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Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects

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Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects
When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we
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Days of Our Lives: Alison Sweeney's Sami Is Returning to Salem

Days of Our Lives: Alison Sweeney's Sami Is Returning to Salem
Four years after bidding Days of Our Lives adieu, Alison Sweeney is booking a trip back to Salem — and she isn’t packing lightly.

RelatedDaytime Emmy Nominations: Y&R Leads Soap Opera Pack With 25 Nods

Sweeney, who played the occasionally villainous Sami Brady/Dimera from 1993 to 2014, is returning to the fold for an extended visit, Soap Opera Digest reports.

“From my end, it takes a little bit of logistics with projects I’m working on,” she tells the magazine. “And unfortunately, this year’s been hard for me because of my knee injury, so I had to push some stuff back.
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‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality
American Gods” is a gorgeous, violent, Americana-infused supernatural drama, and if all that sounds like a lot, that’s because the Starz drama’s figurative interpretations seem inexhaustible, like the dreamy world it quickly builds.

Perhaps best summed up for fans of the “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daises” executive producer as “Bryan Fuller unleashed,” his latest creation is a mythology built from the blemished and beautiful bones of the United States. Racism is dominant theme of the first four episodes, as are religion, sexuality, and– Did I mention violence?

For as bluntly as these topics are brought up — the more brutal moments are often so flamboyant they’re comical — how they stitch together remains a mystery. Exposition is often seen as the enemy of a tightly woven narrative, and “American Gods” all but eliminates explanation from its early hours. Without spoiling anything (for fear of being wrong as much as ruining
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‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

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‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality
American Gods” is a gorgeous, violent, Americana-infused supernatural drama, and if all that sounds like a lot, that’s because the Starz drama’s figurative interpretations seem inexhaustible, like the dreamy world it quickly builds.

Perhaps best summed up for fans of the “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daises” executive producer as “Bryan Fuller unleashed,” his latest creation is a mythology built from the blemished and beautiful bones of the United States. Racism is dominant theme of the first four episodes, as are religion, sexuality, and– Did I mention violence?

For as bluntly as these topics are brought up — the more brutal moments are often so flamboyant they’re comical — how they stitch together remains a mystery. Exposition is often seen as the enemy of a tightly woven narrative, and “American Gods” all but eliminates explanation from its early hours. Without spoiling anything (for fear of being wrong as much as ruining
See full article at Indiewire »

Interviews: Women in Film Chicago 2017 Focus Award Recipients

Chicago – Women in Film Chicago (Wifc) continues its role as one of the best resource and advocacy groups for women filmmakers. Last month, they celebrated their Focus Awards and honored four women – producer Julie Smolyansky, cinematographer Tari Segal, filmmaker Mary Morten and comedian Julia Sweeney.

Focus Awards Honorees, LtoR: Mary Morten, Julie Smolyansky, Tari Segal and Julia Sweeney

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago

Before the event, HollywoodChicago.com interviewed Julie Smoyanksy (click here), the CEO of Lifeway Foods and producer of the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” At the event itself, the other three honorees were interviewed on the Red Carpet.

Julia Sweeney, Comedian and Cast Member of “Saturday Night Live

Julia Sweeney was a force of comedy during her years on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1994, where she created memorable characters, including the androgynous “Pat” (no one could tell if she was a man or woman). She moved on into one-woman shows,
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‘It Had To Be You’ Exclusive Clip: Cristin Milioti Stars in Romantic Comedy About Marital Anxiety

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‘It Had To Be You’ Exclusive Clip: Cristin Milioti Stars in Romantic Comedy About Marital Anxiety
Sasha Gordon has composed the scores for many features and short films, including the 2010 Oscar-winning short “God of Love,” and her own 2011 short film “Manhattan Melody” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Now, she will soon release her debut feature film “It Had To Be You” about a woman struggling with a sudden marriage proposal and her place in the world.

Read More: Cristin Milioti Talks Alternate Ending Of Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street

The film stars Cristin Milioti (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Wolf of Wall Street”) as Sonia, a neurotic jingle writer who dreams of an exciting, liberating life, but when her laidback boyfriend Chris (Dan Soder) suddenly proposes to her, she’s thrown into a world of doubt. Soon, she must decide whether to pursue her own fantasies or join the love of her life in holy matrimony. It co-stars Halley Feiffer (“The Squid and the Whale
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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

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.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the
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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

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
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Here Are the 2015 WGA Awards TV Nominations

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The Writers Guild of America announced some of its nominees for its 2015 awards on Thursday, including television, new media, and radio, and among the TV nominees are series both new and old, and all beloved.

In the comedy series category, freshman Netflix show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" scored a nomination for best series, as well as an overall best new series nod. "The Last Man on Earth" also landed in that latter category, and was singled out for its pilot episode writing, too.

On the drama side of the equation, lauded "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" also got best series and best new series nominations, in addition to a an episode writing nod. Newly-minted Emmy winner "Game of Thrones" also scored a best drama citation, as well as an episodic writing nomination.

The full list of nominees released this week are below. Nominations in the theatrical and documentary categories will
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‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Among WGA TV Nominees

‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Among WGA TV Nominees
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced nominees in the fields of television, new media, radio and promotional writing. New shows such as “Better Call Saul,” “Mr. Robot” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” were cited alongside favorites like “Game of Thrones,” “The Americans” and “Veep.”

In the drama series category, “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and “Mr. Robot” garnered nominations. For comedy, “Broad City,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Veep” got the call.

USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” impressed the scribe tribe enough to garner mentions for best new series as well as drama series.

Netflix’s much-praised “Narcos” landed an episodic drama nom for the seg “Explosivos” by Andy Black. HBO’s “The Leftovers” landed a bid for “International Assassin” by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse. “Mad Men’s” series finale “Person to Person” grabbed an episodic nom for Matthew Weiner. “The Good Wife
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The 'SNL' alum who called Donald Trump 'a lout, a boor, and a jerk'

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The 'SNL' alum who called Donald Trump 'a lout, a boor, and a jerk'
I'm sick of Donald Trump's "SNL" hosting appearance and it's still a few days away. There are organized protests, casual musings about how and if he'll be "funny," and a lingering sense that Trump truly believes this will make him look cool. Fortunately we have an "SNL" alum offering her perspective on the presidential hopeful, and it's not a rosy one. Nora Dunn, the five-season "SNL" alumna who played one half of the Sweeney Sisters with the late Jan Hooks, weighed in on Trump's upcoming appearance with a HuffPost column about how "SNL" has changed and why the Donald won't be the first or last time the show is disappointing.    There have been many incredible moments and big laughs and eye-popping craziness on Saturday Night Live. And that will continue, I hope. The show is part of our collective conscious. Trumps' appearance will not be a shining moment, but
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Nerd Alert: Every Schwarzenegger Explosion Ever and Hulk Gets Angry

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Nerd Alert: Every Schwarzenegger Explosion Ever and Hulk Gets Angry
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? One father has created possibly the coolest Star Wars helmet ever, Conan breaks down why the Fantastic Four remake failed and an animated Hulk runs a few furious errands. We also have the odd combination of Game of Thrones and minor league baseball. But first we kick things off with every Arnold Schwarzenegger explosion ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Every Arnold Schwarzenegger Explosion Ever

It isn't often that an actor's official YouTube page will present supercuts, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't your average actor. The action icon's official page put together an immense 31-minute supercut of "every on-screen explosion, from every film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, through 2014." These explosions were,
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'Conan' Accused of Stealing Jokes on Twitter, Andy Richter Reacts to Lawsuit

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Put down that yo mama joke -- it belongs to someone else and you could be sued for lifting it!

Conan O'Brien's team is being sued for allegedly stealing four jokes from a freelance comedy writer who claims he posted them to his blog and Twitter before they appeared on "Conan." Named in Robert "Alex" Kaseberg's copyright infringement lawsuit are Conaco, TBS, Time Warner, Conan O'Brien, "Conan" executive producer Jeff Ross, and head writer Mike Sweeney. The suit details the four jokes he claims were stolen, along with their counterparts on air.

Here's one joke, which he claims he published on or around January 14:

A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight."

After he posted that joke, he claims, this joke appeared in the "Conan" monologue:

On Monday, a
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Conan O’Brien Journeys to Cuba in Search of Latenight Surprise

Conan O’Brien Journeys to Cuba in Search of Latenight Surprise
Conan O’Brien entertains hundreds of thousands of people each year. On a recent clandestine trip to Cuba, however, the TBS latenight host had to please just one – and for several harrowing minutes, thought he had failed.

O’Brien quietly journeyed last month to Cuba in hopes of giving viewers a taste of Cuba’s culture now that President Obama has declared the United States will “normalize” relations with the island country just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. A group of four (“Conan” executive producer Jeff Ross, head writer Mike Sweeney and O’Brien’s personal assistant were in tow) was to meet up with six staffers – camera crew, audio technicians and writers who had flown in from Toronto. O’Brien and team, who had not informed many executives at TBS owner Turner Broadcasting or its parent, Time Warner, of their trip, did not have visas ready to produce,
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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a
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“Not So Live From New York”: Top Ten Worst Saturday Night Live-Based Feature Films

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It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.

Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.

Unfortunately, SNL has never had the
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Louis Ck Releases New $5 Special, Defends Msg Show Cancellation in Email to Fans

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Louis Ck Releases New $5 Special, Defends Msg Show Cancellation in Email to Fans
The comedian also urges readers to go see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods”

Louis Ck dropped new $5 stand-up special “Live at the Comedy Store” — his sixth (video below) — on Tuesday, and celebrated with a very lengthy, occasionally rambling email blast to fans.

Plugging his independent project, the comedian’s note discussed his history with the industry, lamented having to cancel the last of four Madison Square Garden concerts for underwhelming Winter Storm Juno and even pushed his followers to see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods.”

Ck’s personal rep told TheWrap that there are no plans to reschedule the Msg date at the moment.
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New Girl Casts Schmidt's Mia Mother (and There's an SNL Connection)

New Girl Casts Schmidt's Mia Mother (and There's an SNL Connection)
Holy Schmidt, Max Greenfield’s TV mom is a Sweeney sister!

New Girl has tapped Saturday Night Live vet Nora Dunn to guest-star as Schmidt’s never-before-seen mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Dunn’s straight-outta-Long-Island, controlling matriarch, Louise, is always ready with unsolicited advice or a piece of chocolate.

In November, Dunn appeared on another Fox sitcom, Mulaney, as the title character’s mom.

Look for mother and son to be reunited in a March episode.

Related storiesPilot News: Fox Orders Music-Tinged Drama, 'Grandpa Stamos' ComedyRatings: Backstrom Better Than Rake, Tvd Ties Low, A to Z Finale and P'hood Tick Up,
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Tina Fey Remembers Jan Hooks, Gets In Dig At Rob Schneider

Tina Fey, upon accepting an award at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event, took the opportunity to pay tribute to late Saturday Night Live veteran Jan Hooks – and call out Rob Schneider in the process.

Tiny Fey Honors Jan Hooks

Fey, who went on to write and star in the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock, jumped at the chance to include SNL great Hooks into the show. She figured she’d be perfect to play the part of Jane Krakowski’s mother, and was surprised to find out that Hooks was available to take it on.

“When we were doing 30 Rock and we needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother and I thought, 'My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?' Because she's an idol of mine, from the Sweeney Sisters to the Miss Self Esteem Pageant. Just the funniest woman ever,” Fey said. “And I was like,
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Link Link Link Went the Bloggie

A veritable cavalcade? avalanche? orgy? of links this morning from news stories we haven't covered through interesting film tidbits and showbiz articles we wanted to point out for various reasons.

bigscreen

Vanity Fair looks back at the making of now 20 year old Pulp Fiction

Fox Searchlight Birdman gets an incredible series of city-specific movie posters. Hopefully various movie theaters around the country will latch on to this. Such a fun idea.

The Spy in the Sandwich looks at Oscar's resistance to Asian cinema in the Foreign Language Film category and The Phillipines in particular

Variety Jason Reitman doing another "Live Read" of American Beauty on Thursday in La, this time with his Men Women and Children cast 

The Wire on where Jason Reitman (Labor Day, Men Women and Children) went wrong

Awards Daily Meryl Streep on the set of Ricky and the Flash

NonFics 10 essential documentaries on sex and sexuality.
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