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Emmys: Category placement for HBO shows including ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Barry’ and ‘Sharp Objects’

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones (HBO) As first reported exclusively by GoldDerby, HBO has revealed category placements for their lineup of eligible comedy and drama series’, television movies, limited series – and their performers – plus variety and talk shows for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards. You might find a few notable omissions here, including Gwendoline Christie for Game of …

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Review: ‘Native Son’ – reimagining a classic, retaining the anger

Ashton Sanders in Native Son from A24/HBO (photo: Matthew Libatique) From the very first moments of Native Son, the audience is overwhelmed by the dizzying blend of visual style and narrative intensity. Rashid Johnson, in his directorial debut, uses his career as an established postmodern artist to create a beautiful reimagining of Richard Wright’s incredible novel, bringing it into a …

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Review: ‘Barry’ is back for season 2 and as lethal as ever

Bill Hader in HBO’s Barry. (Photo: HBO/Isabella Vosmikova) In 2017, when Bill Hader signed on with HBO to create, write, direct and star as the titular character in a new show, Barry, we were all expecting something along the same lines as the Saturday Night Live alumni; more zany, excessive characters that defined his comedic career. Very few were anticipating …

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Mahershala Ali goes back in time in teaser for HBO’s ‘True Detective’

Surprise! HBO has dropped the first teaser for the third season of True Detective right in the middle of the final episode of its highly rated Sharp Objects.  The new season, which will debut in January 2019, features Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) flashing back to the 1970s on a missing kids case.  The new season also features Carmen Ejogo, …

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2019 Oscars: With RBG, Mr. Rogers and Whitney Houston, box office and popularity are shaping the Documentary Feature Oscar race

We may only be halfway through the year but we’ve already got a handful of high-profile Documentary Feature Oscar contenders and, in difference from normal years, they’re also box office hits. Both RBG, about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, about famed children’s television personality Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) have enjoyed boffo box …

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Interview: Leonardo Nam – Taking the Westworld by Storm

I chatted with Screen Actors Guild nominee Leonardo Nam, star of HBO’s Emmy-winning sci-fi series Westworld, which just had its second season premiere last night. We talked at length about the importance of visibility, opportunity and representation in films and television and his early role models and acting idols, Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Korean …

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown’ Top BAFTA TV Craft Awards

HBO’s Game of Thrones won its first BAFTA awards at this weekend’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Craft Awards, earning two competitive prizes and one special award. The Emmy-winning saga, which is closing in on its run, won for its Production Design and Costume Design. Netflix’s The Crown, another Emmy favorite, won sound and cinematography prizes. BBC’s Blue …

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Emmy Podcast #21- Talking Westworld, The Handmaid’s Tale, Roseanne and One Day at a Time with Vox.com’s Todd VanDerWerff

In the first Emmy podcast of the 2017-2018 television season I am joined by a familiar voice – Vox.com’s critic-at-large Todd VanDerWerff. The first hour of this 90-minute podcast focuses heavily on the Outstanding Drama race which sees the return of Game of Thrones after taking a year off and now going up against last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. …

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