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Z: The Beginning of Everything has a new leader. Deadline reports Karl Gajdusek has been announced as the showrunner for season two of the Amazon TV show.The period drama stars Christina Ricci as a fictionalized version of Southern Belle and flapper icon Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The cast also includes David Hoflin, Jamie Anne Allman, David Strathairn, Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind, and Holly Curran.Read More… »
Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming second season of the Amazon half-hour dramedy Z: The Beginning Of Everything starring Christina Ricci. The bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Ricci), the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild Jazz Age in the 20s. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who wrote the pilot and ran the… »
We are nothing more than the memories we keep. Lionsgate Premiere has unveiled the first trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller Rememory, starring Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Henry Ian Cusick and the late Anton Yelchin in one of his final films. Peter Dinklage plays a mystery man who tries to unlock the truth about a new device that allows people to replay their own memories. Rememory was directed by Mark Palansky from a script he co-wrote with Michael Vukadinovich, with Daniel Bekerman and Lee Clay producing.
The film explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person's memories. Gordon's wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond, Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Legends of the Fall), retreats into her house and cuts off »
Where You've Seen Her Before
Pugh had a small role on the British crime series Marcella (Netflix).
Why You Should Care Now
The 21-year-old English actress' turn as an adulterous 19th century wife was one of the best reviewed at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. "Pugh … has clear star quality, her heart-shaped face and aura of latent mischief recalling a young Christina Ricci," wrote THR's Stephen Dalton in his review. "She plots a confident path through a subtle »
- THR Staff
- Joey Moser
“Wonder Woman” is a fantasy, and not only because it’s a superhero movie. The fictional Amazonian island of Themyscira where our hero grows up is a paradise, beautifully rendered with breathtaking cliffs and roiling waterfalls, but the real pillars of this utopia are the Amazons themselves — a race completely made up of women.
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However, while the brass bodices and leather gladiator skirts suggest a high-fashion update on Lucy Lawless’ Xena, what’s missing from this feminist utopia is one lick of Sapphic subtext. In her book “The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” Jill Lepore turned up the character’s rather queer origin story. Her original creator, William Moulton Marston, was an outspoken feminist, swinger, S&M practitioner, and firm believer in the superiority of women. In the early comics, Wonder Woman often »
- Jude Dry
Amazon has just released the trailer for its adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel, The Last Tycoon. The story is about the early days of Hollywood, and the creation of the Hollywood "brand," as a young Golden Boy (Matt Bomer) takes on his mentor and boss Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) for control of their studio. Production-wise, the series' style looks similar to Z: The Beginning of Everything, Amazon's drama about the Fitzgeralds (primarily Zelda, played by Christina Ricci). That series has been renewed for a second season, even though it was a pretty standard biopic without … »
- Allison Keene
With last year’s winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) ineligible this year, a spot opened for a new victor to be crowned. Odds are on Claire Foy, who won both Golden Globe and SAG awards this year for her portrait of young Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown.” She could face stiff competition from new contenders Mandy Moore, whose done great work on new show “This Is Us,” and Evan Rachel Wood, who stars as a very human android in “Westworld.” Also debuting this year was “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a showcase for Elisabeth Moss’ talent. With seven previous noms, Moss has never won. Likely to repeat their nominations from last year are Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”) both of whom have won for their characters before. Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”) were all nominated last year as well, and »
- Variety Staff
Female filmmakers are still an unfortunate rarity in Hollywood — USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative’s latest study about female directors in the industry recently delivered blunt findings like “the director’s chair is white and male” and “age restricts opportunities for female filmmakers” and even “one & done: opportunities for female directors are rare” — but that hasn’t stopped a compelling legion of creators to churn out excellent films for as long as the art form has existed.
The 21st century may be less than seventeen years old, but it’s already played home to a slew of instant classics, from established auteurs to rising indie stars and everything in between. Here are the 25 best.
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Behold, a bevy of riches…
A quietly gorgeous portrait of a plucky »
- Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Zack Sharf and Chris O'Falt
In today's Horror Highlights, we have trailers for The Magnificent Dead and 3 Dead Trick or Treaters, details on Ed Marx editing Death Camp, and news about John Cusack and Christina Ricci joining the cast of Distorted.
The Magnificent Dead: Press Release: Sgl Entertainment is pleased to announce that they have just released The Magnificent Dead an epic western horror film. With a budget of more than a million dollars, this movie has been waiting for more than seven years to be released, but now the wait is over.
Directed by Shane Scott and starring Alexis Celeste Elliott, Jack Wilson, Lavelle White, David Lampe, Gilbert Austinamie Teer, Ric Maddox, Ayla Judson, Venda D’Abato, Sam Anderson, Margaret Hoard, Rick Perkins, John Arkinson, Steve Uzzell, Fred Ellis, Mark A. Hernandez, Joseph Fotinos, Chaille Stidham, Michael Sorrells, Julian Haddad, Karl Anderson, John Weathers, Marita De La Torre, Christian Haddad, Adam Simon, Kale Peel, »
- Derek Anderson
The film will see Ricci as Lauren Curran, an artist who suffers from bi-polar disorder and who is recovering from a devastating personal tragedy—the loss of a child. Plagued by disturbing memories and fears for her own safety, Lauren and her devoted husband Russel (Brendan Fletcher) decide to move from a perilous neighborhood, to the luxurious, safe and beautiful surroundings of The Pinnacle, an apartment building that boasts ultra modern design features and integrated security systems. But Lauren begins to suspect the building has a dark side to it. She seeks the help of Vernon Sarsfield (John Cusack), a phantom-like investigative journalist whose interest is cyber conspiracy. Together, they begin to suspect The Pinnacle’s mysterious owner »
- Gary Collinson
Back in the day, like many other adolescent boys and girls, I had the biggest crush on Christina Ricci. Oh how my little black heart melted the first time I saw her in the role of Wednesday Addams for Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 comedy classic The Addams Family. For me, Ricci's deadpan delivery, chilling dialogue, and penchant for violence acted as fule for the fire that had ignited... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Production companies are Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and Invico Capitol. Voltage Pictures will handle international rights with Minds Eye International managing domestic and Canadian rights.
Kevin DeWalt and Danielle Masters will produce, with Andrew Holmes and Ben DeWalt Co-Producing. Executive producers include Guy Griffithe, Allison Taylor, Jason Brooks, Darren Benning, Frank White, and Nicolas Chartier.
Rob W. King is directing from a script written by Arne Olsen. Ricci plays an artist who suffers from bipolar disorder and who is recovering from a the loss of a child. Plagued by disturbing memories and fears for her own safety, she and her devoted husband (played by Fletcher) move to an apartment building that boasts ultra modern design features and integrated security systems. Ricci’s »
- Dave McNary
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Ricci will play an artist who suffers from bi-polar disorder and has just endured the tragedy of losing her child. Disturbing memories prompt her and her husband to move from their home into an upscale apartment building that boasts a modern design and a high-tech security system. When she suspects the building's owner of a nefarious plot to subliminally subjugate the residents, she employs the help of an investigative journalist (Cusack) with an interest in cyber conspiracy.
- Mia Galuppo
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is the latest installment in the lives of the superhero group that connects to much of the DC Universe and has hit screens in a variety of ways. The darker realm of the Titans continues with newcomer Terra (Christina Ricci) and a menacing threat unlike anything the Titans have faced before.
The film opens with a trip back in time to when members of the Teen Titans met Starfire (Kari Wahlgren), then quickly jumps us to the present with Starfire and Nightwing (Sean Maher) running the show, and in a relationship that makes the brooding crew uncomfortable.
The gang is still adjusting to Terra, and Nightwing is still adjusting to returning, but they don’t have time to hang around in the giant T building because there’s a new villain out there, Brother Blood (Gregg Henry), and though we might not know exactly what he’s plotting, »
- Marc Eastman
Marcela Said has worked in both documentary and feature films. Her debut feature, “The Summer of Flying Fish,” premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in 2013. She wrote “Los Perros” at the Sundance Screenwriter Lab.
“Los Perros” will premiere at Cannes’ 2017 Critics’ Week on May 18.
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
Ms: It’s a film about an unloved married woman who finds solace and comfort in the arms of her riding instructor, a former colonel with a shady past.
W&H: What drew you to this story?
Ms: In the beginning, I was inspired by real events. But, what really drew me into bringing this story to the screen was that it offered the chance to reflect on and convey the responsibility of civilians related to the dictatorship’s human rights violations.
W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?
Ms: I would love them to think that the world is much more complex than we believe it to be. We cannot label people as merely good or bad.
I think we are all capable of good and bad.
W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?
Ms: Getting my film financed was a real challenge. It was difficult to obtain funding for a story this complex, as the main character is not a hero.
W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.
Ms: The script received funding from various institutions such as Chile’s Cnca, Cinemas du Monde, which is the French fund for foreign film, Argentina’s Incaa Argentina, and Germany’s World Cinema Fund.
Basically, all the funds were awarded based on the quality of my screenplay. It’s an author-driven film.
W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Cannes?
Ms: It’s great. It means they believe in and support my work.
Critics’ Week has always been this special place where they spotlight new filmmakers and new forms of filmmaking. I am very honored to be part of the selection.
W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?
Ms: The best advice is to write with your gut, with no fear. Be honest with yourself.
I actually haven’t received any [terrible] advice.
W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?
Ms: I would say that being a woman does not make things easier in our field of work. When financing is involved, this male-driven business tends to give the advantage to other men. But we must not give up — and we must trust ourselves.
W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.
Ms: It’s a very difficult question. I would say Patty Jenkins’ “Monster.” I love these unexpected characters, and it’s a great story. Christina Ricci and Charlize Theron are amazing; it’s a very powerful film.
W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.
Ms: I am very optimistic. I know other women directors, and they are doing great.
I think producers realized we see the world in a different way and tell stories from a feminine point of view, which is something they are not used to. Characters are different, and the storytelling is different.
I am not saying it is any better, but it offers some kind of contrast — and the audience is tired of seeing the same old stories over and over, that’s for sure.
Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Marcela Said — “Los Perros” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
Chloe Catchpole May 11, 2017
One of the most damaging stigmas surrounding mental health is shame. The personal pressure to maintain a ‘normal’ façade is all consuming and perpetually draining. It is an onerous full time job shrouded in secrecy.
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Others see a functioning human being - working, chatting, socialising with an occasional laugh or smile - but behind closed doors in the personal confines of home nothing could be further from the truth. We mask the all-encompassing darkness that seeps into every anxiety-ridden moment, a private »
Sally Potter’s latest film has secured distribution in the UK. ScreenDaily reports that “The Party” has been acquired by Picturehouse Entertainment, with a planned fall release. The star-studded dark comedy made its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale back in February.
Set in contemporary London, the black and white film centers on a celebration that goes horribly awry. “The Party” was shot in just 14 days. Its cast includes Patricia Clarkson (“Learning to Drive”), Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”), Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), and Timothy Spall (“Denial”).
“I am thrilled to be working with Sally Potter on her wonderful new film. Over a long career, Sally has consistently led the charge in UK independent filmmaking, bringing us a body of films that are at once sharp, fun, and surprising,” commented Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisition at Picturehouse.
Potter is perhaps best known for her 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” starring Tilda Swinton. The film received two Oscar nominations. She most recently directed “Ginger & Rosa,” a 2012 coming-of-age drama set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film centers on the intense friendship between two teen girls, played by Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Alice Englert (“Beautiful Creatures”). Potter’s other notable films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson,” “Yes” with Joan Allen, “The Man Who Cried,” starring Christina Ricci and Cate Blanchett, and “Rage” with Judi Dench.
We’re still waiting for “The Party” to get picked up in the U.S. The film was very warmly received at the Berlinale, and currently boasts a 100 percent “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. With a cast this strong and great reviews, hopefully it’s only a matter of time before a U.S. distributor snags the film.
- Laura Berger
There's a lot to love about the Met Gala. On top of the eye-popping high-fashion looks and the event being the ultimate spot for a girls' night out among Hollywood's A-list, it's also the perfect place for celebrity couples to flaunt their relationships. While 2016's fete drew couples like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, the Met Gala's red carpet looked way, way different 10 years ago. From Christina Ricci and Chris Evans (we totally forgot they even dated, to be honest) to longtime couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, join us on a nostalgic little trip down memory lane. RelatedGet Ready For This Year's Met Gala by Looking Back at the Best Moments From 2016 »
- Quinn Keaney
Last night at the Hollywood Athletic Club, Amazon Studios pulled out all the stops in a presentation for their original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, screening two episodes of the series, followed by a panel discussion with the series’ stars, Christina Ricci and David Hoflin, and costume designer Tom Broecker moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi. A thirty-minute period drama series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing)—based on the novel Z: A Nov… »
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