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In advance of receiving the Cannes Film Festival’s honorary Palme d’Or, influential French director Agnes Varda addressed the issue of women in film during one of the Kering-sponsored talks.
Varda was being interviewed by the well-known film historian Jean-Michel Frodon, who presented her as the filmmaker who truly launched the New Wave, three years before Truffaut and Godard, with “La Pointe.”
“My aim was not to make a woman’s film but rather to create a contemporary film. Picasso, Modigliani… had changed the arts. I was a photographer and I wanted to change filmmaking,” said Varda at the Women in Motion event.
Although she calls herself a feminist, Varda says she has never wanted to be labeled as a “feminist filmmaker.”
“Because I was not assimilated into the film family, I just placed myself outside of the problem. My main concern was to make innovative films,” pointed out Varda, »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Women in Motion panels continued at Cannes with actress and producer Frances McDormand, who delighted the crowd with a frank and funny discussion of women in the industry. The latest of the talks, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and luxury group Kering, was moderated by deputy editorial director Alison Brower. McDormand delighted the crowd when she took to the stage and immediately changed from sneaker-style shoes to high heels. “Just like Ginger Rogers knew with Fred Astaire, you have to do it backwards and in heels,” she joked about the famous adage that women have to work harder
- Rhonda Richford
Frances McDormand: "The more we say we need help, the less power we will have." Photo: Richard Mowe What you see with Fargo and Olive Kitteridge star Frances McDormand is what you get (at least most of the time). Her features devoid of make-up and colourful dress thrown together with equally colourful contrasting shoes she took a stance today (May 22) as part of the Cannes Film Festival Women in Motion talks and awards (sponsored by luxury goods brand Kering).
She had a very clear message to her sisters in the industry: they should stop marginalising themselves by constantly harping on about their plight. “There are plenty of opportunities, but the more we say we need help, the less power we will have. Women are on the move - but it is more about catching up,” she said.
McDormand, who has been married for three decades to jury co-president Joel Coen, »
- Richard Mowe
Having been absent from the big screen last year, 2015 will see the release of two Disney-Pixar films in Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and while most of the marketing so far has concentrated on the former (no surprise, given it’s out exactly one month today), the folks at Film Divider have scored a trio of character images from the latter, which we have for you here…
See Also: Official logo and concept art for The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way — a human boy. »
- Gary Collinson
The crime happened in a place called Orangetown, yet in its aftermath, the town was shaded with grey. An infant rocking in her stroller outside on a balmy day was snatched, randomly. The culprits were two pre-teen girls who then tried to raise the child in secret. The baby was the granddaughter of the town’s first African-American judge. The young thieves didn’t last long and authorities promptly arrested them. However, mere weeks after the suspects – the heavy-set Alice (Danielle Macdonald) and the introverted Ronnie (Dakota Fanning) – are both 18 and out of juvenile detention, a toddler that is a near mirror image of the infant snatched years earlier disappears.
This is the set-up for Every Secret Thing, an adaptation from Laura Lippmann’s 2004 paperback bestseller. The mystery is notable for boasting a terrific collection of actresses in front of the camera – many of whom play autonomous, intriguing, flawed women – and behind the scenes. »
- Jordan Adler
How do you celebrate a film festival that seems to be asserting its social consciousness, first opening with a movie about an impoverished family grappling with the juvenile justice system (La Tête Haute), followed by Thursday's premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road, with its bleak postapocalyptic future of violence and drought? By serving Brittany lobster with truffles and an Amoricaine cream soup! Whatever that is! The rich food and multi-thousand-dollar dresses at Wednesday's Cannes Film Festival opening dinner weren't quite in keeping with the themes onscreen so far, but whatever alchemy they created, plus free-flowing Champagne, did make the evening ripe with unexpected discoveries while observing celebrities in their natural environment.For starters, did you know that Frances McDormand gives the warmest first greetings ever? The way she made a beeline over to Jane Seymour, hugged and kissed her, and then held her hand for ten minutes as they talked, »
- Jada Yuan
The Hollywood Reporter is teaming with luxury goods giant Kering to host a series of "Women in Motion" talks at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Salma Hayek, Isabella Rossellini, Frances McDormand, Iranian actress-singer Golshifteh Farahani, producer Christine Vachon and French writer and director Claire Denis are among the film-world luminaries who will participate in the inaugural series, which kicks off May 14. The one-hour discussions aim to shine a light on women and the film industry, covering a range of issues including female representation within the profession and onscreen, the specific nature of women's narrative points of view, perspectives
- Tatiana Siegel
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
"From the surface, it looks like a very simple homespun story about a quintessential American family, but you start diving in deeper and realize there is years of pain and secrets and resentments," reveals actor John Gallagher, Jr. during our recent video chat (watch below) about his role in the HBO limited series "Olive Kitteridge." -Break- Gallagher co-stars as Christopher Kitteridge, the troubled adult son of Olive (Frances McDormand) and Henry (Richard Jenkins). The character grew up in Maine under his demanding and cold mother, now blaming her for many of his problems, including depression and a lack of self-confidence. The audience sees Christopher when he returns home to get married and a few years later when remarried and living a modest life in Brooklyn. Related: Watch our video chat with Richard Jenkins ('Olive Kitteridge') On working with McDormand, he says, "For my money, this was one of the m. »
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. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...
1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
As Emmys season kicks into gear, the Critics Choice Television Awards are here to give a voice to some of the dark horse candidates. "Justified," a perennial critical darling and Emmys snub, earned the most nominations of any ongoing series for its final season. "Olive Kitteridge," the HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, tied it for most nominations with five overall, but FX's other critically-hailed drama "The Americans" and Amazon's "Transparent" were right behind with four nods each. "The Good Wife," HBO's upcoming Dee Rees film "Bessie," and PBS' miniseries "Wolf Hall" also landed four nominations apiece. Read More: Ricky Gervais Defends Trevor Noah at Emmys Screening for 'Derek', Wants Your Negative Comments Though the Critics Choice Awards don't often match up with the eventual Emmy nominees, they do serve as a magnifying glass for specific stars and shows — especially new series. Anyone looking...
- Ben Travers
As Emmys season kicks into gear, the Critics Choice Television Awards are here to give a voice to some of the dark horse candidates. "Justified," a perennial critical darling and Emmys snub, earned the most nominations of any ongoing series for its final season. "Olive Kitteridge," the HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, tied it for most nominations with five overall, but FX's other critically-hailed drama "The Americans" and Amazon's "Transparent" were right behind with four nods each. "The Good Wife," HBO's upcoming Dee Rees film "Bessie," and PBS' miniseries "Wolf Hall" also landed four nominations apiece. Read More: Ricky Gervais Defends Trevor Noah at Emmys Screening for 'Derek', Wants Your Negative Comments Though the Critics Choice Awards don't often match up with the eventual Emmy nominees, they do serve as a magnifying glass for specific stars and shows — especially new series. Anyone looking »
- Ben Travers
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for its annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, with HBO leading the networks with 27 nominations and FX coming in second with 17.
FX’s “Justified” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” tied for most-nominated series with five bids each, followed by FX’s “The Americans,” HBO’s “Bessie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with four each.
“From streaming television to broadcast and cable, single-camera to multicamera productions, inventive reality shows to high-end drama series, this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards contenders really span the gamut,” said Btja president Joey Berlin. “It’s thrilling to continue to see such creativity and diversity in television programming, and as television journalists, it’s exciting to be able to share our favorites with viewers.”
The awards ceremony will be held May 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live starting at 8 p. »
- Whitney Friedlander
As it does at the Emmys, HBO dominated the the nominations for the Critics' Choice TV Awards announced by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. on Wednesday. The paycaster's programming earned 27 bids in all, including five for the acclaimed "Olive Kitteridge." (Click here for the complete list of nominations.) -Break- Emmys mystery: Will 'Olive Kitteridge' really win three acting races? "Olive Kitteridge" is up for Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Richard Jenkins) and twice for Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor (Bill Murray and Cory Michael Smith). And the upcoming telefilm "Bessie," about the life and career of legendary singer Bessie Smith, also did well for HBO with four nominations: Best TV Movie, Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Queen Latifah) and two for Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actr »
New series are ascendant in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations, but it's the final season of "Justified" that reigns supreme.
The FX drama topped the nominations list with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor for Timothy Olyphant, and Best Supporting Actor for Walton Goggins. "Transparent" was the leading comedy, with four nominations.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Best Actress In A Drama Series
Eva Green, »
- Kelly Woo
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 »
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