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"I'm not your average dolly bird": Judy Davis on her career, quotas and writing

21 June 2016 7:18 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Judy Davis on the Sff red carpet with the winners of the Lexus Short Film Fellowship.

As the Lexus Short Film Fellowship jury chair, Judy Davis last week selected four young filmmakers - Alex Ryan, Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Murawski and Brooke Goldfinch - to receive $50,000 each to make a short that will premiere at next year's Sydney Film Festival.

The gender parity of the winners was a coincidence, Davis told If.

"On this jury, there was no quota, and I chose the films I liked. But as the afternoon wore on, it became clear it was looking like two and two. And one of the other members of the jury said, 'that's really good'."

Asked for her opinion on quotas, Davis said she wonders whether they might "breed resentment and mistrust", and argued instead for a shift in mindset: "that gradual but inevitable realisation that the female voice can be a profound voice, »

- Harry Windsor

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Watch: Susan Sarandon on Hollywood Pitting Women Against Women - and How Her New Series Will Tackle It

17 May 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's been decades since Bette Davis and Joan Crawford collaborated onscreen for the iconic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but, if you ask Susan Sarandon, not much has necessarily changed. The actress tells Entertainment Weekly and People at the Cannes Film Festival that her new FX series, Feud, is "the examination of Hollywood through the time of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford." "The question is whether or not things have actually changed that much," Sarandon explains. "Do we pit women against women? Do the studios still have more power than individual women?" The show, which stars Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Watch: Susan Sarandon on Hollywood Pitting Women Against Women - and How Her New Series Will Tackle It

17 May 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's been decades since Bette Davis and Joan Crawford collaborated onscreen for the iconic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but, if you ask Susan Sarandon, not much has necessarily changed. The actress tells Entertainment Weekly and People at the Cannes Film Festival that her new FX series, Feud, is "the examination of Hollywood through the time of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford." "The question is whether or not things have actually changed that much," Sarandon explains. "Do we pit women against women? Do the studios still have more power than individual women?" The show, which stars Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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New Ryan Murphy FX Series Takes on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis Feud

5 May 2016 5:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ryan Murphy, the prolific, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning producer who pioneered the modern limited series form with the award-winning anthology American Horror Story and whose American Crime Story has been a critical and ratings triumph with its first installment The People v. O.J. Simpson, is launching a new FX limited series. Today FX has placed an order for Murphy's latest anthology franchise, Feud, an 8-episode series that will explore the bouts and blows of epic conflicts, it was announced by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce the series for FX.

The first installment of Feud stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and tells the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time - Joan Crawford (Lange) and Bette Davis (Sarandon), and how they came together in 1962 to collaborate on a picture each hoped would revive their careers. »

- MovieWeb

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Lange & Sarandon To Play Crawford & Davis

5 May 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Not content with just FX's award-winning "American Horror Story" and this year's highly acclaimed "American Crime Story," producer Ryan Murphy is setting up a third anthology series at the network entitled "Feud".

Scoring a straight-to-series eight-episode order, each season of the anthology will center around a different epic battle between two major personalities. For this first season he's picked a juicy one - the legendary backstage battle between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and how the rivalry came to a crescendo with the making of 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?".

Murphy has enlisted Jessica Lange to play Crawford and Susan Sarandon to play Davis in the series which also stars Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio mogul Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and Dominic Burgess as 'Jane' co-star Victor Buono.

Murphy, Sarandon, Lange, Dede Gardener and Brad Pitt will all »

- Garth Franklin

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Ryan Murphy Lands Another FX Anthology, ‘Feud,’ Starring Jessica Lange & Susan Sarandon

5 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Third time’s another charm.

Ryan Murphy is staying in business with FX — and not just with “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” — but with an entirely new anthology series, titled “Feud,” Variety has learned.

Marking his third anthology with the cabler, Murphy has landed a straight-to-series eight-episode order for the “Feud” themed project with the first installment centering around the legendary backstage battle between Joan Crawford and Bette DavisSusan Sarandon will play Davis and Jessica Lange will portray Crawford. Each installment of the anthology will center around a different epic battle.

Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess round out the cast. Brad Pitt will serve as an exec producer will Murphy and Dede Gardner with Sarandon and Lange producing. Murphy will direct several episodes.

The first season of “Feud” will tell the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Tilda Swinton: ‘Working on Hail, Caesar! was like a Hollywood holiday’

3 March 2016 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The great rule of thumb when working with the Coens, the actor says, is whether you can hear them guffawing like donkeys in the background

Tilda Swinton is on her second Coen brothers film, after Burn After Reading: here she plays the small but toothsome role of identical twin sisters Thora and Thessaly Thacker, feuding Hollywood gossip columnists of the Hedda Hopper/Louella Parsons variety. Typically for such an idiosyncratic acting intelligence, Swinton has her own ideas on the characters, which aren’t to be found anywhere in the actual script. The Thackers, she theorises, with their neurotic needling and ferocious competitiveness, must be failed actors themselves, the product of stage schools that didn’t make it, and are now compensating by rechannelling their frustrated energies into journalism.

Related: Hail, Caesar! review – George Clooney bigger, broader, zanier in classic Coen caper

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- Andrew Pulver

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 15-21

15 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Steve Jobs"The 2016 Academy Awards are getting close now, and this week you have the opportunity to catch up with a lot of the nominated films and stars. Michael Fassbender is nominated for Best Actor for the role of Apple genius Steve Jobs, with Kate Winslet in the running for Best Supporting Actress. The movie comes out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand Tuesday, February 16. Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include the making-of-documentary, "Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs," plus feature commentary with director Danny Boyle, writer Aaron Sorkin, and editor Elliot Graham.

Check out this exclusive clip from "Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs," with director Danny Boyle and composer Daniel Pemberton discussing »

- Gina Carbone

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Top 5 Films About The Film Industry

10 February 2016 1:51 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

We often imagine the sparkling lights of Hollywood as an idyllic World full of beautiful, talented and creative people, but Trumbo (cert 15a), reveals the true story of Hollywood’s worst kept secret. In cinemas now, Trumbo tells the tale of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), who was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Inspired by Trumbo, we’re taking a look back at some of the best films that took an in-depth look at Hollywood and the movie industry. The Artist (2011) The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Hail, Caesar! | Review

5 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sign of the Cross: The Coen Bros. Revisit the Backlot Desires of Hollywood’s Golden Era

The Coen Bros., back with their first title since 2013’s Cannes darling Inside Llewyn Davis, step back to an even earlier era with Hail, Caesar!, a 1950s set allegory parallelizing movie studio heads with their supernatural equivalent—God. A rather stressful day unfolds on the backlot of Capitol Pictures, where a leading star currently set to film the final, important speech in a Biblical epic is kidnapped by a serene group of Communist writers. Meanwhile, the general cadre of hungry gossip columnists, disgruntled auteurs, and budding celebrities must be continuously juggled and groomed by the studio’s omnipotent figurehead. It’s an ideal environment for the duo, who seem to be consistently recapitulating earlier films and eras, like their rehash of True Grit (2010). There’s something about this latest effort which hints at the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, Other WGA Awards Nominees Reveal Their Screenwriting Journeys

5 February 2016 6:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The agonies of screenwriting were on full view Thursday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where 11 scribes nominated for WGA Awards took part in the guild’s Beyond Words program.

One of the biggest laughs from the full house came when “Spotlight” writer Josh Singer admitted that he and writer-director Tom McCarthy spent several years going through the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests.

“We did research for a long time,” Singer said. “Anything to put off writing.”

McCarthy admitted that interviews with the victims of the scandal was a turning point. “The story really came together once we talked with survivors,” he added.

Both “Spotlight” writers were effusive in their praise of the Boston Globe journalists portrayed in the film, noting that editor  Martin “Marty” Baron (portrayed by Liev Schreiber) even supplied them with extensive emails to keep the timeline straight. They also credited the initial producers, »

- Dave McNary

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Interview – Dame Helen Mirren talks Trumbo

4 February 2016 6:57 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Trumbo hits UK cinemas this Friday 5th February. Our friend James Kleinmann got to chat with the legendary actress Helen Mirren for her role in the movie as Hedda Hopper. In the interview we get to hear what surprised her the most about the astonishing true story about Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), a top Hollywood

The post Interview – Dame Helen Mirren talks Trumbo appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Film Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If there’s such a thing as poker-faced exuberance, you can feel it in every loving, teasing frame of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!,” an inside-showbiz lark that regards the 1950s studio system with the utmost skepticism even as it becomes an expression of movie love at its purest. Starring Josh Brolin as a hard-working industry “fixer” tasked with keeping big-budget productions on track and wayward stars in line, this gorgeously crafted romp through the backlots and Malibu enclaves of Hollywood’s Golden Age tosses off plenty of eccentric comedy and musical razzle-dazzle before taking on richer, more ruminative dimensions, ultimately landing on the funny-sad question of whether life is but a dream factory. Although it boasts enough marquee names and splashy, crowdpleasing angles to deliver good returns for Universal, this is as strange and singular an offering as anything the Coens have ever done, and as such its more thoughtful, »

- Justin Chang

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[Review] Hail, Caesar!

3 February 2016 5:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dozens of films try to copy the Coens every year, and yet no one ever comes close. They have developed such a delicate, fluid witches’ brew of talent behind and in front of the camera, and a writing style that’s consistently funny and melancholy (often at the same time), that it seems impossible to replicate.

Hail, Caesar! is a film that could only ever be made by the Coens. Just as the brothers themselves love to present dialectics about the duality of triviality and seriousness, so, too, does Hail, Caesar! constantly skate back and forth between feeling slight and monumental.

Its plot, like much of their work, is a tangle of transparent, connected convolutions. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s. His day to day is problem-solving, and he’s faced with some sizable ones. The studio is in the middle of making »

- Michael Snydel

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Here Are the 2016 SAG Awards Winners

30 January 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's time for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where film and TV actors celebrate other film and TV actors, and the big screen winners cross their fingers that this means they'll be getting Oscars, too. Lookin' at you, Leo!

Here is the full list of SAG Awards winners from the Saturday, January 30 show (8 to 10 p.m. on TNT and TBS), along with the nominees they beat for the trophies:

Winners: Movies

• Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Winner: Spotlight

Beasts Of No Nation

The Big Short

Straight Outta Compton

Trumbo

• Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio / Hugh Glass – "The Revenant"

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – "Trumbo"

Johnny Depp / James "Whitey" Bulger – "Black Mass"

Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – "Steve Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – "The Danish Girl" )

Here's a vine of Leo running to Kate Winslet after he won. »

- Gina Carbone

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Last-Minute SAG Awards 2016 Predictions: Sentimentality and 'Diversity'

30 January 2016 4:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 SAG Awards Predictions: The Winners Last-minute SAG Awards predictions, as the 2016 SAG Awards ceremony will begin in about half an hour (Jan. 30) at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. So far, there's one clear winner at the ceremony. That's veteran film and (mostly) television actress Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show, Annie), who will be handed the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be handling that particular presentation. As for the SAG Awards' competitive motion picture categories, this year remains murkier than most even though the list of likely winners has been narrowed down in recent weeks – especially following the Golden Globes ceremony and the Oscar nominations announcement. The 'oddities' The easy part: eliminating the “oddities.” No matter how good (or not-so-good) their performances, Johnny Depp in Black Mass, Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back, Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold, Idris Elba »

- Mont. Steve

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Ralph Fiennes gets frustrated in latest trailer for Coen Bros.' comedy Hail Caesar

12 January 2016 11:08 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Classic film director Laurence Lorenz (Ralph Fiennes) is having a terrible time in the brand new trailer for the Coen Bros.’ Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar!

The ensemble comedy features a cast of our favourite actors – George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, and Fiennes – in this Hollywood mystery.  Eddie Mannix (Brolin) is a studio fixer, hired to keep Captiol Pictures’ contracted film stars in line and free of tabloid controversy. When leading man Baird Whitlock (Clooney) is kidnapped and held for ransom, it’s up to Mannix to get him back while keeping gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper (Swinton) off the scent of scandal.

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, Hail, Caesar! teased some back-lot movie magic in the film's first trailer, while this time around, they’re going for the laughs. Actor Alden Ehrenreich goes up against Fiennes in the latest trailer for Hail, »

- Rachel West

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Trailer: Trumbo

9 January 2016 6:02 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

A screenwriter's career comes to a crushing end when he is blacklisted for his political beliefs.

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. »

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