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DGA Announces Participants of New TV Director Mentorship Program

Ramaa D. Moseley: Moseley’s Instagram account

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has selected the participants for a TV directing mentorship initative, SHOOTonline reports. The program will see “early-career directors (Protégés)” partner with “veteran TV directors (Mentors) who will serve as their professional guides to the working world of episodic television throughout the 2017–18 season.” On the protégé side of things, the DGA has achieved gender parity and then some. Eleven of the 20 slots went to women, amounting to 55 percent of the participants.

Among the female protégés are Lena Khan, who directed the upcoming immigration film “The Tiger Hunter,” Valerie Heather Weiss, the filmmaker behind the feminist coming-of-age tale “The Archer,” and Ramaa D. Mosley, director of the 2012 comedy “The Brass Teapot.”

Although the number of female protégés is impressive, the mentor side is a little disappointing: women represent only 30 percent of the program’s mentors. Jamie Babbit, director of the cult classic “But I’m a Cheerleader” and many TV shows (“Girls,” “Looking,” “Married”) is a mentor, as are frequent “Homeland” helmer Lesli Linka Glatter, and Roxann Dawson, whose most recent credits include episodes of “The Americans” and “Good Girls Revolt.”

Mentors and protégés will be “matched based on their work experience, interpersonal chemistry, and mutual craft interests to ensure a fulfilling experience,” the source writes. The program will feature one-on-one coaching, seminars, and group activities.

The DGA’s TV director mentorship program is a part of the Guild’s Director Development Initiative, which kicked off in early 2016. A push for increased inclusivity and diversity amongst directors, the Initiative “includes a speaker series, craft and career workshops, practical labs, and networking events for members seeking to advance their television directing careers.”

“With television directing jobs on the rise and more industry employers heeding the call for director diversity — our members have told us that they are seeking career development resources to help set them up for success,” DGA president and mentor Paris Barclay explained. “And the DGA has the best resources in the world — a deep well of talent made up of seasoned TV directors who are dedicated and eager to give back to their Guild and share their years of expert experience with the next generation.”

All of the female 2017 TV director program’s protégés and mentors are listed below.

The 2017 Protégé participants are:

Heather CappielloDaniella EismanLiz R. HinleinA. Laura JamesLena KhanPaige Morrow KimballJessica LowreyKimberly Anne McCulloughRamaa D. MosleyValerie Heather WeissAprill Lynn Winney

The 2017 Mentor participants are:

Jamie Merrill BabbitRoxann DawsonLesli Linka GlatterGail MancusoTawnia McKiernanBethany Rooney

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Cristin Milioti in Trailer for Quirky Romantic Comedy 'It Had to Be You'

"I always thought that by the time I got married, I would be different." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted a trailer for an indie romantic comedy called It Had to Be You, about a woman who freaks out when she learns her boyfriend is going to propose to her. Actress Cristin Milioti (seen in The Wolf of Wall Street, The Brass Teapot, "Fargo", "The Mindy Project") stars, with Dan Soder, Halley Feiffer, Kate Simses, Erica Sweany, Mark Gessner and Rachel York. This is definitely very quirky, but there's also some charm to it, mostly because Cristin Milioti is quite talented and it's nice to see her in a fun role like this. The trailer ends rather abruptly, like there's more going on - but I guess we have to see the film to find out what. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Sasha Gordon's It Had to Be You,
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Watch: Juno Temple Trades Prostitution For Photography In Trailer For 'Safelight'

Juno Temple doesn't tend to discriminate when it comes to her movie roles. She's appeared in everything from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" to William Friedkin's delightfully sleazy "Killer Joe" to this year's underrated period piece "Far From The Madding Crowd." But she also tends to jump into an occasional indie that comes along, which means there are movies like "The Brass Teapot" and "Magic Magic," scattered across her filmography and "Safelight" looks like another to fit that category of forgettable films. Co-staring Evan Peters, Christine Lahti, and Ariel Winter, the movie tells the unlikely story of a high school kid who whisks away a prostitute from her dangerous pimp, and shows her the beauty of photography. Uh...here's the official synopsis:  The paths of three desperate individuals perilously cross in a dusty desert town. Charles (Evan Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges,...
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Sundance 2015: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment” Image Courtesy of the Sundance Institute

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Written by Tim Talbott

USA, 2015

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment is a darkly comedic dramatization of a frightening real life experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo. It spun wildly out of control over the course of just 5 days. Two dozen Ivy league men are drawn to the experiment for money. Screened for good mental health and randomly assigned positions as guards or prisoners, conformity is set to be examined under the the microscope in the basement of prestigious Stanford. The experiment starts out informally as they are given uniforms and plopped into their cells and guard rooms. It soon spirals into degrading mental abuse and physical deprivation. That this happened is not in question but how systematic torture ensued couldn’t have been anticipated.
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Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh Get The Riot Act: ‘A Better You’ At Sbiff – Hot Clip

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Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh Get The Riot Act: ‘A Better You’ At Sbiff – Hot Clip
Lobbyists against onscreen smoking could have a friend in comedic actor Andrew Daly (Comedy Central’s Review), or at least his persnickety neighbor character who is trying to clean up the streets in Matt Walsh’s second directorial comedy A Better You. The film follows Dr. Ron (Brian Huskey), a Hollywood quack hypnotherapist. The only thing worse than Dr. Ron’s methods are his disrespectful patients who loiter around the neighborhood as seen in this clip. The film, which was co-written by Huskey and Walsh, makes its world premiere today at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at 4:40pm at the Metro 4, with screenings tomorrow at 8:10am and Monday, Feb. 2, at 10:20pm. The film is produced by Kirk Roos (The Brass Teapot, High Road, Painkillers) and his Badlands Features label. Joe Lo Truglio, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Morgan Walsh, Natasha Leggero, Reid Scott and Mo Gaffney also star.
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The curious case of Rotten Tomatoes and 'The Brass Teapot'

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The curious case of Rotten Tomatoes and 'The Brass Teapot'
A little over a week ago, I got an e-mail from Stuart Zakim, a publicist I've heard from a few times in the past, and I scanned it, as I try to scan everything that hits my e-mail box. Here's where I'm going to give you a look at how the sausage gets made. For the most part, I write based on instinct and time and opportunity. I would like to write ten times the material I write at the moment, because there are that many things I'd like to share with you. There are that many things worth discussing. And every time I feel the moment to discuss something slip by, and I don't get a chance to write about something, it drives me crazy. So one of the things I try not to get pulled into is what I like to call "other people's priorities." That sounds heartless,
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Miller, Crudup & Angarano Join ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’

It was only yesterday that we brought you the trailer to Billy Crudup’s latest venture, Rudderless, and now it looks like he might be attaching his name to something else. News has surfaced that the Almost Famous actor will star alongside Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot) in Stanford Prison Experiment, based on true events.

With a script penned by Tim Talbott (South Park, Chicago Fire), the story is taken from an experiment conducted at Stanford University in the 1970s. A group of 19 and 20 year-old students are separated into two groups – prisoners and wardens. With a two week trial period, the participants are left to their own devices. However, with free reign to do what they want – and having gone a little power-crazy – the experiment has to be cut short due to ‘sadistic’ abuse.

As I said in yesterday’s article,
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‘Gold Rush’s Dakota Fred To Stake New Mining Claim in Doc ‘All That Glitters’

‘Gold Rush’s Dakota Fred To Stake New Mining Claim in Doc ‘All That Glitters’
Exclusive: Fred Hurt (aka Dakota Fred) and his son Dustin Hurt from Discovery’s reality series Gold Rush will be the subject of All That Glitters, a new documentary currently filming in Haines, Alaska and directed by Kirk Roos, producer of The Brass Teapot and Matt Walsh’s comedy directorial canon High Road and the upcoming A Better You. Doc focuses on some plot elements that were left unresolved on Gold Rush pertaining to the Hurts’ obsession with diverting a waterfall in their quest for the legendary Porcupine Creek mines on the Dalton/Klondike trail. All That Glitters is an opportunity for Dakota Fred and his crew to take their search for gold under a new light. Doc […]
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Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington Join Jennifer Aniston For Cake

Who can say no to cake? Apparently not Jennifer Aniston. Following the massive success of her R-rated comedy We're The Millers, Aniston has signed on to headline and executive produce an indie dramedy called Cake. And she's bringing a bunch of friends on board for the ride. What began as a Black List script with buzz is now an indie production with a dazzling ensemble. The Wrap reports Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), William H. Macy (Shameless), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Britt Robertson (Delivery Man), Lucy Walters (The Brass Teapot), Camille Mana (Smart People), and Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Bless Me, Ultima) have all joined Cake's cast. THR adds that The Good Wife's Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, has also signed on. Penned by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way Out), Cake will center on Claire (Aniston), a bitter woman who is absorbed in
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Jesse Plemons and Juno Temple Target Black Mass Opposite Johnny Depp

Jesse Plemons ( The Master , "Breaking Bad") and Juno Temple ( The Dark Knight Rises , The Brass Teapot ) are the latest names to be connected to Black Mass , the Scott Cooper-directed drama about Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that both young stars are in talks for the Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media production, to star opposite Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce and Dakota Johnson. Black Mass tells the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish street punk in Boston with a penchant for rape and robbery, who spent much of his early life incarcerated. When released from Alcatraz, Whitey returned to his thug lifestyle and rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant...
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 3rd 2014

This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.

At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.

Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part
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40th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include The Conjuring, The Walking Dead

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This year’s Saturn Award nominations have been announced and include a number of horror movie and TV releases, such as The Conjuring and The Walking Dead:

“Los Angeles – February, 2014 – Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug both received 8 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented in June.

Other major contenders that packed a real punch were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness, The Book Thief, Her, Oz The Great and Powerful and Ron Howard’s Rush. Also making a strong showing was the folk musical fable Inside Llewyn Davis, which proves that the Coen Brothers are a genre onto their own. And Scarlett Johansson was the first Best Supporting Actress to be nominated for her captivating
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‘Gravity,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

‘Gravity,’  ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” each received eight nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not far behind with seven noms, including best science-fiction film. “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” got five nominations apiece.

The Saturns are known for their eccentric fields of nominees. This year “The Hobbit” is up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Her” for best fantasy film. The best actress category pits “Stoker’s” Mia Wasikowska and “The Wall’s” Martina Gedeck against Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Catching Fire.”

Two new categories have been added to reflect the changing times. Best comic-to-film motion picture will see Warner’s “Man of Steel” duking it out
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‘Gravity,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

‘Gravity,’  ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” each received eight nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not far behind with seven noms, including best science-fiction film. “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” got five nominations apiece.

The Saturns are known for their eccentric fields of nominees. This year “The Hobbit” is up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Her” for best fantasy film. The best actress category pits “Stoker’s” Mia Wasikowska and “The Wall’s” Martina Gedeck against Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Catching Fire.”

Two new categories have been added to reflect the changing times. Best comic-to-film motion picture will see Warner’s “Man of Steel” duking it out
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Mr. Halfyard: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love 2013

The theme of the year (if it can ever be boiled down to just one thing) is that "Greed is no longer Good, it is complicated." Perhaps this is just fall out from filmmaking projects that likely were conceived at about the low-point of the world economic meltdown of 2008-2009. Nevertheless, the nefarious means of acquiring wealth and fame in pursuit of becoming the 1% was featured in nearly a dozen films where those willing to go through hell to 'get theirs' was examined in various modes:  The Counselor, American Hustle, The Bling Ring, The Wolf of Wall St., Spring Breakers, Pain and Gain, and to a lesser extent, The Great Gatsby, Elysium and The Brass Teapot.  As per usual, most of the good movies...

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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ Excluded From WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”

The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.

Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.

Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the
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Billy Magnussen Has Tested for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

Billy Magnussen Has Tested for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
After Charlie Hunnam dropped out of playing Christian Grey in Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this month, the role has quickly become one of the hottest parts in town. Today, we have word that actor Billy Magnussen tested on Friday, along with Jamie Dornan (The Fall).

Both actors read with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and star Dakota Johnson, who is playing Anastasia Steele. Jamie Dornan was mentioned as a contender last week, along with True Blood star Alexander Skarsg&#229rd. We also reported last week that Fran&#231ois Arnaud (The Borgias) was in contention as well. Scott Eastwood (Fury, Texas Chainsaw 3D) has also tried out for the coveted part.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing from an adapted screenplay by Kelly Marcel, which is being polished by Patrick Marber. We reported last month that production is scheduled to begin in Vancouver next month, although it isn't known if shooting will be
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Win the Brass Teapot starring Juno Temple on DVD

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To mark the release of the Brass Teapot starring Juno Temple on DVD September 30th, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away.

John and Alice live in small-town, married, very much in love, and broke. Alice (Juno TempleLovelace, The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe) struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John (Michael AngaranoAlmost Famous), neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realise that this is no ordinary teapot.

Featuring an all-star cast, The Brass Teapot is a hilarious modern fable about money and the lengths people will go to snag the American Dream.

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Toronto 2013: How Did Last Year’s Films Do?

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As the Toronto Film Festival acquisitions market gets cracking, I find it helpful to see how some of last year’s titles fared at the box office. It’s an instructive way to keep things in perspective. Titles below reflect theatrical grosses, but remember, multi-platform business is not reflected and in some cases has turned films into profitable winners. Related: Toronto 2013: Will Deals Take Back Seat? Toronto Film Festival 2012 Acquisitions at the Domestic B.O. Title (distributor) Domestic B.O. (in millions except where noted) The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features) $21.4 Spring Breakers (A24) $14.1 Much Ado About Nothing (Roadside Attractions) $4.27 Frances Ha (IFC) $4.05 Emperor (Roadside Attractions) $3.35 Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions) $1.59 Girl Most Likely (Roadside Attractions) $1.38 The Lords of Salem (Anchor Bay) $1.17 What Maisie Knew (Millennium Ent.) $1.07 Still Mine (Samuel Goldwyn) $587K The Reluctant Fundamentalist (IFC) $529K Arthur Newman (Cinedigm) $208K No Place on Earth (Magnolia) $200K John Dies at the End
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Ethical Musings and Solid Performances Polish an Otherwise Dull "Brass Teapot

Similar in theme to the concept of Richard Kelly's The Box, which theorized whether a couple would risk misfortune on others in exchange for a fortune for themselves, The Brass Teapot asks a slightly more interesting question: how much pain would you endure if it meant you could be filthy, stinking rich? With a magical teapot that trades personal injury for large suddenly appearing installments of cash, a young couple milk the premise for all its worth in a story that relies a bit too heavily on coincidence and takes no real chances with the boundless opportunities its story offers.  Stars Juno Temple and Michael Angarano make The Brass Teapot easy to watch, but in the end it's all a bit too predictable with an ending  that has a little shock value but few surprises.

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