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Melissa Leo On Becoming A Nun, Acting Opposite Puppets & That Bleeped Oscar Speech – The Actor’s Side

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Melissa Leo On Becoming A Nun, Acting Opposite Puppets & That Bleeped Oscar Speech – The Actor’s Side
Melissa Leo won a supporting actress Oscar for David O. Russell’s 2010 feature The Fighter and a whole slew of other top awards in her career including Emmys and Golden Globes. In the latest edition of my video series The Actor’s Side, the New York/Vermont-raised actress talks about getting bleeped during her Oscar acceptance speech, starting out in acting by working opposite giant puppets, what makes a good director, and why it’s not such a bad thing to be on a soap…
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‘Star Wars’ Producer Kathleen Kennedy Honored by Art Directors Guild

‘Star Wars’ Producer Kathleen Kennedy Honored by Art Directors Guild
The Art Directors Guild has selected “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy, as the recipient of its Cinematic Imagery Award.

The guild will present the honor Jan. 27 at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild.s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Adg President Nelson Coates said, “We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful movies of our time.”

“Ms. Kennedy is truly a significant role model,” Coates added. “Her creative legacy and professional journey is an inspirational example to all young artists who are in search of a meaningful career in the entertainment industry. Through her perseverance, talent and leadership, she has become an icon elevating the art of production design. She continues
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Will Matthew Weiner’s Sexual Harassment Allegation Sink Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’?

Will Matthew Weiner’s Sexual Harassment Allegation Sink Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’?
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. But another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.

Now the fate of “The Romanoffs” may now be called into question as well, following new allegations against series creator Matthew Weiner. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, harassed her one night while working on a script.

A spokesperson for Weiner said, “he does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague,” while Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Nonetheless, Amazon now finds itself in a much more complicated position with “The Romanoffs” than it did with the Russell series. The Russell show, set to star Julianne Moore, Robert De Niro and Michael Shannon,
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Matthew Weiner Allegations: Everything We Know About His Amazon Drama ‘The Romanoffs’

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. Another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.

Now “The Romanoffs” creator Matthew Weiner faces a sexual harassment allegation. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, told her one night while working on a script that “he said she owed it to him to let him see her naked.”

A spokesperson for Weiner said, “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.” Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Gordon’s accusation stands alone, but in the current environment that sees new accusers daily — and the falls from grace that often follow, including that of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price,
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‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven to Receive PGA’s David O. Selznick Award

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‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven to Receive PGA’s David O. Selznick Award
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning producer Charles Roven with the 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, the group announced Tuesday. Bestowed for Roven’s body of work in film, his career spans decades, with producing credits for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (including 2009’s “Dark Knight,” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and took home two); David O. Russell’s award-winning film “American Hustle” (winning three BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, and receiving ten Academy Award nominations); and most recently Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” which has earned over $820 million worldwide.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven Selected for PGA’s David O. Selznick Award

‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven Selected for PGA’s David O. Selznick Award
The Producers Guild of America has named Charles Roven as the recipient of its 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award to recognize his body of work in motion pictures.

Roven will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Roven’s credits include “Wonder Woman,” Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and the upcoming “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17 and stars Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller. Roven received a best picture Academy Award nomination for “American Hustle.”

Chuck Roven is a producer’s producer,” Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said. “Whether he’s working with fiercely independent voices or within the heart of the studio system, Chuck brings a seriousness of craft and an incredible instinct for story to every set he runs. We
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Producers Guild To Honor Charles Roven With David O. Selznick Award

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Producers Guild To Honor Charles Roven With David O. Selznick Award
The Producers Guild of America said that Charles Roven will be honored with the 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award. The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning producer will receive the award at the 29th annual PGA Awards on January 20 at the Beverly Hilton. Roven will be recognized for a body of work that includes Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and David O. Russell's American Hustle. Most recently he produced Patty Jenkins' groundbreaking female-led…
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Producers Guild to Honor Charles Roven With David O. Selznick Award

Producers Guild to Honor Charles Roven With David O. Selznick Award
Charles Roven will be presented with the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 David. O. Selznick Achievement Award in recognition of his body of work at the guild's 29th annual awards ceremony Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Roven, a founder of Atlas Entertainment, most recently served as a producer on Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman and is also one of the producers of the upcoming Justice League. His other credits include Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; David O. Russell’s American Hustle; and such other films as Twelve Monkeys, Three Kings and Get Smart.

In announcing the honor, PGA awards chairs Donald De...
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Lord of the Rings TV Series Eyed by Amazon, Warner Bros.

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Lord of the Rings TV Series Eyed by Amazon, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Television and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien have been shopping a Lord of the Rings TV series, with Amazon emerging as a front runner while Netflix is also considered to be in the mix. No deal has been set in stone yet, but a new report reveals that whoever ends up with this series will have to plop down some big bucks, with the network or streaming service who lands the show expected to pay a massive upfront rights payment between $200 million and $250 million, which is one of the biggest deals in TV history. That payment is just for the rights to the show, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's books, with each season likely costing anywhere between $100 million and $150 million to produce.

While Amazon and Netflix are both in the running for this show, a report from Deadline claims that HBO was in the mix but they
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Danny Elfman’s Score For Justice League Set To Drop On November 10

WaterTower Music is proud to announce the November 10 release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Justice League. The album features one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished film composers, Danny Elfman, who is returning to score a DC Super Hero film for the first time since 1992’s Batman Returns.

While bringing his celebrated and unique approach to the Justice League score, Elfman also gives DC fans some special familiar moments. Utilizing memorable character themes to tell the musical story, he incorporates and re-interprets iconic music from past films, including John WilliamsSuperman theme, Hans Zimmer’s Wonder Woman theme, and his own Batman theme. “I’m using the same thematic material that I used back then,” Elfman told Billboard Magazine. “It never actually went away. We’ve got these iconic bits from our past and that’s part of us, that’s part of our heritage.
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‘Novitiate’ Star Melissa Leo On the Demanding Role She ‘Prepared a Lifetime’ For and Still Can’t Quite Shake Off

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‘Novitiate’ Star Melissa Leo On the Demanding Role She ‘Prepared a Lifetime’ For and Still Can’t Quite Shake Off
Melissa Leo doesn’t let go of her characters easily. Nearly a year after finishing production on Maggie Betts’ “Novitiate,” and the Oscar winner is still quick to slip back into the mindset and motivations of her Reverend Mother. As the head of a seemingly thriving convent, Leo is at her fearsome best, tasked with playing a woman who revels in her position, lording over the many young nuns (and those seeking to become nuns) with a steely reserve and a very sharp eye for discipline. A decade after she defied expectations and earned her first Oscar nomination for “Frozen River,” she delivers another powerful performance that could bring her to the podium again, this time in the supporting category.

But the Reverend Mother’s ability to wield absolute power is challenged during the course of Betts’ film, which is set in the mid-’60s, just before and after the
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Amazon Studios Panel Dropped from PGA Conference Amid Executive Exodus

Amazon Studios Panel Dropped from PGA Conference Amid Executive Exodus
In the aftermath of sexual harassment allegations against former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, Amazon Studios continues to jettison planned publicity opportunities. Vanished from the schedule of Saturday’s Producers Guild of America conference “Produced By: New York” is “360 Profile: Amazon Studios,” which was to feature the company’s Head of Motion Picture Production, Ted Hope, and Joe Lewis, the now-former Head of Comedy, Drama, and Vr.

The PGA announced the panel September 14 as part of its conference programming. By October 22, Lewis was still a top Amazon executive — but the panel was no longer part of the schedule. (Variety confirmed his departure Oct. 23; the next day, Amazon’s head of unscripted programming, Conrad Riggs, also left the company).

This comes at what should be a key moment for Amazon, which is now launching its in-house distribution arm with Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.” Amazon representatives declined to confirm the cancellation by press time.
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Amazon Studios Panel Dropped from PGA Conference Amid Executive Exodus

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Amazon Studios Panel Dropped from PGA Conference Amid Executive Exodus
In the aftermath of sexual harassment allegations against former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, Amazon Studios continues to jettison planned publicity opportunities. Vanished from the schedule of Saturday’s Producers Guild of America conference “Produced By: New York” is “360 Profile: Amazon Studios,” which was to feature the company’s Head of Motion Picture Production, Ted Hope, and Joe Lewis, the now-former Head of Comedy, Drama, and Vr.

The PGA announced the panel September 14 as part of its conference programming. By October 22, Lewis was still a top Amazon executive — but the panel was no longer part of the schedule. (Variety confirmed his departure Oct. 23; the next day, Amazon’s head of unscripted programming, Conrad Riggs, also left the company).

This comes at what should be a key moment for Amazon, which is now launching its in-house distribution arm with Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.” Amazon representatives declined to confirm the cancellation by press time.
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Mark Wahlberg Wants God to Forgive Him for ‘Boogie Nights’: ‘I’ve Made Some Poor Choices’

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Mark Wahlberg Wants God to Forgive Him for ‘Boogie Nights’: ‘I’ve Made Some Poor Choices’
Mark Wahlberg has starred in critical duds like “Planet of the Apes” and “Rock Star,” and yet it’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” that he’s asking God to forgive him for. The actor, who is a devout Catholic, is going viral for comments he made during an appearance at the Uic Pavilion in Chicago. Joined on stage by Cardinal Blasé Cupich, Wahlberg said “Boogie Nights” was at the top of his list of poor career choices.

“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg said. “‘Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list.”

Read More:Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Scenes, Ranked

“Boogie Nights” was Wahlberg’s early breakthrough thanks to his performance as rising porn star Dirk Diggler. At the time, the actor was coming off supporting
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Critic's Notebook: Amazon Studios Is Not a Reclamation Project

You want to know about a really great job opportunity — and one that any number of people should be coveting?

Head of Amazon Studios. Some (re)assembly required.

Yep, that was the job Roy Price just resigned from after The Hollywood Reporter wrote about a sexual harassment claim against him (and followed up with more disturbing allegations, which detailed a toxic work situation).

Price's exploits certainly damaged Amazon Studios' reputation, and their being in business with The Weinstein Co. didn't help, particularly when a $160 million series from David O. Russell and featuring Robert De Niro and Julianne...
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7 Actors That Got Screwed Over By Comic Book Movies

Acting in a blockbuster is not all candy and sunshine. With hundreds of millions of dollars riding on the film’s success, a lot of pressure can be placed on the crew which is then transferred to the actors. That’s not to say that this is a frequent thing, but it has occurred enough to the point where it’s burst in sudden ways, such as George Clooney and David O. Russell’s fist fight during the filming of Three Kings or Christian Bale’s infamous rant against cinematographer Shane Hurlbut on the set of Terminator Salvation.

What tends to really happen, though, is things change during production. What someone signed on to do initially was altered while filming and set the actor on a different course without them even knowing about it until it was too late. This happens more often then we’d like to think, especially
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How ‘Human Flow’ Director Ai Weiwei Made the Definitive Film About the Refugee Crisis

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How ‘Human Flow’ Director Ai Weiwei Made the Definitive Film About the Refugee Crisis
When Ai Weiwei was detained by China’s secret police, the dissident artist imprisoned for 81 days for his supposed crimes against the state, the men tasked with interrogating him must have faced a unique challenge: He speaks in a stage whisper, murmuring with the flatness of someone to whom the world is always revealing itself. “They said I watched too many Hollywood movies,” he remembered. His voice barely went up a tick, even when imitating his furious jailers: “’This person is out of his mind! He’s talking about human rights and freedom of speech… can’t he just grow up?’”

The reasons for Ai’s release were as arbitrary as those for his incarceration, but perhaps he was set free because the Chinese government realized that he was fundamentally inextricable from his ideals. Born into exile during the Cultural Revolution, Ai was displaced before he even had a home
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Amazon Studios Head Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Amazon Studios Head Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Amazon Studios programming chief Roy Price has resigned after a producer, Isa Hackett, accused him of sexual harassment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Prior to tendering his resignation Tuesday, Price was placed on a leave of absence October 12th.

Price's departure from Amazon Studios comes as Hollywood reckons with the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Amidst Weinstein's downfall, an array of women have begun to detail their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the film and television industry.

"I'm pleased Amazon is taking steps to address the issue," said Hackett,
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Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Exits Following Harassment Allegations; What’s Next for the Streaming Service

Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Exits Following Harassment Allegations; What’s Next for the Streaming Service
Roy Price has resigned as head of Amazon Studios, just days after being placed on “indefinite leave” by the company. Price’s exit followed allegations made by producer Isa Hackett, who revealed to reporter Kim Masters that the exec made sexual remarks to her in July 2015 at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick, runs Electric Shepherd Prods. and is a producer on the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle,” as well as another upcoming series for the streaming service, “Electric Dreams.” Among the things that Price said to Hackett, in propositioning her, was “you will love my dick.”

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Fallout at Amazon Studios: Roy Price Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations, Placed on Leave of Absence

Price was suspended on Oct. 12. Since then, his fiancée, TV writer-playwright Lila Feinberg, also called off their wedding.

The allegations against Price were first posted
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Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Exits Following Harassment Allegations; What’s Next for the Streaming Service

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Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Exits Following Harassment Allegations; What’s Next for the Streaming Service
Roy Price has resigned as head of Amazon Studios, just days after being placed on “indefinite leave” by the company. Price’s exit followed allegations made by producer Isa Hackett, who revealed to reporter Kim Masters that the exec made sexual remarks to her in July 2015 at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick, runs Electric Shepherd Prods. and is a producer on the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle,” as well as another upcoming series for the streaming service, “Electric Dreams.” Among the things that Price said to Hackett, in propositioning her, was “you will love my dick.”

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Fallout at Amazon Studios: Roy Price Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations, Placed on Leave of Absence

Price was suspended on Oct. 12. Since then, his fiancée, TV writer-playwright Lila Feinberg, also called off their wedding.

The allegations against Price were first posted
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