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Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script

Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script
As Austin, Texas, continues to flaunt its clout as a filmmaking destination, its festival calendar grows ever more crowded, with newer events striving to carve out their own corners of the scene. But one of the city’s more idiosyncratic annual fests is also one of its oldest, and the 24th Austin Film Festival, taking place from Oct. 26-Nov. 2, has remained true to its initial mission — moving the spotlight from actors and directors to screenwriters.

This year, the fest has no shortage of Oscar-contending films scheduled to make their Lone Star debuts, from “Darkest Hour” to “Call Me by Your Name” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” as well as an opening night gala for “Lady Bird” with writer-director Greta Gerwig in attendance, and a closing night presentation of “Chappaquiddick” with screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. Texas native Dan Rather will be on hand to discuss higher-ed documentary “Fail State,” and the festival
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Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans for their extraordinary contributions to film and television, respectively, the festival announced Wednesday.

Hill, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, wrote and directed notable films such as 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend and Wild Bill. He also co-produced the sci-fi favorite Alien. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood.

Wayans, who is also known for writing and directing several films...
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Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans for their extraordinary contributions to film and television, respectively, the festival announced Wednesday.

Hill, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, wrote and directed notable films such as 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend and Wild Bill. He also co-produced the sci-fi favorite Alien. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood.

Wayans, who is also known for writing and directing several films...
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Walter Hill, Keenen Ivory Wayans To Be Honored By Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

Walter Hill, Keenen Ivory Wayans To Be Honored By Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference
Exclusive: Filmmaker Walter Hill and comedian/filmmaker Keenen Ivory Wayans are both being honored this year in Austin at the annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference. Hill, whose film career goes back decades with such films as The Warriors and 48 Hrs. and HBO’s Deadwood will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award. Wayans, who created, launched, and hosted the landmark 1990s variety series In Living Color, will receive Aff's Extraordinary…
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TV Rewind: The 9 Shows That Defined 1990, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Wings’

The year 1990 was the beginning of a new decade that just had survived the neon excesses of the ’80s. This fresh start was seen in the world at large with the reunification of Germany, the unification of Yemen, the release of Nelson Mandela and the resignation of Margaret Thatcher as the U.K.’s prime minister.

It was also the fledgling days of the internet, when the first web server was created, providing a foundation for the World Wide Web as we know it.

Read More: ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Being Developed by Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV and Warner Bros. — Exclusive

Over on television, “Saturday Night Live” welcomed the new talents of Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney.

The year also marked the end of an era for shows like “Alf,” “227,” “Newhart,” primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” Nickelodeon’s slime purveyor “You Can’t Do That on Television,
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TV Rewind: The 9 Shows That Defined 1990, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Wings’

The year 1990 was the beginning of a new decade that just had survived the neon excesses of the ’80s. This fresh start was seen in the world at large with the reunification of Germany, the unification of Yemen, the release of Nelson Mandela and the resignation of Margaret Thatcher as the U.K.’s prime minister.

It was also the fledgling days of the internet, when the first web server was created, providing a foundation for the World Wide Web as we know it.

Read More: ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Being Developed by Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV and Warner Bros. — Exclusive

Over on television, “Saturday Night Live” welcomed the new talents of Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney.

The year also marked the end of an era for shows like “Alf,” “227,” “Newhart,” primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” Nickelodeon’s slime purveyor “You Can’t Do That on Television,
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The 33 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed By Black Filmmakers

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The 33 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed By Black Filmmakers
When a film earns over $100 million domestic, it’s noteworthy but hardly unusual; 30 films claimed that distinction in 2016 alone. When a film directed by an African-American joins that group, however, it’s a different story.

Read More: Why Sidney Poitier’s ‘Stir Crazy’ Is Still the Most Successful Movie Ever Made By a Black Director

In all of film history, considered by adjusted gross, only 33 titles from black directors have earned over $100 million domestic — a fact that highlights the endemic lack of opportunity. (A 2015 DGA study put all minority male directors at 11.2 percent of studio releases. Minority female directors comprise 1.3 percent; none are on this list.)

Several names show repeatedly: There’s John Singleton with four, F. Gary Gray, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Antoine Fuqua with three, and Spike Lee and Forest Whitaker with two. And the name that shows up most of all is Denzel Washington; he stars in five of the films.
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Gravitas Buys Stand-Up Comedy Documentary ‘Dying Laughing’

Gravitas Ventures has bought rights to the stand-up comedy documentary “Dying Laughing,” which includes Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jamie Foxx and the late Garry Shandling.

Gravitas made the deal with filmmakers Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton with plans to release the movie in theaters and on demand in the first quarter of next year.

Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Keenen Ivory Wayans are also featured in “Dying Laughing,” which premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

“Over two years, as the film began to emerge from the thousands of miles traveled and hundreds of hours or interviews, we learned about the physical and emotional dedication that it takes to become a stand-up comedian, and that the prospect of failure haunts even the most experienced and celebrated practitioners,” said Toogood and Stanton. “We hope
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Gravitas Ventures Nabs Stand-Up Comedy Doc ‘Dying Laughing’; Jokers Include Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer & Garry Shandling

Gravitas Ventures Nabs Stand-Up Comedy Doc ‘Dying Laughing’; Jokers Include Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer & Garry Shandling
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Dying Laughing, the stand-up comedy doc that includes appearances by Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jamie Foxx, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Keenen Ivory Wayans and the late Garry Shandling. Directed by Paul Toogood & Lloyd Stanton, Dying Laughing premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, and will hit…
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Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara Win WGA West Board Seats

Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara Win WGA West Board Seats
Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara have scored the most votes in winning two-year terms to seats on the Writers Guild of America West board.

Incumbents Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez, Chip Johannessen and former WGA West president Patric Verrone also won seats along with “Grey’s Anatomy” exec producer Zoanne Clack and Courtney Ellinger. Keenen Ivory Wayans, who issued no campaign statement in the official campaign material sent to members, was one of five candidates not elected.

Turnout was typically low with results announced Monday evening. The number of eligible voting members was 9,120, with a total of 2,440 valid ballots cast, representing 26.75% voter turnout. Mazzara had the most votes with 1,732, followed by Weiner with 1,597, David (1,525), Fernandez (1,480), Johannessen (1,394), Clack (1,393), Ellinger (1,281) and Verrone (1,175).

The three-month campaign focused largely on money issues at upcoming negotiations with calls for solidarity — but with only a few mentions of a potential strike.
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Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara Win WGA West Board Seats

Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara Win WGA West Board Seats
Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara have scored the most votes in winning two-year terms to seats on the Writers Guild of America West board.

Incumbents Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez, Chip Johannessen and former WGA West president Patric Verrone also won seats along with “Grey’s Anatomy” exec producer Zoanne Clack and Courtney Ellinger. Keenen Ivory Wayans, who issued no campaign statement in the official campaign material sent to members, was one of five candidates not elected.

Turnout was typically low with results announced Monday evening. The number of eligible voting members was 9,120, with a total of 2,440 valid ballots cast, representing 26.75% voter turnout. Mazzara had the most votes with 1,732, followed by Weiner with 1,597, David (1,525), Fernandez (1,480), Johannessen (1,394), Clack (1,393), Ellinger (1,281) and Verrone (1,175).

The three-month campaign focused largely on money issues at upcoming negotiations with calls for solidarity — but with only a few mentions of a potential strike.

“As
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WGA Candidates Signal Tough Contract Talks

Key candidates for the ruling boards of the Writers Guild of America have promised a tough stance at the bargaining table as negotiations loom on a successor deal with producers.

Former WGA West president Patric Verrone, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara — all running for the eight open seats on the WGA West’s board — have weighed in with calls for solidarity and pledges that they will try to get writers more money. “House of Cards” showrunner Beau Willimon has promised he’ll be active in negotiations.

But there’s only minimal mention of a strike threat. The statements began arriving recently in booklets and have been posted on the guild’s website with the results announced Sept. 19.

“As a Board member, I promise to approach the future in unity with all writers,” Weiner wrote. “My lesson from 20 years of work (and negotiation
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13 Candidates In Race For Eight Seats On WGA West Board

The WGA West said today that 13 candidates will be vying for eight open seats in its upcoming board of directors election. Incumbents seeking re-election include former guild president Patric Verrone, Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. The others in the race are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Matthew Weiner, Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Glen Mazzara, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith. The guild will host its annual candidates'…
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13 Candidates In Race For Eight Seats On WGA West Board

The WGA West said today that 13 candidates will be vying for eight open seats in its upcoming board of directors election. Incumbents seeking re-election include former guild president Patric Verrone, Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. The others in the race are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Matthew Weiner, Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Glen Mazzara, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith. The guild will host its annual candidates'…
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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have
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Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara, Patric Verrone Seeking Writers Guild Seats

Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara, Patric Verrone Seeking Writers Guild Seats
Former Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “The Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara and comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans have been nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGA West’s board of directors.

Verrone, best known for leading the 2007-08 WGA strike, is running as an incumbent as are Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. Others seeking seats are Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Dan Wilcox, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith.

Weiner received nine Emmys for his work on “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos.” Mazzara was the executive producer of “Walking Dead” on its second and third seasons and is the creator and executive producer of “Damien.”

Wayans is best known as the host and co-creator of “In Living Color.”

The election is likely to fuel discussions about details of a successor deal to the current WGA master contract, which
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Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara, Patric Verrone Seeking Writers Guild Seats

Matthew Weiner, Glen Mazzara, Patric Verrone Seeking Writers Guild Seats
Former Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara and comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans have been nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGA West’s board of directors.

Verrone, best known for leading the 2007-08 WGA strike, is running as an incumbent as are Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. Others seeking seats are Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Dan Wilcox, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith.

The election is likely to fuel discussions about details of a successor deal to the current WGA master contract, which expires on May 1. The open seats are for a two-year term.

Johannessen was the co-chair of the negotiating committee with Billy Ray in 2014 when the guild reached the current deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Talks for a successor deal with the
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All the Times the Wayans Got It Right in Their Parody Movies

All the Times the Wayans Got It Right in Their Parody Movies
Marlon Wayans has another spoof movie, and this time he's skewering Fifty Shades of Grey with his parody Fifty Shades of Black.  Though it's a Marlon movie, Wayans has often worked with some of his famous brothers, Shawn Wayans and Keenen Ivory Wayans, to poke fun at whatever films are popular at the moment. The Scary Movie franchise, the A Haunted House franchise, Dance Flick, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!, and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood are among the comedies the Wayans family has given us that don't let big budget blockbusters off the hook without a little roasting. If a certain genre of movie is doing well, you can bet the Wayans have made...
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Maya Rudolph Is in Tears When She Learns About Her Ancestor Who Was Born Into Slavery

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Maya Rudolph Is in Tears When She Learns About Her Ancestor Who Was Born Into Slavery
On Tuesday's episode of Finding Your Roots, "In Search of Freedom," Henry Louis Gates Jr. goes into the ancestral lineages of three black celebrities: Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shonda Rhimes, and Maya Rudolph. Rudolph is notably the daughter of a show-business union between black singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton and white producer-composer Richard Rudolph. "I have this thing where I just feel I can be anyone," she says on the episode. "I think being mixed, too, I kind of, sort of grew up feeling a little orphaned by the idea of my heritage." Delving into Rudolph's maternal side, Gates is able to identify two of the former SNL star's ancestors, Manuel Grigsby and Mary Thurman, both of whom were born into slavery. Rudolph looks at a record of the slaves that the slave-owner John Warren Grigsby owned. There aren't names, but knowing the age, she is able to identify the 5-year-old child as
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Maya Rudolph's Shocking Discovery About Her Slave Ancestors on Finding Your Roots: 'I Just Think of My Daughter'

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Maya Rudolph's Shocking Discovery About Her Slave Ancestors on Finding Your Roots: 'I Just Think of My Daughter'
When Maya Rudolph sets out to learn about her past on Tuesday's episode of the PBS genealogy show Finding Your Roots, she has a simple wish - to establish an identity. "I have this thing where I just feel I can be anyone," she tells host Henry Louis Gates Jr. of being the biracial daughter of the late soul singer Minnie Riperton and music composer and producer Richard Rudolph. "And I think being mixed, too, I kind of, sort of grew up feeling a little orphaned by the idea of my heritage." The Saturday Night Live vet adds, "I know I'm from 'peoples,
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