This morning, the nominations for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced. This is the ceremony where Hollywood’s actors nominate their own, ultimately voting on the winners. This year’s roster features quite the diverse array of performances across film and television…and suggests who may be suiting up for the Oscars in a few months.
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The long march through awards season continues today with the announcement of the 24th Critics Choice Awards nominations. It might seem predictable that a period film like The Favourite came out on top of the pack with 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and nominations for the three stars, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, you might be surprised that the Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther wasn’t far behind with 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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The American Film Institute, the film school and film history organization famous for alumni like Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Terrence Malick, and David Lynch, has announced the honorees of this year’s AFI Awards. The organization voted on ten movies and ten television series that are “artistically significant” and represent “the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image”, and the winners include movies like If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, and shows like Atlanta and Barry. But they also honored a couple of surprises in each category, too. Read More »
HBO knows you want more Barry and Silicon Valley, and they’re going to give it to you. The network has officially renewed the two comedy shows for another season.
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Imagine you’re staring down the barrel of a gun, and the man pulling the trigger is the guy who played Stefon on Saturday Night Live. Of course in the world of Barry, no one knows Bill Hader from TV and he’s playing Barry, a professional hitman. On a job in L.A., Barry discovers an acting class taught by Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) and decides he wants to give up the killing business to explore this new field. Suffice it to say, the hitman is not a business you leave by simply giving your two weeks notice.
Hader and Silicon Valley producer Alec Berg created Barry. They spoke with /Film about the dark, violent crime comedy. Barry premieres Sunday, March 25 on HBO after the season premiere of Silicon Valley.
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On Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader made his name as a ham. And a good one. As the show’s resident master of impressions (maybe the best the long-running series has ever seen), he was a key supporting player, the goofball who could conjure up an iconic figure with seemingly little effort, the wacky spice injected into any ordinary situation to get you giggling. Hader was always at his best when he was being silly.
So perhaps the most surprising thing about Hader’s new HBO series, Barry, is that he’s not silly at all. In fact, he’s downright withdrawn, playing a character so internalized, anxious and downbeat that the mere act of interacting with other human beings looks like a trial. The second most surprising thing about the show is that Hader’s Barry is an icy killer, a hitman who is ruthless and efficient and damn good at his job.
But what’s least surprising about all of of this is that Hader is terrific. He always is. We all knew he could be funny. What we didn’t know is that he could play the stone-faced straight man to a wacky universe of characters. It’s a thrilling, generous performance, one that lets the supporting cast shine at every opportunity.
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Bill Hader is returning to Saturday Night Live to host the late night sketch series that kickstarted his career next month, and that’s mostly because he has a new HBO show to promote.
Barry features Bill Hader in a new dark comedy series with shades of Dexter. The show sees the comedian playing a hitman whose most recent job brings him into an acting class to track his target. But as we see in the new Barry trailer, this assassin for hire finds himself bitten by the acting bug, feeling alive and passionate when he gets on stage and pretends to be someone else. But will he be able to balance his love for acting and a job that has him killing people all the time? Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, go behinds the scenes of HBO’s upcoming hitman comedy series Barry starring Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader. Plus, see how the script for WALL-E compares to what ended up on the screen, and see all of the Oscar nominees from this year assemble for the annual luncheon photo. Read More »
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We cover so much stuff here at /Film, but sometimes a trailer slips through the cracks. That’s where a trailer round-up comes in handy! This latest trailer roundup features the biblical epic Samson, the new HBO series Barry, the horror sequel/reboot Victory Crowley, the Sundance film Pity, May It Last, a documentary about the Avett Brothers, and the comedy The Female Brain.
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Ever felt like you need a career change? So does Barry, a low-rent assassin who finds a new calling: acting! Bill Hader stars in the upcoming HBO comedy series as a hitman-turned-actor, with a cast that includes Henry Winkler and Stephen Root. Hader directs the series, which will arrive on HBO next year. The first Barry trailer gives us a very quick look at the series.
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