Sam Esmail Will Not Direct Season 2 of ‘Homecoming’ for Amazon

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Sam Esmail will not return as director for the second season of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” an individual with knowledge of the series told TheWrap.

Esmail is the second major departure for the drama’s sophomore follow up, joining star Julia Roberts who will also not return. Both are remaining involved as executive producers. Amazon did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Esmail directed all 10 episodes of the show’s first season. Roberts had only signed on for the first season, and is already in talks to star in another Amazon series, “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win.”

“Homecoming” is based on Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz’s two-season (12 episodes total) podcast for Gimlet Media, which centers on Heidi Bergman (Roberts), a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center — a facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life — and her work with one of those soldiers, Walter Cruz (Stephan James). The series also starred Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky and Sissy Spacek.

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Esmail had previously told TheWrap he deviated from the podcast-version of the storyline, in part to give Roberts’ character an ending. “We got together and sort of invented this new back half of the storyline and new ending for Heidi.” On the podcast version, Heidi spends the second season reluctantly teaming with the Geist Group, the shadowy conglomerate backing the Homecoming project, to find Walter.

“I had only listened to the first six episodes, which sort of end in the middle of the Walter-Heidi story,” Esmail said. “I really wanted to come to some sort of satisfying conclusion of Walter and Heidi’s journey together.”

Esmail renewed his overall deal with Universal Content Productions last month, will see him create programming for NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service. Esmail’s USA Network series “Mr. Robot” is ending this year. He is an executive producer for USA’s upcoming Rosario Dawson drama “Briarpatch,” and has the Emmy Rossum-led limited series “Angelyne” as well as “Metropolis,” an adaptation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 science fiction classic, in development.

Variety first reported the news.

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Julia Roberts in Talks to Star in Amazon TV Adaptation of Novel ‘Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win’

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Amazon Studios could be keeping Julia Roberts in the fold.

The retail giant is in talks with the actress, who just starred in the first season of “Homecoming,” to star and executive produce a limited series adaption of “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win,” knowledgeable individuals told TheWrap. Amazon declined to comment.

The series is being adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, who created ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” and NBC’s “The Slap.”

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The novel, written by Jo Piazza, centers on Charlotte Walsh, a woman who wants it all — political power, a happy marriage, and happiness — then has to decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for all that. Walsh leaves her job as a high-powered Silicon Valley executive to move back with her husband and three daughters to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown so that she can run for Senate in a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress.

She is initially shocked at how nasty her opponent is willing to play in the campaign, and how harshly she is judged by the media. She also sees that the strain wears heavily on her family. When a secret is uncovered by the opposition that could jeopardize her candidacy and everything she holds dear, Charlotte is forced to measure that cost against her ambition to make a difference.

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The project is backed by wiip and Roberts’ Red Om Films production company. Roberts will executive produce alongside Red Om’s Lisa Gillan and Marisa Gill, ScratchPad’s Baitz, Rebelle Media’s Laura Lewis, and wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.

Roberts is not expected to return for Season 2 of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” though she’ll remain on board as an executive producer. While representatives for Amazon would not comment on her departure to TheWrap, an individual with knowledge of the production said she had only signed on to star on the first season, and that it’s possible she could appear on-screen in some capacity in the second season.

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“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, who directed all 10 episodes, had previously told TheWrap that he deviated from the podcast-version of the storyline, in part to give Roberts’ character an ending.

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Julia Roberts In Talks To Star In Amazon Series ‘Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win’; Jon Robin Baitz Adapts Jo Piazza Novel

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‘Sleeping With the Enemy’ Remake Planned at Fox Searchlight

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Fox Searchlight is planning to remake “Sleeping With the Enemy,” the 1991 film starring Julia Roberts, as part of a new overall producer deal with Damian Jones and his DJ Films Limited, the company announced Tuesday.

Jones, who first partnered with Fox Searchlight in 2016, is developing a reimagining of “Sleeping With the Enemy” with writer and director Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods,” the upcoming horror film “Candyman”). The original film is about a woman (Roberts) who fakes her own death in an attempt to escape a nightmarish marriage, only to find she can’t evade her controlling husband.

Jones is also planning a film adaptation of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” the stage play starring James Corden. The play’s writer, Richard Bean, is executive producing the project along with Oli Refson and Nicholas Hytner. “One Man, Two Guvnors” is itself an English adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters,” an 18th-century Italian play. The play opened in the UK in 2011 and is about a man in 1963 who is separately employed by a gangster and an upper-class twit, all while desperately trying to prevent the two from meeting.

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Jones also has several other projects that he’s currently developing. The first is “President’s Astrologer,” with Samantha Strauss and John Madden, which is the story of Joan Quigley, the astrologer to the Reagan family that focuses on her relationship with Nancy Reagan. Additionally, Jones has an untitled murder mystery by Mark Chappell, as well as projects with Simon Farnaby and Roisin Conaty.

“I’m thrilled to continue my relationship with the marvelous team at Fox Searchlight and their commitment to UK production and distribution is unsurpassed,” Jones said in a statement. “We’re putting together a great slate that continues to grow, with a number of projects lining up for 2019.”

Jones produced “Goodbye Christopher Robin” for Fox Searchlight in 2017, the biopic of “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Domhnall Gleeson. And in 2016 he produced “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

Deadline was first to report.

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20 Most Outrageous Oscar Moments in History, Including That ‘Moonlight’ Surprise (Videos)

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A look back at Oscar highlights, from Marlon Brando refusing his award to John Travolta botching Idina Menzel’s name.

Jerry Lewis Improvises Oscars Finale for 20 Minutes (1959)
Lewis hosted the show in 1959, but for some reason, the show ended 20 minutes early, so he improvised a monologue for the rest of the show, which was joked about for many years after that.

At the 2017 Oscars, Warren Beatty declared “La La Land” the winner of Best Picture. When everyone was giving their acceptance speeches, people started to realize there was a mix up — “Moonlight” had actually won. Everyone thought it was a “oh, no, ‘Moonlight’ deserved it” moment, but it wasn’t. It was a straight-up Steve Harvey moment, and it will go down as one of the most outrageous moments in history.

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Marlon Brando Refuses Best Actor Oscar (1973)
When Brando won the award for Best Actor for his role in “The Godfather,” he sent up Sacheen Littlefeather to wave away the statue and say that Brando couldn’t accept the award due to the treatment of Native Americans in the film industry.

Man Streaks on the Oscar Stage (1974)
While David Niven was hosting the Oscars in 1974, he was surprised when Robert Opel decided to streak across stage, flashing a peace sign.

Charlie Chaplin Receives 12-Minute Standing Ovation (1972)
When receiving the Honorary Award in 1972, Charlie Chaplin received a 12-minute standing ovation,  the longest in Oscar history.

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Sally Field‘s “You Really Like Me!” Speech (1985)
When Sally Field won Best Actress for her performance in “Places in the Heart,” she famously said, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me!”

Rob Lowe and Snow White’s Disastrous Musical Opening (1989)
This musical number was torn apart by critics, attracted a lawsuit from Disney, and had Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Sidney Lumet and Gregory Peck co-signing a letter, calling it an “embarrassment” and “demeaning.”

Jack Palance Does Push-Ups on Stage (1992)
When Palance won the Supporting Actor award for “City Slickers,” he talked about producers taking risks with older actors. To give an example, he popped down onto the floor and did some push ups.

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Tom Hanks Thanks (and Outs?) His High School Teacher (1993)
Tom Hanks delivered one of the most outstanding acceptance speeches when he won the Best Actor award for “Philadelphia.” He also gave a shout-out to his high school drama teacher as one of “the finest gay Americans I have known.” (Hanks had contacted his long-retired teacher beforehand, but the incident inspired the 1997 comedy “In & Out.”)

Roberto Benigni Goes Wild (1999)
When Roberto Benigni won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film in 1999, (“Life Is Beautiful”),  he went wild and climbed on chairs, jumped around and hopped onto the stage.

Halle Berry’s Oscar Speech (2002)
Berry was the first African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar, and in her speech, called her award a door-opening moment for “every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance.”

Melissa Leo Swears on Stage (2011)
When Leo accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Fighter,” she was so nervous that she kept cussing throughout the entire speech.

Ellen’s Superstar Selfie (2014)
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 2014 Oscars and wanted to break the record for the most retweeted photo of all time, so she snapped a star-studded picture with Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep.

Sean Penn‘s Fail of a Joke About Alejandro Inarritu (2015)
Sean Penn introduced the winner of Best Picture, “Birdman,” by saying, “who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” before announcing Alejandro Inarritu’s name. However, the joke was completely lost on audiences and many criticized Penn for being racist.

10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Our Favorite Rom-Coms

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Julia Roberts Unlikely to Star on ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 – But She’s Still Part of the Show

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Julia Roberts’ time on Amazon’s “Homecoming” is over, at least in front of the camera.

The actress — who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for her role on the first season of the Amazon’s Prime Video drama — is not coming back in an acting capacity for Season 2, according to multiple reports, though she’ll remain on board as an executive producer.

While representatives for Amazon would not comment on her departure to TheWrap, an individual with knowledge of the production said she had only signed on to star on the first season, and that it’s possible she could appear on-screen in some capacity in the second season.

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“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, who directed all 10 episodes, had previously told TheWrap that he deviated from the podcast-version of the storyline, in part to give Roberts’ character an ending. “We got together and sort of invented this new back half of the storyline and new ending for Heidi.”

“Homecoming” is based on Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz’s two-season (12 episodes total) podcast for Gimlet Media, which centers on Heidi Bergman (Roberts), a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center — a facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life — and her work with one of those soldiers, Walter Cruz (Stephan James). The series also starred Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky and Sissy Spacek.

On the podcast version, Heidi spends the second season reluctantly teaming with the Geist Group to find Walter. Geist is the shadowy conglomerate backing the Homecoming project, which is working to cure military veterans of PTSD by physically erasing painful memories with an experimental drug. While Heidi is initially led to believe this is to help the veterans transition back to civilian life, the twist is that Geist is doing this so they can actually be sent back out into the field.

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“I had only listened to the first six episodes, which sort of end in the middle of the Walter-Heidi story,” Esmail continued. “I really wanted to come to some sort of satisfying conclusion of Walter and Heidi’s journey together.”

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Golden Globes 2019: Movie and TV Predictions in All 25 Categories

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It’s never easy to predict, or even understand, the 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose choices for the 76th Annual Golden Globes will be revealed on Sunday.

But we’ve done our research, we know the tendencies they’ve shown in the past and we have some sense of how the Los Angeles-based foreign journalists might be leaning. We suspect that’ll mean a very good night for Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” and a pretty good one for Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.”

If our suspicions are correct, two people will go home from the Beverly Hilton with a Globe in each hand: Lady Gaga, who will win for acting and for songwriting, and Alfonso Cuarón, who’ll take the prize for director and for producing foreign-language winner “Roma.”

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On the TV side, Globe voters are often torn between recognizing the critical favorites and getting to shows before the Emmys can. Shows that premiered after June 1 of last year, which include “Bodyguard,” “Homecoming” and “The Kominsky Method,” can give the Globes a jump on the Emmys, which is always an attractive prospect for the HFPA.

That should result in a couple of big wins for the newcomers, though it won’t stop relative old-timers like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” from collecting some hardware as well.

Here are our best guesses in the 14 film and 11 television categories.

FILM CATEGORIES

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees:
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Voters really loved “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and the idea of rewarding Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman” might be awfully tempting. But Bradley Cooper plus Lady Gaga in a big hit should be irresistible.

Prediction: “A Star Is Born”

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees:
Glenn Close – “The Wife”
Lady Gaga – “A Star Is Born”
Nicole Kidman – “Destroyer”
Melissa McCarthy – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Rosamund Pike – “A Private War”

Globe voters have been on the Lady Gaga bandwagon ever since they gave her a Golden Globe for “American Horror Story: Hotel” in 2016. Despite formidable competition from Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy, they’ll show her just how much they love her again this year.

Prediction: Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees:
Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate”
Lucas Hedges – “Boy Erased”
Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
John David Washington – “BlacKkKlansman”

Remember when we said “voters really loved ‘Bohemian Rhapsody?’” Well, we weren’t kidding. They love it so much, which means they love its star Rami Malek so much, that it is in line to score a win in a category that might otherwise belong to Bradley Cooper.

Prediction: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

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Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

This is the more competitive of the two best-picture categories, with “The Favourite,” “Green Book” and “Vice” all having real shots to win, and the other two films not out of the running either. In a close race, we’re guessing that “Green Book” is just a little bit more universally appealing than “The Favourite” and “Vice.”

Prediction: “Green Book”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Olivia Colman – “The Favourite”
Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade”
Charlize Theron – “Tully”
Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”

Charlize Theron is the biggest star, Elsie Fisher the hot newcomer, Constance Wu the pick that would make a statement about diversity. But the race is probably a close one between Olivia Colman, who anchors “The Favourite,” and Emily Blunt, the one actress in the musical or comedy category who also gets to show her musical chops.

Prediction: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
Christian Bale – “Vice”
Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book”
Robert Redford – “The Old Man & The Gun”
John C. Reilly – “Stan & Ollie”

They gave “Vice” more nominations than any other movie, so they’ve got to give it a trophy somewhere, right? While Amy Adams in the supporting-actress category could be the one, Bale dominates the movie and he’s the obvious choice. Sorry, Viggo.

Prediction: Christian Bale, “Vice”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Nominees:
Amy Adams – “Vice”
Claire Foy – “First Man”
Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone – “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”

Will “The Favourite” split its votes, or will its two nominations push voters to unite behind one of the members of its stellar ensemble? If a split, the beneficiary will be Amy Adams, the bigger star, or Regina King, the critics’ favorite; if not, Rachel Weisz could give “The Favourite” its second acting Globe.

Prediction: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Nominees:
Mahershala Ali – “Green Book”
Timothee Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver – “BlacKkKlansman”
Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell – “Vice”

Voters who love “Green Book” no doubt do so to a great degree because of its two main actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. And voters who are uncomfortable with a white person’s take on a story of racial injustice can still embrace Ali, who brought grace and gravitas to the role. But watch out for Richard E. Grant, who could be a sleeper.

Prediction: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Nominees:
Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma”
Peter Farrelly – “Green Book”
Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay – “Vice”

With HFPA rules preventing the most critically-acclaimed film of the year from participating in a best-picture category, this is the major category in which voters can recognize “Roma.” All of the other nominees have a shot, particularly Bradley Cooper and Spike Lee, but international voters may feel duty-bound to go with Cuarón’s singular achievement.

Prediction: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

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Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Nominees:
Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma”
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – “The Favourite”
Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Adam McKay – “Vice”
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly – “Green Book”

“Vice” has a shot if voters want to get political, and “Green Book” has a shot if they want to get sentimental. But in recent years, voters have gone for clever and wordy in this category (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Steve Jobs,” “Django Unchained” … ), and among this year’s nominees that tendency points to “The Favourite.”

Prediction: “The Favourite”

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Nominees:
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

The critics adore “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” but Globe voters aren’t critics. Their tastes run more to the likes of Brad Bird’s “Incredibles 2” and Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” which should be the front runners in a close race.

Prediction: “Incredibles 2”

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Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Nominees:
“Capernaum” – Lebanon
“Girl” – Belgium
“Never Look Away” – Germany
“Roma” – Mexico
“Shoplifters” – Japan

“Capernaum” is such a wrenching and powerful film that it has a chance to score an upset here. And no doubt some voters will want to use this category to send a message to the Academy, which left “Girl” off the Oscars shortlist. But “Roma” is the only film in this category that was also nominated in another category (best director, no less), and the only one that’s expected to contend for the Best Picture Oscar. And it has the formidable weight of Netflix behind it.

Prediction: “Roma”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Nominees:
“A Quiet Place”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Black Panther”
“First Man”
“Mary Poppins Returns”

The last two winners of this award were Justin Hurwitz for “La La Land” in 2017 and Alexandre Desplat for “The Shape of Water” last year. And they could be the leading candidates this year as well, Hurwitz for “First Man” and Desplat for “Isle of Dogs.” But watch out for Marc Shaiman for “Mary Poppins Returns” and Ludwig Goransson for “Black Panther,” because this is a fiercely competitive category. The smart money might be on “First Man” or “Mary Poppins,” but this is the HFPA’s best chance to salute “Black Panther,” one of the year’s landmark films, and we suspect they’ll take it.

Prediction: “Black Panther”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Nominees:
“All the Stars” – “Black Panther”
“Girl in the Movies” – “Dumplin’”
“Requiem for a Private War” – “A Private War”
“Revelation” – “Boy Erased”
“Shallow” – “A Star Is Born”

They’ve got Kendrick Lamar, Dolly Parton, Annie Lennox, Troye Sivan and Jonsi as the writers and performers of the first four songs on that list. But if this is Lady Gaga’s year, as all indications suggest it will be, there’s no way she doesn’t win this one, too.

Prediction: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

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TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Best Television Series – Drama
Nominees:
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

In some ways, the hottest new show among voters appears to be the BBC America series “Killing Eve,” which is the likely winner. But in one big way — a big way that goes by the name of Julia Roberts, its star — “Homecoming” is a formidable contender that completely plays into the HFPA’s everlasting fondness for giving statuettes to the biggest stars they can find. We’re guessing that in this category, at least, they go for the show, not the star.

Prediction: “Killing Eve”

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Nominees:
Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve”
Julia Roberts – “Homecoming”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”

But in this category, where it’s the stars rather than the shows who are going head-to-head, “Killing Eve” lead Sandra Oh may find it impossible to overcome the fact that she is up against nine-time nominee and three-time winner Julia Roberts.

Prediction: Julia Roberts, “Homecoming”

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Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Nominees:
Jason Bateman – “Ozark”
Stephan James – “Homecoming”
Richard Madden – “Bodyguard”
Billy Porter – “Pose”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”

Matthew Rhys is supposed to win because this past season was the final one for “The Americans,” and that kind of sentiment could well come into play. But Globe voters also had a real fondness for the BBC series “Bodyguard,” and its star, Richard Madden, which could be an upset waiting to happen.

Prediction: Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
“Barry”
“The Good Place”
“Kidding”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the reigning Emmy champ, and it’s well-liked enough by the voters to make it a frontrunner of sorts. But they’re also fans of “The Good Place,” which has been largely overlooked by Emmy voters, and of the new show “The Kominsky Method,” which has come on strong in awards voting since its November premiere on Netflix.

Prediction: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
Kristen Bell – “The Good Place”
Candice Bergen – “Murphy Brown”
Alison Brie – “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Debra Messing – “Will & Grace”

Like the comedy-series category, this one will probably boil down to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (in the person of Rachel Brosnahan) vs. “The Good Place” (Kristen Bell). And just like the comedy-series category, we suspect that Mrs. Maisel will eke out a narrow win.

Prediction: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
Sacha Baron Cohen – “Who Is America?”
Jim Carrey – “Kidding”
Michael Douglas – “The Kominsky Method”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Bill Hader – “Barry”

Bill Hader is the reigning Emmy champ, Sacha Baron Cohen an irresistible wild card who could give the show a viral moment. But Michael Douglas is royalty to this group, a 12-time nominee and three-time winner, or four if you count his Cecil B. DeMille Award. And “The Kominsky Method” is right up their alley.

Prediction: Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Escape at Dannemora”
“Sharp Objects”
“A Very English Scandal”

It would be a real upset if anything other than “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won. But that’s not to say that “A Very English Scandal” or “Sharp Objects” don’t have a chance, particularly since “Gianni Versace” already won three Emmys, which could make the newer shows seem fresher.

Prediction: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:
Amy Adams – “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora”
Connie Britton – “Dirty John”
Laura Dern – “The Tale”
Regina King – “Seven Seconds”

The Globes’ TV acting categories are often rife with upsets, and all of the nominees are conceivable winners here. (If they’re not going to give Regina King a Globe for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” for instance, they could make it up to her here.) But Amy Adams has been nominated for Globes nine times, including twice this year, and this should be her third win.

Prediction: Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:
Antonio Banderas – “Genius: Picasso”
Daniel Bruhl – “The Alienist”
Darren Criss – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Patrick Melrose”
Hugh Grant – “A Very English Scandal”

Darren Criss is the favorite in the eyes of most Globes-watchers, and deservedly so. But we shouldn’t underestimate the charm of Hugh Grant, who also gets a boost this year because of “Paddington 2,” or the appeal of “A Very English Scandal.”

Prediction: Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:
Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Patricia Clarkson – “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz – “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”
Yvonne Strahovski – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

In the television supporting categories, actors from dramas and comedies and movies and miniseries are all competing together, which makes these categories wildly varied and confusing. Alex Borstein is the strongest contender among the three series regulars — but miniseries actors can sometimes make a bigger impact in a shorter period of time, which could give an edge to Penelope Cruz or Patricia Clarkson. Because the Emmys have already lavished praise on Cruz’s show, we suspect Clarkson will take the award.

Prediction: Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:
Alan Arkin – “The Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin – “Succession”
Edgar Ramirez – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Ben Whishaw – “A Very English Scandal”
Henry Winkler – “Barry”

Henry Winkler won the Emmy and could very well win the Globe as well. But “A Very English Scandal” could well be one of those shows that sneaks off with a couple of awards, so we’ll pick Ben Whishaw over Winkler or Edgar Ramirez.

Prediction: Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Receive Ensemble Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

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“Mary Poppins Returns” will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, the festival announced on Friday.

Stars Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Salah and Joel Dawson are expected to accept the award at the festival, which will be hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight. The award will be presented to the cast by the film’s director Rob Marshall.

Academy Award-winner “Argo” and Academy Award nominees “American Hustle,” “The Big Short,” and “The Social Network” are past honorees of the ensemble award.

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“Mary Poppins Returns is a happy film, that re-creates the magic and adventure of the first film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead an excellent ensemble cast that also includes Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and many others.”

“Mary Poppins Returns” is an original musical from director Marshall, which continues the story of the practically-perfect nanny and the Banks family. In the film, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) have grown up, Michael has three children of his own, and his wife has recently passed away. Blunt stars as Mary Poppins, who returns to help the grieving Banks family move past their terrible loss and find the joy and wonder missing from their lives. Miranda plays Mary’s friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light — and life — to the streets of London.

The follow-up to the 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has also been nominated for four Golden Globes and nine Critics Choice Awards.

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“Mary Poppins” joins Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) and Olivia Coleman (“The Favourite”) as announced honorees at this year’s Palm Springs festival.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run Jan. 3-14.

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Julia Roberts Takes On The Opioid Crisis,Talks Her TV ‘Homecoming’ And Revisits ‘Pretty Woman’

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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Leads Mixed Bag of Indie Box Office Newcomers

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Though there were no wide releases this weekend, the indie box office was very busy, as “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Vox Lux” and “Ben Is Back” made their Los Angeles/New York debuts… and the results are mixed.

Of the three films, the strongest opening went to Focus Features’ “Mary Queen of Scots,” which made $200,000 from its four-screen opening for a $50,000 per screen average. That’s the mark that December specialty films are looking for. While summer indie releases can do well with a $10,000-$30,000 opening average, the December market is far more crowded. An opening of less than $50,000 is likely a sign that the film is going to fizzle out quickly, as arthouse moviegoers go for other more acclaimed films.

But even with this strong start, “Mary Queen of Scots” is not guaranteed to hold on as Christmas draws closer. The film failed to earn any Golden Globe nominations this week, and critical reception has been good but not spectacular with a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. With major awards contenders like Annapurna’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice” coming soon — the latter earned a surprising six Golden Globe nominations — “Mary” could find itself squeezed out.

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Josie Rourke’s feature directorial debut, “Mary Queen of Scots” stars Saoirse Ronan as the Catholic monarch, who returns from France after the death of her husband to try to establish her rule over Scotland only to have her reign sabotaged by the religious and sexist prejudices of men, a hurdle that also plagues Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie), who is being pushed by Parliament in England to fight against Mary’s claim to the throne. Jack Lowden, David Tennant and Guy Pearce also star, with the screenplay written by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon.

Two other newcomers are showing signs of taking an early exit. NEON’s “Vox Lux,” which stars Natalie Portman as a scandal-ridden pop star, earned $162,252 from six screens for an average of $27,042. Meanwhile, Roadside Attractions’ “Ben Is Back,” which stars Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges as a mother and her drug-addicted son, made $80,972 for an average of $20,243.

While those are decent numbers, they are far below those of previous award season entries from these studios and actors. Portman’s last major prestige film, “Jackie,” earned her an Oscar nomination and opened to an average of $55,000 on the first weekend of December in 2016, double that of “Vox Lux.”

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As for “Ben Is Back,” its opening average is far less than the last Roadside Attractions release starring Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea,” which earned an opening average of $64,000 two years ago. It’s also well short of the opening average of another Hedges film that came out last month, “Boy Erased,” which posted a $41,400 per screen average.

Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite” expanded to 91 screens this weekend after earning five Golden Globe nominations and is still performing regally, grossing $1.43 million for a per screen average of $15,714. With just under $3.5 million grossed overall so far, the film will expand nationwide to around 525 screens in 75 domestic markets.

Among other holdovers, “Boy Erased” reached the $6 million mark on its sixth weekend, earning $420,000 from 622 theaters to push its total to $6.3 million. CBS Films’ “At Eternity’s Gate” added $310,000 in its fourth weekend to bring its total to $1 million.

Finally, Fox Searchlight saw two more films hit milestones this weekend. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, which earned nominations for stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, is approaching the $7 million mark after earning $245,000 in its eighth weekend. Meanwhile, Robert Redford’s swan song “The Old Man & The Gun” has reached $11 million after 11 weekends in theaters.

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