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Jason Alexander comedy among five new Mpx sales titles for Efm (exclusive)

Jason Alexander comedy among five new Mpx sales titles for Efm (exclusive)
Ryan Bury to lead sales efforts in Berlin.

Jason Alexander comedy Faith Based produced by the people behind The Death Of Stalin is among five additions to the Motion Picture Exchange (Mpx) sales roster on the eve of Efm.

Mpx senior vice-president of sales and acquisitions Ryan Bury will be in Berlin leading sales efforts.

Vincent Macsiale directed the story about two slacker friends (Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason) who set out to produce a faith-based film. Alexander plays a seedy executive in the film, which premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival last month and is produced by Lone Suspect
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‘Gentefied’ Review: A Fresh L.A. Story

‘Gentefied’ Review: A Fresh L.A. Story
When the TV landscape was much smaller and lily-white, any series that centered on minorities had to shoulder an unfair burden of representing that entire group. Margaret Cho’s short-lived Nineties series All-American Girl couldn’t just be a goofy family sitcom, because it was also the very first one about an Asian-American clan. Hall of Fame creator Steven Bochco tried to diversify the world of network TV with City of Angels, a hospital show starring Blair Underwood and Vivica A. Fox; but the series seemed crippled by self-consciousness over
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What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘High Fidelity’ Premieres, ‘Outlander’ Returns

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What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘High Fidelity’ Premieres, ‘Outlander’ Returns
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “High Fidelity” with Zoe Kravitz debuts on Hulu, and “Outlander” returns for season 5 on Starz.

Survivor,” CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Survivor” returns for its landmark 40th season this week with a two-hour premiere. However, the show still has a cloud hanging over it after the misconduct allegations of last season and accusations that the network and producers didn’t handle the situation well.

Narcos: Mexico,” Netflix, Thursday

Diego Luna is back for a second season as the fierce, infamous Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, leader of the Guadalajara Cartel. Season 2 sees him struggle to maintain control, grow his empire, and reconcile the betrayals and sacrifices
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Lil Wayne (‘The Masked Singer’) interview after shocking unmasking: I put on Robot costume for ‘my kids’ [Watch]

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Lil Wayne (‘The Masked Singer’) interview after shocking unmasking: I put on Robot costume for ‘my kids’ [Watch]
The Masked Singer” judges lived up to their terrible reputation during Sunday’s season premiere when none of them correctly guessed Lil Wayne was hiding inside the Robot costume. As for why the five-time Grammy winner decided to compete on Season 3 of Fox’s ratings juggernaut, Lil Wayne said it was all for his children. “My kids watch the show,” he told Nick Cannon in his end-of-show interview. “I know they’re gonna like the Robot costume, so it’s Daddy.” Watch his performance of Lenny Kravitz‘s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” above.

For the record, Nicole Scherzinger‘s final guess was boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jenny McCarthy picked “Jackass” creator Johnny Knoxville, guest star Jamie Foxx went with Knoxville’s co-star Steve-o, Robin Thicke settled on Olympian Shaun White, and Ken Jeong chose rapper Flavor Flav. Did You correctly guess Lil Wayne was the Robot?

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‘The Masked Singer’ season 3 premiere recap: Jamie Foxx joins the panel as 1st celebrity is unmasked [Updating Live Blog]

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Attention reality TV fans, the wildest and wackiest show on television is back! Season 3 of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” premiered Sunday, February 2 after Super Bowl Liv, where it introduced a new group of costumed characters: Kangaroo, Llama, Miss Monster, Robot, Turtle and White Tiger. Normal panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger were joined by a special guest star this week, Jamie Foxx. As fans will recall, last season Jamie was thought to be hiding inside the Fox costume, when really it was Wayne Brady. So who among this first group of contestants was eliminated and forced to unmask in front of America?

SEE10 most shocking ‘The Masked Singer’ reveals ranked: T-Pain, Margaret Cho, Kelly Osbourne

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of the Season 3 premiere, titled “The Season Kickoff Mask Off: Group A,” to find out what happened Sunday, February 2 at 10:30 p.
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10 most shocking ‘The Masked Singer’ reveals ranked: T-Pain, Margaret Cho, Kelly Osbourne …

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Since its launch in 2019, Fox’s reality TV show “The Masked Singer” has kept America guessing on more than one occasion. Oftentimes when host Nick Cannon pulled off a contestant’s elaborate mask, our collective jaws dropped to the floor in shock. Remember how none of the judges predicted the Monster was really T-Pain in the Season 1 finale? Or when Ken Jeong failed to guess his TV sister Margaret Cho was hiding behind the Poodle mask? Scroll through our photos above to see all of the most shocking reveals (so far) on “The Masked Singer,” ranked worst to best. Which ones surprised You the most?

See‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 costumes: First set includes Robot, Frog, Banana, Llama, Miss Monster, Mouse

Ahead of the Season 3 premiere on February 2, here are a handful of the show’s biggest jaw-droppers:

T-Pain (“Monster”) — What makes this one the most surprising isn’t that
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Most Shocking ‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals, Ranked Worst To Best

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Since its launch in 2019, Fox’s reality TV show “The Masked Singer” has kept America guessing on more than one occasion. Oftentimes when host Nick Cannon pulled off a contestant’s elaborate mask, our collective jaws dropped to the floor in shock. Remember how none of the judges predicted the Monster was really T-Pain in the Season 1 finale? Or when Ken Jeong failed to guess his TV sister Margaret Cho was hiding behind the Poodle mask? Scroll through our photos below to see all of the most shocking reveals (so far) on “The Masked Singer,” ranked. Which ones surprised You the most?
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Why Tommy Chong Calls The Masked Singer an Actor's "Worst Nightmare" Is Too Good

Why Tommy Chong Calls The Masked Singer an Actor's
The Masked Singer is a dream for some, a "nightmare" for others. The Fox singing competition features celebrities from all areas of fame, from sports figures to Broadway stars and everyone in between. Legendary singers such as Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight were contestants. T-Pain and Wayne Brady won the first two seasons. Other contestants have included Destiny's Child veteran Michelle Williams, Saturday Night Live and Broadway vet Ana Gasteyer, Seal, Adrienne Bailon, Raven-Symoné, Joey Fatone, Ricki Lake, Tori Spelling and Margaret Cho. Comedian Tommy Chong was in the first season and was eliminated in the second episode, outlasting only Antonio Brown. While promoting a flick in an interview with...
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Apple TV Plus Announces Premiere Dates for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories,’ ‘Defending Jacob,’ More

  • Variety
Apple TV Plus announced the premiere dates for a number of upcoming series, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.”

Amazing Stories,” a reimagining of the original anthology series, will debut five episodes on Mar. 6. One of these is “The Rift,” a first look from which can be seen above, that stars Kerry Lynn Bishe, Whitney Coleman, Trisha Mashburn, Austin Stowell, Edward Burns and Juliana Canfield and was directed by Mark Mylod.

“‘Amazing Stories’ is a beloved show that has captured our imaginations, and we couldn’t be more excited to share its next thrilling iteration with a global audience of all ages on Apple TV Plus,” said Matt Cherniss, head of development for Apple TV Plus.

Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are showrunners on the series. In addition to Mylod, episode directors include Chris Long, Michael Dinner, Susanna Fogel and Sylvain White.

“Alongside our partners Universal TV and our showrunners Eddy and Adam,
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Apple’s ‘Visible: Out on Television’ Trailer Will Put Tears in Your Eyes (Video)

  • The Wrap
Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for “Visible: Out on Television” Sunday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Keeping with our vision-pun theme, we can assure you that it is a highly watchable preview.

The five-part television event, which is executive produced by Ryan White, Jessica Hargrave, Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the Lgbtq movement has shaped television, according to Apple’s description.

Combining archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement and the screen, the documentary series is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe. Each hour-long episode will explore themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the on-screen Lgbtq character, and coming out in the television industry.

Also Read: Meryl Streep to Narrate Animated Short Film Celebrating Earth Day
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Awkwafina Reflects on ‘Progress’ Being Made for Asian-Americans on TV: ‘It’s Been Incredible’

  • The Wrap
Awkwafina Reflects on ‘Progress’ Being Made for Asian-Americans on TV: ‘It’s Been Incredible’
Awkwafina is enjoying a hell of an 18-month run, as are film and TV projects with Asian-American leads and creators. The rapper/actor was asked Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour to reflect on the previously marginalized group’s recent progress, which includes projects like her new Comedy Central series “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.”

Now 31, Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, remembered being school-aged when Margaret Cho’s groundbreaking sitcom “All-American Girl” came out in 1994.

“I remember that being an event,” Awkwafina said. “That was the representation that I had — and it was a big moment.”

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“When you look at the progress we’ve made since then, it’s been incredible, but I think that these shows still kind of stick out as very genre-specific Asian-American shows,
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Faith Based Teaser Counters Controversy Fueled by Fox News and Breitbart

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Faith Based Teaser Counters Controversy Fueled by Fox News and Breitbart
The Faith Based teaser trailer has arrived and it takes a different approach to promote the Christian movie industry satire. Rather than deliver a traditional trailer with footage from the comedy, stars Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason read angry comments about the movie from Fox News and Breitbart. The duo claim that their upcoming movie has earned over 10,000 angry comments so far, making sure to note that nobody has even seen the movie yet.

Most of the comments from Fox News and Breitbart about Faith Based are pretty negative and dark, with some even going as far as to talk about Jews and Muslims. The comedy is based around two friends, played by Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason, who set out to make a movie to capitalize on the lucrative Christian movie industry. So far, the satire has managed to gain a lot of attention for what some are calling,
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Listen: Awkwafina on ‘The Farewell,’ Being the Class Clown and Dealing With ‘Imposter Syndrome’

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Listen: Awkwafina on ‘The Farewell,’ Being the Class Clown and Dealing With ‘Imposter Syndrome’
While growing up in Queens, N.Y., Awkwafina says she never knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

“I really think a big source of my anxiety, which is one of the first things I ever remember feeling, is that I didn’t know,” she says on the latest episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “I really didn’t know. I never really thought I was smart enough to be an astronaut or whatever kids usually [want to be]…I think I just wanted to be Ok.”

But then she realized she was funny in the years following her mom’s death when she was four. “I really liked to make people laugh,” said Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum. “It was just something that I loved doing. I was always the class clown. I was unembarrassable. I would do anything for a laugh.
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Grammys don’t think women are funny, but can Ellen DeGeneres overcome that bias to win Best Comedy Album?

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Grammys don’t think women are funny, but can Ellen DeGeneres overcome that bias to win Best Comedy Album?
Another year, another chance for the recording academy not to vote for a woman for Best Comedy Album. In the entire 60-year history of the category only five women have ever won that Grammy, and this year there’s only one female nominee: Ellen DeGeneres for the album version of her Netflix special “Relatable.” Can she overcome that overwhelming bias towards men?

In the last 30 years, only one woman has taken home Best Comedy Album: Kathy Griffin in 2014 for “Calm Down Gurrl.” Before that only four other women won: Jo Stafford, Elaine May, Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.

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So what gives? The Grammys have been called out for their treatment of women in recent years, but even by those standards the shortfall for female comics is unusual. After all, there have been five female winners for Best Spoken Word Album
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Apple Sets Lgbtq Docuseries ‘Visible: Out On Television’, Wanda Sykes And Wilson Cruz Producing

  • Deadline
Apple has added the new docuseries Visible: Out On Television to its growing slate of original series on Apple TV+. The five-part television event puts a spotlight on how the Lgbtq movement shaped television and comes from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave. It will be executive produced by Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz and is set to debut February 14, 2020, exclusively on Apple TV+

Visible: Out on Television investigates the importance of TV as a medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the Lgbtq movement influenced what we watch on TV. Each hour-long episode will explore themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the Lgbtq character, and coming out in the television industry. The docuseries includes archival footage as well as interviews with key players from the movement and the screen. Visible will feature Janet Mock, Margaret Cho,
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Apple Picks Up Wanda Sykes-Produced Docuseries ‘Visible: Out on Television’

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Apple is adding a new docuseries to the originals slate at its direct-to-consumer streaming platform. “Visible: Out on Television,” created by filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave and executive produced by Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, will premiere on Feb. 14 on Apple TV Plus.

Narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe, the five-part series “investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the Lgbtq movement has shaped television,” according to the streamer, and combines archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement.

White, whose credits include “Ask Dr. Ruth,” “The Case Against 8” and “The Keepers,” directed and exec produced the docuseries. Hargrave also serves as an executive producer.

Each hour-long episode explores themes that span invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of Lgbtq characters and coming out in the TV industry, and features interviews with Ellen DeGeneres,
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Jenny McCarthy ‘just peed’ after correctly guessing Ana Gasteyer (‘The Masked Singer’) was the Tree [Watch]

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Jenny McCarthy ‘just peed’ after correctly guessing Ana Gasteyer (‘The Masked Singer’) was the Tree [Watch]
“I just peed!” exclaimed Jenny McCarthy after being the only judge to correctly guess Ana Gasteyer was hiding behind the Tree costume on “The Masked Singer” Season 2. Even though Gasteyer and Ken Jeong shared the stage (and a standing ovation) on Fox’s live retelling of “A Christmas Story” in 2017, he had no idea she was the one dressed up as the flamboyant holiday decoration. Did you correctly guess Tree’s true identity on Tuesday’s episode? Watch the reveal video above and then sound off down in the comments section.

See‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Tree is …

When it was time for the panelists to make their final guesses, it seemed as though McCarthy threw out Gasteyer’s name almost on a whim. “I just kept getting comedy week after week, like a comedic actress,” she theorized. “When I saw the Broadway clues it brought me more east coast,
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Cyndi Lauper to Receive First High Note Global Prize for Work in Lgbtq Advocacy

Cyndi Lauper to Receive First High Note Global Prize for Work in Lgbtq Advocacy
Cyndi Lauper will receive the inaugural High Note Global Prize for her efforts to help prevent and end homelessness among Lgbtq youth.

Kesha will give the award to Lauper December 10th at the latter’s “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert at the Novo in Los Angeles. The show will feature a lineup of musicians, performers and comedians, including Marilyn Manson, Brandi Carlile, Billy Porter, Lily Tomlin, Belinda Carlile, Margaret Cho, Perry Farrell, Charlie Musselwhite and Henry Rollins.

This year marks the ninth edition of Lauper’s “Home for the Holidays” concert,
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Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Guns Akimbo, Starring Samara Weaving and Daniel Radcliffe

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Following its recent premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and screening at Fantastic Fest, it has been announced that Guns Akimbo, starring Samara Weaving and Daniel Radcliffe, and directed by Deathgasm's Jason Lei Howden, has been acquired by Saban Films for North American release:

Press Release: Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to writer/director Jason Lei Howden’s (Deathgasm) Guns Akimbo following its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The darkly comedic action sci-fi thriller stars Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ned Dennehy. Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and Four Knights Film’s Tom Hern produced.

Guns Akimbo watches a nerdy video game developer (Radcliffe) become the next contestant in an illegal live-streamed death match, in this hilariously dark, viciously violent, and chillingly prescient sci-fi thriller.

“With gaming on the rise, Guns Akimbo
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‘Fresh Off The Boat’ To End After Season 6 On ABC

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‘Fresh Off The Boat’ To End After Season 6 On ABC
Fresh Off the Boat will not be back for a seventh season. The family comedy series end its run with an hour-long series finale on Friday, February 21 at 9 Pm.

The decision was expected. Ratings for the series have not been particularly strong this fall on Friday. What’s more, most TV cast contracts are up after six seasons, and judging by star Constance Wu’s reaction to the Season 6 renewal in May, few expected that she would be eager to continue when her deal is up in May as her feature career had taken off with Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers.

Other key auspices also have moved on or preparing their new chapter. Fotb creator Nahnatchka Khan earlier this year left her longtime studio home, 20th Century Fox TV, which produces Fotb, for a deal at Universal TV. And star Randall Park recently launched a production company, signing a first-look
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