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James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild

James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild
James L. Brooks has been selected as the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

He will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“James L. Brooks looms large for writers in our business,” said WGA West president David A.. Goodman. “His movie scripts walk a razor’s edge; they are comedies that are tinged with tragedy, they have moments of absurdity mixed with sharply observed truths. The beauty of his work is that you never hear the writer behind it, his characters talk like real people and his scripts feel like life. We at the Wgaw Board of Directors consider it our honor to give him this award.”

Brooks is a three-time Academy Award winner, an 18-time Emmy Award winner, and four-time Writers Guild Award winner. He created “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its trio of
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‘Lady Bird’ Editor Nick Houy on Keeping It Tight and Emotional

‘Lady Bird’ Editor Nick Houy on Keeping It Tight and Emotional
One of the virtues of “Lady Bird” is the running time: a tight 94 minutes. Nick Houy, who was just nominated for an American Cinema Editors award for his work, says brevity was not a goal per se: “You only ask yourself, ‘Is the story working?’ You can’t worry about specific times.”

Still, movies are increasingly using two hours-plus as a standard, which is true of many Oscar contenders, so the fast pace on the A24-distributed film is an advantage.

“I’ve been an assistant editor in New York for years, working with John Gilroy, Tricia Cooke, Anne McCabe, Naomi Geraghty, some of the best,” Houy says. He also edited a few indie movies and the eight-hour Richard Price-Steven Zaillian HBO miniseries “The Night Of.”

Houy is friends with editor Jennifer Lame, whose credits include 2016’s “Manchester by Sea.” She recommended him to “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig, who liked his work.
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Robert De Niro Wears Massive Platform Shoes to Tower Over Al Pacino on Set of New Movie

Robert De Niro Wears Massive Platform Shoes to Tower Over Al Pacino on Set of New Movie
Robert De Niro will be towering over Al Pacino in their upcoming mobster film The Irishman thanks to a little movie magic.

On Wednesday, the two Oscar winners were photographed on the New York City set of the 2019 Martin Scorsese flick — with De Niro, 74, wearing lifts (to put it nicely) in his shoes to give him some height over Pacino, 77.

The move has nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with the fact that De Niro’s character, hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, stood tall at 6-ft-4-in. Before his death in 2003, the alleged Bufalino crime family member
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Every Denzel Washington Movie Ranked from Worst to Best

Though his most popular and lucrative fare involves him dispensing with a variety of agents and operatives, Denzel Washington is at his best when he’s allowed to route out splinters of humanity in otherwise troubled or closed-off characters. In quiet moments with directors who fully understand his talent, he communicates the troubles of his characters in deafening quiet far better than dialogue penned by Steve Zaillian or even Carl Franklin. In fact, his ability to hold the screen while doing nothing more than staring someone down silently has come to become the most popular tool in his repertoire. […
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‘American Gangster’ and the Two Sides of Ridley Scott

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

There are at least two Ridley Scotts working in Hollywood. Ridley Scott, auteur — the man who revolutionized science fiction and horror cinema at the same time with Alien, who single-handedly resurrected the swords-and-sandals epic with Gladiator, who
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The Irishman Gets Anna Paquin as Robert De Niro's Daughter

The Irishman Gets Anna Paquin as Robert De Niro's Daughter
Netflix's The Irishman keeps adding to its star-studded cast, with Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin joining the cast. The Irishman started production in Suffern, New York, with the first photos revealing Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and director Martin Scorsese all reuniting on the set for the first time since their 1995 classic Casino. With production already under way, it remains to be seen how many more cast members need to be added, but Anna Paquin joins an incredibly impressive ensemble cast.

The news was broke by Deadline earlier today, with the site revealing that Anna Paquin is portraying Peggy, the daughter of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (Robert De Niro) who has come to despise her father for everything he has become, and tries to distance herself from him. The notorious Mafia assassin has long been suspected as being directly involved with the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) in
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‘The Night Of’ Didn’t Lose to ‘Big Little Lies’ at the Emmys — It Lost to a Broken System

‘The Night Of’ Didn’t Lose to ‘Big Little Lies’ at the Emmys — It Lost to a Broken System
Last year, one of the biggest Emmys stories had nothing to do with the 2016 ceremony.

People wouldn’t stop talking about “The Night Of,” a summer sensation among viewers and critics that debuted in mid-June on HBO. The limited series aired its first episode before the Emmy nominations were announced and its last episode nearly a month before the ceremony took place.

And yet, “The Night Of” was nowhere to be seen on Emmys night; it wasn’t eligible.

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Thankfully, the memories of TV Academy voters were sound enough to nominate Steven Zaillian and Richard Price’s eight-episode drama for 13 Emmys in 2017. More than a year after its premiere, “The Night Of” became an Emmy winner by snagging four wins at the Creative Arts Emmys (for cinematography, sound editing,
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Riz Ahmed Wins Emmy for The Night Of Performance as He Remembers Executive Producer James Gandolfini

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Riz Ahmed Wins Emmy for The Night Of Performance as He Remembers Executive Producer James Gandolfini
Congratulations are in order for Riz Ahmed!

The star took home the 2017 Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his starring role in HBO’s The Night Of.

Jessica Biel and Joseph Fiennes took the stage on Sunday to present the award, Ahmed’s first Emmy.

“This is a tremendous honor just to be recognized along so many actors who I’ve been inspired by for so long,” Ahmed, 34, said in his acceptance speech, also thanking the miniseries’ co-creators Richard Price and Steven Zaillian.”

He singled out another collaborator as well: James Gandolfini, a
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Red Sparrow Trailer Brings Jennifer Lawrence Into the Spy Game

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Red Sparrow Trailer Brings Jennifer Lawrence Into the Spy Game
Seduce. Deceive. Repeat. The first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence has just been released by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons, the film hits theaters March 2nd, 2018! You can check out the first footage below.

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process,
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Jack Huston joins Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston is set to reunite with Martin Scorsese on the filmmaker’s latest project, the $100 million mob drama The Irishman.

Robert De Niro leads the cast of the film as Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, a mob hitman who claimed to be responsible for the assassination of Jimmy Hoffa. Also featuring alongside De Niro are Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano.

The Irishman is based upon Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, with Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York) penning the script. The film is set to be released by Netflix, and is expected to arrive in 2019.
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How Creative Arts Wins For ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Westworld’ Might Predict the Biggest 2017 Emmy Races

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How Creative Arts Wins For ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Westworld’ Might Predict the Biggest 2017 Emmy Races
As expected, the Creative Arts Emmy competition Sunday turned out to be a sci-fi smackdown between Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and HBO’s “Westworld,” and each split the night with five awards apiece.

The Duffer Brothers’ ’80s homage to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, “Stranger Things” won for outstanding editing, main title theme music, main title design, sound editing, and casting. The Jonathan Nolan/ Lisa Joy sci-fi/western, “Westworld,” earned outstanding special visual effects (the domain of “Game of Thrones” five years running), makeup (non-prosthetic), hairstyling, sound mixing, and creative achievement in interactive media.

However, if recent history proves a reliable harbinger, “Stranger Things” has the edge in the race for next Sunday’s Outstanding Series competition because of its editing victory. That’s because the last five outstanding editing winners have also taken home the big prize.

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Aaron Sorkin to Get Career Achievement Honor at Zurich Festival

Aaron Sorkin to Get Career Achievement Honor at Zurich Festival
Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year's Zurich international film festival. 

Zurich will present Sorkin with its Zff Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony on Oct. 4. The event will be followed by the European premiere of Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game.

Sorkin won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his screenplay to David Fincher's The Social Network. He got a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination in 2011 for his script (co-written with Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin) to Bennett Miller's Moneyball. The West Wing, the TV...
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Emmy Ballots Revealed: Producers and Writers Secretly Share The Reasons Behind Their Picks

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Emmy Ballots Revealed: Producers and Writers Secretly Share The Reasons Behind Their Picks
This may be the most unpredictable Emmy race in years, particularly on the drama side. “Stranger Things” and “Veep” lead the Emmy odds according to the prognosticators at Gold Derby, but don’t count out shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Black-ish” and “Atlanta.” At least, that’s the takeaway from a handful of writers, producers and directors who agreed to anonymously share their Emmy ballots with IndieWire.

Not that this year’s picks were easy to make. “I watch a lot of TV,” said one writer. “And yet there is not a single category where I have seen every nominee. Seems impossible to judge — and crazy to think a winner is actually the best, rather than just the best of what most people have seen.”

That’s the high-class problem of Peak TV, and why outlets like HBO and Netflix spend handsomely on For Your Consideration campaigns. That’s
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‘The Big Lebowski’ Embarrassed John Turturro At First, and Now He’s Made a ‘More Sexual’ Sequel

‘The Big Lebowski’ Embarrassed John Turturro At First, and Now He’s Made a ‘More Sexual’ Sequel
One of the most intriguing indies without a release date or a scheduled festival appearance this fall is John Turturro’s “Going Places.” The film had been originally billed as a sequel to the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” but it’s more of a character-centric spinoff or “continuation” of the Jesus character Turturro made so iconic 19 years ago.

Turturro recently joined The Hollywood Reporter on its Awards Chatter podcast for a conversation about his Emmy-nominated turn in “The Night Of,” but the discussion couldn’t help but involve one of his most unforgettable supporting turns. It turns out the actor could have never predicted that Jesus, the Puerto Rican bowling enthusiast, would be such a huge success and a character he would revisit nearly two decades later.

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“When I got the script,
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‘The Night Of’ Star Bill Camp on Letting Out ‘The Beast’ in His Dogged Detective (Video)

‘The Night Of’ Star Bill Camp on Letting Out ‘The Beast’ in His Dogged Detective (Video)
A version of this story on Bill Camp first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. The lead acting nominees from Richard Price and Steven Zaillian’s dark and riveting HBO miniseries “The Night Of” are Riz Ahmed as Naz, a young Pakistani-American student accused of murder, and John Turturro, who took over a role originally intended for the late James Gandolfini, as his weary attorney, John Stone. Both men give powerful performances, but two other cast members supply richly textured performances in supporting roles: Michael Kenneth Williams as a prison kingpin and Bill Camp as an.
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Riz Ahmed Spits Must-See Spoken Word Poem in Wake of Charlottesville Violence — Watch

Riz Ahmed Spits Must-See Spoken Word Poem in Wake of Charlottesville Violence — Watch
Riz Ahmed blew the roof off of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Monday night, with an impassioned spoken word piece in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

“In light of all the current events that are going on, it just seems like we’re living in really divided times. And it really hurts,” the British actor and rapper told Fallon. “I wrote this piece ten years ago and every year, I keep hoping it will become irrelevant. But every year, it seems to become more and more relevant, sadly. And it’s my attempt to try and get behind the headlines and try and find out where all this extremism is coming from.”

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He then took a microphone from Fallon, and soberly walked over to the part of the stage normally reserved for stand-up.
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
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 Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
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 Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’

The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’
Ron Perlman would have us believe that war never changes, but the movies about it certainly have. The last 15 years have brought no shortage of films about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (for obvious reasons), but World War II continues to fascinate filmmakers most of all. That includes Christopher Nolan, whose recent hit “Dunkirk” manages to bring something new to a genre that constantly feels at risk of becoming old hat.

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And while those two conflicts have dominated the genre of late, everything from the Civil War to the Battle of Red Cliffs has found powerful expression onscreen. Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” tells us that “war is a drug,” and the films below suggest that movies about war are just as addictive — maybe even more so.
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2017 Best Directing For A Limited Series or TV Movie Emmy Predictions

Like David E. Kelley in the Writing category Jean-Marc Vallée should be rewarded for the breadth of his work directing every episode of “Big Little Lies.” If not, Ryan Murphy’s “And the Winner Is…” from “Feud: Bette and Joan” – the best thing he’s ever directed – or Steven Zaillian‘s first episode of “The Night Of” could surprise. [Updated July 27]

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, TV Movie or Dramatic Special

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