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Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists.

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Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made in Italy,” James D’Arcy’s feature directorial debut.

Developed by London based CrossDay Productions, the film is produced by Pippa Cross and Sam Tipper-Hale with co-producer Nicola Serra for Italian production entity Palomar. HanWay’s Gabrielle Stewart and CrossDay’s Janette Day are executive producers.

D’Arcy previously wrote and directed the short film “Chicken/Egg,” starring Hayley Atwell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which screened at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Made in Italy” is set in Tuscany with Nighy as a bohemian London artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son (played by Lowden) to make a quick
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WGA West Elects David A. Goodman President

David A. Goodman has been elected president of the Writers Guild of America West, the guild announced Monday.

Running unopposed, he received 1,952 votes and will succeed Howard Rodman as president.

Also running unopposed, Marjorie David was elected vice president with 1,962 votes.

In the one contested race, Aaron Mendelsohn, with 1,322 votes, defeated Carleton Eastlake (553 votes) to become secretary-treasurer.

Eight members were elected to the Wgaw’s board of directors for two-year terms, effective immediately. They are John August, Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett and Michele Mulroney and incumbents Andrea Berloff, Meredith Stiehm, Luvh Rakhe and Zak Penn. The ninth finisher, Patti Carr, was elected for a...
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John August Tops Voting in Writers Guild West Election, Incumbents Dominate

John August Tops Voting in Writers Guild West Election, Incumbents Dominate
Writers Guild of America West members have given screenwriter John August the most votes for a two-year board seat and re-elected incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm, and Zak Penn.

Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, and Michele Mulroney were also elected to board seats and incumbent secretary-treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn easily won re-election.

Results were released Monday night. David A. Goodman officially became the new WGA West president after running unopposed, succeeding Howard Rodman, who opted not to seek re-election. Goodman had been selected by the guild’s nominating committee as a candidate to succeed Rodman and was unopposed, as another unnamed candidate selected by the nominating committee declined to run.

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Marjorie David, a WGA West board member, was elected vice president after having been nominated by the committee to succeed Goodman. Another unnamed candidate declined to run against her.

The ninth finisher,
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WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’

WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’
Hollywood writers will need to issue an official strike threat in 2020 to get a decent contract, according to the incoming president of the Writers Guild of America West.

David A. Goodman, who will become the new WGA West president on Sept. 18, has told members in recent days that getting a strike authorization is essential to improving on the current three-year master contract, which was hammered out at the last minute on May 1.

Goodman, in his statement to members in the 70-page WGA West election booklet sent out a few days ago, asserts that membership’s 96% support of a strike authorization in April was requisite for the gains in the current deal.

Goodman, the current VP of the guild and an ex-officio member of the negotiating committee, is the only candidate to succeed Howard Rodman. The WGA West nominating committee selected Goodman and another candidate, who withdrew, and no one opted to run by petition.

The
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WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’

Hollywood writers will need to issue an official strike threat in 2020 to get a decent contract, according to the incoming president of the Writers Guild of America West.

David A. Goodman, who will become the new WGA West president on Sept. 18, has told members in recent days that getting a strike authorization is essential to improving on the current three-year master contract, which was hammered out at the last minute on May 1.

Goodman, in his statement to members in the 70-page WGA West election booklet sent out a few days ago, asserts that membership’s 96% support of a strike authorization in April was requisite for the gains in the current deal.

Goodman, the current VP of the guild and an ex-officio member of the negotiating committee, is the only candidate to succeed Howard Rodman. The WGA West nominating committee selected Goodman and another candidate, who withdrew, and no one opted to run by petition.

The
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WGA West President Howard Rodman Will Not Seek Re-Election

Howard Rodman, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, has decided against seeking re-election to another two-year term.

Rodman told Variety that he was “deeply proud” of his two decades of service to the guild and looking forward to more time for family and work.

“I began to serve on Guild committees in 1996; helped found the Guild’s caucus for writers of independent film; have served on negotiating committees, the board, then four years as vice-president, two years as president,” he said. “I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done, of what we’ve been able to accomplish, especially in the 2017 contract negotiation. Without hyperbole: it’s been the honor of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to prying loose more space for family and work.”

His decision was unveiled Wednesday as part of the announcement that current WGA West VP David Goodman has been selected by the guild’s nominating committee as a candidate to succeed Rodman. Goodman is currently unopposed, as another unnamed candidate selected by the nominated committee declined to run. Members can still seek the office via petition until July 21.

The election will take place in September with dues-current members eligible to vote. Results will be announced on Sept. 18. The WGA West represents about 9,000 members.

Rodman won the 2015 election over Joan Meyerson and was often the public face of guild during its contentious negotiations with production companies, which led to an 11th hour deal on May 1. He was eligible to serve another term but opted against doing so.

Marjorie David, a WGA West board member, has been nominated by the committee to succeed Goodman as vice president. Another unnamed candidate declined to run against her. Aaron Mendelsohn has been nominated to seek re-election as secretary-treasurer along with board member Carlton Eastlake.

The board’s nominating committee also nominated incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm and Zak Penn along with nine other candidates for eight open board seats. The remaining candidates are Francesca Butler, Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, John August, Adam Horowitz, Michele Mulroney, Spiro Skentzos, Patti Carr and Ligiah Villalobos.

Members seeking nomination for the office of president, vice president or secretary-treasurer must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions and submit them by July 21. Members seeking nomination for the board of directors have to obtain 15 member signatures.

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WGA West President Howard Rodman Will Not Seek Re-Election

Howard Rodman, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, has decided against seeking re-election to another two-year term.

Rodman told Variety that he was “deeply proud” of his two decades of service to the guild and looking forward to more time for family and work.

“I began to serve on Guild committees in 1996; helped found the Guild’s caucus for writers of independent film; have served on negotiating committees, the board, then four years as vice-president, two years as president,” he said. “I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done, of what we’ve been able to accomplish,
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Hannibal, Ep. 3.03, “Secondo” explores the crushing power of forgiveness

Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 3, “Secondo”

Written by Angelina Burnett and Bryan Fuller & Steve Lightfoot

Directed by Vincenzo Natali

Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC

“Primavera” ended with a stunning surprise, Will standing in the catacombs under the Norman Chapel and, upon sensing Hannibal’s presence, offering his forgiveness to Il Mostro. As shocking as this may have been for the audience, it’s far more keenly felt by Hannibal and the entirety of “Secondo” is spent exploring how this proclamation has affected both men. There is power in storytelling, the episode argues, in crafting a narrative for oneself to make even the most horrific experience bearable. But while the fairy tales we tell ourselves may be beautiful, they are also isolating, fragile things easily shattered by other players in the drama. We must choose between maintaining the fantasy or returning to society, where words as simple as, “I forgive you
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The Americans Recap: When to Hold, Fold Them

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The Americans Recap: When to Hold, Fold Them
“The Deal,” the fifth episode of The Americans’ second season, is one of the greats. Running longer than normal and giving every major character plenty to do, it could have been titled “Quartets.” Written by Angelina Burnett and directed by Daniel Attias, it boasted more plot than some shows pack into a season, yet it was all not just intelligible, but fascinating. One story followed Elizabeth as she closed off her relationship with Brad, the young Navy seaman whom she had convinced to steal the files of a Navy Seal who could lead her to the assassins of Emmett and Leanne. The second story line found Philip in an abandoned restaurant with a Mossad hitman who had interrupted his and Elizabeth’s kidnapping of Anton Baklanov, a dissident Russian Jewish scientist. The third plotline, centered on the FBI, saw Stan Beeman enlisting the help of previously pushed-out Agent Gad to find Anton.
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The Americans Ep. 2.05 “The Deal” continues to build season’s central conflicts

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The Americans Season 2, Episode 5 “The Deal”

Written by Angelina Burnett

Directed by Dan Attias

Airs Wednesday nights at 10pm Et on FX

A fundamental lesson for any “budding capitalist” (I’m talking to you, Oleg) is understanding the concept of value: and in the spy world, this idea does not boil down to dollars and cents, but advancements of principles and ideologies. With the life and loyalties of the very valuable mind of a Jewish physicist living in the United States available for trade, “The Deal” is an episode about value – not only what these characters value in their world, but how easy it is to reduce human life to a single metric, fighting a war to “save” humanity in the most inhumane way possible, another fascinating hour in a season of The Americans that’s beginning to build towards larger stories.

For the first time, “The Deal” expands the
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Boss, Ep. 2.07: “The Conversation” sets this season’s endgame in motion

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Boss Season 2, Episode 7: “The Conversation”

Written by Angelina Burnett

Directed by Nelson McCormick

Airs Fridays at 9pm (Et) on Starz

Kane returns from his treatment in Toronto a ‘new’ man. Which is to say, he’s back to his old ways- politically cunning and almost without sympathy for those who suffer under him. He’s apparently no longer haunted by Stoney and seems guilt-free. He orders a hit on someone. He successfully diverts the media’s interest from his unexplained absence to the unnecessary shooting of a seventeen-year old boy during the riots. He is incisive, also, when determining (by indefinite deferral) the fate of Lennox Gardens. He is clear and open with Meredith when he’s confronted about his voyeuristic impulses regarding Mona. Many viewers will be happy to see this version of Kane again. It’s a slightly different version than the one we saw in season one – he’s cynical,
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Boss Season 2 , Episode 3: “Ablution” has Kane choosing whose villain he wants to be

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Boss Season 2, Episode 3: “Ablution”

Written by Angelina Burnett

Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

Airs Fridays at 9pm (Et) on Starz

Having ironed out some of its stylistic creases already this season, Boss returns, thematically focused and strong, this week, and the moves “Ablution” makes serve its equally focused title well.

Spring is here and it’s time for Kane to wash the snow away. Kitty purges herself of her past associations, accepting a fresh start with Walsh, who offers her a situation not of hierarchy but parity. (There might be further meaning in the origins of that word – the condition of having given birth; parenthood. It’s a detail worth tracking, especially considering how static Kitty’s character has become since the termination.)

But there are obviously far too many stains on Kane’s past for them to be washed away without causing more hurt or bloodshed. He has discovered,
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