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6/26: The Day The Headlines Died

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6/26: The Day The Headlines Died

MTV Mixes Film/TV/Gender

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

MTV Mixes Film/TV/Gender
Sticking To 14 Categories, The Network Tries To Redefine The Awards Landscape

MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018



New York, NY (May 3, 2018) – MTV today announced the categories and nominees for the 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” hosted by Tiffany Haddish, that celebrate the actors, stories and moments that drove pop culture in the last year.  The show will once again feature non-gendered categories – a change that marked an industry-first historic shift.  Airing on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, additional categories and honors will be announced at a later date. The press credentials website will open next week.

“Black Panther,” one of the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time worldwide, leads with seven nominations and marks the first time the film is being recognized at an awards show.  It received nods in categories including Best Movie, presented by Toyota, and Best On-Screen Team, while Chadwick Boseman, the title character, was nominated for Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero.  Additionally, Letitia Wright was nominated in the Scene Stealer category for her role as “Shuri” and Michael B. Jordan was nominated in the Best Villain category for his portrayal of “N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger.”

“Stranger Things” scored a total of six nominations, including Best Show and Best On-Screen Team.  Millie Bobby Brown was nominated for Best Performance in a Show for her portrayal of “Eleven” and Dacre Montgomery scored a nomination for his role as “Billy Hargrove” in the Scene Stealer category.

Emmy® Award-winning producer and director Joel Gallen will executive produce and direct the 2018 “Movie & TV Awards,” returning to the show which he helped create at MTV and produced for 14 years. Throughout Gallen’s career, he helmed a vast array of iconic shows in the live event and variety space. Currently, he is the director and executive producer for Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle” and has executive produced and directed 13 Comedy Central “Roasts” including the upcoming Bruce Willis Roast in July. He also directed and produced MTV’s 2010 “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” in collaboration with George Clooney and Wyclef Jean.  Additionally, he directed and produced 17 “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” induction ceremonies, executive produced blockbuster film “Zoolander” and directed the hit comedy film “Not Another Teen Movie.”




BEST MOVIE (Presented by Toyota)

Avengers: Infinity War (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

IT (New Line Cinema)

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)



13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

grown-ish (Freeform)

Riverdale (The CW)

Stranger Things (Netflix)



Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird



Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why

Issa Rae – Insecure

Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones



Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – Black Panther

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones

Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) – The Flash

Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi



Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther

Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion

Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – IT



Jane the Virgin – Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)

Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)

Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)

Riverdale – KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica)

Stranger Things – Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)



Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation

Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place

Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – IT

Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror

Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things



Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)

IT – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan  (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)

Ready Player One –  Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)

Stranger Things – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)



Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip

Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Kate McKinnon – SNL

Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty



Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip

Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things

Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale

Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok

Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther



Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)

Avengers: Infinity War – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)

Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)

Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers



Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”

The Defiant Ones



Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Love & Hip Hop

The Real Housewives

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Vanderpump Rules



Black Panther: 7

IT: 4

Girls Trip: 3

Avengers: Infinity War: 3

Wonder Woman: 3

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 3

Ready Player One: 2

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: 2

Thor: Ragnarok: 2

Annabelle Creation: 1

A Quiet Place: 1

Atomic Blonde: 1

Baby Driver: 1

Call Me by Your Name: 1

I Feel Pretty: 1

Lady Bird: 1

Love, Simon: 1



Stranger Things: 6

Riverdale: 3

Game of Thrones: 3

13 Reasons Why: 2

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: 1

Black Mirror: 1

The Flash: 1

grown-ish: 1

Insecure: 1

Jane the Virgin: 1

Legion: 1

Schitt’s Creek: 1

SNL: 1



Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures: 15

Warner Bros. Pictures: 5

New Line Cinema: 5

Universal Pictures: 4

Columbia Pictures: 2

A24: 1

Fox 2000: 1

Paramount Pictures: 1

Sony Pictures Classics: 1

STX Entertainment: 1

TriStar Productions: 1



Netflix: 10

HBO: 5

The CW: 5

Bravo: 2

FX: 2

VH1: 2

Live Nation Productions: 2

Apple Music: 1

E!: 1

Freeform: 1

NBC: 1

Pop: 1

YouTube Red: 1

Tidal: 1


Joel Gallen/Tenth Planet Productions will serve as Executive Producer with MTV’s Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Wendy Plaut for the 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards.” Rick Austin will also serve as Executive Producer. Vanessa Whitewolf serves as Co-Executive Producer. Melanie Block is Executive in Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Executive in Charge of Music.


Fans can begin voting immediately at In addition, fans can also vote for “Best Movie,” presented by Toyota, via Direct Message Twitter Bot.


About MTV: MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music.  For more information, check out  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).


Looking Back Five Years

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Looking Back Five Years
“There was the prodigious mind, of course: the voluminous knowledge of film and the incisive way he could cut to the heart of what made a movie work, or not. But what I’ll remember most and love best about Roger Ebert was his playful side, and an infectious enthusiasm that was astonishingly alive after decades in a business in which it would have been easy — and safe — to be cynical.”
And– “He has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.”
The Last Line Of Roger Ebert’s Last Filed Review, To The Wonder
AndRay Pride On His Colleague, From The Release Of Life Itself
“Everything that Roger Ebert was, was a newspaperman, and was because he was a newspaperman.”

Brooks Barnes Takes The Measure Of A24

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

“They are the original Coca-Cola,” Scott Rudin said, “and everybody else is New Coke. Except for Searchlight, which is Tab.”
Brooks Barnes Takes The Measure Of A24, Although Bandying Meaningless Phrase “Cult Favorite” About A $9 Million-Grossing Film Is Suspect

Ray Pride On Dave Kehr’s “Movies That Mattered”

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

“Clarity is the abiding virtue.”
Ray Pride On Dave Kehr’s “Movies That Mattered”

Guardian Explainer Of The Day: Roman Polanski

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Guardian Explainer Of The Day: Roman Polanski

Headlining Kyle Buchanan ‘s Gold Standard

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

“In a Weak Year at Sundance, Will Any of the Fest’s Movies Score with Oscar?”
Headlining Kyle Buchanan‘s Gold Standard

“Sundance, Steeped in Weinstein Mystique, Enters a New Era”: A Brooks Barnes Explainer For Sundance 2018

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

“This is no longer Mr. Weinstein’s freewheeling festival, the one he blasted into the public consciousness with eye-popping deals to bring male-gaze entries like Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Reservoir Dogs to theaters. Sundance is now a prime showcase for women — films directed, produced and written by women; films with female protagonists; special events focused on female empowerment. And most of the distribution deals involve TV sets.”
“Sundance, Steeped in Weinstein Mystique, Enters a New Era”: A Brooks Barnes Explainer For Sundance 2018

Woody Allen

Friday, January 12th, 2018

“Studios and investors who get into business with Allen are aware that he’s a hit-and-miss legacy artist. But they aren’t in it for the goodwill. They want the prestige that comes with presenting ‘the new Woody Allen.’ How much longer can that prestige last?”
Fast Company Aggregates This And That About Woody Allen’s Current Circumstance

Woody Allen Documentary Director Bob Weide Again Makes A Case For Allen

Variety Pores Over Passages In 2013 James Franco Novel That Correspond To Allegations

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

[Acting teachers are] “fucked up. They are unlike any other teachers, because they deal with their students’ emotions and bodies. They get inside their students’ heads. Even if they have the best intentions, they can’t help from becoming gurus and therapists for their students, because they deal on such intimate terms. When you have a bunch of students looking up to you because you have liberated their emotions, it’s hard not to play the role of mentor/lover/father/mother.”
Variety Pores Over Passages In 2013 James Franco Novel That Correspond To Allegations

DGA Nominations for 2017

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

And the DGA Nominees Are Del Toro, Gerwig, McDonagh, Nolan, Peele
DGA First-Time  Nominees: Geremy Jasper, William Oldroyd, Jordan Peele, Taylor Sheridan, Aaron Sorkin

Ben Yagoda Invests Wholly In The Classic Fruition Of The Slate Pitch

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

“I hate to sound like a philistine, but audience-critic discrepancies often occur when a work is less than pleasant to sit through, whether because of The Sorrow and the Pity–like length (a growing problem, pun intended) or grim subject matter. Take last year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight, which has a 98 critics’ and 79 audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and which I haven’t seen. The Rotten Tomatoes blurb calls it ‘The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.’ I can get that at home.”
Ben Yagoda Invests Wholly In The Classic Fruition Of The Slate Pitch


Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Panel Discussion Features Top Chicago Film Critics
J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Michael Phillips, Pamela Powell and Ray Pride
CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 90th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel Tuesday, January 23, 2018. CBS Radio Morning Drive News Co-Anchor Felicia Middelbrooks will moderate a lively panel discussion—discussing the snubs and shoe-ins—with Chicago film critics J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader), Sergio Mims (Shadow and Act, WHPK 88.5 Chicago), Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune), Pamela Powell (FF2 Media) and Ray Pride (Newcity).
“Once again, we can come together and celebrate an incredible year of film, filled with nuanced performances and heartfelt, poignant stories,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “Our esteemed panel of film critics will shine a light on films we may have missed or present a different perspective on films we have already seen, and it’s always entertaining to hear them go toe to toe defending their top picks for the broadcast in March.”
This free event will be held at the Film Center (164 N. State St.) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a post event reception featuring small bites. Guests are invited to RSVP at to reserve their seats, and will automatically be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star” (a $200 value). The winner will be selected at the Nominations Panel (you must be present to win).
About the Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,600 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Ann Hornaday Takes An Intervalo While Discoursing On Last Jedi Reception

Friday, January 5th, 2018

“The challenge of critical thinking is to take pure subjectivity out of the equation so that your own idiosyncratic biases, blind spots, fetishistic likes and dislikes are, if not erased, at least put to the side, to better allow the movie be what it set out to be. It can be a tricky perceptual exercise: Even the most objective elements of filmmaking, like camerawork, sound design and story structure, are ultimately evaluated according to whether they work or don’t work for the individual spectator.”
Ann Hornaday Takes An Intervalo While Discoursing On Last Jedi Reception

Writer Riffles Fifty-Six Boxes Of Woody Allen’s Papers

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

“It’s deeply, anachronistically gross. More than that, he seems not to care about bettering or changing himself in any way. He lives and thinks and creates as he did in the 1970s, nearly a half-century ago. He’s a reminder that our future, however woke it becomes, will not be full of social-justice valedictorians quoting James Baldwin and Roxane Gay.”
Writer Riffles Fifty-Six Boxes Of Fifty-Seven Years Of Woody Allen’s Papers, Plows Through With Dismal Repetition

Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To Help Multiply Misunderstand The Post

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

The Post proves that even a director who’s as much of a technological virtuoso as Spielberg can’t necessarily get the wigs and the cigarette smoke right.” … “Obviously, I’m not implying I have the answer; no one does. But the point is that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”
Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To Help Misunderstand The Post

Noel Murray, Unique Arkansas Cinephile

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

“There are a lot of us out here in the sticks who grew up watching ‘Siskel & Ebert’ and reading Pauline Kael. I personally travel to Toronto and Sundance every year in my capacity as a film critic, which covers a lot of the year’s big indie releases for me. But I also drive a few hours up the road to Columbia, Missouri, for True/False, and occasionally zip back to my old hometown of Nashville for its big festival. We all are also part of the fabric of America — red or blue.”
Noel Murray, Unique Arkansas Cinephile

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

“Really? Jesus, Jeff. I’m gonna have to assume you have aspergers or otherwise I just can’t keep up the good will. Aw, fuck it. Shove your self promoting links to your crooked prognostications up your pompous ass. And find a new hairstyle, that pomp is getting Trumpy. You can certainly have a mixed reaction to my work. And guess what. So do I. To yours. I am ‘mixed’ on your bullshit ‘website.’ Yes, you seem pompous to me. And uneven. I would even say ‘in the tank.'”
James Mangold Steps Up To Internet Erotic Connoisseur