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“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” is a documentary that’s incisive and haunting, like Didion’s best writing. It includes interviews with Didion culled from over the decades, but it’s centered on one conducted by the film’s director, Griffin Dunne (who’s her nephew), in which Didion, in her early 80s, appears before us as a kind of wizened elfin patrician soothsayer. The skin on her hands is like parchment, with purplish veins bursting through, and her face — still beautiful, now timeless — is so creased with experience that even in repose, she looks as if she’s laughing and crying at the same time. Yet with just a few words, Didion’s diamond clarity of mind can cut the air.
The writers who became the celebrated literary sensations of the 1960s look, if anything, even more glamorous today than they did then; one now gazes back with a touch of awe on an era »
- Owen Gleiberman
The new horror installment is taking a stab at the weekend’s top spot as it tracks for an opening weekend around $15 million to $20 million from 3,130 locations. The low-budget release is timed to Friday the 13th, and two weekends before Halloween. It will also open in 12 territories abroad, including Australia, Brazil, and Netherlands, with additional markets rolling out through November.
A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell.
Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s “Split” opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on »
- Seth Kelley
Chicago – They’re warming up the spotlights, and gathering up all the glam for the next two weeks. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival opens on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, with the film “Marshall” (details below), and it’s time for movie lovers to come together in the Windy City.
The 53rd: ‘Because Life is a Movie’
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
Besides the obvious incredible selection of international cinematic treats, the Chicago International Film Festival offers a prestigious line-up of tributes, themes, perspectives and interactions with the movies, all in a whirlwind of events and screenings. HollywoodChicago.com offers five ways to love the festival, as a guide to getting the most out of the Film Fest experience.
150 Movies from 50 Countries
’Ali’s Wedding’ (Australia)
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
The obvious first tip is to see the films, whether short or feature, especially those from far off »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has announced a lineup full of crowd-pleasers, many out of Hollywood, that span a wide range of genres. The fest’s 12th edition opens with Scott Cooper’s brutal Western, “Hostiles.”
Though world premieres are scarce, they include Japanese director Junji Shimizu’s manga pic “Mazinger Z Infinity” (pictured), produced by Toei Animation to mark the 45th anniversary of the “Mazinger” franchise, which has a global following. Its creator, manga artist Go Nagai, will be on hand.
Sandwiched in between are lots of Hollywood awards-season hopefuls, including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” and Netflix’s “Mudbound” by Dee Rees.
- Nick Vivarelli
9 October 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Rome Film Fest's artistic director Antonio Monda has been confirmed for another three years after being brought on to take over the reins in 2015.
Monda had a successful first three years, which saw ticket sales rise and the return of A-list talent to Rome through the Close Encounters series. This year, David Lynch will be honored with the fest's lifetime achievement award and other confirmed guests include Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave.
Monda is also credited with rebranding the festival as a celebration of cinema, canceling the event's awards jury, with the exception of a People's »
- Ariston Anderson
Can you really trust a demon whose sole purpose is to torture you for eternity? That’s the dilemma facing Eleanor and company this week on The Good Place.
We pick up where we left off, with Michael asking the gang to team up with him. Eleanor’s instantly suspicious of his offer, and can sense that Michael needs them more than they need him. Michael warns them that the clock is ticking: Vicky is rebooting the town in 30 minutes… but Michael offers to not erase their memories this time, so they can continue their ethics lessons (and friendships) in secret. »
5 October 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The accomplished actress chose film as the medium to deliver this message because “the arts can help rehumanize people who have been damaged and dehumanized for whatever reason,” she told reporters after a New York Film Festival press screening. “Not all, but most of the people in the U.N. are dead. I respect the U.N., I will fight for its existence and for its historical role and for the conventions under »
- Ashley Lee
Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig; Richard Linklater on his Opening Night film Last Flag Flying; Serge Bozon and Isabelle Huppert on Mrs Hyde (Madame Hyde); Noah Baumbach on The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected); Making The Florida Project: Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch; Making Call Me By Your Name: Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg; Documenting Creativity: Griffin Dunne, Rebecca Miller, Susan Lacy, Josh Koury and Myles Kane; Vanessa Redgrave on Sea Sorrow; Ruben Östlund on The Square, and a Film Comment: Filmmakers Chat with Claire Denis on Let The Sun Shine In and Joachim Trier on Thelma are a number of highlights announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center's sixth edition of the free talk »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Spotlight on Documentary programme at the 55th New York Film Festival has a number of high profile authors in the spotlight, including Gay Talese in Josh Koury and Myles Kane's Voyeur. Griffin Dunne's Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold with interviews with Harrison Ford, David Hare, Anna Wintour, Calvin Trillin, and Vanessa Redgrave (her Sea Sorrow is in the festival with Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes), and Rebecca Miller's portrait Arthur Miller: Writer (with Tony Kushner and Mike Nichols commenting on her father's career) are two excellent insider depictions. Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side Of Hope (starring Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen) and Chloé Zhao's The Rider, screening in the Main Slate, round out the four early bird highlights.
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- Anne-Katrin Titze
Today the BFI introduced the BFI Filmography, a complete, living record of all the 10,000-and-counting UK films released since 1911. While the resource is, as the BFI describes, “a treasure trove of new information,” it is also a revealing account of the pronounced gender inequality present in UK movies, both on and offscreen.
Among other issues, the filmography is plagued with gender stereotypes. The BFI found that the four character types women are most likely to portray are prostitutes, housekeepers, nurses, and receptionists. Of course, that’s when women are onscreen at all. As the filmography shows, the past century hasn’t featured much change in opportunity for female actors: women comprised 31 percent of film casts in 1913 and, so far, represent 30 percent of the casts in 2017.
Overall, female actors tend to work less than their male counterparts. For example, the most prolific male actor working today is Michael Caine, who has made 70 films to date. The most prolific actress still working is Judi Dench, who has made 41 films.
As for women in behind-the-scenes roles, the BFI Filmography includes only 23 projects with a majority-female crew, which amounts to about one percent. Just seven percent of the films made since 2000 were made by a majority-female crew. As one would expect, the number of women working on film crews has increased over the past 100 years — but the rate of change is still frustratingly slow. Women accounted for three percent of film crews in 1913, and by the early 2000s that number had grown to 27 percent. Women comprise 34 percent of this year’s film crews.
Women helmed only 4.5 percent of the BFI filmography and, like their onscreen counterparts, female directors tend to work much less than men. With 13 movies, Muriel Box (“Rattle of a Simple Man,” “The Piper’s Tune”) is the filmography’s most prolific female director. Maurice Elvey (“The Suicide Club,” “Love in a Wood”) is the most prolific male director with 151 films. That’s right: Elvey made over 11 times as many films as Box.
Director of Photography is the crew role that features the largest gender gap. Women DoPs have shot just 1.3 percent of UK films. With eight films, Nina Kellgren (“Young Soul Rebels”) is the female DoP with the most work experience.
The gender disparity of the BFI Filmography is disheartening of course, but it could also be a springboard for reform in the UK film industry — and not just for women’s representation. The lack of racial diversity in UK movies is also startling: 59 percent of the last decade’s films featured no black actors. As the BFI stated: “Whilst the BFI Filmography launches with a detailed look at gender, it is the intention to continue to build on the data, to provide a greater understanding of representation on and off screen.” Here’s hoping that studios really consider the BFI Filmography and decide that the next 100 years of cinema will be a better, more inclusive place.
Some additional stats from the filmography are below, courtesy of the BFI. Go to the BFI Filmography website to look through the new resource and find out more.
Most prolific women actors of each decade 1960–2017
Marianne Stone — 62 films
Marianne Stone — 37 films
Liz Smith — 14 films
Sadie Frost — 10 films
Shirley Henderson — 18 films
Kate Dickie — 13 films
Jodie Whittaker — 12 films
Most prolific women actors (still working)
Judi Dench — 41 films
Maggie Smith — 40 films
Vanessa Redgrave — 40 films
Sylvia Syms — 38 films
Liz Fraser — 37 films
Joan Collins — 37 films
Honor Blackman — 36 films
Jane Carr — 34 films
Julie Walters — 34 films
Helen Mirren — 33 films
4 Characters women are Most likely to play (when name/gender is unspecified)
Prostitute — 94% cast as women
Housekeeper — 91% cast as women
Nurse — 88% cast as women
Receptionist — 80% cast as women
4 Characters women are Least likely to play (when name/gender is unspecified)
Police Inspector — 0% cast as women
Police Sergeant — 0% cast as women
Steward — 0% cast as women
Taxi Driver — 0% cast as women
Most prolific women directors
Muriel Box — 13 films
Christine Edzard — 7 films
Gurinder Chadha — 7 films
Sally Potter — 7 films
Wendy Toye — 6 films
Mira Nair — 6 films
Penny Woolcock — 5 films
Beeban Kidron — 5 films
Debbie Isitt — 5 films
Mary McGuckian — 5 films
Newly Launched BFI Filmography Reveals Stark Gender Disparity in UK Film was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Rooney Mara may not have any new premieres this year, but a pair of films from last year’s Tiff will finally be hitting U.S. theaters. Just a week after Una arrives, The Secret Scripture, directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), will get a release. The story follows Vanessa Redgrave as an older version of Mara’s character, reflecting on her traumatic life in Ireland through writing a diary alongside a cast including Jack Reynor, Theo James, Aidan Turner, and Eric Bana.
We said in our review, “The result falls flat and all too conventional for the talent involved. The problem lies more in Sheridan’s direction than in Mara’s acting, which is to say that she does deliver another good performance here, but everything else does her talent a major disservice. Redgrave is also a stand-out, but the film feels »
- Jordan Raup
"Make up your mind, but leave me out of it!" Vertical Entertainment has debuted a brand new official Us trailer for the upcoming release of the romance film The Secret Scripture, the latest from filmmaker Jim Sheridan. Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave play the same woman, named Roseanne McNulty, who grew up in the midst of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and '30s. The story starts with Redgrave in a mental institution, where she has kept a diary of "secret scriptures" from her life. It flashes back to tell her story growing up, which is when Mara takes over. The cast also features Jack Reynor, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Eric Bana, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Omar Sharif Jr. This doesn't look any better than it did last year when the first international trailer arrived, and it's never a good sign when the film is delayed »
- Alex Billington
We caught this film a little while back (at 2016’s BFI London Film Festival), and like quite a bit of what Jim Sheridan was trying to do. The Secret Scripture focuses on the literary work of Sebastian Barry and his 2008 novel of the same name, and today, the full trailer for the movie was finally released.
We begin the film alongside Eric Bana‘s psychiatrist Dr, Stephen Grene who is summoned to a rural part of Sligo, Ireland to assess the mental state of seventy-something in-patient Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave). Lady Rose, as she is referred to, has resided at the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital for nearly five decades and, now that the property is set to be turned into a luxury hotel and spa, she must be relocated to a new facility, or, if the doctor deems her fit, be released. Aided by one of the nurses (referred to »
- Paul Heath
19 September 2017 3:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Tuesday that BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening will discuss her craft and career at one of its popular "BAFTA A Life in Pictures" events in London next month.
It will take place at the British capital's Savoy Hotel on Oct. 12.
The "Life in Pictures" series has hosted such stars as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, David Fincher, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Jeremy Irons.
After starting her acting career on stage, Bening’s breakthrough role on »
- Georg Szalai
Loosely based on Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel of the same name, the film co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, Theo James, and Eric Bana. It follows an elderly woman committed to a mental hospital, reflecting on her life during the turbulent times of the 1930s and 1940s.
Continue reading ‘Secret Scripture’ Trailer: Rooney Mara Is A Murder Suspect at The Playlist. »
- Tess Bonn
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review: Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin) brings this stunning portrait of love in the late 70s to screens. Will it be this year’s runaway Oscar success?
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review by Paul Heath.
Eon Productions choose their projects well. The company behind the James Bond movies rarely venture outside of that franchise, but when they do, you know you’re in for something special – and that is exactly what you get from Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, an absolute masterpiece in film-making.
Annette Benning plays Gloria Grahame, an ageing Oscar-winning actress who we meet in her dressing room preparing for a performance in a theatre somewhere in the north of England, Elton John’s ‘Song For Guy’ playing over the soundtrack. However, all is not well as she attempts to head to the stage, »
- Paul Heath
In today’s film news roundup, Annette Bening has joined Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave in “Georgetown,” Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Roland Emmerich’s World War II movie “Midway,” and Film Movement has bought three documentaries.
The project, based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, centers on Albrecht Muth (played by Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath, portrayed by Redgrave. Muth and Drath entered the top political circles as they threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background — which came to light after Drath was found murdered in 2011 at their home in Georgetown.
Muth was 26 when he married the 71-year-old Drath in 1990. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years »
- Dave McNary
Louisa Mellor Sep 8, 2017
“It’s the disposal,” says Tim Roth. “The killing isn’t the problem, it’s the disposal that’s the problem. You run out of space.” The storage issues faced by serial killers aren’t something to which many of us will have devoted much thought. Roth has. Reassuringly, he’s had reason to thanks to his recent sinister role as real-life murderer Reg Christie in BBC drama Rillington Place. “Charming fella” he jokes.
Simon Brew Sep 5, 2017
Annette Bening headlines Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool - and here's the first trailer...
Now here’s a movie we’re looking forward to. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock, Gangster No 1), Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is the screen adaptation of Peter Turner’s memoir. The 70s-set film follows the relationship between Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame and the-then young man Turner. Annette Bening, in sublime form, plays the former, with Jamie Bell take on the latter role.
The first trailer for the film has landed too, bringing with it a synopsis as well.
Here’s the trailer…
And here’s the synopsis…
Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and »
"Could you take me to Liverpool? I could get better there..." Lionsgate UK has unveiled the first trailer for a film titled Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which just premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend to great reviews. It will play at Tiff next and the London Film Festival, too. The film tells the story of Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame, as played by the ever-so-talented Annette Bening. It mainly focuses on her passionate romance with a much younger movie star named Peter Turner, as played by Jamie Bell, and it's based on Turner's actual memoir. The full cast includes Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, and Frances Barber. Grahame starred in The Big Heat, It's a Wonderful Life, In a Lonely Place, and Oklahoma!, and won the Oscar for her role in The Bad and the Beautiful. Based on the early buzz, this is »
- Alex Billington
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