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Why the TV Movie Emmy Category Needs Reinvention (Column)

  • Variety
The television movie category at the Emmys, through the years, has honored such landmark projects as ABC’s “Brian’s Song,” NBC’s “Roe v. Wade,” as well as HBO’s “And the Band Played On,” “Wit” and “The Normal Heart.” It’s probably time that the category be retired.

This year’s category is historically weak. Several of the nominees fall short of the bar of Emmy-worthiness. And it follows two years in which episodes of TV series that snuck their way into the race — PBS’ “Sherlock” in 2016, Netflix’s “Black Mirror” in 2017 — claimed the top prize over insubstantial competition.

It wasn’t always this way. The last time the movie category fell away, it was due to the weakness of an entirely different field; the category merged with limited series at the 2011 Emmys thanks to a dearth of miniseries. But the limited-series form was only just beginning its
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Best Movie/Mini Actor: Rob Licuria, Chris Beachum debate who wins 2018 Emmy [Watch]

  • Gold Derby
“I think it’s three and three,” Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum proclaims about the Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Lead Actor. “Three people have a really strong shot and I could debate which one it is, and the other three I don’t think have much of a chance. Not that they can’t do it as there’s always surprises,” Beachum says about his three frontrunners Darren Criss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Antonio Banderas. Beachum recently teamed up with senior editor Rob Licuria, the original Gold Derby duo, in a series of slugfests this week about all six lead acting races at the Emmys. Watch their lively discussion about Best Movie/Mini Actor above. Also watch our recently-published videos about Best Drama Actor, Best Drama Actress, Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Actress.

Banderas received his second career Emmy nod for his work on National Geographic’s “Genius: Picasso,
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Patrick Dempsey to Star in Sky Italia Series 'Devils'

Patrick Dempsey to Star in Sky Italia Series 'Devils'
Two-time Golden Globe nominee Patrick Dempsey has been cast to star in new 10-part series Devils from Sky Italia and Lux Vide.

Based on the best-selling novel by Guido Maria Brera, Devils is a high-stakes financial thriller set during the European debt crisis. Nick Hurran (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Fortitude) will be the series' showrunner and director, with Jan Michelini also working behind the camera. 

Co-starring in the show is Alessandro Borghi, an Italian actor acclaimed for recent performances in Suburra, The Place and Non essere cattivo. Other castmembers announced include Laia Costa, Malachi Kirby, Paul Chowdhry, Pia Mechler, Harry Michell and Sallie Harmsen....
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Elementary Season 6 Episode 16 Review: Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

No one will ever look at Alexa the same again.

Technology was a crime solver's friend on Elementary Season 6 Episode 16.

Having a sex robot as a witness has got to be a first -- unless it was on Westworld.

You knew something bizarre was going on when Sherlock arrived at the crime scene first, then called Marcus and Joan.

And this episode was strange, even by Elementary standards. A lifelike sex doll, teleportation, and a scientist kidnapped by the military

You can't make this stuff up.

Related: Elementary Season 6 Episode 15 Review: How to Get a Head

Well, I guess the writers did make this up. And what a fun hour it was.

It turned out that Skyler was just a take-home work project for the murder victim, a chance to tweak and improve the product for Perfect Mates Robotics.

It was obvious that Joan and Sherlock were suppressing smirks as
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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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‘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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New Torchwood Easter Egg Fuels Doctor Who/Sherlock Crossover Theory

With Sherlock on indefinite hiatus, there’s nothing for fans of the BBC detective drama to do but rewatch the series over and over again. Thankfully, the 13 episodes released so far are stuffed full of references and easter eggs that you might’ve missed the first time around, like this one found in season 4’s second episode, titled “The Lying Detective,” which features an unexpected connection to the Whoniverse.

One Twitter user’s noticed that on Sherlock’s messy mantelpiece in Baker Street, there’s a card with a very familiar logo on it that fans of Doctor Who and its associated spinoff should most definitely recognize. And it even has a magnifying glass to make sure that we see it. It’s the logo for Torchwood, of course, the alien-hunting organization led by John Barrowman’s Captain Jack in the much-missed sci-fi show.

See for yourself below:

New Torchwood
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Gemma Chan: ‘Is it better to give or to receive? Are we talking about oral sex?’

The actor on Time’s Up, trying to save a stabbing victim and the joy of jigsaws

Born in London, Gemma Chan, 35, grew up in Kent. She studied law at the University of Oxford before training at drama school. She went on to appear in Sherlock and Fresh Meat, before starring in the Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans. She is in the new film Crazy Rich Asians, and next year will play Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.

What is your earliest memory?

I was three and in a hospital lift with my dad – we’d visited my mum, who had just given birth to my little sister. I remember feeling sad my mum couldn’t come with us.
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Gemma Chan: ‘Is it better to give or to receive? Are we talking about oral sex?’

The actor on Time’s Up, saving a stabbing victim and the joy of jigsaws

Born in London, Gemma Chan, 35, grew up in Kent. She studied law at the University of Oxford before training at drama school. She went on to appear in Sherlock and Fresh Meat, before starring in the Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans. She is in the new film Crazy Rich Asians, and next year will play Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.

What is your earliest memory?

I was three and in a hospital lift with my dad – we’d visited my mum, who had just given birth to my little sister. I remember feeling sad my mum couldn’t come with us.

Related: Martin Kemp: ‘George Michael came on our first date’
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The Best Crime Series on Netflix

Are you finding yourself in the mood for murder, most foul? Well, we have you covered with our list of the Best Crime Series on Netflix. From docuseries like The Keepers to updated classics like Sherlock, not to mention Netflix originals Mindhunter and Bloodline, as well as British series Luther, Happy Valley, and Wallander (there are a lot of British crime series on here), there should be something to tempt you below. Like with our list of the Best TV Dramas on Netflix, we will be rolling out more lists of TV subgenres on the streaming giant over the next …
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PGA splits long-form TV category into limited series, streamed or TV movies

‘This shift in our industry has given producers the opportunity to deepen their skills in creating limited series shows and streamed or televised movies.’

Recognising what it describes as “a shift in our industry,” the Producers Guild of America (PGA) is splitting its long-form television award category into two separate categories, one for limited series, the other for streamed or TV movies.

The first awards in the new categories will be presented as part of the PGA awards ceremony next January.

Up to now, both limited series and TV movies have been eligible for the PGA’s David L Wolper
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Christopher McQuarrie is wanted for Mission: Impossible 7, but he’s undecided about returning to the director’s chair

With Mission: Impossible – Fallout debuting to a franchise record opening as well as near-universally stellar reviews, it will come as absolutely no surprise to hear that Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise are already eyeing a seventh instalment in the spy series, nor will it come as a surprise that Fallout helmer Christopher McQuarrie is wanted for the director’s chair.

Speaking to the Empire Podcast, McQuarrie – who become the first director in the franchise’s history to return for a second outing after Rogue Nation – has revealed that both Paramount and Cruise have approached him about Mission: Impossible 7, although he’s reluctant to return given the incredible reception to Fallout.

“[Fallout editor] Eddie Hamilton, every day in the editing room was like, ‘Come on, man, it’s obviously a trilogy you’re coming back, you have to finish it, you didn’t kill Lane,’ and I was like, ‘It’s somebody else’s problem,
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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Try To Stop Tom Holland From Spoiling Avengers: Infinity War

Surely by now, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion which member of the McU is the least trustworthy with secretive information. I mean, there’s been enough spillage from this one superhero in particular that we recently compiled a list of every big Marvel secret he’s let loose by merely flapping his jaw too much during a press junket, and it sure as hell wasn’t his best interview buddy Benedict Cumberbatch.

Of course, we’re talking about Tom Holland. Honestly, this kid has let more secretive subject matter slip than Julian Assange, and somehow, Marvel has yet to learn their lesson and still allow him to attend interviews. Take last month, for example, when the portrayer of Peter Parker shared a video apologizing to the fandom for not having anything substantial to provide regarding the film colloquially referred to as Spider-Man: Homecoming 2.

Long story short, while brandishing
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Mark Gatiss Calls Sherlock Season 5 Rumors Utter Nonsense

A ray of hope arrived the other day for Sherlock fans when it was reported that an insider on the show was claiming they’d been told that a fifth season was on the way. This was a surprising turn of events, as we’d heard from several sources that the smash hit detective series was on indefinite hiatus so that its extremely busy cast and crew could get on with other projects.

Turns out it was just too good to be true, as we’re now learning that the initial report was false. A fan asked co-showrunner (and Mycroft Holmes himself) Mark Gatiss on Twitter to confirm the story and the writer/actor responded with a short but sharp reply, saying: “Utter nonsense.”

As disappointing as this is, it shouldn’t come as a shock, as Gatiss’ dismissal of the rumor is only in keeping with his previous comments on Sherlock‘s future.
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20 Bts Details About The Making Of The Sherlock TV Show

Sherlock Holmes is undoubtedly the most famous detective in literary history, and his enduring appeal as a mystery solver is seen in the countless interpretations of his character over the years in film and television. Created by Sir Alfred Conan Doyle in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has always been known for his eccentricity, his super sleuth skills, and of course his deerstalker hat.

We’ve seen many variations of Sherlock Holmes come to life, from John Barrymore’s portrayal in 1922 to Robert Downey Jr.’s interpretation of the detective in the more recent Guy Ritchie films. However, no actor seems to have so perfectly captured audiences’ imagination of Sherlock Holmes as Benedict Cumberbatch, who became the star of the BBC series Sherlock back in 2010.

With his manic idiosyncrasies and complete disregard for social norms, Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock has, for many, become the definitive version of Sir Alfred Conan Doyle’s beloved creation.
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Avengers: Infinity War Directors Reveal Their Favorite Superhero Pairing

So the meeting between Doctor Strange and Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War may not have yielded any Sherlock jokes, but the two goateed heroes still gave us a pretty compelling ride that progresses from comedy to tragedy across the film’s two-and-a-half hours.

Out of all the crossover pairings from the new movie, it was this character combination that directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently singled out as the one that excited them the most, characterizing the team-up as “narcissist vs. narcissist, magic vs. science” in a clip shared by the filmmakers during Vudu’s live Infinity War viewing party last night.

Naturally, when two egos this big cross paths, it’s inevitable that some bickering will ensue. In mapping out the chemistry between these two rather similar personalities, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have claimed to have taken inspiration from the TV sitcom Frasier.

The beloved show
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Tom Cruise has thought about taking Mission: Impossible into space

With the latest chapter Mission: Impossible – Fallout setting a franchise high opening weekend at the box office, the Mission: Impossible franchise is certainly showing no signs of slowing down despite being six entries and 22 years into its run.

Given the critical and commercial success of Fallout, a seventh entry in the series is inevitable, but short of heading into outer space it’s getting difficult to think of how Tom Cruise could possibly top the crazy stunts the franchise is renowned for. Well, as it turns out, going into space is actually something Cruise has considered!

“We’ve thought about it,” Cruise tells Collider. “It’s like how do we do it? It’s the mechanics of getting it there. How do you build a sequence there and how long can we have that sequence? Because if I went up and just dropped, it’s the kind of time — how
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Jeremy Renner turned down a Mission: Impossible – Fallout death scene cameo

Despite the fact that Hawkeye was absent from the movie, Jeremy Renner’s commitments to the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War created a scheduling conflict with Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which ultimately prevented his character Brandt from appearing in the spy sequel.

However, director Christopher McQuarrie has revealed to Empire (via Collider) that he did offer Renner the opportunity to return for a brief cameo, which would have seen Brandt sacrificing himself during the film’s opening sequence.

“I had this whole idea that the movie would start with the death of a team member,” said McQuarrie. “And of course the first team member that’s always the first guy we talk about killing is Luther. Luther died in the first movie, and he quite famously said to Tom Cruise, ‘Hey man, how come the brother’s always gotta die?’ And Tom said, ‘You’re right.’ He was like,
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‘Christopher Robin’ Review: Ewan McGregor, Meet a Bear Named Pooh

‘Christopher Robin’ Review: Ewan McGregor, Meet a Bear Named Pooh
Fans of A.A. Milne’s delightful stories about an industrious, honey-obsessed bear named Winnie the Pooh and his gang of forest-dwelling droogs — Kanga and her child Roo, pragmatic Rabbit, wise old Owl, anxious Piglet, the emo-dour donkey Eeyore, the manic and possibly Meth-addicted dynamo that is Tigger — may recall that, at the end of The House at Pooh Corner, there’s a farewell party. Christopher Robin, their young human friend, is saying goodbye; he’s heading off to a world far beyond the land of heffalumps and woozles. The scene
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Insider Says Sherlock Season 5 Is On The Way

We’ve heard endless conflicting statements on the future of Sherlock over the past year and a half, ever since season 4 came to an end in January 2017 and we were told that the show was effectively being put on hiatus so as to allow its incredibly busy cast and crew the chance to do other projects. If there’s a unifying theme throughout the responses of stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and others, however, it’s that season 5 won’t be here anytime soon, if ever.

In contrast, though, someone who you’d think would be very in the know has now said that they have it on good authority that Sherlock is on its way back to our screens. Chris Georgiou owns Speedy’s Cafe, the real life eatery which has become a mecca for fans thanks to it being regularly seen on screen next to Sherlock’s flat on Baker Street.
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