Monday, August 10, 2020

Agents of SHIELD S07E11: Brand New Day

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The pieces are in place...

by Brandon Coulson

It’s been a long journey with lots of ups and downs but here we are, seven years in and the Agents of SHIELD are almost ready for their swan song. In this week’s penultimate episode “Brand New Day” we got confirmation of one big fact that many had guessed already -- this is a new timeline!

Yes, as was made fairly certain between Mack losing his parents and then Daisy’s mother dying before she could be born it has been confirmed we are in an alternate timeline. What this means for the show moving into its final episode and whether there is a fix is completely unclear.

There was a lot to unpack in this hour though and Daisy wasted no time confronting Kora in a pretty badass Quake and choke move. Kora came a bit further along in my eyes this week though her character still feels thinly drawn and predictable. She posits a way to fix the world by eliminating threats before they happen. Now obviously everyone, except Yoyo, will be against this plan. Here is where Kora suggests killing Ward, and while you can't blame any of the team for hesitating I don’t think anyone ever thought they would take her up on the offer. She does later say that Sybil says there is no future where Daisy lets her fight alone but this stinks of vague speech into a misdirect.

Deke is relegated to basically being a damsel in distress the entire episode, mostly used to motivate Gemma through torture, which fails miserably by the way. His one shining moment however is when he got to make a fantastic Die Hard reference …  just before being completely caught by Garrett. Sad, as I was looking forward to him going full McClane. Malick, still intent on finding Fitz, decides to dive into Gemma’s mind and we get a nice series of flashbacks, some of scenes we know and, later, new glimpses of their time building the time drive. Considering the build up to finally seeing Fitz, these were all too brief and still told us nothing directly.

There is talk of bloodwork results and being worried which makes most brains jump to Fitz being terminal and likely already dead as I have predicted before. But again there's just enough ambivalence here to give me pause that we’re being set up for a switch. So my theory is that the bloodwork is actually Simmons' and it’s a pregnancy confirmation. The tears she shed  during the time loop were not for a dead husband but knowing she had to leave a husband and child to keep them safe. I think this is more likely now for no other reason than to have your big "will they, won’t they" be dead or separated in a finale would be just a big flip off to the fans whereas a reunion and a child feels like perfect finale fodder.

The giant bombshell that does result from Malick’s intrusion is that as Simmons said the implant would cause Fitz to retreat in her mind. What we find has actually happened is Fitz has been purged completely from her memory. Seeing as a one night, two-parter is all that's left this obviously won’t have long lasting consequences, so again I’m declaring it a misdirect. The other option is our SHIELD finale will be the single most depressing night of television ever. We know to expect more than that.

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Daisy gets the bright idea that to out-think a computer's predictions being unpredictably reckless is the key, and somehow convincing Mack and Sousa to come along for the ride, into space no less! All of the stuff with those three was adorable. Daisy confirms her crush to an eye rolling Mack, Mack then playing big brother and interrogating Sousa, and especially Sousa making fun of Quake as a code name. Sousa and Daisy are just adorable together and if anything bad happens next week we’re gonna riot!

Getting back to Kora and the rest of the team it turns out (surprise!) she wasn't on their side after all and knocked out the power to allow Sybil to infiltrate their computers. This leads to Coulson learning he can read and hack code, convenient, and while this part wasn't the most thrilling it did give us a brief fight with May that was impressive as always, as well as giving Coulson a great line calling out how characters always read text aloud on television. The boring knife guy and his crony get out of their cells and after Kora blows a hole in one of their chests, May takes her to see her mother's body. This scene of Kora breaking down is actually quite touching and by far the most I’ve felt for the character. Credit where it's due, she nailed that scene.

All of this leads to the epic reveal that the Chronicoms have called in reinforcements and proceed to level, just completely annihilate, every SHIELD base and agent including the Triskelion. Yes, the timeline is utterly broken and to add insult to injury we are forced to see the grossest onscreen kiss between Malick and Kora. Will Kora have a sudden about face after learning Malick killed her mother? Well yeah, duh, probably. Will SHIELD fix the timeline and restore things to their proper place? That one I really don’t know, but the pieces are in place as we race to what promises to be, if nothing else, a surprising and entertaining conclusion to seven years of storytelling.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Trailer Roundup: 100 Days Wild, Hoops, Ghosted: Love Gone Missing, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, The Undoing

 

100 Days Wild follows a new generation who leave the comfort of their modern lives and homes to venture off into the Tanana Valley, which is 200 miles from civilization. Together they must establish a self-sustaining colony where they make their own rules — all before winter arrives. 100 Days Wild premieres August 21 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

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Coach Ben Hopkins is taking life by the ball. HOOPS, a Netflix original animated comedy series starring Jake Johnson, premieres August 21. HOOPS is created by Ben Hoffman. Hoffman, Johnson, Seth Cohen, M. Dickson, Itay Reiss, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller serve as executive producers. Hoops is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and animated by Bento Box.

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MTV's Ghosted: Love Gone Missing returns with first-ever virtual episodes on Wednesday, September 2nd at 9PM ET/PT. In a fully self-shot season, ghostbusting co-hosts Rachel Lindsay and Travis Mills put their internet sleuthing skills to test as they work remotely to help individuals track down their ghosts and finally get the closure that they need.

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From Academy Award winner Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and based on Iain Reid's acclaimed novel. Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake's mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world. Coming to Netflix September 4.

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The limited series follows Grace (Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight, a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family. HBO limited series THE UNDOING debuts October 25. The limited series will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Movies By The Decade #2 - August 5-11

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It was a good week for films as a few bona fide classics and some guilty pleasures opened. Take a look at the films that opened this week between 1920 and 2010 and see if any of your favorites are here. And you can purchase select films through our affiliates at FandangoNow, WB Shop, Barnes & Noble or Target by clicking on the highlighted link. Any purchase helps support Hotchka and Can I Be Fierce!

1920

Aug 5 - The Girl in the Web
  • Cast: Blanche Sweet, Nigel Barrie, Adele Farrington
  • Director: Robert Thornby
  • Studio: Jesse D. Hampton Productions, Distributed by Pathé Exchange.

Aug 6 - The Adorable Savage
  • Cast: Edith Roberts, Jack Perrin, Richard Cummings, Noble Johnson, Arthur Jervis, Lucille Moulton
  • Director: Norman Dawn
  • Studio: Universal Film Manufacturing Company
  • Trivia: Based on the 1913 novel Marama: A Tale of the South Pacific by Ralph Stock.

Aug 6 - A Cumberland Romance
  • Cast: Mary Miles Minter, Monte Blue, John Bowers, Guy Oliver, Martha Mattox, Robert Brower
  • Director:     Charles Maigne
  • Studio: Realart Pictures Corporation
  • Trivia: Based on the 1899 novel A Mountain Europa by John Fox Jr.

Sept 6 - In Folly's Trail
  • Cast: Carmel Myers, Thomas Holding, Arthur Clayton, George B. Williams, Viola Lind, W.H. Bainbridge
  • Director: Rollin S. Sturgeon
  • Studio: Universal Film Manufacturing Company

Aug 8 - Crooked Streets
  • Cast: Ethel Clayton, Jack Holt
  • Director: Paul Powell, Fred J. Robinson
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: One of the rare surviving films of star Ethel Clayton with a copy at the Library of Congress; based on a short story Dinner at Eight by Samuel Merwin

Aug 9 - If I Were King
  • Cast: William Farnum, Betty Ross Clarke, Fritz Leiber, Sr.
  • Director: J. Gordon Edwards
  • Studio: Fox Film Corporation
  • Trivia: A copy of the film is preserved in the Library of Congress.

Aug 11 - Earthbound
  • Cast: Wyndham Standing, Mahlon Hamilton, Naomi Childers
  • Director: T. Hayes Hunter, Claude Camp
  • Studio: Goldwyn Pictures
  • Trivia: The film's art director was Cedric Gibbons; a print of the film has been preserved by MGM.

Aug 11 - Life's Twist
  • Cast: Bessie Barriscale, Walter McGrail, King Baggot
  • Director: Christy Cabanne
  • Studio: Robertson-Cole Distributing Corporation
  • Trivia: 23 sets were built at a cost of $25,000, equal to nearly $340,000 today; Bessie Barriscale played two roles; the film's status is unknown and may be lost.
1930

Aug 9 - Sweet Kitty Bellairs
  • Cast: Claudia Dell, Walter Pidgeon, Ernest Torrence
  • Director: Alfred E. Green
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: Based on the 1900 novel, The Bath Comedy by Agnes Castle and Egerton Castle; the novel was first adapted for the stage by David Belasco in 1903 and starred Henrietta Crosman; a silent film adaptation starring Mae Murray premiered in 1916; the film was shot entirely in Technicolor but no color prints survive.
1940

Aug 8 - Boom Town
  • Cast: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr
  • Director: Jack Conway
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Distributed by Loew's Incorporated.
  • Trivia: Based on the story A Lady Comes to Burkburnett by James Edward Grant for Cosmopolitan magazine; the female lead was written for Myrna Loy but went to Claudette Colbert; this was Gable and Colbert's second and last pairing following It Happened One Night; Gable and Tracy worked together on two previous films and after Tracy demanded the same top billing as Gable, they never worked together again although they did remain friends; this was Gable's first film under a new seven-year contract with MGM; the film was MGM's biggest box office success of 1940 and the highest grossing film of the year; ticket sales were second only to Gone With the Wind; the film was nominated for two Oscars: Best Black and White Cinematography and Best Special Photographic Effects.
1950

Aug 10 - Sunset Boulevard
  • Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough
  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and director Cecil B. DeMille play themselves; cameos include Buster Keaton, H.B. Warner and Anna Q. Nilsson; the film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won three (Best Story & Screenplay; Best Art Direction - Black & White; Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture); the film won Golden Globes for Best Picture - Drama, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Score; the film was among the first group selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 1989; Hollywood's first studio, Nestor, opened on the real Sunset Boulevard in 1911; the Norma Desmond character is said to be modeled on several faded silent film actresses such as Mary Pickford and Clara Bow, some suggest the obvious inspiration was Norma Talmadge, while others say the name is an amalgamation of silent film star Mabel Normand and director William Desmond Taylor who was murdered in 1922 in a never-solved case; to avoid censorship, only a few pages of the script were submitted at a time which led to some objectionable lines of dialog being rewritten; the Paramount heads thought Wilder was adapting a story called "A Can of Beans", which didn't exist, and he was afforded relative freedom to make his film; only the first third of the script was written when filming commenced with Wilder unsure how it would end; screenwriter Charles Brackett said Wilder never considered anyone but Swanson for the role of Desmond, but Wilder suggested he considered Mae West for Desmond and Marlon Brando for Joe Gillis, but no offers were made; the Desmond role was offered to Greta Garbo and Norma Shearer, who rejected the offer because she was retired and hated the script. Mary Pickford was also considered for a pairing with Montgomery Clift, but before an offer was made they realized she'd never accept a role in which she had an affair with a man half her age. Fred MacMurray was also considered for the Gillis role; Swanson had already accepted the end of her film career with her last movie made in 1941, but she was intrigued by the script; Swanson bristled at the thought of doing a screen test for Paramount, a studio at which she had already made 20 films, but her friend George Cukor said this would be the role she was remembered for and to do ten screen tests if they asked her; Clift was cast as Gillis but withdrew saying the role was too close to the one he had played in 1949's The Heiress in which he felt he had been unconvincing; it was suggested that Clift's real-life affair with a much older woman was his reason for turning down the role; William Holden was cast as Paramount wanted an available contract player in the role; DeMille's scene was shot on the set of Samson & Delilah, and he calls Norma "young fella" as he did while directing Swanson in real life; the film had the option to be shot in color but black and white was used to be more reflective of the noir genre; Edith Head created Norma's costumes, agreeing with Wilder and Swanson that Norma would have kept up-to-date with fashion trends so costumes reflected the Dior look of the 1940s; Head said the work was challenging and she designed Desmond's clothing to make it look like she was always impersonating someone, and relied on Swanson's expertise in creating a past she was already familiar with; Head also designed Holden's wardrobe and clothing for minor cast members but Wilder instructed Erich Von Stroheim and Nancy Olson to wear their own clothing for authenticity; Norma's boat-shaped bed had been used in the 1925 The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney; Swanson's youthful appearance made her look the same age as Holden and when Wilder instructed make-up artist Wally Westmore to make her look older, Swanson argued that Desmond's wealth and devotion to self would not necessarily make her look old and suggested they make Holden look younger ... and Wilder agreed, allowing Swanson to play Desmond as more glamorous than he had originally imagined; the film did record business in major cities but played poorly in rural areas so Swanson visited 33 cities to drum up business but it was still less than a hit in those areas; Swanson was unable to leverage the success of the film for more roles, most of which she felt were pale imitations of Desmond and fearing she'd be reduced to playing "a parody of a parody"; after the film she made a few TV series appearances (The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Burke's Law, My Three Sons, Ben Casey), and appeared in the 1974 TV movie Killer Bees. Her last film before retiring was Airport 1975. Swanson died in 1983; Holden died in 1981; Wilder died in 2002. By the late 1990s most of the prints of the film had deteriorated, but Paramount believed the film still had merit and launched a digital restoration which was released on DVD in 2002. The film was restored again in 2012 with frame-by-frame work to remove dirt, tears, scratches and other defects and was released on Blu-ray; several attempts had been made to translate the film to the stage starting in 1952, but it wasn't until a staging in London in 1993 with Patti LuPone in the Desmond role and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber that the adaptation found success, opening on Broadway in 1994 with 977 performances. Glenn Close took on the role in a West End revival in 2016 that was transferred to Broadway for a 12-week run beginning February 2, 2017; in February 2020, Donald Trump was angry Parasite won the Best Picture Oscar, complaining that movies like Sunset Boulevard aren't made anymore.
1960

Aug 5 - 13 Ghosts
  • Cast: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Rosemary DeCamp, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Woods
  • Director: William Castle
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: The film employed one of Castle's gimmicks, Illusion-O, which gave audience members a viewer with a red and blue filter. During certain sequences of the film, if viewers wanted to see the ghosts they looked through the red filter; if they were too scared, looking through the blue filter 'removed' the ghosts (you could still kind of see them); Illusion-O was not well-received by the critics; the film was released as part of a double bill with 12 to the Moon, The Electronic Monster or Battle in Outer Space, depending on the market; the film was remade in 2001 with the title Thirteen Ghosts.

Aug 5 - Last Woman on Earth
  • Cast: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne
  • Director: Roger Corman
  • Studio: Filmgroup
  • Trivia: Robert Towne wrote the film but acted under the pseudonym Edward Wain; was shot in color but public domain copies of the film on DVD were made from black and white TV prints; the Internet Archive has a faded color print and Retromedia's DVD release is from a color-corrected 35mm print; the film is considered one of Corman's "Puerto Rico Trilogy" with Creature from the Haunted Sea and Battle of Blood Island, shot back-to-back with Last Woman; the film was released as a double feature with The Little Shop of Horrors.

Aug 7 - It Started in Naples
  • Cast: Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica
  • Director: Melville Shavelson
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: The last film to be released in Gable's lifetime and his last color film; the film was shot on location in Rome, Naples and Capri, and was nominated for an Oscar for Art Direction.

Aug 9 - Make Mine Mink
  • Cast: Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw, Elspeth Duxbury
  • Director: Robert Asher
  • Studio: Rank Organisation. Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
  • Trivia: Based on the play Breath of Spring by Peter Coke, and its sequels; Seyler and Duxbury reprised their roles from the London stage production.

Aug 10 - Ocean's 11
  • Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Angie Dickinson
  • Director: Lewis Milestone
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: Director Gilbert Kay heard the basic idea for the story from a gas station attendant, and Peter Lawford bought the rights, envisioning William Holden in the lead role; the animated titles were designed by Saul Bass, who also did Psycho the same year; the film's closing shot with the cast walking away from a funeral home features the Sands Hotel marquee with the actors' names as the headliners; the Las Vegas location shooting featured the Flamingo, Sands, Desert Inn, Riviera and Saraha hotels; the 2001 remake featured Dickinson and Henry Silva in cameos.

Aug 11 - Song Without End
  • Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page
  • Director: Charles Vidor, George Cukor
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: Vidor died during production and Cukor finished the film; the film is subtitled "The Story of Franz Liszt", and Columbia had plans for a Liszt biopic as far back as 1952 but production and casting issues held the film up for three years; a new screenplay was commissioned in 1955, and pre-production began in 1958; the recording of the film's music was completed before production so star Bogarde could learn the correct finger movements to appear realistically playing the piano; Bogarde rehearsed his piano techniques for three weeks; the filmmakers made Bogarde look more like Elvis Presley than Liszt, sticking to the popular trend of the late 1950s over historical accuracy; the film won the Best Music Score Oscar, and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Musical).
1970

Aug 6 - Goodbye Gemini
  • Cast: Judy Geeson, Michael Redgrave, Martin Potter
  • Director: Alan Gibson
  • Studio: Cinerama Releasing Corporation
  • Trivia: The film was also released under the title Twinsanity; based on the novel Ask Agamemnon by Jenni Hall; the film was targeted by the conservative press as an example of everything wrong with contemporary British culture, resulting in protests and theaters refusing to show the film; the film's US release came on September 25, 1970.

Aug 10 - Diary of a Mad Housewife
  • Cast: Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgress, Lorraine Cullen, Frannie Michel, Katherine Meskill, The Alice Cooper Band
  • Director: Frank Perry
  • Studio: Frank Perry Films Inc. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • Trivia: Adapted from the 1967 novel by Sue Kaufman; Neil Young's song "A Man Needs a Maid" was inspired by Snodgrass' performance and soon after the release of his 1972 album Harvest, the two became romantically involved for several years; Groucho Marx said the movie was an example of "dirty entertainment" and didn't like it because the characters were in bed for 80 minutes, making the joke, "Well I'm not interested in that. I don't care what they're doing in the sack, if I'm not doing it, why should I sit in the theater and watch it?"; the film was nominated for several Golden Globes including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy with Snodgrass winning Best Actress - Musical or Comedy and New Star of the Year; Snodgrass was also nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
1980

Aug 8 - The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Cast: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson, Sid Caesar, John Le Mesurier
  • Director: Piers Haggard
  • Studio: Braun Entertainment Group, Playboy Productions. Distributed by Orion Pictures Corporation thru Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: Pre-production began with Richard Quine directing, followed by John Avildsen but both were fired before the script was completed and replaced by Haggard with Sellers handling reshoots; Peter Sellers' final film, it was released two weeks after Sellers' death and was a commercial and critical failure; also David Tomlinson's last film before retiring; Sellers had recorded a 1955 Goon Show titled "The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu-Manchu" and in the film the character insists friends call him Fred; Sellers' longtime Pink Panther co-star Burt Kwouk has a cameo as a Fu Manchu minion prompting a joke that Fu thinks he looks familiar; Sellers was not happy with the original script, went off to rewrite it and turned in something that was just a bunch of sketches which horrified the studio, Haggard was given the script to construct into a narrative and got the job but two weeks into production his relationship with Sellers soured and a week before filming was completed, Sellers had Haggard fired with Sellers and his friend David Lodge completing the picture; Sellers was unhappy with his performance due to his ill health and he appears unwell throughout the film; the film has been criticized for contributing to racist Chinese stereotypes, especially with Sellers playing the title character.

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Aug 8 - Xanadu
  • Cast: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck
  • Director: Robert Greenwald
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Trivia: The film earned negative critical reviews and was the inspiration (along with Can't Stop the Music) for the creation of the Golden Raspberry Awards with the film nominated for six awards; director Greenwald won the first Razzie for Worst Director; the soundtrack was a smash worldwide and was certified Double Platinum in the US; the title song by Olivia Newton-John and ELO reached Number 1 in the UK and several other countries; the plot of the 1947 film Down to Earth was used as the basis for the film's story; Gene Kelly's character Danny McGuire also appeared in the 1944 film Cover Girl, and this was Kelly's final acting role although he hosted segments of the That's Entertainment film series; the film was originally conceived as a low-budget roller disco movie but evolved into a bigger project as more prominent names got involved; the character of Sonny was the painter of the Muses mural in the original draft of the script, which better explained why the Muses wanted to help him, but that plot point was dropped during rewrites; one line Sonny speaks about painting someone else's mural remained in the film, a Marvel Comics adaptation retained the connection between Sonny and the mural, and the plot point was used in the stage adaptation of the film; the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was used for exterior shots of Xanadu but was lost to a fire ten years later; Universal lost confidence in the film and cancelled press screenings; a Broadway musical opened on July 10, 2007 with Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson and Tony Roberts, with Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa in new "evil Muse" roles not in the movie; the show followed and parodied the film's plot, was a surprise hit and earned several Tony Award nominations; the show closed on September 28, 2008 after 49 previews and 512 performances, with a successful national tour following. A new tour was set to begin in the Fall of 2019 but was postponed/cancelled at the last minute.

Aug 10 - Why Would I Lie?
  • Cast: Treat Williams, Lisa Eichhorn, Gabriel Macht, Susan Heldfond, Anne Byrne, Valerie Curtin, Jocelyn Brando, Nicolas Coster, Severn Darden, Sonny Davis
  • Director: Larry Peerce
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Distributed by United Artists (US/Canada) and Cinema International Corporation (International)
1990

Aug 10 - Air America
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Lane Smith
  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Studio: Carolco Pictures, IndieProd Company. Distributed by TriStar Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film is based on Christopher Robbins' 1979 non-fiction book; the film was advertised as a light-hearted buddy comedy but the film's dramatic tone differed greatly; director Richard Rush tried to develop the film in 1985 as the first comedy about Vietnam; Sean Connery was attached to play the Gibson role, with Bill Murray, James Belushi and Kevin Costner under consideration for the Downey role; Carolco Pictures sold the project after Connery and Costner became too expensive, and a new script was written with the film's budget increasing to $35 million with a 500-member crew shooting in 49 locations; production endured two earthquakes and a typhoon; after previews, Gibson and other principal cast members were called back to shoot a new ending; after the Persian Gulf War began in January 1991, the film was withdrawn from distribution in over 100 cinemas throughout Germany; the film received criticism for its inaccuracies and author Robbins said the movie distorted his book's presentation of the Air America story; the movie received mostly negative reviews save for the flying stunts.

Aug 10 - Flatliners
  • Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Studio: Stonebridge Entertainment. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film was shot on the campus of Loyola University (Chicago); the film debuted at Number 1, earning $10 million, and grossing a total of $61.5 million in the US against a $26 million budget; a follow-up film was released in 2017 with Sutherland in a starring role; Sutherland indicated he would be playing the same character, Nelson Wright, making this a sequel but when the film was released his character's name was Barry Wolfson; a deleted scene indicates Sutherland is indeed playing Wright living under a new identity.

Aug 10 - The Two Jakes
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe, Eli Wallach, Rubén Blades, Frederic Forrest, David Keith
  • Director: Jack Nicholson
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: The film is a sequel to 1974's Chinatown; Faye Dunaway does a brief voice-over in the film, and the character of Katherine Mulwray, played by Belinda Palmer in Chinatown, returns now played by Meg Tilly; the film's musical composer Van Dyke Parks also appears in the film as a prosecuting attorney; a third film was planned, but The Two Jakes was not a success so that was scrapped; a script was completed in 1984 for a 1985 release but writer Robert Town objected to producer Robert Evans' desire to play the Jake Berman role; Nicholson, Evans and Towne had formed an independent production company to make the film and struck a distribution deal with Paramount; production was set to begin in '84 but Evans objected to having to get a 1940s haircut and was fired, causing Paramount to withdraw from the distribution deal; Nicholson revived the project in the late 80s as director and also rewrote parts of the script; numerous scenes had to be reshot, causing the film's release to be delayed from Christmas 1989 to August 1980, although Nicholson insisted the picture came in on time and on budget; the film earned nearly a third less than Chinatown with a total of $10 million in the US against a $25 million budget.
2000

Aug 11 - Autumn in New York
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia, Elaine Stritch, Vera Farmiga, Sherry Stringfield
  • Director: Joan Chen
  • Studio: Lakeshore Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Distributed by MGM.

Aug 11 - Bless the Child
  • Cast: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Ian Holm, Angela Bettis, Christina Ricci
  • Director: Chuck Russell
  • Studio: Icon Productions. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • Trivia: Based on the novel of the same name by Cathy Cash Spellman; Kim Basinger was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for this and I Dreamed of Africa but lost to Madonna in The Next Best Thing.

Aug 11 - Cecil B. Demented
  • Cast: Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, Adrian Grenier, Larry Gilliard Jr., Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Patricia Hearst, Kevin Nealon
  • Director: John Waters
  • Studio: Le Studio Canal+, Polar Entertainment. Distributed by Artisan Entertainment.
  • Trivia: The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2000 and opened in France on August 2 before its US premiere; several characters in the film have tattoos of the names of famous directors including Otto Preminger, Andy Warhol, Herschell Gordon Lewis, David Lynch, William Castle and Spike Lee; the film is loosely based on the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, who has a cameo in the film; Roger Ebert said the film was like "a home movie [with] a bunch of kids goofing off".

Aug 11 - The Replacements
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones, Jon Favreau, Brooke Langton, Rhys Ifans
  • Director: Howard Deutch
  • Studio: Bel Air Entertainment. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Trivia: This was Jack Warden's last film; the PSI-Net Stadium in Baltimore (now the M&T Bank Stadium) was used as the Sentinels' stadium in the film; the film was loosely based on the Washington Redskins during the 1987 NFL strike which won three replacement games without any regular players and won the Super Bowl at the end of the season; the multiple-fumble Sentinels touchdown was based on the Holy Roller play between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers in 1978; John Madden, playing himself, called the Holy Roller play in the film while he was the Raiders' coach at the time of the actual play.
2010

Aug 6 - Flipped
  • Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney, Penelope Ann Miller, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Weisman
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Studio: Castle Rock Entertainment. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Trivia: Based on the 2001 novel by Wendelin Van Draanen; John Mahoney's last film appearance before his death in 2018 (he appeared posthumously in Mariette in Ecstacy in 2019); the film's limited release began August 6 before going wide on September 10.

Aug 6 - Middle Men
  • Cast: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan
  • Director: George Gallo
  • Studio: Oxymoron Entertainment & Paramount Pictures. Distributed by Paramount Vantage.
  • Trivia: Based on the experiences of Christopher Mallick of internet billing companies Paycom and ePassport, who has been accused of stealing millions from ePassport customers to fund the film; an orgy scene was cut from the film to avoid an NC17 rating; after the clip was leaked to adult website Pornhub it was included on the home video release; the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2009; two soundtracks were released, one with a musical score by Brian Tyler, and the other with a collection of popular songs by Hall & Oates, Moby, The Rolling Stones, Patsy Cline, Tears for Fears, Outkast and 2Pac.

Aug 6 - The Other Guys
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Trivia: The film opened in New York City on August 2 before going wide August 6; this was the fourth of five collaborations between McKay and Ferrell, and the only one not co-written by Ferrell; it was also the first of three collaborations between Ferrell and Wahlberg; the film has several cameos including Anne Heche, Horatio Sanz, Thomas Middleditch, Derek Jeter, Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, Tracy Morgan, and the voice of Ice-T; McKay stated the film came about after seeing the chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg at a dinner; Ferrell and Wahlberg appeared by video to the Big Brother Houseguests before they competed in a competition to win a private screening of the film; contestants on America's Got Talent the week of August 4 also got to see an advance screening of the film and meet Ferrell and Wahlberg; Ferrell and Wahlberg also appeared on WWE Raw to promote the film; the film was also promoted during the lead-up to the release on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest, and during the Season 2 premiere of Jersey Shore on MTV; the film won Best Comedy Film at the 2011 Comedy Awards.

Aug 6 - Step Up 3D
  • Cast: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner
  • Director: Jon M. Chu
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment, Offspring Entertainment. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film opened at the Disney-owned El Capitan on August 2 before it's national release; it was the second film, after Toy Story 3, to feature the Dolby Surround 7.1 audio format; the film had the lowest opening weekend of the then three-film series but went on to become the biggest box office hit worldwide; critics complained about the film's story and acting but had high praise for the creative use of 3D, with one critic stating it one-upped the overpraised 3D advancements of Avatar.

Aug 6 - Twelve
  • Cast: Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, Curtis Jackson, Emily Meade, Emma Roberts, Erik Per Sullivan
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Studio: Gaumont, Radar Pictures. Distributed by Hannover House.
  • Trivia: Based on the 2002 novel by Nick McDonnell; the film premiered at Sundance on January 29, 2010, where it's been referred to as "the worst movie in the history of Sundance"; the film was in release for just two weeks in the US, earning just $183,920; worldwide the film grossed close to $2.5 million against a $5 million budget.

Trailer Roundup: Love Island USA. The Haves and Have Nots, The Boys, Power Book II: Ghost, Ratched [UPDATED]


Selena Gomez's Cooking Show "Selena + Chef" to Stream on HBO Max Beginning August 13th. The world-renowned chefs featured during the season includes Angelo Sosa, Antonia Lofaso, Candice Kumai, Daniel Holzman, Jon & Vinny, Ludo Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton, Nyesha Arrington, Roy Choi, and Tonya Holland.


Get ready to place your bets on a new season, a new city, and a new crop of sexy single Islanders! Summer will hit the highest temperatures yet when Season 2 of Love Island USA premieres with a two-hour episode on Monday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.


OWN's hit Tyler Perry drama The Haves and the Have Nots returns with a two-episode premiere Tuesday, August 25. The popular series roars back to the screen with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence.


Get ready for another round of taking Supes down! The Boys Season 2 is coming in hot, mates… are you ready? The first three episodes of season two premiere Friday, September 4, with new episodes available each Friday following, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9.


The legacy lives on. Power Book II: Ghost premieres September 6 on STARZ.


You deserve someone to show you mercy. From the creator of American Horror Story, witness the origin of one of the world's most iconic characters, Nurse Ratched. Sarah Paulson stars in Ratched, coming to Netflix on September 18.

It's A Wonderful Lifetime 2020 Holiday Slate Will Feature 30 New Movies


Reaching over 80.1 million total viewers1 during last year's It's a Wonderful Lifetime programming block, Lifetime emerged as the #1 holiday movie destination. For 2020, the star-studded It's a Wonderful Lifetime slate will feature 30 new movies, and over 1200 hours of holiday programming - 24/7 - from mid-October through December with many new and returning stars. Because the holidays are for everyone, this year Lifetime dives deeper in the commitment for diverse storytelling with its storylines, talent and characters.

Following last year's Twinkle All the Way which featured an on screen, same sex kiss between couple Lex and Danny (Brian Sills and Mark Ghanimé), Lifetime has greenlighted The Christmas Set Up, the networks' first movie with a LGBTQ romance as the lead story. Additionally, Lifetime has greenlighted its first holiday movie centered on a Chinese-American family in A Sugar & Spice Holiday, to be directed by Jennifer Liao and written by Eirene Donohue. Casting is currently underway on both movies, with production set to begin this month.

"We are thrilled to continue our legacy of creating a holiday destination that is welcoming to all at Lifetime," said Amy Winter, EVP and Head of Programming, Lifetime and LMN. "With more new movies than any one cable network for streamer, I couldn't be prouder of the incredible talent joining us in front of, and behind the camera, on these new holiday movies."

With new faces joining the previously announced stars Betty White, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez and Melissa Joan Hart, 2020 will be extra wonderful with the addition of Tiffany Haddish executive producing Christmas Unwrapped starring Amber Stevens West, Marco Grazzini and Cheryl Ladd; Jason Priestley, Robin Givens, Ed Begley Jr. and Faith Prince co-starring with Melissa Joan Hart in Dear Christmas; and Tony Award winning actress Ali Stroker leading Christmas Ever After alongside Daniel DiTomasso.

The full It's a Wonderful Lifetime slate will be released in September.

Descriptions for newly announced movies and stars include:

CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER

Popular romance novelist Izzi Simmons (Tony winner Ali Stroker) spends every Christmas at her favorite snowy bed & breakfast, but this year, she's faced with an impending deadline and a severe case of writer's block. Luckily, inspiration strikes in the unlikely form of the B&B's new owner Matt (Daniel DiTomasso), who bears an uncanny resemblance to the handsome hero from Izzi's novels. As both partake in the lodge's annual itinerary of Christmas activities, Izzi's writer's block is cured and the first pages of her and Matt's own love story may just be beginning.

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED

From executive producer Tiffany Haddish, Christmas Unwrapped follows Charity (Amber Stevens West), an ambitious reporter, who learns the true meaning of Christmas when she investigates Erik Gallagher (Marco Grazzini), a beloved member of the town who insists all the gifts he provides are from none-other than Santa himself. Cheryl Ladd also stars.

DEAR CHRISTMAS

Natalie Morgan (Melissa Joan Hart) is an author and host of a popular podcast, "Holiday Love", which shares true stories of holiday romance with its listeners. While to the outside world and her listeners everywhere see Natalie is an expert on romance, she's never truly experienced a romance of her own. As Natalie prepares to embark on a promotional tour for her new book, she stops back home to spend Christmas with her family and to celebrate her parent's 50th anniversary where she unexpectedly begins to experience her own holiday romance as sparks ignite with local firefighter, Jack (Jason Priestley). Dear Christmas also stars Robin Givens, Ed Begley Jr and Faith Prince.

A SUGAR & SPICE HOLIDAY

Suzie, a rising young architect, returns to her small hometown in Maine for Christmas where her Chinese American family runs the local Lobster Bar. Following the loss of her beloved grandmother who was a legendary baker in their community, Suzie is guilted into following in her grandmother's footsteps by entering the local gingerbread house competition. Teaming up with an old high school friend Billy, who grew up to be a catch, Suzie must find the right recipes and mix of sugar and spice to win the competition and perhaps find some love in the process.

THE CHRISTMAS SET UP

Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer and his best friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo's high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick's attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate's well-intentioned Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Agents of SHIELD S07E10: Stolen

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A very uneven outing.

Back to the '80s this week as the team came back from their time vortex trip and returned to help Jiaying and company. The big surprise came fairly early on as we saw Malick recruit another blast from the past in a young John Garret. Originally played by Bill Paxton, Garrett was one of the best villains the series has seen, played here by Paxton’s son James. His young counterpart unfortunately did not live up to Bill’s performance.

In fact while I appreciate how they tried to pay tribute here, boy did the young Paxton not impress in the acting department. Eyes bugging out and mugging for the camera, he was laughably bad. Adding him to the already unimpressive Nathaniel and mediocre Kora, our big bad team up for the final season is looking oh so sad at the moment.

But onward we go and it was back to the lighthouse, which even May and Daisy seemed exhausted by at this point. They mention the Triskelion SHIELD headquarters is already in use way ahead of the original timeline, in fact they make mention the timeline is coming apart. Daisy tells Gemma about her freak out last week leading Gemma to believe a terrible fate has befallen Fitz, and on top of all that Jiaying shows up to the base as she is being hunted.

Sibyl is still influencing events as Malick is using her knowledge of the time stream to recruit the many people SHIELD will make enemies of in the coming years. Though the fact that everyone they approach is so quick to believe in time travel and fates shown to them in a computer simulation is a bit far-fetched, the idea itself is a clever one and nice use of future knowledge.

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Malick has streamlined the power stealing process and is building his army of powered people, not for Hydra, but instead for chaos. Like most college anarchists, Malick too seems to have little idea of what he’s really trying to achieve. He hasn't gotten far yet as only a foot soldier with knife guy's powers and Garrett taking the teleporter, Gordon’s powers, and then subsequently dying from the transfer.

The meat to this episode was Daisy and Jiaying. Daisy finds out about her sister and realizes a few key things. One is that her sister must have killed herself originally, and second is that event is what drove Jiaying to leave Afterlife and eventually meet Daisy’s dad, so the question of how she will ever be born was already in play. Sousa always has great advice telling Daisy to talk to her mom, as he brings up that the idea of honoring the timeline is gone. The timeline is utterly screwed.

We see Daisy and her mother bond, sharing their pain, Jiaying the pain of not being able to help a daughter in need and Daisy the absence of a mother and the being hurt by that same mother. So when Malick shows up and reveals to Jiaying that she is the absentee mom Daisy was talking about, the exchange of looks between the two actresses spoke volumes.

It looked like we were going to get a Quake-off for a moment before Malick unceremoniously snapped Jiaying's neck, driving Daisy into a rage. But Garrett shows up in time to rescue Malick, leaving the team behind to clean up the mess. From here Garrett and  Malick kidnap Gemma to force her into finding Fitz and take off in the Zephyr.

The team does manage to capture their men and free the Inhumans, capturing Kora in the process, but Kora seems to want to be caught so obviously there’s a much bigger plan going on than we are aware of. I’m really mixed this week as there were some great ups but a lot of downs with the younger cast really pulling things down. I have no clue where the series is heading for it’s finale. I'm still very interested but the villain deficit is really starting to show.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

American Idol Kicks Off "Idol Across America" Monday, Aug. 10

During this season's first round of auditions, American Idol will continue to break new innovative boundaries with custom-built Zoom technology to host "Idol Across America," its first-ever live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar.


In its historic third season on ABC, American Idol became the first reality competition series to air remotely with the unprecedented season dominating Sunday nights, claiming the No. 1 position for broadcast series among Adults 18-49 as well as the night's No. 1 most social show. As previously announced, the star-maker series will return with an all-new season premiering spring 2021. During this season's first round of auditions, American Idol will continue to break new innovative boundaries with custom-built Zoom technology to host "Idol Across America," its first-ever live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar.

Beginning Aug. 10, "Idol Across America" remote auditions will take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., for the first time since the show's inception, making auditions easier than ever. The kickoff to season four will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, across any official audition date and face-to-face with an American Idol producer, staying true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next American Idol.

"Idol Across America" auditions will be held as follows (subject to change):

  • Delaware, Florida and Ohio (Aug 10)
  • Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin (Aug 12)
  • Arizona, Oregon and Washington (Aug. 14)
  • Georgia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Rhode Island (Aug 16)
  • Open Call Auditions (Aug 17)
  • Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas (Aug 18)
  • Idaho, New Mexico and Utah (Aug. 20)
  • Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas (Aug 22)
  • Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia (Aug 24)
  • Open Call Auditions (Aug 25)
  • Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma (Aug 26)
  • Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota (Aug 28)
  • Connecticut, New Jersey and New York (Aug 30)
  • Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming (Sep 1)
  • Maine, South Carolina and West Virginia (Sep 3)
  • Alaska, California and Hawaii (Sep 5)
  • Kentucky, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (Sep 7)
  • Massachusetts, North Carolina and Vermont (Sep 9)
To sign up for "Idol Across America" and a chance to virtually audition in front of an American Idol producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. There you will find more details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions. You must be between 15 - 28 years old to audition and may do so on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of your location.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Movies By The Decade #1 - July 29 - August 4


Welcome to our new feature Movies By The Decade, a companion piece to TV By The Decade on Hotchka.com. Here's we'll provide a list of films released during a particular week in the decades from 1920-2010 with cast, director and studio information as well as trivia on some titles. Most films release dates here are US dates but there are international titles as well and we'll note when dates differ from the US. We hope you enjoy this feature and can find the anniversary dates for your favorite films, and perhaps will discover some new favorites as well. So let's get started!

1920

Aug 1 - The Fighting Chance
  • Cast: Anna Q. Nilsson, Conrad Nagel, Clarence Burton, Dorothy Davenport, Herbert Prior, Ruth Helms
  • Director: Charles Maigne
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: The film was previously thought lost; based on the novel of the same name by Robert W. Chambers.
Aug 1 - Hairpins
  • Cast: Enid Bennett, Matt Moore, William Conklin
  • Director: Fred Niblo
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: A surviving print of the film is held in a private collection.
Aug 1 - The Jack-Knife Man
  • Cast: F. A. Turner, Harry Todd
  • Director: King Vidor
  • Studio: First National
  • Trivia: This was Vidor's first film with First National; Prints of the film survive in several film archives; the film was shot at Vidor's newly constructed studio "Vidor Village" which was paid for with a portion of his $75,000 advance on the film from exhibitors.
Aug 2 - The Notorious Miss Lisle
  • Cast: Katherine MacDonald, Nigel Barrie
  • Director: James Young
  • Studio: First National
1930

July 31 - Murder!
  • Cast: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Studio: British International Pictures
  • Trivia: Hitchcock's third 'talkie'; originally to be released under the same title as the novel upon which it was based, Enter Sir John, but was changed to Murder! during production; the German language version was shot simultaneously on the same set with German speaking actors although Miles Mander reprised his role of Gordon Druce which was renamed Gordon Moore; Hitchcock makes his cameo as a man walking past the murder victim's house.
1940
  • There were no notable releases this week in 1940.

1950

July 29 - Treasure Island
  • Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Finlay Currie
  • Director: Byron Haskin
  • Studio: Walt Disney Productions; Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
  • Trivia: Disney's first completely live-action film; first adaptation of Treasure Island filmed in color; Disney re-released the film in 1975 but had to cut 9 minutes to receive a G rating according to the studio's policy, the original cut was restored in the 1990s after Disney relaxed its G-only policy; Robert Newton reprised the role of Long John Silver in the non-Disney sequel Long John Silver, and again for the 1954 TV series The Adventures of Long John Silver.
Aug 2 - Desperados of the West (serial)
  • Cast: Richard Powers, Judy Clark, Roy Barcroft, I. Stanford Jolley, Lee Phelps, Lee Roberts, Cliff Clark
  • Director: Fred C. Brannon
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • Trivia: The 12-chapter serial was budgeted at $150,246, the cheapest Republic serial of the 1950s.
Aug 3 - A Lady Without Passport
  • Cast: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak
  • Director: Joseph H. Lewis
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Trivia: The film was the debut for actor Steven Hill; the film's working title was Visa.
Aug 4 - The Admiral was a Lady
  • Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Hendrix
  • Director: Albert S. Rogell
  • Studio: Roxbury Productions; Distributed by United Artists
  • Trivia: The film's working title was Once Over Lightly which was the title of one of the film's songs.
Aug 4 - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • Cast: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter
  • Director: Gordon Douglas
  • Studio: William Cagney Productions; Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: The film was banned in Ohio as "a sordid, sadistic presentation of brutality and an extreme presentation of crime with explicit steps in commission"; this was the first of four films the Cagney brothers made for Warner Bros.; Humphrey Bogart was interested in securing the film rights before the novel's publication.
1960
  • There were no notable releases this week in 1960.
1970

July 29 - Chisum
  • Cast: John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Ben Johnson, Geoffrey Deuel
  • Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Studio: Batjac Productions; Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: Based on Andrew J. Fenady's novel Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War; although historically inaccurate, the story is loosely based on the Lincoln County War of 1878 in the New Mexico Territory and involved historical figures John Chisum, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; the film was set up at 20th Century Fox but moved to Warner Bros because Wayne wanted to film in 1969 but Fox's schedule would not allow for that; the movie was shot in Durango, Mexico.
July 31 - Move
  • Cast: Elliott Gould, Paula Prentiss, Geneviève Waïte
  • Director: Stuart Rosenberg
  • Studio: Berman-Century Productions; Distributed by 20th Century Fox
  • Trivia: Based on the novel Move by Joel Lieber; Dustin Hoffman was originally set to star: Gould was set to start filming after MASH, but Columbia Pictures wanted him for Getting Straight and said they'd drop the film if he didn't star so he delayed production on Move.
Aug 1 - The Rebel Rousers
  • Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Jack Nicholson, Diane Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Director: Martin B. Cohen
  • Studio: Paragon International Pictures; Distributed by Four Star Excelsior
  • Trivia: The outlaw biker film was shot in 1967 but was not released until 1970 following the success of Easy Rider; this was Cohen's only directorial effort.
Aug 3 - Ann and Eve
  • Cast: Gio Petré, Marie Liljedahl, Francisco Rabal
  • Director: Arne Mattsson
  • Studio: Jadran Film, Omega Film. Distributed in the US by Chevron Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film was a commercial success in the US, earning $18 million, making it the 17th highest grossing film of 1970.
Aug 3 - Performance
  • Cast: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton
  • Director: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
  • Studio: Goodtimes Enterprises. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Trivia: Filmed in 1968, Warner Bros. was reluctant to release the film due to its sexual content and graphic violence; the film was released in 1970 after a major re-edit; several of the actors' voices were dubbed for the US because the studio feared audiences would not understand their Cockney accents; it's now regarded as one of the most influential and innovative films of the 1970s and British cinema.
1980

Aug 1 - The Final Countdown
  • Cast: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal, Charles Durning
  • Director: Don Taylor
  • Studio: Bryna Productions, Distributed by United Artists
  • Trivia: Don Taylor's final film; produced with the full cooperation of the US Navy's naval aviation branch and the US Department of Defense, filmed aboard the USS Nimitz and capturing the actual operations of the ship; during production an emergency landing was allowed to be filmed and is included in the film; 48 Nimitz crew members appear in the film, some with speaking parts.
Aug 1 - The Hunter
  • Cast: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton, Ben Johnson
  • Director: Buzz Kulik
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Trivia: McQueen's final role before his death in November 1980; the last theatrical film made by Kulik; Peter Hyams was originally hired to write and direct but was fired after doing a draft with McQueen wanting to take over the director's duties; the DGA would not allow McQueen to direct because he had been attached to the film before Hyams, although it's rumored he did a lot of the direction on set.
Aug 1 - Loose Shoes
  • Cast: Royce D. Applegate, Bill Murray, Lewis Arquette, Howard Hesseman
  • Director: Ira Miller
  • Studio: Brooksfilms. Distributed by National American Films.
  • Trivia: The film, presented as a series of movie trailers, is also known under the titles Coming Attractions and Quackers; the film was shot in 1977 but not released until 1980, probably to capitalize on Bill Murray's success at the box office.
Aug 1 - Raise the Titanic
  • Cast: Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, Dirk Blocker, Sir Alec Guinness
  • Director: Jerry Jameson
  • Studio: ITC Entertainment. Distributed by Associated Film Distribution
  • Trivia: Based on the novel of the same name by Clive Cussler; the film earned about $7 million against a $40 million budget; Elliott Gould was offered the lead but turned it down saying, "Let the Titanic stay where it is"; Jason Robards said he did the film for "money, m'dear, money... We're all incidental to the hardware and the special effects on this one"; the film, which depicted the Titanic intact, became historically inaccurate in 1985 when the wreck was located and found to have broken apart.
1990

Aug 1 - Young Guns II
  • Cast: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Alan Ruck, Balthazar Getty
  • Director: Geoff Murphy
  • Studio: Morgan Creek Productions. Distributed by 20th Century Fox
  • Trivia: Much of Billy the Kid's dialog is taken from actual newspaper interviews and reports between 1879 and 1881; Estevez asked Jon Bon Jovi for permission to include the song "Wanted Dead or Alive" in the film but Bon Jovi didn't feel the lyrics fit the film so he quickly wrote "Blaze of Glory" for the film, which went to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100; Bon Jovi makes a cameo appearance in the film as one of the prisoners in the pit with Doc and Chavez.
Aug 3 - Duck Tales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Cast: Alan Young, Terrence McGovern, Russi Taylor, Richard Libertini, Christopher Lloyd, June Foray, Chuck McCann, Joan Gerber, Rip Taylor
  • Director: Bob Hathcock
  • Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Trivia: The events of the film take place between the third and fourth seasons of the Duck Tales TV series; the film began as a five-part episode for the TV series; voice-overs took a year, with another six months of retakes; Rip Taylor had to phone in some of his retakes as he was in Atlantic City at the time, saying he had to do it seven times because they kept changing the dialog.
Aug 3 - Metropolitan
  • Cast: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Taylor Nichols, Christopher Eigeman, Allison Rutledge-Parisi, Dylan Hundley. Isabel Gillies, Bryan Leder, Will Kempe, Elisabeth Thompson
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Studio: Westerly Films, Allagash Films. Distributed by New Line Cinema
  • Trivia: The film is considered the first of a trilogy of Stillman films followed by Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco; Stillman wanted to set the films in a pre-Woodstock 1960s but the budget would not allow for that so he included some period details like vintage Checker Cabs to give the film an "aura of the past".
Aug 3 - Mo' Better Blues
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Dick Anthony Williams, Cynda Williams
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Studio: 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film was released five months after the death of Robin Harris and is dedicated to his memory; Lee faced charges of anti-Semitism for his portrayal of Jewish nightclub owners Moe and Josh Flatbush, but Lee refused to apologize.
2000

Aug 3 - Chopper
  • Cast: Eric Bana, Vince Colosimo, Simon Lyndon, Kate Beahan, David Field
  • Director: Andrew Dominik
  • Studio: Australian Film Finance Corporation, Mushroom Pictures, Pariah Entertainment Group. Distributed by First Look Pictures
  • Trivia: Mark "Chopper" Read suggested Bana play him, and Bana lived with Read for two days to help him practice for the role.
Aug 4 - Coyote Ugly
  • Cast: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Maria Bello, Melanie Lynskey, Bridget Moynahan, John Goodman, Tyra Banks
  • Director: David McNally
  • Studio: Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
  • Trivia: Kevin Smith did an uncredited rewrite of the film, stating eight writers worked on the script that the WGA only credited to Gina Wendkos, who script barely resembles the finished film; Jessica Simpson turned down the role of Violet Sanford.
Aug 4 - Hollow Man
  • Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick, Mary Randle, William Devane
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures, Red Wagon Productions, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG. Distributed by Sony Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects but lost to Gladiator; $50 million of the film's $95 million budget went to the 560 visual effects shots; filming was done in chronological order to accommodate the destruction of the laboratory set later in the film; filming shut down for seven weeks after Shue tore her Achilles tendon and was nearly replaced; the film was allowed to shoot in front of The Pentagon; Guy Pearce and Edward Norton were considered for the lead but Bacon was cast for his ability to be charming and diabolical.
Aug 4 - Space Cowboys
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, William Devane, Loren Dean, Courtney B. Vance, James Cromwell
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Studio: Village Roadshow Pictures, Clipsal Films, Malpaso Productions, Mad Chance Productions. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Trivia: The portrayals of the characters in 1958 were filmed with younger actors and voiced by their older counterparts.
2010

July 30 - Charlie St. Cloud
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Ray Liotta, Kim Basinger
  • Director: Burr Steers
  • Studio: Relativity Media, Marc Platt Productions, Charlie Film Productions. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • Trivia: Efron turned down the lead in the Footloose remake for this film.
July 30 - Dinner for Schmucks
  • Cast:  Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Studio: DreamWorks Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Parkes + MacDonald Productions, Everyman Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, BIG Pictures. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • Trivia: The film is an American version of the French film Le Dîner de Cons ("The Dinner of Idiots"); the film's release was pushed back a week to July 30 to avoid competition with Salt and Inception.
July 30 - The Extra Man
  • Cast: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly
  • Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
  • Studio: Wild Bunch, 3 Arts Entertainment, Likely Story, Tax Credit Finance. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
July 30 - Get Low
  • Cast: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Bill Cobbs
  • Director: Aaron Schneider
  • Studio: K5 International, Zanuck Independent, David Gundlach Productions, Lara Enterprises, TVN, Butcher's Run Films. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
  • Trivia: The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 12, 2009; Duvall won the Hollywood Films Festival Award for Best Actor in October 2010; Schneider won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature in September 2010; the film is loosely based on a real incident from Roane County, Tennessee in 1938, and Duvall's character Felix Bush was based on real person Felix Bushaloo "Uncle Bush" Breazeale.

72nd Annual Emmy Awards Nominations


New faces, surprising snubs and the usual suspects comprise this year's nominations.

The nominees for the 2020 Emmy Awards are out and a wide range of programs and actors have scored honors. The nominees this year aren't full of the same shows that get nominated year in and year out, and some have attributed that to the pandemic which has kept Emmy voters securely in their homes, affording them the opportunity and time to give more attention to streaming and off-network shows in particular that may have otherwise been overlooked.

In the Comedy category, voters finally showed some real love to Schitt's Creek for its final season, handing the show 15 nominations and giving nods to the four leads (although sadly passing over the just-as-deserving Emily Hampshire, Noah Reid and Jennifer Robertson). But it's nice to see Dan Levy finally get some recognition for his baby. Netflix scored with nominations for Dead To Me and The Kominsky Method with three nominations each for series and acting, HBO saw some love for Insecure, also with three nominations, but the biggest surprise had to be FX's mocumentary series What We Do In the Shadows which earned a nomination for Comedy Series and three noms for writing. Of course there are always omissions for shows that are deserving of recognition, and the voters snubbed two of the funniest shows on television - Dave on FX and At Home with Amy Sedaris on truTV (which for some bizarre reason scored a production design nomination in the Reality category ... this is a completely scripted series posing as a cooking show). The fact that Amy Sedaris is not nominated for Actress in a Comedy Series is a crime. She plays several different characters on the show, often in the same scene (a recent episode had her playing four characters in one shot that also included other cast members). Cole Escola also deserves some attention for playing Amy's 'friend' Chassie Tucker, who often has to interact with two or more of Amy's characters. Maybe the Emmy voters can rectify this situation next year. And speaking of comedy, nothing for HBO's Avenue 5 or TBS' Search Party?

Another egregious omission is Joe Mantello for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for Netflix's Hollywood. Mantello's frequent scene partner Holland Taylor was rightfully nominated for her wonderful performance, but Mantello was the pure heart and soul of the series and he and Taylor were a brilliant pair on screen together. I'm surprised that Dylan McDermott's rather one-note character was nominated over Mantello, who gave an electrifying yet heart-wrenching performance. Mantello was the reason to watch Hollywood. It would have been nice to see him get a nod alongside the 42 other first-timers which include Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America), Octavia Spencer (Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker), Anna Kendrick (Dummy), and Zendaya (Euphoria). In the Drama category, CBS All Access was overlooked again when shows like The Good Fight, Strange Angel, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard should have received some consideration. Only the Star Trek: Short Treks were noticed in the Short Form category. The same with DC Universe, which has Doom Patrol but is probably too little seen and too genre for voters to take seriously despite truly award-worthy performances from Dianne Guerrero, April Bowlby and Timothy Dalton. It's certainly a show that should be considered in the technical categories so hopefully its move to HBO Max this year will give it some notice next year. Also overlooked were AMC dramas Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Lodge 49 and The Terror.

As far as the number of Emmy nominations, HBO's Watchmen was a huge surprise, topping all other programs with 26 nominations. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continues to impress with 20 nominations. In the Drama Series category, it looks like Netflix's Ozark and HBO's Succession will be duking it out with 18 nominations each. Disney+ scored 15 of its 19 total nominations for The Mandalorian, and RuPaul's Drag Race leads the reality category with 10 nominations. Short-form streamer Quibi got some much needed attention, scoring 10 nominations for shows including Reno 911! and Most Dangerous Game.

As far as network totals, Netflix leads the pack this year, snagging the crown from HBO with 160 nominations. HBO came in second with 107. Broadcast networks didn't fare as well with NBC getting the third most nomination at 47, followed by ABC with 36. As usual, The CW is nowhere to be found. But it should be a wide open race in all categories this year, and the virtual ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will certainly bring something different to the table this year.

Below is a partial list of the major award winners. For a full list, visit the Emmys website.

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OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm - HBO
  • Dead To Me - Netflix
  • Insecure - HBO
  • Schitt's Creek - Pop TV
  • The Good Place - NBC
  • The Kominsky Method - Netflix
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Prime Video
  • What We Do In The Shadows - FX Networks

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Don Cheadle as Mo Monroe - Black Monday
  • Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson Sr. - black-ish
  • Ramy Youssef as Ramy - Ramy
  • Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose - Schitt's Creek
  • Ted Danson as Michael - The Good Place
  • Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky - The Kominsky Method

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson - black-ish
  • Christina Applegate as Jen Harding - Dead To Me
  • Linda Cardellini as Judy Hale - Dead To Me
  • Issa Rae as Issa - Insecure
  • Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose - Schitt's Creek
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam 'Midge' Maisel - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Mahershala Ali as Sheikh Malik - Ramy
  • Kenan Thompson as Various Characters - Saturday Night Live
  • Daniel Levy as David Rose - Schitt's Creek
  • William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye - The Good Place
  • Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander - The Kominsky Method
  • Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Sterling K. Brown as Reggie - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagan - GLOW
  • Yvonne Orji as Molly - Insecure
  • Kate McKinnon as Various Characters - Saturday Night Live
  • Cecily Strong as Various Characters - Saturday Night Live
  • Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose - Schitt's Creek
  • D'Arcy Carden as Janet - The Good Place
  • Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy - Modern Family
  • Dev Patel as Joshua - Modern Love
  • Adam Driver, Host - Saturday Night Live
  • Eddie Murphy, Host - Saturday Night Live
  • Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci - Saturday Night Live
  • Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Angela Bassett as Mo - A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Host - Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris - Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph as The Judge - The Good Place
  • Wanda Sykes as Moms Mabley - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Bette Midler as Hadassah Gold - The Politician

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Modern Family, "Finale Part 2" - Gail Mancuso
  • Ramy, "Miakhalifa.mov" - Ramy Youssef
  • Schitt's Creek, "Happy Ending" - Andrew Cividino, Daniel Levy
  • The Great, "The Great (Pilot)" - Matt Shakman
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "It's Comedy Or Cabbage" - Amy Sherman-Palladino
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "Marvelous Radio" - Daniel Palladino
  • Will & Grace, "We Love Lucy" - James Burrows

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES - 2020

  • Schitt's Creek, "Happy Ending" - Daniel Levy
  • Schitt's Creek, "The Presidential Suite" - David West Read
  • The Good Place, "Whenever You're Ready" - Michael Schur
  • The Great, "The Great" - Tony McNamara
  • What We Do In The Shadows, "On The Run" - Stefani Robinson
  • What We Do In The Shadows, "Collaboration" - Sam Johnson, Chris Marcil
  • What We Do In The Shadows, "Ghosts" - Paul Simms

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Better Call Saul - AMC
  • Killing Eve - BBC America
  • Ozark - Netflix
  • Stranger Things - Netflix
  • Succession - HBO
  • The Crown - Netflix
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Hulu
  • The Mandalorian - Disney+

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Jason Batian as Martin 'Marty' Byrde - Ozark
  • Billy Porter as Pray Tell - Pose
  • Brian Cox as Logan Roy - Succession
  • Jeriy Strong as Kendall Roy - Succession
  • Steve Carell as Mitch Kessler - The Morning Show
  • Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson - This Is Us

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Zendaya as Rue - Euphoria
  • Jodie Comer as Villanelle - Killing Eve
  • Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri - Killing Eve
  • Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde - Ozark
  • Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II - The Crown
  • Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy - The Morning Show

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring - Better Call Saul
  • Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch - Succession
  • Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy - Succession
  • Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans - Succession
  • Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence - The Handmaid's Tale
  • Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison - The Morning Show
  • Mark Duplass as Charles 'Chip' Black - The Morning Show
  • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard - Westworld

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Laura Dern as Renata Klein - Big Little Lies
  • Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright - Big Little Lies
  • Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens - Killing Eve
  • Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore - Ozark
  • Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy - Succession
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret - The Crown
  • Samira Wiley as Moira - The Handmaid's Tale
  • Thandie Newton as Maeve - Westworld

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Andrew Scott as Chris Gillhaney - Black Mirror
  • James Cromwell as Ewan Roy - Succession
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon - The Mandalorian
  • Martin Short as Dick Lundy - The Morning Show
  • Jason Batian as Terry Maitland - The Outsider
  • Ron Cephas Jones as William Hill - This Is Us

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Harkness - How To Get Away With Murder
  • Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset - Orange Is The New Black
  • Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce - Succession
  • Harriet Walter as Lady Caroline Collingwood - Succession
  • Alexis Bledel as iily - The Handmaid's Tale
  • Phylicia Rashad as Carol Clarke - This Is Us

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Homeland, "Prisoners Of War" - Lesli Linka Glatter
  • Ozark, "Fire Pink" - Alik Sakharov
  • Ozark, "Su Casa Es Mi Casa" - Ben Sianoff
  • Succession, "Hunting" - Andrij Parekh
  • Succession, "This Is Not For Tears" - Mark Mylod
  • The Crown, "Aberfan" - Benjamin Caron
  • The Crown, "Cri de Coeur" - Jessica Hobbs
  • The Morning Show, "The Interview" - Mimi Leder

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Better Call Saul, "Bad Choice Road" - Thomas Schnauz
  • Better Call Saul, "Bagman" - Gordon Smith
  • Ozark, "All In" - Chris Mundy
  • Ozark, "Boss Fight" - John Shiban
  • Ozark, "Fire Pink" - Miki Johnson
  • Succession, "This Is Not For Tears" - Jesse Armstrong
  • The Crown, "Aberfan" - Peter Morgan

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES - 2020

  • A Black Lady Sketch Show - HBO
  • Drunk History - Comedy Central
  • Saturday Night Live - NBC

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (LIVE) - 2020

  • 73rd Annual Tony Awards - CBS
  • 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards - NBC
  • Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: "All In The Family" And "Good Times" - ABC
  • Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira - FOX
  • The Oscars - ABC

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES - 2020

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee - TBS
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! - ABC
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - HBO
  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah - Comedy Central
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert - CBS

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED) - 2020

  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones - Netflix
  • Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor - PBS
  • Hannah Gadsby: Douglas - Netflix
  • Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill - Netflix
  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch - Netflix
  • Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah - Netflix

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES - 2020

  • A Black Lady Sketch Show, "Born At Night, But Not Last Night" - Dime Davis
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, "Episode 629" - Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner
  • Saturday Night Live, "Host: Eddie Murphy" - Don Roy King
  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, "Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor's Questions About Coronavirus" - David Paul Meyer
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, "Live Show; Chris Christie; Nathaniel Rateliff" - Jim Hoskinson
  • Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, "Flame Monroe" - Linda Mendoza

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL - 2020

  • 62nd Grammy Awards - Louis J. Horvitz
  • 73rd Annual Tony Awards - Glenn Weiss
  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones - Stan Lathan
  • Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: "All In The Family" And "Good Times" - Pamela Fryman, Andy Fisher
  • Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira - Hamish Hamilton

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES - 2020

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee - TBS
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - HBO
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers - NBC
  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah - Comedy Central
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert - CBS

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL - 2020

  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones - Dave Chappelle
  • Hannah Gadsby: Douglas - Hannah Gadsby
  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch - John Mulaney, Marika Sawyer
  • Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything - Patton Oswalt
  • Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby - Seth Meyers

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR VARIETY OR REALITY PROGRAMMING - 2020

  • Savage X Fenty Show, "Routines: Statues, Benches, Window" - Parris Goebel
  • So You Think You Can Dance, "Routines: I'll Be Seeing You, Mambo Italiano, The Girl From Ipania" - Al Blackstone
  • So You Think You Can Dance, "Routines: Enough Is Enough, Sign Of The Times" - Travis Wall
  • The Oscars, "Routine: Come Alive (Opening Sequence)" - Jiel McWilliams
  • World Of Dance, "Routines: Dos Jueyes, El Ray Timbal" - Jefferson Benjumea, Adrianita Avila

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE - 2020

  • American Son - Netflix
  • Bad Education - HBO
  • Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: These Old Bones - Netflix
  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - Netflix
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend - Netflix

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES - 2020

  • Little Fires Everywhere - Hulu
  • Mrs. America - FX Networks
  • Unbelievable - Netflix
  • Unorthodox - Netflix
  • Watchmen - HBO

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE - 2020

  • Hugh Jackman as Frank Tassone - Bad Education
  • Jeriy Pope as Archie Colian - Hollywood
  • Mark Ruffalo as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey - I Know This Much Is True
  • Paul Mescal as Connell - Normal People
  • Jeriy Irons as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias - Watchmen

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE - 2020

  • Kerry Washington as Mia Warren - Little Fires Everywhere
  • Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly - Mrs. America
  • Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker - Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker
  • Shira Haas as Esther Shapiro - Unorthodox
  • Regina King as Angela Abar/Sister Night - Watchmen

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE - 2020

  • Dylan McDermott as Ernie - Hollywood
  • Jim Parsons as Henry Willson - Hollywood
  • Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan - Watchmen
  • Jovan Adepo as Officer Will Reeves / Hooded Justice - Watchmen
  • Louis Gossett Jr. as William Reeves - Watchmen

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE - 2020

  • Holland Taylor as Miss Kincaid - Hollywood
  • Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan - Mrs. America
  • Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm - Mrs. America
  • Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug - Mrs. America
  • Toni Collette as Detective Grace Rasmussen - Unbelievable
  • Jean Smart as Agent Laurie Blake - Watchmen

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL - 2020

  • Little Fires Everywhere, "Find A Way" - Lynn Shelton
  • Normal People, "Episode 5" - Lenny Abrahamson
  • Unorthodox - Maria Schrader
  • Watchmen, "It's Summer And We're Running Out Of Ice" - Nicole Kassell
  • Watchmen, "Little Fear Of Lightning" - Steph Green
  • Watchmen, "This Extraordinary Being" - Stephen Williams

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL - 2020

  • Mrs. America, "Shirley" - Tanya Barfield
  • Normal People, "Episode 3" - Sally Rooney, Alice Birch
  • Unbelievable, "Episode 1" - Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman
  • Unorthodox, "Part 1" - Anna Winger
  • Watchmen, "This Extraordinary Being" - Damon Lindelof, Cord Jefferson

OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM - 2020

  • Nailed It! - Netflix
  • RuPaul's Drag Race - VH1
  • The Masked Singer - FOX
  • The Voice - NBC
  • Top Chef - Bravo

OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM - 2020

  • A Very Brady Renovation - HGTV
  • Antiques Roadshow - PBS
  • Love Is Blind - Netflix
  • Queer Eye - Netflix
  • Shark Tank - ABC

OUTSTANDING UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM - 2020

  • Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break And Pasta Night - Food Network
  • Cheer - Netflix
  • Kevin Hart: Don't F**k This Up - Netflix
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked - VH1
  • We're Here - HBO

OUTSTANDING HOSTED NONFICTION SERIES OR SPECIAL - 2020

  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Netflix
  • Leah Riini: Scientology And The Aftermath - A&E
  • The World According To Jeff Goldblum - Disney+
  • Ugly Delicious - Netflix
  • Vice - Showtime

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR COMPETITION PROGRAM - 2020

  • Amy Poehler, Co-Host - Making It
  • Nicole Byer, Host - Nailed It!
  • Bobby Berk, Host - Queer Eye
  • RuPaul, Host - RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Barbara Corcoran, Host - Shark Tank
  • Padma Lakshmi, Co-Host - Top Chef

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM - 2020

  • Cheer, "Daytona" - Greg Whiteley
  • LEGO Masters, "Mega City Block" - Rich Kim
  • Queer Eye, "Disabled But Not Really" - Hisham Abed
  • RuPaul's Drag Race, "I'm That Bitch" - Nick Murray
  • Top Chef, "The Jonathan Gold Standard" - Ariel Boles

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SERIES - 2020

  • American Masters - PBS
  • Hillary - Hulu
  • McMillion$ - HBO
  • The Last Dance - ESPN
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhi And Madness - Netflix

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL - 2020

  • Beastie Boys Story - Apple TV+
  • Becoming - Netflix
  • Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time - EPIX
  • The Apollo - HBO
  • The Great Hack - Netflix

OUTSTANDING NARRATOR - 2020

  • Karei Abdul-Jabbar - Black Patriots: Heroes Of The Revolution
  • Lupita Nyong'o - Serengeti
  • David Attenborough - Seven Worlds, One Planet
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor - The Elephant Queen
  • Angela Bassett - The Imagineering Story

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION PROGRAM - 2020

  • American Factory (Netflix) - Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
  • Apollo 11 (CNN) - Todd Douglas Miller
  • Becoming (Netflix) - Nadia Hallgren
  • The Cave (National Geographic) - Feras Fayyad
  • The Last Dance, "Episode 7" (ESPN) - Jason Hehir
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhi And Madness, "Cult Of Personality" (Netflix) - Eric Goode, Rebecca Chaiklin

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM - 2020

  • Beastie Boys Story (Apple TV+) - Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Spike Jonze
  • Circus Of Books (Netflix) - Rachel Mason, Kathryn Robson
  • Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer, "Closing The Net" (Netflix) - Mark Lewis
  • McMillion$, "Episode 1" (HBO) - James Lee Hernandez, Brian Lazarte
  • The Cave (National Geographic) - Alisar Hasan, Feras Fayyad

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING - 2020

  • Chasing The Moon (American Experience) - PBS
  • Moonlight Sonata: Deafness In Three Movients - HBO
  • One Child Nation - PBS
  • The Cave - National Geographic

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Better Call Saul iployee Training: Legal Ethics With Kim Wexler - AMC.com
  • Most Dangerous Game - Quibi
  • Reno 911! - Quibi
  • Star Trek: Short Treks - CBS All Access
  • The Good Place Presents: The Selection - NBC

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM NONFICTION OR REALITY SERIES - 2020

  • Between The Scenes - The Daily Show - Comedy Central
  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: Pandiic Video Diaries - TBS
  • National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds - National Geographic
  • Pose: Identity, Family, Community - FX Networks
  • RuPaul's Drag Race Out Of The Closet - VH1

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM VARIETY SERIES - 2020

  • Beeing At Home With Samantha Bee - TBS
  • Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: The Movie, Sorta Uncut Interviews - Netflix
  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series - Apple Music
  • Jimmy Kimmel's Quarantine Minilogues - YouTube/JimmyKimmelLive
  • The Randy Rainbow Show - YouTube

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM - 2020

  • Forky Asks A Question: What Is Love? - Disney+
  • Robot Chicken, "Santa's Dead (Spoiler Alert) Holiday Murder Thing Special" - Adult Swim
  • Steven Universe Future, "Fragments" - Cartoon Network

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Stephan James as Rayshawn - #FreeRayshawn
  • Laurence Fishburne as Lt. Steven Poincy - #FreeRayshawn
  • Christoph Waltz as Miles Sellers - Most Dangerous Game
  • Mamoudou Athie as Jerome - Oh Jerome, No (Cake)
  • Corey Hawkins as Paul - Survive

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES - 2020

  • Jasmine Cephas Jones as Tyisha - #FreeRayshawn
  • Anna Kendrick as Cody - Dummy
  • Kaitlin Olson as Cricket Melfi - Flipped
  • Rain Valdez as Belle Jonas - Razor Tongue
  • Kerri Kenney-Silver as Deputy Trudy Wiegel - Reno 911!

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM - 2020

  • Big Mouth, "Disclosure The Movie: The Musical!" - Netflix
  • Bob's Burgers, "Pig Trouble In Little Tina" - FOX
  • BoJack Horsian, "The View From Halfway Down" - Netflix
  • Rick And Morty, "The Vat Of Acid Episode" - Adult Swim
  • The Simpsons, "Thanksgiving Of Horror" - FOX

OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S PROGRAM - 2020

  • Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance - Netflix
  • Star Wars Resistance - Disney Channel
  • We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest - HBO

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE - 2020

  • Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress - Big Mouth
  • Leslie Odom Jr. as Owen - Central Park
  • Wanda Sykes as Gladys - Crank Yankers
  • Taika Waititi as IG-11 - The Mandalorian
  • Hank Azaria as Professor Frink, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Cletus, Kirk - The Simpsons
  • Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson, Ralph, Todd - The Simpsons

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS - 2020

  • Lost In Space, "Ninety-Seven" - Netflix
  • Stranger Things, "Chapter Eight: The Battle Of Starcourt" - Netflix
  • The Mandalorian, "Chapter 2: The Child" - Disney+
  • Watchmen, "See How They Fly" - HBO
  • Westworld, "Crisis Theory" - HBO

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - 2020

  • Devs, "Episode 8" - FX Networks
  • Tales From The Loop, "Loop" - Prime Video
  • The Handmaid's Tale, "Household" - Hulu
  • Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, "Strongman" - Prime Video
  • Vikings, "The Best Laid Plans" - HISTORY