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Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench Score International Emmy Nominations

26 September 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will compete in the best actor and actress categories at this year’s International Emmy Awards.

Nominations recognizing productions from 15 countries were announced Monday by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The 40 nominees, competing across 10 categories, come from the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia.

“The International Emmy competition is the pinnacle for recognizing excellence in television around the world,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy. “We congratulate the 2016 nominees and welcome them to our global stage.”

Hoffman and Dench were both nominated for Endor Productions’ “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.” The television movie, based on Dahl’s 1990 novel, premiered in Britain on the BBC on New Year’s Day in 2015.

Acclaimed German spy drama “Deutschland 83” will compete in the drama series category against Canadian crime drama “19- »

- Robert Mitchell

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Brazil, UK Lead Pack For International Emmy Nominations

26 September 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled this year's nominations on Monday, with Brazil leading the pack with seven nominations, including a best actor nod for Globo TV's Rules of the Game (Alexandre Nero) and a best actress nod for Grazi Massafera in Hidden Truths. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received nominations for their roles in BBC One's TV movie Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, based on the famous author's children's novel about a lonely older man… »

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‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘UnReal’ and the Perils of Big Swings in Second Seasons

24 August 2016 3:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It may not be entirely fair that “UnReal” and “Mr. Robot” are yoked together, at least in the minds of some TV critics and drama aficionados, but more than the proximity of their mid-2015 debuts unites them.

Both dramas engendered a lot of buzz by doing smart and provocative things with very tricky premises. Neither show was perfect — they had some first-season wobbles — but they were the kind of energetic rebels that weren’t afraid to play around with formulas and break the rules with frequently fruitful results.

And then they both lost the plot in their second seasons. That’s not a metaphor.

It’s hard not to wonder if the glut of television that led to the creation of these shows eventually brought about the self-inflicted wounds that marked their second years. The show’s creators (Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon for “UnReal” and Sam Esmail for “Mr. Robot”) got their shots in part »

- Maureen Ryan

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‘Stranger Things’ Soundtrack Volume Two: Stream the Synth Score on Soundcloud Now

18 August 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Stranger Things” hype shows no signs of slowing a month after the ’80s nostalgia-fest first debuted on Netflix. The show’s synth-heavy soundtrack continues to be among its most popular elements, so news of its official release should come as pleasant (if unsurprising) news to many. Volume One is already available digitally and coming to the now-rarefied CD format on September 16; Volume Two is now streaming on Soundcloud and can be bought on CD as of September 23.

Read More: Aaron Paul Interviews ‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown About Season 2, Acting & Eggos

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E are responsible for the tunes in question. In a statement, Dixon notes that the show’s creators “were previously fans of S U R V I V E. They used a song from our first LP in a trailer they made to pitch their concept to Netflix. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Stranger Things’ Soundtrack Volume Two: Stream the Synth Score on Soundcloud Now

18 August 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stranger Things” hype shows no signs of slowing a month after the ’80s nostalgia-fest first debuted on Netflix. The show’s synth-heavy soundtrack continues to be among its most popular elements, so news of its official release should come as pleasant (if unsurprising) news to many. Volume One is already available digitally and coming to the now-rarefied CD format on September 16; Volume Two is now streaming on Soundcloud and can be bought on CD as of September 23.

Read More: Aaron Paul Interviews ‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown About Season 2, Acting & Eggos

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E are responsible for the tunes in question. In a statement, Dixon notes that the show’s creators “were previously fans of S U R V I V E. They used a song from our first LP in a trailer they made to pitch their concept to Netflix. »

- Michael Nordine

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Watch First Four Minutes of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Premiere

17 May 2016 4:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In Tuesday’s TV news roundup, AMC releases the first four minutes of the “Preacher” premiere online; Tig Notaro’s Amazon series adds a “Heroes Reborn” alum and more.

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AMC has debuted the first four minutes of the “Preacher” premiere online ahead of the show’s May 22 bow.

The hotly-anticipated comic book adaptation will also get the aftershow treatment for its series premiere and Season 1 finale. Following in the footsteps of the cabler’s “Talking Dead” — “The Walking Dead’s” live aftershow — “Talking Preacher” will feature series cast, creators, producers and celebrity fans discussing the twisted new series. “Talking Preacher” will debut Sunday, May 29 at 10:30 p.m. following an encore airing of “Preacher’s” pilot episode at 9:00 p.m., with series star Dominic Cooper and executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin as guests. The second installment will air following the season finale on Sunday, »

- Laura Prudom

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‘The Red Turtle’ Pulls Studio Ghibli Out of Its Shell

12 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The dual geniuses behind Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most revered animation company, aren’t getting any younger. At age 75, “Spirited Away” director Hayao Miyazaki has all but retired, now focusing exclusively on short films, while “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was 80-year-old Isao Takahata’s final feature.

That puts the studio in urgent need of younger talent to carry on their legacy — as tested with Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“When Marnie Was There”) and Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill”). But it also inspired a one-of-a-kind project called “The Red Turtle,” which premieres this week in Cannes.

As Studio Ghibli’s first external co-production, “The Red Turtle” was made in France and directed by Dutch-born, London-based animator Michael Dudok de Wit, whose wordless Oscar-winning short “Father and Daughter” had become a favorite at Ghibli.

In pursuit of ways the company might innovate, producer Toshio Suzuki tasked French distributor Vincent Maraval »

- Peter Debruge

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MipTV: Globo Launches Reality Fiction Miniseries

7 April 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brought onto the market at MipTV, Globo TV’s reality-fiction hybrid miniseries “Alemao – Both Sides of the Operation,” which lead the Brazilian media behemoth’s slate, is a sign of just how diverse the Brazilian TV giant’s slate is becoming, taking in also “Relaciones Peligrosas,” which was shot entirely in 4K, six telenovelas and four new films produced by its film division, Globo Filmes.

“Alemao” is based on the harrowing 2010 events in then drug gang-infested Complexo do Alemao shantytown (favela) in Rio de Janeiro.

Globo’s raw, Emmy-winning news footage is combined with the dramatization of events that unfolded when the identities of five undercover police agents were unmasked by a drug lord just before a massive raid by state security forces.

Followed by news teams on the ground and in helicopters, nearly 3,000 police officers swarmed over the complex of about a dozen slums to flush out drug traffickers »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Latin American TV Titans Team Up for Drama Series Production

4 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Faced with a feeding frenzy for higher-end dramas — punctuated by the Netflix-led OTTs mounting forays into original productions — Latin America’s most prominent players are forging alliances in a bid to cement their hold on a fracturing television market. Such collaborations allow both parties to work with higher budgets, and tap the cachet, expertise and multiplatform distribution channels of their partners.

Among the key players, Mexican TV giant Televisa made an agreement with Sony Pictures Television (Spt) to co-produce “Blue Demon,” a 65-episode TV drama series based on the true-life story of iconic Mexican wrestler Alejandro Munoz Moreno. Now in production, “Blue Demon” will air in Latin America on multiple Televisa platforms, with Spt and Televisa jointly distributing the series across the world.

Announcing the project at Natpe, Angelica Guerra, Spt senior VP and managing director of production for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic, said: “There is a growing »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Breitbart Trashes Departing Editor Amid Trump Campaign Reporter Abuse Allegations

14 March 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Breitbart News published, and then took down, a post bashing its former editor-at large, Ben Shapiro, who stepped down last night over the outlet’s handling of allegations that a Donald Trump campaign staffer assaulted reporter Michelle Fields. The now-deleted post, which was first reported by Gawker, was titled “Ben Shapiro Betrays Loyal Breitbart Readers In Pursuit of Fox News Contributorship.” The screed bashes Shapiro and Buzzfeed, the site that he spoke to regarding his decision to step down. “Former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro announced Sunday evening via left-wing Buzzfeed that he is abandoning Andrew Breitbart’s lifelong best friend, »

- Brian Flood

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12 Trashiest Films Ever Made

8 March 2016 7:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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In this ultra-sensitive era, where people are routinely shamed and humiliated for using the wrong terminology, it’s heartening to discover the kinds of films whose makers didn’t care what anyone thought. No pandering to political correctness here; these films want to entertain you with merry tales of sadistic biker gangs, Nazi zombies and bisexual lap dancers.

The natural home for such pictures was New York’s 42nd Street which during the “golden age” of exploitation cinema consisted of porno stores and movie theatres showing double or triple bills promising sex and violence. Plywood archways fitted around the entrances to the theatre lobbies were adorned with film stills to which fake blood would be added, along with words like Shock, Lurid or Sex.  It was, in short, a long way from when John Barrymore had performed Hamlet there during the 1920s.

Once inside, the coming attractions promised yet more sex and violence. »

- Ian Watson

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10 Pro Wrestlers Most Likely To Follow You Back On Twitter

7 February 2016 5:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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As WWE’s fascination with and celebration of follower stats proves, social media is an increasing part of pro wrestling. Fans are invariably very active on that front, sharing memes, assessing shows and PPVs with the community and sending appreciation or shade towards official wrestler accounts. It’s all very much a culture of attention-seeking as we tag certain wrestlers or companies or personalities, in the hope of a like or that elusive re-tweet.

After all, if you manage to post an interesting or funny comment and a famous wrestler re-tweets it, it could mean more followers for you and the chance to interact with some new friends.

Even though a like or a re-tweet can be a nice gratification for your level of banter or sucking up (it’s usually one of the two), there’s a brighter light at the end of the tunnel that some »

- Kenny McIntosh

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A Star Goes Missing in New Trailer for Coens’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’

12 January 2016 8:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“How lucky are we to get a Coen brothers film so early in the year?,” fellow writer Brian Roan remarked in naming Hail, Caesar! one of our most-anticipated of the year. “Any fan of cinema should be overjoyed at the sound of the name alone, but more reasons to be excited are not in short supply. The story of a studio fixer in Golden Age Hollywood trying to recover a missing star, it plays into all of the metatextual farce that the Coens love so much. And, in keeping with its story, half of Hollywood is starring in this. The anticipation is high and can only get higher, so thank God we don’t have long to wait.”

The project brings together the star-studded ensemble of Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Christopher Lambert and Scarlett Johansson. Ahead a release in just about three weeks, »

- Leonard Pearce

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