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Da Pennebaker’s ‘Original Cast Album: Company’ Is the Best Musical Theater Documentary Ever

Da Pennebaker’s ‘Original Cast Album: Company’ Is the Best Musical Theater Documentary Ever
There’s a scene in D.A. Pennebaker’s “Original Cast Album: Company” that unites all Elaine Stritch fans. Of course, younger audiences know her Emmy-winning turn as Jack Donaghy’s sharp-tongued mother in “30 Rock,” and Broadway fans will never forget her Tony-winning one woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” the film version of which incidentally united her with Pennebaker decades later.

But it is her increasingly desperate attempts to record the most famous number of her career, the 11 o’clock number “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” that Pennebaker captured and edited so sensationally, that shows a rare peek behind the curtain at the ferocious talent at her most vulnerable.

Less Broadway-inclined cinephiles may be unfamiliar with “Original Cast Album: Company.” The documentary legend, who died over the weekend at the age of 94, was known as a groundbreaking figure in the evolution of documentary filmmaking, helming
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2019 WGA Awards honour Eighth Grade and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

A week before the 91st annual Academy Awards, it was the turn of the Writers Guild of America to hand out its honours on Sunday evening, with the 2019 WGA Awards taking place at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

On the film side of things, Eighth Grade and Can You Ever Forgive Me? were awarded Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay respectively, while TV winners included the likes of Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Americans, Castle Rock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Homeland and The Simpsons.

Check out the full list of winners here…

Film

Original Screenplay

Eighth Grade

Green Book

A Quiet Place

Roma

Vice

Adapted Screenplay

Blackkklansman

Black Panther

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

A Star Is Born

Documentary Screenplay

Bathtubs Over Broadway

“Fahrenheit 11/9″

“Generation Wealth”

“In Search of Greatness”

Television

Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul
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'Eighth Grade', 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' lead WGA winners

'Eighth Grade', 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' lead WGA winners
Bo Burnham’s debut feature won original screenplay.

The Writers Guild of America held its 2019 awards on Sunday February 17 in Beverly Hills, with Eighth Grade and Can You Ever Forgive Me? taking the major awards.

Bo Burnham picked up the original screenplay award for his directorial debut Eighth Grade, which premiered at Sundance 2018 and follows a 13-year-old girl as she navigates high school and the social media landscape.

Burnham took the award against competition from A Quiet Place, Green Book, Roma and Vice, the latter three of which are nominated at the Oscars (February 24).

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty received
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Writers Guild Awards for Film

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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Writers Guild Awards for Film
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has been named the best adapted screenplay of 2018 by the Writers Guild of America, while Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” was named the year’s best original screenplay in a surprising upset over Oscar Best Picture and screenplay nominees “Green Book,” “Roma” and “Vice.”

Eighth Grade” is not even nominated for the original-screenplay Oscar, making it the first WGA screenplay winner not to be nominated for the Oscar since Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” in 2003.

While “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is an Oscar screenplay nominee, it was not nominated for Best Picture and was competing against three films that had been nominated in that category — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star Is Born” — plus “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Also Read: 11 Best Movies of 2018, From 'Paddington 2' to 'Eighth Grade' (Photos)

The results
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Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners: ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Win Big

Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners: ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Win Big
With just one week to go before the Oscars inundate Hollywood with the final event of this year’s awards season, one last guild had some awards of its own to give out. It’s safe to say that no one does it quite like the Writers Guild, which traditionally holds not one, but two awards ceremonies, with both New York and Los Angeles playing home to evening events that unfold simultaneously. On Sunday evening, the NYC crowd hit the Edison Ballroom for a Roy Wood, Jr.-hosted show, while the Angeleno arm was back at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Chelsea Peretti.

Despite missing out on an Oscar nod, it was Bo Burnham’s feature directorial debut, “Eighth Grade,” which walked away with the win for Best Original Screenplay, while Best Adapted Screenplay honors went to “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.

The
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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award

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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award
The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are underway at dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy series award for Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino. The series won the Emmy for best comedy series last year.

Bill Hader and Alec Berg won the episodic comedy award for the opening segment of HBO’s “Barry,” “Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (“Barry”).

Stephanie Gillis won the animated award for the “Bart’s Not Dead” episode and Alex Gansa took the episodic drama award for the “Paean To The People” segment of “Homeland.”

Chelsea Peretti hosted the West Coast ceremonies while Roy Wood Jr. was the emcee in New York

Original screenplay nominees are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”; Adam McKay’s “Vice”; Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade”; Bryan Woods,
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2019 Writers Guild of America Awards: Full winners list for the 71st WGA Awards [Updating Live]

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The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of their 71st annual awards on Sunday, February 17 in a ceremony held simultaneously in Los Angeles (Beverly Hilton Hotel) and New York City (Edison Ballroom). Each year these kudos recognize the best writing of the prior calendar year in a plethora of genres including movies and television. Scroll down to see the full list of film and TV winners for the 2019 WGA Awards, with winners designated in gold text.

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Many awards pundits see the Writers Guild as a bellwether for the Oscars, though there’s a catch: oftentimes the Oscar nominees are not eligible at the guild because they aren’t written under its strict guidelines. Thus, Oscar nominee “The Favourite” was not eligible at WGA as this foreign production did not go through the lengthy process of proving its eligibility.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Co-Writer Eric Roth Suggested Lady Gaga Study Cher in ‘Moonstruck’ to Play Ally

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‘A Star Is Born’ Co-Writer Eric Roth Suggested Lady Gaga Study Cher in ‘Moonstruck’ to Play Ally
Eric Roth, who won an Academy Award a quarter century ago for “Forrest Gump,” went even further back when he was working with Lady Gaga on “A Star Is Born.”

Roth, speaking at the Beyond Words panel at the Writers Guild Theater, recalled that he advised Gaga to emulate Cher’s Loretta Castorini from the 1987 Oscar winner “Moonstruck.”

“I came aboard about the same time Lady Gaga did,” Roth said. “She asked me what she might look at because she’s not an actress by trade. She said, ‘What can I learn from?’ I said, ‘Look at Cher in ‘Moonstruck.’ She’s strong, so sure of herself, kind of tough minded.'”

He also said he and Bradley Cooper made the decision to write a script that would seem improvisational to moviegoers — a major change for Roth, who also received Oscar noms for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Munich,
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‘Shoplifters’ Takes Home Jury Prize at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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‘Shoplifters’ Takes Home Jury Prize at Palm Springs International Film Festival
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Japanese flick “Shoplifters” took the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Best Foreign Language Film of the Year prize, when the jury award winners were announced at a luncheon at the Riviera Palm Springs on Saturday.

Among the other honorees were Marcello Fonte (“Dogman”) and Joanna Kulig (“Cold War”), who both won Fipresci Prize for Best Actor and Actress in a Foreign Language Film, respectively; “Sofia” (France/Qatar), which received the New Voices New Visions Award; “Ghost Fleet” (USA) which won the John Schlesinger Award; “Carmen & Lola” (Spain) which took the CV Cine Award; “Dead Pigs” (China) which earned the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award; and “Eldorado” (Switzerland) the winner of the GoE Bridging The Borders Award. The Youth Jury Award went to “What Will People Say” (Norway/Germany/Sweden).

The 30th annual festival, held from Jan. 3-14, 2019, screened 226 films from 78 countries.

Also Read: 'Shoplifters'
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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival

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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival
The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced the winners of its juried prizes Saturday, with critical darling “Shoplifters” taking the award for best foreign language film of the year.

The festival, held from Jan. 3-14, 2019, screened 226 films from 78 countries.

Juried awards had five categories, including New Voices New Visions Award for unique viewpoints from first- and second-time directors; Schlesinger Documentary Award for first- or second-time documentary filmmakers; CV Cine Award for the best Ibero-American film; and the Fipresci Prize for films in the Foreign Language Oscar submissions program.

This year, the festival also had a new honor, the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named for actor and magician Ricky Jay and in honor of a film made by a master filmmaker that exemplifies a pioneering spirit in furthering the language of storytelling and the magic of cinema. Finally, the GoE Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders,
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Japan’s ‘Shoplifters’ Named Best Foreign Language Film At Palm Springs Festival – Winners List

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Japan’s ‘Shoplifters’ Named Best Foreign Language Film At Palm Springs Festival – Winners List
Japan’s Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, was named Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival today. Marcello Fonte, star of Italy’s Dogman and Joanna Kulig, of Poland’s Cold War, took top honors in the foreign language acting categories.

Juried award winners were announced at the Riviera Palm Springs today. Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature will be announced tomorrow.

The awards for best foreign language film, actor and actress were chosen by a jury of international film critics reviewing 43 of the 87 official foreign language Oscar submissions screened at this year’s Festival.

In addition to the three above-mentioned Fipresci Prize winners, the festival’s New Voices New Visions Award went to Sofia (France/Qatar), directed by Meryem Benm’Barek; and the John Schlesinger Award for a debut feature documentary went to Ghost Fleet (USA), directed
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Palm Springs Film Festival Awards: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘Dogman,’ and More

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Palm Springs Film Festival Awards: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘Dogman,’ and More
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its juried award-winners, with the Fipresci prizes going to “Shoplifters,” “Italy,” and “Cold War.” The three films — all of which premiered at Cannes and won major prizes there — have proven a mainstay of awards season, especially Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner. It and “Cold War” both made the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, while “Dogman” was left out.

The full list of winners:

Fipresci Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Fipresci Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film

Marcello Fonte, “Dogman” (Italy)

Fipresci Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film

Joanna Kulig, “Cold War” (Poland)

The Fipresci jury members were Thomas Abeltshauser, Elaine Guerini, and Marietta Steinhart.

New Voices New Visions Award

“Sofia” (France/Qatar), directed by Meryem Benm’Barek

Honorable Mention

“Saf” (Turkey), directed by Ali Vatansever.
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Film Review: ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’ Revives a Forgotten Art Form

Chicago – There are cultural heroes, and then there is comedy writer Steve Young. Through sheer happenstance, he began a journey that ended up with a rediscovery of an art form that without Young’s intervention would have died. The U.S. corporation Broadway-style “industrial musical,” which highlighted products or sales meetings in a song and dance presentation, were at its peak popularity from the 1950s through the ‘70s. “Bathtubs Over Broadway” is Young’s documentary of appreciation for those shows and and his intervention to revive them.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

To experience “Bathtubs…” is to witness a miracle. What began as a minor comedy bit on “Late Night with David Letterman,” where Steve Young was a writer, morphed into a bit of an obsession for the low-keyed jokester. His delving into the corporate show culture began with the souvenir records from these shows, done in very limited runs. After seeing the names associated with these shows…
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Nominations for the 2019 WGA Awards announced

Coming hot on the heels of last night’s Golden Globe Awards, the Writer’s Guild of America has now announced the nominations for the feature film and video game categories of the 2019 WGA Awards.

Set to contest the Best Original Screenplay prize are Eighth Grade, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma and Vice, while BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star is Born are nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Check out the nominations here, along with the previously announced TV nominees…

Original Screenplay

“Eighth Grade,” Written by Bo Burnham; A24

Green Book,” Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures

A Quiet Place,” Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures

Roma,” Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix

“Vice,” Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

“BlacKkKlansman,” Written by
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Writers Guild Screenplay Nominations Reveal Strong Oscar Contenders

The Writers Guild has announced its 2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations, and the top contenders all made the cut: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.” Additionally, “”A Quiet Place” is showing strength with the Guilds, winding up with PGA, SAG and WGA nominations.

WGA omissions include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which won two Golden Globes Sunday, and Paul Schrader’s acclaimed “First Reformed,” which was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Critics’ Choice and Indie Spirit awards.

Titles not eligible because they don’t conform to the WGA Minimum Basic Agreement include Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite,” Bleecker’s “Leave No Trace,” Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You,” BAFTA nominee “The Death of Stalin” and CBS Films’ “At Eternity’s Gate,” as well as foreign films “Capernaum,” “Cold War” and “Shoplifters.” Animated features are not eligible,
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Writers Guild Screenplay Nominations Reveal Strong Oscar Contenders

The Writers Guild has announced its 2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations, and the top contenders all made the cut: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.” Additionally, “”A Quiet Place” is showing strength with the Guilds, winding up with PGA, SAG and WGA nominations.

WGA omissions include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which won two Golden Globes Sunday, and Paul Schrader’s acclaimed “First Reformed,” which was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Critics’ Choice and Indie Spirit awards.

Titles not eligible because they don’t conform to the WGA Minimum Basic Agreement include Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite,” Bleecker’s “Leave No Trace,” Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You,” BAFTA nominee “The Death of Stalin” and CBS Films’ “At Eternity’s Gate,” as well as foreign films “Capernaum,” “Cold War” and “Shoplifters.” Animated features are not eligible,
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'Green Book', 'Eighth Grade', 'A Quiet Place' among WGA screenplay nominees

'Green Book', 'Eighth Grade', 'A Quiet Place' among WGA screenplay nominees
Adapted screenplay nominees include BlacKkKlansman, A Star Is Born.

The Writers Guild Of America West and East on Monday (7) announced their theatrical screenplay nominees with Golden Globe winner Green Book among the original screenplay contenders.

The original screenplay category includes Eighth Grade, A Quiet Place, Roma, and Vice. Adapted screenplay nominees are BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, If Beale Street Could Talk, and A Star Is Born.

The documentary screenplay contenders are Bathtubs Over Broadway, Fahrenheit 11/9, Generation Wealth, and In Search Of Greatness.

Winners will be honoured at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on February 17 at concurrent
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2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Roma’ in, ‘The Favourite’ was ineligible

2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Roma’ in, ‘The Favourite’ was ineligible
The Writers Guild of America revealed nominations on Monday (Jan. 7) for the 71st annual edition of its awards, which will be held simultaneously in La and Gotham on Feb. 17. The original screenplay nominees are: “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma” and “Vice.” The adapted screenplay contenders are: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “A Star Is Born.”

Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards. Among those ineligible for consideration this year are some of the leading Oscar contenders, including the original screenplays for “The Favourite” and “Hereditary.” Both films ran afoul of the requirement that foreign production companies prove their eligibility via a cumbersome process.

The Favourite” scripters Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis are all but certain to contend at the Oscars. They’ve already won
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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Roma’

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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” has landed a Writers Guild of America nomination for original screenplay, along with Adam McKay’s “Vice,” Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie’s “Green Book.”

Adapted screenplay noms went to Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole’s “Black Panther,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicole Holofcener and Josh Whitty’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, and Will Fetters’ “A Star Is Born,” and Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

The winners will be announced on Feb. 17 in joint ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

WGA members voted on 63 eligible original screenplays and 60 adapted scripts. The scripts for “The Favourite,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Isle of Dogs,
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Writers Guild Film Nominations: ‘Roma’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Eighth Grade’ & More

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Big commercial hits and a number of awards-season regulars made the cut as the WGA announced its 2019 Writers Guild Awards nominees for outstanding achievement in screenwriting writing during 2018. Check out the full list below, which also includes video games.

The Original Screenplay category covers comedy, drama and horror as the scribes behind Eighth Grade, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma and Vice will vie for the hardware. The Adapted Screenplay race is among BlackKklansman, Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, A Star is Born and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

In a banner year for documentaries, the writers of Bathtubs Over Broadway, Fahrenheit 11/9, Generation Wealth and In Search of Greatness will battle it out for the WGA trophy.

Winners will be announced Sunday, February 17, at dual ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

Original Screenplay

Eighth Grade

Written by Bo Burnham; A24

Green Book

Written by Nick Vallelonga
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