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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch

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It turns out there’s enough to go around ratings-wise on Thursday night. NBC has taken hold of the Thursday Night Football package, which it shares with CBS (both of whom simulcast with NFL Network), and its fortunes on the night have grown substantially. Now with two nights of NFL, plus staples like “This Is Us” and “The Voice,” NBC easily won the week ending November 12 in adults 18-49, and scored its first total viewers victory of the season.

But on Thursday nights, ABC and CBS also have reason to crow in the 8 p.m. hour: “Grey’s Anatomy,” which just hit its 300th episode, remains a potent force. And “Young Sheldon” is developing into a new hit behind “The Big Bang Theory.” (Also in the hour, Fox’s “Gotham” and The CW’s “Supernatural” also perform relatively respectably, although not nearly at the same level).

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- Michael Schneider

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Diagnoses Rebecca Once and for All, but It’s Not What She Wanted to Hear

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 3, Episode 6, “Josh Is Irrelevant.”]

In the wake of her suicide attempt in last week’s episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) is recovering physically from overdosing on anti-anxiety meds she took on a plane, but mentally and emotionally, she’s still trying to catch up.

On Friday’s episode, she gets what sounds like the answer to all of her problems. When Dr. Dan Shin (Jay Hayden) says he believes she’s been misdiagnosed all these years, she has the first glimmer of real hope. She’d been struggling because she’d been given meds and treatment for anxiety, depression, Ocd, and host of other incorrect diagnoses, but now she’ll find out what she really has, healing can begin. “He just opened up a whole new set of possibilities, a whole new path for my life,” Rebecca says.

The Diagnosis

It turns out that Rebecca has Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd), which is so misunderstood that Dr. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

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This could be the landmark year that Roger Deakins finally — after 13 nominations — lands a win for his stunning collaboration with Denis Villeneuve on “Blade Runner.” Other hopefuls include four-time nominee Bruno Delbonnel for “Darkest Hour,” two-timer Ed Lachman for his exquisite black-and-white 20s and color 70s visuals for Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” and two-time winner Janusz Kaminski for Steven Spielberg’s 70s Watergate drama “The Post.”

Vying for their first nods are Danish Dan Laustsen for Guillermo del Toro’s lush ’60s romantic fantasy-thriller, “The Shape of Water,” Swiss Hoyt Van Hoytema (BAFTA-nominated for “Interstellar” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) for his 65 mm photography on Christopher Nolan’s World War II

epic “Dunkirk,” and Rachel Morrison, who could become the first woman to break into the ranks of nominated directors of photography for Dee Rees’ southern epic “Mudbound.”

Frontrunners:

Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Ed Lachman (“Wonderstruck”)

Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water »


- Anne Thompson

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing

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After an unspeakable family loss, Zack Snyder left “Justice League” in May and handed the film over to Joss Whedon to complete. However, Whedon was already been working with Snyder to write new material for additional photography. That Whedon was already taking his cues from Snyder in reshaping the film — to say nothing of the “Avengers” credit on his resume — made him the obvious choice to direct the reshoots and steer the film over the finish line.

Since then, “Justice League” producers, cast, and crew have been in lock-step in their message: Whedon selflessly came aboard to carry out Snyder’s vision. Wonder Woman herself chimed in: “This is Zack Snyder’s movie,” said Gal Gadot in an interview with Empire Magazine. “Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get.” »


- Chris O'Falt

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Actress Aurora Perrineau Accuses ‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller of Raping Her When She was 17

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Aurora Perrineau has accused “Girls” writer/executive producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17, The Wrap reports. The alleged incident took place in 2012, when Miller was 35; Perrineau provided The Wrap with the results of a polygraph she took in September. “I filed a police report today. I cannot talk about the investigation that is happening currently,” she said.

In her polygraph statement, which the “Passengers” and “Equals” actress says she passed, Perrineau stated that she met Miller during an evening out with friends at the Standard Hotel. She had “consumed some alcoholic beverages” and Miller “was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old.” Perrineau’s father is “Lost” star Harold Perrineau.

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Miller later asked the group for a ride home, admitting that “he was drunk, »


- Michael Nordine

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Can Hollywood’s Predators Be Rehabilitated? Doctors Say Yes, for Some — but There’s No Quick Fix

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Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K.: As the cavalcade of Hollywood sexual harassers and assaulters grows, at some point we have to confront the inevitable — Are they scorched earth, or should these people be considered candidates for redemption?

Bryan Cranston poked his head above the fray to suggest they might. “We shouldn’t close it off and say, ‘To hell with [them], rot, and go away from us for the rest of your life,'” he said in a BBC interview. “Let’s leave it open for the few who can make it through that gauntlet of trouble and who have reclaimed their life and their dignity and their respect for others. Maybe it’s possible.”

Comedian Bill Burr told a podcast audience said that C.K. — who admitted to masturbating in front of women without their consent after five accusers spoke to The New York Times — “was 100% wrong, »


- Jenna Marotta

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’: Inside the Life of Andy Kaufman and his Spiritual Connection With Jim Carrey

19 hours ago

For two people whose paths never crossed, Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman have a fascinatingly strong connection. Some might even call it cosmic.

Carrey has famously idolized Kaufman, whose remarkable career included a stint on the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” the role of Latka Gravas on “Taxi” and a standing invitation to appear on “Late Night With David Letterman.” And because no eccentric career would be complete without a good feud, Kaufman also had a running bone to pick with pro-wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Audiences first had this connection spelled out for them in 1999, when Carrey portrayed his idol in Universal Pictures’ “Man on the Moon,” a powerful retelling of Kaufman’s life — his rise to stardom in 1970s New York City, his fatal battle with lung cancer in the 1980s, and the veritable circus of highs and lows in between. Kaufman was well known as a »


- Indiewire Staff

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‘Brimstone & Glory’ Review: A Euphoric Documentary About Fireworks from the People Behind ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

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Remember the first 10 minutes of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” when Hushpuppy was just running around with sparklers and the music was blaring and you were profoundly moved for reasons you couldn’t quite understand? Well, Viktor Jakovleski’s “Brimstone & Glory” is essentially the feature-length adaptation of that feeling. Produced and scored by “Beasts” mastermind Benh Zeitlin, this euphoric documentary is a veritable orgy of lights and sounds, a pyroclastic symphony of explosions in the sky that makes you happy to be alive, even if you’re not entirely sure why.

Largely experiential, though laced with pearls of narration that pull it back from being quite as impressionistic as the likes of “Baraka” or “Leviathan,” “Brimstone & Glory” opens with a title card that gives us most of the context we’ll need for the hour that follows. Every year, the Mexican town of Tultepec holds a week-long celebration of San Juan de Dios, »


- David Ehrlich

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Trump’s FCC May Turn Local TV News Right-Wing: What To Know About the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

19 hours ago

As millions of Americans gather next week for Thanksgiving, they’re also bracing for the inevitable breakdown into shouting points some relatives picked up from cable news. And it may be about to get even worse.

What Fox News has done to help slant cable news to the right, Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group is now poised to do to the nation’s local broadcast news, turning it all into a hotbed of national partisanship.

In order to complete its nationwide takeover of the local news, via a $3.9 billion plan to merge with Tribune Media, Sinclair first needs permission from the Federal Communications Commission — which it is almost certainly going to get.

What exactly is Sinclair, and what is it doing?

Every large and medium American city, and most of the small ones, has a bunch of local TV stations. They’re usually network affiliates — channels that bring your local news »


- Kate Cox

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‘Mudbound’: Editing Dee Rees’ Complex Shifting Narrative Was an Award-Worthy Challenge

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Race and poverty intertwine in director Dee Rees’ powerful Oscar contender, “Mudbound” — a potential game changer for Netflix. But Rees and her “Pariah” editor Mako Kamitsuna decided early on that their sprawling movie about a black and white family in the 1940s Mississippi Delta was getting lost in the interlocking narratives. They needed to find the connective tissue that united them in their struggle for the American Dream.

The answer was hiding in plain sight all along. “The more Dee and I worked in post, we started to realize that the connective tissue was the land and each character’s yearning for the land as home and the place of security, prosperity, and dreams,” said Kamitsuna.

In “Mudbound,” Henry (Jason Clarke) and Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan), Memphis transplants, find themselves unprepared to farm the land they’ve purchased, which puts greater pressure on Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence (Mary J. Blige »


- Bill Desowitz

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AFI Fest Announces 2017 Winners: ‘The Insult,’ ‘Bodied,’ ‘What Will People Say,’ and More

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Los Angeles’ own AFI Fest came to its end last night, thanks to a splashy — and, given the last-minute pulling of Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” very welcome — screening of Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game.” To cap off the annual event, the festival has now announced its winners for both Audience and Jury awards. Even better, the Grand Jury Award winners for Live-Action and Animated Short will be automatically eligible for the Academy Award shortlists in the Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short categories.

Highlights include Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” which won the Audience Award for the robust World Cinema section, which boasted a number of Oscar contenders amongst its always wide-ranging ranks. Elsewhere, Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied” pulled in an Audience Award in the American Independents section, giving the Toronto premiere its third audience award of the season, joining accolades from both Tiff and Fantastic Fest. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Preview: The First Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor Enter the Tardis — Watch

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You neophytes may not know it, but the Tardis is a pretty big deal in the world of “Doctor Who.” The device — whose name may or may not be an acronym — has long been used by Doctors to travel through time, probably, and will next be occupied by the 13th Doctor. Before Jodie Whittaker takes residence in that iconic vessel, however, the folks at BBC are treating fans to a preview in which the First Doctor comes upon the Twelfth Doctor’s Tardis.

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The scene comes from “Twice Upon a Time,” this year’s Christmas Special, and stars Peter Capaldi as the current Doctor, David Bradley (also familiar for playing Filch in the “Harry Potter” movies and Walder Frey on “Game of Thrones”) as the First Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Call Me by Your Name’: Timothée Chalamet is Learning How to Be a Man, Onscreen and Off

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When “Call Me by Your Name” screened at the New York Film Festival last month, several threads from Timothée Chalamet’s 21-year-old life wove together. Above the sold-out, 1,100-seat audience at Alice Tully Hall, he watched the second half from the balcony, seated next to the actor who plays his lover, Armie Hammer, and their director, Luca Guadagnino. Onscreen, Chalamet’s character was 17, the same age he was when Guadagnino met him. At that time, Chalamet was a student at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts — the Upper West Side inspiration for “Fame” — across the street.

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In kindergarten, Chalamet was a lukewarm commercial actor. His “first moment of passion” for the craft came at age 12, seeing Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight.” “I just had no clue what »


- Jenna Marotta

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Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

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During a Nov. 15 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Arrested Development” star Alia Shawkat revealed that Season 5 of the cult sitcom had just wrapped filming. Unfortunately, that announcement was sandwiched between two dark media scandals featuring members of the show’s ensemble cast.

The first was a series of tweets from comedian Charlyne Yi on Oct. 15, who accused David Cross (who plays eccentric Tobias Fünke) of making racist comments toward her. Cross’ apology was cynical, blaming the incident on playing a “southern redneck character” that she didn’t understand, and lashing out against social media followers who called him out on the incident. Then came two allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested’s” cruel patriarch George Bluth Sr.), one from a former assistant and the other from a fellow “Transparent” actress.

Arrested Development” has always been a gonzo comedic sandbox — even though it’s packaged like a semi-traditional sitcom, »


- William Earl

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‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

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Marti Noxon, a former consulting producer on “Mad Men” and the director of Netflix’s “To the Bone,” today lent credence to the sexual-harassment claim leveled against Matthew Weiner by Kater Gordon. Noxon both praised and criticized the “Mad Men” creator in a series of tweets, referring to him as “devilishly clever and witty” as well as “an ’emotional terrorist’ who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met.”

She saved one of her most important points for last: “I believe Kater Gordon.”

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Gordon, who previously served as Weiner’s assistant before becoming a writer on the acclaimed AMC drama, won an Emmy for the episode “Meditations in an Emergency.” She alleges that, as she and Weiner were working together one night, he told her she owed it to »


- Michael Nordine

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The Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Anomalisa’ to ‘Spirited Away’

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Pixar and Studio Ghibli tend to spring to mind first when discussing great animation, but there’s a world beyond those two giants. Animated films have grown ever more artful and affecting as more and more folks realize that it’s never just been a medium for kids, with studios and indies alike creating stop-motion marvels, hand-drawn standouts, and CGI spectacles.

The genre has grown so much since we entered the current century, in fact, that it can be easy to forget the Academy Awards didn’t even recognize animation until 2001. As few as three movies were nominated per year until 2010, but since then animation’s increased prominence has been reflected in the race’s competitiveness. Not every worthy movie could make the cut on either the awards circuit or this list, sadly, but rest assured that “The Red Turtle,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and “Ernest and Celestine,” to name just a few, »


- Michael Nordine, Chris O'Falt, Kate Erbland, Jenna Marotta, David Ehrlich, Jamie Righetti, Anne Thompson, Bill Desowitz, Jude Dry, Zack Sharf and Steve Greene

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Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, and ‘Star Wars’: Why We’re Excited For the Last Few Films of 2017 (Screen Talk Episode 173)

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Every year, we struggle to keep tabs on which movies have yet to screen and how they might shake up the conversations about top 10 lists, awards and the overall quality of cinema over a 12-month period. By summertime, we’ve already got a number of festival favorites and studio highlights to consider, but there’s always a lot more to come from the fall. But even after heavy-hitting festivals like Toronto and Telluride have come and gone, there are usually a few more unknown variables squeezing into the picture before the finish line. This year, that list includes Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” and Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (It remains to be seen whether Ridley Scott’s scrambling to reshoot “All the Money in the World” sans Kevin Spacey will make its December deadline.) With a trio of hotly anticipated »


- Indiewire Staff

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Longest Movie in Franchise History

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When “Star Wars: The Last Ledi” opens in theaters nationwide next month, it will make history as the longest “Star Wars” movie ever released. Rian Johnson confirmed “The Last Jedi” will run two hours and 30 minutes during an international press conference (via The Playlist). The runtime includes credits.

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At 150 minutes, “The Last Jedi” will run nearly 20 minutes longer than recent “Star Wars” efforts like “The Force Awakens” (135 minutes) and “Rogue One” (133 minutes). The previous record holder for longest “Star Wars” movie was George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode IIAttack of the Clones,” which ran 142 minutes long. “Revenge of the Sith” clocked in at 140 minutes, while the original “Star Wars” trilogy all had entires in the 120-135 minute range.

“The Last Jedi” continues to the story of Daisy Ridley’s Rey, picking up directly after the events of »


- Zack Sharf

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How ‘Bitch’ Filmmaker and Star Marianna Palka Turned Personal Upheaval Into the Best Year of Her Life

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Marianna Palka has endured a bumpy decade: The filmmaker and actress was a Sundance breakout whose career was nearly derailed by the prospects of a life-threatening disease. She makes challenging movies that don’t face easy commercial prospects. And yet, over the past year, she has entered a whole new chapter of her career — premiering her daring new movie “Bitch” in Sundance’s Midnight section, acting on a popular new Netflix series, and heading straight into the biggest production of her directing life.

The actor-director is getting used to a busier routine. In the last half of 2016, she not only completed her fourth feature; she also found the time to appear in several episodes the Netflix hit “Glow,” as female wrestler Reggie Walsh.  She called it “the best year, yeah, of my entire work life, it’s like the best year ever, it’s just beautiful.” That sentiment is especially »


- Kate Erbland

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