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Frankie Shaw (‘Smilf’) on using personal experiences to portray mothers as ‘complex, multi-faceted people with desire’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Frankie Shaw (‘Smilf’) on using personal experiences to portray mothers as ‘complex, multi-faceted people with desire’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We get conditioned to want to put mothers in a box,” says “Smilf” creator and star Frankie Shaw. “But in reality mothers are complex, multi-faceted people who have desire” and also want to “put their children first, so you have to sort of balance both.” This freshman Showtime series centers on Bridgette Bird (Shaw), a young single mother and actress. Shaw based the show on her own experiences, admitting that she initially wrote the pilot because she was “sick of being a broke, struggling actress with a toddler.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shaw above.

See 2018 Emmy predictions slugfest: Revivals and new shows will dominate comedy races in absence of ‘Veep’ [Video & Podcast]

Like Shaw, Bridgette grew up in blue collar South Boston, where she tries to juggle work with family. While “there are similarities” to Shaw’s own life, there are also “great departures. As I tell people, I didn’t call the show ‘Frankie.
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John Carpenter Will Compose the Score for the New ‘Halloween,’ Jason Blum Confirms

John Carpenter Will Compose the Score for the New ‘Halloween,’ Jason Blum Confirms
Just because John Carpenter isn’t directing the newest “Halloween” movie doesn’t mean he won’t be involved. Producer Jason Blum has confirmed that Carpenter, who composed the music for the original 1978 slasher in addition to co-writing and directing it, will return to the franchise with a simple tweet.

Carpenter has composed the music for many of his own films: “Dark Star,” “Escape From New York,” “They Live,” “The Fog,” “Christine,” and so on and so forth. This new “Halloween,” which is being directed by David Gordon Green, will be his first film score since 2001’s “Ghosts of Mars.” It’s also the first “Halloween” movie in nearly a decade, following Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake and its 2009 sequel.

Green, whose all-over-the-place career has seen him direct everything from “George Washington” and “Joe” to “Pineapple Express” and “Stronger,” also co-wrote the screenplay with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley. Jamie Lee Curtis
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Produce, Star in Thriller ‘Welcome to Vienna’

Jake Gyllenhaal to Produce, Star in Thriller ‘Welcome to Vienna’
Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and star in the thriller “Welcome to Vienna” for Focus Features.

The project is based on the Kevin Wignall novel “To Die in Vienna,” which will be published in June by Thomas & Mercer. Gyllenhaal will portray a Vienna-based civilian surveillance contractor for hire who is tracking a Chinese scientist. He interrupts a break-in at his apartment and the intruder escapes, but then comes back and tries to kill him — leading the contractor to believe that the CIA may be trying to kill him.

Focus has acquired the movie rights to the novel. Gyllenhaal will produce “Welcome to Vienna” with Riva Marker through his Nine Stories production company, which produced his Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger” and the family drama “Wildlife,” which premiered at Sundance and stars Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Nine Stories exec Annie Marter will be an executive producer.

Gyllenhaal received an Academy Award nomination
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‘American Idol’ winners: Is your all-time favorite Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery or … ? [Poll]

‘American Idol’ winners: Is your all-time favorite Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery or … ? [Poll]
American Idol” fans, we need your help. As new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie step behind the desk for the first time on ABC’s reboot of the reality TV singing show, we want to know who You think is the best winner of all time. Is it Season 1’s Kelly Clarkson, who now coaches “The Voice”? How about Season 4’s Carrie Underwood, who gave the intro to Sunday’s season premiere? What about country star Scotty McCreery, whose low voice enraptured America in Season 10? Familiarize yourself with all 15 winners in our photo gallery above, and then vote for your favorite in our poll below.

Poll: ‘American Idol’: Rate new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie

In all, male champs have dominated the series with 10 overall victories, including eight of the past nine. They are: Ruben Studdard (Season 2), Taylor Hicks (Season 5), David Cook (Season
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Watch Kelly Clarkson Sing Ridiculous Google Translated Hits on 'Fallon'

Watch Kelly Clarkson Sing Ridiculous Google Translated Hits on 'Fallon'
Kelly Clarkson delivered a delightfully incomprehensible new version of her hit "Stronger" during a game of "Google Translate Songs" with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Monday.

For the bit, Fallon translates the lyrics of popular songs into a foreign language then back into English. The results are always bizarre, with the title of Clarkson's "Stronger," for instance, morphing into "Too Strong." The new lyrics were even stranger, with Clarkson belting – while trying not to laugh – lines like, "If you don't kill it then it's too strong/ Remain in a
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Kelly Clarkson Sings a Google Translated Version of "Stronger"--and It's Hilarious

Kelly Clarkson Sings a Google Translated Version of
We bet you've never heard Kelly Clarkson sing "Stronger" like this!  The American Idol winner stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday and sang a few songs with the host that had been transcribed via Google Translate. However, it looks like the lyrics got lost in translation.  For instance, Jimmy Fallon opted to sing "Feel It Still" by Portugal The Man, which translated to "Live in a Boat." So instead of singing "Ooh woo! I'm a rebel just for kicks, now. I've been feeling it since 1966, now," the host sang, "Your wood, I have not picked it up yet. I was angry because he was about 60." Similarly, Clarkson performed a version of...
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Tatiana Maslany to Star Off Broadway in ‘Mary Page Marlowe’

Tatiana Maslany to Star Off Broadway in ‘Mary Page Marlowe’
Tatiana Maslany, who won an Emmy for her performance in BBC America series “Orphan Black,” will star Off Broadway in Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe.”

Maslany will be one of five actresses to portray the title role in the play, which looks back on a series of moments throughout one woman’s life. The play by Letts, who won a Tony and a Pulitzer for “August: Osage County,” premiered in 2016 at Steppenwolf in Chicago; the New York production at Second Stage Theater will be helmed by fast-rising director Lila Neugebauer (“The Wolves,” “At Home at the Zoo”).

Maslany, who’ll make her New York stage debut in “Mary Page Marlowe,” is circling back to Second Stage after she had been scheduled to star in a 2015 production of Neil Labute’s “The Way We Get By,” but had to pull out because of a filming commitment. Her run in “Orphan Black” wrapped up last year, and she also
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Jake Gyllenhaal joins Zendaya and Ansel Elgort on crime thriller, Finest Kind

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Stx International has announced that new Batman possibility Jake Gyllenhaal, alongside Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort and Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman’s Zendaya have joined the cast of the crime thriller, Finest Kind.

The feature is written and directed by the Legend and A Knights Tale filmmaker Brian Helgeland and will tell the story of two brothers – who will be played by Gyllenhaal and Elgort – who strike a dangerous deal with a crime syndicate that draws them into the Boston underworld. As pressures mount, sacrifices must be made and bonds are put to the test.

Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff will be producing the feature through Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas as well as Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, under their Nine Stories banner, will also be producing.

“Brian and I have dreamed about making this film together for a long time.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Ansel Elgort, Zendaya Board Crime Thriller ‘Finest Kind’

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ansel Elgort, Zendaya Board Crime Thriller ‘Finest Kind’
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ansel Elgort and Zendaya have joined the new crime thriller “Finest Kind,” written and directed by Brian Helgeland.

The pic will be produced by Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff under Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, and Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker under their Nine Stories banner. 30West is financing the film.

STXinternational, a division of Stx Entertainment, will handle international distribution for the film and introduce to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. STXinternational will also directly distribute the film in the U.K. and Ireland.

“Finest Kind” is a crime thriller about two brothers (Gyllenhaal and Elgort) who strike a dangerous deal with a crime syndicate that draws them into the Boston underworld. As pressures mount, sacrifices must be made and bonds — between brother and brother and between father and sons — put to the test.

Helgeland won the screenwriting Oscar for “L.A. Confidential
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Natalie Portman Boards ‘Vox Lux’ (Exclusive)

Natalie Portman Boards ‘Vox Lux’ (Exclusive)
Oscar winner Natalie Portman will officially join Jude Law in “Vox Lux,” Variety has learned. In addition, Bold Films, which is backing the project and helped develop the film, has joined forces with Andrew Lauren Productions to finance and produce the picture. “Vox Lux” is written and directed by Brady Corbet, an accomplished actors whose credits include “Mysterious Skin” and “Funny Games. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2015 with “The Childhood of a Leader,” a kind of portrait of a fascist as a very young man that won two awards at the Venice Film Festival.

Rooney Mara had originally been attached to the film and when she dropped out Portman was circling the project. However, her involvement had been in question after producer Bold Films delayed shooting on the project as part of a company-wide restructuring that resulted in staff layoffs. Bold had been bruised by the box office failure of the Jake Gyllenhaal film “Stronger
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An “Alternate” look at what yesterday’s Oscar nominations could have been

After the intensity of waiting for the Academy Award nominations, it’s time for something a little bit fun today. As we wait for ballots to go out to Academy members and final Oscar voting to get underway (which will still be a little ways away), why not play around with a hypothetical situation? Now is the time to do it, after all. This is something I’ve done from time to time in the past, which is to look at what the Oscar nominations could have looked like if you remove all of the actual nominees. Weird, I know, but hey, it’s fun. Plus, it’s certainly more apt than ever to do this in our seemingly permenant era of “alternative facts”, isn’t it? This isn’t a political post at all, but I couldn’t resist another little dig at Donald Trump and his cronies. No,
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Team Experience Grieving the Oscar Shut-Outs

Nathaniel R

We're not supposed to use the word "snub" anymore (stop trying to make "snubbed" rehappen). It's true that it's become overused to the point of insanity. The word implies a purposeful disdain, a rebuff, when Oscar voters surely aren't saying "ugh, that Franco!" when they vote (errr, bad example perhaps they were). The point is they're merely voting on the ones they keep hearing about their favorites. Some films and performances and achievements just don't quite make the cut. And who knows? Someone or something you love might have been one vote shy of a nomination so it wasn't "snubbed" at all, just unlucky! This is what I'm choosing to believe about Jake Gyllenhaal's raw, rangey, vulnerable, and altogether stunning turn in Stronger. He's one of his generations very best actors and keeps proving it in film after film and they just keep ignoring him year after year.
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James Corden's Wildest Carpool Karaoke Moments With 2018 Grammy Nominees

James Corden's Wildest Carpool Karaoke Moments With 2018 Grammy Nominees
Grammy Awards 2018 host James Corden will come face-to-face with many of his old Carpool Karaoke friends. Many artists nominated for awards this year have taken part in the Late Late Show's signature recurring musical series. Check out some of the wildest moments below: Kelly Clarkson: The singer is nominated for a 2018 Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for her track "Love So Soft." She appeared on a Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show last November. She and Corden sang several of her hits, such as "Since U Been Gone," "Because of You" and "Stronger," while he also arranged a special date for her with her husband, Brandon...
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16 unforgivable Oscar acting snubs: James Franco, Tom Hanks, Holly Hunter, Hong Chau and …

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16 unforgivable Oscar acting snubs: James Franco, Tom Hanks, Holly Hunter, Hong Chau and …
Things went mostly according to plan when the 2018 Oscar nominations were unveiled on Tuesday, January 23. However, we’re still scratching our heads over several high-profile acting contenders being left out in the cold. Among the many notable 2018 Oscar snubs are Golden Globe winner James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks (“The Post”), both of whom were omitted from the Best Actor race.

Recent SAG Awards nominees Holly Hunter (“The Big Sick”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) were both snubbed in Best Supporting Actress, while a pair of “Call Me By Your Name” performers — Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg — didn’t hear their names called in Best Supporting Actor. Also of note, Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”) missed out on earning her eighth career Oscar nomination despite being recognized at the Screen Actors Guild.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Here’s
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Surprise Oscar nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Stronger’), say 36% of readers [Poll Results]

Surprise Oscar nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Stronger’), say 36% of readers [Poll Results]
In a recent poll, we asked Gold Derby readers which actor was most likely to snag an Oscar nomination without support from important industry precursors. With many outstanding performances to choose from, the results were quite divided.

Winning the poll with a solid 36% of the vote is Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance in “Stronger” earned the actor critical praise and his many fans hope he can defy the odds to finally secure Oscar nomination #2. But 27% of respondents are rooting for Robert Pattinson in “Good Time,” who captivates as a morally unsound bank robber attempting to free his brother from prison. In a close third place, 20% of voters think Patrick Stewart will land the first Academy Award nomination of his storied career for his tragic performance in “Logan.”

Despite appearing in “The Post” and “The Shape of Water” (in addition to his awards bid for “Call me by Your Name”), Michael Stuhlbarg could only muster 15% of support.
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Kim Kardashian's Cryptic Instagram Post Sends Internet Into a Frenzy Over Possible Baby Name

Kim Kardashian's Cryptic Instagram Post Sends Internet Into a Frenzy Over Possible Baby Name
Kim Kardashian West has yet to announce her newborn daughter’s name.

But when the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 37, shared a cryptic photo of a Louis Vuitton monogram on Wednesday, she had fans guessing that she and husband Kanye West, 40, new daughter’s name was inspired by the fashion house.

Popular guesses included “Elle V West,” “Lv West” and “Louis West.”

The stylish couple are big fans of Louis Vuitton as just prior to their baby girl arrived via surrogate on Monday, the Kkw Beauty mogul shared photos of trash cans decorated with the Louis Vuitton logo.
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Penultimate Predictions a week out from the Oscar nominations

Seven days from now, we’ll know who and what the Academy Award nominees are. My final set of predictions will drop on Monday, but for now, I wanted to tinker just a little bit first. For what it’s worth, over the coming weekend, the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild will be giving out their awards, so while that can’t impact nominations, it’s still noteworthy. They’re arguably the two biggest precursors, and gems of the guild season, so there’s a chance that I might tinker with final predictions next week if something crazy goes on there. That’s a problem for future me though. As you’ll see below, not a whole lot has changed. Ballots are in though, so what’s done is done. I’m working my few Oscar voter sources to see if anything has gotten more love than expected.
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Enjoy the Silence of Sally Hawkins, ‘The Shape of Water’s’ Princess Without Voice

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Enjoy the Silence of Sally Hawkins, ‘The Shape of Water’s’ Princess Without Voice
“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”

That line from “Sunset Boulevard” is often quoted even now, some 70 years after it was first released, but it’s rarely been more apropos than when considering Sally Hawkins’ performance in “The Shape of Water.” She plays a mute janitor in Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance, and though her co-stars recite some lyrical dialogue (co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Hawkins doesn’t — nor does she need to. As the film’s “princess without voice,” she emotes, gestures, and dances her way to the most moving performance of 2017.

Like most actors and actresses whose success seems to have come overnight, Hawkins’ didn’t. She’s likely to be nominated for her second Oscar later this month — her first, for her work opposite Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” was long overdue — but the 41-year-old has been paying her dues for more than two decades.
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“The Shape of Water” wins big at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night, the critics portion of the precursor season came to a head with the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the winners here get a nice little boost as Academy Award voting is currently wrapping up. Remember, critics aren’t members of the Academy, so there’s limited impact to be found for Oscar, but televised victories are never a bad thing. Wins here are fuel for nominations, and little more. Still, forward momentum is useful and appreciated, to say the least. For a few movies, it was a great evening, with one Guillermo del Toro helmed picture doing particularly well. The Bfca went wild (comparatively) for The Shape of Water, which led the field with four wins, to go along with entering the night as the overall nominations leader. Other multi winners were Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger

Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger
Before Brokeback Mountain there was Moulin Rouge!, and Jake Gyllenhaal has the latter to thank for his friendship with Heath Ledger. The movie star is GQ Australia's February 2018 cover star, in it discussing the origins of his close bond with the late actor and his role in Stronger—the emotional true story of a man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. Turns out Gyllenhaal and Ledger bonded over a "mutual frustration" most aspiring actors share when the role of a lifetime goes to someone else. In the case of 2001's Moulin Rouge!, that someone else was Ewan McGregor. As the 37-year-old...
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