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The Criterion Collection has this week announced it’s Blu-ray release line-up for November, which includes Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Details on all the releases, including cover-art and special features are listed below.
One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality »
- Scott J. Davis
The Teen Choice Awards are kicking off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.
“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7” head up the nominations, nabbing five each. Also strong contenders, “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” received four nominations each.
See a full list of nominees below, updated live as winners are announced.
Choice Movie Actor: Action
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Choice Movie: Action
Furious 7 (Winner)
- Variety Staff
The Teen Choice Awards are kicked off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.
In music, One Direction and Fifth Harmony took home an impressive bounty, winning such awards as choice selfie taker and choice summer song, respectively. “Empire” unsurprisingly won the prize for best breakout TV show, and “The Vampire Diaries'” Nina Dobrev won her final award for the drama.
See a full list of winners below.
Choice Web Star: Female
Bethany Mota (Winner »
- Variety Staff
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2015 Emmys Awards: Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is The New Black Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks & Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Limited Series American Crime American Horror Story: Freak Show Olive Kitteridge The Honorable Woman Wolf Hall Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Lead Actress in a Drama Series Claire Danes, Homeland Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Taraji P. Henson, Empire Tatania Maslany, Orphan Black Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Robin Wright, House of Cards Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Adrien Brody, Houdini Ricky Gervais, Derek Timothy Hutton, American Crime Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge David Oyelowo, »
- Richard Rushfield
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.
Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees are below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie
- Variety Staff
Marvel has given us a glimpse at some concept artwork from Ryan Meinerding for Matt Murdock’s iconic red suit in the Netflix series Daredevil, which looks pretty close indeed to the costume that made it on screen in the season finale…
“The tone that was really communicated was the sense of realism that they were going for,” Meinerding tells Marvel.com. “I think the way that [manifested itself in] the costume was through the armor and making it feel a little bit more padded than you traditionally think of Daredevil being. When we do these designs, there’s a concept of grounded and a concept of reality. The grounded nature that they brought to the vigilante costume was the simplicity and effectiveness, because you’re trying to conceal your identity but also [have to be] mobile enough to fight. When you do a super hero costume in that world, it’s hard to be as »
- Gary Collinson
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Claire Temple in Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 for Netflix, coming in 2016. The actress has signed part of a larger exclusive TV deal that will also allow her to appear in any of Marvel's other Netflix original series. Romantically entangled with Matt Murdock in the series' first season, Claire helped the hero after more than a few of his brutal battles in the streets of Hell's Kitchen.
Celebrated for her work in  Top Five, Cesar Chavez, Sin City, Kids, and much more, fans can currently see her as Claire Temple, a character with ties to many of the Defenders heroes in the comics, in Season 1 of Marvel's Daredevil, only on Netflix. Said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb:
"After working with Rosario in the first season, we knew instantly that we had to have her back for our second. »
If Quantum Leap has always been on your 'to-watch' list but you've never had the time, here are a few suggestions to get you started...
Maps to TV shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you »
Having landed on Netflix earlier this month, Marvel has now released a new character featurette for its Daredevil TV series, which focusses on Matt Murdock’s best pal and fellow attorney-at-law, Foggy Nelson (Elden Heson). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Rosario Dawson »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week we learned Michelle MacLaren decided to walk away from Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman, with the studio citing "creative differences", and now that Patty Jenkins has been hired as MacLaren's replacement any discussion about her vision for the film can really only dabble in what could have been. So... what could it have beenc According to Variety, MacLaren hoped to make Wonder Woman in the vein of Braveheart, an epic origin tale with a large-scale, action-packed production. Warners, on the other hand, apparently wanted a more character-driven piece, which I only assume is for the sake of "world building", something that is all the rage with the studios these days. Per Variety, "After screenwriter Jason Fuchs delivered his script, the studio put as many as five other writers on the project to work up various scripts while executives simultaneously tested story concepts." Five writers feels like a lot to me, »
- Jordan Benesh
Five episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
It’s one step forward and two steps back for Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), the determined yet deeply flawed titular heroine of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Last time viewers saw her, in an attempt to flee New York City following a relapse into pills, a near-death incident at work and growing combative work relationships save for one, she ran into an ambulance.
More precisely, she ran into an ambulance after stopping to take care of a woman involved in a highway accident, with many, many prescription pills in her car. Thus, our premiere of season 7 – the final season of the acclaimed dramedy – involves a lot of uncertainty while looking to move towards some semblance of a conclusion. The seemingly familiar cycle that Jackie finds herself in, wherein lies lead to relapses which lead to lies, should in theory come to an end. »
- Anthony Marcusa
The last few years, some network TV executives have tried to do away with the pilot process, ordering shows straight to series based on a script, or even an idea, rather than spending a lot of money filming a pilot episode before deciding whether it's good enough to order to series. This is essentially like deciding to build a house on land that hasn't been surveyed yet and hoping that it'll hold the structure. The results have gone about as expected: "Hieroglyph"(!) was pre-canceled before a second episode was filmed, NBC decided to sell "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix rather than have to cancel it after three episodes aired, and other straight-to-series orders have been delayed, or similarly pre-canceled, or (as in the case of Fox's "Weird Loners") sent off to die quietly. Netflix has had more success doing away with pilots, but that's in part because no one but »
- Alan Sepinwall
Matthew Weiner has always been more comfortable talking about the past of “Mad Men” rather than letting anyone know anything about the future — even when that future is only seven episodes long, starting Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Having spent enough time over the years asking Weiner questions that he responded to with a very guarded, “Well, you’ve got to watch,” I knew enough to focus as much on the past as possible when we recently sat down for an hour-long interview to discuss the end of his Emmy-winning baby. We talked about the last days of production, looked back all the way to the show’s origins when Weiner was a staff writer on “Becker” looking for a different kind of career in television, the show’s long acting Emmy drought, and more. And I made it almost to the end without a single “You’ve got to watch. »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Cake” producer Kristin Hahn has launched her own Los Angeles-based production company, Hahnscape Entertainment, which will focus on acquiring rights to and developing literary material she will write and produce.
Hahnscape’s first project to be developed under the banner will be “Tumbledown,” which was written by Desiree Van Til and directed by Sean Mewshaw. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.
The film follows a young woman (Rebecca Hall) who is forced to confront the loss of her acclaimed folk-singer husband and the ambiguous circumstances surrounding his death when a brash New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) visits her hometown in rural Maine to investigate the tragedy.
The banner is also developing the film “In the Flesh,” which Hahn is currently writing. She will also produce the pic along with Temple Hill.
“I’m excited to build Hahnscape Entertainment into a home for compelling, character-driven stories with »
- Justin Kroll
Last night saw the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards take place. The elite members of both film and television arrived in their finery to see who had won the coverted statues. Eddie Redmayne did the UK proud as he picked up the award for Best Actor. Meanwhile Julianne Moore added another trophy to her cabinet for her performance in Still Alice and Birdman took home the big award for cast in a motion picture.
Highlights from the television portion include Orange is the New Black scooping two awards and our very own Downton Abbey getting the ensemble cast prize. Read the full winners below, did your favourite win? Are these results an indicator of how the BAFTA’s and Oscar‘s might play out?
Motion Picture Nominees
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Winner!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Kat Smith
Jennifer Aniston may not have been nominated for an Oscar this morning, but that's not about to slow her down. She told me at last night's Cake premiere that she has big plans to direct a feature film. "We're going to make it happen, but I have a lot of time," Aniston said. "We're just beginning." Aniston's directing experience includes short film Room 10 starring Robin Wright and Kris Kristofferson and a segment in Five, an anthology on Lifetime about breast cancer with Patricia Clarkson, Josh Holloway and Ginnifer Goodwin. She told me she was set to direct her first feature film about two years ago with Clarkson in the starring role. "It fell »
Straight off the bat the happy shockers are Marion Cotillard for Two Days One Night (edging out Jennifer Aniston), Laura Dern for Wild (where many assumed Jessica Chastain would be), the weird surprise is Bennett Miller in Director for Foxcatcher, our first "lone director" nod since the Academy expanded the Best Picture field. In terrible news there were only two nominations (Best Picture & Song) for the grand Selma... which places it in the unfortunate company of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Blind Side. Yikes! In less horrific but still weird disappointing news: Nightcrawler pulled an Into the Wild by doing really well at the guilds but not so much with Oscar.
Oscar had a boner for Birdman with many nominations
Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman led the nominations with 9 honors each (though I correctly predicted Birdman being shut out of film editing so people will say it will have trouble winning now, »
- NATHANIEL R
Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") announced the first 11 categories while Chris Pine ("Star Trek") and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed the remaining 13 categories including Best Picture.
This was the first time the Academy announced all the categories live!
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" and Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" got 9 nominations each. Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" was close with 8 nods while Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" each received 6 nominations.
Where's David Oyelowo who gave one »
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