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"There's no such thing as evil, son. There's just people doing good and bad to each other." The Orchard has debuted a trailer for indie drama In the Radiant City, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. The film is the feature directorial debut of Kentucky native Rachel Lambert, and it's set in Kentucky, about a man who returns home only to find his family is still haunted by the stigma of a murder his brother committed years ago. The cast includes Michael Abbott Jr in the lead role, along with Marin Ireland, Madisen Beaty, Celia Weston, Jon Michael Hill, Deirdre O'Connell, and Paul Sparks. This film is produced by fellow filmmaker Jeff Nichols, and it also has one of the best posters this year (as seen below). Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Rachel Lambert's In the Radiant City, direct from YouTube: A man (Michael Abbott Jr., »
- Alex Billington
For her feature narrative debut, “In the Radiant City,” Rachel Lambert started with some compelling material: the truth. The filmmaker and her writing partner Nathan Gregorski were first inspired to write their film after reading a New York Times article that chronicled the fallout of publicized tragedies on the families of the perpetrators.
As Lambert explained to IndieWire during the Toronto International Film Festival, where her film bowed last fall, “There was an article in The New York Times, and it was called ‘Killers’ Family Confront Fear and Shame.’ And it wasn’t like a firebrand, scorched earth kind of testimonial, it was profiling four families of murderers of some great note. I just had never read anything that painted with such humanity something that I think is typically seen as inhuman. It »
- Kate Erbland
Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!”: Midler’s Twitter account
Bette Midler is killing it. Per Variety, her “Hello, Dolly!” Broadway revival earned the Shubert Theatre its biggest week ever in just seven performances. And the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award at the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards, Broadway World writes. To paraphrase a “Dolly!” song, it takes a woman, indeed.
The Drama League Awards “recognize distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements,” the source details. In addition to her career as a theater actor and revered singer, The Drama League will also celebrate Midler’s work in beloved films like “Beaches,” “Hocus Pocus,” and “The First Wives Club.” Midler’s other stage credits include the original Broadway run of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Gypsy,” and “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”
Midler has won three Emmys and three Golden Globes throughout her career. She’s also been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar twice: In 1980 for “The Rose” and in 1992 for “For the Boys.”
“In addition to being one of the best-loved and instantly recognizable entertainers in the world,” Broadway World writes, “Midler is also one of New York’s most generous and tireless citizens.” “In 1994, she started the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing abandoned and neglected parks, gardens, and open spaces in all five boroughs back to abundant life.”
The Midler-starring “Hello, Dolly!” broke records before it even opened. In September, it had already banked $9.08 million in ticket sales, setting a new record at the Shubert Theatre and for all of Broadway first-day ticket sales.
Midler’s latest onscreen role is Muv in Trudie Styler’s “Freak Show.” Based on James St. James’ Lambda-nominated Ya novel of the same name, the film centers on Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a cross-dressing teen at an ultra-conservative private high school who decides to run for homecoming queen. The film also stars Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”), AnnaSophia Robb (“Mercy Street”), and Celia Weston (“Modern Family”). Co-written by Beth Rigazio, the film premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in February. No word on a release date yet.
Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
This year’s Berlin International Film Festival bows in Germany later this week and with it, one of Europe’s most exciting and singular film festivals. As ever, the annual fest is playing home to dozens of feature films and short offerings, with picks aplenty from both modern masters and fresh faces. The Berlinale often breeds some of indie film’s most unexpected and unique standouts, so if it’s at the fest, it’s likely worth a look.
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“Have a Nice Day”
Expectations are high for this Chinese animated feature that marks the sophomore effort from director Liu Jiang, whose surreal debut “Piercing” offered an inventive look at modern day city life in China’s capital. If the gorgeous stills from »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Kate Erbland
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