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15 finalists remain for nominations in Best Documentary Feature

7 December 2016 7:29 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday, the Academy announced one of their long lists, whittling down the Best Animated Feature contenders to just 15 finalists. They went from an initial listing of 145 titles, making this comparatively a very short list. It consists of all of the year’s big contenders, as you’ll see shortly, but it also has relatively few snubs. I’ll get into that momentarily, but that’s a nice change of pace. This is always somewhat of a crapshoot, category wise, so knowing there’s a ton of quality here is never a bad thing at all. Anyway, this is more information to take into account when doing your Oscar predictions. The puzzle is slowly coming together, ladies and gentlemen! Nothing too unexpected was left off this list, though Leonardo Dicaprio and Fisher StevensBefore the Flood, Werner Herzog’s Into the Inferno, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, »

- Joey Magidson

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Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Analysis: Netflix Edges Out HBO, and Other Snubs and Surprises

6 December 2016 2:34 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy documentary branch’s shortlist of 15 represents a diverse range of films from all over the world, representing strong political views as well as high artistry. However, this year also stands as the first HBO shutout in recent memory — perhaps because they didn’t campaign assertively.

Rivals PBS landed five, Independent Lens and Showtime three, Netflix two, and American Experience Films, Pov, A&E, Amazon Studios, and Espn each have one. Theatrical distributors Kino Lorber and Magnolia had two, with Sundance Selects, Sony Pictures Classics, Open Road, Janus Films, Film Rise, The Film Collaborative and The Orchard one.

But which will make the final five? Those screeners will eventually be sent to the entire Academy — who have more mainstream taste than this group of professional documentarians. For now, this more demanding group will winnow down the list.

Films on similar topics could knock each other out. For example, voters »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Analysis: Netflix Edges Out HBO, and Other Snubs and Surprises

6 December 2016 2:34 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy documentary branch’s shortlist of 15 represents a diverse range of films from all over the world, representing strong political views as well as high artistry. However, this year also stands as the first HBO shutout in recent memory — perhaps because they didn’t campaign assertively.

Rivals PBS landed five, Independent Lens and Showtime three, Netflix two, and American Experience Films, Pov, A&E, Amazon Studios, and Espn each have one. Theatrical distributors Kino Lorber and Magnolia had two, with Sundance Selects, Sony Pictures Classics, Open Road, Janus Films, Film Rise, The Film Collaborative and The Orchard one.

PBS films — 3 are Independent Lens (Tower, I Am Not Your Negro and The Witness), one is Pov (Cameraperson) and one is American Experience (Command And Control.)

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But which will make the final five? Those screeners will eventually be sent to the entire Academy — who have more mainstream taste »

- Anne Thompson

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Good Girls Revolt Cancelled at Amazon

2 December 2016 6:50 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Good Girls Revolt has been put on hold indefinitely.

Per our sister site Variety, Amazon has opted not to move forward with a second season of the freshman drama. Producer Sony Pictures Television is said to be shopping the program to other outlets.

RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

The series, which was set in 1969, was inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book of the same name. The cast included TVLine Performer of the Week honorable mention Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect »

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Rob Reiner’s incredible directing hot streak

29 November 2016 1:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Nov 30, 2016

From Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride to Misery and A Few Good Men: we revisit director Rob Reiner's incredible hot streak...

On the rare occasions where we’re let out of our shed, and allowed to go and sit in places that serve beverages, the topic of conversation has a habit of veering towards movies. One regular subject is directing hot streaks. That is the filmmakers who had a run of terrific movie after terrific movie. Within half a pint of shandy and some slightly dated crisps, one name has inevitably been cited: Rob Reiner.

With good reason, too. Many directors have hot streaks. What was incredible about the run of films that Reiner enjoyed between 1984 and 1994 was that the films not only enjoyed acclaim, but they tended to be successful too. Furthermore, Reiner wasn’t tying himself to an individual genre. He zipped »

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Exclusive: Julia Child Gets the ‘Drunk History’ Treatment -- Watch Now!

22 November 2016 8:45 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

First, it was presidents, poets and Patty Hearst. Now, Julia Child is getting the Drunk History treatment in a new episode aptly titled “Food.” And Et has an exclusive first look at Child’s segment, narrated by Lyric Lewis and starring Michaela Watkins (Hulu’s Casual) and Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), which will air Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 p.m. Et on Comedy Central.

While Child is a world-famous chef and TV personality known for bringing French cuisine to the American public, creator Derek Waters was most fascinated with her brief, little-known history working for the Office of Strategic Services, which later became known as the Central Intelligence Agency. “That story jumped out at me,” Waters tells Et by phone. “I thought, ‘Oh, I genuinely want to learn what she actually did.’”

Given that Meryl Streep most famously portrayed Child in the 2009 Nora Ephron film Julie & Julia, Et had to know if the A-list star was »

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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards: ‘O.J.: Made in America’ and ’13th’ Win Big

4 November 2016 | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ezra Edelman’s “Oj: Made in America” was the big winner at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, taking home both Best Documentary and Best Director in the Theatrical Feature category. Ava DuVernay’s Netflix doc “13th” followed closely behind, picking up the same prizes in the TV/Streaming field. Penn Jillette hosted the ceremony, which honored films chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (Bfca) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja). Full list of winners below.

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Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature): “O.J.: Made in America

Best Director (Theatrical Feature): Ezra Edelman, “O.J.: Made in America

Best Documentary (TV/Streaming): “13th”

Best Director (TV/Streaming): Ava DuVernay, “13th”

Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature): Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, “Weiner

Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming):  (Tie) Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker, “Everything Is Copy »

- Michael Nordine

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.Oj: Made in America. Named Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature) and .13th. Named Best Documentary (TV/Streaming) at Inaugural Critics. Choice Documentary Awards

3 November 2016 6:18 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

(Brooklyn, NY . November 3, 2016) . The Broadcast Film Critics. Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) announced the winners of the inaugural Critics. Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Penn Jillette at Bric in Brooklyn.

Oj: Made in America took home the most awards for the evening with Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature), Best Director (Theatrical Feature) for Ezra Edelman, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Sports Documentary.

13th won three awards for Best Documentary (TV/Streaming), Best Political Documentary and Best Director (TV/Streaming) for Ava DuVernay.

The Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming) was a tie, with awards going to both Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker for Everything is Copy: Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted. and Deborah Esquenazi for Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg won Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) for Weiner.

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- Manny

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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Spotlights the Real-Life Women Who Fought for Newsroom Equality

31 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s no coincidence that Amazon released its period drama “Good Girls Revolt,” about 1960s-era female employees seeking equality in the newsroom, less than two weeks before Election Day. Although the feminist-friendly series is set over 40 years ago, the issues its characters rally behind are still as relevant today – and, in fact, have been a key part of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign platform.

“[Amazon] immediately knew that they wanted to market it before the election, that it would be the Year of the Woman, that Hillary would be running,” executive producer Lynda Obst told IndieWire earlier this summer.

Read More: ‘Good Girls Review’ Review: A Powerful Story But No Revolution Yet

The series is based on Lynn Povich’s memoir, “Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace,” in which she reveals how she, along with journalist-turned-filmmaker Nora Ephron and about 60 other women, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Spotlights the Real-Life Women Who Fought for Newsroom Equality

31 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s no coincidence that Amazon released its period drama “Good Girls Revolt,” about 1960s-era female employees seeking equality in the newsroom, less than two weeks before Election Day. Although the feminist-friendly series is set over 40 years ago, the issues its characters rally behind are still as relevant today – and, in fact, have been a key part of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign platform.

“[Amazon] immediately knew that they wanted to market it before the election, that it would be the Year of the Woman, that Hillary would be running,” executive producer Lynda Obst told IndieWire earlier this summer.

Read More: ‘Good Girls Review’ Review: A Powerful Story But No Revolution Yet

The series is based on Lynn Povich’s memoir, “Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace,” in which she reveals how she, along with journalist-turned-filmmaker Nora Ephron and about 60 other women, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Oscars Documentary Race Heats up With 145 Features in Contention

29 October 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A total of 145 feature documentaries were submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 89th Academy Awards.

Out of those films the members of the Academy’s documentary branch will select a shortlist of 15 features that will be announced in December, and the five nominations will be announced on January 24.

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Among the titles included in the list are Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” the Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner “Weiner” by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, Raoul Peck’s Toronto Film Festival Audience Award winner “I Am Not Your Negro,” the visually stunning “Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience” by Terrence Malik and Otto Bell’s “The Eagle Huntress.”

Read More: Oscars 2017: 10 Documentary Shorts Vie for Nominations

This year Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees’ film “Amy” about British singer Amy Winehouse »

- Liz Calvario

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Oscars: Academy Receives 145 Feature Documentary Submissions

28 October 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A total of 145 documentary feature films have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 89th Academy Awards.

Members of the Academy’s documentary branch will select 15 films as a shortlist in December and the five nominations will be announced on Jan. 24. The Oscar ceremony is set for Feb. 26.

Some of the notable titles include Ava DuVernay’s “13th”; Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience”; Sundance Film Festival documentary grand jury prize winner “Weiner” by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg; Toronto Film Festival audience award winner “I Am Not Your Negro” by Raoul Peck; and “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.”

Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees won this year’s Academy Award for best documentary feature for their Amy Winehouse movie “Amy.”

Here are the submitted films, listed in alphabetical order.

“The Abolitionists”

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell”

“All Governments Lie: Truth, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Review: Don’t Expect a Revolution in Season 1, But a Powerful Story Does Emerge

28 October 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This fall, Amazon’s had a notable run of new series that really champion female voices — with Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” and Season 3 of “Transparent,” these ostensible comedies have brought subtle depths to the streaming service, telling stories that you might not see on any conventional network.

Read More: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Returning to TV with New Anthology Series from Amazon and the Weinstein Company

Good Girls Revolt,” meanwhile, wouldn’t feel terribly out of place on a basic or premium cable network, but does still keep that feminine energy going. The period drama focuses on ambitious Patti (Genevieve Angelson), timid Cindy (Erin Darke) and conservative Jane (Anna Camp), who among other women working at news magazine “News of the Week,” serve as researchers, but often go well beyond their basic duties to help the male reporters on staff complete their assignments. For their hard work, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Review: Don’t Expect a Revolution in Season 1, But a Powerful Story Does Emerge

28 October 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This fall, Amazon’s had a notable run of new series that really champion female voices — with Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” and Season 3 of “Transparent,” these ostensible comedies have brought subtle depths to the streaming service, telling stories that you might not see on any conventional network.

Read More: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Returning to TV with New Anthology Series from Amazon and the Weinstein Company

Good Girls Revolt,” meanwhile, wouldn’t feel terribly out of place on a basic or premium cable network, but does still keep that feminine energy going. The period drama focuses on ambitious Patti (Genevieve Angelson), timid Cindy (Erin Darke) and conservative Jane (Anna Camp), who among other women working at news magazine “News of the Week,” serve as researchers, but often go well beyond their basic duties to help the male reporters on staff complete their assignments. For their hard work, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Good Girls Revolt Review: Well, Not Every '60s Show Can Be Mad Men

26 October 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

As acclaimed as it was, Mad Men was never a breakout ratings hit — which makes it all the more strange that so many ’60s-set clones have popped up since its debut. First came NBC’s The Playboy Club and ABC’s Pan Am, both cancelled after a single season. And now comes Amazon’s newsroom drama Good Girls Revolt (debuting this Friday), which unfortunately is closer in quality to those two misfires than the original. It gets the period clothes and music right, but forgets to include any of the insight and emotional complexity that made Mad Men great.

The »

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Documentary, Now: Three Rock Stars Who Run The Fast-Changing Nonfiction World

24 October 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy will announce its list of Oscar-eligible documentaries this week, a field that counted just 82 entries in 2005; last year, there were 124. And along with this growth comes a new attribute for the much-admired/often ignored genre: Power.

Under Sheila Nevins, HBO led the way in showing how documentaries could draw audiences with nonfiction programming that’s skillful, dynamic, and relevant. Under Lisa Nishimura, Netflix upped the ante with deep-pocketed algorithms that not only proved audiences craved this content (after all, documentaries are the original reality TV), but also guided exactly where those viewers could be found, and what they wanted to see. And while social justice has always been the bailiwick of documentary filmmakers, Diane Weyermann at Participant has given that niche the financing and clout it deserves.

While their business models differ, they’re all producing documentaries that might not otherwise exist, making them better and getting them seen. »

- Anne Thompson

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Documentary, Now: Three Rock Stars Who Run The Fast-Changing Nonfiction World

24 October 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy will announce its list of Oscar-eligible documentaries this week, a field that counted just 82 entries in 2005; last year, there were 124. And along with this growth comes a new attribute for the much-admired/often ignored genre: Power.

Under Sheila Nevins, HBO led the way in showing how documentaries could draw audiences with nonfiction programming that’s skillful, dynamic, and relevant. Under Lisa Nishimura, Netflix upped the ante with deep-pocketed algorithms that not only proved audiences craved this content (after all, documentaries are the original reality TV), but also guided exactly where those viewers could be found, and what they wanted to see. And while social justice has always been the balliwick of documentary filmmakers, Diane Weyermann at Participant has given that niche the financing and clout it deserves.

While their business models differ, they’re all producing documentaries that might not otherwise exist, making them better and getting them seen. »

- Anne Thompson

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TV Review: Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’

24 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s almost impossible to consider “Good Girls Revolt,” a workplace drama about women suing for equality in the late ’60s, without recalling AMC’s “Mad Men,” a show that brought the decade to life with gorgeous and resonant style. “Good Girls Revolt” owes much to its predecessor, which is one of the few period shows that actually found a way to make its era feel lived-in, not costume drama. Perhaps without “Mad Men’s” chilling depiction of Peggy Olson’s first day of work, the institutional subordination of women in the workplace would feel like a pesky origin myth — neither relevant nor real — to whole generations of the viewing public. “Mad Men” made that sexism brilliantly inescapable, excavating the past to bear on the present.

The new Amazon Studios drama takes “Mad Men’s” interest in workplace gender dynamics and expands that lens to make it the entire show. “Good Girls Revolt »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’ Is More Relevant Than Stars Anticipated: ‘That’s Not a Good Thing’

19 October 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For “Good Girls Revolt” creator Dana Calvo, it was never a question of whether the story of a band of magazine research girls suing for equal employment opportunities in the 1960s would be relevant.

But Calvo couldn’t have anticipated some of the developments that would make her series a vital part of a national conversation, like the Republican presidential nominee being accused of sexual misconduct by an increasing number of women.

“Twenty-seven months ago, it was more like, Amy Schumer was just busting out of the comedy scene and everyone was making noise about hiring more women directors,” Calvo told Variety at the “Good Girls Revolt” premiere event on Tuesday evening in New York City at the Joseph Urban Theater at Hearst Tower. “But this toxic campaign tenor has, in a way, provided this relief map for the stories we’re trying to tell now.”

Star Anna Camp had a similar reaction. “It »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Carlton Cuse: How Staying Zen Makes Him One of TV’s Most Prolific Showrunners

14 October 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Carlton Cuse is a busy man. He recently signed a deal with Amazon Studios for ten episodes of his new “Jack Ryan” series, an action packed spy thriller written originally by famous writer of espionage Tom Clancy. And the new series is one of four shows backed by Cuse as an executive producer, which also include “Bates Motel,” “Colony” and “The Strain.” With his experience and almost supernatural ability to juggle a hectic workload (although he admits he has some leeway, as he was able to set up all of his production offices along the Ventura Blvd corridor), the Writers Guild asked him to explain his approach to writing and collaboration, and how to be an effective showrunner.

Here are some of his tips for writers and showrunners alike.

Things Will Change

Cuse says when “Lost” finished, one of the executives at ABC gave Cuse and Damon Lindelof a letter »

- Zipporah Smith

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