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Battle of the Sexes will debut in theaters September 22
- Max Evry
Not long ago, you would have been forgiven for thinking Pasek and Paul was the name of a law firm. But as any self-respecting fan of theater or film musicals now knows, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are actually songwriting partners, and they’re having an extremely good year.
In a span of less than five months, the former University of Michigan classmates, both 32, have won a Tony Award for Dear Evan Hansen -- a »
We’re still in the middle of the Summer blockbuster movie season, but as the Fall inches closer, we’re starting to get glimpses of the movies that will be vying for trophies when awards season arrives. One of those movies tells the story of the highly publicized tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in […]
- Ethan Anderton
Fox Searchlight has released a UK trailer for Battle of the Sexes. The film is based on the real-life showdown between tennis champion and feminist icon Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and chauvinist has-been Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). What’s notable about this trailer is that while the Us trailer only hinted at King’s homosexuality, this UK trailer makes it a plot point, developing King’s budding romance as she continue to fight for equality. It also makes King look more like the main character who constantly has to push back against the obnoxious Riggs. Part of … »
- Matt Goldberg
"There's not a single thing I don't hate about Bobby Riggs." Fox Searchlight UK has revealed a new trailer for the indie sports comedy Battle of the Sexes, from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks. Set in the 1970s, the comedy profiles the true story of a wacky tennis match between Emma Stone as tennis champ Billie Jean King, and Steve Carell as chauvinist Bobby Riggs. The match earned attention as a true "battle of the sexes", but there seems to be more going on than just tennis. The full cast includes Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Alan Cumming, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Silverman, and Martha MacIsaac. This seems very funny and fun to watch, looking forward to it. Here's the second official trailer for Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris's Battle of the Sexes, on YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for Battle of the Sexes here, »
- Alex Billington
There's nothing quite like getting a glimpse of our favorite stars getting busy on the beach (or by the pool!), which is why we've rounded up all the hottest pictures of celebrity Pda to happen by the shore. From Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's sweet kisses to Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's full-on ocean makeout session, these moments are definitely proof that there's nothing quite like a Summer romance. Scroll through to see them all now, but be warned: you may need a cold shower afterward. Related38 Sexy Swimsuit Moments Guaranteed to Make Your Summer Even Hotter »
- Brittney Stephens
Emma Stone and Steve Carell go head-to-head in the trailer for true-life tennis tale Battle of the Sexes, based on the match between World Number 1 Billie Jean King and Ex-men’s champ Bobby Riggs in 1973.
Both look on top form in this comedy drama from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine (2006) written by Slumdog Millionaire (2008) scribe, Simon Beaufoy. Battle of the Sexes is in UK cinemas from 2oth October 2017.
Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. »
- Tom Batt
The year is half over and Oscar voters need to catch up on their homework. There have been many worthwhile films in the first six months of 2017, including “Get Out” from writer-director Jordan Peele (Universal, Blumhouse); “Logan,” the dark, tender neo-Western from director James Mangold (Fox); and the sumptuous mega-hit “Beauty and the Beast” (director Bill Condon, Disney).
A few years ago, these would have been extreme longshots, at best. But there have been changes in Academy voters and their tastes. Recent winners including “Moonlight,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Ex Machina” prove that voters are redefining what is considered “Oscar bait.” The blurred definition is a challenge to awards strategists, but good news for hopefuls.
Oscars: 13 Deserving Contenders From 2017 So Far
The January-June period has seen many other films with Oscar potential in various categories; see the accompanying reminders by Variety colleagues Kris Tapley and Jenelle Riley. And, needless to say, other contenders will be covered a lot before the March 4, 2018, Oscar ceremony.
Diversity has been a key theme. This year, several films directed by women could be in the mix, including Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” (Focus Features), Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.), and Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie” (Sony Pictures Classics). Still to come are works from Kathryn Bigelow (Annapurna’s much-buzzed “Detroit”), Dee Rees (Netflix’s “Mudbound”); Margaret Betts (Sony Classics’ “Novitiate”) and Angelina Jolie (Netflix’s “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers”).
There are also upcoming works from international filmmakers like Sebastian Lelio, Alfonso Gomez-Rijon, Michael Gracey, Yorgos Lanthimos and Taika Waititi. They will join veterans including Guillermo del Toro, Alexander Payne, Stephen Frears, Richard Linklater, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Here are month-by-month opening dates, followed by a list of films that made a splash at the year’s film festivals so far. And the upcoming festivals will also add a few twists to the Oscar race.
The director and stars are listed for purpose of jogging readers’ memories; it’s not a matter of handicapping, since it’s pointless to make predictions about films that have not been widely seen.
August: “Detroit” (Kathryn Bigelow; John Boyega; Annapurna); “Logan Lucky” (Steven Soderbergh; Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig; Bleecker Street); “Patty Cake$” (Geremy Jasper; Danielle Macdonald; Searchlight); “Wind River” (Taylor Sheridan; Elizabeth Olsen; The Weinstein Co.).
September: “American Made” (Doug Liman; Tom Cruise; Universal); “Battle of the Sexes” (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris; Emma Stone, Steve Carell; Fox Searchlight); “First They Killed My Father” (Angelina Jolie; Netflix); “Victoria and Abdul” (Stephen Frears; Judi Dench; Focus).
The Best Films of 2017 (So Far)
October: “Blade Runner 2049” (Denis Villeneuve; Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford; WB); “Breathe” (Andy Serkis; Andrew Garfield; Bleecker Street, Participant); “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Simon Curtis; Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie; Searchlight); “Marshall” (Reginald Hudlin; with Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall; Open Road); “Mother!” (Darren Aronofsky; Jennifer Lawrence; Paramount); “The Mountain Between Us” (Hany Abu-Assad; Idris Elba, Kate Winslet; Fox); “Thank You for Your Service” (Jason Hall; Miles Teller; Universal)
November: “Darkest Hour” (Joe Wright; Gary Oldman; Focus); “Last Flag Flying” (Richard Linklater; Bryan Cranston; Amazon); “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bharat Nalluri; Dan Stevens; Bleecker Street); “Mary Magdalene” (Garth Davis; Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix; TWC); “Murder on the Orient Express” (Kenneth Branagh; Johnny Depp; Fox); “Suburbicon” (George Clooney; Matt Damon; Paramount); “Thor: Ragnarok” (Taika Waititi; Chris Hemsworth; Disney, Marvel Studios); “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh; Frances McDormand; Searchlight).
December: “The Greatest Showman” (Michael Gracey; Hugh Jackman; Fox); “The Current War” (Alfonso Gomez-Rijon; Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon; TWC); “Downsizing” (Alexander Payne; Matt Damon, Laura Dern; Paramount); “The Papers” (Steven Spielberg; Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep; Fox, Amblin); “The Shape of Water” (Guillermo del Toro; Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer; Searchlight); “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Rian Johnson; Disney, Lucasfilm); “Phantom Thread” (Paul Thomas Anderson; Daniel Day-Lewis; Focus); “Wonder Wheel” (Woody Allen; James Belushi, Kate Winslet; Amazon).
And some of the festival hits so far this year:
Sundance: “The Big Sick,” (Michael Showalter; Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter; Amazon, Lionsgate); “Call Me By Your Name” (Luca Guadagnino; Armie Hammer (Sony Pictures Classics); “The Hero” (Brett Haley; Sam Elliott; The Orchard); Also: “Mudbound” and “Wind River.”
Berlin: “The Lost City of Z” (James Gray; Charlie Hunnam; Amazon, Bleecker Street); “Final Portrait” (Stanley Tucci; Geoffrey Rush; Sony Classics); “Maudie” (Aisling Walsh; Sally Hawkins; Sony Classics).
Cannes: “Good Time” (Safdie brothers; Robert Pattinson; A24); “You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay; Joaquin Phoenix; Amazon); “Okja” (Bong Joon Ho; Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal; Netflix); “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” (Noah Baumbach; Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller; Netflix); “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos; Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell; A24); “The Florida Project” (Sean Baker; Willem Dafoe; A24); “Happy End” (Michael Haneke; Isabelle Huppert; Sony Classics); “Wonderstruck” (Todd Haynes; Julianne Moore; Amazon, Roadside Attractions).
There are also plenty of great documentaries, animated movies and foreign-language films, but those are for later columns.
- Tim Gray
Author: Scott Davis
Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the filmmakers behind Little Miss Sunshine, the film tells the true story of the match between tennis greats Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) from the 1970’s that was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes”. The film is produced by Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting), amongst others, and is written by Simon Beaufoy, the Academy Award Winning writer of Slumdog Millionaire.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
The film also stars Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Sarah Silverman (The Book of Henry), Bill Pullman (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and is set to open in UK cinemas on October 20th.
- Scott Davis
A UK trailer has arrived online for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ upcoming tennis biopic Battle of the Sexes which stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone as tennis players Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, and tells the story of their highly-publicised 1973 inter-gender match; watch it below after the official synopsis…
“The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle Of The Sexes and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.”
Battle of the Sexes is set for release on September 22nd in the States and on October 20th in the UK. »
- Amie Cranswick
Fox Searchlight have debuted the brand new trailer for the forthcoming real-life story Battle Of The Sexes, the tennis-themed drama that stars Steve Carell and Oscar-winner Emma Stone. Watch the new Battle Of The Sexes trailer below.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.
As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Related: Watch the first Battle Of The Sexes trailer
Fox Searchlight Pictures have announced that the film will arrive in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from October 20th, 2017, which is smack in the middle of awards season. So, does this bode well for the forthcoming movie? We’ll obviously let you know as soon as possible.
For now, check out that brand new Battle Of The Sexes trailer below.
- Paul Heath
Though The Book of Henry star wasn’t even born until a year after Lopez came onto the scene as “Jenny from the Block,” the young actor is still a big fan of the ssuperstar.
“The last time I was star struck was when I was at the Golden Globes and I saw J.Lo,” Lieberher, 14, tells People Now. “She was very beautiful.”
When it comes to being a fan, »
- Brianne Tracy
Hello and welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s casting. We endeavour to bring you stage and screen castings from around the UK. We’re always trying our best to source this information from the most reliable places and, what’s more, to confirm it for ourselves but sometimes even the experts get it wrong. We verify, verify and verify again but we also suggest that you take some time to get to know the project you’re applying for as well as confirm for yourself before firing CVs and headshots across the interwebs. Ok, let’s get on with the news of what’s casting. This week we’ve got a mix of big budget features and exciting smaller films. “Cruella”Way back in Jan 2016, Emma Stone was announced as lead in this prequel to the “101 Dalmatians” series. It’s set to follow in the evil lady »
Hollywood is like a Miss America pageant: people flock from every state to get a piece of the action. As it turns out, not all stars were born and raised in La; Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp are all from Kentucky, while Emma Stone calls Arizona home. Pennsylvania has bred quite a few leading men, and Louisiana raised both a romantic-comedy sweetheart and one of TV's most bloodthirsty vampires. Read through to find out who is from where! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Despite strong performances from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man movies did not work. They were joyless, convoluted, and confusing. They lost sight of Spider-Man in their quest to build up a franchise, and the films suffered as a result. Ironically, Spider-Man falling into the mega-franchise that is the McU might be the best thing that’s happened to the character. Judging by the trailers, Spider-Man: Homecoming is light, fun, and while it has a serious villain and real stakes, it seems to have a good sense of making this a story about … »
- Matt Goldberg
Very little is currently known about the Batgirl movie. The Dceu project, to be directed by Joss Whedon, will reportedly take inspiration from the New 52 version of the character, and rumours have surfaced that it has become a priority for the studio after the recent critical and commercial success of Wonder Woman, with DC obviously wanting to strike while the iron is still hot on female superhero movies.
With Whedon heading up the project, the studio could have a massive hit on their hands if they can cast the right actresses as Barbara Gordon, and right now there are plenty of potential stars who could take the role. So without further ado, let’s take a look at nine of the best choices to play Batgirl in the Dceu.
You know nothing, »
- Liam Hoofe
Like many Americans, some celebrities enjoy the occasional — or not-so-occasional — herbal indulgence.
These stars, from A-list actors to singing sensations, have candidly shared their funniest tales of 420 escapades. Whether you’re stone cold sober or sky high, their confessions are bound to give you a serious case of the giggles:
While explaining her decision to take a break from smoking weed on The Tonight Show, the notoriously pro-marijuana singer revealed that the drug had influenced her interview antics.
“You, without knowing it were kind of the reason for ,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “Because I’ve always been very stoned on your shows… »
- Lydia Price
Arcana’s first official project is The Favourite, the upcomoing film from Yorgos Lanthimos who just won best screenplay in Cannes for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and received a best screenplay Oscar nomination for The Lobster.
Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman star in the feature, which is in post and follows the clandestine personal and political machinations during the early 18th century reign of Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch. Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara wrote the screenplay.
Arcana has partnered on The Favourite with producers Ceci Dempsey for Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures, together with Film4 and Fox Searchlight. International sales on Arcana projects will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Gosling and Kao »
Arcana’s first project is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming film “The Favourite,” which stars Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman and just wrapped principal photography in the U.K. The story is based on a Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara script that follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne.
Gosling and Kao collaborated on Shane Black’s detective thriller “The Nice Guys” and Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song.” They also previously announced the acquisition of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel “The Underwater Welder,” which they are developing for screen alongside Anonymous Content. »
- Dave McNary
Ryan Gosling and veteran producer Ken Kao have partnered up to form a new production company called Arcana, which will focus on finding and developing material for film and television. Arcana’s first official project will be Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming film “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, which just wrapped principal photography in the United Kingdom.
“The Favourite” follows the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. For the project, Arcana has partnered with producers Ceci Dempsey of Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, together with Film4 and Fox Searchlight. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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