As the Emmys come to a close, Oscar season ramps up. Netflix unveils its Britney Spears documentary and Apple TV Plus drops the trailer for Denzel Washington’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” And Hollywood mourns the loses of three more greats: Willie Garson, Melvin Van Peebles and Roger Michell.
In the latest episode of the Variety video series “The Take,” presented by Apple TV+, senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and film awards editor Clayton Davis discuss their takes on the week’s top headlines.
The Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off the week and ratings were surprisingly high, with a 16% increase from last year’s telecast, bringing hope to all future award shows, which had seen viewership decline, long before the pandemic. Producers of the telecast spoke exclusively to Variety about the ratings success and Seth Rogen’s COVID-19 onstage jokes — and it was no laughing matter for the creative team, who called the comedian’s commentary “deeply frustrating.”
Speaking of the Emmys, “The Crown” had a big night, and winner Tobias Menzies dedicated his award to the late Michael K. Williams, who was nominated in the same category for “Lovecraft Country.” And, “The Crown” star and fellow Emmy winner Josh O’Connor graces the cover of Variety this week.
Kathryn Hahn was among the biggest snubs of the night, but good news for the “WandaVision” actress: she was just cast to portray Joan Rivers in a Showtime limited series, which is currently in development, and will certainly generate Emmy buzz in the future.
On the topic of award shows, the Academy Museum opened this week in Los Angeles. Across the country, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” will premiere on opening night at the New York Film Festival this weekend, and Davis will be in attendance.
Meanwhile, “The Take’s” other co-host, Wagmeister, is gearing up for Britney Spears’ next hearing, scheduled for next week. Ahead of the court date, Netflix dropped their trailer for the top-secret documentary, which will center around the pop star’s conservatorship.
Ending on a somber note, Hollywood is saying farewell to “Sex and the City” star Willie Garson, groundbreaking filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles and “Notting Hill” director Roger Michell, who all died this week.
Hosted by Variety senior correspondent Wagmeister and awards editor Davis, “Variety The Take,” presented by Apple TV+, is a weekly series that will navigate the week’s top stories from the entertainment world, pop culture and media while providing expert analysis and exclusive insight on what’s buzzing in Hollywood. Filmed in Variety‘s state-of-the-art studios in Los Angeles, new episodes are released weekly on Fridays on Variety.com, YouTube and social media.
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