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Ben Affleck brings Hub back to its roots

By Gayle Fee
Boston Herald
November 22, 2015

Ben Affleck as seen through a camera viewfinder shooting a scene on Margaret street in the north end (photo by Jen Royle)

Ben Affleck as seen through a camera viewfinder shooting a scene on Margaret street in the north end (photo by Jen Royle)

Boston is getting a throwback makeover courtesy of Ben Affleck and the “Live By Night” crew who blew into the North End on Friday and turned Margaret Street into a bustling 1920s-era neighborhood and is gettting ready to return the Boston Park Plaza hotel to its roots as The Statler Hotel for a shoot-out scene.

“It was awesome,” said North End resident Jen Royle, who watched Affleck taping from the window of her mother’s house at the corner of Margaret and Prince streets.

The neighborhood had been transformed by Hollywood’s set magicians with vintage signs, antique cars, a horse and buggy and a bevy of extras in Prohibition-era costumes.

“There were kids running up and down the street, a shoe-shine guy, people sitting on stoops and old cars,” Royle said.
Storefronts had been remade into a locksmith, tailor and violin shops and there were clotheslines draped across the alley with shirts hanging out to dry.

All of which was done for one brief moment on camera.

“Ben walked down the street and handed a guy some money like he was secretly tipping him,” Royle said. “Then he goes to the door of a building that was made to look like a bar, a guy frisks him and he walks inside.”

Affleck, who is starring as Joe Coughin, the son of a Boston cop who goes rogue and turns bootlegger, is also directing. So after each take he would walk back over to the camera and check the scene.

“He was all business,” Royle said. “At one point when he was looking in the camera he said, ‘Wow, the neighborhood looks amazing.’ He seemed to be really enamored by the way Margaret Street looked. And it was pretty remarkable what they did.”

Ben, who was wearing a brown fedora, a vintage suit and overcoat for the scene, called it a wrap around mid-afternoon, then he headed over to shoot a love scene at the Paul Revere statue. In that one, Affleck and his co-star Sienna Miller, who plays the bad-girl object of Coughlin’s affection, Emma Gould, make out on the street for a bit.

“They did it about four or five times,” said another rubbernecker. “Then it was over. There was a huge crowd watching, but they cleared them out when they started shooting. Then people started climbing over fences trying to take pictures.”

Hopefully Miller, who played Johnny Depp’s galpal Catherine Greig in the Whitey Bulger flick “Black Mass” and was then left on the cutting room floor, makes the final cut in this made-in-Boston flick!

Affleck & Co. are due to shoot a few more scenes in Boston, including one at the Park Plaza hotel — which was born as The Statler in 1927. Ben’s character is involved in a shootout there, which lands him in prison and eventually to his departure from Boston for Florida.

“Live By Night” is based on the 2012 novel by Dorchester noir master Dennis Lehane. It is the second Lehane book Affleck has brought to the big screen. He made his directorial debut with “Gone Baby Gone” in 2007.

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Sneak peek: The Rock lifts Kevin Hart in ‘Central Intelligence’

By Bryan Alexander
November 18, 2015

It’s impossible to miss the massive size difference between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who is 6-foot-5, 265 pounds) and Kevin Hart (5-foot-4, 145 pounds) in photos from their upcoming comedy Central Intelligence.

Kevin Hart is an easy armful for Dwayne Johnson in 'Central Intelligence'  (Photo: Claire Folger)

Kevin Hart is an easy armful for Dwayne Johnson in ‘Central Intelligence’
(Photo: Claire Folger)

Johnson knew the physical pairing would bring automatic laughs.

“With the visual alone, we had a shot at grabbing people,” says Johnson. “That visual is sizzle. And now we have deliver the steak.”

That hunk of meat flips the traditional roles of smart-mouthed comic Hart and action star Johnson. Central Intelligence (in theaters June 17, 2016) features Hart as the stiff straight man and Johnson essentially carrying the comedic aspects. Even Hart says he was surprised when the concept was floated.

“I was like, ‘Stop playing with me. DJ is going to be doing all the comedy? Really?’ But I said, ‘All right, can I talk to him?’ ” says Hart. “When I heard his take on it, it was a no-brainer. I said that we had to do it.”

The comedy follows Bob (Johnson), who grew up being bullied as a nerdy, overweight kid but eventually blossomed physically and became a lethal CIA agent. Going to his 20th high school reunion, Bob runs into Calvin (Hart), a strait-laced accountant who had previously reigned as big man on campus.

When criminals try to frame Bob, he enlists the supremely reluctant Calvin to assist in a secret government mission to clear his name. Naturally, it puts the two directly into the line of fire, with Hart fussing and Johnson crushing.

For Hart, playing the popular kid at school was the natural part. “That was like playing myself back then, minus the good grades. I was a C-minus student, I can admit that.”

Dwayne Johnson (back) gets to be the funny one to Kevin Hart's straight man in 'Central Intelligence.' (Photo: Claire Folger)

Dwayne Johnson (back) gets to be the funny one to Kevin Hart’s straight man in ‘Central Intelligence.’ (Photo: Claire Folger)

The difficult part was playing the humorless accountant. But each day on the Boston set this summer, Hart would put on slacks, button up his shirt and put a sweater on over that. Even harder was letting Johnson pump the comedy in each scene.

“There were moments I had to pull back when I wanted to be funny. But it wasn’t my role in this film. That was his role,” says Hart. “It’s expanding the acting portfolio I am trying to build.”

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber brought in Vine dancing sensation Sione Kelepi to portray Johnson as an exuberant high schooler grooving in the shower for a memorable scene. Johnson had to learn Kelepi’s dance moves and his face was placed on Kelepi’s body through Weta Digital effects.

Hart has nothing but praise for Johnson’s sizable comedy chops. No special effects were needed for the numerous times Johnson had to lift Hart in gags.

“Lifting Kevin Hart, it’s like lifting a beautiful woman,” says Johnson. “Only, of course, it’s not a beautiful woman.”

“He’s as big as you’d think he is, and he did a great job pulling the comedy off, making it believable,” Hart adds. “But it’s not like I’m going to be taking him on the road with me.”

Dwayne Johnson's fanny pack makes an appearance opposite Kevin Hart in 'Central Intelligence.' (Photo: Claire Folger)

Dwayne Johnson’s fanny pack makes an appearance opposite Kevin Hart in ‘Central Intelligence.’ (Photo: Claire Folger)

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Chris Pine on ‘The Finest Hours’, the U.S. Coast Guard, and More

By Sheila Roberts
November 18, 2015


Collider was recently invited to screen preview footage for Disney’s upcoming The Finest Hours directed by Craig Gillespie and to chat with the film’s star, Chris Pine. The action-thriller depicts the heroic 1952 rescue attempt by Coast Guard coxswain Bernie Webber (Pine) and his three-man crew off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers bound for Boston are split in two by a massive nor’easter leaving their crews stranded at sea. The rescuers faced 70-foot waves, hurricane-force winds, frigid temperatures and zero visibility in their 36-foot motor lifeboat in one of the greatest small boat rescue operations in U.S. Coast Guard history.

the-finest-hours-posterThe first sequence introduced us to the men of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Chatham, Massachusetts where Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders Webber to assemble a crew and set off on a perilous mission to save 33 sailors from the stricken SS Pendleton. Webber’s budding romance with his future wife, Miriam, (Holliday Grainger) is also revealed. The second sequence focused on chief engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), the senior officer aboard the stern of the Pendleton, who must keep the ship afloat after it’s ripped in half. The footage features interesting character development, exceptional lead and supporting performances, and impressive production values. The larger-than-life action sequences are visceral, visually thrilling, and anchored by a strong emotional core that hinges on the strength of the human spirit. The Finest Hours arrives in IMAX 3D January 29th which is perfect for the epic scale and immersive nature of this high stakes true story.

In our roundtable interview, Pine talked about his reaction when he first read the script, what drew him to the story and his character, the appeal of that era, his research and preparation to portray Webber, how this role was in stark contrast to the characters he usually plays, the challenges of filming on the water off the coast of Massachusetts and on a tank on gimbals with water and wind machines at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, how it was a moving experience to meet Coast Guard engineers Andy Fitzgerald and Mel Gouthro who were closely involved with the actual rescue mission, and why he was honored to pay tribute to these heroes. Check it all out in the interview below:

When you first heard about this story of the SS Pendleton, what did you think? What made you want to be in this film and was there any pressure in playing a real person?

(Image via Disney)

(Image via Disney)

CHRIS PINE: I simply read the script. The script reminded me in many ways of a film I did called Unstoppable which starts and pretty immediately you get involved in essentially a rollercoaster ride of human endurance. It was just a quick, wonderful, dramatic read. The ocean I find is very daunting, frightening, mysterious, and powerful. That intrigued me. I knew Ben Foster was going to be involved potentially and I loved the idea of working with Ben. I love that time period. There’s something that resonates deeply with me for whatever reason of that time in the world in the mid-20th century. These were men that had not fought in World War II. I know for Bernie Webber, the character I played, that was something in the back of his head, having heard all the stories, having had brothers fight in the war, and hearing stories of all their bravery and heroism, and wanting to do something similar, and having the desire to serve in that way. That was all very important to me.

Is the real Bernie Webber still alive?

PINE: Bernie Webber passed away in 2009. Andy Fitzgerald is still around. Mel Gouthro, who didn’t make it on the boat that day, is still around. He was Bernie’s best friend. Bernie was around the water all his life. There’s some recordings of Bernie talking about it. What I loved about these guys, especially in that age, is there’s such a stark difference from the world in which we live in, which is seemingly all about self-aggrandizement and the selfie culture. This was a time when these gentlemen showed up to work, they clocked in, they did their job, and they went home. They would have wanted and preferred not to talk about it. It just happened and that’s what they did really honestly. You can tell that from this recording, this interview, that Bernie did. He’s recounting the events, and I sensed in it this feeling of just what a pain in the ass it was to talk about it again, to recount it one more time. He wasn’t putting any color or spin on it. He was just recounting the events. I really enjoyed that about these personalities that there was no desire for memorials and stuff for them. They just did what they had to do because that was their job.

What was it about your character that really resonated with you, and what were some of the challenges you faced portraying someone from a completely different era?

PINE: I enjoyed it because… you know, we’re not reinventing the wheel with this story. It’s just about honest, solid, blue collar men that go out and do great things and then go home. It was made by Disney, and there’s something so earnest and heartfelt and of another era about it. It wasn’t brooding or dark or edgy. It was just good storytelling. It felt like a studio picture. I had this vision of wanting to play him like an old movie star would play a character in a 50’s studio film about people doing great things. I got to know Bernie a little bit through his recordings, a little bit through his book. But, I really got to know him through this wonderful character that was written for me, and the character was different than anything I’d played before. This is not a reflection on Bernie. This is the character that I had read named Bernie Webber. He wasn’t the sharpest guy. He wasn’t college educated, which was something that kind of bummed him out and made him very self-conscious. He never had a chance to do great things, and the time that he had been out on the water, he’d screwed up and that had pained him greatly. He was shy, introverted, quiet, gentle, very vulnerable, and all these really sweet things that made me just love the guy. It was in stark contrast to the characters I usually play, which are much sharper, harder, stronger, and maybe sometimes a bit colder or angrier. He was just kind of an open heart. I always envisioned him as a man peeking out from the sand, looking around and seeing what was around him, always wanting a bit to hide, and not having a voice strong enough to be a leader. That was his journey in the story, that he had to become a leader. No matter how scared he was, he had to do it, because the alternative was that many, many people were going to die.

When you see Captain Kirk, the body is rigid and there’s a confidence in himself and the way he walks. But, with Bernie, you were subservient in a way. Your head was down, your shoulders were slumped, and your eyes were looking up.

PINE: Bernie makes me see him as such a gentle soul. I just thought about growing up in a family where everybody is a hero and his father never really respected him – and again, this is no reflection on the man. This is only the character that I read. It was a bit easier to do that because the clothes were so heavy. I kind of did imagine him as an eggplant. He’s not a star. He never thought of himself as handsome. He’s an everyman. I liked the idea of this guy that hadn’t found his voice. It was hard for him to speak up. It was hard for him to be confrontational. It was hard for him to ask for what he wanted. He was like the runt of the [family].

Did you understand that? It seems like you grew up a little more confident. Did you ever have those moments?

(Image via Disney)

(Image via Disney)

PINE: Anybody who’s gone through puberty has understood what it feels like to be an outcast and alone. I had horrible acne when I was a kid. I felt like a complete and utter ne’er do well and someone who didn’t fit in and wasn’t handsome. So, I understand implicitly, and with a great amount of empathy, a man or human being that feels that way. With Bernie, that deep sense of having failed somehow and not being good enough moved me a great deal.

People always talk about being on the water and how logistically challenging that can be in filmmaking. What experiences did you have in that regard?

PINE: The production did a great job of actually making it as controlled as possible. We were in Boston at the shipyards where, as far as I know, the two oil tankers that split in half, the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton, were built, or at least one of them. We were at this famous Massachusetts shipyard (Fore River Shipyard in Quincy) in these huge warehouses where they built a tank. Much of our time was spent on a tank on one of only four existing old 36-foot Coast Guard boats on gimbals with water machines and wind machines. Then, we were on another part of the stage on a huge gimbal being dunked with water via four huge water tanks. Then, we spent the last week and a half out on the coast of Massachusetts filming in the water, which was just devastatingly freezing. It was a lot of fun, and we got a taste – and when I say taste, I mean a very small amuse-bouche — of what it would be like to be out in the water. It’s just cold as all get out. In the beginning, when I got there, they shot the Pendleton stuff first. A lot of those guys were in T-shirts and wool pants. You have to imagine you’re shooting 12 or 15 hours a day in wool pants and cotton T-shirts and people were getting very close to hypothermia. They’d had to devise ways, which finally by the time we got there, they had figured out. We were actually wearing dive, seaworthy rubber bodysuits to keep the warmth in so we could survive being out in the water all day.

Most people will never have the thrill of being on a gimbal doing all those incredible stunts. Is it euphoric? Is it quirky? What is that experience like?

PINE: No, it’s just work. You’re never, thank god, hopefully, in true danger. You make believe danger. I guess it’s kind of fun because it’s like a rollercoaster. It’s a long day, and the camera is still here, so you have to worry about your craft. It gets to be a grind, it’s very cold, and you want to bitch and moan. One day was particularly difficult for all of us, because everything had just reached a head and we had gotten off the boat for a break. The greatest kind of moment in all of that was just as I was about to start laying into the first assistant director about making sure we all get timely breaks off the boat, I look off to the side, and there’s Andy Fitzgerald, who was one of the gentlemen that was on the boat that day in 1952. Immediately, your mouth zips shut because of what they went through. I was just on the water recently off the coast of Africa and going through 25-foot waves. It was one of the most frightening experiences I’ve ever had where you’re looking to the side of you and there are waves twice the size of your boat. You realize that the ocean doesn’t care. The ocean would eat your alive and not think twice about it. So, imagine 50-foot-waves on a wooden boat in the middle of the night in freezing cold water, in driving rain with lightening, and you have no navigational tools, and you’re carrying 36 people on a boat back to safety just by the sheer, inherent knowledge you have of the coastal waters off of Massachusetts. The level of courage is beyond belief.

You mentioned meeting some of the people who survived this incident. After you met them, did it change your approach to the character?

PINE: I met Andy Fitzgerald who was on the boat, and I met Bernie’s best friend, Mel Gouthro, who was not on the boat and was too sick to go out that day. They were great men that did a great thing. I’m in awe of anyone that’s done that. It didn’t change how I portrayed the character, but it was certainly neat to meet these guys. It’s over 60 years ago. That’s incredible. And again, like I said before, for whatever reason, I grew up watching World War II films. I love the music of that time, the fashion of that time, the aesthetic of that time, and the movies from that time. So, there’s something very moving about meeting these gentlemen who lived the narrative that I was inhabiting. Gouthro is a total goofball and I could see why Bernie would have loved having him around because he’s such a hoot and such a character. You have to imagine, too, men in their 80s that are then on the set of a film that Hollywood is making about the story they experienced so many years ago. They’ve lived an entire lifetime, more of a life than many of us will ever live. Here they are toward the end, let’s say, and they’re having these young punks try to portray them. It must have been such a trip. So, it was a great honor for me.

Was there some dramatic license taken with the story?

Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and Tchuda Southerland (Josh Stewart) struggle to keep their ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking in Disney's THE FINEST HOURS, the heroic action-thriller presented in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX (c) 3D based on the extraordinary  story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard.

Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and Tchuda Southerland (Josh Stewart) struggle to keep their ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking in Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS, the heroic action-thriller presented in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX (c) 3D based on the extraordinary story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard.

PINE: I think there were certain things. The story between Bernie and Miriam is pretty spot on. She asked him to marry her. I want to say they were already married by the time he went out, so we had to take some dramatic license, because he had to get back so they could get married. They were married their entire lives. They had children together. She was very strong and she wore the pants in many ways in the family apparently from what I’ve heard. I met her daughter and her grandkids. But, I really want to be very clear that the character that I play is taken really from the story that I was given and the character that Craig wanted to create out of Bernie. I listened to many of Bernie’s recordings to get a sense of how he spoke.

What were the recordings?

PINE: The recordings were an interview he gave in the 1960s for the Cape Cod Recorder. It was a beat by beat by beat account of how he went about it. I got a sense of the music of how he spoke. He was laconic and slow with zero embellishment and very dry. It’s not the most interesting recording of all time, but you really get a sense that the guy is just bored by telling his own story. He just wants to move on with his life. That’s what I got from it.
Did you have any opportunity to see what he looked like or how he moved?

PINE: No, not that, but I did get to see two wonderful photos of Bernie and these guys. One photo was taken right after they’d basically faced imminent death. It took them about an hour or so to get out there and an hour or so to get back in. We saw it at the Coast Guard station. There’s all the guys sitting around a table in the cafeteria having coffee and Bernie has his fly open. And there’s a great picture of them having just landed and everybody’s gotten off the boat. Bernie is the last to get off the boat, and you can see him resting his hand on the window sill above the wheel just utterly sapped of everything. You can see that it had taken everything in his power to get back. He was a round guy and his hair was cut short, as it was in the 50s, and slicked back. He had a receding hairline. He was unremarkable in the most remarkable ways. He was a dude, just a guy. He wasn’t a movie star.

It reminds me of those three guys on the Paris train – ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. It seems like we’ve lost a lot of that. In years past, the average person would step out of their comfort zone to help somebody else. Today, for whatever reason, it’s much more “me” oriented.

PINE: I don’t know if I’d necessarily agree with that. I certainly agree that we live in a culture that is very “me” oriented. That’s just a fact. I think there’s something in human nature. We’re social creatures and we surprise. As much as we want to kill one another and wipe each other off the face of the planet, there are wonderful qualities that we possess still that are humanist.

Have you ever come to someone’s rescue?

PINE: No, god no, not in the way that these guys have. I would love to say that I would, but I don’t know. That’s what those circumstances tell you, whether you have that mettle or not.

The Finest Hours opens in Digital 3D, Real D 3D, and IMAX 3D on January 29, 2016.


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“Live By Night” 1920’s Movie Decorations Go Up in North End

November 18, 2015

After three days of prep work, Margaret and Prince Street in Boston’s North End are starting to look like the 1920’s for Friday/Saturday’s filming of Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” movie. Berna DiNunzio captures the old-time scene in these photographs.

We hear laundry lines are coming for a love interest scene on Cleveland Place. Also, check out Sacco and Vanzetti on the front page of the newspaper and the price of pizza below.








Philip Frattaroli also shares the picture below showing the price of a slice has gone down dramatically in the North End!


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Ben Affleck Takes a Break from Filming Live By Night to Meet Fans and Stroll Around Town with His Mom

By Megan Johnson
November18, 2015

Ben Affleck is giving one Massachusetts town its star turn.

The Gone Girl star, 43, is currently filming the adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live by Night in the city of Lawrence – and residents are getting quite a thrill when he pops up all over town.

Ben Affleck on the set of Live by Night (FameFlyNet)

Ben Affleck on the set of Live by Night (FameFlyNet)

Nelvi Diaz got a chance to meet the star on Monday when Affleck took a break from filming a car chase scene. Clad in Prohibition-era clothing, the actor was grabbing lunch on the set and was more than happy to take pictures with fans.

“They took a break from the scene and Ben was walking around. He came right next to us, and he put his arm around me and we took pictures,” Diaz told PEOPLE. “My husband just kept taking pictures, and Ben said ‘Okay, buddy!’ and started laughing. He was really nice about it. Other people came down and took pics with him. He was fine with it.”

With Hollywood taking over the city, the majority of Lawrence residence are very happy their town is getting some positive publicity. Natalie Perez, 24, saw Affleck filming outside the Washington Mills Lofts, and pacing around on his phone between scenes.

“I think a lot of people are happy that Lawrence is getting a lot of exposure,” said Perez.

The only downside? People weren’t able to get their caffeine fix. The film’s conversion of Essex Street into a strip of 1920s businesses had some local coffee drinkers peeved when security wouldn’t let them by to enter Dunkin Donuts. But for the most part, it’s been a very positive experience for Lawrence.

“He’s been bombarded with the town’s residents,” said Perez. “He waves, he’s really nice.”

“People are really happy they’re in the area,” Diaz agreed. “They’re asking, ‘Will property value go up?’ It was pretty positive. It’s really nice they allowed people to be there.”

Late last week, Ben was spotted strolling around Lawrence with his mother, Christine. Wrapped in a leather trench coat, scarf and knit hat, the duo took a break from the set to catch up.

Affleck has been working tirelessly on the film this fall. The production is set to head to Boston’s North End later this week, followed by South Boston the week after.

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Watch: Chris Pine Braves the Waves in ‘Finest Hours’ Trailer

By Dave McNary
November 11, 2015

Disney has released a second trailer for its sea rescue adventure “The Finest Hours,” two months before its Jan. 29 opening.

The trailer is dominated by massive crashing waves that beset an oil tanker that’s been split in half by a storm, leaving more than 30 sailors trapped inside. A Coast Guard captain, played by Chris Pine, sets out in a wooden lifeboat to rescue the crew.

“In the Coast Guard, they say you’ve got to go out,” his character says, channeling a Boston accent. “They don’t say you’ve got to come back in.”

Based on a true story from 1952, the drama is directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson with source material from the nonfiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.

Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana also star. “Hours” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero.

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Ben Affleck to Film “Live By Night” Scenes in Boston’s North End

By Matt Conti
North End
November 11, 2015

“Live By Night,” a new Ben Affleck film, will shoot scenes next week in Boston’s North End, around the area of Margaret and Prince Streets. Assistant Location Manager, Greg Chiodo, presented the plans to the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) for the Warner Bros., Kiki Tree Pictures film. (See meeting video above.)

Taking place during the 1920’s Prohibition Era, “Live By Night” is a crime drama based on the Dennis Lehane book. To establish the period, street infrastructure (lights, signs, cars, etc.) will be retrofitted early in the week with filming on Friday, November 20th and possibly into Saturday. There are expected to be some fruit carts and horses coming through as well.

Parking and traffic restrictions will be in effect starting Monday, November 16th around the Prince and Margaret Street area with production vehicles and staging also taking place on Commercial Street near Langone Park and Copp’s Hill Terrace. Similar to last year’s “Black Mass” filming, most activity will be near the Corner Cafe and surrounding streets.

Parking vouchers will be available to those with resident stickers to park in the Brinks garage during the time restrictions are in place. Flyers will be distributed with more information. Questions can be directed to and

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Downtown Lawrence the backdrop for Ben Affleck’s new movie

By Jill Harmacinsk
Eagle Tribune
November 10, 2015

LAWRENCE — Expect street closings, detours and some prohibition-era drama as Hollywood actor Ben Affleck comes to downtown Lawrence this week to film his new movie.

A section of Appleton Way, between City Hall and Lawrence Superior Court, was being dug up Monday in preparation for filming.

And the Lawrence Police Department was tweeting all kinds of area street closures to prepare pedestrians and drivers for the lights, cameras and action starting Thursday.

“We are setting up for a movie. Ben Affleck will be here for the next

Construction in Lawrence for the upcoming filming of Ben Affleck's movie. (Staff Photo: Jill Harmacinski)

Construction in Lawrence for the upcoming filming of Ben Affleck’s movie. (Staff Photo: Jill Harmacinski)

couple of weeks,” said John Isensee, Director of Public Works, when asked why his crews were using heavy machinery and digging up part of Appleton Way Monday morning.

He explained the workers were removing signs, benches, concrete and the city’s holiday tree to make way for a scene in Affleck’s upcoming movie “Live by Night,” a 1920’s prohibition-era, crime drama film scheduled for release in 2017.

It’s no secret Affleck is interested in shooting scenes in the Immigrant City. In mid-September, he toured various sites in Lawrence for “Live by Night.”

The movie’s screenplay, which Affleck wrote, is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who is from Dorchester.

Affleck is slated to play the movie’s main character, Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police captain who becomes an outlaw in Boston in 1926. Also starring in the movie are actors Chris Messina and actresses Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller.

Construction in Lawrence for the upcoming filming of Ben Affleck's movie. (Staff Photo: Jill Harmacinski)

Construction in Lawrence for the upcoming filming of Ben Affleck’s movie. (Staff Photo: Jill Harmacinski)

Lawrence Superior Court at 43 Appleton Way will double as a bank in the movie. Affleck will reportedly flee the bank, jump in a car and drive straight down Appleton Way, cutting through Essex, Methuen and Canal streets. Once he hits the canal, Affleck will switch cars.

“There will be intermittent traffic delays for drivers and intermittent traffic delays for pedestrians,” Isensee said.

Lawrence police tweeted numerous traffic instructions that will be in effect from Thursday to Saturday of this week. They include:

– Common Street will be closed from Lawrence Street to Jackson Street with no parking all day.

– No parking on Essex Street from Jackson Street to Lawrence Street.

– No parking on Appleton Street.

– No parking on Haverhill Street from Lawrence Street to Jackson Street.

– No parking on Jackson Street from Haverhill Street to Common Street.

The Buckley parking garage at 99 Amesbury St. will remain open for area parking, Isensee said.

After filming, Isensee said another holiday tree will be planted in Appleton Way.

“We already lined up another right for that same spot,” he said.

The city is being compensated for the work they are doing for the film, said Isensee. He was not aware of the specifics.

“The final number is still fluid,” he said.

Abel Vargas, Lawrence’s business and economic director, previously said he receives inquiries from “site finders,” about possible locations film crews might use in the city.

Affleck, 43, of “Good Will Hunting,” “Gone Girl” and “Town” fame was born in Berkeley, Calif. His parents later moved to Central Square in Cambridge. He’s starred in many movies, including “Good Will Hunting,” with his local buddy Matt Damon, and “Gone Girl.”

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WATCH JOY Official Trailer (In theaters December 2015)

Massachusetts made JOY was filmed in Canton, Framingham, Haverhill, Lynn, Manchester, Newburyport, North Reading, Reading, Rochester, Salem, Wilmington, Winchester in 2014.


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Ric Burns’ “The Pilgrims” To Air On AMERICAN EXPERIENCE On PBS November 24 And Thanksgiving Day


ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “The Pilgrims,” a new film by Ric Burns narrated by celebrated actor Oliver Platt, will premiere on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on PBS on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 PM EST, and air again on Thanksgiving Day at 9:30 PM EST (check local listings). Produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, and Steeplechase Films, in association with the BBC and CTVC, this two-hour documentary endeavors to tell the true story of the Pilgrims, a small group of religious radicals whose determination to establish a separatist religious community planted the seeds for America’s founding.

A trailer for the film is available at the following link:

Arguably one of the most fateful and resonant events of the last half millennium, the Pilgrims’ journey west across the Atlantic in the early 17th century is a seminal, if often misunderstood episode of American and world history. “The Pilgrims” will explore the forces, circumstances, personalities and events that converged to exile the English group in Holland and eventually propel their crossing to the New World; a story universally familiar in broad outline, but almost entirely unfamiliar to a general audience in its rich and compelling historical actuality.

“The Pilgrims” also features a gripping performance by the late actor Roger Rees as William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Plantation for more than 30 years and who wrote the definitive history of the early colony. Drawn from Bradford’s written account, Rees’s monologue provides the spine of the Pilgrims’ narrative, from the early formation of a separatist Protestant sect in England to a colony in the New World whose hard-fought success after a decade would trigger a massive influx of colonists throughout New England. Rees’s performance was his last on film before he passed away on July 10, 2015.

Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for The Pilgrims provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence; Lilly Endowment and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Additional funding for The Pilgrims provided by Rosalind P. Walter; The Annenberg Foundation; the 1772 Foundation and The Overbrook Foundation/Arthur G. Altschul Jr. Additional funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Viewers. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

“The Pilgrims” is written and directed by Ric Burns, edited by Li-Shin Yu, and produced by Leigh Howell, Robin Espinola, Bonnie Lafave and Ric Burns. With cinematography by Buddy Squires, ASC, Tim Cragg, Michael Chin, Brian Heller, Stephen McCarthy, Allen Moore, and Anthony Savini. Music for “The Pilgrims” is by Brian Keane. Senior Historical Advisor on the project is Nick Bunker. Executive Producers for WETA are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan.

About WETA Washington, D.C.
WETA Washington, D.C., is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include “PBS NewsHour,” “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill,” “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize,” “In Performance at the White House,” “Latino Americans,” “The Italian Americans” and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including “The Life and Times of Jackie Robinson,” premiering April 11 & 12, 2016. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at

About Steeplechase Films
Since its founding in 1989 by Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films has produced more than 30 hours of award-winning humanities programming for prime-time national broadcast on public television, including “Coney Island,” “The Donner Party,” “The Way West,” “New York: a documentary film,” “Ansel Adams,” “Eugene O’Neill,” “Andy Warhol,” “We Shall Remain: Tecumseh’s Vision.” “Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World,” and “Death and the Civil War.” For these projects Steeplechase Films has garnered fourteen national Emmy Award nominations, five Emmy Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Erick Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians.



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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 )

(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images )


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)

(Kevin Winter/Getty)

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

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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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