‘Olympic Dreams’ Clip: Nick Kroll And Alexi Pappas Go For The Gold In SXSW Comedy

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Nick Kroll and Conan O’Brien Take Over a High School Sex Ed Class – and Bring Lots of Fruit (Video)

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Nick Kroll may understand young people’s struggles with puberty and raging hormones based on the relatability of his Netflix animated series, “Big Mouth” — but we’re not confident he is the right person to be teaching a high school sex education class.

And Conan O’Brien is probably one of the last people you’d want helping him.

In a segment from Thursday’s “Conan,” Kroll and O’Brien went to a classroom full of teens to talk to them about the facts of life. And they bring lots of fruit as props to show the kids how to put on condoms — and that a penis apparently starts to look like a pineapple once you turn 40.

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Then the guys have a serious chat about their first memories of masturbation.

“Oh, I was probably like 14? It was a Victoria’s Secret catalog, to be frank,” Kroll says. As far as O’Brien remembers it (jokingly), he was watching Richard Nixon.

Kroll says he wasn’t super clear on female anatomy when he was young: “I remember when I was a kid, I just assumed the vagina was on the front like penises were.”

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Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately? — at the end of the video, all of the kids say they didn’t learn anything from that little lesson.

Watch the video above.

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Bryan Cranston Saves Christmas From Bryan Cranston in Stephen Colbert’s ‘Santa Fight’ (Video)

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First, let’s get this out of the way for everybody: Bruce Lee died in 1973. Sorry for the spoiler alert from Stephen Colbert’s kids-pitched Christmas movie, “Santa Fight: Saving the Holiday From Atnas,” but it’ll help save viewers from shock when Bryan Cranston breaks the bad news.

OK, so maybe none of that makes much sense — but it is exactly what one gets when letting kids pitch a holiday film. In a video posted to YouTube on Saturday, the “Late Show” borrowed the minds of eight young children in an attempt to create a new Christmas classic. And with Cranston, Laura Linney, Nick Kroll, Rachel Dratch and John Oliver on board, we nearly got one.

We don’t want to give too much more away for our readers, but the general conceit of the movie is that Santa Claus (Cranston) has an evil twin brother Atnas (“Santa” spell backwards, also played by the “Breaking Bad” alum) who wants to give all the best toys to the kids on the “Naughty” list. Meanwhile, Mrs. Claus (Linney) and the Elves (Dratch and Oliver) are pretty pissed at the good St. Nick — something about Santa always leaving his wife on Christmas Eve, plus the conditions of his workshop. We guess? We’ll be honest, it’s not entirely clear what’s up Noel and Tiny Tinsel’s jingle bells.

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Anyway, it all results in a Santa Fight — may the jolliest one win.

Watch the video above, which is packed like Santa’s sack with great callbacks to the brainstorming sesh.

Feature-length, please.

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Aubrey Plaza to Host 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

On Nov. 16, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and “Private Life” star Molly Shannon announced this year’s nominees at a press conference. Best Feature nominees include “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.”

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Feb. 23, 2019, and will be broadcast exclusively on IFC at 2 p.m. PT.

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“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

“The search for a great Spirit Awards host is never easy,” added Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “This year we said, let’s find someone funny, smart, a cinephile, being a great actor wouldn’t hurt, and it would be an added bonus if they’ve previously won a Spirit Award. Then we realized, oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza! So thank you Aubrey, for hosting the Spirits!”

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Most recently, Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West,” which Plaza also produced,” as well as Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” She currently stars in FX’s “Legion” and will next be seen in Lars Klevberg’s remake of “Child’s Play” opposite Brian Tyree Henry.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show, which celebrates the very best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production will executive produce and direct for the fifth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 17th year, while Rick Austin will produce for his fourth year in a row. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff return as co-producers.

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How ‘Big Mouth’ Helped Planned Parenthood Fight Its Abortion ‘Stigma’

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Last year, two creators of Netflix’s animated teen comedy “Big Mouth” went to a talk about Planned Parenthood — and heard about its frustrations with being known largely for abortions.

So they decided to help.

The two creators, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin, built an entire episode around Planned Parenthood’s other services — like providing birth control and STD testing and counseling. Along with fellow creator Nick Kroll, who also stars on the show, they created an episode that The Atlantic called “as bold as it is hilarious.”

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It was a huge win for Planned Parenthood, which in recent years has courted positive portrayals by Hollywood. The talk that Flackett and Levin attended was hosted by Planned Parenthood to try to win positive portrayals in entertainment.

“Big Mouth” was a perfect fit because the show — known for awkward adolescents haunted by outlandish Hormone Monsters and Shame Wizards — targets both teens and their parents, as they struggle with questions about sexuality.

In recent years, Planned Parenthood has also welcomed filmmakers like Joss Whedon and Jason Reitman, director of the 2007 teen pregnancy film “Juno.”

To write the “Big Mouth” episode, Kroll, Flackett, Levin and the entire “Big Mouth” writers room — including Emily Altman, who was once a Planned Parenthood intern — toured a Planned Parenthood with the organizations’s Los Angeles CEO, Sue Dunlap.

Their tour resulted in the Season 2 episode called “The Planned Parenthood Show” in which eighth-graders Nick (Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), Missy (Jenny Slate) and Jessi (Jessi Klein) school their sexually inexperienced sex ed teacher, Coach Steve. (The show’s second season debuted last week.)

In the episode, the students perform a series of skits, including one in which a girl must choose between different contraceptives that compete “Bachelor”-style to become her birth control of choice.

But the episode also underscores Planned Parenthood’s message that it can prevent pregnancies, not just provide abortions. 

“There is a lot of stigma around abortion,” Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Dinah Stephens told TheWrap. “So I was grateful when I saw that the ‘Big Mouth’ episode included a range of services.”

Stephens, who helped coordinate the “Big Mouth” visit, said that for all its sexual jokes, a show like “Big Mouth” can help change perceptions while entertaining. 

Kroll emphasized that entertainment, after all, is the show’s first priority. If families can laugh together, it will be easier for them to talk together. 

“My hope is that the show gives a platform and vocabulary for kids to talk to their parents, each other, their educators about what they’re going through,” Kroll said. “You feel very alone at that point in your life. It’s very helpful in general for kids who are at that age to see that this is happening to everybody.”

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John Mulaney Discusses Taking Over Radio City Music Hall For Emmy-Nominated Netflix Special ‘Kid Gorgeous’

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‘Operation Finale’ Film Review: Strong Ensemble Infuses Passion Into Conventional Retelling of Adolf Eichmann’s Capture

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Ben Kingsley has embodied Jewish heroes as iconic as Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal (“Murderers Among Us”), Anne Frank’s father Otto (“Anne Frank: The Whole Story”), and businessman Itzhak Stern (“Schindler’s List”). In “Operation Finale,” he adopts another perspective altogether, portraying the ultimate villain in Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

The innately intense Kingsley isn’t an ideal match for the mild-mannered murderer who inspired philosopher Hannah Arendt to coin the phrase “the banality of evil.” But like the rest of the cast, he holds our attention even when the movie buckles under the burden of earnest intentions.

Once you get past the jarring collection of mismatched accents, it’s a pleasure to be in the company of pros like Oscar Isaac, Mélanie Laurent (“Beginners”), Nick Kroll, and Michael Aronov (“The Americans”). But as Mossad agents, their characters find little pleasure in the task designed by their intimidating boss (Lior Raz) and approved by no less than Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (Simon Russell Beale, “The Death of Stalin”): to secretly travel from Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires, risking their own lives in order to capture the elusive Eichmann.

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The script’s blunt approach is indicated early on, when Argentine teen Sylvia (Haley Lu Richardson, “Support the Girls”) meets her new boyfriend at a showing of the 1959 racial drama “Imitation of Life.” Sure, it’s a nice way for director Chris Weitz (“A Better Life”) to give a shout-out to his mother, Susan Kohner, one of the film’s stars. But it’s an awfully obvious metaphor for the secretly-Jewish-passing-as-Catholic Sylvia, who proudly brings home the handsome, ultra-Aryan Klaus Eichmann (Joe Alwyn, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”).

Sylvia’s father (Peter Strauss) is stunned to realize he’s got a Nazi heir casually eating dinner at his house and immediately alerts Israeli authorities. While Klaus courts Sylvia by bringing her to terrifying Nazi rallies, the Mossad team begins devising a proposal to bring the elder Eichmann to justice.

The plan is a supremely dangerous one: Peter (Isaac), Rafi (Kroll), Isser (Raz), and Hanna (Laurent) are among the undercover agents who fly to Buenos Aires in hopes of airlifting Eichmann out. But first they have to kidnap him without the notice of his loyal wife (an underused Greta Scacchi) or Fascist henchman (a chilling Pêpê Rapazote, “Narcos”). Then they need to hold him at a hidden safe house that could be discovered at any moment by anti-Semitic local leaders. Worse still, the plane on which they hope to smuggle him out can’t take off unless Eichmann signs a document in which he freely agrees to be tried in Israel.

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That unlikely requirement should be enough to create tension on its own, and Weitz does build a sense of palpable panic around these impossibly high stakes. Moreover, because the movie primarily takes place in 1960, everyone on the Israeli team has been directly impacted by the Holocaust. Eichmann was a chief organizer of the Final Solution, responsible for sending millions of Jews — including Peter’s sister and her children — to their deaths.

That being the case, it strains credulity when we’re asked to believe that a personally haunted, professionally brilliant spy like Peter could be so easily drawn in by his crafty prisoner. First-time screenwriter Matthew Orton often seems to be going more for broad-stroke dramatics than gripping authenticity, given that he’s crafted a fairly generic biopic out of what was truly one of the most remarkable missions in modern history.

But it’s evident that he and Weitz believe passionately in their project, as does this wide range of first-rate actors. Every one of the supporting players makes an impact in his or her brief scenes, with standouts including the luminous Laurent and an effectively subdued Kroll, although both could have used more to do.

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Indeed, the movie really belongs to the central pair, to such a degree that it often feels like a two-hander. Kingsley and Isaac are unusually charismatic actors, which elevates each of their cat-and-mouse scenes. Though it’s off-putting to watch Kingsley humanize a man who dedicated himself to monstrous acts, it was Eichmann’s apparent ordinariness that became his second legacy: the banality that Arendt so famously described after watching him defend himself as a cog in larger machinery.

Both Weitz and Orton are keenly aware of the parallels between Eichmann’s era and our own, and though they don’t hit them too hard, their intent is powerfully clear. This urgency (aptly accentuated by Alexandre Desplat’s score), and the sincere commitment of all involved, gives the movie a greater weight than its labored pacing and bland visuals otherwise might.

It’s a shame the filmmakers felt constrained by the import of their subject matter, rather than inspired to take some artistic risks. But even when the storytelling falters, the story itself — not merely extraordinary, but eternally relevant — remains paramount.

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Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron Lead Cast for Animated ‘Addams Family’

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MGM has unveiled the voice cast for their upcoming animated adaptation of “The Addams Family,” with Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as the heads of the titular family, Gomez and Morticia.

Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard will play Gomez and Morticia’s children, Wednesday and Pugsley, while Nick Kroll will play the zany Uncle Fester and Bette Midler will play Grandmama. Newly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney will play the Addams’ arch-nemesis, Margaux Needler.

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Former DreamWorks director Conrad Vernon will direct the film with Greg Tiernan, with Matt Lieberman writing the script. The film will follow the Addams Family as they prepare for an extended family reunion, only to have their creepy estate intruded upon by a very 21st century antagonist: a reality TV host bent on giving their mansion an HGTV-esque makeover into suburban normality.

“Conrad and Greg are masters of animation with the keen ability to create something both kids and their parents will enjoy for different reasons,” said Jonathan Glickman, President of MGM’s Motion Picture Group. “Adding to that a world class caliber of talent with Oscar, Charlize, Chloë, Finn, Nick, Bette and Allison – we can’t wait to bring their fresh and modern take on The Addams Family to the worldwide audience.”

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Created in 1938 by New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” became a beloved cultural icon for its macabre, satirical take on the American Dream and the image of the suburban family with the white picket fence.

Addams’ New Yorker cartoons became the basis for a 1964 TV series on ABC, which launched “The Addams Family” into pop culture immortality with the series’ iconic, finger-snapping theme song. The show in turn inspired a pair of animated TV series and two feature films in the 1990s, which earned Anjelica Huston a pair of Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Morticia.

Vernon will produce the film with Alex Schwartz and Gail Berman of The Jackal Group. Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi and Joe Earley are executive producers; with Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Executive Director of Worldwide Motion Pictures, overseeing on behalf of the studio. Production is underway at Cinesite Studios in Vancouver.

MGM will release “The Addams Family” on Oct. 11, 2019.

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Oscar Isaac Is a Mossad Spy in First Trailer for ‘Operation Finale’ (Video)

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MGM has released the first trailer for “Operation Finale,” a film about the true story about the 1960 mission to capture Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann.

In the trailer, we see Ben Kingsley as Eichmann, the man who came up with the transportation logistics that brought millions of Jews to the concentration camps.

“My job was simple,” says Eichmann. “Save the country I loved from being destroyed.”

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Oscar Isaac stars as a Mossad spy Peter Malkin, while Melanie Laurent, Haley Lu Richardson, Joe Alwyn, Nick Kroll and Lior Raz also star in the historical drama that was directed by Chris Weitz and written by Matthew Orton.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger produce under their Automatik banner alongside Isaac and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire. Matt Charman and Ron Schmidt executive produced.

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“If you fail,” Malkin is told, “he escapes justice, perhaps forever. I beg you –do not fail.”

“Operation Finale” hits theaters on September 14.

Watch the trailer above.

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Spirit Awards: Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Drag Weinstein, Ratner, Spacey In Opening Monologue

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney wasted no time in skewering and dragging Hollywood in their opening monologue at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Sure, the pair, which hosts the ceremony for the second year in a row, poked fun at Frances McDormand’s fierce no bullsh*t attitude and Timothee Chalamet’s gasoline attendant-like shirt, but the real fun came when they tackled the alleged sexual predators that have been creeping in Hollywood.
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Kroll and Mulaney Roast Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey in Spirit Awards Monologue

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During the opening monologue of the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday, hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney did not tiptoe around the numerous Hollywood men accused of sexual misconduct.

In a Hollywood climate that has promoted accuser empathy and largely avoided direct public mentions of figures like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, the hosts gleefully took jabs at the disgraced men before a crowd that included Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig and Salma Hayek.

Mulaney shared a story about meeting with Weinstein in 2015.

“He was complaining to me in the meeting that The Weinstein Company TV took up too much of his time,” Mulaney said, recalling that Weinstein told him, “No one is going to remember my movies. Forget ‘Pulp Fiction,’ my tombstone is going to say ‘Project Runway.’”

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Mulaney joked that Weinstein shouldn’t worry about the reality fashion competition that TWC produces. Thanks to his sexual assault and harassment scandal, Mulaney said that Weinstein’s tombstone will now read “Unmarked XXL Grave. “

Some in the audience cringed as the camera immediately cut to Elizabeth Olsen, star of the TWC awards hopeful, “Wind River.” It took a few seconds of flop sweat, but the joke wound up getting applause.

Kroll then pivoted to movie producer Brett Ratner, who, in November, was accused of misconduct by numerous women.

“If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Brett Ratner, you’d know he’s constantly scratching his balls,” Kroll said of working with the “X-Men: The Last Stand” producer years ago on a pilot shoot.

“One day on set he was really going to town on his sad sack,” Kroll remembered. “We watched him walk away, and walk over to the craft services table where he then touched about six donuts. Then he grabbed one and walked away. If that’s the way the guy treats donuts?” Kroll said.

The names kept coming. Here’s what the duo had to say about more men accused in the #MeToo movement:

Woody Allen

“A lot of people are asking if you separate the artist and the man,” Mulaney said. “Like Woody Allen and his last 20 unwatchable movies. Can we still not watch them?”

Louis C.K.

In a joke about how the “male apology” is going through a renaissance, Mulaney and Kroll balked at how C.K. mentioned numerous times that his accusers — whom he admitted to masturbating in front of without consent — “admired him” greatly.

“That’s like if a guy s—s his pants and, to fix the problem, put on cuff links,” Mulaney said.

Kevin Spacey

Referencing Spacey’s widely panned decision to come out of the closet as gay while denying any memory of misconduct with 14-year-old Anthony Rapp, Kroll mocked Spacey as saying:

“So to sum it up, ‘I’m connecting being gay with assaulting a minor. And now to let the congratulations notes roll in.’”

Mario Batali

“Yeah that sounds like me, I bet I did that,” Kroll said, impersonating the TV chef accused of harassment within his restaurant businesses. “By the way, pizza dough cinnamon rolls are easy to make. Mamma mia! That’s a spicy apology!”

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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:

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

“Ingrid Goes West,” Director Matt Spicer *WINNER 
“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.)
“A Ghost Story”
“Life and nothing more” *WINNER
“Most Beautiful Island”
“The Transfiguration”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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

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”

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”

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

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

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

“The Departure”
“Faces Places” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”

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

Chloé Zhao *WINNER


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John Mulaney and Nick Kroll go hilariously Hollywood all over Conan

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Comedic life partners and Broadway stars Nick Kroll and John Mulaney haven’t let their collective and individual show biz successes go to their heads in their fifteen years of friendship. Or, wait, the opposite of that. At least that’s the comic conceit the pair brought to their monday appearance on Conan. There to…

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Emerging Female Voices, Debut Directors Take Stage in 2017 Awards Shorts (Video)

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Emerging female voices and buzzy first-time filmmakers took center stage at a recent special short film presentation from TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series.

Bold, conceptual work played at West Los Angeles’ Landmark Theatre last week, where we welcomed an innovative shorts distributor, directors and producers to discuss the toxic energy of Hollywood harassment, streaming giants and working with big talent in a smaller medium.

“We had to build a video unit, and we tried to get help from Hollywood and people said, ‘We can’t help you, there’s not enough women for you to work with,’” marveled Amy Emmerich, the chief content officer of digital brand Refinery29.

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The company spawned their Shatterbox Anthology, which consists of 12 short films from 12 female directors released over a year, to combat gender imbalance behind the camera.

“I have emails that I will one day release [saying] there’s not enough comedy female directors that we could work with. I said a lot of curse words,” Emmerich added.

Shatterbox released two of the four shorts screened, including Kristen Stewart’s visually gripping directorial debut “Come Swim” and “Lucia Before and After,” directed by Anu Valia. The former short debuted in the Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program this year.

“Lucia” was a Short List Film Festival finalist about a young woman seeking an abortion in Texas. The character is subject to Texas’ mandatory ultrasound 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure, and the emotional and logistical ripple the process creates.

“Ladies First,” from director Uraaz Bahl and producer Shaana Levy, had an incredible emotional effect on the crowd. It follows Deepika Kumari, an Indian woman representing her country in archery at the Rio Olympic Games.

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Kumari was under intense pressure to perform and lift the national spirit, while being simultaneously being confined by her conservative culture and under developed as an athlete. Already her journey exposed inefficiency in Indian’s Olympic bureaucracy and shed light on widely-accepted gender bias in her home country.

“You have to think very big. We have a dream that 100 million Indians will watcher film. We bought the movie to the government because we want the film to be shown in schools,” Bahl said of the film.

“If little boys see this girl shooting, this is not what girls in India do, she’s shooting a [bow and arrow]. Little boys need to see this girl performing, and little girls need to see her doing this, too,” he added. An Indian woman has ever won an Olympic medal, and Kumari is training for the upcoming Tokyo games.

Talk went from first-time Olympians to first-time directors. Ryan Egypt brought his polished crime short “Cashing Titles Vol. 1,” where Brian Austin Green stars as an express mail driver dealing more than overnight packages.

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Green plays father to an old-for-his-age preteen Caleb (Landon Gimenez) watching his family disintegrate thanks to addiction and waning opportunity. Not unlike the “Come Swim” producer who executed “Twilight Saga” star Stewart’s vision, both of the upstart projects have elevated profiles thanks to talent.

“They bring a lot of value because they understand,” Egypt said of his actor, “90210” breakout Green. “I didn’t have to spend so much time reiterating myself, discussing what I wanted. I also loved his idea.”

While “some people may say there’s a downside monetarily … for me time is just too valuable,” said Egypt of the shoot. The director plans to make a feature length follow-up to the short (“Chasing Titles Vol. 2”) for release in 2019.

“Come Swim” producer David Ethan Shapiro said that, despite Stewart’s years in the spotlight as an indie darling and franchise lead, she brought the appropriate expectation and know-how to her short.

“Kristen is unique in that her parents are crew members. She grew up around film crews,” Shapiro said.

“The crew of this film was a balance of ambitious contemporaries, people her age … I wanted to recreate my film school experience. But a lot of industry veterans are on her film team, so there were times where it was just making sure the expectations were for that of a short film,” he added.

“Come Swim” and “Lucia Before and After” are available to view on Shatterbox. “Chasing Titles Vol 1.” is planning a limited theatrical release. “Ladies First” is still securing worldwide distribution.

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