TV News Roundup: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed for Season 16 at Fox

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TV News Roundup: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed for Season 16 at Fox
In today’s TV News Roundup, “So You Think You Can Dance” gets renewed and DeWanda Wise and Jessica Williams enter”The Twilight Zone.”


Netflix’s new Ricky Gervais series “After Life” is set to launch March 8 with co-stars Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Bradley and Ashley Jensen. “After Life” follows Tony (Gervais) who decides to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he wants after his wife Lisa (Godliman) dies. Other cast members include Penelope Wilton, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Godliman, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, Tim Plester and Diane Morgan. In addition to executive producing, Gervais created, wrote and directed the series alongside producer Charlie Hanson and fellow executive producer Duncan Hayes.

Conan O’Brien‘s late-night talk show “Conan” is set to return with guest Tom Hanks Jan. 22 at 11 p.m. on TBS. The premiere, which marks O’Brien’s ninth
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‘City On A Hill’: Sarah Shahi To Recur On Showtime Drama Series

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‘City On A Hill’: Sarah Shahi To Recur On Showtime Drama Series
Exclusive: Person of Interest alumna Sarah Shahi is set for a key recurring role opposite Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in City On A Hill, Showtime’s upcoming drama series executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd. Production on the new 10-episode series will begin next month in New York and Boston, and will premiere later this year.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in the early 1990s Boston, rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. The fictional account centers on assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) who arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown
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Legendary TV’s Edwin Chung Joins 20th Century Fox TV As VP Comedy Development

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Former NBC and Legendary Television executive Edwin Chung has joined 20th Century Fox TV as the studio’s Vice President, Comedy Development. Chung begins his new role immediately and reports to Cheryl Dolins, Svp of Comedy Development. The new job reunites Chung with Dolins, with whom he worked at NBC earlier in his career.

“We are thrilled to welcome Edwin to our comedy team at 20th,” commented Dolins. “His taste is impeccable as are his relationships around town, so we think he’s the perfect fit to fill out our ranks as we head into the busiest time of year. I also have a shorthand with Edwin dating back to working together at NBC, so getting him for the studio is an all-round win.”

Chung fills a void left by the departure of Sarah Geismer who departed to go to Netflix.

During his stint at Legendary TV, Chung built and
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The Oscars and the Golden Globes agree to disagree over the past 75 years

Are “Green Room” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” Best Picture Oscar favorites because they won the Golden Globes’ top prizes? Maybe.

Or maybe not.

Though the Globes have been considered a leading bellwether for the Academy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have agreed to disagree numerous times in major categories over the past 75 years.

In fact, the very first Golden Globes ceremony selected the religious drama “The Song of Bernadette” as the best film of 1943, while the Oscar for best picture went to the beloved “Casablanca.”

Even last year, Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” won four Oscars including best film and director. But the Globes chose “Lady Bird” for best picture musical or comedy and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won best drama. Del Toro did win the Globe for director.

Checking out Golden Globes best drama winners for the past decade,
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Nominations for 2019 DGA Awards announced

The Director’s Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2018 DGA Awards, and for the first time in eight years, the field for Best Director matches up exactly with the Golden Globes.

Set to contest the award this year are Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Peter Farrelly (Green Book), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Adam McKay (Vice) and Golden Globe winner Alfonso Cuaron (Roma). Cooper meanwhile is also nominated for the First-Time Director Award, while McKay is also in contention for a TV award for helming an episode of Succession.

Here’s the full list of the nominees…

Feature Film

Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma

Peter Farrelly – “Green Book

Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay – “Vice

First Time Director

Bo Burnham – “Eighth Grade”

Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born

Carlos Lopez Estrada – “Blindspotting

Matthew Heineman – “A Private War

Boots Riley – “Sorry to Bother You

Documentary Director
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2019 Directors Guild Awards TV nominations: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ lead with 2 each

2019 Directors Guild Awards TV nominations: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ lead with 2 each
Comedy series creators dominate this year’s roster of Directors Guild of America TV awards nominees. Donald Glover is contending for an episode in the sophomore season of “Atlanta,” which also reaped a bid for Hiro Murai. Both Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino vie for installments in the second edition of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And Bill Hader is nominated for the pilot of “Barry.”

Among the TV drama helmers is Adam McKay for an episode of “Succession.” He could well be a nominee for his film “Vice” as well. He contends here against “Ozark” star Jason Bateman, long-time “Homeland” helmer Lesli Linka Glatter, Chris Long for “The Americans” series finale and Daina Reid for a second season episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

On the telefilm/limited series side, Barry Levinson made it a lucky 13 DGA nominations with his bid for “Paterno.” He faces off against Cary Joji Fukunaga
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Jason Bateman, Ben Stiller earn first DGA nominations for TV work

Jason Bateman, Ben Stiller earn first DGA nominations for TV work
Group to announce theatrical nominees on Tuesday.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) on Monday (7) announced its nominees for TV series, commercials and documentaries.

Jason Bateman earned his first DGA Award nomination for Netflix’s Ozark in the dramatic series category, while Adam McKay picked up his second nod for HBO series Succession after recognition for The Big Short in 2015.

In the comedy series category, Donald Glover received his second nomination for Atlanta after a nod for the same show in 2016. Bill Hader earned his first nod for Barry.

In the TV movies and limited series category, Cary Joji Fukunaga
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DGA 2019 TV Nominations Highlight Actor-Directors Ben Stiller, Bill Hader, Donald Glover

The Director’s Guild of America gave its stamp of approval to a number of actors-turned-directors Monday afternoon, nominating a slew of famous faces for its 2019 DGA Awards.

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Bill Hader (“Barry”), Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”), and Ben Stiller (“Escape at Dannemora”) all landed their first DGA nominations, while Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) scored his second nomination for the series.

Atlanta” was one of a few projects scoring multiple nominations, as Hiro Murai was also selected for his work on “Teddy Perkins” (IndieWire’s pick for the best TV episode of 2019). Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino were both nominated for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and three directors were honored from “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: Barry Sonnenfeld, Bo Welch, and Allan Arkush were all chosen in the Children’s Programs category.

Despite Sherman-Palladino’s nod, women only snagged three nominations in the three predominant categories: drama,
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‘Atlanta,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Unfortunate Events’ Lead Directors Guild TV Awards Nominations

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Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” scored three Directors Guild of America Award nominations in the children’s series category, the most of any program, while “Atlanta” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” were close behind with two nods apiece. Amy Sherman-Palladino, who won the Emmy in September for the show’s pilot, is nominated for the “Mrs. Maisel” Season 2 finale episode “All Alone,” while her husband Daniel Palladino is also nominated for the episode “We’re Going to the Catskills!”

The “Mrs. Maisel” duo will face off against another established team: “Atlanta” star Donald Glover, nominated for directing the episode “Fubu,” and helmer Hiro Murai, nommed for the popular episode “Teddy Perkins.” They’re all up against “Barry” star Bill Hader, nominated for the “Barry” premiere. It’s the first nominations for Daniel Palladino, Murai, and Hader. Sherman-Palladino and Glover have previously been nominated, but never won.

On the drama side,
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Jason Bateman, Donald Glover, Bill Hader and Ben Stiller All Nominated by DGA for TV Directing

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Jason Bateman, Donald Glover, Bill Hader and Ben Stiller All Nominated by DGA for TV Directing
The Directors Guild of America announced its television, commercial and documentary nominations on Monday, unveiling a lineup of nominees that includes actors-turned-directors Jason Bateman, Donald Glover, Bill Hader, Ben Stiller and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Bateman was nominated for an episode of “Ozark,” Glover for “Atlanta,” Hader for “Barry” and Stiller for “Escape at Dannemora” — while Baron Cohen shared a directing nomination with three others for an episode of his Showtime series “Who Is America?”

Other nominees included Adam McKay for the series “Celebration,” Jean-Marc Vallee for “Sharp Objects,” Barry Levinson for “Paterno” and Spike Jonze for his Apple Homepod commercial.

As usual, the roster of nominees was predominantly male, with 44 men nominated and only seven women.

Also Read: Female Directors Dropped to Just 8 Percent of the Top 250 Films in 2018, Study Finds

Shows receiving multiple nominations include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Atlanta,” each of which have two nominations in the comedy category,
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‘Vice’ Editor on Why It Was ‘One of the Toughest Movies’ He’s Ever Worked on

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‘Vice’ Editor on Why It Was ‘One of the Toughest Movies’ He’s Ever Worked on
Hank Corwin has worked with some of film’s most iconic directors — Robert Redford, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson and Terrence Malick. He’s frequently edited earnest dramas, like Stone’s “Nixon” and Malick’s “The Tree of Life.”

But his two latest feature outings — Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” released in 2015, and the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” a Christmas release from Annapurna, took a more ironic approach to storytelling.

Corwin was surprised three years ago when his agent sent him the script for “The Big Short” because, he says, “McKay is comedy, and if you look at my work, I’m not exactly a comedy editor.” It turned out that McKay was looking for a replacement editor because the first individual attached to the film wasn’t working out. Corwin loved the script, started cutting, and he and McKay hit it off. The movie went on to earn him an Oscar nomination for editing.
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Ben Foster Communicates Powerfully Without Words In ‘Leave No Trace’

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Ben Foster Communicates Powerfully Without Words In ‘Leave No Trace’
Ben Foster is pacing Manhattan trying to ignore the clamor. “Sorry about all the sirens!” he groans apologetically. He’s just gotten home from starring as 14th Century general Jan Žižka in the biopic Medieval, hyped as Czechoslovakia’s biggest blockbuster to date, and Foster just wanted to stroll around to appreciate the holiday lights and squirrels “and ambulances,” he jokes.

Foster’s a long way from the Oregon forest where he shot Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, a haunting, based-on-a-true-story drama about a survivalist veteran who has trained his teenage daughter to live with him in the forest. You sense Foster wouldn’t mind teleporting across the country for an hour of quiet. Then again, finding his own quiet is one of his strengths as an actor, not to mention as a human being dealing with modern chaos. At 4, Foster’s parents, two hippies raising a family in Fairfield,
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Don’t forget: Oscar has hitched a best-pic ride on socially relevant road trips like ‘Green Book’ before

Don’t forget: Oscar has hitched a best-pic ride on socially relevant road trips like ‘Green Book’ before
Right now, ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Roma’ seem to be dominating most Oscar-related Best Picture discussions, with either “The Favourite” or “BlacKkKlansman” as the presumed spoiler for a win. Meanwhile, chatter about “Green Book’s” chances have mostly taken a backseat.

However, it feels as if predictors of the race are underestimating the historical impact that road-trip films have had on the Academy Award’s most-coveted category. The granddaddy of them all is, of course, is 1934’s “It Happened One Night,” the screwball comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable and directed by Frank Capra that delved into the war between the sexes as well as the divide between economic classes as an runaway heiress and a cynical reporter reluctantly travel together. It became the first film to sweep the five major Oscar categories: picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay.

Years later, 1988’s Barry Levinson‘s “Rain Man” would reign,
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Hyde Park Founder Ashok Amritraj Receives French Honor

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Hyde Park Entertainment founder and longtime producer Ashok Amritraj was awarded France’s Order National du Merite in a ceremony in Mumbai on Friday. The medal, the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, ,is bestowed in recognition of contributions to the arts in France and worldwide.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, presented the award as part of an official visit. His itinerary included events surrounding the audiovisual and film sectors.

Amritraj has produced more than 120 movies in a career he launched after a successful pro tennis career. His recent film credits include 99 Homes and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete and he’s worked with directors from Barry Levinson to James Ivory.

“I am humbled and privileged to receive this honor. I would like to thank the government of France for the Order National Du Merite and for recognizing my journey in the world of cinema,
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Rain Man at 30: damaging stereotype or 'the best thing that happened to autism'?

Barry Levinson’s Oscar-winning smash hit was one of the first on-screen depictions of autism. Three decades on, its legacy is complicated

Rain Man was the best thing that ever happened to autism,” says psychiatrist Dr Darold Treffert. “No gigantic public education or PR effort could have produced the sensational awareness that Rain Man brought to the national and international radar screen.” Treffert, an expert on autism and savant syndrome, worked on Rain Man as a script consultant, which may explain his view on a film that has become divisive in terms of its impact and influence on perceptions of autism.

When the Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Morrow had the idea for Rain Man, he had barely heard of the condition. “The word ‘autism’ never appeared in my original screenplay,” he says. “Looking back, Rain Man was never a story about autism. It was a tale of two estranged brothers, their
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Ben Foster Loses Himself in His Roles, and ‘Leave No Trace’ Allowed Him to Disappear

Ben Foster Loses Himself in His Roles, and ‘Leave No Trace’ Allowed Him to Disappear
Ben Foster only knows one way of working. After working in Hollywood for over two decades, the rare child actor who managed to find his way to a compelling adult career has been reaping the rewards of long-term commitment. In recent years, that has included an Independent Spirit Award for his turn in “Hell or High Water,” a continued relationship with his most cherished directors, and a sustained level of intensity that might exhaust other actors but only seems to keep Foster more tuned in. He buries himself in performances to a point where, as he describes it, he’s not even acting in a traditional sense.

“For my job, the goal is to learn the thing, and then do the thing, and do it, and do it, and do it over and over until I don’t think about it,” Foster said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “You
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Cinema’s Top 3 Casino Scenes

We are all drawn to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas – be it for its amazing stage shows, gaming or parties – and the world of casino-based entertainment, and the movie world is similarly infatuated with it. But casinos and gaming stretch further than Nevada – all over the world and even online with many film companies offering up their properties and licensing their movie titles for slot machines online and other inventive tie-ins. In this feature, we’d head back to the movies and take a look at our top three casino scenes from years gone by. Who knows, maybe some of these will make it online with a game version soon.

Ocean’s 11 (2001)

We’ll kick off with a film that is actually a remake of a hit 1960s Rat Pack film starring the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. The 2001 redo assembled some of
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Into the future through the past by Anne-Katrin Titze

Nahoko Kojima in Clay Jeter's Takumi: A 60,000 Hour Story On The Survival Of Human Craft, produced by Rupert Maconick: "Let's do an interesting film about the future."

Rupert Maconick, Founder of Saville Productions, has worked with an impressive list of filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Spike Lee, Morgan Neville, Fernando Meirelles, Barry Levinson, Stephen Daldry, Martin Campbell, Paul Haggis, Gavin O’Connor, James McTeigue, producing Michael Apted's Bending The Light, Werner Herzog's From One Second To The Next and Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World.

Rupert Maconick on Werner Herzog: "We're doing a lot of stuff with him around social good." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Takumi: A 60,000 Hour Story On The Survival Of Human Craft, directed by Clay Jeter and written by Dave Bedwood, highlights artisans Shigeo Kiuchi, Hisato Nakahigashi, Nahoko Kojima and Lexus Takumi Katsuaki Suganuma and features interviews with Nora Atkinson, Curator of Craft
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Watch at Home: The Children Act, The Rider, Puzzle

What's newly available for home viewing this week?


• Alpha - Kodi Smith-McPhee stars in this prehistoric adventure film about a boy and his wolf friend

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings -Marc Chao reprises his popular Detective Dee role. The previous title started with "Young Detective Dee" but I guess now that Chao is 34 they feel "Young" is pushing it? The previous film was ... bonkers.

• Juliet, Naked -Rose Byrne & Ethan Hawke star in this well-reviewed romcom

• The Meg -the campy giant-shark flick was a sleeper hit

Mile 22 -Another gun-loving actioner from Peter Berg & Mark Wahlberg

• Puzzle - Two of our most reliable but underappreciated screen actors Kelly Macdonald and Irffan Khan star in this story about a woman who discovers a passion for solving puzzles

New iTunes 99¢ Deals

• Death of Stalin -Armando Iannucci (of In the Loop and Veep fame) is back with another political comedy.
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Ben Foster to star in Holocaust boxing drama Harry Haft

Deadline is reporting that Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) has signed on for the title role in Harry Haft, a fact-based drama from director Barry Levinson (Paterno), which is based upon the Alan Scott Haft novel Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano.

The film tells the true story of Haft, “a boxer who survived Auschwitz by being forced to fight fellow prisoners in the concentration camps in ghoulish gladiatorial battles. If he won, he got fed and allowed to live long enough for the next bout, while the 76 opponents he beat were led to their deaths in the camps. Haunted by the memories and guilt over the price of survival, Haft attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to rediscover a reason to live, and to again find the woman he fell in love with before the war.”

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