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‘The Post’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ among the nominees for the 2018 Producers Guild Awards

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The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards and, interestingly enough, for the first time ever, there are 11 nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures due to a tie in voting among the guild’s 8,200 members.

Among the nominees for the Zanuck award is The Big Sick, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, Molly’s Game, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Wonder Woman, all of which have a promising chance at landing a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars later this month, though that seems unlikely for the latter given its a snub at the Writers Guild Awards.

The 2018 Producers Guild Awards will be presented at the Beverly Hilton on January 20. You can check out the complete list of nominations below.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Big Sick
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

Call Me By Your Name
Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Marco Morabito 

Dunkirk
Producers: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan 

Get Out
Producers: Sean McKittrick & Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Jason Blum, Jordan Peele 

I, Tonya
Producers: Bryan Unkeless, Steven Rogers, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley 

Lady Bird
Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill 

Molly’s Game
Producers: Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal, Matt Jackson 

The Post
Producers: Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger

The Shape Of Water
Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Producers: Graham Broadbent & Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh

Wonder Woman
Producers: Charles Roven & Richard Suckle, Zack Snyder & Deborah Snyder

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Boss Baby
Producer: Ramsey Naito

Coco
Producer: Darla K. Anderson

Despicable Me 3
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Ferdinand
Producers: Lori Forte, Bruce Anderson

The Lego Batman Movie
Producers: Dan Lin, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures:

The PGA previously announced the nominations in this category on November 20, 2017. Producers who have already been vetted for awards eligibility are listed below and the winner will be announced at the official ceremony on January 20.

Chasing Coral
Producers: Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes

City of Ghosts
Producer: Matthew Heineman

Cries from Syria
Producers: Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor, Aaron I. Butler

Earth: One Amazing Day
Producer: Stephen McDonogh

Jane
(This film is still in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility this year.)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
(This film is still in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility this year.)

The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
Producers: Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt

The producers of the programs in the following six categories are in the process of being vetted for awards eligibility this year, and the winners will be recognized at the official ceremony on January 20.

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

Big Little Lies (Season 1)

The Crown (Season 2)

Game of Thrones (Season 7)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1)

Stranger Things (Season 2)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 9)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1)

Master of None (Season 2)

Silicon Valley (Season 4)

Veep (Season 6)

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and  limited series.

Black Mirror (Season 4)

Fargo (Season 3)

FEUD: Bette and Joan (Season 1)

Sherlock: The Lying Detective

The Wizard of Lies

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

30 for 30 (Season 8)

60 Minutes (Season 50)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 9, Season 10)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 1, Season 2)

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The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (Season 2)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Season 15)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 4)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Season 3)

Saturday Night Live (Season 43)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

The Amazing Race (Season 29)

American Ninja Warrior (Season 9)

Lip Sync Battle (Season 3)

Top Chef (Season 14)

The Voice (Season 12, Season 13)

The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program:

Better Call Saul’s Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training (Season 1)

Carpool Karaoke (Season 1)

Humans of New York: The Series (Season 1)

National Endowment for the Arts: United States of Arts (Season 3)

Viceland at the Women’s March (Season 1)

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams (Season 2)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Season 12)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Season 23)

SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt (Season 3)

VICE World of Sports (Season 2)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

Doc McStuffins (Season 4)

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2017

School of Rock (Season 3)

Sesame Street (Season 47)

SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 10, Season 11)

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Disney drops ‘Fox’ name from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures in rebranding effort

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Nearly a year after acquiring 21st Century Fox in a massive $71.3 billion dollar deal last March, the Walt Disney Company made the decision today to drop the “Fox” brand from two iconic Hollywood film studios: 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

As of today, 20th Century Fox will be known as 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures has simply been rebranded Searchlight Pictures. The move isn’t particularly surprising and was inevitable ever since last year’s acquisition, but is still notable given 20th Century’s 84-year history with the “Fox” brand attached to it.

While Disney wouldn’t offer comment on its rebranding efforts, the change likely had to do with the fact that the company didn’t want consumers to confuse its properties as being associated with Lachlan Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, which operates the conservative media empire Fox News.

Despite the changes today, though, Disney will make minimal revisions to the iconic logos for the two studios. “The most notable change is that the word ‘Fox’ has been removed from the logo marks,” reports Variety. “Otherwise, the signature elements — swirling klieg lights, monolith, triumphal fanfare — will remain the same.”

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Quentin Tarantino says he has written and will direct five half-hour episodes of ‘Bounty Law’

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that he’s bringing full five episodes of Bounty Law — the fictional Western series starring Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Rick Dalton — to the small screen.

During a recent interview with Deadline, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said that he will be directing five half-hour episodes of the show that have already been written, though it might be a while before we actually get to see them.

“It will take me a year and a half,” Tarantino said. “[Bounty Law] got an introduction from Once Upon a Tim in Hollywood, but I don’t really consider it part of that movie even though it is. This is not about Rick Dalton playing Jake Cahill. It’s about Jake Cahill.”

As for his inspiration for Bounty Law, Tarantino added: “Where all this came from was, I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law, the kind of show Rick was on. I’d liked them before, but I got really into them.”

Whether or not DiCaprio will reprise his role as Rick Dalton for Bounty Law remains to be seen, but I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t. After all, Dalton is the star of the show and it really wouldn’t be the same without his involvement.

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‘The Lovebirds’ trailer finds Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae trying to solve a bizarre murder case

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“Every happy couple has one moment that defines their relationship,” is the tagline for The Lovebirds, the upcoming rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae which is set to have its world premiere at SXSW in March.

For Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae), that moment seems to be when they realize they’ve been caught up in a bizarre murder mystery and need to work to clear their names and solve the crime before the night is over.

The film, which was written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, reunites Nanjiani with The Big Sick director Michael Showalter and also stars Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer.

If Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night was your kind of thing, it appears The Lovebirds will be right up your alley as well. I mean, who can resist a little crime-infused romantic comedy?

The Lovebirds hits theaters April 3.

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