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Margaret Qualley as Sister Cathleen, in Novitiate. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics (c)

Novitiate focuses on a young woman preparing to become a nun in the early 1960s, just as the Catholic church is poised on the brink of the sweeping changes of Vatican II.

Maggie Betts wrote and directed this drama about a 17-year-old named Cathleen and her fellow novices as they move towards taking their first vows as nuns. It is certainly not the first film to give viewers a peek inside a convent as young women prepare for religious life, and, in fact, the film mentions the 1959 Audrey Hepburn film “A Nun’s Story. What makes this film different is that it takes place at a pivotal moment for the Catholic Church, just as the changes of Vatican II were being put in place. Catholics know what a radical shift Vatican II was. In its attempt to modernize the church,
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Law & Order True Crime: NBC Showrunner Has an Idea for Season Two

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Law & Order True Crime just wrapped its first season last night, but will there be a second? Recently, showrunner Rene Balcer spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the NBC TV show.The first season of the anthology crime drama chronicles the events surrounding the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, two brothers convicted of murdering their parents in 1989. The cast includes Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Heather Graham, Josh Charles, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Anthony Edwards, Julianne Nicholson, and Constance Marie.Read More…
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Law & Order True Crime: Cancelled? NBC Previews the Season Finale

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What's in store for Law & Order True Crime? Recently, NBC released new details for the show's upcoming finale.The first season of the anthology crime drama chronicles the events surrounding the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, two brothers convicted of murdering their parents in 1989. The cast includes Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Heather Graham, Josh Charles, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Anthony Edwards, Julianne Nicholson, and Constance Marie.Read More…
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Angelina Jolie and More Honored at 2017 Hollywood Film Awards -- See All the Winners!

Jake Gyllenhaal, Angelina Jolie and More Honored at 2017 Hollywood Film Awards -- See All the Winners!
The 2017 awards season officially kicked off on Sunday with the star-studded 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards.

Late Late Show host James Corden presided over the ceremony, which brought together some of the biggest names in show business who turned out to celebrate the first awards show on the road to the Oscars.

Among the A-listers honored at the black tie event, held annually at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, were Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Kate Winslet, Allison Janney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martgot Robbie, Harrison Ford and Shailene Woodley, among many others.

This year's ceremony benefited the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which has long served to help and support the health and human service needs of those in the entertainment industry.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet Honored at 2017 Hollywood Film Awards -- See All the Winners!

Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet Honored at 2017 Hollywood Film Awards -- See All the Winners!
The 2017 awards season officially kicked off on Sunday with the star-studded 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards.

Late Late Show host James Corden presided over the ceremony, which brought together some of the biggest names in show business who turned out to celebrate the first awards show on the road to the Oscars.

Among the A-listers honored at the black tie event, held annually at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, were Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Kate Winslet, Allison Janney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martgot Robbie, Harrison Ford and Shailene Woodley, among many others.

This year's ceremony benefited the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which has long served to help and support the health and human service needs of those in the entertainment industry.
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Film Review: ‘Novitiate’ Goes Inside the 1960s Catholic Church

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Chicago – In a “mystery of faith” narrative disguised as a feminist statement, the new film “Novitiate” goes inside a nunnery in 1964 America, just as the Catholic Church was about to make some radical changes to their procedures. How it affected the church is how it affected the nuns, and the intriguing insider story is full of back room shocks.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The title refers to being a “novice” nun, as the main character is, and it follows her journey through her calling – and the background in her life that led to it – all the way to the point when she lives her vows. This film goes deep, both into the methods of the novice years and the backlash to them. It is anchored by one of the best actors working today, Melissa Leo as the Reverend Mother. The tics and anger she puts into this character are both insane and justified
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Movie Review – Novitiate (2017)

Novitiate, 2017.

Written and Directed by Margaret Betts.

Starring Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Liana Liberato, Denis O’Hare, Eline Powell, Morgan Saylor, Maddie Hasson, Ashley Bell, Chelsea Lopez, Rebecca Dayan, Chris Zylka, and Melissa Leo.

Synopsis:

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality

In the 1960s, as a young 12-year old girl Cathleen (later played by Margaret Qualley as a teenager in a multilayered, quiet, and moving performance) is taken to Catholic church for the first time by her lovingly flawed mother Nora (Julianne Nicholson), and going against typical child beliefs, she states she enjoyed it. “It was peaceful”. This is a stark contrast to her home life where it’s quickly made clear that mommy and daddy are constantly verbally fighting, prompting him to
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Dianna Agron, Margaret Qualley, and Margaret Betts talk their new film Novitiate

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Dianna Agron, Margaret Qualley, and Margaret Betts talk their new film NovitiateDianna Agron, Margaret Qualley, and Margaret Betts talk their new film NovitiateAdriana Floridia11/2/2017 1:49:00 Pm

It's incredibly rare to make a film that features an almost all-female cast.

But that's what inspired director Margaret Betts to tackle the subject matter of Novitiate, which follows young women in the 1960s training to become nuns under the leadership of Reverend Mother, played bitingly by Melissa Leo.

Novitiate features an amazing cast of up-and-coming and familiar young actresses. Margaret Qualley (who had a starring role on the hit HBO series "The Leftovers") takes the lead as Sister Cathleen, a young girl who falls in love with God despite a non-religious upbringing. The film co-stars Dianna Agron, Liana Liberato, and Julianne Nicholson, who all give memorable performances.

Novitiate is a film that deals with the way women are treated in society, but
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‘I, Tonya’, Starring Margot Robbie, Gets A Sweary Red Band Trailer

A new red band trailer for I, Tonya, the upcoming ice-skating drama/ dark comedy starring Margot Robbie, has been released online ahead of the film’s December release. The film won’t see UK shores until February, but those Stateside can see the film from December 8th.

“America, they want someone to love but they want someone to hate,” recites Robbie’s character of Tonya Harding in the new trailer.

The film follows Harding, who rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Boby Cannavale is also amongst the cast of the feature, along with Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, and Mckenna Grace. Watch the brand new red bander below. Obviously, Nsfw.

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Margot Robbie Gets Nasty in I, Tonya Red Band Trailer

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Margot Robbie Gets Nasty in I, Tonya Red Band Trailer
"The haters always say, 'Tonya, tell the truth.' There's no such thing as truth. Everyone has their own truth." Tonya Harding was the best figure skater in the world at one point in time. That all came crashing down when she made one horrible mistake that she could never take back. Her tale is a legend now being told in an inspiring, insane and sometimes hilarious biopic. Today, we have the red band and green band full-length trailer for I, Tonya. And it's really something else.

While Tonya Harding set out to achieve Olympic gold, it appears that Margot Robbie has her sights set on a different kind of gold. Oscar gold. And this is clearly a career best performance, as evidenced in the latest footage, which arrives both in family friendly form as well as a ribald R rated trailer that let's the nastier side of Tonya Harding's harrowing story shine through.
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Margot Robbie Is Uncensored as Tonya Harding in ‘I, Tonya’ First Full Trailer

Margot Robbie Is Uncensored as Tonya Harding in ‘I, Tonya’ First Full Trailer
The new trailer for Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” offers a look at the complicated dynamics of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding and her mother, played by Allison Janney.

Robbie flashes a dazzling smile amid an impressive routine in the new footage, released by Neon on Wednesday.

“I was the best figure skater in the world at one point in time,” she says in a voiceover in the trailer, set to Chicago’s 1969 hit “25 or 6 to 4.” “My entire life, I’ve been told I wouldn’t amount to anything.”

Janney portrays Lavona Harding as a bitter chainsmoker who won’t stop berating her daughter on multiple occasions. “I made you a champion, knowing you’d hate me for it,” she admits.

As Harding, Robbie also asserts that the American people want someone to love and someone to hate. “The haters always say ‘Tonya, tell the truth.’ There’s no such thing as truth,” the voiceover
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Margot Robbie in a New Full-Length, Red Band Trailer for 'I, Tonya'

"I made you a champion, knowing you'd hate me for it." Neon has launched a new red band trailer for the indie comedy I, Tonya, which was a huge hit at the Toronto Film Festival where it first premiered. From director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night, Million Dollar Arm, The Finest Hours), the film tells a fictional, darkly comedic version of the story of figure skater Tonya Harding, who planned an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Margot Robbie stars as Harding, and she looks sensational, as usual from Robbie. Allison Janney also co-stars and it looks she also gives like another outstanding performance. The rest of the cast includes Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Mckenna Grace, plus Caitlin Carver as Nancy Kerrigan. Based on this excellent trailer, I have a feeling this could end up as one of my favorites.
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'I, Tonya' Red Band Trailer Shows Margot Robbie's Uncensored Upbringing With Allison Janney

'I, Tonya' Red Band Trailer Shows Margot Robbie's Uncensored Upbringing With Allison Janney
Margot Robbie is Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, and the red band trailer previews her uncensored upbringing with an abusive mother played by Allison Janney.

The Neon release centers on the life and career of the infamous Olympic figure skater, who became the first American woman to complete a triple axel jump in competition but fell from grace after the attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

Craig Gillespie directs the dark comedy, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Sebastian Stan portrays Harding's volatile husband, Julianne Nicholson plays her empathetic coach.

I, Tonya hits limited theaters in New York and Los Angeles...
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Margot Robbie Gets Her Blades Out in Red Band Trailer for ‘I, Tonya’

A late entry into this year’s awards season, Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, earned rave reviews out of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and now it’ll arrive in just over a month. After a brief teaser, the full red band trailer has now hit the ice, courtesy of Neon.

“Having proven time and time again that she is more than worthy and capable of supporting a feature on her own. I, Tonya (finally) grants Margot Robbie the opportunity to delve headfirst into a role that not only offers top billing, but showcases the emotional complexity and riotous charisma we all know she possesses; with the narrative chutzpah to back it up,” we said in our review. “For Craig Gillespie, I, Tonya represents a similar vindication, giving credence to the director’s budding gift first demonstrated in
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'Novitiate' Review: And Then There Were Nuns in Stirring, Soulful Convent Drama

'Novitiate' Review: And Then There Were Nuns in Stirring, Soulful Convent Drama
Don't mess with Melissa Leo. As Novitiate's Reverend Mother Marie St. Claire, the boss lady who calls the shots at the fictional Tennessee convent where this religious drama is based, the actress gives the kind of bravura performance that not only sparks Oscar talk but richly deserves it. She finds the tyrant in this woman of God without neglecting her aching vulnerability as she tries to hold to the ground while the ground keeps shifting.

The time is 1964, and the Sisters of the Sacred Rose, a cloistered order, are
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Melissa Leo Previews Her Oscar-Worthy Performance as a Sadistic Nun in 'Novitiate' Clip (Exclusive)

Melissa Leo Previews Her Oscar-Worthy Performance as a Sadistic Nun in 'Novitiate' Clip (Exclusive)
In the period drama, Novitiate, the titular term -- a prospective member of a religious order who has yet to prove herself worthy of taking vows -- refers to Cathleen (Margaret Qualley of HBO's The Leftovers), an idealistic young woman who joins a convent, the Order of the Sisters of Blessed Rose, ruled over by Melissa Leo's authoritarian nun.

In this exclusive clip, debuting on Et, Cathleen's mother, Nora (Julianne Nicholson), confronts the Mother Superior of the cloister about the treatment her daughter is receiving, though the women have a difficult time seeing eye-to-eye. "It's Mother. Or Reverend Mother," Leo coolly chides. "I'm not a Miss, or a Mrs. either, for that matter." To which Nicholson replies, "Lady, I am not calling you Mother."

Photo: Sony Pictures Classic

Novitiate premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year before screening at last month's Toronto International Film Festival, earning Academy Award winner Leo (The Fighter) Best Supporting Actress
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Law & Order True Crime: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on NBC?

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Vulture Watch Is the jury still out? Has the Law & Order True Crime TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Law & Order True Crime, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? A true crime anthology drama airing on the NBC television network, the first season of Law & Order True Crime is Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Heather Graham, Josh Charles, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Anthony Edwards, Julianne Nicholson, Constance Marie, Chris Bauer, Carlos Gómez, Sam Jaeger, Cliff Chamberlain, Sterling Beaumon, Molly Hagan, Dominic Flores, Lolita Davidovich,
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Novitiate Movie Review

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Novitiate Movie Review
Novitiate Sony Pictures Classics Director: Maggie Betts Written by: Maggie Betts Cast: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Rebecca Dayan, Eliza Mason, Sasha Mason, Chris Zylka Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 10/17/17 Opens: October 27, 2017 Despite the presence of movie characters who claim to be lapsed Catholics, Americans are bigger churchgoers and […]

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Watch Margot Robbie Portray Figure Skater Tonya Harding in New Biopic Trailer

Watch Margot Robbie Portray Figure Skater Tonya Harding in New Biopic Trailer
Margot Robbie oscillates between fact and fiction as notorious figure skater Tonya Harding in the new teaser for, I, Tonya. The biopic premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is set to open in New York and Los Angeles on December 8th, with a wide release scheduled for January 19th.

The short clip opens with a delightfully ruthless image: Robbie, as Harding, stubbing out a cigarette butt with her skate blade before hitting the ice. The teaser captures the aesthetic of a classic sports movie with dramatic music, gorgeous footage
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‘I, Tonya’ Teaser: Margot Robbie Transforms Into Disgraced Figure Skater

‘I, Tonya’ Teaser: Margot Robbie Transforms Into Disgraced Figure Skater
The first teaser for Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” proves that the actress took a no-nonsense approach to her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding.

The footage shows her smoking a cigarette under the arena hallway prior to competition, stubbing it out with her skate, then coming out to the ice with a dazzling smile. In a voiceover, Harding asserts that the American people want someone to love and someone to hate.

“The haters always say ‘Tonya, tell the truth.’ There’s no such thing as truth,” the voiceover continues. “I mean, it’s bulls—.”

The dark comedy centers on Harding’s attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan — aimed at breaking Kerrigan’s leg so she couldn’t compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Harding’s involvement would eventually lead to her being stripped of her 1994 national title and a lifetime ban from the figure skating world.

“I, Tonya
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