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A Prime Minister looks poised for a landslide victory on Emmy night… but can a dark-horse candidate edge him out for the trophy?
Four of this year’s seven nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series come from freshman series, led by frontrunner John Lithgow, who adopted a British accent to play iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Netflix’s The Crown. (Lithgow, by the way, has a whopping five Emmys on his mantel already, three from 3rd Rock From the Sun.) Other first-timers in the mix: Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright (a winner in 2004 for Angels in America); Ron Cephas Jones, »
Variety has announced the host committee for the annual Variety & Women in Film Television Nominees Celebration, which will take place Friday, Sept. 15 at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood.
The cast of “Big Little Lies” will make a big showing at the event, with Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman all part of the committee. Emmy-nominated actresses Thandie Newton of “Westworld” and Claire Foy of “The Crown” will also make appearances, as well as Ava DuVernay, who received three Emmy nominations this year, and network and streaming executives like Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu and Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. Lena Waithe, who became the first black woman to be nominated for outstanding writing for a comedy series this year for “Master of None,” will also attend.
“We are excited to be partnering once again with Women In Film on our annual party that celebrates all the inspiring work female actors, executives »
- Variety Staff
As expected, New Line's Conjuring spin-off dubbed Annabelle Creation took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $35 million. The low-budget spin-off has already doubled its $15 million budget, and it's potentially shaping up to be one of the most profitable movies this year. Other newcomers The Glass Castle and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature both underperformed, leading to weak opening box office numbers.
Box Office Mojo reports that Annabelle: Creation debuted in 3,502 theaters, for an impressive $10,006 per-screen average, with The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature debuting in third place with $8.9 million, with a meager $2,232 per-screen average from 4,003 theaters, behind Dunkirk in second palace with $11.4 million. The Glass Castle opened in ninth place with $4.8 million, earning a $3,337 per-screen average from 1,461 theaters. Annabelle: Creation, a spin-off of The Conjuring, came just shy of its predecessor, 2014's Annabelle, which debuted with $37.1 million, with a grand total of $256.8 million ($84.2 million domestic, »
"Sometime we have to go through something to get through something." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the official Us trailer for an indie drama titled Free In Deed, which first premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in 2015. It also played at numerous film festivals in 2016, and is just now getting a very small release starting September this year. Free In Deed takes place in the world of converted storefront churches, following one man's attempt to perform a miracle. English actor David Harewood (from "Supergirl", "The Night Manager", "Homeland", The Brothers Grimsby) stars as a Pentecostal minister whose dedication to God is tested when approached by a desperate mother and her troubled son. The full cast includes Edwina Findley, Kathy Smith, and RaJay Chandler. This looks very powerful and entirely unique, worth a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Jake Mahaffy's Free In Deed, direct from YouTube: Set »
- Alex Billington
For Emmy-nominated supporting actors on topical series, work in 2016-17 sometimes bordered on the prescient. The first scene “Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham filmed last season was with Elizabeth Marvel, playing U.S. President Elizabeth Keane, “where we came up against her friction with the intelligence community,” Patinkin recalls, and “within seconds the [real world] candidate-elect decided to attempt to annihilate the intelligence community along with the press and every other mainstay of tradition and order.” He adds: “We joked that people are going to think Donald Trump is in our writers’ room just sort of pitching in to echo everything we’d laid out.”
Patinkin, nominated for supporting actor in a drama, says if “Homeland” offered certain elements of fictional possibility in the past, the most recent season “seemed to become almost a Polaroid of the world around us.” For him, the series inspired a new avenue in human-rights work around refugees, using »
- Rob Owen
“Better Call Saul” co-creator Vince Gilligan has a theory about why he got an Emmy nomination for directing “Witness” this year. “I can make this short and sweet instead of laying a bunch of creative or artistic claptrap on you,” he says. “It’s probably name recognition.”
To Gilligan, the reasoning behind why any episode gets nominated for an Emmy has long been out of reach. “ ‘Witness’ is a perfectly competently directed episode of television, but we had better episodes of ‘Saul,’” he says. “I literally can’t sit here and say this is why it’s superior.”
The mystery of decoding just how and why specific writers and directors are singled out each year for Emmy nominations eludes virtually everyone in the industry. But on close inspection of the past seven years of nominations and wins, bearing in mind that voting procedures have changed twice, certain trends emerge. And when it comes to nominations, there »
- Randee Dawn
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The Russian regime is thoroughly introduced in the first trailer for The Death of Stalin.
Directed by Veep creator Armando Iannucci, the historical satire is based on the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin and is set during the chaotic days of political infighting that followed the 1953 death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
- Ashley Lee
Netflix’s fictionalized comedy-drama about women’s wrestling promotion Glow, is getting a second season – the announcement comes via the shows official Twitter feed:
Here we #Glow again… Season 2 is coming. pic.twitter.com/LXF8OIxcNG
— Glow (@GlowNetflix) August 10, 2017
Glow stars Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom. The series comes from Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is The New Black, Weeds).
Glow tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to »
- Phil Wheat
Adapted by Iannucci, Ian Martin and David Schneider from Fabien Nury’s graphic novel of the same name, the film depicts the frenzied political manoeuvrings that transpired in the aftermath of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953. The film stars a host of prominent British and American actors as Stalin’s underlings, including Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as Stalin’s heir apparent Georgy Malenkov, Michael Palin as Vyacheslav Molotov, Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov, Simon Russell Beale as Lavrentiy Beria and Homeland star Rupert Friend as Stalin’s son Vasily.
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The Glow ladies will return for a second season over at Netflix, after the super-streamer revealed it has renewed the show for a new run in 2018.
Glow tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life is not what it seems. And at the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling stardom.
- Paul Heath
“Master of None’s” Season 2 episode “Thanksgiving” traces the years-long coming out story of Denise, played by Lena Waithe. But Waithe, who wrote the episode with series co-creator and star Aziz Ansari, didn’t realize the significance of the episode until it hit Netflix. “I have never seen a black female character come out on television,” she said in a conversation with IndieWire. “I haven’t. If somebody else has, please call me. Tell me where I can go find it. I didn’t realize how revolutionary it was. I really didn’t.”
But viewers did realize — and so did the Academy. “A lot of gay people, people of color, and the queer community really responded to [‘Thanksgiving’],” Waithe said, describing how they reached out to her on Twitter. And the actress received an Emmy nomination for comedy writing — the first black woman to ever do so.
“There are times you’re going about your business of being an artist, and you don’t realize that what you’re doing hasn’t been done before,” Waithe said. “So I cannot be prouder of the fact that we did do it. We just wanted to tell this unique, cool story that we hadn’t seen before, and in doing that it liberated a lot of people, as certain people saw themselves [in Denise’s story].”
The conversation then turned to Twitter’s #FirstTimeISawMe campaign, which sees people of color, members of the Lgbtq community, people living with disabilities, and many more sharing the first time they encountered a character that reminded them of themselves. Waithe’s Denise serves as the #FirstTimeISawMe subject for plenty of tweets.
“It touches my heart,” Waithe gushed before sharing her own #FirstTimeISawMe story. “The first time I saw me, I saw this girl Tasha [played by Rose Rollins] on ‘The L Word.’ It was the first black female character on that show. That was a big deal for me because I was like a budding lesbian living in Chicago, not seeing myself at all on television.”
Waithe continued, “I know I am a very unique sort of lesbian. I am sort of in the middle. I am not all feminine. I’m not all masculine. I am somewhere in the middle, and I think there is a large community of women like that.”
Before getting her breakthrough role on “Master of None,” Waithe wrote for series like “Bones” and “Hello Cupid,” served as “Love & Basketball” director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s assistant, and produced indie film “Dear White People.” Her next projects include the hourlong Showtime drama “The Chi,” following six interconnected characters living in the South Side of Chicago, and an untitled TV movie to be helmed by Clark Johnson (“Homeland,” “The Wire”).
Lena Waithe Talks Her Emmy Nod, Coming Out Stories, and #FirstTimeISawMe was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Return to the very beginning of the world’s spookiest doll in Annabelle: Creation, arriving into cinemas August 11.
To celebrate the release of the next chapter in The Conjuring universe Warner Bros. Pictures and The Hollywood News are giving you a chance to win a bundle of merchandise including a pop socket, themed night light, haunting mirror cling and a fan.
In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote “Annabelle.” The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (upcoming “Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher, »
- Paul Heath
The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actor are Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”), Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), John Lithgow (“The Crown”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”). Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Nora-Jane Noone joins Farshad Farahat (Argo) and Homeland's Maury Sterling to topline Randy Feldman’s drama Know Your Enemy, which starts shooting this month in Los Angeles. The film, said to be an exploration of preconceptions and misconceptions, follows a Middle Eastern man (Farahat) who invades the home of a young, affluent couple (Noone & Sterling) as the result of a road rage incident. Jaime Gallagher, Bruce Bundy, Nick Boraine and Danny Boushebel will co-star… »
The "Fetish" singer and Maleficent star will appear in the 81-year-old director's yet-to-be-titled upcoming film, which is set to be distributed theatrically through Amazon Studios. Timothée Chalamet, a 21-year-old actor who has appeared in Interstellar, as well as Showtime's Homeland, has also signed on for the movie.
This marks Allen's third project with Amazon, after producing the comedy mini-series, Crisis in Six Scenes, for Amazon Video last year, as well as the upcoming Wonder Wheel, which will feature stars such as Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet, and is scheduled to hit theaters this December.
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While Sony's The Dark Tower did managed to take home the box office crown in its opening weekend, it certainly wasn't a convincing win, just barely beating Dunkirk with $19.1 million, coming in under most expectations. This weekend, The Dark Tower box office prospects are looking even worse, facing a tough second weekend that brings in three vastly different movies to theaters, New Line's horror prequel Annabelle: Creation, the Lionsgate drama The Glass Castle and the Open Road Films animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. It seems like a one-week reign at the box office will be all for The Dark Tower, since we're predicting Annabelle: Creation will take the top spot with $40.2 million, easily besting The Dark Tower and the rest of the field.
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Power recap here.
Now that Power‘s Ghost is back in his custom suits and diamond stud, there’s nothing more he’d like than to pretend that his little stint in prison — not to mention his bizarre run-in with Kanan in last week’s episode — hasn’t affected his family’s life in any lasting way.
But there are two giant problems with that assumption, and they’re named Tariq and Raina. »
New Line Cinema Warner Bros. Pictures have released 2 new "Annabelle Creation" clips ! David F Sandberg ("Lights Out") directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote the first film. "Annabelle Creation" stars Stephanie Sigman ("Spectre"), Talitha Bateman ("The 5th Wave"), Lulu Wilson ("Ouija: Origin Of Evil", "Deliver Us From Evil"), Philippa Coulthard ("After The Dark"), Grace Fulton ("Badland"), Lou Lou Safran ("The Choice"), Samara Lee ("Foxcatcher", "The Last Witch Hunter"), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony Lapaglia ("Without A Trace") and Miranda Otto ("Homeland", "The Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy). "Annabelle Creation" tells the tale of a dollmaker and his wife who, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, welcome a nun and »
With the release date creeping closer for Annabelle: Creation (read our own Heather Wixson's review here), two clips from the film have been revealed, featuring some unsettling scares in the shadows of the night.
"Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote “Annabelle.” Produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, the film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (upcoming “Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Anne Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher, »
- Derek Anderson
Lesli Linka Glatter is involved in the initiative: GoldDerby/YouTube
Just one drama pilot was directed by a woman this broadcast pilot season. One. As much as people like to treat TV like film’s woke — or at least more woke — sophisticated, cooler sibling, the small screen is far from the inclusive utopia some dream it to be. Fortunately NBC is taking a major step towards getting more women behind the camera of their shows. Deadline reports that the network has announced a new annual initiative, “Female Forward.” Led by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in partnership with TV director Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland,” “Mad Men”), the program was announced during the TCA summer press tour.
“The new program will provide ten female directors with the opportunity to shadow up to three episodes of an NBC series, followed by an in-season commitment to direct at least one episode of the series she shadows,” the source writes. So “Female Forward” isn’t just about helping women get their foot in the door — it’s ensuring that they get job opportunities and more experience to add to their resumes. “Female Forward” will kick off with the 2018–19 season on 10 NBC series. The intent is to increase the number of directors and shows in years to come.
“It’s been a collective and urgent goal of ours to identify more female directors,” said Salke. “We strongly believe women can and should be at the forefront of telling compelling stories, and I hope the guaranteed directing component will have real impact on our shows as well as the industry. It’s an honor to have a partner and advocate in the amazing Lesli Linka Glatter, who shares these ideals with us and has passionately acted as a mentor to other women throughout her career.”
Five-time Emmy nominee Linka Glatter added, “It shouldn’t be harder for our daughters to direct than for our sons. It should be an equal playing field. I’m truly optimistic that with this kind of commitment from the incredible Jen Salke and NBC Entertainment, we can actually make a difference. A program like this is a game changer and it’s an honor to be a part of it,” she emphasized.
In the 2015–16 TV season, women comprised just 12 percent of directors on broadcast network series, according to a study from Dr. Martha Lauzen and the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film.
NBC Launches Initiative to Train and Hire Women Directors was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
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