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SAG 2019 Awards Full TV Nominations List: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Leads With Four

SAG 2019 Awards Full TV Nominations List: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Leads With Four
Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Awkwafina and “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox announced the SAG TV nominations Wednesday from West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center.

The SAG Awards annually honor the outstanding film and television performances from the previous calendar year. Uniquely awarding entire series ensembles, the award in recent years has been lauded for honoring a diverse crop of male and female actors. More than 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members vote on the awards, also making it one of the industry’s largest awards voting bodies. Morgan Freeman is the recipient of this year’s Life Achievement Award.

Find the film nominees here. Meanwhile, here are this year’s TV nominees:

Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Americans” (FX)

Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Ozark” (Netflix)

“The Is Us” (NBC)

Last Year’S Winner: “This Is Us” (NBC)

Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman,
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‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Lead SAG Awards 2019 Nominations

The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for the 25th SAG Awards today and specifically on the film side, broad, big hits and familiar names ruled the day.

A Star is Born” led all films with four nominations including Ensemble, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott). “BlacKkKlansman” took three nods including Best Actor (John David Washington), Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver) and Ensemble.

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Trailer: Dev Patel & Armie Hammer Try To Survive A Terrorist Attack

Dev Patel is coming off one of his most successful films to date, “Lion,” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. And it appears that his good luck will continue with the upcoming “Hotel Mumbai.”

In the first teaser for “Hotel Mumbai,” we are introduced to Patel’s character, a family man working at the prestigious Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. What starts as a normal day in Mumbai turns to chaos when a terrorist attack happens in the city, and the folks at the Taj are held hostage.

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2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards Full Film Nominations: ‘A Star Is Born’ Leads With Four

Awards season continues today with the announcement of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. While the reveal of these nominees has been proceeded by several critics group winners and the Golden Globe nominations, the SAG Awards are seen as a major precursor to the Oscars, as its voting body has the most overlap with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The nominees are selected by a random group of 2,500 SAG members, many of whom belong to the Academy.

Since numerous SAG members are also Academy members, the SAG Awards are notable for often matching nominations for the Oscars. Fifteen SAG nominees in 2018 went on to be nominated for acting Oscars, and SAG winners Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”), Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) all went on to win Academy Awards.

Last year’s SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture went to “Three Billboards,
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‘Black Panther’ Exclusive Featurette: Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman & More Discuss The Creation Of Wakanda

This year has been a fairly remarkable year for superhero films. “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” “Venom,” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” have all been well-received, quality films that show the genre is able to explore similar ideas but in completely different ways. Hell, even “Aquaman,” for all its craziness, is still a lot of fun.

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‘The Shining,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ and 23 More Titles Added to National Film Registry

The Library of Congress has announced the 25 films joining the National Film Registry in 2018. The most well-known titles in this year’s group include Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” and James L. Brooks’ “Broadcast News.” Films that make the cut have been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating, and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes, and dreams.”

With the 25 new additions, the National Film Registry now has a total of 750 titles. “Brokeback Mountain,” released in 2005, is the most recently released film to be added to the Registry this year.
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‘True Detective’ Season 3: New Trailer Digs Into the Romance Driving Mahershala Ali

‘True Detective’ Season 3: New Trailer Digs Into the Romance Driving Mahershala Ali
Women have been a sticking point for “True Detective” in past seasons, with critics accusing the show of casting female characters into one of a few, predictable camps.

But Season 3 is looking to correct a few past mistakes, including elevating the relevance and dynamism of its notable female lead Amelia Reardon, played by the great Carmen Ejogo. As an Arkansas schoolteacher connected to two children who go missing in the 1980, Reardon forms a relationship with Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) that gets mixed up with a mystery enveloping them both for decades to come.

Ejogo was last seen in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Roman J. Israel, Esquire,” and “Alien: Covenant,” but devout TV viewers made sure not to miss her remarkable turn in the second season of Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” A British actress who’s shown quite an exciting range already, it’s hard to imagine
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‘Dumplin’s’ Anne Fletcher On Dolly Parton, Self-Empowerment & Drag Queens [Podcast]

When you sit down and chat with director Anne Fletcher you immediately recognize the energy that fueled her first three box office hits, “Step Up,” “27 Dresses” and “The Proposal.” Her last two films didn’t quite work out, but now she’s back with “Dumplin’,” an independently financed dramedy that Netflix acquired and debuted on the service last weekend. And while critics have given it mixed reviews, it’s been completely embraced by fans of the service who had the film trending on twitter.

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‘Doctor Strange’ 2: Scott Derrickson Will Return To Direct

‘Doctor Strange’ 2: Scott Derrickson Will Return To Direct
Scott Derrickson will return to the world of the mystic arts. The director of “Sinister” (2012), and “Deliver Us From Evil” (2014), as well as the McU film “Doctor Strange” (2016) has been tapped by Marvel to return for the sequel. Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange as will Benedict Wong, who plays the Doctor’s right-hand mystical partner, Wong.

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Is Proof This Weird, Twisted Franchise Needs Its R-Rating

‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Is Proof This Weird, Twisted Franchise Needs Its R-Rating
The numbers should speak for themselves: over the course of just two films, the burgeoning “Deadpool” franchise has made Fox over $1.5 billion. It’s a cash cow! A strange, twisted, violent, weird cash cow that manages to exist both inside of and wholly removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men’s own convoluted cinematic canon. No other current superhero franchise is as invested in its own meta machinations, its own foul-mouthed digs at its place in the superhero world, or its adherence to violence that could only come with an R-rating.

And yet, apparently, a billion and a half bucks is just not enough. That’s why “Deadpool 2” has been edited down, chopped up, and stuck inside a strange (though not entirely unlikable) framing device, all the better to earn a PG-13 rating and get served right back up to an audience that presumably liked it just fine the first time around.
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Auctioning Off a Chance to Get Drawn Into an Episode — Watch

‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Auctioning Off a Chance to Get Drawn Into an Episode — Watch
Bojack Horseman” is a show that puts its audience through any number of emotions, but one lucky fan might just get the chance to have a day of bliss.

Partnering with the fundraising site Omaze, the show is auctioning off a chance to visit the studio where the acclaimed Netflix series is produced. To cap off the experience, the winner will get to sit in on a table read of the episode and be drawn by the show’s artists. From there, that person’s likeness will be worked into an upcoming episode.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Review: Netflix’s Best Comedy Series Continues to Deliver Smarts and Heart

This prize package, which also includes flight and hotel accommodations and the really good friend of their choosing, won’t go to the highest bidder. Like most comedy-themed Omaze drawings, interested participants can donate in tiers, raffle-style, to increase their
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In ‘Vox Lux’ & Spike Lee’s ’25th Hour,’ Real-World Tragedies Are Boldly Weaved Through Fictional Narratives [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I search for meaning in the thematic concerns of two surprisingly connected films from different times. We look at the new movie, “Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman and directed by actor turned serious auteur Brady Corbet, and compare it to my Hold Up of “25th Hour” by Spike Lee.

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Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote

Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote
Jonah Hill knows what it’s like to endure the long road of an awards season press tour (see his Oscar season runs with “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”), so consider him empathetic when it comes to Lady Gaga and her much scrutinized “A Star Is Born” journey. Gaga caught flack on the internet for repeatedly dropping a variation of the same “100 people in the room” line while promoting the film at festivals and during press interviews.

Gaga’s quote, “There can be one hundred people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you and you just need one to believe in you, and that was [Bradley Cooper],” became fodder for memes and compilation videos throughout the fall. While some people laughed at Gaga, others criticized her and wondered if her repetitive approach to interviews might ding her in the awards race for Best Actress. Hill doesn
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Superhero Movies Are Taking Over the Oscars, and That’s Good News for Everyone

Superhero Movies Are Taking Over the Oscars, and That’s Good News for Everyone
With a few notable exceptions (“The Dark Knight” in particular), superhero movies have never been a significant presence in the awards conversation. And you know what? That’s just fine. In a righteous world, nothing that grosses a billion dollars and serves as an 150-minute teaser for its own sequel would even be eligible for a trophy; to quote the immortal words of Donald Francis Draper: “That’s what the money is for.”

By and large, Academy voters have agreed with that wisdom, and Oscar season has become something of a safe haven from the Galactus-sized genre that’s devoured much of Hollywood in its maw. Recent years have produced a clear demarcation in discourse: From mid-February until Labor Day, it’s all spandex and Infinity Stones, as moviegoers on both sides of the aisle agree to put aside their differences and pretend that Bucky Barnes is an actual character,
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Variety’s Dual Top 10 Films Of 2018 Lists Feature Hot Takes & A Couple Of Headscratchers

If you’re a critic for a Hollywood trade like Variety, odds are you’re going to see just about every film that is going to be the in Best of 2018 conversation. And in consuming just the sheer amount of film content over the course of a year, you’re bound to come up with some interesting opinions. And this year, two critics for Variety, Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman definitely have some interesting opinions.

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SAG Awards Nomination Predictions: Black Panther, Vice, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The members of the Screen Actors Guild are a quirky bunch. The entire SAG-AFTRA organization has a pool of 129,000 or so members that is widdled down to 2,500 or so volunteers who vote for the annual SAG Awards as the “nominating committee.” Sometimes they come to screenings, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they watch screeners, sometimes they don’t. What we do know is they love Netflix. Really. In fact, it should be a constant theme when considering who will and who won’t be nominated for SAG honors this year.

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‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)

‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)
Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been urged to reach “outside the bubble.” As Donald Trump’s presidential victory made the deep divisions in this country painfully clear, the following years have only solidified the belief on both sides that half the country is completely unreachable. In the new documentary “Hillbilly,” filmmakers Ashley York and Sally Rubin posit that no group is more misunderstood than Appalachian Americans, a group that has either been totally neglected by the media or unjustly maligned with caricatures and stereotypes.

The official synopsis reads: “‘hillbilly’ goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American ‘hillbilly,’ and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, ‘hillbilly’ uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians,
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‘Bird Box’ Trailer: Sandra Bullock Protects Her Children From Creatures That Thrive On Fear

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is not the most prolific talent in Hollywood. Starring in only one other film in the last three years (this summer’s “Ocean’s 8”), it’s a rare treat for film fans to get a new film featuring Bullock. However, somewhat surprisingly, Netflix is about to unleash a new Sandra Bullock film, “Bird Box,” and this time, we find the actress tackling the horror/thriller genre.

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The 20 Best Action Movies Of 2018

Now it’s time to get our action yah-yahs out. 2018 is coming to a close so as is our usual wont to do, we’re running down many of the particulars of the year in cinema; Best Films, Posters, Trailers, Breakthrough Performances, and much more to come. Action is an art, but it’s not always artfully crafted, sometimes placing a premium on noise, loudness, chaos, and all the things Michael Bay values. But the best action sequences we always tend to love always put a focus on staging, crafty editing, tension, and orchestration.

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Watch: Blocking as Foreshadowing in Ridley Scott’s Alien

Although this video essay by Sareesh Sudhakaran is called “How Ridley Scott Covers a Dialogue Scene,” it more accurately investigates the ways in which Scott uses blocking and perspective to foreshadow the more sinister events of his 1979 mega-hit Alien. In breaking down the three scenes set inside the Nostromo’s dining area, Sudhakaran also draws attention to the more tradition applications of blocking, via its reinforcement of the shifting power dynamics amongst the crew. Check it out above.
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