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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from November 8th to 14th, 2020 - Update #25

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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CELEBRITY - From Deadline:  A suspect has been arrested in the Oct. 2nd sucker punch attack on beloved actor, Rick Moranis.

MOVIES - From THR:   Paramounts pictures has removed the Michael B. Jordan starrer, "Without Remorse," off its 2021 release schedule.  It may sell the film to Amazon Studios.  Director Dean DeBlois' film, "Micronauts," based on the Hasbro toys, has also been moved from 2021.

DISNEY - From THR:  Director John M. Chu("Crazy Rich Asians") is in negotiations to direct a live-action version of Disney's 2002 animated hit, "Lilo & Stitch."

KAMALA HARRIS - From BET:   Meet Kamala Harris' husband, stepchildren, parents, and more.

STREAMING - From THR:   The "Friends" reunion special, which will stream on HBO Max, is scheduled to be film in March 2021, according to one of the series' original stars, Matthew Perry.

AWARDS - From Variety:  The nominations for the 2020 / 30th annual "IFP Gotham Awards" have been announced.  The late Chadwick Boseman received a "Best Actor" nomination for his role in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."  The winners will be announced Monday, Jan. 11th, 2021.

CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:   George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, shares a sweet photos of the time she showed Barack Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, around the White House, and it has gone viral.

MOVIES - From THR:  Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, and MGM are uniting for an adaptation of Ta'Nehisi Coates' hit novel, "The Water Dancer."

MOVIES - From THR:  Universal Pictures and Dwayne Johnson are planning to reboot their 2002 film, "The Scorpion King," which when on to spawn a straight-to-DVD movie franchise.

MOVIES - From THR:   Johnny Depp may have been fired from "Fantastic Beasts," but he will get his full salary due to pay-or-play contract.

From THR:  Danish actor Mads Mikkelson is in early talks to replace Johnny Depp in the third installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise.

CELEBRITY - From HuffPost:   Jason Momoa Says He And Lisa Bonet Were ‘Starving’ After He Died On "Game of Thrones."

STREAMING - From Deadline:  Jamie Foxx to star in and produce "The Burial" for Amazon Studios.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:   The network has introduced an edict that 50% of its casts for its unscripted shows must be Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) and it has committed that at least 25% of its annual unscripted development budget must go towards creators and producers that are BIPOC.

PRESIDENT - From NBCNews:  Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeats President Trump to win White House

From LATimes:  Kamala Harris makes history many times over as vice president-elect

From YahooNews: Read: President-elect Joe Biden's full victory speech

From YahooNews:  Read Kamala Harris' full speech after historic election win

From CNN:  The Moment When Networks Called The Presidential Race For Joe Biden

From Deadline:   Hollywood reacts to Joe Biden's victor over President Donald.

From YahooEntertainment:   Celebrities react to Joe Biden's victor over President Donald.

From YahooSports:  The NBA's Golden State Warriors celebrate Oakland native and Warriors' fan, Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris.

From CNN:   Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris' husband, Douglas Emhoff, will be the first male spouse of a vice-president.  He will also be the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice-president.


BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:   The winner of the 11/6 to 11/8/2020 weekend box office is "Let Him Go" with an estimated take of 4.1 million dollars.

TELEVISION - From YahooEntertainment:  Dave Chappelle addresses Trump, racism and the coronavirus in a powerful "SNL" monologue

MOVIES-SCANDAL - From CTVMontreal:   Dying for movies: Suicide highlights labour issues in Canada's visual effects sector.


From NFL:   American football player, Paul Hornung, has died at the age of 84, Friday, November 13, 2020.  Hornung was a legendary University of Notre Dame football player, where he was the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner.  In the NFL, he played for the Green Bay Packers from 1957 to 1966, where he won four NFL Championships, including being a member of the Packers team that won "The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game" (now known as "Super Bowl I).  Hornung was inducted into the "College Football Hall of Fame" in 1985 and the "Pro Football Hall of Fame" in 1896.

From Deadline:   Canadian-American television game show host, Alex Trebek, has died at the age of 80, Sunday, November 8, 2020 after his years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.  Trebek was best known for his tenure on the 1984 revival of the game show, "Jeopardy!"  Trebek hosted the show from 1984 to 2020 and won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the show out of the 31 times he was nominated during his career.  In 2011, Trebek received the Daytime Emmy "Lifetime Achievement Award."


From CDC:   The Centers for Disease Control has a "COVID Data Tracker."

From YahooNews:  Why does COVID-19 kill some people and hardly affects others?

From YahooNews:  Yahoo has a dedicated page of links updating news about COVID-19.

From Deadline:  The news site "Deadline" has a dedicated page for news about coronavirus and the film, TV, and entertainment industries.

From TheNewYorker:  The venerable magazine has a dedicate COVID-19 page free to all readers.

From YahooNews:  Re: the federal government's response to COVID-19: What if the most important election of our lifetime was the last one - 2016?

From YahooLife:  What is "happy hypoxia?"  And do you have this COVID-19 symptom?

From JuanCole:  Remember when President Donald went crazy and suggested that we ingest household cleaning supplies and UV light to fight COVID-19.  Here is the video and commentary from Juan Cole.

From TheIntercept:  The federal government has ramped up security and police-related spending in response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, including issuing contracts for riot gear, disclosures show. The purchase orders include requests for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, and riot gloves...

From TheAtlanticThe Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying. The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.

From ProPublica:  Hospital's Secret COVID-19 Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns

From TheGuardian:  More than 20 million Americans could have contracted COVID-19, experts say.

From RSN/WashPost:  The COVID-19 mutation that has taken over the world.

7/13 - From YahooSports:  Maybe a pandemic means that there will not be college football this fall.

7/13- From YahooNews:  The CDC adds four new symptoms (including nausea and purple or blue lesions on feet and toes) to the list of COVID-19 symptoms.

7/19 - From YahooFinance:  Harvard Public Health professor Dr. Howard Koh says the U.S. "needs to regroup" to find COVID-19.

7/22 - From YahooNews:  A public health employee predicted Florida's coronavirus catastrophe — then she was fired.

7/22 - From YahooLifestyle:  Florida mom loses son, 20, to coronavirus, and then days later, her daughter.

7/23 - From TheWrap:  The site has a list of movie and TV stars, entertainment and sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19

From Bloomberg:  Will the COVID-19 pandemic turn Millennials into socialists?

7/27 - From CNN:   Chief of critical care at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Costa, passes away due to Covid-19 complications... after treating the hospital's sickest COVID-19 patients.  He was 56 and leaves behind family, including a husband of 28 years.

7/31 - From Slate:  COVID-19 is airborne - for reals!

8/9 - From YahooAFP:  According to the real-time tally kept by John Hopkins University, the United States has hit 5 million cases of COVID-19.

8/16 - From Truthout: COVID Deaths Continue to Surge in Countries Led by Far Right Authoritarians

9/19 - From WashPost:  U.S. coronavirus death toll reaches 200,000

9/23 - From CNBC:  Mark Cuban, who owns the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and star of ABC's "Shark Tank," suggests that every household in American get a $1000 check every two weeks for the next two months.

9/28 - From Deadline:  John Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker reports that over 1 million people have died of COVID-19 worldwide.

10/2 - From YahooNews:  President Donald and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19.

10/26 -  From YahooFinance:  Walmart CEO detects a new wave a panic buying as consumers stock up for another surge in coronavirus cases.

11/5 - From CNN:  The US set a grim new Covid-19 record Thursday -- following a week marked by high case numbers -- surpassing 120,000 infections in a single day. 

11/7 - From YahooNews:  "It's a slaughter," doctors say of new coronavirus wave.

11/13 - YahooNews:  "We blew it": U.S. reaches 'explosive' COVID-19 spread as virus is nearly impossible to control, experts say


From RSN:   Judge's Blistering Opinion Says Courts Have Placed Police Beyond Accountability

From TheGuardian:  Yusef Salaam, one of the "Central Park Five," says in an interview, "Trump would have had me hanging from a tree in Central Park."

From NPR:  Prosecutors' plea deal required drug suspect to name Breonna Taylor a "co-defendant."

From ChicagoSunTimes:  Rev. Jesse Jackson: America has millions of people in poverty because Americans choose not to demand the policies that would lift them out of poverty.

From APNews:  No one will be held accountable for the killing of Louisville African-American resident, Breonna Taylor.

From Channel4:  Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016

From GuardianUK:  California is going to consider paying reparations to the descendants of African slaves after adopting a landmark law to study and to develop proposals around the issue.

From TheRoot:   What to Do When Your Country Turns Into a Dumpster Fire

From Vox:  It's True: 1 in 1,000 Black Americans Have Died in the Covid-19 Pandemic

From CBS:  Breonna Taylor's boyfriend certain cops didn't identify themselves

From DonaldTrump:  Well, because it has been in the news a lot lately (via Ice Cube and Li'l Wayne), here is "The Platinum Plan."  It is impressive, but no Republican Congress would go along with even 10 percent of this plan which is basically a long list of promises to the Black Americans - individually and as a group.

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Director's Guild Awards - Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wins for "The Revenant"

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the entertainment labor union that represents film and television directors.  The DGA gives out the Directors Guild of America Award each year to honor outstanding achievement.

Winners were announced at the 68th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The DGA Awards wias hosted by actor Jane Lynch.

2016 / 68th Annual DGA Award winners;

Feature Film

The Revenant
(20th Century Fox)

Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Ex Machina
Unit Production Manager: Sara Desmond
First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall‑Smith
Second Assistant Director: Ray Kenny

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Veep, “Election Night” (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries

Bessie (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Cartel Land
The Orchard; A&E Indie Films, Our Time Projects, The Documentary Group, Whitewater Films

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #325” (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods of War” (CMT)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

(Biscuit Filmworks)
Emily’s Oz, Comcast – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners NY
Time Upon A Once, General Electric – BBDO
Dad Song, Old Spice – Wieden + Kennedy

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

Descendants (Disney Channel)

Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction: JOE PYTKA

Commercial director Joe Pytka was honored with the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction in honor of his groundbreaking career.

Frank Capra Achievement Award: MARY RAE THEWLIS

Given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award: THOMAS McDERMOTT

Given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Negromancer News Bits and Bites for the Week of September 21st to September 27th, 2014 - Update #16


From YahooTV:  Information about some of the characters in the still-in-development Walking Dead spinoff.

From YahooCelebrity: George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin today, Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Italy.  The marriage will be made official in a civil ceremony on Monday.

From YahooTV:  "Gilligan's Island" is 50-years-old today.

From YahooScreen:  Apparently, there will be a third installment of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.  I don't like this movie, but strangely, I really loved Evan Dorkin's comic book adaptation of the film for Marvel Comics.

From InsideMovies:  Famously (infamously) reclusive writer, Thomas Pynchon, may make a cameo in Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of his novel, Inherent Vice.

From CinemaBlend:  "Taken 3" gets a new title, Tak3n... seriously.

From CinemaBlend:  A story about Kenan Thompson of "Saturday Night Live" and "What Up With That?"

From YahooNews:  Will Smith posts cute birthday pic of he and and wife, Jada.

From UPI:  Oscar-nominated actress, Kate Hudson, claims that she and mother, Oscar-winning legend, Goldie Hawn, can see ghosts.

From YahooCelebrityEmma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, delivers a stirring speech on gender equality before the United Nations on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

From TheHollywoodReporter:  New release, The Maze Runner, wins the September 19th to 21st, 2014 weekend box office with an estimated take of $32.5 million.

From the HuffingtonPostIdris Elba's tale of the vampire Nic Cage.

COMICS BOOKS - Books and Films:

From TheMotleyFool:  Five things you might not know about "Batman Vs. Superman."

From Inquisitr:  "Batman vs. Superman" cast member, Henry Lennix, says that fans of Frank Miller's seminal Batman graphic novel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, will be pleased about the 2016 film.

From VultureBryan Singer will direct "X-Men: Apocalypse" and an update on his legal trouble.

From CinemaBlend:  If he is in "Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice," what will Aquaman look like.

From YahooTVTV Guide on what works and doesn't work in "Gotham" (FOX affiliates - 8 Eastern/7Central, but check your local listings).


From InquisitrEpisode 7 concept art reveals a light sabre duel in a snowy forest

From CinemaBlend:  Storm Troopers may have a new look in Episode 7.

From IBTimes:  Five villains who may be in Episode 7.

From /FilmRoger Moore, James Bond and The Saint, talks about his Star Wars Episode 7 set visit.


From The Hollywood Reporter via YahooMoviesRichard Gere talks about playing a homeless man in "Time Out of Mind.

From YahooTV:  A review of Episode 1 of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 22

From TheVillageVoice:  An interview of Terry Gilliam for the release of his new film, Zero Theorem.


From 20th Century Fox:  New trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Art Directors Guild Nominations - Complete List

by Amos Semien

[Editor's note: Forgot to post this]

Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members.  Those ADG members work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers.  ADG’s ongoing activities include the ADG Awards, an annual Awards Banquet,

The film nominations are broken down into three categories: period film, fantasy film and contemporary film.  The TV nominations are broken down into the following categories: One-Hour Single Camera Television Series; Television Movie or Mini-Series; Half-Hour Single-Camera Television Series; Short Format, Live Action Series; Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series; and Awards, Music, or Game Shows.

The 18th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with comedian Owen Benjamin as the host.

At the 2014 ADG Awards, Martin Scorsese will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award, Rick Carter will receive the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva will be inducted into the ADG's Hall of Fame.

2014 / 18th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards (for the year in film and television 2013):  A complete list of nominees follows:


Period Film:
AMERICAN HUSTLE - Production Designer: Judy Becker
THE GREAT GATSBY - Production Designer: Catherine Martin
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS - Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
SAVING MR. BANKS - Production Designer: Michael Corenblith
12 YEARS A SLAVE - Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen

Fantasy Film:
ELYSIUM - Production Designer: Philip Ivey
GRAVITY - Production Designer: Andy Nicholson
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - Production Designer: Dan Hennah
OBLIVION - Production Designer: Darren Gilford
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - Production Designer: Scott Chambliss

Contemporary Film:
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY - Production Designer: David Gropman
BLUE JASMINE - Production Designer: Santo Loquasto
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS - Production Designer: Paul Kirby
HER - Production Designer: K.K. Barrett
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET - Production Designer: Bob Shaw


One-Hour Single Camera Television Series:

Production Designer: Bill Groom
Episode: Old Ship of Zion

Production Designer: Mark Freeborn
Episode: Felina

Production Designer: Donal Woods
Episode: 7

Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
Episode: Valar Dohaeris

Production Designer: Dan Bishop
Episode: The Better Half

Television Movie or Mini-Series:

Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Episode: Bitchcraft

Production Designer: Howard Cummings

Production Designer: Derek R. Hill
Episode: Night 1 & Night 2

Production Designer: Gregory Melton
Episode: A Guy Walks Into A Bar, Reason To Kill A Man

Production Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

Half-Hour Single Camera Television Series:

Production Designer: Dan Butts
Episode: The B. Team

Production Designer: Ray Yamagata
Episode: The Unforgiven

Production Designer: Richard Berg
Episode: The Wow Factor

Production Designer: Ian Phillips
Episode: London

Production Designer: Jim Gloster
Episode: Helsinki

Short Format, Live Action Series:

10,000 DAYS
Production Designer: Mimi Gramatky
Episode: Salvation or Destruction

Production Designer: Brian Kane
Episode: Pilot

Production Designer: Rachel Myers
Episode: The Truth Hurts

Production Designer: Stuart Blatt
Episode: 5

Production Designer: Andres Cubillan
Episode: Visions Of Whats To Come

Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series:

Production Designer: John Shaffner
Episode: The Bakersfield Expedition

Production Designer: Steve Olson
Episode: The Light House

Production Designer: Tyler Robinson
Episode: Missionaries

Production Designers:
Akira Yoshimura
Eugene Lee
Keith Ian Raywood
N. Joseph Detullio
Episode: Justin Timberlake/Justin Timberlake

Production Designers:
Anton Goss
James Pearse Connelly
Episode: Live Playoffs, Part 1

Awards, Music, or Game Shows:

Production Designer: Joe Stewart

Production Designer: Brian Stonestreet

Production Designer: Brian Stonestreet

Production Designer: Steve Bass

Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers

Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video:

Production Designer: Anastasia Masaro
Episode: Reflektor

Production Designer: Todd Cherniawsky
Episode: Epic Night Out

Production Designer: Tom Wilkins
Episode: The Getaway

Production Designer: Christopher Glass
Episode: Factory of Life

Production Designer: Richard Bridgland
Episode: Suit & Tie


Friday, February 24, 2012

Madonna's "W.E." Among Costume Designers Guild Award Winners

The Costume Designers Guild is an international group that represents motion picture, television, and commercial costume designers, assistant costume designers and costume illustrators. The Costume Designers Guild Awards began in 1999 to annually honor costume designers in Motion Pictures, Television, and Commercials.

The winners were for the 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced at an awards gala Tuesday, February 21, 2012.


Excellence in Contemporary Film:
WINNER * "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" – Trish Summerville

"Bridesmaids" – Leesa Evans and Christine Wada
"The Descendants" – Wendy Chuck
"Drive" – Erin Benach
"Melancholia" – Manon Rasmussen

Excellence in Period Film:
WINNER * "W.E." – Arianne Phillips

"The Artist" – Mark Bridges
"Jane Eyre " – Michael O'Connor
"The Help" – Sharen Davis
"Hugo" – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Fantasy Film:
WINNER * "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2" – Jany Temime

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" – Penny Rose
"Red Riding Hood" – Cindy Evans
"Thor" – Alexandra Byrne
"X-Men: First Class" – Sammy Sheldon

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries:
WINNER * "Downton Abbey" – Susannah Buxton

"The Kennedys" – Christopher Hargadon
"Mildred Pierce" – Ann Roth

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:
WINNER * "Glee" – Lou Eyrich and Jennifer Eve

"Modern Family" – Alix Friedberg
"Revenge" – Jill Ohanneson
"Saturday Night Live" – Tom Broecker and Eric Justian
"Sons of Anarchy" – Kelli Jones

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:
WINNER * "Boardwalk Empire" – John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani

"The Borgias" – Gabriella Pescucci
"Game of Thrones" – Michele Clapton
"Once Upon Time" – Eduardo Castro
"Pan Am (Series)" – Ane Crabtree

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design:
WINNER * Swiffer: "Country Dirt Cowgirl" – Roseanne Fiedler

Carl's Jr.: "Miss Turkey" – Francine Lecoultre
Dos Equis: "The Most Interesting Man in the World" – Julie Vogel

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Harry Potter" Wins Big at 2012 Art Directors Guild Awards

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) is an American labor union and also a branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) that represents motion picture and television professionals. Among the ADG’s sponsored activities are a film society and the Annual ADG Awards.

The ADG has announced the nominations for their 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The winners were announced Saturday, February 4, 2012.

16th Annual (2012) Excellence in Production Design Awards winners:

Period Film:
HUGO Production Designer: Dante Ferretti

Fantasy Film

Contemporary Film
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt

In addition, the guild
• presented a lifetime achievement award to Tony Walton
• inducted Robert Boyle, William Darling and Alfred Junge into its hall of fame

This year's Art Directors Guild Cinematic Imagery Award will be presented to the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, including producers David Heyman and David Barron; directors Christopher Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates; creator and author J.K. Rowling; screenwriters Steve Klove and Michael Goldenberg; production designer Stuart Craig; art director Neil Lamont; and set decorator Stephenie McMillan.


One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
"Boardwalk Empire" (Episode: 21) Production Designer: Bill Groom

Television Movie or Miniseries
"Mildred Pierce" Production Designer: Mark Friedberg

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series
"Modern Family" (Episode: Express Christmas) Production Designer: Richard Berg

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
"Saturday NIght Live" (Episode: host Justin Timberlake) Production Designers: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Leo Yoshimura, N. Joseph De Tullio

Awards, Music, or Game Shows
83rd Annual Academy Awards Production Designer: Steve Bass

Commercials and Music Videos:
"Activision: Call of Duty" (Episode: Modern Warfare 3) Production Designer: Neil Spisak

Friday, September 10, 2010

Saturday Night Live's Brand New Negro

I found this at's "Stay Tuned..." blog (which they got from the Washington Post):

NBC announced new Saturday Night Live cast members and one of them is Jay Pharoah, the first Black person added since 2003.  Pharoah is a 22-year-old comic from Chesapeake, Virginia who became an Internet sensation thanks to spoof videos that featured him doing dead-on impersonations of Denzel Washington, Charlie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy, among others.  Since Fred Armisen, who currently impersonates President Barack Obama, is leaving, is Pharoah SNL’s new Obama?