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How ‘Godless’ Dp Steven Meizler never lost sight of the wild, wild West’s landscapes [Exclusive Video Interview]

How ‘Godless’ Dp Steven Meizler never lost sight of the wild, wild West’s landscapes [Exclusive Video Interview]
Godless” cinematographer Steven Meizler took a whole class dedicated to Western films in college, but he first looked to another source for inspiration when prepping for the Netflix limited series.

“I got the beginning of my research from old Western photographers and painters, like Frederic Remington. I got a lot of the colors and color palette from that. And Edward Curtis — a lot of his photography and compositions,” Meizler revealed during Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Cinematography panel, moderated by this author (watch above). “I was really struck by how hard the life was of the people and how they were survivalists and I really wanted to bring that to Godless, and how hard it was to live in the West.”

See ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Dp Colin Watkinson on creating the Colonies: ‘We wanted it to feel epic’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Godless,” which was filmed in Santa Fe, N.M., features
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Carlos Rafael Rivera (‘Godless’ composer) chats honoring western scores ‘without borrowing from them’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Carlos Rafael Rivera (‘Godless’ composer) chats honoring western scores ‘without borrowing from them’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Musician Carlos Rafael Rivera first heard about “Godless” from Scott Frank in 2003, when the writer-director was a guitar student of his. “I had no idea I’d ever be working with him as a composer,” Rivera admits, since at that time he’d never written a movie score in his life. The two eventually collaborated on Frank’s film “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (2014), Rivera’s first credit as a composer, which was “an education.” Now he’s in the Emmy race for “Godless,” which is only his second score, and his first for TV. Watch our exclusive video interview with Rivera above.

See Merritt Wever (‘Godless’) on female-centric western: In a traditional western, ‘there probably wouldn’t have been a part for me’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

This Netflix limited series tells the story of Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), who is on the run from a violent outlaw gang leader (Jeff Daniels
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Tarra Day (‘Godless’ makeup department head) on women leading the western genre in Netflix limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tarra Day (‘Godless’ makeup department head) on women leading the western genre in Netflix limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]
According to makeup department head Tarra Day, “Godless” is unique in the western genre simply because of its “strong women characters.” Day has a lot of experience with cowboys in the Wild West, having worked on such films as “Appaloosa” (2008) and “The Magnificent Seven” (2016). But in most cases “the women are prostitutes or girlfriends or wives. There hasn’t been a lot of room for female characters to lead the western.” That changed with this Netflix limited series. Watch our exclusive video interview with Day above.

See Merritt Wever (‘Godless’) on female-centric western: In a traditional western, ‘there probably wouldn’t have been a part for me’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Written and directed by Scott Frank, the series centers on a man (Jack O’Connell) evading a violent outlaw gang leader (Jeff Daniels). He takes refuge in the town of La Belle, New Mexico, which after a mining accident is populated almost entirely by women,
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‘Westworld’ episode 9 preview: Ed Harris & James Marsden finally deliver the goods in ‘Vanishing Point’

‘Westworld’ episode 9 preview: Ed Harris & James Marsden finally deliver the goods in ‘Vanishing Point’
This Sunday’s “Westworld” could be an important episode at the Emmys this year. Although it airs outside of the normal June to May eligibility period for the Emmys, it and the other three June episodes of “Westworld” are in contention at the Emmys this year as per the “hanging episodes” rule.

Vanishing Point,” which is the ninth of 10 episodes in season two, is the best showcase yet for Ed Harris and James Marsden. They were the only ones from the six core cast members not to be nominated for their performances last year and this episode might have been what voters were waiting for.

SEEour interview with “Westworld” guest actor Jimmi Simpson.

Vanishing Point” might be what inspired HBO to campaign Harris for Best Drama Actor, having submitted him for Best Drama Supporting Actor last year. The episode delves into the back story of his character William, specifically his home life,
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‘Godless’ Fyc event: Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Scott Frank discuss feminist western [Listen]

Netflix transported Emmy voters back to the Old West with a recent Fyc event for their limited series “Godless.” Gold Derby was on-hand at Netflix’s Fysee space at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood where a panel discussion was held with stars Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever, writer/director Scott Frank, and executive producer Casey Silver. Listen to the entire 33-minute Q&A above.

Godless” centers on Frank Griffin (Daniels), a violent outlaw gang leader hunting down his ex-protege, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), who’s hiding out in the town of La Belle, New Mexico. The town is inhabited almost entirely by women after a mining disaster killed most of the men.

See Scott Frank (‘Godless’ showrunner): ‘Feminist western’ was originally about fathers and sons [Exclusive Video Interview]

A two-time Oscar-nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (“Out of Sight” in 1998 and “Logan” in 2017), Frank first conceived the idea for “Godless” as a feature film.
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Good Behavior: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on TNT?

Vulture Watch Is Letty's best behavior good enough? Has the Good Behavior TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on TNT? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Good Behavior, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the TNT cable channel, Good Behavior stars Michelle Dockery as thief and confidence artist Letty Raines. The cast also includes Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney, Lusia Strus, Joey Kern, Nyles Julian Steele. Although Letty always gets what she wants, in regaining custody of her son, Jacob (Steele), she nearly lost her love — the assassin, Javier (Botto). In season two, she’s mended fences with both him, and with her mother, Estelle (Strus).
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'Godless' Director Says the Cast "Had to Go Through Cowboy Camp"

Scott Frank spent years trying to make Godless — a Western that follows a town full of women (widowed when a mine collapsed) who find their homes threatened after the arrival of an injured outlaw — as a movie. It finally came to fruition as a seven-part Netflix series, starring Jack O'Connell, Michelle Dockery and Jeff Daniels.

Frank, 58, spoke to THR about his star-studded cast and their horse-riding abilities.

How did this project end up as a limited series?

I wrote it in 2004 as a film and tried to get it made forever. Westerns just were not in fashion ...
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Why TV Podcasts are the ‘Director’s Commentary of the Internet Age’

It’s obviously not safe to take your TV in the shower or to watch it while driving, but with podcasts available on smartphones, voracious consumers of all things TV can take conversation about their favorite programs with them anywhere. In addition to a slew of unofficial TV show audio spin-offs — do a Google search for the CW drama “Riverdale” and the word “podcast” and you’ll be awash in options — more series are opting for official podcasts as another way to cement established relationships with fans and maybe draw in more viewers, too.

Not that podcasts devoted to TV
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Scott Frank (‘Godless’ showrunner): ‘Feminist western’ was originally about fathers and sons [Exclusive Video Interview]

Scott Frank (‘Godless’ showrunner): ‘Feminist western’ was originally about fathers and sons [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I really thought I was writing a story about fathers and sons,” showrunner Scott Frank says about his so-called “feminist western” miniseries “Godless.” Frank reveals in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) that he originally finished writing “Godless” in 2004 — as a feature film screenplay, which proved difficult to sell.

Reconceiving “Godless” as a miniseries, Frank developed the supporting characters, most of whom were women, as the story’s backdrop is a town in which most of the men have died in a mining accident. He explains, “The biggest changes involve… the women in the town. I expanded a lot of the characters there. I really gave the town a lot more prominence, and it just seemed like an interesting story or an interesting setting that I’d never seen before and something different to me.” The project stars Jack O’Connell, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy and Merritt Wever.
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TV Talk Podcast: No Nicole Kidman Or Jessica Lange Leaves Best Actress Limited Series Wide Open For Emmys

With winner Nicole Kidman, Jessica Lange and none of the other nominees from last year in the Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category eligible this year, the field looks wide open. Which is exactly the kind of contest we like, Primetime Emmys or otherwise. In today's Deadline TV Talk podcast, we look at the chances that past Emmy nominee and Downton Abbey alum Michelle Dockery has for Godless, as well as possible strong contenders like The Tale's Laura Dern
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Good Behavior: Season Three? TNT Hopes to Give the Series a Conclusion

TNT still hasn't fully decided whether it will cancel or renew its Good Behavior TV show for a third season. The series earns cancellation-low linear ratings, but its numbers improve with DVR-delayed and digital platform views. Today at the Turner Upfront presentation to advertisers, the network indicated it would like to give the series some sort of send-off, but whether that will happen as part of a third and final season, or in a Good Behavior TV series finale movie is still up in the air. A TNT drama based on the Letty Dobesh novels by Blake Crouch, Good Behavior stars Michelle Dockery as thief and confidence artist Letty Raines. The cast also includes Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney, Lusia Strus, Joey Kern, and Nyles Julian Steele. Read More…
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‘Good Behavior’: TNT Trying To “Properly Bring It To Conclusion” With Final Chapter

Despite solid reviews and a popular star, Michelle Dockery in her follow-up to hit Downton Abbey, TNT’s drama series Good Behavior never found a wide audience. Its Live+same day ratings have been low, a fraction of the second lowest-rated original drama series on the network. Still, the show has done some solid business in delayed viewing and on digital platforms, drawing younger viewers, and has become a cult favorite. “It has a passionate audience,” TNT and TBS…
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: TBS and TNT categories for ‘The Last O.G.,’ ‘The Alienist’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for TBS and TNT from Turner Networks. Comedy newcomer “The Last O.G.”, limited series “The Alienist” (Daniel Bruhl) and returning comedy “Search Party” (Alia Shawkat) are among the shows in their 2018 campaign.

SEEDakota Fanning (‘The Alienist’): ‘I tend to be drawn to darker subject matter’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Below, the list of TBS and TNT lead and supporting submissions for their comedies, dramas and limited series along with several other genres. More names might be added by the network before final Emmy paperwork deadlines. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

AFI Tribute To Diane Keaton”

Variety Special

The Alienist

Limited Series

Movie/Limited Series Actor – Daniel Bruhl

Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress – Dakota Fanning

Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor – Luke Evans, Ted Levine,
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: A nominee from HBO or FX has won this category nine times in the last 10 years — Laura Linney’s victory for “The Big C: Hereafter” in 2013 is the lone standout.

Fun Fact: Helen Mirren has the most trophies in this category. She’s won four times, including two for the “Prime Suspect” series.

Can Laura Dern become an Emmy winner two years in a row? After snagging her first trophy last year for “Big Little Lies,” Dern seems fated to snag another nomination (at least) for her hailed turn in HBO’s “The Tale.” The film earned rave reviews out of Sundance before the premium cable network picked it up, and the beloved Dern is front-and-center in the landmark cinematic memoir.

But she’s not the only one earning early Emmy buzz. Jessica Biel generated a
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Betsy Heimann (‘Godless’ costume designer) explains how John Wayne’s costumer prepared her for female-centric western [Exclusive Video Interview]

For costume designer Betsy Heimann, the most unusual aspect of Netflix’s western limited series “Godless” was how much it focused on “these women who were put in a circumstance where they had to improvise.” Written and directed by Scott Frank, the show follows a murderous outlaw (Jeff Daniels) hunting down an ex-protege (Jack O’Connell). His search leads him to a small town in New Mexico that, after a mining accident, is populated almost entirely by women, including Michelle Dockery and Merritt Wever. The veteran costumer was excited to “put my stamp on it by showing [women] doing all different things than you would normally” in the male-dominated genre. Watch our exclusive video interview with Heimann above.

See Jeff Daniels Interview: ‘The Looming Tower,’ ‘Godless

Heimann delved deep into research to find instances of women defying conventions in the Old West. She discovered photos of female miners, builders and farm
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After 'Three Billboards' and 'American Animals', what's next for North Carolina production?

Nc is open for filming, after a confusing few years.

Currently, North Carolina can celebrate the Oscar wins for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the forthcoming theatrical release of Sundance hit American Animals, a Kentucky-set story directed by British director Bart Layton that was mostly shot near Charlotte, including at Davidson College.

These two films coincidentally both have British production companies – Blueprint Pictures and Raw, respectively, and Film4 backs both features. They are a clear signal to both Us and international producers that Nc is open for filming, after a confusing few years.

After a golden era welcoming shoots
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Michelle Dockery Receives First Variety Icon Award for Canneseries

Michelle Dockery Receives First Variety Icon Award for Canneseries
Cannes — Michelle Dockery, who found fame around the globe as “Downton Abbey’s” Lady Mary Crawley, was honored with the first Variety Icon Award for Canneseries at Saturday’s official opening ceremony for the inaugural Cannes TV fest.

Described by Variety’s Stewart Clarke as “an actor at the top of their game during this golden age of scripted television,” Dockery, striking in a one-strap full-length red evening gown, told a packed Palais des Festivals crowd that in the last decade, “pretty well as long as I’ve been doing TV,” television had “transformed enormously.” “I feel extremely fortunate to
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Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass

Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass
British actress Michelle Dockery, who receives the Variety Icon Award at TV drama festival Canneseries in Cannes, Southern France on Saturday, spoke at a masterclass earlier in the day about her career and roles in TV series like “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” and “Godless.”

Dockery said that even when she was a child she was a performer – impersonating politicians and other famous people for her parents’ amusement. Her training at Guildhall drama school gave her a classical training best suited to a career on the stage. It also ingrained in her the idea that she should see herself as part of an ensemble,
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Michelle Dockery on Playing "Brilliant, Complex Women" from 'Downton Abbey' to 'Godless'

For Michelle Dockery, it's all been a matter of timing.

In 2010, the British stage actress got her TV breakthrough playing Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, a big-budget period drama that launched at the start of a global boom in high-end series. After 6 hit seasons of Downton (which garnered Dockerty one Golden Globe and three Emmy nominations for her performance), she shifted to the U.S., playing thief and con artist Letty Raines on TNT's Good Behavior, one of a new wave of cutting edge dramas coming out of the American cable channels. And, last year, she starred as...
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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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