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Emmy-Nominated Cinematographers Reflect on How TV Has Helped Their Craft Evolve

Emmy-Nominated Cinematographers Reflect on How TV Has Helped Their Craft Evolve
At the dawn of television, feature cinematographers were leery of becoming involved in the new medium, which many associated with diminished prestige. TV’s shortcomings in comparison with the glories of the silver screen included severe time constraints, tight budgets and the vagaries of network distribution.

Now, with the advent of what many are calling TV’s golden age, the segregation between film and TV cinematography is a thing of the past. This year’s Emmy-nominated DPs have many reasons for embracing the small screen. (The four who were contacted for this story spoke before the Dp winners were announced at the Creative Arts Emmys.)

Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll, previously known almost exclusively for his cinema work, came onto Netflix’s “Sense8” after making two features (“Cloud Atlas” and “Jupiter Ascending”) with its creators, Lana and Lilly Wachowski.

He says his decision to shoot for television on the project was a natural extension of that working
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Trump’s Secretary of Defense Was Portrayed in HBO’s ‘Generation Kill’ – Watch How

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Trump’s Secretary of Defense Was Portrayed in HBO’s ‘Generation Kill’ – Watch How
James Mattis, the retired Us Marine Corps general who this week was appointed as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense, may be familiar to viewers of HBO’s “Generation Kill.”

That’s because he was portrayed in multiple episodes of the 2008 miniseries by actor Robert Burke. Based on the award-winning book by Evan Wright, the seven-part show followed the highly trained Marines of First Recon Battalion through the first 40 days of the Iraq war.

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Mattis is a war veteran who has led expeditionary forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was once named “the most revered Marine in a generation” by Marine Corps Times.

The clip below is an excerpt from “Generation Kill” that shows General Mattis making his appearance on the Msr and sharing some colorful words with the other men.

“You got seven
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Shooter: USA Network Releases Season One Photos; Trailer

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Don't shoot! Instead, check out these photos and a trailer for the Shooter TV show. The series premieres on USA Network, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The conspiracy thriller is based on Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg feature. Ryan Phillippe, Cynthia Addail-Robinson, Omar Epps, Eddie McClintock, and Shantel VanSanten star. Simon Cellan Jones directed the pilot. Phillippe produces.Shooter follows Bob Lee Swagger. This highly-decorated veteran is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. His former commanding officer Isaac Johnson (Epps) solicits his expertise in a clandestine operation. Swagger winds up framed. He will do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura,
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The Tap: Director and Casting Announced for USA Drama Pilot

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Variety reports Colin Woodell has been cast as Jay Butler in The Tap TV show pilot for USA Network. Erinn Westbrook is set as Gloria Murphy, one of the first female students at Yale, and one of the few African Americans.Additionally, Ginny Gardner has been cast as Michelle Cuttriss, who is also part of the "historic, inaugural female class." David Corenswet will play Kirk Lewis, a Skull and Bones legacy. Simon Cellan Jones is directing the pilot, from writers and EPs Andrew Lenchewski and Aaron Tracy. Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman, and Charlie Ebersol are also executive producing.Read More…
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USA Network’s ‘The Tap’ Sets Cast, Director

USA Network’s ‘The Tap’ Sets Cast, Director
USA Network’s drama pilot “The Tap” has secured a director and principal cast, Variety has learned.

Simon Cellan Jones, whose credits include “Boardwalk Empire” will direct the pilot, which is set at Yale University circa 1969 against the backdrop of the cultural and political unrest of the era.

Hailing from Universal Cable Productions, “The Tap” has also lined up four cast members.

Colin Woodell, recently of “Masters of Sex” and soon to be seen on “Designated Survivor,” will play Jay Butler, who is looking to secure his future by joining Skull and Bones, Yale’s most elite and powerful secret society. Erinn Westbrook of “Awkward,” “Glee” and “Jane the Virgin” will play Gloria Murphy, one of Yale’s first female students and one of the few black students in her class. Ginny Gardner will play Michelle Cuttriss, who along with Gloria, is also part of this historic, inaugural female class. David Corenswet
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‘The Tap’ USA Drama Pilot From Rob Reiner & Andrew Lenchewski Sets Cast; Simon Cellan Jones To Direct

USA Network’s The Tap drama pilot from Rob Reiner and Royal Pains co-creator/executive producer Andrew Lenchewski, has set its cast and hired Simon Cellan Jones (Boardwalk Empire) to direct. Colin Woodell, Erinn Westbrook, Ginny Gardner and David Corenswet will play the lead roles. Written by Lenchewski and Aaron Tracy (Sequestered), The Tap is set at the most famous secret society in American college history, Yale's Skull and Bones. The drama takes place around 1969…
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USA Network Delays ‘Shooter’ Again, in Wake of More Shootings

USA Network Delays ‘Shooter’ Again, in Wake of More Shootings
USA Network has pushed the premiere of its new Ryan Phillippe action series “Shooter” again – this time to fall.

This represents the second time “Shooter” has been delayed. The show was originally scheduled to premiere on July 19, but was pushed back to July 27 in the wake of recent shootings, including the attack on police in Dallas.

But now with additional shootings dominating headlines, including the most recent Baton Rouge police killings, the network and studios Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided the climate isn’t right this summer for the show.

Read More: USA Network Announces Series Pick-Up for ‘Shooter’ – Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps Star

“After further consideration, USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided to move the premiere of ‘Shooter’ to the fall,” the companies said in a statement.

A network insider said that will likely push the “Shooter” premiere to at least November,
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USA Network Delays ‘Shooter’ Again, in Wake of More Shootings

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USA Network Delays ‘Shooter’ Again, in Wake of More Shootings
USA Network has pushed the premiere of its new Ryan Phillippe action series “Shooter” again – this time to fall.

This represents the second time “Shooter” has been delayed. The show was originally scheduled to premiere on July 19, but was pushed back to July 27 in the wake of recent shootings, including the attack on police in Dallas.

But now with additional shootings dominating headlines, including the most recent Baton Rouge police killings, the network and studios Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided the climate isn’t right this summer for the show.

Read More: USA Network Announces Series Pick-Up for ‘Shooter’ – Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps Star

“After further consideration, USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided to move the premiere of ‘Shooter’ to the fall,” the companies said in a statement.

A network insider said that will likely push the “Shooter” premiere to at least November,
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‘Shooter’ Premiere Moved to Fall by USA

‘Shooter’ Premiere Moved to Fall by USA
USA Network has moved the premiere of drama series “Shooter” to fall. The move comes as gun violence has overtaken the news, with deadly shootings in Orlando, Minnesota, Baton Rouge and Dallas generating intense media scrutiny and in some cases sparking protests nationwide.

Production on the series, currently being filmed in Santa Clarita, Calif., will continue uninterrupted, signaling that USA remains committed to airing the show. No specific premiere date has yet been set.

Shooter” stars Ryan Phillippe as a sniper and U.S. military veteran who attempts to clear his name after being wrongly accused of a crime. The series had originally been scheduled to premiere July 19, but was pushed last week to July 26 following the murder of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas.

“In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network
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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Trailer Promises ‘Control Is an Illusion’

‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Trailer Promises ‘Control Is an Illusion’
USA Network has released the first trailer for Season 2 of breakout hit “Mr. Robot,” along with first looks at the cabler’s upcoming drama series “Shooter” and “Falling Water.” The network unveiled the new promos during NBCUniversal’s Upfront presentation in New York on Monday.

Mr. Robot” Season 2 will premiere Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m., and follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group “fsociety” after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). In the trailer, the world is still reeling from the group’s last hack — even President Obama is weighing in on fsociety — and Elliot is trying to account for the three days of missing time he experienced after that night.

The drama — which nabbed Golden Globes for Best Drama and Slater’s performance in its freshman season, as well as a Peabody Award — hails from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail,
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USA Picks Up Phillippe-Led "Shooter" Series

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USA Network has officially ordered to series the small screen remake of the 2007 feature "Shooter".

Ryan Phillippe steps into the role Mark Wahlberg played in the original - an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the U.S. President.

Double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon all his skills to avoid capture while hunting down and exposing the traitors who set him up. The story is adapted from Stephen Hunter's novel "Point of Impact".

Omar Epps co-stars in the series which has scored a ten episode order but does not yet have a premiere date. John Hlavin ("The Shield") wrote and Simon Cellan Jones ("Ballers") directed the pilot.

Hlavin will executive produce alongside Phillippe, Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Source: The Live Feed
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‘Shooter’ Gets Series Pickup at USA Network with Ryan Phillippe Starring

‘Shooter’ Gets Series Pickup at USA Network with Ryan Phillippe Starring
USA Network has picked up Ryan Phillippe drama “Shooter” to series, Variety has learned.

Phillippe produces and stars as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps plays Isaac Johnson, an ex-Marine and Swagger’s former commanding officer. Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results.

The show, based on the bestselling Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact” and the 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg, hails from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions. Executive producers are Wahlberg, of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson, of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. John Hlavin wrote the pilot and will also executive produce, and Simon Cellan Jones directed the pilot.

“‘Shooter’ is an uncompromising exploration of the definition and evolution of a hero,” said Jackie de Crinis,
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Omar Epps Takes Aim at USA Network Pilot Shooter, Opposite Ryan Phillippe

Omar Epps Takes Aim at USA Network Pilot Shooter, Opposite Ryan Phillippe
House vet Omar Epps is pulling the trigger on a series-regular role in USA Network’s Ryan Phillippe-fronted drama pilot Shooter, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Based on the 2007 big-screen hit of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg (an Ep on Shooter) and the Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact that served as its source material, the project centers on Phillippe’s Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action by his former commanding officer-turned-Secret Service agent Isaac Johnson (Epps) to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt,
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Ryan Phillippe Takes Mark Wahlberg Role in 'Shooter' TV Show

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Ryan Phillippe Takes Mark Wahlberg Role in 'Shooter' TV Show
USA Network announced a pilot pick-up for the hour-long scripted drama Shooter and has locked in Ryan Phillippe (Secrets & Lies) to star. Shooter is based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Mark Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O'Neals). John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) is set to direct the pilot.

Ryan Phillippe is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon
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Ryan Phillippe to Star in USA Network Drama Pilot ‘Shooter’

Ryan Phillippe to Star in USA Network Drama Pilot ‘Shooter’
Fresh off his starring role in the ABC limited series “Secrets and Lies,” Ryan Phillippe has been tapped to star in the USA Network drama pilot “Shooter,” based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg pic.

With Phillippe signing on, USA has given a formal pilot order to the project from Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods. “Shooter,” inspired by the Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact,” revolves around an ex-Marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, who is recruited to thwart a presidential assassination but winds up framed for the crime.

Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura are exec producing. John Hlavin wrote the pilot and is exec producing. Simon Cellan Jones (“Ballers”) is on board to direct.

“I love the character of Bob Lee Swagger and we are thrilled to have Ryan on board for the show,” said Wahlberg.

Shooter” is one of five drama pilots ordered for 2016 consideration at USA.
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Ryan Phillippe Drama Shooter (From Ep Mark Wahlberg) Gets USA Pilot Order

Ryan Phillippe Drama Shooter (From Ep Mark Wahlberg) Gets USA Pilot Order
Ryan Phillippe‘s latest TV role is Rated O… for Ooh Rah!

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The Secrets and Lies star has signed on for the lead role in USA Network’s upcoming drama pilot Shooter — based on the 2007 big-screen hit of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg and the Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact that served as its source material.

According to the network, Phillippe will play Bob Lee Swagger, “an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt,
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Phillippe To Lead "Shooter" TV Series

Ryan Phillippe has been tapped to take the lead role in the pilot for USA Network's "Shooter," the TV series adaptation of the 2007 Mark Wahlberg action film.

Based on Stephen Hunter's best-selling novel "Point of Impact," Phillippe will take on the role of off-the-grid former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the president.

He is ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, and must call upon all the skills he acquired to avoid capture and expose the real traitors. Phillippe will also serve as a producer on the project which will be shot in Los Angeles.

John Hlavin ("The Shield") is writing while Simon Cellan Jones ("Ballers") will direct the pilot. Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura will executive produce.

Source: The Live Feed
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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DVD Review: 'Klondike'

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★★★★☆The Discovery Channel have staked their claim in the world of big budget television with the handsome and well-acted historical adventure Klondike (2014) - the channel's first scripted production. Under the welcome supervision of executive producer Ridley Scott and veteran small-screen director Simon Cellan Jones, this is an immensely enjoyable ride, easily overcoming the occasional plot hiccups. Game of Thrones alumni Richard Madden headlines as Bill Haskell, a recent colleague graduate with boundless enthusiasm and pep, who ventures northwest with best buddy Byron Epstein (Augustus Prew). The duo hope to strike it rich by mining gold in the region of Yukon, Canada, east of the border.
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