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Sound the alarms: there's a fresh new reason to celebrate Annette Bening. Following in the footsteps of last year's selection of Steve Jobs, the New York Film Festival has chosen Mike Mills' 20th Century Women as its 2016 Centerpiece, which stars The Bening as a single mother raising her son in 1979 Santa Barbara, co-habiting with a Bowie-cut Greta Gerwig, nomadic carpenter Billy Crudup, and frequent house guest Elle Fanning. We've been anxiously awaiting Mills' follow up to the intimate, structurally adventurous tone poem that is Beginners for a few years now, and Nyff's programming pick (and description of the film as a vibrantly alive time capsule, plus taste-maker A24's acquisition) signals a strong indication that it's been worth the wait. Imagining The Bening caught at the crux of cultural, decade-splitting identities, and strapped into denim overalls to boot, would be enough reason to anticipate the film, but the thought »
- Daniel Crooke
Earlier today, the New York Film Festival let loose with another announcement in regards to their 2016 slate. This follows on the heels of picking Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection, of course. The Centerpiece has now been selected, and it’s 20th Century Women, the new movie from Mike Mills. I’ll confess to it not being one I had pegged for Nyff, or at least not one of the big galas, but this certainly makes it a contender to pay attention to. It wasn’t on my radar as a huge Oscar player before, but it’s definitely going to be getting some extra consideration now. The film is a comedy centered around a trio of women in Southern California during the late 1970s who experience both freedom and love in all of its forms. The lead appears to be single mother Dorothea Fields »
- Joey Magidson
Mike Mill’s upcoming drama will receive its world premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival on October 8.
20th Century Women takes place in the bohemian household of a single mother in the Californian locale of Santa Barbara in 1979.
Annette Bening plays the mother and newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann her teenage son. Sharing the home are an itinerant carpenter (Billy Crudup), a punk artist (Greta Gerwig) and the son’s rebellious friend (Elle Fanning).
“I was taken aback by 20th Century Women,” said Nyff director and selection committee chair Kent Jones. “It’s made with an extraordinarily unusual level of craft and attention to detail, human and visual, which is now all but extinct.
“As someone who actually lived through 1979 in middle-class America, I will testify to the fact that Mike Mills and his remarkable cast approach the level of the uncanny. I felt like I was back there, with all the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
20th Century Women, the new film from Beginners writer/director Mike Mills, will have its world premiere as the centerpiece screening of the 54th New York film festival, it was announced Tuesday. The is the second addition to the event’s lineup, following the reveal of the opening night selection, The 13th, Ava DuVernay’s documentary on race and prison.
Related: Ava DuVernay documentary on race and prison to open New York film festival
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- Nigel M Smith
One of our most-anticipated films of the year is Mike Mills‘ follow-up to the utterly wonderful Beginners, titled 20th Century Women, and now we know when we’ll first get a chance to see it. After the drama — starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, and Billy Crudup — was picked up by A24 for a release in December, the 2016 New York Film Festival has announced it will have a world premiere as their Centerpiece selection on October 8th.
“I was taken aback by 20th Century Women,” New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones says. “It’s made with an extraordinarily unusual level of craft and attention to detail, human and visual, which is now all but extinct. As someone who actually lived through 1979 in middle-class America, I will testify to the fact that Mike Mills and his remarkable cast approach the level of the uncanny. I »
- Jordan Raup
Director Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” starring Annette Bening as a single mother raising a teenage son in Southern California in 1979, will make its world premiere as the centerpiece gala of the 54th New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday. The comedy will screen on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Nyff, which kicks off on Sept. 30 with Ava DuVernay‘s documentary “The 13th” and ends on Oct. 16. Mills, whose last film was the Oscar-winning “Beginners,” wrote and directed “20th Century Women,” which also stars Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and newcomer Lucas »
- Steve Pond
“20th Century Women,” the new film by Mike Mills (“Beginners”) starring Annette Bening, has positioned itself for a run at awards season with a world premiere as the centerpiece screening of the 2016 New York Film Festival.
Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup and newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann star in a story about a woman (Bening) raising her teenage son (Zumann) in a shared household in 1970s Santa Barbara. The film is written and directed by Mills, whose last film, “Beginners,” won its star Christopher Plummer a 2012 Academy Award.
Earlier this year A24 picked up “20th Century Women” for a December release. A gala screening at Nyff, the tightly curated festival presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center, gives the film a high-profile head start on attracting awards-season buzz. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Films, Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley produce.
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- Gordon Cox
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Mike Mills’ star-packed “20th Century Women” has been picked as the New York Film Festival’s Centerpiece gala. The film, which features Annette Bening, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning, will have its world premiere on October 8, when it debuts at the festival.
Described as a “texturally and behaviorally rich new comedy” by Nyff, the film is “a moving group portrait of particular people in a particular place (Santa Barbara) at a particular moment in the 20th century (1979), one lovingly attended detail at a time.”
In the film, Bening plays a single mother who must contend with raising her teenage son — played by newbie Lucas Jade Zumann — in a wild house populated by unpredictable characters during an equally as unpredictable time period.
Of the pick, »
- Kate Erbland
Here’s some fitting news for the “queer, sultry summer” we’re currently in the midst of: Kirsten Dunst is stepping behind the camera for the first time to direct “The Bell Jar.” Dakota Fanning will star in the actress-turned-filmmaker’s adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s melancholy classic, which Dunst co-wrote with Nellie Kim. Deadline first broke the news.
Long a favorite among forlorn teens and undergrads the world over, Plath’s only novel (originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas) remains her best-known work, though her two poetry collections, “Ariel” and “The Colossus and Other Poems,” are revered as well. Plath, who famously struggled with depression throughout her life, committed suicide in 1963 at the age of 30; “The Bell Jar” wasn’t released in the United States until eight years later, owing to the wishes of her mother and husband, »
- Michael Nordine
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.
Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating »
- Sean Wilson
The Beguiled: Colin Farrell (Winter's Tale, above) is in talks to star in a remake of The Beguiled. If things work out, he would join Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in the drama; Sofia Coppola is set to direct. The 1971 original starred Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier during the Civil War who finds refuge in a Confederate boarding school for girls. [Variety] Gypsy: A new version of Gypsy, set to star Barbra Streisand as the ultimate stage mother, is moving forward, according to writer Richard Lagravenese (Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces). He adapted the script based on the acclaimed Broadway stage musical, working alongside Streisand. He says the casting process should be underway, with production aiming to begin early next year...
- Peter Martin
According to Variety, the actor is in talks to star alongside Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst in the Lost in Translation director’s take on the civil war-set film that originally starred Clint Eastwood.
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- Benjamin Lee
The Beguiled: Colin Farrell (Winter's Tale, above) is in talks to star in a remake of The Beguiled. If things work out, he will join Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in the drama; Sofia Coppola is set to direct. The 1971 original starred Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier during the Civil War who finds refuge in a Confederate girls boarding school. [Variety] Gypsy: A new version of Gypsy, set to star Barbra Streisand as the ultimate stage mother, is...
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Tony Sokol Jul 15, 2016
Colin Farrell is in talks to take on Clint Eastwood’s wounded Yankee soldier role in Sofia Coppola’s remake of the classic Civil War drama The Beguiled. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola, the director of Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette and Virgin Suicides, will write and helm the film.
The original Beguiled from 1971 was directed by Don Siegel just a few months before he reteamed with Eastwood for the Dirty Harry movies. The movie was based on Thomas P Cullinan’s Southern Gothic novel of the same name.
In the film, a sweet-talking wounded Yankee soldier hides out in a Southern boarding school for women during the Civil War. Eastwood made the film in an attempt to break free of his usual typecasting but The Beguiled was »
Following her now Emmy-nominated Christmas special for Netflix, Sofia Coppola is currently in pre-production on a remake of the 1971 Don Siegel thriller The Beguiled. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning all set to lead the film, Colin Farrell is now in talks to star, Variety reports.
The original was led by Clint Eastwood, a role that Farrell would fill. It follows a Union soldier held captive by the Confederates in a girls boarding school, where he begins to con his way into their hearts. Farrell can play scruffy, surly, and charming all at once, so this role seems like a sure-fire success for the Irish actor. Also penned by Coppola, the film is currently looking for a distribution, who will hopefully release it in 2017.
- Mike Mazzanti
When you think about director’s who might take on a remake a Clint Eastwood film, I’m willing to bet that you don’t think “Sofia Coppola.” But Coppola is indeed taking on a remake of The Beguiled, formerly a 1971 film starring Eastwood as a wounded Union soldier who finds refuge at a Southern girls’ school and causes havoc with the imaginations and libidos of the young women there. Today we’re getting reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to take on the Eastwood role in Coppola’s retelling of the story.
Based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s Southern Gothic novel, Coppola’s film has been rumored since earlier this spring. Actresses including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning have already been slated to star. Colin Farrell, should he ultimately sign on, would complete the picture, meaning that the remake would almost certainly go ahead as planned. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Sofia Coppola is set to make her “Bling Ring” followup with a remake of 1971’s Clint Eastwood–starring “The Beguiled,” and she appears to have found her lead. Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role originated by Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are already onboard.
Dunst starred in Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Fanning in “Somewhere,” though Kidman and Farrell have yet to work with the writer/director who first broke through with “The Virgin Suicides” and won an Academy Award for her “Lost in Translation” screenplay. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, “The Beguiled” concerns a wounded Union soldier who is rescued by a girl from an all-girl boarding school in Mississippi. Once there, jealousy and deception set in.
- Michael Nordine
Earlier this spring, rumors swirled that Sofia Coppola was developing a remake of Clint Eastwood‘s “The Beguiled,” directed by Don Siegel, and that she had Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning slated to star. It sounded too good to be true, but alas it’s all real. Coppola is indeed remaking “The Beguiled,” and she’s found […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Civil War drama currently stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Virgin Suicides”) is writing and directing the film. Focus Features is on board as a distributor.
The original “Beguiled,” directed by Don Siegel and based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, followed an injured Yankee soldier (plated by Eastwood) who finds refuge at an all-girls boarding school in the South during the Civil War and cons his way into several lonely women’s hearts.
If Farrell’s deal closes, he would take over the role played by Eastwood in the original.
No production start date has been announced yet.
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- Justin Kroll
Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, the Don Siegel-helmed original followed an injured Yankee soldier (Eastwood) who finds refuge at an all-girls boarding school in the South during the Civil War and cons his way into several lonely women's hearts. Ultimately they take their revenge.
No start of production date or distributor is yet set.
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- Garth Franklin
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