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Bradford Young Breaks Color Barrier With Oscar Nomination for ‘Arrival’

Bradford Young Breaks Color Barrier With Oscar Nomination for ‘Arrival’
Ending an 87-year drought, the Academy finally nominated its first African-American cinematographer, Bradford Young, for his dark, richly textured work on Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction hit “Arrival.” Young had already picked awards twice at Sundance for his lensing on Dee Rees’ “Pariah” and shooting Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” the same year, and he served as Ava DuVernay’s cinematographer on “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma.” With Oscar in sight, Young spoke with Variety from London, where he is currently filming a little project unofficially known as “Han Solo,” a new chapter in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Personally and historically, what does this nomination mean to you?

It’s a tough question that I’ve been thinking about a lot. It’s always an honor when your peers recognize the hard work you put into the films that we make,
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Awfj 2016 Eda Awards winners announced

And the winners are…

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan

Best Screenplay, Adapted: MoonlightBarry Jenkins

Best Documentary: 13th – Ava DuVernay

Best Animated Film: ZootopiaByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Best Actress: Ruth NeggaLoving

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola DavisFences

Best Actor: Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala AliMoonlight

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: MoonlightYesi Ramirez

Best Cinematography: MoonlightJames Laxton

Best Editing: MoonlightJoi McMillon and Nat Sanders

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Handmaiden – Chan-Wook Park, South Korea

Eda Female Focus Awards

These awards honor women only.

Best Woman Director: Ava DuVernay – 13th

Best Woman Screenwriter: Kelly ReichardtCertain Women

Best Animated Female: Judy in ZootopiaGinnifer Goodwin And
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Arrival, La La Land, Hell Or High Water Among The Nominees For The 2016 Awfj Eda Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have announced the nominees for the 2016 Awfj Eda Awards.

In their 10th annual awards season, the 25 categories are divided into three sections, the Best Of Awards, Female Focus Awards and Eda Special Mention Awards.

Andrea Arnold, Ava DuVernay, Rebecca Miller, Mira Nair and Lorene Scafaria were among the filmmakers nominated in this year’s awards.

Nominees in each category are determined by Awfj members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 76 voting Awfj members.

The winners will be announced on December 21.

2016 Awfj Eda Awards Nominees

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

Arrival

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Damien ChazelleLa La Land

Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Kenneth LonerganManchester by the Sea

David MackenzieHell or High Water

Denis VilleneuveArrival

Best Screenplay, Original
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Emmy Nominations: Game of Thrones, Freak Show Lead Pack; Davis, Henson, Maslany Among Best Actress Hopefuls

Emmy Nominations: Game of Thrones, Freak Show Lead Pack; Davis, Henson, Maslany Among Best Actress Hopefuls
Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday by Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) and Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), and HBO led the pack with 126 total nods. ABC (with 42 contenders), NBC and CBS (41 each) and FX (38) rounded out the Top 5.

Program-by-program, HBO’s Game of Thrones reigned with 24 total nominations, followed by FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show (19), HBO’s Olive Kitteridge (13) and HBO’s Bessie (12), Tying for fifth place, Netflix’s House of Cards, the final season of AMC’s Mad Men and Amazon’s Transparent each amassed 11 nods.
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The 2015 Emmy Award Nominations

This year's Emmy Award nominations have been announced and "Game of Thrones" topped the list with a whopping 24 nominations, followed by "American Horror Story: Freak Show" with 19 noms and "Olive Kitteridge" with 13.

HBO was by far the network to be with 124 nominations in total across the prime time and technical categories. They were followed by ABC (42), CBS & NBC (41), FX (38), Fox (35), Netflix (34), PBS (29), Comedy Central (25) and AMC (24).

With a new online voting system, the list of nominees are a bit fresher than usual with a lot of first-time nominees in acting categories, and some notable absentees like network comedy stalwarts "The Big Bang Theory" and Melissa McCarthy in favour of fresher faces such as "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". There was some excellent and overdue casting nominations such as Tatiana Maslany for "Orphan Black" and Taraji P. Henson for "Empire," along with the new 'Limited Series' element and more suitable classifications for some
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Bessie | Review

Lady Sings the Hues: Rees Returns to Resurrect the Star of Blues Singer

Many may not be immediately familiar with the name Bessie Smith, an incredibly talented and enigmatic blues singer from the 1920s and 30s, whose accomplishments may have lapsed into obscurity outside of the aficionado’s realm. Until now. Returning with her sophomore feature after her powerful 2011 debut Pariah, Dee Rees throws herself into the prickly wiles of the biopic with Bessie for HBO Films. Following in the footsteps of several auteurs that have developed projects with the network, often imbued with those exact details of real life personalities that made their lives so startling in the first place (like Soderbergh’s 2013 Liberace film, Behind the Candelabra), on the surface, Rees gracefully navigates the period with graceful resilience. Until we start to realize there’s still too much we don’t know about Bessie Smith. Eschewing, or more aptly,
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Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Finale Recap (Part 1): Who Deserves to Win?

With no more also-rans and for-your-amusement-only celebs left to bog down the proceedings, crunch time finally came to Dancing With the Stars – and just in the nick of time, too!

Yep, it’s time to break down Part 1 of the Season 19 finale — complete with one final, heartbreaking elimination.

Truth be told, you could’ve made a case for any of the fearless final four — Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Janel Parrish, and Bethany Mota – cleaning off a mantelpiece in preparation for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, and dreaming of the oh-so-familiar, confetti-littered celebration.

But first things first: Monday night’s live show
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‘Selma’ And ‘The Gambler’ Take Center Stage As Paramount’s Oscar Hopefuls Storm AFI Fest

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‘Selma’ And ‘The Gambler’ Take Center Stage As Paramount’s Oscar Hopefuls Storm AFI Fest
Paramount’s late-breaking strategy of premiering the entire film of Selma at Tuesday night’s AFI Fest, rather than just the previously advertised 3o-minute preview, paid off in a prolonged and enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed-to-the-rafters audience at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. Though director Ava DuVernay said the movie wasn’t “quite” finished with some sound mix work still to be completed (there was also no end credit roll yet), the powerful drama about the Martin Luther King Jr.-led 1965 march on Selma in support of gaining voting rights for blacks turned out to be a stirring and emotional experience for the crowd, who exited after a lively Q&A singing the movie’s praises.

Awards bloggers immediately began ecstatic tweeting suggesting Oscar nominations could be in store, particularly for DuVernay who not only would be the rare female to break into Oscar’s elusive, exclusive directing club, but also the first black woman.
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Fright Exclusive Interview With Stage Fright Director Jerome Sable!!

*Editor’s note: Our always great Bj Colangelo interviewed Stage Fright director Jerome Sable recently, and then had to suddenly go to the hospital, so I’m posting this one for her. Good stuff, and get better Bj!-Jerry

Bj: I wanted to start off the interview by thanking you from the bottom of my musical theatre since childhood performing heart, who also writes about horror because there aren’t many of us. So it was nice for a change to have a movie that felt like it was cracked out of my brain, and given to me on a silver platter.

Jerome: (laughs) It was intended for you, and you alone. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Oh, and I did. So I’ve been following your work for a while, and with Legend Of Beaver Damn and with Stage Fright, both are set in settings that sort of
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Critics' Roundtable: "New Girl"

The New Girl cast (l-r) Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson,

Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield & Hannah Simone

Fans of Fox’s sitcom hit New Girl got what they’ve been wishing for when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and her roommate Nick (Jake Johnson) finally locked lips. But will the Moonlighting curse strike and ruin the show? And how are their fellow roomies – Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) – faring with their own romances and stories? More importantly, does New Girl have what it takes for a long, healthy sitcom run?

We rounded up some TV Critics to see what they think of the show and break down what’s working and what isn’t. This week, we have Rob Moynihan (La Correspondent, TV Guide Magazine), Laura Prudom (Associate TV Editor, HuffPost TV), Scott Huver (La Editor, NBC National Entertainment), Shaunna Murphy (Staff Editor, Hollywood.com) and yours truly, Jim Halterman.

The big
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Justified Ep. 3.01: “The Gunfighter” promises a bigger, knottier crime saga

Justified, Season 3, Episode 1: “The Gunfighter”

Written by Graham Yost and Fred Golan

Directed by Michael Dinner

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX

When last we saw Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), he was bidding an unwitting adieu to Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale), one of the most feted TV villains in recent memory (even giving Breaking Bad‘s Gus a run for his money). That would seem to place Justified showrunner Graham Yost, his writing staff, and producer-star Olyphant in the unenviable position of trying to replace the Bennett clan with an equally compelling force of no good. But that’s not entirely accurate.

After all, runt of the Bennett litter Dickie (Jeremy Davies) is still alive and kicking – in jail, of course (along, thankfully, with perpetual delight Dewey Crowe, played with the usual dim wit by Damon Herriman). Some of the series’ other ne’er-do-wells are still here, too,
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Out In The Neighborhood: Dee Rees’ “Pariah”

Originally published in the Fall 2011 issue. Pariah is nominated for Breakthrough Director.

With Pariah, a buoyant tale of a young, middle-class New York lesbian’s tough coming-of-age amid the class and cultural proxy battles that simmer within black America, lauded newcomer Dee Rees has made one of the year’s most unforgettable directorial debuts. Rees, a 33-year-old Nashville, Tennessee, native who graduated from Nyu’s Graduate Film Program around the same time she both wrote the feature screenplay that would become Pariah and came out to her own parents, directed a 30-minute version of the story that became one of the most celebrated short films of 2007. She doesn’t think of her debut as autobiographical, but it clearly tells a story with much at stake for her, one that feels informed by the disappointments of a youth spent in alienation from those you hope, but don’t expect, to come to terms with your identity.
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

Fangoria & Starlog Contest Winner Roundup

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Fangoria & Starlog Contest Winner Roundup
Over the past few weeks we've been offering chances to Win some great prizes on both Fangoria.com and Starlog.com and now comes the time to congratulate the following lucky readers!

As always, winners are chosen at random - but for the first time we've had a couple of repeat winners! For Your chance to snag some great prizes, be sure to visit Fangoria.com and Starlog.com early and often!

Chainsaw Sally Prize Pack Winners:

Christopher Chwalyk - West Palm Beach, Fl. T.J. Cheslock - Allentown, Pa Kirk Austin - Greenville, Sc Samantha Besler - Laramie, Wy Demian Vela - Kansas City, Mo Derek Shepard - Torrington, Ct Chris Williams - Clarksburg, Wv The Tournament on DVD:

Michael Johnson - College Point, NY Jeff Atencio - New York, NY Uriah Robins - Crofton, MD Plaguers on DVD:

Nick Gucker - Seattle, Wa Owen Henrickson - Forman, Nd George Horacek - Fairview park,
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Belding Rings Bell Again In ‘Acting School Academy’

Every once in awhile a web series comes along that you really root for people to discover. For me, Acting School Academy is one of these gems, and the web viewing public is already starting to take note. In under a week, the first episode has already garnered over 200,000 views. Acting School Academy is the brainchild of writers Kris Sharma and Michael Mayorga, and executed deftly by Bengal Mangle Productions which consists of producer Mo Darwiche and director Ian Smith. The group has already done quite the job of pushing a ton of accompanying content out with the first episode. In addition to new episodes debuting every Tuesday, all the students attending the "acting school" post confessional vlog style videos every weekday allowing fans to connect more personally with the characters. Before the launch of the show the guys even put out another series, Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear, in
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Ask AfterEllen.com (Feb. 3, 2009)

Want to know the status of a particular movie, TV show, or band? Wondering what a certain actress is up to these days? Send your entertainment-related questions to askafterellen@gmail.com — with your first name, city and country — and we'll try to answer as many as we can.

Question: Is it true that the character of Anna Wu on Chuck is bisexual? ... I'm a sucker for bi women in sci-fi shows, so I'm wondering if this one should be on my radar.

— Sarah

Answer: Yes, Buy More employee Anna — played by Julia Ling — is bisexual, although it's understandable if you missed it: Anna's bisexuality has only been referenced once so far, in the first season when Anna quipped "speak for yourself!" to a comment from Morgan about none of them having sex with a beautiful woman. It's also referenced again in next week's episode.

Ling as Anna, left, and at
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