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Helen Hunt on Her First Emmy Win and Awards Show Nerves

Helen Hunt on Her First Emmy Win and Awards Show Nerves
By 1996, Candice Bergen had had enough. After five Emmy wins for lead actress in a comedy, the “Murphy Brown” star declined further nominations for the part. “Mad About You’s” Helen Hunt picked up her baton. And while NBC’s frank and honest sitcom about married life would eventually garner Hunt four Emmy wins — as well as launch her television directing career — she still cannot fathom why her co-star (and the series’ co-creator) Paul Reiser did not have the same luck with TV Academy voters. Hunt, who this season appeared onscreen in Fox’s “Shots Fired” and also directed episodes of FX’s “Feud” and NBC’s “This Is Us,” reflects on that win for Variety.

The first thing you did when you won your Emmy in 1996 was thank Candice Bergen “for her generosity of spirit.”

Well, the year before she said she thought Helen Hunt would win. She teed me up and then made sure it
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Helen Hunt on Directing ‘Feud’: ‘It’s About What It’s Like to be A Woman As An Artist’

Helen Hunt on Directing ‘Feud’: ‘It’s About What It’s Like to be A Woman As An Artist’
Helen Hunt rose to stardom in NBC’s hit sitcom “Mad About You,” but these days her priority is spending more time behind the camera. This season, she helmed episodes of NBC’s family dramedy “This is Us,” CBS’ comedy “Life in Pieces” — and FX’s old-Hollywood flashback “Feud,” from executive producer Ryan Murphy. (Of course, she also starred in Fox’s limited series crime drama “Shots Fired.”)

Here, she tells Variety about moving from acting to directing, lessons learned from her famous father, and the deeper meaning behind “Feud.”

You started directing when you were on “Mad About You.” Was that an important switch for you?

I always knew that if I wanted to build up mileage [as a director], this would be the place to do it. The crew was on my team and Paul [Reiser] was on my team. And I had great mentors who worked with me: my dad, [director Gordon Hunt], who won a DGA award for directing the
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Freeform’s ‘Baby Daddy’ to End With Season 6

Freeform’s ‘Baby Daddy’ to End With Season 6
The Freeform series “Baby Daddy” will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, Variety has confirmed.

The May 22 season finale will now serve as the series finale. The series followed Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a young man in New York City living a bachelor’s life with his buddy Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and his brother Danny (Derek Theler). Their lives are turned upside down when they came home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben’s. It also starred Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane.

The series was created and executive produced by Dan Berendsen. Heidi Clements, Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio and Michael Lembeck also serve as executive producers. Aside from “Pretty Little Liars,” which is ending with its seventh season, “Baby Daddy” was one of Freeform’s longest running series, ahead of shows like “The Fosters,” “Young & Hungry,” and “Switched at Birth.”

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Stranger Things and Westworld land 2017 DGA TV Awards nominations

It’s that time of year, the time of year where the awards and awards nominations for TV and film are being announced in droves. Today is no different as the Directors Guild of America has just announced their 2017 TV nominations.

Stranger Things, Westworld and Game of Thrones all make the list, along with Donald Glover’s Atlanta showing up in the comedy category.

The full list of nominations follow…

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card”

Jonathan Nolan, Westword, “The Original”

Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley,
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2016 Directors Guild of America Documentary and TV Nominations: The Year of O.J. Continues

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2016 Directors Guild of America Documentary and TV Nominations: The Year of O.J. Continues
The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees in the documentary and television categories for this year’s DGA Awards, with O.J. Simpson present in both fields: “O.J.: Made in America” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” both picked up nods. Other contenders include “Atlanta,” “Westworld” and “The Eagle Huntress.” The feature film nominees, meanwhile, are scheduled to be announced tomorrow.

This year’s ceremony takes place on February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Full list of nominees below:

Read More: 2016 Producers Guild Awards TV Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Westworld’ All Land Nods

Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things,” “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

Jonathan Nolan, “Westworld,” “The Original”

Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones,” “The Battle of the Bastards”

John Singleton, “The People v.
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Designated Survivor", "Taken"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for October 2016, including "12 Monkeys", "Designated Survivor", "Taken" and a whole lot more:

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12 Monkeys

Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Alias Grace

Mini Series

Halfire Entertainment

Prod.: Sarah Polley, DJ Carson

Dir.: Mary Harron

Aug 15 - Nov 15/16


TV Series


Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Anne Of Green Gables

TV Movie

Gables 23 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Jim Corston

Exec. Prod.: Joan Lambur, Peter Williamson

Dir.: John Kent Harrison

Sep 12 - Nov 4/16

Baroness Von Sketch Show

Season 2

TV Series

Bvss 2 Productions Ontario Inc. / Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Exec.Prod.: Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne,
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The In-Laws

This Alan Arkin-Peter Falk show is finally being recognized as a comedy mini-masterpiece. Afraid of offending his daughter's future father-in-law, a dentist is sucked into a nightmare of crime and jeopardy, as a jolly Chinese airline whisks him away to a rendezvous with danger in a Latin American dictatorship. It's a gem of sustained mirth. The In-Laws Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 823 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 5, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul Lawrence Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong, Barbara Dana, David Paymer. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Robert E. Swink Original Music John Morris Written by Andrew Bergman Produced by Arthur Miller, William Sackheim Directed by Arthur Hiller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Good grief, I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas remade this movie back in
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TV Legends Sid and Marty Krofft Sign Deal with Amazon Studios

Sid and Marty Krofft with Amazon Studios head Roy Price and Sigmund the Sea Monster

From H.R. Pufnstuf to The Donnie and Marie Show to Pryor’s Place, many of the most colorful and memorable series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action kids fantasy shows were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, which had previously been the exclusive domain of cartoons.

Now the iconic television producers are working with Amazon Studios to develop a reimagined pilot of classic ‘70s children live action series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.

“Sid and Marty are geniuses and we are honored to be working with them to bring to the world a return of what we believe is TV’s most fabulous and funniest sea creature ever,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios, in an announcement about the development deal with the Kroffts.
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'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters' Reboot Happening at Amazon

Amazon Studios today announced it has signed a development deal with iconic television producers Sid and Marty Krofft to develop a reimagined pilot of classic '70s children live action series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Here's what Amazon Studios Vice President Roy Price had to say in a statement.

"Sid and Marty are geniuses and we are honored to be working with them to bring to the world a return of what we believe is TV's most fabulous and funniest sea creature ever."

Marty Krofft also offered his own statement about the new Amazon Studios series.

"Sid found Sigmund swimming in the ocean as seaweed. Boy, are we lucky to re-create Sigmund and the Sea Monsters with Roy Price and Tara Sorensen at Amazon Studios."

Many of the most colorful and fondly remembered children's series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft.
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Santa Clause 2′

The Santa Clause 2

Directed by Michael Lembeck

Written by Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss

Starring Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Spencer Breslin, David Krumholtz, Judge Reinhold, Eric Lloyd

Why wait eight years between the original Santa Clause and its follow-up, The Santa Clause 2? This is a question I’ve been asking myself over the last week, before I watched the film for our podcast, during our recording, and now. I didn’t bring it up on the show, because I imagine the question would’ve just floated out into virtual nothingness. But I wonder. The first film opened in November of 1994 to moderate critical acclaim and strong box office returns. I honestly don’t remember how “angry” I might’ve sounded on the podcast last year (Gabe described me as such in our discussion this week), but when my wife puts the original on,
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Emma Watson to Star in Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

If I was to grade this casting decision I would have to give it an A. It's hard to imagine a better director for Emma Watson to team-up with as she begins her post-Harry Potter career than Sofia Coppola. Coppola was directed the likes of Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation) and recently Elle Fanning (Somewhere) to excellent performances in films that warrant more than one sitting is not several and Watson will be the latest as Variety reports she's been cast in the lead role of Coppola's The Bling Ring. The film will be shot on location in Los Angeles and will tell the true story of the titular group who are also known as the "Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch," "The Burglar Bunch" or the "Hollywood Hills Burglars". Already Michael Lembeck (Tooth Fairy, The Santa Clause 3) directed a made-for-tv movie with the same name that
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Michel Hazanavicius Wins 2012 DGA Award for "The Artist!" Check Complete List of Winners!

Michel Hazanavicius was the big winner at the 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. The director of the fantastic black-and-white silent film "The Artist" took home the award for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film category. Jon Cassar of "The Kennedys" received the 2012 DGA Award for the category of Movies for Television and Mini-Series.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the DGA also honored Ed Sherin with the 2012 Honorary Life Member Award, Katy Garretson with the 2012 Frank Capra Achievement Award, and Dennis Mazzocco with the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

It is now safe to bet that Hazanavicius will win the Best Director Award Oscar!

Here's the complete list of winners and nominees of the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards (to check winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film

*Winner Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

David Fincher,
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DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2011

HollywoodNews.com:Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2011.

?The caliber of work being done on television these days is incredible, and our director nominees in each category are an indispensable element to the success of every project — establishing and enhancing the vision and tone, eliciting outstanding performances and furthering the narrative arc through their creative choices,? said Hackford. ?That they are able to create excellence regardless of obstacles like tighter schedules and in an environment in which audiences have more entertainment options to choose from — is a true testament to the importance of directorial skill in television.?

The winners will be announced at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.


Movies For Television And Mini-series

The nominees for the Directors Guild
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Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Blu-ray Review

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure

Directed by: Michael Lembeck

Cast: Ashley Tisdale, Austin Butler, Bradley Steven Perry

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: G

Due Out: April 18, 2011

Plot: A spoiled girl (Tisdale) who was in a few high school musicals adventures to the Big Apple in an attempt to make it big on Broadway.

Who’S It For?: Indoctrinated fans of High School Musical will be able to take away more of this film’s entertainment value than those unfamiliar with Sharpay Evans and her legacy as a Wildcat. Young kids will enjoy the couple of song and dance performances in this movie, along with Tisdale’s Barbie doll performance. Whether this movie is really healthy for kids is another question. Anyone that’s actually gone to New York to chase a Broadway dream will smash their TVs.


The character development of Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical
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Tmp Reviews: Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure on Blu-ray!

The Movie Pool takes a look at the High School Musical spin-off Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure on Blu-ray!

Blu-ray Specs

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 enhanced for widescreen televisions

Running Time: 89 minutes

Rating: G

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, (Audio for the standard DVD is 5.1 Dolby Digital in English, French, and Spanish)

Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish

Special Features: "The Evolution of Sharpay" Documentary, "Austin Cam" featurette, Bloopers, Intro videos for Blu-ray and Digital Copies.

The Set-up

High School Musical's Sharpay Evans and her dog Boi head to New York City to audition for a Broadway show.

The Delivery

I'm going to admit it: I've never seen any of the High School Musical films. I have no desire to. That said, I liked Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. I realized I wasn't the target audience for this film, and taking into consideration that this is a tween movie,
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Competition: Tooth Fairy – Blu-ray Competition

This is a UK competition for Tooth Fairy, directed by Michael Lembeck and starring Dwayne Johnson, Judd, Stephen Merchant, Ryan Sheckler, Seth MacFarlane, Julie Andrews, Chase Ellison and Destiny Whitlock. Dwayne Johnson is the Tooth Fairy, also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster’s dreams, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labour as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand.
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Ashley Tisdale: Time Off in Toronto

Finished up with quite the intense week of filming, Ashley Tisdale was spotted out with her "High Stakes" co-star Austin Butler and a few friends in Toronto, Canada on Friday (June 18).

The "High School Musical" hottie seemed quite pleased to finally be getting a breather following an arduous week on the set of her Disney production.

Voicing her excitement over the break, Tizzie tweeted, "Worked till 3 in the morning! Just woke up. have rehearsal and then my day off really begins!"

As for the new project, "High Stakes" is being directed by Michael Lembeck, with the movie's synopsis telling, "Sharpay Evans travels to New York where she is pursuing a Broadway career but it's her dog who lands an acting gig first."
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Ricky Martin to star in Broadway's 'Evita,' Vinnie Jones snatches regular role on 'The Cape'

Ricky Martin to star in Broadway's 'Evita,' Vinnie Jones snatches regular role on 'The Cape'
In a press release, the producers of Broadway’s Evita announced Ricky Martin and Elena Roger will star in a 2012 production of the show. (Martin will also be presenting at this year’s Tony Awards, according to a CBS rep.) Roger will play the title role, while Martin will play Ché. Does this mean William Hung will play the role Off-Broadway?

Snatch star Vinnie Jones will be a series regular on NBC’s The Cape, starring as Scales, “a frightening man with a freakish skin condition that gives him the appearance of green and gold scales.” Will Kanye West be cast as a romantic interest?
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Ashley Tisdale Starts Production On "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"

When news of the upcoming "High School Musical" spin-off "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" first broke, it seemed like a cruel April Fool's Joke on fans of the bubbly, blonde character (it was announced last April 1st). But it's official, Ashley Tisdale is in the pink again and reprising her role as Sharpay Evans.

Production has already begun on the upcoming Disney Channel original movie, set to air sometime in 2011. Tisdale will star and executive produce in the movie, which features a Broadway-bound Sharpay hitting the Great White Way to achieve her dreams of stardom. But the doors are opening for her dog Boi instead and Sharpay sets out to make him the biggest little star on Broadway yet.

Also starring alongside Tisdale is Disney Channel star Bradley Steven Perry as her young nemesis, Austin Butler as a film student she befriends, Cameron Goodman as a Broadway star, Alec Mapa as the show's eccentric director,
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Disney Channel Taps Director, Cast For HSM Offshoot 'Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure'

Exclusive: Disney Channel is starting production on High School Musical spinoff Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, which stars Ashley Tisdale reprising her role as drama queen Sharpay Evans from the HSM franchise. Tooth Fairy helmer Michael Lembeck has come on board to direct the film, which follows Sharpay to New York where she is pursuing a Broadway career but it’s her dog who lands an acting gig first. Joining Tisdale are Austin Butler (Life Unexpected) as the confident film student Peyton Leverett and Bradley Steven Perry (Good Luck Charlie) as a precocious young dog owner and Sharpay's nemesis. Rounding out the cast is Cameron Goodman [...]
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