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Anyone remember Party of Five? Exactly the same as Dawson’s Creek but without those homely qualities of a Katie Holmes or Michelle Williams. It aired on Channel Four in the Nineties, convincing Miramax producers that casting Neve Campbell in Scream was a good idea. Providing her with a means to pay the mortgage for twenty years and three subsequent sequels.
Initially championed by Wes Craven maker of original Nightmares on Elm Street. Scream was touted as a revisionist reinvention. That most post-modern of commodities known as the tongue in cheek slasher movie. A nudge, nudge, wink, wink wake up call for an outdated genre. Written by Kevin Williamson who went on to pen The Faculty for Robert Rodriguez, Scream is still heralded as a benchmark today. Spawning numerous copycat flicks including I Know What You Did Last Summer, »
- Gary Collinson
This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Brokeback Mountain,” which made history as the first gay romance to cross over into the mainstream, eventually grossing $178 million worldwide. Nearly a decade later, it’s still the most successful same-sex love story that Hollywood has ever produced. The film’s director Ang Lee and producer James Schamus spoke to Variety in separate conversations about their memories of the movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as closeted cowboys.
Variety’s 106-page marriage equality special issue includes Q&As, features, analysis, columns and more on Hollywood’s role in gay rights.
Schamus: “It started when I was at Good Machine, which was a scrappy low-budget outfit. We read the short story (by Annie Proulx), and of course it’s a quick read — an instant and brutal one. We found out it wasn’t under option. We tried and tried again for six years to get financing, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Traffic writer-director Stephen Gaghan has apparently found a home away from home in the unexplored natural world. He’s currently in pre-production on Gold, a mining drama with Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Williams that will take place in the depths of the Indonesian jungle. And now, the Oscar winner has closed a deal with Disney to write and eventually direct a pitch he made that relates to famed explorer Charles Darwin.
Details were few and far between on the pitch, but it’s an adventure story about the British nationalist and geologist, whose work led to major breakthroughs in the fields of natural selection and evolution. It’s possible that the story could center on Darwin’s intrepid voyage to chart the coastline of South America, which took the form of a perilous five-year voyage on the Hms Beagle. Outside of that trip, which established him as one of the »
- Isaac Feldberg
A relaxing facial does a pampering session make—but, really, how beneficial is it for your skin? At the basic level, most of us get facials to keep skin healthy and pores clean. (Blackheads, we're looking at you.) So, while the neck massage and mask feel glorious, we often wonder what constitutes a great facial. Are extractions supposed to hurt? How is our skin supposed to react days after? All can be explained with the help of celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, who's treated the glowing visages of Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Karlie Kloss. Ask questions: Most importantly, a facial gives you an opportunity to have an open dialog about skin health with an expert. "You should never be afraid to »
Although he’s primarily known for comedy on TV screens as the endlessly annoying political wonk Jonah Ryan on Veep, actor Timothy Simons has been enjoying a run of dramatic work in cinemas. That is set to continue with him joining the cast of Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, which stars Matthew McConaughey.The film, which has a script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman, tells the story of the 1993 Bre-x Corporation mining scandal. The plot follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector Kenny Wells (McConaughey) who stumbles upon one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle. Which, you may not be surprised to learn given the word “scandal” before, turned out to be bogus. Simons is aboard to play a Wall Street banker who must leave his cushy corporate surroundings and travel to the jungles of Borneo to assess the company run by Wells and his geologist partner, »
Cancel your summer plans: Dawson's Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are heading to ABC Family. According to TVInsider, ABC Family is kicking off the new syndication runs with a Fan Favorite Week for the week of June 22. The network will air five episodes selected by fans from Dawson's Creek and five from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, starting the week of June 29, Dawson's Creek will air at 12 p.m. and Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 5 p.m. daily, starting with the pilot. The WB nostalgia is real and spectacular. Bring on the vintage Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams! Which episodes would make up your own fan favorite week? Buffy's »
In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*. And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals. Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Marilyn Monroe was a study in contradictions. She was the giddy, cooing blonde who became one of America’s haughtiest sex symbols, as well as a woman haunted by a thorny relationship with her mentally ill mom and the pressures of fame. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a two-night mini-series on Lifetime, tries to peer into the woman behind the legend, opening up the scars that most viewers couldn’t see under the flash and sizzle of the big screen. However, the mini-series is too disjointed and melodramatic to completely work as a biopic. Nevertheless, Kelli Garner is masterful as Monroe, digging into the pain and vulnerability of a cultural icon without ever succumbing to mere impersonation. It’s a terrific performance, the magnetic core of an otherwise muddled misfire.
- Jordan Adler
Do you really want to see a Dawson Leery and Joey Porter pushing 40? That's Katie Holmes' big question. The Dawson's Creek star is sounding off about any reunion potential, and, well, it may not please some fans longing to see Pacey, Joey, Dawson and the ghost of Jen (Michelle Williams) back together again. "I don't know," she said in a Yahoo Style interview with Joe Zee. "Does it work today? I don't want them to grow up. It's kind of like your parents, they never get out of their 50s. That's where they are." Looking back on her time on the show, Holmes said everybody enjoyed it. "It was of a certain time, it was pre-Internet, there was an innocence there," she »
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
The True Detective star explained that he has read scripts from the rival companies - but does this mean that the McConaissance will be expanding into the world of superheroes?
"Yeah, I've circled some of those," he told Variety. "Nothing has been right for me yet. But I'm sure open to it.
"It's very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure.
"Is it the possibility of going, 'Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do three, four, five, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero'. But I would also look at something like that and say, 'Hey, in success that means »
Matthew McConaughey: Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (above in Interstellar) says that he's "circled" the possibility of appearing in a superhero movie. "I've read some Marvel and DC scripts," he stated. "I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts. … nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it." He added: "It starts with the story and character." [Variety] Manchester-by-the-Sea: The first look at Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester-by-the-Sea reveals them as pensive characters. The drama deals with the consequences after a family member dies; Williams plays Affleck's estranged wife; Kyle Chandler co-stars as Affleck's brother. Matt Damon is...
- Peter Martin
Even with his Oscar beside him, Matthew McConaughey showed he's still open to more than small-to-mid budget features today with last year's Interstellar. Of course, not every movie is directed by Christopher Nolan, but certainly that's not going to stop studio executives from coming up to him and his agent with new hot properties. That is, unless they read the reviews to his new Cannes feature. But the actor remains open to the prospects -- even some certain franchise properties -- if they can provide the goods he wants. In an interview with Variety to discuss his much maligned Gus Van Sant feature Sea of Trees, the conversation transitioned to talk to superhero movies today when the actor discussed how he and his Dallas Buyers Club cast and crew were allotted $5 million and 27 days to make their Oscar-winning film, yet tentpole projects like superhero movies get free reign. When asked »
- Will Ashton
Gather round for your first look at a new film starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Out of Cannes, THR has posted the first three photos from Manchester-by-the Sea, the latest feature written & directed by Kenneth Lonergan about a man who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown to deal with both his estranged wife and the consequences of his brother's death. Casey Affleck plays the lead, while Michelle Williams plays his estranged wife, and the cast includes Kyle Chandler (seen in one of the photos). This is a very early tease as they're still shooting and looking to drum up sales buzz. We'll keep an eye out for it. Here's all three of the new first look photos for Manchester-by-the Sea, direct from THR. Take a look: Manchester-by-the-Sea, which is currently filming in Massachusetts, is both written & directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan (of the films You Can Count on Me »
- Alex Billington
The film will follow geologist Michael Acosta (Ramírez) and a prospector called Walsh (McConaughey), who team up to uncover huge deposits of gold in the heart of the Indonesian jungle.
Variety reports that Williams will play McConaughey's wife in the project.
The production is due to start filming in June in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.
Williams recently starred in World War II drama Suite Française alongside Kristen Scott Thomas. Watch a trailer below: »
Mining scandal drama Gold finally appears to have found a safe pair of hands in Stephen Gaghan, after a fiddly development process. He has Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez already aboard and has just added Michelle Williams to the mix.The film, which has a script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman, tells the story of the 1993 Bre-x Corporation mining scandal. The plot follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector David Walsh (McConaughey) who stumbles upon one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle.You may not be surprised to learn, given the appearance of the word “scandal” before, that it turned out to be bogus. Ramirez is set as geologist Michael Acosta in the true-life tale, while Williams will be his wife, called Jeannette in reality, but whose name may be changed for the movie. Gaghan will start shooting in June in Thailand, New York and New Mexico. »
"You Can Count On Me" director Kenneth Lonergan's battle with the producer's of his last film, "Margaret," would've been enough to put anybody off working on movies ever again, but the writer/director has dusted himself off and bounced back with "Manchester-By-The-Sea." In fact, it has already wrapped production, and with the movie now hitting the market in Cannes, the first images from the promising drama have arrived. Read More: 'Margaret' Director Kenneth Lonergan Returning With 'Manchester-By-The-Sea' Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck, and Kyle Chandler star in the movie that follows a plumber who returns to his hometown after his brother passes away in order to look after his 16-year-old nephew and reconnect with his estranged wife, a secret from his past emerges. No word yet if Lonergan will be done in time for this one to hit the fall festival circuit, but fingers crossed. [THR] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Patrick Massett and John Zinman penned the script which is inspired by true events. Said events involve the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal, in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle.
Filming begins next month in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Williams, last seen in this year’s Suite Francaise, would join the cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film which is to be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). Inspired by true events, Gold is based around a mining scandal from 1993 with Bre-x minerals. The film is to shoot in New York, Thailand and Mexico around June time.
- Scott J. Davis
I gotta be honest, the words "mining drama" don't exactly inspire a whole lot of excitement in me. That said, this cast does, so I guess I'll just have to put on my construction helmet and see where "Gold" goes. Michelle Williams has joined Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming movie. A project once eyed by Michael Mann and Spike Lee, Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana") is now helming the "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"-esque tale about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation scandal, penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Friday Night Lights"). Production begins in June, and this marks Williams' third movie in a row this year. She has already wrapped Kelly Reichardt's new, untitled movie and Kenneth Lonergan's "Machester-By-The-Sea." So a lot of things to look forward to in 2016 for fans of Williams. [Variety] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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