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The Handmaid's Tale: Season Two Debuts on Hulu in April

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Offred returns to fight another day. The second season of The Handmaid's Tale TV show will premiere on Hulu in April of 2018. The dystopian drama is adaptation of Margaret Atwood 1985 novel. The Handmaid's Tale, season one, debuted on Hulu on April 26, 2017, with new episodes premiering weekly on Wednesdays. An Outstanding Drama Series Emmy Award winner, The Handmaid's Tale stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O-t Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, and Alexis Bledel. The Hulu TV show tells the story of life under the totalitarian regime governing Gilead. With the birthrate plummeting, the fundamentalist government treats fertile women as chattel. The first season ended with Offred (Moss) seemingly arrested and removed from the home where she served as a reproduction slave. Read More…
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Ann Dowd Won an Emmy, But ‘Good Behavior’ Finally Let Her Get Glam on Camera — Turn It On Podcast

Ann Dowd Won an Emmy, But ‘Good Behavior’ Finally Let Her Get Glam on Camera — Turn It On Podcast
Ann Dowd is known for ferocious characters, including recent turns on “The Leftovers” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But TNT’s “Good Behavior” is giving her something different to play with: a saucy FBI agent who knows how to enjoy the finer things in life.

“I’m not offered roles often like this,” Dowd said. “The fact that I would have eyelashes and makeup and pretty hair and a manicure — I’d never been considered in that way — to tell you what that meant to me. I’m always thinking, ‘You gotta lose 50 pounds, no one’s going to consider you for this or that.’ And then this role came along, and on top of it all, she’s funny. I was taken by the hand in the best way to find this character.”

Read More:The Case for Ann Dowd: Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon on Why the Lone
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Ann Dowd Won an Emmy, But ‘Good Behavior’ Finally Let Her Get Glam on Camera — Turn It On Podcast

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Ann Dowd Won an Emmy, But ‘Good Behavior’ Finally Let Her Get Glam on Camera — Turn It On Podcast
Ann Dowd is known for ferocious characters, including recent turns on “The Leftovers” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But TNT’s “Good Behavior” is giving her something different to play with: a saucy FBI agent who knows how to enjoy the finer things in life.

“I’m not offered roles often like this,” Dowd said. “The fact that I would have eyelashes and makeup and pretty hair and a manicure — I’d never been considered in that way — to tell you what that meant to me. I’m always thinking, ‘You gotta lose 50 pounds, no one’s going to consider you for this or that.’ And then this role came along, and on top of it all, she’s funny. I was taken by the hand in the best way to find this character.”

Read More:The Case for Ann Dowd: Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon on Why the Lone
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The Handmaid's Tale: Clea DuVall to Play [Spoiler]'s Wife in Season 2

The Handmaid's Tale: Clea DuVall to Play [Spoiler]'s Wife in Season 2
Looks like The Handmaid’s Tale will be showing us the backstory of Alexis Bledel’s Emily/Ofglen, because Veep‘s Clea DuVall has been cast as Emily’s wife in Season 2, TVLine has learned.

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DuVall will recur as Sylvia, the wife to whom Ofglen referred in the Hulu drama’s series premiere. From the character info, it seems like we’ll get a flashback to Emily and Sylvia’s attempt to get their young son to safety in Canada as the Gilead regime rapidly extends its control over America.
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Gotham Awards Once Again Remind of the Oscar Season Possibilities

Gotham Awards Once Again Remind of the Oscar Season Possibilities
It’s rather wonderful that the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project is always the one to get the awards season ball rolling with its nominations for the annual Gotham Awards. The organization’s process, recognizing a narrow field of categories decided by separate, tight-knit juries, is unusual, and certainly nowhere near the film Academy’s methodology. So the result is often a breath of fresh air before the inevitable avalanche of traditional fall Oscar fare begins dominating the conversation.

Movies like “Good Time” and “I, Tonya” aren’t likely to bask in the glory of best picture status, for example, but here they’re right at home. Nominations leader “Get Out” can grab more headlines before diving headlong into a season where it’s still an Oscar question mark (and perhaps the most exciting one in a year that promises to be filled with them). These and other critically acclaimed indie dramas like “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Florida Project
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New Emmy Winner Ann Dowd Embraces Her (Late) Rise to Fame

At the age of 61, Ann Dowd’s career is taking off.

If you don’t know the newly minted Emmy winner’s name yet, you almost certainly know her face. Over nearly three decades, the actress now best known for her turn as the draconian Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (for which she took home the gold) was the quintessential working actress. Her performances in such films and TV shows as Philadelphia, Freaks and Geeks, Garden State, and four different iterations of Law & Order (a franchise in which the actress played a total of nine characters) were never less...
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The Handmaid's Tale Star Ann Dowd's Haunting Words About Our Reality

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On the Saturday before the Emmy Awards, the BAFTA TV Tea Party livened up the Beverly Hilton in La. A huge group of this year's nominees emerged for the afternoon, and among them was The Handmaid's Tale star Ann Dowd. Dowd boasts two nominations this year: one for her groundbreaking work as Aunt Lydia on Hulu's smash hit, and another for her guest appearance on The Leftovers (and she just won the Emmy for The Handmaid's Tale). I managed to snag Dowd for a few questions on the event's red carpet, and she had some pretty intense things to say about the second season of The Handmaid's Tale. If you watched the show, you'll know season one ends with a few pretty insane cliffhangers. Among them is a show of defiance against Aunt Lydia, who has commanded the handmaids to stone Janine, one of their own, to death. They all
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Margaret Atwood Backstage at the Emmys: "Never Believe It Can Never Happen Here"

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Sunday night's Emmy Awards were huge for The Handmaid's Tale. In addition to acting wins for Ann Dowd and Elisabeth Moss, the show also snagged wins for directing, writing, and best drama series. Perhaps the most heartening aspect of this huge swell of success is that the cast and crew are giving credit where credit is due. Not only was Margaret Atwood (the author of the original novel) present for the ceremony, but the show's producers were also quick to laud her story and writing as a key part of their wins. Once the whole gang got backstage to the press room, Atwood herself was asked to speak on her experience with the show and what it means to have something so prolific come to life at such a perfect time. "Well, it's been a number of years since the novel was written, and since the first film was made,
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Why This Handmaid's Tale Producer Thinks a Real-Life Gilead Is Actually Pretty Far Off

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The Handmaid's Tale was the big winner at Sunday night's Emmy Awards in La, taking away trophies for best drama, best lead actress, best writing, best directing, and more. As exciting as all that is, the show's success should come as no surprise. Despite the fact that the novel has been around for decades, the series seems to have dropped at the perfect time. It makes salient points about reproductive rights, and even Margaret Atwood, the author of the books, thinks Donald Trump gives the story terrifying context. But as much as we feel like our reality is on the brink of a society like this, one of the show's biggest names doesn't agree. Bruce Miller is an executive producer on the show, and he also just won the show's Emmy for writing. Once Miller got backstage to talk to the press about his win, he revealed that he doesn't
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Here's the Complete List of 2017's Exciting Emmy Winners

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The 2017 Emmy nominations hinted at some spectacular actors and shows taking home important awards, and now a few of them have already won big. Alexis Bledel had an exciting win for The Handmaid's Tale, and American Horror Story: Roanoke's superb makeup effects were also acknowledged at the Creative Arts Emmys a few days before the big event. At the Emmys on Sunday night, actors like John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Laura Dern, and more snagged trophies for their incredible talents. In fact, the night included a number of historic wins, like Donald Glover's win for outstanding directing in a comedy series (he's the first black person to do so) and Lena Waithe's win for outstanding writing for a comedy series (she's the first black woman to take home the award). Take a look at all the winners below! Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Elisabeth Moss,
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Samira Wiley's Reaction to Ann Dowd's Emmy Win Is So Beautiful and Pure

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Samira Wiley's Reaction to Ann Dowd's Emmy Win Is So Beautiful and Pure
Ann Dowd had a truly amazing reaction when she won the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her role in The Handmaid's Tale at the Emmys on Sunday night (as in she literally couldn't move). But while we were obsessing over her adorable disbelief, we almost missed another amazing moment at the same time: Samira Wiley's reaction to Ann's win! Samira was also nominated in the category for her role on the hit Hulu show, but despite not taking home the statue, she had nothing but love for her costar. See her adorable reaction above!
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Paramount Channel Latin America Snags Exclusive Latinamerican Rights to Multi-Emmy Winner ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Exclusive)

Eight Primetime Emmy Award-winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” will soon be available in Latin America, thanks to Paramount Channel Latin America, which grabbed the exclusive Pay TV and VOD rights for the show in the region.

Set to bow in early 2018 across Latin America, the 10-part series is based on Margaret Atwood’s eponymous novel, a bestseller in Argentina and Brazil in particular, which takes place in the dystopian nation of Gilead where a totalitarian and fundamentalist regime has seized control. Faced with a near zero birth rate, the authorities have subjected the country’s fertile women to sexual servitude in a last twisted attempt to repopulate the world.

“We’re thrilled to be adding the massive success that is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to our programming roster, reinforcing our commitment to bringing the best, high-quality entertainment to our audiences throughout the region,” said Tiago Worcman, senior vice president, Music and Paramount Brand Head, Vimn
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Inside Emmy Parties With Nicole Kidman, Donald Glover, Elisabeth Moss and More

TV’s top talent and executives celebrated this year’s Emmy nominees far after the ceremony ended. Emmy darling Sterling K. Brown was caught dashing from party to party with wife and “This Is Us” co-star Ryan Michelle Bathe on his arm. Another popular guy about town was none other than Alex Skarsgard, who brought his mom (all the way from Sweden) as his date to HBO’s popular fete. His onscreen wife, however, was not coy with her date. Nicole Kidman packed on the Pda with her real-life better half Keith Urban before going inside the Pacific Design Center. To much surprise, Sean Spicer received a fair amount of love while spending Emmy night in Hollywood, rubbing elbows with the stars (even after many of them participated, or at least, found joy in his weekly roasting on “Saturday Night Live” this past year). But he wasn’t the only surprise guest during Emmy week.

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Ann Dowd Shocked To Win Best Supporting Actress For ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

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Ann Dowd looked genuinely shocked when her name was called as the winner for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama award at the 2017 Emmys. Ann Dowd Wins For Best Supporting Actress Dowd played Aunt Lydia in the Hulu original show The Handmaid’s Tale. She beat out co-star Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black, […]

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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers

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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers
One of the more eyebrow-raising moments of the 69th annual Emmy Awards came when Sterling K. Brown, accepting the award for Best Actor in a Drama (the first time the Emmy had gone to an African-American man since Andre Braugher in 1998, whom Brown name-checked), was cut off mid-speech. It’s a pattern familiar to those who watch awards shows, especially given that the award was one of the last of the night. But exactly how long had Brown been talking at that point? And how did the length of his speech compare to others of the evening?

IndieWire crunched the numbers and has the answers. We clocked the runtimes for each acceptance speech (as hosted on CBS’s official YouTube page), beginning our timer with the first word or “Ummmm” spoken into the microphone, listing them in ascending order of length. There’s no explicit pattern to why a speech
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Rob Sheffield on Emmys 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Sean Spicer Suck-Up

Rob Sheffield on Emmys 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Sean Spicer Suck-Up
"This is TV's highest honor – us celebrating us," Stephen Colbert announced at the start of the 2017 Emmy Awards. "Tonight, we binge ourselves." It was a joke about smug self-congratulation probably intended to sound more ironic than it did. The Emmy ceremony, as always, was a night of the television world celebrating itself as the best Western civilization has to offer, not to mention an all-around swell bunch of people. The ego in the room was a marvel to behold – even when Seth MacFarlane wasn't onscreen. Colbert did his best with his Trump gags,
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Emmys 2017: “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Lena Waithe Win Big

Kidman won best lead actress in a limited series for “Big Little Lies”: CBS/YouTube

The 2017 Emmy Awards were a great night for women in television. Not only did the two biggest awards go to women-centric series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” took home the best drama series statuette and “Veep” was named best comedy — the ceremony marked several Emmys firsts for women. “Master of None’s” Lena Waithe is now the first black woman to win an Emmy for best comedy writing, for example. What’s more, winners like Waithe, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Elisabeth Moss used their speeches to honor women’s stories and the social issues women face every day.

Here are some of the highlights from last night’s ceremony:

Nicole Kidman Shines a Light on Domestic Abuse

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Kidman, who won best lead actress in a limited series for portraying “Big Little Lies’” Celeste, a woman caught in an abusive marriage, took a moment from her speech to acknowledge the pervasiveness of domestic abuse in the real world. “Sometimes when you’re acting you get a chance to bring a bigger message,” the Oscar-winning actress observed. “We shine a light on domestic abuse [in “Bll”]. It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame, secrecy, and by you acknowledging me with this award it shines a light on it even more.”

Lena Waithe Thanks Her Lgbtqia Family

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Waithe and Aziz Ansari shared an Emmy for writing “Thanksgiving,” an episode of “Master of None” that traces the years-long coming out story of Waithe’s character, Denise. Waithe used her time at the podium to recognize her “Lgbtqia family.” “I see each and every one of you,” she gushed. “The things that make us different — those are superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there an conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”

Waithe, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Reed Morano Blaze Some Trails

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As mentioned, last night’s ceremony saw many firsts for women in TV. Louis-Dreyfus became the first performer to win six consecutive Emmys for the same role. Until this year’s Emmy Awards, Louis-Dreyfus had been sharing the record with “Murphy Brown’s” Candice Bergen.

Perhaps most exciting is Reed Morano’s outstanding directing for a drama series victory for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The “Meadowland” helmer is the first woman in 22 years to take home the honor. The last time a woman was recognized in the category was in 1995, when Mimi Leder won an Emmy for directing an episode of “ER.” This honor couldn’t be more well-deserved, but damn, 22 years is a depressing amount of time to go without a woman winning this award, so as sweet as this victory is, it’s a powerful reminder of how little recognition women directors have received.

Women-Centric Series Dominate the Night

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All three of the “best series” prizes went to women-driven shows: “The Handmaid’s Tale” won outstanding drama series, “Veep” outstanding comedy series, and “Big Little Lies” outstanding limited series. If that wasn’t exciting enough, “Handmaid’s Tale” also saw wins for Morano and stars Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd. Adding to “Bll’s” success was Kidman’s win and Laura Dern’s for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie.

When “Bll” was named best limited series, stars Kidman and Reese Witherspoon both called for more stories about women on the small screen. “Bring women to the front of their own stories, make them the hero of their own stories,” Witherspoon emphasized. Kidman added that her creative partnership with Witherspoon on “Bll” came from “a frustration because we weren’t getting great roles. So, now, more great roles for women, please.” (It must be noted, however, that “Bll” was written and directed by men. As important as it is for women to get great roles, we also need to ensure they get great roles behind-the-scenes too.)

During her speech Moss specifically thanked Margaret Atwood, who wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” novel. “Thank you for you did in 1985 and thank you for what you continue to do for all of us,” Moss said. The author appeared onstage — and received a huge reaction from attendees — when “The Handmaid’s Tale” was named outstanding drama series. She’s credited as a supervising producer on the dystopian drama.

“Well, one take-away would be ‘never believe it can never happen here,’” Atwood herself told the La Times about the underlying message of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” About the series’ Emmy win, she said: “In a way, you can say the handmaids have escaped. They’re out there, and they’re coming to you again in Season 2!”

All of the female winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards are below. List adapted from CNN.

Outstanding drama series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding comedy series

Veep

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live

Outstanding limited series

Big Little Lies

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies

Outstanding writing for a comedy series

Lena Waithe, “Master of None” (with Aziz Ansari)

Outstanding directing for a drama series

Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

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Chance the Rapper Became a Television Critic at the Emmys and Put the Industry on Blast — Watch

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Chance the Rapper Became a Television Critic at the Emmys and Put the Industry on Blast — Watch
The Emmys were dominated by an incredible batch of winners (Ann Dowd! Donald Glover!) and a very unfortunate cameo from Sean Spicer, but the one moment that’s not getting nearly enough attention is Chance the Rapper’s surprise appearance in Stephen Colbert’s pre-taped introduction. The three-time Grammy winner was featured in a quick aside where he performed a couple verses that basically turned him into a socially-conscious television critic. Anyone familiar with Chance was hardly surprised.

Read More:Emmys 2017 Winners and Losers: Donald Glover, Laura Dern, and Women’s Stories All Dominated

Chance’s Emmys rap has been written out below (via Entertainment Weekly):

I love television, it’s a pleasant distraction

But just imagine taking action.

I like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ in fact, I’m addicted

But where’s the cop show where one gets convicted?

I miss the classics, I still think ‘M.A.S.H.’ rocks
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Elisabeth Moss "Blacked Out" When She Won an Award at the 2017 Emmys

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Blessed be! The 2017 Emmys belonged to The Handmaid's Tale. Alexis Bledel won the Outstanding Guest Actress award last week at the Creative Arts Emmys, and yesterday proved to be just as fruitful for her co-stars Ann Dowd and Elisabeth Moss, who won the awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. The acclaimed Hulu series, which began streaming on Hulu in May, received eight awards from 13 nominations—including Outstanding Drama Series. After the show, E! News' Zuri Hall caught up with the cast and crew backstage, where Moss (modeling a a Prabal Gurung dress) confessed she "blacked out" after beating the likes of How to...
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Emmys Review: Sleek, Sincere, but We’ve Still Got a Long Way to Go

Emmys Review: Sleek, Sincere, but We’ve Still Got a Long Way to Go
TV loves nothing more than sending viewers to a different dimension. So on Sunday night, CBS’ brisk, lively Emmy ceremony opened a portal to another world. It wasn’t the real world of TV, which still has miles to go when it comes to matters of representation, diversity and inclusion, but instead a place where the industry reassured itself that it was doing the work necessary to resist the worst of the present moment. And if part of that mindset was wishful thinking, well, it was nevertheless damnably difficult to resist.

As expected, there were many references to Donald Trump (and his lack of Emmys). And though Colbert’s opening monologue had some effective jabs, and now and then there was a subversive moment, the overall tone of the ceremony was rallying and earnest. There were a few references to the fact that it might be a little to early to engage in rampant self-congratulation: Bruce Miller, showrunner
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