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Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Lands Oscar-Friendly Slot via A24

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Awards-watchers have been wondering where Mike Mills’ dramedy “20th Century Women,” starring perennial Oscar nominee Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “The Kids Are All Right”), would land in the fall line-up.

Well, rising indie distributor A24, which is having a strong 2016, has picked up U.S. rights to the film from Annapurna’s Megan Ellison (“Her,” “Joy,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Zero Dark Thirty”). A24 started out winning Oscars for three films (“Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy”), took smart horror flick “The Witch” wide to great success, and now with “The Lobster ” and “Swiss Army Man,” boasts the two highest per theater average limited openings of the year.

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe and His ‘Swiss Army Man’ Dummy: What We Learned From This Dynamic Duo On A24’s NYC Bus Tour

Writer-director Mills’ last film “Beginners” won one Academy Award, for Christopher Plummer. “20th Century Women” is a portrait of three women played by Bening, »


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Producers Guild Picks 2017 PGA Awards Date

28 June 2016 1:19 PM, PDT

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has set Saturday, January 28, 2017 for its 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. (This year, the date was January 23.) The Producers Guild boasts more than 7,000 members. The 2017 Producers Guild Awards will cover the best in motion pictures, television and new media productions.

The motion picture members pick ten movies, which often reflect the Oscar nominees, depending on the number. Last year “Sicario,” “Ex Machina” and “Straight Outta Compton” didn’t make the Oscar cut of eight, which included non-pga-nominee “Room.”  The PGA winner usually matches up with the Best Picture Oscar — although in 2012 the PGA tied with “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” while last year the PGA muddied Oscar predictors’ picks with a win for “The Big Short.”

The awards will be presented at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, with Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Amy Pascal (“Ghostbusters”) as Awards Chairs.

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‘Masters of Sex’ Creator Michelle Ashford on the Art of Showrunning (Emmy Video)

27 June 2016 5:28 PM, PDT

“This is the weirdest, most fascinating relationship.” That was Michelle Ashford’s immediate response to the biography of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, whose complex working and romantic partnership spanned 30 years.

With producing partner Sarah Timberman, Ashford brought the book to HBO and FX, but also to brand-new Showtime executive David Nevins, who immediately grasped the possibilities. Sure, the subject of sex was a lure for a premium cable programmer, but “not in the way you might think,” Ashford said. “He understood that the idea of looking at sex through a scientific lens would be weird, fascinating and fresh. It was not about showing perfect bodies. He knew that if we do sex, it was at least unusual enough to make people say they’d never seen sex like that before.”

Ashford initially believed Season 1 would parallel a year in the life of Masters and Johnson, but »


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Kyle Chandler Is the Supple Spine of ‘Bloodline’ (Emmy Video)

27 June 2016 12:21 PM, PDT

Bloodline” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix, is a must-see. And much of the credit goes to its star, Kyle Chandler.

From “Damages” creators Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the feverish Florida neo-noir is a dysfunctional family drama that reveals how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn). The writers were fascinated by the roles taken on by each member of a family, from the black sheep to the fixer. When volatile wild card Danny Rayburn re-enters the scene, he disrupts the Rayburn family, led by its hotelier and matriarch (Sissy Spacek) and local detective John Rayburn (Chandler). (Mendelsohn and Chandler both scored acting Emmy nominations for Season 1.)

In Season 2, John and his two agitated siblings (Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) must deal with the aftermath of Danny’s murder. Danny haunts them in more ways than one, not only messing with their heads, »


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