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HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2011 season. The winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS
- Josh Abraham
It is Black Friday Week, and that means there will be a ton of geek deals to be had. We'll be posting all the deals throughout the week on the site, so keep it tuned to /Film in the morning. Here is a list of Blu-rays on sale right now: X-Men: First Class  on Blu-ray $9.99 Rio  on Blu-ray $11.99 Rocky: The Undisputed Collection  (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V / Rocky Balboa) on Blu-ray $22.49 Despicable Me  on Blu-ray $10.99 Modern Family: The Complete First Season or Second Season  on Blu-ray $18.49 24: Season Eight  on Blu-ray $17.99 Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy  on Blu-ray $29.99 More  Amazon is running lightening deals throughout the day. Some awesome prices, but only available at the specific times listed below: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pst Pulp Fiction on Blu-ray  $3.99 Independence Day on Blu-ray  $4.99 I Am Legend on Blu-ray  $4.99 Coming to America (Special Collector's Edition)  $3.49  The »
- Peter Sciretta
Transatlantic sea-change: now the Us is sending upmarket programming to Britain
Even a decade ago, the idea of the Americans coming to Britain to show us how upmarket public service television can be done would have seemed absurd. But the editorial panic caused by multi-channel's division of the audience has left gaps in some areas of serious factual programming, which BBC4 and Sky Arts attempt to fill, but where the American not-for-profit station PBS saw an opportunity to launch PBS UK on Tuesday night.
This pay-to-air channel (Sky 166, Virgin 243) offers highlights from American PBS schedules. But, on the evidence of the opening night, the central problem is, in two ways, exclusivity. For example, PBS Newshour is a high-class product: a more austere Newsnight, with co-host Judy Woodruff confirming American TV's better record of keeping older women on camera. But the edition shown on the opening night was available for nothing »
- Mark Lawson
The U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, long an importer of British fare, will attempt to return the favor starting Tuesday with the launch of PBS UK, the Wall Street Journal reports. The lineup includes U.S. flagship shows PBS News Hour and Frontline; the science series Nova; the U.S. version of Antiques Roadshow (format imported from Britain); and documentaries from director Ken Burns, whose Prohibition (pictured) will air on Day 1. It’s PBS’ first major foreign foray since the service was founded more than 40 years ago. PBS UK will air on Britain’s two biggest pay-tv platforms, British Sky Broadcasting and Virgin Media. It will be available to about 14 million viewers, roughly half the country’s TV audience. PBS is late to the party because it doesn’t have a lot of money. U.S. commercial networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Discovery and CBS have been in the UK for years. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
All the leaves are nearly brown, skies sometimes gray, there's a slight chill in the air, and my ears and eyes have been quite busy. A touch of melancholia and a satchel full of dreams yet to be realized. Winter is just around the corner. A hint of summer still lingers in the late afternoon sun. Walks in the park with the dog, shared playlists on Spotify providing the soundtrack. I remain an ever faithful servant to smart culture's demands.
"Cicadas and Gulls" Feist Metals (Cherrytree) - Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist displays her chops in full maturity on her third CD. So much to enjoy, yet I'm continually drawn to this evocative, simple double-tracked voice and acoustic guitar folk song. I suspect it fully captures my current mood.
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" The Smiths Complete Box Set (Rhino) - Rarely do I purchase music, one »
- Dusty Wright
Seattle — Amazon.com (Nasdaq:amzn) today announced an expansion of a licensing agreement with PBS Distribution that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream, at no additional cost, current and archived PBS programming. This will bring the total number of Prime instant videos to 12,000 by the end of this year, more than doubling the Prime instant video title count since its launch. Amazon Prime members can enjoy this selection on over 300 different devices, including the recently announced Kindle Fire—the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more. Kindle Fire customers enjoy a free month of Amazon Prime right out of the box. “Our expanded relationship with PBS will bring the total number of titles available for Prime instant video to over 12,000. We are committed to bringing Prime Members and Kindle Fire owners even more compelling content very soon.” Prime members will have access to more »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
New channel to feature Us news and documentaries – but no Sesame Street
Paula Kerger wants to correct a misconception about American television. The president and chief executive officer of PBS – the Us Public Broadcasting Service – wants "as an American citizen" to share "another perspective on the United States separate from Hollywood". Which is why, 42 years after PBS was founded, the broadcaster is finally coming to the UK, with a new channel that she hopes will "give people here in the UK a sense of how news is reported in the United States" and "through the investigative journalism, a real sense of some of the issues in the States".
PBS, a non-profit, in the Us jargon, is barely known to the British viewer, although those who follow debates about media policy will have heard it compared negatively to the BBC. Unlike in Britain, public broadcasting was an afterthought in the Us, »
- Dan Sabbagh
Prohibition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is a three part documentary mini-series that provides a rare and interesting look at the causes, history, and effects that prohibition had on the United States of America. We begin with Episode One, "A Nation of Drunkards", which explores the seeds of the early prohibition movement, backed largely not by conservatives as one might originally believe, but women whose family lives had suffered the abuses of alcohol. They fought to abolish alcohol because their husbands had become consumed by it, lost money over it, became violent, or even died from excessive drinking. An early pioneer of prohibition, Carrie Nation, went into saloons armed with rocks and hatchets, and proceeded to smash them to the ground. Nation was jailed numerous times for these acts, but did not stop “destroying” saloons. This early look depicts an America who started its day with whiskey, and drank alcoholic beverages throughout the day. »
- Marissa Quenqua
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has slammed reality television, which is too bad since he understands its appeal and could use his considerable talent to make the genre better. Burns' Prohibition documentary is currently airing on PBS, and in an interview with the Telegraph, he said, "Reality tv is like dog droppings in the street. You just try to avoid it and keep going with what you're doing." He's said things like this before. Yes, some »
- Andy Dehnart
- Will Arnett will pull two paychecks from NBC this season. The "Up All Night" star will reprise his role as Jack Donaghy's (Alec Baldwin) nemesis Devon Banks on "30 Rock" when it returns at midseason. Arnett has earned three Emmy nominations for the part. [TV Guide]
- "Modern Family" has added two more guest stars to its third season. Comedian Kevin Hart ("Little Fockers") will guest as a doctor who moves in to the Dunphys' neigbhorhood, and Leslie Mann ("Funny People") will play a woman Cam (Eric Stonestreet) tries to pick up at a bar. Wait -- say what? Apparently it's part of a bet with Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). [EW/TV Guide]
Ken Burns's and Lynn Novick's engaging, entertaining and enlightening documentary about the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment debuts on Blu-ray and DVD when Ken Burns: Prohibition arrives on October 4, 2011 from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment. We have an exclusive look at this exciting release with the clip below.
Click to watch Exclusive: Carrie Nation!
A fascinating story that goes beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to raise profound questions about the proper role of government, individual rights and responsibilities, Ken Burns: Prohibition delves deep into how a society founded on individual freedom became a nation of scofflaws and hypocrites. Told through expert interviews, vintage footage and compelling images, the five-and-a-half hour film explores how the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.
Special Features: »
Coming to your TV this Monday: music videos that pop up, a doctor in the lock-up, a supersized Warehouse 13 finale and a “super” visitor to The Playboy Club. The people have spoken and we’re staying daily* with the TVLine-Up, so here now our picks for the day.
* Important Note: With a new era comes new parameters. In its daily incarnation, the TVLine-Up will of course flag big premieres and finales as well as cite “noteworthy” regular episodes of a series (i.e. those that we know or have heard to be standouts, boast interesting guest stars, or possess »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Coming to your TV this weekend: Doctor Who‘s possibly very final (gulp!) finale, two very big premieres, and a very unwelcome surprise for two Pan Am stewardesses. Here’s a look at a dozen programs to keep on your radar this Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, October 1
8/7c Terra Nova (Fox) | In case you were busy helping the rugrats with their long division, didn’t quite have two available hours on the DVR, or you just plum missed it on Monday, here’s a second helping of the series’ rompin’-stompin’dino-chompin’ premiere.
9 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | As the »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Love "Boardwalk Empire"? You will adore the three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick which tells our American story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, Ken Burn's "Prohibition" tells the true story of the great American .Noble Experiment,. but it was in fact one of America.s most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior. The entire series will air nationally on PBS Sunday-Tuesday, October 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Prohibition was born from a century's worth of activism, intended to protect individuals, »
- April MacIntyre
Who knew aside from folks on the inner world of documentary film that Ken Burns had an equal partner on his most recent epic documentary series? Not me. But it seems that he has a female partner whose name--Lynn Novick--is next to his on his most recent films. His new film Prohibition is listed as a film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick. But still how come all the films are called Ken Burns films? Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaking icon, when you hear that x is a Ken Burns film you know that it will be good. Damn… »
In this edition of Red Carpet Convo Nathaniel talks to Mark Blankenship of The Critical Condition and our resident fashion obsessive Jose.
Nathaniel: Is it too late to talk about the Emmy divas and their dresses. This pop culture wheel does spin madly these days -- knocking me right off my axis sometimes.
Jose: We're only a day behind E!'s own red carpet talk (not that comparing onself to E! is any sort of compliment.)
Mark: We can think of it as a gift we're giving to a busy world. Sit back. Relax. Fondly remember days gone by... Sunday gone by.
Karen, A Good Wife, Crazy, Gwynnie, Skinny
Nathaniel: Well, it's horrible to follow Joan Rivers but then our purposes are never quite the same with our red carpet coverage. We're here to talk about the ladies and we're less bitchy and we're allowed to discuss actual careers, too. »
- NATHANIEL R
DVD Playhouse—September 2011
By Allen Gardner
In A Better World (Sony) Winner of last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, this Danish export looks at two fractured families and the effect that the adult world dysfunction has on their two sons, who form an immediate and potentially deadly bond. Director Susanne Bier delivers another powerful work that maintains its drive during the films’ first 2/3, then falters somewhat during the last act. Still, well-worth seeing, and beautifully made. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Commentary by Bier and editor Pernille Bech Christensen; Interview with Bier. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
X-men First Class (20th Century Fox) “Origins” film set in the early 1960s, traces the beginnings of Magento and Professor X (played ably here by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy), and how the once-close friends and colleagues became bitter enemies. First half is slam-bang entertainment at its stylish best, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Gangsters: they're so hot right now. While The Gangster Squad has become a magnet for every big name in town and Tom Hardy's apparently up for Capone movie Cicero, Relativity has begun work on Ness/Capone, by hiring James McTeigue to direct a Prohibition story where the moral lines aren't as clear-cut as usual.This version, instead of having Kevin Costner hanging out with Sean Connery and looking after a pregnant Patricia Clarkson, would see Elliott Ness as a knight in less-than-shining armour. This Ness is a womaniser and attention seeker who gets off on kicking doors down and collaring whisky smugglers.McTeigue, who brought us V For Vendetta and Ninja Assassin, also has The Raven, with John Cusack, headed our way, and is planning Message From The King as his next film before he tackles this one - so don't hold your breath still yet.But what do you think? »
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
The 5th Quarter: Special Edition (2010)
Synopsis: In February, 2006, young Luke Abbate accepted a ride home from a fellow student following his high-school team practice. In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below. Luke suffered irreparable brain damage, and died in the hospital two days later – just four days before his sixteenth birthday. (highdefdigest.com)
Special Features: Making-of Featurette.
Synopsis: The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman. (highdefdigest.com)
Commentary track with director/writer Stevan Mena Behind the scenes featurette Deleted »
- Travis Keune
 What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo: French artist Michel Achard created  this Star Trek illustration. 10 Things Just Press Play  learned at Comic-Con.  Abduzeedo  shows you how to create The Dark Knight Rises poster in photoshop. ShortList  lists alternate TV show opening credits Watch the trailer for Operation: Red Retrieval, a GI Joe fan film. Apple's AppleTV now offers  a way to purchase TV content, as well as view previously purchased shows via streaming. They've also added Vimeo support. Check »
- Peter Sciretta
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