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Directors Guild Sets the Bar With Progressive Nominations

Directors Guild Sets the Bar With Progressive Nominations
If it wasn’t already an issue, Natalie Portman certainly made it one at the Golden Globes: There are talented, award-worthy female directors in the Oscar hunt this year. You just have to nominate them.

While female-centric stories were certainly in the spotlight Sunday night, it was notable that there were no female filmmakers nominated for best director. This despite there being clear choices: Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Dee Rees (“Mudbound”), and Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father”) are all worthy contenders this year.

The Directors Guild of America dodged this bullet Wednesday by nominating Gerwig, making it just the ninth time the group has recognized a woman. In this regard, the guild has a better record than the Academy’s directors branch, which has only nominated four women in the category to date (the last being Kathryn Bigelow, who made history with her win for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010).

In the DGA ranks, Gerwig joins Lina Wertmüller
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DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed

DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) for its top feature film award.

The DGA also nominated Peele on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

It was the fourth DGA nomination for Nolan, who had previously been nominated for “Inception,” “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.”

Gerwig is the eighth woman to have received a DGA feature film nomination, joining Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Randa Haines (“Children of a Lesser God”), Barbra Streisand (“The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Kathryn Bigelow, who’s been nominated twice. Bigelow won the award for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and was nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty
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Feature: Top 25 Celebrity Portraits of 2017, Captured by Joe Arce

Chicago – My year in capturing 2017 celebrity portraits is best summed up with a bit of poetry: My subjects skewed older and politically bolder/In a year that demanded change/My list is longer with work hopefully stronger/In capturing these faces not strange.

As per every year the ranking of these portraits are based on a combination of the star power wattage of the subjects, the artistic results and the difficulty of landing the quarry for those budding smart-phone celebrity stalkers who may wish to play along at home. So without further adieu, I present my (Joe Arce’s) Top 25 Celebrity Portraits of 2017.

25. Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Maddie Ziegler works the camera just as gracefully as she choreographs the dance floor. Carefree, playful and unafraid of taking chances, the teen dance phenom – and break-out star of “Dance Moms” and numerous
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Biopic About 'Gone With the Wind' Star Hattie McDaniel in Development

Biopic About 'Gone With the Wind' Star Hattie McDaniel in Development
A biopic about actress Hattie McDaniel, the Gone With the Wind star who became the first African American to win an Academy Award, is in development.

Variety reports that producers Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani have acquired the writes to author Jill Watts’ biography Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood with the plan to bring the pioneering actress' life story to the big screen.

The daughter of freed slaves, McDaniel started in vaudeville and radio before portraying Mammy, a housemaid to Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara, in the legendary adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel.
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Lee Daniels: When Oprah "Became Magic" for Me (Guest Column)

Lee Daniels: When Oprah
It was January 2009. I was in a packed room at the Sundance Film Festival about to receive the best director award for Precious. My phone rang with a call from a blocked number. At that time, any call from a blocked number was either a famous actor or a financier — so my instinct was to pick up the phone.

I quickly whispered "hello" as I headed to the podium. The voice on the other end matter-of-factly said: "It's Oprah. I loved your movie, Precious. … What are you doing?" I told her I was about to receive an...
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‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award

‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

The prize will be presented on Jan. 20 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer, or other individuals whose contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “The electrifying response to ‘Get Out’ demonstrates that the power of motion pictures to crystallize and reflect our collective social anxieties remains stronger than ever. It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness, and passion.”

Kramer’s producing credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “On the Beach,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess
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Sundance Primer: The 2018 Dramatic Competition Lineup

It's a wonderful week for diversity! In the festival world, at least. The American and International Dramatic Competition lineup for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival was announced and it includes narratives representing people of all kinds from all over the world. This year's lineup also features exciting film directorial debuts from familiar (Idris Elba! Paul Dano!) and new visionaries.

In the past, major films like Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and this year's awards darling Call Me By Your Name premiered under this category. Check out this year's contenders to gauge who critics and audiences will still be talking about months after the festival's run.
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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood

From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood
It’s no secret that Mary J. Blige can do it all.

The Grammy Award winner, celebrated for both her singing and songwriting skills, has also been acting for years in TV and film.

But this year the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” has taken her acting career to the next level: Blige is starring in Netflix‘s potential Oscar player Mudbound — a Dee Rees film adaption of the 2008 novel — where she plays a mother-of-four dealing with racial prejudice on a Mississippi Delta farm during the Jim Crow South.

How did the 46-year-old R&B icon become a respected actress? Here
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Mariah Carey Reflects on How Dreams of a ‘Show Business Life’ Were Realized

Mariah Carey Reflects on How Dreams of a ‘Show Business Life’ Were Realized
After five Grammy award wins, enough No.1 hit singles to create a whole album (the aptly titled “#1s” released in 1998, followed by the updated “#1 to Infinity” in 2015) and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, singer-songwriter-producer-actress Mariah Carey is about to get her feet wet.

On Nov. 1, she will stick them and her hands in cement at the Chinese Theatre forecourt, joining an exalted group of notables with her latest star turn.

Even with a long list of accolades behind her and a number of upcoming projects ahead of her, being immortalized alongside legends such as Marilyn Monroe, one of her own idols, is not an event Carey takes lightly. “I have this picture of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell when they were doing their imprint ceremony. It’s an iconic photograph, and I have it hanging in my living room,” Carey says. “It’s something that feels humbling, and I feel honored by it.
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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season

Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season
Mother-daughter relationships have always been the stuff of great drama. And the Oscars are no exception. Three decades ago the “Moonstruck” acting duo Olympia Dukakis and Cher both won gold for playing a strong-willed New York Italian mother and her feisty daughter. Six years later, as a mute Scottish teacher and her de facto interpreter in New Zealand, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin repeated that twofer triumph with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Onscreen mother-daughter conflict has resulted in other dual Academy Award nominations: selfless Barbara Stanwyck tricked Anne Shirley into marrying rich in tearjerker “Stella Dallas” (1937); Meryl Streep’s big mouth inspired a rebellious Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” (2013); Piper Laurie was literally crucified by Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” (1976). At the start of this decade, Mo’Nique won an Oscar portraying the sexually abusive parent of fellow “Precious” nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Back in 1984, both Shirley MacLaine and
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Bushwick on Blu-ray – Stars Dave Bautista

Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) is set to release the action film Bushwick on DVD and on DVD/Bd combo on Oct. 24, 2017.

Written by Nick Damici (We Are What We Are, Stake Land) and Graham Reznick (Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear) and directed by the filmmaking team of Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), Bushwick stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect franchise, Hairspray), Angelic Zambrana (Precious, Fighting) and Jeremie Harris (FX’s “Legion,” The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Pariah). Rlje will release Bushwick on Oct. 24, 2017 on DVD for an Srp of $29.96 and on DVD/Bd combo for an Srp of $34.97.

Now you can own Bushwick on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 2 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Dave Bautista ? (mine is Blade Runner 2049!). It’s so easy!
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Watch Tyler Perry’s Emotional Message to Kids in Abusive Situations: ‘It’s Gonna Get Better’

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Watch Tyler Perry’s Emotional Message to Kids in Abusive Situations: ‘It’s Gonna Get Better’
Tyler Perry has survived physical and verbal abuse at the hands of his father, as well as sexual abuse from other adults in the New Orleans community in which he grew up.

Now the writer-actor-producer wants to encourage children in similar situations to “hold on and know it’s gonna get better.”

“It’s so hard to believe when you’re a kid that there’s a better time coming,” Perry tells People’s Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle in the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview (streaming now on People TV). “But the resilience of childhood — oh, that makes me
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New Orleans Film Festival to Showcase ‘Mudbound’ and ‘The Florida Project’

New Orleans Film Festival to Showcase ‘Mudbound’ and ‘The Florida Project’
Celebrating its 28th edition, the annual New Orleans Film Festival this year features a lineup of more than 230 films and a theme that stresses diversity, says artistic director Clint Bowie.

“We have a new mission statement with an emphasis on amplifying diverse voices and story- tellers from all different backgrounds,” Bowie says. “Out of that lineup, more than 53% are from female directors and 45% from directors of color, so it’s probably the most diverse program we’ve ever created.”

The festival will take place in The Big Easy on Oct. 11-19.

After receiving a record number of nearly 5,000 entries from 109 different countries — an increase of more than 20% over last year — the festival is welcoming over 400 filmmakers. Programmers have curated a slate with Louisiana-made films representing 29% of the lineup.

Anchoring the diverse program is the centerpiece movie, the Louisiana-shot, period epic “Mudbound,” pictured above, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Netflix.

“It was perfect
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Beyonce Stuns While Blue Ivy Wears $5K Dress to Wedding -- Don't Worry, Jay-z Was There, Too

Beyonce Stuns While Blue Ivy Wears $5K Dress to Wedding -- Don't Worry, Jay-z Was There, Too
It was a Carter family night out over the weekend!

Beyoncé looked stunning in a peach gown that featured a low-cut neckline, cape and flowing sleeves while attending a friend's wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, Jay-z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy.

The family posed for photos with the bride and groom, keeping low-key as they celebrated their friend's big day.

Related: Beyonce Flaunts Fit Post-Baby Body in New Instagram Pics

Jay-z and Blue also got a sweet daddy-daughter moment, as she danced on his feet during the reception.

Blue is definitely following in her mom's stylish footsteps! At the celebration, the adorable 5-year-old sported a hand-sewn Mischka Aoki dress that was covered in crystals and sequins and retails for almost $5,000.

Pics: Beyonce Looks Red Hot While Flaunting Her 'Chunky' Jewelry

It was also very evident this weekend that Blue is her mama's mini-me. On Saturday, the "Formation" singer's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson
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Empire’s Lee Daniels: ‘I always see myself as one step away from a flop’

He made his name with Monster’s Ball and Precious but, as Empire begins a new season, the writer-director-producer insists his work isn’t just for black audiences

Lee Daniels tells stories of divas who storm into meetings and demand their due; of washed-up addicts propelled onwards by unflagging ambition; and of scrappy orphans who couldn’t afford a bushel to hide their light under, even if they were so inclined. This autumn he’s all over UK television, with the fourth season of his hip-hop dynasty soap opera Empire and the first series of Star, a sort of R&B girl group Annie – so how much of it is autobiographical? “A lot. Most of it,” says Daniels, who recently announced another four upcoming TV projects and a film. “I don’t know how to tell stories unless I’ve lived them, unless I’ve eaten them, unless I’ve partied with them,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Precious’ Scribe to Write Memphis Sanitation Strike Movie

Film News Roundup: ‘Precious’ Scribe to Write Memphis Sanitation Strike Movie
In today’s film news roundup, Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher has been hired to write “I Am a Man,” Gravitas picks up rights to Lgbtq marriage drama “The Ring Thing,” and a finishing fund for Sundance titles has launched.

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Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Fletcher has been hired to write “I Am a Man,” a historical drama about the 1968 strike by Memphis sanitation workers.

The Sycamore Pictures production is based on Michael K. Honey’s 2007 book of the same name about the strike, which was supported by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and lasted 65 days. King was in Memphis to support the strike when he was assassinated on the balcony of a motel. Sycamore’s Ben Nearn and Tom Rice are producing.

Fletcher won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Precious” and recently wrote “Trial by Fire,” starring Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell. He is repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood
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Geoffrey Fletcher Set To Pen ‘I Am A Man’ About Historic Memphis Sanitation Strike

Geoffrey Fletcher Set To Pen ‘I Am A Man’ About Historic Memphis Sanitation Strike
Exclusive: Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher has been set to write I Am a Man, a feature film adaptation in the works from Sycamore Pictures based on Michael K. Honey’s 2007 book about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike that became a turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement. The strike, carried out by black employees over poor working conditions and discrimination, drew Martin Luther King Jr, the National Guard and the national media for what…
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Emily Meade, Chris Coy & More Cast In Ed Zwick’s Drama ‘Trial by Fire’

Emily Meade, Chris Coy & More Cast In Ed Zwick’s Drama ‘Trial by Fire’
Emily Meade and Chris Coy, both currently starring on HBO's The Deuce, have joined director Ed Zwick’s biopic, Trial By Fire, opposite Jack O'Connell and Laura Dern. From a screenplay by Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher, the film is adapted from David Grann’s 2009 article in The New Yorker. Jeff Perry (Scandal), David Wilson Barnes (Blue Bloods), and Carlos Gomez (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders) also co-star. The pic centers on the account of…
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Lee Daniels Responds To Mo’Nique’s Claims He ‘Blackballed’ Her After 2010 Oscar Win

  • ET Canada
Despite winning the 2010 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Precious”, comedienne Mo’Nique has had some harsh words for the film’s director in recent years, claiming that Lee Daniels has “blackballed” her due to her refusal to “play the game.” Mo’Nique made the statement in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought, […]
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Beyonce and Jay-z Are Relaxed and Romantic on Yacht Date Night -- See the Pics!

Beyonce and Jay-z Are Relaxed and Romantic on Yacht Date Night -- See the Pics!
Beyonce and Jay-z are crazy in love!

The 36-year-old singer shared a handful of new pictures from recent date nights with her rapper hubby on her website on Thursday. In one cute snap, the couple is seen sitting on a docked yacht and kissing. Another blurry shot shows the lovebirds smiling wide and getting cozy.

Photo: Beyonce.com Photo: Beyonce.com

Related: Beyonce Steps Out Looking Stylish in NYC to Watch 'Aladdin' on Broadway

In a handful of other snazzy pics, which she also shared on Instagram, Beyonce shows off her blue lipstick and strikes a pose wearing black-and-white checkered Zimmerman shorts with a denim Attico top, black Marni pumps and a circular Reformation bag.

Photo: Beyonce.com Photo: Beyonce.com

Related: Blue Ivy Plays Dress Up in Beyonce's Glittery Pink Heels in Precious Instagram Video

The new mom also shared makeup-free shots of herself on the yacht, as well as a couple of Jay-z enjoying
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