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Unstoppable, ass-kicking heroines are still a minority in film and television, but we like to think that things are getting better. Women have been tearing it up in more and more in recent years in high profile Ya adaptations, superhero movies and gripping dramas from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Tatiana Maslany.
Here are some of the most awesome female leads from television and film, all waiting to be watched on Netflix right now:
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Young adult adaptations have been all the rage in recent years, with a gratifying number of talented young women taking the lead roles. Out of all of these, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss has got to be our favourite.
Panem is a terrible place to live, and, on top of that, Katniss is handed some extra helpings of personal tragedy. And while not entirely comfortable or willing »
The Criterion Collection has announced its new release line-up for June with five new titles set for a Blu-ray release in June.
On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life, and Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion. And on July 21, it will release Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale The Killers is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak, in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel, in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too »
- Scott J. Davis
According to Gold Derby's combined Emmys predictions, HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" is going to clean up in the movie/miniseries races, winning the top prize of Best Limited Series as well as trophies for Frances McDormand as Best Actress, Richard Jenkins as Best Actor and Bill Murray as Best Supporting Actor. Do you think that "Olive Kitteridge" will take three acting awards? Hurry -- make your own predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). -Break- Richard Jenkins on 'connecting' with Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' It's not unheard of for a limited production to win multiple acting awards. Just last year, FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" won a pair for Jessica Lange (lead) and Kathy Bates (supporti »
Amy Berg is a rising filmmaker who started her career on a documentary hot streak with the docs West of Memphis and Deliver Us From Evil, and now she’s adapting her first full feature with a story that’s ripped from the headlines.
Every Secret Thing is a Fincher-esque thriller starring Dakota Fanning as a teenager just released from prison after having kidnapped a baby when she was just a young girl. Now a new child has gone missing just three miles from where the first kidnapping took place, and a detective (Elizabeth Banks) suspects Fanning. Here’s the full synopsis:
Every Secret Thing is a psychological crime thriller produced byAcademy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo), which premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) and written by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Enough Said »
- Brian Welk
Frances McDormand is coldly convincing in this painful tale of a woman’s life unravelling in picturesque New England
Olive Kitteridge takes a walk in the woods and loads a handgun with a single bullet. Just as you’re moving to the edge of your seat, the action suddenly skips back 25 years – and we begin a journey deep into the mind of this stoic maths teacher with a sharp tongue, played by Frances McDormand. We meet her family and, as the series unfolds, discover how in the opening scene she has ended up with that pistol in her hand, her target clearly not the birds flapping in the distance.
Set in the picturesque New England region of Maine, Olive Kitteridge is a darkly knotted mess of lust, crime, affairs and heartbreak, all of which lurk beneath the seemingly sedate lives of Olive and her husband, Henry. Stern Olive’s life »
- David Renshaw
Fresh from the Tribeca Film Festival where it played to full screens comes Every Secret Thing, a new thriller starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning. The film has a first trailer that you can watch below. Just click the big ‘play’ button and let it weave it dark, trailer-y spell. Directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by Frances McDormand, this thriller has a female focus the genre is not always known for. For screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, director of Enough Said and Friends With Money, this is a shift into darker terrain with a story of child abduction that sees Banks as a detective investigating a missing child. Fanning plays the prime suspect in the abduction, 18-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Fuller. Danielle Macdonald is her fellow prime suspect, Alice Manning. Lane plays Alice's mother, bristling as Banks' 'tec comes knocking, suspecting the worst of her daughter. »
The first trailer for director Amy Berg’s (An Open Secret, Prophet’s Prey) feature debut Every Secret Thing has arrived online, which you can check out below. The film stars Dakota Fanning (Night Moves), Diane Lane (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Nate Parker (About Alex), and Common (Selma).
Every Secret Thing is a psychological crime thriller produced by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo), which premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) and written by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Enough Said), it is based on a 2004 novel of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman about the chilling consequences of the secrets we keep. The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald, Nate Parker, and Common.
Detective Nancy Porter (Banks »
- Scott J. Davis
Read More: Watch: Amy Berg Explores Polygamy in Exclusive Sundance 'Prophet's Prey' Clip Filmmaker Amy Berg has found remarkable success as the documentarian behind acclaimed hits such as the Oscar-nominated "Deliver Us From Evil," but she's about to change things up considerably with her first feature-length drama, "Every Secret Thing." Fortunately for Berg, she's got a handful of Hollywood's most successful women on her side, including screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, producer Frances McDormand and stars Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning. The psychological crime thriller revolves around a detective (Banks) who failed to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls (Fanning and Danielle Macdonald). Eight years after the initial incident, another child goes missing in the same town just as the two convicted girls are released from juvenile detention. As the detective races to prevent history from repeating itself, she gets »
- Zack Sharf
Out of the vast quantity of movies produced for mass consumption, a staggeringly low percentage hail from female directors, screenwriters and producers. This sad-but-true fact brings to light the very matter of representation in one of the most profitable and high-profile industries, and so when films such as Every Secret Thing come along, they’re worth investigating. And, as it goes, the latest effort from director Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) centers around a police investigation in a small American town.
In addition to its director, Every Secret Thing has a wealth of veritable female talent attached to its production. It’s based on the novel by Laura Lippman, was adapted for the screen by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), is produced by Frances McDormand (Fargo), and stars Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald. With the movie’s release date not due for another month, there »
- Gem Seddon
By Alex Simon
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”
Skoll, already slight in build, lost 10 pounds to what doctors diagnosed as yellow fever, perhaps contracted from Ebola caregivers. For the introspective Canadian, facing his own mortality on the brink of his 50th birthday, the medical crisis seemed to be a sign: The time had come to reassess his 10-year-old entertainment company, Participant Media, to ensure its sustainability for the long haul.
“This was part of my wake-up call,” Skoll says of his debilitating illness. “At Participant, »
- James Rainey
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
You probably »
- Jeff Bayer
Broad City, Comedy Central's brilliant webseries-turned-cable series, is closing out their sophomore season with a bang! ETonline caught up with star Abbi Jacobson (who was missing her better half Ilana Glazer) at the annual PaleyFest in Los Angeles to get the scoop on Wednesday night's season finale.
"I cannot wait for you to see this finale," Abbi gushed. "Last year it was just the two of us in a restaurant and it was sort of cinematic in a new way." This season, the finale episode promises to be just as off-the-wall and unique. "It sort of goes into another genre for a second," she added.
"Patricia Clarkson makes an »
“She’s the Best Thing in It” is an affectionate portrait of Mary Louise Wilson, the Tony-winning actress who’s spent more than a half-century as a highly versatile staple of the stage and screen. An infrequent directorial exercise for veteran scenarist and producer Ron Nyswaner, the docu focuses primarily on Wilson’s late-in-life first stab at teaching an acting class. The result is pleasant enough without revealing as much as probably intended about the subject’s craft or profession — or about her, period. This lightweight portrait will be best suited to broadcasters of the PBS ilk, for whom its modicum of human interest and showbiz lore will suffice.
Wilson is introduced finally winning her Tony in 2007 for the musical “Grey Gardens” — an honor she herself thinks is long overdue, given a diverse career we glimpse in a montage of stills and clips. But she ruefully reports its effect was »
- Dennis Harvey
Bill Murray's small but wholly affecting performance in HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" seems like the definite frontrunner here, potentially giving Murray his second Emmy (his first came way back in 1977 for writing "Saturday Night Live"). His primary competition is Stephen Rea ("The Honorable Woman"), Jonathan Pryce ("Wolf Hall"), Kris Kristofferson ("Texas Rising"), Michael Kenneth Williams ("Bessie") and the men of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" (namely Michael Chiklis, but our fingers are crossed for Finn Wittrock). Read More: Lisa Cholodenko on Getting Under the Skin of Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Below are predictions for best supporting actor in a TV movie or limited series from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Critic Ben Travers. Check back as we might very well change 'em up between now and July 16, when the nominations are announced. Check »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Bill Murray's small but wholly affecting performance in HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" seems like the definite frontrunner here, potentially giving Murray his second Emmy (his first came way back in 1977 for writing "Saturday Night Live"). His primary competition is Stephen Rea ("The Honorable Woman"), Jonathan Pryce ("Wolf Hall"), Kris Kristofferson ("Texas Rising"), Michael Kenneth Williams ("Bessie") and the men of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" (namely Michael Chiklis, but our fingers are crossed for Finn Wittrock). Read More: Lisa Cholodenko on Getting Under the Skin of Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Below are predictions for best supporting actor in a TV movie or limited series from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Critic Ben Travers. Check back as we might very well change 'em up between now and July 16, when the nominations are announced. Check...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
An awesome thing about television right now is how its awards shows tend to find the female acting categories way more stacked than their male counterparts (try finding that at any given Oscars). That's certainly the case in this category, which looks to have a competitive line up of five Oscar-nominated actresses: Queen Latifah ("Bessie"), Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Honorable Woman"), Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") and Felicity Huffman ("American Crime"). Read More: Maggie Gyllenhaal on 'The Honorable Woman' and Why 'The Indie Film Community is Working in TV' It's obviously not set in the stone that those five make it in. Frances O'Connor ("The Missing") and Kelli Garner ("Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe") are the two most likely to upset that lineup, and very well could. But either way it's just great to see that television movies and "limited »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
An awesome thing about television right now is how its awards shows tend to find the female acting categories way more stacked than their male counterparts (try finding that at any given Oscars). That's certainly the case in this category, which looks to have a competitive line up of five Oscar-nominated actresses: Queen Latifah ("Bessie"), Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Honorable Woman"), Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") and Felicity Huffman ("American Crime"). Read More: Maggie Gyllenhaal on 'The Honorable Woman' and Why 'The Indie Film Community is Working in TV' It's obviously not set in the stone that those five make it in. Frances O'Connor ("The Missing") and Kelli Garner ("Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe") are the two most likely to upset that lineup, and very well could. But either way it's just great to see that television movies and "limited...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.
Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?
In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as mentors to »
- Frank Ochieng
A charmingly retro film recalling the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s, director Bharat Nalluri’s movie covers 24 hours in the life of a bubble-brained singer (played by Amy Adams) and her prim and proper social secretary (played by Frances McDormand). The 2008 film, based on a property that had knocked around Hollywood since 1939 (when it was first offered to Universal), garnered warm critical reviews and was a (very) modest box office success. »
- Trailers From Hell
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