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Emmys: British royalty (‘The Crown’) vs. Hollywood royalty (‘Feud: Bette and Joan’) for Best Period/Fantasy Costumes

21 August 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This year will be a battle royal at the Emmys for Best Period/Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series of Movie. Among the nominees are “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the FX limited series about Hollywood royalty Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and “The Crown,” the Netflix drama series which chronicles the lives of the British […] »

- Amanda Spears

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Emmys Poll 2017: What Should Win for Outstanding Limited Series?

21 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Outstanding Limited Series category at this year’s Emmys is just as jam-packed with quality TV as the Comedy and Drama categories — but which one of the five nominees will come out on top?

The frontrunner has to be HBO’s Big Little Lies, the star-studded portrait of the Monterey upper crust that piled up 16 nominations, including nods for stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. But it’ll face stiff competition from a pair of FX entries: Fargo, which has now racked up 52 total nominations across three installments, including a Limited Series win in 2014 for Season 1; and Feud: Bette and Joan, »

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Susan Sarandon to Receive Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award

17 August 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Susan Sarandon: Sarandon’s Twitter account

Activist and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon will be honored with the Maverick Award this year at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Daily Freeman reports.

According to the festival’s press release, the Maverick Award is annually presented to those “who demonstrate a fiercely independent and unparalled artistic vision.”

Meira Blaustein, Woodstock’s co-founder and executive director, has expressed that Sarandon’s appeal lies not only in her extensive acting accomplishments — a career that spans over 60 years — but also in her advocacy for “many socially relevant, impactful films and gender equality in the entertainment industry.”

Sarandon has served as an executive producer on multiple projects. Her recent credits include Alexandra Dean’s “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” a documentary that explores Lamarr’s accomplishments as both an actress and technological inventor. “Bombshell” screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Zietgeist Films and Kino Lorber. The film will screen at Woodstock in celebration of Sarandon’s career.

Alongside “Thelma and Louise” co-star Geena Davis, Sarandon received Kering’s “Women in Motion” award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. She was nominated for a 2017 Emmy for portraying one of Hollywood’s original female game-changers, Bette Davis, in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

The 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival will be held October 11–15 in London. For tickets and information, visit the festival website.

Susan Sarandon to Receive Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Kelsey Moore

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Watch Emmy’s Main Title Contenders: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Feud’

15 August 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The craft of main title design has become more prestigious in TV since “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” won Emmys in 2008 and 2011. And this season the race pits three Best Drama contenders (“Westworld,” “Stranger Things,” “The Crown”) against Limited Series contender (“Feud: Bette and Joan”) and “American Gods.”

Three of the five main title designs come from Patrick Clair (“Westworld,” The Crown,” “American Gods”), last year’s winner for “The Man in the High Castle,” and a previous winner for “True Detective” (2014). If the goal is to encapsulate the essence of a show in a graphically striking, attention-grabbing manner, then all five shows fit the job.

As far as winning the race, “Westworld” stands out for its complex design, poetic beauty, and melancholy mood, But both “Feud” and “Stranger Things” boast distinctive retro vibes— that brilliantly play off the nostalgia appeal of their series.

Westworld

From the galloping horse »

- Bill Desowitz

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From ‘Feud’ to ‘The Wizard of Lies,’ Emmy is Having a Love Affair with True Stories

15 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood’s interest in adapting true stories to the big and small screen is a tale as old as the industry. But in recent years the trend of gravitating toward stories more deeply rooted in reality has grown, especially when it comes to award recognition. In 2016, three out of the 10 Emmy nominees in the categories of limited series and TV movies were projects based on real people, but this year the number almost doubled.

“These stories of real people are even more poignant right now in a literal and figurative challenging time,” says Jennifer Nettles, who inhabited Avie Lee Parton for “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” “I think these true people and what they are going through that seems challenging or so far out of reach, maybe they’re more accessible than we think. They give us an opportunity to hope.”

Typically when actors begin character work for new projects, they »

- Danielle Turchiano

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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: How Jessica Lange Made Conniving Joan Crawford Sympathetic — Career Watch

14 August 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jessica Lange, who’s at the height of powers at age 68, revealing depths of emotion as fading Golden Age star Joan Crawford in FX’s mighty Emmy contender “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Bottom Line: Jessica Lange has matured from a gorgeous movie ingenue to a theater and screen character actress with extraordinary range who keeps surprising audiences with what she can make them feel.

Career Peaks: From the start, Lange impressed people even when she was in the clutches of the Dino De Laurentiis incarnation of “Kong Kong.” She followed that up with her performance as a sexy waitress who seduces Jack Nicholson on a kitchen table in Bob Rafelson’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981) and with a weighty dramatic role as the depressed »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: How Jessica Lange Made Conniving Joan Crawford Sympathetic — Career Watch

14 August 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jessica Lange, who’s at the height of powers at age 68, revealing depths of emotion as fading Golden Age star Joan Crawford in FX’s mighty Emmy contender “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Bottom Line: Jessica Lange has matured from a gorgeous movie ingenue to a theater and screen character actress with extraordinary range who keeps surprising audiences with what she can make them feel.

Career Peaks: From the start, Lange impressed people even when she was in the clutches of the Dino De Laurentiis incarnation of “Kong Kong.” She followed that up with her performance as a sexy waitress who seduces Jack Nicholson on a kitchen table in Bob Rafelson’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981) and with a weighty dramatic role as the depressed »

- Anne Thompson

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Emmy Awards: ‘Feud’ Star Jackie Hoffman Offers to Accept Winner’s Trophy (Watch)

14 August 2017 9:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Oscars episode of FX’s “Feud” may well be one of its best — depicting the behind-the-scenes shenanigans at the 1963 Academy Awards. Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) was nominated for best actress for her work in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” — but her co-star Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) was famously snubbed. Crawford schemed to steal the spotlight from her longtime rival by offering to accept the award on the other nominees’ behalf, including Geraldine Page and Anne Bancroft, who ultimately won.

Feud’s” Emmy haul of 18 nominations includes one for Jackie Hoffman, who is up for an award for best supporting actress in a limited series for her work as the unforgettable Mamacita, Joan Crawford’s long-suffering, infinitely patient maid/sidekick — opposite castmate Judy Davis (who embodied Hedda Hopper), “Big Little Lies'” Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley, Regina King (“American Crime”), and Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”).

So when it comes to campaigning for the trophy »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Emmy Fyc event: Susan Sarandon and Ryan Murphy advocate for more women behind camera

13 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Feud: Bette and Joan” star Susan Sarandon and creator Ryan Murphy advocated for more female representation both in front of and behind the camera during an Emmy Fyc event Thursday night at the DGA Theater in Hollywood, CA. The Oscar winner (Best Actress for “Dead Man Walking” in 1995) is nominated for playing Bette Davis in this FX limited series about […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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On This Day: Basquiat, Last Temptation, Cleopatra

12 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

on this day in history as it relates to showbiz

30 BC  Cleopatra commits suicide, allegedly by purposeful snake bite. I don't remember that scene in Liz Taylor's Cleopatra but it might have been at the four hour mark and t'was possibly asleep

How to honor this day: play with someone's snake. In the absence of a suitable one, wink at someone as saucily as Liz

← 1915  "Of Human Bondage" by W Somerset Maugham published. 19 years later it becomes a movie and marks Bette Davis's ascent to superstar actress

How to honor this day: Let it all out like Bette in that performance that's pure »

- NATHANIEL R

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Nostalgic ‘Feud’ vs. ‘Stranger Things’ Vie for Best Main Title Theme Emmy

11 August 2017 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to picking main title themes this season, Emmy voters are heading toward either FX’s “Feud” or Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Both tap Hollywood musical nostalgia in depicting the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (nominated Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, respectively) in the early ’60s and ’80s sci-fi in the Duffer Brothers’ creepy thriller.

On the other hand, HBO’s “Westworld” has a haunting theme, National Geographic’s “Genius” offers a brief but adrenaline-pumping opener, Masterpiece’s “Victoria” contains a feisty bit of classicism, and “The Good Fight” gets explosive in the debut launch of CBS All Access.

Feud”: Bette and Joan” (Mac Quayle)

Composer Mac Quayle (last year’s winner for the “Mr. Robot” score) took a deep dive into ’60s Hollywood movie scores to evoke the anger and pain between Davis and Crawford during their competitive stint co-starring in “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Feud’ Isn’t Just About Warring Divas But Females’ Fight For Empowerment In Hollywood – Emmys

11 August 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated with video from last night’s panel: On the surface Ryan Murphy’s FX/Fox 21 series Feud: Bette and Joan is about one of the biggest hair-pulling dramas in Hollywood between two legendary divas, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. But underneath it’s much more: An examination of how show business stunted the growth of actresses, thus causing a divide between these two fellow and iconic thespians. “We’re stronger together than when we are apart,” said Susan Sarandon about… »

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New Faces Like Millie Bobby Brown and Ron Cephas Jones Break Into Emmy Supporting Race

11 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy voters are often creatures of habit, content to reward the usual suspects. But this year, the supporting category offers a lot of opportunities for new faces to break in. The diverse group of vets and newbies invited to the party include Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), Chrissy Metz and Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”), Alexander Skarsgard and Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”), Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”).

For 13-year-old British actress Brown, playing the enigmatic, buzz-cutted Eleven on the Duffer brothers retro Netflix drama “Stranger Things” represents a couple of firsts. “It was my first big break and really my first proper acting job,” she says. “When we were shooting [the first season] we never thought it’d be this big, and it’s kind of crazy to realize how many people have responded to it and my character, this outcast.”

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- Iain Blair

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‘Hidden Figures’ Inspired the State Department + More Industry News

11 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Hidden Figures” has inspired a State Department education program. After screening the film at almost 80 locations overseas, a new publicly funded exchange program called #HiddenNoMore will bring 50 women from 50 different countries who work Stem fields to the U.S. to meet with universities, Girl Scouts, and other organizations. (THR)  Disney is leaving Netflix.And starting its own streaming service. Starting in 2019, the company will launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service. (CNBC) Justice for Laura Dern!Though the actor was up for the presidency of the Academy of Motion Pictures, she lost the position to dark horse John Bailey, a cinematographer. Had she won, Dern would have made history as only the second actress to hold the position in 76 years. Bette Davis was the first. (THR) Maybe rethink that theater degree...After borrowing almost $75,000 to attend Harvard's A.R.T. Institute 12 years ago, Katieorse Donohue, an actor living in L.A., still »

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‘The Crown’ Battles ‘Feud’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in Period Costume Emmy Race

10 August 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This season all five period costume design nominees are steeped in politics and culture. But the smart money’s on “The Crown,” Netflix’s most prestigious and expensive series to date. Here the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth II (nominated Claire Foy) expressed both her regal power and personal sacrifice. Plus Peter Morgan’s historical drama also fills the “Downton Abbey” void.

However, don’t underestimate the power of Old Hollywood with “Feud: Bette and Joan,” in which the contrasting wardrobes underscored the bitter rivalry between Bette Davis (nominated Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (nominated Jessica Lange).

But there’s a dark horse to be reckoned with: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in which red dresses symbolized menstrual blood and political rage in capturing Margaret Atwood’s dystopian America along with the anti-Trump zeitgeist.

And the contrasting wardrobes of “Westworld” defined the best and worst of humanity inside the theme park and the futuristic programming center. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Co-Stars Compete in Lead Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series Category

10 August 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the fifth episode of the FX limited series “Feud,” aptly titled “And the Winner Is … (The Oscars of 1963),” bitter rivals Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) go head-to-head at the Oscars. Never mind that Crawford wasn’t even nominated: She manages to steal the night by offering to accept the golden statue on behalf of the other lead actress nominees.

And now Lange and Sarandon find themselves nominated against each other in probably the most competitive category of the year: lead actress in a limited series or TV movie. But don’t draw any parallels to the actresses they played on screen; Lange assures us there are no real-life similarities. “I was so happy the day I saw the nominations and realized the six main actors in the piece were all nominated,” Lange says, referring not only to her and Sarandon, but also their supporting cast of Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman »

- Jenelle Riley

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‘American Gods,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Stranger Things’s’ Title Design Introduce Show Themes in Seconds

9 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Much like book covers, it can be tempting to judge a television series by its main title design — those evocative and increasingly imagery-driven sequences designed to convey everything from the essence of a show’s content to visual aesthetic and thematic reach, often while still telling a mini-story all its own. This year’s five Emmy nominated title sequences certainly pass judgment, effectively inviting viewers into a variety of worlds.

American Gods” (pictured) (Starz)

Charged with conceiving the title sequence for Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel exploring the role of rising and falling deities in the modern age, creative director Patrick Clair looked directly to the two words in its name. “It was dealing with two very powerful, potentially sacred, very weighty elements — being basically the legacy of America and the legacy of religion on the other side,” Clair says.

In order to represent this duality visually, Clair »

- Scott Huver

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6 Great Films About Female Obsession, From ‘Single White Female’ to ‘Heavenly Creatures’

9 August 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Matt Spicer’s “Ingrid Goes West” doesn’t shy away from its deliciously unhinged protagonist in the slightest, opening the comedy’s action with the eponymous Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) going full-tilt bonkers on the wedding of someone who initially seems like an old pal who has done her wrong. But Ingrid isn’t getting revenge on a lost friend who has bilked her for other people, she’s actually on hand to ruin the nuptials of someone she mostly knows from social media.

Ingrid eventually moves on (sort of), heading out west to make her way in sunny Los Angeles, where she’s convinced that a highly curated life is the cure for all her ills. What she really wants is someone else to emulate and follow, and she finds that in Insta-famous lifestyle blogger Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen), who makes the woeful mistake of liking one of Ingrid’s targeted posts. »

- Kate Erbland

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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

8 August 2017 11:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents the Oscars for excellence in filmmaking. The decision was made Tuesday night at a monthly meeting of the AMPAS board of governors.

The new Academy leader will succeed exiting president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served a maximum four-year term in the role and, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, oversaw many dramatic shifts in the movie monolith’s demographical makeup and procedural status quo.

Bailey, 74, is a dark-horse winner. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,”  “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, but he has never received an Oscar nomination.

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- Kristopher Tapley

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Laura Dern: The Actress Who Would Be President — of the Academy

8 August 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy Board of Governors convenes Tuesday night to pick their next president. Three major candidates have emerged from the 54-member body, although anything can happen.

Dern would be the first actress since Bette Davis’s notoriously short two-month 1941 tenure. (She quit when she realized the all-male board would give her no power.) While movie stars like Gregory Peck and Douglas Fairbanks have served as president, only two women have served since Davis: Screenwriter Fay Kanin presided effectively from 1979 to 1983, and publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the first African-American to hold the post) is exiting at the end of a tumultuous four-year term. During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the 17 branches to actively recruit a younger and more inclusive membership from all over the world.

Isaacs also presided over the infamous last Oscar show, with »

- Anne Thompson

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