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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film 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.)
In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?
Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York
Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given »
- David Ehrlich
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.
“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.
“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”
The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s »
- Michael Schneider
Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Limited Series
Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
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Big Little Lies made out nicely at Sunday’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home multiple statues — not that those ladies should be trusted with any more blunt objects.
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The seven-part miniseries, based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, won Outstanding Limited Series, beating fellow HBO drama The Night Of, as well as National Geographic’s Genius, and FX’s Fargo and Feud: Bette and Joan.
What a Big Little way to congratulate someone!
Nicole Kidman couldn’t contain her happiness when her Big Little Lies co-star Alexander Skarsgård won for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
With a kiss on the lips from Kidman, Skarsgård, 41, cemented his status as a first-time Emmy winner.
- Karen Mizoguchi
“Thank you to HBO, all my friends and lovers,” the actor said as he accepted his award. “ the ladies of the show, thank you for making this boy feel like one of the girls.”
The True Blood alum went on to thank his mother for coming in from Stockholm, Sweden, to accompany him to the awards. “And thanks for giving birth to me. that was pretty cool as well, »
- Eric King
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- Malcolm Venable
Richard Eyre’s “The Children Act,” which “Atonement” writer Ian McEwan has adapted to from his own novel of the same name, begins with Jude Fiona Maye (an extraordinary Emma Thompson) imposingly perched behind the bench of her London courtroom and adjudicating an urgent case about conjoined twins. If the babies are left attached, both of them will die. If the decision is made to split them apart, then one will live. Each course of action, it could be argued, is its own kind of murder. That’s certainly how Fiona feels about it; cloaked in immense power but still empathetic to a fault, the judge — who ultimately rules in accordance with the 1989 Act of Parliament from which this film gets its title — can’t shake the idea that saving one life would mean ending another. For her, it is “A case of law, not of morals.”
When Fiona returns »
- David Ehrlich
“The Children Act”: Tiff
Emma Thompson and Ellen Page’s latest projects have secured distribution. Both features scored strong reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival, where they made their world premieres and are currently screening.
A24 and DirecTV scored the U.S. rights to Thompson-starrer “The Children Act,” Variety reports. Set to be released next year, the British drama sees the Oscar winner playing a high-court judge who is “forced to rule in the case of whether a couple who are Jehovah’s Witnesses can be permitted to deny a life-saving blood transfusion to their leukemia-stricken 17-year-old son,” the source summarizes. The role is already earning Thompson awards buzz. Stanley Tucci (“The Devil Wears Prada”) and Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”) co-star in the film, directed by Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal”) and penned by Ian McEwan (“On Chesil Beach”).
IFC Films snagged the North American rights to Ellen Page-led “The Cured.” Scheduled for theatrical release in spring of 2018, the horror movie takes place in the aftermath of a devastating plague that affects humankind, with cured zombies now trying to reintegrate with society. “The Cured” marks director David Freyne’s feature debut.
Tiff 2017 Deals: Emma Thompson’s “The Children Act” and Ellen Page’s “The Cured” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
“The Children Act” premiered on Sept. 10 at the Toronto Film Festival in the Special Presentations section. Directed by Richard Eyre from a script by Ian McEwan and based on McEwan’s novel, the story centers on a high-court judge who finds personal and professional crises colliding when forced to rule in the case of whether a couple who are Jehovah’s Witnesses can be permitted to deny a life-saving blood transfusion to their leukemia-stricken 17-year-old son, played by Whitehead.
Thompson’s character is married to her work, which has become a problem for her husband, played by Tucci, who announces that he wants to have an affair — resulting in his being kicked out so she can focus on her current case.
Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review at Toronto: “Told »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: A24 and DirecTV have teamed to acquire U.S. rights on The Children Act, the Richard Eyre-directed drama that premiered in the Toronto Film Festival’s Special Presentations section Saturday at the Elgin Theatre. The film stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Dunkirk‘s Fionn Whitehead, and has drawn strong reviews for Thompson’s performance. She plays High Court judge Fiona Maye, who’s in personal crisis as her marriage hits the rocks. Professionally, she faces… »
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The Children Act review
Thompson plays hard-working, and indeed hardened London high court Judge Fiona Maye, an expert in high-profile cases, and particularly those that involve minors. The film opens with Maye presiding over a case involving conjoined twins where she rules that they must be separated despite the fact that one of them will almost certainly be killed as a result. It is apparent that although being married for over 30 years, Maye doesn’t have kid of her own, but she »
- Paul Heath
The actor gave a shout-out to all of the "incredible women" in his life, as well as "the ladies of the show — thank you for making this boy feel like one of the girls."
The Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Microsoft Theater »
- Kirsten Chuba
In the arena of law, it’s commonly known — and widely derided — that one can unfairly “win” any debate by using the so-called “Helen Lovejoy defence,” named after the self-righteous wife of the town reverend in “The Simpsons,” whose fallback argument on any issue amounts to the inarguable emotional plea, “Won’t somebody please think of the children!?” As it happens, British law has someone tasked with doing exactly that, and she is the subject of Richard Eyre’s beautifully complex “The Children Act,” adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel of the same name, which is itself christened after a 1989 U.K. law known as the Children Act, dedicated to the welfare of minors.
From the moment she awakens till her head hits the pillow at night, family court judge Fiona Maye does little more than think of the children, ruling on whether to separate conjoined “Siamese” twins with one case (a tricky decision, as »
- Peter Debruge
8 September 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The film, which features a strong lead actress performance by Emma Thompson, will be released next year, pushing the actress' awards-qualifying bid out of this year's race.
A source pegged the deal at mid-seven figures.
The Children Act stars Stanley Tucci and Thompson, who plays a high court judge that finds personal and professional crises colliding when she is asked to rule in the case of a brilliant 18-year-old boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that would save his life.
- Mia Galuppo ,Tatiana Siegel
Slowly and quietly, Armie Hammer is fast-becoming one of the finest and indeed most exciting American actors of his generation. Following a superb turn in this year’s Final Portrait comes this heart-wrenching but utter beautiful complementary piece which, like Stanley Tucci’s period film, made its European debut at the Berlin Film Festival back in February.
In Call Me By Your Name, Hammer plays the role of the dashing young American Oliver, a twenty-something student who is spending the summer of 1983 ‘somewhere in Northern Italy’ with Michael Stuhlbarg’s Mr, Perman, along with his French wife, and their multi-lingual son Elio (Timothée Chalamet).
Elio is clearly bored of the sun-drenched rolling fields, »
- Paul Heath
Jones will portray Ginsburg with Hammer playing her husband, Marty Ginsburg, as they team up to bring the first landmark gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court.
Robert Cort will produce. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media will executive produce. The movie is slated for release in 2018 in order to coincide with Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary as a Supreme Court Justice.
“On the Basis of Sex” will be released through Participant Media’s output arrangements via Amblin Partners, with Focus Features distributing domestically. Its international output partners are Entertainment One (eOne), Nordisk, Cj Entertainment »
- Dave McNary
Vulture WatchWill anyone let bygones be bygones? Has the Feud TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on FX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Feud season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the FX cable channel, the first season of Feud is called, Feud: Bette & Joan. It centers on the bad blood between actresses Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange). The cast also includes Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman, Alison Wright, Dominic Burgess, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Kiernan Shipka. Despite Davis and Crawford's mutual distaste for one another, they collaborated on the campy 1962 »
The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be arthouse hits or awards winners. Here are 12 films that will have companies breaking out their checkbooks.
Hostiles (pictured above)
Sales Agent: WME, CAA (U.S.), Bloom (International)
Director: Scott Cooper
Why Buyers Are Circling: This Western tops the list of distributors making the trip up North, because Bale is one of the few actors who can draw crowds. His last effort with Cooper, the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace,” was more admired than watched, but Bale’s involvement guarantees that screenings will be packed. Strong reviews out of Telluride, where it bowed last weekend, will »
- Brent Lang
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