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[As the Emmy nominating process draws closer, we’ll be revisiting programs that have completed their seasons to provide a snapshot of their strength and weaknesses as true contenders.] If there is one thing you can say about “Feud: Bette and Joan” it’s that Faye Dunaway’s performance in “Mommie Dearest” is no longer the definitive portrayal of Hollywood screen legend Joan Crawford. Continue reading Emmy Contender: ‘Feud’s’ Awards Hopes Don’t Begin And End With Jessica Lange And Susan Sarandon at The Playlist.
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HOLLYWOOOD – When Amazon Studios announced there would be a surprise moderator at their Emmys FYC event for “Transparent” Saturday night the candidates seemed slightly obvious. It would likely be someone from Hollywood’s LGBTQ community such as RuPaul (who has been everywhere lately) or perhaps transgender pioneer Laverne Cox . Amazon had a much bigger surprise in store. The night began with the screening from two episodes of “Transparent’s” third season: “To Sardines and Back,” where Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals she wants to fully transition, and, the season finale, “Exciting and New.” If you’ve watched last season (and if you haven’t why not?) you already know that the final episode ends with Shelly (Judith Light) surprising her family with an impromptu performance of her one-woman show “To Shell And Back” at sea. Continue reading Judith Light Sings As Alanis Morissette Is Surprise Moderator Of Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Emmy Panel at The Playlist.
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HOLLYWOOD – Emmy season is already in full swing and Amazon Studios has spent this week pitching their contenders to Television Academy members at the historic Hollywood Athletic Club. Wednesday night the spotlight was on Jill Soloway’s latest series, “I Love Dick.” Now, before you let your imagination get away with itself you should know that the new series is an adaptation of Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel of the same name. Continue reading Jill Soloway On Why An All-Female Writer’s Room Was So Important For ‘I Love Dick’ [Emmys] at The Playlist.
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It’s sort of hard to believe, but “Veep” finally won a Peabody Award today.  The critically acclaimed HBO series won for its fifth season as The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced seven winners in the entertainment category for the 76th Peabody Awards. The bigger news, however, is that the Peabody Awards really like Louis C.K.  Seriously, they really like him. The other winners besides “Veep” this year included Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” (expected), Louis C.K.’s “Horace and Pete” (the second Peabody win for Louis C.K.), FX’s “Better Things” (produced by Louis C.K. Continue reading Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade,’ ‘Atlanta’ And ‘Veep’ Among 2017 Peabody Winners at The Playlist.
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The Television Academy announced this morning that Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” would not qualify as a returning drama series, but instead be qualified as a limited series.  According to  the Television Academy this was petitioned by the show’s producers and was approved by the Academy’s industry panel in consideration for the 69th Emmy Awards. According to the Emmys, “A limited series is defined as a program with two (2) or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tells a complete, non-recurring story, and does not have an on-going storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.” “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” was released on Nov. Continue reading ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life’ Throws Itself Into The Limited Series Emmys Crossfire at The Playlist.
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[As the Emmy nominating process draws closer, we’ll be revisiting programs that have completed their seasons to provide a snapshot of their strength and weaknesses as true contenders.] After six seasons, “Girls” ended on a moving and unexpected note. The show faded out on a close up of Hannah (Lena Dunham) conveying a sense of relief and happiness after her baby has finally “latched” with her. Continue reading Emmy Contender: ‘Girls’ Says Goodbye With A Critical Comeback at The Playlist.
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This past week the main lineup for the 70th Festival de Cannes was announced and it features some highly anticipated new films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”), Lynne Ramsey (“You Were Never Really Here”), Bong Jong-Ho (“Okja”) and, in something of a surprise, Noah Baumbach (“The Meyerowitz Stories”), among others. Continue reading Let’s Talk About A Cannes Line-Up Hollywood’s Studios Are Sitting Out [Podcast] at The Playlist.
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It may just be the middle of April, but studios are locking in their release dates for Oscar season.  Today A24 set Yorgis Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” for a limited debut on Nov. 3.  The studio previously opened its most successful awards season players, “Moonlight” and “Room,” in October. Normally announcing this date wouldn’t be that significant in the ongoing puzzle of theatrical release dates, but “Killing” will screen in competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes next month. Continue reading Oscar Season Coming Into View As Yorgis Lanthimos’ ‘Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Set For November at The Playlist.
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You have to have some sympathy for Thierry Frémaux. Like his counterparts, the creative head of a major film festival will never make everyone happy. Especially in his case with only 49 slots and over 200 potential countries eligible to submit. Throw in the fact it’s the 70th edition of what is considered the greatest film festival in the world (depending on the year, some of us may disagree) and you’ve got even more external pressure to satisfy as many countries, filmmakers and pesky members of the press as possible.   Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Oscars, Netflix And Other Quick Thoughts On The Initial Cannes 2017 Line-Up at The Playlist.
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You have to have some sympathy for Thierry Frémaux. Like his counterparts, the creative head of a major film festival will never make everyone happy. Especially in his case with only 49 slots and over 200 potential countries eligible to submit. Throw in the fact it’s the 70th edition of what is considered the greatest film festival in the world (depending on the year, some of us may disagree) and you’ve got even more external pressure to satisfy as many countries, filmmakers and pesky members of the press as possible.   Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Oscars, Netflix And Other Quick Thoughts On The Initial Cannes 2017 Line-Up at The Playlist.
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