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Michael K. Williams has to buck an unfortunate trend to win his Emmy for ‘When They See Us’

Michael K. Williams has to buck an unfortunate trend to win his Emmy for ‘When They See Us’
Michael K. Williams received one of the eight acting Emmy nominations for “When They See Us,” in Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actor. It’s the actor’s third nomination in the category, making him one of six men to have nabbed at least three bids. But if Williams wants to win, he’ll have to pull off a rare feat because not many of them have converted their nominations into victories.

Williams joins Beau Bridges, John Gielgud, John Malkovich and Joe Mantegna as three-time Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actor nominees, while Brian Dennehy holds the category record with four bids. Only two of them have won here: Bridges, who is the category’s only two-time champ and Malkovich, who prevailed for “Death of a Salesman” in 1986.

See Michael K. Williams on why ‘When They See Us’ is so personal: ‘This could have easily been me’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

While
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Jeff Daniels, “Godless

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: In the history of the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series and TV Movie race, there are 37 actors with more than one nomination apiece, and only one who’s won more than once: Beau Bridges won in 1997 for “The Second Civil War” and in 1993 for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.”

Fun Fact: Maybe more is better? As limited series have been on the rise across television, this category has seen more winners from miniseries than TV Movies by a wide margin: Only one supporting actor this decade has won while representing a standalone movie — David Strathairn for HBO’s “Temple Grandin” — whereas five won for TV Movies in the decade prior. (More if you count two-part miniseries as movies.)

Notable Ineligible Series: Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies”; anyone from “American Crime Story
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Joe Dante’S 3D Ace In The Hole

Trailers From Hell readers, as well as all film fans in the Los Angeles area, are getting a special treat this coming Friday evening, when Joe Dante’s marvelous 2010 3D thriller The Hole screens at the Tcl Chinese Theaters.

The event marks the official launch of the new multimedia brand Untold Horror which, according to the project’s press release, “was conceived as a brand dedicated to answering the question that genre fans often ask: ‘Whatever happened to that movie?’ The documentary series will explore the tantalizing projects that were announced but died in development hell, uncover the compelling unannounced projects by our favorite artists that fans have never heard about, and discover just what it would take to bring some of them back to life.”

All of which makes The Hole a perfect jewel with which to introduce a project with such a trajectory, being itself a movie which was highly anticipated,
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Emmy favorite Beau Bridges (‘Homeland’) poised to earn 17th career nomination

Emmy favorite Beau Bridges (‘Homeland’) poised to earn 17th career nomination
Over his remarkable career on the small screen, Beau Bridges has garnered 16 Emmy Award nominations, including three wins. This year, with his recurring role on “Homeland,” Bridges is well-positioned to add a 17th nomination to his awards resume, this time in Best Guest Drama Actor.

Bridges, portraying Vice President Ralph Warner, appeared in four episodes of the Showtime series this season: “Andante”; “Clarity”; “All In”; and the season finale, “Paean to the People.” Warner, who is on unsteady terms with his boss, the increasingly unpopular President Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel), finds himself lobbied by Senator Sam Paley (Dylan Baker), an opponent of Keane’s, to help invoke the 25th Amendment to remove her from office. Warner indeed relieves a flabbergasted Keane of her duties but their antipathy, and Warner’s alliance with Paley, prove short-lived.

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Of Bridges’ performance in “Clarity,” Brian Tallerico of Vulture wrote,
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: HBO won this category eight out of nine years between 2003 and 2011. Since then, as the race has gotten more and more competitive, the premium cable network has only won twice in the last six years.

Fun Fact: Only one actor has won multiple times in this category: Beau Bridges, for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (in 1993) and “The Second Civil War” (in 1997).

Jeff Daniels is aiming to be a double nominee in 2018, as a lead actor in “The Looming Tower” and also in the supporting category for “Godless.” But in which category does the former winner have his best shot? On the one hand, “The Looming Tower” is getting quite the prestige push from Hulu, but “Godless” has proven to be popular and long-lasting. Fans are still buzzing over his one-armed
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Masters Of Horror Rewatch: Joe Dante’s “Homecoming”

We’re halfway through season 1 with one of my favorite directors and the most savagely political episode of the series.

Season 1, Episode 6: “Homecoming

Director: Joe Dante

Original Air Date: December 2nd, 2005

We horror fans adore Joe Dante, and we’re right to do so. His films are special: funny, subversive, self-referential, smart, and silly. He loves genre movies and his work reflects that, whether it’s the monster movie adoration of The Howling or the celebration of science fiction that is Innerspace and Explorers, or just the wonderful absurdity of The ’Burbs or Gremlins 2. But because he’s such a sweet and lovable guy, what we rarely talk about when it comes to Dante is his edge. There is a darkness to Dante’s work that can be cutting. I mean, this is the filmmaker who insisted Phoebe Cates’ Santa Clause monologue be included in Gremlins, and who bit
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Re-Animator

Re-Animator

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1985 / 1:85 / Street Date August 8, 2017

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton

Cinematography: Mac Ahlberg

Film Editor: Lee Percy

Written by Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli, William Norris

Produced by Brian Yuzna

Music: Richard Band

Directed by Stuart Gordon

Released in 1985, Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator remains the grandest of Grand Guignols, a viscerally entertaining comedy that is just grindhouse enough for fans of Blood Feast and arthouse enough for connoisseurs of Francis Bacon’s more grisly canvases.

Originally scripted for Chicago’s Organic Theater Company by Gordon and co-writers Dennis Paoli and William Norris, Re-Animator was based on H. P. Lovecraft’s short story, Herbert West – Re-Animator, first published in 1922. Set in the blandly generic college town of Arkham, Massachusetts, the action revolves in and around the classrooms of stately Miskatonic University’s medical school and the sterilized atmosphere of the academy’s dank morgue evoked so well by Mac Ahlberg’s lush cinematography.
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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: While HBO and FX have the most nominations in this category over the past six years, they each have won twice and both have lost twice (to PBS in 2014 and History in 2012).

Fun Fact: Beau Bridges is the only actor to win this category twice. He won for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (1993) and “The Second Civil War” (1997).

The consistently crowded supporting actor category is again stacked with contenders this year. HBO and FX are at it again with enough offerings to fill the field by themselves (which FX almost did in 2016, with five of the six slots). First up, FX has “Fargo” and “Feud” as top competitors. David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg are damn impressive in Season 3, while Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci are
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The Forgotten: Joe Dante's "The Second Civil War" (1997)

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The excellent retrospective of Joe Dante's subversive, eccentric cinema in New York at Bam this month includes all the expected classics, which can hardly be termed "forgotten"—"fondly remembered" would be more like it—but also some intriguing and more obscure pieces: The Film Orgy, a five-hour found footage riot; several items programmed by Dante, such as Anthony Mann's The Black Book (a.k.a. Reign of Terror) and Arthur Penn's existential art film Mickey One; and also some of Dante's TV work, much of which is far less well-known than it ought to be...Dante's episodes of cable show Masters of Horror are uniquely dark, savage affairs with strong political agendas—Homecoming (2005) was the first bit of American filmed drama to deal openly with the war in Iraq. The "serious comedy" of this all-out, take-no-prisoners assault on the Bush administration is anticipated by the
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘King of New York,’ Eisenstein, Joe Dante, Pialat & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

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Throw on your suede and pastels and prepare for the music-filled, light-streaked “Dim All the Lights: Disco and the Movies.”

Nicolas Roeg‘s Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches, plays on Saturday morning; a print of Abel Ferrara‘s King of New York screens throughout the weekend; Oscar Micheaux‘s Ten Minutes to Live shows this Sunday.
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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Quick Hits• Last Year's Winner: Bill Murray, "Olive Kitteridge" • Was It an Upset? No• Still Eligible? Not in this category.• Hot Streak: "American Horror Story" has four nominations in four years, but missed out on a nod in 2014. Denis O'Hare and Finn Wittrock were both nominated last year (presumably to make up for the previous omission). • Fun Fact: Over the years, there haven't been a lot of repeat contenders in this category. Beau Bridges has the most wins ever — with two ("The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" in 1993, which, obviously, we all desperately need to see, and "The Second Civil War" in '97), and only four people have scored more than two nominations in their lifetimes. "American Horror Story" is an absolute Emmys darling, but if there's any category where it might get overwhelmed — even after Ryan Murphy's first anthology series scored...
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The Second Civil War

Is satire obsolete? Our appalling present political reality has surpassed some of the wildest jokes in director Joe Dante's 'exaggerated, outrageous' 1997 cable movie. An immigration squabble snowballs until a renegade state governor closes his border and threatens to secede from the Union. It's a 'political idiocy' version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ... and nineteen years later, we're stuck living it. The Second Civil War DVD (2005) HBO Video 1997 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date August 30, 2005 / 14.98 Starring Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones, James Coburn, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Peña, Denis Leary, Ron Perlman, Kevin Dunn, Brian Keith, Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller, William Schallert, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Jerry Hardin, Roger Corman, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Alexandra Wilson, Belinda Belaski, Jennifer Carlson, Sean Lawlor. Cinematography Mac Ahlberg Film Editor Marshall Harvey Original Music Hummie Mann Written by Martyn Burke Produced by Guy Riedel Directed by Joe Dante
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Daily | Data, Poetry and a List

Following a list of some of the best recent American independent films, Girish Shambu offers notes on the work of Josephine Decker, Gina Telaroli, Khalik Allah, Jenni Olson, Amanda Rose Wilder, Joanna Arnow, Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley, Stephen Cone and Nathan Silver. Also in today's roundup: Jim Hemphill on Joe Dante's The Second Civil War, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild and Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day, an interview with Steven Soderbergh, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on All the President's Men, Simon Callow on Orson Welles and a podcast featuring Dennis Hauck (Too Late), Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs) and Gabriel Mascaro (Neon Bull). » - David Hudson
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Daily | Data, Poetry and a List

Following a list of some of the best recent American independent films, Girish Shambu offers notes on the work of Josephine Decker, Gina Telaroli, Khalik Allah, Jenni Olson, Amanda Rose Wilder, Joanna Arnow, Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley, Stephen Cone and Nathan Silver. Also in today's roundup: Jim Hemphill on Joe Dante's The Second Civil War, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild and Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day, an interview with Steven Soderbergh, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on All the President's Men, Simon Callow on Orson Welles and a podcast featuring Dennis Hauck (Too Late), Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs) and Gabriel Mascaro (Neon Bull). » - David Hudson
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Revisiting ‘The Second Civil War’

Over the years whenever I revisit this film at festivals or retrospectives I'm always amazed how prescient it was. The issues it deals with have never dated (unfortunately). It's usually just a matter of which ones are outstanding at the moment. And right now the tv images of Americans turning away buses full of immigrant children have their nearly exact counterpart in the movie, although there it's the military turning "the little ragheads" around. In Europe, where it was released theatrically, Tscw has a higher profile than it has in America, as it premiered on HBO and hasn't been revived in years. But it's worth checking out as a movie that can inspire discussion and debate about problems that just won't go away. - Joe Dante

The Second Civil War is available at Amazon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sMkleuRBQY

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Against the Grain: The Austrian Film Museum's "Joe Dante"

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Who could begrudge Joe Dante the honor of an anthology volume dedicated to his work? Here's a director who's never quite gotten his due despite a plethora of appreciative, dedicated fans. Serious American critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum and Dave Kehr, have stumped for him for decades, but it seems sadly unlikely that such a volume would come out in his home country. In fact, even the Austrian Film Museum press' previous subjects (e.g., Apichatpong, Karmakar, Denis, Assayas) merely emphasize how this looks, superficially at least, like a departure. As an object, of course, the book is beautiful like the other entries in the series.

The co-editors Nil Baskar and Gabe Klinger have brought together a nicely diverse set of accounts of Dante's work. Some are pieces of historicist criticism; others are textual readings of certain tropes or tensions in the movies themselves (e.g. Dušan Rebolj on “Dante's Agents,
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Remix: POTUSes — Movie Presidents of the United States

In a perfect video to watch on Election Day — or really any day for that matter — video mixologists Wreck & Salvage have put together an astounding compendium of clips of U.S. presidents from sci-fi flicks, comedies, drama, action movies and more. If you have trouble matching each Potus with each movie, below is a handy guide provided by W&S of the 51 films they’ve cribbed from.

The clips, of course, aren’t strung together willy-nilly. There’s a definite arc, flow and rhythm that provide a quasi narrative. Most movie presidents are there to deliver the “oh shit” news to the country — aliens are going to kill us all, an asteroid is going to kill us all, the economy’s in the toilet, all plant life is dying, etc. You know the “oh shit” news is coming when you hear the clichéd refrain, “Good evening, my fellow Americans.” (Actually,
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DVD Playhouse: September 2012

By Allen Gardner

Quadrophenia (Criterion) Franc Roddam’s 1979 film based on The Who’s classic rock opera tells the story of working class lad Jimmy (Phil Daniels) struggling to find his identity in a rapidly changing Britain, circa 1965. Jimmy is a “mod,” a youth movement dedicated to wearing snappy suits, driving Vespa motor scooters bedecked with side mirrors, popping amphetamines and obsessed with the new sound of bands like The Who and The Kinks. Their other pastime is engaging in bloody brawls with “rockers,” throwbacks to the 1950s, who listen to Elvis and Gene Vincent, wear leather biker gear, grease in their hair and drive massive motorcycles a la Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” Often cited as a worthy successor to “Rebel Without a Cause” as the greatest angry youth picture ever made, it is that and more, including a first cousin to the “kitchen sink” dramas of scribes John Osborne,
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PBS Cobbles Together a 5-Part Set on the Civil War

Considering how many programs PBS releases on DVD each month and of those how many are educational, their ability to produce anthology or box sets of related episodes from different series might be unparalleled. Proof of that comes in the form of their set America and the Civil War which blends episodes of Nova and The American Experience together into a 5-part collection that covers some very random topics that all fall under the larger umbrella of Civil War-era history.

While many of the classically important elements of your general American history class are touched upon, like Gettysburg and Reconstruction, the content also looks at more niche aspects of the war like ironside battleships and the all African-American regiment of Massachusetts. It’s eclectic, but it’s also quite captivating. The five features collected in the set are the standalone documentary Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue & Gray, The American Experience
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Video of the Day: A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliches

Cliché: a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel.

With Hollywood producing so many movies ever year, it is no surprise that they are often full of clichés. Jeff Smith created this montage under the Bottoms Up Productions label for acclaimed movie blog FilmDrunk.com, showing clips of some of the biggest movie clichés from a total of 102 films. The list of films are below the video. Enjoy!

“You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?” – A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliche from Jeff Smith on Vimeo.

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1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

2. Breaking and Entering (2006)

3. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

4. Annapolis (2006)

5. Daylight (1996)

6. Platoon (1986)

7. The Invincible Iron Man (2007)

8. Tooth Fairy (2010)

9. Hud (1963)

10. The General’s Daughter (1999)

11. Clockers (1995)

12. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

13. I Sell the Dead
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