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‘Game of Thrones’ is on the verge of becoming the biggest loser in this Emmy category

‘Game of Thrones’ is on the verge of becoming the biggest loser in this Emmy category
Game of Thrones” has a bunch of Emmy records to its name — most wins by a primetime series, most wins by a series in a single year, most nominations for a drama, most nominations for a drama in a single year, to name a few — but it might add another one in September that it, safe to say, definitely does not want: most Best Drama Supporting Actress nominations without a win.

Thanks to its quadruple bids for Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, “Thrones” has topped out at 12 nominations in this category, breaking down to five for Headey, three for Emilia Clarke (now in lead), two for Williams, and one each for Christie and Turner. That’s the second most nominations for a show in drama supporting actress behind “Hill Street Blues,” which bagged 13. But unlike “Hill Street Blues,” which won for Alfre Woodard and Betty Thomas,
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Charlie’s Angels & Full Throttle Come to 4K and Blu-ray in October

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With the new feature film reboot of the classic television series coming in November, Sony Home Entertainment is releasing the McG-directed films from 2000 and 2003. Both will contain a preview of the new film,w hich we have to say, looks like a lot of fun.

Charlie’S Angels (2000)

Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu star as the captivating crime-fighting trio who are masters of disguise, espionage and martial arts. When a devious mastermind embroils them in a plot to destroy individual privacy, the Angels, aided by their loyal sidekick Bosley (Bill Murray), set out to bring down the bad guys. But when a terrible secret is revealed, it makes the Angels targets for assassination.

Director: McG

Executive Producers: Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping, Joseph M. Caracciolo

Producers: Leonard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen

Written By: Ryan Rowe & Ed Solomon and John August

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu,
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Film News Roundup: AMC Theatres Launching Artisan Films for Non-Blockbusters

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, AMC starts Artisan Films, Gravitas buys “Boy Genius,” Nesta Cooper gets cast opposite Salma Hayek and Rebel Road launches P12 as a distributor.

Marketing Move

AMC Theatres is launching a new program, AMC Artisan Films, as a programming-marketing effort to put a spotlight on character and narrative driven movies as an alternative to blockbusters.

“Because AMC is the industry’s top choice for blockbuster movies, many consumers don’t realize that we play more elevated and celebrated films than anyone else in North America,” said Elizabeth Frank, executive vice president of worldwide programming. “With the launch of AMC Artisan Films, we aim to expose more movie-goers to specialized films and increase their theatrical success.”

Frank said AMC is seeking earlier runs in platform releases while holding films longer in the theater to give audiences time to learn about them from other customers.

The idea
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Thomas Schlamme Reelected as Directors Guild President

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Thomas Schlamme Reelected as Directors Guild President
The Directors Guild of America has reelected Thomas Schlamme as its president at the organization’s National Biennial Convention in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, as well as elected a new slate of officers and members of the board of directors.

“It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” Schlamme said. “It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. We’re in a time of immense change, and the next few years will be critical for the DGA and for our industry. I am focused and ready to lead us through our next negotiations, and to ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come. And I am fortunate that serving alongside me is a dedicated, experienced team of fellow officers elected to represent our members.”

Also Read: WGA Rejects 'Outrageous' Ata Proposal,
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Thomas Schlamme Elected for Second Term as DGA President

Thomas Schlamme Elected for Second Term as DGA President
Thomas Schlamme has been elected for a second term as the Directors Guild of America president. This will mark his second, two-year term, which is typically the extent of a DGA presidency.

On Saturday, during the guild’s convention at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles, Schlamme was selected by acclamation of 155 delegates, representing more than 18,000 members.

“It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” Schlamme said in a statement. “It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. We’re in a time of immense change, and the next few years will be critical for the DGA and for our industry. I am focused and ready to lead us through our next negotiations, and to ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come. And I am fortunate that serving alongside me is a dedicated,
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Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected DGA President

Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected DGA President
Thomas Schlamme was re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation today by the delegates to the guild’s biennial convention. The Emmy-winning West Wing director was first elected in 2017.

“It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” he said. “It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. We’re in a time of immense change, and the next few years will be critical for the DGA and for our industry. I am focused and ready to lead us through our next negotiations, and to ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come. And I am fortunate that serving alongside me is a dedicated, experienced team of fellow officers elected to represent our members.”

“It is my privilege and pleasure to nominate such a highly qualified candidate for president,
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Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected President of Directors Guild

  • Variety
Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected President of Directors Guild
Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term.

Schlamme was selected by the acclamation of 155 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. DGA presidents typically serve for two two-year terms, as did Schlamme’s predecessor Paris Barclay. The DGA represents more than 18,000 members.

“It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” said Schlamme. “It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. We’re in a time of immense change, and the next few years will be critical for the DGA and for our industry. I am focused and ready to lead us through our next negotiations, and to ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come. And I am fortunate that
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After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity

After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity
Studio heads tend to move around, but in the last 30 years, several have been closely linked to one brand. To this day, Sherry Lansing is Paramount, Ron Meyer is Universal. And until the announcement Wednesday, Amy Pascal was Sony. But now, the former chairman of Sony Motion Pictures is finally leaving Culver City, after 30 years, to continue building her own identity, at Universal.

Pascal rose through the ranks in Hollywood as what was once termed a “d-girl,” someone who developed scripts. She worked as a production executive alongside old chum Scott Rudin at Twentieth Century Fox before landing at Columbia in 1988, where she developed “Awakenings,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Little Women.” In 1994 she took on President of Production for Turner Pictures, then rejoined Columbia in 1996. Working closely with mentors Gareth Wigan, John Calley and finally, Michael Lynton, Pascal took over the chairman role in 2006.

She was known for promoting women filmmakers,
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After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity

After Three Decades at Sony, Amy Pascal Finds a New Home, and Perhaps, Identity
Studio heads tend to move around, but in the last 30 years, several have been closely linked to one brand. To this day, Sherry Lansing is Paramount, Ron Meyer is Universal. And until the announcement Wednesday, Amy Pascal was Sony. But now, the former chairman of Sony Motion Pictures is finally leaving Culver City, after 30 years, to continue building her own identity, at Universal.

Pascal rose through the ranks in Hollywood as what was once termed a “d-girl,” someone who developed scripts. She worked as a production executive alongside old chum Scott Rudin at Twentieth Century Fox before landing at Columbia in 1988, where she developed “Awakenings,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Little Women.” In 1994 she took on President of Production for Turner Pictures, then rejoined Columbia in 1996. Working closely with mentors Gareth Wigan, John Calley and finally, Michael Lynton, Pascal took over the chairman role in 2006.

She was known for promoting women filmmakers,
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Karen Lunder Promoted to President of Imagine Features

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Imagine Entertainment has promoted Karen Lunder to president of Imagine Features, the company’s chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced on Thursday.

In her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. Lunder joined Imagine in the film division in 2017 and most recently served as the company’s executive vice president of production, which she was promoted to last August.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Imagine and to be a part of such a powerhouse group of people,” Lunder said in a statement. “Imagine has long been an important home for filmmakers and talent and I’m thrilled to [be] working with Brian and Ron to expand on the ways these exceptional storytellers can bring their ideas to the screen.”

Also Read: Imagine Entertainment Launches Kids and Family Division, Stephanie Sperber to Lead

Lunder is currently overseeing production of “Hillbilly Elegy,
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation.

1. “Frozen” (2013)

Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Domestic gross: $400.7 million

2. “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Domestic gross: $285.3 million

3. “Shrek” (2001)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Domestic gross: $267.7 million

4. Brave” (2012”)

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Domestic gross: $237.3 million

5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $219.6 million

6. “Twilight” (2008)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Domestic gross: $192.8 million

7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Domestic gross: $183.8 million

8. “What Women Want” (2000)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Domestic gross: $182.8 million

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Domestic gross: $166.1 million

10. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011)

Director: Jennifer Yuh Helson

Domestic gross: $165.2 million

11. “The Proposal” (2009)

Director: Anne Fletcher

Domestic gross: $164 million

12. “Shark Tale” (2004)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

Domestic gross: $160.9 million

13. “Dr. Dolittle” (1998)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $144.2 million

14. “Mamma Mia!” (2008)

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Domestic gross: $144.1 million

15. “Deep Impact” (1998)

Director: Mimi Leder
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'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'

'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'
Kay Cannon is ticking off names, one finger at a time. "There's Amy Heckerling," she says, mentioning the Fast Times at Ridgemont High director, "and Tamra Davis ... Nora Ephron did at least one ... and the two women behind the Bridget Jones' movies, I can't remember their names." After some memory-jogging, both Betty Thomas (Private Parts) and Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl) are added to the list; so is Rough Night's Lucia Aniello and, thanks to Jumpin' Jack Flash, Penny Marshall. "You know, there's a pot-smoking scene in It's Complicated,
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Condé Nast Entertainment, Indigenous Media unveil six Project Her shorts

’We strongly believe that the future is female and Project Her is a platform to make women’s voices heard.’

Condé Nast Entertainment (Cne) and Indigenous Media have released six short films by female filmmakers under the auspices of the digital video incubator series Project Her.

Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Kasi Lemmons (Eves Bayou), Betty Thomas (Private Parts), and Sarah Treem (The Affair) served as mentors.

The Project Her selections are: 1930s-set mystery drama Beauty; supernatural thriller Black Night (pictured) by Jordan Trippeer; relationship drama Good Eggs by Maria Burton; prison drama The Row by Philiane Phang
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Shorts From Project Her Incubator Program Unveiled

You can watch “Beauty” and the other shorts now.

A Snugglr and a prison guard are just a couple of the characters tackled by newly released shorts from Conde Nast Entertainment and Indigenous Media’s Project Her incubator program. Designed with the goal of bridging the gap in opportunities for women directors on the small and big screens, the initiative connected female filmmakers at various stages in their careers with experienced industry mentors. The Hollywood Reporter announced the arrival of the shorts.

The six films include Joyce Sherri’s “Beauty,” a 1930s-set story about a black woman with mysterious abilities, Georgia Bernstein and Cemre Paksoy’s “Snugglr,” a portrait of a professional Snugglr who supports lonely clients in Chicago, and Philiane Phang’s “The Row,” an exploration of how a prison guard is affected by an inmate’s death sentence.

Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”), Sarah Treem
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Paramount Dedicates Building to Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner

Arzner: IMDb

With 20 feature credits to her name, Dorothy Arzner is the most prolific female director of all time. History has neglected to give the trailblazing filmmaker her due, but Paramount recently honored the late talent. The studio has dedicated its Dressing Room building on Melrose Ave to Arzner. “Paramount reserves this honor for the most respected of its industry professionals, and Arzner is in excellent company on the lot with other edifices named after such female legends as Lucille Ball, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Head, Sherry Lansing, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West,” Deadline reports.

Born in 1897, Arzner decided to pursue a career in the business after visiting a film studio. “I remember making the observation, ‘If one was going to be in this movie business, one should be a director, because he was the one who told everyone else what to do,” she recounted.
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2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) will be fifth female comedy winner

2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) will be fifth female comedy winner
More marvelous news for Amy Sherman-Palladino: The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” creator is the odds-on favorite to win the Director Guilds Award Saturday for comedy directing, according to our predictions. If she does triumph, she’ll be the fifth woman — all in the last six years — to win that honor.

Sherman-Palladino, who’s up for helming the pilot, has 5/6 combined User, Expert and Editors odds. She’s just ahead of Melina Matsoukas (21/10 odds), who’s contending for “Thanksgiving” from “Master of None.” Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Chicklet” from “Veep”) is third with 11/1 odds, followed by Aziz Ansari (“The Thief” from “Master of None) with 20/1 odds and Mike Judge (“Server Error” from “Silicon Valley”) with 80/1 odds.

See 2018 DGA nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ leads with 3, ‘Master of None’ has 2

McCarthy-Miller is one of the previous female winners in this category; she prevailed for her work on the “30 Rock” series finale “Hogcock!”/”Last Lunch” four years ago.
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation. 1. “Frozen” (2013) Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck Domestic gross: $400.7 million 2. “Wonder Woman” (2017) Director: Patty Jenkins Domestic gross: $285.3 million 3. “Shrek” (2001) Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson Domestic gross: $267.7 million 4. Brave” (2012”) Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Domestic gross: $237.3 million 5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009) Director: Betty Thomas Domestic gross: $219.6 million 6. “Twilight” (2008) Director: Catherine Hardwicke Domestic gross: $192.8 million 7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) Director: Elizabeth Banks Domestic gross: $183.8 million 8. “What Women Want” (2000) Director: Nancy Meyers Domestic gross: $182.8 million 9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Domestic gross: $166.1 million 10. “Kung...
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Slideshow, Audio: Red-Carpet Portraits from The Second City Roast of George Wendt

Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextHonoree George Wendt gets ‘roasted.’ Norm!

Chicago – On September 9th, 2017, it seemed like the whole of The Second City theater on Wells Street in Chicago let out a collective cry of “Norm!” The favorite barfly of TV’s “Cheers,” George Wendt, came back to his old comedy stomping ground at The Second City to participate in “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.”

The roasters included the hottest current TV and movie stars, including Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”), along with The Second City alumni and celebs Julia Sweeney, Betty Thomas and Joel Murray. The roast was a benefit for Gilda’s Club Chicago, the cancer support community named for the late comic legend, Gilda Radner.

In Part One of the Red Carpet interviews, honoree George Wendt does some reminiscing with Jason Sudeikis,
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Mike Myers Exits ‘Del’, Biopic About His Second City Mentor, As Financing Collapses

Del, the biopic about Second City’s Del Close in which alum Mike Myers was to set star, is on hold due to financing for the film falling apart. Myers has exited the pic, and producers now will regroup and recast the lead as they figure out their next moves. But the film will not go forward this year. It is known that John Malkovich had shown interest in playing Close, the feared taskmaster of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe whose alumni also include Betty Thomas (who…
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Thomas Schlamme Elected New DGA President

Thomas Schlamme Elected New DGA President
Thomas Schlamme has been elected the new president of the Directors Guild of America.

Read More: Women And Minorities Continue To Be Overlooked For First-Time TV Directing According To DGA Study

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and industry,” Schlamme said. “We have a more than 80-year foundation of leadership. Our strength comes from our solidarity and our ability to anticipate the future,” he added. “Regardless of what lies ahead, I’m optimistic that our approach assures we are well prepared to protect our creative and economic rights. I am committed to representing the entire membership, and optimistic about tackling the world of tomorrow together.”

Read More: Directors Guild Of America Names 80 Best Films, But Only One Is Directed By A Woman

Schlamme has been on the DGA
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