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Rather than take the high-end prime specialty route with initial New York/Los Angeles dates, this week’s top two releases—Mira Nair’s well-reviewed “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s less welcomed “The Dressmaker” (Broad Green)—both jumped to multiple top cities.
Two of the leading Sundance 2016 films – “The Lovers and the Despot” (Magnolia) and “Goat” (The Film Arcade”) took the national bookings with day-and-date Video on Demand strategy. A third, documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” debuted on Netflix along with some minimal unreported theatrical dates (to get it reviewed in the movie section and Oscar qualified).
None of these popped with particularly impressive grosses. No doubt some of the big titles ahead will go the more conventional route and score big results. But the lay of the land gets more complicated for art houses as both their exclusivity and theatrical-only patterns are at risk.
- Tom Brueggemann
Kate Winslet and Judy Davis working together, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Albert Maysles and David Maysles' Grey Gardens - Jocelyn Moorhouse, director of A Thousand Acres (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards, Colin Firth), and Proof (Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe) and The Dressmaker producer Sue Maslin, who reunited with novelist Rosalie Ham, discuss cinematic links and small-town logistics.
"If the dream, according to the interpretation, represents a wish fulfilled, what is the cause of the peculiar and unfamiliar manner in which this fulfillment is expressed? »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill. The Dressmaker, based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, gives the actress a hell of a role. She's Tilly Dunnage, a 1950's fashionista who's decided to return home to dusty Dungatar (an apt name), the small Aussie town that spawned her. Tilly got run out of Dungatar 20 years ago, when she was just a 10 year-old, for allegedly murdering her schoolmate Stewart Pettyman. Everyone believes she bashed the kid's skull in – including her snaggle-toothed old mum, Molly (Judy Davis, »
Loving Billy Wilder, watching Sunset Boulevard, an Audrey Hepburn Sabrina remodeling, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone, Alice B Toklas in Paris, South Pacific, David and Albert Maysles' Grey Gardens, consulting with Sophie Theallet about Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga - Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin revealed the underpinnings of The Dressmaker.
Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage: "We're entering a fable. Although the story, of course, is very truthful and universal."
Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, screenplay Pj Hogan and Moorhouse, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving with Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox (Alison Maclean's The Rehearsal), Gyton Grantley, Alison Whyte, Shane Bourne, and Barry Otto (Gracie Otto and »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Western remake “The Magnificent Seven” (Sony) faces off against animated “Storks” (Warner Bros.) for #1 this weekend. But ranking is less important than how much the two movies pull in audiences. This fight pits the latest iteration of the venerable Hollywood western against a new example of the dominant genre ruling the 2016 box office.
Last weekend’s three duds and a big drop in Top Ten box office can be explained by retread projects that lacked appeal. However after a quick start to the season where six out of seven initial wide releases disappointed (Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” will end up grossing more than the other six combined), this week sees only two new wide releases.
That’s actually a sign of strength, since both look appealing enough to boost numbers. It’s an interesting combo, with both films having potential but neither guaranteed to open as well as “Sully” ($35 million), although both cost more. »
- Tom Brueggemann
At its best, The Dressmaker looks like 1950s Vogue does the outback. Director Jocelyn Moorhouse poses Kate Winslet and the rest of her female cast in gorgeous finery against a dingy landscape, their expertly tailored garments contrasting splendidly against the dust. It’s a beautiful, bizarre, and funny juxtaposition. It works. The rest of the movie doesn’t.
Moorhouse adapted Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same name with writer P.J. Hogan, and cast Kate Winslet as the heroine, Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage. As a child, Tilly was exiled from her tiny Australian town after being accused of murder. Now an exquisitely styled fashion designer, she doesn’t remember the details of what she did or didn’t do, but arrives back in Dungatar to care for her abandoned “mad” mother, Molly (Judy Davis), and excavate her past. While she’s there, she gives its dreary denizens makeovers, gets wooed ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel The Dressmaker is described as “Gothic,” but its new film adaptation more often comes across as a picaresque with too much killjoy drama. It is an odd story, mixing haute couture, small-town gossipry, romance, dark secrets, an old murder mystery, and multiple random deaths. And yet it’s also not nearly odd enough, delivering all of this with a disappointingly straight-laced sensibility. It’s soapy melodrama with the fun dampened by “verisimilitude” – a Marvel-movie treatment for the book-club set.
At least Kate Winslet is having fun as the title character. Then again, one could read Tilly Dunnage’s too-good-for-this-shit attitude toward her awful hometown in the Australian outback as a manifestation of Winslet’s personal disdain. Whatever the case, she wears many astounding dresses and wears them well. The movie’s best scene plays with shifting and conflicting objectification as she purposefully sports a provocative outfit »
- Daniel Schindel
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks’ Sully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »
- Edward Douglas
The Dressmaker Amazon Studios/ Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Screenplay by: P.J. Hogan, Jocelyn Moorhouse; Based on The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham Cast: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth Release Date: September 23, 2016 In The Visit, a 1956 play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a wealthy woman returns to her hometown after years of absence with one desire: revenge. A similar motif flows through The Dressmaker, based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, in which Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to her small hometown of Dungatar, Australia with vindictive plans after twenty-five year banishment. Tilly has grown up [ Read More ]
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- Tami Smith
With The Dressmaker, director Jocelyn Moorhouse gets a little “Quentin Tarantino” in her “theater noir,” only to have a dingo rip the thing to shreds, leaving only the haplessly taped-together remains (translation: it’s a tonal mess). This movie is bonkers, and – as I’m told – incredibly Australian. Not hard to assess, given the heavy-handed Wild-West-meets-Outback theme, but never in a pulpy, small-town-crazy stretch of endearment. Coincidentally, all those lavish gowns that Moorhouse’s titular heroine flawlessly sews together represent everything this film is not – carefully crafted, seamlessly connected art.
Kate Winslet stars as Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage, who returns to the dusty Australia wasteland of Dungatar for the first time in years. Her mother, “Mad” Molly Dunnage (Judy Davis), doesn’t recognize her due to senility (or a selective memory), and the townsfolk gasp when they learn of Tilly’s return. You see, Tilly was taken away at a young »
- Matt Donato
Deadline reports Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls, Drive, The Inside, Dollhouse, and Terriers vet, Tim Minear, has been tapped as co-showrunner on Ryan Murphy's upcoming FX TV show, Feud. Fun fact: Minear's Twitter handle is "Cancelled Again." That said, the talented writer and producer been with Murphy's successful American Horror Story since the anthology show's first season.Jackie Hoffman has been cast as Mamasita, Joan Crawford’s (Jessica Lange) housekeeper. Also an anthology series, the first season of Feud tells the story of Hollywood nemeses, Crawford and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon). The cast also includes Sarah Paulson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess. Read More… »
Liam Hemsworth and Kate Winslet are heating up the Australian outback. The two star in The Dressmaker, a 1950s-based romantic dramedy about a woman (Winslet) who returns to her Aussie country hometown after years of working in high fashion in London. While caring for her mother (Judy Davis), Winslet is forced to face her mysterious past while also falling in love with a local farmer (Hemsworth). Hemsworth and Winslet hit it off right away. "We didn't have much time to rehearse," director Jocelyn Moorhouse tells me. "He'd come straight off of The Hunger Games. We had one read-through the night before and then as soon as I saw him looking at her with those beautiful blue eyes of his and the way she »
While the summer had a number of gems, our sights are now set on the majorly promising fall slate as we’ve highlighted 75 to keep on your radar. For a more specific breakdown, we now have our monthly rundown, which includes some Tiff and Venice films, and much more. It should also be noted that Michelangelo Antonioni‘s restored masterpiece La Notte will get a theatrical run starting on September 16 at NYC’s Film Forum, and will expand from there. Check out our recommendations below and let us know what you’re looking forward to.
Matinees to See: White Girl (9/2), Max Rose (9/2), The Academy of Muses (9/2), Zoom (9/2), Other People (9/9). Kicks (9/9), Dancer (9/9), London Road (9/9), Come What May (9/9), The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (9/16), My Blind Brother (9/23), Girl Asleep (9/23), Goat (9/23), The Lovers and the Despot (9/23), The Magnificent Seven (9/23), Chronic (9/23), Sand Storm (9/28), Do Not Resist (9/30), Deepwater Horizon (9/30), Miss Peregrine’s »
- Jordan Raup
It's like Ryan Murphy has his own old-fashioned studio system going on. The Ep has cast his American Crime Story/American Horror Story star, Sarah Paulsen, to play esteemed actress Geraldine Page is his newest FX anthology series, Feud, which he's executive producing with Brad Pitt. Murphy broke the news on Twitter, writing, "Excited to announce Sarah Paulson will be playing legendary Oscar-winner Geraldine Page in Feud."The first eight-episode season of Feud stars Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as her arch-nemesis and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane co-star, Joan Crawford. Last week Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced as Davis' friend Olivia de Havilland. Alfred Molina was previously cast as director Robert Aldrich. Stanley Tucci plays studio head Jack Warner. Judy Davis landed »
The Dressmaker is hitting on September 23rd, and if you haven’t heard much about it, make sure you put this one on your calendar.
The trailer will hopefully convince you on its own, possibly because of the cast, and possibly because of the quirky story, but if you aren’t immediately on board, don’t overlook the husband and wife writing/directing duo behind the camera.
Jocelyn Moorhouse directs from a script penned by her and her husband, P.J. Hogan, and you’re probably a fan of a fair amount of their work. The Dressmaker looks to be just the sort of film to capitalize on their talents.
Moorhouse doesn’t have a huge list of credits, but she did direct How to Make an American Quilt, which is a woefully undervalued film, especially if you look at specifically for the direction.
Hogan is much better known, writing and/or directing Muriel’s Wedding, »
- Marc Eastman
A glamorous, worldly dressmaker returns to her small Australian hometown to seek the truth behind her notorious reputation. This dark and quirky comedy stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage, who cares for her eccentric mother (Academy Award nominee Judy Davis), schemes with the local sergeant (Hugo Weaving) who has secrets of his own, and falls for local farmer Teddy (Liam Hemsworth).
As she starts to unravel her scandalous past, she transforms the town’s women with her exquisite creations. Armed with only her sewing machine and haute couture style, Tilly shows she is a force to be reckoned with and that revenge never goes out of style.
The film is directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse.
- Michelle McCue
"You can transform people... That's very powerful." Broad Green Pictures + Amazon Studios have released an official Us trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet as a "glamorous woman" who returns to her small hometown in rural Australia. We actually featured the first trailer for this film over a year ago, last summer, since it was released in Australia back then. It's just now getting a Us release this fall, for anyone still interested in giving it a look. Liam Hemsworth also stars as the young guy she falls for in town, with a cast including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. This almost seems like a dusty, down under version of The Devil Wears Prada. Here's the Us trailer (+ international poster) for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, from YouTube: Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, »
- Alex Billington
With just a month to go until its Us release, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s upcoming comedy drama The Dressmaker which stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth; check out the trailer below after the official synopsis…
Set in the 1950’s, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly (played by Kate Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother Molly (played by Judy Davis) but, with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, she transforms the women f the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. »
- Amie Cranswick
While we’re quite excited about the current Toronto International Film Festival line-up, there’s still some star-studded features form last year’s festival awaiting a U.S. release. One of the bigger ones is 1950s set romantic drama The Dressmaker, which stars Kate Winslet. Amazon has now picked it up and teaming with Broad Green for a release this fall.
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) the film follows Winslet as a glamorous dressmaker who returns home to her remote Australian country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis and Caroline Goodall, check out the trailer below, which doesn’t quite measure up to the crazy Italian poster.
A glamorous, worldly dressmaker returns to her small Australian hometown to seek the truth behind her notorious reputation. This dark and quirky comedy stars Academy Award »
- Leonard Pearce
Sarah Paulson is teaming up with Ryan Murphy for a third time. The Emmy-nominated actress will join the producer's latest series, Feud, as Geraldine Page, Murphy announced on Twitter Tuesday. "Excited to announce Sarah Paulson will be playing legendary Oscar-winner Geraldine Page in Feud," he wrote.Excited to announce Sarah Paulson will be playing legendary Oscar-winner Geraldine Page in Feud.— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 23, 2016 Feud will be third series on which Paulson and Murphy have collaborated, following American Horror Story and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The 41-year-old actress joins a lineup of A-list actors who »
- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone
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