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‘Game of Thrones’ Exec Producer Frank Doelger Launches Drama Firm

Game of Thrones exec producer Frank Doelger will run Intaglio Films, a new German TV production company designed to produce English-language drama for the international market. The company is a joint venture between Babylon Berlin producer Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster. It will develop, finance and produce high-end drama series for German broadcasters and international networks. Beta Film MD Moritz von Kruedener and… Read


Donald Trump Taunts Oprah At End Of Manic Weekend Of Tweets And TV News Watching

Donald Trump Oprah Winfrey

Being at Mar-a-Lago the weekend after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest blockbuster indictments in the Russian election meddling probe took a heavy toll on President Donald Trump. Unable to blow off steam golfing daily at his course, Trump instead spent the weekend watching TV news and tweeting manically. In what appeared to be his latest effort before finally crashing Sunday night, Trump lit into Oprah Winfrey, who… Read


‘Dunkirk’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Take Home Top Honors At MPSE Golden Reel Awards – Complete Winners List


The Motion Picture Sound Editors made some noise tonight as they presented the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Winners on the evening included Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 for film, while Game of Thrones and Stranger Things received top TV honors. The Golden Reels, held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing. Awards were presented in 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television… Read


John Oliver Joins Parkland Students “Calling Bullsh*t” On “Too Soon To Talk About” Gun Laws Blather

John Oliver returned to air on Last Week Tonight, saying it’s “incredibly exciting” to be back, though sad, because he once again had to kick off an episode addressing heartbreaking events at a school shooting.” This time it’s Parkland, Florida, where yet another school shooting left 17 dead and many more injured. “These events are now so familiar, we now automatically know how each side will play out,” Oliver complained: “Thoughts and prayers” “Fuck your thoughts and pray… Read


‘Celebrity Big Brother’: Omarosa Talks Campaigning For Hillary Clinton, Says She Would Have Been “Exceptional”

After suffering from an asthma attack last week, Omarosa Manigault is back in the Celebrity Big Brother house. She isn’t necessarily causing a whole lot of controversy, but we are learning more about her — like how she campaigned for Hillary Clinton before she was all about Trump. Manigault is currently the “Head of Household” on the popular CBS reality show and in a conversation with fellow houseguest and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews, she revealed that she… Read


Winter Olympics: Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Correspondent Position, Net Struggles With Broadcast Gaffes — Update

Adam Rippon

UPDATED: After some thought, Adam Rippon has decided to decline the offer of becoming an NBC correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Earlier today, it was announced that the figure skater, who has become a prominent highlight of these Games, was going to have his hand at commentary. However, he has decided to turn down the offer after he realized he would have to give up his Olympic standing and credential for the position. By… Read


NBA Guard Appears To Slur Chinese People In New Year’s Video

A video featuring various NBA players wishing their Chinese fans a happy new year is causing social media uproar, as Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick appears to use a slur in his greeting. The video, made by Chinese media company Tencent, has appeared online. There is a version with Redick edited out also circulating. The video goes through various NBA players wishing their Chinese fans a happy new year. When it gets to Redick at the 51-second mark, he seems to say… Read


Idrissa Ouedraogo Dies: Noted Director Of African Film Was 64

Director Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, a giant of African cinema, died Sunday. He was 64, according to his country’s national filmmakers guild. The cause of death was not revealed. The prolific Ouedraogo was best known for Tilai, a powerful drama about family honor that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1990. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement that his country "has lost a filmmaker of immense talent," noting that the director "truly contributed to… Read


BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Stuns ‘Shape Of Water’ But Does This Mean Oscar Is Next? – Hammond Analysis

Pundits will probably look at today’s Outstanding Film BAFTA victory by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri over its (at least nominally) more favored Fox Searchlight stablemate The Shape Of Water as perhaps a game-changing moment in this year’s still unsettled Best Picture Oscar race. Certainly it gives the Martin McDonagh film new momentum, especially after his snub by the Academy’s directors branch. (And that may not matter much since the BAFTA directorial win… Read


History Is Already Written: Film Comedies Came Back In 2018

I Feel Pretty

One of the hardest things about covering Hollywood for New York editors is trying to convince them that most of the next year's stories have already happened. Films are made on a long lead time of, say, 18 months, give or take. So most of the touchy decisions, political fights, minor victories, major failures and meaningful trends are already history by the time a picture is ready for its close-up with the opinion-makers back East. (At the New York Times, I was once… Read


Greenwich Entertainment Acquires Lorna Tucker Docu ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’

Outside of the fashion world, Vivienne Westwood isn’t necessarily a household name, but after Lorna Tucker’s documentary Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is released, it very well might be. Greenwich Entertainment announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the first documentary that puts the spotlight on the British fashion design icon. Westwood premiered earlier this year at Sundance and follows the titular designer’s life, her fashion, her personality… Read


BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Wins Best Film, Tops Night With Five Nods – The Complete Winners List

Three Billboards BAFTA

UPDATED with complete list of winners, more details: Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri walked away with the Best Film prize and a leading five wins overall at the BAFTA Awards tonight at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The annual EE British Academy Film Awards were a Searchlight affair, with Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water taking three awards including Best Director for del Toro. The strong showing makes both films strong candidates for the… Read