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The Mystery of Why Top TV Producers Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti and Chuck Lorre Haven’t Won an Emmy

The Mystery of Why Top TV Producers Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti and Chuck Lorre Haven’t Won an Emmy
Shonda Rhimes, Chuck Lorre and Greg Berlanti are easily the most powerful producers on TV. Yet none of them have ever won a Primetime Emmy.

Ten years ago, that might not have been the case. But Rhimes, Lorre and Berlanti produce populist fare for (mostly) broadcast networks, at a time when those shows are no longer on the Emmy radar.

In 2016, the broadcasters were shut out of the top Emmy categories for the first time in the award’s history. Never before had the top drama, comedy and actor and actress prizes gone exclusively to cable and streaming services.

But last year’s results were the culmination of a trend that began when “The Sopranos” star Edie Falco won the Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Drama actress. By 2001, HBO had grabbed the first outstanding series prize for a cable series (“Sex and the City”), as well as both top drama acting
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HBO’s Lgbt History: The End

It's the final episode as Manuel has worked his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.

I began this project because, after watching and recapping Looking here, I became fascinated with the idea that, with that Andrew Haigh show, the cable network had somehow reached peak gay TV even as it also managed to alienate the very viewers it was trying to coax. I wanted to, in a way, put Looking in context by watching everything HBO had produced and aired that had tackled Lgbt issues.

This required a lot of scavenging—despite their shiny HBOGo and HBO Now ventures, a lot of the network’s older and more obscure TV movies and shows remain unattainable. And so I reached back and watched a lot of not so great TV movies from the early 80s, caught up with key “very special episodes” of their most well-known dramas and comedies, and
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HBO’s Lgbt History Oscar Break: 2003 Acting Races

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.

Last week we played a fun game of Oscar What If… imagining how Roger Spottiswoode’s And the Band Played On might have shifted the supporting actor and actress categories at the 1993 Academy Awards had it been released theatrically. This week we’re jumping ten years ahead and looking at the 2003 Oscar acting races and trying to suss out whether Jane Anderson’s Normal (which we discussed in depth a while back) could have made waves in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories.

Given that it was released the same year as the towering Angels in America it’s not surprising that Anderson’s Normal (based on her own play) went home empty-handed from all the end of year awards handed out despite featuring two dazzling performances that are usually awards-bait gold: Tom Wilkinson plays Roy Applewood
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R.I.P. Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixer Walt Martin

Walt Martin, who collaborated with director Clint Eastwood on 14 films, including the upcoming American Sniper and Jersey Boys died at 69 on July 24. Martin died from vasculitis at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA. Martin received a 2007 Oscar nomination for his work on Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. Martin worked on such Eastwood titles as True Crime, Space Cowboys, Blood Work, Mystic River and Oscar best picture winner Million Dollar Baby. In addition to working on such films as And The Band Played On, Charlie’s Angels, and John Huston’s The Dead, Martin also sound mixed on such TV series […]
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Review: 'The Normal Heart'

Review: 'The Normal Heart'
The Normal Heart (which airs May 25 on HBO) is the story of a great love. Not just the one between Ned (Mark Ruffalo) and his boyfriend Felix (Matt Bomer), who’s dying of AIDS, or the one that finds both men fighting to keep their friends alive during the early 1980s, before anyone really knew what this so-called “gay cancer” was. It’s the one that starts with the HBO project’s creator, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), and his infatuation with something he read back in college.

Murphy was first introduced to Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart
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Review: In HBO's 'The Normal Heart,' Ryan Murphy gets in the way

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Review: In HBO's 'The Normal Heart,' Ryan Murphy gets in the way
What makes Ryan Murphy such a frustrating storyteller is that he has very obvious and impressive strengths, which he then seems to go out of his way to obscure with his very obvious weaknesses. He has great passion for socially relevant drama, for instance, but his point tends to get lost in the Adhd style that eventually plagued "Glee," "Nip/Tuck" and everything else he's done in television. ("American Horror Story," his biggest current hit, at least started out with Adhd, so there was no letdown later when things unraveled.) He works well with actors as both a writer and director, giving them meaty material and pulling excellent performances out of them, but then makes various other choices that distract from those performances. That "The Normal Heart" — an adaptation of Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early days of the AIDS crisis — has finally been turned into a film that
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Proof: TNT Orders New Supernatural Drama

TNT has ordered a new supernatural drama called Proof. It will debut some time next year with 10 episodes.

The cast will include Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, Joe Morton, Callum Blue, Edi Gathegi, Annie Thurman, Sean Gleeson, and Caroline Rose Kaplan.

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TNT Greenlights Supernatural Drama "Proof," Starring Jennifer Beals

New Series from Executive Producer Kyra Sedgwick Also Stars Matthew Modine and Joe Morton

TNT has greenlit the supernatural drama Proof, starring Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, Weeds) and Joe Morton (Scandal, Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also starring in the series are Callum Blue (Dead Like Me, Royal Pains), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, Justified), Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games), Sean Gleeson (Doctors, Cold Mountain) and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan.
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TNT Greenlights Supernatural Drama Proof

TNT has greenlit the supernatural drama Proof, starring Jennifer Beals ("The L Word," Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, "Weeds") and Joe Morton ("Scandal," Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also starring in the series are Callum Blue ("Dead Like Me," "Royal Pains"), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, "Justified"), Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games), Sean Gleeson ("Doctors," Cold Mountain) and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan. "Proof" is being executive-produced by Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"); Rob Bragin ("Greek," "Murphy Brown"), who wrote the pilot; Tom Jacobson; Jill Littman; and Emmy winner Alex Graves ("The West Wing," "Game of Thrones"), who directed the pilot.

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TNT Greenlights Supernatural Drama Proof

TNT has greenlit the supernatural drama "Proof," starring Jennifer Beals ("The L Word," Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, "Weeds") and Joe Morton ("Scandal," Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also starring in the series are Callum Blue ("Dead Like Me," "Royal Pains"), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, "Justified"), Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games), Sean Gleeson ("Doctors," Cold Mountain) and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan.
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Tribeca Film Festival 2013: ‘And the Band Played On’ Retrospective

At the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival there was a rescreening of the film And the Band Played On, a film based on a novel of the same name. The film (and book) goes into detail about the mysterious deaths of gay men during the time right before HIV and AIDS research had started. Starring Alan Alda and Mathew Modine as the film’s main characters, it was made during a time when the two viruses were still new to the public and difficult to understand.

In attendance at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month for the event were Tom Kalin, David France, and Doron Weber. The trio would join the film’s actor Mathew Modine as well as Ron Nyswaner (known for writing Philidelphia) after the film’s rescreening for a question and answer session discussing the role of science in discovering new cures for certain diseases, at most focus being HIV and AIDS.
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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Name: Dallas Buyers Club

Release date: Nov. 1, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 4, 2014

Run time: 1 hour, 57 mins

Box office: Limited opening weekend: $260,865; Wide opening weekend: $2.7 million; Total domestic box office: $24.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $30.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Dallas Buyers Club movie math: (And the Band Played On + No Country for Old Men) x (Blow + Glen or Glenda + The Machinist)

Tweetable description: If Ron Woodruff only had 30 days left to live, you know what he’d do? Start an HIV treatment drug ring and live for seven years. #Nbd

What Chris Nashawaty said: Thanks to McConaughey’s and Leto’s
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Watch This Film for Free and Raise Money for Charities

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Watch This Film for Free and Raise Money for Charities
It sounds too good to be true. By watching a movie for free, you can raise money for a charity of your choice. But that's the case with "Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness," a documentary that features victims of conflicts around the world -- including the aftermath of the 1994 genocide of Rwandans in East Africa -- as they balance their desire for forgiveness with their need for justice. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies," "And The Band Played On") and photographer Lekha Singh, the film screened at The Hamptons International Film Festival in 2012 and was presented at a special screening of the General Assembly at the United Nations. But along with its message of forgiveness, the film is now testing out a new innovative distribution platform, FilmRaise, that could serve as a model for other social impact documentary efforts.The idea of FilmRaise is to raise
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“The Normal Heart” Cast & Ryan Murphy Talk The Important “Love Story”

Ryan Murphy (far left) and the cast of HBO’s The Normal Heart

Matt Bomer told us last week how he shed 40 pounds to show the devastation of the AIDS epidemic on his character, Felix Turner, in the upcoming film adaptation of The Normal Heart. And with a cast including out actors Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello and Jonathan Groff as well as marquee names like Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch and Mark Ruffalo, there was much to talk regarding the filming of Larry Kramer’s play at last week’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Fans of Kramer’s play will undoubtedly want to know how faithful was director Ryan Murphy to the original work? “I think it’s similar to the play and very different,” Murphy offered. “I worked with Larry on the script for, I think, three years, so I believe that we sort of broke it out.
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Race, Gender, and Sexuality at the Oscars, Part III

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor

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This is the third article in a three-part series.

Though many Academy Award Best Picture nominees contain—or are predominantly about—sex and relationships, very few have been about sex issues in law and politics. In recent years there has been Milk (2008), the biopic of Harvey Milk, a California politician and gay rights activist, and otherwise not much else. Even in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the AIDS epidemic was a hot button issue, few films of this genre made it to the Best Picture ticket (remember, Philadelphia was snubbed from the category in 1993). Sexual issues topics, though, have been more popular within the documentary medium: there was Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), which won for Best Documentary, and which was the first AIDS-related film to win an Oscar, the The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), which also won Best Documentary, and How to Survive a Plague
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: An Original Voice

An Original Voice

“We didn’t get mad, we got smart,” HBO CEO Michael Fuchs said about hitting The Wall, looking back at HBO stalling in 1984 from the vantage of the early 1990s. Actually, a lot of the rank and file didn’t get mad or smart; we’d seen 125 of our friends and colleagues get shown the door when the company had suddenly flatlined after eight years of phenomenal growth, and what we got was scared.

But it’s to the credit of HBO’s execs that whatever anxieties they may have had, they showed no panic or even nervousness in public. Instead, they poured any concerns into energetically and immediately addressing the question of, “What do we do now?” The world we knew had changed and there was no going back to the Gold Rush days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company required a humongous
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DVD/VOD Review - Stephen Lloyd Jackson's Psychodrama 'David is Dying'

When I think of a character being diagnosed with a terminal illness in a movie, especially HIV/AIDS, I think of sorrow. I expect to see the illness take center stage, to spend the rest of the film rooting for the victim to overcome whatever physical and personal obstacles lie ahead, and to weep when he or she finally passes (think Philadelphia, And the Band Played On, Rent, even Precious). Maybe it’s because HIV/AIDS has become such an epidemic within the black community, or because of the way it’s typically portrayed on film. But when I recently screened David is Dying, the second feature film by UK director Stephen Lloyd Jackson, it quickly became clear that this wasn’t going to...
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Tribeca 2013 – Festival Report

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival took place between April 17th and April 28th all across New York City theaters. Created in response to the 9/11 Attacks by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002, the festival has gone on to garner worldwide fame as one of the most celebrated festivals in the world.

The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival had over 450,000 attendees to the numerous screenings, panels, events and more all throughout the almost 2 week period. With over 89 feature films and 60 short films from more than 35 countries providing entertainment, the festival housed more than 117,000 people in their panels and screenings.

What proved to be remarkable about this year’s events was the fact that more people took advantage of the festival’s online festival (also known as the Tribeca Online Festival, or Tof), which gave people free screening s of select films and filmmaker panels. There was even an online
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Review: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon dazzle in HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra'

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Review: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon dazzle in HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra'
In the time before "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City" and all that followed, HBO's prestige came from its movies and miniseries. In the '80s and '90s, when those formats were still wildly popular for the broadcast networks, HBO managed to distinguish itself with great dramas about social issues (the AIDS epidemic epic "And the Band Played On"), ruthless satire (the Wall Street comedy "Barbarians at the Gate") or even straight-up comedies (the minor league film "Long Gone," which some hardcore baseball fans prefer to "Bull Durham"). Slowly but surely, the rest of television got out of this particular part of...
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InDepth InterView: Matthew Modine Talks Steve Jobs Biopic, The Dark Knight Rises, Stage, Screen & More

Today we are talking to an actor who has appeared in over fifty feature films and starred in plays on Broadway and in the West End all about his career thus far, looking ahead to his new role as John Sculley in the forthcoming jOBS, co-starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, directed by Joshua Michael Stewart - the one and only Matthew Modine. In this all-encompassing chat tracing the past to the present, Modine also manages to give us the scoop on his featured role in the final part of Christopher Nolans Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, and shares his candid impressions of working with Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the rest of the starry cast of the sure-to-be blockbuster of the summer. Additionally, Modine illustrates his experiences working with director Robert Altman on screen and stage projects as diverse as Short Cuts and Streamers on film,
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Arnold Schulman's 'Sleeping Ugly' Mounted at Santa Monica Playhouse

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At age 86, veteran screenwriter Arnold Schulman returns to the theater after more than half a century. His adult fairy tale, "Sleeping Ugly," is now running at the Santa Monica Playhouse. It's a romantic comedy about a dentist who is also a werewolf. Set in a multi-media cartoon world, the play is simultaneously a love story, monster flick send-up, and "metaphor for coming out," says Schulman.Schulman admits his successful Hollywood career has kept him fully occupied and away from theater. Consider his roster of credits: "Love with the Proper Stranger," "Goodbye, Columbus," "And the Band Played On."Still, he is no novice to theater either. His comedy "A Hole in the Head" and the musical version "Golden Rainbow" for which he wrote the book, were successfully were mounted on Broadway. But Schulman's 1963 experience with the short-lived tuner "Jennie" pushed him out of the theater. "Jennie" starred Mary Martin, with book.
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