The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney Joins The Flash as Bug-Eyed Bandit

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The villain roster of The CW’s “The Flash” continues to grow as PUNKD Images has learned that former “The Walking Dead” star Emily Kinney has joined the cast as Bug-Eyed Bandit.

Originally appearing as an Atom villain, Bug-Eyed Bandit was created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane in 1966 where he controlled insects to do his bidding. The character’s name in the source material was Bertram Larvan, but Kinney’s character in the series will be named Brie Larvan.

 “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 P.M. EST on The CW.

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Will ‘Arrow’ Ever Crossover with ‘Supergirl’ or ‘Gotham’?

Feb 9, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

The DC Comics universe has never been bigger on the small screen, with Arrow and The Flash currently airing on The CW, Gotham on Fox, Constantine wrapping up its first season on NBC and CBS developing Supergirl. We reported last month that a crossover between Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl is likely, since Greg Berlanti serves as executive producer on all three shows, even though Supergirl airs on a completely different network, but no exact details for this crossover have been revealed. During an appearance at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days, Arrow star Stephen Amell addressed the possibility of crossing over with Supergirl and Constantine, but adds that it would be “tough” to pull off a Gotham crossover.

“It would be interesting. I was saying this earlier. It would be interesting to cross over with Constantine, only because he knows a lot about the Lazarus Pit, which is something that we’ve introduced in the show this year. It would be cool to crossover with Supergirl because it’s something with Greg Berlanti, who’s the helmer and sort of the brain trust or the center of the brain trust of Arrow and The Flash and I know so many of the people that are involved in the production of that show so that would be really interesting. And Gotham would be a tough one, just because I think they’re out in a different time but the crossover with The Flash was so much fun and did so well that I can’t imagine a world — a universe, no pun intended — where that didn’t happen and continue to happen all the time.”

Of course, no plans are in place yet for a crossover with Constantine or Gotham, especially since Constantine is facing an uncertain future. We reported yesterday that the show may be re-branded as Hellblazer and move to the Syfy network for Season 2, but those plans are not set in stone yet. It should be noted that neither Gotham or Constantine have any connection to The CW shows except that they come from the DC Comics universe, and they don’t share the same executive producers like Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. It’s also worth noting that CBS does own half of The CW Network, which would make a crossover between Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl even more plausible. Though, CBS network chairman Nina Tassler shot down reports of a crossover last month. If Supergirl does well, that could all change. What do you think about Stephen Amell‘s comments? Are you looking forward to Arrow crossing over with Supergirl?

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Lionsgate Buys US Rights to Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

The Hollywood ReporterMel Gibson has revealed that Lionsgate is in final talks for North American rights to Hacksaw Ridge, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson’s next outing as a director which will star Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man films).

First announced back in November, this marks the fifth film behind the camera for Gibson (The Passion of The Christ, Apocalypto), telling the true WWII story of Corporal Desmond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor after acts of bravery and sacrifice saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa.

Hacksaw Ridge is scripted by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, the latter of whom wrote Braveheart for Gibson and directed him in the Vietnam film We Were Soldiers. Terry Benedict, Bill Mechanic, Steve Longi and David Permut are all attached to produce, with a reported budget of $45 million dollars.



Joan Rivers Wins Her First Grammy, Get The Details

It’s been a little over five months since the passing of legendary comedian and fashionista, Joan Rivers. But her legacy continues to live on as Hollywood and the media play tribute to the famed personality and all she has done for comedy. Even now, her success and talent is being recognized, as the late Joan Rivers just scored a Grammy for her hilarious memoir entitled “Diary of a Mad Diva”.

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The Poster for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

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FilmNation Entertainment today revealed the poster for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, which will will have its World Premiere in the Competition Programme at the 65th Berlin Film Festival today.

The film stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Terese Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and the voice of Ben Kingsley.

Knight of Cups is described as follows:

Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.

Rick’s (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy.

The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?

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‘SpongeBob’s $56M Pair Of Pants; ‘Jupiter’ $19M, ‘Seventh Son’ $7.1M – Sunday B.O. First Update

FIRST UPDATE SUNDAY: Refresh for updates  Paramount is reporting a super $56M weekend The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water at 3,641 theatersMeanwhile, Warner Bros/Village Roadshow experienced a ying-yang situation in slots two and three at the B.O. with American Sniper continuing to just plow through most new wide entries (except SpongeBob) with a 21% dip in its seventh weekend for $24.16M and a running cume of $282.3M.  Though the studio’s Jupiter Ascending came in just a $1M shy of its $20M projection, it’s not a good enough start for what sources are telling me cost $205M-$210M.  Meanwhile, Universal/Legendary’s Seventh Son ranked fourth at the lower end of projected expectations with $7.1M.

Jupiter was bolstered by 3D and IMAX which respectively made up 52% and 11.5% ($2.2M) of its weekend ticket sales.  Though the film drew a B- CinemaScore, better than the C+ the Wachowskis’ earned on Cloud Atlas, it earned a B+ among the under 18 set.  Warner Bros. will be releasing their foreign results later, but the only prayer this film has at breaking even is overseas.  Warner Bros. knowing the Wachowskis’ appeal abroad (Cloud Atlas did make close to 4x its domestic $27.1M abroad with $103.4m), greenlit this with the hope, like any big film, that foreign would always serve as insurance. Interestingly enough, the No. 1 reason in exit polls why moviegoers shelled out for the film was because of its genre, followed second by stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Jupiter attracted mostly older males with guy/girl ratio being 57%/43% and the over/under 25 being 82%/18%.

PREVIOUS, EARLY SATURDAY 1:45 AM: Insiders this weekend have nicknamed it the battle of the fanboy bombs, as both Warner Bros.’ Wachowski siblings’ “Cinderella in Space” VFX mashup Jupiter Ascending and Universal’s Legendary release Seventh Son are drowning under the weight of Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. After a super $14.3M in Friday industry estimates, SpongeBob is now expected to post a $53.1M weekend; a whopping 66% increase over his $32M big-screen bow in November 2004. Should SpongeBob stay on track, he’ll own the second-highest opening for an animated film in February behind last year’s The LEGO Movie ($69.1M) and the fifth highest FSS for the month.

american sniper 45Despite Jupiter’s stateside bombing, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow can still relish Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which shows no sign of slowing down. Its $6M Friday estimate is pointing toward a second place FSS haul of $22.5M, off 38% in its seventh frame. As we reported earlier, American Sniper should fly past $280M by Sunday. With two weeks to go til the Oscars, American Sniper and Weinstein Co.’s The Imitation Game remain the only two Best Picture-nominees left in the top 10 B.O., with the Alan Turing biopic set on raising its stateside cume to close to $75M by Sunday.

jupiter ass 2Even with the 3D ticket price upcharge, both Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son are tracking below their respective original weekend projections of $20M and $7-$10M. Jupiter looks to earn $18.4M in third, while Seventh Son should settle for $6.68M in fourth. Jupiter made an estimated $6.7M on Friday while Seventh Son took $2.27M. According to CinemaScore, no one failed: All three wide entries received above-average grades. SpongeBob has the highest with a B, but its grosses are obviously besting its grade. Jupiter and Seventh Son both scored B-.  Within the Wachowski canon, Jupiter’s CinemaScore is a tad better than Cloud Atlas’ C+, but below the B+ earned by the siblings’ 2005 produced effort V for Vendetta, and the shocking A- earned by 2008’s Speed Racer. If Jupiter‘s grosses stay on track, its FSS won’t be that far from Speed Racer‘s bow of $18.6M. That $120M disaster made a little more than 2x its opening with a domestic cume of $43.9M.

While fanboy fare is typically front-loaded at the weekend box office with declining daily ticket sales over the three days, the Wachowskis’ titles typically go up on a Saturday night (Cloud Atlas even went up 9% from Friday to Saturday while Speed Racer rose 18% from its $6.2M Friday and V for Vendetta increased a similar percent from its $8.7M Friday). On the Tomatometer, SpongeBob has been a critics’ fave at 74% fresh, while Jupiter has 22% rotten and Seventh Son has 10% rotten.

Below is the weekend’s Top 10 per industry estimates for the Feb. 6-8:

1). The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water* (Par), 3,641 theaters  / $14.3M Fri. / 3-Day: $53.1M/ Wk 1

2). American Sniper (WB), 3,885 theaters (0)/ $6M Fri. (-38%) /3-Day: $22.5M (-27%)/Total cume: $280.5M/ Wk 7

3). Jupiter Ascending* (WB), 3,181 theaters  / $6.7M Fri. / 3-Day: $18.4M/ Wk 1

4). Seventh Son* (UNI), 2,875 theaters  / $2.27M Fri. / 3-Day: $6.68M/ Wk 1

5/6). Paddington (TWC), 2,888 theaters (-415) / $1.1M Fri. (-42%) / 3-Day: $5.3M (-36%) / Total cume: $57.2M /Wk 4

Project Almanac (Par), 2,900 theaters (+7) / $1.5M Fri. (-52%)/ 3-Day: $5.3M (-36%)/ Total cume: 15.8M/Wk 2

7). The Imitation Game (TWC), 1,963 theaters (-439) / $1.27M Fri. (-21%) / 3-Day: $4.66M (-7%)/Total cume: $74.6M / Wk 11

8). Black or White (REL), 1,823 theaters (0)  / $1.3M Fri. (-41%)/ 3-Day: $4.6M (-26%) / Total cume: 13.1M/Wk 2

9). The Wedding Ringer (Sony), 2,138 theaters (-682)/ $1.3M Fri. (-32%) / 3-Day: $4.5M (-20%)/ Total cume: $54.8M /Wk 4

10). The Boy Next Door (UNI), 2,193 theaters  (-422)/ $1.17M Fri. (-45%)/ 3-Day: $3.9M (-36%)/ Total cume: $30.6M/Wk 3

*includes Thursday previews

In the days leading up to Jupiter‘s release, the film received little social media tubthumping from its core cast and creators on their individual accounts (actress Tuppence Middleton did retweet the iTunes featurette posted on the @wbpictures Twitter).  Social media monitor RelishMix noticed how star Channing Tatum’s 17M FB and 6.8M TW accounts are clouded over by love for the actor’s upcoming summer film MagicMikeXXL and the Oscar-nominated Foxcatcher. Mila Kunis is completely unplugged from any social media, however, she fielded fans’ questions on Tuesday about the Wachowskis’ film via the @wbpictures Twitter account with the #AskMila. Jupiter co-director/writer Lana Wachowski’s last Tweet was #JeSuisCharlie on Jan. 17. In regards to Seventh Son, star Julianne Moore retweeted a few studio promo tweets and articles in the last week, while Jeff Bridges has been more passionate, tweeting original on-the-set photographs (for anyone keeping count, this is the duo’s first reteam since their 1998 cult pic The Big Lebowski).

Both Jupiter and Seventh Son suffered release date changes, plagued by VFX delays. I fielded calls yesterday from several sources regarding the production costs for both; that they’re significantly higher than what was originally floated.  I’m now hearing $190M $205M-$210M for Jupiter and $105M-$110M for Seventh Son. Nonetheless, risk has been spread around.  Sources tell me that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow each handled 40% of the cost of Jupiter with 20% being kicked in by Warner Bros’ pact with RatPac-Dune Entertainment (which is a passive deal whereby the entity doesn’t select which films it co-finances).  Legendary mitigated its production cost on Seventh Son with China Film Group and rolled out the film abroad before domestic, generating $82M from 48 territories.

Unlike last weekend when Paramount’s creative marketing initiatives didn’t translate into a solid opening for its teen-targeted sci-fi pic Project Almanac –which made an estimated $1.5M in its second Friday at 2,900 on track for an industry projected $5.3M weekend (-36%, total cume $15.3M) – the studio’s promos for SpongeBob have clearly clicked at the box office.

Highlights from SpongeBob’s marketing campaign include its Super Bowl pre-game TV spot as well as a custom integration with the Puppy Bowl. Paramount effectively placed promos in each of the broadcast network’s top rated programs including ABC’s The Bachelor, Scandal, Modern Family and the premiere of Fresh Off The Boat; CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls; CW’s The Flash and Vampire Diaries and Fox’s American Idol.

sponge on runThis week there were SpongeBob-themed games, editorial and video across highly trafficked websites including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and kid gaming portals Roblox and Poptropica. A Yahoo! homepage takeover Thursday engaged 50M+ fans. Social takeovers included a Facebook Reach Block, Twitter Promoted Trend and a sponsored Instagram Video that reached 45M+ fans. The custom app, SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run has maintained top placement within the iTunes App store since its launch.

Elsewhere on the charts, Relativity’s Kevin Costner headliner racial drama Black or White is looking at a Friday take of $1.3M at 1,823 theaters, with a second FSS of $4.6M, off 26% for a projected 10-day cume of $13.1M.

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY, 12:30 PM: Per industry-reported noon estimates, Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie is looking to win Friday and the weekend with respective takes of $8.75M and $35.2M at 3,641 theaters. Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Jupiter Ascending is expected to take second today with an estimated $7M at 3,181, but could get beat by American Sniper for the weekend, with the Wachowskis’ sci-fi film nabbing $19.6M and the Clint Eastwood film taking $22.1M  at 3,885 with its domestic cume expected to hit $280M by Sunday. Sniper looks to make $6.1M today. In fourth place, Universal/Legacy’s Seventh Son is projected to make $2.75M at 2,875 with $7.8M for FSS.  All Thursday preview figures will be rolled into Friday B.O. results.

jupiter ascending 2PREVIOUS, FRIDAY, 11:30 AM: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow collected a decent portion of the Thursday night box office between its Jupiter Ascending preview, which made $1M, and its reigning champ American Sniper which filed No. 1 for the night with $2.5M at 3,885 locations. Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie in 3D sneaked in more than 2,300 theaters, soaking up $560K, ranking behind Relativity’s Black Or White which was third behind Jupiter with $571K.

RelishMix, which monitors social media for films, notes that most of Jupiter Ascending‘s engagement on YouTube comes from international posts and reposted materials. Despite Jupiter‘s exorbitant $179M cost, rival distribs have noticed how the film’s marketing has increased tracking in recent weeks. However, even if Jupiter posts a $20M-$30M bow, that’s not enough to sustain a film of this magnitude.

Meanwhile, SpongeBob‘s social media has been spurred by the Super Bowl with 8.2M across YouTube, Facebook and Twitter from last weekend’s first-quarter game spot. Social activity per RelishMix leading up to opening has grown 9X. The Annoying Orange channel (4M subs), a beloved destination for kids, dropped a SpongeBob trailer last week where the Orange characters threw barbs at the screen.  It has collected over a half million views so far:

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PREVIOUS, FRIDAY, 10 AM:  Universal’s The Seventh Son from Legendary posted $295,000 from 1,983 theaters last night. The film, which is reported at a net cost of $95M, isn’t expected to wow this weekend with a $7M-$10M opening. Recent male-demo fare — read Taken 3, Fury and even Exodus: Gods And Kings — have cleared $1M-plus in their Thursday previews, indicating weekend hauls of at least $20M.

Social media tracking for Seventh Son has been light, with 4,000 views per video on YouTube. Only one Seventh Son video (via the JoBlo YouTube channel) has daily views of 20K, and it was posted 18 months ago. Already, Legendary has reportedly taken a writedown on Seventh Son in the wake of the Michael Mann disaster Blackhat; however, brighter days are ahead with the film finance company’s share of Uni’s mega franchise Jurassic World.

Paramount’s Nickelodeon film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water is expected to rule with a FSS in the mid $30Ms, while Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s pricey Jupiter Ascending is hoping to grab those guys skipping Seventh Son, for a three-day of $20M.

PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY: While Paramount’s Nickelodeon film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is expected to unseat Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s reigning champ American Sniper for the top spot at the B.O. with a three-day of $35M, the more interesting rivalry is the competition between too costly fanboy pics: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s $179M sci-fi Jupiter Ascending (in 3,150 venues) and Universal/Legendary’s $95M Seventh Son (in 2,873).  All of these weekend’s wide entries will be propped by 3D ticket prices, with Jupiter getting a boost from IMAX.

jupiter ascending posterDistrib analysts expect the Wachowski sibling directed Jupiter Ascending to overpower Seventh Son, $20M to $7-10M in weekend ticket sales.  They’ve even praised Warner Bros. for executing a solid marketing campaign that has increased awareness on a week-to-week basis with its action TV spots and its harlequin sci-fi book cover-like one sheets of stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. While males over/under 25 were always the target for Jupiter, one rival distribution chief exclaimed, “Bravo for Warner Bros., they’ve been able to attract three quadrants along with young females which are very hard to draw into a sci-fi film.”

Related‘Seventh Son’ A Costly Dependent For Legendary

But the irony is that Seventh Son, which isn’t expected to wow stateside,  is arguably in a slightly better position financially than Jupiter which has tall odds against it due to its exorbitant budget and bad reviews at 37% rotten on the Tomatometer (Seventh Son has even registered on the site yet).  Even though Legendary will take a writedown on Seventh Son, it could come up with less bruises than Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow on Jupiter. A film of Jupiter‘s magnitude and budget requires a domestic opening of $65M-plus to stay alive, which will be challenging in the wake of American Sniper and before next weekend’s 50 Shades of Grey. Unlike Jupiter, seventh sonSeventh Son will not be completely defined by its U.S. gross.  Universal has already released the Jeff Bridges-Julianne Moore fantasy film abroad racking up $82M in 48 territories — $26M coming from China alone — with 15 countries left in its release schedule through March.  Legendary further mitigated the cost of the film through financing with China Film Group and could see a global take of $150M. Seventh Son opened No. 1 in 14 territories and was the highest Universal opening of all-time in Ukraine. Legendary’s deal with Seventh Son is similar to that of Blackhat: the film was already in production before Legendary signed with Universal, and the studio is releasing the title as part of its deal with the financier. Originally, Warner Bros. was set to release Seventh Son two years ago, Feb. 15, 2013, followed by three release date changes. The film was delayed by the bankruptcy of VFX house Rhythm & Hues, with Legendary forking over $4.9M to get the shots completed for an October 2013 release.

jupiter ascendingJupiter is opening day and date around the world except for Australia, China and Japan. The film’s saving grace could come in Russia this weekend and China on March 8, two countries which embraced the Wachowskis’ last $102M spectacle Cloud Atlas, where that film minted respectively in each country $17M and $28M, repping 45% of its $103M overseas haul.  Philosophically dense with myriad plotlines and characters, Cloud Atlas crashed at the domestic B.O. with $27M. Jupiter originally was scheduled to bow last year on July 18, but was moved to this weekend as the film required extra VFX work.

RelatedThe Wachowskis Talk To Deadline About ‘Cloud Atlas’

Sponge Out of Water marks the Nick character’s second outing on the big screen since his 2004 pre-Thanksgiving entry The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie which bowed to $32M (and finaled at $85.4M domestic). DreamWorks Animation’s $132M Penguins of Madagascar underperformed at the domestic B.O. last November as families opted not to shell out for a cartoon they could watch at home. Sponge Out of Water offers more than a regular at home viewing with the cartoon characters getting a CGI makeover (with a production cost of $74M) and intermingling in a live-action setting ala Roger Rabbit.  Already Sponge Out of Water has made $8M in five foreign territories with Brazil and Spain among the big countries this weekend.  SpongeBob’s foreign release through Sunday represents approximately 36% of its ultimate international footprint.

SpongeBob is opening up at a time just prior to school winter vacations ramping up.  While only 1% of those kids K-12 and colleges are out this Monday per Rentrak Theatrical, that figure will climb to 15% by next Friday. Last year during the first weekend of February, Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie posted a record bow for animated film in February with an amazing FSS of $69.1M.


New Photos from Focus, Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released new photos Focus which you can view in the gallery below!

Starring Will Smith (I Am Legend, Men in Black) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time), the February 27 release was written and directed by the Crazy, Stupid, Love pair of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Focus follows Nicky (Smith), a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame–now an accomplished femme fatale–shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.

Although Focus marks the first onscreen pairing of Margot Robbie and Will Smith, they’re already set for a second major big screen project together as Warner Bros. Pictures has recruited both stars for David Ayer’s DC Comics antihero team-up, Suicide Squad. In that film, Robbie will play Harley Quinn and Smith will play Deadshot.

Focus also stars Rodrigo Santoro (300, The Last Stand) and Gerald McRaney (The Best of Me, “Longmire”).



Winners of the 67th Annual DGA Awards

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The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2014 were announced Saturday tonight during the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Actor Jane Lynch hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): DGA President Paris Barclay; Chadwick Boseman; Pierce Brosnan; Glen Charles; Les Charles; Bradley Cooper; Alfonso Cuarón; Julie Delpy; Jodie Foster; Taraji P. Henson; January Jones; Michael Mann; Lea Michele; Don Mischer; Bill Murray; Katey Sagal; Steven Spielberg; Barbra Streisand; and DGA First Vice President Betty Thomas.

The winners of the 2014 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Directors: Amy Lauritsen, Tim Price
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Gabrielle Mahon
Location Manager: Joaquin Prange

This is Mr. Iñárritu’s first DGA Feature Film Award and third DGA nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He also won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
“Homeland,” “From A to B and Back Again” (Showtime)

Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Angela Phillips, Michael Klick
First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall Smith
Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Ms. Glatter’s second DGA Award and fifth nomination. She previously won in this category in 2009 for “Mad Men,” “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.” She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for “Homeland” episodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for “Twin Peaks,” “Episode 32006.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
“Transparent,” “Best New Girl” (Amazon Prime)

Ms. Soloway’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
First Assistant Director: Bill Purple
Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Vogt

This is Ms. Soloway’s first DGA Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)

Ms. Cholodenko’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: David Coatsworth
First Assistant Director: Jesse Nye
Second Assistant Director: Mark Constance
Second Second Assistant Director: Elizabeth MacSwan

This is Ms. Cholodenko’s first DGA Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Episode #1? (NBC)

Mr. Diomedi’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Maureen Smith, Mark Jankeloff
Stage Managers: Nicka Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny

This is Mr. Diomedi’s first DGA Award and second nomination. He was nominated in this category last year for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “#799.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
“The 68th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio?Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Seth Mellman, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

This is Mr. Weiss’s sixth DGA Award and twelfth nomination. He was also nominated this year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, together with Rob Ashford, for “Peter Pan Live!” He previously won the DGA Award in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the 61st, 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He was also nominated in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
“The Chair,” “The Test” (Starz)

This is Mr. Sacco’s second DGA Award and third nomination. He previously won in this category in 2006 for “Treasure Hunters,” “Episode #101” and was nominated in 2007 for “Project Runway,” “Fashion Giant #403.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
“100 Things To Do Before High School,” “Pilot” (Nickelodeon)

Mr. Judge’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Debra Spidell
First Assistant Director: Julian Petrillo
Second Assistant Director: Katey Wheelhouse
Second Second Assistant Director: Ceci Mak

This is Mr. Judge’s first DGA Award and third nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2013 for “Swindle” and in 2012 for “Camp Fred.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Sapeurs, Guinness ? AMV BBDO
First Assistant Director: Bob Wilkins

Waiting, FEMA ? Deutsch NY
First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
Second Assistant Director: Rafa Sanz

This is Mr. Fuglsig’s second DGA Award. He previously won in this category in 2007 for Tipping Point (Guinness), It’s Magic (JC Penney), and Journey (Motorola).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Praxis Films
Participant Media
HBO Documentary Films
Bertha Foundation | BRITDOC Circle | Channel 4
Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR
Bayerischer Rundfunk BR
Deutscher Filmförderfonds

This is Ms. Poitras’s first DGA Award nomination.

Lifetime Achievement & Service Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction

Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction

James Burrows and Robert Butler were honored with the DGA’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction, in honor of each director’s groundbreaking career. The new award, created by the DGA’s National Board of Directors last year, joins the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction in being the two highest creative honors bestowed by the DGA. The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Television Direction are nominated by a blue ribbon committee of prominent television directors and approved by the present and past presidents of the Guild.

Frank Capra Achievement Award

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

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

First-time Feature Film Director Award Announced

In a surprise announcement, Steven Spielberg took the stage tonight to announce a brand new DGA Award – the First-Time Feature Film Director Award, which will recognize the outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. The new award, which was approved by the DGA’s National Board in October of last year, will be bestowed for the first time at the 68th Annual DGA Awards in 2016.