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Hulu Orders ‘The Dropout’ Limited Series Starring Kate McKinnon As Elizabeth Holmes From Fox Searchlight TV

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Hulu Orders ‘The Dropout’ Limited Series Starring Kate McKinnon As Elizabeth Holmes From Fox Searchlight TV
Exclusive: Exactly one year after Fox Searchlight launched a television division, the company has landed its first series order. I have learned that Hulu is closing a deal for The Dropout, a limited series starring and executive produced by Kate McKinnon based on ABC News/ABC Radio’s podcast about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.

Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live star McKinnon will play the disgraced wunderkind entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes and will executive produce the limited drama series, whose length is expected to be between 6-10 episodes.

She executive produces with the ABC News trio behind the The Dropout podcast: host /creator Rebecca Jarvis, who is ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent, and producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson.

The project marks a collaboration among three companies under the recently expanded Disney umbrella following the $71.3 billion acquisition of key Fox assets, including Fox
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Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn To Star In ‘I Know This Much Is True’ HBO Limited Series

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Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn To Star In ‘I Know This Much Is True’ HBO Limited Series
Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Rosie O’Donnell (Smilf), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) are set to star alongside Juliette Lewis (Camping) and Kathyrn Hahn (Mrs. Fletcher) opposite Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True, a six-episode limited drama series based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling book. The project, which has received a production commitment from HBO, hails from Mark Ruffalo, who stars in a dual role and executive produces; Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines); and FilmNation Entertainment.

Written, directed and executive produced by Cianfrance, the family saga follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, both played by Ruffalo, in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th century America.

Leo will play Ma (Concettina Ipolita Tempesta Birdsey), mother of Dominick and Thomas.

O’Donnell portrays Lisa Sheffer, a social worker
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Jennifer Gonsky Named Head of Business Affairs at Fox Searchlight TV

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Jennifer Gonsky has been named Head of Business Affairs at the less-than-a-year-old Fox Searchlight Television.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to Fox Searchlight Television. She brings with her a deep knowledge and understanding of the business affairs landscape gained from her unique experience across the industry. She is a brilliant addition to our growing studio,” Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents of Production for Film and Television David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a joint statement Friday.

Gonsky will report directly to Greenbaum and Greenfield.

Gonsky has served as Director of Original Series at Netflix for the last two years, where she worked on projects including, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Ratched” and “The Politician” and played a big part in signing Ryan Murphy to his new overall deal with the streamer.

Prior to joining Netflix, Gonsky was Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for FX and Fox Cable Networks
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Fox Searchlight TV Names Netflix’s Jennifer Gonsky As Head of Business Affairs

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Exclusive: Fox Searchlight’s TV division has made a key hire, naming Jennifer Gonsky as head of business affairs. She starts immediately, reporting to Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents of Production for Film and Television David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield who launched Fox Searchlight Television last April and will oversee the unit, which soon will be part of Disney as part of that company’s acquisition of Fox assets.

Gonsky comes from Netflix where she served as director original series. It marks her return to the Fox fold. Gonsky spent 11 years at FX, rising to Svp, Business and Legal Affairs, before she left for Netflix in 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to Fox Searchlight Television. She brings with her a deep knowledge and understanding of the business affairs landscape gained from her unique experience across the industry. She is a brilliant addition to our growing studio,” said Greenfield and Greenbaum.
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The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women

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The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women
For as long as there have been movies, there have been women making them. When the Lumière brothers were shocking audiences with their unbelievable depiction of a running train, Alice Guy-Blaché was pioneering her own techniques in the brand-new artform. When D.W. Griffith was pioneering advances in the art, and building his own studio to make his work, Lois Weber was doing, well, the exact same thing. When Hollywood was deep in its Golden Age, Dorothy Arzner, Dorothy Davenport, Tressie Souders, and many more women were right there, making their own films. It’s not even a trend that really abated, because it was never a trend. For so long, women being filmmakers was simply part of the norm.

And yet around the time of the advent of sound cinema, female participation in filmmaking began to drop. And the numbers have dipped immeasurably in recent decades. The latest Celluloid Ceiling
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If Beale Street Could Talk leads winners of 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards were presented last night, with If Beale Street Could Talk taking home the top prize, the Best Feature Award.

Beale Street also collected Best Director (Barry Jenkins) and Best Supporting Female Actor (Regina King), while other winners included Sorry to Bother You (Best First Feature), Ethan Hawke (Best Male Lead – First Reformed), Glenn Close (Best Female Lead – The Wife), Richard E. Grant (Best Supporting Male Actor – Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Roma (Best International Film) and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Best Documentary).

Check out the full list of winners here…

Best Feature

Eighth Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No Trace

You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Tamara Jenkins, Private Life

Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Paul Schrader, First
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Independent Spirit Awards Go For “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Earlier today, the Film Independent Spirit Awards were given out during their annual broadcasted show. Always a fun warm up for the next day’s Oscar telecast, the Spirit Awards are the Academy Awards’ hipster cousin. Sometimes, the former opts to copy the latter to some degree, nominee and winner wise, while in other times, they decidedly go to the beat of their own drummer. This is one of those years, as there isn’t a whole lot of crossover between the two. You wouldn’t be able to gather much because of it either way, but just keep that in mind. The Independent Spirit Awards are their own thing, plain and simple. Now, let us look at who and what they honored this afternoon… Leading the way with the Independent Spirit Awards was If Beale Street Could Talk, which took home three prizes. In addition to the top honor of Best Feature,
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2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners: Complete List

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2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners: Complete List
The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards took place on a beach in Santa Monica, Calif., with Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” taking the top prize for best feature along with best director for Jenkins.

Ethan Hawke and Glenn Close took the prizes for best male lead and best female lead, respectively. Bo Burnham took the best first screenplay trophy for “Eighth Grade” and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty won for best screenplay.

The Spirit Awards are chosen by the Film Independent’s 6200 members after an anonymous committee votes on nominations. The eligibility rules require that movies be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million.

Keep checking back as the winners are updated live.

Best Feature

Eighth Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk (Winner)

Leave No Trace

You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk (Winner)

Tamara Jenkins,
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Spirit Awards: Best Director Winner Barry Jenkins Calls on Hollywood to Champion More Female Creators

Spirit Awards: Best Director Winner Barry Jenkins Calls on Hollywood to Champion More Female Creators
Barry Jenkins took home the best director award for his film If Beale Street Could Talk at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. In his acceptance speech, Jenkins called on Hollywood to champion more female directors.

"I'm not gonna lie, man. I didn't want to win this damn award. With everything going on in the world, it just feels strange to be up here," said Jenkins, who beat out Paul Schrader (First Reformed) and three female directors, including Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Tamara Jenkins (Private Life) and Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here).

Jenkins ...
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Spirit Awards: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Wins Best Screenplay

Spirit Awards: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Wins Best Screenplay
Can You Ever Forgive Me?'s Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty accepted the award for best screenplay at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

Holofcener and Whitty were up against fellow nominees in the category Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Wash Westmoreland for Colette, Tamara Jenkins for Private Life, Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You and Paul Schrader for First Reformed.

The film, which stars Melissa McCarthy, also earned the award for best supporting male for actor Richard E. Grant's performance. 

The film's director, Marielle Heller, joined the screenwriters on stage upon Holofcener's invitation. "[The film] proves ...
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Triumphs

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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Triumphs
The Film Independent Spirit Awards have come to a close in sunny Santa Monica, with “If Beale Street Could Talk” winning Best Feature, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, and Best Supporting Female for Regina King. The love was spread fairly evenly across the other major prizes, with Glenn Close of “The Wife” taking home Best Actress, Ethan Hawke earning Best Actor for his performance in “First Reformed,” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” winning Best Screenplay (Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty) and Best Supporting Male (Richard E. Grant).

We the Animals” led all films with five nominations, followed by “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” with four apiece. There will be excitingly little overlap between today’s ceremony and tomorrow’s — for the first time since 2008, no movies are up for the top prize at both shows.

Aubrey Plaza hosted the ceremony, which aired on IFC. Full
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Full list of winners at the 34th Indie Spirits [Updating Live]

2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Full list of winners at the 34th Indie Spirits [Updating Live]
Winners of the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Aubrey Plaza, were revealed on Saturday, February 23, one day before the Oscars. Unlike years past, when many Best Feature nominees coincided with the Academy Award choices, the 34th edition of the Spirit Awards, which celebrates indie fare, had no cross-over in the Best Picture category.

The biggest winner of the night was “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which took home Best Feature, Best Director for Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting Female for Regina King, who is likely to repeat at the Academy Awards. And Glenn Close, whose little white dog Pippi stole the show, is pretty much a lock to repeat her win for Best Female Lead at the Oscars as well. Otherwise, the Spirits were pretty much spread out, save for two honors granted to the horror remake “Suspiria,” the Robert Altman Award along with cinematography, and two wins, Best Screenplay
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Spirit Awards: For a Change, They’re Not Trying to Be the Oscars’ Baby Brother

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Spirit Awards: For a Change, They’re Not Trying to Be the Oscars’ Baby Brother
Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards has a host, Aubrey Plaza, and will no doubt use that fact as a way to poke fun at their bigger competitor, the hostless Academy Awards.

But that’s far from the only way that the Spirit Awards will distinguish themselves from the Academy Awards during their afternoon shindig on the beach the day before the Oscars.

More than in most recent years, Saturday’s Spirit Awards won’t be an out-of-town tryout for Sunday’s Oscars, looser and less consequential but honoring many of the same films.

Also Read: Aubrey Plaza Dings Host-Less Oscars in Independent Spirit Awards Promo (Video)

Instead, this year’s Spirit lineup offers a real alternative to the Oscars. The Spirits’ five Best Feature nominees, for instance, were all overlooked by the Oscars in the Best Picture category: Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Every film, every nomination at the 34th Indie Spirits

2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Every film, every nomination at the 34th Indie Spirits
The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 23 during an afternoon ceremony on Santa Monica. These awards often preview the winners of the Academy Awards the following day. This year, we are predicting that both actress tipped to take home Oscars will win here first: leading lady Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and supporting player Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). But for the first time in a decade, none of the five films up for Best Feature here number among the nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Scroll down to see the full list of Indie Spirits nominations. This roster of contenders was determined by committees that included film critics, film programmers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, past nominees and winners, and members of Film Independent’s Board of Directors. Only American-made movies with budgets under $20 million were eligible for consideration.

Winners will be revealed
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Will ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ pull off another screenplay upset at the Spirit Awards?

Will ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ pull off another screenplay upset at the Spirit Awards?
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” stunned us all with a Writers Guild of America Awards win for Best Adapted Screenplay on Sunday. Can it pull off another shocker this weekend — not at the Oscars, but at the Independent Spirit Awards?

The Spirits only has one screenplay category that combines original and adapted scripts. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, is in second place in our combined odds behind Paul Schrader‘s “First Reformed,” and ahead of “Private Life” (Tamara Jenkins), “Sorry to Bother You” (Boots Riley) and “Collette”. “First Reformed” is the safe pick, as the film got a co-leading four nominations, including Best Picture unlike “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, and it’s a chance to honor Schrader, the scribe behind classics like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.”

But two of our Experts, Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) and Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil,
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Oscars: Where Have All The Women Directors Gone?

Hannah Bonner Feb 23, 2019

We examine how despite occasional exceptions to the rule, the Oscars still ignore women directors and their films for top awards.

The collection of controversies surrounding the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony is like a perpetual revolving door, never getting us any closer to the crux of the situation and never changing the key players. Will Kevin Hart host, or won’t he? Will the award for Best Cinematography screen on air or will it not? Who will defend the anti-Semitic slur here, the homophobic joke there? The laundry list is endless and the particulars just as dirty. But the Oscars are not immune to controversy.

In February 2016, I wrote about #OscarsSoWhite, a conversation that at the time was culturally charged and prescient. In October of 2017 #MeToo proliferated all over the internet, instigating the formation of organizations like TimesUp and the ostracization of Hollywood legends like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey,
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Film Independent’s Spirit Awards Fly the Flag for Indie Film

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As the 2018 awards season marches slowly into its final days, only a handful of honors remain undistributed after some of the most volatile and contentious campaigns in years. Front-runners have come and gone in one major category after the next, as each guild and critics group announced different winners than its predecessors, demolishing expectations even among industry experts and turning a celebration of the cinematic arts into a no-holds-barred brawl for top honors.

But even as other organizations wrestle with the names, numbers and broadcasting merits of different categories, Film Independent sails smoothly toward its Feb. 23 Spirit Awards ceremony with a clearer mandate than ever to reward the effort put into a filmmaker’s vision rather than whatever PR narrative is constructed around it.

“This year the nominations are all over the place across all of the different award shows, but for the Spirit Awards, I feel like it was an incredible year artistically,
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Barry Jenkins expected to join tiny group of double directing champs at Spirit Awards

Barry Jenkins expected to join tiny group of double directing champs at Spirit Awards
Barry Jenkins took home his first Independent Spirit Award for Best Director two years ago for “Moonlight,” but it looks like he’ll have to clear some room for another: The “If Beale Street Could Talk” helmer is predicted to win the same prize at Saturday’s show, which would make him just the fifth person to win the category twice.

In the Spirit Awards’ 33-year history, four people have earned a record two Best Director Awards: Joel Coen; Alexander Payne (1999’s “Election”; 2004’s “Sideways”); Ang Lee; and Tom McCarthy (2008’s “The Visitor”; 2015’s “Spotlight”). This means, should Jenkins prevail, he’d had the shortest span — two years — between his two wins.

See Barry Jenkins may join Coppola, Payne and more as double Oscar winners for Best Adapted Screenplay

Jenkins has 71/20 odds, but many of our pundits are split between him and No. 2 Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”). Granik has
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“Eighth Grade” vs “First Reformed” vs “If Beale Street Could Talk”: Final Independent Spirit Award Predictions

On Saturday, following tradition, the final show before the Oscars will go down, which of course will be the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Long known as the hipper compliment to the Academy Awards, this is the last stop before the season officially ends on Sunday night. Despite the presence of many Oscar nominees in the lineup, this can have no impact on the race, obviously. Voting wrapped up a few days ago on Tuesday, so ballots are in. The Spirit Awards simply represent a fun way to wind down the season. They’re often my favorite non Academy event of each year, so they’re well worth keeping an eye on just on their own merit. As always, below you will see what I think the Spirit Awards will look like this weekend, but first a bit of commentary. This appears to be a wide open race, in a ton of categories too.
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Ethan Hawke No Longer Attached To Paul Schrader’s New Surreal Western

After decades of creating masterpieces in filmmaking, Paul Schrader finally secured his first Oscar nomination with “First Reformed” and looks to the future with his new project “Nine Men From Now.” In a recent interview with IndieWire, the director reflects on his work and gives us a colorful description of what ‘Nine Men’ has in store for us.

Read More: Watch: Paul Schrader, Eric Roth, Tamara Jenkins & More Discuss Screenwriting & Influences

Schrader officially has the green light for ‘Nine Men,’ and is planning to start production this summer.

Continue reading Ethan Hawke No Longer Attached To Paul Schrader’s New Surreal Western at The Playlist.
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