Michael Ausiello is an American television industry journalist and actor. He was its companion website, TVGuide.com. On May 28, 2008, Ausiello left TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly and posted his first blog for them on July 2, 2008. On October 4, 2010, he announced his departure from Entertainment Weekly to join Jay Penske's Penske Media Corporation, where he launched a new TV site, TVLine.com. Ausiello grew up in New Jersey, he is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Ausiello and spent three years as the senior news editor of Soaps In Depth magazine and served as media relations coordinator at Entertainment Tonight. Ausiello began writing for TV Guide in 2000. During his eight-year tenure at TV Guide, he wrote for its website. Ausiello's columns at TV Guide included Today's News, The Ausiello Report, a weekly print column that expanded into a updated blog online, Ask Ausiello, an online weekly Q&A. Ausiello contributed to the website's weekly podcast, TV Guide Talk and the weekly TV Guide Channel program The 411 with a five-minute segment entitled "The Big Five", where he commented on the top five entertainment industry stories of the week.
Ausiello had a vodcast version of The Ausiello Report. Ausiello has contributed commentary to media outlets outside of TV Guide, such as Today, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, American Morning, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, he is a regular guest every Friday morning on Sirius Satellite Radio's popular morning show, "OutQ in the Morning" with host Larry Flick, where they converse with callers about all things television—shows and plot lines, including scoops and spoilers. Having garnered a number of connections with actors and producers such as Amy Sherman-Palladino, Ausiello has appeared in a few cameo roles on episodes of such television series as Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, Scrubs. Ausiello is a pesca-vegetarian residing in New York City and Los Angeles. Ausiello is gay and was married to photographer Kit Cowan. Cowan died of a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer on February 5, 2015. Ausiello chronicled the last year of Kit's life, their 13-year relationship, in his 2017 memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.
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Louis Székely, better known by his stage name Louis C. K. is an American-Mexican stand-up comedian, writer and filmmaker. In 2012, C. K. won a Peabody Award and has received six Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as numerous awards for The Chris Rock Show and his stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater and Oh My God. He has won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album twice. Rolling Stone ranked C. K.'s stand-up special Shameless number three on their "Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies of All Time" list and ranked him fourth on its 2017 list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. C. K. Began his career in the 1990s writing for comedians including David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, for other comedy shows, he was directing surreal short films and went on to direct two features—Tomorrow Night and Pootie Tang. In 2001, C. K. released his debut comedy album, Live in Houston, directly through his website and became among the first performers to offer direct-to-fan sales of tickets to his stand-up shows, as well as DRM-free video concert downloads, via his website.
He has released nine comedy albums directing and editing his specials as well. He had supporting acting roles in the films American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Trumbo. C. K. created, executive produced, starred in, was the primary editor of Louie, an acclaimed semi-autobiographical comedy-drama series aired from 2010 to 2015 on FX. In 2016, C. K. starred in his self-funded web series Horace and Pete. He co-created the shows Baskets and Better Things for FX and voiced the protagonist Max in the animated film The Secret Life of Pets in the same year, his 2017 film, I Love You, was pulled from distribution prior to its scheduled release date after he was accused of past sexual misconduct, to which he admitted. C. K. was born Louis Székely in Washington, D. C. on September 12, 1967, the son of software engineer Mary Louise and economist Luis Székely. His parents met at Harvard University, where his mother was completing her degree in a summer school program, they were married at St. Francis Church in Michigan.
C. K. has three sisters. His paternal grandfather, Dr. Géza Székely Schweiger, was a Hungarian Jewish surgeon whose family moved to Mexico, where he met C. K.'s Mexican paternal grandmother, Rosario Sánchez Morales. C. K.'s mother, an American with Irish ancestry, grew up on a farm in Michigan. She graduated from Owosso High School in Michigan, she graduated from Ohio State University Phi Beta Kappa. C. K.'s maternal grandparents were M. Louise Davis and Alfred C. Davis; when C. K. was a year old, his family moved to his father's home country of Mexico, where his father had earned a degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico prior to graduating from Harvard. C. K.'s first language was Spanish. S. when he was seven. He has said; when C. K. left Mexico with his family, they settled in Boston. Upon moving from Mexico to suburban Boston, C. K. wanted to become a writer and comedian, citing Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, George Carlin as some of his influences. When he was 10, his parents divorced. C.
K. said that his father was around but he did not see him much and when he remarried, C. K.'s father converted to the faith of his new wife. C. K. and his three sisters were raised by their single mother in Massachusetts. The fact that his mother had only "bad" TV shows to view upon returning home from work inspired him to work on television. C. K.'s mother raised her children as Catholic and they attended after-school Catholic class until they completed communion. C. K. has said. C. K.'s paternal uncle Dr. Francisco Székely is an academic and an international consultant on environmental affairs who served as Mexico's Deputy Minister of Environment. C. K. Attended Newton North High School, graduated in 1985, he graduated with future Friends star Matt LeBlanc. After graduation, C. K. worked at a public access TV cable station in Boston. According to C. K. working in public access TV gave him the tools and technical knowledge to make his short films and his television shows. "Learning is my favorite thing", he said.
He worked for a time as a cook and in a video store. In 1984, C. K. at 17 directed the comedic short film Trash Day. The New York University Tisch School of the Arts showed an interest in him as a filmmaker, but he instead decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. C. K.'s first attempt at stand-up was in 1985 at an open mic night at a comedy club in Boston, during the apex of the comedy boom. He had only two minutes of material, he was so discouraged by the experience. As Boston's comedy scene grew, C. K. achieved success, performing alongside acts such as Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, he moved up to paid gigs, opening for Jerry Seinfeld and hosting comedy clubs until he moved to Manhattan in 1989. He performed his act including Evening at the Improv and Star Search. C. K.'s short film Ice Cream, was submitted to the Aspen Shortsfest in 1994. In 1993, he unsuccessfully auditioned for Saturday Night Live, although he did work with Robert Smigel on the TV Funhouse shorts for the program. C. K.'s earliest writing job was for Conan O'Brien on the late-night talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1993 to 1994, before w
7th Critics' Choice Television Awards
The 7th Critics' Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, honoring the best in primetime television programming from January 1, 2016 until November 10, 2016, were held on December 11, 2016 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. The nominations were announced on November 14, 2016. Channelwise, HBO lead with 22 nominations, followed by Netflix with 12 each. Comedian and actor T. J. Miller hosted the ceremony for the second consecutive time within the same year; the People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story won four awards, becoming the biggest winner of the night, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld, each of them with two. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface: The following shows received multiple nominations: 22nd Critics' Choice Awards
8th Critics' Choice Television Awards
The 8th Critics' Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, honoring the best in primetime television programming from 2017, was held on January 11, 2018 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. It hosted by Olivia Munn; the nominations were announced on December 6, 2017. Netflix led with 20 nominations, followed by HBO with 15. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface: The following shows received multiple awards: The following shows received multiple nominations: 23rd Critics' Choice Awards
Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, box office results, cover stories, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905. Variety has been published since December 16, 1905, when it was launched by Sime Silverman as a weekly periodical covering theater and vaudeville with its headquarters in New York City. Sime was fired by The Morning Telegraph in 1905 for panning an act which had taken out an advert for $50, said that it looked like he would have to start his own paper in order to be able to tell the truth. With a loan of $1,500 from his father-in-law, he launched Variety as editor. In addition to Sime's former employer The Morning Telegraph, other major competitors on launch were The New York Clipper and the New York Dramatic Mirror.
The original cover design, similar to the current design, was sketched by Edgar M. Miller, a scenic painter, who refused payment; the front cover contained pictures of the original editorial staff, who were Alfred Greason, Epes W Sargeant and Joshua Lowe, as well as Sime. The first issue contained a review by Sime's son Sidne known as Skigie, claimed to be the youngest critic in the world at seven years old. In 1922, Sime acquired The New York Clipper, reporting on the stage and other entertainment since 1853 and folded it two years merging some of its features into Variety. In 1922, Sime launched the Times Square Daily, which he referred to as "the world's worst daily" and soon scrapped. During that period, Variety staffers worked on all three papers. After the launch of The Hollywood Reporter in 1930, which Variety sued for alleged plagiarism in 1932, Sime launched Daily Variety in 1933, based in Hollywood, with Arthur Ungar as the editor, it replaced Variety Bulletin, issued in Hollywood on Fridays.
Daily Variety was published every day other than Sunday but on Monday to Friday. Ungar was editor until 1950, followed by Joe Schoenfeld and Thomas M. Pryor, succeeded by his son Pete; the Daily and the Weekly were run as independent newspapers, with the Daily concentrating on Hollywood news and the Weekly on U. S. and International coverage. Sime Silverman had passed on the editorship of the Weekly Variety to Abel Green as his replacement in 1931. Green remained as editor from 1931 until his death in 1973. Sime's son Sidne succeeded him as publisher of both publications. Following his death from tuberculosis in 1950, his only son Syd Silverman, was the sole heir to what was Variety Inc. Young Syd's legal guardian Harold Erichs oversaw Variety Inc. until 1956. After that date Syd Silverman managed the company as publisher of both the Weekly Variety in New York and the Daily Variety in Hollywood, until the sale of both papers in 1987 to Cahners Publishing for $64 million, he remained as publisher until 1990 when he was succeeded on Weekly Variety by Gerard A. Byrne and on Daily Variety by Sime's great grandson, Michael Silverman.
Syd became chairman of both publications. In 1953, Army Archerd's "Just for Variety" column appeared on page two of Daily Variety and swiftly became popular in Hollywood. Archerd broke countless exclusive stories, reporting from film sets, announcing pending deals, giving news of star-related hospitalizations and births; the column appeared daily for 52 years until September 1, 2005. On December 7, 1988, the editor, Roger Watkins and oversaw the transition to four-color print. Upon its launch, the new-look Variety measured one inch shorter with a washed-out color on the front; the old front-page box advertisement was replaced by a strip advertisement, along with the first photos published in Variety since Sime gave up using them in the old format in 1920: they depicted Sime and Syd. For twenty years from 1989 its editor-in-chief was Peter Bart only of the weekly New York edition, with Michael Silverman running the Daily in Hollywood. Bart had worked at Paramount Pictures and The New York Times.
In April 2009, Bart moved to the position of "vice president and editorial director", characterized online as "Boffo No More: Bart Up and Out at Variety". From mid 2009 to 2013, Timothy M. Gray oversaw the publication as Editor-in-Chief, after over 30 years of various reporter and editor positions in the newsroom. In October 2012, Reed Business Information, the periodical's owner, sold the publication to Penske Media Corporation. PMC is the owner of Deadline Hollywood, which since the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike has been considered Variety's largest competitor in online showbiz news. In October 2012, Jay Penske, Chairman and CEO of PMC, announced that the website's paywall would come down, the print publication would stay, he would invest more into Variety's digital platform in a townhall. In March 2013, Variety owner Jay Penske appointed three co-editors to oversee different parts of the publication's industry coverage; the decision was made to stop printing Daily Variety with the last printed edition published on March 19, 2013 with the headline "Variety A
House of Cards (U.S. TV series)
House of Cards is an American political thriller web television series created by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same title and based on the novel of the same title by Michael Dobbs; the first 13-episode season was released on February 2013, on the streaming service Netflix. House of Cards is set in Washington, D. C. and is the story of Congressman Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip, his ambitious wife Claire Underwood. Frank is passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, so he initiates an elaborate plan to attain power, aided by Claire; the series deals with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and power. House of Cards has received positive reviews and several award nominations, including 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Spacey, Outstanding Lead Actress for Wright, it is the first original online-only web television series.
The show earned eight Golden Globe Award nominations, with Wright winning for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2014 and Spacey winning for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2015. On October 30, 2017, Netflix announced that the sixth season would be the final season, following sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. On November 3, 2017, Netflix announced. On December 4, 2017, Netflix announced that an eight-episode sixth and final season would start production in early 2018 without Spacey's involvement, it was released on November 2, 2018. Frank Underwood, a power-hungry Democratic congressman from South Carolina and House majority whip, celebrates the election of President Garrett Walker, whose campaign he aided to get himself appointed Secretary of State. However, Underwood learns that the President wants him to promote his agenda in Congress and will not honor their agreement. Inwardly seething, Underwood presents himself as a helpful lieutenant to Walker. In reality, Underwood begins an elaborate plan behind the President's back, with the ultimate goal of gaining a cabinet position.
Frank's wife Claire runs an NGO, the Clean Water Initiative, which she uses to cultivate her own power, yet its ultimate purpose remains unknown. Despite the success of the operation, Claire seeks to expand its scope to the international stage using Frank's connections, it is clear from the outset that Claire shares both her husband's cold-hearted, ruthless pragmatism and lust for power, they scheme together to ensure the success of each other's ventures. They both work with Remy Danton, a corporate lobbyist and former Underwood staffer, to secure funds for their operations and expand their influence. Underwood begins a symbiotic, sexual, relationship with Zoe Barnes, a young political reporter, secretly feeding her damaging stories about his political rivals to sway public opinion as needed. Meanwhile, he manipulates Peter Russo, a troubled alcoholic and congressman from Pennsylvania, into helping him undermine Walker's pick for Secretary of State, Senator Michael Kern. Underwood has Kern replaced with his own choice, Senator Catherine Durant.
Underwood uses Russo in a plot to end a teachers' strike and pass an education bill, which improves Underwood's standing with Walker. Because the new Vice President is the former Governor of Pennsylvania, a special election is to be held for his successor. Underwood helps Russo get clean and props up his candidacy, but uses call girl Rachel Posner to break his sobriety and trigger his downfall shortly before the election; when Russo decides to come clean about his role in Underwood's schemes, Frank kills Russo and stages his death as a suicide. With the special election in chaos, Underwood convinces the Vice President to step down and run for his old position of governor – leaving the Vice Presidency open to Underwood, as was his plan all along. Underwood is introduced to Walker's friend and advisor. Tusk reveals that he has been influencing Walker's decisions all along and convinced him to cancel the original agreement, explains he will influence Walker to nominate Underwood for vice president if he does a favor benefiting Tusk's interests.
Underwood counter-proposes to Tusk that they work together to fulfill both their interests, which Tusk accepts. Meanwhile, after Underwood ends their affair, Zoe begins piecing together clues about Underwood's various plots; the season ends. Zoe and two colleagues, Lucas Goodwin and Janine Skorsky, continue investigating Frank and locate Rachel; as a protective measure, Frank's aide Doug Stamper brings Rachel to a safe house while Frank lures Zoe to a Metro station and, unseen by witnesses or security cameras, pushes her in front of an oncoming train. Zoe's death compels Janine to abandon the investigation, he solicits the help of a hacker to retrieve Frank's text history. However, the hacker, Gavin Orsay works for Doug and frames Lucas for cyberterrorism. Gavin uses Rachel to extort Doug. Rachel, fearing potential harm and Doug's growing obsession with her, ambushes Doug and leaves him for dead, fleeing into hiding. After Frank begins his vice presidential duties, Claire becomes close with the First Lady and learns Walker's marriage is strained.
Meanwhile, Frank aims to drive a wedge between Tusk. He meets Xander Feng, a Chinese businessman and ally of Tusk's, to engage in back-channel negotiations that Frank intentionally scuttles at the expense of Tusk's credibility. In the resulting trade war with China, Tusk opposes Walker'
Maureen "Mo" Ryan is an American film and television critic and reporter. In 2015 she became the chief TV critic for Variety. Ryan was born on June 29, 1966, she grew up in South Holland, Illinois. She attended the Chicago Heights Marian Catholic High School and went to Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 1988 with a double major in Psychology and English. In 1993, she graduated from Northwestern University with a Master's Degree in Journalism. Ryan has contributed including Rolling Stone. Maureen began contributing to the Chicago Tribune in 1992, became one of their film and TV critics in 2004 when she created and headed the Tribune's popular blog "The Watcher,", nominated for an Espy Award. In 2010, Ryan became a board member of the Peabody Awards, she started writing critiques for the Huffington Post in the same year. In 2015 she became the chief TV critic for Variety, her work has been included in Slate, Entertainment Weekly, Broadcasting & Cable, MSNBC and NPR. Ryan revealed in 2017 in the wake of #MeToo and the Harvey Weinstein scandal that she had been sexually assaulted in 2015 by a television executive, though for legal reasons she did not name him.
Ryan said he was investigated after it happened, but continued to harass other women before he was hired by a different network. Ryan states this incident is what caused her two-month hiatus in 2015, she lives with her son. Official website Maureen Ryan on Twitter