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Primetime Emmy Awards Winners: The Complete List

By Patrick Hipes
September 20, 2015


Outstanding Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

Outstanding Comedy Series
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television • Weiner Bros. • AMC Studios • Silvercup Studios

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Viola Davis as Annalise Keating
How To Get Away With Murder • ABC • ABC Studios

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Game Of Thrones • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Game Of Thrones • Mother’s Mercy • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
David Nutter, Directed by

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
Orange Is The New Black • Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Game Of Thrones • Mother’s Mercy • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
David Benioff, Written by
D.B. Weiss, Written by

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Jon Stewart, Executive Producer/Host
Adam Lowitt, Executive Producer
Jennifer Flanz, Executive Producer
Steve Bodow, Executive Producer
Tim Greenberg, Executive Producer
Jill Katz, Executive Producer
Hillary Kun, Co-Executive Producer
Stuart Miller, Supervising Producer
Pamela DePace, Supervising Producer
Justin Melkmann, Supervising Producer
Kahane Cooperman, Producer

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Show 20103 • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Chuck O’Neil, Directed by

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Inside Amy Schumer • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Amy Schumer, Executive Producer
Jessi Klein, Executive Producer
Daniel Powell, Executive Producer
Steven Ast, Executive Producer
Tony Hernandez, Executive Producer
Kim Caramele, Producer
Kevin Kane, Producer

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Elliott Kalan, Head Writer
Adam Lowitt, Writer
Steve Bodow, Writer
Jon Stewart, Writer
Dan Amira, Writer
Travon Free, Writer
Hallie Haglund, Writer
Matt Koff, Writer
Dan McCoy, Writer
Jo Miller, Writer
Zhubin Parang, Writer
Daniel Radosh, Writer
Lauren Sarver, Writer
Owen Parsons, Writer
Delaney Yeager, Writer

Outstanding Limited Series
Olive Kitteridge
HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge • HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge • HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Bill Murray as Jack Kenninson
Olive Kitteridge • HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Olive Kitteridge • HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone
Lisa Cholodenko, Directed by

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Olive Kitteridge • HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone
Jane Anderson, Teleplay by

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed
American Crime • ABC • ABC Studios

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Voice • NBC • United Artists Media Group, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television
Mark Burnett, Executive Producer
John De Mol, Executive Producer
Audrey Morrissey, Executive Producer
Marc Jansen, Executive Producer
Lee Metzger, Executive Producer
Chad Hines, Co-Executive Producer
Amanda Zucker, Co-Executive Producer
Mike Yurchuk, Co-Executive Producer
Jim Roush, Co-Executive Producer
Kyra Thompson, Co-Executive Producer
May Johnson, Supervising Producer
Teddy Valenti, Supervising Producer
Anthea Bhargava, Supervising Producer
Clyde Lieberman, Supervising Producer
Ashley Baumann, Senior Producer
Keith Dinielli, Senior Producer
Barton Kimball, Producer
Brittany Martin, Producer
Kyley Tucker, Producer
Carson Daly, Producer
Michelle McNulty, Producer

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer
Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman
Transparent • Amazon Instant Video • Amazon Studios

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Transparent • Best New Girl • Amazon Instant Video • Amazon Studios
Jill Soloway, Directed by

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Allison Janney as Bonnie
Mom • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Veep • Election Night • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
Simon Blackwell, Teleplay and Story by
Armando Iannucci, Story by
Tony Roche, Teleplay and Story by

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Melissa McCarthy introduces the ‘remarkable women’ behind Ghostbusters

By Oliver Gettell
Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 2015

(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images )

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Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy wants the world to know that the movie’s “girl power” goes beyond its four leading ladies.

The actress posted a photo on Tuesday of her and co-stars Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon posing with the many “remarkable women” who worked on both sides of the camera for Sony’s upcoming reboot of the supernatural action-comedy.

“When we stand together we are unstoppable! #GirlPower,” McCarthy wrote. She also gave a shout-out to fellow girl-power advocate Ellen DeGeneres.


The dozens of women participating in the photo include actress Cecily Strong and writer Katie Dippold, plus numerous stuntwomen, hair and make-up artists, production assistants, prop stylists, and more. (Not pictured, for obvious reasons, is director Paul Feig.)

The revamped Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15.

UPDATE: DeGeneres responded to McCarthy’s photo by retweeting it and adding, “This just made my day.”


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New Chemistry Series Brings Science to Life on PBS

THE MYSTERY OF MATTER: SEARCH FOR THE ELEMENTS, an original series that tells the amazing human story behind the Periodic Table, premieres August 19, 2015, on most PBS stations.MOMElements
Hosted by two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson, the three hour-long episodes explore the contributions of seven remarkable scientists, all driven to answer the same simple question: What is the world made of? THE MYSTERY OF MATTER shows not only what these scientific explorers achieved but also how, using Broadway-caliber actors to reveal the creative process through the scientists’ own words, and conveying their landmark discoveries through reenactments—complete with replicas of their original lab equipment.

“Most history of science programs give a distorted impression by focusing on one scientist at a time. So we get biographies of Einstein, Galileo and so forth,” says series producer Stephen Lyons. “THE MYSTERY OF MATTER presents a truer picture of science as a collective human endeavor, with each investigator building on the work of those who came before.”

The stories of the seven featured scientists are told over the three episodes as follows:

Episode 1: Out of Thin Air (1754-1806)
One of science’s great odd couples—British minister Joseph Priestley and French tax administrator Antoine Lavoisier—together discover a fantastic new gas called oxygen, overturning the reigning theory of chemistry and triggering a worldwide search for new elements. Soon caught up in the hunt is science’s first great showman, a precocious British chemist named Humphry Davy, who dazzles London audiences with his lectures, introduces them to laughing gas, and turns the battery into a powerful tool in the search for new elements.

Episode 2: Unruly Elements (1859-1902)
Over a single weekend in 1869, a young Russian chemistry professor named Dmitri Mendeleev invents the Periodic Table, bringing order to the growing gaggle of elements. But this sense of order is shattered when a Polish graduate student named Marie Sklodowska Curie discovers radioactivity, revealing that elements can change identities— and that atoms must have undiscovered parts inside them.

Episode 3: Into the Atom (1910-1960)
Caught up in the race to discover the atom’s internal parts—and learn how they fit together—is a young British physicist named Harry Moseley, who uses newly discovered X-rays to put the Periodic Table in a whole new light. And a young American chemist named Glenn Seaborg creates a new element—plutonium—that changes the world forever, unleashing a force of unimaginable destructive power: the atomic bomb.

To watch previews of the series and three episodes, go to

To watch any of the three episodes, go to the Vimeo links below and enter the password: matter.

    Hour 1 (OPB version) with MLP bug

    Hour 2 (OPB version) with MLP bug

    Hour 3 (OPB version) with MLP bug

    To see where and when The Mystery of Matter will be airing, go to

    For additional information and promotional assets, please visit the OPB or PBS Press Rooms at

    Kelsey Wallace, OPB; 503-293-1933;
    Stephen Lyons, Moreno/Lyons Productions, 617-789-3900;


    About The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements
    The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is a production of Moreno/Lyons Productions, a Boston production company, in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Supported by
    3 grants from the National Science Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, it is directed by Muffie Meyer and Stephen Lyons, makers of previous Emmy Award-winning PBS programs like Benjamin Franklin and Forgotten Genius.

    About OPB
    Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, visit

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Toronto Festival Lineup Includes Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Johnson, Jake Gyllenhaal Films

By Steve Pond
The Wrap
July 28, 2015

"The Martian," "The Program" and "Trumbo"

“The Martian,” “The Program” and “Trumbo”

“The Martian,” “The Danish Girl,” “Black Mass” among titles; Johnny Depp, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore and Benedict Cumberbatch also among actors list coming to this year’s festival

Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition” are among the films expected to bring such stars as Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal and Dakota Johnson to the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

The 48 films are all among the first batch of selections to be announced for the 2015 festival, which will run from Sept. 10-20 in Toronto.

The festival’s typically hefty helping of high-profile awards contenders includes a number of films dealing with hot-button social and political issues. “The Danish Girl” stars Redmayne as the first recipient of male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, while “Stonewall” is “Independence Day” director Emmerich’s look at the 1969 New York City riots that were instrumental in the right for gay rights.

Other politically-charged films include “Trumbo,” from “Game Change” director Jay Roach, which stars Bryan Cranston as blacklisted novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo; Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld,” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as the real-life lesbian couple who fought the state of New Jersey for pension rights; “Beasts of No Nation,” a story of an African child soldier starring Idris Elba and directed by Cary Fukanaga (“Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” and the first season of “True Detective”); Tom McCarthy’s journalism drama “Spotlight,” with Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo in the story of a Boston newspaper’s expose of abuse in the Catholic Church; and Paul Gross’ “Hyena Road,” about three different characters facing the moral complexity of modern warfare.

Although the festival’s full documentary program will be revealed at a later date, the initial announcement also included a special world premiere screening of “Where To Invade Next,” the first documentary in six years from Michael Moore.

The opening-night film will be “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee, a Canadian.

Other world premieres at the festival include “The Martian,” with Damon, Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor; “Stonewall,” with Jonathan Rhys Meyers; “The Program,” “Philomena” director Stephen Frears’ film about Lance Armstrong; Jocelyn Moorhouse’s “The Dressmaker,” with Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth; and “Desierto,” a drama about Mexican immigrants starring Gael Garcia Bernal and directed by Jonas Cuaron, the son of Alfonso Cuaron and the co-writer of his father’s “Gravity.”

“Legend,” a new crime drama from “L.A. Confidential” writer Brian Helgeland starring Tom Hardy in a dual role as the real-life British gangsters the Kray twins, is an international premiere, screening at TIFF on the heels of its UK release.

Other films include “Black Mass,” Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger story, starring Johnny Depp as the fugitive mobster, along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson; Rebecca Miller’s comedy “Maggie’s Plan,” with Julianne Moore and Bill Hader; John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,” written by Nick Hornby and starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson ; Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back,” with Sarah Silverman; “The Lady in the Van,” with Maggie Smith; “Sunset Song,” from acclaimed British director Terence Davies; “Frank” director Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” starring Brie Larson and William H. Macy; and “Lolo,” from actress-director Julie Delpy.

One of the the most unusual films on the list is likely to be “Anomalisa,” a stop-motion animated film co-directed by “Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” writer Charlie Kaufman.

The Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan” will make its North American premiere, while the festival will also showcase a number of other Cannes titles: “Son of Saul,” “Sicario,” The Lobster,” “Louder Than Bombs,” “Mountains May Depart” and “Youth.”

Because of TIFF’s policy of transparency, and its refusal to allow films that are planning to play the Telluride Film Festival to bill themselves as world premieres, it’s now possible to view the Toronto lineup and figure out which films are likely planning to appear in Telluride and Venice, both of which take place just before TIFF.

“The Martian,” “Stonewall,” “Trumbo” and “Where to Invade Next” will not appear at any festival prior to Toronto, while “The Danish Girl” and Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” billed as North American premieres, could well play in Venice but not Telluride.

Films whose “Canadian premiere” billing makes them likely Telluride bookings include “Black Mass,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Room,” “Spotlight” and “Son of Saul.”

A number of additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks. The final lineup:

“Demolition” Jean-Marc Vallee, USA (World Premiere)

“Beeba Boys” Deepa Mehta, Canada (World Premiere)
“Eye in the Sky” Gavin Hood, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
“Forsaken” Jon Cassar, Canada (World Premiere)
“Freeheld” Peter Sollett, USA (World Premiere)
“Hyena Road” (“Hyena Road: Le Chemin du Combat”) Paul Gross, Canada (World Premiere)
“Lolo” Julie Delpy, France (World Premiere)
“Legend” Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom (International Premiere)
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” Matt Brown, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
“The Martian” Ridley Scott, USA (World Premiere)
“The Program” Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
“Remember” Atom Egoyan, Canada (North American Premiere)
“Septembers of Shiraz” Wayne Blair, USA (World Premiere)
“Stonewall” Roland Emmerich, USA (World Premiere)
“The Dressmaker” Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia (World Premiere)

“Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“Beasts of No Nation” Cary Fukunaga, Ghana (Canadian Premiere)
“Black Mass” Scott Cooper, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“Brooklyn”John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada (Canadian Premiere)
“The Club”Pablo Larrain, Chile (North American Premiere)
“Colonia” Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France (World Premiere)
“The Danish Girl” Tom Hooper, United Kingdom/Sweden (North American Premiere)
“The Daughter” Simon Stone, Australia (North American Premiere)
“Desierto”Jonás Cuarón, Mexico (World Premiere)
“Dheepan” Jacques Audiard, France (North American Premiere)
“Families” (“Belles Familles”) Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France (World Premiere)
“The Family Fang”Jason Bateman, USA (World Premiere)
“Guilty” (“Talvar”)Meghna Gulzar, India (World Premiere)
“I Smile Back” Adam Salky, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“The Idol”(“Ya Tayr El Tayer”) Hany Abu-Assad, United Kingdom/Palestine (World Premiere)
“The Lady in the Van” Nicolas Hytner, USA (World Premiere)
“Len and Company” Tim Godsall, USA (North American Premiere)
“The Lobster” Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands (North American Premiere)
“Louder than Bombs” Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark (North American Premiere)
“Maggie’s Plan” Rebecca Miller, USA (World Premiere)
“Mountains May Depart” (“Shan He Gu Ren”) Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japan (North American Premiere)
“Office”Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong (International Premiere)
“Parched” Leena Yadav, India/USA (World Premiere)
“Room” Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada (Canadian Premiere)
“Sicario” Denis Villeneuve, USA (North American Premiere)
“Son of Saul” (“Saul Fia”) László Nemes, Hungary (Canadian Premiere)
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“Summertime” (“La Belle Saison”) Catherine Corsini, France (North American Premiere)
“Sunset Song” Terence Davies, United Kingdom/Luxembourg (World Premiere)
“Trumbo” Jay Roach, USA (World Premiere)
“Un plus une” Claude Lelouch, France (World Premiere)
“Victoria” Sebastian Schipper, Germany (Canadian Premiere)
“Where To Invade Next” Michael Moore, USA (World Premiere)
“Youth” Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/United Kingdom/Switzerland (North American Premiere)

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Primetime Emmys 2015 Live Nominations!

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Primetime Emmys 2015- Full List

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced July 16th. Here is the full list of nominees.

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Critics’ Choice Awards Winners: Full List

By Variety Staff
May 31, 2015

(Kevin Winter/Getty)

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The 5th annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards took place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel and aired live on A&E. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley emceed the proceedings — and also found time to accept the prize for best reality host midway through the show. Despite playfully jabbing rival host Tom Bergeron during her intro by joking she’d purposefully gotten him relegated to one of the back tables in the ballroom, she was spotted warmly embracing the “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay during the ad break.

The first prize of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks for best supporting actor in a drama, and the thesp also had the dubious honor of earning the ceremony’s first (but far from the last) bleep during his acceptance speech. The “Breaking Bad” spinoff later won a second award for Bob Odenkirk’s lead role as titular conman Saul Goodman (aka Jimmy McGill). “I’m in a drama? I’m trying to get laughs!” Odenkirk quipped, evidencing the increasingly blurry line between drama and comedy contenders. That trend continued with Lorraine Toussaint’s win for best supporting actress in a drama for Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” which competed (and won) in the comedy categories last year.

Likewise, best actress in a drama winner Taraji P. Henson arguably earned just as many laughs during “Empire’s” freshman season as the Critics’ Choice comedic contenders, and Jeffrey Tambor, who won best actor in a comedy for “Transparent,” had just as many moments of pathos in the Amazon series as his counterparts in the drama race.

Henson had plenty of fans in the room among both critics and talent — applause for her win was some of the loudest of the night, and during every commercial break, her table was beset by well-wishers, including “The Americans” stars Holly Taylor and Alison Wright, who went over to express their admiration for the “Empire” scene-stealer. Likewise, Tambor’s emotional win brought many attendees to their feet — including the cast and creative team of FX’s “You’re the Worst,” who offered an extended standing ovation when Tambor’s name was announced.

The night’s top prizes went to shows that stayed true to their genres: HBO’s “Silicon Valley” took home best comedy series, while FX’s “The Americans” won best drama. It was a strong night for both cable networks: FX also scooped awards for best supporting actress in a movie or limited series for Sarah Paulson’s latest “American Horror Story” performance; best guest actor in a drama thanks to Sam Elliott’s role in “Justified”; and best animated series for “Archer,” which was announced before the main show began. “Archer” star Judy Greer apparently wasn’t impressed with the sandwich selection on their table and ordered room service pizza for her companions during the show instead — much to the envy of the other attendees.

HBO also scored three awards for “Olive Kitteridge” (best limited series, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Bill Murray); best movie made for television for “Bessie”; and best actor in a limited series or movie for David Oyelowo’s starring role in “Nightingale.”

Best actress in a comedy went to an absent Amy Schumer (who instead attended the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York, during which she locked lips with Tina Fey), while Allison Janney added to her overflowing awards shelf with the gong for best supporting actress in a comedy for “Mom” — and managed a memorable smooch of her own by planting a passionate kiss on presenter James Corden after taking the stage.

Silicon Valley” also nabbed the best supporting actor prize thanks to T.J. Miller, who crammed his mouth full of food before his acceptance speech to illustrate how unexpected his win was, causing presenters Sarah Paulson and Ben McKenzie to burst into giggles just off-camera.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” star Charlize Theron was on hand to present Seth MacFarlane with the Louis XIII Genius Award. The self-deprecating “Family Guy” creator, who arrived at the show just in time to accept his award, gave a typically risque acceptance speech that drew plenty of laughs even while toeing the boundaries of good taste. Among his targets were “Duck Dynasty,” “The Simpsons” and the critics themselves: “Let’s not forget I’m being declared a genius on a network that airs ‘Duck Dynasty,’ a show whose cast members believe hurricanes are created by gay marriage. I wish I was joking,” he said during the live telecast.

After the show, guests headed outside to enjoy a more elaborate feast, including a pizza buffet (sorry, Judy Greer), beef and chicken skewers and a gelato bar, where the cast of “The Americans” celebrated their win by playing a game of oversized Jenga, “Face Off” judge Glenn Hetrick kicked back with a round of indoor ping-pong, and “Inside Amy Schumer” guest performer (and dearly departed “Good Wife” star) Josh Charles was overheard congratulating exec producer Vince Gilligan on “Better Call Saul’s” success.

See More: Critics’ Choice TV Awards: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

See the full list of winners below.

Best Drama Series
The Americans (FX) (WINNERS)

Empire (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley (HBO) (WINNER)

Broad City (Comedy Central)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Mom (CBS)
Transparent (Amazon)
Veep (HBO)
You’re the Worst (FX)

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX) (WINNER)

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC) (WINNER)

Aden Young, Rectify (Sundance)
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel (A&E)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon) (WINNER)

Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC)
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (FOX)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (FOX)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) (WINNER)

Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Ilana Glazer, Broad City (Comedy Central)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback (HBO)

Best Limited Series
Olive Kitteridge (HBO) (WINNER)
24: Live Another Day (FOX)
American Crime (ABC)
The Book of Negroes (BET)
The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
Wolf Hall (PBS)

Best Movie Made for Television
Bessie (HBO) (WINNER)

Killing Jesus (National Geographic Channel)
Nightingale (HBO)
A Poet in New York (BBC America)
Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)

Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge (HBO) (WINNER)
Aunjanue Ellis, The Book of Negroes (BET)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
Queen Latifah, Bessie (HBO)

Best Reality Series Host
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) (WINNER)

Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (Lifetime)
James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo)
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (CBS
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

Best Reality Competition Series
Face Off (Syfy) (WINNER)

The Amazing Race (CBS)
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Master Chef Junior (FOX)
The Voice (NBC)

Best Reality Series
Shark Tank (ABC) (WINNER)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Married at First Sight (A&E)
MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
Undercover Boss (CBS)

Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Sam Elliott, Justified (FX) (WINNER)

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Julianne Nicholson, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Linda Lavin, The Good Wife (CBS)
Lois Smith, The Americans (FX)
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon) (WINNER)

Becky Ann Baker, Girls (HBO)
Josh Charles, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Peter Gallagher, Togetherness (HBO)
Susie Essman, Broad City (Comedy Central)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS) (WINNER)

Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia (IFC)
Eden Sher, The Middle (ABC)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO) (WINNER)

Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)
Cameron Monaghan, Shameless (Showtime)
Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) (WINNER)

Carrie Coon, The Leftovers (HBO)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Joelle Carter, Justified (FX)
Katheryn Winnick, Vikings (History)
Mae Whitman, Parenthood (NBC)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC) (WINNER)

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)
Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers (HBO)
Craig T. Nelson, Parenthood (NBC)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)

Best Talkshow
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) (WINNER)

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Best Animated Series
Archer (FX) (WINNER)

Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
Gravity Falls (Disney Channel)
The Simpsons (FOX)
South Park (Comedy Central)
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) (WINNER)

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall (PBS)
Cynthia Nixon, Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
Khandi Alexander, Bessie (HBO)
Mo’Nique, Bessie (HBO)

Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series
David Oyelowo, Nightingale (HBO) (WINNER)

James Nesbitt, The Missing (Starz)
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Live Another Day (FOX)
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall (PBS)
Michael Gambon, The Casual Vacancy (HBO)
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge (HBO) (WINNER)
Cory Michael Smith, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Elvis Nolasco, American Crime (ABC)
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
Jason Isaacs, Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
Jonathan Pryce, Wolf Hall (PBS)

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PEM PRESENTS: American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton & Hollywood Exhibit



Peabody Essex Museum | Salem, Massachusetts | June 6, 2015 – September 7, 2015

This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in more than 25 years and the first to explore important connections between Benton’s art and the movies. After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling’s shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.

Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth, Texas.

The exhibition was made possible in part by Bank of America and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. The National Endowment for the Arts and Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. Christie’s provided in-kind support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.

OPENING DAY CELEBRATION | SATURDAY, JUNE 6 | 11 am-4 pm | FREE with admission

For more information on this exhibit, click here

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‘Movie stars’ in Shelburne Falls

By Diane Broncaccio

The Recorder
May 1, 2015

Jack Nelson of Carriage House Designs of Turners Falls mounts one of the 'movie stars' on the exterior of the Salmon Falls Market Place in Shelburne Falls where scenes from The Judge were filmed. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

Jack Nelson of Carriage House Designs of Turners Falls mounts one of the ‘movie stars’ on the exterior of the Salmon Falls Market Place in Shelburne Falls where scenes from The Judge were filmed. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

SHELBURNE FALLS — Hollywood visitors Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are just a memory, but now you can easily find some local buildings where scenes from the movies “Labor Day” and “The Judge” were filmed.

With a $5,800 grant from the Massachusetts Film Office, the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association and Ashfield Stone created one of the first Film Tourism Programs in the state, according to business association executive director Mary Vilbon. Seven slate stars are now mounted on village buildings that had cameo roles in either film. Also, the business association has added a page on its tourism website,, that gives information about each production and a walking tour map to download.

“Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was a bit of an inspiration,” says Vilbon. “We wanted to celebrate the fact that two major productions, ‘Labor Day’ (2012) and ‘The Judge’ (2013) were filmed in Shelburne Falls, supporting local businesses, bringing visitors to the village, and putting the beauty and wonder of West County onto the big screen.”

Owner Johanna Pratt of Ashfield Stone donated the handmade stars that were designed by stone craftsman Brandon Osman. She said each star is made of local Ashfield schist, which was cut and polished. Carriage House Designs of Turners Falls engraved and installed the stars.

“Each star is just a little bit different and we customized the installation, depending on the building surface,” said Jack Nelson of Carriage House.

The stars are mounted on the following buildings: Salmon Falls Gallery (exterior setting for The Flying Deer Diner in “The Judge”), Greenfield Savings Bank (“Labor Day”), Baker Pharmacy (“The Judge”), Keystone Market (“Labor Day”), Memorial Hall (“The Judge”), former Singley Furniture (“The Judge”) and former Mole Hollow Candle building (interior of Flying Deer Diner for “The Judge”).

A video showing both scenes from the movies and photos of the behind-the-scenes filming will be running at the Shelburne Falls Village Information Center on Bridge Street. Also, “The Judge” will be playing again at Pothole Pictures, Memorial Hall, on May 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. (Movie tickets are $6 each.)

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You can reach Diane Broncaccio at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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Worcester to be on display at Cannes Film Festival with showing of ‘The Sea of Trees’

By Lindsay Corcoran
April 21, 2015

Matthew McConaughey filming "Sea of Trees" at Clark University in Worcester on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Clark University)

Matthew McConaughey filming “Sea of Trees” at Clark University in Worcester on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Clark University)

WORCESTER — Viewers at the Cannes Film Festival will get a look at Worcester’s Clark University, Park Avenue and other city spots thanks to the locally filmed movie “The Sea of Trees” heading to compete there next month.

“The Sea of Trees,” the filming of which brought stars like Matthew McConaughey to Worcester last fall, will be competing in the prestigious annual festival running from May 13 through 24.

In September, the filming brought stars to Worcester locations including Clark University and shut down Park Avenue for a major car crash scene in the movie. McConaughey and other stars were also spotted filming in surrounding towns like at Purgatory Chasm in Sutton and Wachusett Mountain in Princeton.

“The Sea of Trees,” directed by Gus Van Sant, follows Arthur Brennan, a suicidal American played by McConaughey, who befriends a man lost in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. It co-stars Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe.

No general release date has been set for “The Sea of Trees,” though it is set to come out this year.

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The Sea of Trees to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

By Justin Chang & Elsa Keslassy
April 16, 2015

Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

In a further sign of the ever-increasing globalization of film culture, two highly regarded European directors will make their Cannes competition debuts with English-lingo efforts: Greek helmer Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth”) with “The Lobster,” an out-there sci-fier starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, and Norwegian director Joachim Trier with “Louder Than Bombs,” a family drama with Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg. Two Italian heavyweights are also bringing English-language fare: Paolo Sorrentino with “Youth” (pictured below), toplining Michael Caine and featuring Weisz, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano and Harvey Keitel, and Garrone with “The Tale of Tales,” a lavish, effects-driven fantasy starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly.


As expected, American studio/specialty fare will be similarly well represented out of competition, with world-premiere screenings of Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone; George Miller’s previously announced actioner “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron; and Pixar’s latest toon extravaganza “Inside Out.” The latter will be joined out of competition by another animated feature, Mark Osborne’s French-produced, English-language adaptation of “The Little Prince,” featuring voice work by Riley Osborne, Jeff Bridges, Del Toro and Cotillard.

Meanwhile, of the eight first features announced in the official selection, few will likely stir more interest than director Natalie Portman’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” an Israel-shot adaptation of Amos Oz’s bestselling autobiography that will receive a Special Screenings berth.

Asia will enjoy its strongest competition presence in some time with “Our Little Sister,” a Japanese comicstrip adaptation from Hirokazu Kore-eda; “Mountains May Depart,” a three-part drama from mainland Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke; and “The Assassin,” a long-gestating martial-arts epic from Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cannes 2015 also looks to be a robust edition for Italian filmmakers, with Palme bridesmaids Garrone and Sorrentino duking it out with Palme laureate Nanni Moretti, back with his semi-autobiographical drama “My Mother.” And perhaps the most unexpected competition entry is “Son of Saul,” a Holocaust drama from first-time Hungarian helmer Laszlo Nemes, and the sole debut feature in contention for the Palme.

All these tantalizing prospects aside, Thursday morning’s press conference in Paris left a number of question marks, starting with the fact that only 17 films were announced for competition and 14 in Un Certain Regard, a program that runs parallel to the competition. Cannes delegate general Thierry Fremaux (appearing alongside newly installed president Pierre Lescure) assured those in attendance that more pictures would be added to the lineup in the coming days. It remains to be seen whether that means making room for any British and/or Latin American filmmakers, who are currently unrepresented in competition.

As it stands, while the proceedings will kick off with Emmanuelle Bercot’s previously announcedStanding Tall,” starring Catherine Deneuve, the festival has yet to announce either a closing-night film or an opening film for Un Certain Regard. Acknowledging that there were many films that didn’t make the cut despite having been well liked by the screening committee, Fremaux added, “It’s a good selection. It’s new, it’s fresh … Our selection will lay out some assumptions, some hypotheses, and the mission is to put new names on the world cinema map.”

Fremaux also addressed the large number of English-lingo movies from non-native English speakers, noting that he and his committee had refused many films that used the language in an absurd or non-intuitive fashion.

“We’re trying to make this point understood by certain American producers who really think English is the world’s language,” Fremaux said. “We just can’t have Latin American, Asian or Middle Eastern characters speak in English as if it were their own language.”

Lescure noted that the Sorrentino and Garrone films were worthy exceptions: “The coherence of the choice of language stems from artistic considerations rather than economic ones.”

Of the many films that went unmentioned in Thursday’s announcement (including Terence Davies’ “Sunset Song,” Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights” and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Love in Khon Kaen”), two of the most conspicuous and surprising no-shows were Arnaud Desplechin’s “Nos arcadies” and Gaspar Noe’s “Love.” The absence of these two Cannes mainstays can be chalked up in part to an even-stronger-than-usual year for French cinema, which will be represented in competition by Jacques Audiard’s immigrant drama “Erran”; Maiwenn’s “Mon roi,” a love story starring Bercot and Vincent Cassel; Valerie Donzelli’s incest-themed drama “Marguerite and Julien”; and Stephane Brize’s “A Simple Man,” with Vincent Lindon.

Other French-speaking entries that were unannounced on Thursday include Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite,” Guillaume Nicloux’s “Valley of Love,” Jaco van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament” and Joachim Lafosse’s “The White Knights,” though it’s expected that most if not all these titles may yet find berths in the official selection or in the Directors’ Fortnight, which will announce its lineup on April 21. (The Critics’ Week sidebar will be announced on April 20.)

Donzelli and Maiwenn are the only two female directors competing for the Palme d’Or, a number in line with last year’s; slotting Bercot’s “Standing Tall” in competition would have brought the total to three. Still, the festival would seem to be making some attempt to address past criticisms of its underrepresentation of women — not only by opening with its first female-directed movie in the nearly 30 years since Diane Kurys’ “A Man in Love” (1987), but also by partnering with French luxury goods company Kering to present Women in Motion, a series of talks and panels highlighting women’s achievements in cinema.

As usual, Un Certain Regard, a sidebar devoted to work by emerging talents as well as established auteurs, will provide a significant platform for national cinemas not represented in competition. These include India (Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Fly Away Solo,” Gurvinder Singh’s “The Fourth Direction”), Romania (Corneliu Porumboiu’s “The Treasure,” Radu Muntean’s “One Floor Below”), Iran (Ida Panahandeh’s “Nahid”), Iceland (Grimar Hakonarson’s “Rams”) and South Korea (Shin Su-won’s “Madonna,” Oh Seung-euk’s “The Shameless”).

Another Korean film, Hong Won-chan’s serial-killer thriller “Office,” will receive a Midnight Screenings slot, as will “Amy,” Asif Kapadia’s documentary portrait of the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse.

At the press conference, Fremaux made a point of noting that the festival would “wage a campaign to slow down the contemporary practice of (taking) selfies on the red carpet.” While Fremaux said he didn’t want to be coercive or prohibitive, he felt that said practice was “extremely ridiculous and grotesque.”

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 13-24.



“Standing Tall” (Emmanuelle Bercot, France). Screening out of competition, Bercot’s fourth feature (which she co-wrote with Marcia Romano) follows the troubled upbringing of a boy named Malony (Rod Paradot), and also stars Catherine Deneuve appearing as a juvenile judge who tries to intervene in his life. As either actress or director, Bercot is no stranger to Cannes: Her 2001 helming debut, “Clement,” made its premiere in Un Certain Regard, and she also won prizes at the festival for her short films “Les Vacances” (1997) and “La Puce” (1999). (Sales: Elle Driver)


“The Assassin” (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan). This Tang Dynasty-era martial-arts epic, starring Shu Qi and Chang Chen (the lovers in Hou’s “Three Times”), is the Taiwanese auteur’s first film since “Flight of the Red Balloon,” which opened the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2007. It will be his seventh time in competition, after 1993’s “The Puppetmaster” (which received a jury prize), “Good Men, Good Women” (1995), “Goodbye, South, Goodbye” (1996), “Flowers of Shanghai” (2008), “Millennium Mambo” (2001) and “Three Times” (2007). (Sales: Wild Bunch)

“Carol” (Todd Haynes, U.S.-U.K.). Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel about a lonely young department-store clerk who falls for an elegant older woman in 1950s New York. Haynes’ recent films (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not There”) have played the fall festival circuit, and this latest drama, which the Weinstein Co. is releasing Stateside this fall, will mark his first appearance at Cannes since 1998’s “Velvet Goldmine,” which received a prize for artistic contribution from the jury. (Sales: HanWay Films)

“Erran” (Jacques Audiard, France). Audiard has proven himself a specialist in gritty stories from Paris’ underbelly, and his latest, already acquired by IFC’s Sundance Selects for Stateside release, stars Vincent Rottiers as a Sri Lankan Tamil fighter working as a caretaker on a council estate in the city. Audiard was previously in competition with 1996’s “A Self-Made Hero” (which won a screenplay prize), 2009’s “A Prophet” (which received the Grand Prix), and 2012’s “Rust and Bone.” (Sales: Wild Bunch)

“The Lobster” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece-U.K.-Ireland-Netherlands-France). Lanthimos won the 2009 Un Certain Regard prize for his attention-grabbing “Dogtooth,” and wound up bypassing a second Un Certain Regard slot in favor of a Venice competition berth for “Alps” (2011). This time, he cracks the big leagues with a love story set in a dystopian future where single people are arrested and forced to find a mate within 45 days. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly star in the mostly Irish-financed production. (Sales: Protagonist Pictures)

“Louder Than Bombs” (Joachim Trier, Norway-France-Denmark). Trier was previously in Un Certain Regard with his well-received “Oslo, August 31st” (2011), and he cracks the competition for the first time with this starry English-language drama about the secrets that emerge about a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert) three years after her death in a car accident. Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg star as her husband and son, respectively; the cast also includes David Strathairn and Amy Ryan. (Sales: Memento Films Intl.)

“Macbeth” (Justin Kurzel, U.K.-France-U.S.). Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard play Shakespeare’s bloodthirsty power couple in this Scottish-filmed adaptation (which will also offer a foretaste of this year’s other Cotillard-Fassbender-Kurzel collaboration, “Assassin’s Creed”). The competition berth marks a big step up for Australian director Kurzel from his trip to the Croisette in 2011, when “Snowtown,” his psychological chiller about the serial killer John Bunting, bowed in the festival’s parallel Critics’ Week sidebar. (Sales: Studiocanal)

“Marguerite and Julien” (Valerie Donzelli, France). Co-written by Donzelli and her regular collaborator Jeremie Elkaim, this tale of an incestuous love affair between the two eponymous siblings (played by Anais Demoustier and Jeremie Elkaim) is based on a 1971 Jean Gruault script that was almost filmed by Francois Truffaut. The competition slot reps a big boost for Donzelli after her 2011 Critics’ Week hit, “Declaration of War.” (Sales: Wild Bunch)

“Mon roi” (Maiwenn, France). In addition to opening the festival with “Standing Tall,” Emmanuelle Bercot stars here as a woman recovering from a passionate but destructive romance; her lover is played by Vincent Cassel. Maiwenn was previously at Cannes with her ensemble drama “Polisse” (2011), which won a jury prize. (Sales: Studiocanal)

“Mountains May Depart” (Jia Zhangke, China-Japan-France). Jia’s first feature shot outside his native China is a generations-spanning drama that unfolds in three parts, set in the 1990s, the present day and 2025, respectively. The filmmaker has had three prior films in competition at Cannes: “Unknown Pleasures” (2002), “24 City” (2008) and “A Touch of Sin” (2013), which won a screenplay prize. His 2010 documentary, “I Wish I Knew,” screened in Un Certain Regard. (Sales: MK2)

“My Mother” (Nanni Moretti, Italy-France). In her third collaboration with Moretti, Margherita Buy plays a filmmaker weathering a number of behind-the-scenes crises in this sardonic tragicomedy, also starring John Turturro. In addition to his Palme d’Or-winning “The Son’s Room” (2001), Moretti has had five previous films in competition at Cannes: “Ecce bombo” (1978); “Dear Diary” (1994), which won him a directing prize; “Aprile” (1998); “The Caiman” (2006); and “We Have a Pope” (2011). (Sales: Films Distribution)

“Our Little Sister” (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan). Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho and Suzu Hirose, headlines this adaptation of Akimi Yoshida’s popular serialized comic about four sisters living in the eponymous city. Kore-eda received a jury prize and an ecumenical prize at Cannes just two years ago for “Like Father, Like Son,” and he was also in competition with “Nobody Knows” (2004) and “Distance” (2001). His 2009 film “Air Doll” premiered in Un Certain Regard. (Sales: Gaga/Wild Bunch)

“The Sea of Trees” (Gus Van Sant, U.S.). Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe play two men who meet by chance in Japan’s “Suicide Forest,” where both have gone to end their lives; Naomi Watts also stars. Van Sant was previously at Cannes with “Restless,” which opened Un Certain Regard in 2011. Before that, he won the Palme d’Or and a directing prize for “Elephant” (2003), and was also in competition with “Last Days” (2005) and “Paranoid Park” (2007), which won a special 60th anniversary prize from the festival. (Sales: Bloom)

“Sicario” (Denis Villeneuve, U.S.). The Canadian director is no stranger to Cannes, which screened his films “Cosmos” (1996, Directors’ Fortnight), “August 32nd on Earth” (1998, Un Certain Regard) and “Polytechnique” (2009, Directors’ Fortnight). Since then, Villeneuve has become one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood, and he cracks the competition for the first time with this crime drama starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal, and set against the backdrop of the Mexican drug trade. (Sales: Lionsgate Intl.)

“A Simple Man” (Stephane Brize, France). After their well-regarded collaborations “Mademoiselle Chambon” (2009) and “A Few Hours of Spring” (2012), Brize and actor Vincent Lindon team for a third time with this drama about a 51-year-old man who begins working as a supermarket security guard and is soon faced with a moral dilemma. The film marks Brize’s first time in competition at Cannes; he was previously at the festival with his 1999 debut, “Blue Cities” (Directors’ Fortnight). (Sales: MK2)

“Son of Saul” (Laszlo Nemes, Hungary). The sole debut feature in competition follows a prisoner in 1944 Auschwitz who, forced to burn the corpses of his people, tries to save the body of a boy he takes for his own son. Nemes is the son of the Hungarian director Andras Jeles and a longtime protege of Bela Tarr.

“The Tale of Tales” (Matteo Garrone, Italy-France-U.K.). A two-time Cannes Grand Prix winner for “Gomorrah” (2008) and “Reality” (2012), Garrone ventures into the realm of English-language horror/fantasy with this f/x-heavy adaptation of a collection of fairy tales by the 17th-century Italian author Giambattista Basile. Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly star. (Sales: HanWay Films)

“Youth” (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy-France-Switzerland-U.K.). Sorrentino’s English-language drama stars Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor who receives an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. It marks the Italian auteur’s sixth film in competition, after “The Consequences of Love” (2004), “The Family Friend” (2006), the jury prize-winning “Il Divo” (2008), “This Must Be the Place” (2011) and “The Great Beauty” (2013). (Sales: Pathe)


“Inside Out” (Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen). Docter was previously in Cannes with “Up,” the first animated film ever to open the festival. He returns with this comic fantasy about the emotional life of a young girl, featuring voice work by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Diane Lane. A Cannes rollout will precede the film’s June 19 theatrical release.

“Irrational Man” (Woody Allen, U.S.). Allen’s 45th feature, said to be one of his darker, more serious-minded entries in the vein of “Match Point,” stars Joaquin Phoenix as a small-town college philosophy professor who begins a relationship with one of his students (Emma Stone). The film will screen May 15 in Cannes; Sony Classics will release the film July 24 Stateside. (Sales: FilmNation)

“The Little Prince” (Mark Osborne). Osborne is no stranger to Cannes, having co-directed “Kung Fu Panda” (with John Stevenson), which screened out of competition in 2008. His feature follow-up, produced by Paris-based On Entertainment, is reportedly one of the most expensive French animated features of all time (with an $80 million budget), and features voice work by Marion Cotillard, Riley Osborne, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges and Benicio Del Toro. (Sales: Wild Bunch)

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (George Miller, U.S.). Tom Hardy steps into Mel Gibson’s iconic chaps in this long-gestating reimagining of Miller’s post-apocalyptic action franchise. The film, which also stars Charlize Theron, is set for a second-day May 14 slot in Cannes, one day before its worldwide release through Warner Bros.


The Chosen Ones” (David Pablos, Mexico). Pablos’ follow-up to “The Life After” (2013) is adapted from Jorge Volpi’s novel set in the world of juvenile prostitution.

“Fly Away Solo” (Neeraj Ghaywan, India). Shweta Tripathi and Richa Chadda star in this relationship drama from Ghaywan, a Mumbai-based filmmaker making his feature debut.

“The Fourth Direction” (Gurvinder Singh, France-India). Singh’s sophomore feature (after his 2011 debut, “Alms for the Blind Horse”) is adapted from two short stories by Punjabi writer Waryam Singh Sandhu.

“The High Sun” (Dalibor Matanic, Croatia-Slovenia). The Croatian writer-helmer (“Mother of Aspahlt,” “I Love You”) presents a trilogy of love stories set in 1991, 2001 and 2011.

“I Am a Soldier” (Laurent Lariviere, France). A social drama starring Louise Bourgoin as a thirtysomething woman who is obligated to return to her parents’ home and agrees to work for her uncle (Jean-Hugues Anglade) in a doghouse.

“Journey to the Shore” (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan). Previously in Un Certain Regard with “Tokyo Sonata” (2008), the Japanese auteur returns with this adaptation of a novel by Kazumi Yumoto, starring Eri Fukatsu as a woman whose husband returns three years after his disappearance. (Sales: MK2)

“Madonna” (Shin Su-won, South Korea). Shin’s follow-up to “Pluto” (2013) centers around a nurse’s aide (Seo Yeong-hee) trying to secure an organ donation.

“Maryland” (Alice Winocour, France-Belgium). Cannes seems an ideal spot to unveil this French Riviera-lensed thriller, starring Mathias Schoenaerts as a French Special Forces soldier suffering PTSD after fighting in Afghanistan, and Diane Kruger as the wife of his new employer. Winocour’s previous film, “Augustine” (2012), premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week. (Sales: Indie Sales)dd

“Nahid” (Ida Panahandeh, Iran). Sareh Bayat and Pejman Bazeghi star in the Iranian helmer’s latest, described on its Facebook page as “a drama of love.”

“One Floor Below” (Radu Muntean, Romania). Previously in Un Certain Regard with “Tuesday, After Christmas” (2010), Muntean returns with his fifth feature, about a man who bears witness to a domestic quarrel that ends in murder.

“The Other Side” (Roberto Minervini, Italy). The latest documentary from Italian filmmaker Minervini, who was previously at Cannes with “Stop the Pounding Heart” (2013, Special Screenings).

“Rams” (Grimur Hakonarson, Iceland). Sigurdur Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson play two brothers battling to save their ancestral sheep stock following a disease outbreak in the secluded Icelandic valley where they live. The cinematography is by Sturla Brandth Grovlen, who won a Silver Bear at Berlin for his one-take wonder “Victoria.”

“The Shameless” (Oh Seung-euk, South Korea). A detective falls for the girlfriend (Jeon Do-yeon) of a mobster he’s chasing in this romantic crime thriller. (Sales: CJ Entertainment)

“The Treasure” (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania). The Romanian New Wave helmer won the Camera d’Or for his 2006 debut, “12:08 East of Bucharest” (Directors’ Fortnight), and the Un Certain Regard prize for 2009’s “Police, Adjective.” He’ll vie for the latter award again with his latest feature, about two men on a quest for treasure. (Sales: Wild Bunch)


“Amy” (Asif Kapadia, U.K.). This portrait of the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, featuring newly unearthed tracks and archival footage, is Kapadia’s first feature since his acclaimed 2010 documentary, “Senna.” It’s also the first nonfiction project acquired for Stateside distribution by A24, which plans a summer theatrical release. (Sales: Focus Features)

“Office” (Hong Won-chan, South Korea). Hong, one of the writers on Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser,” makes his directing debut with this serial-killer thriller.


“Amnesia” (Barbet Schroeder, Switzerland-France). Previously at Cannes with his Un Certain Regard entry “Terror’s Advocate” (2007), Schroeder returns with this cross-generational relationship drama set against Europe’s electronic music scene. (Sales: Les Films du Losange)

“Asphalte” (Samuel Benchetrit, France). Isabelle Huppert, Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Michael Pitt star in this drama about several lonely inhabitants of the same council estate, adapted by Benchetrit from his novel. (Sales: TF1 Intl.)

“Hayored lema’ala” (Elad Keidan). The Israeli filmmaker’s debut arrives in Cannes seven years after he won the Cinefondation prize for his short “Himnon.”

“Oka” (Souleymane Cisse). The Mali-born director was previously at Cannes with 2009’s “Tell Me Who You Are”; he competed at the 1995 festival with “Waati.”

“Panama” (Pavle Vuckovic, Serbia). Vuckovic’s debut feature is a thriller that, per the press materials, “depicts how digital communication, pornography and vanity obstruct true emotions and love.”

“A Tale of Love and Darkness” (Natalie Portman, Israel). Likely to be the highest-profile contender for the Camera d’Or this year, Portman’s debut is an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography by the Israeli writer Amos Oz, chronicling his years growing up in Jerusalem during the 1940s and ’50s. The actress-director herself plays the role of Oz’s mother. (Sales: Voltage/CAA)

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5 Film Sites for You to Explore

February 8, 2015

Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

Between Black Mass, The Judge and American Hustle, the last few years have been a banner time for filmmaking in Massachusetts.

For those looking to see somewhere different during the next couple of weeks before the Academy Awards arrive or for those thinking ahead to warmer days in the summer, here are five spots where prominent made-in-Massachusetts films were shot and a look at what they have to offer. and American Hustle, the last few years have been a banner time for filmmaking in Massachusetts.

For those looking to see somewhere different during the next couple of weeks before the Academy Awards arrive or for those thinking ahead to warmer days in the summer, here are five spots where prominent made-in-Massachusetts films were shot and a look at what they have to offer.

The Judge

Even while starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for his efforts, The Judge turned heads as much for its scenery as it did for its cast. The movie was filmed primarily in western Massachusetts, with Greater Shelburne Falls taking center stage.

Those familiar with both the film and the area might notice that Salmon Falls Gallery serves as the exterior for the Flying Deer Diner in The Judge, which also happened to feature a number of local in minor roles. For your time in Shelburne Falls, there’s excellent artisan shopping and restaurants, as well as outdoor spots. For overnights, Kenburn Orchards B&B is convenient and comfy.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips recounts the story of (you guessed it) Captain Richard Philips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, featuring Tom Hanks in the title role. The film was partially made in Lincoln and Sudbury, two towns about 20 miles west of Boston.

While keeping a low profile, Captain Phillips used Matlock Farm in Lincoln for several scenes. It isn’t the first time that Lincoln has appeared on the silver screen, either, as Mel Gibson and Adam Sandler films have also shown the town. While you’re in the area, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is great to visit and Drumlin Farm is especially good for kids. To put your feet up nearby, Thoreau’s Walden B&B is nicely situated.

American Hustle

One of the best-reviewed and best-known films to come out of Massachusetts during recent years, American Hustle filmed all across the Commonwealth. Boston, Brockton, Salem, Winchester and Woburn were just a handful of the locations featured, with Worcester playing a particularly central role as New York City.

The Worcester Art Museum, one the city’s top attractions, was one of many American Hustle film sites in Massachusetts, as were Nick’s Bar & Restaurant and the Wang Theater in Boston. In Worcester, the aforementioned art museum is an excellent place to start exploring; the EcoTarium and Canal District are plenty of fun, too. To stay in the area, The Beechwood Hotel is a top choice.

The Fighter

Like American Hustle, The Fighter is a David O. Russell film, one that tells the story of Lowell born-and-bred boxer Mickey Ward. The movie, which starred another famous Bay State native in Mark Wahlberg, was primarily filmed in Ward’s hometown, also included scenes from the town of Lexington.

Cupples Square, East Merrimack Street and Top Donut are three of the Lowell locations shown in The Fighter, which spread filming around the city. When you’re in Lowell, if training to fight isn’t your thing, there’s the American Textile History Museum, Whistler House Museum of Art and plenty else to do. For those coming into town, the Courtyard by Marriott hotel is a quick drive from the city’s main attractions.

Black Mass

Black Mass, set be released in September of 2015, casts Johnny Depp in the role of Whitey Bulger, one of the 20th century’s most notorious and elusive gangsters. The filming was spread around Greater Boston, drawing on Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Quincy, Randolph and Revere, to name just a few sites, for its setting.

Revere Beach by Bill Ilott via Flickr

Revere Beach by Bill Ilott via Flickr

Revere Beach, which also happens to be American’s oldest public beach and was established in 1896, got plenty of attention when Johnny Depp and Sienna Miller were filming on the sand during July of 2014. Here’s a roundup of the other sites, which are concentrated around Boston. During a visit, there’s plenty to do in the city, along with plenty of places to stay.

Of course, these five aren’t the only well-publicized movies to come out of Massachusetts. Shutter Island, The Social Network and, maybe most famously, Good Will Hunting were all filmed around the Commonwealth, as were plenty of other works.

For the full rundown, visit the Massachusetts Film Office website. You can also find more ideas on how to experience the movie scene in Massachusetts here.

Do you have a favorite film that was made in Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo at the top: Shelburne Falls during fall

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Sundance 2015 Is Hot On New England Witches, Woods, And Comics

By Erin Trahan
January 28, 2015


Every year just a few New England filmmakers secure a coveted debut at the Sundance Film Festival, which opened Jan. 21 and runs through Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah.

One of the most anticipated entries comes from Lee, N.H. native Robert Eggers. Speaking by phone before the festival he described “The Witch” as an “archetypal New England horror story,” a kind of “inherited nightmare.” It’s set in the 1630s, deep in a Hemlock forest chosen for historic accuracy, in a tense foreshadowing of the Salem witch trials.

In “The Witch,” a Puritan family’s fears take hold when crops falter and their newborn son disappears.

Director Robert Eggers shot “The Witch” in Kiosk, Ontario. (Jarin Blaschke)

Director Robert Eggers shot “The Witch” in Kiosk, Ontario. (Jarin Blaschke)

Early reviews from press screenings (the film premiered on Tuesday, Jan. 27) were largely positive and Eggers struck one of the festival’s first sales deals with A24.

Now living in Brooklyn, Eggers said that growing up in New England, the past has always been part of his consciousness. As a kid he paid attention to dilapidated colonials and “graveyards hidden in the middle of the woods.” He and his friends conjured their own folklore, trying to guess “what house the witch lived in.” That’s what he was trying to capture with this film, he said.

“The Witch” is Eggers’s first feature-length film. He has made shorts, including one that resembles “The Witch,” but it didn’t play festivals. He developed this script with support from the Sundance Institute and has been critically praised for the film’s near-obsessive attention to period detail.

Though he ultimately chose to shoot the film in Ontario, Eggers consulted Plimoth Plantation for his meticulous recreations of the period’s architecture, clothing, and lighting. For example he and director of photography, Jarin Blaschke, ducked in and out of Plimoth cottages with a light meter to inform “The Witch’s” dim 17th century palette.

Independent Film Festival Boston’s executive director, Brian Tamm, caught a press and industry screening and said that “The Witch” is “beautifully shot and perfectly creepy.” Tamm and program director Nancy Campbell prefer to play it close to the vest on what films they see, like, and invite to screen, though Tamm said he was also excited to see “Call Me Lucky” (about Boston comedian Barry Crimmins, which the ARTery wrote about here) and “Results,” Boston native Andrew Bujalski’s latest feature starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders. Bujalski returns to Sundance just two years after picking up the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize for “Computer Chess.”

Another New England forest features prominently in a Sundance debut about real-life logger, Bob Tarasuk. Though fictional, “Bob and the Trees” walks that fine line. It was shot documentary-style in the Berkshires, on two tiny Blackmagic cameras, using almost all non-professional actors.

Director Diego Ongaro, accomplished in short format filmmaking, had already crafted a 28-minute film based on Tarasuk in 2010. Audiences, including one at IFFBoston, asked for more so Ongaro decided that Bob and the “cinematically underexposed” topic of logging merited additional screen time.

Berkshires logger Bob Tarasuk plays a version of himself in “Bob and The Trees.” ICourtesy, Sundance Institute)

Berkshires logger Bob Tarasuk plays a version of himself in “Bob and The Trees.” ICourtesy, Sundance Institute)

There’s so much you need to do with your own hands,” said Ongaro of Sandisfeld, MA, where he has lived for the last seven years. “Cut wood, shovel your own driveway…” With “Bob” as his first feature, Ongaro wanted to get at the intensity of winter in particular, which is completely different from the weather of Ongaro’s native Paris and of the shirtsleeves weather depicted in the short.

Indeed this “Bob” plunges the logger into darker emotional territory than the short and also into two feet of Polar Vortex snow. Bob’s generally jovial (though foul-mouthed) outlook is tested by a bad bet on a sketchy plot of land and a suffering cow. The result is a close study of a dying industry and what some would call a vanishing way of life.

When he got the Sundance acceptance call, Ongaro said he was “so caught by surprise and happy.” He and several cast and crew members will be in Park City for this week’s premiere. “At some point you become completely blind to what you’ve created,” he said of the last year. Of course he hopes to sell the film but admits he’s not sure what to expect. “We’ll see how the people react,” he said.

Erin Trahan writes regularly about movies for The ARTery and edits The Independent.

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