Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards
Feb20

Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards

It was certainly telegraphed that there would be a comedic mash-up of politics and performance at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards when the West Coast ceremonies kicked off with a brief video that focused on the ethnicities of Guild members and ended with a hammer and sickle woven into the WGA logo. Host Patton Oswalt, in his second year running as emcee of the ceremonies, then brought out the “trophy girls,” two Russian Army soldiers....

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Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges
Feb15

Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges

For going on two decades, it is an event that has become an anticipated awards season tradition, shining a spotlight not only on the creators of the most acclaimed films of the year but also upon the cultural and societal landscape of which they become part and parcel. Last year’s Beyond Words panel discussion with the Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters was set smack dab in the middle of the raging #OscarsSoWhite controversy....

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Eagles of Death Metal: An American Band That Will Never Forget Paris
Feb13

Eagles of Death Metal: An American Band That Will Never Forget Paris

Jesse Hughes was visibly nervous, fearful even, frantically packing to go to Paris. The lead singer and co-founder of the Southern California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was going back to Paris for the first time since the horrendous night of November 13, 2015, when three heavily armed ISIS terrorists burst into a nightclub during the band’s set and murdered 89 people. That’s how a riveting new feature documentary, “Eagles of...

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Must See TV on NBC: Those Were the Days, My ‘Friends’
Feb10

Must See TV on NBC: Those Were the Days, My ‘Friends’

This may be the era of peak TV, but the days of “Must See TV” on NBC hold their own special place in history. Think back to the 1990s, when shows like “Friends,” “ER,” “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will & Grace” ruled the airwaves. If you’ve read former NBC entertainment president Warren Littlefield’s 2012 book,” Top of the Rock,” you’ll know that several of these shows – now considered some of the greatest ever on...

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‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘O.J.’ Top ACE Eddie Awards, Abrams Honored
Jan30

‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘O.J.’ Top ACE Eddie Awards, Abrams Honored

It would be difficult to find a group of professionals that is more supportive of each other than the members of the American Cinema Editors. So it was no surprise that the mood in the room was ebullient as they gathered for the 67th annual ACE Eddie Awards presented in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton on January 27. 67 years ago, it was noted off the bat by ACE President Stephen Rivkin, Ronald Reagan, then starring in...

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