Check Out the First Preview of Fences, Directed by and Starring Denzel Washington

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“Hey Pop,” the boy asks, standing at the stoop base of a ramshackle backyard. “Can I ask you a question?”

The man turns slowly from his work.

“How come you ain’t never liked me?”

The man, Troy, is played by Denzel Washington. The boy, Cory, is Jovan Adepo. The sequence that follows in that 1950s Pittsburgh backyard is as poignant and powerful as you would expect for the cinematic release of Fences, the late August Wilson’s masterpiece.

The film, scheduled for a Christmas Day release, is already getting plenty of positive buzz. Washington, who starred in a 2010 revival of the play alongside costar Viola Davis (who plays Troy’s wife Rose), also directs the film.

Viacom Congratulates Our 2016 Emmy Winners

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After picking up more than a half dozen statuettes at the Creative Arts Emmys – including a long-deserved nod to RuPaul for best reality show host – Viacom brands added to their haul at the Primetime Emmys, with Comedy Central’s Key & Peele earning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and the Paramount Television-produced Grease: Live winning its fifth overall Emmy, for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.

Our Viacom Catalyst team, which orchestrated a definitive photo shoot with Jonathan Mannion for Viacom’s Fans First campaign earlier this year and recently designed the logo for the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., put together this flashy little video to acknowledge all of the winners.

Congratulations to everyone at Viacom who contributed to making this standout programming. You can read about the rest of Viacom’s 2016 Emmy wins here.

 

Free Preview: Epix Launches Pair of Original Series – Spy Serial and Presidential Renaissance

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You probably know Epix as a warehouse for the highlights of Hollywood weekends past. From 1917’s The Eye of Envy to recent releases Whisky Tango Foxtrot and Daddy’s Home, the depth and quality of the library is stunning (check it out here and try their awesome filtering tool).

But like Viacom brands CMT (Nashville, Still The King) and TV Land (Younger, Impastor, Teachers, Lopez – check out their glimmering new website), Epix is mixing original series into their lineup, starting with the duo of Berlin Station and Graves – and you can watch the first two episodes of each for free.

Graves is set in an alt-reality America where President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) is stumbling through life decades after his two-term presidency ends. Tended by a flock of aides, security teams, and fellow politicians-in-retirement coordinated through his wife (Sela Ward), the 42nd president grumbles through his days with a despondent resignation. At the end of another day of labored tedium, the Republican folk hero sits alone in his palatial desert compound and Googles, “Who was the worst president in history?” The search results launch him into a frenzy of shocked self-realization that will reverberate across society. Check out the preview below, then watch the first two episodes here.

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Six Viacom Employees Share Their VMA-zing Experiences From the 2016 VMAs

In the latest installment of Viacom’s award show employee sweepstakes, we sent six of our own Viacom superstars to witness the magic, the Moonmen, and the momentum at Madison Square Garden for MTV’s 33rd annual VMAs.

Here’s what our winners found most thrilling about the VMAs.

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Alain Crevecoeur at the VMAs. Read More

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Maritza Murillo and Mark Mills had a VMA-zing time. Read More

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Murillo and Mills strike a pose. Read More

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Jaime ​Hoerbelt at the VMAs. Read More

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Erica Romero shares the view from the top. Read More

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Romero and her date at the VMAs. Read More

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Nicolas Laino and his wife, Lisa. Read More

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Eddie Gutierrez and his guest at the VMAs. Read More

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