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Emmy Awards’ Diversity Boom Reflects America

Emmy Awards’ Diversity Boom Reflects America
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Viola Davis’ stirring remarks at last year’s Emmy ceremony are resonating again as the industry prepares to hand out this year’s trophies.

The 2016 nominees rep the most diverse field of above-the-line talent assembled in the 68-year history of the kudos, and the smiling faces on ABC’s live telecast will look more like America than ever before. Davis broke ground last year as the first African-American actress to win for lead actress in a drama series, for her tour de force work on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Among the milestones this year are Kenya Barris becoming the first solo African-American series creator to be nominated for comedy series (Bill Cosby won as co-creator of “The Cosby Show” with Ed. Weinberger and Michael Leeson in 1985), as well
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Coachella’s Do Lab Stage Announces 2016 Lineup

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is right around the corner, which means that you can expect a lot of announcements to come from the festival’s organizers in the next couple of weeks. Among them are Los Angeles-based collective Do Lab, whom have revealed the official lineup details for their stage at this year’s edition of the festival.

As with previous years, the Do Lab stage will feature performances from artists who span the electronic music spectrum. The first weekend will consist more heavily of bass music artists like Paper Diamond, Brillz and Ghastly. A more four-four-centric roster will follow on the second weekend, which will feature the likes of Oona Dahl, Autograf and Hotel Garuda.

The 2015 recap video for the Do Lab stage at Coachella can be seen in the YouTube player above, and below is the full lineup for the stage as well as a breakdown
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Alexandros Avranas on Miss Violence

There are those films that make for an uncomfortable viewing experience, and it would be difficult to describe Alexandros Avranas’ sophomore feature by any other choice of words.

Despite an uncomfortable viewing experience it is a thought provoking piece of filmmaking that stands out as one of the films of the year. HeyUGuys recently spoke with Avranas who took us under the skin of a film whose subject and style of storytelling is universal.

Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?

I studied sculpture, and so I was a part of the art scene for a long time. On a personal level it is very important for me to make art and to make films, because I want to say something political; to say something about the society that I live in. So from my perspective this is the only reason for art and cinema to exist,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Alexandros Avranas on Miss Violence

There are those films that make for an uncomfortable viewing experience, and it would be difficult to describe Alexandros Avranas’ sophomore feature by any other choice of words.

Despite an uncomfortable viewing experience it is a thought provoking piece of filmmaking that stands out as one of the films of the year. HeyUGuys recently spoke with Avranas who took us under the skin of a film whose subject and style of storytelling is universal.

Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?

I studied sculpture, and so I was a part of the art scene for a long time. On a personal level it is very important for me to make art and to make films, because I want to say something political; to say something about the society that I live in. So from my perspective this is the only reason for art and cinema to exist,
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Lost… and Found in Space – The Human Experience of Gravity

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An eternal backdrop of the unknown; the pinnacle of human exploration; the birthplace of all mankind – from the tiniest of details to the most astonishing of revelations, we have learnt much of outer space during our time upon this planet, yet a vast galaxy of mystery still lies beyond the clouds. Perhaps this sense of unparalleled wonder is why space has provided the perfect proving ground for many of cinema’s most powerful and revelatory fables concerning human self-discovery. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is no exception to this distinguished cinematic accolade – the director joining the ranks of filmmaking greats such as Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris) and Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey).

Today, the Apollo 11 moon-landing seems like an age ago. Those celebrated black and white pictures beamed to earth live from the moon’s surface (unless you have a theory to the contrary…) buzz, bleep and shudder with interplanetary
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TV’s Diversity Dilemma: A Candid Conversation with Fox Execs

TV’s Diversity Dilemma: A Candid Conversation with Fox Execs
Despite honorable intentions and a plethora of industry initiatives, the numbers stubbornly refuse to budge. Or so it seems every year when statistics on the employment of minorities and women in television and film are released by the guilds.

The diversity stats for writers, directors and actors are generally meager. Similarly detailed reports on the executive ranks at major studios, networks, production companies and talent agencies would probably be just as disheartening, if not more so.

Social scientists always point to institutional factors that make it hard for minorities and women to gain ground in some industries. So much of the hiring process in showbiz is about who you know. If most of the people doing the hiring are white men, human nature dictates that jobs will flow more easily to candidates they know, which will tend to be candidates who are most like them.

That said, there is no question that the entertainment workforce,
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Framing Movies Take Three: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam begins as a love story between Sameer (Salman Khan) and Nandini (Aishwariya Rai Bachan). Sameer is an Indo-Italian with a passion to learn Indian Classical Music. Nandini’s father Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale) is a renowned Indian Classical singer who agrees to teach Sameer. Sameer joins the family at their manor and lives alongside them. He wins the hearts of all through his charm and wit, but fails to initially impress Nandini, who finds him a nuisance. Nevertheless, it isn’t long before the two fall in love. Their love story takes a tragic turn when Pandit Durbar catches the couple fantasizing about taking wedding vows. He is outraged and feels betrayed by Sameer. He orders Sameer to leave the house and to never contact Nandini again. A shattered Nandini is married off to Vanraj (Ajay Devgan). Sameer had sent Nandini a number of letters,
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The Human Experience: Existential Beauty, Internal Darkness

The human experience seems to be the flavor of the week, or rather, of the past five years. From illustrators to authors to filmmakers everyone is concerned with capturing what it means to be a person today. Two filmmakers in particular have released films in the past year that illustrate in two vastly different ways the life of the modern human.

Benh Zeitlin tackled the issue in his 2012 Sundance breakout film Beasts of the Southern Wild, a film chronicling the adventures of six-year-old Hushpuppy as she and her ailing father navigate life in a near-forgotten society outside the levees of New Orleans. When a hurricane hits, the society, called the Bathtub, is flooded, causing Hushpuppy to view the universe as a puzzle interconnected by various pieces. It’s a naïvely beautiful take on the world and its inhabitants.

Much of the story is told by Hushpuppy via voiceover and lends
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Terriers Episodes 11-12: Flashbacks and Setbacks

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We're (re-)watching Terriers as part of the TV.com Summer of (Re-)Discovery Club. You'll find links to past installments at the bottom of this story.

Terriers S01E10 & S01E11: "Sins of the Past" and "Quid Pro Quo"

The human experience is a lot like being president of your own nation. Logic and emotions make up the powers of congress (per se) and executive decision takes the form...  More >>
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365 Days, 100 Films #89 - Shoah (1985)

Shoah, 1985.

Directed by Claude Lanzmann.

Synopsis:

A nine hour 36 minute long documentary about the Holocaust.

Shoah is almost as hard to write about as it is to watch. It isn’t the subject matter that gets to you. We’re all exposed far too much to the Holocaust and World War II through television, literature and film for it to have a truly visceral effect anymore. As discouraging as it is, the years truly have anaesthetised the heart. Instead, it is the length that one feels, its incomprehensibleness – nine hours and thirty-six minutes. The longest film you’ve ever seen is but a pebble in a grand lake in comparison.

That’s the intention - it’s incomprehensibility. To picture a thousand people is near impossible. The mind wretches at the image of six million; all of those Jewish, all of those dead.

The film’s form, of its immense length,
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New this Week: ‘Source Code’ and ‘Black Swan (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

HopRussell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins

InsidiousPatrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

Source CodeJake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Movie of the Week

Source Code

The Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

The Plot: A soldier (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it.

The Buzz: Source Code looks to be a Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day sci-fi action romp. 35 seconds into the film’s trailer, I half expected Jake Gyllenhaal to utter, “oh boy.” He instead exclaims, “no, no, no, no,” as if to echo my thoughts exactly — I don’t want to see Gyllenhaal act the same “stop the terrorist on the train” scene, over and over and over again.

I have a strong feeling that this
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Blu-Ray Monday: March 29, 2011

Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray and DVD Release News Blu-Ray for Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 Jeff Bridges stars in Against All Odds: Special Edition (1984) All Dogs Go To Heaven/All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (1989/1996) Ryan Gosling & Kirsten Dunst in All Good Things (2010) Vintage Mel Gibson in Attack Force Z: 30th Anniversary Edition (1981) Robert DeNiro & Robin Williams in Awakenings (1990) Academy Award-Winner Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010) Children’s Classic retold Charlotte’S Webb (2006) Rose McGowan & Amy Smart are Dead Awake (2010) Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack (1963) Academy Award Nominee Dogtooth (2010) Naomi Watts & Sean Penn in Fair Game (2010) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Hotel For Dogs: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2009) Dario Argento’s Inferno (1980) Nicholas Ray’s King Of Kings (1961) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Extreme Japanese Gore in Machine Girl (2008) Anjelica Huston & The Sisters Duff in Material Girls (2006) Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2011) The Mikado:
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A New Preview from Jennifer Elster's Itw: Pathway / In the Woods

We're still not entirely sure what Jennifer Elster's In the Woods, aka Itw Pathway, which she described as "a mysterious, existential film journey: a walk into the unknown", is all about; but we have to admit we're intrigued. Today comes a new entry entitled "…In The Woods Part One and The Human Experience Tour".

Here's the text that accompanies the video:

Currently we are popping up in different locations, sneaking previews, sharing the …In The Woods Experience Part One. Many interesting questions asked: “what did you learn from the making of the Being trilogy, …In The Woods, Into The Cave and Into The Studio?” The simplicity of the answer cannot possibly convey what has been gained from the experience. All of the information is in the films.

Let’s return to our truest selves

right before our eyes.

Okey dokey, kids - got any ideas what's going on here?
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2140

Gere are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2140.

Against The Current Rated R For language and some sexual content. Betrayed By Passion Rated R For sexual content, language and brief violence. Biutiful Rated R For disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use. Release Date: December 2010 Booky's Crush Rated G Damned By Dawn Rated R For bloody horror violence and some language. Death Hunter Rated R For violence and brief nudity. The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Rated PG For mild rude humor and brief language. Fertile Ground Rated R For language throughout, including some sexual references. Heiran Rated PG For thematic elements, language and smoking. The Human Experience Rated PG-13 For mature thematic material and some disturbing images. Jackass 3D Rated R For male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language. Release Date: October 15, 2010 Life, Above All Rated PG-13 For mature thematic material and some sexual content.
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New To Theatres This Weekend: Date Night, After.Life, The Square

There is only one new movie opening wide this weekend, and it is Shawn Levy's Date Night starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Will they be able to topple Clash of the Titans? Without the power of 3-D on their side, it's going to be an uphill battle. The Runaways is also expanding to just over 200 screens this weekend, while the religious drama Letters to God is in semi-wide release. Some of the interesting movies playing on just a few screens include Australian thriller The Square and After.Life starring Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson and Justin Long. What will you be watching? Date Night [1] Letters to God [2] (semi-wide) The Runaways [3] (expanding) After.Life [4] (limited) The Square [5] (limited) The Human Experience [6] (limited) La Mission [7] (limited) Phyllis and Harold [8] (limited) [1] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1279935/ [2] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462054/ [3] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1017451/ [4] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0838247/ [5] http://www.
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