Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Headed To TV Via Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories

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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has inked a deal with Agatha Christie Ltd to develop a new TV series centered on Christie’s iconic sleuth Miss Marple. The latest incarnation will be based on the author’s Miss Marple books and short storie…

Global Deals Roll In for Agatha Christie Miniseries ‘Ordeal by Innocence’

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A number of international broadcasters have snapped up “Ordeal by Innocence,” the BBC-commissioned Agatha Christie adaptation that was partially re-shot after actor Ed Westwick was accused of sexual assault. The three-part series just wrapped up over the weekend on the BBC’s flagship BBC One channel. Endeavor Content has closed several international deals for the show, […]

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to Adopt ‘Inclusion Rider’ in All Future Producing Projects

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter Monday.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni also thanked Michael B. Jordan for pledging to adopt the documentlast week. “@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward,” she tweeted.

While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.

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“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.

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On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

Damon and Affleck will next produce — and Affleck will direct — “Witness for the Prosecution,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

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Acorn SVOD Service Sets Australian Comedy ‘Sando’ as Next Original (EXCLUSIVE)

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Best-of-English-language drama streamer Acorn TV will launch Australian comedy “Sando” as its next original show – one of 10 originals the service is planning for this year as it pushes more deeply into having its own content. Season 2 of Acorn’s detective series “Agatha Raisin” was recently announced. “Sando” recently wrapped in Sydney. It stars Sacha […]

Ed Westwick Replaced in BBC’s ‘Ordeal By Innocence’ After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Christian Cooke is replacing Ed Westwick in the BBC’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie drama “Ordeal By Innocence,” multiple outlets report.

The “All the Money in the World”-like switch comes after three women have accused Westwick of sexual assault. Reshoots are planned for later this month.

Representatives for BBC One and Westwick did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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The premiere of the drama was canceled amid the sexual assault claims in November, and the show was pulled from BBC’s schedules. Filming for another BBC drama featuring Westwick, “White Gold,” was also stalled at the time.

Westwick has been accused of sexual assault by three women. The LAPD opened an investigation into actress Kristina Cohen’s claim, who said in a lengthy Facebook post that Westwick forced himself on her three years ago, sexually assaulting her while she was napping at his house. Former actress Aurélie Wynn and creative producer Rachel Eck have since come forward with their own allegations.

Westwick has denied these claims.

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“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” the actor wrote via Twitter. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Leaves Station With $1.6 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“Murder on the Orient Express” grossed $1.6 million in previews from 2,755 locations on Thursday night.

Thursday’s estimates compare to those of “Arrival,” which earned $1.45 million at the previews last year ($24 million opening weekend), as well as 2016’s “Girl on the Train,” which made $1.23 million and went on to earn $23.5 million its opening weekend.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is projected to earn around $25 million this weekend. Reviews have been mixed so far — on Rotten Tomatoes, the films holds a score of 65 percent.

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Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery has an all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Josh Gad also star.

“Murder on the Orient Express” was adapted for the screen by Michael Green, who also co-wrote “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Branagh directing. Its budget was $55 million.

“Daddy’s Home 2” took in $1.5 million on Thursday, and the comedy is also expected to gross $25 million, based on a budget of $69 million. The first “Daddy’s Home” made $1.2 million in previews before opening to $38 million two years ago.

“Daddy’s Home 2” sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as reformed dad Dusty and responsible but wimpy step-dad Brad as they struggle to raise their kids together during the holidays while dealing with their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) and the newest dad in the family, Roger (John Cena). Sean Anders returns to direct the film, co-writing the screenplay with John Morris.

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“Daddy’s Home 2” has gotten slammed by critics — on Rotten Tomatoes, the comedy holds a score of 7 percent.

Also coming out this weekend in limited release is Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a raped and murdered teenage daughter who challenges the town’s police chief (Woody Harrelson) with three billboards demanding he find her daughter’s killer. The film has received critical acclaim with a 97 percent RT score and is expected to be in contention for several Oscars. Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, and Peter Dinklage also star.

After continuing Marvel’s hot streak with a $122.7 million opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total in the $50 million range.

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A perfect mystery jumps the rails in the star-studded Murder On The Orient Express

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Shot on 65mm, the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder On The Orient Express is diverting and glitzy; one should expect no less from a locked-room mystery set on board a luxury train in the mid-1930s. But suspense remains a foreign concept for actor-director Kenneth Branagh. His erratic direction—more…

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Can ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Escape Thor’s Shadow?

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After continuing Marvel’s hot streak with a $122.7 million opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total in the $50 million range, leaving this week’s new entries, Fox’s “Murder On The Orient Express” and Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” to aim for returns of half that amount.

Both films are projected by independent trackers to make openings of around $25 million, with studio projections set slightly lower in the $21-$23 million range. “Murder” has a production budget of $55 million, while “Daddy’s Home 2” has a budget of $69 million, the same as its 2015 predecessor.

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For “Daddy’s Home 2,” which is releasing on 3,570 screens, an opening in this range would be a substantial step down from the $38 million the first “Daddy’s Home” made two years ago a week after the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The sequel will try to have the same legs that the first film had, making $242.7 million worldwide with $150.3 domestic. But next weekend will provide another wave of tough competition in the form of “Justice League,” which could mean  this comedy gets squeezed out in a movie market that will get more and more crowded with each passing week after a sparse October.

As for “Murder,” which is going out on 3,374 screens, reviews have been fairly positive with a 64 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery will try to lure moviegoers in with its all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley. It will be interesting to see how “Murder” performs in the crowded market, as mid-budget adult dramas are becoming increasingly rare in wide release.

“Daddy’s Home 2” sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as reformed dad Dusty and responsible but wimpy step-dad Brad as they struggle to raise their kids together during the holidays while dealing with their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) and the newest dad in the family, Roger (John Cena). Sean Anders returns to direct the film, co-writing the screenplay with John Morris.

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“Murder on the Orient Express” was adapted for the screen by Michael Green, who also co-wrote “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Branagh directing. Branagh also stars with Cruz, Dafoe, Dench, Ridley, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, and Michelle Pfeiffer; and is producing with Ridley Scott.

Also coming out this weekend in limited release is Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a raped and murdered teenage daughter who challenges the town’s police chief (Woody Harrelson) with three billboards demanding he find her daughter’s killer. The film has received critical acclaim with a 97 percent RT score and is expected to be in contention for several Oscars. Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, and Peter Dinklage also star.

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Review: Kenneth Branagh Only Has Eyes for Himself

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“Murder on the Orient Express” suggests it’s possible that no director has ever loved his star more than Kenneth Branagh loves himself. Watching how lovingly Branagh dotes on every follicle of sculpted hair, every self-consciously idiosyncratic gesture of his own performance as Hercule Poirot, you’d think that the Oscar-nominated director was anointing an irresistible new ingénue to the pop culture firmament.

Unfortunately, Agatha Christie’s source material — famously adapted to the big screen in 1974, and again for television in 2001 — is an ensemble piece, not a star vehicle, which is perhaps why Branagh’s choices feel so misguided, reducing this murder mystery to a one-man show for the character whose journey is by far the least interesting.

Set in 1931, the film opens in Jerusalem, where Poirot is apparently keeping the entire city’s inhabitants waiting while he double-checks that his breakfast eggs are symmetrical. Handily solving a theft in which a rabbi, priest and imam are the chief suspects (don’t worry, he points out the comedic possibilities), Poirot is all set for a much-needed vacation when he receives a telegram about an outstanding case that requires his prompt return to London. The most expeditious route is via the Orient Express, for which his friend Bouc (Tom Bateman, “Snatched”) serves as director, so Poirot soon finds himself rubbing elbows with a cross-section of international passengers from various walks of life.

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His companions include governess Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley), English physician Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr.), an English physician, man-hungry widow Mrs. Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer), maid-turned-missionary Pilar (Penelope Cruz), German professor Gerhard Hardman (Willem Dafoe) and Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), a brutish American who attempts to hire Poirot to protect him.

Poirot declines — “I do not like your face,” he tells him plainly — and the next morning, the detective awakens to learn that Ratchett was murdered, even as the train gets stranded mid-journey by an avalanche. Bouc, desperate to protect the Express’ reputation, begs his friend to solve the case before local authorities can arrive, dig them out, and turn the crime scene into an international scandal.

But when one of the clues points to a crime from years ago that Poirot was unable to help solve, the legendary detective is forced to rethink his concept of justice as he tries to make sense of a murder that every one of his fellow passengers could be guilty of committing.

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Branagh clearly relishes the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of what is quite frankly an incredible list of actors who have played the iconic Poirot: Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm and Orson Welles, to name but a few. Further, he embraces the character’s anachronistic facial hair and Belgian accent with a self-congratulatory enthusiasm that suggests he wants you to appreciate the fact he’s taking this silliness seriously. But this feels like one time when casting a younger actor in a role like this would have actually benefited the story, particularly since the script by Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2049”) wants Poirot to experience some sort of emotional journey, which Branagh’s seasoned, pompous certitude in the role undermines.

Behind the cameras, meanwhile, Branagh reserves the bulk of his creative energy for rich, detailed close-ups of himself and, when needed, gorgeous wide-angle shots of international locales, while routine montages of crisp linens and polished mahogany highlight the posh affluence of the Express. His efforts to inject the film with a handful of action-oriented sequences feel appropriately half-hearted, underscoring his blind spot as a director, not to mention performer, of action (“Thor” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” fans, don’t @ me), inadvertently emphasizing the smallness of a story he’s trying to make feel operatic.

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But the biggest crime Branagh commits is wasting one of the most impressive ensemble casts in recent history, reducing Poirot’s 12 suspects to one-dimensional background characters. Ridley seems destined for massive stardom — she commands the screen every time her character, Mary, spars with Poirot — but she, like virtually everybody else, frequently seems in search of something to do while Branagh is monologuing. Judi Dench won an Academy Award for one scene in “Shakespeare in Love,” but she barely registers at all as a snooty princess; ditto Olivia Colman, far too talented to play a handmaiden whose link to the murder is established tenuously at best.

That a tintype photograph of Poirot’s lost love gets as much screen time (and emotional weight) as some of these characters feels questionable, but when they’re played by the likes of Cruz, Dafoe, Odom and Pfeiffer, there’s just no excuse for their contributions to be so anemic.

Ultimately, “Murder on the Orient Express” isn’t necessarily awful; it’s just inert, a prestige pic that’s too busy looking handsome and respectable to evoke any real intrigue or emotional involvement. Despite its shortcomings, it’s the kind of movie we need more of, where stars ostensibly converge to play a juicy, small part in a bigger story, targeted at an audience as equipped to appreciate seasoned actors like Dench, Dafoe and Derek Jacobi as A-listers Depp and Daisy Ridley. Certainly in that regard, Branagh extends an impressive lineage of Agatha Christie adaptations populated by some of the best actors in the world.

But if the goal is to launch a franchise adapting the author’s iconic works for contemporary moviegoing audiences, it behooves Branagh going forward to remember there’s not much suspense in a whodunit if one person does so much that there’s nothing left for anybody else.

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“IT” (Sept. 8)

This movie has been at the top of our list for quite some time — and the movie starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown will finally hit theaters on Sept. 8.

“Mother!” (Sept. 15)

The highly-secretive but not-so-secretive anymore film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and is directed by Darren Aronofsky.

“First They Killed My Father” (Sept. 15)

Angelina Jolie directs this film based on Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name. It is the Cambodian author’s personal account of her experiences during the Khmer Rouge years.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (Sept. 22)

The first “Kingsman” was very successful in terms of grossing over $414 million worldwide. Now, its sequel sees its protagonists return while welcoming new faces like Elton John and Channing Tatum.

“Victoria & Abdul” (Sept. 22)

Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim, a young clerk who finds favor with the Queen herself.

“Battle of the Sexes” (Sept. 22)

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the film about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

“American Made” (Sept. 29)

Tom Cruise in another action movie? Sign us up!

“Blade Runner 2049” (Oct. 6)

1982’s “Blade Runner” underperformed when it first opened but has since become a cult film. Obviously, it’s sequel is highly anticipated. And Ryan Gosling in the lead can’t hurt, either.

“Florida Project” (Oct. 6)

The Cannes favorite follows 6-year-old Moonee as she lives at a motel in Florida with her rebellious mother.

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Oct. 13)

The first trailer for “Goodbye Christopher Robin” mesmerized as Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson appeared on the screen.

“Happy Death Day” (Oct. 13)

Honestly, this movie just looks epic. A horror film a la “Groundhog Day,” where a girl is stuck in a time loop and must find her killer who tries to murder her every day.

“The Snowman” (Oct. 20)

Michael Fassbender plays detective Harry Hole in this thriller about a serial killer who murders women. It also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and J.K. Simmons.

“Wonderstruck” (Oct. 20)

Todd Haynes’ drama has been highly anticipated for quite some time as two stories about different children intertwine although they are 50 years apart.

“Suburbicon” (Oct. 27)

George Clooney directs this upcoming crime comedy, in which Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore star.

“Novitiate” (Oct. 27)

The coming-of-age drama stars Margaret Qualley and Dianna Agron and had its world premiere at Sundance.

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” (Oct. 27)

The true story details the life of William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), who created Wonder Woman in 1941, and his wife and fellow inventor Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall). Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s, with whom the married couple had a polyamorous relationship. The log line adds that Marston was the inventor of the lie detector and that the inspiration behind Wonder Woman was his wife and Byrne.

“Thor: Ragnarok” (Nov.3)

Marvel and Chris Hemsworth. Enough said.

“Bad Moms Christmas” (Nov. 3)

STX’s “Bad Moms” received mixed reviews but ended up grossing $183 million worldwide, so a sequel was greenlit pretty quickly.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (Nov. 10)

The cast is fire in this movie — Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad and Michelle Pfeiffer round out the actors starring in the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

“Justice League” (Nov. 17)

After the success of “Wonder Woman,” we can hardly wait to see Gal Gadot kick a– alongside Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa. How will the multiple rumors, reshoots and directors switch-ups impact the movie?

“Wonder” (Nov. 17)

If the trailer hasn’t broken your heart, you have no soul. Plus, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay star.

“Molly’s Game” (Nov. 22)

Jessica Chastain stars as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut. Bloom was a former skier who found herself running the world’s biggest underground poker game at a young age. Bloom catered to Hollywood’s elite, which included hordes of famous actors and directors, as well as mobsters and business moguls.

“Death Wish” (Nov. 22)

Eli Roth is directing the remake of 1974’s “Death Wish,” in which Bruce Willis stars as a New York man turned vigilante, looking to find the killers of his wife.

“Coco” (Nov. 22)

“Coco” stars Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel, a Mexican boy who longs to be a musician like his idol and great-great-grandfather, Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), despite his family’s ban on music. He gets whisked away to the Land of the Dead, where he meets a trickster named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) and uncovers the reason why his family no longer allows music. The film is written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who won an Oscar as director of “Toy Story 3.”

“The Current War” (Nov. 24)

The story of the rate between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland and Katherine Waterston.

“Call Me by Your Name” (Nov. 24)

After receiving rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year, the film starring Armie Hammer Timothee Chalamet is finally heading for a Nov. 24 release.

“The Disaster Artist” (Dec. 1)

A movie about one of the worst movie ever made? “The Disaster Artist” stars James Franco, who also directs and produces. It chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film “The Room.”

“Wonder Wheel” (Dec. 1)

Woody Allen is back with “Wonder Wheel,” which stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi. It is set in the late 1950s at Coney Island.

“The Shape of Water” (Dec. 8)

Guillermo del Toro is back with yet another fantastical film: the gorgeous-looking “The Shape of Water” tells the story of a mute janitor who befriends a mysterious sea creature being studied in a lab.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Dec. 15)

Do we really need to explain why you might be obsessed with this movie?

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Dec. 20)

Although fans weren’t too stoked about a remake of Robin Williams’ “Jumanji,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson squashed all fears by telling fans it won’t be a reboot, but a continuation of the story. It also stars Jack Black and Kevin Hart.

“Downsizing” (Dec. 22)

Footage shown at CinemaCon about the film starring Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon was met with excitement. The film follows the couple as they decide to downsize — literally, become smaller.

“Bright” (Dec. 22)

David Ayer and Max Landis teamed up for “Bright,” set in a world where mystical creatures live side-by-side with humans. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton star.

“The Greatest Showman” (Dec. 25)

Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum — the man behind the game-changing Barnum & Bailey Circus — in “The Greatest Showman.” Footage of the movie also starring Zendaya and Zac Efron stunned at CinemaCon earlier this year.

Amazon Picks Up U.S. Rights To Agatha Christie Dramas

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Amazon has struck a multi-show deal with Agatha Christie Productions for U.S. rights to the upcoming seven dramas based on the author’s works. Ordeal By Innocence is the first adaptation out the door, with filming starting in Scotland this month. The three-part mini, produced by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen for the BBC, has set its ensemble cast led by Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode. Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway…

Emmy Nomination Predictions 2017: Women Rule Movies and Miniseries Thanks to ‘Feud’ and ‘Big Little Lies’

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All but two of the Emmy categories that honor Limited Series and Made for Television movies make both formats compete against each other head-to-head — but make no mistake, this year is all about the limited series.

FX’s miniseries “Feud: Bette and Joan” and “Fargo” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “The Night Of” should dominate these categories, though a handful of TV movies will make their presence felt to a lesser degree.

In fact, “Feud” and “Big Little Lies” should be among the most-nominated programs overall this year, and those multi-part sagas will stuff the acting categories full of formidable women.

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

It’s hard to imagine “Feud,” “Big Little Lies,” “The Night Of” and “Fargo” not being nominated in this category, which only leaves a single slot for the other contenders: “American Crime,” “Genius,” “The Young Pope,” “American Horror Story: Roanoke” and “Guerrilla” among them.

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NatGeo waged a strong campaign for its Albert Einstein miniseries “Genius,” but Emmy voters appreciated the first two seasons of John Ridley’s “American Crime” and should do the same for its third and final season.

Predicted nominees (in order of likelihood):
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Big Little Lies”
“The Night Of”
“Fargo”
“American Crime”

Don’t rule out: “Genius,” “The Young Pope,” “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” “Guerrilla,” “Shots Fired”
Possible upset: “When We Rise”

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE

HBO’s Bernie Madoff story, “The Wizard of Lies,” is the dominant film in this category, which has far fewer locks for nomination than does Outstanding Limited Series.

But Emmy voters always like Masterpiece’s “Sherlock” films, everybody loves Oprah Winfrey (who produced and stars in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), and there’s some heat behind the brain-twisting British anthology “Black Mirror,” which submitted its standout “San Junipero” episode as a standalone movie.

Predicted nominees:
“The Wizard of Lies”
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
“Black Mirror: San Junipero”
“Churchill’s Secret”

Don’t rule out: “Custody,” “Killing Reagan,” “Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution,” “Dark Angel”
Possible upset: “David Brent: Life on the Road”

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

The quality of the actors who will likely be nominated here is prelude to the ones who’ll vie in the lead-actress category. Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor, John Turturro, Geoffrey Rush, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jude Law are all strong contenders, but one of them will surely be pushed aside for “The Night Of” star Riz Ahmed.

Predicted nominees:
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
John Turturro, “The Night Of”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”

Don’t rule out: Jude Law, “The Young Pope”; Toby Jones, “Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution”; Michael Gambon, “Churchill’s Secret”; Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”
Possible upset: Tim Matheson, “Killing Reagan”

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

This field starts with four Oscar winners: Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon from “Feud” and Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon from “Big Little Lies.” From there, you could go to another Oscar winner, Viola Davis (“Custody), to honorary Oscar winner Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), to Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”), and to the estimable likes of Carrie Coon (“Fargo”), Bryce Dallas Howard (“Black Mirror: Nosedive”), Freida Pinto (“Guerrilla”) and Joanne Froggatt (“Dark Angel”).

Predicted nominees:
Jessica Lange, “Feud”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Carrie Coon, “Fargo”
Oprah Winfrey, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Don’t rule out: Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror: Nosedive;” Viola Davis, “Custody;” Felicity Huffman, “American Crime;” Joanne Froggatt, “Dark Angel”
Could pull off an upset: Freida Pinto, “Guerrilla”

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Half the nominees here will probably be the men who support the women who dominate their miniseries: Stanley Tucci and Alfred Molina from “Feud” and Alexander Skarsgard from “Big Little Lies.” The other half include “Sherlock” co-star Martin Freeman, a past winner who’s in the rare position of competing in the movies/minis field playing a role for which he’s been nominated in the past, Holmes’ sidekick and biographer Dr. Watson.

Predicted nominees:
Stanley Tucci, “Feud”
Alfred Molina, “Feud”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Hank Azaria, “The Wizard of Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”

Don’t rule out: Idris Elba, “Guerrilla;; Michael Stuhlbarg, “Fargo;” Benito Martinez, “American Crime;” Michael K. Williams, “The Night Of;” Richard Dreyfus, “Shots Fired”
Possible upset: Adam Scott, “Big Little Lies”

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

“Big Little Lies” and “Feud” have more actresses to give us here – but “American Horror Story” is typically strong in this category as well, and you’d be foolish to underestimate Robert De Niro’s co-star in “The Wizard of Lies,” Michelle Pfeiffer.

Predicted nominees:
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Judy Davis, “Feud”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Roanoke”

Don’t rule out: Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Roanoke;” Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Fargo;” Jackie Hoffman, “Feud;” Ellen Burstyn, “Custody;” Lili Taylor, “American Crime”
Possible upset: Diane Keaton, “The Young Pope”

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17 Movies We’re Dying to See in 2017, From ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to ‘Dunkirk’

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See TheWrap’s list of our most anticipated movies of the upcoming year

March 10: “Kong: Skull Island”

The new iteration of the ginormous ape boasts a stellar cast of Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly and Jason Mitchell. And the trailers have looked stunning (and terrifying) so far.

March 17: “Beauty and the Beast”

Yes, Disney is doing a lot of live-action versions of their original IP, but after the success of “The Jungle Book” last year, we can’t wait for this one. Also, Emma Watson is the perfect Belle, and based on what we’ve seen from trailers, it will be magical.

April 14: “Fate and the Furious”

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ “Fast and the Furious” movie? However, this one will mark the first full movie with Paul Walker, who was included in the last film through CGI.

May 3: “Logan”

“Logan” will be Hugh Jackman‘s final performance as the famous “X-Men” character, which many call the best character in the franchise. It is also a coveted role that has defined Jackman’s career for 20 years. But “Logan” will offer a new twist on the franchise — Logan is older, and his powers are fading.

May 5: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

The first “Guardians” film was well-received both critically and commercially, so it’s about time Marvel fans are treated to a sequel. And Baby Groot has already cozied up to fans everywhere.

May 26: “Baywatch”

Many are curious to see how a movie adaptation of the classic TV series will turn out — but with a sexy cast and alums like David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson returning, we think it might be worth waiting for.

June 2: Wonder Woman

Come on, Gal Gadot in a movie that exemplifies female empowerment? We’re in! The trailers have been epic so far, and DC fans desperately need a pick-me-up after many were disappointed with “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

July 21: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama has been on people’s list for a while now, and the film even drew in younger fans since its casting of Harry Styles.  The movie boasts a great ensemble, comprised of Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and James D’Arcy.

July 28: The Dark Tower

Enough of Stephen King’s novels have been adapted into film to know that “The Dark Tower” will be great. Idris Elba is set to play The Gunslinger, while Matthew McConaughey will star as The Man in Black.

August 11: “Baby Driver”

Edgar Wright is a great writer/director, having directed “Shaun of the Dead” and written screenplays for movies like “Ant-Man.” Starring Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort, it looks like a solid action thriller.

October 6: “Blade Runner 2049”

Fans of the original “Blade Runner” had to wait 35 years for a sequel, and it comes with the return of Harrison Ford and the addition of Ryan Gosling — and it’s set way in the future.

November: “Bad Moms Christmas”

“Bad Moms” delivered one of the most hilarious scenes in a comedy this year (yes, we’re talking about the grocery store one) so we’re excited about the prospect of another movie featured the Mila Kunis-Kathryn Hahn-Kristen Bell-trifecta.

Nov. 22: “Murder on the Orient Express”

An awesome cast including Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Michael Pena will star in the remake of the 1974 film, based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel.

December 15: “Star Wars: Episode VIII”

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is set to return in the eighth movie, which will also mark Carrie Fisher’s last performance as Princess Leia after her untimely death in December. And it’s “Star Wars.”

Dec 25: “The Greatest Showman”

For fans of P.T. Barnum or anything circus-related, “The Greatest Showman” will be the biographical drama to look out for in 2017. And for fans already deprived of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine… well, he’s in this movie!

2017: “Mother”

“Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream” director Darren Aronofsky helms this movie with his girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence starring in a film about a couple whose tranquil life gets disrupted when guests arrive at their home uninvited.

2017: “Paul Thomas Anderson Untitled Fashion Project”

Movie buffs love seeing any new project by Paul Thomas Anderson. The plot is unknown, but it’s described as a drama in London’s fashion world in the 1950s. Daniel Day-Lewis stars.

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