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Female-Driven WWII Spy Thriller in the Works From 'Equity,' 'Queen of Katwe' Producers (Exclusive)

Female-Driven WWII Spy Thriller in the Works From 'Equity,' 'Queen of Katwe' Producers (Exclusive)
The story of Vera Atkins is headed to the screen.

The spy recruiter is at the heart of a new female-driven World War II spy thriller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Sarah Megan Thomas — who created, produced and starred in the story of last year's Wall Street thriller Equity — wrote the project's script and will produce the real-life drama with Lydia Dean Pilcher, who will direct. Casting is currently underway, and principal photography is set to begin in the spring.

Based on true events, the as-yet untitled pic tells the story of Atkins, known for recruiting, training...
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Producers Guild Awards 2018 Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘Chasing Coral,’ More

Brace yourself, because there’s only five weeks and change left until the year is out, which means the awards season is going into high gear. Guilds and critics groups are going hard in the weeks ahead, and out of the gate tonight is the Producers Guild of America with their nominees for Best Documentary.

Seven films are going into battle, with HBO and Netflix commanding the race with two films each.

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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars

Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars
With a wide field of potential contenders, the Producers Guild of America made some surprise picks and snubs for its seven nominees for Best Feature Documentary on Monday. The films nominated for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures are listed below in alphabetical order:

Chasing Coral” (Jeff Orlowski, Netflix)

City of Ghosts” (Mattew Heineman, Amazon)

Cries from Syria” (Evgeny Afineevsky, HBO)

Earth: One Amazing Day” (Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, BBC Earth)

Jane” (Brett Morgen, NatGeo)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” (Joe Piscatella, Netflix)

“The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (John Maggio, HBO)

Among the lauded documentaries left off the 2017 PGA nominations were Cannes documentary winner “Faces Places,” directed by Agnes Varda and Jr, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of Brooklyn Hassidim, “One of Us,” and popular Turkish cat documentary “Kedi.”

While the PGA’s feature nominees often align with Oscar contenders,
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‘Darkest Hour’: How Cinematography Brought Winston Churchill’s Torrent of Words to Life

‘Darkest Hour’: How Cinematography Brought Winston Churchill’s Torrent of Words to Life
In “Darkest Hour,” director Joe Wright and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) devised a striking visual strategy to underscore Gary Oldman’s Oscar buzzy performance as Winston Churchill. During his pivotal ascension as prime minister of Great Britain in 1940, they continually had him coming out of darkness to confront his self-doubt. This ultimately made him a stronger, more popular leader in confronting Hitler and Nazism.

“He’s a very strange character who tried to hide himself in the beginning,” said Delbonnel. “It was always this idea of his going from darkness to light, darkness to light, every time. The first time we see him, he’s lit by his cigar and his butler opens the shade in his room to let the light in.”

Originally, the plan was to contrast exterior sunshine with interior darkness, since London experienced a beautiful spring in 1940. But with the production shooting in winter,
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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend
Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman.
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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic

Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic
Four years ago, Oscar-nominated “The Theory of Everything” screenwriter Anthony McCarten sat down for a pint with an old chum in a country pub. What next? his friend asked. McCarten threw out a few ideas — no response. What else do you have?

Well, there was one that was really intimidating, McCarten said, about Winston Churchill. His friend replied, “Do that one. We need a portrait of leadership.”

That was before Brexit, before Trump, so it seems incredibly prescient. But really, when have we not needed leadership? “We’re living in extraordinary times, all the time,” McCarten said. “The issues that assail us are perennial. They haven’t changed since the Greeks picked up a pen.”

A hit at the fall festivals (Metascore: 72), “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features, November 22) is poised to deliver Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar as Winston Churchill. But as a World War II talky companion piece to silent action epic “Dunkirk,
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Armie Hammer Is Already A Winner On The ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Tour [Interview]

Armie Hammer is searching the eighth floor of the Beverly Wilshire hotel looking for his publicist. He’s wearing a sharp pseudo-Hawaiian inspired print shirt that screams Ted Baker (even if it isn’t) with a sleek cut cut blue blazer and pants. Following our interview I’d told him the shirt was great while omitting the fact I have a thing for flowered print t-shirts. His publicist, on the other hand, thinks Hammer’s ensemble is a mistake.

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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment By Eight Women, Apologizes for Acting ‘Insensitively’

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment By Eight Women, Apologizes for Acting ‘Insensitively’
Update (November 20): CBS and PBS have suspended Charlie Rose following the multiple sexual harassment allegations. Rose hosts “Charlie Rose” on PBS and is a co-anchor on “CBS This Morning” and a contributing correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Earlier: Eight women have accused talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose of sexual harassment in a new report from The Washington Post. The accusations say Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward all eight women, which includes walking around naked in their presence, having lewd phone calls with them in which he shares sexual fantasies, and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

Read More:Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

According to The Post, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the times of the alleged encounters. They were all employees or aspired to work on “Charlie Rose” from the late 1990s to 2011. Three
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Seth Meyers To Host 2018 Golden Globe Awards

The post-Harvey Weinstein world is going to give awards season hosts a lot of fodder to dive into, and you can bet this year’s Golden Globes is going to have some choice ammunition coming from the stage.

The man behind the desk of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” will stand up and take the mic at the 2018 Golden Globes, with a deal coming into place.

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry
In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely,
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Damon Lindelof Talks ‘Watchmen’ & Why “What We Think About Superheroes Is Wrong”

Credit to Damon Lindelof, he’s not afraid to take a risk. Everyone still argues about the merits (or lack thereof) when it comes to “Lost,” and the writer put his pen to the very contentious “Prometheus.” Still, that didn’t stop him from tackling “The Leftovers,” which finished its three season run this year in such spectacular fashion, and is already going down as one of the all time, small screen greats.

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‘The Magicians’ Season 3 Trailer Shows an Imaginative and Dangerous Overseas Adventure

‘The Magicians’ Season 3 Trailer Shows an Imaginative and Dangerous Overseas Adventure
Syfy’s “The Magicians” released its Season 3 trailer, and surprisingly enough there’s little to no magic involved. Instead, the quest to restore magic to the world is officially on after the new Kings and Queens of Fillory failed to protect the kingdom last season. Protagonists Quentin, Eliot, Alice, and Margo will fight to bring the magic back, and it looks like they’ll go to any length to do so.

The series is based on the trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Rick Worthy. For Season 3, the series has also added fan-favorite actress Felicia Day. The characters have to work together now more than ever before in order to find the seven keys to balance magic throughout the realm.

Read More:‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

Along with new recruit Felicia Day,
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Lizzy Caplan Joins ‘Gambit’ With Channing Tatum

Honestly, with so many delays and directors bouncing in and out, we figured “Gambit” was one of those superhero projects that would be talked to death, but never get made. Guess we’re wrong. The solo movie is casting up and the forever attached Channing Tatum now has a co-star.

Lizzy Caplan (“Masters Of Sex,” “Ill Behaviour,” “Now You See Me 2“) has signed up for the female lead role.

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‘Baltimore Rising’ is a Vital Portrait of Activism, Anger, and a City’s Search for Justice and Healing

‘Baltimore Rising’ is a Vital Portrait of Activism, Anger, and a City’s Search for Justice and Healing
The death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015, will likely be the subject of many future documentaries. When detailing Gray’s arrest at the hands of Baltimore police officers, and the spinal cord injuries that led to his passing a week later, many of these films will probably include the harrowing cell phone footage of Gray’s arrest that appears early on in “Baltimore Rising,” the new HBO documentary from actress Sonja Sohn.

For the rest of its 93-minute runtime, “Baltimore Rising” uses Gray’s treatment to examine the fabric of the city in the year that followed. Through highlighting activists young and old, as well as providing perspective from inside the law enforcement community, Sohn presents a view of Baltimore that has its share of division — but is made up of individuals trying to find healing in their own way.

Read More:‘Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Doc Shows the Birth
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Start Franchise Dreaming Again: Sony Considering Buying Fox

For a very brief moment earlier this month, nerds got a chance to dream of a world where Disney bought 20th Century Fox and brought the “X-Men, “Alien,” and “Avatar” franchises under the same roof as Marvel and Lucasfilm. Those talks came to an end after reports emerged, but the bottom line is that Fox is looking to sell.

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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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‘Punisher’ Showrunner Steven Lightfoot Talks Taking The Hand Of Violence & Not Letting Go

Marvel’s “The Punisher” might be set within the New York universe that features Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, but it has almost nothing to do with superheroes themselves. You don’t need to have binge-watched this new Netflix series this weekend in its entirety to know – the fact is evident from minute one. The Punisher is a ruthless vigilante, with a code of honor, albeit a very distorted one.

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Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion

Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion
No matter how many times she does it, Lena Dunham doesn’t seem to get any better at apologizing. The “Girls” co-creator and “Tiny Furniture” filmmaker has doled out multiple public atonements over the last decade, with verbal missteps ranging from wishing she’d had an abortion to comparing Jezebel to an abusive husband. Her most recent attempt to make amends arrives at a critical point in Hollywood history and modern feminism, and it’s time to recognize that her political stances are not misguided, or even inconsistent: They aren’t ruled by values, but by what’s good for Dunham and her friends.

The most recent example stemmed from a statement by Aurora Perrineau, who accused former “Girls” writer and producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17 years old. Within hours of the accusation on November 17, Dunham and her “Girls” co-creator Jenni Konner essentially called Perrineau a liar.
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Daniel Day-Lewis Struggled With Draping On the Set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’

Daniel Day-Lewis Struggled With Draping On the Set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’
Daniel Day-Lewis is known to go to extreme lengths when preparing for his roles, staying in character on set and getting inside their mindsets. That seems to be the case for his alleged final performance, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” in which the soon-to-retire actor plays fictionalized couturier Reynolds Woodcock. According to longtime costume designer Mark Bridges, the mid-fifties period piece found Lewis learning how to drape in preparation for his performance — just not exactly the way he should have.

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The movie, a dark romantic drama that co-stars Lesley Manville as Reynolds’ sister and Vicky Krieps as the dressmaker’s lover, has yet to screen widely. However, Bridges revealed some details about the production process in an interview with IndieWire at the Key West Film Festival, where he received the Golden
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