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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More

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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America in Los Angeles on January 19, 2017. Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Grifters.” She is a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”

“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations,” Richard Hicks, president of Csa, said in a statement. “She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity.” This year,
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Annette Bening to Be Honored by Casting Society of America

Annette Bening to Be Honored by Casting Society of America
Annette Bening will be honored Jan. 19 with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the 32nd annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Csa recognizes career achievement by looking at an individual’s overall contribution to the industry.

“We’re privileged and honored to have Annette as our recipient this year, which we renamed the Lynn Stalmaster Award to honor his achievements in the casting profession, which include the first honorary Academy Award ever given to a casting director at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Richard Hicks, Csa president.


Annette Bening, Naomie Harris on Vulnerability in Acting: ‘Our Business Is Intimacy’

“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations. She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity. We are deeply
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Ellen Burstyn Recalls First Emmy Win, Missing Her Oscar Moment

Ellen Burstyn Recalls First Emmy Win, Missing Her Oscar Moment
Ellen Burstyn received her first Emmy nom in 1981 for the telepic “The People vs. Jean Harris.” She finally won nearly 30 years later for a guest spot on “Law & Order: Svu.” With three noms during that span, and three more since (including one this year as Robin Wright’s steely mother on “House of Cards”), the Oscar- and Tony-winner is clearly a TV Academy favorite.

What are your memories of winning that first Emmy?

When you’re a guest on a series you don’t get your award at the ceremony. You go to the kiddie table. Then when you get an award, you get to be a presenter on the big show. I was sitting next to Carol Burnett, we were both nominated. When they called my name I hugged her as though she would be happy for me. When I thought about it later, I thought “That was a little inappropriate.” But
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15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years

15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years
Subverting the Unexpected

At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.

Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions
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Oscar Favorites Elbowed Aside for Rookie Writers in 2016 Race

Oscar Favorites Elbowed Aside for Rookie Writers in 2016 Race
The Oscars’ current problems are a lot like baseball’s, back in the day. The game is too white, too macho and a little too overloaded with grizzled veterans for many fans’ comfort.

But encouraging signs can be spotted over in the writers’ division, where nine of this year’s 10 screenplay contenders were penned, in whole or in part, by first-time nominees.

Only Nick Hornby of “Brooklyn”; Ethan and Joel Coen of “Bridge of Spies”; Tom McCarthy of “Spotlight”; and Pete Docter of “Inside Out” have previously been named Oscar all-stars. Their writing partners and others, a remarkable 15 in all, are being called up to the Big Show for the first time. And that includes four women, the largest such number since 2007.

Maybe no one broke the color bar this year, but when it comes to new voices being heard, it’s truly the Year of the Rookie.

The rookies
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‘Carol’ Screenwriter Adapting ‘Telex From Cuba’ For Paramount TV, Anonymous Content

Carol” screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is adapting the 2008 novel “Telex From Cuba” as a TV series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

The novel by Rachel Kushner revolves around life in 1950s in Cuba just before the Castro revolution. The book was finalist for a National Book Award. Nagy is on board to create the TV series and serve as showrunner should the project go the distance.

Nagy last week earned an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination for penning the Cate Blanchett starrer “Carol,” another 1950s-set story.

Nagy will exec produce “Telex” with Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman. Anonymous Content’s production arm is on fire with two best picture Oscar noms this year — for “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” — and the Golden Globe win earlier this month for its USA Network drama “Mr. Robot.”

“I am thrilled to begin work on bringing the complex, beautiful, colliding worlds of Rachel Kushner
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Nyfcc Awards Have Boosted Academy Award Chances for 'Carol,' Stewart and 'Saul'

New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film winner 'Carol' with Cate Blanchett. 2015 New York Film Critics Awards have enlivened Oscar race Catching up with previously announced awards season winners that will likely influence the 2016 Oscar nominations. Early this month, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2015 picks, somewhat unexpectedly boosting the chances of Todd Haynes' lesbian romantic drama Carol, Clouds of Sils Maria actress Kristen Stewart, and László Nemes' Holocaust drama Son of Saul. Below is a brief commentary about each of these Nyfcc choices. 'Carol' Directed by Todd Haynes, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and adapted by Phyllis Nagy from Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt,[1] Carol won a total of four New York Film Critics awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
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'Carol' producers Christine Vachon & Elizabeth Karlsen dish working on 'exhilarating' film [Podcast]

'Carol' producers Christine Vachon & Elizabeth Karlsen dish working on 'exhilarating' film [Podcast]
With wins from the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Cinematography, the effort to bring Todd Haynes’s “Carol” to the screen is certainly proving fruitful. In our recent audio chat (listen below), producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen share their insights into the making of the film, which, as Karlsen admits, took “great passion and a lot of hard work." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “The nuts and bolts of the story are that we made a film together about 12 years ago called ‘Mrs. Harris,’” Karlsen continues. That film was written and directed by Phyllis Nagy, who later approached Karlsen with a script for “Carol,” her adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel "The Price of Salt" about a love affair between a shopgirl (Rooney Mara) and a marrie..."
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The Price Of Salt and Carol by Anne-Katrin Titze

Carol producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On the morning of the press conference for Todd Haynes' Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, I met up with fellow First Time Fest juror Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Number 9 Films' Elizabeth Karlsen. Christine and Elizabeth executive produced the disturbing Mrs. Harris, starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley, directed by Phyllis Nagy, who is the screenwriter for Carol.

Cate Blanchett as Carol: "She [Cate] was attached to it before Todd and I came on board." Over eggs and coffee at Essex House, we discussed Mara's resemblance to Jean Seberg, Jean Simmons, Audrey Hepburn and the timing of David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, A Rage In Harlem Cincinnati connection, Patricia Highsmith's The Price Of Salt turning into Carol, Perry Como, production designer Judy Becker, casting with Laura Rosenthal, an upcoming
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Oscar Nominations Rare for Portrayals of the Same Character in the Same Film

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

[Warning: Potential spoilers ahead for Interstellar.]

Only two times in Oscar history have there been Oscar nominations for two actors playing the same character in the same film. The first time this happened was in 1998 when Kate Winslet received a lead actress nomination for her portrayal of a young Rose in Titanic (1997) and Gloria Stuart received a supporting actress nomination for Old Rose. Winslet did it again in 2002 when she was nominated for her supporting role as Young Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001) and Judi Dench was nominated for her lead role.

More often than not, when there are multiple portrayals of a character in a film, there is a child actor and the adult who gets the more prominent role and the Oscar nomination, such as with Forrest Gump (1994). Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of Forrest Gump, while Michael Conner Humphreys played Young Forrest.

Should Christopher Nolan’s
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Emmy Awards: Five Predictions You Can Take to the Bank

Emmy Awards: Five Predictions You Can Take to the Bank
Here’s a safe prediction: The Emmy Award nominations will elicit plenty of disgruntlement, along the lines of “What? No nomination for [fill in name of your favorite show here]? Those Emmy voters have their heads up their butts.”

The Internet has helped magnify these voices, creating a mini-industry around the disappointment (at best) and eruptions of anger (at worst) over award balloting, along with the simplistic charges that every overlooked show or performer has been “snubbed” by the collected members of the Television Academy.

The “snubs” argument notwithstanding, the Emmys do harbor some collective and historic biases, which help explain why certain kinds of programs and actors fare better than others. So while most of this week will be spent trying to anticipate who might land nominations at the crack of dawn West Coast time on July 10 — Variety will be in countdown mode this week with prognosticating posts rolling out starting Monday on top program categories — here
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23 Oddities and Oversights From This Year’s Emmy Ballots

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23 Oddities and Oversights From This Year’s Emmy Ballots
When it comes to the hunt for Emmy nominations, anything goes. Shameless is trying its luck as a comedy after three years of submitting into drama, and HBO made headlines in March when it threw True Detective into the drama-series competition, surprising everyone (and especially Breaking Bad!) who thought the close-ended mystery was headed for the miniseries category. As it turns out, there’s much, much more maneuvering going on. We parsed the official list of submitted entrants released Monday (Emmy nominees will be announced July 10) and found a slew of other surprising and creative attempts at a nomination, several curious omissions, and a few real head-scratchers. Here’s looking at you, Damian Lewis and Psych: The Musical.* In the grand tradition of Ellen Burstyn in Mrs. Harris, Bill Murray wants an Emmy for his less-than-a-minute guest appearance on Amazon’s Alpha House. Still, he cursed a lot, and probably
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We Can't Wait #1: Carol

[The Film Experience's "We Can't Wait" series, highlighting the most exciting prospects of the 2014 film year concludes with new contributor Matthew Eng (you loved his Jennifer Lawrence piece) on the latest from Todd Haynes, long absent from the big screen. Thank you to Amir for managing this anticipatory series! - Nathaniel]


Set in 1950s New York City and based on the classic yet long-neglected novel of the same name (originally published under the title "The Price of Salt") by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley), Carol traces the blossoming lesbian romance between Carol, an older, dissatisfied housewife, and Therese, a young, infatuated shop girl.


At long last, that magnificent maverick Todd Haynes makes his long-awaited return to the big screen, a full seven years after I’m Not There, with a sterling cast that includes soon-to-be two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (stepping in for Mia Wasikowska) as the film’s central couple, as well as the recently-announced Sarah Paulson as Blanchett’s gal pal. Phyllis Nagy (HBO’s Mrs. Harris) is scripting, and movie maestro Carter Burwell (Fargo, Where the Wild Things Are) is scoring the thing.

Why We Can’t Wait

If only the directors
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2013 Emmys Recap: Nph, Liberace, And Saint Merritt Wever

Well, that was… oddly somber!

Though the 2013 Emmy Awards gave us more than a few unexpected triumphs, the Twitter consensus is correct: The ceremony felt sad, and that’s because the otherwise rapid-fire award handout was stopped in its tracks every 15 minutes by a new “In Memoriam” tribute.

Edie Falco toasted James Gandolfini and cried. Jane Lynch (looking fabulous) toasted Cory Monteith and teared up. Robin Williams trembled through a Jonathan Winters memorial. Michael J. Fox told us about the Family Ties creator who changed his life. Rob Reiner lamented Jean Stapleton‘s death by comparing it to her character Edith Bunker‘s demise in the early ’80s. That was like a double death. Then we had a full-length “In Memoriam” reel on top of it all where we had to think about Larry Hagman‘s late studliness too. Oh, mortality! Because we could not stop for Death, He kindly
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Rooney Mara to Star in ‘Carol’

Rooney Mara to Star in ‘Carol’
Rooney Mara has been cast in Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” an adaptation of best-selling author Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt.”

Mara will replace Mia Wasikowska in the role and stars alongside Cate Blanchett.

Pic, which is penned by Phyllis Nagy (“Mrs. Harris”) and helmed by Haynes (“I’m Not There”), is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York.

One is a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life while the other is a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free.

Number 9 FilmsElizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley produce the pic, which is co-developed and co-financed by Film4. Christine Vachon’s Killer Films will co-produce.

HanWay Films is repping international sales and pic has already sold to The Weinstein Co. in the U.
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Cate Blanchett's New Love Interest

Cate Blanchett's New Love Interest
Any actor or actress who turns down the opportunity to star as Cate Blanchett's love interest is a mystery to us, so count Mia Wasikowska as the newest Hollywood enigma. The "Jane Eyre" actress has bowed out of the lesbian love-affair drama "Carol," with Rooney Mara stepping in to replace her, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Carol," directed by Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven" and "I'm Not There"), depicts an unhappily married woman in 1950s New York (Blanchett) who longs to leave her husband behind but fears losing her daughter. She falls for a department-store employee who also pines for a better life (Mara).

The movie is based on the novella "The Price of Salt," by "The Talented Mr. Ripley" scribe Patricia Highsmith. The script comes from Phyllis Nagy (HBO's "Mrs. Harris"), with production slated to begin in spring 2014.

The new casting choice reduces the age gap between the two leads,
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Mia Wasikowska Out, Rooney Mara In For Todd Haynes' 'Carol'

Good things come to those who wait, they say, and certainly we've been patient about "Carol." The project was first announced over a year ago with an excellent pair of leads in Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska, with John Crowley ("Boy A," "Closed Circuit") directing. The stakes were raised further when Todd Haynes replaced Crowley in the director's chair earlier this spring. And even though production is still a bit of a way off, it looks like there will be a change in the topline duo. Mia Wasikowska has stepped out and Rooney Mara has stepped into her place on the project. And frankly, that's one great young actress for another, so we have no complaints. An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" (also known as "The Price Of Salt"), penned by Phyllis Nagy ("Mrs. Harris"), the '50s New York-set tale follows the story of two women—one a
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Annette Bening To Topline Jay Roach Comedy Series Project Eyed By HBO

Exclusive: A potential single-camera comedy series for HBO is building a formidable team. Jay Roach is set to direct the project, titled The Third Coast, which has Annette Bening attached to star. I hear Bening and the producers are doing an informal reading to get a feel for the show before they take it formally to HBO, the network for which it is earmarked. Written by Paul Rudnick, Third Coast revolves around a larger-than-life casting director (Bening) in New Mexico. Rudnick, Roach and John Lyons executive produce. The Third Coast brings Oscar-nominated Bening back to HBO where she toplined the 2005 movie Mrs. Harris, earning an Emmy nomination. For Roach, Third Coast falls under a two-year deal with HBO he inked last year on the heels of back-to-back best movie/miniseries and directing Emmys he landed for the network’s Recount and Game Change.
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Todd Haynes Will Direct Cate Blanchett And Mia Wasikowska In Carol

The Academy-award nominated director of Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes, has signed on to direct Carol. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price Of Salt, the project has landed two major stars already. Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are lined up to play the leads.

Carol follows Highsmith’s sapphic novel set in 1950s New York. It tells the tale of two dissatisfied women who find solace in each other. A department store worker in her twenties who dreams of a richer life encounters an older woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Wasikowska will play Therese Belivet, the troubled youngster and Blanchett is tagged to play the lonesome wife, Carol Aird. After the two meet in the department store one day, the pair strike up a friendship which leads to romance.

Blanchett and Haynes previously worked together on Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There. For her unique gender bending performance,
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Day three - live!

All the latest news, reviews, comment and buzz from the Croisette

10.04am: Day three of Cannes 2012 rolls round. If you want to catch up with what happened yesterday (whenever that was), here's yesterday's blow-by-blow live blog.

But as is the way with Cannes, it's history already; all that's left is to pick over the bones. And that will assuredly be happening in the video we'll post later this morning, when Peter, Xan and Catherine run the rule over Rust and Bone, last night's biggie. We'll also have a gallery of red carpet pictures, featuring star Marion Cotillard and ice-cold director Jacques Audiard. (I've said it before, I'll say it again: he's the person I want to be when I grow up.)

So what to look forward to today? The line-up is perhaps a tad less starry that on days one and two: the competition films are Reality, from Italian director
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