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“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen,” says Offred (Elisabeth Moss) in a powerful — and disturbingly timely — new trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “When they slaughtered Congress we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution we didn’t wake up then, either. Now I’m awake.” Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. While the book was published in 1985, its storyline and themes about a horrifying government and women’s reproductive rights being taken away remain all too relevant today.
“Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world,” the show’s official synopsis details. “In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids — where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.”
“You girls will serve the leaders and their barren wives. You will bear children for them,” Offred and the other Handmaids are informed.
When the man who rules the household Offred lives in tells her, “We only wanted to make the world better,” she is incredulous, and asks, “Better?” “Better never means better for everyone,” he says. Yep, Gilead is a patriarchal hellhole, and the trailer does a beautiful job of establishing this fact.
Golden Globe winner Moss is supported by a cast that includes Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”), and Yvonne Strahovski (“Dexter”).
“The Handmaid’s Tale” isn’t the only high-profile Atwood adaptation in the works. Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Sarah Gadon (“Belle”) are set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Atwood’s “Alias Grace,” a drama inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks (Gadon), a young Irish immigrant and domestic servant living in Upper Canada. The miniseries is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). The project will debut sometime in 2017.
“High-Rise,” “Truth,” and “Meadowland” are among Moss’ recent credits. The “Mad Men” alumna will reprise her role as detective Robin Griffin for Season 2 of “Top of the Lake,” also due sometime this year. This season of the feminist murder mystery series, co-created by Jane Campion (“The Piano”), will feature Nicole Kidman and “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” hits Hulu April 26. Reed Morano (“Meadlowland”) helmed the first three episodes of the 10-episode drama.
Trailer Watch: Elisabeth Moss Wakes Up in “The Handmaid’s Tale” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
There was a lot of buzz and excitement in 1999. People around planet earth were excited to see what the new Millennium would bring; while big companies panicked that the Y2K bug would kill all their hard work and shut down the working world. For Dougray Scott, 1999 was set to be the year that changed his career. He had been handpicked by Tom Cruise to play the villain in M:i:2 and he was set to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men.
The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics property had been a long one. In 1984 Marvel writers Gerry Conway and Rob Thomas wrote a screenplay for production company Orion Pictures (Platoon) who had optioned the film rights. But when the company fell into financial troubles the rights went over to Carolco Pictures (First Blood) who began »
- Luke Owen
20th Century Fox's X-Men spin-off Gambit has had a rocky journey en route to the silver screen, with multiple delays, although the movie is still actually happening. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner made it clear that the project is still moving forward in an interview last month. But the standalone drama is still without a director, after Doug Liman parted ways. And it isn't clear when this long-awaited movie may finally get off the ground. Today, we have an update from another producer, Simon Kinberg, who claims that filming will likely begin next year.
Lrm Online spoke with producer Simon Kinberg, who reiterated Lauren Shuler Donner's previous comments that the project is still happening. He also revealed that star Channing Tatum is still committed to the role, and is trying to get the character just right. Here's what he had to say below, confirming that filming on Gambit will likely begin next year. »
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Amazon Studios’ and Roadside Attractions’ “Manchester By The Sea,” directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.]
On the surface, it might seem surprising that one of the most recognized films of this awards season would come from a filmmaker who hadn’t shot a movie in 10 years. For anyone familiar with Kenneth Lonergan’s track record as a screenwriter, director and playwright, however, the accolades that “Manchester by the Sea” has been racking up are very much par for the course.
Long before the film earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Lonergan had established himself in the theater world as an award-winning playwright. He was first recognized in 1982 at the age of 18 by the Young Playwrights Festival, for his play “The Rennings Children,” which centers on a sister who advocates for her brother’s release from a mental hospital.
Many of the themes in Lonergan’s plays are reexamined in his feature films, starting with his debut “You Can Count on Me, »
- Indiewire Staff
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
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- Michael Stevens
As they bicker over the tennis net and over the dinner table, there’s tension in the Berkman family from the start. The year is 1986, and a pair of middle class Brooklyn parents are on the cusp of divorce. As we discover, it’s been coming for a long time. Joan (Laura Linney) had an affair for four years. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is jealous of his wife’s blossoming career, as he finds his own on a down slope.
Upon hearing the devastating news of the separation, the younger son Frank (Owen Kline) starts speaking obscenely and behaving obscener. His older brother Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) is more measured in his grief, but his cocky swagger is no more convincing a mask for the pain. As Joan and Bernard bellow, »
- Rupert Harvey
Like many actors before him, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer’s been bitten by the directing bug. He’ll make his feature film directorial debut with The Parting Glass, a dark family drama which will give him another chance to work with Anna Paquin, who’s set to star in the film.
Details are limited at the moment, but The Parting Glass‘s logline tells us that Moyer’s upcoming film will follow a grieving family following the death of a sister. From there, they’ll collect the remnants of her lost life as they attempt to paint a portrait of her existence. It doesn’t exactly sound like the most uplifting material then, but it’s got us intrigued nonetheless.
- Will Ashton
Exclusive: True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer will make his feature directorial debut with The Parting Glass. Anna Paquin will star with Denis O'Hare, Ed Asner, Cynthia Nixon, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans and Paul Gross. O’Hare wrote the drama, which follows a family reeling with their sister's death. They embark on a journey to collect the remnants of her life. The family members delve into past memories to piece together a portrait of the woman they lost. Production begins… »
Manchester by the Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film in five years – since the universally critically acclaimed Margaret – and he’s getting used to people asking him why it took him so long.
“It’s a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time to do, and a lot of time to plan. I’m also a playwright, so in the time between Margaret and this film, I wrote three plays and directed two of them. I do other kinds of work as well.”
Manchester by the Sea began when his friend Matt Damon asked Lonergan if he would consider writing the screenplay. They had worked together in 2002 in a West End production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.
- Paul Heath
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