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The Emmys Updated List Of Winners

Early wins for Ted Lasso and Mare of Easttown may predict the whole evening, or may not. All of the winners, updating live. - The Hollywood Reporter

This Year’s Emmys Favor Mass Appeal

It's OK not to be artsy. (Wait, is it OK for award-winning TV to be popular and not artsy?) - Washington Post

In Film, People With Autism Are Often Depicted As Brilliant Or Exceptional

Think, of course, of Rain Man. Austistic folks say they would make some different choices. - The Guardian (UK)

Who Should Win The Emmys Tonight?

And who will win? - Los Angeles Times

A New Movie Revives A Surprisingly Old Genre: Black Westerns

Just as there really were African-Americans in the Old West, Westerns with Black casts (first shown to segregated audiences) were made from the 1930s through the Blaxploitation '70s and beyond. The latest example, The Harder They Fall, is fiction but depicts real historical figures. - The New York Times

Why This Filmmaker In Myanmar Is A Fugitive From The Junta

Director Na Gyi and his wife (and leading actor) would be in hiding even if their latest film weren't about a lesbian romance: they gave financial help to people striking against the coup. Here's a Q&A he gave from a safe house. - The Hollywood Reporter

Report: Hollywood Streaming Companies Hire More Women Than Traditional Studios

The long-running industry report card finds that in the 2020-21 television season, women accounted for 52% of major characters on streaming programs were women, while networks trailed behind with 45%. - Variety

Liv Ullman And Jessica Chastain On Playing The Same Role In ‘Scenes From A Marriage’ Five Decades Apart

"Forty-eight years after the original aired, Ullmann is still aghast at her character's decision to have a later-in-life affair with her ex-husband — 'In our version, I hated it!' she says — while Chastain sees it as 'free love,' something pure and beyond moral reproach." - New York Magazine

Public Radio Is Moving Into The ‘Urban Alternative’ Format

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is giving a total of $1.3 million to public stations in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Jackson, Mississippi to develop digital services offering "hip-hop/R&B music while remaining true to public radio's values." Similar channels are in place in Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Norfolk. - Inside Radio

Data’s In: Disney To Release All Its Movies In Theatres First

It comes after Disney's successful theatrical release this month of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. - BBC

‘Negotiated Authenticity’ — What Black Scriptwriters In Hollywood Have Always Been Expected To Provide

That's how one screenwriter describes the unspoken task she and her Black colleagues usually face: "it's still white people determining what the Black experience is and then hiring Black writers to 'authenticate' it." Hannah Giorgis looks at those expectations and how Black writers handle them. - The Atlantic

Yep, Too Much TV Really Will Shrink Your Brain, Researchers Find

A professor at Johns Hopkins found that middle-aged people who watched an above-average amount of television lost volume in the frontal cortex. (The Guardian's TV critic insists, however, that this can't be true if what you're watching is good, intelligent material.) - The Guardian

How Movies Changed In Response to 9/11

If the terrorist attacks had appeared like a movie, then the immediate response of Hollywood was that films released in the aftermath of the event should not be too much like 9/11. - The Conversation

LA’s New Movie Museum Has A Weird Omission: Music

The studios, of course, have a long and famous history of cluelessness when it comes to soundtracks. They’ve tossed countless original scores into the trash to reduce clutter. - Los Angeles Times

The Podcast About The Book Reporting On The Massive Flop That Was Bonfire Of The Vanities

Julie Salamon's book stunned the country - especially Hollywood. It "portrayed the world of big-budget studio filmmaking as a high-stakes battle, in which three mercurial factions — the artists, the executives and the audience — are ever at odds with themselves and each other." - The New York Times

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