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CAA Signs Chris O’Dowd

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CAA Signs Chris O’Dowd
Exclusive: CAA has inked Emmy Award-winner and BAFTA and Tony Award-nominated Chris O’Dowd.

O’Dowd will star in the upcoming Theodore Melfi-directed feature drama The Starling starring Melissa McCarthy. The Irish born actor is known for such movies as the hit Universal Paul Feig-Judd Apatow comedy Bridesmaids, Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, Melfi’s St. Vincent, Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Christopher Guest’s Mascots.

On TV he has starred in the Epix series Get Shorty opposite Ray Romano, The It Crowd, Lena Dunham’s Girls, HBO’s Family Tree and Moone Boy, which O’Dowd wrote, directed, and starred in. Moone Boy won an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy, two IFTAs for Best Entertainment Programme, and the British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom. O’Dowd also won a Primetime Emmy last year for SundanceTV’s State of the Union
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Us filmmaker Desiree Akhavan to speak in Sydney and Melbourne

Desiree Akhavan.

Desiree Akhavan, a Us writer, director and actor best known for her queer cult classic Appropriate Behaviour and the TV series The Bisexual, is coming to Australia.

At two In Conversation sessions she will address such topics as working in film and episodic TV, acting in one’s own own work vs directing without acting, choosing projects and how diversity issues have affected her career.

The daughter of Iranian parents, she played Shirin, who is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her breakout feature Appropriate Behaviour, which premiered at Sundance.

Her second feature The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a teenager who is forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians, won the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic at Sundance.

The Bisexual, which she created, wrote, directed and starred in,
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Heather Young’s Drama ‘Murmur’ Wins Top Award at Slamdance Festival

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Heather Young’s Drama ‘Murmur’ Wins Top Award at Slamdance Festival
Heather Young’s drama “Murmur” has been selected as the winner of the narrative feature grand jury prize at the Slamdance Film festival.

The movie, which won the Fipresci Discovery Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Shan MacDonald as an older woman who, while performing community service at an animal shelter, begins compulsively adopting pets to ease her loneliness. Merawi Gerima’s first feature, “Residue,” won an Honorable mention from the jury and the Audience Award for Narrative Feature.

“The Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature goes to Murmur, the quietly devastating debut feature from Canadian filmmaker Heather Young,” the jury said. “This richly detailed and deeply humane drama offers an insightful and sympathetic portrait of a lonely woman — affectingly portrayed by newcomer Shan McDonald — who goes to self-destructive extremes while attempting to fill the gaping void in her life. An Honorable Mention goes to Merawi Gerima’s mesmerizing first feature,
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Michael Strahan Breaks Silence on 'Mishandled' Live Departure, Rift With Kelly Ripa: 'I Didn't Know I Was Supposed to Be a Sidekick'

Michael Strahan Breaks Silence on 'Mishandled' Live Departure, Rift With Kelly Ripa: 'I Didn't Know I Was Supposed to Be a Sidekick'
Four years after tendering his resignation as Kelly Ripa’s Live co-host, Michael Strahan is setting the record straight about the circumstances surrounding his stormy departure and his rumored rift with Ripa.

In a wide-ranging New York Times Magazine profile, Strahan intimated that he was not treated as Ripa’s equal during his four-year stint on the ABC talker. “I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick,” he said, without naming Ripa directly. “I thought I was [going there] to be a partner.”

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Ex-HBO Boss Richard Plepler Invests in Luminary, Joins Podcast Company’s Board

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Ex-HBO Boss Richard Plepler Invests in Luminary, Joins Podcast Company’s Board
Richard Plepler has hopped on the podcast train. The former HBO chief executive has invested in Luminary Media, a podcast-subscription service, and taken a seat on its board.

Plepler acquired a minority stake in Luminary, according to sources, although they could not confirm the amount of the investment. The New York-based company has raised over $100 million to date from backers including New Enterprise Associates and Sinai Ventures.

Plepler exited as chairman and CEO of HBO in February 2019 after a 28-year run with the premium programmer. Earlier this month, he announced the formation of Eden Productions, a film and TV production company that inked a five-year exclusive deal with Apple TV Plus.

Luminary’s model is similar to HBO: Luminary charges $4.99 per month for U.S. subscribers to access dozens of original shows without any advertising. The company has original shows from Trevor Noah, Lena Dunham, Leon Neyfakh, Russell Brand, Michael Rapaport and others,
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Podcaster Luminary Adds Former HBO Chief Plepler To Board

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Podcaster Luminary Adds Former HBO Chief Plepler To Board
Richard Plepler, the former HBO chief who inked a five-year exclusive production deal with Apple TV+ earlier this month, has joined the board of directors of Luminary Media, a podcast subscription service for premium content.

Luminary said it will be making additional board announcements soon.

“I’ve seen firsthand Richard’s invaluable impact on a premium content business, and we welcome his strategic partnership as we endeavor to support creators, curate content for listeners, and drive Luminary’s business forward” said Luminary CEO Simon Sutton.

Plepler called podcasting “an exciting and dynamic medium for great storytelling” and Luminary “a jewel box of premium podcast content where creators are enabled to do their best work and subscribers can consistently discover quality.”

Luminary’s original podcasts include Trevor Noah’s “On Second Thought,” Lena Dunham’s “The C-Word” and “Under The Skin with Russell Brand.” The company praised Plepler’s own skill curating content.
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Lena Dunham Reveals Where She Stands With Ex Jack Antonoff Today

Lena Dunham Reveals Where She Stands With Ex Jack Antonoff Today
Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff's relationship went from lovers to friends, but it wasn't an easy road. In her cover interview for the March issue of Cosmopolitan UK, the Girls alum dished on what her 2017 breakup with the Bleachers front man/music producer taught her and how they worked their way to a good friendship after their split. As she told the outlet, "We fell in love when I was really young. I was 25. I look back and we had a great ride, we cared for each other, but you know what? We were both starting our careers and that was our true passion." "The love you have for someone doesn't disappear because you don't have them," the actress continued....
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Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, and More Challenge DGA Over ‘Parenthood Penalty’

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Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, and More Challenge DGA Over ‘Parenthood Penalty’
When filmmaker Jessica Dimmock, a Directors Guild of America member, needed time off work to bond with her new baby and recover from the birth in 2017, she encountered a little-known challenge: DGA policy demands members meet a minimum earnings requirement, and taking that time off meant losing her health insurance at a time when she needed it most. Now Dimmock, and some of Hollywood’s biggest names, want to change that rule.

Dimmock has penned an open letter to the DGA, published Wednesday on a newly created DGA Parenthood Penalty website, seeking an extension of the qualifying period for DGA health insurance coverage from 12 months to 18 months for new mothers, so that they can meet the annual earnings minimum.

The letter’s main request of the DGA is as follows: “New mothers should be afforded additional time to make their yearly minimum in the year that they give birth. This
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Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay Among Directors Urging Changes in DGA Parental Policies

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Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay Among Directors Urging Changes in DGA Parental Policies
Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon and more than 40 other women directors are urging the Directors Guild of America to change its policies for new and expectant parents.

The directors have co-signed a letter by documentary filmmaker Jessica Dimmock seeking an extension of the qualifying period for DGA health insurance coverage to 18 months for new mothers to make the yearly minimum in earnings. Currently, the qualifying period is 12 months.

The letter was posted Wednesday on a newly created DGA Parenthood Penalty web page. The campaign announcement comes three days before the 72nd DGA Awards show.

“Here is our ask,” the letter reads. “New mothers should be afforded additional time to make their yearly minimum in the year that they give birth. This provides new parents the opportunity to take the time they need to physically care for their child as well as recover and recuperate. Women will return to their
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Before They Were SAG Award Nominees: Watch the Forgotten Audition Tapes of Adam Driver, Tom Hanks & More A-listers

Before They Were SAG Award Nominees: Watch the Forgotten Audition Tapes of Adam Driver, Tom Hanks & More A-listers
For actors, everything starts with the audition. Even Hollywood heavyweights like Al Pacino had to prove he could live up to the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather by passing screen tests first.

This year’s class of 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award nominees includes stars so successful, it’s hard to believe they were once just budding options among a sea of hopefuls. Ahead of this year’s ceremony, watch as Tom Hanks, Steve Carell and first-time nominee Jennifer Lopez give it their all in these rare and forgotten audition tapes.

Adam Driver

Within the first few seconds of the clip,
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Everything's Gonna Be Okay review – Josh Thomas's Please Like Me follow-up misses its marks

Based on the first two episodes, the comedian’s Us-made show suffers from disjointed direction and soap opera shots – but there are hints it will get better

The comedian Josh Thomas’ beloved Australian series Please Like Me was visually and narratively engaging from its opening moment: a shot taken from the perspective of a decadent sundae, as it is moved through a bar towards Thomas – who played a version of himself – and his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend.

While the ice cream is en route, we hear the star talking in his characteristically bouncy, rapid-fire way, with the determined friendliness of a chatty seatmate. Thomas’s dialogue is often flirty, sassy and self-deprecating (a little like Lena Dunham’s), but also skittish and flummoxed (a little like Larry David’s), with a youthful zest and je ne sais quoi all his own. The show began strong and got better as it progressed.

Related: Josh Thomas on diversity,
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Too Faced Co-Founder Apologizes After Sister Slams NikkieTutorials' Coming Out Video

Too Faced's co-founder has come to NikkieTutorials' defense.  On Monday, the famed beauty YouTuber, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, shared that she is a transgender woman in a newly published video titled, "I'm Coming Out." The announcement has since garnered more than 18 million views on the platform and spurred public support from celebrities like Ariana Grande and Lena Dunham as well as fellow YouTubers Jeffree Star and PatrickStarrr. However, not everyone was on Nikkie's side. Some sites took notice of Too Faced cofounder Jerrod Blandino's sister, who goes by the name Dani California on Instagram under the account "makeup...
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Ariana Grande, Amber Rose and More Celebrate NikkieTutorials After She Comes Out As Transgender

After Nikkie de Jager, a.k.a. NikkieTutorials, came out as transgender on Monday, several celebrities took to social media to show the YouTube star some love. Ariana Grande, for instance, shared a series of emojis, including several hearts, underneath Nikkie's latest post. Lena Dunham did, as well. However, these stars weren't the only ones to praise the social celeb. Amber Rose, Whitney Cummings, Tess Holliday and Maddie Ziegler all did, as well. "So proud and happy for you," Amber wrote in the comments section. "So happy you can finally live your truth," Tess added. Many of Nikkie's fellow YouTubers also left messages.  "Ilysm,"...
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Girls: The 10 Worst Episodes (According To IMDb)

What television show better captures millennial angst than Girls? Lena Dunham's semi-autobiographical HBO series featured twentysomething aspiring writer Hannah Horvath and her friends navigating life, love, and exorbitant rent prices in Brooklyn.

Related: Girls: Hannah Horvath's 10 Most Relatable Quotes

The series was praised for its warts-and-all portrait of millennials in the 2010s, but there were times when the show's brilliance was overshadowed by the shockingly entitled behavior of its characters. Between this and Girls' tendency to veer off the beaten path in terms of splitting up the characters and sending them on adventures away from their NYC home-base, the show's tone felt inconsistent at times. This is reflected in some episodes receiving a significantly lower rating on fan aggregator entertainment site IMDb.
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The Black List Podcast To Launch On Luminary Subscription Platform

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The Black List Podcast To Launch On Luminary Subscription Platform
Exclusive: The Black List Podcast will debut on the new premium podcast subscription service Luminary in March of this year. Co-hosted by Black List founder Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen, the podcast will feature unproduced scripts as contemporary radio plays, as well as thoughtful, in-depth conversations with filmmakers, producers, and creators of all kinds.

The Black List Podcast will join the Luminary’s current slate that includes On Second Thought: The Trevor Noah Podcast, Metaphysical Milkshake with Rainn Wilson and Reza Aslan, Vocal Point with Martina McBride, The C-Word with Lena Dunham, Under The Skin with Russell Brand, I Am Rapaport with Michael Rapaport, and Hear To Slay with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom.

The podcast will be executive produced by Jimmy Miller and Hans Sahni for Ninth Planet Audio, the podcast production arm of Mosaic Media.

The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ top selections of unproduced screenplays,
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Thought we'd reached 'peak TV'? Just wait until you see what 2020 has in store

As the streaming wars intensify, this year will bring with it a deluge of new and returning shows. Better get bingeing...

Peak TV is a phrase that has long been used to describe our current era, in which there seems to be an epochal masterpiece airing every week. But in 2020, all previous uses of the term will look quaint. It is a year full of bold statements, massive names and even bigger budgets. The strutting king and slightly awkward prince of streaming, Netflix and Amazon, face competition from Apple and Disney, whose rival services have already launched (Disney+ comes to the UK in March), with HBO Max arriving in May in the Us to saturate the new streaming market still further. It turns out we were nowhere near the top of the peak, but this year maybe we will get close.

Once, a piece recommending the best dramas would essentially
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It’s Scott Lang vs. Hank Pym at the Golden Globes: Will either ‘Ant-Man’ star shrink the competition?

It’s Scott Lang vs. Hank Pym at the Golden Globes: Will either ‘Ant-Man’ star shrink the competition?
Hank Pym took Scott Lang under his (ant) wing and turned him into the new Ant-Man. But at the Golden Globes, they’re mortal enemies. Ok, not really, but Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd are up against each other.

The “Ant-Man” stars are vying for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor honors for their respective Netflix series, “The Kominsky Method” (Douglas) and “Living with Yourself” (Rudd). So will one of them get bragging rights on the “Ant-Man 3” set?

Per our odds, they’d each have to pull off an upset to claim the gold. Douglas is in fourth place, while Rudd is in fifth. As the defending champ, Douglas is attempting to be the first back-to-back winner in the category since Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) pulled it off 10 years ago. Not easy to do when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likes to move on to new things. But the HFPA also hasn’t tired of “Kominsky,
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Girls' Lasting Legacy Is Its Perfect Cast

Think pieces existed long before Girls premiered in the spring of 2012, but it's easy to look back on a decade defined by critical writing online and see Lena Dunham's breakout HBO comedy as an ignition point. Over the course of six seasons and 62 episodes, Dunham's often-polarizing series ta ...

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Girls: The 10 Best Episodes (According To IMDb)

One of the most polarizing shows of the 2010s has to be Girls. Lena Dunham's semi-autobiographical series about millennials struggling through adulthood wholeheartedly accomplished the goal of protagonist Hannah Horvath — it captured the voice of a generation.

Related: Girls: Hannah Horvath's 10 Most Relatable Quotes

Many found that voice cloying, whiny, and entitled. But buried in the muck of Hannah and co.'s ridiculous behavior were nuggets of raw relatability. While Generation Z has Euphoria, we doubt that any other generation has a series so distinctly theirs as millennials have with Girls. We're not alone in believing that this show is something to celebrate. The users of IMDb have weighed in, and here are their favorite episodes of this one-of-a-kind HBO series.
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Lena Dunham-Directed HBO/BBC Banking Drama ‘Industry’ Announces Ensemble Cast

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HBO and the BBC have unveiled an ensemble cast for their Lena Dunham-directed banking drama Industry from Bad Wolf, the producer behind His Dark Materials.

The cast includes Myha’la Herrold (The Tattooed Heart), Marisa Abela (Cobra), Harry Lawtey (Marcella), David Jonsson (Deep State), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Freya Mavor (The ABC Murders), Will Tudor (Game of Thrones), Conor Macneill (Death and Nightingales) and Ken Leung (Marvel’s Inhumans).

They play ambitious twenty-somethings struggling to secure their futures in the cutthroat world of international finance. The characters compete for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London — but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs, and ego as it is by deals and dividends.

Industry comes from new British writing talent Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, while Girls star
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