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Since Ellen Page stunned us with her diabolical smarts in "Hard Candy" and her straightforward drollness in "Juno," we haven't gotten to see the Oscar-nominated actress in many movies that live up to her compelling charms. Remember "Smart People" with Sarah Jessica Parker? No? Do you ever think about her exposition-spewing character Ariadne in "Inception"? What about the time Woody Allen wasted her (and Judy Davis!) in "To Rome with Love"? Enough is enough. A new trailer just debuted for "Freeheld," a drama about a real-life woman named Laurel Hester (played here by Julianne Moore) who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and fought to ensure that her pension benefits would be passed along to her partner Stacie (Page). The trailer is gripping; watch it at Buzzfeed. (We'll add it here when an embeddable version is released.) Last year when Page came out as a lesbian at a Human Rights Campaign event, »
- Louis Virtel
Posey will join a cast that already includes Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis. As is typical for an Allen joint, casting has been under way for months, even with Irrational Man only opening in theaters this month.
The prolific director has been putting out a movie a year for some time now, and this next one doesn’t seem to be shaping up any differently. Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson are all again involved as producers.
Allen has a history of teaming with the same actors for multiple projects after taking a shine to them. Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, Winslet stars in the film as Tilly Dunnage, a famous fashion designer from the 1950’s who moves back to her hometown to take care of her ill mother, only to find herself linked with the death of a local boy. Liam Hemsworth (Independence Day: Resurgence), Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger), Judy Davis (To Rome With Love) and Sarah Snook (Predestination) co-star in the film directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (A Thousand Acres)/
The Dressmaker has been scheduled for an Australian release on October 1st, but no release dates for the Us or UK have yet been set.
- Scott J. Davis
In The Dressmaker, Kate Winslet stars as fancy couturier Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, who returns to her childhood home in the Australian country to care for her ailing mother, played by Judy Davis. She left after people thought she had killed a young boy, and is back to seek revenge on her accusers, while also performing some She's All That magic on the townspeople. Based on the book of the same title by Rosalie Ham, writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse has described the film as "Unforgiven with a sewing machine." She forgot to include Liam Hemsworth's abs, which Kate Winslet is definitely here for.The Dressmaker comes to theaters October 22. * An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Liam Hemsworth and Rosalie Ham. Our apologies to the Hemsworth brothers, and to our readers. »
- E. Alex Jung
The film follows Winslet, the prodigal daughter who returns to her small Australian hometown to care for her ailing mother after traveling around the globe. She begins transforming the townswomen with her dressmaking skills, but no one can look past the rumors that she murdered a young boy when she was 10 years old.
“The Dressmaker” hits theaters on October 22.
- Maane Khatchatourian
A film about love, revenge and haute couture. Yes, that is the actual tagline. An official Australian trailer has debuted for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, adapted from Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name, starring Kate Winslet as woman trained in French dressmaking who returns to her grubby middle-of-nowhere hometown in dusty Australia. There she brings new life to the town and, of course, falls for a guy, played by Liam Hemsworth. This looks like an upbeat, fun-for-everyone charmer that will have you smiling more than laughing, but doesn't look so bad. Featuring Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. Only headed to Australian cinemas for now, take a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, direct from YouTube: Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. »
- Alex Billington
Winslet appears in the 1950s-set film as Australian fashion designer Tilly Dunnage who goes back to her rural hometown to care for her sick mother, but rumours of her involvement in the death of a young boy threaten to ruin her return.
Speaking last December when a first look of Winslet in character was revealed, the film's director Jocelyn Moorhouse said: "A great crew, brilliant supporting cast and beautiful locations, costume and design helped make the shoot a delight.
"This very first look of Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage... says everything about the character, a beautiful talented misfit, a dressmaker, returning home to right the wrongs of the past."
The Dressmaker has so far only been scheduled for »
There’s no question that television has been vital in altering perceptions on gay rights, perhaps more than with any other social issue. Yet while TV’s advancement might not seem that way in hindsight — perhaps especially to the movement’s opponents — its role as a progressive force has hardly been a steady forward march. Instead, its history has been more accurately characterized by advance and retreat. The theory that TV pursued some orchestrated agenda is
belied by the jagged line that has been followed from “That Certain Summer” — a breakthrough 1972 movie about a teenager learning that his father is gay — to the panoply of characters currently featured in programs, which prompted GLAAD to state last fall that television is “playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of Lgbt lives around the world.”
It is also almost impossible to separate the impact of popular TV personalities coming out, such as Ellen DeGeneres, »
- Brian Lowry
Hollywood is over-flowing with screen heroines in action films, dramas and comedies, but where are Australia.s?
Two of our most respected film critics/writers have pondered that question and come up with some intriguing theories.
.Is it that so many scripts draw on cinema past? Nothing wrong with that, all art is built on the back of other art, but this might perhaps limit the way writers think about stories," former ABC Radio National critic Julie Rigg posits in the latest edition of Aftrs' journal Lumina.
"Or it is it that, somehow, writers — male and female - find women.s lives uninteresting? I would have to conclude most are just not looking and listening...
Rigg, who now writes on film for ABC Arts Online, opines, "It does start with the writing. I do not believe that only women can write well about women.. but it is worthwhile noting that »
- Don Groves
Dennis died in his Portland, Ore. home, according to the American Film Institute. AFI was unable to confirm the date of his passing at this time.
Dennis also wrote the screenplays for Walter Murch’s “Return to Oz” (1985) and Judy Davis’ drama “On My Own” (1991), in addition to penning and directing Angelina Jolie’s thriller “Without Evidence” (1995) and the 1973 film “Intermission.” On the TV front, he did the teleplay for the 1996 TNT Western “Riders of the Purple Sage” and wrote the Showtime miniseries “Home Fires.”
Dennis was a 1969 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s first class, which also included Terrence Malick, David Lynch and Caleb Deschanel. He returned to AFI in 1997 as a master filmmaker-in-residence and taught the incoming class this past September. His students took to Twitter to express their grief. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
The UK production financed by Studiocanal and Film4 will be released in Oz by Transmission Films, probably in October.. Kurzel's Snowtown screened during Critics Week in Cannes in 2011, where it got a special mention and he was nominated for the Golden Camera award for best first feature.
Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel about a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life and falls for an older, »
- Don Groves
Cross-Tasman drama Sunday will test the potential for simultaneous multi-platform release when it launches on May 2 in nine cinemas and on DVD and on-demand services.
Set in Melbourne and Christchurch one year after the earthquake that devastated the latter, the plot follows Eve and Charlie, who are about to have a baby although they are no longer together.. After months of separation they have 24 hours to find their way forward.
Actor-turned-producer Clare said, .As independent filmmakers we want to make our film accessible to the widest possible audience and we need to respond to the changes taking place in our industry. A multi-platform release responds to these opportunities in an innovative way, »
- Don Groves
The San Francisco Film Society has selected Richard Gere as the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting for the 58th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival.
The award will be presented to Gere at the Film Society Awards Night on April 27 at the Armory Community Center.
Gere will also honored the night before at the Castro Theatre. That event will include an onstage interview, a selection of clips and a screening of Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind.” In that 2014 film, Gere portrays a man who tries to patch things up with his estranged daughter after circumstances force him into a homeless shelter.
“Richard Gere is one of cinema’s few unmistakable icons, a powerful connection to the heart of Hollywood history,” said Sffs exec director Noah Cowan. “But when we saw his extraordinary performance in ‘Time Out of Mind,’ we were instantly reminded of »
- Dave McNary
Actor will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at upcoming festival.
Richard Gere will be the recipient of this year’s Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The award will be presented at the Film Society Awards Night on April 27, where the recipients of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award, the Kanbar Award for excellence in storytelling and the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award will also be honoured.
Gere will be publicly honoured at An Evening with Richard Gere on the previous day [April 26] which will include an onstage interview and will be followed by a screening of his latest film, Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
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