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[Blue Velvet] was the song that sparked the movie!—David Lynch(1)Blue velvet, red lips, sprawling, manicured neighborhood lawns; the transgressions that go on behind the closed doors of ostensibly squeaky-clean American suburbia; the mysterious melancholy behind a pop song written in the early 1950s: these were the things that inspired David Lynch to write Blue Velvet. Kyle MacLachlan plays Jeffrey Beaumont in the film, a young man who returns to his hometown of Lumberton after his father has had a stroke. Whilst walking home after visiting his father in hospital, Jeffrey comes across an ant-infested human ear in an empty lot and takes it upon himself to investigate the mystery surrounding it, resulting in his being seduced and almost destroyed by the seamy underbelly of the town. In his investigations Jeffrey is torn between two worlds, one of innocence and one of corruption, and it is a duality that is not »
A surreal and entirely original coming-of-age tale, Closet Monster tells the story of Oscar, a gay, cinephilic high school senior who has been grappling with the implications of his parents’ divorce — and a witnessed act of gay bashing — by, among other things, conversing with his “spirit animal”: Buffy, a pet hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini. The feature debut of Canadian writer/director Stephen Dunn, the film has drawn comparisons to the work of countrymen David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan, but it pulses to its own unexpectedly sincere wavelength. Below, we asked Dunn about that Cronenberg connection, star Connor Jessup […] »
- Scott Macaulay
The teenage coming-out dramedy is by now such a subgenre unto itself, so familiar in its usual beats, that it takes a while to realize a rare film like “Closet Monster” is actually bringing something original to the form. Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature treads no new ground in basic outline. But the risk-taking confidence with which he weaves in sardonic magical-realist elements, not to mention his unpredictable yet assured approaches to style and tone, make this a most auspicious debut. After a year’s well-received travel on the festival circuit, Strand launches a tiered U.S. theatrical release Sept. 23 in New York.
We first meet Oscar Madly as a precocious tyke (Jack Fulton) about seven years’ age. When his parents give him a pet hamster, it’s to soften the blow of their split announcement: Mom Brin (Joanne Kelly) is leaving, having had enough of dad Peter’s (Aaron Abrams) antics. »
- Dennis Harvey
The show, which hails from Sony Pictures Television, will join the Hulu Original slate in 2017. “Hunger Games” star Hutcherson produces and stars as Josh Futterman, a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity. The series also stars Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr. and and Glenne Headly.
The story was written by executive producers Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter, and Howard Overman, with a teleplay by Shaffir and Hunter. Rogen and Goldberg also directed the pilot. The comedy marks the first half-hour series from the “Sausage Party” duo, who currently executive produce comic book drama “Preacher” for AMC.
“Future Man” is the latest in Hulu’s expanding slate of original »
- Laura Prudom
“Stranger Things” fan favorite Shannon Purser (Barb) joins the cast of the “Archie” comics-based TV show “Riverdale.” Also in today’s roundup, Netflix casts Marc Maron in its upcoming wrestling series “G.L.O.W.”
Rhiannon Giddens has been cast in a recurring role in Season 5 of “Nashville” on its new home of Cmt. Giddens, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, will play Hanna Lee (Hallie) Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel.
Shannon Purser (Barb from the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”) has been cast as Ethel Muggs on The CW’s upcoming “Archie” comic adaptation “Riverdale.” Purser will appear in at least three episodes, EW reports, alongside Camila Mendes (Veronica) and Lili Reinhart (Betty). The series will premiere on The CW early 2017.
- Arya Roshanian
Now that the summer is cooling down, we’re entering perhaps the best time of year for cinephiles, with a variety of festivals — some of which will hold premieres of our most-anticipated 2016 features — gearing up. As we do each year, after highlighting the best films offered thus far, we’ve set out to provide a comprehensive preview of the fall titles that should be on your radar, and we’ll first take a look at selections whose quality we can attest to. Ranging from acclaimed debuts at Sundance, Cannes, and more, we’ve rounded up 25 titles that will arrive from September to December (in the U.S.) and are all well worth seeking out.
As a note, these didn’t make the cut, but you can see our reviews at the links: White Girl (9/2), Other People (9/9), London Road (9/9), Goat (9/23), Sand Storm (9/28), Do Not Resist (9/30), The Birth of a Nation (10/7), Desierto »
- The Film Stage
Hollywood's most elegantly natural, defiantly independent actress comes alive in a film biography about her personal life, using inside family testimony, rare film and her diaries. Sweden's Ingrid seems more radiant than ever. Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 82228 2015 / B&W-Color / 1:78 widescreen / 114 min. / Jag är Ingrid / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini, Fiorella Mariani, Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger. Ingrid Bergman's voice Alicia Vikander Film Editor Dominika Daubenbüchel Original Music Michael Nyman Written by Stig Björkman, Stina Gardell and Dominika Daubenbüchel Produced by Stina Gardell Directed by Stig Björkman
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Ingrid Bergman had one of the most fascinating lives of any woman of the 20th century. An ambitious actress, she let herself be guided by her desires and her heart. Although banished by Hollywood and vilified by the press, »
- Glenn Erickson
RelatedCasual Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu
Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, Chance (premiering Wednesday, Oct. 19) is a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Dr. Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. The series also stars Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice), Paul Adelstein (Private Practice), Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl »
From marital scandals to on-screen magnetism, a documentary about Ingrid Bergman salutes an actor who consistently defied expectations
Nearly 20 years ago, I went to stay with my husband in a house owned by the family of Roberto Rossellini, the great neorealist Italian film director. We spent our days as you do when you find yourself in an idyllic hideaway in the Italian sunshine: reading; lying by the pool; watching the light through the trees. And I thought about Ingrid Bergman, who must have visited this secluded villa at a time when her life was in free fall.
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- Sarah Crompton
In 1996, when Isabella Rossellini was about to turn 44, she was sacked. After 14 years as the face and spokesperson of Lancôme cosmetics, she was told in no uncertain terms that she was past it. Beauty advertising was about the dream, executives told her, not the harsh reality, and women dreamed about being young; the actor’s face would soon become an unwelcome reminder of the ageing process. And so, despite Rossellini’s insistence that eternal youth was neither her dream nor that of any woman she knew (she says she told Lancôme that the new dream was to be independent, to be powerful, to assert yourself ), she was replaced, rather humiliatingly, by the very similar-looking Juliette Binoche – dark hair, pale skin, full lips, »
- Sali Hughes
Hulu isn't getting some Shut Eye until December. Today, the streaming service released the premiere date for their upcoming original series.
From Les Bohem, the drama explores the world of L.A. storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicates behind them. The cast includes Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Isabella Rossellini, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Susan Misner, Angus Sampson and David Zayas.
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After a collection of shorts, Stephen Dunn is making his directorial debut with a coming-of-age tale following a boy named Oscar (Connor Jessup, reoccurring player in this year’s TV series American Crime) that looks equal parts psychedelic and grounded, sensual and violent. The first trailer for Closet Monster, which is also penned by Dunn, showcases the collection of awards the film has received including Best Canadian Feature at Tiff, Best Feature at the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Fest, and a Jury Prize at Marrakech International Film Festival, among others.
The trailer also hints at small moments of comedy mixed with sweaty drama, tension, and potential violence that makes you consider both words in its title. Dunn is being compared to both David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan, with a distinct voice of his own. We said in our review: “Dunn’s maneuvering from light touches to blinding violence is bold and »
- Mike Mazzanti
The second edition of the 'Women in Motion' program will take place in Cannes from May 11 to 22, 2016 at the 69th Festival de Cannes.
The year’s official poster is of Frances McDormand whose presentation at last year’s first edition illuminated gender bias practices within the film industry in the most captivating, funny and serious presentation of the several presentations given.
During her Talk on 22 May 2015, the actress addressed the impact gender discrimination had on budget negotiations for female filmmakers, the lack of money being one of the main issues faced within the industry. Frances McDormand made her point hit home:
"We don't need help, we need money. We don't need more initiatives; we need money."
"Women in motion - it's done! We are moving, we just need to catch up."
Read more on SydneysBuzz about the inaugural sessions of Women in Motion, Cannes 2015.
Launched jointly by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in 2015 as part of an official five year partnership, the 'Women in Motion' program celebrates women's talent in cinema. In keeping with the first edition, the 'Women in Motion' program will be comprised of its two founding pillars: the 'Women in Motion' Talks and the 'Women in Motion' Awards.
The Talks will be announced ahead of the Festival, and will highlight the contribution of women and discuss their role in the film industry.
In addition to the Talks, the first 'Women in Motion' Award will reward the exemplary contribution of a laureate to both the film industry and women's causes. The second Award will be attributed to one or several up-and-coming talents in the film industry, chosen from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015.
To watch Frances McDormand's Talk on 22 May 2015 visit Here
"I am proud that ‘Women in Motion’ has once again been given the chance to feature in the program of such a major event as the Festival de Cannes this year. In 2015, ‘Women in Motion’ proved to be a powerful platform for supporting women in cinema.
With ‘Women in Motion’ – and even more so this year, given the real support we are providing to several female directors – we are taking another step towards real awareness and tangible changes, promoting a film industry that is more representative of the richness and diversity of our societies." -François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group
The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: discussing the role and importance of women in film
Taking place as morning sessions throughout the entire competition, this year’s ‘Women in Motion’ Talks will welcome guests from outside the film industry to enrich the discussions about the place and contribution of women in cinema and underline solutions which would make the industry more representative.
· During the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks held in 2015, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate. Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven all expressed their views on women and cinema during a series of interviews open to journalists and industry professionals.
The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women
· In addition to the talks, the 69th Cannes International Film Festival will also be marked by the presentation of the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards.
· In 2015, two honorary awards were attributed; the first to actress, producer and committed philanthropist Jane Fonda, who also holds two Oscars for best actress; and the second to independent producer Megan Ellison to celebrate the launch of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme. Both women are emblematic of their cinematic generations.
· In 2016, the first award will be presented to a laureate who has made an exemplary contribution to both the film industry and women’s causes. The first award winner will then be offered the chance to choose the recipient(s) of the second award, intended to support up-and-coming talents in the film industry, from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015. The second award will be accompanied by financial support for an ongoing film project.
· The awards will be presented on 15 May 2016, during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes and hosted by François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux.
A long-term commitment to both Women and Cinema
Kering and cinema
· From financing films and restoring works to producing documentaries and supporting producers and feature films, Kering and its Corporate Foundation have supported a number of films with a strong message: “Desert Flower” by Sherry Hormann (2009), “Home” by Yann-Arthus Bertrand (2009), “Brave Miss World” by Cecilia Peck (2013), and “Ice and Sky” by Luc Jacquet (2015).
· Kering has also been a partner of the Ecole de la Cité film school, part of the Cité du Cinéma complex created by Luc Besson, since its launch in 2012.
· Through its brands, Kering has also supported high-profile film institutions and festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Institute (New York), Britdoc (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) and the Lumière Festival (Lyon).
Kering and women
· Kering has been committed to empowering women for many years, primarily through the Kering Foundation, created and chaired by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, as well as the Chime for Change initiative launched by Gucci, to empower women and girls around the world.
A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, and Cobra. By 'empowering imagination' in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.
Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously Ppr) share is listed on Euronext Paris (Fr 0000121485, Ker.Pa, Ker.Fp). »
- Sydney Levine
In a video posted to social media, Hulu has announced its new, original Shut Eye TV show will premiere August 31st, only on Hulu. A drama series, Shut Eye explores the world of L.A. storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicates behind them.
Jeffrey Donovan has been cast as current psychic and former failed magician, Charlie Haverford. Joining him in the cast of Shut Eye are: Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Susan Misner, Emmanuelle Chriqui, David Zayas, and Isabella Rossellini.
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Peccadillo Pictures, the leading film distributor for Lgbt films in the UK, is taking a selection of the best contemporary Lgbt films from around the world on a nationwide roadshow festival called POUTfest. From June to September, a provocative and entertaining selection of international feature films and brand new British gay short films will be touring cinemas up and down the country prior to some receiving theatrical releases.
Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the POUTfest tour aims to grow a national audience for new Lgbt cinema, with emphasis on providing access to regional audiences who in many cases have not previously been able to enjoy Lgbt cinema locally. Talent from the films are expected to attend screenings, and there will also be Skype Q&As, pre-recorded interviews, additional content and local personalities who will host panels and discussions related to the films.
Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo, »
- Kat Kourbeti
One of the darkest of dark comedies to be released by a major studio in the early ’90s, Death Becomes Her is something of a minor miracle. It casts three A-list actors in a special effects comedy about nasty people doing nasty things to one another. It wreaks havoc on the human body to score macabre laughs. Hollywood comedies are rarely this weird.
While I will forever love him for making some of my favorite movies of all-time, director Robert Zemeckis has a tendency to fall in love with special effects to the point that some of his movies exist to service the FX and not the other way around. My memory of Death Becomes Her was that it was one such movie—a thin premise built around Zemeckis’ desire to showcase advances in the possibilities of computer-assisted effects, which were state of the art at the time. Revisiting it after many years, »
- Patrick Bromley
To celebrate the release of Joy, which hits Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from today, 25th April, we have an exclusive clip from the film.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy‘s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, »
- Paul Heath
Starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis, Death Becomes Her will be released on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory on April 26th, and we’ve been provided with three copies of the macabre comedy to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Death Becomes Her.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Death Becomes Her Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 29th. 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.
- Derek Anderson
Living a long life isn’t necessarily a blessing in Robert Zemeckis’ Death Becomes Her. Ahead of Scream Factory’s April 26th Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the 1992 film, we have high-def clips and an official trailer that tease the movie’s macabre hijinks between Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis.
From the Press Release: “Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Oscar® winner Goldie Hawn and Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis star in acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis’ outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life…and death. Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) is a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives – and deaths – forever in this hilarious dark comedy with ground-breaking special effects that the Chicago Tribune calls “diabolically inventive.” On April 26, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Death Becomes Her Collector’s Editionon home entertainment shelves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition »
- Derek Anderson
Come get your Q on starting this Friday! The Ninth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs April 24-28 at the Hi-Pointe Backlot Theatre. The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 28 films – 13 features (seven narratives and six documentaries) and 15 short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of Lgbtq people and to celebrate queer culture.
The 2016 QFest St. Louis begins on Sunday, April 24, and runs through Thursday, April 28. Tickets are on sale now for all shows. Cost is $12 each or $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current IDs. All screenings will be held at the Hi-Pointe Backlot Theatre, located at 1002 Hi Pointe Place, directly behind the Hi-Pointe Theatre. Advance sales »
- Tom Stockman
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