HBO and Sky drama Chernobyl was a double winner at the Rose D'Or awards. The event, which was held in London and presented by Lenny Henry, awarded The Golden Rose Award to the Sister Pictures-produced limited series, which also picked up the best drama award, ahead of Killing Eve, Succession, Years and Years, 8 Days and Escape at Dannemora. The Studio Entertainment award was won by BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Big Show, with the Comedy category going to Canadian series Baroness von Sketch Show and the Comedy Drama and Sitcom to Spanish series Arde Madrid. Orphans of a Nation, the Brazilian drama from Globo, won in the Soaps and Telenovelas category, while the Children and Youth award was presented to Norwegian series ZombieLars, which pairs slapstick gags with social commentary. The Reality and Factual Entertainment category was won by BBC2's The Repair Shop, the Arts category was a win for Holland's The Greenaway Alphabet, from acclaimed filmmaker Peter Greenaway. The award for Social Media Video Series was presented to Dutch series Swipe, a seven-part drama series focusing on the unforeseen influence of smartphones on young adults, told from the perspectives of their phones.
The disappearance of Flight MH370 is being turned into a drama mini-series by French broadcaster France Televisions. The six-part series is produced by Alef One, headed up by Riviera producer Nora Melhli, and will be distributed by Banijay Rights. It will explore the biggest mystery in aviation history, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which in 2014 was lost somewhere over the South China Sea carrying 239 passengers. Gilles Bannier The Tunnel wil showrun with Tim Loane Versailles and Laurent Mercier The Club set as writers. Nadine Nohr is co-executive producer for the series, which is shot mainly in English and is based on the novel by Ghyslain Wattrelos, who lost his wife and two of his three children in the tragedy and the book by Florence de Changy, the journalist, who investigated the disappearance.
The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild SAG Awards will air on a slew of international networks after Alfred Haber Distribution closed a number of deals. The show, which will air on TNT and TBS in the U.S. on Sunday, January 19, 2020, will air internationally on Corus Canada, BAM Asia Southeast Asia, Foxtel Australia, Turner Germany, and Dubai One Middle East. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills Productions is teaming with Avalon Harbor Entertainment to produce the awards with Hayes, Milliner and Kathy Connell set as executive producers. “Established as one of the world's premier film and television awards show events, the SAG Awards promises an unforgettable evening of laughter, surprises, drama and excitement, not to mention the world's biggest stars,” said Alfred Haber.
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Just a little more than two weeks to go until the big night on February 9, and a key moment will happen Saturday when the winner of the all-too-Oscar-predictive DGA Award will be announced at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles. If it is Sam Mendes for 1917, it will likely cap a huge night for that film as cinematographer Roger Deakins is expected to win handily at the ASC Awards ceremony across town at the same time. A win would make him and the picture instant frontrunners for the Oscar.
On the other hand, if it is Parasite's Bong Joon-Ho it will immediately spark comparisons to last year, when another Foreign Language film, Roma, won for its director Alfonso Cuarón who returns to present the prize tomorrow, but it won't instantly make Parasitea slam dunk for the Best Picture Oscar.Roma, after all, eventually lost to Green Book.It would, however, make Bong the frontrunner for the Best Director Oscar that Cuarón also went on to win; only seven times since the award's inception in 1949 has the DGA winner differed from the eventual Oscar Directing winner.
If it is Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it will put that film back in the game big time after losses at the PGA which went to1917 and for the SAG cast award which went to Parasite. If it is Taika Waititi forJojo Rabbit, it will throw the whole race into chaos since he is the one DGA nominee this year not also nominated for the Oscar for Best Director. That wouldn't be unprecedented as it has happened a few times in the past where the DGA winner was not even nominated for an Oscar in the category including Steven Spielberg for The Color Purple,Ron Howard forApollo 13,and Ben Affleck forArgo.However Waititi isn't nearly as well known as that trio so it would be a shocker and certainly boostJojo'schances in Best Picture.
If it is Martin Scorsese forThe Irishmanit will immediately revive that Netflix film's chances after having a bad run at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG , and PGA awards. Scorsese is beloved and has been nominated 12 times at DGA, winning three forThe Departedin movies, and an episode ofBoardwalk Empirein TV, as well as the 2003 Life Achievement Award. If he does win he won't be there as reps for the director say he is staying in New York for personal reasons but will participate via Skype for the symposium with the other nominees Saturday morning, and tape an acceptance for his Medallion that is given for the nomination. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci the latter otherwise absent on the circuit this entire season will present to Scorsese.
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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, an explosive engineer and special effects expert review some big explosions from movies like The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado and more. Plus, check out a visual effects breakdown from the award-winning HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and listen as Guy Pearce breaks down some of his most memorable roles, including Memento, Iron Man 3 and more.
First up, Vanity Fair had explosives engineer and professor Paul Worsey and special effects supervisor Tassilo Baur take a look at explosion scenes from movies to analyze them from both an engineering perspective and a filmmaking perspective. For example, did you know that shrapnel and frag are two different kinds of explosive debris used in grenades? Find out more interesting facts as they look at The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado, Batman Returns and more.
Next up, DNEG walks us through the visual effects work they did on the HBO series Chernobyl. The VFX supervisor Max Dennison guides us through some of the 550 shots they created for the series, including the design of the reactor #4 building inside and out, developing complex destruction and smoke simulations, creating CG vehicles like cars and helicopters, and animating crowds.
Finally, Guy Pearce can currently be seen in Bloodshot coming soon to VOD far ahead of the usual schedule, so he sat down with GQ to look back at some of his most memorable characters. Listen as he reminisces about starring in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, LA Confidential, The Hurt Locker, Iron Man 3, Prometheus, and more.