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Nicole Kidman Wins SAG Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for ‘Big Little Lies’

Nicole Kidman Wins SAG Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for ‘Big Little Lies’
The question wasn’t so much if “Big Little Lies” would take home the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries, but who. As has happened multiple times since last fall, Nicole Kidman took home the prize, edging out two of her fellow cast members.

Read More:‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Set at HBO: Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman to Star, Andrea Arnold to Direct

Co-stars Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon were two of the other finalists in the Best Actress in a Miniseries category. The idea that the actresses from the HBO hit would cancel out votes for each other was mitigated by the fact that the only other series nominated in this category had a pair of actresses itself: Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon each picked up nods for “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

“It’s only the beginning,” Kidman said of the support stories about older
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Alexander Skarsgård Wins SAG Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Alexander Skarsgård Wins SAG Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Alexander Skarsgård made the most of the end of his awards trek, taking home the final TV prize of the season with a SAG Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

Read More: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Set at HBO: Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman to Star, Andrea Arnold to Direct

This marks a rare four-peat, following his Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice award for playing the villainous Perry Wright.

Skarsgård was far less of a guarantee to win his category than his counterparts in Best Actress in a Miniseries. Nominated along with him was an impressive collection of industry vets from across streaming, cable and the Atlantic Ocean. Jeff Daniels in “Godless” as well as Benedict Cumberbatch in “Sherlock” were also nominated alongside two performances based on real-life figures: Robert DeNiro as Bernie Madoff in the HBO movie “The Wizard of Lies” and Geoffrey Rush
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Reed Morano — “I Think We’re Alone Now”

“I Think We’re Alone Now”

Reed Morano won the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for cinematography in her directorial debut “Meadowland,” where she also served as the film’s cinematographer. Her other directing credits include Showtime’s “Billions” and AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” and her cinematography credits include “Frozen River” and “Kill Your Darlings.”

“I Think We’re Alone Now” will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Rm: Del is the last man on Earth and he’s finally at peace. He’s not looking for other survivors and besides, there aren’t any. He’s created his own utopia he’s completely in control of and life is good. But then, his worst nightmare is realized — he’s not alone.
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Sundance: Pulse, AI Film Partner to Launch New Film Fund Backed by Len Blavatnik

Global content studio Pulse has partnered with Access Industries’ AI Film to launch new production fund PulsexAI with financing underwritten by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.

The new fund was announced Wednesday, a day before the opening of the Sundance Film Festival, by Pulse CEO Thomas Benski, producer Lars Knudsen and AI Film’s Ben Giladi. The trio plan to create a full-service one-stop shop to develop, produce and fully finance two to three films annually with budgets up to $6 million in an atmosphere supporting “dynamic, provocative and timely” storytelling across all genres.

The trio did not disclose any specific projects. “The simple and supportive financing structure will offer a safe haven for filmmaking talent who want to challenge the medium by making urgent content that embraces diversity and evokes visceral reactions from its audiences,” the announcement said.

Access Industries was founded in 1986 by Blavatnik. The company’s entertainment portfolio includes holding and ownership of companies like Warner Music Group
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Jamie Carmichael steps down as president of film at Kew Media Group (exclusive)

Industry veteran was formerly head of Content Film.

Jamie Carmichael

La-based international sales veteran Jamie Carmichael is stepping down from his role as president of film at Kew Media Group.

The long-time Content Film head is understood to be lining up another venture in the film and TV sector but details have yet to be confirmed.

Kew told Screen in a statement:

”Kew is further combining its film and television units. This allows for more cohesion and synergies across our sales and marketing teams and better positions the company for its growth and expansion. The new joint division will be led by Greg Phillips, President, Distribution. Jamie Carmichael, President of Film, has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.”

Recent titles on the Kew slate include Zach Fox and Omri Dorani’s teen comedy How To Get Girls, Bees Make Honey starring Alice Eve, comedy An Actor Prepares with Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston and sci-fi
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels Won’t Premiere Until At Least 2020, HBO Boss Confirms

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels Won’t Premiere Until At Least 2020, HBO Boss Confirms
Don’t expect to see any of the “Game of Thrones” prequel spinoffs until at least 2020. That’s the word from HBO original programming president Casey Bloys, who said nothing will air for “at least a year after the final season.” With confirmation that the final season of “Thrones” doesn’t air until 2019, that pushes the future series into the next decade.

Bloys said the five potential projects are all still in the works, and he’s seen some material, but that it’s not a bakeoff. “They’re all on different schedules,” he said. “They didn’t start at the same startlines, so we’re at different stages, but I’m very encouraged by what we’ve seen. I don’t have a timetable when we’re going to make decisions on anything. I could make between zero and five. Probably more likely around one.”

Why not use the
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London Casting: Major Feature Film Seeks its Lead, All Experience Levels Welcome

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. Major Feature Film Des Hamilton, the casting director behind “This is England”, “Gunpowder,” and a regular collaborator with directors such as Lars von Trier, Andrea Arnold, and Nicolas Winding Refn who has found numerous successful actors off the street including Thomas Turgoose and Kathleen McDermott is now casting a major feature film. There’s no experience necessary for this gig. In fact, Hamilton specialises in working with directors who want a mix of professional and untrained actors. He’s searching for a leading male,
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Former Focus executive Isabelle Stewart joins Protagonist (exclusive)

Stewart will lead on acquisitions and report to CEO Dave Bishop.

Source: Protagonist Pictures

Isabelle Stewart

Protagonist Pictures has appointed Isabelle Stewart as head of acquisitions with immediate effect.

Reporting to CEO Dave Bishop, Stewart will oversee acquisitions and attend major festivals and markets for the company.

Stewart joins Protagonist from Focus Features, where she was director of acquisitions and production and worked on titles including Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete and Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro.

Prior to her post at Focus, she held acquisitions roles at Universal Pictures International Productions and Studiocanal.

In 2017, she joined Protagonist’s director of international sales George Hamilton as one of Screen’s Future Leaders in sales and acquisitions.

Protagonist’s current slate includes Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, William Oldroyd’s debut feature Lady Macbeth, and Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, all three of which
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Domenica Cameron-Scorsese on the Redemptive Power of Love in “Almost Paris”

“Almost Paris”

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is a Tribeca alum whose short films “Spanish Boots” and “Roots in Water” played the festival. Her first short, “A Little God,” won the Torchlight Short Film Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. In addition to film, Cameron-Scorsese directs theater: her production of “A Number” by Carly Churchill is currently playing at Chicago’s The Runcible Theatre Co. She is the daughter of filmmaker Martin Scorsese and author Julia Cameron.

Almost Paris” made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and hits VOD today, January 9.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Dcs: “Almost Paris” is a very personal view of an incredibly complex financial story. As we follow the journey of Max, a former banker who returns to his childhood home to get back on his feet in the wake of the mortgage lending crisis, we discover the impact of
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Reese Witherspoon on Big Little Lies Season 2 Director Change: "We're Just Thrilled to Welcome" Andrea Arnold

Reese Witherspoon on Big Little Lies Season 2 Director Change:
Big Little Lies is returning for a second season—yes, this is after winning numerous Emmys and Golden Globes in the miniseries category, a second season was not planned from the start, according to stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Much of, if not all, of the cast from the first season is expected to return. Kidman and Witherspoon were the only ones locked in when HBO announced the return and Laura Dern told Ryan Seacrest on the Golden Globes red carpet that she'd be back, but one key figure will be sitting the new season out: Jean-Marc Vallée. Andrea Arnold is replacing Vallée as director. Vallée won an Emmy for directing the series. "We are so deeply...
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‘Big Little Lies’ Creator Reveals Season 2 Will Add A New Character To The Mix

Big Little Lies is officially coming back, and along with some of our favorite returning Otter Bay moms — Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, so far — season two will also introduce a new character to the mix. Executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée will be handing the directorial reins over to Andrea Arnold in season two, […]
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‘Big Little Lies’ Creator Reveals Season 2 Will Add a New Character to the Mix

‘Big Little Lies’ Creator Reveals Season 2 Will Add a New Character to the Mix
Big Little Lies is officially coming back, and along with some of our favorite returning Otter Bay moms -- Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, so far -- season two will also introduce a new character to the mix.

Executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée will be handing the directorial reins over to Andrea Arnold in season two, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in on a few big little secrets

“Well there’s a new character coming,” Vallée teased while speaking with Et’s Lauren Zima on Cbsn at Sunday’s Golden Globes. “Perry's mother, that’s all I can say.”

Perry, Big Little Lies fans will remember, is the abusive husband of Nicole Kidman’s Celeste, played by Alexander Skarsgard -- whose death at the hands of Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) is the big reveal of the season one finale. However, little is known about his own family, and it remains
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Golden Globes: Why Big Little Lies Is Switching Directors for Season 2

Golden Globes: Why Big Little Lies Is Switching Directors for Season 2
Yes, yes, Big Little Lies won just about every Golden Globe in sight on Sunday night — but what will it look like when it comes back?

The acclaimed HBO drama won a whopping four Golden Globes — including Best Limited Series/TV Movie and acting trophies for stars Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern — and it finally confirmed last month that it will be returning for a second season. But when it does, it’ll be without Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed all seven episodes of Season 1.

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Eva Longoria Knows a Secret About Big Little Lies Season 2

Eva Longoria Knows a Secret About Big Little Lies Season 2
As soon as Big Little Lies wrapped its limited run in April, fans demanded a second season — and they got their wish last month when HBO confirmed that the hit series will return for seven more episodes. While the first season was based on a novel by Liane Moriarty, it remains to be seen where season 2 will head.

Ryan Seacrest tried to answer that question Sunday when he spoke with the show’s star and executive producer Reese Witherspoon, joined by her costar and fellow executive producer Nicole Kidman and pal Eva Longoria, on E! News’ Golden Globes red carpet.
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Alexander Skarsgård Teases Big Little Lies Season Two — and Addresses That Cliffhanger

Alexander Skarsgård Teases Big Little Lies Season Two — and Addresses That Cliffhanger
Will Alexander Skarsgård be returning to season two of Big Little Lies?

Though Skarsgård’s character, Perry Wright, seemingly met his demise at the end of the seventh episode of season one, the actor kept it ambiguous when asked on the Golden Globe Awards red carpet if he’ll return for the series’ second season.

“I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now but we’ll see,” the actor told NBC at Sunday’s awards in Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton.

The actor is up for best supporting actor in a series,
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‘Lady Bird’: How Greta Gerwig Found Her Unique Rhythm in the Written Word – Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

‘Lady Bird’: How Greta Gerwig Found Her Unique Rhythm in the Written Word – Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast
Before she directed “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig brought a unique rhythm and cadence to the characters she played. The pinnacle of this came in “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America,” scripts she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, in which her characters’ graceful awkwardness and effortless rapid-fire line deliveries established her as one of her generation’s most exciting leading ladies. “Lady Bird,” Gerwig’s first solo directing credit, embodies so much of that Gerwig rhythm and feel — but with the actress behind the camera.

When Gerwig was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, she traced this back to her love of playwrights and not the Diy, improv-heavy microbudget productions that first introduced her to indie film fans.

“As a writer my writing was grounded in writing plays and admiring playwrights and in theater the playwright is king, you don’t change those words – you don’t change Kenneth Lonergan’s words,
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Darren Aronofsky: ‘Keeping Audiences on the Edge of Their Seat Is Our Job, Especially in Today’s World’ – Toolkit Podcast

Darren Aronofsky: ‘Keeping Audiences on the Edge of Their Seat Is Our Job, Especially in Today’s World’ – Toolkit Podcast
Ever since he was kid growing up in Brooklyn, Darren Aronofsky was drawn to alternative and polarizing forms of art. As a teenager, he would take the train into Greenwich Village to see underground films like “Liquid Sky” and “Clockwork Orange,” while falling in love with the cinema of directors like David Cronenberg.

“I think my tastes have always laid into those type of films, which are often polarizing and different, that’s just my taste,” said Aronofsky when he was guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “All these films that I guess were supposed to be cool, but they kind of got me excited and moved me in different ways.”

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All of Aronofsky’s films have been cut from this same cloth, to one degree or another, but none more so than his latest, “mother!,” which the director knew would strike particularly strong reactions.
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Jordan Peele Talks About His Worst Fear in Making ‘Get Out’ — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

Jordan Peele Talks About His Worst Fear in Making ‘Get Out’ — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast
Because “Get Out” has been so commercially and critically successful it may seem, in retrospect, obvious how a black man visiting his white girlfriend’s family in the suburbs would be the perfect premise for a horror film. But that doesn’t give nearly enough credit to the incredible balancing act writer/director Jordan Peele executed in avoiding the tremendous risks involved with making the film.

“The worst fear would be that people wouldn’t have fun,” said Peele while he was guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast. “It’s an entirely uncomfortable movie, a reminder of everything that is wrong with this country, but without the escape.”

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Right from the start, Peele knew he didn’t want to make a film about race that was comfortable. He wanted to make a film that captured what people of color experience daily,
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Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster
Echo,””The Orphanage,””Patrol Cars” and “Starve” are among the promising projects which will be presented at the 9th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’s industry village kicking off this weekend in the French Alps.

The Coproduction Village will showcase 21 European feature films in development which were selected from more than 220 applications received.

“Patrol Cars” from Stephan Komandarev, a critically-aclaimed Bulgarian director/producer/screenwriter, follows three teams of police officers patrolling the streets of a society losing all sense. Jeremy Zelnik, the head of industry at Les Arcs who works alongside Anna Ciennik, described the script as a “page-turner.”

Komandarev’s credits include “Posoki/Directions” which played at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard last year.

Rúnar Runarsson and Shahrbanoo Sadat, who last participated in Les Arcs’s industry village with “Sparrows” and “Wolf and Sheep,” respectively, will also be back with projects.

Runarsson will present “Echo,” an drama looking at Icelandic society. “Sparrow,” his second
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A Star Wars, Big Little Lies Crossover? Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Want It to Happen!

A Star Wars, Big Little Lies Crossover? Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Want It to Happen!
Reese Witherspoon wants Star Wars droid Bb-8 to be in season 2 of Big Little Lies — and her costar Laura Dern has a plan to make it happen.

On Thursday, Dern posted a video of herself giving a pep talk to her Star Wars: The Last Jedi costar Bb-8, who seemed to be nervous about appearing on Good Morning America.

“Honey, you don’t have to be nervous,” the 50-year-old actress told the adorable robot. “Just stay focused and have a great time Bb. You’re gonna be the best.”

“I love my guy!” she wrote alongside the video, which she shared on social media.
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