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‘Frontline’ Filmmaker Claims CIA Used ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ as Torture Program Propaganda

19 May 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Proponents of the U.S. government torture program used after 9/11 quickly saw the effectiveness of Hollywood in justifying the agency’s “enhanced interrogation techniques,” a new “Frontline” documentary “Secrets, Politics and Torture” claims. And when “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow came knocking, they answered, said “Frontline” filmmaker Michael Kirk. “Certainly there’s evidence that the CIA used her effectively,” Kirk told Public Radio International host and senior producer Carol Hills. “We have an email – a behind-the-scenes email — where one person at the CIA is saying, ‘We have to get on this horse. We have to ride this horse — »

- Deborah Day

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TV Review: Frontline’s ‘Secrets, Politics and Torture’

19 May 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Frontline’s “Secrets, Politics and Torture” – another top-notch documentary from Michael Kirk, who has extensively chronicled the legacy of Iraq and war against terrorism – really omits a vital fourth component from its title: Pop culture. Time and again, this one-hour project returns to the role played by TV and especially movies in shaping public perceptions of torture despite a raft of evidence, much culled from the Senate’s exhaustive report on the topic, that so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” don’t work. Given the politically charged nature of the debate, to avoid wading through even the 500-page summary, it’s an hour well spent.

Kirk begins, appropriately, with the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” one of those Hollywood products (“24” being another) that have made torture look like a reasonable response to the threat faced since the Sept. 11 attacks. But California Sen. Diane Feinstein is then interviewed, saying she felt obligated to walk »

- Brian Lowry

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House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015: Full Winners List

10 May 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s just concluded tonight in London and so we’ve got the full list of those hard-working stars of the small screen, who excel in one of the fastest changing formats of entertainment and impressing more and more all the time, it’s the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 winners! The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and was broadcast on BBC HD.

There were two awards for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, with Jason Watkins receiving his career-first BAFTA in the hotly contested Leading Actor category. In the Supporting Actress category Gemma Jones, who was last nominated in 1977, received her first ever BAFTA, for Marvellous, the feature-length biopic of Neil Baldwin. Marvellous was also successful against strong competition in the Single Drama category. Georgina Campbell won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her harrowing portrayal of a victim of »

- Dan Bullock

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TV Review: Frontline’s ‘Outbreak’

4 May 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Crafted like a cinematic thriller, Frontline’s “Outbreak” perhaps appropriately shares its title with a 1995 movie, although the situations and stakes here are all too sobering and real. A tick-tock of events surrounding the eruption of Ebola in Africa, and a cautionary tale regarding future pandemics, this hourlong documentary vividly captures the toll the disease exacted, and identifies factors that contributed to the slow global response. Deftly weaving together interviews with survivors, front-line medical personnel and experts, it’s a strong hour to kick off a run of original docs from the PBS franchise throughout May.

“Ebola was not an exception. Ebola is a precedent,” World Health Organization official Dr. Bruce Aylward observes near the end, suggesting that the information gleaned from what happened needs to be studied so as not to repeat the missteps in future crises. Those included, but weren’t limited to: overrun medical facilities; misinformation and »

- Brian Lowry

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Penny Dreadful scoops three BAFTA Craft awards

27 April 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The period thriller series, produced by Neal Street with Showtime, triumphed in the Production Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Original Music categories.

BBC drama Sherlock received two Bafta craft awards: one for Sound: Fiction and the other for Editing: Fiction, taking its total tally of Baftas to nine in four years.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie Crook picked up his first-ever Bafta for BBC comedy Detectorists. He won in the Writer: Comedy category, and also stars in the show, which has been recommissioned.

In terms of broadcasters, the awards were spread around. BBC1 led the way with six of the 20 awards, with Channel 4 picking up five.

ITV and Sky Atlantic won three awards each, while BBC2 landed two and BBC4 one.

The winners in full

The winners in full:

Breakthrough Talent

Marc Williamson

The Last Chance School - Minnow Films/Channel 4

Costume Design

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Penny Dreadful, Sherlock and Sally Wainwright among BAFTA Craft winners

26 April 2015 2:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Penny Dreadful and Sherlock are among the winners at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The ceremony, which celebrated behind-the-scenes talent in British television during 2014, took place tonight (April 26) and was hosted by Stephen Mangan.

Penny Dreadful walked away with three awards, with wins in Production Design and Make Up and Hair Design as well as Original Music for Abel Korzeniowski.

Sherlock's BAFTA successes increase to nine in four years as Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's drama picked up two wins in Sound: Fiction and Editing: Fiction.

Sally Wainwright received the Writer: Drama award for Happy Valley, while Mackenzie Crook won the first ever BAFTA of his career for Detectorists, which won the Writer: Comedy category.

The X Factor won Entertainment Craft Team - bringing the talent show's BAFTA tally up to seven - as Doctor Who succeeded in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Picks Up Three BAFTAs at TV Craft Awards

26 April 2015 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Supernatural horror series “Penny Dreadful” picked up three BAFTAs Sunday for its portrayal of a murky Victorian London, with wins in production design, makeup and hair design, and original music.

Other winners at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, which celebrates the best behind-the-scenes talent in British television of 2014, included “Sherlock,” which picked up BAFTAs for sound in a fiction show and editing in a fiction program.

Sally Wainwright cemented her status as one of the U.K.’s leading writers, receiving a BAFTA in the drama writer category for her rural police thriller “Happy Valley.” In the comedy writer category, Mackenzie Crook prevailed over strong competition to win the first BAFTA of his career for “Detectorists,” in which he also stars alongside Toby Jones.

Julian Farino received the fiction director award for “Marvellous.” The show, which also stars Jones, is a fantasy-biopic of clown Neil Baldwin.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Ben Affleck-pbs Controversy Is Just a Media Tempest in a Teapot (Opinion)

22 April 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perspective is often the first casualty in any juicy story. And so it is with the kerfuffle over Ben Affleck asking Henry Louis Gates Jr. to edit his slave-owning ancestry from the program “Finding Your Roots.”

Now, let’s be clear about what that program is, and isn’t. It is not “Frontline.” It is, rather, a pandering showcase for celebrities to explore their genealogy. And like celebrities in all kinds of image-burnishing showcases, the “guests” — which, tellingly, is how Gates refers to them in the emails that were released — often make requests (and in some instances, demands) regarding the way they are going to be presented.

Still, the flap over Affleck’s plea to expunge what he considered an embarrassing branch of his family tree grew to hurricane proportions thanks to a perfect storm of irresistible elements for the media. They include, but are not limited to, the delicious »

- Brian Lowry

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Ben Affleck-pbs Controversy Is Just a Media Tempest in a Teapot (Opinion)

22 April 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Perspective is often the first casualty in any juicy story. And so it is with the kerfuffle over Ben Affleck asking Henry Louis Gates Jr. to edit his slave-owning ancestry from the program “Finding Your Roots.”

Now, let’s be clear about what that program is, and isn’t. It is not “Frontline.” It is, rather, a pandering showcase for celebrities to explore their genealogy. And like celebrities in all kinds of image-burnishing showcases, the “guests” — which, tellingly, is how Gates refers to them in the emails that were released — often make requests (and in some instances, demands) regarding the way they are going to be presented.

Still, the flap over Affleck’s plea to expunge what he considered an embarrassing branch of his family tree grew to hurricane proportions thanks to a perfect storm of irresistible elements for the media. They include, but are not limited to, the delicious »

- Brian Lowry

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Watch: Tips on Tackling the Post-Production Gender Gap

21 April 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Essential Diy Tips Adobe recently hosted a panel at Nab on the gender gap between male and females in post-production on TV and film. Strategist and digital storyteller Amy DeLouise moderated the panel. The panelists included freelance editors Kylee Wall and Siân Fever, production manager at PBS Frontline Megan McGough Christian and Adobe senior product manager Ellen Wixted. Below are a few highlights from the panel. Watch the entire discussion above. Despite there being just as many, if not more, women enrolled in film schools as men, the number of women in behind-the-scenes roles in film and TV is very low. 46 percent of students enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts are women. 56 percent are women at the Savannah College of Art and Design. And 54 percent are women at the Nyu Tisch School of the Arts. Yet, only 21 percent of people in post-production on film and TV are women. »

- Travis Clark

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Cumberbatch secures sixth BAFTA TV nomination

8 April 2015 4:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for the third time as leading actor in his BBC role of Sherlock. This marks his sixth nomination for this category in his career.  

Cumberbatch received a Best Actor Oscar nomination earlier this year for his role as Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.

The nominations, announced on Wednesday by actors Freddie Fox and Amanda Abbington, place Cumberbatch in a category alongside three others.

Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.

James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) also received a leading actor nomination for The Missing, in addition to Jason Watkins (The Golden Compass) for his role in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries.  

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- mam27@bu.edu (Monica Mendoza)

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BAFTA Television Awards 2015 Nominations Announced

8 April 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The nominations for 2015’s House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards have been announced this morning, seeing Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch among the nominees and Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty all receiving three nominations each.

Following a ‘Leading Actress’ triumph for her role in Broadchurch last year, Colman has received a ‘Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ nomination for BBC Two sitcom Rev - an impressive fifth nomination in four consecutive years.

Meanwhile, Coleman’s co-star Tom Hollander has also been nominated for his role in Rev (‘Male Performance in a Comedy Programme’), seeing the pair compete with W1A’s Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville respectively, another show in which Coleman has appeared.

Tamsin Greig (Episodes) and Catherine Tate (Catherine Tate’s Nan) have also received nominations in the female category, with Matt Berry (Toast Of London) and Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys »

- Mike McCarthy

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Benedict Cumberbatch, James Corden Among Nominees for BAFTAs

8 April 2015 2:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards for the third time for his role in “Sherlock,” while James Corden is on the short-list as the co-creator of comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans.”

Olivia Colman will be vying for a BAFTA for a fourth consecutive year as she is nominated for female performance in comedy show “Rev.

Among those shows receiving multiple BAFTA nominations are “Marvellous,” “The Missing,” “Happy Valley” and “Line of Duty.”

Marvellous,” which is the true story of Neil Baldwin, who refused to let the label of being someone learning difficulties hold him back, received nominations for single drama, leading actor for Toby Jones and supporting actress for Gemma Jones.

Child abduction tale “The Missing” sees nominations for leading actor for James Nesbitt, supporting actor for Ken Stott and drama series.

Crime thriller “Happy Valley” picked up nominations for Sarah Lancashire as leading actress, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Frontline and PBS Bring ‘The Fight for Yemen’ April 7 Video

4 April 2015 3:58 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Who are the Houthis? Why is Yemen such a hotbed of Arab in-fighting?  What does the chaos mean for the region, the U.S., and the global fight against terrorism?Reporter Safa Al Ahmad was granted extremely rare access to the Houthis as they advanced, and in “The Fight for Yemen,” she delivers a dramatic look at the conflict as it has been building — exposing the violent feuds tearing the country apart, the rival anti-American and Al Qaeda aligned forces fighting for control and the dangerous consequences for the region and the world. Her Frontline/BBC documentary, “The Fight for […] »

- April Neale

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads Nominations for BAFTA Television Craft Awards

25 March 2015 3:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations.

There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations.

In the week that James Corden made his bow on “The Late Late Show” in the U.S., he and Mathew Baynton picked up a BAFTA nomination in the comedy writer category for “The Wrong Mans.”

Among free-tv networks, BBC led the chart with 46 nominations, while Channel 4 had 13, and ITV had 10, while pay TV operator Sky had six.

There were two nominations for “Ripper Street,” marking the first BAFTA nominations for a program shown exclusively on Amazon’s streaming platform, Prime Instant Video.

Vision mixer Hilary Briegel will receive the BAFTA Special Award at the ceremony, which will be held on April 26 at The Brewery, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Tim Molloy Named Editor of Boston.com

23 February 2015 9:11 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Boston.com named Tim Molloy as its new editor Monday, the website announced. Molloy joins the Boston news website as its chief editor from PBS’ Frontline, where he served as digital engagement editor after twenty years working as an editor and reporter across TheWrap, TVGuide, and The Associated Press. Molloy served as TV editor for TheWrap for four years. As Boston.com editor, he will oversee editorial operations; content strategy; editorial staff management; audience expansion, and strategic long-term planning. Also Read: Boston Globe to Launch Paid Site to Keep One Free Alongside Molloy, Kaitlyn Johnston will join Boston.com as its deputy editor. »

- Jordan Chariton

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"Grand Budapest," "Imitation Game," "True Detective' Win Big at 2015 Writers Guild Awards!

16 February 2015 12:42 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.

In TV land, HBO's "True Detective" won the Drama Series award and FX's "Louie" received the Comedy Series trophy.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

Feature Film

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Winner

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, »

- Manny

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Writers Guild Winners Announced: The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel

15 February 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

2015 Writers Guild Awards – Winners Announced The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Film Winners Original Screenplay The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Adapted Screenplay The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company Documentary Screenplay The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff Television And New Media Winners Drama Series True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO Comedy Series Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.; FX New Series True Detective, »

- Josh Abraham

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Writers Guild Awards: True Detective, Louie, The Good Wife Among Winners

15 February 2015 7:29 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The 2015 Writers Guild Awards in television turned out to be Good and True.

RelatedTrue Detective: Rachel McAdams and Season 2 Character Details Confirmed

HBO’s True Detective picked up two WGA trophies (for Best Drama Series and Best New Series), while The Good Wife landed a trophy for “Best Episodic Drama” — honoring an individual episode — for “The Last Call,” the hour written by EPs Robert and Michelle King that followed the shocking death of Josh Charles’ Will Gardner.

On the comedy side, FX’s Louie won Best Comedy Series and Best Episodic Comedy (for the widely lauded “So Did »

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' edges out 'Boyhood' at 2015 Writers Guild Awards

14 February 2015 7:44 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) handed out top film honors to the screenplays of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game" Saturday night. On the television side, "Louie" and "True Detective" were favorites, winning two prizes each. Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" competed in the original category at the WGA Awards, while the Academy's Writers Branch, in a rare move outside of guild designation, deemed it adapted due to the fact that a scene from the feature script was the basis of a short film that screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. So if "The Imitation Game" is to go on to Oscar glory, it will have to compete with Chazelle's popular film for the first time this season at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards ceremony. Additionally, presumed Best Picture frontrunner "Birdman" was not eligible for WGA (making it still significant competition with "Grand Budapest" in the original category), nor was "The Theory of Everything, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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