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‘Succession’ Cast Reunites for Expletive-Filled Voting PSA

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‘Succession’ Cast Reunites for Expletive-Filled Voting PSA
Succession’s” Logan Roy and Gerri are reunited and looking to get the vote out.

Several cast members of HBO’s hit drama — Brian Cox (Logan Roy), J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman), Peter Friedman (Frank Vernon), David Rasche (Karl), Fisher Stevens (Hugo Baker), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy) and Justine Lupe-Schomp (Willa) — gave fans a peek of what it must look like to be on a Waystar Royco Zoom call in hopes of educated the masses on how to vote.

Working with When We All Vote, which provides voting plans and rules for each state, the group recorded five videos with state-specific voting instructions for Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

With Election Day nearing, many celebrities are working hard to get out the vote. The cast of “The West Wing” reunited on HBO Max, using their time to dispel common voting myths and educate the public on best voting practices,
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The Cast of ‘Succession’ on Their Favorite Lines From Season 2

The Cast of ‘Succession’ on Their Favorite Lines From Season 2
Cousin Greg’s gross toes, “Shitaly,” and “he did once call me the C–t of Monte Cristo” — those bits are among the “Succession” cast’s favorite lines from Season 2.

During a virtual roundtable for Variety’s streaming room in late May with the cast of the Emmy-nominated HBO show, the conversation, which lasted more than an hour, ended with the question about their favorite lines from the show’s second season. The panel was composed of Brian Cox (Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Nicholas Braun (Cousin Greg), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) and J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman) — Culkin was the first to answer, offering a few different ones, none of which had actually made it on-screen.

The cast discussed how it seemed like the writers had really begun understanding them as people, which Braun felt especially when
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Emmy episode analysis: Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’) suffers personal and professional setbacks while visiting ‘Tern Haven’

Emmy episode analysis: Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’) suffers personal and professional setbacks while visiting ‘Tern Haven’
“My life just ended,” Kieran Culkin’s Roman Roy whimpers when his sister blurts out that she’s been chosen as the successor to their father’s empire in “Tern Haven,” the second season episode of HBO’s “Succession” that he has submitted for Emmy Awards consideration. Culkin has scored his first-ever nomination in the Drama Supporting Actor category for his role as the unflappably unserious but ambitious son of media magnate Logan Roy (Brian Cox) after earning two Golden Globe bids for the performance.

In “Tern Haven,” the entire Roy clan descends on the Pierce family’s eponymous estate to negotiate an acquisition. Culkin’s Roman gets his marching orders from Logan to focus on wooing Naomi (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), a key influence on whether or not Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones) will agree to a sale. At dinner, the Roy family’s foibles––especially Roman’s––are on full display
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Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’) on how Roman Roy is ‘most like his father’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’) on how Roman Roy is ‘most like his father’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Kieran Culkin earned his first Emmy nomination this year for playing Roman Roy on the HBO drama “Succession.” He has also amassed two consecutive Golden Globe nominations for his performance.

Culkin spoke with Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria before the nominations about Roman’s confidence and vulnerability, his strange relationship with Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) and his take on how popular “Succession” has become.

SEEKieran Culkin (‘Succession’): Emmys 2020 episode submission revealed

Gold Derby: Kieran, is it particularly challenging to maintain Roman’s confident facade while giving us glimpses of his surprisingly endearing vulnerability?

Kieran Culkin: Is it difficult? This might sound shitty, I haven’t been having a very hard time on the show. I don’t really struggle. There’s going to be a lot of ass-kissing. I’ve seen a couple of these interviews from people, from the other actors on the show, and it sounds like
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‘Succession’ Showrunner Hopes to Start Shooting Season 3 in New York Before Christmas (Exclusive)

‘Succession’ Showrunner Hopes to Start Shooting Season 3 in New York Before Christmas (Exclusive)
Succession” could be back in production before the end of the year (with a big emphasis on could).

Season 3 of the hit HBO series, which recently garnered a whopping 18 Emmy nominations, was originally scheduled to start shooting in April, but for obvious Covid-19 related reasons, production has been delayed indefinitely. The plan, at least for now, is “trying to think about starting shooting in New York before Christmas,” according to showrunner and creator Jesse Armstrong.

Armstrong stressed that those plans are far from concrete and are still “just conversations,” describing the current situation as “tough.”

“Who knows if that’ll come about, but that’s the plan at the moment,” Armstrong told Variety.

As for how the workflow for season 3 is coming along, Armstrong said that, like many writers, the expanded amount of time he now has to develop the upcoming season isn’t necessarily proving all that helpful.

“We
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26 Photos That Prove the Succession Cast Are Nothing Like Their Characters in Real Life

26 Photos That Prove the Succession Cast Are Nothing Like Their Characters in Real Life
The 2020 Emmy nominations were just announced, and it's no surprise that Succession scored a whopping 18 nods! While the HBO series centers around the dysfunctional Roy family and all of their twisted drama, off screen, the cast - including Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen, and J. Smith-Cameron - seem to get along and actually like each other. In fact, when they're not filming, they're either serving looks on the red carpet or goofing around with one another. In honor of their Emmy nominations, look back at some of the cast's cutest moments together before the ceremony goes down on Sept. 20.

Related: Please Enjoy 10 Minutes of the Most Artful and Aggressive Insults From Succession
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2020 Emmy Nominations Yield Pleasant Surprises, Overdue Recognition (Column)

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2020 Emmy Nominations Yield Pleasant Surprises, Overdue Recognition (Column)
This year’s Emmy Awards nominations saw Netflix claim a decisive lead with 160 overall nominations, while HBO’s “Watchmen” was the most-nominated series overall and several surprise newcomers entered the fray. Variety’s chief TV critics Daniel D’Addario and Caroline Framke discuss this year’s especially promising nominees, and those they wish had made the shortlist.

Daniel D’Addario: The narrative I’m struck by this year may be… a distinct lack of narrative. It’s very difficult to divine an overarching mood from this lineup. Perhaps the past always seems clearer by comparison, but last year’s final laurel for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and insurgent run by Amazon’s “Fleabag” provided a throughline to Emmy season that’s less apparent in this collection of well-made, well-liked shows.

What got much of my attention here was the unexpected: FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” for comedy series,
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‘Succession’: J. Smith-Cameron Doesn’t Know What to Make of Gerri and Roman Either

‘Succession’: J. Smith-Cameron Doesn’t Know What to Make of Gerri and Roman Either
We’re living in uncertain times, and Tony-nominated actress J. Smith-Cameron doesn’t know any more about life on the other side than you do.

Smith-Cameron has spent decades building her career on both stage and screen, while spending the last 18 years prioritizing her family over professional projects. But with her and husband Kenneth Lonergan’s daughter Nellie looking ahead to college, the actress is unsure how her process in picking projects will change moving forward.

“I don’t have some finely honed technique, to be honest. It’s just a matter of what I get offered and, when I get offered it, and I guess it comes down to the writing of the overall project balanced against how much the role interests me,” the “Succession” star said in a recent interview with IndieWire, when asked about the roles she goes after, compared to those she doesn’t. “Not so
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‘Succession’ Star J. Smith-Cameron on How Improv With Kieran Culkin Started the Gerri-Roman Relationship

‘Succession’ Star J. Smith-Cameron on How Improv With Kieran Culkin Started the Gerri-Roman Relationship
Toward the end of Season 1 of “Succession,” J. Smith-Cameron and Kieran Culkin — who have known each other for years — improvised a cheeky, flirtatious banter at the conclusion of a scene. It didn’t make it into the episode, but it inspired a running Season 2 storyline in which his Roman gets turned on when her Gerri berates him in the most explicit ways possible. In the fifth episode of the second season, “Tern Haven,” the Roys spend the night at the estate of the billionaire Pierce family. After a tense dinner between the two families, Roman visits Gerri for another one of their special conversations.

Smith-Cameron: It’s a dangerous moment in their burgeoning new friendship. They do have some shared interests, because they both want to have a foothold in the family business. And so it makes sense as some kind of liaison. There’s a kind of an intimacy in place.
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‘Succession’ Emmy interviews: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and more discuss HBO corporate drama [Watch]

‘Succession’ Emmy interviews: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and more discuss HBO corporate drama [Watch]
“Succession” broke through at the 2019 Emmys with a nomination for Best Drama Series, and it won Best Drama Writing for series creator Jesse Armstrong. But every show not named “Game of Thrones” had to take a backseat; the epic fantasy dominated the nominations and took top honors for a record-tying fourth time. With that show off the air, though, “Succession” has surged in buzz, acclaim and industry recognition. Now it’s looking to inherit “Game’s” throne. Scroll down for our exclusive video interviews with top Emmy contenders from the HBO corporate drama.

The series follows the cutthroat Roy family, a wealthy clan that owns and operates a powerful media conglomerate. They’re led by patriarch Logan (Brian Cox), with his children Connor (Alan Ruck), Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) jockeying for position. The second season aired during the summer of 2019, and it stormed the fall and winter awards season.
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Getting Inside the Minds of TV’s Businesswomen With Christine Baranski, Maggie Siff, Rhea Seehorn, J. Smith-Cameron

Getting Inside the Minds of TV’s Businesswomen With Christine Baranski, Maggie Siff, Rhea Seehorn, J. Smith-Cameron
When Olivia Colman needs to demonstrate Queen Elizabeth II’s authority on “The Crown,” there’s a lot of pomp and circumstance that producers can turn to, not to mention having her wear the titular headgear. But most female characters in contemporary drama series don’t have a crown handy when they need to project power in business or politics on screen. Just as in real life for women in the workplace, female actors often wrestle with the question of how to show — rather than tell — that their fictional alter egos have the ability to flex serious muscle when the situation calls for it.

Christine Baranski, star of CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” has been honing the power dynamic projected by fierce attorney Diane Lockhart for 11 years, starting on “The Good Wife” back in 2009. Lockhart is known for looking as if she has always stepped out of a Vogue photo shoot for legal partners.
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Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’): Complicated Roman Roy ‘is absolutely insanely resilient’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’): Complicated Roman Roy ‘is absolutely insanely resilient’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I’ve never done a TV show before, so I remember feeling that this was going to be scary, like I’m going to feel locked in a cage,” reveals Kieran Culkin about working on HBO’s acclaimed drama “Succession.” He admits, “It just hasn’t been that way,” noting that he hopes the show will go on for some time because of how much fun he is having. Watch our exclusive video interview with Culkin above.

See Jeremy Strong Interview: ‘Succession’

In “Succession,” Culkin co-stars as Roman Roy, the youngest of the Roy clan, whose magnetic bravado and cockiness belies an insecurity and ambition underneath the surface. The Roy family is headed up by media mogul patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and is in constant upheaval as they navigate power struggles both within the family and in the corporate boardroom of his Waystar Royco media empire. At the heart
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Which foreign language film could be the next ‘Parasite’ in the 2021 Oscar race?

Which foreign language film could be the next ‘Parasite’ in the 2021 Oscar race?
Parasite” dominated the 2020 Oscars early this year, becoming the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture as well as victories for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. That fact that is was the first South Korean film ever to compete for an Academy Award opens the door to plenty of other firsts.

Parasite’s” triumphs will likely lead to more global titles competing beyond the designated category for foreign productions. It was just the 12th non-English film to compete for Best Picture in 92 years and the third this decade, following 2012’s French-language “Amour” and 2019’s “Roma” from Mexico.

Why did Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” which pitted two contemporary families — one poor and barely scrapping by, the other filthy rich and spoiled — against one another as the well-to-do parents and their children are played by the other clan as one by one they pretend to be
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Why ‘Succession’ Is an Unstoppable Force at the Emmys, A Year After Its Season Aired (Column)

Why ‘Succession’ Is an Unstoppable Force at the Emmys, A Year After Its Season Aired (Column)
Nicholas Britell has become one of the most in-demand film and TV composers in recent years, thanks to his work on “The Big Short,” “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” But it’s “Succession,” including that catchy instrumental theme song, which Pusha T made into a stunning rap, that has been unlike anything else in his career.

That became apparent late last summer, as Season 2 of the HBO drama turned into a phenomenon, right when the cast and crew were promoting Season 1 for Emmy consideration.

“You never know when you’re working on stuff what’s going to happen, but when it does go to that wavelength, it’s unbelievably exciting,” Britell told me at the Creative Arts Emmys last September, a few hours before he won the award for original main title theme music.

Succession” also won the drama writing Emmy last year, for creator Jesse Armstrong, and
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‘Succession’ Cast Breaks Down Four Standout Scenes From Season 2

‘Succession’ Cast Breaks Down Four Standout Scenes From Season 2
HBO’s “Succession” is a family drama with a comedic twist, and an ensemble comedy with a tragic spine. Creator Jesse Armstrong has created an expansive portrayal of how the richest of the 1% live now, as well as an intricate study of the show’s characters. When it comes to the subtly layered relationships of “Succession,” its ear is keen and its mouth is filthy.

“Succession” revolves around the Roy family, and the power dynamics surrounding who will eventually lead the dynastic mega-corporation Waystar Royco, which was founded by patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox). The extended Roy family recently convened in the Variety Streaming Room for a virtual roundtable, during which Cox, Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Nicholas Braun (Cousin Greg), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) and J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman) discussed the show’s second season.

Despite Logan Roy’s cruelty,
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‘Succession’ is looking to end this 22-year sophomore slump at the Emmys

‘Succession’ is looking to end this 22-year sophomore slump at the Emmys
At the Golden Globes, “Succession” became the first show in a very long time — 13 years to be exact, since “Grey’s Anatomy” — to win its first Best Drama Series award for its second season. The HBO hit and drama series favorite can accomplish the same thing at the Emmys, except it’s an even longer dry spell there.

The last show to win its maiden drama series Emmy for its second installment was “The Practice” in 1998, 22 long years ago. How much have things changed since then? That was the last year in which the entire drama series field hailed from broadcast networks; “The Sopranos” put HBO on the map the following year, when “The Practice” prevailed again.

The David E. Kelley legal drama was one of three shows in the ’90s to first nab the top drama prize with its second season, the first two of which were kind of catch-up cases.
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‘Succession’ Stars to Reunite for Variety Streaming Room on June 3

‘Succession’ Stars to Reunite for Variety Streaming Room on June 3
The Roy family (and Gerri) will join Variety’s Kate Aurthur for an exclusive Q&a conversation in the Variety Streaming Room. Brian Cox (Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Nicholas Braun (Greg Hirsch), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) and J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman) will all come together from across the globe to discuss behind-the-scenes stories and favorite moments from Season 2. The conversation will include clips from some of the most pivotal scenes from the second season as the actors discuss working together as an ensemble.

Created by Oscar nominee and Emmy and WGA winner Jesse Armstrong, HBO’s “Succession” launched its ten-episode second season last August. Beginning where Season 1 dramatically left off, Season 2 followed the Roy family as they struggled to retain control of their empire. The first season of “Succession” was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards,
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J. Smith-Cameron (‘Succession’): Gerri was ‘horrified, bewildered and bemused’ with her Roman flirtation [Exclusive Video Interview]

J. Smith-Cameron (‘Succession’): Gerri was ‘horrified, bewildered and bemused’ with her Roman flirtation [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I feel like I didn’t breathe the whole time,” reveals J. Smith-Cameron about her surprising and risque story arc during the second season of HBO’s acclaimed drama “Succession.” “It was like an acting workout!” Watch our exclusive video interview with Smith-Cameron above.

See Jeremy Strong Interview: ‘Succession’

In “Succession,” Smith-Cameron plays trusted advisor Gerri, general counsel to the Waystar Royco multimedia empire headed up by dominating mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox). It has become a sensation as a seductive mix of Machiavellian boardroom antics, dynastic politics and devastating family dysfunction, with a stellar cast performing some of the most searing dialogue on television.

The show follows a family in constant upheaval as they navigate the endlessly brutal power struggles between Roy, his entitled and damaged adult children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck) and the extended family and associates that orbit them.
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Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Rebecca Luker Reveals Als Diagnosis; Broadway Stars Rally Support

Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Rebecca Luker Reveals Als Diagnosis; Broadway Stars Rally Support
Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker announced today that she’s been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, drawing a wave of support on social media from the Broadway community.

The 58-year-old Luker, whose husband, actor Danny Burstein, currently stars in Moulin Rouge! The Musical, posted the news on Twitter today. “Hello friends,” she wrote. “I have some tough news. Late last year I was diagnosed with Als. I have the best medical care in the world and the greatest support. My dear husband Danny has been an angel. I will get well. In the meantime, we fight and go forward. Keep us in your thoughts.”

See the tweets, and others, below.

Luker has been a strong and consistent presence on the Broadway musical stage since her 1988 debut in The Phantom of the Opera. In 1995 she was nominated for her first Tony Award for Show Boat, and was nominated again in
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Artios Casting Awards

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Artios Casting Awards
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Game of Thrones” have taken home two of the major Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America.

The trophies, which honor excellence in casting, were unveiled at the 35th Annual Artios Awards held on Thursday in ceremonies in New York, Los Angeles and London. The New York ceremony was hosted by Michelle Buteau at Stage 48; Ron Funches emceed in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton, and Jason Isaacs hosted in London at the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won the big-budget feature drama award while “Knives Out” took the big-budget feature comedy trophy. “Marriage Story” received the studio or independent drama prize and “Jojo Rabbit” nabbed the comedy counterpart. “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” won the low-budget award.

Toy Story 4” and “The Lion King” tied in animation. “Skin in the Game
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