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‘Measure for Measure’ Theater Review: Shakespeare With Teleprompters

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John Collins’ Elevator Repair Service theater company has done some remarkable things with texts — notably the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” in “Gatz.” But they stumble badly in their first foray into Shakespeare, a misbegotten revival of “Measure for Measure” that opened Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Public Theater in New York. “Measure” is one of the Bard’s so-called “problem plays,” an uneasy mix of farcical comedy and moral philosophizing that got a nearly successful revival from British director Simon Godwin this summer at Brooklyn’s Theater for a New Audience. But Collins & Co. amp up the comedy.
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Life Advice From Hugh Hefner: Looking Back at the 'Playboy' Founder's Most Inspirational Quotes

Life Advice From Hugh Hefner: Looking Back at the 'Playboy' Founder's Most Inspirational Quotes
During his life, Hugh Hefner was a icon of American pop culture, a supporter of civil rights, an advocate and champion of the sexual revolution in the 1960s and an entrepreneurial success story.

While many recognize that his legacy -- for good and for bad -- is a complicated one, the Playboy founder was often a fount of positivity when it came to his outlook on life and his thoughts on emotional and professional success.

As a reflection on the publishing magnate's life and personal philosophy, we're looking back at some of his greatest quotes and pearls of wisdom from his many Et interviews over the past decades.

Hugh Hefner and then-girlfriend Barbi Benton with a group of Bunny Girls at his London Playboy Club in Park Lane in 1969.

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On the Importance of Enjoying Your Life:

"I think we should live every life or every day of your life with great anticipation
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Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood Just Don’t Mix

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Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood Just Don’t Mix
F. Scott Fitzgerald never fit in in Hollywood, where he came to write screenplays and ended up dying of a heart attack at 44. Maybe it’s fitting that Hollywood has such a tough time figuring out how to adapt his work. This month, for Amazon canceled two projects by the “Great Gatsby” author: “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Last Tycoon.” The Matt Bomer-starring “Tycoon” was Fitzgerald’s final novel, inspired by 1930s Hollywood. “Z” starred Christina Ricci as the author’s wife, Zelda Fitzgerald. “There is a depth to Fitzgerald that Hollywood finds difficult to address,” David S.
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The Last Tycoon, Z: The Beginning of Everything: Why Were the Amazon Shows Cancelled?

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Does Amazon hate F. Scott Fitzgerald? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon cancelled both The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning of Everything as part of a shift in their content strategy.As reported earlier, Amazon passed on a second season of The Last Tycoon, a period drama based on the last, unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Around the same time, the streaming service cancelled their Zelda Fitzgerald series Z: The Beginning of Everything only after renewing it for a second season.Read More…
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Critic's Notebook: Has Anyone Noticed That the TV Industry Has Lost Its Shit Lately?

At this point in the daily earthquake world of the television industry, it's advisable to not look away for too long. You might not recognize the ground when you look back.

Recent news suggests that Amazon Studios has been told to stop messing around with F. Scott Fitzgerald and go get some George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones-type action. In other words, Jeff Bezos, the head of all of Amazon, is asking Roy Price, the head of the TV and movie division, to go in the backyard and lasso that unicorn over by the gerbera daisies.

Who doesn't love...
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The Last Tycoon: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Amazon?

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Vulture Watch What future awaits Monroe Stahr? Is The Last Tycoon TV show cancelled or renewed for a second season on Amazon? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Last Tycoon season two Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Amazon Prime Video paid subscription platform, The Last Tycoon stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dominique McElligott, Enzo Cilenti, Mark O’Brien, Jessica De Gouw, Koen De Bouw, Jennifer Beals, Saul Rubinek, and Eion Bailey. Inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the period drama centers on “Hollywood’s Golden Boy” Monroe Stahr (Bomer). The young producer struggles with studio boss Pat Brady (Grammer), over the
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The Last Tycoon: Amazon TV Show Cancelled; No Season Two

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On the heels of reversing its decision to renew Z: The Beginning of Everything for a second season, Amazon has cancelled The Last Tycoon TV show, after only one season. The drama series -- inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel of the same name -- comes from writer and director Billy Ray. Streaming on the Amazon Prime Video paid subscription platform, The Last Tycoon stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dominique McElligott, Enzo Cilenti, Mark O’Brien, Jessica De Gouw, Koen De Bouw, Jennifer Beals, Saul Rubinek, and Eion Bailey. The period drama centers on “Hollywood’s Golden Boy” Monroe Stahr (Bomer). The young producer struggles with studio boss Pat Brady (Grammer), over the path they should take. The two clash, when the Nazi regime informs them that they will have to abide by Hitler’s standards, if they want to release their
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The Last Tycoon has been cancelled

Kirsten Howard Sep 11, 2017

Amazon's expensive series The Last Tycoon, starring Matt Bomer, has been cancelled after one season...

There's some unfortunate news for viewers who have recently made their way through the first season of Amazon's The Last Tycoon, we're afraid - plans to continue the series have been ditched.

Confirmation of the series' cancellation has arrived hot on the heels of last week's revelation from the retail giant and streaming service that they'd reversed their decision to renew Z: The Beginning Of Everything.

The Last Tycoon was based on author F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel of the same name, and starred Matt Bomer (Magic Mike), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) and Lily Collins (To The Bone).

Amazon are on a bit of a cancellation spree at the moment, nixing shows with low ratings to concentrate on spending their cash more wisely on projects that might be bigger hits. It's a
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Amazon axes The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning of Everything

Streaming service Amazon has swung the axe on two F. Scott Fitzgerald-related dramas, cancelling The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning of Everything after one season apiece.

Based on the unfinished novel of the same name by Fitzgerald, The Last Tycoon revolved around the 1930s Hollywood studio system, and starred Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and LIly Collins.

Meanwhile, having previously given the go ahead to a second season of Z: The Beginning of Everything (and spending $7 million during pre-production), the streaming service also opted to pull the plug on the Christina Ricci-headlined show, which based on the life of Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.

Apparently, Amazon is tightening its belt and shifting its focus as it continues to search for a large-scale hit.
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The Last Tycoon Canceled at Amazon After One Season

F. Scott Fitzgerald is having a bad year.

Fitzgerald may be one of America's premier authors, but his small-screen intrigue is clearly not as enduring as his novels.

Last week, Amazon announced its decision to cancel Z: The Beginning of Everything, a period drama that followed him and Zelda Sayre

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The Last Tycoon has gone extinct at Amazon

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It’s been a bad week for the weirdly stuffed “F. Scott Fitzgerald show on Amazon” demographic, with THR reporting that the Fitzgerald adaptation The Last Tycoon has now been canceled by the streaming giant. The news comes shortly after the abrupt un-renewal of Christina Ricci’s Zelda Fitzgerald series Z: The Beginning…

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Amazon Cancels F. Scott Fitzgerald Drama Series ‘The Last Tycoon’

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Amazon Cancels F. Scott Fitzgerald Drama Series ‘The Last Tycoon’
Amazon Studios has decided to close up shop on “The Last Tycoon,” pulling the plug on the expensive hour-long drama based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final, unfinished novel. The show, which took place in 1930s Hollywood, starred Matt Bomer as film producer Monroe Stahr and Kelsey Grammer as his boss, Pat Brady, as the two battled for control of their studio. “The Last Tycoon” also featured Lily Collins, Dominique McElligott and Enzo Cilenti. It’s the second drama canceled by the streaming giant in three days, as Amazon pulled the plug on Cristina Ricci’s Zelda Fitzgerald (F. Scott’s wife) series “Z,
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‘The Last Tycoon’ Canceled At Amazon After One Season

Amazon’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel The Last Tycoon has been canceled, Deadline has confirmed. The announcement of its cancellation comes shortly after the streaming giant axed Z: The Beginning Of Everything, another Fitzgerald-centric project starring Christina Ricci. Written and directed by Billy Ray, the period drama starred Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Rosemarie DeWitt and Lily Collins and was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving…
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The Last Tycoon Cancelled at Amazon

The Last Tycoon Cancelled at Amazon
It’s the end of the road for The Last Tycoon: Amazon has cancelled the Matt Bomer drama after just one season, THR.com reports.

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

The Last Tycoon was released on July 28 to mixed reviews. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the hour-long drama took viewers back to the glory days of Hollywood, as golden boy Monroe Stahr (Bomer) battled his father figure (Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer) for the soul of their studio; Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Rosemarie DeWitt (United States of Tara) co-starred.

Amazon’s decision
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‘The Last Tycoon’ Canceled at Amazon

‘The Last Tycoon’ Canceled at Amazon
Just a couple of weeks after Amazon debuted “The Last Tycoon,” the streaming service has abruptly canceled the F. Scott Fitzgerald drama, Variety confirmed on Saturday.

Amazon Studios scrapped plans for a second season of another Fitzgerald drama, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” starring Christina Ricci, just a couple of days ago. Both cancellations seem to reflect a sea change at Amazon Studios, one mandated by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Variety broke the news on Friday night that Bezos is pushing Amazon Studios toward a massive strategy shift, looking for the streaming service to find its own global hit like “Game of Thrones.” In an interview, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price said they’re looking for “big shows that can make the biggest difference around the world.”

News also broke Friday of a slew of orders Amazon Studios has made to reflect that broad, global appeal. The streaming service gave series orders to a drama from Wong Kar-wai
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Amazon Abruptly Cancels Pricey Drama 'The Last Tycoon' (Exclusive)

Amazon Abruptly Cancels Pricey Drama 'The Last Tycoon' (Exclusive)
Amazon has canceled its F. Scott Fitzgerald period drama The Last Tycoon, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The decision arrives days after the retail giant/streamer made an about face and canceled another Fitzgerald drama, the previously renewed Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci as the author's wife, Zelda Fitzgerald.

Amazon had spent roughly $7 million during pre-production on the scrapped season of Z. The cancellations come as what sources say is larger belt-tightening going on at Amazon as the outlet looks for a large-scale hit.

The streamer is now beginning to rack up a series of one-and-done shows, with...
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Jeff Bezos Mandates Programming Shift at Amazon Studios (Exclusive)

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Jeff Bezos Mandates Programming Shift at Amazon Studios (Exclusive)
The mandate from Jeff Bezos is clear: Bring me “Game of Thrones.”

That’s the word that has the creative community buzzing this week about a major strategy shift underway for Amazon Studios’ original series efforts.

The CEO of the e-commerce giant is said to have tasked Amazon Studios chief Roy Price with honing the focus on high-end drama series with global appeal. Amazon’s decision this week to scrap plans for a second season of period drama “Z: The Beginning of Everything” reflects the new marching orders.

On Friday, Amazon confirmed five new projects — series greenlights for a period drama from Paul Attanasio and Wong Kar-wai and a comedy starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph; two comedy pilots; and a Seth Rogen-produced comic book adaptation eyed as a straight-to-series order — that reflect the drive to find shows that deliver sizzle in the water-cooler environs of social media and can travel around the world.

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Z: The Beginning Of Everything has been cancelled

Kayti Burt Kirsten Howard Sep 8, 2017

Amazon have now cancelled their Zelda Fitzgerald series Z, starring Christina Ricci, after previously announcing its renewal...

Amazon has cancelled Z: The Beginning Of Everything, starring Christina Ricci, after the series had previously been greenlit for a season 2.

The initial renewal was a bit of surprise, given the lack of buzz around the first season of the Zelda Fitzgerald series, but it's even more of a surprise when considering that the Z writers' room had already started meeting for season 2 and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a reported $7 million had already been spent on a second season.

As the THR article notes, the renewal came shortly after the publishing of a Vox article on the apparent "sexist loophole" in Amazon Studios straight-to-series practices, while the subsequent cancellation comes in the wake of Amazon's rumoured decision to scale back its spending on original series heading into
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‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Canceled at Amazon After Renewal

‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Canceled at Amazon After Renewal
Amazon has canceled “Z: The Beginning of Everything” after renewing the drama series for a second season in April, Variety has confirmed.

The series starred Christina Ricci as a young Zelda Sayre, a Southern socialite who yearned to break free from her monotonous life in Montgomery. She gets her chance when she meets a young soldier named F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin), setting off one of the most famous romances of the twentieth century. It is based on the novel “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” by Therese Anne Fowler.

The series also starred Jamie Anne Allman, David Strathairn, Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind, and Holly Curran. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin created the series and served as executive producers. Ricci, Pamela Koffler, and Christine Vachon also executive produced, with Fowler producing.

The show received mix reviews upon its release back in January. It currently holds a 69% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety
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