Helen Mirren to Co-Star With Jason Clarke in ‘Catherine the Great’

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Oscar winner Helen Mirren will star opposite Mudbound’s Jason Clarke in an upcoming Catherine The Great miniseries for HBO and Sky, reports Deadline.

The show is written by Elizabeth I’s Nigel Williams and directed by the BAFTA and Emmy winning Philip Martin, who worked on The Crown, Mo, and Prime Suspect. 

Catherine the Great follows the monarch through her politically and sexually complex court as the empress of Russia, where she held power for nearly half of the entrie 18th century.

The four part miniseries is also executive produced by Mirren, and will follow Catherine through the later years of her life, as she engages in an affair with Russian military officer Grigory Potemkin (Clarke).

Sandra Oh Is the First Asian Woman Nominated For A Best Actress Emmy

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Sandra Oh’s turn on Killing Eve has made history, as she’s become the first Asian ever nominated for a Best Actress Emmy Award. On BBC series she portrays Eve Polastri, a frustrated spy working for MI5.
Oh has been previously nominated 5 times for best Supporting Actress for her role as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. 
 
She told Vanity Fair that when she first read the script for the show, she had thought the team were asking her to audition for the receptionist role. On the importance of Asian representation in film and television, she also said: “I’ll continue doing everything I can to fill something that I know you need right now, that we don’t yet have as a community.”
Last year, Donald Glover became the first black director to win an Emmy for Atlanta, and Lena Waithe was the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Comedy Writing.

The 2018 Emmy Nominations Have Arrived

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The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, in a livestream hosted by Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley and New Amsterdam’s Ryan Eggold. The main categories have now all been announced: for the first time in 18 years, HBO lost out on the most nominations for a network, with 108 in total to Netflix’s 112.

Game of Thrones leads with 22 nominations, followed by 21 each for Westworld and Saturday Night Live. Notable names off this year’s list: Jeffrey Tambor’s role on Transparent, after he was booted from the show, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, after filming was put on hiatus while she underwent treatment for cancer.

As predicted, frontrunners for Best Actress like Elisabeth Moss in Handmaid’s Tale, Claire Foy in The Crown, and Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black all scored noms. Sandra Oh also received recognition for season 1 of Killing Eve. Sarah Paulson scored a nom for American Horror Story and Laura Dern for The Tale, as well as Darren Criss for American Crime Story and Jesse Plemons for Black Mirror.  Newcomer HBO comedy Barry earned a Best Comedy and Best Actor nom for Bill Hader.

Drag Race scored a nom in the Best Reality Series category, and all the regulars like Westworld, Atlanta, Handmaid’s Tale, and Stranger Things found noms in their respective Comedy and Drama categories.

The 2018 Emmys will take place on September 17, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che. Full list via live-stream here.

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown,This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Reality/Competition Series
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Sketch Series
At Home with Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Limited Series
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Comedy Series
Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
The Americans
This Is Us
Westworld

The First Trailer for ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ is Amazing

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The first official trailer for the long anticipated gay conversion therapy drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post is finally here, and it looks incredible.

Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane star in the provocative flick, which took home the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Desiree Akhavan and based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, the film follows Cameron’s journey to a conversion therapy camp after being discovered hooking up with a girl on prom night. It’s set in the 90s at a place called ‘God’s Promise.’

The Miseducation of Cameron Post opens August 3.

 

Reese Witherspoon is Getting Her Own Interview Series

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Reigning high priestess of Middle-Earth, her Fairness Reese Witherspoon, has landed her own interview show.

Indeed, he’ll be launching the new video-on-demand series Shine On With Reese on July 17 through her production company Hello SunshineOn the program, she’ll interview living legends like fellow Oscar-winner Ava DuVernay and country icon Dolly Parton, as well as author Glennon Doyl and World Cup champion Abby Wambach.

The interviews will take place on location, in subjects’ homes and on the front lines. Shine On will premiere on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-Verse on the Hello Sunshine VOD channel one week form today.

Witherspoon told Deadline: “I am thrilled to have such like-minded creative collaborators at AT&T to help Hello Sunshine pursue our mission of elevating and showcasing the voices of women that we have such admiration and respect for.”

Disney & UN Foundation’s ‘Girl Up’ Will Train 21 New Female Filmmakers

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Disney has partnered with the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Team to help teach a new generation of female filmmakers.

21 young women have been selected to take part in the program, where they’ll each create a short film about successful female role models. One such subject is Jennifer Lee, the Oscar-winning writer/ director of Frozen who was recently promoted to chief creative officer of Disney studios. The other short subjects have not yet been revealed.

Apple is also sponsoring the project, titled #DreamBigPrincess, and each film will be shot on an iPhone and edited on a MacBook.

Lee said in a statement: “Using the journeys of characters like Anna, Elsa and Moana to inspire kids to dream big is at the very heart of what all of us at Disney do. The #DreamBigPrincess series is the perfect extension of that vision, providing a powerful platform for the next generation of aspiring filmmakers to create content about the women who have inspired them.”

‘A Quiet Place’ Writers to Adapt Stephen King’s ‘Boogeyman’

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A Quiet Place writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who worked with John Krasinski on the recent hit horror screenplay, are in the process of adapting Stephen King’s novel The Boogeyman for the silver screen, Variety reports.

The Boogeyman is a short story written by King in 1973 – child murders play a significant role in the plot, as does the office of a psychotherapist, and lots of people screaming out “boogeyman!”

There’s a lot of King being adapted right now: Hulu is currently developing a Castle Rock series, and film and TV versions of The TommyknockersIn the Tall Grass, and The Bone Church are also under way.

 

X-Tina & Demi Lovato Just Dropped This Duet

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Christina Aguilera has just released the third single off of her new album Liberation. So far, she’s give us “Accelerate,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, as well as the stripped down “Twice.”

The new song is called “Fall In Line” and features Demi Lovato – both songstresses teased lyrics alongside photos of themselves as children this morning.

 

 

We won’t have to wait long to see the track performed live: the two will debut it onstage this weekend at the Billboard Music Awards.

In a recent interview with BillboardAguilera explained how she chose Lovato to join her on the track: “We went through a few names of women. I needed a belty singer, and she took it to the next level. I almost cried when I first heard her on the record.”

 

Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video is Chilling, Necessary Viewing

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Childish Gambino, the Grammy-winning musical alter ego of actor Donald Glover, dropped a new song and video over the weekend, the same day he hosted and performed songs on Saturday Night Live. 

The new track is titled “This Is America,” and the video, which is shot in almost a single take, takes the viewer on a frightening journey that at first seems to be just involve choreography, before Glover turns and begins shooting his fellow dancers with assault weapons at random.

It’s Gambino’s first release since the 2016 album Awaken, My Love!, which was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. He’s also said his next album as Childish Gambino will be his last under the moniker.

Take a look at America below.