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11 items from 2017

‘Marvin’s Room’ Broadway Review: Lili Taylor Earns Major Feels as Caregiver Who Needs Care Herself

29 June 2017 7:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s been two decades since Lili Taylor’s first and last appearance on Broadway — in a production of “The Three Sisters” featuring Amy Irving, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Calista Flockhart and Billy Crudup — and how we’ve missed her. Taylor has done solid, understated work in movies like “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Brooklyn’s Finest” and TV shows like ABC’s canceled-too-soon “American Crime.” And she brings that almost visceral sense of empathy to a heartfelt revival of “Marvin’s Room,” Scott McPherson’s elegiac 1991 drama that opened Thursday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Taylor plays Bessie, »

- Thom Geier

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The Best Movies About the End of the World, From ‘Melancholia’ to ‘Dr. Strangelove’

5 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Apropos of absolutely nothing (and definitely not in response to a certain world leader taking disastrous steps towards dooming the environment of the only inhabitable planet we have), what is the best film about the end of the world?

Erin Whitney (@Cinemabite), ScreenCrush

It’s a hard tie between “Melancholia” and “Take Shelter.” One is a devastating meditation on depression, isolation and death, and the other is a dramatic masterpiece that evokes the dread and anxiety of a looming end. They’re very different films (and coincidentally opened within months of each other), but both end on final shots that left me breathless. »

- David Ehrlich

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Bentonville Film Festival Announces 2017 Competition Winner

15 May 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The third annual Bentonville Film Festival (Bff) which champions women and diverse voices in media, announced the winners of its film competition Saturday, May 6 at their awards ceremony hosted by Terry Crews, star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Bff is the only festival to offer guaranteed distribution to the winning festival films in three categories: Best Narrative, Best Family Film and Audience Award winners.

Hosted in Bentonville, Arkansas, 2017’s festival attracted a record-breaking number of attendees committed to ensuring development and promotion of media that represents the world we live in – 51% women and highly diverse. Festival attendees interacted with filmmakers, actors and key industry leaders including Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Rachel Winter, Marilu Henner, Jane Seymour, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Amy Jo Johnson, Aisha Tyler, Nely Galan, Olivia Washington, Joey Travolta (Inclusion Films), Patty Jenkins (Director, Wonder Woman), Stephen Quinn (Chairman, Afe), Gil Robertson (Aafca), Chevonne O »

- Malina Saval

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Sigourney Weaver on Bill Paxton: 'I Can't Believe He's Gone'

1 March 2017 8:19 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Sigourney Weaver, who co-starred with Bill Paxton in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi/horror classic Aliens, issued a statement about the late actor, who died Saturday at age 61 from heart surgery complications. "Bill brought such authenticity to everything he did – in life and in his work," she wrote in a statement. "He was the quintessential Texan – incredibly charming, warm, generous, always with a twinkle in his eye. He loved his family, his friends, his work and gave them his all. I can't believe he's gone."

Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played one of »

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Jeanne Tripplehorn Remembers 'Big Love' Husband Bill Paxton

28 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Bill Paxton's Big Love family continues to mourn the loss of the late actor following his untimely passing over the weekend at the age of 61.

Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played his TV wife (one of three) on the HBO polygamy drama Big Love, called him a "friend for life" in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.  

"It is difficult to process the loss of Bill Paxton. I adored that man from Fort Worth, Texas," she said. "From the moment we met on Big Love, I knew he was a friend for life…but then everyone has felt that after »

- Kate Stanhope

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Bill Paxton, Esteemed TV and Film Actor, Dead at 61

26 February 2017 6:23 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Beloved TV and film star, Bill Paxton, passed away today after complications from surgery.

He was 61 years old.

According to reports, he suffered a stroke after successful heart surgery. Family, friends, colleagues and fans from around the world mourn him today.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," his family said in a statement on Sunday.

"A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker."

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

Paxton started acting in the late '70s in shorts, but by the mid-'80s he had graduated to features, starring in films such as The Terminator, »

- Carissa Pavlica

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Bill Paxton Remembered: Training Day, Big Love, S.H.I.E.L.D. Stars Pay Tribute

26 February 2017 9:18 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday at the age of 61, is being remembered by friends and former co-stars.

The Emmy-nominated actor, who was currently starring in CBS’ adaptation of Training Day, died due to complications from an unspecified surgery. Justin Cornwell and Julie Benz, who respectively play his partner and girlfriend on the freshman drama, took to social media to express their grief over the loss of a “sweet friend.”

RelatedBig Love Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Justin CornwellTraining Day:

We were just two guys on top of the world. Rest easy my friend pic.twitter.com »

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Film Mode boards 'Little Pink House'

11 February 2017 9:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Courtney Balaker’s drama premiered at Santa Barbara Film Festival earlier this month.

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode is in talks with international buyers at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin on Little Pink House starring Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Callum Keith Rennie.

The story is based on the book of the same name by Jeff Benedict about a small-town nurse who rallies her neighbours to confront a corporation that threatens to destroy their homes in a working class area of Connecticut.

Courtney Moorehead Balaker wrote and directed Little Pink House and produced with Ted Balaker and Joel Soisson. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Athena Film Festival Aims to Inspire Amid Current Political Climate, Troubling Stats for Female Directors

10 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The 7th Athena Film Festival kicked off Thursday night with a screening of the first completed film from its female-focused version of The Black List, The Athena List. Little Pink House, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn, is based on the true story behind the Supreme Court eminent domain case of Kelo vs. City of New London and follows the Susette Kelo-led working-class homeowners trying to save their land from Pfizer.

The film was a fitting choice to open the festival, co-founder Melissa Silverstein says, not only because it was a finalist on the Athena List of unproduced »

- Hilary Lewis

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Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” to Open Athena Film Festival

18 January 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Catherine Keener in “Maladies”: Tribeca Film Festival

The Athena Film Festival announced today that “Little Pink House,” written and directed by Courtney Moorehead Balaker, will screen on Thursday, February 9 as the fest’s Opening Night film.

Based on the true story of Susette Kelo, “Little Pink Houses” tells the story of a nurse who emerges as a reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests. Two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener (“Enough Said”) plays the title role. Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Criminal Minds”) co-stars.

Telling Kelo’s story has been a long time coming for Moorehead Balaker — and for the Athena Film Festival. The “Little Pink House” script was a finalist on the 2015 Athena List, a selection of screenplays with female leads or protagonists that have yet to be made into films.

“Bringing Susette’s story to the screen has been a passion of mine for years and I’m very honored by the Athena Film Festival’s invitation to open the festival,” said Moorehead Balaker in a statement. “Susette is a model of courage and defiance, and Catherine Keener’s outstanding performance perfectly embodies Susette’s spirit and drive. I’m grateful to the Athena Film Festival for showcasing her story and for giving ‘Little Pink House’ the opportunity to come full circle from Athena List Finalist to opening night film.”

Women and Hollywood’s Founder and Publisher, Melissa Silverstein, co-founded the Athena Film Festival and serves as its artistic director. She commented, “‘Little Pink House’ highlights an incredible message of woman’s courage against all odds and standing up for what is right. This is the first film from the Athena List program to be made and the fact that it will open the festival is an enormous thrill for all of us,” she emphasized.

After the Opening Night screening of “Little Pink House,” Moorehead Balaker and the real-life Susette Kelo will participate in an audience Q&A.

Little Pink House’s” official synopsis reads, “Susette’s battle goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and the controversial 5–4 decision in ‘Kelo vs. City of New London’ gave government officials the power to bulldoze a neighborhood for the benefit of a multibillion-dollar corporation. The decision outraged Americans across the political spectrum, and that passion fueled reforms that helped curb eminent domain abuse.”

The Athena Film Festival is four-day event honoring “courageous and audacious women in real life and the fictional world,” and includes features, documentaries, and shorts. The festival will run from February 9–12 at Barnard College in New York City.

Visit the festival’s website to purchase festival tickets and passes, or to find our more information.

Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” to Open Athena Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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First Athena List Film 'Little Pink House' to Open 2017 Edition of Female-Focused Festival (Exclusive)

18 January 2017 9:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The first completed film from the Athena List, the Athena Film Festival's female-focused version of The Black List, will screen as the opening-night movie at the 2017 edition of the festival. Writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker's screenplay for Little Pink House was a finalist on the 2015 edition of the Athena List, a slate of unproduced screenplays with strong female protagonists.

The film, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn, is based on the true story behind the Supreme Court eminent domain case of Kelo vs. City of New London. Keener plays small-town nurse Susette Kelo, who emerges as the reluctant leader »

- Hilary Lewis

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