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Put flying cars, tablet-computers or laser-guns in a sci-fi movie and you can be fairly sure technology will catch up with (or even overtake) your film one of these days. But sometimes movies predict aspects of the future without any intention...
The Stepford Wives (1975) - Female 'androidiny'
Since Bryan Forbes' horror/thriller came out in 1975, the fictitious town of Stepford, Connecticut, has entered the language as a reference both to creepy and generic communities, and - more critically - regarding women who eschew decades of feminist struggle in their sublimation of self-image and individuality to the wishes of men.
When independent-minded photographer Katharine Ross moves to a sleepy community with her husband, she is initially amazed at the subservience of the Stepford wives to their husbands' wishes, appalled to see beautiful and talented women showing inordinate appreciation and servility to spouses that treat them as mere objects and with little respect. »
London, Nov 8 – Ever wondered when was the first time a woman used a vibrator? Well now you won’t – a new movie is set to reveal the history of the sex aid soon.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 32, plays a 19th century girl who falls for the man who invented the motorised sex aid as a medical treatment for “hysterical” women, reports The Sun.
The gizmos were prescribed by Victorian doctors when women suffered anxiety, insomnia, irritability or nervousness.
“When I heard about the invention of the vibrator I felt that, if I never did another film in my life, I had to do this story,” said Director Tanya Wexler.
Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in a movie that takes a humorous look at the invention of sex aids as a mechanical cure for presumed 'hysteria'
Location shooting in London is under way on Hysteria, and the jokes are flying thick and fast. In fact, the film industry is "buzzing" with the news that rival claims to the invention of the first vibrator are to be settled in its screenplay.
The film, in which the Oscar-nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear alongside a British cast including Jonathan Pryce, Sheridan Smith, Ashley Jensen, Rupert Everett and Gemma Jones, is to tell the story of the accidental discovery of motorised sex aids in Victorian England. The film will support the contentious claim that, around 1880, a Dr Joseph Mortimer Granville, played by Hugh Dancy, was the first to create an electromechanical vibrator and that his invention was followed in 1902 by the patenting of a device »
- Vanessa Thorpe
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by John Inwood
Released by Image Entertainment
Also appearing on VOD, Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge team up to launch a service that will permanently wipe away your exes from your address book (and life) under the cover of Coolidge's bug extermination business in this comedy from cinematographer-turned-director John Inwood.
"Bad Ass" (2009)
Directed by Adamo Cultraro
Released by Well Go USA
Directed by Neil Marshall
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment
Following "Doomsday," Marshall returns to Hadrian's Wall in England for the story of surviving group of Roman soldiers in 117 A.D., including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Liam Cunningham among their ranks, who defend »
- Stephen Saito
Back in August, we reported Maggie Gyllenhaal, who fearlessly tackled sexual taboos in The Secretary, would be taking on new ground with Hysteria, a romantic comedy centered on the strange but true circumstances that surrounded the invention of the vibrator.
We knew then the offbeat comedy, directed by Tanya Wexler, would star Jonathan Pryce as a doctor who aims to invent a way to cure “female hysteria” and creates the world’s first vibrator. Gyllenhaal will play his daughter, and Hugh Dancy and Rupert Everett will co-star. So even in August, the cast had a solid comedic base.
Now Cinema Blend has revealed the list of ladies joining the ranks of the hysterical cast: Ashley Jensen (Extras), British TV star Sheridan Smith (Gavin & Stacey), Gemma Jones (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), Felicity Jones (The Tempest), and Anna Chancellor (St. Trinian’s). This speaks well for the production and script, »
- Kristy Puchko
Hyteria will center on two doctors (Dancy and Pryce) treating cases of hysteria, a condition said to be characterized at the time by a woman’s irritability, anger or unexplained tears.
Filming is expected to commence on Monday in London, before moving to Luxembourg. »
- Jamie Neish
Ashley Jensen, Sheridan Smith, Gemma Jones, Felicity Jones and Anna Chancellor have joined the cast of the romantic comedy "Hysteria," based on the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett.Tanya Wexler is directing from a script by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer.Dancy and Pryce star as doctors in London treating cases of hysteria, a condition characterized at the time by a woman's irritability and anger. Dancy and his best friend, played by Everett, experiment with a new electrical device (the vibrator) as a treatment for the ailment.Forthcoming Films' Sarah Curtis, Informant Media's Judy Cairo and Beachfront Films' Tracey Becker are producing.Shooting begins in »
- Adnan Tezer
Terry Gilliam, 1985
Along with the films that bookend it in Terry Gilliam's CV – Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Brazil forms a loose trilogy concerned with dreamers. More so than the other two films, the dreams of Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) are highly literal (he soars on wings in the sky but is dragged down by work, his mother, etc) and are integral to his survival and sanity. Gilliam famously had a rough time getting it into cinemas: the film was recut for a more conventional happy ending than the bleakly ambiguous one the story originally intended – and demanded – causing Gilliam to take out a full-page ad in Variety with an open letter to studio chairman Sid Sheinberg.
It's the story of the small man up against a huge, faceless bureaucracy, in a 1984-style future awash in stifling rules and regulations. But the rules don't work, the »
- Phelim O'Neill
Jonathan Pryce says he loves the reaction he gets when he tells people he is starring in a film about the invention of the vibrator.
It's based on the true story of a Victorian doctor who aimed to cure hysteria in women and ended up inventing the vibrator.
Jonathan, who plays the doctor father of Maggie's character said: "It's a film called Hysteria which is about the invention of the vibrator - I love people's reactions when I say that."
He added: "It's set in 1880 and it's based on fact. There are humorous elements, for sure, but ultimately it's a film about female emancipation and liberation."
The film, written by Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dyer, is being directed by Tanya Wexle, and is currently filming in London and Luxembourg.
Maggie told The »
- David Bentley
A fresh new trailer for the Icelandic crime drama City State has been released for the masses. Filmmaker Olaf De Fleur got together a stellar cast for this completely self financed film, including international star Jonathan Pryce and shot the film on the Canon 5D camera. The story revolves around four main characters, a crooked police captain, an aging crime boss looking to get out of the business, a Serbian immigrant who is seeking revenge for the loss of his unborn child and a young police officer who takes matter in her own hands when she is attacked by thugs.The film is slated for release in 2011 and is going through post production right now. Below is also a short set visit and interviews with some of the cast. »
Max Peterson (West) is an It security consultant who travels the world installing security systems for companies who need their secrets secret and their information secure. However on his latest job he receives an anonymous gift – a top of the range mobile phone. But this is no oridinary phone, Max soon starts receiving text messages that enable him to win a fortune in the casinos of Prague. However his good fortune soon has him under the watchful eye of casino security, the FBI and a group of mysterious hit men. Realising that everything may not be as it seems, Max must figure out who is sending him the mysterious messages. What he doesn’t realise is that he is part of a huge »
Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (or, per its ongoing rebranding campaign, simply “tiff,” in lowercase tangerine) allows perspicacious programmer Andréa Picard to assemble a series of showcases for experimental film and video. As some have noted (and I’ve probably said this on some occasion—after a long flight, my memory fails me), Picard’s Wavelengths series is virtually a festival within the festival, for several reasons. First, it does tend to attract its own subset of devotees, many of whom ignore the larger festival altogether. (And, it must be said, not without reason. In the past I’ve criticized this insularity on the part of avanties, but now, with once-subtle shifts in Tiff’s priorities now pretty much amounting to undeniable sea changes, withdrawal in disgust is indeed not the same as apathy. But I’ll get into all that another time.) Second, while the diffuse team »
There's an awful lot of clothes shed and souls bared in Christopher Hampton's biopic of the Bloomsbury artist, but precious little is actually revealed
Director: Christopher Hampton
Entertainment grade: C
History grade: A–
Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce) arrives at Charleston in Sussex for a house party. "Who on earth is that ravishing boy?" he murmurs, looking out of the window. It's not a boy at all, but Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson), wearing trousers and a Prince Valiant haircut. So begins the unlikely romance between one of the most openly gay men in Britain at the time, and a bisexual woman. Not that you'd know she was bisexual from this movie – Carrington's affairs with women have been left out. "I wish I'd been a boy, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Winners! The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live coast-to-coast exclusively on NBC.
This year's Awards show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and celebrated some fresh faces and new programs such as Modern Family, which won best comedy over 30 Rock, which has held to that title for three consecutive years.
But not all winning streaks are meant to be broken: Mad Men took home its third consecutive win for best drama.
Check out the list of the winners below!
Mad MenBreaking BadDexterThe Good WifeLostTrue Blood
Modern Family30 RockCurb Your EnthusiasmGleeNurse JackieThe Office
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
The 2010 Emmy Awards took place at the Nokia Theater Live in Los Angeles last night. It was a huge night for the superb Mad Men and the comedy Modern Family, both of which picked up the main awards on the night.
“To our fans, we are so grateful, we are so thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show, and we’re so happy that you have let us into your families,” said Steven Levitan, Modern Family executive producer said.
“I knew one day I would run somewhere and win a trophy,” He said.
We have posted the full list of winner below, along with a few snaps from the red carpet. Take a look.
**Winner** “Mad Men”
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have come and gone, but for those of you who missed it or simply didn’t care to watch the somewhat long-winded ceremony live on NBC, after the jump you can check out a full list of the winners with my occasionally putting in my own two cents. We haven’t included every single award below, but you’ll find all the awards for acting in both drama and comedy series, miniseries and TV movies and of course the choices for outstanding series in comedy and drama as well as the winners for outstanding miniseries, TV movie, reality programming and variety/music/comedy series. Hit the jump to see how our Emmy predictions matched up with those actually honored with an Emmy at the ceremony.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or TV Movie
Kathy Bates – “Alice”
- Ethan Anderton
The 2010 Emmy Awards were a bit surprising -- very few of the favorites actually took home the hardware. Did your favorites win?
Here is the complete list of Emmy winners from the Sunday, Aug. 29 telecast, followed by the list of Creative Arts Emmys, which were given out Saturday, Aug. 21:
Best Comedy Series:
Lead Actress in a Comedy:
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Lead Actor in a Comedy:
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Lead Actor in a Drama:
HollywoodNews.com: The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmys featured some wins from a handful of newcomers, as well as some repeat wins from previous years. As “Mad Men” took home the award for Best Drama Series and “Modern Family” took home the Emmy for Best Comedy Series, these shows aren’t the only ones who reaped some of the awards.
View the complete nominee and winner list below:
Breaking Bad (AMC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Pacific (HBO)
Return to Cranford (PBS)
Made for Television Movie
Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Linny Lum
These are the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations and winners!
Best Series, Comedy
"Modern Family" -- Winner!
Best Series, Drama
"Mad Men" -- Winner!
Outstanding Made for Television Movie
"Temple Grandin" -- Winner!
"The Pacific" -- Winner!
Lead Actress, Drama Series
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Nanny McPhee Returns, The Dark Knight) and Hugh Dancy (My Idiot Brother, King Arthur) are reportedly set to star in the indie romantic comedy Hysteria from director Tanya Wexler (Ball In The House, Finding North), about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England. The actors, according to Variety, join the already cast Jonathan Pryce (G.I. Joe, Brazil) and Rupert Everett (Stardust, My Best Friend's Wedding) who are starring "as doctors in London treating »
- George Merchan
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