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Is a film still considered a “white savior” story if its white protagonist never actually saves anything? In the case of Susanna White’s “Woman Walks Ahead,” it’s certainly not for lack of trying. A listless but lustrously shot biopic about the 19th century New York widow who traveled to North Dakota, painted the Sioux chief Sitting Bull, and then served as an advocate for his tribe as they fought the United States government’s attempts to expropriate their land, the movie almost credits Catherine Weldon as being solely responsible for the Native American resistance to the Dawes Act. Moreover, it also forgives her role in the massacre that followed. On their own, those issues are more frustrating than fatal. As a self-contained story, however, the film suffers enormously from its slippery grasp of history, all of its narrative thrust slipping through the cracks between fact and fiction.
- David Ehrlich
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.
“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.
“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”
The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s »
- Michael Schneider
Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Limited Series
Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)
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Big Little Lies made out nicely at Sunday’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home multiple statues — not that those ladies should be trusted with any more blunt objects.
RelatedEmmys 2017: And the Winners Are….
The seven-part miniseries, based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, won Outstanding Limited Series, beating fellow HBO drama The Night Of, as well as National Geographic’s Genius, and FX’s Fargo and Feud: Bette and Joan.
What a Big Little way to congratulate someone!
Nicole Kidman couldn’t contain her happiness when her Big Little Lies co-star Alexander Skarsgård won for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
With a kiss on the lips from Kidman, Skarsgård, 41, cemented his status as a first-time Emmy winner.
- Karen Mizoguchi
“Thank you to HBO, all my friends and lovers,” the actor said as he accepted his award. “ the ladies of the show, thank you for making this boy feel like one of the girls.”
The True Blood alum went on to thank his mother for coming in from Stockholm, Sweden, to accompany him to the awards. “And thanks for giving birth to me. that was pretty cool as well, »
- Eric King
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- Malcolm Venable
Whether or not you consider his dialogue to be overwrought, Aaron Sorkin’s emphasis on speech in a fundamentally visual medium is inarguably deserving of admiration. Striking the balance decisively more frequent than not, his narratives finesse the marriage of exposition and discourse effectively and memorably. While Molly’s Game doesn’t deviate from what Sorkin’s established as the baseline with Academy Award-caliber screenplays like The Social Network and Moneyball, his latest effort finds the scribe operating short of peak power.
Like most wordsmiths, Aaron’s worship of the written word includes a healthy consumption of literature. His fifth consecutive adaptation, Molly’s Game assuredly demonstrates the screenwriter’s unmistakable style and signifies that even the most accomplished ink-slinger continuously has a need to sharpen his craft.
- Joseph Falcone
The actor gave a shout-out to all of the "incredible women" in his life, as well as "the ladies of the show — thank you for making this boy feel like one of the girls."
The Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Microsoft Theater »
- Kirsten Chuba
When you combine almost 2,000 users’ Emmy predictions at Gold Derby in the race for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor, Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”) emerges as the man to beat with leading odds of 5/4. But this is a close race with a number of plausible outcomes. That may include Bill Camp (“The Night Of”), […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be arthouse hits or awards winners. Here are 12 films that will have companies breaking out their checkbooks.
Hostiles (pictured above)
Sales Agent: WME, CAA (U.S.), Bloom (International)
Director: Scott Cooper
Why Buyers Are Circling: This Western tops the list of distributors making the trip up North, because Bale is one of the few actors who can draw crowds. His last effort with Cooper, the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace,” was more admired than watched, but Bale’s involvement guarantees that screenings will be packed. Strong reviews out of Telluride, where it bowed last weekend, will »
- Brent Lang
Chicago – There is no justice for the poor. That should be carved in stone on courthouses beside all the platitudes of American “equality” and “law.” In an eye-opening narrative film based on a true story, “Crown Heights” explores just how an impoverished individual can be found guilty and imprisoned unjustly for years.
Colin Warner, the prisoner of the film, is also an immigrant and a person of color, but that doesn’t play into his prosecution as much as simply being railroaded into a guilty verdict. The story is an example of the cracks in the American legal system… law enforcement who just desire to clear the dockets and call it a win, overworked public defenders, prosecuted victims who don’t understand the system and remote politicians who “promise” punishment, making new laws that just make the system more overloaded. Of the approximately 2.5 million incarcerated persons in the U. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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 »
- Michael Schneider
What's happening with The Night Of? Recently, star John Turturro spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about a second season of the HBO TV show.On season one of the drama, Turturro played John Stone, the lawyer for Riz Ahmed's Naz, a Pakistani/Iranian-American college student who is accused of murder. The cast also includes Afton Williamson, Amara Karan, Ashley Thomas, Ben Shenkman, Bill Camp, Chip Zien, Glenn Fleshler, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin, Max Casella, and Michael Kenneth Williams.Read More… »
**Spoilers ahead** Last year’s terrific miniseries “The Night Of” wasn’t just a compelling whodunit that crisscrossed race and class in New York City, it was a fascinating exploration of justice, and what the word actually means. At the center of it all was Riz Ahmed‘s terrific performance as Nasir “Naz” Khan, who winds up arrested and charged with murder, a crime he didn’t commit… or maybe he did.
- Kevin Jagernauth
A criminal mastermind, an abusive husband, a Hollywood studio executive… this year’s Emmy nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie are truly a rogues’ gallery.
Two miniseries earned a pair of nominations each in this category: FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan scored nods for Alfred Molina, as director Robert Aldrich, and Stanley Tucci, as movie mogul Jack Warner. (Tucci already has a couple of acting Emmys on his shelf, by the way.) And HBO’s The Night Of landed nominations for Michael Kenneth Williams (a 2015 nominee for HBO’s Bessie), as sage inmate Freddy Knight, »
Crown Heights, 2017.
Written and Directed by Matt Ruskin
When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence.
Those in support of the death penalty will hopefully find themselves rethinking their stance on the hot button issue, as Crown Heights tells the uplifting but simultaneously anger inducing 21 years spanning story of a man wrongfully convicted possibly for life of a murder he did not commit. Over the course of those long years, Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield who was most recently seen as a supporting character in this year’s outstanding Get Out) fights the system as best he can (even going as far as educating himself on law practices, and finishing up his Ged while helping others »
- Robert Kojder
In recent years, Bill Camp has had the good fortune of experiencing the heights of two artistic forms. With supporting roles in Lincoln and two consecutive Best Picture winners—12 Years A Slave and Birdman—Camp couldn’t possibly reach a higher pedigree of films. And with turns in The Leftovers and The Night Of, the latter of which earned him his first Emmy nomination, the actor is now thriving in the era of Peak TV. In Camp’s view, the experiences in film and TV are much… »
Looking at the set of nominations for this year’s Emmys, a few themes prevail. A breakthrough year for women—with a bevy of nods for actresses of all ages, in so many finely crafted performances—2017 is owned in equal part by the vets. Earning his first Emmy nod this year at age 60, for his turn in This Is Us—as Randall’s long lost father William, who arrived late in his life and left far too soon—Ron Cephas Jones joined the ranks of Ann Dowd, Bill Camp, and several other… »
The brand new trailer for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer has been released by the folks over at A24. The film, which we gave a very positive review to over in Cannes, stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and a superb Barry Keoghan, along with Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp and Alicia Silverstone.
Farrell plays Steven Murphy, a devoted family man with a history of drinking. Murphy, married with two children,his alcoholism now firmly in the past, has befriended a teenage boy Martin (Barry Keoghan), who’s connection to the cardiologist is not immediately apparent. Martin is an only child to Alicia Silverstone’s character, who’s husband we learn passed away a few years previous. The two hang out at a local diner and by the river in this nameless town/ city, Murphy often plying the young adult with gifts – like »
- Paul Heath
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