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Read More: Eddie Redmayne Talks Backlash, Trans Representation and the Power of the Male Gaze in 'The Danish Girl' A successful director working predominantly in British television, Tom Hooper was striving to build a reputation in film in early 2008. Sure, he'd helmed "Red Dust" four years back. But despite starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Hilary Swank, the crime-drama drew little notice. Then, the English auteur came upon Lucinda Coxon's adapted screenplay of a historical novel that translated the true story of trans woman Lili Elbe's painful transition into a tender love story between Elbe and her wife, painter Gerda Wegener. Enchanted, Hooper was eager to make "The Danish Girl." But funding for such a taboo topic was hard to come by. After all, this was before the sea change of trans awareness that hit in waves thanks to the advocacy and openness of celebrities like filmmaker Lana Wachowski, »
- Kristy Puchko
Sometimes They Come Back…Again, starring Hilary Swank as a damsel in distress prone to and-then-i-woke-up-and-it-had-all-been-a-dream moments, was bad enough, but anyone seeking proof of how desperate producers are to profit from the King brand need look no further than Carrie The Musical.
Transferred to Broadway at a cost of $8 million (more than Brian De Palma’s 1976 film cost to make), the production was compared to the Hindenburg disaster by critic Frank Rich, who lambasted its “faceless bubble-gum music” and “uninhibited tastelessness.” He had a point. Act II opened with Out For Blood (which was presumably performed ‘unplugged’), a song and dance number about the slaughter of a pig.
The show opened on May 12, 1988, to widespread derision, »
- Ian Watson
Celebrity stylists weigh in on which formalwear fashions will rule this year’s biggest red carpets.
“Suiting is making a comeback,” says stylist Micaela Erlanger, who’s responsible for outfitting awards season veterans like Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto. “I expect to see menswear-inspired looks this season. When done correctly, it can make a sul- try, chic statement in a very effortless way. And beyond that, it’s just unexpected and cool!”
“My client (actress) Tatiana Maslany wore a Bouchra Jarrar couture cream tuxedo to the Emmys,” she says, also pointing out stellar suited looks chosen by non-cli- ents. “Carey Mulligan wore a powder-blue Marc Jacobs tuxedo to the Elle Women in Hollywood event. Emma Stone wore that amazing Lanvin look this year. Who says you can’t wear pants on the red carpet?”
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Tomorrow marks the wide opening for Carol, the 1950’s-set romantic drama from director Todd Haynes that was nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film, which stars Cate Blanchett as a married woman engaging in an affair with a young department store clerk (Rooney Mara), won the Queer Palm award at Cannes and earned Mara the best actress award (which she shared with Mon roi‘s Emmanuelle Bercot).
Blanchett, who has won two Oscars and will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award next January at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is a strong threat for a best actress nom, as is Mara. However, the track record for lesbian roles resulting in Oscar wins in Academy history is not necessarily strong.
Mara, herself, was nominated for best actress in 2012 for her performance as a brilliant, if dangerous, »
- Patrick Shanley
Whew, what a week! Sometimes, there's a lack of show-stopping red carpet getups that makes this roundup nearly impossible. However, right now is certainly not that time. Actually, there were so many jaw-dropping ensembles this week, we had trouble narrowing it down a slim five picks. So behold: the crème de la crème, with Hilary Swank leading the pack in a dizzying silver-and-black Naeem Khan gown at yesterday's Bambi Awards (Note: She wasn't the only glam gal in attendance). Also making a splash in a glitzy metallic-and-black getup, Lily Collins delighted in a flirty Zuhair Murad dress with a plunging halter bodice and a flared skirt. Continuing on with her Bond-girl-bombshell moments, »
Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall are also starring with Mick Jackson directing. David Hare adapted the script, which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
Cornerstone Films is handling international sales at the American Film Market.
Hilary Swank had been attached to the project earlier at Cannes when it was shopped to buyers.
“Mick Jackson’s film will recount this incredible, unbelievable story of two people pitted against each other in a battle over truth, »
- Dave McNary
Bleecker Street today has acquired North American rights to Denial, the Mick Jackson drama based on the Deborah E. Lipstadt book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier. Rachel Weisz has come aboard to star in the pic alongside Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall after Hilary Swank had been attached to the project when it was shopped at Cannes earlier this year. David Hare’s adaptation recounts Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David… »
Hilary Swank turned heads in a tan tuxedo dress at the screening of You’re Not You during the Tokyo International Film Festival. Hilary Swank’s Latest Look Swank donned a Balmain stretch-cotton and velvet mini tuxedo dress from the fashion house’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection at the photocall for the 2014 movie. The sophisticated number featured satin trim and gold […]
The post Hilary Swank Wore Balmain To ‘You’re Not You’ Screening appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
The studio has optioned movie rights to “Flawed,” to be published by Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group) on April 5. A national author tour is planned for Ahern.
Wendy Finerman and Michelle Chydzik will produce. Finerman and Ahern have a long-standing relationship that began when Finerman produced Hilary Swank’s “P.S. I Love You,” which grossed $156 million worldwide for Warner Bros. in 2007.
“Flawed” is set in a world where people deemed “flawed” are branded with F tattoos and forced to live as second-class citizens. When a teenager attempts to stand up for a “flawed” passenger on a bus, she’s not only deemed “flawed” herself, but becomes an unlikely poster girl for a growing rebellion. »
- Dave McNary
The U.S. pair did the honors at the Toho Cinemas theater in the Roppongi Hills entertainment and shopping complex, launching the 28th edition of an event which runs to Oct. 31.
Though Bryan Singer is chairman of the competition jury, there were fewer that normal Hollywood names on the red carpet. Helen Mirren appeared to represent “Woman In Gold” together with director Simon Curtis. Hilary Swank was on hand for “You’re Not You.” Both films play in Tokyo’s Special Screenings section for films set to open in Japan in the next months.
The Nippon contingent was especially large, no surprise given the nearly 100 Japanese films scheduled to screen in all festival sections, the largest number ever. Among those drawing the most local media »
- Mark Schilling
Beauty buffs, meet Tim Quinn. As the celebrity face designer and vice president of creative artistry at Giorgio Armani Beauty, Mr. Quinn clearly knows a thing or two about makeup. After all, two of his main activities include crafting red carpet beauty for major celebrities (we're talking Kerry Washington, Hilary Swank and more) and working behind-the-scenes at major editorial shoots for the likes of Vogue, Elle and plenty of other big-name publications. Which means, yes, you're probably already familiar with this expert makeup artist's work. Lucky us, we caught up with the beauty legend on everything from this season's biggest trends to the makeup mistakes you don't even realize your making. Now »
Most female characters in film succumb to the Devil. They are used as vessels or conduits for the Anti-Christ, lesser demons or the grandiose ideas of an occult. More often than not- they are chased, seduced or beaten into submission by satanic happenings. But some of these women do display degrees of ingenuity, agency, and physical prowess in their battle against coercion and the corruption of souls. Ranked from weakest characterization to strongest, the following list discusses the faculties that these women retain in the face of evil. (Minor spoilers ahead).
Lisa Reiner in Lisa and the Devil (1973)
Lisa (Elke Sommer) is overtaken by the spirit of a long deceased woman named Elena and the Devil all at once. Trapped deep in her mind, we hardly know Lisa outside of her light, carefree existence as an American tourist right before her possession. Purely a vessel for the malevolent temptation of »
- Lane Scarberry
'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
“Tangerine,” Sean Baker’s Sundance darling about two transgender prostitutes on a Christmas Eve jaunt through Los Angeles, might not seem like your typical Oscar movie. But against the backdrop of the Emmys recognizing Laverne Cox’s performance in “Orange is the New Black” in 2014, Magnolia Pictures and the Duplass brothers, who produced “Tangerine,” are launching an Oscar campaign for the indie, Variety has learned. It’s the first time a movie distributor has ever backed an awards season push for a transgender actress in Hollywood history.
In fact, “Tangerine” features two breakout transgender stars. Magnolia will be trumpeting newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in the best actress category and Mya Taylor, who Baker met at a Lgbt center just as she was transitioning, for best supporting actress.
The scrappy campaign — which is forgoing traditional “For Your Consideration” advertising — will officially kick off on Tuesday night, during an Academy conversation with the Duplass brothers, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Exclusive: Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has joined Wme. This is a big get for the agency, with the versatile actress capable of moving between multiple genres and ready to return to the heights of a career that saw her win two Best Actress Oscars by the age of 30. Swank joins from CAA. Her most recent film, The Homesman in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep premiered at Cannes last year. Swank memorably… »
The Live Inaugural Hollywood Film Awards Television Broadcast Aired Nov. 14, 2014 on CBS. 2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more. “The first mandatory stop … in the awards season” – New York Times “The Hollywood Film Awards has become a pre-Oscar showcase” – Los Angeles Times “The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar” – Associated Press Who: Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams »
Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mi-5 starring Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones,”, Testament Of Youth), Academy Award nominee Peter Firth (“Spooks”), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades Of Gray, Zero Dark Thirty), Tuppence Middleton (“Sense 8”, Jupiter Ascending), and Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion”, A Most Violent Year). Mi-5 (known outside the Us as Spooks: The Greater Good) is based on the original BAFTA Award® winning BBC television series.
Series director Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami: The Aftermath, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) has also directed the screen adaption, which was written by the series writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (“Humans”).
The thriller is currently scheduled to open theatrically at the end of the year.
When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway (Harrington) must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
“Mi-5 is »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' Will Open the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival The Tokyo International Film Festival has announced its slate of Special Screenings, including previously announced opener "The Walk" and new titles like "Life," which stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson as James Dean and the Life magazine photographer who made Dean a cover star. Additional films set for the festival include the historical tale "Woman in Gold," starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, the Hilary Swank Asl drama "You're Not You," and the visual epic "Everest," which features Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin. The rest of the Special Screenings are nature documentary "Seasons," Japanese thriller "Mozu" and festival closer "Terminal." The festival runs from October 22-31. Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to Open the 53rd New York Film Festival »
- Karen Brill
Cambridge, England — Production and distribution giant FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in Naked Entertainment, the newly formed production company from producer Simon Andreae, who was most recently executive VP, alternative entertainment, at Fox Broadcasting in the U.S.
Based in London, Naked will develop original entertainment, factual, and factual entertainment formats, with series and one-off specials. The deal further strengthens FremantleMedia’s content pipeline for the global distribution market.
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, said: “We are actively looking for the right companies and talent to expand and strengthen our business. Simon is one of the industry’s pre-eminent factual entertainment producers with a long history of delivering hits with global appeal. He already has a strong development slate and I’m really pleased to be partnering with him to bring his projects to audiences around the world.”
Andreae commented: “I’m excited to be back in the U.K. »
- Leo Barraclough
After making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May and premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival just three days prior, Lionsgate’s edge-of-your-seat crime thriller “Sicario” had its New York premiere Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art leaving guests speechless and riveted by the suspense and action sequences. The film currently has a 94 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the cast promised the reviews are accurate.
“It turned out to be a good film that I’m very proud of. I was just coming off of ‘Everest’ and I almost didn’t do the movie. Thank God I did,” Josh Brolin told Variety on the red carpet prior to the screening. “The result is incredible. Once I read the script and started to get into it, I was like, ‘Wow, this is something that I want to put my time and energy into!’ What »
- Paul Chi
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