Hollywood, Beware: Apple’s Content Harvest… Has Begun

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Don’t let media consolidation, MoviePass drama or the President’s Twitter account distract you  from one of the biggest stories in Hollywood this summer: the quiet moves Apple is making to do to movies and TV shows what it once did to cell phones.

The tech monolith has ordered almost 20 original shows, a stack of poached and pedigreed executives, A-list collaborators across genres and a reported plan to enter the Oscar race — all to set to start rolling out next year.

Last week saw a flurry of announcements for scripted series with powerhouse brands like Sesame Street. Oprah Winfrey also has an overall deal. Apple’s projects will inhabit what insiders predict will be a video platform in the vein of the company’s music streaming service.

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The company just added Layne Eskridge, a force behind shows like “Ozark” at rival Netflix, to work as a creative executive under Apple Worldwide Video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. They were plucked from Sony, and started Apple’s $1 billion content shopping spree last June.

But Apple’s precise plans remain a mystery to many in the Hollywood establishment, according to producers, agents and Apple competitors who spoke to TheWrap.

“There’s a ‘Great and Powerful Oz’ kind of vibe about it,” said one top talent manager and content packager, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “They’re kind of elusive, like who is running the thing?”

Tucked away in an anonymous Culver City office, you’ll find Van Amburg and Erlicht with colleagues Angélica Guerra in Latin American programming and Kim Rozenfeld in unscripted, both transplants from Sony Pictures Television. There’s also development chief Matt Cherniss (formerly of WGN and Tribune Studios), international lead Morgan Wandell and children’s programming lead Tara Sorensen (both came from Amazon), production head Carol Trussell and communications exec Rita Cooper Lee. 

But the manager said Hollywood talent loves Apple for paying their asking prices, and being eager to compete.

“They’re paying real quotes and not trying to squeeze us for less and less the way the studios are on the network side. They’re formidable buyers,” the manager said.

Some old-school content makers and distributors are anxious about how their content will fare on Apple TV when Apple can give priority to its own shows and films.

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“One of the terrifying things is how easy it will be for Apple to promote their own stuff. They already have a pretty remarkable infrastructure,” said one film studio executive, pointing out that devices like the Apple TV exist solely to organize and streamline content from third parties.

For now.

“When they get their ‘Orange is the New Black’ or their ‘Transparent,’ people are going to show up. Eighty-five million people have an iPhone,” said the executive.

That’s a very slight understatement: iPhone users hit a record high if 85.8 million in April 2017. Apple TV is also accessible on TVs, desktops, laptops and tablets. And you can stream video on your Apple Watch.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Apple was in negotiations to distribute an animated film from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, and give it, at minimum, a qualifying theatrical release for Oscar consideration.

“[Apple’s] annual spend likely moving toward $2 billion,” BTIG research analyst Rich Greenfield wrote to clients. He also predicted a new Apple video service will rollout by mid-2019, though what its fee structure will be and how it might be connected with Apple’s streaming music service are big lingering questions.

Here’s what Apple’s first content harvest hath wrought:

-A few Reese Witherspoon’s projects, clocking a big win for her Hello Sunshine banner. At the moment, Witherspoon is executive producing a thriller series about true crime podcasts starring Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan called “Are You Sleeping”; a currently untitled morning show drama that she’s both producing and starring in with Jennifer Aniston; and a comedy based on Curtis Sittenfield’s short stories, which was put on hold Tuesday after lead Kristen Wiig exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with “Wonder Woman: 1984.”

-Oprah. Last week, the queen of her own media empire struck an overall content deal that will have her produce original content for her widespread following. She will continue to serve as CEO of OWN, the TV network she founded in 2011.

(The partnership between Winfrey and Apple — which has thus far only set an agreement with Kerry Ehrin, the veteran showrunner who will helm the company’s upcoming Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show drama — represents a potential threat to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in the overall-deal arena.)

-Animation. Apple has a musical series from Josh Gad called “Central Park,” with the voice actor roster Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

-Comedy. Apple has ordered “Little Voice,” a “love letter to the musicality of New York,” from J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles; and “Dickinson,” a comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as the titular young author.

-Children’s programming. Apple’s projects include a multi-series order to Sesame Workshop for live-action, animated and puppet series. (HBO still has”Sesame Street.”)

-There’s also the docu-series “Home” from director Matt Tyrnaur, which offers a look inside the world’s most innovative abodes. And Apple is rebooting Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” to be executive produced by Spielberg and showrun by “Once Upon a Time” vets Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

-“Little America,” a show based on true, heartfelt immigrant stories from Oscar-nominated “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

-Short-form news. Apple just landed the international series “Calls,” with a 10-episode order for a new English adaptation of Timothée Hochet’s French hit, co-produced by CANAL+.

Drama. The lineup includes Steven Knight’s “See,” an epic, world-building drama set in the future; an untitled project from “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle; a psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan; an untitled space drama from Ronald D. Moore; and a series about the real-life story of 11-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak.

And those are just the shows that have been ordered to series, as three are currently in development: “Foundation,” a drama based on Isaac Asimov’s novel series from David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman; “Shantaram,” an international drama series based on the best-selling novel of the same name; and “Swagger,” a basketball-themed drama series in development from NBA star Kevin Durant.

And let’s not forget their inaugural originals “Planet of the Apps” and James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” Both are currently available via Apple Music.

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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers

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Apple has given a series order to an immigrant anthology series from creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters behind “The Big Sick,” and TV producer and writer Lee Eisenberg, a person with know…

Meltdown Comics, Home of ‘The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,’ to Close After 25 Years

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Meltown Comics, an institution of Los Angeles geekdom and the home of Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail,” is closing its doors next month.

The shop, whose iconic alien mascot “Mel” graced Sunset Boulevard for more than two decades, is closing its doors forever on April 1. Meltdown Comics founder Gaston Dominguez-Letelier made the announcement Wednesday in a post to the shop’s official blog.

“As is the case with all good things, at some point they must come to an end,” Dominguez-Letelier wrote. “Meltdown Comics is no exception to this rule and so, after 25 years coveting every comic treasure we could lay our hands on, I’m sharing that on March 30th I’ll be closing our doors for the final time.”

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Founded in 1993, Meltdown long served as a Hollywood HQ for all things dork, selling new titles, back issues, and a plethora of toys and collectibles to generations of comics fans. Not just a must-stop for shoppers, Meltdown was also beloved by comics professionals –indeed, the one-eyed alien mascot “Mel” was designed by Daniel Clowes, best known as the author of “Ghost World,” made into an acclaimed 2001 film directed by Terry Zwigoff.

Meltdown also became an important part of L.A.’s comedy scene. The shop partnered with Nerdist for The Nerdist Showroom, a small comedy stage adjacent to the comic shop featuring shows by up and coming alt-comedians, and serving as a launching pad for many promising careers. Most notably, beginning in 2010 the showroom was host to a weekly standup series from Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and Jonah Ray, which in turn was turned into “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” a stand up show that ran on Comedy Central from 2014-2016.

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“8years ago @meltdowngaston told me to start my own monthly comedy show in the back room of @meltdowncomics. So I did,” Ray said in an Instagram post Wednesday. “Gaston said I should take it weekly, I said I didn’t have the time or energy to book and host a weekly show by myself. Then @emilyvgordon & @kumailn moved to town. while getting dinner with @deannarooney and I one night they said they had to check out a venue because they wanted to start a weekly comedy show. I said ‘what if you checked out my monthly show, if you like it, let’s turn it into a weekly show.’ They did, so we did… Then we did three seasons on @comedycentral. None of this would have been possible without Gaston. He creates culture around himself. creates communities. After 25 years he’s closing Meltdown and it will always be a high water mark for the creative community of Los Angeles.”

As news spread, comedians, comics creators and fans mourned Meltdown Comics on twitter.

8years ago @meltdowngaston told me to start my own monthly comedy show in the back room of @meltdowncomics. So I did. For about a year me and @edwardasalazar yelled at eachother a bunch while @exzactamundo slung beers in the back. Gaston said I should take it weekly, I said I didn’t have the time or energy to book and host a weekly show by myself. Then @emilyvgordon & @kumailn moved to town. while getting dinner with @deannarooney and I one night they said they had to check out a venue because they wanted to start a weekly comedy show. I said “what if you checked out my monthly show, if you like it, let’s turn it into a weekly show”. They did, so we did. Then @voteroberts brought @davekloc and Kloc asked if he could make flyers for the show. Then @mikerosenstein started hanging out, he brought @lancebangs and they thought it would be fun to try and make this into a tv show. Then we did three seasons on @comedycentral. None of this would have been possible without Gaston. He creates culture around himself. creates communities. After 25 years he’s closing Meltdown and it will always be a high water mark for the creative community of Los Angeles. #RIPMeltdown

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Sorry to hear about @MeltdownComics. Reckon I’ll have to hurry up and use that $20 dollar gift certificate @emilyvgordon or @kumailn or @jonahray once gave me for going up there. Always smart eager fun crowds to try stuff out. ????

— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) March 22, 2018

.@MeltdownComics is the reason I moved to LA. And it didn’t disappoint.

I did signing there as an author, taught a writing class at @meltdownUni, recorded a podcast via @MeltdownNetwork, spent Thanksgivings & Xmases at @NerdMelt.

Infinitely grateful to @MrFJDominguez & crew.

— Ξric M. Ξsquivel:. (@ericMesquivel) March 22, 2018

This is me looking nuts on the floor of the NerdMelt greenroom, opening for @weismanjake’s show. Meltdown was a gift and a home to so many comics. Walking the racks, recording podcasts, doing shows – LA is about to shift seismically. We’ll be ok, but we’ll be different. pic.twitter.com/kEBWJ4h33c

— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) March 22, 2018

The business of comics needs to evolve or this will keep happening —> Meltdown Comics, an LA Landmark, to Close After 25 Years https://t.co/4k8Rzmf8j5

— BryanEdwardHill (@bryanedwardhill) March 22, 2018

RIP @MeltdownComics. Thanks for hosting the Squaresville Season 1 Premiere Party and letting us present a little show that dreamed big. pic.twitter.com/NM3CRePLjK

— kylie sparks ???????????? (@kyliesparks) March 22, 2018

R.I.P. Meltdown Comics

— Adam Orth (@adam_orth) March 22, 2018

WHAT?!

— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) March 22, 2018

Sad to find out my friends @MeltdownComics are closing their doors after 25 Years. Thank you for the love and making me feel at home. I will miss volunteering Tuesday nights for Wednesday’s new comic book day. Thank you for the honor of sharing my Pick Of The Week! #ShopLocal pic.twitter.com/uupG6I7XAz

— Nyambi Nyambi (@Nyambi) March 22, 2018

Read Gaston Dominguez-Letelier’s full statement below:

To The City of Angels,

As is the case with all good things, at some point they must come to an end. Meltdown Comics is no exception to this rule and so, after 25 years coveting every comic treasure we could lay our hands on, I’m sharing that on March 30th I’ll be closing our doors for the final time.

No business is easy, least of all one rooted in paper surrounded by brick and mortar, yet against all odds we survived just long enough to host, share, and celebrate some of the most creative and imaginative artists in the world. It has been my personal privilege to welcome so many incredibly talented minds through our doors giving them and their work a home in this great city of ours.

And what a wonderfully surreal run it’s been… we’ve watched every fad, trend, and next big thing come and go while customers became celebrities, children blossomed to adults, geeks morphed into moguls, and fanboys scored Oscars. Throughout it all, I’ve been most fortunate to be surrounded by my family and the best staff anyone could have ever wished for – through thick and thin you supported Meltdown and invested in me, I will never be able to repay you but know that I am eternally grateful and forever in your debt.

As I prepare to extinguish Sunset’s neon know that there is a new path for me (more later) and I close Meltdown without any regret. For 25 years I have been enriched by every inquisitive mind I have encountered on this journey and for that I humbly thank you, all of you.

In signing off, I urge you all to continue creating comics, buying comics, and supporting the comic book world that has given us all so much over the years.

For one last time, #LetsgoMELTDOWN!

Thank you, LA

Sincerely,

Gaston DL
Meltdown Comics
October 26, 1993 – April 1, 2018

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Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

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“Get Out” emerged as the big winner of the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca.

Jordan Peele’s racially charged thriller — which captivated the country and became an unlikely indie blockbuster — took Best Feature at the annual show put up by Film Independent. Peele also took Best Director.

Top acting prizes went to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name.” Best Supporting Male went to Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards,” and Best Supporting Female went to Allison Janney of “I, Tonya.” That makes it a virtual clean sweep for the latter two actors on the eve of the Academy Awards.

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Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for her coming-of-age darling “Lady Bird,” while Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani took Best First Screenplay for their autobiographical comedy “The Big Sick.”

Notable below-the-line prizes went to Tatiana S. Riegel, who took Best Editing for
“I, Tonya.”  Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, director of photography on “Call Me by Your Name,” won Best Cinematography.

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (“Big Mouth,” “Oh, Hello”) returned to host the ceremony, an annual splashy gathering of Hollywood stars and indie film luminaries willing to brave the natural lighting of  a rare daytime awards show.

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The complete winners list:

BEST FEATURE
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Rider”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Columbus”
“Ingrid Goes West,” Director Matt Spicer *WINNER 
“Menashe”
“Oh Lucy!”
“Patti Cake$”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
“Dayveon”
“A Ghost Story”
“Life and nothing more” *WINNER
“Most Beautiful Island”
“The Transfiguration”

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”
Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Good Time”
Chloé Zhao, “The Rider”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” *WINNER
Azazel Jacobs, “The Lovers”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Mike White, “Beatriz at Dinner”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman, “Donald Cried”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick” *WINNER
Ingrid Jungermann, “Women Who Kill”
Kogonada, “Columbus”
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, “Ingrid Goes West”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thimios Bakatakis, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Elisha Christian, “Columbus”
Hélène Louvart, “Beach Rats”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Joshua James Richards, “The Rider”

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, “Good Time”
Walter Fasano, “Call Me by Your Name”
Alex O’Flinn, “The Rider”
Gregory Plotkin, “Get Out”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Shinobu Terajima, “Oh Lucy!”
Regina Williams, “Life and nothing more”

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Harris Dickinson, “Beach Rats”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Lois Smith, “Marjorie Prime”
Taliah Lennice Webster, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha, “Crown Heights”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Barry Keoghan, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, “Good Time”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

“Mudbound”
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“The Departure”
“Faces Places” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Motherland”
“Quest”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
“A Fantastic Woman” *WINNER
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Lady Macbeth”
“Loveless”

BONNIE AWARD
Chloé Zhao *WINNER

 

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Critics’ Choice Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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The critics have spoken, and so far they just want to “Get Out.”

Jordan Peele emerged a big early winner in the film category in the annual award show that honors both movies and television, voted on by critical bodies the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

Peele took Best Adapted Screenplay for his racially charged horror thriller, as well as Best Sci-Fi / Horror Film.

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James Franco, currently mired in sexual misconduct accusations from five women, won Best Actor in a Comedy for “The Disaster Artist.” He did not attend the ceremony, leading presenter Walton Goggins to accept on his behalf. Margot Robbie claimed the trophy in the comedy actress category for “I, Tonya.”

Best Acting Ensemble went to the gang from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

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FILM CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE
“The Big Sick”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet – “Call Me by Your Name”
*WINNER James Franco – “The Disaster Artist”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “Stronger”
Tom Hanks – “The Post”
Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Phantom Thread”
Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins – “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
*WINNER Margot Robbie – “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep – “The Post”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe – “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer – “Call Me By Your Name”
Richard Jenkins – “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Patrick Stewart – “Logan”
Michael Stuhlbarg – “Call Me by Your Name”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige – “Mudbound”
Hong Chau – “Downsizing”
Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip”
Holly Hunter – “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney – “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf – “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer – “The Shape of Water”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Mckenna Grace – “Gifted”
Dafne Keen – “Logan”
*WINNER: Brooklynn Prince – “The Florida Project”
Millicent Simmonds – “Wonderstruck”
Jacob Tremblay – “Wonder”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
“Dunkirk”
“Lady Bird”
“Mudbound”
“The Post”
*WINNER “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST DIRECTOR
Guillermo del Toro – “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”
Martin McDonagh – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan – “Dunkirk”
Luca Guadagnino – “Call Me By Your Name”
Jordan Peele – “Get Out”
Steven Spielberg – “The Post”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor – “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – “The Big Sick”
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer – “The Post”
Martin McDonagh – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
*WINNER: Jordan Peele – “Get Out”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
*WINNER: James Ivory – “Call Me by Your Name”
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – “The Disaster Artist”
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees – “Mudbound”
Aaron Sorkin – “Molly’s Game”
Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky – “Wonder”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins – “Blade Runner 2049”
Hoyte van Hoytema – “Dunkirk”
Dan Laustsen – “The Shape of Water”
Rachel Morrison – “Mudbound”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – “Call Me By Your Name”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin – “The Shape of Water”
Jim Clay, Rebecca Alleway – “Murder on the Orient Express”
Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis – “Dunkirk”
Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola – “Blade Runner 2049”
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – “Beauty and the Beast”
Mark Tildesley, Véronique Melery – “Phantom Thread”

BEST EDITING
Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar – “The Post”
Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos – “Baby Driver”
Lee Smith – “Dunkirk”
Joe Walker – “Blade Runner 2049”
Sidney Wolinsky – “The Shape of Water”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Renée April – “Blade Runner 2049”
Mark Bridges – “Phantom Thread”
Jacqueline Durran – “Beauty and the Beast”
Lindy Hemming – “Wonder Woman”
Luis Sequeira – “The Shape of Water”

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Wonder”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Thor: Ragnarok”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Despicable Me 3”
“The LEGO Batman Movie”
“Loving Vincent”

BEST ACTION MOVIE
“Baby Driver”
“Logan”
“Thor: Ragnarok”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

BEST COMEDY
*WINNER “The Big Sick”
“The Disaster Artist”
“Girls Trip”
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Steve Carell – “Battle of the Sexes”
*WINNER James Franco – “The Disaster Artist”
Chris Hemsworth – “Thor: Ragnarok”
Kumail Nanjiani – “The Big Sick”
Adam Sandler – “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip”
Zoe Kazan – “The Big Sick”
Margot Robbie – “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone – “Battle of the Sexes”

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE
“Blade Runner 2049”
*WINNER “Get Out”
“It”
“The Shape of Water”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
*WINNER “In the Fade”
“The Square”
“Thelma”

BEST SONG
“Evermore” – “Beauty and the Beast”
“Mystery of Love” – “Call Me By Your Name”
*WINNER “Remember Me” – “Coco”
“Stand Up for Something” – “Marshall”
“This Is Me” – “The Greatest Showman”

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – “The Shape of Water”
Jonny Greenwood – “Phantom Thread”
Dario Marianelli – “Darkest Hour”
Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – “Blade Runner 2049”
John Williams – “The Post”
Hans Zimmer – “Dunkirk”

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“American Gods” (Starz)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Game of Thrones” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
*WINNER “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
*WINNER Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Paul Giamatti – “Billions” (Showtime)
Freddie Highmore – “Bates Motel” (A&E)
Ian McShane – “American Gods” (Starz)
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander” (Starz)
Christine Baranski – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
Claire Foy – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
*WINNER Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Robin Wright – “House of Cards” (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bobby Cannavale – “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Asia Kate Dillon – “Billions” (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
 *WINNER David Harbour – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
Michael McKean – “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Gillian Anderson – “American Gods” (Starz)
Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
*WINNER: Ann Dowd – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Cush Jumbo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
Margo Martindale – “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon)
Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us” (NBC)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Patriot” (Amazon)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC)
Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” (Netflix)
Hank Azaria – “Brockmire” (IFC)
*WINNER Ted Danson – “The Good Place” (NBC)
Thomas Middleditch – “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Randall Park – “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristen Bell – “The Good Place” (NBC)
Alison Brie – “GLOW” (Netflix)
*WINNER Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Sutton Foster – “Younger” (TV Land)
Ellie Kemper – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Constance Wu – “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
*WINNER Walton Goggins – “Vice Principals” (HBO)
Sean Hayes – “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Marc Maron – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Kumail Nanjiani – “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Ed O’Neill – “Modern Family” (ABC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
*WINNER Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Betty Gilpin – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Jenifer Lewis – “Black-ish” (ABC)
Alessandra Mastronardi – “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rita Moreno – “One Day at a Time” (Netflix)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
“American Vandal” (Netflix)
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“Godless” (Netflix)
“The Long Road Home” (National Geographic)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TV
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“I Am Elizabeth Smart” (Lifetime)
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective” (PBS)
*WINNER “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES
Jeff Daniels – “Godless” (Netflix)
Robert De Niro – “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)
Ewan McGregor – “Fargo” (FX)
Jack O’Connell – “Godless” (Netflix)
Evan Peters – “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)
Bill Pullman – “The Sinner” (USA)
Jimmy Tatro – “American Vandal” (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES
Jessica Biel – “The Sinner” (USA)
Alana Boden – “I Am Elizabeth Smart” (Lifetime)
Carrie Coon – “Fargo” (FX)
Nicole Kidman – “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Jessica Lange – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Reese Witherspoon – “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES
Johnny Flynn – “Genius” (National Geographic)
Benito Martinez – “American Crime” (ABC)
Alfred Molina – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
*WINNER Alexander Skarsgård – “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
David Thewlis – “Fargo” (FX)
Stanley Tucci – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES
Judy Davis – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
*WINNER Laura Dern – “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Jackie Hoffman – “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)
Michelle Pfeiffer – “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – “Fargo” (FX)

BEST TALK SHOW
“Ellen” (NBC)
“Harry” (Syndicated)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” (BRAVO)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
“Archer” (FX)
“Bob’s Burgers” (FOX)
“BoJack Horseman” (Netflix)
“Danger & Eggs” (Amazon)
“Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim)
“The Simpsons” (FOX)

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Ice Road Truckers” (History)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Live PD” (A&E)
“Ride with Norman Reedus” (AMC)
“Teen Mom” (MTV)

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES
“The Carbonaro Effect” (truTV)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“The Profit” (CNBC)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Undercover Boss” (CBS)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
“America’s Got Talent” (NBC)
“Chopped” (Food Network)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“The Voice” (NBC)

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Ted Allen – “Chopped” (Food Network)
Tyra Banks – “America’s Got Talent” (NBC)
Tom Bergeron – “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
Cat Deeley – “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX)
Joanna and Chip Gaines – “Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
RuPaul – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

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‘The Big Sick’ Stars: Don’t Just Call Co-Writer Emily V Gordon ‘Kumail Nanjiani’s Wife’

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

“The Big Sick” stars Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani are sick of co-writer Emily V. Gordon being referred to simply as Nanjiani’s wife in the media, given that she is a successful screenwriter and the inspiration for the critically-acclaimed film.

“She has a name she has a name she has a name: Emily V. Gordon, now a multiply[sic]-award-nominated screenwriter,” Kazan tweeted accompanying a Twitter moment with a headline not naming Gordon.  “it’s HER body & HER illness. the least you can do is put her name in the headline, if you’re going to make a ‘moment’ of her life. thanks.”

Kazan later added, “seriously @Twitter i know you’re letting nazis use your platform to build a movement, so maybe this is small potatoes. but it’s so gross every time this happens. you *can* do better. it’s relatively easy. try.”

The Twitter moment was later amended to include Gordon’s name.

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Nanjiani responded with the clapping emoji before posting his own tweet on Wednesday.

“Hey @washingtonpost. Big fan,” Nanjiani said, retweeting a Washington Post story with the headline, “Kumail Nanjiani opens up about his wife’s illness, the inspiration for ‘The Big Sick.’” “Love what y’all do. Appreciate you covering this. Could you add my wife’s name to this headline please? She is Emily V Gordon, & not just the inspiration, but one of the writers of ‘The Big Sick.’”

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Indeed, both Gordon and Nanjiani wrote “The Big Sick,” which has found critical and box office success since its release. Gordon herself is a multiple-award-nominated screenwriter, as Kazan indicated, having scored 16 nominations and she also won a North Carolina Film Critics Associated award for the film. Additionally, the movie is about Gordon’s illness and her relationship with Nanjiani. Kazan plays Gordon in the film.

Gordon’s other credits include writing for “The Carmichael Show,” “Explored” and “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.”

See the tweets below.

Hey @washingtonpost. Big fan. Love what y’all do. Appreciate you covering this. Could you add my wife’s name to this headline please? She is Emily V Gordon, & not just the inspiration, but one of the writers of The Big Sick. https://t.co/H6VkeyzO83

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 10, 2018

she has a name she has a name she has a name: Emily V. Gordon, now a multiply-award-nominated screenwriter. it’s HER body & HER illness. the least you can do is put her name in the headline, if you’re going to make a “moment” of her life. thanks ???????? https://t.co/BZXxxqdFz9

— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) January 10, 2018

seriously @Twitter i know you’re letting nazis use your platform to build a movement, so maybe this is small potatoes. but it’s so gross every time this happens. you *can* do better. it’s relatively easy. try.

— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) January 10, 2018

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Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon Discuss Possible ‘Big Sick’ Sequel

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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon say there are no plans in the works for a sequel to “The Big Sick” — but did not dismiss the idea out of hand, either. The couple, who served wrote the movie’s script based on their real-life relationship from a decade ago, admitted Saturday on the red carpet […]

Holly Hunter Lands Career Achievement Award From Palm Springs Film Festival

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Holly Hunter will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala, PSIFF organizers announced on Wednesday.

Hunter is a strong Best Supporting Actress candidate this year for her role in “The Big Sick.” The film is based on the real-life courtship of co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, with Hunter playing the mother of Emily (Zoe Kazan), a young woman who develops a mysterious illness that puts her in a coma. She is visited in the hospital by her ex-boyfriend, Kumail (Nanjiani, playing a version of himself), who arouses the suspicion of Hunter’s character.

Hunter joins previously announced PSIFF honorees Timothée Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman and Sam Rockwell. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Hunter’s previous roles include her Oscar-winning performance in “The Piano,” as well as “Raising Arizona,” “Broadcast News,” “The Incredibles” and the TV series “Saving Grace.”

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson and Clint Eastwood.

The Awards Gala will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center to kick off the 29th Palm Springs International Film Festival, which will run through Jan. 15 in the desert resort east of Los Angeles.

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‘The Big Sick’: Emily V. Gordon On Turning Life Into Art & How The Film Got Its Title

Read on: Deadline.

“A Pakistani stand-up comedian falls in love with a young woman who promptly falls into a coma.” This kind of elevator pitch would feel contrived, if it weren’t also based on a true story. But truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.
As Emily V. Gordon drafted her screenplay for The Big Sick with husband Kumail Nanjiani (of HBO’s Silicon Valley), the problems she confronted were manifold. Primarily, it’s impossible to imagine a more personal cinematic endeavor than The Big…

Kumail Nanjiani: Writing ‘The Big Sick’ With Wife Emily V. Gordon “Made Us Closer” — The Contenders

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The Big Sick co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon didn’t set out to tell the story of their real-life relationship on film. “I actually was writing it on my own,” Nanjiani said at Deadline’s The Contenders event in Los Angeles.
After learning from Nanjiani how Gordon was in a coma during the beginning of their relationship, Judd Apatow suggested it would make a good topic for a film. “I wrote the first draft because he was just like, ‘Write everything down as…