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Why Action Scenes in Big-Budget Movies Have Become So Boring

27 March 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Brett Ratner recently went after Rotten Tomatoes, he said the art of film criticism had disappeared and that low Tomatometer scores are keeping “middle America” from seeing blockbusters like “Superman V Batman.” There’s an idea inherent to Ratner’s argument that we keep seeing: When film publications, critics, and cinephiles take digs at modern Hollywood action filmmaking, it is seen in highbrow vs. lowbrow terms.

The truth is serious movie lovers still love a well-choreographed action scene, and recent examples such as “Logan,” “Fury Road,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “Baby Driver” have not gone unappreciated.

Read More: Rotten Tomatoes Is ‘The Destruction of Our Business,’ Says Producer/Director Brett Ratner

But here’s the harsh truth: Most Hollywood franchises aren’t just bad; their action scenes are boring.

We live in an age where the photorealistic advances in computer-generated effects and lighting design, motion capture, green screen, stunt coordination, »

- Chris O'Falt

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Iron Fist Season 1 Episode 4 Review – ‘Eight Diagram Dragon Palm’

20 March 2017 12:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Shaun Munro reviews the fourth episode of Iron Fist

Surprise, surprise, Danny survives his climactic tumble out of a window in one of the more transparently tension-free cliffhangers in recent TV history. Though this episode in fact signifies a rather dull downturn for Danny, at least he has an interesting meet-up with Harold at the beginning, resulting in an exposition dump that actually works pretty well because the audience is in the same clueless position as Danny. This isn’t one character explaining something to another for our sole benefit, as this show has already been guilty of several times.

The twisted father-son triangle between Danny, Harold and Ward is really quite comical, though, especially the eye-rollingly on-the-nose – if certainly hilarious – reaction shots of Ward looking like someone just pissed in his cereal anytime Harold is remotely affectionate to Danny.

After his intriguing gas with Harold, however, Danny ends up »

- Shaun Munro

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The Directors Guild of America rewards Damien Chazelle for “La La Land”

6 February 2017 6:19 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Over the weekend, a trio of big precursors announced their winners. Specifically, it was late Saturday night and the precursors in question were the Directors Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the Annie Awards. They continue to move this season along towards its end point. There’s still some big precursors coming our way, though these were notable in their own right, especially DGA, which is one of the biggest each season. Two of the three went as expected, while one provided an upset. Read on to see which was which, and sit tight for more precursors in the final days and weeks before the big show… Of main note were Damien Chazelle continuing his all but undefeated run with a win at the DGA awards. He’s now all but a lock in Best Director at the Oscars. The Asc result was a bit surprising though, »

- Joey Magidson

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Newswire: The Directors Guild gave even more awards to La La Land and Game Of Thrones

5 February 2017 12:33 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Today may be Big Game Sunday, but the Atlanta Falcons aren’t the only ones getting trophies this weekend. Last night, the Directors Guild Of America held its annual DGA Awards event, and at the risk of diminishing the importance of this particular ceremony, the organization gave a lot of awards to things that have received a lot of awards already.

For example, La La Land and Damien Chazelle won the feature film award, Miguel Sapochnik won the dramatic series award for his work on Game Of Thrones’ “Battle Of The Bastards,” and Becky Martin won the comedy series award for her work on Veep’s “Inauguration” episode. Luckily, the DGA Awards are structured in such a way that La La Land can really only win the one trophy, so the rest of the categories were a little more interesting.

Garth Davis won the first-time feature director award for Lion »

- Sam Barsanti

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La La Land And Game Of Thrones Win Big At The Director’s Guild Of America Awards

5 February 2017 12:16 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Awards season is really starting to heat up now with the Oscars on the horizon. They’ll take place on February 26th and a clear frontrunner is beginning to emerge in the form of La La Land. The film has been cleaning up for a while and last night, it snagged another big prize, as director Damien Chazelle took home the top honor (Best Feature Film) at the Director’s Guild of America Awards.

Though the 32-year-old faced tough competition in the form of Denis Villeneuve for Arrival, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, and Garth Davis for Lion, he had no trouble winning over voters and is now a clear favorite as we inch closer to the Oscars. It’s well earned, too, as La La Land is truly an incredible film and Chazelle deserves all the praise he’s getting for it.

Meanwhile, »

- Josh Wilding

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La La Land’s Damien Chazelle leads 2017 DGA Awards winners

5 February 2017 11:26 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

La La Land continued its march towards its expected Oscar success last night as the Directors Guild of America honoured Damien Chazelle with Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film at the 69th DGA Awards.

The win bodes well for Chazelle’s chances at the Academy Awards, as the DGA winner has went on to receive the Best Director Oscar on all but seven occasions.

Other winners on the night includes Garth Davis (First Time Feature Film Director for Lion), Ezra Edelman (Documentary for O.J.: Made in America), Miguel Sapochnik (Dramatic Series for Game of Thrones), Becky Martin (Comedy Series for Veep) and Steven Zaillian (Movies for Television and Miniseries for The Night Of).

Check out a full list of the winners here…

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film

Damien Chazelle – “La La Land

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Garth Davis – “Lion

Outstanding »

- Gary Collinson

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2017 DGA Awards Honor ‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

5 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The Directors Guild of America handed out their 2017 awards to some of Hollywood’s most accomplished and promising visionaries Feb. 4. There may be only five slots for directors at the Academy Awards, but the 69th annual DGA Awards spread the love across multiple categories, including among its winners Damien Chazelle, Garth Davis, Becky Martin, and Miguel Sapochnik.  As voted upon by guild members, the top award—outstanding directorial achievement in a feature—went to Chazelle for “La La Land” (a Lionsgate-distributed film). The writer-director and Golden Globe winner bested Garth Davis for “Lion” (The Weinstein Co.), Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight” (A24), Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions), and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures). Chazelle’s assistant directors and production managers are included in the honor: Michael Beugg, Peter Kohn, Paula Case, Bart Lipton, Brett Robinson, and Dodi Rubenstein. Read: Your Definitive 2016 Awards Calendar »

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for La La Land

5 February 2017 7:03 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

La La Land continued its charmed run through awards season, this time at the Directors Guild of America Awards. There, Damien Chazelle claimed the top prize, winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the modern-day musical about two aspiring artists falling in love.

The recognition comes hot off of star Emma Stone picking up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the film’s top honors at the PGA Awards and record-breaking seven Golden Globe wins, among other awards season accolades. Not to mention, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Damien Chazelle Wins Directors Guild’s Top Film Award for ‘La La Land’

4 February 2017 8:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Damien Chazelle has won the Directors Guild of America’s top feature film award for the whimsical musical comedy-drama “La La Land.”

Chazelle won over Garth Davis for “Lion,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival.” Alejandro Inarritu, who nabbed the last two DGA Awards for “The Revenant” and “Birdman,” made the announcement late Saturday night at the conclusion of the 69th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Chazelle said backstage that he made “La La Land” — which stars Emma Stone as a hopeful actress and Ryan Gosling as a struggling musician falling in and out of love in an idealized Los Angeles — to celebrate the pursuit of artistic dreams.

“I would hope that the movie gives some kind of hope,” he added. “If there’s one message I want to get across, it’s that just chasing those dream — no matter how unrealistic, »

- Dave McNary

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Damien Chazelle wins DGA Award for 'La La Land'

3 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First-time nominee cements status as Academy Award favourite.

Directors Guild Of America (DGA) members on Saturday night anointed Damien Chazelle as their director of the year and in so doing confirmed him as the Oscar frontrunner.

Chazelle’s first DGA nomination resulted in a night of triumph and set him on a seemingly unassailable course for the best directing Academy Award on February 26.

The DGA Award is historically a highly reliable indicator of who will win the big prize. In the last decade all but one DGA winner has gone on to claim the Oscar.

The exception was Ben Affleck, who was the guild’s pick for Argo in 2013 and was not even nominated by Academy Award voters. Ang Li took the Oscar for Life Of Pi, although Argo won best picture.

Oscar-nomination Garth Davis was named best first-time director for Lion and Ezra Edelman prevailed in the documentary contest for O.J.: Made In America.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Possible Spoilers Ahead As Iron Fist Episode Titles And Directors Are Revealed

23 January 2017 11:09 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Below you'll find the titles and official BBFC classifications for most of the episodes of Marvel and Netflix's Iron Fist, as well as a list of directors that'll helm each instalment. A lot of the titles are derived from Shaolin Kung Fu moves, but some might hint at certain plot points so beware of potential Spoilers before reading any further. Most eps have been ated 15, but "Felling With Tree Roots" has been slapped with an 18 certificate. It was previously reported that Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik would be behind the camera for episode 4 (expect a big action sequence in that one), and now we know that John Dahl, Tom Shankland, Uta Briesewitz, Farren Blackburn, Kevin Tancharoen, Deborah Chow and Stephen Surjik will join him. Episode 1, Snow Gives Way directed by John Dahl Episode 2, Shadow Hawk Takes Flight directed by John Dahl Episode 3, Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch directed by Tom Shankland »

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DGA TV nominations: Ryan Murphy, Donald Glover, Duffer Brothers among contenders

11 January 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Series creators are represented on both the drama and comedy side of the ledger in this year’s roster of Directors Guild of America TV awards nominees. The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”), Ryan Murphy (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) and Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”) are up against Miguel Sapochnik, the Emmy-winning “Game of Throne” director and Oscar nominee John Singleton who […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Stranger Things and Westworld land 2017 DGA TV Awards nominations

11 January 2017 12:47 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s that time of year, the time of year where the awards and awards nominations for TV and film are being announced in droves. Today is no different as the Directors Guild of America has just announced their 2017 TV nominations.

Stranger Things, Westworld and Game of Thrones all make the list, along with Donald Glover’s Atlanta showing up in the comedy category.

The full list of nominations follow…


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card”

Jonathan Nolan, Westword, “The Original”

Miguel SapochnikGame of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Alec BergSilicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”

Mike JudgeSilicon Valley, »

- Samuel Brace

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'O.J.: Made In America', 'Weiner' on DGA doc nominees list

11 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Directors Guild Of America on Wednesday unveiled nominees in the documentary, television and commercials categories.

The winners will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on February 4 in Beverly Hills.


Otto Bell, The Eagle Huntress

Ezra Edelman, O.J.: Made in America

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, Weiner

Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro

Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated

Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From The Ashes Of Tragedy”

Jonathan Nolan, Westworld, “The Original”

Miguel Sapochnik, Game Of Thrones, “The Battle Of The Bastards”

John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card”

Comedy Series

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”

Donald Glover, Atlanta, “B.A.N.”

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly”

Becky Martin, Veep, “Inauguration”

Dale Stern, Veep, “Mother”

Movies For Television And Mini-series

Raymond De Felitta, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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2016 Directors Guild of America Documentary and TV Nominations: The Year of O.J. Continues

11 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees in the documentary and television categories for this year’s DGA Awards, with O.J. Simpson present in both fields: “O.J.: Made in America” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” both picked up nods. Other contenders include “Atlanta,” “Westworld” and “The Eagle Huntress.” The feature film nominees, meanwhile, are scheduled to be announced tomorrow.

This year’s ceremony takes place on February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Full list of nominees below:

Read More: 2016 Producers Guild Awards TV Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Westworld’ All Land Nods

Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things,” “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

Jonathan Nolan, “Westworld,” “The Original”

Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones,” “The Battle of the Bastards”

John Singleton, “The People v. »

- Michael Nordine

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