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Life seemed to mimic art when Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman in an interview with Diane Sawyer, recalling last year’s critical darling Transparent, where Maura Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor, makes a similarly late-in-life admission. Vulture caught up with Tambor and Judith Light, who plays Maura’s ex-wife Shelly, over the weekend at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The pair chatted about taking inspiration from Bruce Jenner, deciding who the better mom was (Maura), and why it’s so important to tell this story with an older actor.We’re excited about Transparent. What are you hoping happens with Maura next season?Jeffrey Tambor: You know, I would like Maura to have more friends, and I really want her to be happier and more settled. More settled?Jt: Well, when I think about her life, I would like her to become a better parent. »
- Jamie Sharpe
Ah, the Critics' Choice Awards. Or more accurately, "what you wish the Emmy nominations looked like." Like the Emmys, HBO features heavily in the list this year (27 nominations), but unlike the Emmys, so does the very deserving FX (16 nominations). Even the CW gets a look-in here, along with individual and fantastic series like Wolf Hall (PBS) and Rectify (Sundance). The list may still not be perfect, but it's pretty darn close. The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, held by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, will be broadcast live on May 31st at 8 p.m. on A&E. Check out the full list of nominees below: Best comedy series Broad City (Comedy Central) Jane the Virgin (The CW) Mom (CBS) Silicon Valley (HBO) Transparent (Amazon) Veep (HBO) You’re the Worst (FX) [caption id="attachment_410423" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Fox[/caption] Best actor in a comedy series Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC) Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (Fox) Jeffrey Tambor, »
- Allison Keene
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for its annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, with HBO leading the networks with 27 nominations and FX coming in second with 17.
FX’s “Justified” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” tied for most-nominated series with five bids each, followed by FX’s “The Americans,” HBO’s “Bessie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with four each.
“From streaming television to broadcast and cable, single-camera to multicamera productions, inventive reality shows to high-end drama series, this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards contenders really span the gamut,” said Btja president Joey Berlin. “It’s thrilling to continue to see such creativity and diversity in television programming, and as television journalists, it’s exciting to be able to share our favorites with viewers.”
The awards ceremony will be held May 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live starting at 8 p. »
- Whitney Friedlander
New series are ascendant in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations, but it's the final season of "Justified" that reigns supreme.
The FX drama topped the nominations list with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor for Timothy Olyphant, and Best Supporting Actor for Walton Goggins. "Transparent" was the leading comedy, with four nominations.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Best Actress In A Drama Series
Eva Green, »
- Kelly Woo
The Drama Desk Awards celebrated their 60th anniversary today with the announcement of the 2015 nominees. Recognizing outstanding work on, Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway, the awards are a significant step on the road to the Tonys. The 2014–15 Drama Desk nominating committee is comprised of chairperson Barbara Siegel, as well as Benjamin Coleman, Adrian Dimanlig, Steve Garrin, Mahayana Landowne, and Steve Marsh. Judith Light, who earned Drama Desk (and Tony) Awards for “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties,” and Jessie Mueller, last year’s Drama Desk (and Tony) winner for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” announced the 2015 nominees at 54 Below. Topping the list was “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical at the Public Theater, with 13 nominations, followed by Broadway’s “An American in Paris” with 12. The other outstanding musical nominees included “Fly By Night,” “Pretty Filthy,” and “Something Rotten!” Also earning numerous nominations were John Kander and Fred Ebb’s last show “The Visit, »
— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) April 20, 2015 Betty gets more beautiful by the day! The cast of Ugly Betty reunited to celebrate America Ferrera's 31st birthday on Sunday, April 19. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star looked overjoyed to be joined by her former TV family, which included Vanessa Williams, Mark Indelicato, Judith Light, Tony Plana, and costume designer Patricia Field. Happy Birthday my love A photo posted by Mark Indelicato (@markindelicato) on Apr 18, 2015 at 9:42pm Pdt "#UglyBetty gang reunites @AmericaFerrera's bday!" Williams, 52, captioned a group snapshot [...] »
Ugly Betty forever! This past Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the series' finale, and it also happened to be the day after America Ferrera's 31st birthday! So, in true Mode style, several cast members got together in New York (at Kinfolk, a coffee shop/lounge in Brooklyn, to be precise)—including Judith Light, Mark Indelicato, Vanessa Williams, Tony Plana and Ugly Betty costume designer Patricia Field. Williams, aka the always conniving Wilhelmina Slater, tweeted a photo of the get-together. As you can see, each and every member of Ugly Betty's fashion family looks happy about the informal reunion! Indelicato, who played Betty's fashion-obsessed nephew Justin Suarez on the »
It's an "Ugly Betty" reunion! The cast of the hit ABC show -- which followed plain Jane Betty Suarez and her crazy coworkers at Mode magazine -- all reunited on Saturday night to celebrate one of their own. The group not only celebrated the fifth anniversary of the show's series finale, but also star America Ferrera's 31st birthday! Vanessa Williams, who played big diva Wilhelmina Slater during the series' run from 2006-2010, posted a photo on Twitter of several cast members looking thrilled to be together again. "#UglyBetty gang reunites @AmericaFerrera's bday! @kinfolklife #Bk @JudithLight @farkindelicato @tonyplana @Pat_Field," she captioned the pic. In the shot, "Betty" stands front in center, surrounded by cast members Judith Light, Mark Indelicato, Tony Plana and costumer designer Patricia Field. My ❤️ and soul pic.twitter.com/np13p43o3l — Mark Indelicato (@farkindelicato) April 19, 2015 Indelicato played America's fashion-crazed kid nephew on the show »
- tooFab Staff
In addition, Sony Pictures International has paid an undisclosed film for foreign rights to the off-beat comedy.
The film arrives courtesy of “Drinking Buddies” creator Swanberg and follows a husband and wife who come across a bone and a gun and the fallout from that discovery. A big selling point was the picture’s ensemble cast, which features prominent names such as Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey and Jenny Slate. Jake Johnson co-wrote the script with Swanberg.
The Orchard previously outbid a number of distributors to snag the sex comedy “The Overnight.”
“After admiring Joe’s films for a long time, it’s a dream for us to have the opportunity to work with him,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard »
- Brent Lang
[Exclusive Update 12:45 p.m.: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought international rights to “Digging for Fire,” which means the film will be distributed worldwide.]
An individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap that the deal is worth around $2 million.
The film, which made its world premiere earlier this week at Sundance, co-stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. The supporting cast includes Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey Jenny Slate, Timothy Simons and Jane Adams.
“Digging for Fire” follows the discovery »
- Jeff Sneider
"Digging For Fire," the new film from indie relationship dramedy favorite Joe Swanberg, premiered on Monday (January 26) evening at the Sundance Film Festival. You can check out my review of the star-studded film here. Bright and early on Wednesday, I caught up with the sleep-deprived Swanberg, co-writer and star Jake Johnson and star Rosemarie DeWitt to talk about "Digging For Fire." Swanberg skipped in after happily watching the first 15 minutes of the 8:30 a.m. screening of "Digging For Fire," enthusiastically reporting crowd response to Johnson, who had only another few hours in Park City before returning to La and work on "New Girl." The "Drinking Buddies" veterans admitted that they were surprised by how much of "Digging For Fire" played as drama at its premiere, reflecting on Swanberg's sets make every scene feel like a party. "Digging For Fire" is about a long-married couple (Johnson and DeWitt), who contemplate »
- Daniel Fienberg
Joe Swanberg is 33. I don't know whether to be amazed by how high or low that number is. On one hand, that's ridiculously young for a filmmaker who broke out back in 2006 and 2007 with "Lol" and "Hannah Takes The Stairs" and has been absurdly prolific since then. On the other hand, though, the filmmaker who made his name -- and, depending on your generosity, made a genre -- chronicling the dramatically limited foibles of recent college graduates has reached the "thirtysomething" phase of his career. The erratic and misdirected youths at the center of Swanberg's earlier films have become the pesky nubiles who show up to make Swanberg's new leads feel either old or optimistically mature. It's a transition that has been in the works for a little while. Last year's Swanberg Sundance entry "Happy Christmas" featured the director and Melanie Lynskey as a grown-up, responsible couple whose house nearly »
- Daniel Fienberg
Joe Swanberg continues his march toward the mainstream even as he deepens his signature brand of hangout film in “Digging for Fire,” a lovely slice of everything and nothing centered on a housesitting couple who discover possible evidence of a murder. There are feints toward a bona fide mystery plot, but that genre element is just a pretext for a stealth marital drama. The film is held together through strong improv, tight editing (by Swanberg himself), moody cinematography and a synth score (from Dan Romer) that parties like it’s 1991. This is Swanberg’s starriest picture to date — even if some appearances, like Jenny Slate’s, amount to glorified walk-ons — making breakout success eminently possible.
Concerning the adventures of married parents Tim (co-screenwriter Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt), “Digging for Fire” opens with the two of them and their son, Jude (played by Swanberg’s toddler, Jude, the finest »
- Ben Kenigsberg
To celebrate its recent wins at the 72nd annual Golden Globes, Amazon is making its new show "Transparent" available for free. It's just for one day only this Saturday with all 10 episodes at no charge. Amazon is also making its prime membership available for just $72 instead of the normal $99 during that same 24-hour period. The program won as Best TV Comedy Series and for Jeffrey Tambor as Best TV Comedy Actor on January 11. The plot centers around an older transgender woman and her California family. It co-stars Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Melora Hardin. L.A. Times -Break- A new photo gallery looks back at the previous 20 ceremonies of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and its all-time winners. At the top are Alec Baldwin and Julianna Margulies with eight trophies each. Other overachieving champs are: Anthony Edwards (6), Allison Janney (6), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (6), Ty Burrell (5), Edie Falco (5), Tina Fey (5), James Gando. »
Golden Globe-winning Jeffrey Tambor comedy hopes to drum up more Prime members with Saturday push
Amazon knows what it has in “Transparent”: Already a twice Golden Globe-winning comedy, and now possibly the best piece of marketing material to sell its Prime membership on.
Ignoring the short-term implications and focusing on the longer-term opportunity, the online retailer is making all 10 episodes of “Transparent” free for 24 hours starting on Saturday — so cancel any weekend plans.
The company is also offering Amazon Prime for $72, it tweeted out on Thursday morning.
- Tony Maglio
Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.
The Bronze (WME)
What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”
First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles
What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.
First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »
- Jeff Sneider
Amazon original “Transparent” has claimed the Golden Globe for best comedy series, in keeping with Sunday’s early trend of honoring newcomers.
Also Read: Inside the Golden Globes: 25 Secrets About the Upcoming Show
“To love,” Soloway said, raising her trophy up to the audience in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, additional cast and producers joined her on stage. Soloway also referenced Leelah Alcorn, the transgender »
- Matt Donnelly
Transparent just made history at the Golden Globes. The Amazon series took home Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Transparent beat out Silicon Valley, Girls, Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin to take home the award. Creator Jill Soloway accepted the award, surrounded by the cast on stage. Jeffrey Tambor stars in the comedy about a father who announces he's transgender and begins to transition to a woman. Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker also star. "I want to thank the trans community," Soloway said. "They are our family, they make it possible." Soloway dedicated the award to transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn and »
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