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A look back at female firsts at the Oscars: Barbra Streisand, Kathryn Bigelow, Emma Thompson …

A look back at female firsts at the Oscars: Barbra Streisand, Kathryn Bigelow, Emma Thompson …
It certainly seems to be the year of the woman at the Academy Awards. Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman to receive a Best Director Oscar nomination for “Lady Bird.” For the first time in the academy’s 90-year history, a woman, AFI Conservancy alum Rachel Morrison, has been nominated for Best Cinematography for “Mudbound.” And the drama’s director Dee Rees made history as the first black woman to receive a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film’s star Mary J. Blige not only received a supporting actress nomination, but she is also nominated for Best Original Song for “Mighty River” from the film, alongside co-writers Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.

But it’s been baby steps for women behind the camera in terms of Oscar nominations, let alone wins.

Here is a look at some of the trailblazers:

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards
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Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer

Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress next week, but she could end up making Oscars history in another category as well as was recently reported by one of our Experts, Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Robbie is also a producer of the film, so if “I, Tonya” also receives a Best Picture nomination she would be the first actress to receive acting and producing nominations for the same film. After a year that saw actresses Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all win Emmys as both actors and producers of TV programs, it would be fitting for Robbie’s passion project to go the distance with a pair of historic Oscar nominations.

It has been an incredible year for female stories, both real and fictional. The “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have shined
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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‘Pitch’ Officially Canceled After One Season at Fox

‘Pitch’ Officially Canceled After One Season at Fox
It’s official: “Pitch” has struck out.

Fox has canceled the baseball drama, after one 10-episode season. Executive producer Kevin Falls tweeted the news on Monday evening, also posting, “Thank you to our faithful fans for trying so hard to save us.”

I'm sorry to tell you that @PITCHonFOX will not be getting a second season. #Pitch

Kevin Falls (@KevinFalls) May 2, 2017

Though “Pitch” was one of the most hotly anticipated new series of the 2016-2017, the cancellation is not a surprise. Despite the early buzz, the baseball drama never connected with viewers, averaging a 0.8 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating in the 18-49 demo and 3 million total viewers per episode. Following its first 10 episodes, Fox did not go forth with a back-order, signaling the imminent cancellation.

Premiering in September 2016, “Pitch” last aired in early December of last year. However, Fox executives remained optimistic about the show, telling reporters in January that no decision had been made yet. “We
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Watch This: My Bodyguard offers a nostalgic postcard of Chicago’s North Side

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres. Since it’s Chicago Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re looking back on some essential Chicago movies, set (and often filmed) in the Windy City.

My Bodyguard (1980)

My Bodyguard has slipped under the radar since its 1980 debut, but it’s the kind of film that appears timeless, decades later. Frankly, in today’s fervent “anti-bullying” educational landscape, it should be dusted off and submitted as required viewing for middle-schoolers. Tony Bill’s directorial debut features floppy-haired Chris Makepeace as new kid Clifford, who quickly gets tormented by a gang of thugs at his Chicago high school. The thugs are led by Moody, played by an astonishing Matt Dillon, simultaneously menacing and charming at all of 16 years old. Clifford gets the idea to hire the school’s biggest kid, Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin), to ...
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Going in Style Trailer: Freeman and Caine Plan the Heist of a Lifetime

Going in Style Trailer: Freeman and Caine Plan the Heist of a Lifetime
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer and poster for their remake of the 1979 classic Going in Style, which is set for release on April 7, 2017. The original film starred comedy legends George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three senior citizens who decide to rob a bank. While this premise is still largely intact, the story has been updated for the 21st Century, with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin starring in this comedy remake. Director Zach Braff will also be participating in live Twitter Q&A today starting at 9:30am Pt/12:30pm Et. Fans can participate using the hashtag #IMDbAskZach.

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first
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The Furniture: Comedy by Design in Come Blow Your Horn

1963 is our "Year of the Month" for September. So we'll be celebrating its films randomly throughout the month. Here's Daniel Walber...

Once upon a time, there were two production design categories at the Oscars. From 1945 through 1956, and again from 1959 through 1966, color films and black and white films competed separately. The Academy nominated ten films every year after 1950, creating a whole lot more room for variety.

This especially benefited comedy, a genre that has since fallen out of favor with Oscar. And while Come Blow Your Horn might not be the funniest of the 1960s, it is certainly one of the most deserving nominees of the era. Adapted by Norman Lear from a Neil Simon play, this Frank Sinatra vehicle stages most of its antics in one of cinema’s most luxurious apartments, the work of art directors Roland Anderson (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Hal Pereira (Vertigo) and set decorators
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It Came From The Tube: The Initiation Of Sarah (1978)

Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976) has cast a very wide shadow since it hit theatres. Many horror films have used the trope of telekinesis for the greater bad following its release, including Jennifer, The Fury, Patrick, The Medusa Touch (all ’78), Scanners (’81), and several more. (You can’t make me mention Friday the 13th Part VII. Oh. Dammit.) Of course, television is anything if not inclusive, and the networks scrambled to come up with their own takes on teenage angst. However, ABC’s The Initiation of Sarah (1978) took a slightly different tact and sent the girl off to college – and ended up serving a strong dose of female empowerment.

First broadcast on Monday, February 6th, Sarah had her work cut out, not so much from NBC, who provided their own Monday Night at the Movies, but from CBS’ juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time. Regardless of ratings,
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Exorcist and Lethal Weapon TV Shows Get Series Orders at Fox

Exorcist and Lethal Weapon TV Shows Get Series Orders at Fox
With the current TV season winding down, the networks are preparing for their upfront presentations next week, where they will announce the new fall lineups. In recent years, networks have been getting a jump on the upfronts by announcing their new shows early, and today Fox has revealed six programs that have been given series orders, including shows based on hit movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The other four shows are dramas Apb and Pitch, along with comedies Making History and The Mick.

The Exorcist series hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) writing the script for this psychological thriller. More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession.
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Fox Orders ‘Making History,’ ‘The Mick,’ ‘Apb,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & ‘Pitch’ for 2016-17 Season

Fox Orders ‘Making History,’ ‘The Mick,’ ‘Apb,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & ‘Pitch’ for 2016-17 Season
Fox is the first broadcast network to jump into the 2016-2017 television season.

Variety has learned that comedies “Making History” and “The Mick” have landed series orders, along with dramas “Apb,” “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch.”

As Variety reported yesterday, Fox was looking to pick up three to five dramas and two to three comedies with all of the official series listed an in contention in our report. “Making History” has been an early favorite at Fox all along, and “The Mick” was a comedy frontrunner in the past few weeks. On the drama side, “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch” also received big buzz early on. “Apb” become a late favorite after changes were implemented behind the scenes.

The six new series join the previously ordered “24” spinoff “24: Legacy,” Lee Daniels’ drama “Star,” the “Prison Break” reboot, the event series “Shots Fired” and Jason Sudeikis’ hybrid comedy “Son of Zorn.
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Kylie Bunbury to Star in Fox Baseball Drama Pilot About First Woman to Play in the Major Leagues

Fox has set Kylie Bunbury to star in a pilot titled "Pitch" - an hour-long drama from Dan Fogelman ("Grandfathered;" "Crazy, Stupid, Love") and Rick Singer ("Younger"), which centers on a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. The pilot order is a part of Fogelman’s four-year development deal with 20th Century Fox TV to write, produce, and supervise various series. In addition to CBS’s "Under the Dome," Bunbury has also appeared in the former Freeform show "Twisted" as well as the miniseries "Tut" on Spike. Fogelman and Singer will write and executive produce along with Tony Bill...
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Review: "The Graduate" (1967) Starring Anne Bancroft And Dustin Hoffman; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know”

By Raymond Benson

Although it has been released before on Blu-ray, the “Criterion treatment” is always welcome for a classic, well-known film such as The Graduate. Quite simply, it’s one of the most beloved pictures of the 60s, one that hit a nerve in the public consciousness. It helped define those wildly changing years at the end of the decade, illustrating how the country’s youth rebelled against an established society that they were expected to join. The Graduate is a landmark of the New Hollywood movement that took over the studios in those years and held reign through the 70s.

Director Mike Nichols, fresh from his success as a debut helmsman for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), gave us a romantic comedy unlike anything we’d seen previously—mainly because of the radically daring casting of an unknown actor named Dustin Hoffman.
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Paris Barclay To Direct Fox’s Dan Fogelman Baseball Drama Pilot ‘Pitch’

Paris Barclay has come on board to direct and executive produce Pitch, Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer's baseball drama pilot for Fox. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, where Fogelman is under an overall deal, stars Kylie Bunbury as a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Singer penned the script with Fogelman. The two executive produce with Barclay, Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett. Emmy winner and DGA…
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Dan Fogelman’s Female Baseball Drama Picked Up to Pilot at Fox, Kylie Bunbury to Star

Dan Fogelman’s Female Baseball Drama Picked Up to Pilot at Fox, Kylie Bunbury to Star
Fox has ordered “Pitch” to pilot, Variety has learned. The baseball drama hails from Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer.

Kylie Bunbury will topline the potential series, which follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.

Fogelman (“Grandfathered,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”) co-wrote the pilot and will serve as exec producers, along with Tony Bill (“The Sting,” “My Bodyguard”) and Helen Bartlett (“North Country”). 20th Century Fox will produce the hourlong drama.

Bunbury most recently was in “Under the Dome” on CBS. She also starred on ABC Family’s “Twisted.” She is repped by ICM and Gotham. Her role marks a continuation in diverse casting, which Fox has found success in with “Empire.” Revolving around a young woman who becomes a success story, the project is likely being well-received in a television landscape that
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Female Baseball Drama From Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer Gets Put Pilot at Fox

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to an hour-long drama that follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds to become the first woman to compete in professional baseball.

The untitled project, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV for Fox Broadcasting Company, will be penned and exec-produced by names not usually associated with television drama: Rick Singer (“American Dad!”) and Dan Fogelman (“Galavant,” “Grandfathered”). Non-writing exec producers are Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett.

The subject is a timely one. Last year, Mo’ne Davis made headlines as the first female player to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. In June, French shortstop Melissa Mayeux became the first known female baseball player to make Major League Baseball’s international registration list.

Singer is repped by ICM. Fogelman, who is pictured above, is repped by Wme. Last week, Fogelman landed a pilot deal for an ensemble dramedy at NBC.
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Zach Braff Directing Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine And Alan Arkin In Going In Style

Production is now underway on location in New York City on the New Line Cinema comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff (“Garden State”) and starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Freeman, Caine and Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

The film also stars two-time Oscar nominee Ann-Margret (“Tommy,” “Carnal Knowledge”) as Annie, a grocery cashier who’s been checking Al out in more ways than one; Peter Serafinowicz
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Matt Dillon Joins Morgan Freeman in ‘Going in Style’

Matt Dillon Joins Morgan Freeman in ‘Going in Style’
Matt Dillon is joining Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in New Line’s reboot of the 1979 George Burns caper comedy “Going in Style.”

Zach Braff, who helmed the Kickstarter-funded comedy “Wish I Was Here,” will direct from Ted Melfi’s script. Warner Bros.-based Donald De Line is producing while Tony Bill, who produced the original film, is exec producing.

The original movie, which starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, followed three retirees who wore Groucho Marx glasses to execute a bank heist. Directed by Martin Brest, the film was a solid performer for Warner, grossing $30 million at the box office.

The new version of “Going in Style” will center on three retired men who lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money.
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'Going in Style' Remake Photo Unites Oscar Winning Cast

'Going in Style' Remake Photo Unites Oscar Winning Cast
Production is under way in New York City on director Zach Braff's comedy remake Going in Style. The first photo from the set has emerged, featuring stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, and the director also shared a photo of himself alongside these cast members on his Twitter page. The set photo features these three stars heading out for a jog in the Big Apple.

Going in Style centers on a trio of senior citizens who grow bored of retirement. They all hatch a plan to rob a bank and take their winnings to Las Vegas, in an effort to spice up their lives. The original Going in Style hit theaters in 1979, starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. The remake's supporting cast includes Joey King and Katlyn Carlson in unspecified roles.

The Going in Style remake has been in the works for quite some time,
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Trevor Rabin Strikes Chord With Collaborators

Trevor Rabin Strikes Chord With Collaborators
“He can do just about anything,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer says of composer Trevor Rabin. “That’s what you want: a composer who’s creative, who understands the musical rhythm and language of scenes, how to bring out the emotion that the director and actors were striving for.”

It was Bruckheimer who discovered Rabin’s facility with sports movies. “He can write those great anthems, those triumphant melodies that every athlete would love to hear as he’s making the last basket or the last goal or the last touchdown. It’s something that’s innate in his talent.”

Bruckheimer is not the only filmmaker to sing Rabin’s praises. Jon Turteltaub, who directed the “National Treasure” films, laughs about their initial musical encounter: “He played us a bunch of music with scenes. I so despised the instrumentation he used, I looked at him and said, ‘This sounds like European porn!
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Alan Arkin joins Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in Zach Braff’s Going in Style

Academy Award winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) is set to join the cast of Going in Style, the New Line Cinema remake of the 1979 caper comedy starring George Burns.

Fellow Oscar winners Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, who team for the sixth time after The Dark Knight Trilogy and Now You See Me and its now-shooting sequel, have already been cast in the film, which is to be directed by Zach Braff (Wish I Was Here, Garden State). Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) has penned the remake, which will see Braff direct someone else’s material for the first time on film. Donald De Line is the films producer, with original film producer Tony Bill also on board.

The 1979 pic, directed by Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run) also starred Art Carney and Lee Strasberg and followed three retirees who wear Groucho Marx glasses to execute a bank heist.
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