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Tom Hardy movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Revenant, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Dunkirk’

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Tom Hardy movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Revenant, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Dunkirk’
On September 15, 2019, actor Tom Hardy will celebrate his 42nd birthday. The actor has no-so-quietly been building an impressive film career culminating with his recent Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor in “The Revenant.”

Hardy’s career began surprisingly on a British reality television show that was conducting a “Make Me a Supermodel” search. Hardy won the contest and briefly signed with a modeling agency and began work in that field. He then attended drama school but dropped out before completion in order to accept a role in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Shortly after that he would make his film debut in a small role in Ridley Scott‘s drama “Black Hawk Down.”

SEERidley Scott movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Hardy then began to work continuously in films. He began a fruitful collaboration with director Christopher Nolan on the film “Inception” which would lead to him
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Tom Hardy movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Tom Hardy movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
On September 15, 2019, actor Tom Hardy will celebrate his 42nd birthday. The actor has no-so-quietly been building an impressive film career culminating with his recent Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor in “The Revenant.”

Hardy’s career began surprisingly on a British reality television show that was conducting a “Make Me a Supermodel” search. Hardy won the contest and briefly signed with a modeling agency and began work in that field. He then attended drama school but dropped out before completion in order to accept a role in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Shortly after that he would make his film debut in a small role in Ridley Scott‘s drama “Black Hawk Down.”

Hardy then began to work continuously in films. He began a fruitful collaboration with director Christopher Nolan on the film “Inception” which would lead to him being cast in a prime villain role in Nolan’s
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Tom Hanks heading to space for Major Matt Mason movie

Variety is reporting that Tom Hanks is set to star in a new movie based upon the 1960s action figure line Major Matt Mason, which is in development at Paramount Pictures and Mattel Films.

Launching in 1966 at the height of the space race, Major Matt Mason is an astronaut who lives and works on the moon, and teams with fellow astronauts Sgt. Storm, Lt. Jeff Long and Doug Davis and the alien entity Captain Lazer to thwart hostile extraterrestrial threats.

The Matt Mason movie was first announced back in 2011, with Hanks attached to star and co-write with Graham Yost (Band of Brothers), although it failed to move forward. This new attempt is now being scripted by Akiva Goldsman (The Da Vinci Code) from a short story by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon.

Hanks is currently on the festival circuit for his latest film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, where
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‘Band of Brothers’ Writer John Orloff on Writers Guild: ‘Why Are We Fighting Yesterday’s War?’

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‘Band of Brothers’ Writer John Orloff on Writers Guild: ‘Why Are We Fighting Yesterday’s War?’
Band of Brothers” writer John Orloff has called into question the tactics of the leadership of the Writers Guild of America in its long battle with Hollywood agents.

Orloff, in an email to the 10,000 WGA West members, said Wednesday he’s disappointed by the acrimony that the dispute has produced and by the strategic mistakes of the WGA leaders.

“This leadership has asked for our ‘#solidarity,’ but it has not offered it back,” Orloff wrote. “It seems, at least from where I type, this is a case of all animals are equal — but some animals are more equal than others. And this could be toxic for our future collective actions.”

Orloff, whose credits include “A Mighty Heart,” urged members to vote for the Writers Forward Together slate, which is running on a platform that highlights the need for the WGA to resume negotiations with the major agencies after staying away from talks since early June.
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How ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Craig Mazin Morphed From Comedy Screenwriter to Emmy-Contending HBO Showrunner

How ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Craig Mazin Morphed From Comedy Screenwriter to Emmy-Contending HBO Showrunner
Craig Mazin is a workaholic who has not faced one day since 1995 without some kind of deadline. Pegged early on as a Hollywood comedy screenwriter, he weathered two “Scary Movie” and two “Hangover” sequels. So it was something of a surprise when he created riveting true-life drama “Chernobyl,” which became not only HBO’s most successful limited series since “Band of Brothers,” but scored 19 Emmy nominations, beat only by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Game of Thrones.”

Apart from his own output, Mazin built a reputation as a writer partly via the popular Script Notes podcast. Back in 2011, fellow writer/blogger John August invited his colleague to join him on a new podcast; they have delivered it every Tuesday ever since, free of commercial interruption. Podcast producer August is “the classic Wasp-y not straight straight guy,” said Mazin in an interview at his Pasadena office. “I’m the goofy guy,
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How ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Craig Mazin Morphed From Comedy Screenwriter to Emmy-Contending HBO Showrunner

How ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Craig Mazin Morphed From Comedy Screenwriter to Emmy-Contending HBO Showrunner
Craig Mazin is a workaholic who has not faced one day since 1995 without some kind of deadline. Pegged early on as a Hollywood comedy screenwriter, he weathered two “Scary Movie” and two “Hangover” sequels. So it was something of a surprise when he created riveting true-life drama “Chernobyl,” which became not only HBO’s most successful limited series since “Band of Brothers,” but scored 19 Emmy nominations, beat only by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Game of Thrones.”

Apart from his own output, Mazin built a reputation as a writer partly via the popular Script Notes podcast. Back in 2011, fellow writer/blogger John August invited his colleague to join him on a new podcast; they have delivered it every Tuesday ever since, free of commercial interruption. Podcast producer August is “the classic Wasp-y not straight straight guy,” said Mazin in an interview at his Pasadena office. “I’m the goofy guy,
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10 Things You Didn’t know about Donnie Wahlberg

Some may know Donnie Wahlberg as the producer and star of the reality TV show, Wahlburgers. Others may know him as one of the founding members of New Kids on the Block. Still others may know him as Detective Daniel Reagan of Blue Bloods and Carwood Lipton of Band of Brothers. However it is you’re familiar with his work, you’ll know there’s a lot more to Donnie Wahlberg than just being the older brother of Mark Wahlberg. Since he got his start in the entertainment business in the mid-’80s, Donnie has made a name for himself in pretty much every

10 Things You Didn’t know about Donnie Wahlberg
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HBO Programming Chief On ‘Chernobyl’ Follow-Up & More Nights Of Original Programming – TCA

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A 1980s tale of a nuclear disaster behind the Iron Curtain became an unlikely global phenomenon and a ratings juggernaut. Anchoring a new night of original programming for HBO on Mondays, the Chernobyl limited series grew its ratings every week. Its viewership has surpassed 12 million to become the most watched HBO limited or miniseries since Band of Brothers.

Given Chernobyl‘s success, which includes 19 Emmy nominations, it is not surprising there has been chatter about HBO mulling another historical miniseries with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and executive producers Carolyn Strauss and Jane Featherstone.

“We have a deal with Craig, and he is thinking about a lot of things,” HBO president of programming Casey told Deadline at TCA on Wednesday. “Obviously he has an interest in history but we are not looking to make a franchise out of it. There is no plans to specifically find another manmade or natural disaster and talk about it.
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‘Normandy: The Beginning of the End’ Board Game Review

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If you’re familiar with the War Storms series of games, then you’ll know the basic rules of Normandy: The Beginning of the End already, but even with a grounding in the system that supports this squad level war game, you’ll still need to familiarise yourself with some specific rules that are unique to the setting. Indeed, Normandy is a detailed, complex system that requires a fair bit of effort to get into, but my goodness it rewards players who take the time to understand it with a detailed, visceral representation of squad level combat.

Fans of Nerdly’s ongoing series of war game reviews will already know that I have limited experience with hex and counter war games at this scale. Mark Walkers ’65 is the only other hex and counter war game that we’ve reviewed so far and as a pure measure of complexity, Normandy feels
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Oscar adores biopics and fact-based dramas – and so do the Emmys when it comes to Best Limited Series

Oscar adores biopics and fact-based dramas – and so do the Emmys when it comes to Best Limited Series
Most Oscarologists are aware that half of the Best Picture winners so far this decade have been biopics or truth-based tales featuring real-life people. The titles? “The King’s Speech,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight” and “Green Book.”

But did you realize that Emmy’s limited series contest also has a long-held fondness for truth-based tales. Looking at the Gold Derby combined odds list, I realized that five out of the top six contenders are either biopics or accounts of an impactful real-life event. Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” the front-runner for now before the Emmy nominations are announced on Tuesday, is based on a 2015 prison escape in Upstate New York (see photo above). HBO’s historical drama “Chernobyl” zeroes in on the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union.

SEEWhat is the secret behind Patricia Arquette’s riveting ‘Escape at Dannemora’ performance

Netflix’s “When They See Us” is
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HBO Communications Chief Quentin Schaffer to Exit After 39 Years

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Longtime HBO communications head Quentin Schaffer is stepping down from his post next month after 39 years as a key architect of HBO’s premium TV brand.

Schaffer will exit as HBO’s executive VP of corporate communications next month, after steering HBO through one last Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. He is the latest in a string of departures of long-serving executives at HBO. It comes five months after HBO’s new parent company, AT&T’s WarnerMedia, shook up the status quo at the company with the appointment of Bob Greenblatt as content chief overseeing HBO, Turner’s entertainment networks and the HBO Max direct to consumer platform coming next year from WarnerMedia. Greenblatt in turn recruited his own corporate communications chief in ABC alum Kevin Brockman as executive VP of global communications for WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.

Based in New York, Schaffer is a well-loved figure on both coasts at HBO.
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Quentin Schaffer, HBO’s Corporate PR Chief, to Exit Next Month After 39 Years

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Quentin Schaffer, HBO’s longtime head of corporate communications, is leaving the network after 39 years. He will depart next month.

“HBO has been an amazing place to work alongside the brightest and most creative people I’ve ever come across, particularly the communications team. What made it special was that we always had an enviable slate of programming to work with. In looking back, I feel lucky to have had the greatest temporary job in the business. For 39 years,” Schaffer said. “With Kevin now here, the team is in good hands and I can feel comfortable moving on.”

Schaffer’s departure comes a few months after longtime CEO Richard Plepler, to whom Schaffer reported to, announced his resignation. Bob Greenblatt was named entertainment CEO for WarnerMedia a week later. In May, former Disney-ABC TV PR head Kevin Brockman joined WarnerMedia as executive vice president of global communications for WarnerMedia
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Quentin Schaffer, HBO’s Longtime Head Of Corporate Communications, Exiting After 39 Years

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HBO’s Evp Corporate Communications Quentin Schaffer will be stepping down next month after 39 years at the network. Schaffer made the announcement Monday morning in an email to staff (read it below).

In the note, fashioned as a promo script with a nod to David Chase’s infamous ‘cut to black’ ending of The Sopranos, Schaffer called his 39-year stint at HBO “the greatest temporary job.”

Schaffer’s departure comes five months after the executive shakeup at WarnerMedia, in which HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler was among several top executives exiting as NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was brought in to oversee HBO, Turner and WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service. In his memo, Schaffer acknowledged his boss of 28 years, Plepler, as well as his “dear colleague of 35 years Nancy Lesser.”

In his farewell email, Schaffer recalled his earliest memory of working at HBO, when he was sent to Nashville
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Neal McDonough Teases Villainous Malcolm of Yellowstone & More!

Neal McDonough made his first appearance on Yellowstone with "The Reek of Desperation," and we had a chance to jump on the phone with him this week to chat about it.

McDonough has been a favorite for a long time with roles on shows like Band of Brothers, Desperate Housewives and Justified, and he's been a TV Fanatic staple with his roles within The CW's Arrowverse, Suits, and Project Blue Book.

It was his role in the 2006 movie The Guardian with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher where he began his friendship with Yellowstone's star, Costner.

"We both played college baseball -- we were Lsu and Shreveport -- and then we would go to the batting cages at lunch to hit baseballs during our break. And we got to know each other pretty well. And being a big family guy that he is, and you know myself, obviously with my five kids,
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‘Walking Dead’ Actor Michael Cudlitz Running for SAG-AFTRA Board

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‘Walking Dead’ Actor Michael Cudlitz Running for SAG-AFTRA Board
Veteran actor Michael Cudlitz, best known for his role as Sergeant Abraham Ford on “The Walking Dead,” is running for the SAG-AFTRA board.

Cudlitz unveiled his candidacy Tuesday as part of the ruling Unite for Strength faction, which has also announced a re-election campaign for Gabrielle Carteris as president and Camryn Manheim as secretary-treasurer. It’s the first time that Cudlitz has sought an elected post at the union.

“The union’s been good to me so I thought it was time to give back,” he told Variety. “I like the way things are going and I want to see that continue.”

Carteris, who has been president since 2016, is facing challenges for the post from Matthew Modine and current secretary-treasurer Jane Austin. Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on Aug. 28. SAG-aftra represents about 160,000 performers.

The SAG-aftra national board has 70 members,
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5 Things The Pacific Did Better Than Band Of Brothers (& 5 Things Band Of Brothers Did Better)

HBO is known for producing some of the best content TV has to offer. With shows like Westworld, Silicon Valley, and Game of Thrones - they have certainly established a reputation for themselves. Likewise, HBO has also produced a number of award-winning miniseries, especially with the likes of Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

Related: HBO's Chernobyl: 5 Things That Are Accurate (& 5 Things That Aren't)

The two shows are often compared to each other due to their focus on the U.S. military during WWII. While both feature incredibly different settings, time frames, and cast, there are still a lot of similarities between the two. Though one is not actually better than the other, each show does certain things that give it an advantage over the other.

To analyze some of those factors, here is our list of 5 things The Pacific did better than Band of Brothers, and 5 things Band of Brothers did better.
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Johnny Depp in The Professor Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital July 9th

Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp stars in the hilarious and heartwarming dark comedy The Professor, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital July 9 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Depp plays a college professor who decides to live his last chapter with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness alongside A-list costars Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoey Deutch, and Golden Globe® nominee Ron Livingston. Produced by Oscar®-winner Greg Shapiro, Braden Aftergood (Hell or High Water), and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special), and written and directed by Wayne Roberts, this rogueishly humorous and touching film is not to be missed!. The Professor Blu-ray and DVD will include a making-of featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Johnny Depp delivers a wickedly funny performance as Richard, a buttoned-down college lecturer who, after learning he has six months to live, transforms into a rebellious party animal.
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‘The Investigation’ Live Stream: How to Watch Star-Studded Mueller Report Reading Online

‘The Investigation’ Live Stream: How to Watch Star-Studded Mueller Report Reading Online
A group of celebrated actors will bring a little life to the Mueller Report later today with a special one-night-only live reading. The reading will feature selected excerpts from the special counsel’s report, which bears the onerous official title “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” With a little direction and a lot of famous names, Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, and John Lithgow will bring the words of the report to life.

They headline a stacked cast that also includes Justin Long, Piper Perabo, Michael Shannon, Jason Alexander, Gina Gershon, Wilson Cruz, Joel Grey, Alyssa Milano, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, and Zachary Quinto, Frederick Weller, Ben McKenzie, Noah Emmerich, and Aidan Quinn. As if that weren’t enough of a draw, Sigourney Weaver, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Mark Hamill will also make brief appearances.

The event is titled “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts,
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Limited Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Limited Series
Last Year’s Winner: “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: With its win in 2018, “American Crime Story” officially became the first series to win multiple awards in the Best Limited Series category. Now, that’s not to say franchises had yet to earn multiple wins before. “Roots” (1977) and “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979) both won the category, but the sequel season would’ve qualified as a drama series under modern Emmy rules. Meanwhile, Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology is also the only show to have the same title (“American Crime Story”) preceding its new, winning entries (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”), but other sequel seasons had won as well as unofficial franchises like HBO and Dreamworks’ “Band of Brothers” (2002) and “The Pacific” (2010). Among active franchises, “Fargo” could become the second official anthology series to win multiple trophies
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Emmy spotlight: Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’ is a searing satire on the futility and insanity of war

“Catch-22” is Hulu’s epic new adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel about Captain John Yossarian, a young Us Army bombardier (Christopher Abbott) stationed in Italy during World War II, who is desperate to fulfil his seemingly interminable flight mission quota, so he can be discharged and finally return home.

The show opens on Yossarian wandering a busy military tarmac wearing nothing but a pair of boots. He looks defeated and unhinged as he eventually screams hysterically while his army buddies look on in the distance. We are then transported back to the beginning to explain how he went from cocky wide-eyed innocence to broken, jaded and traumatized, suffering setback after setback until he snaps. This is a devastating but often very funny satire about sanity, mortality and the futility of war, as young and eager bombardiers are sent up into the sky in cramped warplanes to drop bombs on the enemy,
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