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Meryl in Monterey

Chris here. HBO sees your Big Little Lies season two skepticism and raises you a legend. There's no sense in holding out the news: Meryl Streep has joined Big Little Lies! A 21st Oscar nomination and major casting coup in the span of two days?! How's your week going?

The Andrea Arnold-directed season will feature Meryl donning her birth name as Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgård departed abusive husband Perry. Mary Louise comes to Monterey looking for answers after Perry's demise, so expect some fireworks between her and Nicole Kidman. Call it a The Hours reunion...

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ACE Editing: Big Little Lies, Best Picture Hopefuls and More...

by Nathaniel R

The guild nominations are here already? Oh, yup, it's January now. (Funny how the calendar keeps happening even if you're in bed for a week plus with the flu!) Hollywood's editors have spoken and here are the cutting and shaping jobs they loved best this year on screens  big and small. Curiously they have a hodgepodge of category sizes (3,4, or 5 nominees depending) and voting practices. In some categories the final voting for winners happens between January 5th and 18th and in others (within the TV side) there are blue ribbon panel voting situations where the screenings happen on the 14th. This always leaves us wondering what their prizes would be like if they were consistent. Would awards season have more surprises if those voting were forced to watch everything as they are in very few select categories within various organizations... often somewhat randomly? We think it might and wouldn't it be super exciting to try with the consistency and with the mandatory screenings?

One of the most notable things on their TV list is that Big Little Lies has been bumped from competing in miniseries (where it's competed at most every other awards shows) and is competing in regular drama series (where it surely belongs since they've announced a second season with the same characters/actresses).  Nominees in all categories after the jump...

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TV Riches. Here are just a few highlights...

Year in review lists/recaps each day. TV is too vast a topic for one list but here's a list of personal favorites from Spencer Coile 

2017 was a messy year. While we may be entrenched in cultural, political, and social turmoil, one area that keeps getting better is television. From the return of David Lynch's Twin Peaks and NBC's Will & Grace (proving that some revivals do work), to the rise of Hulu series, through  the continuation of prestige dramas from HBO, the golden age of TV continues. Because there's such a vast array of shows out there we all have our blindspots so please know that this is but a personal list and you should definitely share yours.  To make room for all of the excellent work put out this year, here are favorite individual and duo performances but let's kick things off with a tribute to the ladies via Ensembles... 

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Into the Link-Verse

Dim the House Lights a conversation about those Sondheim auditions in Lady Bird
/Film why is Big Little Lies still competing as "Limited Series" when it has a second season order. The controversy is starting to bubble up
Cartoon Brew I didn't even know that there was ANOTHER new awards show but come to think of it there's always another new one, isn't there? We now have the European Animation Awards and they gave their top prize to Loving Vincent. This is not to be confused with the European Film Awards which also gave Loving Vincent Best Animated Feature
Cartoon Brew on the key points of that giant Disney/Fox deal. It's scary people. Now basically only 4 American-owned entertainment companies have control over America’s cultural identity. 

Forbes on the teaser for Into the Spider-Verse with Miles Morales finally making it to screen...
Indie Wire talks to the great actress Lesley Manville about Phantom Thread and Hollywood for women over 40
The Wrap ack. I totally forgot to link to this last week. In an unprecedented move The Academy added 'Standards of Conduct' to membership details after the explosion of sexual misconduct news this past month
Coming Soon the first poster and teaser for New Mutants
Out January 25th is when RuPaul's Drag Race returns
Vogue Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner Mimi pens an essay with Adam Green about living with an addict and the actor's final sad year.

EW a timeline of Nicole Kidman's most iconic 2017 moments
After Ellen a list of the best lesbian or bi movies of the year
• GQ Top ten books of the year and each author chosen gets to recommend a book, too. Fun angle! Do you have a library card? You might need one after this.
Variety Owen Gleiberman and Peter DeBruge's top ten lists
EW best and worst tv shows of the year
Out most iconic looks of 2017. It's heavy on music video ladies for some reason but there's some fun surprises like "Allison Janney with a parrot on her shoulder" from I, Tonya
CBC an A-Z guide to the year in queer: God's Own Country, Melina Matsoukas, and much more
THR top ten movies of the year from Todd McCarthy and staff. Call Me By Your Name all over the place.



We have to start with this exchange since Chris' love of mother! is well known. 

After the jump our tweet roundup of amusements, provocations, and random movie-loving featuring Moonstruck, I Tonya, P.T. Anderson, Big Little Lies, Meryl Streep's forehead, and more...

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TFE Does Halloween

The time has come… for you to block all the Kardashians on Instagram to prevent any self-harm you’ll be tempted to cause after seeing what percentage of your student loans they’re about to invest on a never-to-be-worn-again Halloween costume. We, at TFE, like to think of ourselves as better than the Kardashians—except for Kris, she is untouchable—so we have come up with a nice list of zeitgeist-friendly costumes that promise to be easy to assemble. Try to wear these at parties filthy with cinephiles, unless you want to be explaining yourself all night. We promise we’ll keep these cheap to assemble, except for the occasional requisite $600 lace-front.

Inspired by all the pop culture that's come out since last All Hallow's Eve, we've come up with a pretty specific list of costumes for you to avoid the store-bought. Check them out!

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28 Links Later

Went a little overboard today but we were behind on news plus the Emmys happened!

The Daily Harry Dean Stanton (RIP) --sorry we didn't cover this (!) but it happened in the midst of TIFF international flights and such
My New Plaid Pants good Orlando Bloom-ing morning to ya
My New Plaid Pants dueling Call Me By Your Name magazine covers
Junkee please don't call Call Me By Your Name "universal"
Women and Hollywood distribution deal for Emma Thompson in The Children Act marked for 2018

Lots more after the jump including mother! takes, Emmy aftermath, I Tonya, and the Younger season finale...

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Emmy Night: Winners List, Haphazard Notes, Political Jabs

By Nathaniel R

The BIG LITTLE LIES cast were first presenters setting the tone for a night devoted to them essentially

8:00 Stephen Colbert managed to work lots of political commentary and Trump jabs into his opening song which hits peak jab with the "even treason's better on TV" lyric with the stars of The Americans giving brief cameo. The also Trump centric post-song monologue is good and the stars are eating it up. 

8:16 Colbert actually saves the best joke for last with a surprise cameo by Sean Spicer (yes, actually Sean Spicer with his stand) who he introduces as Melissa McCarthy. Even McCarthy is shook. 

8:18 Nice touch to have an ensemble as joyfully in synch as Big Little Lies do a supporting category. Lithgow wins for playing Churchill. That also worked for Albert Finney 15 years ago. Oldman is also going to win the Oscar playing Churchill later this year. It's one of those roles... like Effie White or Mama Rose. And, well, Winston Churchill...

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