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Viola Davis (‘Widows’) would be just the second black Best Film Drama Actress Golden Globe winner

Viola Davis (‘Widows’) would be just the second black Best Film Drama Actress Golden Globe winner
Like Best Actress at the Oscars, only one black performer has won Best Film Drama Actress at the Golden Globes. But that could change this year if Viola Davis (“Widows”) pulls off a victory.

The actress is currently in second place in our odds, behind just Glenn Close (“The Wife”), to join Whoopi Goldberg as the only black thespians to win this category; Goldberg took home the award for “The Color Purple” (1985).

A former nominee for “The Help” (2011), Davis would also be the second black actress to receive multiple nominations in the category following Halle Berry, who contended for “Monster’s Ball” (2001) and “Frankie and Alice” (2010). Davis, Berry and Goldberg are just three of eight black actresses who’ve been shortlisted in Best Film Drama Actress, along with Claudia McNeil, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Gabourey Sidibe and Ruth Negga.

See London Film Festival 2018: Viola Davis steals scenes in Steve McQueen
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Viola Davis (‘Widows’) could become the most nominated black actress in Oscar history

Viola Davis (‘Widows’) could become the most nominated black actress in Oscar history
Viola Davis recently received her third Oscar nomination and first win for the period drama film “Fences”. Her two other noms were for “Doubt” and “The Help”. This year, if Davis receives a fourth bid for starring in the heist thriller “Widows” (watch the trailer), she would make history as the most nominated black actress in Oscar history.

Seetiff 2018: Steve McQueen’s heist thriller ‘Widows’ wows critics, Viola Davis steals the show

At the moment, she shares the title with Octavia Spencer, also a three-time nominee. Her bids were for her supporting performances in “The Help”, “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water”. Next in line with two nominations would be Whoopi Goldberg – nominated for her lead performance in “The Color Purple” (1985) and supporting role in “Ghost” (1990), which she won for.

Widows” is based on the 80s British TV crime drama of the same name, which was written by Lynda La Plante.
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How Director Drew Goddard Brought Out Chris Hemsworth’s Dark Side in ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

  • Variety
How Director Drew Goddard Brought Out Chris Hemsworth’s Dark Side in ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’
Drew Goddard doesn’t write for actors, but the moment he finished “Bad Times at the El Royale,” his story about seven people colliding in a sketchy motel, he reached out to Chris Hemsworth.

Hemsworth, who appeared in Goddard’s directorial debut “Cabin in the Woods” just after his first turn as Thor, agreed to play the most dangerous character in “Bad Times,” a charismatic, would-be cult leader.

The writer-director spoke to Variety about reuniting with Hemsworth, the pleasure of working with Cynthia Erivo and Lewis Pullman, and the future of his X-Force project.

Let’s talk about casting Cynthia Erivo, who owns this movie.

Drew Goddard: When I was writing the movie, I knew I had this character, Darlene Sweet. She’s a lounge singer in the late ’60s. I knew I needed her to sing live. So much of it is not just about the singing, it’s
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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review: Retro Star-Studded Goof’s Quite the Gamble

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review: Retro Star-Studded Goof’s Quite the Gamble
Here’s the thing about Bad Times at the El Royale: When it’s good, it’s very, very good — and when it’s bad, this retro whatsit is a whole lot of awful. Punishingly long at 2 hours and 21 minutes, the movie is still crammed with enough depraved delights to make you consider checking in. Drew Goddard, whose 2012 directing debut with The Cabin in the Woods made fanboys of horror enthusiasts, is up to his old tricks: trap some shady types in a confined space. Then watch them squirm.

Set
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Video: First Look At The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros.Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.
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Basquiat Musical In Development For Broadway By ‘Late Show’ Bandleader Jon Batiste

  • Deadline
Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat will be the subject of a new Broadway-bound musical composed by Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director of CBSThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The project was announced today by producers Alan D. Marks and Barbara Marks, with Tony winner John Doyle set to direct.

The development team, according to the producers (Dear Evan Hansen), is working closely with the Basquiat Estate and have secured the rights to the painter’s art work and personal archives.

Additional creative team members and a production schedule will be announced at a later date.

Basquiat’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Basquiat said in a statement, “Over the years, many people have approached us about telling our brother’s story on stage. But having discussed this project with the Marks over many months, our interest was piqued once we understood that their approach to telling our brother’s story treats his life,
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Bradley Cooper Addresses ‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Jon Peters’ Harassment Charges

  • Variety
Bradley Cooper Addresses ‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Jon Peters’ Harassment Charges
Bradley Cooper, the director, producer, writer, and lead actor in the upcoming “A Star Is Born” remake, spoke for the first time about the sexual harassment allegations against one-time producer Jon Peters. Peters, who produced the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand, has been accused by numerous women of harassment in cases ranging from 1996 to 2008.

Cooper said although he needed Peters’ permission to remake the film, he was not aware of the allegations against him.

“Luckily, Jon wasn’t there [on set]. And if I had known all those things, I would have done it differently,” Cooper told NPR. “I wanted to make the movie, I knew I had to get consent from him, otherwise there’s no film. But I should have checked. I guess that’s the thing.”

The actor went on to say that he created a safe environment on set, and Peters was involved due to a “grandfather clause of the movie.
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Cynthia Erivo’s Harriet Tubman Movie Lands at Focus

  • Variety
Focus Features has come on board “Harriet,” a feature film chronicling the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman with Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo in the lead.

Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters are also starring. Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard.

Focus announced Thursday that production will start in October in Virginia. Producers are Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features, and Howard. Cinematographer John Toll, won back-to-back Oscars for “Legends of the Fall” and “Braveheart,” is also on board. Josh McLaughlin will oversee the production.

“Harriet” follows Tubman on her 1849 escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

“This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones,
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Emmy episode analysis: Brandon Victor Dixon (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) brings huge theatre presence to small screen

After NBC aired its live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in April, one name skyrocketed onto the Emmy radar: Brandon Victor Dixon. He’s best known for his stage work, including Tony-nominated turns in “The Color Purple” (2006) and “Shuffle Along” (2016) and a Tony win for producing “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (2014). But Dixon impressed TV critics and audiences alike with his performance as Judas Iscariot alongside household names John Legend as Jesus, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, and Alice Cooper as King Herod. For his performance, Dixon landed his career-first Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor.

Actors in the supporting categories for limited series submit episodes to Emmy judges just like actors in comedies and dramas do, but since “Jesus Christ Superstar” was a single one-night event Dixon is being considered for the whole production. “Superstar” focuses on Jesus’s final days, but even though Judas is considered a supporting character,
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Jon Peters Is Not a PGA-Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born,’ Guild Says

  • The Wrap
Jon Peters Is Not a PGA-Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born,’ Guild Says
Jon Peters has not been certified by the Producer’s Guild of America for the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa, the PGA tells TheWrap. He will therefore not receive the guild credit next to his name, and is ineligible for any PGA award should the film be nominated.

The PGA disclosed the determination after an article Monday on Jezebel resurfaced accusations of sexual harassment made against Peters by at least five different women. Notably, in 2011, Peters was ordered to pay $3 million in damages to Shelly Morita, his former personal assistant, who among other accusations said Peters touched her inappropriately during the filming of “Superman Returns” in Australia. Peters has consistently denied the accusations.

The PGA determination means Peters, who also produced the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born,” is unlikely to be eligible for a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards next year.
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PGA Says Jon Peters Not a Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born’ as Sexual Harassment Charges Resurface

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PGA Says Jon Peters Not a Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born’ as Sexual Harassment Charges Resurface
The Producers Guild of America has determined that Jon Peters is not part of the certified producing team for “A Star Is Born” and won’t be eligible for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film.

A guild spokesperson disclosed the determination Tuesday that Peters has not received the PGA Mark. That came following the publication on Jezebel of a detailed report of numerous sexual harassment cases against the producer ranging from 1996 to 2008. Warner Bros. is releasing the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga drama on Oct. 5.

Warner Bros. released a brief statement Tuesday saying it will have to continue calling Peters a producer: “Jon Peters’ attachment to this property goes as far back as 1976. Legally, we had to honor the contractual obligation in order to make this film.”

Peters is also not a PGA member. As far as which producers accept the Academy Award for best picture,
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Quincy review – portrait of a musical legend fails to sing

Rashida Jones’s sanitised bio-documentary about her father, the musician and producer Quincy Jones, fails to exploit her access to her subject

Has any person made as indelible an imprint on African American culture as Quincy Jones? This new bio-documentary makes a compelling case for the point, though that’s the only compelling aspect of this paint-by-numbers film.

Directors Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones (one of the seven children Jones fathered across five celebrated loves) require two hours merely to account for his eclectic accomplishments. Now 85, Quincy Jones produced career-high records for greats such as Ray Charles and Michael Jackson, and recorded plenty of his own. In Hollywood, he composed the Oscar-nominated scores for In Cold Blood and The Wiz, and on TV, the immortal themes for Roots and Sanford and Son. He shepherded Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The Color Purple and Will Smith’s launchpad The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through production.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
“I hope that nobody has ever had to look at anybody they love through glass,” 19-year-old Tish shares in the opening scene of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” moments before breaking the news that she’s pregnant to boyfriend Fonny, imprisoned for an unpardonable crime. A work of social realism elevated to poetic heights by the sheer beauty of its voice and the humanism of its spirit — a feat director Barry Jenkins also managed to achieve with his previous film, “Moonlight” — Baldwin’s Harlem-set 1974 novel takes readers on two separate journeys, depending largely on their racial background.

White people will see a black man behind bars and jump to their own conclusions, drawing fast assumptions that Baldwin uses the rest of the book to challenge and untangle: How can Tish hope to raise this child if she’s poor and her baby daddy’s in jail? Black folks,
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How Broadway Star Cynthia Erivo Is Breaking Bigger With Two Studio Features

How Broadway Star Cynthia Erivo Is Breaking Bigger With Two Studio Features
By the time she was 30, Cynthia Erivo already had a Tony, Grammy and Emmy for her starring role as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple.

Now the Brit triple threat has nailed a stunning double play, booking two major studio films (both from Fox) as her first features: Steve McQueen's Widows (bowing Sept. 8 at Toronto, then opening Nov. 16) and Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale (Oct. 12).

"I always joke that if I wrote down the story of my life, it would look like a fairy tale, almost," says Erivo,...
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Academy announces honourary Oscars, Irving G. Thalberg recipients

Awards to be handed out at Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on November 18.

The Academy board of governors have voted to present honourary Oscars to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

The three Oscar statuettes and Thalberg Award will be presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on November 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work,” said Academy president John Bailey.
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

  • Indiewire
On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cicely Tyson, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin Tapped for Governors Awards

  • Variety
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to present Honorary Awards to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

The honors will be presented at the Academy’s 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work. And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors,” said Academy president John Bailey in a statement released Wednesday.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Irving G.
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Governors Awards Honorees: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin & Cicely Tyson

  • Deadline
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has opened the envelope on the honorees for its 2018 Governors Awards: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin and Cicely Tyson will receive Honorary Oscars at a ceremony Sunday, November 18.

The honors are conferred by the Academy’s Board of Governors “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Kennedy and Marshall, who are married, will be receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, which is presented to creative producers “whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” Actress Tyson, publicist Levy and composer Schifrin will all receive honorary Oscar statuettes.

The Thalberg is rarely given these days. The last to get it was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010. It has only been presented 38 times previously in Academy history,
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‘Schindler’s List’ Returning to Theaters for Its 25th Anniversary

‘Schindler’s List’ Returning to Theaters for Its 25th Anniversary
One of Steven Spielberg‘s most powerful films is returning to theaters for its 25th anniversary. Schindler’s List will play a limited engagement in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting December 7, 2018 with picture and sound digitally remastered. Schindler’s List Returning to Theaters While Steven Spielberg directed serious dramas like The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun […]

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