Netflix Will Stream 7 Albert Brooks Movies

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netflix-televisionNetflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time, starting Friday, July 1.

The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.

“Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”

Brooks currently can be heard as the voice of Marlin in Pixar’s smash hit “Finding Dory,” reprising his role from 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” and appeared in Will Smith-starrer “Concussion” last year. The actor-writer-director is repped by WME.

The titles from Brooks’ oeuvre that Netflix is launching are:

“Defending Your Life” (1991): A man who dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the next phase of existence; or be sent back to earth to do it again. The film stars Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep and Rip Torn.

“Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” (2006): To improve its relations with Muslim countries, the United States government sends comedian Albert Brooks to south Asia to write a report on what makes followers of Islam laugh. The film stars Albert Brooks, Sheetal Sheth and John Carroll Lynch.

“Lost in America” (1985): A 30-something married couple, inspired by the film Easy Rider, decide to drop out, quit their jobs, sell their home and travel across America in a Winnebago. The film stars Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty.

“Modern Romance” (1981): A successful film editor with far too many issues affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend. The film stars Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Bruno Kirby and George Kennedy.

“Mother” (1996): A neurotic successful sci-fi writer is finalizing his second divorce, and is perplexed by the issues he has with women. He decides to initiate a project that will help him understand what went wrong in his relationships — he moves back in with his mother. The film stars Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.

“The Muse” (1999): A Hollywood screenwriter seemingly has it all, but he’s hit an artistic dry patch, so his writer friend recommends the services of a woman he swears is a veritable muse. Steven takes her on and is suddenly more inspired to create. Her services, however, come at a very steep price and Steven becomes suspicious about who Sarah really is and what she wants. The film stars Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Jeff Bridges and Andie MacDowell.

“Real Life” (1979): Brooks, in this spoof of 1973 reality TV program “An American Family,” portrays a documentary filmmaker who attempts to live with and film a dysfunctional family for one full year. Also stars Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J.A. Preston and Matthew Tobin.

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Scorsese To Receive Friars Club Icon Award.

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friarsThe Oscar-winning director, whose career spans more than 50 years, becomes one of only seven recipients of the award in the club’s 100-year history.

The ceremony honoring Scorsese will be held on Sept. 21 in New York at Cipriani Wall Street. An A-list crowd of Scorsese’s colleagues and friends are expected to be on hand to pay tribute to the 73-year-old multihyphenate.

Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in movie history and has directed such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging BullGoodfellas, Casino and The King of Comedy, which stars Friars Club Abbot Jerry Lewis. He won the best picture and director Oscars for his crime saga The Departed.

The Icon Award is just one of the many honors Scorsese has received during his career. He also won a Palme d’Or, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA. He also is the most Oscar nominated living director, with eight nominations. His groundbreaking TV projects include the multi-award winning Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl, co-created with Rolling Stones superstar Mick Jagger.

“Marty may have directed me in The King of Comedy, but to me, he’s the real king,” Lewis said. “It is an honor to name him as the seventh recipient of our revered Entertainment Icon Award. Few carry out the Friars mission of benevolence and humanitarianism as well as he does. I humbly congratulate this icon and thank him for all of his groundbreaking efforts in entertainment and his dedication to helping others.”

The Friars Entertainment Icon Award pays tribute to an individual whose accomplishments transcend the entertainment industry by positively redefining the culture. Scorsese will join past recipients Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.

“We are thrilled to bestow Martin Scorsese with this award,” said Friars executive director Michael Gyure.”His hard work, artistry and incredible gift of storytelling has almost singlehandedly redefined the way we see movies. However, it is his dedication to humanitarian endeavors that the Friars Club applauds the loudest. As we are proudly committed to helping others through our scholarship programs, we are proud to honor those in the entertainment industry who reflect the same ideals and Martin Scorsese is indeed a most deserving honoree.”

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Is Paul Simon Considering Retirement?

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ffPaul Simon says he is ready to give up making and playing music, 61 years after he started as a 13-year-old. “You’re coming towards the end,” he said in an interview this week, discussing the mysterious epiphanies that delivered some of his greatest songs, the toxic qualities of fame, and his yearning to explore questions of spirituality and neuroscience.

“Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” Mr. Simon said. “None.”

Here is why you might consider believing him.

At 74, he often needs 15 hours of sleep at a stretch. The other day, performing in Philadelphia, he looked out from the stage and was surprised to see four mountains on the horizon. When he put on his glasses, he realized the mountains were actually big white tents. His voice has held up far longer than he had any right to expect but needs frequent days of rest.

While most stars of his generation, unsurprisingly, are playing greatest hits concerts, if anything, Mr. Simon’s new album is competing with those of Drake and Beyoncé on pop music charts, and with Radiohead and Deerhoof for college radio airtime.

So Mr. Simon could leave the public stage with one last hit record and final memories of high-energy performances by his touring band, a collection of masterful musicians rooted in Latin America, Africa and the United States who are taking frisky, joyful turns with the Simon canon and his newest songs. His North American tour comes to an end on Thursday and Friday in Forest Hills, Queens, where he grew up, went to school and met a boy named Art Garfunkel.

For his audience, at least, finishing the American chapter of his career in Queens, where he began, would be punctuation ripe with history and emotion. Mr. Simon insists that the place holds no sentimental power over him, but he did note that it was the last venue where he played with Mr. Garfunkel, from whom he is estranged, as he has sporadically been since they became adults.

“It’s an act of courage to let go,” Mr. Simon said. “I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?”

Maybe, he said, such inquiries are a waste.

Yet nothing — not a moment — about a day with Paul Simon suggests a man ready to withdraw from the pursuits that have absorbed his life. Ahead of a concert on Monday evening at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap here, he kept his band on stage for two hours in the swampy afternoon heat, checking the sound and fine-tuning songs.

“The claves, Joel?” Mr. Simon called to Joel Guzman. “Don’t need them there.” Horns and woodwinds needed to be less timid in “Spirit Voices,” he instructed. He told Jamey Haddad, a percussionist, to lay off the tambourines during a noirish piano section of “One Man’s Ceiling,” a rarely performed song about city life that Mr. Simon’s 23-year-old son, Adrian, had asked his father to have ready for the New York shows.

“You’re right,” Mr. Haddad, an old touring partner, said.

“Right again,” Mr. Simon replied. “It happens.”

On stage were scores of homemade percussion instruments, a kind of woodwind hacked from PVC plumbing pipe, accordions, electric mandolin, tricked-up washboard, guitars and bass and keyboard and French horns and trumpets. No one had a precise census of the instruments, but the soundboard receives 110 channels for microphone feeds, each capturing musical hues from separate sources.

This routine has been followed for virtually all the 36 dates so far on the band’s tour: performance, grinding refinement, performance.

Mr. Simon cautions that this fastidiousness is no rebuttal to his declaration that he’s ready to let it all go. “That doesn’t mean I don’t want my band to sound great,” he said.

His new album, “Stranger to Stranger,” was released this spring into a shower of laudatory reviews. The performances by his touring group surge with moments of “delight and revelry,” as Mark Stewart, a guitarist (and cellist and player of the PVC pipe) described it. The album and a single, “Wristband,” have been among the top songs played on college radio. He has a detailed genesis for each tune, lyrically and musically.

“I was having dinner with Paul Muldoon, the poet, and I said, I had this title I don’t know whether I want to keep it, ‘Wristband,’” Mr. Simon said. “He said, ‘It’s a good title. You could go a lot of places with that title, you should keep it.’”

Sometime later, he got stuck while working on a lyric that involved a musician who steps into an alley behind a club and finds himself locked out, unable to regain entry without a wristband. He wasn’t sure what would happen in the song.

“From out of nowhere, I said, wristband, it’s just a metaphor for, ‘You can’t get in. You don’t have what’s required,’” Mr. Simon said. “And that’s what’s going on. That battle is being fought right now, the haves and have-nots. “

His successes in popular music cover six decades, giving him rare late-inning creative triumph. In 1957, when he was 15, he and Mr. Garfunkel, playing as Tom and Jerry, had a minor hit with “Hey, Schoolgirl.” In 2016, “Stranger to Stranger” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s  lists for both best-selling rock and Americana/Folk albums. It could put him in the running yet again for a Grammy among musicians 40 years his junior. (He has already won three Grammys for Album of the Year.)

He labors at music and lyrics, he said, unwilling to accept what would have been satisfactory to him a few years earlier, feeling stalled. Then the songs will move ahead in leaps.

“I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote ‘The Sound of Silence,’ which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that,” he said. “And why or where, I have no idea. I thought the same thing when I wrote ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ —whoa, that song is better than what I’ve been doing. Different chords and something special about it. The same feeling with ‘Graceland,’ and ‘Still Crazy After All These Years.’”

The successes mystify him, he said: “All of a sudden you’re there, and you’re surprised. This happened to me at times where some line comes out, where I’m the audience and it’s real, and I have to stop, because I’m crying. I didn’t know I was going to say that, didn’t know that I felt that, didn’t know that was really true. I have to stop and catch my breath.”

He paused, then added, “It doesn’t happen too often.”

With that gift came popularity, a bewildering force in anyone’s life, he said.

“I’ve seen fame turn into absolute poison when I was a kid in the ’60s,” he said. “It killed Presley. It killed Lennon. It killed Michael Jackson. I’ve never known anyone to have gotten an enormous amount of fame who wasn’t, at a minimum, confused by it and had a very hard time making decisions.”

He has a European tour scheduled for the fall, when he will turn 75. Then his vague plans are to drift and travel for a year, he said, perhaps with his wife, the musician and composer Edie Brickell, if her work permits.

For now, he has started rehearsing songs for the last moments at Forest Hills, including an Elvis tune, “That’s Alright (Mama).”

And if that turns out to be a finale, that’s all right by him.

“I don’t have any fear of it,” he said.

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Kirstie Alley’s Ex Desperate To Save Grandson

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kirstie-alley-scientologyRadarOnline.com has exclusively learned Kirstie Alley‘s ex-husband, Parker Stevenson, is terrified the Church of Scientology has snatched his grandson!

“Parker’s been having family meetings to try and come up with a plan to save this baby!” a source told Radar.

The Hardy Boys star, who split from Alley in 1997, is so scared her church cronies have taken newborn Waylon Tripp Parker that he’s enlisted former Scientologist Leah Remini in his desperate scheme.

“Leah told Parker he’s going to have to bide his time and not do anything rash right now, or the Scientologists will get an even firmer grip on the kids and the new baby,” said a friend of rebel Remini, who left the church in 2013.

Baby Waylon’s dad is Stevenson and Alley’s son, True, 23. He’s been sequestered at the L.A. Scientology Center since Waylon’s June 21 birth.

True and his sister, Lillie, 22, both grew up in Scientology — and Stevenson wants to rescue them and his grandson before it’s too late.

“Leah is rabidly anti-Scientology, and she has been guiding Parker on how to extract his kids from the church,” the friend of the actress said.

“They both know it’s dangerous to mess with the church and are proceeding with caution.”

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Jaime Could Become The Kingslayer Twice

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LannisterThe Lannisters always pay their debts, and they owe King’s Landing most of all.

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die, and it seems as if Cersei has always been on a straight path toward the second fate. But after the Season 6 finale, we can see how painfully she might get there — by her own brother’s hand.

On her first day on the Iron Throne, Queen Cersei already rivals King Aerys Targaryen in savagery. She’s plotted the death of her husband, the former King Robert Baratheon. She’s schemed to kill her brother Tyrion. She’s trained Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane to be her own one-man constabulary. She’s blown up the Great Sept of Baelor and everyone in it. (She’s also burrowed her way into our cold, dead hearts, although that’s just our opinion.)

But there’s the sticky matter of the prophecy Cersei’s life has followed since she heard it as a girl. And the prophecy suggests an untimely end. In the show, a young Cersei skips into the woods to meet a witch who tells her she will become queen until there “comes another, younger and more beautiful,” and that she and the king will have children — but not in the usual way. “Six-and-ten for him, and three for you,” the witch says. “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds.”

So far, so true: The “younger and more beautiful” woman could either be Margaery Tyrell or perhaps Daenerys Targaryen. And while King Robert had fathered a number of bastard children, Cersei had only three, and not with her husband. All three — Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen — died as royals.

The books, though, give the prophecy a little more detail, adding: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” “Valonqar” is High Valyrian for “little brother” or “little sibling.”

Taken literally, that means Cersei will die by Tyrion or … Jaime.

Surely nothing could be enough for Jaime — her brother, her longtime lover, her three golden-haired children’s father — to put an end to Cersei’s life, right? After a lifetime together, Jaime knows who his sister is. But, his record isn’t exactly spotless, either. Remember how he pushed young Bran Stark off a window ledge, causing the boy’s paralysis? Remember how he raped his sister next to their son Joffrey’s corpse? Remember how he took an oath before the series began to protect a king whom he decided to murder instead, earning himself the title “Kingslayer”?

Let’s remember, too, just why Jaime murdered King Aerys.

The Mad King, as Aerys was known, had a fondness for fire that manifested in cruel and unusual punishments — in the books, he roasted Ned Stark’s father (Sansa, Bran, Arya and Jon’s grandfather) in all his armor over an open fire. When Jaime found out that Aerys had planned to use wildfire stored beneath the Red Keep to burn King’s Landing, he took action to save innocent lives.

Supposedly for the good of her family, Cersei does something in the Season 6 finale pretty eerily close to what Aerys had planned to stave off an approaching army: She lights barrels of wildfire beneath the Great Sept of Baelor, where the High Sparrow, members of the Faith Militant, several Tyrells and many more innocents had gathered to watch the trials of Loras Tyrell and Cersei herself. Of course, Cersei doesn’t show. And an unknown number of people die.

Having overestimated her dear son’s ability to handle the deaths of so many, including his wife, Margaery, and the leaders of his newfound religious purpose, Cersei then indirectly kills another: Tommen, her youngest son. When Jaime rides back through the gates of King’s Landing, he is met with a scene of destruction unseen since Season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater. And Cersei — having lost the last of the children she loved more than anything — has stepped up to a new height of power.

Goodbye, King Tommen.

Jaime begins “Game of Thrones” as a sarcastic grown child of near-infinite wealth who seemingly cares very little about public opinion of himself, which was often sneering. However terrible the Mad King really was, people in Westeros care very much for oaths, and Jaime had broken one to kill him. Yet throughout Seasons 1 through 6, Jaime the Kingslayer seems to develop a softer side. He is held captive by Brienne of Tarth, who later becomes his friend. He is humbled by the loss of his hand. He spirits his little brother out of the capital to spare him from Cersei’s rage. While his sister has never shied away from upending the whole board when she’s frustrated by the game, Jaime takes a more reasoned approach.

However gross, the Lannister twins love each other. But the look on Jaime’s face when he sees his sister ascending the Iron Throne after all she’d done — mouth turned town, the slightest shake of his head — speaks volumes.

As Tommen actor Dean-Charles Chapman pointed out in a recent interview with The Huffington Post, there is nothing keeping Cersei “down to earth” anymore. Confronted with the possibility that his on-screen father murders his on-screen mother, Chapman replied: “Oooh, that’d be good TV. That’d be very good TV!”

Jaime could kill Cersei for the greater good of the realm. He’s done a similar act before. And the books provide a hefty clue.

If that were to happen, Robert’s Rebellion — the chain of events prior to the start of “Game of Thrones” that led to Robert Baratheon overthrowing Targaryen rule — would repeat itself in reverse. The Targaryens, or at least Daenerys and, fingers crossed, her apparent nephew Jon, would sail into King’s Landing to liberate Westeros from another ruler bent on burning them all (or at least a good portion) to a neon-green crisp.

Seasons 7 and 8 of “Game of Thrones” might just complete Cersei’s transformation into the Mad Queen. Jaime, then, might just do the thing that made him known throughout Westeros once again: kill the ruler, paving the way for a new order.

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Scotty Moore Passes Away At 84

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rrScotty Moore, a pioneering rock guitarist best known for backing Elvis Presley as a member of his original band and into superstardom, died on Tuesday at the age of 84, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported.

Moore, who played on Presley’s first hit, “That’s All Right” (“Mama”), as well as such singles as “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hound Dog,” died in Nashville after several months of poor health, the newspaper said.

“We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today,” Matt Ross-Sprang, an engineer at the Sun Studio in Memphis said on Instagram. “The guitarist that changed the world … especially mine; I hope you don’t mind if I keep stealing your licks.”

Moore, who was born in Gadsen, Tennessee, and began playing the guitar at age eight, was recruited for Presley’s band by legendary producer Sam Phillips in 1954, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

It was that band, which was dubbed the Blue Moon Boys and also included bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana, that backed Presley over much of the next decade on the songs that earned him the title of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Services were scheduled for Thursday in Humboldt, Tennessee, for Moore, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, the Commercial-Appeal reported.

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Leah Remini Isn’t Done With Scientology Yet

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ppoLeah Remini  isn’t done telling all.
The self-proclaimed troublemaker is reportedly helming a new TV series about “the way Scientology rips apart families” — a subject with which she is all too familiar. Journalist Tony Ortega, who lent his expertise to the 2015 Scientology exposé “Going Clear,” wrote in aa blog post that production for the series is already underway.
“We’ve confirmed that Leah’s series is currently shooting footage and appears to be on a fast track,” Ortega stated.
Remini, inducted by her mother into Scientology at age 9, was one of its most visible and relatable faces until she made her exit from the church in 2013. Allegedly, the straw that broke Xenu’s back came when the actress challenged Scientology leader David Miscavige, who subjected her to “years of ‘interrogations’ and ‘thought modifications’ and eventually blacklisted her from the organization.
After 30 years in the church, Remini wished to save her own children from a similar fate, but her decision to leave was not without difficult consequences.
“As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes ‘us against them,’” Remini revealed in an ABC 20/20 special in 2015. “The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.”
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Graham Nash Talks New Rock-Doc Series, ‘Woodstock’ Drama

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ddGraham Nash has plenty of experience with the vagaries of rock & roll documentaries. Take Woodstock, for one: “There were three days of really good music and the movie was three hours,” he says, “so there are a lot of great performances that have never been seen apart from bootlegs.” No one knows that more than Nash, since Neil Young refused to be filmed during Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s career-making set at the festival. In the film, you’ll hear an announcer say, “Crosby, Stills, Nash” – but no Young. “Neil threatened to deck anybody who filmed him,” Nash says. “So I heard – after the fact.”

On July 9th, Nash will help champion the cause of rock filmmaking when he begins hosting “Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs” on HDNet Movies (both cable and on-demand). Woodstock won’t be part of the televised festival, but a broad range of movies for music geeks will. The Allman Brothers Band – After the Crash examines the band’s rise-from-the-ashes comeback after Duane Allman’s death and its subsequent turbulent times. Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business takes a look at the ways Prince tried to carve out his own path in the business, from his clashes with Warner Brothers to his interest in digital technology; interviews with former associates like tour manager Alan Leeds are included.

Bob Dylan: In & Out of the Folk Revival plunges into Dylan’s pre-electric career and features interviews with folk-club pals like Eric Andersen, Maria Muldaur and the Holy Modal Rounders’ Peter Stampfel. Rise of a Texas Bluesman looks at the early, pre-fame career of Stevie Ray Vaughan, while Rush: The Rise of Kings takes a similar approach with that band.

The series will also air classic docs like D.A. Pennebaker’s 1973 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (documenting the show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon that marked the last time David performed as that persona) and Jeff Stein’s immortal Who movie, The Kids Are Alright. Also included are docs on the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour and the lives of Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rounding out the programming will be an airing of Walk the Line, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Johnny Cash biopic.

Nash says the eclecticism of the lineup was very intentional. “People love to pigeonhole folk and rock and blues and reggae,” he says, “but we really wanted to present all the different faces of music. I’ve seen pieces of them all and there are some really interesting ones.” Regarding his host duties (he’ll be sharing stories about his encounters with many of the artists), he shrugs: “I guess they realized I was probably OK on camera.”

As far as archival material on his own band, Nash says he’s still hoping to make a film out of the unreleased footage shot onstage and backstage during CSNY’s legendary run at New York’s Fillmore East in 1970. But it will have to wait. Nash says he’s “run out of patience” with the craziness that can often engulf CSNY, culminating recently in a rift between David Crosby and Neil Young over Crosby’s critical comments on Young’s new girlfriend, Darryl Hannah; Nash and Crosby are also not on speaking terms at the moment.

“There are many projects,” Nash says. “But I’ve run out of energy right now. Maybe at some point I will get back to it, but right now I don’t care.”
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Ron MacLean Officially Back As Host Of Hockey Night In Canada

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ffRon MacLean is officially back as host of Hockey Night in Canada, returning to the chair he occupied for nearly 30 years before being ousted in favour of music journalist and CBC talk show star George Stroumboulopoulos.
MacLean will host the early game on Saturday night next season while David Amber will take the helm for the late broadcast, Sportsnet announced Monday.
Stroumboulopoulos is leaving “to explore new creative opportunities,” according to a Sportsnet release.
Stroumboulopoulos signed a five-year deal to host Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 after Rogers acquired the NHL rights in a 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement. Pushing MacLean aside was a controversial decision by the broadcaster, with Stroumboulopoulos seen by many fans as an outsider who didn’t have the necessary hockey background to replace his experienced predecessor.
MacLean, 56, saw his role reduced to being Don Cherry’s sidekick on Coach’s Corner and hosting Hometown Hockey, a Sunday night show that he will continue to front despite his expanded Saturday night duties. He will also keep his job alongside Cherry, who recently agreed to a new contract.
“Hockey Night in Canada is a tradition unlike anything else in this country,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, said in a release. “It’s part of our national DNA, and so is Ron. It’s a balance of giving our fans what they want and evolving the broadcasts to keep them fresh.”
News that the 43-year-old Stroumboulopoulos, a six-time Gemini Award winner, was on his way out was first reported a week ago by the Toronto Star.
“George is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to Hockey Night in Canada,” said Moore. “We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be.”
It’s been a tough year for Sportsnet’s hockey coverage, with no Canadian teams making the playoffs and a last-place performance by the Toronto Maple Leafs, usually a big ratings draw for the network.
Audience levels fell below the million mark for many early-round playoff games this season. While ratings improved for the Stanley Cup final, they were down on average from last season.
Panellists Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos will join MacLean and Amber in-studio Saturday nights. Daren Millard will continue to host the Wednesday night show alongside Friedman and Doug MacLean.
A veteran broadcaster, Amber has been a reporter with Hockey Night in Canada for the past five years.
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10 Most OMG Moments From The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale

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ffFor years, fans have speculated that Jon Snow’s true parentage isn’t what it seems — that is, he’s the bastard son of Ned Stark and an unknown lowborn woman. In Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale, we finally got the evidence we deserved.

The most popular “Game of Thrones” theory claims that Jon Snow’s real parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (hence the nickname, “R + L = J”) — and now, it’s been confirmed.

On Sunday, we finally got to see the rest of the Tower of Joy scene teased earlier in Season 6. In one of Bran’s flashbacks, Ned makes it into the tower and finds his sister, Lyanna. As she lays dying post-childbirth, Lyanna tells Ned to protect her newborn baby.

Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow’s mommy.

But who’s the daddy?

We don’t actually have 100 percent confirmation that it’s Rhaegar Targaryen, but, c’mon. Duh. He supposedly “kidnapped” Lyanna and took her on the run. The Tower of Joy scene happens about a year after that. (According to science, that’s long enough to have a baby.)

He’s likely the dad.

ALL HAIL THE KING IN THE NORTH!

WINTER HAS ARRIVED.

It’s been a wild(ling) Season 6 for “Game of Thrones.” With the show venturing beyond George R.R. Martin‘s books this year, we saw moments bigger than the Wall itself. Some of our favorite characters came back, “The Battle of the Bastards” was as amazing as promised, and no one will ever be able to hold a door without bursting into tears from now on.

It is known.

As expected, the show rose to the occasion for the finale. We saw Cersei “burn them all,” Dany is officially on her way to Westeros, Arya gave us the revenge for the Red Wedding we’ve been looking for, and we know who your parents are, Jon Snow!

Here are the 10 most OMG moments:

  1. Jon Snow is confirmed as Lyanna Stark’s son!
  2. Cersei blew up the Sept!
  3. Tommen jumped out the window!
  4. R.I.P.,  Margaery, Loras, High Sparrow and half of King’s Landing.
  5. Qyburn had Pycelle killed by the little birds!
  6. Cersei gives the Shame Nun to The Mountain!
  7. Arya kills Walder Frey.
  8. Jon Snow is the King in the North!
  9. Cersei is on the Iron Throne!
  10. Dany is coming to Westeros!

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