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The Party review – the dinner bash from hell

15 October 2017 12:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A politician’s soiree quickly descends into farce in Sally Potter’s star-laden satire, a sharply observed study of love and politics

The titular “party” of writer-director Sally Potter’s riotous tragicomedy is both a ghastly social function at which bourgeois lives unravel and the unnamed political opposition party through whose ranks Kristin Scott Thomas’s brittle antiheroine Janet ascends. She’s the newly appointed shadow health minister, a careerist idealist who believes in “truth and reconciliation” rather than shouting, punching and biting. Yet during the course of a single calamitous soiree, her right-thinking, left-leaning comrades will turn on themselves and one another in an increasingly farcical feeding frenzy. Indeed, when we first meet Janet, she’s pointing a gun at the camera, a harbinger of what’s to come in Potter’s short, sharp satire of love, politics and burnt vol-au-vents.

The scene is set in an upmarket London townhouse, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Would you rather...?

12 October 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's our silly imaginary hang with celebs game. So would you rather

... go for a cookie run with Juliette Lewis?

... take piano lessons with Hailee Steinfeld?

... teach Garrett Dillahunt how to shave?

...paint fake freckles on your face with Busy Philipps?

... watch a Kristin Scott Thomas movie with Kristin Scott Thomas (so meta) from the wings?

... do Avengers cosplay with Mark Ruffalo?

... commune with owls and Kim Cattral?

...bathe in mud with Shailene Woodley?

Pictures after the jump to help you make this Crucial choice. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Emma Watson, Colin Firth Condemn Harvey Weinstein, Support Women Who Have Spoken Out

11 October 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joining a growing roster of celebrities, Emma Watson and Colin Firth have come forward to condemn Harvey Weinstein and applaud the women who have spoken out about Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and misconduct.

Watson, who worked with Weinstein on her 2011 film “My Week with Marilyn,” tweeted that she “stands with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery.” She did not say whether she herself had been subjected to or witnessed Weinstein’s alleged abuse.

“This mistreatment of women has to stop,” said Watson, who is known to be a strong advocate for women’s rights and was named a Women Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations in 2014. The 27-year-old Harry Potter star said she also stood with “all the men, indeed any person, who has suffered sexual harassment.”

I stand with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery. This mistreatment »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Quote of the Day: Sally Potter on Being a Feminist vs. Making Feminist Films

9 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Potter: sallypotter.com

Sally Potter is a proud, self-identified feminist. As she told The Guardian in a new interview, everyone on her newest film, the black comedy “The Party,” received equal pay. However, she is hesitant to describe her movies — which include “Orlando,” “Ginger & Rosa,” “The Tango Lesson,” and “Yes” — as feminist in and of themselves.

In Potter’s opinion, the term “feminist” is only being applied to women-directed fare, even though compelling female characters have been featured in plenty of male-helmed films, too. “I object to having my films called feminist, implying they’re only for a certain audience of like-minded people and that the film itself would preach that line,” Potter explained. “Feminist is somehow different from saying ‘anti-racist.’ I would think of my films, or my life, everything in my life, as anti-racist, but you don’t hear that as a label. But feminist film is seen as specific.”

She added, “Why aren’t Ken Loach’s films called feminist? ‘The feminist filmmaker Ken Loach’ or ‘the feminist filmmaker Mike Leigh’ — why don’t we read that? And if not, why not?”

Potter has a point: We are more apt to describe women-directed films as feminist than their men-directed counterparts, even though “feminist” isn’t actually a gender-specific adjective or noun. And it seems that she has no qualm with the term itself — she is simply concerned that the description will marginalize her work.

“I’m completely proud of the word. The feminist movement is one of the most vibrant, extraordinary political movements of the 20th century, and now there’s a younger generation who’s taken it up again with great joy and pleasure, and that’s wonderful to see,” Potter says. “But I object to the way it’s used as a prefix to my work, to ghettoize it, often as part of a criticism rather than an appreciation. I just want to occupy a free space without a prefix. Because what does it mean? I have to ask someone, what exactly do you mean by that term and what is it adding to anyone’s understanding who might go and see the film?”

Starring Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”), Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight” trilogy), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), and Timothy Spall (“Denial”), “The Party” is about a group of friends who gather for a dinner party that goes spectacularly off the rails. It opens in the UK this Friday, October 13. Roadside Attractions is handling the film’s U.S. distribution, but no official release date has been announced yet.

Quote of the Day: Sally Potter on Being a Feminist vs. Making Feminist Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Watch an exclusive clip from The Party

9 October 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its premiere at the London Film Festival tomorrow and UK release this coming Friday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from director Sally Potter’s acclaimed comedy drama The Party; check it out here, or over on our YouTube channel…

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.

The Party is set for release on October 13th and features a cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, »

- Gary Collinson

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Win A Signed Poster For Sally Potter’s Star-Studded ‘The Party’

6 October 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Following its prize-winning world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2017, Picturehouse Entertainment will release Sally Potter’s superb The Party on the 13th October across the UK and Ireland, and to celebrate, we’ve got three signed posters to give away.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships, and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.

The cast also includes the likes of Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Cherry Jones, Patricia Clarkson and Bruno Ganz.

To be in »

- Paul Heath

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Dee Rees, Sean Penn Top Mill Valley Fest Tributes and Spotlights

5 October 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a festival that eschews a true set of awards, the curation of the tributes and spotlight events it holds is probably the best lens by which to understand just where its heart lies. When it comes to the Mill Valley Film Festival, which is holding its 40th gathering this year just north of San Francisco, the careful curation of its lineup of honorees and spotlight names is exactly that: a focus on unique aspects of American life, culture and society — with a particular diverse angle.

“We really try to gauge what’s happening in any given year, and hand out tributes as lifetime honors and spotlights that focus on a particular point in a person’s career,” says Mvff director of programming Zoë Elton.

“It’s obviously important for any festival to present their audience with the most interesting voices out there [and] present a range of different points of view,” says Dee Rees, »

- Randee Dawn

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Kristin Scott Thomas: ‘For me, Brexit is a disaster – talk about not knowing where you belong’

5 October 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After years bouncing between the UK and France – with the occasional Hollywood blockbuster for good measure – the actor’s role in Sally Potter’s film The Party was filmed in 12 days, during which the EU referendum took place. The result made her feel rootless, she says

It’s late afternoon inside a quiet London pub, and Kristin Scott Thomas has lost all track of time. She is recalling her big break in the business, playing Prince’s love interest in Under the Cherry Moon. She says this was back in 1983. I tell her it was 1986, and she insists that can’t be right – she ought to know because she was 24 at the time, and she was born in 1960. This, of course, only adds to our confusion. “Date discrepancies,” she concludes blithely. “Welcome to my world. I’m afraid I do that a lot.”

Scott Thomas is a precision instrument on screen, »

- Xan Brooks

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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

4 October 2017 10:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The InvitationGirlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The InvitationRocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are »

- Derek Anderson

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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

4 October 2017 12:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Read More:Nicole Kidman Wins Her First Emmy Award and Continues to Dominate 2017

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. »

- Anne Thompson

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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

4 October 2017 12:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. Years later, when she encounters the gang’s leader, »

- Anne Thompson

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World War II drama Darkest Hour gets two new trailers

28 September 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following yesterday’s poster [take a look here], two new trailers have now arrived online for director Joe Wright’s upcoming biographical drama Darkest Hour which stars Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; watch them below…

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which »

- Amie Cranswick

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Gary Oldman Commands as Churchill in Second 'Darkest Hour' Trailer

28 September 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You have the full weight of the world on your shoulders." Focus Features has debuted the second trailer for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, the second film this year about Winston Churchill (the other one is called Churchill starring Brian Cox). This film already played at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to some rave reviews, especially for the lead performance by Gary Oldman under heavy prosthetic as Winston Churchill. The focus in this film is on Churchill's first few days as Prime Minister, deciding whether or not to agree to a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or fight back and rally the troops waiting in Dunkirk. The cast includes Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Ronald Pickup, Nicholas Jones, Hannah Steele, and Jeremy Child. This is a slick trailer that ratchets up the intensity and shows how powerful Oldman is as Churchill. »

- Alex Billington

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Watch The Brand New Trailer For ‘Darkest Hour’

28 September 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Universal Pictures has unleashed the brand new trailer for the upcoming true story Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The new trailer comes following the debut of the three new one-sheet posters that appeared online just yesterday.

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (BAFTA-Award® winner Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a sceptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn

are also »

- Paul Heath

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Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill! Check Out the New Trailer for Darkest Hours

28 September 2017 7:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Focus Features will release Darkest Hour in select cities on November 22, 2017

This new trailer looks amazing:

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms.  As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman).  While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.  Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.

Darkest Hour is directed by Joe Wright and stars Gary Oldman, »

- Tom Stockman

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Two new posters for Darkest Hour featuring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

27 September 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a new trailer set to arrive tomorrow, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have unveiled two posters for Darkest Hour, the acclaimed World War II drama starring Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

See Also: Watch the first trailer for Darkest Hour

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the »

- Gary Collinson

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Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas on Why ‘Darkest Hour’ Was ‘Daunting’ to Make (Exclusive Video)

21 September 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas play Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine Churchill, in “The Darkest Hour” — a “daunting” and scary task, according to both actors. “Initially, I didn’t want to take it on because I was — apart from the physical hurdle that one had to get over — I think I was a little scared,” Oldman said in an interview with TheWrap at Toronto International Film Festival. “He’s such an iconic figure and had been played before by many a-good actor, so that was a little daunting. You’re always a bit in the shadow of those. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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The First Badass Trailer For Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider Reboot Is Here

20 September 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you were worried about Alicia Vikander being able to fill Angelina Jolie's cargo pants in the Tomb Raider reboot, worry no more. In the brief first look at the 28-year-old Oscar winner as the titular raider of tombs, Lara Croft, Vikander seems to be holding her own as she dives off cliffs into a choppy river and dramatically slides under razor-sharp booby traps. While that might be the same song and dance we got with Jolie in the first two films, Lara's backstory is getting an update. The action film, which isn't due out until March 16, sees Lara as a 21-year-old, fiercely independent bike courier living in London on her own seven years after the disappearance of her eccentric adventurer father. She sets out to solve the mystery of his death, which involves a dangerous journey to a mythical tomb somewhere off the coast of Japan. Dominic West, »

- Quinn Keaney

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See Lara Croft Discover Destiny in Action-Packed 'Tomb Raider' Trailer

20 September 2017 5:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

As Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) storms through a forest, leaps across a collapsing bridge and stares down a ravaging storm in the action-packed first trailer for the adventure film Tomb Raider, a reboot of the franchise launched in 2001 with Angelina Jolie in the title role. The film, which director Roar Uthaug helmed from Geneva Robertson-Dworet's script, opens March 16th, 2018.

Tomb Raider, based on the 2013 video game of the same name, follows a younger version of Croft than seen in the Jolie films. A broke college student in East London, »

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Lara Croft Returns in Official Trailer for New Tomb Raider Movie

19 September 2017 10:57 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Alicia Vikander becomes the second actress to bring the iconic video game character Lara Croft to life on the big screen in the official trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot.

The new Tomb Raider movie is slated to come out on March 16th, 2018 from Warner Bros. Pictures. This will mark the third film adaptation of the Tomb Raider video game franchise, following 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, both of which starred Angelina Jolie as the title character. The new movie will serve as an origin story for Lara Croft, who first graced screens in Eidos Interactive's 1996 video game Tomb Raider.

Horror and thriller fans may be interested to know that the new Tomb Raider movie is directed by Roar Uthaug, who helmed the 2006 slasher film Cold Prey and the 2015 environmental thriller The Wave. We have more details on the movie below, »

- Derek Anderson

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