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Michelle Dockery Talks Trio of TV Shows That Led to Icon Award

Michelle Dockery Talks Trio of TV Shows That Led to Icon Award
Michelle Dockery thinks “an icon is a funny thing to be called.” Yet, that is exactly what she is, receiving the first-ever award from Variety to be presented at international TV celebration Canneseries at a Miptv gala April 7.

But even in the early prime of what promises to be a long and fruitful career, the British actress has recently delivered a enviable string of indelible television performances — as “Downton Abbey’s” mercurial Lady Mary, “Good Behavior’s” reforming bad girl Letty Raines and “Godless’” hardened frontierswoman Alice Fletcher. She is now appearing in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” at London’s National Theatre.
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Bryan Cranston: ‘I’m a mutt. I relate to that. It’s what I am’

The actor has put Breaking Bad behind him, earning rave reviews in Network at the National Theatre. But next it’s a dog’s life with Wes Anderson

Californian actor Bryan Cranston, 62, is best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Breaking Bad’s antihero Walter White. His film roles include Trumbo, for which he was Oscar-nominated. He’s currently starring in Network at the National Theatre and the new Wes Anderson animation, Isle of Dogs.

You’re playing news anchor Howard Beale in the stage production of Network. How’s it going?

Really well. It’s about to finish but I’ve enjoyed my time in London. The play is very prescient about fake news and how we’re in trouble if television falls into the wrong hands. It’s amazing how 42 years ago, [screenwriter] Paddy Chayefsky was able to see into the future.

Breaking Bad is a beautiful thing with a beginning,
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Oscars flashback: Vanessa Redgrave’s controversial win for ‘Julia’ was 40 years ago

Oscars flashback: Vanessa Redgrave’s controversial win for ‘Julia’ was 40 years ago
The Oscar ceremonies have had their share of controversial moments over the years, from Marlon Brando sending a Native American surrogate to refuse his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” to Michael Moore being booed off the stage when he tried to get political while accepting the Best Documentary trophy for “Bowling for Columbine.” No controversy was as big and dramatic though as the Best Supporting Actress category at the 1978 Oscar ceremony, which was awarded to Vanessa Redgrave for “Julia” (1977). On this the 40th anniversary of her win Gold Derby takes a look back at an incredibly memorable Oscar night.

Vanessa Redgrave was a popular and frequent nominee with academy members in her early years in film. She received three Best Actress nominations in quick succession for “Morgan” (1966), “Isadora” (1968) and “Mary, Queen of Scotts” (1971). For 1977 she received her first Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in “Julia.” That film
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2018 WGA Awards predictions: David E. Kelley (‘Big Little Lies’) will finally score his first win

2018 WGA Awards predictions: David E. Kelley (‘Big Little Lies’) will finally score his first win
Big Little Lies” will bring David E. Kelley one big award he’s missing from his trophy case: the Writers Guild Award. The 11-time Emmy winner is the 1/10-odd favorite to win Best TV Long Form Adapted at Sunday’s ceremony, according to our latest predictions. “Fargo” (20/1 odds), “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (66/1 odds) and “The Wizard of Lies” (66/1 odds) round out the four-nominee field.

A previous eight-time nominee, including five for “L.A. Law,” Kelley has never won a competitive WGA Award, but he has received two honorary awards: the Paul Selvin Award for “Picket Fences” in 1996 and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award in 2003.

See Meryl Streep joins ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 — will she win her fourth Emmy?

Kelley has already garnered an Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award as a producer on “Big Little Lies.” Kelley received an Emmy nomination for his scripts as well but lost to “Black Mirror.
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70s Rewind: The Hospital, Passion, Pain and Dark Comedy

What a dream team! An Academy Award-winning star, an Academy Award-winning writer, the director of an uber-popular romance, and a Bond Girl, all in one movie! Recently released by Twilight Time on a lovely new Blu-ray, The Hospital now plays like a film that is firmly, stubbornly rooted in its era, a time when Paddy Chayefsky could fill his script with stinging, poetic screeds and George C. Scott could ramp up from zero to 60 in the span of a single sentence and leave you shell-shocked with his fury, yet reeling from his restraint. Directed by Arthur Hiller, who got his start in live American television of the 1950s before becoming a reliable journeyman in the 1960s and then making the monster hit Love Story...

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Alison Cross to receive WGA West's Paddy Chayefsky Award

Alison Cross to receive WGA West's Paddy Chayefsky Award
Cross is best known for writing TV movie Roe vs. Wade.

Source: Michael Jones

Alison Cross

Writer-producer Alison Cross has been named by the Writers Guild of America West (Wgaw) as the recipient of this year’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Cross, best known for writing fact-based TV movies Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story and Roe vs. Wade, will receive the award at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on February 11.

Previous winners of the award, which recognises a Guild member who has “advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer,” include Steven Bochco, David Chase, Diane English, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, Shonda Rhimes, Marta Kauffman and David Crane and Aaron Sorkin.

Cross won the 1995 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special for Serving in Silence, about the Us military’s gay exclusion policy, and was nominated
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Alison Cross to Be Honored by Writers Guild With Paddy Chayefsky Award

Veteran television writer-producer Alison Cross has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Cross will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.

“The Board of Directors is truly excited to give this award to such a skilled dramatist as Alison. She has a long and varied list of credits, but in all her scripts, whether on staff or as the sole creator, you hear the voice of a writer driven by the ideals of integrity and justice. Her impressive body of work has at times influenced society at large, and serves as an inspiration to all writers in the field,” said Wgaw president David A. Goodman.

Cross is currently a co-executive producer on CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” series, and most recently served as an executive producer on “The Good Fight.” Her recent TV credits include serving as a consulting
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Alison Cross To Receive WGA West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award, Guild’s Highest TV Writing Honor

Two-time Emmy winner Alison Cross will be this year's recipient of the WGA West's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award, the guild's highest honor for television writing. It's given to a guild member who has "advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer." The award will be presented February 11 at the WGA Awards’ West Coast ceremony. Cross, who won Emmys for penning the 1989 TV movie Roe v. Wade and the…
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The Hospital

A story of murders in the ER becomes, courtesy of writer Paddy Chayefsky, either a preview of social breakdown or an impassioned examination of why we invest our lives and souls in imperfect institutions. George C. Scott is the doctor coming apart at the seams, who meets his match in a New Age hippie from a New Mexico commune. My instinct is that such a person would not look like Diana Rigg, but everybody needs a dream girl.

The Hospital

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Twilight Time

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date December 19, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Richard A. Dysart, Stephen Elliott, Donald Harron, Andrew Duncan, Nancy Marchand, Jordan Charney, Roberts Blossom, Lenny Baker, Richard Hamilton, Katherine Helmond, David Hooks, Frances Sternhagen, Robert Walden, Jacqueline Brooks, Stockard Channing, Dennis Dugan, Julie Garfield, Christopher Guest, Janet Paul, Sab Shimono, Tracey Walter.

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper
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Hear Bryan Cranston Talk ‘Network’ + More London Events

We’ve braved the crowds and office Christmas party, surely a little precious “me time” is well overdue. As we hurtle toward the inevitable end of the year, why not take some time out to enjoy London in all its mad glory. Sing it loud and proud.Iconic London theatre bar The Phoenix Artist Club is getting into the swing of the season on Dec. 22. Their West End’s Theatreland Sing-Along is just what any self-respecting theatre type needs to welcome in Christmas week. (Free) Listen to Walter White talk theatre.This is what you call an advance booking but on March 14, Bryan Cranston will be at the National Theatre talking about his U.K. stage debut in Paddy Chayefsky’s ‘Network’. Tickets are already limited so get to it. (Tickets: £7) Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Donmar’s hit production of ‘Belleville’.You may not be able to get
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Howard Gottfried, ‘Network’ Producer, Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, ‘Network’ Producer, Dies at 94
Howard Gottfried, who received an Oscar nomination as producer of the 1976 media satire “Network,” died of a stroke Friday in Los Angeles. He was 94.

Gottfried also partnered with “Network” writer Paddy Chayefsky on films including “Altered States” and “The Hospital.” He met Chayefsky as a regular in a New York card game, and the two started on their first project, “The Hospital.” Gottfried met the film’s lead, George C. Scott, when Gottfried served as his divorce attorney.

Chayefsky won the best screenplay Oscar for “Network,” which also won Oscars for Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and Beatrice Straight. Finch’s character, irate news anchor Howard Beale, was named for Gottfried.

Raised in the Bronx, Gottfried started his career as a lawyer and became involved in off-Broadway theater. He then went to United Artists, where he oversaw TV series such as “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Patty Duke Show” and “The Fugitive.” Gottfried later moved
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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94
Howard Gottfried, the Oscar-nominated producer who teamed with famed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Network, The Hospital and Altered States, has died. He was 94.

Gottfried suffered a stroke and died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his daughter, Norah Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gottfried earned his Academy Award nomination for producing Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), which did not win the best picture trophy but did take four Oscars — for Chayefsky and actors Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight — amid its 10 noms.

The producer was...
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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, the Oscar-nominated producer who teamed with famed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Network, The Hospital and Altered States, has died. He was 94.

Gottfried suffered a stroke and died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his daughter, Norah Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gottfried earned his Academy Award nomination for producing Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), which did not win the best picture trophy but did take four Oscars — for Chayefsky and actors Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight — amid its 10 noms.

The producer was...
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WGA Awards: Complete List of Nominations

The Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of America East have announced nominations in categories spanning film, TV, video games and more.

Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

Also during the L.A. ceremony, TV writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, Murder in the First) will receive the Wgaw’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, and screenwriter and Lgbtq rights activist Dustin Lance Black (Milk, When We Rise) will be honored...
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Network review – Bryan Cranston creates studio mayhem

Lyttelton, London

Cranston is compelling as the TV anchorman-gone-rogue in Ivo Van Hove and Lee Hall’s dazzling stage version of the 1976 film

Flesh and gizmo. Substance and reflections. Watchers and watched. A massive whirling mix of the mechanical and the human. Ivo van Hove’s electric staging of Network restores at a stroke my faltering esteem for this director. Lee Hall’s adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 film makes this look like a prescient, urgent text. It lands with messianic zeal: on press night the audience at the National, not instinctive risers, were up on their feet as if at a revivalist meeting.

A jutting-jawed anchorman, galvanically embodied by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, gets fired from a commercial news channel because of poor ratings – and cracks up. Or cracks open, to reveal a palpitating, anti-news-as-entertainment spirit. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!
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Bryan Cranston Says There May Be A Way Back For Spacey And Weinstein

Former Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston believes there may be a way back for Kevin Spacey and shamed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment have triggered a series of stories and revelations designed to expose the industry’s long history of abuse.

Make no mistake, Cranston still roundly condemned Weinstein and Spacey for their predatory and wildly inappropriate behavior, and stressed that the latter’s career is ostensibly dead and buried: “He’s a phenomenal actor but he’s not a very good person.”

As for what the future holds, Cranston showed a hint of optimism, and told BBC News that, “it would take time, it would take a society to forgive them, and it would take tremendous contrition on their part,” beginning with the omission that they each “have a deeply rooted psychological and emotional problem.”

If they were to show us that they
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Bryan Cranston interview: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Rob Leane Oct 23, 2017

Bryan Cranston chats to us about his involvement in Channel 4 and Amazon’s Phillip K. Dick anthology series, Electric Dreams...

Amazon and Channel 4’s Philip K. Dick anthology series, Electric Dreams, adapts ten of the iconic author’s short stories into hour-long TV dramas.

The show has the mighty Bryan Cranston involved as an actor and an executive producer. This marks the second Amazon production that Cranston has pulled double duty on, following on from Sneaky Pete.

Along with a bunch of other journalists, Den Of Geek took part in a roundtable interview with Cranston on the set of Electric Dreams, on an offensively hot day back in June. Here’s how it went...

I think what we all want to know is the genesis of how Electric Dreams came together.

It did come together. I bumped into Michael Dinner, who was a director that I knew,
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Love with the Proper Stranger

What are two individualistic, highly motivated movie stars supposed to do when faced with an unimaginative studio system eager to misuse their talents? Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen collaborate with a great writer, director and producer for an urban romance with an eye on the sexual double standard. It’s a hybrid production: a gritty drama that’s also a calculated career move.

Love with the Proper Stranger

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Tom Bosley, Herschel Bernardi, Harvey Lembeck, Agusta Ciolli, Nina Varela, Marilyn Chris, Richard Dysart, Arlene Golonka, Tony Mordente, Nobu McCarthy, Richard Mulligan, Vic Tayback, Dyanne Thorne, Val Avery.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editor: Aaron Stell

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Arnold Schulman

Produced by Alan J. Pakula

Directed by Robert Mulligan

1963’s Love with the Proper Stranger is
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The Dceu Must Die -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 25 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #10 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you! Share your feedback and ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend

Previous Issues: 8.18.17 | 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've hit double-digits! This week we're taking a dive into the odd career of martial artist-action star Steven Seagal, exploring the creations of Hellboy's Mike Mignola, and reaching back to the amazing, epic sci-fi films of the 80s. But first, in our editorial we explain why WB needs to stick a knife between the ribs of the Dceu and dump it into the nearest body of water.

Warner Bros. Must Come To Their Senses And Kill The Dceu -- Focus On Stand-Alone Solo and Elseworlds Films!

Hollywood has fallen deeply, tragically in love with trilogies, franchises, and connected universes, often to the detriment of simple,
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