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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women
Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World…
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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

Network: Bravo

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: December 2, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Lisa Edelstein, Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett, Alanna Ubach, Necar Zadegan, Paul Adelstein, J. August Richards, C. Thomas Howell, Julianna Guill, Michael Weaver, and Charles Mesure.

TV show description:

Inspired by the Girlfriends' Guide book series by Vicki Iovine, this scripted series follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author and guru of all things family. She shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie.

After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein), America's once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby
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Q&A: ‘Mad Men’s’ John Slattery, ‘Mom’s’ Allison Janney

Q&A: ‘Mad Men’s’ John Slattery, ‘Mom’s’ Allison Janney
Judging from the instant chemistry between John Slattery and Allison Janney, it’s hard to believe the two longtime actors had never worked together before. The silver-haired star of “Mad Men” and the Emmy-winning actress — now doing double duty on “Mom” and “Masters of Sex” — started chatting from the moment they arrived for their photo shoot on the CBS lot in Studio City. They realized they’ve both been lucky enough to have had dream roles — but also had to endure more than their fair share of onscreen nudity.

Variety: John, are you ready to say goodbye to “Mad Men”?

John Slattery: It’s been seven years but by the time it finishes airing it will have been almost 10 years between shooting the pilot, waiting for it to go and then whatever irregular intervals. My son was 6 (when it started), and he’ll be 16 when it finishes.

Allison Janney
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How The Mindy Project bested Doctor Who

One of television’s most disappointingly resilient punchlines is the post-assault feminine slap. You’ve seen it before. A man, worked up into a lather for some reason or another, makes advances on a woman, pulling her into a kiss. If it’s requited, congratulations: It’s time for a new chapter in the show’s will-they-won’t-they drama. If it’s not, often you can count on two things happening. The woman, once out of the passionate embrace, will pull back her hand, slap the man, perhaps make some kind of a harrumphing noise, turn on her heels, and stalk off, her body language screaming, “The impudence!”. The man will put his hand up to his face where he’s been slapped, massage the area, and respond with either confusion or some combination of, “I guess I deserved that” and “Worth it!”. This is supposed to be funny. And maybe it was,
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Parenthood, Ep. 5.20, “Cold Feet” brings needed progress to season-long plots

Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 20, “Cold Feet

Written by David Hudgins

Directed by Michael Weaver

Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC

This week, on Parenthood: Julia moves on, Hank speaks up, and Zeek and Camille sign the dotted line

After months of dragging their feet, the Parenthood writers finally move several of their season-long arcs forward this week and it’s astonishing how much of a difference a little momentum makes. Julia focuses on work and makes a big move in her personal life, Drew moves out of Amber’s and has it out with his roommate, Hank and Sarah start to talk about why they haven’t gotten back together, Adam and Crosby remember they started a label, Kristina and co. move forward with their school, and Camille and Zeek find their new home. Everyone we see makes strides this week, and after the morass of interpersonal miscommunication (or
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Parenthood, Ep. 5.12, “Stay a Little Longer” says an emotional goodbye

Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 12, “Stay a Little Longer”

Written by Julia Brownell

Directed by Michael Weaver

Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC

This week, on Parenthood: Max disparages basketball, Sarah gets an interview, and Amber says goodbye

Parenthood shifts its focus back to the season-long (thus far) saga of Amber and Ryan this week, as Matt Lauria gets an emotional sendoff. In this potentially-final episode for Ryan (though he could just as easily return later in the show’s run), writer Julia Brownell wisely picks up the under-developed thread of Ryan and Zeek’s bond, giving viewers a clearer peek inside the character’s head than he would allow were he sharing all of his scenes with Amber. Tying her in with Zeek as well is just as important- most of Amber’s scenes this season have been with Ryan, Sarah, or the gang at the Luncheonette. It’s
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Parenthood, Ep. 5.11, “Promises” spotlights the underappreciated Ray Romano

Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 11, “Promises”

Written by David Hudgins

Directed by Michael Weaver

Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC

This week, on Parenthood: Max has a bad moment, Julia opens up, and Zeek makes a friend

Parenthood is back this week, opting for only a couple weeks off rather than a more standard month-plus hiatus. With Kristina’s mayoral bid over and done with, the Luncheonette label storyline seemingly forgotten, and Amber taking the week off, “Promises” is able to focus on a couple of the under-represented arcs of the season, as well as the continuing saga of Julia and Joel.

With this episode, Julia’s arc for the season is made clearer- turns out her early moments with David Denham’s Ed were there not to tease a love triangle, but to lead to the current strain on Julia and Joel’s marriage. As soon as Ed is drunk at the auction,
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Tuesday Comedy Roundup: Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.05, The Goldbergs 1.04, New Girl 3.05, The Mindy Project 2.05

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 1, Episode 5, “The Vulture”

Directed by Jason Ensler

Written by Laura McCreary

Airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm Est on Fox

This week Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to establish its footing and provides entertainment for audiences through its silly nature. The opening out of context scenes continue to deliver as they grow more ridiculous each week. “The Vulture” is a strong episode for a number of different reasons, the most important being the way it utilises all of the characters. Another reason this episode is so entertaining is its strong use of character development throughout. Each week Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to focus on the lessons Jake is discovering and this week he learns the importance of teamwork. This is something that can be seen in a number of work-based sitcoms but Brooklyn Nine-Nine does a good job of constructing it uniquely and creatively.

Dean Winters guest stars as The Vulture
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Tuesday Comedy Roundup: Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.03, The Goldbergs 1.02, New Girl 3.03, The Mindy Project 2.03

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 1, Episode 3, “The Slump”

Directed by Julie Anne Robinson

Written by Prentice Penny

Airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm Est on Fox

Brooklyn Nine-Nine does a complete 180 this week and delivers a really unentertaining episode. The show had a headlong start with a clear idea of what each character is about, but this week the comedy deteriorates throughout the episode. With Jake riding high by the end of the first two episodes, it is clear that this week he is going to face some sort of a challenge. The episode is appropriately titled “The Slump” as Jake appears to be in one, and throughout the episode we see examples of exactly that. With a premise so simple, the writers could have been really creative here but they fail to seize that opportunity. All of the scenes where Jake is struggling are unimaginative and stupid. Although it’s obvious that
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Oscars: “Tree of Life” Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Prevails with Asc

By Sean O’Connell

Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Tree of Life”), Jonathan Freeman (“Boardwalk Empire”), Michael Weaver (“Californication”) and Martin Ruhe (PBS’ “Page Eight”) claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration, which was held in Los Angeles on Sunday night at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

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Emmanuel Lubezki/The Tree Of Life: Asc Award Winner

Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Following numerous Us-based critics' citations, Emmanuel Lubezki's work on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life has earned him the American Society of Cinematographers' Award at the Asc's 26th annual awards. The ceremony was held Sunday night at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles. An Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, The Tree of Life is a complex family drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film marked the second time the Mexican-born Lubezki took home the Asc Award; he had previously won for Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006). An earlier Asc nomination for Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999) preceded Lubezki two victories. Additionally, Lubezki has been nominated for five Academy Awards. Besides his three Asc movies, he was also shortlisted for Cuarón's A Little Princess (1995) and Malick's The New World.
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American Society of Cinematographers Hail "The Tree of Life!"

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) chose Emmanuel Lubezki's work on Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" as the best of 2011 and won the Asc Awards! This was the second time Lubezki won the award with 2006's "Children of Men" as his first. But, the cinematographer has not won an Oscar yet despite 5 nominations! But there may be hope. Wally Pfister won the Asc award last year for Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and took home the Oscar as well!

Here's the complete list of the winners of the American Society of Cinematographers Awards (for a complete list of winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Feature Film: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Television Movie/Miniseries: Martin Ruhe, Page Eight

Half-hour Episodic Series: Michael Weaver, Californication

One-hour Episodic Series: Jonathan Freeman, Boardwalk Empire

Asc Career Achievement in Television: Bill Wages

Asc Presidents
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'The Tree of Life' Tops American Society of Cinematographers' Awards

'The Tree of Life' Tops American Society of Cinematographers' Awards
Emmanuel Lubezki's work on Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" won top honors at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards last night. Lubezki won the same award back in 2006 for "Children of Men," but has never won the Academy Award despite 5 nominations. Last year Wally Pfister won the award for "Inception," and went on to win the Oscar as well. Complete list of winners: Feature Film: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life Television Movie/Miniseries: Martin Ruhe, Page Eight Half-hour Episodic Series: Michael WeaverCalifornication One-hour Episodic Series: Jonathan Freeman, Boardwalk Empire Asc Career Achievement in Television: Bill Wages Asc Presidents Award: Francis Kenny Asc Lifetime Achievement Award: Harrison Ford Asc Lifetime Achievement Award: Dante Spinotti  
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Oscars: “Tree of Life” cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki prevails with Asc – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Tree of Life”), Jonathan Freeman (“Boardwalk Empire”), Michael Weaver (“Californication”) and Martin Ruhe (PBS’ “Page Eight”) claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration, which was held in Los Angeles on Sunday night at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

The Asc Award for best feature was presented by award-winning actor Antonio Banderas who noted, “As I have found in my career on both sides of the camera, filmmaking at its core is about telling stories with images.”

Lubezki previously won the Asc Award in 2007 for his brilliant work on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men.” He also was nominated in 2000 for Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow.”

He topped the other nominees in the feature film category, which were Guillaume Schiffman (“The Artist”), Jeff Cronenweth (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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‘Tree Of Life’ Top Cinematographers Winner

Los Angeles, February 12, 2012- Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, Asc; Michael Weaver, Asc; and Martin Ruhe claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here tonight at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Lubezki won the Asc Award feature film award for The Tree Of Life. For the second straight year, Freeman earned top accolades in the one-hour television episodic category for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Weaver was the inaugural recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for Showtime’s Californication, and Ruhe won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ Page Eight. The Asc Award for best feature was presented by award-winning actor Antonio Banderas who noted, “As I have found in my career on both sides of the camera, filmmaking at its core is about telling stories with images.” Lubezki previously won the Asc Award in 2007 for Children Of Men,
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HBO shows lead TV noms in Cinematographer Awards

HBO shows lead TV noms in Cinematographer Awards
As if HBO needed more nominations under their belt during their already active awards season, the network picked up four nods as part of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Outstanding Achievement Awards, which yesterday announced the contenders in their three television categories.

Boardwalk Empire picked up two nominations in the One-Hour Episodic Television category, Mildred Pierce secured a nod in the Television Movie/Miniseries contest, and the recently axed Bored to Death got a nod in the Half-Hour category.

Boardwalk will face PBS’s Downton Abbey, ABC’s Pan Am, and NBC’s Chase in its category, while Bored to Death
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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Television Awards Nominees

HollywoodNews.com: The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are:

David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”)

Jonathan Freeman, Asc for Boardwalk Empire (“21″)

David Katznelson, Dff, Bsc for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot)

John Lindley, Asc for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot)

David Stockton, Asc for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″)

The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are:

Ed Lachman, Asc forHBO’s Mildred Pierce

Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat

David Moxness, Csc for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”)

Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight

Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″)

The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot,
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HBO Leads Cinematographers’ TV Noms

Los Angeles, December 28, 2011 – The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are: David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”) Jonathan Freeman, Asc for Boardwalk Empire (“21″) David Katznelson, Dff, Bsc for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot) John Lindley, Asc for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot) David Stockton, Asc for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″) The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are: Ed Lachman, Asc for HBO’s Mildred Pierce Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat David Moxness, Csc for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”) Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″) The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot,
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Nicole Kidman Purchases Rights to ‘The Family Fang’ for Starring Role; Fox Picks Up ‘Hourglass’

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I’m sure Nicole Kidman would like to get a few projects out there in the very near future, if only to let the specter of Trespass fade into obscurity. If Deadline is correct, one of the films that can help us forget the Joel Schumacher travesty is The Family Fang — as they tell us, the actress has bought the rights to and will star in an adaptation of Kevin Wilson‘s novel. She’ll also produce with Per Saari through their Blossom Films, putting the two back in business with Rabbit Hole co-producers Olympus Films.

Wilson‘s book centers on “performance artists who routinely sucked their kids into taking part in a variety of bizarre events.” After “the full grown children return home in a state of crisis, they are unwittingly enlisted to help in the execution of a daring and mysterious final performance by their parents, who are
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