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How ‘The Americans’ Turns Brooklyn Into an ’80s World of D.C. Espionage, All on a Basic-Cable Budget

25 May 2017 3:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Americans” uses Brooklyn to serve as ’80s-era Washington, DC, home to Russian double agents at the end of the Cold War. The show doesn’t nod to a period look; the show’s cinematic energy is grounded in gritty realism and unsettling noir visual language.

That’s all well and good, but it’s also achieved on a basic-cable budget and a brisk eight-day shooting schedule that relies heavily on real locations rather than soundstage efficiency. Meeting that challenge demands real ingenuity, and IndieWire recently caught up with key members of the show’s production team to learn their secrets.

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The Gowanus

Nuzzled between the multimillion-dollar brownstones of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens is the Gowanus Canal – a neon-green polluted waterway that was once a hub of »

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‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

25 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Epix has released the first trailer for its upcoming original series “Get Shorty.” The 10-episode dark comedy was created by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), based in part on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 best-selling novel of the same name. The series stars Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano in the lead roles.

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Get Shorty” follows Miles Daly (O’Dowd), a hitman who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood in an attempt to leave his criminal past behind and win back his family. He meets Rick Moreweather (Romano), a washed-up producer who reluctantly becomes his business partner. Miles tries to keep his worlds from colliding with the help of his criminal associate Louis (Sean Bridgers).

The cast also includes Lidia Porto (“Horrible Bosses 2”), Megan Stevenson (“Review”), Goya Robles (“11: »

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‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

25 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Epix has released the first trailer for its upcoming original series “Get Shorty.” The 10-episode dark comedy was created by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), based in part on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 best-selling novel of the same name. The series stars Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano in the lead roles.

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Get Shorty” follows Miles Daly (O’Dowd), a hitman who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood in an attempt to leave his criminal past behind and win back his family. He meets Rick Moreweather (Romano), a washed up producer who reluctantly becomes his business partner. Miles tries to keep his worlds from colliding with the help of his criminal associate Louis (Sean Bridgers).

The cast also includes Lidia Porto (“Horrible Bosses 2”), Megan Stevenson (“Review”), Goya Robles »

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The Americans: Season Five Ratings

24 May 2017 6:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Although the ratings dropped significantly in seasons two, three, and four, don't worry about this spy saga being cancelled too soon. FX renewed The Americans TV show not just for season five, but also for a sixth and final season, back in May of 2016. Will the numbers continue to fall in season five, or will some of the audience return? Stay tuned.A 1980s Kgb espionage drama on the FX cable channel, The Americans stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, and Brandon J. Dirden. This TV series revolves around the lives and secret work of Elizabeth (Russell) and Philip Jennings (Rhys) — two Soviet Kgb officers posing as a married American couple in the Washington, DC suburbs. Since teen daughter Paige (Taylor) learned of their true identities, it has been even harder for Philip and Elizabeth to maintain their cover. As »

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The Americans: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Six on FX?

24 May 2017 6:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchCan Elizabeth and Philip outsmart Stan? Has The Americans TV show been cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on FX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Americans season six. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About?A 1980s Russian spy drama airing on the FX cable channel, The Americans stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, and Brandon J. Dirden. This TV series revolves around the lives and secret work of Elizabeth (Russell) and Philip Jennings (Rhys) — two Soviet Kgb officers posing as a married American couple in the Washington, DC suburbs. Since teen daughter Paige (Taylor) learned »

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Emmy Preview: Who’s In and Who’s Out in Nine Key Categories

24 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s that time of year again: Emmy season is upon us, and Variety’s coverage will begin in earnest in next week’s issue. But before we kick off a brand new race for TV’s top trophy, we’re taking a look at nine key categories and breaking down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the race, who might stage a dramatic return and what newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.

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Drama Series

What’s out: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won’t return until the summer, ensuring a new winner will be crowned this year. And PBS’ “Downton Abbey” closed its doors last year.

What’s back: FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” Netflix’s “House of Cards” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” are all eligible again.

Looking to return: Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” had »

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Angry Birds 2 Is Coming in 2019 with a New Creative Team

22 May 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie, which slingshot to nearly $350 million in worldwide box office and launched a global movie brand, Columbia Pictures in association with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. are once again joining forces on the next high-velocity adventure as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2. Sony Pictures will distribute the sequel. The sequel is set to hit theaters on September 20, 2019, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the original Angry Birds game.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be directed by Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time). Van Orman recently worked at Disney and Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be co-directed by John Rice (King of the Hill, Rick and Morty), who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds Movie and directed the popular Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts.

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Sony Sets ‘Angry Birds 2’ Movie for Landing in September, 2019

22 May 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has set a Sept. 20, 2019, release date for “The Angry Birds Movie 2” — coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the hit videogame.

The studio announced Monday that it was re-teaming with Finland-based Rovio Entertainment Ltd. for the animated sequel. “Angry Birds” grossed a solid $350 million worldwide, including $107 million domestically. The film, directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, was set on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – except for Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny McBride).

Rovio announced last August that it had launched development of a sequel but gave no details as to whether Sony would be involved again.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” will be directed by Thurop Van Orman, whose credits include “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” and “Adventure Time.” Van Orman recently worked at Disney and Sony Pictures Animation.

The film will be co-directed by John Rice (“King of the Hill, »

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The Top 5 Moments From The Americans Season 5

20 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The Americans” is an FX series following the lives of a couple who are deep cover Soviet Union spies living in the United States during the Cold War. The popular series was created by former CIA agent Joe Weisberg. The couple came to the Us in the 1960s and set up house near Washington DC. The series takes place in the 1980s height of the Cold War and Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are now parents to teenagers, Paige and Henry. The family navigates their personal lives through the parents’ role as covert Ussr spies. “The Americans” continues to grow more

The Top 5 Moments From The Americans Season 5 »

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23 ‘The Americans’ Main Characters Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

16 May 2017 6:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The fifth season of FX’s “The Americans” is upon us, and we’re celebrating by ranking all the main characters. Plus Annalese. Spoilers ahead, obviously. 23. Matthew Beeman (Danny Flaherty) I don’t know what Paige saw in this dorkus. 22. Henry (Keidrich Sellati) He’s grown up a lot over the years, but only physically. He hasn’t grown into being a cool person or anything. 21. Renee (Laurie Holden) We’re still waiting to find out what Laurie’s deal is. She seems like she’s way too much fun for super-square Stan, with her interests in skydiving and karaoke. »

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Julie Taymor, Denée Benton, and More to Be Honored at 2017 Lilly Awards

16 May 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Julie Taymor: Ted/YouTube

The honorees of the eighth annual Lilly Awards have been announced. Director Julie Taymor and Broadway star and “UnREAL” actress Denée Benton are among the 2017 recipients, BroadwayWorld reports.

Named after playwright Lillian Hellman, the Lillys recognize the achievements of women in American Theater. This year’s ceremony “will also be awarding grants to a select few women making an impact on American Theater.” These prizes, which will be presented at the event, include the New York Women’s Foundation Directing Apprenticeship Award, the Leah Ryan Prize, the Harper Lee Award, the Stacey Mindich “Go Write a Play” Award, and the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award.

Taymor is the Tony-winning stage director of “The Lion King” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Her film credits include “Frida,” “Across the Universe,” and “The Tempest.”

Benton is an actress and singer who received a Tony nod in 2016 for her work in “Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812.” She portrayed Black Lives Matter activist Ruby Carter on season 2 of Lifetime’s “UnREAL.”

The other 2017 Lilly honorees are actress, singer, writer, and composer Micki Grant (“Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”), Tony-nominated costume designer Toni-Leslie James (“August Wilson’s Jitney”), producer and Williamstown Theater Festival artistic director Mandy Greenfield, and actresses Madison Ferris (“The Glass Menagerie”) and Beanie Feldstein (“Hello, Dolly!”).

Among the past Lilly Award winners are Lupita Nyong’o, Gloria Steinem, Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Stroman (“The Producers”), Jessie Mueller (“Waitress”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), Kathy Najimy (“Veep”), Nina Arianda (“Venus in Fur”), Katori Hall (“The Mountaintop”), and Lois Smith (“The Americans”).

The Lilly Awards will be held this Monday, May 22 at Playwrights Horizons in NY. “Bridge and Tunnel” playwright Sarah Jones is set to host the festivities. Check out the Lilly Awards website for more information.

Julie Taymor, Denée Benton, and More to Be Honored at 2017 Lilly Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Composer Nathan Barr (‘The Americans’): ‘I watch the show as a fan’ [Exclusive Video]

12 May 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“I watch the show as a fan,” admits “The Americans” composer Nathan Barr during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). “I try to stay in the moment with whatever episode I’m scoring, and that helps me to remain a fan and not sort of second guess where it’s going.” The FX series stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as […] »

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'Master of None': Aziz Ansari's Cringe-Com Masterpiece Will Break Your Heart

11 May 2017 6:22 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Every girl in my phone hates me," Aziz Ansari laments in the excellent new season of Master of None. "Or I hate them." The sad part: His life only gets more miserable when he turns off his phone and faces the world. In Ansari's Netflix cringe-core comedy, he dissects modern romance as Dev, a thirtysomething semi-employed actor and passionate foodie living in New York, asking himself the same questions over and over. Where is true love? Where is the best taco in town? Will the kitchen at the tapas bar »

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Ben McKenzie Reveals He First Met Fiancee Morena Baccarin on Set of 'The Oc,' Admits He 'Blew Her Off'

11 May 2017 5:31 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ben McKenzie confesses that he didn't remember his initial introduction to his fiancee and mother of his child, Morena Baccarin.

On Wednesday's Late Late Show, the 38-year-old actor admitted that he thought he was first meeting Baccarin when they started working on Fox's Gotham together. However, the 37-year-old actress let him know that they had actually been introduced years prior on set of McKenzie's other show, The O.C., when Baccarin portrayed Maya Griffin on the drama series.

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"I apparently blew her off," McKenzie told host James Corden. "So I'm thinking, 'What kind of idiot would blow off this gorgeous, beautiful, sophisticated, intelligent, successful woman?' Then I thought of what kind of boy I was at 25, and [I was] that kind of idiot."

McKenzie and Baccarin have a 1-year-old daughter, Frances, together, and in an exclusive interview with Et in May 2016, McKenzie revealed »

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TV Q: Why Are Surprising Returns Spoiled in the Opening Credits? (Answer: They Don't Have to Be)

5 May 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Too often, TV’s biggest surprises get revealed… by the show itself, and just as the shocking episode gets underway.

In fact, several times in just the past few weeks, exciting encores that had been kept quite hush-hush were spoiled in the first minutes of the episode, well before the returning characters actually showed up. (Note: No spoilers from the past 10 days appear in this story.)

Even Marvel, the king of top-secrecy, recently tipped off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewers to Trip’s imminent “resurrection,” by flashing actor B.J. Britt’s name during the April 18th »

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DGA Announces Participants of New TV Director Mentorship Program

5 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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

DGA Announces Participants of New TV Director Mentorship Program was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘The Americans’ Actress Holly Taylor on Realizing Her Dream ‘For Paige to Kick Butt’

4 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Holly Taylor doesn’t portray the average 16-year-old girl in “The Americans.”

As Paige Jennings, the daughter of two Kgb spies, she must come to terms with her lineage. The fifth season of the FX series finds her getting more involved in the action, and one step closer to choosing her own future.

Taylor speaks with Variety about the character’s growth and what viewers can expect from the show’s final two seasons.

What originally attracted you to “The Americans”?

At the time I was auditioning for quite a few things. It was pilot season, and it was overwhelming. I actually forgot about [“The Americans”], because they didn’t contact me for a while after I sent my audition in. When they did contact me, I thought there was something very different about the show. Keri Russell seemed really nice, and it just seemed like a smart, good project.

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- Sarah Ahern

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'The Americans' Star Alison Wright on Martha's Return

2 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Warning: The follow article contains spoilers of 'Ihop,' episode 9 of The Americans' fifth season. Proceed with caution.

This week's episode of The Americans welcomed back a familiar face.

Fan-favorite Martha, played by Alison Wright, returned to the FX spy drama after being absent for nearly an entire season. While she made a brief appearance in an earlier this run when was seen shopping at a grocery store, Tuesday's installment marked her first speaking role in the fifth season.

In the scene, viewers see her sit down for dinner at home when she's paid a visit by Gabriel (Frank Langella), »

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‘The Americans’: Alison Wright Talks Martha’s Return, Life in Russia, and the Future

2 May 2017 8:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: The following interview includes plot details from “The AmericansSeason 5, episode 9, “Ihop.”

It’s been a long wait for fans of FX’s “The Americans” to discover whatever happened to poor Martha. The former FBI secretary who unknowingly married an undercover Russian operative (Matthew Rhys’ Philip Jennings, who used the pseudonym Clark) was whisked away to the U.S.S.R. in the middle of last season.

After a brief glimpse in a supermarket earlier this season, this week’s episode “Ihop” filled in many of the blanks with a six-minute sequence in which Martha (so exceptionally played by Alison Wright) gets an unexpected visit from the newly relocated Gabriel (Frank Langella).

Wright, who also enjoyed juicy supporting roles this year on FX’s “Feud” and Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” and is currently co-starring in the Tony-nominated play “Sweat” on Broadway, spoke to Variety about reconnecting with the beloved character and what showrunners Joel Fields and »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Stan Lee on ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ and Four More Shows to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Tuesday, May 2

2 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Tuesday, May 2 “Fresh Off the Boat,” 9 p.m. on ABC

Episode Title: “Pie vs. Cake”

Synopsis: Jessica is thrilled to hear Evan is interested in joining the debate team. Yet, when her protégé becomes so good that he beats her at her own game, she second-guesses her worth. Meanwhile, Eddie and Emery team up to enter a comic book contest.

Why You Should Watch: “Fresh off the Boat” is on the bubble and It Shouldn’T Be On The Bubble. But also tune in for the cameo by Stan Lee, who, of course, is playing Stan Lee circa 1996 – and yet didn’t have to change his look at all. The guy is ageless. And will continue to never say “no” to popping up anywhere, at any time.

Read More: How ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Tells The Untold Story of ’90s Sitcom Moms

The Americans,” 10 p.m. on FX

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