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Veep and Silicon Valley are back, but with Girls done and Game Of Thrones not returning until July, HBO is keeping its HBO Go and HBO Now streaming services pretty low-key for the month of May. The biggest new releases will be The Wizard Of Lies, which stars Robert DeNiro as Bernie Madoff, and Chris Gethard’s one-man show Career Suicide. Other originals include Warning: This Drug May Kill You, a documentary about the opioid epidemic, and true crime story Mommy Dead And Dearest. Outside of HBO originals, subscribers will be able to stream the new-ish films Jason Bourne, Sully, Storks, and Legend, the last one being that Tom Hardy gangster movie with a clever poster. There are some older films as well, like Good Will Hunting, Tender Mercies, and some Clint Eastwood movies.
Sadly, May will also be HBO subscribers’ last chance to watch Deadpool, P.S. I Love »
- Sam Barsanti
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has secured global distribution rights to “Ladies in Black,” a female-skewing Australian drama. Bruce Beresford, director of “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Tender Mercies,” is set to direct.
The film is an adaptation, penned by Beresford and Sue Milliken, of Madeleine St John’s 1993 best-selling novel “The Women in Black.” Set in 1959, it tells the coming-of-age story of a suburban schoolgirl, who, while waiting for her final high school exam results, takes a summer job at a large department store. There, a group of saleswomen open her eyes to a world beyond her sheltered existence.
The project has secured production investment funding from Screen Australia. It is expected to go into production in Sydney and surrounding New South Wales in September, immediately after Beresford completes work on Cher-starring TV movie “Flint,” for Sony Pictures Television and Lifetime Television.
Production of “Ladies in Black” is by Allanah Zitserman and Samson Productions’ Milliken. »
- Patrick Frater
The Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrate the year’s best performances both in movies and on TV — but they’re particularly scrutinized as one of the most important forecasters on that red-carpeted road to the Oscars.
So: Ahead of this year’s awards show — which will air live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et/5 Pt on Sunday, Jan. 29 — let’s forecast, starting with the film nominees!
Watch our SAG Awards live red carpet special from 5:30-8 p.m. Et on Jan. 29 on People.com, EW.com, sagawards.tntdrama.com and the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (download the »
Each year, the Sundance Film Festival rolls out an enviable lineup of jury members — billed as “experts in film, art, culture and science” — to dole out awards to the feature-length works shown at the festival. In total, 28 prizes (and sometimes more!) will be announced at a ceremony on January 28 (as ever, Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 24). The festival has now announced this year’s various jury members, including actors, filmmakers, producers, writers and other luminaries (and, yes, plenty of Sundance alums pop up amongst their ranks).
Additionally, the festival has also announced that actress, comedian, correspondent and podcast host Jessica Williams will host the annual awards. Jones seems poised to have a very busy Sundance indeed, as she also toplines James Strouse’s premiere “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will close out the festival the night before.
The awards, which recognize standout artistic and story elements, »
- Kate Erbland
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