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Is Section 181, Film Federal Tax Incentive, “Dead” in a New Trump Administration?

Section 181, the Federal tax incentive spurring the production of film and television in the United States is about to suffer, reports David Robb at Deadline, “a quiet death” — at least for the time being. Filmmaker has covered Section 181 extensively, with Daniel J. Coplan’s article from last summer explaining in detail how the incentive benefits independent film producers and investors. In brief, it allows investors to deduct 100% of their investment against their Federal taxes in the year of the investment. That’s opposed to depreciating that investment over multiple years. For a high net work individual, that could […]
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Sacrifice Review

Sacrifice is a strange film. Director Peter A. Dowling treats his audience as if they’d already read author Sharon Bolton’s source novelization, and know exactly what’s going to happen. As soon as Sacrifice rockets straight through a rapid-fire credits sequence filled with foreshadowing images, we know the Exact movie we’re getting. Nothing is hidden and tension is sparse.

It’s almost as if Dowling has his thumb on the fast-forward button, speeding his film towards an inevitable ending that’s projected more times than we can count. No mystery, no suspense, and certainly no thrills – just wooden, cult generalizations and wasted potential.

Radha Mitchell stars as Dr. Tora Hamilton, a wife who cannot give birth due to recent health complications. Distraught and discouraged, Tora travels to her husband Duncan’s (Rupert Graves) homeland – the Shetland Islands – where they apply to adopt a local child. Since there
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Round-Up: The Wave Blu-ray / DVD, An Ending, Sacrifice, The Divine Tragedies, Night Wolf

Roar Uthaug’s The Wave crashes on the shores of Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 21st. Also in this round-up: production details on Jessica Cameron’s An Ending, release details for Sacrifice and The Divine Tragedies, and Kickstarter launch details for Night Wolf.

The Wave: “Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning centre, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe
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Spotlight, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson And Alicia Vikander Big Winners At 22nd SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Spotlight, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented Carol Burnett with the 52nd Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to the comedic trailblazer,
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SAG Awards Winners; Including Photo Galleries From The Ceremony

SAG Awards Winners: The 22nd annual awards winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles. SAG Awards Winners

Last night, the Screen Actors Guild dished out their 2016 awards in a ceremony in Hollywood. The SAG awards winners are listed below as well as a full gallery from the evening.

The clear winner on the night was Idris Elba, who managed to grab two awards; one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the superb Beasts Of No Nation, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Luthor.

SAG Awards Winners

Elsewhere, Leonardo DiCaprio won Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant, while Brie Larson scored Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Room. Surely these two are now a cert for Oscar success. In the female supporting category, Alicia Vikander
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‘Spotlight,’ Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brie Larson Lead 2016 SAG Award Winners

In naming Spotlight one of the best ensembles of 2016, we said, “Tom McCarthy’s procedural moves with the precision of a fine timepiece. Rarely does one find a film where all is tune, from the pacing, writing, direction and acting. Highlighting the heroic work of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the group is headed by Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) who risks life long friendships to get the story right. His team includes Mike Rezendes (played by a compulsive Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Caroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Encouraged by a Boston outsider, editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the team undertakes a long-term investigation of abuses in the Catholic Church. In the mix are the lawyers on both sides, played by Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Rightfully overshadowing that other journalism docudrama, James Vanderbilt’s incompetent Truth, the difference here amongst many things is perhaps access:
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Screen Actor’s Guild nominations announced

The 22nd Annual Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) nominations were announced yesterday in Hollywood. A very distinct trend is taking place with Carol and Room leading the field in the film categories. The SAG awards recognise individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television for 2015, and also for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

The awards will be dished out in the new year and have always been an indicator for the acting awards for the Academy Awards, the nominations for which are announced next month.

The SAG nominations were announced at Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, and will be awarded at a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

Here are the nominees in full.

22nd Annual SAG Awards Nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – “Trumbo” (Bleecker Street)

Johnny Depp / James “Whitey” Bulger – “Black Mass” (Warner Bros.
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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Nominees

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2015, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-aftra Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris introduced Anna Faris (Mom, The House Bunny) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors® live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com and truTV.com. Prior to that, SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Committee Member Jason George announced the stunt ensemble nominees during a live webcast on sagawards.tntdrama.com. A replay of both announcements is available for viewing on sagawards.tntdrama.com.

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-aftra with Screen Actors Guild Awards,
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Beasts Of No Nation, Straight Outta Compton Among SAG Awards Ensemble Nominees

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A morning full of eye-opening surprises, the nominations for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced.

The standout nods were the inclusion of Straight Outta Compton, Beasts Of No Nation, Sarah Silverman, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Idris Elba and two for Dame Helen Mirren.

Not among the perceived hopefuls called were Sylvester Stallone, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, The Martian and The Hateful Eight.

Two nominating panels – one for television and one for film – each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees.

Some of the Sags choices were head-scratchers to be sure, but we’re thinking that the Oscar picks may be very different when The Academy announces their nominations next month live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. Pt at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 22nd Screen
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'Trumbo' leads SAG Award nominations

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'Trumbo' leads SAG Award nominations
Idris Elba and Helen Mirren lead actor nominations with three nods each.Scroll down for full list of film and TV nominations

Hollywood blacklist drama Trumbo has led the nominations for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards with three nods for lead actor Bryan Cranston, supporting actress Helen Mirren and the ensemble cast. The Martian and The Hateful Eight were shut out.

Set in 1947, the film centres on Dalton Trumbo (Cranston), who was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Cranston will go up against Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.

Films that secured two nominations included Beasts Of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight - whose outstanding cast nod will only strengthen its status as best picture Oscar frontrunner — and Steve Jobs.

British actors
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Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations and It's Full of Surprises! See Full List!

The 22nd annual SAG Awards nominations were announced this morning and it's full of surprises! Sylvester Stallone, loved by critics and the National Board of Review for his performance in "Creed," was ignored. So was Kristen Stewart's supporting performance in "Clouds of Sils Maria." Matt Damon, who was so good and carried "The Martian" from start to finish, was also missing from the list.

But here's what I love about the SAG noms. First, Sarah Silverman's first dramatic performance in "I Smile Back" was embraced. And I'm also happy with the inclusion of "Room's" Brie Larson and the fantastic child actor, Jacob Tremblay. The endearing "Carol" also received noms for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and Saoirse Ronan's performance in the beautiful "Brooklyn" also received a nomination.

The big winner of the SAG noms is Bleecker Street's "Trumbo." Missing from earlier critics awards (see here
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SAG Awards 2016: Here's the Full List of Nominations

The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be presented January 30, 2016 on TNT and TBS. So you have a little over a month to check out "Trumbo," "The Big Short," "Carol," and a bunch of other movies and TV shows that may not have been on your radar before awards season.

The 2016 SAG Awards nominations were just announced on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (the day before the Golden Globe nominations). Here's the full list, including a crapload of cast names, since that's just how it works with the SAG Awards:

Movies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – "Trumbo" (Bleecker Street)

Johnny Depp / James "Whitey" Bulger – "Black Mass" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / Hugh Glass – "The Revenant" (20th Century Fox)

Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – "Steve Jobs" (Universal Pictures)

Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – "The Danish Girl" (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor
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‘Trumbo’ Leads 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were unveiled this morning in Hollywood, with a fair amount of surprises to be had. Leading the pack is Trumbo, which picked up three nominations, then a large batch of films behind it with two each: Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs.

Perhaps most surprising is no mention of The Hateful Eight, which has one of the year’s best ensembles. Also of questionable note is the inclusion of Helen Mirren for Woman in Gold, a film all but forgotten (we suppose Harvey Weinstein’s campaigning indeed worked). There’s also the welcome nods to Michael Shannon in 99 Homes and Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back, as well as an ensemble nod to Straight Outta Compton. Check out the full list of nominees below ahead of the ceremony on Saturday, Jan.
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SAG Awards Nominations: Complete List

SAG Awards Nominations: Complete List
Nominations for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning.

Anna Faris, Anthony Mackie and SAG-aftra Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris unveiled the nominees at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

The awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 30 following voting by the 165,000 members of SAG-aftra. The telecast will air live on TNT and TBS.

Here’s the full list of nominees for the 22nd annual SAG Awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – “Trumbo” (Bleecker Street)

Johnny Depp / James “Whitey” Bulger – “Black Mass” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / Hugh Glass – “The Revenant” (20th Century Fox)

Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – “Steve Jobs” (Universal Pictures)

Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “The Danish Girl” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett / Carol Aird – “Carol” (The Weinstein Company)

Brie Larson
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SAG Awards Nominations: Complete List

SAG Awards Nominations: Complete List
Nominations for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning.

Anna Faris, Anthony Mackie and SAG-aftra Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris unveiled the nominees at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

The awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 30 following voting by the 165,000 members of SAG-aftra. The telecast will air live on TNT and TBS.

Here’s the full list of nominees for the 22nd annual SAG Awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – “Trumbo” (Bleecker Street)

Johnny Depp / James “Whitey” Bulger – “Black Mass” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / Hugh Glass – “The Revenant” (20th Century Fox)

Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – “Steve Jobs” (Universal Pictures)

Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “The Danish Girl” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett / Carol Aird – “Carol” (The Weinstein Company)

Brie Larson
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SAG Award Nominations Led by ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Trumbo’

SAG Award Nominations Led by ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Trumbo’
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced Wednesday with “House of Cards” and “Trumbo” leading all honorees with 3 nods each.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a best actor nomination for “The Revenant” while “Straight Outta Compton” nabbed an ensemble award for the hip hop biopic.

The winners of the 22nd SAG Awards will be announced Jan. 30 in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium with a live broadcast on TNT and TBS.

The winner of the SAG ensemble trophy has matched the Oscar best picture winner 10 times in 20 years. “Birdman” won the SAG cast award and the Oscar for Best Picture this year but “American Hustle” won the SAG cast award in 2014 was shut out at the Oscars. “Argo” won both awards in 2013.

SAG winners have a strong record as an Oscar predictor in the individual acting categories. About 80% of SAG winners in the individual acting categories have gone on to win Oscars.
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Downton Abbey: Movie Teased by Exec Producer

The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey premieres on PBS, Sunday, January 3, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The Downton Abbey TV series finale airs on PBS on March 6, 2016. After that, what's left for loyal fans? Executive producer Gareth Neame tells TV Insider, “There is the possibility of a Downton Abbey film.” Neame adds, “We don’t have a script yet or any firm plans, but it is certainly something that we’ve been talking about.”

Fans have speculated about a prequel series, but that could necessitate a new cast. Would it really feel like Downton Abbey without at least some of the gifted cast members like Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, David Robb, Maggie Smith, and Penelope Wilton?

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Alan Bennett’s Single Spies to tour the UK in 2016

A new production of Alan Bennett’s hit comedy will embark on a UK tour in February 2016. Following the success of The King’s Speech, Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborate once again on this award-winning comedy masterpiece, Single Spies.

Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh will direct Nicholas Farrell (as Guy Burgess), Belinda Lang (Coral Browne and Her Majesty the Queen) and David Robb (Anthony Blunt) in an extensive UK tour opening in February 2016. Further casting to follow.

Bennett’s award-winning espionage double bill is a pointedly satirical snapshot of two members of the infamous ‘Cambridge Five’, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, both recruited as spies by the Soviet Union during World War II.

In 1950s Moscow, Coral Browne receives an invitation to lunch with shunned Soviet spy, Guy Burgess, with the sole instruction to ‘bring a tape measure’. An Englishman Abroad is a wry and touching play which
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Downton Abbey: Sixth and Final Season Preview

The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey is well underway in UK, having premiered on ITV, September 20, 2015. In the Us we have to wait until Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 for it to air as part of the PBS Masterpiece! anthology series. Per Deadline, the UK season six premiere ratings were down, but Downton Abbey still won its premiere night. Since the season has been bought, paid for, and is already in the can, fans don't have to concern ourselves with ratings. Downton Abbey, while not "cancelled" is ending.

The Downton Abbey cast includes: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, David Robb, Maggie Smith, and Penelope Wilton. To tide you over until the new year, below you'll find the PBS
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Birdman and Eddie Redmayne take home SAG Awards

Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.

Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.

Unsurprisingly it was Julianne Moore who took the award for best female leading role for her performance as an aging academic experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer disease in Still Alice.

It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble
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