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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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10 Wide Releases in 2017 That Exceeded Expectations

While wide releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Baby Driver, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Logan Lucky either met or fulfilled expectations this year, we had to dig deep for the studio films that caught us pleasantly off-guard. While much of our year-end coverage will be focusing on the overlooked gems, today we’re highlighting the few major releases that left us surprised.

Note that the below ten features are strictly films that received a wide release on their opening weekend and not ones that eventually expanded with a roll-out. Some, for various reasons, arrived with virtually little-to-no anticipation around these parts, while others wildly exceeded our standard expectations, and a few managed to be among our favorites of the year.

Check out our selections below and let us know what surprised you most in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 (Ridley Scott)

It is hard to say where exactly expectations
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Friends From College: A Commentary on the Challenges of Monogamy (And Life)

Friends From College is an original Netflix series set in the Big Apple, where a group of Harvard graduates and best friends reunite under their mangled umbrella of past successes and present failures. With the exquisitely talented cast from Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) and Fred Savage (The Grinder), to Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), this group of New Yorkers turn the city from one that never sleeps to a city that never sleeps with their partners. Warning! This article contains spoilers. Plot Breakdown When Ethan (Key) and Lisa Turner (Cobie Smulders) return to

Friends From College: A Commentary on the Challenges of Monogamy (And Life)
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‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’: Season One (Amazon Prime Review)

Jean Claude Van Johnson review: The Muscles From Brussels lead the cast of this self-parody in a new six-part series coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Jean Claude Van Johnson review by Andrew Gaudion.

Jean Claude Van Johnson review

You may have caught sight of the pilot episode of Jean-Claude Van Johnson last year during Amazon Prime’s Originals audience poll. A few original Amazon shows aired a pilot on the streaming service, and his public opinion was enthusiastic enough, that series would be commissioned to a full order. It is the reason why The Tick returned to our screens, and it also why we now have a full series of Jena-Claude Van Johnson. Did Prime members get it right? Have we got a high kicking success or a flop that can barely do the splits? Well, it’s a bit of both.

The show stars Jean-Claude Van Damme playing a fictionalised version of himself,
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We Are So Here For Jordan Peele's Reboot of The Twilight Zone

Upon first hearing the news that The Twilight Zone is getting the dreaded reboot treatment, we were admittedly pretty nervous. Who has the stamina to cross a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity? Who could ever venture into the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge? While Rod Serling will forever remain our Twilight Zone fave, CBS All Access's remake of the classic has officially found a worthy successor: Jordan Peele. While The Twilight Zone doesn't skew straight horror all the time, we have a feeling the former Key and Peele comedian will be able to expertly nail the show's trademark eerie feel. He's already proved his horror chops tenfold with Get Out, one of this year's best movies, and has another social thriller in the works for 2019. CBS confirmed Peele's involvement on Dec.
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Watch: Jordan Peele Answers Reddit’s Biggest ‘Get Out’ Theories and Questions

Get Out landed in theaters way back in February, but in a rare feat for any film, let alone a horror movie and a filmmaking debut from Key and Peele's Jordan Peele, Get Out has remained a part of the cultural conversation throughout the year, and is now emerging as an Oscar frontrunner as we head into the thick of awards season. With the awards push in mind, Peele has been back on the media circuit and in a great new video from Vanity Fair, the writer-director is confirming, debunking, and occasionally marveling at the biggest fan theories …
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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues
Ten months after the Sundance Film Festival debut of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which terrified and delighted festgoers at a secret screening last January, en route to a $250- million worldwide box office and growing award season haul — festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth talked to IndieWire about their process for finding films for Sundance’s 39th installment (January 18-28) with similar breakout potential, even if the 2018 Sundance slate is less sprawling than its predecessor (104 films vs. 113, culled from 29 countries).

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Here’s our breakdown of this year’s thematic trends and hot buys.

African-American stories

“We saw a real increase in [stories told from] the unique perspective and experience of African-American males in American society right now,” said Cooper, citing four of the 16 films in 2018’s U.S. Dramatic Competition alone: “Monster,
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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues
Ten months after the Sundance Film Festival debut of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which terrified and delighted festgoers at a secret screening last January, en route to a $250- million worldwide box office and growing award season haul — festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth talked to IndieWire about their process for finding films for Sundance’s 39th installment (January 18-28) with similar breakout potential, even if the 2018 Sundance slate is less sprawling than its predecessor (104 films vs. 113, culled from 29 countries).

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Here’s our breakdown of this year’s thematic trends and hot buys.

African-American stories

“We saw a real increase in [stories told from] the unique perspective and experience of African-American males in American society right now,” said Cooper, citing four of the 16 films in 2018’s U.S. Dramatic Competition alone: “Monster,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says
Despite the eruption of controversy over the nomination of “Get Out” in the Golden Globe’s best musical or comedy category, the picture’s cast and producers appeared to have taken the social media furor in stride Friday night.

At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a neat category or label – and that’s a strength.

“It is all things: satire. It’s an action movie. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a thriller. It’s a horror movie,” Blum told Variety. “That’s what makes it great, is that you can’t put it in a box.”

The critical response to the genre film has been very inspiring, Blum said, in part because it has brought an ongoing conversation about structural racism to the fore.

“The movie is making people think that you can really use genre to tell very, very
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Keegan-Michael Key & Cynthia Blaise Finalize Divorce Days Before He Announces Engagement

Keegan-Michael Key & Cynthia Blaise Finalize Divorce Days Before He Announces Engagement
Keegan-Michael Key and Cynthia Blaise’s divorce has been finalized, according to court documents obtained by People.

The former couple wed Dec. 27, 1998 and agreed to a separation date of Nov. 15, 2015, according to the documents, filed and orderd Nov. 7 in L.A. Superior Court.

In the judgement, the Key and Peele star has been ordered to pay Blaise, an actress and dialect coach, $34,000 per month as well as 21 percent “of his gross annual income from all sources in excess of $2,153,846,” according to the documents, but “the total spousal support payable from to each year shall not exceed the sum of $700,00 gross.
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Keegan-Michael Key Is Engaged to Producer Elisa Pugliese: Report

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Keegan-Michael Key Is Engaged to Producer Elisa Pugliese: Report
Weddings bells will soon be ringing for Keegan-Michael Key.

The Key and Peele star is engaged to his girlfriend, Hollywood producer and director Elisa Pugliese, a rep for the actor confirmed to E! News.

Key, 46, and Pugliese have kept their romance largely out of the public eye, though the two have attended events together, including the U.S. Open this year and the Rescue Dinner hosted by IRC in New York City earlier this month.

The duo also stepped out during 2017 Emmys weekend, as well as this year’s Tony Awards and BAFTA Tea Party event.

Pugliese, who has minor film and TV credits,
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Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key Is Engaged to Elisa Pugliese

Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key Is Engaged to Elisa Pugliese
Congratulations are in order for Keegan-Michael Key! E! News has learned the Key and Peele star is engaged to Hollywood producer and director Elisa Pugliese. His rep would also later confirm the news to us exclusively. While the couple has kept their romance on the more private side, fans may remember the duo stepping onto red carpets during 2017 Emmys weekend as well as this year's Tony Awards and BAFTA Tea Party event. Most recently, the pair stepped out to support the 2017 Rescue Dinner hosted by IRC in New York City. While fans may know Keegan-Michael for his roles in various projects on the big and small screen including Playing House, Bob's Burgers and MadTV, Elisa has also...
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Twilight Zone reboot for CBS All-Access in the works

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Today I found out that the classic sci-fi series, Twilight Zone, was in development For CBS All-access. As much as I like the twilight zone, once I saw it was for CBS all-access out of pure habit I said, “well I’m not paying to watch that show.” Of course, that was before I saw who was behind this latest revival of the show. None other than Get Out’s writer and director Jordan Peele.

The Twilight Zone was created/narrated by Rod Serling and aired on CBS from 1959 – 1964. This bizarre anthology series told stories from various genres, such as fantasy, sci-fi, & suspense, to name a few, which usually ended with a surprising twist. The series had been revived two times since the 60’s, the first in 1985 to 1989 and again in 2002 for only 1 season and was narrated by Forest Whitaker.

Jordan Peele, well known for the comedy central show Key and Peele
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It's Exactly the Right Time for The Twilight Zone Revival

It's Exactly the Right Time for The Twilight Zone Revival
CBS All Access could be entering another dimension and cross over to The Twilight Zone once again and this time, the remake could (and should) stick. The Twilight Zone is no stranger to remakes and revivals. The original series ran from 1959-1964. The first revival happened from 1985-1989, then there was CBS's Rod Serling's Lost Classics in 1994 and Upn gave us the last revival in 2002 with host Forest Whitaker. And here's where CBS All Access comes in. The streaming service is working on another revival with The Hollywood Reporter saying Jordan Peele of Key and Peele and Get Out fame producing from a script by The Defenders' Marco Ramirez. This Twilight Zone revival is poised to be a hit, for a number of...
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Jordan Peele on How He Tackled Systemic Racism as Horror in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele on How He Tackled Systemic Racism as Horror in ‘Get Out’
Jordan Peele discovered halfway through the making of “Get Out” what story he wanted to tell: A horror-thriller for black audiences that delivered a searing satirical critique of systemic racism.

“The writing of (‘Get Out’) started with me starting to make my favorite horror-thriller that’s never been made before,” Peele said Wednesday during a keynote conversation at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit. “Halfway through writing the project is when I realized what it was actually about.”

Moderated by Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge, the conversation focused on how Peele approached the making of his first feature film. Before “Get Out,” Peele was known as a comic, a sketch artist from his time on Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele.”

Peele said he wanted to make a film for black audiences, who gravitate toward horror films but often are frustrated with unrealistic decisions made by lead characters. Using “The Amityville Horror” as an example, Peele said the
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Jordan Peele Shares 5 Filmmaking Lessons From His Eight-year Process of Making ‘Get Out’ — Watch

Jordan Peele Shares 5 Filmmaking Lessons From His Eight-year Process of Making ‘Get Out’ — Watch
Last weekend, Jordan Peele delivered the Keynote address at the Film Independent Forum. In an hour long conversation with film critic Elvis Mitchell, the sketch comedian-turned-director talked openly about what he learned during his eight-year journey of conceiving, writing and filming his directorial debut, “Get Out” – the breakout horror film that tackles the issues of race and has become not only one the year’s biggest box-office success stories, but finds itself in the midst of the awards conversation.

Read More:‘Get Out’ is a Serious Oscar Contender, and These 5 Scenes Prove It

Here are five important lessons Peele discovered in the process of making “Get Out.”

Internalizing Hollywood’s Lack of Representation

Peele told the Film Independent audience that he spent five years thinking about the story of “Get Out” before ever committing pen to paper. He knew it was an ambitious project, but he admits he initially constrained
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Hollywood’s New Creative Leaders of 2017

Hollywood’s New Creative Leaders of 2017
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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Watch Amy Schumer Talk Meeting Comedy Idol Steve Martin on 'Kimmel'

Watch Amy Schumer Talk Meeting Comedy Idol Steve Martin on 'Kimmel'
Amy Schumer remembered when she first met Steve Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday. Schumer makes her Broadway debut next month in Martin's play Meteor Shower.

"I met him about ten years ago," Schumer recalled. "I was co-hosting this music show on the Fuse network with Mark Hoppus from Blink-182. Steve was on with his bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers." The two comics recorded a promotional bit for the show, and Schumer was so excited to work with Martin that after they finished the segment, she stepped out of the office,
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Slideshow, Audio: Red-Carpet Portraits from The Second City Roast of George Wendt

Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextHonoree George Wendt gets ‘roasted.’ Norm!

Chicago – On September 9th, 2017, it seemed like the whole of The Second City theater on Wells Street in Chicago let out a collective cry of “Norm!” The favorite barfly of TV’s “Cheers,” George Wendt, came back to his old comedy stomping ground at The Second City to participate in “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.”

The roasters included the hottest current TV and movie stars, including Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”), along with The Second City alumni and celebs Julia Sweeney, Betty Thomas and Joel Murray. The roast was a benefit for Gilda’s Club Chicago, the cancer support community named for the late comic legend, Gilda Radner.

In Part One of the Red Carpet interviews, honoree George Wendt does some reminiscing with Jason Sudeikis,
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