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Film News Roundup: ‘License to Drive’ Gets Female-Driven Film Reboot

15 August 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s roundup, Fox is remaking its 1988 coming-of-age comedy “License to Drive,” Val Kilmer is starring in a new comedy, and Spirit Award nominations have opened. 

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Fox is rebooting the 1988 teen comedy “License to Drive,” which starred Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and Heather Graham.

The studio has set up the project with Fox-based producer John Davis, who produced the original. The writing team of Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles have been tapped to script the female-centric remake.

The original film centered on Haim’s 16-year-old character who sneaks out to party with his girlfriend, played by Graham, and damages his grandfather’s 1972 Cadillac, after failing his driver’s license tests. The original was directed by Gregory Beerman and grossed $22.4 million at the box office.

Michael Ireland is overseeing “License to Drive” for the studio. The writers are repped by Paradigm, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Lev Ginsburg. The »

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Seychelle Gabriel to Star in Rooster Teeth’s ‘Blood Fest’ Horror-Comedy Film

4 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seychelle Gabriel (“Falling Skies,” “The Legend of Korra”) has signed on to play the lead female role in Rooster Teeth’s latest feature film, meta horror-comedy “Blood Fest.”

Gabriel will star opposite Robbie Kay (“Heroes Reborn”) in the movie, which is currently shooting in Austin, Texas.

In “Blood Fest,” Sam (Gabriel) and Dax (Kay) are best friends who, along with the hapless Krill (Jacob Batalon, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), must outwit the charismatic showman who runs an iconic horror-movie festival — who has a secret, diabolical agenda.

Also joining the “Blood Fest” cast are Chris Doubek (“Boyhood”), Rebecca Wagner and Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) with a cameo role. Previously announced cast members include Barbara Dunkelman (Rooster Teeth’s “Rwby”), Nick Rutherford (“Saturday Night Live,” “Crunch Time”) and Tate Donovan (“The Man in the High Castle”).

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Rooster Teeth’s Meta Horror-Comedy Film ‘Blood Fest’ to Star Jacob Batalon, Robbie Kay, Tate Donovan

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Rooster Teeth Draws Young Hollywood Cast On ‘Blood Fest,’ Its Next Feature Film

1 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A new horror comedy from Austin-based Rooster Teeth, written and to be directed by Owen Egerton, has lined up a number of young Hollywood actors to take on roles — Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Robbie Kay (Heroes: Reborn), Nick Rutherford (SNL, Crunch Time) and Tate Donovan (The Man in the High Castle) with Rooster Teeth's Barbara Dunkelman (Rwby). Egerton, a screenwriter who has twice appeared on the industry-famous Black List, and has written and directed the… »

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Rooster Teeth Begins Production On ‘Blood Fest’, Its Third Feature Film

1 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Following the success of its first film, Lazer Team -- for which a YouTube Red sequel is currently in the works -- Austin-based production powerhouse Rooster Teeth has announced its third-ever feature: Blood Fest.

The horror comedy film will tell the story of the founder of an iconic horror movie festival who's secretly harboring a diabolical agenda. When attendees at the convention start dying, three teen horror fans must band together to fight off madmen, monstrosities, and other terrifying scenarios. Blood Fest is written and directed by Owen Egerton, and will star Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Robbie Kay (Heroes: Reborn), Rooster Teeth’s Barbara Dunkelman, Nick Rutherford (SNL), and Tate Donovan (The Man in the High Castle).

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- Geoff Weiss

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Wme Signs ‘Blame’ Director Quinn Shephard

5 July 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Emerging filmmaker Quinn Shephard, who wrote, produced, starred in and made her feature directorial debut in the drama Blame, which premiered as part of the U.S. Narrative Competition at Tribeca this year, has inked with Wme for agency representation. The film, also starring Nadia Alexander, Chris Messina and Tate Donovan, centers on high school outcast Abigail Grey (Shephard), who forms a forbidden connection with her drama teacher. Shephard recently wrapped on the… »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the 3 Generations Blu-ray Starring Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon

15 June 2017 11:31 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The inspirational and witty film about one teen’s courageous journey through gender reassignment, 3 Generations arrived on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, and Digital HD June 13 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, and Tate Donovan. From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, this genuine and heartfelt portrait of the contemporary family will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Now you can own 3 Generations Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Elle Fanning (mine is Neon Demon!). It’s so easy!

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Elle Fanning’s Awful Hair In ‘3 Generations’ Is Why Cisgender Actors Shouldn’t Play Trans Characters

11 May 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Company, and Harvey Weinstein in particular, is notorious for using unconventional tactics to promote its films; he flew Daniel Day-Lewis to D.C. to support the Americans with Disabilities Act during the Oscar campaign for “My Left Foot,” and paraded Martin Scorsese around at a Women In Film luncheon to prove “Gangs of New York” wasn’t too violent.

While “3 Generations” likely won’t be earning Oscar noms, Weinstein did score (orchestrate?) a flurry of good press when the MPAA gave the transgender drama an R rating, citing language and sexual references in its decision. GLAAD sent the MPAA an angry letter; Naomi Watts gave an impassioned statement about the “beautiful and touching story,” and the MPAA changed the rating to PG-13. And for one brief and shining moment, nobody talked about how awful the movie was. (Current Rotten Tomatoes: 35%.)

Read More: ‘3 Generations’ Featurette: Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts »

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'3 Generations' Review: This Trans-Issue Melodrama Is a Mess in a Dress

3 May 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

How do you screw this up? You've got three leading actresses – Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning – who are usually worth watching in anything. But 3 Generations is pushing it. Even nurturing talent can't breathe life into a script that is completely D.O.A.

In fact, the movie has been lying dormant on a Weinstein Company shelf since it debuted at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, under the title About Ray. Clearly, director and co-writer Gaby Dellal's film has been much fiddled with in the interim – and not for the good. »

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May 2017 Film Preview

27 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Snatched

Women directors are set to dominate screens this May. Everything from luxurious Paris vacations to time travel to narratives about grief and regret are represented in this month’s batch of films.

The month’s releases begin May 3 with Jill Campbell’s doc “Mr. Chibbs,” about a former NBA star figuring out his next phase in life. Then May 5 will bring us Ela Thier’s time travel dramedy “Tomorrow Ever After,” the period drama “A Woman’s Life,” and a story about the intense friendship between two mentally ill women in “Like Crazy.” Also out the fifth is Oscar winner Laura Poitras’ latest documentary, “Risk,” which follows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over six years.

May 5 sees the release of “3 Generations,” a portrait of a young trans man Ray (Elle Fanning) as he begins his transition. Directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Dellal and Nikole Beckwith, “3 Generations” has sparked controversy since its Cannes premiere in 2015. Many critics and activists are disappointed that Fanning, a cis woman, was selected to play a transgender character. The film has also made headlines for its “R” rating, which The Weinstein Company is challenging.

One week later, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer will test their chops as a comedy duo in “Snatched.” Written by “Ghostbusters” scribe Katie Dippold, the film follows a wild daughter (Schumer) who recruits her conservative mother (Hawn) for an exotic vacation that goes horribly wrong.

May’s first few weeks also bring a couple dramas about domestic life to theaters. May 12’s “Paris Can Wait” is Eleanor Coppola’s feature directorial debut and follows one woman’s (Diane Lane) journey of self-discovery as she travels to Paris with a colleague of her inattentive husband. In Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” out May 19, “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston plays a husband and father who chooses to isolate himself from the world in his own attic, giving him time to contemplate his life and the choices he’s made.

May 19 is also the premiere of Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything,” which centers on a teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg), who is physically incapable of surviving the outside world, and her romance with the boy next door (Nick Robinson).

The final weekend in May features the release of director Cate Shortland’s critically-acclaimed “Berlin Syndrome.” In this romance turned thriller, Theresa Palmer stars as a woman locked in a man’s apartment against her will, who must come up with some way to escape his grasp.

Here are all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films premiering in May. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

May 3

Mr. Chibbs” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Jill Campbell (Opens in NY)

Mr. Chibbs

This observational documentary follows NYC basketball prodigy and retired NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson in the midst of a mid-life crisis, on a journey to find himself. Reeling from his mother’s death and a subsequent DUI, “Chibbs” visits people and arenas from his past, confronting haunting memories, and ultimately finding solace in becoming the father he never had time to be. Combining unseen archival footage with raw moments of reflection, “Mr. Chibbs” is a portrait of an athlete coming to terms with his past as he searches for relevancy in his future.

May 5

“3 Generations”— Directed by Gaby Dellal; Written by Gaby Dellal and Nikole Beckwith

“3 Generations”

Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who is in the midst of transitioning from female to male. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.

Risk” (Documentary) — Directed by Laura Poitras

Risk

Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, “Risk” is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Tomorrow Ever After” — Written and Directed by Ela Thier

Tomorrow Ever After

Shaina (writer-director Ela Thier) is a historian who lives 600 years in the future. Humans, at this point, have cleaned up the planet. War, poverty, pollution, greed, exploitation, depression, loneliness — these are things that she’s read about in history books. And while she studied this dark period of history, in which money was viewed as more precious than people, she has never, in the flesh, seen humans hurt other humans — until now. While visiting a group of physicists who experiment with time travel, Shaina is accidentally left stranded in the year 2015. Here she involves herself with a group of friends who are as lovable as they are flawed. As the harsh realities of their lives unfold, she learns what no history book could have taught her.

“A Woman’s Life” — Co-Written by Florence Vignon (Opens in NY)

“A Woman’s Life”

Adapted from the novel “Une Vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

Like Crazy”— Co-Written by Francesca Archibugi (Opens in NY)

Like Crazy

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. “Like Crazy” tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse — the world of sane people.

Lady Bloodfight

Jane (Amy Johnson) is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as “The Kumite.” After months of rigorous preparation, Jane is ready to face off against the deadliest female fighters in the world, including Ling (Jenny Wu), the apprentice of Shu’s nemesis, Wai (Kathy Wu).

May 10

“Manifesto”

“Manifesto”

Already respected as one of the best actresses in film, Blanchett raises the bar even higher by playing 13 different roles in “Manifesto,” embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history. (Sundance Film Festival)

The Drowning”— Directed by Bette Gordon

The Drowning”: Paladin

The Drowning” is the story of a forensic psychologist (Josh Charles) who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy (Avan Jogia) to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.

May 12

Snatched” — Written by Katie Dippold

Snatched

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter — in unpredictable, hilarious fashion — is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Paris Can Wait” — Written and Directed by Eleanor Coppola

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful and driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights.

The Wedding Plan” — Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein

The Wedding Plan

At 32, Michal (Noa Koller) is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations, and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother (Irit Sheleg) and sister look on with trepidation.

Urban Hymn” (Also Available on VOD)

Urban Hymn

A redemptive coming of age story about wayward teen Jamie (Letitia Wright), who is encouraged by an inspiring and unconventional social worker Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Tracktown” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Alexi Pappas (Also Available on VOD)

Twenty-one-year-old Plumb Marigold (Alexi Pappas) is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind the counter catches her eye.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — Co-Written and Directed by Maria Schrader

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish-Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader), his inner struggle for the “right attitude” towards the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.

Dead Awake

Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced, by-the-books social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of deaths involving people who died in their sleep. The victims all reported being terrorized by a dark entity that paralyzed and tormented them, before eventually killing them. Kate is joined in this quest by Evan (Jesse Bradford), an artist who is slow to believe that something supernatural is occurring.

Hounds of Love” (Also Available on VOD)

Hounds of Love

Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth). As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

“Hindi Medium”— Written by Zeenat Lakhani

“Hindi Medium” is a light-hearted romantic film about a young couple, Raj and Mita (Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar) who live in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, with aspirations to move into English-speaking society for their daughter’s sake. The film traces their trials and tribulations on this journey and the impact it has on their relationship on their family.

May 19

Everything, Everything” — Directed by Stella Meghie

Everything, Everything

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a smart, curious, and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together… even if it means losing everything.

Wakefield” — Written and Directed by Robin Swicord

Wakefield

Who among us has never wanted to walk away from it all? It is a cold fact of modern life that, some days, everything becomes too much. For Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), New York City lawyer, husband, and father of two, the overwhelming impulse to just leave arises one night as he stands in his own suburban driveway. Howard, however, does not run far. Inspired (or led?) by a raccoon, he enters the attic of his two-car garage, and proceeds to hide there for weeks.

Paint It Black” — Co-Written and Directed by Amber Tamblyn

Paint it Black

Paint It Black” is the story of the aftermath of Michael’s (Rhys Wakefield) death, and Josie’s (Alia Shawkat) struggle to hold onto the true world he shared with her. As Josie searches for the key to understanding his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael’s pianist mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer), who holds Josie responsible for her son’s torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need.

Icaros: A Vision” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Leonor Caraballo (Opens in NY)

Icaros: A Vision

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman (Ana Cecilia Stieglitz) travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her “susto”: the disease of fear.

Champion” — Written by Missy Reed and Sarah Inabnit

Dirt track racer Sean Weathers (Andrew Cheney) was at the top of his game — an unstoppable career, scores of fans, and an adoring daughter. When a rivalry with another racer turns personal, the ego that propelled him to success causes a tragedy, sending his life into a tailspin. Jack Reed (Gary Graham) was attempting to make up for past mistakes. He had prospered as a businessman but failed as a family man. In a sudden turn of events, his chances for reconciliation are ripped from his grasp. Sean and Jack’s lives collide, and an unexpected bond forms between them. Working through a painful journey of healing together, they each learn about second chances and the true freedom only forgiveness can offer.

“The Woman Who Left” (Opens in NY)

“The Woman Who Left” tells the story of Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being convicted for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.

May 24

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Linda Saffire (Opens in NY)

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to Nycb and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create “Restless Creature,” a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

May 26

Berlin Syndrome” — Directed by Cate Shortland

Berlin Syndrome

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.

May 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘3 Generations’ Featurette: Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning on Their Complicated Family Drama — Watch

20 April 2017 9:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“3 Generations” tells the story of three generations of a family living under one roof in NYC, all with very different identity issues to explore.

Read More: ‘3 Generations’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Plays a Transgender Teen Boy in Controversial Drama

The protagonist of the film, Ray (Elle Fanning), is a young trans man determined to begin the process of his transition. However, Ray and his family cannot take the necessary steps forward without the consent of Ray’s biological — and also absent — father Craig (Tate Donovan). To further complicate things, Ray’s lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon) has a difficult time accepting her grandson’s identity.

Ray, his mother Maggie (Naomi Watts), and his grandmother must confront their own identities and embrace the changes within their family to find understanding and acceptance.

In our exclusive featurette from the film, the co-writer and the director of the film, Gaby Dellal, talks about how she »

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Elle Fanning Transitions in Trailer for Long-Delayed Drama ‘3 Generations’

10 April 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The long-delayed, controversial drama 3 Generations (once titled About Ray) from writer-director Gaby Dellal will finally arrive this summer, and now The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer. The story follows Ray (Elle Fanning), who begins to transition from female to male, while also dealing with familial strife and coming-of-age. Her mother (Naomi Watts) is going through her own transition from living in an apartment attached to her mother’s (Susan Surandon) and Ray’s father, who is less-than-thrilled about Ray’s life trajectory.

Shot back in 2014 and now finally seeing a release, back at Tiff in 2015, we said in our review, “I expected an everyone-supports-Ray fluff piece and was therefore pleasantly surprised Dellal and cowriter Nikole Beckwith instead delivered an authentic familial drama that’s universal no matter its wild relationship machinations.” While the marketing thus far sells a fairly conventional, sugar-coated drama, we’ll have to see if »

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Trailer for '3 Generations' Starring Elle Fanning as a Transgender Teen

10 April 2017 9:27 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Why is 'normal' the goal, why not authentic?" "Authentic is what he wants to be." The Weinstein Company has launched a trailer for an indie film titled 3 Generations, telling an intimate and personal story of three different generations of a family in New York City. The film is centered around Elle Fanning playing Ray, who realizes she's actually a boy and attempts to begin the transition but needs the support of her family. Her single mother and lesbian grandmother are part of the story, helping her in their own ways. Naomi Watts also stars, along with Susan Sarandon, Linda Emond, and Tate Donovan. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in 2015 under the title About Ray, and has been held for release ever since, now with a brand new title. The way this trailer is cut makes me wonder if it's not as good as it seems. Here's »

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Trailer Watch: Elle Fanning Is a Transgender Teen Fighting to Transition in “3 Generations”

10 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“3 Generations”

The hardest part of my day is knowing everybody still sees me as a girl,” says Ray (Elle Fanning) in a new trailer for Gaby Dellal’s “3 Generations.” While Ray is part of a progressive family — he was raised by his mother, grandmother, and his grandmother’s partner in New York City — the transgender teen’s decision to transition is still met with some resistance. “Why can’t she just be a lesbian?” his grandmother Dolly (Susan Sarandon) asks. As his mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), is forced to remind her, Ray’s not a lesbian — he’s a boy.

Maggie supports Ray’s journey, but the single mom needs to track down his biological dad (Tate Donovan, “Damages”) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. “She’s a kid. What if she changes her mind?” Ray’s dad questions.

“About Ray” has been given an “R” rating by the MPAA. The Weinstein Company is challenging the classification. Dellal commented, “As a mother and a filmmaker, I want to speak to kids, to parents, and to grandparents everywhere in a common language of love and inclusion about a subject matter that is not only real and complicated, but one that is important and alive today. There are kids all over this country that are still too fearful to speak out and to step out; they’re too alone to fight, lacking the kinds of support that would let them feel free to be themselves,” she observed. “Our story wants to humanize this family experience, and to take the mystery out of the secrets. I hope the MPAA will reconsider this ‘R’ rating and encourage children to see this story and feel connected.”

The project has been met with mixed reactions since it was announced. While many are happy to see a film centered on a trans character, the fact that a cis-gender actress was cast for the role of a trans boy received a lot of criticism.

Dellal’s previous credits include “Angels Crest,” “On a Clear Day,” and “The Ride.” She co-wrote “3 Generations” with Nikole Beckwith (“Stockholm, Pennsylvania”). The film hits theaters May 19 and will open the Bentonville Film Festival May 2.

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Poster and trailer for 3 Generations starring Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon

8 April 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just under a month to go until its Us release, a new poster and trailer have debuted for directed Gaby Dellal’s upcoming drama 3 Generations. Previously titled About Ray, the film stars Elle Fanning as Ray, a transgender teen who decides to pursue his true identity, while the cast also includes Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, and Tate Donovan; take a look below…

3 Generations tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New York as they deal with the life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who has struggled with the body assigned to him at birth and is determined to start transitioning. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray’s »

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The Weinstein Company To Challenge “R” Rating Of 3 Generations

6 April 2017 7:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) decision to assign an “R” rating to its forthcoming film 3 Generations. The film, which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon, provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today’s society and the enormous impact familial support can have as one transitions. 3 Generations has been rated “R” by the MPAA, citing language including some sexual references behind the decision.

TWC has enlisted the help of top Hollywood lawyer David Boies to advise on their dissent. Largely known for his pivotal role to overturn Proposition 8, California’s discriminatory ban on gay marriage, back in 2009, Boies has consulted on numerous human rights issues for TWC including censorship of the Academy Award® nominated film Carol, as well as a previous protest of the MPAA’s rating of the documentary Bully. »

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Weinstein Co. Protests R Rating for Transgender Movie 3 Generations

6 April 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) decision to assign an "R" rating to its forthcoming film 3 Generations. The film, which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon, provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society and the enormous impact familial support can have as one transitions. 3 Generations has been rated "R" by the MPAA, citing language including some sexual references behind the decision.

TWC has enlisted the help of top Hollywood lawyer David Boies to advise on their dissent. Largely known for his pivotal role to overturn Proposition 8, California's discriminatory ban on gay marriage, back in 2009, Boies has consulted on numerous human rights issues for TWC including censorship of the Academy Award nominated film Carol, as well as a previous protest of the MPAA's rating of the documentary Bully. »

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Law & Order: Svu Sneak Peek: Does Benson Have a New No. 2?

28 March 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jimmy Cooper, how could you? The O.C. veteran Tate Donovan guest stars in "Net Worth," the Wednesday, March 29 episode of Law & Order: Svu as Eli Colton, the "king of Wall Street" and naturally, he's up to no good. In the exclusive preview below, meet Donovan's Eli and Missy Peregrym's top-level investment banker. He's her billionaire client and it seems the two had a night together, but Peregrym's character remembers it differently, so she seeks out the Special Victims Unit. Lt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her crew have a long history of taking on high-profile clients. You better watch out Eli! Meanwhile, is there a new sergeant for the squad? The preview above also features »

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The Weinstein Company 2017 Release Calendar: Here’s the Oscar Hopefuls, and the Damaged Goods

9 March 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

May 2015 was the last time Harvey Weinstein hosted a Cannes presentation at the Majestic Hotel. Among the titles was a preview of Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip Fever,” with the then white-hot Swedish actress Alicia Vikander on hand. A romantic triangle period piece costarring Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan, Weinstein later pushed the release from July 2016 to February 2017. Now, two years later, it’s booked for August 25 — the dog days of summer.

Last year, the Weinstein Co. had so few bonafide Oscar contenders on the docket that they didn’t mount their usual Cannes show-and-tell at all. Garth Davis’s “Lion” did yield six nominations and, like critics’ darling “Carol” the year before, no wins. The lengthy awards season did pay off for “Lion” at the box office; it’s made $103 million worldwide. However, it also represents a rare tick in the ‘win’ column for TWC, which is struggling to maneuver in these challenging times. »

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The Weinstein Company 2017 Release Calendar: Here’s the Hopefuls, and the Damaged Goods

9 March 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

May 2015 was the last time Harvey Weinstein hosted a Cannes presentation at the Majestic Hotel. Among the titles was a preview of Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip Fever,” with the then white-hot Swedish actress Alicia Vikander on hand. A romantic triangle period piece costarring Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan, Weinstein later pushed the release from July 2016 to February 2017. Now, two years later, it’s booked for August 25 — the dog days of summer.

Last year, the Weinstein Co. had so few bonafide Oscar contenders on the docket that they didn’t mount their usual Cannes show-and-tell at all. Garth Davis’s “Lion” did yield six nominations and, like critics’ darling “Carol” the year before, no wins. The lengthy awards season did pay off for “Lion” at the box office; it’s made $103 million worldwide. However, it also represents a rare tick in the ‘win’ column for TWC, which is struggling to maneuver in these challenging times. »

- Anne Thompson

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Svu Casts Missy Peregrym, Rizzoli's Jordan Bridges in Wall Street Rape Case

9 February 2017 9:13 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Coming off her recent trip to Hawaii (Five-0), Rookie Blue vet Missy Peregrym has copped a key role in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Svu.

RelatedRatings: Law & Order: Svu Hits 4-Month Highs With No. 400

TVLine has confirmed that Peregrym is guest-starring on the long-running NBC procedural as a top-tier investment banker who accuses her billionaire client (played by DamagesTate Donovan) of rape.

In the same April episode, titled “Net Worth,” Rizzoli & Isles alum Jordan Bridges will play the supervisor of Peregrym’s character. (And yes, Bridges has previously dipped his toe into the Law & Order-verse, in a Season 3 episode of Criminal Intent. »

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