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From Bradley Cooper to Jonah Hill, the lastest crop of actors who direct could catch Oscar’s eye this season

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From Bradley Cooper to Jonah Hill, the lastest crop of actors who direct could catch Oscar’s eye this season
Looking back on last year’s Oscar race as this year’s contest starts to heat up, it struck me that not enough was made of the fact that Greta Gerwig with “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele with “Get Out” achieved what they did as actors who went behind the camera. Both made history as only the fifth woman and the fifth African-American to be nominated for Best Director. Peele also became the first black winner of Best Original Screenplay.

It also got me thinking how some actors often fare better in the industry once they redefine themselves as filmmakers. Who knows? Clint Eastwood might still be making spaghetti Westerns, doing “Dirty Harry” sequels or working with an orangutan if he didn’t shoot his first feature, “Play Misty for Me,” in 1971. Instead, he won both Best Picture and Best Director for 1992’s “Unforgiven” and 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby.”

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‘Patrick Melrose’: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became an Expert in Addiction to Deliver His Career Best

Not only is Showtime’s five-part mini-series “Patrick Melrose” a superb cinematic adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s five searing novels, it marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s best performance ever. While some may prefer his Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” star-making Emmy-winner “Sherlock,” or little-seen Emmy-nominated role in “Parade’s End,” it’s “Patrick Melrose” that feels like a role he was born to play.

The 42-year-old British star, who moves easily from comic-book roles like Marvel’s Doctor Strange to the BBC’s urbane “Sherlock” and the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” scored his sixth Emmy nomination (one of five for the series) for his tour-de-force portrayal of a not-so-functioning drug addict with icky family secrets. The series, written by David Nicholls (“One Day”) and directed by Edward Berger (“Deutchland 83”), is entertaining and moving in equal measure, thanks to Cumberbatch’s careening yet precise performance. He nails this guy.

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‘Patrick Melrose’: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became an Expert in Addiction to Deliver His Career Best

Not only is Showtime’s five-part mini-series “Patrick Melrose” a superb cinematic adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s five searing novels, it marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s best performance ever. While some may prefer his Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” star-making Emmy-winner “Sherlock,” or little-seen Emmy-nominated role in “Parade’s End,” it’s “Patrick Melrose” that feels like a role he was born to play.

The 42-year-old British star, who moves easily from comic-book roles like Marvel’s Doctor Strange to the BBC’s urbane “Sherlock” and the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” scored his sixth Emmy nomination (one of five for the series) for his tour-de-force portrayal of a not-so-functioning drug addict with icky family secrets. The series, written by David Nicholls (“One Day”) and directed by Edward Berger (“Deutchland 83”), is entertaining and moving in equal measure, thanks to Cumberbatch’s careening yet precise performance. He nails this guy.

“This
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Emmys: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became the Ideal Embodiment of 'Patrick Melrose'

Emmys: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became the Ideal Embodiment of 'Patrick Melrose'
Patrick Melrose executive producers Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball, Grey Gardens) and Michael Jackson (documentaries including America: The Story of Us) shared a patient resolve in bringing the brilliant prose of Edward St. Aubyn's beloved semiautobiographical novel series to TV, devoting half a decade of development to it. Their perseverance bore glorious fruit: As they reveal, the five-episode Showtime limited series — encompassing the span of the five novels — found an ideal embodiment for the author's dizzying prose in the form of lead Benedict Cumberbatch.

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FX Orders New Take on Classic Samurai Miniseries ‘Shōgun’

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FX has resurrected a new take on “Shōgun,” a 10-episode limited series period drama that had originally been set up at sister broadcast network Fox.

Based on the novel by Clavell, and made famous by a 1980 TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, feudal Japan-set “Shōgun” charts “the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance.”

Eugene Kelly and Ronan Bennett will write the series, while Tim Van Patten will direct multiple episodes. Kelly, Bennett and Van Patten will also executive produce with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, Michael De Luca,
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FX Orders ‘Shōgun’ Limited Series Based On James Clavell Novel – TCA

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FX is bringing back Shōgun to the small screen. In what the network describes as In its largest international scale production to date, it has given a 10-episode order to a limited series period drama based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel. The book previously spawned a miniseries on NBC, which aired over five nights in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada, earning multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and a Peabody award.

The FX series has had a blinking green light for more than seven months as the network worked on figuring out logistics for the ambitious project.

“The story of Shōgun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series
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‘Lodge 49’ Review: Quirky Dramedy on Lost Souls, Secret Societies is Pure Cult TV

‘Lodge 49’ Review: Quirky Dramedy on Lost Souls, Secret Societies is Pure Cult TV
“When I’m out there, I feel like I’m all alone,” Sean “Dud” Dudley (Wyatt Russell) says. “But it’s different in here. I can see what this place is. I can feel it. Can’t you?”

The sweetly dim surfer at the center of AMC’s Lodge 49 (premiering August 6th) is describing both the Pynchonesque, Paul Giamatti-produced dramedy and the organization that gives the show its name — waxing about how joining his late father’s local fraternal order provides both a new purpose for this hopelessly hopeful
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Steven Zaillian Developing Anthrax Attacks Movie ‘Mirage Man’

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Steven Zaillian Developing Anthrax Attacks Movie ‘Mirage Man’
20th Century Fox and Steven Zaillian are developing a movie about the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks and the search for the killer.

The studio has bought the feature rights to David Willman’s 2011 book “The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War.” Zaillian and Cybill Lui are the producers.

The anthrax attacks began on Sept. 18, 2001, a week after the 9/11 attacks, with letters sent surreptitiously from a mailbox in New Jersey to media and political figures in New York, Florida, and Washington D.C. Exposure to anthrax killed five people and infecting 17 others.

Authorities first focused on bio-weapons expert Steven Hatfill, who was eventually exonerated. Speculation emerged that the attacks were linked to Al-Qaeda, serving as part of the pretext for the U.S.-led coalition launching the Iraq War in 2003. Bruce Edwards Ivins, a scientist who worked at the government’s biodefense labs, became a
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James Franco Eyes First Major Directing Job Since Sexual Misconduct Claims With ‘Inside the World of ESPN’ — Report

James Franco Eyes First Major Directing Job Since Sexual Misconduct Claims With ‘Inside the World of ESPN’ — Report
James Franco is reportedly in talks to direct an upcoming adaptation of James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ 2011 nonfiction book “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” (via Collider). The book provides an oral history of the creation of ESPN, the network that has dominated sports news since its creation in 1979. Collider reports Focus Features is behind the project.

In addition to Franco being eyed to direct, “Halt and Catch Fire” co-creator Christopher C. Rogers is being tapped to rewrite the script. The story centers around the efforts made by ESPN creator Bill Rasmussen and his son, Scott, to launch the 24-hour sports network. Bennett Miller was originally hired to write the screenplay in 2015, which is described as being in the same vein as “Moneyball” and “The Social Network.”

The report is notable since Franco has not announced any major directing projects since being accused of sexual misconduct in January.
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Mid90s Trailer: Jonah Hill Makes His Directorial Debut

Mid90s Trailer: Jonah Hill Makes His Directorial Debut
Mid90s is a new coming of age dramedy that marks the directorial debut of sometimes funnyman and Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill. It looks like a bitter sweet pill to swallow that brings as much humor as it does heart and emotional drama. The first trailer has arrived from A24.

Mid90s isn't just cashing in on the current nostalgia for the era in which it's set, but that's certainly part of its charm. The movie follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era La who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Some are comparing Jonah Hill's first outing to the seminal Larry Clark movie Kids, which actually came out in the 90s, and caused a lot of controversy. That same kind of controversy doesn't exist today. As everyone has turned their attention to

Mid90s Trailer: Jonah Hill Makes His Directorial Debut

Mid90s Trailer: Jonah Hill Makes His Directorial Debut
Mid90s is a new coming of age dramedy that marks the directorial debut of sometimes funnyman and Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill. It looks like a bitter sweet pill to swallow that brings as much humor as it does heart and emotional drama. The first trailer has arrived from A24.

Mid90s isn't just cashing in on the current nostalgia for the era in which it's set, but that's certainly part of its charm. The movie follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era La who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Some are comparing Jonah Hill's first outing to the seminal Larry Clark movie Kids, which actually came out in the 90s, and caused a lot of controversy. That same kind of controversy doesn't exist today. As everyone has turned their attention to
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‘Mid90s’ Trailer: Jonah Hill Skates Into Directorial Debut With Coming-Of-Age Dramatic Comedy

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‘Mid90s’ Trailer: Jonah Hill Skates Into Directorial Debut With Coming-Of-Age Dramatic Comedy
In the first trailer for Jonah Hill’s Mid90s, there are elements of comedy and drama, but it definitely leans into the drama.

The coming-of-age pic marks Hill’s directorial debut and it feels reminiscent of Larry Clark’s ’90s pic Kids — which seems appropriate considering the title. The movie follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a 13-year-old in ’90s-era La who spends his summer navigating between a troubled home life and a group of new friends he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

The only funny part of the trailer is the exchange between a group of skater misfits and a security guard (played by the hilarious Jerrod Carmichael), who compares one of the long-haired kids to Sheryl Crow. Other than that, the movie seems pretty heavy. Considering Hill is known for his comedy, many probably expected him to make a side-splitting romp for his first time out as a director.
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever
In late 2008, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” — a zeitgeist-infused superhero sequel that would come to be widely regarded as the best in the genre — was on a crash-course with major Oscar recognition. Nominations from the producers, directors, and writers guilds, as well as a monster domestic box office haul north of $500 million, only firmed up expectations.

Then, “The Reader” happened. The Stephen Daldry drama, steeped in Oscar-friendly Holocaust trappings, was muscled into the race by Harvey Weinstein at a time when the now-disgraced mogul’s Miramax glory days were fast-becoming a distant memory, and the awards outlook for his newly formed Weinstein Co. was increasingly dim. (Movies like “Mrs Henderson Presents” and “Bobby” had failed to connect with voters.) “The Reader” nailed down nominations for best picture, director, and adapted screenplay, effectively boxing out Nolan’s critically acclaimed blockbuster in the top fields.

It was the last time the
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Tragedy, Triumph, Cartoons

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Tragedy, Triumph, Cartoons
On the surface, it sounds like one of those true-life, triumph-over-adversity tearjerkers that Hollywood spoon-feeds folks with numbing frequency. But thankfully, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot approaches the cliff of sentiment without going over the edge. Based on the 1989 memoir by Portland, Oregon cartoonist John Callahan, the film traces what happens when this party-hard, skirt-chasing boozehound is rendered a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic by an alcohol-fueled car accident. His journey from wallowing in despair to becoming a successful satirical cartoonist makes the usual stops at physical therapy sessions and work-the-program meetings,
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PSA: Leo From The Bachelorette Was on American Horror Story

PSA: Leo From The Bachelorette Was on American Horror Story
We knew that The Bachelorette's Leo Dottavio - aka the beefy dude with cascading waves of glorious curly hair - was a stuntman based in Studio City, CA. What we didn't know was that the 31-year-old, who's vying for Becca's hand in marriage, has appeared in a handful of notable TV shows and movies.

After digging around a bit, we discovered his IMDb page, which revealed that Leo (whose full name is actually Leandro) made an appearance as a "Kai Supporter" on American Horror Story: Cult. Essentially, he was a follower of a cult run by a man named Kai (played by Evan Peters). We rewatched the episode, but couldn't spot him. It's possible that he's under one of the masks worn by the cult of murderers - but we may never know!

Leo also appeared as a stunt performer in the Brad Pitt film Moneyball, Smilf on Showtime,
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PSA: Leo From The Bachelorette Was on American Horror Story

We knew that The Bachelorette's Leo Dottavio - aka the beefy dude with cascading waves of glorious curly hair - was a stuntman based in Studio City, CA. What we didn't know was that the 31-year-old, who's vying for Becca's hand in marriage, has appeared in a handful of notable TV shows and movies.

After digging around a bit, we discovered his IMDb page, which revealed that Leo (whose full name is actually Leandro) made an appearance as a "Kai Supporter" on American Horror Story: Cult. Essentially, he was a follower of a cult run by a man named Kai (played by Evan Peters). We rewatched the episode, but couldn't spot him. It's possible that he's under one of the masks worn by the cult of murderers - but we may never know!

Leo also appeared as a stunt performer in the Brad Pitt film Moneyball, Smilf on Showtime,
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Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)

Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)
This year, a record 928 people were invited to join the motion picture academy and will be eligible to vote for the 2019 Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous four years: 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.

The executive committee of the branch must endorse the application before forwarding it to the Board of Governors for final approval.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new invited members (Melissa Etheridge) and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen from
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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