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Judge Blocks Georgia’s ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill

  • The Wrap
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” bill in Georgia that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks.

According to USA Today, District Court Judge Steve C. Jones issued a preliminary junction on Tuesday to stop the bill from going into effect on January 1. Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill in May, and the current Georgia law allows abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy.

If the state appeals the decision, the case will go to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the National Review reported. TheWrap has reached out to a spokesperson for Gov. Kemp about whether he plans to appeal.

Also Read: A Georgia Crew Member to Hollywood: Don't Boycott, #StayAndFight (Guest Blog)

“Under no circumstances whatsoever may a State prohibit or ban abortions at any point prior to viability, no matter what interests the State asserts to support it,” Jones wrote,
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Mark Ruffalo in Official Trailer for Todd Haynes' Thriller 'Dark Waters'

"You knew, still you did nothing!" Focus Features has revealed the first official trailer for Dark Waters, a legal thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes. This film was scheduled very late in the year for release in November, and hasn't played at any film festivals yet. It seems to be a very timely, important film about the environment and how it's being destroyed by corporations and it's rigged in their favor. Based on a true story, Dark Waters follows a corporate defense attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company (DuPont) that exposes a history of pollution. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman, William Jackson Harper, and Mare Winningham. Looks damn good, telling the truth for us to hear. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Todd Haynes' Dark Waters, direct from Focus' YouTube: Inspired by a shocking true story,
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Swedes Call for Incentives to Keep Potential Runaways at Home

  • Variety
Swedes Call for Incentives to Keep Potential Runaways at Home
Horror film “Midsommar” did it last year. A new adaptation of the Swedish classic “The Emigrants” will do it next year. Prestigious productions that could have taken advantage of beautiful Swedish locations and craft expertise continue to run away to foreign locations for lower costs and tax incentives.

Despite having a strong film industry creatively – recent Swedish films include Roy Andersson’s Toronto Film Festival player “About Endlessness” and Sweden’s Oscar entry in the International Feature Film category, Levan Akin’s “And Then We Danced” – Sweden is among a forlorn group of just four countries in the European Union and the European Economic Area that still don’t have a national government-funded film and TV filming incentive.

Whereas Finland, Norway and Iceland, with their 25% incentives, are more sought after location destinations for foreign producers, Sweden and Denmark – the most prolific countries of Nordic cinema – are still waiting for their
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Sarah Paulson On ‘Ratched,’ ‘Impeachment’ & A Well Deserved Vacation [Interview]

Toronto – Over the past two years Sarah Paulson has arguably become the hardest working woman in the entertainment business. She’s shot four feature films, two season of “American Horror Story,” a new Netflix series, “Ratched” (inspired by “One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest”) for old buddy Ryan Murphy and is currently in the process of filming an FX limited series, “Mrs. America” alongside her “Carol” co-star Cate Blanchett as well as Rose Byrne and Elizabeth Banks, among others.

Continue reading Sarah Paulson On ‘Ratched,’ ‘Impeachment’ & A Well Deserved Vacation [Interview] at The Playlist.
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WGA West Election Q&a: Phyllis Nagy on Writers Facing ‘De Facto Work Stoppage’

  • Variety
WGA West Election Q&a: Phyllis Nagy on Writers Facing ‘De Facto Work Stoppage’
Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy was inspired to run for the presidency of the WGA West out of her frustration over the guild’s impasse with Hollywood’s top talent agencies.

Nagy has come to represent the significant number of writers who are urging the guild to seek a negotiated solution to the agency fight, which forced more than 7,000 guild members to sever ties with their representatives starting in April. Nagy is going up against incumbent president David Goodman, who is seeking a second term. Election results will be unveiled after noon Pt on Sept. 16.

Nagy, an Oscar nominee for 2015’s “Carol” and Emmy contender for 2005’s “Mrs. Harris,” wants to end the litigation with the Big Four agencies. She has sounded the alarm on the impact of going agent-less on writers who primarily work in features, who often depend more on reps to help scout out new work than TV scribes
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13 Critically-Acclaimed Lgbtq+ Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now

  • BuzzSugar
Hey, you! Yes, you! The one who's in need of a new movie to watch tonight! We have a suggestion: check out a bunch of incredible Lgbtq+ movies on Netflix. Because the streaming giant has access to award-winning titles like Moonlight and Carol, as well as a few hidden gems, it's practically guaranteed that you'll find something you're into. See all our picks, ahead!

Related: Nonbinary Stars Asia Kate Dillon and Lachlan Watson Are Here For the "Queer Revolution"
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Two of Us’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Review: ‘Two of Us’
Neither a hot-blooded tale of sexual discovery like 2013 Palme d’or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color” nor a coolly alluring bauble like Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” Italian director Filippo Meneghetti’s debut feature “Two of Us” is an entirely unique and uniquely vital lesbian love story. The tale of two older women whose decades-long secret relationship is threatened after tragedy strikes covers emotional and thematic ground that transcends the sexual preferences of the two main characters.

This often-moving film, which premiered as part of the 2019 Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery program, is an affirmation of our universal desire for emotional intimacy and how the right connection can overcome all social and physical limitations. The fact that the relationship is between two lesbians well into their retirement years only makes the film even more quietly groundbreaking. This is big-city art-house cinema all the way, not only for the subject matter but
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Todd Haynes’ ‘Dark Waters’ Lands an Oscar Release Date as Dee Rees’ Netflix Film Waits For Sundance

Todd Haynes’ ‘Dark Waters’ Lands an Oscar Release Date as Dee Rees’ Netflix Film Waits For Sundance
The Oscar gods give and the Oscar gods take away. While Focus Features is finally giving Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters” a primetime award-season November release date, Netflix will push its Dee Rees drama “The Last Thing He Wanted” toward a possible 2020 Sundance debut.

Focus and Participant Media teamed on the Haynes drama, which is based on the true story of environmental defense attorney Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) as he took on chemical polluter DuPont. It was adapted most recently by Mario Correa and first writer Matthew Michael Carnahan from Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine article, “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.”

Anne Hathaway stars opposite Ruffalo as Biliott’s wife, Sarah; she’s also the star of “The Last Thing He Wanted,” which Rees and Marco Villalobos adapted from the 1997 Joan Didion novel. The movie costars Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe.

Another would-be awards title, Fox Searchlight’s “Wendy,
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Todd Haynes’ ‘Dark Waters’ Lands an Oscar Release Date as Dee Rees’ Netflix Film Waits For Sundance

Todd Haynes’ ‘Dark Waters’ Lands an Oscar Release Date as Dee Rees’ Netflix Film Waits For Sundance
The Oscar gods give and the Oscar gods take away. While Focus Features is finally giving Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters” a primetime award-season November release date, Netflix will push its Dee Rees’ drama “The Last Thing He Wanted” to a 2020 Sundance debut.

Focus and Participant Media teamed on the Haynes drama, which is based on the true story of environmental defense attorney Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) as he took on chemical polluter DuPont. It was adapted most recently by Mario Correa and first writer Matthew Michael Carnahan from Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine article, “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.”

Anne Hathaway stars opposite Ruffalo as Biliott’s wife, Sarah; she’s also the star of “The Last Thing He Wanted,” which Rees and Marco Villalobos adapted from the 1997 Joan Didion novel. The movie costars Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe.

Another would-be awards title, Fox Searchlight’s “Wendy,
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Germany submits ‘System Crasher’ to Oscar foreign language race

Germany submits ‘System Crasher’ to Oscar foreign language race
Award has been rebranded to ‘International Feature Film’ this year.

Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher has been selected as Germany’s entry for this year’s International Feature Film Oscar.

The film premiered at the Berlinale, winning a Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.

It stars Helena Zengel as a wild nine-year-old girl who has already become what child protection services call a ‘system crasher’, driving everyone around her to despair. Producers were kineo Filmproduktion and Weydemann Bros with Oma Inge Film and ZDFDas kleine Fernsehspiel unit.

Beta Cinema handles sales on the title. UK rights were previously acquired by 606 Distribution.
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in September 2019

While Netflix continues to stock up on original titles, their list of titles from other studios grows thinner and thinner. In September 2019, the streaming giant will lose acclaimed titles such as A Clockwork Orange, Magic Mike, Mr. Mom, Mulan, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Hangover, Carol, Portlandia, Parenthood (the series), and the first three Fast & Furious movies. You can also see over the course of the month Disney movies like Pocahontas and Lilo &…
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Shochiku Backs U.K.’s Number 9 Films With First-Look Deal

  • Variety
Number 9 Films has signed a first-look distribution deal for its films in Japan with Japanese studio Shochiku, the British independent announced Wednesday. As part of the multi-year deal, which will focus on Number 9’s slate of theatrical films, Shochiku will contribute to the production company’s overhead as well as development funding.

The first title to release through Shochiku has yet to be announced. Number 9’s development slate currently includes futuristic drama “The Assessor,” written by Nell Garfath-Cox and David Thomas, and “Mothering Sunday,” an adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel written by Alice Birch. Both projects are expected to go into production early next year and are being backed by the U.K.’s Film4.

Co-founded by Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen (pictured) in 2002, Number 9 Films has produced a roster of acclaimed titles, specialising in female-led stories. Recent projects have included Todd Haynes’ multi-Oscar nominated “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett
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Back to One, Episode 71: Jake Lacy

I first took note of Jake Lacy’s exquisite comedic delivery in The Office and How to Be Single, and was pleased to see him shine while going deep and dark, like in this year’s Diane, and last year’s I’m Dying Up Here. He even stands out playing opposite heavyweights like Rooney Mara in Carol, and Michelle Williams in Fosse/Verdon. I gathered from past interviews that he spoke with an authenticity that was going to work very well on Back To One, but I was not prepared for the level of comfort and delicacy with which he opened up to me […]
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Back to One, Episode 71: Jake Lacy

I first took note of Jake Lacy’s exquisite comedic delivery in The Office and How to Be Single, and was pleased to see him shine while going deep and dark, like in this year’s Diane, and last year’s I’m Dying Up Here. He even stands out playing opposite heavyweights like Rooney Mara in Carol, and Michelle Williams in Fosse/Verdon. I gathered from past interviews that he spoke with an authenticity that was going to work very well on Back To One, but I was not prepared for the level of comfort and delicacy with which he opened up to me […]
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Adrian Lyne Returns With — Wait for It — an Erotic Thriller That Stars Ben Affleck

Adrian Lyne Returns With — Wait for It — an Erotic Thriller That Stars Ben Affleck
English filmmaker Adrian Lyne is in talks to return to directing for his first film since 2002’s Academy Award-nominated “Unfaithful.” According to Deadline, the master of the psychosexual nail-biter is looking at a November production start date for “Deep Water,” set to star Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas.

Oscar-nominated for Best Director for 1987’s erotic shocker “Fatal Attraction,” Lyne will be back in his wheelhouse for “Deep Water,” a sexy thriller adapted by Zach Helm (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”) and Sam Levinson (HBO’s “Euphoria”) from a novel by psychological suspense connoisseur Patricia Highsmith.

The story centers on married couple Vic and Melinda, whose open marriage is tested by an unsolved murder that resurfaces from Melinda’s past. In Highsmith tradition, the novel concerns itself more deeply with plunging beneath the illusory veneer of picture-perfect, midcentury American life. Her works have been adapted into films classic and contemporary,
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WGA Challenger Craig Mazin: Union Needs to See the Agents’ Side on Packaging

Vying to steer the Writers Guild of America, there’s a slate of high-profile dissident candidates. Among them is “Chernobyl” writer-creator Craig Mazin, who recognizes that his proposed strategy in the screenwriters’ battle against talent agencies — compromising on the controversial practice of packaging — isn’t exactly sexy.

“You generally get the best outcome if you can think from your point of view, and from the other person’s point of view. You’ll actually do better than if you shut the other person’s point of view off and hold your breath,” he told IndieWire. “It’s so pragmatic. It’s so bottom-line oriented that it doesn’t necessarily quicken the pulse.”

It’s been over three months since 7,000 Hollywood writers fired their agents after the big agencies, represented by the Association of Talent Agents, rejected the WGA’s demands that they abandon packaging — the decades-old practice of agencies bundling
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

WGA Challenger Craig Mazin: Union Needs to See the Agents’ Side on Packaging

  • Indiewire
Vying to steer the Writers Guild of America, there’s a slate of high-profile dissident candidates. Among them is “Chernobyl” writer-creator Craig Mazin, who recognizes that his proposed strategy in the screenwriters’ battle against talent agencies — compromising on the controversial practice of packaging — isn’t exactly sexy.

“You generally get the best outcome if you can think from your point of view, and from the other person’s point of view. You’ll actually do better than if you shut the other person’s point of view off and hold your breath,” he told IndieWire. “It’s so pragmatic. It’s so bottom-line oriented that it doesn’t necessarily quicken the pulse.”

It’s been over three months since 7,000 Hollywood writers fired their agents after the big agencies, represented by the Association of Talent Agents, rejected the WGA’s demands that they abandon packaging — the decades-old practice of agencies bundling
See full article at Indiewire »

Writers Guild Presidential Candidate Phyllis Nagy: A Stalemate ‘Benefits No One’

  • Variety
Writers Guild Presidential Candidate Phyllis Nagy: A Stalemate ‘Benefits No One’
Phyllis Nagy, who is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s president David Goodman, has doubled down on criticizing the current stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents.

Nagy, who announced her candidacy on July 22 as the head of Writers for Negotiation, is running on a platform that the WGA needs to get back to the bargaining table after six weeks of staying away.

Goodman announced on June 20 that the guild had called off negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents in favor of pursuing individual talks with nine top agencies as it enforces a total ban on packaging fees and affiliated production for agents representing guild members. No new talks have been scheduled and Nagy said Monday on Twitter that the strategy is counterproductive.

“In refusing to negotiate with the Ata, current leadership has effectively refused to negotiate with the Big 4. Stalemate. That benefits no one. It’s naive to think otherwise,
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Awards Season PR Moves: Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda Exits Key SAG Publicity Post; Rebecca Fisher Joins Perception

In a shuffling of the publicity decks just as the awards season is about to get underway in a few weeks, two PR vets are on the move.

Longtime Screen Actors Guild Awards publicity chief Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda has decided to leave her post after 20 years in the job, and a 50 year career in the entertainment industry. Publicity Director Tarrah Curtis will now take over day to day management as the new Executive In charge of Publicity for the SAG Awards. Jarrett retires to emeritus status.

“It’s been quite the ride at SAG Awards. I came aboard in 1999 when we were still the little awards show that could and am proud to have played a part in our growth to one of the premier events of the awards season,” Jarrett Sepulveda says in a letter to colleagues announcing the changes. “As we celebrated this year’s 25th anniversary, I
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WGA West Unveils Candidates for Election That Reflects Discord Over Agency Campaign

  • Variety
WGA West Unveils Candidates for Election That Reflects Discord Over Agency Campaign
The WGA West has unveiled the slate of candidates for officer posts and board seats in the election that reflects the divisions among members over the guild’s handling of the campaign to reform its rules governing talent agents.

Scribes Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”) and William Schmidt (“Yellowstone”) are set to challenge David Goodman for the president’s post. Nagy and Schmidt have been vocal in her opposition to the guild’s reform campaign that led to more than 7,000 WGA members firing their agents in April.

The guild has been in a standoff with the largest talent agencies since then, although two boutique operations have signed on to the WGA’s new terms. Goodman, elected in 2017, has been a key face of the agency effort along with WGA West executive director David Young.

The higher volume of candidates for board seats this time around surely is a byproduct of the agency discord.
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