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‘Avenue 5’: Himesh Patel Joins Armando Iannucci’s HBO Space Comedy Series

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‘Avenue 5’: Himesh Patel Joins Armando Iannucci’s HBO Space Comedy Series
Exclusive: Himesh Patel has been cast opposite Hugh Laurie in Armando Iannucci’s HBO space comedy Avenue 5.

Created by Iannucci, Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong.

Patel will play Jordan Hatwal, a young stand-up who is just starting out. When he’s offered an eight-week residency on Judd Galaxy’s inaugural luxury cruise around Saturn, he jumps at the chance to declare himself “the Funniest Man in the Universe.” Unfortunately for him, comedy clubs in space famously have no atmosphere. And he doesn’t quite have enough material to last the journey. And his fragile self-confidence means it might not be long before he’s heckling himself. He’s had a few bad gigs in his time, but nothing that could possibly prepare him for this.
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?

Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.

And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II.
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?

Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.

And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II.
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Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions
In our early field of Best Actor contenders, Oscar-winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christian Bale contend with rising stars like Adam Driver and Taron Egerton. And some long overdue veterans are in the fray, from Antonio Banderas to Willem Dafoe.

Many of the awards candidates below, per usual these days, take on characters from history, both familiar and less well-known: actors playing real-life figures gain a serious Oscar advantage. Out of the ten most recent Best Actor Oscar-winners, seven won for playing real people: Colin Firth as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” (2011), Daniel Day-Lewis as “Lincoln” (2013), Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” (2016) and Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (2018).

This year’s crop includes Sundance’s $14-million Amazon Studios pickup,
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Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions
In our early field of Best Actor contenders, Oscar-winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christian Bale contend with rising stars like Adam Driver and Taron Egerton. And some long overdue veterans are in the fray, from Antonio Banderas to Willem Dafoe.

Many of the awards candidates below, per usual these days, take on characters from history, both familiar and less well-known: actors playing real-life figures gain a serious Oscar advantage. Out of the ten most recent Best Actor Oscar-winners, seven won for playing real people: Colin Firth as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” (2011), Daniel Day-Lewis as “Lincoln” (2013), Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” (2016) and Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (2018).

This year’s crop includes Sundance’s $14-million Amazon Studios pickup,
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‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci Space Comedy Starring Hugh Laurie Is on Its Way to HBO

‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci Space Comedy Starring Hugh Laurie Is on Its Way to HBO
With satire dying an excruciating death on earth, Armando Iannucci is officially heading to space. Variety is reporting that HBO has given a series order to “Avenue 5,” a comedy set decades in the future in a world where interplanetary travel is a successful, viable industry.

Comedy vet Hugh Laurie, who’s also appeared on the Iannucci-created “Veep,” will star in this new series as the head of a spacebound cruise ship. He’ll lead an ensemble cast that also includes Zach Woods, Josh Gad, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips. (Front previously starred in the third and fourth seasons of “The Thick of It” as MP Nicola Murray.)

Before directing last year’s critically acclaimed historical comedy “The Death of Stalin,” Iannucci served as a writer on a number of Alan Partridge series and as the creator of both “Veep” and “The Thick of It.
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Armando Iannucci’s Space Comedy ‘Avenue 5’ Gets Series Order At HBO

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Armando Iannucci’s Space Comedy ‘Avenue 5’ Gets Series Order At HBO
As Armando Iannucci’s Veep is airing its final season on HBO, the premium cable network has picked up a new series from the British creator. HBO has given a series order to Iannucci’s space comedy pilot Avenue 5, starring Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods and Nikki Amuka-Bird.

Created, written and executive produced by Iannucci, who directed the pilot, Avenue 5 is space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong. Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura and Ethan Phillips co-star.

Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Will Smith executive produce.

Laurie is Ryan Clark, Captain of space cruise ship Avenue 5. Gad plays Herman Judd, the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5 and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism. Woods is Matt Spencer, Head of Customer Relations.
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HBO Orders Armando Iannucci’s ‘Avenue 5’ to Series

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HBO has ordered “Avenue 5,” Armando Iannucci’s space comedy starring Hugh Laurie, to series.

Iannucci, who also created “Veep,” created and executive produces “Avenue 5.” Will Smith, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche also executive produce. HBO ordered the pilot last August.

Per HBO, “Avenue 5” is “a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong. “

Laurie will play Ryan Clark, described as the suave, outwardly confident, controlled, and personable captain of space cruise ship Avenue 5 — the man you want in charge of a crisis.

Also Read: 'Silicon Valley' Star Zach Woods Joins HBO Space Comedy From 'Veep' Creator

Josh Gad will play Herman Judd, the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5 and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism. Judd
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Armando Iannucci Space Comedy ‘Avenue 5’ Ordered to Series at HBO

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Armando Iannucci Space Comedy ‘Avenue 5’ Ordered to Series at HBO
HBO has given a series order to the comedy “Avenue 5” from creator Armando Iannucci.

The series is described as a space tourism comedy set forty years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Hugh Laurie stars as Ryan Clark, the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5. The series also stars Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips.

Iannucci created the series and will serve as executive producer. Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Will Smith will also executive produce. Iannucci also directed the show’s pilot episode.

News of the series order comes as HBO is currently airing the seventh and final season of “Veep,” the political comedy series that Iannucci created. He served as showrunner on “Veep” up until the end of its fourth season, after which he departed to work on other projects.
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Will ‘Veep’ be first comedy since ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ 14 years ago to win for its final season?

The final season of “Veep” (*sniff*) will begin airing Sunday, March 31 on HBO. Since this political satire won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series the last three times it was eligible (2015-17), it’s sure to be a force at the upcoming 2019 ceremony. If “Veep” prevails yet again, it’ll be the first time in 14 years that a show won Best Comedy Series for its final season, since “Everybody Loves Raymond” pulled off this rare feat in 2005. Prior to that, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1977) and “Barney Miller” (1982) were the other two laffers to take home the top prize for their final hurrahs.

Over the course of its first six seasons “Veep” has been nominated for 59 Emmys and won 17, including a record six in a row in Best Comedy Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one-time bumbling vice president Selina Meyer. Other major victories through the years came in Best Comedy
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay
At the 2019 Academy Awards, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee shared in the win for Best Adapted Screenplay for bringing Ron Stallworth‘s memoir of the same name to the screen. This award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, has gone to only a dozen adaptations of such books. Five more of those non-fiction books adaptations were also winners in this decade: “The Social Network” (2011), “Argo” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “The Imitation Game” (2014) and “The Big Short” (2015). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Original Screenplay.)

Over the 91-year history of this award, novels have been the primary source material. Works of fiction have been the basis of 47 of the winners of this race over the years. The most recent of these was in 2018 when James Ivory won for his adaptation of André Aciman
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2019 Writers Guild of America Awards: Full winners list for the 71st WGA Awards [Updating Live]

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The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of their 71st annual awards on Sunday, February 17 in a ceremony held simultaneously in Los Angeles (Beverly Hilton Hotel) and New York City (Edison Ballroom). Each year these kudos recognize the best writing of the prior calendar year in a plethora of genres including movies and television. Scroll down to see the full list of film and TV winners for the 2019 WGA Awards, with winners designated in gold text.

Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.

Many awards pundits see the Writers Guild as a bellwether for the Oscars, though there’s a catch: oftentimes the Oscar nominees are not eligible at the guild because they aren’t written under its strict guidelines. Thus, Oscar nominee “The Favourite” was not eligible at WGA as this foreign production did not go through the lengthy process of proving its eligibility.
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Nominations for the 2019 WGA Awards announced

Coming hot on the heels of last night’s Golden Globe Awards, the Writer’s Guild of America has now announced the nominations for the feature film and video game categories of the 2019 WGA Awards.

Set to contest the Best Original Screenplay prize are Eighth Grade, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma and Vice, while BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star is Born are nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Check out the nominations here, along with the previously announced TV nominees…

Original Screenplay

“Eighth Grade,” Written by Bo Burnham; A24

Green Book,” Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures

A Quiet Place,” Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures

Roma,” Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix

“Vice,” Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

“BlacKkKlansman,” Written by
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'The Crown', 'The Looming Tower' among WGA TV nominees

'The Crown', 'The Looming Tower' among WGA TV nominees
Winners to be announced on February 17 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York.

The Crown, Succession, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and The Looming Tower are among television series nominated for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards.

The list of nominees announced by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) West and East branches also includes The Handmaid’s Tale, longform projects Castle Rock, Paterno, Maniac and Sharp Objects and individual episodes of Narcos: Mexico, The Affair and Ozark.

Select categories appear below. WGA Award winners will be announced on February 17 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees: 'Days of our Lives,' 'General Hospital'

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. Today the nominees for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards were revealed. Check out the list below.

Television, New Media, And News Nominees

Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

Drama Series

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

Better Call Saul,
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2019 Writers Guild of America TV Awards nominations: ‘Barry’ leads with 3 bids, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Succession’ at 2 each

The HBO comedy “Barry” is having a great day. First it reaped three Golden Globe nominations and then it earned another three bids at the Writers Guild of America Awards. At the WGA, it competes for Best Comedy Series writing as well as for an individual episode and for the catch-all Best New Series award.

For the comedy series award, “Barry” faces off against reigning Emmy champ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” as well as “Atlanta,” “Glow” and “The Good Place.” “Barry” is the only comedy up for the new series award alongside the dramas “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Homecoming,” “Pose” and “Succession.”

Of those four, only “Succession” made it into Best Drama Series where it competes against the final season of “The Americans,” season 4 of “Better Call Saul” and the sophomore editions of “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The WGA Awards winners will be revealed on Feb.
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Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees

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Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees
Barry” and “Bob’s Burgers” led the way with three Writers Guild of America nominations each, followed by two each for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Succession” and “The Simpsons.”

HBO’s dark comedy “Barry,” starring Bill Hader as a troubled hitman, scored nominations for top comedy series, top new series and top comedy episode with the debut segment “Chapter One: Make Your Mark,” which Hader directed. Hader and Henry Winkler won Emmys in September for their roles in the series, which has been renewed for a second season.

Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” was nominated for three episodes in the animated category — “Boywatch,” “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now” and “Mo Mommy Mo Problems.” The series is in its ninth season and a “Bob’s Burgers” movie is due out the summer of 2020.

Hulu’s dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale” was nominated in the top drama series and
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WGA Awards TV Nominations: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Barry’, ‘SNL’ Make List

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The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018, with writers for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s Saturday Night Live among last year’s winners to make the cut.

Last year, Handmaid’s Tale won the Drama Series category and the New Series category. HBO’s Succession has that same chance this year in drama, nominated in both categories. Another HBO series, its Bill Hader comedy Barry, was triple-nommed today including in the episodic race.

SNL returns to the Comedy/Variety sketch series category it won last season, this time facing the likes of the final season for IFC’s Portlandia and Sarah Silverman’s Hulu docuseries I Love You, America. Another returning champ, Comedy/Variety Talk Series’ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, also landed a nom.

Like the Golden Globes earlier today the marquee
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Martin Freeman to lead parental comedy series Breeders for FX

FX has announced that it has given a ten-episode series order to Breeders, a parental comedy series which will star Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.

Breeders has been created by Freeman, Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison and will see Freeman portraying a caring father who discovers that he’s not quite the man he thought he was.

The series is described as “exposing the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there.”

“Martin Freeman is an incredibly versatile artist who is perfectly paired with the wonderfully talented Daisy Haggard in Breeders,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions. “We enjoyed working with Martin on the first installment of Fargo and are delighted that he is executive producing along with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison.
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Martin Freeman returns to TV in two new series: Breeders & A Confession

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Martin Freeman is certainly about to become a busy man, The Black Panther star is set to appear in not one but two TV series; Sky’s Breeders and ITV’s A Confession.

First up comes the 10 part series Breeders. The comedy will expose the paradox of parenting that it is possible, in the same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there.

Freeman stars as a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was.

Commenting on the series Freeman said:

I’m excited to be making Breeders with a team that can make me laugh while we look at some of the less-discussed truths and challenges of being a parent. I really love this project and am delighted to be working with FX and Sky.”

Created by Freeman, the Peep Show
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