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“Masters of Sex” Creator Michelle Ashford Signs Overall Deal With FX

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Michelle Ashford is making it official with FX Productions. The “Masters of Sex” creator has inked an overall deal with the company, Variety confirms.

While Ashford earned an Emmy nod for co-writing HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” she’s best known for her work on “Masters of Sex.” Set in the 1950s and ‘60s, the award-winning Showtimes series followed pioneering sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). The drama ran from 2013–16.

Ashford’s other writing credits include “Lewis and Clark,” “John Adams,” and the upcoming feature “Operation Mincemeat,” a spy story set in WWII.

“We admire Michelle’s ability to create great TV across so many different genres and know she will be a tremendous addition to the FX Networks creative team,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Her storytelling skills have made her one
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California Typewriter to open at Metrograph by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-08-14 13:05:38

Tom Hanks in California Typewriter: "I probably have 250 plus typewriters in my collection."

What do Pulitzer Prize winners Sam Shepard (Buried Child, 1979) and David McCullough (Truman, 1992 and John Adams, 2001), two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, 1994 and Forrest Gump, 1995), and seven-time Grammy Award winner John Mayer have in common?

Doc NYC highlight California Typewriter, directed by Doug Nichol, brilliantly captures the percussion of the keys by bringing together the aforementioned artists who share their personal thoughts on the one machine they won't do without.

Structured around the story of the California Typewriter repair shop in Berkeley, Nichol takes us on an energetic journey with collector Martin Howard, explores the work of sculptor Jeremy Mayer, and reenacts the Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams' Royal Road Test execution.

Following the opening night theatrical 7:30pm premiere on this Friday, August 18 at Metrograph in New York there will be a discussion and Q&A with the.
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Laura Linney: 'Having a child later in life has been wonderful'

She was a lying needy sister in Savages, an apple pie innocent in Tales of the City – and now, in Ozark, she’s fleeing Mexican drug barons. The star talks about Hugh Grant’s career, working with the wrong people, and the joys of late motherhood

It is a mark of how resistant she is to typecasting that when someone stops Laura Linney in the street and says “I love you in … ” she never knows how the sentence will end. “There are the Tales of the City fans, and they’re rabid,” she says. “There are the Love Actually fans, who are fantastic. There’s the John Adams group. There’s the indie crowd – You Can Count on Me, The Savages, The Squid and the Whale. And then there’s the theatre people.”

If there is a common strand to her roles it is their marginality; time and again she
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Exclusive: Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Are Ready to Experiment on Stage

Exclusive: Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Are Ready to Experiment on Stage
When it comes to the Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, which will see Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon playing Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in repertory appearing opposite each other during every performance, it’s anybody’s guess at how exactly it’s going to come together. “It’s a big experiment for everybody,” says Linney, who actually suggested that she and Nixon rotate the roles and, admittedly, has no idea if it’s actually going to work. “I love that I have no idea.” For both actors, it’s quite possible the greatest thing about it.

“The bizarre thing is trying to find your own Regina and your own Birdie while the actress across from you is also trying to find it,” Nixon says, while adding that the whole concept is “very liberating.”

“I’m sure Cynthia and I are going to play both parts differently, and who
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'Rogue One', 'High-Rise', 'Game Of Thrones' win at British Designers Guild awards

'Rogue One', 'High-Rise', 'Game Of Thrones' win at British Designers Guild awards
The film crews behind High-Rise, Rogue One, Victoria and Game Of Thrones scoop up awards at inaugural ceremony.

On Saturday January 28, the British Film Designers Guild (Bfdg) held its inaugural awards ceremony at Pinewood Studios.

The film crews behind films High-Rise and Rogue One and TV series Victoria and Game Of Thrones were among those to scoop awards.

The awards were presented by Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, with the latter making a moving tribute to John Hurt.

Liz Griffiths, who produced the event, said: “The quality of the nominations for crew and the high calibre of films and TV productions has proved yet again that the UK is still the leader in this field and that the Bfdg members are central to this amazing knowledge and skill base respected around the world.”

The lifetime achievement award went to production designer Gemma Jackson, the three-time winner of the Art Directors Guild excellence in production design award for her
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Crews behind 'Rogue One', 'High-Rise', 'Game Of Thrones' win at British Designers Guild awards

Crews behind 'Rogue One', 'High-Rise', 'Game Of Thrones' win at British Designers Guild awards
The film crews behind High-Rise, Rogue One, Victoria and Game Of Thrones scoop up awards at inaugural ceremony.

On Saturday January 28, the British Film Designers Guild (Bfdg) held its inaugural awards ceremony at Pinewood Studios.

The film crews behind films High-Rise and Rogue One and TV series Victoria and Game Of Thrones were among those to scoop awards.

The awards were presented by Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, with the latter making a moving tribute to John Hurt.

Liz Griffiths, who produced the event, said: “The quality of the nominations for crew and the high calibre of films and TV productions has proved yet again that the UK is still the leader in this field and that the Bfdg members are central to this amazing knowledge and skill base respected around the world.”

The lifetime achievement award went to production designer Gemma Jackson, the three-time winner of the Art Directors Guild excellence in production design award for her
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Late Night Hosts Address Election Results in Heartfelt Monologues

Late Night Hosts Address Election Results in Heartfelt Monologues
In response to Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, several late night talk show hosts shared their takes on the unexpected results and what was in store for America in the coming months.

Conan O'Brien came out Wednesday night with a monologue aimed at helping America heal, and delivered some truly amazing perspective on this year's election results.

"For years I’ve come out every night and asked how you’re doing, but I’ve never meant it," O'Brien said. "Tonight I actually mean it. Does anyone need a hug?'"

O'Brien, who admitted that his job "just got easier for the next four years," went on to explain the vitriolic nature of this year's election through the lens of history.

Watch: Alec Baldwin Reacts to Donald Trump's Presidential Win: 'He's All Yours, America'

"We have been here before. We have had bitter angry elections for 200 years," O'Brien explained
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Seth Meyers on Trump’s Victory: ‘I’ve Been Wrong About Him At Every Turn’ — Watch

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Seth Meyers on Trump’s Victory: ‘I’ve Been Wrong About Him At Every Turn’ — Watch
On Wednesday night’s edition of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Meyers responded to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and struck a slightly hopeful tone.

“One thing that makes me hopeful is we know from interviews he’s given over the years that he has, at any given point, held every position on every issue,” Meyers said. “He’s been pro-choice, pro-life, for the Iraq War, against the Iraq War, pretty much his only consistent position has been anti-Rosie O’Donnell. So I’m hopeful that he’s not actually a racist, and that he just used racist rhetoric to court voters. Because when you’re courting someone, you’re always willing to pretend you’re something you’re not. For example, when you first start dating someone, you’ll agree to go apple picking.”

Read More: The Presidential Debate ‘Late Night’ Helped Prove That Seth Meyers
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Emmys 2016: Who’s the Possible Spoiler in the Best Actor Race for Limited Series/TV Movie?

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Emmys 2016: Who’s the Possible Spoiler in the Best Actor Race for Limited Series/TV Movie?
Dci John Luther (Idris Elba) speaks in terse, staccato sentences, as if to match the impression his heavy gait and muscular frame leave on his interlocutors: “Aight mate?” the owner of a gangland watering hole asks him in the fourth installment of “Luther.” “Lookin’ a bit militant there.”

Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), by contrast, speaks in stem-winding, breathless paragraphs, holding his reedy figure still as if to conserve energy for his acumen: “You’re clearly acclimatized to never getting to the end of a sentence,” he tells Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) in “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.” “We’ll get along splendidly.”

This battle of British detectives, in which we might include “The Night Manager”‘s Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), recruited by British intelligence to infiltrate the inner circle of an international arms dealer (Hugh Laurie), points to a few of the complicating factors in the race for Outstanding
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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix
Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail.
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Don’t Tell Paul Giamatti That John Adams Isn’t in Hamilton — Oh Wait, Seth Meyers Just Did

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Don’t Tell Paul Giamatti That John Adams Isn’t in Hamilton — Oh Wait, Seth Meyers Just Did
Shhh! Paul Giamatti hasn't seen Hamilton yet, and he's looking forward to seeing how the hit musical portrays John Adams, whom he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing in the HBO mini-series of the same name. So ... should anyone warn him that John Adams isn't in Hamilton at all, except for one brief part where Alexander Hamilton tells him to "sit down, John, you fat motherf*cker!" (A longer version with more insults was cut for time.) What's that? Seth Meyers just did that? Uh-oh. Luckily, Giamatti was fine with it, admitting that John Adams "was not a very good president." Cool, Seth Meyers, yeah, no problem. Just maybe ask next time.
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Complicated Actor Sean Penn Will Play Complicated President Andrew Jackson on HBO

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Complicated Actor Sean Penn Will Play Complicated President Andrew Jackson on HBO
The leonine Sean Penn will play President Andrew Jackson for the HBO mini-series American Lion, written by Narcos creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, reports the Wrap. The six-hour series will be based on Jon Meacham's biography of the same title, and begin with Jackson's orphaning during the Revolutionary War to his eventual ascendance to the presidency in 1828. HBO has a good run with mini-series based on famous biographies: John Adams starring Paul Giamatti made history winning the most Emmys ever (13!) for a mini-series. And there's a lot to mine from Jackson's life, too: He notably fought the British and the Spanish, and continued a war against the Native Americans that many consider tantamount to genocide. But maybe the most pressing question is whether the series cover his torrid marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards, which was the subject of the Charlton Heston film The President's Lady. Yes, there will be blood,
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'Straight Outta Compton' Unrated Director’s Cut Coming to Home Release in January

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One of the surprise hits of 2015 is coming to Digital HD on January 5, 2016 and on Blu-ray and DVD January 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Straight Outta Compton recounts the rise of the world’s most notorious group, Straight Outta Compton featuring breakout stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (the late Eazy-e), Neil Brown, Jr. (DJ Yella) and Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren) as members of N.W.A. and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Paul Giamatti (HBO’s John Adams) as the group’s manager. Take a look at the extra features coming to the home release and information regarding F. Gary Gray's unrated Director’s Cut.
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Watch: Join the Intense Secret Rebellion Against the Axis Powers In New 'The Man in the High Castle' Trailer

Watch: Join the Intense Secret Rebellion Against the Axis Powers In New 'The Man in the High Castle' Trailer
Read More: Newest Amazon Pilots Ranked Worst to Best: Ridley Scott & Shawn Ryan Vie to Create the Next 'Transparent' In this new trailer of "The Man in the High Castle," viewers get a thorough look at the exciting plot of the first episode. With a strong female main character leading the defiance against the Axis powers in an alternate universe, this new series is sure to excite and inspire, defying audience expectations of Amazon Studios.  The official synopsis reads: "Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner"), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell ("John Adams"), Luke Kleintank ("Pretty Little Liars") and Alexa Davalos ("Mob City")." "The Man in the High Castle" premieres November 20 on Amazon Prime. Watch the.
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New Trailer for Pdk Adapt The Man In The High Castle

The official first season of Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick's alternate history novel of the same name, premieres next week and a new trailer has dropped titled "Defiance". It uses a lot of footage from the season premier which Amazon used to gauge interest in the series a year or so ago, which makes sense as when the whole thing premiers many people will still be unfamiliar with the show. However, there is some new explosive footage near the end of the 2.35 minute run time.

The Man in the High Castle is produced by Ridley Scott and stars Rufus Sewell (John Adams, Dark City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).

Synopsis:

A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII ma [Continued ...]
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What's the creepiest performance as a real U.S. president?

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What's the creepiest performance as a real U.S. president?
We just got a first look at Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Rob Reiner's upcoming biopic about the 36th president. Like Bryan Cranston's recent Tony-winning performance as Lbj in Broadway's "All the Way," it seems pretty convincing. It also looks creepy as hell. Take a glimpse. Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Johnson This got us thinking: What are some other chills-worthy portrayals of commanders-in-chief? These immediately sprang to mind. Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan (with Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan) Thankfully Rickman and his claymation-faced version of Reagan only appeared in Lee Daniels' "The Butler" for a short time, otherwise we'd have been subjected to his melted "Land of Confusion" mug for longer than is advisable. Jane looks great as Nancy, but this was some baldfaced stunt casting.  Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt I can't believe we have a series of movies about the
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Giveaway: Win ‘Love & Mercy’ With Paul Dano and John Cusack on Blu-ray

Arriving on Blu-ray this week is the accomplished Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy starring Paul Dano and John Cusack. We’ve teamed with Roadside Attractions to give away three (3) Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, September 20th.

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Emmy episode analysis: Paul Giamatti is part of a divided jury on 'Inside Amy Schumer'

Emmy episode analysis: Paul Giamatti is part of a divided jury on 'Inside Amy Schumer'
While Paul Giamatti is earning his first Emmy nomination in the comedy categories with his turn as Juror #10 on "Inside Amy Schumer," this is not his first go around with the TV Academy. Giamatti won the trophy for Movie/Mini Actor in 2008 for "John Adams" and was nominated two other times: Movie/Mini Supporting Actor in 2011 for "Too Big to Fail" and Drama Guest Actor last year for "Downton Abbey." But can he return to the winner's circle this year? He's looking to win Best Comedy Guest Actor with the episode "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis The entire episode is a spoof of the 1958 film "12 Angry Men," only in this one Amy Schumer is on trial and the jury is deliberating whether she is attractive enough to be on television. When the jury takes their initial vote and it's 11-1 agains.
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Danny Huston set for Sarajevo Film Festival return

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Danny Huston set for Sarajevo Film Festival return
Us actor/director to curate the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award and present new feature Tigers alongside director Danis Tanovic.

Danny Huston has been named the curator for the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Katrin Cartlidge Foundation and will present this years award.

The actor and director, currently in post production on The Last Photograph, will present the Foundation’s annual bursary to “a new voice in cinema” on Aug 21 in Sarajevo.

Previous curators include Charlotte Rampling, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irons, Danny Glover and Stellan Skarsgard, directors Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Simon McBurney and Danis Tanović, as well as John Lyons, Annie Nocenti and photographer Juergen Teller.

Huston will also present Danis Tanović’s Tigers, with the Director and Producers. The film will be screened within the Open Air Programme at the festival’s largest venue.

His other recent work in front of the camera includes Marc Forster’s “All I See Is You”, “Monster”, directed by Bernard Rose, “[link
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Mr Holmes review: Ian McKellen searches for Sherlock's soul

Mr Holmes review: Ian McKellen searches for Sherlock's soul
Director: Bill Condon; Screenwriter: Jeffrey Hatcher; Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: PG

Sherlock Holmes has never been more popular, what with Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller all putting their stamp on the character in a big-budget movie franchise and concurrent TV series respectively. With low-key drama Mr Holmes, director Bill Condon goes farther out into imagined realms, casting Ian McKellen as the Baker Street detective at 93, when that famous intellect is beginning to fail, leading him on a fascinating, quite poignant search of his own soul.

Mitch Cullin's source novel A Slight Trick of the Mind takes a mischievous leap by crediting the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the recently deceased Dr Watson. These books are an endless source of bemusement for Holmes who, in 1947, is retired and living in the Sussex countryside,
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