Stephen Colbert hosts the annual TV awards show. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' and 'American Assassin' join 'It' in theaters.
Stephen Colbert will be hosting the biggest night in television on Sunday. Stars from the big and small screens will present this year's nominees and along with hosting, Colbert's Late Show election special is also up for three statuettes.
With a total of 22 nominations each (including Creative Arts Emmy noms), NBC's Saturday Night Live and HBO's Westworld tied for the most nominations this year, taking over the spot of two-time most nominated series Game of Thrones, which didn't air during the Emmy eligibility period and leaves the best drama category open for the taking. Following closely behind the top nominees are Netflix's Stranger Things and FX's Feud: Bette and Joan, with 18 nominations each, and HBO's Veep with 17.
Netflix launches its next true-crime series, this time with a satirical spin on the genre made famous by hits like Making a Murderer, The Jinx and the Serial podcast. The Funny or Die co-production is set at a Southern California high school and spins around a central mystery: "Who drew the dicks?"
THR's reviewer writes: "When reviewing Netflix's American Vandal, the biggest dilemma is how much to tell you about Netflix's American Vandal." Explaining, "The worst thing I can do to the show is tell you too much about it or praise it too excessively, because American Vandal isn't a great show, but it's a show that wildly and consistently exceeded my expectations, in large part because it evolves and becomes a much better and different show over its eight-episode run."
Water-cooler sensation It is expected to easily win the box office in its second weekend in theaters. Warner Bros. and New Line's film adaptation of Stephen King's landmark 1986 novel has enjoyed a record-shattering, seven-day domestic debut, making it likely to cannibalize other movies (below).
The R-rated horror pic tells the story of the Losers' Club, a group of misfit children led by Jaeden Lieberher and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard, who battle the demonic Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgard) when it resurfaces in the small town of Derry, Maine. The studio has already started firming up plans for a sequel.
Jennifer Lawrence stars in the psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky (whom she’s also dating). Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer also star in the Paramount horror flick, in which a couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
The director has explained that the film is an allegory for Mother Earth, as well as human pain. "I hope it does traumatize people into action," says Lawrence. (Still, to Aronofsky's dismay, mother! seems to be a bit misunderstood.)
Dylan O’Brien stars as Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, played by Michael Keaton. After a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets, they aim to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Michael Cuesta directs the Lionsgate and CBS Films title, which is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s bestselling series and also stars Taylor Kitsch and Sanaa Lathan. It is also the first film to be released since the Maze Runner actor was seriously injured last year.
Angelina Jolie directs the adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir, which recounts Ung’s harrowing survival story under former Cambodian leader Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Once her hometown capital of Phnom Penh was overtaken, Ung's family was separated — the young girl was forced to become a child soldier while her siblings were sent to labor camps. The genocide included the deaths of one-quarter of the country's population.
The Khmer-language film was shot entirely in Cambodia (with survivors among the crew) and features a cast of mostly nonprofessionals. "You watch this film, and children in war — there are so many little Loung Ungs in the world, ... who's crying and screaming and wondering if she's ever gonna get any help," Jolie told THR. "When you watch this film, you're not immune to the needs of today."
Ben Stiller stars in the Mike White movie as the titular Brad, a successful family man who is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old school friends. While escorting his son on an East Coast tour of colleges, he is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure.
Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams are also featured in the Amazon and Annapurna dramedy, which THR's review called "a droll and affecting male-midlife-crisis comedy."