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Kerry Butler, Stephanie D'Abruzzo and More Lead Staged Industry Reading Of Seeing Red

Tony Award nominees Kerry Butler Disaster, Xanadu, the upcoming Mean Girls, Charl Brown Motown, John Ellison Conlee The Full Monty, Murder Ballad, and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Avenue Q, I Love You Because will head a special reading presentation of the new musical Seeing Red, by Emmy Award winner Joey Mazzarino and award-winning composer Aron Accurso on Thursday, January 25 in New York City at 11am and 3pm. Seeing Red takes a look at immigration through a fairy tale lens. In fact, it's about all the things that divide us as humans Religion, borders, race. It's the story of Little Red Riding Hood, now a grown woman who still spends her days delivering baskets full of goodies through her company Red Ex. She wishes she could change her fate but in Everafteropolis, once your story is written, it's written. When Red meets the Man From Nantucket, her life is suddenly turned upside down.
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Review: The Enduring Power of Mister Rogers | Sundance 2018

I did not expect to cry as much as I did during Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville’s documentary chronicling the life and career of Fred Rogers. As a cretinous youth who preferred the colorful Sesame Street to the staid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, it’s only now as an adult that I can fully appreciate what Rogers was doing with his unique TV program. And yet as Won’t You Be My Neighbor? shows, Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister with a background working alongside child psychologists, lived his values and created something special and enduring as a …
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The Shape of Water takes the top prize at the 2018 PGA Awards

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water received a major boost to its Oscar chances last night when the Producers Guild of America honoured the film with the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the 2018 PGA Awards.

In the past ten years, the recipient of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award has went on to claim Best Picture at the Academy Awards on eight occasions. It has however been wide of the mark the past two years, honouring The Big Short and La La Land while Best Picture went to Spotlight and Moonlight.

Here’s the full list of winners…

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Big Sick

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

Get Out

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

Molly’s Game

The Post

The Shape Of Water (Winner)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Wonder Woman

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated
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2018 PGA Awards report: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Best Picture against tough field of 11 contenders

2018 PGA Awards report: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Best Picture against tough field of 11 contenders
The 2018 Producers Guild Awards were handed out on Saturday night, January 20. These awards celebrate the best producing achievements in film and television, and the big-screen winners often give us an idea of who will take top honors at the Oscars. Scroll down for our live updating report on the night’s winners and what it means for the awards season to come. Check out the complete list of winners in all 12 categories here.

The very first Best Picture winner at the PGA Awards was “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990. That film went on to win the top Oscar, and in total 19 out of the PGA’s 28 previous picks have gone on to claim Best Picture honors at the Academy Awards (68%). And in the last 10 years the correlation has been even stronger, with the two groups agreeing eight times (80%). However, the last two years have been anomalies. In 2016 “The Big Short” won
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2018 PGA Awards winners: Full list of Producers Guild winners in all 12 categories for film and TV

The 2018 Producers Guild Awards were presented on Saturday night, January 20. These are the 29th annual kudos celebrating the best producers in film and television. Historically they have been known as an especially strong predictor of the Oscars, with 19 out of the 28 previous PGA winners going on to claim Best Picture from the motion picture academy, which is a 68% rate of agreement between the two industry organizations. Scroll down for the complete list of winners in all 12 categories.

The Producers Guild has had an even stronger track record forecasting the Oscars in recent years. Eight of the last 10 PGA champs have matched the Oscar choice (80%), and since 2010 both the motion picture academy and the PGA have used a preferential ballot to determine the winners. That unique voting method prioritizes consensus choices over passionate picks. That makes the PGA Awards the first industry event where we get to see what Hollywood can
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This Is Us Recap: A Smoking Gun?

This Is Us Recap: A Smoking Gun?
Need to catch up? Check out the previous This Is Us recap here.

If only the Pearson family had watched a little more Sesame Street!

Children of the ’80s who spent enough time with the PBS broadcast will remember an animated short that emphasized repetition in order to jog memory. (Say it with me now: “A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter.”) And while this week’s This Is Us wouldn’t have been very compelling had Jack and Rebecca uttered no other dialogue outside of “a suit for Kev, a dress for Kate,
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Watch Mister Rogers In New Clip From Won’T You Be My Neighbor?

Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the film, Won’T You Be My Neighbor, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jim Judkis / Focus Features

Kids growing up in the 1970’s only knew Saturday morning cartoons, as well as educational TV on the local PBS station. We were introduced to Sesame Street, Electric Company, Zoom and the magic of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It’s where we learned how to use our imaginations and to tie our sneakers with Mister Rogers, the cool trolley that ran behind him (we all wanted one) and the land of Make-Believe.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’T You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers.

From Focus Features, watch the first clip.

Won’T You Be My Neighbor? will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
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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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Marvel: why we'll never see the Defenders in the McU

James Hunt Jan 11, 2018

We should all make our peace with the idea that the Defenders will never meet the Avengers on the big screen, says James...

We movie geeks live in interesting times. Regardless of your personal interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its stable of characters, you’d have to be a somewhat desperate contrarian to deny its place as perhaps the boldest narrative experiment cinema-goers have ever seen. Multiple interlinked movies spanning a decade-plus, sharing continuity and creative direction - it’s like nothing that has ever existed on the big screen.

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Of course, if you believe Disney and Marvel, it isn’t just on the big screen – its tendrils also work their way onto television as well. As the stalwart McU spin-off Agents Of Shield was keen to emphasise on its launch,
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How children’s TV went from Blue Peter to YouTube’s wild west

For many young people, the internet is now the go-to source of video entertainment. But the difference between traditional programming and leaving your children to watch controversial vloggers such as Logan Paul is vast

When the Radio Times asked a panel of 30 experts to vote on the best children’s programmes of all time, the magazine undoubtedly intended to celebrate the brilliance of British children’s television. And the panel’s top 50, published this week, does just that, with Blue Peter occupying the top spot, followed closely by four more genuine classics: Grange Hill, Newsround, Tiswas and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

Yet the list is damning for what it leaves out. Every programme in that top five was launched more than four decades ago – Blue Peter will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year – and only two of them are still on the air.

Related: Sesame Street: twinned on YouTube with
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'The Crown', 'Game Of Thrones' among PGA Awards TV nominees

The Producers Guild Of America has unveiled its list of TV nominees ahead of the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac set to be held on January 20 in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild Of America has unveiled its list of TV nominees ahead of the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac set to be held on January 20 in Los Angeles.

Nominees in the episodic drama category include Big Little Lies, which was moved from the limited series category following a second season pick up by HBO, The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale. Netflix’s Master Of None and HBO’s Veep are among the episodic comedy nominees.

Long-form TV nominees include Black Mirror (season four), Fargo (season three), and Feud: Bette and Joan (season one).

As previously announced Ryan Murphy is set to receive the PGA’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.

The nominees for the 29th annual PGA Awards are:

The Norman Felton
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'The Crown' and 'Black Mirror' among PGA Awards TV nominees

'The Crown' and 'Black Mirror' among PGA Awards TV nominees
The Producers Guild Of America has unveiled its list of TV nominees ahead of the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac set to be held on January 20 in Los Angeles.

Nominees in the episodic drama category include Big Little Lies, which was moved from the limited series category following a second season pick up by HBO, The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale. Netflix’s Master Of None and HBO’s Veep are among the episodic comedy nominees.

Long-form TV nominees include Black Mirror (season four), Fargo (season three), and Feud: Bette and Joan (season one).
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The Muppets Celebrate Christmas With A Wild Rankin Fashion Shoot

Missy Piggy is the world’s greatest fashion diva in the new Muppets short from Love Magazine. Related: Sia Jams With ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets In “#LoveMuppets”, directed by famed fashion photographer Rankin for the 25th day of the magazine’s Love Advent series, the Muppets team up with a cast of supermodels — including Poppy Delevingne, Doutzen Kroes, Barbara […]
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Learn How the Sesame Street Puppets Come to Life

As a kid, I loved Sesame Street. The characters were great and I’ve often wondered how these puppets work. How do they control the mouth and the hands of the smaller ones? How do they do the bigger ones like Snuffleupagus? If you’ve had similar questions, then you are in luck! Wired recently released a video that goes behind-the-scenes with five of the puppeteers from Sesame Street and they walk you through how their puppets work. You’ll learn about Elmo, Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Abby Cadabby, and Rudy! You may want to be careful watching this with your kids around depending on their age and such, but it’s interesting to watch and learn more about how these puppets work.
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‘Sesame Street’ Characters To Help Teach Syrian Refugees In $100 Million Project

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Characters from the much-loved children’s TV series “Sesame Street” will be used to help teach child refugees, it has been confirmed. The Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee have won a $100 million grant to help with the “toxic stress” that children displaced by the war in Syria have been experiencing. We are thrilled […]
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A Behind the Scenes Look at Sesame Street Puppeteering

Learning how the Sesame Street puppets are operated behind the scenes is pretty interesting. Some of what you would expect is easy enough to figure out, but hearing just what goes into it is still enough to make your eyes widen in amazement. For instance, some of the puppets are costumes combined with interior mechanisms that hep to work the eyes, the limbs, and the mouths. Others are operated using metal poles for their arms and by hand since they’re small enough that they can be worked in a more traditional method. If that sounds too simple however then take

A Behind the Scenes Look at Sesame Street Puppeteering
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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Will Take Over for Sheila Nevins as HBO Documentary Co-Heads

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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Will Take Over for Sheila Nevins as HBO Documentary Co-Heads
When Sheila Nevins concludes her nearly four-decade HBO tenure in March, the network announced December 19 that her successors will be Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, newly-named executive vice presidents of its Documentary and Family Programming division.

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“With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys in a statement. Nevins — winner of a record 32 Primetime Emmys for producing more than 1,000 HBO non-fiction features — revealed her impending departure three days ago in an interview with The New York TimesMaureen Dowd.

Abraham and Heller were previously senior vice presidents of documentary programming, positions they respectively held since 2009 and 2012. Combined, they too have spent almost 40 years working for the HBO subset behind Oscar victors like “Chernobyl Heart,” “Citizenfour,” and “Saving Face.
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Several Muppets Were Run Through The Walking Dead’s Zombie App and It’s Kind of Amazing

For many people, a big part of their childhood were the Muppets from “Sesame Street”. The lessons they learned from characters such as Bert and Ernie, Count von Count, Big Bird, and more, were invaluable and set a foundation of how to live ones life. On top of educational lessons, they were taught compassion, sharing, […]

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How Ossie Davis’ Children Are Celebrating What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday (Exclusive)

How Ossie Davis’ Children Are Celebrating What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday (Exclusive)
Ossie Davis’ children are inspiring a new wave of activists through their father’s legacy.

The film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright and civil rights activist who died in 2005 at the age of 87, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday (Dec. 18). In honor of the centennial milestone, Nora Davis Day, Guy Davis and Dr. Hasna Muhammad Davis (the three children of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee) are highlighting their father’s “contributions to the struggle.”

“We know that if Dad and Mom were around now, they would want to be a part of this discourse around civil rights. This renewed activism, the challenging of the status quo, and augmenting the voices that are truly marginalized,” Hasna told Et during a phone interview on Friday. “Since he’s not here, we do have this opportunity to include his and Mom's voices, so that we can help attribute and provide historical context, and encourage the vehicle
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