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2020 DGA Awards nominees include Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman,’ Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’



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The Directors Guild announced the film nominees for its 72nd annual DGA Awards this morning with Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Sam Mendes (1917), Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite), and Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.

Notably absent from that list, however, is Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and Todd Phillips (Joker), both of whom were expected to make the cut. The DGA opting to nominate Waititi rather than Gerwig or Phillips is a pretty surprising move on their part, to say the least.

Meanwhile, Mati Diop (Atlantics), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz (The Peanut Butter Falcon), and Joe Talbot (The Last Black Man in San Francisco) are among the nominees in the first-time director category.

You can check out the complete list of film and television nominees for the 2020 DGA Awards below.


BONG JOON HO, Parasite (Neon)
Mr. Bong’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Park Min Chul
First Assistant Director: Kim Seong Sik

SAM MENDES, 1917 (Universal Pictures)
Mr. Mendes’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Callum McDougall, Hannah Godwin
First Assistant Director: Michael Lerman
Second Assistant Director: Joey Coughlin

MARTIN SCORSESE, The Irishman (Netflix)

Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: John A. Machione, Carla Raij
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
Second Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares
Additional Second Assistant Director: Ryan Robert Howard
Location Manager: Kip Myers

QUENTIN TARANTINO, Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood (Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Tarantino’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Georgia Kacandes, Nathan Kelly
First Assistant Director: William Paul Clark
Second Assistant Director: Christopher T. Sadler
Second Second Assistant Director: Brendan “Bear” Lee
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Debbie Chung, Katie Pruitt

TAIKA WAITITI, Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Waititi’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Václav Mottl, Pavel Voráček
First Assistant Director: Mark Taylor
Second Assistant Director: Martina Götthansová
Second Second Assistant Director: Martina Frimelová


MATI DIOP, Atlantics (Netflix)

Ms. Diop’s Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: Vincent Prades

ALMA HAR’EL, Honey Boy (Amazon Studios)

Ms. Har’el’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: David Grace
First Assistant Director: Sean Vawter
Second Assistant Director: Colin Flaherty
Second Second Assistant Director: Sarah Balboa

MELINA MATSOUKAS, Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)

Ms. Matsoukas’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Pamela Hirsch, Max Berryhill (Los Angeles Unit)
First Assistant Directors: HH Cooper, Joe Suarez (Los Angeles Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: James Roque, Johnny Recher (Los Angeles Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Sumner Boissiere, Tami Kumin (Ohio Unit)

TYLER NILSON & MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Manu Gargi
First Assistant Director: James Grayford
Second Assistant Director: Dee Jones
Second Second Assistant Director: Michael McKay

JOE TALBOT, The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24 Films)

Mr. Talbot’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Natalie Teter
First Assistant Director: Hilton J. Day
Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin
Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremiah Kelleher
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Gilbert


Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, American Factory (Netflix)

Feras Fayyad, The Cave (National Geographic Documentary Films)

Alex Holmes, Maiden (Sony Picture Classics)

Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska, Honeyland (Neon)

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)


Ava DuVernay, When They See Us (Netflix)
DuVernay’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: John P. Fedynich, Amy Kaufman
First Assistant Director: H.H. Cooper
Second Assistant Director: Jamiyl Campbell
Second Second Assistant Director: Amrita Kundu
Additional Second Assistant Director: Kyler Griffin
Location Manager: Charlynne J. Hopson

Vince Gilligan, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
Gilligan’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Robin Le Chanu, Charles Newirth
First Assistant Director: John Wildermuth
Second Assistant Director: Katy Galow
Second Second Assistant Director: Nathan E. Davis
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Melissa Bosco-Laude, Chad Goyette

Thomas Kail, Fosse/Verdon, “Nowadays” (FX Networks)
Kail’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Erica Kay
First Assistant Director: Deanna Leslie Kelly
Second Assistant Director: Brad Robinson
Second Second Assistant Directors: Billy Brennan, Findlay Zotter
Location Manager: Ryan Smith

Johan Renck, Chernobyl (HBO)

Minkie Spiro, Fosse/Verdon, “All I Care About Is Love” (FX Networks)
Spiro’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Erica Kay
First Assistant Director: Marcos González Palma
Second Assistant Director: Steven Lafferty
Second Second Assistant Directors: Billy Brennan, Findlay Zotter
Location Manager: Ryan Smith

Jessica Yu, Fosse/Verdon, “Glory” (FX Networks)
Yu’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Erica Kay
First Assistant Director: Deanna Leslie Kelly
Second Assistant Director: Brad Robinson
Second Second Assistant Directors: Billy Brennan, Findlay Zotter
Location Manager: Ryan Smith


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




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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Wes Anderson’s new film ‘The French Dispatch’ is nowhere close to being four-hours-long



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Contrary to what you may have heard from some of the brain geniuses of Film Twitter™ this morning, Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated new film The French Dispatch will, unfortunately, not be four-hours-long.

That’s the official confirmation from distributor Fox Searchlight, who issued a statement to The Film Stage saying that the film’s runtime is actually a breezy one hour and 48 minutes.

As for all that hubbub about The French Dispatch being even longer than Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman, it appears to have been sparked by a suspicious update to the film’s IMDb page.

Rob Trench was quick to point out that whoever made the update “literally just copied and pasted the versions of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac,” which certainly appears to be the case here. Have a look for yourself:

However, that didn’t stop multiple different outlets from running with the story, including The Playlist, Paste, NME, as well as a few others who have since corrected their original stories following the official word from Fox Searchlight.

The lesson to be learned from all of this, folks, is that you should always take whatever you see on IMDb with a grain of salt — like Wikipedia, anyone can update and make changes to it — and ” film journalists” should probably try doing their jobs and researching shit before reporting blatantly false information.

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