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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards for Five Rising Female Documentarians

As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– Chicken & Egg Pictures, a leader in supporting women nonfiction filmmakers, announced today the recipients of their annual Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards: Natalia Almada (“Todo lo demás,” 2016), Ramona Diaz (“Motherland,” 2017), Laura Nix “(Inventing Tomorrow,” 2018, which will debut at Sundance later this month), Kimi Takesue “(95 and 6 to Go,” 2016), and Nanfu Wang (“I Am Another You,” 2017). This award consists of a $50,000 unrestricted grant and a year-long creative support and mentorship program tailored to each filmmaker’s individual goals.

The Breakthrough Filmmaker Award was designed to “respond to the reality that only a few women nonfiction directors in the U.S. are able to work full-time as independent storytellers. The program recognizes and elevates five experienced women directors with unique voices who are poised to reach new heights and become strong filmmaker- advocates for critical and timely issues.
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Black-ish’ Top Humanitas Prize Finalists

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Black-ish’ Top Humanitas Prize Finalists
Writers for “Game of Thrones,” “Black-ish,” and “The Big Bang Theory” and the film “Human Flow” are among the television and documentary nominees for the 43rd annual Humanitas Prize announced Wednesday. Winners in each category — 30-minute, 60-minute, children’s animation, children’s live action, Sundance feature film, and documentary — will receive $100,000 in prize money.

Recipients will be announced at the annual Humanitas Prize event on Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.

“In the past few years we have experienced a spectacular renaissance of television and documentary filmmaking,” said Humanitas president Ali LeRoi. “There is an embarrassment of riches in terms of both the quality and quantity of work, so choosing these finalists from among the wealth of notable submissions we received this year was a challenge — albeit a wonderful one.”

“Whether it’s a deep documentary dive into a challenging subject, a hilarious half-hour sitcom episode or a heartfelt independent feature, all of the
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Black-ish’ Top Humanitas Prize Finalists

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Black-ish’ Top Humanitas Prize Finalists
Writers for “Game of Thrones,” “Black-ish,” and “The Big Bang Theory” and the film “Human Flow” are among the television and documentary nominees for the 43rd annual Humanitas Prize announced Wednesday. Winners in each category — 30-minute, 60-minute, children’s animation, children’s live action, Sundance feature film, and documentary — will receive $100,000 in prize money.

Recipients will be announced at the annual Humanitas Prize event on Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.

“In the past few years we have experienced a spectacular renaissance of television and documentary filmmaking,” said Humanitas president Ali LeRoi. “There is an embarrassment of riches in terms of both the quality and quantity of work, so choosing these finalists from among the wealth of notable submissions we received this year was a challenge — albeit a wonderful one.”

“Whether it’s a deep documentary dive into a challenging subject, a hilarious half-hour sitcom episode or a heartfelt independent feature, all of the
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Deception: ABC Crime Drama Photos and Launch Date Released

ABC has a new trick up its sleeve. This week, the network released the premiere date and new photos for their upcoming TV series Deception.The crime drama stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black, a superstar magician who "has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career." The cast also includes Ilfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon, Laila Robins, and Vinnie Jones.Read More…
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‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao Receives Inaugural Bonnie Award

‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao Receives Inaugural Bonnie Award
Chloe Zhao, who produced, directed and wrote the Western drama “The Rider,” has won Film Independent’s inaugural Bonnie Award, given to recognize a mid-career female director.

The trophy, which includes a $50,000 grant, was presented to Zhao at the organization’s Spirit Awards brunch at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Her film, which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, is up for four Spirits for best feature, director, editing and cinematography.

The 33rd annual Spirit Awards will be held on March 3 in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. Only films with budgets of $20 million or less are eligible.

Zhao, who is Chinese-American, told Variety that she used a tiny crew of about half a dozen friends and family to shoot “The Rider,” which charts the frustrated dreams of a South Dakota rodeo rider, played by real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau. “The Rider” also marked a return to Directors’ Fortnight for Zhao
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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’

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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’
For Justin Chon, who was recently featured in the iTunes Filmmaker Spotlight, getting the deeply personal and unique “Gook” (click here to watch the film) made was a triumph. But seeing it in competition at Sundance 2017, where it won the Audience Award and also received a a nomination for a Film Independent Spirit Award, proved that his vision resonated with audiences.

“You always hope that people connect with whatever film that you’re making at the time, but it’s hard and rare to make a film that actually does that,” Chon, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film, tells IndieWire. It’s usually a wish and a hope but you never expect the outcome, so it’s just a really amazing, fulfilling surprise that people connect to the film and that it even got into Sundance.

“Gook” follows two Korean-American Angelenos (played by Chon and David So) and
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Gook Interview: Producer James Yi Talks Acting, Logistics and That Surprising Title

Recently I had the chance to talk with producer James Yi, speaking on behalf of and with director/writer/actor Justin Chon on their feature film, Gook. After premiering at Sundance (winning the Next award), the film won Best Feature, Best Director and Best Actress (Simone Baker) at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Released on Blu-ray on December 5, you can purchase Gook right here. Timothy Tau: Congrats on winning the Next award at Sundance and various awards at Laapff, Siff and other film festivals (and for being acquired/distributed by Samuel Goldwyn as well as a theatrical opening a few months ago) and also for being nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. How did the initial...

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Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro

Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro
Exclusive: Justin Chon, the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director whose film Gook won the Next category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is partnering with MacRo on his next original feature. Chon will write and direct a yet untitled feature whose storyline is being kept under wraps for a late 2018 start. He was nominated last month as a "Director To Watch" at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will produce…
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New to Streaming: ‘Princess Cyd,’ ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘mother!,’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)

Leave it to Steven Spielberg to eke more thrills out of an animated feature than most directors could with every live-action tool at their disposal. The Adventures of Tintin is colored and paced like a child’s fantastical imagining of how Hergé’s comics might play in motion, and the extent to which viewers buy it depends largely on their willingness to give
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Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!

Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!
Call Me by Your Name, Get Out and Lady Bird all had great showings at the 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations!

The nominees were announced on Tuesday morning, with the Armie Hammer-ledCall Me by Your Name leading the pack with six nominations, followed closely by Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed, genre-bending thriller Get Out with five, and Lady Bird, with four.

All three films are competing for Best Picture, along with The Florida Project and The Rider. The Independent Spirit Awards are sometimes seen as a tea leaf for how the Academy Awards will sway -- the Best Picture winner of this show has gone on to also earn the distinction at the Oscars for five out of the last six years.

Peele earned a nod in the Best Director category, and the film's lead, Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Male Lead, along with James Franco, who is nominated for The Disaster Artist. In the Best Female
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Awards season is officially a go with one of the first high profile awards nominations being unveiled. The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been revealed and Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out and Good Time lead the way.

While these awards are the first to be announced, they are one of the last to be dished out. The Independent Spirit Awards are traditionally dished out the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica, which this season will be on Saturday, March 3 2018.

Get Out

The nominations give us our very first indicator for what may be nominated for the Academy Awards, and last year they famously predicted Casey Affleck would bag Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea, and Moonlight would take Best Picture. Both bagged the Indies the previous day.

Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Awards nominations in full.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name
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2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate

2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate
The nominations for the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards are in, and “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Good Time,” and more have dominated this year’s slate.

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

Over the last several years, the Indie Spirits have become both a champion of underdog indies (see Molly Shannon winning Best Supporting Female last year for “Other People”) and a key indicator in which films and performances could end up with the Oscar (Casey Affleck and “Moonlight” for Best Picture last year). John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will return to host the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3.

The full nominations list is below.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best Director

Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Benny and Josh Safdie,
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Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Justin Chon Among 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala Honorees (Exclusive)

Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Justin Chon Among 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala Honorees (Exclusive)
The 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala, the longest-running celebration of Asian American trailblazers in the entertainment industry, has selected Leonardo Nam, Ross Butler, Awkwafina, Justin Chon, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Dr. Mike Hong as its honorees, Variety has learned exclusively.

Nam, who currently stars in HBO’s sci-fi western drama “Westworld” is being named “Actor of the Year,” while Butler will be honored with the male breakout award for his work on Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and the CW’s “Riverdale” and rapper and comedian Awkwafina will receive the female breakout award.

Chon, who is perhaps best known for his role in “Gook” but has also appeared this year in “Dr. Ken” and can be seen next year in “Deception,” is being honored with the Vanguard Award. Former “Hawaii Five-0” stars Kim and Park will be recognized for exemplifying the “devotion and the spirit of ‘The Ultimate Drive’ in their careers” with presenting sponsor BMW’s Ultimate
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich
Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.

“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.

Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless
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Zurich: Festival Unveils Competition Line-Up

Zurich: Festival Unveils Competition Line-Up
Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Justin Chon's Korean American drama Gook and Pororoca, the latest from Romanian auteur Constantin Popescu (Tales from the Golden Age) are among the titles selected for competition at this year's Zurich International Film Festival.

The Zurich line-up, announced Wednesday, is a compelling mix of U.S. and international arthouse titles, with highlights including Peter Mackie Burns' Daphne starring Emily Beecham; Venice Film Festival entry Under The Tree from Icelandic helmer Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson and Weightless, the feature debut of music video director Jaron Albertin, which stars Marc Menchaca, Julianna Nicholson and Johnny Knoxville.

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‘Kings’ Review: Halle Berry and Daniel Craig Star in Another Misbegotten Movie About Race in America — Tiff

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‘Kings’ Review: Halle Berry and Daniel Craig Star in Another Misbegotten Movie About Race in America — Tiff
The last thing the world needs right now is another star-studded movie about the race riots that scarred 20th Century America. Okay, that’s not entirely true — past trauma can be an indispensable lens through which to see present tragedies, and we sure have plenty of both — but anyone who suffered through this summer’s “Detroit” would certainly be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The halos of celebrity and commercialism tend to obfuscate the potential value of exhuming such terrible events, and that blockage is only compounded by the insistent whiteness that always makes it possible. These films may be made with the best of intentions (and the most humanistic of ideals), but something is invariably lost in translation.

Consider the differences between Justin Chon’s “Gook,” which came out late this summer, and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Kings,” which is slated for release this fall. Both films are about the L.
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New York Comic-Con 2017 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Are Heading to Nycc

Comic-Con is hitting the East Coast for its annual pop culture convention at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan this October. To keep you updated on the happenings this year, Variety is compiling a master list of screenings and panels for the Oct. 5-Oct. 8 event. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the schedule, as we will continue to update when networks and studios release their schedules for the event.

Friday, Oct. 6

The Orville (6-7 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 20th Century Fox) Join series creator and star Seth MacFarlane, series star Adrianne Palicki, and executive producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga for an extended look at an unaired episode and discussion about the sci-fi comedic drama.

Family Guy (7-8 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 20th Century Fox) The “Family Guy” cast, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Seth Green and Mike Henry, along with executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin, are
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'Gook' Review: This Look at L.A. Riots Is 'Hardass Yet Hypnotically Beautiful'

'Gook' Review: This Look at L.A. Riots Is 'Hardass Yet Hypnotically Beautiful'
Set in Los Angeles during the 1992 race riots, Gook – the spellbinding second feature from writer-director Justin Chon, following Man Up – looks at bigotry through the eyes of two Korean brothers caught in the firestorm. Chon, best known as an actor in the Twilight series, plays Eli, who teams with his brother Daniel (David So), a wannabe R&B singer, to run a women's shoe store that their father established on the border of South Central, where the customers are mostly black and Chicano. Eli and Daniel are of the community,
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‘England Is Mine’ Review: Maybe the World Didn’t Need a Young Morrissey Biopic

‘England Is Mine’ Review: Maybe the World Didn’t Need a Young Morrissey Biopic
A handsome little biopic that’s sopping wet with the same clichés that its whiny hero so adamantly disavows, Mark Gill’s “England Is Mine” distills the early days of one Steven Patrick Morrissey into an anonymous coming-of-age story that — if not for its keen sense of place — could really be about any mopey white boy whose talents are dulled by torpor. The film begins in the late ’70s, when young Steven is still living in his family’s splintered Stretford council house and writing flippant concert reviews for some local music rags; it ends a few years later, before he and Johnny Marr have yet to record their first track as The Smiths. This isn’t a portrait of an iconoclastic rock god, but of a brooding artist who thinks he’s far too good for such a boring town, and resents the fact that he should ever have
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