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25 Indie Films and Festival Favorites to See This Season, From ‘mother!’ to ‘Call Me By Your Name’

14 August 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

All this week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. First up: indie films and festival favorites. 

“mother!” (September 15)

The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are »

- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Steve Greene, Michael Nordine, Chris O'Falt, Jude Dry and Jamie Righetti

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Aubrey Plaza on the Popularity Contest of Social Media, Her Dream Project with Bette Midler, and ‘Ingrid Goes West’

14 August 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Even though she’s widely considered to be the Queen of Dry Wit, sitting in the hotel room where we’re about to talk about her latest film Ingrid Goes West, there’s an unexpected innocence to Aubrey Plaza that makes her seem more like Sandy from Grease before the makeover. She’s wearing a dark baseball jacket over a lovely plaid dress in blush tones, and rather than welcoming me with a raised eyebrow, she smiles. I reach out my hand to her to say hello and apologize because it’s cold, she raises the eyebrow and explains, “I’m sorry too because my hand is warm.” And suddenly Sandy has given path to the sardonic Rizzo. Since her breakthrough in Parks & Recreation, Plaza has become one of the funniest people in the industry. Period. Few actors can accomplish so much using so little and making it seem so effortless, »

- Jose Solís

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‘Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later’ Review

12 August 2017 1:15 AM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

I have never been the biggest fan of the original ‘Wet Hot American Summer‘. Although it has attained cult status over the years, I never found the film to be memorable as others do. In fact, when Netflix revived the franchise a little over two years ago with an eight episode prequel series titled “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp“, I pretty much had the same feeling. With the latest entry in the revival, “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later“, we finally get a true sequel to the original. And the premise is simple: the campers and counsels of camp firewood reunite a decade later to fulfill their promise made in the first film. Hilarity ensues. But the question still remains; does it follow the aforementioned trend of it’s predecessors? Well, the simple answer is no–but the more complicated answer, is inevitably yes.

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- Taylor Salan

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More "Wet Hot American Summer"

9 August 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Boom! Studios and Enter These Dark Woods will release a "Wet Hot American Summer" graphic novel, adapting the 2001 feature and Netflix TV movies, set @ the sex-crazed 'Camp Firewood',  available June 18, 2018:

"'Wet Hot American Summer' (2001) is one of those magical films that not only helped launch the career of a dozen household names, but resonated with a generation of viewers over many repeat viewings," said Filip Sablik, President, Boom! Studios.

"We love the Boom! Studios guys' work and we're thrilled to be partnering with the them on the Wet Hot graphic novel," said Howard Bernstein, producer of the 2001 film.

"Wet Hot American Summer" was directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce ("Fraser"), Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man"), Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper  ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), Amy Poehler, Zak Orth, »

- Michael Stevens

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The “Fun Mom Dinner” Team on Depicting Friendship Between Mothers Onscreen

8 August 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Fun Mom Dinner”: Momentum Pictures

After the success of last year’s “Bad Moms,” there has been a slew of raunchy, female-driven comedies like “Rough Night,” “Little Hours,” and “Girls Trip.” The most recent addition to this genre, “Fun Mom Dinner,” opened last Friday. The film — made by and starring a cast of mainly women — was written by first-time screenwriter Julie Rudd, helmed by Alethea Jones in her feature directorial debut, and produced by veteran Naomi Scott (“Other People,” “The Overnight”). “Fun Mom Dinner” stars Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, and Katie Aselton as four very different moms who come together for a night out on the town — and eventually discover that they have a lot more in common than motherhood.

We recently sat down with Rudd, Jones, and Scott to discuss their thoughts on the genre, the filmography of John Hughes, and the message they hope “Fun Mom Dinner” sends to viewers.

Fun Mom Dinner” is now playing in select theaters and is available On Demand and on iTunes.

W&H: What appealed to each of you about this film’s genre?

Ns: I’ve done a couple different types of comedy, so this was one that I hadn’t done before, especially with so many of the protagonists being women. This was kind of a dream come true for me — to just keep telling stories like these that haven’t been told before. If this is the beginning and this keeps opening the door to another story or a flood of stories, then I want to be onboard, especially if they’re comedic and entertaining.

Aj: I think we’re in a really special time where there are a lot of options to portray women in a more honest way, in a way that we haven’t seen before, and I want to keep being part of that. I’ve been lucky. My next two projects are super empowering, funny, colorful, elevated, big concept stuff. I just signed on to the “Barbie” movie. I’ve found myself working with extraordinary women to bring this script to life. It’s very imaginative and unexpected. Then after that, I’ll hopefully be doing a musical. I just like elevating stuff, just big, imaginative stuff.

W&H: Where did the idea for “Fun Mom Dinner” originate?

Jr: The genesis of the idea came from my own life. When I put my kids in school, I made an amazing group of school mom friends. I was really surprised at how much they had come to mean in my life, how they had enriched my life, how appreciated I felt in this group, and how much I looked forward to being with them. The initial idea was just — I wanted to celebrate that feeling and those friendships, which I feel like, in a lot of movies with a lot of women, we hadn’t seen that yet.

W&H: What was it like working with this group of actresses?

Aj: I had no expectation that my first feature would have so many glorious [actresses] in it. That was a really big psychological hurdle to overcome very quickly, because I came onboard and we were shooting just a little under six weeks later. It was actually good to have that time crunch, because I didn’t have time to dwell on the fact that I would be working with people that I had admired for years.

W&H: The characters are all dramatically different. Which one did you find yourself relating to the most?

Jr: I think as a mom, I can relate to each of those women at different points in my life, at different points of my [experiences of] motherhood. I think they’re all a little bit me.

Aj: I relate to two. I was definitely an Emily [played by Aselton]. I was married and I really identified with her. Then I became a Jamie. I felt really protective of her [who is divorced] and very passionate about putting Molly Shannon in that role. I thought it was really important to put that line in about the married women. When you become single, suddenly you lose some of your married friends because they don’t want you around their husband. That sort of happened to me.

Ns: I think I’m a little Emily as well, how you miss the romanticism of even just being young or unmarried or the freedom that comes with it. There is also a little Melanie [played by Everett]. I like the rules. I feel like she’s just such a unique character because she’s not just a one dimensional, she’s not like the stay at home mom who is militant. She’s so complex. All of these women have so many layers, and they’re complicated and interesting.

W&H: The film is an homage to 1980s films, to the work of director John Hughes (“Sixteen Candles,” “Ferris Bueller”) in particular. Where did the idea that these movies meant so much to these women come from?

Jr: I’m 48, so I grew up with John Hughes movies. I loved this idea that these women were of that age, and that on this night they find themselves feeling again like how they were before they were wives, before they were moms. The talk of the John Hughes movies, in a way, is like that touchstone to who they were when they were younger and how their ideas of romance were formed. It was important to feel like they were sort of going back to a more reckless time, the time when they were teenagers.

With the look of the movie, we definitely wanted it to have an 1980s feel and have that be a layer in there because that’s the mindset I think we wanted these women to sort of reconnect with on this night with each other.

W&H: What do you think is the key message of the film?

Jr: We all want moms specifically to leave the movie feeling like maybe they see themselves up there and that it celebrates the importance of female friendships.

The “Fun Mom Dinner” Team on Depicting Friendship Between Mothers Onscreen was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Holly Rosen Fink

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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ VOD Review

8 August 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Adam Levine, Paul Rust, Paul Rudd, David Wain | Written by Julie Rudd | Directed by Alethea Jones

Four moms, whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, arrange a fun mom dinner with the sole aim to drink wine, gossip, and bond without worrying about their kids, husbands and housework for the night. The dinner guests include the newly divorced Jamie (Molly Shannon), super mom Melanie (Bridget Everett), the stressed-out Emily (Katie Aselton), and Emily’s best friend and social outcast Kate (Toni Collette), who was more than a little reluctant in accepting the invite. The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a very cute bartender (Maroon 5′s Adam Levine), leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realise they have more in common than just motherhood, mess and men.

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- Phil Wheat

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Molly Shannon -- Good Genes or Good Docs?

6 August 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Molly Shannon’s good looks are nothing to joke about! Here’s a 36-year-old version of the ‘SNL’ fan favorite at an event back in 2000 (left) and 17 years later ... the "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later" babe at a party in West Hollywood last month (right).  Superstar! The question is ... Read more »

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Fun Mom Dinner movie review: stay at home, moms

4 August 2017 2:11 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Stereotypes and contrived shenanigans don’t seem to actually offer much catharsis for harried moms seeking escape. And the dads inevitably butt into their me-time. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Fun? Nope, not for us. Dinner? Mostly offscreen. Moms? Check… though even here, in a movie allegedly devoted to mom time, they have to share the spotlight with dads. Wtf?

Fun Mom Dinner (the title sounds like a Japanglish attempt to sound cool) starts off promising enough, with Toni Collette’s (Krampus, Miss You Already) Kate complaining about how child-focused the interactions of so many women can be — “I’m mommed out,” she sighs, with a refreshing lack of reverence for motherhood, something that cinema is sorely lacking — and with Katie Aselton’s (The Gift, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Toni Collette Will ‘Eventually’ Let Her Children Watch The Sixth Sense: ‘It Would Scare the S— Out of Them’ Now

4 August 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Toni Collette may just have that extra mommy sense!

The actress reveals in an episode of People’s Mamarazzi that she hasn’t let her children see one of her more famous films because she thinks it’s too frightening for them at their current ages.

“There’s no way in the world my kids have seen The Sixth Sense,” she says of son Arlo Robert, 6, and daughter Sage Florence, 9½. “It would scare the s— out of them.”

Collette was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the supernatural thriller, which she says her kids will “eventually” see when they get older. »

- Jen Juneau and Yvonne Juris

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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ Review: Toni Collette, Molly Shannon Go Wild, Predictable Hijinks Ensue

3 August 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fun Mom Dinner” kicks off the way you might expect a comedy with that title would: a montage of four mothers’ school mornings, with each trying with varying degrees of success to wrangle their spawn until one ends up with poo on her face. Such broadness doesn’t bode well for the feature debuts of director Alethea Jones and scripter Julie Rudd. But although the filmmakers return to outsize wackiness too frequently, the film mercifully isn’t one chaotic gag after another. The titular event is launched when the relatively with-it Jamie (Molly Shannon) invites the new parent at her preschool, »

- Tricia Olszewski

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Movie Review: Moms run mild in the bloodless Fun Mom Dinner

3 August 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Although the film, of course, lands on the conclusion that there’s more to moms—and to inter-mom friendships—than talking about potty training and turning in early, Fun Mom Dinner, the latest in a series of female-oriented R-rated ensemble comedies, doesn’t sell that idea very well. Posters for the film promise a wild, drug-and-alcohol-fueled ride à la the recent Rough Night, but while there is plenty of drinking and a fair amount of drugs (just pot though, let’s not go crazy), the overall effect is more akin to passing out on the couch at 9 p.m. than partying until dawn.

At first, Fun Mom Dinner seems to promise (or threaten, as the case may be) a different sort of movie, front-loading some of its crudest sexual humor as we introduce our four fun moms. There’s Kate (Toni Collette), the anti-social pothead; Jamie (Molly Shannon), the »

- Katie Rife

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August 2017 Film Preview

1 August 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The Glass Castle

With summer drawing to a close, August brings a bevy of films by and about women that engage with quirky themes and unique perspectives. The month kicks off with “Step,” Amanda Lipitz’ documentary about a girls’ step dance team based in Baltimore. In particular, “Step” follows a group of high school seniors as they prepare to graduate and become the first in their families to head to college.

In the second week of August, we’ll see a pair of films centered on women recreating their lives. “The Glass Castle,” the film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir, follows a young woman’s struggle to break free of her dysfunctional parents. The dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West” sees a mentally unstable Aubrey Plaza travel to Los Angeles determined to build a friendship with an Instagram influencer.

August 18 brings the release of “Patti Cake$,” focused on New Jersey girl with dreams of being a hip-hop performer, and the U.S. opening of the highly-anticipated documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a portrait of the late singer Whitney Houston. Also being released are a pair of women-written horror films: “The Ice Cream Truck,” in which a woman moves to a suburban neighborhood plagued by a murderous ice cream truck driver, and “The Monster Project,” about a group of filmmakers who accidentally summon other-worldly beings.

At the end of the month, Eliza Hittman’s Sundance darling “Beach Rats” arrives, a film woven from themes like teenage rebellion, sex, and love. The long-gestating “Tulip Fever” will also open. The period romance stars Alicia Vikander as an unhappily married woman who falls for the artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in August. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz


Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school step team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls — it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Fun Mom Dinner” — Directed by Alethea Jones; Written by Julie Yaeger Rudd (Opens in Limited Release) (Also Available on VOD)

Fun Mom Dinner

Four moms (Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, and Molly Shannon), whose only connection is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men.



A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for the police, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son.

“This Time Tomorrow” — Written and Directed by Lina Rodriguez (One Week Only in NY)

“This Time Tomorrow”

“This Time Tomorrow,” a quietly wrenching family drama set in Bogotá, is about 17-year-old Adelaida (Laura Osma), a gorgeous, rebellious force of nature, and her loving parents, Lena (Maruia Shelton) and Francisco (Francisco Zaldua), with whom she lives. One day, unexpected tragedy strikes and the family must confront their biggest struggle yet.

August 9

“After Love” — Co-Written by Fanny Burdino and Mazarine Pingeot (Opens in NY)

“After Love”

Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Marie (Bérénice Bejo) have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore. However, cash-strapped Boris is still living in the family home. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up — and now the apartment is a war zone and their situation a nightmare.

August 11

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient, and tight-knit family, “The Glass Castle” is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar-winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to La and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #Bff to #Wtf. “Ingrid Goes West” is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan (Opens in Limited Release)

“Whose Streets?”: Autumn Lin

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation”: Warner Bros.

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, who soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Planetarium” — Co-Written and Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski


Sisters with the ability to communicate telepathically with ghosts (played by Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) meet an influential film producer (Emmanuel Salinger) after traveling to France for a performance.

In This Corner of the World” — Co-Written by Chie Uratani (Opens in Limited Release)

In This Corner of the World

Set in Hiroshima during World War II, 18-year-old girl Suzu (voiced by Rena Nounen) gets married and has to find a way to feed her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life’s amenities, Suzu must force herself to maintain the will to live.

“Once Upon a Time”

“Once Upon a Time”

Based on the best-selling fantasy novel “Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms,” “Once Upon a Time” is a story of epic battles, deep passion, and the powerful forces that drive mortals and gods alike toward revenge, loyalty, and eternal love. Bai Qian (Yifei Liu), a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms, is sent to the mortal world to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua (Yang Yang), with whom she falls in love and marries. When an old enemy reappears in her life, everything Bai Qian holds dear is threatened.

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. “Marjorie Prime” shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality, and forces us to ask, “If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?”

“What Happened to Monday” — Co-Written by Kerry Williamson (Available on Netflix)

“What Happened to Monday”

In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic “One Child Policy,” seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe), who raised and named them — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home…

Lemon” — Co-Written and Directed by Janicza Bravo (Opens in Limited Release) (Also Available on VOD)


Isaac Lachmann (Brett Gelman) has seen better days. His acting career is tanking, while his colleagues succeed; his blind girlfriend of 10 years plans to leave him; and his own family singles him out as a constant disappointment at their latest reunion. Even as he takes a chance on a new romance, Isaac struggles to define his place in a world that has seemingly turned against him.

Logan Lucky” — Written by Rebecca Blunt

Logan Lucky

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Whitney: Can I Be Me” (Documentary) (U.S. Release) (Available on Showtime August 25)

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time, but after a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggling with addiction, she died suddenly and tragically at age 48. With never-before-seen footage, candid interviews, and gripping performance highlights of many of Houston’s greatest hits, “Whitney: Can I Be Me” will offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston, exploring the impact her life and death had on the people around her and the world of music.

The Ice Cream Truck” — Written and Directed by Megan Freels Johnston (Also Available on VOD)

The Ice Cream Truck

Mary’s husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary (Deanna Russo) moves into their new house all alone and… waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors and Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways than she ever imagined.

The Monster Project” — Co-Written by Shariya Lynn

A man joins a documentary film crew to interview real-life monsters, but when the group underestimates the powers they’ve summoned, they must find a way to escape the evil they’ve unleashed.

August 25

Beach Rats” — Written and Directed by Eliza Hittman

Beach Rats

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie (Harris Dickinson), an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

In 17th century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) — an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

“Polina” — Written and Co-Directed by Valerie Muller


Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski (Aleksey Guskov), Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Juliette Binoche). Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can’t seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work — and a new life.

Unleashed” (Also Available on VOD)


Emma (Kate Micucci), a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men (played by Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, and Sean Astin), forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust issues.

Polaroid” — Written by Blair Butler

High school loner Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

“Leap!” — Co-Written by Carol Noble (U.S. Release)


Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner (Elle Fanning) is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she “borrows” a spoiled brat’s identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), Félicie learns that talent is not enough — it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s creative, exhausting, and charismatic best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan) also has a dream: to become a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.

August 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Kaidia Pickels

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in August 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

1 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

1. “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later” (available August 4)

Why Should I Watch It? Because you can’t resist. The core cast of “Wet Hot American Summer” is as irresistible as a cast can get, including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, H. Jon Benjamin, and Ken Marino. Throw in the new members who joined up for Netflix’s prequel season — Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles, Chris Pine, Lake Bell — and this is a comedy dream team. The only problem facing creators (and actors) David Wain and Michael Showalter is finding enough time to highlight each and every one of their talented team, especially with even more actor additions for “10 Years Later” (like Adam Scott!).

Best Episode: Time proved to be a bit of factor in “First Day of Camp”: There were too many characters, and the script tried too hard to tie »

- Ben Travers

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in August 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

1 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later” (available August 4)

Why Should I Watch It? Because you can’t resist. The core cast of “Wet Hot American Summer” is as irresistible as a cast can get, including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, H. Jon Benjamin, and Ken Marino. Throw in the new members who joined up for Netflix’s prequel season — Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles, Chris Pine, Lake Bell — and this is a comedy dream team. The only problem facing creators (and actors) David Wain and Michael Showalter is finding enough time to highlight each and every one of their talented team, especially with even more actor additions for “10 Years Later” (like Adam Scott!).

Best Episode: Time proved to be a bit of factor in “First Day of Camp”: There were too many characters, and the script tried too hard to tie »

- Ben Travers

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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of July 31, 2017

31 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, Discovery debuts its Unabomber drama, and Rob Lowe investigates the paranormal with his sons.

People of Earth,” TBS, Monday, 10:30 p.m. (Critics’ Pick)

[This] year, “People of Earth” smartly expands on the histories of all of the alien “experiencers,” and Jeff and his lovelorn co-worker Don (Bjorn Gustafsson) face new challenges from their superiors as well. There may be one or two too many storylines in Season 2 (Nunez and Tracee Chimo’s romantic storyline feels a little thin, for example), but the cast has gelled extremely well. Ana Gasteyer is consistently razor-sharp as the leader of the support group, and Gustafsson and Michael Cassidy, who »

- Joe Otterson

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*Updated* Tragedy Girls Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, Theatrical Release Slated for 2017

31 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with the official press release.* We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to watch MacIntyre's Tragedy Girls since our own Heather Wixson saw it at the SXSW Film Festival, saying that it "brilliantly turns the slasher genre on its head" in her five-star review. Thankfully, it looks like horror fans won't have to wait much longer to see it.

Press Release: Los Angeles – July 31, 2017 -- Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, today announced the acquisition of the teen-slasher-comedy, Tragedy Girls. The film follows two death-obsessed teens played by Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. The acquisition comes just as the film made its Canadian debut at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Tragedy Girls was directed by Tyler MacIntyre, who also co-wrote the script with Chris Lee Hill. »

- Derek Anderson

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Wet Hot American Summer

21 July 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: July 31, 2015 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garafalo, Michael Ian Black, Nina Hellman, Joe LoTruglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, A.D. Miles, Beth Dover, Chris Pine, David Wain, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Jason Schwartzman, John Early, Josh Charles, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns, Skyler Gisondo, Samm Levine, Mark Feuerstein, Marlo Thomas, Joey Bragg, Jai Courtney, Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano, and Adam Scott. TV show description: A comedy from Michael Showalter and David Wain, who also wrote the 2001 feature »


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Christopher Gorham’s ‘A Boy Called Po’ Lands September Release

20 July 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired the North American rights to John Asher’s family drama “A Boy Called Po,” starring Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, and Kaitlin Doubleday, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will be released in domestic theaters and on digital platforms on Sept. 1. It has been honored as the 2016 breakthrough feature at the San Diego International Film Festival and best feature film at Palm Beach International Film Festival.

Double Dutch International, headed by Jason Moring, is handling international sales rights and will introduce the title to international buyers during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Inspired by true events, “A Boy Called Po” tells the story of a recently widowed father (Gorham) struggling to raise his sixth-grade son (Feder) who has autism. The pressure of work, school, and coping with the loss of wife and mom push the two nearly to the point of breaking.

Asher directed from a script by Colin Goldman who »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: Despite One Premise, Laughs Are Plenty in ‘The Little Hours’

14 July 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It occurred to me in assessing “The Little Hours” that the basic premise is somewhat like “The Beguiled” – a man is taken in, rooster-like, into a henhouse where there are women with “needs.” Except this time, instead of a girl’s boarding school, it is a 14th Century nunnery. Get thee to it, if thou wants to laugheth.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

There is basically one premise… the nuns are horny and Dave Franco is willing, or two, if you count that all the participants in the film speak in modern day language, including the frequent throwing of f-bombs. The casting is the key, with the great Aubrey Plaza again stealing many scenes, and the aforementioned Dave Franco’s innocent interaction with his fate, as he gets some action. Throw in Allison Brie, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen (as a Catholic bishop), and this broadside satire of medieval and religiosity does have its moments. »

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Alexandra Daddario and Kate Upton put testes before besties in The Layover trailer

14 July 2017 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Who’s ready for some more girls behaving badly, girls who put their own friendship on the line over a chance meeting with an Adonis on a plane has their hormones raging? Ready or not the trailer for The Layover is ready for your consumption.

Starring Alexandra Daddario and Kate Upton as our two cat-fighting besties Meg and Kate, The Layover is directed by William H. Macy and also stars Matt JonesMolly ShannonKal Penn, and Rob Corddry.

The trailer sets up the generic story. Two friends, whose lives aren’t going quite as well, decide to take a trip away together only to be sat with next to a rather handsome young man when their plane is diverted. Having to take a layover, the three are all holed up in the same hotel and the girls take it upon themselves to impress their way into »

- Zehra Phelan

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