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Watch The 2018 SAG Awards: Live Stream Online

Watch The 2018 SAG Awards: Live Stream Online
The 2017-18 awards season continues tonight with the 24rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. This year, things are a little different as Kristen Bell becomes the show’s first host ever. The awards ceremony will also feature mostly female presenters, including Halle Berry, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone and others, in the spirit of the #MeToo movement and the conversation kicked off during the Golden Globes ceremony earlier this month.

Oscar favorite “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” leads the way with four nominations, while “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Mudbound,” “The Big Sick,” and “The Shape of Water” all received multiple nominations. On the television side, “Big Little Lies” continues its awards dominance, while Netflix earned 19 nominations total for “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” and more.

Read More:sag Awards 2018 Film Nominations: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Leads with Four (Full List)

The SAG Awards air on TNT and TBS at 8pm Et tonight.
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'The Kindergarten Teacher': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'The Kindergarten Teacher': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Sticking largely to the narrative template of Navad Lapid’s well-received 2014 Israeli film, writer-director Sara Colangelo has crafted a most peculiar and beguiling drama with her American adaptation of The Kindergarten Teacher. Maggie Gyllenhaal, intensely present throughout every scene, follows her tough, internalized work on HBO's addictive The Deuce with an equally compelling performance as the title character, whose out-of-control mission of artistic mentorship in an increasingly soul-deadening world blurs the lines between nurturing and leeching. Rippling with psychological complexity and sneaky humor, this is a rich character study that takes constantly surprising turns, which should appeal to...
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‘Counterpart’ Review: Two J.K. Simmons Are Better Than One in Whip-Smart Starz Thriller

The Twins TV Trend of 2017 has crossed over to the new year, and it’s chosen a worthy vessel for the voyage. After getting double doses of Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”), Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”), James Franco (“The Deuce”), and Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”) last year, J.K. Simmons is keeping the streak alive in the new Starz science-fiction thriller, “Counterpart.” Though one might think creators are running out of viable conceits to get a two-for-one special on their leading actor, Justin Marks makes sure this acting bargain pays off far beyond Simmons’ superb performances; Overall, “Counterpart” is very, very good.

Meet Howard Silk. Howard (Simmons) is a devotee: He’s been working for the same company in the same job in the same clothes, location, and conditions for 30 years. He’s been married to the same woman, Emily (Olivia Williams), for most of that time, faithfully at her side through thick and thin.
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TV Scorecard: What's Already Been Canceled or Renewed This Season

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As we begin 2018 and approach what's known as midseason, there have already been a few casualties - and renewals! - for the new year. We have the news on the the fate of TV's newest shows, plus some updates on your old favorites. (Not seeing what you're looking for? Check here.) Related27 Highly Anticipated New Shows to Watch in 2018 What's Been Renewed CBS Young Sheldon: The Big Bang Theory's spinoff series has already been picked up for a full season after premiering in late September. ABC The Good Doctor: The brand-new series starring Freddie Highmore has been picked up for a full season. NBC This Is Us: This is technically old news, since This Is Us actually got renewed for two seasons back in January. Still, now that the show has begun season two, the reminder is necessary. Will & Grace: The rebooted series was renewed before it even returned.
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David Simon Adapting Philip Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ For TV Miniseries

HBO has remained quiet about the future of “The Deuce” following the allegations of sexual misconduct against the series’ twinned star, James Franco. But that show’s co-creator David Simon isn’t going to sit around waiting for an answer, because he’s got another big project on his plate.

In a New York Times profile of acclaimed author Philip Roth, it’s revealed that David Simon is hard at work on a six-part, miniseries adaptation of “The Plot Against America.” If you thought “The Man In The High Castle” served all your Nazi alternate history needs, get ready because this story imagines what might’ve happened if Lindbergh became President and came to an agreement with Hitler who has conquered Europe.

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Sundance 2018 Preview: Films About the Apocalypse, Lgbtq Teens, Rbg, and More

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The Sundance Film Festival begins this Thursday, January 18 and as expected, there are tons of exciting projects by and about women. For those of you making the trek to Park City, Utah, as well as those of you who just like to keep up with the newest films, we’ve put together some of the fest’s highlights for you to check out. (The key word being “some”: this list is by no means exhaustive. There are plenty more female centric and made films to see.)

Among the offerings is Emmy winner Reed Morano’s second feature, the apocalypse-set sci-fi drama “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Desiree Akhavan is also premiering her second feature film, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” which is about a young woman sent to gay conversion camp in the early ‘90s.

There are also a bevy of feminist docs screening at Sundance this year.
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American Society of Cinematographers Unveils Nominees in All Categories

— The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has announced the nominees in all categories of the 32nd Annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Winners will be revealed at the organization’s February 17 ceremony, which will be emceed this year by Ben Mankiewicz, a longtime host on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This year’s nominees are: Theatrical Release • Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc for Blade Runner 2049 • Bruno Delbonnel, Asc, Afc for Darkest Hour • Hoyte van Hoytema, Asc, Fsf, Nsc for DunkirkDan Laustsen, Asc, Dff for The Shape of WaterRachel Morrison, Asc for Mudbound Spotlight Award • Máté Herbai, Hsc for On Body and Soul • Mikhail Krichman, Rgc for Loveless • Mart Taniel, Esc for November Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television • Gonzalo Amat for The Man in the High Castle (“Land O’ Smiles”) on AmazonAdriano Goldman, Asc,
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Ashley Judd Calls James Franco’s Response to Sexual Harassment Accusations ‘Terrific’

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Ashley Judd Calls James Franco’s Response to Sexual Harassment Accusations ‘Terrific’
Ashley Judd was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment last year, kicking off what’s come to be known as the #MeToo movement. After being asked about the allegations leveled against James Franco this week in an interview with Stephen Sakur of the BBC (via Vulture), the actress said that the actor’s response was “terrific.”

Read More:James Franco Skips 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

“I think that what James said is terrific. And I think that we’ve all behaved — at a certain level — unconsciously, and done things that were insensitive, inappropriate, without necessarily understanding that they were,” she said. “I mean we’ve all operated with a certain amount of tone-deafness, and I like the culpability, and we have to have restorative justice. This is about men and women being all together and having a more equitable and just workplace,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels Won’t Premiere Until At Least 2020, HBO Boss Confirms

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels Won’t Premiere Until At Least 2020, HBO Boss Confirms
Don’t expect to see any of the “Game of Thrones” prequel spinoffs until at least 2020. That’s the word from HBO original programming president Casey Bloys, who said nothing will air for “at least a year after the final season.” With confirmation that the final season of “Thrones” doesn’t air until 2019, that pushes the future series into the next decade.

Bloys said the five potential projects are all still in the works, and he’s seen some material, but that it’s not a bakeoff. “They’re all on different schedules,” he said. “They didn’t start at the same startlines, so we’re at different stages, but I’m very encouraged by what we’ve seen. I don’t have a timetable when we’re going to make decisions on anything. I could make between zero and five. Probably more likely around one.”

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David Simon on James Franco Claims: HBO Is "Trying to Discern What Is or Isn't There"

Amid sexual misconduct allegations being leveled at James Franco, HBO and the Franco-starring show The Deuce are taking a wait-and-see approach.

"I am still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn't there," co-creator and executive producer David Simon said Thursday in a statement. "Personally, I can only speak knowledgeably to The Deuce. I've checked with all my fellow producers and other personnel. We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco."

Simon added that the pay cabler has not been approached with any complaints...
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‘The Deuce’s David Simon Calls James Franco “Entirely Professional” As Work On Season 2 Continues Amid Allegations

Four days after the Golden Globes, the controversy surrounding Globe winner James Franco continues, fueled by more inappropriate behavior accusations in a Los Angeles Times story and Franco’s comments on the issue on The Late Show and on Late Night. In addition to Franco’s awards prospects for his buzzy feature The Disaster Artist, the controversy also is threatening to affect his porn industry drama series The Deuce, which has been renewed for a second season. "We have…
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David Simon Says James Franco Was ‘Entirely Professional as an Actor, Director, and Producer’ on HBO’s ‘The Deuce’

David Simon Says James Franco Was ‘Entirely Professional as an Actor, Director, and Producer’ on HBO’s ‘The Deuce’
“The Deuce” creator and writer David Simon is assuring fans that James Franco was “entirely professional” on the set of the HBO porn drama following sexual harassment allegations made against the actor. Franco stars in the show but also directed several episodes and serves as one of its producers.

Read More:James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior by Five Women in Los Angeles Times Report

“I’m still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn’t there,” Simon told Variety in a statement. “Personally I can only speak knowledgeably to ‘The Deuce.’ I’ve checked with all my fellow producers and other personnel. We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco. Nor has HBO been approached with any complaint.

Simon concluded: “In our experience, he was entirely professional as an actor, director, and producer.
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James Franco Accused of Inappropriate Behavior by Five Women

James Franco Accused of Inappropriate Behavior by Five Women
Updated: Five women have come forward to accuse James Franco of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior in a report published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times.

Four of the women were former acting students of Franco’s, including Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who attended Franco’s Studio 4 that abruptly closed last fall. Tither-Kaplan said she was cast in an unreleased film, “The Long Home,” as a prostitute, and was asked, along with other women, if she would appear in a “bonus scene” depicting an orgy, where Franco would simulate oral sex on the women.

However, in each instance, Tither-Kaplan said, Franco removed the plastic guard that covered the women’s vaginas before simulating oral sex. Another actress who participated in the shoots confirmed Tither-Kaplan’s account to the Times.

“I got it in my head pretty quickly that, Ok, you don’t say ‘no’ to this guy,” Tither-Kaplan said.

In a statement, Cynthia Huffman, casting
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James Franco Accused of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior By Five Women — Including Four Former Students

James Franco Accused of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior By Five Women — Including Four Former Students
James Franco has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by five women — four of whom were his students.

In a new article published in the Los Angeles Times, five women have accused the actor of abusing his power as an acting teacher and mentor in a sexually exploitative manner.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student at the film school Franco founded, said the actor once removed safety guards while filming an oral sex scene on the set of the 2015 film The Long Home.

“I got it in my head pretty quickly that, Ok, you don’t say ‘no’ to this guy,
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HBO Says There Have Been No Complaints Against James Franco On ‘The Deuce’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Ever since he won a Golden Globe for The Disaster Artist on Sunday, James Franco has been a target of sexual misconduct allegations on social media, which have led to the cancellation of a New York Times event. The backlash against the actor-director also has prompted a reaction from HBO where Franco is star and executive producer of porn industry drama The Deuce, recently renewed for a second season. “We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on T…
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James Franco TimesTalk Cancelled After Women Accuse ‘The Disaster Artist’ Star of Sexual Harassment

James Franco TimesTalk Cancelled After Women Accuse ‘The Disaster Artist’ Star of Sexual Harassment
A TimesTalk devoted to “The Disaster Artist” — featuring the film’s writer-director-star James Franco and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco — has been cancelled with one day’s notice.

The Times provided the following statement to IndieWire: “The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, ‘The Disaster Artist.’ Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein.”

IndieWire reached out to James Franco’s representatives for comment and clarity; they have yet to respond.

James Franco won the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe on January 7 for his performance in the film. He attended the Beverly Hills ceremony dressed in black and wearing a “Time’s Up” pin, referencing the legal aid initiative founded by women in Hollywood (including Natalie Portman, Shonda Rhimes, and Reese Witherspoon) for victims of sexual misconduct. During the telecast,
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American Society of Cinematographers Nominates Roger Deakins and Rachel Morrison

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) feature film nominees tends to lean toward big-scale movies, and this year is no exception. Their top five include frontrunner Roger Deakins for his stunning visuals in “Blade Runner 2049” as well as Rachel Morrison, who photographed “Mudbound.” Left out were viable but smaller-scale contenders “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Post.”

So far, neither the Asc nor the cinematography branch of the Academy has ever nominated a woman for a feature film. So Morrison’s nomination is a big deal. (Next up for Morrison: Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Black Panther.”) According to a study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, women made up 5 percent of cinematographers on the top 250 domestic-grossing films in 2016.

Read More:‘Mudbound’: Why Rachel Morrison Deserves to Be the First Female Cinematographer Nominated for an Oscar

The Asc awarded Nancy Schreiber its 2017 Presidents award,
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Cinematographers Guild (Asc) Nominates Roger Deakins and Rachel Morrison

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) feature film nominees tends to lean toward big-scale movies, and this year is no exception. Their top five include frontrunner Roger Deakins for his stunning visuals in “Blade Runner 2049” as well as Rachel Morrison, who photographed “Mudbound.” Left out were viable but smaller-scale contenders “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Post.”

So far, neither the Asc nor the cinematography branch of the Academy has ever nominated a woman for a feature film. So Morrison’s nomination is a big deal. (Next up for Morrison: Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Black Panther.”) According to a study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, women made up 5 percent of cinematographers on the top 250 domestic-grossing films in 2016.

Read More:‘Mudbound’: Why Rachel Morrison Deserves to Be the First Female Cinematographer Nominated for an Oscar

The Asc awarded Nancy Schreiber its 2017 Presidents award,
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‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Mudbound,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Land Asc Cinematography Nominations

‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Mudbound,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Land Asc Cinematography Nominations
The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has revealed nominations in film and television categories for 2017.

In the theatrical fields, three-time Asc winner Roger Deakins was nominated for “Blade Runner 2049” alongside Bruno Delbonnel for “Darkest Hour,” Hoyte van Hoytema for “Dunkirk,” Dan Laustsen for “The Shape of Water” and Rachel Morrison for “Mudbound.”

With her nomination, Morrison becomes the first female Dp to ever be nominated by the group. If she is recognized by the film Academy, she’ll also become the first female cinematographer ever nominated for an Oscar.

The lineup is nearly an all-digital one, with the IMAX photography of “Dunkirk” carrying the torch for celluloid alone. It also closely aligns with the British Academy’s nominees in the category, announced Tuesday morning. (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was recognized there in lieu of “Mudbound.”)

The Asc also revealed its Spotlight Award nominees. The category was instituted in 2013 ago to shine light on under-seen independent
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Trailer for the Titan/Hard Case Crime graphic novel ‘Normandy Gold’

Check out this fantastic trailer for Titan’s new Hard Case Crime graphic novel, Normandy Gold, which goes on sale April 10th… Sex, violence and corruption collide in this gritty vigilante thriller from best-selling crime authors Alison Gaylin (What Remains Of Me) & Megan Abbott (You Will Know Me) – who recently received a Writers Guild Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Writing’ for her work on HBO’s The Deuce – with artwork by Steve Scott (Batman, X-Men Forever, Jla).

When her younger sister is found at the center of a brutal murder investigation, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold is forced to dive headfirst into the seedy world of 1970s prostitution and soon discovers a twisted conspiracy leading right to the White House.

Said Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin:

Normandy Gold was born of our mutual love of 70s movies. The gritty look, the relentless pacing, the deeply flawed heroes and the dizzying unpredictability of films like The Parallax View,
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