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“Transparent” and “Empire” lead the first-round nominees for the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards.
The Amazon comedy and Fox drama each scored two nominations. The noms announced Friday morning covered TV, theater, Web series and short film.
“Transparent’s” casting director Edye Belasco received noms in both the TV pilot comedy and TV comedy series categories. “Empire’s” trio of Leah Daniels Butler, Claire Simon and Shelby Cherniet were nominated for TV pilot drama, while Butler and Simon were also recognized in the TV drama series field.
The TV comedy series category also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Episodes,” while the TV drama series contenders are “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife” and “Bloodline.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
It’s Monday, which means it’s time to empty your pockets in honour of the almighty New Home Entertainment Releases God for those in the UK. Here are our top picks out today (just click on the pictures to be taken to the order page):
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a groups of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dasnher.
Black Mirror – Series 1-2 + Special
1. The National Anthem: Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, »
- Oli Davis
A Us version of Black Mirror is in the works.
The co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America, Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, revealed at a Real Screen event on Wednesday (January 28) that they are behind a Us adaptation of Black Mirror, which is produced by Annabel Jones for Endemol UK.
Corwin explained that "there is a plan" in place to develop the new series, but did not give many further details.
Brooker and Jones "have really touched on something and I agree – we need more", Variety quotes Corwin as saying.
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
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