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Nanette Fabray Dies: Stage And TV Comic Actress Was 97

UPDATED with SAG-AFTRA statement: Nanette Fabray, a Tony Award winner at 28 and the TV moms of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and One Day at a Time in the 1970s, died Thursday at her Palos Verdes, CA home. She was 97, and her death was confirmed by her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall. Fabray’s stage successes were many and spanned decades. She won the Tony at 28 for the Alan Jay Lerner/Kurt Weill show Love Life, followed by Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn’s High Button Shoes. Other stage… Read

Netflix, Matt Reeves To Win Auction For Matthew Baker Futuristic Short Story ‘Life Sentence’

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is closing a deal for Life Sentence, the short story by Matthew Baker, sources said. Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner will develop the project as producers. Reeves, who’ll next direct the stand-alone iteration of Batman, recently moved his deal from Fox (where he made two Planet of the Apes films) to Netflix. The deal is six figures against seven figures if the film gets made. That seems a strong likelihood given the ravenous bidding that took… Read

Notes On The Season: Russian & Syrian Politics Invade The Oscars, But Will It Affect The Vote?; Pasek And Paul Put On A Show

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit And you thought Washington D.C. was bad! It is nothing compared to the Oscars when every vote is on the line. With voting going on in force, it seems it is prime time for political controversy and headline-grabbing attempts at making a last-minute stab to get the attention of Academy members. In some ways, particularly in the intersection of the Documentary Feature and Foreign-Language Film races, it… Read

Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro Cast In Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’ Comedy

Octavia Spencer, who is vying for her second Oscar win for her performance in The Shape Of Water, is on board for Paramount’s Instant Family, along with rising star Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), and comedian Tig Notaro. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star in the film directed by Daddy's Home helmer Sean Anders from a script he wrote with John Morris. It follows a couple who decide to adopt through the foster-care system and find themselves in over their… Read

Three Questions: A Conversation With This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees

Oscar's five nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film race this year include one returnee to the category and four newcomers. They're each seasoned filmmakers who've had their fair share of festival and awards success, and each has told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today. They've spent an awards season talking up their movies, and we wanted to find out what they've learned in the process as well as give them a… Read

Ed Sheeran Teases His Next Movie – Berlin

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran made a surprise visit to the Berlin Film Festival on Friday to talk up the documentary Songwriter, a special out-of-competition entry at the fest which wraps tomorrow. The singer-songwriter phenom, who made a much-hyped appearance in Game Of Thrones last year, and in Bridget Jones's Baby playing himself, told the assembled press he is prepping for another film next year and that he's already written the soundtrack. “I'm going to make one movie in my lifetime,”… Read

For Christopher Nolan’s Producer And Partner Emma Thomas, Maintaining A Winning Streak Is Essential

There must be no more terrifying a job in Hollywood than to be Christopher Nolan’s producer. With an unbroken run of critically acclaimed cinema that started with his Hollywood debut, Memento, in 2000, the Nolan brand has become synonymous with the kind of scale and ambition scarcely seen in a world which favors cheap digital trickery to conjure big images. Nolan, to his eternal credit, still prefers to create them himself, wherever possible. Even if they might at first… Read

MoviePass Sues Sinemia For Patent Infringement Over “Remarkably Similar” Service

MoviePass is suing its Sinemia for patent infringement, saying simply that its rival “offers a movie theater subscription service that is remarkably similar” to its own. The eight-page complaint filed today in California’s U.S. District Court (read it here) is heavy with comparisons of the two services, and ultimately claims that the defendant’s product “infringes at least one claim of each of the MoviePass patents,” which were issued in 2013, and “all maintenance fees… Read

Eli Broad Joins Oprah Winfrey, Clooneys, Katzenbergs, Spielberg And Capshaw In Donations To End Gun Violence: Who’s Next?

Oprah Winfrey

4TH UPDATE, 1:40 PM: Philanthropist and businessman Eli Broad today pledged $1 million toward the movement to end gun violence, joining a number of Hollywood heavyweights including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, George and Amal Clooney, Jeffrey & Marilyn Katzenberg and others. "No one should have to endure what the students and families of Parkland suffered last week, or what too many Americans suffer daily from our country's gun violence epidemic,” he… Read

Time’s Up Turns Down Deven MacNair’s Plea For Help In Fighting Sex Discrimination In Stunt Biz; Spokesperson Responds – Update

UPDATED with Time’s Up statement, 1:10 PM: The Time's Up movement has turned its back on Deven MacNair, the Hollywood stuntwoman who launched a one-woman crusade against "wigging" – the age-old practice of stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses. MacNair asked for the group’s assistance but was turned down in a form letter that said that her fight for gender equality in the stunt industry "is outside the scope of our work." "Really? It's outside… Read

‘Marshall’ Songwriters Common & Diane Warren On Writing A Resonant Call-To-Action Song

Long sharing the intention of collaborating, it took courtroom drama Marshall for Common and Diane Warren to come together in the writing of an original song. For each of them, the results were electrifying. A classic power anthem sung by Andra Day with an original rap by Common, the Oscar-nominated "Stand Up for Something" is a soaring call to action with a simple and timely message. Speaking to a tumultuous present moment, while honoring the legacy of Thurgood… Read

‘Phantom Thread’ Composer Jonny Greenwood On Writing Music Reynolds Woodcock Would Appreciate

Among this year’s batch of Oscar nominees, a few of the most-discussed surprises came in the form of several nods for Paul Thomas Anderson’s darkly comedic, high-fashion drama Phantom Thread. Among the six nods the film received—including for Best Director and Best Picture—one of those that surprised the least was a nomination for Best Original Score. Composing memorable scores for a number of recent PTA films—including There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent… Read