Entertainment News Roundup: Netflix expects ad-supported level to attract 40 million viewers by 2023; Greek actress and singer Irene Papas has died aged 96

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Quinta Brunson helps broadcast break through at TV’s Emmys

Network sitcoms have rarely won Emmys in recent years, as Hollywood has picked up top honors on streaming outlet shows. On Monday, Quinta Brunson helped change that when she won Best Comedy Writing for the ABC show “Abbott Elementary.” Brunson, 32, is the first black woman to be nominated three times in the comedy category in the same year. She received writing, lead actress and series nominations for the show she created.

‘Succession’, ‘Ted Lasso’ repeated as top Emmy winners

Media dynasty drama ‘Succession’ and feel-good comedy ‘Ted Lasso’ took home top trophies at the Emmy Awards on Monday, and a ‘Squid Game’ actor nabbed a major acting award as Hollywood awarded the highest honors in television. “Succession” was named Best Drama Series, an award the HBO show won in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted its production schedule. The show, which won four trophies in total, tells the story of the wealthy and stabbing Roy family as they fight for power.

Netflix expects ad-supported level to attract 40 million viewers by 2023 – WSJ

Netflix Inc expects its next ad-supported subscription plan to reach approximately 40 million viewers worldwide by the third quarter of 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing a document shared with ad buyers. The streaming pioneer told advertising executives in preliminary projections that 4.4 million “unique viewers” globally are expected to sign up for the new tier by the end of the year, including 1.1 million from the United States, according to the report.

Zac Efron Stars in Incredibly True Story ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’

In 1967, John “Chickie” Donohue was sitting in a Manhattan bar with his buddies thinking of a way to support his neighborhood friends who were fighting in the Vietnam War. The US Marine Corps veteran and merchant sailor decides there’s no better way than to head to the war zone to deliver them some American beer. Zac Efron stars as Chickie, a staunch Vietnam War supporter who spent his time lounging at his parents’ house and drinking at the local bar, in director Peter Farrelly’s sequel to the Oscar-winning “Green Book” (2018).

For ‘Women Talking’ at the Toronto film festival, an urgent need to listen

Years away from her last film, director and screenwriter Sarah Polley says she felt the urgency to bring a story of rape and reconstruction to the big screen. Based on a book by Miriam Toews, “Women Talking” tells the story of female members of a cloistered Mennonite community debating how to respond to a series of systematic rapes perpetrated by men in their community. Do not do anything? Stay and fight? Leaving, even if it meant losing the only home they had ever known?

Jean-Luc Godard, flagship director of the New Wave, died at the age of 91

Director Jean-Luc Godard, the godfather of French New Wave cinema who pushed cinematic boundaries and inspired iconoclastic directors decades after his 1960s heyday, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, his wife announced. family and producers. Godard was one of the world’s most acclaimed directors, known for classics such as ‘Breathless’ and ‘Contempt’, which broke with convention and helped pioneer a new way of making movies, with camera work freehand, jump cuts and an existential dialogue.

Greek actress and singer Irene Papas has died aged 96

Greek actress and singer Irene Papas, who gained international recognition in classic 1960s films such as ‘Zorba the Greek’ and ‘The Guns of Navarone’, has died aged 96, it was announced on Wednesday the Greek Ministry of Culture. Papas enjoyed a 50-year film career crowned by John Madden’s ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ in 2001 alongside Hollywood stars Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, and Manoel de Oliveira’s ‘A Talking Picture’ in 2003, his final performance alongside by Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich.

Emmys TV viewership falls to all-time low

This year’s U.S. television viewership for the annual Emmy Awards has fallen about 24% to 5.9 million people from 2021, broadcaster NBC said on Tuesday, making it a all-time low according to industry trade publication “Variety”. NBC combined viewership from its Peacock streaming service and its network TV broadcast to calculate total views. NBC and Peacock are units of Comcast Corp.

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season Premiere Shows Women Resisting Oppression

Elizabeth Moss returns for Season 5 of the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” as June Osborne, a woman who resists Gilead’s oppressive government. The series gained popularity for addressing timely issues of reproductive rights and women’s rights with praise for the depth of its characters. The dystopian scenario is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by author Margaret Atwood.

HBO reclaims its Emmy crown with ‘Succession,’ ‘White Lotus’ wins

The dysfunctional ‘Succession’ dynasty, teen drama ‘Euphoria’ and a comedy series set in the fictional White Lotus station helped propel HBO to the top of the Emmys list on Monday, overtaking streaming rival Netflix Inc. The Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. division entered the night with the most nominations of any network or streaming service, with a total of 140 nominations for HBO and its companion online offering, HBO Max.

(With agency contributions.)