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2018 Emmy awards nominations ballot: See all 34 Best TV Movie contenders from ‘The Beach House’ to ‘Zombies’

The made-for-tv movie was a programming staple for the broadcast networks in the 1970s and 1980s. While it fell out of favor in the 1990s and was even dropped as an Emmy Awards category for three years beginning in 2011, it has been on an upswing as of late. This year, 34 telefilms are in contention for the five nominations that will be revealed on July 12.

All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 25 to cast their ballots for their favorite TV movies. In the past, voters were limited in the number of telefilms that they could put forth. Last year, that cap (which was usually 10 per category) was lifted. And, as opposed to the Oscars, voters for the Emmys do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.

Unlike comedy and drama series, which are simply listed on the ballot by name, the television
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Mindy Kaling Is Turning Your Favorite '90s Rom-Com Into a TV Show

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I'm not sure what we did to deserve such a blessing, so I'm just going to stop talking in case I wake up and find out this is all a dream: Mindy Kaling is turning Four Weddings and a Funeral into a TV show for Hulu! And her idea sounds pretty damn good to boot.

Kaling is a rom-com queen in her own right - let's face it: The Mindy Project is essentially a six season-long romantic comedy - so I can't imagine that anyone out there is better suited for the job (Ok except maybe Four Weddings diehard Kumail Nanjiani). The actress and comedian is adapting Richard Curtis's classic 1994 film into an anthology series, which was announced by Hulu at its annual upfront presentation on Wednesday. Kaling and The Mindy Project showrunner Matt Warburton wrote the script for the remake, which will follow
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Four Weddings and a Funeral: Hulu Orders Mindy Kaling (Mindy Show) Comedy Anthology Series

About a month ahead of high nuptial season, Hulu has ordered the Four Weddings and a Funeral TV show to series. Based on the 1994 feature film starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Charlotte Colement, the new series is a limited anthology. A scripted Hulu comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral comes from writers Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton. The duo will executive produce along with Jonathan Prince, Howard Klein, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner. The cast and TV series premiere date are Tbd. Read More…
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The 14 Best Indie Movies of 2018 So Far

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Yes, we know: It’s only May! There are eight months and many more movies coming out this year. However, the end of the year is a tricky time to survey the best movies released over the previous 12 months, since there’s often so much to consider. As an alternative, we’ve decided to get a jump on the process and keep you posted as the list keeps growing. Below, you’ll find our current favorites among the films that have either opened theatrically this year or become available on other platforms. We see a lot of movies early, primarily on the festival circuit, and so we’ve included films at the end of our list that are “on deck” for inclusion — but only if we know for certain that they’re coming out this year.

Note: While some films on this list were released by studios, they were initially developed as independent projects.
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Mindy Kaling Is Turning Your Favorite '90s Rom-Com Into a TV Show

Image Source: Getty / John Shearer

I'm not sure what we did to deserve such a blessing, so I'm just going to stop talking in case I wake up and find out this is all a dream: Mindy Kaling is turning Four Weddings and a Funeral into a TV show for Hulu! And her idea sounds pretty damn good to boot.

Kaling is a rom-com queen in her own right - let's face it: The Mindy Project is essentially a six season-long romantic comedy - so I can't imagine that anyone out there is better suited for the job (Ok except maybe Four Weddings diehard Kumail Nanjiani). The actress and comedian is adapting Richard Curtis's classic 1994 film into an anthology series, which was announced by Hulu at its annual upfront presentation on Wednesday. Kaling and The Mindy Project showrunner Matt Warburton wrote the script for the remake, which will follow
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 21)

1961: Atwt's Penny wasn't sure about Ellen's custody case.

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas met Roger and Carolyn.

1978: Faith and Tom were married on Ryan's Hope.

1983: All My Children's Angie and Jesse enjoyed married life."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1961: On As the World Turns, Penny (Rosemary Prinz) told Ellen (Patricia Bruder) the Bakers had extended the lease of the house she and Jeff lived in.
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Chevy Chase Reportedly Lost 110 Pounds After Gastric Bypass Surgery — See Photos!

We're seeing less of Chevy Chase these days — not just because the National Lampoon and Community star's on-screen roles have become scarce in recent years, but because he has lost a lot of weight. In fact, one report has claimed the 74-year-old actor has shed 110 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery, and new photos of Chevy seem to corroborate that assumption! According to Radar, Chevy once weighed 300 pounds but has lost more than a third of that weight through a combination of surgery and rehab. "He went to rehab for the second time to deal with his alcoholism," a source told the site. "The word is he also went in for gastric bypass to limit the food he eats." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The insider continued, "Slowly but surely, the pounds melted away, and he lost 110 pounds. It's true he's looking slimmer than he has in decades. Getting sober was key.
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‘sex, lies, and videotape,’ ‘Bull Durham,’ and More Joining the Criterion Collection in July

‘sex, lies, and videotape,’ ‘Bull Durham,’ and More Joining the Criterion Collection in July
The Criterion Collection has announced its July titles, including Steven Soderbergh’s Palme d’Or–winning “sex, lies, and videotape” and Ron Shelton’s baseball classic “Bull Durham.” Also joining the Collection are King Hu’s wuxia masterwork “Dragon Inn,” Powell and Pressburger’s endlessly moving “A Matter of Life and Death,” and a new box set celebrating the collaboration between Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg. Full details below.

Bull Durham

“Former minor leaguer Ron Shelton hit a grand slam with his directorial debut, one of the most revered sports movies of all time. Durham Bulls devotee Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon)-who every year takes a new player under her wing (and into her bed)-has singled out the loose-cannon pitching prospect Nuke Laloosh (Tim Robbins), a big-league talent with a rock-bottom maturity level. But she’s unable to shake Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), the veteran catcher brought in
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Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

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Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios
Byron Allen’s growing independent outfit Entertainment Studios picked up U.S. distribution rights for action-thiller “Boss Level.”

The film, starring Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo and Ken Jeong, cost $45 million and is slated for a 2019 wide theatrical release.

Boss Level” is a co-production by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Written and directed by “The Grey” and “The A-Team” director Joe Carnahan, “Boss Level” has a “Groundhog Day,” “Edge of Tomorrow” vibe.

The film follows a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.

Also Read: Andie MacDowell on 'Groundhog Day' at 25: Bill Murray 'Asked Me to Really Slap Him'

“‘Boss Level’ is a powerful, action-packed, and highly-anticipated theatrical release,” Allen, head of Entertainment Studios said in a statement. “‘Boss Level’ combines non-stop action with an all-star cast, including Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson, and Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts. We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”

Allen’s Entertainment Studios has made some noise in Hollywood, picking up theatrical rights to films other studios would otherwise relegate straight to DVD.

The studio bought what would go on to be 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, “47 Meters Down,” from the Weinstein Co. The film, starring Mandy Moore has grossed over $44 million to date. Most recently Entertainment Studios released the Kennedy mystery-thriller “Chappaquiddick.”

Also Read: Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Buys Weather Channel for $300 Million

Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller “Replicas” and an animated feature called “Animal Crackers,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

“Byron and I have been friends for over a decade, and my business partner, George Furla, has known Byron for over 30 years since their USC Film School days. We both believe Byron’s passion and taste are second to none,” producer Randall Emmett said in a statement. “The plan for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures to give ‘Boss Level’ a wide theatrical release gives our film and writer/director Joe Carnahan’s vision exactly what we had hoped for when we put this project together.”

The deal was negotiated by Entertainment Studios’ Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous, and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

Read original story Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios At TheWrap
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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Opens Strong, Bringing More Good News to Specialty Box Office

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Opens Strong, Bringing More Good News to Specialty Box Office
Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” continues the welcome trend of limited crossovers that includes “Isle of Dogs” and “The Death of Stalin.” This tough New York-set crime film is the best initial performer in the acclaimed Scottish director’s career, with a Joaquin Phoenix performance that’s viewed as some of his best work.

Lean on Pete” from Andrew Haigh, another established British director working in an American setting, had a more modest but credible opening. The business needs a consistent supply of films like these, which can fill top specialized theaters.

Opening

You Were Never Really Here (Amazon) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Cannes 2017, Sundance 2018

$129,911 in 3 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $43,304

Ramsay’s acclaimed drama stars Phoenix as a tortured soul rescuing young girls from sex slavery. Similar to her earlier “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” this is tough material, told in unflinching form centered on stark,
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Actress Andie MacDowell Says A Groundhog Day Sequel Is Never Going To Happen

Groundhog Day is a film someone can watch again, and again, and again, but don't ever expect the film to have a sequel. That's what actress Andie MacDowell said anyway, as she told THR the chances of the film ever getting a sequel are incredibly slim due to the fact that Bill Murray would never go for it:

“People always say, ‘Let’s do Groundhog Day again.' First of all, Bill Murray’s never going to do it, so you can forget that. I know him. He’s not going to do it.”

I'm more surprised at the news there are still people clamoring for a Groundhog Day sequel than I am that Bill Murray isn't down to do another film. It's a good film, don't get me wrong, but why would we need a sequel for it? That said, in the rhetorical scenario that one was made, would you see it in theaters?
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Andie MacDowell: Bill Murray "Never Going to Do" 'Groundhog Day' Reboot | In Studio

Andie MacDowell: Bill Murray
Andie MacDowell sat down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio to discuss her new film Love After Love and why a Groundhog Day reboot is out of the question.

In the new pic, MacDowell plays Suzanne, a woman dealing with the death of her husband and the father of her two sons as she turns to dating for companionship, only to have it drive a wedge between her and her older son Nicholas (Chris O’Dowd). The actress explained the working relationship between her and O’Dowd on set: “Chris really got on my nerves,” she joked.

“Chris is a very strong alpha...
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Andie MacDowell Says She 'Felt No Shame' About Her Onscreen Nudity in New Movie

Andie MacDowell Says She 'Felt No Shame' About Her Onscreen Nudity in New Movie
Andie MacDowell isn’t shying away from onscreen nudity.

The 59-year-old actress opened up about some of the more risqué scenes in her new movie Love After Love, telling PageSix, “I have sex in this. I’m naked. It’s not gratuitous. It’s emotional. I play a lonely lady. First time my character’s doing it, she’s not ready. Then there’s a second time.”

She added, “I’ve done sex scenes before and felt all right this time because I knew everyone around. I didn’t care who was there. I felt no shame. The crew was cut back.
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"Love After Love"

Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the romantic drama "Love After Love", now playing, written and directed by Russell Harbaugh, starring Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd and Francesca Faridany:

"...following the death of their father, two sons deal with the trials of their own lives while watching their mother explore new beginnings of her own..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Love After Love"...
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‘Love After Love’ Tops Packed But Blasé Weekend; ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Closes in On $6M: Specialty Box Office

‘Love After Love’ Tops Packed But Blasé Weekend; ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Closes in On $6M: Specialty Box Office
Love After Love made a showing in its debut, outpacing other reporting openers in a weekend that was all about Isle of Dogs among the specialties. Russell Harbaugh's Tribeca '17 debut Love After Love landed atop the weekend's specialties when looking at per theater averages, though it was just in one New York location. The feature, starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd, grossed $11,263, which gave it the second-highest PTA of the weekend as of Sunday…
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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri Mar 30

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Tyler Perry’s Acrimony [IMDb]

Taraji P. Henson stars as a woman fed up with her devious husband. (male writer-director)

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All I Wish [my review]

Susan Walter writes and directs this dramedy about a woman who has sworn off marriage. Starring Sharon Stone.

Outside In [IMDb] pictured

Lynn Shelton cowrites and directs this drama about a schoolteacher and activist (Edie Falco) who strikes up a relationship with one of her former students. Costarring Kaitlyn Dever.

Finding Your Feet [my review]

Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie star as sisters who reconnect after one of their husbands has an affair. Cowritten by Meg Leonard. (male director)

FourPlay [IMDb]

Tammy Blanchard and Emanuela Galliussi costar in an ensemble romantic dramedy. Cowritten by Galliussi. (male director)

Gemini [my review]

Lola Kirke stars as a woman who must solve a murder of which she has been accused. Costarring Zoë Kravitz. (male writer-director)

Birthmarked [IMDb]

Toni Collette costars in this comedy about researchers raising their children scientifically.
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Review: ‘Love After Love’ Explores the Tension of Grieving

“It’s shitty how easy it is to get over someone dying,” says Chris (James Adomian) as a part of a standup routine that gets personal when he starts talking about his dad, who passes away near the start of Love After Love. The death is the centripetal event around which the film’s other dramas revolve; chief among those characters who are pulled into orbit are Chris’s brother Nick (Chris O’Dowd) and their mother Suzanne (Andie MacDowell). Judging by the visible pain that Chris experiences while trying to navigate the dad-centered part of his routine, not to mention the emotional strain that infuses almost every moment in the film leading up to this one, the movie clearly acknowledges that getting over the death of a loved one is anything but easy. At the same time, director Russell Harbaugh (writer for The Mend) is also well aware of
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Andie MacDowell On First Nude Scene, Why 60 Is Better Than 30 & How A Legendary Critic Saved Her Career

Andie MacDowell On First Nude Scene, Why 60 Is Better Than 30 & How A Legendary Critic Saved Her Career
For an actor whose own voice was removed and later dubbed by another star in her debut film 35 years ago, things have managed to turn out all right for Andie MacDowell. And now, just as the South Carolina native is about to hit a milestone birthday in three weeks she has one of her most intense and complex performances ready for its close up when the new indie drama Love After Love opens Friday in New York followed by a national rollout including La on April 6. Playing a…
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How Andie MacDowell Overcame Her 'Crazy' Childhood with Alcoholic Mom

How Andie MacDowell Overcame Her 'Crazy' Childhood with Alcoholic Mom
In her four decades as an actress, model and mother Andie MacDowell has learned many life lessons but says one of the most valuable things she has realized over the years is the importance of forgiveness.

As a young girl in Gaffney, S.C., MacDowell lived with her mother, Pauline Johnston, a music teacher, who divorced MacDowell’s father when the actress was 7. Johnston struggled with alcoholism and often wasn’t there for her daughter but MacDowell tells People in the new issue, “she always loved me.” The actress says she doesn’t harbor any resentment.

“I don’t have a lot of anger,
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‘Love After Love’ Review: Andie MacDowell Gives the Performance of Her Life In an Uncommonly Raw Movie About Death

Death is just a thing that happens sometimes. If we’re being completely honest, death is a thing that happens all the time. Now. And now. And in the space between those words. Almost two people die every second of every day, blindly joining hands as they close their eyes and jump into the abyss — quickly now, so as not to hold up the line. Life goes on because not everyone goes with it.

Like a traditional melodrama that’s been thoroughly filleted and then pounded flat, Russell Harbaugh’s raw and exquisite “Love After Love” is a very honest film about how things change when someone is gone, which means that it’s also a film about how they don’t. One moment a bed is full, the next moment the bed is empty; one moment a house is empty, the next moment the house is haunted. Everything is effected,
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