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Transgender actress Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black, Jeffery Tambor in Transparent, and Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming The Danish Girl prove that transgender roles and how actors approach these have been the hot topic for a solid twenty years. The physical changes get audiences talking, with weight gain or loss and spending months dressed as the other gender becoming iconic to each trans role. Others choose a mental state of mind to embody the other sex. To celebrate the release of The New Girlfriend, in UK cinemas from 22nd May, we look at how career-defining transgender roles have been approached and become iconic.
Terence Stamp was initially reluctant to star in this role as transgender Bernadette. Ironic, considering that this film is the go-to for changing opinions of the Lgbt community and transgender roles on the silver screen. He did »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
“T-Rex” involvingly charts the path of a teenager from hard-luck Flint, Mich., to becoming the very first Olympics gold medalist in women’s boxing. This first feature from co-helmers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari has been a crowdpleaser at festivals (it just won both a special jury prize and the audience award at San Francisco), and should have a bright future primarily in broadcast exposure.
Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex or Ressa, is a 16-year-old when we first meet her, and the first distaff boxing protegee of local coach Jason Crutchfield, whose own promising boxing career ended when he quit to take care of ill parents. (He trains kids for free, day-jobbing as an electrician.) When she started at age 11, he “didn’t agree with female boxing,” but her evident talent and determination won him over. Now they’ve got their eye on qualifying for Team USA in the first-ever women »
- Dennis Harvey
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice A little Being Julia movie background: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey to the youthful, ambitious wannabe Eve Harrington: sweet, soft-spoken Anne Baxter on the outside; ruthless, poisonous gargoyle on the inside.* More than a decade earlier, in 1937 to be exact, W. Somerset Maugham had written Theatre, a novel about West End diva Julia Lambert. In Maugham's tale, Julia, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, succumbs to her vanity when she falls madly in love with Tom Fennel, a handsome – and deceptively innocent-looking – American half her age. Through Tom's "special friendship" with the renowned Julia, an ambitious young actress, »
- Andre Soares
Hilary Swank Oscar dress Hilary Swank on Oscars' Red Carpet Pictured above is Hilary Swank, wearing an Oscar dress consisting of (what looks like) tons of frills and feathers, on the 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27. Swank wasn't nominated for anything, but she acted as a presenter of sorts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. How so? Well, she introduced last year's Best Director winner, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), who then presented this year's Best Director Oscar to Tom Hooper for The King's Speech. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has taken home two Best Actress Oscar statuettes. Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999). Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). These were her only two nominations as well. Both times she beat Annette Bening, who was in the running this year once again for her role as a lesbian wife and mother in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, »
- D. Zhea
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Led by “The Sea of Trees’” Matthew McConaughey, “Carol’s” Cate Blanchett, Benicio Del Toro in “Sicario” and “Macbeth’s” Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the 2015 Cannes Festival looks like one of the glitziest on recent record.
But completed Cannes movies are one thing. Cannes’ big biz drivers, script-stage projects pre-sold on the Croisette to international distributors, are another.
In what may be the biggest industrial irony of 2015 Cannes, while stars will pack out the Palais red carpet steps, and five jurors, Jake Gyllenhaal among them, are thesps, getting stars attached to projects in the first place is a far stiffer challenge that is bedeviling the big indie movie industry most probably more than ever.
“If the film hasn’t started production yet, and the cast is not yet fully complete, even if they may have the main lead, if distributors have the chance they will wait,” said Ivan Boeing, »
- John Hopewell
This story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. "You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie," said Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux on April 16, when he announced a new policy of stopping awkward extended-arm snaps on the red carpet. He called the practice "ridiculous and grotesque." The Cannes A-list might disagree. Rosario Dawson, Hilary Swank and Petra Nemcova have done it, as have Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon and even 2014's Un Certain Regard jury president Pablo Trapero.
- Rhonda Richford
London — Berlin-based world sales and production company Picture Tree Intl. will give market premieres at Cannes to poetic French animation “Adama” and the Lapland-set romantic drama “The Midwife.”
The pic will make its French premiere in the feature competition of Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June, having won the Work in Progress award at the festival’s 2014 edition.
“Adama” was produced by Philippe Aigle and Severine Lathuilliere for Naia Productions, in co-production with Pipangai Studio and France 3 Cinema. Ocean Films is handling French rights and will give the film a wide release on Oct. 21.
Rouby’s short film “Blind Spot” competed for a Cinefondation Award at Cannes.
Antti J. Jokinen’s “The Midwife” centers on »
- Leo Barraclough
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig at the Oscars Sporting an ultra-cool look, Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig, both members of the hip, experimental band How to Destroy Angels, arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Trent Reznor, formerly the frontman of the alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails, and fellow How to Destroy Angels band member Atticus Ross went on to share the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network. After Reznor's Oscar win, "I want to thank you like an animal" became a Twitter hit – in reference to a similar-sounding line found in the Nine Inch Nails' 1994 song "Closer." Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Oscar 2011 competitors were: Hans Zimmer, at one point the favorite for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for »
- D. Zhea
Leo is back! Leonardo DiCaprio made his 2015 red carpet debut on Thursday night at Giorgio Armani's 40th Anniversary reception in Milan, Italy. The "Wolf of Wall Street" hunk -- who hasn't attended a public event since September 2014 -- looked dapper in a classic navy blue suit with a gray tie, but his bushy beard made him almost unrecognizable among the stylish guests. We're missing the actor's baby face, aren't you?! Leo celebrated the milestone with the famed fashion designer, posing for pictures alongside other A-listers, including Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Pierce Brosnan, Tina Turner and Sophia Loren. Another big star to make a rare appearance in honor of her favorite designer was Janet Jackson, who has largely stayed out of the spotlight since moving to Saudi Arabia with husband Wissam Al Mana in 2012. Armani took to Twitter to share a snapshot with the 48-year-old singer, who looked gorgeous in »
- tooFab Staff
Denial dramatises historian Lipstadt and her lawyers' efforts to prove that the events of the Holocaust were real in a legal battle against David Irving.
British author Irving filed suit against Lipstadt for libel after she described some of his work as Holocaust denial.
Swank is starring in the historical drama opposite Emmy Award winner Tom Wilkinson, according to Deadline.
Remember New Coke? If you do, the ’80s called and they want their jokes back. But as a reminder, in April of 1985, just over 30 years ago this week, Coca-Cola, one of the longest surviving American companies who had successfully dominated the market with a time-tested product, had decided that to stave off the rise of Pepsi in the Cola wars, they would rebrand their classic fizzy drink to New Coke. New Coke hit the shelves April 23, and though the sweeter flavor won out in blind taste tests, human psychology practically dictates that it’s not the product that’s inside the can but the label that’s outside the can that most determines a person’s liking. The product rollout was a huge blunder, and Coca-Cola eventually reverted to Coke Classic.
If you thought that sounds like it could make a fascinating documentary, or perhaps an interesting comedy, then you’re in luck. »
- Brian Welk
As first reported on ScreenDaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The film industry veterans have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.
As first reported on Screendaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson.
Cornerstone will reveal »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a pre-Cannes move, veteran film executives Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have partnered to form Cornerstone Films as a production-finance and sales company with offices in London and Los Angeles.
Conrnerstone will collaborate with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood’s London-based Potboiler Films and the Berlin-based X Filme, which is run by Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott. Both production companies will provide up to two films a year for financing and sales through the new company.
Cornerstone will launch at Cannes with Mick Jackson’s recently announced “Denial,” starring Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson. The film is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier,” adapted for the screen by David Hare.
- Dave McNary
Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt's book "History on Trial," Swank will play Lipstadt who found herself in a legal battle with Nazi apologist David Irving. Irving accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in Denial, the David Hare-adapted drama based on Deborah E. Lipstadt's book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier. The book recounts Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. It was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust actually happened and that Irving had… »
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