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‘False Profits’ Comedic Soap From Kayla Alpert & Jason Reed Gets ABC Pilot Order

ABC has given a pilot order to False Profits, a comedic soap set in the word of cosmetics marketing from Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios. Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business. Alpert executive produces with Reed and… Read

Awardsline

Guillermo Del Toro Reacts To ‘The Shape of Water’ Oscar Sweep: “13 Is A Great Number Now”

“What a morning,” says Guillermo del Toro of a day he won’t soon forget, as his film The Shape of Water leads this year’s Oscar nominations with 13 total nods. “13 is a great number now, and it’s happened to the best movie of mine, that I love. It’s a good club to belong to, you know.” In December, I documented del Toro’s struggle to write and mount The Shape of Water, and spent time with the director on set. Today, he collects three Oscar nominations personally… Read

International

British Illusionist Heads To Netflix With New Mind-Bending Special

British illusionist Derren Brown is heading to Netflix after the SVOD service ordered a new special and scooped up two of his previous mind-bending specials. The move comes after Brown's live U.S debut Secret had a successful run off-Broadway last year. Netflix is to launch a new Brown special on the streaming service and it will also air Derren Brown: The Push and Derren Brown: Miracle, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK. I hear that Brown's new special, details of which… Read

International

Tributes Paid To ‘Teletubbies’ Star Simon Shelton, Who Died Aged 52

Tributes have been paid to actor Simon Shelton after the Teletubbies star died aged 52. Shelton, who played purple Teletubby Tinky Winky on the hit kids show, died on January 17 in the UK. He was best known for his role in the CBBC show but he also starred in 1990s kids game show Incredible Games. Shelton took over the role of Tinky Winky in 1997 after original actor Dave Thompson was sacked. The show, which airs on Nick Jr in the U.S., has been a global success, having… Read

breakingFilm

‘Mudbound’s Dee Rees Makes Oscar History As 1st Black Woman Nominated For Best Adapted Screenplay

Dee Rees

On an Oscar nominations morning that saw a strong showing for women, Mudbound's Dee Rees has made some history of her own as the first African America woman ever to be nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Breaking another barrier today with Rachel Morrison becoming the first woman to receive a Best Cinematographer nomination, the Netflix feature and Sundance 2017 alum had a total of four nominations for the 90th Academy Awards. Mary J. Blige is also in the running… Read

Film

CNN Inherits Oscars’ Best Picture Snafu Burden With Nominee List Blunder

CNN fell victim to Oscars Best Picture Snafu curse Tuesday morning when 2018 nominees were unveiled , incorrectly listing on-air more than one movie not actually nominated in that prestige category. The Actual List of Oscar noms for Best Picture, announced Tuesday morning, are: Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Just after noms were announced in many categories… Read

Film

Best Actor Frontrunner Gary Oldman Says Winston Churchill Role In ‘Darkest Hour’ “Was An Exercise In Stamina”

Gary Oldman, who spent over 200 hours in the make-up chair to become the iconic British politician Winston Churchill and at the film’s end had carried around half of his body weight with the prosthetics that added 10 pounds each day, said it was a physically challenging role. Oldman garnered a Best Actor nomination today and is considered a lock to win the Oscar. Oldman, who has been acting for 36 years, was nominated once before in the category in 2012 Tinker Tailor Soldi… Read

Film

Jennifer Fox’s Autobiographical ‘The Tale’ Is A Movie For The #TimesUp Moment – Sundance Studio

Backed by strong performances from Laura Dern and Isabelle Nélisse (Mama), Jennifer Fox’s The Tale is a powerful Sundance movie that demands attention as the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements continue to shed light on stories of abuse. Fox’s film is autobiographical in the most exacting detail, to the point that Dern and Nélisse play the character of ‘Jennifer Fox’ at different ages: Dern as the documentary-filmmaker adult who rediscovers ‘The Tale’ a story written by the… Read

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‘Half The Picture’ Clip: Ava DuVernay Talks Female Discrimination In Hollywood In Amy Adrion’s Sundance Docu

EXCLUSIVE: Making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Amy Adrion’s Half the Picture digs into Hollywood discrimination of female filmmakers. In a clip from the documentary, Ava DuVernay talks about her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated industry. Half the Picture explores the low number of women directors in Hollywood, using the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to successful women directors… Read

Awardsline

Oscar Nominations: Film & Studio Scorecard

The Shape Of Water

The 90th Oscar noms were led this morning by The Shape of Water, which scored 13 nominations, the 10th film in Oscar history to earn that number. It was followed by Dunkirk with eight nominations and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with seven. Fox Searchlight scored the most nominations for studios, fueled by The Shape of Water and Three Billboards. It was followed by Focus Features and Warner Bros., which tied at 14 each. Notably, Paramount Pictures is the only… Read

Film

Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ Pulled In Russia By Authorities

The Death Of Stalin

Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin has been pulled in Russia ahead of its release after it was criticized by Russian authorities. The film was due to be released in Russian theaters this week by local distributor Volga Film after it received an 18+ certificate. However, following an advanced screening, the culture ministry withdrew this certificate. The movie depicts the chaos of the regime after Stalin's death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule and is an… Read

Business

Steve Capus Exit Note Looks To Next Chapter At CBS “Or Elsewhere”

Steve Capus, newly named as out as executive producer of CBS Evening News, sent a “note,” a copy of which follows. Meanwhile, CBS News chief David Rhodes sent his own “note,” mostly about Capus’ replacement, at the end of which he said, “I look forward to working with Steve through his transition as we explore the best opportunities within CBS for Steve to apply his talents.” Capus, in his “note” is not so sure he’s sticking around. Capus’ note: There are few times in a… Read