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Full Video: Star Wars Fan Ava DuVernay Moderates 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Panel and Reveals Spoiler

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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay moderated the Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Los Angeles press conference, and she was fangirling the whole time as a Star Wars fan. Watch as Carrie Fisher's presence was felt during the panel when a light went out as J.J. Abrams was talking about missing the actress. Other highlights includes DuVernay revealing something about Keri Russell's character. Video below.
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Kathryn Bostic (‘Clemency’ composer) on musically exploring the ‘inner journey’ of a death row prison warden [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kathryn Bostic (‘Clemency’ composer) on musically exploring the ‘inner journey’ of a death row prison warden [Exclusive Video Interview]
When composer Kathryn Bostic read the script for “Clemency” she was struck by how “visceral” and “riveting” it was. It hit upon “that raw emotion that you feel when you deal with the idea of death row.” But more than anything she “was really moved by the inner journey of the character of the warden,” who day after day is “dealing with this rite of passage.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Bostic above.

See Alfre Woodard Interview: ‘Clemency’

Alfre Woodard stars in the Neon release as Bernadine Williams, a prison warden grappling with the impending execution of inmate Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge). The film, written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, explores how administering death sentences affects people like Bernadine, something Bostic wanted to express in her music.

Trying to find the correct sound was “a very thoughtful process,” Bostic explains. “We tried a lot of different approaches sonically to
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‘Watchmen,’ ‘Succession’ and ‘Pen15’ Among WGA 2020 TV Award Nominees

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The Writers Guild of America released the nominees for its 2020 awards on Thursday, which saw newcomers “Watchmen,” “Russian Doll” and “Pen15” each bag a pair of nominations.

Other series to get multiple nods include “Veep,” “Succession,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “The Crown.”

Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries on the Central Park 5, “When They See Us” did not recieve any nominations, with the WGA instead picking “El Camino,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “The Loudest Voice” and “Unbelieveable” in the adapted longform category. In the original longform category, the nominees were “Chernobyl,” “The Terror: Infamy,” “True Detective” and the upcoming Disney+ movie “Togo.”

Also Read: Aubrey Plaza to Return as Host of 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Winners will be honored at the 2020 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

See all the nominees below:

Drama Series

The Crown, Written by James Graham, David Hancock, Peter Morgan; Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale,
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African Oscar Submissions Overcome Challenges

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The decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November to disqualify Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” from the international feature Oscar race marred an otherwise promising awards season for Africa, which still saw its total number of submissions reach a record-breaking nine. The ensuing controversy brought filmmakers, including Ava DuVernay, into the fray, and prompted the Academy to defend its decision on the grounds that entries must be mostly filmed in a language other than English, Nigeria’s official language.

But the dust-up also served to underscore broader structural challenges for African filmmakers dreaming of Oscar glory. Production across the continent has been steadily rising, with such debutantes as Niger, Malawi and Mozambique recently entering the awards race. Yet most countries lack either the financial resources to mobilize a selection committee — an often expensive proposition — or the political resolve to pursue an award that many perceive as
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J.J. Abrams on Imbuing ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ with Hope, and More Highlights From the Press Conference

On Wednesday, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, and the cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gathered together for the film’s global press conference, fielding questions from moderator Ava DuVernay (Abrams’ friend who gave him some advice about one of The Force Awakens‘ lightsaber fights) and a few from the audience of journalists […]

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Sundance 2020: Premieres Shine With Taylor Swift Docu, Viggo Mortensen’s Directing Debut, New Dee Rees, The Go-Gos & Olivia Colman

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Sundance 2020: Premieres Shine With Taylor Swift Docu, Viggo Mortensen’s Directing Debut, New Dee Rees, The Go-Gos & Olivia Colman
No one is confirming it yet, but the 2020 Sundance Film Festival could include a superstar jam between Taylor Swift and the Go-Gos.

Both the chart topper and the legendary L.A. band have documentaries on their lives and careers that will be among the premieres at the Park City-based confab starting next month. Headed for Netflix later next year, the Morgan Neville- and Christine O’Malley-produced Taylor Swift: Miss Americana join the Alison Ellwood-directed The Go-Gos and 32 other films being shown for the first time at the January 23–February 2 gathering.

Among the 118 films to be screened at the 36th year of the Robert Redford-founded fest is Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut Falling and Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted with Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe and Rosie Perez. Additionally, the premieres include new projects from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, director Liz Garbus, Jude Law, Carrie Coon,
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AFI Awards: Top Films and TV Shows Include ‘Joker,’ ‘Farewell,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Watchmen’

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The American Film Institute has announced the recipients of the AFI Awards for 2019, the top ten films and TV shows “deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.”

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” was honored with an AFI Special Award along with “Fleabag,” both works which fell outside the organization’s criteria for American content.

Among the films recognized were: Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917,” “Joker” and Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit.” Of the 10 films, two were directed by women: Greta Gerwig’s retelling of the Louisa May Alcott classic “Little Women” and Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell.”

In TV, HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Game of Thrones,” “Succession” and “Watchmen” all were chosen in the TV programs of the year. Ava DuVernay’s series telling the story of the Exonerated Central Park Five, “When They See Us” was
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Array Acquires Numa Perrier’s Cam Girl Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Jezebel’; Watch The First Trailer

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Array Acquires Numa Perrier’s Cam Girl Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Jezebel’; Watch The First Trailer
Exclusive: Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing has acquired the coming-of-age drama Jezebel directed, written, produced by and co-starring Numa Perrier. The film is set to stream on Netflix starting January 16, 2020, and will open theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and other select cities that same month.

Jezebel made its world premiere at SXSW this year and details Perrier’s real-life experiences. The film follows 19-year-old Tiffany (Tiffany Tenille) as she navigates her dying mother’s financial struggles. By working as an Internet fetish cam girl in the ’90s, the young woman uses her fantasy world as an escape from her real-life circumstances.

As Perrier’s feature debut, Jezebel won Best Director and Best Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival as well as the Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

“Numa Perrier’s directorial debut delivers a beautiful balance of poignancy and humor to reveal truths about women,
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‘The Politician,’ ‘L Word: Generation Q,’ ‘This Is Us’ Casting Requires Creative Collaboration

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‘The Politician,’ ‘L Word: Generation Q,’ ‘This Is Us’ Casting Requires Creative Collaboration
As the amount of premium content continues to steadily grow across the small screen, so too does the demand for casting directors to fill new roles with the best performers, be they big names or fresh faces. But because of the high volume of series in production at the same time, tying up actors’ availability, this often requires extra collaboration, especially when casting SAG Award contending ensemble series.

“Casting is like triage. You have so many characters; you’re fielding so many things at the same time,” says veteran casting director Alexa Fogel. She has dedicated herself to the art of ensemble casting from the days of “Oz” and “The Wire” and has more recently been responsible for building the worlds of Netflix’s “Ozark” and “The Politician” and FX’s “Pose.”

For such a show as “Pose” or even “The L Word: Generation Q,” the continuation of the beloved “L Word” series for Showtime,
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TV News Roundup: Bet Releases Trailer for Lena Waithe’s ‘Twenties’

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TV News Roundup: Bet Releases Trailer for Lena Waithe’s ‘Twenties’
In today’s TV news roundup, Ali Wong gets two new Netflix comedy specials and Bet releases the first look at Lena Waithe’s “Twenties” series.

Casting

Michael Beach (“ER”), Anne-Marie Johnson (“For The People”) and Kellee Stewart (“Guess Who”) have been cast in Ava DuVernay’s romantic anthology series, “Cherish The Day.” They join Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and Emmy-award winner Cicely Tyson. Also, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero (“13 Reasons Why”) and Deborah Kampmeier (“Queen Sugar”) join Tanya Hamilton (“Vampire Diaries”) as directors.

Joel McHale will return to host the 2020 second season of ABC’s “Card Sharks,” a competition series with two players facing off in a head-to-head elimination race. McHale is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham Llp. Scott St. John and Jennifer Mullin executive produce “Card Sharks.”

Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”), Adriana Paz, Kristyan Ferrer, Octavio Pisano, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (“Nashville”) and Julio Cedillo (“Sicario”) have been
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Ava DuVernay’s Own Drama ‘Cherish The Day’ Rounds Out Cast, Adds Directors Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero And Deborah Kampmeier

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Ava DuVernay’s Own Drama ‘Cherish The Day’ Rounds Out Cast, Adds Directors Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero And Deborah Kampmeier
Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier have been added to the director roster for Ava DuVernay’s forthcoming romantic anthology drama Cherish the Day. The Own series has also added Michael Beach (ER), Anne-Marie Johnson (For The People) and Kellee Stewart (Guess Who) in recurring roles.

The new trio of directors will join previously announced director Tanya Hamilton while the actors will join series regulars Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and, of course, the legendary Cicely Tyson. Cherish the Day is blazing the trail when it comes to inclusion as it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.

Chapter one of Cherish the Day chronicles the relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.
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'Marriage Story' Wins the Night at the Gotham Awards

by Murtada Elfadl

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach’s La has nothing on New York except space divorce story, fittingly dominated the Gotham Awards last night. It won every award it was nominated for - feature, screenplay, actor - plus the audience award. Awkwafina won best actress for The Farewell over Indie Spirit nominees Alfre Woodard, Mary Kay Place and Elisabeth Moss. She is not nominated for the La counterpart to the Gothams. We doubt they’ll fall for Baumbach as hard as the New Yorkers did. They’ve seen the film and know which city he prefers.

Tributes were given to Laura Dern, Sam Rockwell, Ava DuVernay and producer Glen Basner. Baumbach and his partner Greta Gerwig came out in Raf Simmons designed sweaters adorned with Dern pictures to present her award.

Here is the evening’s full list of winners...
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Influencers: Cinematographer Bradford Young Embraces the Dark Side of Digital

Influencers: Cinematographer Bradford Young Embraces the Dark Side of Digital
In the early days of Hollywood’s adaptation of digital cinematography, there were those artists, like Michael Mann and cinematographer Dion Bebe, or David Fincher and Harris Savides, who explored the unique properties of the medium, rather than simply try to make it look like celluloid. Even in 1080 HD-shot movies like “Zodiac” we saw how in low light and a night setting we could peer into this low contrast edge of exposure. While digital couldn’t, and still doesn’t, approach the incredible dynamic range that film negative can produce in rounding out an image’s highlights, there was incredible latitude filmmakers could find in the “toe” of exposure of a digital file.

There is one cinematographer, in particular, who has not only continued to explore the dark edges of the digital image, but used it as a canvas to paint. Bradford Young’s remarkable body of work this decade started off shooting on film,
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Influencers: Production Designer Mark Friedberg Finds the Epic in the Details

Influencers: Production Designer Mark Friedberg Finds the Epic in the Details
Despite the story his IMDb page tells, production designer Mark Friedberg still thinks of himself as a New York indie filmmaker. It just happens that the friends he collaborated with have become some of the defining auteurs of their generation — Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Wes Anderson — while meeting some new ones along way, like Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and Barry Jenkins. There’s a reason such distinctive cinematic voices gravitate toward Friedberg.

“What I love about Mark is there are so many little details in the script [he brings to life],” Jenkins told IndieWire. “Mark is so great about allowing for creativity, but working within the plausibility of the characterization.”

Story and character comes to life in those details: How the “Beale Street” family’s one good bottle of booze is only accessible with a step ladder, or the lived-in feeling that their brownstone radiates with their familial bond, or the crack in
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Netflix, 'Marriage Story' dominate 2019 Gotham Awards

A24 claims two gongs for The Farewell, Waves.

The first staging post of a truncated awards season delivered a resounding victory for Netflix on Monday night (December 2), as the streaming giant took six prizes at the 2019 Ifp Gotham Awards in New York including four for best feature winner Marriage Story.

The acclaimed divorce drama also earned gongs for lead actor Adam Driver, screenwriter Noah Baumbach (who also directed), and the audience award.

Awkwafina won best actress for The Farewell, one of two for A24 alongside breakthrough actor winner Taylor Russell for Waves. Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre won the breakthrough director category for The Mustang,
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‘Marriage Story’ sweeps the Gotham Awards including Best Feature in a dominant night for Netflix

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‘Marriage Story’ sweeps the Gotham Awards including Best Feature in a dominant night for Netflix
“Marriage Story” won Best Feature at the 2019 Gotham Awards honoring the best in independent film. It won everything else it was nominated for too: Best Actor (Adam Driver), Best Screenplay (Noah Baumbach) and the Audience Award. Those four victories made it by far the most awarded film of the night. Check out the complete list of winners here.

The Netflix drama about a couple’s contentious divorce was arguably the highest-profile awards contender in this year’s Gotham race, so it’s wave of support may not seem to surprising. But every category at these awards is decided by a different jury of five industry professionals, so all of them independently came to the conclusion that the film was the best of the year. For instance, the top prize was decided by director Scott Cooper, producer Josh Penn, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and actors Uma Thurman and Aisha Tyler.

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Gotham Awards: ‘Marriage Story’ Victories Cap Big Netflix Night – Complete Winners List

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Gotham Awards: ‘Marriage Story’ Victories Cap Big Netflix Night – Complete Winners List
Updated with final winners: Netflix had a dominant night at the Ifp Gotham Awards on Monday, notching four wins for Marriage Story and one apiece for American Factory and When They See Us.

With the book closed on Thanksgiving, the Gothams represented one of the film industry’s first dips into the awards season pool. As a light snowstorm hit the city, talent and execs converged on Cipriani Wall Street, with a remarkably compressed schedule ahead (the Oscars are February 9). While the line between Gotham winners and the Academy’s honors is not usually a straight one, the near-sweep by Marriage Story will keep the film in the center of the conversation. (See full winners list below.)

Director Noah Baumbach, making his final trip to the stage of the night, praised his actors. “My special effect is the cast,” he said. “I hide behind them. When I was cutting the movie,
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‘Marriage Story’ Dominates The 2019 Gotham Awards With Four Wins

The 2019 Gotham Awards were handed out on Monday night at Cipriani’s in New Your City and while Laura Dern, Sam Rockwell, Ava DuVernay and FilmNation CEO and producer Glen Basner were honored with lengthy tributes it was “Marriage Story” which was the big winner of the night. Or maybe it was actually Netflix?

Read More: Scarlett Johansson says she and Noah Baumbach almost worked 10 years before “Marriage Story”

The Netflix production took Best Feature, Screenplay (Noah Baumbach), Best Actor (Adam Driver), and the Audience Award.

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‘Marriage Story’ Dominates Gotham Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

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‘Marriage Story’ Dominates Gotham Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List
Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’ dominated Monday’s 29th annual IFP Gotham Awards with four wins, including Best Feature and Best Actor for Adam Driver.

The ceremony, celebrating the best in indie cinema and television, was held Monday evening at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City and was presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project.

Acting awards went to Driver, to Awkwafina for “The Farewell” (Best Actress) and to Taylor Russell for “Waves” (Breakthrough Actress).

American Factory” was named the year’s best documentary, while Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre won in the Breakthrough Director category for “The Mustang.”

In the television categories, prizes went to the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” and the Hulu sitcom “PEN15.”
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‘Marriage Story’ Sweeps Gotham Awards, Winning Best Feature

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‘Marriage Story’ Sweeps Gotham Awards, Winning Best Feature
Marriage Story,” a drama about a painful divorce between a loving Hollywood couple, won best feature at the Gotham Awards in downtown Manhattan on Monday night.

The annual event in early December, hosted by the Independent Filmmakers Project, resembles the Iowa caucus as the first stop on the long and tangled road of awards season. And like in Iowa, many campaigners put on a brave face — in the middle of a snowstorm this year — as they delivered carefully scripted speeches, designed to win approval and gain votes.

The biggest winner of the night was Netflix, which released “Marriage Story.” The streaming giant managed to wrestle away six trophies (out of 10 that were handed out) for a celebration that is supposed to be devoted to independent story tellers.

Marriage Story” won four of those prizes. In addition to best feature, the movie also took home best actor for Adam Driver, best
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