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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

19 February 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening. »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Sesame Street’ Creators Launch New Fellowship to Increase Diverse Voices in Children’s Media

14 February 2017 10:10 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The creators behind “Sesame Street” have launched a new fellowship program aimed at discovering, nurturing and increasing the presence of writers with diverse voices in children’s media, the non-profit group Sesame Workshop announced Tuesday. The intensive six-week program called the “Sesame Street Writers’ Room” will be held at Sesame Workshop’s New York City office and lead to a development deal for two successful participants, who will then be mentored by Sesame Workshop executives. “Since its inception, ‘Sesame Street’ has represented the diversity of our world through our inclusive cast and rich variety of stories,” Brown Johnson, Executive Vice President and Creative Director, »

- Debbie Emery

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Why Spaceballs is the Star Wars spoof we need

14 February 2017 12:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017

As the Epic Movie team announce they have Star Wars in their sights, might we have a chat about Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, amongst others?

Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.

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In the words of financier Covert Media’s Paul Hanson: “Jason and »

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The Best TV Shows to Watch Under the Influence — IndieWire Critics Survey

7 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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: Which is the best show to watch under the influence?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

I haven’t, but my friend has. My friend says this is the golden age for under-the-influence television watching thanks to Peak TV covering just about every niche out there, particularly in the alternative comedy arena. It’s like today’s television was made by stoners for stoners! Just look at the great psychoactive-friendly comedies out there right now: “Baskets,” “Broad City,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Nathan For You,” “Review,” “Rick and Morty”… just about everything labeled a comedy that airs after 10 p.m. in your »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Shows to Watch Under the Influence — IndieWire Critics Survey

7 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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: Which is the best show to watch under the influence?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

I haven’t, but my friend has. My friend says this is the golden age for under-the-influence television watching thanks to Peak TV covering just about every niche out there, particularly in the alternative comedy arena. It’s like today’s television was made by stoners for stoners! Just look at the great psychoactive-friendly comedies out there right now: “Baskets,” “Broad City,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Nathan For You,” “Review,” “Rick and Morty”… just about everything labeled a comedy that airs after 10 p.m. in your »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Detroiters review – Jackass meets Mad Men as stupidity sells in the motor city

7 February 2017 10:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedy Central’s take on the advertising game is a lo-fi cousin to Don Draper and company – but as juvenile as it may be, there are laughs, too

You could see how shows focusing on traditionally unloved American cities with their own specific senses of humor would be easy to green-light now. After the success of Atlanta, a show which took that premise and ran all the way to Golden Globes success with it, comes Detroiters, starring Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson.

Related: Atlanta: Donald Glover's show is the smartest – and funniest – on TV

Related: The writers of FX's Atlanta: 'We’re not interested in being Sesame Street'

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- Lanre Bakare

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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

6 February 2017 1:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Albert Hall.

Synopsis:

Willie Dynamite is the number two pimp in the city who is desperate to be number one, and a prostitute-turned-social worker is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Michael Jai White’s 2009 comedy Black Dynamite is a brilliant spoof on the whole blaxploitation genre, taking in the bling, the street dialect, copious amounts of totally gratuitous (but extremely welcome nonetheless) nudity, over-the-top characters, a kung-fu fight with Richard Nixon and intrusive boom mics galore, all presented with a knowing wink from everyone involved. If you haven’t seen it then it is highly recommended that you do, if only to marvel at a 21st century comedy that doesn’t rely on being gross for laughs. With that in mind, you would hope that Willie Dynamite – a 1974 blaxploitation »

- Amie Cranswick

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La La Land, ‘O.J.’, ‘Stranger Things lead Producers Guild Awards

29 January 2017 10:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2017 Producers Guild of America awards were announced over the weekend, and the big winners on Saturday night ended up being the stunning La La Land, which is wiping the floor at most awards ceremonies this year, and TV shows American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson and Netflix’s Stranger Things.

La La Land picked up the top award on the night, The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, making the Best Picture Oscar almost a cert now. Zootopia (Zootropolis) bagged the The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, while ‘The People V O.J.’ received The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television, and the similarly themed O.J.: Made In America picked up The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. Stranger Things received The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, »

- Paul Heath

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2017 PGA Awards: La La Land, Stranger Things Take Top Honors

29 January 2017 12:40 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last night, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year's winning motion picture, television, and new media productions at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Closing the evening, the film La La Land and its producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This category is one of the most eagerly anticipated of season and is widely considered a strong prognosticator for the Oscars, as the Zanuck Award has matched the win for Best Picture 19 times in its 28-year history.

The Netflix television series Stranger Things (Season 1) and its producers Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson won the PGA's Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. The Jerry Seinfeld-created web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season »

- MovieWeb

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'La La Land' wins PGA 2017 award

28 January 2017 11:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Musical cements status as Oscar frontrunner.

Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt performed what looked very much like a rehearsal for another awards show at Saturday’s 28th annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills.

The La La Land producers beat out a strong field that included Arrival, Moonlight, Fences, Manchester By The Sea and Lion to claim the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Given the track record of the PGA Awards as a bellwether of Academy Awards success, Berg, Horowitz and Platt have three hands on the biggest prize of them all heading into Oscar night on February 26.

While the best picture Oscar winner and the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award winner are often one and the same, last year’s PGA champion The Big Short lost to Spotlight on Oscar night.

In other key theatrical awards, the Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures award went to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Fantasy Fridays: Scully & Mfr Cast The Universal Monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf Man, More!)

27 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends get to play studio execs and cast talent for upcoming projects. We sort of take the same tact as the old Wizard Magazine features where we choose our dream picks for coveted roles without necessarily being tied down to realistic options. 

With the case of Universal's upcoming Cinematic Universe of Classic Monsters, we thankfully have a very wide palette to choose from since the studio has already secured some surprisingly high-profile talent. So that actually takes some of the "pie in the sky/fantasy" nature out of our picks, since it seems like they're able to get who ever they want to appear in these films.

So far, we've got The Mummy with stars like Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. Then there's Johnny Depp, who's signed on for The Invisible Man. The sky's the limit for these monster flicks, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Mary Tyler Moore: America's Sweetheart Goes All the Way

25 January 2017 12:41 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This story originally appeared as the cover story in Issue 330, November 13th, 1980.

It's eight o'clock and everyone's here... well, almost everyone. There's Carl Reiner, and there's Gavin MacLeod, and there's Betty White and Allen Ludden. They're all here, in this awkward white screening room up four flights of stairs and down a winding hallway deep in the bowels of Paramount Studios. It's a hybrid crowd – TV people and movie people, performers and people from behind the scenes, chorus girls and choreographers, even a few who are just regular people with »

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SAG Life Achievement Honoree Lily Tomlin Reflects on Her Long Career

24 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Most legendary American comedians can’t claim the toddler set among their most strident fans, but back in the late 1960s, when Lily Tomlin was on the road performing stand-up at venues across America, she would make sure to schedule two shows — one at night for the adults, and one in the afternoon for their children.

“If I did a show in a nightclub, they’d open the club in the afternoon and I’d have a show where kids would come with their mothers,” says Tomlin, who earned her showbiz sea legs as a cast member, first on ABC’s short-lived “Music Scene” and then on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” in which the iconic characters she created — Ernestine was a telephone operator with a signature chortle; Edith Ann was a precocious 5½-half-year-old in an oversized rocking chair who’d make appearances on “Sesame Street”— proved a gigantic hit among audiences of all ages. »

- Malina Saval

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Riverdale: the long, strange history of Archie Comics on TV

22 January 2017 8:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Chris Cummins Jan 24, 2017

A look-back at the previous attempts to bring Archie to TV before they got it right with Riverdale...

When Riverdale premieres on the CW on January 26th, it will mark a milestone for Archie Comics - the first time in the company's 75-year history that its characters will truly shine on television. A mix of gleefully ridiculous kitsch with standout performances and some truly smart writing, the series is poised to be 2017's breakout TV hit.

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That said, it took a while for Archie to get to this point. There have been many attempts to bring Archie and his friends to TV before, but these all suffered for either being shoddily animated (the various 1960s cartoons), misguided (1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again), or just plain, um, weird (the X-Files cash-in Archie's Weird Mysteries »

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My World Of Flops: Elmo loves you, but isn’t crazy about this box-office case file #78 The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland

18 January 2017 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

Like seemingly all Americans over the past half-century or so, I grew up with the puppet oddballs of Jim Henson and company. Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, Big Bird, Cookie Monster: These were my beloved childhood companions. Yet I didn’t truly understand the magic of the worlds Henson created until I became a parent myself.

In the past year or so, I have developed a fondness for Sesame Street that borders on obsessive. I may actually enjoy Sesame Street more than my 2-and-a-half-year-old son does at this point. I am particularly enamored of the furry red menace known as Elmo. So I was shocked to discover, deep into my Sesame Street addiction, that he’d actually »

- Nathan Rabin

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PBS Will Launch Family Night on New PBS Kids Channel

15 January 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fans of PBS’ educational lineup for kids know full well that the network’s hours of “Wild Kratts” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” eventually fade into programming aimed for adults. Starting this week, more children will be able to tune into their favorite PBS programs around the clock.

On Monday, PBS’ “PBS Kids” channel will be made available via cable and live-stream via 107 PBS licensees to 90% of U.S. TV households. PBS said 73 licensees – typically a PBS member station – will launch the channel January 16, with additional outlets coming online over the next several months. The TV channel will be made available for free on pbskids.org and the PBS Kids Video App for mobile devices and tablets.

The goal is to extend the reach of PBS Kids programming so that it’s more available to children when they are likely to want it – after school and in the evenings. The launch also helps the public broadcaster reach »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Monster Trucks’ Review: This Kid-Friendly Creature Feature Drafts Off A Dozen Better Movies

10 January 2017 9:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The story of a hunky high school senior who discovers an oil-guzzling sea beast (think “Sesame Street” meets the Kraken), and then knots its tentacles around the chassis of his custom jalopy in a perverse attempt to pimp his ride, “Monster Trucks” seems like such an impossibly stupid idea for a movie that it’s easy to forget how it derives from a rather proud history of Hollywood entertainment. After all, there have been any number of studio spectacles about a young boy, or a teenage boy, or — in this case — an obviously grown-ass man doing a hilarious job of pretending to be a teenage boy — whose frustrated small town existence is turned upside down when he befriends a strange and unexpectedly sweet creature that teaches him about growing up or whatever. “Monster Trucks,” however aimless and confused it may be, rolls down a road paved by verified hits like “E.T., »

- David Ehrlich

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2016 Producers Guild Awards TV Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Westworld’ All Land Nods

5 January 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Game of Thrones,” “Westworld” and “Stranger Things” all scored Best Episodic Drama nominations from the Producers Guild of America this morning, with “Atlanta” and “Silicon Valley” doing likewise in the Best Episodic Comedy category. Film categories, meanwhile, will be announced next Tuesday. This year’s ceremony, the 28th overall, will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 28. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: Writers Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and More

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

“Black Mirror” (Season 3)

The Night Manager” (Season 1)

The Night Of

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Season 1)

“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

 

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

“E:60”

“The Fight Game with Jim Lampley: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams” (Season 11)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (Season 11)

“Vice World »

- Michael Nordine

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2016 Producers Guild Awards TV Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Westworld’ All Land Nods

5 January 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Game of Thrones,” “Westworld” and “Stranger Things” all scored Best Episodic Drama nominations from the Producers Guild of America this morning, with “Atlanta” and “Silicon Valley” doing likewise in the Best Episodic Comedy category. Film categories, meanwhile, will be announced next Tuesday. This year’s ceremony, the 28th overall, will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 28. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: Writers Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and More

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

“Black Mirror” (Season 3)

The Night Manager” (Season 1)

The Night Of

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Season 1)

“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

 

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

“E:60”

“The Fight Game with Jim Lampley: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams” (Season 11)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (Season 11)

“Vice World »

- Michael Nordine

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Producers Guild TV Awards: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta’ Grab Nominations

5 January 2017 9:22 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Westworld,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and FX’s “Atlanta” are among the new series grabbing nominations for the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards.

Westworld” and “Stranger Things” both broke into the drama series race. The two will contend for the prize at the Jan. 28 ceremony against HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the reigning Emmy winner for drama series and the PGA’s 2016 pick, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

Atlanta” was the sole newbie in the comedy series heat. Donald Glover’s auteur comedy will face off against HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” (which has scored back-to-back Emmy wins the past two years) and ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Modern Family.” Amazon’s “Transparent” took the comedy prize last year.

The PGA’s longform category is a hot competition among the big winner at last year’s Emmy Awards, FX’s “The People V. O.J. Simpson »

- Cynthia Littleton

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