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Ted Cruz is trying to woo voters by parodying “Office Space” in a new campaign ad attacking Hillary Clinton over her email scandal. “Damn, it feels good to be a Clinton,” a song says as an actress dressed as the Democratic presidential candidate joins to two other men in smashing a computer server in an empty field — a clear homage to one of the funniest scenes in Mike Judge‘s 1999 comedy. In that scene, the three main characters take out their frustration with their mundane jobs on a malfunctioning printer. The ad that debuted on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday suggests Clinton. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
While many fans are looking forward to Sunday, April 24 because of Game of Thrones' return, others are circling that date because Season 3 of Silicon Valley will kick off on that same night. To get fans ready for the upcoming season, HBO has released the first trailer, which centers on Thomas Middleditch's character Richard Hendricks trying to assert himself, although it doesn't go so well. Now that his company Pied Piper is back, Richard wants to get back the CEO title he rightfully deserves.
Last season, Richard was forced out as CEO of Pied Piper, the start-up company that developed innovative data-compression technology. As we can see in the trailer below, Richard is demanding to be re-instated as CEO of the company he built from the ground up, although he doesn't exactly make a good impression. The series is loosely based on series co-creator Mike Judge's experiences as »
Richard may have the technical know-how and skill to get the fictional company Pied Piper off the ground on the HBO series Silicon Valley, but when it comes to any sort of social grace, it's lacking in a big way. That formula appears to continue as if things never changed as Mike Judge's show gets ready for its Season Three launch, alongside Game Of Thrones and Veep in late-April. HBO has given us... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
An all-new teaser trailer for the third season of HBO’s tech-centric comedy Silicon Valley has been released today. The thirty-second trailer focuses on Richard’s (Thomas Middleditch) attempt to re-claim his rightful place as CEO of Pied Piper.
Following the events of last season, Richard found himself ousted from his own data-compression start-up, and must now find a way back in before the entire thing moves on without him. Creator Mike Judge stated in an interview following the season two finale that such an isolated focus on Richard for the third year was the intended plan, although only briefly touched upon last year.
Alec and I have had, like, one 45-second discussion about season three — about whether or not it’s over for someone when they’re fired as CEO. There’s different ways that plays out, but we were just like, “Let’s deal with that when we start up again. »
- Mitchel Broussard
For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.
Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.
And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.
Here’s the full list of winners from last night:
- Gary Collinson
A title coming out this week that you may have missed is the explosive indie game, Death By Game Show; a twitch-action and tower defense hybrid from developer Oointah.
The game takes place 500 years into the future, where droids now rule the world due to humans becoming irreversibly idiotic—and the earth’s new mechanical masters intend to keep it that way, sentencing any person with even just a tiny glimmer of intelligence to ‘Death By Game Show.’ Such is the fate of U.H. Wutt, a heavy-set hero who is by no means smart, but compared to the rest of his fellow men, he is practically Albert Einstein.
If the premise sounds familiar, it’s because the developers were heavily inspired by the 2006 comedy film, Idiocracy, which was written and directed by famed satirist Mike Judge. Judge is perhaps best known as the creator of such animated sitcoms as Beavis and Butthead, »
- Joseph Banham
As with my list of new series premiering over the same period, this is a highly subjective and not at all comprehensive rundown of what’s coming up for TV and “TV” (eg Netflix) over the next few months. That means no Fear The Walking Dead, no House of Cards, no Togetherness, no Agents of Shield, etc., because for one reason or another, they’re just not my bag.
Oh, and midseason premieres don’t count.
One of 2015’s undersung pleasures, the Sutton Foster vehicle overcame a theoretically heinous premise (40-year-old divorcee pretends to be 26 to work as an intern at a publishing house, complete with work bestie Hilary Duff) with ample servings of wit, charm, and some surprising literary humor (a recurring character seems to be a walking reference to Karl Ove Knausgård). The second season has stumbled out of the gate a little »
- Simon Howell
A slew of famous names from in front of the camera reaped bids from the Directors Guild of America for their helming of various TV programs in 2015. Amy Schumer is nominated for directing herself in an episode of "Inside Amy Schumer" while Chris Rock reaped a bid for his oversight of her stand-up special "Live From the Apollo." And Oscar nominees Angela Bassett and Paul Haggis number among those contending for their helming of telefilms "Whitney" and "Show Me a Hero" respectively. Series creators are represented on both the drama and comedy side of the ledger. Steven Soderbergh ("The Knick") and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men") are up against directors of episodes of "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland." And Louie C.K. ("Louie), Mike Judge ("Silcon Valley") and reigning champ Jill Soloway ("Transparent") vie against helmers of installments of ..." »
After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.
"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)
Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)
Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)
The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Kelly Woo
Yesterday, we got a look at the DGA Awards feature film nominees, and naturally, it features some pretty big talent. But it says something about the continued allure of the small screen, that some equally big names are part of the DGA Awards TV and Documentary categories, revealed today. So let's take a look at who might be taking some home some trophies next month. In the Dramatic Series section Steven Soderbergh picked up a nod for the "Williams and Walker" episode of "The Knick" season two, while Matthew Weiner earned recognition for "Mad Men" final season episode "Person To Person." Paul Haggis made one of the year's best miniseries dramas with "Show Me A Hero," and rightfully gets tipped, while Louis C.K. ("Louis"), Mike Judge ("Silicon Valley") and Jill Soloway ("Transparent") get tipped in the comedy series categories. Other filmmakers of note getting nominated across a variety of categories. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The directors of “Mad Men,” “Homeland,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Knick” have been nominated for best directorial achievement in a dramatic television series by the Directors Guild of America, the DGA announced on Wednesday. In the comedy series category, the nominees were directors of “Veep,” “Louie,” “Silicon Valley,” “Modern Family” and “Transparent.” The nominated directors include a number of show creators: Jill Soloway for “Transparent,” Mike Judge for “Silicon Valley,” Louis C.K. for “Louie,” Matthew Weiner for “Mad Men” and Steven Soderbergh for “The Knick.” Also Read: 'The Revenant,' 'The Big Short,' 'Spotlight' Nominated »
- Steve Pond
- Dave McNary
With his own series, Master of None, now out on Netflix, comedian Aziz Ansari talks about the need to rethink our idea of ‘everyman’, his row with Rupert Murdoch – and refusing to do ‘that accent thing’
Say the name Aziz Ansari and most people in this country will draw a blank. If you mentioned the cult Us sitcom Parks and Recreation, then a small minority would recognise Ansari as Tom Haverford, aka Darwish Sabir Ismael Gani, the cocky if ineffective bureaucrat in parks administration.
Yet Ansari is established as a major new voice in comedy. He plays to sold-out arenas in America but also here in the UK, where his standup specials have attracted a devoted following. He’s the beneficiary of a particular kind of nebulous 21st-century fame as a result of the borderless power of the internet. He is also responsible for a new, critically acclaimed Netflix sitcom Master of None, »
- Andrew Anthony
HBO has confirmed that the new seasons of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will debut back-to-back on Sunday, April 24, starting at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode sixth season Sunday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.). Based on the popular book series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The ensemble cast for the fifth season included Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Executive producers, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.
Silicon Valley returns for its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). The Emmy-winning and »
The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.
The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.
- Paul Heath
The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »
- Jeff Beck
The Producer’s Guild of America has announced that The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton will contest the 2015 Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 2016 PGA Awards.
Traditionally, the majority of PGA Award nominees will also find themselves nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, given that they share many of the same voters. Which probably means bad luck for the likes of Carol and Room.
Here’s a full list of the nominations for film and TV…
Theatrical Motion Picture nominees:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
This film is »
- Gary Collinson
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture, long-form television, digital series, sports programs and additional television nominations for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards.
The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television; Outstanding Sports Program; and Outstanding Digital Series. The feature documentary film category and other television category nominations were previously announced by the PGA in late 2015.
All 2016 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Jim Gianopulos (Milestone Award), Shonda Rhimes (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), David Heyman (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), The Hunting Ground (Stanley Kramer »
- Michelle McCue
The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its 27th annual Producers Guild Awards! 10 films are vying for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. And sorry "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Carol," you did not make the cut :sad
The PGA Awards winners will be announced on January 23. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards:
Theatrical Motion Picture nominees
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
This film is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility
Producers: Arnon Milchan, »
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