm, and feel every sticky degree of Midwestern summer heat as Camille, an out of town investigator (Chris Messina) and the local police chief (Matt Craven) work at cross-purposes to figure out who has been preying on these girls. As was the case in Big Little Lies, music is an important secondary character, as Camille turns to an eclectic playlist (ranging from Led Zeppelin to Sylvan Esso) given to her by a young friend(*) in times of extreme stress — which, for her, is pretty much always.

(*) Said friend is played by Sydney Sweeney, who’s having quite the versatile, era-spanning year, first as the Nineties high school drama queen in Netflix’s Everything Sucks!, then as Nick’s child bride in the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and here as a very contemporary and fragile girl. She and Scanlen (whose performance reconciles seemingly contradictory bits of characterization well before they’re even explained) are both names to watch.

Sharp Objects is primarily a Gothic mystery, but also an incisive psychological portrait of both its heroine and the old-fashioned, sexist community that produced her, the dead girls, and possibly their killer. TV’s inundated with humorless serialized tales of murder that wallow in their own misery. Sharp Objects is at no point fun, but is executed at such a remarkable level that it’s as thrilling as it is tragic.

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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 5, 2018

TAKE TWO
ABC, 10:00 p.m. ET

Give this new ABC series some points for honesty, at least where its title is concerned. One of the creators and one of the executive producers of ABC’s Castle (respectively, Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller) have teamed to create this new series, which has an eager civilian paired with, and shadowing, a veteran cop who’s less than thrilled by the arrangement. With Castle, it was a male novelist paired with a woman detective. In Take Two, it’s a Hollywood actress paired with a male detective, but otherwise it’s the same playfully antagonistic, simmeringly romantic dynamic. Eddie Cibrian plays the cop, and Rachel Bilson the actress looking to rejuvenate her career. How tired is this premise? This is the third episode, and the first time I’ve noted it – and I’m doing that only because, on the day after the July 4 holiday, it’s such a dreadfully slow TV night.

THE SEVENTIES: "TV GETS REAL"
CNN, 11:00 p.m. ET

For the next few days in this space, Bianculli’s Best Bets is going to be unabashedly self-serving – and recommend one TV documentary a night that features, well, Bianculli. My association with the CNN documentaries examining specific decades began with The Sixties, and has continued for every 10-year period of television covered in the opening installments since then. This Sunday, the newest entry, the opening-day TV episode of The 2000s, premieres – and as a buildup, on this slow summer TV post-holiday stretch, CNN is presenting nightly reruns of most of the other offerings in this series: The Nineties on Saturday, The Eighties tomorrow, and, tonight, The Seventies. Each entire series is excellent – I say that not because I’m in the openers, but in spite of that fact – but, selfishly, I’m noting only the repeats of the opening, TV-themed episode. (For other installments each evening, just keep watching.) Tonight’s episode, “TV Gets Real,” covers everything from All in the Family and M*A*S*H to the miniseries phenomenon of Roots.


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THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Jul. 5, 2018

ABC:
8PM - The Gong Show (Jason Sudeikis; Sharon Osbourne; Brad Paisley)
9PM - Match Game (Joel McHale, Constance Zimmer, David Arquette, Caroline Rhea, Michael Ealy and Laverne Cox)
10PM - Take Two
* * * *
11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Jamie Foxx; Glen Powell; Gallant and A$AP Ferg perform)
(R)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R)
8:30PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R)
9PM - Big Brother (LIVE)
10PM - S.W.A.T.
(R)
* * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson; comic Tig Notaro)
(R)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Jeff Daniels; Tracee Ellis Ross; Cam performs)
(R)

NBC:
8PM - Little Big Shots
9PM - Marlon
9:30PM - Marlon
10PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Jim Parsons; Marlon Wayans; The Smashing Pumpkins perform)
(R)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Benicio Del Toro; Michael Ian Black; Hayley Kiyoko performs)
(R)
1:38AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Cress Williams; Angus & Julia Stone perform; Charlie Plummer)
(R)

FOX:
8PM - The Four: Battle for Stardom (120 min.)
(R)

THE CW:
8PM - Supernatural
(R)
9PM - Black Lightning
(R)

PBS:
8PM - The This Old House Hour
(R)
9PM - The Tunnel: Vengeance
(R)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Savannah
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - El Rico y Lázaro
9PM - La Bella y Las Bestias
10PM - Por Amar Sin Ley

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Mi Familia Perfecta
9PM - Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso
10PM - El Señor de Los Cielos

ANIMAL PLANET:
8PM - Lone Star Law: Uncuffed (Series Premiere, 120 min.)
10PM - Northwest Law

ESPN:
8PM - 2018 World Series of Poker, Main Event (3 hrs., LIVE)

FREEFORM:
8PM - Marvel's Cloak & Dagger

MTV:
8PM - Jersey Shore: Family Vacation - Most Jersiest Moments (Special, 92 min.)

NICKELODEON:
8PM - Double Dare
8:30PM - Double Dare
(R)

CMT:
9PM - Nashville (62 min.)

NBCSN:
9PM - Professional Fighters League: Washington, D.C. (120 min., LIVE)

USA:
9PM - Queen of the South
10PM - Shooter

TruTV:
10PM - The Carbonero Effect
10:30PM - The Carbonaro Effect: Inside Carbonaro

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah ("Pose" writer/producer/director Janet Mock)
(R)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Tracy Morgan; Kristen Schaal; Ocean Park Standoff performs)
(R)

POP:
1AM - Big Brother After Dark (3 hrs., LIVE)


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Big Brother's JC Accused of Sexually Harassing Season 20 Houseguests
By Rebecca Iannucci, TVLine.com - Jul. 3, 2018

Big Brother‘s JC Mounduix, who is currently competing on Season 20, has sparked outrage on social media after he appeared to sexually harass multiple fellow houseguests on Monday night.

As seen on Big Brother‘s live feeds (24/7 footage of the BB house and its occupants, to which viewers can subscribe via CBS All Access throughout the summer), professional dancer Mounduix was spotted attempting to place an ice cream scoop over other contestants’ genitals.

Mounduix seemed to try placing the item under life coach Kaitlyn Herman’s blanket, and was heard telling professional football player Kaycee Clark to “open up” her private parts, to which she responded, “No.” He also harassed male contestant Tyler Crispen, whose genitals he touched in a later interaction.

Though the houseguests have yet to discuss or complain about Mounduix’s behavior on-camera, many Twitter users expressed horror at his actions, with some BB fans calling for Mounduix to be booted from the show.

UPDATE: CBS has issued the following statement in response to Mounduix’s actions. The statement also addresses a separate controversy involving houseguests Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler, who were criticized on social media Tuesday for making racist remarks.

Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone. The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS.

This is not the first time a contestant has made waves for inappropriate behavior. During Season 18, houseguest Frank Eudy received backlash for harassing women in the cast, particularly Da’Vonne Rogers, whom Eudy groped without her consent.

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Netflix is testing a new 'Ultra' tier of service
By Kaitlin Benz, CNET.com - Jul. 3, 2018

Netflix may be introducing a new, higher tier of service.

Known as Ultra, the new tier would allow four devices to receive Ultra HD video and audio streaming simultaneously, according to Italian blog Tutto Android.

Netflix currently has three subscription plans: $7.99 Basic, $10.99 Standard and $13.99 Premium. Basic allows users to watch Netflix on one screen at a time; Standard allows viewing on two screens; and Premium allows four screens. Screens can be TVs, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

"We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time," Smita Saran, a Netflix spokeswoman, said in an email. "In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix."

Not all Netflix subscribers will see the test and the company may not ever offer the specific price points or features being tested, Saran said.

The Ultra plan may affect some aspects of the current Premium plan, according to PhoneArena. Some Italian users say "promotional material" from Netflix indicates the new plan would halve the number of screens Premium users can use simultaneously from four to two, PhoneArena reports. Similarly, the Standard plan may be downgraded to just one display.

Ultra would be priced at €16.99 in Italy. That's about $19.80. [CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM TO SEE PICS]

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