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Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush

Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Sam Rockwell has been on the brink of serious awards attention for a while now. He came close to Oscar recognition with his tour-de-force performance in Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” but his work as a racist Missouri law enforcement officer in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is perhaps his best work to date, carved with complexity and grace. It might finally be hi ticket to the dance.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Rockwell has worked from a McDonagh script three times now, having previously starred in the director’s “Seven Psychopaths” and his play “A Behanding in Spokane.” He relishes the collaboration, particularly for McDonagh’s capabilities on the page.

“[The characters are] very detailed and defined,” Rockwell says. “The
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The Gong Show: Season One Ratings

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In the last couple of years, ABC has made a major effort to add reboots of unscripted series like $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, and Match Game to its primetime lineup. Now, the Alphabet Network has brought back another oldie but goodie, The Gong Show. The ABC TV series is an updated version of the Chuck Barris 1970s and '80s NBC and syndicated classic. Can lightning strike twice? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Airing on the ABC television network, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers). Celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing a
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The Gong Show: Season One Ratings

In the last couple of years, ABC has made a major effort to add reboots of unscripted series like $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, and Match Game to its primetime lineup. Now, the Alphabet Network has brought back another oldie but goodie, The Gong Show. The ABC TV series is an updated version of the Chuck Barris 1970s and '80s NBC and syndicated classic. Can lightning strike twice? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Airing on the ABC television network, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers). Celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing a
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The Gong Show

Network: ABC. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 22, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Host Tommy Maitland (Mike Meyers); Wilder Zoby and The Gong Show Orchestra; Judges include: Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson. TV show description: An updated version of the 1970s and '80s Chuck Barris series, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by "British comedic legend Tommy Maitland" (aka Myers). Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing the panel of three celebrity judges. Performances of every ilk grace the stage, including contortionists, singers, magicians,
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Exclusive: Will Arnett Opens Up About Reviving 'The Gong Show,' Talks 'Arrested Development' Season 5

Exclusive: Will Arnett Opens Up About Reviving 'The Gong Show,' Talks 'Arrested Development' Season 5
Will Arnett has a solution for the oft-reported division in America, and it starts with a woman playing the harmonica with a tarantula in her mouth. Yes, really.

The 47-year-old actor serves as executive producer and judge on ABC's The Gong Show, a revival of the beautifully bizarre amateur talent competition, which ran originally in the late 1970s with host Chuck Barris.

Exclusive: Will Arnett Talks New Comedy Show and Bittersweet Humor of ‘BoJack Horseman

"I think that we're living in a time where people need to just have a few more easy laughs," Arnett told Et on Monday of his motivations to reboot the show. "We've often had a lot of shows on the air in the last few years that have been just sort of competition shows, all about finding the next great singer or dancer or whatever it was, and I just wanted a show that embraced the weird and the different, the unusual
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Why Bachelor in Paradise Should be Shut Down Forever

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If you are old enough to remember “The Dating Game” created by genius Chuck Barris, three unseen bachelors contestants would answer questions and one would be chosen to accompany the lady on a chaperoned date. It was pretty tame fun but let’s face it, dating shows draw an audience. Somehow “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” never struck me as fun. Contestants swap spit with the man or woman knowing they were doing the same thing with someone else just with 30 minutes before with producers in the wings urging them to go further and be more outrageous. From these two

Why Bachelor in Paradise Should be Shut Down Forever
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Watch Mike Myers as ‘The Gong Show’ Host Tommy Maitland on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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Watch Mike Myers as ‘The Gong Show’ Host Tommy Maitland on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
We’re soon going to see more of Mike Myers. His last appearance in a live-action film (without counting documentaries) was Inglorious Bastards, in which he played a British general under heavy prosthetics. Now, he’s playing a British comedian under prosthetics in ABC’s reboot of The Gong Show, once hosted by the recently departed Chuck Barris (who was […]

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Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot

Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot
“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.

Read More: ‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.

“When Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host ‘The Gong Show,
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Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot

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Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot
“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.

Read More: ‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.

“When Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host ‘The Gong Show,
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ABC Summer Schedule: Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed, Gong Show Reboot, The Bachelorette's Return and More

ABC Summer Schedule: Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed, Gong Show Reboot, The Bachelorette's Return and More
This just in: ABC is not biting its thumb at Still Star-Crossed — the Romeo & Juliet continuation finally has a premiere date at the network.

The long-in-the-works, Shondaland-produced drama will debut on Monday, May 29 at 10/9c, ABC announced Thursday as it made public its summer programming slate.

RelatedStill Star-Crossed: ABC Pilot Casts Danish Actress as Juliet

Reality franchises The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise will be back during the warmer months, as will game shows Celebrity Family Feud and $100,000 Pyramid. In addition to the Still Star-Crossed premiere, the Alphabet Network is using the summer to roll out new fare such as its Dirty Dancing remake,
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Remembering Chuck Berry, Chuck Barris and More Reel-Important People We Lost in March

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Lola Albright (1924-2017) - Actress, Singer. A regular on TV's Peter Gunn, she also appears in the movies Easter ParadeThe PirateChampion, The Way West, The Tender Trap, Joy House, Lord Love a DuckThe Monolith Monsters and Kid Galahad. She died on March 23. (THR) Chuck Barris (1929-2017) - Game Show Host, Producer, Director, Songwriter, Author. He created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, hosting the latter, and...

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Chuck Barris Appreciation: Remembering the Goofy Producer With a Big Heart

Chuck Barris Appreciation: Remembering the Goofy Producer With a Big Heart
Chuck Barris, the prolific producer who died March 21 at age 87, was a natural-born showman and entrepreneur. He had an irrepressibly raunchy and goofy sense of humor that was on display in his many successful TV series, from “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” to “The Gong Show” and “The $1.98 Beauty Show.”

Who else but Barris would take out an ad in Variety highlighting the fact that he’d had three shows canceled in six months? Who else would brag about his success with an ad headlined “We’re No. 1 Because We Work Harder” with a photo of the boss and his top execs at the beach?

Barris started Chuck Barris Prods. in 1965 with a $20,000 loan from his stepfather. By the end of the year, he’d launched “The Dating Game” as a daytime series on ABC.

He drew a fair amount of ridicule from industry colleagues later in life when he asserted in his 1984 memoir “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin? "There's a Possibility," 'Dangerous Mind' Producer Says

Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin?
Two decades ago, producer Andrew Lazar acquired the rights to Chuck Barris' memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography. Stranger than fiction, the 1984 book detailed The Gong Show host's hidden life as a CIA assassin in the 1960s and '70s. Lazar enlisted Charlie Kaufman to adapt the wild story, which would mark George Clooney's directing debut. The resulting 2002 movie, which depicts star Sam Rockwell killing 33 people, has been largely viewed as fantastical fiction.

But Lazar, who remained a close friend of Barris' and visited him just six weeks before his death on March 21, says...
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10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris

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10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris, one of the most influential figures in American television history, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

Harris, whose career involved songwriting, working in ABC’s standards and practices department and — according to him — working for the CIA, was the creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, both hugely important watersheds in the annals of television history.

Barris would then go on to create and host The Gong Show, which is best remembered for being one of the first barrels of unadulterated insanity to air on network television. Basically a variety competition “talent” show, Gong Show was
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Sib Hashian, Boston Drummer, Dies at 67

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Sib Hashian, the original drummer for the rock group Boston, has died. He was 67. According to TMZ, Hashian (pictured above middle) was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was in the middle of a set when he suddenly collapsed. CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used. He was playing alongside fellow ex-band member Barry Goudreau, former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, former Beach Boy David Marks and former Kansas singer John Elefante at the time of his death, the Boston Globe reported. Hashian’s son Adam confirmed his death. Also Read: Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' Host, Dies at 87 The
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Chuck Barris Remembered by ‘Gong Show’ Regular Pee-wee Herman: ‘A Wonderful, Happy, Funny Guy’

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Chuck Barris Remembered by ‘Gong Show’ Regular Pee-wee Herman: ‘A Wonderful, Happy, Funny Guy’
The Gong Show” creator and host Chuck Barris, who died Tuesday at age 87, received a heartfelt tribute on Wednesday from “Gong Show” alum Pee-wee Herman, who called Barris a “wonderful, happy, funny guy.” In a post published Wednesday, Herman — whose real name is Paul Reubens — recalled appearing on “The Gong Show” more than a dozen times in the 1970s. Reubens also appeared on multiple episodes of another Barris’ creation, “The Dating Game,” where he introduced the Pee-wee character sometime in 1979. Also Read: Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' Host, Dies at 87 “Rip Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show. I...
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Paul Reubens Remembers Chuck Barris, Appearing on ‘The Gong Show,’ ‘The Dating Game’

Paul Reubens Remembers Chuck Barris, Appearing on ‘The Gong Show,’ ‘The Dating Game’
In the late 1970s, Chuck Barris was a patron of the arts to starving artists like Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman.

Reubens expressed his affection for the producer, who died on Tuesday at 87, as he recalled his 14 appearances on Barris’ late 1970s hit “The Gong Show.” Before that, he appeared three times as a contestant — in his nerdy Herman persona — on Barris’ “The Dating Game.”

Reubens received AFTRA scale payments, $500 in prize money if he won on “Gong Show,” and even residuals for reruns. The money helped him focus on his craft as an actor and comedian with the Groundlings improv group.

“I’ve told people for years that Chuck Barris supported a lot of struggling artists,” Reubens told Variety. “I didn’t have to have a second job because of ‘The Gong Show’ for a couple of years.”

In truth, contestants weren’t supposed to make repeat visits to “Gong Show.” Reubens
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Pee-Wee Herman, Bob Saget, Other Stars Pay Tribute to Chuck Barris

Pee-Wee Herman, Bob Saget, Other Stars Pay Tribute to Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris, the host of “The Gong Show,” died Tuesday at age 87.

The amateur talent competition premiered in 1976 with Barris emceeing, a role he performed for four years. Barris was also a prolific producer, and his credits included “The Newlywed Game” and “The Dating Game.”

Comedian Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, appeared multiple times on the show. He tweeted a tribute to Barris late Wednesday morning.

Rip Chuck Barris… a wonderful, happy, funny guyhttps://t.co/FsWdf8gDs0#GongShow #Rip #ChuckBarris #DatingGame #NewlywedGame pic.twitter.com/KkdCG1BqxE

— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) March 22, 2017

Reubens wrote: “Rip Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show. I appeared three times in his show The Dating Game, and Fourteen times on The Gong Show, many times in complete disguise. He helped support many artists by having them on The Gong Show. He was a wonderful, happy, funny guy. Rest In Peace, Chuck.”

Wreck-It Ralph” and “Zootopia” director Rich Moore appeared on “The Gong Show
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Chuck Barris, ‘The Gong Show’ Creator, Dies At 87

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NBC personality and author Chuck Barris passed away at 87. Chuck Barris Dies At 87 Barris gained fame in the 1960s for his creative television ideas. After being an assistant of sorts to Dick Clark in the 1950s, Barris came up with a genius game show idea that became The Dating Game. The following year, in 1966, […]

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Chuck Barris, ‘Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind’ Subject, Is Dead At 87

Chuck Barris, ‘Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind’ Subject, Is Dead At 87
Chuck Barris, the game show host whose life was immortalized by the 2002 film “Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., Variety reports. He was 87.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was adapted from his autobiography by Charlie Kaufman, and was the first directorial effort by George Clooney. The film starred Sam Rockwell as Barris, and told the story of his alleged side gig as a C.I.A. assassin in the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the agency denied.

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Barris was famous for hosting the 1970s NBC game show “The Gong Show,” a wacky and free-wheeling talent show spoof which he created and produced. (Will Arnett is bringing a “Gong Show” revival to ABC this summer). Before stepping on camera, Barris created and produced popular game show hits such as “The Dating Game,
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