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‘Peterloo’ Dp Dick Pope on the Making of a Massacre

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Cinematographer Dick Pope has collaborated with iconic director Mike Leigh for over two decades and set out to apply their unique approach to filming to the story of the 1819 British massacre of demonstrators known to history as Peterloo. A study of workers, factory owners, the clergy and the crown, whose conflicting interests build to a brutal bloodbath on St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, the film represented the greatest technical challenge Pope has faced, he says.

Competing for the Golden Frog at EnergaCamerimage and shot at historic locations, the production was built up from a focus on actors and performances as its foundation, says Pope, an approach he and Leigh have used throughout their collaboration on films including “Naked,” “Vera Drake” and “Mr. Turner.”

You’ve been on juries here at EnergaCamerimage more than once. What do you notice in different choices younger cinematographers are making?

I do find in
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‘St. Elsewhere’: Why You Should Revisit TV’s Groundbreaking Medical Drama

‘St. Elsewhere’: Why You Should Revisit TV’s Groundbreaking Medical Drama
There’s a famous episode of South Park called “Simpsons Already Did It,” where Butters proposes various schemes that he then has to abandon upon being reminded that someone on The Simpsons had previously tried it. It was a reflection of the innovation and influence of Bart, Homer and friends, and of the long shadow they cast over so many shows that followed them. It’s damn hard for any animated comedy — including The Simpsons itself, which, like South Park, is still making new episodes 16 years after “Simpsons Already Did
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Ted Rich, Film Editor and Postproduction Veteran, Dies at 88

Ted Rich, the longtime film editor and postproduction executive who started out on I Love Lucy and segued to other television classics like Get Smart, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hill Street Blues and Dallas, has died. He was 88.

Rich, who received the Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors two years ago, died Saturday in Los Angeles of heart failure, his son, Steven, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Rich assisted editor Bud Molin on the iconic I Love Lucy at Desilu Productions early in his career, and he went on to cut shows including I'm Dickens, He's Fenster; The ...
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‘The Americans’ mirrored ‘Friday Night Lights” final Emmys run in more ways than you think

‘The Americans’ mirrored ‘Friday Night Lights” final Emmys run in more ways than you think
For a while, many were hoping and/or predicting “The Americans” would pull a “Friday Night Lights” at the Emmys: win Best Drama Writing for its series finale and Best Drama Actor in its final go-around just like “Fnl” did in 2011. It came true Monday night, when “Start,” written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, won the former and Matthew Rhys took home the latter. That one-two punch, however, isn’t the only way their final Emmy runs were eerily alike.

The critically adored, criminally under-rewarded shows were up for the same four awards in their final seasons: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor, Best Drama Actress and Best Drama Writing (“Always” by “Fnl” executive producer Jason Katims). That’s not breaking news, and yeah, they lost the same awards, which quite a few people predicted as well. But to whom they lost those prizes is notable.

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‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy

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‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy
Twenty-five years ago, audiences were captivated by a most arresting and original spin on a TV staple — the police drama. Steven Bochco, who was already well-known as one of television’s chief innovators and reinventors thanks to high-quality series like “Paris,” “L.A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, co-created “NYPD Blue.” This was his second reinvention of the genre (he was also responsible for “Hill Street Blues”), but in teaming up with David Milch the envelope was pushed even farther.

Not only would “NYPD Blue” pioneer a grittier, more frenetic storytelling style with the use of regularly jerky and very verite handheld camera, it would challenge long-established broadcast network limits regarding violence, nudity and four-letter words. Of course, the road for such a disruptive new approach would not be an easy one, with high drama playing out both among the opposition to the game-changing series and within its own ranks before
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‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy upset extends its all-time record to 47 wins

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‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy upset extends its all-time record to 47 wins
At the Primetime Emmys telecast on September 17 we weren’t expecting “Game of Thrones” to win any of its five categories, but it surprised us twice, and they were pretty big surprises: it claimed Best Drama Series for the third time and also Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage for the third time. That brings the show’s total awards for the year to 9 and its all-time total to 47, which is by far the most awards for a primetime drama or comedy in a single year.

It’s hard to imagine a behemoth like “Game of Thrones” being considered an underdog anywhere, especially at the Emmys where it earned the most nominations of any program this year (22), but most of our users thought last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” would carry its momentum for another year. However, “Handmaid’s” ended up shut out entirely at the telecast,
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‘Game of Thrones’ dethrones ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at 2018 Emmys in first head-to-head battle for Best Drama Series

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‘Game of Thrones’ dethrones ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at 2018 Emmys in first head-to-head battle for Best Drama Series
The Best Drama Series category at the 2018 Emmys marked the first head-to-head battle between 2017 champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” and 2015-16 winner “Game of Thrones,” which had been ineligible last year. Turns out Emmy voters much preferred fiery dragons to dystopian handmaids.

Game of Thrones” is now tied at three wins apiece with the 1950s anthology “Playhouse 90,” the 1960s legal drama “The Defenders” and the 1970s period piece “Upstairs, Downstairs.” It could equal the Emmy record of four wins next year as its final season is set to air in the spring. That would put “Game of Thrones” in the company of “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Mad Men” and “The West Wing.” The success of that latter series meant HBO’s last big drama, “The Sopranos,” only won this race twice.

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Emmys In Memoriam: Fond Farewell To Late-Great Stars & Industry Vets

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Emmys In Memoriam: Fond Farewell To Late-Great Stars & Industry Vets
The Emmys paid their final respects tonight to dozens of industry notables who died over the past year, including 10-time Emmy-winning writer-producer Steven Bochco, who employed half the town on such shows as Hill Street Blues, La Law and NYPD Blue; five-time Emmy-winner Anthony Bourdain, whose suicide shocked his friends and fans; and three-time winning actress and humanitarian Nanette Fabray. Sen. John McCain also was honored, as was Neil Simon and Aretha Franklin, whose moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” was played throughout.

Presented by Tina Fey, the In Memoriam portion of the show also paid tribute to dozens of actors including Burt Reynolds, Rose Marie, Jim Nabors, Della Reese, Jerry Van Dyke, Charlotte Rae, Bill Daily and David Cassidy. Emmy-winning actors Robert Guillaume, Reg E. Cathey and Olivia Cole also were honored.

David Ogden Stiers, who was nominated for three Emmys – twice for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony was tearful as beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan were part of the annual tribute.

SEEEmmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

But who was missing from the memoriam this time? Some of those surprising omissions included:

Marty Allen (actor/comedian)

Peter Baldwin (director)

Brent Briscoe (actor)

Dushon Monique Brown (actor)

Frank Buxton (writer/director)

Joseph Campanella (actor)

Olivia Cole (actor)

Vic Damone (actor/singer)

Bradford Dillman (actor)

Roy Dotrice (actor)

John Dunsworth (actor)

Harlan Ellison (writer)

Nanette Fabray (actor)

Dominic Frontiere (composer)

Michael Gershman (cinematographer)

Billy Graham (host)

Vanessa Greene (producer)

Doug Grindstaff (sound editor)

John Hillerman (actor)

Rance Howard (actor)

Tab Hunter (actor)

Earle Hyman (actor)

Anne Jeffreys (actor)

Margot Kidder (actor)

Louise Latham
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'The X-Files' Actor Peter Donat Dies at 90

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'The X-Files' Actor Peter Donat Dies at 90
Peter Donat -- who appeared on several popular TV shows during his 50-year career and played Mulder's father on "The X-Files" -- has died ... according to his wife. He reportedly died Monday at his home in Point Reyes Station, California from complications of diabetes. Donat began his career in 1953 and was a familiar face on television for decades. He guest-starred and had recurring roles on shows like "Mission: Impossible," "The F.B.I.," "The Waltons," "Hawaii Five-o,
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Peter Donat, Mulder’s Father on ‘X-Files,’ Dies at 90

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Peter Donat, Mulder’s Father on ‘X-Files,’ Dies at 90
Peter Donat, best known as agent Fox Mulder’s father on “The X Files,” died on Monday due to complications of diabetes, his wife, Maria, told the New York Times. He was 90.

“Peter had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously,” his TV son David Duchovny tweeted Saturday. “It was an honor to know him and work with him.”

Peter had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously. It was an honor to know him and work with him. pic.twitter.com/ZsmXeqZm6e

— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) September 15, 2018

The Canadian-born actor was a familiar face on television on the 1970s and ’80s, having appeared on shows like “Hawaii Five-o,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Waltons,
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Peter Donat, Who Played Mulder's Dad on The X-Files, Dead at 90

Peter Donat, Who Played Mulder's Dad on The X-Files, Dead at 90
Veteran character actor Peter Donat, best known in recent years for playing Agent Mulder’s father on The X-Files, has died at the age of 90.

Donat passed away on Monday at his California home of complications from diabetes, according to The New York Times. He made his X-Files debut as Bill Mulder in Season 2’s “Colony,” and reprised the role in five subsequent episodes, concluding with Season 6’s “One Son.” (Bill Mulder was dramatically killed off in the Season 2 finale, but continued to appear via flashback.)

Enjoying a screen career that spanned six decades, Donat also made appearances on Dallas
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Peter Donat, ‘The X-Files’ Actor, Dies at 90

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Peter Donat, ‘The X-Files’ Actor, Dies at 90
Peter Donat, who played Agent Fox Mulder’s father on “The X-Files” and acted in two Francis Ford Coppola films, died Monday at his home in Point Reyes, Calif. He was 90.

His wife, Maria, told the New York Times the cause was complications of diabetes.

Donat, perhaps most recognizable for his recurring “X-Files” role, was also a frequent stage actor, playing Cyrano de Bergerac, Prospero, Shylock, King Lear and Hadrian VII over the years.

He also guest starred on TV series like “The F.B.I.,” “Hawaii Five-o,” “Mannix,” McMillan & Wife,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Francis Ford Coppola cast Donat as a lawyer in “The Godfather Part II” after he was considered for the role of Tom Hagen in “The Godather,” a part that eventually went to Robert Duvall. Donat also played Otto Kerner in Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” in 1980.

The Canadian-born actor originated from Kentville,
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony will be especially tearful this year. Beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan will certainly be just a few people honored with in a musical tribute.

Let’s take a look back at these TV icons as well as over 50 others who have died since mid-September last year. Many will be included in the memoriam for the live Emmys ceremony hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost for NBC on September 17.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2018: In Memoriam Gallery

Bochco died on April 1 at age 74. The 10-time Emmy winner was the creator of such TV classics as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bourdain died in France on June
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‘The Americans’ could join an elite group of shows that swept the drama lead Emmy categories

‘The Americans’ could join an elite group of shows that swept the drama lead Emmy categories
Could Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell take home his-and-her Emmys? The “Americans” stars (and real-life couple) have a decent shot, with Rhys sitting in second place in our Best Drama Actor Emmy odds and Russell lodged in fourth in our Best Drama Actress predictions. If they do pull off the wins, this would only be the seventh time in Emmy history that the drama lead races went to the same show.

The Emmys’ acting categories weren’t genre-specific in its nascent years, so we didn’t get separate comedy and drama acting races until 1966. Since then, only six times, across five shows, have co-stars won drama lead actor and actress. They are:

See Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season

1973: Richard Thomas and Michael Learned, “The Waltons

1981: Daniel J. Travanti and Barbara Babcock, “Hill Street Blues

1993: Tom Skerritt and Kathy Baker,
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Tom O’Neil on new, stricter monitoring of Emmy voters: ‘It’s magnificently cruel!’

As TV academy members pick Emmy winners this week and next, there’s a harsh change in the process. Now voters must really, really promise that they’ve viewed at least one episode of each nominee in a category before completing their ballot.

Last year voters had to make the same pledge, but it wasn’t extracted at the end of the academy’s cynical finger pointed fiercely between the voter’s eyes. On the 2017 ballot, a warning reminded voters that they promised to watch a sample of each nominee’s work in a category before crowning their champs. Voters even had to check off a box before proceeding, but once you cleared security at the door, you were allowed to enter the main ballot area and start pulling levers, wreaking havoc.

This year, however, there’s a big, scary security goon lurking around every corner to extract your sacred
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When good TV goes bad: why Murder One should have closed its case

Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco’s cult crime procedural was taut and tense – before wholesale changes sanded down its rougher edges

Steven Bochco. Even the name somehow evokes a crotchety, bleary-eyed detective slurping bad coffee in a dingy squad room. When the veteran TV writer died earlier this year, the obituaries naturally zeroed in on his greatest hits and misses, from such mighty, monolithic dramas as Hill Street Blues, St Elsewhere and NYPD Blue to Bochco’s most notorious botch, the doomed precinct musical Cop Rock. He was a creator and collaborator so prolific that it was perhaps inevitable that some of his projects might get a little lost in the eulogy shuffle.

The gripping, labyrinthine 1990s legal procedural Murder One feels like it should be jockeying for a place in the Bochco pantheon, especially in our longform-worshipping age. In the zig-zagging season one, hellraising Hollywood hunk Neil Avedon
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Readers predict ‘Game of Thrones’ will win Best Drama Series Emmy — next year, that is

Readers predict ‘Game of Thrones’ will win Best Drama Series Emmy — next year, that is
The Best Drama Series Emmy is “Game of Thrones”‘ — in 2019. In a recent poll, 61 percent of our readers are more confident in the show taking the top prize next year — for its eighth and final season — than they are this year.

That jibes with our current predictions, which has “Game of Thrones” sitting in second place in our odds behind reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Game of Thrones” leads the field with 22 nominations, boding well for it to reclaim the award it won in 2015 and 2016 before it took a year off. But “Handmaid’s” is only two behind with 20 nominations. And if you believe in telling stats, only one other show has won Best Drama Series for its seventh season, which is what “Game of Thrones” is trying to do: “Law & Order” in 1997.

See Best Drama Series Emmy episode submissions revealed for all 7 nominees (Exclusive)

Should “Game of Thrones
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Will ‘Game of Thrones’ follow the same Emmy path as ‘The Sopranos’?

Will ‘Game of Thrones’ follow the same Emmy path as ‘The Sopranos’?
Game of Thrones” had to cede its Emmy throne last year after sitting out the eligibility cycle, paving the way for “The Handmaid’s Tale” to claim Best Drama Series. It’s back with a vengeance, earning a leading 22 nominations, so it could pick up right where it left off, with its third series statuette. If it does, it would only be the fourth series to reclaim the prize.

Upstairs, Downstairs” first achieved this, winning Best Drama Series in 1974, 1975 and 1977. It competed in Best Limited series in 1976 and won that too. “L.A. Law” prevailed for its inaugural season in 1987, lost to “thirtysomething” the next year before winning three in a row. “The Sopranos” finally took home the top prize in 2004 and nabbed a second one for its final season in 2007. All the other 13 multiple Best Drama Series winners — including “Game of Thrones” so far and four-time champs “Hill Street Blues,
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‘Smilf’ Adds Ally Sheedy, Matthew Morrision in Season 2 Guest Roles (Exclusive)

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‘Smilf’ Adds Ally Sheedy, Matthew Morrision in Season 2 Guest Roles (Exclusive)
Ally Sheedy and Matthew Morrison have joined the second season of “Smilf” in guest starring roles, Variety has learned exclusively.

Morrison will play the role of Mitch, the nice guy ex-boyfriend of Bridgette (Frankie Shaw) from high school. Despite being polar opposites, the two still have feelings for each other. Sheedy will play Fiona, a friend of Bridge and Rafi (Miguel Gomez). Fiona is a no-nonsense midwife, a realist, down to earth and practical.

Morrison is best known for starring as Will Schuester on “Glee,” the Fox musical comedy that ran for six seasons. Morrison earned an Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations during his time on the series. He has also appeared on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife,” and “Younger.” He has also appeared in films like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Once Upon a Mattress.” He is repped by Podwall Entertainment and Gang,
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