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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” surprised us by earning the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (four), and it’ll win every category it’s up for according to the combined predictions of over 2,000 users who have made their forecasts thus far. There’s still time to enter or edit your own picks here to influence our odds and potentially win our predictions contest before the prizes are handed out on Sunday night, January 21.

We’re betting on “Three Billboards” to win prizes for its ensemble cast, for the lead performance by Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, and for the supporting turn by Sam Rockwell as a violent racist cop. This would be the third SAG Award victory for McDormand and the first for Rockwell, who is up against his co-star Woody Harrelson as the chief of police in the title Midwestern town.

There are only three other awards
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2018 SAG Awards: Top 6 film upsets to watch out for include ‘Mudbound,’ Timothee Chalamet, ‘Baby Driver’ …

2018 SAG Awards: Top 6 film upsets to watch out for include ‘Mudbound,’ Timothee Chalamet, ‘Baby Driver’ …
Last year at the SAG Awards we were shocked when “Hidden Figures” won the top prize for its ensemble cast over “Manchester by the Sea” and the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture, “Moonlight.” Well, most of us were shocked. The 2018 awards season has been even more divided, so while, as always, we think we know who’s going to win, we should probably keep our eye out for some major upsets. Here are the top 6 shockers to watch out for.

“Lady Bird” cast — Though most of our users are torn between “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Get Out” for the top prize, we shouldn’t take our eye off of “Lady Bird.” It’s tied with “Three Billboards” as the largest nominated ensemble with 11 credited cast members. This would also be an opportunity to honor lead actress Saoirse Ronan and supporting actress Laurie Metcalf if voters decide to
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Movie News: Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reteam in Holiday Comedy; Watch New 'Black Panther' Video

Holiday Comedy: Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, who were both nominated for Academy Awards for their sterling supporting performances in The Help (above; Spencer won), will reteam in a new holiday comedy. Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) will write the screenplay, based on a treatment by Chastain and Kelly Carmichael; the story follows two women who are "fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas." [Variety]   Bad Boys: The next installment in the Bad Boys film franchise has been in development for years, but in the meantime, a small-screen spin-off is moving forward. NBC has ordered a pilot episode for a series that will revolve around DEA Agent Syd Burnett, who first appeared in Bad Boys II (above). Gabrielle Union will reprise the role...

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The Help duo Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to reunite for road trip comedy

The Help co-stars Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will be reuniting on the big screen for an upcoming Christmas-themed comedy, Variety reports.

While the film has yet to be given a title, release date or official plot details, it is being compared to 1987’s John Candy and Steve Martin-led road trip classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, in that it will follow the duo as they attempt to make it home for the holidays. The film landed at Universal after a bidding war with Fox and Paramount.

As she is doing with her upcoming films Painkiller Jane and Seducing Ingrid Bergman, Chastain will produce through her Freckle Films banner in addition to starring; president of production and development at Freckle Films, Kelly Carmichael will also produce, along with Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) will pen the film’s script based on a treatment by Chastain and Carmichael.
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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy
More than six years after the Best Picture nominee The Help took the careers of Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to new heights, the actresses are reuniting for an untitled Christmas comedy. The project was at the center of a huge bidding war that Universal eventually won, over 20th Century Fox and Paramount, with the pitch coming from Jessica Chastain herself and her Freckle Films production president Kelly Carmichael, who both wrote the treatment, with Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians) attached to write the script. Both Chastain and Carmichael are set to produce through their Freckle Films banner, alongside Maven Pictures' Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.

Both Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will portray two women who are trying to brave the elements and get back home for Christmas, although no further story details were given for this Jessica Chastain Holiday Comedy. Executive VP of production Erik Baiers and
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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to Team Up for Holiday Comedy

Spencer and Chastain: Tribute Movies/YouTube

Ever since “The Help,” we have seen Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer reunite at award shows, parties, and across social media. Now, we will see them team up on the silver screen once again. Variety reports that Chastain and Spencer will headline Universal’s upcoming holiday comedy, which follows two women determined to make it home in time for Christmas.

Fox and Paramount vied for the film, to which Chastain has been connected from the beginning. Alongside Kelly Carmichael, she wrote the original treatment and pitch. Though Peter Chiarelli (“The Proposal”) will write the script, Chastain will produce through her company, Freckle Films. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Since its 2016 inception, Chastain’s Freckle Films has been devoting to hiring and developing female-led projects, including an adaptation of Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank” and an exploration of an all-female anti-poaching unit in South Africa.
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer Team for Universal Comedy

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer Team for Universal Comedy
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are teaming for an untitled holiday comedy set up at Universal.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and Peter Chiarelli will write the script, which centers on two women who hope to make it home for Christmas.

The project is described as being in the vein of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the 1987 movie that saw John Candy and Steve Martin stuck with each other as they tried to make it to their respective homes for Christmas. The comedy will be a reunion for the two actresses, who starred in 2011's The Help

Universal picked up...
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning Tapped as SAG Awards Presenters

Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning Tapped as SAG Awards Presenters
Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, and Kelly Marie Tran have been selected as presenters at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, fulfilling the show’s plan for an all-female slate of presenters.

As previously announced, Kristen Bell will serve as the show’s first-ever host. The ceremony will air live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 21 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Stone scored an individual SAG Award and Oscar for “La La Land” and was part of the ensembles that won SAG Awards for “Birdman” and “The Help.”

Berry won SAG awards for the television movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and for her lead performance in “Monster’s Ball,” for which she also won an Oscar.

Fanning became the youngest-ever individual SAG Award nominee for her supporting role “I Am Sam” when she was 7. She introduced the SAG Awards’ tribute to child actors in 2002 and presented the SAG life achievement award to
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Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o to Present at 2018 SAG Awards

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o to Present at 2018 SAG Awards
The first star-studded list of presenters has been announced for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran will take to the stage on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, People can exclusively reveal.

Berry, 51, has won twice at the SAG Awards, for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999 and Monster’s Ball in 2001.

Fanning, 23, became the youngest-ever individual SAG Award nominee for her supporting role I Am Sam at the age of 7. She introduced the SAG Awards’ tribute to child actors in 2002 and presented the SAG Life Achievement Award to Shirley Temple Black in 2006.

Nyong’o,
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Apple greenlights thriller series Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer

Deadline is reporting that Apple has given the green light to Are You Sleeping, a thriller project from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, which has Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures) attached to star.

Created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) and based upon Kathleen Barber’s novel, Are You Sleeping is said to provide “a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.”

The Amazon description for the book reads:

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie
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TVLine Items: Octavia Spencer's Apple Series, CNN's Nye Ratings and More

Apple isn’t sleeping on its upcoming foray into scripted TV: The tech giant is developing the thriller drama Are You Sleeping, starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) and produced by Reese Witherspoon‘s Hello Sunshine shingle, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The project — written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) and based on a novel by Kathleen Barber — explores America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. Serial
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Octavia Spencer to Star in Apple True Crime Series, Will Produce with Reese Witherspoon

Spencer in “The Shack”

Love seeing Octavia Spencer on-screen but tired of seeing her in supporting roles? Here’s some good, long overdue news: The consistently excellent but underutilized actress is set to topline a new project, a true crime series that’s landed at Apple. Created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“The Good Wife”), “Are You Sleeping” is based on Kathleen Barber’s 2017 novel of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, which is currently in development, “offers a glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts” and “challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage.”

Spencer and Reese Witherspoon are among the project’s exec producers. Witherspoon is already set to star in and exec produce a series set in the world of morning talk shows alongside Jennifer Aniston for Apple.

“Serial’s” Sarah Koenig has
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Octavia Spencer to Star in Apple True Crime Podcast Drama From Reese Witherspoon

Apple is expanding its relationship with Reese Witherspoon.

The actress, already set to star in a morning news show series for the tech giant, is set to executive produce Are You Sleeping, a new series in development starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures).

Based on Kathleen Barber's true crime novel, Are You Sleeping offers a glimpse into America's obsession with true crime podcasts. It challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) created the project and will pen the script. Witherspoon...
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‘Are You Sleeping’ Drama Starring Octavia Spencer In Works At Apple With Reese Witherspoon & Peter Chernin Producing

Exclusive: Apple has landed Are You Sleeping, a thriller drama series project starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures), which hails from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine. The recently launched scripted drama venture between Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content is the studio. Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) based on true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, has been put…
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Jessica Chastain: "Town & Country"

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Sneak Peek new images from "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" actress Jessica Chastain, in the January 2018 issue of "Town & Country" magazine, wearing Prada, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, and a whole lot more, photographed by Matthew Brookes:

After graduating in 2003 from New York's Juilliard Drama School Chastain spent years doing live theater.

In 2011, she appeared in four films including "The Tree of Life", "Take Shelter", "The Help" and "The Debt", followed by "Zero Dark Thirty", earning her an Oscar nomination.

Starring in "Interstellar", Chastain's other features include "A Most Violent Year", "Crimson Peak", "The Zookeeper's Wife", "The Martian" and the current "Molly's Game".

"Probably there are some people who feel great about themselves," said Chastain.

"...and don’t second-guess anything they say or do or wear, but that's just not me..."

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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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Allison Janney on Celebrating Her Golden Globe Nomination and Meeting the Real Tonya Harding (Exclusive)

Allison Janney on Celebrating Her Golden Globe Nomination and Meeting the Real Tonya Harding (Exclusive)
Remember that bit from the Golden Globes a few years ago, when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was too good for her TV friend after she'd been nominated in one of the show's film categories? Well, get Allison Janney an e-cig, because she's a crossover nominee now.

Janney has been Golden Globe-nominated five times already (four times for The West Wing and once for CBS's Mom) but her Best Supporting Actress nomination for I, Tonya marks her first for a film. (I, Tonya was also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical and Margot Robbie for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.) Et spoke with Janney shortly after the nominations were announced to discuss how she would be celebrating, staging a The Help reunion at the Globes and meeting the real Tonya Harding.

Et: When you know it's Golden Globes morning, do you wake up early for this?

Allison Janney: I actually
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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

Two songs sung
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Golden Globes Nominations: First-Timers Break Through

Golden Globes Nominations: First-Timers Break Through
Every awards group has their trademark quirks, and the HFPA loves nothing more than anointing the wunderkinds. And this year didn’t disappoint: On the TV side, voters embraced Showtime’s “Smilf” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; in film, breakouts included Margot Robbie, Daniel Kaluuya, and Timothée Chalamet.

Several others across film and TV were also rewarded for their work with their first-ever Golden Globes nominations.

Movies:

Out of both actress categories, there was one sole new nominee: Margot Robbie landed her first nod in the musical or comedy field for her heralded turn as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” She’s up against previous winners Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), Helen Mirren (“The Leisure Seeker”) and Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”) and previous nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird.”) The actress in a drama category is all previous Globe winners: Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), [link
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