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The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey

The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the saddest show? Which show makes you cry the most? (Old and current shows are all fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I just wrote something on this very topic! And I think these are two different questions. Which show makes me cry the most? In the balance across its entire series run? I think the answer has to be “Friday Night Lights.” I’m a sucker for underdog sports stories in general, but “Friday Night Lights” could make me cry in so many different ways, from what happens to Jason Street in the pilot to what Matt Saracen goes through in
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The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey

The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the saddest show? Which show makes you cry the most? (Old and current shows are all fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I just wrote something on this very topic! And I think these are two different questions. Which show makes me cry the most? In the balance across its entire series run? I think the answer has to be “Friday Night Lights.” I’m a sucker for underdog sports stories in general, but “Friday Night Lights” could make me cry in so many different ways, from what happens to Jason Street in the pilot to what Matt Saracen goes through in
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Film News Roundup: Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll Join ‘Operation Finale’

Film News Roundup: Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll Join ‘Operation Finale’
In today’s film news roundup, Melanie Laurent joins “Operation Finale,” “Game of Thrones” actor Eugene Simon is on board the drama “Resonance,” and Aden Young will star in the comedy drama “Elsewhere.”

Castings

Melanie Laurent and Nick Kroll have joined Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in MGM’s “Operation Finale,” the historical drama about the capture of Adolf Eichmann.

Chris Weitz is directing the drama from Matthew Orton’s screenplay about the capture of Eichmann, who was one of the major architects of the Holocaust. Eichmann organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps, where an estimated 6 million died.

When World War II was ending, Eichmann fled to his home country of Austria and then moved to Argentina. Eichmann was captured in Argentina in 1960 by the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. Following a trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962 at the age of 56.

Isaac
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Parker Posey, Ken Jeong to Star in Indie Dramedy 'Elsewhere'

Parker Posey, Ken Jeong to Star in Indie Dramedy 'Elsewhere'
Parker Posey and Ken Jeong are set to star in indie dramedy Elsewhere. Aden Young, star of SundanceTV's Rectify, will lead a cast that also includes Beau Bridges, Jacki Weaver and Jackie Tohn.

Elsewhere tells the story of Bruno (Young) who is hopelessly attached to the seaside cottage that he and his late wife built together. When his in-laws evict him, Bruno vows to get it back at any price. He sets a risky plan in motion, posing as a handyman for the cottage’s intriguing new tenant (Posey). In the process, his life — and his intentions — turn upside down.

Elsewhere will be the...
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Emmys 2017: Breaking Down 13 Major Snubs

Emmys 2017: Breaking Down 13 Major Snubs
With last year's big winner Game of Thrones taking an Emmys' year off and Peak TV continued to Peak, there were more rookies than ever fighting for attention in the awards show's nominations this year – The Crown, Stranger Things, Atlanta, The Handmaid’s Tale. This year, they had no choice but to break some of their bad habits regarding rewarding the same ol' same ol' – and they did some of that. Which doesn't mean there aren't some headslapping snubs in this year's Emmys picks. No Michael McKean for Better Call Saul?
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Emmys Dream Ballot: The Wild Card Nominees Who Might Actually Make the Cut

Emmys Dream Ballot: The Wild Card Nominees Who Might Actually Make the Cut
You can’t always get what you want. That’s how the song goes, but it hasn’t stopped us from hoping – not when it comes to the second “X-Files” revival and not when it comes to the 2017 Emmy Awards.

Nominations will be announced Thursday morning from the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore will read the chosen nominees, but until that moment arrives — when dreams are dashed and the cold light of day sets in — the dark horse contenders can still believe.

Read More2017 Emmy Predictions

And we can still believe in them. This year’s Emmy race has been incredibly competitive. With Netflix and Amazon measuring appendages and a packed Fyc calendar from April 1 through early June, there are clearly more deserving vote getters than there will be nominees.

So let’s talk about the long shots one more time
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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked
TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.

Read More: The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

True story: We began this list with a wider range of genres in mind, but the number of shows we wanted to recognize grew so large that we decided to split it into drama and comedy series (we’ll get to comedies down the line). This is also the ritual place where we acknowledge that “The Sopranos,” if it had premiered just a little bit later, would have
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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked
TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.

Read More: The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

True story: We began this list with a wider range of genres in mind, but the number of shows we wanted to recognize grew so large that we decided to split it into drama and comedy series (we’ll get to comedies down the line). This is also the ritual place where we acknowledge that “The Sopranos,” if it had premiered just a little bit later, would have
See full article at Indiewire »

10 TV Shows Emmy Voters Need to Watch Before They Fill Out Their Ballots

10 TV Shows Emmy Voters Need to Watch Before They Fill Out Their Ballots
Now that Emmys voting is in full swing, Academy voters are getting the push to catch up on the year in TV more than ever. Sure, some frontrunners have already staked their claim in the TV conversation, but there are plenty of high-quality series worth considering right beneath that top layer of buzzed-about TV.

So, in the spirit of due diligence — and highlighting some of our favorite series of the 2016-17 TV season — here are 10 shows that we, as a staff, would love to see Emmys voters make some time for before finalizing their first round of Emmys ballots. Each member of the IndieWire staff involved in this year’s Emmy coverage put together their own, personal top 10 list of below-the-radar gems. We’ve compiled the overall favorites below for all your 2017 catch-up/TV completist needs. (And, if you want to see all of our individual picks, we’ve included them on Page No.
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10 TV Shows Emmy Voters Need to Watch Before They Fill Out Their Ballots

10 TV Shows Emmy Voters Need to Watch Before They Fill Out Their Ballots
Now that Emmys voting is in full swing, Academy voters are getting the push to catch up on the year in TV more than ever. Sure, some frontrunners have already staked their claim in the TV conversation, but there are plenty of high-quality series worth considering right beneath that top layer of buzzed-about TV.

So, in the spirit of due diligence — and highlighting some of our favorite series of the 2016-17 TV season — here are 10 shows that we, as a staff, would love to see Emmys voters make some time for before finalizing their first round of Emmys ballots. Each member of the IndieWire staff involved in this year’s Emmy coverage put together their own, personal top 10 list of below-the-radar gems. We’ve compiled the overall favorites below for all your 2017 catch-up/TV completist needs. (And, if you want to see all of our individual picks, we’ve included them on Page No.
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'Rectify' Star Aden Young Joins Julia Jones in Indie 'Angelique's Isle'

'Rectify' Star Aden Young Joins Julia Jones in Indie 'Angelique's Isle'
Rectify star Aden Young has landed on Angelique's Isle.

Young will play the villain Cyrus Mendenhall in the indie survival tale set during the Lake Superior copper rush of 1845. He is also currently starring in the six-part TV drama The Disappearance from NBC Universal International Studios, Productions Casablanca and Bell Media.

Twilight's Julia Jones, Charlie Carrick, Tantoo Cardinal and Stephen McHattie are also starring in Angelique's Isle, a feature co-directed by Michelle Derosier and Marie-Helene Cousineau. The movie, currently shooting in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is based on the novella, Angelique Abandoned, by James R. Stevens.

The big screen adaptation, penned by...
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‘Rectify’ Star J. Smith-Cameron Breaks Down Final Season

‘Rectify’ Star J. Smith-Cameron Breaks Down Final Season
For four seasons the acclaimed drama “Rectify” spun a gripping and intimate story about a Southern family grappling with the release of eldest son, Daniel (Aden Young), from prison for a brutal crime he had no memory of committing. J. Smith-Cameron played matriarch Janet, whose solid marriage to second husband Ted Sr. (Bruce McKinnon) was tested in the show’s final season. On a road trip to visit Daniel in Nashville in the episode “Pineapples In Paris,” the couple’s scenes together are a heartrending mix of combative conversations and melancholic silences indicative of series creator Ray McKinnon’s indelible dramatic style.

J. Smith-Cameron, ‘Rectify,’ SundanceTV

Season 4 ep. 5, “Pineapples In Paris”

Written by Scott Teems & Coleman Herbert; Directed by Scott Teems

Cameron: “We shot all our Nashville scenes at the whole end of the shooting schedule. That was one unusual time in “Rectify” when it was wildly out of order. When
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Lead Actor in a Drama: The Frontrunners and Dark Horses for 2017 Emmys

Lead Actor in a Drama: The Frontrunners and Dark Horses for 2017 Emmys
There is some serious star power in the race this year, including Oscar winners Kevin Spacey (sure to land his fifth consecutive nom for “House of Cards”) and Anthony Hopkins, a newcomer for “Westworld.” There are also Oscar nominees like Paul Giamatti (“Billions”), “Goliath’s” Billy Bob Thornton (an Oscar winner for screenwriting and a nominee for acting), Tom Hardy (“Taboo”) and Terrence Howard (“Empire”) in the mix. They’ll likely face off against last year’s winner for “Mr. Robot, “ Rami Malek, and returning nominees Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”). Other first-year hits that could break in include Kiefer Sutherland (“Designated Survivor”) and Dan Stevens (“Legion.”) But the frontrunner is likely an actor who just became a household name in the last 18 months, Sterling K. Brown. He won an Emmy last year for channeling Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson
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Emmy Contenders: Time to Shake Up Lead Actor Races

Emmy Contenders: Time to Shake Up Lead Actor Races
The lead actor Emmy races could be ripe for new blood this year, from standbys looking for their first win to debuts that dazzle. But who would get the call?

First let’s look at the reigning champs. Last year, Rami Malek scored for USA’s phenomenon “Mr. Robot” in the drama field, but the second season hasn’t driven the same intrigue. Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, could be in the middle of a dynasty run for his work in Amazon’s “Transparent,” but peak TV is pushing all comedy categories to the brink — there may be too many options piling up.

Who’s overdue? An argument could obviously be made for Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” He’s been nominated for all four seasons so far and even won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards in that stretch. Yet he hasn’t heard his name called on TV’s biggest night.

Bob Odenkirk
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Bo Report: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' topples 'Alien: Covenant'

'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'...(© 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc., Village Roadshow Films North America Inc. And Ratpac-dune Ent. LLC - U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda © 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc., Village Roadshow Films (Bvi) Limited And Ratpac-dune Ent. LLC - All Other Territories) (Photo Credit: Daniel Smith)

Roadshow.s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has opened on top of the box office with earnings of $2.3 million. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana, the film bowed on 406 screens, each making an average of $5,730.

Last week.s number one.Alien: Covenant.tumbled 50 per cent to earn just below $2 million. However, the Ridley Scott film still boasted a bigger screen average than King Arthur: $6,269. Shot in Sydney, the Fox title has earned $7.2 million after two weeks..

Despite losing 111 screens, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has maintained third position, earning $1.9 million. The
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Film Review: ‘Don’t Tell’

Film Review: ‘Don’t Tell’
The true story of a traumatized young woman who sued the Anglican Church over sexual abuse she suffered as a 12-year-old is dramatized in the quietly powerful Australian feature “Don’t Tell.” Boasting a knockout performance by Sara West as the damaged-but-undeterred victim, and with excellent contributions from a heavyweight local cast including Jack Thompson, Aden Young and Rachel Griffiths, this first feature by director Tori Garrett is a little too restrained to satisfy everyone’s expectations of a high-velocity legal thriller. But its deep compassion and intelligent examination of an especially terrible type of injustice will win the day for many viewers. The film was released locally on May 18 and has the qualities to attract international exposure on various platforms.

“Don’t Tell,” which won the audience award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, is based on the book by Stephen Roche, the lawyer who represented a woman known
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Rn's Jason Di Rosso asks if 'Don't Tell' is Australia's answer to 'Spotlight'

'Don't Tell'..

Releasing on a respectable 80 screens around the country this week is the Australian court room drama Don.t Tell, about a young Toowoomba woman who took the Anglican church to court in 2001 for the sexual abuse she suffered at one of their schools. Though her tormentor — a teacher —had killed himself years earlier, her aim was to prove the church knew about him and did nothing..

For a case that would send tremors through the Australian political establishment, even shaking the ground beneath the country.s highest chair, the film begins in a modest register: a story of an overworked but idealistic small town lawyer (Aden Young) and his volatile yet determined young client, Lyndal (Sara West). It unfolds very much as a procedural, with a familiar series of promising leads and dead ends, reluctant witnesses and unexpected breakthroughs.

First time feature director Tori Garrett marshalls an impressive,
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Alex Russell crime pic aims for late 2017 start, Stan's Rob Gibson to produce

Alex Russell is set to star in Sons of Salt, the story of an ex-con trying to get his life together who is reluctantly drawn into a dangerous world by his pro-surfer brother. ..

This is the first feature from Five Lip Films (formerly Rockpool Films), the young collective made up of Nida grads Russell, James Elliot, and Sarah-Jane McAllan, plus Ande Cunningham and David O.Donnell (Waapa).

The five are back and forth between La and Sydney, and the shingle doesn't have a premises..

Last year Cunningham directed short film Oranges Don.t Grow on Trees, featuring Russell and Sarah Snook..

This Friday, the outfit will premiere their latest project, Picture Wheel.—.a short written and directed by O'Donnell and starring Russell and James Hoare (the upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock mini).—.at California's Cinequest Festival.

James Hoare (centre back) in 'Picture Wheel'.

O'Donnell also wrote the script for Sons of Salt,
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Alex Russell crime pic aims at late 2017 start, Stan's Rob Gibson to produce

Alex Russell is set to star in Sons of Salt, the story of an ex-con trying to get his life together who is reluctantly drawn into a dangerous world by his pro-surfer brother. ..

This is the first feature from Five Lip Films (formerly Rockpool Films), the young collective made up of Nida grads Russell, James Elliot, and Sarah-Jane McAllan, plus Ande Cunningham and David O.Donnell (Waapa).

The five are back and forth between La and Sydney, and the shingle doesn't have a premises..

Last year Cunningham directed short film Oranges Don.t Grow on Trees, featuring Russell and Sarah Snook..

This Friday, the outfit will premiere their latest project, Picture Wheel.—.a short written and directed by O'Donnell and starring Russell and James Hoare (the upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock mini).—.at California's Cinequest Festival.

James Hoare (centre back) in 'Picture Wheel'.

O'Donnell also wrote the script for Sons of Salt,
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'Don’t Tell' to bow at Newport Beach Film Festival

Sara West in 'Don't Tell'.

Tori Garrett.s Don.t Tell will make its world premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival in California.

The film, shot in Queensland, boasts a strong cast, including Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Susie Porter, Kim Knuckley, Robert Taylor and Gyton Grantley..

Based on the book by lawyer Stephen Roche, Don.t Tell follows a young woman, Lyndal (West), who fights back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. With a local lawyer by her side, Lyndal takes on the church who denied her abuse for over a decade. The film is based on true events and a 2001 case that helped changed Australian child protection laws..

The film.s producer, Scott Corfield, said he was thrilled for the film to have its world premiere at the festival.

.When you produce a film like Don.t Tell
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