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Review: Battle Of The Sexes (2017)

There are few feelings more fulfilling than watching a movie that unexpectedly stuns and entertains you. We go into so many films assuming this or that about them, but when a movie defies all expectation and delivers something remarkable or unforeseen, you really feel that this is why the cinema is such a place of wonder. In a year that already gave us Borg vs. McEnroe, this new tennis-based film looks back at a moment that sent reverberations throughout the sport’s history and instituted a social change. Battle of the Sexes looks back at the – now iconic – huge 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and in doing so offers a film that is thrillingly timely and yet perfectly evocative of its era.

From Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this film is a bio-sports drama but is as taken with its subjects off court as it is on.
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Battle Of The Sexes review

Emma Stone and Steve Carell headline Battle Of The Sexes. Here's our review...

It’s hard for a film about gender equality released in 2017 to escape the context of the real world and the fighting that’s still necessary. Battle Of The Sexes could easily have come across, by accident or not, too worthy or like a watered-down history lesson, but instead the film is an admirably warm and light hearted drama that cares as much about its characters as their position in our collectively-written narrative.

Chronicling the rivalry between champion tennis player Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and self-styled ‘male chauvinist pig’ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), Battle Of The Sexes takes place in the ‘70s at a time when women’s tennis was very much looked down upon by the wider public. When Riggs challenges King to a match, the contest grows to represent a much larger, and universal,
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FX releases teaser trailer for Danny Boyle’s Trust

FX has released a trailer for Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy’s upcoming anthology series Trust. The first season revolves around the story of the real life kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (played by Harris Dickinson) and stars Donald Sutherland as oil baron J. Paul Getty alongside Hilary Swank, Brendan Fraser, and Michael Esper; take a look below…

“The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? ‘Trust’ charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone.
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‘Trust’ Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Rival Stars Donald Sutherland in Kevin Spacey’s Former Role

If Christopher Plummer need any tips on playing John Paul Getty after replacing Kevin Spacey on “All the Money in the World,” perhaps he should call up Donald Sutherland. Sutherland will play the oil tycoon on Danny Boyle’s new series for FX, “Trust,” which released a promising first teaser trailer today. With Ridley Scott’s take on the same event suddenly mired in controversy, it will be fascinating to see how Boyle’s measures up. (And perhaps another reason why Scott is so determined to finish his film quickly).

Trust” maps the Getty family legacy, beginning with the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. If ordered for more seasons, the series would explore other chapters in the oil family’s history.

Read More:Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Team Bringing Bizarre John Paul Getty Kidnapping to FX in 2018

In addition to Sutherland as Getty, “Trust” stars Hilary Swank as Gail Getty,
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‘Trust’ Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Rival Stars Donald Sutherland in Kevin Spacey’s Former Role

If Christopher Plummer need any tips on playing John Paul Getty after replacing Kevin Spacey on “All the Money in the World,” perhaps he should call up Donald Sutherland. Sutherland will play the oil tycoon on Danny Boyle’s new series for FX, “Trust,” which released a promising first teaser trailer today. With Ridley Scott’s take on the same event suddenly mired in controversy, it will be fascinating to see how Boyle’s measures up. (And perhaps another reason why Scott is so determined to finish his film quickly).

Trust” maps the Getty family legacy, beginning with the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. If ordered for more seasons, the series would explore other chapters in the oil family’s history.

Read More:Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Team Bringing Bizarre John Paul Getty Kidnapping to FX in 2018

In addition to Sutherland as Getty, “Trust” stars Hilary Swank as Gail Getty,
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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review
Battle Of The Sexes Fox Searchlight Pictures Director: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton Written by: Simon Beaufoy Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrew Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/13/17 Opens: September 29, 2017 Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s movie “Battle of the Sexes” has been […]

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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors On Billie Jean King As Ultimate Inclusive Icon – The Contenders London Video

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors On Billie Jean King As Ultimate Inclusive Icon – The Contenders London Video
Looking to tell the “personal story” of Billie Jean King and self-styled provocateur Bobby Riggs — the participants in 1973’s historic Battle of the Sexes tennis match — directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had to look no further than the Battle of the Sexes script by Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy, who managed to go beyond the public events transpiring on the world stage at the time to depict King’s own internal struggles. “There are many documentaries that point out…
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Battle of the Sexes Review: One of the Year's Best Films

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Battle of the Sexes Review: One of the Year's Best Films
Fox Searchlight's Battle of the Sexes is the film adaptation of a pivotal cultural event in American history. In 1973, former tennis great Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) challenged Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee), then Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) to an exhibition match. He wanted to prove to the world that men where superior to women in sports. Dubbing himself as the "male chauvinist pig", Riggs was a huckster, gambling addict, and showman who saw a big money opportunity and exploited it. Billie Jean King, the world's top women's tennis player, was fighting her own battle for equal pay and sexual liberation. Drawn unwillingly into Riggs gambit, she clearly understood the gravity of the moment. The hopes and dreams of women everywhere fell on her mighty shoulders.

From the husband and wife filmmaking team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes is a sublime achievement. The dynamic duo behind
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Battle Of The Sexes – Review

If you’re over age 50, you likely recall the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs tennis match from 1973, a feminist landmark and time-capsule of male chauvinist history that attracted one of the biggest audiences ever for a sporting event at that time. Over 100 million worldwide watched the 29-year old Number 2 ranked women’s champion take on the 55-year old former men’s champ in a $100,000 tournament that’s now been dramatized in Battle Of The Sexes, a flawed but mostly entertaining look at a repressive time when women athletes weren’t taken seriously and ‘lesbian’ was a dirty word.

Loudmouth hustler and gambling addict Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrel), was a self-confessed ‘male chauvinist pig’ even though he lived off the family money of his second wife Priscilla (Elizabeth Shue). Riggs had been a tennis champ decades earlier and was still active on the senior circuit in the early ‘70s. He
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With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ the Co-Directors of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Finally Let the Sunshine of Reality In

With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ the Co-Directors of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Finally Let the Sunshine of Reality In
Hollywood filmmakers can always find a dozen different rationales — integrity, naked sellout, treading water — for choosing their next project. So how, exactly, does one account for the careers of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris? In 2006, the married co-directors of television commercials and fatally hip music videos (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Macy Gray, The Smashing Pumpkins) made their first feature film, “Little Miss Sunshine,” at which point they took possession of the buzz, the money, and the known movie universe.

The picture was adored by audiences — first at the Sundance Film Festival, and then, in the late summer, when it was released in theaters by Fox Searchlight. Critics, by and large, gave it their imprimatur of affection and acclaim. (I hated the movie, but we’ll get to that in a moment.) The awards love then followed suit: four Oscar nominations (for best picture, best original screenplay, best supporting actor, best
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Film Review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Parallels a Fight That’s Going on Today

Chicago – Since the time of early hominids, there has been a battle raging with your side being chosen before you’re even born. It all began when men claimed they were superior to women, forcing women to fight for the right at equality. Unfortunately, it remains as alive in the 70’s, when “Battle of the Sexes” takes place, as it is now.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

We all know what a battle of the sexes entails. Most people think that it is men against women, but they would be wrong. In most of the world, especially in the Us, we live in a patriarchy. Essentially, men hold most of the positions of power and therefore make most of the rules, usually to their direct benefit. What that translates into is that in America, a battle of the sexes is actually a one-sided battle with women fighting to prove to men that they are
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Battle of the Sexes movie review: totally ace

MaryAnn’s quick take… An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It’s also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan at all

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

That saying about those not remembering the past being condemned to repeat it? Of course it’s true… but sometimes it’s not an accident that the past gets forgotten. Sometimes the squashing of history — and the continuation of history into the present — is deliberate. Feminists know this: Women are constantly having to reinvent feminism, refight the same battles, because they don’t stay won. A brief moment of small triumph very quickly gets drowned out by major cultural pushback; women may savor victory only long enough
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'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets

'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets
What does a movie about a 1973 tennis exhibition match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs have to say to millennials when everyone knows the war between so-called women's libbers and male chauvinist pigs ended last century? Ha! Starring a top-form Emma Stone as King and a perceptively flamboyant Steve Carell as Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is not an overtly political movie; it's a blast about two tennis champions going over the top to make a point. But in speaking to the marginalized, the movie comments bluntly on the here and now.
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Movie Review – Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Battle of the Sexes, 2017.

Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton

Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales, Jessica Mcnamee, Fred Armisen, Lewis Pullman, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, and Matt Malloy

Synopsis:

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Long before Mayweather vs McGregor was a sporting showdown for the ages; a one-on-one matchup that actually occupied societal landscape-altering overtones for both the close-minded present-day perspectives and future generations. Billie Jean King taking on openly proud male chauvinistic pig Bobby Riggs in a 1973 tennis match wasn’t just a dog and pony show built on ego and superiority alone, it represented the gender equality war (everything from raw talent to short-changing women when it comes to payday
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Battle Of The Sexes In St. Louis

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.

The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that
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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Clip & Featurette Released

Awards season is getting into full swing, and one of the early contenders is the real-life sports drama ‘Battle of the Sexes‘. The film follows the well publicized tennis match between Billie Jean king (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) that was dubbed by the media as the “Battle of the Sexes”. The film seems to tackle gender equality, and is primed to be a major player in this year’s awards race.

The film was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), with a script form Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy. In addition of Carell and Stone, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ stars Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Eric Christian Olsen.

In preparation for the movie’s sure-to-be awards run, Fox Searchlight have released two clips and a featurette for the film. Here
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2018 Best Original Screenplay Oscars Predictions

Who said original ideas are dead in Hollywood? This year the Original Screenplay race is at least 10 times more competitive than the Adapted Screenplay category. In fact, it’s so competitive that who makes this five may be a major indicator of your eventual Best Picture winner. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Guillermo del toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick

Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post

Anthony McCarten, “The Darkest Hour

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Almost there

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project”

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Simon Beaufoy, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

David Scarpa, “All the Money in the World

Edgar Wright, “Baby Driver

Longshots

Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, “The Greatest Showman

Mark Boah, “Detroit”

Noah Baumbach,
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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Why Emma Stone’s Performance as Billie Jean King Deserves a Much Better Movie

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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Why Emma Stone’s Performance as Billie Jean King Deserves a Much Better Movie
For her first post-Oscar role, newly minted Academy Award winner Emma Stone doesn’t disappoint, bringing sensitivity and nuance to her part as Billie Jean King in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ fact-based “Battle of the Sexes.” It’s just too bad that the film — a broad drama that gets a major status boost from the full force of Stone’s performance — isn’t a better fit for the work she’s turning in.

“Battles of the Sexes” essentially stuffs a long-necessary King biopic, one that follows the most personally formative experiences of the tennis champ’s life, into a crowd-pleasing story about the infamous sporting event from which it takes its title. It’s a character-driven drama crammed inside a sports film, and while that sort of engineering has often led to some revelatory offerings (think “Ali” or “The Fighter,” “Rudy” or “The Babe,” and scores more), “Battle” does not join their ranks.
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“Battle of the Sexes” is a crowd pleasing re-do of the 2016 election

Sometimes, a movie just hits at the right time. Battle of the Sexes, initially just a baity biopic of Billie Jean King and the moment where he path crossed with Bobby Riggs, is now about so much more. Obviously, it’s a comedic sports tale as well, but it’s also in many ways a re litigation of the 2016 Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Apolitical audiences will enjoy things besides that, but if that’s still on your mind, you’ll be incredibly moved by this one. This week, Battle of the Sexes hits theaters and serves up (no pun intended) a real good time at the movies. The film is a look at a pivotal moment in the fight for equality between the genders. In 1973, ex-champ and hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was looking to get back in the spotlight, so he challenged women’s World
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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Filmmakers on Why Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs Showdown Is Still Relevant (Video)

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Filmmakers on Why Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs Showdown Is Still Relevant (Video)
Battle of the Sexes” directors Jonathan Drayton and Valerie Faris had no fears about re-creating a 44-year-old stunt tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and unapologetic chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). “What’s really interesting about a story that takes place in 1973 is that all those issues have suddenly bubbled up again: equal pay, sexism, gender equality, sexual equality — all these things are live debates again,” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy told TheWrap’s Steve Pond in a video interview at the Toronto Film Festival. While much has changed — particularly in the acceptance of gay rights — many other issues...
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