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Michelle Radow (‘Sharp Objects’ makeup designer) on capturing the ‘sweaty’ tension of Southern Gothic mystery [Exclusive Video Interview]

Makeup artist Michelle Radow felt that in the world of “Sharp Objects,” “everyone should be sweaty and always look uncomfortable” under the hot southern sun. The small Missouri town where most of the action is set “was a bit of a depressing place, a little bit behind the times. I wanted you to feel that in these characters.” Emmy voters could certainly feel it: they’ve nominated her for Best Makeup. Watch our exclusive video interview with Radow above.

See Patricia Clarkson interview: ‘Sharp Objects

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies“), this HBO limited series centers on Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder. While there, she must confront the psychological demons from her past, many of which were inflicted by her domineering mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson). Radow designed the individual looks for every character except for Camille (Adams
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Hiking Adventure ‘The Trail’ Gets Movie Treatment at Imagine (Exclusive)

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Hiking Adventure ‘The Trail’ Gets Movie Treatment at Imagine (Exclusive)
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine is teaming with Scholastic Entertainment for a feature adaptation of Meika Hashimoto’s adventure novel “The Trail.”

The movie project is being developed through the eight-month-old Imagine Kids+Family division. Quinn Emmett will write the script.

Imagine Kids+Family president Stephanie Sperber, Scholastic Entertainment president Iole Lucchese and Caitlin Friedman will serve as producers. Katie Donahoe and Will Davis will serve as creative executives on the project for Imagine.

The Trail” follows a 12-year-old reeling from the loss of his best friend who decides to finish their bucket list without his family’s knowledge. That includes hiking the last 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail through Maine, one of its most challenging legs, where he learns how to survive, dodging bears and outrunning hunger, while finding a community of like-minded hikers.

“The Trail came up as a book that perfectly fit the kind of
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Elizabeth Perkins To Star In Fox’s ‘A Moody Christmas’ Holiday Event Comedy Series

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Elizabeth Perkins To Star In Fox’s ‘A Moody Christmas’ Holiday Event Comedy Series
Exclusive: Elizabeth Perkins is set to star opposite Denis Leary in A Moody Christmas, Fox’s half-hour holiday event series adaptation of the Australian series. Slated to air in December, the single-camera comedy series hails from CBS TV Studios, which will co-produce with Fox Entertainment.

Written by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill, the six-episode A Moody Christmas centers on the Moodys, including Sean Sr. (Leary), his wife Ann (Perkins), their three grown children and an assorted mix of extended family members who gather for the holidays, with each packing his/her own eccentricities and complications.

Perkins’ Ann is the matriarch of the Moodys, a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional, family of five, all of whom return home to Chicago for the holidays, hiding secrets from one another.

“I can think of no better foil for Denis Leary than Elizabeth,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “She’s got
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Disney Reportedly Ignored ‘Dark Phoenix’ After Fox Merger and Fired Its Marketing Team

Disney Reportedly Ignored ‘Dark Phoenix’ After Fox Merger and Fired Its Marketing Team
After grossing around $65 million at the U.S. box office, “Dark Phoenix” is bound to go down as one of the biggest flops of 2019. Not only did “Dark Phoenix” fail to outgross, in its entire run, the opening weekends of seven previous “X-Men” movies, but the movie’s performance was such a disappointment that Disney CEO Bob Iger credited it as the primary reason the studio lost $170 million in the second quarter of the year. A new report from Variety reveals the box office flops of “Dark Phoenix” and other Fox films acquired by Disney after the $71.3 billion merger has caused Disney to completely retool the upcoming Fox slate.

One of the most revealing tidbits comes from rival studio executives, who told Variety that Disney cut at least $50 million worth from Fox marketing and development. While “Dark Phoenix” did not get support from critics (IndieWire’s senior film critic David
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Behind the Embattled Mother-Daughter Dynamic That Pushed Emmy Nominees Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson to New Depths

The story of the HBO limited series Sharp Objects ostensibly follows troubled journalist Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) as she investigates a string of murders in her small hometown. But underneath, it's really a story about the complicated family dynamics between Camille; her mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson); and Camille's half-sister and Adora's youngest daughter, the teenage Amma (Eliza Scanlen).

As the Emmy-nominated series progresses — Sharp Objects is up for outstanding limited series, while Adams and Clarkson are nominated in the lead and supporting actress categories, respectively — more about their troubled family past emerges, revealing some emotional ...
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Here’s why we could be underestimating Amy Adams at the Emmys

Here’s why we could be underestimating Amy Adams at the Emmys
Amy Adams has gone 0 for 6 at the Academy Awards, but she could rake in some hardware at another industry awards show: the Emmys. She received two nominations for “Sharp Objects,” Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress and Best Limited Series as an executive producer. In the former category, she ranks third in our combined Emmy odds, trailing Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”) and Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”), but ahead of Niecy Nash (“When They See Us”), Joey King (“The Act”) and Aunjanue Ellis (“When They See Us”). However, could we be underestimating Adams?

On the show, which ran from July to August last year, she played Camille Preaker, a troubled journalist who returns to her hometown of Wind Gap to investigate and report on two mysterious murders. After suffering a traumatic childhood at the hands of her cruel mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), her feeling of worthlessness swiftly developed into self-hatred, sending
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The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

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Netflix has built up such an extensive library that it’s not too hard to find a movie to suit your mood. Want to watch a raunchy comedy like “Caddyshack” or sci-fi thriller like “Snowpierecer”? It’s got those. If you’re in the mood for a best picture-winner, you can stream “Schindler’s List” and “No Country for Old Men.” There’s films for kids with “Hercules” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and films that are definitely not for kids like “Taxi Driver” and “A Clockwork Orange.”

Great directors made the cut, such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuaron, Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Kaufman and Bong Joon-Ho. There’s also adaptations of great authors, such as Anthony Burgess, James Dickey, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and Cormac McCarthy.

With summer coming to a close, the streaming platform affords you the opportunity from the comfort of
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Amanda Seyfried Turned Down Playing Gamora In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Gamora is one of the McU’s most popular leading ladies, with Thanos’ rebellious daughter becoming a firm fan favorite thanks to Zoe Saldana’s great performance in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies. Things could have been different, though, if Amanda Seyfried was more inclined to grab the part back in the day.

The Mamma Mia star was asked by MTV International if she’d ever consider doing a superhero film, to which the actress responded that she’s turned one down in the past. Seyfried didn’t mention the movie by name, but Marvel fans will instantly work out who she’s talking about thanks to her mention of having to be greened up for the role. In fact, it seems the heavy make-up involved was part of the reason she said no.

“I turned down [a superhero movie] once and they haven’t called back since. And it was a big’un.
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It’s Time for the Emmys to Eliminate Gender-Specific Acting Categories (Column)

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As TV and storytelling continue to evolve, does it still make sense to silo male and female performers into separate Emmy categories? Splitting up “outstanding actor” and “outstanding actress” awards as if they’re different skill sets seems like an outdated practice — yet combining them, and eliminating half of the key acting Emmys in the process, would likely be a nonstarter in a business hungry for more, rather than fewer, accolades.

But there’s plenty of precedence for ending the gender divide. The Television Critics Assn., which revealed its 2019 award winners last weekend, already combines its acting categories into just two: individual achievement in drama and individual achievement in comedy.

And the conversation about whether gender-inclusive categories still make sense kicked into high gear in 2017, when MTV undertook several major revamps to its movie awards show. Most noticeably, the cable network added TV to the mix, turning it into the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
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Natalie Portman Astronaut Pic ‘Lucy In The Sky’ To Blast Off This Fall

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Fox Searchlight has set October 4 for the limited release of Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky, which stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut who returns from space.

With Lucy‘s new date, Disney officially is still keeping the wide release for Fox’s Joe Wright-directed Amy Adams feature The Woman in the Window on the same date. That pic is going back for reshoots, with the studio to assess whether it gets moved or not.

In Lucy in the Sky, Portman’s astronaut returns to Earth to learn that her boyfriend (Jon Hamm) is having an affair with an astronaut trainee. She bottoms out and desperately tries to correct all that is wrong. Also starring are Dan Stevens, Ellen Burstyn and Zazie Beetz. No word yet if Lucy will hit Telluride or Tiff.

Hawley, Brian C. Brown and Elliott Diguiseppi wrote the script, which is inspired by real-life Nasa Captain Lisa Nowak.
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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Set to Become Another Flop in Fox’s Rough Box Office Year

  • The Wrap
Despite driving the lion’s share of overall 2019 box office revenue, Disney saw a big stock drop and faced questions over what it’s going to do with its newest acquisition, 20th Century Fox, after it reported a $170 million loss in its latest earnings call.

And as the assimilated studio’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” prepares to enter theaters, the film’s box office outlook shows that Fox will continue to remain in the red for Disney at least for the next few months.

With lukewarm reviews and poor audience tracking, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is projected for an opening of less than $10 million this weekend, making it the third out of six films released by Fox this year to open below that mark. And overall, Fox’s 2019 domestic gross to date — $259 million — is down 65% compared to this point in 2018.

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All she does is win: Patricia Clarkson has never lost an Emmy and looks strong to keep it that way with ‘Sharp Objects’

All she does is win: Patricia Clarkson has never lost an Emmy and looks strong to keep it that way with ‘Sharp Objects’
Beyonce is in the Emmy race for “Homecoming,” but it’s Patricia Clarkson who could end up being ***Flawless. The “Sharp Objects” star is the early favorite in our odds to claim the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress prize, which would give her a pristine 3-for-3 Emmy record.

Clarkson has never lost an Emmy race, nabbing two Best Drama Guest Actress statuettes in 2002 and ’06 for “Six Feet Under.” The dual victories made her one of five women to have won that category a record two times, alongside Shirley Knight, Margo Martindale, Amanda Plummer and Alfre Woodward. Clarkson and Martindale, who went back to back in 2015-16 for “The Americans,” are the only ones to win multiple times for playing the same character on the same show.

After winning the catch-all supporting Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Award in January, Clarkson was the top choice in our nomination
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Emmys 2019: Hollywood’s Heavy-Hitters Duke it Out in Limited Series Acting

As final voting grows near for the 2019 Emmy Awards, it’s the perfect time to examine some races that seem far from clear cut. Netflix’s “When They See Us” makes a strong showing across most of the categories honoring acting in a limited series or movie, while other series’ hopes ride on one or two bedrock performances, including Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal,” which missed out on an overall limited series nomination, but offers two strong contenders in Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.

This week IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers fills in for an absent Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson and joins TV Awards Editor Libby Hill for our “Screen Talk: Emmy Edition” podcast in dissecting the minutiae of the limited series acting categories, where lesser known actors are going head to head with Hollywood heavy hitters. Their analysis also includes a lengthy argument over whether or not Emmy voters care what Oscar voters think,
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Lindsey Leavitt’s Novel ‘Going Vintage’ Getting Movie Treatment at Imagine (Exclusive)

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Lindsey Leavitt’s Novel ‘Going Vintage’ Getting Movie Treatment at Imagine (Exclusive)
After a competitive bid negotiation, recently launched Imagine Kids & Family has won the film adaptation rights to Lindsay Leavitt’s romantic comedy novel “Going Vintage.”

Kara Holden, whose credits include “Carrie Pilby” and “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” will pen the adaptation. The film will be produced by Imagine Kids+Family President Stephanie Sperber, alongside 2 Friends Entertainment’s Nancy Steingard and Wendy Moss-Klein.

The book, published in 2013, follows a 16-year old who discovers that her “perfect” boyfriend is cheating on her with an online girlfriend. When their ugly breakup goes viral, she not only swears off boys but modern technology altogether. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, she decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time to fulfill her grandmother’s teenage bucket list, but modern day problems have her questioning whether there has ever been a “simpler time.”

“I fell
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Disney Loses $170 Million Over ‘Dark Phoenix’ Box Office Bomb and Other Fox Titles

Disney may be the king of the 2019 box office with the year’s four biggest grossers so far, but that couldn’t stop the Mouse House from posting financial declines in the second quarter. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed on an August 6 investors call that the company lost $170 million last quarter because of the titles it inherited from the 20th Century Fox merger (via Variety). Iger blamed a large part of the financial loss on the performance of “Dark Phoenix,” the final Fox-produced “X-Men” movie that flopped at the box office in June.

“The Fox studio performance was well below where it had been and well below where we’d hoped it would be when we made the acquisition,” Iger told investors. The CEO then announced that Disney co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman would be working with Fox executive Emma Watts to “consolidate and to cut back on
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Disney reconfigures Fox pipeline with eye on streaming future

Main Fox slate to be stripped down and redirected; Fox Searchlight to continue.

Months after Disney closed the $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox and began culling Fox executives, the broader strategy has come into focus as chief Bob Iger is abandoning much of the Fox development slate and retooling the studio’s output largely as a feeder for Disney+ and Hulu, with the exception of several renowned franchises.

The Disney chairman and CEO delivered the news to analysts on a third quarter earnings call after he cited a Fox operating loss of $170m for the quarter,
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Disney Flushes Fox Film Development, ‘Redirects’ Strategy After Big Q3 Loss

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Disney has confirmed that big changes are coming to the Fox film division, including word that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is inheriting Fox’s comic book heroes like the X-Men franchise.

Disney is also axing the majority of the existing Fox film development slate and refocusing output, after the studio posted a $170 million operating loss in Disney’s fiscal third quarter.

Disney CEO Bob Iger told Wall Street analysts on Tuesday during Disney’s quarterly earnings call that the Fox’s superhero titles would move forward under the stewardship of Feige. In addition, the company’s streaming platform Disney Plus will get four big brands from Fox to adapt as straight-to-service content. Those include the Macaulay Culkin holiday franchise “Home Alone,” the historical action romp “Night at the Museum,” the family comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen” and the live-action “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

It’s likely not
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10th Anniversary: Julie & Julia is an 'Over & Over'

by Ginny O'Keefe

Bonjour! It’s now been 10 years since Amy Adams (with a bad wig) and Meryl Streep (with platforms to make her look 6’2”) starred as the title characters in the delicious Nora Ephron film, Julie and Julia. The film follows New Yorker Julie Powell in 2002, challenging herself to make every recipe in Julia Child’s famous cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” while simultaneously chronicling Child’s start of her cooking profession in 1950’s France. I saw this film for the first time in theatres when it premiered back in August 2009 and thank God I had a large popcorn and Buncha Crunch by my side because otherwise I would’ve died of starvation.

Without a doubt, this is my favorite food film ever. It lets a legend and a regular person share the spotlight while paralleling each other through their obsession and love of good French food.
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TCA Awards: Fleabag Dominates With 3 Trophies; Better Call Saul, Russian Doll, Michelle Williams Also Snag Major Wins

TCA Awards: Fleabag Dominates With 3 Trophies; Better Call Saul, Russian Doll, Michelle Williams Also Snag Major Wins
Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s global takeover continued in earnest late Saturday, with the Brit auteur’s tragicomic Amazon series Fleabag dominating the 2019 Television Critics Association Awards with three trophies, including best comedy series, best comedic performer (for Waller-Bridge) and the coveted Program of the Year. Waller-Bridge, who in addition to being Fleabag‘s titular star also is the show’s creator/writer/Ep, was on hand for the non-televised ceremony, which was hosted by Desus & Mero. (Could a Fleabag Emmy sweep be next?)

Waller-Bridge has previously stated that Fleabag‘s now-TCA award winning second season would serve as the series’ swan song.
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Daveed Diggs & Wyatt Russell Join ‘The Good Lord Bird’ For Showtime – TCA

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Daveed Diggs & Wyatt Russell Join ‘The Good Lord Bird’ For Showtime – TCA
Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49) are for key roles opposite Ethan Hawke in Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird based on James McBride’s novel, from Blumhouse Television. The eight-part limited event series will premiere on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10 Pm ET/PT.

The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel), a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of Brown’s motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.

Diggs will play Frederick Douglass, the well-known orator and leader of the abolitionist movement and Union Civil War effort. Douglass works with Brown and encourages the raid on Harpers Ferry,
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