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‘The Path’ Cast and Creator on the Season 2 Finale and Plans for Season 3 (Which is Officially Happening!)

‘The Path’ Cast and Creator on the Season 2 Finale and Plans for Season 3 (Which is Officially Happening!)
Praise be to Steven Meyer, maybe Eddie Lane, and definitely Hulu, for “The Path” has been renewed for a third season. The streaming service announced early Wednesday that its critically acclaimed drama series would continue for 13 more episodes, answering the prayers of fans everywhere — and the cast.

“We’re willing it to happen,” Michelle Monaghan said, weeks before the Season 3 pick-up was announced. IndieWire spoke with Monaghan, co-star Aaron Paul, and creator Jessica Goldberg at an NBC Universal press event in March, covering everything from speculative Season 3 plans to the surprising Season 2 finale, which also debuted Wednesday.

And what a finale it was: [Editor’s Note: Spoilers ahead for “The Path” Season 2.] After Eddie Lane (Paul) discovered a devout following of “deserters” at his old house, he returned to the Meyerist compound to confront Cal (Hugh Dancy). Word had gotten out, to some degree, that Eddie was the rightful heir to Steven Meyer, not Cal, and after a season spent struggling with his faith,
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‘The Path’ Review: Season 2 Blurs the Line Between Cult and Clergy in Righteous, Riveting Fashion

‘The Path’ Review: Season 2 Blurs the Line Between Cult and Clergy in Righteous, Riveting Fashion
For anyone who’s been introduced to the world of cults through “Going Clear” (Lawrence Wright’s book or Alex Gibney’s documentary inspired by it), “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” or other, less celebrity-focused “movements,” the second season of “The Path” should serve as an ideal next step in learning how to think about the dangerous, addictive, and often completely legal faith organizations. Parallels to Scientology abound, especially when acquiring tax-exempt status drives the narrative.

But Season 2, like its stellar predecessor, isn’t trying to be a Scientology story. It’s not even primarily a cult story. Instead of aiming to recreate true events within its fictional world, Hulu’s compelling drama connects big bad cults and accepted religious institutions. Its subtle and direct threads carry immense power when tied together, making Season 2 neither a condemnation nor an endorsement of faith, but a call to see the light
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The Path Season 2 Premiere: The Stars and Creator Answer Our Burning Qs

The Path Season 2 Premiere: The Stars and Creator Answer Our Burning Qs
Warning: This post contains spoilers from both episodes of Wednesday’s Season 2 premiere of The Path. Proceed at your own peril.

Hulu’s cult drama The Path is back for Season 2, and although Wednesday’s two-part premiere cleared up some of the lingering mysteries from last season… it gave us a whole bunch of new ones to puzzle over.

What really went down between Eddie and Dr. Steven Meyer in Peru? Have Eddie and Sarah both moved onto new romantic partners following their separation? Is Cal going to sabotage the whole movement with his rash actions? If he doesn’t,
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‘The Path’: 7 Predictions For Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy in Season 2

‘The Path’: 7 Predictions For Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy in Season 2
Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul)

Where We Left Off: Eddie left the church after a series of disconcerting events — including visions of a giant snake — that forced him to question his faith. He separated from his wife, Sarah, because of his crisis of faith, as she could not remain married to a “denier” (someone who was part of the movement and left) under the rules of Meyerism. On advice from Richard (Clark Middleton), Eddie returned to Peru in search of explanations for his wild visions. There, he found the hospital where Meyerist founder Steven Meyer was incapacitated…but now he’s awake!

Prediction No. 1: Steve won’t give Eddie the answers he wants. Eddie arrived in Peru looking for proof that Meyerism was nothing but an ever-expanding lie, and finding Steve — awake, nonetheless — could provide him that very opportunity. But, even without meeting Steve, it seems unlikely he would turn into a denier himself.
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Biggest On-Demand and DVR Shows of 2016

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Biggest On-Demand and DVR Shows of 2016
You’ve heard of “binge viewing.” But video on-demand services are also popularizing another kind of TV experience: “snack viewing.”

According to Comcast Xfinity’s list of its subscribers’ most-viewed on-demand series in 2016, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was easily No. 1. Not only are viewers catching up with recent episodes, but the very first episode of the first season of “Game of Thrones” remains extremely popular on the service, per Steve Meyer, Comcast’s vice president for data strategy and analytics. That means new viewers are beginning their “Game of Thrones” journey all the time.

“It’s No. 1 even though not all of our subscribers have access to HBO,” Meyer said. “All of our subscribers have access to broadcast and cable VOD. So not only is ‘Game of Thrones’ No. 1 but it’s boxing above its weight class.”

Read More: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Super Bowl, Oscars, Olympics Lead the Top-Rated
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Review: Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan go down a dull 'Path' for Hulu

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Review: Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan go down a dull 'Path' for Hulu
As longtime showrunner of Friday Night Lights, Jason Katims was responsible not only for one of the great family TV dramas of all time, but one of the most fundamentally spiritual. Church only occasionally became a major plot point (usually when Smash was around), but the characters' religion was presented upfront as a core part of who they were and what they cared about. On other shows like Parenthood and the short-lived Relativity, Katims and his writers have done a great job illustrating what happens when the lives of the devout get tangled up with non-believers, or with people who belong to another religion altogether. So when you put Katims on a show where religion — specifically, a religious cult — is the chief subject, and give him a cast with Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy at the center, you should have something pretty special, right? Unfortunately, The Path — created
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Pixar dominates the 2016 Annie Award nominations

The nominations for the 43rd annual Annie Awards have been announced, with Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur dominating the field with 34 nominations between them (14 for Inside Out and 10 for The Good Dinosaur).

Both films will contest the Best Animated Feature Award alongside Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Peanuts Movie and Anomalisa. Check out a full list of the nominations here, via Variety…

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Paramount Pictures

Inside Out

Pixar Animation Studios

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Aardman Animations

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios

The Peanuts Movie

Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Best Animated Special Production

“Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas”

Warner Bros. Animation

He Named Me Malala

Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door

I Am A Witness”

Moonbot Studios

“Kite”

Epic Games

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

End of Movie, LLC

“Niko and the Sword of Light”

Titmouse, Inc. / Amazon Studios

Best Animated Short Subject
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It's Pixar Vs. Pixar at 43rd Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, has announced the nominations for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards and "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur," both Pixar movies, led the pack! "Inside Out" received fourteen nominations while "The Good Dinosaur" got nine.

My pick of the year for best animated feature is "Inside Out" but I love Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa" as well which picked five noms.

We'll find out the winners of the Annie Awards on February 6th!

Here is the full list of nominees in all categories of the 43rd Annie Awards:

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Paramount Pictures

Inside Out

Pixar Animation Studios

Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Aardman Animations

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios

The Peanuts Movie

Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Best Animated Special Production

Elf: Buddy.s Musical Christmas

Warner Bros. Animation

He Named Me Malala

Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door

I Am A Witness

Moonbot
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43rd Annie Awards nominations announced; Inside Out leads

The nominations for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards have been announced. The hot favourite is quite obviously Pixar’s Inside Out, which is not only one of the best animated movies of the year, but one of the best movies of the year. Period. The film bagged a total of 14 nominations through the field, closely followed by Pixar’s other movie that was released in 2015, The Good Dinosaur with 10.

Other movies nominated in the top award, Best Animated Feature are Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, The Peanuts Movie, and Anomalisa, with the likes of Minions, Home, Hotel Transylvania 2 and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water nowhere to be seen.

Here’s the full list of nominees, which take in everything from movies to television, shorts and animated segments from TV or film productions. The list is very extensive.

Best Animated Feature

AnomalisaParamount Pictures Inside OutPixar Animation Studios
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‘Inside Out,’ ‘Good Dinosaur’ Lead Annie Award Nominations

For the first time ever, Pixar is getting awards competition from itself. The studio’s inventive summer blockbuster “Inside Out” and its warm-hearted recent release “The Good Dinosaur” led the nominees for animated feature at the 43rd annual Annie Awards slated for Feb. 6 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, with 14 and 10 bids, respectively.

Rounding out the field are the adult-themed stop-motion film “Anomalisa” from Paramount, Blue Sky’s nostalgic 3D reboot “The Peanuts Movie” and Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep the Movie,” a film based on the popular British TV series. All have five nominations.

Inside Out,” which had been an early favorite to sweep several awards this year, may face some serious competition not only from stablemate “Dinosaur,” but also from the edgy “Anomalisa,” which picked up several nominations for the independent Spirit Awards, including feature, director and screenplay.

Asifa-Hollywood, the organization behind the Annie Awards, split the animated feature category in two this year,
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‘Inside Out,’ ‘Good Dinosaur’ Lead Annie Award Nominations

‘Inside Out,’ ‘Good Dinosaur’ Lead Annie Award Nominations
For the first time ever, Pixar is getting awards competition from itself. The studio’s inventive summer blockbuster “Inside Out” and its warm-hearted recent release “The Good Dinosaur” led the nominees for animated feature at the 43rd annual Annie Awards slated for Feb. 6 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, with 14 and 10 bids, respectively.

Rounding out the field are the adult-themed stop-motion film “Anomalisa” from Paramount, Blue Sky’s nostalgic 3D reboot “The Peanuts Movie” and Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep the Movie,” a film based on the popular British TV series. All have five nominations.

Inside Out,” which had been an early favorite to sweep several awards this year, may face some serious competition not only from stablemate “Dinosaur,” but also from the edgy “Anomalisa,” which picked up several nominations for the independent Spirit Awards, including feature, director and screenplay.

Asifa-Hollywood, the organization behind the Annie Awards, split the animated feature category in two this year,
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Turner, Comcast Move to Capture Binge-Watching Crowd

Turner, Comcast Move to Capture Binge-Watching Crowd
Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast are working quickly to rewrite the rules currently established in the nascent realm of VOD.

In 2014, Turner tested making available the entire season of then-freshman dramas “Murder In The First”(above, pictured) and “The Last Ship” to Comcast subscribers, ensuring those people would be able to watch each show from its debut episode through to the most current one airing on linear TV. In 2015, Turner is making much of its current original programming -15 programs in all – available on such a basis to Comcast and is looking to do similar deals with other video distributors, said Jennifer Mirgorod, executive vice president of brand distribution for the company, in an interview.

“The customer has gotten quite used to going to Netflix, Amazon or Hulu and seeing a past season of all the episodes available,” Mirgorod said. “This same experience should exist within the current window,
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations
The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine,
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And the Winners of the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) Awards Are...

"The Adventures of Tintin" dominated the nominations but it was "Rango" that received the most trophies at the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) awards. Stan Lee received the the Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the George Melies Award. Patton Oswalt hosted the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Antonion Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, director Chris Miller, Marc Webb, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson presented awards. But the surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese was the highlight of the evening.

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 10th Annual Ves Awards, to visit our Awards Avenue coverage of other award-giving bodies, winners and nominees, click here:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Captain America: The First Avenger

Charlie Noble

Mark Soper

Christopher Townsend

Edson Williams

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tim Burke

Emma Norton

John Richardson

David Vickery
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Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 10th Annual Ves Awards

The visual effects that we are seeing in movies these days are absolutely mind blowing. At this point it doesn't seem like there's any excuse for a film to have bad visual effects unless the people hired lack talent, or the studio is keeping the cash in their pockets.

There's a lot of good nomination this year such as Captain America, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Out of all of these I think that Planet of the Apes might take home the top prize, those apes were incredibly freaky looking. Weta did an amazing job with this movie, and out of all the other nominations this was the movie I was most impressed by. What are your thoughts? What movie did you think have the best visual effect in 2011?

Here's the full press release with all of the nominations:

Los Angeles,
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10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced

10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 7 by distinguished panels of Ves members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem's Spy in San Francisco, and other facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, Nz.

"The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories," said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. "The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We're honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time."

As previously announced,
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Visual Effects Society nominates “Harry Potter,” “Hugo” and more – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Over the weekend, the Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony, recognizing summer tentpoles (“Harry Potter,” “Captain America”) and surprise hits (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Hugo”) for their outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

“The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. “The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We’re honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time.”

As previously announced, Stan Lee will be honored with the Ves 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and
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The Ides Of March Review

Director: George Clooney

Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachael Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle, Max Mingella.

Running Time: 101 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: An idealistic staffer (Gosling) for a newbie presidential candidate (Clooney) gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

Acting superstar George Clooney has taken to directing in the same way the likes of Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson has, effortlessly juggling all forms of film making with a few bumps along the way (Leatherheads) but making some great entertainment. Crafting films that make a statement and tell an interesting tale in the process. His previous directorial efforts, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and Good Night And Good Luck were superb pieces of cinema that told both fascinating as well as gripping stories. Clooney was able to get incredible
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"Avatar" Receives Top Honor at Visual Effects Society Awards

"Avatar," the sci-fi special effects extravaganza, received six Visual Effects Society Awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture at the 8th Annual Ves Awards.

"Avatar" beat fellow Oscar nominees "District 9" and "Star Trek" as well as, "2012" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Disney/Pixar's "Up" won three including Oustanding Animation, Outstanding Animated Character ( 'Carl'- No Dad Scene), and Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature.

"District 9" earned one Ves Award, for outstanding compositing while "Sherlock Holmes" won for supporting Visual Effects in a feature.

The effective use of the Visual Effects technology is one of the strongest qualities of "Avatar." Watch for the film to take home all the special effects categories at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture

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