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Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Cherry Jones are to star in Sally Potter’s film “The Party,” which has just started its 14-day shoot in London.
Set in a house in contemporary London, the film is “a comedy wrapped around a tragedy,” according to Potter’s production company Adventure Pictures. “It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.”
The production reunites many of Potter’s long-standing collaborators, including cinematographer Alexey Rodionov (“Yes,” “Orlando”), production designer Carlos Conti (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “The Kite Runner”), sound guru Jean-Paul Mugel (“Hidden,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), and editor Anders Refn (“Anti-Christ,” “Breaking the Waves,” “Ginger & Rosa”).
It is the eighth feature film to be directed by Potter, who is best known for “Orlando,” the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel. The film, which starred Tilda Swinton, received two Academy Award nominations. Her other films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson” (1996); “Yes” (2004), with Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, and Sam Neill; “The Man Who Cried” (2000), starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro; “Rage” (2009), with Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi; and “Ginger & Rosa” (2012), starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.
- Leo Barraclough
Universal Pictures has played it pretty cool with the promotional efforts for "Jason Bourne" so far. Despite being one of Summer's most anticipated films, there's been little in the way of pre-release promotional material. What trailers we have seen have kept things fairly restrained - offering little insight into this new chapter's story.
That changes a bit today with a freshly released TV spot which seems to confirm some new details about the film which begins with Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) looking for Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and inadvertently revealing his whereabouts to the intelligence agencies searching for him.
Why is she looking for him? It turns out that the Treadstone and Blackbriar programs have a new successor - 'Iron Hand' which she claims is not only in full operation, but is "even worse than before". Keen to see the spot right? Well be careful, there appears to be a »
- Garth Franklin
Last year, Viola Davis made history as the first African-American woman to win the lead actress prize, and she could well repeat this year for her searing work on “How to Get Away With Murder.” With the exception of Elisabeth Moss, whose “Mad Men” ended its on-air run last year, Davis’ competition is likely to be the same: Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).
Or, voters could choose to recognize Julianna Margulies, who has already won twice for “The Good Wife” — most recently in 2014 — yet wasn’t even nominated last year. With the series finale still fresh in voter’s minds, they would be wise to reward Margulies for her seven seasons of remarkable work. Along those lines, Michelle Dockery, nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for “Downton Abbey,” could slip back in now that the show has ended.
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- Variety Staff
If anyone is looking for strong, complicated women in entertainment, they need go no further than their own home — remarkable women are showing up time and again on television. While things may have improved in recent years at the cinema, the very medium of TV lends itself to telling longer stories that allow leading ladies to play out complex arcs that defy the idea a character has to always make the right (or “likable”) choice.
Last year, Viola Davis won lead actress in a drama for playing Annalise Keating, a brilliant, bisexual law professor who is also deeply deceptive and unfaithful to her husband in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.” While such characters might be found elsewhere on television, are any of them the leads of a network show, let alone a woman? Would such a character even exist in the space of a two-hour movie without simply being a go-to villain? »
- Jenelle Riley
A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s The Race Begins Emmy Issue. Can an actress with an arty reputation – a Tony Award, three Critics’ Choice awards, three noms each for Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys, plus the starring role in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Heidi Chronicles” — fit in on an emotional rollercoaster of a show created by “Scandal’s” Jenna Bans? Also Read: Emmy Contender Jerrod Carmichael Bashes Cosby, Praises Old-Fashioned Sitcoms At first, Joan Allen thought it a bad idea to take the lead on Bans’ “The Family,” in which she. »
- Tim Appelo
Tuesday, May 24th has several fantastic DVD and Blu-ray releases that should get horror fans excited, especially the highly anticipated Collector’s Edition release of Manhunter from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Arrow Video is also releasing a stunning limited edition set entitled Killer Dames, featuring two overlooked giallo cult classics, and for those of you American Gothic fans out there (like myself), the entire series is finally making its way to DVD this week.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for this Tuesday include Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema Collection, Specters, Paranormal Sex Tape, and The Devil’s Woods.
Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) won’t let anyone – including local doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber) or the determined Gail Emory (Paige Turco »
- Heather Wixson
Co-starring Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, Michael Mann’s Manhunter comes out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Manhunter.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Manhunter Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 27th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
From the Press Release: “This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, »
- Derek Anderson
Brimming with bonus features, including interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Brian Cox, Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Michael Mann’s Manhunter hits shelves next Tuesday, and we have high-definition clips and a trailer teasing the new release of the Red Dragon adaptation:
From the Press Release: “This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews, this greatly anticipated release is a must-have for fans.
Tom Noonan (Heat, Robocop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
- Derek Anderson
[caption id="attachment_49154" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Family TV show cancelled by ABC. Photo credit: (ABC/Giovanni Rufino). Pictured Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Rupert Graves, and Liam James.[/caption]
Because The Family TV show was cancelled, last night's first season finale on ABC was also TV series finale. The Family, "What Took So Long," was a cliffhanger, to say the least. The Family TV series creator, Jenna Bans, says the season one cliffhanger was always in the cards for the drama series.
Reportedly Bans and company have a lot of stories ready to go for a second season, should the show starring Joan Allen Rupert Graves, Alison Pill, Zack Gilford, and Liam James get picked up by another network. Spoilers Below!
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[caption id="attachment_49099" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Family TV series finale on ABC. Season one episode 12, "What Took So Long." Pictured: Alison Pill, Rupert Graves, Joan Allen, and Liam James. (ABC/Giovanni Rufino)[/caption]
The Family has been cancelled by ABC, but there is still one episode left to air. Check out these photos and the description for "What Took So Long." The Family TV series finale airs tonight, May 15, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt, on ABC.
The Family stars Joan Allen stars as Claire Warren, Alison Pill as Willa Warren, Rupert Graves as John Warren, and Zach Gilford as Danny Warren. Margot Bingham is Detective Nina Meyer. Liam James is Ben/Adam Warren. Andrew McCarthy is Hank Asher. Floriana Lima is Bridey Cruz. Young Willa and Danny are played by Madeleine Arthur and Rarmian Newton.
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The series, which wraps its run with its finale this Sunday, has been a low-rated performer on Sundays for ABC this spring, though it had shown some signs of life with consistent growth over a stretch of weeks. Season to date, it has averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall in “live plus-3” estimates from Nielsen.
The thriller followed the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
- Rick Kissell
Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson, Sandy McMaster, Matt Gordon, Amanda Brugel, Joe Pingue, Joan Allen, William H. Macy | Written by Emma Donoghue | Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
A room is an enclosed space, no matter how many windows it has. It is a confinement that restricts our world while we are in it. In Room, there are many rooms that restrict the world of Ma (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and some they may not escape…
In Room we meet Jack on his fifth birthday, living in his little world that he was born into. Trapped within the 10-by-10-foot space they are held there by Old Nick (Sean Bridgers). When Ma realises that they have to escape the room, Jack fights it, not believing that the outside world exists. When they finally escape though, they find their biggest battle is surviving a life outside the walls of Room. »
- Paul Metcalf
On Monday's (the "dark" night for many shows) Stage Door, we talk theater ...and often its film connections.
Arthur Miller's classic allegory about the Salem witch trials The Crucible is back on Broadway for a limited engagement currently scheduled to run through July. Expect Tony nominations as it's a gripping night of theater with high profile actors like Saoirse Ronan as the vengeful aggressive Abigail, fresh off her Oscar nomination, and acclaimed Brits Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okonedo as the doomed Proctors.
The Crucible has only been adapted to cinema twice, once in French in 1957 and most famously in English in 1996 with Winona Ryder, Daniel Day Lewis and Joan Allen (Oscar-Nominated) in the principle roles. That film was no classic so it's easy for the current production to obliterate it in the mind's eye. But for Joan Allen's utterly brilliant rendering of Goody Proctor. [More...]
- NATHANIEL R
Shoot will begin on May 5, 2016, on Roberta Grossman’s Who Will Write Our History, the feature documentary telling the story of the hidden ‘Oyneg Shabes’ archive of 30,000 documents buried in 1943 on the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
The film is executive-produced by Nancy Spielberg and has received support from the Righteous Persons Foundation which her brother Steven Spielberg set up with proceeds from his 1994 film, Schindler’s List.
Oscar nominee Joan Allen is to provide narration for the film which is based on Samuel Kassow’s well-received 2007 book of the same name.
The Oyneg Shabes archive is the extraordinarily revealing hoard of letters, confessionals, last testaments, poems and questionnaires compiled under the guidance of Jewish historian Emanuel Ringelblum in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
The documents »
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The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.
“Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”
Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of »
- Dave McNary
My reaction to the first half of The Family, “All the Livelong Day” is in the ballpark of some of my reactions to the 2015 film, Room. It’s not simply because both feature someone captured and held in a small living space for some deranged man to regularly sexually assault whomever he’s captured. Nor are my reactions because the actress Joan Allen was featured in Room and is starring in The Family. The two characters, Claire Warren in The Family and Jack’s grandmother Nancy in Room, are so different from each other that if you didn’t see the credits you might not immediately realize it’s the same
On The Family When Hell Freezes Over…You’re Still in Hell »
- Joy D'Angelo
While a lot of people tend to reference The Silence Of The Lambs as their introduction to all things Hannibal Lecter, I grew up adoring the hell out of Michael Mann’s 1986 thriller Manhunter. Brian Cox did one hell of a job as the notorious cannibal, with both William Petersen (To Live And Die In La) and Tom Noonan (Heat, Late Phases) aiding in making the film an absolute classic, one of the few perfect thrillers.
Thanks to the wonderful gang at Scream Factory, it looks like we’re getting an Epic Collector’s Edition Bluray release of the film, one that is Very loaded with brand new special features and two version of the film. Will you fright fanatics be picking this one up? God knows I’ll be.
- Jerry Smith
May 24th will be a day of celebration for fans of Michael Mann’s Manhunter. The 1986 film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory containing nearly three hours of new bonus features, including interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (spelling adjusted for this film) himself, Brian Cox.
Press Release: This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews, this greatly anticipated release is a must-have for fans.
Tom Noonan (Heat, Robocop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. »
- Derek Anderson
In the fall, ABC launched a new drama called Blood & Oil. They had high hopes for the series but it didn't do well in the ratings and was cancelled. Now, the network is trying a suspenseful TV show called The Family. How's it doing? Cancel or keep it?
The Family TV show revolves around the return of a politician’s young son who’s been presumed dead since he disappeared over 10 years ago. As the mysterious teen is welcomed back into his family, suspicions begin to emerge. Is Adam Warren really who he says he is? The series stars Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Margot Bingham, Zach Gilford, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves, Floriana Lima, and Andrew McCarthy.
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The Family season 1 episode 7 is promising to be one emotional upheaval after another! The aftermath of learning what happened to ten-year-old Adam Warren doesn’t look like it’s going to be bringing much peace to anyone – especially not to Claire Warren (Joan Allen) or her daughter Willa (Alison Pill). Here’s the press release synopsis: In dramatic flashbacks we find out about Adam’s return to Red Pines, which plays out against the emotional backdrop of Willa’s long-held secrets and lies. We get a glimpse of what Adam went through in captivity and Hank’s desperate state of mind while incarcerated.
On ABC’s The Family The Dominos Are Falling Fast! »
- Joy D'Angelo
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