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Ken Burns to Launch Documentary Filmmaking Course Online With MasterClass

Ken Burns to Launch Documentary Filmmaking Course Online With MasterClass
Ken Burns is promising to spill the beans on what goes into making his famous documentary films in his first online course.

Burns, one of America’s best-known and prolific documentary filmmakers, is teaming with online-education startup MasterClass for the series of lessons, slated to launch this fall. His class is open for pre-registration now, available for $90 at masterclass.com or the MasterClass iOS apps. MasterClass also offers a $180 annual subscription, which offers unlimited access to all its courses.

Over more than 40 years, Burns has produced a huge corpus of acclaimed documentaries, including “Brooklyn Bridge,” “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The Statue of Liberty,” “The War,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” “Jackie Robinson” and “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.”

His docu-series “The Vietnam War,” which premiered on PBS last fall, has been watched by over 39 million people. Burns’ latest film, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science,
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Ken Burns to Launch Documentary Filmmaking Course Online with MasterClass

  • Variety
Ken Burns to Launch Documentary Filmmaking Course Online with MasterClass
Ken Burns is promising to spill the beans on what goes into making his famous documentary films in his first online course.

Burns, one of America’s best-known and prolific documentary filmmakers, is teaming with online-education startup MasterClass for the series of lessons, slated to launch this fall. His class is open for pre-registration now, available for $90 at masterclass.com or the MasterClass iOS apps. MasterClass also offers a $180 annual subscription, which offers unlimited access to all its courses.

Over more than 40 years, Burns has produced a huge corpus of acclaimed documentaries, including “Brooklyn Bridge,” “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The Statue of Liberty,” “The War,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” “Jackie Robinson” and “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.”

His docu-series “The Vietnam War,” which premiered on PBS last fall, has been watched by over 39 million people. Burns’ latest film, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science,
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Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’

Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’
Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne are in talks to star in the thriller “The Good Nurse.”

The movie, which has been in development at Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures since 2016, centers on the serial killer/nurse Charles Cullen. Redmayne would portray Cullen and Chastain would play a nurse who helped track down Cullen after he killed as many as 40 patients before being arrested in 2003.

Bron Studios will produce and release the pic through Lionsgate.

“The Good Nurse,” based on the book by Charles Graeber, will be adapted by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm has been attached to direct the project for the past two years.

Redmayne, who won the best actor Oscar for “The Theory of Everything,” will seen be next as Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

Chastain starred in “Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin’s feature directorial debut. She will appear in the X-Men
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Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’

  • Variety
Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’
Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne are in talks to star in the thriller “The Good Nurse.”

The movie, which has been in development at Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures since 2016, centers on the serial killer/nurse Charles Cullen. Redmayne would portray Cullen and Chastain would play a nurse who helped track down Cullen after he killed as many as 40 patients before being arrested in 2003.

Bron Studios will produce and release the pic through Lionsgate.

“The Good Nurse,” based on the book by Charles Graeber, will be adapted by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm has been attached to direct the project for the past two years.

Redmayne, who won the best actor Oscar for “The Theory of Everything,” will seen be next as Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

Chastain starred in “Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin’s feature directorial debut. She will appear in the X-Men
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Jessica Chastain Producing, Starring in Action Movie ‘Eve’ With Voltage

Jessica Chastain Producing, Starring in Action Movie ‘Eve’ With Voltage
Jessica Chastain will star in the character-driven action movie “Eve” and will produce through her Freckle Films production company with Voltage Pictures.

Matthew Newton, who wrote the script, will also direct the picture. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Newton most recently directed “Who We Are Now,” starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zach Quinto, which FilmRise picked up after it premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival.

Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam will produce alongside Chastain and her partner Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films. Newton will also produce. Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producer with Babacar Diene serving as co-producer.

Chastain and Carmichael said in a joint statement, “Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters. We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on ‘Eve.’”

Chartier said, “Matt Newton wrote a wonderful new
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Jessica Chastain Producing, Starring in Action Movie ‘Eve’ With Voltage

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Jessica Chastain Producing, Starring in Action Movie ‘Eve’ With Voltage
Jessica Chastain will star in the character-drive action movie “Eve” and will produce through her Freckle Films production company with Voltage Pictures.

Matthew Newton, who wrote the script, will also direct the picture. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Newton most recently directed “Who We Are Now,” starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zach Quinto, which FilmRise picked up after it premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival.

Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam will produce alongside Chastain and her partner Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films. Newton will also produce. Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producer with Babacar Diene serving as co-producer.

Chastain and Carmichael said in a joint statement, “Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters. We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on ‘Eve.’”

Chartier said, “Matt Newton wrote a wonderful new
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Red-Carpet Voices: Chris Messina for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’

Chicago – You’ve seen him in many familiar roles over the years, from “Argo” to “The Mindy Project.” Character actor Chris Messina is memorable in all those roles, and currently is taking on Detective Richard Willis in the hot new HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects,” opposite Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson.

Sharp Objects” is based on the first novel by author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”). Camille Preaker (Adams) is a crime reporter in St. Louis, who is assigned to a murder story in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri. She is a psychological mess, having just been released from a psychiatric hospital for various ills, and still cannot shake her acute alcoholism. The assignment comes with some baggage, as Camille’s small-town socialite mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) is back in her life. Further complicating matters is Detective Willis (Chris Messina) as a Kansas City law officer brought in to help solve the murders.
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‘Letterkenny’ Review: Wonderfully Weird Canadian Comedy Comes to Hulu

The dialogue on Letterkenny seems impenetrable the first time you watch it, maybe even the second or third. The Canadian comedy, which Hulu recently added to its library, takes place in a small town in rural Ontario populated by “hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians,” and each group has its own colorful vernacular. The hicks – sibling farmers Wayne (creator/star Jared Keeso) and Katy (Michelle Mylett) and their friends Daryl (Nathan Dales) and Squirrely Dan (K. Trevor Wilson) – have been known to talk about “hooverin’ schneef” (snorting cocaine), and when
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New Tom Stoppard Play Among Lincoln Center Theater Fall Offerings

New Tom Stoppard Play Among Lincoln Center Theater Fall Offerings
The Hard Problem, a new play by Arcadia playwright Tom Stoppard to be staged by his The Coast of Utophia director Jack O’Brien, will premiere next fall as a Lincoln Center Theater production.

The Stoppard play is one of two new Lincoln Center Theater productions announced today for the fall season. Also coming: Miranda Rose Hall’s Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, to be directed by Margot Bordelon.

Stoppard’s The Hard Problem begins previews Thursday, October 25 with an official opening on Monday, November 19 at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Hall’s Plot Points, a Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production, begins performances Saturday, October 6, opens Monday, October 22, and runs through Sunday, November 18 at the Claire Tow Theater.

The Hard Problem will feature Eshan Bay, Adelaide Clemens, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Chris O’Shea, Tara Summers, and Karoline Xu, with additional casting to be announced. The
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Aaron Sorkin Questions Babe Ruth's Career Because Of Segregation

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Aaron Sorkin Questions Babe Ruth's Career Because Of Segregation
Here's some real talk featuring Hollywood super heavyweight Aaron Sorkin ... a die-hard Yankee fan who's doing the unthinkable ... questioning the legitimacy of the career of Babe Ruth. Yeah, he did it. We got Sorkin out at Craig's and asked him if the current Yankees home run hitting tear should come with an asterisk ... because the new Yankee stadium has short fences in places. That's when it happened. "If there's no asterisk next to Babe Ruth for only facing white pitchers,
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The 17 Most Important Political TV Series of All Time, From ‘West Wing’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (Photos)

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The 17 Most Important Political TV Series of All Time, From ‘West Wing’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (Photos)
TV shows have been taking on politics for decades. Long before “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “House of Cards” hit the small screen, viewers got inside looks at presidential campaigns, White House senior staffers, and the world of counterterrorism. Take a look back at the greatest political TV shows of all time.

Yes, Minister (1980-82)

We start our list on the other side of the pond. This classic British show starred Paul Eddington as the minister of the (fictional) Department of Administrative Affairs, with Nigel Harthorne and Derek Fowlds as his two secretaries. The show inspired numerous spinoffs and was a favorite of Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher.

Tanner ’88 (1988)

This early political mockumentary miniseries from Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”) provided a behind-the-scenes look at the fictional campaign of former Michigan representative Jack Tanner as he sought to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. The series starred Michael Murphy in the title role,
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West Wing Stars Reunite with Aaron Sorkin: "Talking Reboot"

It's another West Wing reunion! Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the NBC series, posted on Wednesday night a photo on social media of him having dinner with friends, including fellow former co-stars Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) and show creator Aaron Sorkin. "Talking reboot," Malina wrote. Was he being series? The actor, who's spent the last few years as a cast member on Scandal, is known for his sense of humor. But while no plans to reboot the show have been announced, Sorkin appears to have a standing offer at NBC to create one. Britford, recently seen on The Handmaid's Tale, is also known for...
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‘West Wing’ Star Joshua Malina Teases Reboot After Cast Reunion With Aaron Sorkin

  • The Wrap
Well, it looks like that long-buzzed about “West Wing” reboot might actually be in the works after all.

On Wednesday, the NBC political drama’s stars Bradley Whitford (Josh), Janel Moloney (Donna), and Joshua Malina (Will) had dinner with creator Aaron Sorkin, and Malina — now unemployed, thanks to the recent end of ABC’s “Scandal” — stoked the flames of a reunion by tweeting a photo of the evening with the caption, “Talking reboot.”

Make of that what you will, as Malina is known for being a jokester, with Whitford tweeting this that same night, after posting a since-deleted tweet that said “I’m horny”: “I’m having dinner with @JoshMalina. He took my phone and tweeted that last tweet. It was not me. I swear to God. Forgive him. @kumailn”

I’m having dinner with @JoshMalina. He took my phone and tweeted that last tweet. It was not me.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Joins MasterClass

  • Variety
In today’s roundup, Comedy Central reveals the premiere date of Season 22 of “South Park,” while “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood signs on to host her own writing MasterClass.

Casting

Ashley Graham will be joining the second season of Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star” as the new host and executive producer of the competition series. “We are thrilled to have world-renowned supermodel, Ashley Graham, join the second season of ‘American Beauty Star’ as host,” said executive producer Norton Herrick of Herrick Entertainment. “Graham’s extensive work in both fashion and beauty has pushed the boundaries for industry standards and we look forward to her unique perspective alongside our highly creative panel of judges.” Celebrity makeup artist Sir John will also return as mentor to the contestants when the series returns in 2019.

Meredith Vieira is slated to host “25 Words or Less,” the game show from Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky,
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Tells Online Writing Class Those “Bad Things” Really Happened

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Tells Online Writing Class Those “Bad Things” Really Happened
Now that you’ve seen the Season Two finale of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale – or even if you haven’t yet – author Margaret Atwood has something she’d like you to know about her original 1985 book, or more specifically, all the “bad things” included therein.

“I didn’t make them up,” says the writer in this exclusive new trailer for her Masterclass sessions. Atwood is the latest high-profile instructor to offer writing classes with the online education company, joining Aaron Sorkin, R.L. Stine and David Mamet, among others.

“When I wrote The Handmaid’s Tale,” Atwood says in the promo, “nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time. The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’

“I didn’t make them up.
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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Suggests ‘Maybe It’s Time for Heroes Again’ on TV

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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Suggests ‘Maybe It’s Time for Heroes Again’ on TV
While the 2000s was the age of the antihero as Tony Soprano, Don Draper, and Walter White graced television screens, “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan proposes that the current political climate may call for the resurgence of a different kind of leading character for viewers to rally behind.

During a conversation after the premiere screening of CNN’s “The 2000s” at the Paley Center for Media on Thursday night, Gilligan recounted: “I watched a lot of TV growing up, a lot of ’50s and ’60s re-runs. Back then, the order of the day was you had folks wearing white hats and you had folks wearing black hats. There were good guys and bad guys. But real people are various shades of grey. With Walter White, and loving ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Shield,’ maybe now we’ve got so many of them that maybe
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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’

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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’
Kevin Costner has returned to the western genre which has so often brought him success. It’s not feature films this time but with the new television series “Yellowstone,” currently bringing excellent ratings to the Paramount Network. Westerns have been good to Costner at the movies, with his most successful winning him two Oscars as producer and director of “Dances with Wolves” in 1990.

Costner almost had a career that ended before it really started. After very small roles in a number of big films such as Ron Howard’s “Night Shift” and the Jessica Lange vehicle “Frances” Costner then got what could have been a star-making role. However, his role as a suicide victim in flashback scenes for “The Big Chill” was cut by director Lawrence Kasdan. The same director wou would later make it up to Costner by casting him in a showy role in the film “Silverado.”

That
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‘The Mindy Project’ Alum Chris Messina Inks With CAA

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‘The Mindy Project’ Alum Chris Messina Inks With CAA
Exclusive: Chris Messina has signed with CAA for representation. The actor, who had been with Wme, starred in Hulu’s The Mindy Project and next can be seen opposite Amy Adams in HBO/Blumhouse’s limited series Sharp Objects, which premieres July 8.

His TV credits also include Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom and FX’s Damages opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.

On the film side, Messina appeared in Best Picture Oscar winner Argo as well as Live by Night, Julie & Julia and Away We Go from Sam Mendes. He marked his directorial debut with 2014 film Alex of Venice, in which he also starred.

Messina continues to be repped by Gendler & Kelly.
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‘The Conners’ could be key to Emmy wins for ‘Roseanne’ cast

‘The Conners’ could be key to Emmy wins for ‘Roseanne’ cast
After the stunning cancellation of “Roseanne” on May 29 in the wake of Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets, we had written off the rest of the cast as Emmy contenders. But with five days left in voting comes news that the show will return, sans Barr, as “The Conners.” This could be just the boost that the likes of John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert need to revive their Emmy chances.

We’ve already seen the Broadway community rally around Metcalf, who pulled off a stunning upset at the recent Tony Awards. She won the featured actress trophy for her work in “Three Tall Women” over Denise Gough, who was riveting in the epic revival of “Angels in America.” Metcalf is equally beloved by the TV academy, racking up three consecutive wins for her role as the tart-tongued Jackie Harris during the original run of “Roseanne” beginning in 1992. She has reaped seven more bids since,
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Emily Mortimer Signs With UTA

Emily Mortimer Signs With UTA
Emily Mortimer, who is in Disney’s big Christmas release, Mary Poppins Returns opposite Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, has signed with UTA.

Most recently, Mortimer starred in Stacy Cochran’s drama Write When You Get Work and Sally Potter’s The Party and will next star in Isabelle Coixet’s The Bookshop — which was released in Europe earlier this year, and for which she received a Goya Award nomination.

On the television side, Mortimer created and starred in HBO’s acclaimed comedy series Doll & Em as Emily opposite her real-life best friend Dolly Wells.

Prior to that role, she starred as MacKenzie McHale opposite Jeff Daniels on Aaron Sorkin’s Golden Globe nominated series The Newsroom for HBO.

Mortimer is also an accomplished stage actress and has appeared in productions of Parlour Song, The Merchant of Venice and The Lights, to name a few.
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