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Emmy Dream Ballot: A Voter’s Guide to the Best Comedy Nominees Eligible in 2018

Hollywood is a week into Emmy voting, and ballots are being cast every day. But with 728 eligible programs in 2018 (18 more than last year) and 2,372 performances (92 more than 2017), there’s quite a few options to consider.

So IndieWire is here to help. After carefully examining the ballot, these are the shows and performances that stand out in the comedy category. Every one is on the ballot (no write-ins necessary) and each is more than worthy of your vote, dearest TV Academy members. If you haven’t seen these series, there’s still time — the screeners are out there, and voting doesn’t close until June 25 at 10 p.m. Pt.

For those of you not voting, it’s still important to share your enthusiasm. Now is the time to be loud and proud about your favorite TV shows, so head to Twitter, Facebook, the comments section, or the streets with your support.
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Fantasia 2018’s Second Wave of Programming Includes Searching, Tales From The Hood 2, Blumhouse’s Hurt

Following their jam-packed first wave of announcements, Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed even more cinematic celebrations and screenings in their second wave of titles screening this summer in Montreal, including Tales From the Hood 2, the cyber thriller Searching, and Blumhouse's Hurt:

Press Release: Montreal, Quebec - June 14, 2018 - The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 22nd Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 12 - August 1, with its Frontières International Co-Production Market being held July 19 - 22. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced on June 28. In the meantime, the festival is excited to reveal a selected Second Wave of titles and events.

Fantasia is proud to announce that the festival’s 22nd edition will open with the North American Premiere of Dans La Brume (“Just a Breath Away”), a large-scale genre co-production between France and Canada, directed by celebrated Quebec filmmaker Daniel Roby,
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Fantasia Fest: Premieres From Producers Spike Lee and Jason Blum, Plus ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’

Fantasia Fest: Premieres From Producers Spike Lee and Jason Blum, Plus ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’
Besides managing Lady Gaga in Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” remake (out October 5), this year Sam Elliott will star in another movie that sounds original in every way. “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then he Bigfoot” will have its world premiere this July at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Writer-director Robert Kryzkowski’s first feature — executive produced by twice-Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Sayles — casts Elliott as a WWII veteran who American and Canadian cops send to slay a plague-riddled beast.

A full line-up for Montreal’s annual celebration of horror/sci-fi/action cinema is forthcoming on June 28, but festival organizers have released the names of several notable entries from its 22nd program. Daniel Roby’s French-language film “Dans La Brume” (“Just a Breath Away”) will open the proceedings, transporting the audience to a post-earthquake Paris. That cast includes Olga Kurylenko, last seen as Adam Driver’s lover in
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Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More

Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More
As Harvey Weinstein faces accusations from more than 100 women and a rape trial that could send him to prison for 25 years, directors, writers, and producers jockey for position: Who will be the first to prepare adaptations of his demise? He sparked an episode of “Law & Order: Svu” that aired earlier this year, but that only scratches the surface.

Of course, news headlines spur plenty of quickly announced films that never get made. Revolution Studios touted “Fan Interference” the week Steve Bartman’s foul ball catch kept the Cubs from the 2003 World Series, while Spike Lee pledged to direct a James Brown biopic for Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment just one day after the soul legend’s death in 2006. However, a couple of these Weinstein undertakings are very much in the works, with one only months away.

Here, we assess the prospective Weinstein-inspired projects to date, from most to least likely.
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Fantasia 2018 to open with 'Dans La Brume'

Fantasia 2018 to open with 'Dans La Brume'
Blumhouse horror Hurt among second wave of selections.

Announcing the second wave of programing on Thursday (June 14), top brass at the 22nd annual Fantasia International Film Festival said the Montreal event that runs from July 12-August 1 will open with Daniel Roby’s Dans La Brume.

The France-Canada thriller about a toxic mist that takes over Paris after an earthquake stars Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, and Fantine Harduin.

It is one of more than 130 features to be announced later this month. Thursday’s announcement includes the world premiere of Blumhouse thriller Hurt from director Sonny Mallhi, as well as Tales From
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Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz Film ‘The Oath’ Acquired by Roadside and Topic Studios

Roadside Attractions announced on Wednesday that the studio has partnered with Topic Studios to acquire North American rights to Ike Barinholtz’s hilariously dark directorial debut “The Oath.”

The film, from QC Entertainment and Barinholtz as well as David Stassen’s 23/34 Productions, stars 2017 breakout star Tiffany Haddish along with Barinholtz.

Roadside is eyeing a fall release for the film.

“We are thrilled to partner with Roadside Attractions to bring ‘The Oath’ to audiences everywhere,” said Topic executive vice president of programming and content Adam Pincus in a statement. “Ike’s film flips the traditional Thanksgiving table into a sharp, entertaining statement that’s all too relatable given the times we find ourselves in.”

Also Read: James Bond 25 Distribution Rights Go to MGM Domestically and Universal Overseas

Based on an script penned by Barinholtz, “The Oath” centers around a man (Barinholtz) and his wife (Haddish) whose Thanksgiving takes a turn when
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Tiffany Haddish-Ike Barinholtz Comedy ‘The Oath’ Set for Fall Release

Tiffany Haddish-Ike Barinholtz Comedy ‘The Oath’ Set for Fall Release
Roadside Attractions and Topic Studios have partnered to buy North American rights to the holiday season comedy “The Oath,” starring Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz, with a plan for a fall release.

The Oath,” Barinholtz’s directorial debut, centers around a couple whose Thanksgiving takes a turn for the worse when two federal agents wind up being held captive in their living room. Barinholtz also wrote the script.

The film also stars John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Barinholtz’s brother Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis.

The Oath” is produced by Sean McKittrick & Ray Mansfield of QC Entertainment, Barinholtz and David Stassen of 23/34 Pictures and Andrew Robinson of Aperture Media Productions. Haddish served as an executive producer along with QC’s Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Kristen Murtha.

“Ike’s hilarious directorial feature debut reinvents the holiday comedy for our times,” said Roadside Attractions chiefs Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.
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The Best Black American Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to ‘Black Panther’

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The Best Black American Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to ‘Black Panther’
Black voices have always been essential to American cinema, but they’re especially potent this summer, with two exciting upcoming releases: Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” have impressed critics and magnified the beating pulse of black identity politics, while skewering those persons and institutions that hinder black social and economic advancement. Though vastly different in tone and technique, they echo similar themes: Black American political disillusionment, the struggle for higher standards, and the pressure to maintain an authentic version of oneself.

With these potent ideas playing out at movie theaters across the country, we’ve arrived at a perfect opportunity to examine the best black American films of the 21st century.

From renowned stories and landmark performances to culturally relevant comedies and iconic directors, each of these movies have molded the landscape of black cinema into what it is today. Dee Rees, Ava DuVernay,
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Ethan Hawke, Jason Blum Adapting ‘The Good Lord Bird’ for TV (Exclusive)

Ethan Hawke, Jason Blum Adapting ‘The Good Lord Bird’ for TV (Exclusive)
Blumhouse Television is developing a limited series based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning novel “The Good Lord Bird,” Variety has learned.

Ethan Hawke is on board to star as abolitionist leader John Brown, and will co-write the script with Mark Richard (“Fear of the Walking Dead”).

The project will reunite producer Jason Blum with Hawke, the star of “The Purge,” the hit 2013 horror film. It comes as Blumhouse is making a broader push into the television world. The company is best-known for backing low-budget scary movies, but it’s doing something different on the small screen. It is
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Emmys: ‘Dear White People,’ ‘One Day At A Time’ Lead List of Inclusive Comedy Contenders

Emmys: ‘Dear White People,’ ‘One Day At A Time’ Lead List of Inclusive Comedy Contenders
Ten years ago the TV landscape didn’t much lend itself to diversity. Straight, white, able-bodied men dominated the medium. Today, however, the TV terrain is slowly diversifying with women of color, people with disabilities and queer characters — and in the comedy genre especially, stories are becoming more inclusive.

“Any kind of storytelling that seeks to tell fundamental truths about the human condition can be inclusive,” says Justin Simien, who executive produces “Dear White People” for Netflix. “Comedy does have a unique power, however, in that laughter can be so seductive. It allows us to think about and explore those
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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Heist Movie?

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Heist Movie?
With “Ocean’s 8,” women are finally getting a heist movie.

The all-female reboot of the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise hits theaters this weekend, boasting a star-studded cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, and more.

Its predecessor had a similarly A-list cast. Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Don Cheadle, “Ocean’s Eleven” proved a box office hit and spawned two sequels. It’s just one example of the affinity audiences have for heist movies.

The ’90s saw heist classics like “Heat,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Point Break,” and “The Usual Suspects” hit theaters, with many garnering commercial success and cult followings.

Then there are the more recent favorites, like Spike Lee’s “Inside Man,” starring Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen, and of course “The Italian Job,” directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. And for the arthouse lovers,
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Sara Gilbert Says She Stands Behind ABC’s Decision to Cancel ‘Roseanne’

Sara Gilbert Says She Stands Behind ABC’s Decision to Cancel ‘Roseanne’
Roseanne” star Sara Gilbert addressed the cancellation of ABC’s “Roseanne” on Monday’s episode of “The Talk.”

“A lot of people have been hurt by this,” Gilbert said. “I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love, and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process, however, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”

Roseanne Barr sparked controversy on May 29 when she directed a racist tweet at former Obama administration aide Valerie Jarrett.
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From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to ‘Hereditary’: 8 Potential Summer Sleeper Hits

Summer popcorn season is synonymous with big budget blockbusters, so it’s especially fun to see an underdog go head to head with superheroes, massive monsters, or iconic characters and still come out victorious.

Surprise hits aren’t just exciting for audiences, though. They also send a signal to the entertainment industry that studios and filmmakers can bet big on fresh material and see it pay off.

“These films offer proof that Hollywood can still deliver originality and that audiences will often respond enthusiastically to the unexpected cinematic treat that no one saw coming,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior box office analyst at comScore. “Some of the most notable movies of all-time have been films that prior to their release flew under the radar and then suddenly became massive hits and part of the cultural conversation and resonated within the zeitgeist.”

While we know that tentpoles including “The Incredibles 2,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,
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CAA Signs ‘24’ And ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Star Corey Hawkins

Exclusive: CAA just signed Corey Hawkins, who starred in Fox’s 24: Legacy after a breakout turn as Dr Dre in Straight Outta Compton. Hawkins made the move from ICM Partners after starring as civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael in BlacKkKlansman, the Spike Lee-directed film that just won the Grand Prix at Cannes and is set for release in August by Focus Features. Hawkins next will be seen starring with Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave in Christoph Waltz's directorial…
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CAA Signs ‘24’ And ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Star Corey Hawkins

CAA Signs ‘24’ And ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Star Corey Hawkins
Exclusive: CAA just signed Corey Hawkins, who starred in Fox’s 24: Legacy after a breakout turn as Dr Dre in Straight Outta Compton. Hawkins made the move from ICM Partners after starring as civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael in BlacKkKlansman, the Spike Lee-directed film that just won the Grand Prix at Cannes and is set for release in August by Focus Features. Hawkins next will be seen starring with Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave in Christoph Waltz's directorial…
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Justin Theroux Goes Shirtless For a Playful Swim Date With Actress Laura Harrier

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Justin Theroux Goes Shirtless For a Playful Swim Date With Actress Laura Harrier
Justin Theroux is soaking up the sun - and the single life. On Saturday, the Leftovers star was spotted taking a dip with actress Laura Harrier and another bikini-clad friend, stylist Danielle Nachmani, at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France. The shirtless actor, who split from wife Jennifer Aniston back in February, showed off his abs as he and Laura dangled from rope ladders and jumped from cliffs at the famous resort. Justin snapped photos of Laura, who was clad in a red one-piece, as she jumped into the water, and that same day, they were snapped enjoying a meal together at the hotel restaurant. Both Laura and Justin are in town for the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 show; on Sunday, Laura shared a snap of her look on Instagram, writing, "Permanent vacation."

Related: How Justin Theroux Is Settling Into His New Single Life Following Jennifer Aniston Split

Laura,
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Cannes 2018. Top 10 & Coverage Roundup

Below you will find an index of our coverage from the Cannes Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight, and Critics' Week in 2018, as well as our favorite films.Awardstop 101. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)2. Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke) & Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher)4. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)5. Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)6. Long Day's Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)7. Dead Souls (Wang Bing)8. In My Room (Ulrich Köhler)9. Climax (Gaspar Noé)10. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)(Contributors: Gustavo Beck, Annabel Ivy Brady-Brown, Giovanni Marchini Camia, Josh Cabrita, Jordan Cronk, Jesse Cumming, Lawrence Garcia, Daniel Kasman, Roger Koza, Richard Porton, Kurt Walker, Blake Williams)Correspondences#1 Daniel Kasman previews the festival | Read#2 Lawrence Garcia on Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi), Dead Souls (Wang Bing) | Read#3 Daniel Kasman on Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra), Donbass (Sergei Loznitsa) | Read#4 Lawrence Garcia on Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov), Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski) | Read#5 Daniel Kasman on The Image Book
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‘Blackkklansman’ Directed by Spike Lee

Cannes ’18 Review by Peter BelsitoThis is the best, most important film I saw at Cannes. It should be — hope so! — massively seen upon its USA release.

Let me start by saying — confessing, self criticizing really — that I have dismissed, bad mouthed Spike Lee for the last 25 years. As a filmmaker I considered him subsequently irrelevant after an auspicious beginning with several films. I also disliked his public persona as self important and loud mouthing.

As far as I’m concerned now anything he does (!!) is okay if it gets people, especially young ones to view this very important American political work.

Adam Driver and John David Washington in a scene from the movie “BlacKkKlansman.”

BlacKkKlansman was adapted from a book by Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs’ first black police officer, who in the early 1970s succeeded in infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The sheer absurdity of the
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Sony’s Morbius, the Living Vampire movie logline revealed

In addition to the upcoming Venom movie, Sony has a number of Spider-Man spinoffs in various stages of development, including the now-delayed Silver & Black, the Spike Lee-directed Nightwatch, and an adaptation of Mobius, the Living Vampire.

Aside from the fact that Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Lost in Space) are writing the screenplay, we know very little about the Morbius movie at this point, but the folks at ThatHashtagShow are reporting that a casting search is underway for the title character, with Sony looking for a male of any ethnicity, aged between 30 and 37.

The site also offered up an alleged logline for the project, which is described as follows:

“Horror action story of a scientist who, in trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire who, though disgusted by his own bloodlust, chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life.
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: DeWanda Wise Is Never Intimidated in Auditions

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features intimate interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s most exciting awards races, and valuable acting and career advice from contenders! DeWanda Wise is a poet and a scholar. Not literally—she’s an actor first and foremost, but the way she approaches her craft and career is reflective of her ability to both feel and understand sensitively. It’s partly why, when Spike Lee came calling, she was ready (and not intimidated by his overly challenging auditioning). Wise plays Nola Darling in the 2017 Netflix hit “She’s Gotta Have It,” adapted for episodic TV by the legendary Lee, whose 1986 film about this sexually woke Brooklynite artist put him on the map as a moviemaker. Prior to reinventing this juiciest of characters, Wise was known for her compelling
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