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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors Say Movie About Much More Than A Tennis Match – The Contenders Video

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors Say Movie About Much More Than A Tennis Match – The Contenders Video
In 2015, when husband-and-wife directing team Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton came aboard Battle of the Sexes, the Fox Searchlight film about Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs’ iconic tennis match, they figured it was going to hit theaters at a very different time — perhaps when the first woman had been elected President of the United States. But as they told a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild voters at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event last…
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The 10 Best Lgbtq Films of 2017, From ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to ‘Bpm’

The 10 Best Lgbtq Films of 2017, From ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to ‘Bpm’
In years past, Lgbt cinephiles counted themselves lucky for one decent movie with a queer storyline. Looking at the depth and breadth of Lgbt films to come out in 2017, it’s clear that “Moonlight” was just a harbinger of great things to come for queer cinema. With growing social acceptance comes increased funding for movies with queer themes, support for Lgbt-identified filmmakers, and less stigma around straight actors playing gay. This year brought a breakthrough performance from transgender actress Daniela Vega, saw A-lister Emma Stone play lesbian icon Billie Jean King, and a strong Oscar contender in Luca Guadagnino’s sumptuous “Call Me By Your Name.”

Read More:‘(Bpm) Beats Per Minute’ Is the Most Authentically Queer Film of the Awards Season

If 2017 is any indication, queer cinema continues to thrive, even if the world isn’t following suit. As awards season progresses, it’s looking more and more likely
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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’ Dp Linus Sandgren Courted ’70s American Cinema Styles In Filming Period Drama

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Dp Linus Sandgren Courted ’70s American Cinema Styles In Filming Period Drama
Coming off a triumphant year with an Oscar in hand for La La Land, Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren is back in awards contention this year with a very different project, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ biographical drama Battle of the Sexes. Chronicling a historic moment in the world of tennis, in which world champion Billie Jean King faced off against self-styled chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs in a high-stakes match—setting a precedent for the way women would be…
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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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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‘Florida Project,’ ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was,’ ’Dive,’ Top Los Cabos

‘Florida Project,’ ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was,’ ’Dive,’ Top Los Cabos
Los Cabos, Mexico — Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Gabriel Mariño’s “Yesterday Wonder I Was” and David Pablos’ “Dive” proved big winners at the 6th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival on Saturday night which, graced by Nicole Kidman and Paul Schrader and in its first year under Hugo Villa, proved a dazzling platform for a new generation of Mexican talent, as TV and digital, as much as film, came to the fore in many new project unveils.

Nicole Kidman accepted an Outstanding Cinema Award at the beginning of Los Cabos’ awards gala ceremony.

Shot with an eye for eye-popping color by ace Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (“Silent Light”), Baker’s latest take on America’s margins – here a hooker mother and six-year-old scam-artist daughter struggling to get by at roadside motel flophouse in the shadow of Disney World – was always a frontrunner in main competition, eventually taking its best picture plaudit and Pesos300,000 ($15,700) as a cash
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Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival

Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival
Mexico City — Launching in 2012, backed by industry heavyweights such as agent Micah Green and Mexican mogul Alex García, Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival was designed, in an inspired move, as a U.S., Mexico, Canada crossroads.

It has proved the right meet at the right time in the right place. Few film events anywhere in the world have grown so fast. Below, 10 key points about 2017’s Festival, which unspools Nov. 8-12 in Baja California:

1.More Fest, Same Basic Industry

The 6th Los Cabos Fest, the first under producer, line-producer and former film commissioner Hugo Villa, is certainly much more of a festival, adding a tribute to Paul Schrader, World Highlights, including a clutch of foreign-language Oscar front-runners, – Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” – and American Specials. In one, Margot Robbie delivers a “delectable performance” as Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Variety wrote; it called Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” “a lively
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From ‘Big Sick’ to ‘Downsizing,’ Studios and Indies Stake Claim for Globes Comedy Gold

From ‘Big Sick’ to ‘Downsizing,’ Studios and Indies Stake Claim for Globes Comedy Gold
From popular Sundance pickups to prestige awards bait, this year’s Golden Globes race for comedy/musical picture promises a solid balance of indie gems and studio offerings — and less category shopping.

Almost every major studio is in the mix with a serious contender. Two of them are musicals (three if you want to get technical). Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” could be the biggest box office story in the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s nominations. Though critics were lukewarm, the film made a truckload of cash off an intellectual property that, let’s face it, was ripe for a live-action remake. Fox’s contribution, meanwhile, will be “The Greatest Showman,” inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum. But a nomination for star Hugh Jackman might be easier to come by than one for best picture; the film is being positioned more as a holiday family movie than a serious awards play.

Keep an eye
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman presented a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman accepted a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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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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In a Wide-Open Oscars Field, Zeitgeist Is the Key Target

In a Wide-Open Oscars Field, Zeitgeist Is the Key Target
This year’s film awards landscape is fascinating for its unwillingness to adhere to an overarching narrative. The players are vastly different — in style, in story, in theme — so much so that it makes what already promises to be an unpredictable season all the more varied and delicious.

That said, poking around the contenders some interesting clusters arise. The double-feature potential of “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour” immediately springs to mind. It’s intriguing how complementary the two films are, the white-knuckle ride of Christopher Nolan’s epic providing a visceral context for understanding the stakes in Joe Wright’s chamber piece, which in turn fills in the backstory to “Dunkirk.”

There’s also a notable spectrum of maternal portrayals throughout the lead and supporting actress lineups. Veterans such as Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), Holly Hunter (“The Big Sick”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) are featured alongside newcomers including Bria Vinaite (“[link
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Pop, R&B and Country Stars Take Center Stage in Oscars’ Song Category

Pop, R&B and Country Stars Take Center Stage in Oscars’ Song Category
As the year winds down, the race to the Oscars will fill up with contenders from animation and musicals. But right now, the spotlight is on top-flight pop, R&B, and country stars with theme songs for dramas rooted in recent history, including Sara Bareilles, the Roots, Dierks Bentley, and Andra Day with Common.

“Hold the Light”

From the film “Only the Brave

Music and lyrics by: Dierks Bentley, Sean Carey, Joe Trapanese and Jon Randall

Bentley’s song plays over an end montage of the real firefighters who died in the Arizona forest blaze dramatized in the film. The country star says the film’s creators “agonized over: Do we lift them up as they walk out? Or do we let them sit with the sadness for a bit?” They went with the latter, with Bentley “trying to write what these guys would want to say back to their loved ones who are still here, so
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'The Shape of Water,' 'Battle of the Sexes' to Close Camerimage

'The Shape of Water,' 'Battle of the Sexes' to Close Camerimage
Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water and Jonathan Dayton's and Valerie Faris' Battle of the Sexes will be presented at the closing gala of Camerimage.

Shape of Water cinematographer Dan Laustsen will be on hand to introduce del Toro's film during the 25th anniversary of the international cinematography festival, which runs Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

A fairy tale set in Cold War era America, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Lensed by Linus Sandgren (who earlier this year won an Oscar for La La Land), Battle...
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A Look at Some of the Top Oscar Best Picture Contenders in 2017

It’s the most unpredictable Oscar race in memory, with no clear frontrunner established and dozens of films vying for the top prize. We look at some of the films that could take home the gold.

All the Money in the World

Dec. 8 Sony

Kevin Spacey stars as tycoon John Paul Getty in this historical drama piece directed by Ridley Scott. The film explores the internal conflicts of the family in the wake of the kidnapping of Getty’s grandson. While the mother (Michelle Williams) would do anything to get her boy back, Getty’s priority remains his business and fortune.

Baby Driver

June 28 Sony

Edgar Wright struck gold with his audacious tale about a getaway driver who falls for a sweet waitress, only to get sucked into another dangerous heist. Whether one of the best-reviewed films of the year can translate into awards buzz remains to be seen, but it shouldn’t be underestimated.

Battle of the Sexes

Sept
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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: October Oscar predictions

Hot on the heels of the precursor season launching yesterday, I have a brand new set of Academy Award predictions to share with you all. There are some definite changes to be seen, with the most noteworthy being that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is really making a play towards the top of a lot of categories. Martin McDonagh’s film is quietly starting to seem like potentially the frontrunner in Best Picture. That’s just the buzz around town right now, buoyed by how amazing the movie actually is. How that’s handled is just one item on the docket today. Questions will soon be answered, and that’s pretty damn exciting folks. Another thing you’ll likely notice is that I’ve moved The Post and Phantom Thread from predictions for now. They’re just outside of the nominated fields, at least until they either screen, confirm a 2017 release date,
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Brief Takes: Blade Runners, Tennis Stars, Feisty Queens, Fish Men

In an effort to break out of my silence -- October is my favorite month so why has it been so hard? -- micro thoughts on 5 Oscar hopefuls I meant to review but didn't. Whoops. Please to discuss in the comments.

Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)

The story of Billie Jean King's (Emma Stone) famous 1973 match with Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and her efforts to make women's tennis viable in a sexist industry

Capsule: A timely well-crafted look back to the beginnings of a gender war that's depressingly still raging and a soupçon of queer romance to give it unique personality. Dayton & Faris's light touch is the right choice for this briskly-paced but delicately felt recreation of a pivotal American moment. Emma Stone is perfection as the heroic tight shouldered athlete at the center. Just discussed on the podcast. B+

Oscar Chances: This one could go either way.
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