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PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV

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UPDATED with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors. Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already… Read


Ava DuVernay Says Diversity Is An “Absolute Must” In Industry; Remembers Allison Shearmur – PGA Awards

Ava DuVernay was presented with the Visionary Award tonight at the PGA Awards by her Wrinkle in Time star Reese Witherspoon, but when taking the stage she shifted the focus off of her and used the opportunity to talk about social awareness, inclusion, and to remember the late Allison Shearmur. “I was excited to come here today because we're gathering on another historic day of the women's march. It's an interesting day because we had the women's march in the midst of a… Read


Charles Roven Recognizes “Vanguard Of Positive Change” In Hollywood — PGA Awards

The Producers Guild of America honored tonight with the Charles Roven with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award. “I’ve had many great experiences in this room, starting with my bar mitzfah,” said Roven after Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins introduced him. “I literally became a man on this stage.” He continues, “I certainly wouldn't be here if I didn't work with immensely talented people. My first wife, before she passed was Dawn Steel was one of the first women to… Read


Charles Roven: A Q&A With The PGA’s David O. Selznick Honoree Reveals When He Knew He Really Made It In Hollywood

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EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Charles Roven was honored by his peers tonight at the Producers Guild of America Awards with the 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award bestowed for his body of work — a long career that began about 34 years ago with his first film Heart Like A Wheel. His resume now includes everything from 12 Monkeys and American Hustle (which garnered 10 Oscar-nominations in 2014) to churning out franchise hits one by one for the Warner Bros. including Christopher… Read


Jordan Peele Says It Feels Like “We’re In The Sunken Place” Right Now – PGA Awards

Hollywood legend Norman Lear took the stage to present the 2018 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award to Jordan Peele’s Get Out tonight at the PGA Awards, calling the film “terrifying and groundbreaking.” He added, “It’s a horror movie where a black guy isn’t the first one killed.” “Ummm…alright, that’s cool,” said Peele after Lear’s introduction. The writer-director said he was honored to know Lear as a friend, adding, “You can use my body for your brain anytime.” “This… Read


‘SNL’: President Donald Trump Passed His Physical – And The Tide Pod Challenge

UPDATE, with video Tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open was free of celebrity guests (or, it seemed, much inspiration), with cast members Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett taking the stage as Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Dr. Ronny Jackson to present the results of Donald Trump’s recent physical and cognitive exams – results only slightly more absurdly glowing than the real thing. The president, said Bennett’s Dr. Jackson, is “71 years and 7 months young,” weight “a very… Read


Bob Smith Dies: First Openly Gay Comic To Appear On ‘The Tonight Show’ Was 59

Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to score an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has died at age 59 after a long struggle with ALS. His partner, Michael Zam, confirmed the death via a Facebook post. Smith also was the first openly gay man to star in his own HBO Comedy half-hour, which bowed in 1994, and he made numerous other TV appearances. His collection of essays, Openly Bob, won the Lambda Literary Award for humor. His second collection,Way To Go, Smi… Read


Oscar Winners Fisher Stevens & Ross Kauffman Take On Discovery Doc ‘Taken By The Tiger’

Rich Ross, Discovery Channel and Science Channel group president, announced today at the networks’ annual Sundance Film Festival reception that Oscar-winning filmmakers Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman will be making the upcoming documentary Taken by the Tiger Kauffman won an Oscar for the 2004 feature doc Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, while Fisher took home an Academy Award for producing the 2009 feature doc The Cove. Kauffman will direct with Stevens… Read


Deadline And Women In Film’s ‘The Road To 50/50’ Panel – Sundance Livestream

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Deadline's annual Sundance Series panels continue with a timely conversation considering today’s Respect Rally that took over downtown Park City. Deadline, Woman In Film and Stella Artois are co-hosting “The Road To 50/50,” a live Q&A with top female filmmakers who are pushing forward the mission for inclusion and gender parity in Hollywood. The event kicks off at 5 PM local time at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street. Panelists include director Amy Adrion… Read


Exclusive First Look At Hot Sundance Sales Title ‘Burden’


Here is an exclusive first look at Burden, the Andrew Heckler-directed fact based drama that stars Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Usher Raymond and Tom Wilkinson. The film premieres in competition tomorrow 6:15 at the PC Library, and is based on a true story about a taciturn repo man (Hedlund) who is rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina. Fiercely loyal to the local Klan leader and toxic father figure (Tom Wilkinson), the… Read


Allison Shearmur Funeral Service Set For Monday: Pals Pay Tribute To Late Tastemaking Studio Executive & Producer

UPDATE: Allison Shearmur, who died yesterday after a quiet battle with lung cancer at age 54, will have her funeral Monday at 4:30 PM at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Her family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Simms Mann Cancer Center at UCLA. The film community is reeling from the death of Shearmur, the diminutive studio executive and producer who seemed an indestructible force of energy to so many. I’ve been told what a champion she was for… Read


‘Project Cre8’: BET’s Nationwide Search For America’s Undiscovered Filmmaker Open For Submissions

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BET Networks and Paramount Players are on the lookout for the next big filmmaker with Project Cre8. The news of the nationwide competition was announced today at the Sundance Film Festival during Blackhouse's panel "Killer Creativity: The New Breed.” Accepting submissions starting today, the competition gives aspiring, undiscovered filmmakers the opportunity to produce an original film. Mentored by a team of industry professionals, the filmmaking-hopeful must deal with… Read